Daily Archives: 2019-05-05

2019-05-05: News Headlines

Juan Cole (2019-05-05). The Only Way Democrats Can Beat Trump in 2020. truthdig.com This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. | A new CNN/SSRS poll of about 1,000 people shows that among a random sample of registered voters, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden each crush Trump by 6 to 7 points, even at this very early point in the campaign. Kamala Harris also wins, but by a smaller margin. This poll shows enormous enthusiasm for Beto O'Rourke, which, however, I suspect is a fluke of some sort. | It isn't enough, as our cable news s…

Staff (2019-05-05). The DCCC's Anti-Progressive Policy Might Be Backfiring. therealnews.com In March, the DCCC announced its policy against progressive challengers of incumbent Dems. But the policy has been met with widespread scorn, and may be starting to backfire. Ryan Grim, Eugene Puryear, and Jacqueline Luqman discuss the situation…

RT (2019-05-05). 'Still too much': Clintons' speaking tour prices slashed, available for less than $14. rt.com Demand for tickets to Bill and Hillary Clinton's speaking tour has been so sluggish that organizers have had to slash prices to get bums on seats. It's almost as if they're a spent political force that no one wants to listen to.

RT (2019-05-05). Pelosi fears Trump may borrow page from Democratic playbook by challenging 2020 election legitimacy. rt.com Speaker Nancy Pelosi has warned her fellow Democrats that Donald Trump may question the legitimacy of the 2020 election if he loses by a slim margin — a cowardly political tactic not seen since the Democrats lost in 2016.

Staff (2019-05-04). Democrats Are Abandoning Senate Races to Run for President. truthout.org It seems like Democrats really love having Mitch McConnell as Senate Majority Leader. Although the Senate battleground is certain to be better for Democrats in 2020 than it was in 2018 — a year when the Democratic vote reached an all-time high in a midterm election, coming within almost a million votes of the 2016 presidential election turnout — several top Democratic recruits announced this week that they won't run for competitive Senate seats. | Republicans currently hold a 53-47 edge in the Senate. There will be at least 34 seats up for election in 2020, and 22 of those are currently held by Rep…

Anna Massoglia and Kaitlin Washburn (2019-05-04). Obama-tied operatives and Biden supporters launch $60 million 'dark money' group. nationofchange.org A new "dark money" group is labeling itself the strategy center for Democrats in 2020. | The recently-launched Future Majority will spend up to $60 million to target voters in swing states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio in the 2020 election, helping Democrats craft messaging that they are fighting for working people while countering conservative talking points, according to Politico. | The 501(c)(4) nonprofit, run by Democratic strategist Mark Riddle, is not required to disclose its donors. The g…

Ashley Curtin (2019-05-04). House passes Climate Action Now bill in first major climate change legislation in a decade. nationofchange.org Three Republicans voted with House Democrats to approve the Climate Action Now bill — the first major climate change legislation in a decade.

John Shafthauer (2019-05-04). Local elections with 30% turnout prove Brexit should be harder/cancelled. thecanary.co There are a few things you can say clearly about the local elections. The Tories lost big. Labour lost a little. The Lib Dems, Greens, and others cleaned up. | There's something else you can say. Voter turnout was incredibly low. As such, it's difficult to say what these elections mean. Unless you run a national newspaper, in which case you can say whatever you like: | Same election, same headline, two newspapers hearing diame…

Bryan Wall (2019-05-04). Facebook bans Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos for breaking its rules. thecanary.co Facebook has banned a number of far-right activists and commentators from its platforms for breaking its rules. Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos were two of those whose accounts were banned by the company. Jones has previously claimed the US government faked the Sandy Hook school shooting and that Hillary C…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-05-04). Back in Iowa, Sanders Says Big Ag's Stranglehold a Key Part of 'Major Crisis' Facing Rural America. commondreams.org Back on the campaign trail in Iowa over the weekend, 2020 Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders is set to unveil a major policy vision that will include breaking up powerful agriculture conglomerates as a way to save small farmers and rural communities he says are facing a "major, major crisis." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-05-04). Bernie Sanders attacks Biden from the right on China trade. wsws.org In criticizing the former vice president, Sanders echoed Trump's anti-China demagogy and economic nationalism.

RT (2019-05-04). Washington Post mocked for embarking on Bernie Sanders Soviet Union 'honeymoon' smear… again. rt.com The Washington Post's lengthy "examination" of Bernie Sanders' much reported-on trip to the Soviet Union 31 years ago is being mocked online for repeating old news and attempting a new Red Scare.

Robert Pollin (2019-05-04). New CBO Report on Medicare for All Is a Serious and Positive Contribution. commondreams.org Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks while introducing healthcare legislation titled the "Medicare for All Act of 2019" with Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) during a news conference on Capitol Hill, on April 9, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Steve Howell (2019-05-03). Democrats Should Learn From Corbyn's 2017 Campaign. thenation.com Democrats Should Learn From Corbyn's 2017 Campaign…

Staff (2019-05-03). I'm Somali, a US Resident and Muslim, and Ilhan Omar Represents Me. truthout.org I first heard about Ilhan Omar five years ago. It was 2014, and the political landscape in Minneapolis was contentious among Democrats with threats and behind-the-scenes political attacks fueling party infighting. As a young activist and aid to a local city councilmember, Omar showed up to a Democratic-Farmer-Labor caucus at the Brian Coyle Community Center in Minneapolis to support the election of Mohamud Noor, a candidate who would upend the Democratic establishment and so-called Minnesota progressive culture. Noor hoped to unseat a 42-year incumbent, so tensions at the meeting were high. Bickering between t…

Ted Rall (2019-05-03). The Secret Campaign for 2020: Where the Democratic Candidates Stand on Foreign Policy. counterpunch.org Americans vote their pocketbooks. It's the economy, stupid. Absent a war or recent terrorist attack, conventional wisdom believes that voters prioritize domestic issues. Right now, conventional wisdom is correct. According to the latest Pew Research poll, the five most important issues for Democrats are healthcare, education, Medicare, poverty and the environment. So it's not surprising that the major Democratic More

Democracy Now! (2019-05-03). Headlines for May 3, 2019. democracynow.org Pelosi Accuses Barr of Lying to Congress over Mueller Report, Rep. Nadler Threatens to Hold Barr in Contempt, Over a Million Evacuate as Cyclone Slams Northeastern India, Venezuela Court Orders Arrest of Opposition Leader Leopoldo López, Two Activists Arrested Outside Venezuelan Embassy in D.C., EU Threatens to Sue U.S. over New Restrictions on Cuba, Senate Fails to Overturn Trump Veto on Yemen War, Assange to Fight Extradition to the United States, Pentagon Accused of Killing 10x as Many Civilians Overseas as Acknowledged in New Report, Report: U.S. Military Spending Is Higher Than Next Eight Countries Combined,…

Andrew Levine (2019-05-03). Pelosi's Trump Problem and Ours. counterpunch.org Part One Since long before Donald Trump oozed out from the New York tabloids and Atlantic City casinos into the mainstream of American politics, the United States has had no genuine center left political party. What it has had instead is a feckless Democratic Party that is as much a capitalist tool (apologies to Forbes More

pip.hinman (2019-05-03). High school student: 'I am a climate warrior and you should be too'. greenleft.org.au Fifteen-year-old Parker Craig gave the following speech on April 27 before a screening of Accelerate, a film by 350.org, at the Parramatta Activist Centre. | *** | I would like to acknowledge and pay my respects to the original custodians of this land. It is upon their ancestral lands that we meet and I extend my respect to elders both past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. | I'm a 15-year-old activist and climate warrior. | If you had asked 5-year-old me what I was scared of, I would've said the monster in my cupboard. Ten years later and I'm scared of the monster in Parliament House. | I am no…

pip.hinman (2019-05-03). The Miami Showband massacre: A cover-up in plain sight. greenleft.org.au The Miami Showband Massacre
| Directed by Stuart Sender
| Written by Jeff Zimbalist & Michael Zimbalist
| Screening on Netflix now: | It's a strange thing, scrolling through the options on Netflix and seeing a documentary on the Miami Showband. | For most in Australia and the world, the name is unfamiliar, but for people who lived through or have studied what became known as "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland between the late 1960s and the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, the situation is different. | Here on this global media entertainment platform, amid rom-coms and action movies, is a film de…

CounterSpin (2019-05-03). Joe Uehlein on Green New Deal, Basav Sen on Beyond the Paris Accord. fair.org Media…

barry_h (2019-05-03). Film looks at psychological crisis when Mexican capitalists hit the rocks. greenleft.org.au The Good Girls (Las niñas bien)
| Directed by Alejandra Márquez Abella
| Starring Ilse Salas, Flavio Medina, Cassandra Ciangherotti
| Showing nationally as part of the Spanish Film Festival | What is the connection between economic crisis and crises of individual psychology? This subtle Mexican film is as good a representation of it as you could hope for. | In the 1970s, the Mexican economy boomed by relying on easy access to US dollar loans. A dollar loan was like winnig the lottery — effectively a coded expression for easy wealth. For Mexican capit…

susan_p (2019-05-03). Spanish elections: Important battle won against the right. greenleft.org.au The question on everyone's lips in the last week of the Spanish election campaign was just how strongly the filthy brown tide of reaction would run — encapsulated in the vote for the racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, anti-feminist, pro-gun and, above all, anti-Catalan outfit Vox. | The average of legal polling, allowed by the Central Electoral Board until one week before the vote, had Vox at 11.2%, yielding around 30-35 seats in the 350-seat Congress of Deputies. | However, illegal and internal party polls in the last week of the campaign — or deliberately scary leaks about them — were assigning…

pip.hinman (2019-05-03). ACTU must heed lesson of past elections. greenleft.org.au Another federal election looming and, of course, working people and trade unions want to see off the reactionary Coalition government in Canberra. | Much has been made in the media about the trade union movement, led by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), spending millions on marginal seat campaigning. There have also been some very successful rallies by workers that have highlighted the widespread opposition to the Coalition anti-worker, anti-union policies. | Attention has also been given to the policy demands put forward by the ACTU under the leadership of secretary Sally McManus. Progressive unions…

Vijay Prashad (2019-05-03). We thought it was merely a stone, but it carried away our wealth. mronline.org n Venezuela, the political leadership of the oligarchy beg for the men in green to set aside the Constitution, as Juan Guiadó and the Venezuelan right-wing opposition attempted a military coup in Venezuela this Tuesday. | Source

susan_p (2019-05-03). Venezuelan economist: 'Hyperinflation is a powerful imperialist weapon'. greenleft.org.au Much is made in the media of Venezuela's deep economic crisis. But why does Venezuela have the world's highest inflation rate and what impacts have the sanctions really had on the country? Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes spoke to Venezuelan economist Pascualina Curcio, from the Simón Bolívar University, to find out more. | Hyperinflation is a grave problem in Venezuela, but its causes are less clear. How do you explain it?: | The determinant cause of hyperinflation in Venezuela is the political manipulation by third parties of the exchange rate between the bolívar [Bs, Venezuela's local currency] and…

susan_p (2019-05-03). Sri Lanka: Behind the Easter Sunday bombings. greenleft.org.au On April 21 (Easter Sunday) hundreds of people were killed in bomb explosions at three churches, three hotels and a guest house in Sri Lanka. | The attacks were carried out by suicide bombers. Authorities blamed an extremist Muslim group called the National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ – National Monotheism Society). Later, the Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility. | Sri Lanka has had a violent history in the seven decades since its independence in 1948. But this history did not include any major conflict between Muslims and Christians. Both Muslims and Christians have in recent years come under attack from Buddhi…

susan_p (2019-05-03). Venezuela: Another coup fails. greenleft.org.au "Interim President" Juan Guaido and right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez spearheaded an unsuccessful coup attempt in Caracas on April 30. | The thwarted uprising started in the early morning hours when renegade military and intelligence officers reportedly released Lopez from house arrest. Lopez then joined Guaido and a handful of soldiers on the Altamira overpass in east Caracas, outside the Francisco de Miranda airbase, known as La Carlota. | Lopez and Guaido released videos on social media, call…

barry_h (2019-05-03). German Film Festival offers up Bretch, socialist dissidents and more. greenleft.org.au This year's German Film Festival, taking place across Australia in May and June, promises some stellar events. | A must-see is Mack the Knife – Brecht's Threepenny Film (Mackie Messer — Brechts Dreigrosschenfilm) about Bertolt Brecht's 1930s struggle to make a movie based on his successful stage play. The story of the murderous Mack the Knife and the London underworld weaves in with German capitalism and Brecht's insistent revolutionary politics. | This is matched by the 1931 version of The 3 Penny Opera! This "original cinematic interpretation " promi…

susan_p (2019-05-03). US sanctions have killed more than 40,000 people in Venezuela. greenleft.org.au US sanctions imposed on Venezuela in 2017 contributed to the deaths of more than 40,000 people last year, according to a new report — and this figure is set to rise due to the latest round of sanctions. | According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research report co-authored by economists Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot, the 2017 sanctions deprived Venezuela of billions of dollars it needed to pay for essential food and medicine, leading to a rise in disease and mortality and the displacement of millions seeking to flee the worsening situation. | The report states: "The sanctions exacerbated Venezuela'

People's World (2019-05-03). Jewish and Arab Israelis stand together for peace. peoplesworld.org Alon-Lee Green, is co-founder and national director of Standing Together, a grassroots movement uniting Jewish and Arab citizens in Israel. Standing Together is "guided by the principles of peace, equality, and social justice" and recognizes "the interconnections of the ongoing occupation of Palestinian territories, the growing social and economic disparities within Israeli society, and the …

susan_p (2019-05-03). Kanaky: Independence forces set their sights on 2020 referendum. greenleft.org.au The struggle for self determination in New Caledonia (Kanaky) was boosted last November, when more than 43% of the population voted to support independence from France in a referendum. A second independence referendum will be held next year. | The FLNKS (The Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front), a pro-independence alliance of political parties met in March to plan for the general elections in May and to prepare for the 2020 referendum. Green Left Weekly's Susan Price spoke with FLNKS representative in Australia, Charles Wea about the congress and the referendum campaign. | *** | What is the signific…

James Wright (2019-05-03). Proof that local election results mean nothing for the fate of Labour. thecanary.co Political commentators of all stripes are pointing to the local election results to claim their view is widely represented in public opinion. As it stands at the time of writing, the Conservatives have lost roughly 1,000 councillors and Labour around 100, while the Lib Dems, Greens, and 'Others' have made significant gains.But where it really counts, council elections mean little. Because they don't determine the fate of Labour and other parties in a general election.Proof: Take the 20…

barry_h (2019-05-03). Film looks at sexuality and repression in Guatemala. greenleft.org.au Tremors (Temblores)
| Directed by Jayro Bustamante
| Starring María Telón Soc, Juan Pablo Olyslager & Pedro Javier Silva Lira
| Showing nationally as part of the Spanish Film Festival | Some of the most interesting movies in this year's Spanish Film Festival come from Latin America and among them is this Guatemalan feature. | The story is of a comfortably wealthy middle-aged man, respectably married and part of an extended, conservative family, who finds himself in love with another man. | The claustrophobic social relations are matched by the thick humidity pervading Guatemala City that you can almos…

Jake Johnson (2019-05-03). Pointing to Disastrous History, Sanders Warns Against Military Action in Venezuela. theantimedia.com (CD) — Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday condemned the Trump administration's threats to take military action in support of right-wing coup plotters in Venezuela. The Vermont senator joined the chorus of progressive members of Congress and advocacy groups warning that U.S. intervention would only worsen political turmoil in Venezuela—and could potentially spark an all-out civil war. "The Trump administration …

Connie Huynh (2019-05-03). #PeoplesWave Rises Up For #MedicareForAll. nationofchange.org We just took a huge step towards | Medicare For All: the House Ways and Means Committee has announced they | will hold, for the first time, hearings on the Medicare For All Act Of | 2019, introduced this spring by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA) and Sen. | Bernie Sanders (VT). | Ways and Means plays a decisive role in whether or not Medicare for All advances to the floor for a vote. | Who made this happen? You did. People's Action members from all across the country — nearly a thousand — came to Washington, D.C. this weekend to demand Medicare For All. We took the streets because people — our peopl…

Fight Back (2019-05-03). Wisconsin's May Day celebration demands drivers licenses for undocumented. fightbacknews.org Madison WI – Thousands gathered on, May 1 in celebration of May Day in Wisconsin's capital. Voces de la Frontera hosted the event and were able to bring in more than 17 different cities to attend. | The march and rally were not only in celebration of May Day, but also to put pressure on Wisconsin Republicans to pass legislation that would allow undocumented people to reinstate their driving licenses. | Hector Hernandez said, "We drove almost three hours this morning to demand drivers licenses. We cannot continue to be harassed by police when all we are trying to do is take our children to school." Currently, Gov…

Rob Urie (2019-05-03). Environmental Crisis, Oil Geopolitics and the Trump Diversion. counterpunch.org America in 2019 is a very strange place. The problems of the age: looming environmental calamity, the threat of nuclear annihilation and accumulating class tensions, keep being shoved to the side through diversionary tactics. No sooner had a range of left programs been consolidated under the banner of a Green New Deal than establishment Democrats More

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-05-03). UK Conservatives Lose Over 1,200 Local Seats in Local Elections. commondreams.org Labour lost 100 seats as well, Liberal Democrats and other independent parties the big winners | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ralph Nader (2019-05-03). Trump vs. Congress and Our Constitution. counterpunch.org Donald Trump is the most impeachable president in American history. Many Democrats, however, are running away from the word "impeachment" for tactical political reasons. Some Democrats say they have a sworn duty under the Constitution to present articles of impeachment for a vote in the House of Representatives, regardless of the refusal by the Republican More

Fréa Lockley (2019-05-03). Green Party gains more seats than ever before in local elections. thecanary.co The Green Party secured a historic local election victory on 2 May. Just days after parliament declared a "climate emergency", Greens won more seats in UK elections than ever before. | "The biggest election night in our history": | With votes still coming in at the time of writing, the so-called #greenwave is clear to…

Staff (2019-05-02). Black Women Rally in Defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar. therealnews.com Hundreds of Black women and men gathered at the US Capitol to serve notice to the Republicans who are attacking her, and to the Democrats who are not defending her, that they all #StandWithIlhan…

John McEvoy (2019-05-02). US progressives offer ray of hope and resistance as military threats against Venezuela intensify. thecanary.co After another failed coup attempt in Venezuela, W…

pip.hinman (2019-05-02). Victorian Socialists: Stopping Adani is just the start. greenleft.org.au The Victorian Socialists released the following statement on May 1. | *** | The world is facing a climate emergency and no mainstream party is proposing anywhere near the kind of radical action required to address it. | Tinkering around the edges will not work. Environmentalists have spent decades trying to find a solution to the climate crisis that does not challenge the fundamental logic of capitalism. These efforts have failed. | Despite the overwhelming scientific consensus on the need for serious climate action, and despite the millions poured into research and lobbying efforts by environmental organisations…

Fred_F (2019-05-02). Sex workers in Queensland campaign for full decriminalisation. greenleft.org.au Sex workers in Queensland are campaigning to decriminalise sex work 30 years after this was recommended by the Fitzgerald Inquiry into state police corruption. | Janelle Fawkes from the #DecrimQLD campaign told Green Left Weekly that for the past two decades Queensland has effectively had a licensing model, whereby it is not illegal to set up a brothel but there are significant and costly hurdles. As a result, only 20 legal brothels exist in the state. | This legal framework disadvantages erotic massage parlours that do not want to operate illegally but are prevented from getting licences under current law. It is…

Nathan Tankus (2019-05-02). Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)—A Response to Henwood. mronline.org Neither a Job Guarantee nor a Green New Deal will be won without brave, strong social movements. When it comes to building these movements, we joyfully follow the leadership of more capable community organizers and politicians. | Source

pip.hinman (2019-05-02). Union independence from Labor key to change the rules for workers. greenleft.org.au Activists from the Australian Council of Trade Union's campaign to "change the rules" for workers were told the day before pre-polling started that its official how-to-vote for the May 18 federal election would call on voters to put Labor first. | Disappointed, though not too surprised by the decision, some activists have decided not to hand out for the campaign. | The ACTU's Change the Rules campaign initially called on voters to "Put the Liberals last". This was important for involving campaigners who are members of parties like the Greens and socialist groups or none at all. | Many activists also believe that…

Nathan Goldman (2019-05-02). How Jayson Greene Wrote One of the Year's Most Affecting Memoirs. thenation.com How Jayson Greene Wrote One of the Year's Most Affecting Memoirs…

pip.hinman (2019-05-02). Labor's great gas con. greenleft.org.au Labor leader Bill Shorten's promise on April 23 to help boost gas companies' bottom lines if elected to the top job is as much about currying political favor with corporate mates as it is perpetuating the fiction that more gas will reduce energy prices. | Shorten is also guilty of perpetuating the dangerous myth — debunked now for years — that gas is "clean" energy. | Labor owes the gas companies big time. Market Fo…

Fred_F (2019-05-02). Australia needs a dental plan. greenleft.org.au Opposition leader Bill Shorten's pledge to subsidise dental care for pensioners and Senior's Health Care Card holders if elected to government should be welcomed. But it is only a first step toward the kind of universal public dental care we need. | Labor's plan will cover aged pensioners and eligible retirees for up to $1000 in dental care costs every two years. Shorten described it as part of a "vision of universal access to dental care." | He said Labor's scheme — essentially an extension of the Child Dental Benefit Scheme introduced by the Julia Gillard Labor government in 2014 — wo…

2019-05-05: Social Media Postees

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Pelosi fears Trump may borrow page from Democratic playbook by challenging 2020 election legitimacy
rt.com | 2019-05-05
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has warned her fellow Democrats that Donald Trump may question the legitimacy of the 2020 election if he loses by a slim margin — a cowardly political tactic not seen since the Democrats lost in 2016. | …
rt.com/usa/458415-nancy-pelosi-trump-dem…

The Only Way Democrats Can Beat Trump in 2020
Juan Cole | truthdig.com | 2019-05-05
This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. | A new CNN/SSRS poll of about 1,000 people shows that among a random sample of registered voters, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden each crush Trump by 6 to 7 points, even at this very early point in the campaign. Kamala Harris also wins, but by a smaller margin. This poll shows enormous enthusiasm for Beto O'Rourke, which, however, I suspect is a fluke of some sort. | It isn't enough, as our cable news s…
truthdig.com/articles/the-only-way-democ…

The DCCC's Anti-Progressive Policy Might Be Backfiring
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-05
In March, the DCCC announced its policy against progressive challengers of incumbent Dems. But the policy has been met with widespread scorn, and may be starting to backfire. Ryan Grim, Eugene Puryear, and Jacqueline Luqman discuss the situation…
therealnews.com/stories/the-dcccs-anti-p…

'Still too much': Clintons' speaking tour prices slashed, available for less than $14
rt.com | 2019-05-05
Demand for tickets to Bill and Hillary Clinton's speaking tour has been so sluggish that organizers have had to slash prices to get bums on seats. It's almost as if they're a spent political force that no one wants to listen to. | …
rt.com/usa/458419-clinton-speaking-tour-…

Obama-tied operatives and Biden supporters launch $60 million 'dark money' group
Anna Massoglia and Kaitlin Washburn | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-04
A new "dark money" group is labeling itself the strategy center for Democrats in 2020. | The recently-launched Future Majority will spend up to $60 million to target voters in swing states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio in the 2020 election, helping Democrats craft messaging that they are fighting for working people while countering conservative talking points, according to Politico. | The 501(c)(4) nonprofit, run by Democratic strategist Mark Riddle, is not required to disclose its donors. The g…
nationofchange.org/2019/05/04/obama-tied…

House passes Climate Action Now bill in first major climate change legislation in a decade
Ashley Curtin | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-04
Three Republicans voted with House Democrats to approve the Climate Action Now bill — the first major climate change legislation in a decade.
nationofchange.org/2019/05/04/house-pass…

Democrats Are Abandoning Senate Races to Run for President
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-04
It seems like Democrats really love having Mitch McConnell as Senate Majority Leader. Although the Senate battleground is certain to be better for Democrats in 2020 than it was in 2018 — a year when the Democratic vote reached an all-time high in a midterm election, coming within almost a million votes of the 2016 presidential election turnout — several top Democratic recruits announced this week that they won't run for competitive Senate seats. | Republicans currently hold a 53-47 edge in the Senate. There will be at least 34 seats up for election in 2020, and 22 of those are currently held by Rep…
truthout.org/articles/democrats-are-aban…

EPA 'in bed' with Monsanto? Regulator ignores risks, affirms 'safety' of Roundup & Dow pesticide
rt.com | 2019-05-04
The US Environmental Protection Agency has insisted Monsanto's controversial glyphosate weedkiller Roundup is safe, despite court verdicts ruling it a carcinogen and studies backing them up. Is Monsanto pulling its strings? | …
rt.com/usa/458336-epa-greenlights-monsan…

Local elections with 30% turnout prove Brexit should be harder/cancelled
John Shafthauer | thecanary.co | 2019-05-04
There are a few things you can say clearly about the local elections. The Tories lost big. Labour lost a little. The Lib Dems, Greens, and others cleaned up. | There's something else you can say. Voter turnout was incredibly low. As such, it's difficult to say what these elections mean. Unless you run a national newspaper, in which case you can say whatever you like: | Same election, same headline, two newspapers hearing diame…
thecanary.co/off-the-perch/2019/05/04/local-elections-with-30-turnout-prove-brexit-should-be-harder-cancelled/

Facebook bans Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos for breaking its rules
Bryan Wall | thecanary.co | 2019-05-04
Facebook has banned a number of far-right activists and commentators from its platforms for breaking its rules. Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos were two of those whose accounts were banned by the company. Jones has previously claimed the US government faked the Sandy Hook school shooting and that Hillary C…
thecanary.co/us/us-news-us/2019/05/04/facebook-bans-alex-jones-and-milo-yiannopoulos-for-breaking-its-rules/

New CBO Report on Medicare for All Is a Serious and Positive Contribution
Robert Pollin | commondreams.org | 2019-05-04
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks while introducing healthcare legislation titled the "Medicare for All Act of 2019" with Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) during a news conference on Capitol Hill, on April 9, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Bernie Sanders attacks Biden from the right on China trade
wsws.org | 2019-05-04
In criticizing the former vice president, Sanders echoed Trump's anti-China demagogy and economic nationalism.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/04/sand…

Back in Iowa, Sanders Says Big Ag's Stranglehold a Key Part of 'Major Crisis' Facing Rural America
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-04
Back on the campaign trail in Iowa over the weekend, 2020 Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders is set to unveil a major policy vision that will include breaking up powerful agriculture conglomerates as a way to save small farmers and rural communities he says are facing a "major, major crisis." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/04/back-io…

Washington Post mocked for embarking on Bernie Sanders Soviet Union 'honeymoon' smear… again
rt.com | 2019-05-04
The Washington Post's lengthy "examination" of Bernie Sanders' much reported-on trip to the Soviet Union 31 years ago is being mocked online for repeating old news and attempting a new Red Scare. | …
rt.com/usa/458389-sanders-soviet-trip-me…

I'm Somali, a US Resident and Muslim, and Ilhan Omar Represents Me
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-03
I first heard about Ilhan Omar five years ago. It was 2014, and the political landscape in Minneapolis was contentious among Democrats with threats and behind-the-scenes political attacks fueling party infighting. As a young activist and aid to a local city councilmember, Omar showed up to a Democratic-Farmer-Labor caucus at the Brian Coyle Community Center in Minneapolis to support the election of Mohamud Noor, a candidate who would upend the Democratic establishment and so-called Minnesota progressive culture. Noor hoped to unseat a 42-year incumbent, so tensions at the meeting were high. Bickering between t…
truthout.org/articles/im-somali-a-us-res…

UK Conservatives Lose Over 1,200 Local Seats in Local Elections
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-03
Labour lost 100 seats as well, Liberal Democrats and other independent parties the big winners | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/03/uk-cons…

Democrats Should Learn From Corbyn's 2017 Campaign
Steve Howell | thenation.com | 2019-05-03
Democrats Should Learn From Corbyn's 2017 Campaign…
thenation.com/article/corbyn-labour-demo…

Trump vs. Congress and Our Constitution
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
Donald Trump is the most impeachable president in American history. Many Democrats, however, are running away from the word "impeachment" for tactical political reasons. Some Democrats say they have a sworn duty under the Constitution to present articles of impeachment for a vote in the House of Representatives, regardless of the refusal by the Republican…
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Environmental Crisis, Oil Geopolitics and the Trump Diversion
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
America in 2019 is a very strange place. The problems of the age: looming environmental calamity, the threat of nuclear annihilation and accumulating class tensions, keep being shoved to the side through diversionary tactics. No sooner had a range of left programs been consolidated under the banner of a Green New Deal than establishment Democrats…
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The Secret Campaign for 2020: Where the Democratic Candidates Stand on Foreign Policy
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
Americans vote their pocketbooks. It's the economy, stupid. Absent a war or recent terrorist attack, conventional wisdom believes that voters prioritize domestic issues. Right now, conventional wisdom is correct. According to the latest Pew Research poll, the five most important issues for Democrats are healthcare, education, Medicare, poverty and the environment. So it's not surprising that the major Democratic…
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Pelosi's Trump Problem and Ours
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
Part One Since long before Donald Trump oozed out from the New York tabloids and Atlantic City casinos into the mainstream of American politics, the United States has had no genuine center left political party. What it has had instead is a feckless Democratic Party that is as much a capitalist tool (apologies to Forbes…
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Joe Uehlein on Green New Deal, Basav Sen on Beyond the Paris Accord
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2019-05-03
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Sri Lanka: Behind the Easter Sunday bombings
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
On April 21 (Easter Sunday) hundreds of people were killed in bomb explosions at three churches, three hotels and a guest house in Sri Lanka. | The attacks were carried out by suicide bombers. Authorities blamed an extremist Muslim group called the National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ – National Monotheism Society). Later, the Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility. | Sri Lanka has had a violent history in the seven decades since its independence in 1948. But this history did not include any major conflict between Muslims and Christians. Both Muslims and Christians have in recent years come under attack from Buddhi…
greenleft.org.au/content/sri-lanka-behind-easter-sunday-bombings

Venezuela: Another coup fails
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
"Interim President" Juan Guaido and right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez spearheaded an unsuccessful coup attempt in Caracas on April 30. | The thwarted uprising started in the early morning hours when renegade military and intelligence officers reportedly released Lopez from house arrest. Lopez then joined Guaido and a handful of soldiers on the Altamira overpass in east Caracas, outside the Francisco de Miranda airbase, known as La Carlota. | Lopez and Guaido released videos on social media, call…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-another-coup-fails

Proof that local election results mean nothing for the fate of Labour
James Wright | thecanary.co | 2019-05-03
Political commentators of all stripes are pointing to the local election results to claim their view is widely represented in public opinion. As it stands at the time of writing, the Conservatives have lost roughly 1,000 councillors and Labour around 100, while the Lib Dems, Greens, and 'Others' have made significant gains.But where it really counts, council elections mean little. Because they don't determine the fate of Labour and other parties in a general election.Proof: Take the 20…
thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2019/05/03/proof-that-local-election-results-mean-nothing-for-the-fate-of-labour/

Film looks at sexuality and repression in Guatemala
barry_h | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
Tremors (Temblores) | Directed by Jayro Bustamante | Starring María Telón Soc, Juan Pablo Olyslager & Pedro Javier Silva Lira | Showing nationally as part of the Spanish Film Festival | Some of the most interesting movies in this year's Spanish Film Festival come from Latin America and among them is this Guatemalan feature. | The story is of a comfortably wealthy middle-aged man, respectably married and part of an extended, conservative family, who finds himself in love with another man. | The claustrophobic social relations are matched by the thick humidity pervading Guatemala City that you can almos…
greenleft.org.au/content/film-looks-sexuality-and-repression-guatemala

Film looks at psychological crisis when Mexican capitalists hit the rocks
barry_h | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
The Good Girls (Las niñas bien) | Directed by Alejandra Márquez Abella | Starring Ilse Salas, Flavio Medina, Cassandra Ciangherotti | Showing nationally as part of the Spanish Film Festival | What is the connection between economic crisis and crises of individual psychology? This subtle Mexican film is as good a representation of it as you could hope for. | In the 1970s, the Mexican economy boomed by relying on easy access to US dollar loans. A dollar loan was like winnig the lottery — effectively a coded expression for easy wealth. For Mexican capit…
greenleft.org.au/content/film-looks-psychological-crisis-when-mexican-capitalists-hit-rocks

Venezuelan economist: 'Hyperinflation is a powerful imperialist weapon'
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
Much is made in the media of Venezuela's deep economic crisis. But why does Venezuela have the world's highest inflation rate and what impacts have the sanctions really had on the country? Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes spoke to Venezuelan economist Pascualina Curcio, from the Simón Bolívar University, to find out more. | Hyperinflation is a grave problem in Venezuela, but its causes are less clear. How do you explain it?: | The determinant cause of hyperinflation in Venezuela is the political manipulation by third parties of the exchange rate between the bolívar [Bs, Venezuela's local currency] and…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-economist-hyperinflation-powerful-imperialist-weapon

German Film Festival offers up Bretch, socialist dissidents and more
barry_h | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
This year's German Film Festival, taking place across Australia in May and June, promises some stellar events. | A must-see is Mack the Knife – Brecht's Threepenny Film (Mackie Messer — Brechts Dreigrosschenfilm) about Bertolt Brecht's 1930s struggle to make a movie based on his successful stage play. The story of the murderous Mack the Knife and the London underworld weaves in with German capitalism and Brecht's insistent revolutionary politics. | This is matched by the 1931 version of The 3 Penny Opera! This "original cinematic interpretation " promi…
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Jewish and Arab Israelis stand together for peace
People's World | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-03
Alon-Lee Green, is co-founder and national director of Standing Together, a grassroots movement uniting Jewish and Arab citizens in Israel. Standing Together is "guided by the principles of peace, equality, and social justice" and recognizes "the interconnections of the ongoing occupation of Palestinian territories, the growing social and economic disparities within Israeli society, and the …
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High school student: 'I am a climate warrior and you should be too'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
Fifteen-year-old Parker Craig gave the following speech on April 27 before a screening of Accelerate, a film by 350.org, at the Parramatta Activist Centre. | *** | I would like to acknowledge and pay my respects to the original custodians of this land. It is upon their ancestral lands that we meet and I extend my respect to elders both past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. | I'm a 15-year-old activist and climate warrior. | If you had asked 5-year-old me what I was scared of, I would've said the monster in my cupboard. Ten years later and I'm scared of the monster in Parliament House. | I am no…
greenleft.org.au/content/high-school-student-i-am-climate-warrior-and-you-should-be-too

The Miami Showband massacre: A cover-up in plain sight
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
The Miami Showband Massacre | Directed by Stuart Sender | Written by Jeff Zimbalist & Michael Zimbalist | Screening on Netflix now: | It's a strange thing, scrolling through the options on Netflix and seeing a documentary on the Miami Showband. | For most in Australia and the world, the name is unfamiliar, but for people who lived through or have studied what became known as "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland between the late 1960s and the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, the situation is different. | Here on this global media entertainment platform, amid rom-coms and action movies, is a film de…
greenleft.org.au/content/miami-showband-massacre-cover-plain-sight

Spanish elections: Important battle won against the right
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
The question on everyone's lips in the last week of the Spanish election campaign was just how strongly the filthy brown tide of reaction would run — encapsulated in the vote for the racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, anti-feminist, pro-gun and, above all, anti-Catalan outfit Vox. | The average of legal polling, allowed by the Central Electoral Board until one week before the vote, had Vox at 11.2%, yielding around 30-35 seats in the 350-seat Congress of Deputies. | However, illegal and internal party polls in the last week of the campaign — or deliberately scary leaks about them — were assigning…
greenleft.org.au/content/spanish-elections-important-battle-won-against-right

Kanaky: Independence forces set their sights on 2020 referendum
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
The struggle for self determination in New Caledonia (Kanaky) was boosted last November, when more than 43% of the population voted to support independence from France in a referendum. A second independence referendum will be held next year. | The FLNKS (The Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front), a pro-independence alliance of political parties met in March to plan for the general elections in May and to prepare for the 2020 referendum. Green Left Weekly's Susan Price spoke with FLNKS representative in Australia, Charles Wea about the congress and the referendum campaign. | *** | What is the signific…
greenleft.org.au/content/kanaky-independence-forces-set-their-sights-2020-referendum

We thought it was merely a stone, but it carried away our wealth
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-05-03
n Venezuela, the political leadership of the oligarchy beg for the men in green to set aside the Constitution, as Juan Guiadó and the Venezuelan right-wing opposition attempted a military coup in Venezuela this Tuesday. | Source…
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Green Party gains more seats than ever before in local elections
Fréa Lockley | thecanary.co | 2019-05-03
The Green Party secured a historic local election victory on 2 May. Just days after parliament declared a "climate emergency", Greens won more seats in UK elections than ever before. | "The biggest election night in our history": | With votes still coming in at the time of writing, the so-called #greenwave is clear to…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/05/03/green-party-gains-more-seats-than-ever-before-in-local-elections/

ACTU must heed lesson of past elections
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
Another federal election looming and, of course, working people and trade unions want to see off the reactionary Coalition government in Canberra. | Much has been made in the media about the trade union movement, led by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), spending millions on marginal seat campaigning. There have also been some very successful rallies by workers that have highlighted the widespread opposition to the Coalition anti-worker, anti-union policies. | Attention has also been given to the policy demands put forward by the ACTU under the leadership of secretary Sally McManus. Progressive unions…
greenleft.org.au/content/actu-must-heed-lesson-past-elections

US sanctions have killed more than 40,000 people in Venezuela
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
US sanctions imposed on Venezuela in 2017 contributed to the deaths of more than 40,000 people last year, according to a new report — and this figure is set to rise due to the latest round of sanctions. | According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research report co-authored by economists Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot, the 2017 sanctions deprived Venezuela of billions of dollars it needed to pay for essential food and medicine, leading to a rise in disease and mortality and the displacement of millions seeking to flee the worsening situation. | The report states: "The sanctions exacerbated Venezuela'…
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Pointing to Disastrous History, Sanders Warns Against Military Action in Venezuela
Jake Johnson | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-03
(CD) — Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday condemned the Trump administration's threats to take military action in support of right-wing coup plotters in Venezuela. The Vermont senator joined the chorus of progressive members of Congress and advocacy groups warning that U.S. intervention would only worsen political turmoil in Venezuela–and could potentially spark an all-out civil war. "The Trump administration …

Pointing to Disastrous History, Sanders Warns Against Military Action in Venezuela

#PeoplesWave Rises Up For #MedicareForAll
Connie Huynh | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-03
We just took a huge step towards | Medicare For All: the House Ways and Means Committee has announced they | will hold, for the first time, hearings on the Medicare For All Act Of | 2019, introduced this spring by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA) and Sen. | Bernie Sanders (VT). | Ways and Means plays a decisive role in whether or not Medicare for All advances to the floor for a vote. | Who made this happen? You did. People's Action members from all across the country — nearly a thousand — came to Washington, D.C. this weekend to demand Medicare For All. We took the streets because people — our peopl…
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Wisconsin's May Day celebration demands drivers licenses for undocumented
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-03
Madison WI – Thousands gathered on, May 1 in celebration of May Day in Wisconsin's capital. Voces de la Frontera hosted the event and were able to bring in more than 17 different cities to attend. | The march and rally were not only in celebration of May Day, but also to put pressure on Wisconsin Republicans to pass legislation that would allow undocumented people to reinstate their driving licenses. | Hector Hernandez said, "We drove almost three hours this morning to demand drivers licenses. We cannot continue to be harassed by police when all we are trying to do is take our children to school." Currently, Gov…
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Black Women Rally in Defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-02
Hundreds of Black women and men gathered at the US Capitol to serve notice to the Republicans who are attacking her, and to the Democrats who are not defending her, that they all #StandWithIlhan…
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Union independence from Labor key to change the rules for workers
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-02
Activists from the Australian Council of Trade Union's campaign to "change the rules" for workers were told the day before pre-polling started that its official how-to-vote for the May 18 federal election would call on voters to put Labor first. | Disappointed, though not too surprised by the decision, some activists have decided not to hand out for the campaign. | The ACTU's Change the Rules campaign initially called on voters to "Put the Liberals last". This was important for involving campaigners who are members of parties like the Greens and socialist groups or none at all. | Many activists also believe that…
greenleft.org.au/content/union-independence-labor-key-change-rules-workers

Victorian Socialists: Stopping Adani is just the start
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-02
The Victorian Socialists released the following statement on May 1. | *** | The world is facing a climate emergency and no mainstream party is proposing anywhere near the kind of radical action required to address it. | Tinkering around the edges will not work. Environmentalists have spent decades trying to find a solution to the climate crisis that does not challenge the fundamental logic of capitalism. These efforts have failed. | Despite the overwhelming scientific consensus on the need for serious climate action, and despite the millions poured into research and lobbying efforts by environmental organisations…
greenleft.org.au/content/victorian-socialists-stopping-adani-just-start

Sex workers in Queensland campaign for full decriminalisation
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-02
Sex workers in Queensland are campaigning to decriminalise sex work 30 years after this was recommended by the Fitzgerald Inquiry into state police corruption. | Janelle Fawkes from the #DecrimQLD campaign told Green Left Weekly that for the past two decades Queensland has effectively had a licensing model, whereby it is not illegal to set up a brothel but there are significant and costly hurdles. As a result, only 20 legal brothels exist in the state. | This legal framework disadvantages erotic massage parlours that do not want to operate illegally but are prevented from getting licences under current law. It is…
greenleft.org.au/content/sex-workers-queensland-campaign-full-decriminalisation

Socialist candidate: 'We need renewables not gas'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-02
Socialist Alliance NSW Senate candidate Joel McAlear, who grew up in a working-class family in the Illawarra, said the new gas hub slated for Port Kembla is a step in the wrong direction. | "How can anyone seriously argue that it makes sense to build an import terminal to bring in liquified gas — a fossil fuel — from overseas and re-gasify it here?", McAlear asked. | The $250 million gas import terminal is being promoted as the solution to the state's gas needs and a jobs provider for the region. | But McAlear believes it is "no solution for employment nor for our future energy needs. | "It ignores th…
greenleft.org.au/content/socialist-candidate-we-need-renewables-not-gas

Water for the Rivers Corroboree launched
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-02
"The river is the blood of the Earth", Muruwari and Budjiti man and artist Bruce Shillingsworth declared at the "Yaama Ngunna Baaka — Welcome to Our River" Mosman Art Gallery exhibition on April 28. | Shillingsworth also used the occasion, which included works by his daughters and granddaughter, to launch the Water for Rivers Campaign Corroboree Expedition project. | "We want our rivers back", Shillingsworth said. "The recent drought in western New South Wales has exposed the deep corruption of water management in this country. | "The big irrigators are taking our water. Our people are forced to drink bore…
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Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)–A Response to Henwood
Nathan Tankus | mronline.org | 2019-05-02
Neither a Job Guarantee nor a Green New Deal will be won without brave, strong social movements. When it comes to building these movements, we joyfully follow the leadership of more capable community organizers and politicians. | Source…
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How Jayson Greene Wrote One of the Year's Most Affecting Memoirs
Nathan Goldman | thenation.com | 2019-05-02
How Jayson Greene Wrote One of the Year's Most Affecting Memoirs…
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Nothing like an election to sort the weird from the crazy
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-02
The bizarreness of Australian politics was summed up in multi-millionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer's election advertisement accusing Labor of "supporting the big end of town". | I might as well take out a nationwide ad having a go at anyone who likes beer or is too passionate about the slightly beleaguered Western Sydney Wanderers — and even then I'd struggle to match Palmer for sheer hypocrisy. | After all, Palmer was the largest single donor to the Queensland Liberal National Party, before quitting in 2012 over a state budget that included a rise in coalmining royalties. | Palmer's company, Queens…
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