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Hypocrisy Alert: Republicans Agreed with Ocasio-Cortez Until About One Minute Ago
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2018-11-20
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.
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Abolishing ICE Means Defunding it
Anthony Pahnke | counterpunch.org | 2018-11-20
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.
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U.S Green Party Urges International Criminal Court to Prosecute Israel for Crimes Against Palestinians
Margaret Flowers | globalresearch.ca | 2018-11-20
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 … | The post U.S Green Party Urges International Criminal Court to Prosecute Israel for Crimes Against Palestinians appeared first on Global Research.
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Americans Not Only Favor Democrats, They Favor Democracy
Adam Eichen | thenation.com | 2018-11-20
Americans Not Only Favor Democrats, They Favor Democracy…
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Democrats Are Finally Fighting for the States–and on Election Night, They Won Big
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2018-11-20
Democrats Are Finally Fighting for the States–and on Election Night, They Won Big…
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Australian pseudo-left group Victorian Socialists promote Greens, Labor
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-11-20
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/11/20/vics…

Democrats and Republicans are both starting to get sick of social media — study
RT | rt.com | 2018-11-20
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. | …
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16 Democrats vow to block Pelosi from retaking House Speaker throne
RT | rt.com | 2018-11-20
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. | …
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Why the Perfect Red-State Democrat Lost in 2018
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-11-20
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…
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Nancy Pelosi's Fight: How She Revived Obamacare After Democrats Left it for Dead
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2018-11-20
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…
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The Best News From the Midterms? Down-Ballot Democratic Triumphs
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2018-11-20
The Best News From the Midterms? Down-Ballot Democratic Triumphs.
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Liberals cry hypocrisy over reports of Ivanka's private email use — but it's not the same as Hillary
RT | rt.com | 2018-11-20
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. | …
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Ivanka Trump Used Personal Email for Government Work: Report
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-11-20
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…
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'You give him all day!' Pelosi is irritated that press 'loves' MSM-bashing Trump
RT | rt.com | 2018-11-20
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. | …
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Rallies to End Yemen War at Rep Nancy Pelosi's Office
Yemeni Alliance Committee, Action Corps | indybay.org | 2018-11-20
SF Federal Building, 90 7th St., SF, CA 94103…
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Pelosi's Deceptive Plan: Blocking any Tax Rise Could Rule Out Medicare-for-All and Bolstering Social Security
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2018-11-19
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…
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What Can We Expect From the Democrat "Alternative" Given Their Record in California?
Rick Baum | counterpunch.org | 2018-11-19
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…
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What Do Republicans Have Against High-Turnout Elections? Everything
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2018-11-19
What Do Republicans Have Against High-Turnout Elections? Everything…
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Congressional Democrats push Russia probe, censorship
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-11-19
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.
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New York's Insurgent Lawmakers Speak Out against School Privatization and a Flawed Testing System
Jake Jacobs | progressive.org | 2018-11-19
On education issues, newly-elected progressive Democrats are setting a new tone.
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Hatewatch Headlines 11/19/2018
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-11-19
House Democrats are already in extremists' sights; White nationalism spreads among Orthodox Jews; Neo-Nazi brothers hid in plain sight; and…
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Calling Out Racist Voters Is Satisfying. But It Comes at a Political Cost
Briahna Gray | theintercept.com | 2018-11-18
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…
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib Aren't Finished Challenging Incumbent Democrats Who Come Up Short
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2018-11-18
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…
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At its convention, Portugal's Left Bloc gears up for year of crucial fights
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2018-11-16
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/its-convention-portugals-left-bloc-gears-year-crucial-fights

As the Obama DOJ Concluded, Prosecution of Julian Assange for Publishing Documents Poses Grave Threats to Press Freedom
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2018-11-16
The Trump DOJ's prosecution of Assange will be cheered by Democrats, as they unite to criminalize the core of investigative journalism. | The post As the Obama DOJ Concluded, Prosecution of Julian Assange for Publishing Documents Poses Grave Threats to Press Freedom appeared first on The Intercept.
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Democrats Made a Fatal Mistake in the 2000 Florida Recount–and They Are on the Verge of Making It Again
Jane McAlevey | thenation.com | 2018-11-16
Democrats Made a Fatal Mistake in the 2000 Florida Recount–and They Are on the Verge of Making It Again…
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Chuck Schumer Caved to Facebook and Donald Trump. He Shouldn't Lead Senate Democrats
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2018-11-16
Schumer has sided with the GOP on Wall Street, Israel, Iraq, Iran, and Facebook. Almost any other Democrat should be Senate minority leader instead. | The post Chuck Schumer Caved to Facebook and Donald Trump. He Shouldn't Lead Senate Democrats. appeared first on The Intercept.
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Oops: House Democrats Mistakenly Cast Votes Blocking Resolution on Ending Yemen War
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2018-11-16
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. | The post Oops: House Democrats Mistakenly Cast Votes Blocking Resolution on Ending Yemen War appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/11/16/yemen-war-ho…

Victorian Socialists pledge to live on a worker's wage
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2018-11-15
"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…
greenleft.org.au/content/victorian-socialists-pledge-live-workers-wage

Rep. Ro Khanna: By Blocking Yemen Resolution, House GOP Is Abdicating Its Duty to Decide War & Peace
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-11-15
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…
www.democracynow.org/2018/11/15/rep_ro_k…

The Blue Wave Keeps Rolling On
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2018-11-15
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.
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When Media Say 'Working Class,' They Don't Necessarily Mean Workers–but They Do Mean White
John McCullough | fair.org | 2018-11-13
"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…
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'Moderation' and the Midterms
Jim Naureckas | fair.org | 2018-11-09
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…
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