2018-10-04: News Headlines

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-10-04). Kavanaugh Is a Threat to All of Us. We're Walking Out in Protest. truthout.org The International Women's Strike (IWS) organization is calling for a National Walkout from all work, waged and unwaged, today, October 4, at 4: 00 pm to protest the potential appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Several national organizations, including the Democratic Socialists of America and the National Lawyers Guild, have joined with us to organize against this threat. | The overwhelming response to the call has made all of us — and especially those of us who are survivors of sexual assault — feel validated and hopeful. Today people…

Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon (2018-10-04). Brett Kavanaugh: Here's Why the Poster Boy For Toxic Male Privilege Just Doesn't Get It. alternet.org Women and people of color are gaining on them, and they are scared to death | To understand the panic that white men in the Republican Party are in these days, it's useful to go back to April of 2016, when Trump was still running for the nomination. He held a rally at the Grumman Studios, located in what used to be the Grumman Aircraft factory in Bethpage, a community adjacent to Levittown, Long Island in suburban Nassau C. . .

wsws (2018-10-04). The International Socialist Organization mobilizes behind Democrats' right-wing diversion on Kavanaugh. wsws.org The US pseudo-left has seized on allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh to intensify its promotion of #MeToo and the Democratic Party's campaign in the November elections.

RT (2018-10-04). 'Absolutely nothing' to prove claims against Kavanaugh, confirmation to proceed — Senate GOP. rt.com Senate Republican leadership announced that an FBI probe into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has found no evidence to support sexual assault allegations against the judge, and said that a vote will be held on Saturday.

Sarah Burris, Raw Story (2018-10-04). North Carolina Republicans Use Fake Photograph to Imply Christine Blasey Ford Was Too Ugly to Rape. alternet.org The photo in question is not of Dr. Ford. | The North Carolina Republican Party followed President Donald Trump's lead in attacking Dr. Christine Blasey Ford for coming forward about an alleged sexual assault. The News and Observer reported Thursday that Lanny Lancaster, Cabarrus County GOP chairman, shared a photo he said was Dr. Ford, posted by another account named. . .

Steve Early (2018-10-04). "They Count on You Not Knowing:" Socialists Blow the Whistle on Democratic Party Donor Class. counterpunch.org Wealthy Bay Area investor David Crane is a leading promoter of the neo-liberal agenda within the California Democratic Party. A former advisor to Republican governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Crane is a widely-published critic of state and local tax initiatives, publicly-funded health care, public education, public employees and their pensions. He raises lots of money for "courageous" More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-10-04). Sen. Menendez Denounces Kavanaugh FBI Probe as a 'Bullsh*t' Investigation. alternet.org The Democratic senator didn't hold back. | After reading the FBI's report on its background investigation into the sexual assault and misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) fiercely denounced the bureau's work. Republicans touted the report as further showing that there was little to back up the claims against Kavanaugh — without mentioning, of course, the fact that the mul. . .

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-10-04). Republicans Roll from a Rigged FBI 'Investigation' of Kavanaugh to a Rigged Senate Process. alternet.org Thanks to the Trump White House and Senate Republicans, this FBI investigation was blindfolded. | The FBI has concluded its "investigation" into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but what it did was so limited that it Jon Queally, Common Dreams (2018-10-04). The 'Fix Is In, Folks': Susan Collins Describes FBI's Kavanaugh Probe as 'Very Thorough' While Admitting She Hasn't Read It All Yet. alternet.org Collins' comments were met with immediate incredulity. | Despite admitting to CNN she still has not read the full report, Sen. Susan Collins—the Republican from Maine who remains a potentially crucial swing vote in the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh—emerged from a briefing on Thursday morning and said a report by the FBI. . .

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-10-04). Even These 5 Right-Wing Conservatives Have Called Trump Out for Mocking Christine Blasey Ford. alternet.org Trump made no friends with his mockery of Dr. Ford. | Tuesday, October 2 was a busy day for President Donald J. Trump. After a mid-afternoon speech at the National Electrical Contractors Association's annual convention in Democrat-dominated Philadelphia—where he was greeted with an abundance of RT (2018-10-04). Democrat House staffer arrested for doxxing 3 Republican senators during Kavanaugh hearing. rt.com A Democrat congressional staffer has been arrested and charged with publishing the personal information of three GOP senators. The arrest vindicates Rep. Maxine Waters, but may be bad news for her colleague Sheila Jackson Lee.

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-10-04). Five Reasons Why the GOP Is Rushing to Confirm Kavanaugh. truthout.org After Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, Trump and the GOP leadership mounted a full-court press to ram through his confirmation before October 1, the first day of the Court's new term. | Why the rush? | In part they want Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court before the November 6 midterm elections. If the Democrats achieve a majority in the Senate, there may not be sufficient votes to confirm him. | But the hurry to get Kavanaugh confirmed has more to do with the cases on the Supreme Court's docket: Republicans are hoping to ensure the outcome of several hot-button cases, including those invo…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-10-04). 'A Complete Coverup': Democratic Senator Argues the FBI Embarrassed Itself in the Brett Kavanaugh Investigation. alternet.org "A complete embarrassment on the reputation of the FBI. " | Republicans are rushing to vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh this week after an FBI investigation into the sexual assault claims against him reportedly turned up few if any additional reasons to believe the allegations. But Democrats quickly protested this rush to judgment, arguing that the FBI investigation was hardly sufficient to get to the truth of the matter. In f. . .

David Dayen (2018-10-04). Senate Republicans Have Found a Trump Nominee They're Not So Sure About. theintercept.com Nellie Liang doesn't have a typical Trump appointee profile: She's experienced for the job she was nominated for and has no blatant conflicts of interest.

Democracy Now! (2018-10-04). Trump Faces Probe into Tax Fraud After NYT Exposes How He Helped Parents Scam Millions from Gov't. democracynow.org The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has opened an investigation into President Trump for fraud and tax evasion following a major exposé by The New York Times revealing that Trump inherited nearly half a billion dollars of his family's wealth through tax dodges and outright fraud. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has also called for a city probe, and Democratic Senator Ron Wyden has urged the IRS to investigate the president. The Times' 13,000-word investigative report found the late Fred and Mary Trump transferred more than $1 billion in wealth to their children, paying less than 5 percent of…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-10-04). Trump Faces Probe Into Tax Fraud Following New York Times Exposé. truthout.org The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has opened an investigation into President Trump for fraud and tax evasion following a major exposé by the New York Times revealing that Trump inherited nearly half a billion dollars of his family's wealth through tax dodges and outright fraud. New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio has also called for a city probe, and Democratic Senator Ron Wyden has urged the IRS to investigate the president. The Times' 13,000-word investigative report found the late Fred and Mary Trump transferred more than $1 billion in wealth to their children, paying less than 5 percent…

Shared by Cherise (2018-10-04). Threat to Obamacare Turns Up the Heat on Attorney General Races. truthout.org For years, congressional Republicans have vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Now, in a case sending shock waves through midterm election campaigns, Republican attorneys general across the country may be poised to make good on that promise. | The case, Texas v. United States, reveals just how high the stakes are for health care in this year's attorney general races, elections that rarely receive much attention but have the power to reverberate through the lives of Americans. | "It just shows that nothing is safe," said Xavier Becerra, California's attorney general, who is leading 16 states and the District o…

Susan Galleymore (2018-10-04). How Dare She Unsettle Us? A Peek into the Stronghold. counterpunch.org An intense week of riveting cultural moments amplified by assorted news media. Is he lying under oath to get on the Supreme Court? Is she a pawn of the Democrats? Is Lindsey Graham melting down or showboating? Is Jeff Flake a flake? I appreciate the weeklong reprieve as the FBI investigates. Uncounted numbers of women around the world and more More

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-10-04). Desperate GOP Congressional Candidate Runs Ad Featuring Laudatory Quotes From Herself. alternet.org Young Kim's campaign spot cites headlines she and her campaign wrote and passes them off as outside endorsements. | The Republican candidate for California's 39th Congressional District, former state assemblywoman Young Kim, clearly wants to tout positive press coverage, which she makes a focus of a new campaign ad. Kim's ad features images of her talking to constituents as the headl. . .

wsws (2018-10-04). German government celebrates "unity day" under the shadow of renewed neo-fascist movement. wsws.org The honeyed phrases of government politicians about a "united, democratic Germany" could not hide the fact that fascism once again menaces the country.

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). Twitter slams Hillary's 'bombastic laugh' in reaction to Kavanaugh's 'revenge' claim. rt.com Hillary Clinton said Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's claim that sexual misconduct allegations against him amount to "revenge on behalf of the Clintons" was worthy of a laugh — but Twitter did not find her laugh convincing.

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.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-10-03). Why Trump May Actually Be Trying to Sabotage Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Nomination. alternet.org This farfetched theory just became a lot more plausible. | Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court hangs on a knife's edge, and President Donald Trump isn't helping. On Tuesday night, he decided to lash out and mock Christine Blasey Ford, one of the women who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, mocking her for her memory lapses. Many Republicans called Trump out for th. . .

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…

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.

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

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 legal services from a former boss of Ellison's Republican opponent in the race for Minnesota attorney general.

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-10-03). Here Are 5 Facts About Recent Texas Polls that Show Why Beto O'Rourke Is Terrifying Ted Cruz Supporters. alternet.org The red state is in play. | According to analysis from FiveThirtyEight. com pollster Nate Silver, Sen. Ted Cruz maintains a 3. 8% advantage over Democrat Beto O'Rourke in the 2018 Texas Senate race when the results of recent polls are combined. And for a Democrat seeking to unseat an incumbent Republican senato. . .

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

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. |

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

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 →

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.

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

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

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

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 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

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…

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…

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…

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 →

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