2018-11-09: News Headlines

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-11-09). Roaming Charges: Chuck and Nancy's House of Cards. counterpunch.org After Trump's election and the announcement that Chuck Schumer would lead the Democratic Resistance ©, I predicted that Schumer's infamous "Plan B" (pandering to upper-middle class suburban voters and disaffected Republicans with college degrees at the expense of blue collar voters) would result in the Democrats losing 5 senate seats. I confess I was wrong. They only lost four, unless, like me, you consider the retention of Robert Menendez and Joe Manchin a result even worse than a loss. More

John Feffer (2018-11-09). Trump's Only Election Strategy Was Racism. zcomm.org Republicans can only win by racial gerrymandering and voter suppression. And Trump can only win by using fear and racism.

Louis Proyect (2018-11-09). Why Democrats Are So Okay With Losing? counterpunch.org Ever since the Democratic Party abandoned its New Deal legacy and adopted the neoliberal centrism associated with the Carter presidency and then cast in stone by the Democratic Leadership Council in 1985, each election loss has generated a chorus of remonstrations in the left-liberal press about the need to run "progressive" candidates if the party More

stuart_m (2018-11-09). US midterms: This is what polarisation, not democracy, looks like. greenleft.org.au Coulda been, shoulda been. | The November 6 midterm elections should have been a ringing repudiation of Donald Trump and the Republican Party. And if not for the dismal state of US "democracy" and the two-party system, it would have been. | In Election 2018, a lot more people overall voted for the Democrats — the only real choice against the Republicans in the "world's greatest democracy," which itself is a sign of the dysfunction — than Republicans. | Democrats are predicted to end up winning the nationwide popular vote by a yawn…

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-11-09). The Fight for Net Neutrality Heats Up as Democrats Take the House. truthout.org The fight to restore net neutrality is heating up in the wake of the midterm elections. | Every Democrat in the House of Representatives who supports reversing the Trump administration's decision to repeal popular net neutrality rules has held on to their seat. House Democrats also secured a majority in the lower chamber, setting the stage for a potential showdown between Congress, the White House and the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over how the government should regulate powerful internet service providers (ISPs) like AT&T, Cox and Comcast. | Democratic state attorneys general,…

Dave Lindorff (2018-11-09). Not a Blue Wave, But Perhaps a Foreshock. counterpunch.org The 2018 election looks at first glance like a wash: Republicans gained seats in the Senate and Democrats regained control of the House with enough of a margin to ensure that they can put some limits on presidential power. But longer term impacts of 2018 are, I believe, more significant. In this election, with President More

Nick Pemberton (2018-11-09). When It Comes To Stone Throwing, Democrats Live In A Glass House. counterpunch.org While shepherds watched their flocks by night A mile away the soldiers dynamite the inn Of the little family whose fifteen year old, like David Threw a stone at the Israeli Goliath, but without David's success. For this crime against the mighty, the lowly are rendered homeless, And pitch their tent beside the empty tomb. More

wsws (2018-11-09). Democrats rally to defend fired Attorney General Sessions, Special Counsel Mueller. wsws.org The Democrats and their "left" allies fear that Sessions' firing will derail the anti-Russia Mueller investigation.

Aída Chávez (2018-11-09). Progressive Caucus Won't Say Whether It Supports Nancy Pelosi for Speaker. theintercept.com Nancy Pelosi is confident she will return to the Democratic majority as speaker, but the Progressive Caucus is not saying whether they support her bid.

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-11-08). A Challenge to the New Blue Congress: Govern as Progressives. truthout.org Election results were still pouring in Tuesday night when pundits on cable news channels began to revive a media refrain that conventional wisdom has been aiming at Democratic Party leaders for decades: Stay away from the left and move toward the center. | We should expect plenty of such advice during the months ahead as Democrats take control of the House for the first time in eight years. It may sound prudent to urge "affordable health care" instead of Medicare for All, or "subsidies for community colleges" instead of tuition-free public college. But such positions easily come across as wonky mush that offers n…

Eric A. Gordon (2018-11-08). Did the Blue Wave lap the California shore? peoplesworld.org Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Committee and former U.S. Secretary of Labor, ticked off to his fellow Democrats across the country the ways their party gained ground in the 2018 midterm elections. Among them: 29 House seats flipped so far, with the chance of a few more once the final results are tallied; …

Emile Schepers (2018-11-08). Big advances for Democrats in Virginia. peoplesworld.org One of the states where the Democratic Party did best on November 6 was Virginia, which, each year, is turning from being a "purple" state to a "blue" one. Virginia, population 8 million, entered the election season with two Democratic senators, four Democratic House members, and seven Republican House members. There were no state legislative …

Democracy Now! (2018-11-08). Ex-Congresswoman Who Voted to Impeach Nixon: Trump Firing Sessions Brings Back Troubling Memories. democracynow.org Democrats have seized control of the House of Representatives, flipping more than two dozen seats in a historic midterm election that gives Democrats subpoena power for the first time since President Donald Trump was elected two years ago. A day after the election, Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump's firing of Sessions has led to many comparisons between Trump and former President Richard Nixon. On Wednesday, CNN's Jake Tapper called Sessions's ouster another chapter in "a slow-motion, multi-monthed Saturday Night Massacre." He was referencing the infamous Saturday Night Massacre in 1973, when the…

teleSUR Desk (2018-11-08). History made as minorities elected to Congress. mronline.org An election of "firsts: " Women, LGBTQ, Muslims, African-Americans and Native Americans score seats in the House and Senate. | Source

Shared by Cherise (2018-11-08). Trump Firing Sessions Brings Back Troubling Memories of the Nixon Era. truthout.org Democrats have seized control of the House of Representatives, flipping more than two dozen seats in a historic midterm election that gives Democrats subpoena power for the first time since President Donald Trump was elected two years ago. A day after the election, Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump's firing of Sessions has led to many comparisons between Trump and former President Richard Nixon. On Wednesday, CNN's Jake Tapper called Sessions's ouster another chapter in "a slow-motion, multi-monthed Saturday Night Massacre." He was referencing the infamous Saturday Night Massacre in 1973, when…

Alex Emmons (2018-11-08). Democrats Encouraged Military Veterans to Run in Midterms. The Results Were Mixed. theintercept.com As much as the midterms were a referendum on Donald Trump's presidency, the elections this week were also a test of the Democrats' strategy. And although Democrats took back the House of Representatives, a key component of their strategy was met with lukewarm results. | In the months after Trump was inaugurated, Democrats began to court veterans to run for Congress around the country. Politico reported last year that after hundreds of meetings with potential candidates, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee d…

Zaid Jilani (2018-11-08). A "Dragon Ball Z" Composer Unseated a Texas Republican Senator, and Other Down-Ballot Democratic Victories You Didn't Hear About. theintercept.com For Texas Democrats, Tuesday had some disappointing top-line news, as Republicans retained control of all statewide offices and Ted Cruz won his U.S. Senate re-election. But further down the ballot, the party saw some surprising successes. | Two congressional districts held by Republicans flipped to the Democratic side. In the state House, Texas Democrats picked up a dozen seats. In the state Senate, two more Repu…

Fred_F (2018-11-08). NSW government to introduce forced adoptions bill. greenleft.org.au About 100 people joined a snap protest outside New South Wales Parliament on November 7 to oppose the state Coalition government's attempt to amend the NSW Adoption Act 2000 and allow for a new generation of forced adoptions. | Speakers warned the proposed changes would institutionalise forced adoptions and raise the rate of Aboriginal and poor children being stolen from their families. | They included Public Sector Association assistant general secretary Tony Wright, Grandmothers Against Removals' Ann Weldon, Community Legal Centres (CLC) spokesperson Mark Riboldi, NSW Greens MLC David Shoebridge, NSW Labor MLA…

wsws (2018-11-08). After midterm elections, Democrats call for bipartisan unity with Trump. wsws.org From the standpoint of the interests of working people, the rearrangement of seats in Congress is largely irrelevant; No positive change is possible outside of the independent intervention of the working class.

Shaun King (2018-11-08). Why It's a Big Deal That Four Black Candidates Won Their State Attorney General Races. theintercept.com Democratic New York Attorney General-elect Letitia James celebrates her victory during an election night party in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Nov. 6, 2018. | narrowly edged out his Republican opponent in Nevada. Ford previously served as the minority leader in the Nevada state Senate and then became the majority leader after Democrats took control in 2016. | Kwame Raoul, like most Democrats running for statewide office in Illinois this year, Paul G. Pinsky (2018-11-08). 5 Lessons for the New Activist-Lawmaker Wave. thenation.com 5 Lessons for the New Activist-Lawmaker Wave…

RT (2018-11-08). Daily Beast takes heat on Twitter after implying Kremlin plot helped unseat Dem. senator. rt.com The Daily Beast tried to pin the failure of Claire McCaskill to retain her senatorial seat on Russian meddling. Angry commenters instantly cited a number of far more mundane reasons, like her trying to court Republicans.

Randi Nord (2018-11-08). Three More States Just Voted in Favor of Marijuana. theantimedia.com Many industries have a vast financial interest in keeping marijuana prohibition laws on the books including pharmaceutical giants, alcohol lobbies, casinos, and the prison industrial complex. (MPN) — While Democrats and Republicans went toe-to-toe for control of Congress, voters across three states voted to relax marijuana laws, resulting in a huge victory for the grassroots decriminalization and …

Hatewatch Staff (2018-11-08). Hatewatch Headlines 11/8/2018. splcenter.org Voters punished Republicans for their racism; Trump rips black reporter's 'racist' query; Governors can stop militias from massing on border; and more.

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-11-08). Progressives Are Pushing Economic Democracy. Democrats Need to Listen. truthout.org On Tuesday night, the Democrats scored electoral victories by taking advantage of the energy behind the growing progressive movement. At the state level, Democrats elected seven new state governors and flipped six state legislatures. At the federal level, Democrats retook the House and elected the most progressive group of politicians in a generation — seven candidates endorsed by Justice Democrats, an electoral advocacy group focused on finding progressive alternatives to corporate Democrats, were elected to the House, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashi…

Mary Kay Henry (2018-11-08). Working People Won the Midwest for the Democrats. thenation.com Working People Won the Midwest for the Democrats…

John Nichols (2018-11-08). The States That Elected Trump Have Turned Against Him. thenation.com The States That Elected Trump Have Turned Against Him…

Mark Gruenberg (2018-11-07). U.S. House results: Workers won but not without taking some hits. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Workers won. Women won. African American, Latino, and Native American candidates won. Democrats won. Sorry Donald Trump, you didn't win. In so many words, that's what happened in the U.S. House races, and in five key governorships — Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota — on Election Day 2018. Those winners join Democrats Gavin Newsom …

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). 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.

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.

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…

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 Governor's Race, Maryland GOP Gov. Larry Hogan Defeats Former NAACP Head Ben Jealous, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz Defeats Progressive Democratic Challenger Beto O'Rourke in Texas, 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 wit…

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.

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 —

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

Akela Lacy (2018-11-07). Women Built the 2018 Midterm Blue Wave — but the Last One Washed Them Out. theintercept.com Twenty-seven years ago, Anita Hill sat before a Senate committee and explained that then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her. At the time, only two women served in the upper chamber, and neither were on the Judiciary Committee. | The optics of Hill's hearing, along with the events that led up to and followed it, drove a record number of women to action — and into the Senate. | In 1992, the year following the hearing, now famously known as the "Year of the Woman," Americans voted four women into the Senate. That constituted a

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…

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

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! (2018-11-05). 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…

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

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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