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Brett Wilkins

Editor-at-Large based in San Francisco, CA, United States. Joined on Jun 15, 2012
Expertise in Government, Politics



Video: Israeli troops drag 8-year-old boy through Hebron streets

Hebron - Israeli soldiers dragged a shoeless child through the streets of occupied Hebron in the West Bank in search of other children who allegedly threw stones and a Molotov cocktail at a nearby Jewish settler colony.

Major Trump defeat as Republicans pull Obamacare repeal bill

Washington - The repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, arguably President Donald Trump's most popular promise to his supporters, was indefinitely delayed Friday as House Speaker Paul Ryan withdrew the proposed American Health Care Act from consideration.

Mosul parents sedate children with drugs to avoid Islamic State

Mosul - Terrified parents fleeing fierce fighting between U.S.-backed Iraqi forces and Islamic State (IS) in Mosul, Iraq are drugging their children with sedatives or taping their mouths shut in a desperate bid to avoid detection by the Islamist militants.

JFK diary called Hitler 'legend' who would 'emerge from hatred'

John F. Kennedy wrote in his diary in 1945 that the genocidal Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler "had in him the stuff of which legends are made" and would “emerge from the hatred that surrounds him now as one of the most significant figures who ever lived.”

U.S.-led strike kills 230 Mosul civilians; mostly women, children

Mosul - In what could be the deadliest wholesale American slaughter of innocent civilians in decades, some 230 people, mostly women and children, have been killed in an air strike in a crowded residential neighborhood of besieged Mosul, Iraq.

San Francisco passes preemptive law against religious registry

San Francisco - Responding to anti-Muslim rhetoric, policies and actions of the Trump administration, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to preemptively prohibit participation in any religion-based registry.

Ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort paid $10M/yr to help Putin

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, was secretly paid $10 million annually by a Russian billionaire in the late 2000s to implement a plan that was promised to promote the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Leader of anti-Muslim 'hate group' welcomed at White House

Washington - The White House welcomed a woman described as America's most prominent anti-Muslim activist on Tuesday for a meeting she described as "very productive."

U.S. military probes Syria mosque strike that killed 49 civilians

The U.S. military is formally investigating an American air strike that Pentagon officials said targeted al-Qaeda militants but which survivors, local officials and human rights monitors said killed dozens of innocent civilians in a mosque complex.

Florida official calls for lynching of black state attorney

A Florida county court official has been suspended with pay after making a death threat against a state attorney who recently announced she will not seek the death penalty in any murder case, including cases in which police officers are killed.

Heads of FBI, NSA refuse to deny Trump-Russia collusion

Washington - The directors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Security Agency refused on Monday to rule out the possibility of collusion between members of Donald Trump's campaign team and Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election.

Canada sex toy maker to pay $3.75M in 'spying vibrator' lawsuit

Two women who filed a lawsuit against a Canadian sex toy company alleging its popular Internet-connected vibrator was spying on them have won a $3.75 million ($5 million Canadian) settlement in an Illinois court.

Mattis: Climate change is real, and a national security threat

Washington - In previously unpublished written testimony to senators following his January confirmation hearing, Defense Secretary James Mattis argued that climate change is real, and a threat to U.S. national security.

S. Dakota governor signs anti-LGBTQ adoption, foster care bill

Pierre - South Dakota's Republican governor has approved a law allowing taxpayer-funded adoption and foster care agencies to deny custody to prospective LGBTQ parents in the name of "religious freedom."

Op-Ed: 'Insurance for everybody' — Trump's biggest, deadliest lie yet

San Francisco - In a presidency largely defined by lies, one pants-on-fire whopper now stands out as Donald Trump's biggest — and deadliest — yet.

24M fewer Americans insured under GOP Obamacare replacement: CBO

Washington - Despite President Donald Trump's pledge of "insurance for everybody," 24 million fewer Americans will have health coverage under the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated on Monday.

Viral torture video of murdered transgender woman shocks Brazil

Fortaleza - Smartphone video footage of a transgender woman being brutally assaulted before being carted off in a wheelbarrow and murdered has shocked Brazilians and drawn international attention to the dangers faced by trans people even in more permissive societies.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries honors Notorious B.I.G. on Congress floor

Washington - In a move that would have been unimaginable a generation ago, a member of Congress delivered a rousing tribute to slain rap legend Notorious B.I.G. on the floor of the House of Representatives to mark the 20th anniversary of his still unsolved murder.

Team Trump knew Flynn was foreign agent weeks before firing

Washington - The Trump administration has been caught in another lie with the revelation that Vice President-elect Mike Pence and lawyers for President-elect Donald Trump knew national security adviser nominee Michael Flynn was lobbying for a foreign government.

Civilian deaths from U.S., coalition attacks soar under Trump

As United States military forces and their coalition partners intensify the war against Islamist militants in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan under President Donald Trump, civilian casualties — and Muslim outrage — are soaring.
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