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Headlines: April 11, 2017

Tillerson Heading to Russia, as White House Threatens More Attacks in Syria

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will not meet with Tillerson—a move that points to increasing conflict between the two countries following the U.S. decision to launch 59 missiles at a Syrian government air base last week. The U.S. says that strike was in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack, allegedly carried out by the Syrian government, which killed 86 civilians, including dozens of children. On Monday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer signaled the U.S. may take further military action in Syria—not only in retaliation to chemical weapons attacks, but also to attacks like barrel bombings.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer: "I think the president has been very clear that there are a number of lines that were crossed last week. I think what not just Syria but the world saw last week is a president that is going to act decisively and proportionately and with justification when it comes to actions like that. I mean, and I will tell you, the answer is, is that if you gas a baby, if you put a barrel bomb into innocent people, I think you can—you will see a response from this president."

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spent Monday in Italy for the G7 meeting, where the foreign ministers discussed the ongoing Syrian war. Outside the meeting, demonstrators protesting the G7 meeting were attacked by Italian police. This is one of the protesters, Marco Rizzo.

Marco Rizzo: "The people in Europe and the Middle East need to wake up and find a way to make their real enemies pay the price [for what is being done]. Our real enemies are the governments, the banks, the big multinational arms manufacturers, who make profit with the blood of each one of us. This is the only solution there is. We think the only solution is not to expect anything more from these governments."

Syria: U.S.-Led Airstrikes Reportedly Kill Over a Dozen Civilians in Recent Days

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North Korea Warns U.S. It's Ready for War, After U.S. Sends Warships

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California: Husband Murders His Wife & an 8-Year-Old Boy at Elementary School

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Chief Jarrod Burguan: "Cedric entered the classroom and, from what we understand, without saying anything, armed with a large-caliber revolver, opened fire on his wife. She was killed in that exchange. There are two students in the classroom that were behind the teacher that were struck by gunfire. One of those children is identified as Jonathan Martinez, common spelling. He’s 8 years old. He was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center via helicopter, airlifted out almost immediately, as soon as we can get resources there. Tragically, he has passed away."

Report: Shell Knew About Billion-Dollar Corruption in Nigerian Oil Deal

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South Carolina: Dylann Roof Pleads Guilty to 9 Counts of Murder in State Court

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Houston Judge Again Rules Texas Voter ID Law is Discriminatory

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Alabama Gov. Resigns over Accusations of Affair and Cover-up

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Wells Fargo Executives Forced to Pay Back $75M over Fake Accounts Scandal

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Video of Doctor Being Dragged Off United Flight Goes Viral

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He protested, saying he was a doctor who needed to see patients at a hospital in Kentucky the following morning. The Washington Post reports a fellow passenger says, "He said, more or less, ’I’m being selected because I’m Chinese.’"

Multiple Chicago Department of Aviation security officers then began dragging him through the aisle as fellow passengers screamed. After being removed, the man, who was bloodied by the first removal, attempted to run back onto the plane. He was then forcibly removed a second time. United Airlines’s CEO has apologized for "having to re-accommodate these customers." Some people in China have begun calling for a boycott of United.

WashPost, ProPublica, McClatchy Win Pulitzer Prizes

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The Pulitzer Prizes have been announced. The New York Daily News and ProPublica won the top public service journalism award for a joint investigation into the New York Police Department’s use of eviction rules to force people of color out of their homes.

The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold won for his investigation into how President Trump lied during the campaign about donating millions of dollars to charities to help veterans.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, McClatchy and the Miami Herald also won for their reporting on the massive Panama Papers leak that revealed how the Panama-based Mossack Fonseca law firm set up a global network of shell companies for heads of state and other elites to store money offshore to avoid taxes and oversight.

Art Cullen of the tiny, family-run Iowa newspaper The Storm Lake Times won for his editorials that challenged the corporate agricultural industry, including the Koch brothers, Cargill and Monsanto. Cullen is not only the paper’s editorial writer, but also the paper’s editor and part-time reporter. His brother John is the paper’s publisher.

The Pulitzer Prize for biography went to Hisham Matar for "The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between," which chronicles the author’s return to Libya, where his father had been imprisoned by Muammar Gaddafi two decades earlier.

And the Pulitzer Prize for history went to Heather Ann Thompson for "Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy."

This is Thompson speaking on Democracy Now! about her investigation into the decades-long cover-up about how armed state troopers raided the prison to break the standoff, firing more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition, killing 29 prisoners and 10 guards.

Heather Ann Thompson: "For 45 years, the majority of the records for Attica remain sealed by the State Attorney General’s Office, or at least very difficult to get. And the reason is that for all of the death at Attica, no member of law enforcement was ever held responsible. So, the book was the journey to figure out who had created so much trauma; what had happened in the Governor’s Office to lead to this retaking; who were the members of law enforcement that not only shot their weapons, but indeed the highest levels of the state police, who worked very had to tamper with evidence, to conceal evidence and to protect their own. And that was a key journey for finding out that information."

Lynn Nottage also won her second Pulitzer for her drama, "Sweat." New Yorker critic Hilton Als won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. Colson Whitehead’s "The Underground Railroad" won for fiction.

To see our full interview with Heather Ann Thompson, as well as with Hisham Matar and Michael Hudson, senior editor at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, go to democracynow.org.



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