Daily Archives: February 6, 2020

2020-02-06: News Headlines

RT (2020-02-06). 'Taboo gone': Ruling coalition in Germany shaken by fresh crisis after Merkel's CDU breaks ranks on not cooperating with AfD. rt.com Germany's Christian Democrats — the ruling party of Angela Merkel — have found themselves in a fresh crisis after members in the state of Thuringia defied 'recommendations' to avoid working with the anti-establishment AfD party. | The political mayhem stems from the election in eastern Germany's Thuringia region last October, when the Alternative for Germany party (AfD) more than doubled its support and came in second after the ruling Left Party. Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), on the other hand, was left red-faced, losing 13 seats in regional parliament and finishing t…

Staff (2020-02-06). Chaos Continues in Iowa as Democrats Mistakenly Award Delegates for Bernie Sanders to Deval Patrick. democracynow.org Results from Monday's Iowa caucuses continue to trickle in, with 97% of precincts reporting as of Thursday morning. Senator Bernie Sanders and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg are now in a virtual tie. Sanders maintains a lead in the popular vote, but Buttigieg has a slight advantage in what's known as the "state delegate equivalent" race. Buttigieg has 26.2% of state delegate equivalents, while Sanders is at 26.1%. The New York Times is now predicting Sanders has a greater chance of winning overall, in part because of the Vermont senator's overwhelming strength in satellite caucuses. Responding to widespre…

RT (2020-02-06). PM of Germany's Thuringia resigns, calls for dissolution of state parliament after scandalous vote brought him to power. rt.com The PM of the German state of Thuringia has called for the regional parliament to be dissolved after his election unleashed a massive scandal when Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU joined forces with right-wing AfD to support him. | A vote for Thuringia's new prime minister in the regional legislature sent shockwaves across Germany as an unlikely candidate was elected through a alliance of the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and anti-establishment forces from Alternative for Germany (AfD), something widely considered taboo. | Last October's polls left Thuringia in a sort of limbo since the previous broad l…

RT (2020-02-06). PHONY liberal media turns Republican Romney into HERO for sticking it to Trump (just like it did McCain & Bush). rt.com Mitt Romney is the latest token Republican being hoisted up on the shoulders of the mainstream media thanks to his "courageous" decision to defy Donald Trump by voting with Democrats to impeach the president. | You would think the Utah senator single-handedly defeated Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) and then rescued a few kittens out of trees on his way home the way the media is writing about him. | The New Yorker declared that the former presidential candidate "seized" a chance to "rewrite his own place in history" with his impeachment vote. | An opinion piece in the Washington Post deemed the decision "cou…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-02-06). BlueGreen Alliance chief: PRO Act could create green union jobs. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Turning aside a multitude of Republican "poison pill" schemes, the Democratic-run U.S. House stands poised to pass the Protect The Right To Organize (PRO) Act, the nation's most-comprehensive pro-worker labor law reform in decades. As strenuous worker lobbying by e-mail and toll-free phone preceded the vote, the head of the labor-environmentalist BlueGreen Alliance said he …

RT (2020-02-06). 'Shame on you': Protests in Germany after surprise election of Thuringia's chief with AfD's support sparks uproar. rt.com Demonstrations were staged in German cities after the head of the state of Thuringia was elected with the backing of the anti-migrant AfD party. The vote created a fresh dent in the ruling coalition in Berlin. | Protesters gathered for a vigil outside the State Chancellery in Thuringia's capital Erfurt on Thursday to denounce pro-business Free Democratic Party's (FDP) Thomas Kemmerich, who was unexpectedly elected the region's Minister-President (MP) with the support of the Alternative for Germany (AfD). | The Left party and antifa groups began marching and rallying in front of the State Chancellery and region…

Staff (2020-02-06). Historian: With Impeachment Acquittal, the GOP Has Given Trump a Blank Check to Do Anything He Wants. democracynow.org The U.S. Senate has acquitted President Trump of two impeachment charges in just the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history. Trump was accused of abusing power and obstructing Congress to aid his re-election campaign by pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden. Every Democratic senator voted to remove President Trump from office, but they were joined by just one Republican: Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, who supported impeaching Trump on abuse of power. Romney became the first senator ever to vote against his own party's president in an impeachment trial. President Trump respond…

Norman Solomon (2020-02-06). Iowa Fiasco Raises the Stakes for New Hampshire, Where Sanders Could Win Big. indybay.org Corporate Democrats are ready to escalate…

George Ochenski (2020-02-06). Republican and Democratic Parties in Turmoil. counterpunch.org Stumbling into February, both major political parties in the U.S. are in disarray as they face uncertain, unplanned and uncontrollable futures going into a crucial election year. For Republicans, it's the dangerous and perhaps foolish choice to acquit a corrupt president who has been impeached. For Democrats, it's looking like Bernie Sanders, the Independent senator

Staff (2020-02-06). Republicans Have Weakened Congress in Order to Protect Trump. truthout.org In the United States, money is synonymous with merit. There is a presumption at the core of capitalism's narrative that if you are wealthy, you earned it through virtue and "hard work," not theft or nepotism. This mythology helped fuel the deregulation that led to the financial crisis, and it is also part of President Trump's rise. Trump's wealth earned him prestige in the eyes of millions, who in turn handed him the power of the presidency. And Trump's wealth and power has now led Congress to declare him ab…

WSWS (2020-02-06). Democrats cover up extent of hexavalent chromium poisoning at public meeting in Detroit suburb. wsws.org At an informational meeting Monday evening in the Detroit suburb of Madison Heights officials sought to contain growing public anger over chemical contamination by a local industrial operator.

Staff (2020-02-06). Bernie Sanders Reports Massive January Haul After Iowa Debacle. truthdig.com Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign announced Thursday that it raised a staggering $25 million in the month of January alone, by far the biggest fundraising month of the senator's campaign and a larger haul than his 2020 Democratic rivals posted in any full quarter of 2019. | The campaign said over 219,000 of the total 648,000 January donors were new, and the average donation was just over $18. Teacher was the most common profession of January donors and the most common employers were Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, the United States Postal Service, and Target. | More than 99.9% of Sanders' donors have not max…

Staff (2020-02-06). Democrats Mistakenly Award Iowa Delegates for Bernie Sanders to Deval Patrick. truthout.org Results from Monday's Iowa caucuses continue to trickle in, with 97% of precincts reporting as of Thursday morning. Senator Bernie Sanders and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg are now in a virtual tie. Sanders maintains a lead in the popular vote, but Buttigieg has a slight advantage in what's known as the "state delegate equivalent" race. Buttigieg has 26.2% of state delegate equivalents, while Sanders is at 26.1%. The New York Times is now predicting Sanders has a greater chance of winn…

Staff (2020-02-06). With 97 Percent of Iowa Results in, Sanders Leads Buttigieg in Popular Vote. truthout.org A new batch of Iowa Democratic caucus results released in the early hours of Thursday morning showed Sen. Bernie Sanders almost completely wiping out Pete Buttigieg's narrow lead in state delegate equivalents while extending his popular vote lead over the former South Bend, Indiana mayor to With 97% of precincts reporting, Sanders trails Buttigieg by just three state delegate equivalents [mdash…

Staff (2020-02-06). Biden's and Buttigieg's Top Fundraisers Come From the Finance Sector. truthout.org Beginning in the fall, the Revolving Door Project was one of a handful of voices drawing attention to Democratic primary candidates' failure to release the names of their most important fundraisers. In op-eds, newsletters, and across other forums throughout the fall we repeatedly made the case that this consequential information could not stay hidden. | Why were we so insistent? A candidate's list of top fundraisers, or bundlers, provides clearer insight than perhaps any other piece of campaign materia…

Staff (2020-02-06). Biden's and Buttegieg's Top Fundraisers Come From the Finance Sector. truthout.org Beginning in the fall, the Revolving Door Project was one of a handful of voices drawing attention to Democratic primary candidates' failure to release the names of their most important fundraisers. In op-eds, newsletters, and across other forums throughout the fall we repeatedly made the case that this consequential information could not stay hidden. | Why were we so insistent? A candidate's list of top fundraisers, or bundlers, provides clearer insight than perhaps any other piece of campaign materia…

WSWS (2020-02-06). Trump emerges strengthened after Democrats' impeachment debacle. wsws.org From the beginning of the Trump presidency, the Democrats have worked to channel mass popular opposition to Trump behind their own right-wing, militarist agenda.

WSWS (2020-02-06). Emergency legislation for terror law offenders in UK sets anti-democratic precedent. wsws.org Whatever measures are used initially against terrorists will be deployed more widely against workers and youth who defy the class war offensive of the ruling elite.

Andrea Beaty (2020-02-06). Why are Democratic Candidates Taking Money From Union-Busting Lawyers? counterpunch.org The Iron Workers Union endorsed Joe Biden last week, citing his dedication to "defend rights and jobs of American workers", and calling him "a friend to union ironworkers". The union endorsement marks one of many that Democratic candidates are fighting for by unveiling detailed labor plans and promising to overturn "right-to work laws" that weaken

Jack Rasmus (2020-02-06). Trump's 'Red Meat' SOTU Speech: US Political Crisis Now Deepens. counterpunch.org If anyone thinks the recent impeachment and Senate trial was the high point of the growing conflict between the two political parties, Republican (correct that: Trumpublicans now) and Democrat, they haven't seen anything yet. The worst, much worse is yet to come in the months leading up to the November 2020 elections.

sputniknews (2020-02-06). Impeachment Trial: A Timeline of How Democrats Tried and Failed to Remove Trump. sputniknews.com From a dramatic beginning to a predictable end, the Trump impeachment saga has been a sight to behold. But if Capitol Hill is just outside your news bubble, you might have missed a thing or two about the biggest crisis of Trump's presidency. Sputnik has followed the story closely and is ready to fill in the gaps.

sputniknews (2020-02-06). 'Bad Day for Democracy': Merkel Slams Free Democrats Over AfD Backing in Thuringia Vote. sputniknews.com On Wednesday, Thomas Kemmerich of the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) beat incumbent Left party candidate Bodo Ramelow 45 to 44 to become Thuringia state premier, gaining votes from the right-wing AfD.

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

RT (2020-02-05). Sea of salty memes from Troll-in-Chief Trump & his Twitter army adds insult to #Resistance post-impeachment injury. rt.com With the Senate voting down both articles of impeachment against US President Donald Trump, he and his supporters had a lot to celebrate on Wednesday and they did so in expected fashion — with trolling memes. | Trump himself led the charge in celebrating on social media his acquittal in the Senate by a 52-48 and 53-47 margin. With Democrats freshly reeling from loss, Trump reached into his bag of meme goodies and pulled out a classic. | pic.twitter.com/JDS4zUXXJG— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) Febr…

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

RT (2020-02-05). Impeachment over: Senate votes to acquit Trump. rt.com The US Senate has voted to acquit President Donald Trump of impeachment charges brought by the House Democrats, ending the attempt to oust him from the White House ahead of the November 2020 elections. | The final vote on the first charge (abuse of power) was 52-48, with Mitt Romney (R-Utah) crossing the aisle to vote "guilty" alongside the Democrats. The vote on the second charge (obstruction of Congress) was 53-47, with Romney returning to the fold. It would have taken 67 votes to convict Trump on either count. | "Donald John Trump, president of the United States, is hereby acquitted," Chief Justice of the U…

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

Al Neal (2020-02-05). Elections 2020: Iowa Dems release partial Caucus results. peoplesworld.org Across the nation, all eyes and ears piqued with curiosity for the Monday night, Feb. 3, Iowa Democratic caucus results. The results itself would be either a bellwether for change, showing voters supporting more progressive presidential candidates, or a continuation of the status quo—a "traditional" liberal, center-left, "safe" candidate. This year's caucuses were slightly different …

David Cavendish (2020-02-05). The facts about Ukraine that no one mentioned during the impeachment trial. peoplesworld.org As the Senate impeachment trial comes to its preordained conclusion, we need to keep a number of points in mind that no Democrat or Republican has been talking about during all these weeks and months of political drama—points related to the matter of Ukraine. The overwhelming majority of Americans would not question the competence, honesty, …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-02-05). Trump's State of the Union breaks his lies-per-minute record. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., had a great evaluation of GOP President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, even before he gave it. "I think we're going to hear lies," the Democrat from Chicago's North Side and adjoining suburbs said. She was right. Analysis of Trump's speech shows it was filled with omissions, slurs against …

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

RT (2020-02-05). Pelosi the paper (ripping) tiger: Pro-wrestling theatrics at SOTU fail to pull the wool in latest divide & conquer move. rt.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's speech-ripping performance at President Donald Trump's SOTU isn't fooling disaffected Democrats, who want a leader who actually stands up to the president, rather than #Resistance theatrics. | Pelosi's if-looks-could-kill glare and paper-tearing finale at the president's yearly address to Congress on Tuesday may have dominated the discussion on social media through the night, but for every blue-check cheering for "Nancy the Ripper," there was a jaded progressive wondering what happened to genuine opposition. | Democrats handed Trump a blank check to make war, a massive military bud…

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

Staff (2020-02-05). Dems and GOP Draw From Same Playbook on Immigration and Foreign Policy. truthout.org President Trump delivered his 2020 State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. The speech reprised many of the themes of Trump's 2016 campaign, including demonization of immigrants. We continue our discussion with Lee Fang, investigative journalist at The Intercept, and Roberto Lovato, author of the forthcoming book Unforgetting: A Memoir of Revolution and Redemption. About 10 Democrats skipped the speech and a few more walked out while it was in progress, but Lovato says the…

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

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

commondreams (2020-02-05). Senate Republicans Vote for Coverup of Trump Abuses of Power Denying Americans the Truth. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Alan Macleod (2020-02-05). SOTU: Democratic "Resistance" Give Trump's Venezuela Aggression a Standing Ovation. mintpressnews.com Perhaps the loudest applause heard during Trump's State of the Union Address was reserved for Venezuala's Juan Guaidó, as Democrats and Republicans rose as one to salute the self-declared president.

Diallo Brooks (2020-02-05). Impeachment Is Over, But Don't Despair. commondreams.org Senate Republicans chose to stage a shameful cover-up and protect a lawless, corrupt president. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2020-02-05). Trump Gets Away With It: Senate Votes Against Impeachment. telesurenglish.net President Donald Trump was acquitted on Wednesday in his U.S. Senate impeachment trial, saved by fellow Republicans who rallied to protect him nine months before he asks voters in a deeply divided America to give him a second White House term. | RELATED: | The businessman-turned-reality tv star-turned-politician, 73, survived only the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history – just lik…

Staff (2020-02-05). Developer of Faulty Iowa Caucus App Was Entrenched in Democratic Establishment. truthout.org The final results of Monday's Democratic Iowa caucuses remain unknown, with 71% of precincts reporting the final tallies of the first 2020 presidential contest. Senator Bernie Sanders is leading in the popular vote, while former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has a narrow lead of 26.8% of precincts — the state delegate equivalent traditionally used to determine the winner — followed by Sanders with 25.2%. Sanders won the popular vote in both the first and second rounds of voting,…

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez (2020-02-05). Sanders & Buttigieg lead in early Iowa results after faulty app leads to catastrophe at caucus. nationofchange.org It is unclear when full results will be released and how the reporting problems will impact the Democratic race.

Staff (2020-02-05). Coalition of Green Groups Calls on Congress to Pass Pro-Labor PRO Act. truthdig.com More than 60 environmental groups on Wednesday urged Democratic lawmakers to support the sweeping pro-union PRO Act as a bold step towards advancing an economy supportive of "both people and the planet." | Signed by organizations including ActionAid USA, NRDC, and Sunrise Movement, a new

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

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

Karen Rothmyer (2020-02-05). How I Learned to Stop Worrying About My Neighbors. thenation.com How I Learned to Stop Worrying About My Neighbors…

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

Andrew Korybko (2020-02-05). The Democratic Party's "Civil War": Socialists vs. Centrists. Sabotaging Sanders. globalresearch.ca The shady developments surrounding the Iowa Caucus prove beyond any reasonable doubt that there's a civil war raging in the Democrat Party between socialists and centrists, one that's so fierce that it recently saw party insiders indirectly sabotaging what could …

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-02-05). Senate Republicans Acquit Trump in 'Cowardly and Disgraceful Final Act to Their Show Trial'. commondreams.org "Make no mistake about it, this was nothing more than an attempted partisan coverup for the shameless and illegal conduct of Donald Trump." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Erica Fein (2020-02-05). Why House Democrats Passed Bills Reining in Trump's War Machine. commondreams.org Two of the most outspoken proponents of a more restrained U.S. foreign policy in the current House are Reps. Barbara Lee and Ro Khanna. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

2020-02-06: Social Media Postees

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Iowa Fiasco Raises the Stakes for New Hampshire, Where Sanders Could Win Big
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2020-02-06
Corporate Democrats are ready to escalate…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/04/1883035…

'Shame on you': Protests in Germany after surprise election of Thuringia's chief with AfD's support sparks uproar
rt.com | 2020-02-06
Demonstrations were staged in German cities after the head of the state of Thuringia was elected with the backing of the anti-migrant AfD party. The vote created a fresh dent in the ruling coalition in Berlin. | Protesters gathered for a vigil outside the State Chancellery in Thuringia's capital Erfurt on Thursday to denounce pro-business Free Democratic Party's (FDP) Thomas Kemmerich, who was unexpectedly elected the region's Minister-President (MP) with the support of the Alternative for Germany (AfD). | The Left party and antifa groups began marching and rallying in front of the State Chancellery and region…
rt.com/news/480245-thuringia-germany-pro…

Republican and Democratic Parties in Turmoil
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-06
Stumbling into February, both major political parties in the U.S. are in disarray as they face uncertain, unplanned and uncontrollable futures going into a crucial election year. For Republicans, it's the dangerous and perhaps foolish choice to acquit a corrupt president who has been impeached. For Democrats, it's looking like Bernie Sanders, the Independent senator…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/06/republican-a…

Republicans Have Weakened Congress in Order to Protect Trump
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-06
In the United States, money is synonymous with merit. There is a presumption at the core of capitalism's narrative that if you are wealthy, you earned it through virtue and "hard work," not theft or nepotism. This mythology helped fuel the deregulation that led to the financial crisis, and it is also part of President Trump's rise. Trump's wealth earned him prestige in the eyes of millions, who in turn handed him the power of the presidency. And Trump's wealth and power has now led Congress to declare him ab…
truthout.org/articles/republicans-have-w…

'Taboo gone': Ruling coalition in Germany shaken by fresh crisis after Merkel's CDU breaks ranks on not cooperating with AfD
rt.com | 2020-02-06
Germany's Christian Democrats

Biden's and Buttigieg's Top Fundraisers Come From the Finance Sector
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-06
Beginning in the fall, the Revolving Door Project was one of a handful of voices drawing attention to Democratic primary candidates' failure to release the names of their most important fundraisers. In op-eds, newsletters, and across other forums throughout the fall we repeatedly made the case that this consequential information could not stay hidden. | Why were we so insistent? A candidate's list of top fundraisers, or bundlers, provides clearer insight than perhaps any other piece of campaign materia…
truthout.org/articles/bidens-and-buttegi…

The Democrats and Iowa
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-06
The Iowa caucuses are over, sort of, and as of this writing, results are finally being announced, incrementally. This delay is causing great amounts of weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. 'Oh, no!', the pundits proclaim. "This shows that the Democrats are in disarray, and it's like handing a gift to President Donald Trump, a mere nine months prior to the next presidential election."
counterpunch.org/2020/02/06/the-democrat…

Why are Democratic Candidates Taking Money From Union-Busting Lawyers?
Andrea Beaty | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-06
The Iron Workers Union endorsed Joe Biden last week, citing his dedication to "defend rights and jobs of American workers", and calling him "a friend to union ironworkers". The union endorsement marks one of many that Democratic candidates are fighting for by unveiling detailed labor plans and promising to overturn "right-to work laws" that weaken…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/06/why-are-demo…

Democrats Mistakenly Award Iowa Delegates for Bernie Sanders to Deval Patrick
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-06
Results from Monday's Iowa caucuses continue to trickle in, with 97% of precincts reporting as of Thursday morning. Senator Bernie Sanders and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg are now in a virtual tie. Sanders maintains a lead in the popular vote, but Buttigieg has a slight advantage in what's known as the "state delegate equivalent" race. Buttigieg has 26.2% of state delegate equivalents, while Sanders is at 26.1%. The New York Times is now predicting Sanders has a greater chance of winn…
truthout.org/video/democrats-mistakenly-…

Why are Democratic Candidates Taking Money From Union-Busting Lawyers?
Andrea Beaty | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-06
The Iron Workers Union endorsed Joe Biden last week, citing his dedication to "defend rights and jobs of American workers", and calling him "a friend to union ironworkers". The union endorsement marks one of many that Democratic candidates are fighting for by unveiling detailed labor plans and promising to overturn "right-to work laws" that weaken…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/06/why-are-demo…

Bernie Sanders Reports Massive January Haul After Iowa Debacle
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-06
Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign announced Thursday that it raised a staggering $25 million in the month of January alone, by far the biggest fundraising month of the senator's campaign and a larger haul than his 2020 Democratic rivals posted in any full quarter of 2019. | The campaign said over 219,000 of the total 648,000 January donors were new, and the average donation was just over $18. Teacher was the most common profession of January donors and the most common employers were Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, the United States Postal Service, and Target. | More than 99.9% of Sanders' donors have not max…
truthdig.com/articles/bernie-sanders-rep…

Historian: With Impeachment Acquittal, the GOP Has Given Trump a Blank Check to Do Anything He Wants
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-06
The U.S. Senate has acquitted President Trump of two impeachment charges in just the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history. Trump was accused of abusing power and obstructing Congress to aid his re-election campaign by pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden. Every Democratic senator voted to remove President Trump from office, but they were joined by just one Republican: Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, who supported impeaching Trump on abuse of power. Romney became the first senator ever to vote against his own party's president in an impeachment trial. President Trump respond…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/6/impeachmen…

BlueGreen Alliance chief: PRO Act could create green union jobs
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-06
WASHINGTON–Turning aside a multitude of Republican "poison pill" schemes, the Democratic-run U.S. House stands poised to pass the Protect The Right To Organize (PRO) Act, the nation's most-comprehensive pro-worker labor law reform in decades. As strenuous worker lobbying by e-mail and toll-free phone preceded the vote, the head of the labor-environmentalist BlueGreen Alliance said he …
peoplesworld.org/article/bluegreen-allia…

PHONY liberal media turns Republican Romney into HERO for sticking it to Trump (just like it did McCain & Bush)
rt.com | 2020-02-06
Mitt Romney is the latest token Republican being hoisted up on the shoulders of the mainstream media thanks to his "courageous" decision to defy Donald Trump by voting with Democrats to impeach the president. | You would think the Utah senator single-handedly defeated Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) and then rescued a few kittens out of trees on his way home the way the media is writing about him. | The New Yorker declared that the former presidential candidate "seized" a chance to "rewrite his own place in history" with his impeachment vote. | An opinion piece in the Washington Post deemed the decision "cou…
rt.com/usa/480263-mitt-romney-trump-impe…

Emergency legislation for terror law offenders in UK sets anti-democratic precedent
wsws.org | 2020-02-06
Whatever measures are used initially against terrorists will be deployed more widely against workers and youth who defy the class war offensive of the ruling elite.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/06/sent…

PM of Germany's Thuringia resigns, calls for dissolution of state parliament after scandalous vote brought him to power
rt.com | 2020-02-06
The PM of the German state of Thuringia has called for the regional parliament to be dissolved after his election unleashed a massive scandal when Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU joined forces with right-wing AfD to support him. | A vote for Thuringia's new prime minister in the regional legislature sent shockwaves across Germany as an unlikely candidate was elected through a alliance of the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and anti-establishment forces from Alternative for Germany (AfD), something widely considered taboo. | Last October's polls left Thuringia in a sort of limbo since the previous broad l…
rt.com/news/480241-thuringia-germany-dis…

Trump emerges strengthened after Democrats' impeachment debacle
wsws.org | 2020-02-06
From the beginning of the Trump presidency, the Democrats have worked to channel mass popular opposition to Trump behind their own right-wing, militarist agenda.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/06/pers…

Democrats cover up extent of hexavalent chromium poisoning at public meeting in Detroit suburb
wsws.org | 2020-02-06
At an informational meeting Monday evening in the Detroit suburb of Madison Heights officials sought to contain growing public anger over chemical contamination by a local industrial operator.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/06/hexa…

Biden's and Buttegieg's Top Fundraisers Come From the Finance Sector
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-06
Beginning in the fall, the Revolving Door Project was one of a handful of voices drawing attention to Democratic primary candidates' failure to release the names of their most important fundraisers. In op-eds, newsletters, and across other forums throughout the fall we repeatedly made the case that this consequential information could not stay hidden. | Why were we so insistent? A candidate's list of top fundraisers, or bundlers, provides clearer insight than perhaps any other piece of campaign materia…
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Chaos Continues in Iowa as Democrats Mistakenly Award Delegates for Bernie Sanders to Deval Patrick
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-06
Results from Monday's Iowa caucuses continue to trickle in, with 97% of precincts reporting as of Thursday morning. Senator Bernie Sanders and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg are now in a virtual tie. Sanders maintains a lead in the popular vote, but Buttigieg has a slight advantage in what's known as the "state delegate equivalent" race. Buttigieg has 26.2% of state delegate equivalents, while Sanders is at 26.1%. The New York Times is now predicting Sanders has a greater chance of winning overall, in part because of the Vermont senator's overwhelming strength in satellite caucuses. Responding to widespre…
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Chaos Continues in Iowa as Democrats Mistakenly Award Delegates for Bernie Sanders to Deval Patrick
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-06
Results from Monday's Iowa caucuses continue to trickle in, with 97% of precincts reporting as of Thursday morning. Senator Bernie Sanders and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg are now in a virtual tie. Sanders maintains a lead in the popular vote, but Buttigieg has a slight advantage in what's known as the "state delegate equivalent" race. Buttigieg has 26.2% of state delegate equivalents, while Sanders is at 26.1%. The New York Times is now predicting Sanders has a greater chance of winning overall, in part because of the Vermont senator's overwhelming strength in satellite caucuses. Responding to widespre…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/6/iowa_caucu…

Trump's 'Red Meat' SOTU Speech: US Political Crisis Now Deepens
Jack Rasmus | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-06
If anyone thinks the recent impeachment and Senate trial was the high point of the growing conflict between the two political parties, Republican (correct that: Trumpublicans now) and Democrat, they haven't seen anything yet. The worst, much worse is yet to come in the months leading up to the November 2020 elections.
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PHONY liberal media turns Republican Romney into HERO for sticking it to Trump (just like it did McCain & Bush)
rt.com | 2020-02-06
Mitt Romney is the latest token Republican being hoisted up on the shoulders of the mainstream media thanks to his "courageous" decision to defy Donald Trump by voting with Democrats to impeach the president. | You would think the Utah senator single-handedly defeated Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) and then rescued a few kittens out of trees on his way home the way the media is writing about him. | The New Yorker declared that the former presidential candidate "seized" a chance to "rewrite his own place in history" with his impeachment vote. | An opinion piece in the Washington Post deemed the decision "cou…
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'Measles Has Killed 4,500 Children in DR Congo' MSF Recalls
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-06
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Thursday reported that around 4,500 children died in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2019 as a result of the worst measles outbreak of the last decade. | RELATED: | DR Congo Suffers World's Largest Measles Outbreak Ever: WHO | Three of four deaths of minors occurred due to a contagious di…
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With 97 Percent of Iowa Results in, Sanders Leads Buttigieg in Popular Vote
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-06
A new batch of Iowa Democratic caucus results released in the early hours of Thursday morning showed Sen. Bernie Sanders almost completely wiping out Pete Buttigieg's narrow lead in state delegate equivalents while extending his popular vote lead over the former South Bend, Indiana mayor to more than 2,500 votes. | With 97% of precincts reporting, Sanders trails Buttigieg by just three state delegate equivalents [mdash…
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'Bad Day for Democracy': Merkel Slams Free Democrats Over AfD Backing in Thuringia Vote
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-06
On Wednesday, Thomas Kemmerich of the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) beat incumbent Left party candidate Bodo Ramelow 45 to 44 to become Thuringia state premier, gaining votes from the right-wing AfD.
sputniknews.com/europe/20200206107824519…

Impeachment Trial: A Timeline of How Democrats Tried and Failed to Remove Trump
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-06
From a dramatic beginning to a predictable end, the Trump impeachment saga has been a sight to behold. But if Capitol Hill is just outside your news bubble, you might have missed a thing or two about the biggest crisis of Trump's presidency. Sputnik has followed the story closely and is ready to fill in the gaps.
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Northern Syria's two wars
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-06
Turkey's war on Rojava Chris SleeIssue 1252 Northern Syria Syrian Democratic ForcesFebruary 6, 2020There are currently two wars being fought in northern Syria. | First, is the war in Idlib province between the Bashar al-Assad dictatorship and va…
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Dems and GOP Draw From Same Playbook on Immigration and Foreign Policy
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-05
President Trump delivered his 2020 State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. The speech reprised many of the themes of Trump's 2016 campaign, including demonization of immigrants. We continue our discussion with Lee Fang, investigative journalist at The Intercept, and Roberto Lovato, author of the forthcoming book Unforgetting: A Memoir of Revolution and Redemption. About 10 Democrats skipped the speech and a few more walked out while it was in progress, but Lovato says the…
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Guaido, Soleimani and the Middle East: Trump State of the Union
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-05
From immigration policies to the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan… U.S. President Donald Trump's main talking points on international policy during his third annual presidential report, known as "The State of the Union," were part of his narcissistic speech to kick off his reelection campaign. | US President Trump Impeached By Democratic-led House of Reps | Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address on Tuesday in front of Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of t…
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Roberto Lovato: Dems & GOP Share Same Playbook on Immigration, Foreign Policy & Corporate Domination
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-05
President Trump delivered his 2020 State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. The speech reprised many of the themes of Trump's 2016 campaign, including demonization of immigrants. We continue our discussion with Lee Fang, investigative journalist at The Intercept, and Roberto Lovato, author of the forthcoming book "Unforgetting: A Memoir of Revolution and Redemption." About 10 Democrats skipped the speech and a few more walked out while it was in progress, but Lovato says the Democratic establishment doesn't differ with Trump on many key issues. "Nancy Pelosi may have ripped the speech…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/5/roberto_lo…

Roberto Lovato: Dems & GOP Share Same Playbook on Immigration, Foreign Policy & Corporate Domination
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-05
President Trump delivered his 2020 State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. The speech reprised many of the themes of Trump's 2016 campaign, including demonization of immigrants. We continue our discussion with Lee Fang, investigative journalist at The Intercept, and Roberto Lovato, author of the forthcoming book "Unforgetting: A Memoir of Revolution and Redemption." About 10 Democrats skipped the speech and a few more walked out while it was in progress, but Lovato says the Democratic establishment doesn't differ with Trump on many key issues. "Nancy Pelosi may have ripped the speech…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/5/roberto_lo…

'The best is yet to come'? Defiant Trump doubles down in campaign rally-style State of the Union speech
rt.com | 2020-02-05
Teased as "low key," US President Donald Trump's annual address to Congress was anything but, with several unprecedented symbolic gestures and a powerful assertion of American triumphalism that put his critics on the back foot. | Trump did not mention impeachment once in the 90-minute speech on Tuesday evening. Instead, he turned his persuasion skills up to eleven, painting a picture of America with a booming economy and infinite opportunities brought about by his administration, and contrasting that with Democrat proposals such as socialized healthcare and sanctuaries for illegal immigrants. | Amid the sta…
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'Pete Buttigieg is the Juan Guaido of America': Lee Camp calls out conspiracy of 'intentional chaos' by Dem establishment
rt.com | 2020-02-05
Democratic Party insiders bankrolled the defective vote-counting app that has delayed the reporting of Iowa caucus totals so as to deny likely winner Bernie Sanders a 'bump' and let Pete Buttigieg claim victory, Lee Camp told RT. | The party's establishment wing and its mainstream media stenographers are colluding to memory-hole the disastrous Iowa caucus vote and prop up their preferred candidates, muscling Sanders out of the way to position Buttigieg as the front-runner, Camp said on his Moment of Clarity podcast on Tuesday. | Describing the exhaustive establishment links to the faulty vote-reporting app…
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Democrats' Wimpy Impeachment Has Made Trump Stronger Than Ever
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-05
"Many Democrats fear that Trump may be laying an impeachment trap," Stephen Collins wrote for CNN last May.
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Left Election Strategy: Lesser Evil or Independent Left?
Howie Hawkins | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-05
A Response to Michael Albert's "Battle Strategically Everywhere" Michael Albert's safe states strategy says the Green presidential candidate should go into the battleground states to campaign for the Green program but then say vote for the Democratic ticket. Most people who hear that will wonder why the Greens are even bothering to campaign if they…
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SOTU: Democratic "Resistance" Give Trump's Venezuela Aggression a Standing Ovation
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-05
Perhaps the loudest applause heard during Trump's State of the Union Address was reserved for Venezuala's Juan Guaidó, as Democrats and Republicans rose as one to salute the self-declared president.
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Senate Republicans Vote for Coverup of Trump Abuses of Power Denying Americans the Truth
commondreams.org | 2020-02-05
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Impeachment Is Over, But Don't Despair
Diallo Brooks | commondreams.org | 2020-02-05
Senate Republicans chose to stage a shameful cover-up and protect a lawless, corrupt president. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Trump Gets Away With It: Senate Votes Against Impeachment
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-05
President Donald Trump was acquitted on Wednesday in his U.S. Senate impeachment trial, saved by fellow Republicans who rallied to protect him nine months before he asks voters in a deeply divided America to give him a second White House term. | RELATED: | Guaidó, Soleimani and the Middle East: Trump State of the Union | The businessman-turned-reality tv star-turned-politician, 73, survived only the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history – just lik…
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The Senate Has Spoken: US Presidents Can Abuse Power Without Consequence
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-05
Trump was acquitted Wednesday on a largely party-line vote not because the Senate believes he didn't conspire to withhold aid to Ukraine in exchange for political favors, but because the Republicans have now explicitly decided they don't care that he did this. Having decided to block the testimony of any witnesses who might make it too politically uncomfortable for such a cavalier attitude to sta…
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Sweet revenge? WATCH Pelosi tear up Trump's State of the Union speech after he snubs handshake
rt.com | 2020-02-05
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tore up President Donald Trump's SOTU speech after fuming through the well-applauded yearly address. The gesture was met with cheers and jeers, divided along the usual partisan lines. | Pelosi looked barely able to contain her rage as she tore up what the White House has confirmed was Trump's 78-minute speech. While her supporters cheered the gesture of defiance

The facts about Ukraine that no one mentioned during the impeachment trial
David Cavendish | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-05
As the Senate impeachment trial comes to its preordained conclusion, we need to keep a number of points in mind that no Democrat or Republican has been talking about during all these weeks and months of political drama–points related to the matter of Ukraine. The overwhelming majority of Americans would not question the competence, honesty, …
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Elections 2020: Iowa Dems release partial Caucus results
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-05
Across the nation, all eyes and ears piqued with curiosity for the Monday night, Feb. 3, Iowa Democratic caucus results. The results itself would be either a bellwether for change, showing voters supporting more progressive presidential candidates, or a continuation of the status quo–a "traditional" liberal, center-left, "safe" candidate. This year's caucuses were slightly different …
peoplesworld.org/article/elections-2020-…

Developer of Faulty Iowa Caucus App Was Entrenched in Democratic Establishment
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-05
The final results of Monday's Democratic Iowa caucuses remain unknown, with 71% of precincts reporting the final tallies of the first 2020 presidential contest. Senator Bernie Sanders is leading in the popular vote, while former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has a narrow lead of 26.8% of precincts

Trump's State of the Union breaks his lies-per-minute record
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-05
WASHINGTON–Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., had a great evaluation of GOP President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, even before he gave it. "I think we're going to hear lies," the Democrat from Chicago's North Side and adjoining suburbs said. She was right. Analysis of Trump's speech shows it was filled with omissions, slurs against …
peoplesworld.org/article/trumps-state-of…

Elections 2020: Iowa Dems release partial Caucus results
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-05
Across the nation, all eyes and ears piqued with curiosity for the Monday night, Feb. 3, Iowa Democratic caucus results. The results itself would be either a bellwether for change, showing voters supporting more progressive presidential candidates, or a continuation of the status quo–a "traditional" liberal, center-left, "safe" candidate. This year's caucuses were slightly different …
peoplesworld.org/article/elections-2020-…

The Democratic Party's "Civil War": Socialists vs. Centrists. Sabotaging Sanders
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-05
The shady developments surrounding the Iowa Caucus prove beyond any reasonable doubt that there's a civil war raging in the Democrat Party between socialists and centrists, one that's so fierce that it recently saw party insiders indirectly sabotaging what could …
globalresearch.ca/the-democratic-partys-…

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

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