2018-11-20: News Headlines

Anthony Pahnke (2018-11-20). Abolishing ICE Means Defunding it. counterpunch.org Many progressive Democrats that won their midterm election bids, from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York, to Minnesota's Ilhan Omar, campaigned to change radically immigration policy. One of their slogans was to abolish the principal immigration law enforcement agency, ICE (Immigration Customs and Enforcement). To turn that campaign slogan into reality means defunding ICE, which Democrats can do, if they chose, now that they have a majority in the House of Representatives. More

RT (2018-11-20). Democrats and Republicans are both starting to get sick of social media — study. rt.com There are few things these days which unite liberals and conservatives, but according to a new survey, a growing dislike and distrust of social media companies is one of them.

Ryan Grim (2018-11-20). Nancy Pelosi's Fight: How She Revived Obamacare After Democrats Left it for Dead. theintercept.com Barack Obama's great strength was always his ability to shape himself into a vessel for the hopes of a wide array of different people. For Nancy Pelosi, it's been the reverse, as she manages to become a symbol of the varying fears of the opposing factions of the Democratic Party. | For the party's left, she's too tied to big money and the corporate PAC model of fundraising, and embraces a "paygo" politics of austerity. For the party's right, she's a spend-happy, San Francisco liberal whose presence at the top puts the new majori…

Thomas Knapp (2018-11-20). Hypocrisy Alert: Republicans Agreed with Ocasio-Cortez Until About One Minute Ago. counterpunch.org When congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) confessed her personal financial dilemma — "I have three months without a salary before I'm a member of Congress. So, how do I get an apartment? Those little things are very real" — to the New York Times, guffaws broke out on the right. "Some of those shoots she had More

Margaret Flowers (2018-11-20). U.S Green Party Urges International Criminal Court to Prosecute Israel for Crimes Against Palestinians. globalresearch.ca The Hague, The Netherlands (Monday, November 19, 2018) – Members of the Green Party United States traveled to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday, November 29, 2018 to deliver a letter calling for a full investigation of Israel for …

RT (2018-11-20). 16 Democrats vow to block Pelosi from retaking House Speaker throne. rt.com Democrats are pledging to block Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) from resuming her post as Speaker of the US House, writing in a letter that voters only gave Democrats back the House to upend the status quo, not provide more of the same.

RT (2018-11-20). Liberals cry hypocrisy over reports of Ivanka's private email use — but it's not the same as Hillary. rt.com A bombshell report by the Washington Post on Ivanka Trump's use of a personal email account for official communications has prompted immediate comparisons to Hillary Clinton's scandal. But they aren't as similar as it may seem.

RT (2018-11-20). 'You give him all day!' Pelosi is irritated that press 'loves' MSM-bashing Trump. rt.com House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi has scolded media for giving President Donald Trump too much airtime, and also compared the President to Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. Trump has been in a state of war with the press.

Adam Eichen (2018-11-20). Americans Not Only Favor Democrats, They Favor Democracy. thenation.com Americans Not Only Favor Democrats, They Favor Democracy…

Joan Walsh (2018-11-20). Democrats Are Finally Fighting for the States—and on Election Night, They Won Big. thenation.com Democrats Are Finally Fighting for the States—and on Election Night, They Won Big…

wsws (2018-11-20). Australian pseudo-left group Victorian Socialists promote Greens, Labor. wsws.org In the state election, the Victorian Socialists are trying to channel the emerging shift to the left among workers and youth back behind the parliamentary apparatus.

John Nichols (2018-11-20). The Best News From the Midterms? Down-Ballot Democratic Triumphs. thenation.com The Best News From the Midterms? Down-Ballot Democratic Triumphs.

Staff (2018-11-20). Why the Perfect Red-State Democrat Lost in 2018. truthdig.com This story was co-published with The New York Times. | Taylor Sappington heard the call like so many other Democrats in the year after Nov. 8, 2016. He had seen Donald Trump coming, homing in on his little town of Nelsonville, Ohio, in the state's impoverished Appalachian southeast. The town of 5,300 people had voted for Barack Obama twice by large margins. | Trump was Nelsonville's pick in 2016, though it was more by default than acclamation. Trump won there with less than a majority, with 30 percent fewer votes than Obama had gotten four years earlier. | Sappington, a 27-year-old Ohio native, took this as evide…

Staff (2018-11-20). Ivanka Trump Used Personal Email for Government Work: Report. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and a top White House adviser, sent hundreds of emails about government business from a personal email account last year, The Washington Post reported Monday. | The emails were sent to White House aides, Cabinet members and Ivanka Trump's assistants, many in violation of public records rules, the paper said. President Donald Trump mercilessly criticized his 2016 Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, for using a private email server during her time as secretary of state, labeling her "Crooked Hillary" and saying she belonged in jail. | The White House did not…

Yemeni Alliance Committee, Action Corps (2018-11-20). Rallies to End Yemen War at Rep Nancy Pelosi's Office. indybay.org SF Federal Building, 90 7th St., SF, CA 94103…

Dave Lindorff (2018-11-19). Pelosi's Deceptive Plan: Blocking any Tax Rise Could Rule Out Medicare-for-All and Bolstering Social Security. counterpunch.org In the surreal alternative reality world of the US Congress, there are many bills passed each year that on the surface may sound like good ideas — they even give them high-sounding names like the US PATRIOT ACT or Better Care and Reconciliation Act, that in fact are the opposite of what they claim to be More

Rick Baum (2018-11-19). What Can We Expect From the Democrat "Alternative" Given Their Record in California? counterpunch.org Will the victories of the Democrats in 2018 be the beginning of a brighter and more hopeful period? One might have doubts given that large majorities of Democrats in both the House and Senate recently voted for a defense budget that is more than $80 billion higher than the previous one, and higher than what More

John Nichols (2018-11-19). What Do Republicans Have Against High-Turnout Elections? Everything. thenation.com What Do Republicans Have Against High-Turnout Elections? Everything…

wsws (2018-11-19). Congressional Democrats push Russia probe, censorship. wsws.org With virtually all results of the November 6 election determined, the Democratic Party has cemented control over the House of Representatives with a gain of nearly 40 seats.

Hatewatch Staff (2018-11-19). Hatewatch Headlines 11/19/2018. splcenter.org House Democrats are already in extremists' sights; White nationalism spreads among Orthodox Jews; Neo-Nazi brothers hid in plain sight; and more.

Democracy Now! (2018-11-19). Headlines for November 19, 2018. democracynow.org NorCal Wildfires Death Toll Soars to 77 as Trump Tours Devastation, Trump Claims Finland Prevents Fires by "Raking and Cleaning" Forests, Florida Democrats Concede Senate & Gubernatorial Races After Recounts, Abrams Ends her Georgia Governor Bid, Vows to Fight Voter Suppression, Orange County Flips to Democrats After Cisneros Wins House Race, CIA Says Crown Prince Ordered Khashoggi Murder, Yemen: Houthi Rebels Call for Ceasefire, Turkey: Government Arrests 14 in Crackdown on Academics and Activists, Trump to Nominate Acting EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler as Permanent Leader, Trump Attacks Admiral McRaven, Who Led Osama…

Jake Jacobs (2018-11-19). New York's Insurgent Lawmakers Speak Out against School Privatization and a Flawed Testing System. progressive.org On education issues, newly-elected progressive Democrats are setting a new tone.

Briahna Gray (2018-11-18). Calling Out Racist Voters Is Satisfying. But It Comes at a Political Cost. theintercept.com The silhouettes of attendees are seen during an election night party for 2016 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the Hilton Midtown hotel in N.Y., on Nov. 8, 2016. | racist?" and you'll find that just within the last week, at least three major news outlets have taken on that very question. | At the Chicago Tribune

Aída Chávez (2018-11-18). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib Aren't Finished Challenging Incumbent Democrats Who Come Up Short. theintercept.com Now that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is transitioning from insurgent candidate to incumbent member of Congress, a major question on the minds of her soon-to-be colleagues has been whether she will continue the practice of endorsing primary challenges to sitting members of Congress, or whether she will work to ingratiate herself with the institution she'll be joining. | That question was given a resounding answer on Saturday evening, as she gathered on a strategy call with volunteers from the group Justice Democrats, which playe…

Mehdi Hasan (2018-11-16). Chuck Schumer Caved to Facebook and Donald Trump. He Shouldn't Lead Senate Democrats. theintercept.com Schumer has sided with the GOP on Wall Street, Israel, Iraq, Iran, and Facebook. Almost any other Democrat should be Senate minority leader instead.

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…

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.

Democracy Now! (2018-11-16). Headlines for November 16, 2018. democracynow.org Deadly NorCal Wildfire Kills At Least 63; 631 Reported Missing, Wildfire Smoke Creates Hazardous Air Quality in NorCal, DOJ Accidentally Reveals Indictments Against WikiLeaks' Assange, Florida Senate Race Heads to Manual Recount, Democrats Score House Wins in Maine, California, U.S. Sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi Murder, White House Weighing Extradition of Exiled Turkish Cleric, Central American LGBTQ Migrants Face Additional Hurdles on Journey to U.S. Border, North Korea Deports U.S. Citizen as Kim Jong-un Oversees Weapon Test, Bangladesh Delays Plans to Repatriate Rohingya to Burma Amid Uproar, Renowned Ban…

Lee Fang (2018-11-16). Oops: House Democrats Mistakenly Cast Votes Blocking Resolution on Ending Yemen War. theintercept.com On Wednesday, six House Democrats voted with the GOP to prevent any action on the Yemen war this legislative session. Two said they did it by accident.

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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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