2018-09-23: News Headlines

El Enemigo Común (2018-09-23). Boycott Driscoll's! Global Action on September 29, 2018. indybay.org The National Democratic Independent Farm Workers Union (SINDJA) is calling upon all sister organizations to participate in the Global Day of Action against Driscoll's.

Tom Boggioni, Raw Story (2018-09-22). Michael Moore Goes On an Epic Rant Explaining How Even Trump Voters Will Benefit When the President is Gone. alternet.org The legendary filmmaker appeared on HBO's Real Time Friday night | During the Overtime segment of HBO's Real Time, filmmaker Michael Moore attempted to get through to the Americans who voted for President Donald Trump how much their lives will improve when he is out of power and the Democrats take over. Asked by host Bill Maher if the country is moving left under Trump, Moore immediately asserted that the U. S. is "a liberal coun. . .

Rachel M. Cohen (2018-09-22). Maryland Governor Rebuffs Call for Criminal Investigation Into Brett Kavanaugh Attempted Rape Allegations. theintercept.com On Friday morning, Maryland state Sen. Cheryl Kagan, a Democrat, sent a letter to her state's Republican Gov. Larry Hogan calling on him to direct the Maryland State Police to launch an investigation into Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegations. | Ford "deserves the basic fairness she has been denied, and you have the power to give it to her because the assault allegedly occurred in Montgomery County, Maryland." Kagan wrote. "I know you understand the importance of an independent investigation because you signed HB1342, which requires an independent investigator to examine sexual harassment by members of the Maryland General Assembly." | HB1342, which Hogan signed in May, is legislation designed to strengthen anti-harassment policies and prevent sexual harassment. It was pushed by the Women's Caucus in the Maryland General Assembly. | Hogan rejected Kagan's request at a news conference several…

Sophia A. McClennen, Salon (2018-09-22). Lessons from Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 11/9: Establishment Democrats Sold Out the Voters. alternet.org Moore's film is as much about how the left and the media have failed us as it is about the dangers of Trump | Michael Moore's new film "Fahrenheit 11/9" opened nationwide this week in 1,719 theaters — a record for a non-fiction film that isn't about a pop icon or wild animals. Billed as the film that would tell us how the f*&k we got here and how the f*&k we can get out, "Fah. . .

Staff (2018-09-22). Kavanaugh Accuser Accepts Senate's Request to Tell Her Side. truthdig.com The terms of Christine Blasey Ford's appearance are unknown, and it is not clear whether the Republican-run Senate Judiciary Committee will agree to more talks with her legal team.

Mike Littwin, The Colorado Independent (2018-09-22). The Only Sure Thing In Ford v. Kavanaugh May Be That One Side Is Panicking. alternet.org And Trump is just adding to the problem. | It's apparently never too early to argue the merits of Christine Blasey Ford's allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, although it might be better to wait until they actually testify at the Senate hearing. But even at this point, some aspects of the case of Ford v. Kavanaugh are beyond question. For one, Republicans are panicked. To protect Kavanaugh, they won't let the FBI investigate Ford's allegations and they won't allow. . .

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams (2018-09-22). Progressives to DNC: It Would Be 'Insane' Not to Hand Over Twitter Account to Ocasio-Cortez. alternet.org "It's kind of amazing that one of the most naturally talented politicians to emerge in some time also happens to be a highly effective, aggressive, and rather merciless combatant in social media messaging. " | In just a few short months on the national political scene, New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has distinguished herself as a remarkably effective social media voice, using platforms like Facebook. . .

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-09-22). Is the Lone Star State Moving Left? truthout.org To the delight of millions of people in Texas and across the country, the odious Republican Sen. Ted Cruz finds himself in in a close race against his Democratic challenger, US Rep. Beto O'Rourke. | In Texas, where Republican zealots have dominated every statewide office for more than two decades, O'Rourke's promotion of Medicare for All, endorsement of anti-racist protests among NFL athletes and participation in marches on child detention centers are a welcome sign that Democratic politicians feel the need to address the grassroots social movements that have extended across the state. | If Cruz is out of a job following November's midterm elections, socialists and progressives will have plenty to smile about. | His defeat would serve a long-overdue humiliation in the southernmost bastion of US conservatism to a loud, bigoted clown who both constituents and non-constituents have come…

wsws (2018-09-22). Blairites and Tories share platform calling for Corbyn's removal. wsws.org Tory MP Chris Green not only called for Corbyn's removal, but suggested how the Blairites could defy the democratic will of their own party's members.

wsws (2018-09-22). The Kavanaugh hearing: Sexual allegations fuel the Democratic Party's right-wing politics. wsws.org The Democratic Party's elevation of Ford's allegation against Kavanaugh is a political operation aimed at driving the entire political establishment further to the right.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-09-22). If Democrats Win in November, Will There Be a Reckoning With Trump? truthout.org November is coming. I know, because a tree told me. The stout maple outside my office window has grown a beard of red, like the first flecks of gray in a young man's whiskers. The trees outside Donald Trump's windows aren't changing yet — it's a muggy 81 down there compared to my foggy 58 — but to crib a line from Melville, it is already a damp and drizzly November in his soul. | The 2018 midterm elections are six weeks and an eyelash away. It will be another two months after that before the 116th Congress is sworn in. If the political prognosticators are right about November and the ultimate constitution of that new legislative body, the next three months may well be the last peaceful ones Trump will ever know. It is hard to say for certain if he knows…

Democracy Now! (2018-09-21). Michael Moore: Democrats Made Fatal Mistake in Not Taking Trump More Seriously in 2016. democracynow.org In July, 2016, Michael Moore wrote a column titled "Five Reasons Why Trump Will Win." In it, Moore wrote, "Donald J. Trump is going to win in November. This wretched, ignorant, dangerous part-time clown and full time sociopath is going to be our next president. President Trump. Go ahead and say the words, 'cause you'll be saying them for the next four years: 'PRESIDENT TRUMP.'" He went on to list the five reasons why Trump would be elected: Trump's focus on the Midwest, "The Last Stand of the Angry White Man," "The Hillary Problem," "The Depressed Sanders Vote" and what he called the "Jesse Ventura Effect"—…

Farid Parsa (2018-09-21). What Is Reza Aslan's Islamic Utopia? iranian.com Reza Aslan has been critical of Islamic fundamentalism. And he's doing his best to articulate his version of Islam distinguishing it from the fanatical ones. Aslan, however, does not speak much about secularism. Whatever issue people may have with the Western democratic system, Aslan and people like Aslan have managed to fulfill their potential in […]

Jim Kavanagh (2018-09-21). "Taxpayer Money" Threatens Medicare-for-All (And Every Other Social Program). counterpunch.org As can be expected, the Democratic Party, under Nancy Pelosi's leadership, has bought into the federal deficit and debt hysteria. It has fully committed itself to a PAYGO policy, whereby, to avoid the horror of grandchildren-destroying debt, any new spending must be "budget neutral"—offset by reductions in other spending programs or tax increases. 'Cause, hey, the state has no source of money of its own. More

Ted Rall (2018-09-21). Why Christine Ford vs. Brett Kavanaugh is a Train Wreck You Can't Look Away From. counterpunch.org Christine Blasey Ford accuses Brett Kavanaugh of trying to rape her during a party while they were in prep school. The political stakes are high: if Kavanaugh's confirmation vote fails in the Senate and Democrats win the body back in November, conservatives will watch their dream of a solidly reliable 5-4 majority go up in More

Nick Pemberton (2018-09-21). With or Without Kavanaugh, The United States Is Anti-Choice. counterpunch.org As the midterm elections speed towards us, defeated Americans hope for a 'blue wave' of Democrats to save us. Republicans, who align across the board with President Trump's corporate ecocide agenda, want to push through Trump's despicable Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before a potential blue wave. Republicans may not trust Donald Trump, but they agree with him on the issues and will take whatever gains he has provided the party. More

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-09-21). Roaming Charges: the Chickenhawks Have Finally Come Back Home to Roost! counterpunch.org + The transformation of the Democrats into the party of the neocons is now complete. The Senate just passed a $674 billion military budget, the largest since the peak of Iraq War and a $17 billion increase from last year. There were only seven "No" votes, none of them Democrats: Rand Paul, Pat Toomey, Ben More

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-09-21). Conservative Columnist Jennifer Rubin Warns Republicans: 'The Senate Really Is in Play'. alternet.org "[One] can imagine thousands of women rolling their eyes in disgust (or yelling at their TVs), vowing to head for the polls in November to vote out Republicans. " | Political pundits have been much more bullish on Democrats' chances of retaking the House of Representatives in 2018 than their chances of retaking the Senate, where gaining a majority on Tuesday, November 6 would mean keeping every seat a Democratic incumbent is defending while taking at le. . .

Jim Naureckas (2018-09-21). They Think It Would Be Fun to Run a Newspaper. fair.org New Time owner Marc Benioff (cc photo: Fortune Global Forum) | The announcement that Time magazine would be bought by software CEO Marc Benioff highlighted the growing trend of billionaires buying up media outlets. While media moguls have always been wealthy—with press barons ( Rupert Murdoch, Michael Bloomberg, Donald Newhouse, etc.) still well-represented on Forbes' running list of the world's billionaires—what distinguishes this new breed of press magnate is that they bought their media properties with fortunes made in other industries. | Some, like Benioff, come out of the tech industry; tech tycoons like Amazon's Jeff Bezos, eBay's Pierre Omidyar and Steve Jobs' widow Laurene Powell Jobs have profited from a tech boom (or bubble) that gives them plenty of cash to spend. Others come out of the financial sector, which has doubled its share of the…

Sean McElwee (2018-09-21). For Red-State Democrats, There Is Only One Choice: Vote 'No' on Kavanaugh. thenation.com For Red-State Democrats, There Is Only One Choice: Vote 'No' on Kavanaugh appeared first on The Nation.

Albert Bender (2018-09-21). Where are the children? Hundreds of border children still separated from families. peoplesworld.org There are those of us who are still furious and the wrath is again growing—the court mandated deadline to reunite kidnapped children with their families has come and gone, and hundreds of refugee children are STILL separated from their families. I recently received an email from the Democratic Attorneys…

Jon Wiener (2018-09-21). Michael Moore: How Democrats Paved the Way to Trump. thenation.com Michael Moore: How Democrats Paved the Way to Trump appeared first on The Nation.

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-09-21). These 5 Far-Right Republicans Just Proved They Don't Take Sexual Assault Seriously. alternet.org People show their true colors when the Supreme Court is on the line. | Christine Blasey Ford, the 51-year-old Palo Alto University psychology professor who has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her back in 1982, is calling for an FBI investigation of her allegations—and the response from many far-right Republicans has been appalling. Senate Republicans like Chuck Grassley, Orrin Hatch and Lindsey Graham have, so far, been insist. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-09-21). Headlines for September 21, 2018. democracynow.org Dr. Christine Blasey Ford Offers to Testify About Kavanaugh Attempted Rape Allegations, Republican Congressman Jokes That Abraham Lincoln Groped Ruth Bader Ginsburg, State Department Specialists Opposed Pompeo's Decision to Keep Backing Saudi Assault in Yemen, Dozens of Undocumented Immigrants Arrested While Trying to Retrieve Children in Custody, Trump Admin Diverts $266 Million from Social Programs to Pay for Detaining Children, One Year After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico Remains in Crisis, Trump Reportedly Asked Spain to Build 3,000-Mile Wall Across Sahara Desert, At Least 100 Die After Ferry Capsizes in Tanza…

Robert Koehler (2018-09-21). The Accusation That Wouldn't Go Away. counterpunch.org Sexual assault is such a nuisance, not only, but especially, for Republicans. Here's the Wall Street Journal editorial board, attempting, with gentlemanly politeness, to dispense with Christine Blasey Ford's accusation against SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh as quickly as possible: "Yet there is no way to confirm her story after 36 years, and to let it More

wsws (2018-09-21). New Zealand government extends troop deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. wsws.org The announcement that troops will remain in Iraq and Afghanistan further demolishes claims that the NZ Labour Party-NZ First-Greens coalition government is a "progressive" alternative.

RT (2018-09-21). US Republicans under fire over 'offensive' ad using Hindu Ganesha to 'woo voters'. rt.com Texas Republicans have been slammed with a string of stinging accusations — from being "racist" to "cultural appropriators" — as they ran an ad featuring Hindu deity Ganesha in a bid to attract Indian-American voters.

wsws (2018-09-21). Fahrenheit 11/9—Filmmaker Michael Moore clings to the Democratic Party. wsws.org Despite various criticisms of leading Democrats and the American liberal establishment as a whole, Moore urges his viewers to retain—or perhaps regain—confidence in the Democratic Party.

wsws (2018-09-21). The CIA Democrats: A balance sheet of the primaries. wsws.org Candidates with a military-intelligence background have won the Democratic congressional nomination in 30 districts considered competitive by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

RT (2018-09-21). Facebook to stop 'embedding' staff in political campaigns. rt.com Presidential candidates in 2020 won't be able to rely on 'embedded' Facebook staff, the Menlo Park company declared. Hillary Clinton's campaign declined this help in 2016, letting her rival Donald Trump leverage it to victory.

RT (2018-09-21). Clown wars: Trump trades Pennywise barbs with California Democrat. rt.com In the same week as having his genitals compared to a video game character, US President Donald Trump has been likened to Pennywise, the scary clown monster from Stephen King's novel "IT".

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.

Consortiumnews (2018-09-20). CN Radio—Episode 3: Gareth Porter on DHS Deception & Bi-Partisan Fear of Revolt. consortiumnews.com The DHS deceptively pushed the story that Russia hacked U.S. voter databases; and both Democratic & Republican elites fear popular revolt against their failed polices but refuse to change, as Gareth Porter explains. The guest on Episode 3 of Consortium… Read more →

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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…

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…

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.

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