2020-09-02: News Headlines

Dave Lindorff (2020-09-02). If Social Security matters to you, can you trust Trump? zcomm.org Older Voters, especially Republicans, Need to Think Before They Vote…

Staff (2020-09-02). The End of Oil? Pandemic Adds to Fossil Fuel Glut, But COVID-19 Relief Money Flows to Oil Industry. democracynow.org As the coronavirus pandemic contributes to a glut of fossil fuels, groups like Greenpeace are calling on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to ban fossil fuel interests from his campaign and administration, if he wins, even as he recently declared at a campaign stop that he "will not ban fracking." We discuss the politics of fossil fuels with reporter Antonia Juhasz, who says the end of oil could be near, and look at how the industry has profited from the COVID bailout. "The pandemic has taken essentially every weakness that already existed in the oil industry and then made each of them much, much worse,…

Maxximilian Seijo (2020-09-02). Resisting Predatory Finance with Raúl Carrillo. mronline.org Organizer for economic justice and scholar of law, race, and money, Raúl Carrillo, joins Money on the Left to explore the promise of the public money framework for advancing antiracist, anti-imperialist, and democratic politics across the world. We discuss how the public money or MMT perspective shapes his work as an attorney fighting against predatory …

yenisafak (2020-09-02). Trump overtakes Biden as favorite to win in November. yenisafak.com U.S. President Donald Trump has overtaken Democratic rival Joe Biden to stand as the favorite to win the 2020 U.S. Presidential election on Europe-based betting exchange Betfair, the exchange said on Wednesday.Trump's odds, reflecting wagers matched on the peer-to-peer betting network, stood at evens, Betfair Exchange said, versus 21-20 for Biden.Betfair Exchange said four bets of over 10,000 pounds ($13,362) were placed on the platform overnight, of which three were on Trump, while the biggest stake of the campaign so far, a 50,000-pound bet, was placed on the Republican nominee over the weekend.These bets in pa…

Dave Lindorff (2020-09-01). Older Voters, Especially Republicans, Need to Think Before They Vote. counterpunch.org In 2016, exit polls show that Donald Trump won the over-50 vote by a big margin. With voters over the age of 50 accounting for 45% of voters that year, Trump, according to a study by AARP was the choice of 55% of that demographic, compared to 44% who voted for Hillary Clinton. Trump's margin was even

Gary Leupp (2020-09-01). The Political Insights of MSNBC's Donny Deutsch. counterpunch.org MSNBC's Donny Deutsch is a Wall Street advertising executive and political commentator who can, I think, be relied upon to honestly convey the true thoughts of the Democratic National Committee. Three of his comments this year stand out. (1) First, he declared (February 20 on "Morning Joe") that he was "absolutely panicked" that Bernie Sanders

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2020-09-01). The Two Parties Have Failed Us, but the People Can Succeed. dissidentvoice.org The Republican and Democratic Party conventions showed that both major parties are failing to control the pandemic and protect people, address the climate crisis and clean up the environment, support families and businesses during the economic collapse, prevent police violence or deal with any of the other major problems we face. These were two substance-less …

Staff (2020-09-01). Kenosha, Wis.: Ground zero for vigilante murder, site of Trump's next visit. therealnews.com On the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 1, President Donald Trump is set to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, where Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back by police officer Rusten Sheskey, and where, days later, teenage Trump supporter Kyle Rittenhouse killed two protesters. | Trump has refused to condemn growing right-wing violence, and there are calls for him to stay away from Kenosha: "Now is not the time for elected officials to ignore armed militants and out-of-state instigators who want to contribute to our anguish," warned Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in a letter. | During a Fox News appearance the night before he…

Staff (2020-09-01). Trump visits Kenosha, scene of vigilante murder. therealnews.com On the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 1, President Donald Trump is set to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, where Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back by police officer Rusten Sheskey, and where, days later, teenage Trump supporter Kyle Rittenhouse killed two protesters. | Trump has refused to condemn growing right-wing violence, and there are calls for him to stay away from Kenosha: "Now is not the time for elected officials to ignore armed militants and out-of-state instigators who want to contribute to our anguish," warned Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in a letter. | During a Fox News appearance the night before he…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-09-01). Trump defends Kenosha killer; Biden says president is 'toxic'. peoplesworld.org PITTSBURGH—Having had it up to here with Donald Trump's lies, distortions, and disasters, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden took the gloves off and hit hard against the GOP Oval Office occupant, declaring Trump "a toxic presence" in the U.S. And the question the presidential election will answer, Biden declared, is whether voters will expel the …

Andrew Levine (2020-09-01). Biden, the Lesser Evil, is a Problem Too, But There are Reasons for Hope Nevertheless. counterpunch.org The prospect sickens, but for reasons that are widely understood, it would be irresponsible, this election season, not to pile on votes for Joe Biden. Even more than Hillary Clinton, and a whole lot more than Barack Obama, Biden is a living embodiment of all that makes the actually existing Democratic Party execrable. But we

RT (2020-09-01). 'Different rules for different folks': Nancy Pelosi caught getting hair done in closed salon amid Covid-19 restrictions. rt.com San Francisco has kept hair salons shut for months amid the Covid-19 pandemic, but that didn't stop House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from nipping in for a quick wash and blowout at a closed salon — without even wearing a mask. | Security footage obtained by Fox News and published on Tuesday, shows the Democrat walking through eSalon in San Francisco on Monday, while a stylist follows behind wearing a mask. | Salons in the city have been closed since March, but were notified they could reopen for outdoor services starting on September 1 — the same day the footage of Pelosi was released. Salon owner Erica…

Philip Giraldi (2020-09-01). Vote-by-Mail Issue Could Lead to Violence. globalresearch.ca The debate over voting by mail in America in November generally is defined by the interests of the two major political parties. Democrats insist that such voting enfranchises large numbers of citizens who would not otherwise be able to vote …

Ralph Nader (2020-09-01). Democrats Must Demolish Trump's Delusional Law-Breaking Dystopia. zcomm.org Donald Trump continually breaks multiple laws. Yet the serial lawbreaking, lying Trump is playing the "law and order" card against street protestors reacting to fatal cases of police brutality…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-01). Opposition claims victory in Montenegro's parliamentary elections. peoplesdispatch.org Though the final results are yet to be declared formally, it is most likely the end of the three-decade rule of the Democratic Party of Socialists and its leader Milo Djukanovic…

Voelker R. (2020-09-01). New FDA-EPA Protocol Covers Agricultural Water Safety. jamanetwork.com The FDA and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have developed a new protocol that may help farmers protect produce such as romaine lettuce and other leafy greens from contamination that can cause foodborne illnesses.

WSWS (2020-09-01). Trump endorses right-wing violence in Kenosha, Portland. wsws.org While Trump seeks to mobilize fascistic elements, his Democratic opponent Joe Biden condemns "looting and rioting" and directs his main appeal to big business and the military.

sputniknews (2020-09-01). Biden Presidential Campaign Unveils Official Virtual Yard Signs for Animal Crossing Video Game. sputniknews.com Former Vice President Joe Biden was officially selected by the Democratic National Convention as the party's nominee to take on incumbent Republican President Donald Trump in the November presidential election.

yenisafak (2020-09-01). US, UK, Norway welcome initial peace deal in Sudan. yenisafak.com The US, the UK and Norway said Wednesday that they welcome the peace agreement between Sudan's government and a rebel alliance, describing it as "the first step in a long process to rebuild hope and stability for conflict-affected communities in Sudan.""The peace agreement lays a foundation for sustainable peace and stability in Darfur and other conflict-affected areas that is critical for Sudan's democratic transition," a joint statement by the Troika countries said.They said they "recognise the concessions all have made to conclude these negotiations" and "call on all parties to implement the agreement in good…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-09-01). 'Red Mirage': Democratic Data Firm Predicts Post-Election 'Chaos' Over False Trump Landslide. commondreams.org Hawkfish CEO says the preponderance of mail-in votes means early results may show Trump with a substantial lead that he'll likely lose as absentee ballots are tallied. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Lisa Newcomb, staff writer (2020-09-01). Progressive Democrats Look to Massachusetts for Next 2020 Primary Night Victories. commondreams.org "Today we vote for a future where clean air, healthcare, and a quality education are considered a human right; not a privilege." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jim Hightower (2020-09-01). Six Ways the Right Is Shredding the Vote. commondreams.org "Republican officials are aggressively hostile to democracy generally and to voting rights specifically," writes Hightower, "while much of the Democratic establishment passively refuses to prioritize and vigorously fight to make voting easy and even joyful for all." (Photo: Steve Cup) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-09-01). Poll Shows Number of Unemployed People Struggling to Cover Basic Needs Has Nearly Doubled Since GOP Killed $600 Federal Boost. commondreams.org After Senate Republicans allowed a $600-per-week boost to federal unemployment benefits to expire at the end of July, the share of jobless Americans struggling to afford basic necessities in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic crisis nearly doubled, according to polling released Tuesday by Morning Consult. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Muhammed Shabeer (2020-08-31). India's Communist youth raise $1.4 million for COVID relief with recycling drive. peoplesworld.org KERALA STATE, India—Ever since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, leftist youth organizations around the world have been in the forefront of both providing relief and resisting attempts to attack the rights of people. An instance of this has been the "Recycle Kerala" initiative launched by the communist Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), which …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-08-31). Massachusetts primary pits progressives Markey and Morse vs. Kennedy and Neal. peoplesworld.org BOSTON—The Sept. 1 Democratic congressional primaries in Massachusetts feature what may be the last two rounds pitting progressives against challengers around the country—but with a twist. In one race, the progressive is the incumbent, Sen. Ed Markey. The challenger, Rep. Joe Kennedy III, claims it's time for a new generation of politicians in the Bay …

Marshall Auerback — James Carden (2020-08-31). The Rotten Alliance of Liberals and Neocons Will Likely Shape U.S. Foreign Policy for Years to Come. counterpunch.org The emergence in recent weeks of a coalition of neocon Republicans and former national security officials who have thrown their support behind the candidacy of Joe Biden is an ominous development to those who believe U.S. foreign policy should be guided by the principles of realism and military restraint, rather than perpetual wars of choice.

_____ (2020-08-31). The Democrat Gambit to Destroy Trump Has Failed. Their Only Hope Now Is to Destroy America. strategic-culture.org Since 2016, the Democratic Party has been preoccupied with the single-minded goal of ousting Donald Trump, a political outsider who promised to drain the fetid swamp. But now that the Democrat's efforts have failed, the left seems perfectly content embracing a scorched-earth policy rather than face the prospect of defeat, or jail time, in 2020. | "In politics, nothing happens by accident," observed Franklin D. Roosevelt, the four-term Democratic president who certainly knew a thing or two about political predetermination. "If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way." | FDR's quote perfectly sums up the la…

WSWS (2020-08-31). US military will not be involved in election crisis, top general claims. wsws.org The extraordinary statement by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff came in response to a letter from two Democratic congresswomen.

Christopher D. Cook (2020-08-31). New People's Party Rises Amid Grim Election Options. progressive.org Facing an election between a centrist Democrat and a fascist, the new Movement for a People's Party aims to prevent such sparse electoral choices in the future.

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2020-08-31). Who Will Win November's US Presidential Elections? … Israel? globalresearch.ca The US presidential elections coming this November will determine whether the current President Donald Trump or the Democratic nominee Joe Biden (if his mental capabilities are still intact) will run the White house. | But whether Trump or Biden becomes president, …

sputniknews (2020-08-31). Law & Order: How BLM Protests Can Improve Trump's Election Odds Instead of Axing His 2020 Bid. sputniknews.com Months of often-violent anti-racist protests which have engulfed the US from May threaten to pull rug out from under the Democrats, who closed their eyes to looting and rioting, say American observers outlining how Donald Trump can raise victorious and even receive a large share of the African American vote.

sputniknews (2020-08-31). Biden Accuses Trump of 'Fanning The Flames of Hate' Amid Continuing Portland Unrest. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – US Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has condemned the recent violence in Portland, blaming US President Donald Trump for fueling tensions.

sputniknews (2020-08-31). Filmmaker Michael Moore Predicts Repeat of 2016, Claims Donald Trump Headed to Win 2020 Election. sputniknews.com Renowned filmmaker Michael Moore predicted in 2016 that Donald Trump would win the presidential election despite all leading US polls claiming otherwise and tipping Democrat Hillary Clinton as the hot favourite.

sputniknews (2020-08-31). Vote for Joe Biden or Democrats Would 'Conflict' with True Belief in Jesus Christ, Claims Pastor. sputniknews.com Earlier, Los Angeles County moved to hold John MacArthur, Grace Community Church pastor, in contempt of court after hosting three indoor services in August in defiance of a court order that his church must comply with California's coronavirus restrictions.

Staff (2020-08-31). Republicans Praise "Citizen Soldiers" Waging Violence Against Protesters. truthout.org Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) has appeared to endorse violence against protesters while appearing on CNN, saying that "citizen soldiers" are needed to quash anti-racist protests across the country. His statement comes days after 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse was charged with murdering two Kenosha, Wisconsin, protesters and shooting a third. | Protests erupted in Kenosha about a week ago when Jacob Blake, a Black man, was shot in the back seven times by police officers as he was getting into his car…

Staff (2020-08-31). Trump Signals to His Followers That Violence Is His Best Hope for Reelection. truthout.org President Trump was having a normal one on Sunday morning, tweeting and retweeting 89 times over the course of three and a half hours. Many of them were tweets of polling numbers from obscure firms showing him in the lead after the Republican convention. But most of the tweets and retweets were incitement to violence among his true believers and complaints about "Democrat cities," an ongoing mantra which he seems to think is a slam dunk to get him re-elected. | He repeatedly insulted and mock…

Staff (2020-08-31). Trump Is Denying the US's Racism While Stoking Its Flames in Kenosha. truthout.org In Part Two of our interview with Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University, we air excerpts from the families of Jacob Blake and George Floyd at the massive protest marking the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington, and discuss President Trump's planned visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin, as he blames Democrats for violence during protests there and in Portland, Oregon. "Racism has spread to every part of the body," says Kendi, comparing U.S. racism to cancer, "a…

yenisafak (2020-08-31). Ankara slams terrorist YPG/PKK-affiliated visit to Moscow. yenisafak.com Turkey on Monday slammed a visit to Moscow by a terrorist YPG/PKK-affiliated group, saying Russia should avoid steps that serve the interests of terrorists who threaten both Turkey and Syria."We are concerned that a group consisting of elements of the so-called 'Syrian Democratic Council,' led by the terrorist group PKK/YPG, will be invited to the Russian Federation and accepted at a high level by Russian officials," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.Reports since the statement indicate the meeting may have already happened."We expect the Russian Federation to act in accordance with the spirit of A…

yenisafak (2020-08-31). N.Macedonia gov't wins confidence vote. yenisafak.com North Macedonia's parliament has approved a new left-wing coalition government.The Social Democrats had declared victory in snap elections held on July 15, and late Sunday, after two days of debate, lawmakers voted 62-51 in favor of the new government led by Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev, while seven members were absent.Zaev and his coalition partners won 62 of the parliament's 120 seats in the election which returns Zaev back at the prime minister's office.According to the power-sharing deal with the ethnic Albanian Democratic Union for Integration party, Zaev will hand the office over to an ethnic Albanian…

yenisafak (2020-08-31). Trump slams Biden's response to 'anarchists'. yenisafak.com US President Donald Trump has criticized Democratic nominee Joe Biden for not controlling the "Anarchists, Thugs Agitators in ANTIFA," underlining the necessity of National Guard in protests-rocked states and cities that are mostly under the rule of Democrats. "When is Slow Joe Biden going to criticize the Anarchists, Thugs Agitators in ANTIFA?" Trump tweeted late Sunday. "When is he going to suggest bringing up the National Guard in BADLY RUN Crime Infested Democrat Cities States? Remember, he can't lose the Crazy Bernie Super Liberal vote!"Antifa, short for "antifascist," is a far-left anti-fascist political ac…

Lisa Newcomb, staff writer (2020-08-31). Despite Poll Showing Aggressive Climate Action a Winning Issue, Biden Boasts 'I Am Not Banning Fracking'. commondreams.org In response to Trump's claims Biden would ban fracking, the Democratic presidential nominee assured a crowd in Pennsylvania that he will not do away with the practice. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-08-31). 'A Necessary Step': House Democrats to Subpoena Postmaster General Louis DeJoy for Withholding Documents. commondreams.org "He has repeatedly demonstrated an unwillingness to share documents and information with Congress, and we don't have time to wait for him to find a moral compass." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Fight Back (2020-08-30). Kenosha march demands justice for Jacob Blake and victims of killer Kyle Rittenhouse. fightbacknews.org Kenosha, WI – On the evening of August 28, more than 200 people gathered outside the Kenosha Municipal Court building to demand justice for Jacob Blake and the victims of killer Kyle Rittenhouse. The rally was called for by the Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, with support from UW-Parkside Students for a Democratic Society, Kenosha EquiTeens, Wisconsin Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and the Chicago Alliance. Many in the crowd held signs that read "Stop police crimes! Demand a civilian police accountability council!" | "I am tired. I am tired of seeing my people dying at the hands…

yenisafak (2020-08-30). Montenegro holds parliamentary polls amid pandemic. yenisafak.com More than half a million voters are expected to cast their ballots on Sunday in Montenegro's fifth parliamentary elections since independence.Candidates from 11 coalitions, six alliances, and five parties are vying for a place in the 81-seat parliament.The main contest is expected between President Milo Djukanovic's pro-West Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), which has ruled the country for 30 years, and the opposition Democratic Front (DF), which leans more towards Russia and Serbia.However, neither of the two is projected to win a majority in parliament.Montenegrins can vote at 1,217 polling stations until 8…

Fight Back (2020-08-30). Tampa protest demands justice for Jacob Blake and community control of the police. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – On August 28, around 70 protesters demanded justice for Jacob Blake at an event by Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and Tampa Bay Community Action Committee (TBCAC). Blake was a Black man shot seven times in the back by Officer Rusten Sheskey in Kenosha, Wisconsin. His murder sparked a massive rebellion in Kenosha and protests in other cities across the country. | In addition to demanding justice Jacob Blake, demonstrators also demanded justice for victims of police brutality in Tampa, including justice for Jonas Joseph, Josiah Pinner and Andrew Joseph III. | David Jones, member of TB…

_____ (2020-08-30). Senate Democrats' New Climate Report Disappoints. popularresistance.org Senate Democrats released a climate action report earlier this week leaving green groups, environmental activists, and progressive campaigners disappointed. | Critics of the report are saying there is not nearly enough action involved to fight the threat of global heating that is caused by human activity. "The report fails to address the vital need to end the extraction, processing, and burning of fossil fuels, and instead sees a future for fossil fuels tied to the false promise of carbon capture."

_____ (2020-08-30). Ghosts of the American Republic. strategic-culture.org Let us update the wisdom of Sigmund Freud to the Age of Marshall McLuhan and Philip K. Dick: Sometimes the image, or label of the cigar is far more important than any petty real cigar — especially if there are no cigars left in the world. | American democracy in the third decade of the 21st century is but a vague, fading shadow, a dimly receding echo of whatever it even was 40 or 50 years ago. The acclaimed "success" of the Democratic convention that was supposedly held "in" the city of Milwaukee in the Midwest state of Wisconsin is a perfect example of this strange post-reality echo. | The classic American…

sputniknews (2020-08-30). Trump Crows Over New Poll Predicting Landslide Victory in November. sputniknews.com Previous polls have put Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the lead, but the new results show Donald Trump scoring heavily among "shy voters" who hide their intentions from Pollsters. The poll predicted a big victory for Trump in a repeat of the 2016 election which Hillary was hotly tipped to win.

yenisafak (2020-08-30). Burst of success for progressive challengers in US congressional races may fizzle in Massachusetts. yenisafak.com A solid year for progressive Democrats who have defeated at least three incumbents in the U.S. Congress in primaries could fizzle out this week in Massachusetts where three party stalwarts were set to fend off challengers.The progressive model for success has seen an array of mostly young candidates, sometimes minorities, toppling older establishment incumbents. But the most prominent race on Tuesday turns things upside down with an older, veteran lawmaker claiming the progressive mantle from his younger challenger.Senator Ed Markey, 74, appeared to be holding off 39-year-old Representative Joe Kennedy III by tou…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-08-30). Amid Violence in Portland, Biden and Progressive Critics Blame 'Trump's America' for Chaos. commondreams.org Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has consistently called for peaceful protests and condemned violence, but still faces accusations that he's allowed Trump to claim the "law and order" mantle. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…