2018-09-09: News Headlines

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-09-09). A Power More Supreme Than Any Judge. truthout.org The first day of Senate hearings on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh began with raucous disruptions from protesters and denunciations from Democratic committee members. This expressed the deep fear and anger that people feel across the country over the court's hard-right direction with Kavanaugh's potential addition. | These protests are crucial, but, like the August 26 day of action to protest Kavanaugh, they're seen by organizers mainly as a last-ditch publicity effort to shame senators before the Court is lost to the right for a generation. | What's needed to stop Kavanaugh and the right — either before his confirmation or after it — are strong movements for abortion rights and civil liberties that can shift the political climate in the US. | But that requires more people on the left to break with the liberal mythology that sees the…

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! (2018-09-09). Watch: Noam Chomsky on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Growing Split in Democratic Party. alternet.org The Republican Party itself has drifted so far to the right that they're almost off the spectrum. But the split within the Democratic Party is significant, and it's showing up in primary after primary. | The 2018 midterm election season has been roiled by the internal divisions between the Democratic Party's growing progressive base and the more conservative party establishment. In New York City, this division came to a head with the most shocking upset of the electi. . .

David Cay Johnston, DC Report (2018-09-09). Republicans Are Getting a Special Gift From the Super Rich in Return For Their Tax Cuts. alternet.org Just in time for the midterms. | Donald Trump's tweets telling the super-rich to expect another big tax cut if Republicans hold onto the House and Senate is paying off for the GOP. This article first appeared at DCReport. com . National Republican fundraising continues to run well ahead of Democrats, who are saddled with debt, new Federal Election Commission reports show. Republicans. . .

Jolie McCullough, The Texas Tribune (2018-09-09). Trump Official Says Ted Cruz Could Lose to Beto O'Rourke: 'Likability' Still Counts. alternet.org Mick Mulvaney said at a closed-door meeting with Republican donors that he did not believe in the existence of a "blue wave" of Democrats overtaking many Republican-held seats, but that Cruz may be in trouble. | President Donald Trump's budget chief said Saturday that Republican U. S. Sen Ted Cruz could lose his seat in the November elections, suggesting that he is not likable enough,

SouthFront (2018-09-09). Iranian Rockets Hit Iranian Kurdish Opposition Headquarters In Northern Iraq (Videos). iranian.com On September 8, heavy Iranian rockets stuck the headquarters of two Iranian Kurdish opposition parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) and the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) in the northern Iraqi town of Koya. The KDPI said that the Iranian rocket strike targeted a conference held by the political office of the […]

David Edwards, Raw Story (2018-09-09). Fox News Host Warns Benghazi Pundit to 'Be Careful' After He Threatens to 'Choke' Former President Barack Obama. alternet.org Former CIA contractor Kris Paronto also called Barack Obama a "narcissist. " | Fox News host Pete Hegseth on Sunday cautioned former CIA contractor Kris Paronto not to threaten President Barack Obama on live television. After President Barack Obama railed against President Donald Trump in a set of campaign speeches last week, Paronto, who worked for the CIA during the Benghazi attacks, lashed out at the former president for suggesting that the Republican investigation i. . .

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-09-09). Two New Studies Show Just How Underpaid Teachers Are — And That's Exactly How Republicans Want It. alternet.org Low teacher pay is on the way to becoming a crisis, as that and other attacks on the profession make teaching a less appealing career for young people. | Teachers are underpaid, say a majority of Americans . . . and they're right. Two new studies give different ang. . .

Laurence Lewis, Daily Kos (2018-09-09). NYT Op-Ed Proves The Republic Can Be Saved — But The Republican Party Cannot. alternet.org That Trump is unfit to be president has been obvious since he first floated the idea of seeking the office, seemingly on a whim, decades ago. | The New York Times did as much as anyone to create the Trump presidency, and now they've published an op-ed from a White House insider who claims to be part of a double secret probation. . .

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-09-09). Republicans Fear Trump Is 'Totally Delusional' About the GOP's Midterm Chances — But Are 'Not Willing to Tell Him The Truth'. alternet.org Despite his optimistic tweets, Republicans worry the party will take a major hit in November. | Republicans are growing concerned that Donald Trump has unrealistic expectations about his party's projected performance in the upcoming midterm elections, according to CNN's Maeve Reston. Reston spoke on Sunday with CNN's John King, telling the new host Trump's "optimistic tweets about the. . .

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-09). Economic Update: Capitalism Invites Deepening Criticism. therealnews.com This week: Updates on new approach to Labor Day; DNC accepts fossil fuel donations; Turkey's crisis as typical capitalist instability; collapse of Genoa toll bridge; exploding gap between CEO and average worker pay; Gallup Poll on capitalism vs socialism in US; and Professor Wolff interviews Dr. Harriet Fraad on why U.S. workers don't rebel more…

David Dayen (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…

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2018-09-08). I Really Can't Cast Your Ballot for You, Ma'am. globalresearch.ca "The fight of my life…"; "Republicans take a sledgehammer to Medicare…"; "Triple your impact to STOP…"; "Lowering our chance…"; "What's at stake? Everything…"; "Last chance…"; "Numbers don't lie…"; "They're scared we'll …

wsws (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.

wsws (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.

wsws (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.

Peter Koenig (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 …

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (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

David Swanson (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

Democracy Now! (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…

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (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 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."

wsws (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.

RT (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.

Rick Nagin (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…

John Nichols (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.

wsws (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.

RT (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.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (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?

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

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.

Sam Biddle (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…

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.

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.

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

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…

RT (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.

John Nichols (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.

RT (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.

RT (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.

Democracy Now! (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,…

RT (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). |

Ruth Conniff (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.

Democracy Now! (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…

Democracy Now! (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.

Democracy Now! (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.

Democracy Now! (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…

Democracy Now! (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…

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