2018-10-03: News Headlines

Daily Kos (2018-10-03). This Is the Best Evidence of Trump Colluding to Attack Another Republican. alternet.org The story revolves around Cheri Jacobus, a Republican PR specialist. | Lost in the sham of the Kavanaugh investigation and the overwhelming evidence that Trump is, was, and has always been a racketeer, using money laundering to evade taxes and fund his failed empire, was a Staff (2018-10-03). Under Cover of Kavanaugh, GOP Gave the Rich Another Huge Handout. truthdig.com While Americans watched Senate hearings over Brett Kavanaugh's alleged sexual assaults, House Republicans passed an extra $3 trillion tax cut for rich people and corporations.

Shared by Cherise (2018-10-03). GOP Senators Are Running Away From Women Sharing Their Sexual Assault Stories. truthout.org In the days since Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to respond to the sexual misconduct allegations raised against him by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, several women who claim they are sexual assault survivors have confronted Republican Senators in an effort to convince them to walk…

Ann Garrison (2018-10-03). Historic Precedent or Footnote? Laura Wells Debates Barbara Lee. counterpunch.org On October 5, for the first time, a Democratic Party congressional candidate will debate a Green Party candidate one-on-one. California's Thirteenth District incumbent, Barbara Lee, who is widely perceived as the most progressive member of the House, has agreed to debate Green Party candidate Laura Wells in a League of Women Voters (LVW) forum at Oakland More

RT (2018-10-03). Don't mention the Clintons? Senator quote about Democrats mocking abuse victim gets Kavanaugh twist. rt.com Arguing that Republicans have shown nothing but respect for the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, Senator Lindsey Graham brought up a quote from the 1990s. But some reporters didn't get it.

RT (2018-10-03). Is Kavanaugh innocent or guilty? Democrat senator says it doesn't matter, sparking Twitter outrage. rt.com New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is facing a swift Twitter backlash after saying he believes it is time to "move on" to a new Supreme Court candidate regardless of whether Brett Kavanaugh is "innocent or guilty" of sexual assault.

wsws (2018-10-03). CIA Democrats call for aggression against Russia, run pro-war campaigns in 2018 congressional races. wsws.org Democratic challengers seeking Republican congressional seats, particularly those with a military-intelligence background, are pushing for ever greater military spending.

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-10-03). Senate Republicans Put Their Smear Campaign Against Christine Blasey Ford Into Overdrive. alternet.org It's one more sign that Republicans are nervous about Kavanaugh. | Senate Republicans apparently don't think Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has been adequately smeared by Donald Trump and legions of right-wing trolls, so they're upping the game themselves. Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley, who wants nothing to do with the vast number of eyewitness accounts of Brett Kavanaugh being drunk and aggressive, is demanding Ford Staff (2018-10-03). Kavanaugh's 'Revenge' Theory Hints at Troubling Past With Clintons. truthdig.com In blaming Democrats for the allegations against him, the Trump appointee has drawn new attention to his work on the Starr report.

Eric Alterman (2018-10-03). Brett Kavanaugh Is a Liar—So Why Couldn't Democrats Call Him One? thenation.com

teleSUR (2018-10-03). Noam Chomsky and Others Issue Warning Against Brazil's Fascist Candidate. mintpressnews.com Noam Chomsky and several other intellectuals signed a manifesto in defense of Brazilian democracy and warning of the possible victory of a "fascist, racist, misogynist, homophobic candidate who calls for violence and armed repression," in a clear reference to leading candidate Jair Bolsonaro. | The manifesto argues that the attack on Brazil's democracy began with the parliamentary coup against democratically elected Dilma Rousseff, of the Workers' Party, and then reinforced with the disqualification of leading presidential candidate for the October elections, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. | "These are steps in a pla…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-10-03). Key Red State Paper Urges Republican Senators to Vote Against Kavanaugh. alternet.org He is alienating observers across the board. | The Kansas City Star — the major newspaper based out of Kansas City, Missouri — denounced its local Republican Senators' support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in a powerful new piece from the editorial board on Wednesday. In a message to the Senators from the red states of Kansas and Misso. . .

Rachel M. Cohen (2018-10-03). With Focus on Keith Ellison Allegations, Karen Monahan Retains New Attorney. theintercept.com Keith Ellison's accuser has retained the legal services of a longtime friend and former boss of Ellison's Republican opponent, Doug Wardlow, in the race for Minnesota attorney general.

Ajamu Baraka (2018-10-03). Syria and the S-300s: Re-Centering the People in the Global Struggles for Power. globalresearch.ca Protecting Russian interests in Syria and the Mid-East was and is the driving force for Russian military and diplomatic activity, nothing else! | "The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world …

wsws (2018-10-03). Widespread opposition to sellout UPS contract in run-up to Friday vote deadline. wsws.org The Teamsters' strategy of lies has been developed in collaboration with BerlinRosen, the Democratic Party-aligned public relations firm.

RT (2018-10-03). FBI documents detail Clinton and Mueller's own 'Russiagate' — but they're classified. rt.com The FBI is facing new calls to declassify documents relating to the sale of US uranium to a Russian company, documents that could implicate Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and 'Russiagate' witch-hunter Robert Mueller. |

Jim Hightower, AlterNet (2018-10-03). Poverty Is Over! So Why Are Republicans So Quiet About Their Chief Economic Accomplishment? alternet.org Yeah, wages are going up — for multimillionaires like Trump | Rich text editor, edit-body-und-0-value, press ALT 0 for help. | Listen . . . Can you hear it? Listen to the eerie "sound of silence" from the Trumpeteers and congressional Republicans who so loudly cheered themselves just a year ago for bestowing a trillion-dollar tax giveaway on. . .

Ted Rall (2018-10-03). Trump Has Revolutionized Politics, First Campaigning, Now Governing. counterpunch.org Donald Trump may last; he may go away. But the influence of his revolutionary approach to American politics will endure. What he learned and taught about campaigning will be studied and emulated for years to come. Social media matters. In 2016 his free Twitter feed defeated Hillary Clinton's $1.2 billion fundraising juggernaut. Foot soldiers don't More

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 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

Trevor Aaronson (2018-10-02). Democrats Hope the FBI Investigation Will Sink Brett Kavanaugh — but Such Probes Are Inherently Limited. theintercept.com As the FBI explores whether Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted women while in high school and college, elected officials and others have suggested that federal agents can authoritatively get to the bottom of an alleged attack said to have occurred three decades ago. | The FBI's only impediment, these people allege, is possible meddling by the White House to limit the investigation's scope. Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican whose last-minute show of leverage forced the new FBI inquiry, has told the White House and the FBI that he expects "a fulsome" investigation. 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 →

Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers (2018-10-02). Kavanaugh is the Wrong 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

RT (2018-10-02). Tired of the political divide in America? Don't worry, it's going to get much worse. rt.com Politically and culturally, the gulf between left and right, Democrat and Republican, seems to be widening day by day. According to one new study, you ain't seen nothing yet.

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…

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 […]

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-10-02). Trump's New NAFTA Would Drive Up Drug Prices. truthout.org On the campaign trail, Donald Trump set himself apart from fellow Republicans and even Hillary Clinton by advancing a protectionist trade agenda and promising to renegotiate or scrap the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico. So, the president celebrated on Monday after last-minute negotiations with Canada advanced a new version of NAFTA. | "It's an amazing deal for a lot of people," Trump said during an address at the White House. | However, critics say the current draft of the $1.2 trillion deal would not completely halt the outsourcing of US jobs to Mexico, and i…

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

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 moral stain 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

Rachel M. Cohen (2018-10-02). Modern Monetary Theory Grapples With People Actually Paying Attention to It. theintercept.com When Donald Trump signed a huge corporate and upper-income tax cut into law in December, it seemed like there was one small bright spot. With the GOP-backed bill projected to increase the national deficit by $1.9 trillion over the first decade, at the very least the Democrats could finally quit saying that an increase to the national debt — the vice that trapped so much progressive legislation — was per se political suicide. | In fact, as 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). 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…

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. |

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…

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

Michael Sainato (2018-10-01). A Progressive Tide. progressive.org The centrist strategy of trying to win over moderate Republicans backfired miserably for Democrats. A blue wave is now pulling the party to the left.

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.

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 →

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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