2018-11-07: News Headlines

Democracy Now! (2018-11-07). Headlines for November 7, 2018. democracynow.org Democrats Take the House of Representatives as GOP Gains in Senate, Democrat Stacey Abrams Refuses to Concede Georgia Governor's Race, Republican Ron DeSantis Defeats Andrew Gillum in Florida Senate Race, Maryland GOP Gov. Larry Hogan Defeats Former NAACP Head Ben Jealous, Democrat Beto O'Rourke Falls Short of Upsetting Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Incumbent Senate Democrats Lose in North Dakota, Indiana and Missouri, Democrats Win Governor's Races in Maine and Midwestern States, Wave of Women Voters Brings Historic Firsts in Midterm Elections, Florida to Restore Voting Rights to 1.4 Million with Felony Convictions, Colo…

Aída Chávez (2018-11-07). Democrats Have Moved Significantly to the Left Since 2010, New Study Shows. theintercept.com Democratic candidates for the U.S. House and Senate have embraced progressive policies like "Medicare for All" at much higher rates than they did in 2010.

Staff (2018-11-07). 3 Senate Races Remain Too Close to Call. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The Latest on U.S. Senate elections (all times local): | 4: 20 a.m. | The race for U.S. Senate in Montana between Democratic incumbent Jon Tester and Republican Matt Rosendale is too close to call. | As of 3: 45 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Rosendale holds a lead of 6,082 votes out of more than 355,000 cast — a margin of roughly 1.7 percent. | Roughly a third of precincts remain to be counted. | ___ | 4: 18 a.m. | The race for U.S. Senate in Arizona between Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema is too close to call. | As of 3: 45 a.m. EST on Wednesday, McSally holds a lead of 17,240…

wsws (2018-11-07). Billionaires, corporate money swing toward Democrats. wsws.org The 2018 campaign is the most expensive congressional election ever, with more than $5.2 billion raised and spent.

Democracy Now! (2018-11-07). Katrina vanden Heuvel: Democrats Must Offer Bold, Progressive Plan While Holding Trump Accountable. democracynow.org As Democrats retake the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years, we speak with Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, about the future of the Democratic Party. The Democrats picked up more than the 23 seats they needed to flip the House, but the Republican Party expanded its grip on the Senate in Tuesday's midterm elections. Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is poised to reclaim her gavel as speaker of the House, barring a leadership challenge.

RT (2018-11-07). Blue wave? Democrats win House, but it looks more like a trickle. rt.com Democrats may have won control of the House of Representatives, but the promised 'blue wave' to wash away President Donald Trump hasn't quite arrived.

RT (2018-11-07). Republicans beat back Democratic challenge for the Senate. rt.com In this year's historically polarized US midterm elections, 35 Senate seats are up for grabs, and the Republicans are all but guaranteed to hold on to the majority — which doesn't mean some of the races weren't real nail-biters.

Staff (2018-11-07). Senate Update: Republicans Remain in Control. truthdig.com Editor's note: Below is a selection of the Associated Press' updates about contests around the country for U.S. Senate seats. More news and commentary about midterm election results will be posted soon on Truthdig. | WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Senate elections (all times local): | 11: 55 p.m. | Republican Josh Hawley has unseated Missouri's Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in a national victory for the GOP. | Republicans have long hoped to flip McCaskill's seat in the increasingly Republican state. Missouri was once considered a bellwether known for picking the successful presidential candidate, bu…

Patrick Martin (2018-11-07). US Midterm vote: Democrats Win Control of House of Representatives. globalresearch.ca The Democratic Party won control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections on November 6, gaining more than the 23 seats required for a majority. With many House races too close to call or with large numbers of …

Staff (2018-11-07). Trump Is the Fault Line of Widening Divide. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — A polarized nation is now more deeply divided. | In a single flurry of elections Tuesday, Democrats took control of the House of Representatives. Republicans held their grip on the Senate. And the breach that divides Americans — urban from rural, white from black, conservative from liberal — stretched ever wider. | The midterm results highlight a political sorting in America that has accelerated during Donald Trump's presidency. Race, class and geography separate the parties as much as ideology, with the president as the dividing line. | Democrats surged to their new House majority…

RT (2018-11-07). No end to US warmongering & regime change foreign policy expected after midterms — Rick Sterling. rt.com With newly elected hawks and ex-CIA Democrats in the House, we won't see any change in an aggressive foreign policy based on both parties' belief in US supremacy and exceptionalism, investigative journalist Rick Sterling told RT.

Rachel M. Cohen (2018-11-07). Why Ben Jealous Lost the Maryland Governor's Race. theintercept.com Last night, Ben Jealous, the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, lost his race to incumbent Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, 56 percent to 43 percent. Jealous would have been Maryland's first African-American governor and was running on one of the most left-wing policy platforms in the country, | Although polls had been showing Hogan with a significant lead for months, progressives hoped a strong blue wave on Election Day could bring about a major upset. After all, Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 2-1 ratio in Maryland. | But Jealous didn't lose because he ran on issues like "Medicare for All," a $15 m…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-07). In Rebuke of Trump, Democratic Women Help Seize House & 7 Governorships In Historic Midterm. democracynow.org In a historic midterm election, Democrats have seized control of the House of Representatives, flipping more than two dozen seats. This gives Democrats subpoena power for the first time since President Donald Trump was elected two years ago. While the Democrats will control the House, the Republicans picked up two more seats in the Senate. The midterms were a groundbreaking election for women. At least 100 women will serve in the U.S. House for the first time in U.S. history, including the first two Native American women and the first two Muslim women. We speak with Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of…

Election Geek (2018-11-07). 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:…

RT (2018-11-07). Democrats must do more than Trump-bashing if they want to win — analysts. rt.com If Democrats want a blue wave to crash down on Republicans and roll till 2020, they must talk about things they can do to improve the lives of their constituents rather than vilify US President Donald Trump, analysts told RT.

RT (2018-11-07). 'Subpoena-Congress'? Dem-controlled House should focus on issues, not witch hunts, analysts tell RT. rt.com After taking back the House, the Democrats will be able to subpoena Trump's aides and force officials to testify. But broad investigative powers is a double-edged sword that might backfire in 2020, analysts told RT.

Deconstructed (2018-11-07). Midterms Special: Who Won, Who Lost, and What Will Happen Next? theintercept.com It wasn't quite the blue wave, but the Democrats, while unable to win the Senate, took back control of the House for the first time since 2010.

wsws (2018-11-07). US midterm vote: Democrats win control of House of Representatives. wsws.org The Republican Party retained control of the US Senate, gaining several seats, while the Democrats swept a series of governorships in the Midwest.

Eds. (2018-11-07). U.S. Midterms: Native Americans unyielding battle against voter suppression. mronline.org Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a ruling that requires North Dakota voters to provide an I.D. with a residential address. The ruling has effectively made the process to vote next to impossible for Native Americans, who by-and-large do not have recognized addresses—but that's not stopping them. | Source

John Nichols (2018-11-07). Winning the House, Democrats Vow to Check and Balance Trump. thenation.com Winning the House, Democrats Vow to Check and Balance Trump…

Ryan Grim (2018-11-07). The Midterm Results Gave Everybody Just Enough to Keep Fighting. theintercept.com Voters went to the polls on Tuesday with an overwhelming belief that the American economy is in strong shape and that the country is headed in the wrong direction. Those voters surged to the kinds of numbers that the nation's electoral system was ill-equipped to handle, with reports of broken scanners and voting machines. Lines stretched around corners and into parking lots while voters waited for hours. | As the ballots were being counted, it became clear that there would be little clarity by the end of the night. Democrats, on the back of historic turnout —

Ryan Grim (2018-11-07). Midterm Results Gave Everybody Just Enough to Keep Fighting. zcomm.org Trump, centrist Democrats, and the party's progressives each suffered defeats, but each won just enough to be able to make the case that their approach is the right one. And so, on we go…

Staff (2018-11-07). House Update: Trump Calls to Congratulate Pelosi. truthdig.com Democratic newcomer Sharice Davids made history Tuesday as the nation's first LGBT Native American in Congress as her party clinched a number of key House races.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-11-06). Election Day 2018: What Lessons Can We Learn From 2016? truthout.org Who could forget that moment? The blue [red] wave — long promised but also doubted — had, however modestly [however massively], hit Washington and [the Democrats had just retaken Congress] [the Republicans had held Congress] [the Democrats had taken the House]. The media, Fox News and the usual right-wing websites aside, hailed the moment. [Fox News and the usual right-wing websites cheered the president on.] Donald Trump's grip on America had finally been broken [reinforced]. Celebrations were widespread. Congressional investigations, possibly even impeachment, were only months and a new Congress awa…

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

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.

RT (2018-11-06). Midterm elections see slim gains for Democrats in House, extended majority for Republicans in Senate. rt.com The midterm elections — marked by exceedingly high turnout and media attention — are finally over, and brought mixed results for both parties. |

Robert Mackey (2018-11-06). Here Are the Key Moments from Election Night 2018. theintercept.com As the polls closed across the United States on Tuesday — starting in parts of Kentucky and Indiana, at 6 p.m. ET, and concluding in Alaska seven hours later — The Intercept followed the vote count and brought readers updates on key races for control of the House, the Senate and governor's mansions in a number of states. | Pelosi Claims Democratic Victory in the House, Republicans Keep the Senate: | Following a string of Democrati…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-06). Headlines for November 6, 2018. democracynow.org Huge Turnout for Early Voting in Midterms as Technical Issues Surface, Trump Attacks Democrats and Migrants on Eve of Midterm Elections, Fallout from Racist Trump Campaign Ad Continues as Networks Pull Ad, Georgia Dem. Gov. Candidate Abrams Responds to Kemp Hacking Probe, Racist Robocalls Attack Georgia Dem. Gov. Candidate Abrams, Students Across Country Walk Out of Class to Cast Ballots in Midterms, NYC: Trial Begins over 2020 Census Citizenship Question, Coloradans to Vote on Divisive Oil and Gas Ballot Measures, Washington State Voters to Vote on Fee for Large Carbon Polluters, NYC: Local Leaders Decry Racist…

Katrina vanden Heuvel (2018-11-06). Will the Blue Wave Overcome the Red Undertow? thenation.com Will the Blue Wave Overcome the Red Undertow?

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?

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

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…

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…

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…

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

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

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…

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…

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.

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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