2018-10-09: News Headlines

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-10-09). Unhinged Tucker Carlson Compares Democratic Criticism of Brett Kavanaugh to Rwandan Genocide. alternet.org Tucker Carlson is increasingly seeing a race war in everything Democrats do. | The appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has prompted a surge of anger from Democrats, based on his extremist, partisan agenda, repeated lies. . .

Staff (2018-10-09). Dark Money Is Flooding This Year's Midterm Elections. truthdig.com Allies of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used a blind spot in campaign finance laws to undercut a candidate from their own party this year — and their fingerprints remained hidden until the primary was already over. | Super PACs, which can raise and spend unlimited sums of money in elections, are supposed to regularly disclose their funders. But in the case of Mountain Families PAC, Republicans managed to spend $1.3 million against Don Blankenship, a mustachioed former coal baron who was a wild-card candidate for a must-win West Virginia Senate seat, in May Marc Salomon (2018-10-09). Can't Hit the Snooze Button No More. counterpunch.org In 1980, when I turned 18 and first voted, John Anderson sounded the alarm about the duopoly rot. The Democrats hit the snooze button and Reagan won. In 1984, Gary Hart sounded the alarm and the Democrats slapped him down, again in 1988, and hit the snooze button, nominated the execrable Mondale and Reagan won. More

Staff (2018-10-09). Nikki Haley Resigns as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. truthdig.com President Donald Trump said Tuesday that U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is leaving the administration at the end of the year. Trump spoke as he and Haley met in the Oval Office, shortly after word came of her plans to resign. | He called Haley a "very special" person, adding that she told him six months ago that she might want to take some time off. Trump said that together they had "solved a lot of problems." | It's the latest shake-up in the turbulent Trump administration just weeks before the November midterm elections. Haley's resignation was a closely guarded secret. Congressional Republicans involved in foreig…

Ajamu Baraka (2018-10-09). Syria and the S-300: Re-Centering the People in the Global Struggles for Power. mintpressnews.com The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world [….] No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity, much less dissent." — Gore Vidal | One of the most amusing elements of the current anti-Russian hysteria produced by U.S. state/corporate propagandists is the notion that Russia is this bold, aggressive challenger to "U.S. and Western interests" when the reality has always been the opposite. In the tumultuous period after the Soviet Union disintegrated, the Russian Federation emerged as the dominant power under t…

RT (2018-10-09). Teen-sexting Democrat ex-congressman Weiner to walk out of prison early. rt.com Anthony Weiner, a former Democratic congressman and husband of Hillary Clinton's aide Huma Abedin, has reportedly had his 21-month sentence for sexting a teenager cut by three months, and is due to be released in May.

Sophia Tesfaye, Salon (2018-10-09). With Kavanaugh Victory Lap, Republicans Throw Salt in Women's Wounds. alternet.org After by far the biggest political victory of the Trump era, all Republicans want to do is whine and cast blame. | If the bruising battle over Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court cemented one new truism of American politics in the Trump era, it is that Republicans have grown insatiable. Since Donald Trump's surprise election victory nearly two years ago, the president and his followers have suffered from a "sore winner" syndrome that finds them locked in a. . .

RT (2018-10-09). 'F*CK. YOU. ALL': Google 'design lead' wishes for Republicans to burn in hell in Twitter outburst. rt.com An apparent senior Google employee went on an expletive-laden rant against GOP lawmakers who'd voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. 'F*CK. YOU. ALL. TO. HELL,' the designer wrote, before deleting the tweet.

Shared by candice (2018-10-09). Post-Kavanaugh, Republicans Throw Salt in Women's Wounds. truthout.org

| If the bruising battle over Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court cemented one new truism of American politics in the Trump era, it is that Republicans have grown insatiable. | Since Donald Trump's surprise election victory nearly two years ago, the president and his followers have suffered from a "sore winner" syndrome that finds them locked in a perpetual search for a fight in which they can declare themselves the true victims — even after a clear and dominant victory. Their complaints have only grown louder the further away from real-world harm they move. | Even after managing t…

Shared by Marc Steiner (2018-10-09). Kavanaugh Lied, A Truncated FBI Investigation, & Democrats Search for a Backbone. therealnews.com Why did Democrats not push the fight to the America against Kavanaugh's appointment? What do we face in the future? What should be our response? Current Affairs politics editor Briahna Joy Gray makes some suggestions

RT (2018-10-09). 'I sleep with a loaded gun': Rand Paul's wife afraid of 'unhinged' people goaded by Democrats. rt.com Facing an increasingly polarized political climate, the wife of Senator Rand Paul says she sleeps with a loaded gun as a precaution against "unhinged" people being goaded by Democrats into harassing Republican lawmakers. |

RT (2018-10-09). Voters unimpressed with Democrats' Kavanaugh performance, dashing hopes for midterm boost – poll. rt.com Democrats thought they would capitalize on outrage over Kavanaugh's confirmation, but they were wrong, a new poll shows.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-10-09). Kavanaugh Lied, A Truncated FBI Investigation, & Democrats Search for a Backbone. therealnews.com Why did Democrats not push the fight to the America against Kavanaugh's appointment? What do we face in the future? What should be our response? Current Affairs politics editor Briahna Joy Gray makes some suggestions

Dahn Shaulis (2018-10-09). Visa Mill Promoters Drop $760K on Key Republicans and NY Governor Andrew Cuomo. indybay.org According to Federal Election Commission records, two members of Thompson Education Center, a proposed visa mill in New York State, have spent at least $710,000 for the 2017-2018 election cycle, all on Republican efforts. | Is the China City/Thompson Education Center project a threat to US security or a business scam? Possibly both.

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-10-08). North Carolina Republicans Heading for Disaster in Supreme Court Election. alternet.org The North Carolina GOP passed several laws intended to make it harder for Democratic Supreme Court candidate Anita Earls to win. She's up 21 points. | The North Carolina GOP have thrown every trick in the book they have at the state Supreme Court race, to protect incumbent Justice Barbara Jackson and head off liberal challenger Anita Earls. And yet they seem to be heading toward a crushing defeat. A new poll of the race shows Jackson in a distant third place, behind. . .

Joan McCarter, Daily Kos (2018-10-08). No Free Speech for Murkowski: Alaska Republicans Consider Reprimanding Senator Over Kavanaugh Vote. alternet.org Murkowksi lined up all the support she needed at home to take this vote. | If money can embody the First Amendment right to free speech, then how a senator votes sure does, too. But if you're a Republican senator, and you vote against the Russian asset in the Oval Office's choice for the Supreme Court, you might just be foregoing that right. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who voted with her Jake Bowyer (2018-10-08). Ship Of Fools: Tucker Carlson's Conservative Revolution. iranian.com Since the late fall of 2016, Democrats and other Leftist types have been decrying President Donald J. Trump as "not normal" and a "threat to democracy." Of course, this is hogwash of the most rank sort. The same people lambasting Trump for his supposed "authoritarianism" are the same people who have created the modern American […]

Ajamu Baraka (2018-10-08). Syria and the S-300s: Re-Centering the People in the Global Struggles for Power. counterpunch.org "The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world [….] No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity, much less dissent." — Gore Vidal One of the most amusing elements of the current anti-Russian hysteria produced by U.S. state/corporate propagandists is More

Sarah Burris, Raw Story (2018-10-08). New Anti-Ted Cruz Ad Blows Smoke at 'Tough As Texas' Claim by Pointing Out He 'Kissed' Trump's 'Ass' Despite Attacks on His Family. alternet.org "You drag their ass out by the woodshed and kick their ass. " | A new ad against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) attacks the senator's inability to stand up for his own family when President Donald Trump attacked them. The ad features actor Sonny Carl Davis that starred in the Richard Linklater film "Bernie," which features an epic scene explaining the cultural geography of Texas, Bob Brigham, Raw Story (2018-10-08). Ex-GOP Congressman David Jolly Predicts Republicans Will Crumble After Kavanaugh Debacle. alternet.org "This was a moment to lead and we didn't see leadership emerge from the Republican Party," Jolly said. | Former GOP Congressman David Jolly suggested that the GOP will continue to fall politically as Republicans double down their attacks on the women who came forward with allegations of sexual assault by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. CNN anchor Kate Bolduan played a highlight reel of Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Chuck Grassley (R. . .

wsws (2018-10-08). Socialist Alternative on New York primaries: Burrowing further into the Democratic Party. wsws.org Socialist Alternative's political activity consists for the most part in promoting the Democratic Socialists of America and supposedly "progressive" Democrats.

RT (2018-10-08). Taylor Swift decides to Speak Now, endorses Dem who sided with Reps on Kavanaugh. rt.com Pop star Taylor Swift has finally voiced a political opinion and endorsed two Democrats running in Tennessee's midterms, one of whom came out in support of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh over sexual assault allegations.

RT (2018-10-08). Not going away: Bill & Hillary Clinton announce speaking tour priced at up to $750 per-ticket. rt.com Americans who desperately miss Bill and Hillary Clinton will get a chance to pay them for some "inspiring anecdotes" during a speaking tour of thirteen cities across North America — but only after the November midterm elections.

RT (2018-10-08). 'I like her music 25% less now': Trump on Taylor Swift backing Democrats. rt.com There's bad blood between music star Taylor Swift and one of her biggest fans, US President Donald Trump. He has declared that he now liked the 'Reputation' singer's music a bit less, since she went and endorsed his opposition.

wsws (2018-10-08). Obama endorses DSA's Ocasio-Cortez, along with CIA Democrats. wsws.org The DSA is an instrument for boosting the right-wing, militarist Democratic Party by providing it with a "left" cover.

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.

wsws (2018-10-06). Bernie Sanders covers for Jeff Bezos as fraud of $15 pay raise at Amazon is exposed. wsws.org Sanders immediately abandoned his criticism of Jeff Bezos after the company's cynical publicity stunt, and embraced him as a great reformer.

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.

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

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.

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). 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.

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

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. |

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). 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.

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 →

John Nichols (2018-10-02). Bernie Sanders Grabbed the Bully Pulpit and Refused to Let Go Until Amazon Hiked Wages. thenation.com Bernie Sanders Grabbed the Bully Pulpit and Refused to Let Go Until Amazon Hiked Wages…

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…

The Progressive Magazine (2018-10-01). No Comment. progressive.org A recent Ipsos poll found that 48 percent of Republicans agree with Trump that the media are "the enemy of the people" and 43 percent think the President "should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behavior."

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…

Michael Sainato (2018-10-01). A Progressive Tide. progressive.org The centrist strategy of trying to win over moderate Republicans backfired miserably for Democrats. Now progressive energy is pulling the so-called Blue Wave left.

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.

Democracy Now! (2018-09-27). "Con Game"? Trump Accuser Jessica Leeds Responds to His Dismissal of Sexual Assault Allegations. democracynow.org Ahead of today's hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, President Trump lashes out at the women who have accused him and his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, saying Democrats are running a "con game." We get response from Jessica Leeds, whom Trump referenced in comments Wednesday. She is one of 16 Trump accusers, who says he groped her in the first-class cabin of a commercial flight in 1979.

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