2018-09-29: News Headlines

RT (2018-09-29). Judge rules Democrats can sue Trump for 'emoluments' over DC hotel. rt.com The 200 congressional Democrats have standing to sue US President Donald Trump over what they say are violations of the US Constitution's Emoluments Clause, a federal judge in Washington, DC has ruled.

Matthew Rozsa, Salon (2018-09-29). What We Know About Donald Trump's 2020 Opponent: Top Democrats Evaluate Their Bench. alternet.org Who will the Democrats nominate as their presidential candidate in 2020? | Any woman who throws her hat into the ring will certainly have an advantage, as opinion poll analysis site FiveThirtyEight pointed out in August, "all else being equal, being a woman has been worth an additional 10 percentage points over being a man in the open Democratic primaries w. . .

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-09-29). Electing Democrats Without Confronting Neoliberalism Will Not Be Enough. truthout.org In recent decades, there has been an explosion of social movements and protest around an ever-growing range of issues. To the casual observer, tree-sits by Earth First! activists to protect old-growth forests, courageous farmerworkers organizing to end modern-day slavery in Florida's tomato fields, and young military veterans reenacting war scenarios in uniform on the streets of New York have little to do with each other. | However, in his new book The Defiant: Protest Movements in Post-Liberal America, Dawson Barrett makes a compelling argument that these seemingly disparate movements — for environmental and economic justice, to end US militarism and wars abroad, and even the rise of youth countercultures, like those that birthed punk rock and hip hop — are in fact far more connected than is first apparent. They are all responding to the different manifestations of the neoliberal economic model, which…

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams (2018-09-29). With Nation Transfixed By Kavanaugh Monstrosity, House GOP Votes to Give Rich Another $3 Trillion in Tax Cuts. alternet.org "This is yet another shameful tax law that would swindle working families and siphon even more funding from the programs that help our communities thrive. " | With the nation's attention rightly transfixed by the Senate GOP's monstrous efforts to ram through a Supreme Court nominee who has been credibly accused by multiple women of sexual assault, House Republicans on Friday voted overwhelmingly to approve another A Humane Congress (2018-09-29). Please Vote Out These Animal Abusing Senators and Reps in November Or Early Voting. indybay.org Fifty two GOP senators have records of voting for trophy hunters or in the case of Johnny Isakson for voting to criminalize animal rights videotaping of slaughterhouses 220 House Republicans voted to bring trophy hunters' aerial hunting into our national parks. Please vote them all out.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-09-29). Grassroots Effort to "Defeat Brett Kavanaugh Once and for All" Intensifies. truthout.org After President Donald Trump on Friday reluctantly directed the FBI to launch a probe into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh—delaying a final confirmation vote by up to a week—progressive opponents of the right-wing judge moved to take advantage of the "new opportunity for pressure" by intensifying their campaign of calls, ads, and direct action aimed at persuading the handful of undecided senators to vote no on Kavanaugh. | "Against the wishes of many Republicans…the FBI will take one week to investigate the claims of rape and sexual assault against Kavanaugh. Meanwhile, all eyes are back on Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski—the two most likely Republican swing votes on Kavanaugh. They have the deciding votes," the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) noted in an email to supporters late Friday. "We're moving boldly to defeat Brett Kavanaugh once and…

wsws (2018-09-29). The political issues in the Senate hearing on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. wsws.org The focus of the proceedings reflects the political priorities of the Democratic Party and the interests of the affluent social layers to which it is appealing.

Juan Cole, Informed Comment (2018-09-29). Lindsey Graham Consistently Disregards Violence Toward Women — And His State Is a Women's Murder Capital. alternet.org Graham's tone deafness to rape victims is nothing new. He has consistently voted against the Violence against Women Act. | Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made it abundantly clear in the hearing on Thursday that he cares more about Republican Party control of the Supreme Court than about rape victims. He implied that the charges of sexual assault that have surfaced against Brett Kavanaugh are a Democratic Party plot. . .

Labor Video Project (2018-09-29). The Attack On Julian Assange, Journalists, Democratic Rights, Labor & Imperialist War. indybay.org

teleSUR (2018-09-29). Outrageous Quotes That Prove Jair Bolsonaro is a Threat to Brazil's Democracy. telesurtv.net Bolsonaro, who is leading Brazil's presidential polls, has a long history of embracing torture and making violent comments against vulnerable groups.

wsws (2018-09-29). Polls predict Quebec elections likely to end in hung parliament. wsws.org The rise in support for the pseudo-left, pro-independence Québec Solidaire is a distorted expression of the growth of anti-austerity and anti-capitalist sentiment, especially among youth.

teleSUR (2018-09-29). Bolsonaro on Brazil Polls: I Will Only Accept My Victory. telesurtv.net Bolsonaro previously accused the Workers Party of plotting a corruption scheme to win the elections, prompting fears he may incite a coup if he loses.

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-09-29). Congress Reluctant to Pass Civil Rights Bill for People With Disabilities. truthout.org "I'd rather go to jail than die in a nursing home!" | These were the words chanted by disability rights activists gathered in Sen. Cory Gardner's Washington, DC, office last week as police began making arrests, taking 17 of them to jail. They were released hours later. The activists had a question for Gardner and his staff: Why is the Colorado Republican the only member of Congress from his state who has yet to co-sponsor the Disability Integration Act? | Advocates say the bipartisan bill is crucial for ensuring that people living with disabilities are not forced to live in nursing homes and other institutions against their will and can choose to receive supportive services in their own homes instead. The legislation centers on protecting freedom and civil rights and is expected to reduce Medicaid spending, so supporting it should be a political…

Peter Korzun (2018-09-29). EU, UK, Russia, & China Join Together To Dodge US Sanctions On Iran. iranian.com The UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York is a place where world leaders are able to hold important meetings behind closed doors. Russia, China, the UK, Germany, France, and the EU seized that opportunity on Sept. 24 to achieve a real milestone. The EU, Russia, China, and Iran will create a special purpose vehicle (SPV), a […]

wsws (2018-09-29). Russian Duma rams through pension reform amid mass opposition. wsws.org The passing of the reform, the most unpopular measure of the Russian government in decades, sets the stage for a sharp escalation of social and political conflicts in Russia.

Ted Rall (2018-09-28). Why Do We Tolerate Kavanaugh's Complicity With Torture? counterpunch.org What is wrong with us? Specifically: what is wrong with liberal Democrats? Liberal Democrats are out to get Brett Kavanaugh. They are right to be; he is dangerous. Confirming Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court would lock in a right-wing majority for a generation. Abortion rights would be imperiled, true, but his rulings would also impact More

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-09-28). Aggressive Kavanaugh Portrays Himself as Victim. truthout.org Judge Brett Kavanaugh learned a lesson from his weak appearance on Fox News last week. Testifying at the September 27 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on sexual assault allegations leveled against him by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh became belligerent and aggressive. Displaying outrage at the process, he portrayed himself as the victim and painted a conspiracy against him by the Democrats, the Clintons and left-wing opposition groups. | The GOP-led Senate is on a fast track to get Kavanaugh confirmed before the November 9 midterm elections. Republican senators have resisted an FBI investigation into allegations that Kavanaugh committed sexual assault against at least three women. | When queried by several Democratic senators, Kavanaugh refused to say he would support an FBI investigation into Ford's allegations against him. | Following the hearing, the American Bar Association (ABA), which had unanimously rated Kavanaugh "well…

RT (2018-09-28). Activists corner Sen. Flake, protest in Senate building ahead of Kavanaugh vote. rt.com As the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Democrats walked out of the hearing and hordes of protesters made one last gasp at disrupting the bitter confirmation process.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-09-28). More Democrats Sign On to Stop Yemen War, But is Enough Being Done? therealnews.com With 23 co-sponsors for a new measure that would withdraw U.S. forces from the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, Rep. Ro Khanna says that ending the war is "now a mainstream position within the Democratic Party." Bill co-sponsor Rep. Adam Smith, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services committee discusses the measure and whether…

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-09-28). Bad News for Trump: An Emoluments Clause Lawsuit Against Him Just Had a Major Win. alternet.org Trump is accused by 200 members of Congress of illegally using his office to take gifts from foreign governments. | On Friday evening, just as he was dealing with a setback to his Supreme Court nomination, President Donald Trump got a fresh piece of unwelcome news. According to a David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-09-28). Trump Attorney Rudy Giuliani Tells a Whopper: I 'Voted for Justices Sotormayor and Kagen'. alternet.org Giuliani, who infamously coined the phrase, "truth isn't truth," never served as a U. S. Senator, which is the only way anyone can vote to confirm a Supreme Court justice. | Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani Thursday evening praised Republican Senator Lindsey Graham's explosive attacks on Democrats during the widely-watched Kavanaugh confirmation hearing. An. . .

Serge Halimi (2018-09-28). No Rules for the US Game. counterpunch.org The rest of the world is not yet through with US politics. Previous US mid-term elections have rarely been decisive, even when they overturned a majority in Congress. The 1994 Republican landslide principally destroyed leftwing Democrats' resistance to Bill Clinton's harsh penal policy and free trade strategy. In 2010 the Tea Party breakthrough paralysed Barack Obama, but at More

Democracy Now! (2018-09-28). Brett Kavanaugh Barely Controls His Rage in Combative Testimony Denying Sexual Assault Allegations. democracynow.org Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified against President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Thursday morning, saying with certainty that it was Kavanaugh who attempted to rape her when they were in high school in 1982. Judge Kavanaugh repeatedly denied Blasey Ford's allegations, denouncing her testimony with barely controlled rage and repeatedly choking up with tears in his eyes. He singled out Democrats on the committee and accused them of staging a "circus" aimed at derailing his confirmation. We feature an excerpt from Kavanaugh's opening statement.

Nick Pemberton (2018-09-28). The Blue Wave is Awash With Hypocrisy. counterpunch.org Americans across the country will be bracing for the coming Blue Wave; a self-induced disaster that will outpace even the climate change induced storms sweeping the country. The Blue Wave is inevitable as the inaction on climate change that will come with it. Democrats feel entitled to fill more seats with hot air now that More

Cesar Chelala (2018-09-28). Why do Republicans Hate Women? counterpunch.org If one follows the behavior of Republican law-makers over the last several years, a pattern soon emerges: most of their policies tend to limit women's rights, in an overt or clear way. And one cannot but wonder about what prompts this negative behavior. Are they, perhaps, unaware of it or, more pointedly, it reflects their More

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-09-28). Lindsey Graham: From 'John McCain's Wingman to Donald Trump's Carnival Barker'. alternet.org Although Graham reached a new low on September 27, this wasn't the first time he has been over-the-top in his support of Kavanaugh and President Donald J. Trump. | When Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's embattled nominee for the U. S. Supreme Court, addressed members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, DC at a hearing on Thursday, September 27, the Committee's Republicans were not shy about stridently coming to his defe. . .

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-09-28). 'A Conspiratorial Mindset': Conservative Writer Max Boot Demolishes Kavanaugh's 'Damning' Testimony Revealing His Naked Partisanship. alternet.org Sen. Lindsey Graham also displayed a conspiratorial flair. | Within the Republican pro-Trump bubble, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh's emotional and overwrought testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, September 27 is being hailed as the heartfelt outcry of a man who is being wrongly railroaded and slandered by Democratic Party partisans. But not everyone on the right sees it that way. And in a Washington Post commentary publis. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-09-28). Dr. Christine Blasey Ford: I Am 100% Certain Brett Kavanaugh Attempted to Rape Me in 1982. democracynow.org We feature excerpts from the questioning at Thursday's historic hearing, when Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified she was "100 percent positive" that Brett Kavanaugh attempted to rape her in the summer of 1982 during Thursday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, as both Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh faced hours of questioning. Not one of the 11 Republican senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who are all white men, questioned Dr. Blasey Ford directly. Instead, they ceded their time to Arizona sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called a "female assistant." Mitchell…

Democracy Now! (2018-09-28). Headlines for September 28, 2018. democracynow.org Christine Blasey Ford Tells Senators Brett Kavanaugh Sexually Assaulted Her, GOP Senators Abandon Sex Crimes Prosecutor They Hired Amid Kavanaugh Questions, Kavanaugh Angrily Denies Sex Crimes Charges, Alleging Left-Wing Conspiracy, Senate Judiciary Committee to Vote on Kavanaugh Nomination Today, American Bar Association Calls for FBI Investigation into Kavanaugh, Kavanaugh Accuser Julie Swetnick: "I Don't Think He Belongs" on SCOTUS, Kavanaugh Accusers Demand FBI Investigation, Senate Hearings, 59 Arrested in Protest of Kavanaugh Near Supreme Court, Magnitude 7.5 Earthquake Strikes Near Indonesia, Trump Threate…

Rob Urie (2018-09-28). Democratic Socialism and Political Power. counterpunch.org Occasionally a phrase supports a wide range of political posturing while bearing little determinable relationship to actionable politics. 'Income inequality' is one of these phrases. Few using it are communists, a politics that recognizes concentrated economic power as both cause and effect in the skewed distribution of income and wealth. More

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-28). Over 50 Groups Call on Grassley to Resign as Judiciary Committee Chair. truthout.org As Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) put on a " genuinely unhinged" performance during Thursday's Senate hearing with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford — constantly interrupting Democratic senators and repeatedly inserting self-serving rants between questioning — more than 50 Iowa-based and national groups representing hundreds of thousands of Americans sent a letter denouncing Grassley's "failed leadership" and demanding that he immediately resign as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. | Slamming Grassley's efforts to rush through Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh without a federal investigation of Ford's credible sexual assault allegations, the groups accused Grassley of injecting "partisan politics and misogynistic bullying" into the Judiciary Committee's leadership. | "You have publicly bullied a woman who has stepped forward to report allegations of sexual assault," the letter states. "You and your staff had knowledge of the allegation prior to it becoming public, and…

wsws (2018-09-28). The Kavanaugh hearing: A spectacle of political filth and reaction. wsws.org The Democratic Party has decided to wage its opposition to the reactionary Supreme Court nominee on the most degraded and right-wing basis possible.

RT (2018-09-28). American shame: US has nothing to teach the world about justice or politics after Kavanaugh farce. rt.com Many outside the US watched Thursday's hearing with open-mouthed revulsion at the bad faith, lack of due process and inhumanity on display. Dysfunction in the biggest Western democracy sets a poor example to the rest of the globe.

Doug Johnson (2018-09-28). Ten Items Corroborate Dr. Blasey Ford's Allegation Kavanaugh Tried to Rape Her. counterpunch.org Mark Judge is in hiding. Clearly for good reason. The last thing Kavanaugh and his allies want is for Judge to be cross-examined in public. Democratic Senators landed a few jabs on this, but did nothing to camp out here the way they should. Judge and Kavanaugh were clearly best friends and, try as they might to characterize his writings as fictional accounts, Judge has never ever presented them that way. More

Gregory Shupak (2018-09-28). Washington Post Shows How Not to Talk About Free Speech. fair.org The Washington Post has published a raft of commentary recently lamenting what its authors see as the decline of free speech, largely in response to the New Yorker canceling plans to interview Steve Bannon at its annual festival (FAIR.org, 9/7/18). The magazine had faced criticism for inviting Bannon, former chair of the white supremacist Breitbart News and once the chief strategist for President Donald Trump. | The Post's pieces suffer from dubious, superficial understandings of free speech, and function as attacks on the left that whitewash the far right. | Dubious Conceptions of Free Speech: The Washington Post's Fareed Zakaria ( 9/13/18) fears a return to the nightmare years of the 1970s, when people refused to debate the idea that "blacks were a genetically inferior race who should be voluntarily sterilized." | Fareed Zakaria (Washington Post, 9/13/18) wrote that…

Democracy Now! (2018-09-28). Despite Gut-Wrenching Testimony from Dr. Blasey Ford, GOP Moves Forward with Vote on Kavanaugh. democracynow.org The Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee is preparing to vote on the confirmation of Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh after an extraordinary day of testimony from Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who testified she is "100 percent positive" that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her at a high school party in 1982. During the hearing, Kavanaugh said he was innocent, and claimed he was the victim of a left-wing plot of "revenge on behalf of the Clintons." We play Dr. Blasey Ford's full opening statement.

Julia Conley (2018-09-28). Senate Bill Would Forbid Attack On Iran Without Congressional Approval. iranian.com With National Security Adviser John Bolton threatening to "come after" Iran this week and President Donald Trump accusing the country of sowing "chaos, death, and destruction," Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) was joined Wednesday by several other members of the Democratic caucus in urging Congress to ensure that the U.S. avoids yet another prolonged war by […]

Bill Fried (2018-09-28). Whitewashing Black Voter Suppression. counterpunch.org "The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist." — Charles Baudelaire In 2016, according to the Sentencing Project, over 7.4 percent of the adult African American population was disenfranchised; four times the rate for non-African Americans. In Florida, one in five adult blacks is not allowed to vote. More

RT (2018-09-28). House Intel Committee votes to release 'Russiagate' transcripts. rt.com The House Intelligence Committee has voted to release transcripts from its own investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The transcripts include testimony from key Trump campaign figures. |

George Faraday (2018-09-28). Trump is Subsidizing Companies That Send Jobs Overseas. counterpunch.org On the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised to stop U.S. corporations from offshoring American jobs on "day one" of his presidency. Just after his election, President Trump claimed to be following through on this promise when he supposedly brokered a deal to stop Carrier from sending jobs at its Indianapolis air conditioning and heating plant More

David Rosen (2018-09-28). Is the U.S. in a Pre-Fascist Period? counterpunch.org Since Pres. Donald Trump's election, a variety of well-intentioned commentators have raised a chorus of concern that the U.S. was entering — or is in — a per-fascist period. If so, what is to be done? If not, what does the Trump presidency — and the conservative, religious right and corporatists who back him — signify in More

Whitney Webb (2018-09-28). Sheldon Adelson: Biggest Donor In All Of US Politics, Brings An Israel First Agenda To Washington. iranian.com Sheldon Adelson's massive expenditures in federal elections this cycle are being made because he believes that Republican control of the House and the Senate is vital to maintaining right-wing and pro-Zionist policies and his influence in Washington and at the White House. [dropcap]A[/dropcap]ccording to publicly available campaign finance data, Sheldon Adelson — the conservative, Zionist, […]

Aleksandar Pavic (2018-09-28). Serbian President Accuses West of 'Brutal Meddling' in Bosnia-Herzegovina's Elections. globalresearch.ca Western interference in all things Bosnian is hardly news. Not today, not yesterday, not 26 years ago, when the then-US ambassador to Yugoslavia, Warren Zimmerman, encouraged Bosnian Muslim fundamentalist leader Alija Izetbegovic to reject a peace plan – accepted, incidentally, …

Whitney Webb (2018-09-28). Now Biggest Donor in all of US Politics, Sheldon Adelson Brings an Israel First Agenda to Washington. mintpressnews.com Adelson's massive expenditures in federal elections this cycle are being made because he believes that Republican control of the House and the Senate is vital to maintaining right-wing and pro-Zionist policies and his influence in Washington and at the White House.

RT (2018-09-28). GOP senators' personal data flashed on Wikipedia, House inside job suspected. rt.com The home addresses of Republican Senators Lindsey Graham, Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, all sitting on the Judiciary Committee, briefly appeared on Wikipedia. The edits were allegedly made from Capitol Hill.

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-09-28). The Downfall of a Reasonable Republican: Why Susan Collins' Senate Career Was Probably Just Dealt a Fatal Blow. alternet.org Here's what Kavanaugh's day of testimony means for the senator from Maine. | Sen. Susan Collins might very well remember Thursday, September 27, 2018 as the day in which the final nail was placed in the coffin of her career in the United States Senate. Collins' career in the Senate was in trouble long before September 27, when the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing in Washington, DC in response to the sexual abuse allegations of 51-year-. . .

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-28). Blasey Ford, White Male Privilege and the Reckoning to Come. truthout.org

| The TV talk would have you believe Brett Kavanaugh saved his nomination on Thursday afternoon. The talk is wrong. Kavanaugh's nomination, at least before the Senate Judiciary Committee, was never in need of saving. All the Republican majority members of that committee required to pass him along to a full Senate vote was an excuse, no matter how tattered or shameful, to hang their hat on. They weren't just "saving" Kavanaugh, however. In every way that matters, they were trying pathetically to save themselves. | The nominee gave them that needed reason in the guise of an elongated tantrum, the likes of which one seldom sees outside the candy aisle of a supermarket or the local Chuck E.

Staff (2018-09-28). GOP Agrees to FBI Probe of Kavanaugh, Delaying Senate Vote. truthdig.com Under pressure from moderate members, Republican leaders say they'll allow the new probe for up to one week.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-28). Blasey Ford Is "100 Percent Positive" Brett Kavanaugh Attempted to Rape Her. truthout.org We feature excerpts from the questioning at Thursday's historic hearing, when Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified she was "100 percent positive" that Brett Kavanaugh attempted to rape her in the summer of 1982 during Thursday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, as both Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh faced hours of questioning. Not one of the eleven Republican senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who are all white men, questioned Dr. Blasey Ford directly. Instead, they ceded their time to Arizona sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called a "female assistant." Mitchell was also scheduled to question Kavanaugh on behalf of Republican senators, but they quickly stopped her line of questioning after she asked Kavanaugh about details of the parties he attended in the summer of 1982. Kavanaugh repeatedly refused to call for an FBI investigation into Dr. Blasey Ford's…

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-28). Netanyahu Claims Iran Has a Secret Nuclear Site. mintpressnews.com Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday described what he said was a secret atomic warehouse in Tehran and accused Europe of appeasing Iran as he sought to rally support for US sanctions against the Islamic Republic, Reuters reports. | Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Netanyahu showed an aerial photograph of the Iranian capital marked with a red arrow and pointed to what he said was a previously secret warehouse holding nuclear-related material. He argued this showed Iran still sought to obtain nuclear weapons, despite its 2015 agreement with world powers to curb its program in exchange for a loosening of sanctions. | pic.twitter.com/6pev3xEVML | — Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) September 27, 2018 | Netanyahu spoke 4-1/2 months after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the accord, arguing it did too little to rein in Tehran's nuclear ambitions and triggering the resumption…

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