2019-09-28: News Headlines

Jon Schwarz (2019-09-28). Nixon's Revenge: This Time, Republicans Are Ready to Fight Impeachment. theintercept.com The right has patiently spent decades creating a system to make sure no Republican president is ever forced from office again, no matter what he does.

RT (2019-09-28). 'This is war': Trump's critics & backers trade blows as Washington braces for impeachment showdown. rt.com With impeachment the talk of the town in Washington, President Donald Trump's most fierce critics and defenders are squaring off, reacting to a Democratic initiative to remove him from office over an alleged abuse of power. | On Tuesday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said the House was "moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry," unifying ongoing investigations in six congressional committees under the umbrella of an impeachment probe. Citing a July phone call between President Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, Pelosi argued that the president abused his authority and bro…

Staff (2019-09-28). Impeachment Firestorm Scorches William Barr. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—As Washington plunges into impeachment, Attorney General William Barr finds himself engulfed in the political firestorm, facing questions about his role in President Donald Trump's outreach to Ukraine and the administration's attempts to keep a whistleblower complaint from Congress. | Trump repeatedly told Ukraine's president in a telephone call that Barr and Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani could help investigate Trump's Democratic rival Joe Biden, according to a rough transcript of that summertime conversation. Justice Department officials insist Barr was unaware of Trump's comments at the t…

RT (2019-09-28). NRA was a 'foreign asset' of Russia in 2016 election, claims report by Senate Democrats. rt.com Injecting new life into the 'Russiagate' conspiracy theory, Senate Democrats produced a report claiming that the largest US gun rights organization acted like a 'foreign asset' for the Kremlin and should lose tax-exempt status. | The 77-page document, published Friday by Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), insinuates that the National Rifle Association (NRA) abused its tax-exempt status by working with the gun rights activist Maria Butina — branded a "Russian agent" &#150…

The Canary (2019-09-28). Trump's envoy to Ukraine resigns as impeachment gathers pace. thecanary.co Kurt Volker, a former US ambassador to NATO caught in the middle of a whistleblower complaint over President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine, has resigned from his post as special envoy to the Eastern European nation.The move came as House Democrats took their first concrete steps in the impeachment investigation of Trump, issuing subpoenas demanding documents from Mike Pompeo and scheduling legal depositions for other State Department officials.A US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Volker told Secretary of State Pompeo on Friday of his decision to leave the job.The move followed disclosur…

Vern Loomis (2019-09-28). Hell Yes, Take Them Away! dissidentvoice.org "Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47!" With that unequivocal statement, Beto O'Rourke ignited right wing gun pundits who've kept some powder dry for just such a remark: "Who is this "we" he speaks of? Democrats? Liberals? Bring it, fools. Come and try to take my legally purchased guns. I double-dog dare …

Staff (2019-09-28). Subpoenas Mark First Concrete Steps for Trump Impeachment. truthdig.com House Democrats ask Mike Pompeo and others in State Department to appear and turn over documents; Speaker Pelosi sets no deadline on probe.

Staff (2019-09-28). Will This Be the Scandal That Finally Prompts Republicans to Defect From Trump? truthout.org | | Donald Trump has made it clear throughout his presidency that when he's put in a corner, he'll throw his own staff under the bus in order to save himself. As the Ukraine scandal deepens, Trump's strategy will be to implicate as many people as possible; protecting Trump now becomes inextricable with protecting themselves. If Republicans circle the wagons now, they're doing so around a stick of lit dynamite. | One day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inve…

Robert S. Becker (2019-09-28). Busted deal with the devil by stooge Republicans puts Senate in play. nationofchange.org What was an improbable prospect only weeks ago — Democrats retaking the Senate — increases in direct proportion to the severity and duration of the Trump train wreck.

Staff (2019-09-28). Union Members Demand a Voice in Presidential Endorsements. truthout.org | | This story was originally published at Labor Notes.As the first union endorsements for president trickle in, union members and leaders are fighting to shape both the outcomes and the process of how endorsements are made. | Four years ago, by September 2015, seven national unions had made endorsements in the Democratic primary, though the AFL-CIO had requested that affiliates delay action. | Six—the Teachers (AFT), Machinists, Roofers, Plumbers, Bricklayers,…

The Canary (2019-09-28). Details of Donald Trump's calls with foreign leaders 'often concealed'. thecanary.co The White House severely restricted distribution of memos detailing President Donald Trump's calls with foreign leaders, including Russia's Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman, after embarrassing leaks of his conversations early in his tenure, a former White House official said. | The White House's handling of Mr Trump's calls with foreign leaders is at the heart of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry. | A whistleblower alleges the White House tried to "lock down" Mr Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukraine's new president because officials were worried about his request for help investigating h…

WSWS (2019-09-28). US Census report: Inequality grew rapidly in 2018 to record levels. wsws.org The US is now as unequal as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and less equal than Kenya, Mexico and Malaysia.

WSWS (2019-09-28). CIA sets terms for Democrats' impeachment inquiry into Trump's crimes. wsws.org Both factions in the political warfare that has erupted in Washington are hostile to the democratic and social rights of the working class.

WSWS (2019-09-28). Chicago teachers vote overwhelmingly to authorize strike. wsws.org The 94 percent authorization vote is a powerful expression of opposition to the conditions imposed by decades of Democratic mayoral administrations.

The Canary (2019-09-28). Boris Johnson 'could face no-confidence vote next week'. thecanary.co Opposition parties could stage a vote of confidence in the Government next week in a bid to thwart a no-deal Brexit, a senior SNP MP has said.Stewart Hosie said the plan — to put in place an interim government to secure a Brexit extension — appeared to be the only way to ensure Britain did not "crash out" of the EU on October 31.However, he acknowledged that in order to succeed, it would require all the opposition parties to get behind it.But while the SNP have indicated they could support a temporary government led by Jeremy Corbyn, the Liberal Democrats and many of the Tory rebels who had the whip wit…

Peter Dreier (2019-09-28). Can Quarterback Pelosi Bring the Democratic Team an Impeachment Victory? commondreams.org US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, announces a formal impeachment inquiry of US President Donald Trump on September 24, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-09-27). 'They lost the election, now they want to STEAL this one': Trump targets Democrats in impeachment ad. rt.com US President Donald Trump is blasting Democrats and "their media lapdogs" in a new campaign ad, claiming they seek to impeach him for wanting to investigate corruption in Ukraine involving former Vice President Joe Biden. | The 30-second ad that Trump tweeted out Friday afternoon opens with Biden boasting about getting a Ukrainian prosecutor fired after he threatened to withhold $1 billion from Kiev. The footage is from the former vice-president's January 2018 appearance at the Council on Foreign Relations. | I AM DRAINING THE SWAMP! pic.twitter.com/U7WxKrO6Kx— Donal…

Charles Davis (2019-09-27). Mass Killings In Afghanistan Are Acts of White Supremacy. counterpunch.org An American white nationalist killed over 30 people recently. The victims, all brown, had full lives; children, loved ones, and years, full of plans, ahead of them. But then they were incinerated. Worst of all, they were murdered while Afghan. The deaths were noted in the press, and one Democrat running for president even acknowledged More

United Nations (2019-09-27). Human Rights Briefing: Updates on Egypt, Zimbabwe, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. un.org Here's a roundup of human rights news this Friday: UN's Bachelet urges restraint over arrests of Egypt protestors; expert calls for 'democratic shift' in Zimbabwe; Human Rights Council agrees fact-finding mission to Venezuela; independent experts urge freedom for Saudi women's rights defender, after 500 days in prison.

Staff (2019-09-27). The Right-Wing Media Twisted My 2015 Reporting on the Bidens and Ukraine. truthout.org | | Democrats are coalescing behind an effort to impeach President Trump over his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he pressed the Ukrainian leader to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Meanwhile, Republicans have latched onto the Biden-Ukraine story as a means of smearing the former vice president as corrupt, in an attempt to damage one of Trump's political rivals. For more on the story, we speak with James Risen, senior national security correspondent for The Int…

David Daley (2019-09-27). "Worth This Investment": Memos Reveal the Scope and Racial Animus of GOP Gerrymandering Ambitions. theintercept.com In court and in public, many top Republicans have denied gerrymandering gives them any advantage at all. They've captured state legislatures and won an edge in Congress, some have suggested, due to superior candidates, better campaigns, and natural geographic sorting that clusters Democrats in urban areas and spreads Republicans more efficiently across the suburbs and rural America. | "The problem is not district lines; the proble…

Al Ronzoni (2019-09-27). Naomi Klein v The Times Roy Scranton: Mobilization to Fight Climate Change or Surrender? counterpunch.org I have a good friend, a professor of English Literature, who I often go out with to see plays, band performances and movies. Lately, we've also been having a running text message and email debate about various political issues. In an earlier exchange, he described himself as, "not philosophically opposed to the Republicans" but since More

Jeet Heer (2019-09-27). The Left Needs to Seize Impeachment From Centrist Elites. thenation.com The Left Needs to Seize Impeachment From Centrist Elites…

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-09-27). The Real Purpose of the Impeachment Investigation against Trump. Political Power Play. globalresearch.ca The Democrats know that there is no impeachable offense. What they intend to do is to use the investigation to look into every aspect of Trump's life and try to make dirt out of things unrelated to his talk with …

Staff (2019-09-27). The Democratic Party Remains a Party of War, Not Peace. therealnews.com Green Party candidate Madelyn Hoffman says that even the progressive Democratic presidential candidates remain unwilling to challenge the Pentagon.

Michelle Zacarias (2019-09-27). Democrats host historic LGBTQ presidential forum. peoplesworld.org Last Friday Democratic candidates took the stage at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to attend the first LGBTQ presidential forum. The gathering was historic in that it was the first time that Presidential nominees got together to discuss the prevailing issues affecting LGBTQ communities across the country. The event was co-hosted by GLAAD, One …

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-09-27). 200+ Groups Denounce UN-WEF Agreement That Entrenches Corporate Interests Driving Global 'Social and Environmental Crises'. commondreams.org "It moves the world dangerously towards a privatized and undemocratic global governance." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-09-27). Bankers "Confirm Warren's Whole Worldview" by Saying They'll Donate to Trump to Defeat Anti-Wall Street Senator in 2020. commondreams.org For the second time in three weeks, Sen. Elizabeth Warren embraced Wall Street executives' fear of her potential presidency, after CNBC reported that several anonymous bankers threatened to back President Donald Trump in the 2020 election if Warren becomes to Democratic nominee. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-09-27). James Risen: I Wrote About the Bidens and Ukraine in 2015. The Right-Wing Media Twisted My Reporting. democracynow.org Democrats are coalescing behind an effort to impeach President Trump over his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he pressed the Ukrainian leader to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Meanwhile, Republicans have latched onto the Biden-Ukraine story as a means of smearing the former vice president as corrupt, in an attempt to damage one of Trump's political rivals. For more on the story, we speak with James Risen, senior national security correspondent for The Intercept, who first wrote about the Bidens and Ukraine in 2015, when he was a reporter for The New York Times. He says the "r…

Staff (2019-09-27). James Risen: Whistleblower Complaint Shows "Trump Is a Habitual Criminal" Abusing His Office. democracynow.org Democrats are ramping up efforts to impeach President Trump for pressing the president of Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Nearly 90% of House Democrats now support impeachment. On Thursday, a declassified version of a complaint by an anonymous whistleblower was released, detailing his concerns about Trump's July phone call with Volodymyr Zelensky. In the complaint, the unnamed whistleblower — who has been identified as a CIA official — accused the president of "using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 202…

RT (2019-09-26). Schiff's 're-telling' of Trump phone call with Ukraine head gets mocked as 'unhinged Orange-Man-Bad fan fiction'. rt.com With impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump resting on the content of a single phone call, who could blame Congressman Adam Schiff for embellishing the truth a little, all to sell his "Orange Man Bad" narrative. | Though Trump released a transcript of the call in question on Wednesday, the Democrat-controlled House Intelligence Committee pressed ahead with questioning Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire on Thursday, about his handling of the whistleblower complaint that first thrus…

RT (2019-09-26). House Intelligence Committee releases whistleblower report on Trump-Zelensky call. rt.com The whistleblower complaint that led to the impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump has been released. In it, the leaker admits he did not actually hear the phone call at the center of the scandal. | Released by the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday, the complaint details the circumstances surrounding Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Democrats argue that Trump attempted to pressure Zelensky into reopening a corruption inve…

Mehdi Hasan (2019-09-26). Democrats, Please Don't Mess This Up. Impeach Trump for All His Crimes, Not Just for Ukraine. theintercept.com Impeaching Trump only for Ukraine would give him a clean bill of health on everything else, like his obstruction of the Mueller investigation.

Joan Walsh (2019-09-26). The Republican Party Is Going Down With Trump. thenation.com The Republican Party Is Going Down With Trump…

Denis Rancourt (2019-09-26). Laws that Punish for Hypothetical Harm Must be Abolished. dissidentvoice.org Given the state of laws in Canada, it has become necessary to state the obvious: An individual legitimately can be punished solely for proven actual harm that is also proven to have been caused by the individual. In a free and democratic society, laws that punish an individual for harm that is hypothesized to have …

Robert Mackey (2019-09-26). How Trump Pushed Ukraine's President to Probe Conspiracy Theories About Democrats. theintercept.com Donald Trump pressed Ukraine's new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to help legitimize conspiracy theories about his Democratic rivals during a private telephone conversation in July, and again at a public meeting at the United Nations on Wednesday. | White House notes on the July call, released before the two presidents met in New York, showed that Trump urged his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate false claims about the theft of emails from the Democratic National Committee's servers in 2016, as well as former Vice Presi…

RT (2019-09-25). US Justice Dept releases much-anticipated summary of Trump's call with Ukrainian president. rt.com US President Donald Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into whether ex-Vice President Joe Biden blocked an investigation into his son's company, according to a summary of the call between the two leaders. | The memo was released Wednesday morning. | | "There's a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great," Trump told Zelensky in a summary of the call transcript provided by the Justice Department on Wednesday. | | Democratic frontrunner Biden allegedl…

RT (2019-09-25). 'If impeachment trump card doesn't work, it will guarantee Trump re-election,' civil rights lawyer tells RT. rt.com With the announcement of an official impeachment inquiry, Democrats have put all their eggs in one basket, risking losing the next election if they fail to enlist enough support, civil rights attorney Robert Patillo told RT. | Read more | | Tulsi says impeachment would be 'terribly divisive' as Trump's Republican challengers back the move | Accusing US President Donald Trump of pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to "take actions which would benefit him politically" — that is, to investigate 2020 candidate Joe Biden's son Hunt…

RT (2019-09-25). 'Nothing call': Trump lashes out at Dems & media after Zelensky chat memo released. rt.com President Donald Trump has slammed his Democratic rivals for launching an impeachment probe based on a "nothing call" with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, on the back of allegations that Trump threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine, in a bid to pressure Zelensky into investigating Joe Biden's son Hunter's business dealings in the country. The Department of Justice released a transcript of the call on Wednesday, which detaile…

RT (2019-09-25). Trump impeachment proceedings based on 'nothing' phone call, but fallout will hurt America long-term. rt.com The transcript of President Donald Trump's phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart shows no pressure or threats to withhold aid. So why are Democrats and media still reading it that way, and invoking it as impeachment grounds? | For over two years, the Democrats pinned their hopes on Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was investigating the claims of "Russian collusion" and obstruction of justice in relation to it — only to come up empty-handed back in May. | Undeterred, the party pushed impeachment anyway, arguing that the report somehow showed obstruction of justice somewhere between the lines, and pr…

Jud Lounsbury (2019-09-25). It's Time to Impeach Members of Congress for Not Impeaching Trump. progressive.org The question is no longer whether it's a good idea. It's about whether the members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans alike, will follow their oath of office to defend the Constitution.

Spencer Green (2019-09-25). The 2020 Campaign Event Where 'Everyday Iowans' Asked the Questions. thenation.com The 2020 Campaign Event Where 'Everyday Iowans' Asked the Questions…

J.B. Gerald (2019-09-25). Genocide Warnings for Three African States. dissidentvoice.org These genocide warnings concern current threats to the peoples of Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burundi. Beyond the primary concern for all the people in national groups, a pattern is emerging globally which should remind North Americans of past genocides against native American peoples: the masses of people forced from their homelands, the refugee …

Staff (2019-09-25). "We've Reached Critical Mass": Rep. Al Green on Pelosi Vow to Impeach Trump for "Dastardly Deeds" democracynow.org Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump following allegations from an intelligence community whistleblower that Trump sought help from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to investigate Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and his son Hunter. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Senate unanimously passed a nonbinding resolution calling for the Trump administration to release the whistleblower complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. We get response and look at next steps with Congressmember Al Gree…

Deborah (2019-09-24). Support FAIR: Corporate Media Sidetracking Real Election Issues—Again — copy. fair.org Dear FAIR Friends, While corporate media focus on who's up/who's down in the horserace for the Democratic nomination, more substantive concerns—What are the candidates' policy proposals? Are they adequate to the scale of the problems we face? Will our votes be suppressed, or even miscounted?—go unaddressed. With so much at stake, we've got to …

Julie Hollar (2019-09-23). What Media Like Best About Elizabeth Warren: She's Not Bernie Sanders. fair.org by Julie Hollar | When the Washington Post's Paul Waldman ( 9/18/19) recently attempted to explain Elizabeth Warren's rise in the Democratic primary polls, he attributed it in part to media: Reporters on the campaign trail have said for some time that she is the one who generates the most enthusiastic response among voters o…

susan_p (2019-09-23). History will judge Mugabe's legacy. greenleft.org.au Alan BroughtonIssue 1239 Zimbabwe Movement for Democratic Change MDC ZANU-PFSeptember 23, 2019Zimbabwe's independence leader and former president Robert Mugabe is remembered for his leadership of the succ…

Michael Sainato (2019-09-18). 2020: Democratic Establishment vs. Democratic Socialists. progressive.org Meet three new challengers to the entrenched old guard.

Andy Spears (2019-09-17). Tennessee Republicans in Fisticuffs Over School Vouchers. progressive.org Hot chicken, sex, and cocaine are part of the story of how Tennessee became the latest state to succumb to the Betsy DeVos-backed voucher craze. The result could determine how the GOP addresses the issue across the country.

Jud Lounsbury (2019-09-13). Democratic Debate #3: Mr. Rogers, Re-runs, and Real Talk. progressive.org A side-stepped apology from Biden, two gimmick-meisters, and seven remaining candidates who gave solid performances.