Monthly Archives: January 2020

2020-01-31: News Headlines

Garron Daniels (2020-01-31). Does Pete Buttigeig represent the religious left? peoplesworld.org Of all the candidates for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, one in particular has used religion as a center stage for his political campaign. That individual is none other than the now former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete—Pete Buttigieg. Pete Buttigieg has brought up his religious background and used his religious views as one of …

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…

Robert Scheer (2020-01-31). Dennis Kucinich: The Democratic Party Has No Soul. truthdig.com Nearly four years after the 2016 primaries, tensions that arose within the Democratic Party during the last presidential election cycle remain largely unresolved. Former presidential candidate

WSWS (2020-01-31). Tram drivers' strike and protest in Melbourne, Australia. wsws.org The Rail, Tram and Bus Union has done everything within its power to isolate the workers and subordinate them to both the state Labor government and the antidemocratic Fair Work industrial regime.

Staff (2020-01-31). Right-Wing Business Billionaires Launch Attack on Bernie Sanders. truthout.org Conservative business executives launched an ad campaign against Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders this week, attacking the democratic socialist on his plans to provide health care to all Americans and clean up the planet with a major public works program. | The wealthy manufacturing, poultry, fast food, and finance magnates, several of whom are Charles Koch allies, have recently donated millions of dollars to (CFGA), the super PAC affiliated with the right-wing political advocacy group

Staff (2020-01-31). Majority of Top 2020 Democrats Backed by Outside Groups. truthout.org Democratic presidential candidates started their race to the White House with the promise to reject support from outside groups. | But with just a few days left till the early primaries, yet another TV ad campaign by an outside group —— this time in support of former South Bend, Ind., Mayor

Staff (2020-01-31). Election Theft Is a 120-Year Tradition. Let's End It This Year. truthout.org Every four years we suffer the sad ritual of begging or bashing a left third party to refrain from draining votes from the mainstream Democrats because of a horrendous Republican alternative. | And every four years the real point — election theft — is missed. | It's a 120-year tradition dating back to 1896, the year in which the evangelical Democrat William Jennings Bryan persuaded radical Populists to back his presidential bid. He may well have won the popular vote. But steel baron Mark Hanna (t…

Rob Urie (2020-01-31). The Open Letter and the DNC. counterpunch.org Strange times, strange times. Within days of the leading lights of the American left penning an open letter arguing that the political imperative of removing Donald Trump from office is so great that 'any blue will do' Tom Perez, the head of the DNC, was caught stacking Democratic Convention committees with the same centrists and

Anthony DiMaggio (2020-01-31). The Myth of the "Electable" Democrat: Neoliberal Bankruptcy, 2020 Edition. counterpunch.org As the Democratic primaries near, the usual chorus of Democratic-establishment pundits have emerged to remind Americans that their party needs to remain "moderate" and appeal to "the center" if it wants to win the presidency. The calls for moderation are pervasive in commentary from the New York Times, the Hill, and the Wall Street Journal, among others.

WSWS (2020-01-31). Elizabeth Warren issues call for internet censorship. wsws.org While nominally directed against Russia and right-wing "trolls," the proposal would open the way to a sweeping attack on the democratic rights of the American people.

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…

savin and Friedrich Steinfeld (2020-01-31). Sanders Beats Trump and Trump Throws Dynamite in the Powder Keg. indybay.org With Sander's election as the Democratic Party candidate, the US would have been the only country to have had a free health insurance policy since Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s… The USA and also Turkey have in fact long since left NATO and are following their own interests without taking their previous "partners" into consideration.

Staff (2020-01-31). The Expected No-Witness Vote Shouldn't Surprise Us. Conservatives Want a King. truthout.org Senate Republicans on Friday lined up behind President Trump, poised to protect him from witness testimony in his impeachment trial, a development that is neither surprising nor particularly difficult to understand. Most of the popular explanations, though, fail to explore the underlying dynamics of conservativism. As a result, the Senate's apparent willingness to engage in a cover-up is seen as an aberration or low point for the Republican Party, rather than as a coherent expression of their…

sputniknews (2020-01-31). 'She Was So Easy': Trump Asks Supporters if He Should 'Take Another Crack' at 'Crazy' Hillary. sputniknews.com US President Donald Trump taunted Democrats at a major rally in Iowa on Thursday night on the eve of key events in the ongoing Senate impeachment trial against him, and just days before the nation's first presidential caucuses there.

Diana Johnstone (2020-01-31). England Came and Went, Leaving Europe in a Mess. UK Leaves EU. globalresearch.ca Whew. Finally, at last, the UK is formally leaving the European Union on January 31. Here in Paris, the champions of French withdrawal from the EU are celebrating. They see Brexit as the harbinger of a future "Frexit", a French departure from undemocratic governance, and the end of a failed project to unify Europe around the demands of neoliberal capitalism.

RT (2020-01-30). Hillary Clinton dodges attempt to serve her with Tulsi Gabbard's defamation lawsuit…twice. rt.com Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has twice rebuffed efforts to serve her with Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard's "Russian asset" defamation lawsuit, even using the Secret Service to fend off the paperwork. | Secret Service agents first barred the process server from Clinton's Chappaqua, New York home on Tuesday, directing them to her lawyer, David Kendall, in Washington, DC, Gabbard's own attorney Brian Dunne told the New York Post on Wednesday. When they attempted to serve the lawsuit the following day at Kendall's firm, Williams & Connolly, however, the lawyer insisted he was unable…

RT (2020-01-30). Bush-era Iraq war authorization voted out by US House. rt.com The House of Representatives has voted to repeal a 2002 resolution authorizing the US to wage war on Iraq. The law was used by the Trump administration to justify the recent drone killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. | The House voted 236 to 166 to kill the 2002 Authorization for Military Force (AUMF) on Iraq, with eleven Republicans joining the Democrats to vote in favor, and two Democrats bucking their party to oppose it. | The 2002 AUMF was drafted during the presidency of George W. Bush to authorize the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and has been used by subsequent administrations to continue military acti…

RT (2020-01-30). Why was Rand banned? Sen. Paul reveals his CENSORED question at Trump impeachment trial. rt.com As Senators gathered for the last day of questioning in President Trump's impeachment trial, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul found his question censored in a way that may have revealed the identity of the mysterious whistleblower. | With the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump nearing its final stages, senators gathered on Capitol Hill on Thursday to question the Democratic prosecution team, and Trump's defense attorneys. However, Paul (R-Kentucky) found his question shot down by presiding Chief Justice John Roberts, who declined "to read the question as submitted." | Paul left the chamber after Roberts' de…

RT (2020-01-30). Republicans are 'actual demons,' 'zombies,' says New York Times Nobel Prize-winning columnist. rt.com New York Times columnist and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman has doubled down on denouncing the Republican Party as "bad people," insisting that there's nothing wrong with "demonizing" opponents who "actually are demons." | Krugman refused to budge from his declaration that "Republicans are bad people" during an interview with PBS' Firing Line on Thursday. When interviewer Margaret Hoover pressed the Nobel Prize-winning economist on the risks inherent in "demonizing" political opponents, he only doubled down, taking his ad hominems into the mythical realm. | Is it demonizing if they already actually are demons?

teleSUR (2020-01-30). US Bernie Sanders Top Presidential Pick Among Deported Dreamers. telesurenglish.net United States Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is the Dreamers' top pick to beat President Donald Trump in the upcoming November election, in order to put an end to the hostility in the U.S. against migrants. | RELATED: | Although they no longer live in the U.S., Dreamers who have returned to Mexico are closely following the presidential race, given that a second term for the Republican president w…

Staff (2020-01-30). Could This Be the End of American Exceptionalism? truthdig.com More Americans are dissatisfied with democracy than at any point since records began in 1995, according to a new study published Wednesday, and the number of citizens with a positive view of the U.S. system of government dipped for the first time below 50%. | To observers like journalist Rania Khalek, the reason for such a shift in global attitudes was clear. | "Our systems aren't actually democratic," said Khalek. "We live in a miserable oligarchy, no wonder people are unhappy." | "Dissatisfaction with democracy within developed countries is at its highest level in almost 25 years" | That's bc our systems aren't…

Staff (2020-01-30). A Public Option Sustains Health Care Inequities. Medicare for All Tackles Them. truthout.org Health care has been at the forefront of discussion during the 2020 primary season. The debate has boiled down to whether Democratic candidates will embrace single-payer or support an expansion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through a public option. While candidates trade jabs and throw around industry talking points, the debate and subsequent media attention has largely excluded how people with disabilities will be affected by the prospective nominees' health care plans. | People with dis…

WSWS (2020-01-30). John Bolton and the "national security" impeachment. wsws.org While the Democrats embrace the war criminal John Bolton, the Republicans portray the president as essentially above the law, an elected dictator.

Craig Aaron, Dana Floberg (2020-01-30). Your Emoji-Based Guide to Where the 2020 Candidates Stand on Media and Tech Policy. commondreams.org On Thursday, Free Press Action released its 2020 "Right to Connect Voter Guide," an analysis of presidential candidates' positions on vital media and technology policies. It analyzes the positions of nine Democratic and Republican presidential candidates polling at 3 percent or above in recent national polls. (Image: Free Press Action) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2020-01-30). Amid impeachment, Trump signs North American trade deal passed with Democratic support. wsws.org The bipartisan support for the USMCA shows that all factions in Washington agree on an intensification of economic conflict with China.

Donald Monaco (2020-01-30). Impeachment and the Imperial Presidency. globalresearch.ca Donald J. Trump is the third president in American history to face an impeachment trial in the United States Senate. He stands accused by Democratic members in the House of Representatives of abusing power and obstructing Congress. | In reality, Trump …

Hallie Golden (2020-01-30). Donald Trump Is Not the Only Alleged Criminal Democrats Can't Unseat. thenation.com Donald Trump Is Not the Only Alleged Criminal Democrats Can't Unseat…

Staff (2020-01-30). The Bernie Blackout Is Real, and These Screenshots Prove It. truthout.org It's 2020, but it could well be 2016 all over again — history is repeating itself as the cadre of neoliberal Democratic Party leaders who

Elie Mystal (2020-01-30). The Republicans Have Now Begun the Trolling Phase of the Impeachment Trial. thenation.com The Republicans Have Now Begun the Trolling Phase of the Impeachment Trial…

RT (2020-01-29). Warren calls for criminalizing online 'disinformation,' gets roasted for Orwellian overreach. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has called for criminalizing knowingly disseminating 'disinformation' about voting, a move that would give the government the power to decide what constitutes truth and lies. | Warren called for "civil and criminal penalties for knowingly disseminating false information about when and how to vote in US elections" on Wednesday, as part of the lengthy and occasionally self-contradictory

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…

RT (2020-01-29). 'I'm an old guy, vote for someone else': Biden's latest gaffes include odd sales pitch to voter & head-scratching demands for VP. rt.com Former Vice President Joe Biden's odd strategy for winning over voters continues as video of him scolding one goes viral, and recent comments about his age raises alarm. | Though Biden continues to poll at the top of the Democrats fighting for their party's presidential nomination — a Wednesday Monmouth University

Jeet Heer (2020-01-29). The Electability Argument Is Really About Party Unity. thenation.com The Electability Argument Is Really About Party Unity…

Fight Back (2020-01-29). Coalition to March on DNC threatens lawsuit as Milwaukee government denies democratic rights. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – On the evening of January 27, organizers for the Coalition to March on the DNC held a press conference outside City Hall to announce their intention to sue the city if their permit to rally and march is not delivered. Despite having reserved the rotunda inside the building, the press conference was forced to be held outside. | This was the result of a city council representative not booking the room for that evening, even after all proper procedures were followed by the Coalition. This is further proof that the City of Milwaukee is trying to silence the freedoms of speech and assembly of the peopl…

RT (2020-01-28). DNC chair names John Podesta & other Clinton loyalists to Convention Committee, triggering revolt from voters fearing 2016 2.0. rt.com Democrats hoping their party learned from its 2016 failure have been horrified to discover many of those behind Hillary Clinton's losing campaign — including John Podesta of hacked email fame — have major Convention posts. | Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez has unveiled a 2020 Democratic Convention lousy with Clinton loyalists — Podesta merely the most notorious among them — alongside former Obama administration officials and corporate lobbyists. Democrats hoping the centrist old guard had relinquished its death-grip on the party are livid, and at least one campaign is pushin…

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,

Fight Back (2020-01-28). FRSO Venezuela delegation meets with women in Bolivarian Militia. fightbacknews.org Caracas, Venezuela – During the World Anti-Imperialist Congress, members of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) delegation talked with women in the Bolivarian Militia. The Bolivarian Militia was created in 2005 in response to U.S. intervention. As of December 2019, President Maduro said he is moving toward making the Militia into "combat units" within the Armed Forces. In 2019, with multiple U.S.-backed coup attempts to install Juan Guaidó in place of democratically elected President Maduro, the Bolivarian Militia nearly doubled to 3.3 million members in a country of around 30 million people. Their rol…

Stansfield Smith (2020-01-28). Chomsky and other Liberal Intellectuals ask us to Join them in Throwing in the Towel. dissidentvoice.org Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, Bill Fletcher, Leslie Cagan, Ron Daniels, Kathy Kelly, Norman Solomon, Cynthia Peters, and Michael Albert wrote an Open Letter to the Green Party, asking them to support the 2020 Democratic candidate regardless who wins the nomination. It was in response to an article well worth reading by Howie Hawkins, "The Green …

RT (2020-01-27). Never-Trumper strategist launches #ILefttheGOP campaign just in time for Senate impeachment votes. rt.com Disaffected ex-Republicans are sharing their stories on social media as the seemingly-unbreakable two-party duopoly approaches peak unpopularity with American voters with less than a year to go before the 2020 election. | The hashtag #ILefttheGOP was trending on Monday as self-described former Republicans shared what made them exit party ranks – whether to join the Democrats, or to vote independently. It was created by former Republican strategist Cheri Jacobus, who left the party after a disastrous encounter with the president's 2016 campaign and has been a strident "never-Trumper" ever since. | Perhaps predi…

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…

Myles Hoenig (2020-01-27). Response to Chomsky et al. dissidentvoice.org I just read the open letter by Noam Chomsky, Bill Fletcher, Barbara Ehrenreich, Kathy Kelly, Ron Daniels, Leslie Cagan, Norman Solomon, Cynthia Peters, and Michael Albert calling on the Green Party not to run a candidate this year. This helped me to come to a decision. I was seriously thinking of sitting this one out …

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

Staff (2020-01-24). Law Professor: Trump Could Also Have Been Impeached for War Crimes, Assassinations & Corruption. democracynow.org Democratic lawmakers are continuing to lay out their case for removing the president from office in the final day of opening arguments by Democrats in the historic impeachment trial of President Trump. Republicans will begin their opening arguments on Saturday. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Trump's political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. On Thursday, House impeachment manager Jerrold Nadler made the case that a president can…

Staff (2020-01-23). Trump Brags About Withholding Evidence as Democratic Impeachment Managers Lay Out Case in the Senate. democracynow.org During the opening day of oral arguments in the impeachment trial, President Trump was accused of abusing his office to "cheat an election." House impeachment managers spent about eight hours on Wednesday laying out their case for why President Trump should be removed from office. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Trump's political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. While the impeachment trial was taking place in the Senate, Presiden…

Staff (2020-01-23). Tim Robbins: Bernie Sanders Is the Best Shot We Have to Defeat Donald Trump. democracynow.org We continue our conversation with Academy Award-winning actor and director Tim Robbins, whose recent projects include the new film "Dark Waters" and a play about immigration called "The New Colossus." He recently endorsed Vermont senator and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders for president. "I believe he is the only one of them that can defeat Trump," Robbins says.

Joshua Cho (2020-01-22). 23 Headlines Obscure Biden's Lies About Cutting Social Security. fair.org Here's something many Americans would be very interested to know: Is a leading candidate in the Democratic primary a liar? And since a

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.

2020-01-31: Social Media Postees

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Dennis Kucinich: The Democratic Party Has No Soul
Robert Scheer | truthdig.com | 2020-01-31
Nearly four years after the 2016 primaries, tensions that arose within the Democratic Party during the last presidential election cycle remain largely unresolved. Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is partly to blame, as she recently opened old wounds with comments about Bernie Sanders, one of the Democrats' current front-runners. Telling the Hollywood Reporter that "nobody likes" her former opponent, she also criticized his supporters and refused to commit to backing him were he to win the nomination. The…
truthdig.com/articles/dennis-kucinich-th…

Tram drivers' strike and protest in Melbourne, Australia
wsws.org | 2020-01-31
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union has done everything within its power to isolate the workers and subordinate them to both the state Labor government and the antidemocratic Fair Work industrial regime.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/31/tram…

Right-Wing Business Billionaires Launch Attack on Bernie Sanders
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-31
Conservative business executives launched an ad campaign against Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders this week, attacking the democratic socialist on his plans to provide health care to all Americans and clean up the planet with a major public works program. | The wealthy manufacturing, poultry, fast food, and finance magnates, several of whom are Charles Koch allies, have recently donated millions of dollars to (CFGA), the super PAC affiliated with the right-wing political advocacy group
truthout.org/articles/right-wing-busines…

The Open Letter and the DNC
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
Strange times, strange times. Within days of the leading lights of the American left penning an open letter arguing that the political imperative of removing Donald Trump from office is so great that 'any blue will do' Tom Perez, the head of the DNC, was caught stacking Democratic Convention committees with the same centrists and…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/31/the-open-let…

Majority of Top 2020 Democrats Backed by Outside Groups
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-31
Democratic presidential candidates started their race to the White House with the promise to reject support from outside groups. | But with just a few days left till the early primaries, yet another TV ad campaign by an outside group —- this time in support of former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg —- indicates the 2020 Democrats are opening up to outside money. Three of the top five candidates a…
truthout.org/articles/majority-of-top-20…

Sanders Beats Trump and Trump Throws Dynamite in the Powder Keg
savin and Friedrich Steinfeld | indybay.org | 2020-01-31
With Sander's election as the Democratic Party candidate, the US would have been the only country to have had a free health insurance policy since Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s… The USA and also Turkey have in fact long since left NATO and are following their own interests without taking their previous "partners" into consideration.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/01/31/1883024…

Democrats Need to Break Their Cold War–Addled Impeachment Fever
Aaron Maté | thenation.com | 2020-01-31
Democrats Need to Break Their Cold War–Addled Impeachment Fever…
thenation.com/article/politics/impeachme…

Election Theft Is a 120-Year Tradition. Let's End It This Year
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-31
Every four years we suffer the sad ritual of begging or bashing a left third party to refrain from draining votes from the mainstream Democrats because of a horrendous Republican alternative. | And every four years the real point

Paranoid Groundings and Technocratic States: Hillary Clinton versus Mark Zuckerberg
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-31
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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/paranoid-grou…

The Myth of the "Electable" Democrat: Neoliberal Bankruptcy, 2020 Edition
Anthony DiMaggio | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
As the Democratic primaries near, the usual chorus of Democratic-establishment pundits have emerged to remind Americans that their party needs to remain "moderate" and appeal to "the center" if it wants to win the presidency. The calls for moderation are pervasive in commentary from the New York Times, the Hill, and the Wall Street Journal, among others.
counterpunch.org/2020/01/31/the-myth-of-…

Does Pete Buttigeig represent the religious left?
Garron Daniels | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-31
Of all the candidates for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, one in particular has used religion as a center stage for his political campaign. That individual is none other than the now former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete–Pete Buttigieg. Pete Buttigieg has brought up his religious background and used his religious views as one of …
peoplesworld.org/article/does-pete-butti…

Inappropriate, Not Impeachable: Key GOP Senator's "Astonishing" Statement Clears Way for Acquittal
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-31
The Republican-led Senate appears poised to acquit President Trump as early as today in his historic impeachment trial. On Thursday night, Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee announced he would vote against calling witnesses. Alexander said it was "inappropriate" for Trump to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival, but he went on to say "there is no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the United States Constitution's high bar for an impeachable offense." Democrats need four Republican senators to support calling for witnesses, bu…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/31/impeachme…

Elizabeth Warren issues call for internet censorship
wsws.org | 2020-01-31
While nominally directed against Russia and right-wing "trolls," the proposal would open the way to a sweeping attack on the democratic rights of the American people.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/31/warr…

The Open Letter and the DNC
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
Strange times, strange times. Within days of the leading lights of the American left penning an open letter arguing that the political imperative of removing Donald Trump from office is so great that 'any blue will do' Tom Perez, the head of the DNC, was caught stacking Democratic Convention committees with the same centrists and…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/31/the-open-let…

The Expected No-Witness Vote Shouldn't Surprise Us. Conservatives Want a King
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-31
Senate Republicans on Friday lined up behind President Trump, poised to protect him from witness testimony in his impeachment trial, a development that is neither surprising nor particularly difficult to understand. Most of the popular explanations, though, fail to explore the underlying dynamics of conservativism. As a result, the Senate's apparent willingness to engage in a cover-up is seen as an aberration or low point for the Republican Party, rather than as a coherent expression of their…
truthout.org/articles/the-expected-no-wi…

'She Was So Easy': Trump Asks Supporters if He Should 'Take Another Crack' at 'Crazy' Hillary
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-31
US President Donald Trump taunted Democrats at a major rally in Iowa on Thursday night on the eve of key events in the ongoing Senate impeachment trial against him, and just days before the nation's first presidential caucuses there.
sputniknews.com/us/202001311078190196-sh…

England Came and Went, Leaving Europe in a Mess. UK Leaves EU
Diana Johnstone | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-31
Whew. Finally, at last, the UK is formally leaving the European Union on January 31. Here in Paris, the champions of French withdrawal from the EU are celebrating. They see Brexit as the harbinger of a future "Frexit", a French departure from undemocratic governance, and the end of a failed project to unify Europe around the demands of neoliberal capitalism.
globalresearch.ca/england-came-went-leav…

US Bernie Sanders Top Presidential Pick Among Deported Dreamers
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-30
United States Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is the Dreamers' top pick to beat President Donald Trump in the upcoming November election, in order to put an end to the hostility in the U.S. against migrants. | RELATED: | US Congress Committee to Investigate Death of Detained Migrants | Although they no longer live in the U.S., Dreamers who have returned to Mexico are closely following the presidential race, given that a second term for the Republican president w…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Bernie-Sander…

Could This Be the End of American Exceptionalism?
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-30
More Americans are dissatisfied with democracy than at any point since records began in 1995, according to a new study published Wednesday, and the number of citizens with a positive view of the U.S. system of government dipped for the first time below 50%. | To observers like journalist Rania Khalek, the reason for such a shift in global attitudes was clear. | "Our systems aren't actually democratic," said Khalek. "We live in a miserable oligarchy, no wonder people are unhappy." | "Dissatisfaction with democracy within developed countries is at its highest level in almost 25 years" | That's bc our systems aren't…
truthdig.com/articles/could-this-be-the-…

Hillary Clinton dodges attempt to serve her with Tulsi Gabbard's defamation lawsuit…twice
rt.com | 2020-01-30
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has twice rebuffed efforts to serve her with Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard's "Russian asset" defamation lawsuit, even using the Secret Service to fend off the paperwork. | Secret Service agents first barred the process server from Clinton's Chappaqua, New York home on Tuesday, directing them to her lawyer, David Kendall, in Washington, DC, Gabbard's own attorney Brian Dunne told the New York Post on Wednesday. When they attempted to serve the lawsuit the following day at Kendall's firm, Williams & Connolly, however, the lawyer insisted he was unable…
rt.com/usa/479630-clinton-dodges-process…

Donald Trump Is Not the Only Alleged Criminal Democrats Can't Unseat
Hallie Golden | thenation.com | 2020-01-30
Donald Trump Is Not the Only Alleged Criminal Democrats Can't Unseat…
thenation.com/article/politics/matt-shea…

The Bernie Blackout Is Real, and These Screenshots Prove It
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-30
It's 2020, but it could well be 2016 all over again

Impeachment and the Imperial Presidency
Donald Monaco | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-30
Donald J. Trump is the third president in American history to face an impeachment trial in the United States Senate. He stands accused by Democratic members in the House of Representatives of abusing power and obstructing Congress. | In reality, Trump …
globalresearch.ca/impeachment-imperial-p…

John Bolton and the "national security" impeachment
wsws.org | 2020-01-30
While the Democrats embrace the war criminal John Bolton, the Republicans portray the president as essentially above the law, an elected dictator.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/30/pers…

Your Emoji-Based Guide to Where the 2020 Candidates Stand on Media and Tech Policy
Craig Aaron, Dana Floberg | commondreams.org | 2020-01-30
On Thursday, Free Press Action released its 2020 "Right to Connect Voter Guide," an analysis of presidential candidates' positions on vital media and technology policies. It analyzes the positions of nine Democratic and Republican presidential candidates polling at 3 percent or above in recent national polls. (Image: Free Press Action) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Amid impeachment, Trump signs North American trade deal passed with Democratic support
wsws.org | 2020-01-30
The bipartisan support for the USMCA shows that all factions in Washington agree on an intensification of economic conflict with China.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/30/usmc…

A Public Option Sustains Health Care Inequities. Medicare for All Tackles Them
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-30
Health care has been at the forefront of discussion during the 2020 primary season. The debate has boiled down to whether Democratic candidates will embrace single-payer or support an expansion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through a public option. While candidates trade jabs and throw around industry talking points, the debate and subsequent media attention has largely excluded how people with disabilities will be affected by the prospective nominees' health care plans. | People with dis…
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Why was Rand banned? Sen. Paul reveals his CENSORED question at Trump impeachment trial
rt.com | 2020-01-30
As Senators gathered for the last day of questioning in President Trump's impeachment trial, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul found his question censored in a way that may have revealed the identity of the mysterious whistleblower. | With the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump nearing its final stages, senators gathered on Capitol Hill on Thursday to question the Democratic prosecution team, and Trump's defense attorneys. However, Paul (R-Kentucky) found his question shot down by presiding Chief Justice John Roberts, who declined "to read the question as submitted." | Paul left the chamber after Roberts' de…
rt.com/usa/479628-rand-paul-impeachment-…

Bush-era Iraq war authorization voted out by US House
rt.com | 2020-01-30
The House of Representatives has voted to repeal a 2002 resolution authorizing the US to wage war on Iraq. The law was used by the Trump administration to justify the recent drone killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. | The House voted 236 to 166 to kill the 2002 Authorization for Military Force (AUMF) on Iraq, with eleven Republicans joining the Democrats to vote in favor, and two Democrats bucking their party to oppose it. | The 2002 AUMF was drafted during the presidency of George W. Bush to authorize the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and has been used by subsequent administrations to continue military acti…
rt.com/usa/479624-house-votes-repeal-aum…

Donald Trump Is Not the Only Alleged Criminal Democrats Can't Unseat
Hallie Golden | thenation.com | 2020-01-30
Donald Trump Is Not the Only Alleged Criminal Democrats Can't Unseat…
thenation.com/article/politics/matt-shea…

The Republicans Have Now Begun the Trolling Phase of the Impeachment Trial
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2020-01-30
The Republicans Have Now Begun the Trolling Phase of the Impeachment Trial…
thenation.com/article/politics/impeachme…

The Republicans Have Now Begun the Trolling Phase of the Impeachment Trial
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2020-01-30
The Republicans Have Now Begun the Trolling Phase of the Impeachment Trial…
thenation.com/article/politics/impeachme…

Republicans are 'actual demons,' 'zombies,' says New York Times Nobel Prize-winning columnist
rt.com | 2020-01-30
New York Times columnist and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman has doubled down on denouncing the Republican Party as "bad people," insisting that there's nothing wrong with "demonizing" opponents who "actually are demons." | Krugman refused to budge from his declaration that "Republicans are bad people" during an interview with PBS' Firing Line on Thursday. When interviewer Margaret Hoover pressed the Nobel Prize-winning economist on the risks inherent in "demonizing" political opponents, he only doubled down, taking his ad hominems into the mythical realm. | Is it demonizing if they already actually are demons?
rt.com/usa/479625-krugman-calls-republic…

After the 2019 election, we need media reform now more than ever
Granville Williams | thecanary.co | 2020-01-29
This is a guest piece from Granville Williams, editor of MediaNorth

The Electability Argument Is Really About Party Unity
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2020-01-29
The Electability Argument Is Really About Party Unity…
thenation.com/article/politics/democrati…

Coalition to March on DNC threatens lawsuit as Milwaukee government denies democratic rights
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-29
Milwaukee, WI – On the evening of January 27, organizers for the Coalition to March on the DNC held a press conference outside City Hall to announce their intention to sue the city if their permit to rally and march is not delivered. Despite having reserved the rotunda inside the building, the press conference was forced to be held outside. | This was the result of a city council representative not booking the room for that evening, even after all proper procedures were followed by the Coalition. This is further proof that the City of Milwaukee is trying to silence the freedoms of speech and assembly of the peopl…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/1/29/coalitio…

After the 2019 election, we need media reform now more than ever
Granville Williams | thecanary.co | 2020-01-29
This is a guest piece from Granville Williams, editor of MediaNorth

Mehdi Hasan: The Impeachment Trial Has Been a Farce Since Day One Filled with GOP Lies
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-29
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…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/29/john_bolt…

'I'm an old guy, vote for someone else': Biden's latest gaffes include odd sales pitch to voter & head-scratching demands for VP
rt.com | 2020-01-29
Former Vice President Joe Biden's odd strategy for winning over voters continues as video of him scolding one goes viral, and recent comments about his age raises alarm. | Though Biden continues to poll at the top of the Democrats fighting for their party's presidential nomination

Warren calls for criminalizing online 'disinformation,' gets roasted for Orwellian overreach
rt.com | 2020-01-29
Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has called for criminalizing knowingly disseminating 'disinformation' about voting, a move that would give the government the power to decide what constitutes truth and lies. | Warren called for "civil and criminal penalties for knowingly disseminating false information about when and how to vote in US elections" on Wednesday, as part of the lengthy and occasionally self-contradictory plan for "fighting digital disinformation" posted to her campaign website.
rt.com/usa/479536-warren-demands-crimina…

Austria's Green-right alliance sells out migrants
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-01-29
climate justice immigration rights Jacob Andrewartha Margarita WindischIssue 1251 Austria Austrian Greens…
greenleft.org.au/content/austria-green-right-alliance-sells-out-migrants

It's Media–Not Bernie Sanders–That Have an Antisemitism Problem
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2020-01-28
Have you heard the news? Democratic presidential frontrunner Bernie Sanders is antisemitic. Yes, yes, he's Jewish, and has a long history of anti-racist activism–but that doesn't matter. | So goes the story in several prominent media outlets, who accuse him of leading "the most antisemitic [campaign] in decades" (Washington Examiner, 12/13/19). While unable to point to Sanders' own actions or words, the…
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It's Media–Not Bernie Sanders–That Have an Antisemitism Problem
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2020-01-28
Have you heard the news? Democratic presidential frontrunner Bernie Sanders is antisemitic. Yes, yes, he's Jewish, and has a long history of anti-racist activism–but that doesn't matter. | So goes the story in several prominent media outlets, who accuse him of leading "the most antisemitic [campaign] in decades" (Washington Examiner, 12/13/19). While unable to point to Sanders' own actions or words, the…
fair.org/home/its-media-not-bernie-sande…

FRSO Venezuela delegation meets with women in Bolivarian Militia
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-28
Caracas, Venezuela – During the World Anti-Imperialist Congress, members of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) delegation talked with women in the Bolivarian Militia. The Bolivarian Militia was created in 2005 in response to U.S. intervention. As of December 2019, President Maduro said he is moving toward making the Militia into "combat units" within the Armed Forces. In 2019, with multiple U.S.-backed coup attempts to install Juan Guaidó in place of democratically elected President Maduro, the Bolivarian Militia nearly doubled to 3.3 million members in a country of around 30 million people. Their rol…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/1/28/frso-ven…

DNC chair names John Podesta & other Clinton loyalists to Convention Committee, triggering revolt from voters fearing 2016 2.0
rt.com | 2020-01-28
Democrats hoping their party learned from its 2016 failure have been horrified to discover many of those behind Hillary Clinton's losing campaign

Chomsky and other Liberal Intellectuals ask us to Join them in Throwing in the Towel
Stansfield Smith | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-28
Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, Bill Fletcher, Leslie Cagan, Ron Daniels, Kathy Kelly, Norman Solomon, Cynthia Peters, and Michael Albert wrote an Open Letter to the Green Party, asking them to support the 2020 Democratic candidate regardless who wins the nomination. It was in response to an article well worth reading by Howie Hawkins, "The Green …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/chomsky-and-o…

Never-Trumper strategist launches #ILefttheGOP campaign just in time for Senate impeachment votes
rt.com | 2020-01-27
Disaffected ex-Republicans are sharing their stories on social media as the seemingly-unbreakable two-party duopoly approaches peak unpopularity with American voters with less than a year to go before the 2020 election. | The hashtag #ILefttheGOP was trending on Monday as self-described former Republicans shared what made them exit party ranks – whether to join the Democrats, or to vote independently. It was created by former Republican strategist Cheri Jacobus, who left the party after a disastrous encounter with the president's 2016 campaign and has been a strident "never-Trumper" ever since. | Perhaps predi…
rt.com/usa/479334-gop-strategist-launche…

Under Pressure in Impeachment Trial, Trump Steps Up Attacks on Reproductive Rights
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-27
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

Under Pressure in Impeachment Trial, Trump Steps Up Attacks on Reproductive Rights
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-27
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

Response to Chomsky et al
Myles Hoenig | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-27
I just read the open letter by Noam Chomsky, Bill Fletcher, Barbara Ehrenreich, Kathy Kelly, Ron Daniels, Leslie Cagan, Norman Solomon, Cynthia Peters, and Michael Albert calling on the Green Party not to run a candidate this year. This helped me to come to a decision. I was seriously thinking of sitting this one out …
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