2019-05-23: News Headlines

Adam Johnson (2019-05-23). Warren and Sanders Understand the Power of 'The Bad Guy'. commondreams.org Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren make a joint appearance on Capitol Hill during a 2017 news conference about health care reform. (Photo: Andrew Harnik / AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Joan Walsh (2019-05-23). Yes, Trump Needs an 'Intervention'—It's Called an Impeachment Inquiry. thenation.com Yes, Trump Needs an 'Intervention'—It's Called an Impeachment Inquiry…

pip.hinman (2019-05-23). Italian dock strike blocks deadly cargo headed for Saudi Arabia. greenleft.org.au Italian dock workers halted the loading of a deadly cargo of weapons bound for Saudi Arabia in Genoa on March 20 as they demanded Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini "open the ports to people and close them to arms". | Trade unionists and activists hailed "working-class internationalism" as they stopped the Saudi ship Bahri Yanbu loading drones and other equipment that would be used in its devastating war on Yemen. | They called their action a "historic act of solidarity". | Members of the CGiL (Italian General Confederation of Labour) union united with activists from Potero al Popolo (PaP, Power to the Peop…

kathy_f (2019-05-23). Coal mines are draining Sydney's water. greenleft.org.au A WaterNSW submission to the ongoing Independent Expert Panel into Mining in Sydney's Catchment has highlighted the destructive impact coal mining is having on the Sydney Water Catchment Area. | It called for curbs on two big coal mines in Sydney's catchment, saying millions of litres of water are being lost daily and environmental impacts are likely breaching approval conditions. | Alarmingly, the submission stated: "Environmental consequences from mining in the Special Areas are greater than pre…

pip.hinman (2019-05-23). Five new books for ecosocialists. greenleft.org.au In this month's round up of new books, Climate and Capitalism editor Ian Angus looks at books providing two views of food and farming; the origin of climate science denial; the high cost of living well; and a socialist who mostly disagrees with ecosocialism. | *** | Living Well At Others' Expense: The Hidden Costs of Western Prosperity
| By Stephan Lessenich
| Polity, 2019 | At the heart of developed societies lies an in…

pip.hinman (2019-05-23). A song not lost (post-election blues). greenleft.org.au Our good Earth is red and black and brown | And fresh grass will always be green | White chalk washes off in the rain | And the sun shines down on us all | While there is air for us to breathe | I sing back to life an indivisible soul | And find in our good Earth's fertile ground | The seed of our common goal | Walking together in dark times | To the brink of an unknowable fate | Sharing our path, our purpose, our pain | On the edge of madness still lies the dawn | For the grass will forever be green | While the Earth is red and black and brown | And white chalk washes off in the rain | While the sun shines down…

pip.hinman (2019-05-23). Watch your language. greenleft.org.au This election win for the Establishment is the expected result that comes from "manufacturing consent" through the use of propaganda in some covert media campaigns. | We must take control back over our narrative or forever be silenced. We must not allow ourselves to be directed by corporate media monopolies. Because their fundamental nature is to be self-serving, which is completely at odds with democracy. | We must demand better media regulation that does not permit political lobby groups or parties to disguise themselves as independent media outlets. There is an important difference between an opinion piece and…

Peter Green (2019-05-23). Despite Lawsuit, TBSC Leader Calls for Hosing Down a Sleeping Homeless Man. indybay.org Samantha Olden, a leader of the "public safety" group Take Back Santa Cruz (TBSC), recently made a comment on social media suggesting a homeless man be hosed down with water to discourage him from trespassing in the area in which he was sleeping. The comment from Olden comes just over a month after homeless residents in Santa Cruz named Take Back Santa Cruz in a federal civil rights lawsuit, which calls for TBSC to, "be enjoined from dangerous inflammatory hate speech and ordered to publicly alert its members and followers to refrain from performing or inciting acts of physical violence against homeless persons."

pip.hinman (2019-05-23). Labor is not radical enough. greenleft.org.au Barely had we digested the news of the unexpected Coalition victory when the corporate media commentators and a number of senior party leaders were blaming Labor's election loss for it being too left-wing — "too ambitious", "a large target" and "bit off more than it could chew". | The very opposite is true. Far from being too radical, Labor's shift to the left was too little too late, incomplete and sometimes more rhetoric than substance. | While talking about going after the "big end of town" there was no serious proposal to crimp the profits of the big corporations apart from the restoration of weekend pe…

pip.hinman (2019-05-23). Brazil: More than 1 million take to the streets. greenleft.org.au A nationwide education strike on May 15 became the platform for the biggest anti-government protests since President Jair Bolsonaro took power. | More than 1 million people demonstrated, some estimating up to 2 million. Protests brought together unions, academics, teachers, students, campaign groups, political parties and other diverse factions — the birth of a movement, and the strongest display of left unity in Brazil in decades, on a scale that took many by surprise. | This is a battle for the country's future: it is the beginning of the fightback against Bolsonaro's war on education — a needless w…

kathy_f (2019-05-23). Scientists call for action from new government. greenleft.org.au More than 60 scientists and experts have signed an open letter to the next Parliament of Australia, calling for the government to make urgent action on climate change a top priority for the 46th Parliament of Australia. | Prominent signatories of the open letter include: Nobel Prize winners Professor Peter Doherty AC and Dr Sue Wareham OAM, former Australian of the Year Professor Fiona Stanley AC, former Chief Scientist for Australia Professor Penny Sackett and many of Australia's leading scientist…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-23). Under Fire From Progressives, DCCC Chair Backs Out of Fundraiser for Anti-Choice Democrat Dan Lipinski. commondreams.org "Rep. Lipinski does not represent the priorities of our community," said Marie Newman, who is mounting a progressive primary challenge against the conservative Illinois Democrat | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener (2019-05-23). 'The New York Times' vs. Bernie. thenation.com 'The New York Times' vs. Bernie…

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-05-23). Joe Biden Is Not the Pragmatic Choice for 2020. truthdig.com An insidious idea pervading media analysis and public discourse around the 2020 presidential election is that voters looking to defeat President Donald Trump are locked into an ideological battle between pragmatism and idealism. Voters backing former Vice President Joe Biden find him to be " electable" rather than being a candidate whose values they support. But is Biden really the pragmatic choice? | Before Biden announced he was running, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared to be the front-runner, boosting hopes among those w…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-23). Ocasio-Cortez and Warren Have Some Tough Questions for Mnuchin About the Collapse of Sears. commondreams.org Two high-profile Democrats have questions for Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin about his role in the downfall of Sears as a former member of the retailer's board of directors, and his possible role in government decisions about the company. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-23). Headlines for May 23, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Administration Says Sixth Migrant Child Died After Crossing Border, Lawmaker Says "Intentional" Trump Admin Policy Led to Child Migrant Deaths, Federal Judge Clears Path for Congressional Subpoena of Trump Financial Records, New York Lawmakers Approve Bill Granting Congress Access to Trump Tax Records, President Trump Storms Out of Meeting with Top Democrats over "Phony" Inquiries, Pentagon Planning to Deploy Ships, Missiles and 10,000 More Troops to Middle East, Indian PM Narendra Modi Headed for Second Term as Hindu Nationalists Surge, Tornadoes Tear Through Missouri, Damaging State Capitol Building, "Ame…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-23). To 'Nurture Human Lives Rather Than Take Them Away,' 2020 Democrats Urged to Support Slashing Annual Pentagon Budget By $200 Billion. commondreams.org "It is long past time to eliminate excess Pentagon spending and invest the savings in urgent domestic and human needs." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-05-23). AOC and Warren Have Some Tough Questions for Mnuchin About Sears's Collapse. truthout.org Two high-profile Democrats have questions for Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin about his role in the downfall of Sears as a former member of the retailer's board of directors, and his possible role in government decisions about the company. | Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), who is also a 2020 presidential candidate, released a video Thursday in which they outline the details of a letter (p…

Jeff Faux (2019-05-23). Why Are Leading Democrats Supporting Trump on Venezuela? thenation.com Why Are Leading Democrats Supporting Trump on Venezuela?

WSWS (2019-05-23). Trump, Democrats clash over investigations. wsws.org Trump has issued an unprecedented ultimatum: Halt investigations or no political business will be done in Washington.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-23). Allan Nairn: Impeachment Inquiry Should Focus on Trump's Actual Atrocities, Not a Russia Plot. democracynow.org As a growing number of House Democrats are backing the impeachment of President Trump, we speak with investigative journalist Allan Nairn. He says an impeachment inquiry should focus on "the atrocities that Trump is committing daily"—from the death of children on the border to the gutting of environmental protections.

Jake Johnson (2019-05-23). As 2020 Democrats cozy up to Wall Street donors, Warren and Sanders refuse to play big-money game. nationofchange.org Many 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls have reportedly been spending a significant chunk of their time on the trail cozying up to Wall Street executives and raking in checks at big-dollar events across the nation.

Miles Mogulescu (2019-05-23). It's Time For The Democratic Party To Stand Up. commondreams.org Thus far, Trump looks like he's completely getting his way and stomping on the hapless Democrats. This round goes to the bully. (Photo: People's Action Blog) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-22). "We Don't Want a Monarchy": Rep. Al Green Says Democrats Have No Choice But to Impeach Trump. democracynow.org A growing number of House Democrats are calling on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to launch an impeachment inquiry against President Trump. Pelosi has called for a closed-door special caucus meeting this morning to discuss the impeachment question, which has deeply divided House Democrats. The House speaker has long opposed opening an impeachment inquiry, arguing that focusing on impeachment could hurt the chances of Democrats winning in the 2020 election. But she is facing growing pushback from other members of the House as President Trump continues to block congressional oversight efforts by refusing to hand over documen…

RT (2019-05-22). 'I don't do coverups': Trump fires back at Pelosi after walking out of WH meeting. rt.com President Donald Trump called a surprise press conference to blast House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who accused him of masterminding a "coverup." Trump then canceled an infrastructure meeting with top Democrats. |

RT (2019-05-22). Trump is 'engaged in a coverup,' says Nancy Pelosi. rt.com By instructing former White House counsel Don McGahn not to testify before Congress, President Donald Trump is "engaged in a coverup," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters after meeting with her fellow Democrats. |

David Dayen (2019-05-22). The House Has Found Bipartisan Agreement on Reform to Retirement Accounts. Be Afraid. theintercept.com House Ways and Means Committee Chair Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., waited until April 3, months after Democrats regained the chamber, to formally seek President Donald Trump's tax returns. As Neal resisted pressure from his colleagues to pull the trigger earlier, he was working with Republicans on finishing a retirement security bill that had been several years in the making. | His colleagues began to suspect the two things were related, a suspicion that was…

Aída Chávez (2019-05-22). The Right Opens Up a New Front in the Census War: Criminal Records. theintercept.com Republicans appear poised to open a new front in the ongoing census wars, pushing to add a new question that inquires about the criminal record of respondents. The move comes amid a parallel effort to question residents about their citizenship status in 2020. Both questions would have the intended effect, Democrats charge, of suppressing participation, thereby shrinking Democratic representation. | In a hearing before the congressional Joint Economic Committee on Wednesday, a witness from the American Enterprise Institute, or AEI, an influential neoconservative think tank, put forward the notion that the Census B…

Kate Aronoff (2019-05-22). To Help Pay Off Bondholders, Solar Panel Owners Will Be Hit Hard in Puerto Rico. theintercept.com Environmentalists have long been accused of being closet austerians: hair-shirted hippies shaming everyone else for their wasteful ways. The Green New Deal even wants to take away your burgers, and you'll only be able to watch television when it's windy out. | Yet it's always been the capitalists, the people most opposed to curbing carbon emissions, who are the ones crimping on regular people's lifestyles. In Puerto Rico, it's the bona fide austerians — those looking to impose painful cuts to the public sphere — who are getting in the way of environmental progress, pitting payouts to bondholders again…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-05-22). Watch: Interview With Brazil's Ex-President Lula From Prison, Discussing Global Threats, Neoliberalism, Bolsonaro, and More. theintercept.com Among the planet's significant political figures, no one is quite like Lula. Born into extreme poverty, illiterate until the age of 10, forced to quit school at the age of 12 to work as a shoe shiner, losing a finger at his factory job at 19, and then becoming a labor activist, union leader, and founder of a political party devoted to a defense of laborers (the Workers' Party, or PT), Lula has always been, in all respects, the exact opposite of the rich, dynastic, oligarch-loyal, aristocratic prototype that has traditionally wielded power in Brazil. | That's precisely what makes Lula's rise to power, and his i…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-05-22). Union, BlueGreen Alliance leaders unveil "green energy" plan at hearings. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON —Nine top union leaders, including Steelworkers President Leo Gerard, Teachers President Randi Weingarten, and Communications Workers President Chris Shelton, unveiled a comprehensive and detailed "Green Energy" plan as Congress opened hearings on the issue on May 22. The labor-environmental BlueGreen Alliance also supports it. Their plan came as the House Energy and Commerce Committee …

WSWS (2019-05-22). Germany: Tens of thousands demonstrate against nationalism. wsws.org While many came to demonstrate against nationalism and racism, the organisers sought to mobilise support for pro-EU parties—the SPD, Greens and Left Party—a week before the European elections.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-05-22). 'A Small Tax on Wall Street to Make Big Change': Bernie Sanders and Barbara Lee Introduce New Financial Transaction Tax. commondreams.org "It is long past time for Congress to rein in the recklessness of Wall Street billionaires and build an economy that works for all Americans." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

John Nichols (2019-05-22). Bernie Sanders Does Not Need to Apologize for Opposing Wars. thenation.com Bernie Sanders Does Not Need to Apologize for Opposing Wars…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-22). Headlines for May 22, 2019. democracynow.org Calls for Impeachment Mount Among Democrats But Party Remains Divided, Dems Subpoena Ex-WH Communications Dir. Hope Hicks After Don McGahn Skips Hearing, Ex-Sec. of State Rex Tillerson Quietly Meets with House Foreign Affairs Cmte., IRS Memo Says Only Exec. Privilege Can Stop Congress from Obtaining Tax Returns, Lawmakers Are Briefed by Trump Admin on Iran Situation, Protesters Take to the Streets Nationwide to Condemn Abortion Bans, States Sue to Stop Rule Allowing Medical Providers to Refuse Care Based on Religious Belief, Vermont Dems Approve Bill Prohibiting Gov't from Interfering with Abortion Access, CBP Ha…

Elie Mystal (2019-05-22). Justin Amash Is Putting the Democrats to Shame. thenation.com Justin Amash Is Putting the Democrats to Shame…

WSWS (2019-05-22). Washington threatens new attack on Syria amid US war buildup in Persian Gulf. wsws.org With the Trump administration threatening a new attack on Syria on the pretext of chemical weapons, Democrats signed a letter urging an even more aggressive policy.

WSWS (2019-05-22). Former White House counsel refuses to testify before House committee. wsws.org The Democrats are warning about a "constitutional crisis" and the threat of dictatorship, but their own fecklessness is bound up with the reactionary basis of their opposition to Trump.

James Wright (2019-05-22). The UN gives the Lib Dems a massive headache just a day before the EU elections. thecanary.co The UN has given the Liberal Democrats a massive headache only a day before the EU elections, which take place on 23 May in the UK. | "Tragic" policies: | The Human Rights Council report, released on 22 May, states that "policies of austerity introduced in 2010" have had "tragic social consequences". With the Lib Dems gaining support through Remain protest votes…

Jake Johnson (2019-05-22). New York Passes Bill to Give Congress Access to Trump Tax Returns. theantimedia.com (CD) — As the White House continues to defy congressional Democrats' requests for President Donald Trump's federal tax returns, the New York state Assembly on Wednesday passed legislation that would make six years of Trump's state tax records available to the U.S. Congress. The New York state Senate passed the legislation, titled the TRUST Act, earlier this month. The bill …

RT (2019-05-22). Frustrated Democrats plan 'emergency' impeachment meeting after McGahn subpoena snub. rt.com US House Democrats are holding an emergency meeting to discuss the pressure to move forward with the impeachment of President Donald Trump — even though the special counsel and other investigations have failed to produce a crime.

Staff (2019-05-22). Federal Judge Refuses to Block Trump Bank Subpoenas. truthdig.com NEW YORK — The Latest on President Donald Trump's efforts to block congressional subpoenas seeking records from his banks (all times local): | 4 p.m. | A federal judge in New York is refusing to block congressional subpoenas seeking financial records from two banks that did business with President Donald Trump. | U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos said during a hearing Wednesday that Trump and his company were unlikely to succeed in a lawsuit arguing that the subpoenas were unlawful and unconstitutional. | Democrats in Congress have sought the information from Deutsche Bank and Capital One. | Deutsche Bank h…

Fight Back (2019-05-21). Jacksonville's dismal runoff results point to need for Labor-Black community alliance. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL – The outcome of Jacksonville's 2019 runoff elections looked remarkably like the general election back in March. Even fewer people participated in the runoff, which saw voter turnout sink from an already dismal 24% in March to just 14.35% two months later. By all accounts, Republicans came out on top. Dixie money ruled the day again, with the candidate who raised and spent the most money winning every single runoff. | Five city council seats went to a runoff after no candidate received a majority of the vote in March. While Democrats elected three city council members, only three of the five run…

Consortiumnews (2019-05-21). A 'Just Transition' from Fossil Fuels. consortiumnews.com All agree that there are no jobs on a dead planet, writes Linda Flood. But the road to fewer emissions is full of opinions. By Linda Flood in Stockholm Inter Press Service The trade unions' solution for a greener world is… Read more →

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2019-05-21). Locked in a Cold War Time Warp. counterpunch.org On Saturday May 18th, the New York Times ran a lengthy front-page article by Alexander Burns and Sydney Ember entitled "Mayor Who Brought the Cold War to Vermont," which exemplifies how the poisonous political climate of the Cold War has not yet receded.The piece details presidential contender Bernie Sanders' opposition to Ronald Reagan's Central America Wars in the 1980s while Burlington Mayor, and Sanders' travels to Nicaragua and meeting with Sandinista revolutionary leader Daniel Ortega. More

RT (2019-05-21). Democrats call for Trump impeachment as former White House counsel skips hearing. rt.com House Democrats are once again calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, after he blocked former White House counsel Don McGahn from testifying about the 'Russiagate' probe. |

RT (2019-05-21). House Committee vows to hold ex-Trump counsel McGahn in contempt over refusal to testify. rt.com The House Judiciary Committee will do everything it can to compel former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify, the committee's chairman has said, vowing to hold McGahn in contempt for refusing to speak before the panel.

Mehdi Hasan (2019-05-20). Republican Justin Amash Gets What Top Democrats Don't — It's Time to Impeach Trump. theintercept.com Amash is the first Republican in Congress to call for impeachment. More Democrats, such as Nancy Pelosi, should be willing to say the same.

RT (2019-05-20). Apologize for what? Bernie Sanders stands by opposition to Vietnam & Iraq wars. rt.com Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders says he will not apologize for opposing US wars in Vietnam and Iraq, after coming under mainstream media criticism for 'anti-American' sentiment. His supporters say 'good for him.'

Tracy Keeling (2019-05-20). A Lib Dem bigshot gives his party the kiss of death ahead of the EU elections. thecanary.co The Liberal Democrats' former chief secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, just gave his party the kiss of death. Right before the European elections, the now vice president of an investment bank tweeted a chummy picture of himself, George Osborne and Nick Clegg. | It's hard to think of a worse advertisement for Vince Cable's Lib Dems ahead of Brits heading to the polls. Because the picture reminded people of the party's coalition years. This was…

2019-05-23: Social Media Postees

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Yes, Trump Needs an 'Intervention'–It's Called an Impeachment Inquiry
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2019-05-23
Yes, Trump Needs an 'Intervention'–It's Called an Impeachment Inquiry…
thenation.com/article/donald-trump-nancy…

Coal mines are draining Sydney's water
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-23
A WaterNSW submission to the ongoing Independent Expert Panel into Mining in Sydney's Catchment has highlighted the destructive impact coal mining is having on the Sydney Water Catchment Area. | It called for curbs on two big coal mines in Sydney's catchment, saying millions of litres of water are being lost daily and environmental impacts are likely breaching approval conditions. | Alarmingly, the submission stated: "Environmental consequences from mining in the Special Areas are greater than pre…
greenleft.org.au/content/coal-mines-are-draining-sydney%E2%80%99s-water

Italian dock strike blocks deadly cargo headed for Saudi Arabia
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-23
Italian dock workers halted the loading of a deadly cargo of weapons bound for Saudi Arabia in Genoa on March 20 as they demanded Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini "open the ports to people and close them to arms". | Trade unionists and activists hailed "working-class internationalism" as they stopped the Saudi ship Bahri Yanbu loading drones and other equipment that would be used in its devastating war on Yemen. | They called their action a "historic act of solidarity". | Members of the CGiL (Italian General Confederation of Labour) union united with activists from Potero al Popolo (PaP, Power to the Peop…
greenleft.org.au/content/italian-dock-strike-blocks-deadly-cargo-headed-saudi-arabia

Watch your language
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-23
This election win for the Establishment is the expected result that comes from "manufacturing consent" through the use of propaganda in some covert media campaigns. | We must take control back over our narrative or forever be silenced. We must not allow ourselves to be directed by corporate media monopolies. Because their fundamental nature is to be self-serving, which is completely at odds with democracy. | We must demand better media regulation that does not permit political lobby groups or parties to disguise themselves as independent media outlets. There is an important difference between an opinion piece and…
greenleft.org.au/content/watch-your-language

Five new books for ecosocialists
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-23
In this month's round up of new books, Climate and Capitalism editor Ian Angus looks at books providing two views of food and farming; the origin of climate science denial; the high cost of living well; and a socialist who mostly disagrees with ecosocialism. | *** | Living Well At Others' Expense: The Hidden Costs of Western Prosperity | By Stephan Lessenich | Polity, 2019 | At the heart of developed societies lies an in…
greenleft.org.au/content/five-new-books-ecosocialists-5

Labor is not radical enough
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-23
Barely had we digested the news of the unexpected Coalition victory when the corporate media commentators and a number of senior party leaders were blaming Labor's election loss for it being too left-wing — "too ambitious", "a large target" and "bit off more than it could chew". | The very opposite is true. Far from being too radical, Labor's shift to the left was too little too late, incomplete and sometimes more rhetoric than substance. | While talking about going after the "big end of town" there was no serious proposal to crimp the profits of the big corporations apart from the restoration of weekend pe…
greenleft.org.au/content/labor-not-radical-enough

Despite Lawsuit, TBSC Leader Calls for Hosing Down a Sleeping Homeless Man
Peter Green | indybay.org | 2019-05-23
Samantha Olden, a leader of the "public safety" group Take Back Santa Cruz (TBSC), recently made a comment on social media suggesting a homeless man be hosed down with water to discourage him from trespassing in the area in which he was sleeping. The comment from Olden comes just over a month after homeless residents in Santa Cruz named Take Back Santa Cruz in a federal civil rights lawsuit, which calls for TBSC to, "be enjoined from dangerous inflammatory hate speech and ordered to publicly alert its members and followers to refrain from performing or inciting acts of physical violence against homeless persons."
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/20/1882351…

Scientists call for action from new government
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-23
More than 60 scientists and experts have signed an open letter to the next Parliament of Australia, calling for the government to make urgent action on climate change a top priority for the 46th Parliament of Australia. | Prominent signatories of the open letter include: Nobel Prize winners Professor Peter Doherty AC and Dr Sue Wareham OAM, former Australian of the Year Professor Fiona Stanley AC, former Chief Scientist for Australia Professor Penny Sackett and many of Australia's leading scientist…
greenleft.org.au/content/scientists-call-action-new-government

Brazil: More than 1 million take to the streets
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-23
A nationwide education strike on May 15 became the platform for the biggest anti-government protests since President Jair Bolsonaro took power. | More than 1 million people demonstrated, some estimating up to 2 million. Protests brought together unions, academics, teachers, students, campaign groups, political parties and other diverse factions — the birth of a movement, and the strongest display of left unity in Brazil in decades, on a scale that took many by surprise. | This is a battle for the country's future: it is the beginning of the fightback against Bolsonaro's war on education — a needless w…
greenleft.org.au/content/brazil-more-1-million-take-streets

A song not lost (post-election blues)
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-23
Our good Earth is red and black and brown | And fresh grass will always be green | White chalk washes off in the rain | And the sun shines down on us all | While there is air for us to breathe | I sing back to life an indivisible soul | And find in our good Earth's fertile ground | The seed of our common goal | Walking together in dark times | To the brink of an unknowable fate | Sharing our path, our purpose, our pain | On the edge of madness still lies the dawn | For the grass will forever be green | While the Earth is red and black and brown | And white chalk washes off in the rain | While the sun shines down…
greenleft.org.au/content/song-not-lost-post-election-blues

Under Fire From Progressives, DCCC Chair Backs Out of Fundraiser for Anti-Choice Democrat Dan Lipinski
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-23
"Rep. Lipinski does not represent the priorities of our community," said Marie Newman, who is mounting a progressive primary challenge against the conservative Illinois Democrat | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/23/under-f…

'The New York Times' vs. Bernie
Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener | thenation.com | 2019-05-23
'The New York Times' vs. Bernie…
thenation.com/article/the-new-york-times…

Joe Biden Is Not the Pragmatic Choice for 2020
Sonali Kolhatkar | truthdig.com | 2019-05-23
An insidious idea pervading media analysis and public discourse around the 2020 presidential election is that voters looking to defeat President Donald Trump are locked into an ideological battle between pragmatism and idealism. Voters backing former Vice President Joe Biden find him to be " electable" rather than being a candidate whose values they support. But is Biden really the pragmatic choice? | Before Biden announced he was running, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared to be the front-runner, boosting hopes among those w…
truthdig.com/articles/joe-biden-is-not-t…

Warren and Sanders Understand the Power of 'The Bad Guy'
Adam Johnson | commondreams.org | 2019-05-23
Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren make a joint appearance on Capitol Hill during a 2017 news conference about health care reform. (Photo: Andrew Harnik / AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/05/23/warren…

AOC and Warren Have Some Tough Questions for Mnuchin About Sears's Collapse
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-23
Two high-profile Democrats have questions for Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin about his role in the downfall of Sears as a former member of the retailer's board of directors, and his possible role in government decisions about the company. | Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), who is also a 2020 presidential candidate, released a video Thursday in which they outline the details of a letter (p…
truthout.org/articles/aoc-and-warren-hav…

As 2020 Democrats cozy up to Wall Street donors, Warren and Sanders refuse to play big-money game
Jake Johnson | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-23
Many 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls have reportedly been spending a significant chunk of their time on the trail cozying up to Wall Street executives and raking in checks at big-dollar events across the nation.
nationofchange.org/2019/05/23/as-2020-de…

It's Time For The Democratic Party To Stand Up
Miles Mogulescu | commondreams.org | 2019-05-23
Thus far, Trump looks like he's completely getting his way and stomping on the hapless Democrats. This round goes to the bully. (Photo: People's Action Blog) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/05/23/its-ti…

Why Are Leading Democrats Supporting Trump on Venezuela?
Jeff Faux | thenation.com | 2019-05-23
Why Are Leading Democrats Supporting Trump on Venezuela?
thenation.com/article/venezuela-democrat…

To 'Nurture Human Lives Rather Than Take Them Away,' 2020 Democrats Urged to Support Slashing Annual Pentagon Budget By $200 Billion
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-23
"It is long past time to eliminate excess Pentagon spending and invest the savings in urgent domestic and human needs." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/23/nurture…

Ocasio-Cortez and Warren Have Some Tough Questions for Mnuchin About the Collapse of Sears
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-23
Two high-profile Democrats have questions for Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin about his role in the downfall of Sears as a former member of the retailer's board of directors, and his possible role in government decisions about the company. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/23/ocasio-…

Trump, Democrats clash over investigations
wsws.org | 2019-05-23
Trump has issued an unprecedented ultimatum: Halt investigations or no political business will be done in Washington.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/23/dems…

Allan Nairn: Impeachment Inquiry Should Focus on Trump's Actual Atrocities, Not a Russia Plot
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-23
As a growing number of House Democrats are backing the impeachment of President Trump, we speak with investigative journalist Allan Nairn. He says an impeachment inquiry should focus on "the atrocities that Trump is committing daily"–from the death of children on the border to the gutting of environmental protections.
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/23/allan_nai…

"We Don't Want a Monarchy": Rep. Al Green Says Democrats Have No Choice But to Impeach Trump
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-22
A growing number of House Democrats are calling on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to launch an impeachment inquiry against President Trump. Pelosi has called for a closed-door special caucus meeting this morning to discuss the impeachment question, which has deeply divided House Democrats. The House speaker has long opposed opening an impeachment inquiry, arguing that focusing on impeachment could hurt the chances of Democrats winning in the 2020 election. But she is facing growing pushback from other members of the House as President Trump continues to block congressional oversight efforts by refusing to hand over documen…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/22/we_dont_w…

'I don't do coverups': Trump fires back at Pelosi after walking out of WH meeting
rt.com | 2019-05-22
President Donald Trump called a surprise press conference to blast House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who accused him of masterminding a "coverup." Trump then canceled an infrastructure meeting with top Democrats. | …
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Trump is 'engaged in a coverup,' says Nancy Pelosi
rt.com | 2019-05-22
By instructing former White House counsel Don McGahn not to testify before Congress, President Donald Trump is "engaged in a coverup," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters after meeting with her fellow Democrats. | …
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The House Has Found Bipartisan Agreement on Reform to Retirement Accounts. Be Afraid
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2019-05-22
House Ways and Means Committee Chair Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., waited until April 3, months after Democrats regained the chamber, to formally seek President Donald Trump's tax returns. As Neal resisted pressure from his colleagues to pull the trigger earlier, he was working with Republicans on finishing a retirement security bill that had been several years in the making. | His colleagues began to suspect the two things were related, a suspicion that was…
theintercept.com/2019/05/22/secure-act-r…

The Right Opens Up a New Front in the Census War: Criminal Records
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-05-22
Republicans appear poised to open a new front in the ongoing census wars, pushing to add a new question that inquires about the criminal record of respondents. The move comes amid a parallel effort to question residents about their citizenship status in 2020. Both questions would have the intended effect, Democrats charge, of suppressing participation, thereby shrinking Democratic representation. | In a hearing before the congressional Joint Economic Committee on Wednesday, a witness from the American Enterprise Institute, or AEI, an influential neoconservative think tank, put forward the notion that the Census B…
theintercept.com/2019/05/22/census-2020-…

Germany: Tens of thousands demonstrate against nationalism
wsws.org | 2019-05-22
While many came to demonstrate against nationalism and racism, the organisers sought to mobilise support for pro-EU parties–the SPD, Greens and Left Party–a week before the European elections.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/22/natl…

Union, BlueGreen Alliance leaders unveil "green energy" plan at hearings
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-22
WASHINGTON –Nine top union leaders, including Steelworkers President Leo Gerard, Teachers President Randi Weingarten, and Communications Workers President Chris Shelton, unveiled a comprehensive and detailed "Green Energy" plan as Congress opened hearings on the issue on May 22. The labor-environmental BlueGreen Alliance also supports it. Their plan came as the House Energy and Commerce Committee …
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Watch: Interview With Brazil's Ex-President Lula From Prison, Discussing Global Threats, Neoliberalism, Bolsonaro, and More
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-05-22
Among the planet's significant political figures, no one is quite like Lula. Born into extreme poverty, illiterate until the age of 10, forced to quit school at the age of 12 to work as a shoe shiner, losing a finger at his factory job at 19, and then becoming a labor activist, union leader, and founder of a political party devoted to a defense of laborers (the Workers' Party, or PT), Lula has always been, in all respects, the exact opposite of the rich, dynastic, oligarch-loyal, aristocratic prototype that has traditionally wielded power in Brazil. | That's precisely what makes Lula's rise to power, and his i…
theintercept.com/2019/05/22/lula-brazil-…

To Help Pay Off Bondholders, Solar Panel Owners Will Be Hit Hard in Puerto Rico
Kate Aronoff | theintercept.com | 2019-05-22
Environmentalists have long been accused of being closet austerians: hair-shirted hippies shaming everyone else for their wasteful ways. The Green New Deal even wants to take away your burgers, and you'll only be able to watch television when it's windy out. | Yet it's always been the capitalists, the people most opposed to curbing carbon emissions, who are the ones crimping on regular people's lifestyles. In Puerto Rico, it's the bona fide austerians — those looking to impose painful cuts to the public sphere — who are getting in the way of environmental progress, pitting payouts to bondholders again…
theintercept.com/2019/05/22/puerto-rico-…

Bernie Sanders Does Not Need to Apologize for Opposing Wars
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-05-22
Bernie Sanders Does Not Need to Apologize for Opposing Wars…
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'A Small Tax on Wall Street to Make Big Change': Bernie Sanders and Barbara Lee Introduce New Financial Transaction Tax
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-22
"It is long past time for Congress to rein in the recklessness of Wall Street billionaires and build an economy that works for all Americans." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Former White House counsel refuses to testify before House committee
wsws.org | 2019-05-22
The Democrats are warning about a "constitutional crisis" and the threat of dictatorship, but their own fecklessness is bound up with the reactionary basis of their opposition to Trump.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/22/trum…

Justin Amash Is Putting the Democrats to Shame
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2019-05-22
Justin Amash Is Putting the Democrats to Shame…
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Federal Judge Refuses to Block Trump Bank Subpoenas
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-22
NEW YORK — The Latest on President Donald Trump's efforts to block congressional subpoenas seeking records from his banks (all times local): | 4 p.m. | A federal judge in New York is refusing to block congressional subpoenas seeking financial records from two banks that did business with President Donald Trump. | U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos said during a hearing Wednesday that Trump and his company were unlikely to succeed in a lawsuit arguing that the subpoenas were unlawful and unconstitutional. | Democrats in Congress have sought the information from Deutsche Bank and Capital One. | Deutsche Bank h…
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The UN gives the Lib Dems a massive headache just a day before the EU elections
James Wright | thecanary.co | 2019-05-22
The UN has given the Liberal Democrats a massive headache only a day before the EU elections, which take place on 23 May in the UK. | "Tragic" policies: | The Human Rights Council report, released on 22 May, states that "policies of austerity introduced in 2010" have had "tragic social consequences". With the Lib Dems gaining support through Remain protest votes…
thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2019/05/22/the-un-gives-the-lib-dems-a-massive-headache-just-a-day-before-the-eu-elections/

Washington threatens new attack on Syria amid US war buildup in Persian Gulf
wsws.org | 2019-05-22
With the Trump administration threatening a new attack on Syria on the pretext of chemical weapons, Democrats signed a letter urging an even more aggressive policy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/22/iran…

New York Passes Bill to Give Congress Access to Trump Tax Returns
Jake Johnson | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-22
(CD) — As the White House continues to defy congressional Democrats' requests for President Donald Trump's federal tax returns, the New York state Assembly on Wednesday passed legislation that would make six years of Trump's state tax records available to the U.S. Congress. The New York state Senate passed the legislation, titled the TRUST Act, earlier this month. The bill …

New York Passes Bill to Give Congress Access to Trump Tax Returns

Frustrated Democrats plan 'emergency' impeachment meeting after McGahn subpoena snub
rt.com | 2019-05-22
US House Democrats are holding an emergency meeting to discuss the pressure to move forward with the impeachment of President Donald Trump — even though the special counsel and other investigations have failed to produce a crime. | …
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Jacksonville's dismal runoff results point to need for Labor-Black community alliance
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-21
Jacksonville, FL – The outcome of Jacksonville's 2019 runoff elections looked remarkably like the general election back in March. Even fewer people participated in the runoff, which saw voter turnout sink from an already dismal 24% in March to just 14.35% two months later. By all accounts, Republicans came out on top. Dixie money ruled the day again, with the candidate who raised and spent the most money winning every single runoff. | Five city council seats went to a runoff after no candidate received a majority of the vote in March. While Democrats elected three city council members, only three of the five run…
fightbacknews.org/2019/5/21/jacksonville…

A 'Just Transition' from Fossil Fuels
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-21
All agree that there are no jobs on a dead planet, writes Linda Flood. But the road to fewer emissions is full of opinions. By Linda Flood in Stockholm Inter Press Service The trade unions' solution for a greener world is… Read more ?…
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Locked in a Cold War Time Warp
Jeremy Kuzmarov | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-21
On Saturday May 18th, the New York Times ran a lengthy front-page article by Alexander Burns and Sydney Ember entitled "Mayor Who Brought the Cold War to Vermont," which exemplifies how the poisonous political climate of the Cold War has not yet receded.The piece details presidential contender Bernie Sanders' opposition to Ronald Reagan's Central America Wars in the 1980s while Burlington Mayor, and Sanders' travels to Nicaragua and meeting with Sandinista revolutionary leader Daniel Ortega.
counterpunch.org/2019/05/21/locked-in-a-…

Democrats call for Trump impeachment as former White House counsel skips hearing
rt.com | 2019-05-21
House Democrats are once again calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, after he blocked former White House counsel Don McGahn from testifying about the 'Russiagate' probe. | …
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House Committee vows to hold ex-Trump counsel McGahn in contempt over refusal to testify
rt.com | 2019-05-21
The House Judiciary Committee will do everything it can to compel former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify, the committee's chairman has said, vowing to hold McGahn in contempt for refusing to speak before the panel. | …
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Republican Justin Amash Gets What Top Democrats Don't — It's Time to Impeach Trump
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-05-20
Amash is the first Republican in Congress to call for impeachment. More Democrats, such as Nancy Pelosi, should be willing to say the same.
theintercept.com/2019/05/20/republican-j…

Apologize for what? Bernie Sanders stands by opposition to Vietnam & Iraq wars
rt.com | 2019-05-20
Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders says he will not apologize for opposing US wars in Vietnam and Iraq, after coming under mainstream media criticism for 'anti-American' sentiment. His supporters say 'good for him.' | …
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A Lib Dem bigshot gives his party the kiss of death ahead of the EU elections
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2019-05-20
The Liberal Democrats' former chief secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, just gave his party the kiss of death. Right before the European elections, the now vice president of an investment bank tweeted a chummy picture of himself, George Osborne and Nick Clegg. | It's hard to think of a worse advertisement for Vince Cable's Lib Dems ahead of Brits heading to the polls. Because the picture reminded people of the party's coalition years. This was…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/05/20/a-libdem-bigshot-gives-his-party-the-kiss-of-death-ahead-of-the-eu-elections/

Coalition win makes fightback urgent
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-19
The right-wing dominated Coalition's win in the May 18 federal election is a major setback for the climate action movement, the union movement and the interests of working people in Australia. | It will no doubt lead to an acceleration of attacks on union rights, the living standards of workers and the poor and is a serious blow to the growing climate action movement among youth and the population generally. | We must now urgently take steps to unite and step up the fight to defend the movements for progressive change in this country. | Despite this electoral setback, which occurred in the face of opinion po…
greenleft.org.au/content/coalition-win-makes-fightback-urgent

Philippines: Election 'one of the dirtiest in decades'
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-17
The May 13 Philippines midterm election has been marred by accusations ranging from a lack of transparency, to electoral fraud, vote rigging and vote buying. | Lengthy delays in results being released were blamed on "technical glitches" by authorities. Opposition candidates and parties have refused to accept the results and are calling for the Philippines electoral commission (COMELEC) to be replaced by an independent body. | Nationwide protests have been called for May 17. | Responding to the results, Partido Lakas Ng Masa (Party of the Labouring Masses, PLM) Senate candidate, Jose Pedrosa, wrote: "Consider thes…
greenleft.org.au/content/philippines-election-dirtiest-decades