Daily Archives: 2019-05-09

2019-05-09: News Headlines

RT (2019-05-09). AG Barr hit with new subpoena as Dems struggle to extract unredacted Mueller report. rt.com Attorney General William Barr is facing a second House subpoena, this one from intelligence committee chair Adam Schiff, as Democrats double down on their quest for the unredacted Mueller report and the evidence behind it.

Staff (2019-05-09). Joe Biden Doesn't Deserve Your Nostalgia. truthdig.com If there is one thing we can take away from the first two weeks of Joe Biden's 2020 presidential campaign, it's that the former vice president is feeling nostalgic. Uncle Joe is longing for the good old days, before President Trump happened and before the Republican Party went completely off the rails. The days when Democrats and Republicans could be friends, when compromise wasn't a dirty word, and when civility prevailed. The days when the center held strong, and pragmatic statesmen like him and his friend Dick Cheney could cut deals behind closed doors.

teleSUR (2019-05-09). Bernie Sanders Campaign Staff Ratify Pro-Workers Union Contract. telesurenglish.net Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential campaign workers have ratified a union contract with management, one of the first of such contracts at this political level. | RELATED: | Liberals vs Progressives? Top 8 Democrats Running in 2020 US Elections | The agreement was announced Wednesday by Bernie's campaign leaders and the United Food and Commercial Workers Local…

Staff (2019-05-09). House Panel Votes to Hold AG Barr in Contempt. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The Latest on Congress and special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report (all times local): | 10: 50 p.m., May 8, 2019 | The House Judiciary Committee has voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress. | The vote Wednesday capped a day of ever-deepening dispute between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump, who invoked executive privilege to block lawmakers from the full report on Robert Mueller's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election. | Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York declared the action by Trump's Justice Department a clear new sig…

Riaz Malik (2019-05-09). Obama's Frustration with Clinton Campaign Should be a Warning to Dems. mintpressnews.com Will Democrats stop wasting their time rehashing conspiracy theories and actually start opposing Trump on Venezuela? On mass surveillance? On tax breaks to the wealthy? On defense spending?

Andrea Germanos (2019-05-09). 'Historical step:' Bernie Sanders's 2020 campaign staffers ratify union contract. nationofchange.org "I know that our newly ratified union contract will make our workplace more equitable, fair and resilient, and our overall campaign will be much stronger with the protections we were able to win for the workers."

teleSUR-ne-EF (2019-05-09). Sanders, AOC Plan Radical Offensive on Wall Street. telesurenglish.net United States Senator Bernie Sanders and House member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have proposed legislation that would cap interest rates on credit cards and other consumer loans at 15 percent. | RELATED: | AOC Says She Follows Democratic Leadership on Issue of US Intervention in Venezuela | The proposal, introduced Thursday, also calls for…

Staff (2019-05-09). As Washington State Bans Fracking, Sanders Calls for Nationwide Ban. truthout.org As Bernie Sanders called for a national ban on fracking due to the serious threat it poses to the climate, air quality, and water supply, Washington Governor and 2020 presidential candidate Jay Inslee won praise from environmental groups on Wednesday for signing into law a statewide ban on the destructive drilling practice. | Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, celebrated Inslee…

David Dayen (2019-05-09). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders Team Up on Bank Legislation. theintercept.com Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will announce her first major bill today, in partnership with Vermont Sen. and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. It's something Sanders has proposed for many years: a 15 percent interest rate cap on all consumer loans, which would reduce what many Americans pay on their credit cards and effectively eliminate the payday loan industry. | The bill is called the Loan Shark Prevention Act, and it's only two pages long. It includes language that would prevent lenders from adding fees to "evade" the interest rate cap and sets penalties for violators, including a forfeiture of all interest o…

Norman Solomon (2019-05-09). Joe Biden Likes Republicans So Much Because He's So Much Like Them. indybay.org After Five Decades of Serving Corporate Power, He's Eager for the Top Job…

Norman Solomon (2019-05-09). Biden Likes Republicans So Much Because He's So Much Like Them. counterpunch.org Recent criticism of Joe Biden for praising Dick Cheney as "a decent man" and Mike Pence as "a decent guy" merely scratches the surface of what's wrong with the current frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. His compulsion to vouch for the decency of Republican leaders — while calling Donald Trump an "aberration" — is More

Norman Solomon (2019-05-09). Joe Biden likes Republicans so much because he's so much like them. nationofchange.org Recent criticism of Joe Biden for praising Dick Cheney as " a decent man" and Mike Pence as " a decent guy" | merely scratches the surface of what's wrong with the current | frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. His compulsion | to vouch for the decency of Republican leaders — while calling Donald | Trump an "aberration" — is consistent with Biden's political record. It | sheds light on why he's proba…

Staff (2019-05-09). Donald Trump Is a Dangerous Human Version of 1980s Muzak. truthout.org "It is unavoidable. It is your destiny." —The Emperor Palpatine, 1983I was in Walgreens the other day in search of Band-Aids with cartoons on them, because my daughter is a self-described "boo-boo catastrophe" who insists I only purchase bandages festooned with beloved children's movie characters. As my fingers did the walking through various Disney-themed wound care products, I sensed a great disturbance in the Force. The source of my distress? The low moan of '80s-era Muzak oozing from the overhead speakers. | My loathing for the 1980s is almost seamless, a perfection of hatred salvaged only by the exi…

Janine Jackson (2019-05-09). 'How Does the US Compensate the World for the Damage It Has Done?' – CounterSpin interview with Basav Sen on beyond the Paris Accord. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Basav Sen about going beyond the Paris Climate Accord for the May 3, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

WSWS (2019-05-09). Greens offer bogus climate pledges while pleading for another partnership with Labor. wsws.org The "plan" of the Greens is not about saving the environment and the planet but handing billions of dollars to supposedly "green" companies.

Toby Blome (2019-05-09). CODEPINK Monthly Golden Gate Bridge WALK for PEACE. indybay.org BE GREEN AND CARPOOL | See http: //tripplanner.transit.511.org for public transit options. | Golden Gate Transit Buses 10, 70, 80 | and SF Muni Bus 28 stop at the bridge (SF side). | Parking available on all 4 "corners", just remember to take the last exit on hwy 101 as you approach the bridge, or the first exit after you leave the bridge. | 11: 45 am: Gather at the SF or Marin end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. | Noon: Walk on the eastern walkway from the north or south ends to converge in the middle for World Peace. Then march to the SF side for rally.

pip.hinman (2019-05-09). Trump ratchets up anti-immigrant campaign. greenleft.org.au While much of the media continues to focus on the Mueller report and the squabbles between the White House and the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, US President Donald Trump's real crimes are scarcely addressed or are ignored altogether. | This column will take up one of these crimes, Trump's intensification of his racist war on immigrants. He is not alone on this — the ultra-right throughout Europe and elsewhere have similar anti-immigrant policies. | In recent weeks Trump has appointed new officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

pip.hinman (2019-05-09). Rivers in crisis demand real water solutions now. greenleft.org.au A key federal election issue, which the carefully stage-managed leaders' debates are ignoring, is one on which all our lives depend: access to clean drinking water. | Our rivers are dying and our artesian basins are being poisoned because river water is being sold off at bargain basement rates to the major parties' corporate donors. | Corruption and water theft is just a part of how business is done in large parts of the Murray-Darling Basin. | Water security is vital for rural communities because water sourced from artesian bores and rivers is crucial for farming, especially as prolonged drought bites hard all t…

pip.hinman (2019-05-09). 'Free Clarrie O'Shea': When unions broke the rules to change them. greenleft.org.au Fifty years ago, an industrial penal powers dispute provoked the biggest strike wave in Australia's post-war history. | On May 15, 1969, Clarrie O'Shea, Victorian secretary Australian Tramway & Motor Omnibus Employees' Association (ATMOEA), was jailed for refusing to pay fines imposed under the anti-union penal powers of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act. | Over the next week, more than 1 million workers went on strike to demand freedom for O'Shea and the repeal of the penal powers. | Tribune, the newspaper of the Communist Party of Australia at the time, reported on May 21, 1969: "The long struggle…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-05-09). Watch: Interview With Democratic Congresswoman and 2020 Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard. theintercept.com Ever since Tulsi Gabbard was first elected to Congress in 2012, she has been assertively independent, heterodox, unpredictable, and polarizing. Viewed at first as a loyal Democrat and guaranteed future star by party leaders — due to her status as an Iraq War veteran, a telegenic and dynamic young woman, and the first Hindu and Samoan-American elected to Congress — she has instead become a thorn in the side, and frequent critic, of those same leaders. | Gabbard's transformation from cherished party asset to party critic and outcast was rapid, and was due almost entirely to her insistence on following h…

Staff (2019-05-09). A Green New Deal Must Prioritize Regenerative Agriculture. truthout.org We are at a radically new stage in our fight for the planet. The Green New Deal proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youth-led Sunrise Movement, and hundreds of other climate justice leaders and organizations has given us a new holistic framework for tackling both the climate crisis and structural inequality. | This bold vision for the future has, in a matter of months, radically expanded what is politically possible and clarified what is morally req…

Peter Greene (2019-05-09). Charter Schools Have a Big Problem, and Rebranding Won't Help. progressive.org Charters promised all sorts of miraculous educational achievements at low, low prices. But those achievements haven't appeared. More people are understanding that what we're really talking about is the privatization of our public school system.

Ryan Cooper (2019-05-09). Why Democrats Should Open an Impeachment Inquiry. commondreams.org Retreating into learned helplessness and hoping the voters will rescue the country from Trump will only embolden his assault on American democracy. (Photo: Illustrated | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, tkoko/iStock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Emily Apple (2019-05-09). This week's Question Time hasn't even aired and people are pointing out a massive problem. thecanary.co On 9 May, the BBC will broadcast its latest edition of Question Time. But people are pointing out a massive problem with the episode before it's even aired. | The panel will include Nigel Farage and Anna Soubry. They are representatives of two parties — the Brexit Party and Change UK — that have no elected MPs, councillors, or MEPs. While both parties can claim representatives in the European and UK parliaments, neither has faced a public vote. | Meanwhile, the Green Party and the Liberal…

John Nichols (2019-05-08). The DCCC's Plan to Punish Democrats for Backing Primary Challengers Is Sparking Major Backlash. thenation.com The DCCC's Plan to Punish Democrats for Backing Primary Challengers Is Sparking Major Backlash…

Dean Baker (2019-05-08). Krugman v. Sanders on Medicare-for-All. counterpunch.org Last week Krugman devoted a column to dismissing the Democrats septuagenarians (Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders) as not being prepared to deal with the presidency in today's political environment. Part of his indictment of Sanders was an unwillingness to compromise, most notably on health care reform. As Krugman put it: "For Sanders, then, it seems More

Staff (2019-05-08). Fear Mongering and Capitalism: A Recipe for Fascism? (1/2). therealnews.com The effort to sell security to the people of the US is based on stoking irrational fears, something Trump has taken to new extremes, but which Democrats are guilty of as well, explains Charles Derber, who discusses his new book…

RT (2019-05-08). Trump asserts executive privilege over Robert Mueller's report — DOJ. rt.com US President Donald Trump has invoked executive privilege over the unredacted Mueller report and other materials subpoenaed by the House Democrats, the Justice Department has said.

Ryan Grim (2019-05-08). The Democratic Counterrevolution Has a Self-Appointed Leader: Josh Gottheimer. theintercept.com Not long after Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar were sworn into Congress, they began hearing from their new colleagues that one member of the House Democratic caucus, Josh Gottheimer, had particularly strong views about each of them. Gottheimer, a second-term representative from New Jersey, has deep ties to the lobbies for Saudi Arabia and Israel, while Tlaib and Omar are often critical of both Mideast governments. | So when Gottheimer reached out to meet with Tlaib, she was eager to take it, hoping that a personal connection would help bridge their differences. On the day of the meeting, February 6, Gottheimer arriv…

RT (2019-05-08). 'Constitutional crisis' or political stunt? House Democrats hold AG Barr in contempt. rt.com House Judiciary Committee Democrats have voted to hold Attorney William Barr in contempt of Congress for defying their demands for the unredacted Mueller report and underlying evidence.

Shamus Cooke (2019-05-08). Will A Green New Deal Save the Climate, or Save Capitalism? counterpunch.org After decades of neoliberal torment it's easy to yearn for capitalism's tranquil past, a simpler time that delivered stability, fairness, and progress. This mythology around a golden age of U.S. capitalism is regularly conjured up by Bernie Sanders or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who reference the New Deal-era programs that delivered democratic reforms and a massive investment More

Akela Lacy (2019-05-08). Democratic-Aligned Think Tank Knocks Bernie Sanders for Vote Aimed at Avoiding War With Iran. theintercept.com A mainstream, Democratic Party-aligned foreign policy think tank is knocking Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for voting against new sanctions on Iran in 2017 — though the think tank itself and many members of its board oppose new Iran sanctions. | Sanders has been an outspoken supporter of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and said at the time that he voted against the measure in…

Janine Jackson (2019-05-08). 'Climate Change Is the Real Job Killer' – CounterSpin interview with Joe Uehlein on Green New Deal. fair.org "It's the best framework that we, in labor, have seen in a very long time for advancing workers' rights. It sets a federal jobs guarantee for people who want to go to work fighting the climate crisis, and it also provides for what they call living wages, or family-supporting wages, in that jobs guarantee."

stuart_m (2019-05-08). Fans stay away from Eurovision in Tel Aviv. greenleft.org.au An Israeli government-backed propaganda initiative is attempting to rig another online poll about whether there should be a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv later this month. | This desperate effort to manipulate public opinion comes as Israeli organisers are struggling to unload thousands of unsold tickets to the event. | The Irish publication thejournal.ie put up a poll asking readers whether they support the boycott. | On April 30, t…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-05-08). 'Historical Step': Bernie Sanders's 2020 Campaign Staffers Ratify Union Contract. commondreams.org "Our overall campaign will be much stronger with the protections we were able to win for the workers." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

pip.hinman (2019-05-08). Support needed for prison reform activist Jock Palfreeman on hunger strike. greenleft.org.au Jock Palfreeman, an Australian serving a 20-year jail sentence in Bulgaria on trumped-up murder charges, has been on a hunger strike since April 21. | There has been little news about Palfreeman because the Bulgarian prison authorities have gone to great lengths to cut off any communication he had with the outside world. | While Palfreeman is no newcomer to protest, including in prison, the lack of information about his condition is worrying. His family have been able to get updates through his lawyer Kalin Angelov, who has received sporadic phone calls from Palfreeman. Angelov says the hunger strike is serious a…

Staff (2019-05-07). Does Bernie Sanders Really Have A Black Voter Problem? therealnews.com Last week the Bernieverse was abuzz with the news that Black voters bashed Bernie once again. But are people really getting the full context of what happened, and are Black voters — and Black voters' issues — being glossed over again? An analysis with Anoa Changa…

Matthew Karp (2019-05-07). The Transformation of Bernie Sanders. thenation.com The Transformation of Bernie Sanders…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-07). After Florida Re-enfranchises 1.4 Million, Republicans Push New "Poll Tax" For Formerly Incarcerated. democracynow.org Civil rights groups are decrying what they say is a new poll tax after the Florida Senate passed a bill Friday that would require formerly incarcerated people with felony convictions to repay all fines and fees to courts before their voting rights are restored. This comes six months after voters in Florida approved a measure to restore voting rights to 1.4 million people with nonviolent felonies who have fully completed their sentences, overturning a Jim Crow-era law aimed at keeping African Americans from voting. Nearly 65 percent of voters approved the constitutional amendment to re-enfranchise people with form…

Staff (2019-05-06). The DCCC's Anti-Progressive Policy Might Be Backfiring (2/2). 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…

David Dayen (2019-05-06). Obama's Agriculture Secretary, Now Working for the Dairy Industry, Urges 2020 Democrats to Be Nice to the Dairy Industry. theintercept.com Some dairy companies have begun to include a list of suicide prevention hotlines in the envelope with farmers' checks.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-06). Ex-Blackwater CEO Erik Prince Makes a Comeback Under Trump Selling Mercenary Armies Around the World. democracynow.org The House Intelligence Committee has sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department for Erik Prince, founder of the mercenary firm Blackwater. House Democrats are accusing Prince of lying to Congress during his November 2017 testimony before the Committee, when he described a meeting in the Seychelles with a Russian banker before Donald Trump's inauguration as a chance encounter. According to the Mueller report, the meeting was an attempt to establish a backchannel between the incoming Trump administration and Russia, and may have been arranged by the Trump team. The move is one of the latest actions placing…

Mehdi Hasan (2019-05-06). Joe Biden Won't Blame the Republicans for Trump. That Should Disqualify Him. theintercept.com Biden says Trump is the sole cause of America's political crisis — but in fact, the president is a symptom of the GOP's derangement.

Staff (2019-05-05). The DCCC's Anti-Progressive Policy Might Be Backfiring (1/2). 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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'

2019-05-09: Social Media Postees

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Obama's Frustration with Clinton Campaign Should be a Warning to Dems
Riaz Malik | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-09
Will Democrats stop wasting their time rehashing conspiracy theories and actually start opposing Trump on Venezuela? On mass surveillance? On tax breaks to the wealthy? On defense spending?
mintpressnews.com/obamas-frustration-wit…

Bernie Sanders Campaign Staff Ratify Pro-Workers Union Contract
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-09
Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential campaign workers have ratified a union contract with management, one of the first of such contracts at this political level. | RELATED: | Liberals vs Progressives? Top 8 Democrats Running in 2020 US Elections | The agreement was announced Wednesday by Bernie's campaign leaders and the United Food and Commercial Workers Local…
telesurenglish.net/news/Bernie-Sanders-C…

AG Barr hit with new subpoena as Dems struggle to extract unredacted Mueller report
rt.com | 2019-05-09
Attorney General William Barr is facing a second House subpoena, this one from intelligence committee chair Adam Schiff, as Democrats double down on their quest for the unredacted Mueller report and the evidence behind it. | …
rt.com/usa/458834-barr-subpoena-contempt…

Why Democrats Should Open an Impeachment Inquiry
Ryan Cooper | commondreams.org | 2019-05-09
Retreating into learned helplessness and hoping the voters will rescue the country from Trump will only embolden his assault on American democracy. (Photo: Illustrated | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, tkoko/iStock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/05/09/why-de…

House Panel Votes to Hold AG Barr in Contempt
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-09
WASHINGTON — The Latest on Congress and special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report (all times local): | 10: 50 p.m., May 8, 2019 | The House Judiciary Committee has voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress. | The vote Wednesday capped a day of ever-deepening dispute between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump, who invoked executive privilege to block lawmakers from the full report on Robert Mueller's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election. | Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York declared the action by Trump's Justice Department a clear new sig…
truthdig.com/articles/house-panel-votes-…

Joe Biden Doesn't Deserve Your Nostalgia
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-09
If there is one thing we can take away from the first two weeks of Joe Biden's 2020 presidential campaign, it's that the former vice president is feeling nostalgic. Uncle Joe is longing for the good old days, before President Trump happened and before the Republican Party went completely off the rails. The days when Democrats and Republicans could be friends, when compromise wasn't a dirty word, and when civility prevailed. The days when the center held strong, and pragmatic statesmen like him and his friend Dick Cheney could cut deals behind closed doors.
truthdig.com/articles/joe-biden-doesnt-d…

This week's Question Time hasn't even aired and people are pointing out a massive problem
Emily Apple | thecanary.co | 2019-05-09
On 9 May, the BBC will broadcast its latest edition of Question Time. But people are pointing out a massive problem with the episode before it's even aired. | The panel will include Nigel Farage and Anna Soubry. They are representatives of two parties — the Brexit Party and Change UK — that have no elected MPs, councillors, or MEPs. While both parties can claim representatives in the European and UK parliaments, neither has faced a public vote. | Meanwhile, the Green Party and the Liberal…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/05/09/this-weeks-question-time-hasnt-even-aired-and-people-are-pointing-out-a-massive-problem/

Sanders, AOC Plan Radical Offensive on Wall Street
teleSUR-ne-EF | telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-09
United States Senator Bernie Sanders and House member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have proposed legislation that would cap interest rates on credit cards and other consumer loans at 15 percent. | RELATED: | AOC Says She Follows Democratic Leadership on Issue of US Intervention in Venezuela | The proposal, introduced Thursday, also calls for…
telesurenglish.net/news/Bernie-Sanders-O…

'Historical step:' Bernie Sanders's 2020 campaign staffers ratify union contract
Andrea Germanos | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-09
nationofchange.org/2019/05/09/historical…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders Team Up on Bank Legislation
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2019-05-09
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will announce her first major bill today, in partnership with Vermont Sen. and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. It's something Sanders has proposed for many years: a 15 percent interest rate cap on all consumer loans, which would reduce what many Americans pay on their credit cards and effectively eliminate the payday loan industry. | The bill is called the Loan Shark Prevention Act, and it's only two pages long. It includes language that would prevent lenders from adding fees to "evade" the interest rate cap and sets penalties for violators, including a forfeiture of all interest o…
theintercept.com/2019/05/09/alexandria-o…

As Washington State Bans Fracking, Sanders Calls for Nationwide Ban
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-09
As Bernie Sanders called for a national ban on fracking due to the serious threat it poses to the climate, air quality, and water supply, Washington Governor and 2020 presidential candidate Jay Inslee won praise from environmental groups on Wednesday for signing into law a statewide ban on the destructive drilling practice. | Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, celebrated Inslee…
truthout.org/articles/as-washington-stat…

Joe Biden likes Republicans so much because he's so much like them
Norman Solomon | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-09
Recent criticism of Joe Biden for praising Dick Cheney as " a decent man" and Mike Pence as " a decent guy" | merely scratches the surface of what's wrong with the current | frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. His compulsion | to vouch for the decency of Republican leaders — while calling Donald | Trump an "aberration" — is consistent with Biden's political record. It | sheds light on why he's proba…
nationofchange.org/2019/05/09/joe-biden-…

Joe Biden Likes Republicans So Much Because He's So Much Like Them
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2019-05-09
After Five Decades of Serving Corporate Power, He's Eager for the Top Job…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/08/1882331…

Biden Likes Republicans So Much Because He's So Much Like Them
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-09
Recent criticism of Joe Biden for praising Dick Cheney as "a decent man" and Mike Pence as "a decent guy" merely scratches the surface of what's wrong with the current frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. His compulsion to vouch for the decency of Republican leaders — while calling Donald Trump an "aberration" — is…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/09/biden-likes-…

Trump ratchets up anti-immigrant campaign
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-09
While much of the media continues to focus on the Mueller report and the squabbles between the White House and the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, US President Donald Trump's real crimes are scarcely addressed or are ignored altogether. | This column will take up one of these crimes, Trump's intensification of his racist war on immigrants. He is not alone on this — the ultra-right throughout Europe and elsewhere have similar anti-immigrant policies. | In recent weeks Trump has appointed new officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
greenleft.org.au/content/trump-ratchets-anti-immigrant-campaign

Watch: Interview With Democratic Congresswoman and 2020 Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-05-09
Ever since Tulsi Gabbard was first elected to Congress in 2012, she has been assertively independent, heterodox, unpredictable, and polarizing. Viewed at first as a loyal Democrat and guaranteed future star by party leaders — due to her status as an Iraq War veteran, a telegenic and dynamic young woman, and the first Hindu and Samoan-American elected to Congress — she has instead become a thorn in the side, and frequent critic, of those same leaders. | Gabbard's transformation from cherished party asset to party critic and outcast was rapid, and was due almost entirely to her insistence on following h…
theintercept.com/2019/05/09/watch-interv…

A Green New Deal Must Prioritize Regenerative Agriculture
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-09
We are at a radically new stage in our fight for the planet. The Green New Deal proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youth-led Sunrise Movement, and hundreds of other climate justice leaders and organizations has given us a new holistic framework for tackling both the climate crisis and structural inequality. | This bold vision for the future has, in a matter of months, radically expanded what is politically possible and clarified what is morally req…
truthout.org/articles/a-green-new-deal-m…

Rivers in crisis demand real water solutions now
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-09
A key federal election issue, which the carefully stage-managed leaders' debates are ignoring, is one on which all our lives depend: access to clean drinking water. | Our rivers are dying and our artesian basins are being poisoned because river water is being sold off at bargain basement rates to the major parties' corporate donors. | Corruption and water theft is just a part of how business is done in large parts of the Murray-Darling Basin. | Water security is vital for rural communities because water sourced from artesian bores and rivers is crucial for farming, especially as prolonged drought bites hard all t…
greenleft.org.au/content/rivers-crisis-demand-real-water-solutions-now

Greens offer bogus climate pledges while pleading for another partnership with Labor
wsws.org | 2019-05-09
The "plan" of the Greens is not about saving the environment and the planet but handing billions of dollars to supposedly "green" companies.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/09/gree…

Donald Trump Is a Dangerous Human Version of 1980s Muzak
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-09
"It is unavoidable. It is your destiny." –The Emperor Palpatine, 1983I was in Walgreens the other day in search of Band-Aids with cartoons on them, because my daughter is a self-described "boo-boo catastrophe" who insists I only purchase bandages festooned with beloved children's movie characters. As my fingers did the walking through various Disney-themed wound care products, I sensed a great disturbance in the Force. The source of my distress? The low moan of '80s-era Muzak oozing from the overhead speakers. | My loathing for the 1980s is almost seamless, a perfection of hatred salvaged only by the exi…
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'Free Clarrie O'Shea': When unions broke the rules to change them
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-09
Fifty years ago, an industrial penal powers dispute provoked the biggest strike wave in Australia's post-war history. | On May 15, 1969, Clarrie O'Shea, Victorian secretary Australian Tramway & Motor Omnibus Employees' Association (ATMOEA), was jailed for refusing to pay fines imposed under the anti-union penal powers of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act. | Over the next week, more than 1 million workers went on strike to demand freedom for O'Shea and the repeal of the penal powers. | Tribune, the newspaper of the Communist Party of Australia at the time, reported on May 21, 1969: "The long struggle…
greenleft.org.au/content/%E2%80%98free-clarrie-o%E2%80%99shea%E2%80%99-when-unions-broke-rules-change-them

CODEPINK Monthly Golden Gate Bridge WALK for PEACE
Toby Blome | indybay.org | 2019-05-09
BE GREEN AND CARPOOL | See http: //tripplanner.transit.511.org for public transit options. | Golden Gate Transit Buses 10, 70, 80 | and SF Muni Bus 28 stop at the bridge (SF side). | Parking available on all 4 "corners", just remember to take the last exit on hwy 101 as you approach the bridge, or the first exit after you leave the bridge. | 11: 45 am: Gather at the SF or Marin end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. | Noon: Walk on the eastern walkway from the north or south ends to converge in the middle for World Peace. Then march to the SF side for rally.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/08/1882331…

Charter Schools Have a Big Problem, and Rebranding Won't Help
Peter Greene | progressive.org | 2019-05-09
Charters promised all sorts of miraculous educational achievements at low, low prices. But those achievements haven't appeared. More people are understanding that what we're really talking about is the privatization of our public school system.
progressive.org/public-school-shakedown/…

The DCCC's Plan to Punish Democrats for Backing Primary Challengers Is Sparking Major Backlash
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-05-08
The DCCC's Plan to Punish Democrats for Backing Primary Challengers Is Sparking Major Backlash…
thenation.com/article/dccc-incumbents-pr…

'Constitutional crisis' or political stunt? House Democrats hold AG Barr in contempt
rt.com | 2019-05-08
House Judiciary Committee Democrats have voted to hold Attorney William Barr in contempt of Congress for defying their demands for the unredacted Mueller report and underlying evidence. | …
rt.com/usa/458825-house-democrats-barr-c…

Krugman v. Sanders on Medicare-for-All
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-08
Last week Krugman devoted a column to dismissing the Democrats septuagenarians (Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders) as not being prepared to deal with the presidency in today's political environment. Part of his indictment of Sanders was an unwillingness to compromise, most notably on health care reform. As Krugman put it:…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/08/krugman-v-sa…

Fear Mongering and Capitalism: A Recipe for Fascism? (1/2)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-08
The effort to sell security to the people of the US is based on stoking irrational fears, something Trump has taken to new extremes, but which Democrats are guilty of as well, explains Charles Derber, who discusses his new book…
therealnews.com/stories/fear-mongering-a…

The Democratic Counterrevolution Has a Self-Appointed Leader: Josh Gottheimer
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-05-08
Not long after Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar were sworn into Congress, they began hearing from their new colleagues that one member of the House Democratic caucus, Josh Gottheimer, had particularly strong views about each of them. Gottheimer, a second-term representative from New Jersey, has deep ties to the lobbies for Saudi Arabia and Israel, while Tlaib and Omar are often critical of both Mideast governments. | So when Gottheimer reached out to meet with Tlaib, she was eager to take it, hoping that a personal connection would help bridge their differences. On the day of the meeting, February 6, Gottheimer arriv…
theintercept.com/2019/05/08/josh-gotthei…

Trump asserts executive privilege over Robert Mueller's report — DOJ
rt.com | 2019-05-08
US President Donald Trump has invoked executive privilege over the unredacted Mueller report and other materials subpoenaed by the House Democrats, the Justice Department has said. | …
rt.com/usa/458734-trump-asserts-executiv…

Democratic-Aligned Think Tank Knocks Bernie Sanders for Vote Aimed at Avoiding War With Iran
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-05-08
A mainstream, Democratic Party-aligned foreign policy think tank is knocking Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for voting against new sanctions on Iran in 2017 — though the think tank itself and many members of its board oppose new Iran sanctions. | Sanders has been an outspoken supporter of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and said at the time that he voted against the measure in…
theintercept.com/2019/05/08/bernie-sande…

'Historical Step': Bernie Sanders's 2020 Campaign Staffers Ratify Union Contract
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-08
"Our overall campaign will be much stronger with the protections we were able to win for the workers." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/08/histori…

Will A Green New Deal Save the Climate, or Save Capitalism?
Shamus Cooke | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-08
After decades of neoliberal torment it's easy to yearn for capitalism's tranquil past, a simpler time that delivered stability, fairness, and progress. This mythology around a golden age of U.S. capitalism is regularly conjured up by Bernie Sanders or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who reference the New Deal-era programs that delivered democratic reforms and a massive investment…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/08/will-a-green…

Fans stay away from Eurovision in Tel Aviv
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-08
An Israeli government-backed propaganda initiative is attempting to rig another online poll about whether there should be a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv later this month. | This desperate effort to manipulate public opinion comes as Israeli organisers are struggling to unload thousands of unsold tickets to the event. | The Irish publication thejournal.ie put up a poll asking readers whether they support the boycott. | On April 30, t…
greenleft.org.au/content/fans-stay-away-eurovision-tel-aviv

'Climate Change Is the Real Job Killer' – CounterSpin interview with Joe Uehlein on Green New Deal
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-05-08
"It's the best framework that we, in labor, have seen in a very long time for advancing workers' rights. It sets a federal jobs guarantee for people who want to go to work fighting the climate crisis, and it also provides for what they call living wages, or family-supporting wages, in that jobs guarantee."
fair.org/home/climate-change-is-the-real…

Support needed for prison reform activist Jock Palfreeman on hunger strike
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-08
Jock Palfreeman, an Australian serving a 20-year jail sentence in Bulgaria on trumped-up murder charges, has been on a hunger strike since April 21. | There has been little news about Palfreeman because the Bulgarian prison authorities have gone to great lengths to cut off any communication he had with the outside world. | While Palfreeman is no newcomer to protest, including in prison, the lack of information about his condition is worrying. His family have been able to get updates through his lawyer Kalin Angelov, who has received sporadic phone calls from Palfreeman. Angelov says the hunger strike is serious a…
greenleft.org.au/content/support-needed-prison-reform-activist-jock-palfreeman-hunger-strike

Does Bernie Sanders Really Have A Black Voter Problem?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-07
Last week the Bernieverse was abuzz with the news that Black voters bashed Bernie once again. But are people really getting the full context of what happened, and are Black voters — and Black voters' issues — being glossed over again? An analysis with Anoa Changa…
therealnews.com/stories/does-bernie-sand…

The Transformation of Bernie Sanders
Matthew Karp | thenation.com | 2019-05-07
The Transformation of Bernie Sanders…
thenation.com/article/bernie-sanders-jef…

After Florida Re-enfranchises 1.4 Million, Republicans Push New "Poll Tax" For Formerly Incarcerated
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-07
Civil rights groups are decrying what they say is a new poll tax after the Florida Senate passed a bill Friday that would require formerly incarcerated people with felony convictions to repay all fines and fees to courts before their voting rights are restored. This comes six months after voters in Florida approved a measure to restore voting rights to 1.4 million people with nonviolent felonies who have fully completed their sentences, overturning a Jim Crow-era law aimed at keeping African Americans from voting. Nearly 65 percent of voters approved the constitutional amendment to re-enfranchise people with form…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/7/after_flor…

The DCCC's Anti-Progressive Policy Might Be Backfiring (2/2)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-06
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…

Obama's Agriculture Secretary, Now Working for the Dairy Industry, Urges 2020 Democrats to Be Nice to the Dairy Industry
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2019-05-06
Some dairy companies have begun to include a list of suicide prevention hotlines in the envelope with farmers' checks.
theintercept.com/2019/05/06/tom-vilsack-…

Ex-Blackwater CEO Erik Prince Makes a Comeback Under Trump Selling Mercenary Armies Around the World
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-06
The House Intelligence Committee has sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department for Erik Prince, founder of the mercenary firm Blackwater. House Democrats are accusing Prince of lying to Congress during his November 2017 testimony before the Committee, when he described a meeting in the Seychelles with a Russian banker before Donald Trump's inauguration as a chance encounter. According to the Mueller report, the meeting was an attempt to establish a backchannel between the incoming Trump administration and Russia, and may have been arranged by the Trump team. The move is one of the latest actions placing…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/6/ex_blackwa…

Joe Biden Won't Blame the Republicans for Trump. That Should Disqualify Him
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-05-06
Biden says Trump is the sole cause of America's political crisis — but in fact, the president is a symptom of the GOP's derangement.
theintercept.com/2019/05/06/joe-biden-tr…

The DCCC's Anti-Progressive Policy Might Be Backfiring (1/2)
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…

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

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

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'…
greenleft.org.au/content/us-sanctions-killed-more-40000-venezuela

German Film Festival offers up Brecht, 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…
greenleft.org.au/content/german-film-festival-offers-brecht-socialist-dissidents-and-

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

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