2018-09-20: News Headlines

wsws (2018-09-20). The strange case of Julia Salazar, Democratic Socialists of America candidate for New York Senate. wsws.org In the run-up to her victory in the Democratic Party primaries last week, media reports exposed Salazar's systematic fabrication and/or misrepresentation of her personal and political history.

Tom Boggioni, Raw Story (2018-09-20). Republican Insider 'Paranoid' that 'Another Shoe Is About to Drop' in Kavanaugh Sex Assault Investigation. alternet.org "[W]e're at this weird standstill. " | Speaking with a White House correspondent from Axios, a GOP insider who is privy to discussions between the Oval Office and Republican leaders says there is tension that another "shoe may drop" in the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kava. . .

Russell Mokhiber (2018-09-20). Nick Brana Says Dems Will Again Deny Sanders Presidential Nomination. counterpunch.org Nick Brana says that Bernie Sanders will run again as a Democrat for President in 2020. And Brana says that the Democrats will once again deny Sanders the nomination in favor of a corporate establishment candidate. Brana is the former national political outreach coordinator for the Bernie Sanders Presidential campaign in 2016. Brana is the More

Mel Gurtov (2018-09-20). On Dealing with China. counterpunch.org More>

Staff (2018-09-20). Japan's Shinzo Abe Re-Elected as Prime Minister. truthdig.com TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was re-elected as head of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in a landslide Thursday, paving the way for up to three more years as the nation's leader. | Abe handily defeated his sole challenger, Shigeru Ishiba, a former defense minister. Abe won 553, or about 70 percent, of 807 votes. [The ballot were cast by parliamentary members and rank-and-file party members, with each controlling half of the total votes.] | The decisive victory may embolden Abe to pursue his long-sought revision to Japan's U.S.-drafted pacifist constitution, although the hurdles remain high and doing so would carry political risks. | "It's time to tackle a constitutional revision," Abe said in a victory speech. "Now the fight is over." | "Let's work together to make a new Japan," he added. | Abe also said he is determined to…

Democracy Now! (2018-09-20). Right-Wing Network Spent Millions to Portray Questions for Kavanaugh on Abortion as "Anti-Religious" democracynow.org As Republicans charge forward with Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nominee hearing despite Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's claim that he raped her as a teenager, a new Nation investigation reveals a secret network of right-wing activists has spent millions of dollars attacking questions about Kavanaugh's stance on abortion, LGBTQ rights and executive privilege as "anti-religious bigotry." We speak with Sarah Posner about her explosive new report for The Nation, "The 'Anti-Catholic' Playbook." She is a reporting fellow at the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute.

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-09-20). 'You Don't Get to Sexually Assault a Woman — Period': CNN's Berman Shuts Down Trump Booster for 'Blaming' Kavanaugh Accuser. alternet.org "I'm not blaming her," Amy Kremer insisted. | CNN's John Berman on Thursday shut down "Women for Trump" co-founder Amy Kremer as she criticized Judge Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, for refusing to testify according to the timeline set forth by the all-male panel of Republican Senate Judiciary Committee members. Kremer was speaking with CNN's Berman, as well as attorney Areva Martin and former Republican strategist Ana Navarro. Kremer insisted if. . .

Jon Queally, Common Dreams (2018-09-20). Top Grassley Staffer Gives Away the GOP's Endgame: 'Unfazed and Determined' to Confirm Kavanaugh — Despite Allegations. alternet.org "Grassley's process is a sham but I didn't expect them to broadcast it so openly. " | There's new evidence for those arguing that Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Republican Senator from Iowa who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, is being wholly disingenuous about his desire to get to the bottom of the sexual assault accusation by Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and it comes in the form of public. . .

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-09-20). Here Are 5 Reasons Why Christine Blasey Ford Faces More Challenges than Anita Hill Had in 1991. alternet.org There are still no GOP women on the Senate Judiciary Committee. | Back in October 1991—during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas—Republicans in the U. S. Senate put Anita Hill through the ringer, going out of their way to attack her credibility. Hill offered extensive, detailed testimony on her. . .

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-09-20). Here's How Christine Blasey Ford's Accusation Against Brett Kavanaugh Could Impact These 4 Republican Senators Running for Reelection. alternet.org GOP senators seeking reelection in red states could rally their base by voting for Kavanaugh. | Christine Blasey Ford, the 51-year-old Palo Alto University psychology professor who has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her at a party when they were teenagers back in 1982, has requested a ful. . .

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-09-20). Right-Wingers Are Spreading These False and Vicious Rumors About Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford. alternet.org It's the Republican way. | The charming folks of right-wing social media have predictably swung into gear to defame and smear Christine Blasey Ford for daring to come forward with sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. And as usual on the right, when the truth won't do, Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-09-20). Ex-FBI Assistant Director Says Investigation of Kavanaugh Could 'Be Done in Two Days' — If Trump Stopped Blocking It. alternet.org The real obstructionists are Senate Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley and Donald Trump. | Why are Donald Trump and Senate Republicans blocking an FBI investigation of the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh? Former White House associate counsel Sarah Baker has a simple answer on that one: "The only reason you don't a. . .

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-09-20). Ron DeSantis' Campaign Forced to Disavow Donor's Racist Twitter Tantrum. alternet.org Steven Alembik, a benefactor of Florida's GOP gubernatorial candidate, attacked President Obama with a racial epithet. | Rep. Ron DeSantis, the Republican nominee for governor of Florida, is once again forced to respond to a racial controversy, this time surrounding the actions of campaign benefactor Steve Alembik. Two weeks ago, Alembik, a prominent Boca Raton communications executive and supporter of President Donald Trump who has Stop Kavanaugh (2018-09-20). Suspicious Letter by 65 Women in Support of Brett Kavanaugh and Related Attrocities. indybay.org The letter released by Senate republicans from 65 women purporting to attest to the decency of Brett Kavanaugh reveals more problems than it solves. A number of other issues with Kavanaugh's integrity remain as well, and more continue to arise all the time. This is why republicans are hell bent on rushing his nomination through.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-20). Learning the Power of Lies: Facts vs. Falsehoods in the Age of Trump. truthout.org It's easy — and not wrong — to think that truth is in dire danger in the era of Donald Trump. | His own record of issuing breathtaking falsehoods from the exalted platform of the White House is unprecedented in American history. So is his consistent refusal to back down when a statement is proven false. In Trump's world, those who expose his lies are the liars and facts that show he was wrong are " fake news." | In this war on truth, Trump has several important allies. One is the shameful silence of Republican politicians who don't challenge his misstatements for fear of giving offense to his true-believing base. Another is a media environment far more cluttered and chaotic than in past decades, making it easier for people to find stories that fit their…

wsws (2018-09-20). Conflict over FBI investigation puts Kavanaugh hearing in doubt. wsws.org The effort by the Democrats to block Kavanaugh's nomination solely through allegations of teenage sexual misconduct seems on the brink of failure.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-20). Kavanaugh's Hearings Have an Unprecedented Level of Secrecy. truthout.org

| Janine Jackson: Media are certainly reporting the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But there's a case to be made that stories that just get views from various folks about what it would be like with Kavanaugh on the court, but sidestep serious questions about the process that would put him there, are doing less covering than covering up. | Media get things wrong all the time, but among the deepest damage they do is invisibilizing possibilities, making it seem that things they don't consider can't happen. It's a sort of implicit passivity that permeates corporate reporting, of which the air of "oh well, what's next" fatalism wafting off of much coverage…

RT (2018-09-20). Trump Jr restaurant snub: 'Politically neutral' Montana eatery ditches Republican event. rt.com The Republican Party is scrambling after a restaurant cancelled a booking for a rally hosted by Donald Trump Jr. The venue says it wants to stay out of politics, but some angry Trump supporters have slammed the move online.

RT (2018-09-20). Puerto Rico is 'still a US colony' and deserves self-determination, says Ocasio-Cortez. rt.com Puerto Rico is a "colony" which deserves self-determination according to Democratic Party congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who posted a tweet to mark the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-20). Skyrocketing Prescription Drug Prices Could Be Key Election Issue. therealnews.com Maryland's Democratic nominee for governor Ben Jealous has backed a proposal to reign in drug prices, while advocates say incumbent Larry Hogan has helped drug makers

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-20). Chuck Grassley Is "Unfazed and Determined" to Confirm Kavanaugh. truthout.org There's new evidence for those arguing that Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Republican Senator from Iowa who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, is being wholly disingenuous about his desire to get to the bottom of the sexual assault accusation by Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and it comes in the form of public statements made by one of his top staffers on the committee who said plainly overnight that the goal of the current process is not to get to the truth of the matter, but to make sure Trump's right-wing nominee is confirmed regardless of the credible allegations. | "Unfazed and determined. We will confirm Judge Kavanaugh," tweeted Mike Davis, who serves Grassley as the Chief Counsel for Nominations for the SJC, just after 11 PM on Wednesday. | Hours later, betraying any of the public-facing sympathy…

Lee Fang (2018-09-19). Paul Ryan's Super PAC Is Flooding Congressional Races with Misinformation About Democrats. theintercept.com With voters sour on President Donald Trump and his allies in Congress, Republican lawmakers are facing daunting odds in the upcoming midterm elections — and they're fighting back with misinformation. In a recent glaring example, the Congressional Leadership Fund, a Super PAC tied to House Speaker Paul Ryan, is hoping to turn the tide in an Illinois congressional race with a patently dishonest ad attacking a Democratic challenger. | The latest Congressional Leadership Fund advertisement, unveiled on Tuesday, targets the 12th District of Illinois, a seat downstate in the St. Louis suburbs currently held by Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill. The ad states that Bost's challenger, Democrat Brendan Kelly, the St. Clair County state's attorney, is "liberal on crime," charging that Kelly has not done enough to convict criminals. Then, the ad plays a clip of Kelly seeming to confess indifference to seeking convictions…

Bruce E. Levine (2018-09-19). When Bernie Sold Out His Hero, Anti-Authoritarians Paid. counterpunch.org Bernie Sanders knows full well the life of Eugene Debs and what it says about the U.S. government and the Democratic Party. Sanders also knows the fate of a genuine U.S. anti-authoritarian: At best, they will be shunned—ask Ralph Nader whose phone calls Sanders has not returned since 2000; or in Debs's case, thrown in prison; or, even worse, they will be assassinated—ask the friends and family of Fred Hampton. More

Lawrence Davidson (2018-09-19). Political Fragmentation on the Homefront. counterpunch.org There are reported to be some 43 million registered Democrats in the U.S. We know, however, that the Democratic Party has been having trouble translating their numbers into continuous electoral success. Why so? Part of the answer has to do with the fact that the party leaders concentrate on recruiting and satisfying a constituency of centrists. More

DGGK (2018-09-19). When Pharmaceutical, Vaccine and Medical Device Corporations Rule the World's Healthcare Industries: Too Late, It Already Happened. globalresearch.ca "Corporations should not be involved in any aspect of the democratic process. They should not be involved in education at any level. They should not be involved in health care. They should not be involved in the administration of social …

Hatewatch Staff (2018-09-19). Anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist John Guandolo to speak at Texas GOP luncheon. splcenter.org On September 19, former FBI agent and anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist John Guandolo will speak at a luncheon in Odessa, Texas, sponsored by the Ector County Republican Women's Group.

Staff (2018-09-19). Alexander Hamilton Worried About a Presidency Like Trump's. truthdig.com Presidential economic adviser Larry Kudlow suggested to the Economic Club of New York that, after the elections, Republicans will target "spending" on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid with "reforms" (cuts) to help pay for the massive deficits created by Trump's $1.5 trillion tax cut for billionaires. | Conservatives have controlled our government for three definable periods in recent history—the Gilded Age of the last three decades of the 1800s (progressives followed from 1901 to 1920), the Roaring 20s (progressives followed from 1933 to 1980), and the Reagan Era that started in 1981 and continues to this day. | Each conservative era has led to terrible suffering among working people, each ended in a wipeout financial disaster, and this one will probably be no different. Republicans have already radically cut long-term unemployment insurance, killed "welfare as we know it" (with the help of…

Thom Hartmann, Independent Media Institute (2018-09-19). Alexander Hamilton Was Obsessed With the Threat a Presidency Like Trump's Poses for America. alternet.org This isn't the first time our democracy has faced the founder's nightmare—but it is the most dangerous. | Presidential economic adviser Larry Kudlow suggested to the Economic Club of New York that, after the elections, Republicans will target "spending" on Social Securit. . .

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-09-19). 'Poppy, You're Better than This': GOP Senator Lashes Out at Female CNN Host Before Recognizing the 'Fair Question' When Jim Sciutto Asks It. alternet.org "I really want to get to Jim's important question," CNN's Poppy Harlow said. | As he tried to explain why Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, should adhere to the timeline set forth by all-male Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) repeatedly cut off CNN's Poppy Harlow—before acknowledging the "fair question" once co-host Jim Sciutto. . .

wsws (2018-09-19). Brett Kavanaugh and the role—once again—of sexual misconduct allegations in American politics. wsws.org The New York Times, Washington Post, leading Democrats and other establishment figures are attempting to derail Kavanaugh's nomination on the grounds of an unsubstantiated allegation of sexual assault.

RT (2018-09-19). 'Rules for thee, not for me' Democrats pick & choose sex assault abusers to believe. rt.com A woman accusing Democrat Rep. Keith Ellison (Minnesota) of abuse says the party abandoned her — a far cry from top Democrats' public show of support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser. |

Democracy Now! (2018-09-18). Immigrants Seeking Shelter After Hurricane Florence Fear Deportation as FEMA Shifts Funds to ICE. democracynow.org While the worst of Hurricane Florence is over, officials say the most dangerous flooding is yet to come for residents of the Carolinas and Virginia, as thousands have been ordered to evacuate their homes and hundreds more have sought rescue from rising floodwaters. But undocumented immigrants have expressed concern they will encounter immigration enforcement if they seek help. Meanwhile, the Trump administration has reallocated nearly $10 million from FEMA's budget to ICE to pay for detention space and deportations. We speak with Laura Garduño García, a DACA recipient and Greensboro-based organizer with Siembra N…

Dave Lindorff (2018-09-18). We Already Have a Fake Billionaire President; Why Would We want a Real One Running in 2020? counterpunch.org Word is that Michael Bloomberg, the mega-billionaire former mayor of New York City who watched his wealth more than double while he sat in the mayor's office is thinking of running for President as a Democrat in 2020. Why does that suck? Well, listen as my dear departed friend and co-founder of this site, Chuck More

Pete Tucker (2018-09-18). The Washington Post Really Wants to Stop Ben Jealous. counterpunch.org The Washington Post is trying to stop Democrat Ben Jealous from becoming Maryland's next governor. I wrote about this recently (here) and didn't expect to do so again so soon, but the Post's biased coverage has been too much to ignore. At a rally in Montana last week President Trump railed against Jealous's plan to More

Richard Moser (2018-09-18). Both the Commune and Revolution. counterpunch.org The environmental crisis grows ever more dire but we are no closer to a grand political solution because that requires nothing less than a revolution: we must replace corporate power with economic democracy and war with peace. In the US we are caught between the reckless climate denial of the Republican Party and the opiate incrementalism More

Joe Conason, Creators Syndicate (2018-09-18). The Massive Brett Kavanaugh Charade Is Collapsing Before Our Eyes. alternet.org Republicans have put it all on the line. | Facing a public relations debacle, Senate Republicans have come up with a surefire compromise to win confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court: Instead of simply dismissing the sexual assault accusation lodged against their nominee, they will pretend to investigate — and only then rubber-stamp him. Won't both sides be served by taking sworn testimony from the nominee and his accuser,. . .

RT (2018-09-18). Arrested for disrupting Kavanaugh hearing? Don't worry, Soros will foot the bill. rt.com Protesters arrested at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's hearing are being organized by Democrat-linked groups and their legal bills are reportedly paid by activists funded by billionaire liberal financier George Soros.

Janine Jackson (2018-09-17). 'This Is an Unprecedented Level of Secrecy and Non-Transparency'. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Richard Kim about Brett Kavanaugh and the antidemocratic Supreme Court for the September 14, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

RT (2018-09-17). Republican congressman calls Syrian President Assad 'the Butcher of Baghdad' in war geography fail. rt.com In a clumsy attempt to attack a non-interventionist congressional colleague, Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger got his war geography mixed up — referring to Syrian President Bashar Assad as "the Butcher of Baghdad".

RT (2018-09-17). Anne Hathaway denounces 'white privilege' at star-studded gala dinner. rt.com Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway took to the stage to bash white, straight, cisgender privilege, at an awards ceremony attended by a who's-who of Democrats, celebrities, and activists. |

RT (2018-09-17). Kavanaugh accuser comes forward as Democrats seek to block SCOTUS nomination. rt.com A woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has revealed her name and said she is willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as Democrats fight to block Kavanaugh's confirmation. |

RT (2018-09-17). 'Kiss your newfound wealth goodbye!' — Trump warns of economic troubles if Dems win midterms. rt.com President Donald Trump has tweeted that people's "newfound wealth" would be lost if they vote for Democrats in the midterm elections. His statement has made many wonder where that wealth may be.

RT (2018-09-16). Texas Education Board votes to cut Hillary Clinton's name from student curriculum. rt.com Students in Texas will not be obliged to learn about Hillary Clinton in their history class, but will discuss the impact of Moses on the nation's founding documents, following a vote by the State Board of Education.

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…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-09-14). Ben Jealous: Build Maryland's Economy From The Bottom Up. therealnews.com As a new report finds 1/3 of Maryland residents face financial hardships, the underdog Democratic candidate for governor says he'll fight corporations to help working people

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.

RT (2018-09-14). #Walkaway founder banned from Facebook for linking to Infowars. rt.com Brandon Straka, the former Democrat who founded the #WalkAway campaign was banned from Facebook ahead of a protest in Washington DC. "They're trying to sabotage the march on Washington," he told RT. |

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. |

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. |

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 Roe v. Wade, affirmative action and programs for Native Hawaiians, as well as his support for torture. | But some Democrats have also said that Kavanaugh lied under oath in both current and past hearings, and groups like Free Speech for People, Demand Justice, MoveOn and NARAL Pro-Choice America have all advocated perjury probes against him. However, these serious allegations of perjury have received sparse coverage from establishment media outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and NPR. | Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy noted that while Kavanaugh was…

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