Daily Archives: July 22, 2020

2020-07-22: News Headlines

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2020-07-22). Democrats Vote for War; S.F. Democrats Oppose Public Advocate. indybay.org On 7/21/20, the House of Representatives voted 93 to 324 to oppose cutting the $740 billion military budget by 10% which was proposed by the Lee-Pocan Amendment No. 9 to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Roll Call Vote 148, with 139 Democrats joining 185 Republicans in voting to oppose this very small, but very necessary, cut to the war machine. See http: //clerk.house.gov/cgi-bin/vote.asp?year=2020&rollnumber=148. On the same day, the House of Representatives voted 129 to 284 to oppose withdrawal of US troops from its illegal occupation of Afghanistan proposed by Rep. Omar's Amendment No. 5, Roll Cal…

Fight Back (2020-07-22). Trump deploying 150 federal agents in Chicago to repress our movement. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. | What we have watched in Portland is the dress rehearsal for what Trump is preparing for Chicago: an effort to squash the Black Lives Matter protests flowing from this uprising by violent military means. He claims he is targeting the cities controlled by Democrats because of the chaos caused by the largest rebellion in U.S. history. | In truth, broad democratic forces have come together to exercise their right to protest against police murder and violence. We've had signals this was…

Tim Libretti (2020-07-22). GOP says workers are lazy, don't deserve HEROES Act unemployment help. peoplesworld.org Are the majority of Americans lazy and averse to work? Would they prefer not to work and to enjoy a free ride from the government? How we answer this question, or how congressional leaders answer it, shapes what is really life-or-death legislation coming out of Washington, particularly with regards to COVID-19 relief packages. Republicans have …

Stephen Lendman (2020-07-22). Trump Regime Wants Social Security and Medicare Weakened. globalresearch.ca On Monday, debate began in Washington on extending aid to unemployed workers and other Americans in need at a time of economic crisis conditions. | Trump wants an unacceptable payroll tax cut, opposed by Dems and many Republicans — for political …

The Canary (2020-07-21). Trump to send federal agents to Chicago as unprecedented crackdown widens. thecanary.co Donald Trump is planning to deploy federal agents to Chicago and possibly other Democrat-run cities as he continues to assert federal power and use the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in unprecedented, politicised ways.The DHS is expected to send about 150 Homeland Security agents to Chicago to help local law enforcement deal with a spike in crime, according to an official.The agents, who are generally used to investigate human trafficking, drugs and weapons smuggling, are expected to stay in the city for at least two months, according to the source.Police confront protesters in Chicago (Tyler LaRiviere/Chi…

Ted Glick (2020-07-21). The Green Party's Problematic Electoral Strategy. zcomm.org The fact is that history over the last five years has made it clear that the path to a strong, mass-based, independent progressive alternative runs in part through the Democratic Party…

Mike Whitney (2020-07-21). Vote Democrat… and Watch America Burn. globalresearch.ca "…This is the most dangerous time in the history of man. The seriousness of this plot cannot be underestimated. It is not due to any threat of conventional war or nuclear decimation, it is based on the fact that this …

RT (2020-07-21). 'F***ing b**ch!': Republican congressman goes off on AOC over her 'justifying' New York's crime wave. rt.com All decorum was reportedly thrown out of a Congress window when a Republican Representative confronted Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a hostile and very personal way, for seemingly vindicating New York's crime wave. | Ted Yoho, a lawmaker from Florida, had a very colorful exchange with New York Representative Ocasio-Cortez, which has been overheard by a reporter for The Hill. | At first Yoho called the congresswoman "disgusting" for suggesting that the recent spike in New York City crime is the result of the coronavirus-driven rise of local poverty and unemployment. | "You are out of your freaking mind,"

RT (2020-07-21). Khabarovsk politicians quit nationalist party after Putin sends fellow LDPR member from Moscow to replace popular local governor. rt.com He might be one of their own, but new Khabarovsk governor Mikhail Degtyarev isn't local enough for two Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) members in the Far Eastern city. They've quit after President Putin sent him to their region. | The two regional government politicians, Petr Emelyanov and Alexander Kayan, opted to

RT (2020-07-21). Trump orders that illegal aliens NOT BE COUNTED in allocating House seats under 2020 census, provoking Democrat outrage. rt.com Immigrants in the US illegally will be excluded from allocating state seats in the House of Representatives based on the 2020 census, President Donald Trump has announced. Democrats called the move racist and unconstitutional. | On Tuesday, Trump instructed the Department of Commerce to "exclude illegal aliens from the apportionment base following the 2020 census," meaning that non-citizens will not be counted in the population of those states when the number of seats in the House is next apportioned. | The action "reflects a better understanding of the Constitution and is consistent with the principles of our…

Matt Sedlar (2020-07-21). Kamala Harris' Deep History Of Letting Facebook Off The Hook. cepr.net Sludge See article on original site Senator Kamala Harris was heralded as a possible president from the day she arrived in Washington. The pundits and consultants of the Democratic establishment loved her youth, clear intelligence, and charisma. She was a prosecutor, and she wanted you to know it. Yet the 2020 primary did not play …

WSWS (2020-07-21). Democrats, Republicans prepare to slash workers' unemployment supplement. wsws.org Congressional Democrats and Republicans are preparing to slash or eliminate the $600 weekly unemployment supplement that has been a lifeline for millions of workers laid off during the pandemic.

yenisafak (2020-07-21). Biden quotes Prophet Muhammad's hadith, wishes US schools taught about Islam. yenisafak.com Former American Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has vowed to address the needs and concerns of Muslim-American communities in the U.S. once he becomes president during an online summit hosted by the organization "Emgage Action."Biden's remarks came on Monday after several prominent Muslim-American leaders endorsed him for president.Praising Islam as "one of the great confessional faiths," Biden told attendees of the Million Muslim Votes that he wished U.S. schools taught more about Islam."One of the things I think is important, I wish we taught more in our schools about…

Staff (2020-07-21). Senate GOP's COVID Plan May Raid Social Security and Cut Unemployment Benefits. truthout.org Progressives are pushing Democratic congressional leaders to forcefully oppose the Senate GOP's coronavirus stimulus legislation after

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-07-21). Amid Tense Primary Fight, Powerful Democrat Rep. Richie Neal Condemned for Supporting Predatory Medical Billing Policy. commondreams.org "Neal is one of the most powerful members of Congress, and it's clear he's using that power to benefit Wall Street fund managers instead of regular Americans." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-07-20). "I Felt Like I Was Going to Die": Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Recalls 1965 "Bloody Sunday" in Selma. democracynow.org As the United States mourns the loss of civil rights icon and 17-term Democratic Congressmember John Lewis, we feature his 2012 in-studio interview, when he tears up remembering the historic 1965 Selma to Montgomery march he helped lead in 1965 as a 25-year-old man, when he was almost beaten to death by police in what came to be called "Bloody Sunday" and helped push the country toward adopting the Voting Rights Act. "They came toward us, beating us with nightsticks and bullwhips, trampling us with horses," he told Democracy Now! "All these many years later, I don't recall how I made it back across that bridge to…

Staff (2020-07-20). Rep. John Lewis on the Freedom Rides, Surviving KKK Attacks, 1963 March on Washington & Malcolm X. democracynow.org Civil rights movement icon and 17-term Democratic Congressmember John Lewis, who died July 17 at the age of 80, helped found SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and was the youngest of the so-called Big Six who addressed the March on Washington in 1963. Before that, he was among the 13 original Freedom Riders who rode buses across the South to challenge segregation laws. He spoke to Democracy Now! in 2012 about his activism and that historic campaign, during which they were beaten and attacked by white mobs and the Klu Klux Klan, including by Klansman Elwin Wilson, who apologized to Lewis decades…

_____ (2020-07-20). Will the Cultural Marxists Succeed in Cancelling the Biden-Trump Debates? strategic-culture.org Reminiscent of its desire to cancel all uncomfortable discussion on college campuses across the nation, the Democrats are determined to ax a series of scheduled debates between the apparent Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, and the Republican incumbent, Donald Trump. If they succeed, this would be the crowning achievement of the radical left. | The Democratic strategy for getting Joe Biden into the White House without ever emerging from his basement bunker is a stroke of evil genius. Here's how it works: With the unconditional support of the mainstream media, the left has promoted the narrative, constructed on the b…

RT (2020-07-20). Trump says he'll send federal forces to more leftist-run cities as Dems decry feds' role in Portland riots. rt.com The Trump administration plans to send federal forces to violence-torn cities across the nation to help quell riots and surging crime, regardless of whether Democrat mayors and governors welcome Washington's involvement. | "I'm going to do something, that I can tell you," President Donald Trump said on Monday in the Oval Office. "We're not going to let New York and Chicago, and Philadelphia and Detroit and Baltimore and all of these — Oakland is a mess — we're not going to let this happen in our country. All run by liberal Democrats." | The move comes as US House Democrats demand that inspectors g…

RT (2020-07-20). Democrats cry 'foreign meddling' in 2020 election in letter to FBI, reportedly over probe of Biden dealings in Ukraine. rt.com A probe into former VP Joe Biden's dealings in Ukraine is reportedly the 'foreign interference' in US elections that prompted Democrats to demand an urgent defensive briefing from the FBI for all members of Congress. | "We are gravely concerned, in particular, that Congress appears to be the target of a concerted foreign interference campaign, which seeks to launder and amplify disinformation in order to influence congressional activity, public debate, and the presidential election in November," says a letter by four Democrats on the congressional 'Gang of Eight' that deals with intelligence matters. | The let…

The Canary (2020-07-20). Trump not ready to commit to 2020 election results if he loses. thecanary.co US president Donald Trump has refused to commit publicly to accepting the results of the upcoming White House election, recalling a similar threat he made weeks before the 2016 vote, as he scoffed at polls showing him lagging behind his Democratic rival Joe Biden.Trump said it is too early to make such an iron-clad guarantee."Look … I have to see," Trump told moderator Chris Wallace during a wide-ranging interview on Fox News. | The Radical Left Democrats, who totally control Biden, will destroy our Country as we know it. Unimaginably bad things would happen to America. Look at Portland, where the pols are just…

Andrew Emett (2020-07-20). Bipartisan political leaders pay tribute to Rep. John Lewis. nationofchange.org Both Republican and Democratic leaders have joined together in paying homage to the late Rep. John Lewis.

Matt Sedlar (2020-07-20). Better Policy Ideas Alone Won't Stop Monopolies. cepr.net Washington Monthly See article on original site Over the last four years, new voices in the Democratic Party have been calling for policies that push back on established power structures. The growing anti-monopoly movement is a major part of this populist uprising—aimed at breaking up the corporate giants that dominate large swaths of the economy. …

WSWS (2020-07-20). John Lewis, civil rights militant turned big-business politician, dies at 80. wsws.org The outpouring of tributes from reactionaries and war criminals demonstrates the class role that Lewis came to play, despite his youthful part in asserting the democratic rights of African Americans.

WSWS (2020-07-20). Trump's police-state attack in Portland, Oregon. wsws.org The crackdown on demonstrators by Trump's fascistic border agents is the latest move in his administration's years-long assault on democratic rights in the United States.

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-07-20). Cancel Government Secrecy: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. thealtworld.com ~ | Want a healthy world? End secrecy for the powerful, break up all media and fully democratize it, and decriminalize psychedelics. Stop interfering in people's ability to clearly see what's going on in their world, in their nation and in themselves, and a healthy system will naturally arise. | ~ | The amount of power you have over other people should have an exactly inverse relationship to your right to privacy. The more power you have, the less secrecy you should be entitled to. Once your power reaches governmental level or its corporate/financial/political/media equivalent, that secrecy should be zero. | How…

Edward Hardy (2020-07-20). The GOP's Bailout Bonanza. progressive.org Republicans claim that policies like Universal Basic Income are unaffordable, even as they funnel billions to corporate executives.

commondreams (2020-07-20). Congressional Republicans Join Trump's Scheme to Raid Social Security. commondreams.org ______________________________…

_____ (2020-07-20). The GOP's 'Southern Strategy' Shows How White Supremacy Fuels Class Exploitation. popularresistance.org Starting in the early 1970s, the Republican Party began to draw voters away from the Democrats by appealing to racism and racial anxiety in the electorate; Republicans called it their "Southern Strategy." By 2000, with the presidency of George W. Bush, the Republican Party (and the U.S.) had been taken over by people who celebrate and emulate the Old South plantation system of social control — a rigid hierarchy featuring dominance of whites over people of color, of men over women, of humans over the natural world, and of violence and militarism over relationship-building and negotiation, with rich white men…

sputniknews (2020-07-20). 'Gravely Concerned': US Lawmakers Tap FBI Over Alleged 'Foreign Interference' Targeting Congress. sputniknews.com A recent letter penned by Democratic lawmakers is demanding that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) brief members of Congress on matters related to possible foreign interference in the upcoming 2020 presidential election.

Staff (2020-07-20). "I Felt Like I Was Going to Die": The Late John Lewis on Selma's "Bloody Sunday" truthout.org Image Credit: Getty Images | As the United States mourns the loss of civil rights icon and 17-term Democratic Congressmember John Lewis, we feature his 2012 in-studio interview, when he tears up remembering the historic 1965 Selma to Montgomery march he helped lead in 1965 as a 25-year-old man, when he was almost beaten to death by police in what came to be called "Bloody Sunday" and helped push the country toward adopting the Voting Rights Act. "They came toward us, beating us with nightsticks an…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-07-20). Despite Surging Need Amid Pandemic, GOP Moves to Rollback SNAP When Food Assistance 'Matters Now More Than Ever'. commondreams.org Pointing to the success of the SNAP program, formerly known as food stamps, during the coronavirus pandemic, economists on Monday said Republicans' plan to end the expansion of the aid program would be "unconscionable." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-07-20). Despite Surging Need Amid Pandemic, GOP Moves to Roll Back SNAP When Food Assistance 'Matters Now More Than Ever'. commondreams.org Pointing to the success of the SNAP program, formerly known as food stamps, during the coronavirus pandemic, economists on Monday said Republicans' plan to end the expansion of the aid program would be "unconscionable." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2020-07-19). 'Not comfortable having them in our space': Portland mayor orders feds to be kicked out of police incident HQ as riots grip city. rt.com Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said he has banned federal officers, who were deployed to the city to protect federal property, from sharing headquarters with police amid claims they whisk "peaceful protesters" away in unmarked cars. | "Earlier today I directed that staff who are part of federal agency operations are no longer allowed to co-locate with the police bureau's incident command," Wheeler tweeted on Saturday. | Although the Democrat mayor acknowledged that "sharing a space" advanced cooperation between local and federal law enforcement, allowing for clearer communication, he said that "recent actions" by…

_____ (2020-07-19). The Story Behind The Lee Statue In Richmond. popularresistance.org Since the May 25 murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond, Virginia, erected in 1890, has been a focus of protests, graffiti, and public pressure calling for the removal of this offensive symbol of Confederate aspiration. At twenty feet high, atop a forty-foot base, the bronze Confederate general sits on his horse as if surveying an active battlefield, looming over the former capital of the Confederacy. | The monument's future is murky. On June 4, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, a Democrat, issued an order to remove the statue, but days later a judge in Richmond issued an inj…

RT (2020-07-19). House Democrats demand to probe fed officers in Portland, as city mayor blames them for violence. rt.com Democrat lawmakers have asked the government to investigate the deployment of federal officers to Portland, where riots have raged for 50 days. Portland's mayor went further, blaming the officers for the violence. | In a joint

RT (2020-07-19). Trump says he'd get '50 YEARS FOR TREASON' for what Obama & Biden did as he launches full-on attack on his rival. rt.com US President Donald Trump has unleashed a fresh offensive on Joe Biden, suggesting his presidential rival should be punished for "spying" and "treason," and needs to be subjected to a cognitive ability exam. | Trump went on the warpath on Sunday, with Joe Biden the target of his rage. In a scathing tweet, he accused Biden of being "totally controlled" by the "radical left," referring to the leaders of Portland, where Black Lives Matter and Antifa rioters have battered and burned the city's Justice Center for more than 50 days. | The Radical Left Democrats, who totally control Biden, will destroy our Country as…

The Canary (2020-07-19). Government's hostile environment blamed for 'chilling' rise in self-harm incidents at immigration detention centres. thecanary.co A rise in the number of self-harm incidents in immigration detention centres is the chilling effect of the government's "hostile environment", it has been claimed.Home Office statistics indicate that the number of incidents in immigration removal centres has risen over the last five years from 313 in 2015 to 474 last year.The figures were published in response to a written parliamentary question from acting Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey. | Despite a slight drop in the number of incidents between 2015 (313) and 2016 (295), the figure grew to 403 in 2017.A total of 398 incidents of self-harm were recorded in 201…

Aidan Jonah (2020-07-19). Bolivian Coup Government Calls for another Canada-backed Foreign Intervention in its Presidential Elections. dissidentvoice.org On July 15, Luis Fernando Camacho, leader of the violent coup against Bolivian president Evo Morales and current candidate for the Bolivian presidency, issued a desperate appeal to the Organization of American States. Bolivia's coup leader, Fernando Camacho, has asked the OAS to intervene to stop democratic elections taking place on September 6th. Camacho says …

_____ (2020-07-19). Biden Climate Plan Will 'Double Down' On Oil; Dakota Access Lives On. popularresistance.org Presumptive Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden has released his climate plan, and it's drawn mixed reviews on its ambitiousness and ability to combat the climate crisis. The plan is an endorsement of business as usual for the oil and gas industry in the United States—and then some. | Echoing the recent plans published by the Sanders-Biden Unity Committee and the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Biden's plan calls for the United States to meet "net-zero" on greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 without calling for a phaseout on fracking or other domestic fossil fuels production. Instead of calling fo…

RT (2020-07-18). As violent protests grip Portland for weeks, Dems call for an investigation of 'horrific' tactics by federal law enforcement. rt.com With Portland plagued by weeks of violent protests, including attacks on police, Oregon's leaders are demanding an investigation into federal officers who they branded an "occupying" force assaulting "peaceful protesters." | Four Democratic lawmakers from the state — US Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, as well as US House members Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici — called for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to probe the "violent actions of federal forces in Portland" on Friday. | Like Mayor Ted Wheeler, who said on Tuesday that his biggest wo…

sputniknews (2020-07-18). Florida Senator Marco Rubio Lambasted for Honoring Memory of John Lewis With Wrong Photo. sputniknews.com US Democratic Representative John Lewis, a prominent civil rights advocate, died of cancer on Friday at the age of 80. Flags at the White House were lowered to half-mast in memory of the lawmaker, and President Donald Trump sent his condolences, receiving a wave of criticism for the comments.