2020-02-04: News Headlines

RT (2020-02-04). Trump could 'offer Alaska to the Russians' in exchange for 2020 support — impeachment manager Schiff. rt.com California Democrat Adam Schiff painted a doomsday scenario if President Donald Trump is not impeached, including an all-powerful dictator ruling from Mar-a-Lago, letting his son-in-law run America, and trading Alaska to Russia. | Schiff's high fantasy came during the closing arguments of the Senate impeachment trial on Monday, after a series of procedural votes on Friday made it clear that Trump will not actually be convicted on charges brought on by the House of Representatives. | The president's lawyers argued that Trump could not be impeached since he committed no criminal act in his talks with the preside…

RT (2020-02-04). Only one who can claim 'very big victory' in Iowa's chaotic caucuses is 'Trump', US President tweets. rt.com US President Donald Trump savaged the Democratic Party on Twitter after their much-awaited Iowa caucuses unexpectedly stalled due to "inconsistencies" in vote-counting.

Staff (2020-02-04). Amid Iowa Results Debacle, Sanders Campaign Signals Victory. truthdig.com After a " "We recognize that this does not replace the full data from the Iowa Democratic Par…

Staff (2020-02-04). U.S. Looks to Iowa to Help Clarify Democratic Field. truthdig.com DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Democrats anxious for fundamental political change headed toward caucus centers late Monday to decide the opening contest in the 2020 presidential primary season. It could bring new clarity to a field that still features nearly a dozen White House contenders vying for the chance to take on President Donald Trump. | In the hours before the evening caucuses, candidates gave last-minute pep talks and pitches, while hundreds of volunteers pressed on statewide. By day's end, tens of thousands of Democrats were to have gathered at community centers, high school gyms and more than 1,600 oth…

RT (2020-02-04). 'You only have one job, Iowa': Delay with US Democratic Party's first caucuses results sparks anger and jokes online. rt.com The long-anticipated US Democratic Party's Iowa caucuses has turned into a confusing cliffhanger with officials deciding to delay reporting the results, spurring speculation and mockery online. | The announcement of the caucuses outcome was delayed on Monday night "due to quality checks," Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) Communications Director Mandy McClure said. | We found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results. In addition to the tech systems being used to tabulate results, we are also using photos of results and a paper trail to validate that all results match and ensure that we have confiden…

Julia Conley (2020-02-04). "We Have to Be Dangerous Too" zcomm.org Ocasio-Cortez said Martin Luther King Jr. would disagree with establishment Democrats who believe "we can capitalism our way out of poverty."

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2020-02-04). 2019 Cal Tax Table and Most Tax Forms Not Online. indybay.org 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.

WSWS (2020-02-04). White supremacist Coast Guard officer sentenced to thirteen years in federal prison after plotting massacre of Democrats and "leftists in general" wsws.org Christopher Hasson, a fascist Coast Guard Lieutenant who had amassed an arsenal in his Silver Spring, Maryland home, was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to firearm and drug charges.

WSWS (2020-02-04). With Sanders headed to victory, Iowa Democratic Party blocks release of caucus results. wsws.org The action, which was clearly directed from the top, comes amidst an unprecedented intervention from the Democratic Party leadership against the Sanders campaign.

WSWS (2020-02-04). Democrats double down on anti-Russia war-mongering in impeachment arguments. wsws.org The Democrats' final arguments only underscored the reactionary basis of their impeachment drive.

sputniknews (2020-02-04). Sanders Campaign Publishes Own Numbers at Iowa Caucus As Official Results Delayed. sputniknews.com DES MOINES, United States (Sputnik) – The presidential campaign of US Senator Bernie Sanders early on Tuesday published their own numbers from the Democratic caucus in the state of Iowa as the official results were delayed over technical difficulties.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-02-04). Amid Iowa Results Debacle, Sanders Campaign Signals Victory by Releasing Portion of Its Internal Caucus Data. commondreams.org "We recognize that this does not replace the full data from the Iowa Democratic Party, but we believe firmly that our supporters worked too hard for too long to have the results of that work delayed," said senior campaign advisor Jeff Weaver. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-02-03). As Bernie Sanders Surges Ahead of Iowa Caucus, DNC Under Fire for Changing Rules to Help Bloomberg. democracynow.org 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…

Staff (2020-02-03). ACLU: Trump Is Expanding His Racist Travel Ban, This Time Targeting Africans. democracynow.org The Trump administration has expanded its contested travel ban to six additional countries — most of which are African nations. Under the new restrictions, nationals of Nigeria, Eritrea, Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan will no longer be able to obtain visas to live and work in the U.S., while Sudan and Tanzania will no longer be able to participate in the diversity visa lottery program. The ban, commonly referred to as the "Muslim ban," already affects citizens from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Venezuela and North Korea. The expansion is expected to affect more than 350 million people. Democrats say they will…

Staff (2020-02-03). "A Grand Tragedy": Democrats Slam Republican Stonewalling in Senate Impeachment Trial. democracynow.org 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…

Staff (2020-02-03). The False Choice Democrats Can't Afford to Fall For. truthdig.com Democrats suggest we can either vote for climate or against Trump, but only one candidate in the running can deliver on both goals.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-02-03). Warren introduces repeal of federal OK of RTW laws. peoplesworld.org 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" …

John Bachtell (2020-02-03). Democrats seek unity against Trump as Iowa caucuses launch nominating process. peoplesworld.org

Lisa Mascaro, Eric Tucker (2020-02-03). Trump trial closing arguments focus on voters, history. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (AP) — Closing arguments in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial unfolded Monday more for history than to sway votes, one final chance to influence public opinion and set the record ahead of his expected acquittal in the Republican-led Senate. The House Democratic prosecutors drew on history, the Founding Fathers and common sense to urge …

Staff (2020-02-03). Youth Climate Activists Have Endorsed Bernie Sanders. Can It Tip the Scales? truthout.org 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 — one that didn't yet exist during the 2016 presidential election because its members were in middle school and had not yet learned about climate breakdown — remains unified and outspoken as to who will get its vote in this election cycle. | "We're in a climate emergency, so the…

Jeet Heer (2020-02-03). Michael Bloomberg Is the Rich Man's Donald Trump. thenation.com Michael Bloomberg Is the Rich Man's Donald Trump…

Staff (2020-02-03). Democrats Slam Republican Stonewalling in Senate Impeachment Trial. truthout.org 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…

Staff (2020-02-03). With Medicare for All on the Table, Iowans Are Caucusing for Their Lives. truthout.org Democrats in Iowa are voting for their lives as they gather for the presidential caucuses today. Besides beating President Trump,

Tana Ganeva (2020-02-03). Can Democrats Win Back Trump Voters—Without Compromising Their Soul? thenation.com Can Democrats Win Back Trump Voters—Without Compromising Their Soul?

Staff (2020-02-03). Financial Transactions Taxes Are No Longer a "Fringe" Idea. truthout.org 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…

WSWS (2020-02-03). Corporate media and Democratic establishment target Sanders. wsws.org Sanders' response to the barrage of smears was to reiterate his support for whoever wins the Democratic nomination.

Robert S. Becker (2020-02-03). Republicans screw themselves: Damned if they do, damned if they don't! nationofchange.org With modest audacity, I project February 2020 could in a few years represent the peak of national Republican power.

Global Research News (2020-02-03). VIDEO: Watch the Impeachment Trial Live. Trump Acquittal "All But Certain" globalresearch.ca A majority of Republican Senators are firmly behind Donald Trump. Trump's acquittal is imminent. | . | "Led by intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff the managers pleaded with Republicans to find Trump guilty of the charges in the two articles of impeachment: …

Staff (2020-02-03). Lamar Alexander Is Retiring, But He'll Live in Infamy Forever for Saving Trump. truthout.org Good old Lamar! That would be Sen. Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee — known for that exclamation point after his name, his plaid shirts and his quixotic presidential campaigns. Well, Lamar! threw his reputation and legacy into the fetid compost heap of Donald Trump's presidency last Friday. Alexander is retiring after this term, so I guess Republicans figured he was the most expendable human sacrifice to step into the breach and betray his oath by casting the deciding vote refus…

Ralph Nader (2020-02-03). Misleading Categories and Trump's Swamps. counterpunch.org 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

Ajamu Baraka (2020-02-03). The U.S. War on Iran and Venezuela: Interview with Ajamu Baraka. globalresearch.ca The

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-02-03). Despite Impeachment and Family Being Targeted, Joe Biden Still Believes He Can Work With Republicans. commondreams.org The former vice president made the comments Monday morning in an interview with NBC News. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Fight Back (2020-02-03). Kenosha, WI: Students plan rally in support of Chrystul Kizer outside DA Graveley's classroom. fightbacknews.org Kenosha, WI – As the semester approaches, members of the UW-Parkside chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) have been hard at work. Kicking off the new year, SDS is leading a rally in support of the release of Chrystul Kizer, a Milwaukee teenager accused of killing her sex trafficker, Randall Volar III. | Upon learning that Kenosha's district attorney, Michael Graveley, would be teaching a class at their campus, the students of the organization knew they had to act. | "I felt angry knowing that Graveley will be showing his face at Parkside," said Lana Akindes, a member of SDS. "He's proudly vouching f…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-02-03). 'Saudi Arabia Must Be Held Accountable': Jamal Khashoggi's Fianc√©e to Attend State of the Union as Congressman's Guest. commondreams.org In an effort to pressure President Donald Trump to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the brutal 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Democratic congressman announced Monday that his guest for Tuesday night's State of the Union speech will be Khashoggi's fianc√©e, Hatice Cengiz. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2020-02-02). Twitter bombarded with conspiracy theories after release of final Iowa poll AXED ahead of Democratic caucuses. rt.com 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 — and important — polls during the presidentia…

Norman Solomon (2020-02-02). War with Iran Is at Stake—and Democrats' High Jumps Over Low Standards Aren't Helping. zcomm.org The huge crisis with Iran is more dangerous because so many Democrats have been talking out of both sides of their mouths…

Joan Walsh (2020-02-02). Anything Could Happen at the Iowa Caucuses. thenation.com Anything Could Happen at the Iowa Caucuses…

RT (2020-02-01). Object-lesson in ruling class privilege? Democrats ditch donor threshold for primary debates so Bloomberg can participate. rt.com 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.

RT (2020-02-01). Tlaib forced to apologize for booing Hillary Clinton mention as Dems pressure Bernie to disown the 'squad'. rt.com 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…

Staff (2020-01-31). Inappropriate, Not Impeachable: Key GOP Senator's "Astonishing" Statement Clears Way for Acquittal. democracynow.org 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…

RT (2020-01-31). Senate votes down Democrats' witness demand in Trump impeachment trial. rt.com 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 — such as former national security adviser John Bolton. The rest of the GOP sided with the president's lawyers, who argued that…

Binoy Kampmark (2020-01-31). Paranoid Groundings and Technocratic States: Hillary Clinton versus Mark Zuckerberg. dissidentvoice.org 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, ever hopeful that some door might open to enable her to come sliding in, taking …

Aaron Maté (2020-01-31). Democrats Need to Break Their Cold War—Addled Impeachment Fever. thenation.com Democrats Need to Break Their Cold War—Addled Impeachment Fever…

Staff (2020-01-29). Mehdi Hasan: The Impeachment Trial Has Been a Farce Since Day One Filled with GOP Lies. democracynow.org At the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told fellow Republican senators in a private meeting Tuesday that he does not yet have enough votes to block Democrats from calling impeachment witnesses. Democrats have pushed for former national security adviser John Bolton to testify. On Sunday night, The New York Times published details about a draft of Bolton's forthcoming book, in which he claims Trump personally told him in August he wanted to maintain a freeze on $391 million in military aid to Ukraine until Ukraine turned over materials related to former Vice Presi…

Alan MacLeod (2020-01-28). It's Media—Not Bernie Sanders—That Have an Antisemitism Problem. fair.org Have you heard the news? Democratic presidential frontrunner Bernie Sanders is antisemitic. Yes, yes, he's Jewish, and has a So goes the story in several prominent media outlets, who accuse him of leading "the most antisemitic [campaign] in decades" (Washington Examiner,

Staff (2020-01-27). Under Pressure in Impeachment Trial, Trump Steps Up Attacks on Reproductive Rights. democracynow.org Donald Trump on Friday became the first sitting president in U.S. history to attend the so-called March for Life, the annual anti-abortion rally held in Washington, D.C., that draws thousands of participants. President Trump — who once described himself as "pro-choice in every respect" — accused Democrats of infanticide and falsely stated that Virginia Governor Ralph Northam supports an abortion bill that would "execute a baby after birth." The March for Life began in 1974 in response to the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion. Past…

Staff (2020-01-27). Headlines for January 27, 2020. democracynow.org Impeachment Trial Resumes as Leaked Bolton Manuscript Bolsters Democrats' Case, Coronavirus Death Toll Reaches 81 in China as Disease Spreads Around the World, Pentagon: 34 U.S. Troops Have Brain Injuries After Iranian Attack on Iraqi Airbase, Deadly Crackdown on Iraqi Protests Continue as 100,000s March Against U.S. Military Presence, Turkey Earthquake Kills 38; At Least 1,600 Hospitalized, Ugandan Activist Vanessa Nakate Slams Racist Media After Being Cropped from Photo with White Activists, Trump Attends Anti-Abortion "March for Life" as Admin Continues Assault on Reproductive Rights, High-Ranking Pharma Exec…

Susan Price (2020-01-27). United States: As Iowa caucuses approach, Democratic battle lines emerge. greenleft.org.au

splcenter (2020-01-13). Miller Dismisses DACA in Emails, Mirroring Anti-Immigrant Extremists' Views. splcenter.org White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller went against many Republicans when siding with white nationalists and other extremists on the issue of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, more commonly known as DACA, emails show.