Daily Archives: May 5, 2019

2019-05-05: News Headlines

Juan Cole (2019-05-05). The Only Way Democrats Can Beat Trump in 2020. truthdig.com This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. | A new CNN/SSRS poll of about 1,000 people shows that among a random sample of registered voters, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden each crush Trump by 6 to 7 points, even at this very early point in the campaign. Kamala Harris also wins, but by a smaller margin. This poll shows enormous enthusiasm for Beto O'Rourke, which, however, I suspect is a fluke of some sort. | It isn't enough, as our cable news s…

teleSUR (2019-05-05). AOC Refuses To Condemn Venezuela Coup. telesurenglish.net U.S. Representative for New York's 14th congressional district, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, has said she will follow the Democratic Party's leadership in regards to Venezuela, and refused to back President Maduro as the legitimate President of the Bolivarian Republic. | RELATED: | Trump's Neocon Administration Want War in Venezuela: Gabbard | Ocasio Cortez, sometimes referred to as AOC, was asked in an interview with the National Review if she sees President Maduro as legitimate, fo…

RT (2019-05-05). Pelosi fears Trump may borrow page from Democratic playbook by challenging 2020 election legitimacy. rt.com Speaker Nancy Pelosi has warned her fellow Democrats that Donald Trump may question the legitimacy of the 2020 election if he loses by a slim margin — a cowardly political tactic not seen since the Democrats lost in 2016.

Anna Massoglia and Kaitlin Washburn (2019-05-04). Obama-tied operatives and Biden supporters launch $60 million 'dark money' group. nationofchange.org A new "dark money" group is labeling itself the strategy center for Democrats in 2020. | The recently-launched Future Majority will spend up to $60 million to target voters in swing states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio in the 2020 election, helping Democrats craft messaging that they are fighting for working people while countering conservative talking points, according to Politico. | The 501(c)(4) nonprofit, run by Democratic strategist Mark Riddle, is not required to disclose its donors. The g…

teleSUR (2019-05-04). No One Knows Joe Biden's Healthcare Plans, Maybe Not Even Biden. telesurenglish.net Joe Biden, one of the alleged top Democratic runners in the 2020 United States presidential elections, has yet to inform citizens on his intentions for healthcare and foreign policy. | RELATED: | End of Bromance? Even Obama Doesn't Think Biden Should Run for President | Benefiting from extremely high name recognition and an ability to enteratain an audience, the former U.S. vice president who served President Barack Obama for two terms said he lacked time to lay out his…

Ryan Cooper (2019-05-04). The Media Is Already Bungling Its Trump Re-Election Coverage. commondreams.org Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden greets guests during a campaign event at The River Center on May 1, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. The event was Biden's final rally in the state, wrapping up his first visit since announcing that he was officially seeking the Democratic nomination for president. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-05-04). Biden Chided for Calling Trump a GOP 'Aberration' as Opposed to Symptom of Party's Disease. commondreams.org Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden is receiving many sideways glances and correctives—as well as direct rebukes—for suggesting President Donald Trump is somehow an "aberration" separate from the ills and misdeeds of the contemporary Republican Party. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-05-04). Back in Iowa, Sanders Says Big Ag's Stranglehold a Key Part of 'Major Crisis' Facing Rural America. commondreams.org Back on the campaign trail in Iowa over the weekend, 2020 Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders is set to unveil a major policy vision that will include breaking up powerful agriculture conglomerates as a way to save small farmers and rural communities he says are facing a "major, major crisis." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Michael Welch (2019-05-04). Ukraine's Post-Maidan "Democratic Deficit" globalresearch.ca Notice to our readers: This week's interview guest Eva Bartlett will be speaking in Edmonton on Saturday May 4th at 7: 30pm at the Ukrainian Centre at 11018 97 Street. | She will also speak in Vancouver on Sunday May 5th …

Ashley Curtin (2019-05-04). House passes Climate Action Now bill in first major climate change legislation in a decade. nationofchange.org Three Republicans voted with House Democrats to approve the Climate Action Now bill — the first major climate change legislation in a decade.

Staff (2019-05-04). Democrats Are Abandoning Senate Races to Run for President. truthout.org It seems like Democrats really love having Mitch McConnell as Senate Majority Leader. Although the Senate battleground is certain to be better for Democrats in 2020 than it was in 2018 — a year when the Democratic vote reached an all-time high in a midterm election, coming within almost a million votes of the 2016 presidential election turnout — several top Democratic recruits announced this week that they won't run for competitive Senate seats. | Republicans currently hold a 53-47 edge in the Senate. There will be at least 34 seats up for election in 2020, and 22 of those are currently held by Rep…

Paul Buhle (2019-05-04). Tom Hayden, Giant of the New Left Remembered. progressive.org A new biography of Tom Hayden tracks his political life, as a radical activist and later as a prominent California Democrat.

teleSUR (2019-05-04). South Africa: Ramaphosa Heading for Another Electoral Victory. telesurenglish.net A few days before the next May 8 presidential elections, the polls award 59 percent of the votes to Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's current president and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party candidate. The Democratic Alliance (DA), a party traditionally associated with conservative white voters is expected to receive about 20 percent of the votes. | RELATED:…

James Wright (2019-05-04). That's it. Corbyn is done with antisemitism smears and the 'stress' they're causing Jewish people. thecanary.co It looks like Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has had enough of the "mischievous" antisemitism smears against him and the "stress" they are causing Jewish people."Unfounded allegations": Corbyn made the remarks in a letter to the president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews on 2 May. The right-wing media have again been accusing Corbyn of antisemitism. This time, over a foreword he wrote for the 2011 edition of John…

True Publica (2019-05-04). Local Elections: MSM Nonsense — and the Real Message for British Politicians. globalresearch.ca Who won, who lost, was it Remain, Leave, blah, blah. Let's not beat about the bush here and say what this really means and not the garbage that the mainstream media would have you believe. | Change UK changed nothing at …

John Shafthauer (2019-05-04). Local elections with 30% turnout prove Brexit should be harder/cancelled. thecanary.co There are a few things you can say clearly about the local elections. The Tories lost big. Labour lost a little. The Lib Dems, Greens, and others cleaned up. | There's something else you can say. Voter turnout was incredibly low. As such, it's difficult to say what these elections mean. Unless you run a national newspaper, in which case you can say whatever you like: | Same election, same headline, two newspapers hearing diame…

Ted Rall (2019-05-03). The Secret Campaign for 2020: Where the Democratic Candidates Stand on Foreign Policy. counterpunch.org Americans vote their pocketbooks. It's the economy, stupid. Absent a war or recent terrorist attack, conventional wisdom believes that voters prioritize domestic issues. Right now, conventional wisdom is correct. According to the latest Pew Research poll, the five most important issues for Democrats are healthcare, education, Medicare, poverty and the environment. So it's not surprising that the major Democratic More

Andrew Levine (2019-05-03). Pelosi's Trump Problem and Ours. counterpunch.org Part One Since long before Donald Trump oozed out from the New York tabloids and Atlantic City casinos into the mainstream of American politics, the United States has had no genuine center left political party. What it has had instead is a feckless Democratic Party that is as much a capitalist tool (apologies to Forbes More

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-05-03). Climate Campaigners Praise Gov. Inslee's 'Spirited Commitment' to Action, While Calling on 2020 Candidate to 'Push the Envelope'. commondreams.org Climate action groups applauded Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday as he became the first 2020 Democratic presidential contender to commit to a 100 percent renewable energy system, as part of the climate action plan he released. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Thomas S. Harrington (2019-05-03). Elections in Spain: Regime Maintenance Disguised as Democratic Vitality and the Possibility of Change. counterpunch.org In last Sunday's Spanish elections, Pedro Sánchez's Socialist Party (PSOE) considerably expanded its presence in the country's Parliament, while the Popular Party (PP), which for more than two decades has quite purposefully and successfully driven the country's arena of "thinkable thought" toward the hard right, had its poorest electoral showing in years. The other big More

United Nations (2019-05-03). Friday's Daily Brief: hunger in North Korea, human rights in Iran, updates on DR Congo and Benin. un.org This Friday, we cover: a worrying food crisis in the Democratic Republic of North Korea; attacks against civilians in DR Congo; outrage after the execution of child offenders in Iran; concerns over a super cereal distributed by the World Food Programme; and post-electoral violence in Benin.

Steve Howell (2019-05-03). Democrats Should Learn From Corbyn's 2017 Campaign. thenation.com Democrats Should Learn From Corbyn's 2017 Campaign…

Staff (2019-05-03). I'm Somali, a US Resident and Muslim, and Ilhan Omar Represents Me. truthout.org I first heard about Ilhan Omar five years ago. It was 2014, and the political landscape in Minneapolis was contentious among Democrats with threats and behind-the-scenes political attacks fueling party infighting. As a young activist and aid to a local city councilmember, Omar showed up to a Democratic-Farmer-Labor caucus at the Brian Coyle Community Center in Minneapolis to support the election of Mohamud Noor, a candidate who would upend the Democratic establishment and so-called Minnesota progressive culture. Noor hoped to unseat a 42-year incumbent, so tensions at the meeting were high. Bickering between t…

Peter Koenig (2019-05-03). Venezuela: Another Failed Coup Attempt. dissidentvoice.org In the early morning hours of 30 April, 2019, the self-declared "Interim President", Juan Guaidó, launched what at first sight appeared to be a military coup — Guaidó calls it "Operation Freedom" (sounds very much like a Washington-invented title) — against the democratically elected, legitimate government of Nicolas Maduro. With two dozen of defected armed …

United Nations (2019-05-03). FROM THE FIELD: Faces and Voices of Conflict. un.org "The militia forbade me to cry otherwise they would behead me" – the sombre words of a ten-year-old girl caught up in the years' long conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), one story which features in a new UN photo exhibition in the United States, called Caught in Conflict.

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-05-03). Roaming Charges: Biden in Plain Sight. counterpunch.org Joe Biden will never again be more popular than he was the day before he entered the presidential race. Still his residual appeal, a misbegotten nostalgia for the Obama years, vaulted Biden 20 points ahead of his nearest Democratic Party rivals in a Quinnipiac poll taken a few days after Biden's announcement (in a creepy video) and his first campaign gigs, where, despite decades of service in the legislative ranks of Wall Street, he cunningly wrapped himself in the union label. More

Fréa Lockley (2019-05-03). Boris Johnson's latest clanger came just after Jacob Rees-Mogg backed him for PM. thecanary.co Jacob Rees-Mogg backed Boris Johnson as 'the one' to "unite" the Conservative Party. But Rees-Mogg's backing came just days before Johnson deleted a clanger of a tweet about voting in the local elections. | "I just voted Conservative": | On 2 May, Johnson proudly declared, "I just voted Conservative in the local elections…

Nick Bernabe (2019-05-03). #DivestFromFacebook: Anti-Media Shifting From Facebook to Minds. theantimedia.com (ANTIMEDIA) No good things last, it is said, and Facebook's days as a medium for spreading information have come and gone. The social network has faced a firestorm of criticism over numerous privacy violations and supposed negligence to Russia's electioneering of America's last presidential election, but one thing the tech giant is praised for in the media is …

susan_p (2019-05-03). Kanaky: Independence forces set their sights on 2020 referendum. greenleft.org.au The struggle for self determination in New Caledonia (Kanaky) was boosted last November, when more than 43% of the population voted to support independence from France in a referendum. A second independence referendum will be held next year. | The FLNKS (The Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front), a pro-independence alliance of political parties met in March to plan for the general elections in May and to prepare for the 2020 referendum. Green Left Weekly's Susan Price spoke with FLNKS representative in Australia, Charles Wea about the congress and the referendum campaign. | *** | What is the signific…

Staff (2019-05-03). Trump, Putin Discuss Nuclear Pacts, Mueller Report in Hour-Long Call. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin for more than an hour Friday about nuclear weapons agreements, the conflict in Venezuela, North Korea and also briefly about special counsel Robert Mueller's just completed report on Moscow's interference in the 2016 election. | "They had a very good discussion. Spoke for a little over an hour," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at the White House. "They discussed nuclear agreements, both new and extended, with the possibility of having conversations with China on that front as well." | "There was a discussi…

WSWS (2019-05-03). After Spanish elections, Podemos pushes for pro-austerity PSOE government. wsws.org Even as the PSOE's police-state and austerity policies fuel the far right's rise, Podemos is asking to join a PSOE government and defending it from criticism on its left.

James Wright (2019-05-03). Proof that local election results mean nothing for the fate of Labour. thecanary.co Political commentators of all stripes are pointing to the local election results to claim their view is widely represented in public opinion. As it stands at the time of writing, the Conservatives have lost roughly 1,000 councillors and Labour around 100, while the Lib Dems, Greens, and 'Others' have made significant gains.But where it really counts, council elections mean little. Because they don't determine the fate of Labour and other parties in a general election.Proof: Take the 20…

Iván Orosa Paleo (2019-05-03). Spain's General Election 2019. Pedro Sanchez is the Winner. globalresearch.ca On April 28, a general election, for the National Congress and the Senate, was held in Spain after Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called new elections. Sánchez is the leader of the social-liberal, pro-European Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSO), in …

susan_p (2019-05-03). Spanish elections: Important battle won against the right. greenleft.org.au The question on everyone's lips in the last week of the Spanish election campaign was just how strongly the filthy brown tide of reaction would run — encapsulated in the vote for the racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, anti-feminist, pro-gun and, above all, anti-Catalan outfit Vox. | The average of legal polling, allowed by the Central Electoral Board until one week before the vote, had Vox at 11.2%, yielding around 30-35 seats in the 350-seat Congress of Deputies. | However, illegal and internal party polls in the last week of the campaign — or deliberately scary leaks about them — were assigning…

pip.hinman (2019-05-03). ACTU must heed lesson of past elections. greenleft.org.au Another federal election looming and, of course, working people and trade unions want to see off the reactionary Coalition government in Canberra. | Much has been made in the media about the trade union movement, led by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), spending millions on marginal seat campaigning. There have also been some very successful rallies by workers that have highlighted the widespread opposition to the Coalition anti-worker, anti-union policies. | Attention has also been given to the policy demands put forward by the ACTU under the leadership of secretary Sally McManus. Progressive unions…

Matthew Cole (2019-05-03). How Erik Prince Used the Rise of Trump to Make an Improbable Comeback. theintercept.com When Erik Prince arrived at the Four Seasons resort in the Seychelles in January 2017 for his now-famous meetings with a Russian banker and UAE ruler Mohammed bin Zayed, he was in the middle of an unexpected comeback. The election of Donald Trump had given the disgraced Blackwater founder a new opportunity to prove himself. After years of trying and failing to peddle a sweeping vision of mercenary warfare around the world, Erik Prince was back in the game. | Bin Zayed had convened a group of close family members and advisers at the luxurious Indian Ocean resort for a grand strategy session in anticipation of the…

Fight Back (2019-05-03). Wisconsin's May Day celebration demands drivers licenses for undocumented. fightbacknews.org Madison WI – Thousands gathered on, May 1 in celebration of May Day in Wisconsin's capital. Voces de la Frontera hosted the event and were able to bring in more than 17 different cities to attend. | The march and rally were not only in celebration of May Day, but also to put pressure on Wisconsin Republicans to pass legislation that would allow undocumented people to reinstate their driving licenses. | Hector Hernandez said, "We drove almost three hours this morning to demand drivers licenses. We cannot continue to be harassed by police when all we are trying to do is take our children to school." Currently, Gov…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-05-03). UK Conservatives Lose Over 1,200 Local Seats in Local Elections. commondreams.org Labour lost 100 seats as well, Liberal Democrats and other independent parties the big winners | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ralph Nader (2019-05-03). Trump vs. Congress and Our Constitution. counterpunch.org Donald Trump is the most impeachable president in American history. Many Democrats, however, are running away from the word "impeachment" for tactical political reasons. Some Democrats say they have a sworn duty under the Constitution to present articles of impeachment for a vote in the House of Representatives, regardless of the refusal by the Republican More

Rob Urie (2019-05-03). Environmental Crisis, Oil Geopolitics and the Trump Diversion. counterpunch.org America in 2019 is a very strange place. The problems of the age: looming environmental calamity, the threat of nuclear annihilation and accumulating class tensions, keep being shoved to the side through diversionary tactics. No sooner had a range of left programs been consolidated under the banner of a Green New Deal than establishment Democrats More

Satya Vatti (2019-05-03). Proposed new census question steps up Trump administration's racist attacks on immigrants. liberationnews.org Given the track record of the U.S. government, with its racist history of deportations, incarceration and family separations under both the Democratic and Republican parties, the citizenship question on the census is sure to incite anxieties and fear among immigrants who are repeatedly scapegoated by politicians for mass unemployment and poverty that are in fact products of the capitalist economic system.

Fréa Lockley (2019-05-03). Green Party gains more seats than ever before in local elections. thecanary.co The Green Party secured a historic local election victory on 2 May. Just days after parliament declared a "climate emergency", Greens won more seats in UK elections than ever before. | "The biggest election night in our history": | With votes still coming in at the time of writing, the so-called #greenwave is clear to…

John McEvoy (2019-05-02). US progressives offer ray of hope and resistance as military threats against Venezuela intensify. thecanary.co After another failed coup attempt in Venezuela, W…

Staff (2019-05-02). Black Women Rally in Defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar. therealnews.com Hundreds of Black women and men gathered at the US Capitol to serve notice to the Republicans who are attacking her, and to the Democrats who are not defending her, that they all #StandWithIlhan…

unitedEditor (2019-05-02). The Spanish elections and the alleged gains of the "extreme right" uwidata.com The elections in Spain have shown that the country will not follow the populist trends that seem to be blooming across the rest of Europe. The PSOE, the Spanish Socialist Party, a hollow social democratic version of the radical party it once was, retained their hold on power. #SpainElection | #EleccionesGenerales28Abril | Polls have opened …

Joan Walsh (2019-05-02). The New Political Group Supermajority Aims to Mobilize Women Across Race, Class, and Generation. thenation.com The New Political Group Supermajority Aims to Mobilize Women Across Race, Class, and Generation…

pip.hinman (2019-05-02). Union independence from Labor key to change the rules for workers. greenleft.org.au Activists from the Australian Council of Trade Union's campaign to "change the rules" for workers were told the day before pre-polling started that its official how-to-vote for the May 18 federal election would call on voters to put Labor first. | Disappointed, though not too surprised by the decision, some activists have decided not to hand out for the campaign. | The ACTU's Change the Rules campaign initially called on voters to "Put the Liberals last". This was important for involving campaigners who are members of parties like the Greens and socialist groups or none at all. | Many activists also believe that…

pip.hinman (2019-05-02). Nothing like an election to sort the weird from the crazy. greenleft.org.au The bizarreness of Australian politics was summed up in multi-millionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer's election advertisement accusing Labor of "supporting the big end of town". | I might as well take out a nationwide ad having a go at anyone who likes beer or is too passionate about the slightly beleaguered Western Sydney Wanderers — and even then I'd struggle to match Palmer for sheer hypocrisy. | After all, Palmer was the largest single donor to the Queensland Liberal National Party, before quitting in 2012 over a state budget that included a rise in coalmining royalties. | Palmer's company, Queens…

unitedEditor (2019-05-02). The prospect of an Italian — Hungarian alliance outside a common voting block. uwidata.com On the eve of the European Parliamentary elections scheduled for May 23-26, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini will go to Budapest for the first time. In partenza per l'Ungheria per costruire la nuova Europa e tanto felice perché oggi il Parlamento approva l'educazione civica obbligatoria nelle scuole. Promessa mantenuta!Buona giornata Amici‚òÄÔ∏è pic.twitter.com/vCkwRfopRy — Matteo Salvini …

Ruth Conniff (2019-05-02). How the People Beat the Privatizers in Milwaukee Public Schools. progressive.org In an historic election, the school board, long hospitable to private interests, is now controlled by a pro-public-school majority. That's big news in a city that has had a giant target painted on it by the national school-choice lobby.

2019-05-05: Social Media Postees

AOC Refuses To Condemn Venezuela Coup
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-05
U.S. Representative for New York's 14th congressional district, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, has said she will follow the Democratic Party's leadership in regards to Venezuela, and refused to back President Maduro as the legitimate President of the Bolivarian Republic. | RELATED: | Trump's Neocon Administration Want War in Venezuela: Gabbard | Ocasio Cortez, sometimes referred to as AOC, was asked in an interview with the National Review if she sees President Maduro as legitimate, fo…
telesurenglish.net/news/AOC-Refuses-To-C…

The Only Way Democrats Can Beat Trump in 2020
Juan Cole | truthdig.com | 2019-05-05
This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. | A new CNN/SSRS poll of about 1,000 people shows that among a random sample of registered voters, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden each crush Trump by 6 to 7 points, even at this very early point in the campaign. Kamala Harris also wins, but by a smaller margin. This poll shows enormous enthusiasm for Beto O'Rourke, which, however, I suspect is a fluke of some sort. | It isn't enough, as our cable news s…
truthdig.com/articles/the-only-way-democ…

Pelosi fears Trump may borrow page from Democratic playbook by challenging 2020 election legitimacy
rt.com | 2019-05-05
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has warned her fellow Democrats that Donald Trump may question the legitimacy of the 2020 election if he loses by a slim margin — a cowardly political tactic not seen since the Democrats lost in 2016. | …
rt.com/usa/458415-nancy-pelosi-trump-dem…

Democrats Are Abandoning Senate Races to Run for President
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-04
It seems like Democrats really love having Mitch McConnell as Senate Majority Leader. Although the Senate battleground is certain to be better for Democrats in 2020 than it was in 2018 — a year when the Democratic vote reached an all-time high in a midterm election, coming within almost a million votes of the 2016 presidential election turnout — several top Democratic recruits announced this week that they won't run for competitive Senate seats. | Republicans currently hold a 53-47 edge in the Senate. There will be at least 34 seats up for election in 2020, and 22 of those are currently held by Rep…
truthout.org/articles/democrats-are-aban…

Ukraine's Post-Maidan "Democratic Deficit"
Michael Welch | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-04
Notice to our readers: This week's interview guest Eva Bartlett will be speaking in Edmonton on Saturday May 4th at 7: 30pm at the Ukrainian Centre at 11018 97 Street. | She will also speak in Vancouver on Sunday May 5th …
globalresearch.ca/ukraines-post-maidan-d…

South Africa: Ramaphosa Heading for Another Electoral Victory
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-04
A few days before the next May 8 presidential elections, the polls award 59 percent of the votes to Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's current president and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party candidate. The Democratic Alliance (DA), a party traditionally associated with conservative white voters is expected to receive about 20 percent of the votes. | RELATED:…
telesurenglish.net/news/South-Africa-Ram…

Back in Iowa, Sanders Says Big Ag's Stranglehold a Key Part of 'Major Crisis' Facing Rural America
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-04
Back on the campaign trail in Iowa over the weekend, 2020 Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders is set to unveil a major policy vision that will include breaking up powerful agriculture conglomerates as a way to save small farmers and rural communities he says are facing a "major, major crisis." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Biden Chided for Calling Trump a GOP 'Aberration' as Opposed to Symptom of Party's Disease
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-04
Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden is receiving many sideways glances and correctives—as well as direct rebukes—for suggesting President Donald Trump is somehow an "aberration" separate from the ills and misdeeds of the contemporary Republican Party. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/04/biden-c…

Tom Hayden, Giant of the New Left Remembered
Paul Buhle | progressive.org | 2019-05-04
A new biography of Tom Hayden tracks his political life, as a radical activist and later as a prominent California Democrat.
progressive.org/dispatches/tom-hayden-ne…

No One Knows Joe Biden's Healthcare Plans, Maybe Not Even Biden
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-04
Joe Biden, one of the alleged top Democratic runners in the 2020 United States presidential elections, has yet to inform citizens on his intentions for healthcare and foreign policy. | RELATED: | End of Bromance? Even Obama Doesn't Think Biden Should Run for President | Benefiting from extremely high name recognition and an ability to enteratain an audience, the former U.S. vice president who served President Barack Obama for two terms said he lacked time to lay out his…
telesurenglish.net/news/No-One-Knows-Joe…

Obama-tied operatives and Biden supporters launch $60 million 'dark money' group
Anna Massoglia and Kaitlin Washburn | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-04
A new "dark money" group is labeling itself the strategy center for Democrats in 2020. | The recently-launched Future Majority will spend up to $60 million to target voters in swing states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio in the 2020 election, helping Democrats craft messaging that they are fighting for working people while countering conservative talking points, according to Politico. | The 501(c)(4) nonprofit, run by Democratic strategist Mark Riddle, is not required to disclose its donors. The g…
nationofchange.org/2019/05/04/obama-tied…

House passes Climate Action Now bill in first major climate change legislation in a decade
Ashley Curtin | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-04
Three Republicans voted with House Democrats to approve the Climate Action Now bill — the first major climate change legislation in a decade.
nationofchange.org/2019/05/04/house-pass…

The Media Is Already Bungling Its Trump Re-Election Coverage
Ryan Cooper | commondreams.org | 2019-05-04
Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden greets guests during a campaign event at The River Center on May 1, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. The event was Biden's final rally in the state, wrapping up his first visit since announcing that he was officially seeking the Democratic nomination for president. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Local elections with 30% turnout prove Brexit should be harder/cancelled
John Shafthauer | thecanary.co | 2019-05-04
There are a few things you can say clearly about the local elections. The Tories lost big. Labour lost a little. The Lib Dems, Greens, and others cleaned up. | There's something else you can say. Voter turnout was incredibly low. As such, it's difficult to say what these elections mean. Unless you run a national newspaper, in which case you can say whatever you like: | Same election, same headline, two newspapers hearing diame…
thecanary.co/off-the-perch/2019/05/04/local-elections-with-30-turnout-prove-brexit-should-be-harder-cancelled/

Local Elections: MSM Nonsense — and the Real Message for British Politicians
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-04
Who won, who lost, was it Remain, Leave, blah, blah. Let's not beat about the bush here and say what this really means and not the garbage that the mainstream media would have you believe. | Change UK changed nothing at …
globalresearch.ca/local-elections-msm-no…

Climate Campaigners Praise Gov. Inslee's 'Spirited Commitment' to Action, While Calling on 2020 Candidate to 'Push the Envelope'
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-03
Climate action groups applauded Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday as he became the first 2020 Democratic presidential contender to commit to a 100 percent renewable energy system, as part of the climate action plan he released. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/03/climate…

Friday's Daily Brief: hunger in North Korea, human rights in Iran, updates on DR Congo and Benin
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-03
This Friday, we cover: a worrying food crisis in the Democratic Republic of North Korea; attacks against civilians in DR Congo; outrage after the execution of child offenders in Iran; concerns over a super cereal distributed by the World Food Programme; and post-electoral violence in Benin.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1…

Democrats Should Learn From Corbyn's 2017 Campaign
Steve Howell | thenation.com | 2019-05-03
Democrats Should Learn From Corbyn's 2017 Campaign…
thenation.com/article/corbyn-labour-demo…

UK Conservatives Lose Over 1,200 Local Seats in Local Elections
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-03
Labour lost 100 seats as well, Liberal Democrats and other independent parties the big winners | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/03/uk-cons…

I'm Somali, a US Resident and Muslim, and Ilhan Omar Represents Me
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-03
I first heard about Ilhan Omar five years ago. It was 2014, and the political landscape in Minneapolis was contentious among Democrats with threats and behind-the-scenes political attacks fueling party infighting. As a young activist and aid to a local city councilmember, Omar showed up to a Democratic-Farmer-Labor caucus at the Brian Coyle Community Center in Minneapolis to support the election of Mohamud Noor, a candidate who would upend the Democratic establishment and so-called Minnesota progressive culture. Noor hoped to unseat a 42-year incumbent, so tensions at the meeting were high. Bickering between t…
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Environmental Crisis, Oil Geopolitics and the Trump Diversion
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
America in 2019 is a very strange place. The problems of the age: looming environmental calamity, the threat of nuclear annihilation and accumulating class tensions, keep being shoved to the side through diversionary tactics. No sooner had a range of left programs been consolidated under the banner of a Green New Deal than establishment Democrats…
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Proposed new census question steps up Trump administration's racist attacks on immigrants
Satya Vatti | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-03
Given the track record of the U.S. government, with its racist history of deportations, incarceration and family separations under both the Democratic and Republican parties, the citizenship question on the census is sure to incite anxieties and fear among immigrants who are repeatedly scapegoated by politicians for mass unemployment and poverty that are in fact products of the capitalist economic system.
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The Secret Campaign for 2020: Where the Democratic Candidates Stand on Foreign Policy
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
Americans vote their pocketbooks. It's the economy, stupid. Absent a war or recent terrorist attack, conventional wisdom believes that voters prioritize domestic issues. Right now, conventional wisdom is correct. According to the latest Pew Research poll, the five most important issues for Democrats are healthcare, education, Medicare, poverty and the environment. So it's not surprising that the major Democratic…
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Elections in Spain: Regime Maintenance Disguised as Democratic Vitality and the Possibility of Change
Thomas S. Harrington | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
In last Sunday's Spanish elections, Pedro Sánchez's Socialist Party (PSOE) considerably expanded its presence in the country's Parliament, while the Popular Party (PP), which for more than two decades has quite purposefully and successfully driven the country's arena of "thinkable thought" toward the hard right, had its poorest electoral showing in years. The other big…
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Trump vs. Congress and Our Constitution
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
Donald Trump is the most impeachable president in American history. Many Democrats, however, are running away from the word "impeachment" for tactical political reasons. Some Democrats say they have a sworn duty under the Constitution to present articles of impeachment for a vote in the House of Representatives, regardless of the refusal by the Republican…
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Roaming Charges: Biden in Plain Sight
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
Joe Biden will never again be more popular than he was the day before he entered the presidential race. Still his residual appeal, a misbegotten nostalgia for the Obama years, vaulted Biden 20 points ahead of his nearest Democratic Party rivals in a Quinnipiac poll taken a few days after Biden's announcement (in a creepy video) and his first campaign gigs, where, despite decades of service in the legislative ranks of Wall Street, he cunningly wrapped himself in the union label.
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Venezuela: Another Failed Coup Attempt
Peter Koenig | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-03
In the early morning hours of 30 April, 2019, the self-declared "Interim President", Juan Guaidó, launched what at first sight appeared to be a military coup — Guaidó calls it "Operation Freedom" (sounds very much like a Washington-invented title) — against the democratically elected, legitimate government of Nicolas Maduro. With two dozen of defected armed …
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Pelosi's Trump Problem and Ours
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
Part One Since long before Donald Trump oozed out from the New York tabloids and Atlantic City casinos into the mainstream of American politics, the United States has had no genuine center left political party. What it has had instead is a feckless Democratic Party that is as much a capitalist tool (apologies to Forbes…
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FROM THE FIELD: Faces and Voices of Conflict
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-03
"The militia forbade me to cry otherwise they would behead me" – the sombre words of a ten-year-old girl caught up in the years' long conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), one story which features in a new UN photo exhibition in the United States, called Caught in Conflict.
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How Erik Prince Used the Rise of Trump to Make an Improbable Comeback
Matthew Cole | theintercept.com | 2019-05-03
When Erik Prince arrived at the Four Seasons resort in the Seychelles in January 2017 for his now-famous meetings with a Russian banker and UAE ruler Mohammed bin Zayed, he was in the middle of an unexpected comeback. The election of Donald Trump had given the disgraced Blackwater founder a new opportunity to prove himself. After years of trying and failing to peddle a sweeping vision of mercenary warfare around the world, Erik Prince was back in the game. | Bin Zayed had convened a group of close family members and advisers at the luxurious Indian Ocean resort for a grand strategy session in anticipation of the…
theintercept.com/2019/05/03/erik-prince-…

Boris Johnson's latest clanger came just after Jacob Rees-Mogg backed him for PM
Fréa Lockley | thecanary.co | 2019-05-03
Jacob Rees-Mogg backed Boris Johnson as 'the one' to "unite" the Conservative Party. But Rees-Mogg's backing came just days before Johnson deleted a clanger of a tweet about voting in the local elections. | "I just voted Conservative": | On 2 May, Johnson proudly declared, "I just voted Conservative in the local elections…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/05/03/boris-johnsons-latest-clanger-came-just-after-jacob-rees-mogg-backed-him-for-pm/

After Spanish elections, Podemos pushes for pro-austerity PSOE government
wsws.org | 2019-05-03
Even as the PSOE's police-state and austerity policies fuel the far right's rise, Podemos is asking to join a PSOE government and defending it from criticism on its left.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/03/pode…

Trump, Putin Discuss Nuclear Pacts, Mueller Report in Hour-Long Call
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-03
WASHINGTON–President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin for more than an hour Friday about nuclear weapons agreements, the conflict in Venezuela, North Korea and also briefly about special counsel Robert Mueller's just completed report on Moscow's interference in the 2016 election. | "They had a very good discussion. Spoke for a little over an hour," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at the White House. "They discussed nuclear agreements, both new and extended, with the possibility of having conversations with China on that front as well." | "There was a discussi…
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Proof that local election results mean nothing for the fate of Labour
James Wright | thecanary.co | 2019-05-03
Political commentators of all stripes are pointing to the local election results to claim their view is widely represented in public opinion. As it stands at the time of writing, the Conservatives have lost roughly 1,000 councillors and Labour around 100, while the Lib Dems, Greens, and 'Others' have made significant gains.But where it really counts, council elections mean little. Because they don't determine the fate of Labour and other parties in a general election.Proof: Take the 20…
thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2019/05/03/proof-that-local-election-results-mean-nothing-for-the-fate-of-labour/

Kanaky: Independence forces set their sights on 2020 referendum
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
The struggle for self determination in New Caledonia (Kanaky) was boosted last November, when more than 43% of the population voted to support independence from France in a referendum. A second independence referendum will be held next year. | The FLNKS (The Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front), a pro-independence alliance of political parties met in March to plan for the general elections in May and to prepare for the 2020 referendum. Green Left Weekly's Susan Price spoke with FLNKS representative in Australia, Charles Wea about the congress and the referendum campaign. | *** | What is the signific…
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ACTU must heed lesson of past elections
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
Another federal election looming and, of course, working people and trade unions want to see off the reactionary Coalition government in Canberra. | Much has been made in the media about the trade union movement, led by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), spending millions on marginal seat campaigning. There have also been some very successful rallies by workers that have highlighted the widespread opposition to the Coalition anti-worker, anti-union policies. | Attention has also been given to the policy demands put forward by the ACTU under the leadership of secretary Sally McManus. Progressive unions…
greenleft.org.au/content/actu-must-heed-lesson-past-elections

Spanish elections: Important battle won against the right
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
The question on everyone's lips in the last week of the Spanish election campaign was just how strongly the filthy brown tide of reaction would run — encapsulated in the vote for the racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, anti-feminist, pro-gun and, above all, anti-Catalan outfit Vox. | The average of legal polling, allowed by the Central Electoral Board until one week before the vote, had Vox at 11.2%, yielding around 30-35 seats in the 350-seat Congress of Deputies. | However, illegal and internal party polls in the last week of the campaign — or deliberately scary leaks about them — were assigning…
greenleft.org.au/content/spanish-elections-important-battle-won-against-right

#DivestFromFacebook: Anti-Media Shifting From Facebook to Minds
Nick Bernabe | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-03
(ANTIMEDIA) No good things last, it is said, and Facebook's days as a medium for spreading information have come and gone. The social network has faced a firestorm of criticism over numerous privacy violations and supposed negligence to Russia's electioneering of America's last presidential election, but one thing the tech giant is praised for in the media is …

#DivestFromFacebook: Anti-Media Shifting From Facebook to Minds

Green Party gains more seats than ever before in local elections
Fréa Lockley | thecanary.co | 2019-05-03
The Green Party secured a historic local election victory on 2 May. Just days after parliament declared a "climate emergency", Greens won more seats in UK elections than ever before. | "The biggest election night in our history": | With votes still coming in at the time of writing, the so-called #greenwave is clear to…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/05/03/green-party-gains-more-seats-than-ever-before-in-local-elections/

Spain's General Election 2019. Pedro Sanchez is the Winner
Iván Orosa Paleo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
On April 28, a general election, for the National Congress and the Senate, was held in Spain after Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called new elections. Sánchez is the leader of the social-liberal, pro-European Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSO), in …
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Wisconsin's May Day celebration demands drivers licenses for undocumented
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-03
Madison WI – Thousands gathered on, May 1 in celebration of May Day in Wisconsin's capital. Voces de la Frontera hosted the event and were able to bring in more than 17 different cities to attend. | The march and rally were not only in celebration of May Day, but also to put pressure on Wisconsin Republicans to pass legislation that would allow undocumented people to reinstate their driving licenses. | Hector Hernandez said, "We drove almost three hours this morning to demand drivers licenses. We cannot continue to be harassed by police when all we are trying to do is take our children to school." Currently, Gov…
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Black Women Rally in Defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-02
Hundreds of Black women and men gathered at the US Capitol to serve notice to the Republicans who are attacking her, and to the Democrats who are not defending her, that they all #StandWithIlhan…
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The Spanish elections and the alleged gains of the "extreme right"
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-02
The elections in Spain have shown that the country will not follow the populist trends that seem to be blooming across the rest of Europe. The PSOE, the Spanish Socialist Party, a hollow social democratic version of the radical party it once was, retained their hold on power. #SpainElection | #EleccionesGenerales28Abril | Polls have opened …
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Nothing like an election to sort the weird from the crazy
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-02
The bizarreness of Australian politics was summed up in multi-millionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer's election advertisement accusing Labor of "supporting the big end of town". | I might as well take out a nationwide ad having a go at anyone who likes beer or is too passionate about the slightly beleaguered Western Sydney Wanderers — and even then I'd struggle to match Palmer for sheer hypocrisy. | After all, Palmer was the largest single donor to the Queensland Liberal National Party, before quitting in 2012 over a state budget that included a rise in coalmining royalties. | Palmer's company, Queens…
greenleft.org.au/content/nothing-election-sort-weird-crazy

The New Political Group Supermajority Aims to Mobilize Women Across Race, Class, and Generation
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2019-05-02
The New Political Group Supermajority Aims to Mobilize Women Across Race, Class, and Generation…
thenation.com/article/supermajority-ceci…

Indonesian Elections: Two Right-Wing Candidates Claiming Victory
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-02
She deserves better In Indonesia, both presidential candidates have declared victory, just a few days after the elections that were held on 17th April, 2019. Both of them are pro-business, both Muslim, and both insist that the Communist Party should continue to be banned. Neither of them is even thinking about stopping their country from …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/indonesian-el…

How the People Beat the Privatizers in Milwaukee Public Schools
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2019-05-02
In an historic election, the school board, long hospitable to private interests, is now controlled by a pro-public-school majority. That's big news in a city that has had a giant target painted on it by the national school-choice lobby.
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Union independence from Labor key to change the rules for workers
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-02
Activists from the Australian Council of Trade Union's campaign to "change the rules" for workers were told the day before pre-polling started that its official how-to-vote for the May 18 federal election would call on voters to put Labor first. | Disappointed, though not too surprised by the decision, some activists have decided not to hand out for the campaign. | The ACTU's Change the Rules campaign initially called on voters to "Put the Liberals last". This was important for involving campaigners who are members of parties like the Greens and socialist groups or none at all. | Many activists also believe that…
greenleft.org.au/content/union-independence-labor-key-change-rules-workers

The prospect of an Italian — Hungarian alliance outside a common voting block
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-02
On the eve of the European Parliamentary elections scheduled for May 23-26, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini will go to Budapest for the first time. In partenza per l'Ungheria per costruire la nuova Europa e tanto felice perché oggi il Parlamento approva l'educazione civica obbligatoria nelle scuole. Promessa mantenuta!Buona giornata Amici‚òÄÔ∏è pic.twitter.com/vCkwRfopRy — Matteo Salvini …
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Democratic Triumph for Catalan Separatists
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-01
Given all they were up against, Craig Murray underscores the importance of their victory in Spain's general election. By Craig Murray CraigMurray.org.uk The Spanish general election in Catalonia was a stunning victory for the Catalan separatists, their best election result,… Read more ?…
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