Daily Archives: July 29, 2020

2020-07-29: News Headlines

Alan Macleod (2020-07-29). Just Like With Healthcare, Democrats Offer Half-Hearted Measures to Impending Eviction Crisis. mintpressnews.com The federal moratorium on evictions expired this week, leaving 12 million renters at risk of losing their homes, and much as they did with healthcare, Democrats are offering little more than token non-solutions.

John Bachtell (2020-07-29). CPUSA co-chair Rossana Cambron sees potential for transformative moment in history. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES — As Rossana Cambron contemplates the multiple crises and threats to democracy facing the nation, the Communist Party USA co-chair is gripped with urgency. But she also sees much to be excited about and the potential for a transformative moment. "All these social and democratic movements are coming together, there's a deeper understanding …

RT (2020-07-29). Police quit agreements to provide security at DNC convention over tear gas & pepper spray ban as mass protests are feared — report. rt.com Democrats who have been clamoring to defund police and "reimagine" the force may soon get a small taste of what they're asking for, after scores of law enforcement agencies reportedly refused to protect their convention. | At least 100 law enforcement agencies around Wisconsin are reportedly canceling agreements to help provide security at next month's Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, raising concerns over whether forces will be adequate to deal with potential protests. | At issue is a new policy banning Milwaukee police from using tear gas or pepper spray during protests, which was ordered last we…

RT (2020-07-29). Barr directs agencies to 'significantly increase resources' in Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee to combat uptick in violent crime. rt.com After a tense congressional hearing where Democrats excoriated the US Attorney General for deploying federal agents to cities like Portland, Bill Barr announced an expansion of a program to tackle rising violent crime in the US. | The FBI, US Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have all been directed to "significantly increase resources" in Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee — three cities newly added as part of an expansion of Operation Legend, which launched on July 8. | Operation Legend — named after four-year-old Le…

RT (2020-07-29). 'Do not hold grudges' & 'great respect': Biden's handwritten notes on Senator Kamala Harris fuel speculation on VP pick. rt.com Notes by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have added weight to rumors that Senator Kamala Harris will be his running mate. Despite clashing during the debates, there seems to be no bad blood between the pair. | Biden's handwritten notes were photographed during his campaign speech in Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday. They contained Harris' name, along with a set of five talking points: "Do not hold grudges," "Talented," "Great help to campaign," "Great respect for her," and "Campaign with me and Jill (Biden's wife)." | The phrase about grudges is likely a reference to a memorable clash the…

RT (2020-07-29). Dem rep equates Portland riot with anti-lockdown protest, attacks Barr for not sending feds to 'deal' with 'right-wing extremists'. rt.com Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington) has compared armed anti-lockdown protesters in Michigan, an open-carry state, to vandals and rioters in Portland, as she unleashed a tirade on AG Bill Barr for treating the groups differently. | Barr was accused of plenty by Democrats during Tuesday's hearing, from politicizing the Justice Department to being "unAmerican" for deploying federal officers to violent protests in Portland, Oregon. However, Jayapal went a step further and questioned the way the attorney general responds to protests involving black citizens and those involving white ones, while comparing and contra…

sputniknews (2020-07-29). GOP Functioning as 'Mouthpiece of Business' Amid US' Dangerous Push for Jobs, School Openings. sputniknews.com Professor Richard Wolff of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, tells Sputnik that despite the US being far from containing the spread of COVID-19, the struggles of the nation's economy and business sectors appear to be more of a concern for Republicans in Congress than the health and well-being of their actual constituents.

_____ (2020-07-29). Imperialist Economic War Costs US Almost $200 Billion. popularresistance.org Quantifying each and every one of the effects of the war that imperialism has declared on the Venezuelan people is impossible. The attacks that Venezuelans have experienced since 1999 have not only been economic, they have also been psychological. There is no way to measure the consequences of the hatred that the undemocratic opposition has sown with its anti-socialist propaganda, to the point of burning people alive if they are suspected Chavistas. The resentment that the Venezuelan people have towards those who claim to be Venezuelans, but who have sold out their homeland, is also unmeasurable. | That said, foc…

WSWS (2020-07-29). Attorney General Barr aggressively defends violent attacks on protesters in Portland. wsws.org The White House remains the cockpit of a conspiracy to destroy democratic rights and establish authoritarian rule in the United States.

Jeff Cohen (2020-07-29). Democratic Leaders Have Blocked Real Healthcare Reform for Decades. Time to Give 'Em Hell. zcomm.org Single payer doesn't just cut costs by eliminating the waste caused by a multiplicity of for-profit insurers — but also because the purchasing power of a federal plan can rein in pharmaceutical and other exploding costs.

_____ (2020-07-29). Preparing For A November Surprise. popularresistance.org Nationwide protests against police brutality following George Floyd's murder are the broadest and most persistent in US history. They have laid bare the racism that pervades American society—and demonstrated the willingness of Americans to take to the streets and resist oppression, even in the midst of a pandemic. Americans must continue demanding an end to white supremacy and follow the lead of Black organizers to galvanize a similar flexing of civic muscle to help ensure democratic continuity come November. With elections four months away and the rule of law under steady attack, people power could prove d…

yenisafak (2020-07-29). Ethiopia, Rwanda, DRC leaders on eminent Africans list. yenisafak.com Ethiopia's prime minister and the presidents of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo have been named among the 100 Most Reputable Africans.Abiy Ahmed, Paul Kagame, and Felix Tshisekedi were joined by Kenyan minister Amina Mohamed on the list released by Reputation Poll International, a reputation management consultancy firm.The list features 47 women and 53 men from diverse sectors, including leadership, entertainment, advocacy, education, and business.They were selected on the criteria of integrity, visibility, and impact, according to a statement.Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization's director for…

sputniknews (2020-07-29). AG Barr Vows to Leave Office if US Presidential Election Results 'Clear'. sputniknews.com Incumbent US President Donald Trump is expected to face presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the 3 November elections. As polls show Biden in the lead in several states, Trump is claiming that the elections might be rigged, particularly through the use of mail ballots.

Ajamu Baraka (2020-07-28). China, Militarism and Bipartisan Games. globalresearch.ca Trump militarized Portland last week and then threatened to send federal police and military forces to Chicago and other Democrat Party-led cities. Then Democrats squealed in opposition. But it's phony. Both political parties are playing a cynical game designed to …

Staff (2020-07-28). Headlines for July 28, 2020. democracynow.org Senate Republicans Unveil Plan to Slash Unemployment Benefits as Pandemic Rages, Moderna Late Stage Vaccine Trial Starts, as Trump's NSA Tests Positive for Coronavirus, WHO: COVID-19 "Most Severe Global Health Emergency" as Global Death Toll Tops 654,000, AG Barr and National Guardsman to Testify Before Congress with Battling Narratives, John Lewis Lies in State in Capitol Rotunda as He Is Honored by Fellow Lawmakers, 100s of DNC Delegates to Oppose a Party Platform Without Medicare for All, DNC Members Vote to Support Israel's Illegal Annexation of West Bank, "Free Them All!": Immigrant Rights Activists Chain Th…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-07-28). House panel grills Barr on sending Trump's troops to cities. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Trump regime Attorney General William Barr faced tough grilling July 28 from congressional Democrats who hate the GOP president's schemes to send troops to the nation's cities. And Barr also must contend with an eyewitness to Trump's first deployment, in Washington's Lafayette Square. Army National Guard Major William DeMarco flatly testified Barr ordered U.S. Park …

RT (2020-07-28). Dems, media allies cry foul after GOP leader 'hijacks' Barr hearing with video showing violent side of protests. rt.com A US House hearing meant by Democrats to excoriate Attorney General William Barr got off to a rocky start Monday as ranking Republican Jim Jordan showed a video montage of violent protests raging across the country. | The video began with clips of more than a dozen media outlets and Democrat leaders describing the wave of anti-racism demonstrations as "peaceful protests," followed by the widow of retired St Louis police captain David Dorn speaking about the murder of her husband by a looter on June 2. Video of rioting, looting and arson then begins to play with the widow's speech continuing. | Immediately a…

RT (2020-07-28). GOP 'Covid-19 relief' bill sets aside $7bn on weapons, including F-35 FIGHTER JETS — Sanders calls it 'dead on arrival'. rt.com The coronavirus relief proposal released by Republican lawmakers seeks to inject $7 billion into tools presumably essential for fighting the virus… such as the Pentagon's favorite money sink, the F-35 stealth fighter program. | Democrats have been adamantly opposed to the GOP coronavirus relief package right from the onset, and to the surprise of no one, given the current ultra-partisan climate. But the bill, which was made public on Monday, really brings out the Republican party's generosity towards defense contractors. Of the $1 trillion financial injection, $29 billion is supposed to go to defense spendin…

WSWS (2020-07-28). Growing demands that Sri Lankan defence secretary end the military harassment of SEP candidates. wsws.org Workers, educators and professionals speak out against the attacks on the democratic rights of Socialist Equality Party candidates in Jaffna.

WSWS (2020-07-28). Trump, Republicans demand $400-a-week cut for the unemployed. wsws.org The savage class war proposal is the start of "negotiations" with the Democrats in which the outcome is already assured: a severe reduction in working class living standards in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

news.un (2020-07-28). Human rights report details 'heartbreaking' accounts of women detained in DPRK. news.un.org Women forcibly returned to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) are subjected to torture, ill treatment, sexual abuse, and other violations, according to a report published on Tuesday by the UN Human Rights office.

Robert Greenstein (2020-07-28). Counting the Many Ways the GOP Senate Covid-19 Relief Plan Would Fail Struggling Families and the Economy. commondreams.org It doesn't raise SNAP benefit levels even though 26 million adults reported that their households, which include millions of children, often or sometimes didn't have enough to eat in the last seven days, according to Census data from early July. (Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Fight Back (2020-07-28). Republicans propose $400 a week cut from unemployment benefits. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – After months of delay and weeks of infighting, on Monday, July 27 the Trump administration and the Republican Senate put forward their proposal for more economic relief from the pandemic and recession. With the $600 a week in additional benefits expiring, the Republicans want to cut this by $400 a week, down to $200. With the national unemployment benefit averaging about $350 a week, this would mean a more than 40% cut in their benefits. | To make matters worse, it will hit the unemployed who have low-paying jobs the hardest. For example, a full-time worker in a small business that earns the minimu…

_____ (2020-07-28). Venezuela Moves Toward Elections: US Seeks To Undermine Them. popularresistance.org Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE) has kickstarted proceedings for the upcoming December 6 National Assembly (AN) elections. A number of events have taken place in recent weeks that appear to open the way for a path out of the current political crisis and towards new conditions of stability in the country. | The roadmap has several democratic and electoral elements, which dovetail with decrees handed down by state institutions. | The government's strategy is, in broad strokes, to create a new democratic framework on the basis of several recent developments that we will examine. | While this roadmap is r…

sputniknews (2020-07-28). 'Still Sh**': Former Sanders' Campaign Chair Shares Strong Opinion on Voting For Trump, Biden. sputniknews.com In the upcoming November US presidential elections, incumbent President Donald Trump will face Democratic presumptive nominee Joe Biden, who, according to some recent polls, is leading by seven points in the key swing state of North Carolina.

sputniknews (2020-07-28). Joe Biden Says Will Announce 2020 Running Mate as Soon as Next Week. sputniknews.com In March, the presumptive US Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, declared that he would pick a woman as his running mate for the US 2020 election, adding that "there are a number of women who are qualified to be president tomorrow".

Staff (2020-07-28). DNC Platform Committee Votes Down Medicare for All Amendment. truthout.org A Democratic National Committee panel on Monday voted down an amendment that would have inserted a plank supporting Medicare for All into the party's 2020 platform, a move progressives decried as out of touch with public opinion and a slap in the face to the The DNC Platform Committe…

Staff (2020-07-28). GOP Stimulus Bill Shows McConnell and Trump Are Perfectly Happy to Watch You Die. truthout.org Let us now turn our primers to the chapter titled, "Stuff That Should Have Happened Months Ago But Didn't Because Mitch McConnell Said 'No.'" | Two months and tens of thousands of corpses ago, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (

Mark Gruenberg (2020-07-27). GOP maneuvers to block Heroes Act will bring the roof down. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — Unless Congress acts, acts fast, and acts the way the Democratic-run U.S. House wants it to act, millions of people will fall off a cliff—financially and otherwise—after Friday, July 31. But Senate Republicans and GOP President Donald Trump are standing in the way. July 31 is the date of the last $600 weekly …

RT (2020-07-27). Where are the fact checkers? Rep. Jerry Nadler claims Antifa violence in Portland is a MYTH (VIDEO). rt.com Congressman Jerry Nadler has been raked across the coals by social media after insisting that there is no protester-instigated violence in Portland. The lawmaker has spearheaded efforts to discredit federal police in the city. | The New York Democrat was approached by pundit and internet personality Austen Fletcher, who asked the House member if he "disavows the violence from Antifa happening in Portland right now." | "That's a myth that's being spread only in Washington, DC," Nadler responded. | Clearly amused by the lawmaker's answer, Fletched clarified: "About Antifa in Portland?" | "Yes," the NY representa…

Peter Dreier (2020-07-27). One Cheer for John Kasich. thenation.com One Cheer for John Kasich…

WSWS (2020-07-27). $600-per-week jobless benefit expires for 20 million US workers. wsws.org The Trump administration and Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress are condemning millions of workers to destitution, hunger and homelessness.

commondreams (2020-07-27). National Nurses United on Senate Republicans' Stimulus Proposal: 'Senate Republicans Have Abandoned Nurses and Patients'. commondreams.org ______________________________…

sputniknews (2020-07-27). Will Global Protests, Clashes With Police Lead to Voiceless Being Heard? sputniknews.com Political uprisings from Israel to Portland, Oregon, have governments racing to gain control, and even the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is going through an internal rebellion. Are people everywhere fed up with business as usual?

Staff (2020-07-27). Trump's Federal Police Surge Could Provoke an Election Day Constitutional Crisis. truthout.org Courts must end Trump's paramilitary urban war against Democratic mayors and cities ahead of the November election, voting rights and legal experts tell Truthout, otherwise they leave open the possibility of an unprecedented constitutional crisis buttressed by the president's personal secret police. | As President Trump prepares an additional "surge" of federal agents into Democratic-led U.S. cities, including Chicago and Albuquerque, after days of dystopian images of unidentified feds bru…

_____ (2020-07-26). The Real Collusion Scandal of the 2016 Campaign. strategic-culture.org Tim GRAHAM | Four years ago this week, the leftists at WikiLeaks tried to ruin the Democratic convention by posting a trove of emails exposing how the Democratic National Committee blatantly favored Hillary Clinton and tilted against Bernie Sanders. But even then, the media downplayed the juiciest tidbits for conservatives: emails in Clinton aide John Podesta's account that demonstrated how shamelessly reporters and Democrats work hand in hand to shape the "news". — Some might even say it sounds fake. For example: | 1. ABC's George Stephanopoulos harshly interviewed "Clinton Cash" author Peter Schweizer on h…

RT (2020-07-26). Political murder? Republicans seek federal probe into 'senseless' killing of black Trump supporter in Milwaukee. rt.com The murder in broad daylight of Milwaukee's Bernell Trammell is prompting calls for a federal prosecutor to investigate whether the 60-year-old black man was killed because of his passionate support for President Donald Trump. | Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Andrew Hitt asked that US Attorney Matthew Krueger investigate whether the "senseless" killing was politically motivated. Trammel was gunned down around midday Thursday in front of his small publishing business, eXpressions Journal. Police are still looking for the shooter. | "No American should fear for their personal safety because of where they li…

Fight Back (2020-07-26). On the passing of Ka Fidel Agcaoili. fightbacknews.org To: National Democratic Front of the Philippines
| From: Freedom Road Socialist Organization
| On the passing of Ka Fidel Agcaoili | Dear comrades
| It is with great sadness we received the news of Ka Fidel Agcaoili's passing. The leadership and members of Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) extend our heartfelt condolences to his many comrades, his friends and family. Ka Fidel was an outstanding example of what a communist should be. He was among those in the forefront of the titanic struggle to liberate the Philippines from the evils of imperialism, feudalism, and bureaucrat capitalism. Great…

_____ (2020-07-26). Anti-China Hysteria Drives Record 2021 US Defense Spending. popularresistance.org Anti-China hysteria has emerged as the central 'threat' designed to justify endless U.S. military spending and adventurism in the Asia-Pacific. | The 2021 Department of Defense spending bill has become contested terrain for a progressive wing of Democrats seeking to curtail endless military spending and a Republican-led bipartisan coalition focused on increasing spending to "stay competitive" with ostensible threats from Russia and China. | On July 21, the House passed its version of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), with an increase in stipulated defense spending from 2020's $658 bi…

_____ (2020-07-25). America's Terminal Decline. popularresistance.org President Trump's U-turn admission on the coronavirus pandemic, acknowledging that it's going to get worse before it gets better, could be applied to the general condition of American politics. It can only get worse under present circumstances. | That's because there is no way to solve deep-seated problems in the US system under the prevailing bipartisan framework. | It is delusional for Democrats to blame Trump and the Republicans for all the woes of that nation. The notion that America can be returned to some kind of presumed normality if Joe Biden is elected to the White House in November is a fantasy.