2020-08-13: News Headlines

Juan Cole (2020-08-13). Ilhan Omar defeats Corporate Democrat, Israel Lobbies in Overwhelming Primary Victory. zcomm.org Although the Israel lobbies put a lot of money into defeating Omar, the issues on which she won, of progressive policing and health care, were largely disconnected from the geopolitical ones where her straight talk had attracted so much vitriol to her…

Staff (2020-08-13). Progressives' problems with Kamala Harris. therealnews.com Liberals praised Harris, Republicans attacked her as a "radical leftist," but progressives say the selection underscores the need for sustained grassroots pressure.

RT (2020-08-13). Vote Democrat to wear a mask? Biden says Americans must mask up for AT LEAST 3 months as CDC warns of 'worst fall ever'. rt.com Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has urged all Americans to 'mask up' outdoors for the next three months – at the same time as health officials warned disobeying their Covid-19 orders will cause unprecedented suffering. | "Every single American should be wearing a mask when they are outside for the next three months at a minimum," Biden said during a press briefing on Thursday, adding in his characteristic awkward cadence that "every governor should mandate mandatory mask wearing." | A nationwide mask mandate would save "over 40,000 lives," according to the experts, Biden claimed. | Also on rt.com

RT (2020-08-13). Biden praises 'historic step' of Israel-UAE deal, but claims credit goes to Obama admin and doesn't mention Trump AT ALL. rt.com Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden praised the "historic" decision by the United Arab Emirates to normalize relations with Israel, claiming part of the credit for himself and not mentioning President Donald Trump even once. | "Today, Israel and the United Arab Emirates have taken a historic step to bridge the deep divides of the Middle East," Biden said in a statement on Thursday. "The UAE's offer to publicly recognize the State of Israel is a welcome, brave, and badly needed act of statesmanship." | | Biden statement on the Isra…

RT (2020-08-13). Trump suggests he's withholding post office funds to stop 'universal mail-in voting'. rt.com Donald Trump is being accused of "trying to steal" the election after claiming talks with Democrats on Covid-19 economic relief was stalled when the president refused post office funding for "universal mail-in voting." | Asked by Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo what led to the standstill between the White House and Democrats on a coronavirus stimulus package, the president said one of the main points the left will not budge on is extra funding for the US postal service to handle universal mail-in voting, something he is staunchly against. | "They want three-and-a-half billion dollars for the mail-in votes. Unive…

RT (2020-08-13). 'Americans must have their freedoms': Trump rejects Biden's call for MASK MANDATE, says states should decide. rt.com President Donald Trump rejected his rival Joe Biden's call for a nationwide face mask mandate, saying he trusted elected governors to make science-based decisions about the Covid-19 pandemic that best fit their states. | Biden's approach is "regressive, anti-scientific and very defeatist," Trump said on Thursday during a White House press briefing, accusing the Democrat presidential candidate of hiding in his Delaware basement and wanting the same fate inflicted on all Americans. | The Trump administration is strongly recommending people to wear face masks when social distancing is not practical, but "American…

Muhammed Shabeer (2020-08-13). "We face a system incapable of solving the problems of the youth and the people. peoplesdispatch.org Aritz Rodríguez Galán, president of the World Federation of Democratic Youth, talks about the centrality of youth in anti-racism protests, COVID-19 relief work and the building of a better world…

Ron Daniels (2020-08-13). Repaying the debt owed to Black people requires a democratic and reparative economy. zcomm.org The entire racial capitalist system that extracts labor and blood from Black lives must go…

Thomas Knapp (2020-08-13). America Doesn't Have Real Presidential Debates, But It Should. counterpunch.org On August 6, the Commission on Presidential Debates denied US president Donald Trump's request to increase the number of debates between himself and Democratic nominee Joe Biden from three to four. Trump's case: The expansion of voting by mail means that many ballots will have been cast before the first scheduled fake debate on September

Elie Mystal (2020-08-13). The Democratic Convention Is Shaping Up to Be a Centrist Hoedown. thenation.com The Democratic Convention Is Shaping Up to Be a Centrist Hoedown…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-08-12). 'Emergency Was a Sham': Top Democrat Says IG Report on Saudi Arms Deal 'Deeply Damning' for Pompeo. commondreams.org "What sort of emergency makes itself known a few months in advance and can be resolved with weapons delivered years later?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-08-12). As Kamala Harris Makes History as VP Pick, Her "Top Cop" Record Faces New Scrutiny Amid BLM Protests. democracynow.org Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's selection of California Senator Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential running mate for the November election makes her the first Black woman and the first Indian American on a major party presidential ticket. "It's hard to overstate how historic, how monumental this is," says Aimee Allison, president of She the People, which works to elevate the political voice and leadership of women of color. But in the midst of the largest protest movement in American history against racist policing, Briahna Joy Gray, the former national press secretary for the Bernie Sanders pres…

Staff (2020-08-12). Headlines for August 12, 2020. democracynow.org Joe Biden Taps Kamala Harris as Vice-Presidential Running Mate, Florida, Georgia Record Record Coronavirus Deaths as U.S. Colleges Delay Fall Sports Season, Bodies of COVID-19 Victims Lie Unclaimed Outside Chapel in La Paz, Bolivia, QAnon Conspiracy Theorist Wins Georgia 14th Congressional District GOP Primary, Rep. Ilhan Omar Fends Off Primary Challenger Who Dramatically Outraised Her, Clintons, Obamas Among Top Speakers at Democratic National Convention, Beirut Vigil Marks One Week Since Catastrophic Port Explosion, Thousands of Protesters in Mali Demand President's Ouster, Chicago Man Accused of Firing at Poli…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-08-12). With Biden-Harris Ticket Set, Climate Groups Demand 'Transformative Action From Day One' If Elected. commondreams.org "Let's do our part to end this era of chaos and defeat Republicans up and down the ballot. Then, let's turn up to make a Biden-Harris administration lay the groundwork for a Green New Deal." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Riva Enteen (2020-08-12). Kamala Harris? Really? Desperate Times, Desperate Measures. counterpunch.org Kamala Harris might be the perfect lens to reveal who the Democrats really are. A good run-down on her track record highlights her assertion that "It is not progressive to be soft on crime."

Editor (2020-08-12). An anti-racist vote for class unity. workers.org Rashida Tlaib of Detroit made history on Nov. 7, 2018, when she became the first Palestinian American woman elected to Congress. This year, in the weeks leading up to the Michigan Democratic Party primary on Aug. 4, the capitalist media questioned whether she would get a shot at reelection. "Congressperson . . . |

Bruce Lerro (2020-08-12). Lost at Sea: Left Liberals Have No Party. dissidentvoice.org I wrote this article over four years ago in 2016 for the purpose of challenging left liberals to face the fact that they have no party. In re-reading it today, everything I said in the original article remains true. In fact, the Democratic Party has leaned even further to the right over the last four …

Anand Naidoo (2020-08-12). The Heat: Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate. america.cgtn.com Democrat Joe Biden has chosen Kamala Harris as his running mate to take on Donald Trump in the U.S. Presidential election.

RT (2020-08-12). MSNBC accused of cropping image of Biden calling Kamala to remove script he was reading. rt.com MSNBC has been accused of some comically conspicuous cropping of a photo of Joe Biden, obscuring his notes for the video call in which he told Kamala Harris she would be his 2020 election running mate. | As election season gathers pace ahead of the November vote to decide the US president, every word, photo and soundbite will be pored over endlessly by both the media and the public, which makes it all the more bizarre that MSNBC would attempt to somewhat needlessly obscure the phone script for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. | MSNBC cropped the photo of Joe Biden video chatting with Kamala Har…

RT (2020-08-12). Atheists for Trump? David Silverman reacts to Biden naming Harris with 'Are You Serious?' face, saying he might VOTE RED. rt.com David Silverman, one of America's most prominent atheists, says he's so troubled by the Democratic Party's radical shift to the left and the mowing down of libertarian principles that he may do the unthinkable: vote Trump. | Silverman's face became a popular online meme after his 2011 stand-off with Bill O'Reilly on Fox News, in which he reacted with a particularly perplexed face to the host's "tide goes in, tide goes out" argument supposedly proving the existence of God. It now appears that Joe Biden's Tuesday pick of the Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) as his running mate has triggered a new major "Are…

RT (2020-08-12). Polls show young voters support Biden… but running mate Kamala Harris thinks they're 'STUPID' (VIDEO). rt.com Though young voters seem lukewarm about Joe Biden, polls show their support for the Democrat is greater than for Donald Trump. But a newly-surfaced clip shows his VP pick Kamala Harris doesn't think much of the American youth. | At 77 years-old, Biden would be the oldest president in history if he manages to defeat President Trump in November. His advanced age, however, hasn't repelled young voters. According to the latest Monmouth University

Staff (2020-08-12). Trump turning state-owned VOA into personal propaganda arm. therealnews.com The United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM) management, which oversees five federally-funded broadcast networks, has suspended four journalists on contract with possible termination. The four journalists are charged with influencing the US elections and violating federal laws by favoring Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden in a video published by the Urdu language service of…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-08-12). Selection of Kamala Harris as VP candidate makes history. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—In a move that is widely expected to boost voter turnout and push Donald Trump out of office in less than 83 days, presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden selected Kamala Harris yesterday as his vice presidential running mate. The selection is being widely lauded not just by Black women but by broad swaths of …

Noam Chomsky (2020-08-12). Trump Is Quite Capable of an "October Surprise" zcomm.org Popular support for autocracy runs disturbingly high. Almost one-fourth of Republicans agree "President Trump should close down mainstream news outlets, like CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times."

WSWS (2020-08-12). Who is Democratic Senator Kamala Harris? wsws.org In this political profile of Harris, published in July 2019, the World Socialist Web Site summed up her career as a representative of the US criminal justice system and a reliable defender of corporate and intelligence state interests.

Abdel Bari Atwan (2020-08-12). Replaying the 'Syria Scenario' in Lebanon. thealtworld.com The US and its clients are trying to exploit the crisis to advance their plans to destroy Hezbollah. They should know better. | Let us start at the end, without getting bogged down in the details and analyses that fill the Lebanese and Arab media these days: The current ferment in Lebanon, which resulted in the resignation of Hassan Diab's government over the Beirut Port explosion, will eventually lead to the demise of Lebanon's corrupt ruling elite and the 1989 Taif Agreement that brought it to power and established the sectarian carve-up system that sustains it. | The Lebanese people want genuine democratic ref…

WSWS (2020-08-12). Biden picks former law-and-order prosecutor Kamala Harris to be his Democratic running mate. wsws.org Harris satisfies the advocates of identity politics while reassuring big business with her law-and-order record and close ties to the moneyed elite.

Ruth Conniff (2020-08-12). How Kamala Harris as VP Can Be a Win for Progressives. progressive.org With the choice of Harris, Democrats are saying: bring it on.

WSWS (2020-08-12). Germany deports Roma family to Moldova despite life-threatening conditions. wsws.org The deportations were planned and carried out by the Social Democratic/Left Party/Green government in the state of Berlin.

Jeff Schuhrke (2020-08-12). The US Labor Movement Needs More of the UE's "Them and Us" Unionism. zcomm.org UE's model of militant, democratic unionism can revive labor…

news.un (2020-08-12). Belarus: UN rights chief condemns violence against protesters, calls for grievances to be heard. news.un.org The flow of free information is "crucial" in a democratic society, the UN human rights chief said on Wednesday, spotlighting the landlocked eastern European nation of Belarus, "especially in a context of crisis and social unrest".

SFIDCB (2020-08-12). With Harris pick, Biden reaches out to young Black Americans. nationofchange.org Harris joining up with Biden may have made the Democratic ticket more attractive to younger Black Americans, who now comprise what we define as a critical set of swing voters.

_____ (2020-08-12). How Trump Can Steal The 2020 Election. popularresistance.org The election was stolen from Clinton four years ago and the even weaker 2020 candidate can expect the same fate. Republicans win the presidency when they steal votes. Democrats need a huge turnout to undo the impact of so-called "spoiled ballots," electronic vote machine theft and the removal of Democratic voters, i.e. Black people, from the rolls. These methods will of course be used in November and ought to be the basis for concerns regarding any electoral malfeasance. | It is important to remember the real electoral threats when Donald Trump decides to have fun with America's collective reptile brain. When he…

Staff (2020-08-12). Kamala Harris's "Top Cop" Record Faces New Scrutiny Amid BLM Protests. truthout.org Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's selection of California Senator Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential running mate for the November election makes her the first Black woman and the first Indian American on a major party presidential ticket. "It's hard to overstate how historic, how monumental this is," says Aimee Allison, president of She the People, which works to elevate the political voice and leadership of women of color. But in the midst of the largest protest movement in American hist…

Natalie Shure (2020-08-12). Now Comes the Difficult Work of Pushing the Biden-Harris Ticket Left. commondreams.org Democratic presidential hopefuls former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) speak during the second round of the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by CNN at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan on July 31, 2019. (Photo: Jim Waton/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jamal Rich (2020-08-11). Radical historian challenges traditional Marxist view of 'so-called' American Revolution. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The 'so-called' American Revolution of 1776 was not a bourgeois-democratic uprising for liberty as the common view would have it. Instead, it was a settler-colonialist revolt, a reactionary event aimed at blocking the impending abolition of slavery. That according to radical historian Gerald Horne, who is challenging both mainstream as well as traditional Marxist narratives about …

Robin Talbot, Ewan Simpson (2020-08-11). 'Beirut is burning': Lebanese youth leader says country in trouble before blast. peoplesworld.org Following the devastating Beirut explosion, Robin Talbot and Ewan Simpson of the Young Communist League of Britain spoke to Union of Lebanese Democratic Youth (ULDY) president Adnan Al-Mokdad about his organization's response and the fast-moving political situation in Lebanon. The following article detailing their conversation is an edited version of an article that originally appeared …

Anand Naidoo (2020-08-11). The Heat: Race for White House as Trump battles Democrats. america.cgtn.com The race for the White House heats us as Trump and Democrats battle over economic aid.

RT (2020-08-11). Whose convention is it again? MSNBC uses Republican backdrop to promote Democratic convention. rt.com A graphical blunder by MSNBC demonstrates two facts about modern America: that fact-checking takes second seat to pizzazz, and that neither party has a monopoly on red, white, and blue pageantry. | In a series of graphics announcing the speaker schedule for next week's Democratic National Convention, MSNBC on Tuesday listed the names over a photograph of the Republican Party's 2012 convention — where Mitt Romney accepted his party's nomination in a shower of red, white, and blue balloons. | The gaffe was quickly picked up by hawk-eyed Twitter users, who mocked the network for its sloppiness. Among the fir…

RT (2020-08-11). Joe Biden chooses Kamala Harris as running mate. rt.com 2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden has announced his running mate. The Democratic challenger picked former California senator and former prosecutor Kamala Harris, after promising to select a woman of color for the role. | Biden announced his pick on Tuesday, with Harris previously considered a front-runner for…

RT (2020-08-11). Trump launches scathing ad on 'phony' Kamala Harris as Democrats are torn over Biden's VP pick. rt.com President Donald Trump is having a field day with the choice of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden's running mate. While Democrat elites are rallying behind the ticket, frustrated progressives point to her problematic prosecutorial past. | Democrats

RT (2020-08-11). Kamala Harris got 'destroyed' by Tulsi Gabbard in Democrat debates, dropped out before primaries — and now might be president. rt.com California Senator Kamala Harris crashed and burned early in the Democrat primary process, never recovering from the debate drubbing she took from Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. She became Joe Biden's running mate anyway. | "Tulsi" was trending on social networks shortly after the

RT (2020-08-11). At least it wasn't Susan Rice: Democrats could have made a worse running mate pick for Biden. rt.com Barack Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice would have ticked the woke politics box, but her foreign policy failures and lack of domestic experience ultimately made someone else Joe Biden's running mate. | On Tuesday, hours before Senator Kamala Harris of California was announced as Biden's VP pick on the Democrats' 2020 ticket, the betting markets had pivoted to Rice. | This was based on her taking a leave of absence from her New York Times opinion column and selling off stocks in Netflix, as well as the rumor mill fueled by her conspicuous absence from the list of named speakers at next week's Democr…

Lisa Newcomb, staff writer (2020-08-11). DNC Announces Progressive Champion Ocasio-Cortez Will Speak at Convention. commondreams.org Previous speculation indicated the popular New York Democrat would be left off the program. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2020-08-11). Chicago mayor locks down business district after police shooting sparks looting. wsws.org Democratic officials responded by deploying more police, threatening more aggressive prosecutions and cutting off nighttime access to the Loop.

WSWS (2020-08-11). US Attorney General Barr gives fascistic tirade against Antifa, Black Lives Matter. wsws.org Barr made a political amalgam connecting the Democratic Party, Black Lives Matter, Antifa and terrorism.

WSWS (2020-08-11). New York educators and students denounce Governor Cuomo's push to reopen schools. wsws.org Teachers and students spoke to the WSWS to express their opposition to New York state Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo's plans to allow all schools to reopen in the coming weeks.

WSWS (2020-08-11). Biden's blueprint for a right-wing presidency: Part two. wsws.org On China, the Democratic platform attacks Trump from the right, claiming that his trade war policies have not restored jobs in the United States and pledging to "stand up" to Beijing.

Renee Parsons (2020-08-11). America's Political Crisis: Organized Riots and the Economic Lockdown. globalresearch.ca In case you missed it, not one member of the Democratic hierarchy: not the DNC Chair, not one Democratic Member of Congress, Governor or Mayor, has spoken out to criticize the

Judy Greenspan (2020-08-11). Saturday 8/22: Stop the Racist Attacks! Black Incarcerated Lives Matter! indybay.org The event will be held in front of the gates of Soledad State Prison CTF off Highway 101 in Soledad, CA…