2018-11-11: News Headlines

Bernie Sanders (2018-11-11). Taking on Trumpism. zcomm.org Interview on the new Democrats in Congress…

David Dayen (2018-11-10). Democrats Who Voted to Deregulate Wall Street Got Wiped Out in a Setback for Bank Lobbyists. theintercept.com "It would be hard for Dem senators to think that cooperating with Republicans on financial policy is helpful to winning re-election," says a bank lobbyist.

Jon Schwarz (2018-11-10). Democrats Should Remember Al Gore Won Florida in 2000 — But Lost the Presidency With a Preemptive Surrender. theintercept.com The Democrats can get all the votes counted in Florida, Georgia, and Arizona only with a display of people power.

wsws (2018-11-10). Tensions mount over US election contests in Florida, Georgia, Arizona. wsws.org The midterm results demonstrate again that the Democrats, far from offering an alternative to Trump and the Republicans, are part of the big business conspiracy against the working class.

Staff (2018-11-10). You Can't Assume That Moderate Democrats Win Elections. truthdig.com "Move to the right" is always corporate media's advice for Democrats—win or lose. But did the 2018 midterms really demonstrate the virtues of moderation?

RT (2018-11-10). Florida judge orders voter records inspection, siding with Republicans as recount looms. rt.com A Florida judge ruled the Broward County elections supervisor must allow inspection of voter records in response to a lawsuit from outgoing Governor Rick Scott, whose Senate victory is now in jeopardy thanks to late-counted votes.

Shared by Cherise (2018-11-10). How Labor Helped Bring Down Scott Walker and Bruce Rauner. truthout.org On Tuesday night, in a strong rebuke to the anti-labor agendas of Wisconsin and Illinois' Republican governors, voters elected Democrats to lead their states. Illinois' new governor, Democrat J.B. Pritzker, won the race with 54 percent of the vote, while Wisconsin's new governor, Tony Evers, won his contest, though final votes are still being tallied. Both ran on strong, clear messages of supporting unions and working families. | It would be hard to understate the damage to workers wrought by Scott Walker, elected during the Tea Party wave of 2010, and Bruce Rauner, elected in 2014. Walker wasted no time taking a…

RT (2018-11-10). Florida orders recount of Senate & governor races, Gillum withdraws concession to DeSantis. rt.com Florida is officially holding a recount of votes in its Senate and governor races, where Republicans Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis have led over their Democratic rivals, Bill Nelson and Andrew Gillum, both by a small margin.

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

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

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

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…

RT (2018-11-09). Blame Russia? Trump jokes over Florida & Georgia vote shenanigans. rt.com As election officials in Florida and Georgia claim to have found more ballots and seek recounts in races narrowly won by Republicans, President Donald Trump is joking Russia might be behind it — and claiming fraud.

Zaid Jilani (2018-11-09). Michigan's Democratic Governor-Elect Puts Blue Cross Blue Shield Executive on Transition Team — After the Company Funded Her Campaign. theintercept.com When former Michigan Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer faced a populist, progressive rival in the state's Democratic gubernatorial primary earlier this year, she had a little help from her health insurance industry friends. | Whitmer was hosted at a fundraiser thrown by lobbyists for Blue Cross Blue Shield. She netted $144,000 during a single day at the event. | The company's interest in the race came as no surprise, as Whitmer's chief rival, former Detroit public health chief Abdul El-Sayed, was campaigning on establi…

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.

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.

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

David Klion (2018-11-09). 'There's a Lot of New Ground for Democrats to Fight Over': A Q&A With Ben Rhodes. thenation.com 'There's a Lot of New Ground for Democrats to Fight Over': A Q&A With Ben Rhodes…

Whitney Webb (2018-11-09). Post-MidTerm Democrats Raise Jeff Sessions to the Level of a Mueller-Style "Hero" mintpressnews.com Coverage of the Mueller probe and the closely related "Russiagate" controversy has been central to the Democrats' strategy of casting themselves as the antithesis to Trump.

Jim Naureckas (2018-11-09). 'Moderation' and the Midterms. fair.org What worked for Democrats? Moderation, says Jennifer Rubin (Washington Post, 11/7/18)—ignoring the instances where moderation failed bigly. | Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin ( 11/7/18) had some familiar-sounding advice for Democrats based on the results of the mid…

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…

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, 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

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…

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…

Paul G. Pinsky (2018-11-08). 5 Lessons for the New Activist-Lawmaker Wave. thenation.com 5 Lessons for the New Activist-Lawmaker Wave…

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…

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…

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.

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). 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.

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). 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…

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…

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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