2020-01-18: News Headlines

Staff (2020-01-18). Texas Republicans Are Manufacturing a Crisis in Houston's Public School System. truthout.org If the state of Texas had its way, the state would be in the process of taking over the Houston Independent School District. | But a judge temporarily blocked the takeover on Jan. 8, with the issue now set to be decided at a trial in June. | The ruling temporarily spares Houston's pub…

Staff (2020-01-18). Biden Prioritizes Israel While Overlooking Daily Anti-Semitism in US. truthout.org When, on January 2, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden responded to a questionnaire from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) about anti-Semitism, Zionism, and his relationship to Jews and Jewish culture in the U.S., there was a noticeable absence in his response: practically any mention of American Jews. | The interview, entitled "Joe Biden: My plan to fight anti-Semitism," included three concrete s…

AARON (2020-01-18). "Let's Be Clear About Who Is Rigging What": Bernie Sanders Denounces Trump Effort to Divide Democrats. commondreams.org "Let's Be Clear About Who Is Rigging What": Bernie Sanders Denounces Trump Effort to Divide Democrats | Aaron | Fri, 01/17/2020 – 22: 21…

WSWS (2020-01-18). Unions promote nationalism as US copper miners strike approaches 100 days. wsws.org The United Steelworkers and Teamsters officials pushed a diet of chauvinism, nationalism and reliance on Democratic politicians at several events held in the past two weeks for the striking copper miners in Arizona and Texas.

WSWS (2020-01-18). Unions promote nationalism as copper miners strike approaches 100 days. wsws.org The United Steelworkers and Teamsters officials pushed a diet of chauvinism, nationalism and reliance on Democratic politicians at several events held in the past two weeks for the striking copper miners in Arizona and Texas.

Staff (2020-01-18). Bernie Sanders Denounces Trump's Effort to Divide Democrats. truthout.org After President Donald Trump earlier in the day accused Democrats in Congress of "rigging the election again against Bernie Sanders," the 2020 presidential candidate shot back Friday evening to say the president's effort to divide Democrats would be unsuccessful. | "Let's be clear about who is rigging what," Sanders said in a statement. "It is Donald Trump's action to use the power of the federal government for his own political benefit that is the cause of the impeachment trial. His transparent attempts to di…

yenisafak (2020-01-18). UAE crown prince part of problem in Middle East: Forbes. yenisafak.com A Forbes magazine article accused United Arab Emirates' (UAE) Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of being a "dictator" and part of conflicts in the Middle East. "The first thing to be noted is that to the extent that the future of the Persian Gulf and the broader Middle East look grim, M.B.Z. has so far been part of the problem, not part of the solution," said the article published on Thursday, using his initials.The report said bin Zayed has used UAE's military and financial resources to "thwart the emergence of democratic tendencies in the region, all under the guise of fighting Islamic extremism."On the $27 bill…

Pete Dolack (2020-01-17). Claims that the 'NAFTA 2' Agreement is Better are a Macabre Joke. counterpunch.org Democratic Party House representatives have voted by a wide margin to approve version 2 of the North American Free Trade Agreement, known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Even Rose DeLauro of Connecticut, in the past a strong leader within Congress in the fight against so-called "free trade" agreements, is on board with this one. Representative More

RT (2020-01-17). 'Rigging election again': Trump says impeachment all a ploy to… shaft Bernie Sanders. rt.com The impeachment trial against Donald Trump is not just a "witch hunt," but a ploy to "rig" the Democratic nomination against Bernie Sanders and in favor of Joe Biden, the US president has claimed. | "They are rigging the election again against Bernie Sanders, just like last time, only even more obviously," Trump tweeted on Friday. | They are rigging the election again against Bernie Sanders, just like last time, only even more obviously. They are bringing him out of so important Iowa in order that, as a Senator, he sit through the Impeachment Hoax Trial. Crazy Nancy thereby gives the strong edge to Sleepy…[m…

Staff (2020-01-17). Trump's Impeachment Trial Begins Next Week. therealnews.com By Jaisal Noor Democrats are just one Republican vote short of allowing new witnesses into Donald Trump's impeachment trial—and new evidence might sway them. The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump begins next week. House Democrats introduced charges on Thursday, Jan.16 that Trump abused his powers and obstructed a congressional inquiry into his effort…

Staff (2020-01-17). Joe Biden Can't Outrun His Record on Social Security. truthdig.com As a senator of Delaware, he repeatedly tried to freeze federal spending. Democrats would be suicidal to nominate him against Donald Trump.

Laila Lalami (2020-01-17). Thanks to Republicans, Iran Is Another Iraq Waiting to Happen. thenation.com Thanks to Republicans, Iran Is Another Iraq Waiting to Happen…

Elie Mystal (2020-01-17). Republicans Are About to Show Just How Low They'll Go to Save Trump. thenation.com Republicans Are About to Show Just How Low They'll Go to Save Trump…

WSWS (2020-01-17). The impeachment trial begins as Trump escalates fascistic appeals. wsws.org The Democratic impeachment process will not stop Trump's increasingly blatant assault on the constitutional foundations of basic democratic rights.

Jeet Heer (2020-01-17). Democrats Should Embrace the Politics of Impeachment. thenation.com Democrats Should Embrace the Politics of Impeachment…

James McFadden (2020-01-17). The Business Party Syndicate. counterpunch.org Each year Leftist Democrats, Socialists and Radicals are asked to hold their noses and vote for the lesser-of-two-evils. This is a false choice because we live in a rigged One-Party state — a plutocracy run by the Business Party, a Syndicate with Democratic and Republican wings. "Syndicate" is the proper word for our corrupt One-Party More

Jon Queally (2020-01-17). Amid raft of state-level endorsements, Sanders leads democrats in new national poll. nationofchange.org "It's just one poll, but it looks like Bernie is unhurt and Warren unhelped by the brouhaha."

Marco Rosaire Rossi (2020-01-17). Chicago's little-known experiment in radical democracy. zcomm.org In the 1970s, Chicago's 44th Ward was placed under direct democratic control of its residents, challenging the corrupt mayor's near-total control over the city…

Ajamu Baraka (2020-01-17). Trump Prosecutors Make Move to Ensure that Embassy Protectors are Convicted. counterpunch.org As the trial approaches, the lawyers for the Trump Administration's prosecution of the four Venezuelan Embassy Protectors who were arrested last May are asking the court to make sure the jury is kept ignorant about the facts and circumstances surrounding the actions of the protectors. In a recently filed motion by government lawyers, state prosecutors More

RT (2020-01-16). 'You're a liberal hack!' GOP Senator snubs CNN journo at impeachment trial — then tweets the insult (VIDEO). rt.com With the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump officially underway, not everyone involved is keen to give the liberal media soundbites. Arizona Senator Martha McSally let CNN's Manu Raju know exactly what she thought of him. | Following the delivery of the articles of impeachment to the Senate on Thursday and the swearing-in of Senators, CNN's Manu Raju waited in the halls of the US Capitol to ask Republicans whether the Senate should permit new evidence against Trump to be admitted, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said earlier it should. | "Senator McSally, should the Senate consider new evidence as part…

Staff (2020-01-16). Trump Becomes Just Third U.S. President to Face Impeachment Trial as Case Moves to the Senate. democracynow.org In a historic move, the House of Representatives presented articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate Wednesday. It marks only the third presidential impeachment trial in all of U.S. history. Earlier Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a news conference with the seven impeachment managers. The House vote to send articles of impeachment to the Senate comes as The Washington Post reports explosive new information at the center of the impeachment inquiry. New material released by House Democrats shows text messages between former Giuliani associate Lev Parnas and Robert Hyde, a Republican c…

Staff (2020-01-16). We Can't Be Silent Anymore: Rev. Barber & Poor People's Campaign Push Presidential Debate on Poverty. democracynow.org As the final Democratic debate ahead of the Iowa caucuses took place Tuesday night in Des Moines, Iowa, more than 100 protesters gathered outside the debate venue at Drake University to demand a televised presidential debate on poverty. Led by Reverend William Barber, demonstrators carried a coffin to honor the 250,000 people who die every year from the impacts of poverty. According to the Poor People's Campaign, 140 million Americans — over 43% of the population — can't pay basic living expenses. In Iowa, 630,000 workers — 45% of the state's workforce — make less than $15 an hour. We're j…

teleSUR (2020-01-16). 'Fueling Warren-Sanders Discord Will Serve Trump': Ilhan Omar. telesurenglish.net Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar urged Wednesday supporters of Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders to resist fighting online after they appeared resolved to escalate a disagreement between the two 2020 Democratic presidential candidates over a private meeting they had last before the beginning of their campaigns. | RELATED: | Elizabeth Warren Held Secret Talks With Hillary Clinton: Report | As the party's primary votes are approaching, Omar said the spat between bo…

Fight Back (2020-01-16). Milwaukee meets Trump with huge protest. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI — As President Donald Trump took the stage at the UW-Milwaukee Panthers Arena on the evening of January 14, over 2000 rallied and marched against his visit and his reactionary agenda. The action was led by the Coalition to March on the Democratic National Convention, a growing group of nearly 20 organizations that has come together to march and protest at the Democratic Convention which will be in Milwaukee this summer. | Omar Flores, a leader with the coalition, served as the press representative for the action and also spoke at the rally before the mass march. Afterward, he explained why the…

Peter Bolton (2020-01-16). Trump steps up attacks on Bernie Sanders, showing just how scared he really is. thecanary.co With the US presidential election approaching in 11 months' time, Donald Trump is going into attack mode. But he has a new target. Whereas previously he and his backers were focusing on Democratic Party establishment favourite Joe Biden, they are now homing in on democratic socialist Bernie Sanders. This can only mean one thing: they fear that he will wi…

RT (2020-01-15). #CNNisTrash unites political rivals after network hammers Sanders in Democratic debate. rt.com It's not just the right who accuse CNN of peddling 'fake news'. After the network's treatment of Bernie Sanders in a recent Iowa debate, the left joined them on Twitter. | With the field of Democratic hopefuls whittled down, six frontrunners took to the stage in Des Moines on Tuesday night, with polls putting four of them as frontrunners: Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Hosted by CNN, the debate was the final Democratic head-to-head before next month's Iowa caucuses. | Tensions between Sanders and Warren were hi…

RT (2020-01-15). 'Even Hillary and Trump shook hands': Warren snubs Sanders handshake after tense Democratic debate (VIDEO). rt.com Tuesday night's Democratic debate was marked by an ever-widening schism between long-time 'friends' turned rivals, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, which culminated in a spurned handshake which has become the talk of Twitter. | The talking match was punctuated by several increasingly tense and bitter exchanges between the pair as the night wore on. Roughly 45 minutes into the discussion, CNN moderator Abby Phillip asked Sanders to respond to reports he told Warren that a woman couldn't win the 2020 election. | Handshake: REJECTED pic.twitter.com/LUA49Z0JCc— Timot…

Staff (2020-01-15). A Modest Improvement or a Deal to Be Rejected? Warren & Sanders Debate New NAFTA Rewrite. democracynow.org Progressive Democratic presidential candidates Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders clashed over their trade policy disagreements as they zeroed in on the U.S., Mexico and Canada trade agreement that is meant to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Sanders said the government can do much better. "The heart and soul of our disastrous trade agreements — and I'm the guy who voted against NAFTA and against permanent normal trade relations with China — is that we have forced American workers to compete against people in Mexico, in China, elsewhere, who earn starva…

Staff (2020-01-15). Phyllis Bennis on Dem Debate: Support for Combat Troop Withdrawal Is Not Enough to Stop Endless Wars. democracynow.org Six Democratic presidential candidates sparred on Tuesday night in Des Moines, the last debate before the crucial Iowa caucuses. The debate, hosted by CNN and The Des Moines Register, focused heavily on foreign policy and rising tensions with Iran following the U.S. assassination of that country's top military commander, Qassem Soleimani. As the presidential field continues to narrow, the U.S. Senate is preparing for the historic impeachment trial of President Trump, for which Senators Sanders, Warren and Klobuchar are all expected to leave the campaign trail to serve their role as jurors.

Staff (2020-01-15). Democrats Debate Wealth Tax, Free Public College & Student Debt Relief as Part of New Economic Plan. democracynow.org At Tuesday's Democratic debate, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg repeated his criticism of plans for tuition-free public college and wiping out student debt, supported by both Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Activist and Truthout contributor Alexis Goldstein says the dispute highlights a philosophical split within the Democratic Party. "We essentially have a disagreement between the progressive candidates and the moderate candidates about whether or not we want to pursue a universal benefit for higher education and make it a public good, much in the way that K-12 education is treated as a public good,"

Staff (2020-01-15). People Want a Wealth Tax, but Many Politicians Oppose It. therealnews.com Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are practically the only major politicians supporting a wealth tax to reduce inequality and fund government programs, even though polling shows nearly two-thirds of Americans support it.

Staff (2020-01-15). In First All-White Democratic Debate, CNN Didn't Ask a Single Question About Immigration. democracynow.org As the federal government plans to divert an additional $7.2 billion from the military budget for the construction of President Trump's promised border wall, and tens of thousands of asylum seekers from Central America, the Caribbean and other regions are stranded throughout the U.S.-Mexico border, CNN moderators failed to question Democratic presidential candidates on border and immigration issues. We speak to Julio Ricardo Varela, co-host of the Latinx political podcast "In the Thick" and founder of Latino Rebels. "Anyone who thinks that a wall is going to protect us, the statistics aren't there. … But that i…

RT (2020-01-15). Pelosi announces impeachment managers, House votes to send articles to Senate for trial (VIDEO). rt.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has named the House Democrats who will serve as seven impeachment managers — or prosecutors outlining the case — in the Senate trial of President Donald Trump. | The case against Trump will be led by California Rep. Adam Schiff, who as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee led the initial impeachment inquiry against Trump. House Judiciary chair Rep. Jerry Nadler (NY) will act as Schiff's second in command. A long-time opponent of Trump, Nadler's committee drafted the articles of impeachment following Schiff's inquiry. | Democratic Representatives Zoe Lofgren (CA),…

Staff (2020-01-15). Sanders and Warren Openly Spar as Some Progressives Fear Fighting Could Help Centrist Democrats. democracynow.org At Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate in Des Moines, Iowa, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren openly sparred for the first time when asked about Warren's claim that Sanders told her in a private 2018 meeting that a woman could not win the presidential election. Sanders again denied the accusation when asked about it by CNN's Abby Phillip. Warren maintained her claim. At the end of the night, Warren also apparently refused to shake Sanders's hand. We speak with journalist Julian Brave NoiseCat, activist and Truthout contributor Alexis Goldstein and Larry Hamm of People's Organization for Prog…

Sara Flounders (2020-01-15). Iran-Iraq solidarity grows amid U.S. threats. workers.org United States policy toward both Iran and Iraq is based not on "bad advice" or howling blunders by President Donald Trump, as Democratic Party pundits claim. It is not just a "mismanaged" foreign policy. Times Square protest, Jan. 8, New York City. (WW photo: Brenda Ryan) Washington's miscalculations of the . . . | Continue reading Iran-Iraq solidarity grows amid U.S. threats at Workers.org

Staff (2020-01-15). Headlines for January 15, 2020. democracynow.org House to Vote to Send Impeachment Articles to Senate, WaPo: Threatening Text Messages Show Yovanovitch Was Under Surveillance, War Powers Resolution Limiting Trump on Iran Could Pass Senate | , Six Democratic Candidates Took Stage in Des Moines, Iowa, 5,000 Puerto Ricans Still Homeless After 6.4 Magnitude Earthquake, HRW Blasts China for Human Rights Violations Against Uyghurs & Protesters | , 15 Women Murdered in Honduras in First 2 Weeks of This Year, American Citizen Moustafa Kassem Dies in Egyptian Prison After Hunger Strike, Seattle Bans Foreign-Influenced Companies from Political Spending, "Jeopardy!" Apolo…

Fight Back (2020-01-15). Tampa students rally against aggressions towards Iran. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – At the University of South Florida, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held their second rally against the President Trump's and U.S. aggression towards Iran. The protest, attended by around 20 students on campus on January 14, has come in the wake of the assassination of a high-ranking Iranian military figure, Qassem Soleimani. | Along with the threat of more U.S. troops to the region and further hostilities, Iran has been hit by U.S. economic sanctions since 2010. An SDS member told the crowd, "The sanctions have greatly limited the amount of medical resources that Iran can get. This has result…

Alan Macleod (2020-01-15). CNN, Warren's Sexism Jibe Against Sanders Backfires as #CNNisTrash Trends on Twitter. mintpressnews.com CNN has been widely criticized for its perceived bias in moderating yesterday's Democratic presidential debate in Iowa. With just three weeks before the first primaries, six leading candidates descended upon Des Moines last night to take part. But, as with previous debates, much of the public discussion centered on the organization, framing and bias of the organizers and moderators. | CNN asked Bernie Sanders, the most left-leaning of the candidates, if he thought he "owed voters an explanation" on how much his health plan would cost them…

Elie Mystal (2020-01-15). Why Was Pete Buttigieg Still on the Debate Stage—and Kamala Harris Wasn't? thenation.com Why Was Pete Buttigieg Still on the Debate Stage—and Kamala Harris Wasn't?

Roger Bybee (2020-01-15). Trump Escalates Authoritarian Tone in Milwaukee Rally. progressive.org In the President's view, the Democratic Party is a malicious, disloyal force with sinister and destructive plans for the nation.

Staff (2020-01-14). CLEAN Future Act Is 'Shameful' and 'Greenwashing,' say Climate Justice Groups. therealnews.com Democrats' CLEAN Future Act calls for "net zero" carbon emissions by 2050 but doesn't require a fossil fuel industry phaseout. Critics say the bill lacks ambition and ignores the short timeline for radical action dictated by climate science.

Staff (2020-01-14). Headlines for January 14, 2020. democracynow.org "It Doesn't Really Matter": Trump Changes Story on Soleimani Killing, Six Democratic Candidates Will Take Stage for Debate in Iowa Tonight, Sanders Refutes Warren's Charge That He Said a Woman Couldn't Win in 2020, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Launching New PAC to Support Progressive Democrats, Trump Plans to Divert Additional $7.2 Billion from Military Budget to Border Wall, Turkey and Russia Broker Ceasefire for Idlib, Syria, France to Send More Troops to West Africa Amid Rising Violence in Sahel, 55 Die in Avalanches in Pakistan, Study: 2019 Was Hottest Year for World's Oceans on Record, AG Barr and Apple Face Off…

Staff (2020-01-13). Democratic Debate: Will Progressives Highlight the Cost of War? therealnews.com Senators Sanders and Warren could have their best opportunity yet to argue that if the U.S. has trillions to pay for war abroad, it can invest in healthcare, education, and infrastructure at home.

splcenter (2020-01-13). Miller Dismisses DACA in Emails, Mirroring Anti-Immigrant Extremists' Views. splcenter.org White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller went against many Republicans when siding with white nationalists and other extremists on the issue of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, more commonly known as DACA, emails show.

Megan Giovannetti (2020-01-13). Democratic Candidates Can't Afford to Ignore the Nation's Housing Crisis. progressive.org California's homelessness crisis has reached a fever pitch—and it's not alone.

Susan Price (2020-01-10). US: What Trump's impeachment shows about the Democratic establishment. greenleft.org.au US politics Barry SheppardIssue 1248 United States Donald Trump impeachment Jim Crow San FranciscoJanuary 10, 2020The…

Lucas Koerner (2020-01-10). For Western Press, the Only Coup in Venezuela Is Against Guaidó. fair.org The Washington Post ( 1/5/20) described Venezuelan lawmakers voting against someone other than Washington's chosen candidate to head the assembly as "sedition within the opposition." | The international corporate media have entered crisis mode following the replacement of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as head of the country's National Assembly. | In headline after headline, Venezue…

Julie Hollar (2020-01-09). Steady Hand Joe – Turning Biden's support for Iraq War into foreign policy 'experience'. fair.org Election Focus 2020: Despite Democratic candidate Joe Biden's prominent role in leading the US into the disastrous Iraq War, and his recent stream of lies and equivocations about why he supported it and when he began to reverse his position, many pundits continue to uncritically paint Biden as "mature" or a "steady hand" on foreign policy.

2020-01-18: Social Media Postees

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Texas Republicans Are Manufacturing a Crisis in Houston's Public School System
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-18
If the state of Texas had its way, the state would be in the process of taking over the Houston Independent School District. | But a judge temporarily blocked the takeover on Jan. 8, with the issue now set to be decided at a trial in June. | The ruling temporarily spares Houston's pub…
truthout.org/articles/texas-republicans-…

Biden Prioritizes Israel While Overlooking Daily Anti-Semitism in US
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-18
When, on January 2, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden responded to a questionnaire from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) about anti-Semitism, Zionism, and his relationship to Jews and Jewish culture in the U.S., there was a noticeable absence in his response: practically any mention of American Jews. | The interview, entitled "Joe Biden: My plan to fight anti-Semitism," included three concrete s…
truthout.org/articles/biden-prioritizes-…

People Want a Wealth Tax
Chuck Collins | zcomm.org | 2020-01-18
Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are practically the only major politicians supporting a wealth tax to reduce inequality and fund government programs, even though polling shows nearly two-thirds of Americans support it…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/people-want-a-weal…

Unions promote nationalism as US copper miners strike approaches 100 days
wsws.org | 2020-01-18
The United Steelworkers and Teamsters officials pushed a diet of chauvinism, nationalism and reliance on Democratic politicians at several events held in the past two weeks for the striking copper miners in Arizona and Texas.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/18/asar…

Bernie Sanders Denounces Trump's Effort to Divide Democrats
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-18
After President Donald Trump earlier in the day accused Democrats in Congress of "rigging the election again against Bernie Sanders," the 2020 presidential candidate shot back Friday evening to say the president's effort to divide Democrats would be unsuccessful. | "Let's be clear about who is rigging what," Sanders said in a statement. "It is Donald Trump's action to use the power of the federal government for his own political benefit that is the cause of the impeachment trial. His transparent attempts to di…
truthout.org/articles/bernie-sanders-den…

Unions promote nationalism as copper miners strike approaches 100 days
wsws.org | 2020-01-18
The United Steelworkers and Teamsters officials pushed a diet of chauvinism, nationalism and reliance on Democratic politicians at several events held in the past two weeks for the striking copper miners in Arizona and Texas.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/18/asar…

"Let's Be Clear About Who Is Rigging What": Bernie Sanders Denounces Trump Effort to Divide Democrats
AARON | commondreams.org | 2020-01-18
"Let's Be Clear About Who Is Rigging What": Bernie Sanders Denounces Trump Effort to Divide Democrats | Aaron | Fri, 01/17/2020 – 22: 21…
commondreams.org/news/2020/01/17/lets-be…

UAE crown prince part of problem in Middle East: Forbes
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-18
A Forbes magazine article accused United Arab Emirates' (UAE) Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of being a "dictator" and part of conflicts in the Middle East. "The first thing to be noted is that to the extent that the future of the Persian Gulf and the broader Middle East look grim, M.B.Z. has so far been part of the problem, not part of the solution," said the article published on Thursday, using his initials.The report said bin Zayed has used UAE's military and financial resources to "thwart the emergence of democratic tendencies in the region, all under the guise of fighting Islamic extremism."On the $27 bill…
yenisafak.com/en/world/uae-crown-prince-…

Thanks to Republicans, Iran Is Another Iraq Waiting to Happen
Laila Lalami | thenation.com | 2020-01-17
Thanks to Republicans, Iran Is Another Iraq Waiting to Happen…
thenation.com/article/iran-trump-soleima…

Republicans Are About to Show Just How Low They'll Go to Save Trump
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2020-01-17
Republicans Are About to Show Just How Low They'll Go to Save Trump…
thenation.com/article/impeachment-trial-…

Republicans Are About to Show Just How Low They'll Go to Save Trump
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2020-01-17
Republicans Are About to Show Just How Low They'll Go to Save Trump…
thenation.com/article/impeachment-trial-…

Thanks to Republicans, Iran Is Another Iraq Waiting to Happen
Laila Lalami | thenation.com | 2020-01-17
Thanks to Republicans, Iran Is Another Iraq Waiting to Happen…
thenation.com/article/iran-trump-soleima…

Claims that the 'NAFTA 2' Agreement is Better are a Macabre Joke
Pete Dolack | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-17
Democratic Party House representatives have voted by a wide margin to approve version 2 of the North American Free Trade Agreement, known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Even Rose DeLauro of Connecticut, in the past a strong leader within Congress in the fight against so-called "free trade" agreements, is on board with this one. Representative…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/17/claims-that-…

'Rigging election again': Trump says impeachment all a ploy to… shaft Bernie Sanders
rt.com | 2020-01-17
The impeachment trial against Donald Trump is not just a "witch hunt," but a ploy to "rig" the Democratic nomination against Bernie Sanders and in favor of Joe Biden, the US president has claimed. | "They are rigging the election again against Bernie Sanders, just like last time, only even more obviously," Trump tweeted on Friday. | They are rigging the election again against Bernie Sanders, just like last time, only even more obviously. They are bringing him out of so important Iowa in order that, as a Senator, he sit through the Impeachment Hoax Trial. Crazy Nancy thereby gives the strong edge to Sleepy…[m…
rt.com/usa/478551-trump-bernie-sanders-r…

Joe Biden Can't Outrun His Record on Social Security
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-17
As a senator of Delaware, he repeatedly tried to freeze federal spending. Democrats would be suicidal to nominate him against Donald Trump.
truthdig.com/articles/joe-biden-cant-out…

Claims that the 'NAFTA 2' Agreement is Better are a Macabre Joke
Pete Dolack | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-17
Democratic Party House representatives have voted by a wide margin to approve version 2 of the North American Free Trade Agreement, known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Even Rose DeLauro of Connecticut, in the past a strong leader within Congress in the fight against so-called "free trade" agreements, is on board with this one. Representative…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/17/claims-that-…

Trump's Impeachment Trial Begins Next Week
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-01-17
By Jaisal Noor Democrats are just one Republican vote short of allowing new witnesses into Donald Trump's impeachment trial–and new evidence might sway them. The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump begins next week. House Democrats introduced charges on Thursday, Jan.16 that Trump abused his powers and obstructed a congressional inquiry into his effort…
therealnews.com/columns/trumps-impeachme…

Amid raft of state-level endorsements, Sanders leads democrats in new national poll
Jon Queally | nationofchange.org | 2020-01-17
"It's just one poll, but it looks like Bernie is unhurt and Warren unhelped by the brouhaha."
nationofchange.org/2020/01/17/amid-raft-…

The Business Party Syndicate
James McFadden | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-17
Each year Leftist Democrats, Socialists and Radicals are asked to hold their noses and vote for the lesser-of-two-evils. This is a false choice because we live in a rigged One-Party state

A Trump impeachment trial primer–How it will proceed (or not)
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-17
The seven prosecutors–Democratic House members who will serve as impeachment managers–have been selected, and all of them are experienced litigators to one degree or another. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has taken the oath as trial adjudicator, and all 100 U.S. Senators have been sworn in as jurors for the impeachment trial of …
peoplesworld.org/article/a-trump-impeach…

A Trump impeachment trial primer–How it will proceed (or not)
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-17
The seven prosecutors–Democratic House members who will serve as impeachment managers–have been selected, and all of them are experienced litigators to one degree or another. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has taken the oath as trial adjudicator, and all 100 U.S. Senators have been sworn in as jurors for the impeachment trial of …
peoplesworld.org/article/a-trump-impeach…

Democrats Should Embrace the Politics of Impeachment
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2020-01-17
Democrats Should Embrace the Politics of Impeachment…
thenation.com/article/mcsally-democrats-…

Chicago's little-known experiment in radical democracy
Marco Rosaire Rossi | zcomm.org | 2020-01-17
In the 1970s, Chicago's 44th Ward was placed under direct democratic control of its residents, challenging the corrupt mayor's near-total control over the city…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/chicagos-little-kn…

The impeachment trial begins as Trump escalates fascistic appeals
wsws.org | 2020-01-17
The Democratic impeachment process will not stop Trump's increasingly blatant assault on the constitutional foundations of basic democratic rights.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/17/pers…

Trump Prosecutors Make Move to Ensure that Embassy Protectors are Convicted
Ajamu Baraka | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-17
As the trial approaches, the lawyers for the Trump Administration's prosecution of the four Venezuelan Embassy Protectors who were arrested last May are asking the court to make sure the jury is kept ignorant about the facts and circumstances surrounding the actions of the protectors. In a recently filed motion by government lawyers, state prosecutors…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/17/trump-prosec…

'Fueling Warren-Sanders Discord Will Serve Trump': Ilhan Omar
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-16
Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar urged Wednesday supporters of Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders to resist fighting online after they appeared resolved to escalate a disagreement between the two 2020 Democratic presidential candidates over a private meeting they had last before the beginning of their campaigns. | RELATED: | Elizabeth Warren Held Secret Talks With Hillary Clinton: Report | As the party's primary votes are approaching, Omar said the spat between bo…
telesurenglish.net/news/Fueling-Warren-S…

We Can't Be Silent Anymore: Rev. Barber & Poor People's Campaign Push Presidential Debate on Poverty
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-16
As the final Democratic debate ahead of the Iowa caucuses took place Tuesday night in Des Moines, Iowa, more than 100 protesters gathered outside the debate venue at Drake University to demand a televised presidential debate on poverty. Led by Reverend William Barber, demonstrators carried a coffin to honor the 250,000 people who die every year from the impacts of poverty. According to the Poor People's Campaign, 140 million Americans

Milwaukee meets Trump with huge protest
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-16
Milwaukee, WI

We Can't Be Silent Anymore: Rev. Barber & Poor People's Campaign Push Presidential Debate on Poverty
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-16
As the final Democratic debate ahead of the Iowa caucuses took place Tuesday night in Des Moines, Iowa, more than 100 protesters gathered outside the debate venue at Drake University to demand a televised presidential debate on poverty. Led by Reverend William Barber, demonstrators carried a coffin to honor the 250,000 people who die every year from the impacts of poverty. According to the Poor People's Campaign, 140 million Americans

Trump steps up attacks on Bernie Sanders, showing just how scared he really is
Peter Bolton | thecanary.co | 2020-01-16
With the US presidential election approaching in 11 months' time, Donald Trump is going into attack mode. But he has a new target. Whereas previously he and his backers were focusing on Democratic Party establishment favourite Joe Biden, they are now homing in on democratic socialist Bernie Sanders. This can only mean one thing: they fear that he will wi…
thecanary.co/us/us-analysis/2020/01/16/trump-steps-up-attacks-on-bernie-sanders-showing-just-how-scared-he-really-is/

Trump steps up attacks on Bernie Sanders, showing just how scared he really is
Peter Bolton | thecanary.co | 2020-01-16
With the US presidential election approaching in 11 months' time, Donald Trump is going into attack mode. But he has a new target. Whereas previously he and his backers were focusing on Democratic Party establishment favourite Joe Biden, they are now homing in on democratic socialist Bernie Sanders. This can only mean one thing: they fear that he will wi…
thecanary.co/us/us-analysis/2020/01/16/trump-steps-up-attacks-on-bernie-sanders-showing-just-how-scared-he-really-is/

Trump Becomes Just Third U.S. President to Face Impeachment Trial as Case Moves to the Senate
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-16
In a historic move, the House of Representatives presented articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate Wednesday. It marks only the third presidential impeachment trial in all of U.S. history. Earlier Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a news conference with the seven impeachment managers. The House vote to send articles of impeachment to the Senate comes as The Washington Post reports explosive new information at the center of the impeachment inquiry. New material released by House Democrats shows text messages between former Giuliani associate Lev Parnas and Robert Hyde, a Republican c…
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Trump Becomes Just Third U.S. President to Face Impeachment Trial as Case Moves to the Senate
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-16
In a historic move, the House of Representatives presented articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate Wednesday. It marks only the third presidential impeachment trial in all of U.S. history. Earlier Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a news conference with the seven impeachment managers. The House vote to send articles of impeachment to the Senate comes as The Washington Post reports explosive new information at the center of the impeachment inquiry. New material released by House Democrats shows text messages between former Giuliani associate Lev Parnas and Robert Hyde, a Republican c…
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In First All-White Democratic Debate, CNN Didn't Ask a Single Question About Immigration
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-15
As the federal government plans to divert an additional $7.2 billion from the military budget for the construction of President Trump's promised border wall, and tens of thousands of asylum seekers from Central America, the Caribbean and other regions are stranded throughout the U.S.-Mexico border, CNN moderators failed to question Democratic presidential candidates on border and immigration issues. We speak to Julio Ricardo Varela, co-host of the Latinx political podcast "In the Thick" and founder of Latino Rebels. "Anyone who thinks that a wall is going to protect us, the statistics aren't there. … But that i…
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In First All-White Democratic Debate, CNN Didn't Ask a Single Question About Immigration
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-15
As the federal government plans to divert an additional $7.2 billion from the military budget for the construction of President Trump's promised border wall, and tens of thousands of asylum seekers from Central America, the Caribbean and other regions are stranded throughout the U.S.-Mexico border, CNN moderators failed to question Democratic presidential candidates on border and immigration issues. We speak to Julio Ricardo Varela, co-host of the Latinx political podcast "In the Thick" and founder of Latino Rebels. "Anyone who thinks that a wall is going to protect us, the statistics aren't there. … But that i…
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Democrats Debate Wealth Tax, Free Public College & Student Debt Relief as Part of New Economic Plan
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-15
At Tuesday's Democratic debate, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg repeated his criticism of plans for tuition-free public college and wiping out student debt, supported by both Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Activist and Truthout contributor Alexis Goldstein says the dispute highlights a philosophical split within the Democratic Party. "We essentially have a disagreement between the progressive candidates and the moderate candidates about whether or not we want to pursue a universal benefit for higher education and make it a public good, much in the way that K-12 education is treated as a public good,"
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Sanders and Warren Openly Spar as Some Progressives Fear Fighting Could Help Centrist Democrats
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-15
At Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate in Des Moines, Iowa, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren openly sparred for the first time when asked about Warren's claim that Sanders told her in a private 2018 meeting that a woman could not win the presidential election. Sanders again denied the accusation when asked about it by CNN's Abby Phillip. Warren maintained her claim. At the end of the night, Warren also apparently refused to shake Sanders's hand. We speak with journalist Julian Brave NoiseCat, activist and Truthout contributor Alexis Goldstein and Larry Hamm of People's Organization for Prog…
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Tampa students rally against aggressions towards Iran
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-15
Tampa, FL – At the University of South Florida, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held their second rally against the President Trump's and U.S. aggression towards Iran. The protest, attended by around 20 students on campus on January 14, has come in the wake of the assassination of a high-ranking Iranian military figure, Qassem Soleimani. | Along with the threat of more U.S. troops to the region and further hostilities, Iran has been hit by U.S. economic sanctions since 2010. An SDS member told the crowd, "The sanctions have greatly limited the amount of medical resources that Iran can get. This has result…
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Iran-Iraq solidarity grows amid U.S. threats
Sara Flounders | workers.org | 2020-01-15
United States policy toward both Iran and Iraq is based not on "bad advice" or howling blunders by President Donald Trump, as Democratic Party pundits claim. It is not just a "mismanaged" foreign policy. Times Square protest, Jan. 8, New York City. (WW photo: Brenda Ryan) Washington's miscalculations of the . . . | Continue reading Iran-Iraq solidarity grows amid U.S. threats at Workers.org
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Phyllis Bennis on Dem Debate: Support for Combat Troop Withdrawal Is Not Enough to Stop Endless Wars
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-15
Six Democratic presidential candidates sparred on Tuesday night in Des Moines, the last debate before the crucial Iowa caucuses. The debate, hosted by CNN and The Des Moines Register, focused heavily on foreign policy and rising tensions with Iran following the U.S. assassination of that country's top military commander, Qassem Soleimani. As the presidential field continues to narrow, the U.S. Senate is preparing for the historic impeachment trial of President Trump, for which Senators Sanders, Warren and Klobuchar are all expected to leave the campaign trail to serve their role as jurors.
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Phyllis Bennis on Dem Debate: Support for Combat Troop Withdrawal Is Not Enough to Stop Endless Wars
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-15
Six Democratic presidential candidates sparred on Tuesday night in Des Moines, the last debate before the crucial Iowa caucuses. The debate, hosted by CNN and The Des Moines Register, focused heavily on foreign policy and rising tensions with Iran following the U.S. assassination of that country's top military commander, Qassem Soleimani. As the presidential field continues to narrow, the U.S. Senate is preparing for the historic impeachment trial of President Trump, for which Senators Sanders, Warren and Klobuchar are all expected to leave the campaign trail to serve their role as jurors.
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People Want a Wealth Tax, but Many Politicians Oppose It
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-01-15
Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are practically the only major politicians supporting a wealth tax to reduce inequality and fund government programs, even though polling shows nearly two-thirds of Americans support it.
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Trump Escalates Authoritarian Tone in Milwaukee Rally
Roger Bybee | progressive.org | 2020-01-15
In the President's view, the Democratic Party is a malicious, disloyal force with sinister and destructive plans for the nation.
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#CNNisTrash unites political rivals after network hammers Sanders in Democratic debate
rt.com | 2020-01-15
It's not just the right who accuse CNN of peddling 'fake news'. After the network's treatment of Bernie Sanders in a recent Iowa debate, the left joined them on Twitter. | With the field of Democratic hopefuls whittled down, six frontrunners took to the stage in Des Moines on Tuesday night, with polls putting four of them as frontrunners: Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Hosted by CNN, the debate was the final Democratic head-to-head before next month's Iowa caucuses. | Tensions between Sanders and Warren were hi…
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'Even Hillary and Trump shook hands': Warren snubs Sanders handshake after tense Democratic debate (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-01-15
Tuesday night's Democratic debate was marked by an ever-widening schism between long-time 'friends' turned rivals, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, which culminated in a spurned handshake which has become the talk of Twitter. | The talking match was punctuated by several increasingly tense and bitter exchanges between the pair as the night wore on. Roughly 45 minutes into the discussion, CNN moderator Abby Phillip asked Sanders to respond to reports he told Warren that a woman couldn't win the 2020 election. | Handshake: REJECTED pic.twitter.com/LUA49Z0JCc– Timot…
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CNN, Warren's Sexism Jibe Against Sanders Backfires as #CNNisTrash Trends on Twitter
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-01-15
CNN has been widely criticized for its perceived bias in moderating yesterday's Democratic presidential debate in Iowa. With just three weeks before the first primaries, six leading candidates descended upon Des Moines last night to take part. But, as with previous debates, much of the public discussion centered on the organization, framing and bias of the organizers and moderators. | CNN asked Bernie Sanders, the most left-leaning of the candidates, if he thought he "owed voters an explanation" on how much his health plan would cost them…
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Pelosi announces impeachment managers, House votes to send articles to Senate for trial (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-01-15
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has named the House Democrats who will serve as seven impeachment managers

Why Was Pete Buttigieg Still on the Debate Stage–and Kamala Harris Wasn't?
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2020-01-15
Why Was Pete Buttigieg Still on the Debate Stage–and Kamala Harris Wasn't?
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A Modest Improvement or a Deal to Be Rejected? Warren & Sanders Debate New NAFTA Rewrite
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-15
Progressive Democratic presidential candidates Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders clashed over their trade policy disagreements as they zeroed in on the U.S., Mexico and Canada trade agreement that is meant to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Sanders said the government can do much better. "The heart and soul of our disastrous trade agreements

Why Was Pete Buttigieg Still on the Debate Stage–and Kamala Harris Wasn't?
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2020-01-15
Why Was Pete Buttigieg Still on the Debate Stage–and Kamala Harris Wasn't?
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