Daily Archives: October 2, 2019

2019-10-02: News Headlines

David Korten (2019-10-02). 'No Winners on a Dead Earth': Why We Need a Climate Leader in 2020. commondreams.org Democratic presidential candidates participate in the third Democratic Presidential Debate in Houston, Texas on September 12. Each candidate has put forth a plan for addressing the climate crisis, but success will require the interplay of skilled and principled politicians and an active citizenry working together. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-10-02). Leaking, Whistleblowing and the Democrats. counterpunch.org 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 added to this sprawling tapestry of mayhem. The elements seemed to form the basis of More

RT (2019-10-02). Bernie Sanders cancels campaign events after emergency heart stent surgery. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has undergone emergency surgery for a blocked artery after experiencing "chest discomfort" during a campaign event, forcing him to cancel upcoming events, his campaign reported. | The Vermont senator had two stents inserted to relieve a blocked artery after feeling unwell during a campaign event on Tuesday, his campaign reported later that night, adding that Sanders "is conversing and in good spirits." Campaign events and appearances have been cancelled "until further notice" while he recovers. | NEWS: "During a campaign event yesterday evening, Sen. Sanders exper…

Staff (2019-10-02). Democrats: Trump Incites Violence Against Whistleblower. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Accusing President Donald Trump of "an incitement to violence," House Democratic leaders bluntly warned Trump and his administration Wednesday not to intimidate potential witnesses in their impeachment inquiry. They said they were readying a subpoena demanding documents related to the president's dealings with Ukraine | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trump may not "recognize how dangerous his statements are" against a whistleblower who exposed a July phone call that Trump had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. On the call, Trump pressed for an investigation of Democratic political r…

RT (2019-10-02). 'This isn't impeachment, it's a COUP!' Trump warns followers Dems are out for their God-given freedoms & rights. rt.com US President Donald Trump tore into Democratic impeachment efforts, slamming the drive to have him removed from office as a "coup" plot seeking to deprive Americans of their rights and freedoms. | Taking to Twitter on Tuesday night, the president told his followers their very identity as Americans was threatened by impeachment proceedings initiated by House Democrats last week. | As I learn more and more each day, I am coming to the conclusion that what is taking place is not an impeachment, it is a COUP, intended to take away the Power of the People. | He added the Democrats were looking to take away his supp…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-10-02). EPI: Trump's Labor Department overtime pay cap 'abandoned' millions. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (PAI)—The GOP Trump Labor Department's increase in the annual pay cap beyond which workers could be ineligible for overtime "abandoned" millions of workers, a top labor economist says. Heidi Shierholz of the Economic Policy Institute, DOL's chief economist for former Democratic Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, called the hike, to $35,308 yearly "a ruse." That's …

John Wojcik (2019-10-02). Trump calls impeachment inquiry a "coup" that will trigger civil war. peoplesworld.org President Trump, after predicting his impeachment would trigger civil war, stepped up his vitriol yesterday by characterizing the impeachment inquiry as a "coup" and by warning his die-hard right-wing followers in one of almost 50 tweets that Democrats were "coming for" their liberty, their homes, and their guns. The escalating rhetoric from the White House …

WSWS (2019-10-02). Indian Trotskyists hold public meetings in defence of Assange and Manning. wsws.org Speakers explained the persecution of Assange and Manning is part of an escalating attack on democratic rights by governments everywhere.

Staff (2019-10-02). Will Trump Refuse to Leave? We Should Be Worried About This Tweet. truthout.org | | Days after amplifying a right-wing pastor's warning of a "Civil War-like fracture" if he is removed from office, President Donald Trump late Tuesday said the impeachment inquiry launched by House Democrats is a "coup," heightening fears that Trump could refuse to allow a peaceful transition of power if he is ousted by Congress or defeated in 2020. | "As I lea…

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-10-02). Where Are the Indictments of those Implicated in the Coup Attempt Against Trump? globalresearch.ca In the 1970s Irving Kristol declared Republicans to be the "stupid party." How correct he has proven to be. Russiagate and now this latest coup attempt to overthrow the elected president of the United States are acts of sedition. There …

William Hughes (2019-10-02). The Impeachment Inquiry: Will It Be Good for America? counterpunch.org Nancy Pelosi is a 79-year-old Democrat from San Francisco, CA. In January, 2019, she began serving her second term as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Her first term as Speaker was from 2007 to 2011. To date, she is the only woman in American history to have held that high office. Pelosi is More

Aída Chávez (2019-10-02). A Third of Voters Who Oppose Impeachment Are Worried About Backlash for Democrats, New Poll Suggests. theintercept.com Last week, after the revelation of a phone call with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. But many of the details are yet to be sorted out: Which of the six investigations into Trump currently being conducted by House committees should impeachment include? And will impeachment proceedings, which are likely to pass the House but fail in the Republican-held Senate, end up backfiring on the Democrats? | A new YouGov Blue poll for the Progressive Change Institute, the nonprofit polling arm of the Progressive Chang…

WSWS (2019-10-02). Trump, Democrats dig in as impeachment drive escalates. wsws.org Many within the ruling class are taking Trump's talk of civil war as a serious threat.

Gary Leupp (2019-10-02). Impeachment Proceedings and the Democrats' Enduring Russophobia. counterpunch.org The president pressured the leader of Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden's business activities in the country in exchange for the release of $390 million in U.S. aid including $ 250 in military aid. OK, this is now old news. Most people are disturbed by Trump's obvious intention to collude with foreigners to influence the next More

Barry Grey (2019-10-02). Trump, Democrats Dig in as Impeachment Drive Escalates. globalresearch.ca Having suggested that his impeachment could provoke "civil war" and threatened to arrest the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee on treason charges, President Donald Trump on Tuesday tweeted a map of the 2016 election results with the words …

That's enough, oh yeah! (2019-10-02). 78 Year Old Sheepdog Sanders Hospitalized with Heart Problems. indybay.org So that no one misses the news on one of the Democrat's sheepdogs, 78 year old Bernie Sanders has been hospitalized with heart problems. That hoarse voice we have been hearing since 2016 was the signal that this old man has no intention of becoming president and is just a sheepdog. Here is the description from www.huffpost.com/entry/bernie-sanders-ho…

Staff (2019-10-02). Bernie Sanders Has Heart Procedure, Scraps Campaign Events. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders' campaign said Wednesday that the Democratic presidential candidate had a heart procedure for a blocked artery and was canceling events and appearances "until further notice." | The 78-year-old Sanders was in Las Vegas when, according to a campaign statement, he experienced chest discomfort during a campaign event Tuesday and sought medical evaluation. Two stents were "successfully inserted" and that Sanders "is conversing and in good spirits," according to the campaign. | Sanders' wife, Jane O'Meara Sanders, was en route to Las Vegas on Wednesday and said in an email to The Asso…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-10-02). Voters 'Overwhelmingly Support' Robust Paid Family Leave Proposal While Rejecting 'Half-Measures,' New Study Finds. commondreams.org New polling from the progressive think tank Data for Progress finds that most Americans support the most far-reaching paid family leave plan currently being proposed in Congress, and reject half-measures that have been proposed by conservative Democrats and Republicans. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-10-02). "We're Looking at Near Raw Bribery": House Dems Investigating Whether Groups Tried to Curry Favor With Trump Through Hotel Bookings. commondreams.org As part of the Democrats' broad impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform is reportedly investigating whether groups booked reservations for rooms that were then left empty at Trump hotels in attempts to curry favor with the president. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ron Jacobs (2019-10-02). Is the US Political System Beyond Repair? counterpunch.org Moving ahead with the impeachment of Donald Trump is a good idea. Indeed, the fact that it is moving forward is a sign of the deep fissures in the ruling class. They are very divided. Even if it is done within the limited parameters hoped for by Pelosi and other mainstream Democrats, the process should expose the criminality of one party of the ruling class and the venality of both. More

RT (2019-10-01). 'Don't shoot messenger,' Giuliani tells media as Biden team pressures channels to ban him from airwaves. rt.com Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden's campaign has called for Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani to be banned from TV networks for "knowingly and willingly lying" – but Giuliani says it's the networks lying to protect Biden. | Giuliani has accused the mainstream media of "covering up the message, Dem[ocratic Party] corruption" and "going after me because I'm the messenger" in a tweet posted on Tuesday in response to the Biden campaign's efforts to have him banned from television news. The media won't hold Biden to account, the former New York mayor said, "because he is protected and immune like the Clintons…

John Wojcik (2019-10-01). Deepening impeachment scandal underlines need for radical democratic reforms. peoplesworld.org At the White House yesterday, a President Trump under siege fumed about "treason" as, hour after hour, the news broke that yet another top member of his administration was a liar in a major cover-up. At the Capitol, a mile up the street, the Congress moved forward with its impeachment investigation. The close cooperation exposed …

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-10-01). "Ukrainegate" Teaches Us More about Ourselves Than Trump or Biden. dissidentvoice.org Anti-Imperialism protest in the Phillippines. Photo: Carlo Manalansan by Bulatlat 'Ukrainegate' has opened the floodgates of impeachment in Washington, DC. President Trump's phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky provided such an opportunity that Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who resisted pressure for impeachment, is now on board along with a majority of the party. Democrats are …

Paul Street (2019-10-01). Beyond Impeachment: Remove This Regime from Below. counterpunch.org The impeachment of Donald J. Trump is coming. What to make of it? It's hard not to enjoy watching the Malignant One (Trump) squirm and lash out like a wounded animal. There is no public humiliation too great for this sorry excuse for a human being, this racist, sexist, eco-cidal and fascist bastard who endangers the world with his presence in its most powerful office. Trump's noxiously racist, sexist, Nativist, plutocratic, corrupt, and environmentally disastrous regime has done great damage to basic democratic and human norms, civilizational decency, social justice, and prospects for a decent future. All of that…

Doug Johnson Hatlem (2019-10-01). Ten Recent Democratic Primary Polls Good for Bernie Sanders Ignored by the Conventional Wisdom. counterpunch.org The conventional wisdom for the Democratic Primary right now is that Senator Bernie Sanders is fading while Senator Elizabeth Warren is rising into a two-way race with former Vice-President Joe Biden. Nate Silver made the case after Debate 3 (September 12) in article form and has continued, via Twitter, to cherry-pick polls to fit this beatified narrative. | I am a bit loathe to engage in the exercise that follows — that is to highlight the evidence that runs counter to this narrative. While it feels a bit like cherry-picking in the opposite direction, it also just is a necessary counter-weight to a herding…

Natasha Lennard (2019-10-01). Trump Attacked the Women of Color Who Led the Push for Impeachment. Then CNN Erased Them. theintercept.com From left, Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib, conduct a news conference in Washington, D.C. responding to negative comments by President Trump that were directed the freshmen House Democrats on July 15, 2019. | Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP | There is a growing double narrative about who deserves credit for the effort to impeach President Donald Trump. One side of the narrative, coming primarily from the media, lauds late-coming figures to impeachment as saviors, and the other, coming from Trump, tears down impeachment's early adopters as malicious traito…

Max Moran (2019-10-01). Why are Key House Democrats Giving Betsy DeVos a Free Ride? counterpunch.org Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testified before the House Education and Labor Committee five months ago. She sat down, cleared her throat, and proceded to dodge basic yes-or-no questions about everything from transgender rights to literacy programs to arming teachers for several hours. Through her evasiveness, and the many issues Democrats wanted to bring up, there More

WSWS (2019-10-01). Trump threatens "civil war" as Democrats escalate impeachment campaign. wsws.org President Donald Trump, in an implicit threat of violence against his political opponents, suggested late Sunday that the Democrats' efforts to remove him from office could precipitate a "civil war."

Staff (2019-10-01). To Impeach or Not to Impeach? Chris Hedges & John Bonifaz Debate What Congress Should Do Next. democracynow.org House Democrats subpoenaed President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani Monday, seeking documents related to his work in Ukraine. Last week, Guliani admitted on television that he had urged the Ukrainian government to investigate Trump's political rival and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. This comes as House Democrats continue to build their case for impeaching the president, following a whistleblower complaint focused on a phone call in which Trump asked the Ukranian president to do him a "favor" investigating the actions of Democrats, including Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Meanwhile, Trump…

Staff (2019-10-01). Headlines for October 1, 2019. democracynow.org House Democrats Subpoena Giuliani over Ukraine Work, Report: Trump Pressured Australia, Italy & U.K. to Help with Political Probes, Trump Renews Threats Against Schiff and Intelligence Whistleblower, Hong Kong Protests Escalate as Beijing Marks 70th Anniversary of People's Republic of China, Four Die in Ongoing Anti-Government Protests in Haiti, Somali Militants Attack U.S. Drone Base & Italian Military Convoy, Nigerian Journalist Omoyele Sowore Pleads Not Guilty, Remains Locked Up, U.S. Blocks Cuban Health Minister from Attending Regional WHO Meeting in D.C., GOP Congressmember Chris Collins Resigns over Insider…

RT (2019-09-30). Democrats say they will ban fracking nationwide. An empty campaign promise or are they serious? rt.com 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…

RT (2019-09-30). Trump tweets quote warning that impeachment will cause 'Civil War-like fracture' in US. rt.com 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…

RT (2019-09-30). Democratic establishment belatedly embraces 'whistleblowers'…but only the 'safe' kind. rt.com MoveOn, a major advocacy group fine-tuned to the needs of Democratic Party, has finally found a whistleblower it can support — the CIA agent whose complaint triggered an impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump. | MoveOn, which describes itself as the largest independent progressive advocacy group in the US, hailed the still-anonymous whistleblower for taking on "great personal risk to defend our democracy" by revealing Trump's call with Ukraine that this person only knew of second-hand. | The organization, sponsored by many Democratic donors including billionaire George Soros, implored its…

United Nations (2019-09-30). DPRK reports 'little progress' since historic June 2018 summit with US. un.org 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.

Staff (2019-09-30). Edward Snowden: Private Contractors Play Key Role in U.S. Intelligence's "Creeping Authoritarianism" democracynow.org 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…

Joshua Cho (2019-09-30). In Media Newspeak, a 'Peace Plan' for Israel/Palestine Is Anything US Proposes. fair.org 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 occupied West Ba…

RT (2019-09-29). 'I deserve to meet my accuser!' Trump wants both Ukrainegate 'whistleblower' and his SOURCE to face him. rt.com 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…

Ryan Grim (2019-09-29). Democratic Senators Orchestrated Infamous Caning of Slavery Opponent, According to New Book. theintercept.com 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.

Fight Back (2019-09-29). SDS strengthens at 14th annual national convention. fightbacknews.org 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…

United Nations (2019-09-29). Guterres welcomes conduct of Afghan elections, commends 'all who braved security concerns'. un.org 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".

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.

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 …

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…

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.

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…

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.

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…

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.

2019-10-02: Social Media Postees

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Indian Trotskyists hold public meetings in defence of Assange and Manning
wsws.org | 2019-10-02
Speakers explained the persecution of Assange and Manning is part of an escalating attack on democratic rights by governments everywhere.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/02/assa…

Will Trump Refuse to Leave? We Should Be Worried About This Tweet
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-02
| Days after amplifying a right-wing pastor's warning of a "Civil War-like fracture" if he is removed from office, President Donald Trump late Tuesday said the impeachment inquiry launched by House Democrats is a "coup," heightening fears that Trump could refuse to allow a peaceful transition of power if he is ousted by Congress or defeated in 2020. | "As I lea…
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Where Are the Indictments of those Implicated in the Coup Attempt Against Trump?
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-02
In the 1970s Irving Kristol declared Republicans to be the "stupid party." How correct he has proven to be. Russiagate and now this latest coup attempt to overthrow the elected president of the United States are acts of sedition. There …
globalresearch.ca/coup-attempt-against-t…

Bernie Sanders cancels campaign events after emergency heart stent surgery
rt.com | 2019-10-02
Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has undergone emergency surgery for a blocked artery after experiencing "chest discomfort" during a campaign event, forcing him to cancel upcoming events, his campaign reported. | The Vermont senator had two stents inserted to relieve a blocked artery after feeling unwell during a campaign event on Tuesday, his campaign reported later that night, adding that Sanders "is conversing and in good spirits." Campaign events and appearances have been cancelled "until further notice" while he recovers. | NEWS: "During a campaign event yesterday evening, Sen. Sanders exper…
rt.com/usa/470065-bernie-cancels-events-…

Trump, Democrats dig in as impeachment drive escalates
wsws.org | 2019-10-02
Many within the ruling class are taking Trump's talk of civil war as a serious threat.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/02/trum…

78 Year Old Sheepdog Sanders Hospitalized with Heart Problems
That's enough, oh yeah! | indybay.org | 2019-10-02
So that no one misses the news on one of the Democrat's sheepdogs, 78 year old Bernie Sanders has been hospitalized with heart problems. That hoarse voice we have been hearing since 2016 was the signal that this old man has no intention of becoming president and is just a sheepdog. Here is the description from www.huffpost.com/entry/bernie-sanders-ho…
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The Impeachment Inquiry: Will It Be Good for America?
William Hughes | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-02
Nancy Pelosi is a 79-year-old Democrat from San Francisco, CA. In January, 2019, she began serving her second term as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Her first term as Speaker was from 2007 to 2011. To date, she is the only woman in American history to have held that high office. Pelosi is…
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'No Winners on a Dead Earth': Why We Need a Climate Leader in 2020
David Korten | commondreams.org | 2019-10-02
Democratic presidential candidates participate in the third Democratic Presidential Debate in Houston, Texas on September 12. Each candidate has put forth a plan for addressing the climate crisis, but success will require the interplay of skilled and principled politicians and an active citizenry working together. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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A Third of Voters Who Oppose Impeachment Are Worried About Backlash for Democrats, New Poll Suggests
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-10-02
Last week, after the revelation of a phone call with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. But many of the details are yet to be sorted out: Which of the six investigations into Trump currently being conducted by House committees should impeachment include? And will impeachment proceedings, which are likely to pass the House but fail in the Republican-held Senate, end up backfiring on the Democrats? | A new YouGov Blue poll for the Progressive Change Institute, the nonprofit polling arm of the Progressive Chang…
theintercept.com/2019/10/02/impeachment-…

Trump calls impeachment inquiry a "coup" that will trigger civil war
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-02
President Trump, after predicting his impeachment would trigger civil war, stepped up his vitriol yesterday by characterizing the impeachment inquiry as a "coup" and by warning his die-hard right-wing followers in one of almost 50 tweets that Democrats were "coming for" their liberty, their homes, and their guns. The escalating rhetoric from the White House …
peoplesworld.org/article/trump-calls-imp…

Leaking, Whistleblowing and the Democrats
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-02
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 added to this sprawling tapestry of mayhem. The elements seemed to form the basis of…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/02/leaking-whis…

'This isn't impeachment, it's a COUP!' Trump warns followers Dems are out for their God-given freedoms & rights
rt.com | 2019-10-02
US President Donald Trump tore into Democratic impeachment efforts, slamming the drive to have him removed from office as a "coup" plot seeking to deprive Americans of their rights and freedoms. | Taking to Twitter on Tuesday night, the president told his followers their very identity as Americans was threatened by impeachment proceedings initiated by House Democrats last week. | As I learn more and more each day, I am coming to the conclusion that what is taking place is not an impeachment, it is a COUP, intended to take away the Power of the People. | He added the Democrats were looking to take away his supp…
rt.com/usa/470024-trump-warns-impeachmen…

Bernie Sanders Has Heart Procedure, Scraps Campaign Events
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-02
WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders' campaign said Wednesday that the Democratic presidential candidate had a heart procedure for a blocked artery and was canceling events and appearances "until further notice." | The 78-year-old Sanders was in Las Vegas when, according to a campaign statement, he experienced chest discomfort during a campaign event Tuesday and sought medical evaluation. Two stents were "successfully inserted" and that Sanders "is conversing and in good spirits," according to the campaign. | Sanders' wife, Jane O'Meara Sanders, was en route to Las Vegas on Wednesday and said in an email to The Asso…
truthdig.com/articles/bernie-sanders-has…

Impeachment Proceedings and the Democrats' Enduring Russophobia
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-02
The president pressured the leader of Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden's business activities in the country in exchange for the release of $390 million in U.S. aid including $ 250 in military aid. OK, this is now old news. Most people are disturbed by Trump's obvious intention to collude with foreigners to influence the next…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/02/impeachment-…

Democrats: Trump Incites Violence Against Whistleblower
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-02
WASHINGTON — Accusing President Donald Trump of "an incitement to violence," House Democratic leaders bluntly warned Trump and his administration Wednesday not to intimidate potential witnesses in their impeachment inquiry. They said they were readying a subpoena demanding documents related to the president's dealings with Ukraine | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trump may not "recognize how dangerous his statements are" against a whistleblower who exposed a July phone call that Trump had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. On the call, Trump pressed for an investigation of Democratic political r…
truthdig.com/articles/democrats-trump-in…

EPI: Trump's Labor Department overtime pay cap 'abandoned' millions
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-02
WASHINGTON (PAI)–The GOP Trump Labor Department's increase in the annual pay cap beyond which workers could be ineligible for overtime "abandoned" millions of workers, a top labor economist says. Heidi Shierholz of the Economic Policy Institute, DOL's chief economist for former Democratic Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, called the hike, to $35,308 yearly "a ruse." That's …
peoplesworld.org/article/epi-trumps-labo…

Is the US Political System Beyond Repair?
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-02
Moving ahead with the impeachment of Donald Trump is a good idea. Indeed, the fact that it is moving forward is a sign of the deep fissures in the ruling class. They are very divided. Even if it is done within the limited parameters hoped for by Pelosi and other mainstream Democrats, the process should expose the criminality of one party of the ruling class and the venality of both.
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Trump, Democrats Dig in as Impeachment Drive Escalates
Barry Grey | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-02
Having suggested that his impeachment could provoke "civil war" and threatened to arrest the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee on treason charges, President Donald Trump on Tuesday tweeted a map of the 2016 election results with the words …
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Voters 'Overwhelmingly Support' Robust Paid Family Leave Proposal While Rejecting 'Half-Measures,' New Study Finds
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-02
New polling from the progressive think tank Data for Progress finds that most Americans support the most far-reaching paid family leave plan currently being proposed in Congress, and reject half-measures that have been proposed by conservative Democrats and Republicans. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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"We're Looking at Near Raw Bribery": House Dems Investigating Whether Groups Tried to Curry Favor With Trump Through Hotel Bookings
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-02
As part of the Democrats' broad impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform is reportedly investigating whether groups booked reservations for rooms that were then left empty at Trump hotels in attempts to curry favor with the president. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Trump Attacked the Women of Color Who Led the Push for Impeachment. Then CNN Erased Them
Natasha Lennard | theintercept.com | 2019-10-01
From left, Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib, conduct a news conference in Washington, D.C. responding to negative comments by President Trump that were directed the freshmen House Democrats on July 15, 2019. | Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP | There is a growing double narrative about who deserves credit for the effort to impeach President Donald Trump. One side of the narrative, coming primarily from the media, lauds late-coming figures to impeachment as saviors, and the other, coming from Trump, tears down impeachment's early adopters as malicious traito…
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"Ukrainegate" Teaches Us More about Ourselves Than Trump or Biden
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-01
Anti-Imperialism protest in the Phillippines. Photo: Carlo Manalansan by Bulatlat 'Ukrainegate' has opened the floodgates of impeachment in Washington, DC. President Trump's phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky provided such an opportunity that Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who resisted pressure for impeachment, is now on board along with a majority of the party. Democrats are …
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Beyond Impeachment: Remove This Regime from Below
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-01
The impeachment of Donald J. Trump is coming. What to make of it? It's hard not to enjoy watching the Malignant One (Trump) squirm and lash out like a wounded animal. There is no public humiliation too great for this sorry excuse for a human being, this racist, sexist, eco-cidal and fascist bastard who endangers the world with his presence in its most powerful office. Trump's noxiously racist, sexist, Nativist, plutocratic, corrupt, and environmentally disastrous regime has done great damage to basic democratic and human norms, civilizational decency, social justice, and prospects for a decent future. All of that…
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Ten Recent Democratic Primary Polls Good for Bernie Sanders Ignored by the Conventional Wisdom
Doug Johnson Hatlem | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-01
The conventional wisdom for the Democratic Primary right now is that Senator Bernie Sanders is fading while Senator Elizabeth Warren is rising into a two-way race with former Vice-President Joe Biden. Nate Silver made the case after Debate 3 (September 12) in article form and has continued, via Twitter, to cherry-pick polls to fit this beatified narrative. | I am a bit loathe to engage in the exercise that follows — that is to highlight the evidence that runs counter to this narrative. While it feels a bit like cherry-picking in the opposite direction, it also just is a necessary counter-weight to a herding…
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Why are Key House Democrats Giving Betsy DeVos a Free Ride?
Max Moran | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-01
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testified before the House Education and Labor Committee five months ago. She sat down, cleared her throat, and proceded to dodge basic yes-or-no questions about everything from transgender rights to literacy programs to arming teachers for several hours. Through her evasiveness, and the many issues Democrats wanted to bring up, there…
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'Don't shoot messenger,' Giuliani tells media as Biden team pressures channels to ban him from airwaves
rt.com | 2019-10-01
Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden's campaign has called for Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani to be banned from TV networks for "knowingly and willingly lying" – but Giuliani says it's the networks lying to protect Biden. | Giuliani has accused the mainstream media of "covering up the message, Dem[ocratic Party] corruption" and "going after me because I'm the messenger" in a tweet posted on Tuesday in response to the Biden campaign's efforts to have him banned from television news. The media won't hold Biden to account, the former New York mayor said, "because he is protected and immune like the Clintons…
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Deepening impeachment scandal underlines need for radical democratic reforms
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-01
At the White House yesterday, a President Trump under siege fumed about "treason" as, hour after hour, the news broke that yet another top member of his administration was a liar in a major cover-up. At the Capitol, a mile up the street, the Congress moved forward with its impeachment investigation. The close cooperation exposed …
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Trump threatens "civil war" as Democrats escalate impeachment campaign
wsws.org | 2019-10-01
President Donald Trump, in an implicit threat of violence against his political opponents, suggested late Sunday that the Democrats' efforts to remove him from office could precipitate a "civil war."
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To Impeach or Not to Impeach? Chris Hedges & John Bonifaz Debate What Congress Should Do Next
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-01
House Democrats subpoenaed President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani Monday, seeking documents related to his work in Ukraine. Last week, Guliani admitted on television that he had urged the Ukrainian government to investigate Trump's political rival and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. This comes as House Democrats continue to build their case for impeaching the president, following a whistleblower complaint focused on a phone call in which Trump asked the Ukranian president to do him a "favor" investigating the actions of Democrats, including Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Meanwhile, Trump…
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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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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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In Media Newspeak, a 'Peace Plan' for Israel/Palestine Is Anything US Proposes
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2019-09-30
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 occupied West Ba…
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Democratic establishment belatedly embraces 'whistleblowers'…but only the 'safe' kind
rt.com | 2019-09-30
MoveOn, a major advocacy group fine-tuned to the needs of Democratic Party, has finally found a whistleblower it can support — the CIA agent whose complaint triggered an impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump. | MoveOn, which describes itself as the largest independent progressive advocacy group in the US, hailed the still-anonymous whistleblower for taking on "great personal risk to defend our democracy" by revealing Trump's call with Ukraine that this person only knew of second-hand. | The organization, sponsored by many Democratic donors including billionaire George Soros, implored its…
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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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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…
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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…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/9/29/sds-stre…

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…

Guterres welcomes conduct of Afghan elections, commends 'all who braved security concerns'
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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'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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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-…

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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/hell-yes-take…

"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…
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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…

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…

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