2019-04-10: News Headlines

Mark Gruenberg (2019-04-10). Dem presidential hopefuls make pitches to 3,000 building trades activists. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—It's called, in political parlance, "a cattle call." The phrase refers to what happens when presidential hopefuls parade their positions, one by one, before a group, large or small. And that's what nine Democrats— John Hickenlooper, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Tim Ryan, Terry McAuliffe, Michael Bennet, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar and Eric Swalwell, in that …

Kevin Zeese (2019-04-10). Greens Say 'No to NATO' While War Parties Give Standing Ovations to NATO. globalresearch.ca Greens are political activists and can be found in every movement for economic, racial and environmental justice as well as peace. They do not organize as Greens but as people who are part of the popular movement. The article below …

Alvaro Sanchez (2019-04-10). California Blazes a Trail for a Green New Deal. progressive.org While politicians and activists debate the idea of a federal plan to fight climate change and boost our economy, the Golden State is quietly showing how it could actually work.

commondreams (2019-04-10). Democratic Socialists of America endorses Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All Act of 2019. commondreams.org ______________________________…

STAFF (2019-04-10). Ending America's Hundred Years' War Against Drugs. truthdig.com We live in a time of change, when people are questioning old assumptions and seeking new directions. In the ongoing debate over health care, social justice, and border security, there is, however, one overlooked issue that should be at the top of everyone's agenda, from Democratic Socialists to libertarian Republicans: America's longest war. No, not the one in Afghanistan. I mean the drug war. | For more than a century, the U.S. has worked through the U.N. (and its predecessor, the League of Nations) to build a harsh global drug prohibition regime — grounded in draconian laws, enforced by pervasive policing…

STAFF (2019-04-10). Pompeo: Sanctions Increase "Pain and Suffering" in Venezuela (Pt 2/2). therealnews.com Sec. of State Mike Pompeo recently openly admitted that the sanctions are causing pain and suffering and that this would accelerate the process of toppling the Maduro government. Mark Weisbrot discusses the approach and what Democrats and progressives could do to stop this…

Whitney Webb (2019-04-10). Democratic "Superdelegates" May Once Again Rob Bernie Sanders of the Nomination. mintpressnews.com There is no denying that the need to defeat Trump at all costs will be the rallying cry used to push Democratic voters to fall in line behind the eventual nominee, regardless of whether the nominee was chosen by voters or by superdelegates.

STAFF (2019-04-10). Bernie Sanders Unveils His New 'Medicare for All' Plan. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont unveiled a new version of his "Medicare for All" plan on Wednesday, shaking up the 2020 presidential race by reopening the debate over his call to eliminate private health insurance. | "It is not a radical idea to say that in the United States, every American who goes to a doctor should be able to afford the prescription drug he or she needs," Sanders said. "Health care is a human right, not a privilege." | Four of Sanders' fellow senators and rivals for the Democratic nomination are set to sign onto the updated single-payer health care proposal. The bill's reintr…

Richard Eskow (2019-04-10). Medicare For All: Accept No Substitutes. commondreams.org Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks while introducing health care legislation titled the 'Medicare for All Act of 2019', during a news conference on Capitol Hill, on April 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2019-04-10). Sen. Bernie Sanders, AFT President Randi Weingarten to Discuss Future of Lordstown, Ohio, in Union Town Hall. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Natasha Hakimi Zapata (2019-04-10). AIPAC Has Bernie Sanders in Its Crosshairs. truthdig.com Bernie Sanders, who made history with his 2016 presidential campaign as the first Jewish American to win a presidential primary and receive an electoral vote for president, is bizarrely being targeted with Facebook ads by The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Certainly, it seems at best counterintuitive for the pro-Israel lobby to be working against a can…

STAFF (2019-04-10). AOC Calls Out GOP for Attacking Green New Deal While Supporting Oil Subsidies. truthout.org During a House Oversight Committee hearing on Tuesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called out Republicans for attacking the Green New Deal as "socialism" while also supporting billions of dollars in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry. | "It is not responsible to complain about anything we dislike as 'socialism,' particularly when many of our colleagues across the aisle are more than happy to support millions and potentially billions of dollars in government subsidies and carve-outs for the oil and gas and fossil fuel industry," said the New York congresswoman. | "So the fact that subsidies for fossil fuel…

George Ochenski (2019-04-10). Blowing Smoke on the Colstrip Coal Plant. counterpunch.org The increasingly desperate efforts by politicians to "save" Colstrip's antiquated and enormously polluting coal-fired power plants is reaching the stage that's leaving facts, economics and the "free market" far behind. Unfortunately, Montana's congressional Republicans, Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte, are among those blowing the most smoke about Colstrip, its climate impacts, and its More

Aaron Ross Coleman (2019-04-10). The Salad Giant Sweetgreen Has Used Hip Hop to Turn Salad Into Gold. thenation.com The Salad Giant Sweetgreen Has Used Hip Hop to Turn Salad Into Gold…

M. STARKS (2019-04-10). Earth Day Debate: The Green Future or A Green Fraud? indybay.org Unitarian Universalist Center | 1187 Franklin/Geary Streets | San Francisco…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-04-10). "Yet Another Handout to the Dirty Fossil Fuel Industry": Trump's Newest Assault on Environment Draws Anger From Green Groups. commondreams.org "This is a massive abuse of power that does nothing other than line the pockets of Trump's fossil fuel billionaire friends, all at the expense of our democracy and our safety." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-04-10). Reparations for slavery in 2020: Justice at last or attention seeking by Democrats? (DEBATE). rt.com With Democratic frontrunner Cory Booker mulling plans to compensate descendants of slaves, the controversial campaign issue has some hoping it could tackle racial inequality, and others saying we need to let sleeping dogs lie. |

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-04-10). Julián Castro Got Off Easy for Ethics Trouble in the Last Presidential Campaign. theintercept.com In 2016, then-HUD Secretary Julián Castro violated a federal law while campaigning for Hillary Clinton; the Obama administration chose not to reprimand him.

Julia Conley (2019-04-10). House Votes to Restore Net Neutrality as Millions of People Watch Online. theantimedia.com (CD) — Digital rights groups applauded Wednesday as the U.S. House passed the Save the Internet Act (H.R. 1644), in a 232-190 vote, with just one Republican joining the Democrats in supporting the legislation. VICTORY! House votes 231-190 to restore #NetNeutrality. The bill (HR 1644) survived an onslaught of amendments pushed by the telecom lobby, while more than …

RT (2019-04-10). 'Write a book, you can be a millionaire too' — Bernie Sanders shares get-rich advice. rt.com Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders — known for railing against the super-rich — is now a millionaire himself, and shared his moneymaking secrets with America. Sanders was flooded with accusations of hypocrisy in return. |

David Dayen (2019-04-10). Wendell Primus, the Most Powerful Staffer in Congress, Represents a Generational Divide on the Left. theintercept.com Wendell Primus's generation of liberals strives not to make the world a better place, but to make it less bad than Republicans want.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-04-10). Dems Introduce Bill to End Trump's 'UnAmerican' Muslim Ban. commondreams.org Democrats in both chambers of Congress introduced legislation to end President Donald Trump's racist Muslim ban Wednesday, generating support from advocates and lawmakers opposed to the administration's policy."We are happy to see elected officials who are using their legislative powers to dismantle the Trump administration's bigoted policies." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-10). 'How Will You Pay for It?' Bernie Sanders Tackles Key Question on Medicare for All. commondreams.org "Under every single one of these options the average American family will save thousands of dollars a year because it will no longer be writing large checks to private health insurance companies." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-04-10). 300+ Groups to Congress: #GreenNewDeal 'Must Transform Our Food System and Revitalize Rural America'. commondreams.org "To address the climate crisis, the Green New Deal must transform our food system and revitalize rural America," a large coalition of green groups told Congress Wednesday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Aída Chávez (2019-04-10). Nancy Pelosi and Cheri Bustos Continue Dividing Democratic Party, Take New Swipes at Ocasio-Cortez. theintercept.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., both took aim this week at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., an escalation of recent attacks by ensconced elements of the party against newer members of Congress. | Ocasio-Cortez, who is often charged by Democrats in Congress with dividing the party, has not responded to either Pelosi or Bustos, and did not respond to a request for comment. The latest attacks by party leaders on the Bronx freshman suggest that they feel under siege or sense an opening to crush a nascent insurgency threatening to reshap…

Kevin Zeese (2019-04-09). Greens Say "No to NATO" While War Parties Give Standing Ovations to NATO. dissidentvoice.org Greens are political activists and can be found in every movement for economic, racial and environmental justice as well as peace. They do not organize as Greens but as people who are part of the popular movement. The article below about the week of protests against NATO highlights Greens who participated, often as organizers with …

Norman Solomon (2019-04-09). Barbara Lee's Startling Vote to Boost Military Spending. counterpunch.org What Barbara Lee did on the House floor three days after 9/11 — speaking prophetic words and casting the only vote against a green light for endless war — remains the bravest wise action in Congress during this century. The contrast was jolting last week when her vote enabled the House Budget Committee to approve a bill with More

Democracy Now! (2019-04-09). Kirstjen Nielsen's Cruel Legacy: Outgoing DHS Secretary Proudly Separated Families & Caged Children. democracynow.org Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has been forced out of her role at the helm of President Trump's immigration policy after reportedly resisting a move by the president to revive his family separation policy at the U.S. border. We look at Nielsen's legacy with Renée Feltz, a Democracy Now! correspondent and producer who has long reported on the criminalization of immigrants, family detention and the business of detention. Nielsen oversaw Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy last year and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as for withh…

STAFF (2019-04-09). Does Obama Speak for Progressives? therealnews.com On Saturday in Berlin, President Obama said progressives shouldn't attack other progressives, saying it's a "circular firing squad." But are corporate Democrats within the progressive camp?

Democracy Now! (2019-04-09). Trump Purges DHS Leadership, Threatening to Make Immigration Policies Even More Draconian. democracynow.org President Trump is intensifying a crackdown on immigration as he purges the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security. On Sunday, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was forced out after reportedly resisting a move by Trump to revive his family separation policy at the U.S. southern border. Nielsen had overseen Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy last year and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as for withholding information on children who died in U.S. custody. On Monday, the White House announced Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles had also bee…

Adam Johnson (2019-04-09). Bill to End Yemen Siege Passes—No Thanks to MSNBC – After Khashoggi outrage passes, cable network goes back to ignoring US-backed humanitarian disaster. fair.org by Adam Johnson | Progressives—along with a handful of libertarian-leaning Republicans—finally passed a bill in both houses of Congress last week to invoke the War Powers act and end US support for the Saudi-led bombing of Yemen, an entirely one-sided war that's killed thousands of Yemeni civilians over the last four years with assistance and direction of the US military. | The bill's proponents achieved this human rights victory with virtually no help from America's leading libe…

Rosemarie Jackowski (2019-04-09). Biden, Bernie, and the Bomb. dissidentvoice.org Will 2019 go down in history as the year of insanity? Has hyper hysteria taken over the entire country? Is it no longer possible to make our way through the hazy maze of Political Correctness? Have we gotten to the point where guns are legal but an innocent hug can get you indicted? Consider this: Thousands …

Arlen Schumer (2019-04-09). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Go Green New Deal! thenation.com Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Go Green New Deal!

Robert Mackey (2019-04-09). AIPAC Targets Bernie Sanders in Facebook Ads Focused on Key Democratic Primary States. theintercept.com Bernie Sanders is the target of an ad campaign on Facebook paid for by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the pro-Israel lobbying group.

John Nichols (2019-04-08). Why Democratic Contenders Now Call for Abolishing the Electoral College. thenation.com Why Democratic Contenders Now Call for Abolishing the Electoral College…

John Nichols (2019-04-08). Bernie Sanders Is Making Union Solidarity an Essential Theme of the 2020 Campaign. thenation.com Bernie Sanders Is Making Union Solidarity an Essential Theme of the 2020 Campaign…

Michael Selby-Green (2019-04-08). UN Rapporteur: US Sanctions on Venezuela Are 'Blunt' Way to Engineer Regime Change, Causing Blanket Starvation. thegrayzone.com US sanctions against Venezuela are like "going into microsurgery with a kitchen knife" and are holding an entire population hostage,…

Kate Aronoff (2019-04-07). Could a Green New Deal Make Us Happier People? theintercept.com For as long as climate change has been a part of America's national consciousness, it's been talked about in dire terms, evoking images of some hellish, "Mad Max"-style dystopia. The title and much of the content of David Wallace-Wells's recent book is a variation on the same theme, stirring up hundreds of pages of images' worth of an "Uninhabitable Earth" to make the case that the conversation has not been dire enough. | In describing the nature of the problem, drastic terms are of course necessary. Annihilation looms, and the chaos it threatens to bring about — stronger storms, more fearsome floods, unbea…

RT (2019-04-07). Mueller's probe is over, but bogeyman Russia will come in handy for 2020 presidential hopefuls. rt.com There was no collusion but, for the crowded field of candidates hoping to be nominated by Democrats as their runner for 2020, Russia is still a good target to blame or to threaten with. Will using such rhetoric actually help them?

susan_p (2019-04-06). Turkey: the wondrous tale of democratic resilience. greenleft.org.au An American historian, Hayden White, once made fame by claiming that historical accounts were essentially like novels, each with their own plot and structure. Whatever we think about White's post-modern move, histories of early 21st-century Turkey are sure to read like thrillers with many ups and downs. | Turkey's local elections on March 31 added a new page to this dramatic tale. Reuters correspondent Humerya Pamuk spoke for many when she called the polls "nothing short of historic". | Against expectations, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost in five of the six bigges…

Aída Chávez (2019-04-06). Bernie Sanders Is the Most Popular 2020 Candidate Among Hispanic Voters, New Polling Finds. theintercept.com Thirty-three percent of Hispanic voters polled by Morning Consult support Sanders for president. He's followed by Joe Biden, with 24 percent of support.

pip.hinman (2019-04-05). Jeremy Corbyn calls for lawyers to be allowed to visit Abdullah àñcalan. greenleft.org.au British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn met with Kurdish solidarity activists on March 30, according to the campaign website freedomforocalan.org. | The activists have been working with Imam Sis, a Kurdish activist living in Wales who has been on hunger strike since December 17, protesting the isolation of imprisoned Kurdish leader, Abdullah à&ntil…

pip.hinman (2019-04-05). The Brexit rollercoaster. greenleft.org.au Two very different demonstrations within less than a week of each other neatly illustrated just how polarised British politics is. | On March 23, an estimated 1 million people took to the streets calling for a second referendum or "people's vote" on Britain's decision to leave the European Union (EU). | They argue that the electorate has a better idea now of the deal it might be getting and what the consequences are for the economy and people's rights to live, work and travel freely in any of the 27 member states. | This crowd was socially liberal and mostly leftish-leaning. The People's Vote campaign leadership…

Ryan Grim (2019-04-05). The Reluctance of Bernie Sanders to Release His Damn Tax Returns Is Part of a Bigger Issue. theintercept.com By failing to release his tax returns despite repeated promises to do so any minute now, Bernie Sanders is being the stubborn curmudgeon he's always been.

pip.hinman (2019-04-05). Interview: How Chemist Warehouse workers won. greenleft.org.au After a 16-day strike, workers at Chemist Warehouse distribution centres declared victory on March 28. Among their biggest gains were an 18.75% wage rise over four years and the conversion of labour hire workers to permanent positions after six months of work. | These are significant wins — and much better than those that workers have been winning recently in times of wage stagnation and high unemployment. | Workers at Chemist Warehouse distribution centres in Somerton and Preston, in Melbourne, and Eagle Farm, in Brisbane, began their indefinite strike on March 12 over three main issues: a wage rise to bri…

Alex Kane (2019-04-05). A Top Progressive Consulting Firm Is Doing PR for an Israeli Spy Company. theintercept.com A prominent political communications shop that works on Democratic campaigns, employs Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton campaign alums, and boasts of its role in the fight for gun control and LGBT equality is representing an Israeli firm notorious for selling powerful surveillance technology to authoritarian governments around the world. | NSO Group, which is facing multiple lawsuits charging that its technology was used to spy on journalists and dissidents, hired SKDKnickerbocker to help with media inquiries as the spy firm tri…

susan_p (2019-04-05). Venezuela: Guaido stripped of immunity, protest erupt over blackouts. greenleft.org.au Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly (ANC) has lifted self-declared "interim president" Juan Guaido's parliamentary immunity, opening the door for criminal charges to be brought against him. | The unanimous April 2 decision came following a request from the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) and included an "authorisation" to continue investigations into the parliamentary deputy and president of the National Assembly. | The ANC based its move on article 200 of Venezuela's constitution, which gives the TSJ the unique power to overrule parliamentarian…

pip.hinman (2019-04-05). After Mueller: Trump's presidency a product of US capitalism. greenleft.org.au The most important finding of the long Mueller investigation into United States President Donald Trump — that there was no collusion with the Russians to fix the 2016 US election so that Trump would win — came as a shock to most liberals, progressives and even many socialists. | I have seen only one figure in the mass media who faces even parts of the truth. Farhad Manjoo, an op-ed writer in the New York Times wrote on March 25: "Trump's win was not the illegitimate product of a treasonous conspiracy … The president was not a Manchurian candidat…

pip.hinman (2019-04-04). Mandatory detention: A history of bipartisan cruelty. greenleft.org.au How did Australia go from a place where its migrant hostels fostered some of the world's most famous bands to one where the detentions centres it presides over are described as "hell on Earth"? | Prior to May 1992, there was no mandatory detention in Australia. | At most, a couple of hundred people came via boat to seek asylum each year. They were housed in places such as the Villawood Migrant Hostel. | Some of the migrants who first met and jammed at these hostels went on to form iconic bands such as the Easybeats and AC/DC. It was…

Fred_F (2019-04-04). Venezuela delegation urges concrete solidarity action. greenleft.org.au Solidarity activists who recently returned from a fact-finding tour of Venezuela are calling for concrete actions by the Australian community to assist the Venezuelan people currently facing economic hardship, primarily as a result of harsh US sanctions. | Among the proposals raised at a March 30 forum held in the Maritime Union of Australia Sydney offices were to send a container's load of goods directly to grassroots organisations and to raise funds for an agro-ecological school. | There is also a proposal to send a solidarity delegate to Venezuela in January next year. | Freelance journalist Joe Montero told t…

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