2018-09-14: News Headlines

Staff (2018-09-14). Democratic Socialist Triumphs in N.Y. Primary; IDC Ousted. truthdig.com Julia Salazar survives immense scrutiny of her personal life, while voters punish officials who have caucused with the GOP.

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams (2018-09-14). 'We Changed Albany Forever': Cuomo Defeats Nixon, But Progressives Crush GOP-Collaborating Democrats in New York. alternet.org "This is an incredible moment for progressives, but it's not just a moment—it's a movement, and this movement is only growing stronger. " | Though New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo overcame progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon in Thursday night's gubernatorial primary, he is likely to face a fundamentally transformed state legislature when he returns to office after many of his fellow GOP-collaborating corporate Democrats were trounced by bold lef. . .

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-14). Cuomo Defeats Nixon, but Progressives Crush Democrats in New York. truthout.org Though New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo overcame progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon in Thursday night's gubernatorial primary, he is likely to face a fundamentally transformed state legislature when he returns to office after many of his fellow GOP-collaborating corporate Democrats were trounced by bold left-wing insurgents. | For years, the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) — a powerful group of New York state senators — caucused with the New York GOP and effectively handed Republicans a majority in the legisla…

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-09-14). New Yorkers Vote Out Traitor 'Democrats' Who Cut Deal To Give GOP State Senate Majority. alternet.org Most of the state senators who formed the "Independent Democratic Conference" lost their primaries, including longtime power player Jeff Klein. | On Thursday night, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was nominated for a third term, decisively beating high-profile primary challenger and actress Cynthia Nixon. But progressives who w. . .

Staff (2018-09-14). Teacher Beats Incumbent in Democratic Primary for N.Y. State Senate. truthdig.com NEW YORK — The Latest on New York's Democratic primary (all times local): | 11: 55 p.m. | A teacher and first-time candidate has defeated a longtime incumbent in the Democratic primary for the New York state Senate. | Rachel May beat state Sen. David Valesky in Thursday's primary for the 53rd state Senate district. The district covers the part of the state that includes the Syracuse area. | May campaigned by saying she would be a "true champion for Democratic priorities." | Valesky, in office since 2004, was one of eight state senators who formed a now-defunct Democratic splinter group that helped Republican…

Ralph Nader (2018-09-14). Where is the Democrats' Contract with America 2018? counterpunch.org What does the Democratic Party stand for? The big question persists! Typical of the Democrats, they delegated this question to political consultants who came up with the vapid slogan, "A Better Deal." The specifics under that moniker are too general and, as a result, too easily dismissed by the public. The Democratic operatives need to More

Amanda Marcotte, Salon (2018-09-14). Trump's Economic Boom Is Only for the Rich — and Likely Won't Help Republicans in Midterms. alternet.org Trump's vaunted economic growth isn't benefiting people who work for a living — but the rich want even more | The much-anticipated 2018 midterm elections are looming, with widespread expectations that the historic unpopularity of Donald Trump will lead to big gains for the Democrats come November. But the political media, always ready to inject some drama and tension into what is already a stressful election season, believes i. . .

Robert Koehler (2018-09-14). Keeping Racism Alive at the Polls. counterpunch.org There's almost no such thing as voter fraud, even though the Trump administration — and Republicans in general — affect to be so afraid of it they've had to develop a system guaranteed to purge voters from the rolls in enormous numbers. They're keeping America safe! From nothing. This, you might say, is the elephant More

John Feffer (2018-09-14). In A Nutshell: Republican Party Wants Trumpism, Just Without Trump. iranian.com Critics like that anonymous op-ed writer have no problem with how Trump's actually hurting people. They just want the leader doing it to look more presidential. The recent anonymous op-ed in The New York Times about the resistance to Trump within his own administration was supposed to reassure the American people. Don't worry, the writer was saying: We the […]

Brendan Skwire, Raw Story (2018-09-14). MSNBC Live Audience Showers Mississippi Republican Senate Candidate with Boos for Racist Defense of Confederate Flag. alternet.org Chris McDaniel also said black Mississippians had spent a century "begging" from the federal government. | Mississippi Senate candidate Chris McDaniel, a Republican upstart who has fought with his own party, was loudly booed by a live audience made up of the very people he hopes to represent when he said black Mississippians had spent a century "begging" from the federal government. He also shared his views on the Confederate flag and hip hop m. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-09-14). Effective Tool to Limit Greenhouse Emissions or a "License to Pollute?": A Debate on Cap-and-Trade. democracynow.org Protesters disrupted the Global Climate Action Summit Thursday, criticizing California Governor Jerry Brown in part for his support for cap-and-trade. Cap-and-trade is a market-driven strategy in which governments cap emission levels, then allow companies to buy and sell permits to pollute. California has the most far-reaching cap and trade program in the United States. Last year Governor Brown signed an extension to the state's cap and trade law which began under Republican governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Governor Brown has credited cap and trade with limiting the state's greenhouse gas emissions, but the issue…

David Rosen (2018-09-14). Why Stop at Roe? How "Settled Law" Can be Overturned. counterpunch.org The Senate hearings on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court was a political charade. Everyone knows that the fix is in. The Republicans control the Senate and, like the earlier appointment of Neil Gorsuch, will push Kavanaugh's nomination through unless some yet-undisclosed serious scandal is revealed. The hearings were More

Vote Down Kavanaugh (2018-09-14). Brett Kavanaugh: Opposed To The Concept Of Animal Rights. indybay.org The public knows Kavanaugh is a Bush operative warmonger, a thief who stole the election from Gore, a Republican henchman who tried to impeach Clinton for private consensual sex acts, a torture advocate, foe of net neutrality, denier of the right of abortion to a teen, a judge who forces handicapped victims of guardianship to undergo medical procedures they don't want. Fewer know his anti-animal record.

BAFJAAC (2018-09-14). The Attack On Julian Assange, Journalists, Democratic Rights, Labor & Imperialist War. indybay.org Niebyl Proctor Library | 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA…

wsws (2018-09-14). Republican war criminals endorse CIA Democrat Slotkin. wsws.org Democrat Elissa Slotkin has used her three tours of duty for the CIA in Iraq as her main credential for election to Congress.

wsws (2018-09-14). 12,800 immigrant children detained in American internment camps. wsws.org While the Trump administration is preparing for a massive expansion of immigrant internment camps, the Democratic Party has abandoned the issue.

wsws (2018-09-14). Duisburg, Germany: Social democratic mayor agitates against refugees and migrants from Eastern Europe. wsws.org Mayor Sà∂ren Link was able to broadcast his racist demagogy on one of Germany's leading TV channels, claiming citizens from other EU countries were flocking to Germany to cash in on social benefits.

RT (2018-09-14). Playing both sides: Despite woke advertising, Nike donates big to GOP. rt.com Despite a virtue-signaling ad campaign featuring anthem-kneeling NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, sportswear giant Nike donates more than three times as much money to Republicans as it does to Democrats.

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-09-13). Watch a Republican Strategist Go Off the Rails and Endorse Trump's Ridiculous Puerto Rico Conspiracy Theory. alternet.org Ed Rollins endorsed Trump's horrific lie about Puerto Rico's death toll on Fox Business. | By and large, President Donald Trump's shocking conspiracy theory that an independent report revealing 2,975 hurricane deaths in Puerto Rico was cooked up by the Democrats to make him look bad has not drawn condemnation from the GOP. While a fe. . .

Eoin Higgins (2018-09-13). A Group of Democrats Joined Republicans to Give Them Power in New York. On Election Day, New Yorkers Wiped Them Out. theintercept.com All eight members of Andrew Cuomo's IDC faced primary challenges on election day in New York. Most were wiped out.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-13). Outrage After Trump Claims That "3,000 People Did Not Die" in Puerto Rico. truthout.org President Donald Trump has been " lying about Puerto Rico from the start to make himself look better," and on Thursday morning Trump lied once more by falsely claiming that a widely accepted academic study showing that nearly 3,000 Puerto Ricans died as a result of Hurricane Maria was "done by the Democrats" in an attempt to make him "look as bad as possible." | In a pair of tweets, Trump insisted that "30…

Nick Pemberton (2018-09-13). The #Resistance Questions Brett Kavanaugh. counterpunch.org These are the Democrats, take them or leave them. They are not interested in touching any issue that involves the working class. At this point I don't think they could even touch a member of the working class without washing their hands. Hate Trump? They got you. Hate discrimination? They got you. Hate guns? They got you. Love the FBI? They got you. More

Thomas Neuburger, Common Dreams (2018-09-13). Democrats Must Release All 'Committee Confidential' Kavanaugh Documents — Now. alternet.org In normal times a Supreme Court nominee who lies under oath would be automatically disqualified. These are not normal times. | Under Democratic pressure, Republicans have given almost 200,000 pages of Brett Kavanaugh documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee, but they have not released them to the public. These documents cover, at a minimum,. . .

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-09-13). Senate Democrats Refer Confidential Informant's Info on Brett Kavanaugh to FBI for Investigation. alternet.org "I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court," Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said in a statement. | The Intercept and Buzzfeed News are reporting that Democrats in the U. S. Senate have referred a letter concerning Judge Brett Kavanaugh—President Trump's second nominee for the U. S. Supreme Court—to the FBI and the U. S. Department of Justice for Mark Gruenberg (2018-09-13). Renewed congressional Social Security Caucus expands to 140 members. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Back home in Vermont — and everywhere else in the U.S. — Bernie Sanders says, voters are talking about the future of Social Security. But in Washington, the independent senator from the Green Mountain State adds, they aren't — unless it's Republicans scheming to cut it. The…

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-09-13). NRA May Have Illegally Coordinated With GOP Senate Candidate: Report. alternet.org "I fully expect the NRA is going to come in . . . in August sometime. " | On Thursday, audio footage published by The Daily Beast appeared to show Montana's Republican Senate candidate, state auditor Matt Rosendale, in di. . .

RT (2018-09-13). Democrats raised Puerto Rico death toll 'to make me look bad': Trump blasted for 'appalling' tweets. rt.com As Hurricane Florence bears down on the US, President Trump was blasted online after he said that the death count for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year was raised by Democrats to make him look bad. |

RT (2018-09-13). Hillary Clinton bashes Kavanaugh with debunked fake news claim. rt.com Hillary Clinton came out swinging against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, bashing the judge for his hardline statements against contraception. The problem: he never said them. |

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…

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

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?

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

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 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.

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). 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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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…

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."

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