2020-10-27: News Headlines

Andrew Levine (2020-10-27). Get Trump, But Biden is Next, So Lose the Kumbayas. counterpunch.org Inasmuch as even the hyperbolic, overused expression "existential threat" doesn't quite capture the nature and extent of the "clear and present danger" that a second Trump term would pose, dispatching Donald Trump is and ought to be Job Number One. This means voting for, and even piling votes on for, Joe Biden. Biden has been

WSWS (2020-10-27). Right-wing recall campaign seeks to remove Socialist Alternative's Kshama Sawant from Seattle City Council. wsws.org The campaign to recall Kshama Sawant is led by the Democratic Party with the active support of Republican and far-right elements.

Elie Mystal (2020-10-27). Republicans Have Confirmed Amy Coney Barrett—and Officially Captured the Supreme Court. thenation.com Republicans Have Confirmed Amy Coney Barrett—and Officially Captured the Supreme Court…

Sarah Anderson (2020-10-27). The Trump Tax Reform Helped the Billionaire Class, Not the Working Class. counterpunch.org "We gave you the greatest, biggest tax cut in history!" crowed President Trump at a recent rally in Prescott, Arizona. If that rally crowd had been packed with billionaires, they would've had good reason to applaud. But for ordinary working families, the 2017 Republican tax law is nothing to cheer about. Trump's tax cuts for

Pip Hinman (2020-10-26). Shaoquett Moselmane, Dan Oakes and Julian Assange: What price justice? greenleft.org.au Under the guise of a phenomenon called security, anti-democratic acts designed to instill fear are being committed, argues Stuart Rees.

Jan Oberg (2020-10-26). At 75 — A U.N. of the Future in a Globalized Democracy. globalresearch.ca 2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of the world's most important and visionary organisation, the United Nations. Everything TFF has done during its 35 years of existence has been based on one mission — namely, to promote the UN Charter's Article …

Vijay Prashad (2020-10-26). Argentina's Veteran Ambassador Makes a Stand for the Sovereignty of Latin America. counterpunch.org Alicia Castro does not shy away from her views. She came to diplomacy from the trade union movement, where she was a leader when she was a flight attendant with Aerolíneas Argentinas. Castro spent eight years as a member of parliament in the Argentine National Congress, where she fought for the rights of working people.

Dean Baker (2020-10-26). Red State Governors Still Flunk Coronavirus Testing. cepr.net A few weeks back I did a post noting that states governed by Republicans had the highest positive test rates, while the states with the lowest positive rates were mostly governed by Democrats. I argued that positive test rates are a good measure of how serious the governors are in trying to bring the pandemic …

Kim Petersen (2020-10-26). 70 Years after China and the DPRK Defeated the United States in Korea. dissidentvoice.org There is a piece of news on an important anniversary missing from western state and corporate news. This year, 2020, is the 70th anniversary of the Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV) army entering the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to help in, what the Chinese call, the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea. …

RT (2020-10-26). 'So cringeworthy': Kamala Harris accused of 'pandering' after doing a promo about her sneakers amid election campaign. rt.com Kamala Harris garnered quite a few haters after "going sneaker shopping" with a pop culture outlet as a campaign promotional event, with viewers seeing the move as unserious and "pandering." | Harris was probed about her footwear in a video released on Monday by lifestyle outlet Complex. | "I love my chucks," the California senator

Finian Cunningham (2020-10-26). Russia's Threat… Of Peace. thealtworld.com Here we go again. Joe Biden is whipping up Russophobia by claiming that Russia is the "biggest threat" to American security. | In a media interview at the weekend, the Democrat politician said: "I think the biggest threat to America right now in terms of breaking up our — our security and our alliances is Russia." | That a presidential candidate can

Julia Rock, Harry August (2020-10-26). Progressive Democrats Sweep Rhode Island. thenation.com Challengers from the left ousted eight incumbents in the state's Democratic primaries, and five more won open seats.

Stephen Lendman (2020-10-26). Chileans Vote Up or Down for Constitutional Change. globalresearch.ca Since the CIA elevated Augusto Pinochet to power on an earlier 9/11 day of infamy in 1973 — replacing social democracy with tyrannical fascist rule — Pinochet's ghost still haunts most Chileans. | Billionaire Sebastian Pinera governs the country with an …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-10-26). 'Prove Him Wrong': Progressives Demand Democrats Accept McConnell's Challenge, Expand Supreme Court If They Win Elections. commondreams.org Bolstered by some apparent support in the Senate Democratic caucus, progressive advocates on Monday demanded that the Democratic Party prove Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wrong about their commitment to remaking the judiciary. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1229137686.png

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-10-26). As Senate Dems Hold Talkathon in Protest, Warren Condemns GOP Vote on Barrett as 'Last Gasp of a Desperate Party'. commondreams.org Continuing a protest on the floor of the Senate that had begun late Sunday night, Senate Democrats on Monday morning embarked on a "talkathon" to speak out against the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is expected to go ahead Monday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/warren_coney_barrett.jpg

Staff (2020-10-26). Amid Staff COVID Outbreak, Democrats Call on Pence to Stop Presiding Over Senate. truthout.org With multiple members of Vice President Mike Pence's senior staff now confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus — and Senate Republicans scheduled to ram through the final confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett as early as Monday afternoon or evening — Democratic leaders in the Senate are calling on Pence to forgo his plans to preside over the chamber in the name of public health and out of concern for all who work there. | With at least five members…

Howie Hawkins (2020-10-26). Whatever Happened to Left Solidarity? counterpunch.org In 2004, a number of prominent progressives issued statements calling on people to vote for Democrat John Kerry in the close states and the Green Party candidate in the so-called safe states where the outcome would not be close. In 2020, many of these same people have moved further to the right and call for

Jacques Servin (2020-10-26). Elect Biden, Then Give Him Power. progressive.org Despite Biden's surprisingly progressive platform, he will need pressure to level the economic playing field, and guarantee basic services like health care and education.

WSWS (2020-10-26). Whose Vote Counts, Explained: Netflix series examines voting rights in America. wsws.org Like all basic democratic rights, the right to vote can only be defended through the independent political struggle of the working class.

WSWS (2020-10-26). Jacobin hails New Zealand Labour government's re-election. wsws.org Jacobin magazine, a pseudo-left publication that supports the US Democratic Party, has joined in the international media chorus falsely portraying Jacinda Ardern's anti-working class and pro-imperialist government as progressive.

Thomas Mountain (2020-10-26). "Democratic" Means Social Equality. counterpunch.org Pundits in the international media and political classes twist an distort the word "democratic" until it has no resemblance to the actual meaning of the word. Start with "democracy" from which "democratic" is born. "Government by the people exercised either directly…? or by elected representatives" and later "the principles of social equality and individual rights".

Ray McGovern (2020-10-26). Former CIA: Blaming Moscow for Hunter Biden's Laptop is "Russiagate Disinformation" globalresearch.ca Former intelligence officials, Democratic leaders, and media outlets dismissing the Hunter Biden story as "Russian disinformation" are spreading more Russiagate disinformation, ex-CIA officer Ray McGovern says. | Media outlets are amplifying the claims of former intelligence officials, including John Brennan and …

commondreams (2020-10-26). Facebook Demands End to NYU Program That Has Exposed Social Media Giant's Failures to Uphold Commitments to Safeguard Democracy. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-10-26). International Study Finds US Republican Party Heading Towards Becoming One of World's Most Authoritarian Factions. commondreams.org "Disrespect of political opponents, the encouragement of violence, and also the violation of minority rights… they have all clearly increased with the Republican Party in recent years," said one of the lead authors. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/modi_2_0.jpg

Thom Hartmann (2020-10-26). Because We Don't Have a Right to Vote…. commondreams.org Republicans can't win elections on their "ideas" of tax cuts for billionaires and eliminating protective regulations on polluting corporations. (Photo: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-8571555561_1.jpg

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-10-26). With Covid-19 Rife Among VP Staffers, Democrats Says Pence Presiding Over Senate a 'Violation of Common Decency'. commondreams.org "Your presence alone could be very dangerous to many people—not just Senators, but to all the truly essential staff—both Democratic and Republican—who must be physically present inside the U.S. Capitol for it to function." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/pence_senate_covid-19.jpg

_____ (2020-10-26). The Supremely Undemocratic Court. popularresistance.org In this first installment of the Deception 2020 Series, we dig into that most supreme of undemocratic courts – just as Amy Coney Barrett looms over a smooth confirmation. Could the Democrats have stopped her? Then, we sit down with Dan Kovalik, human rights lawyer and author, for his take on the court, RBG, and more.

_____ (2020-10-26). Why We Need To End Capitalism To Defeat Fascism. popularresistance.org With the presidential election coming up, there is a lot of focus on how the election will go and who will win. One thing is certain, no matter which corporate candidate wins, the people and the planet will lose. To understand where we are and how we got here, I speak with Gabriel Rockhill, a philosopher, author and activist. He explains the connections between our governance structure and capitalism and how both liberal democracy and fascism in a sort of good cop/bad cop relationship are used to protect the profits of the few while exploiting the many.

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-10-26). Sit-in on SF Market Street by March For Democracy. indybay.org Rally at Mission High School steps, | followed by a march to San Francisco City Hall…

sputniknews (2020-10-26). France, Turkey at Odds; China Hits US Arms Makers; No Stopping COVID. sputniknews.com Senator Chuck Schumer offers a perfect example of how his party fails Americans as the New York Times joins in election fear-mongering.

sputniknews (2020-10-26). Twitter, Facebook Chose Poorly in Blocking Access to Hunter Biden Email Story. sputniknews.com Facebook reduced the presence of the New York Post's Hunter Biden email story in users' feeds until fact-checkers had looked into the matter, while Twitter initially stopped it from being posted, shared or sent via direct message.

sputniknews (2020-10-26). Media Silence on Hunter Biden. sputniknews.com On today's episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan discussed current events, including Rasmussen's polling having President Trump ahead, 44 states' rising COVID-19 cases, Tropical Storm Zeta hitting the Gulf, Judge Barrett being confirmed by the Senate, and the LA Dodgers leading the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 in the World Series.

Press Room (2020-10-26). 'The Nation' Launches 'System Check,' A New Podcast With Melissa Harris-Perry and Dorian Warren. thenation.com 'The Nation' Launches 'System Check,' A New Podcast With Melissa Harris-Perry and Dorian Warren…

Melissa Harris-Perry, Dorian T. Warren (2020-10-26). Checking the Systems That Hold Us Back. thenation.com Checking the Systems That Hold Us Back…

Ariel Dorfman (2020-10-26). A New Constitution: What the United States Can Learn From Chile. thenation.com A New Constitution: What the United States Can Learn From Chile…

William i. Robinson (2020-10-26). To Defeat Fascism, We Must Recognize It's a Failed Response to Capitalist Crisis. zcomm.org Fascism seeks to violently restore capital accumulation, establish new forms of state legitimacy and suppress threats from below unencumbered by democratic constraints…

Nathan Robinson (2020-10-26). The Chomsky Position On Voting. zcomm.org It's important to vote Democratic, but we should be under no illusions that voting Democratic will save us. Voting is a small part of our political lives…

_____ (2020-10-25). Blaming Moscow for Hunter Biden's Laptop Is Russiagate Disinformation. strategic-culture.org Aaron MATÉ | Former intelligence officials, Democratic leaders, and media outlets dismissing the Hunter Biden story as "Russian disinformation" are spreading more Russiagate disinformation, ex-CIA officer Ray McGovern says. | Media outlets are amplifying the claims of former intelligence officials, including John Brennan and James Clapper, as well as of top Democrats, including Joe Biden and Adam Schiff, that the Hunter Biden laptop revelations are "Russian disinformation." | They have done so even though no one from the Biden camp has disputed the authenticity of a single leaked email or document, or denied that…

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-10-25). Nothing Will Fundamentally Change: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. thealtworld.com A propaganda machine that can make people worry about foreign governments while their own government is destroying lives in their own country and all over the world is a propaganda machine that can make people believe anything. | ~ | Americans are hurt by their own government infinitely more than they are hurt by Russia, China and Iran. People around the world are hurt by the US government far more than Americans are hurt by their own government. Stop worrying about foreigners, America. It serves only the powerful. | ~ | Joe Biden: Nothing will fundamentally change. | Liberals: THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION…

Bryce Greene (2020-10-25). After Socialist Victory in Bolivia, Media Still Whitewash Coup. commondreams.org Bolivia's leftist presidential candidate Luis Arce of the Movement for Socialism party celebrates with running mate David Choquehuanca early on October 19, 2020 in La Paz, Bolivia. (Photo: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/bolivia_democracy_arce.jpg

The Canary (2020-10-25). Thai protesters rally in their thousands ahead of parliamentary debate. thecanary.co Thousands of pro-democracy protesters have gathered in Thailand's capital. They're seeking to keep up pressure on the government a day ahead of a special parliament session aimed at easing political tensions.Pressure: The rally took place on 25 October at the busy Rajprasong intersection, in the heart of Bangkok's shopping district. Few protesters turned out in the first hour of the rally but their numbers later swelled to several thousand. They listened to rude denunciations of the government in chants, speeches, and songs.Pro-democracy activists display a placard with Thai prime minister Prayuth Chan-och…

Peter Koenig (2020-10-25). "Democracy" vs. COVID: A No-Go. The Great Reset is the Antidote of Democracy. globalresearch.ca On 21 October 2020, the German Press Agency (dpa) reports that Germany pledges NATO soldiers for possible Covid-19 operations: | "German soldiers could be sent on crisis missions to other NATO and partner countries during the second wave of the Corona …

_____ (2020-10-25). Federal Judges Block Efforts To Ease Rules For Mail-In Ballots. popularresistance.org In the final weeks of the 2020 election, Republican-appointed appellate judges have overturned rulings that required states to make mail-in voting easier during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tens of millions of ballots have already been cast, even as federal judges kept changing the rules. | These decisions could be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court, which will include a 6-3 conservative majority if nominee Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed by the U.S. Senate next week as planned. So far, the court has ruled against voters in nearly every case it has reviewed.

Prabir Purkayastha (2020-10-25). Google under fire in US for predatory monopoly practices. peoplesdispatch.org Tech monopolies are increasingly being acknowledged as a danger to people, other companies and even to democracy. The regulatory worm seems to be turning in many countries, even in the US where it had gone into hibernation…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-25). Calls intensify for resignation of OAS secretary general Luis Almagro. peoplesdispatch.org Progressive movements across Latin America have called for the resignation of OAS secretary general Luis Almagro, pointing to his role in the coup in Bolivia in 2019 and in destabilizing democracy in the country…

sputniknews (2020-10-25). Twitter Bans Users Posting Links to Site Claiming to Show Hunter Biden's Alleged Sex and Drug Pics. sputniknews.com Taiwanese website GTV published what it claimed were photos of Hunter Biden nude, masturbating, having sex with young women and using drugs on Sunday. Twitter users attempting share the links quickly found them removed for breaching 'community standards'.

sputniknews (2020-10-25). Video: NYPD Commissioner, Mayor Condemn Officer Filmed Blaring 'Trump 2020' on Patrol Car Speaker. sputniknews.com The incident, which took place on Saturday night in New York City's borough of Brooklyn, comes in the run-up to the 3 November presidential election in the United States, in which Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, seek to gain the White House.

Democracia Abierta (2020-10-25). The Chilean referendum: getting rid of the shadow of Pinochet's dictatorship. zcomm.org Twelve months after the violent protests broke out, the Chilean people are preparing for an unprecedented process: voting to decide whether to begin drafting a new Constitution, which should be more socially equitable and economically inclusive…

Anand Naidoo (2020-10-24). The Heat: Trump, Biden final debate. america.cgtn.com US President Donald Trump and rival Joe Biden clash over the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in their final debate.

Editor (2020-10-24). What Canvassing in Nevada Amid a Pandemic Has Taught Me. scheerpost.com Anthony Quintano / CC BY 2.0] By Rebecca Gordon / TomDispatch "Look, folks, the air quality is in the red zone today. The EPA says that means people with lung or heart issues should avoid prolonged activity outdoors." That was J.R. de Vera, one of two directors of UNITE-HERE!'s independent expenditure campaign to elect Biden and Harris in Reno, Nevada. UNITE-HERE! is a union representing 300… |

WSWS (2020-10-24). Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7: An important historical episode. wsws.org The film deals with the court proceedings in 1969—70 in which organizers of protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago faced charges of conspiracy and crossing state lines with the intent to incite a riot.

Pres. Donald Trump (2020-10-24). Video: Second 2020 Presidential Debate: Joe Biden and Donald Trump. globalresearch.ca

Fight Back (2020-10-24). Commentary on Bolivia: How a coup failed. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – On November 10, 2019, a hastily-assembled coalition of generals, middle class liberals and fascist paramilitaries overthrew the democratic government of Evo Morales in Bolivia. Coming on the heels of a coup attempt in Venezuela and the vicious repression of a people's uprising in Chile, it seemed to many that the continental struggle against U.S. imperialism had reached a tipping point in the empire's favor. | Today, not even a year later, the official results for Bolivia's presidential elections were announced. Evo's comrade and successor Luis "Lucho" Arce received a resounding 55% of the vote…

WSWS (2020-10-24). Australia: University of Melbourne IYSSE holds successful AGM despite anti-democratic measures. wsws.org Held amid a COVID-19 lockdown, the meeting reflected the growing radicalisation among youth and students.

Tom Weis (2020-10-24). Like Sanders and Warren, I'm Backing Biden. commondreams.org Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) raise their hands during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/sanders_warren_biden.jpg

_____ (2020-10-24). Biden And Liberal Censorship. popularresistance.org We can thank liberals for turning social media platforms into the biggest champions of censorship in the country. Frustrated in the wake of the 2016 election debacle, they rushed to cover up for their own failures and used Russia as their scapegoat. Russiagate began even while the campaign was still in progress, as Hillary Clinton tried unsuccessfully to label Donald Trump a "Putin puppet" and worked with surveillance state insiders to make their tall tale appear real. | The country has never recovered from this scheme. The Democrats repeated incessantly that foreign interference lost them the election.

WorkWeek (2020-10-24). Tuesday 10/27: Panel-SEIU, Union Democracy, Union Elections & The Rank & File. indybay.org Zoom Panel | us02web.zoom.us/j/82188245989?pwd=aEJ5b2ZkcXNSYVVDemlZK0JxWnpidz09

Susan Jaffe (2020-10-24). [World Report] US election 2020: research and health institutions. thelancet.com How will the NIH, CDC, and FDA change if President Donald Trump wins a second term or if his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, defeats him? Susan Jaffe reports from Washington, DC.

sputniknews (2020-10-24). Trump Casts Ballot as Final Week of US Election Campaign Nears. sputniknews.com With the US presidential election entering its final week, Donald Trump is gearing up for a punishing tempo of massive campaign rallies across key battleground states – including three in one day next Tuesday. Meanwhile Democrat Joe Biden is sticking to his socially-distanced drive-in events.

Fight Back (2020-10-24). Anti-war activists grade foreign policies of Trump, Biden. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On October 20, the Minnesota Anti-War Committee (AWC) held an online discussion on the foreign policies of President Donald Trump and his rival in the upcoming election, former Vice President Joe Biden. Members of the longstanding Twin Cities-based street protest group compared the platforms and records of each candidate from an anti-war perspective. | Overall, the group condemned U.S. interventions abroad under Trump's leadership, and affirmed the need for change. But panelists agreed that the anti-war movement would need to push back against a Biden administration for similar reasons. | "Trump…

Hannah Aizenman, Stefanie Frey, and Mai Schotz (2020-10-24). We Finally Won Just Cause Protection at The New Yorker after AOC and Warren Refused to Cross Our Picket Line. zcomm.org After 95 years, at-will employment is over at The New Yorker. Our union finally won just cause in our first contract…

sputniknews (2020-10-23). Can Biden and the Media Keep Ignoring Tony Bobulinski? sputniknews.com On today's episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan discussed current events, including the media ignoring the Hunter Biden story, Joe Biden denying taking foreign money ever in his life, Sudan announcing normalization with Israel, the Senate confirming Judge Barrett, and former Biden associate Tony Bobulinski being interviewed by the FBI.

Lee Camp (2020-10-23). Top 10 People to Blame if Joe Biden Loses (It's Not The Left). counterpunch.org So, Joseph Biden, AKA "Kid Senile," leads in the polls against Donald Trump, AKA "Kid Fascist Lunatic," by such a large margin that it resembles a horse race in which one of the horses is an aged wiener dog with three legs. Right now, even though the polling does not account for the millions of voters who

Jordan Woll (2020-10-23). Trump and Biden agree: U.S. empire should reign supreme. liberationnews.org On matters of war and empire, Donald Trump and Joe Biden fundamentally agree.

Pete Dolack (2020-10-23). We Can Do Better Than Capitalist Formal "Democracy" counterpunch.org An article I read shortly after Jacinda Ardern's re-election in New Zealand noted, with a touch of weariness, that Labour's victory came after a campaign measured in "weeks." Folks there ought to count themselves lucky — the United States has endured years of campaigning in what has proved, to the surprise of no one, its nastiest

Staff (2020-10-23). Who is 'the least racist person in the room'? therealnews.com Burn It Down with Kim Brown — airing live on 10/23/2020. As YouTube restricts embedding for new channels, please click over to the YouTube link below. | Trump and Biden traded blows over each other's character, and what they would do for the country. Our panel discusses the final 2020 presidential debate, along with the recent developments in the fight against voter suppression.

Beau Peters (2020-10-23). Early Voting, Long Lines, and Voter Suppression. dissidentvoice.org November 3rd, Election Day in America, is rapidly approaching. However, early in-person voting has started in several states across the country and there are some concerning issues already coming to light this election year. Videos by voters have been circulating on social media sites such as Twitter, showing extremely long lines and long waiting periods. …

Leonid Savin (2020-10-23). The Role Of Capital In the US Elections. thealtworld.com Money plays a key role in US election campaigns. It is spent on advertising, consultants' salaries and PR firms. In addition, the Democrats' strategy shows that funding goes towards street protests. Since their confrontational approach is adopted in advance and involves provoking people into mass protests, it is a technique that also requires serious investment. | Let us explore the different fundraising mechanisms for election campaigns and the interests of various financial groups (individuals). | Political action committees: | Since 1976, political action committees (PACs) have been used in the US to r…

RT (2020-10-23). FBI asks to interview former Hunter Biden business partner after he said Joe Biden was involved in son's foreign business dealings. rt.com The FBI has asked to interview investor Tony Bobulinski, the ex-business partner of Hunter Biden who alleged Thursday that Joe Biden was involved in his son's overseas deals, contrary to the presidential candidate's statements. | The Senate Homeland Security Committee

RT (2020-10-23). Biden calls Rudy Giuliani 'Russian pawn' as he & Trump accuse each other of taking over foreign money in debate. rt.com Democratic hopeful Joe Biden has alleged that Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's lawyer, is working as a "Russian pawn" to help his client win the 2020 race, as both candidates accuse each other of taking foreign cash. | Also on rt.com | | "[Trump's] own national security adviser told him that what is happening with his buddy — oh, I shouldn't… well, I will — his buddy Rudy Giuliani. He's being used as a Russian pawn. He's being fed information that is Ru…

RT (2020-10-23). Biden called out for 'lying' that Republican Congress obstructed criminal justice reforms under Obama. rt.com Presidential candidate Joe Biden claimed at the final debate with Donald Trump that the Democrats couldn't pass criminal justice reform as the GOP controlled Congress, prompting online posters to point out it wasn't the case. | President Trump took a jab at his electoral challenger during the Thursday debate, asking, "Why didn't you get [criminal justice reform] done? … You know why, Joe? Because you're all talk and no action." | Biden was quick to defend the former Democratic administration's supposed inaction on the issue, saying he and former president Barack Obama's "had a Republican Congress," which hin…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-10-23). Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley, and Tlaib Lead Call for UN Probe Into Alleged DHS Human Rights Abuses. commondreams.org "Our government cannot be allowed to commit human rights atrocities or escape investigation, oversight, or criticism based on its powerful geopolitical position, as it so often has." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/omar_pressley_aoc_tlaib_0.jpg

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-10-23). Constitutional Law Experts Endorse Democrats' Bill to Create 18-Year Term Limits for Supreme Court Justices. commondreams.org The called it "a critical piece in prescribing how our country's leaders can work to depoliticize the Supreme Court and its confirmation process." | www.flickr.com/photos/44768401@N07/4122928968/in

teleSUR (2020-10-23). US Response to COVID-19 Pandemic Took Center Stage at Debate. telesurenglish.net Democratic candidate Joe Biden slammed President Donald Trump for mishandling the COVID-19 pandemic at the final presidential debate on Thursday night. | RELATED: | "We're in a circumstance where the president thus far still has no plan, no comprehensive plan," Biden said and noted that the death toll had already surpassed 220,000 in the U.S., with 1,000 new deaths per day, accusing Trump of intentionally playing down the thre…

Fight Back (2020-10-23). Tampa students rally against cuts to education, demand defunding of USF police department. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – On October 20, around 40 students and community members protested against the University of South Florida's (USF) budget cuts and demanded defunding the campus police. Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held the protest as part of their Chop from the Top and the Cops campaign and a new demand for USF to keep the College of Education after recent news of the department's closure. | The reason for ending undergraduate education programs, according to USF, is that attendance has been low and that ending the program will save the school about $6.8 million. This decision is the beginning of…

WSWS (2020-10-23). Over 100 teachers launch wildcat sickout strike in Houston. wsws.org The drive by Texas Democrats to reopen Houston schools coincides with the platform of the Biden-Harris campaign, which fraudulently claim that this can be done "safely" while the pandemic spirals out of control.

Matt Sedlar (2020-10-23). Mexico at the OAS General Assembly: Almagro undermined the OAS Charter and Damaged Bolivia's Democracy. cepr.net This week in Washington, D.C. the Organization of American States (OAS) held their 50th Regular Session of the General Assembly. In these meetings the General Assembly, the highest decision-making body of the OAS, is tasked with debating the organization's course of action for the next year, as well as setting the standards of governance for …

Max Moran (2020-10-23). How BlackRock is on Track to Infiltrate a Biden Administration. counterpunch.org The Democratic base, still scarred from the 2016 election, is frantic not to count its chickens before they hatch. But Wall Street and corporate America have no such qualms. As Joe Biden leads in national polls and swing states, the most powerful firms in the country are seeking assurances that his administration won't crack down

Ruth Conniff (2020-10-23). Hope Prevails Over Fear in Final Debate. progressive.org Biden delivers a strong performance as Trump displays his sneering lack of empathy.

_____ (2020-10-23). Movement Towards Socialism Wins Landslide Victory In Bolivia. popularresistance.org After 11 months of being ruled by a repressive coup-regime, Bolivians have finally recovered democracy. After five days of counting, the official results of the Bolivian presidential elections are finally in. The Movement Towards Socialism's (MAS) presidential ticket with Luis Arce and David Choquehuanca won 55.1% of the vote share while Carlos Mesa's Citizen Community party won just 28.83% of the vote share. The MAS also won the parliamentary elections, bagging 73 out of the 130 seats in the lower house of parliament and 21 of the 36 seats in the Senate.

Institute of the Arts and Sciences, UCSC (2020-10-23). Tuesday 10/27: Images, Memory and Justice with Bryan Stevenson. indybay.org Online Event | ias.ucsc.edu/events/2020/images-memory-and-justice-bryan-stevenson-october-27-2020

Joan Walsh (2020-10-23). The Moment Joe Biden Found His Voice—and Won the Final Debate. thenation.com The Moment Joe Biden Found His Voice—and Won the Final Debate…

Anita Raj (2020-10-23). [Research Paper] Gun violence in the U.S.: It is past time we listen to the voices of women and black communities. thelancet.com The United States (U.S.) presidential election is upon us at a time when the nation faces increasing polarization on many issues, including guns and violence, and our presidential candidates reflect this polarization. The incumbent Republican Nominee, Donald Trump, warns voters that his opponent will "take away your guns (and) destroy your Second Amendment," which secures the right of the people to keep and bear firearms [1]. Democratic nominee and former Vice President under Barack Obama, Joe Biden, in fact includes in his platform a commitment to effective gun control policies, including banning assault weapons…

sputniknews (2020-10-23). Court Docs Reveal US Republican State Senate Candidate Booted From School Over KKK Halloween Regalia. sputniknews.com A Republican running for the Arkansas Senate was dismissed from the Mississippi high school he attended nearly two decades ago after allegedly dressing up as a member of the Ku Klux Klan during a school-sponsored Halloween event.

_____ (2020-10-23). Russiagate, The Sequel: Democrats Resurrect 'Russia Bogeyman' Ruse to Cover Joe and Hunter Biden's Foreign Misconduct. strategic-culture.org If a U.S. political giant falls in Washington, D.C. but nobody is around to hear it, did Russia do it? Judging by the way the Democrats have been overplaying the anti-Russia card for the past four years, we already know the answer to that question. | Last week, the New York Post fired off a bombshell story that exposed emails allegedly belonging to U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden. The messages — discovered on a laptop that the younger Biden had reportedly dropped off at a Delaware computer repair shop in April 2019 — point to a level of corruption and nepotism that is shockin…

Daniel Judt, Maxwell Ulin (2020-10-23). Opportunity Knocks: Canvassing in the Time of Covid. thenation.com Opportunity Knocks: Canvassing in the Time of Covid…

Steve Ellner (2020-10-23). Takeaways From the Last Biden-Trump Presidential Debate. telesurenglish.net If there was one takeaway for the second presidential debate it's that the difference between the two candidates is minimum, especially concerning foreign policy. | RELATED: | Both Trump and Biden boosted over and over again that they are more belligerent than their opponents concerning countries considered to be U.S adversaries. | Biden for instance claimed that as vice president he stood up to the Chinese with regards to their claims in…

Sam Pizzigati (2020-10-23). The Biden Tax Plan: The More Progressives Look, the More Progressives Like. zcomm.org This package of serious tax-the-rich proposals will have no easy road through Congress…

Ureerat Wilson (2020-10-23). A New Democracy Movement in Thailand. zcomm.org Thailand's conservative middle classes are now joining populists in a movement against their military-backed system…

2020-10-26: News Headlines

Staff (2020-10-26). "They Wanted to Take My Womb Out": Survivor of Medical Abuse in ICE Jail Deported After Speaking Out. democracynow.org An independent medical review team has submitted a report to Congress on a lack of informed consent and "disturbing pattern" of questionable gynecological surgical procedures at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia, after an account from a nurse whistleblower in September prompted congressional and federal investigations. At least 19 women, most of whom are Black and Latina, have come forward to allege they were pressured into "unnecessary" gynecological treatment and surgeries — including procedures that left them sterile — while they were detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. We s…

Ann Garrison (2020-10-26). Call for Prosecution of War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity, and Genocide Crime in DRC. indybay.org "Congo Week," the annual series of forums, films, and conversation organized by Washington D.C.-based Friends of the Congo was, like so much else, a virtual event this year. It concluded today with the presentation of humanitarian awards to two Congolese groups defending human rights, and to Dr. Denis Mukwege, the world renowned gynecologist and Nobel Prize Winner who founded Panzi Hospital to treat women victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In his acceptance speech, Dr. Mukwege called for prosecution of the 617 war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide crimes documented i…

Pip Hinman (2020-10-26). Shaoquett Moselmane, Dan Oakes and Julian Assange: What price justice? greenleft.org.au Under the guise of a phenomenon called security, anti-democratic acts designed to instill fear are being committed, argues Stuart Rees.

Jan Oberg (2020-10-26). At 75 — A U.N. of the Future in a Globalized Democracy. globalresearch.ca 2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of the world's most important and visionary organisation, the United Nations. Everything TFF has done during its 35 years of existence has been based on one mission — namely, to promote the UN Charter's Article …

Vijay Prashad (2020-10-26). Argentina's Veteran Ambassador Makes a Stand for the Sovereignty of Latin America. counterpunch.org Alicia Castro does not shy away from her views. She came to diplomacy from the trade union movement, where she was a leader when she was a flight attendant with Aerolíneas Argentinas. Castro spent eight years as a member of parliament in the Argentine National Congress, where she fought for the rights of working people.

Dean Baker (2020-10-26). Red State Governors Still Flunk Coronavirus Testing. cepr.net A few weeks back I did a post noting that states governed by Republicans had the highest positive test rates, while the states with the lowest positive rates were mostly governed by Democrats. I argued that positive test rates are a good measure of how serious the governors are in trying to bring the pandemic …

Kim Petersen (2020-10-26). 70 Years after China and the DPRK Defeated the United States in Korea. dissidentvoice.org There is a piece of news on an important anniversary missing from western state and corporate news. This year, 2020, is the 70th anniversary of the Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV) army entering the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to help in, what the Chinese call, the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea. …

RT (2020-10-26). 'So cringeworthy': Kamala Harris accused of 'pandering' after doing a promo about her sneakers amid election campaign. rt.com Kamala Harris garnered quite a few haters after "going sneaker shopping" with a pop culture outlet as a campaign promotional event, with viewers seeing the move as unserious and "pandering." | Harris was probed about her footwear in a video released on Monday by lifestyle outlet Complex. | "I love my chucks," the California senator

Julia Rock, Harry August (2020-10-26). Progressive Democrats Sweep Rhode Island. thenation.com Challengers from the left ousted eight incumbents in the state's Democratic primaries, and five more won open seats.

Stephen Lendman (2020-10-26). Chileans Vote Up or Down for Constitutional Change. globalresearch.ca Since the CIA elevated Augusto Pinochet to power on an earlier 9/11 day of infamy in 1973 — replacing social democracy with tyrannical fascist rule — Pinochet's ghost still haunts most Chileans. | Billionaire Sebastian Pinera governs the country with an …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-10-26). As Senate Dems Hold Talkathon in Protest, Warren Condemns GOP Vote on Barrett as 'Last Gasp of a Desperate Party'. commondreams.org Continuing a protest on the floor of the Senate that had begun late Sunday night, Senate Democrats on Monday morning embarked on a "talkathon" to speak out against the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is expected to go ahead Monday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/warren_coney_barrett.jpg

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-10-26). 'Prove Him Wrong': Progressives Demand Democrats Accept McConnell's Challenge, Expand Supreme Court If They Win Elections. commondreams.org Bolstered by some apparent support in the Senate Democratic caucus, progressive advocates on Monday demanded that the Democratic Party prove Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wrong about their commitment to remaking the judiciary. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1229137686.png

Staff (2020-10-26). Amid Staff COVID Outbreak, Democrats Call on Pence to Stop Presiding Over Senate. truthout.org With multiple members of Vice President Mike Pence's senior staff now confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus — and Senate Republicans scheduled to ram through the final confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett as early as Monday afternoon or evening — Democratic leaders in the Senate are calling on Pence to forgo his plans to preside over the chamber in the name of public health and out of concern for all who work there. | With at least five members…

Jacques Servin (2020-10-26). Elect Biden, Then Give Him Power. progressive.org Despite Biden's surprisingly progressive platform, he will need pressure to level the economic playing field, and guarantee basic services like health care and education.

WSWS (2020-10-26). Jacobin hails New Zealand Labour government's re-election. wsws.org Jacobin Magazine, a pseudo-left publication that supports the US Democratic Party, has joined in the international media chorus falsely portraying Jacinda Ardern's anti-working class and pro-imperialist government as progressive.

Howie Hawkins (2020-10-26). Whatever Happened to Left Solidarity? counterpunch.org In 2004, a number of prominent progressives issued statements calling on people to vote for Democrat John Kerry in the close states and the Green Party candidate in the so-called safe states where the outcome would not be close. In 2020, many of these same people have moved further to the right and call for

Ray McGovern (2020-10-26). Former CIA: Blaming Moscow for Hunter Biden's Laptop is "Russiagate Disinformation" globalresearch.ca Former intelligence officials, Democratic leaders, and media outlets dismissing the Hunter Biden story as "Russian disinformation" are spreading more Russiagate disinformation, ex-CIA officer Ray McGovern says. | Media outlets are amplifying the claims of former intelligence officials, including John Brennan and …

WSWS (2020-10-26). Whose Vote Counts, Explained: Netflix series examines voting rights in America. wsws.org Like all basic democratic rights, the right to vote can only be defended through the independent political struggle of the working class.

Thomas Mountain (2020-10-26). "Democratic" Means Social Equality. counterpunch.org Pundits in the international media and political classes twist an distort the word "democratic" until it has no resemblance to the actual meaning of the word. Start with "democracy" from which "democratic" is born. "Government by the people exercised either directly…? or by elected representatives" and later "the principles of social equality and individual rights".

commondreams (2020-10-26). Facebook Demands End to NYU Program That Has Exposed Social Media Giant's Failures to Uphold Commitments to Safeguard Democracy. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-10-26). With Covid-19 Rife Among VP Staffers, Democrats Says Pence Presiding Over Senate a 'Violation of Common Decency'. commondreams.org "Your presence alone could be very dangerous to many people—not just Senators, but to all the truly essential staff—both Democratic and Republican—who must be physically present inside the U.S. Capitol for it to function." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/pence_senate_covid-19.jpg

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-10-26). International Study Finds US Republican Party Heading Towards Becoming One of World's Most Authoritarian Factions. commondreams.org "Disrespect of political opponents, the encouragement of violence, and also the violation of minority rights… they have all clearly increased with the Republican Party in recent years," said one of the lead authors. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/modi_2_0.jpg

Thom Hartmann (2020-10-26). Because We Don't Have a Right to Vote…. commondreams.org Republicans can't win elections on their "ideas" of tax cuts for billionaires and eliminating protective regulations on polluting corporations. (Photo: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-8571555561_1.jpg

_____ (2020-10-26). The Supremely Undemocratic Court. popularresistance.org In this first installment of the Deception 2020 Series, we dig into that most supreme of undemocratic courts – just as Amy Coney Barrett looms over a smooth confirmation. Could the Democrats have stopped her? Then, we sit down with Dan Kovalik, human rights lawyer and author, for his take on the court, RBG, and more.

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-10-26). Sit-in on SF Market Street by March For Democracy. indybay.org Rally at Mission High School steps, | followed by a march to San Francisco City Hall…

_____ (2020-10-26). Early Leaders of India and Pakistan Ignored Religious Extremism Warnings. strategic-culture.org Indian Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi and various Muslim extremist political leaders of Pakistan represent the sum of all fears expressed by leaders of princely states and their governments at the dawn of India and Pakistan in the late 1940s. Secular political leaders, including the Indian National Congress (INC) leader Jawaharlal Nehru and All-India Muslim League leader Mohammed Ali Jinnah, claimed there was nothing to worry about since both majority Hindu India and majority Muslim Pakistan would be secular republics governed by leaders committed to democratic rule, not by dictates from Hindu nat…

Ariel Dorfman (2020-10-26). A New Constitution: What the United States Can Learn From Chile. thenation.com A New Constitution: What the United States Can Learn From Chile…

Melissa Harris-Perry, Dorian T. Warren (2020-10-26). Checking the Systems That Hold Us Back. thenation.com Checking the Systems That Hold Us Back…

Press Room (2020-10-26). 'The Nation' Launches 'System Check,' A New Podcast With Melissa Harris-Perry and Dorian Warren. thenation.com 'The Nation' Launches 'System Check,' A New Podcast With Melissa Harris-Perry and Dorian Warren…

Nathan Robinson (2020-10-26). The Chomsky Position On Voting. zcomm.org It's important to vote Democratic, but we should be under no illusions that voting Democratic will save us. Voting is a small part of our political lives…

William i. Robinson (2020-10-26). To Defeat Fascism, We Must Recognize It's a Failed Response to Capitalist Crisis. zcomm.org Fascism seeks to violently restore capital accumulation, establish new forms of state legitimacy and suppress threats from below unencumbered by democratic constraints…

_____ (2020-10-25). Blaming Moscow for Hunter Biden's Laptop Is Russiagate Disinformation. strategic-culture.org Aaron MATÉ | Former intelligence officials, Democratic leaders, and media outlets dismissing the Hunter Biden story as "Russian disinformation" are spreading more Russiagate disinformation, ex-CIA officer Ray McGovern says. | Media outlets are amplifying the claims of former intelligence officials, including John Brennan and James Clapper, as well as of top Democrats, including Joe Biden and Adam Schiff, that the Hunter Biden laptop revelations are "Russian disinformation." | They have done so even though no one from the Biden camp has disputed the authenticity of a single leaked email or document, or denied that…

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-10-25). Nothing Will Fundamentally Change: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. thealtworld.com A propaganda machine that can make people worry about foreign governments while their own government is destroying lives in their own country and all over the world is a propaganda machine that can make people believe anything. | ~ | Americans are hurt by their own government infinitely more than they are hurt by Russia, China and Iran. People around the world are hurt by the US government far more than Americans are hurt by their own government. Stop worrying about foreigners, America. It serves only the powerful. | ~ | Joe Biden: Nothing will fundamentally change. | Liberals: THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION…

Lawrence Wittner (2020-10-25). Trump's Broken Promises to U.S. Factory Workers. zcomm.org Back in 2016, while campaigning for president, Donald Trump discovered a useful tactic for drawing the votes of disgruntled blue-collar workers: denouncing the loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs and promising to restore them. At a rally in hard-hit Ohio, he assailed the Democrats and assured his listeners that he would turn the state into a

Bryce Greene (2020-10-25). After Socialist Victory in Bolivia, Media Still Whitewash Coup. commondreams.org Bolivia's leftist presidential candidate Luis Arce of the Movement for Socialism party celebrates with running mate David Choquehuanca early on October 19, 2020 in La Paz, Bolivia. (Photo: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/bolivia_democracy_arce.jpg

The Canary (2020-10-25). Thai protesters rally in their thousands ahead of parliamentary debate. thecanary.co Thousands of pro-democracy protesters have gathered in Thailand's capital. They're seeking to keep up pressure on the government a day ahead of a special parliament session aimed at easing political tensions.Pressure: The rally took place on 25 October at the busy Rajprasong intersection, in the heart of Bangkok's shopping district. Few protesters turned out in the first hour of the rally but their numbers later swelled to several thousand. They listened to rude denunciations of the government in chants, speeches, and songs.Pro-democracy activists display a placard with Thai prime minister Prayuth Chan-och…

Peter Koenig (2020-10-25). "Democracy" vs. COVID: A No-Go. The Great Reset is the Antidote of Democracy. globalresearch.ca On 21 October 2020, the German Press Agency (dpa) reports that Germany pledges NATO soldiers for possible Covid-19 operations: | "German soldiers could be sent on crisis missions to other NATO and partner countries during the second wave of the Corona …

_____ (2020-10-25). Federal Judges Block Efforts To Ease Rules For Mail-In Ballots. popularresistance.org In the final weeks of the 2020 election, Republican-appointed appellate judges have overturned rulings that required states to make mail-in voting easier during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tens of millions of ballots have already been cast, even as federal judges kept changing the rules. | These decisions could be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court, which will include a 6-3 conservative majority if nominee Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed by the U.S. Senate next week as planned. So far, the court has ruled against voters in nearly every case it has reviewed.

Prabir Purkayastha (2020-10-25). Google under fire in US for predatory monopoly practices. peoplesdispatch.org Tech monopolies are increasingly being acknowledged as a danger to people, other companies and even to democracy. The regulatory worm seems to be turning in many countries, even in the US where it had gone into hibernation…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-25). Calls intensify for resignation of OAS secretary general Luis Almagro. peoplesdispatch.org Progressive movements across Latin America have called for the resignation of OAS secretary general Luis Almagro, pointing to his role in the coup in Bolivia in 2019 and in destabilizing democracy in the country…

sputniknews (2020-10-25). Twitter Bans Users Posting Links to Site Claiming to Show Hunter Biden's Alleged Sex and Drug Pics. sputniknews.com Taiwanese website GTV published what it claimed were photos of Hunter Biden nude, masturbating, having sex with young women and using drugs on Sunday. Twitter users attempting share the links quickly found them removed for breaching 'community standards'.

sputniknews (2020-10-25). Video: NYPD Commissioner, Mayor Condemn Officer Filmed Blaring 'Trump 2020' on Patrol Car Speaker. sputniknews.com The incident, which took place on Saturday night in New York City's borough of Brooklyn, comes in the run-up to the 3 November presidential election in the United States, in which Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, seek to gain the White House.

Democracia Abierta (2020-10-25). The Chilean referendum: getting rid of the shadow of Pinochet's dictatorship. zcomm.org Twelve months after the violent protests broke out, the Chilean people are preparing for an unprecedented process: voting to decide whether to begin drafting a new Constitution, which should be more socially equitable and economically inclusive…

Anand Naidoo (2020-10-24). The Heat: Trump, Biden final debate. america.cgtn.com US President Donald Trump and rival Joe Biden clash over the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in their final debate.

Fight Back (2020-10-24). Commentary on Bolivia: How a coup failed. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – On November 10, 2019, a hastily-assembled coalition of generals, middle class liberals and fascist paramilitaries overthrew the democratic government of Evo Morales in Bolivia. Coming on the heels of a coup attempt in Venezuela and the vicious repression of a people's uprising in Chile, it seemed to many that the continental struggle against U.S. imperialism had reached a tipping point in the empire's favor. | Today, not even a year later, the official results for Bolivia's presidential elections were announced. Evo's comrade and successor Luis "Lucho" Arce received a resounding 55% of the vote…

Pres. Donald Trump (2020-10-24). Video: Second 2020 Presidential Debate: Joe Biden and Donald Trump. globalresearch.ca

WSWS (2020-10-24). Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7: An important historical episode. wsws.org The film deals with the court proceedings in 1969—70 in which organizers of protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago faced charges of conspiracy and crossing state lines with the intent to incite a riot.

Editor (2020-10-24). What Canvassing in Nevada Amid a Pandemic Has Taught Me. scheerpost.com Anthony Quintano / CC BY 2.0] By Rebecca Gordon / TomDispatch "Look, folks, the air quality is in the red zone today. The EPA says that means people with lung or heart issues should avoid prolonged activity outdoors." That was J.R. de Vera, one of two directors of UNITE-HERE!'s independent expenditure campaign to elect Biden and Harris in Reno, Nevada. UNITE-HERE! is a union representing 300… |

WSWS (2020-10-24). Australia: University of Melbourne IYSSE holds successful AGM despite anti-democratic measures. wsws.org Held amid a COVID-19 lockdown, the meeting reflected the growing radicalisation among youth and students.

Tom Weis (2020-10-24). Like Sanders and Warren, I'm Backing Biden. commondreams.org Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) raise their hands during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/sanders_warren_biden.jpg

_____ (2020-10-24). Biden And Liberal Censorship. popularresistance.org We can thank liberals for turning social media platforms into the biggest champions of censorship in the country. Frustrated in the wake of the 2016 election debacle, they rushed to cover up for their own failures and used Russia as their scapegoat. Russiagate began even while the campaign was still in progress, as Hillary Clinton tried unsuccessfully to label Donald Trump a "Putin puppet" and worked with surveillance state insiders to make their tall tale appear real. | The country has never recovered from this scheme. The Democrats repeated incessantly that foreign interference lost them the election.

WorkWeek (2020-10-24). Tuesday 10/27: Panel-SEIU, Union Democracy, Union Elections & The Rank & File. indybay.org Zoom Panel | us02web.zoom.us/j/82188245989?pwd=aEJ5b2ZkcXNSYVVDemlZK0JxWnpidz09

Susan Jaffe (2020-10-24). [World Report] US election 2020: research and health institutions. thelancet.com How will the NIH, CDC, and FDA change if President Donald Trump wins a second term or if his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, defeats him? Susan Jaffe reports from Washington, DC.

sputniknews (2020-10-24). Trump Casts Ballot as Final Week of US Election Campaign Nears. sputniknews.com With the US presidential election entering its final week, Donald Trump is gearing up for a punishing tempo of massive campaign rallies across key battleground states – including three in one day next Tuesday. Meanwhile Democrat Joe Biden is sticking to his socially-distanced drive-in events.

Fight Back (2020-10-24). Anti-war activists grade foreign policies of Trump, Biden. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On October 20, the Minnesota Anti-War Committee (AWC) held an online discussion on the foreign policies of President Donald Trump and his rival in the upcoming election, former Vice President Joe Biden. Members of the longstanding Twin Cities-based street protest group compared the platforms and records of each candidate from an anti-war perspective. | Overall, the group condemned U.S. interventions abroad under Trump's leadership, and affirmed the need for change. But panelists agreed that the anti-war movement would need to push back against a Biden administration for similar reasons. | "Trump…

Hannah Aizenman, Stefanie Frey, and Mai Schotz (2020-10-24). We Finally Won Just Cause Protection at The New Yorker after AOC and Warren Refused to Cross Our Picket Line. zcomm.org After 95 years, at-will employment is over at The New Yorker. Our union finally won just cause in our first contract…

sputniknews (2020-10-23). Can Biden and the Media Keep Ignoring Tony Bobulinski? sputniknews.com On today's episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan discussed current events, including the media ignoring the Hunter Biden story, Joe Biden denying taking foreign money ever in his life, Sudan announcing normalization with Israel, the Senate confirming Judge Barrett, and former Biden associate Tony Bobulinski being interviewed by the FBI.

Staff (2020-10-23). "It's Criminal": Biden Slams Trump as Gov't Can't Find Parents of 545 Children Separated at Border. democracynow.org During the second and final presidential debate in Nashville, Tennessee, moderator Kristen Welker asked Trump and Biden about immigration and family separation. Trump deflected questions during the debate, repeatedly stating that the Obama-Biden administration "built the cages" and falsely claiming that kids seeking asylum in the U.S. are "well taken care of." However, the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy "took children away from their families at the border," says Erika Andiola, advocacy chief at RAICES Action, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services. "He's not owning up t…

Lee Camp (2020-10-23). Top 10 People to Blame if Joe Biden Loses (It's Not The Left). counterpunch.org So, Joseph Biden, AKA "Kid Senile," leads in the polls against Donald Trump, AKA "Kid Fascist Lunatic," by such a large margin that it resembles a horse race in which one of the horses is an aged wiener dog with three legs. Right now, even though the polling does not account for the millions of voters who

Beau Peters (2020-10-23). Early Voting, Long Lines, and Voter Suppression. dissidentvoice.org November 3rd, Election Day in America, is rapidly approaching. However, early in-person voting has started in several states across the country and there are some concerning issues already coming to light this election year. Videos by voters have been circulating on social media sites such as Twitter, showing extremely long lines and long waiting periods. …

Hugh Iglarsh (2020-10-23). Advertising vs. Democracy: An Interview with Jean Kilbourne. counterpunch.org There it is, on page 56 of Jean Kilbourne's book Can't Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel: the graphic that stopped me cold and made me realize just how prophetic was her work (originally published in hardcover in 1999 as Deadly Persuasion: Why Women and Girls Must Fight the

Leonid Savin (2020-10-23). The Role Of Capital In the US Elections. thealtworld.com Money plays a key role in US election campaigns. It is spent on advertising, consultants' salaries and PR firms. In addition, the Democrats' strategy shows that funding goes towards street protests. Since their confrontational approach is adopted in advance and involves provoking people into mass protests, it is a technique that also requires serious investment. | Let us explore the different fundraising mechanisms for election campaigns and the interests of various financial groups (individuals). | Political action committees: | Since 1976, political action committees (PACs) have been used in the US to r…

Jordan Woll (2020-10-23). Trump and Biden agree: U.S. empire should reign supreme. liberationnews.org On matters of war and empire, Donald Trump and Joe Biden fundamentally agree.

Staff (2020-10-23). Who is 'the least racist person in the room'? therealnews.com Burn It Down with Kim Brown — airing live on 10/23/2020. As YouTube restricts embedding for new channels, please click over to the YouTube link below. | Trump and Biden traded blows over each other's character, and what they would do for the country. Our panel discusses the final 2020 presidential debate, along with the recent developments in the fight against voter suppression.

Pete Dolack (2020-10-23). We Can Do Better Than Capitalist Formal "Democracy" counterpunch.org An article I read shortly after Jacinda Ardern's re-election in New Zealand noted, with a touch of weariness, that Labour's victory came after a campaign measured in "weeks." Folks there ought to count themselves lucky — the United States has endured years of campaigning in what has proved, to the surprise of no one, its nastiest

RT (2020-10-23). Biden calls Rudy Giuliani 'Russian pawn' as he & Trump accuse each other of taking over foreign money in debate. rt.com Democratic hopeful Joe Biden has alleged that Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's lawyer, is working as a "Russian pawn" to help his client win the 2020 race, as both candidates accuse each other of taking foreign cash. | Also on rt.com | | "[Trump's] own national security adviser told him that what is happening with his buddy — oh, I shouldn't… well, I will — his buddy Rudy Giuliani. He's being used as a Russian pawn. He's being fed information that is Ru…

RT (2020-10-23). 19yo man with van full of guns & explosives arrested, was plotting to assassinate Joe Biden. rt.com Newly-released court documents show a man was arrested in Kannapolis, North Carolina in possession of firearms and explosives. He had reportedly researched how to kill presidential candidate Joe Biden. | A van belonging to Alexander Hillel Treisman, 19, was found at a Kannapolis bank filled with guns, books on making bombs, explosive materials, multiple driver's licenses, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash. | The van was abandoned and towed at the request of the bank, and then subsequently searched by police officers. | Court docs say Alexander Treisman left this van at a Kannapolis Fifth Third Bank.

RT (2020-10-23). FBI asks to interview former Hunter Biden business partner after he said Joe Biden was involved in son's foreign business dealings. rt.com The FBI has asked to interview investor Tony Bobulinski, the ex-business partner of Hunter Biden who alleged Thursday that Joe Biden was involved in his son's overseas deals, contrary to the presidential candidate's statements. | The Senate Homeland Security Committee

RT (2020-10-23). Biden called out for 'lying' that Republican Congress obstructed criminal justice reforms under Obama. rt.com Presidential candidate Joe Biden claimed at the final debate with Donald Trump that the Democrats couldn't pass criminal justice reform as the GOP controlled Congress, prompting online posters to point out it wasn't the case. | President Trump took a jab at his electoral challenger during the Thursday debate, asking, "Why didn't you get [criminal justice reform] done? … You know why, Joe? Because you're all talk and no action." | Biden was quick to defend the former Democratic administration's supposed inaction on the issue, saying he and former president Barack Obama's "had a Republican Congress," which hin…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-10-23). Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley, and Tlaib Lead Call for UN Probe Into Alleged DHS Human Rights Abuses. commondreams.org "Our government cannot be allowed to commit human rights atrocities or escape investigation, oversight, or criticism based on its powerful geopolitical position, as it so often has." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/omar_pressley_aoc_tlaib_0.jpg

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-10-23). Constitutional Law Experts Endorse Democrats' Bill to Create 18-Year Term Limits for Supreme Court Justices. commondreams.org The called it "a critical piece in prescribing how our country's leaders can work to depoliticize the Supreme Court and its confirmation process." | www.flickr.com/photos/44768401@N07/4122928968/in

Ruth Conniff (2020-10-23). Hope Prevails Over Fear in Final Debate. progressive.org Biden delivers a strong performance as Trump displays his sneering lack of empathy.

WSWS (2020-10-23). Over 100 teachers launch wildcat sickout strike in Houston. wsws.org The drive by Texas Democrats to reopen Houston schools coincides with the platform of the Biden-Harris campaign, which fraudulently claim that this can be done "safely" while the pandemic spirals out of control.

Fight Back (2020-10-23). Tampa students rally against cuts to education, demand defunding of USF police department. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – On October 20, around 40 students and community members protested against the University of South Florida's (USF) budget cuts and demanded defunding the campus police. Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held the protest as part of their Chop from the Top and the Cops campaign and a new demand for USF to keep the College of Education after recent news of the department's closure. | The reason for ending undergraduate education programs, according to USF, is that attendance has been low and that ending the program will save the school about $6.8 million. This decision is the beginning of…

Matt Sedlar (2020-10-23). Mexico at the OAS General Assembly: Almagro undermined the OAS Charter and Damaged Bolivia's Democracy. cepr.net This week in Washington, D.C. the Organization of American States (OAS) held their 50th Regular Session of the General Assembly. In these meetings the General Assembly, the highest decision-making body of the OAS, is tasked with debating the organization's course of action for the next year, as well as setting the standards of governance for …

Max Moran (2020-10-23). How BlackRock is on Track to Infiltrate a Biden Administration. counterpunch.org The Democratic base, still scarred from the 2016 election, is frantic not to count its chickens before they hatch. But Wall Street and corporate America have no such qualms. As Joe Biden leads in national polls and swing states, the most powerful firms in the country are seeking assurances that his administration won't crack down

teleSUR (2020-10-23). US Response to COVID-19 Pandemic Took Center Stage at Debate. telesurenglish.net Democratic candidate Joe Biden slammed President Donald Trump for mishandling the COVID-19 pandemic at the final presidential debate on Thursday night. | RELATED: | "We're in a circumstance where the president thus far still has no plan, no comprehensive plan," Biden said and noted that the death toll had already surpassed 220,000 in the U.S., with 1,000 new deaths per day, accusing Trump of intentionally playing down the thre…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-10-23). 'Unlawful Abuse of Power': NYC, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon Sue DOJ Over 'Anarchist' Designation. commondreams.org "The only anarchy in this country is coming from the White House," quipped New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/nyc.jpg

_____ (2020-10-23). Movement Towards Socialism Wins Landslide Victory In Bolivia. popularresistance.org After 11 months of being ruled by a repressive coup-regime, Bolivians have finally recovered democracy. After five days of counting, the official results of the Bolivian presidential elections are finally in. The Movement Towards Socialism's (MAS) presidential ticket with Luis Arce and David Choquehuanca won 55.1% of the vote share while Carlos Mesa's Citizen Community party won just 28.83% of the vote share. The MAS also won the parliamentary elections, bagging 73 out of the 130 seats in the lower house of parliament and 21 of the 36 seats in the Senate.

Institute of the Arts and Sciences, UCSC (2020-10-23). Tuesday 10/27: Images, Memory and Justice with Bryan Stevenson. indybay.org Online Event | ias.ucsc.edu/events/2020/images-memory-and-justice-bryan-stevenson-october-27-2020

Joan Walsh (2020-10-23). The Moment Joe Biden Found His Voice—and Won the Final Debate. thenation.com The Moment Joe Biden Found His Voice—and Won the Final Debate…

Anita Raj (2020-10-23). [Research Paper] Gun violence in the U.S.: It is past time we listen to the voices of women and black communities. thelancet.com The United States (U.S.) presidential election is upon us at a time when the nation faces increasing polarization on many issues, including guns and violence, and our presidential candidates reflect this polarization. The incumbent Republican Nominee, Donald Trump, warns voters that his opponent will "take away your guns (and) destroy your Second Amendment," which secures the right of the people to keep and bear firearms [1]. Democratic nominee and former Vice President under Barack Obama, Joe Biden, in fact includes in his platform a commitment to effective gun control policies, including banning assault weapons…

sputniknews (2020-10-23). Court Docs Reveal US Republican State Senate Candidate Booted From School Over KKK Halloween Regalia. sputniknews.com A Republican running for the Arkansas Senate was dismissed from the Mississippi high school he attended nearly two decades ago after allegedly dressing up as a member of the Ku Klux Klan during a school-sponsored Halloween event.

sputniknews (2020-10-23). Shh We're Debating!; MAS Fights for Peace in Bolivia; Nigeria on Fire. sputniknews.com Biden, Trump hold final, quieter debate; Nigerian civil unrests leaves 50+ dead; Will Sanders serve as Labor Secretary in Biden's cabinet?

_____ (2020-10-23). Russiagate, The Sequel: Democrats Resurrect 'Russia Bogeyman' Ruse to Cover Joe and Hunter Biden's Foreign Misconduct. strategic-culture.org If a U.S. political giant falls in Washington, D.C. but nobody is around to hear it, did Russia do it? Judging by the way the Democrats have been overplaying the anti-Russia card for the past four years, we already know the answer to that question. | Last week, the New York Post fired off a bombshell story that exposed emails allegedly belonging to U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden. The messages — discovered on a laptop that the younger Biden had reportedly dropped off at a Delaware computer repair shop in April 2019 — point to a level of corruption and nepotism that is shockin…

Daniel Judt, Maxwell Ulin (2020-10-23). Opportunity Knocks: Canvassing in the Time of Covid. thenation.com Opportunity Knocks: Canvassing in the Time of Covid…

Steve Ellner (2020-10-23). Takeaways From the Last Biden-Trump Presidential Debate. telesurenglish.net If there was one takeaway for the second presidential debate it's that the difference between the two candidates is minimum, especially concerning foreign policy. | RELATED: | Both Trump and Biden boosted over and over again that they are more belligerent than their opponents concerning countries considered to be U.S adversaries. | Biden for instance claimed that as vice president he stood up to the Chinese with regards to their claims in…

Ureerat Wilson (2020-10-23). A New Democracy Movement in Thailand. zcomm.org Thailand's conservative middle classes are now joining populists in a movement against their military-backed system…

Sam Pizzigati (2020-10-23). The Biden Tax Plan: The More Progressives Look, the More Progressives Like. zcomm.org This package of serious tax-the-rich proposals will have no easy road through Congress…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-10-22). AOC to Join Jane Fonda for Fire Drill Friday Focused on Planetary Imperative of November Victory. commondreams.org "This is one of our most important calls in the lead-up to Election Day." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/aoc-fire-drill-chat.jpg

Staff (2020-10-22). What's at stake in the final presidential debate? therealnews.com Join us live at 12pm EST on Friday, Oct. 23 for a recap of the second and final presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

RT (2020-10-22). Biden pledges funding transparency, yet seemingly cheats on own vows as many of his campaign donors are kept secret. rt.com As the sums received by Biden's campaign have grown, his interactions with big donors have become more opaque, an NYT report shows, as part of a broader trend to 'out' the candidate's non-commitment to his 'transparency' vows. | The news was reported by Politico with some fanfar…

WSWS (2020-10-22). Sri Lankan SEP to hold online meeting on a socialist program to fight COVID-19. wsws.org The event will discuss the policies necessary for workers, the rural poor and youth to combat the coronavirus disaster and the Rajapakse administration's austerity and anti-democratic measures.

Matt Sedlar (2020-10-22). El FMI impone más recortes para Ecuador, aunque predica lo contrario. cepr.net OpenDemocracy Ver artículo en el sitio original In English El FMI que se presenta en las reuniones anuales no es el mismo FMI que el que organiza los programas de préstamos, como se demuestra en el caso de Ecuador. En su discurso de apertura de las Reuniones Mundiales Anuales de este año, la Directora Gerente …

Common Dreams staff (2020-10-22). WATCH: Joe Biden and Donald Trump Face Off in Final Presidential Debate Before Election Day. commondreams.org The candidates are expected to address Covid-19, climate change, and national security, among other topics. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-122922049611.jpg