2019-05-11: News Headlines

Staff (2019-05-11). Trump Lawyer Giuliani Threatens, Then Abandons, Ukraine Trip. truthdig.com NEW YORK—Democrats denounced a plan by President Donald Trump's personal attorney to push Ukraine to open investigations that he hopes could benefit Trump politically, saying it was an overt attempt to recruit foreign help to influence a U.S. election. | But lawyer Rudy Giuliani has scrapped plans to visit Ukraine, citing concerns about who he would be dealing with there. | "I've decided … I'm not going to go to the Ukraine," Giuliani told Fox News on Friday night. "I'm not going to go because I think I'm walking into a group of people that are enemies of the president … in some cases enemies of the Uni…

RT (2019-05-11). 'Deal breaker!' AOC blasts Biden's climate change stance as 'lack of leadership'. rt.com Joe Biden's climate policies are a "dealbreaker" for fellow Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who slammed the former VP for his gas lobbyist-like "lack of leadership" on tackling climate change.

Staff (2019-05-11). Women of Color Call on Congress to End Ban on Federal Abortion Funding. truthout.org As women of color fighting for reproductive health and rights, we must speak truth to power because too often the policies of those in power do not reflect the priorities or lived truths of our communities. We see decisions that time and again ignore the daily struggle our communities must contend with as a result of policies that systematically hinder our ability to thrive — and that's exactly what happened in Democrats' Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) funding bill. | Although we welcome the inclusion of much-needed protections to Title X family planning funding…

Staff (2019-05-11). States Bring Price-Fixing Suit Against Generic Drug Makers. truthdig.com BOSTON—Attorneys general from more than 40 states are alleging the nation's largest generic drug manufacturers conspired to artificially inflate and manipulate prices for more than 100 different generic drugs, including treatments for diabetes, cancer, arthritis and other medical conditions. | The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Connecticut on Friday, also names 15 individual senior executives responsible for sales, marketing and pricing. | Connecticut Attorney General William Tong, a Democrat, said investigators obtained evidence implicating 20 firms. | "We have hard evidence that shows the generic drug…

RT (2019-05-11). 'You're making yourselves look weak': Bill Maher goads Dems for fruitless Trump complaints (VIDEO). rt.com HBO's Bill Maher sent a shot across the bow of Democrats constantly complaining about the Trump administration, saying they should either "do something or stop talking about it."

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-11). 'If Mnuchin Doesn't Comply, Throw Him in Jail': House Democrats Subpoena Trump Tax Returns. commondreams.org "The American people deserve the truth about Trump's deeply concerning conflicts of interest and his profiting from the presidency." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-05-11). Democrats Against Impeachment Invite Autocracy and a Loss in 2020. truthout.org Long before Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report dropped, it became crystal clear that the sitting president of the United States has committed serious crimes. We need leaders in Congress who are ready and willing to rise to the occasion by checking and balancing the executive branch. Failing to impeach will only embolden our kleptocrat-in-chief. | Many supporters of impeachment proceedings have…

Staff (2019-05-11). Biden Pledged Not to Take Special Interest Money, But Not His PAC. truthout.org 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 that he created in 2017. | Biden founded American Possibilities in 2017 to suppo…

Lee Fang (2019-05-11). Lobbyists Working to Undermine Medicare For All Host Congressional Staff at Luxury Resort. theintercept.com At a luxury resort just outside of the nation's capital last month, around four dozen senior congressional staffers decamped for a weekend of relaxation and discussion at Salamander Resort & Spa. It was an opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to come together and listen to live music from the Trailer Grass Orchestra, sip surprisingly impressive glasses of Virginia wine — and hear from health care lobbyists focused on defeating Medicare for All. | The event was hosted by a group called Center Forward and featured a lecture from industry lobbyists leading the charge on undermining progressive health care…

Staff (2019-05-11). House Democrats Subpoena Trump Tax Returns. truthout.org After Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin repeatedly refused to comply with requests to hand over President Donald Trump's tax returns — which some legal experts say is clearly required under federal law — the House Ways and Means Committee late Friday subpoenaed both Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig for the documents.

RT (2019-05-11). Biden caught in immigration hypocrisy after rediscovered clip shows him demanding border fence. rt.com Joe Biden is being called out for immigration virtue-signaling after a video of the Democratic candidate calling for a fence "40 stories high" at the US-Mexican border to keep out the Mexicans bringing in drugs resurfaced. |

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-05-11). No Enforcement of Law While Democrat-Republicans Do Nothing. indybay.org The Embassy Protection Collective at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. are now facing no power or water and no delivery of food or medicine because the United States Secret Service and the Washington, D.C. police refuse to enforce the law while the Democrat-Republicans stay silent.

Staff (2019-05-11). What People in Kentucky Coal Country Really Think About a Green New Deal. truthout.org In late March, Republican Rep. Andy Barr of Kentucky — a member of the Congressional Coal Caucus — invited Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York to come to his state to talk with coal miners about what her proposed Green New Deal "would mean for their families, their paychecks." The invitation came after Ocasio-Cortez spoke passionately in Congress against the i…

teleSUR (2019-05-11). US: New Rule Will Evict Up to 55,000 Legal Immigrant Children. telesurenglish.net A new rule has been proposed by the U.S. President Donald Trump's administration Friday, which the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has inferred will lead to the eviction of over 55,000 children with legal residency or citizenship. | RELATED: | Trump Bids to Send Migrants to Democrat-run Sanctuary Cities | The proposed plan seeks to "require the verification of the eligible immigration status of all recipients of [subsidized housing] who are under the age of 62,"

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Joan Brunwasser (2019-05-11). Who's anti-Bernie and why they're wrong. nationofchange.org My guest today is Norman Solomon, author, activist and cofounder/national coordinator of RootsAction.org. | Joan Brunwasser: Welcome back to OpEdNews, Norman. We last chatted back in 2015, which seems like a very long time ago. I'd like to talk a bit about your recent piece, Bernie is Not a Wind Sock [3.25.19]. What did you mean by that? | Norman Solomon: Politicians who change direction with the wind aren't dependa…

WSWS (2019-05-11). Two former Australian prime ministers tout Labor's pro-business record. wsws.org Hawke and Keating boasted they had created the "modern" deregulated economy, and called for the election of a Labor government to deepen this pro-business agenda.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-11). Staffers for Top Democrats Reportedly Attended 'Luxury' Retreat Hosted by Lobbyists Fighting Medicare for All. commondreams.org "This event wasn't about fixing the healthcare system. It was about protecting the healthcare industry, no matter the cost to patients, families, workers, or employers." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-05-11). Giuliani cancels trip to Ukraine, denounces 'enemies' of the US in Kiev. rt.com Rudy Giuliani has canceled his trip to Kiev where he planned to push the probe into "collusion" between Ukrainian officials and the Democratic Party, stating that the country's new president is surrounded by "enemies" of the US.

pip.hinman (2019-05-10). Anti-CSG activists say Santos must be stopped. greenleft.org.au About 60 anti-coal seam gas campaigners gathered outside NSW parliament on May 7 to greet newly-elected MPs with a clear message: stop Santos' Narrabri Gas Project in the state's north west. | The action was organised by Stop CSG Sydney and the Knitting Nannas and Friends. | Protesters received a positive response from some MPs, including the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party (SFF), the NSW Greens and an independent. | SFF's Roy Butler recommitted his party to opposing CSG developments. He also said his party supported a moratorium on CSG until all of the Chief Scientist's recommendations are implemented. | But…

pip.hinman (2019-05-10). Greens candidate: 'The system is stacked to work for the two major parties'. greenleft.org.au Former NSW Fire Brigades Employees Union (FBEU) state secretary Jim Casey is standing as the Greens candidate for the seat of Grayndler in inner west Sydney. He spoke to Green Left Weekly's Rachel Evans about his campaign. | You are involved in the Stop Adani campaign. How do you see the movement stopping this catastrophic project? | The first step is to get rid of [Prime Minister] Scott Morrison. The second step is to build a movement, which requires thousands of people having thousands of conversations in the suburbs, in the cities, in the country. | Adani is the coalface of the broader struggle of stopping cl…

pip.hinman (2019-05-10). Greens, preferences and radical social change. greenleft.org.au This federal election is taking place at a time when the need for radical social and economic change is palpable: the escalating climate crisis and rampant and growing inequality are two major symptoms of the bankruptcy of capitalism. | The school climate strike movement is one manifestation of the desire for meaningful change. And there are many others too. | But while radical change is needed, those who campaign for it are still too often derided as extremist or idealist (with the exception of the students who the powers-that-be hope will "grow up" and embrace pragmatism). | There is a strong desire to get rid…

Louis Proyect (2019-05-10). Bernie Sanders and the Movement That Might Have Been. counterpunch.org As I gird my loins for a renewed ideological struggle against Bernie Sanders's bid to become the Democratic Party's nominee to run against Donald Trump, I thought it advisable to get up to speed by reading Jeffrey St. Clair's "Bernie & The Sandernistas: Field Notes From a Failed Revolution" that was published in 2016. Since More

Ashley Curtin (2019-05-10). Bernie Sanders calls for national ban on fracking. nationofchange.org Sen. Bernie Sanders announced a need for a national ban on fracking, which is part of his sweeping climate agenda as he campaigns for the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee. While scientific studies conclude fracking poses a threat to climate, air quality and water supply, Sanders said it is a major contributor to the world's climate crisis.Fracking is a danger to our water supply. It's a danger to the air we breathe. It causes earthquakes. It's highly explosive. And it's contributing to climate change. We need to ban it nationwide. pic.twitter.com/acF22iQLRy— Bern…

ACLU (2019-05-10). House Funding Bill Shows How Far We've Come in the Fight for Reproductive Freedom—And How Far We Have to Go. aclu.org A key bill makes important strides for reproductive health, and shows why we need presidential candidates to show leadership on abortion coverage | This week the House Appropriations Committee advanced the Labor, Health, and Human Services appropriations bill, the annual bill that funds federal health and education programs. It makes important strides forward on reproductive health and rights–and it also shines a light on the need for presidential leadership on abortion coverage.

RT (2019-05-10). Where's Tulsi? The Hill forgets Gabbard when listing candidates who qualify for primary debates. rt.com A report by The Hill on Democratic candidates qualifying for the party's debates has one glaring omission — Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.

Henry Giroux (2019-05-10). Pedagogical Terrorism and Hope in the age of Fascist Politics. counterpunch.org Something sinister and horrifying is happening to liberal democracies all over the globe.Democratic institutions such as the independent media, schools, the legal system, certain financial institutions, and higher education are under siegeworldwide. Some of the latest examples of this can be found in the United States with the resurgence of vigilantes and right-wing militia groups along the southern border and the intrusion of tech-based educational practices into schools producing curricula that some parents claim turn kids into zombies. Trump's continued attack on higher education offers another highly visible…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-05-10). Don't go Joe—Biden passes union protest to attend big money fundraiser. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—To answer the obvious question, no, Joe Biden did not cross a picket line on the way to a fundraiser in Los Angeles on May 8. But the former vice president, now a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, and thought to appeal to at least one wing of the union movement—older white guys—may …

Derek Royden (2019-05-10). Elizabeth Warren probably has a plan for that. nationofchange.org Until now, it was unthinkable in American politics that the left-wing of the Democratic party would become such a force and Elizabeth Warren deserves at least a share of the credit for this.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-10). The Democrats and the Mueller Report: "Muellerisation" globalresearch.ca The psychic problems facing the Democrats continue to bite, and with their foiled efforts to see the full, unredacted report of the Mueller Report, they look distracted, confused and bitter. In politics, the sense of vengeance and retribution has a …

RT (2019-05-10). House Democrats issue new subpoena for Trump's tax returns. rt.com The US House Ways and Means Committee has issued a subpoena for President Donald Trump's tax returns after a prior request under the tax code was rebuffed with the argument it lacked "legitimate legislative purpose."

RT (2019-05-10). Giuliani heads to Kiev to push for probes into pro-Clinton 'meddling' & firm that hired Biden's son. rt.com Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is going to Kiev to advocate for inquiries that could help the reelection bid of his boss. Those include claims of Democratic "collusion" in 2016 and the alleged corruption of Joe Biden.

Robert Fantina (2019-05-10). Partisanship Poison in the United States. counterpunch.org While the election of Donald Trump to the presidency certainly surprised almost everyone on the planet, it is unlikely that anyone was prepared for the circus ushered in by his administration. Partisanship had reached toxic levels before, but today it threatens the very fabric of the nation's pseudo-democracy. Let's look at a few facts. + More

Gregory Shupak (2019-05-10). Distorting 'Democracy' in Venezuela Coverage. fair.org Writing of the failed US-sponsored coup attempt in Venezuela on April 30, Uri Friedman of The Atlantic ( 5/1/19) referred to the Venezuelan branch of the coup as Juan "Guaidó's pro-democracy movement." The logical contradiction could scarcely be more pronounced: A wave of Friedman's wand transforms a political force seeking the military overthrow of Venezuela's elected government into a "pro-democracy movement." | The Venezuelan government's current mandate comes from winning an election on May 20, 20…

susan_p (2019-05-10). Venezuela: How one local council is working to overcome the crisis through people's power. greenleft.org.au In the midst of Venezuela's prolonged economic crisis, in which state budgets and support for the governing socialists steadily contract, at least one municipal council is bucking the trend. The key, according to the local mayor, has been focusing on people's power and self-management. | Paéz is a rural municipality located in Apure state, along the tense border with Colombia. Opposition-controlled Tachira state lies to its west. | Despite this conflictive surrounding, José María "Chema" Romero managed to increase the United Socialist Party of Venezuela's (PSUV) vote in the 2017 mayoral elections by 70% from its…

teleSUR (2019-05-10). Bolivia's Social Movements Meet to Discuss Elections. telesurenglish.net Representatives of Bolivia's labor unions and Indigenous groups met with leftist President Evo Morales to discuss electoral strategy ahead of general elections this October. | RELATED: | Bolivia Under Evo Morales: 13 Years of Reclaiming Sovereignty | The groups met to decide which candidates will run under the MAS (Movement Towards Socialism) ticket. The MAS is the ruling party, headed up by president Evo Morales. However, resolutions were also passed in regards to the ideol…

Bryan Wall (2019-05-10). Left-wing election candidate in Ireland reveals how far-right figures harassed and intimidated her. thecanary.co A candidate in the upcoming elections in Ireland revealed that far-right activists harassed her at a recent political event. Adrienne Wallace is a People Before Pr…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-05-09). Watch: Interview With Democratic Congresswoman and 2020 Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard. theintercept.com Ever since Tulsi Gabbard was first elected to Congress in 2012, she has been assertively independent, heterodox, unpredictable, and polarizing. Viewed at first as a loyal Democrat and guaranteed future star by party leaders — due to her status as an Iraq War veteran, a telegenic and dynamic young woman, and the first Hindu and Samoan-American elected to Congress — she has instead become a thorn in the side, and frequent critic, of those same leaders. | Gabbard's transformation from cherished party asset to party critic and outcast was rapid, and was due almost entirely to her insistence on following h…

Riaz Malik (2019-05-09). Obama's Frustration with Clinton Campaign Should be a Warning to Dems. mintpressnews.com Will Democrats stop wasting their time rehashing conspiracy theories and actually start opposing Trump on Venezuela? On mass surveillance? On tax breaks to the wealthy? On defense spending?

Ruth Conniff (2019-05-09). Trump's Contempt for Democracy is Pushing Congress Toward Impeachment. progressive.org Politically, it might make more sense to focus on the next election, but Constitutionally, Democrats in Congress have no choice but to go after Trump now.

Eds. (2019-05-09). Seven theses on the Capitalist Democratic State. mronline.org What is the capitalist democratic state and how should it be confronted? This question has bedevilled the left for generations. On the one hand, a social democratic conception of the state as a neutral institution that needs to be occupied and captured by bureaucrats with the right ideas has lead to experiments in socialist governance […] | Source

RT (2019-05-09). Establishment media suddenly against war… because Trump. rt.com Mainstream media and Democrats are suddenly concerned about President Donald Trump's hawkish advisers, questioning his administration's policy on Iran and Venezuela. Has the US rediscovered peace, or is something else afoot?

pip.hinman (2019-05-09). Trump ratchets up anti-immigrant campaign. greenleft.org.au While much of the media continues to focus on the Mueller report and the squabbles between the White House and the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, US President Donald Trump's real crimes are scarcely addressed or are ignored altogether. | This column will take up one of these crimes, Trump's intensification of his racist war on immigrants. He is not alone on this — the ultra-right throughout Europe and elsewhere have similar anti-immigrant policies. | In recent weeks Trump has appointed new officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Fight Back (2019-05-09). Jacksonville celebrates May Day. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL — About 35 people gathered on May 1 to celebrate International Workers' Day in Jacksonville. The rally was held in front of the Duval County Courthouse. Members of several local trade unions were present, including Letter Carriers, Teamsters, SEIU, Teachers, and IATSE. Other local activist groups included the Community Action Committee, Students for a Democratic Society, Progressive Coalition, Palestine Solidarity Network, the Northside Coalition, and the local Democratic Black Caucus. | The rally was united under the theme of building alliances between different groups and organizations. A…

pip.hinman (2019-05-09). Rivers in crisis demand real water solutions now. greenleft.org.au A key federal election issue, which the carefully stage-managed leaders' debates are ignoring, is one on which all our lives depend: access to clean drinking water. | Our rivers are dying and our artesian basins are being poisoned because river water is being sold off at bargain basement rates to the major parties' corporate donors. | Corruption and water theft is just a part of how business is done in large parts of the Murray-Darling Basin. | Water security is vital for rural communities because water sourced from artesian bores and rivers is crucial for farming, especially as prolonged drought bites hard all t…

unitedEditor (2019-05-09). Turkish electoral commission calls for recount in Istanbul. uwidata.com Yesterday, the Turkish Central election commission made a final decision in regard to the contested election results for mayor of Istanbul, which took place on March 31. After the candidate from the opposition Republican People's Party (NPP), Ekrem ƒ∞mamoƒülu, declared victory with a margin of only 13,729 votes, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) …

Staff (2019-05-09). State Capture Crisis Grips South African Elections. therealnews.com Widespread corruption, unemployment, inequity and disillusionment hovers over South African elections. We must have higher expectations from a national liberation movement says Professor Rasigan Maharajh…

John McEvoy (2019-05-09). Psychology expert says blaming Russia for Trump was an easy way out for a 'traumatised' US society. thecanary.co With the completion of the Mueller report, nobody was indicted for colluding with Russia to influence the 2016 election. The report's findings caused major humiliation

Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener (2019-05-09). Will Young People of Color Shape the 2020 Election? thenation.com Will Young People of Color Shape the 2020 Election?

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…