Daily Archives: 2018-09-18

2018-09-18: News Headlines

Jessica Corbett (2018-09-18). The US Government's Secret Rules for Spying on Journalists Are "Terrifying" mintpressnews.com Journalists and free press advocates are responding with alarm to newly released documents revealing the U.S. government's secret rules for using Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court orders to spy on reporters, calling the revelations " important" and " terrifying." | The documents—obtained and released by the Freedom of the Press Foundation and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University through an ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed last November—confirm long held suspicions that federal officials can target journalists with FISA orders. | @knightcolumbia and @FreedomofPress — appear to confirm longstanding suspicion that government has relied on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to monitor journalist communications. @2ramyakrishnan t.co/VFDjk9oJqq pic.twitter.com/ybnEeuNsby | — Knight 1st Amendment (@knightcolumbia) September 17, 2018 | The two 2015 memos from former Attorney General Eric Holder to…

Pete Tucker (2018-09-18). The Washington Post Really Wants to Stop Ben Jealous. counterpunch.org The Washington Post is trying to stop Democrat Ben Jealous from becoming Maryland's next governor. I wrote about this recently (here) and didn't expect to do so again so soon, but the Post's biased coverage has been too much to ignore. At a rally in Montana last week President Trump railed against Jealous's plan to More

Dave Lindorff (2018-09-18). We Already Have a Fake Billionaire President; Why Would We want a Real One Running in 2020? counterpunch.org Word is that Michael Bloomberg, the mega-billionaire former mayor of New York City who watched his wealth more than double while he sat in the mayor's office is thinking of running for President as a Democrat in 2020. Why does that suck? Well, listen as my dear departed friend and co-founder of this site, Chuck More

Shireen Hunter (2018-09-18). Iran's Problems With America Won't End With Trump's Departure. iranian.com According to reports in the U.S. media, former Secretary of State John Kerry in meetings with Javad Zarif , Iran's minister of foreign affairs, expressed the view that it would be better for Tehran to wait out the remaining years of the Trump administration before engaging in new talks with a Democratic successor. Actually what […]

Richard Moser (2018-09-18). Both the Commune and Revolution. counterpunch.org The environmental crisis grows ever more dire but we are no closer to a grand political solution because that requires nothing less than a revolution: we must replace corporate power with economic democracy and war with peace. In the US we are caught between the reckless climate denial of the Republican Party and the opiate incrementalism More

Binoy Kampmark (2018-09-17). A Traditional Right: Jimmie àÖkesson and the Sweden Democrats. counterpunch.org Sweden's elections are normally dull affairs. The same political arrangements have been in place for decades, featuring mild oscillations around the centre between the green-red bloc (Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left Party) and the conservative Alliance (the Moderates, Christian Democrats and the Centre and Liberal Parties). The favoured line for political watchers of More

Mark Gruenberg (2018-09-17). Pence exposed as part of Manafort's right-wing trans-atlantic conspiracy. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—It's not the "vast right-wing conspiracy" Hillary Clinton once railed against, but the employees — and clients — of uber-lobbyist Paul Manafort show the extent of right-wing ties stretching across the Atlantic Ocean. | And though he isn't a Manafort client or fixer, you can add GOP President Donald Trump's vice president, Mike Pence, to the mix, too. He owes his current job to Paul Manafort. | Manafort was Trump's campaign manager during the key period in 2016 when top Trump officials and confidantes met with Russians who were trying to fix the 2016 presidential election in the Manhattan mogul's favor. | But before that, Manafort was a fixer, propagandist and virtual campaign manager for then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych — and he illegally hid that work from the Justice Department and hid his millions in earnings from the IRS. | Yanukovych heads one…

Janine Jackson (2018-09-17). 'This Is an Unprecedented Level of Secrecy and Non-Transparency'. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Richard Kim about Brett Kavanaugh and the antidemocratic Supreme Court for the September 14, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-09-17). Desperate Ted Cruz Launches Absurd Attack on Beto O'Rourke: He's 'Going to Ban Barbecue Across the State of Texas'. alternet.org Cruz's attacks on his opponent are getting dumber and dumber. | Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was clearly not expecting a competitive Senate race. It is evident in how bizarre and unpolished his political attacks have become as he tries to fend off his Democratic challenger, El Paso Rep. Beto O'Rourke. According to the Austin American-Statesman, at a campaign stop on Sunday, Cruz tried out a new line: elect Beto, and all your barbecue will be replaced with tofu: Appearing at. . .

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-09-17). Here Are 8 Conservatives, Centrists and Neoliberals Who Oppose Trump — But Aren't Part of the Left's Progressive Movement. alternet.org Even people who think the GOP has the right policies think Trump is a disaster. | Right-wing Americans who use Fox News as their primary source of inspiration could easily be led to believe that opposition to Donald Trump's presidency is limited to a combination of establishment Democrats and liberal/progressive activists. But watching CNN or MSNBC, one sees a much different picture—one in which consistent criticism of President Trump is coming. . .

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-09-17). These Two Democratic Senate Candidates Are Already Blowing Past Expectations for November — And That's Very Bad News for Trump. alternet.org Rep. Kyrsten Sinema and former Gov. Phil Bredesen are in the lead for Senate, and bolstering Democratic chances of retaking the chamber. | On Monday, a new poll from CNN gave Democrats some very good news in the fight for the Senate. In Arizona's Senate contest, Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema leads GOP Rep. Martha McSally 50 to 43, while in Tennessee, former Gov. P. . .

Tom Campbell, Mark Gruenberg (2018-09-17). New York unions jump into newly in-play upstate congressional district. peoplesworld.org BUFFALO — Now that what was once "the most safe" Republican congressional seat in New York "is up for grabs," Western New York labor "plans to be very engaged" in the 27th District race for the seat held by the now-indicted incumbent Chris Collins, the area's top union leader says. | Meanwhile, area Republicans are madly scrambling to find some way — anyway — to get Collins off the ballot before this fall's balloting. | Collins is the original Trump-ite in the U.S. House, as the first U.S. representative to back Donald Trump's race for the White House, and he touts his close ties to the Manhattan mogul who now inhabits the Oval Office. | But the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York indicted Collins and his son on insider trading charges on August 8, involving stock in an Australian…

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams (2018-09-17). The GOP Isn't Even Trying to Hide It's Cruel Plan to Shred the Country's Most Popular Government Programs. alternet.org When Republicans say what they want to do, we should believe them. | As the GOP plows ahead with another round of budget-exploding tax cuts for the richjust before the crucial 2018 midterms, President Donald Trump's top economic adviser and former television p. . .

Staff (2018-09-17). Larry Kudlow Confirms GOP Plan to Shred Safety Net After Midterms. truthdig.com The White House will push for cuts to such programs as Medicare and Social Security if Republicans manage to hold on in November, according to Donald Trump's top economic adviser.

Phillip Smith, Independent Media Institute (2018-09-17). Reefer Madness: Republicans Are Playing Dirty in Their Bid to Stop this Red State Marijuana Law. alternet.org North Dakota's GOP-led Health Department comes up with a wildly dishonest cost estimate, and its GOP legislators approve it. | Proposition 3 marijuana legalization initiative, they rely on their state government to come up with an estimate of what it will cost taxpayers. It's not just this initiative—state law mandates that voters be informed of the potential budgetary impacts of any measure on the ballot. But for voters to accurately assess. . .

RT (2018-09-17). 'Kiss your newfound wealth goodbye!' — Trump warns of economic troubles if Dems win midterms. rt.com President Donald Trump has tweeted that people's "newfound wealth" would be lost if they vote for Democrats in the midterm elections. His statement has made many wonder where that wealth may be.

RT (2018-09-17). Kavanaugh accuser comes forward as Democrats seek to block SCOTUS nomination. rt.com A woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has revealed her name and said she is willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as Democrats fight to block Kavanaugh's confirmation. |

RT (2018-09-17). Anne Hathaway denounces 'white privilege' at star-studded gala dinner. rt.com Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway took to the stage to bash white, straight, cisgender privilege, at an awards ceremony attended by a who's-who of Democrats, celebrities, and activists. |

RT (2018-09-17). Republican congressman calls Syrian President Assad 'the Butcher of Baghdad' in war geography fail. rt.com In a clumsy attempt to attack a non-interventionist congressional colleague, Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger got his war geography mixed up — referring to Syrian President Bashar Assad as "the Butcher of Baghdad".

RT (2018-09-16). Texas Education Board votes to cut Hillary Clinton's name from student curriculum. rt.com Students in Texas will not be obliged to learn about Hillary Clinton in their history class, but will discuss the impact of Moses on the nation's founding documents, following a vote by the State Board of Education.

Daniel A. Medina (2018-09-15). DSA's Julia Salazar Is Headed to the New York State Senate. theintercept.com As the final vote tally came across the TV screens above, Julia Salazar stared off in a daze at the sea of supporters who had crammed into a Bushwick bar Thursday night. | "Oh, my God," Salazar said aloud to no one in particular as her campaign staff swarmed her. The 27-year-old democratic socialist candidate for state Senate had done what socialists do not typically do in American politics: She'd won, and won big, knocking off longtime incumbent state Sen. Martin Dilan. | Her 18-point victory over the four-term establishment incumbent was another watershed moment for the Democratic Socialists of America, whose rise in American politics in the Donald Trump era went into hyperdrive in June with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's shock victory. | "This is a victory for workers," said a still-startled Salazar in her short victory speech. "This is a victory for the…

Lee Fang (2018-09-15). Verizon Leaves Right-Wing Legislative Group ALEC Over Its Invitation to Anti-Muslim Activist David Horowitz. theintercept.com In recent years, right-wing activist David Horowitz has enjoyed broad influence in the Republican Party. Horowitz is known for his acidic commentary and advocacy, describing all Palestinians as "Nazis," smearing former President Barack Obama as a secret Muslim, and claiming that the anti-lynching memorial in Alabama is an example of "anti-white racism." | His extremist brand of politics, however, is finally turning into a liability for his GOP allies. On Wednesday, former Rep. Ron DeSantis, the GOP nominee for governor of Florida, ducked questions from reporters about his regular appearances at Horowitz-organized donor retreats. | Now, Verizon is cutting ties with an influential business alliance, the American Legislative Exchange Council, over the group's decision to host Horowitz as a featured speaker at the ALEC summit in New Orleans last month."Our company has no tolerance for racist, white supremacist…

wsws (2018-09-15). New York Times goads Trump into major new war in Syria. wsws.org Columnist Bret Stephens, who penned the Times article demanding escalation in Syria, is a longtime Republican neocon who fervently supported the Iraq war.

David Rosen (2018-09-14). Why Stop at Roe? How "Settled Law" Can be Overturned. counterpunch.org The Senate hearings on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court was a political charade. Everyone knows that the fix is in. The Republicans control the Senate and, like the earlier appointment of Neil Gorsuch, will push Kavanaugh's nomination through unless some yet-undisclosed serious scandal is revealed. The hearings were More

Democracy Now! (2018-09-14). Effective Tool to Limit Greenhouse Emissions or a "License to Pollute"? A Debate on Cap and Trade. democracynow.org Protesters disrupted the Global Climate Action Summit Thursday, criticizing California Governor Jerry Brown in part for his support for cap and trade. Cap and trade is a market-driven strategy in which governments cap emission levels, then allow companies to buy and sell permits to pollute. California has the most far-reaching cap-and-trade program in the United States. Last year Governor Brown signed an extension to the state's cap-and-trade law, which began under Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Governor Brown has credited cap and trade with limiting the state's greenhouse gas emissions, but the issue…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-09-14). Ben Jealous: Build Maryland's Economy From The Bottom Up. therealnews.com As a new report finds 1/3 of Maryland residents face financial hardships, the underdog Democratic candidate for governor says he'll fight corporations to help working people

RT (2018-09-14). Playing both sides: Despite woke advertising, Nike donates big to GOP. rt.com Despite a virtue-signaling ad campaign featuring anthem-kneeling NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, sportswear giant Nike donates more than three times as much money to Republicans as it does to Democrats.

RT (2018-09-14). #Walkaway founder banned from Facebook for linking to Infowars. rt.com Brandon Straka, the former Democrat who founded the #WalkAway campaign was banned from Facebook ahead of a protest in Washington DC. "They're trying to sabotage the march on Washington," he told RT. |

Eoin Higgins (2018-09-13). A Group of Democrats Joined Republicans to Give Them Power in New York. On Election Day, New Yorkers Wiped Them Out. theintercept.com All eight members of Andrew Cuomo's IDC faced primary challenges on Election Day in New York. Most were wiped out.

RT (2018-09-13). Hillary Clinton bashes Kavanaugh with debunked fake news claim. rt.com Hillary Clinton came out swinging against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, bashing the judge for his hardline statements against contraception. The problem: he never said them. |

RT (2018-09-13). Democrats raised Puerto Rico death toll 'to make me look bad': Trump blasted for 'appalling' tweets. rt.com As Hurricane Florence bears down on the US, President Trump was blasted online after he said that the death count for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year was raised by Democrats to make him look bad. |

Joshua Holland (2018-09-12). How One of America's Trumpiest Democrats Got a Surprising Challenger. thenation.com How One of America's Trumpiest Democrats Got a Surprising Challenger appeared first on The Nation.

Justin Anderson (2018-09-12). Establishment Media Shy Away From Claims of Perjury by Kavanaugh. fair.org Daily Beast ( 9/7/18) | Trump Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh was subject to a wringer of testy Senate confirmation hearings last week. The current DC Circuit Court judge has come under fire from Democrats on the Judiciary Committee for his stances against the landmark pro-abortion decision Roe v. Wade, affirmative action and programs for Native Hawaiians, as well as his support for torture. | But some Democrats have also said that Kavanaugh lied under oath in both current and past hearings, and groups like Free Speech for People, Demand Justice, MoveOn and NARAL Pro-Choice America have all advocated perjury probes against him. However, these serious allegations of perjury have received sparse coverage from establishment media outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and NPR. | Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy noted that while Kavanaugh was…

RT (2018-09-12). California man arrested for trying to stab Republican Congress candidate. rt.com Alameda County police have arrested a knife-wielding man who reportedly attacked congressional candidate Rudy Peters with a switchblade after making "disparaging remarks" about the GOP.

Jake Jacobs (2018-09-11). New York's Democratic Primary is a Showdown for Charter School Politics. progressive.org The upcoming New York primary could redefine the Democratic party in the state—and could mean drastic change for the charter school industry.

RT (2018-09-11). NY Democratic candidate for governor targeted by own party with anti-Semitism mailer. rt.com Ahead of New York's Democratic primary, someone within the party has paid for a mailer accusing progressive gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon of anti-Semitism.

RT (2018-09-11). DeSantis quits Congress amid claims of racism-by-association. rt.com Florida's Republican gubernatorial candidate is being accused of racism again, over past appearances at a conference hosted by a prominent anti-Islam activist. Ron DeSantis has resigned from the House to focus on the campaign.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-11). Far-Right Gains in Swedish Election, Continuing European Trend. therealnews.com The far-right and anti-immigrant party, Swedish Democrats, increase their share of the vote from 13 to 18 percent, while neither of the two major party alliances, of the center-left and of the center-right has enough votes to form a government on its own. We analyze the result with Ali Esbati, an Iranian-Swedish member of parliament

Democracy Now! (2018-09-10). Ex-Senate Aide: Kavanaugh Should Be Impeached for Lying Under Oath About Stolen Democratic Memos. democracynow.org Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh is facing accusations of perjury following his confirmation hearing last week. Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont has suggested Kavanaugh lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his 2004 and 2006 hearings to become a federal judge. During those hearings Kavanaugh denied seeing private Democratic files that detailed strategies for opposing Republican judicial nominees while he was associate counsel in the George W. Bush White House. We speak with Lisa Graves, former top aide to Senator Patrick Leahy, whose new piece is headlined "I Wrote Some of the Stol…

Democracy Now! (2018-09-07). Roe v. Wade in Danger: Released Docs Reveal Kavanaugh Thinks Abortion Decision Is Not "Settled Law" democracynow.org Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing took a series of dramatic turns Thursday, as Democratic senators began releasing confidential documents from Kavanaugh's work at the George W. Bush White House. The New York Times also broke a major story Thursday morning revealing that Kavanaugh wrote as a White House attorney in 2003 that he did not deem the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision to be "settled law of the land." He wrote, "I am not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since Court can always overrule…

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.

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.

Ruth Conniff (2018-08-29). Florida Primary Sets up Stark Choice, New Day for Democrats. progressive.org In Tuesday's primary elections, Democrats offer a powerful answer to the rapacious politics that have exacerbated inequality across the country.

James Jeffrey (2018-08-27). The Democratic Party's 1968 Implosion Is Still Sending Shock Waves Fifty Years On. progressive.org After the establishment came down on the counterculture at the 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention, the Democratic Party was never the same.

Erwin Knoll (2018-08-25). The Night Erwin Knoll Spent in Jail: A Report from the Democrat's 1968 Convention in Chicago. progressive.org This piece was originally published in 1968 after the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, where anti-war demonstrations were met with violent police backlash. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the event.

Norman Stockwell (2018-08-22). The Funny Side of 1968. progressive.org A flashback to the unruly Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

2018-09-18: Social Media Postees

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The Washington Post Really Wants to Stop Ben Jealous
Pete Tucker | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-18
The Washington Post is trying to stop Democrat Ben Jealous from becoming Maryland's next governor. I wrote about this recently (here) and didn't expect to do so again so soon, but the Post's biased coverage has been too much to ignore. At a rally in Montana last week President Trump railed against Jealous's plan to…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/18/the-washingt…

Iran's Problems With America Won't End With Trump's Departure
Shireen Hunter | iranian.com | 2018-09-18
According to reports in the U.S. media, former Secretary of State John Kerry in meetings with Javad Zarif , Iran's minister of foreign affairs, expressed the view that it would be better for Tehran to wait out the remaining years of the Trump administration before engaging in new talks with a Democratic successor. Actually what […] | The post Iran's Problems With America Won't End With Trump's Departure appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/09/17/irans-problems-wi…

We Already Have a Fake Billionaire President; Why Would We want a Real One Running in 2020?
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-18
Word is that Michael Bloomberg, the mega-billionaire former mayor of New York City who watched his wealth more than double while he sat in the mayor's office is thinking of running for President as a Democrat in 2020. Why does that suck? Well, listen as my dear departed friend and co-founder of this site, Chuck…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/18/we-already-h…

Both the Commune and Revolution
Richard Moser | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-18
The environmental crisis grows ever more dire but we are no closer to a grand political solution because that requires nothing less than a revolution: we must replace corporate power with economic democracy and war with peace. In the US we are caught between the reckless climate denial of the Republican Party and the opiate incrementalism…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/18/both-the-com…

A Traditional Right: Jimmie àÖkesson and the Sweden Democrats
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-17
Sweden's elections are normally dull affairs. The same political arrangements have been in place for decades, featuring mild oscillations around the centre between the green-red bloc (Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left Party) and the conservative Alliance (the Moderates, Christian Democrats and the Centre and Liberal Parties). The favoured line for political watchers of…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/17/a-traditiona…

Pence exposed as part of Manafort's right-wing trans-atlantic conspiracy
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-09-17
WASHINGTON–It's not the "vast right-wing conspiracy" Hillary Clinton once railed against, but the employees — and clients — of uber-lobbyist Paul Manafort show the extent of right-wing ties stretching across the Atlantic Ocean. | And though he isn't a Manafort client or fixer, you can add GOP President Donald Trump's vice president, Mike Pence, to the mix, too. He owes his current job to Paul Manafort. | Manafort was Trump's campaign manager during the key period in 2016 when top Trump officials and confidantes met with Russians who were trying to fix the 2016 presidential election in the Manhattan mogul's favor. | But before that, Manafort was a fixer, propagandist and virtual campaign manager for then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych — and he illegally hid that work from the Justice Department and hid his millions in earnings from the IRS. | Yanukovych heads one…
peoplesworld.org/article/pence-exposed-a…

Here Are 8 Conservatives, Centrists and Neoliberals Who Oppose Trump — But Aren't Part of the Left's Progressive Movement
Alex Henderson, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-09-17
Even people who think the GOP has the right policies think Trump is a disaster. | Right-wing Americans who use Fox News as their primary source of inspiration could easily be led to believe that opposition to Donald Trump's presidency is limited to a combination of establishment Democrats and liberal/progressive activists. But watching CNN or MSNBC, one sees a much different picture–one in which consistent criticism of President Trump is coming. . .
alternet.org/news-amp-politics/here-are-…

Desperate Ted Cruz Launches Absurd Attack on Beto O'Rourke: He's 'Going to Ban Barbecue Across the State of Texas'
Matthew Chapman, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-09-17
Cruz's attacks on his opponent are getting dumber and dumber. | Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was clearly not expecting a competitive Senate race. It is evident in how bizarre and unpolished his political attacks have become as he tries to fend off his Democratic challenger, El Paso Rep. Beto O'Rourke. According to the Austin American-Statesman, at a campaign stop on Sunday, Cruz tried out a new line: elect Beto, and all your barbecue will be replaced with tofu: Appearing at. . .
alternet.org/news-amp-politics/ted-cruz-…

These Two Democratic Senate Candidates Are Already Blowing Past Expectations for November — And That's Very Bad News for Trump
Matthew Chapman, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-09-17
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema and former Gov. Phil Bredesen are in the lead for Senate, and bolstering Democratic chances of retaking the chamber. | On Monday, a new poll from CNN gave Democrats some very good news in the fight for the Senate. In Arizona's Senate contest, Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema leads GOP Rep. Martha McSally 50 to 43, while in Tennessee, former Gov. P. . .
alternet.org/election-03918/kyrsten-sine…

'This Is an Unprecedented Level of Secrecy and Non-Transparency'
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2018-09-17
Janine Jackson interviewed Richard Kim about Brett Kavanaugh and the antidemocratic Supreme Court for the September 14, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
fair.org/home/this-is-an-unprecedented-l…

Larry Kudlow Confirms GOP Plan to Shred Safety Net After Midterms
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-09-17
The White House will push for cuts to such programs as Medicare and Social Security if Republicans manage to hold on in November, according to Donald Trump's top economic adviser. | The post Larry Kudlow Confirms GOP Plan to Shred Safety Net After Midterms appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/larry-kudlow-confi…

Reefer Madness: Republicans Are Playing Dirty in Their Bid to Stop this Red State Marijuana Law
Phillip Smith, Independent Media Institute | alternet.org | 2018-09-17
North Dakota's GOP-led Health Department comes up with a wildly dishonest cost estimate, and its GOP legislators approve it. | Proposition 3 marijuana legalization initiative, they rely on their state government to come up with an estimate of what it will cost taxpayers. It's not just this initiative–state law mandates that voters be informed of the potential budgetary impacts of any measure on the ballot. But for voters to accurately assess. . .
alternet.org/drugs/republicans-playing-d…

New York unions jump into newly in-play upstate congressional district
Tom Campbell, Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-09-17
BUFFALO — Now that what was once "the most safe" Republican congressional seat in New York "is up for grabs," Western New York labor "plans to be very engaged" in the 27th District race for the seat held by the now-indicted incumbent Chris Collins, the area's top union leader says. | Meanwhile, area Republicans are madly scrambling to find some way — anyway — to get Collins off the ballot before this fall's balloting. | Collins is the original Trump-ite in the U.S. House, as the first U.S. representative to back Donald Trump's race for the White House, and he touts his close ties to the Manhattan mogul who now inhabits the Oval Office. | But the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York indicted Collins and his son on insider trading charges on August 8, involving stock in an Australian…
peoplesworld.org/article/new-york-unions…

The GOP Isn't Even Trying to Hide It's Cruel Plan to Shred the Country's Most Popular Government Programs
Jake Johnson, Common Dreams | alternet.org | 2018-09-17
When Republicans say what they want to do, we should believe them. | As the GOP plows ahead with another round of budget-exploding tax cuts for the richjust before the crucial 2018 midterms, President Donald Trump's top economic adviser and former television p. . .
alternet.org/right-wing/gop-isnt-even-tr…

Kavanaugh accuser comes forward as Democrats seek to block SCOTUS nomination
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-17
A woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has revealed her name and said she is willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as Democrats fight to block Kavanaugh's confirmation.
rt.com/usa/438660-kavanaugh-sex-assault-…

Republican congressman calls Syrian President Assad 'the Butcher of Baghdad' in war geography fail
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-17
In a clumsy attempt to attack a non-interventionist congressional colleague, Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger got his war geography mixed up — referring to Syrian President Bashar Assad as "the Butcher of Baghdad".
rt.com/usa/438642-kinzinger-syria-butche…

'Kiss your newfound wealth goodbye!' — Trump warns of economic troubles if Dems win midterms
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-17
President Donald Trump has tweeted that people's "newfound wealth" would be lost if they vote for Democrats in the midterm elections. His statement has made many wonder where that wealth may be.
rt.com/usa/438582-trump-newfound-wealth-…

Anne Hathaway denounces 'white privilege' at star-studded gala dinner
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-17
Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway took to the stage to bash white, straight, cisgender privilege, at an awards ceremony attended by a who's-who of Democrats, celebrities, and activists.
rt.com/usa/438661-anne-hathaway-white-pr…

Texas Education Board votes to cut Hillary Clinton's name from student curriculum
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-16
Students in Texas will not be obliged to learn about Hillary Clinton in their history class, but will discuss the impact of Moses on the nation's founding documents, following a vote by the State Board of Education.
rt.com/usa/438544-clinton-curriculum-tex…

DSA's Julia Salazar Is Headed to the New York State Senate
Daniel A. Medina | theintercept.com | 2018-09-15
As the final vote tally came across the TV screens above, Julia Salazar stared off in a daze at the sea of supporters who had crammed into a Bushwick bar Thursday night. | "Oh, my God," Salazar said aloud to no one in particular as her campaign staff swarmed her. The 27-year-old democratic socialist candidate for state Senate had done what socialists do not typically do in American politics: She'd won, and won big, knocking off longtime incumbent state Sen. Martin Dilan. | Her 18-point victory over the four-term establishment incumbent was another watershed moment for the Democratic Socialists of America, whose rise in American politics in the Donald Trump era went into hyperdrive in June with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's shock victory. | "This is a victory for workers," said a still-startled Salazar in her short victory speech. "This is a victory for the…
theintercept.com/2018/09/15/julia-salaza…

New York Times goads Trump into major new war in Syria
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-15
Columnist Bret Stephens, who penned the Times article demanding escalation in Syria, is a longtime Republican neocon who fervently supported the Iraq war.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09/15/nyti…

Why Stop at Roe? How "Settled Law" Can be Overturned
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-14
The Senate hearings on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court was a political charade. Everyone knows that the fix is in. The Republicans control the Senate and, like the earlier appointment of Neil Gorsuch, will push Kavanaugh's nomination through unless some yet-undisclosed serious scandal is revealed. The hearings were…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/14/why-stop-at-…

Effective Tool to Limit Greenhouse Emissions or a "License to Pollute"? A Debate on Cap and Trade
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-14
Protesters disrupted the Global Climate Action Summit Thursday, criticizing California Governor Jerry Brown in part for his support for cap and trade. Cap and trade is a market-driven strategy in which governments cap emission levels, then allow companies to buy and sell permits to pollute. California has the most far-reaching cap-and-trade program in the United States. Last year Governor Brown signed an extension to the state's cap-and-trade law, which began under Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Governor Brown has credited cap and trade with limiting the state's greenhouse gas emissions, but the issue…
www.democracynow.org/2018/9/14/effective…

Playing both sides: Despite woke advertising, Nike donates big to GOP
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-14
Despite a virtue-signaling ad campaign featuring anthem-kneeling NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, sportswear giant Nike donates more than three times as much money to Republicans as it does to Democrats.
rt.com/usa/438417-nike-woke-donations-re…

#Walkaway founder banned from Facebook for linking to Infowars
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-14
Brandon Straka, the former Democrat who founded the #WalkAway campaign was banned from Facebook ahead of a protest in Washington DC. "They're trying to sabotage the march on Washington," he told RT.
rt.com/usa/438500-walkaway-banned-facebo…

Ben Jealous: Build Maryland's Economy From The Bottom Up
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-09-14
As a new report finds 1/3 of Maryland residents face financial hardships, the underdog Democratic candidate for governor says he'll fight corporations to help working people | The post Ben Jealous: Build Maryland's Economy From The Bottom Up appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/ben-jealous-buil…

Democrats raised Puerto Rico death toll 'to make me look bad': Trump blasted for 'appalling' tweets
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-13
As Hurricane Florence bears down on the US, President Trump was blasted online after he said that the death count for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year was raised by Democrats to make him look bad.
rt.com/usa/438409-trump-puerto-rico-twee…

Hillary Clinton bashes Kavanaugh with debunked fake news claim
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-13
Hillary Clinton came out swinging against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, bashing the judge for his hardline statements against contraception. The problem: he never said them.
rt.com/usa/438410-clinton-kavanaugh-twee…

How One of America's Trumpiest Democrats Got a Surprising Challenger
Joshua Holland | thenation.com | 2018-09-12
How One of America's Trumpiest Democrats Got a Surprising Challenger appeared first on The Nation.
thenation.com/article/how-one-of-america…

Establishment Media Shy Away From Claims of Perjury by Kavanaugh
Justin Anderson | fair.org | 2018-09-12
Daily Beast ( 9/7/18) | Trump Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh was subject to a wringer of testy Senate confirmation hearings last week. The current DC Circuit Court judge has come under fire from Democrats on the Judiciary Committee for his stances against the landmark pro-abortion decision Roe v. Wade, affirmative action and programs for Native Hawaiians, as well as his support for torture. | But some Democrats have also said that Kavanaugh lied under oath in both current and past hearings, and groups like Free Speech for People, Demand Justice, MoveOn and NARAL Pro-Choice America have all advocated perjury probes against him. However, these serious allegations of perjury have received sparse coverage from establishment media outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and NPR. | Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy noted that while Kavanaugh was…
fair.org/home/establishment-media-shy-aw…

California man arrested for trying to stab Republican Congress candidate
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-12
Alameda County police have arrested a knife-wielding man who reportedly attacked congressional candidate Rudy Peters with a switchblade after making "disparaging remarks" about the GOP.
rt.com/usa/438227-republican-stabbing-at…

New York's Democratic Primary is a Showdown for Charter School Politics
Jake Jacobs | progressive.org | 2018-09-11
The upcoming New York primary could redefine the Democratic party in the state–and could mean drastic change for the charter school industry.
progressive.org/public-school-shakedown/…

Far-Right Gains in Swedish Election, Continuing European Trend
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-09-11
The far-right and anti-immigrant party, Swedish Democrats, increase their share of the vote from 13 to 18 percent, while neither of the two major party alliances, of the center-left and of the center-right has enough votes to form a government on its own. We analyze the result with Ali Esbati, an Iranian-Swedish member of parliament | The post Far-Right Gains in Swedish Election, Continuing European Tren…
therealnews.com/stories/far-right-gains-…

DeSantis quits Congress amid claims of racism-by-association
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-11
Florida's Republican gubernatorial candidate is being accused of racism again, over past appearances at a conference hosted by a prominent anti-Islam activist. Ron DeSantis has resigned from the House to focus on the campaign.
rt.com/usa/438124-desantis-racist-confer…

NY Democratic candidate for governor targeted by own party with anti-Semitism mailer
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-11
Ahead of New York's Democratic primary, someone within the party has paid for a mailer accusing progressive gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon of anti-Semitism.
rt.com/usa/438122-cynthia-nixon-anti-sem…

Ex-Senate Aide: Kavanaugh Should Be Impeached for Lying Under Oath About Stolen Democratic Memos
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-10
Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh is facing accusations of perjury following his confirmation hearing last week. Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont has suggested Kavanaugh lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his 2004 and 2006 hearings to become a federal judge. During those hearings Kavanaugh denied seeing private Democratic files that detailed strategies for opposing Republican judicial nominees while he was associate counsel in the George W. Bush White House. We speak with Lisa Graves, former top aide to Senator Patrick Leahy, whose new piece is headlined "I Wrote Some of the Stol…
www.democracynow.org/2018/9/10/ex_senato…

Roe v. Wade in Danger: Released Docs Reveal Kavanaugh Thinks Abortion Decision Is Not "Settled Law"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-07
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing took a series of dramatic turns Thursday, as Democratic senators began releasing confidential documents from Kavanaugh's work at the George W. Bush White House. The New York Times also broke a major story Thursday morning revealing that Kavanaugh wrote as a White House attorney in 2003 that he did not deem the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision to be "settled law of the land." He wrote, "I am not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since Court can always overrule…
www.democracynow.org/2018/9/7/roe_v_wade…

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…

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…

Florida Primary Sets up Stark Choice, New Day for Democrats
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2018-08-29
In Tuesday's primary elections, Democrats offer a powerful answer to the rapacious politics that have exacerbated inequality across the country.
progressive.org/dispatches/florida-prima…

The Democratic Party's 1968 Implosion Is Still Sending Shock Waves Fifty Years On
James Jeffrey | progressive.org | 2018-08-27
After the establishment came down on the counterculture at the 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention, the Democratic Party was never the same.
progressive.org/dispatches/the-democrati…

The Night Erwin Knoll Spent in Jail: A Report from the Democrat's 1968 Convention in Chicago
Erwin Knoll | progressive.org | 2018-08-25
This piece was originally published in 1968 after the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, where anti-war demonstrations were met with violent police backlash. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the event.
progressive.org/dispatches/in-a-chicago-…

The Funny Side of 1968
Norman Stockwell | progressive.org | 2018-08-22
A flashback to the unruly Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
progressive.org/dispatches/the-funny-sid…

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