2019-04-11: News Headlines

Christopher R. Martin (2019-04-11). Will Democrats reach rural workers in 2020? peoplesworld.org It should be easy to run against Trump's rural America record. Aside from his made-for-Fox-News rallies, he has little to brag about in rural policy except for self-inflicted wounds that risk returning rural America back to the farm crisis of the 1980s. Trump's misguided tariff wars and scuttling of NAFTA have exacerbated crop prices that …

commondreams (2019-04-11). Investors Support Green New Deal's Call for Climate Action. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Wen Stephenson (2019-04-11). What 'Living in Truth' Looks Like in the Face of Climate Catastrophe. thenation.com What 'Living in Truth' Looks Like in the Face of Climate Catastrophe…

Jacob Bacharach (2019-04-11). Bernie Has to Do Better Than This. truthdig.com On a Sunday in early April, your favorite grumpy Jewish uncle and mine, Bernie Sanders, opened himself up to a renewed line of attack from those within the Democratic Party (and on the political left more broadly) who feel he is out of touch with issues of race and identity. At a public appearance in Oskaloosa, Ia., a member of the audience asked him about the logistics of so-called open borders, apparently under the mistaken belief that Sanders supported an open borders policy. | Th…

STAFF (2019-04-11). Treasury Department Fails to Meet Deadline to Hand Over Trump's Tax Returns. truthout.org Donald Trump's treasury secretary informed the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee he would not meet the Wednesday's deadline to hand over the president's tax returns. | In a politically-charged letter informing Chairman Richard E. Neal the Treasury Department would not finish its review of his request for Trump's private tax return information by April 10, Secretary Steve Mnuchin attacked House Democrats for demanding the president's "confidential" information and cited the previous Republican leaders of the Ways and Means C…

commondreams (2019-04-11). Progressive Groups, Including Sexual Assault Survivors' Advocates, Urge House Democrats to Investigate Brett Kavanaugh's Sham Confirmation Process. commondreams.org ______________________________…

pip.hinman (2019-04-11). Hutchison Ports hit with strike. greenleft.org.au Hutchison Ports workers in Sydney and Brisbane walked off the job for 24 hours on April 5 to protest the company's ongoing refusal to move away from outsourcing jobs and the overseas remote-controlling of already semi-automated equipment. | Speaking about the strike action, Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) assistant national secretary Warren Smith said: "Outsourcing our jobs for greater profit and remote controlling to workers that may be paid $2 per hour will continue to be challenged by the workforce and their union. | "Wharfies' work is wharfies' work, and we will resist every effort to give that work to othe…

pip.hinman (2019-04-11). Tackling the challenges of Cuba's new economic model. greenleft.org.au "Cubans want a socialist country, a developed country, and support for the Cuban Revolution remains strong," Leima Martinez Freire told a 50-strong public meeting on April 4. | Freire, the Asia-Pacific Director of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples, was speaking at the NSW Teachers Federation at an event organised by the Australia-Cuba Friendship Society. | She said Cuba has been busy discussing the draft and re-draft of the new Constitution and "tackling the challenges of our new economic model". | About 7 million people took part in the discussions over a new constitution and 659,000 amendments…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-04-11). Progressives Call on House Democrats to Probe 'Sham Confirmation Process' for Brett Kavanaugh. commondreams.org A coalition of 26 progressive groups on Thursday urged House Democrats to investigate the GOP-controlled Senate's "sham confirmation process" for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

pip.hinman (2019-04-11). The troglodyte politics that is eating the future. greenleft.org.au The farcical political posturing over electric cars by Coalition Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his minister for small and family business Senator Michaela Cash says a lot about the state of Australian politics. | It's clear we have a government in the pocket of fossil fuel companies and allied rip-off merchants who are hell-bent on sacrificing our future in pursuit of their narrow interests. | That is why the school students who have gone on strike for climate action are…

Alfred W. McCoy (2019-04-11). Calculating the Damage From a Century of Drug Prohibition. counterpunch.org 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 More

M. STARKS (2019-04-11). Earth Day Debate: The Green Future or A Green Fraud? indybay.org Unitarian Universalist Center | 1187 Franklin/Geary Streets | San Francisco…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-04-11). Here's the Interview With Glenn Greenwald About Julian Assange It Seems NPR Didn't Want You To Hear. commondreams.org "NPR bizarrely seems to have deleted their own lie-filled interview with me and replaced it with something else," said the award-winning journalist | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

pip.hinman (2019-04-11). Full house for Victorian Socialists election launch. greenleft.org.au More than 350 Victorian Socialists' members and supporters packed out Preston Town Hall on April 6 to launch the party's federal election campaign. | In a display of the broad support the campaign is garnering, the night featured greetings from trade unionists involved in the recent Chemist Warehouse workers' victory, community activists campaigning against the impact of toxic fires and representatives from the Brunswick Residents Network and the Tamil Refugee Council. | Footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, who was recently freed by Thai authorities following a strong public campaign after he was detained on his hon…

pip.hinman (2019-04-11). Greens candidate wants to 'break the consensus'. greenleft.org.au Greens candidate for the inner Brisbane federal seat of Griffith Max Chandler-Mather is running an ambitious and energetic campaign. It is also arguably one of the most left-wing Greens campaigns in the country. | Speaking to Green Left Weekly, Chandler-Mather said Australian politics has been shaped by the neoliberalism of the Bob Hawke and Paul Keating Labor governments, which resulted in huge cuts to real wages, the privatisation of Qantas and the Commonwealth Bank, and the subsequent sale of Telstra. | The Accord agreement signed between the Labor government and the trade union movement led to an historic def…

Tyler Durden (2019-04-11). Yet Another Popular Conspiracy Theory Died Today. theantimedia.com (ZH) — It bears repeating, given the nearly past three years of 'Russiagate' collusion hysteria which focused heavily and uncritically on the role of WikiLeaks in both Hillary's defeat and the rise of Trump, and centrally the "Russian connection" supposedly tying it all together: there seems yet more daily and weekly evidence demonstrating how absurd the claims were …

pip.hinman (2019-04-11). Adani approval reeks of political interference. greenleft.org.au Just days after Queensland Liberal National Party Senator James McGrath reportedly threatened to call for the sacking of federal environment minister Melissa Price if she did not grant approval for Adani's proposed coalmine, the Indian mining giant's groundwater management plan was approved on April 9. | It is no secret that Adani has been pressing the Coalition government to make a decision ahead of the federal election. The Coalition's capitulation to Adani and the pro-coal lobby — just days out from the calling of an election — reeks of political interference. | The Lock the Gate Alliance (LTG) sai…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-04-11). 'Stop With This Recklessness': Allies Warn Right-Wing Attacks Could Get Congresswoman Ilhan Omar Killed. commondreams.org Rep. Ilhan Omar is being targeted once again by both Republicans and Rupert Murdoch's right wing media machine, raising concerns among her supporters and colleagues about the level of hate being directed at her—and prompting a vigorous defense from some of her fellow House freshmen. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Text: RR Photos: Teri Vershel (2019-04-11). Demonstration in Palo Alto Raises Public Awareness About Mueller Report. indybay.org On April 4, a coalition of organizations activated a nationwide protest in response to Attorney General William Barr's failure to meet a deadline set by House Democrats to release special counsel Robert Mueller's full Russia report to Congress. Amongst many participating locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Palo Alto was one. | Photos by Teri Vershel, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.

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.

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 …

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). 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…

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

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

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.

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.

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. |

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…

RT (2019-04-10). Russiagate-pushing Democrats call AG Barr's 'spying' claim conspiracy theory. rt.com The very same congressional Democrats who maintain 'Russiagate' was real are denouncing Attorney General William Barr's claim there was improper surveillance of the Trump campaign as a conspiracy theory.

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). 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. |

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…

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

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 …

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.

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…

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.

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…

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). 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). 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). 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 (2019-04-05). 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…

pip.hinman (2019-04-04). Major parties fail #ClimateElection test. greenleft.org.au Treasurer Josh Frydenberg only mentioned the word "climate" twice in his election budget speech, and almost as an afterthought. | The lack of priority given to the urgent problem of climate change was revealed by the spare change that the Coalition government allocated for climate change measures in the budget: $3.5 billion, most of which will not even be spent in the next four years. | This compares to hundreds of billions allocated to polluting infrastructure, corporate tax cuts and governm…

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