By Robert A. Vella
Right-wing extremists are the same everywhere. They are anti-democratic authoritarians who use every dirty trick in the book to seize and hold political power. Israel is no exception. It has long had a bullying Trump-like leader sowing the seeds of ethnic hatred and exploiting social media to sway the hearts and minds of his country. A whistleblower has come forward to expose the dirty deeds of another bully who currently resides in the White House. The Democratic Party establishment also has a history of using underhanded tactics, and it appears they have no intention of stopping. The U.S. Supreme Court has sided with Planned Parenthood in a lawsuit against anti-abortion activists, and it again ruled in favor of Sudan in a lawsuit pursued by victims of the USS Cole bombing.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Two Israeli researchers said on Monday they had discovered a network of hundreds of fake Twitter accounts that promoted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and attacked his political rivals, a week before a national election.
No direct connection had been found between the network and Netanyahu or his right-wing Likud party, said the report, part of a project aimed at ridding social networks of manipulative practices.
Opinion polls show Netanyahu and his main challenger, centrist candidate Benny Gantz, locked in a close race ahead of the April 9 election.
WASHINGTON — A whistle-blower working inside the White House has told a House committee that senior Trump administration officials granted security clearances to at least 25 individuals whose applications had been denied by career employees, the committee’s Democratic staff said Monday.
The whistle-blower, Tricia Newbold, a manager in the White House’s Personnel Security Office, told the House Oversight and Reform Committee in a private interview last month that the 25 individuals included two current senior White House officials, in additional to contractors and other employees working for the office of the president, the staff said in a memo it released publicly.
Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is resisting a new incumbent-favoring policy of House Democrats’ campaign arm by urging her supporters to donate directly to individual candidates instead of to the party.
The New York Democrat, who won her own seat last year after upsetting a veteran Democratic incumbent, called it “divisive” and “harmful” for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to adopt a new policy prohibiting its vendors from working with political newcomers who challenge sitting Democrats.
WASHINGTON, April 1 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid by anti-abortion activists to narrow a Planned Parenthood lawsuit accusing them of illegally recording video of abortion providers to try to falsely show the illicit sale of aborted fetal tissue for profit.
The justices declined to hear an appeal by the activists of a lower court’s refusal to toss out fraud, invasion of privacy and other claims under California law made in the civil lawsuit by Planned Parenthood, a women’s healthcare and abortion provider.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday turned away a bid by family members of 17 U.S. sailors killed in the 2000 al Qaeda bombing of the Navy destroyer USS Cole to collect some $35 million in damages from Sudan for its alleged role in the attack, six days after also ruling against Americans injured in the attack.
The justices declined to hear the relatives’ appeal of a lower court decision in favor of Sudan. The Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the lawsuit had not been properly initiated in 2010 because the claims were sent to Sudan’s embassy in Washington instead of directly to its foreign minister in Khartoum, the African country’s capital.