2020-02-05: News Headlines

RT (2020-02-05). 'The best is yet to come'? Defiant Trump doubles down in campaign rally-style State of the Union speech. rt.com Teased as "low key," US President Donald Trump's annual address to Congress was anything but, with several unprecedented symbolic gestures and a powerful assertion of American triumphalism that put his critics on the back foot. | Trump did not mention impeachment once in the 90-minute speech on Tuesday evening. Instead, he turned his persuasion skills up to eleven, painting a picture of America with a booming economy and infinite opportunities brought about by his administration, and contrasting that with Democrat proposals such as socialized healthcare and sanctuaries for illegal immigrants. | Amid the standa…

Staff (2020-02-05). Roberto Lovato: Dems & GOP Share Same Playbook on Immigration, Foreign Policy & Corporate Domination. democracynow.org President Trump delivered his 2020 State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. The speech reprised many of the themes of Trump's 2016 campaign, including demonization of immigrants. We continue our discussion with Lee Fang, investigative journalist at The Intercept, and Roberto Lovato, author of the forthcoming book "Unforgetting: A Memoir of Revolution and Redemption." About 10 Democrats skipped the speech and a few more walked out while it was in progress, but Lovato says the Democratic establishment doesn't differ with Trump on many key issues. "Nancy Pelosi may have ripped the speech…

Staff (2020-02-05). Sanders & Buttigieg Lead in Early Iowa Results After Faulty App Leads to Catastrophe at Caucus. democracynow.org The final results of Monday's Democratic Iowa caucuses remain unknown, with 71% of precincts reporting the final tallies of the first 2020 presidential contest. Senator Bernie Sanders is leading in the popular vote, while former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has a narrow lead of 26.8% of precincts — the state delegate equivalent traditionally used to determine the winner — followed by Sanders with 25.2%. Sanders won the popular vote in both the first and second rounds of voting, followed by Buttigieg and Senator Elizabeth Warren. Former Vice President Joe Biden placed fourth, followed by Senator Amy…

RT (2020-02-05). 'Pete Buttigieg is the Juan Guaido of America': Lee Camp calls out conspiracy of 'intentional chaos' by Dem establishment. rt.com Democratic Party insiders bankrolled the defective vote-counting app that has delayed the reporting of Iowa caucus totals so as to deny likely winner Bernie Sanders a 'bump' and let Pete Buttigieg claim victory, Lee Camp told RT. | The party's establishment wing and its mainstream media stenographers are colluding to memory-hole the disastrous Iowa caucus vote and prop up their preferred candidates, muscling Sanders out of the way to position Buttigieg as the front-runner, Camp said on his Moment of Clarity podcast on Tuesday. | Describing the exhaustive establishment links to the faulty vote-reporting app…

RT (2020-02-05). Sweet revenge? WATCH Pelosi tear up Trump's State of the Union speech after he snubs handshake. rt.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tore up President Donald Trump's SOTU speech after fuming through the well-applauded yearly address. The gesture was met with cheers and jeers, divided along the usual partisan lines. | Pelosi looked barely able to contain her rage as she tore up what the White House has confirmed was Trump's 78-minute speech. While her supporters cheered the gesture of defiance — those who saw it, at least, and weren't boycotting the speech entirely — Republicans were appalled. | #Pelosi rips up Trump speech…? #S…

Norman Solomon (2020-02-05). Iowa Fiasco Raises the Stakes for New Hampshire, Where Sanders Could Win Big. indybay.org Corporate Democrats are ready to escalate…

Ted Rall (2020-02-05). Democrats' Wimpy Impeachment Has Made Trump Stronger Than Ever. counterpunch.org "Many Democrats fear that Trump may be laying an impeachment trap," Stephen Collins wrote for CNN last May. "It's possible that the wider political divides get, the more Trump benefits. The spectacle would help him charge up the political base he needs to turn out in droves in 2020 with claims their 2016 votes were

Howie Hawkins (2020-02-05). Left Election Strategy: Lesser Evil or Independent Left? counterpunch.org A Response to Michael Albert's "Battle Strategically Everywhere" Michael Albert's safe states strategy says the Green presidential candidate should go into the battleground states to campaign for the Green program but then say vote for the Democratic ticket. Most people who hear that will wonder why the Greens are even bothering to campaign if they

WSWS (2020-02-05). Sri Lanka: Presidential commission orders halt to trial of naval officers over abductions. wsws.org The attempt to use the presidential commission to interfere in the work of the attorney general is a threat to basic democratic rights and legal norms.

Staff (2020-02-05). Headlines for February 5, 2020. democracynow.org Partial Results from Iowa Caucus Show Buttigieg Leading in Delegate Count, Democrats Boycott & Walk Out of Trump's State of the Union Address, Death Toll of Coronavirus Approaches 500, Report: Israel Pushes U.S. to Recognize Moroccan Sovereignty over Occupied Western Sahara, Magnitude 5.0 Earthquake Rattles Puerto Rico, Canadian Court Dismisses Indigenous Challenge to Trans Mountain Pipeline, Homelessness Among School-Age Children Hits Decade-Long High, HBO Max Picks Up Documentary "On the Record", Judge Reverses Convictions of No More Deaths Volunteers…

Common Dreams staff (2020-02-05). WATCH: Bernie Sanders Responds to Trump's Third State of the Union Address. commondreams.org The Democratic presidential candidate spoke from an event in New Hampshire, just a day after the Iowa caucuses. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eleanor Eagan — Max Moran (2020-02-05). Who Exactly are Biden and Buttigieg's Campaign Money Bundlers? counterpunch.org Beginning in the fall, the Revolving Door Project was one of a handful of voices drawing attention to Democratic primary candidates' failure to release the names of their most important fundraisers. In op-eds, newsletters, and across other forums throughout the fall we repeatedly made the case that this consequential information could not stay hidden. Why

WSWS (2020-02-05). Former leader of Germany's Social Democrats Sigmar Gabriel cashes in at Deutsche Bank. wsws.org Joining the Supervisory Board of the most powerful German bank is the logical step for Gabriel since he has always advanced the interests of German capital as SPD chair and as a minister.

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2020-02-05). Trump's SOTU 'Red Meat' Speech: US Political Crisis Now Deepens. globalresearch.ca Donald Trump delivered a State of the Union speech that revealed his election 2020 strategy, designed to roil and mobilize his political base, and to declare to the Democrats that his political war with them …

sputniknews (2020-02-05). US Election Explained: How Caucuses Work and How They Differ From Primaries. sputniknews.com The word "caucus" comes up every four years as the race kicks off for the US presidential nomination in both the Republican and the Democratic parties, but many people outside of the country seem to have little idea of how the candidates are chosen. Here's a brief explainer that might clear things up.

sputniknews (2020-02-05). When Donald Met Nancy: The Lowlights of Trump's Feud with Pelosi. sputniknews.com Unlike the classic romantic comedy, the Trump-Pelosi relationship is unlikely to ever have a happy ending — mostly because the Democrats want what Trump's having, and he feels just fine with what he has.

Staff (2020-02-04). Chaos in Iowa: Caucus Results Delayed, But Bernie Sanders' Internal Data Shows He May Have Won. democracynow.org The Iowa Democratic Party delayed releasing results from Monday's caucuses after uncovering inconsistencies in the reporting of data. Caucuses were held in 1,600 precincts across the state on Monday, but many precincts had trouble reporting the delegate totals to the state Democratic Party. Part of the blame was placed on a new smartphone app designed to help precinct chairs tabulate and report the vote. Early Tuesday morning, Bernie Sanders's campaign released internal caucus numbers from 40% of the precincts in Iowa showing the Vermont senator was in first place with nearly 30% of the final count vote. Accordin…

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…

RT (2020-02-04). EU rejects Trump's plan for Mideast, says it 'departs from intl parameters'. rt.com The European Union on Tuesday rejected US President Donald Trump's proposal for the Middle East and expressed concern about Israel's plans to annex more Palestinian land. | EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell underlined the bloc's commitment to a two-state solution, based along the 1967 lines, with the possibility of mutually agreed land-swaps, made up of Israel and "an independent, democratic, contiguous, sovereign and viable state of Palestine." | Borrell also said that the US initiative "departs from these internationally agreed parameters." The EU was especially concerned by statements "on the prospect o…

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…

Staff (2020-02-04). Can Bernie Sanders Defeat Trump? Jacobin's Bhaskar Sunkara & The Atlantic's David Frum Debate. democracynow.org After a chaotic night in Iowa, the focus of the Democratic race has now shifted to New Hampshire. Senator Bernie Sanders is leading in most New Hampshire polls a week ahead of the state's primary. While Sanders has been surging in popularity across parts of the country, the Democratic Party establishment is openly expressing concern that the self-described democratic socialist could win the nomination. While Bernie Sanders faces attacks from the corporate wing of the Democratic Party, many of his supporters say he is the candidate best suited to beat Trump in November. We host a debate with two guests who have di…

Staff (2020-02-04). Tech Problem With Mobile App Causes Iowa Caucus Chaos. truthdig.com DES MOINES, Iowa — A new mobile app was supposed to help Democratic officials quickly gather information from some 1,700 caucus sites throughout Iowa. Instead, a "coding issue" within the app is being blamed for delays that left the results unknown the morning after the first-in-the nation presidential nominating contest. | Glitches with a new mobile app Monday caused confusion, and some caucus organizers were forced to call in results for the state party to record manually, introducing delays and the possibility of human error. Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price said the delays were not the result o…

RT (2020-02-04). State of the union 'boycott': AOC & Ayanna bravely skip, Ilhan & Tlaib bravely go, but either way it's #Resistance. rt.com Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley will skip Trump's State of the Union address, while Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib will attend as an act of "resistance." | It appears the congressional "squad" of freshman Democrats is divided on how best to resist President Donald Trump. | The New York Democrat known as AOC announced she will not be attending Tuesday night's State of the Union address from the president. She says her presence will "legitimize" Trump. | After much deliberation, I have decided that I will not use my presence at a state ceremony to normalize Trump's lawless conduct & subversion of the…

RT (2020-02-04). Buttigieg leading, Sanders close 2nd in US Democratic Party's Iowa caucuses based on partial results. rt.com Pete Buttigieg is leading Bernie Sanders in the Iowa caucuses, based on partial results from the first contest in the 2020 Democrat presidential nomination process, marred by confusion and chaos blamed on "coding errors." | The Iowa Democratic Party released the tally from 62 percent of the precincts in all of the state's 99 counties on Tuesday afternoon, almost an entire day after the caucuses ended. The South Bend, Indiana mayor had already declared victory in the media, while the Vermont senator's campaign said it had data showing otherwise. | The process was marred by chaos and confusion at multiple caucus…

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

Juan Cole (2020-02-04). The First Democratic Primary Should Be Illinois. truthdig.com This piece originally appeared on The custom of Iowa having the first Democratic primary (or as they are pleased to call it, caucus) goes back to 1972, because of the complexity of the process. I have often spoken in Iowa and love the state, but it should not be the first Democratic primary state. I ma…

Norman Solomon (2020-02-04). Bernie Sanders Can Silence His Critics in New Hampshire. truthdig.com While journalists pick through the ashes of the Iowa caucuses meltdown, thousands of progressive activists are moving forward to make election history in New Hampshire. In sharp contrast to the prattle of mainstream punditry, the movements behind Bernie Sanders are propelled by people who engage with politics as a collective struggle because the future of humanity and the planet is at stake. As a result, the Granite State's primary election on Feb. 11 could be a political earthquake. | Whether or not the Democratic Party's corporate backers truly understand what progressive populism is all about, they're determin…

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…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-02-04). House tries again to stop Trump march to war on Iran. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—With bipartisan votes — more than a dozen Republicans joined all but a few ruling House Democrats — the House voted twice to again stop GOP President Donald Trump's march to war on Iran. First, lawmakers passed a measure dumping the 2002 Authorization to Use Military Force, which GOP President George W. Bush sought and …

RT (2020-02-04). 'Traitor': Rand Paul blows up liberal minds by 'identifying' whistleblower on Senate floor with clever stunt. rt.com Kentucky Senator Rand Paul made waves with both Republicans and Democrats when he named the whistleblower who originally accused US President Donald Trump of quid pro quo with Ukraine. | Speaking on the Senate floor on Tuesday, Paul made it clear he was still upset over Chief Justice Roberts refusing to ask a question from him last week regarding the whistleblower whose report kicked off the current impeachment trial. | "The presiding officer declines to read the question as submitted," Roberts told Paul after reading the question to himself. | Paul took his time speaking on Tuesday as his opportunity to final…

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…

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.

Jacob Sugarman (2020-02-04). Noam Chomsky: 'The Neoliberal Order Is Visibly Collapsing'. truthdig.com Since early Tuesday morning, when it became clear that the Iowa Democratic Party would not immediately release its 2020 caucus results, a range of conspiracy theories have bloomed on social media about the Democratic National Committee and

teleSUR-ag (2020-02-04). US Election Cycle Kicks Off in Iowa With No Official Results. telesurenglish.net The formal electoral cycle that will determine the Democratic candidate who will face Donald Trump in the presidential elections in November began this Monday in Iowa. However, despite the start of the primaries, no official results have been released due to technical difficulties. | RELATED: | | A Democratic Party…

Staff (2020-02-04). Bernie Sanders's Internal Data Show He May Have Won Iowa Caucus. truthout.org The Iowa Democratic Party delayed releasing results from Monday's caucuses after uncovering inconsistencies in the reporting of data. Caucuses were held in 1,600 precincts across the state on Monday, but many precincts had trouble reporting the delegate totals to the state Democratic Party. Part of the blame was placed on a new smartphone app designed to help precinct chairs tabulate and report the vote. Early Tuesday morning, Bernie Sanders's campaign released internal caucus numbers from 40% of the precinc…

Staff (2020-02-04). Bernie Sanders's Internal Data Shows He May Have Won Iowa Caucus. truthout.org The Iowa Democratic Party delayed releasing results from Monday's caucuses after uncovering inconsistencies in the reporting of data. Caucuses were held in 1,600 precincts across the state on Monday, but many precincts had trouble reporting the delegate totals to the state Democratic Party. Part of the blame was placed on a new smartphone app designed to help precinct chairs tabulate and report the vote. Early Tuesday morning, Bernie Sanders's campaign released internal caucus numbers from 40% of the precinc…

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). 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.

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.

teleSUR (2020-02-04). Evo Morales Named Candidate for Bolivian Senate. telesurenglish.net The democratically elected President of Bolivia Evo Morales, who is seeking asylum in Argentina after a coup d'etat against him, has been named a candidate for senate. | "Our brother Evo Morales is on the official lists. He is our candidate for the department of Cochabamba to the National Assembly," coca growers' leader, Leonardo Loza, stated today to the press in La Paz, adding that social organizations supported the candidacy. | With t…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-02-04). Muddling Democrats: Chaos in the Iowa Caucus. globalresearch.ca Whatever the claims by the Democratic pollsters on the ground, the party has all the work to do ahead of selecting a candidate to make a fist of it come November. Pity for them, then, that the opening in Iowa …

Staff (2020-02-04). Headlines for February 4, 2020. democracynow.org Delay in Iowa Democratic Primary Results Causes Confusion, Mixed Messages, Final Arguments Made in Impeachment Trial of President Trump Ahead of SOTU, Hong Kong Medical Workers Demand Border Closure as Coronavirus Claims Life of Hong Kong Man, Leaked Audio Shows Iran Knew It Downed Ukraine Jet Despite Early Denials, Syrian and Turkish Forces Escalate Attacks as Turkey Suffers First Losses from Direct Combat, Massachusetts Prisoners Allege Violent Retaliatory Abuse by Guards, Trial Begins For Ex-CIA Software Engineer Accused of "Vault 7" Leak, Weinstein Rape Accuser Breaks Down During Harsh Questioning, Shooting a…

Joan Walsh (2020-02-04). Elizabeth Warren Has a Movement. You Just Don't See It Yet. thenation.com Elizabeth Warren Has a Movement. You Just Don't See It Yet.

Richard Eskow (2020-02-04). Iowa Wasn't a Technology Failure. It Was a Failure of Democratic Values. commondreams.org Troy Price, Chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party, addresses the media about the delayed results from last night's Iowa caucus at the Iowa Events Center on February 04, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. from last night's Iowa caucus at the Iowa Events Center on February 04, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2020-02-04). US: Sanders Releases Internal Results Suggests Victory in Iowa. telesurenglish.net The Democratic presidential campaign of RELATED: | The Vermont senator's campaign wrote that the candidate ha…

Max Parry (2020-02-04). Democrats Impeach Trump for Withholding Arms to Neo-Nazis in Ukraine. globalresearch.ca On December 18th, Donald Trump became the third U.S. president in history to be impeached by the House of Representatives. The second to be indicted before completing a first term, the 45th commander-in-chief must now survive a Senate trial before …

Staff (2020-02-04). Iowa Should Be a Warning — It's Time to Switch to Paper Ballots. truthout.org The chaos in Iowa's Democratic primary is nothing new. | Pure incompetence — along with election manipulation and theft — have been with us since the birth of the Republic. | But since Florida 2000, bitterly contested ballots with immense long-term impacts have launched the nation as a whole into a toxic limbo that could easily contribute to a Trump victory this fall. | There is an antidote: hand-marked and hand-counted paper ballots. Now they can even come with computerized backup that can make…

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.

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