2018-09-19: News Headlines

Stop Kavanaugh (2018-09-19). Suspicious Letter by 65 Women in Support of Brett Kavanaugh and Related Attrocities. indybay.org The letter released by Senate republicans from 65 women purporting to attest to the decency of Brett Kavanaugh reveals more problems than it solves. A number of other issues with Kavanaugh's integrity remain as well, and more continue to arise all the time. This is why republicans are hell bent on rushing his nomination through.

wsws (2018-09-19). Brett Kavanaugh and the role—once again—of sexual misconduct allegations in American politics. wsws.org The New York Times, Washington Post, leading Democrats and other establishment figures are attempting to derail Kavanaugh's nomination on the grounds of an unsubstantiated allegation of sexual assault.

Jessica Corbett (2018-09-18). The US Government's Secret Rules for Spying on Journalists Are "Terrifying" mintpressnews.com Journalists and free press advocates are responding with alarm to newly released documents revealing the U.S. government's secret rules for using Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court orders to spy on reporters, calling the revelations " important" and " terrifying." | The documents—obtained and released by the Freedom of the Press Foundation and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University through an ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed last November—confirm long held suspicions that federal officials can target journalists with FISA orders. | New documents — obtained by @knightcolumbia and @FreedomofPress — appear to confirm longstanding suspicion that government has relied on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to monitor journalist communications. @2ramyakrishnan t.co/VFDjk9oJqq pic.twitter.com/ybnEeuNsby | — Knight 1st Amendment (@knightcolumbia) September 17, 2018 | The two 2015 memos from…

Democracy Now! (2018-09-18). Immigrants Seeking Shelter After Hurricane Florence Fear Deportation as FEMA Shifts Funds to ICE. democracynow.org While the worst of Hurricane Florence is over, officials say the most dangerous flooding is yet to come for residents of the Carolinas and Virginia, as thousands have been ordered to evacuate their homes and hundreds more have sought rescue from rising floodwaters. But undocumented immigrants have expressed concern they will encounter immigration enforcement if they seek help. Meanwhile, the Trump administration has reallocated nearly $10 million from FEMA's budget to ICE to pay for detention space and deportations. We speak with Laura Garduño García, a DACA recipient and Greensboro-based organizer with Siembra N…

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-09-18). Here Are 5 of the Most Laughable and Pathetic Moments in Ted Cruz's Senate Campaign — So Far. alternet.org For starters, Ted Cruz is begging for Donald Trump's help. | Offering some midterms analysis during a September 17 appearance on Charles Ellison's radio program, "Reality Check," on WURD-AM/FM (a liberal/progressive African-American talk station in Philadelphia), Dr. G. S. Potter (founder of the Strategic Institute of Intersectional Policy) declared that if Democrat Beto O'Rourke manages to defeat Sen. Ted Cruz in the Texas Senate race, he will likely be running fo. . .

Walter Einenkel, Daily Kos (2018-09-18). This Lawyer Contacted Senators With 'Important Stories' About Kavanaugh — But Says He Was Ignored. alternet.org Lawyer Cyrus Sanai first attempted to contact the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee at the end of July. | A letter, sent this summer to Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), by a lawyer that claimed to have important, pertinent information in regards to Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, has been published by the Intercept. Lawyer Cyrus Sanai first attempted to contact the t. . .

Staff (2018-09-18). Trump Feels 'Terribly' for Kavanaugh; Democrats Want FBI Probe. truthdig.com The president says he is "totally supporting" his embattled Supreme Court nominee amid a fierce clash over who should testify at a Senate hearing on a sexual abuse allegation.

Dave Lindorff (2018-09-18). We Already Have a Fake Billionaire President; Why Would We want a Real One Running in 2020? counterpunch.org Word is that Michael Bloomberg, the mega-billionaire former mayor of New York City who watched his wealth more than double while he sat in the mayor's office is thinking of running for President as a Democrat in 2020. Why does that suck? Well, listen as my dear departed friend and co-founder of this site, Chuck More

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-09-18). Here's How the Republicans' Relentless Attack on Pre-Existing Conditions Is Blowing Up in Their Faces. alternet.org The GOP mounted a frivolous lawsuit to gut Obamacare. Now the prospect it could actually succeed has Democratic challengers surging. | Republican state attorneys general thought they had a perfect way to flex their muscles after the GOP tax scam bill was passed: sue to overturn the Affordable Care Act's protections for pre-existing conditio. . .

Pete Tucker (2018-09-18). The Washington Post Really Wants to Stop Ben Jealous. counterpunch.org The Washington Post is trying to stop Democrat Ben Jealous from becoming Maryland's next governor. I wrote about this recently (here) and didn't expect to do so again so soon, but the Post's biased coverage has been too much to ignore. At a rally in Montana last week President Trump railed against Jealous's plan to More

Emile Schepers (2018-09-18). Four GOP Virginia congressional reps could go down to defeat. peoplesworld.org There may be as many as four of Virginia's Republican-held federal House of Representatives seats in play in this November's midterm congressional elections. Should the Democrats win even one of these, it would be a contribution to the elimination of the Republican majority in the House, and a blow to President Trump's far right agenda. Should the Democrats manage to win all of these seats, it would be a historic political earthquake in Virginia. | Currently the Democrats hold four of the state's eleven House seats, none of which are seen as being in danger for them. The loss to the Republicans of four of the seven seats they currently hold would have a huge impact on Congress and also would have major implications for future elections in Virginia, including next year's election to the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates, where the…

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-09-18). Brett Kavanaugh's Accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, Goes into Hiding After Receiving Vicious Death Threats: Report. alternet.org This is why women don't come forward sooner. | One of the first criticisms Senate Republicans had of the allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh committed sexual assault at age 17 was to ask why Democrats had waited until the last minute to. . .

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-09-18). Republican Senators Are Laying the Groundwork to Support Kavanaugh Despite Sexual Assault Allegations. alternet.org Republicans are busy laying the groundwork to vote for Brett Kavanaugh—almost no matter what happens. | Sexual assault allegations against Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick will give Republicans yet another chance to add to their outstanding history of appalling comments on rape. Sitting senators are obviously trying to be careful not to commit the next " Joe Conason, Creators Syndicate (2018-09-18). The Massive Brett Kavanaugh Charade Is Collapsing Before Our Eyes. alternet.org Republicans have put it all on the line. | Facing a public relations debacle, Senate Republicans have come up with a surefire compromise to win confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court: Instead of simply dismissing the sexual assault accusation lodged against their nominee, they will pretend to investigate — and only then rubber-stamp him. Won't both sides be served by taking sworn testimony from the nominee and his accuser,. . .

Kerry Eleveld, Daily Kos (2018-09-18). Here Are 3 Ways Republicans Are Already Sabotaging a Real Hearing of the Charges Against Brett Kavanaugh. alternet.org This whole charade is shameful. | Republicans are already showing their hand—they were forced into setting up a hearing on sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, so they're trying to severely stack that hearing in favor of Kavanaugh and against his accuser, Prof. Christine Blasey Ford. Here's how they're doing that: 1. Republicans set up the hearing with six day's notice. "Hi, Christine, we're inviting you to come and testi. . .

Eric A. Gordon, Jo Allen-Eure (2018-09-18). California ballot measures hold opportunities for advance as well as reversal. peoplesworld.org This is the second of a two-part article highlighting the major races of the November elections in the state of California. In Part 1, the major state and federal campaigns are covered. Here, the measures and bonds that will be on the ballot for voters' consideration are analyzed. Californians can be a…

Faisal Khan (2018-09-18). Is Israel a Democracy? counterpunch.org I was inspired to write this article in light of recent political events in Britain. For some time there has been an Anti-Semitism in the Labour party 'scandal' which has intensified in recent months after Labour's strong showing at the last General election under Jeremy Corbyn. There have been near-daily press reports accusing Jeremy Corbyn More

Mehdi Hasan (2018-09-18). Time to Kill the Zombie Argument: Another Study Shows Trump Won Because of Racial Anxieties — Not Economic Distress. theintercept.com Three previous studies found a link between cultural anxiety and Trump voters. Now a fourth, from the Voter Study Group, finds the same connections.

Juliana Bolden (2018-09-18). Blavity Op-Ed: Millennials Can Be The Power Bloc In November Elections — If We Choose To Be. naacp.org NAACP Youth and College Division leader Tiffany Dena Loftin penned a piece for Blavity the importance of millennial voters in the upcoming midterm elections: "School is back in session for the NAACP's Youth and College Division, members are entering the school year after a tough and emotional summer. While young folks should have been enjoying summer jobs […]

Consortiumnews (2018-09-18). The Donald in Wonderland. consortiumnews.com One question as we head to the November midterm elections, a referendum on the president, is: Could Donald Trump be a one-man version of either Enron or Lehman Brothers, someone who cooked "the books" until he implodes? asks Nomi Prins. By Nomi… Read more →

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-09-18). Trump Is Privately Furious at One of His Most Loyal Minions for Dismissing His Puerto Rico Conspiracy Theory: Report. alternet.org The Florida gubernatorial candidate — and Trump super fan — has incurred the president's wrath. | Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis got off to a rocky start this week with the revelation that he gave a speech to a hate group last year. But he is also drawing anger from one of the last people he needs to cross right now: President Donald Trump. Accor. . .

RT (2018-09-18). Arrested for disrupting Kavanaugh hearing? Don't worry, Soros will foot the bill. rt.com Protesters arrested at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's hearing are being organized by several Democrat-linked groups and their legal bills are paid by activists funded by billionaire liberal financier George Soros.

RT (2018-09-18). Bad singing, pepper spray & Russophobia: Top hits of US midterms' campaign cringefest (VIDEO). rt.com As the critical midterm elections move closer in the US, campaigning ads are often crossing over from of the realm of eye-catching, and straight into the bizarre. Here are some of this year's most cringeworthy hits.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-18). Immigrants Seeking Shelter Fear Deportation as FEMA Shifts Funds to ICE. truthout.org While the worst of Hurricane Florence is over, officials say the most dangerous flooding is yet to come for residents of the Carolinas and Virginia, as thousands have been ordered to evacuate their homes and hundreds more have sought rescue from rising floodwaters. But undocumented immigrants have expressed concern they will encounter immigration enforcement if they seek help. Meanwhile, the Trump administration has reallocated nearly $10 million from FEMA's budget to ICE to pay for detention space and deportations. We speak with Laura Garduño Garcia, a DACA recipient and Greensboro-based organizer with Siembra NC and the American Friends Service Committee; and with Mary Small, policy director for Detention Watch Network. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I'm Amy Goodman with Juan González. | JUAN GONZàÅLEZ: The death toll from Hurricane Florence has reached 32 as rivers in the Carolinas…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-18). Group Behind Kavanaugh Nomination Has Spent Years Reshaping Judicial Benches. truthout.org Who is behind the battle to quickly fill Justice Kennedy's vacant seat on the Supreme Court? It is well reported that the Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) has been the principal spender supporting Brett Kavanaugh's nomination, shelling out nearly $3.1 million, triple the next biggest spender, according to Brennan Center data. | But what may be less known is that JCN is well-versed in these sorts of campaigns. For a dozen years, JCN has used multi-million-dollar infusions from shadowy donors to support putting conservative judges on state, local, and federal benches — and to prevent others from reaching the bench. And JCN has been remarkably successful at helping to tilt the judiciary to the right. | Established in 2004 as the Judicial Confirmation Network to promote President George W. Bush's judicial nominees, JCN is a 501(c)(4) "social welfare…

Binoy Kampmark (2018-09-17). A Traditional Right: Jimmie àÖkesson and the Sweden Democrats. counterpunch.org Sweden's elections are normally dull affairs. The same political arrangements have been in place for decades, featuring mild oscillations around the centre between the green-red bloc (Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left Party) and the conservative Alliance (the Moderates, Christian Democrats and the Centre and Liberal Parties). The favoured line for political watchers of More

Janine Jackson (2018-09-17). 'This Is an Unprecedented Level of Secrecy and Non-Transparency'. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Richard Kim about Brett Kavanaugh and the antidemocratic Supreme Court for the September 14, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2018-09-17). NAACP to Host National Call to Action Tele-Townhall Conference Call on Wednesday. naacp.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17, 2018 CONTACTS: NAACP@sunshinesachs.com and Malik Russell: mrussell@naacpnet.org | Thousands to discuss social and political climate for Blacks in America | WASHINGTON (September 17, 2018) — With less than 50 days to the critical midterm elections, the NAACP will be holding a national call to action Tele-Townhall conference call on Wednesday, […]

Patrick Cockburn (2018-09-17). The Adults in the White House Trying to Save the US From Trump Are Just as Dangerous as He Is. counterpunch.org Before his election as president it was understandable that Donald Trump's critics should have vastly underestimated his ability as a politician. It is much less excusable — and self-destructive to effective opposition to Trump — that they should go on underestimating him almost two years after his victory. Every week there are more revelations showing More

RT (2018-09-17). Kavanaugh accuser comes forward as Democrats seek to block SCOTUS nomination. rt.com A woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has revealed her name and said she is willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as Democrats fight to block Kavanaugh's confirmation. |

RT (2018-09-17). Anne Hathaway denounces 'white privilege' at star-studded gala dinner. rt.com Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway took to the stage to bash white, straight, cisgender privilege, at an awards ceremony attended by a who's-who of Democrats, celebrities, and activists. |

RT (2018-09-17). Lisa Page reveals FBI had no evidence of collusion for 'Russiagate' probe. rt.com By the time special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed, the FBI had found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 US presidential election, according to agency lawyer Lisa Page. |

RT (2018-09-17). 'Kiss your newfound wealth goodbye!' — Trump warns of economic troubles if Dems win midterms. rt.com President Donald Trump has tweeted that people's "newfound wealth" would be lost if they vote for Democrats in the midterm elections. His statement has made many wonder where that wealth may be.

Daniel A. Medina (2018-09-15). DSA's Julia Salazar Is Headed to the New York State Senate. theintercept.com As the final vote tally came across the TV screens above, Julia Salazar stared off in a daze at the sea of supporters who had crammed into a Bushwick bar Thursday night. | "Oh, my God," Salazar said aloud to no one in particular as her campaign staff swarmed her. The 27-year-old democratic socialist candidate for state Senate had done what socialists do not typically do in American politics: She'd won, and won big, knocking off longtime incumbent state Sen. Martin Dilan. | Her 18-point victory over the four-term establishment incumbent was another watershed moment for the Democratic Socialists of America, whose rise in American politics in the Donald Trump era went into hyperdrive in June with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's shock victory. | "This is a victory for workers," said a still-startled Salazar in her short victory speech. "This is a victory for the…

David Rosen (2018-09-14). Why Stop at Roe? How "Settled Law" Can be Overturned. counterpunch.org The Senate hearings on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court was a political charade. Everyone knows that the fix is in. The Republicans control the Senate and, like the earlier appointment of Neil Gorsuch, will push Kavanaugh's nomination through unless some yet-undisclosed serious scandal is revealed. The hearings were More

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-09-14). Ben Jealous: Build Maryland's Economy From The Bottom Up. therealnews.com As a new report finds 1/3 of Maryland residents face financial hardships, the underdog Democratic candidate for governor says he'll fight corporations to help working people

RT (2018-09-14). Playing both sides: Despite woke advertising, Nike donates big to GOP. rt.com Despite a virtue-signaling ad campaign featuring anthem-kneeling NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, sportswear giant Nike donates more than three times as much money to Republicans as it does to Democrats.

RT (2018-09-14). #Walkaway founder banned from Facebook for linking to Infowars. rt.com Brandon Straka, the former Democrat who founded the #WalkAway campaign was banned from Facebook ahead of a protest in Washington DC. "They're trying to sabotage the march on Washington," he told RT. |

Eoin Higgins (2018-09-13). A Group of Democrats Joined Republicans to Give Them Power in New York. On Election Day, New Yorkers Wiped Them Out. theintercept.com All eight members of Andrew Cuomo's IDC faced primary challenges on Election Day in New York. Most were wiped out.

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2018-09-13). NAACP Launches Power of 5 Campaign, Mobilizes Voter to Take Action Before the Election. naacp.org The NAACP, the nation's foremost civil rights organization, has launched a Power of 5 campaign aimed at mobilizing voters to turn out at the 2018 midterm elections. The Power of 5 campaign charges voters to take leadership of their own spheres of influence. The charge is simple: register 5 new voters before the deadline, ensure 5 people get […]

RT (2018-09-13). Google executives called Trump voters 'extremists' & vowed to fight populism (VIDEO). rt.com Video of an internal Google meeting shows the company's top officials talking about using AI to fight populism and "low-information voters" in the wake of Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 US presidential election.

RT (2018-09-13). Democrats raised Puerto Rico death toll 'to make me look bad': Trump blasted for 'appalling' tweets. rt.com As Hurricane Florence bears down on the US, President Trump was blasted online after he said that the death count for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year was raised by Democrats to make him look bad. |

Justin Anderson (2018-09-12). Establishment Media Shy Away From Claims of Perjury by Kavanaugh. fair.org Daily Beast ( 9/7/18) | Trump Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh was subject to a wringer of testy Senate confirmation hearings last week. The current DC Circuit Court judge has come under fire from Democrats on the Judiciary Committee for his stances against the landmark pro-abortion decision Roe v. Wade, affirmative action and programs for Native Hawaiians, as well as his support for torture. | But some Democrats have also said that Kavanaugh lied under oath in both current and past hearings, and groups like Free Speech for People, Demand Justice, MoveOn and NARAL Pro-Choice America have all advocated perjury probes against him. However, these serious allegations of perjury have received sparse coverage from establishment media outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and NPR. | Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy noted that while Kavanaugh was…

Paul Dobson (2018-09-12). Venezuela: 37 Parties to Participate in December Elections. venezuelanalysis.com The majority of these are opposition parties, which will contest municipal council seats with the Chavista groupings.

RT (2018-09-12). Trump authorizes new sanctions against foreigners who meddle in US elections. rt.com President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that will slap sanctions on foreign companies or people who interfere in US elections. |

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-12). The Economy Under Trump: Business Optimism Combined with Inequality. therealnews.com Trump's Chair of Economic Advisors presented a glowing analysis of how business optimism and investment boomed with Trump's election. But what do these figures mask and how accurate are they? We take a closer look at the data with PERI's Gerald Epstein

RT (2018-09-12). 'Same as 9/11': Edgy senator compares 'Russian meddling' to murder of 3,000 Americans. rt.com Angus King, an independent US Senator for Maine, told a crowd of first responders that Russia's alleged 'meddling' in the 2016 election was "the same kind of attack" that took place on 9/11. |

Jake Jacobs (2018-09-11). New York's Democratic Primary is a Showdown for Charter School Politics. progressive.org The upcoming New York primary could redefine the Democratic party in the state—and could mean drastic change for the charter school industry.

RT (2018-09-11). NY Democratic candidate for governor targeted by own party with anti-Semitism mailer. rt.com Ahead of New York's Democratic primary, someone within the party has paid for a mailer accusing progressive gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon of anti-Semitism.

Democracy Now! (2018-09-10). Ex-Senate Aide: Kavanaugh Should Be Impeached for Lying Under Oath About Stolen Democratic Memos. democracynow.org Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh is facing accusations of perjury following his confirmation hearing last week. Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont has suggested Kavanaugh lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his 2004 and 2006 hearings to become a federal judge. During those hearings Kavanaugh denied seeing private Democratic files that detailed strategies for opposing Republican judicial nominees while he was associate counsel in the George W. Bush White House. We speak with Lisa Graves, former top aide to Senator Patrick Leahy, whose new piece is headlined "I Wrote Some of the Stol…

2018-09-19: Social Media Postees

Suspicious Letter by 65 Women in Support of Brett Kavanaugh and Related Attrocities
Stop Kavanaugh | indybay.org | 2018-09-19
The letter released by Senate republicans from 65 women purporting to attest to the decency of Brett Kavanaugh reveals more problems than it solves. A number of other issues with Kavanaugh's integrity remain as well, and more continue to arise all the time. This is why republicans are hell bent on rushing his nomination through.
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/09/18/1881762…

Brett Kavanaugh and the role–once again–of sexual misconduct allegations in American politics
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-19
The New York Times, Washington Post, leading Democrats and other establishment figures are attempting to derail Kavanaugh's nomination on the grounds of an unsubstantiated allegation of sexual assault.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09/19/pers…

Immigrants Seeking Shelter After Hurricane Florence Fear Deportation as FEMA Shifts Funds to ICE
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-18
While the worst of Hurricane Florence is over, officials say the most dangerous flooding is yet to come for residents of the Carolinas and Virginia, as thousands have been ordered to evacuate their homes and hundreds more have sought rescue from rising floodwaters. But undocumented immigrants have expressed concern they will encounter immigration enforcement if they seek help. Meanwhile, the Trump administration has reallocated nearly $10 million from FEMA's budget to ICE to pay for detention space and deportations. We speak with Laura Garduño García, a DACA recipient and Greensboro-based organizer with Siembra N…
www.democracynow.org/2018/9/18/immigrant…

We Already Have a Fake Billionaire President; Why Would We want a Real One Running in 2020?
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-18
Word is that Michael Bloomberg, the mega-billionaire former mayor of New York City who watched his wealth more than double while he sat in the mayor's office is thinking of running for President as a Democrat in 2020. Why does that suck? Well, listen as my dear departed friend and co-founder of this site, Chuck…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/18/we-already-h…

Here Are 5 of the Most Laughable and Pathetic Moments in Ted Cruz's Senate Campaign — So Far
Alex Henderson, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-09-18
For starters, Ted Cruz is begging for Donald Trump's help. | Offering some midterms analysis during a September 17 appearance on Charles Ellison's radio program, "Reality Check," on WURD-AM/FM (a liberal/progressive African-American talk station in Philadelphia), Dr. G. S. Potter (founder of the Strategic Institute of Intersectional Policy) declared that if Democrat Beto O'Rourke manages to defeat Sen. Ted Cruz in the Texas Senate race, he will likely be running fo. . .
alternet.org/here-are-5-most-laughable-a…

Here's How the Republicans' Relentless Attack on Pre-Existing Conditions Is Blowing Up in Their Faces
Matthew Chapman, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-09-18
The GOP mounted a frivolous lawsuit to gut Obamacare. Now the prospect it could actually succeed has Democratic challengers surging. | Republican state attorneys general thought they had a perfect way to flex their muscles after the GOP tax scam bill was passed: sue to overturn the Affordable Care Act's protections for pre-existing conditio. . .
alternet.org/election-03918/republican-a…

Four GOP Virginia congressional reps could go down to defeat
Emile Schepers | peoplesworld.org | 2018-09-18
There may be as many as four of Virginia's Republican-held federal House of Representatives seats in play in this November's midterm congressional elections. Should the Democrats win even one of these, it would be a contribution to the elimination of the Republican majority in the House, and a blow to President Trump's far right agenda. Should the Democrats manage to win all of these seats, it would be a historic political earthquake in Virginia. | Currently the Democrats hold four of the state's eleven House seats, none of which are seen as being in danger for them. The loss to the Republicans of four of the seven seats they currently hold would have a huge impact on Congress and also would have major implications for future elections in Virginia, including next year's election to the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates, where the…
peoplesworld.org/article/four-gop-virgin…

This Lawyer Contacted Senators With 'Important Stories' About Kavanaugh — But Says He Was Ignored
Walter Einenkel, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-09-18
Lawyer Cyrus Sanai first attempted to contact the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee at the end of July. | A letter, sent this summer to Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), by a lawyer that claimed to have important, pertinent information in regards to Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, has been published by the Intercept. Lawyer Cyrus Sanai first attempted to contact the t. . .
alternet.org/lawyer-contacted-senators-i…

Brett Kavanaugh's Accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, Goes into Hiding After Receiving Vicious Death Threats: Report
Matthew Chapman, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-09-18
This is why women don't come forward sooner. | One of the first criticisms Senate Republicans had of the allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh committed sexual assault at age 17 was to ask why Democrats had waited until the last minute to. . .
alternet.org/news-amp-politics/christine…

The Washington Post Really Wants to Stop Ben Jealous
Pete Tucker | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-18
The Washington Post is trying to stop Democrat Ben Jealous from becoming Maryland's next governor. I wrote about this recently (here) and didn't expect to do so again so soon, but the Post's biased coverage has been too much to ignore. At a rally in Montana last week President Trump railed against Jealous's plan to…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/18/the-washingt…

Trump Feels 'Terribly' for Kavanaugh; Democrats Want FBI Probe
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-09-18
The president says he is "totally supporting" his embattled Supreme Court nominee amid a fierce clash over who should testify at a Senate hearing on a sexual abuse allegation. | The post Trump Feels 'Terribly' for Kavanaugh; Democrats Want FBI Probe appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/trump-feels-terrib…

The Massive Brett Kavanaugh Charade Is Collapsing Before Our Eyes
Joe Conason, Creators Syndicate | alternet.org | 2018-09-18
Republicans have put it all on the line. | Facing a public relations debacle, Senate Republicans have come up with a surefire compromise to win confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court: Instead of simply dismissing the sexual assault accusation lodged against their nominee, they will pretend to investigate — and only then rubber-stamp him. Won't both sides be served by taking sworn testimony from the nominee and his accuser,. . .
alternet.org/news-amp-politics/massive-b…

Here Are 3 Ways Republicans Are Already Sabotaging a Real Hearing of the Charges Against Brett Kavanaugh
Kerry Eleveld, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-09-18
This whole charade is shameful. | Republicans are already showing their hand–they were forced into setting up a hearing on sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, so they're trying to severely stack that hearing in favor of Kavanaugh and against his accuser, Prof. Christine Blasey Ford. Here's how they're doing that: 1. Republicans set up the hearing with six day's notice. "Hi, Christine, we're inviting you to come and testi. . .
alternet.org/news-amp-politics/here-are-…

Blavity Op-Ed: Millennials Can Be The Power Bloc In November Elections — If We Choose To Be
Juliana Bolden | naacp.org | 2018-09-18
NAACP Youth and College Division leader Tiffany Dena Loftin penned a piece for Blavity the importance of millennial voters in the upcoming midterm elections: "School is back in session for the NAACP's Youth and College Division, members are entering the school year after a tough and emotional summer. While young folks should have been enjoying summer jobs […] | The post Blavity Op-Ed: Millennials Can Be The Power Bloc In November Elections — If We Choose To Be appeared first on
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California ballot measures hold opportunities for advance as well as reversal
Eric A. Gordon, Jo Allen-Eure | peoplesworld.org | 2018-09-18
This is the second of a two-part article highlighting the major races of the November elections in the state of California. In Part 1, the major state and federal campaigns are covered. Here, the measures and bonds that will be on the ballot for voters' consideration are analyzed. Californians can be a…
peoplesworld.org/article/california-ball…

The Donald in Wonderland
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2018-09-18
One question as we head to the November midterm elections, a referendum on the president, is: Could Donald Trump be a one-man version of either Enron or Lehman Brothers, someone who cooked "the books" until he implodes? asks Nomi Prins. By Nomi… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2018/09/17/the-donald…

Is Israel a Democracy?
Faisal Khan | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-18
I was inspired to write this article in light of recent political events in Britain. For some time there has been an Anti-Semitism in the Labour party 'scandal' which has intensified in recent months after Labour's strong showing at the last General election under Jeremy Corbyn. There have been near-daily press reports accusing Jeremy Corbyn…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/18/is-israel-a-…

Trump Is Privately Furious at One of His Most Loyal Minions for Dismissing His Puerto Rico Conspiracy Theory: Report
Matthew Chapman, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-09-18
The Florida gubernatorial candidate — and Trump super fan — has incurred the president's wrath. | Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis got off to a rocky start this week with the revelation that he gave a speech to a hate group last year. But he is also drawing anger from one of the last people he needs to cross right now: President Donald Trump. Accor. . .
alternet.org/election-03918/donald-trump…

Arrested for disrupting Kavanaugh hearing? Don't worry, Soros will foot the bill
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-18
Protesters arrested at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's hearing are being organized by several Democrat-linked groups and their legal bills are paid by activists funded by billionaire liberal financier George Soros.
rt.com/usa/438777-kavanaugh-protest-demo…

Immigrants Seeking Shelter Fear Deportation as FEMA Shifts Funds to ICE
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-09-18
While the worst of Hurricane Florence is over, officials say the most dangerous flooding is yet to come for residents of the Carolinas and Virginia, as thousands have been ordered to evacuate their homes and hundreds more have sought rescue from rising floodwaters. But undocumented immigrants have expressed concern they will encounter immigration enforcement if they seek help. Meanwhile, the Trump administration has reallocated nearly $10 million from FEMA's budget to ICE to pay for detention space and deportations. We speak with Laura Garduño Garcia, a DACA recipient and Greensboro-based organizer with Siembra NC and the American Friends Service Committee; and with Mary Small, policy director for Detention Watch Network. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I'm Amy Goodman with Juan González. | JUAN GONZàÅLEZ: The death toll from Hurricane Florence has reached 32 as rivers in the Carolinas…
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Bad singing, pepper spray & Russophobia: Top hits of US midterms' campaign cringefest (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-18
As the critical midterm elections move closer in the US, campaigning ads are often crossing over from of the realm of eye-catching, and straight into the bizarre. Here are some of this year's most cringeworthy hits.
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A Traditional Right: Jimmie àÖkesson and the Sweden Democrats
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-17
Sweden's elections are normally dull affairs. The same political arrangements have been in place for decades, featuring mild oscillations around the centre between the green-red bloc (Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left Party) and the conservative Alliance (the Moderates, Christian Democrats and the Centre and Liberal Parties). The favoured line for political watchers of…
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'This Is an Unprecedented Level of Secrecy and Non-Transparency'
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2018-09-17
Janine Jackson interviewed Richard Kim about Brett Kavanaugh and the antidemocratic Supreme Court for the September 14, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
fair.org/home/this-is-an-unprecedented-l…

The Adults in the White House Trying to Save the US From Trump Are Just as Dangerous as He Is
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-17
Before his election as president it was understandable that Donald Trump's critics should have vastly underestimated his ability as a politician. It is much less excusable — and self-destructive to effective opposition to Trump — that they should go on underestimating him almost two years after his victory. Every week there are more revelations showing…
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NAACP to Host National Call to Action Tele-Townhall Conference Call on Wednesday
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2018-09-17
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17, 2018 CONTACTS: NAACP@sunshinesachs.com and Malik Russell: mrussell@naacpnet.org
Thousands to discuss social and political climate for Blacks in America
WASHINGTON (September 17, 2018) — With less than 50 days to the critical midterm elections, the NAACP will be holding a national call to action Tele-Townhall conference call on Wednesday, […] | The post NAACP to Host National Call to Action Tele-Townhall Conference Call on Wednesday appe…
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Kavanaugh accuser comes forward as Democrats seek to block SCOTUS nomination
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-17
A woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has revealed her name and said she is willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as Democrats fight to block Kavanaugh's confirmation.
rt.com/usa/438660-kavanaugh-sex-assault-…

'Kiss your newfound wealth goodbye!' — Trump warns of economic troubles if Dems win midterms
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-17
President Donald Trump has tweeted that people's "newfound wealth" would be lost if they vote for Democrats in the midterm elections. His statement has made many wonder where that wealth may be.
rt.com/usa/438582-trump-newfound-wealth-…

Lisa Page reveals FBI had no evidence of collusion for 'Russiagate' probe
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-17
By the time special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed, the FBI had found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 US presidential election, according to agency lawyer Lisa Page.
rt.com/usa/438655-page-no-evidence-collu…

Anne Hathaway denounces 'white privilege' at star-studded gala dinner
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-17
Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway took to the stage to bash white, straight, cisgender privilege, at an awards ceremony attended by a who's-who of Democrats, celebrities, and activists.
rt.com/usa/438661-anne-hathaway-white-pr…

DSA's Julia Salazar Is Headed to the New York State Senate
Daniel A. Medina | theintercept.com | 2018-09-15
As the final vote tally came across the TV screens above, Julia Salazar stared off in a daze at the sea of supporters who had crammed into a Bushwick bar Thursday night. | "Oh, my God," Salazar said aloud to no one in particular as her campaign staff swarmed her. The 27-year-old democratic socialist candidate for state Senate had done what socialists do not typically do in American politics: She'd won, and won big, knocking off longtime incumbent state Sen. Martin Dilan. | Her 18-point victory over the four-term establishment incumbent was another watershed moment for the Democratic Socialists of America, whose rise in American politics in the Donald Trump era went into hyperdrive in June with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's shock victory. | "This is a victory for workers," said a still-startled Salazar in her short victory speech. "This is a victory for the…
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Why Stop at Roe? How "Settled Law" Can be Overturned
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-14
The Senate hearings on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court was a political charade. Everyone knows that the fix is in. The Republicans control the Senate and, like the earlier appointment of Neil Gorsuch, will push Kavanaugh's nomination through unless some yet-undisclosed serious scandal is revealed. The hearings were…
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Playing both sides: Despite woke advertising, Nike donates big to GOP
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-14
Despite a virtue-signaling ad campaign featuring anthem-kneeling NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, sportswear giant Nike donates more than three times as much money to Republicans as it does to Democrats.
rt.com/usa/438417-nike-woke-donations-re…

Ben Jealous: Build Maryland's Economy From The Bottom Up
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-09-14
As a new report finds 1/3 of Maryland residents face financial hardships, the underdog Democratic candidate for governor says he'll fight corporations to help working people | The post Ben Jealous: Build Maryland's Economy From The Bottom Up appeared first on The Real News Network.
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#Walkaway founder banned from Facebook for linking to Infowars
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-14
Brandon Straka, the former Democrat who founded the #WalkAway campaign was banned from Facebook ahead of a protest in Washington DC. "They're trying to sabotage the march on Washington," he told RT.
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Google executives called Trump voters 'extremists' & vowed to fight populism (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-13
Video of an internal Google meeting shows the company's top officials talking about using AI to fight populism and "low-information voters" in the wake of Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 US presidential election.
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Democrats raised Puerto Rico death toll 'to make me look bad': Trump blasted for 'appalling' tweets
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-13
As Hurricane Florence bears down on the US, President Trump was blasted online after he said that the death count for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year was raised by Democrats to make him look bad.
rt.com/usa/438409-trump-puerto-rico-twee…

Establishment Media Shy Away From Claims of Perjury by Kavanaugh
Justin Anderson | fair.org | 2018-09-12
Daily Beast ( 9/7/18) | Trump Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh was subject to a wringer of testy Senate confirmation hearings last week. The current DC Circuit Court judge has come under fire from Democrats on the Judiciary Committee for his stances against the landmark pro-abortion decision Roe v. Wade, affirmative action and programs for Native Hawaiians, as well as his support for torture. | But some Democrats have also said that Kavanaugh lied under oath in both current and past hearings, and groups like Free Speech for People, Demand Justice, MoveOn and NARAL Pro-Choice America have all advocated perjury probes against him. However, these serious allegations of perjury have received sparse coverage from establishment media outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and NPR. | Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy noted that while Kavanaugh was…
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Venezuela: 37 Parties to Participate in December Elections
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-09-12
The majority of these are opposition parties, which will contest municipal council seats with the Chavista groupings.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14047

Trump authorizes new sanctions against foreigners who meddle in US elections
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-12
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that will slap sanctions on foreign companies or people who interfere in US elections.
rt.com/usa/438305-white-house-sanctions-…

'Same as 9/11': Edgy senator compares 'Russian meddling' to murder of 3,000 Americans
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-12
Angus King, an independent US Senator for Maine, told a crowd of first responders that Russia's alleged 'meddling' in the 2016 election was "the same kind of attack" that took place on 9/11.
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New York's Democratic Primary is a Showdown for Charter School Politics
Jake Jacobs | progressive.org | 2018-09-11
The upcoming New York primary could redefine the Democratic party in the state–and could mean drastic change for the charter school industry.
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NY Democratic candidate for governor targeted by own party with anti-Semitism mailer
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-11
Ahead of New York's Democratic primary, someone within the party has paid for a mailer accusing progressive gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon of anti-Semitism.
rt.com/usa/438122-cynthia-nixon-anti-sem…

Ex-Senate Aide: Kavanaugh Should Be Impeached for Lying Under Oath About Stolen Democratic Memos
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-10
Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh is facing accusations of perjury following his confirmation hearing last week. Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont has suggested Kavanaugh lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his 2004 and 2006 hearings to become a federal judge. During those hearings Kavanaugh denied seeing private Democratic files that detailed strategies for opposing Republican judicial nominees while he was associate counsel in the George W. Bush White House. We speak with Lisa Graves, former top aide to Senator Patrick Leahy, whose new piece is headlined "I Wrote Some of the Stol…
www.democracynow.org/2018/9/10/ex_senato…

Roe v. Wade in Danger: Released Docs Reveal Kavanaugh Thinks Abortion Decision Is Not "Settled Law"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-07
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing took a series of dramatic turns Thursday, as Democratic senators began releasing confidential documents from Kavanaugh's work at the George W. Bush White House. The New York Times also broke a major story Thursday morning revealing that Kavanaugh wrote as a White House attorney in 2003 that he did not deem the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision to be "settled law of the land." He wrote, "I am not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since Court can always overrule…
www.democracynow.org/2018/9/7/roe_v_wade…

After Primary Election, a Progressive Transformation of the 'Delaware Way'
Michael Sainato | progressive.org | 2018-09-07
U.S. Senate Candidate Kerri Evelyn Harris may have lost, but she's helped kickstart a movement in the state that's upending an entrenched centrist approach.
progressive.org/dispatches/after-primary…

Arundhati Roy: The U.S. Is Growing Closer to India Militarily as Modi Expands Crackdown on Dissent
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-06
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis are in New Delhi today for talks aimed at deepening military and trade ties between India and the United States. India is the largest weapons importer in the world. The trip comes just a week after the Indian government conducted raids across the country targeting prominent human rights activists, lawyers, poets and critics of the Narendra Modi government. At least five people were arrested. Critics say the arrests are part of a broader attempt by Modi's government to silence dissidents ahead of next year's general election. We speak with the prize-w…
www.democracynow.org/2018/9/6/arundhati_…

Democrats Can't Run from Identity Politics
Orson Aguilar | progressive.org | 2018-09-04
Political pundits say progressives are alienating working class whites by talking too much about race. They're wrong.
progressive.org/dispatches/democrats-can…

Florida Primary Sets up Stark Choice, New Day for Democrats
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2018-08-29
In Tuesday's primary elections, Democrats offer a powerful answer to the rapacious politics that have exacerbated inequality across the country.
progressive.org/dispatches/florida-prima…

The Democratic Party's 1968 Implosion Is Still Sending Shock Waves Fifty Years On
James Jeffrey | progressive.org | 2018-08-27
After the establishment came down on the counterculture at the 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention, the Democratic Party was never the same.
progressive.org/dispatches/the-democrati…

The Night Erwin Knoll Spent in Jail: A Report from the Democrat's 1968 Convention in Chicago
Erwin Knoll | progressive.org | 2018-08-25
This piece was originally published in 1968 after the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, where anti-war demonstrations were met with violent police backlash. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the event.
progressive.org/dispatches/in-a-chicago-…

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