2018-10-02: News Headlines

Zero Hedge (2018-10-02). Iran Quotes Hillary Clinton's Emails, WikiLeaks At U.N. To Prove Saudis Are State Sponsors Of Terror. iranian.com Those rare moments that WikiLeaks gets invoked at the United Nations are always fun, especially when part of a tense feud between Middle East rivals and involving Hillary Clinton. Iranian Ambassador to the UN Gholamali Khoshroo gave a fiery speech during the final days of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York wherein he […]

Steve Cobble (2018-10-02). Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition Created Today's Democratic Politics. thenation.com Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition Created Today's Democratic Politics…

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-10-02). What Would Take to Impeach Brett Kavanaugh If He's Confirmed to the Supreme Court? alternet.org Democrats would have a lot of heavy lifting to do in order to impeach Kavanaugh if he is confirmed. | Rich text editor, edit-body-und-0-value, press ALT 0 for help. | | | In so many respects, the behavior of Rep. . .

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-10-02). Sanders Calls for Kavanaugh Perjury Investigation — Where are the Democrats? A Q&A with Paul Jay. therealnews.com Dharna Noor and Paul Jay discuss the announcement by Mitch McConnell that a Senate vote will be held before the end of this week and a letter from Sen. Bernie Sanders calling for an FBI investigation into Kavanaugh's possible perjury

Bahram Bahrami (2018-10-02). Dear Donald, America Was Great Because The Rest Of The World Was A Mess! iranian.com In the interest of full disclosure I should state: I am not writing this piece because of the latent hatred towards the United States of America due to the 1953 coup d'état against democratically elected government of Dr. Mossadegh. In spite of numerous US and UK governments self-congratulatory confessions (last one officially in 2013), unlike […]

Carol Dansereau (2018-10-02). Whose Moral Stain? Hold Democrats Accountable on Immigration Too. counterpunch.org Of course, we need to hold Donald Trump and his Party accountable for the deep moralstain of his awful immigration policies. But it doesn't follow that we must, therefore, rally around the Democrats and work for a "blue wave" in the next election. What Barack Obama and other Democrats did to immigrants is so reprehensible More

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-10-02). Could Obama's Endorsement Help Ben Jealous Defeat Larry Hogan? therealnews.com Marc Steiner weighs in on the Maryland Governor's race, where a popular Republican incumbent has a double digit lead over the Sanders-inspired Democrat

Shared by Dharna Noor (2018-10-02). Sanders Calls for Kavanaugh Perjury Investigation — Where are the Democrats? A Q&A with Paul Jay. therealnews.com Dharna Noor and Paul Jay discuss the announcement by Mitch McConnell that a Senate vote will be held before the end of this week and a letter from Sen. Bernie Sanders calling for an FBI investigation into Kavanaugh's possible perjury

Shared by Marc SteinerJaisal Noor (2018-10-02). Could Obama's Endorsement Help Ben Jealous Defeat Larry Hogan? therealnews.com Marc Steiner weighs in on the Maryland Governor's race, where a popular Republican incumbent has a double digit lead over the Sanders-inspired Democrat

Consortiumnews (2018-10-02). The Kavanaugh Case: Sex, Lies, Privilege (and Plenty of Beer). consortiumnews.com The use of identity politics by establishment Democrats to obscure a violent and hegemonic foreign policy has led many clear-minded people to conflate the very real problem of sexual assault, with a liberal Democratic agenda, says Joe Lauria. By Joe… Read more →

AMSH (2018-10-02). SF Democratic Party: 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…

Amanda Marcotte, Salon (2018-10-02). Here's Why Republican Women Will Stick with Brett Kavanaugh — And Donald Trump. alternet.org Gender equality is a partisan issue: Most Republican women are just as sexist as Republican men. | Rich text editor, edit-body-und-0-value, press ALT 0 for help. | Are Republican women ever going to get fed up? It's the question that keeps cropping up after every incident of Republican political leaders minimizing, denying or excusing sexual harassme. . .

Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers (2018-10-02). Kavanaugh is the Wong Nominee. counterpunch.org The Kavanaugh confirmation process has been a missed opportunity for the United States to face up to many urgent issues on which the bi-partisans in Washington, DC are united and wrong. Kavanaugh's career as a Republican legal operative and judge supporting the power of corporations, the security state and abusive foreign policy should have been put on More

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-10-02). In Destroying Social Security, GOP Has No Plans for Elderly Americans. truthout.org Why do hosts on Sunday talk shows never ask congressional Republicans if they know their cleverly designed bills to destroy Social Security mean that most Americans will have penniless, elderly parents or relatives underfoot day and night? Indeed, that was the case prior to August 14, 1935, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. | Killing Social Security would force most recipients — currently more than Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-10-02). Mueller Is Investigating 2016 Hacking Campaign Against Anti-Trump Conservatives. alternet.org Federal law enforcement officials have referred the email hack of Republican operative Cheri Jacobus to the office of the special counsel. | Rich text editor, edit-body-und-0-value, press ALT 0 for help. | Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the hacking of a conservative critic of President Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign. Federal law en. . .

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-10-01). How Society Embraces Male Denials, From Clarence Thomas to Brett Kavanaugh. truthout.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 fo…

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…

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-10-01). Here Are 5 Conservatives Who Stood Up to Republicans' Deceptive and Repugnant Defenses of Brett Kavanaugh. alternet.org It was a stunning display of the party's devolving temperament. | The party line among Republican supporters of President Donald Trump and his flawed Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, is that Kavanaugh's 's emotional, overwrought diatribe at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday, September 27 saved the day for his nomination by painting him as the victim of a ruthless smear from conniving Democrats. But truth be told, C. . .

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

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.

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.

RT (2018-10-01). #NotHer: Kellyanne Conway's sex assault story doesn't matter, because she's on the wrong side. rt.com With the Democratic party demanding that survivors of sexual assault be believed and their motives for coming forward unquestioned, one woman's story isn't deserving of the same respect: White House counselor Kellyanne Conway's. |

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-10-01). Judge Brett Kavanaugh Has Lied Every Time He Has Testified Under Oath. truthout.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 assist…

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 →

Whitney Webb (2018-10-01). Wikileaks: To Weaken Iran, US Undermined Democratic Elements of Syrian Opposition to Empower Radical Groups. mintpressnews.com While seven years have come and gone since the leaked document was written by USMC intelligence, little has changed when it comes to the U.S.' long-standing goals in Syria and its callous disregard for the will of the Syrian people and Syrian democracy.

Matthew Rozsa, Salon (2018-10-01). Democrats May Have Caught Kavanaugh in Another Major Lie Under Oath — and It's Not About Sex or Alcohol. alternet.org Kavanaugh may have lied about his involvement about his work as a government lawyer. | The Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. , believes that Brett Kavanaugh may have lied to members of the committee about whether he broke grand jury secrecy laws while he worked on the investigation of President Bill Clinton. "According to a memo from the National Archives, Brett Kavanaugh instructed Hickman Ewing, a c. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-10-01). Meet One of the Sexual Assault Survivors Who Confronted Jeff Flake & Triggered FBI Kavanaugh Probe. 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…

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

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-10-01). 'Total Disinformation': MSNBC Guest Slams Trump For Pretending FBI Investigation of Kavanaugh Was Not Restricted. alternet.org Donald Trump didn't want a real investigation of Brett Kavanaugh, but he also didn't want to look like he was blocking one. | After truly Herculean pressure and the threat of defection from Republican senators, President Donald Trump finally agreed on Friday to reopen the background investigation into Supreme Court nominee. . .

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 …

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…

Daniel Ross, Independent Media Institute (2018-10-01). Republicans Have Denied Climate Change for Far Too Long — and It's Taking a Toll on the Military. alternet.org Underfunding, lack of strategic planning and denialism are hindering the DoD's climate response. | A rock seawall protecting the Air Force's Cape Lisburne Long Range Radar Station on the North East Alaska coast is under increasing duress from extreme weather patterns affecting Arctic sea ice. early $50 million has been spent r. . .

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.

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…

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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…

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…

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). 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.

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.

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