2018-10-05: News Headlines

David Macaray (2018-10-05). Protesters in a Cage: The 2000 Democratic Convention. counterpunch.org The 2000 Democratic presidential convention, the convocation that ultimately nominated those two Wild and Crazy Guys, Albert Gore and Joseph Lieberman, was held at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles, approximately 20 miles from my home. Because I was at that time the editor of a union newspaper, it occurred to me to apply for More

wsws (2018-10-05). US Senate sets first vote on Kavanaugh nomination. wsws.org The Democratic Party is focusing solely on unproven allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh, as the Republicans move forward to a vote on the right-wing nominee.

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-10-05). GOP Senator's Hometown Paper Rips His 'Medieval Attitude Toward All Women as Sex Objects' in Devastating Op-Ed. alternet.org The paper, which has the largest daily circulation in the state, is berating the longest-serving Senate Republican in history. | The Salt Lake TribuneEditorial Board has launched what may be a historic attack on its vaunted U. S. Senator, Republican Orrin Hatch. The paper, which has the largest daily circulation in the state, is berating the longest-serving Senate Repub. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-10-05). Eve Ensler: Nobel Peace Prize For Mukwege & Murad Is an Award for Every Rape Survivor in the World. democracynow.org After a landmark year for the "Me Too" movement, which ignited an international conversation on sexual assault, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday morning to two champions of women's rights who have built their careers fighting sexual violence: Physician Denis Mukwege and human rights activist Nadia Murad. Dr. Denis Mukwege founded the Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1999. The clinic receives thousands of women each year, many of them requiring surgery as a result of sexual violence. Nadia Murad is a 25-year-old Yazidi Kurdish human rights activist from Iraq. She was kidnapped and held…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-10-05). Roaming Charges: Give Me Condos or Give Me Death! counterpunch.org The Democrats could have made the debate about Kavanaugh's perjury and blatant political prejudice. The case was iron-tight after the judge's self-incriminating testimony. Instead they made it about having the FBI "corroborate" an event that needed no corroboration. They repeated Biden's blunder (one of many) from the Anita Hill hearings by demanding an FBI investigation. In 1991, the FBI was deployed not to corroborate Hill's story, but to smear her. It's why Poppy Bush agreed to it so eagerly. More

Frank Clemente (2018-10-05). Under Cover of Kavanaugh, Republicans Passed Huge Tax Cuts for the Wealthy. counterpunch.org While Americans were transfixed by Senate hearings over Brett Kavanaugh's alleged sexual assaults, House Republicans quietly passed another enormous tax handout for the wealthiest Americans. Round one of this giveaway cost $2 trillion. Round two is even bigger — it would explode the deficit by more than $3 trillion. And once again, it's largely a More

Sonali Kolhatkar (2018-10-05). Here's a Reality-Based Battle Plan for the Midterms and Beyond. truthdig.com The Democrats aren't the resistance. Their midterm wins are only a tool in our resistance kit, and understanding this is imperative to our future.

wsws (2018-10-05). FEMA and Trump send out mass "Presidential Alert" wsws.org Wednesday's nationwide test of the "Presidential Alert" system raises concerns about the growing threat to democratic rights.

Chris Orlet (2018-10-05). Kanye is Wrong: Welfare Didn't Take Fathers Out of the Home, Racist Southern Conservatives Did. counterpunch.org Rapper Kanye West used the megaphone that is Saturday Night Live last weekend to repeat the ancient myth that the Democratic Party and their welfare policies decimated the black family. Said West: "The blacks want always Democrats… you know it's like the plan they did, to take the fathers out the home and put them More

L. Michael Hager (2018-10-05). Immigration and Racial Abuses: Time for Faith Communities to Act. counterpunch.org Laws and executive orders that flow from Washington and state capitals are almost always political, generating heated debates between Democrat and Republican. Political action committees, unions and non-governmental organizations often join in the fray, addressing government policies— also on essentially political grounds. Frequently lost in the political battles are the moral issues that get raised only incidentally by politicians or More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-10-04). Democratic Senator from a Red State Chokes Up While Explaining Why She's Decided to Vote Against Brett Kavanaugh. alternet.org She made the decision even though she believe it will hurt her politically. | Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), along with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), was one of the two Democratic senators who many observers believed had the potential to vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But on Thursday afternoon, Heitkamp announced that she would not be supporting him after all. As she stares down a tough Senate race in the red state of North. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-10-04). Kavanaugh Is Spooked: Here's Why His New Op-ed Shows He's Desperate — and It's Based on a Lie. alternet.org He still doesn't get it. | Judge Brett Kavanaugh's testimony last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee was an unmitigated trainwreck that saw him devolve into rank partisanship, bitter sniping, and aggressive attacks on the Democratic lawmakers in attendance — none of which befits a Supreme Court justice. The nominee appears to have realized that he completely disgraced himself before the country while trying to defend. . .

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. . .

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.

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-10-04). Kavanaugh's Yale Classmate Says 'Truly Important' Information Never Got to the FBI: 'It's a Con Job'. alternet.org William Scheuerman tried to give the FBI information on Kavanaugh. And he considers the whole process a farce. | The reopened FBI background investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, prompted by allegations of sexual assault, has concluded. But while Republicans 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. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-10-04). 'If He'll Deny That — What Won't He Deny?': Retired GOP Judge Now Opposing Kavanaugh Slams the Judge's Most Egregious Lie. alternet.org Many experts in law and the judiciary were mortified by Kavanaugh's performance. | Rich text editor, edit-body-und-0-value, press ALT 0 for help. | Retired Republican Judge Robert S. Smith explained Thursday night that despite his admiration for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, he opposes the nominee's appointment to the Suprem. . .

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…

Akela Lacy (2018-10-04). In Letter to Trump, House Democrats Promise to Investigate Brett Kavanaugh for Perjury If Confirmed. theintercept.com Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus raised questions about Kavanaugh's potential perjury about his role in Bush-era warrantless surveillance.

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 Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-10-04). 'Grow Up!': Watch This Top GOP Senator Shoo Away Women Protesters Begging Him to Listen as They Get Threatened with Arrest. alternet.org The retiring GOP senator is not even pretending to care what women have to say. | With the vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh just days away despite the obvious inadequacies in the FBI report Republicans claim absolves him of sexual assault, women are taking to the streets in protest, and survivors are hounding senators relentlessly. But Republi. . .

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. . .

RT (2018-10-04). Pentagon's 'self-defense' means war anywhere, any time. But there's a call to regulate war powers. rt.com A post-9/11 act grants the president authority to wage foreign wars with few restrictions. However, Democrats want the Pentagon to explain a lesser-known policy that allows the military to strike almost anywhere, at any time.

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.

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 Leonid Savin (2018-10-04). America's "Offensive" Cyber Strategy. White House Authorizes Offensive Cyberwarfare. globalresearch.ca On September 20, 2018 the White House released the US National Cyber Strategy, which was signed by President Donald Trump. | It probably delighted both hawks and Democrats. The former were pleased that the strategy includes new components that clearly indicate …

Stephen Lendman (2018-10-04). Trump Regime Refuses World Court Rulings on Palestine and Iran, US Withdrawal from the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. globalresearch.ca Is Trump being held captive by political operatives within his Cabinet — notably Pompeo, Bolton and Haley on geopolitical issues? They're hostile to world peace, democratic values, and respect for international law. | On Wednesday, John Bolton announced the Trump regime's …

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.

Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute (2018-10-04). Here's What You Need to Know About Registering for the 2018 Election — Before Time Runs Out. alternet.org You can't vote without registering—and it's easier than you might think. | Editor's Note: The 2018 midterm elections are quickly approaching. These non-presidential elections historically give voters a chance to change the country's course. They will decide whether or not Republicans keep a majority in Congress, important governor's races and more. Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-10-04). Trump's 'Algorithms': Here Are 4 Bogus But Effective Themes That Whip the President's Supporters into a Frenzy. alternet.org He's not a strategic thinker — but he knows what works. | Although Joe Scarborough—the ex-Republican and former Florida congressman who now hosts "Morning Joe" with Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC—has been one of President Donald Trump's most prominent critics on the right, he offers some valuable insights when it comes to explaining Trump's appeal. Scarborough 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…

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.

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…

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.

Wayne Allensworth (2018-10-04). O'Rourke vs. Cruz In Texas Senate Race: Tofu or BBQ?, by Wayne Allensworth. unz.com They've been popping up all over the state during the senate campaign this year, even in neighborhoods no one would dream of as hotbeds of support for the Democratic Party—those black-and-white signs with one large print four letter word in the middle: BETO. The signs are everywhere and yours truly has heard more than one…

Philip Giraldi (2018-10-04). Best Government Money Can Buy. globalresearch.ca Very few Americans know who Sheldon Adelson is and fewer still appreciate that, as America's leading political donor, when he speaks the Republican Party listens. By…

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

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.

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.

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.

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). 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. |

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.

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.

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.

Consortiumnews (2018-10-02). Sex, Lies and Privilege: The Kavanaugh Case. 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 →

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 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

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…

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

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