2018-11-06: News Headlines

Staff (2018-11-06). The Real Reason Why Republicans Fear 'Medicare for All'. truthdig.com If the national ID system were the key to getting your health care and medications, there'd be no ability for the GOP to purge voters.

Aída Chávez (2018-11-06). A Democratic Takeover Is Within Reach in These Eight States. theintercept.com On Election Day, Democrats are poised to flip state legislative chambers and governorships across the country. Statewide candidates enjoy relative obscurity in the national media, even though their positions have tremendous influence over the daily lives of millions and a direct influence on which party controls Congress for the decade to come. This year, Democrats ramped up their efforts to flip state-level seats and claw their way back into power, running

wsws (2018-11-06). ISO covers up Workers Party role in Bolsonaro's victory in Brazil. wsws.org The ISO views the Brazilian events through the prism of its own support for the Democrats and its cover-up of the reactionary basis of their opposition to Trump.

RT (2018-11-06). Clinton bots more talkative & influential than Trump bots around 2016 debates, study finds. rt.com While the popular narrative blames Clinton's 2016 electoral loss on (Russian) bots, they actually helped her chances, according to a new study finding pro-Clinton bots were more effective at influencing voters than pro-Trump ones.

Election Geek (2018-11-06). Peace and Freedom Party and Green Party Voting Recommendations. indybay.org Below are links to voting recommendations from the two non-corporate political parties on the California ballot:…

GPSCC (2018-11-06). State Proposition positions from the Green Party of Santa Clara county. indybay.org Below are the state proposition positions and articles from the Green Party of Santa Clara County.

Madiba Dennie (2018-11-05). Originalism Is a White Supremacist Scam. thenation.com Originalism Is a White Supremacist Scam…

Alan Rosenblatt, PhD, Celinda Lake (2018-11-05). Social Media Reveal the Story Arc Republicans Used to Defend Kavanaugh. thenation.com Social Media Reveal the Story Arc Republicans Used to Defend Kavanaugh…

Dave Lindorff (2018-11-05). Scaremongering is the Only Thing Trump and Republicans Have Got. counterpunch.org Here it is. See for yourself the terrifying "caravan" advancing through Mexico from Honduras, set to "invade" the US, bringing, according to President Trump and the reactionary media that support him, "rapists, killers, Arab terrorists, and diseases." This "caravan," according to a report in the UK newspaper theIndependent, is actually an assemblage of several thousand desperately More

Briahna Gray (2018-11-05). Both of Mississippi's Senate Seats Are Up for Election. National Democrats Barely Paid Attention. theintercept.com In failing to support the two Senate candidates in Mississippi, Democrats ignored the political opportunities presented by black voters in red states.

Lee Fang (2018-11-05). Business Lobbyists, GOP Operatives Plot to Take Down Wave of Ocasio-Cortez-Style Democratic Socialists in Midterms. theintercept.com Republican operatives and representatives from America's largest business groups — alarmed at a wave of upset electoral victories by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other avowed democratic socialist candidates — have been plotting to stem the tide of left-wing Democrats sweeping the country. | Andrew Wynne, an official at the Republican State Leadership Committee, spoke to business lobby leaders in July, encouraging them not to ignore the latest trends within the Democratic Party. He called for Republicans' allies to enact a unified plan to defeat progressives in this week's midterm elections."Recent ele…

Joan Walsh (2018-11-05). Is This the Year That Democrats Finally Turn Around the States? thenation.com Is This the Year That Democrats Finally Turn Around the States?

Glen Ford (2018-11-05). Fascism is real, but the "resistance" is mostly fake. mronline.org Fascism is always a danger under capitalism, with its frequent crises and endemic white supremacy, but the phony "resistance" is only concerned about electing Democrats. | Source

Democracy Now! (2018-11-05). Headlines for November 5, 2018. democracynow.org U.S. Reinstates Harsh Sanctions on Iran After Nuclear Deal Withdrawal, Florida: Self-Proclaimed Misogynist Kills 2, Injures 5 in Tallahassee, Georgia Secretary of State and GOP Candidate Launches Probe into Dem. Party, Obama Campaigns for Vulnerable Senate Democrats Ahead of Midterms, Kansas Republican Kris Kobach Took Donations from White Nationalists, Trump Praises "Beautiful" Razor Wire as Soldiers Deploy to Border, NBC Airs Racist Anti-Immigrant Trump Campaign Commercial, Nigerian Military Tweets Trump Video to Justify Shooting Protesters, U.N.: A Yemeni Child Dies Every 10 Min. from War-Caused Disease, Hunge…

Robert L. Borosage (2018-11-05). The Resistance Is Not a Call for Restoration. thenation.com The Resistance Is Not a Call for Restoration…

wsws (2018-11-05). Democratic candidates praise Trump's attacks on immigrants as troops arrive at the border. wsws.org The Democrats are either silent or supportive of police state measures that are putting the lives of immigrants in imminent danger and preparing the way for violent attacks on all workers.

RT (2018-11-05). Nazis, racists, terrorists & thieves: Meet the scandals of the US congressional midterms. rt.com Both Democrats and Republicans are viewing the 2018 midterms as a rematch for 2016. All gloves are off as both parties hope to keep or gain power in an election not lacking in juicy scandals. Here are some of them.

RT (2018-11-05). Kellyanne Conway crowns Hillary Clinton 'queen of abortion,' gets own titles in Twitter inferno. rt.com President Donald Trump's counselor and former campaign chief Kellyanne Conway got tarred and feathered online after referring to Hillary Clinton as "the queen of abortion" while discussing the Democrats' strategy for the midterms.

RT (2018-11-05). Georgia Dems accused of 'hacking voting system' blame Rep rival for 'power abuse'. rt.com The Democratic Party has firmly denied attempting to hack Georgia's voter registration system after the state's secretary, who is running for governor, leveled the meddling charges against them just days before the midterms.

RT (2018-11-05). Final CNN & Rasmussen midterm polls vary wildly in predictions as Americans prepare to vote. rt.com One day before Americans head to cast their ballots in the crucial midterm congressional elections, two final polls conducted by CNN and Rasmussen have predicted wildly different results.

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-11-05). The Election Is Only Half the Battle: Challenges of Progressive Governance. truthout.org Primary wins by New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum have generated much excitement among progressives and socialists as well as much conversation about the role that progressives and the broader left could play in electoral politics. No matter what happens Tuesday, these campaigns have demonstrated the power and potential of left-wing social movements and grassroots-driven politics in a country where the two-party system has historically marginalized them. | Yet, there seems to be less discussion about how the left can actually govern —…

Lee Fang (2018-11-04). Weapons Makers Rushing Campaign Cash to Democrat in Line to Chair Defense Industry's Key House Committee. theintercept.com Weapons makers are moving last-minute money to the Democratic congressman in line to chair the defense industry's key House committee, as he is under assault from a fellow Democrat, who is attacking his pro-war record just ahead of a rare intra-party general election. | If Democrats take the House of Representatives, the next chair of the Armed Services Committee, which oversees military affairs and defense spending, will likely be Rep. Adam Smith, a hawkish Democrat from Washington state who represents a district in the Seattle-area, where important elements of the military-industrial complex are concentrated.

Don Fitz (2018-11-02). Restricting Election Reporting to Issues That Don't Matter – A guest perspective. fair.org According to news reports, candidates in a Missouri auditor debate "question[ed] each other's qualifications" (Kansas City Star, 9/14/18)…A campaign for state auditor can provoke an intense, even exciting, discussion of significant issues via their cost to government. Or they can sink into boring aspects of state finance. Or politicians can try to turn debates into a circus of insults. Which campaign the voters see depends very much on which aspects news media choose to cover. | As the Green Party candidate for Missouri state auditor, I brought up in the first candidates' debate (9/14/18) the

pip.hinman (2018-11-02). Doco shows remarkable program helping Aboriginal kids. greenleft.org.au Backtrack Boys
| Documentary by Catherine Scott
| In cinemas now | The best documentary films are ones that tell a story. Backtrack Boys allows Aboriginal kids from around the Armidale region in NSW to express themselves and show how hard life is for them. | These are kids who are who are close to totally off the rails. Luckily, they have become involved in a youth program run by an ex-roustabout called Bernie Shakeshaft. By teaching the kids how to train farm dogs, he gets them to calm their emotions, develop self-discipline and find a path for themselves. | The scenes where he teaches the kids how to qu…

John Nichols (2018-11-02). Bernie Sanders: 'Trump Is Somebody Who Clearly Does Not Respect Democracy'. thenation.com Bernie Sanders: 'Trump Is Somebody Who Clearly Does Not Respect Democracy'

Ramón Castellblanch (2018-10-31). Republicans' Fake Pre-Existing Condition Coverage. progressive.org Unless candidates tell us how they're going to pay for their healthcare promises, we better not believe them.

aclu (2018-10-31). Ohio's Congressional Map Is Broken. Here Are 3 Ways to Fix It. aclu.org Ohio's map consistently gives Republicans 75 percent of the states' congressional seats, regardless of the votes they earn. | As Ohio voters head to the polls next week, many will struggle to overcome congressional districts that have allowed politicians to choose their voters instead of the other way around. | Thanks to an aggressive redistricting operation, Ohio's current congressional map, enacted in December 2011, is gerrymandered to lock in a 12-to-4 district advantage for Republican candidates. | In each subsequent election, it has w…

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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