2018-10-31: News Headlines

Paul Street (2018-10-31). Trump's Endless Mendacity and the Dawn of American Fascism. truthdig.com American presidents lie. They always have. Just Google "Lyndon Johnson and the Gulf of Tonkin," "Bill Clinton and NAFTA" or "George Bush and weapons of mass destruction." Even Honest Abe likely told a fib or two. | But no U.S. president has ever lied as prolifically, constantly, insidiously and dangerously as Donald Trump. He never stops. He's the Energizer Bunny of endless falsehood. | It's enough to make even Orwell's head explode. | Trump, who received votes from just one in four U.S. adults in 2016, claimed that…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-10-31). Meet the Health Care Industry's Favorite Democrats. truthout.org The private health care industry is hard at work currying favor with key Democrats, especially in the House of Representatives. And with good reason: Its members are increasingly embracing single-payer health care, or Medicare for All. | This system of health care would cover all Americans using a government-financed, centralized insurance system. It would be more cost-efficient, universal and simple. But it is no…

Populist (2018-10-31). Senator Sherrod Brown, Democrat Of Ohio. indybay.org Senator Sherrod Brown votes over 90% of the time with Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. He is running against Jim Renacci, Republican congressman.

Lee Fang, Leighton Akio Woodhouse (2018-10-31). A Billionaire-Backed Democrat Is Facing Off Against a Democratic Socialist in Berkeley. indybay.org Buffy Wicks (right), backed by national Democrats, battles local progressive Jovanka Beckles (left). And it's getting rough.

Mark Gruenberg (2018-10-30). Election 2018: Trump looms over it all all. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — Millions of voters, many of them Democrats including historic numbers of women, angry at the outcome of the 2016 presidential election and subsequent GOP actions trashing everyone but the 1 percent, are mobilizing in a blue wave. A fearful part of the Trump base, many registered as Republicans, some allowing their fear to turn …

Aída Chávez (2018-10-30). Total Democratic Control of Colorado Comes Down to Five Women. theintercept.com Heading into Tuesday's election, the state of Colorado is just two Senate seats away from achieving a Democratic trifecta — unified control of the state House, Senate, and governor's seat. That path to a majority may depend on five Democratic women, four of whom need to win for the chamber to flip. | Republicans, hoping to salvage a sliver of power in the state, have dumped over $1 million into the races in a burst of spending that is extraordinary for statehouse elections. | The women wouldn't usher just a Democratic majority, but t…

Charles Pierson (2018-10-30). Will the War Powers Resolution Rise from the Grave? counterpunch.org Just in time for Hallowe'en, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced on October 15 that he would attempt to resurrect the corpse of the War Powers Resolution. Sanders, along with Senator Mike Lee (R-Ut.) and Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), had introduced Senate Joint Resolution 54 on February 28 in an attempt to end US involvement in More

Joshua Holland (2018-10-30). Seriously, Just Ignore the Polls. thenation.com Seriously, Just Ignore the Polls…

RT (2018-10-30). Green wave: Record spending makes 2018 US midterms 'most expensive ever'. rt.com Democrats are pouring record amounts of money into congressional midterm elections this year, hoping to gain control of the House and the Senate, with the GOP close behind. But will big spending translate to ballot box victory?

RT (2018-10-30). 'Violent revolution' may visit the US if Democrats don't win midterms – James Cromwell. rt.com Actor James Cromwell has warned that a violent revolution could potentially be unleashed across the United States if the Democrats don't win back control from Republicans in the upcoming midterm elections.

RT (2018-10-30). Not quite Hillarious: 5 times Hillary Clinton's jokes have fallen flat. rt.com Hillary Clinton has found herself in hot water, after making a joke that was interpreted by some as racist. But this isn't the first time that her turn of phrase has ended in scandal for the ex-presidential hopeful. |

stuart_m (2018-10-26). International declaration against fascism in Brazil. greenleft.org.au Five hundred academics, Nobel prize winners, human rights activists and celebrities have released an international statement against the rise of fascism in Brazil. | Among the initial signatories are: Argentine Nobel Peace prize winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, African-American rights activist Angela Davis, US Senator Bernie Sanders, US actor Danny Glover, Chilean socialist academic Marta Harnecker, US academic Noam Chomsky, British-Pakistani writer Tariq Ali and economist Thomas Piketty. | A number of former heads of state have also signed on including: Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (Argentina), Eduardo Duhalde (A…

Democracy Now! (2018-10-25). Trump Blames Media for Inciting "Anger" After Bombs Sent to CNN & High-Profile Democrats. democracynow.org Federal authorities have launched an investigation after pipe bombs were sent to a number of prominent Democrats, all critics of President Trump. The targets identified include President Obama, Hillary Clinton, George Soros, former Attorney General Eric Holder, Congressmember Maxine Waters and former CIA Director John Brennan. The packages listed Democratic Congressmember Debbie Wasserman Schultz as the return address. Police are also investigating a suspicious package sent to former Vice President Joe Biden and a suspicious package found today at actor Robert De Niro's restaurant in New York. On Wednesday, CNN w…

Democracy Now! (2018-10-25). Gustavo Arellano: Could Longtime GOP Stronghold Orange County Go Blue in Midterms? democracynow.org Orange County, California, has become an unexpected battleground region that could determine who controls Congress after the midterms. The Southern California county between Los Angeles and San Diego has remained staunchly Republican for 80 years. Orange County produced President Richard Nixon—who was born here in Yorba Linda and retired to San Clemente—and Orange County last voted for a Democratic president in 1936 with FDR. But dissatisfaction with Donald Trump and changing demographics in the region have challenged Republican dominance in and around Orange County. Now Democrats are hoping that the…

Democracy Now! (2018-10-25). Headlines for October 25, 2018. democracynow.org Authorities Investigating Mail Bombs Targeting High-Profile Democrats, Trump Attacks Media as NYC Mayor Says Hateful Rhetoric Fuels Violence, California Neo-Nazi Leader Arrested & Charged After Fleeing the U.S., Saudi Crown Prince Acknowledges Khashoggi Murder for First Time, CIA Director Gina Haspel Hears Audio Recording of Khashoggi Murder, Spanish PM Defends Decision to Sell Weapons to Saudi Arabia, French President Emmanuel Macron Vows to Continue Saudi Weapons Sales, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Says U.S. Aided in Khashoggi Murder, Yemen: Saudi-Led Coalition Bombs Kill 16, Wound 12, Super Typhoon Yutu De…

Consortiumnews (2018-10-23). CN VIDEO—Jill Stein Talks to Consortium News: 'We Are Being Robbed Blind by the War Profiteers'. consortiumnews.com During the Women's March on the Pentagon, Jill Stein, the Green Party's 2016 candidate for president, told Consortium News Video that war is robbing us blind. By Netra Halperin Special to Consortium News 2016 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein spoke… Read more →

Ruth Conniff (2018-10-17). The Republicans' Long, Negative Campaign. progressive.org Among a slew of attacks on voters, the GOP's longstanding effort to simply turn them off remains among the most effective.

Lawrence Wittner (2018-10-07). What's Happened to the Big Wage Increases Promised by Republicans? zcomm.org The recent announcement by the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, that his company would give substantial raises to its lowest-paid employees should not blind us to the fact that most American workers are not receiving big wage increases. In fact, the real wages (that is, wages adjusted for inflation) of average American workers are declining. Read more…

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