2018-09-13: News Headlines

BAFJAAC (2018-09-13). The Attack On Julian Assange, Journalists, Democratic Rights, Labor & Imperialist War. indybay.org Niebyl Proctor Library | 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA…

Sean McElwee (2018-09-12). Can New York's Politics Finally Be As Progressive as Its Voters? thenation.com

Joseph S. Nye (2018-09-12). The Two Sides Of American Exceptionalism. iranian.com Any post-Trump US president will confront a fundamental question. Can the US promote democratic values without military intervention and crusades, and at the same time take a non-hegemonic lead in establishing and maintaining the institutions needed for a world of interdependence? [dropcap]I[/dropcap]n July, I joined 43 other scholars of international relations in paying for a […]

Shared by britney (2018-09-12). How Organizers Made Survivors' Incarceration an Issue in the Cuomo/Nixon Race. truthout.org For the Democratic Party, it's been a tense primary season. Across the country, entrenched Democratic incumbents have been faced with progressive challengers. In New York, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has found his progressive challenger in actor and activist Cynthia Nixon. Cuomo has clashed with Nixon over policies that many progressive candidates are demanding, such as the implementation of a statewide Medicare for All system, but another issue has gained promi…

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-09-12). Mitch McConnell Braces Republicans for 'Unthinkable' Prospect of Losing the Senate: Report. alternet.org Once thought indestructible, the GOP Senate majority is in play this fall. | Democrats pose a grave threat to the Republican House majority for the fall. The latest Quinnipiac poll shows Democrats leading the generic congressional ballot by 14 points, with a 15 point lead among independents a. . .

Steve Early (2018-09-12). Big Money in Politics: Are Leading Democrats Really on the Wagon (or Still Sneaking a Drink)? counterpunch.org For voters concerned about the bad consequences of big business spending on elections, a New York Times report last month promised mid-summer relief. "Tired of Money in Politics, Some Democrats Think Small," the headline read. The accompanying article, which focused on a Minnesota Congressional contest, noted that, "in mid-term races around the country…dozens of Democrats [are] rejecting More

Justin Anderson (2018-09-12). Establishment Media Shy Away From Claims of Perjury by Kavanaugh. fair.org Daily Beast ( 9/7/18) | Trump Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh was subject to a wringer of testy Senate confirmation hearings last week. The current DC Circuit Court judge has come under fire from Democrats on the Judiciary Committee for his stances against the landmark pro-abortion decision Daniel A. Medina (2018-09-12). What Kind of Resistance? The Battle for New York Attorney General Opens Up a Rift. theintercept.com Will big money swamp the New York attorney general race, or are Democrats looking to shake things up?

Ryan Grim (2018-09-12). Dianne Feinstein Withholding Brett Kavanaugh Document From Fellow Judiciary Committee Democrats. theintercept.com Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have privately requested to view a Brett Kavanaugh-related document in possession of the panel's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, but the senior California senator has so far refused, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation. | The specific content of the document, which is a letter from a California constituent, is unclear, but Feinstein's refusal to share the letter has created tension on the committee, particularly after Feinstein largely took a back seat to her more junior colleagues last week, as they took over Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings with…

Yves Engler (2018-09-12). September 11, 1973: Remembering Canada's Support for the Right Wing Coup in Chile. globalresearch.ca On Sept. 11, 1973, the democratically elected president of Chile, Salvador Allende, was overthrown by…

Joshua Holland (2018-09-12). How One of America's Trumpiest Democrats Got a Surprising Challenger. thenation.com

Elliot Sperber (2018-09-12). Interview With a Republican. counterpunch.org As the rush and buzz of information accelerates, generating tons of greenhouse gases (and new cases of cancer, and Information Fatigue Syndrome), by the hour, it's easy to forget yesterday's news, much less last week's. As such, memories of John McCain's recent death have probably already been buried under mountains of virtual garbage. For those More

Staff (2018-09-12). Bush Boosting Republicans in Places Where Trump Isn't Strong. truthdig.com Former President George W. Bush is quietly helping Republican candidates, including Senate hopeful Rick Scott of Florida and Will Hurd of Texas, who is seeking reelection to the House.

RT (2018-09-12). California man arrested for trying to stab Republican Congress candidate. rt.com Alameda County police have arrested a knife-wielding man who reportedly attacked congressional candidate Rudy Peters with a switchblade after making "disparaging remarks" about the GOP.

wsws (2018-09-12). Australia: The pseudo-left Victorian Socialists and its pro-capitalist election manifesto. wsws.org What is underway ahead of the November state election is a somewhat desperate effort by the pseudo-left to revive illusions in Labor, the Greens and the trade unions.

wsws (2018-09-12). Ontario invokes anti-democratic "notwithstanding clause" to override court ruling. wsws.org The vow of Ontario's right-wing premier to nullify democratic rights in order to push through his big business agenda must serve as a warning to the working class.

wsws (2018-09-12). Chicago hotel strike pits workers against Democrats' billionaire candidate for governor. wsws.org Striking workers are in a battle against the major hotel operators, including Hyatt, which is owned by the Pritzker family.

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

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.

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

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 h…

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

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

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…

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

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…

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-09-11). Republicans Could Be Heading for an Electoral Bloodbath in the Key State of Michigan. alternet.org The nation's most tenuous Trump-voting state looks ready to swerve hard blue. | Republicans have held a stranglehold on Michigan's state-level politics in recent years. And in 2016, the state backed Donald Trump — by a razor-thin 0. 3 points. But this year, signs are increasing that the one-time blue stronghold is returning to its roots, with a vengeance. To start with, Democra. . .

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.

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.

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…

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 hi…

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…

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

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…

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.

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.

Jon Wiener (2018-09-05). Brett Kavanaugh Must Answer These Questions. thenation.com Brett Kavanaugh Must Answer These Questions…

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…

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.

James Jeffrey (2018-08-27). The Democratic Party's 1968 Implosion Is Still Sending Shock Waves Fifty Years On. progressive.org After the establishment came down on the counterculture at the 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention, the Democratic Party was never the same.

Erwin Knoll (2018-08-25). The Night Erwin Knoll Spent in Jail: A Report from the Democrat's 1968 Convention in Chicago. progressive.org This piece was originally published in 1968 after the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, where anti-war demonstrations were met with violent police backlash. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the event.

Paul Krassner (2018-08-22). The Funny Side of 1968. progressive.org A flashback to the unruly Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

Jeff Bryant (2018-08-16). Is Louisville Ground Zero in the Fight for Democratic Control of Public Schools? progressive.org The takeover of Jefferson County Public Schools is not a contest between 'red vs. blue,' but of whether democracy matters at all.

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