Daily Archives: May 8, 2019

2019-05-08: News Headlines

Norman Solomon (2019-05-08). Joe Biden Likes Republicans So Much Because He's So Much Like Them. indybay.org After Five Decades of Serving Corporate Power, He's Eager for the Top Job…

Stephen Lendman (2019-05-08). Will the Trump Regime Attack Venezuela and Iran? globalresearch.ca Imperial madness defines US geopolitics under Republicans and undemocratic Dems, seeking dominion over planet earth, its resources and populations. | Naked aggression and other hostile actions are its favored strategies. Trump delegated his geopolitical agenda to hardline extremists Pompeo and Bolton….

WSWS (2019-05-08). The extreme right in the European elections. wsws.org The growth of the extreme right is the result of the systematic political, ideological and organisational support provided by the media, the establishment parties and the state.

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-08). Panama's Win-win Cooperation with China Will Continue Under Cortizo. globalresearch.ca Laurentino Cortizo narrowly won Panama's elections on Sunday to become the country's next president-elect, prior to which he implied in an exclusive interview with Reuters that the U.S. needed to re-engage the region otherwise it risks being replaced by China. …

plenglish (2019-05-08). PRD Consolidates Positions in Panama's Elections. plenglish.com Panama, May 8 (Prensa Latina) Partido Revolucionario Democratico (PRD) has emerged today as the best-placed political organization after the general elections, in which it won the presidency of Panama, most seats in Parliament and 40 of 81 town halls.

Eric London (2019-05-08). Trump Floats Proposal to Cancel 2020 Elections. globalresearch.ca On Sunday, Donald Trump re-tweeted a post by the arch-reactionary evangelical preacher and prominent Trump confidant Jerry Falwell, Jr. calling for the president to extend his term from the constitutionally mandated four years to six. | Referring to the Democratic Party-led …

WSWS (2019-05-08). Trump floats proposal to cancel 2020 elections. wsws.org Bourgeois politics has degenerated to such a degree that political and legal norms considered fundamental since the American Revolution are now challenged by presidential tweet.

WSWS (2019-05-08). Panama election a distorted expression of growing opposition to austerity. wsws.org The election came after a year dominated by strikes, including by teachers, construction workers and a general strike against an electricity rate hike.

Kenneth Surin (2019-05-08). Reading the Tea Leaves on Ukania's Local Quasi-Referendum on Brexit. counterpunch.org Last week elections were held for town, city, and county councils in England (London apart) and the north of Ireland. No local elections took place in Scotland and Wales. More than 8,400 seats in 248 councils, part of a 4-year election cycle, were contested in England, and 462 seats in Northern Ireland. The elections were More

WSWS (2019-05-08). SEP candidates address election meetings in Australia to defend Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning. wsws.org The SEP, which is running eight candidates in Australia's federal election, held public meetings in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

The Grayzone (2019-05-08). America in Denial: Dr. Gabor Maté on the Psychology of Russiagate. theantimedia.com (GRAYZONE) — Mental health expert and best-selling author Dr. Gabor Maté sits down with The Grayzone's Aaron Maté to analyze how Russiagate was able to take hold of U.S. society following Donald Trump's election. TRANSCRIPT AARON MATÉ: It's The Grayzone, coming to you from The People's Forum in New York City. I'm Aaron Maté, here with another …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-08). Supermajority: Cecile Richards Teams With Alicia Garza & Ai-jen Poo to Mobilize Women Voters in 2020. democracynow.org As the 2020 primary and general election season heats up, we speak with former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards about Supermajority, the new political action group she helped launch that aims to train a new generation of women activists to take on grassroots campaigns and electoral politics. "Women are the majority of voters … the volunteers, we're increasingly the donors, increasingly the candidates, and it's time for political equity," says Richards. "We want to build a multi-racial, intergenerational movement to increase women's power." Supermajority was co-founded by Black Lives Matter co-founde…

WSWS (2019-05-08). India's election and the revolutionary program to oppose austerity, war and communal reaction. wsws.org The BJP's turn to militarism and unabashed communal reaction is animated, above all, by its fear of growing social opposition.

WSWS (2019-05-08). South African elections held amid rising social discontent and alienation from ANC. wsws.org If the African National Congress secures a majority in today's poll, as expected, this is only a testament to the political rottenness of the main opposition parties.

plenglish (2019-05-08). Social Movements to Debate Elections in Bolivia. plenglish.com La Paz, May 8 (Prensa Latina) National Coordinating Committee for Change in Bolivia were call to an extended national meeting on May 10 to discuss issues related to 2019 general elections.

Staff (2019-05-08). Interning for a Centrist Democrat Pushed Me to Democratic Socialism. truthout.org In March 2017, a legislative assistant for Congressman Don Beyer (D-Virginia) summoned me and the other interns for a talk. "Can you all meet me in the boss's office in five minutes?" she asked. After completing the mundane work we had been doing, answering constituent inquiries and concerns by phone mostly, we meandered to the sophomore Democrat's office. It was during this formative meeting, two months into an unpaid internship, that the glaring contradictions between the policy aspirations of Democratic voters and the status quo hard lines pushed by party leadership became clear to me. | After the legislati…

Staff (2019-05-08). Biden Spends $1.4 Million on Digital Ads in Less Than Two Weeks. truthout.org Former Vice President and current 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden is bolstering his front-runner status in the Democratic primary with a flurry of digital ad spending. | Although he declared his candidacy just two weeks ago, Biden has already surpassed most 2020 Democrats in online ad spending — shelling out more than $1.4 million between Facebook, Google and Twitter. Just two weeks in, Biden's online political advertising spending already accounts for more than one in every $10 spent on digital ads by all major…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-08). Healthy MOMMIES Act Introduced to Tackle 'Unconscionable' US Maternal Mortality Crisis. commondreams.org A group of congressional Democrats on Wednesday unveiled legislation that aims to tackle the nation's maternal mortality crisis—which disproportionately affects black and Native American women—by promoting community-based, holistic healthcare for pregnant women and new moms. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

John Atcheson (2019-05-08). Unless Democrats Refute the Myth of a "Good Economy," Trump Likely to Win Second Term. commondreams.org U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a Tax March D.C. event on the U.S. Capitol East Lawn April 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. Activists gathered on Capitol Hill to urge for "a fair economy that works for all Americans," to "demand" Congress repeal the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and "demand" President Donald Trump to release his tax returns. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Shamus Cooke (2019-05-08). Will A Green New Deal Save the Climate, or Save Capitalism? counterpunch.org After decades of neoliberal torment it's easy to yearn for capitalism's tranquil past, a simpler time that delivered stability, fairness, and progress. This mythology around a golden age of U.S. capitalism is regularly conjured up by Bernie Sanders or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who reference the New Deal-era programs that delivered democratic reforms and a massive investment More

Mark Gruenberg (2019-05-08). Accepting union challenge, Kamala Harris spends day with teachers. peoplesworld.org DEARBORN, Mich. (PAI)—Accepting a challenge from national union leaders to Democratic presidential hopefuls, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., spent a day in Michigan walking in workers'—in this case, teachers'—shoes. And between reading to elementary schoolers in Dearborn and fielding their questions, and answering adults at a town hall meeting sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers …

United Nations (2019-05-08). DR Congo: Ebola claims over 1,000 lives, Guterres commits 'whole' UN system, to help 'end the outbreak'. un.org Now in its tenth month, the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has claimed more than a thousand lives, prompting Secretary-General António Guterres to throw the support of "the whole United Nations system" into stemming the spread of the deadly virus.

Nick Licata (2019-05-08). Trump is Not a Tyrant, He Just Admires Them. counterpunch.org President Trump is not a tyrant, but he doesn't shy away from admiring them. And, that should give one pause in feeling secure that our nation's leader is committed to sustaining the world's longest running democratic republic. For those who don't see his lack of understanding how a democracy functions, they should consider his statements More

RT (2019-05-08). Trump asserts executive privilege over Robert Mueller's report — DOJ. rt.com US President Donald Trump has invoked executive privilege over the unredacted Mueller report and other materials subpoenaed by the House Democrats, the Justice Department has said.

Dean Baker (2019-05-08). Krugman v. Sanders on Medicare-for-All. counterpunch.org Last week Krugman devoted a column to dismissing the Democrats septuagenarians (Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders) as not being prepared to deal with the presidency in today's political environment. Part of his indictment of Sanders was an unwillingness to compromise, most notably on health care reform. As Krugman put it: "For Sanders, then, it seems More

Akela Lacy (2019-05-08). Democratic-Aligned Think Tank Knocks Bernie Sanders For Vote Aimed at Avoiding War With Iran. theintercept.com A mainstream, Democratic Party-aligned foreign policy think tank is knocking Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for voting against new sanctions on Iran in 2017 — though the think tank itself and many members of its board oppose new Iran sanctions. | Sanders has been an outspoken supporter of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and said at the time that he voted against the measure in…

Meta Self (2019-05-08). John Laird derides Santa Cruz environmentalists. indybay.org Laird: business as usual; Democratic Party bullshit; Earth is dying and these arrogant bozos are in charge.

Ryan Grim (2019-05-08). The Democratic Counterrevolution Has a Self-Appointed Leader: Josh Gottheimer. theintercept.com Not long after Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar were sworn into Congress, they began hearing from their new colleagues that one member of the House Democratic caucus, Josh Gottheimer, had particularly strong views about each of them. Gottheimer, a second-term representative from New Jersey, has deep ties to the lobbies for Saudi Arabia and Israel, while Tlaib and Omar are often critical of both Mideast governments. | So when Gottheimer reached out to meet with Tlaib, she was eager to take it, hoping that a personal connection would help bridge their differences. On the day of the meeting, February 6, Gottheimer arriv…

WSWS (2019-05-08). Workers and youth defend Assange and democratic rights at SEP (Australia) meetings. wsws.org "Politicians have a vested interest in keeping him behind bars, so it will require a broad mobilisation of people to save Assange and defend our rights."

John Nichols (2019-05-08). The DCCC's Plan to Punish Democrats for Backing Primary Challengers Is Sparking Backlash. thenation.com The DCCC's Plan to Punish Democrats for Backing Primary Challengers Is Sparking Backlash…

Thomas Knapp (2019-05-08). Don't Let Measles Hysteria Defeat Freedom. counterpunch.org As of May 3, the Democratic Republic of Congo's Ministry of Health reported 1,510 cases of Ebola and 1,008 deaths to date in the country's current outbreak. Partial blame for the government's inability to contain the outbreak goes to armed attackers who believe that international health workers are there to intentionally spread the disease, not More

Staff (2019-05-08). Fear Mongering and Capitalism: A Recipe for Fascism? (1/2). therealnews.com The effort to sell security to the people of the US is based on stoking irrational fears, something Trump has taken to new extremes, but which Democrats are guilty of as well, explains Charles Derber, who discusses his new book…

RT (2019-05-08). Tucker Carlson attacks 'frothing extremist' Brian Sims over pro-abortion clips, roasts CNN's silence. rt.com A video of Democratic lawmaker Brian Sims confronting pro-life protesters has sparked outcry, including from Fox News' Tucker Carlson, who said Sims might look like a "mentally-ill panhandler," but is really a "Democratic star." |

John Shafthauer (2019-05-08). May to leave by autumn (unless she's lying (which she usually is)). thecanary.co Theresa May has said she'll be gone by autumn. She's said other things in the past. Guess how many she stuck to? | If you guessed '0', you may have won a prize. Well done. According to our honest PM, that puts you in line for a £1m payout. | Broken promises: | May has frequently failed to live up to her word. She's previously promised to: | Be a good prime minister. | Have the first clue what she's doing. | Do a Brexit. | Not hold an election. | W…

Owen Walsh (2019-05-08). Corporate Media Target Gabbard for Her Anti-Interventionism—a Word They Can Barely Pronounce. fair.org by Owen Walsh Tulsi Gabbard being challenged on The View ( 2/20/19) by Ana Navarro: "Why are you so against intervention in Venezuela?" | Presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard has not garnered much press coverage since announcing her bid on February 2; she's the 13th-most-mentioned Democratic candidate on TV news, according to FAIR's most recent count ( 4/14/19). | But when corporate media do talk about the Hawaii congressmember, they tend to reveal more about themselves than about her…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-07). After Florida Re-enfranchises 1.4 Million, Republicans Push New "Poll Tax" For Formerly Incarcerated. democracynow.org Civil rights groups are decrying what they say is a new poll tax after the Florida Senate passed a bill Friday that would require formerly incarcerated people with felony convictions to repay all fines and fees to courts before their voting rights are restored. This comes six months after voters in Florida approved a measure to restore voting rights to 1.4 million people with nonviolent felonies who have fully completed their sentences, overturning a Jim Crow-era law aimed at keeping African Americans from voting. Nearly 65 percent of voters approved the constitutional amendment to re-enfranchise people with form…

Akela Lacy (2019-05-07). Do Susan Collins and Cory Gardner Really Want to Make Their Re-elections About Keeping Kids in Cages? theintercept.com Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski have condemned child separation. Will they confirm an advocate of the policy to lead ICE?

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

Earchiel Johnson (2019-05-07). Native American communist topples incumbent council president in Wisconsin town. peoplesworld.org ASHLAND, Wisc. — The Democratic party primaries have been heating up across the nation over the last year, with progressive Dems like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez of New York elected to Congress and an array of Democratic primary presidential candidates all pushing progressive causes. Local elections have also taken place that deserve special note. One …

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

Democracy Now! (2019-05-07). Headlines for May 7, 2019. democracynow.org Reuters Reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo Released from Burmese Prison, 500+ Ex-Prosecutors: Trump Would Be Charged with Obstruction If He Weren't President, House Dems to Vote on Holding AG Barr in Contempt Over Mueller Report, Treasury Misses Deadline To Hand Over Trump's Tax Returns, Russia Warns Against Military Intervention in Venezuela, Pompeo: Reduction of Arctic Sea Ice Opens Up "Opportunities for Trade", Turkey Scraps Istanbul Election Results After Ruling AKP Candidate Loses, Syria: Air Raids Destroy Hospitals, Kill at Least 17 Civilians, Panama Elects Centrist Laurentino Cortizo in Close Presidential R…

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 →

Edward J. Martin (2019-05-07). Robert Owen, Worker Cooperatives, and Democratic Socialism. dissidentvoice.org Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) — and its two predecessor organizations, the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) and the New American Movement (NAM) — had their origins in the early 1970s, at the beginning of a long-term rightward shift of United States and global politics. This shift to the right — from the 1980s of …

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.

RT (2019-05-07). 'Case closed': Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says time to move on from Russiagate. rt.com Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, declared that there were no illicit ties between President Donald Trump and the Russians, asking Democrats to finally move on.

unitedEditor (2019-05-07). Elections in South Africa: what problems will the country's future president inherent? uwidata.com Parliamentary elections in South Africa will be held on May 8, 2019, for the sixth time since the end of apartheid in 1994. Africans will also vote for candidates in the provincial legislative assemblies. In addition, a new president will be elected. The current atmosphere The atmosphere in South Africa in recent months is one …

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

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.

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 →

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 …

2019-05-08: Social Media Postees

Joe Biden Likes Republicans So Much Because He's So Much Like Them
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2019-05-08
After Five Decades of Serving Corporate Power, He's Eager for the Top Job…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/08/1882331…

Will the Trump Regime Attack Venezuela and Iran?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
Imperial madness defines US geopolitics under Republicans and undemocratic Dems, seeking dominion over planet earth, its resources and populations. | Naked aggression and other hostile actions are its favored strategies. Trump delegated his geopolitical agenda to hardline extremists Pompeo and Bolton….
globalresearch.ca/trump-regime-attack-ve…

May to leave by autumn (unless she's lying (which she usually is))
John Shafthauer | thecanary.co | 2019-05-08
Theresa May has said she'll be gone by autumn. She's said other things in the past. Guess how many she stuck to? | If you guessed '0', you may have won a prize. Well done. According to our honest PM, that puts you in line for a £1m payout. | Broken promises: | May has frequently failed to live up to her word. She's previously promised to: | Be a good prime minister. | Have the first clue what she's doing. | Do a Brexit. | Not hold an election. | W…
thecanary.co/off-the-perch/2019/05/08/may-to-leave-by-autumn-unless-shes-lying-which-she-usually-is/

Panama election a distorted expression of growing opposition to austerity
wsws.org | 2019-05-08
The election came after a year dominated by strikes, including by teachers, construction workers and a general strike against an electricity rate hike.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/08/pana…

India's election and the revolutionary program to oppose austerity, war and communal reaction
wsws.org | 2019-05-08
The BJP's turn to militarism and unabashed communal reaction is animated, above all, by its fear of growing social opposition.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/08/indi…

Supermajority: Cecile Richards Teams With Alicia Garza & Ai-jen Poo to Mobilize Women Voters in 2020
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-08
As the 2020 primary and general election season heats up, we speak with former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards about Supermajority, the new political action group she helped launch that aims to train a new generation of women activists to take on grassroots campaigns and electoral politics. "Women are the majority of voters … the volunteers, we're increasingly the donors, increasingly the candidates, and it's time for political equity," says Richards. "We want to build a multi-racial, intergenerational movement to increase women's power." Supermajority was co-founded by Black Lives Matter co-founde…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/8/supermajor…

South African elections held amid rising social discontent and alienation from ANC
wsws.org | 2019-05-08
If the African National Congress secures a majority in today's poll, as expected, this is only a testament to the political rottenness of the main opposition parties.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/08/sout…

America in Denial: Dr. Gabor Maté on the Psychology of Russiagate
The Grayzone | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-08
(GRAYZONE) — Mental health expert and best-selling author Dr. Gabor Maté sits down with The Grayzone's Aaron Maté to analyze how Russiagate was able to take hold of U.S. society following Donald Trump's election. TRANSCRIPT AARON MATÉ: It's The Grayzone, coming to you from The People's Forum in New York City. I'm Aaron Maté, here with another …

America in Denial: Dr. Gabor Maté on the Psychology of Russiagate

Social Movements to Debate Elections in Bolivia
plenglish.com | 2019-05-08
La Paz, May 8 (Prensa Latina) National Coordinating Committee for Change in Bolivia were call to an extended national meeting on May 10 to discuss issues related to 2019 general elections.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Trump Floats Proposal to Cancel 2020 Elections
Eric London | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
On Sunday, Donald Trump re-tweeted a post by the arch-reactionary evangelical preacher and prominent Trump confidant Jerry Falwell, Jr. calling for the president to extend his term from the constitutionally mandated four years to six. | Referring to the Democratic Party-led …
globalresearch.ca/trump-floats-proposal-…

SEP candidates address election meetings in Australia to defend Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning
wsws.org | 2019-05-08
The SEP, which is running eight candidates in Australia's federal election, held public meetings in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/08/sepa…

Trump floats proposal to cancel 2020 elections
wsws.org | 2019-05-08
Bourgeois politics has degenerated to such a degree that political and legal norms considered fundamental since the American Revolution are now challenged by presidential tweet.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/08/pers…

The extreme right in the European elections
wsws.org | 2019-05-08
The growth of the extreme right is the result of the systematic political, ideological and organisational support provided by the media, the establishment parties and the state.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/08/role…

Reading the Tea Leaves on Ukania's Local Quasi-Referendum on Brexit
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-08
Last week elections were held for town, city, and county councils in England (London apart) and the north of Ireland. No local elections took place in Scotland and Wales. More than 8,400 seats in 248 councils, part of a 4-year election cycle, were contested in England, and 462 seats in Northern Ireland. The elections were…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/08/reading-the-…

Panama's Win-win Cooperation with China Will Continue Under Cortizo
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-08
Laurentino Cortizo narrowly won Panama's elections on Sunday to become the country's next president-elect, prior to which he implied in an exclusive interview with Reuters that the U.S. needed to re-engage the region otherwise it risks being replaced by China. …
globalresearch.ca/panamas-win-win-cooper…

PRD Consolidates Positions in Panama's Elections
plenglish.com | 2019-05-08
Panama, May 8 (Prensa Latina) Partido Revolucionario Democratico (PRD) has emerged today as the best-placed political organization after the general elections, in which it won the presidency of Panama, most seats in Parliament and 40 of 81 town halls.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Krugman v. Sanders on Medicare-for-All
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-08
Last week Krugman devoted a column to dismissing the Democrats septuagenarians (Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders) as not being prepared to deal with the presidency in today's political environment. Part of his indictment of Sanders was an unwillingness to compromise, most notably on health care reform. As Krugman put it:…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/08/krugman-v-sa…

The DCCC's Plan to Punish Democrats for Backing Primary Challengers Is Sparking Backlash
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-05-08
The DCCC's Plan to Punish Democrats for Backing Primary Challengers Is Sparking Backlash…
thenation.com/article/dccc-incumbents-pr…

Workers and youth defend Assange and democratic rights at SEP (Australia) meetings
wsws.org | 2019-05-08
"Politicians have a vested interest in keeping him behind bars, so it will require a broad mobilisation of people to save Assange and defend our rights."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/08/sint…

Interning for a Centrist Democrat Pushed Me to Democratic Socialism
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-08
In March 2017, a legislative assistant for Congressman Don Beyer (D-Virginia) summoned me and the other interns for a talk. "Can you all meet me in the boss's office in five minutes?" she asked. After completing the mundane work we had been doing, answering constituent inquiries and concerns by phone mostly, we meandered to the sophomore Democrat's office. It was during this formative meeting, two months into an unpaid internship, that the glaring contradictions between the policy aspirations of Democratic voters and the status quo hard lines pushed by party leadership became clear to me. | After the legislati…
truthout.org/articles/interning-for-a-ce…

Fear Mongering and Capitalism: A Recipe for Fascism? (1/2)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-08
The effort to sell security to the people of the US is based on stoking irrational fears, something Trump has taken to new extremes, but which Democrats are guilty of as well, explains Charles Derber, who discusses his new book…
therealnews.com/stories/fear-mongering-a…

John Laird derides Santa Cruz environmentalists
Meta Self | indybay.org | 2019-05-08
Laird: business as usual; Democratic Party bullshit; Earth is dying and these arrogant bozos are in charge.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/08/1882331…

Accepting union challenge, Kamala Harris spends day with teachers
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-08
DEARBORN, Mich. (PAI)–Accepting a challenge from national union leaders to Democratic presidential hopefuls, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., spent a day in Michigan walking in workers'–in this case, teachers'–shoes. And between reading to elementary schoolers in Dearborn and fielding their questions, and answering adults at a town hall meeting sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers …
peoplesworld.org/article/accepting-union…

Healthy MOMMIES Act Introduced to Tackle 'Unconscionable' US Maternal Mortality Crisis
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-08
A group of congressional Democrats on Wednesday unveiled legislation that aims to tackle the nation's maternal mortality crisis—which disproportionately affects black and Native American women—by promoting community-based, holistic healthcare for pregnant women and new moms. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/08/healthy…

Unless Democrats Refute the Myth of a "Good Economy," Trump Likely to Win Second Term
John Atcheson | commondreams.org | 2019-05-08
U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a Tax March D.C. event on the U.S. Capitol East Lawn April 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. Activists gathered on Capitol Hill to urge for "a fair economy that works for all Americans," to "demand" Congress repeal the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and "demand" President Donald Trump to release his tax returns. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/05/08/unless…

Tucker Carlson attacks 'frothing extremist' Brian Sims over pro-abortion clips, roasts CNN's silence
rt.com | 2019-05-08
A video of Democratic lawmaker Brian Sims confronting pro-life protesters has sparked outcry, including from Fox News' Tucker Carlson, who said Sims might look like a "mentally-ill panhandler," but is really a "Democratic star." | …
rt.com/usa/458744-carlson-brian-sims-ext…

Democratic-Aligned Think Tank Knocks Bernie Sanders For Vote Aimed at Avoiding War With Iran
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-05-08
A mainstream, Democratic Party-aligned foreign policy think tank is knocking Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for voting against new sanctions on Iran in 2017 — though the think tank itself and many members of its board oppose new Iran sanctions. | Sanders has been an outspoken supporter of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and said at the time that he voted against the measure in…
theintercept.com/2019/05/08/bernie-sande…

Trump is Not a Tyrant, He Just Admires Them
Nick Licata | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-08
President Trump is not a tyrant, but he doesn't shy away from admiring them. And, that should give one pause in feeling secure that our nation's leader is committed to sustaining the world's longest running democratic republic. For those who don't see his lack of understanding how a democracy functions, they should consider his statements…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/08/trump-is-not…

Biden Spends $1.4 Million on Digital Ads in Less Than Two Weeks
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-08
Former Vice President and current 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden is bolstering his front-runner status in the Democratic primary with a flurry of digital ad spending. | Although he declared his candidacy just two weeks ago, Biden has already surpassed most 2020 Democrats in online ad spending — shelling out more than $1.4 million between Facebook, Google and Twitter. Just two weeks in, Biden's online political advertising spending already accounts for more than one in every $10 spent on digital ads by all major…
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Trump asserts executive privilege over Robert Mueller's report — DOJ
rt.com | 2019-05-08
US President Donald Trump has invoked executive privilege over the unredacted Mueller report and other materials subpoenaed by the House Democrats, the Justice Department has said. | …
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The Democratic Counterrevolution Has a Self-Appointed Leader: Josh Gottheimer
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-05-08
Not long after Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar were sworn into Congress, they began hearing from their new colleagues that one member of the House Democratic caucus, Josh Gottheimer, had particularly strong views about each of them. Gottheimer, a second-term representative from New Jersey, has deep ties to the lobbies for Saudi Arabia and Israel, while Tlaib and Omar are often critical of both Mideast governments. | So when Gottheimer reached out to meet with Tlaib, she was eager to take it, hoping that a personal connection would help bridge their differences. On the day of the meeting, February 6, Gottheimer arriv…
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Don't Let Measles Hysteria Defeat Freedom
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-08
As of May 3, the Democratic Republic of Congo's Ministry of Health reported 1,510 cases of Ebola and 1,008 deaths to date in the country's current outbreak. Partial blame for the government's inability to contain the outbreak goes to armed attackers who believe that international health workers are there to intentionally spread the disease, not…
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Will A Green New Deal Save the Climate, or Save Capitalism?
Shamus Cooke | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-08
After decades of neoliberal torment it's easy to yearn for capitalism's tranquil past, a simpler time that delivered stability, fairness, and progress. This mythology around a golden age of U.S. capitalism is regularly conjured up by Bernie Sanders or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who reference the New Deal-era programs that delivered democratic reforms and a massive investment…
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DR Congo: Ebola claims over 1,000 lives, Guterres commits 'whole' UN system, to help 'end the outbreak'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-08
Now in its tenth month, the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has claimed more than a thousand lives, prompting Secretary-General António Guterres to throw the support of "the whole United Nations system" into stemming the spread of the deadly virus.
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Corporate Media Target Gabbard for Her Anti-Interventionism–a Word They Can Barely Pronounce
Owen Walsh | fair.org | 2019-05-08
by Owen Walsh Tulsi Gabbard being challenged on The View ( 2/20/19) by Ana Navarro: "Why are you so against intervention in Venezuela?" | Presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard has not garnered much press coverage since announcing her bid on February 2; she's the 13th-most-mentioned Democratic candidate on TV news, according to FAIR's most recent count ( 4/14/19). | But when corporate media do talk about the Hawaii congressmember, they tend to reveal more about themselves than about her…
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After Florida Re-enfranchises 1.4 Million, Republicans Push New "Poll Tax" For Formerly Incarcerated
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-07
Civil rights groups are decrying what they say is a new poll tax after the Florida Senate passed a bill Friday that would require formerly incarcerated people with felony convictions to repay all fines and fees to courts before their voting rights are restored. This comes six months after voters in Florida approved a measure to restore voting rights to 1.4 million people with nonviolent felonies who have fully completed their sentences, overturning a Jim Crow-era law aimed at keeping African Americans from voting. Nearly 65 percent of voters approved the constitutional amendment to re-enfranchise people with form…
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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…
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Do Susan Collins and Cory Gardner Really Want to Make Their Re-elections About Keeping Kids in Cages?
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-05-07
Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski have condemned child separation. Will they confirm an advocate of the policy to lead ICE?
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Native American communist topples incumbent council president in Wisconsin town
Earchiel Johnson | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-07
ASHLAND, Wisc. — The Democratic party primaries have been heating up across the nation over the last year, with progressive Dems like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez of New York elected to Congress and an array of Democratic primary presidential candidates all pushing progressive causes. Local elections have also taken place that deserve special note. One …
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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 ?…
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Elections in South Africa: what problems will the country's future president inherent?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-07
Parliamentary elections in South Africa will be held on May 8, 2019, for the sixth time since the end of apartheid in 1994. Africans will also vote for candidates in the provincial legislative assemblies. In addition, a new president will be elected. The current atmosphere The atmosphere in South Africa in recent months is one …
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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…
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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. | …
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Robert Owen, Worker Cooperatives, and Democratic Socialism
Edward J. Martin | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-07
Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) — and its two predecessor organizations, the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) and the New American Movement (NAM) — had their origins in the early 1970s, at the beginning of a long-term rightward shift of United States and global politics. This shift to the right — from the 1980s of …
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'Case closed': Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says time to move on from Russiagate
rt.com | 2019-05-07
Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, declared that there were no illicit ties between President Donald Trump and the Russians, asking Democrats to finally move on. | …
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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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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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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…
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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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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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