Monthly Archives: July 2018

2018-07-31: News Headlines

Ilana Novick (2018-07-31). After Trump's Tax Bill, CEOs Rake In Millions in 'Eye Popping' Stock Payouts, Politico Reports. truthdig.com CEO cash-outs are likely to become a talking point for Democrats in the midterm elections.

Nyla Ali Khan (2018-07-31). Defeat of Religious Parties in Electoral Politics in South Asia. counterpunch.org The recent elections in Pakistan in which the Jamaat-i-Islami had a poor showing have made as clear as day that the homogeneous culture advocated by this politico-religious organization and vigilante groups affiliated with it lacks mass appeal in South Asia. Although the Jamaat hasn't enjoyed electoral success in either India, or Pakistan, or Bangladesh, the More

Zubeida Mustafa (2018-07-31). Pakistan's Elections Bring Hope and Uncertainty. truthdig.com Cricket-star-turned-politician Imran Khan, the next prime minister, is talking a good if vague game, but will he follow through on his reform promises?

wsws.org (2018-07-31). Politics in bad faith: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaigns in Michigan. wsws.org Ocasio-Cortez's campaign is a cynical effort to put a "left-wing," "progressive," youth-oriented, and multicultural gloss on the right-wing, pro-war Democratic Party.

Bob Rossi (2018-07-30). Immigrant, labor, and abortion rights at stake in Oregon elections. peoplesworld.org All of these Democrats have paid extraordinary attention to the details of policies and programs while their Republican opponents appeal to voter's emotions and sentimentality. | Governor Kate Brown, a liberal Democrat, has long opposed the anti-immigrant rights movement and also opposes Ballot Measure 105. She is an increasingly tight race against a Republican who is moving further to the right at the behest of anti-immigrant and anti-choice organizations. But Brown is not building the kind of grassroots campaigns that Crier, Ellison, Patterson, Jaffer and some other Democrats are. She is most vulnerable in rural Oregon, where a new farm crisis enabled by the Trump administration's tariffs and agribusiness seems to be developing, and a portion of her base may be conflicted about immigrant rights. The liberal base in Oregon notoriously voted against granting drivers cards to undocumented immigrants while voting overwhelming…

Mark Gruenberg (2018-07-30). 'Abolish ICE' drive hits Congress. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The "Abolish ICE" campaign, a theme in demonstrations ever since the GOP Trump government started using the agency's officers to separate parents from kids and to round up workers — documented or not — inside the U.S., hit Capitol Hill. And the ruling Republicans there rejec…

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-07-30). Donald Trump Is the Democratic Party's Best Fundraiser in 2018. alternet.org The more Trump says and does outrageous things, the better his opposition raises money. | Although it's not intentional, President Donald Trump is proving to be a very effective fundraiser for the Democratic Party this year. The more Trump says and does outrageous things, the better it is for Democratic fundraising efforts—and according to Politico, 56 incumbent Republicans in the U. S. House of Representatives Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-07-30). Here Are 3 Things the Government Does More Efficiently Than the Private Sector. alternet.org Government isn't the consistent failure that Republicans and Libertarians paint it as being. | As the November midterms draw closer, many Republican candidates will be touting their alleged disdain for "big government" as one of the reasons to vote for them. Republicans, of course, aren't so fond of "small government" when they attack reproductive rights, advance a theocratic agenda or promote the War on Drugs and the Prison/Industrial Comp. . .

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-07-30). CNN's Wolf Blitzer Shocked When Democratic Lawmaker Claims Mueller Will Indict Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner. alternet.org The lawmaker was unwavering in his assessment. | Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) surprised CNN host Wolf Blitzer after making an on-air prediction that Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner will be indicted in special prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. "I think they're getting closer to knowing that the truth is going to come out that there was activities with the Trump campaign and Russia in relea. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-07-30). Noam Chomsky: U.S. Must Improve Relations with Russia and Challenge the Expansion of NATO. democracynow.org Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited President Trump to Moscow just days after the White House postponed a planned meeting between the two leaders in Washington until after the midterm elections. The invitation to Moscow comes after Trump and Putin met for a summit in Helsinki, Finland, earlier this month. For more about U.S.-Russian relations, we speak with world-renowned political dissident, author, and linguist Noam Chomsky. He is a laureate professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Arizona and Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he taught for more t…

Robert Reich, RobertReich.org (2018-07-30). Reich: Here Are 6 Reasons for Hope in the Trump Era. alternet.org The fate of this nation depends on every one of us becoming an activist. | In these darkest of days, here's what gives me hope: First, Donald Trump has been a giant wake-up call that we can't take democracy for granted. The young people of America get this. I've been teaching for 40 years and I don't recall a generation as committed to social justice, reforming this country, and making it work for all and not just a few. Look at those kids. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-07-30). Headlines for July 30, 2018. democracynow.org Eight Die as Wildfires Rage Across California, India: More than 500 People Have Died in Monsoon Season So Far, North Korea Returns Remains of U.S. Soldiers Killed During Korean War, Trump Threatens Government Shutdown over Funding for $25 Billion Border Wall, Judge to Appoint Independent Monitor to Oversee Detention Centers with Children, "Quiet Skies: " Boston Globe Reveals TSA Domestic Surveillance Program, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says She Plans to Serve 5 More Years on Bench, U.S. Officials Hold Direct Peace Talks with the Taliban, Gaza: Israeli Soldiers Kill 3 Palestinians, including 11-Year-Old Boy, Palestinian A…

Democracy Now! (2018-07-30). Noam Chomsky Condemns Israel's Shift to Far Right & New "Jewish Nation-State" Law. democracynow.org Israel has passed a widely-condemned law that defines Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people and gives Jews the sole right to self-determination. It also declares Hebrew the country's only official language and encourages the building of Jewish-only settlements on occupied territory as a "national value." The law has drawn international condemnation and accusations that Israel has legalized apartheid. For more we speak with world-renowned political dissident, author, and linguist Noam Chomsky. He is a laureate professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Arizona and Professor Emeritus…

Tim Libretti (2018-07-30). Janus ruling consistent with Trump efforts to re-define equality as inequality. peoplesworld.org This is the fourth and last of a series. In this series thus far on the Supreme Court's ruling in the Janus case, I have analyzed the ways Justice Samuel Alito's arguments have re-framed, in ways that distort and actually undermine, America's supposedly sacred principles of free speech and democracy. Wh…

David Altheide (2018-07-30). Escaping Trump's News Trap. counterpunch.org American democracy is under fire partly because news organizations are being coopted by President Trump and his handlers. I have studied the nature and impact of news for 45 years. Anyone who has followed the news recently is aware that President Trump's numerous tweets dominate the news cycle and change the focus from day-to-day, especially More

Democracy Now! (2018-07-30). Noam Chomsky: Survival of Organized Human Life is at Risk Due to Climate Change & Nuclear Weapons. democracynow.org At least eight people have died in California as climate change-fueled wildfires rage statewide. In total, firefighters are battling seventeen wildfires blazing across California, engulfing more than 200,000 acres and forcing mass evacuations, including in Yosemite National Park. The fires comes amid a surge of deadly extreme weather worldwide, including in India, where more than 500 people have died as a result of flooding and heavy rains in recent weeks. Scientists have linked increased flooding and rainfall to climate change. For more we speak with world-renowned political dissident, author, and linguist Noam…

Democracy Now! (2018-07-30). Amid Deadly Israeli Crackdown on Gaza Protests, Chomsky Says U.S. Must End Support for "Murderers" democracynow.org In Gaza, thousands gathered Saturday for the funeral of 11-year-old Majdi al-Satari, who died after he was shot in the head by an Israeli sniper Friday at protests near the separation fence with Israel. 17-year-old Moumin al-Hams and 43-year-old Ghazi Abu Mustafa were also shot and killed by Israeli snipers at the protests. In total, Israeli soldiers have killed at least 150 Palestinians since the Palestinians' nonviolent Great March of Return protests began on March 30. For more we speak with world-renowned political dissident, author, and linguist Noam Chomsky. He is a laureate professor in the Department of Li…

Michael Roberts (2018-07-30). Mexico: Violence, Corruption and Inequality – AMLO to the Rescue? globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | The victory in Mexico's presidential election of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), under the rubric of his relatively new 'progressive' Morena party, is both unsurprising and surprising. It's unsurprising because AMLO …

Thom Hartmann, Independent Media Institute (2018-07-30). Trump Is in Major Legal and Political Trouble — His Desperate Attempts to Escape Could Lead America to Catastrophe. alternet.org We should prepare for any drastic measures from war to martial law that Trump may undertake to escape his crises. | Is it now time to imagine how far Trump and his Republican cronies in Congress might be able to push things? And how we, as Americans, might respond? This isn't the first time such a question has been raised. A bit more than a week before the election of 2016—a week before Trump won the election—one of the few people on earth wh. . .

Conn Hallinan (2018-07-30). It's possible to be both anti-Trump and anti-NATO. peoplesworld.org The outcome of the July11-12 NATO meeting in Brussels got lost amid the media's obsession with President Donald Trump's bombast, but the " Summit Declaration" makes for sober reading. The media reported that the 28-page document "upgraded military readiness," and was "harshly critical of Russia," but there was not much detail beyond that. | But details matter, because that is where the Devil hides. | One such detail is NATO's "Readiness Initiative" that will beef up naval, air, and ground forces in "the eastern portion of the alliance." NATO is moving to base troops in Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, and Poland. Since Georgia and Ukraine have been invited to join the alliance, some of those forces could end up deployed on Moscow's western and southern borders. | And that should give us pause. | A recent European Leadership's Network's…

Sputnik News (2018-07-30). US Senators Warn Germany, France, UK Against Bypassing Sanctions On Iran. iranian.com US senators from the Republican Party have sent a letter to the embassies of Germany, France, and the United Kingdom in the United States with a warning against any possible moves to circumvent American sanctions against Iran, the news portal t-online.de reported. "We write to urge you to comply with all American sanctions, but also to emphasize we would consider […]

wsws.org (2018-07-30). US promotes Taiwanese submarine program, stoking further tensions with China. wsws.org The Trump administration, backed by the Democrats and Republicans, is ramping up pressure on China through closer US involvement with Taiwan's military.

wsws.org (2018-07-30). This week in history: July 30-August 5. wsws.org 25 years ago: Clinton declares war on social spending programsAugust 3, 1993: In a nationally televised speech, US President Bill Clinton declared war on what he called the "politics of entitlement," defending an austerity budget and reaffirming his pledges during the 1992 election campaign to "end welfare as we know it."

RT (2018-07-30). 'Every necessary precaution': Fear of Ebola spreading places Denver hospital on lockdown. rt.com A possible Ebola infection has prompted Denver Health Medical Center to go into temporary lockdown, as medical staff in hazmat suits handled a patient who recently returned from a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

RT (2018-07-30). NYT columnist fantasizes in article from a future in which Trump loses 2020 election to rival Warren. rt.com It is the year 2020 and Donald Trump has just lost his bid for reelection for president of the United States — at least in the mind of one New York Times scribe, who has envisioned a Trumpless future in his latest column.

wsws.org (2018-07-30). Australian by-elections underscore deepening alienation from political establishment. wsws.org Despite large swings against the government, the opposition Labor Party's vote barely rose from its historic lows.

wsws.org (2018-07-30). US midterm election campaign enters final 100 days. wsws.org Both parties are so out of touch with the realities of life for most Americans as to give their campaigns a delusional character.

RT (2018-07-30). 'Bigfoot erotica devotee': Virginia Democrat's incredible claim against rival Riggleman (PHOTO). rt.com US Congress Republican candidate Denver Riggleman has been accused by a political rival of being a "devotee of Bigfoot erotica" — yes that's right, the mythical monster that legend states stalks the wilderness of North America.

Aída Chávez (2018-07-29). "Did You Hear Me Beat Up on Republicans Today?" — A Progressive Democrat Running for Arizona Governor Promises to Revolutionize Education. theintercept.com Education policy expert David Garcia is building on the demands made by striking Arizona teachers this year to take down Republican Gov. Doug Ducey.

RT (2018-07-29). Trump threatens to 'shut down' government if Dems don't support border measures. rt.com Irritated at the stalling of his border wall plans, US President Donald Trump has threatened to "shut down" the government in his latest tweet taking aim at Democrats over immigration reform.

Norman Stockwell (2018-07-28). Five Questions For: Author Thomas Frank. progressive.org On his new book, a winning strategy for Democrats, and a possible Trump reelection.

RT (2018-07-28). 'Deep State social media meddles in US elections' — Kim Dotcom slams 'Zuckerspy & Jack the Ripper'. rt.com Kim Dotcom has slammed 'deep state' Facebook and Twitter for meddling in US elections, warning they do '100 times' more damage to democracy than all foreign meddlers combined.

wsws.org (2018-07-28). Ocasio-Cortez, DSA seek to give "left" cover to right-wing Democratic Party. wsws.org Supporters of Niles Niemuth, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for the US Congress from Michigan's 12th District, are distributing this statement at appearances by DSA member and Democratic candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

wsws.org (2018-07-28). House Democrats vote for record US military spending. wsws.org The Trump White House hailed House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, which provides the resources for US military aggression around the world.

Human Rights Watch (2018-07-28). Controversial Election in Pakistan. hrw.org Pins with images of Imran Khan are pictured after the general election in Islamabad, Pakistan, July 26, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Pakistanis voted this week to elect a new government, with…

Democracy Now! (2018-07-27). Noam Chomsky on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's "Spectacular" Victory & Growing Split in Democratic Party. democracynow.org The 2018 midterm election season has been roiled by the internal divisions between the Democratic Party's growing progressive base and the more conservative party establishment. In New York City, this division came to a head with the most shocking upset of the election season so far, when 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez handily defeated 10-term incumbent Representative Joe Crowley, the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House. Ocasio-Cortez ran a progressive grassroots campaign as a Democratic Socialist advocating for "Medicare for All" and the abolition of ICE. For more on her victory and what it means for the…

Gunar Olsen (2018-07-27). Shock and Awe Celebrates Reporters Who Got It Right. fair.org It's now conventional for corporate media pundits and centrist politicians to acknowledge that their support for the US invasion of Iraq was misguided. Most excuse their pro-war record on the grounds that there was no available alternate narrative to the Bush administration's claim that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. How could they have known any better? | But as FAIR has long noted (Extra!, 3—4/03), this "we were all wrong" narrative doesn't hold up. There were, in fact, a few corporate journalists who got it right when everyone else was getting it wrong. | Shock and Awe, a new film directed by Rob Reiner—of This Is Spinal Tap (1984) and A Few Good Men (1992) fame—tells the story of two of these journalists. At the center of Reiner's proper noun—heavy docudrama are Jonathan Landay and Warren Strobel, two…

Alan MacLeod (2018-07-27). The Utility of the RussiaGate Conspiracy. fair.org The election of Donald Trump came as a shock to many (Independent, 11/5/16). | To the shock of many, Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential elections, becoming the 45th president of the United States. Not least shocked were corporate media, and the political establishment more generally; the Princeton Election Consortium confidently predicted an over 99 percent chance of a Clinton victory, while MSNBC's Rachel Maddow ( 10/17/16) said it could be a "Goldwater-style landslide." | Indeed, Hillary Clinton and her team actively attempted to secure a Trump primary victory, assured that he would be the easiest candidate to beat. The Podesta emails show that her team considered even before the primaries that associating Trump with Vladimir Putin and Russia would be a winning strategy and employed the tactic throughout 2016 and beyond. | With Clinton claiming, "Putin…

Sean McElwee (2018-07-27). Americans Are Pro-Choice, and Democrats Should Act Like It. thenation.com Americans Are Pro-Choice, and Democrats Should Act Like It appeared first on The Nation.

Paul Street (2018-07-27). Sorry, Bernie, We Need Radical Change. counterpunch.org One of the more darkly amusing narratives in current establishment Democratic Party positioning for the 2018 mid-term elections and the 2020 presidential contest is the claim that the Bernie Sanders tendency represents a radical "socialist" threat that will tip the races to the Republicans and Trump. Never mind that the progressive and mildly social-democratic policies More

John Nichols (2018-07-27). Republicans for Impeaching the President. thenation.com Republicans for Impeaching the President appeared first on The Nation.

Kate Aronoff (2018-07-27). House Republicans Deeply Confused About Why Puerto Rico Might Benefit From Wind and Solar Power. theintercept.com Coal, oil, and gas simply must be a better solution for Puerto Rico, GOP representatives argued at a hearing this week. Anything else is just politics.

Democracy Now! (2018-07-27). Headlines for July 27, 2018. democracynow.org 700+ Migrant Families Still Separated as Reunification Deadline Passes, Protests Target President Trump's Family Separation Policy, House Votes 359-54 in Favor of Record Military Spending Bill, Michael Cohen Says Trump Knew in Advance About Meeting with Russians, House Republicans Set to Punish Rod Rosenstein over Mueller Probe, Pakistan: Imran Khan Claims Victory as Opponents Allege Vote Rigging, Gaza: Palestinians Call for Renewed Protests, Palestinian Teen Who Slapped Soldier to Be Released from Israeli Jail, Hundreds of African Refugees Scale Border Wall into Spanish Enclave, Laos: Aid Groups Say Death Toll f…

Democracy Now! (2018-07-27). "Brutal and Sadistic": Noam Chomsky on Family Separation & the U.S. Roots of Today's Refugee Crisis. democracynow.org Federal officials say 711 children remain separated from their parents despite Thursday's court-imposed deadline for the Trump administration to reunite all migrant children separated from their parents by immigration officials at the border. More than 400 parents have been deported back to their home countries while their children remain in U.S. custody in facilities scattered across the United States. For more on the Trump administration's family separation policy and the roots of today's refugee crisis, we speak with world-renowned political dissident, linguist, author and professor Noam Chomsky.

Democracy Now! (2018-07-27). Chomsky Criticizes "Autocratic" Nicaraguan Government, Urges Ortega to Call for New Elections. democracynow.org International human rights groups say that over 300 people have died in Nicaragua since the protests erupted in April and that the vast majority have been killed by pro-government forces. Earlier this week, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega rejected calls to step down from power, amid mounting protests and civil unrest. We speak to Noam Chomsky about the current crisis and the role of the U.S. in Nicaragua in the 1980s.

Democracy Now! (2018-07-27). Noam Chomsky on Mass Media Obsession with Russia & the Stories Not Being Covered in the Trump Era. democracynow.org The New York Times reports special counsel Robert Mueller is scrutinizing President Trump's tweets as part of Mueller's expanding probe into Trump's ties to Russia. This latest revelation in the Mueller investigation is part of a nearly 24-hour stream of headlines about Trump, Russia and the administration's various scandals. But is the mainstream media missing the real stories amid its obsession with "Russiagate"? For more, we speak with world-renowned political dissident, linguist, author and professor Noam Chomsky on media manipulation in the Trump era.

Andrew Levine (2018-07-27). Behold, Socialism! counterpunch.org The news is out: "millennials" hold socialism in high regard. The Sanders campaign seems to have brought the idea, or at least the word, back in from the margins and made it appealing. Two years on, with midterm elections looming, others have picked up the ball and are running with it. This is good news, More

George Ochenski (2018-07-27). The Extinction Enablers. counterpunch.org It came as no surprise late last week when the Republican-dominated Congress and the Trump administration announced their intention to gut the Endangered Species Act despite the fact that it enjoys a stunning 80 percent support among Americans. It is nothing short of embarrassing for Montanans that the administration's deregulatory efforts are being led by More

Robert L. Borosage (2018-07-26). Democrats Shouldn't Defend Bad Policies Just to Resist Trump. thenation.com Democrats Shouldn't Defend Bad Policies Just to Resist Trump appeared first on The Nation.

Consortiumnews.com (2018-07-26). GOP and Corporate Dems Gain When Democrats Run Against Putin. consortiumnews.com Hammering on Russia is a losing strategy for progressives as most Americans care about economic issues and it is the Republicans and corporate Democrats who stand to gain, argues Norman Solomon. By Norman Solomon Progressives should figure it out. Amplifying… Read more →

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2018-07-31: Social Media Postees

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After Trump's Tax Bill, CEOs Rake In Millions in 'Eye Popping' Stock Payouts, Politico Reports
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2018-07-31
CEO cash-outs are likely to become a talking point for Democrats in the midterm elections. | The post After Trump's Tax Bill, CEOs Rake In Millions in 'Eye Popping' Stock Payouts, Politico Reports appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/after-trumps-tax-b…

Pakistan's Elections Bring Hope and Uncertainty
Zubeida Mustafa | truthdig.com | 2018-07-31
Cricket-star-turned-politician Imran Khan, the next prime minister, is talking a good if vague game, but will he follow through on his reform promises? | The post Pakistan's Elections Bring Hope and Uncertainty appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/pakistans-election…

Defeat of Religious Parties in Electoral Politics in South Asia
Nyla Ali Khan | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-31
The recent elections in Pakistan in which the Jamaat-i-Islami had a poor showing have made as clear as day that the homogeneous culture advocated by this politico-religious organization and vigilante groups affiliated with it lacks mass appeal in South Asia. Although the Jamaat hasn't enjoyed electoral success in either India, or Pakistan, or Bangladesh, the…
counterpunch.org/2018/07/31/defeat-of-re…

Politics in bad faith: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaigns in Michigan
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-31
Ocasio-Cortez's campaign is a cynical effort to put a "left-wing," "progressive," youth-oriented, and multicultural gloss on the right-wing, pro-war Democratic Party.
wsws.org/en/articles/2018/07/31/cort-j31…

Immigrant, labor, and abortion rights at stake in Oregon elections
Bob Rossi | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-30
All of these Democrats have paid extraordinary attention to the details of policies and programs while their Republican opponents appeal to voter's emotions and sentimentality. | Governor Kate Brown, a liberal Democrat, has long opposed the anti-immigrant rights movement and also opposes Ballot Measure 105. She is an increasingly tight race against a Republican who is moving further to the right at the behest of anti-immigrant and anti-choice organizations. But Brown is not building the kind of grassroots campaigns that Crier, Ellison, Patterson, Jaffer and some other Democrats are. She is most vulnerable in rural Oregon, where a new farm crisis enabled by the Trump administration's tariffs and agribusiness seems to be developing, and a portion of her base may be conflicted about immigrant rights. The liberal base in Oregon notoriously voted against granting drivers cards to undocumented immigrants while voting overwhelming…
peoplesworld.org/article/immigrant-labor…

Here Are 3 Things the Government Does More Efficiently Than the Private Sector
Alex Henderson, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-30
Government isn't the consistent failure that Republicans and Libertarians paint it as being. | As the November midterms draw closer, many Republican candidates will be touting their alleged disdain for "big government" as one of the reasons to vote for them. Republicans, of course, aren't so fond of "small government" when they attack reproductive rights, advance a theocratic agenda or promote the War on Drugs and the Prison/Industrial Comp. . .
alternet.org/news-amp-politics/here-are-…

'Abolish ICE' drive hits Congress
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-30
WASHINGTON–The "Abolish ICE" campaign, a theme in demonstrations ever since the GOP Trump government started using the agency's officers to separate parents from kids and to round up workers — documented or not — inside the U.S., hit Capitol Hill. And the ruling Republicans there rejec…
peoplesworld.org/article/abolish-ice-dri…

Escaping Trump's News Trap
David Altheide | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-30
American democracy is under fire partly because news organizations are being coopted by President Trump and his handlers. I have studied the nature and impact of news for 45 years. Anyone who has followed the news recently is aware that President Trump's numerous tweets dominate the news cycle and change the focus from day-to-day, especially…
counterpunch.org/2018/07/30/escaping-tru…

Reich: Here Are 6 Reasons for Hope in the Trump Era
Robert Reich, RobertReich.org | alternet.org | 2018-07-30
The fate of this nation depends on every one of us becoming an activist. | In these darkest of days, here's what gives me hope: First, Donald Trump has been a giant wake-up call that we can't take democracy for granted. The young people of America get this. I've been teaching for 40 years and I don't recall a generation as committed to social justice, reforming this country, and making it work for all and not just a few. Look at those kids. . .
alternet.org/news-amp-politics/reich-her…

CNN's Wolf Blitzer Shocked When Democratic Lawmaker Claims Mueller Will Indict Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner
Chris Sosa, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-30
The lawmaker was unwavering in his assessment. | Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) surprised CNN host Wolf Blitzer after making an on-air prediction that Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner will be indicted in special prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. "I think they're getting closer to knowing that the truth is going to come out that there was activities with the Trump campaign and Russia in relea. . .
alternet.org/news-amp-politics/cnns-wolf…

Janus ruling consistent with Trump efforts to re-define equality as inequality
Tim Libretti | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-30
This is the fourth and last of a series. In this series thus far on the Supreme Court's ruling in the Janus case, I have analyzed the ways Justice Samuel Alito's arguments have re-framed, in ways that distort and actually undermine, America's supposedly sacred principles of free speech and democracy. Wh…
peoplesworld.org/article/janus-ruling-co…

Trump Is in Major Legal and Political Trouble — His Desperate Attempts to Escape Could Lead America to Catastrophe
Thom Hartmann, Independent Media Institute | alternet.org | 2018-07-30
We should prepare for any drastic measures from war to martial law that Trump may undertake to escape his crises. | Is it now time to imagine how far Trump and his Republican cronies in Congress might be able to push things? And how we, as Americans, might respond? This isn't the first time such a question has been raised. A bit more than a week before the election of 2016–a week before Trump won the election–one of the few people on earth wh. . .
alternet.org/news-amp-politics/trump-maj…

Mexico: Violence, Corruption and Inequality – AMLO to the Rescue?
Michael Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-30
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | The victory in Mexico's presidential election of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), under the rubric of his relatively new 'progressive' Morena party, is both unsurprising and surprising. It's unsurprising because AMLO …
globalresearch.ca/mexico-violence-corrup…

It's possible to be both anti-Trump and anti-NATO
Conn Hallinan | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-30
The outcome of the July11-12 NATO meeting in Brussels got lost amid the media's obsession with President Donald Trump's bombast, but the " Summit Declaration" makes for sober reading. The media reported that the 28-page document "upgraded military readiness," and was "harshly critical of Russia," but there was not much detail beyond that. | But details matter, because that is where the Devil hides. | One such detail is NATO's "Readiness Initiative" that will beef up naval, air, and ground forces in "the eastern portion of the alliance." NATO is moving to base troops in Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, and Poland. Since Georgia and Ukraine have been invited to join the alliance, some of those forces could end up deployed on Moscow's western and southern borders. | And that should give us pause. | A recent European Leadership's Network's…
peoplesworld.org/article/its-possible-to…

US midterm election campaign enters final 100 days
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-30
Both parties are so out of touch with the realities of life for most Americans as to give their campaigns a delusional character.
wsws.org/en/articles/2018/07/30/elec-j30…

'Every necessary precaution': Fear of Ebola spreading places Denver hospital on lockdown
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-30
A possible Ebola infection has prompted Denver Health Medical Center to go into temporary lockdown, as medical staff in hazmat suits handled a patient who recently returned from a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
rt.com/usa/434601-denver-ebola-possible-…

Australian by-elections underscore deepening alienation from political establishment
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-30
Despite large swings against the government, the opposition Labor Party's vote barely rose from its historic lows.
wsws.org/en/articles/2018/07/30/aust-j30…

'Bigfoot erotica devotee': Virginia Democrat's incredible claim against rival Riggleman (PHOTO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-30
US Congress Republican candidate Denver Riggleman has been accused by a political rival of being a "devotee of Bigfoot erotica" — yes that's right, the mythical monster that legend states stalks the wilderness of North America.
rt.com/usa/434630-bigfoot-erotica-denver…

US promotes Taiwanese submarine program, stoking further tensions with China
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-30
The Trump administration, backed by the Democrats and Republicans, is ramping up pressure on China through closer US involvement with Taiwan's military.
wsws.org/en/articles/2018/07/30/taiw-j30…

This week in history: July 30-August 5
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-30
25 years ago: Clinton declares war on social spending programsAugust 3, 1993: In a nationally televised speech, US President Bill Clinton declared war on what he called the "politics of entitlement," defending an austerity budget and reaffirming his pledges during the 1992 election campaign to "end welfare as we know it."
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NYT columnist fantasizes in article from a future in which Trump loses 2020 election to rival Warren
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-30
It is the year 2020 and Donald Trump has just lost his bid for reelection for president of the United States — at least in the mind of one New York Times scribe, who has envisioned a Trumpless future in his latest column.
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"Did You Hear Me Beat Up on Republicans Today?" — A Progressive Democrat Running for Arizona Governor Promises to Revolutionize Education
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2018-07-29
Education policy expert David Garcia is building on the demands made by striking Arizona teachers this year to take down Republican Gov. Doug Ducey. | The post "Did You Hear Me Beat Up on Republicans Today?" — A Progressive Democrat Running for Arizona Governor Promises to Revolutionize Education appeared first on The Intercept.
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Trump threatens to 'shut down' government if Dems don't support border measures
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-29
Irritated at the stalling of his border wall plans, US President Donald Trump has threatened to "shut down" the government in his latest tweet taking aim at Democrats over immigration reform.
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Five Questions For: Author Thomas Frank
Norman Stockwell | progressive.org | 2018-07-28
On his new book, a winning strategy for Democrats, and a possible Trump reelection.
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'Deep State social media meddles in US elections' — Kim Dotcom slams 'Zuckerspy & Jack the Ripper'
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-28
Kim Dotcom has slammed 'deep state' Facebook and Twitter for meddling in US elections, warning they do '100 times' more damage to democracy than all foreign meddlers combined.
rt.com/usa/434532-deep-state-sm-meddling…

Ocasio-Cortez, DSA seek to give "left" cover to right-wing Democratic Party
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-28
Supporters of Niles Niemuth, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for the US Congress from Michigan's 12th District, are distributing this statement at appearances by DSA member and Democratic candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
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House Democrats vote for record US military spending
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-28
The Trump White House hailed House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, which provides the resources for US military aggression around the world.
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Controversial Election in Pakistan
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-07-28
Pins with images of Imran Khan are pictured after the general election in Islamabad, Pakistan, July 26, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Pakistanis voted this week to elect a new government, with…
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Noam Chomsky on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's "Spectacular" Victory & Growing Split in Democratic Party
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-27
The 2018 midterm election season has been roiled by the internal divisions between the Democratic Party's growing progressive base and the more conservative party establishment. In New York City, this division came to a head with the most shocking upset of the election season so far, when 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez handily defeated 10-term incumbent Representative Joe Crowley, the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House. Ocasio-Cortez ran a progressive grassroots campaign as a Democratic Socialist advocating for "Medicare for All" and the abolition of ICE. For more on her victory and what it means for the…
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The Utility of the RussiaGate Conspiracy
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2018-07-27
The election of Donald Trump came as a shock to many (Independent, 11/5/16). | To the shock of many, Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential elections, becoming the 45th president of the United States. Not least shocked were corporate media, and the political establishment more generally; the Princeton Election Consortium confidently predicted an over 99 percent chance of a Clinton victory, while MSNBC's Rachel Maddow ( 10/17/16) said it could be a "Goldwater-style landslide." | Indeed, Hillary Clinton and her team actively attempted to secure a Trump primary victory, assured that he would be the easiest candidate to beat. The Podesta emails show that her team considered even before the primaries that associating Trump with Vladimir Putin and Russia would be a winning strategy and employed the tactic throughout 2016 and beyond. | With Clinton claiming, "Putin…
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Americans Are Pro-Choice, and Democrats Should Act Like It
Sean McElwee | thenation.com | 2018-07-27
Americans Are Pro-Choice, and Democrats Should Act Like It appeared first on The Nation.
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House Republicans Deeply Confused About Why Puerto Rico Might Benefit From Wind and Solar Power
Kate Aronoff | theintercept.com | 2018-07-27
Coal, oil, and gas simply must be a better solution for Puerto Rico, GOP representatives argued at a hearing this week. Anything else is just politics. | The post House Republicans Deeply Confused About Why Puerto Rico Might Benefit From Wind and Solar Power appeared first on The Intercept.
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Sorry, Bernie, We Need Radical Change
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-27
One of the more darkly amusing narratives in current establishment Democratic Party positioning for the 2018 mid-term elections and the 2020 presidential contest is the claim that the Bernie Sanders tendency represents a radical "socialist" threat that will tip the races to the Republicans and Trump. Never mind that the progressive and mildly social-democratic policies…
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Republicans for Impeaching the President
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2018-07-27
Republicans for Impeaching the President appeared first on The Nation.
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Behold, Socialism!
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-27
The news is out: "millennials" hold socialism in high regard. The Sanders campaign seems to have brought the idea, or at least the word, back in from the margins and made it appealing. Two years on, with midterm elections looming, others have picked up the ball and are running with it. This is good news,…
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The Extinction Enablers
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-27
It came as no surprise late last week when the Republican-dominated Congress and the Trump administration announced their intention to gut the Endangered Species Act despite the fact that it enjoys a stunning 80 percent support among Americans. It is nothing short of embarrassing for Montanans that the administration's deregulatory efforts are being led by…
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Democrats Shouldn't Defend Bad Policies Just to Resist Trump
Robert L. Borosage | thenation.com | 2018-07-26
Democrats Shouldn't Defend Bad Policies Just to Resist Trump appeared first on The Nation.
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GOP and Corporate Dems Gain When Democrats Run Against Putin
Consortiumnews.com | consortiumnews.com | 2018-07-26
Hammering on Russia is a losing strategy for progressives as most Americans care about economic issues and it is the Republicans and corporate Democrats who stand to gain, argues Norman Solomon. By Norman Solomon Progressives should figure it out. Amplifying… Read more ?…
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The Endangered Species Academy
Mark Fiore | progressive.org | 2018-07-26
Trump and Congressional Republicans want to make it easier to do business and make money–who cares about extinction?
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The Sanctification of NATO
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2018-07-26
To the Guardian ( 7/10/18), NATO "ushered in a democratic, liberal world order." | Claims that US President Donald Trump is undermining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) by criticizing some of its members and having a cordial meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin have sent establishment media into a frenzy to sanctify NATO as a force for peace and democracy. | A Guardian editorial ( 7/10/18) asserted: The NATO alliance has helped mold the modern world and ushered in a democratic, liberal world order characterized by open trade and open societies, which after the collapse of the Soviet Union needed only to be lightly defended. This in turn contributed greatly to American peace and prosperity. | Note that "American peace" is a phrase used to describe a state that is currently bombing one country or another every 12 minutes,…
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Heroes of Their Own Story: Notes on the Mexican Election
Margaret Cerullo, JoAnn Wypijewski | thenation.com | 2018-07-26
Heroes of Their Own Story: Notes on the Mexican Election appeared first on The Nation.
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'The Election Is a Sham': A Q&A With Cambodian Opposition Leader Kem Monovithya
Safiya Charles | thenation.com | 2018-07-26
'The Election Is a Sham': A Q&A With Cambodian Opposition Leader Kem Monovithya appeared first on The Nation.
thenation.com/article/election-sham-qa-c…

Republicans move to impeach Deputy AG Rosenstein over Russiagate docs
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-26
A group of Republican congressmen have introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is responsible for overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing 'Russiagate' investigation.
rt.com/usa/434353-republicans-impeach-ro…

US midterm elections: Whether Democrat or Republican lose… just blame it on Russia
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-26
Midterm elections are more than three months away, and yet Republican and Democrat congressmen have seemingly already decided that no matter what, Russia may have a hand in them.
rt.com/usa/434332-us-elections-russia-me…

Andrew Cuomo Outright Lied to LGBTQ Democratic Caucus — but Got Its Endorsement Anyway
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2018-07-25
Cuomo falsely claimed that he has never endorsed members of the Republican-aligned Independent Democratic Conference or an anti-LGBTQ candidate. | The post Andrew Cuomo Outright Lied to LGBTQ Democratic Caucus — but Got Its Endorsement Anyway appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/07/25/andrew-cuomo…

2020 Democrats Band Together to Call for Puerto Rico Debt Cancellation
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2018-07-25
"Our bill will give territories that have suffered an extraordinary crisis a route to comprehensive debt relief," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren. | The post 2020 Democrats Band Together to Call for Puerto Rico Debt Cancellation appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/07/25/puerto-rico-…

Shadowbanned: Prominent Republicans missing from Twitter search
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-25
Searching Twitter for the accounts of several prominent Republican lawmakers, and even the chairwoman of the Republican Party, produces, it seems, no results in the drop-down menu, prompting complaints of a "shadowban."
rt.com/usa/434268-republicans-shadowban-…

'Sent by God': Maxine Waters fires up church with anti-Trump rhetoric
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-25
California Democrat Maxine Waters claims she's on a mission from God against President Donald Trump, telling congregants at a Los Angeles megachurch: "When God sends you to do something, you just do it!"
rt.com/usa/434248-maxine-waters-sent-by-…

Trump favorite Brian Kemp wins Georgia's GOP primary
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-25
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has won the Republican Party nomination for the state's gubernatorial race. He will stand against Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams in a general election in the fall.
rt.com/usa/434180-brian-kemp-wins-georgi…

'Disability Issues Tend to Be Put on a Back Burner'
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2018-07-24
Janine Jackson interviewed Andrew Pulrang about disability and the election for the July 20, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | MP3 Link President George Bush Sr. signs the Americans With Disabilities Act, July 26, 1990. (photo: White House) | Janine Jackson: July 26 will be the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Disability activist and writer Mary Johnson wrote for FAIR about the historic 1990 signing on the White House Lawn–at that point, and maybe still, the largest gathering ever of journalists for a "disability story." And while celebration was in order, it was hard not to notice the shallowness of some press coverage. One story noted an empty wheelchair and suggested that "the occupant might have gotten up and walked on the waves of emotion."
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