2018-09-11: News Headlines

F. William Engdahl (2018-09-11). Behind the Anglo-American War on Russia. Prevent the Domination of Eurasia by Russia and China. globalresearch.ca . Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | Perhaps they had a chance back during the Obama days when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton…

Morning Star (2018-09-11). Far right breakthrough prevented in Sweden. peoplesworld.org No one can dress up a far-right general election vote of 17.6 percent as good news, but nor should the disappointment felt by Sweden's Democrat fascists in suits be ignored. | The misnamed Democrats had hoped the result would be still better, claiming that they could score as much as 30 percent and replace the free-market conservative Moderate Party as the second party. | Even mainstream opinion polls suggested the party, with its roots in Keep Sweden Swedish nazi extremism, could hit 24 percent. | The Moderates lost ground, as did the country's largest party, the Social Democrats, but, alongside the Democrats' surge from 12.9 per cent to 17.6, the Left party, which polled below 6 per cent in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 general elections, rose to 8 percent. | Its 28 seats, alongside the Greens' depleted 15 and 101 for the…

Yves Engler (2018-09-11). The Original 9/11: 45 Years After Pinochet's Coup. counterpunch.org On this day in 1973 the democratically elected president of Chile, Salvador Allende, was overthrown by General Augusto Pinochet. In the aftermath, 3000 leftists were murdered, tens of thousands tortured and hundreds of thousands driven from the country. Since it doesn't serve to justify further domination by the powerful few in the Canadian media will commemorate More

Richard Kim (2018-09-11). The Supreme Court Is an Antidemocratic Hot Mess—and We Should Change That. thenation.com The Supreme Court Is an Antidemocratic Hot Mess—and We Should Change That appeared first on The Nation.

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-09-11). Ted Cruz Is So Scared of Beto O'Rourke He's Released This Nasty — And False — Attack Ad. alternet.org With his heavily-edited attack ad, Cruz shows his hand. | Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is running for re-election, and he's running scared. He should be. His Democratic opponent, U. S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, is within one point of Cruz in the latest poll, and a top Trump administration official said Cruz ma. . .

Prof. Dennis Pilon (2018-09-11). Demeaning Democracy: Turning Doug Ford's Attack on Toronto into a Movement for Democratic Renewal. globalresearch.ca . Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. | We, the undersigned group of scholars and teachers, deplore the autocratic and arbitrary reduction of ward …

Peter Schrag (2018-09-11). Can California Democrats Flip the House in November? thenation.com Can California Democrats Flip the House in November? appeared first on The Nation.

teleSUR (2018-09-11). Chile's 9/11 Coup Paved Way for 17 Years of Tyranny. telesurtv.net Sept. 11, 2018, marks the 45th anniversary of the overthrow of democratically-elected president Salvador Allende the Chilean military.

Howard Lisnoff (2018-09-11). The Neoliberals Are Complicit in This Train Wreck. counterpunch.org I get a kick out of many Democrats. Readers would think in reading Barack Obama's September 7, 2018 speech at the University of Illinois, that all we have to do is go out and vote for Democrats and we'd be on the way to restoring our troubled, but exceptional democracy ("Barack Obama: You need to More

Dave Lindorff (2018-09-11). The Kavanaugh Hearing is About Political Posturing, Not Keeping a Political Hack Off the High Court. counterpunch.org The politically ambitious mainstream Democratic Senator Cory Booker has been posing as a courageous man ready to put his seat in the Senate at risk by violating Senate rules and releasing "confidential" emails of Supreme Court nominee and current Appeals Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh at Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The truth More

Chauncey DeVega, Salon (2018-09-11). A Data Journalist Explains Why Many Republicans Would Continue to Support Trump Despite Alleged Video Evidence of His Use of the 'N-Word'. alternet.org There is a portion of the Republican Party which is nativist. The data is clear on that point. | After the white supremacist riot in Charlottesville last year that killed Heather Heyer, President Donald Trump infamously told reporters that there were "very fine people" on both sides. It's a comment that may define his presidency more than any other. As former President Barack Obama said at a Democratic campaign rally last Friday, "It shouldn't be. . .

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-09-11). Here Are 5 Senators to Keep a Close Eye on When Brett Kavanaugh Comes Up for a Vote. alternet.org Kavanaugh has the potential to swing the balance of the Supreme Court. | After three days of aggressive questioning from Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and other Senate Democrats, Judge Brett Kavanaugh might come up for a vote in the U. S. Senate as soon as this Thursday, September 13—and votes to either confir. . .

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-11). Far-Right Gains in Swedish Election, Continuing European Trend. therealnews.com The far-right and anti-immigrant party, Swedish Democrats, increase their share of the vote from 13 to 18 percent, while neither of the two major party alliances, of the center-left and of the center-right has enough votes to form a government on its own. We analyze the result with Ali Esbati, an Iranian-Swedish member of parliament

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-09-11). Unpopular GOP Incumbents Are Struggling in Iowa — And That's a Bad Sign for Trump's Republican Party. alternet.org Democrats are potentially poised to make big gains in a state Trump won handily. | On Monday, a new Emerson College poll suggested prominent Republicans in Iowa could be in serious danger this fall. The poll shows Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds down 31 to 37 against Democratic challenger and Jake Jacobs (2018-09-11). New York's Democratic Primary is a Showdown for Charter School Politics. progressive.org The upcoming New York primary could redefine the Democratic party in the state—and could mean drastic change for the charter school industry.

Staff (2018-09-11). New York Times Slams State Democrats' Smear of Cynthia Nixon. truthdig.com In a (somewhat) backpedaling editorial, the newspaper still maintains that incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo has the "potential" to lead.

Aída Chávez (2018-09-11). Andrew Cuomo Keeps Hiring Republicans. theintercept.com Pressure from Cynthia Nixon's primary challenge has pushed New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to the left on a number of issues ahead of this Thursday's Democratic gubernatorial primary. Cuomo, though, has struggled to escape criticism for enabling the Independent Democratic Conference, a breakaway group of state Senate Democrats who caucused with the Republican minority to give them control of the chamber in a Democratic state. Notably, he only dissolved the alliance after Nixon's entry to the race. | But his choice to hire numerous staff from across the aisle has gone largely unexamined. | Cuomo has repeatedly touted his ability to work across party lines, and judging by the number of Republicans he's hired for key positions in his administration, he's right. | In 2017, Cuomo hired a top aide to former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to be his chief of staff.

John Nichols (2018-09-11). Cynthia Nixon is Campaigning to Do What Cuomo Has Failed to Do: Democratize New York. thenation.com Cynthia Nixon is Campaigning to Do What Cuomo Has Failed to Do: Democratize New York appeared first on The Nation.

Alex Lawson, Independent Media Institute (2018-09-11). Donald Trump and the Republican Party Work Every Day to 'Destroy Social Security'. alternet.org It's time to set the record straight. | During Donald Trump's campaign for president, he promised over and over again to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Now, in the lead-up to the midterm elections, Trump is claiming to. . .

Eric A. Gordon (2018-09-11). Katie Porter battles right-wing Republican in California's Orange County. peoplesworld.org IRVINE, Calif.—"I've lived in Orange County 35 years," says Cherie Rabideau, waiting with her wife Michelle Evans for the University Synagogue's Friday evening service to begin which would introduce us to speaker Katie Porter. "And Mimi Walters is the worst thing that's ever happened here. She's mean…

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-09-11). Here Are 5 Reasons Republicans Will Survive the 2018 Midterms — Despite Trump's No Good, Very Bad Poll Numbers. alternet.org GOP voters consistently cast their ballots, and they're still in the trenches for Donald Trump | With the 2018 midterms only eight weeks away, the last thing President Donald Trump and other Republicans want to see are bad poll numbers—and in recent days, there have been plenty of them. Republicans were hoping that an ABC News/Washington Post poll released just before Labo. . .

Bob Brigham, Raw Story (2018-09-11). Trump's White House Is Launching A New 'Counterattack' Against 'Disgruntled Employees' After Being Humiliated by Insiders: MSNBC. alternet.org Chaos in the West Wing is "doing real damage" to the GOP. | President Donald Trump is harming the Republican Party in the midterm elections as he spends "all day going on the defense" against the explosive reports in a scathing New York Times op-ed written by a senior official in the administration and Fear, the new book by Bob Woodward which was released on Tuesday. "With the White House engulfed in its own s. . .

wsws (2018-09-11). Swedish election results in gridlock and growth of the far-right. wsws.org The neo-fascist Swedish Democrats won a hearing only because of the bankruptcy of the ruling parties, which have overseen decades of cuts and social decay.

RT (2018-09-11). DeSantis quits Congress amid claims of racism-by-association. rt.com Florida's Republican gubernatorial candidate is being accused of racism again, over past appearances at a conference hosted by a prominent anti-Islam activist. Ron DeSantis has resigned from the House to focus on the campaign.

RT (2018-09-11). NY Democratic candidate for governor targeted by own party with anti-Semitism mailer. rt.com Ahead of New York's Democratic primary, someone within the party has paid for a mailer accusing progressive gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon of anti-Semitism.

BAFJAAC (2018-09-11). The Attack On Julian Assange, Journalists, Democratic Rights, Labor & Imperialist War. indybay.org Niebyl Proctor Library | 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA…

Democracy Now! (2018-09-10). Ex-Senate Aide: Kavanaugh Should Be Impeached for Lying Under Oath About Stolen Democratic Memos. democracynow.org Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh is facing accusations of perjury following his confirmation hearing last week. Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont has suggested Kavanaugh lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his 2004 and 2006 hearings to become a federal judge. During those hearings Kavanaugh denied seeing private Democratic files that detailed strategies for opposing Republican judicial nominees while he was associate counsel in the George W. Bush White House. We speak with Lisa Graves, former top aide to Senator Patrick Leahy, whose new piece is headlined "I Wrote Some of the Stol…

Aída Chávez (2018-09-10). Establishment Democrats Are Pouring Millions Into Rhode Island to Save an Unpopular Governor From an Insurgent Challenge. theintercept.com Money that could be helping Stacey Abrams, Andrew Gillum, or Ben Jealous is instead going to a former banker in Rhode Island.

wsws (2018-09-10). Sri Lankan prime minister threatens increased internet and social media censorship. wsws.org Wickremesinghe's comments are part of the escalating global censorship of the internet and social media, and other attacks on democratic rights.

wsws (2018-09-10). A week of crisis and deepening dysfunction in US politics. wsws.org There is no progressive or democratic side in the conflict between Trump and his opponents within the military-intelligence apparatus, the corporate media, and the Democratic Party.

wsws (2018-09-10). Grand Coalition adopts plan for historic rearmament of German military forces. wsws.org Behind the backs of the population, the Grand Coalition of Christian Democrats and Social Democrats is planning a massive arms drive.

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…

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). 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.

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.

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

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…

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.

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."

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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). 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?

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…

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