2019-03-23: News Headlines

STAFF (2019-03-23). Democratic Hopefuls Reject AIPAC. therealnews.com So far no Democratic presidential candidates have committed to speaking at this year's American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference. Is this a shift in Democratic foreign policy towards Israel? What does this mean for AIPAC, one of the country's most influential lobby groups?

Jeff Cohen (2019-03-23). Let's Not Restore or Mythologize Obama. zcomm.org To break this hopeless cycle, what's needed is the election of a progressive president who will fight to radically shift power and wealth away from the corporate 1 percent toward a multi-racial coalition of the 99 percent and toward environmental sanity…

Lissy Romanow (2019-03-23). Sunrise Movement and Justice Democrats changing what is winnable. zcomm.org To win a Green New Deal and realign the Democratic Party, Sunrise Movement and Justice Democrats are embracing disruption, conflict and polarization…

Norman Solomon (2019-03-23). Reinventing Beto: How a GOP Accessory Became a Top Democratic Contender for President. indybay.org There's an ominous underside to the flashy hype about Beto O'Rourke.

WSWS (2019-03-23). Democratic Socialists of America endorses Bernie Sanders presidential bid. wsws.org The predictable decision by the DSA, a faction of the Democratic Party, to back Sanders in the 2020 election was made official at Thursday's meeting of the National Political Committee.

Jonathan Nack (2019-03-23). Ecuador Elections to Test President Moreno and Governing Party Following Split. indybay.org Lenin Moreno, President of Ecuador | Source: es.wikipedia.org | The election also comes midway through President Moreno's four year term, and will be seen as a measure of his popularity. Opinion polls published this month showed Moreno's approval rating has plummeted, continuing a year long decline.

WSWS (2019-03-23). Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivers Russia probe inquiry report. wsws.org The report to the US Justice Department late Friday brings to a conclusion the 22-month investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-22). Human Rights Attorney to Trump: "Israel Is Not Interested in the Golan Heights for Security" democracynow.org Just weeks before major elections in Israel that could determine the future of embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Trump declares the U.S. will recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, in defiance of international law and decades of U.S. policy. The announcement comes as he is set to host Netanyahu at the White House next week amid the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, where Vice President Mike Pence will speak, along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, among others. A growing number of Democrats—…

David A. Lieb (2019-03-22). GOP won more seats in 2018 than suggested by vote share. peoplesworld.org JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democrats won more votes, regained control of the U.S. House and flipped hundreds of seats in state legislatures during the 2018 elections. It was, by most accounts, a good year for the party. Yet it wasn't as bad as it could have been for Republicans. That's because they may have …

commondreams (2019-03-22). Democratic Socialists of America Endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders for President. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Juan Cole (2019-03-22). 2020 Dem Presidential Hopefuls Flee Israel lobbies' AIPAC After MoveOn.org Boycott Call. commondreams.org The grassroots left in the Democratic Party is fed up with this shell game. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mary Bottari, Scott Zimmerman (2019-03-22). Boom! Wisconsin GOP's Lame-Duck Power Grab Ruled Unconstitutional. commondreams.org On December 14, 2018, Scott Walker released a Venn diagram when he signed the lame-duck bills into law claiming that they did not curtail the powers of the new Democratic governor. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

South Front (2019-03-22). Video: ISIS Influence Is Still Strong in US-controlled Part of Syria. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the US-led coalition have broken through the ISIS defense near al-Baghuz village and eliminated a major part of the ISIS-held pocket in the area. A small group of ISIS members still holds a part …

teleSUR (2019-03-22). Venezuela Celebrates UN 'Multilateralism And Diplomacy Victory'. telesurenglish.net Venezuela Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza announced, on Twitter, a democratic victory for the Bolivarian Republic after a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) approved a Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (Mnoal) resolution. | RELATED: | Guaido's 'Terrorist' Collaborator Arrested in Venezuela: Govt | Thursday the UNHRC votes included 27 for, five abstentions and 15 against to favor of the resolution, which was presented by the South American country to expose the negative effec…

Jeff Cohen (2019-03-22). Let's Not Restore or Mythologize Obama. commondreams.org In pure math, Obama's tenure was a boon to the GOP—Democrats lost their big majorities in the US House and Senate and nearly 1,000 state legislative seats, while the 50 governorships shifted from a strong Democratic margin to strong Republican majority. (Photo: @THR/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-22). Headlines for March 22, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Tweets Support for Israeli Claim Over Occupied Golan Heights, Democratic Presidential Candidates Plan to Skip AIPAC Conference, House Oversight Chair: Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump Broke Federal Records Laws, Josh Kushner Wooed Saudi Investors Ahead of Jared's Trip to Riyadh, New Zealand Marks One Week Since Mosque Attacks with Call to Prayer, Pipe Bomber Cesar Sayoc, Who Targeted Trump Critics, Pleads Guilty, Boeing Jets That Crashed in Ethiopia, Indonesia Lacked Optional Safety Features, Iraq: 92 Dead in Mosul After Ferry Capsizes in Tigris River, China: Pesticide Plant Explosion Kills 47, Texas: Deer Park…

Common Dreams staff (2019-03-22). It's Mueller Time: ACLU Demands DOJ 'Swiftly' Release Special Counsel Report to the Public. commondreams.org "The American people have a right to know if President Trump and his associates coordinated with Russia to interfere in our elections, the full extent of Russian efforts to affect our elections, and any attempts to interfere with Special Counsel Mueller's investigation." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ali Harb (2019-03-22). Golan Heights: Trump Aims to 'Shore up' Support for Netanyahu Ahead of Israeli Vote. globalresearch.ca Donald Trump's announcement that Washington will recognise Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is an effort to boost the re-election chances of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, analysts said. | The US president's comments, made on …

WSWS (2019-03-22). Macron sends the French army against anti-austerity protests. wsws.org The move is a major step toward the implementation of police-state forms of rule in France, as part of a global onslaught against democratic rights.

RT (2019-03-22). No new indictments!? Mueller concludes Russiagate probe, Dems demand 'underlying evidence'. rt.com After two years investigating President Donald Trump's alleged 'collusion' with Russia during the 2016 elections, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has at last delivered his final report to Attorney General William Barr for review.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-03-22). Only Socialist in US History of 'With Serious Chance of Winning': DSA Endorses Bernie Sanders for 2020. commondreams.org Democratic Socialists of America say senator from Vermont is the only candidate in the race who can "transform American society by ending the worst forms of poverty and inequality while empowering workers to fight for even more." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-03-22). 'We Have Roughly 12 Years': Progressives Demand Urgency as Centrist Dems Push Bipartisan Incrementalism. commondreams.org Centrist House Democrats continue to argue for incrementalism in approaching the climate crisis—even as progressives are doubling down on their demand for urgent and visionary action."The resolution of the Green New Deal is the vision of what we need to accomplish in the next ten years." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-22). Think Dishonest Politics and Dark Money Elections Bad Now? Court Ruling Opens Floodgates for 'Scam PACs'. commondreams.org The ruling, said one expert, "will embolden scam PACs to trade on the names of candidates to raise money for their own ends from unknowing citizens." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-22). As 2020 Democrats Steer Clear, Progressive Groups Urge Pelosi and Schumer to #SkipAIPAC. commondreams.org "AIPAC doesn't speak for a growing number of American Jews, progressives, and human rights advocates who want a just peace for Israel/Palestine." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Reed Richardson (2019-03-21). Fox News' Self-Fulfilling Propaganda on Ocasio-Cortez – How right-wing cable spent months demonizing the freshman lawmaker—then falsely inflated her unpopularity. fair.org For Fox News ( 3/17/19), 41 percent equals "most." | Over the weekend, Fox News published a story ( 3/17/19) on a recent Gallup poll that asked the public about their opinions on Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The headline claimed that her unfavorable rating had "skyrocketed"—rising 15 points since last September—a…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-21). Kushner, Inc.: Vicky Ward on How Jared and Ivanka's Greed & Ambition Compromise U.S. Foreign Policy. democracynow.org House Democrats are continuing to probe how President Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner received a top-secret security clearance despite concerns from the CIA. The New York Times recently reported Trump ordered then-Chief of Staff John Kelly to grant Kushner the clearance despite the judgment of intelligence officials. Kushner failed to report over 100 foreign contacts on his initial application for clearance, which was denied by the FBI after a background check into his financial history and contacts with foreign investors. Kushner later revised his application three times, and was ultimately granted…

Eds. (2019-03-21). 'Patriotism' made easy in times of 'WhatsApp elections'. mronline.org A WhatsApp-sponsored report, prepared in partnership with Queen Mary University, has raised the alarm that the 2019 elections in India, which already has cleavages on lines of caste, race, gender, religion, would be a fertile ground for damaging fake news. | Source

John Nichols (2019-03-21). A Wisconsin Judge Upends the GOP Power Grab and Restores the Authority of the Democratic Governor. thenation.com A Wisconsin Judge Upends the GOP Power Grab and Restores the Authority of the Democratic Governor…

United Nations (2019-03-21). 'Massive and protracted' humanitarian crisis in DR Congo can be 'beaten back' if donors step up. un.org "Urgent and sustained funding" for a Government-led response to what is now a "massive and protracted" humanitarian crisis across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is required, said the head of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the UN relief chief on Thursday.

Ruth Conniff (2019-03-21). Elizabeth Warren Versus Joe Biden. commondreams.org Biden, who defends his friendliness with Republicans including Strom Thurmond, John McCain, and Mike Pence, as a healthy sign of civility and bipartisanship—comes from an era when the good old boys got together and made policy. (Photo: Jay Godwin/GoodFreePhotos) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-03-21). 'No, you can't say 'Cortez": AOC lashes out at Fox show over surname snafu. rt.com Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted an irate stream in response to a Fox show guest who mocked how she pronounces her name and for the media outlet apparently repeatedly getting her surname wrong.

pip.hinman (2019-03-21). Spanish election: will the right triumph? greenleft.org.au Spain's April 28 general election will be "existential" for the Spanish state, according to outgoing Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) foreign minister Josep Borrell — the scourge of the Catalan sovereignty movement. It will be a "referendum on the secessionist menace", according to People's Party (PP) opposition leader Pablo Casado. | This shared opinion of the "parties of government" was strengthened by the success of the March 16 Madrid demonstration, "Self-Determination is not a Crime: Democracy is Deciding". | Organised by the Catalan National Assembly, àímnium Cultural and the platform Wom…

RT (2019-03-21). Third rail no more? MoveOn asks 2020 Dems to boycott AIPAC. rt.com Influential progressive activist group MoveOn.org has a favor to ask 2020's army of Democratic presidential candidates: steer clear of the AIPAC conference. Do not pass Go; do not collect hefty campaign checks.

susan_p (2019-03-21). Ilhan Omar responds to attacks: Rashida and I are here to stay. greenleft.org.au Two young Muslim women were elected to the United States House of Representatives in the 2018 election. Ilhan Omar is Black, and a refugee from war-devastated Somalia. Rahida Tlaib is of Palestinian descent, and has family living under Israeli oppression. | Both are outspoken supporters of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, which was initiated by the Palestinian grassroots to protest Israel's oppression. | As supporters of BDS, they have been under attack from the Israeli lobby in the US, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which falsely claims BDS is anti-Semitic. Following I…

RT (2019-03-21). 'Bizarre new low': Republicans outraged after Trump claims he approved McCain's funeral. rt.com Donald Trump is facing fresh criticism, including from people within his own party, for complaining that he didn't get a thank you for giving late Senator John McCain "the funeral he wanted."

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-03-21). Judge Blocks Lame-Duck Power Grab by Wisconsin GOP. commondreams.org "Once again it took a court order to force Republicans to respect WI voters." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

pip.hinman (2019-03-21). NSW election could decide fate of Wallarah 2 coalmine. greenleft.org.au The future of the controversial Wallarah 2 coalmine will hinge on the outcome of the March 23 New South Wales election. | For more than 20 years, locals on the NSW Central Coast have been fighting the proposed coalmine in the Dooralong and Yarramalong valleys, near Wyong. | The area is an important part of the drinking water catchment for more than 300,000 people. | The proposed Wallarah 2 longwall coalmine threatens to take millions of litres of water out of the catchment each year and pollute local waterways. | The mine was given the go-ahead by the NSW Coalition government in January last year. | In response,…

RT (2019-03-21). US candidates joke about their drug-use while thousands face life-changing arrests over weed (VIDEO). rt.com Ahead of the 2020 election cycle, politicians are pulling out all the stops to seem relatable to voters, including joking about smoking weed. However, not everyone is laughing. |

United Nations (2019-03-19). First peaceful transfer of power in DR Congo 'an extraordinary opportunity' for advancing rights. un.org The election of President Felix Tshisekedi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), marks "an extraordinary opportunity" for the country to advance civil and political rights, said a senior UN official, on Tuesday at the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

STAFF (2019-03-19). Kamala Harris' Record as Tough-On-Crime Prosecutor Far From Progressive — Documentary Report. therealnews.com Democrat and presidential hopeful Kamala Harris says she supports a Sanders-style progressive agenda, but given her record as AG of California, can she be trusted to enact it if elected?

STAFF (2019-03-18). The Attack on Ilhan Omar and Pelosi's Unconditional Support for Israel. therealnews.com Nancy Pelosi pledged support for Israel "even if the Capitol crumbles," as major Democratic Party funder and pro-Israel advocate Haim Saban looked on — our panel discusses anti-Semitism, Israel and the Democratic Party with Jacqueline Luqman, Jeff Cohen and host Paul Jay…

unitedEditor (2019-03-18). New Zealand attack, Slovak elections, Macron VS Yellow Vests. uwidata.com New Zealand terror attack An anti-Muslim terrorist attack took place in New Zealand. Two mosques were attacked, and 50 people were killed. According to New Zealand media, those killed were between 2 and 77 years old. Brenton Tarrant, who is accused of committing the terrorist act, sent a 74-page Manifesto by e-mail to more than …

ACLU (2019-03-18). Can Prosecutors Dismiss Jurors for Agreeing With the O.J. Simpson Verdict? aclu.org California's highest court ruled that the O.J. verdict question was "race neutral." The Supreme Court now has a chance to weigh in. | Gov. Gavin Newsom's moratorium on executions in California has highlighted the pernicious role race has played in who gets the death penalty in that state. In a case now awaiting review, the U.S. Supreme Court will have an opportunity to examine whether discriminatory tactics in jury selection in a California capital case can stand. | It has long been settled that prosecutors may not dismiss cit…

STAFF (2019-03-17). Trump and GOP Steeped in Corruption, as Corp. Dems Push Cold War Fever. therealnews.com Our weekly roundup panel looks at the fracture lines in the Republican Party and the corporate Democrats continue their frenzy about Russia — with Jacqueline Luqman, Jeff Cohen and host Paul Jay…

STAFF (2019-03-17). "No War for Oil" as Thousands March Against US Intervention in Venezuela. therealnews.com As part of an international day against US intervention in Venezuela, a mobilization in Washington, DC with speakers Daniel Ellsberg and Jill Stein emphasized that Trump is only interested in Venezuela's resources, not in its human rights…

Lucas Koerner, Venezuelanalysis (2019-03-15). Democrats and Death Squads in Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com Top Democrats march lockstep behind Trump's coup in Venezuela, rehabilitating war criminal Elliott Abrams.

Norman Solomon (2018-10-23). On the Democratic Party. zcomm.org Interview on the sequel to a report on how the Democratic party can revitalize and compete in 2018 and beyond…

2019-03-23: Social Media Postees

Democratic Hopefuls Reject AIPAC
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-23
So far no Democratic presidential candidates have committed to speaking at this year's American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference. Is this a shift in Democratic foreign policy towards Israel? What does this mean for AIPAC, one of the country's most influential lobby groups?
therealnews.com/stories/democratic-hopef…

Sunrise Movement and Justice Democrats changing what is winnable
Lissy Romanow | zcomm.org | 2019-03-23
To win a Green New Deal and realign the Democratic Party, Sunrise Movement and Justice Democrats are embracing disruption, conflict and polarization…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/sunrise-movement-a…

Democratic Socialists of America endorses Bernie Sanders presidential bid
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-23
The predictable decision by the DSA, a faction of the Democratic Party, to back Sanders in the 2020 election was made official at Thursday's meeting of the National Political Committee.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/23/sand…

Reinventing Beto: How a GOP Accessory Became a Top Democratic Contender for President
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2019-03-23
There's an ominous underside to the flashy hype about Beto O'Rourke.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/21/1882212…

Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivers Russia probe inquiry report
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-23
The report to the US Justice Department late Friday brings to a conclusion the 22-month investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/23/muel…

Let's Not Restore or Mythologize Obama
Jeff Cohen | zcomm.org | 2019-03-23
To break this hopeless cycle, what's needed is the election of a progressive president who will fight to radically shift power and wealth away from the corporate 1 percent toward a multi-racial coalition of the 99 percent and toward environmental sanity…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/lets-not-restore-o…

Ecuador Elections to Test President Moreno and Governing Party Following Split
Jonathan Nack | indybay.org | 2019-03-23
Lenin Moreno, President of Ecuador | Source: es.wikipedia.org | The election also comes midway through President Moreno's four year term, and will be seen as a measure of his popularity. Opinion polls published this month showed Moreno's approval rating has plummeted, continuing a year long decline.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/22/1882213…

Democratic Socialists of America Endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders for President
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-03-22
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/03/22/dem…

Venezuela Celebrates UN 'Multilateralism And Diplomacy Victory'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-22
Venezuela Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza announced, on Twitter, a democratic victory for the Bolivarian Republic after a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) approved a Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (Mnoal) resolution. | RELATED: | Guaido's 'Terrorist' Collaborator Arrested in Venezuela: Govt | Thursday the UNHRC votes included 27 for, five abstentions and 15 against to favor of the resolution, which was presented by the South American country to expose the negative effec…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Celebr…

2020 Dem Presidential Hopefuls Flee Israel lobbies' AIPAC After MoveOn.org Boycott Call
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2019-03-22
The grassroots left in the Democratic Party is fed up with this shell game. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/22/2020-d…

Wisconsin court blocks Republican power grab
Dominique Paul Noth | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-22
It was a mild surprise for legal observers but it was a major vindication for new Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. A state judge on March 21 declared illegal the lame duck laws passed in December by the GOP-dominated legislature. The judge simultaneously vacated more than 80 appointments to state boards and commissions authorized by …
peoplesworld.org/article/wisconsin-court…

Let's Not Restore or Mythologize Obama
Jeff Cohen | commondreams.org | 2019-03-22
In pure math, Obama's tenure was a boon to the GOP—Democrats lost their big majorities in the US House and Senate and nearly 1,000 state legislative seats, while the 50 governorships shifted from a strong Democratic margin to strong Republican majority. (Photo: @THR/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/22/lets-n…

Boom! Wisconsin GOP's Lame-Duck Power Grab Ruled Unconstitutional
Mary Bottari, Scott Zimmerman | commondreams.org | 2019-03-22
On December 14, 2018, Scott Walker released a Venn diagram when he signed the lame-duck bills into law claiming that they did not curtail the powers of the new Democratic governor. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/22/boom-w…

Human Rights Attorney to Trump: "Israel Is Not Interested in the Golan Heights for Security"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-22
Just weeks before major elections in Israel that could determine the future of embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Trump declares the U.S. will recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, in defiance of international law and decades of U.S. policy. The announcement comes as he is set to host Netanyahu at the White House next week amid the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, where Vice President Mike Pence will speak, along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, among others. A growing number of Democrats–…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/22/human_rig…

GOP won more seats in 2018 than suggested by vote share
David A. Lieb | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-22
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democrats won more votes, regained control of the U.S. House and flipped hundreds of seats in state legislatures during the 2018 elections. It was, by most accounts, a good year for the party. Yet it wasn't as bad as it could have been for Republicans. That's because they may have …
peoplesworld.org/article/gop-won-more-se…

Video: ISIS Influence Is Still Strong in US-controlled Part of Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-22
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the US-led coalition have broken through the ISIS defense near al-Baghuz village and eliminated a major part of the ISIS-held pocket in the area. A small group of ISIS members still holds a part …
globalresearch.ca/isis-influence-us-cont…

It's Mueller Time: ACLU Demands DOJ 'Swiftly' Release Special Counsel Report to the Public
Common Dreams staff | commondreams.org | 2019-03-22
"The American people have a right to know if President Trump and his associates coordinated with Russia to interfere in our elections, the full extent of Russian efforts to affect our elections, and any attempts to interfere with Special Counsel Mueller's investigation." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/22/its-mue…

Golan Heights: Trump Aims to 'Shore up' Support for Netanyahu Ahead of Israeli Vote
Ali Harb | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-22
Donald Trump's announcement that Washington will recognise Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is an effort to boost the re-election chances of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, analysts said. | The US president's comments, made on …
globalresearch.ca/golan-heights-trump-ai…

Macron sends the French army against anti-austerity protests
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-22
The move is a major step toward the implementation of police-state forms of rule in France, as part of a global onslaught against democratic rights.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/22/pers…

Only Socialist in US History of 'With Serious Chance of Winning': DSA Endorses Bernie Sanders for 2020
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-22
Democratic Socialists of America say senator from Vermont is the only candidate in the race who can "transform American society by ending the worst forms of poverty and inequality while empowering workers to fight for even more." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/22/only-so…

'We Have Roughly 12 Years': Progressives Demand Urgency as Centrist Dems Push Bipartisan Incrementalism
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-22
Centrist House Democrats continue to argue for incrementalism in approaching the climate crisis—even as progressives are doubling down on their demand for urgent and visionary action."The resolution of the Green New Deal is the vision of what we need to accomplish in the next ten years." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/22/we-have…

Think Dishonest Politics and Dark Money Elections Bad Now? Court Ruling Opens Floodgates for 'Scam PACs'
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-22
The ruling, said one expert, "will embolden scam PACs to trade on the names of candidates to raise money for their own ends from unknowing citizens." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/22/think-d…

No new indictments!? Mueller concludes Russiagate probe, Dems demand 'underlying evidence'
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-22
After two years investigating President Donald Trump's alleged 'collusion' with Russia during the 2016 elections, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has at last delivered his final report to Attorney General William Barr for review. | …
rt.com/usa/454532-mueller-probe-attorney…

As 2020 Democrats Steer Clear, Progressive Groups Urge Pelosi and Schumer to #SkipAIPAC
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-22
"AIPAC doesn't speak for a growing number of American Jews, progressives, and human rights advocates who want a just peace for Israel/Palestine." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/22/2020-de…

Fox News' Self-Fulfilling Propaganda on Ocasio-Cortez – How right-wing cable spent months demonizing the freshman lawmaker–then falsely inflated her unpopularity
Reed Richardson | fair.org | 2019-03-21
For Fox News ( 3/17/19), 41 percent equals "most." | Over the weekend, Fox News published a story ( 3/17/19) on a recent Gallup poll that asked the public about their opinions on Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The headline claimed that her unfavorable rating had "skyrocketed"–rising 15 points since last September–a…
fair.org/home/fox-news-self-fulfilling-p…

A Wisconsin Judge Upends the GOP Power Grab and Restores the Authority of the Democratic Governor
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-03-21
A Wisconsin Judge Upends the GOP Power Grab and Restores the Authority of the Democratic Governor…
thenation.com/article/wisconsin-judge-to…

'Massive and protracted' humanitarian crisis in DR Congo can be 'beaten back' if donors step up
United Nations | un.org | 2019-03-21
"Urgent and sustained funding" for a Government-led response to what is now a "massive and protracted" humanitarian crisis across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is required, said the head of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the UN relief chief on Thursday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/03/1…

Kushner, Inc.: Vicky Ward on How Jared and Ivanka's Greed & Ambition Compromise U.S. Foreign Policy
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-21
House Democrats are continuing to probe how President Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner received a top-secret security clearance despite concerns from the CIA. The New York Times recently reported Trump ordered then-Chief of Staff John Kelly to grant Kushner the clearance despite the judgment of intelligence officials. Kushner failed to report over 100 foreign contacts on his initial application for clearance, which was denied by the FBI after a background check into his financial history and contacts with foreign investors. Kushner later revised his application three times, and was ultimately granted…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/21/kushner_i…

Elizabeth Warren Versus Joe Biden
Ruth Conniff | commondreams.org | 2019-03-21
Biden, who defends his friendliness with Republicans including Strom Thurmond, John McCain, and Mike Pence, as a healthy sign of civility and bipartisanship—comes from an era when the good old boys got together and made policy. (Photo: Jay Godwin/GoodFreePhotos) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/21/elizab…

'Patriotism' made easy in times of 'WhatsApp elections'
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-03-21
A WhatsApp-sponsored report, prepared in partnership with Queen Mary University, has raised the alarm that the 2019 elections in India, which already has cleavages on lines of caste, race, gender, religion, would be a fertile ground for damaging fake news. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/03/21/patriotism-made-…

Spanish election: will the right triumph?
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-21
Spain's April 28 general election will be "existential" for the Spanish state, according to outgoing Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) foreign minister Josep Borrell — the scourge of the Catalan sovereignty movement. It will be a "referendum on the secessionist menace", according to People's Party (PP) opposition leader Pablo Casado. | This shared opinion of the "parties of government" was strengthened by the success of the March 16 Madrid demonstration, "Self-Determination is not a Crime: Democracy is Deciding". | Organised by the Catalan National Assembly, àímnium Cultural and the platform Wom…
greenleft.org.au/content/spanish-election-will-right-triumph

NSW election could decide fate of Wallarah 2 coalmine
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-21
The future of the controversial Wallarah 2 coalmine will hinge on the outcome of the March 23 New South Wales election. | For more than 20 years, locals on the NSW Central Coast have been fighting the proposed coalmine in the Dooralong and Yarramalong valleys, near Wyong. | The area is an important part of the drinking water catchment for more than 300,000 people. | The proposed Wallarah 2 longwall coalmine threatens to take millions of litres of water out of the catchment each year and pollute local waterways. | The mine was given the go-ahead by the NSW Coalition government in January last year. | In response,…
greenleft.org.au/content/nsw-election-could-decide-fate-wallarah-2-coalmine

Ilhan Omar responds to attacks: Rashida and I are here to stay
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-21
Two young Muslim women were elected to the United States House of Representatives in the 2018 election. Ilhan Omar is Black, and a refugee from war-devastated Somalia. Rahida Tlaib is of Palestinian descent, and has family living under Israeli oppression. | Both are outspoken supporters of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, which was initiated by the Palestinian grassroots to protest Israel's oppression. | As supporters of BDS, they have been under attack from the Israeli lobby in the US, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which falsely claims BDS is anti-Semitic. Following I…
greenleft.org.au/content/ilhan-omar-responds-attacks-rashida-and-i-are-here-stay

Judge Blocks Lame-Duck Power Grab by Wisconsin GOP
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-21
"Once again it took a court order to force Republicans to respect WI voters." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'No, you can't say 'Cortez": AOC lashes out at Fox show over surname snafu
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-21
Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted an irate stream in response to a Fox show guest who mocked how she pronounces her name and for the media outlet apparently repeatedly getting her surname wrong. | …
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US candidates joke about their drug-use while thousands face life-changing arrests over weed (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-21
Ahead of the 2020 election cycle, politicians are pulling out all the stops to seem relatable to voters, including joking about smoking weed. However, not everyone is laughing. | …
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Third rail no more? MoveOn asks 2020 Dems to boycott AIPAC
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-21
Influential progressive activist group MoveOn.org has a favor to ask 2020's army of Democratic presidential candidates: steer clear of the AIPAC conference. Do not pass Go; do not collect hefty campaign checks. | …
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'Bizarre new low': Republicans outraged after Trump claims he approved McCain's funeral
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-21
Donald Trump is facing fresh criticism, including from people within his own party, for complaining that he didn't get a thank you for giving late Senator John McCain "the funeral he wanted." | …
rt.com/usa/454411-trump-mccain-republica…

First peaceful transfer of power in DR Congo 'an extraordinary opportunity' for advancing rights
United Nations | un.org | 2019-03-19
The election of President Felix Tshisekedi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), marks "an extraordinary opportunity" for the country to advance civil and political rights, said a senior UN official, on Tuesday at the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
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Kamala Harris' Record as Tough-On-Crime Prosecutor Far From Progressive — Documentary Report
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-19
Democrat and presidential hopeful Kamala Harris says she supports a Sanders-style progressive agenda, but given her record as AG of California, can she be trusted to enact it if elected?
therealnews.com/stories/kamala-harris-re…

The Attack on Ilhan Omar and Pelosi's Unconditional Support for Israel
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-18
Nancy Pelosi pledged support for Israel "even if the Capitol crumbles," as major Democratic Party funder and pro-Israel advocate Haim Saban looked on — our panel discusses anti-Semitism, Israel and the Democratic Party with Jacqueline Luqman, Jeff Cohen and host Paul Jay…
therealnews.com/stories/the-attack-on-il…

New Zealand attack, Slovak elections, Macron VS Yellow Vests
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-18
New Zealand terror attack An anti-Muslim terrorist attack took place in New Zealand. Two mosques were attacked, and 50 people were killed. According to New Zealand media, those killed were between 2 and 77 years old. Brenton Tarrant, who is accused of committing the terrorist act, sent a 74-page Manifesto by e-mail to more than …
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Can Prosecutors Dismiss Jurors for Agreeing With the O.J. Simpson Verdict?
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-03-18
California's highest court ruled that the O.J. verdict question was "race neutral." The Supreme Court now has a chance to weigh in. | Gov. Gavin Newsom's moratorium on executions in California has highlighted the pernicious role race has played in who gets the death penalty in that state. In a case now awaiting review, the U.S. Supreme Court will have an opportunity to examine whether discriminatory tactics in jury selection in a California capital case can stand. | It has long been settled that prosecutors may not dismiss cit…
aclu.org/blog/capital-punishment/racial-…

Trump and GOP Steeped in Corruption, as Corp. Dems Push Cold War Fever
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-17
Our weekly roundup panel looks at the fracture lines in the Republican Party and the corporate Democrats continue their frenzy about Russia — with Jacqueline Luqman, Jeff Cohen and host Paul Jay…
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"No War for Oil" as Thousands March Against US Intervention in Venezuela
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-17
As part of an international day against US intervention in Venezuela, a mobilization in Washington, DC with speakers Daniel Ellsberg and Jill Stein emphasized that Trump is only interested in Venezuela's resources, not in its human rights…
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Democrats and Death Squads in Venezuela
Lucas Koerner, Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-15
Top Democrats march lockstep behind Trump's coup in Venezuela, rehabilitating war criminal Elliott Abrams.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14390