2018-11-14: News Headlines

Andrew Hobbs (2018-11-14). Another "Mueller Commission" Is Suggested To Be Created in Sweden. indybay.org In recent years, international media has been full of headlines about external influence at the election process in different countries.

Shared by Cherise (2018-11-14). Trump's Attorney General Pick Is a Menace to More Than Mueller. truthout.org On the surface, acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has a fairly respectable resume. He earned masters and law degrees at the University of Iowa, and even caught a touchdown pass for the Hawkeyes during the 1991 Rose Bowl. He was the US Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa from 2004 to 2009, when he resigned after the election of Barack Obama. Whitaker ran against Joni Ernst in the 2014 Republican Senate primary but was …

Staff (2018-11-14). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Joins Climate Protest Against Nancy Pelosi. truthdig.com Youth climate activists with the Sunrise Movement and Justice Democrats were arrested on Capitol Hill Tuesday for staging a sit-in at the Washington, D.C. office of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)—who is expected to serve as the next speaker of the House—to demand that congressional Democrats back a "Green New Deal." | @NancyPelosi's office because @HouseDemocrats have failed our generation time and time again. | They offer us a death sentence. We demand a Ryan Grim (2018-11-14). Ocasio-Cortez Joins Environmental Activists in Protest at Pelosi's Office. zcomm.org Protesters with the environmental group Sunrise marched on Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi's office on Tuesday. The group, made up of young people pushing for urgent action on climate change, planned to send a clear message to party leadership just one week after Democrats regained control of the House…

wsws (2018-11-14). Macron and Facebook announce joint social media censorship plan in France. wsws.org The French President's proposal aims to provide pseudo-democratic cover for the building of a regime of police-state censorship targeting peaceful domestic political opposition.

wsws (2018-11-14). British prime minister tries to minimise cabinet rebellion against draft Brexit agreement. wsws.org So acute is the crisis facing May's government that sections of the ruling class and the state apparatus are factoring in the possibility that a general election might be unavoidable, and that a Corbyn government is becoming a distinct possibility.

Shared by Cherise (2018-11-14). Trump Couldn't Deliver His "Great Victory", So He's Throwing Tantrums. truthout.org President Donald Trump is not himself. And by "not himself" I mean he seems to have lost his swagger. Ever since the midterm elections, he's been churlish and petulant. His brazen braggadocio is suddenly dull and off-key. The question is what exactly has him brooding and upset.Sure, he held a press conference the morning after the election at which he ludicrously asserted, "I'll be honest: I think it was a great victory. And actually, some of the news this morning was that it was, in fact, a great victory." The news that morning was nothing of the kind, of course. And even he couldn't pull it off. He rapidly devo…

Bill Martin (2018-11-14). The Trump Experiment: Liberals and Leftists Unhinged and Around the Bend. counterpunch.org As per usual in my ongoing failure to "speak to the day" as a journalist should, this piece will come out after the "most important election of our lifetimes"-midterms. Part of the delay was having to deal with friends who were worried that I would say the sorts of things I say here—because, you know, as More

Shared by candice (2018-11-14). Sixteen Midterm Races Are Still Up for Grabs by Democrats. truthout.org It's been more than a week since Election Day, but a number of races still lack an official winner. Massive voter turnout, archaic voting machines, outdated state regulations and Republicans determined to undermine the process all created a perfect storm, in which votes haven't been finalized — and, in some cases, were never counted in the first place.Here's where we stand on …

Staff (2018-11-14). Israeli Defense Minister Resigns Over Gaza Cease-Fire Deal. truthdig.com JERUSALEM — Israel's defense minister abruptly resigned Wednesday in protest over a cease-fire reached with Gaza militants, in a move that rocked the Israeli political scene and seemed likely to bring about early elections. | Avigdor Lieberman said the cease-fire amounted to "surrender to terrorism" after two days of heavy fighting, and that he could no longer serve a government that endorsed it. Lieberman had demanded a far stronger Israeli response to the most intense round of rocket fire against Israel since a 50-day war in 2014, but appeared to have been overruled by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

George Ochenski (2018-11-14). What Tester's Win Means. counterpunch.org Montanans should be proud of their fellow citizens for sending Jon Tester back to the Senate on Election Day. Faced with the ugliest display of crude and degrading campaigning against him by the president, his son, the vice president and other out-of-state politicians, Tester — a true Montanan born and raised under our big sky — managed More

wsws (2018-11-14). Court battles over ballot counts in Georgia, Florida. wsws.org One week after the November 6 elections, one Senate contest, two governor's races and as many as a dozen House seats remain undecided.

DLi (2018-11-14). Elections = Democracy? indybay.org Much has been made in the mainstream corporate media about the "Blue Wave" tsunami that supposedly took place in the Nov. 6 midterm elections. Indeed, the "liberal" punditry has even proclaimed that the Nov. 6 vote signals a return to a "democratic norm" in the USA. But did that really happen? Even more relevant, do elections in the USA really represent genuine democracy?>

Staff (2018-11-14). California Count Gives Democrats Another U.S. House Seat. truthdig.com LOS ANGELES — First-time candidate Josh Harder defeated four-term Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham Tuesday in California's farm belt, giving Democrats their fourth pickup of a GOP House seat in California. | Harder, 32, a venture capitalist, had anchored his campaign to Denham's vote against the Affordable Care Act, while arguing that he would push for universal health care in Congress. He also argued that Denham and other Washington Republicans ignored poverty and health care in the agricultural 10th District in California's Central Valley. | "Washington is broken because our leaders have put party over co…

Sam Pizzigati (2018-11-14). The House Has Gone Democratic. Can the House Now Go Bold? zcomm.org Vague rhetoric about 'access to health care' and 'good jobs' won't challenge the plutocracy that keeps our lives brutal. These proposals could…

wsws (2018-11-14). German president defends alliance against November 1918 Revolution between Social Democrats and right-wing reaction. wsws.org At a memorial meeting of the German parliament, President Steinmeier justified the suppression of the proletarian revolution of November 1918.

Stop Kemp (2018-11-14). 30 Of Brian Kemp's Felonious Racist Vote Suppression Crimes. indybay.org Kemp cut 1.4 million voters from rolls, used police intimidation of voters and vote registration workers, sued a woman for helping her blind father to vote, was court ordered to count the provisional ballots he locked out, refused to honor Democrat black and nonblock requests for absentee ballots, has not counted absentee ballots delayed in the mail by tornadoes, has not counted military ballots, has eliminated tens of thousands of Democrat votes based on fraudulent handwriting analysis, decimated number of voting machines available in black areas causing waits of 3 or 4 hours and more, refused to recuse himself…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-11-13). 11,000 Votes May Be Missing in Florida Congressional Race. truthout.org Counties across Florida are currently under intense pressure and scrutiny as they race to complete the unprecedented task of three simultaneous statewide recounts. According to a schedule provided to Truthout by the Florida Fair Elections Coalition (FFEC), the deadline for finishing machine recounts and submitting those second unofficial results is Thursday, November 15, at 3 pm. Races that are close enough to require what is being described as a "manual" recount — where a limited number of ballots are counted by hand — must submit official returns Friday, November 16, by noon. Palm Beach County Super…

Joan Walsh (2018-11-13). Yes, There Was a Big Blue Wave Last Week. thenation.com Yes, There Was a Big Blue Wave Last Week…

wsws (2018-11-13). Democrats seek agreements with Trump administration. wsws.org The likely leader of the new Democratic-controlled House, Nancy Pelosi, has dismissed opposition to Trump's war on immigrants, saying Democrats should not "take the bait."

Alleen Brown (2018-11-13). Pipeline Opponents Make Gains in Midterms as Federal Judge Halts Keystone XL Pipeline. theintercept.com As pipeline opponents made electoral gains in South Dakota and Nebraska, a U.S. district court ordered a halt to work on the Keystone XL pipeline.

Democracy Now! (2018-11-13). Acting AG Matt Whitaker Scrutinized over His Radical Judicial Beliefs & Past Dirty Work for GOP. democracynow.org Controversy is growing over President Trump's selection of Matt Whitaker to serve as acting attorney general following the ousting of Jeff Sessions. The state of Maryland is heading to court today to challenge the legality of Whitaker's appointment. The state contends that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should have been named acting attorney general instead of Whitaker, who was not confirmed by the Senate for his previous post—chief of staff to Sessions. Meanwhile, pressure is growing on Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling i…

Mark Gruenberg (2018-11-13). News Guild President Lunzer urges members to push Congress on free press issue. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—News Guild President Bernie Lunzer, upset by increasing attacks on press freedom in general and reporters in particular, is asking his members, and unionists nationwide, to pressure their lawmakers to stand up for freedom of the press. His decision was spurred, he told Press Associates Union News Service just after Election Day, by President Donald …

Tim Wheeler (2018-11-13). The Resistance and the elections are reasons for Thanksgiving this year. peoplesworld.org SEQUIM, Wash. — On Thanksgiving, give thanks to the grassroots movements and all their candidates who barnstormed across the nation and rallied the voters to oust right-wing Republicans and stop Donald Trump. Some grouchy pundits, Trump "yes men," deny there was a "Blue Wave." As my dad used to say, "There are none so blind …

Peter Koenig (2018-11-13). Israel to Police European Coastlines — Protecting the Continent from Refugees? mintpressnews.com This sounds like a bad joke. It ain't. Its real. One fascist government helps another fascist government. Yes, I have written about fascism invading the west before — warning that the European Union (non-union) is being gradually, but ever faster turned into a fascist dictatorship under the guise of democratic protection of 'Democracy'; and this by her unelected European Commission (EC) leaders (sic). EU citizens are being brainwashed with neoliberal lie-propaganda into believing that they are living in the heart of democracy — that they are free and protected by police and military, 24àó7. | I…

Ryan Grim (2018-11-13). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Joins Environmental Activists in Protest at Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi's Office. theintercept.com Ocasio-Cortez's decision to break with decorum and join the protesters could, paradoxically, open up space for her to support Pelosi on the House floor.

Mrill Ingram (2018-11-13). Here Comes the Farm Bill. progressive.org The Democratic midterm take-over of the House means a renewed chance for policies that don't take food assistance away from children or drive more birds toward extinction.

John Bachtell (2018-11-13). Midterms were a big victory, but future Democratic gains not guaranteed. peoplesworld.org The outcome of the 2018 midterm elections was a big victory for the American people, Democrats, and allied movements, despite GOP gains in the U.S. Senate. Republican monopoly of government has been broken and the political terrain significantly reshaped for battles ahead, including the 2020 elections. Any notion the election result was a "split decision" …

Kim Zetter (2018-11-13). One Little-Watched Race Has Huge Implications for Election Hacking and Voter Suppression in Georgia. theintercept.com A December 4 runoff for secretary of state will help determine how Georgia handles decisions around securing voting machines and purging voter rolls.

Victor Grossman (2018-11-13). Germany on a Political Seesaw. counterpunch.org Photo Source European People's Party | CC BY 2.0 | While Americans teetered, arguing as to which side gained more in the elections, Germans have been balancing on a seesaw of their own — which can also have decisive consequences. | Seated precariously on the descending side are the ruling parties of the Grand Coalition — GroKo in German journalese. When on October 14th the Christian Social Union (CSU) in Bavaria, the unique one-state subsidiary of Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU)," got the worst result anyone could recall in a…

David Dayen (2018-11-13). White Nationalist Steve King May Have Won, but Iowa Race Shows Republicans Are Losing Ground in Rural Areas. theintercept.com Democrat J.D. Scholten came within 3 points of unseating Republican incumbent Rep. Steve King, a remarkable feat given the deep-red nature of the district.

John McCullough (2018-11-13). When Media Say 'Working Class,' They Don't Necessarily Mean Workers—but They Do Mean White. fair.org "Working-class voters tried to send a message in 2016, and they are still trying to send it," writes columnist David Brooks (New York Times, 11/8/18). By "working class," he means "white working class," since people making less than $100,000 voted decisively for Democrats in 2018. | Since the 2016 elections, corporate media narratives about US politics have fixated on the "white working class" as a pivotal demographic, presented as a hardscrabble assortment of disaffected outsiders. Piece after piece has been published in establishment o…

Edward Burmila (2018-11-13). The Democratic House Must Prioritize Protecting the 2020 Census. thenation.com The Democratic House Must Prioritize Protecting the 2020 Census…

Jim Miles (2018-11-13). Canada's "Sunny Ways": "It's About Business and Politics", Cancelling Weapons Contracts with Saudi Arabia? Job Losses vs. Yemeni Deaths. globalresearch.ca Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who declared "sunny ways" were back after the last election, continues to waffle on what is to be done about the Khashoggi killing in Turkey by the Saudi Arabians. The problem is being "investigated" and …

Dave Lindorff (2018-11-13). Hey Right Wingers! Signatures Change over Time. counterpunch.org The Republicans, worried that the party may lose two Senate seats, a Governor's mansion, and probably a bunch more close races for the House over the counting of disputed mail-in ballots and provisional ballots, are drumming up conspiracy theories now. I just drove through Trump Country last night and listened to Fox Radio as the More

Democracy Now! (2018-11-13). Headlines for November 13, 2018. democracynow.org California's Record-Breaking Wildfires Kill At Least 44 Across State, Arizona's U.S. Senate Seat Flips Blue as Sinema Declares Victory, Trump Falsely Claims Voter Fraud in FL, Says Races Should Go to Republicans, Mississippi Senator Under Fire for "Public Hanging" Comment, Daily Beast: ICE Imprisoning Record High of 44,000 People, Audio of Khashoggi's Murder May Implicate Saudi Crown Prince, Amnesty Int'l Withdraws Top Honor from Burmese Leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Gaza: Israeli Airstrikes Kill 6 Palestinians as Fighting Intensifies, DRC: Ebola Outbreak Worst in Country's History, Kills Almost 200, NYT Investigation…

Jacob Sugarman (2018-11-13). Amazon's Billion-Dollar Shakedown of America's Cities. truthdig.com If one required reminding of the Democratic Party's complete capitulation to corporate interests, to say nothing of the country's as a whole, he or she need only have listened to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's address on Tuesday. "One of the biggest companies on earth next to the biggest public housing development in the United States," he told reporters during a joint press conference with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "The synergy is going to be extraordinary." | The company in question is Amazon, which confirmed earlier that morning that Long Island Cit…

Marilyn Bechtel (2018-11-13). California Democrats sweep back into state offices. peoplesworld.org SAN FRANCISCO — If former California Lieutenant Governor — and now Governor-elect — Gavin Newsom has his way, California will continue to be among leaders in the fightback against the Trump administration on issues including immigration, health care, the environment and more. On the night of Nov. 6, in Los Angeles, as he celebrated his …

Staff (2018-11-13). Acting Attorney General's Appointment Challenged in Court. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—Maryland is challenging the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as the new U.S. acting attorney general, arguing that President Donald Trump sidestepped the Constitution and the Justice Department's own succession plan by elevating Whitaker to the top job. | The Tuesday filing sets up a court challenge between a state and the federal government over the legitimacy of the country's chief law enforcement officer and foreshadows the likelihood of additional cases that present the same issues. | It comes as Democrats call on Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the special counsel's Russia investig…

Fight Back (2018-11-12). Twin Cites FRSO holds event on midterm elections. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis MN — More than 50 people packed Mayday book store, Nov. 11, for an event hosted by Freedom Road Socialist Organization on the outcome of the midterm elections. Speakers at the event included leaders of the movements for immigrant rights, labor, and against police terror. | Steff Yorek, the Political Secretary of FRSO told the crowd, "These elections were a referendum on Donald Trump and his policies. Voters provided an important setback to him and reduced the number of friends he has in the House and among state governors." | Brad Sigal, also of FRSO said, "Working people's lives are not getting…

Hatewatch Staff (2018-11-12). Hatewatch Headlines 11/13/2018. splcenter.org 'Blue wave' washes anti-LGBT bigots out; GOP links conspiracies to election counts; Trump's 'no blame' claim fails to match the record; and more.

Democracy Now! (2018-11-12). Headlines for November 12, 2018. democracynow.org Over 30 Killed and 200 Missing in California Wildfires, Gov. Brown Blames Climate Change for Fires as Trump Blames California, Thousand Oaks Evacuated for Wildfires Days After Deadly Mass Shooting, Florida Recounts Underway in Contested Senate and Governor Races, Senate Race in AZ Still Uncalled as CA District Flips to Democrats, MS Senate Candidates Head to Runoff as GOP Incumbent Under Fire for Racist Joke, FBI Probing "Scam Company" Where Acting AG Matt Whitaker Once Served, Trump Continues Attacks on Black Women Reporters, In Final Act as AG, Sessions Limits Police Abuse Consent Decrees, Trump Skips Paris Pea…

Fight Back (2018-11-11). Trump handed setback in midterm elections. fightbacknews.org The 2018 midterm elections are mostly, but not entirely over (with races still too close to call in Arizona, Georgia, Florida and other states). These elections were a referendum on Donald Trump and his policies. Voters provided an important setback to him and reduced the number of friends he has in the House and among state governors. | It is significant that 71% of the candidates he endorsed lost. The hated union-buster Governor Scott Walker was defeated in Wisconsin and in general it was a relatively good night for the organized working class, with the defeat of Rauner in Illinois and anti-union candidates in…

Victor Grossman (2018-11-11). A political seesaw. mronline.org It would be a mistake to see Germany's Greens as radical, well to the left. While the Greens stress environment above all, they have decided that this does not require conflict with big business, which must simply be convinced that ecology and profits can be combined. | Source

Jon Schwarz (2018-11-10). Democrats Should Remember Al Gore Won Florida in 2000 — but Lost the Presidency With a Pre-emptive Surrender. theintercept.com The Democrats can get all the votes counted in Florida, Georgia, and Arizona only with a display of people power.

Fight Back (2018-11-10). Venezuela and the fight for working-class power. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – On November 1, John Bolton gave perhaps the sharpest anti-communist speech by a U.S. National Security Advisor since the end of the Cold War. While celebrating the election of far-right thug Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil as a "positive sign" for South America, he condemned Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua as "the Troika of Tyranny… the genesis of a sordid cradle of communism in the Western Hemisphere." He declared that all peoples of Latin America should "look to the north, look to our flag" and that soon "the Troika will crumble, the people will triumph, and the righteous flame of freedom will burn brigh…

David Dayen (2018-11-10). Democrats Who Voted to Deregulate Wall Street Got Wiped Out in a Setback for Bank Lobbyists. theintercept.com "It would be hard for Dem senators to think that cooperating with Republicans on financial policy is helpful to winning re-election," says a bank lobbyist.

stuart_m (2018-11-09). US midterms: This is what polarisation, not democracy, looks like. greenleft.org.au Coulda been, shoulda been. | The November 6 midterm elections should have been a ringing repudiation of Donald Trump and the Republican Party. And if not for the dismal state of US "democracy" and the two-party system, it would have been. | In Election 2018, a lot more people overall voted for the Democrats — the only real choice against the Republicans in the "world's greatest democracy," which itself is a sign of the dysfunction — than Republicans. | Democrats are predicted to end up winning the nationwide popular vote by a yawn…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-09). Rashida Tlaib on Impeaching Trump, Occupied Palestine & Becoming One of First Muslim Congresswomen. democracynow.org On Tuesday evening, Palestinian American Rashida Tlaib in Michigan and Somali American Ilhan Omar in Minnesota became the first two Muslim women ever elected to Congress. Rashida Tlaib is a Democratic Socialist who supports the Palestinian right of return and a one-state solution. She also supports Medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage and abolishing ICE. The child of immigrants, Tlaib has spoken out against the Trump administration's travel bans.

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2018-11-09). NAACP Demands for Georgia Election Officials to Promptly Investigate Pattern of Georgia Students Being Denied the Right to Vote. naacp.org BALTIMORE(November 9, 2018)—NAACP, the nation's foremost civil rights organization, sent a letter to Georgia elections officials just two days after the state's too-close-to-call elections, demanding a prompt investigation into reports that Georgia student voters were turned away from polling stations, unable to vote. Others were improperly required to vote provisional ballots. The letter cites two instances where university students […] | The post

2018-11-14: Social Media Postees

Court battles over ballot counts in Georgia, Florida
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-11-14
One week after the November 6 elections, one Senate contest, two governor's races and as many as a dozen House seats remain undecided.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/11/14/elec…

The Trump Experiment: Liberals and Leftists Unhinged and Around the Bend
Bill Martin | counterpunch.org | 2018-11-14
As per usual in my ongoing failure to "speak to the day" as a journalist should, this piece will come out after the "most important election of our lifetimes"-midterms. Part of the delay was having to deal with friends who were worried that I would say the sorts of things I say here–because, you know, as…
counterpunch.org/2018/11/14/the-trump-ex…

Another "Mueller Commission" Is Suggested To Be Created in Sweden
Andrew Hobbs | indybay.org | 2018-11-14
In recent years, international media has been full of headlines about external influence at the election process in different countries.
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/11/14/1881912…

Ocasio-Cortez Joins Environmental Activists in Protest at Pelosi's Office
Ryan Grim | zcomm.org | 2018-11-14
Protesters with the environmental group Sunrise marched on Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi's office on Tuesday. The group, made up of young people pushing for urgent action on climate change, planned to send a clear message to party leadership just one week after Democrats regained control of the House…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/ocasio-cortez-join…

Elections = Democracy?
DLi | indybay.org | 2018-11-14
Much has been made in the mainstream corporate media about the "Blue Wave" tsunami that supposedly took place in the Nov. 6 midterm elections. Indeed, the "liberal" punditry has even proclaimed that the Nov. 6 vote signals a return to a "democratic norm" in the USA. But did that really happen? Even more relevant, do elections in the USA really represent genuine democracy?>…
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/11/13/1881911…

Trump Couldn't Deliver His "Great Victory", So He's Throwing Tantrums
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2018-11-14
President Donald Trump is not himself. And by "not himself" I mean he seems to have lost his swagger. Ever since the midterm elections, he's been churlish and petulant. His brazen braggadocio is suddenly dull and off-key. The question is what exactly has him brooding and upset.Sure, he held a press conference the morning after the election at which he ludicrously asserted, "I'll be honest: I think it was a great victory. And actually, some of the news this morning was that it was, in fact, a great victory." The news that morning was nothing of the kind, of course. And even he couldn't pull it off. He rapidly devo…
truthout.org/articles/trump-couldnt-deli…

British prime minister tries to minimise cabinet rebellion against draft Brexit agreement
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-11-14
So acute is the crisis facing May's government that sections of the ruling class and the state apparatus are factoring in the possibility that a general election might be unavoidable, and that a Corbyn government is becoming a distinct possibility.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/11/14/brex…

Israeli Defense Minister Resigns Over Gaza Cease-Fire Deal
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-11-14
JERUSALEM — Israel's defense minister abruptly resigned Wednesday in protest over a cease-fire reached with Gaza militants, in a move that rocked the Israeli political scene and seemed likely to bring about early elections. | Avigdor Lieberman said the cease-fire amounted to "surrender to terrorism" after two days of heavy fighting, and that he could no longer serve a government that endorsed it. Lieberman had demanded a far stronger Israeli response to the most intense round of rocket fire against Israel since a 50-day war in 2014, but appeared to have been overruled by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
truthdig.com/articles/israeli-defense-mi…

What Tester's Win Means
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2018-11-14
Montanans should be proud of their fellow citizens for sending Jon Tester back to the Senate on Election Day. Faced with the ugliest display of crude and degrading campaigning against him by the president, his son, the vice president and other out-of-state politicians, Tester — a true Montanan born and raised under our big sky — managed…
counterpunch.org/2018/11/14/what-testers…

Macron and Facebook announce joint social media censorship plan in France
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-11-14
The French President's proposal aims to provide pseudo-democratic cover for the building of a regime of police-state censorship targeting peaceful domestic political opposition.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/11/14/macr…

California Count Gives Democrats Another U.S. House Seat
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-11-14
LOS ANGELES — First-time candidate Josh Harder defeated four-term Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham Tuesday in California's farm belt, giving Democrats their fourth pickup of a GOP House seat in California. | Harder, 32, a venture capitalist, had anchored his campaign to Denham's vote against the Affordable Care Act, while arguing that he would push for universal health care in Congress. He also argued that Denham and other Washington Republicans ignored poverty and health care in the agricultural 10th District in California's Central Valley. | "Washington is broken because our leaders have put party over co…
truthdig.com/articles/california-count-g…

30 Of Brian Kemp's Felonious Racist Vote Suppression Crimes
Stop Kemp | indybay.org | 2018-11-14
Kemp cut 1.4 million voters from rolls, used police intimidation of voters and vote registration workers, sued a woman for helping her blind father to vote, was court ordered to count the provisional ballots he locked out, refused to honor Democrat black and nonblock requests for absentee ballots, has not counted absentee ballots delayed in the mail by tornadoes, has not counted military ballots, has eliminated tens of thousands of Democrat votes based on fraudulent handwriting analysis, decimated number of voting machines available in black areas causing waits of 3 or 4 hours and more, refused to recuse himself…
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/11/13/1881910…

German president defends alliance against November 1918 Revolution between Social Democrats and right-wing reaction
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-11-14
At a memorial meeting of the German parliament, President Steinmeier justified the suppression of the proletarian revolution of November 1918.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/11/14/germ…

The House Has Gone Democratic. Can the House Now Go Bold?
Sam Pizzigati | zcomm.org | 2018-11-14
Vague rhetoric about 'access to health care' and 'good jobs' won't challenge the plutocracy that keeps our lives brutal. These proposals could…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-house-has-gone…

Israel to Police European Coastlines — Protecting the Continent from Refugees?
Peter Koenig | mintpressnews.com | 2018-11-13
This sounds like a bad joke. It ain't. Its real. One fascist government helps another fascist government. Yes, I have written about fascism invading the west before — warning that the European Union (non-union) is being gradually, but ever faster turned into a fascist dictatorship under the guise of democratic protection of 'Democracy'; and this by her unelected European Commission (EC) leaders (sic). EU citizens are being brainwashed with neoliberal lie-propaganda into believing that they are living in the heart of democracy — that they are free and protected by police and military, 24àó7. | I…
mintpressnews.com/israel-to-police-europ…

The Democratic House Must Prioritize Protecting the 2020 Census
Edward Burmila | thenation.com | 2018-11-13
The Democratic House Must Prioritize Protecting the 2020 Census…
thenation.com/article/census-immigration…

Midterms were a big victory, but future Democratic gains not guaranteed
John Bachtell | peoplesworld.org | 2018-11-13
The outcome of the 2018 midterm elections was a big victory for the American people, Democrats, and allied movements, despite GOP gains in the U.S. Senate. Republican monopoly of government has been broken and the political terrain significantly reshaped for battles ahead, including the 2020 elections. Any notion the election result was a "split decision" …
peoplesworld.org/article/midterms-were-a…

White Nationalist Steve King May Have Won, but Iowa Race Shows Republicans Are Losing Ground in Rural Areas
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2018-11-13
Democrat J.D. Scholten came within 3 points of unseating Republican incumbent Rep. Steve King, a remarkable feat given the deep-red nature of the district. | The post White Nationalist Steve King May Have Won, but Iowa Race Shows Republicans Are Losing Ground in Rural Areas appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/11/13/steve-king-j…

Here Comes the Farm Bill
Mrill Ingram | progressive.org | 2018-11-13
The Democratic midterm take-over of the House means a renewed chance for policies that don't take food assistance away from children or drive more birds toward extinction.
progressive.org/dispatches/here-comes-th…

Yes, There Was a Big Blue Wave Last Week
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2018-11-13
Yes, There Was a Big Blue Wave Last Week…
thenation.com/article/midterm-elections-…

Canada's "Sunny Ways": "It's About Business and Politics", Cancelling Weapons Contracts with Saudi Arabia? Job Losses vs. Yemeni Deaths
Jim Miles | globalresearch.ca | 2018-11-13
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who declared "sunny ways" were back after the last election, continues to waffle on what is to be done about the Khashoggi killing in Turkey by the Saudi Arabians. The problem is being "investigated" and … | The post Canada's "Sunny Ways": "It's About Business and Politics", Cancelling Weapons Contracts with Saudi Arabia? Job Losses vs. Yemeni Deaths appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/canadas-sunny-ways-600…

News Guild President Lunzer urges members to push Congress on free press issue
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-11-13
WASHINGTON–News Guild President Bernie Lunzer, upset by increasing attacks on press freedom in general and reporters in particular, is asking his members, and unionists nationwide, to pressure their lawmakers to stand up for freedom of the press. His decision was spurred, he told Press Associates Union News Service just after Election Day, by President Donald …
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The Resistance and the elections are reasons for Thanksgiving this year
Tim Wheeler | peoplesworld.org | 2018-11-13
SEQUIM, Wash. — On Thanksgiving, give thanks to the grassroots movements and all their candidates who barnstormed across the nation and rallied the voters to oust right-wing Republicans and stop Donald Trump. Some grouchy pundits, Trump "yes men," deny there was a "Blue Wave." As my dad used to say, "There are none so blind …
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Joins Environmental Activists in Protest at Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi's Office
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2018-11-13
Ocasio-Cortez's decision to break with decorum and join the protesters could, paradoxically, open up space for her to support Pelosi on the House floor. | The post Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Joins Environmental Activists in Protest at Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi's Office appeared first on The Intercept.
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One Little-Watched Race Has Huge Implications for Election Hacking and Voter Suppression in Georgia
Kim Zetter | theintercept.com | 2018-11-13
A December 4 runoff for secretary of state will help determine how Georgia handles decisions around securing voting machines and purging voter rolls. | The post One Little-Watched Race Has Huge Implications for Election Hacking and Voter Suppression in Georgia appeared first on The Intercept.
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Acting AG Matt Whitaker Scrutinized over His Radical Judicial Beliefs & Past Dirty Work for GOP
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-11-13
Controversy is growing over President Trump's selection of Matt Whitaker to serve as acting attorney general following the ousting of Jeff Sessions. The state of Maryland is heading to court today to challenge the legality of Whitaker's appointment. The state contends that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should have been named acting attorney general instead of Whitaker, who was not confirmed by the Senate for his previous post–chief of staff to Sessions. Meanwhile, pressure is growing on Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling i…
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Democrats seek agreements with Trump administration
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-11-13
The likely leader of the new Democratic-controlled House, Nancy Pelosi, has dismissed opposition to Trump's war on immigrants, saying Democrats should not "take the bait."
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When Media Say 'Working Class,' They Don't Necessarily Mean Workers–but They Do Mean White
John McCullough | fair.org | 2018-11-13
"Working-class voters tried to send a message in 2016, and they are still trying to send it," writes columnist David Brooks (New York Times, 11/8/18). By "working class," he means "white working class," since people making less than $100,000 voted decisively for Democrats in 2018. | Since the 2016 elections, corporate media narratives about US politics have fixated on the "white working class" as a pivotal demographic, presented as a hardscrabble assortment of disaffected outsiders. Piece after piece has been published in establishment o…
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Pipeline Opponents Make Gains in Midterms as Federal Judge Halts Keystone XL Pipeline
Alleen Brown | theintercept.com | 2018-11-13
As pipeline opponents made electoral gains in South Dakota and Nebraska, a U.S. district court ordered a halt to work on the Keystone XL pipeline. | The post Pipeline Opponents Make Gains in Midterms as Federal Judge Halts Keystone XL Pipeline appeared first on The Intercept.
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11,000 Votes May Be Missing in Florida Congressional Race
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-11-13
Counties across Florida are currently under intense pressure and scrutiny as they race to complete the unprecedented task of three simultaneous statewide recounts. According to a schedule provided to Truthout by the Florida Fair Elections Coalition (FFEC), the deadline for finishing machine recounts and submitting those second unofficial results is Thursday, November 15, at 3 pm. Races that are close enough to require what is being described as a "manual" recount — where a limited number of ballots are counted by hand — must submit official returns Friday, November 16, by noon. Palm Beach County Super…
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Germany on a Political Seesaw
Victor Grossman | counterpunch.org | 2018-11-13
Photo Source European People's Party | CC BY 2.0 | While Americans teetered, arguing as to which side gained more in the elections, Germans have been balancing on a seesaw of their own — which can also have decisive consequences. | Seated precariously on the descending side are the ruling parties of the Grand Coalition — GroKo in German journalese. When on October 14th the Christian Social Union (CSU) in Bavaria, the unique one-state subsidiary of Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU)," got the worst result anyone could recall in a…
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Hey Right Wingers! Signatures Change over Time
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2018-11-13
The Republicans, worried that the party may lose two Senate seats, a Governor's mansion, and probably a bunch more close races for the House over the counting of disputed mail-in ballots and provisional ballots, are drumming up conspiracy theories now. I just drove through Trump Country last night and listened to Fox Radio as the…
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California Democrats sweep back into state offices
Marilyn Bechtel | peoplesworld.org | 2018-11-13
SAN FRANCISCO — If former California Lieutenant Governor — and now Governor-elect — Gavin Newsom has his way, California will continue to be among leaders in the fightback against the Trump administration on issues including immigration, health care, the environment and more. On the night of Nov. 6, in Los Angeles, as he celebrated his …
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Acting Attorney General's Appointment Challenged in Court
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-11-13
WASHINGTON–Maryland is challenging the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as the new U.S. acting attorney general, arguing that President Donald Trump sidestepped the Constitution and the Justice Department's own succession plan by elevating Whitaker to the top job. | The Tuesday filing sets up a court challenge between a state and the federal government over the legitimacy of the country's chief law enforcement officer and foreshadows the likelihood of additional cases that present the same issues. | It comes as Democrats call on Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the special counsel's Russia investig…
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Amazon's Billion-Dollar Shakedown of America's Cities
Jacob Sugarman | truthdig.com | 2018-11-13
If one required reminding of the Democratic Party's complete capitulation to corporate interests, to say nothing of the country's as a whole, he or she need only have listened to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's address on Tuesday. "One of the biggest companies on earth next to the biggest public housing development in the United States," he told reporters during a joint press conference with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "The synergy is going to be extraordinary." | The company in question is Amazon, which confirmed earlier that morning that Long Island Cit…
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Hatewatch Headlines 11/13/2018
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-11-12
'Blue wave' washes anti-LGBT bigots out; GOP links conspiracies to election counts; Trump's 'no blame' claim fails to match the record; and…
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Twin Cites FRSO holds event on midterm elections
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2018-11-12
Minneapolis MN — More than 50 people packed Mayday book store, Nov. 11, for an event hosted by Freedom Road Socialist Organization on the outcome of the midterm elections. Speakers at the event included leaders of the movements for immigrant rights, labor, and against police terror. | Steff Yorek, the Political Secretary of FRSO told the crowd, "These elections were a referendum on Donald Trump and his policies. Voters provided an important setback to him and reduced the number of friends he has in the House and among state governors." | Brad Sigal, also of FRSO said, "Working people's lives are not getting…
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Trump handed setback in midterm elections
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2018-11-11
The 2018 midterm elections are mostly, but not entirely over (with races still too close to call in Arizona, Georgia, Florida and other states). These elections were a referendum on Donald Trump and his policies. Voters provided an important setback to him and reduced the number of friends he has in the House and among state governors. | It is significant that 71% of the candidates he endorsed lost. The hated union-buster Governor Scott Walker was defeated in Wisconsin and in general it was a relatively good night for the organized working class, with the defeat of Rauner in Illinois and anti-union candidates in…
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A political seesaw
Victor Grossman | mronline.org | 2018-11-11
It would be a mistake to see Germany's Greens as radical, well to the left. While the Greens stress environment above all, they have decided that this does not require conflict with big business, which must simply be convinced that ecology and profits can be combined. | Source…
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Venezuela and the fight for working-class power
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2018-11-10
Chicago, IL – On November 1, John Bolton gave perhaps the sharpest anti-communist speech by a U.S. National Security Advisor since the end of the Cold War. While celebrating the election of far-right thug Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil as a "positive sign" for South America, he condemned Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua as "the Troika of Tyranny… the genesis of a sordid cradle of communism in the Western Hemisphere." He declared that all peoples of Latin America should "look to the north, look to our flag" and that soon "the Troika will crumble, the people will triumph, and the righteous flame of freedom will burn brigh…
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Democrats Should Remember Al Gore Won Florida in 2000 — but Lost the Presidency With a Pre-emptive Surrender
Jon Schwarz | theintercept.com | 2018-11-10
The Democrats can get all the votes counted in Florida, Georgia, and Arizona only with a display of people power. | The post Democrats Should Remember Al Gore Won Florida in 2000 — but Lost the Presidency With a Pre-emptive Surrender appeared first on The Intercept.
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Democrats Who Voted to Deregulate Wall Street Got Wiped Out in a Setback for Bank Lobbyists
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2018-11-10
"It would be hard for Dem senators to think that cooperating with Republicans on financial policy is helpful to winning re-election," says a bank lobbyist. | The post Democrats Who Voted to Deregulate Wall Street Got Wiped Out in a Setback for Bank Lobbyists appeared first on The Intercept.
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US midterms: This is what polarisation, not democracy, looks like
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2018-11-09
Coulda been, shoulda been. | The November 6 midterm elections should have been a ringing repudiation of Donald Trump and the Republican Party. And if not for the dismal state of US "democracy" and the two-party system, it would have been. | In Election 2018, a lot more people overall voted for the Democrats — the only real choice against the Republicans in the "world's greatest democracy," which itself is a sign of the dysfunction — than Republicans. | Democrats are predicted to end up winning the nationwide popular vote by a yawn…
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Rashida Tlaib on Impeaching Trump, Occupied Palestine & Becoming One of First Muslim Congresswomen
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-11-09
On Tuesday evening, Palestinian American Rashida Tlaib in Michigan and Somali American Ilhan Omar in Minnesota became the first two Muslim women ever elected to Congress. Rashida Tlaib is a Democratic Socialist who supports the Palestinian right of return and a one-state solution. She also supports Medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage and abolishing ICE. The child of immigrants, Tlaib has spoken out against the Trump administration's travel bans.
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NAACP Demands for Georgia Election Officials to Promptly Investigate Pattern of Georgia Students Being Denied the Right to Vote
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2018-11-09
BALTIMORE(November 9, 2018)–NAACP, the nation's foremost civil rights organization, sent a letter to Georgia elections officials just two days after the state's too-close-to-call elections, demanding a prompt investigation into reports that Georgia student voters were turned away from polling stations, unable to vote. Others were improperly required to vote provisional ballots. The letter cites two instances where university students […] | The post NAACP Demands…
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"We Will Never Concede to Bigotry": Florida Organizers Sound the Alarm over Voting Discrepancies
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-11-09
Days after the midterm elections, Florida's contests for U.S. Senate and governor appear to be heading for recounts. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum said he is prepared for a possible recount, as his margin with Republican opponent Ron DeSantis narrowed to less than half a percentage point Thursday. A recount is triggered in Florida if the winning candidate's margin is less than half a percentage point. Incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson and Republican Governor Rick Scott will likely also head to a recount in the Senate race, with Scott leading by less than a quarter percentage point as of…
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'Moderation' and the Midterms
Jim Naureckas | fair.org | 2018-11-09
What worked for Democrats? Moderation, says Jennifer Rubin (Washington Post, 11/7/18)–ignoring the instances where moderation failed bigly. | Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin ( 11/7/18) had some familiar-sounding advice for Democrats based on the results of the mid…
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Progressive Caucus Won't Say Whether It Supports Nancy Pelosi for Speaker
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2018-11-09
Nancy Pelosi is confident she will return to the Democratic majority as speaker, but the Progressive Caucus is not saying whether they support her bid. | The post Progressive Caucus Won't Say Whether It Supports Nancy Pelosi for Speaker appeared first on The Intercept.
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Government proposes making journalism a crime
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2018-11-09
Proposed amendments to the Criminal Code Act of 1995 will make it impossible for media organisations to accurately report on what governments do behind closed doors. | The pretence for this legislative proposal, which was tabled in federal parliament at the end of last year, is supposedly to respond to the growing threat of foreign states influencing Australia's political landscape. | Apparently inspired by the scandal involving Labor politician Sam Dastyari and his alleged links to the Chinese government, the Foreign Influence and Transparency Scheme Bill is in reality an attack on democratic rights and the abil…
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Michigan's Democratic Governor-Elect Puts Blue Cross Blue Shield Executive on Transition Team — After the Company Funded Her Campaign
Zaid Jilani | theintercept.com | 2018-11-09
When former Michigan Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer faced a populist, progressive rival in the state's Democratic gubernatorial primary earlier this year, she had a little help from her health insurance industry friends. | Whitmer was hosted at a fundraiser thrown by lobbyists for Blue Cross Blue Shield. She netted $144,000 during a single day at the event. | The company's interest in the race came as no surprise, as Whitmer's chief rival, former Detroit public health chief Abdul El-Sayed, was campaigning on establi…
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