Friday, April 7, 2017

Trump's First Big Catastrophe in Syria | GOP in 'Chaos Mode' Over Health Care | Supreme Court Going Hard-Right

AlterNet Newsletter

TODAY'S TOP STORIES - April 7, 2017

Has Trump Launched the Next Great American Catastrophe in the Middle East?

By Jefferson Morley, AlterNet

On Syria, it's the president's instincts vs. the Washington playbook.  READ MORE»


Look Beyond Caitlyn Jenner: Transgender Women of Color Are Fighting for Their Lives

By Sarah Lazare, AlterNet

From murder to poverty to housing discrimination, these communities face staggering violence. READ MORE»


Republicans Have Just Handed America an Extreme Right-Wing Supreme Court That Will Divide the Country More Than Ever

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Republicans didn't just steal a Supreme Court seat; they're unwinding rules that force compromise. READ MORE»


Is Trump Rescuing Al-Qaeda's 'Heartland' in Syria?

By Max Blumenthal, Ben Norton, AlterNet

Western intervention would save Syria's beleaguered al-Qaeda-affiliated rebels. READ MORE»


GOP in 'Total Chaos Mode' After White House Hints Ryan Will Lose Speakership If He Can't Pass Trumpcare

By Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story

The GOP's first attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare ended in a humiliating defeat. READ MORE»


The Alt-Right Assault on Susan Rice: A Perfect Case Study of the Pro-Trump Propaganda Machine

By Alex Kaplan, Media Matters

The fringe is no longer being siloed; it has been actively raised into the mainstream by pro-Trump forces. READ MORE»


How Not to Treat Drug Addicts, Exhibit A: One Town's Ugly Effort to Punish Overdose Victims

By Phillip Smith, AlterNet

Washington Court House is using a creative reading of state criminal statutes to charge OD victims with a crime. It only wants to help, it says. READ MORE»


Resurrecting the Unholy Trinity: Torture, Rendition, and Indefinite Detention Under Trump

By Rebecca Gordon, TomDispatch

When he tells you what he wants to do—build a wall, deport millions, bring back torture—believe him.  READ MORE»


Gorsuch's Approval Would Put Vulnerable Students At Risk

By Jeff Bryant, Blog for Our Future

A vote for Gorsuch is essentially staying to disabled students: "You're on your own." READ MORE»


Mania, Depression, Psychosis, Oh My! A Whirlwind Tour Through the Episodes of Bipolar Disorder

By Hilary Smith, Conari Press

Going skydiving because you think it's cool is normal. Going skydiving because you temporarily believe you're an invincible god is not normal. READ MORE»


Provocative Study Points to Humans Being Best Adapted to a High-Fat, Low-Carb Diet

By Martin A. Lee, Project CBD

Chronic metabolic disorders worldwide are linked to a high-carb diet. Our bodies' endocannabinoid systems are not designed for that. READ MORE»


Trump Is Quietly Opening the Door to Let 'Geoengineers' Hijack the Earth's Weather Systems

By Martin Lukacs, The Guardian

As geoengineer advocates enter Trump administration, plans advance to spray sun-reflecting chemicals into atmosphere. READ MORE»


Going Undercover at a Slaughterhouse—Humanity Is Capable of Atrocities It Simply Can't Confront

By Josh Balk, AlterNet

Today, major chicken buyers are mandating that their suppliers address the horrors I saw first-hand in the slaughterhouse.  READ MORE»


America Should Use Latest Tragedy in Syria to End the War, Not Escalate It

By Ann Wright, Medea Benjamin, AlterNet

We're in danger of entering yet another needless, endless war.  READ MORE»


New Documentary Offers Local Green Solutions With a Global Impact—and a Healthy Dose of Optimism

By Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet

"Tomorrow" presents alternative ways of viewing agriculture, economics, energy and education. READ MORE»


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