Daily Archives: February 10, 2020

2020-02-10: News Headlines

Staff (2020-02-10). Presidential Gender Barrier a Low Priority for Iowa Democrats. truthdig.com Voters say it is important for a woman to be president, but many believe a female nominee will have a harder time beating Donald Trump.

RT (2020-02-10). Merkel's would-be successor Kramp-Karrenbauer steps down as CDU head amid coalition mayhem. rt.com Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Germany's Defense Minister and Angela Merkel's protégé, is resigning as leader of the Chancellor's CDU party and will not seek to compete for the country's top job in the next election. | Kramp-Karrenbauer, or AKK, as she likes to be known, made headlines on Monday by announcing that she will not lead the Christian Democrats (CDU),

Oliver Vargas (2020-02-10). Meet the candidates taking on Bolivia's U.S.-backed right-wing government. peoplesworld.org Bolivia's presidential elections are scheduled to take place on May 3, 2020. The elections will be organized by the "transitional" government of Jeanine àÅñez, who seized power in a U.S.-backed military coup on November 10, 2019. The coup forced out the democratically elected leftist-Indigenous government of Evo Morales, who presided over an economic boom following …

RT (2020-02-10). Sanders asks for recanvass of 25 Iowa caucus precincts. rt.com Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has formally requested a partial review of last week's Iowa caucuses, after getting more votes but fewer delegates than rival Pete Buttigieg. | The recanvass request would apply to 25 precincts and three satellite sites. The Sanders campaign suggested they might ask for a full recount afterward. | "While a recanvass is just the first step in the process and we don't expect it to change the current calculations, it is a necessary part of making sure Iowans can trust the final results of the caucus," campaign adviser Jeff Weaver said in a statement on Monday. | Also…

Norman Solomon (2020-02-10). DNC in Disarray While the Sanders Campaign Gains Momentum. counterpunch.org As a center of elite power, the Democratic National Committee is now floundering. Every reform it has implemented since 2016 was the result of progressive grassroots pressure. But there are limits to what DNC Chair Tom Perez is willing to accept without a knock-down, drag-out fight. And in recent weeks, he has begun to do

Norman Solomon (2020-02-10). Why the Buttigieg Campaign Tried to Have Me Arrested for Handing Out These Medicare for All Fliers. commondreams.org US Presidential Candidate and former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a Town Hall event in Keene, New Hampshire. – US Presidential Candidates are in the state for the upcoming 2020 New Hampshire Democratic primary who will take place on February 11, 2020. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2020-02-10). Democrats vs Bernie in 2020, Repeat of 2016. indybay.org In Iowa, Bernie won the popular vote but a corporate candidate most of us never heard of, Peter Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind (mayors of small towns do not usually run for president) supposedly won the delegate vote. Now in California, Los Angeles County voters are receiving incorrect ballots.

WSWS (2020-02-10). Growing attacks on socialism in Democratic presidential race. wsws.org With polls showing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders the likely first-place finisher in tomorrow's Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire, Sanders' opponents have focused their attacks on his public identification as a "democratic socialist."

Whitney Webb (2020-02-10). Despite Iowa Caucus Fiasco, Nevada Democrats Plan to Use New Software "Tool" mintpressnews.com Though the fallout from the Iowa Caucus is still fresh, it appears that the technology-driven chaos and corruption seen in Iowa have not served as a warning to the Nevada Democratic Party.

Staff (2020-02-10). GOP "Climate Plan" Calls for Planting Trees But No Emissions Reduction. truthout.org When it comes to climate, it's quite easy for the right to use the media as a spin machine. The media, starving for plans to "counteract" the progressive Green New Deal to fulfill the everlasting need for a false dichotomy, laps up any spurious climate plan that conservatives might come out with. The most recent media grab by the GOP on climate — in which Republicans have been working on a wholly insufficient climate plan since January at least — has turned out exactly as expected. | As D…

Nick Licata (2020-02-10). Could Trump's Acquittal Flip the Senate? counterpunch.org The Senate's acquittal of President Donald Trump could flip the Senate to the Democrats. That is because swing voters could be more negatively influenced by the Republican's Senate trial than the Democrats' House impeachment. Why is that? Compare each party's main critique of the other party's performance. Republicans charge the House Democrats for not proving

Brett Redmayne-Titley (2020-02-10). Iowa: Where The Democrats' DNC Dreams Go to Die. Bernie, The "Trumpian Front Runner" globalresearch.ca After months of the DNC's daily water boarding of the American public with their manufactured jurisprudence know as The Impeachment, these same political wizards of electioneering have in one day, Monday, galvanized the person they most detest. This week's political …

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2020-02-10). Joe Biden jokingly calls a voter 'a liar', but his poll ratings show he has nothing to laugh about. thecanary.co At a Democrat primary event in New Hampshire on 9 February, a young student asked former US vice president Joe Biden why voters should believe he could win the national election. But instead of giving her a straight answer, Biden called her a "lying dog-faced pony soldier". So his response left a lot of people in the room and online quite puzzled: | t.co/yTfLtvvFBP — Reuters (@Reuters)

Staff (2020-02-10). Charles Koch's Political Operation Gears Up to Attack 2020 Democrats. truthout.org Charles Koch's Americans for Prosperity Action (AFP Action) has AFP Action was launched months before the 2018 midterms as "a new tool to build broad policy coalitions in Congress to help adva…

Binoy Kampmark (2020-02-10). Failed Prosecutions: Donald Trump Survives the Senate. counterpunch.org Never undertake a prosecution unless you have good grounds, and prospects, for a solid conviction. In the case against President Donald Trump, there was never a serious prospect that the Senate would cool sufficiently to give the Democrats the votes necessary to affirm vote of impeachment in the House. The GOP remains very much in

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2020-02-10). Being a Democrat—Ugh. globalresearch.ca Notwithstanding the impotent Senate Minority. Not those ill-fated bills championed as victories by House Democrats only to be spurned by the upper chamber; not smug, elitist party fundraisers; not funding strategists and millionaire celebrity donors; not even bumbling Iowa Democratic …

Gar Smith (2020-02-10). Will the KPFA Building Be Up For Auction? indybay.org As a result of the failure of the management of KPFA to pay the property tax bill their building may be up for auction. The same management is supporting new bylaws to corporatize the foundation and eliminate staff representation and democratic governance. There will be a press conference in front of the station on Wednesday Feb 12 at 12: 00 noon.

Jeet Heer (2020-02-10). It's Still the Economy, Stupid. thenation.com It's Still the Economy, Stupid…

Johannes Stern (2020-02-10). German Ruling Class Commemorates Liberation of Auschwitz by Planning New Wars and New Crimes. globalresearch.ca On Wednesday, a neo-fascist party helped form a regional government in Germany for the first time since the end of Nazi rule. | Despite the pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) receiving just five percent of the vote in the regional election …

yenisafak (2020-02-10). Trump's $4.8 trillion budget likely to get thumbs-down from Congress. yenisafak.com President Donald Trump's $4.8 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2021 is likely to get a chilly reception from lawmakers on Monday over its proposals to slash spending on foreign aid and social safety net programs.The White House plans to unveil the budget blueprint for the fiscal year starting on October 1 at 12: 30 p.m. eastern time, but administration officials confirmed key figures from the document over the weekend.Democrats are expected to object to the deep spending cuts on domestic programs, while some Republicans may raise concerns over debt and deficits.The budget calls for a 21 percent cut in fore…

sputniknews (2020-02-10). Stalking Horse for Hillary or Removal Tool for Bernie? What's Behind Buttigieg's Iowa Triumph. sputniknews.com Pete Buttigieg is rising as a consensus pick for moderate Democrats, while Joe Biden is losing steam, say US observers, explaining why Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama campaign donors have thrown their weight behind the young Democratic dark horse.

Staff (2020-02-10). "Our Very Existence Is the Resistance": An Hour w/ AOC, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib & Ilhan Omar. democracynow.org On Friday, Democracy Now! co-host Nermeen Shaikh sat down for a rare joint interview with the Squad, the group of four freshmen Democratic congresswomen who have taken Capitol Hill by storm: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Omar and Tlaib are the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Omar is a former refugee from Somalia, and Tlaib is the first female Palestinian-American member of Congress. Ayanna Pressley is the first African-American woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts. Ocasio-Cortez was just 29 years old w…

Staff (2020-02-10). "Our Very Existence Is the Resistance": An Hour With the Squad. truthout.org On Friday, Democracy Now! co-host Nermeen Shaikh sat down for a rare joint interview with the Squad, the group of four freshmen Democratic congresswomen who have taken Capitol Hill by storm: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Omar and Tlaib are the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Omar is a former refugee from Somalia, and Tlaib is the first female Palestinian-American member of Congress. Ayanna Pressley is the fir…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-02-10). Buttigieg Confirms Status as 'Austerity Candidate' With Call for Democrats to Prioritize Reducing Deficit. commondreams.org At a town hall in Nashua, New Hampshire Sunday, former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg told drew criticism from progressives and economists when he told the audience he would prioritize reducing the deficit if he wins the presidency in November. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2020-02-09). Maybe Trump doesn't know difference between communism and socialism, but he benefited from the latter — Sanders. rt.com One of Democratic presidential nomination frontrunners, Sen. Bernie Sanders, laughed at Donald Trump calling him a 'communist' and explained how the US President, who doesn't seem to know the difference, profited from 'socialism.' | Chris Wallace, the host of Fox News Sunday, asked the Vermont Senator, who identifies as a social democrat, an ubiquitous question about him being slammed by his opponents as a communist. The program played a clip of Trump saying that he thinks "he is a communist." | Bernie Sanders reacts to jabs from President Trump and Joe Biden on his self-proclaimed label of Democratic Socialis…

Staff (2020-02-09). MSNBC Host Skewered for Ludicrous Remarks on Sanders's Democratic Socialism. truthout.org MSNBC host Chris Matthews drew rebukes on social media Friday night after suggesting that as a Democratic Socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders could lead a dictatorship in which establishment political figures would be "executed," should he win the presidency. | Following the Democratic primary debate, Matthews joined other MSNBC commentators including Joy Reid and Chris Hayes in a panel discussion in which Matthews expressed concerns about Sanders's democratic socialist ideals, which he claimed the…

Fight Back (2020-02-09). Who is Bill Conway, candidate for Cook County State's Attorney? fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – William Elias Conway, III is running against Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx in the March 17 Democratic Party primary election. He has flooded TV airways and cable channels with commercials promoting his 'progressive' agenda, pledging to "defend Chicago's marginal communities from attacks from Donald Trump." | But Bill Conway is the son of William Elias Conway, Jr., the founder of the Carlyle Group. His father is a multi-billionaire who has donated over $4 million to his son's campaign against incumbent Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx. Conway, Jr. has also strong-armed many East Coast c…

Staff (2020-02-09). Bloomberg Surrogates Have Seats on DNC Rules Committees. truthout.org This As the Democratic National Committee establishes procedures for the Democratic presidential nominating process, two members of DNC rules committees simultaneously work on the campaign of former New York Mayor Michael Bloo…

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2020-02-09). Video: What Did Malcolm X Really Think about the Democratic Party? globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research in February 2017 | "I'll have those n*ggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years" —U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson to two governors on Air Force One according to Ronald Kessler's "Inside the White House"…

teleSUR (2020-02-09). New Hampshire Would Vote For Sanders On Dem. Primary: Poll. telesurenglish.net U.S. state of New Hampshire polls shows that electors who will vote Tuesday in the Democratic primary believe Senator Bernie Sanders has the best chance of beating President Donald Trump in the general election. | RELATED: | Of the 715 adults surveyed, 29 percent of the state's voters said they thought Sanders could win in November, compared to 25 percent for former Vice President Joe Biden and 14 percent for for…

Sarah Jones (2020-02-09). The Democrats Finally Get Around to Talking About Abortion. commondreams.org On Friday evening, when the Democratic Party's primary candidates convened for another interminable showdown. Once moderators got the usual questions about socialism and Medicare for All out of the way they decided, bravely, to breach new ground.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-02-09). With Two Days to Go Until Primary, New Polling Finds N.H. Voters See Sanders as Most Electable Against Trump. commondreams.org New polling out of New Hampshire showed voters in the state, who will go to polls on Tuesday in the Democratic primary, believe Sen. Bernie Sanders has the best chance of beating President Donald Trump in the general election. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2020-02-08). 'Unhinged': MSNBC host Chris Matthews goes on bizarre rant about mass executions & 'the Reds' while discussing Bernie Sanders. rt.com MSNBC host Chris Matthews is facing backlash on social media after he launched into a heated rant about socialism and appeared to suggest a Bernie Sanders presidency could somehow lead to mass executions in the streets. | During a post-debate special Friday evening, Matthews said his personal views on socialism go back "to the early 1950s" before drawing comparisons between Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and former leader of Cuba Fidel Castro. | "I believe if Castro and the Reds had won the Cold War there would have been executions in Central Park and I might have been one of the ones getting…

Fight Back (2020-02-08). Sanders wins the most votes in Iowa Caucus. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – After days of delay, the results are in: Bernie Sanders won the most votes in Iowa, leading in both the initial vote, as well as after the second round where weaker candidates in each caucus are dropped. As this became clear Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) called for a 'recanvass' of the caucus voting because of the chaotic reporting of results and the long delay. Ironically, this was caused by a new voting app developed by a small company founded by a former staffer of the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign. | During the delay, the corporate media consistently declared Pe…

Ryan Cooper (2020-02-08). American Democracy Is Dying. commondreams.org This past week was a litany of democratic disasters. First, on Monday, the Iowa Democratic Party catastrophically botched its caucus.

WSWS (2020-02-08). Hillary Clinton launches new attack on Sanders. wsws.org The Democratic leadership is determined to suppress the issue of social inequality in the 2020 campaign for fear of encouraging the growth of social opposition and anti-capitalist sentiment.

Max Parry (2020-02-08). Democrats impeach Trump for Withholding Arms to Neo-Nazis in Ukraine. dissidentvoice.org On December 18th, Donald Trump became the third U.S. president in history to be impeached by the House of Representatives. The second to be indicted before completing a first term, the 45th commander-in-chief must now survive a Senate trial before seeking reelection later this year. As many nonpartisan analysts predicted, the charges appear to have …

Ajamu Baraka and Bahman Azad (2020-02-08). Embassy Protectors Will Not Be Able to Tell Jury Guaido Is Not President, or Mention International Law. dissidentvoice.org On February 4, Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell issued a ruling on what the jurors will be allowed to be told in the trial of the Embassy Protectors scheduled to begin on February 11. She granted most of the government's requests to prevent the jury from hearing important facts about the case, leaving the protectors …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-02-08). Chris Matthews Slammed for Spreading Misinformation About Sanders' Democratic Socialist Agenda on Post-Debate Panel. commondreams.org MSNBC host Chris Matthews drew rebukes on social media Friday night after suggesting that as a Democratic Socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders could lead a dictatorship in which establishment political figures would be "executed," should he win the presidency. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2020-02-07). Trump says Democrats should 'expunge' his impeachment. rt.com Still in a celebratory mood after his acquittal in the Senate, US President Donald Trump said Democrats should 'expunge' his impeachment, as their accusations against him were false. | "That's a very good question," Trump said when asked by a journalist whether the Democrats should "expunge" his impeachment in the House. | The president expressed confidence that "they should, because it was a hoax; it was a total political hoax." | He ripped into his Democratic opponents, saying that "they've gone totally crazy" and claiming they suffer from a "bad case" of "Trump derangement syndrome." | There's a lot of evil…

Glen Ford (2020-02-07). Bloomberg becoming Oligarch-in-Chief of Democratic Party. mronline.org If Sanders wins the nomination, Michael Bloomberg and his filthy rich brethren are already preparing to fund and erect an alternative structure of dependable corporate governance. |

Dave Lindorff (2020-02-07). The Democratic Party Leadership Has Done the Impossible, Disgracing Itself! dissidentvoice.org Bernie Sanders declares victory on Thursday in chaotic (and perhaps unsuccessfully DNC-hacked) Iowa Caucus Hooray for Bernie Sanders! He waited until he had the numbers and now he's calling it. He won Iowa! Maybe the same corporate media that have been touting Pete Buttigieg as the "presumptive winner" in the messy Iowa Caucus, now that …

Ed Sykes (2020-02-07). Bernie Sanders on the offensive as presidential contenders head into new debate. thecanary.co Ahead of the latest Democratic Party primary debate in New Hampshire today, progressive frontrunner Bernie Sanders is on the offensive. This comes after an I want to thank the people of Iowa for the very strong victory they gave us at the Iowa caucuses on Monday night. | Some 6,000 more Iowans came out to support us t…

John Bachtell (2020-02-07). Dems must focus on removing Trump from the White House. peoplesworld.org DES MOINES, Iowa — Confusion surrounding the Iowa Caucus results continued Feb. 6 after Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez called for a re-canvass of votes to ensure their full integrity. The chaos is likely the final nail in the coffin of the Iowa caucus, long criticized as undemocratic and unrepresentative of Democratic base voters. …

Aaron Maté (2020-02-07). Iowa debacle fueled by anti-Bernie billionaires, Russiagate hucksters, failed DNC elites. thegrayzone.com Max Blumenthal breaks down the shadowy network of billionaires, Democratic elites, and Russiagate profiteers behind the Shadow app that ruined…

Fight Back (2020-02-07). UW-Parkside SDS lead rally to free Chrystul Kizer, confront DA Graveley. fightbacknews.org Kenosha, WI – Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) organized a #FreeChrystul rally at UW-Parkside on February 5 that saw 40 protesters attend. The demonstrators congregated outside the building where District Attorney Mike Graveley, Chrystul Kizer's prosecutor, was teaching his first class of the spring semester, on criminal law. | The group began with chants that echoed across the campus thanks to the excellent acoustics between campus buildings. Coinciding with the start of the class period, speakers from different organizations and backgrounds shared their messages. These included Adelana Akindes, a leader…

Lee Camp (2020-02-07). Lee Camp: They're Going to Try to Steal California From Sanders (Again). mintpressnews.com Californians should be forewarned that if they want to vote for someone outside the centrists — say, Bernie Sanders — they need to change their party affiliation to either Democrat or No Party Preference. But it gets even worse, writes Lee Camp.

Alan Macleod (2020-02-07). Media, Democratic Establishment Panics as Sanders Predicted to Sweep All 50 States. mintpressnews.com No matter how much mainstream media and establishment Democratic pols attempt to spin the results, Iowa has many of those in the establishment very worried, to say the least.

The Nation (2020-02-07). Live Chat: Watch the 8th Democratic Debate With 'The Nation'. thenation.com Live Chat: Watch the 8th Democratic Debate With 'The Nation'

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-02-07). Roaming Charges: When Satan Quotes Scripture. counterpunch.org The caucus system has been fetishized by the political pundit class for decades as an example of small state "town hall" style democracy in action. In fact, they're anti-democratic, often controlled by party bosses, where, lacking secret ballots, people bullied into voting with the mob. Less than 10 percent of registered Democrats turn out for these spectacles, far less than 60 percent you'd expect to vote in a primary. In the last few election cycles, however, Obama, Ron Paul and Sanders figured out how to exploit some of the weaknesses of the caucus system to defeat the bosses, which has resulted in the party t…

2020-02-10: Social Media Postees

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DNC in Disarray While the Sanders Campaign Gains Momentum
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-10
As a center of elite power, the Democratic National Committee is now floundering. Every reform it has implemented since 2016 was the result of progressive grassroots pressure. But there are limits to what DNC Chair Tom Perez is willing to accept without a knock-down, drag-out fight. And in recent weeks, he has begun to do…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/10/dnc-in-disar…

Why the Buttigieg Campaign Tried to Have Me Arrested for Handing Out These Medicare for All Fliers
Norman Solomon | commondreams.org | 2020-02-10
US Presidential Candidate and former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a Town Hall event in Keene, New Hampshire. – US Presidential Candidates are in the state for the upcoming 2020 New Hampshire Democratic primary who will take place on February 11, 2020. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Democrats vs Bernie in 2020, Repeat of 2016
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2020-02-10
In Iowa, Bernie won the popular vote but a corporate candidate most of us never heard of, Peter Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind (mayors of small towns do not usually run for president) supposedly won the delegate vote. Now in California, Los Angeles County voters are receiving incorrect ballots.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/09/1883056…

Democrats vs Bernie in 2020, Repeat of 2016
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2020-02-10
In Iowa, Bernie won the popular vote but a corporate candidate most of us never heard of, Peter Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind (mayors of small towns do not usually run for president) supposedly won the delegate vote. Now in California, Los Angeles County voters are receiving incorrect ballots.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/09/1883056…

Growing attacks on socialism in Democratic presidential race
wsws.org | 2020-02-10
With polls showing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders the likely first-place finisher in tomorrow's Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire, Sanders' opponents have focused their attacks on his public identification as a "democratic socialist."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/10/elec…

Growing attacks on socialism in Democratic presidential race
wsws.org | 2020-02-10
With polls showing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders the likely first-place finisher in tomorrow's Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire, Sanders' opponents have focused their attacks on his public identification as a "democratic socialist."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/10/elec…

Despite Iowa Caucus Fiasco, Nevada Democrats Plan to Use New Software "Tool"
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-10
Though the fallout from the Iowa Caucus is still fresh, it appears that the technology-driven chaos and corruption seen in Iowa have not served as a warning to the Nevada Democratic Party.
mintpressnews.com/nevada-democrats-caucu…

GOP "Climate Plan" Calls for Planting Trees But No Emissions Reduction
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-10
When it comes to climate, it's quite easy for the right to use the media as a spin machine. The media, starving for plans to "counteract" the progressive Green New Deal to fulfill the everlasting need for a false dichotomy, laps up any spurious climate plan that conservatives might come out with. The most recent media grab by the GOP on climate

Could Trump's Acquittal Flip the Senate?
Nick Licata | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-10
The Senate's acquittal of President Donald Trump could flip the Senate to the Democrats. That is because swing voters could be more negatively influenced by the Republican's Senate trial than the Democrats' House impeachment. Why is that? Compare each party's main critique of the other party's performance. Republicans charge the House Democrats for not proving…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/10/could-trumps…

Could Trump's Acquittal Flip the Senate?
Nick Licata | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-10
The Senate's acquittal of President Donald Trump could flip the Senate to the Democrats. That is because swing voters could be more negatively influenced by the Republican's Senate trial than the Democrats' House impeachment. Why is that? Compare each party's main critique of the other party's performance. Republicans charge the House Democrats for not proving…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/10/could-trumps…

Meet the candidates taking on Bolivia's U.S.-backed right-wing government
Oliver Vargas | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-10
Bolivia's presidential elections are scheduled to take place on May 3, 2020. The elections will be organized by the "transitional" government of Jeanine àÅñez, who seized power in a U.S.-backed military coup on November 10, 2019. The coup forced out the democratically elected leftist-Indigenous government of Evo Morales, who presided over an economic boom following …
peoplesworld.org/article/meet-the-candid…

Will the KPFA Building Be Up For Auction?
Gar Smith | indybay.org | 2020-02-10
As a result of the failure of the management of KPFA to pay the property tax bill their building may be up for auction. The same management is supporting new bylaws to corporatize the foundation and eliminate staff representation and democratic governance. There will be a press conference in front of the station on Wednesday Feb 12 at 12: 00 noon.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/09/1883055…

Failed Prosecutions: Donald Trump Survives the Senate
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-10
Never undertake a prosecution unless you have good grounds, and prospects, for a solid conviction. In the case against President Donald Trump, there was never a serious prospect that the Senate would cool sufficiently to give the Democrats the votes necessary to affirm vote of impeachment in the House. The GOP remains very much in…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/10/failed-prose…

German Ruling Class Commemorates Liberation of Auschwitz by Planning New Wars and New Crimes
Johannes Stern | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-10
On Wednesday, a neo-fascist party helped form a regional government in Germany for the first time since the end of Nazi rule. | Despite the pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) receiving just five percent of the vote in the regional election …
globalresearch.ca/german-ruling-class-co…

Failed Prosecutions: Donald Trump Survives the Senate
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-10
Never undertake a prosecution unless you have good grounds, and prospects, for a solid conviction. In the case against President Donald Trump, there was never a serious prospect that the Senate would cool sufficiently to give the Democrats the votes necessary to affirm vote of impeachment in the House. The GOP remains very much in…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/10/failed-prose…

Iowa: Where The Democrats' DNC Dreams Go to Die. Bernie, The "Trumpian Front Runner"
Brett Redmayne-Titley | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-10
After months of the DNC's daily water boarding of the American public with their manufactured jurisprudence know as The Impeachment, these same political wizards of electioneering have in one day, Monday, galvanized the person they most detest. This week's political …
globalresearch.ca/iowa-where-dnc-dreams-…

Joe Biden jokingly calls a voter 'a liar', but his poll ratings show he has nothing to laugh about
Peadar O'Cearnaigh | thecanary.co | 2020-02-10
At a Democrat primary event in New Hampshire on 9 February, a young student asked former US vice president Joe Biden why voters should believe he could win the national election. But instead of giving her a straight answer, Biden called her a "lying dog-faced pony soldier". So his response left a lot of people in the room and online quite puzzled: | t.co/yTfLtvvFBP pic.twitter.com/u8EsmYP1Xr |

Merkel's would-be successor Kramp-Karrenbauer steps down as CDU head amid coalition mayhem
rt.com | 2020-02-10
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Germany's Defense Minister and Angela Merkel's protégé, is resigning as leader of the Chancellor's CDU party and will not seek to compete for the country's top job in the next election. | Kramp-Karrenbauer, or AKK, as she likes to be known, made headlines on Monday by announcing that she will not lead the Christian Democrats (CDU), according to German media citing party spokesman. Likewise, it will be someone else to run for Chancellor in the next el…
rt.com/news/480482-kramp-karrenbauer-ste…

Sanders asks for recanvass of 25 Iowa caucus precincts
rt.com | 2020-02-10
Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has formally requested a partial review of last week's Iowa caucuses, after getting more votes but fewer delegates than rival Pete Buttigieg. | The recanvass request would apply to 25 precincts and three satellite sites. The Sanders campaign suggested they might ask for a full recount afterward. | "While a recanvass is just the first step in the process and we don't expect it to change the current calculations, it is a necessary part of making sure Iowans can trust the final results of the caucus," campaign adviser Jeff Weaver said in a statement on Monday. | Also…
rt.com/usa/480529-sanders-caucus-recanva…

Being a Democrat–Ugh
Barbara Nimri Aziz | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-10
Notwithstanding the impotent Senate Minority. Not those ill-fated bills championed as victories by House Democrats only to be spurned by the upper chamber; not smug, elitist party fundraisers; not funding strategists and millionaire celebrity donors; not even bumbling Iowa Democratic …
globalresearch.ca/being-democrat/5703227

Charles Koch's Political Operation Gears Up to Attack 2020 Democrats
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-10
Charles Koch's Americans for Prosperity Action (AFP Action) has reported receiving nearly $6 million this quarter, bringing the total raised in 2019 to $14.16 million. AFP Action is the super PAC of the Koch political network's astroturf group: Americans for Prosperity (AFP.) | AFP Action was launched months before the 2018 midterms as "a new tool to build broad policy coalitions in Congress to help adva…
truthout.org/articles/charles-kochs-poli…

Presidential Gender Barrier a Low Priority for Iowa Democrats
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-10
Voters say it is important for a woman to be president, but many believe a female nominee will have a harder time beating Donald Trump.
truthdig.com/articles/presidential-gende…

It's Still the Economy, Stupid
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2020-02-10
It's Still the Economy, Stupid…
thenation.com/article/economy/democratic…

Trump's $4.8 trillion budget likely to get thumbs-down from Congress
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-10
President Donald Trump's $4.8 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2021 is likely to get a chilly reception from lawmakers on Monday over its proposals to slash spending on foreign aid and social safety net programs.The White House plans to unveil the budget blueprint for the fiscal year starting on October 1 at 12: 30 p.m. eastern time, but administration officials confirmed key figures from the document over the weekend.Democrats are expected to object to the deep spending cuts on domestic programs, while some Republicans may raise concerns over debt and deficits.The budget calls for a 21 percent cut in fore…
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Stalking Horse for Hillary or Removal Tool for Bernie? What's Behind Buttigieg's Iowa Triumph
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-10
Pete Buttigieg is rising as a consensus pick for moderate Democrats, while Joe Biden is losing steam, say US observers, explaining why Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama campaign donors have thrown their weight behind the young Democratic dark horse.
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"Our Very Existence Is the Resistance": An Hour w/ AOC, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib & Ilhan Omar
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-10
On Friday, Democracy Now! co-host Nermeen Shaikh sat down for a rare joint interview with the Squad, the group of four freshmen Democratic congresswomen who have taken Capitol Hill by storm: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Omar and Tlaib are the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Omar is a former refugee from Somalia, and Tlaib is the first female Palestinian-American member of Congress. Ayanna Pressley is the first African-American woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts. Ocasio-Cortez was just 29 years old w…
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"Our Very Existence Is the Resistance": An Hour With the Squad
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-10
On Friday, Democracy Now! co-host Nermeen Shaikh sat down for a rare joint interview with the Squad, the group of four freshmen Democratic congresswomen who have taken Capitol Hill by storm: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Omar and Tlaib are the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Omar is a former refugee from Somalia, and Tlaib is the first female Palestinian-American member of Congress. Ayanna Pressley is the fir…
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Buttigieg Confirms Status as 'Austerity Candidate' With Call for Democrats to Prioritize Reducing Deficit
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-10
At a town hall in Nashua, New Hampshire Sunday, former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg told drew criticism from progressives and economists when he told the audience he would prioritize reducing the deficit if he wins the presidency in November. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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MSNBC Host Skewered for Ludicrous Remarks on Sanders's Democratic Socialism
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-09
MSNBC host Chris Matthews drew rebukes on social media Friday night after suggesting that as a Democratic Socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders could lead a dictatorship in which establishment political figures would be "executed," should he win the presidency. | Following the Democratic primary debate, Matthews joined other MSNBC commentators including Joy Reid and Chris Hayes in a panel discussion in which Matthews expressed concerns about Sanders's democratic socialist ideals, which he claimed the…
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Video: What Did Malcolm X Really Think about the Democratic Party?
Timothy Alexander Guzman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-09
First published by Global Research in February 2017 | "I'll have those n*ggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years" –U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson to two governors on Air Force One according to Ronald Kessler's "Inside the White House"…
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New Hampshire Would Vote For Sanders On Dem. Primary: Poll
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-09
U.S. state of New Hampshire polls shows that electors who will vote Tuesday in the Democratic primary believe Senator Bernie Sanders has the best chance of beating President Donald Trump in the general election. | RELATED: | Trump Proposes Cuts in Social Safety Net, Foreign Aid For 2021 Budget | Of the 715 adults surveyed, 29 percent of the state's voters said they thought Sanders could win in November, compared to 25 percent for former Vice President Joe Biden and 14 percent for for…
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The Democrats Finally Get Around to Talking About Abortion
Sarah Jones | commondreams.org | 2020-02-09
On Friday evening, when the Democratic Party's primary candidates convened for another interminable showdown. Once moderators got the usual questions about socialism and Medicare for All out of the way they decided, bravely, to breach new ground.
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Who is Bill Conway, candidate for Cook County State's Attorney?
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-09
Chicago, IL – William Elias Conway, III is running against Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx in the March 17 Democratic Party primary election. He has flooded TV airways and cable channels with commercials promoting his 'progressive' agenda, pledging to "defend Chicago's marginal communities from attacks from Donald Trump." | But Bill Conway is the son of William Elias Conway, Jr., the founder of the Carlyle Group. His father is a multi-billionaire who has donated over $4 million to his son's campaign against incumbent Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx. Conway, Jr. has also strong-armed many East Coast c…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/2/9/who-bill-…

Bloomberg Surrogates Have Seats on DNC Rules Committees
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-09
This article was produced by Sludge, an independent, ad-free investigative news site covering money in politics. Click here to support Sludge. | As the Democratic National Committee establishes procedures for the Democratic presidential nominating process, two members of DNC rules committees simultaneously work on the campaign of former New York Mayor Michael Bloo…
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With Two Days to Go Until Primary, New Polling Finds N.H. Voters See Sanders as Most Electable Against Trump
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-09
New polling out of New Hampshire showed voters in the state, who will go to polls on Tuesday in the Democratic primary, believe Sen. Bernie Sanders has the best chance of beating President Donald Trump in the general election. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Sanders wins the most votes in Iowa Caucus
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-08
Minneapolis, MN – After days of delay, the results are in: Bernie Sanders won the most votes in Iowa, leading in both the initial vote, as well as after the second round where weaker candidates in each caucus are dropped. As this became clear Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) called for a 'recanvass' of the caucus voting because of the chaotic reporting of results and the long delay. Ironically, this was caused by a new voting app developed by a small company founded by a former staffer of the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign. | During the delay, the corporate media consistently declared Pe…
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Hillary Clinton launches new attack on Sanders
wsws.org | 2020-02-08
The Democratic leadership is determined to suppress the issue of social inequality in the 2020 campaign for fear of encouraging the growth of social opposition and anti-capitalist sentiment.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/08/deba…

'Unhinged': MSNBC host Chris Matthews goes on bizarre rant about mass executions & 'the Reds' while discussing Bernie Sanders
rt.com | 2020-02-08
MSNBC host Chris Matthews is facing backlash on social media after he launched into a heated rant about socialism and appeared to suggest a Bernie Sanders presidency could somehow lead to mass executions in the streets. | During a post-debate special Friday evening, Matthews said his personal views on socialism go back "to the early 1950s" before drawing comparisons between Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and former leader of Cuba Fidel Castro. | "I believe if Castro and the Reds had won the Cold War there would have been executions in Central Park and I might have been one of the ones getting…
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Democrats impeach Trump for Withholding Arms to Neo-Nazis in Ukraine
Max Parry | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-08
On December 18th, Donald Trump became the third U.S. president in history to be impeached by the House of Representatives. The second to be indicted before completing a first term, the 45th commander-in-chief must now survive a Senate trial before seeking reelection later this year. As many nonpartisan analysts predicted, the charges appear to have …
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American Democracy Is Dying
Ryan Cooper | commondreams.org | 2020-02-08
This past week was a litany of democratic disasters. First, on Monday, the Iowa Democratic Party catastrophically botched its caucus.
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Failed Prosecutions: Donald Trump Survives the Senate
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-08
Never undertake a prosecution unless you have good grounds, and prospects, for a solid conviction. In the case against President Donald Trump, there was never a serious prospect that the Senate would cool sufficiently to give the Democrats the votes necessary to affirm vote of impeachment in the House. The GOP remains very much in …
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The Iowa Caucuses Are a Mortal Threat to Democracy
Bill Boyarsky | truthdig.com | 2020-02-08
The undemocratic and incompetently run Iowa caucuses remind me of a vampire

Embassy Protectors Will Not Be Able to Tell Jury Guaido Is Not President, or Mention International Law
Ajamu Baraka and Bahman Azad | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-08
On February 4, Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell issued a ruling on what the jurors will be allowed to be told in the trial of the Embassy Protectors scheduled to begin on February 11. She granted most of the government's requests to prevent the jury from hearing important facts about the case, leaving the protectors …
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Chris Matthews Slammed for Spreading Misinformation About Sanders' Democratic Socialist Agenda on Post-Debate Panel
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-08
MSNBC host Chris Matthews drew rebukes on social media Friday night after suggesting that as a Democratic Socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders could lead a dictatorship in which establishment political figures would be "executed," should he win the presidency. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Iowa debacle fueled by anti-Bernie billionaires, Russiagate hucksters, failed DNC elites
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-07
Max Blumenthal breaks down the shadowy network of billionaires, Democratic elites, and Russiagate profiteers behind the Shadow app that ruined…
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Iowa debacle fueled by anti-Bernie billionaires, Russiagate hucksters, failed DNC elites
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-07
Max Blumenthal breaks down the shadowy network of billionaires, Democratic elites, and Russiagate profiteers behind the Shadow app that ruined…
thegrayzone.com/2020/02/07/iowa-debacle-…

UW-Parkside SDS lead rally to free Chrystul Kizer, confront DA Graveley
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-07
Kenosha, WI – Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) organized a #FreeChrystul rally at UW-Parkside on February 5 that saw 40 protesters attend. The demonstrators congregated outside the building where District Attorney Mike Graveley, Chrystul Kizer's prosecutor, was teaching his first class of the spring semester, on criminal law. | The group began with chants that echoed across the campus thanks to the excellent acoustics between campus buildings. Coinciding with the start of the class period, speakers from different organizations and backgrounds shared their messages. These included Adelana Akindes, a leader…
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The Democratic Party Leadership Has Done the Impossible, Disgracing Itself!
Dave Lindorff | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-07
Bernie Sanders declares victory on Thursday in chaotic (and perhaps unsuccessfully DNC-hacked) Iowa Caucus Hooray for Bernie Sanders! He waited until he had the numbers and now he's calling it. He won Iowa! Maybe the same corporate media that have been touting Pete Buttigieg as the "presumptive winner" in the messy Iowa Caucus, now that …
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Lee Camp: They're Going to Try to Steal California From Sanders (Again)
Lee Camp | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-07
Californians should be forewarned that if they want to vote for someone outside the centrists

Lee Camp: They're Going to Try to Steal California From Sanders (Again)
Lee Camp | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-07
Californians should be forewarned that if they want to vote for someone outside the centrists