2018-11-16: News Headlines

Glenn Greenwald (2018-11-16). As the Obama DOJ Concluded, Prosecution of Julian Assange for Publishing Documents Poses Grave Threats to Press Freedom. theintercept.com The Trump DOJ's prosecution of Assange will be cheered by Democrats, as they unite to criminalize the core of investigative journalism.

Ralph Nader (2018-11-16). The War Over Words: Republicans Easily Defeat the Democrats. counterpunch.org The Republican Party lost ground in the Congressional and state elections earlier this month, but they continue to triumph in the all-important contests over words. Republicans have been winning the "war over words" for years. First, the hard core political right wingers symbolically claimed the Bible and the American flag, turning them upside down. To More

Robert Fantina (2018-11-16). Democrats and the Mid-Term Elections. counterpunch.org Well, the mid-term elections are over, but the fallout from them, the constant verbal diarrhea from newscasters, pundits and other self-proclaimed experts, continues. And what are they saying? For many of them on whatever passes for 'leftist' in the U.S. today (there is really no such thing in the two major parties or the so-called More

stuart_m (2018-11-16). At its convention, Portugal's Left Bloc gears up for year of crucial fights. greenleft.org.au In 2019, European and legislative elections will take place in Portugal in a national political context different from anywhere else in the European Union (EU), where austerity policies still reign and the racist and xenophobic right is rising, writes Dick Nichols from Lisbon. | Over the past three years in Portugal, the minority Socialist Party (PS) government has been supported from outside by the Left Bloc, the Communist Party of Portugal (PCP) and the Ecologist Party-The Greens (PEV). | During that time wages and welfare payments have risen, privatisations have stopped, unemployment has halved to 6.3%, casual…

Norman Solomon (2018-11-16). The 'Pelosi Problem' Runs Deep. zcomm.org This year, many progressive individuals and organizations have moved beyond the false choice of either building movements or seriously trying to win elections. We can and must do both—simultaneously, not sequentially—to the benefit of both parallel tasks…

wsws (2018-11-16). Bipartisan panel: US must prepare for "horrendous," "devastating" war with Russia and China. wsws.org A bipartisan commission appointed by Congress has provided the Democrats' rubber stamp to the Trump administration's plans to prepare for war between "great powers."

Jane McAlevey (2018-11-16). Democrats Made a Fatal Mistake in the 2000 Florida Recount—and They Are on the Verge of Making It Again. thenation.com Democrats Made a Fatal Mistake in the 2000 Florida Recount—and They Are on the Verge of Making It Again…

Shared by Cherise (2018-11-16). House Republicans, Terrible Before the Midterms, Are Now Much Worse. truthout.org A great many people are eagerly anticipating the opening of the next Congress, waiting with bated breath to see what the new House sheriffs in town intend to do with their newly minted powers. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, to name but one of the serious new players in town, has spent the last two years looking like he wants to paint his face blue and charge the White House gates in a kilt. Reps. Maxine Waters, Emmanuel Lewis and the others, from the sound of it, are likewise champing at the bit. | For my money,…

wsws (2018-11-16). Ocasio-Cortez holds climate change stunt to boost Pelosi. wsws.org The "protest" in the offices of Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi was a calculated operation aimed at solidarizing Ocasio-Cortez with the Democratic Party establishment.

pip.hinman (2018-11-15). Victorian Socialists pledge to live on a worker's wage. greenleft.org.au "I will only accept an average worker's wage." This is the promise of all Victorian Socialists' candidates contesting the November 24 state election. | This has long been the pledge of genuine socialist candidates, but this time it means even more because of the prospect that candidates Steve Jolly and Tim Gooden could each win a seat. | No other party — not even the Greens — makes this promise. Yet, it is a profound principle for socialists. | Why? In short, because it is a critical part of building a genuine peoples' power movement for change. | Most people have some level of disdain, if not outrigh…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-15). Rep. Ro Khanna: By Blocking Yemen Resolution, House GOP Is Abdicating Its Duty to Decide War & Peace. democracynow.org House Republicans have quashed debate on a resolution that aims to end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, by sneaking a single line into an unrelated resolution about wolves. The House voted 201 to 187 on the bill Wednesday, approving a provision that blocks the Democrats from forcing a vote on the U.S. role in Yemen under the War Powers Act. For nearly four years the United States has played a key role supporting the Saudi-led invasion, which has devastated Yemen, creating the world's worst humanitarian crisis. The U.N. is warning 14 million Yemenis are on the brink of famine. One new study ha…

RT (2018-11-15). US Senate blocks plan to stop an arms sale to Bahrain — one of the countries bombing Yemen. rt.com The US senate has rejected an effort by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul to block a major arms sale to Bahrain — more proof that if there's one thing that unites Democrats and Republicans, it's selling weapons to Middle Eastern allies.

Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener (2018-11-15). 'Chasing an Elusive Centrism Is Ridiculous'. thenation.com 'Chasing an Elusive Centrism Is Ridiculous'

Chris Hughes (2018-11-15). Progressive Economics Are Ascendant—Among Democrats, and at the Ballot Box. thenation.com Progressive Economics Are Ascendant—Among Democrats, and at the Ballot Box…

Shared by Cherise (2018-11-15). House GOP Is Abdicating Its Duty by Blocking Yemen Resolution. truthout.org House Republicans have quashed debate on a resolution that aims to end US military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, by sneaking a single line into an unrelated resolution about wolves. The House voted 201 to 187 on the bill Wednesday, approving a provision that blocks the Democrats from forcing a vote on the US role in Yemen under the War Powers Act. For nearly four years the United States has played a key role supporting the Saudi-led invasion, which has devastated Yemen, creating the world's worst humanitarian crisis. The UN is warning 14 million Yemenis are on the brink of famine. One new study has e…

Mark Gruenberg (2018-11-15). Barber to House Dems: Act to restore voting rights! peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—U.S. House Democrats must use their new — and growing — majority in the next Congress to act on restoring voting rights and to investigate and expose a variety of ills besetting the country, the Rev. William Barber says. Barber, co-leader of the New Poor People's Campaign and founder of the Moral Mondays movement which …

RT (2018-11-15). Mueller again? Trump bashes 'disgraceful' Russia probe. rt.com As midterm-bolstered Democrats double down on special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into alleged 2016 'Russian collusion', President Donald Trump is lashing out, calling the probe a "disgrace" and "total witch hunt."

Ruth Conniff (2018-11-15). The Blue Wave Keeps Rolling On. progressive.org By leaning into racism and voter suppression, the Republicans are trading their future for a few hard-fought, short-term victories. And despite that, across the country organized citizens delivered a rebuke to the politics of Donald Trump.

John Nichols (2018-11-15). Ryan's Republicans Are Abdicating Their Moral and Constitutional Duty on Yemen. thenation.com Ryan's Republicans Are Abdicating Their Moral and Constitutional Duty on Yemen…

Norman Solomon (2018-11-15). The 'Pelosi Problem' Runs Deep. truthdig.com Nancy Pelosi will probably be the next House speaker, a prospect that fills most alert progressives with disquiet, if not dread. But instead of fixating on her as a villain, progressives should recognize the long-standing House Democratic leader as a symptom of a calcified party hierarchy that has worn out its grassroots welcome and is beginning to lose its grip. | Increasingly at odds with the Democratic Party's mobilized base, that grip has held on with gobs of money from centralized, deep-pocket sources—endlessly reinforcing

Alex Emmons (2018-11-14). Republicans Used a Bill About Wolves to Avoid a Vote on Yemen War. theintercept.com Republicans snuck in language that would block a floor vote on whether Congress should direct President Donald Trump to end U.S. support for the Yemen war.

Democracy Now! (2018-11-14). Headlines for November 14, 2018. democracynow.org California Wildfires Kill 50 Across State as Blazes Rage On, Police Arrest 51 Activists Demanding Climate Action from Pelosi, Landmark Climate Lawsuit by Young Activists in Legal Limbo, Pentagon Chief Mattis to Visit 6,000 Troops at U.S.-Mexico Border, Congressional Progressives Appear to Downplay Plans to Abolish ICE, Congressional Race Results Still Uncertain One Week After Midterms, Georgia: Black Woman State Senator Arrested at Peaceful Voter Protest, Fates of Senior Trump Advisers in Doubt After Clashes with FLOTUS, Trump Lawyers Prepare Answers in Mueller Probe, CNN Sues Trump over Acosta Ban, Chicago: Poli…

John McCullough (2018-11-13). When Media Say 'Working Class,' They Don't Necessarily Mean Workers—but They Do Mean White. fair.org "Working-class voters tried to send a message in 2016, and they are still trying to send it," writes columnist David Brooks (New York Times, 11/8/18). By "working class," he means "white working class," since people making less than $100,000 voted decisively for Democrats in 2018. | Since the 2016 elections, corporate media narratives about US politics have fixated on the "white working class" as a pivotal demographic, presented as a hardscrabble assortment of disaffected outsiders. Piece after piece has been published in establishment o…

Joan Walsh (2018-11-13). Yes, There Was a Big Blue Wave Last Week. thenation.com Yes, There Was a Big Blue Wave Last Week…

David Dayen (2018-11-13). White Nationalist Steve King May Have Won, but Iowa Race Shows Republicans Are Losing Ground in Rural Areas. theintercept.com Democrat J.D. Scholten came within 3 points of unseating Republican incumbent Rep. Steve King, a remarkable feat given the deep-red nature of the district.

Edward Burmila (2018-11-13). The Democratic House Must Prioritize Protecting the 2020 Census. thenation.com The Democratic House Must Prioritize Protecting the 2020 Census…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-13). Headlines for November 13, 2018. democracynow.org California's Record-Breaking Wildfires Kill At Least 44 Across State, Arizona's U.S. Senate Seat Flips Blue as Sinema Declares Victory, Trump Falsely Claims Voter Fraud in FL, Says Races Should Go to Republicans, Mississippi Senator Under Fire for "Public Hanging" Comment, Daily Beast: ICE Imprisoning Record High of 44,000 People, Audio of Khashoggi's Murder May Implicate Saudi Crown Prince, Amnesty Int'l Withdraws Top Honor from Burmese Leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Gaza: Israeli Airstrikes Kill 6 Palestinians as Fighting Intensifies, DRC: Ebola Outbreak Worst in Country's History, Kills Almost 200, NYT Investigation…

Mehdi Hasan (2018-11-13). Nancy Pelosi Wants to Find "Common Ground" With Donald Trump. But Her Job Right Now Is to Fight Fascism. theintercept.com The correct response to a white nationalist president is to relentlessly resist and call out his behavior as dangerously abnormal.

Ryan Grim (2018-11-13). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Joins Environmental Activists in Protest at Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi's Office. theintercept.com Ocasio-Cortez's decision to break with decorum and join the protesters could, paradoxically, open up space for her to support Pelosi on the House floor.

Democracy Now! (2018-11-12). Headlines for November 12, 2018. democracynow.org Over 30 Killed and 200 Missing in California Wildfires, Gov. Brown Blames Climate Change for Fires as Trump Blames California, Thousand Oaks Evacuated for Wildfires Days After Deadly Mass Shooting, Florida Recounts Underway in Contested Senate and Governor Races, Senate Race in AZ Still Uncalled as CA District Flips to Democrats, MS Senate Candidates Head to Runoff as GOP Incumbent Under Fire for Racist Joke, FBI Probing "Scam Company" Where Acting AG Matt Whitaker Once Served, Trump Continues Attacks on Black Women Reporters, In Final Act as AG, Sessions Limits Police Abuse Consent Decrees, Trump Skips Paris Pea…

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 Pre-emptive Surrender. theintercept.com The Democrats can get all the votes counted in Florida, Georgia, and Arizona only with a display of people power.

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…

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

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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