Daily Archives: 2018-09-06

2018-09-06: News Headlines

Jon Queally (2018-09-06). "Covert Coup" Revealed in Anonymous NYT Op-Ed Is a Threat, Much Like Trump. mintpressnews.com "Trump may be a threat," notes journalist Glenn Greenwald, "but so is this covert coup" that seeks to impose its "own ideology with zero democratic accountability, mandate or transparency."

teleSUR (2018-09-06). UN: Honduran Gov't, Opposition Showing Maturity in Crisis. telesurtv.net This was a result of the endeavor of government and opposition to seek solutions to help overcome the crisis post the 2017 elections.

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2018-09-06). India, Russia And The Post-American Century. iranian.com India's impending purchase of the Russian S-400 missile system has come to be the leitmotif of the "2+2" dialogue of the foreign and defence ministers of India and the United States due to take place in New Delhi on September 6. However, the issue here is not about a single defence transaction, either. There are […]

teleSUR (2018-09-06). US Forces Anti-Nicaragua Agenda On UN Security Council. mintpressnews.com The U.N. Security Council meeting will move forward with a controversial decision to discuss Nicaragua and Venezuela, even without the consensus of all 15 members. | On Tuesday, China, Russia, Bolivia and Ethiopia rejected the U.S. proposal to include Nicaragua and Venezuela on the council agenda, saying the two Latin American countries pose no international security threat and that doing so could jeopardize peace efforts. | Equatorial Guinea and Kuwait were also hesitant to convene the conversation. | Despite the opposition, the United States proceeded to include Nicaragua and Venezuela on the agenda for the Security Council meeting, being presided over by the United States. | Last week, President Daniel Ortega dismissed a lengthy U.N. High Commission for Human Rights report regarding protests that took place between April 18 and August 18, calling its conclusions biased. | According to the Ortega…

wsws (2018-09-06). Ayanna Pressley upsets 10-term Massachusetts congressman in Democratic primary. wsws.org Sending the African-American councilwoman to Washington will result in no meaningful shift in the pro-business policies of the Democratic Party or improvement in the conditions of workers in her constituency.

wsws (2018-09-06). Australian unions exploit childcare strike to promote Labor. wsws.org The Sydney protest was effectively an election rally for the Labor Party, which has spearheaded the privatisation of childcare.

Human Rights Watch (2018-09-06). British Conservatives Should Stand Up for Democracy in Europe. hrw.org Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban looks up during a plenary session at the European Parliament (EP) in Brussels, Belgium April 26, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | It can't be easy being a British Conservative member of the European…

wsws (2018-09-06). 090 Rahm Emanuel not seeking reelection/police killing trial. wsws.org

David Dayen (2018-09-05). Nancy Pelosi Promises That Democrats Will Handcuff the Democratic Agenda If They Retake the House. theintercept.com In the first outline of the legislative agenda House Democrats would pursue if they take the majority in November, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has made the public a big promise, vowing to handcuff her party's progressive ambitions, including in the event that a Democratic president succeeds Donald Trump, by resurrecting the "pay-go" rule that mandates all new spending is offset with budget cuts or tax increases. | Along the way, she is playing into the hands of Republican strategists eager to warn voters that Democrats' top priority is raising taxes. | Forcing budget offsets for every piece of legislation would make it more difficult for Democrats to pass a host of liberal agenda items, from "Medicare for All" to tuition-free public college. It continues a trend of Democrats caring far more about deficits than Republicans, constraining the activist impulses of liberal policymakers while…

Joan Walsh (2018-09-05). Democrats Find Their Spine at the Kavanaugh Hearings—but Will It Last? thenation.com Democrats Find Their Spine at the Kavanaugh Hearings—but Will It Last? appeared first on The Nation.

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-09-05). Here Are 5 Things Democrats Must Consider About Impeaching President Trump. alternet.org Impeachment, as Watergate-era veterans remember all too well, is not an easy matter. | In Judge Amy Berman Jackson's federal courtroom in Washington, DC, jury selection is now underway in the second trial of President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort—who, on August 21, was convicted of eight criminal charges (including. . .

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-09-05). Do Some Americans Actually Prefer Gridlock When It Comes to Federal Governance? alternet.org Not all Americans believe gridlock is a bad thing. | There was a time in U. S. history when Democrats and Republicans were capable of accomplishing things among bipartisan lines. President Richard Nixon and Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy both favored universal health care in the 1970s, but they had different ideas on ways to achieve it—and the Jon Wiener (2018-09-05). Brett Kavanaugh Must Answer These Questions. thenation.com Brett Kavanaugh Must Answer These Questions appeared first on The Nation.

Shared by Cherise (2018-09-05). Texas Lawsuit Could Mean Life or Death for the Affordable Care Act. truthout.org Wednesday is looking like yet another pivotal day in the life-or-death saga that has marked the history of the Affordable Care Act. | In a Texas courtroom, a group of Republican attorneys general, led by Texas' Ken Paxton, are set to face off against a group of Democratic attorneys general, led by California's Xavier Becerra, in a lawsuit aimed at striking down the federal health law. The Republicans say that when Congress eliminated the penalty for not having health insurance as part of last year's tax bill, lawmakers rendered the entire health law unconstitutional. The Democrats argue that's not the case. | But first, the sides will argue before U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth, Texas, whether the health law should be put on hold while the case is litigated. The GOP plaintiffs are seeking a "preliminary injunction" on the law.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-05). Does Hogan's Schools Rhetoric Match his Track Record? therealnews.com Some Democrats say Larry Hogan is taking credit for their educational accomplishments, but will either candidate's policy be transformational for public schools?

Shared by Cherise (2018-09-05). New Midterm Election Polls Have Bad News for Trump and the GOP. truthout.org A pair of recent polls reveal that President Donald Trump's approval ratings are dangerously low for the Republican Party… and that this is having a measurable impact on their prospects in the upcoming midterm elections. | Democrats are currently ahead of Republicans by an average of six points in major congressional districts that are considered to be toss ups, according to a recent poll by Morning Consult. While Republicans have an edge over Democrats in districts that lean Republican, this amounts to a mere two point advantage. | Perhaps more ominously, Trump's approval rating is underwater in a number of states where Republicans need to perform well in November, including North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Ohio and Wisconsin. He is also on average underwater in districts that are regarded as toss-ups (42 percent approve of him in those districts, compared to 55 percent…

Paul Street (2018-09-05). Creeping Fascism No Problem for Trump's Durable Base. truthdig.com How, liberals and progressives ask with shocked amazement, can President Trump's supporters continue to back him? They persist even as one piece of evidence after another emerges of his epic and pathological gaslighting, his shameless immorality, his abject criminality, his wild stupidity and his corruption. Then there's his chilling authoritarianism, his tendency toward fascism, his ugly sexism, his textbook malignant narcissism and his nasty racism. | These flummoxed observers aren't wrong about Donald "Don't Believe What You See and Hear" Trump's terrible, duplicitous and unabashedly Orwellian nature, but their incredulity is naive. | Yes, the evidence is clear as day—to people who pay serious attention to evidence. Nine of every 10 Americans—and certainly a larger share of Republicans and Trump backers—believe in the existence of God. Ask most Americans…

Zaid Jilani (2018-09-05). More Than $300,000 Has Been Pledged Against Susan Collins If She Votes for Brett Kavanaugh. theintercept.com As hearings on Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh are underway, activists have raised $330,000 and counting of pledged money for a future challenger to Republican Sen. Susan Collins, a critical swing vote. | Progressive activist Ady Barkan, who has the impairing condition of Lou Gehrig's disease, spent the last five months crisscrossing the United States to campaign against Republicans who supported Donald Trump's tax law. | In mid-August, he announced an innovative tactic for pressuring Maine's Collins to vote "no" on Kavanaugh's confirmation. Using the website CrowdPac — which allows users to pledge a certain amount of campaign funding should certain conditions be met — the campaign announced that it would be collecting pledges for a future Democratic challenger to Collins. | The pledges only activate (and then users are charged) if Collins votes in favor of…

John Nichols (2018-09-05). Ayanna Pressley Wins a Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party. thenation.com Ayanna Pressley Wins a Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party appeared first on The Nation.

Shared by Cherise (2018-09-05). Chaos Greets the First Day of the Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing. truthout.org Protests, arrests and repeated calls from Democratic senators to adjourn the proceedings. That's how confirmation hearings began Tuesday for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's pick to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court. We begin our look at the hearings with Heidi Sieck, co-founder of the national organization VoteProChoice, who was the first member of the public to enter the Kavanaugh hearings on Tuesday and was removed after she protested, along with dozens of others who interrupted the proceedings. | Transcript: | JUAN GONZàÅLEZ: Protests, arrests and repeated calls from Democratic senators to adjourn the proceedings. That's how confirmation hearings began Tuesday for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's pick to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court. As the meeting got underway, demonstrators immediately stood up and interrupted Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Grassley. | LINDA SARSOUR: This…

Democracy Now! (2018-09-05). Meet Fred Guttenberg, the Grieving Parkland Father Who Says Kavanaugh Rebuffed Him at Senate Hearing. democracynow.org When Fred Guttenberg approached Judge Brett Kavanaugh during Tuesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings to talk about his daughter Jaime, who was shot and killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre on Valentine's Day, he hoped to shake the nominee's hand and start a conversation. Instead, Kavanaugh turned his back and walked away. We speak with Fred Guttenberg about Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing and his record on the Second Amendment.

Democracy Now! (2018-09-05). Headlines for September 5, 2018. democracynow.org Dozens Arrested Disrupting First Day of Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings, U.S. to End All Funding for U.N. Agency Providing Humanitarian Aid to Palestinians, Nearly 500 Migrant Children Remain Separated from Their Parents, "Fear": Bob Woodward's New Book Depicts Trump White House as "Crazytown", Amazon Becomes Second-Ever U.S. Company to Reach $1 Trillion in Market Value, California Lawmakers Pass Net Neutrality Bill, in Rebuke to Trump's FCC, Mexican Television Reporter Javier Enrique Rodríguez Valladares Killed in Cancún, Worst Typhoon to Hit Japan in 25 Years Kills at Least 10, Iraq: At Least 5 Killed by Securi…

Democracy Now! (2018-09-05). Chaos Greets Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing as Protesters & Dems Demand Postponement. democracynow.org Protests, arrests and repeated calls from Democratic senators to adjourn the proceedings. That's how confirmation hearings began Tuesday for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's pick to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court. We begin our look at the hearings with Heidi Sieck, co-founder of the national organization VoteProChoice, who was the first member of the public to enter the Kavanaugh hearings on Tuesday and was removed after she protested, along with dozens of others who interrupted the proceedings.

Sam Biddle (2018-09-05). Sheryl Sandberg Misled Congress About Facebook's Conscience. theintercept.com Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg draped herself in the star-spangled banner of American principles before today's Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing on social media. Sandberg proclaimed that democratic values of free expression were integral to the company's conscience. "We would only operate in a country where we could do so in keeping with our values," she went on. Either this was a lie told under oath, or Facebook has some pretty lousy values."We would only operate in a country where we could do so in keeping with our values." | Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., questioned Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey about the fact that they are both ostensibly American companies, but also firms with users around the world — including in countries with legal systems and values that differ drastically from the United States. Rubio cited various governments that crack down…

Joan McCarter, Daily Kos (2018-09-05). Democrat Leahy Just Hinted at a Smoking Gun to Kavanaugh Perjury Before the Senate in Hidden Documents. alternet.org "I'm concerned because there is evidence that Mr. Miranda provided you with materials that were stolen from me. " | Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) used those reams of hidden and confidential documents related to Supreme Court nominee's Brett Kavanaugh tenure with the George W. B. . .

Chauncey K. Robinson (2018-09-05). Change comes to Boston: Ayanna Pressley makes history. peoplesworld.org History continues to be made across the country as an unprecedented number of women of color, particularly Black women, are running for and winning public office. Ayanna Pressley has added her story to this game-changing moment in time, with her victory against House veteran Michael Capuano to secure the Democratic…

Democracy Now! (2018-09-05). Exposed: Undercover Reporter at Amazon Warehouse Found Abusive Conditions & No Bathroom Breaks. democracynow.org Independent Senator Bernie Sanders has targeted Amazon for its role in widening the wage gap in the United States, and this week he is expected to unveil legislation requiring large employers like Amazon to cover the cost of federal assistance received by their employees. We speak with journalist James Bloodworth, who spent a month working undercover as a "picker" in an Amazon order fulfillment center and found workers were urinating in bottles because they were discouraged from taking bathroom breaks. His new book is "Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain."

Democracy Now! (2018-09-05). Report Finds Judge Kavanaugh Ruled Against Public Interest in Almost All of His District Court Cases. democracynow.org Even as records about Judge Brett Kavanaugh's time in the White House remain concealed, much can be learned from his judicial record. We speak with Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, about their analysis of Judge Kavanaugh's opinions in split-decision cases, which found that during his 12 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Kavanaugh decided or wrote an opinion against the public interest 87 percent of the time in split-decision cases dealing with consumer, environmental and worker rights.

Democracy Now! (2018-09-05). As Amazon Hits $1 Trillion in Value, Its Warehouse Workers Denounce "Slavery" Conditions. democracynow.org Amazon made headlines Tuesday when it became the second American company, after Apple, to reach $1 trillion in value. Amazon's founder and chief executive, Jeff Bezos, is the richest man in the world, with a net worth of more than $167 billion. But what's behind that wealth? What about its workers? The working conditions in Amazon's warehouses have been the focus of protests, union drives and several investigations—including by student reporters. As students throughout the country head back to class, we feature an investigative report by students at the Rutgers University Department of Journalism and Media…

aclu (2018-09-05). Congress, Don't Throw More Money at Donald Trump's Weaponized Department of Homeland Security. aclu.org A bigger DHS budget would reward the White House's cruel immigration enforcement policies of detention and deportation. | As summer ends, the country's political eyes are focusing even more intently on midterm elections. Although a new Congress is not far away, there remain major budgetary issues to resolve. The most immediate deadline for people concerned about President Trump's immigration policies is September 30, when fiscal year 2018 ends. , , For the Department of Homeland Security, reports Thomas S. Harrington (2018-09-05). So Glad The Grown-Ups are Back in Charge in Argentina. counterpunch.org If you've followed Latin American politics at all in the mainstream press, I am sure you've heard and read about how the Kirchners (2003-2015) mismanaged the Argentine economy and how, with the election of Mauricio Macri, the adults were back in the room and the economy was on its way to a more healthy and More

John Wojcik (2018-09-05). Why Rahm Emanuel decided not to run for re-election. peoplesworld.org For some Chicago residents who take only past practice as their guide Rahm Emanuel's announcement this week that he will not seek re-election comes as a surprise. City residents are used to having seemingly eternal dynasties running the city. In the early 60's the radio waves here carried jingles about then already-lo…

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-09-05). Failed Senate Candidate Roy Moore Sues Sacha Baron Cohen For Waving Beeping 'Pedophile Detector' At Him. alternet.org Moore's campaign for Senate in last year's Alabama special election was derailed largely by accusations he molested teenage girls. | On Wednesday, former GOP Senate candidate and ex-Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore sued comedian Sacha Baron Cohen over a prank he pulled on his show, "Who Is America? " The suit, filed in the U. S. District C. . .

Staff (2018-09-05). Facebook, Twitter Vow to Combat Foreign Intrusion. truthdig.com Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter's Jack Dorsey tell a Senate panel that their platforms plan to use new technologies to combat abuses ahead of the November midterm elections.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-05). Extreme Heat Prompts 65 Baltimore School Closures, Student Protests. therealnews.com The closures sparked a debate between students and Republican Gov. Larry Hogan about who is to blame for the lack of air conditioning in city schools

Robert Mackey (2018-09-05). U.K. Charges Two Suspected Russian Intelligence Agents in Nerve Agent Attack. theintercept.com Two suspected Russian spies were charged on Wednesday with smuggling a Novichok nerve agent into Britain in March and using it to poison a former spy.

Adeyinka Makinde (2018-09-05). "Dear Vlad, Is It Something I Said?": The Fierce Rivalry Between John McCain and Vladimir Putin. globalresearch.ca The ferocious sense of enmity that existed between John McCain, the late US Senator, and Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, was quite palpable. While McCain was …

Stephen Lendman (2018-09-05). Turkish and US Regimes Allied Against Syria. globalresearch.ca Turkey's alliance of convenience with Russia and Iran on resolving conflict in Syria was always suspect. | Erdogan is a ruthless despot. Moscow and Tehran know the risks of dealing with a …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-09-05). Video: Who Was Behind Assassination of Donbass Leader. globalresearch.ca People in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk bid farewell to the pro-Russia forces' leader, who was killed in a bomb blast Friday. | Mourners gathered in the streets paying their respects by …

SouthFront (2018-09-05). Idlib Will Be Among Key Topics At Talks Between Russian, Turkish And Iranian Presidents In Tehran. iranian.com The situation in the Syrian province of Idlib will be among the key topics at talks between Iranian, Turkish and Russian presidents in Tehran later this week, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told media on September 4. "The situation in Idlib continues to be a subject of particular concern to Moscow, Damascus, Ankara, and Tehran. […]

RT (2018-09-05). Boston the latest upset as progressive wave sweeps Democratic party. rt.com Across the US, younger, ethnically diverse candidates, many of them with far-left platforms, are reshaping the Democratic Party. However, in liberal Boston, progressivism is nothing new. |

wsws (2018-09-05). "Five Eyes" summit in Australia ramps up internet censorship. wsws.org Ministers from the US-led global surveillance network revealed stepped-up measures against Chinese and Russian "foreign interference" and greater control over social media.

wsws (2018-09-05). Democrats posture over Trump Supreme Court nominee. wsws.org Tuesday's hearing is the beginning of an extended political farce, in which Democrats pretend to oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh while doing nothing to stop it.

wsws (2018-09-05). Washington escalates threats over Syria as Russia bombs Al Qaeda positions. wsws.org Claims of "humanitarian" concerns and warnings over the use of chemical weapons signal a growing threat of US intervention in defense of the "rebels."

Orson Aguilar (2018-09-04). Democrats Can't Run from Identity Politics. progressive.org Political pundits say progressives are alienating working class whites by talking too much about race. They're wrong.

Democracy Now! (2018-09-04). Indigenous Activists Win "David vs. Goliath" Victory as Court Rejects $4.5B Trans Mountain Pipeline. democracynow.org Canada's Federal Court of Appeals has rejected the government's approval to triple the capacity of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline in a major victory for indigenous groups and environmentalists. On Thursday, Justice Eleanor Dawson nullified licensing for the $7.4 billion project and brought construction to a halt until the National Energy Board and the federal government complete court-ordered fixes. Her ruling cited inadequate consultations with indigenous peoples affected by the project, and found the National Energy Board's assessment of the expansion was so flawed that the federal Cabinet should not…

Democracy Now! (2018-09-04). Headlines for September 4, 2018. democracynow.org Confirmation Hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh Begin Today, Trump Attacks Sessions for Filing Charges Against 2 Republican Congressmen, Father of Mollie Tibbetts: Don't Use Her Death to Promote Xenophobia and Racism, Trump Warns Syrian Government Not to Attack Idlib, Reuters Journalists Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison After Investigating Burmese Military Massacre, Saudi-Led Coalition Says Bombing of School Bus, Killing 40 Children, Was "Unjustified", Germany: 50,000 Attend Anti-Racism Concert in Chemnitz, Brazil: Fire at National Museum Destroys Millions of Pieces of Art and History, Canadian Court Rejects Effort…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-04). Misreporting the Climate. therealnews.com Adam Ramsay of Open Democracy explains the ways in which the Media spins the Climate Crisis

Democracy Now! (2018-09-04). "What Are They Hiding?": Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings Begin Despite Suppression of 100K Documents. democracynow.org Confirmation hearings begin for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court. If he is confirmed, it would likely make the court the most conservative since the 1930s. Kavanaugh is 53 years old and could serve on the Supreme Court for decades to come. Critics warn his confirmation could lead to major rollbacks of civil rights, environmental regulations, gun control measures, voting rights and reproductive rights, including possibly overturning Roe v. Wade. We speak with Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Last…

Sam Biddle (2018-09-04). Are We Making Elections Less Secure Just to Save Time? theintercept.com Something strange happens on election night. With polls closing, American supporters of both parties briefly, intensely align as one: We all want to know who's going to win, and we don't want to wait one more minute. The ravenous national appetite for an immediate victor, pumped up by frenzied cable news coverage and now Twitter, means delivering hyper-updated results and projections before any official tally is available. But the technologies that help ferry lightning-quick results out of polling places and onto CNN are also some of the riskiest, experts say. | It's been almost two years since Russian military hackers attempted to hijack computers used by both local election officials and VR Systems, an e-voting company that helps make Election Day possible in several key swing states. Since then, reports detailing the potent duo of inherent technical risk and abject negligence

2018-09-06: Social Media Postees

Please be social by posting these 'POSTEES' on social media!

"Covert Coup" Revealed in Anonymous NYT Op-Ed Is a Threat, Much Like Trump
Jon Queally | mintpressnews.com | 2018-09-06
"Trump may be a threat," notes journalist Glenn Greenwald, "but so is this covert coup" that seeks to impose its "own ideology with zero democratic accountability, mandate or transparency." | The post "Covert Coup" Revealed in Anonymous NYT Op-Ed Is a Threat, Much Like Trump appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/new-york-times-op-ed/2…

UN: Honduran Gov't, Opposition Showing Maturity in Crisis
teleSUR | telesurtv.net | 2018-09-06
This was a result of the endeavor of government and opposition to seek solutions to help overcome the crisis post the 2017 elections.
www.telesurtv.net/english/news/UN-Hondur…

US Forces Anti-Nicaragua Agenda On UN Security Council
teleSUR | mintpressnews.com | 2018-09-06
The U.N. Security Council meeting will move forward with a controversial decision to discuss Nicaragua and Venezuela, even without the consensus of all 15 members. | On Tuesday, China, Russia, Bolivia and Ethiopia rejected the U.S. proposal to include Nicaragua and Venezuela on the council agenda, saying the two Latin American countries pose no international security threat and that doing so could jeopardize peace efforts. | Equatorial Guinea and Kuwait were also hesitant to convene the conversation. | Despite the opposition, the United States proceeded to include Nicaragua and Venezuela on the agenda for the Security Council meeting, being presided over by the United States. | Last week, President Daniel Ortega dismissed a lengthy U.N. High Commission for Human Rights report regarding protests that took place between April 18 and August 18, calling its conclusions biased. | According to the Ortega…
mintpressnews.com/us-anti-nicaragua-agen…

India, Russia And The Post-American Century
M. K. Bhadrakumar | iranian.com | 2018-09-06
India's impending purchase of the Russian S-400 missile system has come to be the leitmotif of the "2+2" dialogue of the foreign and defence ministers of India and the United States due to take place in New Delhi on September 6. However, the issue here is not about a single defence transaction, either. There are […] | The post India, Russia And The Post-American Century appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/09/05/india-russia-and-…

090 Rahm Emanuel not seeking reelection/police killing trial
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-06
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09/06/rahm…

Australian unions exploit childcare strike to promote Labor
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-06
The Sydney protest was effectively an election rally for the Labor Party, which has spearheaded the privatisation of childcare.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09/06/care…

British Conservatives Should Stand Up for Democracy in Europe
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-09-06
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban looks up during a plenary session at the European Parliament (EP) in Brussels, Belgium April 26, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | It can't be easy being a British Conservative member of the European…
hrw.org/news/2018/09/06/british-conserva…

Ayanna Pressley upsets 10-term Massachusetts congressman in Democratic primary
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-06
Sending the African-American councilwoman to Washington will result in no meaningful shift in the pro-business policies of the Democratic Party or improvement in the conditions of workers in her constituency.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09/06/pres…

Democrats Find Their Spine at the Kavanaugh Hearings–but Will It Last?
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2018-09-05
Democrats Find Their Spine at the Kavanaugh Hearings–but Will It Last? appeared first on The Nation.
thenation.com/article/democrats-find-the…

Texas Lawsuit Could Mean Life or Death for the Affordable Care Act
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2018-09-05
Wednesday is looking like yet another pivotal day in the life-or-death saga that has marked the history of the Affordable Care Act. | In a Texas courtroom, a group of Republican attorneys general, led by Texas' Ken Paxton, are set to face off against a group of Democratic attorneys general, led by California's Xavier Becerra, in a lawsuit aimed at striking down the federal health law. The Republicans say that when Congress eliminated the penalty for not having health insurance as part of last year's tax bill, lawmakers rendered the entire health law unconstitutional. The Democrats argue that's not the case. | But first, the sides will argue before U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth, Texas, whether the health law should be put on hold while the case is litigated. The GOP plaintiffs are seeking a "preliminary injunction" on the law.
truthout.org/articles/a-texas-lawsuit-be…

Brett Kavanaugh Must Answer These Questions
Jon Wiener | thenation.com | 2018-09-05
Brett Kavanaugh Must Answer These Questions appeared first on The Nation.
thenation.com/article/democrats-brett-ka…

Nancy Pelosi Promises That Democrats Will Handcuff the Democratic Agenda If They Retake the House
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2018-09-05
In the first outline of the legislative agenda House Democrats would pursue if they take the majority in November, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has made the public a big promise, vowing to handcuff her party's progressive ambitions, including in the event that a Democratic president succeeds Donald Trump, by resurrecting the "pay-go" rule that mandates all new spending is offset with budget cuts or tax increases. | Along the way, she is playing into the hands of Republican strategists eager to warn voters that Democrats' top priority is raising taxes. | Forcing budget offsets for every piece of legislation would make it more difficult for Democrats to pass a host of liberal agenda items, from "Medicare for All" to tuition-free public college. It continues a trend of Democrats caring far more about deficits than Republicans, constraining the activist impulses of liberal policymakers while…
theintercept.com/2018/09/04/nancy-pelosi…

New Midterm Election Polls Have Bad News for Trump and the GOP
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2018-09-05
A pair of recent polls reveal that President Donald Trump's approval ratings are dangerously low for the Republican Party… and that this is having a measurable impact on their prospects in the upcoming midterm elections. | Democrats are currently ahead of Republicans by an average of six points in major congressional districts that are considered to be toss ups, according to a recent poll by Morning Consult. While Republicans have an edge over Democrats in districts that lean Republican, this amounts to a mere two point advantage. | Perhaps more ominously, Trump's approval rating is underwater in a number of states where Republicans need to perform well in November, including North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Ohio and Wisconsin. He is also on average underwater in districts that are regarded as toss-ups (42 percent approve of him in those districts, compared to 55 percent…
truthout.org/articles/new-midterm-electi…

Does Hogan's Schools Rhetoric Match his Track Record?
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-09-05
Some Democrats say Larry Hogan is taking credit for their educational accomplishments, but will either candidate's policy be transformational for public schools? | The post Does Hogan's Schools Rhetoric Match his Track Record? appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/does-hogans-scho…

Here Are 5 Things Democrats Must Consider About Impeaching President Trump
Alex Henderson, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-09-05
Impeachment, as Watergate-era veterans remember all too well, is not an easy matter. | In Judge Amy Berman Jackson's federal courtroom in Washington, DC, jury selection is now underway in the second trial of President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort–who, on August 21, was convicted of eight criminal charges (including. . .
alternet.org/news-amp-politics/here-are-…

Creeping Fascism No Problem for Trump's Durable Base
Paul Street | truthdig.com | 2018-09-05
How, liberals and progressives ask with shocked amazement, can President Trump's supporters continue to back him? They persist even as one piece of evidence after another emerges of his epic and pathological gaslighting, his shameless immorality, his abject criminality, his wild stupidity and his corruption. Then there's his chilling authoritarianism, his tendency toward fascism, his ugly sexism, his textbook malignant narcissism and his nasty racism. | These flummoxed observers aren't wrong about Donald "Don't Believe What You See and Hear" Trump's terrible, duplicitous and unabashedly Orwellian nature, but their incredulity is naive. | Yes, the evidence is clear as day–to people who pay serious attention to evidence. Nine of every 10 Americans–and certainly a larger share of Republicans and Trump backers–believe in the existence of God. Ask most Americans…
truthdig.com/articles/creeping-fascism-i…

More Than $300,000 Has Been Pledged Against Susan Collins If She Votes for Brett Kavanaugh
Zaid Jilani | theintercept.com | 2018-09-05
As hearings on Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh are underway, activists have raised $330,000 and counting of pledged money for a future challenger to Republican Sen. Susan Collins, a critical swing vote. | Progressive activist Ady Barkan, who has the impairing condition of Lou Gehrig's disease, spent the last five months crisscrossing the United States to campaign against Republicans who supported Donald Trump's tax law. | In mid-August, he announced an innovative tactic for pressuring Maine's Collins to vote "no" on Kavanaugh's confirmation. Using the website CrowdPac — which allows users to pledge a certain amount of campaign funding should certain conditions be met — the campaign announced that it would be collecting pledges for a future Democratic challenger to Collins. | The pledges only activate (and then users are charged) if Collins votes in favor of…
theintercept.com/2018/09/05/susan-collin…

As Amazon Hits $1 Trillion in Value, Its Warehouse Workers Denounce "Slavery" Conditions
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-05
Amazon made headlines Tuesday when it became the second American company, after Apple, to reach $1 trillion in value. Amazon's founder and chief executive, Jeff Bezos, is the richest man in the world, with a net worth of more than $167 billion. But what's behind that wealth? What about its workers? The working conditions in Amazon's warehouses have been the focus of protests, union drives and several investigations–including by student reporters. As students throughout the country head back to class, we feature an investigative report by students at the Rutgers University Department of Journalism and Media…
www.democracynow.org/2018/9/5/as_amazon_…

Chaos Greets the First Day of the Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2018-09-05
Protests, arrests and repeated calls from Democratic senators to adjourn the proceedings. That's how confirmation hearings began Tuesday for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's pick to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court. We begin our look at the hearings with Heidi Sieck, co-founder of the national organization VoteProChoice, who was the first member of the public to enter the Kavanaugh hearings on Tuesday and was removed after she protested, along with dozens of others who interrupted the proceedings. | Transcript: | JUAN GONZàÅLEZ: Protests, arrests and repeated calls from Democratic senators to adjourn the proceedings. That's how confirmation hearings began Tuesday for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's pick to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court. As the meeting got underway, demonstrators immediately stood up and interrupted Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Grassley. | LINDA SARSOUR: This…
truthout.org/video/chaos-greets-the-firs…

Exposed: Undercover Reporter at Amazon Warehouse Found Abusive Conditions & No Bathroom Breaks
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-05
Independent Senator Bernie Sanders has targeted Amazon for its role in widening the wage gap in the United States, and this week he is expected to unveil legislation requiring large employers like Amazon to cover the cost of federal assistance received by their employees. We speak with journalist James Bloodworth, who spent a month working undercover as a "picker" in an Amazon order fulfillment center and found workers were urinating in bottles because they were discouraged from taking bathroom breaks. His new book is "Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain."
www.democracynow.org/2018/9/5/exposed_un…

Meet Fred Guttenberg, the Grieving Parkland Father Who Says Kavanaugh Rebuffed Him at Senate Hearing
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-05
When Fred Guttenberg approached Judge Brett Kavanaugh during Tuesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings to talk about his daughter Jaime, who was shot and killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre on Valentine's Day, he hoped to shake the nominee's hand and start a conversation. Instead, Kavanaugh turned his back and walked away. We speak with Fred Guttenberg about Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing and his record on the Second Amendment.
www.democracynow.org/2018/9/5/meet_fred_…

Sheryl Sandberg Misled Congress About Facebook's Conscience
Sam Biddle | theintercept.com | 2018-09-05
Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg draped herself in the star-spangled banner of American principles before today's Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing on social media. Sandberg proclaimed that democratic values of free expression were integral to the company's conscience. "We would only operate in a country where we could do so in keeping with our values," she went on. Either this was a lie told under oath, or Facebook has some pretty lousy values."We would only operate in a country where we could do so in keeping with our values." | Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., questioned Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey about the fact that they are both ostensibly American companies, but also firms with users around the world — including in countries with legal systems and values that differ drastically from the United States. Rubio cited various governments that crack down…
theintercept.com/2018/09/05/facebook-sen…

Chaos Greets Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing as Protesters & Dems Demand Postponement
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-05
Protests, arrests and repeated calls from Democratic senators to adjourn the proceedings. That's how confirmation hearings began Tuesday for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's pick to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court. We begin our look at the hearings with Heidi Sieck, co-founder of the national organization VoteProChoice, who was the first member of the public to enter the Kavanaugh hearings on Tuesday and was removed after she protested, along with dozens of others who interrupted the proceedings.
www.democracynow.org/2018/9/5/chaos_gree…

Report Finds Judge Kavanaugh Ruled Against Public Interest in Almost All of His District Court Cases
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-05
Even as records about Judge Brett Kavanaugh's time in the White House remain concealed, much can be learned from his judicial record. We speak with Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, about their analysis of Judge Kavanaugh's opinions in split-decision cases, which found that during his 12 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Kavanaugh decided or wrote an opinion against the public interest 87 percent of the time in split-decision cases dealing with consumer, environmental and worker rights.
www.democracynow.org/2018/9/5/report_fin…

Ayanna Pressley Wins a Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2018-09-05
Ayanna Pressley Wins a Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party appeared first on The Nation.
thenation.com/article/ayanna-pressley-wi…

Change comes to Boston: Ayanna Pressley makes history
Chauncey K. Robinson | peoplesworld.org | 2018-09-05
History continues to be made across the country as an unprecedented number of women of color, particularly Black women, are running for and winning public office. Ayanna Pressley has added her story to this game-changing moment in time, with her victory against House veteran Michael Capuano to secure the Democratic…
peoplesworld.org/article/change-comes-to…

Democrat Leahy Just Hinted at a Smoking Gun to Kavanaugh Perjury Before the Senate in Hidden Documents
Joan McCarter, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-09-05
"I'm concerned because there is evidence that Mr. Miranda provided you with materials that were stolen from me. " | Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) used those reams of hidden and confidential documents related to Supreme Court nominee's Brett Kavanaugh tenure with the George W. B. . .
alternet.org/news-amp-politics/democrat-…

Why Rahm Emanuel decided not to run for re-election
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2018-09-05
For some Chicago residents who take only past practice as their guide Rahm Emanuel's announcement this week that he will not seek re-election comes as a surprise. City residents are used to having seemingly eternal dynasties running the city. In the early 60's the radio waves here carried jingles about then already-lo…
peoplesworld.org/article/why-rahm-emanue…

Facebook, Twitter Vow to Combat Foreign Intrusion
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-09-05
Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter's Jack Dorsey tell a Senate panel that their platforms plan to use new technologies to combat abuses ahead of the November midterm elections. | The post Facebook, Twitter Vow to Combat Foreign Intrusion appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/facebook-twitter-p…

So Glad The Grown-Ups are Back in Charge in Argentina
Thomas S. Harrington | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-05
If you've followed Latin American politics at all in the mainstream press, I am sure you've heard and read about how the Kirchners (2003-2015) mismanaged the Argentine economy and how, with the election of Mauricio Macri, the adults were back in the room and the economy was on its way to a more healthy and…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/05/so-glad-the-…

Failed Senate Candidate Roy Moore Sues Sacha Baron Cohen For Waving Beeping 'Pedophile Detector' At Him
Matthew Chapman, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-09-05
Moore's campaign for Senate in last year's Alabama special election was derailed largely by accusations he molested teenage girls. | On Wednesday, former GOP Senate candidate and ex-Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore sued comedian Sacha Baron Cohen over a prank he pulled on his show, "Who Is America? " The suit, filed in the U. S. District C. . .
alternet.org/news-amp-politics/roy-moore…

Extreme Heat Prompts 65 Baltimore School Closures, Student Protests
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-09-05
The closures sparked a debate between students and Republican Gov. Larry Hogan about who is to blame for the lack of air conditioning in city schools | The post Extreme Heat Prompts 65 Baltimore School Closures, Student Protests appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/extreme-heat-pro…

U.K. Charges Two Suspected Russian Intelligence Agents in Nerve Agent Attack
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2018-09-05
Two suspected Russian spies were charged on Wednesday with smuggling a Novichok nerve agent into Britain in March and using it to poison a former spy. | The post U.K. Charges Two Suspected Russian Intelligence Agents in Nerve Agent Attack appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/09/05/u-k-charges-…

Video: Who Was Behind Assassination of Donbass Leader
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-05
People in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk bid farewell to the pro-Russia forces' leader, who was killed in a bomb blast Friday. | Mourners gathered in the streets paying their respects by …
globalresearch.ca/video-who-was-behind-a…

Turkish and US Regimes Allied Against Syria
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-05
Turkey's alliance of convenience with Russia and Iran on resolving conflict in Syria was always suspect. | Erdogan is a ruthless despot. Moscow and Tehran know the risks of dealing with a …
globalresearch.ca/turkish-and-us-regimes…

"Dear Vlad, Is It Something I Said?": The Fierce Rivalry Between John McCain and Vladimir Putin
Adeyinka Makinde | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-05
The ferocious sense of enmity that existed between John McCain, the late US Senator, and Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, was quite palpable. While McCain was …
globalresearch.ca/dear-vlad-is-it-someth…

Idlib Will Be Among Key Topics At Talks Between Russian, Turkish And Iranian Presidents In Tehran
SouthFront | iranian.com | 2018-09-05
The situation in the Syrian province of Idlib will be among the key topics at talks between Iranian, Turkish and Russian presidents in Tehran later this week, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told media on September 4. "The situation in Idlib continues to be a subject of particular concern to Moscow, Damascus, Ankara, and Tehran. […] | The post Idlib Will Be Among Key Topics At Talks Between Russian, Turkish And Iranian Presidents In Tehran appeared fir…
iranian.com/2018/09/05/idlib-will-be-amo…

Washington escalates threats over Syria as Russia bombs Al Qaeda positions
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-05
Claims of "humanitarian" concerns and warnings over the use of chemical weapons signal a growing threat of US intervention in defense of the "rebels."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09/05/syri…

"Five Eyes" summit in Australia ramps up internet censorship
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-05
Ministers from the US-led global surveillance network revealed stepped-up measures against Chinese and Russian "foreign interference" and greater control over social media.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09/05/five…

Democrats posture over Trump Supreme Court nominee
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-05
Tuesday's hearing is the beginning of an extended political farce, in which Democrats pretend to oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh while doing nothing to stop it.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09/05/kava…

Boston the latest upset as progressive wave sweeps Democratic party
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-05
Across the US, younger, ethnically diverse candidates, many of them with far-left platforms, are reshaping the Democratic Party. However, in liberal Boston, progressivism is nothing new.
rt.com/usa/437723-ayanna-pressley-boston…

Democrats Can't Run from Identity Politics
Orson Aguilar | progressive.org | 2018-09-04
Political pundits say progressives are alienating working class whites by talking too much about race. They're wrong.
progressive.org/dispatches/democrats-can…

Indigenous Activists Win "David vs. Goliath" Victory as Court Rejects $4.5B Trans Mountain Pipeline
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-04
Canada's Federal Court of Appeals has rejected the government's approval to triple the capacity of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline in a major victory for indigenous groups and environmentalists. On Thursday, Justice Eleanor Dawson nullified licensing for the $7.4 billion project and brought construction to a halt until the National Energy Board and the federal government complete court-ordered fixes. Her ruling cited inadequate consultations with indigenous peoples affected by the project, and found the National Energy Board's assessment of the expansion was so flawed that the federal Cabinet should not…
www.democracynow.org/2018/9/4/indigenous…

"What Are They Hiding?": Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings Begin Despite Suppression of 100K Documents
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-04
Confirmation hearings begin for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court. If he is confirmed, it would likely make the court the most conservative since the 1930s. Kavanaugh is 53 years old and could serve on the Supreme Court for decades to come. Critics warn his confirmation could lead to major rollbacks of civil rights, environmental regulations, gun control measures, voting rights and reproductive rights, including possibly overturning Roe v. Wade. We speak with Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Last…
www.democracynow.org/2018/9/4/what_are_t…

Misreporting the Climate
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-09-04
Adam Ramsay of Open Democracy explains the ways in which the Media spins the Climate Crisis | The post Misreporting the Climate appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/misreporting-the…

Insurgent Challenger Ayanna Pressley Knocks Off Incumbent Mike Capuano on Pledge to Abolish ICE
Eoin Higgins | theintercept.com | 2018-09-04
Ayanna Pressley on Tuesday unseated longstanding incumbent Mike Capuano in Massachusetts's District 7. | Pressley set her sights on Capuano's seat, she said, because she felt that the congressman wasn't providing the kind of leadership that the community deserves. She said that Capuano's insufficient commitment to addressing inequality in the district, his acceptance of corporate money, and his position on the "abolish ICE" movement was out of step with District 7 — the most diverse district in the commonwealth. | Capuano told The Intercept that he stands by his past performance: "I'll compare my record against anybody's," he said. | He quickly conceded the race on Tuesday night. "Clearly the district wanted a lot of change," he said. | For the past 20 years, Capuano has represented the 7th District in Congress, and until now, has never faced a primary challenger.
theintercept.com/2018/09/04/massachusett…

Populism Revisited
ADRIAN KUZMINSKI | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-04
Ever since the last presidential election the words "populist" and "populism" have been widely bandied about, mostly as pejorative terms. A populist politician, we often hear, is a demagogue who wins votes by inflaming the resentments and emotions of ordinary people at the expense of rational thought. Those who fall prey to populism are no…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/04/populism-rev…

Are We Making Elections Less Secure Just to Save Time?
Sam Biddle | theintercept.com | 2018-09-04
Something strange happens on election night. With polls closing, American supporters of both parties briefly, intensely align as one: We all want to know who's going to win, and we don't want to wait one more minute. The ravenous national appetite for an immediate victor, pumped up by frenzied cable news coverage and now Twitter, means delivering hyper-updated results and projections before any official tally is available. But the technologies that help ferry lightning-quick results out of polling places and onto CNN are also some of the riskiest, experts say. | It's been almost two years since Russian military hackers attempted to hijack computers used by both local election officials and VR Systems, an e-voting company that helps make Election Day possible in several key swing states. Since then, reports detailing the potent duo of inherent technical risk and abject negligence…
theintercept.com/2018/09/04/election-res…

US Warns Russia And Iran Against Killing "Hundreds Of Thousands" Of Syrians In Idlib
Tyler Durden | iranian.com | 2018-09-04
It seems to happen just about every September and April over the past years: every time the Syrian proxy war seems to have receded from international media attention for a period of a long summer or a winter, a mass attention-grabbing event or massacre happens to suddenly yank the world's (and the White House's) focus right back on […] | The post US Warns Russia And Iran Against Killing "Hundreds Of Thousands" Of Syrians In Idlib appeared first on Th…
iranian.com/2018/09/04/us-warns-russia-a…

US push for sanctions of China over treatment of Uyghur minority
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-04
Washington's spotlighting of abuses has nothing to do with defending democratic rights but is aimed at stirring anti-Chinese sentiment and encouraging separatist movements in China.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09/04/uigh…