2020-02-28: News Headlines

Staff (2020-02-28). Headlines for February 28, 2020. democracynow.org California Monitoring 8,400 People for Coronavirus as Fears of Pandemic Grow, Syrian Airstrike Kills 33 Turkish Soldiers in Idlib, Escalating Tensions, New Justice Department Task Force Seeks to Strip Naturalized Immigrants of Citizenship, Joe Biden's Campaign Walks Back False Claims of Arrest in 1970s South Africa, Democratic Superdelegates Overwhelmingly Oppose Bernie Sanders Campaign, Mike Bloomberg Refuses to Apologize for Spying on Muslims, As NYC Mayor, Mike Bloomberg Called for Cuts to Social Security "Ponzi Scheme", ProPublica: Mike Bloomberg Advised Billionaire Sackler Family on Opioid Crisis, Emails Sho…

WSWS (2020-02-28). Australia: Workers and youth call for intensification of Assange and Manning defence campaign. wsws.org Queensland students and workers in Parramatta denounce the escalating government attacks on democratic rights.

Whitney Webb (2020-02-28). In Dem Debates, Corporate Media Push a Militaristic Foreign Policy: An Interview with Sam Husseini. mintpressnews.com MintPress News recently spoke to Sam Husseini about how the media promotes militaristic and even xenophobic approaches to foreign policy during the primary debates.

Paul Adler (2020-02-28). How CEOs behave like closet socialists. nationofchange.org To deal with the many challenges we face today, the democratic principle must be extended from the political realm to the economic.

Steve Early (2020-02-28). VoteVets for Buttigieg: Who's Really Keeping Us in the Dark About Campaign Funding? counterpunch.org In a Democratic primary field that once featured four military veterans, only two are still marching toward the White House. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's anti-war candidacy has sunk nearly out of sight, but Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, became a top tier contender in Iowa and New Hampshire. Flush with cash from nearly

Thomas Knapp (2020-02-28). Election 2020: Those Meddling Kids … counterpunch.org According to selected members of the "US intelligence community" ("selected" for their loyalty to, and willingness to promote the line of, the Democratic Party establishment) Vladimir Putin and the Russian government just love them some Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Can't get enough of 'em. If November is a Trump/Sanders shoot-out, the Kremlin wins either

Pete Dolack (2020-02-28). No Thinking Please, We're Red-Baiting. counterpunch.org The red-baiting of Bernie Sanders is in full swing. From Democrats. Yes, the silly season is upon us as Senator Sanders was roundly condemned because he believes literacy campaigns are good things. I know the United States is a uniquely anti-intellectual country, but, still, you'd think teaching reading and writing might be thought of as

Erin McCarley (2020-02-28). Class War, the DNC, and the Fight for Our Lives. commondreams.org Democratic presidential hopefuls Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg (L), Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (C) and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (R) participate in the ninth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, Noticias Telemundo and The Nevada Independent at the Paris Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 19, 2020. (Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Nick Pemberton (2020-02-28). If Bernie Sanders Is Unelectable, Then What The Hell Are The Rest Of You? counterpunch.org The New York Times complained in a recent column that Bernie Sanders has not expanded the democratic party in the primaries so far. Apparently the paper wanted him to reach more voters, likely only of the Republican variety. They blasted him as a hypocrite. The press is increasingly hysterical and ridiculous. Ever since the Sanders

Andrew Levine (2020-02-28). Bloomberg: What Is He Good For? counterpunch.org After winning big in Nevada and withstanding the efforts of Democratic "moderates" to throw him off track at last Tuesday's South Carolina "debate," Bernie Sanders is now enjoying what George H.W. Bush called "the big Mo." He has the wind at his back. Those moderates — Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, and, worst of all, Joe

Paul Street (2020-02-28). The So-Called Party of the People: From Nevada to South Carolina. counterpunch.org My thesis on the Democratic Party's corporate-imperialist establishment had been consistent for years: it would rather lose to the right-wing party, even to an increasingly apocalyptic and fascistic right, than to the progressive, moderately social-democratic and environmentalist left wing of its own party. That was the basic story of 2016 — a tragedy the bourgeois

WSWS (2020-02-28). The leadership debate in Germany's Christian Democrats and the steady political march to the right. wsws.org There is fundamental agreement on the party's right-wing policies. The dispute is over how they can best be imposed in the face of widespread popular opposition.

Staff (2020-02-28). Why Democrats Are Finally Boycotting AIPAC. truthdig.com What follows is a conversation between journalist Alex Kane and Kim Brown of The Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of…

Sasha Abramsky (2020-02-28). Why Is Bernie So Far Ahead in the California Primary? Organizing. thenation.com Why Is Bernie So Far Ahead in the California Primary? Organizing.

Robert Reich (2020-02-28). It's Not Bernie But the So-Called "Moderates" That the Democratic Establishment Should Be Freaking Out About. commondreams.org Democratic presidential candidate, former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg speaks during a rally held at the Bricktown Events Center on February 27, 2020 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Bloomberg is campaigning before voting starts on Super Tuesday, March 3. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-02-28). Roaming Charges: Knives Out. counterpunch.org In response to criticism from Democratic Party centrists that Sanders didn't do enough to help Hillary in 2016, the Sandernistas are touting the fact that Sanders did 3 times as many campaign events for Hillary as Hillary did for Obama in 2008. I guess that's one way to look at it. The other is: why the hell was Bernie campaigning for Hillary, the walking distillation of every neoliberal policy he purports to loathe, at all?

RT (2020-02-27). MSM's insatiable anti-Sanders venom forces them to dig through archives & smear veteran American reporter (because Russia!). rt.com Mainstream outlets are so determined to derail Bernie Sanders' campaign, they've dug up a 2016 interview of his wife with RT's late host Ed Schultz — shot before the "collusion" was a thing — to smear both as Russian stooges. | A clip of the Democratic presidential hopeful's wife Jane Sanders complaining on RT America about the unfairness of closed primaries — in which only registered Democrats can vote for the party's nominee — was trending on Wednesday morning, boosted by smug blue-checks crowing some variation on "I told you so." | Bernie Sanders' wife went on Russian TV to explain wh…

RT (2020-02-27). Pants on fire! Joe Biden's campaign says he was never 'arrested' trying to visit Nelson Mandela. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden claimed he was arrested in the 1970s while trying to visit jailed South African civil rights campaigner Nelson Mandela. After critics called him out, his campaign now denies the claim. | Courting the black vote in South Carolina and Nevada this month, Biden brought up his 1970s visit to South Africa when he was a senator for Delaware. He told a South Carolina crowd that he "had the great honor of being arrested with our UN ambassador on the streets of Soweto trying to get to see [Mandela] on Robben Island." At a black history awards event in Las Vegas last week, he cla…

RT (2020-02-27). Sadiq Khan rattles Labour supporters after showing interest in US billionaire Bloomberg over socialist Sanders to beat Trump. rt.com London's Labour mayor Sadiq Khan has infuriated party supporters after seemingly coming out in favor of Michael Bloomberg as his preferred choice over Bernie Sanders in the US Democratic primaries and likely to beat Donald Trump. | In an interview with Politico, Khan appeared to rule out Bernie Sanders — the socialist who, after the first three states' verdicts, is the current frontrunner in the US Democratic Party's presidential primaries — as the candidate to unseat the incumbent Republican president. | The London mayor — who has been less than enthusiastic in his support for Labour's very own…

RT (2020-02-27). 'Sanders is 14 years & a heart attack older than me' — top contender to fill Merkel's CDU boots name-drops Bernie. rt.com One of the top contenders for the leadership of Germany's CDU party decided to capitalize on the US presidential race and name-dropped Senator Bernie Sanders to prove that he's not too old to be Angela Merkel's successor. | Business executive and former lawmaker Friedrich Merz, who seeks to lead the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU), brought up the independent senator from Vermont to make a point about his age not being a disadvantage. | "When I turn on the TV in the evening, I see how America's youth is lying at the feet of Bernie Sanders. He is 14 years and a heart attack older than me," the 64-yea…

Staff (2020-02-27). Headlines for February 27, 2020. democracynow.org Fears of Coronavirus Pandemic Grow as U.S. Cites First "Community Spread" of Pathogen, Trump Blames "Caronavirus" Fears on Democrats and Fake News Reporting, Trump Taps VP Mike Pence, Who's Blamed for Indiana HIV Outbreak, to Lead Coronavirus Response, Gunman Kills 5 at Molson Coors Brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Physicians Group Calls U.S. Migrant Family Separations "Torture", U.S. Drops Charge Against Scott Warren, Who Aided Migrants Crossing Desert, House Approves Emmett Till Act to Make Lynching a Federal Hate Crime, Feds Arrest Five Neo-Nazis for Threatening Journalists and Activists, ABC Suspends David Wr…

WSWS (2020-02-27). Montreal: Demonstration outside US consulate demands freedom for Julian Assange. wsws.org Speakers denounced the persecution of Assange as a major threat to democratic rights, exposed the complicity of Canada's ruling elite and stressed the importance of a global mobilization of the working class to secure his freedom.

Andrew Korybko (2020-02-27). Don't Equate Russia's Purely Speculative Preference for US President with "Election Meddling" globalresearch.ca Democrats and Republicans alike are weaponizing purely speculative reports about Russia's supposed preference for President by deceptively equating them with imagined so-called "meddling" in support of their opponent, which amounts to nothing more than the American elite waging a sophisticated …

Jesse Jackson (2020-02-27). The Important Word in "Democratic Socialism" is Democratic. counterpunch.org fter the Nevada caucuses, Bernie Sanders is now the front-runner in the Democratic presidential race. In South Carolina, the next primary, former Vice President Joe Biden is the favorite, buoyed by his support among African American voters. But Sanders will come into the state with real momentum, having won the popular vote in each of

Peter F. Crowley (2020-02-27). The New York Times' Fear of a Bernie Nomination. dissidentvoice.org The New York Times is one of the most prominent mediums for the Democratic Party establishment's talking points. On Sunday, after Bernie Sanders' landslide victory in the Nevada caucus, here is what two front page articles on the subject are saying. It amounts to a case study of the paper's and the Democratic establishment's fear …

teleSUR (2020-02-27). Sanders' Key Adviser Details Economic Plan To Counter Detractors. telesurenglish.net A Bernie Sanders presidency could begin modestly with a roughly US$300 billion federal jobs guarantee before pushing for trillions of dollars in new spending on health care, the environment and infrastructure, says a key adviser to the U.S. Democratic front-runner. | RELATED: | A jobs guarantee, which would see the federal government ensure employment for anyone who wanted to work, would be a logical first step for the would-b…

Jacob Sugarman (2020-02-27). Democrats Are Willing to Blow Up the Party to Stop Sanders. truthdig.com Superdelegates are openly plotting to deny Bernie Sanders the nomination. If they succeed, they risk reelecting Donald Trump and worse.

Staff (2020-02-27). Oregon Republicans Shut Down State Senate and Flee to Block Climate Bill. truthout.org Republican state senators in Oregon fled the state capitol on Monday in a stunt intended to derail the passage of a climate change bill supported by a majority of lawmakers for the second time in eight months. | Oregon requires two-thirds of the state Senate's members to be present for a quorum, without which the chamber cannot vote on bills. Eleven of the 12 Republican senators fled the state capitol in Salem on Monday to deny the Democratic supermajority a quorum to prevent a vote on a bill to…

Santa Cruz News Network (2020-02-27). Pro-Recall Mailer is Worthy of a Trump Medal of Honor. indybay.org In her latest piece written for Bratton Online, Gillian Greensite, the co-founder of the Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women (CPVAW), dissects some of the misinformation contained in a flyer she received in the mail from the recall campaign. "The latest expensive mailer from the pro-recall camp is expertly crafted. Its layout is a graphic designer's dream," Greensite writes. "Its playing fast and loose with the truth is worthy of a Trump medal of honor." Read Gillian Greensite's full article below.

Simon Greer, Richard D. Kahlenberg (2020-02-27). Democratic Candidates Can Win by Getting Values Right. thenation.com Democratic Candidates Can Win by Getting Values Right…

Dean Baker (2020-02-27). The NYT's Analysis of Democratic Tax Plans: a Really Big Number Orgy. counterpunch.org I have often gone after the media on printing large numbers that are meaningless to almost all their readers. The point is that when you throw out numbers in the millions, billions, and trillions, very few readers have any idea what these numbers mean. It is possible to make them meaningful by simply adding some

WSWS (2020-02-27). Water shutoffs continue in Detroit in the face of growing opposition. wsws.org The Democratic administrations of both the city and the state insist that water shutoffs in Detroit remain as a "collection tool of last resort."

Staff (2020-02-27). Sanders Supporters Denounce Open Threats by Superdelegates to Steal Nomination. truthout.org Nearly 100 Democratic superdelegates

teleSUR (2020-02-27). Most US Citizens Support Wealth Tax to Combat Inequality. telesurenglish.net Just over two-thirds of United States voters favor a tax on the wealthiest households, which translates in increasing support for a wealth tax to combat persistent inequality, according to a new survey by TheHill/HarrisX. | RELATED: | A vast majority of the surveyed public (66 percent), including majorities of Democrats and Independents, said there should be a wealth tax on billionaires as Democratic front-runner Bernie Sander…

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2020-02-27). The Slander Sanders Shout-Fest: The South Carolina Democratic Primary Debate. globalresearch.ca Tonight, February 25, 2020 the Democrats held their 10th debate on the eve of the South Carolina primary this coming weekend. It's also the last debate before next week's Super Tuesday string of primaries held in 14 states. | A lot …

John Stanton (2020-02-27). Democratic Socialism: From Fromm to Sanders. counterpunch.org "His value as a person lies in his salability, not in his human qualities of love, reason, or in his artistic capacities. Happiness becomes identical with consumption of newer and better commodities, the drinking in of music, screen plays, fun, sex, liquor and cigarettes. Not having a sense of self except the one which conformity

Staff (2020-02-27). Our Democratic Institutions Are Dying as Presidential Power Grows. truthout.org In this fast-paced century, rife with technological innovation, we've grown accustomed to the impermanence of things. Whatever is here now will likely someday vanish, possibly sooner than we imagine. Movies and music that once played on our VCRs and stereos have given way to infinite choices in the cloud. Cash currency is fast becoming a thing of the past. Cars will soon enough be self-driving. Stores where you could touch and feel your purchases now lie empty as online shopping sucks up our retail atte…

Kevin Alexander Gray (2020-02-27). Tom Steyer's South Carolina Support Isn't Just About the Benjamins. thenation.com Tom Steyer's South Carolina Support Isn't Just About the Benjamins…

Bill Boyarsky (2020-02-27). Centrist Candidates Are Losing the Plot. truthdig.com I thought I might end up watching an Iowa-style meltdown when my cousin, a precinct chair in Nevada, invited me to Reno to watch the complicated vote counting at the Nevada Democratic caucuses on Feb. 24, less than three weeks after Iowa's disaster. | I hate to admit it, being a cynical correspondent for a skeptical progressive website, but things went pretty well. Those tallying up the votes appeared to be honest and dedicated to doing a good job. | The participants gathered at Swope Middle School on a Sunday morning were in a good mood. Under the direction of chairs like my cousin, they divided up quickly, as t…

Staff (2020-02-27). Top DNC Committee Is Packed With Fossil Fuel and Bank Lobbyists. truthout.org This article was produced by It's likely that going into the Democratic National Convention in July, none of the presidential candidates will have the outright majority of pledged delegates needed to secure the nomination on the first ballot. If…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-02-27). House Democrats and Healthcare Experts Explain Why Medicare for All 'Is a Racial Justice Necessity'. commondreams.org At a Thursday event celebrating the one-year anniversary of House Democrats introducing landmark Medicare for All legislation in the U.S. House, the bill's sponsors and medical and policy experts made the case that establishing a national single-payer healthcare system is essential for racial equity. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-02-27). "The Public Doesn't Really Decide": MSNBC Guest Under Fire for Saying Voters Won't Choose Dem Nominee. commondreams.org Anton Gunn, a longtime South Carolina political operative, is on the board of anti-Bernie Sanders group the Democratic Majority for Israel. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-02-27). 'Rich People Have Profited Enough': New Poll Shows Two-Thirds of Americans Support Wealth Tax to Combat Inequality. commondreams.org Support for a wealth tax to combat persistent inequality in the U.S. is growing, according to a new poll released Wednesday by TheHill/HarrisX. The survey found that just over two-thirds of Americans favor a tax on the wealthiest households, including majorities of Democrats and Independents. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Michael Arney (2020-02-26). What will become of South Bronx Rep. José Serrano's legacy? peoplesworld.org NEW YORK—The 15th Congressional District in New York's South Bronx is the poorest and most densely populated in the nation. It is one of the few majority-Latino (60%) districts and probably the most Democratic. Since 1990, its Rep. José Serrano has held one of Congress's most progressive voting records, and not just on domestic issues. …

Staff (2020-02-26). Bernie Sanders Gains Support in South Carolina as Billionaire Tom Steyer Draws Votes from Joe Biden. democracynow.org Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate comes just four days before South Carolina's first-in-the-South primary — and one week before more than a dozen states vote on Super Tuesday. Billionaire Tom Steyer has poured money into outreach to African-American voters, who make up more than half of South Carolina's Democratic electorate. He may help front-runner Bernie Sanders build an insurmountable delegate lead. A new Reuters poll shows Senator Sanders has overtaken former Vice President Joe Biden in support among African Americans. We speak with three guests in South Carolina: Kevin Alexander Gray, a l…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-02-26). South Carolina Dem debate reflects different approaches to defeating Trump. peoplesworld.org CHARLESTON, S.C.—After they trooped onto the stage in Charleston, S.C., most of the other Democrats jumped on Bernie Sanders over the cost of Medicare For All. Although it's almost impossible to pick a debate "winner" after the heated exchange of barbs against one another it is clear that the biggest tactical difference in the primary …

Staff (2020-02-26). Reporter: Billionaire Bloomberg Says He Released His Tax Returns as NYC Mayor. This Was a Lie. democracynow.org We speak with Bob Hennelly, an award-winning reporter for The Chief-Leader, who says that billionaire Michael Bloomberg lied during the past two Democratic presidential debates when he claimed he released his taxes while he was mayor of New York City. Hennelly covered Bloomberg during his time as mayor as a reporter for WNYC, New York's main public radio station. In 2012, he had an exchange with Bloomberg after a press conference in which the then-mayor said he didn't have to disclose his federal taxes. We hear that audio recording and discuss Bloomberg's record.

RT (2020-02-26). Sanders strengthens lead nationwide, edging out Biden among black voters as Bloomberg nosedives — poll. rt.com Progressive champion Bernie Sanders has cemented his lead in the Democratic race, pulling ahead of Joe Biden in support from black voters as the candidates prepare for the South Carolina primary, according to a new poll. | Leading the other competitors by an 11-point margin, Sanders has secured a double-digit lead for the first time in the race, with 26 percent of those surveyed in a new Reuters/Ipsos poll saying they would vote for the Vermont senator. Former vice president Joe Biden and billionaire former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg, meanwhile, remain tied for a distant second, each garnering 15 percent.

Staff (2020-02-26). "The Billionaire Election": Anand Giridharadas on How 2020 Is a Referendum on Wealth Inequality. democracynow.org The 10th Democratic presidential debate took place Tuesday in Charleston, South Carolina, and two billionaires were at either end of the stage: Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer. Front-runner Bernie Sanders, who has made attacking the power of the "billionaire class" a central theme of his campaign, stood in the middle. It was a visual representation of the split within the Democratic Party, in which a growing number of people are "rising up against plutocracy," says Anand Giridharadas, editor-at-large at Time magazine and author of "Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World." His recent piece for…

Mnar Muhawesh (2020-02-26). Podcast: Abby Martin Resists Anti-BDS Laws & The Israeli Lobby. mintpressnews.com Abby Martin discusses her lawsuit against the state of Georgia over it's anti-BDS law, the Israeli government's heavy hand in pushing anti-free speech laws, the pro-Israel Democratic candidates and more.

2020-02-28: Social Media Postees

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Australia: Workers and youth call for intensification of Assange and Manning defence campaign
wsws.org | 2020-02-28
Queensland students and workers in Parramatta denounce the escalating government attacks on democratic rights.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/28/sepi…

In Dem Debates, Corporate Media Push a Militaristic Foreign Policy: An Interview with Sam Husseini
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-28
MintPress News recently spoke to Sam Husseini about how the media promotes militaristic and even xenophobic approaches to foreign policy during the primary debates.
mintpressnews.com/sam-husseini-media-pro…

How CEOs behave like closet socialists
Paul Adler | nationofchange.org | 2020-02-28
To deal with the many challenges we face today, the democratic principle must be extended from the political realm to the economic.
nationofchange.org/2020/02/28/how-ceos-b…

VoteVets for Buttigieg: Who's Really Keeping Us in the Dark About Campaign Funding?
Steve Early | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-28
In a Democratic primary field that once featured four military veterans, only two are still marching toward the White House. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's anti-war candidacy has sunk nearly out of sight, but Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, became a top tier contender in Iowa and New Hampshire. Flush with cash from nearly…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/28/votevets-for…

No Thinking Please, We're Red-Baiting
Pete Dolack | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-28
The red-baiting of Bernie Sanders is in full swing. From Democrats. Yes, the silly season is upon us as Senator Sanders was roundly condemned because he believes literacy campaigns are good things. I know the United States is a uniquely anti-intellectual country, but, still, you'd think teaching reading and writing might be thought of as…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/28/no-thinking-…

Bloomberg: What Is He Good For?
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-28
After winning big in Nevada and withstanding the efforts of Democratic "moderates" to throw him off track at last Tuesday's South Carolina "debate," Bernie Sanders is now enjoying what George H.W. Bush called "the big Mo." He has the wind at his back. Those moderates

If Bernie Sanders Is Unelectable, Then What The Hell Are The Rest Of You?
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-28
The New York Times complained in a recent column that Bernie Sanders has not expanded the democratic party in the primaries so far. Apparently the paper wanted him to reach more voters, likely only of the Republican variety. They blasted him as a hypocrite. The press is increasingly hysterical and ridiculous. Ever since the Sanders…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/28/if-bernie-sa…

Class War, the DNC, and the Fight for Our Lives
Erin McCarley | commondreams.org | 2020-02-28
Democratic presidential hopefuls Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg (L), Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (C) and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (R) participate in the ninth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, Noticias Telemundo and The Nevada Independent at the Paris Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 19, 2020. (Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2020/02/28/class-…

Election 2020: Those Meddling Kids
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-28
According to selected members of the "US intelligence community" ("selected" for their loyalty to, and willingness to promote the line of, the Democratic Party establishment) Vladimir Putin and the Russian government just love them some Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Can't get enough of 'em. If November is a Trump/Sanders shoot-out, the Kremlin wins either…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/28/election-202…

The So-Called Party of the People: From Nevada to South Carolina
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-28
My thesis on the Democratic Party's corporate-imperialist establishment had been consistent for years: it would rather lose to the right-wing party, even to an increasingly apocalyptic and fascistic right, than to the progressive, moderately social-democratic and environmentalist left wing of its own party. That was the basic story of 2016

Why Democrats Are Finally Boycotting AIPAC
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-28
What follows is a conversation between journalist Alex Kane and Kim Brown of The Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of…
truthdig.com/articles/why-democrats-are-…

It's Not Bernie But the So-Called "Moderates" That the Democratic Establishment Should Be Freaking Out About
Robert Reich | commondreams.org | 2020-02-28
Democratic presidential candidate, former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg speaks during a rally held at the Bricktown Events Center on February 27, 2020 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Bloomberg is campaigning before voting starts on Super Tuesday, March 3. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2020/02/28/its-no…

The leadership debate in Germany's Christian Democrats and the steady political march to the right
wsws.org | 2020-02-28
There is fundamental agreement on the party's right-wing policies. The dispute is over how they can best be imposed in the face of widespread popular opposition.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/28/cdug…

Why Is Bernie So Far Ahead in the California Primary? Organizing
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2020-02-28
Why Is Bernie So Far Ahead in the California Primary? Organizing.
thenation.com/article/politics/sanders-c…

Roaming Charges: Knives Out
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-28
In response to criticism from Democratic Party centrists that Sanders didn't do enough to help Hillary in 2016, the Sandernistas are touting the fact that Sanders did 3 times as many campaign events for Hillary as Hillary did for Obama in 2008. I guess that's one way to look at it. The other is: why the hell was Bernie campaigning for Hillary, the walking distillation of every neoliberal policy he purports to loathe, at all?
counterpunch.org/2020/02/28/roaming-char…

Montreal: Demonstration outside US consulate demands freedom for Julian Assange
wsws.org | 2020-02-27
Speakers denounced the persecution of Assange as a major threat to democratic rights, exposed the complicity of Canada's ruling elite and stressed the importance of a global mobilization of the working class to secure his freedom.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/27/mont…

Don't Equate Russia's Purely Speculative Preference for US President with "Election Meddling"
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-27
Democrats and Republicans alike are weaponizing purely speculative reports about Russia's supposed preference for President by deceptively equating them with imagined so-called "meddling" in support of their opponent, which amounts to nothing more than the American elite waging a sophisticated …
globalresearch.ca/dont-equate-russia-pur…

Sadiq Khan rattles Labour supporters after showing interest in US billionaire Bloomberg over socialist Sanders to beat Trump
rt.com | 2020-02-27
London's Labour mayor Sadiq Khan has infuriated party supporters after seemingly coming out in favor of Michael Bloomberg as his preferred choice over Bernie Sanders in the US Democratic primaries and likely to beat Donald Trump. | In an interview with Politico, Khan appeared to rule out Bernie Sanders

The Important Word in "Democratic Socialism" is Democratic
Jesse Jackson | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-27
fter the Nevada caucuses, Bernie Sanders is now the front-runner in the Democratic presidential race. In South Carolina, the next primary, former Vice President Joe Biden is the favorite, buoyed by his support among African American voters. But Sanders will come into the state with real momentum, having won the popular vote in each of…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/27/the-importan…

The New York Times' Fear of a Bernie Nomination
Peter F. Crowley | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-27
The New York Times is one of the most prominent mediums for the Democratic Party establishment's talking points. On Sunday, after Bernie Sanders' landslide victory in the Nevada caucus, here is what two front page articles on the subject are saying. It amounts to a case study of the paper's and the Democratic establishment's fear …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/02/the-new-york-…

Sanders Supporters Denounce Open Threats by Superdelegates to Steal Nomination
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-27
Nearly 100 Democratic superdelegates told the New York Times in interviews this week that if Sen. Bernie Sanders does not arrive at the party's 2020 convention in July with a majority of pledged delegates, they are willing to thwart the will of the plurality of primary voters

Democrats Are Willing to Blow Up the Party to Stop Sanders
Jacob Sugarman | truthdig.com | 2020-02-27
Superdelegates are openly plotting to deny Bernie Sanders the nomination. If they succeed, they risk reelecting Donald Trump and worse.
truthdig.com/articles/democrats-are-will…

MSM's insatiable anti-Sanders venom forces them to dig through archives & smear veteran American reporter (because Russia!)
rt.com | 2020-02-27
Mainstream outlets are so determined to derail Bernie Sanders' campaign, they've dug up a 2016 interview of his wife with RT's late host Ed Schultz

Sanders' Key Adviser Details Economic Plan To Counter Detractors
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-27
A Bernie Sanders presidency could begin modestly with a roughly US$300 billion federal jobs guarantee before pushing for trillions of dollars in new spending on health care, the environment and infrastructure, says a key adviser to the U.S. Democratic front-runner. | RELATED: | Sanders Could Beat Trump in the Race for U.S. Presidency | A jobs guarantee, which would see the federal government ensure employment for anyone who wanted to work, would be a logical first step for the would-b…
telesurenglish.net/news/Sanders-Key-Advi…

Oregon Republicans Shut Down State Senate and Flee to Block Climate Bill
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-27
Republican state senators in Oregon fled the state capitol on Monday in a stunt intended to derail the passage of a climate change bill supported by a majority of lawmakers for the second time in eight months. | Oregon requires two-thirds of the state Senate's members to be present for a quorum, without which the chamber cannot vote on bills. Eleven of the 12 Republican senators fled the state capitol in Salem on Monday to deny the Democratic supermajority a quorum to prevent a vote on a bill to…
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Pro-Recall Mailer is Worthy of a Trump Medal of Honor
Santa Cruz News Network | indybay.org | 2020-02-27
In her latest piece written for Bratton Online, Gillian Greensite, the co-founder of the Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women (CPVAW), dissects some of the misinformation contained in a flyer she received in the mail from the recall campaign. "The latest expensive mailer from the pro-recall camp is expertly crafted. Its layout is a graphic designer's dream," Greensite writes. "Its playing fast and loose with the truth is worthy of a Trump medal of honor." Read Gillian Greensite's full article below.
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Pants on fire! Joe Biden's campaign says he was never 'arrested' trying to visit Nelson Mandela
rt.com | 2020-02-27
Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden claimed he was arrested in the 1970s while trying to visit jailed South African civil rights campaigner Nelson Mandela. After critics called him out, his campaign now denies the claim. | Courting the black vote in South Carolina and Nevada this month, Biden brought up his 1970s visit to South Africa when he was a senator for Delaware. He told a South Carolina crowd that he "had the great honor of being arrested with our UN ambassador on the streets of Soweto trying to get to see [Mandela] on Robben Island." At a black history awards event in Las Vegas last week, he cla…
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Tom Steyer's South Carolina Support Isn't Just About the Benjamins
Kevin Alexander Gray | thenation.com | 2020-02-27
Tom Steyer's South Carolina Support Isn't Just About the Benjamins…
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Democratic Socialism: From Fromm to Sanders
John Stanton | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-27
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Centrist Candidates Are Losing the Plot
Bill Boyarsky | truthdig.com | 2020-02-27
I thought I might end up watching an Iowa-style meltdown when my cousin, a precinct chair in Nevada, invited me to Reno to watch the complicated vote counting at the Nevada Democratic caucuses on Feb. 24, less than three weeks after Iowa's disaster. | I hate to admit it, being a cynical correspondent for a skeptical progressive website, but things went pretty well. Those tallying up the votes appeared to be honest and dedicated to doing a good job. | The participants gathered at Swope Middle School on a Sunday morning were in a good mood. Under the direction of chairs like my cousin, they divided up quickly, as t…
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Our Democratic Institutions Are Dying as Presidential Power Grows
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-27
In this fast-paced century, rife with technological innovation, we've grown accustomed to the impermanence of things. Whatever is here now will likely someday vanish, possibly sooner than we imagine. Movies and music that once played on our VCRs and stereos have given way to infinite choices in the cloud. Cash currency is fast becoming a thing of the past. Cars will soon enough be self-driving. Stores where you could touch and feel your purchases now lie empty as online shopping sucks up our retail atte…
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Water shutoffs continue in Detroit in the face of growing opposition
wsws.org | 2020-02-27
The Democratic administrations of both the city and the state insist that water shutoffs in Detroit remain as a "collection tool of last resort."
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Most US Citizens Support Wealth Tax to Combat Inequality
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-27
Just over two-thirds of United States voters favor a tax on the wealthiest households, which translates in increasing support for a wealth tax to combat persistent inequality, according to a new survey by TheHill/HarrisX. | RELATED: | Sanders Could Beat Trump in the Race for U.S. Presidency | A vast majority of the surveyed public (66 percent), including majorities of Democrats and Independents, said there should be a wealth tax on billionaires as Democratic front-runner Bernie Sander…
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Democratic Candidates Can Win by Getting Values Right
Simon Greer, Richard D. Kahlenberg | thenation.com | 2020-02-27
Democratic Candidates Can Win by Getting Values Right…
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The Slander Sanders Shout-Fest: The South Carolina Democratic Primary Debate
Dr. Jack Rasmus | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-27
Tonight, February 25, 2020 the Democrats held their 10th debate on the eve of the South Carolina primary this coming weekend. It's also the last debate before next week's Super Tuesday string of primaries held in 14 states. | A lot …
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The NYT's Analysis of Democratic Tax Plans: a Really Big Number Orgy
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-27
I have often gone after the media on printing large numbers that are meaningless to almost all their readers. The point is that when you throw out numbers in the millions, billions, and trillions, very few readers have any idea what these numbers mean. It is possible to make them meaningful by simply adding some…
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Top DNC Committee Is Packed With Fossil Fuel and Bank Lobbyists
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-27
This article was produced by Sludge, an independent, ad-free investigative news site covering money in politics. Click here to support Sludge. | It's likely that going into the Democratic National Convention in July, none of the presidential candidates will have the outright majority of pledged delegates needed to secure the nomination on the first ballot. If…
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Turkey: Tens of thousands attend HDP congress
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-27
Middle East Alex BainbridgeIssue 1255 Turkey Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) AnkaraFebruary 27, 2020More than 20,000 people attended the fourth congress of the left-wing People's Demo…
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"The Public Doesn't Really Decide": MSNBC Guest Under Fire for Saying Voters Won't Choose Dem Nominee
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-27
Anton Gunn, a longtime South Carolina political operative, is on the board of anti-Bernie Sanders group the Democratic Majority for Israel. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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House Democrats and Healthcare Experts Explain Why Medicare for All 'Is a Racial Justice Necessity'
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-27
At a Thursday event celebrating the one-year anniversary of House Democrats introducing landmark Medicare for All legislation in the U.S. House, the bill's sponsors and medical and policy experts made the case that establishing a national single-payer healthcare system is essential for racial equity. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Rich People Have Profited Enough': New Poll Shows Two-Thirds of Americans Support Wealth Tax to Combat Inequality
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-27
Support for a wealth tax to combat persistent inequality in the U.S. is growing, according to a new poll released Wednesday by TheHill/HarrisX. The survey found that just over two-thirds of Americans favor a tax on the wealthiest households, including majorities of Democrats and Independents. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Podcast: Abby Martin Resists Anti-BDS Laws & The Israeli Lobby
Mnar Muhawesh | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-26
Abby Martin discusses her lawsuit against the state of Georgia over it's anti-BDS law, the Israeli government's heavy hand in pushing anti-free speech laws, the pro-Israel Democratic candidates and…
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Solidarity with Palestine: 'If They Suppress BDS, No Other Movement Is Safe'
Omar Barghouti | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-26
As alarming, anti-democratic measures are aimed at Palestine solidarity activists in the UK and beyond, Husna Rizvi speaks to Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement. | *** | 'We are armed only with our rights, and our dignity.' | …
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"The Billionaire Election": Anand Giridharadas on How 2020 Is a Referendum on Wealth Inequality
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-26
The 10th Democratic presidential debate took place Tuesday in Charleston, South Carolina, and two billionaires were at either end of the stage: Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer. Front-runner Bernie Sanders, who has made attacking the power of the "billionaire class" a central theme of his campaign, stood in the middle. It was a visual representation of the split within the Democratic Party, in which a growing number of people are "rising up against plutocracy," says Anand Giridharadas, editor-at-large at Time magazine and author of "Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World." His recent piece for…
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Bernie Sanders Gains Support in South Carolina as Billionaire Tom Steyer Draws Votes from Joe Biden
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-26
Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate comes just four days before South Carolina's first-in-the-South primary

Reporter: Billionaire Bloomberg Says He Released His Tax Returns as NYC Mayor. This Was a Lie
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-26
We speak with Bob Hennelly, an award-winning reporter for The Chief-Leader, who says that billionaire Michael Bloomberg lied during the past two Democratic presidential debates when he claimed he released his taxes while he was mayor of New York City. Hennelly covered Bloomberg during his time as mayor as a reporter for WNYC, New York's main public radio station. In 2012, he had an exchange with Bloomberg after a press conference in which the then-mayor said he didn't have to disclose his federal taxes. We hear that audio recording and discuss Bloomberg's record.
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Democratic Socialism in the Twenty-First Century
Scott Tucker | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-26
In the previous century I was a regular columnist for The Humanist magazine, and I was fortunate to work for an editor, Rick Szykowny, who was committed to publishing both class conscious and explicitly socialist writers. On March 1, 1994, The Humanist published my article titled…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/26/democratic-s…

Sanders Could Beat Trump in the Race for U.S. Presidency
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-26
A growing number of Democratic voters see Senator Bernie Sanders as the best chance to prevent President Donald Trump's re-election in November, even though the rest of the party's candidates claim that is impossible. | RELATED: | Bernie Sanders To Skip AIPAC Conference On Political Reasons | The growing force of the self-described Socialist Democrat in the race for president, which includes a close victory in Iowa, a narrow victory in New Hampshire and a decisive victory in…
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The Good Die Young
T.P. Wilkinson | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-26
Last year was the thirtieth anniversary of the annexation of the German Democratic Republic. It was the seventieth anniversary of the establishment of the People's Republic of China. Shortly after that annexation in 1989 began and was consummated in 1990, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was dissolved and the core of that union, the …
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Sanders Gains Support in South Carolina as Steyer Siphons Votes From Biden
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-26
Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate comes just four days before South Carolina's first-in-the-South primary