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2019-04-02: News Headlines

Democracy Now! (2019-04-02). "This President Is Cruel": Congresswoman Slams Trump for Fighting Against Puerto Rico Disaster Aid. democracynow.org We look at the fight in Congress over disaster aid for Puerto Rico since it was ravaged by Hurricane Maria, one of the deadliest storms in U.S. history. On Monday, two competing disaster relief bills stalled in the Senate. A companion to a January package passed in the House failed after Republicans objected to the lack of relief funding for recent flooding in the Midwest. Another Senate bill supported by Republicans fell short of the 60 votes needed. It contained just $600 million for Puerto Rico's food stamp program, a number Democrats say is far too low as many Puerto Ricans are still recovering from the devas…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-02). "The System Is Rigged": Democrats Drop Corporate and PAC Money Amid Pressure from Progressives. democracynow.org We look at the growing push for lawmakers to refuse money from corporate political action committees, as more than half of the Democrats newly elected to Congress have vowed not to accept such donations. We speak with Congressmember Nydia Velázquez of New York, a long-term legislator who has stopped taking corporate PAC donations. "In order to return trust [to] our democratic institutions, we need to … allow for the voters to feel that their voices are heard and that they don't have to write a big check in order to gain access into our congressional offices," she says.

STAFF (2019-04-02). Scandal-Plagued Baltimore Mayor Takes Leave of Absence. therealnews.com By Brandon Soderberg. | Mayor Catherine Pugh, who has been enduring weeks of scandal surrounding the sales of "Healthy Holly" and a series of related—janky, equally bizarre, generally unreadable and rather memeable—children's books for hundreds of thousands of dollars is officially taking a leave of absence due to sickness. | The leave of absence begins tomorrow. City Council president Jack Young will be the acting mayor and City Council vice president Sharon Green Middleton will be acting City Council president. | Article XI,…

STAFF (2019-04-02). Congresswoman Slams Trump for Fighting Against Puerto Rico Disaster Aid. truthout.org We look at the fight in Congress over disaster aid for Puerto Rico since it was ravaged by Hurricane Maria, one of the deadliest storms in U.S. history. On Monday, two competing disaster relief bills stalled in the Senate. A companion to a January package passed in the House failed after Republicans objected to the lack of relief funding for recent flooding in the Midwest. Another Senate bill supported by Republicans fell short of the 60 votes needed. It contained just $600 million for Puerto Rico's food stamp program, a number Democrats say is far too low as many Puerto Ricans are still recovering from the de…

Jacob Bacharach (2019-04-02). Nancy Pelosi Believes in Nothing. truthdig.com Last month, Nancy Pelosi gave an interview to the Washington Post that incensed an increasingly socialist flank of the Democratic Party. "I don't think we should go down that path," she said of President Trump's possible impeachment, before adding the president of the United States is "just not worth it." | It was unclear, in this context, what "worth it" meant to Pelosi. In the same interview, she claimed that Trump was unfit for office "ethical…

STAFF (2019-04-02). Pelosi Says Biden Should Stop Being Touchy-Feely With Women. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—As former Vice President Joe Biden's camp scrambles to contain any political damage over his past behavior with women, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has some words of advice: Keep your distance. | "Join the straight-arm club," Pelosi told a breakfast hour Washington event on Tuesday. | In other words, keep your handshakes at arms' length and don't be touchy-feely. | "Just pretend you have a cold and I have a cold," Pelosi said. | Pelosi, D-Calif., told the event, which was sponsored by Politico, that Biden "has to understand that in the world we are in now people's space is important to them and wha…

STAFF (2019-04-02). Socialist Principles Have Always Been Part of Black American Tradition. truthout.org Socialism is hitting headlines in a big way these days. The word is no longer off-limits like it was for so many decades here in the United States, and the ideas behind it are becoming more and more popular — especially among young people. | But despite a relatively rapid growth in interest, there are still many misunderstandings and myths about the idea, including a false image of the broader socialist community as a collection of white professors and "Bernie Bros." | Socialism…

STAFF (2019-04-02). Democrats Drop Corporate and PAC Money Amid Pressure From Progressives. truthout.org We look at the growing push for lawmakers to refuse money from corporate political action committees, as more than half of the Democrats newly elected to Congress have vowed not to accept such donations. We speak with Congressmember Nydia Velázquez of New York, a long-term legislator who has stopped taking corporate PAC donations. "In order to return trust [to] our democratic institutions, we need to … allow for the voters to feel that their voices are heard and that they don't have to write a big check in order to gain access into our congressional offices," she says. | Transcript: | This is…

Jeff Faux (2019-04-02). Trump Is Laying a Trap for Democrats on Immigration. thenation.com Trump Is Laying a Trap for Democrats on Immigration…

Consortiumnews (2019-04-02). Consortium News' Record on Russia-gate—How CN Covered the 'Scandal': No. 4—'The Democratic Money Behind Russia-gate'. consortiumnews.com As Russia-gate continues to buffet the Trump administration, we now know that the "scandal" started with Democrats funding the original dubious allegations of Russian interference, wrote Joe Lauria on Oct. 29, 2017. The Democratic Money Behind Russia-gate By Joe Lauria… Read more →

John Nichols (2019-04-02). When Socialism Was Tried in America—and Was a Smashing Success. thenation.com When Socialism Was Tried in America—and Was a Smashing Success…

Daniel Haufler (2019-04-02). The Struggle against Authoritarian Populism. indybay.org The US finds itself in the worst crisis of its democracy in decades, perhaps even since the Civil War. The political system has failed. Trump constantly mocks the constitutional state and democracy. The Democrats are absolutely obliged to protect the country from an authoritarian coup from above. Voting Trump out of office is the only realistic way out.

RT (2019-04-02). Sniff, touch & run: Will Democrats survive own #MeToo moral hype in 'Bidening' scandal? rt.com When a Republican faces #MeToo-style accusations, be it President Trump or Judge Kavanaugh, Dems are usually the first to condemn. But when men among their own ranks come under fire, they water down the scandal or find a pretext.

Eoin Higgins (2019-04-02). Progressives, Democrats, and Pope Sound Alarm Over Trump's Threat to Close Border. theantimedia.com (CD) — President Donald Trump's threat to close the southern border was met with criticism and concern from politicians, activists, the public—and Pope Francis. Trump is taking the action, he said, because of what he believes is a crisis in drug smuggling and human trafficking. In remarks to reporters Sunday on the papal plane en route from Morocco …

Jubilee USA Network (2019-04-02). Senate Disaster Funding Fails Over Puerto Rico Aid Debate. indybay.org On Monday the Senate failed to pass disaster relief funding to benefit Americans impacted by wildfires, hurricanes, flooding and other natural disasters. Republicans and Democrats clashed over recovery aid amounts for Puerto Rico and two separate proposals could not muster enough votes for passage.

Consortiumnews (2019-04-01). Pelosi and McConnell Crank Up NATO Madness. consortiumnews.com Norman Solomon calls for all forms of pushback against a militarized political culture welcoming a NATO chief to Congress this week. By Norman Solomon NormanSolomon.com When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell teamed up to invite… Read more →

StudentNation (2019-04-01). What 16 Young People Think About the Green New Deal. thenation.com What 16 Young People Think About the Green New Deal…

John Shafthauer (2019-04-01). The HS2 railway could be putting drinking water at risk, but a court delay just worked in its favour. thecanary.co The Stop HS2 campaigner Sarah Green was due in court on Monday 1 April. Although she faced charges of aggravated trespass, she believed the … | Read more The HS2 railway could be putting drinking water at risk, but a court delay just worked in its favour | By John Shafthauer

John Nichols (2019-04-01). Lots of Politicians Preach Civility, but Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Practices It. thenation.com Lots of Politicians Preach Civility, but Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Practices It…

RT (2019-04-01). Russiagate endgame? Democrats to issue subpoena for full, unredacted Mueller report. rt.com The Democratic lawmaker who chairs the House Judiciary Committee has said that he will approve a subpoena to obtain an unabridged version of the Mueller report, in what could be described as a Hail Mary for Russiagaters.

STAFF (2019-03-31). Deep Faith in the Deep State Gives Dems a Set Back. therealnews.com Our weekly panel discusses the Mueller Report, as the Democrats and their media allies put their eggs in the Russia-Gate basket and handed Trump a PR victory — Jacqueline Luqman, Jeff Cohen and host Paul Jay…

Jonathan Cohn (2019-03-31). These Democrats Represent Some of the Bluest Districts. So Why Don't They Support Medicare for All? millennialpolitics.co Medicare for All is more popular than ever, with even a majority of Republican voters supporting the policy. Tell the Democrats in deep blue districts.

RT (2019-03-31). Dashcams capture meteor blazing through Florida night sky (VIDEOS). rt.com A large green meteor was spotted blazing through the night sky in northern Florida Saturday night, and several dashboard cameras managed to capture the fireball in action.

Whitney Webb (2019-03-30). Silencing the Whistle: The Intercept Shutters Snowden Archive, Citing Cost. mintpressnews.com The closing of The Intercept's Snowden archive will likely mean the end of any future publications, unless Glenn Greenwald's rather absurd promise of finding "the right partner … that has the funds to robustly publish" is fulfilled.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (2019-03-30). Demolishing GOP Claim That Green New Deal Is "Elitist" zcomm.org Speech in defense of the Green New Deal…

Eds. (2019-03-29). The Green New Deal's magical realism. mronline.org The half-measures and failed "market mechanisms" of the mainstream more "unrealistic" than the bold plans put forward by the Green New Deal. The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but that won't mean very much if, within just a few decades, the planet can no longer sustain life as we know it. | Source

pip.hinman (2019-03-29). 'Love Aotearoa, hate racism' rally draws thousands in Auckland. greenleft.org.au A week after the Christchurch mosque attacks, thousands of people mobilised in Auckland for the "Love Aotearoa, hate racism" rally on March 24. | A number of speakers addressed the rally, including Mike Treen, national director of Unite Union and Global Peace and Justice. | "We need to organise, we need to connect," Treen told the rally. "Not just on an individual level to challenge every racist that we come across … not just on an individual level to speak up when we need to speak up. We need to connect, we need to organise in our churches, in our unions, in our schools, in our universities, in every instituti…

pip.hinman (2019-03-29). Push is on to approve Adani coalmine before federal elections. greenleft.org.au Adani has launched another public relations' offensive in a bid to secure its last approvals before it can start work on its Carmichael coalmine in central Queensland. | It wants to start before the federal election in May, and the Coalition is keen to help it along. | On March 20 federal resources minister Matt Canavan visited the Adani site for a briefing, along with Liberal and National Party MPs Michelle Landry, George Christensen and Ken O'Dowd. | Canavan later posted on his Facebook that the mine was ready to go, criticising the delays imposed by the Queensland Labor government. He did not respond to questi…

Aída Chávez (2019-03-29). The Decriminalization of Sex Work Is Edging Into the 2020 Campaign. theintercept.com There isn't much to recommend the current iteration of American presidential elections, which now begin some two years before the day voters go to the polls. One upside, though, is that it opens up policy conversations that are usually closed off. The result is the beginning of a public conversation about decriminalizing sex work. | Three Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidential nomination — Sens. Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard — have weighed in on the rights of sex workers. Harris and Gabbard have said they support the decriminalization of sex work, while Sanders was n…

susan_p (2019-03-29). Venezuela: Why is Maduro still in power? greenleft.org.au For many, it is impossible to understand how, despite presiding over the country's worst economic crisis and facing such intense international and domestic opposition, Maduro remains in the presidential palace. | The answer lies in the enduring strength of Chavismo, a political movement of the working classes that, despite predating former president Hugo Chávez, continues to take his name and political project as its own. | The refusal by Maduro's opponents, inside and outside Venezuela, to acknowledge its existence also goes a long way to explaining why they have remained in opposition for more than two decades.

pip.hinman (2019-03-29). Western Sahara: Decolonisation requires a just and lasting solution. greenleft.org.au The occupation of Western Sahara by Morocco is an outstanding case of African colonialism which needs a just solution. | The Moroccan military invaded the territory on October 31, 1975, despite a clear ruling issued by the International Court of Justice a few days earlier, on October 16. | On November 6, Morocco organised what it called a "Green March" to officially invade the North of Western Sahara, moving 350,000 Moroccan settlers to the territory in complicity with Spain, the colonial power in the territory since 1884. | The United Nations S…

pip.hinman (2019-03-29). Land Day is crucial for Palestinians. greenleft.org.au Palestinians will gather to commemorate Land Day on March 30. Last year, Land Day marked the beginning of the Great March of Return weekly protests in Gaza. | Land Day has its origins in 1976 when Israeli authorities conducted a brazen, large-scale theft of Palestinian land on behalf of settlers. Palestinians responded with a general strike and protests. | Land Day became a grim turning point in the struggle for sovereignty over land. Six Palestinians were killed and scores were arrested, setting the scene for a ramped-up response by Israel aga…

pip.hinman (2019-03-29). Yemen: 'We cannot survive another four years'. greenleft.org.au On March 6, the Yemeni human rights organisation Mwatana for Human Rights, the US-based University Network for Human Rights and PAX for Peace released a report documenting the role that United States and European arms sales have played in the deaths of hundreds of civilians in the Saudi-UAE-led war on Yemen. | It included an account of when Saudi and United Arab Emirates (UAE) forces bombed the al-Honood residential neighborhood in Hawak District, Al-Hudaydah Governo…

pip.hinman (2019-03-29). Tamils criticise UN resolution on Sri Lanka. greenleft.org.au The Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) expressed its "disappointment" with a March 21 United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution on "promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka". | There have been seven similar resolutions passed since 2009, when the war between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who were fighting for an independent Tamil homeland in the north and east of the island, ended in the massacre of tens of thousands of Tamils. | According to the ATC, "very little justice has reached victims and survivors" for what it describes as "mass…

susan_p (2019-03-29). New Zealand: Islamophobia is a weapon of the 1%. greenleft.org.au The terrorist attack on the Christchurch mosques by a right-wing fanatic has exposed a dark network of white supremacist, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant and misogynist people and movements that want to destroy all progressive aspects in the advance of humanity. | These networks openly admire United States President Donald Trump and other right-wing ideologues because their hatreds and fears are being manipulated by these same "establishment" forces. When Trump says "I think Islam hates us" and "Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in," referring to the migrant caravan from South America to the US, and…

pip.hinman (2019-03-29). Glencore's dirty tricks exposed. greenleft.org.au Days after Glencore, the largest mining company in the world, announced an annual cap on thermal coal, details of its well-funded pro-coal campaign emerged. | Anti-coal campaigners have demanded reforms to limit the abuse of money politics. | On March 8 The Guardian revealed that Glencore hired the C|T Group to spread pro-coal and anti-renewables messages across supposedly grassroots Facebook groups an…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-28). Green New Deal Policy Writer: Senate Vote Against Climate Plan Was Attempt to Stifle Growing Momentum. democracynow.org In a move Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called a "bluff vote," the Senate rejected the Green New Deal on Tuesday, after 43 Democrats voted "present" on the measure introduced by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Four other Democrats joined all 53 Republican senators in voting against the Green New Deal. As Democrats blast McConnell's move to push the procedural vote, we speak to one of the lead policy writers for the Green New Deal, a proposal to transform the U.S. economy by funding renewable energy while ending U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. Rhiana Gunn-Wright is the policy di…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-28). "Tell That to the Families in Flint": AOC Demolishes GOP Claim That Green New Deal Is "Elitist" democracynow.org On Tuesday, Congressmember Sean Duffy of Wisconsin suggested the Green New Deal only served the wealthy. New York Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shot back with a passionate defense of the Green New Deal. We feature her full speech.

Federico Fuentes, Green Left Weekly (2019-03-28). Venezuela: Despite the Crisis, Chavez's Legacy Endures. venezuelanalysis.com Federico Fuentes reports on his recent visit to Venezuela where he encountered an entirely different reality to that depicted by the mainstream media.

Glenn Greenwald (2019-03-28). The Media and Political Humiliation from the Mueller Report. zcomm.org I obviously intended to write about the fallout from Attorney General William Barr's summary of the Mueller report: specifically his definitive finding that "the Special Counsel did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government" and that "the report does not recommend any further indictments, nor Read more…

pip.hinman (2019-03-28). Court rejects appeal against Wallarah 2 coalmine. greenleft.org.au Hours before polling booths opened for the state elections, the NSW Land and Environment Court announced late on March 22 that it was dismissing an appeal by community group Australian Coal Alliance (ACA) against the re-elected Coalition government's approval of the controversial Wallarah 2 coalmine on the Central Coast. | In response to the ruling, Environmental Defenders Office NSW (EDO NSW), which acted on behalf of ACA in the case, said: "The dismissal in this judicial review underlines the urgent need for la…

stuart_m (2019-03-28). Mary Robinson is well-intentioned, but good intentions can't win climate justice. greenleft.org.au Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future
| By Mary Robinson
| Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018 | Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland, is undoubtedly sincere in her determination to fight climate change and "putting people at the heart of the solution". Unfortunately, her new book shows that sincerity is not enough. | As well as heading her own climate justice foundation, Mary Robinson is the former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and UN Special Envoy on Climate Change. She…

pip.hinman (2019-03-28). MUA rally in solidarity with Pakistani dockworkers. greenleft.org.au Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) members rallied outside the Pakistani Consulate on March 26 to demand the dropping of all charges against the Karachi Dockworkers Union president and another unionist who were arrested following a dispute at Hutchison Ports' Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT). | The arrests occurred as Karachi dockworkers were protesting about safety conditions on the site after a worker was run over by a vehicle on March 17. The union leaders were released on bail after 10 days in detention. | The KICT Labour Union has joined with the International Transport Workers' Federation…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-03-28). Introducing "Animal Matters," Our New Video Series About Animal Rights, Factory Farms, and the Agriculture Industry. theintercept.com Our first episode debuts today: It is time for humanity to grapple with its treatment of animals and the multilevel damage done by animal agriculture.

stuart_m (2019-03-28). Poem: Now Is Not The Time. greenleft.org.au A long time ago Martin Luther King | Sought justice for his minority, | But his white friends demurred, "That's not a thing | | If you can't persuade the majority. | Now's not the time, wait your turn, you'll get there". | Well, even longer, the sorority | | Campaigned for equal treatment, equal care, | Yet heard again the dreaded, sad refrain: | "Now's not the time, but hold, do not despair." | | Perhaps longer still, gays faced fierce disdain | When seeking basic rights that others own, | Strong prejudice diminished their campaign, | | They struggled on, till law was set in stone | That — like oth…

pip.hinman (2019-03-28). Venezuela fact-finding mission reports on complex situation. greenleft.org.au Three solidarity activists who recently returned from Venezuela presented reports to a meeting organised by the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign (Melbourne) and the Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET) on March 27. | While in Venezuela, the fact-finding mission met with grassroots activists in the poor suburbs of Caracas and elsewhere in the country and representatives from the Bolivar and Zamora Revolutionary Current, Alexis Vive Collective and the LGBTI community, among others. | Freelance journalist Joe Montero showed a video of a huge rally in support of President Nicolas Maduro, demonstrating that the gov…

pip.hinman (2019-03-28). Wiradyuri community fights desecration of sacred land. greenleft.org.au Wahluu/Mount Panorama in Bathurst is sacred Aboriginal land, with areas still used for initiation, healing and community organising. But Bathurst Council wants to build a huge go-kart race track and a second circuit to accompany the Bathurst 1000 motor racing track. | On top of Wahluu lies the quiet, regal McPhillamy Park — Wiradyuri women's land — with its box-gum grassy woodlands, a children's playground, roaming kangaroos, sacred artefacts and a run-down caretaker's cottage. Its summit boasts spectacular views of Bathurst, the Central West and the race track. | Before the drought, a river flowed do…

Maureen Skehan (2019-03-27). Boston: 'Resistance, Remembrance and Revolution'. workers.org "Uphold the legacy of women's resistance! Women and gender-oppressed peoples are in the forefront of global fightback!" was the call of the International Working Women's Day program held by the Boston branch of Workers World Party and the Women's Fightback Network on March 22. Some speakers at the International Working . . . | Continue reading Boston: 'Resistance, Remembrance and Revolution' at Workers.org

Democracy Now! (2019-03-27). Headlines for March 27, 2019. democracynow.org OxyContin Maker Reaches $270 Million Settlement with Oklahoma, House Fails to Override Trump Veto on National Emergency Declaration, Senate Votes Down Green New Deal as Democrats Decry "Stunt Vote", Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rose to All-Time High in 2018, U.N. Secretary-General: Cyclone Idai Latest Warning Sign on Climate, Charity Condemns Saudi-Led Airstrike on Yemen Hospital That Killed 7, Study: 17,729 Yemeni Civilians Killed or Injured by U.S.-Backed Strikes, Israeli Warplanes Strike Gaza Despite Reports of Ceasefire, Brazil's Bolsonaro to Commemorate 1964 Coup That Led to Dictatorship, Europe Approves Copyrig…

unitedEditor (2019-03-27). Unsatisfied with intimidating foreign countries, Trump turns on his own citizens. uwidata.com In a recent interview, US President Donald Trump, calling his supporters "tough guys," threatened the opposition Democrats saying: "Do not tempt fate, if they take the streets, the consequences can be very, very serious". Does Trump's hostile language surprise us? Of course not, he is by now well known for issuing threats. During his election …

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Congresswoman Slams Trump for Fighting Against Puerto Rico Disaster Aid
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-02
We look at the fight in Congress over disaster aid for Puerto Rico since it was ravaged by Hurricane Maria, one of the deadliest storms in U.S. history. On Monday, two competing disaster relief bills stalled in the Senate. A companion to a January package passed in the House failed after Republicans objected to the lack of relief funding for recent flooding in the Midwest. Another Senate bill supported by Republicans fell short of the 60 votes needed. It contained just $600 million for Puerto Rico's food stamp program, a number Democrats say is far too low as many Puerto Ricans are still recovering from the de…
truthout.org/video/congresswoman-slams-t…

"This President Is Cruel": Congresswoman Slams Trump for Fighting Against Puerto Rico Disaster Aid
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-02
We look at the fight in Congress over disaster aid for Puerto Rico since it was ravaged by Hurricane Maria, one of the deadliest storms in U.S. history. On Monday, two competing disaster relief bills stalled in the Senate. A companion to a January package passed in the House failed after Republicans objected to the lack of relief funding for recent flooding in the Midwest. Another Senate bill supported by Republicans fell short of the 60 votes needed. It contained just $600 million for Puerto Rico's food stamp program, a number Democrats say is far too low as many Puerto Ricans are still recovering from the devas…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/2/this_presi…

Nancy Pelosi Believes in Nothing
Jacob Bacharach | truthdig.com | 2019-04-02
Last month, Nancy Pelosi gave an interview to the Washington Post that incensed an increasingly socialist flank of the Democratic Party. "I don't think we should go down that path," she said of President Trump's possible impeachment, before adding the president of the United States is "just not worth it." | It was unclear, in this context, what "worth it" meant to Pelosi. In the same interview, she claimed that Trump was unfit for office "ethical…
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Pelosi Says Biden Should Stop Being Touchy-Feely With Women
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-02
WASHINGTON–As former Vice President Joe Biden's camp scrambles to contain any political damage over his past behavior with women, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has some words of advice: Keep your distance. | "Join the straight-arm club," Pelosi told a breakfast hour Washington event on Tuesday. | In other words, keep your handshakes at arms' length and don't be touchy-feely. | "Just pretend you have a cold and I have a cold," Pelosi said. | Pelosi, D-Calif., told the event, which was sponsored by Politico, that Biden "has to understand that in the world we are in now people's space is important to them and wha…
truthdig.com/articles/pelosi-says-biden-…

Socialist Principles Have Always Been Part of Black American Tradition
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-02
Socialism is hitting headlines in a big way these days. The word is no longer off-limits like it was for so many decades here in the United States, and the ideas behind it are becoming more and more popular — especially among young people. | But despite a relatively rapid growth in interest, there are still many misunderstandings and myths about the idea, including a false image of the broader socialist community as a collection of white professors and "Bernie Bros." | Socialism…
truthout.org/articles/socialism-has-alwa…

Consortium News' Record on Russia-gate–How CN Covered the 'Scandal': No. 4–'The Democratic Money Behind Russia-gate'
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-02
As Russia-gate continues to buffet the Trump administration, we now know that the "scandal" started with Democrats funding the original dubious allegations of Russian interference, wrote Joe Lauria on Oct. 29, 2017. The Democratic Money Behind Russia-gate By Joe Lauria… Read more ?…
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Democrats Drop Corporate and PAC Money Amid Pressure From Progressives
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-02
We look at the growing push for lawmakers to refuse money from corporate political action committees, as more than half of the Democrats newly elected to Congress have vowed not to accept such donations. We speak with Congressmember Nydia Velázquez of New York, a long-term legislator who has stopped taking corporate PAC donations. "In order to return trust [to] our democratic institutions, we need to … allow for the voters to feel that their voices are heard and that they don't have to write a big check in order to gain access into our congressional offices," she says. | Transcript: | This is…
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"The System Is Rigged": Democrats Drop Corporate and PAC Money Amid Pressure from Progressives
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-02
We look at the growing push for lawmakers to refuse money from corporate political action committees, as more than half of the Democrats newly elected to Congress have vowed not to accept such donations. We speak with Congressmember Nydia Velázquez of New York, a long-term legislator who has stopped taking corporate PAC donations. "In order to return trust [to] our democratic institutions, we need to … allow for the voters to feel that their voices are heard and that they don't have to write a big check in order to gain access into our congressional offices," she says.
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/2/the_system…

When Socialism Was Tried in America–and Was a Smashing Success
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-04-02
When Socialism Was Tried in America–and Was a Smashing Success…
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Trump Is Laying a Trap for Democrats on Immigration
Jeff Faux | thenation.com | 2019-04-02
Trump Is Laying a Trap for Democrats on Immigration…
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Scandal-Plagued Baltimore Mayor Takes Leave of Absence
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-02
By Brandon Soderberg. | Mayor Catherine Pugh, who has been enduring weeks of scandal surrounding the sales of "Healthy Holly" and a series of related–janky, equally bizarre, generally unreadable and rather memeable–children's books for hundreds of thousands of dollars is officially taking a leave of absence due to sickness. | The leave of absence begins tomorrow. City Council president Jack Young will be the acting mayor and City Council vice president Sharon Green Middleton will be acting City Council president. | Article XI,…
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Senate Disaster Funding Fails Over Puerto Rico Aid Debate
Jubilee USA Network | indybay.org | 2019-04-02
On Monday the Senate failed to pass disaster relief funding to benefit Americans impacted by wildfires, hurricanes, flooding and other natural disasters. Republicans and Democrats clashed over recovery aid amounts for Puerto Rico and two separate proposals could not muster enough votes for passage.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/02/1882248…

Sniff, touch & run: Will Democrats survive own #MeToo moral hype in 'Bidening' scandal?
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-02
When a Republican faces #MeToo-style accusations, be it President Trump or Judge Kavanaugh, Dems are usually the first to condemn. But when men among their own ranks come under fire, they water down the scandal or find a pretext. | …
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The Struggle against Authoritarian Populism
Daniel Haufler | indybay.org | 2019-04-02
The US finds itself in the worst crisis of its democracy in decades, perhaps even since the Civil War. The political system has failed. Trump constantly mocks the constitutional state and democracy. The Democrats are absolutely obliged to protect the country from an authoritarian coup from above. Voting Trump out of office is the only realistic way out.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/01/1882241…

Progressives, Democrats, and Pope Sound Alarm Over Trump's Threat to Close Border
Eoin Higgins | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-02
(CD) — President Donald Trump's threat to close the southern border was met with criticism and concern from politicians, activists, the public–and Pope Francis. Trump is taking the action, he said, because of what he believes is a crisis in drug smuggling and human trafficking. In remarks to reporters Sunday on the papal plane en route from Morocco …

Progressives, Democrats, and Pope Sound Alarm Over Trump's Threat to Close Border

Pelosi and McConnell Crank Up NATO Madness
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-01
Norman Solomon calls for all forms of pushback against a militarized political culture welcoming a NATO chief to Congress this week. By Norman Solomon NormanSolomon.com When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell teamed up to invite… Read more ?…
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Lots of Politicians Preach Civility, but Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Practices It
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-04-01
Lots of Politicians Preach Civility, but Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Practices It…
thenation.com/article/alexandria-ocasio-…

What 16 Young People Think About the Green New Deal
StudentNation | thenation.com | 2019-04-01
What 16 Young People Think About the Green New Deal…
thenation.com/article/what-16-young-peop…

The HS2 railway could be putting drinking water at risk, but a court delay just worked in its favour
John Shafthauer | thecanary.co | 2019-04-01
The Stop HS2 campaigner Sarah Green was due in court on Monday 1 April. Although she faced charges of aggravated trespass, she believed the … | Read more The HS2 railway could be putting drinking water at risk, but a court delay just worked in its favour | By John Shafthauer…
thecanary.co/discovery/analysis-discovery/2019/04/01/the-hs2-railway-could-be-putting-drinking-water-at-risk-but-a-court-delay-just-worked-in-its-favour/

Russiagate endgame? Democrats to issue subpoena for full, unredacted Mueller report
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-01
The Democratic lawmaker who chairs the House Judiciary Committee has said that he will approve a subpoena to obtain an unabridged version of the Mueller report, in what could be described as a Hail Mary for Russiagaters. | …
rt.com/usa/455285-mueller-report-subpoen…

Deep Faith in the Deep State Gives Dems a Set Back
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-31
Our weekly panel discusses the Mueller Report, as the Democrats and their media allies put their eggs in the Russia-Gate basket and handed Trump a PR victory — Jacqueline Luqman, Jeff Cohen and host Paul Jay…
therealnews.com/stories/deep-faith-in-th…

These Democrats Represent Some of the Bluest Districts. So Why Don't They Support Medicare for All?
Jonathan Cohn | millennialpolitics.co | 2019-03-31
Medicare for All is more popular than ever, with even a majority of Republican voters supporting the policy. Tell the Democrats in deep blue districts.
millennialpolitics.co/democrats-bluest-districts-medicare-for-all/

Dashcams capture meteor blazing through Florida night sky (VIDEOS)
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-31
A large green meteor was spotted blazing through the night sky in northern Florida Saturday night, and several dashboard cameras managed to capture the fireball in action. | …
rt.com/usa/455187-meteor-florida-video-d…

Silencing the Whistle: The Intercept Shutters Snowden Archive, Citing Cost
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-30
The closing of The Intercept's Snowden archive will likely mean the end of any future publications, unless Glenn Greenwald's rather absurd promise of finding "the right partner … that has the funds to robustly publish" is fulfilled.
mintpressnews.com/intercept-snowden-arch…

Demolishing GOP Claim That Green New Deal Is "Elitist"
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez | zcomm.org | 2019-03-30
Speech in defense of the Green New Deal…
zcomm.org/zvideo/1018622/

The Green New Deal's magical realism
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-03-29
The half-measures and failed "market mechanisms" of the mainstream more "unrealistic" than the bold plans put forward by the Green New Deal. The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but that won't mean very much if, within just a few decades, the planet can no longer sustain life as we know it. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/03/29/the-green-new-de…

Tamils criticise UN resolution on Sri Lanka
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
The Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) expressed its "disappointment" with a March 21 United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution on "promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka". | There have been seven similar resolutions passed since 2009, when the war between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who were fighting for an independent Tamil homeland in the north and east of the island, ended in the massacre of tens of thousands of Tamils. | According to the ATC, "very little justice has reached victims and survivors" for what it describes as "mass…
greenleft.org.au/content/tamils-criticise-un-resolution-sri-lanka

Venezuela: Why is Maduro still in power?
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
For many, it is impossible to understand how, despite presiding over the country's worst economic crisis and facing such intense international and domestic opposition, Maduro remains in the presidential palace. | The answer lies in the enduring strength of Chavismo, a political movement of the working classes that, despite predating former president Hugo Chávez, continues to take his name and political project as its own. | The refusal by Maduro's opponents, inside and outside Venezuela, to acknowledge its existence also goes a long way to explaining why they have remained in opposition for more than two decades.
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-why-us-coup-failing

Yemen: 'We cannot survive another four years'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
On March 6, the Yemeni human rights organisation Mwatana for Human Rights, the US-based University Network for Human Rights and PAX for Peace released a report documenting the role that United States and European arms sales have played in the deaths of hundreds of civilians in the Saudi-UAE-led war on Yemen. | It included an account of when Saudi and United Arab Emirates (UAE) forces bombed the al-Honood residential neighborhood in Hawak District, Al-Hudaydah Governo…
greenleft.org.au/content/yemen-%E2%80%98we-cannot-survive-another-four-years%E2%80%99

Push is on to approve Adani coalmine before federal elections
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
Adani has launched another public relations' offensive in a bid to secure its last approvals before it can start work on its Carmichael coalmine in central Queensland. | It wants to start before the federal election in May, and the Coalition is keen to help it along. | On March 20 federal resources minister Matt Canavan visited the Adani site for a briefing, along with Liberal and National Party MPs Michelle Landry, George Christensen and Ken O'Dowd. | Canavan later posted on his Facebook that the mine was ready to go, criticising the delays imposed by the Queensland Labor government. He did not respond to questi…
greenleft.org.au/content/push-approve-adani-coalmine-federal-elections

'Love Aotearoa, hate racism' rally draws thousands in Auckland
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
A week after the Christchurch mosque attacks, thousands of people mobilised in Auckland for the "Love Aotearoa, hate racism" rally on March 24. | A number of speakers addressed the rally, including Mike Treen, national director of Unite Union and Global Peace and Justice. | "We need to organise, we need to connect," Treen told the rally. "Not just on an individual level to challenge every racist that we come across … not just on an individual level to speak up when we need to speak up. We need to connect, we need to organise in our churches, in our unions, in our schools, in our universities, in every instituti…
greenleft.org.au/content/%E2%80%98love-aotearoa-hate-racism%E2%80%99-rally-draws-thousands-auckland

Land Day is crucial for Palestinians
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
Palestinians will gather to commemorate Land Day on March 30. Last year, Land Day marked the beginning of the Great March of Return weekly protests in Gaza. | Land Day has its origins in 1976 when Israeli authorities conducted a brazen, large-scale theft of Palestinian land on behalf of settlers. Palestinians responded with a general strike and protests. | Land Day became a grim turning point in the struggle for sovereignty over land. Six Palestinians were killed and scores were arrested, setting the scene for a ramped-up response by Israel aga…
greenleft.org.au/content/land-day-crucial-palestinians

Glencore's dirty tricks exposed
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
Days after Glencore, the largest mining company in the world, announced an annual cap on thermal coal, details of its well-funded pro-coal campaign emerged. | Anti-coal campaigners have demanded reforms to limit the abuse of money politics. | On March 8 The Guardian revealed that Glencore hired the C|T Group to spread pro-coal and anti-renewables messages across supposedly grassroots Facebook groups an…
greenleft.org.au/content/glencores-dirty-tricks-exposed

Western Sahara: Decolonisation requires a just and lasting solution
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
The occupation of Western Sahara by Morocco is an outstanding case of African colonialism which needs a just solution. | The Moroccan military invaded the territory on October 31, 1975, despite a clear ruling issued by the International Court of Justice a few days earlier, on October 16. | On November 6, Morocco organised what it called a "Green March" to officially invade the North of Western Sahara, moving 350,000 Moroccan settlers to the territory in complicity with Spain, the colonial power in the territory since 1884. | The United Nations S…
greenleft.org.au/content/western-sahara-decolonisation-requires-just-and-lasting-solution

New Zealand: Islamophobia is a weapon of the 1%
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
The terrorist attack on the Christchurch mosques by a right-wing fanatic has exposed a dark network of white supremacist, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant and misogynist people and movements that want to destroy all progressive aspects in the advance of humanity. | These networks openly admire United States President Donald Trump and other right-wing ideologues because their hatreds and fears are being manipulated by these same "establishment" forces. When Trump says "I think Islam hates us" and "Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in," referring to the migrant caravan from South America to the US, and…
greenleft.org.au/content/new-zealand-islamophobia-weapon-1

The Decriminalization of Sex Work Is Edging Into the 2020 Campaign
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-03-29
There isn't much to recommend the current iteration of American presidential elections, which now begin some two years before the day voters go to the polls. One upside, though, is that it opens up policy conversations that are usually closed off. The result is the beginning of a public conversation about decriminalizing sex work. | Three Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidential nomination — Sens. Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard — have weighed in on the rights of sex workers. Harris and Gabbard have said they support the decriminalization of sex work, while Sanders was n…
theintercept.com/2019/03/29/2020-electio…

Green New Deal Policy Writer: Senate Vote Against Climate Plan Was Attempt to Stifle Growing Momentum
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-28
In a move Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called a "bluff vote," the Senate rejected the Green New Deal on Tuesday, after 43 Democrats voted "present" on the measure introduced by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Four other Democrats joined all 53 Republican senators in voting against the Green New Deal. As Democrats blast McConnell's move to push the procedural vote, we speak to one of the lead policy writers for the Green New Deal, a proposal to transform the U.S. economy by funding renewable energy while ending U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. Rhiana Gunn-Wright is the policy di…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/28/green_new…

Venezuela: Despite the Crisis, Chavez's Legacy Endures
Federico Fuentes, Green Left Weekly | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-28
Federico Fuentes reports on his recent visit to Venezuela where he encountered an entirely different reality to that depicted by the mainstream media.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14408

"Tell That to the Families in Flint": AOC Demolishes GOP Claim That Green New Deal Is "Elitist"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-28
On Tuesday, Congressmember Sean Duffy of Wisconsin suggested the Green New Deal only served the wealthy. New York Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shot back with a passionate defense of the Green New Deal. We feature her full speech.
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/28/tell_that…

Wiradyuri community fights desecration of sacred land
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-28
Wahluu/Mount Panorama in Bathurst is sacred Aboriginal land, with areas still used for initiation, healing and community organising. But Bathurst Council wants to build a huge go-kart race track and a second circuit to accompany the Bathurst 1000 motor racing track. | On top of Wahluu lies the quiet, regal McPhillamy Park — Wiradyuri women's land — with its box-gum grassy woodlands, a children's playground, roaming kangaroos, sacred artefacts and a run-down caretaker's cottage. Its summit boasts spectacular views of Bathurst, the Central West and the race track. | Before the drought, a river flowed do…
greenleft.org.au/content/wiradyuri-community-fights-desecration-sacred-land

Mary Robinson is well-intentioned, but good intentions can't win climate justice
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-28
Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future | By Mary Robinson | Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018 | Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland, is undoubtedly sincere in her determination to fight climate change and "putting people at the heart of the solution". Unfortunately, her new book shows that sincerity is not enough. | As well as heading her own climate justice foundation, Mary Robinson is the former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and UN Special Envoy on Climate Change. She…
greenleft.org.au/content/mary-robinson-well-intentioned-good-intentions-cant-win-climate-justice

Introducing "Animal Matters," Our New Video Series About Animal Rights, Factory Farms, and the Agriculture Industry
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-03-28
Our first episode debuts today: It is time for humanity to grapple with its treatment of animals and the multilevel damage done by animal agriculture.
theintercept.com/2019/03/28/animal-right…

Poem: Now Is Not The Time
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-28
A long time ago Martin Luther King | Sought justice for his minority, | But his white friends demurred, "That's not a thing | | If you can't persuade the majority. | Now's not the time, wait your turn, you'll get there". | Well, even longer, the sorority | | Campaigned for equal treatment, equal care, | Yet heard again the dreaded, sad refrain: | "Now's not the time, but hold, do not despair." | | Perhaps longer still, gays faced fierce disdain | When seeking basic rights that others own, | Strong prejudice diminished their campaign, | | They struggled on, till law was set in stone | That — like oth…
greenleft.org.au/content/poem-now-not-time

The Media and Political Humiliation from the Mueller Report
Glenn Greenwald | zcomm.org | 2019-03-28
I obviously intended to write about the fallout from Attorney General William Barr's summary of the Mueller report: specifically his definitive finding that "the Special Counsel did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government" and that…
zcomm.org/zvideo/the-media-and-political…

Venezuela fact-finding mission reports on complex situation
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-28
Three solidarity activists who recently returned from Venezuela presented reports to a meeting organised by the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign (Melbourne) and the Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET) on March 27. | While in Venezuela, the fact-finding mission met with grassroots activists in the poor suburbs of Caracas and elsewhere in the country and representatives from the Bolivar and Zamora Revolutionary Current, Alexis Vive Collective and the LGBTI community, among others. | Freelance journalist Joe Montero showed a video of a huge rally in support of President Nicolas Maduro, demonstrating that the gov…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-fact-finding-mission-reports-complex-situation

MUA rally in solidarity with Pakistani dockworkers
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-28
Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) members rallied outside the Pakistani Consulate on March 26 to demand the dropping of all charges against the Karachi Dockworkers Union president and another unionist who were arrested following a dispute at Hutchison Ports' Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT). | The arrests occurred as Karachi dockworkers were protesting about safety conditions on the site after a worker was run over by a vehicle on March 17. The union leaders were released on bail after 10 days in detention. | The KICT Labour Union has joined with the International Transport Workers' Federation…
greenleft.org.au/content/mua-rally-solidarity-pakistani-dockworkers

Court rejects appeal against Wallarah 2 coalmine
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-28
Hours before polling booths opened for the state elections, the NSW Land and Environment Court announced late on March 22 that it was dismissing an appeal by community group Australian Coal Alliance (ACA) against the re-elected Coalition government's approval of the controversial Wallarah 2 coalmine on the Central Coast. | In response to the ruling, Environmental Defenders Office NSW (EDO NSW), which acted on behalf of ACA in the case, said: "The dismissal in this judicial review underlines the urgent need for la…
greenleft.org.au/content/court-rejects-appeal-against-wallarah-2-coalmine

Headlines for March 27, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-27
OxyContin Maker Reaches $270 Million Settlement with Oklahoma, House Fails to Override Trump Veto on National Emergency Declaration, Senate Votes Down Green New Deal as Democrats Decry "Stunt Vote", Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rose to All-Time High in 2018, U.N. Secretary-General: Cyclone Idai Latest Warning Sign on Climate, Charity Condemns Saudi-Led Airstrike on Yemen Hospital That Killed 7, Study: 17,729 Yemeni Civilians Killed or Injured by U.S.-Backed Strikes, Israeli Warplanes Strike Gaza Despite Reports of Ceasefire, Brazil's Bolsonaro to Commemorate 1964 Coup That Led to Dictatorship, Europe Approves Copyrig…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/27/headlines

Unsatisfied with intimidating foreign countries, Trump turns on his own citizens
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-27
In a recent interview, US President Donald Trump, calling his supporters "tough guys," threatened the opposition Democrats saying: "Do not tempt fate, if they take the streets, the consequences can be very, very serious". Does Trump's hostile language surprise us? Of course not, he is by now well known for issuing threats. During his election …
uwidata.com/2884-unsatisfied-with-intimi…

Argentine all-women tango festival tackles sexism
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-27
The first ever feminist tango festival took place in Argentina's Villa Crespo district of Buenos Aires on March 9 and 10 as part of the International Working Women's Day celebrations to challenge the male-dominated art form. | "Tango is a genre of music which belongs to men who danced with anonymous women," said musicologist and author, Mercedes Liska, during the festival. "In dances, men change their female partners and keep building their name. Sometimes, the women…
greenleft.org.au/content/argentine-all-women-tango-festival-tackles-sexism