2018-10-01: News Headlines

RFE (2018-10-01). Iranian Kurdish Group Says Iran Attacked Its Base In Iraq. iranian.com Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) says Iranian military has attacked its forces on Sunday afternoon, September 30, on Mount Kodo over the border in Iraq. The mountain is located outside western city of Piranshahr, in Iranian Kurdistan province, neighboring Iraq. The Iranian authorities have not yet commented on the allegation. In an official statement, […]

wsws (2018-10-01). Democrats, media press Kavanaugh sexual assault campaign. wsws.org The frenzy over Kavanaugh's alleged actions as a 17-year-old is a diversion from any examination of his 30-year record as a reactionary opponent of democratic rights and the working class.

Labor Video Project (2018-10-01). The Attack On Julian Assange, Journalists, Democratic Rights, Labor & Imperialist War. indybay.org

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-10-01). Another Former Kavanaugh Friend Says He Lied to Senate About Alcohol Use. alternet.org Charles Ludington will deliver his statement to the FBI on Monday. | Rich text editor, edit-body-und-0-value, press ALT 0 for help. | Although the reopened FBI background investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been crit. . .

wsws (2018-10-01). Hundreds of thousands demand strike action in the US. wsws.org With social anger at plunging living standards boiling over, the unions are desperately seeking to divert opposition behind the election of Democratic Party candidates in November.

AMSH (2018-10-01). SF Democratic Party Promotes Rape Among City Employees & Navy's Blue Death. indybay.org While the country is fixed on the US Senate hearing for Republican Trump's rapist nominee for Supreme Court Justice, millionaire Brett Kavanaugh with a current lifetime judge position, right here in San Francisco on the taxpayer's payroll, the San Francisco Democratic Party, which has been in power at City Hall since 1960, allows rape, racism and retaliation, and has invited the world's leading terrorists, rapists and racists, the US military, as the Democrats have since 1981, when war profiteer Senator Dianne Feinstein was mayor, to again strafe our city for 4 days, October 4-7, 2018, for at least 4 hours per da…

Democracy Now! (2018-10-01). Kimberlé Crenshaw: How Society Embraces Male Denials, from Clarence Thomas to Brett Kavanaugh. democracynow.org When President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testified last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he called Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's accusations against him and the subsequent fallout a "circus" orchestrated by the Democrats. His language echoed Clarence Thomas, who nearly 30 years ago said of the Anita Hill trials, "This is a circus. It's a national disgrace. … It is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves." We speak with Kimberlé Crenshaw, professor of law at UCLA and Columbia University who assisted Anita Hill's legal team. She is the found…

Democracy Now! (2018-10-01). Ex-Senate Aide: Judge Brett Kavanaugh Has Lied Every Time He Has Testified Under Oath. democracynow.org The FBI is investigating Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified last week that he attempted to rape her in 1982. But Democrats say the FBI's probe is too limited, and critics claim that Kavanaugh has repeatedly committed perjury by lying during his testimony about his drinking habits, the content of his yearbook and a spate of other topics. We speak with Lisa Graves, co-director of Documented, which investigates corporate influence on democracy. She is the former chief counsel for nominations for the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and was deputy assistant…

Consortiumnews (2018-10-01). Extremists Unite to Diss Populism as Threat to Democracy. consortiumnews.com If there's one thing that brings a tear to Caitlin Johnstone's eye, it's the inspiration she feels watching Republican-aligned neoconservatives and Democrat-aligned neoconservatives find a way to bridge their almost nonexistent differences. By Caitlin Johnstone If there's one thing that… Read more →

Dean Baker (2018-10-01). Getting Serious About Debts and Deficits. counterpunch.org With the possibility that the Democrats will retake Congress and press demands for increased spending in areas like health care, education, and child care, the deficit hawks (DH) are getting prepared to awaken from their dormant state. We can expect major news outlets to be filled with stories on how the United States is on More

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-10-01). These Are the Insane Limits the White House and Senate Republicans Have Imposed on the FBI's Investigation of Kavanaugh: Report. alternet.org Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh were not included on the list of people the White House directed the FBI to interview. | Rich text editor, edit-body-und-0-value, press ALT 0 for help. | The New York Times is reporting the scope of the FBI's supplemental background check into Judge Brett Kavanaugh is Democracy Now! (2018-10-01). Headlines for October 1, 2018. democracynow.org FBI Reopens Probe into Kavanaugh After Demand by Republican Sen. Flake, Flake Demanded FBI Probe Soon After Being Confronted by Sexual Assault Survivors, White House Accused of Placing Limit on FBI Probe, Kavanaugh Friend: "When Brett Got Drunk, He Was Often Belligerent and Aggressive", Indonesian Earthquake & Tsunami Death Toll Reaches 844, Expected to Rise, U.S. & Canada Reaches Tentative Deal to Save NAFTA, Tens of Thousands Protest Far-Right Brazilian Presidential Candidate Jair Bolsonaro, In Gaza, Israeli Troops Fatally Shoot 7 Palestinians Dead, 500 Others Injured, Palestinians Launch General Strike to Prot…

Whitney Webb (2018-10-01). Now Biggest Donor in All of US Politics, Sheldon Adelson Brings an Israel First Agenda to Washington. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Mary Troy Johnston (2018-10-01). Republicans Go for the Short Win and Neglect Key Facts. counterpunch.org Would pushing the Kavanaugh nomination through the Senate have long-term consequences on the mostly male politicians who support the judge and our governmental institutions? Certainly. The following reasons suggest that more prudent decision-making should control this process in view of the long-term effects. 1. The vetting process of Judge Kavanaugh is not over. It will More

Democracy Now! (2018-10-01). Meet One of the Sex Assault Survivors Who Confronted Jeff Flake & Triggered FBI Probe of Kavanaugh. democracynow.org Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona was on his way to cast his vote, shortly after announcing his intentions to confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, when he was confronted in an elevator by two women who are sexual assault survivors. The women held open the elevator door, telling Flake, through their tears, that he was dismissing their pain. Soon after, Flake surprised his colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee by advancing Kavanaugh's nomination but asking for an FBI investigation before the full Senate vote. President Trump has now ordered an FBI investigation into Kavanaugh. We spe…

RT (2018-09-30). Maxine Waters rebuffs 'despicable' doxing claims, trolled for 'not having temperament' for office. rt.com Rep. Maxine Waters called the accusations that her office leaked Republican senators' private data "despicable lies," prompting comments that anger means guilt in apparent allusion to Democrats' reactions to Kavanaugh testimony.

Gwendolyn Smith, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-09-30). Sen. Lindsey Graham Calls for Investigation of Democrats. alternet.org Lindsey Graham has uncovered the real villains in the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. | Rich text editor, edit-body-und-0-value, press ALT 0 for help. | Lindsey Graham has dedicated himself to finding who he believes are the real villains uncovered during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings — the Democrats. On ABC news' "This Week," Graham continued his defiant res. . .

Shared by britney (2018-09-30). When Survivors Unite. truthout.org To anyone whose reflexive response is to disbelieve survivors and treat the multiple allegations about Brett Kavanaugh as "invalid" absent the type of normative evidence required in typical legal cases, it's important to clarify: The evidence is incomplete because Republicans have refused an impartial investigation. This parallels a legal system that fails to identify, prevent and redress the widespread sexual assault and mistreatment of women. We must account for that failure in parsing these events and allegations. | For decades, these systemic inequities have barred people from reporting assault and receiving…

RT (2018-09-30). ThinkProgress editor under fire after calling for Republicans to be confronted 'where they sleep'. rt.com The justice editor for left-wing opinion site ThinkProgress tweeted out a call to confront GOP lawmakers everywhere, including, apparently, in their homes. Commenters have pointed out all sorts of problems with that.

Mehdi Hasan (2018-09-30). Pack the Supreme Court. theintercept.com Brett Kavanaugh moved one step closer to the United States Supreme Court on Friday. | Despite telling brazen lies in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and despite Christine Blasey Ford's compelling testimony, Republicans on the committee voted in favor of advancing Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Se…

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. . .

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. . .

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.

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 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.

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

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

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.

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

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…

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. . .

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 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

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 […]

Shared by Aaron Maté (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…

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.

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…

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.

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. According to publicly available campaign finance data, Sheldon Adelson — the conservative, Zionist, […]

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.

Democracy Now! (2018-09-27). "Con Game"? Trump Accuser Jessica Leeds Responds to His Dismissal of Sexual Assault Allegations. democracynow.org Ahead of today's hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, President Trump lashes out at the women who have accused him and his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, saying Democrats are running a "con game." We get response from Jessica Leeds, whom Trump referenced in comments Wednesday. She is one of 16 Trump accusers, who says he groped her in the first-class cabin of a commercial flight in 1979.

RT (2018-09-27). Kavanaugh drama: New accusations and a support letter from classmates. rt.com Fresh sex assault claims against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has surfaced, as Democrats demand delaying his hearing in the Senate. At the same time, the White House has released a letter of support from his classmates.

James Carden (2018-09-27). Centrist House Democrats Join the Progressive Movement to Stop the War on Yemen. thenation.com Centrist House Democrats Join the Progressive Movement to Stop the War on Yemen…

RT (2018-09-27). Mysterious envelope slip from Democrat to Ford's attorney caught on VIDEO at Kavanaugh hearings. rt.com A Democrat congresswoman was caught on video slipping an envelope to Christine Blasey Ford's attorney during a Senate hearing on accusations against SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh, triggering a wave of speculation on its contents.

Democracy Now! (2018-09-27). Headlines for September 27, 2018. democracynow.org Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford to Testify at Historic Senate Hearing, Third Woman Publicly Accuses Judge Kavanaugh of Sexual Misconduct, President Trump Attacks Kavanaugh Accusations as "Con Game", Sen. Jeff Merkley Sues Trump and Senate Leaders to Halt Kavanaugh Confirmation, Kavanaugh Friend Who Appeared in Ad Withdraws Support, Alyssa Milano Joins Sexual Assault Survivors in Capitol Hill Protest, Two Key Republican Women Senators Waver on Support for Kavanaugh, At U.N., Trump Accuses China of Election Meddling & Attacks Iran, Bolivian President Calls Out U.S. over Coups & Support for Dictators, Trum…

Jud Lounsbury (2018-09-27). 'Credit Card' Walker & 'Deadbeat' Kemp Get Righteous About Stacey Abrams's Finances. progressive.org The Republican Governors Association, under Wisconsin's Scott Walker's leadership, has run a number of hypocritical attack ads on the Georgian gubernatorial candidate.

Briahna Gray (2018-09-26). Democratic Socialist Nomiki Konst Announces Campaign for New York City Public Advocate. theintercept.com When New York City Public Advocate Letitia James won the Democratic primary to be the next state attorney general on September 13, it opened up the position of the city's top watchdog. It's a role that investigative reporter, activist, and organizer Nomiki Konst hopes to fill. | Konst has been engaged in politics since age 16, getting her start backing Hillary Clinton's Senate campaign in New York. She went on to serve as a national co-chair on Barack Obama's presidential re-electi…

Democracy Now! (2018-09-26). Headlines for September 26, 2018. democracynow.org Trump's Boasts Draw Laughter at United Nations General Assembly, Iran Rejects New Talks with U.S. Amid Trump Administration Threats, Senate Republicans Tap Female Prosecutor to Question Christine Blasey Ford, Amid New Allegations, Senate Won't Delay Kavanaugh Hearings, "Sexually Violent Predator" Bill Cosby Sentenced to 3 to 10 Years, Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Man at Protest, 174th Since March 30, World Bank Warns Gaza Economy Is "Collapsing" Under Israeli Blockade, Argentina: General Strike Targets IMF Loans, Austerity Measures, Federal Judge Restores Endangered Status to Grizzly Bears, Chicago Jurors Show…

RT (2018-09-26). Rand Paul wants to lift US travel bans on Russian lawmakers if Moscow reciprocates — report. rt.com Republican Senator Rand Paul will introduce an amendment that would lift existing US sanctions on members of Russia's Federal Assembly if Moscow agrees to nix its own sanctions targeting US lawmakers, according to the Daily Beast.

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