SPLASH! News: 3rd Confederate Statue Removed in New Orleans, Strict Voter I.D. Law Thwarted, Single Payer Success in NY, and More

Dive Into the News For May 17, 2017

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Violent Clashes Outside Turkish Embassy in Washington D.C. Injure Nine

TIME – Authorities say nine people were hurt and two arrests were made during an altercation at the Turkish ambassador’s residence in the U.S. capital.

Doug Buchanan, a DC Fire and EMS spokesman, says two of those hurt were seriously injured and were taken to hospitals by ambulance. He said by phone that emergency personnel were called to the residence about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck says the altercation broke out between two groups but he didn’t elaborate on the circumstances. He says two people were arrested, including one who was charged with assaulting a police officer.

Strict NC Voter I.D. Law Thwarted After Supreme Court Rejects Case

New York Times – The Supreme Court on Monday refused to revive a restrictive North Carolina voting law that a federal appeals court had struck down as an unconstitutional effort to “target African-Americans with almost surgical precision.”

The court’s decision not to hear an appeal in the case effectively overturned one of the most far-reaching attempts by Republicans to counter what they contended, without evidence, was widespread voter fraud in North Carolina. The law rejected the forms of identification used disproportionately by blacks, including IDs issued to government employees, students and people receiving public assistance.

Democrats and civil rights groups, wary of the Supreme Court now that it has regained a conservative majority with the appointment of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, welcomed the announcement that it would not hear the case.

“An ugly chapter in voter suppression is finally closing,” said Dale Ho, director of the A.C.L.U.’s Voting Rights Project.

Michael Moore Vows to Defeat Donald Trump With New Documentary

Huffington Post – Michael Moore pledged Tuesday that his newly revealed documentary about Donald Trump will finally defeat the president.

Production of “Fahrenheit 11/9” ― named for the date Trump was declared president-elect ― has already begun in a “cloak of secrecy,” according to a news release distributed to outlets. The film will explore Trump’s victory over Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and his turbulent tenure as the commander-in-chief.

“No matter what you throw at him, it hasn’t worked,” the filmmaker said in a statement. “No matter what is revealed, he remains standing. Facts, reality, brains cannot defeat him. Even when he commits a self-inflicted wound, he gets up the next morning and keeps going and tweeting. That all ends with this movie.”

Third Confederate Statue Removed in New Orleans

CBS News – The city of New Orleans late Tuesday began taking down a monument to Gen. P.G.T Beauregard – the third of four Confederate-era monuments slated for removal. The city had already taken down a statue of the Confederacy’s only president and a memorial to a white rebellion against a biracial Reconstruction-era government in the New Orleans.

By 4:10 a.m., the Beauregard statue had been removed from its pedestal, which city officials said would be left in place for now but with Beauregard’s name removed, according to CBS New Orleans affiliate WWL-TV. The removal was met by demonstrations favoring and opposing it, WWL says, adding that several arrests were made.

Single Payer Success in NY as Medicare-for-All Bill Passes State Assembly

Common Dreams – As the momentum behind Medicare-for-All continues to grow nationwide, New York’s State Assembly on Tuesday was expected to pass a single-payer healthcare bill that puts the state light years ahead of the regressive GOP in Washington, D.C.

The New York Health Act would afford all state residents access to comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care, primary and preventative care, prescription drugs, behavioral health services, laboratory testing, and rehabilitative care, as well as dental, vision, and hearing coverage. There would be no premiums, deductibles, or co-pays; the plan would be funded through progressively raised taxes, including a surcharge that would be split 80/20 between employers and employees.

As Salon’s Amanda Marcotte wrote earlier this month, the legislation’s lead sponsor, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, says “‘almost all New Yorkers would pay less than they currently do’ because they would be able to replace their current plans with this more affordable state-based plan.”

Written by Pamela Getz

Writer and Activist. Follow Pamela on Twitter @goddesspamela.

Pamela Getz is Editor of International Affairs for Progressive Army and a member of its Editorial Board.

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SPLASH! News: 3rd Confederate Statue Removed in New Orleans, Strict Voter I.D. Law Thwarted, Single Payer Success in NY, and More