2018-10-07: News Headlines

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon (2018-10-07). Pulitzer-Winning Reporter Reveals the 'Smoking Gun' on Trump and Russia. alternet.org Washington Post reporter on Trump's "subservience" to Vladimir Putin and the "subversion of American democracy" | It might be the ultimate journalistic cliché to announce that Donald Trump's presidency is not normal. Indeed, it's just as likely that this is what normal looks like now, and that the naked power politics of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation — embraced by Republicans for many reasons, but most of all as a smackdown to feminists and liberals and everyone. . .

Colin Todhunter (2018-10-07). Food, Justice, Violence and Capitalism. globalresearch.ca In 2015, India's internal intelligence agency wrote a report that depicted various campaigners and groups as working against the national interest. The report singled out environmental activists and NGOs that had been protesting against state-corporate policies. Those largely undemocratic and …

Erin Keane, Salon (2018-10-07). With Kavanaugh's Confirmation, the Patriarchy Strikes Back. alternet.org The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court plays right into a simmering #MeToo backlash. | When Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, made the dramatic announcement on Friday afternoon that she would vote in favor of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court, she took pains to paint herself first as su. . .

Tim Young (2018-10-07). Trump Has Venezuela in His Sights. globalresearch.ca President Trump has again raised the possibility of regime change in Venezuela, as talk of military intervention against its democratically elected government grows in the United States. | Speaking recently at the UN, he declared: | "It's a regime that frankly could | …

Staff (2018-10-07). California Bans Gun Sales to Most People Under 21. truthdig.com SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Most people under 21 won't be able to buy guns in California starting next year under a law Gov. Jerry Brown announced signing Friday. | It will prevent people under 21 from buying rifles and other types of guns. State law already bans people under 21 from buying handguns. | The new law exempts law enforcement, members of the military and people with hunting licenses from the restriction. | It was one of dozens of bills Brown took action on. | Democratic Sen. Anthony Portantino pointed to the shooting at a Florida high school earlier this year that killed 17 people as the reason for his…

Amanda Marcotte, Salon (2018-10-07). Can Beto O'Rourke Really Beat Ted Cruz in Texas? Ann Richards' Former Campaign Manager Details How. alternet.org Mary Beth Rogers, author of "Turning Texas Blue," believes the 2018 populist sensation has a real shot | For left-leaning political junkies, the idea of Texas turning blue evokes the myth of Tantalus. A Democrat winning statewide election always feels like it's just out of reach, but every time party organizers grasp for it, the possibility recedes from their fingers. Mary Beth Rogers at. . .

Staff (2018-10-06). Funding Platform to Unseat Susan Collins in 2020 Crashes From Traffic Surge. truthdig.com A crowd-sourced fund to unseat Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine in 2020 crashed Friday afternoon after traffic spiked and donations surged as she was delivering a speech on the Senate floor explaining why she would join nearly all of her GOP colleagues in voting "yes" on controversial Supreme Court nominee Amanda Marcotte, Salon (2018-10-06). It's True: Misogyny Is at the Heart of Right-Wing Politics. alternet.org Republicans really do hate women | They really do hate women. It's long been frowned upon to acknowledge this fundamental truth: Misogyny is at the heart of right-wing politics. Pointing out that hatred of women and a desire to keep them under the boot is an animating force of Republican politics is sure to draw pained expressions from many liberal men, certain that the feminists are being hysterical again. Surely feminists don't think it's quite as simple as. . .

Jon Queally, Common Dreams (2018-10-06). Here's 'Something Bold' Democrats Can Do: Conduct the Kavanaugh Probe White House and GOP Refused to Have. alternet.org "Instead of acting like the minority and like victims, Dems need to go on the offensive and act like a majority! Investigate, interview, and use the power of the media loudly, with courage and fervor! " | Following the final pronouncements by holdout lawmakers on Friday—namely Republican Susan Collins of Maine and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia—that made it clear the U. S. Senate is almost assured to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U. S. Su. . .

Shared by Marc Steiner (2018-10-06). Sen. Collins Calls for Kavanaugh's Presumption of Innocence — Where is the Criminal Investigation? therealnews.com Our panelists Paul Jay, Dharna Noor, and Dana Vickers Shelley, Executive Director of the Maryland ACLU, and host Marc Steiner discuss the significance of the nomination, why the Democrats didn't pursue a criminal investigation for perjury, the consequences for women's rights and whether a fight should be waged to impeach Kavanaugh once he is confirmed.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-10-06). Sen. Collins Calls for Kavanaugh's Presumption of Innocence — Where is the Criminal Investigation? therealnews.com Our panelists Paul Jay, Dharna Noor, and Dana Vickers Shelley, Executive Director of the Maryland ACLU, and host Marc Steiner discuss the significance of the nomination, why the Democrats didn't pursue a criminal investigation for perjury, the consequences for women's rights and whether a fight should be waged to impeach Kavanaugh once he is confirmed.

Martin Cizmar, Raw Story (2018-10-06). Hometown Newspaper Drops Scathing Editorial — Ending 16 Year Support of 'Damaging' Devin Nunes. alternet.org The Fresno Bee will not be endorsing Devin Nunes this year. | The Fresno Bee, hometown newspaper to Rep. Devin Nunes' has endorsed his opponent in a scathing editorial. The Bee had supported Nunes since 2002, but this year threw its support behind Andrew Janz, the Democrat "who offers the best chance to both lead the district by attending to its issues and then. . .

Naomi LaChance (2018-10-06). As Registration Deadline Approaches, Texas Voters Jump Hurdles. truthdig.com A close U.S. Senate race in Texas between Democrat Beto O'Rourke and Republican Ted Cruz could be swayed by whether people are actually able to cast their votes. | On Wednesday, Secretary of State Rolando Pablos rejected 2,400 registrations, and those voters will have to register properly before Tuesday. Those affected, along with others across the country, registered on Vote.org by sending their voter information to the organization, which then sent completed forms to county voter registrars. | "That's not allowed in Texas," Texas secretary of state spokesperson Sam Taylor wsws (2018-10-06). Socialist Equality Party candidate for Congress Niles Niemuth speaks at televised forum. wsws.org The SEP's candidate for Michigan's 12th congressional district, along with his opponents from the Democratic and Republican parties, as well as the pseudo-left Working Class Party, answered questions on immigration, inequality, education and more.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-10-06). Election Landslide Raises Hopes for Mexican Labor. truthout.org This article was originally published at Labor Notes. | The landslide victory of Andrés Manuel López Obrador ("AMLO") in the Mexican presidential election in July has raised workers' hopes for a revitalized and democratized labor movement. | Independent unions have formed a new federation. They hope to win progressive labor law reform and finally end the reign of corrupt, pro-employer unions. | The coalition led by AMLO's National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) won not only the presidency but also the majority in both houses of the Mexican congress. Till now, the Institutio…

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

History News Network (2018-10-05). Professor of History Explains How Trump Becomes a Dictator. alternet.org Unfortunately there's more than just the rhetoric and actions that have made Trump's presidency a real possibility. | Over the next few days, millions of Americans will be anxiously watching and waiting to see whether a few undecided Republican Senators will vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as our next Supreme Court Justice. Their vote will help shape the Court for a generation. More importantly, their vote holds the potential to help Donald Trump further transform thi. . .

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.

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…

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. . .

Mehdi Hasan (2018-10-05). Sens. Susan Collins and Jeff Flake Are Frauds, Plain and Simple. Their Kavanaugh Votes Show It. theintercept.com After their charade over Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, Collins and Flake should never again be referred to as moderate Republicans.

Zaid Jilani (2018-10-05). Activists Pledge More Than $2.9 Million to Susan Collins's Democratic Challenger If She Votes to Confirm Brett Kavanaugh. theintercept.com Susan Collins calls efforts to influence her vote on Brett Kavanaugh a "bribe," despite her history of welcoming millions in corporate donations.

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-10-05). Chuck Grassley: We Haven't Put Any Women on the Senate Judiciary Committee Because It's Too Much Work for Them. alternet.org The Senate Judiciary chairman somehow found yet another way to stomp on women. | On Friday, Senate Republicans finally whipped the votes they need to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is facing an imminent vote on Saturday amid a cloud of sexual assault allegations, partisanship, and national outrage. It was a dark day for women. But somehow, Senate Judici. . .

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

Frank Clemente (2018-10-05). Under Kavanaugh cover, Republicans pass $3 trillion tax cuts for wealthy. peoplesworld.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 mo…

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.

Ryan Grim (2018-10-05). Key Senators Say Disappearance of Washington Post Columnist Should End U.S. "Blank Check" to Saudi Arabia. theintercept.com "A lot of people have been played by the current Saudi leadership," Maryland Democrat Chris Van Hollen told The Intercept.

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

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.

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.

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). 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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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

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). 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. |

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

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 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 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

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). 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…

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…

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