2019-04-19: News Headlines

Democracy Now! (2019-04-19). The Mueller Report: Glenn Greenwald vs. David Cay Johnston on Trump-Russia Ties, Obstruction & More. democracynow.org The Justice Department has released a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report detailing Russian meddling in the 2016 election, the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia and President Trump's attempts to impede the special counsel's investigation. The report states the campaign "expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts," but Mueller concluded, "the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities." Mueller also outlined…

Staff (2019-04-19). Will the Mueller Report Help Defeat Trump in 2020? (Pt 2/2). therealnews.com Trump and his base will remain unaffected by the Mueller Report, and it will mainly serve as a "political football" between Republicans and Democrats, say Gerald Horne and Kamau Franklin, but it can still be used against Trump in 2020…

Staff (2019-04-19). It's Time to Transform the Tax Code and Implement a Green New Deal. truthout.org One area where the two parties of the millionaires and billionaires put in place policies that favor the rich are tax laws. Tax policy has favored the wealthy under both parties, but the Trump-administration has brought this tax corruption to new levels. We need to transform tax policy to build the working class base of the economy, shrink the wealth divide, and confront the climate crisis. An honest analysis of the tax code calls out in stark detail the extreme injustice of the economy in the United States. | The tax system favors the wealthy as low- and middle-income people are hit the hardest while big busi…

Staff (2019-04-19). Glenn Greenwald vs. David Cay Johnston on the Mueller Report. truthout.org The Justice Department has released a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report detailing Russian meddling in the 2016 election, the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia and President Trump's attempts to impede the special counsel's investigation. The report states the campaign "expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts," but Mueller concluded, "the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities." Mueller also outli…

Jill Richardson (2019-04-19). Why Is Going Green So Hard? Because Our System Isn't. commondreams.org "The solutions to environmental problems need to be systemic," the author writes. "They cannot be achieved by a group of do-gooders each trying to individually make good choices within a system designed for the opposite." (Photo: Nata Luna Sans/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Renee Parsons (2019-04-19). Bernie Sanders and the Nuclear-capable F35s. "The Most Expensive Weapon in US History" globalresearch.ca Fresh off what the MSM is celebrating as a surprise victory for a Bernie Town Hall on Fox News, lurking in the background is his inexplicable support over the years for basing the highly controversial F35 at the Burlington International …

Dan Bacher (2019-04-19). U.S. Senate Confirms Oil Lobbyist David Bernhardt as Interior Secretary. counterpunch.org The U.S. Senate on April 11 voted 56-41 to confirm President Trump's nominee David Bernhardt, former oil and gas corporation and Westlands Water District lobbyist David Bernhardt, to be the Secretary of the Interior. Senators Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Martin Heinrich (N.M.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), as well as Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), joined Senate Republicans More

Staff (2019-04-19). Biden Expected to Launch Presidential Campaign Next Week. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to join the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential race next week. | The decision answers one of the most significant outstanding questions of the early presidential primary season, which has already seen announcements from 18 high-profile Democrats. Biden, 76, would be the oldest and most experienced politician in the race. | His plans were confirmed by three people with knowledge, who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. The announcement is expected as early as Wednesday and would cap months of deliberation over his…

Kalena Thomhave (2019-04-19). Democrats Battle Over How to Raise the Minimum Wage. commondreams.org The call for a $15 minimum wage is getting louder, and more people are hearing it. The Fight for $15 has won numerous victories, as states (including California and New York) and localities have passed their own laws to institute a $15 minimum wage—or even higher.

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-04-19). House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer Is Facing a Primary Challenge. theintercept.com Mckayla Wilkes, a 28-year-old administrative assistant, part-time student, and mother of two, has had enough. In late March, she announced that she was mounting a bid for Maryland's 5th Congressional District, aiming to unseat one of the oldest and most powerful Democratic members, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. Wilkes is running on a host of progressive policies, but plans to put particular focus on Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and affordable housing. | A student of political science, Wilkes hasn't formerly been involved in politics before, but thinks t…

The Green Arcade (2019-04-19). Music to my Eyes – Stories, Music and Art From a Chicago Cabbie. indybay.org The Green Arcade | 1680 Market Street | San Francisco, CA 94102…

RT (2019-04-19). 'Total bulls**t': Trump blasts 'fabricated' statements in Mueller report. rt.com US President Donald Trump unleashed scathing remarks about special counsel Robert Mueller's "crazy" report on Friday, saying it was written by "angry Democrats" and contains statements which are "total bulls**t."

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-04-19). Demanding to Hear Directly From Mueller, Nadler Subpoenas Full, Unredacted Report Friday. commondreams.org House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said Friday morning that the entire unredacted Mueller Report would be subpoenaed by his committee "in the next couple of hours," reiterating that Democrats are not satisfied with the Trump administration's suggestion that the report is a closed matter. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-04-19). Mueller report re-ignites political warfare in Washington. wsws.org Congressional Democrats and their media backers are seeking to use the findings of the investigation to boost their right-wing anti-Russia campaign.

WSWS (2019-04-19). Germany: SPD and Greens act as stooges for the far-right in Hamburg. wsws.org The coalition which controls the Hamburg Senate is acting as an extension of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) against anti-fascist students, teachers and parents.

Kevin Gosztola (2019-04-19). On WikiLeaks Email Releases, Mueller Team Ignored Findings Of Former US Intelligence Officials. shadowproof.com Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on an investigation into alleged Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election does not confirm, without a doubt, that Russian intelligence agents or individuals tied to Russian intelligence agencies passed on emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign to WikiLeaks. | Mueller's team highlighted statements from WikiLeaks on Twitter about former Democratic National Committee (DNC) staff member Seth Rich, which seemed to relate to the alleged source of emails and documents the organization published. Yet, more explicit claims from WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Ass…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-18). "We Can Be Whatever We Have the Courage to See": Molly Crabapple's Art Breathes Life Into Green New Deal. democracynow.org "We can be whatever we have the courage to see." That's the message of a stunning new video released by The Intercept, Naomi Klein and award-winning artist Molly Crabapple Wednesday that imagines a future shaped by the Green New Deal. It's called "A Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez." The film was co-written by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez herself, along with Avi Lewis, the co-founder of The Leap. We speak with Avi Lewis and award-winning artist Molly Crabapple about the power of art to create social change.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-18). "A Message from the Future with AOC": New Film Imagines World Transformed by the Green New Deal. democracynow.org As the push for the Green New Deal builds momentum in the United States, The Intercept has released a short illustrated video imagining a future shaped by the progressive environmental movement. It's titled "A Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez." The New York congressmember narrates the film to envision an America that has been transformed by the Green New Deal policies, including a just transition of jobs, Medicare for all, and a total overhaul of the country's energy system. The result is a vision of radical hope and transformation. The film features stunning artwork by award-winning illustra…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-18). Noam Chomsky: The Green New Deal Is Exactly the Right Idea. democracynow.org Supporters of the Green New Deal are launching a nationwide tour Thursday to build support for the congressional resolution to transform the U.S. economy through funding renewable energy while ending U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. Democracy Now! spoke with Noam Chomsky about the Green New Deal and the lessons of the old New Deal in Boston last week.

Staff (2019-04-18). Does The Center for American Progress Want to Stop Progressives In 2020? therealnews.com Is the Center for American Progress really interested in pushing bold progressive ideas for the American people, when they make questionable claims about America's favorite progressive candidate, Bernie Sanders? We discuss the issue with Mike Lux…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-18). Chomsky: By Focusing on Russia, Democrats Handed Trump a "Huge Gift" & Possibly the 2020 Election. democracynow.org As Attorney General William Barr releases Robert Mueller's long-anticipated report into Russian interference in the 2016 election, we speak with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky about what he sees as the political perils of "Russiagate."

Robert Lowes (2019-04-18). Walgreens' New Level of Hypocrisy. progressive.org As it continues to sell cigarettes, the pharmacy chain is rolling out a new cosmetics program for cancer patients.

Greg Guma (2019-04-18). Poisoned Press: The Original Plot to Stop Bernie Sanders. globalresearch.ca Long before any votes are cast for president, some Democratic thought leaders have made up their minds about at least one thing. Bernie Sanders is too risky to be the party's nominee. And this existential fear of the so-called …

Bryan Wall (2019-04-18). Nancy Pelosi angers Brexit supporters by saying trade with US at risk if Good Friday Agreement undermined. thecanary.co US speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has warned that Brexit could damage trade agreements between Britain and the US. She made the comments … | Read more Nancy Pelosi angers Brexit supporters by saying trade with US at risk if Good Friday Agreement undermined | By Bryan Wall

RT (2019-04-18). AG Barr has 'no objection' to Mueller testifying as Democrats say he 'spun' report in Trump's favor. rt.com US Attorney General William Barr has "no objection" to Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifying before Congress regarding his investigations into now-disproven "collusion" between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian officials.

RT (2019-04-18). 'PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!' Trump lashes out at 'greatest political hoax' ahead of Mueller report. rt.com President Donald Trump has savaged Hillary Clinton, the FBI, and the Democratic Party for committing "the greatest political hoax of all time," hours before Attorney General William Barr releases the redacted Mueller report.

RT (2019-04-18). Top Democrats call for Mueller to testify over his report. rt.com Unhappy with the way the White House is rolling out the redacted version of the special counsel's report to the public, leaders of the Democratic Party want Robert Mueller to testify before Congress.

Mehdi Hasan (2019-04-18). Dear Democrats: Mueller Just Handed You a Road Map for Impeachment. Follow It. theintercept.com The White House on April 17, 2019 in Washington, D.C. | mendacious Attorney General William Barr, and his repeated — and repeatedly dishonest — attempts to summarize and spin the special counsel's report prior to publication. | You now have access to the report itself, and even the " RT (2019-04-18). NXIVM sex cult's alleged illegal political contributions reportedly went to Hillary Clinton. rt.com The NXIVM sex cult is facing allegations that it illegally bundled campaign donations to gain political favor with an unnamed US presidential election candidate and reports suggest that the politician is Hillary Clinton.

Glenn Greenwald (2019-04-18). Robert Mueller Did Not Merely Reject the Trump-Russia Conspiracy Theories. He Obliterated Them. theintercept.com Certain facts will never go away no matter how much media elites deny them. That Mueller charged no Americans with election conspiracy crimes is the most fatal.

unitedEditor (2019-04-18). Pete Buttigieg: Will a gay globalist take the 2020 US elections? uwidata.com In 2020, the next presidential elections will be held in the United States. Not long ago, the country elected its first black president, and in 2016, a woman, Hillary Clinton, came close to victory. The time has come to expand Overton's window even further: for the first time, a gay man may become the next …

Federico Fuentes (2019-04-18). Who are Venezuela's colectivos? mronline.org The media calls them armed thugs and US Senator Marco Rubio wants them put on the terrorist list, but who are Venezuela's colectivos (collectives)? Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes met with some of them to find out. | Source

ACLU (2019-04-17). South Dakota Can't Silence Our Protest Against the Keystone XL Pipeline. aclu.org The "Riot-Boosting" Act Constitutes Self-Censorship and a Loss of our First Amendment Rights. | This piece originally appeared at NDN Collective. | For Indigenous Peoples in South Dakota, the land is more than just the ground beneath our feet. | We believe in and act upon the notion that people, nature, society and all living things are interconnected, in relation to one another, and operate as a system. Our Indigenous cultures have taught us through our languages, stories a…

Naomi Klein (2019-04-17). A Message From the Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. theintercept.com Today, The Intercept launches "A Message From the Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez," a seven-minute film narrated by the congresswoman and illustrated by Molly Crabapple. Set a couple of decades from now, it's a flat-out rejection of the idea that a dystopian future is a forgone conclusion. Instead, it offers a thought experiment: What if we decided not to drive off the climate cliff? What if we chose to radically change course and save both our habitat and ourselves? | What if we actually pulled off a Green New Deal? What would the future look like then? | This is a project unlike any we have done before, cr…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-17). Bernie Sanders' Foreign Policy Vision is Incoherent and Dangerous. theantimedia.com (MPN) — Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is now leading the pack of Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidential nomination. In the previous election cycle, Sanders served as an anti-establishment underdog, bucking Democratic orthodoxy with a strong progressive economic message. But this time the field is more crowded with like-minded candidates —"progressives" like Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, …

Robert Mackey (2019-04-17). Nancy Pelosi Takes Control of U.S. Foreign Policy on Brexit With Stark Warning to U.K. theintercept.com In Dublin, Nancy Pelosi said Congress would block any trade deal with the U.K. if the British exit from the EU threatens the peace in Northern Ireland.

Akela Lacy (2019-04-17). National Republicans Bankrolled Lawyer for GOP Congressional Candidate Accused of Election Fraud. theintercept.com National Republicans picked up the tab for the legal defense of a North Carolina congressional candidate whose campaign illegally solicited and forged absentee ballots in the state's 9th District, according to disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission. The attorney has been accused by the North Carolina State Board of Elections of improperly withholding documents that would help expose the fraud. | Financing the legal defense implicates national Republicans in the scandal, but it hasn't stopped them from exploiting it to push new voter suppression laws. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Hous…

Staff (2019-04-16). Did The House's New Climate Committee Snub the Sunrise Movement? therealnews.com The first House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis hearing featured youth climate activists—but not the ones with the Sunrise Movement who demand a Green New Deal…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-16). Headlines for April 16, 2019. democracynow.org Flames Engulf Historic Notre-Dame Cathedral as France Vows to Rebuild, Jerusalem: Firefighters Put Out Blaze at Al-Aqsa Mosque, Dems Subpoena Deutsche Bank as They Probe Trump Finances, DOJ: Redacted Mueller Report Will Be Released April 18, Measles on the Rise Around the World, Up 300% from 2018, Man Charged with Hate Crimes over Fires at 3 Black Louisiana Churches, Bernie Sanders Releases Tax Returns in Run-up to 2020, Ex-MA Governor William Weld Enters Race for 2020 GOP Nomination, Trump's Transgender Military Ban Goes into Effect, Chicago Police Arrest Loyola Grad Workers Protesting Unfair Wages, Interior Dep…

Adam Johnson (2019-04-16). Maybe Rich Liberals Don't Hate Sanders Because They Fear He Can't Win, But Because They're Rich. fair.org For the New York Times ( 4/16/19), "mainstream Democrats" are found "from canapé-filled fund-raisers on the coasts to the cloakrooms of Washington." | Why does the New York Times take rich liberals at their word that their concern with Bernie Sanders is that he would lose to Trump, rather than the obvious, glaring fact that his election would run counter to their interests? | The New York Times ( 4/16/19) profiled a net…

pip.hinman (2019-04-16). Walking tour brings radical Sydney to life. greenleft.org.au Key sites of radical struggle in Sydney's history were included in a "Radical Sydney Walking Tour" conducted by historians Rowan Cahill and Terry Irving, and sponsored by Green Left Weekly, on April 13. | Some 60 people enjoyed an afternoon of revelations about the often forgotten progressive history of this city. Cahill and Irving are labour historians at Wollongong University and are co-editors of the highly informative book Radical Sydney. | Starting at First Fleet Park in Circular Quay, the tour traversed…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-15). Headlines for April 15, 2019. democracynow.org Democrats Slam Trump Threat to "Release" Immigrants to Sanctuary Cities, Rep. Ilhan Omar Sees Spike in Death Threats After Trump 9/11 Attack, NYC: Yemeni Bodegas Boycott NY Post over Cover Attacking Rep. Omar, ICC Will Not Investigate U.S. War Crimes in Afghanistan, Sudan: Military Leadership Challenged by Ongoing Protests, Algeria: Protesters Call for Removal of Ruling Elite After Fall of Bouteflika, Libya: U.N. Warns of Mounting Casualties as Fighting Escalates, Gaza: Israeli Forces Shoot and Kill Palestinian Teen, Pakistan: Minority Hazara Protest After Suicide Bomb Kills 24, South Korea Lifts 66-Year-Old Abor…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-15). Bill McKibben: Green New Deal Is a Chance to "Remake Not Just a Broken Planet, But a Broken Society" democracynow.org President Trump signed two executive orders last week to facilitate the approval of pipeline projects at a federal level, limiting states' ability to regulate such projects. The move is intended in part to clear the way for permitting on the northeastern Constitution pipeline, which has stalled after New York invoked the Clean Water Act to reject the project on environmental grounds. We speak with Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org and the author of the new book "Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?"

Staff (2019-04-15). "Stunning and Revealing" — DCCC Demands Loyalty Oath From Political Consultants. therealnews.com As Jeff Cohen points out, political fear of progressives and corporate power have pushed the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) towards strategies for stopping primary challenges…

Staff (2019-04-15). Medicare for All Divides Democrats but Might Unite the Nation. therealnews.com Michael Lighty speaks on Sanders' Medicare for All bill, the corporate-fueled war inside the Democratic Party, and the battle for American minds…

Federico Fuentes, Green Left Weekly (2019-04-15). Who Are Venezuela's Colectivos? venezuelanalysis.com Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes recently visited Venezuela, and offers his account on the famed "colectivos" who are so demonized by the mainstream press.

Michael Arria (2019-04-15). Group of Centrist Democrats Undermine Federal $15 Minimum Wage Bill. shadowproof.com A group of Democrats plans to severely weaken a bill that would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour by the year 2024. | The lawmakers proposed an alternative piece of legislation that would regionalize a wage increase, establishing a minimum wage floor that would vary by area. | In January, the Raise the Wage Act was introduced in the Senate by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and in the House by Representative Bobby Scott (D-Va.). | The b…

Ruth Conniff (2019-04-15). Bernie Barnstorms the Midwest. progressive.org "I can understand why people voted for Trump based on what he said. For too long the political establishment did not listen to the needs of working families."

Jon Walker (2019-04-15). How Bernie Sanders' Position On Filibuster Is Needlessly Complicated. shadowproof.com Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) responded to blowback following his defense of the filibuster. He called for the return of the "talking filibuster" and suggested his administration would rely on the vice president to ensure his agenda passed under budget reconciliation. | But a "talking filibuster" would not end obstructions and allow more policymaking. Effectively, it would allow more senators to hold the floor for hours, possibly even while they piss themselves or come close to their le…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-04-15). Episode Two of "Animal Matters": How the Cause Went From the Leftist Fringe to the Trans-Ideological Mainstream. theintercept.com The cause of animal rights is about far more than just the treatment of animals. It is central to our most pressing global challenges and debates.