2019-09-30: Social Media Postees

Democrats praise CIA whistleblower on Ukraine, persecute Manning, Assange and Snowden
wsws.org | 2019-09-30
While the Democrats declare that "Congress must do all it can to protect… all whistleblowers," they support exile and prison for the men and women who have exposed the crimes of US imperialism.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/30/pers…

Democrats say they will ban fracking nationwide. An empty campaign promise or are they serious?
rt.com | 2019-09-30
Several contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination have promised a nationwide ban on fracking. How viable is that proposal and do they really want to do it — or is it just a campaign promise they can never fulfil? | Banning 'fracking' — the process of extracting oil and natural gas via hydraulic fracturing — is popular among environmentalists and activists who are increasingly concerned about climate change. Among the candidates who have backed a ban are the current frontrunner Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), as well as her colleagues Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and K…
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In Media Newspeak, a 'Peace Plan' for Israel/Palestine Is Anything US Proposes
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2019-09-30
by Joshua Cho | Prior to the elections in Israel/Palestine in September–marred by blatant racism posturing as the "democratic process," with millions of Palestinians living under varying degrees of Israeli rule unable to vote due to their ethnicity–Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu generated headlines for repeatedly pledging to annex nearly a third of the illegally occ…
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DPRK reports 'little progress' since historic June 2018 summit with US
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-30
Lack of progress in achieving peace on the Korean Peninsula is "entirely attributable" to the United States, a senior official from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) told the UN General Assembly on Monday.
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The Untold Story of the Trump-Ukraine 'Scandal': The Routine Corruption of US Foreign Policy
Joe Lauria | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-30
The most crucial aspects of the Trump-Ukraine "scandal," which has led to impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump, are not being told, even by Republicans. | Trump was very likely motivated by politics if he indeed withheld military aid to Ukraine in …
globalresearch.ca/untold-story-trump-ukr…

Trump tweets quote warning that impeachment will cause 'Civil War-like fracture' in US
rt.com | 2019-09-30
US President Donald Trump responded to the Democrats-led impeachment inquiry by posting an ominous quote from a church leader who warned that removing him from office would inflict "Civil War-like" wounds on the nation. | Known for regularly watching shows on Fox News, Trump apparently liked how the Southern Baptist minister and televangelist Robert Jeffress appeared on the channel on Sunday and blasted the Democrats for wanting to impeach him. | "And I do want to make this prediction this morning: If the Democrats are successful in removing the president from office, I'm afraid it will cause a Civil War-like…
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When Convenience Counts: Leaking and Whistleblowing. Trump and the Zelensky Affair
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-30
The entire Trump presidency has been a sequence of "watch this space" moments. Dismissals and political executions; attacks and distractions; gestures of deal making and promises of apocalypse. Perhaps it was high time for another bit of material to be …
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The New Evil Empire
Serge Halimi | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-30
The US seems to have decided that it can't take on China and Russia at the same time, so its principal geopolitical rival in the coming decades will be China. Trump's Republican administration and the Democrats agree on this, though they are campaigning vigorously against each other ahead of next year's presidential election. China has…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/30/the-new-evil…

Fighting Corruption Must Be Our Focus In 2020
Miles Mogulescu | commondreams.org | 2019-09-30
Why would Democrats want to spend even a minute during this Presidential campaign defending Biden against corruption charges, when there are plenty of other qualified Democratic candidates without this liability? (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The Ukraine Scandal Might Be a Bad Gambit for Democrats
Aaron Maté | thenation.com | 2019-09-30
The Ukraine Scandal Might Be a Bad Gambit for Democrats…
thenation.com/article/ukraine-scandal-de…

Democrats frame impeachment drive as defense of "national security"
wsws.org | 2019-09-30
There is not the slightest democratic content to the Democrats' impeachment inquiry.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/30/impe…

Democrats Must Reject False Choices as They Pursue Impeachment
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2019-09-30
Democrats Must Reject False Choices as They Pursue Impeachment…
thenation.com/article/democrats-impeachm…

Private Contractors Play Key Role in US Intelligence's Creeping Authoritarianism
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-30
| As a whistleblower complaint against President Trump rocks Washington, Democrats begin an impeachment inquiry and Trump threatens "big consequences" for the person who came forward, we continue our conversation with one of the world's most famous whistleblowers: Edward Snowden, now in exile in Russia. Six years ago, he shocked the world when he leaked a trove of secret documents about how the United States had built a massive surveillance apparatus to collect phone calls, text messages…
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CNN Slammed for Labeling Five Centrist Democrats as 'Leaders on Impeachment' and Erasing Efforts of Progressive Women of Color
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-30
Progressives expressed outrage on Monday over CNN's weekend segment on five centrist freshman congresswomen who the network gave credit for their so-called "leadership" on the impeachment of President Donald Trump—just days after the lawmakers backed impeachment proceedings following months of demands from ethics watchdogs and other critics. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Pelosi's Endorsement of Anti-Choice Henry Cuellar Over Progressive Jessica Cisneros Reveals Lack of Leadership, Justice Democrats Say
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-30
"The Democratic Party should be embracing our most fundamental values and put voters ahead of big corporate donors." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Edward Snowden: Private Contractors Play Key Role in U.S. Intelligence's "Creeping Authoritarianism"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-30
As a whistleblower complaint against President Trump rocks Washington, Democrats begin an impeachment inquiry and Trump threatens "big consequences" for the person who came forward, we continue our conversation with one of the world's most famous whistleblowers: Edward Snowden, now in exile in Russia. Six years ago, he shocked the world when he leaked a trove of secret documents about how the United States had built a massive surveillance apparatus to collect every single phone call, text message and email, and pry into the private lives of every person on Earth. He has just published a memoir titled "Permanent R…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/30/edward_sn…

Democratic Senators Orchestrated Infamous Caning of Slavery Opponent, According to New Book
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-09-29
Sidney Blumenthal's "All the Powers of Earth: 1856-1860," dives deep into the greatest act of physical violence ever perpetrated on the U.S. Senate floor.
theintercept.com/2019/09/29/sidney-blume…

'I deserve to meet my accuser!' Trump wants both Ukrainegate 'whistleblower' and his SOURCE to face him
rt.com | 2019-09-29
US President Donald Trump has demanded to meet with the whistleblower who accused him of pressuring Kiev for political gain, as well as with the actual alleged source that passed the information presented in the Ukraine complaint. | With the Ukrainegate scandal gathering pace, Trump has launched another scathing attack at one of its main peddlers, House Intel Committee chair Adam Schiff, saying that he wants to see the Democratic senator tried for treason for his parody interpretation of Trump's call with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky. | Like every American, I deserve to meet my accuser, especially wh…
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SDS strengthens at 14th annual national convention
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-09-29
Jacksonville, FL — On September 20, New Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) chapters from across the United States convened at the University of North Florida to reaffirm their commitment to student organizing and to discuss ways to, "Stop Trump, Stop Racism, Stop U.S. Military and Police Terror." The conference peaked at over 80 students with a dozen chapters represented. | Speeches and applause rang through the halls all weekend. Students opened the conference chanting, "Dare to struggle, dare to win!" The conference ended with, "It is our duty to fight for each other, it is our duty to win!" | On Sat…
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Guterres welcomes conduct of Afghan elections, commends 'all who braved security concerns to uphold their right to vote'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-29
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the conduct of presidential elections in Afghanistan on 28 September and commended all Afghans "who exercised their democratic voice and upheld their right to vote, braving security concerns".
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As 2020 Democrats Eye Impeachment, Sanders Campaign Adjusts Slogan to Note: 'Bernie Beats Trump… (or Pence)'
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-29
"I look forward to seeing Donald Trump impeached as soon as possible," Sanders said on Sunday as Democrats target president following Ukraine revelations. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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NRA was a 'foreign asset' of Russia in 2016 election, claims report by Senate Democrats
rt.com | 2019-09-28
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…
rt.com/usa/469798-nra-foreign-asset-russ…

Nixon's Revenge: This Time, Republicans Are Ready to Fight Impeachment
Jon Schwarz | theintercept.com | 2019-09-28
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.
theintercept.com/2019/09/28/impeachment-…

US Census report: Inequality grew rapidly in 2018 to record levels
wsws.org | 2019-09-28
The US is now as unequal as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and less equal than Kenya, Mexico and Malaysia.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/28/inco…

'This is war': Trump's critics & backers trade blows as Washington braces for impeachment showdown
rt.com | 2019-09-28
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…
rt.com/usa/469803-trump-backers-critics-…

CIA sets terms for Democrats' impeachment inquiry into Trump's crimes
wsws.org | 2019-09-28
Both factions in the political warfare that has erupted in Washington are hostile to the democratic and social rights of the working class.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/28/pers…

Hell Yes, Take Them Away!
Vern Loomis | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-28
"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 …
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"Worth This Investment": Memos Reveal the Scope and Racial Animus of GOP Gerrymandering Ambitions
David Daley | theintercept.com | 2019-09-27
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…
theintercept.com/2019/09/27/gerrymanderi…

'They lost the election, now they want to STEAL this one': Trump targets Democrats in impeachment ad
rt.com | 2019-09-27
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…
rt.com/usa/469793-trump-democrats-media-…

Mass Killings In Afghanistan Are Acts of White Supremacy
Charles Davis | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-27
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…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/27/mass-killing…

The Left Needs to Seize Impeachment From Centrist Elites
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-09-27
The Left Needs to Seize Impeachment From Centrist Elites…
thenation.com/article/trump-impeachment-…

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

James Risen: I Wrote About the Bidens and Ukraine in 2015. The Right-Wing Media Twisted My Reporting
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-27
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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/27/ukraine_p…

James Risen: Whistleblower Complaint Shows "Trump Is a Habitual Criminal" Abusing His Office
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-27
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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/27/trump_imp…

The Republican Party Is Going Down With Trump
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2019-09-26
The Republican Party Is Going Down With Trump…
thenation.com/article/trump-republicans-…

How Trump Pushed Ukraine's President to Probe Conspiracy Theories About Democrats
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-09-26
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…
theintercept.com/2019/09/26/donald-trump…

House Intelligence Committee releases whistleblower report on Trump-Zelensky call
rt.com | 2019-09-26
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…
rt.com/usa/469679-trump-zelensky-whistle…

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

Schiff's 're-telling' of Trump phone call with Ukraine head gets mocked as 'unhinged Orange-Man-Bad fan fiction'
rt.com | 2019-09-26
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.com/usa/469703-schiff-trump-opening-s…

It's Time to Impeach Members of Congress for Not Impeaching Trump
Jud Lounsbury | progressive.org | 2019-09-25
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.
progressive.org/dispatches/impeach-congr…

"We've Reached Critical Mass": Rep. Al Green on Pelosi Vow to Impeach Trump for "Dastardly Deeds"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-25
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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/25/formal_im…

Support FAIR: Corporate Media Sidetracking Real Election Issues–Again — copy
Deborah | fair.org | 2019-09-24
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 …
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What Media Like Best About Elizabeth Warren: She's Not Bernie Sanders
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2019-09-23
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 on the ground. A…
fair.org/home/what-media-like-best-about…

History will judge Mugabe's legacy
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-09-23
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/history-will-judge-mugabe-legacy

2020: Democratic Establishment vs. Democratic Socialists
Michael Sainato | progressive.org | 2019-09-18
Meet three new challengers to the entrenched old guard.
progressive.org/dispatches/democratic-so…

Tennessee Republicans in Fisticuffs Over School Vouchers
Andy Spears | progressive.org | 2019-09-17
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.
progressive.org/public-school-shakedown/…

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