Month: November 2017

Populist Morning Report | Egypt Launches Airstrikes Against Islamic Militants

Who is Bill Browder and What Does He Represent? Lee has an ongoing Twitter thread with a lot of information about Bill Browder: who he is and what he’s doing. We’re also in the process of putting together a longer page on Browder and his associates at Populist.TV. Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today. NPR Egypt has raised the death toll in a mosque attack to 305 who were killed in the deadliest terrorist attack in recent history. At least 27 of the victims were children. The Egyptian military launched airstrikes against the group responsible for the attack. There is confusion over who will head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) which is tasked with regulating banks and other financial institutions. Director Richard Cordray stepped down on Friday, making the Deputy the acting director until a new one is confirmed. Hours later President Trump appointed his budget director Mick Mulvaney, who once called the group a joke and co-sponsored a plan to dismantle it. President Trump’s former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn may be moving toward cooperating with the Russia investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller. Flynn’s lawyers are ending communications with Trump’s legal team. Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced his charges in the investigation last month, including the indictments of...

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Populist Morning Report | Hundreds Dead in Attack on Mosque

Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today. NPR A deadly attack in Sinai occurred this morning in which at least 235 people have been killed, and over 100 others have been injured. No groups have come forward to take responsibility as of this point. The target was a Sufi mosque. Attackers also shot ambulances carrying victims away from the scene. Sufis have been a frequent target during recent violent conflicts in the region. Authorities have declared at least three days of mourning. Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s legal team has halted communications with Pres. Trump’s attorneys. This decision is now fueling suspicions that Flynn will now be cooperating with Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. Retailers have been opening doors and deals for Black Friday earlier and earlier over the years, but the shoppers have been rising earlier and earlier too to match the rush. There are growing concerns about the crew members on an Argentine naval submarine missing in the south Atlantic. The search continues but officials believe there may have been an explosion on board. The Argentine navy says this sound was short, violent, and non-nuclear. We turn now to South Africa where the Supreme Court has more than doubled the...

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Populist Morning Report | Search Continues For 3 Missing US Sailors

Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today. NPR Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to send refugees back to Myanmar following what the US says was ethnic cleansing. It has become a humanitarian crisis affecting much of Southeast Asia. Around 620,000 Rohingya are housed in crowded, squalid camps in Bangladesh and a small number remain in Myanmar, many of them in internment camps without citizenship or basic rights. The search continues in the Philippines Sea for 3 US Sailors missing since their plane went down yesterday while heading to the USS Ronald Reagan to deliver passengers and cargo. 8 crew members were rescued and are in good condition. The cause of the crash is not known. Congressional Republicans are preparing to vote after Thanksgiving on the tax overhaul bill they say will lower taxes for businesses and individuals. Some of them oppose a measure that would end the individual mandate requirement of the Affordable Care Act; others oppose a plan to set the top corporate rate lower than the top rate paid by some small businesses, known as pass-throughs. President Trump is spending Thanksgiving at Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, FL. This is his 8th visit to the exclusive resort since taking office. Descendants of the Native Americans who shared a meal with...

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Populist Morning Report | 3 Still Missing After US Navy Aircraft Crash

Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today. NPR The UN War Crimes Tribunal has convicted former Bosnian Serb Military leader Ratko Mladic of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity from his role in the massacre of Bosnian Muslims during the Bosnian Wars of the 1990s. Some 100,000 people were killed in the violence. He has been sentenced to life in prison but says he will appeal. The US Navy says a military cargo plane has crashed into the Philipines sea off the coast of Japan on its way to the USS Ronald Reagan. 8 of the 11 on board have been rescued and there is a search for the other 3. The cause is not clear, however, it is being reported there was possible engine trouble. It has been more than 2 weeks ago since Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri gave a strange televised address from Saudi Arabia in which he said he would resign. Now, he says he will stay in power after all. He said President Michel Aoun asked him to wait and has promised more political dialogue to solve the problems that caused him to want to quit. Virginia elections officials have postponed a meeting set for today after Democrats filed a federal lawsuit seeking to stop them from certifying...

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Populist Morning Report | President Trump Expected to Speak With Putin Today By Phone

A Hidden Force Behind the Anti-Russian Narrative A man named William Browder stands near the center of the increasingly antagonistic media coverage of the Russian government in recent years. This has been poorly covered by well-known media sources, and we’ve been working to understand the situation and to put together a balanced overview of it. A few nights ago Lee did a long Periscope on the subject, and this morning on Fault Lines we had journalist Lucy Komisar on to discuss a great article she wrote recently on the subject. Mentioned in the segment also were the forensic report relating to the death of Sergei Magnitsky, and another article she’d written about Brower in 2014. Her main article has a variety of links to information and an excellent, detailed overview of the situation. To learn more about our coverage, you can check out the first Periscope from two nights ago as well as the second Periscope from this morning’s episode of Fault Lines. Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today. NPR CBS, PBS, and Bloomberg News have suspended prominent TV journalist Charlie Rose or his program following allegations reported in the Washington Post by 8 women who claim he committed sexual misconduct or assault against them. Rose has apologized for insensitive behavior but does not...

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