2020-02-03: Social Media Postees

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The Creation Myth of the Buttigieg Campaign
Norman Solomon | commondreams.org | 2020-02-03
Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg arrives on stage at Northwest Junior High School during a Get Out The Caucus rally February 2, 2020 in Coralville, Iowa. Iowa holds the state's caucuses tomorrow, the first test for prospective presidential candidates in the 2020 election. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Youth Climate Activists Have Endorsed Bernie Sanders. Can It Tip the Scales?
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-03
A recent wave of endorsements reflects the Vermont Senator's appeal for younger voters who are concerned with climate. | As sparring continues within the ranks of the Democratic Party, a certain voting bloc

With Medicare for All on the Table, Iowans Are Caucusing for Their Lives
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-03
Democrats in Iowa are voting for their lives as they gather for the presidential caucuses today. Besides beating President Trump, polling shows that health care is the top issue among likely caucus-goers. The vision of a Medicare for All system that provides health insurance to everyone has energized activists and the party's progressive base…
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2019 Cal Tax Table and Most Tax Forms Not Online
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2020-02-03
For 2019, unlike all previous years, we have to Email the Franchise Tax Board for the California Tax Table and most tax forms, except the 540, because they are not online. We cannot complete the 540 without this crucial table. The Email cannot be read or downloaded on many computers so one must then look to the email on your cell phone and get the magnifier to highlight the line you need for your tax due. This insanity and inefficiency is brought to us by Democratic Gov Newsom and his supermajority Democratic legislature.
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A Unity of Delusionals
Clark T. Scott | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-03
I am writing this the night before the Iowa caucuses. There is an expectation that there will be a large turn out for the democrat caucuses in Iowa and many people seem to believe that this larger turnout may be the result of the campaign of Bernie Sanders and his supporters. There is an aspect…
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Democrats seek unity against Trump as Iowa caucuses launch nominating process
John Bachtell | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-03
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'Shame!' French govt in damage control mode after plan to grant parents 12 days leave over death of child rejected by MPs
rt.com | 2020-02-03
The Elysee is trying to avert yet another scandal after President Macron's party-dominated parliament rejected a plan to extend work leave for parents who had experienced the death of a child, prompting cries of "Shame!" online. | The proposal, put forward by the Union of Democrats and Independents (UDI) and Agir (the Constructive Right), asked to extend the leave from five to 12 days, but was voted down by government deputies from French President Emmanuel Macron's La République En Marche! (LREM) party. | Anticipating the eruption of another national controversy, France's Labour Minister Muriel P&eacut…
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Last Poll Before Iowa Caucus Shows Sanders With 7-Point Lead
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-03
An Emerson/7 News poll released on the eve of the Iowa caucuses found that Sen. Bernie Sanders, buttressed by strong support from younger voters, is leading the 2020 Democratic presidential field in the state by seven percentage points heading into Monday's voting. | According to the new survey,…
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Financial Transactions Taxes Are No Longer a "Fringe" Idea
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-03
I have been a proponent of financial transactions taxes (FTT) since I first came to Washington more than a quarter-century ago. Back then, the idea of taxing Wall Street was considered pretty ridiculous. Among elected members of Congress, only then-Rep. Bernie Sanders and a few other progressive types were willing to publicly get behind the idea. | Things have changed. Most of the candidates in the race for the Democratic nomination, including all three of the leading contenders, have made FTT part of their agen…
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Anxiety, Unpredictability in Iowa on Eve of Caucuses
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-03
Democratic presidential candidates hustle across the state trying to fire up voters and make one last appeal to those still on the fence.
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The Issue Dividing Democratic Candidates Is Hidden in Plain Sight
Max Moran | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-03
Takes came in hot and heavy last weekend after the New York Times editorial board endorsed both Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar for the Democratic presidential nomination, mercifully ending the paper's self-aggrandizing pseudo-event widely compared to … that's right … "The Apprentice." The Times split its endorsement due to the intra-Democratic cleave between what it…
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Michael Bloomberg Is the Rich Man's Donald Trump
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2020-02-03
Michael Bloomberg Is the Rich Man's Donald Trump…
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Can Democrats Win Back Trump Voters–Without Compromising Their Soul?
Tana Ganeva | thenation.com | 2020-02-03
Can Democrats Win Back Trump Voters–Without Compromising Their Soul?
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Warren introduces repeal of federal OK of RTW laws
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-03
WASHINGTON–As the Democratic-run U.S. House plans to vote on the Protect The Right To Organize (Pro) Act, the most-comprehensive pro-worker labor law reform in decades, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., split out a key anti-worker provision and introduced her own legislation to deal with it: Repeal of federal approval of states' infamous so-called "right to work" …
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Democrats Slam Republican Stonewalling in Senate Impeachment Trial
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-03
The Republican-controlled Senate appears poised to acquit President Trump in just the third impeachment trial in U.S. history, with a final vote on the two articles of impeachment scheduled for Wednesday. On Friday, the Senate voted 51 to 49 against calling witnesses to the Senate trial. Just two Republican senators supported calling for witnesses and collecting new evidence: Mitt Romney of Utah and Susan Collins of Maine. Without new witnesses, Republicans have cleared the biggest hurdle in their drive t…
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Proof the Democratic Establishment Is Melting Down Over Sanders' Surge
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-03
NBC News reports that John Kerry has considered throwing his hat in the ring as part of a last-ditch effort to stop the Vermont senator.
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"A Grand Tragedy": Democrats Slam Republican Stonewalling in Senate Impeachment Trial
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-03
The Republican-controlled Senate appears poised to acquit President Trump in just the third impeachment trial in U.S. history, with a final vote on the two articles of impeachment scheduled for Wednesday. On Friday, the Senate voted 51 to 49 against calling witnesses to the Senate trial. Just two Republican senators supported calling for witnesses and collecting new evidence: Mitt Romney of Utah and Susan Collins of Maine. Without new witnesses, Republicans have cleared the biggest hurdle in their drive to acquit President Trump on the two impeachment charges, which relate to his withholding of military aid to Uk…
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As Bernie Sanders Surges Ahead of Iowa Caucus, DNC Under Fire For Changing Rules to Help Bloomberg
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-03
The Iowa caucuses take place today, kicking off the official start of the 2020 presidential election season. Democratic presidential candidates spent the weekend making last-minute pitches to voters at rallies across Iowa. Meanwhile, the Democratic National Committee is facing criticism for overhauling its rules, opening the door for billionaire former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who is running a self-funded campaign, to take part in the next debate. This comes as fear is growing among some Democrats that Bernie Sanders might win the nomination. Politico reports a small group of DNC members have begun discussi…
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ACLU: Trump Is Expanding His Racist Travel Ban, This Time Targeting Africans
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-03
The Trump administration has expanded its contested travel ban to six additional countries

Corporate media and Democratic establishment target Sanders
wsws.org | 2020-02-03
Sanders' response to the barrage of smears was to reiterate his support for whoever wins the Democratic nomination.
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Trump trial closing arguments focus on voters, history
Lisa Mascaro, Eric Tucker | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-03
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Proof the Democratic Establishment Is Melting Down Over Sanders' Surge
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-03
NBC News reports that John Kerry has considered throwing his hat in the ring as part of a last-ditch effort to stop the Vermont senator.
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As Bernie Sanders Surges Ahead of Iowa Caucus, DNC Under Fire for Changing Rules to Help Bloomberg
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-03
The Iowa caucuses take place today, kicking off the official start of the 2020 presidential election season. Democratic presidential candidates spent the weekend making last-minute pitches to voters at rallies across Iowa. Meanwhile, the Democratic National Committee is facing criticism for overhauling its rules, opening the door for billionaire former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who is running a self-funded campaign, to take part in the next debate. This comes as fear is growing among some Democrats that Bernie Sanders might win the nomination. Politico reports a small group of DNC members have begun discussi…
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These Blue-Collar Trump Supporters Think the Economy Is Great
Kari Lydersen | zcomm.org | 2020-02-03
At Trump's Milwaukee rally, supporters boasted that he's ushered in an economic miracle. Democrats face the challenge of convincing them otherwise…
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Lamar Alexander Is Retiring, But He'll Live in Infamy Forever for Saving Trump
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-03
Good old Lamar! That would be Sen. Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee

Misleading Categories and Trump's Swamps
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-03
It is remarkable how the Democratic Presidential candidates allow themselves to be pigeon-holed by the media as "moderate," "centrist," "extreme," "left-wing," and other abstract fact-deprived nomenclature. It is also astonishing that the Democratic operatives have made something called "electability" a yardstick for deciding who to vote for in the primaries. This is particularly ironic considering…
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Misleading Categories and Trump's Swamps
Ralph Nader | zcomm.org | 2020-02-03
Unfortunately, the entrenched corporate Democrats in Washington are just using the "electability" excuse to block the rising progressive presidential candidates who intend to upset the plutocratic applecarts and cushy fat-cat sinecures…
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The U.S. War on Iran and Venezuela: Interview with Ajamu Baraka
Ajamu Baraka | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-03
The following interview with Ajamu Baraka, national organizer of Black Alliance for Peace, was conducted on January 26, by Alan Benjamin, editorial board member of The Organizer newspaper. It is reprinted from Issue No. 149 (January 31, 2020) of …
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Bossing Grown Folks Around: the Open Letter to the Greens
Richard Moser | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-03
Before a single primary vote has been tallied a number of big-shot progressive Democrats are already calling for the Green Party to stand down in an "open letter." Of all the issues we face, why focus so narrowly on marginal election maneuvers? Of all the movements we need to organize, why try to demobilize a…
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Bossing Grown Folks Around: the Open Letter to the Greens
Richard Moser | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-03
Before a single primary vote has been tallied a number of big-shot progressive Democrats are already calling for the Green Party to stand down in an "open letter." Of all the issues we face, why focus so narrowly on marginal election maneuvers? Of all the movements we need to organize, why try to demobilize a…
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Turks | living in Europe | sue Greek lawmaker for 'unacceptable' attack on Turkish flag
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-03
Turks living in Europe will file charges against Greek lawmaker Ioannis Lagos who ripped up a Turkish flag in an act that shocked and bewildered deputies during a session of the European Parliament.Led by the Union of International Democrats (UID), Turks living in Europe responded to the call of Turkey's Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gàºl for action, and immediately sought to bring the lawmaker to account for his actions."We will file a criminal complaint against the racist lawmaker due to his outrageous attack, insulting the Turkish flag and nation, and also his aggressive attitude and segregation against the…
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War with Iran Is at Stake–and Democrats' High Jumps Over Low Standards Aren't Helping
Norman Solomon | zcomm.org | 2020-02-02
The huge crisis with Iran is more dangerous because so many Democrats have been talking out of both sides of their mouths…
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Anything Could Happen at the Iowa Caucuses
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2020-02-02
Anything Could Happen at the Iowa Caucuses…
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It's the Day Before the Iowa Caucuses, and No One Knows What's Going to Happen
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2020-02-02
It's the Day Before the Iowa Caucuses, and No One Knows What's Going to Happen…
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Twitter bombarded with conspiracy theories after release of final Iowa poll AXED ahead of Democratic caucuses
rt.com | 2020-02-02
The decision to cancel publication of the final Iowa poll before the Democratic caucuses has led to incendiary accusations that organizers had no legitimate reason to pull the survey and simply wanted to suppress its results. | A methodological error has been cited as the reason why the highly-anticipated final poll, originally scheduled to be released on the eve of Iowa's Democratic caucuses, would not be made public. | The CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom survey, conducted by respected polling agency Selzer & Co, is viewed as one of the most accurate

Paranoid Groundings and Technocratic States: Hillary Clinton versus Mark Zuckerberg
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-02
It is another one of those contests and disagreements where the contestants should all loose, or at the very least, be subjected to a torturous stalemate. Hillary Clinton remains the nasty sprinkle on the Democratic Party in the United States, …
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This is the Way it Ends, Not with a Bang but a Whimper
Bob Burnett | commondreams.org | 2020-02-02
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) walk through the U.S. Capitol on February 8, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Because Bernie Showed 'There is a New Way Now,' Younger Democrats Backing Sanders, Says Michael Moore
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-02
"There have been approximately 15 million 17-year-olds in the past four years that have turned 18. And they are massively behind change." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Tlaib forced to apologize for booing Hillary Clinton mention as Dems pressure Bernie to disown the 'squad'
rt.com | 2020-02-01
Supporters of Hillary Clinton have rounded on Sen. Bernie Sanders, calling on the Democratic front-runner to disavow his campaign surrogates, after Rep. Rashida Tlaib booed Clinton at a campaign rally. The knives are out. | The race for the democratic nomination has become something of a rerun of 2016, with Hillary Clinton returning to the public eye to bash Sanders, the primary rival she narrowly edged out four years ago with the help of the Democratic National Committee. In recent weeks, Clinton has publicly claimed that "nobody likes" Sanders, and accused the Vermont Senator of failing to properly support h…
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DNC Showing Its True Colors (Again)
Tom Weis | commondreams.org | 2020-02-01
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, speaks during an event to open a campaign office at Eastern Market in Detroit, Michigan, on December 21, 2019. (Photo: Jeff Kowalski/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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DNC Insiders Plot Return of Superdelegates to Stop Sanders at Convention
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-01
As the first contests of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary draw near and Sen. Bernie Sanders continues to rise in polling, a small group of party insiders are considering making a bid to reverse a rule change won by progressives and allow the establishment to pick a candidate. | That's according to reporting from Politico Friday night which claims a cadre of Democratic National Committee (DNC) insiders are plotting to return superdelegates–unelected party officials and elites–t…
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Senate rejects witnesses in Trump impeachment trial, setting the stage for acquittal
wsws.org | 2020-02-01
The Democrats, refusing to oppose Trump on the basis of his real crimes, sought to use impeachment to settle differences over foreign policy.
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Object-lesson in ruling class privilege? Democrats ditch donor threshold for primary debates so Bloomberg can participate
rt.com | 2020-02-01
The Democratic National Committee is loosening its debate qualifying criteria, opening the door to billionaire establishment darling Michael Bloomberg and angering candidates that had been excluded from prior events. | The same DNC that has held fast to its rules while one candidate after another complained about the seemingly arbitrary means of deciding which polls would count toward a qualifying threshold has opted to discard its individual donor requirement starting with the February debate. The rule had prevented former New York Mayor and billionaire media mogul Bloomberg from joining the previous forums.
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Senate rejects witnesses in Trump impeachment trial, setting the stage for acquittal
wsws.org | 2020-02-01
The Democrats, refusing to oppose Trump on the basis of his real crimes, sought to use impeachment to settle differences over foreign policy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/01/impe…

It Should Be Easy to Defeat Trump, But Corporate Democrats Look Ready and Willing to Blow It
Ralph Nader | commondreams.org | 2020-02-01
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) embrace after the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 30, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The Myth of the "Electable" Democrat: Neoliberal Bankruptcy, 2020 Edition
Anthony DiMaggio | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
As the Democratic primaries near, the usual chorus of Democratic-establishment pundits have emerged to remind Americans that their party needs to remain "moderate" and appeal to "the center" if it wants to win the presidency. The calls for moderation are pervasive in commentary from the New York Times, the Hill, and the Wall Street Journal, among others.
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Senate votes down Democrats' witness demand in Trump impeachment trial
rt.com | 2020-01-31
The Republican-majority Senate has rejected Democrats' demand for additional witnesses in the impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump, paving the way for the likely acquittal verdict expected sometime next week. | Senators voted 51-49 not to call on more witnesses beyond the 18 that testified in the proceedings led by the House Democrats last year. | Two Republicans, Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah), joined the Democrats in calling for additional witnesses

Democrats Need to Break Their Cold War–Addled Impeachment Fever
Aaron Maté | thenation.com | 2020-01-31
Democrats Need to Break Their Cold War–Addled Impeachment Fever…
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Inappropriate, Not Impeachable: Key GOP Senator's "Astonishing" Statement Clears Way for Acquittal
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-31
The Republican-led Senate appears poised to acquit President Trump as early as today in his historic impeachment trial. On Thursday night, Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee announced he would vote against calling witnesses. Alexander said it was "inappropriate" for Trump to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival, but he went on to say "there is no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the United States Constitution's high bar for an impeachable offense." Democrats need four Republican senators to support calling for witnesses, bu…
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Does Pete Buttigeig represent the religious left?
Garron Daniels | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-31
Of all the candidates for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, one in particular has used religion as a center stage for his political campaign. That individual is none other than the now former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete–Pete Buttigieg. Pete Buttigieg has brought up his religious background and used his religious views as one of …
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