Daily Archives: May 7, 2019

2019-05-07: News Headlines

RT (2019-05-07). Trump critics drag Tiger Woods over Medal of Freedom. rt.com Golfer Tiger Woods received the highest US civilian decoration from President Donald Trump, prompting media and Democrats to brand him a Trump crony and dismiss his accomplishments in sports and life.

WSWS (2019-05-07). Conflicts flare between Trump and House Democrats. wsws.org On a range of issues, the Trump administration is refusing to provide documents and witnesses subpoenaed by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.

WSWS (2019-05-07). Germany: FDP Congress tacks to the right. wsws.org The central message of the Congress was unmistakable: the Free Democrats advocate aggressive international expansion, more corporate deregulation and austerity for the working class.

WSWS (2019-05-07). After Matamoros strikes, Mexican government enacts bill for "democratic unions" wsws.org The bill is a response to the resurgence of the class struggle and a demand for the passage of the USMCA.

WSWS (2019-05-07). Democrats line up behind Trump's war on immigrants. wsws.org With death and misery mounting along the southern US border,the Democratic party is signaling its support for further repression.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-07). Rebuking DCCC Blacklist, Progressive Groups Endorse Campaign to Oust 'Anti-Choice, Anti-LGBTQ' Democrat. commondreams.org "Dan Lipinski is dangerously out of touch, and has time and time again refused to stand up for basic values like reproductive freedom, LGBTQ equality, and economic opportunity for every family." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Dan Corjescu (2019-05-07). It's Globalization, Stupid! counterpunch.org The coming presidential election is not about Trump. It's about the nation state vs globalization. If the democrats don't get that; they will surely loose no matter who becomes their eventual candidate. The recent rise of populist leaders and their nationalist agendas are surely the inevitable political reaction to the Neoliberalism of the last thirty More

Jeffrey C. Isaac (2019-05-07). When It Comes to Trump, Nancy Pelosi May Be Too Clever for Our Own Good. commondreams.org Congressional Democrats, including (L-R) House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA), Senate Finance Committee ranking member Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), talk to reporters following a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House April 30, 2019 in Washington, DC. The Democratic leaders met with Trump to discuss infrastructure. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-05-07). Labor leader makes phony populist pitch at Australian election launch. wsws.org Labor is absurdly claiming that paltry funding on health and a miniscule increase in tax collected from multinational corporations, will resolve the deepening social crisis.

Edna Bonhomme (2019-05-07). The Disturbing Rise of 'Femonationalism'. thenation.com Across Europe, politicians are hijacking feminist language to further right-wing ideologies.

teleSUR (2019-05-07). Sunny Side Up: Australian PM Egged By Protester. telesurenglish.net Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was egged by a protester during a campaign event in Albury for the upcoming general election. | RELATED: | Australia Opposition Promises MultiMillion-Dollar Indigenous Development Budget If Elected | According to the BBC, the protesters egg just grazed Morrison, but it did not break. The The egg grazed Mr Morrison's head but did not break, local media said. The incident also knocked an elderly woman to the gr…

WSWS (2019-05-07). Vote Socialist Equality Party! No to War and Austerity! For Socialism and Internationalism! wsws.org The Socialist Equality Party has placed at the very centre of its election campaign the demand that the Australia government immediately repatriate publisher and journalist, Julian Assange and courageous whistleblower, Chelsea Manning…

Consortiumnews (2019-05-07). How US and Foreign Intel Agencies Interfered in a US Election. consortiumnews.com The evidence is plain—there was a broad, coordinated effort by the Obama Administration, with the help of foreign governments, to target Donald Trump and paint him as a Russian stooge, writes Larry Johnson By Larry C. Johnson Sic Semper Tyrannis … Read more →

Andrew Stewart (2019-05-07). Rhode Island: Eco-Allied Convergence or Divided by Trumpism? counterpunch.org When Gina Raimondo became Governor of Rhode Island in 2015, she formulated two major construction projects (ergo by default supported by the Building and Trades unions, a major political force within the Democratic Party she hails from) that could not have been more perfectly located. By proposing the construction of a fracked natural gas power More

Staff (2019-05-06). Mnuchin Denies Democrats' Request for Trump Tax Returns. truthdig.com The treasury secretary's move is sure to set up a legal battle; the House Ways and Means Committee may subpoena the IRS or file a lawsuit.

RT (2019-05-06). US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin refuses to give Trump's tax returns to Congress. rt.com US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has officially refused to turn over six years of President Donald Trump's tax filings to House Democrats, declaring their request lacked a "legitimate legislative purpose."

Eric Hacopian (2019-05-06). Democratic Elite Could Care Less About the Life of the Party. truthdig.com It disdains the priorities of its voters, who largely support Medicare-for-all, the Green New Deal and ending our militarized foreign policy.

Staff (2019-05-06). Sanders Calls for Breaking Up Big Agriculture Monopolies. truthdig.com OSAGE, Iowa — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Sunday proposed a sweeping agriculture and rural investment plan to break up big agriculture monopolies and shift farm subsidies toward small family farmers. | "I think a farmer that produces the food we eat may be almost as important as some crook on Wall Street who destroys the economy," Sanders said during a campaign event in Osage, a town of fewer than 4,000 people. "Those of us who come from rural America have nothing to be ashamed about, and the time is long overdue for us to stand up and fight for our way of life." | Sanders' plan expa…

Jon Queally (2019-05-06). Despite International Law, Pompeo Claims US Military Attack on Venezuela "Would Be Lawful" theantimedia.com (CD) — After U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday morning that President Donald Trump has a "full range of options" when it comes to possible next moves against Venezuela, anti-war critics are wondering what the Democrats in Congress are prepared to do in order to curtail the administration's ongoing threat of using military force to …

teleSUR (2019-05-06). US Gloats Own Actions to Economically Ruin Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The United States (U.S) government's involvement in the destabilization attempts against Venezuela can no longer be denied or ignored after a document has resurfaced regarding its central role in the operations aimed to oust the legitimate and democratically elected government of the Latin American nation. | RELATED: | US Economic Bullying Devastates Venezuela: Ilhan Omar Denounces | The official document published on April 24, 2019, issued by the State Department, comprises al…

Staff (2019-05-06). Nancy Pelosi's "Winning" Strategy Is to Appease Centrists. truthout.org House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tells The New York Times that the way to beat Trump is not through impeachment or championing progressive causes. To win, Democrats have to be more friendly to "centrists" — which is neoliberal-speak for the donor and corporate class which owns her organization. | If you cower, they (the mythical center of the electorate) will come. | Remember how well that smarmy strategy worked out when Neville Chamberlain tried to appe…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-05-06). Six Dem hopefuls push workers' rights at Las Vegas forum. peoplesworld.org LAS VEGAS —Six Democratic presidential hopefuls, vying for workers' support in the 2020 primaries, pushed hard for workers' rights at an all-day forum in Las Vegas April 27. For five of them — Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) and Kamala Harris (Calif.), former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (Texas) and former Gov. John Hickenlooper (Colo.) …

Lee Fang (2019-05-06). Joe Biden's Presidential Campaign Pledged Not to Take Special-Interest Money — but Not His PAC. theintercept.com In his bid to become the Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden pledged to reject contributions from lobbyists and corporate PACs. But he has quietly taken in more than $30,000 in donations from corporate interests through a political action committee he created in 2017. | Biden founded American Possibilities in 2017 to support Democ…

David Dayen (2019-05-06). Obama's Agriculture Secretary, Now Working for the Dairy Industry, Urges 2020 Democrats to Be Nice to the Dairy Industry. theintercept.com Some dairy companies have begun to include a list of suicide prevention hotlines in the envelope with farmers' checks.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-05-06). Treating Gun Violence 'As the Epidemic That It Is,' Cory Booker Wins Praise for Sweeping Gun Control Plan. commondreams.org National gun control groups and progressives offered praise on Monday for Sen. Cory Booker's proposal "to end the gun violence epidemic," with some advocates calling the plan the most ambitious of any gun control action plan offered by the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-06). Democrats Demand White House Hand Over Documents on Trump's "Abominable" Hurricane Response in Puerto Rico. commondreams.org House Democrats also requested records and communications from FEMA "regarding mass graves found in Puerto Rico." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-06). Ex-Blackwater CEO Erik Prince Makes a Comeback Under Trump Selling Mercenary Armies Around the World. democracynow.org The House Intelligence Committee has sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department for Erik Prince, founder of the mercenary firm Blackwater. House Democrats are accusing Prince of lying to Congress during his November 2017 testimony before the Committee, when he described a meeting in the Seychelles with a Russian banker before Donald Trump's inauguration as a chance encounter. According to the Mueller report, the meeting was an attempt to establish a backchannel between the incoming Trump administration and Russia, and may have been arranged by the Trump team. The move is one of the latest actions placing…

Amy Goodman (2019-05-06). Ex-Blackwater CEO Erik Prince makes a comeback under Trump selling mercenary armies around the world. nationofchange.org House Democrats are accusing Prince of lying to Congress during his November 2017 testimony before the Committee, when he described a meeting in the Seychelles with a Russian banker before Donald Trump's inauguration as a chance encounter.

Michael T. Hertz (2019-05-06). The Indivisible Unity Pledge and the Democratic Party progressives. nationofchange.org Bernie has just taken the Indivisible Unity Pledge — meaning that he will back the Democratic nominee regardless of the DNC moves to eliminate progressives from the race.

Ilana Novick (2019-05-06). Are Democrats Losing Their Enthusiasm? A New Poll Gives GOP the Edge. truthdig.com Republicans' interest bounces back after midterms, a sure sign the "blue wave" can't be counted on but must be earned in 2020.

Staff (2019-05-06). Ex-Blackwater CEO Erik Prince Makes a Comeback Under Trump. truthout.org The House Intelligence Committee has sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department for Erik Prince, founder of the mercenary firm Blackwater. House Democrats are accusing Prince of lying to Congress during his November 2017 testimony before the Committee, when he described a meeting in the Seychelles with a Russian banker before Donald Trump's inauguration as a chance encounter. According to the Robert Mueller report, the meeting was an attempt to establish a backchannel between the incoming Trump administration and Russia, and may have been arranged by the Trump team. The move is one of the latest action…

Michael Payne (2019-05-06). Let the war begin: Trump versus the House Democrats and — America and its people. nationofchange.org This war he initiated is against the House Democrats and is based on political issues. But its also against this nation's democracy and the people of America.

Aída Chávez (2019-05-06). New York Machine Trying to Toss Kat Brezler, Organizer for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Off Local Ballot. theintercept.com For decades, political bosses in New York have clung to power by using the state's complicated election laws to keep primary challengers off the ballot — laws written just for that purpose. | The laws are enforced, in turn, by judges appointed by and intertwined with the very machine they are ostensibly keeping in check. | A textbook case is unfolding this week in White Plains, Westchester County, where New York's Democratic machine is trying to force a progressive Common Council candidate off the ballot. Kat Brezler is a public school teacher, but the role that has her in the machine's sights goes back to…

Ralph Nader (2019-05-06). Note To the Environmental Community. counterpunch.org In 2003, political strategist Frank Luntz wrote a confidential Republican Party memo on what he called "the environmental communications battle." In that memo, Luntz advised Republicans to change the words they used to meet their ends. "The scientific debate is closing but not yet closed," he wrote. "There is still a window of opportunity to More

Mehdi Hasan (2019-05-06). Joe Biden Won't Blame the Republicans for Trump. That Should Disqualify Him. theintercept.com Biden says Trump is the sole cause of America's political crisis — but in fact, the president is a symptom of the GOP's derangement.

Jonathan Cook (2019-05-06). The Palestinian Authority is No Longer Crying Wolf Over its Imminent Collapse. dissidentvoice.org We have been here many times before. However, on this occasion even the principal actors understand that the Palestinian Authority is not crying wolf as it warns of imminent collapse. The crisis is entirely of Israel and Washington's making. Keen to pander to hawkish public opinion in the run-up to last month's election, Israel's Prime …

WSWS (2019-05-06). Israel pounds Gaza, stoking fears of invasion. wsws.org Less than a month after his far-right bloc's victory in last month's elections, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu authorised an aerial assault on Gaza, targeting at least 150 sites over the weekend.

teleSUR (2019-05-06). Spain Court Rules Catalan ex-Leader Can Stand in European Vote. telesurenglish.net A Madrid court ruled Monday that former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium in 2017 to escape arrest for his role in an independence referendum, could run in the European Parliament election on May 26. | Spain's electoral commission last month barred Puigdemont and two other fugitive Catalan politicians from standing, but they appealed the decision. Puigdemont and Toni Comin live in Belgium while Clara Ponsati lives in Scotland. | All three face arrest if they return to Spain as the referendum was ruled illegal by the Constitutional Court. | Spain's electoral body originally ruled they coul…

teleSUR (2019-05-06). Turkish Electoral Board Orders New Istanbul Local Election. telesurenglish.net Turkey's Supreme Board of Elections made its decision regarding the elections for Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Monday in which it decided to cancel and renew the vote that was held on March 31, which saw the candidate of the opposition party CHP Ekrem Imamoglu winning the mayoral position. | Ruling party AKP's representative at the electoral board Recep àñzel also announced the decision from his twitter account. "Istanbul elections are renewed. Good luck …," he tweeted. | àñzel also said that the country's High Election Board has set June 23 for a re-run of local elections in Istanbul.

Jason Ditz (2019-05-06). CNN Falsely Claims Venezuela's Guaido Was Elected President in January. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Continuing to try to advance the US narrative that Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido is the "duly elected" president, CNN went to the trouble on Sunday afternoon of inventing an entire election to base this around. In the CNN report, they declared "pressure is mounting on Maduro to step down, following elections in January in which …

Consortiumnews (2019-05-06). In Upcoming Elections EU Parliament Faces a Long List of Enemies. consortiumnews.com Attilio Moro explains why the EU's only directly elected legislative body is mounting such an energetic voter-turnout campaign. By Attilio Moro in Brussels Special to Consortium News As the EU approaches what are considered to be the most important elections… Read more →

teleSUR (2019-05-06). South Africa Readies for Elections, Ruling ANC Expects Win. telesurenglish.net South Africans are ready to vote on May 8 in its sixth general election since the end of the white apartheid rule in 1994. Facing a different political landscape, as almost 50 parties will compete for the favor of 26.7 million eligible voters, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is predicted to win the majority of votes. | RELATED: | South Africa: Ramaphosa Heading for Another Electoral Victory | The latest polls place the ANC, in power since 1994, with a victory of somewh…

Middle East Eye (2019-05-06). Turkey's Election Board Cancels Istanbul Results, New Election Scheduled. theantimedia.com (MEE) — After weeks of complaints and allegations of voter irregularities, Turkey's election board has canceled the results of Istanbul's recent mayoral race, ordering a new vote to be held in the city next month. In a statement on Monday, the Turkish High Election Board (YSK) said that seven of its 11 members voted to cancel the …

Kenichi Serino (2019-05-06). Where Did the South African Left Go Wrong? thenation.com Where Did the South African Left Go Wrong?

RT (2019-05-06). Fake news alert: CNN says Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido 'won election in January'. rt.com CNN took the concept of "fake news" to a whole new level with a recent report on Venezuela, in which it claimed that citizens "chose" coup leader Juan Guaido over current president Nicolas Maduro in January "elections."

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-06). 'Equity-Centric' Bill to Legalize Recreational Marijuana Introduced by Illinois Dems. commondreams.org Illinois's Democratic governor and state lawmakers unveiled legislation over the weekend to legalize recreational marijuana for residents aged 21 and older, expunge roughly 800,000 drug convictions, and establish a $20 million low-interest loan program to help "social equity applicants" enter the licensed cannabis industry. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Chris Hedges (2019-05-06). Creeping Toward Tyranny. commondreams.org The hollowing out of our democratic institutions, which cannot be blamed on Trump, makes tyranny inevitable.(Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-05-05). Orange horse bad! Trump digs into Kentucky Derby scandal that was somehow compared to 2016 election. rt.com President Donald Trump has weighed in on a horse racing scandal at the Kentucky Derby, after Twitter complained that a decision granting victory to a second-placed horse had a lot in common with the 2016 election. Really. |

Fight Back (2019-05-05). It's Karl Marx's birthday, read his letter to Abraham Lincoln. fightbacknews.org To mark the May 5, 1818 birthday of Karl Marx, Fight Back News Service is circulating a work he authored in 1864, a statement of congratulations to President Lincoln upon his reelection. | Address of the International Working Men's Association to Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America | Sir: | We congratulate the American people upon your re-election by a large majority. If resistance to the Slave Power was the reserved watchword of your first election, the triumphant war cry of your re-election is Death to Slavery. | From the commencement of the titanic American strife the workingmen of…

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.

2019-05-07: Social Media Postees

Democrats line up behind Trump's war on immigrants
wsws.org | 2019-05-07
With death and misery mounting along the southern US border,the Democratic party is signaling its support for further repression.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/07/immi…

Rebuking DCCC Blacklist, Progressive Groups Endorse Campaign to Oust 'Anti-Choice, Anti-LGBTQ' Democrat
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-07
"Dan Lipinski is dangerously out of touch, and has time and time again refused to stand up for basic values like reproductive freedom, LGBTQ equality, and economic opportunity for every family." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/07/rebukin…

When It Comes to Trump, Nancy Pelosi May Be Too Clever for Our Own Good
Jeffrey C. Isaac | commondreams.org | 2019-05-07
Congressional Democrats, including (L-R) House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA), Senate Finance Committee ranking member Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), talk to reporters following a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House April 30, 2019 in Washington, DC. The Democratic leaders met with Trump to discuss infrastructure. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/05/07/when-i…

Conflicts flare between Trump and House Democrats
wsws.org | 2019-05-07
On a range of issues, the Trump administration is refusing to provide documents and witnesses subpoenaed by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/07/barr…

Germany: FDP Congress tacks to the right
wsws.org | 2019-05-07
The central message of the Congress was unmistakable: the Free Democrats advocate aggressive international expansion, more corporate deregulation and austerity for the working class.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/07/fdpa…

It's Globalization, Stupid!
Dan Corjescu | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-07
The coming presidential election is not about Trump. It's about the nation state vs globalization. If the democrats don't get that; they will surely loose no matter who becomes their eventual candidate. The recent rise of populist leaders and their nationalist agendas are surely the inevitable political reaction to the Neoliberalism of the last thirty…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/07/its-globaliz…

Trump critics drag Tiger Woods over Medal of Freedom
rt.com | 2019-05-07
Golfer Tiger Woods received the highest US civilian decoration from President Donald Trump, prompting media and Democrats to brand him a Trump crony and dismiss his accomplishments in sports and life. | …
rt.com/usa/458529-tiger-woods-trump-meda…

Rhode Island: Eco-Allied Convergence or Divided by Trumpism?
Andrew Stewart | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-07
When Gina Raimondo became Governor of Rhode Island in 2015, she formulated two major construction projects (ergo by default supported by the Building and Trades unions, a major political force within the Democratic Party she hails from) that could not have been more perfectly located. By proposing the construction of a fracked natural gas power…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/07/rhode-island…

After Matamoros strikes, Mexican government enacts bill for "democratic unions"
wsws.org | 2019-05-07
The bill is a response to the resurgence of the class struggle and a demand for the passage of the USMCA.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/07/mexi…

Sunny Side Up: Australian PM Egged By Protester
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-07
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was egged by a protester during a campaign event in Albury for the upcoming general election. | RELATED: | Australia Opposition Promises MultiMillion-Dollar Indigenous Development Budget If Elected | According to the BBC, the protesters egg just grazed Morrison, but it did not break. The The egg grazed Mr Morrison's head but did not break, local media said. The incident also knocked an elderly woman to the gr…
telesurenglish.net/news/Sunny-Side-Up-Au…

How US and Foreign Intel Agencies Interfered in a US Election
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-07
The evidence is plain–there was a broad, coordinated effort by the Obama Administration, with the help of foreign governments, to target Donald Trump and paint him as a Russian stooge, writes Larry Johnson By Larry C. Johnson Sic Semper Tyrannis … Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/07/how-us-and…

Vote Socialist Equality Party! No to War and Austerity! For Socialism and Internationalism!
wsws.org | 2019-05-07
The Socialist Equality Party has placed at the very centre of its election campaign the demand that the Australia government immediately repatriate publisher and journalist, Julian Assange and courageous whistleblower, Chelsea Manning…
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/07/sepm…

Labor leader makes phony populist pitch at Australian election launch
wsws.org | 2019-05-07
Labor is absurdly claiming that paltry funding on health and a miniscule increase in tax collected from multinational corporations, will resolve the deepening social crisis.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/07/labo…

Let the war begin: Trump versus the House Democrats and — America and its people
Michael Payne | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-06
This war he initiated is against the House Democrats and is based on political issues. But its also against this nation's democracy and the people of America.
nationofchange.org/2019/05/06/let-the-wa…

Joe Biden's Presidential Campaign Pledged Not to Take Special-Interest Money — but Not His PAC
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2019-05-06
In his bid to become the Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden pledged to reject contributions from lobbyists and corporate PACs. But he has quietly taken in more than $30,000 in donations from corporate interests through a political action committee he created in 2017. | Biden founded American Possibilities in 2017 to support Democ…
theintercept.com/2019/05/06/joe-biden-pa…

New York Machine Trying to Toss Kat Brezler, Organizer for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Off Local Ballot
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-05-06
For decades, political bosses in New York have clung to power by using the state's complicated election laws to keep primary challengers off the ballot — laws written just for that purpose. | The laws are enforced, in turn, by judges appointed by and intertwined with the very machine they are ostensibly keeping in check. | A textbook case is unfolding this week in White Plains, Westchester County, where New York's Democratic machine is trying to force a progressive Common Council candidate off the ballot. Kat Brezler is a public school teacher, but the role that has her in the machine's sights goes back to…
theintercept.com/2019/05/06/kat-brezler-…

'Equity-Centric' Bill to Legalize Recreational Marijuana Introduced by Illinois Dems
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-06
Illinois's Democratic governor and state lawmakers unveiled legislation over the weekend to legalize recreational marijuana for residents aged 21 and older, expunge roughly 800,000 drug convictions, and establish a $20 million low-interest loan program to help "social equity applicants" enter the licensed cannabis industry. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/06/equity-…

Ex-Blackwater CEO Erik Prince Makes a Comeback Under Trump Selling Mercenary Armies Around the World
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-06
The House Intelligence Committee has sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department for Erik Prince, founder of the mercenary firm Blackwater. House Democrats are accusing Prince of lying to Congress during his November 2017 testimony before the Committee, when he described a meeting in the Seychelles with a Russian banker before Donald Trump's inauguration as a chance encounter. According to the Mueller report, the meeting was an attempt to establish a backchannel between the incoming Trump administration and Russia, and may have been arranged by the Trump team. The move is one of the latest actions placing…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/6/ex_blackwa…

The Indivisible Unity Pledge and the Democratic Party progressives
Michael T. Hertz | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-06
Bernie has just taken the Indivisible Unity Pledge — meaning that he will back the Democratic nominee regardless of the DNC moves to eliminate progressives from the race.
nationofchange.org/2019/05/06/the-indivi…

Fearful Democrats and the False Allure of Policy Centrism
Paul Waldman | commondreams.org | 2019-05-06
Joe Biden is basing his candidacy on the proposition that he will be able to win over significant numbers of Republican voters, once they see that he's more moderate than other Democrats and realize what a repellent human being Donald Trump is. Here, Biden speaks during a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Photo: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/05/06/fearfu…

Obama's Agriculture Secretary, Now Working for the Dairy Industry, Urges 2020 Democrats to Be Nice to the Dairy Industry
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2019-05-06
Some dairy companies have begun to include a list of suicide prevention hotlines in the envelope with farmers' checks.
theintercept.com/2019/05/06/tom-vilsack-…

US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin refuses to give Trump's tax returns to Congress
rt.com | 2019-05-06
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has officially refused to turn over six years of President Donald Trump's tax filings to House Democrats, declaring their request lacked a "legitimate legislative purpose." | …
rt.com/usa/458523-mnuchin-trump-tax-retu…

Nancy Pelosi's "Winning" Strategy Is to Appease Centrists
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-06
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tells The New York Times that the way to beat Trump is not through impeachment or championing progressive causes. To win, Democrats have to be more friendly to "centrists" — which is neoliberal-speak for the donor and corporate class which owns her organization. | If you cower, they (the mythical center of the electorate) will come. | Remember how well that smarmy strategy worked out when Neville Chamberlain tried to appe…
truthout.org/articles/nancy-pelosis-winn…

Creeping Toward Tyranny
Chris Hedges | commondreams.org | 2019-05-06
The hollowing out of our democratic institutions, which cannot be blamed on Trump, makes tyranny inevitable.(Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/05/06/creepi…

Treating Gun Violence 'As the Epidemic That It Is,' Cory Booker Wins Praise for Sweeping Gun Control Plan
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-06
National gun control groups and progressives offered praise on Monday for Sen. Cory Booker's proposal "to end the gun violence epidemic," with some advocates calling the plan the most ambitious of any gun control action plan offered by the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/06/treatin…

Are Democrats Losing Their Enthusiasm? A New Poll Gives GOP the Edge
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2019-05-06
Republicans' interest bounces back after midterms, a sure sign the "blue wave" can't be counted on but must be earned in 2020.
truthdig.com/articles/are-democrats-losi…

Ex-Blackwater CEO Erik Prince Makes a Comeback Under Trump
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-06
The House Intelligence Committee has sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department for Erik Prince, founder of the mercenary firm Blackwater. House Democrats are accusing Prince of lying to Congress during his November 2017 testimony before the Committee, when he described a meeting in the Seychelles with a Russian banker before Donald Trump's inauguration as a chance encounter. According to the Robert Mueller report, the meeting was an attempt to establish a backchannel between the incoming Trump administration and Russia, and may have been arranged by the Trump team. The move is one of the latest action…
truthout.org/video/ex-blackwater-ceo-eri…

Democratic Elite Could Care Less About the Life of the Party
Eric Hacopian | truthdig.com | 2019-05-06
It disdains the priorities of its voters, who largely support Medicare-for-all, the Green New Deal and ending our militarized foreign policy.
truthdig.com/articles/democratic-elite-c…

Democrats Demand White House Hand Over Documents on Trump's "Abominable" Hurricane Response in Puerto Rico
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-06
House Democrats also requested records and communications from FEMA "regarding mass graves found in Puerto Rico." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/06/democra…

Mnuchin Denies Democrats' Request for Trump Tax Returns
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-06
The treasury secretary's move is sure to set up a legal battle; the House Ways and Means Committee may subpoena the IRS or file a lawsuit.
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US Gloats Own Actions to Economically Ruin Venezuela
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-06
The United States (U.S) government's involvement in the destabilization attempts against Venezuela can no longer be denied or ignored after a document has resurfaced regarding its central role in the operations aimed to oust the legitimate and democratically elected government of the Latin American nation. | RELATED: | US Economic Bullying Devastates Venezuela: Ilhan Omar Denounces | The official document published on April 24, 2019, issued by the State Department, comprises al…
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Despite International Law, Pompeo Claims US Military Attack on Venezuela "Would Be Lawful"
Jon Queally | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-06
(CD) — After U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday morning that President Donald Trump has a "full range of options" when it comes to possible next moves against Venezuela, anti-war critics are wondering what the Democrats in Congress are prepared to do in order to curtail the administration's ongoing threat of using military force to …

Despite International Law, Pompeo Claims US Military Attack on Venezuela "Would Be Lawful"

Six Dem hopefuls push workers' rights at Las Vegas forum
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-06
LAS VEGAS –Six Democratic presidential hopefuls, vying for workers' support in the 2020 primaries, pushed hard for workers' rights at an all-day forum in Las Vegas April 27. For five of them — Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) and Kamala Harris (Calif.), former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (Texas) and former Gov. John Hickenlooper (Colo.) …
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Ex-Blackwater CEO Erik Prince makes a comeback under Trump selling mercenary armies around the world
Amy Goodman | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-06
House Democrats are accusing Prince of lying to Congress during his November 2017 testimony before the Committee, when he described a meeting in the Seychelles with a Russian banker before Donald Trump's inauguration as a chance encounter.
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Sanders Calls for Breaking Up Big Agriculture Monopolies
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-06
OSAGE, Iowa — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Sunday proposed a sweeping agriculture and rural investment plan to break up big agriculture monopolies and shift farm subsidies toward small family farmers. | "I think a farmer that produces the food we eat may be almost as important as some crook on Wall Street who destroys the economy," Sanders said during a campaign event in Osage, a town of fewer than 4,000 people. "Those of us who come from rural America have nothing to be ashamed about, and the time is long overdue for us to stand up and fight for our way of life." | Sanders' plan expa…
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Joe Biden Won't Blame the Republicans for Trump. That Should Disqualify Him
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-05-06
Biden says Trump is the sole cause of America's political crisis — but in fact, the president is a symptom of the GOP's derangement.
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Note To the Environmental Community
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-06
In 2003, political strategist Frank Luntz wrote a confidential Republican Party memo on what he called "the environmental communications battle." In that memo, Luntz advised Republicans to change the words they used to meet their ends. "The scientific debate is closing but not yet closed," he wrote.
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In Upcoming Elections EU Parliament Faces a Long List of Enemies
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-06
Attilio Moro explains why the EU's only directly elected legislative body is mounting such an energetic voter-turnout campaign. By Attilio Moro in Brussels Special to Consortium News As the EU approaches what are considered to be the most important elections… Read more ?…
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Where Did the South African Left Go Wrong?
Kenichi Serino | thenation.com | 2019-05-06
Where Did the South African Left Go Wrong?
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Israel pounds Gaza, stoking fears of invasion
wsws.org | 2019-05-06
Less than a month after his far-right bloc's victory in last month's elections, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu authorised an aerial assault on Gaza, targeting at least 150 sites over the weekend.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/06/gaza…

Fake news alert: CNN says Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido 'won election in January'
rt.com | 2019-05-06
CNN took the concept of "fake news" to a whole new level with a recent report on Venezuela, in which it claimed that citizens "chose" coup leader Juan Guaido over current president Nicolas Maduro in January "elections." | …
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Turkey's Election Board Cancels Istanbul Results, New Election Scheduled
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-06
(MEE) — After weeks of complaints and allegations of voter irregularities, Turkey's election board has canceled the results of Istanbul's recent mayoral race, ordering a new vote to be held in the city next month. In a statement on Monday, the Turkish High Election Board (YSK) said that seven of its 11 members voted to cancel the …

Turkey's Election Board Cancels Istanbul Results, New Election Scheduled

The Palestinian Authority is No Longer Crying Wolf Over its Imminent Collapse
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-06
We have been here many times before. However, on this occasion even the principal actors understand that the Palestinian Authority is not crying wolf as it warns of imminent collapse. The crisis is entirely of Israel and Washington's making. Keen to pander to hawkish public opinion in the run-up to last month's election, Israel's Prime …
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Spain Court Rules Catalan ex-Leader Can Stand in European Vote
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-06
A Madrid court ruled Monday that former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium in 2017 to escape arrest for his role in an independence referendum, could run in the European Parliament election on May 26. | Spain's electoral commission last month barred Puigdemont and two other fugitive Catalan politicians from standing, but they appealed the decision. Puigdemont and Toni Comin live in Belgium while Clara Ponsati lives in Scotland. | All three face arrest if they return to Spain as the referendum was ruled illegal by the Constitutional Court. | Spain's electoral body originally ruled they coul…
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South Africa Readies for Elections, Ruling ANC Expects Win
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-06
South Africans are ready to vote on May 8 in its sixth general election since the end of the white apartheid rule in 1994. Facing a different political landscape, as almost 50 parties will compete for the favor of 26.7 million eligible voters, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is predicted to win the majority of votes. | RELATED: | South Africa: Ramaphosa Heading for Another Electoral Victory | The latest polls place the ANC, in power since 1994, with a victory of somewh…
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CNN Falsely Claims Venezuela's Guaido Was Elected President in January
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-06
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Continuing to try to advance the US narrative that Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido is the "duly elected" president, CNN went to the trouble on Sunday afternoon of inventing an entire election to base this around. In the CNN report, they declared "pressure is mounting on Maduro to step down, following elections in January in which …

CNN Falsely Claims Venezuela’s Guaido Was Elected President in January

Turkish Electoral Board Orders New Istanbul Local Election
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-06
Turkey's Supreme Board of Elections made its decision regarding the elections for Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Monday in which it decided to cancel and renew the vote that was held on March 31, which saw the candidate of the opposition party CHP Ekrem Imamoglu winning the mayoral position. | Ruling party AKP's representative at the electoral board Recep àñzel also announced the decision from his twitter account. "Istanbul elections are renewed. Good luck …," he tweeted. | àñzel also said that the country's High Election Board has set June 23 for a re-run of local elections in Istanbul.
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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. | …
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It's Karl Marx's birthday, read his letter to Abraham Lincoln
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-05
To mark the May 5, 1818 birthday of Karl Marx, Fight Back News Service is circulating a work he authored in 1864, a statement of congratulations to President Lincoln upon his reelection. | Address of the International Working Men's Association to Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America | Sir: | We congratulate the American people upon your re-election by a large majority. If resistance to the Slave Power was the reserved watchword of your first election, the triumphant war cry of your re-election is Death to Slavery. | From the commencement of the titanic American strife the workingmen of…
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Orange horse bad! Trump digs into Kentucky Derby scandal that was somehow compared to 2016 election
rt.com | 2019-05-05
President Donald Trump has weighed in on a horse racing scandal at the Kentucky Derby, after Twitter complained that a decision granting victory to a second-placed horse had a lot in common with the 2016 election. Really. | …
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