(2018-09-08). Sean Patrick Maloney Calls Zephyr Teachout "Unhinged" for Accurately Describing His Voting Record. theintercept.com During Thursday's New York attorney general debate, Sean Patrick Maloney called his fellow Democratic candidate Zephyr Teachout "unhinged" for accurately describing his voting record. Maloney, a congressperson from upstate New York, stood with big banks on two critical occasions to roll back elements of the Dodd-Frank financial reform, Teachout had accurately noted. | The exchange, during which Maloney was booed by the audience, was the latest of several instances where Maloney has claimed that African-American small bankers in his district were the primary beneficiaries of the deregulatory policies he favored. In reality, large mega-banks benefited far more from both of the votes Teachout cited. | Those same large mega-banks and other financial industry players are supporting Maloney's campaign for attorney general, a position which has sometimes been called "the sheriff of Wall Street" because of its jurisdiction. Earlier this week, the…
(2018-09-08). Win or Lose, Supreme Court Confirmation Fight Defines Democrats. truthdig.com The tumultuous four days of Senate hearings for nominee Brett Kavanaugh—marked by rules challenges and protests—signal a new stage in Democrats' hard-line approach to President Trump.
(2018-09-08). Far-right Sweden Democrats poised to make gains in general election. wsws.org Chief responsibility for the rise of the right-wing extremists lies with the Social Democrats, who have gutted public spending and whipped up anti-immigrant chauvinism.
(2018-09-08). What is the Teamsters for a Democratic Union? wsws.org Since 1976 the Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU), long a faction in the union bureaucracy, has been trying to replace IBT officials with those it claims will be more accountable to the rank and file.
(2018-09-08). Obama speech escalates factional warfare against Trump. wsws.org The central focus of Obama's speech was an appeal to disaffected Republicans and conservatives to vote for the Democratic Party in the fall.
(2018-09-07). Parliamentary Elections in Sweden. Shift to the Right? Towards "A NATO Sweden"? globalresearch.ca The current Swedish Government, led by the Social Democrats, is governed by a coalition with the Green Party since 2014. Incumbent PM, Stefan Löfven, intends to continue his government and …
(2018-09-07). 'I Can't Guarantee It': George Papadopoulos Admits He Might Have Told Trump Campaign Russia Had Dirt On Hillary Clinton. alternet.org Trump's former foreign policy adviser just made a startling admission to Jake Tapper. | On Friday, CNN is airing an exclusive interview between George Papadopoulos and Jake Tapper. And during the course of that interview, Papadopoulos has made an astonishing confession: despite his repeated denials that he informed anyone on the campaign that the Russians had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton, he "can't guarantee" he did not tell someone. "There are going to be people. . .
(2018-09-07). Roe v. Wade in Danger: Released Docs Reveal Kavanaugh Thinks Abortion Decision Is Not "Settled Law" democracynow.org Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing took a series of dramatic turns Thursday, as Democratic senators began releasing confidential documents from Kavanaugh's work at the George W. Bush White House. The New York Times also broke a major story Thursday morning revealing that Kavanaugh wrote as a White House attorney in 2003 that he did not deem the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision to be "settled law of the land." He wrote, "I am not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since Court can always overrule…
(2018-09-07). Documents Reveal Kavanaugh Thinks Abortion Decision Is Not "Settled Law" truthout.org Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing took a series of dramatic turns Thursday, as Democratic senators began releasing confidential documents from Kavanaugh's work at the George W. Bush White House. The New York Times also broke a major story Thursday morning revealing that Kavanaugh wrote as a White House attorney in 2003 that he did not deem the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision to be "settled law of the land." He wrote, "I am not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since Court can always overrule its precedent, and three current Justices on the Court would do so." These revelations come as the Trump administration withholds more than 100,000 pages of Kavanaugh's records on the basis of presidential privilege. We speak with Kristen…
(2018-09-07). Can the Popularity of Impeachment Matter? counterpunch.org According to an ABC News / Washington Post poll, 49% of a sampling of the U.S. public wants impeachment begun (they don't specify when, but presumably any moment now) against Trump, while 43% do not. There are almost certainly millions of additional Democrats who would move into the pro-impeachment column if that party's leaders did so. Same with More
(2018-09-07). How Democrats Could Thwart Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Nomination. alternet.org Should they go all out, or lick their wounds and move on? | The resignation of Justice Anthony Kennedy set fire to the political world. It hands Republicans a second straight Supreme Court nomination, threatens numerous important judicial precedents and foreshadows a world of pro-corporate, anti-civil liberties "rule from the bench" lasting well into the next generation. When the president nominated the radical rightwing jurist Brett Kavanaugh to r. . .
(2018-09-07). Democrats Are Engaging in 'Kabuki Theater' in the Kavanaugh Hearings. therealnews.com In the hearings to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as a new Supreme Court justice, Democrats are mostly focusing on hypothetical questions instead of questioning him on his record and releasing his documents. This is an inflection point in US democracy, says law Prof. Francis Boyle
(2018-09-07). Crisis, Chaos and Corruption: Here Are Recent Examples of Each in the Trump Era. alternet.org The presidency has sunk to uncharted depths. | Sen. Cory Booker has been in the news a lot recently, questioning Judge Brett Kavanaugh aggressively on racial profiling during U. S. Senate hearings on his nomination for the U. S. Supreme Court. And the centrist New Jersey Democrat, during his fre. . .
(2018-09-07). 'They Do Nothing': Joy Behar Shuts Down Abby Huntsman's Claim That Republicans Take Election Interference 'Very Seriously'. alternet.org The liberal cohost said conservatives don't even want to protect U. S. elections. | The View co-host Joy Behar pushed back against new conservative co-host Abby Huntsman on Friday when Huntsman suggested it wasn't fair to suggest the entire administration of President Donald Trump didn't take election interference seriously. The spat began after Behar said that conservatives "like" meddling that works to their advantage. Huntsman suggest. . .
(2018-09-07). Here Are 7 of the Most Absurd Conservative Reactions to Obama's Provocative Speech. alternet.org Obama finally went on the attack against Trump and the Republicans. | Barack Obama has generally been keeping a low profile in the Donald Trump era, although the former president resurfaced in South Africa in July with a speech commemorating Nelson Mandel's birthday. The former U. S. president didn't mention President Trump by name in South Africa, but he most certainly did during a (2018-09-07). Here Are 9 of Obama's Most Devastating Attacks in His Fiery Speech Condemning Trump's GOP. alternet.org The speech marked a sharp turn in Obama's post-presidency. | Barack Obama blasted President Donald Trump and the Republican Party as hypocrites and radicals in a scathing speech at the University of Illinois. The former president condemned his successor and the GOP for obsessively undoing his accomplishments and upending the international order, all while stoking fear and prejudice. These are nine of Obama's most withering attacks. 1. "Wh. . .
(2018-09-07). Former GOP Deputy Finance Chair's Ex-Mistress Claims He Demanded She Have An Abortion. alternet.org Shera Bechard has a lengthy list of allegations against GOP megadonor and former deputy finance chair Elliott Broidy. | On Friday, documents relating to the lawsuit against Republican megadonor and former RNC Deputy Finance Chair Elliott Broidy by former mistress and Playboy centerfold Sasha Bechard were unsealed, revealing some lurid a. . .
(2018-09-07). 'Fake news' v 'alternative facts'? Libertarian presidential hopeful on Facebook censorship. rt.com Facebook's strategy to provide "alternative facts" to combat "fake news" will only result in political censorship that will cater for the interests of the Democratic Party, the Libertarians' presidential hopeful told RT.
(2018-09-07). 'Fell asleep': Trump unimpressed as Obama makes 1st public attack on his policies in midterm speech. rt.com Former President Barack Obama has backed the Democratic party's campaign efforts by throwing shade at President Donald Trump and voicing support for progressive policies. Trump shot back that he found it "very good for sleeping."
(2018-09-07). CIA Democrat complains of political spying by Republicans. wsws.org Democrat Abigail Spanberger, whose main political "credential" is eight years as an undercover CIA operative, is denouncing the Republican Party for obtaining a copy of her full federal security clearance document.
(2018-09-06). Why Socialists must back Democrats in November elections. peoplesworld.org Since the election in 1980 of Ronald Reagan and especially with the subsequent consolidation of control over the Republican Party by right-wing extremism, the main challenge for the progressive and socialist movement has been to build a broad democratic coalition to defeat this threat to living standards, democratic rights, peace and the environment. | The immediate battle is the November elections in which left forces must accept the reality that the only electoral vehicle capable of defeating the extremists is the Democratic Party. Therefore, there is no question but that every effort must be made to elect the Democratic candidates. Third party candidates, especially the Greens, serve only to divert activists and siphon their votes and resources away from the main task of stopping the right. | Of course, while there is temporary agreement about the desired outcome of the elections, Democrats, in…
(2018-09-06). Cory Booker Rips Open the Web of Secrecy Republicans Have Woven Around Brett Kavanaugh. thenation.com Cory Booker Rips Open the Web of Secrecy Republicans Have Woven Around Brett Kavanaugh appeared first on The Nation.
(2018-09-06). Ayanna Pressley upsets 10-term Massachusetts congressman in Democratic primary. wsws.org Sending the African-American councilwoman to Washington will result in no meaningful shift in the pro-business policies of the Democratic Party or improvement in the conditions of workers in her constituency.
(2018-09-06). Bernie Sanders proposes 'Stop BEZOS' bill to end corporate welfare, boost wages. rt.com Vermont Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders has unveiled his new 'Stop BEZOS' Act, a pointed jab at the Amazon CEO, which ostensibly aims to entirely eliminate one kind of corporate welfare in the US.
(2018-09-05). Does Hogan's Schools Rhetoric Match his Track Record? therealnews.com Some Democrats say Larry Hogan is taking credit for their educational accomplishments, but will either candidate's policy be transformational for public schools?
(2018-09-05). Sheryl Sandberg Misled Congress About Facebook's Conscience. theintercept.com Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg draped herself in the star-spangled banner of American principles before today's Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing on social media. Sandberg proclaimed that democratic values of free expression were integral to the company's conscience. "We would only operate in a country where we could do so in keeping with our values," she went on. Either this was a lie told under oath, or Facebook has some pretty lousy values."We would only operate in a country where we could do so in keeping with our values." | Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., questioned Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey about the fact that they are both ostensibly American companies, but also firms with users around the world — including in countries with legal systems and values that differ drastically from the United States. Rubio cited various governments that crack down…
(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.
(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.
(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…
(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.
(2018-09-05). Brett Kavanaugh Must Answer These Questions. thenation.com Brett Kavanaugh Must Answer These Questions appeared first on The Nation.
(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…
(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
(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. |
(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.
(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…
(2018-09-03). Pundits lose minds over 'bipartisan' candy-sharing moment between George W. Bush & Michelle Obama. rt.com Who knew Democrats and Republicans spoke to each other outside of work hours? Apparently not everyone, since the moment George Bush passed some candy to Michelle Obama at John McCain's funeral sent social media into meltdown.
(2018-09-02). Democrats Need to Show a Whole Lot of Solidarity With Labor in 2018. thenation.com Democrats Need to Show a Whole Lot of Solidarity With Labor in 2018 appeared first on The Nation.
(2018-08-31). China Daily derides Trump's Twitter rants as 'messages from some alternative universe'. rt.com In a Friday editorial, China Daily said that US President Donald Trump's social media rants are "from some alternative universe," following his claim that China hacked Hillary Clinton's email server.
(2018-08-31). Democratic Congressional candidate says Trump is like Bin Laden — audio recording. rt.com A recording in which an Illinois Democrat running for Congress appears to say US President Donald Trump and Al-Qaeda founder Osama Bin Laden have "a tremendous amount in common," has been made public.
(2018-08-30). From the Grassroots to the Ballot Box: How Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Gillum Won in Florida. democracynow.org After progressive candidate Andrew Gillum pulled off a stunning upset in Florida's Democratic primary for governor Tuesday, putting him on a path to become the state's first African-American governor, he was attacked within hours by his Republican opponent—handpicked by Trump—who warned voters not to "monkey this up" by supporting Gillum. Even Fox said they they don't condone his comments. We speak with two activists who've worked with Gillum: Phillip Agnew with Dream Defenders in Florida and Charlene Carruthers, head of Black Youth Project 100 and author of the new book "Unapologetic: A Black, Queer,…
(2018-08-30). Clash of Dems: Did Cuomo admit he was lying in spar with NY gov challenger Nixon? rt.com New York Governor Andrew Cuomo faced off against primary challenger Cynthia Nixon in their only head-to-head debate last night — but in the midst of political jabs and fiery exchanges, there was one comment that puzzled people.
(2018-08-30). In tight Texas Senate race, Cruz blasts O'Rourke with memes. rt.com The Texas Republican Party roasted Democrat Senate hopeful Beto O'Rourke, posting a decades old mugshot from his old drunk driving arrest after he refused to debate his rival, Sen.Ted Cruz (R). |
(2018-08-29). Headlines for August 29, 2018. democracynow.org Puerto Rico Increases Hurricane Death Toll to 2,975, Andrew Gillum, a Black Progressive Backed by Bernie Sanders, Wins Florida Gubernatorial Primary, Trump-Backed Martha McSally Wins Arizona GOP Senate Primary, Trump Warns of "Violence" If Democrats Win Control of Congress, Texas Police Officer Convicted for Killing 15-Year-Old African-American Student, Teachers in Washington State Begin Strike, U.N. Secretary-General: Report on Genocide Targeting Rohingya Needs Serious Consideration, India Carries Out Raids Arresting Critics of Modi Government, France's Environment Minister Resigns On-Air over Climate Change, De…
(2018-08-29). Florida Primary Sets up Stark Choice, New Day for Democrats. progressive.org In Tuesday's primary elections, Democrats offer a powerful answer to the rapacious politics that have exacerbated inequality across the country.
(2018-08-28). Bound & Gagged: Black Panther Party Chair Bobby Seale Describes His Trial After 1968 DNC Protests. democracynow.org As we revisit the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago that became a national spectacle 50 years ago when police attacked demonstrators, we are joined by Bobby Seale, who was chair of the Black Panther Party when he spoke at the demonstrations and was later arrested and became part of the Chicago 8. Seale describes how at his conspiracy trial the judge ordered that he be gagged and bound to his chair. He was sentenced to 48 months in prison for 16 acts of contempt of court, but all of the charges were later dismissed.
(2018-08-28). 50 Years Ago: Antiwar Protesters Brutally Attacked in Police Riots at 1968 Democratic Convention. democracynow.org It was 50 years ago this week that the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago became a national spectacle, as a major political event turned into chaos that culminated with a police riot, much of it unfolding on live national television. Chicago met the protesters with 24,000 police officers, National Guardsmen and Army soldiers using tear gas and clubs. We feature Newsreel clips from the week and go to Chicago to speak with former SDS and Weather Underground member Bill Ayers, who was arrested 50 years ago.
(2018-08-28). 1968 DNC Protests, 50 Years Later: Organizers Recall Coalition Building & Running Pig for President. democracynow.org We revisit the 1968 DNC protests in Chicago, where Yippies Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin nominated a pig named "Pigasus the Immortal" to compete with candidates Hubert Humphrey and Richard Nixon. They hoped to In-Hog-Ur-Ate Pigasus instead. His platform was to be a pile of garbage—"just like the platform of all the other parties." They demanded Pigasus be taken to the White House for a foreign policy briefing and given a Secret Service detail. Pigasus was later arrested along with many others, who were charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and bringing a pig to Chicago. Defense attorney Will…
(2018-08-27). Sanders Backers Win Major Reforms as Democratic Nat'l Committee Votes to Limit Superdelegate Power. democracynow.org After a major debate, Democrats have voted on a key progressive demand after the 2016 campaign: to vastly reduce the power of superdelegates in choosing the party's presidential nominee. Saturday's vote by the Democratic National Committee comes after the 2016 race for Democratic nominee between Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and pitted many DNC members who supported the change against two former party chairs and members of the Congressional Black Caucus. We get an update from Norman Solomon, national coordinator of RootsAction. He was a Bernie Sanders delegate from Californ…
(2018-08-27). Headlines for August 27, 2018. democracynow.org John McCain Dies at 81, Democratic Party Officials Vote to Reduce Power of Superdelegates, Pope Francis Meets with Church Sexual Abuse Survivors in Ireland, Trump Administration Cuts $200 Million in Aid to Palestinians, U.N. Calls on Burma's Top Generals to Be Investigated for Genocide Against Rohingya, Reports: Head of ISIS in Afghanistan Killed in Airstrike, Corruption Scandal Engulfs Argentina | , 3 Killed, Including Gunman, in Shooting at Video Game Tournament in Florida, Detainee Speaks Out from Hunger Strike in Northwest Detention Center, 7 Arrested at Protests at UNC over "Silent Sam" Confederate Monument…