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2020-02-25: News Headlines

RT (2020-02-25). 'Bang-bang-bang': Bloomberg says he'd DRONE his critics & shield banks if elected president in leaked audio. rt.com Billionaire Democratic hopeful Michael Bloomberg vowed to "defend the banks" and jokingly suggested that he may hunt down his political rivals with Predator drones if elected, a leaked 2016 audio clip has revealed. | The Bloomberg campaign has confirmed the authenticity of the recording, which captured a speech he gave at a closed-door Goldman Sachs event at Yankee Stadium in June 2016. The clip was posted online by a self-styled disgruntled former Goldman executive several days ago and has since made the rounds. | Bloomberg's opening remarks can only help to fuel concerns within the progressive wing of his…

RT (2020-02-25). 'Cringeworthy' Biden attack ad ahead of South Carolina vote says Sanders didn't back Obama's 2012 run, Twitter collectively groans. rt.com Hoping to sink Democratic frontrunner Bernie Sanders ahead of the South Carolina primary, a new ad from former VP Joe Biden accused the Vermont senator of a plot to run against Obama in 2012 — but netizens had trouble buying it.

RT (2020-02-25). 'Delete his entire campaign': Bloomberg gets roasted after tweeting, then scrubbing, fake Bernie quotes praising 'despots'. rt.com Billionaire-turned-Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has taken a severe thrashing on social media, after his campaign posted, and then deleted, fake Bernie Sanders quotes hailing alleged "despots. " | Bloomberg's social media team took aim at the Vermont senator with a series of tweets mocking his factually accurate statement that literacy in Cuba skyrocketed under Fidel Castro. | The official 'Team Bloomberg' Twitter account shot off a series of posts in which they imagined what Sanders perhaps thinks of other "famous despots." The fake quotes included flattering remarks about Stalin ("[he]…

RT (2020-02-25). Merkel rival Merz joins CDU party leadership race. rt.com German conservative Friedrich Merz, an erstwhile rival of Chancellor Angela Merkel, confirmed on Tuesday that he will run for the leadership of her Christian Democrats (CDU) at a party congress on April 25. "I have decided to run again for…

RT (2020-02-25). Biden slips up about running for SENATE, instead of president in latest gaffe. rt.com Talking silver while aiming for gold isn't the best idea during the closely watched Democratic race, but former vice president Joe Biden did just that, downgrading his political ambitions from president to… senator. | Known for a series of gaffes, some of which have been branded disturbingly weird, Biden produced a new one while trying to win public sympathy in South Carolina. While the opening part of his outburst sounded like conventional self-promotion at first, the rest raised more than a few eyebrows. | "I'm Joe Biden, I'm a Democrat candidate for the United States Senate. Look me over, if you like what…

WSWS (2020-02-25). The show trial of Julian Assange begins. wsws.org The first day of the British court hearing yesterday to determine if WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange will be extradited to the United States left no doubt that what is taking place is a legal travesty that threatens both Assange's life and fundamental democratic rights.

Paul Street (2020-02-25). The "Liberal" Media's Propaganda War on Bernie Sanders. counterpunch.org Last week, three days before the Nevada Caucus, MSDNC's Stephanie Ruhle had on an old friend, former Diamond Resorts CEO Stephen Cloobeck, a major Democratic Party funder, to speak from Las Vegas. Asked about one of Ruhle's favorite topics, the menace of "socialist Bernie Sanders," Cloobeck called Sanders "an anarchist" who "would love to burn down the United States" " (When asked if he would support Trump if Sanders is the nominee, Cloobeck growled "anyone but Bernie, anyone but Bernie."). She later gleamed while one or her many Republican guests, Jeb Bush's former campaign manager, called for Michael Bloomberg…

John Eskow (2020-02-25). What Will You Do If the Democrats Steal It from Sanders? counterpunch.org "If Hillary gave up one of her balls and gave it to Obama, he'd have two." —James Carville "Well, you know, James Carville is well-known for spouting off his mouth without always knowing what he's talking about. And I intend to stay focused on fighting for the American people because what they don't need is 20 more years of

Roknich (2020-02-25). Bernie Sanders San Antonio Speech. indybay.org "We're gonna win the Democratic Primary in Texas, says Bernie Sanders, while Nevada gives him all her delegates. (video and audio))…

Michael Hudson (2020-02-25). The Democrats' Quandary: In a Struggle Between Oligarchy and Democracy, Something Must Give. counterpunch.org To hear the candidates debate, you would think that their fight was over who could best beat Trump. But when Trump's billionaire twin Mike Bloomberg throws a quarter-billion dollars into an ad campaign to bypass the candidates actually running for votes in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada, it's obvious that what really is at issue

WSWS (2020-02-25). Sanders on "60 Minutes" spells out willingness to use US military power. wsws.org The Democratic presidential frontrunner said he would go to war in support of NATO and other US military allies, and to defend Taiwan against China.

WSWS (2020-02-25). German right-wing and far-right parties suffer defeat in Hamburg state election. wsws.org Four days after the right-wing terrorist attack in Hanau, the Christian Democrats and Free Democrats, the parties that formed an alliance with the far-right Alternative for Germany to elect the minister president in Thuringia, lost large numbers of votes in Hamburg.

Jack Rasmus (2020-02-25). The Nevada Caucus and the Desperation of Democrat Elites. counterpunch.org The events of the past week—beginning with the TV debates of the candidates on February 19 and culminating in the Nevada Democrat Party caucus in Nevada on February 22 this past Saturday—show a growing desperation in the ranks of the Democratic Party's corporate-driven leadership as the Sanders campaign has assumed a clear lead in the

Staff (2020-02-25). Time for Both Major Parties to Own the Immigration Crisis. truthdig.com The relative lack of talk on the campaign trail about immigration points to a bigger problem shared by Democrats and Republicans.

Staff (2020-02-24). Sanders & Socialism: Debate Between Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman & Socialist Economist Richard Wolff. democracynow.org As Bernie Sanders's runaway win in Nevada cements his position as the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, the Democratic Party establishment and much of the mainstream media are openly expressing concern about a self-described democratic socialist leading the presidential ticket. His opponents have also attacked his ambitious agenda. Last week during the primary debate in Las Vegas, Bernie Sanders addressed misconceptions about socialism. Invoking the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Sanders decried what he called "socialism for the very rich, rugged individualism for the poor." | For more, we host a…

Staff (2020-02-24). "A Stupendous Victory": Bernie Sanders Wins Nevada After Heavy Organizing in Latinx Communities. democracynow.org Senator Bernie Sanders scored a decisive victory Saturday in the Democratic presidential caucuses in Nevada, riding a wave of support from young voters, union members and Latinx voters, who strengthened his status as front-runner. His win shows the potential for the nation's largest minority group to reshape the next stage of the Democratic presidential race. In the next four weeks, six more of the 12 states with a large Latinx population will vote in the Democratic primary. On Super Tuesday, Texas, California and Colorado go to the polls. Arizona, Florida and Illinois will vote on March 17. We speak with Erika A…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-02-24). AFT endorses Warren, Biden, Sanders — for now. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Citing responses from more than 300,000 members, union town halls, regional forums, and meetings with state and local members and leaders, the Teachers (AFT) board endorsed Sens. Bernie Sanders, Ind-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and former Vice President Joe Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination — for now. But regardless of who wins the Democratic …

Eric A. Gordon (2020-02-24). 'Unelectable' Bernie Sanders scores overwhelming win in Nevada caucuses. peoplesworld.org LAS VEGAS, Nev. — After slim popular vote victories in Iowa and New Hampshire, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders achieved frontrunner status in the drive for the Democratic nomination for president by scoring an impressive win in the Feb. 22 caucuses here. Final tabulation of the vote awaits official certification, but at press time Sanders won …

Glen Ford (2020-02-24). Bloomberg wants to swallow the Democrats and spit out the Sandernistas. mronline.org If, somehow, Bernie Sanders is allowed to win the nomination, Michael Bloomberg and other plutocrats will have created a Democratic Party machinery purpose-built to defy Sanders—as nominee, and even as president. |

Fight Back (2020-02-24). Tampa students rally for justice for Jamee Johnson. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held a rally at the University of South Florida calling for justice and all victims of police brutality, highlighting Jamee Johnson, a Black man who was murdered by officers in Jacksonville. At the February 19 protest, about 15 students promoted the need for community control of the police through police accountability councils. They also demonstrated for their ongoing campaign to increase Black enrollment at USF. | With chants saying, "USF shame on you! Black lives matter too!" the students used the rally to reach out to the student body about the wa…

Staff (2020-02-24). Paul Krugman and Richard Wolff on Bernie Sanders's Democratic Socialism. truthout.org As Bernie Sanders's runaway win in Nevada cements his position as the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, the Democratic Party establishment and much of the mainstream media are openly expressing concern about a self-described democratic socialist leading the presidential ticket. His opponents have also attacked his ambitious agenda. Last week during the primary debate in Las Vegas, Bernie Sanders addressed misconceptions about socialism. Invoking the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Sa…

Eleanor Eagan (2020-02-24). As the Primary Race Heats Up, Candidates Forget Principled Campaign Finance Stands. counterpunch.org At this time last year, newly declared Democratic primary candidates were racing to outdo each other with escalating promises to shun big money support. Contenders vowed not to take corporate PAC money, to reject lobbyists' dollars, to discourage super PACs, and to tell fossil fuel executives, "no, thank you". Now, however, many seem to be

Staff (2020-02-24). Bernie Sanders Releases Plan for Guaranteed "Child Care and Pre-K for All" truthout.org Now running as the presumptive front-runner in the Democratic presidential primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday morning unveiled a sweeping new proposal that would guarantee high-quality child care and then pre-kindergarten education to every child — regardless of income or status — in the United States. | Citing figures that show the average American family with young children spends $10,000 per year on childcare — a burden that eats as much as 35 percent out of the annual bu…

TCFBDAF (2020-02-24). Environmental Voter Guide. Democratic Candidates 2020. globalresearch.ca The Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund evaluated each candidate on four key environmental issue areas: | saving wildlife, protecting public lands, ensuring environmental justice and ending the climate crisis. | We evaluated every candidate polling above 1% in the latest national …

Andrew Bacevich (2020-02-24). Going Off-Script in the Age of Trump. commondreams.org President Donald Trump's address to the nation regarding border security is shown on a television screen in Times Square, January 8, 2019 in New York City. A partial shutdown of the federal government extended to 17 days following the president's demand for $5.7 billion for a border wall while Democrats have refused. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Peter Bolton (2020-02-24). Bernie Sanders is in pole position with Nevada win. But the establishment push-back will now begin in earnest. thecanary.co Bernie Sanders has just solidified his status as the front-runner in the contest to choose who will face Donald Trump in the presidential elections later this year. Though these are exciting times, there's also a rocky road ahead. Because the establishment campaign to discredit him in every way possible will now begin in earnest. | Third democratic victory in a row: | On 22 February, Sanders

Staff (2020-02-24). Who Is Funding the Anti-Bernie Sanders Super PAC? truthout.org Several outside groups are trying to slow the momentum of current Democratic presidential frontrunner Sen. The campaign against Sanders originated with hybrid PAC

Staff (2020-02-24). Bernie Sanders Wins Nevada After Heavy Organizing in Latinx Communities. truthout.org Senator Bernie Sanders scored a decisive victory Saturday in the Democratic presidential caucuses in Nevada, riding a wave of support from young voters, union members and Latinx voters, who strengthened his status as front-runner. His win shows the potential for the nation's largest minority group to reshape the next stage of the Democratic presidential race. In the next four weeks, six more of the 12 states with a large Latinx population will vote in the Democratic primary. On Super Tuesday, Texas,…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-02-24). Amid Right-Wing Effort to Smear Sanders Over Cuba Comments, Campaign Issues Reminder That Obama Said the Same Thing. commondreams.org Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign defended the 2020 presidential candidate's recent comments on former Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Monday as conservatives and centrist Democrats whipped up outrage over Sanders' praise for the high literacy rates in Cuba under Castro's leadership, which lasted from 1959 to 2008. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Juan Cole (2020-02-24). MSNBC's Chris Matthews Epitomizes Corporate Democrats' Bernie Derangement Syndrome. commondreams.org Democratic presidential hopeful Former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg (L) speaks with journalist Chris Matthews (R) in the spin room following the ninth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 19, 2020. (Photo: Bridget Bennet/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2020-02-23). 'Don't let them take it away!' Trump congratulates 'Crazy Bernie' as Sanders wins big in Nevada. rt.com Evoking painful memories, US President Donald Trump has expressed hope that his potential Democratic contender won't be robbed of the nomination this time, as Bernie Sanders heads for a decisive victory in Nevada caucus. | "Looks like Crazy Bernie is doing well in the Great State of Nevada. Biden & the rest look weak, & no way Mini Mike can restart his campaign after the worst debate performance in the history of Presidential Debates," Trump tweeted. | Looks like Crazy Bernie is doing well in the Great State of Nevada. Biden & the rest look weak, & no way Mini Mike can restart his campaign after the worst deba…

Fight Back (2020-02-23). "We want to show the DNC that the people have the power," says Milwaukee coalition. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – On February 22, a Wisconsin delegation invited a conference of nearly 60 organizations to join a major protest at the Democratic National Convention taking place in Milwaukee in July. | The members of the Coalition to March on the DNC made their announcement on the second day of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) national conference. The UNAC conference is a major gathering of international solidarity and anti-oppression activists from across North America, taking place at the People's Forum in New York City. | The coalition is calling on all progressive, left, democratic and socialist or…

The Canary (2020-02-23). Bernie Sanders wins Nevada and pulls further away from rivals. thecanary.co Bernie Sanders has won Nevada's presidential primary election and pulled further away from his rivals after strong showings in Iowa and New Hampshire. | The 78-year-old, a self-described socialist, cemented his position as the Democratic frontrunner with support from the state's large Latino community. | Mr Sanders left Nevada earlier on Saturday to rally supporters in El Paso, Texas, where he told the crowd US President Donald Trump was "a pathological liar running a corrupt administration". | "When we come together there is nothing we can't accomplish," Mr Sanders added. | The win builds on the Vermont senator'

RT (2020-02-22). Trump mocks 'fake news' for running 'Russian Sympathizer Bernie' smear, but doesn't miss a chance to score points. rt.com It seems Donald Trump is yet to decide whether he would rather lampoon left-wing media for adding Democrat frontrunner Bernie Sanders to Team Russia or take the opportunity to mock his potential rival in the November poll. | Just a day apart, two steaming-hot scoops landed in the US media cycle. First, the New York Times said Russia was helping Donald Trump to get reelected. Then the Washington Post claimed Russia was helping Bernie Sanders's campaign. All based on anonymous sources, innuendos, and other traits with which even casual followers of the 'Russiagate' saga are all too familiar. | One of the princip…

RT (2020-02-22). Bernie Sanders takes early lead in Nevada Caucus based on first preference polling. rt.com Early preference polling shows Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is a clear favorite for caucus-goers, though it is still too early to call a true victor in the race. | Entrance poll results from ABC, CBS and others show Bernie's frontrunner status in the race for the Democrat Party's presidential nomination could hold strong in the third major votes for the battling candidates. | CBS reports that six in 10 caucus goers interviewed by them support a government-run, single-payer health care system, a signature part of Sanders' campaign promises, as well as that of contender Elizabeth Warren, though she did not far…

RT (2020-02-22). 'Totally sane': Dems can't make up their minds about who is a supposed 'Russian agent'. Trump? Bernie? Or… both? rt.com Former presidential candidate Eric Swalwell performed mental gymnastics on CNN to defend Bernie Sanders over alleged help from Russia, claiming Moscow does it in order to help its 'agent' Donald Trump. | The Democrats' overuse of Russian collusion conspiracy theories appears to be collapsing in on itself. First Trump supposedly worked with the country to meddle in the 2016 presidential election — something there is still no actual proof of, despite the extensive Mueller investigation — and now even Dems like Sanders are facing accusations of getting help from Moscow. | Thanks to a Washington Post <...

RT (2020-02-22). 'US democracy at work': WATCH Nevada caucus ties being determined by a deck of cards. rt.com Ties at Nevada caucus sites are being determined by drawing from a deck of cards, and the bizarre videos are leaving folks scratching their heads in bewilderment. | Videos are coming in from Nevada caucus sites as votes are counted to decide who will win the third big battle for delegates in the race to win the Democrat Party's presidential nomination, and it's made people aware of a special piece of equipment being used by precinct captains — a deck of cards. | While questionable videos showed ties at caucus sites in Iowa being determined by coin tosses, Nevada is appropriately looking to a deck of card…

Fight Back (2020-02-22). Minnesota Governor Walz flees protesters demanding action against killer cops. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – When Minnesota Governor Tim Walz appeared at the University of Minnesota to reflect on his first year of governing, he was confronted by angry community members demanding that he call for the prosecutions of killer cops across the state. Family members of police murder victims were joined by Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar, UMN Students for a Democratic Society, SMASH students from Minneapolis South High School, and others. | Shortly after Walz and the event moderator were settled into two cozy armchairs on a stage at the front of a packed auditorium, one person rose from the middle of…

Fight Back (2020-02-22). Group planning march on DNC heads to New York to build support. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – Organizers with the Milwaukee-based Coalition to March on the DNC are attending the national conference of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), to build support for a major protest at the Democratic National Convention in July. | The Coalition to March on the DNC is a broad coalition of left and progressive forces who plan to bring popular demands to the 2020 Democratic National Convention, slated to take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The march will be held on the opening morning of the convention, Monday, July 13. | "All eyes will be on Milwaukee when the people's movements protest outsi…

Fight Back (2020-02-22). Minnesota progressives say 'Don't vote for Amy Klobuchar'. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN — Minnesota progressives are urging voters around the country to reject Democratic Party contender Amy Klobuchar. | Jess Sundin, a leader in the fight against police crimes says, "Amy Klobuchar is a racist. When she was Hennepin County District Attorney, she always sided with law enforcement against the interests of community members. She never charged a single cop in 40 cases of police murder of civilians. She sent an African American child, Myon Burrell, to prison for life, despite evidence that he was not involved in the crime she prosecuted him for." | Sundin continued, "The people of He…

RT (2020-02-21). 'Russians helping Sanders!' MSM takes abrupt break from anti-Trump frenzy for a 'never Bernie' moment on the eve of Nevada caucus. rt.com As Bernie Sanders surges to the front of the pack for the Democratic nomination, the Washington Post has dropped an anonymous "bombshell" claiming that Moscow seeks to help him as well as its "puppet," US President Donald Trump. | On the word of "people familiar with the matter,"

Karina Piser (2020-02-21). Sochie Nnaemeka Wants to Take On Corporate Democrats. thenation.com Sochie Nnaemeka Wants to Take On Corporate Democrats…

Staff (2020-02-20). "Most Important Issue for Most People": Split on Healthcare Continues to Define 2020 Race. democracynow.org Healthcare continues to be a central issue of the Democratic nomination fight, with Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren repeating their calls for Medicare for All on the debate stage Wednesday night while their rivals proposed more incremental approaches. | We continue our roundtable discussion on Wednesday's Democratic debate in Nevada. Our guests are Katrina vanden Heuvel, editorial director and publisher of The Nation, America's oldest weekly magazine, and a columnist for WashingtonPost.com; journalist and activist Raquel Willis, executive editor of Out magazine, who has endorsed Senator Elizabeth War…

Staff (2020-02-20). Bernie Sanders Says "Will of the People" Should Decide Democratic Nomination, Not Party Insiders. democracynow.org As the primary season heads into the Nevada caucuses on Saturday, we unpack the ninth Democratic presidential debate in a roundtable on the tensions at work on the Las Vegas debate stage. Senator Bernie Sanders, currently the front-runner in the race, said the candidate with the most delegates should become the nominee; all his rivals on stage suggested they would be open to a brokered convention, with superdelegates and other party insiders potentially deciding the nomination. | We continue our discussion with Katrina vanden Heuvel, editorial director and publisher of The Nation; Raquel Willis, journalist, activ…

Staff (2020-02-20). Bloomberg Takes Debate Stage for First Time & Struggles to Face His History of Misogyny, Racism. democracynow.org Tensions flared at the ninth Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Senator Bernie Sanders sought to defend his position as front-runner in the Democrats' nomination fight, and former Vice President Joe Biden, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar tried to attract more supporters. Senator Elizabeth Warren led a night full of attacks on the new person on stage: billionaire former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Bloomberg faced questions about his vast wealth, his defense of stop-and-frisk and his treatment of women. | We host a roundtable on the debate and Saturday's Nevada c…

Staff (2020-02-20). Headlines for February 20, 2020. democracynow.org Democratic Contenders Take Aim at Billionaire Michael Bloomberg in Nevada Debate, Protesters Interrupt Nevada Debate to Demand Immigration Discussion, Michael Bloomberg Made Transphobic Remarks in 2019, Bloomberg Campaign NDAs Could Prevent Reporting of Abuses, U.N. Warns of Unfolding Humanitarian Catastrophe in Syria's Idlib, German Far-Right Gunman Kills 10 in Frankfurt Suburb, China Expels Wall Street Journal Reporters over "Racist" Op-Ed, Trump Taps Ally Richard Grenell as Director of National Intelligence, As Roger Stone Faces Sentencing in Federal Court, Trump Hints at Pardon, Julian Assange's Lawyers: Trum…

Fight Back (2020-02-20). Minnesota House subcommittee passes bill to end local jail contracts with ICE. fightbacknews.org St. Paul, MN – On February 19, the House Subcommittee on Local Government voted to pass House File 3060. HF 3060 is a bill that would end contracts that local jails in Minnesota have with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain people facing civil immigration charges. Currently several county jails in Minnesota have contracts with ICE to hold hundreds of immigrants facing deportation. | The bill, sponsored by democrat Representative Fue Lee, who represents part of north Minneapolis, will now advance to the Government Operations Committee. | Before voting on the bill, the committee heard testimony fr…

Staff (2020-02-19). Yale Study Says Medicare for All Would Save U.S. $450 Billion, Prevent Nearly 70,000 Deaths a Year. democracynow.org As the Democratic presidential hopefuls prepare to take to the debate stage tonight, we turn to a central issue of the campaign: Medicare for All. In a new study, Yale scholars have found that Medicare for All will save Americans more than $450 billion and prevent 68,000 deaths every year. The study in The Lancet — one of the oldest and most prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals — found that Medicare for All, supported by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, will save money and is more cost-effective than "Medicare for All Who Want It, "a model supported by Pete Buttigieg. Sanders referenced the…

Staff (2020-02-19). Bloomberg Gains in Democratic Primaries, But Has History of Hostility to Unions Key to Voter Turnout. democracynow.org We continue our conversation with Marcie Wells, activist and waitress who is a member of the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 in Nevada, and Hamilton Nolan, labor reporter with In These Times. Nolan says 2020 had been "the most promising election year for organized labor in a long time," with Democratic candidates releasing platforms with strong labor protections. But Michael Bloomberg's entry into the race threatens to upend the Democratic Party's pro-worker shift. The billionaire former mayor of New York has a long track record of hostility toward organized labor, particularly teachers' unions, whom he has comp…

Staff (2020-02-19). Headlines for February 19, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Falsely Claims He Is "Chief Law Enforcement Officer" of U.S., Trump Issues Clemency to White-Collar Criminals and Political Allies, Democratic Presidential Candidates to Take Debate Stage in Nevada, Resurfaced Video Shows Bloomberg Calling for Cuts to Medicare and Social Security, Death Toll from Coronavirus Surpasses 2,000 People, Afghanistan: Ashraf Ghani Declared Winner of Presidential Election, U.N.: 22 Killed, Including 14 Children, in Massacre in Cameroon, Somali Broadcast Journalist Abdiwali Ali Hassan Assassinated, North Carolina Court Temporarily Blocks Discriminatory Voter ID Laws…

2020-02-25: Social Media Postees

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The show trial of Julian Assange begins
wsws.org | 2020-02-25
The first day of the British court hearing yesterday to determine if WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange will be extradited to the United States left no doubt that what is taking place is a legal travesty that threatens both Assange's life and fundamental democratic rights.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/25/pers…

The "Liberal" Media's Propaganda War on Bernie Sanders
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-25
Last week, three days before the Nevada Caucus, MSDNC's Stephanie Ruhle had on an old friend, former Diamond Resorts CEO Stephen Cloobeck, a major Democratic Party funder, to speak from Las Vegas. Asked about one of Ruhle's favorite topics, the menace of "socialist Bernie Sanders," Cloobeck called Sanders "an anarchist" who "would love to burn down the United States" " (When asked if he would support Trump if Sanders is the nominee, Cloobeck growled "anyone but Bernie, anyone but Bernie."). She later gleamed while one or her many Republican guests, Jeb Bush's former campaign manager, called for Michael Bloomberg…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/25/the-liberal-…

What Will You Do If the Democrats Steal It from Sanders?
John Eskow | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-25
"If Hillary gave up one of her balls and gave it to Obama, he'd have two." –James Carville…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/25/what-will-yo…

'Cringeworthy' Biden attack ad ahead of South Carolina vote says Sanders didn't back Obama's 2012 run, Twitter collectively groans
rt.com | 2020-02-25
Hoping to sink Democratic frontrunner Bernie Sanders ahead of the South Carolina primary, a new ad from former VP Joe Biden accused the Vermont senator of a plot to run against Obama in 2012

Biden slips up about running for SENATE, instead of president in latest gaffe
rt.com | 2020-02-25
Talking silver while aiming for gold isn't the best idea during the closely watched Democratic race, but former vice president Joe Biden did just that, downgrading his political ambitions from president to… senator. | Known for a series of gaffes, some of which have been branded disturbingly weird, Biden produced a new one while trying to win public sympathy in South Carolina. While the opening part of his outburst sounded like conventional self-promotion at first, the rest raised more than a few eyebrows. | "I'm Joe Biden, I'm a Democrat candidate for the United States Senate. Look me over, if you like what…
rt.com/usa/481604-biden-gaffe-candidate-…

'Bang-bang-bang': Bloomberg says he'd DRONE his critics & shield banks if elected president in leaked audio
rt.com | 2020-02-25
Billionaire Democratic hopeful Michael Bloomberg vowed to "defend the banks" and jokingly suggested that he may hunt down his political rivals with Predator drones if elected, a leaked 2016 audio clip has revealed. | The Bloomberg campaign has confirmed the authenticity of the recording, which captured a speech he gave at a closed-door Goldman Sachs event at Yankee Stadium in June 2016. The clip was posted online by a self-styled disgruntled former Goldman executive several days ago and has since made the rounds. | Bloomberg's opening remarks can only help to fuel concerns within the progressive wing of his…
rt.com/usa/481597-bloomberg-audio-drones…

Merkel rival Merz joins CDU party leadership race
rt.com | 2020-02-25
German conservative Friedrich Merz, an erstwhile rival of Chancellor Angela Merkel, confirmed on Tuesday that he will run for the leadership of her Christian Democrats (CDU) at a party congress on April 25. "I have decided to run again for…
rt.com/newsline/481630-germany-party-mer…

The Nevada Caucus and the Desperation of Democrat Elites
Jack Rasmus | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-25
The events of the past week–beginning with the TV debates of the candidates on February 19 and culminating in the Nevada Democrat Party caucus in Nevada on February 22 this past Saturday–show a growing desperation in the ranks of the Democratic Party's corporate-driven leadership as the Sanders campaign has assumed a clear lead in the…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/25/the-nevada-c…

German right-wing and far-right parties suffer defeat in Hamburg state election
wsws.org | 2020-02-25
Four days after the right-wing terrorist attack in Hanau, the Christian Democrats and Free Democrats, the parties that formed an alliance with the far-right Alternative for Germany to elect the minister president in Thuringia, lost large numbers of votes in Hamburg.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/25/hamb…

'Delete his entire campaign': Bloomberg gets roasted after tweeting, then scrubbing, fake Bernie quotes praising 'despots'
rt.com | 2020-02-25
Billionaire-turned-Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has taken a severe thrashing on social media, after his campaign posted, and then deleted, fake Bernie Sanders quotes hailing alleged "despots. " | Bloomberg's social media team took aim at the Vermont senator with a series of tweets mocking his factually accurate statement that literacy in Cuba skyrocketed under Fidel Castro. | The official 'Team Bloomberg' Twitter account shot off a series of posts in which they imagined what Sanders perhaps thinks of other "famous despots." The fake quotes included flattering remarks about Stalin ("[he]…
rt.com/usa/481619-bloomberg-sanders-desp…

Sanders on "60 Minutes" spells out willingness to use US military power
wsws.org | 2020-02-25
The Democratic presidential frontrunner said he would go to war in support of NATO and other US military allies, and to defend Taiwan against China.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/25/sand…

Oligarchs and Resisters
Nigel Clarke | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-25
By now, we've all seen the utter obliteration of Michael Bloomberg in the last Democratic debate, an individual used to a room full of yes-men finally out from behind of his money and into the arena of give and take. And take, he did; if he was a mop, the floor would have been spotless. …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/02/oligarchs-and…

Bernie Sanders San Antonio Speech
Roknich | indybay.org | 2020-02-25
"We're gonna win the Democratic Primary in Texas, says Bernie Sanders, while Nevada gives him all her delegates. (video and audio))…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/23/1883095…

The Democrats' Quandary: In a Struggle Between Oligarchy and Democracy, Something Must Give
Michael Hudson | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-25
To hear the candidates debate, you would think that their fight was over who could best beat Trump. But when Trump's billionaire twin Mike Bloomberg throws a quarter-billion dollars into an ad campaign to bypass the candidates actually running for votes in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada, it's obvious that what really is at issue…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/25/the-democrat…

Time for Both Major Parties to Own the Immigration Crisis
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-25
The relative lack of talk on the campaign trail about immigration points to a bigger problem shared by Democrats and Republicans.
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Sanders & Socialism
Richard D. Wolff | zcomm.org | 2020-02-25
Source: Democracy Now! As Bernie Sanders's runaway win in Nevada cements his position as the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, the Democratic Party establishment and much of the mainstream media are openly expressing concern about a self-described democratic socialist leading the presidential ticket. His opponents have also attacked his ambitious agenda. Last week during the Read…
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Tampa students rally for justice for Jamee Johnson
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-24
Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held a rally at the University of South Florida calling for justice and all victims of police brutality, highlighting Jamee Johnson, a Black man who was murdered by officers in Jacksonville. At the February 19 protest, about 15 students promoted the need for community control of the police through police accountability councils. They also demonstrated for their ongoing campaign to increase Black enrollment at USF. | With chants saying, "USF shame on you! Black lives matter too!" the students used the rally to reach out to the student body about the wa…
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Paul Krugman and Richard Wolff on Bernie Sanders's Democratic Socialism
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-24
As Bernie Sanders's runaway win in Nevada cements his position as the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, the Democratic Party establishment and much of the mainstream media are openly expressing concern about a self-described democratic socialist leading the presidential ticket. His opponents have also attacked his ambitious agenda. Last week during the primary debate in Las Vegas, Bernie Sanders addressed misconceptions about socialism. Invoking the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Sa…
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Sanders & Socialism: Debate Between Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman & Socialist Economist Richard Wolff
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-24
As Bernie Sanders's runaway win in Nevada cements his position as the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, the Democratic Party establishment and much of the mainstream media are openly expressing concern about a self-described democratic socialist leading the presidential ticket. His opponents have also attacked his ambitious agenda. Last week during the primary debate in Las Vegas, Bernie Sanders addressed misconceptions about socialism. Invoking the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Sanders decried what he called "socialism for the very rich, rugged individualism for the poor." | For more, we host a…
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'Unelectable' Bernie Sanders scores overwhelming win in Nevada caucuses
Eric A. Gordon | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-24
LAS VEGAS, Nev.

Bernie Sanders is in pole position with Nevada win. But the establishment push-back will now begin in earnest
Peter Bolton | thecanary.co | 2020-02-24
Bernie Sanders has just solidified his status as the front-runner in the contest to choose who will face Donald Trump in the presidential elections later this year. Though these are exciting times, there's also a rocky road ahead. Because the establishment campaign to discredit him in every way possible will now begin in earnest. | Third democratic victory in a row: | On 22 February, Sanders won the state of Nevada in the Democratic presidential primary ra…
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Going Off-Script in the Age of Trump
Andrew Bacevich | commondreams.org | 2020-02-24
President Donald Trump's address to the nation regarding border security is shown on a television screen in Times Square, January 8, 2019 in New York City. A partial shutdown of the federal government extended to 17 days following the president's demand for $5.7 billion for a border wall while Democrats have refused. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Bloomberg wants to swallow the Democrats and spit out the Sandernistas
Glen Ford | mronline.org | 2020-02-24
If, somehow, Bernie Sanders is allowed to win the nomination, Michael Bloomberg and other plutocrats will have created a Democratic Party machinery purpose-built to defy Sanders–as nominee, and even as president. | Source…
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"A Stupendous Victory": Bernie Sanders Wins Nevada After Heavy Organizing in Latinx Communities
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-24
Senator Bernie Sanders scored a decisive victory Saturday in the Democratic presidential caucuses in Nevada, riding a wave of support from young voters, union members and Latinx voters, who strengthened his status as front-runner. His win shows the potential for the nation's largest minority group to reshape the next stage of the Democratic presidential race. In the next four weeks, six more of the 12 states with a large Latinx population will vote in the Democratic primary. On Super Tuesday, Texas, California and Colorado go to the polls. Arizona, Florida and Illinois will vote on March 17. We speak with Erika A…
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Bernie Sanders Releases Plan for Guaranteed "Child Care and Pre-K for All"
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-24
Now running as the presumptive front-runner in the Democratic presidential primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday morning unveiled a sweeping new proposal that would guarantee high-quality child care and then pre-kindergarten education to every child

Bernie Sanders Wins Nevada After Heavy Organizing in Latinx Communities
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-24
Senator Bernie Sanders scored a decisive victory Saturday in the Democratic presidential caucuses in Nevada, riding a wave of support from young voters, union members and Latinx voters, who strengthened his status as front-runner. His win shows the potential for the nation's largest minority group to reshape the next stage of the Democratic presidential race. In the next four weeks, six more of the 12 states with a large Latinx population will vote in the Democratic primary. On Super Tuesday, Texas,…
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Environmental Voter Guide. Democratic Candidates 2020
TCFBDAF | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-24
The Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund evaluated each candidate on four key environmental issue areas: | saving wildlife, protecting public lands, ensuring environmental justice and ending the climate crisis. | We evaluated every candidate polling above 1% in the latest national …
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MSNBC's Chris Matthews Epitomizes Corporate Democrats' Bernie Derangement Syndrome
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2020-02-24
Democratic presidential hopeful Former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg (L) speaks with journalist Chris Matthews (R) in the spin room following the ninth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 19, 2020. (Photo: Bridget Bennet/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Who Is Funding the Anti-Bernie Sanders Super PAC?
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-24
Several outside groups are trying to slow the momentum of current Democratic presidential frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) by spending millions on ad buys, as he continues to dominate the polls. | The campaign against Sanders originated with hybrid PAC Democratic Majority for Israel, a pro-Israel moderate group, that spent over $1.4 million a…
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As the Primary Race Heats Up, Candidates Forget Principled Campaign Finance Stands
Eleanor Eagan | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-24
At this time last year, newly declared Democratic primary candidates were racing to outdo each other with escalating promises to shun big money support. Contenders vowed not to take corporate PAC money, to reject lobbyists' dollars, to discourage super PACs, and to tell fossil fuel executives, "no, thank you". Now, however, many seem to be…
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Amid Right-Wing Effort to Smear Sanders Over Cuba Comments, Campaign Issues Reminder That Obama Said the Same Thing
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-24
Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign defended the 2020 presidential candidate's recent comments on former Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Monday as conservatives and centrist Democrats whipped up outrage over Sanders' praise for the high literacy rates in Cuba under Castro's leadership, which lasted from 1959 to 2008. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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"We want to show the DNC that the people have the power," says Milwaukee coalition
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-23
New York, NY – On February 22, a Wisconsin delegation invited a conference of nearly 60 organizations to join a major protest at the Democratic National Convention taking place in Milwaukee in July. | The members of the Coalition to March on the DNC made their announcement on the second day of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) national conference. The UNAC conference is a major gathering of international solidarity and anti-oppression activists from across North America, taking place at the People's Forum in New York City. | The coalition is calling on all progressive, left, democratic and socialist or…
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'Don't let them take it away!' Trump congratulates 'Crazy Bernie' as Sanders wins big in Nevada
rt.com | 2020-02-23
Evoking painful memories, US President Donald Trump has expressed hope that his potential Democratic contender won't be robbed of the nomination this time, as Bernie Sanders heads for a decisive victory in Nevada caucus. | "Looks like Crazy Bernie is doing well in the Great State of Nevada. Biden & the rest look weak, & no way Mini Mike can restart his campaign after the worst debate performance in the history of Presidential Debates," Trump tweeted. | Looks like Crazy Bernie is doing well in the Great State of Nevada. Biden & the rest look weak, & no way Mini Mike can restart his campaign after the worst deba…
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Bernie Sanders wins Nevada and pulls further away from rivals
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-23
Bernie Sanders has won Nevada's presidential primary election and pulled further away from his rivals after strong showings in Iowa and New Hampshire. | The 78-year-old, a self-described socialist, cemented his position as the Democratic frontrunner with support from the state's large Latino community. | Mr Sanders left Nevada earlier on Saturday to rally supporters in El Paso, Texas, where he told the crowd US President Donald Trump was "a pathological liar running a corrupt administration". | "When we come together there is nothing we can't accomplish," Mr Sanders added. | The win builds on the Vermont senator'…
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Group planning march on DNC heads to New York to build support
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-22
New York, NY – Organizers with the Milwaukee-based Coalition to March on the DNC are attending the national conference of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), to build support for a major protest at the Democratic National Convention in July. | The Coalition to March on the DNC is a broad coalition of left and progressive forces who plan to bring popular demands to the 2020 Democratic National Convention, slated to take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The march will be held on the opening morning of the convention, Monday, July 13. | "All eyes will be on Milwaukee when the people's movements protest outsi…
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Minnesota Governor Walz flees protesters demanding action against killer cops
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-22
Minneapolis, MN – When Minnesota Governor Tim Walz appeared at the University of Minnesota to reflect on his first year of governing, he was confronted by angry community members demanding that he call for the prosecutions of killer cops across the state. Family members of police murder victims were joined by Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar, UMN Students for a Democratic Society, SMASH students from Minneapolis South High School, and others. | Shortly after Walz and the event moderator were settled into two cozy armchairs on a stage at the front of a packed auditorium, one person rose from the middle of…
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Trump mocks 'fake news' for running 'Russian Sympathizer Bernie' smear, but doesn't miss a chance to score points
rt.com | 2020-02-22
It seems Donald Trump is yet to decide whether he would rather lampoon left-wing media for adding Democrat frontrunner Bernie Sanders to Team Russia or take the opportunity to mock his potential rival in the November poll. | Just a day apart, two steaming-hot scoops landed in the US media cycle. First, the New York Times said Russia was helping Donald Trump to get reelected. Then the Washington Post claimed Russia was helping Bernie Sanders's campaign. All based on anonymous sources, innuendos, and other traits with which even casual followers of the 'Russiagate' saga are all too familiar. | One of the princip…
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'US democracy at work': WATCH Nevada caucus ties being determined by a deck of cards
rt.com | 2020-02-22
Ties at Nevada caucus sites are being determined by drawing from a deck of cards, and the bizarre videos are leaving folks scratching their heads in bewilderment. | Videos are coming in from Nevada caucus sites as votes are counted to decide who will win the third big battle for delegates in the race to win the Democrat Party's presidential nomination, and it's made people aware of a special piece of equipment being used by precinct captains

Minnesota progressives say 'Don't vote for Amy Klobuchar'
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-22
Minneapolis, MN

Bernie Sanders takes early lead in Nevada Caucus based on first preference polling
rt.com | 2020-02-22
Early preference polling shows Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is a clear favorite for caucus-goers, though it is still too early to call a true victor in the race. | Entrance poll results from ABC, CBS and others show Bernie's frontrunner status in the race for the Democrat Party's presidential nomination could hold strong in the third major votes for the battling candidates. | CBS reports that six in 10 caucus goers interviewed by them support a government-run, single-payer health care system, a signature part of Sanders' campaign promises, as well as that of contender Elizabeth Warren, though she did not far…
rt.com/usa/481484-sanders-leads-nevada-c…

'Totally sane': Dems can't make up their minds about who is a supposed 'Russian agent'. Trump? Bernie? Or… both?
rt.com | 2020-02-22
Former presidential candidate Eric Swalwell performed mental gymnastics on CNN to defend Bernie Sanders over alleged help from Russia, claiming Moscow does it in order to help its 'agent' Donald Trump. | The Democrats' overuse of Russian collusion conspiracy theories appears to be collapsing in on itself. First Trump supposedly worked with the country to meddle in the 2016 presidential election

'Russians helping Sanders!' MSM takes abrupt break from anti-Trump frenzy for a 'never Bernie' moment on the eve of Nevada caucus
rt.com | 2020-02-21
As Bernie Sanders surges to the front of the pack for the Democratic nomination, the Washington Post has dropped an anonymous "bombshell" claiming that Moscow seeks to help him as well as its "puppet," US President Donald Trump. | On the word of "people familiar with the matter,"
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Sochie Nnaemeka Wants to Take On Corporate Democrats
Karina Piser | thenation.com | 2020-02-21
Sochie Nnaemeka Wants to Take On Corporate Democrats…
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Brexit, Blexit, Drexit
James Lamont | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-21
You Brexit, You Bought It (February 6th) Rich man's club. Free market trade bloc. Undemocratic distant decision-making bureaucracy. All describe the EU, and yet the comfort these truths provide in the face of the UK withdrawal from the union is bittersweet. Growing up in it, an international identity of a positive nature developed, whether accidental …
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Minnesota House subcommittee passes bill to end local jail contracts with ICE
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-20
St. Paul, MN – On February 19, the House Subcommittee on Local Government voted to pass House File 3060. HF 3060 is a bill that would end contracts that local jails in Minnesota have with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain people facing civil immigration charges. Currently several county jails in Minnesota have contracts with ICE to hold hundreds of immigrants facing deportation. | The bill, sponsored by democrat Representative Fue Lee, who represents part of north Minneapolis, will now advance to the Government Operations Committee. | Before voting on the bill, the committee heard testimony fr…
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"Most Important Issue for Most People": Split on Healthcare Continues to Define 2020 Race
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-20
Healthcare continues to be a central issue of the Democratic nomination fight, with Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren repeating their calls for Medicare for All on the debate stage Wednesday night while their rivals proposed more incremental approaches. | We continue our roundtable discussion on Wednesday's Democratic debate in Nevada. Our guests are Katrina vanden Heuvel, editorial director and publisher of The Nation, America's oldest weekly magazine, and a columnist for WashingtonPost.com; journalist and activist Raquel Willis, executive editor of Out magazine, who has endorsed Senator Elizabeth War…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/20/nevada_de…

Bernie Sanders Says "Will of the People" Should Decide Democratic Nomination, Not Party Insiders
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-20
As the primary season heads into the Nevada caucuses on Saturday, we unpack the ninth Democratic presidential debate in a roundtable on the tensions at work on the Las Vegas debate stage. Senator Bernie Sanders, currently the front-runner in the race, said the candidate with the most delegates should become the nominee; all his rivals on stage suggested they would be open to a brokered convention, with superdelegates and other party insiders potentially deciding the nomination. | We continue our discussion with Katrina vanden Heuvel, editorial director and publisher of The Nation; Raquel Willis, journalist, activ…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/20/nevada_de…

Bloomberg Takes Debate Stage for First Time & Struggles to Face His History of Misogyny, Racism
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-20
Tensions flared at the ninth Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Senator Bernie Sanders sought to defend his position as front-runner in the Democrats' nomination fight, and former Vice President Joe Biden, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar tried to attract more supporters. Senator Elizabeth Warren led a night full of attacks on the new person on stage: billionaire former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Bloomberg faced questions about his vast wealth, his defense of stop-and-frisk and his treatment of women. | We host a roundtable on the debate and Saturday's Nevada c…
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Bloomberg Gains in Democratic Primaries, But Has History of Hostility to Unions Key to Voter Turnout
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-19
We continue our conversation with Marcie Wells, activist and waitress who is a member of the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 in Nevada, and Hamilton Nolan, labor reporter with In These Times. Nolan says 2020 had been "the most promising election year for organized labor in a long time," with Democratic candidates releasing platforms with strong labor protections. But Michael Bloomberg's entry into the race threatens to upend the Democratic Party's pro-worker shift. The billionaire former mayor of New York has a long track record of hostility toward organized labor, particularly teachers' unions, whom he has comp…
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Yale Study Says Medicare for All Would Save U.S. $450 Billion, Prevent Nearly 70,000 Deaths a Year
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-19
As the Democratic presidential hopefuls prepare to take to the debate stage tonight, we turn to a central issue of the campaign: Medicare for All. In a new study, Yale scholars have found that Medicare for All will save Americans more than $450 billion and prevent 68,000 deaths every year. The study in The Lancet