2019-08-21: News Headlines

RT (2019-08-21). MSM hurls FAKE 'anti-Semitism' charge against Trump, rather than question his REAL loyalty to Israel. rt.com The media has willfully misinterpreted Donald Trump's words to portray the most pro-Israel US president in history as an anti-Semite. It makes more sense to chide him for sacrificing US interests to please Benjamin Netanyahu. | Here is the full Trump quote from Tuesday, in which he rejected Democrat Bernie Sanders' idea that Israel should stop accepting American aid, after its reluctance to let in congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, who have publicly endorsed the BDS campaign. | "The concept of even talking about this — even three years ago — of cutting off aid to Israel because of two people…

Jesse Jackson (2019-08-21). 1619 anniversary: Black freedom struggle made US more democratic for all. peoplesworld.org On Sunday, the New York Times unveiled "The 1619 Project," a journalistic series in the Sunday magazine that seeks to tell the "unvarnished truth" about slavery and its impact on America's history. In 1619, just 12 years after the founding of the first permanent English settlement in the Americas, the Jamestown colonists bought the first …

RT (2019-08-21). Trump calls Jews who vote Democrat 'uninformed or disloyal'. rt.com Jews who vote Democrat are lacking in either knowledge or loyalty, US President Donald Trump has declared, slamming the party for criticizing Israel's decision to bar two Democratic congresswomen from entering the country. | "Where has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they gone when they are defending these two people over the state of Israel?" the president wondered aloud to reporters on Monday. | I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty. | "I can't even believe we're having this conversation!" Trump continued, seemingly lef…

Staff (2019-08-21). Rep Ayanna Pressley on Israel's Ban: "Bigoted, Short-Sighted and Cruel" therealnews.com These are the words tweeted by Rep. Ayanna Pressley in response to the Israeli decision to ban the entry of Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib. The story has a striking resemblance to South Africa and Rhodesia blocking the entry of African American Democratic Representative Charles C. Diggs Junior in January 1972…

Juan Cole (2019-08-21). The Fascist Premise Behind Trump's Attacks on Jewish Democrats. truthdig.com What the president means by his comments on the loyalty of Jews who vote for the Democratic Party has been widely misinterpreted.

Staff (2019-08-21). Democrats Are Waging a Covert War on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. truthdig.com The Democratic Party establishment wants you to know that they're not afraid of primary challenges from the Justice Democrats—a progressive political action committee that runs progressive candidates who reject campaign funding from the ultra-rich and corporations. But when the establishment Democrats tell you they aren't afraid, they often aren't brave enough to let reporters quote them by name. | These anonymous sources are rarely as insulting as the one quoted by Fox News' Brooke Singman: "No one is afraid of those [Justice Democr…

Doug Lasdon (2019-08-21). The "Blame the Poor" Playbook—Used by Republicans and Democrats Alike—Is Back With a Vengeance. commondreams.org George, who is homeless, panhandles along a street in Lawrence on August 16, 2019 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Lawrence, once one of America's great manufacturing cities with immigrants from around the world coming to work in its textile and wool processing mills, has struggled to find its economic base since the decline of manufacturing. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Joshua Cho (2019-08-21). Corporate Media Filled With Nameless Voices Attacking Progressive Democrats. commondreams.org US Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) speaks as, Ilhan Abdullahi Omar (D-MN)(L), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) (2R), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) hold a press conference, to address remarks made by US President Donald Trump earlier in the day, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on July 15, 2019. – President Donald Trump stepped up his attacks on four progressive Democratic congresswomen, saying if they're not happy in the United States "they can leave." (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-08-21). Elizabeth Warren Announces Plan to Protect Black Farm Ownership. truthout.org | | Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren released farm policy plans this month that intend to address discrimination against farmers of color and protect heirs' property ownership. Her proposals cite ProPublica's investigation into the historic and ongoing dispossession of heirs' property o…

Naomi Klein (2019-08-21). Why the Democratic National Committee Must Change the Rules and Hold a Climate Debate. commondreams.org Members of the Sunrise Movement hubs from across New York gathered for a rally on Aug. 13, 2019, outside the DNC headquarters in New York City to pressure the state members to vote for a climate debate. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-08-21). Progressive Jews Hit Back After Trump's Anti-Semitic Smear. truthout.org | | Progressive Jews accused President Donald Trump of blaring " straightforward anti-Semitism" after he said from the Oval Office on Tuesday that Jewish Americans who vote for the Democratic Party are either ignorant or disloyal. | The smear — which sparked widespread outrage and the trending hashtag #DisloyaltoTrump — came after Trump once aga…

Rainer Mausfeld (2019-08-21). The Gigantic Chasm Between Democratic Rhetoric and Capitalist Reality. indybay.org Democracy promises the greatest possible freedom from social fear and social determination. Democracy means renouncing on one of the most effective rule techniques: the systematic production of social fear. When those exercising power systematically generate fears, they block social judgment and paralyze readiness for decisions and actions.

CA Democratic Progressive Caucus (2019-08-21). Strategy Meeting: Pass the DNC Resolution for a Presidential Climate Debate. indybay.org Parc 55 Hotel, Ballroom | 55 Cyril Magnin Street | San Francisco, CA 94102…

Barry Kissin (2019-08-21). Russiagate: The Miserable Truth. globalresearch.ca Introductory Disclaimer: I have never voted Republican for Federal office and I deplore most of what Fox News has to offer. I am currently registered Democrat in order to vote in the Presidential primary for either Bernie Sanders or Tulsi …

WSWS (2019-08-21). One year after Washington state strikes, layoffs and cuts propel educators into new fight. wsws.org Though teachers are ready to fight to defend jobs and public education, the unions and Democratic Party claim the only way to fund schools is through regressive taxes.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-08-21). Sanders Unveils Workplace Democracy Plan to Expand Labor Rights and Double Union Membership. commondreams.org Ahead of an AFL-CIO event in Iowa Wednesday, Democratic presidential primary candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders announced that, if elected, he "will make it easier, not harder, for workers to join unions by implementing the Workplace Democracy Plan and establishing a national goal to double union membership during his first term." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

susan_p (2019-08-21). Turkey: HDP calls for mobilisations against AKP attacks – 'We will not be silenced, we will not be stopped…'. greenleft.org.au Kurdish struggle Susan PriceIssue 1234 Turkey Turkish arrests Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP)Human rights organisations, solidarity groups and the European Union have condemne…

Jeffrey C. Isaac (2019-08-21). Antifa Is Not a 'Terrorist Organization,' But That Doesn't Make It Good. commondreams.org Antifa is not a threat to U.S. democracy. White supremacists are. And a President who offers them inspiration and encouragement is an even greater threat. But neither is Antifa an appropriate or representative form of democratic response to these threats. (Photo: Alexandros Michailidis | Shutterstock.com) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-08-21). Just Hours After Anti-Semitic Remarks, Trump Promotes Himself as 'King of Israel… Second Coming of God'. commondreams.org "The President is a raving lunatic," responded Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum. "He is not well." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-08-20). Russia, Racism… Recession? Trump says Democrats hope for economic bust to hurt him in 2020. rt.com US President Donald Trump is accusing Democrats and the media of trying to bring about a recession in order to hurt his 2020 re-election. His critics reply that they're only stating the facts… just like they did with Russiagate? | "The word recession is inappropriate… We're very far from a recession," Trump said on Tuesday, adding that his critics would "love to see" an economic downturn. Earlier, he tweeted a video clip of Fox Business host Lou Dobbs blaming "radical Democrats" for the recession talk. | pic.twitter.com/WyGbgUGEhJ— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTr…

Staff (2019-08-20). Bernie Sanders Takes Aim at the Pathology of the For-Profit Criminal Justice System. therealnews.com An analysis of Sen Sanders' new criminal justice reform plan and a brief history of neoliberal democrats 'playing' at progressive politics while enacting regressive policies…

Joshua Cho (2019-08-20). Corporate Media Filled With Nameless Voices Attacking Progressive Democrats. fair.org The Democratic Party establishment wants you to know that they're not afraid of primary challenges from the Justice Democrats—a progressive political action committee that runs progressive candidates who reject campaign funding from the ultra-rich and corporations. But when the establishment Democrats tell you they aren't afraid, they often aren't brave enough to let reporters quote them by name. | These anonymous sources are rarely as insulting as the one quoted by Fox News' Brooke Singman: "No one is afraid of those [Justice Democ…

RT (2019-08-20). Make love, not war? Department of PEACE plan unveiled by Marianne Williamson, and Twitter loves it. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful and spiritual guru Marianne Williamson has revealed a proposal for a new "Department of Peace," a project devoted to "ending the scourge of violence" around the world. Twitter felt the good vibes. | The proposal was rolled out on Monday night in a post on Williamson's website, calling for a new cabinet-level department. The plan lists a lofty series of goals, ranging from addressing "white supremacy" and domestic gun violence, to developing "restorative justice programs" and "new structures of nonviole…

Staff (2019-08-20). Donald Trump Questions Loyalty of Jews Who Vote Democratic. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says any Jewish people who vote Democratic show "either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." | Trump commented Tuesday amid his ongoing feud with Democratic congresswomen Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib (ruh-SHEE'-duh tuh-LEEB') of Michigan. Trump has taken several steps favored by Israel, while the Muslim lawmakers are outspoken critics of Israel's treatment of the Palestinians. | Trump calls Omar a "disaster" for Jews and says he didn't "buy" the tears Tlaib shed Monday as she discussed the situation. | At Trump's urging, Israel last week blocked th…

Robert Mackey (2019-08-20). Trump Accuses Most American Jews of "Disloyalty" to Israel, Deploying Anti-Semitic Trope. theintercept.com President Donald Trump revealed again on Tuesday that he subscribes to the anti-Semitic belief that American Jews harbor a secret dual loyalty to Israel.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-08-20). 'Coming to You Live From the Electoral College,' Ocasio-Cortez Explains Why System That Perpetuates Inequality Is a Scam. commondreams.org Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez injected humor into her commentary on the Electoral College, which she posted on Instagram Monday night, but her message was serious: the 232-year-old system which allowed Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump to win their elections with less support from voters than their Democratic opponents, gives precedence to white people's votes over those of people of color. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Peter Bolton (2019-08-20). Biden's Complicity in Obama's Toxic Legacy. counterpunch.org According to recent polling data, former Vice President Joe Biden has a two-to-one lead over his next closest rival in the Democratic primary contest, Bernie Sanders. According to a Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll, Biden has 34 percent support from registered Democratic voters compared to 17 percent who support Sanders. This will surely embolden those in the establishment wing of the Democratic Party who claim that a moderate, centrist figure like Biden stands the best chance of defeating Trump next year. More

Ed Sykes (2019-08-20). Jo Swinson probably wishes she hadn't posted that latest lie about Jeremy Corbyn. thecanary.co On 20 August, Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson lied about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn ( again). But people were quick to call her out. And now, she probably wishes she hadn't bothered. | "Fake news": | Swinson tweeted: | Jeremy Corbyn didn't fight to remain in 2016, and he won't fight for remain now. He wants to deliver a Labour Brexit, becau…

Ryan Grim (2019-08-19). Democrats Have an Open Senate Seat in New Mexico. Will They Elect a Progressive, or the Former Head of the DCCC? theintercept.com With Sen. Tom Udall retiring, the Democratic Party establishment is unified behind Ben Ray Luján. The Working Families Party endorsed Maggie Oliver.

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-19). Trump's Anti-Iran Warrant. globalresearch.ca Time and again, hard evidence shows the US is a nation run by hawkish right-wing extremists, dismissive of the rule of law and democratic values they abhor and don't tolerate. | Operating exclusively by their own rules, they maintain that UN …

Staff (2019-08-16). Trump Tweets, Then Netanyahu Bans Reps. Ilhan Omar & Rashida Tlaib From Israel. therealnews.com Jim Zogby and Phyllis Bennis discuss the Trump-Netanyahu dynamic, the diminishing power of AIPAC, and the political battle against Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib…

United Nations (2019-08-16). Displaced by DR Congo violence, survivors' testimonies highlight brutality of armed militia. un.org Two months since hundreds of thousands of people fled violence in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN humanitarians warned on Friday that armed militia continue to make their safe return impossible.

Staff (2019-08-16). What Is Israel Trying to Hide? Reps. Tlaib & Omar Blocked from Taking Official Trip to West Bank. democracynow.org Israel sparked outrage Thursday when it banned two freshman Democratic congresswomen of color — Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — from entering the country. Following outcry from Democratic leaders and Palestinians, Israel granted permission for Tlaib to enter the country on "humanitarian" grounds to visit her family in the West Bank — though Tlaib said Friday she will not visit her family under such conditions. Israel originally denied entrance to Tlaib and Omar after President Donald Trump tweeted, "It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tl…

Akela Lacy (2019-08-15). 26-Year-Old Gun Violence Prevention Activist Is Taking on 26-Year Incumbent Rep. Bobby Rush. theintercept.com A 26-year-old organizer in Chicago is mounting a primary challenge to Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., who has been a member of Congress for 26 years. | Robert Emmons, whose best friend, high school classmate, and freshman roommate was shot and killed in 2015, is making gun violence prevention a cornerstone of his campaign. The Windy City experiences gun violence at alarming yet not uncommon rates, as compared to other metropolitan areas — but the number of fatal shootings is in some ways unique to Chicago, where Emmons's 21-year-ol…

Staff (2019-08-14). Hong Kong Protest Withdraws From Airport, but Situation Remains far From Normal. therealnews.com The mostly leaderless movement for Hong Kong's democratization withdrew from the airport, allowing flights to resume, but the situation remains unresolved as long as protesters and government fail to come to an agreement on reforms. We speak to Sean Starrs in Hong Kong…

Julie Hollar (2019-08-13). Media Defend Biden by Attacking Dems for 'Attacking' Obama. fair.org Coming out of the second round of Democratic debates, a curious storyline crystallized in the media: The candidates are attacking Obama, and that's a sure-fire way to hand the election to Trump. It's the latest flavor of "the Democrats are moving too far left" (FAIR.org, 7/2/19)—this time echoing both Trump himself and the right-wing Democratic candidates, including former Obama Vice President Joe Biden. | During the first debate, Rep. John Delaney pitched the story, claiming, "Most of the folks run…

Reese Erlich (2019-08-08). Foreign Correspondent: The U.S. Trade War with China is Not Going So Well. progressive.org For the past year, the U.S. has escalated economic warfare with grudging acceptance by high-level Democrats and Republicans.

Bill Lueders (2019-08-05). Take Away My Employer-Based Health Insurance. Please. progressive.org Centrist Democrats like Joe Biden still aim to gin up mass fear over the prospect of leaving behind predatory insurers and the dizzying array of deductibles, co-pays, exclusions, humiliations, and rationing of care that characterizes our current syst…

2019-08-21: Social Media Postees

The "Blame the Poor" Playbook—Used by Republicans and Democrats Alike—Is Back With a Vengeance
Doug Lasdon | commondreams.org | 2019-08-21
George, who is homeless, panhandles along a street in Lawrence on August 16, 2019 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Lawrence, once one of America's great manufacturing cities with immigrants from around the world coming to work in its textile and wool processing mills, has struggled to find its economic base since the decline of manufacturing. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/08/21/blame-…

Corporate Media Filled With Nameless Voices Attacking Progressive Democrats
Joshua Cho | commondreams.org | 2019-08-21
US Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) speaks as, Ilhan Abdullahi Omar (D-MN)(L), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) (2R), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) hold a press conference, to address remarks made by US President Donald Trump earlier in the day, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on July 15, 2019. – President Donald Trump stepped up his attacks on four progressive Democratic congresswomen, saying if they're not happy in the United States "they can leave." (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/08/21/corpor…

Democrats Are Waging a Covert War on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-08-21
The Democratic Party establishment wants you to know that they're not afraid of primary challenges from the Justice Democrats–a progressive political action committee that runs progressive candidates who reject campaign funding from the ultra-rich and corporations. But when the establishment Democrats tell you they aren't afraid, they often aren't brave enough to let reporters quote them by name. | These anonymous sources are rarely as insulting as the one quoted by Fox News' Brooke Singman: "No one is afraid of those [Justice Democr…
truthdig.com/articles/democrats-are-wagi…

MSM hurls FAKE 'anti-Semitism' charge against Trump, rather than question his REAL loyalty to Israel
rt.com | 2019-08-21
The media has willfully misinterpreted Donald Trump's words to portray the most pro-Israel US president in history as an anti-Semite. It makes more sense to chide him for sacrificing US interests to please Benjamin Netanyahu. | Here is the full Trump quote from Tuesday, in which he rejected Democrat Bernie Sanders' idea that Israel should stop accepting American aid, after its reluctance to let in congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, who have publicly endorsed the BDS campaign. | "The concept of even talking about this — even three years ago — of cutting off aid to Israel because of two people…
rt.com/usa/466980-trump-antisemitism-jew…

Rep Ayanna Pressley on Israel's Ban: "Bigoted, Short-Sighted and Cruel"
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-21
These are the words tweeted by Rep. Ayanna Pressley in response to the Israeli decision to ban the entry of Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib. The story has a striking resemblance to South Africa and Rhodesia blocking the entry of African American Democratic Representative Charles C. Diggs Junior in January 1972…
therealnews.com/stories/rep-ayanna-press…

Strategy Meeting: Pass the DNC Resolution for a Presidential Climate Debate
CA Democratic Progressive Caucus | indybay.org | 2019-08-21
Parc 55 Hotel, Ballroom | 55 Cyril Magnin Street | San Francisco, CA 94102…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/17/1882552…

Elizabeth Warren Announces Plan to Protect Black Farm Ownership
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-21
| Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren released farm policy plans this month that intend to address discrimination against farmers of color and protect heirs' property ownership. Her proposals cite ProPublica's investigation into the historic and ongoing dispossession of heirs' property o…
truthout.org/articles/elizabeth-warren-a…

Russiagate: The Miserable Truth
Barry Kissin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-21
Introductory Disclaimer: I have never voted Republican for Federal office and I deplore most of what Fox News has to offer. I am currently registered Democrat in order to vote in the Presidential primary for either Bernie Sanders or Tulsi …
globalresearch.ca/russiagate-miserable-t…

Trump calls Jews who vote Democrat 'uninformed or disloyal'
rt.com | 2019-08-21
Jews who vote Democrat are lacking in either knowledge or loyalty, US President Donald Trump has declared, slamming the party for criticizing Israel's decision to bar two Democratic congresswomen from entering the country. | "Where has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they gone when they are defending these two people over the state of Israel?" the president wondered aloud to reporters on Monday. | I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty. | "I can't even believe we're having this conversation!" Trump continued, seemingly lef…
rt.com/usa/466942-trump-slams-jewish-dem…

The Gigantic Chasm Between Democratic Rhetoric and Capitalist Reality
Rainer Mausfeld | indybay.org | 2019-08-21
Democracy promises the greatest possible freedom from social fear and social determination. Democracy means renouncing on one of the most effective rule techniques: the systematic production of social fear. When those exercising power systematically generate fears, they block social judgment and paralyze readiness for decisions and actions.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/18/1882554…

Why the Democratic National Committee Must Change the Rules and Hold a Climate Debate
Naomi Klein | commondreams.org | 2019-08-21
Members of the Sunrise Movement hubs from across New York gathered for a rally on Aug. 13, 2019, outside the DNC headquarters in New York City to pressure the state members to vote for a climate debate. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/08/21/why-de…

Antifa Is Not a 'Terrorist Organization,' But That Doesn't Make It Good
Jeffrey C. Isaac | commondreams.org | 2019-08-21
Antifa is not a threat to U.S. democracy. White supremacists are. And a President who offers them inspiration and encouragement is an even greater threat. But neither is Antifa an appropriate or representative form of democratic response to these threats. (Photo: Alexandros Michailidis | Shutterstock.com) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/08/21/antifa…

1619 anniversary: Black freedom struggle made US more democratic for all
Jesse Jackson | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-21
On Sunday, the New York Times unveiled "The 1619 Project," a journalistic series in the Sunday magazine that seeks to tell the "unvarnished truth" about slavery and its impact on America's history. In 1619, just 12 years after the founding of the first permanent English settlement in the Americas, the Jamestown colonists bought the first …
peoplesworld.org/article/1619-anniversar…

The Fascist Premise Behind Trump's Attacks on Jewish Democrats
Juan Cole | truthdig.com | 2019-08-21
What the president means by his comments on the loyalty of Jews who vote for the Democratic Party has been widely misinterpreted.
truthdig.com/articles/the-fascist-premis…

Progressive Jews Hit Back After Trump's Anti-Semitic Smear
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-21
| Progressive Jews accused President Donald Trump of blaring " straightforward anti-Semitism" after he said from the Oval Office on Tuesday that Jewish Americans who vote for the Democratic Party are either ignorant or disloyal. | The smear — which sparked widespread outrage and the trending hashtag #DisloyaltoTrump — came after Trump once aga…
truthout.org/articles/progressive-jews-h…

One year after Washington state strikes, layoffs and cuts propel educators into new fight
wsws.org | 2019-08-21
Though teachers are ready to fight to defend jobs and public education, the unions and Democratic Party claim the only way to fund schools is through regressive taxes.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/21/wash…

Sanders Unveils Workplace Democracy Plan to Expand Labor Rights and Double Union Membership
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-21
Ahead of an AFL-CIO event in Iowa Wednesday, Democratic presidential primary candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders announced that, if elected, he "will make it easier, not harder, for workers to join unions by implementing the Workplace Democracy Plan and establishing a national goal to double union membership during his first term." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/08/21/sanders…

Just Hours After Anti-Semitic Remarks, Trump Promotes Himself as 'King of Israel… Second Coming of God'
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-21
"The President is a raving lunatic," responded Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum. "He is not well." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/08/21/just-ho…

Turkey: HDP calls for mobilisations against AKP attacks – 'We will not be silenced, we will not be stopped…'
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-21
Kurdish struggle Susan PriceIssue 1234 Turkey Turkish arrests Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP)Human rights organisations, solidarity groups and the European Union have condemne…
greenleft.org.au/content/turkey-hdp-mobilise-against-akp-attacks-we-will-not-be-silenced

Donald Trump Questions Loyalty of Jews Who Vote Democratic
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-08-20
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says any Jewish people who vote Democratic show "either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." | Trump commented Tuesday amid his ongoing feud with Democratic congresswomen Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib (ruh-SHEE'-duh tuh-LEEB') of Michigan. Trump has taken several steps favored by Israel, while the Muslim lawmakers are outspoken critics of Israel's treatment of the Palestinians. | Trump calls Omar a "disaster" for Jews and says he didn't "buy" the tears Tlaib shed Monday as she discussed the situation. | At Trump's urging, Israel last week blocked th…
truthdig.com/articles/donald-trump-quest…

Make love, not war? Department of PEACE plan unveiled by Marianne Williamson, and Twitter loves it
rt.com | 2019-08-20
Democratic presidential hopeful and spiritual guru Marianne Williamson has revealed a proposal for a new "Department of Peace," a project devoted to "ending the scourge of violence" around the world. Twitter felt the good vibes. | The proposal was rolled out on Monday night in a post on Williamson's website, calling for a new cabinet-level department. The plan lists a lofty series of goals, ranging from addressing "white supremacy" and domestic gun violence, to developing "restorative justice programs" and "new structures of nonviole…
rt.com/usa/466918-marianne-williamson-pe…

Biden's Complicity in Obama's Toxic Legacy
Peter Bolton | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-20
According to recent polling data, former Vice President Joe Biden has a two-to-one lead over his next closest rival in the Democratic primary contest, Bernie Sanders. According to a Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll, Biden has 34 percent support from registered Democratic voters compared to 17 percent who support Sanders. This will surely embolden those in the establishment wing of the Democratic Party who claim that a moderate, centrist figure like Biden stands the best chance of defeating Trump next year.
counterpunch.org/2019/08/20/bidens-assoc…

Bernie Sanders Takes Aim at the Pathology of the For-Profit Criminal Justice System
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-20
An analysis of Sen Sanders' new criminal justice reform plan and a brief history of neoliberal democrats 'playing' at progressive politics while enacting regressive policies…
therealnews.com/stories/bernie-sanders-t…

Corporate Media Filled With Nameless Voices Attacking Progressive Democrats
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2019-08-20
The Democratic Party establishment wants you to know that they're not afraid of primary challenges from the Justice Democrats–a progressive political action committee that runs progressive candidates who reject campaign funding from the ultra-rich and corporations. But when the establishment Democrats tell you they aren't afraid, they often aren't brave enough to let reporters quote them by name. | These anonymous sources are rarely as insulting as the one quoted by Fox News' Brooke Singman: "No one is afraid of those [Justice Democ…
fair.org/home/corporate-media-filled-wit…

Trump Accuses Most American Jews of "Disloyalty" to Israel, Deploying Anti-Semitic Trope
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-08-20
President Donald Trump revealed again on Tuesday that he subscribes to the anti-Semitic belief that American Jews harbor a secret dual loyalty to Israel.
theintercept.com/2019/08/20/trump-jews-d…

Russia, Racism… Recession? Trump says Democrats hope for economic bust to hurt him in 2020
rt.com | 2019-08-20
US President Donald Trump is accusing Democrats and the media of trying to bring about a recession in order to hurt his 2020 re-election. His critics reply that they're only stating the facts… just like they did with Russiagate? | "The word recession is inappropriate… We're very far from a recession," Trump said on Tuesday, adding that his critics would "love to see" an economic downturn. Earlier, he tweeted a video clip of Fox Business host Lou Dobbs blaming "radical Democrats" for the recession talk. | pic.twitter.com/WyGbgUGEhJ– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTr…
rt.com/usa/466931-trump-recession-media-…

'Coming to You Live From the Electoral College,' Ocasio-Cortez Explains Why System That Perpetuates Inequality Is a Scam
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-20
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez injected humor into her commentary on the Electoral College, which she posted on Instagram Monday night, but her message was serious: the 232-year-old system which allowed Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump to win their elections with less support from voters than their Democratic opponents, gives precedence to white people's votes over those of people of color. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/08/20/coming-…

Jo Swinson probably wishes she hadn't posted that latest lie about Jeremy Corbyn
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-08-20
On 20 August, Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson lied about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn ( again). But people were quick to call her out. And now, she probably wishes she hadn't bothered. | "Fake news": | Swinson tweeted: | Jeremy Corbyn didn't fight to remain in 2016, and he won't fight for remain now. He wants to deliver a Labour Brexit, becau…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/08/20/jo-swinson-probably-wishes-she-hadnt-posted-that-latest-lie-about-jeremy-corbyn/

Trump's Anti-Iran Warrant
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-19
Time and again, hard evidence shows the US is a nation run by hawkish right-wing extremists, dismissive of the rule of law and democratic values they abhor and don't tolerate. | Operating exclusively by their own rules, they maintain that UN …
globalresearch.ca/us-rubber-stamp-court-…

Democrats Have an Open Senate Seat in New Mexico. Will They Elect a Progressive, or the Former Head of the DCCC?
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-08-19
With Sen. Tom Udall retiring, the Democratic Party establishment is unified behind Ben Ray Luján. The Working Families Party endorsed Maggie Oliver.
theintercept.com/2019/08/19/democrat-pri…

Displaced by DR Congo violence, survivors' testimonies highlight brutality of armed militia
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-16
Two months since hundreds of thousands of people fled violence in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN humanitarians warned on Friday that armed militia continue to make their safe return impossible.
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What Is Israel Trying to Hide? Reps. Tlaib & Omar Blocked from Taking Official Trip to West Bank
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-16
Israel sparked outrage Thursday when it banned two freshman Democratic congresswomen of color — Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — from entering the country. Following outcry from Democratic leaders and Palestinians, Israel granted permission for Tlaib to enter the country on "humanitarian" grounds to visit her family in the West Bank — though Tlaib said Friday she will not visit her family under such conditions. Israel originally denied entrance to Tlaib and Omar after President Donald Trump tweeted, "It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tl…
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26-Year-Old Gun Violence Prevention Activist Is Taking on 26-Year Incumbent Rep. Bobby Rush
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-08-15
A 26-year-old organizer in Chicago is mounting a primary challenge to Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., who has been a member of Congress for 26 years. | Robert Emmons, whose best friend, high school classmate, and freshman roommate was shot and killed in 2015, is making gun violence prevention a cornerstone of his campaign. The Windy City experiences gun violence at alarming yet not uncommon rates, as compared to other metropolitan areas — but the number of fatal shootings is in some ways unique to Chicago, where Emmons's 21-year-ol…
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Progressive Candidates Are Carving a Path to the Senate in 2020 — No Thanks to Chuck Schumer
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-08-15
If Democrats manage to seize the Senate and make Schumer the majority leader, it will be in large part due to the work of an organized left.
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Hong Kong Protest Withdraws From Airport, but Situation Remains far From Normal
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-14
The mostly leaderless movement for Hong Kong's democratization withdrew from the airport, allowing flights to resume, but the situation remains unresolved as long as protesters and government fail to come to an agreement on reforms. We speak to Sean Starrs in Hong Kong…
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Media Defend Biden by Attacking Dems for 'Attacking' Obama
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2019-08-13
Coming out of the second round of Democratic debates, a curious storyline crystallized in the media: The candidates are attacking Obama, and that's a sure-fire way to hand the election to Trump. It's the latest flavor of "the Democrats are moving too far left" (FAIR.org, 7/2/19)–this time echoing both Trump himself and the right-wing Democratic candidates, including former Obama Vice President Joe Biden. | During the first debate, Rep. John Delaney pitched the story, claiming, "Most of the folks run…
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Foreign Correspondent: The U.S. Trade War with China is Not Going So Well
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2019-08-08
For the past year, the U.S. has escalated economic warfare with grudging acceptance by high-level Democrats and Republicans.
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Take Away My Employer-Based Health Insurance. Please
Bill Lueders | progressive.org | 2019-08-05
Centrist Democrats like Joe Biden still aim to gin up mass fear over the prospect of leaving behind predatory insurers and the dizzying array of deductibles, co-pays, exclusions, humiliations, and rationing of care that characterizes our current syst…
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