2019-05-22: News Headlines

RT (2019-05-22). Frustrated Democrats plan 'emergency' impeachment meeting after McGahn subpoena snub. rt.com US House Democrats are holding an emergency meeting to discuss the pressure to move forward with the impeachment of President Donald Trump — even though the special counsel and other investigations have failed to produce a crime.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-22). Headlines for May 22, 2019. democracynow.org Calls for Impeachment Mount Among Democrats But Party Remains Divided, Dems Subpoena Ex-WH Communications Dir. Hope Hicks After Don McGahn Skips Hearing, Ex-Sec. of State Rex Tillerson Quietly Meets with House Foreign Affairs Cmte., IRS Memo Says Only Exec. Privilege Can Stop Congress from Obtaining Tax Returns, Lawmakers Are Briefed by Trump Admin on Iran Situation, Protesters Take to the Streets Nationwide to Condemn Abortion Bans, States Sue to Stop Rule Allowing Medical Providers to Refuse Care Based on Religious Belief, Vermont Dems Approve Bill Prohibiting Gov't from Interfering with Abortion Access, CBP Ha…

Thomas Knapp (2019-05-22). A US War on Iran Would be Evil, Stupid, and Self-Damaging. counterpunch.org "If Iran wants to fight," US president Donald Trump tweeted on May 19, "that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again."The "threat" Trump appears to be responding to is a statement from Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that "[w]e are certain … there will not be a war since neither we want a war nor does anyone have the illusion that they can confront Iran in the region."Some "threat," huh? Let's seek a little clarity as to just who's threatening whom here: In 1953, US and British intelligence operatives orchestrated a coup d'etat, overthrowing Iran's democratically el…

Ted Rall (2019-05-22). Why Joe Biden is the Least Electable Democrat. counterpunch.org As one of the few pundits who correctly called the 2016 election for Donald Trump, it would be wise to rest on my laurels rather than risk another prediction, one that might turn out wrong. But how would that be fun? Let the 2020 political prognostications begin! The arithmetic of the 2016 Republican presidential primaries is repeating itself on More

RT (2019-05-22). 'I don't do coverups': Trump fires back at Pelosi after walking out of WH meeting. rt.com President Donald Trump called a surprise press conference to blast House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who accused him of masterminding a "coverup." Trump then canceled an infrastructure meeting with top Democrats. |

Mark Ashwill (2019-05-22). Albright & Powell to Speak at Major International Education Conference: What Were They Thinking? counterpunch.org The last time I used this subtitle was when I first wrote about the morally noxious appointment of Bob Kerrey as chairman of the Fulbright University Vietnam board of trustees in 2016. I had the exact same gut reaction to this message, which appeared in my inbox earlier this year: NAFSA (Association of International Educators*) More

Democracy Now! (2019-05-22). "We Don't Want a Monarchy": Rep. Al Green Says Democrats Have No Choice But to Impeach Trump. democracynow.org A growing number of House Democrats are calling on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to launch an impeachment inquiry against President Trump. Pelosi has called for a closed-door special caucus meeting this morning to discuss the impeachment question, which has deeply divided House Democrats. The House speaker has long opposed opening an impeachment inquiry, arguing that focusing on impeachment could hurt the chances of Democrats winning in the 2020 election. But she is facing growing pushback from other members of the House as President Trump continues to block congressional oversight efforts by refusing to hand over documen…

Elie Mystal (2019-05-22). Justin Amash Is Putting the Democrats to Shame. thenation.com Justin Amash Is Putting the Democrats to Shame…

Staff (2019-05-22). Rep. Al Green Says Democrats Have No Choice But to Impeach Trump. truthout.org A growing number of House Democrats are calling on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to launch an impeachment inquiry against President Trump. Pelosi has called for a closed-door special caucus meeting this morning to discuss the impeachment question, which has deeply divided House Democrats. The House speaker has long opposed opening an impeachment inquiry, arguing that focusing on impeachment could hurt the chances of Democrats winning in the 2020 election. But she is facing growing pushback from other members of the House as President Trump continues to block congressional oversight efforts by refusing to hand over docu…

Jake Johnson (2019-05-22). New York Passes Bill to Give Congress Access to Trump Tax Returns. theantimedia.com (CD) — As the White House continues to defy congressional Democrats' requests for President Donald Trump's federal tax returns, the New York state Assembly on Wednesday passed legislation that would make six years of Trump's state tax records available to the U.S. Congress. The New York state Senate passed the legislation, titled the TRUST Act, earlier this month. The bill …

Staff (2019-05-22). Warren and Sanders Refuse to Cozy Up to Wall Street Donors. truthout.org While characterizing their campaigns as " grassroots" operations fueled by the people, many 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls have reportedly been spending a significant chunk of their time on the trail cozying up to Wall Street executives and raking in checks at big-dollar events across the nation. | Two major presidential candidates, however, are eschew…

Staff (2019-05-22). Thom Hartmann: This is How Republics Die. truthdig.com The American republic could die, just like Rome. | Wavering for some time on the verge of becoming a complete oligarchy, America is on the verge of flipping from a democratic republic to a strongman or autocratic form of government, something that's happened to dozens of democracies in the past few decades, but never before here. It's possible we won't recover from it. | The death of a republic is different from the death of a nation; Rome was a nation for nearly 2,000 years, but its period of being a republic was only around 300 years long. For the rest, it was a brutal empire with a small but wealthy and corrup…

James Wright (2019-05-22). The UN gives the Lib Dems a massive headache just a day before the EU elections. thecanary.co The UN has given the Liberal Democrats a massive headache only a day before the EU elections, which take place on 23 May in the UK. | "Tragic" policies: | The Human Rights Council report, released on 22 May, states that "policies of austerity introduced in 2010" have had "tragic social consequences". With the Lib Dems gaining support through Remain protest votes…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-22). Gillibrand Introduces Sweeping Family Bill of Rights to Ease Financial Burdens and 'Level the Playing Field for Children'. commondreams.org Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Wednesday introduced her "Family Bill of Rights," a five-point economic policy that aims to "lift many of the financial burdens on families and help level the playing field for children." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-05-22). Washington threatens new attack on Syria amid US war buildup in Persian Gulf. wsws.org With the Trump administration threatening a new attack on Syria on the pretext of chemical weapons, Democrats signed a letter urging an even more aggressive policy.

Staff (2019-05-22). Trump's War on the Constitution Has Reached a Breaking Point. truthout.org Much of the nation is focused on the growing constitutional conflict between the Trump administration and the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives. Words like "unprecedented" are being bandied about in the press to describe the slow-rolling legal calamity unfolding before us. While it is true that many elements of the current situation are peculiar to history, there is nothing new here save, perhaps, for the danger represented by this preposterous president. | It was, in fact, former Vice President Dick Cheney who sta…

plenglish (2019-05-22). Cuba and PDRK Strengthen Ties. plenglish.com 22 de mayo de 2019, 16: 35Havana, May 22 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Vice President Roberto Morales received on Wednesday the Vice President of the Central Committee of the Workers" Party of Korea and member of the State Committee of the Peoplwe"s Democratic Republic of Korea, Ri Su Yong.

Aída Chávez (2019-05-22). The Right Opens Up a New Front in the Census War: Criminal Records. theintercept.com Republicans appear poised to open a new front in the ongoing census wars, pushing to add a new question that inquires about the criminal record of respondents. The move comes amid a parallel effort to question residents about their citizenship status in 2020. Both questions would have the intended effect, Democrats charge, of suppressing participation, thereby shrinking Democratic representation. | In a hearing before the congressional Joint Economic Committee on Wednesday, a witness from the American Enterprise Institute, or AEI, an influential neoconservative think tank, put forward the notion that the Census B…

Staff (2019-05-22). Trump Stalks Out on Democrats, Demands End to Russia Probes. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump abruptly stalked out of a meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday with a flat declaration he would no longer work with Democrats unless they drop all investigations in the aftermath of the special counsel's Trump-Russia report. | Democrats said the walkout seemed scripted. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it all "very, very, very strange" and said she was praying for Trump and the nation. | After turning and leaving the three-minute non-meeting with the Democratic leaders, scheduled for a discussion of U.S. infrastructure problems, Trump strode to the Rose Garden wher…

WSWS (2019-05-22). Former White House counsel refuses to testify before House committee. wsws.org The Democrats are warning about a "constitutional crisis" and the threat of dictatorship, but their own fecklessness is bound up with the reactionary basis of their opposition to Trump.

Akela Lacy (2019-05-22). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Backs Tiffany Cabán in Pivotal Queens DA Race. theintercept.com A criminal justice reformer running a bare-bones, grassroots campaign is building momentum to transform the Queens District Attorney's office for the first time in close to 30 years. As Tiffany Cabán beefs up her push with help from the Democratic Socialists of America and the Working Families Party, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has jumped in to back the queer Latina public defender running an anti-establishment campaign many have likened to Ocasio-Cortez's own. | After the DSA backed Cabán earlier this month, Ocasio-Cortez — one of…

commondreams (2019-05-22). Telecom-Friendly House Democrats Are Pushing a Letter to Undermine Net Neutrality. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2019-05-22). North Korea Slams Joe Biden as a 'Fool with a Low IQ'. telesurenglish.net The Democratic People's Republic of North Korea released an official statement on Wednesday that has slammed U.S. presidential hopeful Joe Biden as a "fool of a low IQ." Furthermore, the statement labeled Biden an "imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being." | RELATED: | US Seizes North Korean Coal Ship as Tensions Mount After Missile Launches | North Korea's official media wing, the Korean Central News Agency, said the government's comments were in res…

plenglish (2019-05-22). South Africa ¥s Parliament Does Not Sympathize With President. plenglish.com 22 de mayo de 2019, 15: 38Pretoria, May 22 (Prensa Latina) The first session of the new South African National Assembly finished on Wednesday with the reaffirmation of Cyril Ramaphosa as President of the country, who will lead the 6th democratic government following the apartheid ¥s eradication.

David Dayen (2019-05-22). The House Has Found Bipartisan Agreement on Reform to Retirement Accounts. Be Afraid. theintercept.com House Ways and Means Committee Chair Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., waited until April 3, months after Democrats regained the chamber, to formally seek President Donald Trump's tax returns. As Neal resisted pressure from his colleagues to pull the trigger earlier, he was working with Republicans on finishing a retirement security bill that had been several years in the making. | His colleagues began to suspect the two things were related, a suspicion that was…

George Lakey (2019-05-22). Vision is finally on the rise in US politics. nationofchange.org Our country's political discourse is becoming more interesting. On | May 16, Washington governor and presidential candidate Jay Inslee | released a progressive $9 trillion-plus " Evergreen Economy" plan. | By proposing a dramatic response to the climate crisis, Inslee joins a few Democratic presidential candidates already supporting the Green New Deal. Both proposals challenge the Democratic leadership's rigid adherence to incrementalism and…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-22). Challenging Orthodoxies: Alabama's Anti-Abortion Law. dissidentvoice.org It seems like a grand ploy of massive distraction. On the surface, the move by Alabama to place the most onerous restrictions on the granting of an abortion has become a lighting-rod of conviction for Democrat agitators. And not just them. The fear, and one with suggestive implication, is that various legislatures are paving the …

Yves Engler (2019-05-22). Canada's NDP MP Randall Garrison's Disgraceful Anti-Palestinian Politics. dissidentvoice.org Randall Garrison is an embarrassment to everyone who supports universal human rights. The Victoria area New Democratic Party MP's anti-Palestinian politics are beyond disgraceful. Earlier this month Garrison was reappointed vice-chair of the Canada Israel Interparliamentary Group (CIIG). As such, he's continuing to refuse to heed a call from Roger Waters, Noam Chomsky, Maher Arar, …

WSWS (2019-05-22). Thousands rally across the US to defend abortion rights. wsws.org The number of demonstrations reflect the broad popular support for the right of women to choose and in defense of democratic rights more generally.

Staff (2019-05-22). Federal Judge Refuses to Block Trump Bank Subpoenas. truthdig.com NEW YORK — The Latest on President Donald Trump's efforts to block congressional subpoenas seeking records from his banks (all times local): | 4 p.m. | A federal judge in New York is refusing to block congressional subpoenas seeking financial records from two banks that did business with President Donald Trump. | U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos said during a hearing Wednesday that Trump and his company were unlikely to succeed in a lawsuit arguing that the subpoenas were unlawful and unconstitutional. | Democrats in Congress have sought the information from Deutsche Bank and Capital One. | Deutsche Bank h…

Jeffrey C. Isaac (2019-05-22). Impeachment Will Succeed If It Demonstrates Very Publicly That Trump Is a Tyrant Unfit for Office and GOP Lawwmakers Are His Enablers. commondreams.org U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the Rose Garden at the White House May 22, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump responded to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying he was engaged in a cover up. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-05-22). Australian Labor Party in crisis after election debacle. wsws.org The election result demonstrated a deep-going rupture between the working class and the big business Labor Party.

teleSUR (2019-05-22). Duterte Orders Philippine Gov't to Ship Back Canada's Trash. telesurenglish.net Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered his government to hire a private shipping company to send 69 containers of garbage back to Canada and leave them within its territorial waters if it refuses to accept the trash, his spokesman said on Wednesday. | RELATED: | Duterte Expected To Strengthen Clout After Philippine Elections | "The Philippines as an independent sovereign nation must not be treated as trash by other foreign nation," Presidential Spokesman Salvador Pa…

WSWS (2019-05-22). Germany: Tens of thousands demonstrate against nationalism. wsws.org While many came to demonstrate against nationalism and racism, the organisers sought to mobilise support for pro-EU parties—the SPD, Greens and Left Party—a week before the European elections.

Staff (2019-05-22). New York City's Early Voting Plan Will Favor White, Affluent Voters. truthout.org An analysis from three advocacy groups has found that New York City's plan for early voting for the 2020 national elections is grossly inadequate and, as designed, will favor white, affluent voters. | The New York Civil Liberties Union, Common Cause New York and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law last week sent a letter to the New York City Board of Elections decrying plans to staff 38 early voting locations in a city with some 5…

Ed Sykes (2019-05-22). Why British politics is so messed up and in need of a radical overhaul. thecanary.co Earlier this month, the Conservative Party suffered a local election wipeout, losing over 1,300 councillors. Smaller parties and independent candidates, meanwhile, made massive gains. And polls for the EU elections on 23 May suggest the Tories will face ano…

RT (2019-05-22). Trump is 'engaged in a coverup,' says Nancy Pelosi. rt.com By instructing former White House counsel Don McGahn not to testify before Congress, President Donald Trump is "engaged in a coverup," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters after meeting with her fellow Democrats. |

Cira Pascual Marquina (2019-05-22). Defending Chavez's project today. mronline.org I began to work directly with Comandante Hugo Chavez in May 1996. By that time, Chavez was already exploring the idea of participating in elections. | Source

United Nations (2019-05-21). Iraq needs support to 'leave violent past behind', says UN envoy as Security Council extends UN mission for one year. un.org Iraq's democratic transition — weighed down by political infighting, weak institutions, corruption, and the constant threat of ISIL — needs more international support, "lots of time and lots of hard work," the top United Nations official in the country said on Tuesday.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-21). Challenging Orthodoxies: Alabama's Anti-Abortion Law. globalresearch.ca It seems like a grand ploy of massive distraction. On the surface, the move by Alabama to place the most onerous restrictions on the granting of an abortion has become a lighting-rod of conviction for Democrat agitators. And not just …

RT (2019-05-21). Democrats call for Trump impeachment as former White House counsel skips hearing. rt.com House Democrats are once again calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, after he blocked former White House counsel Don McGahn from testifying about the 'Russiagate' probe. |

Fight Back (2019-05-21). Jacksonville's dismal runoff results point to need for Labor-Black community alliance. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL – The outcome of Jacksonville's 2019 runoff elections looked remarkably like the general election back in March. Even fewer people participated in the runoff, which saw voter turnout sink from an already dismal 24% in March to just 14.35% two months later. By all accounts, Republicans came out on top. Dixie money ruled the day again, with the candidate who raised and spent the most money winning every single runoff. | Five city council seats went to a runoff after no candidate received a majority of the vote in March. While Democrats elected three city council members, only three of the five run…

Rep Tulsi Gabbard (2019-05-21). Tulsi Gabbard: "I Don't" Buy Report that Iran Wants to Strike U.S. Forces, Trump Looking for "Pretext" for War. globalresearch.ca Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democratic presidential candidate, said she doesn't buy reports saying Iran poses a new threat to U.S. personnel in Iraq in an interview Sunday with ABC's "This Week." | *** | GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: You resigned your DNC post …

teleSUR (2019-05-21). Ocasio-Cortez: 'Time to Open Impeachment Inquiry Against Trump'. telesurenglish.net U.S. Democratic Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez said on Tuesday it is time for Democratic leaders to allow an impeachment process to start against President Donald Trump, saying the administration's obstruction of lawmakers' oversight efforts gives them no choice. | RELATED: | Chomsky: Fixation on Russia May Have Handed Trump a 2020 Win | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has so far resisted calls for Democrats to launch impeachment proceedings, instead backing continued investiga…

Emmanuel Felton (2019-05-21). New Orleans Argues Whether an All-Charter City Can Be Truly Democratic. thenation.com New Orleans Argues Whether an All-Charter City Can Be Truly Democratic…

Steve Howell (2019-05-21). EU Election Deadlock Is Allowing Demagogues to Flourish in Britain. thenation.com EU Election Deadlock Is Allowing Demagogues to Flourish in Britain…

unitedEditor (2019-05-21). Iran, China-US trade war, Australia election, S-500. uwidata.com Is the US mobilizing the armed forces against Iran? The situation in the Persian Gulf heated up dramatically this week. The United States has increased its military presence in the region and advised their citizens in Arab countries to remain vigilant. On the 6th of May, the US sent a naval strike group (the aircraft …

Ricardo Vaz (2019-05-21). Venezuela: Maduro Proposes Early Parliamentary Elections as ANC Extends Mandate. venezuelanalysis.com "Let's see who gets the most votes," Maduro challenged the opposition.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-21). Headlines for May 21, 2019. democracynow.org Iran Responds to Trump Threat While U.N. Urges All Parties to De-escalate Rhetoric, Houthis Launch Drone Attack on Saudi Airport, U.N. Warns Yemen Food Aid May Be Suspended Due to Instability, Guatemalan Teen Becomes 5th Migrant Child to Die in U.S. Custody Since December, Trump Orders McGahn to Defy Congressional Subpoena, D.C. Judge Orders Accounting Firm to Hand Over Trump Financial Docs, NY Prosecutors Examining Financial Records from Trump's Inauguration, New Zealand Police Charge Christchurch Massacre Suspect with Terrorism, Defeated Prabowo Challenges Re-election of Indonesian President Joko Widodo, New Bo…

Ruchira Gupta (2019-05-21). A Modi Victory Puts India's 200 Million Muslims in Danger. thenation.com A Modi Victory Puts India's 200 Million Muslims in Danger…