2018-09-05: News Headlines

David Dayen (2018-09-05). Nancy Pelosi Promises That Democrats Will Handcuff the Democratic Agenda If They Retake the House. theintercept.com In the first outline of the legislative agenda House Democrats would pursue if they take the majority in November, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has made the public a big promise, vowing to handcuff her party's progressive ambitions, including in the event that a Democratic president succeeds Donald Trump, by resurrecting the "pay-go" rule that mandates all new spending is offset with budget cuts or tax increases. | Along the way, she is playing into the hands of Republican strategists eager to warn voters that Democrats' top priority is raising taxes. | Forcing budget offsets for every piece of legislation would make it more difficult for Democrats to pass a host of liberal agenda items, from "Medicare for All" to tuition-free public college. It continues a trend of Democrats caring far more about deficits than Republicans, constraining the activist impulses of liberal policymakers while…

The Conversation (2018-09-05). Here's How Russian Propaganda Trolls Act Differently Online from Regular People. alternet.org There are a number of tells. | As information warfare becomes more common, agents of various governments are manipulating social media — and therefore people's thinking, political actions and democracy. Regular people need to know a lot more about what information warriors are doing and how they exert their influence. One group, a Russian government-sponsored troll farm called the Internet Research Agency, was the subject of a federal indictment issued in February, stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian activities aimed at influencing the 2016 U. S. presidential election. Our recent study of that group's activities reveals that there are some behaviors that might help identify propaganda-spewing trolls and tell them apart from regular internet users. Targeted tweetingWe looked at 27,291 tweets posted by 1,024 Twitter accounts controlled by the Internet Research Agency, based on. . .

Shared by Cherise (2018-09-05). Texas Lawsuit Could Mean Life or Death for the Affordable Care Act. truthout.org Wednesday is looking like yet another pivotal day in the life-or-death saga that has marked the history of the Affordable Care Act. | In a Texas courtroom, a group of Republican attorneys general, led by Texas' Ken Paxton, are set to face off against a group of Democratic attorneys general, led by California's Xavier Becerra, in a lawsuit aimed at striking down the federal health law. The Republicans say that when Congress eliminated the penalty for not having health insurance as part of last year's tax bill, lawmakers rendered the entire health law unconstitutional. The Democrats argue that's not the case. | But first, the sides will argue before U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth, Texas, whether the health law should be put on hold while the case is litigated. The GOP plaintiffs are seeking a "preliminary injunction" on the law.

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-09-05). Do Some Americans Actually Prefer Gridlock When It Comes to Federal Governance? alternet.org Not all Americans believe gridlock is a bad thing. | Nixon/Kennedy health plan, had it not been derailed by Watergate, would have been more comprehensive than the Affordable Care Act of 2010, a. k. a. Obamacare. But the type of bipartisan cooperation that Nixon and Kennedy showed in the 1970s is a rarity in 2018, when the U. S. ' partisan divide is angrier, nastier and more bitter than ever. If Democrats retake the House of Representatives. . .

Shared by Cherise (2018-09-05). New Midterm Election Polls Have Bad News for Trump and the GOP. truthout.org A pair of recent polls reveal that President Donald Trump's approval ratings are dangerously low for the Republican Party… and that this is having a measurable impact on their prospects in the upcoming midterm elections. | Democrats are currently ahead of Republicans by an average of six points in major congressional districts that are considered to be toss ups, according to a recent poll by Morning Consult. While Republicans have an edge over Democrats in districts that lean Republican, this amounts to a mere two point advantage. | Perhaps more ominously, Trump's approval rating is underwater in a number of states where Republicans need to perform well in November, including North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Ohio and Wisconsin. He is also on average underwater in districts that are regarded as toss-ups (42 percent approve of him in those districts, compared to 55 percent…

Jon Wiener (2018-09-05). Brett Kavanaugh Must Answer These Questions. thenation.com Brett Kavanaugh Must Answer These Questions appeared first on The Nation.

Joan Walsh (2018-09-05). Democrats Find Their Spine at the Kavanaugh Hearings—but Will It Last? thenation.com Democrats Find Their Spine at the Kavanaugh Hearings—but Will It Last? appeared first on The Nation.

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-09-05). Here Are 5 Things Democrats Must Consider About Impeaching President Trump. alternet.org Impeachment, as Watergate-era veterans remember all too well, is not an easy matter. | In Judge Amy Berman Jackson's federal courtroom in Washington, DC, jury selection is now underway in the second trial of President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort—who, on August 21, was convicted of eight criminal charges (including. . .

Zaid Jilani (2018-09-05). More Than $300,000 Has Been Pledged Against Susan Collins If She Votes for Brett Kavanaugh. theintercept.com As hearings on Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh are underway, activists have raised $330,000 and counting of pledged money for a future challenger to Republican Sen. Susan Collins, a critical swing vote. | Progressive activist Ady Barkan, who has the impairing condition of Lou Gehrig's disease, spent the last five months crisscrossing the United States to campaign against Republicans who supported Donald Trump's tax law. | In mid-August, he announced an innovative tactic for pressuring Maine's Collins to vote "no" on Kavanaugh's confirmation. Using the website CrowdPac — which allows users to pledge a certain amount of campaign funding should certain conditions be met — the campaign announced that it would be collecting pledges for a future Democratic challenger to Collins. | The pledges only activate (and then users are charged) if Collins votes in favor of…

Democracy Now! (2018-09-05). Chaos Greets Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing as Protesters & Dems Demand Postponement. democracynow.org Protests, arrests and repeated calls from Democratic senators to adjourn the proceedings. That's how confirmation hearings began Tuesday for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's pick to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court. We begin our look at the hearings with Heidi Sieck, co-founder of the national organization VoteProChoice, who was the first member of the public to enter the Kavanaugh hearings on Tuesday and was removed after she protested, along with dozens of others who interrupted the proceedings.

The Conversation (2018-09-05). Campaign Season Is Moving Into High Gear — But Your vote May Not Count As Much As You Think. alternet.org The more undemocratic tendencies of the US electoral system are growing stronger. As the midterm campaign season enters its final stage, it turns out that some votes count more than others. | As we enter the traditional, post-Labor Day sprint in the campaign season, voters may want to consider how much their vote really counts. In the United States, the difference between the popular will and political representation is growing and some votes count. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-09-05). Meet Fred Guttenberg, the Grieving Parkland Father Who Says Kavanaugh Rebuffed Him at Senate Hearing. democracynow.org When Fred Guttenberg approached Judge Brett Kavanaugh during Tuesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings to talk about his daughter Jaime, who was shot and killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre on Valentine's Day, he hoped to shake the nominee's hand and start a conversation. Instead, Kavanaugh turned his back and walked away. We speak with Fred Guttenberg about Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing and his record on the Second Amendment.

Democracy Now! (2018-09-05). Report Finds Judge Kavanaugh Ruled Against Public Interest in Almost All of His District Court Cases. democracynow.org Even as records about Judge Brett Kavanaugh's time in the White House remain concealed, much can be learned from his judicial record. We speak with Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, about their analysis of Judge Kavanaugh's opinions in split-decision cases, which found that during his 12 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Kavanaugh decided or wrote an opinion against the public interest 87 percent of the time in split-decision cases dealing with consumer, environmental and worker rights.

Joan McCarter, Daily Kos (2018-09-05). Democrat Leahy Just Hinted at a Smoking Gun to Kavanaugh Perjury Before the Senate in Hidden Documents. alternet.org "I'm concerned because there is evidence that Mr. Miranda provided you with materials that were stolen from me. " | Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) used those reams of hidden and confidential documents related to Supreme Court nominee's Brett Kavanaugh tenure with the George W. B. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-09-05). Headlines for September 5, 2018. democracynow.org Dozens Arrested Disrupting First Day of Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings, U.S. to End All Funding for U.N. Agency Providing Humanitarian Aid to Palestinians, Nearly 500 Migrant Children Remain Separated from Their Parents, "Fear": Bob Woodward's New Book Depicts Trump White House as "Crazytown", Amazon Becomes Second-Ever U.S. Company to Reach $1 Trillion in Market Value, California Lawmakers Pass Net Neutrality Bill, in Rebuke to Trump's FCC, Mexican Television Reporter Javier Enrique Rodríguez Valladares Killed in Cancún, Worst Typhoon to Hit Japan in 25 Years Kills at Least 10, Iraq: At Least 5 Killed by Securi…

Shared by Cherise (2018-09-05). Chaos Greets the First Day of the Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing. truthout.org Protests, arrests and repeated calls from Democratic senators to adjourn the proceedings. That's how confirmation hearings began Tuesday for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's pick to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court. We begin our look at the hearings with Heidi Sieck, co-founder of the national organization VoteProChoice, who was the first member of the public to enter the Kavanaugh hearings on Tuesday and was removed after she protested, along with dozens of others who interrupted the proceedings. | Transcript: | JUAN GONZàÅLEZ: Protests, arrests and repeated calls from Democratic senators to adjourn the proceedings. That's how confirmation hearings began Tuesday for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's pick to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court. As the meeting got underway, demonstrators immediately stood up and interrupted Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Grassley. | LINDA SARSOUR: This…

Chauncey K. Robinson (2018-09-05). Change comes to Boston: Ayanna Pressley makes history. peoplesworld.org History continues to be made across the country as an unprecedented number of women of color, particularly Black women, are running for and winning public office. Ayanna Pressley has added her story to this game-changing moment in time, with her victory against House veteran Michael Capuano to secure the Democratic…

Democracy Now! (2018-09-05). As Amazon Hits $1 Trillion in Value, Its Warehouse Workers Denounce "Slavery" Conditions. democracynow.org Amazon made headlines Tuesday when it became the second American company, after Apple, to reach $1 trillion in value. Amazon's founder and chief executive, Jeff Bezos, is the richest man in the world, with a net worth of more than $167 billion. But what's behind that wealth? What about its workers? The working conditions in Amazon's warehouses have been the focus of protests, union drives and several investigations—including by student reporters. As students throughout the country head back to class, we feature an investigative report by students at the Rutgers University Department of Journalism and Media…

John Nichols (2018-09-05). Ayanna Pressley Wins a Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party. thenation.com Ayanna Pressley Wins a Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party appeared first on The Nation.

Staff (2018-09-05). German Left Launches Bold New Political Movement. truthdig.com Echoing the Sanders and Corbyn insurgencies in the U.S. and England, Stand Up aims to confront a "crisis of democracy."

Democracy Now! (2018-09-05). Exposed: Undercover Reporter at Amazon Warehouse Found Abusive Conditions & No Bathroom Breaks. democracynow.org Independent Senator Bernie Sanders has targeted Amazon for its role in widening the wage gap in the United States, and this week he is expected to unveil legislation requiring large employers like Amazon to cover the cost of federal assistance received by their employees. We speak with journalist James Bloodworth, who spent a month working undercover as a "picker" in an Amazon order fulfillment center and found workers were urinating in bottles because they were discouraged from taking bathroom breaks. His new book is "Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain."

Thomas S. Harrington (2018-09-05). So Glad The Grown-Ups are Back in Charge in Argentina. counterpunch.org If you've followed Latin American politics at all in the mainstream press, I am sure you've heard and read about how the Kirchners (2003-2015) mismanaged the Argentine economy and how, with the election of Mauricio Macri, the adults were back in the room and the economy was on its way to a more healthy and More

Staff (2018-09-05). Facebook, Twitter Pledge to Defend Against Foreign Intrusion. truthdig.com Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter's Jack Dorsey tell a Senate panel that their platforms plan to use new technologies to combat abuses ahead of the November midterm elections.

John Wojcik (2018-09-05). Why Rahm Emanuel decided not to run for re-election. peoplesworld.org For some Chicago residents who take only past practice as their guide Rahm Emanuel's announcement this week that he will not seek re-election comes as a surprise. City residents are used to having seemingly eternal dynasties running the city. In the early 60's the radio waves here carried jingles about then already-lo…

aclu (2018-09-05). Congress, Don't Throw More Money at Donald Trump's Weaponized Department of Homeland Security. aclu.org A bigger DHS budget would reward the White House's cruel immigration enforcement policies of detention and deportation. | As summer ends, the country's political eyes are focusing even more intently on midterm elections. Although a new Congress is not far away, there remain major budgetary issues to resolve. The most immediate deadline for people concerned about President Trump's immigration policies is September 30, when fiscal year 2018 ends. , , For the Department of Homeland Security, reports Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-05). Extreme Heat Prompts 65 Baltimore School Closures, Student Protests. therealnews.com The closures sparked a debate between students and Republican Gov. Larry Hogan about who is to blame for the lack of air conditioning in city schools

Chauncey DeVega, Salon (2018-09-05). 'The Cosplay Guys' of Charlottesville Are Not the Real Threat: How 'the Republican Party Is a 'White Identity Cult'. alternet.org Anti-racist activist Tim Wise explains how Donald Trump is a political necromancer who uses racism to control the millions of white Americans who subscribe to his political cult. | Donald Trump was not elected because of "economic anxiety" among white working-class Americans. This is a zombie narrative that the American news media continues to cling to because it doesn't like the truth: Trump's victory was propelled by racism and SouthFront (2018-09-05). Idlib Will Be Among Key Topics At Talks Between Russian, Turkish And Iranian Presidents In Tehran. iranian.com The situation in the Syrian province of Idlib will be among the key topics at talks between Iranian, Turkish and Russian presidents in Tehran later this week, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told media on September 4. "The situation in Idlib continues to be a subject of particular concern to Moscow, Damascus, Ankara, and Tehran. […]

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-09-05). Video: Who Was Behind Assassination of Donbass Leader. globalresearch.ca People in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk bid farewell to the pro-Russia forces' leader, who was killed in a bomb blast Friday. | Mourners gathered in the streets paying their respects by …

Robert Mackey (2018-09-05). U.K. Charges Two Suspected Russian Intelligence Agents in Nerve Agent Attack. theintercept.com Two suspected Russian spies were charged on Wednesday with smuggling a Novichok nerve agent into Britain in March and using it to poison a former spy.

Adeyinka Makinde (2018-09-05). "Dear Vlad, Is It Something I Said?": The Fierce Rivalry Between John McCain and Vladimir Putin. globalresearch.ca The ferocious sense of enmity that existed between John McCain, the late US Senator, and Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, was quite palpable. While McCain was …

Stephen Lendman (2018-09-05). Turkish and US Regimes Allied Against Syria. globalresearch.ca Turkey's alliance of convenience with Russia and Iran on resolving conflict in Syria was always suspect. | Erdogan is a ruthless despot. Moscow and Tehran know the risks of dealing with a …

wsws (2018-09-05). Democrats posture over Trump Supreme Court nominee. wsws.org Tuesday's hearing is the beginning of an extended political farce, in which Democrats pretend to oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh while doing nothing to stop it.

wsws (2018-09-05). Washington escalates threats over Syria as Russia bombs Al Qaeda positions. wsws.org Claims of "humanitarian" concerns and warnings over the use of chemical weapons signal a growing threat of US intervention in defense of the "rebels."

wsws (2018-09-05). "Five Eyes" summit in Australia ramps up internet censorship. wsws.org Ministers from the US-led global surveillance network revealed stepped-up measures against Chinese and Russian "foreign interference" and greater control over social media.

RT (2018-09-05). Boston the latest upset as progressive wave sweeps Democratic party. rt.com Across the US, younger, ethnically diverse candidates, many of them with far-left platforms, are reshaping the Democratic Party. However, in liberal Boston, progressivism is nothing new. |

Orson Aguilar (2018-09-04). Democrats Can't Run from Identity Politics. progressive.org Political pundits say progressives are alienating working class whites by talking too much about race. They're wrong.

Democracy Now! (2018-09-04). Headlines for September 4, 2018. democracynow.org Confirmation Hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh Begin Today, Trump Attacks Sessions for Filing Charges Against 2 Republican Congressmen, Father of Mollie Tibbetts: Don't Use Her Death to Promote Xenophobia and Racism, Trump Warns Syrian Government Not to Attack Idlib, Reuters Journalists Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison After Investigating Burmese Military Massacre, Saudi-Led Coalition Says Bombing of School Bus, Killing 40 Children, Was "Unjustified", Germany: 50,000 Attend Anti-Racism Concert in Chemnitz, Brazil: Fire at National Museum Destroys Millions of Pieces of Art and History, Canadian Court Rejects Effort…

Democracy Now! (2018-09-04). Indigenous Activists Win "David vs. Goliath" Victory as Court Rejects $4.5B Trans Mountain Pipeline. democracynow.org Canada's Federal Court of Appeals has rejected the government's approval to triple the capacity of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline in a major victory for indigenous groups and environmentalists. On Thursday, Justice Eleanor Dawson nullified licensing for the $7.4 billion project and brought construction to a halt until the National Energy Board and the federal government complete court-ordered fixes. Her ruling cited inadequate consultations with indigenous peoples affected by the project, and found the National Energy Board's assessment of the expansion was so flawed that the federal Cabinet should not…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-04). Misreporting the Climate. therealnews.com Adam Ramsay of Open Democracy explains the ways in which the Media spins the Climate Crisis

Democracy Now! (2018-09-04). "What Are They Hiding?": Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings Begin Despite Suppression of 100K Documents. democracynow.org Confirmation hearings begin for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court. If he is confirmed, it would likely make the court the most conservative since the 1930s. Kavanaugh is 53 years old and could serve on the Supreme Court for decades to come. Critics warn his confirmation could lead to major rollbacks of civil rights, environmental regulations, gun control measures, voting rights and reproductive rights, including possibly overturning Roe v. Wade. We speak with Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Last…

Eoin Higgins (2018-09-04). Insurgent Challenger Ayanna Pressley Knocks Off Incumbent Mike Capuano on Pledge to Abolish ICE. theintercept.com Ayanna Pressley on Tuesday unseated longstanding incumbent Mike Capuano in Massachusetts's District 7. | Pressley set her sights on Capuano's seat, she said, because she felt that the congressman wasn't providing the kind of leadership that the community deserves. She said that Capuano's insufficient commitment to addressing inequality in the district, his acceptance of corporate money, and his position on the "abolish ICE" movement was out of step with District 7 — the most diverse district in the commonwealth. | Capuano told The Intercept that he stands by his past performance: "I'll compare my record against anybody's," he said. | He quickly conceded the race on Tuesday night. "Clearly the district wanted a lot of change," he said. | For the past 20 years, Capuano has represented the 7th District in Congress, and until now, has never faced a primary challenger.

ADRIAN KUZMINSKI (2018-09-04). Populism Revisited. counterpunch.org Ever since the last presidential election the words "populist" and "populism" have been widely bandied about, mostly as pejorative terms. A populist politician, we often hear, is a demagogue who wins votes by inflaming the resentments and emotions of ordinary people at the expense of rational thought. Those who fall prey to populism are no More

Sam Biddle (2018-09-04). Are We Making Elections Less Secure Just to Save Time? theintercept.com Something strange happens on election night. With polls closing, American supporters of both parties briefly, intensely align as one: We all want to know who's going to win, and we don't want to wait one more minute. The ravenous national appetite for an immediate victor, pumped up by frenzied cable news coverage and now Twitter, means delivering hyper-updated results and projections before any official tally is available. But the technologies that help ferry lightning-quick results out of polling places and onto CNN are also some of the riskiest, experts say. | It's been almost two years since Russian military hackers attempted to hijack computers used by both local election officials and VR Systems, an e-voting company that helps make Election Day possible in several key swing states. Since then, reports detailing the potent duo of inherent technical risk and abject negligence

Patrick Cockburn (2018-09-04). If the Troubles Return After Brexit, It Won't Just be Because of the Irish Border Issue. counterpunch.org More>

Tyler Durden (2018-09-04). US Warns Russia And Iran Against Killing "Hundreds Of Thousands" Of Syrians In Idlib. iranian.com It seems to happen just about every September and April over the past years: every time the Syrian proxy war seems to have receded from international media attention for a period of a long summer or a winter, a mass attention-grabbing event or massacre happens to suddenly yank the world's (and the White House's) focus right back on […]

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-09-04). What Does The Intercept's NSA Leak Say About Russian Vote Hacking? therealnews.com With Reality Winner sentenced to five years behind bars, The Intercept's Jim Risen joins Aaron Maté to discuss the NSA leaker's harsh sentence and what the document she revealed actually says. Is there solid evidence of Russian vote hacking?

wsws (2018-09-04). Millionaire Democrats face off in New York gubernatorial debate. wsws.org Neither incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo or his "left" challenger Cynthia Nixon offered any policies to meet the needs of working people.

wsws (2018-09-04). US push for sanctions of China over treatment of Uyghur minority. wsws.org Washington's spotlighting of abuses has nothing to do with defending democratic rights but is aimed at stirring anti-Chinese sentiment and encouraging separatist movements in China.

RT (2018-09-04). Facebook building a physical 'war room' for US midterm elections 'arms race'. rt.com Facebook is getting ready for the US midterm elections by building a literal "war room" and seeking to win the "arms race" against "bad actors," a company boss said in remarks that seemed like they were pulled from the Cold War.

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