2020-09-22: News Headlines

Noam Chomsky (2020-09-22). The train wreck of the 2020 US election. zcomm.org Interview on the 2020 US election, the state of humanity, the breakdown of democracy, the rise of conspiracy theories, the prosecution of Julian Assange, the role of satire — and what helps to keep him going amidst all this…

Staff (2020-09-22). "Belly of the Beast": Survivors of Forced Sterilizations in California's Prisons Fight for Justice. democracynow.org Revelations about forced hysterectomies at an ICE facility in Georgia have forced a reckoning with the long history of sterilizations in the U.S. — particularly of Black, Brown, poor and disabled people — and the way this procedure has continued in jails and prisons to the present day. We speak with Kelli Dillon, who was sterilized at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla in 2001 and who is featured in the documentary "Belly of the Beast," which tells the stories of women subjected to unwanted sterilization behind bars in California. She says incarcerated women are "punished" for simpl…

Staff (2020-09-22). Whistleblower Nurse in ICE Jail Alleges Forced Sterilization & Neglect Amid 8th COVID Death. democracynow.org As ICE confirms the 20th person to die in its detention in fiscal year 2020, making it one of the deadliest periods in the agency's history, we talk to the whistleblower at the center of an explosive complaint that accuses an ICE jail in Georgia of failing to adhere to coronavirus safety protocols and performing a large number of unwanted hysterectomies on detainees. The doctor who carried out the procedures became known to women inside the facility as "the uterus collector." Whistleblower Dawn Wooten, a nurse at the Irwin County Detention Center, says the neglect and abuse at the facility was "jaw-dropping." We…

Staff (2020-09-22). Headlines for September 22, 2020. democracynow.org GOP, Trump Charge Forward with Effort to Replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Supreme Court, DOJ Designates New York City, Seattle, Portland as "Anarchist" Cities, CDC Again Retracts Information About Coronavirus on Website; HHS Head Azar Exerts Control Over FDA, 150+ Countries, Not Including the U.S., Join U.N.'s Effort to Fairly Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine, House Report Finds Immigrant Prisoners Denied Access to Essential Care, Forced into Labor, Mexican National Dies in Georgia Immigration Prison, One Week into Peace Talks, Scores Killed in Bloody Day of Fighting Across Afghanistan, 6 People Killed in Colombian Mass…

Jack Rasmus (2020-09-22). Ginsburg's Death and Trump's Emerging Legal Coup D'Etat. counterpunch.org On Friday, Supreme Court Justice, Ginsburg, died. Mitch McConnell are Donald Trump now moving rapidly to replace with a 3rd right wing nominee to the SCOTUS. Democrats mount feeble and futile defense, saying McConnell should not proceed with nomination based on McConnell's own argument back in Feb. 2016 used to thwart the nomination of Obama's

Juan Cole (2020-09-22). If McConnell Packs the Court on behalf of Minority Rule, Dems must Expand and Reform it. zcomm.org If the Democrats win both the presidency and the senate, they must do something about the dictatorship of the minority on the court…

Mark Weisbrot (2020-09-22). What the OAS Did to Bolivia. counterpunch.org Bolivia has descended into a nightmare of political repression and racist state violence since the democratically elected government of Evo Morales was overthrown by the military on November 10. That month was "the second-deadliest month, in terms of civilian deaths committed by state forces, since Bolivia became a democracy nearly 40 years ago," according to

Eds. (2020-09-22). A tribute for her endless pursuit of Democracy. mronline.org Venezuela is again the shining light of Democracy.

Ramzy Baroud (2020-09-22). How Do Democrats and Republicans Differ on Palestine and Israel? counterpunch.org The polarized nature of American politics often makes it difficult to address fundamental differences between the country's two main political rivals, Republicans and Democrats. As each side is intent on discrediting the other at every opportunity, unbiased information regarding the two parties' actual stances on internal and external issues can be difficult to decipher.

Staff (2020-09-22). Front-Runner for Supreme Court Criticized "Roe v. Wade" and Affordable Care Act. truthout.org Democrats sounded the alarm about the potential Supreme Court nomination of federal appeals court Despite opposing former President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland 11 months ahead of the 2016 election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell…

Ruth Conniff (2020-09-22). Biden and Trump: Who's the Real Populist? progressive.org The candidates fight for working-class voters in Wisconsin.

MBNJSD (2020-09-22). Will Michele Flournoy be the angel of death for the American empire? nationofchange.org Picking Michelle Flournoy to lead the Pentagon would be a tragic indication that Biden is truly hell-bent on squandering America's future.

Staff (2020-09-22). Climate Anxiety Is Rising in the US — But Not Among Republicans. truthout.org Polling shows that people in the United States are taking climate change more seriously today than they were five years ago, but views on climate change remain sharply divided along partisan lines as the November elections loom. Concern about climate change remains higher in dozens of other countries, particularly in nations such as Mexico, Turkey and Vietnam, where people are more likely to feel personally affected by climate change than those living in the U.S. — despite record temperatures, widespr…

Staff (2020-09-22). Activists Fight Florida Proposal to Impose Harsh Penalties on Protesters. truthout.org The American Civil Liberties Union joined Florida Democrats on Monday in condemning a Flanked by Republican lawmakers and law enforcement officials at an afternoon press conference in Winter Haven, DeSantis referred to Black Lives Matter protests in Portland, Oregon as…

Fight Back (2020-09-22). Philippines: "No tyrant can withstand a million people marching as one" fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following Sept. 21 statement from the Communist Party of the Philippines. | Today is the 48th anniversary of the declaration of martial law and the start of the 14-year fascist dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos. As in the past years, the Filipino people mark this day with an ardent vow "Never again!" to do their utmost to prevent a return to the dark days of brutal military rule. The vow echoes significantly strong as the Filipino people confront a new and especially cruel tyranny under Rodrigo Duterte. | The Party is in solidarity with the various democratic sectors and…

Robert Reich (2020-09-22). For RBG it was all principle, for Mitch McConnell it's all power. nationofchange.org Over time, the unbridled pursuit of power wears down democratic institutions, erodes public trust, and breeds the sort of cynicism that invites despotism.

Alan Macleod (2020-09-21). From Mass Incarceration to Plan Colombia: Biden's Role in the Failed War on Drugs. mintpressnews.com Former vice president Biden has a sordid history of opposing progressive criminal justice legislation, spearheading draconian police and immigration measures, and playing a central role in waging America's failed war on drugs.

Staff (2020-09-21). "RBG": Film Director Reflects on Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Lifelong Fight for Gender Equity. democracynow.org In her later years, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was internationally known simply as her initials — RBG — and a 2018 documentary film by the same name about Ginsburg's legal career, personal history and unexpected celebrity became a surprise smash hit. We speak with Julie Cohen, co-director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary "RBG," about Ginsburg's early years and leadership in fighting for equal rights for women, including arguing a case before the Supreme Court with all male justices who were condescending to her. "She never let that condescension get her down," notes Cohen. "Sh…

Staff (2020-09-21). Headlines for September 21, 2020. democracynow.org Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87, Sparking a Deluge of Tributes and a Fierce Succession Battle, U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Poised to Top 200,000, U.N. Says 150 Million More Children May Face Poverty as Global Coronavirus Death Toll Nears 1 Million, California Grapples with Evacuations, Toxic Air as Record-Breaking Wildfires Continue to Blaze, Trump Announces $13 Billion for Puerto Rico, as Elections Near and 3 Years After Hurricane Maria, Leaked Docs Show Major Banks Helped Criminals Launder Billions of Dollars, International Community Counters Trump over U.N. Iran Sanctions, Peru's President Survives Impeach…

Staff (2020-09-21). "A National Tragedy": Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Friend & "Favorite Client" Remembers the Legal Icon. democracynow.org U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg first gained fame in the 1970s when she co-founded the Women's Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union and argued six gender discrimination cases before the Supreme Court. One of those cases was Weinberger v. Wiesenfeld, which centered on a widower who was refused Social Security benefits after his wife died during childbirth. We speak with Stephen Wiesenfeld, who was told his gender made him ineligible and that only women were entitled to survivor's benefits. Ginsburg argued in the Supreme Court that denying fathers benefits because of their sex was unc…

Sen. Bernie Sanders (2020-09-21). The possibility that Trump will not voluntarily leave. peoplesworld.org Yes. This is a presidential election between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. Yes. This is an election about health care, education, the economy, climate change, criminal justice, and so many other important issues. More importantly, however, this is an election about whether or not we retain American democracy. This is an election we must not …

John Wojcik (2020-09-21). RBG's death: A time to mourn but also to organize. peoplesworld.org Immediately upon hearing of the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the night of Rosh Hashanah, thousands massed spontaneously in front of the Supreme Court building in Washington to mourn. They recognized, and on Sunday Joe Biden reminded us, that the first person to die in the Jewish New Year is a soul of …

MEE staff (2020-09-21). Iran will not renegotiate nuclear deal if Biden wins US presidency, Zarif says. middleeasteye.net Iran will not renegotiate nuclear deal if Biden wins US presidency, Zarif says | Iranian foreign minister said returning to the terms of the accord should happen 'without conditions' | Mon, 09/21/2020 – 18: 06 | Iran's foreign minister said the outcome of the US election was irrelevant to returning to the 2015 nuclear deal (AFP/File photo) | Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday that Teh…

Dean Baker (2020-09-21). Are Red State Governors Getting Their People Killed to Help Donald Trump's Re-election Chances? cepr.net This is an incredibly ghoulish question that would be absurd to ask in normal times. But these are not normal times. We know Donald Trump has staffed the top levels of his administration with people who unhesitatingly put Donald Trump's political prospects above the well-being of the people. It is certainly plausible that Republican governors …

Dennis Bernstein (2020-09-21). Kevin Cooper: Surviving Death Row and COVID-19 in San Quentin. counterpunch.org Kevin Cooper has been incarcerated for over 37 years (35 years on death Row) for the murder of the Ryan family and child guest Christopher Hughes, a brutal crime he doggedly maintains he did not commit. Currently, having exhausted appeals through the courts, Kevin is requesting that Governor Newsom order an innocence investigation to consider all the evidence that points to others and exonerates Kevin Cooper. Gov. Newsom has ordered DNA testing which has almost been completed at this time.

Art Perlo (2020-09-21). Tediously analyzing Biden won't get us far; it's time to mobilize and organize. peoplesworld.org Knocking on doors in my diverse, low- to middle-income working-class neighborhood, almost everyone I talk to says they will vote to dump Trump and elect Biden-Harris. The next six weeks will see a struggle critical to the future of our country and all of humanity. Claims to leadership in…

_____ (2020-09-21). The Creeping Socialism Republicans Cannot Understand. strategic-culture.org Having a foreign-born U.S. citizen come on stage at the Republican National Convention to praise the greatness of the Republican view of the American experience is a fantastic idea. It is easy to believe in the religion or state ideology that you are born into, it is another thing entirely to completely change your views and consciously commit to a new set of beliefs as an adult. Essentially, converts tend to be more hardcore, which is a great reason to have this type of person give an impassioned personal speech at your big party gathering. The problem is when the focus of American superiority is so narrowly and…

Staff (2020-09-21). Amy McGrath raised millions after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Is it all wasted? therealnews.com After the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Democrats around the country began donating to Senate races in an effort to remove McConnell as majority leader.

Staff (2020-09-21). AOC Urges Democrats to Prevent Trump From Filling Ginsburg Vacancy. truthout.org With President Donald Trump expected to nominate a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday evening "It's extraordinarily important that we understand the stakes of this vacancy," sai…

Samuel Moyn (2020-09-21). Socialists Have Long Fought to Disempower the Supreme Court. zcomm.org The Supreme Court has been a reactionary institution for most of its history. We need to take on its power and fight for real democracy in the United States…

Bill Lueders (2020-09-21). Next President Must Fill Ginsburg Seat. progressive.org If our democracy is going to survive, Trump must not be allowed to pick her successor to the U.S. Supreme Court, unless he wins the next election.

Staff (2020-09-21). Trump Spreads Misinformation With Claim That Dems Wrote Ginsburg's Dying Wish. truthout.org President Trump made false assertions on Monday regarding the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dying wish, insinuating that her request to have her successor named after the election was crafted by leading Democrats in Congress. | The president did not provide any evidence to back up his claim. | Trump made the statement during an interview on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program while discussing Ginsburg's passing over the weekend. When one of the hosts mentioned the late justic…

yenisafak (2020-09-21). Trump says he will announce US Supreme Court nominee Friday or Saturday. yenisafak.com President Donald Trump said on Monday he is looking at four or five jurists to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court and he will announce his nominee on Friday or Saturday.The Republican president said in an interview with Fox News that he wanted to wait out of respect for Ginsburg, a liberal justice who died on Friday at age 87. "We should wait until the services are over for Justice Ginsburg," he said.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-09-21). With Planet and the Future on the Line, Sunrise Movement Doubles Down on 2020 After RBG's Death. commondreams.org The Sunrise Movement on Monday launched a new swing state mobilization campaign, aiming to lead the way as Democrats fight to get out the vote among young Americans, pressure Republican senators to delay a vote on a new U.S. Supreme Court justice, and flip the Senate and the White House on November 3. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/eicu9moxyacxw2q.png

Matt Sedlar (2020-09-21). Juicios políticos y vetos electorales en la batalla por la democracia en Ecuador. cepr.net OpenDemocracy Ver artículo en el sitio original In English El presidente ecuatoriano Lenín Moreno y sus aliados han hecho todo lo posible para evitar que el expresidente Rafael Correa y su movimiento político regresen al poder. Para lograr este objetivo, el gobierno actual ha perseguido a opositores y proscrito candidatos. El autoritarismo de Moreno, hasta …

news.un (2020-09-21). DPRK nuclear activities still 'cause for serious concern', says UN atomic energy chief. news.un.org Nuclear activities in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) "remain a cause for serious concern", the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in Vienna on Monday.

Ipek S. Burnett (2020-09-21). In the Night Kitchen of the Next Election: a Parody. counterpunch.org With apologies to Maurice Sendak. Did you ever hear of Mickey, how he heard a racket in the election year (Trump) (Sanders, Bloomberg, Warren) (Biden) and shouted QUIET DOWN THERE! And fell through the spectacle, out of his discernment Past the skepticism & the citizens sleeping tight (Oh) (Aah) (Ooh) (Democrats! Republicans!) Into the dark

WSWS (2020-09-21). Dry weather continues to fuel historic wildfires in California, rains bring new dangers to Pacific Northwest. wsws.org While fires continue to burn, destroying homes and displacing thousands, the Democrats and Republicans each seek to pass the blame onto each other.

_____ (2020-09-21). "Unethical" and "astonishing" — Serco lands another £45m for 'failing' COVID Test and Trace scheme. truepublica.org.uk By Caroline Malloy: The outsourcing giant Serco has won an additional £45m to provide COVID test centres, openDemocracy reveals. The multi-million-pound deal has not been made public but provides a major additional role for the controversial firm in the UK's troubled Test and Trace scheme, which has come under fire as infection rates rise across …

Thom Hartmann (2020-09-21). Trump's Destruction of America Started With Reagan. counterpunch.org Donald Trump and his billionaire buddies are letting America die. The billionaires who make their money from fossil fuels have bought off Trump and Republicans so that they're denying climate change while a dozen states in the West burn and the Gulf Coast is repeatedly ravaged by hurricanes. Firefighters are using dogs to identify the

Nick Licata (2020-09-21). Bridging Individualism and Community to Sustain our Democracy. counterpunch.org The U.S. stands out since its creation as championing the rights of all individuals, as proclaimed in the Declaration that Jefferson wrote for the new nation. Always clever, Jefferson substituted "pursuit of happiness" for "possessing property" in order to cast a wider net. Although initially those who did not own enough property, or were women

Akio Tanaka (2020-09-21). Weighing the Pros and Cons of The Proposed New Pacifica Bylaws Ôªø. indybay.org The aim of the proposed New Day Pacifica Bylaws is to simplify, democratize, and stabilize the governance structure of Pacifica to keep it from evaporating in April 2021, when its $3.2 million balloon payment becomes due.

Staff (2020-09-21). Trump Praises "Good Genes" of Minnesotans, Highlighting His Eugenics Fixation. truthout.org Over the past five years or so, I've had no problem using the "F" word (fascism) to describe what's been happening under President Trump and the Republican Party.

Lisa Newcomb, staff writer (2020-09-21). Fracking Not a 'Sustainable Pathway to Prosperity': New Report Shows Clean Energy Would Create More Jobs Than Fossil Fuels. commondreams.org "For the sake of giving workers a stable future, protecting public health, and making real strides in the fight against climate chaos, the choice is clear: Clean energy jobs can deliver far more good jobs for Pennsylvania." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/getty-biden-pennsylvania.jpg

John Buell (2020-09-21). The Many Ugly Faces of Climate Science Denial. commondreams.org "Fox News, the Republican Party, and the right edge of evangelicalism take the lead, often inspiring each other to new levels of extremism." (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/lauragreta.png

Tim Shorrock (2020-09-21). Progressives Slam Biden's Foreign Policy Team. thenation.com Progressives Slam Biden's Foreign Policy Team…

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2020-09-20). Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg's Death and Trump's Emerging "Legal" Coup d'Etat. Unprecedented Political Crisis. globalresearch.ca Yesterday Supreme Ct. Justice, Ginsburg, died. McConnell & Trump now moving rapidly to replace with 3rd right wing nominee to SCOTUS. Democrats mount feeble and futile defense, saying McConnell should not proceed with nomination based on McConnell's own argument back …

Naomi LaChance (2020-09-20). Biden's Foreign Policy Advisors Show Loyalty to Israel, Defense Contractors. counterpunch.org When Donald Trump was elected president, the foreign policy apparatus that Barack Obama's administration built did not disappear. The power brokers went to think tanks and lobbying firms, cashing in on the uncertainty with help from defense contractors and other corporations. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's potential foreign policy would likely be a continuation of

RT (2020-09-20). A senior moment or a secret code? Twitter puzzled over Sen. Chuck Grassley's ramblings about 'dead pet pidgin'. rt.com Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley has triggered an avalanche of speculation and snark after announcing that he found someone's lifeless pet bird in his front yard. He followed up by reminiscing about a time he hit a deer with his car. | Using his unique style of social media prose, the 87-year-old Republican lawmaker informed the world about his troubling discovery. | "If u lost ur pet pidgin /it's dead in front yard my Iowa farm JUST DISCOVERED here," he

RT (2020-09-20). 'Big, fat shots in the ass': Trump again suggests Biden is on energizing DRUGS. rt.com Donald Trump has mercilessly taunted Joe Biden, telling supporters that his Democratic nemesis must be taking performance-enhancing substances and should undergo a drug test. | Trump reiterated previous casual accusations that Biden is too senile to be a good fit for the US president's office while talking to a crowd of supporters in Fayetteville, North Carolina. | Using his nickname for his Democratic opponent, Trump said that "Sleepy Joe" is appearing conspicuously efficient during debates and public events. | "Don't underestimate [him], he's been doing this for 47 years. And I got a debate coming up with th…

RT (2020-09-20). From honoring Ginsburg's 'final wish' to easing political strife, Biden counts reasons HE should nominate next Supreme Court judge. rt.com Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden urged Senate Republicans to block efforts to push through a new Supreme Court justice before the November election, warning of "irreversible damage" if President Donald Trump gets his way. | "Don't vote to confirm anyone nominated under the circumstances that President Trump and Senator [Mitch] McConnell have created," Biden said on Sunday in his first major speech since Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday. | Don't go there. Hold your constitutional duty and your conscience. Let the people speak. Cool the flames that have been engulfing our country. | The speech…

Peter Koenig (2020-09-20). Venezuela: A Tribute for Her Endless Pursuit of Democracy. dissidentvoice.org Venezuela is again the shining light of Democracy — pushing ahead with the 6 December 2020 National Assembly (NA) elections despite the endless challenges of covid, of sanctions, of embargos, of confiscation of foreign assets, and even of a totally illicit blockage of reserve currencies — Venezuela's gold — naturally in the world's protectorate of …

Peter Koenig (2020-09-20). Venezuela — A Tribute for Her Endless Pursuit of Democracy. globalresearch.ca Venezuela is again the shining light of Democracy — pushing ahead with the 6 December 2020 National Assembly (NA) elections — despite the endless challenges of covid — of sanctions, of embargos, of confiscation of foreign assets, and even of …

sputniknews (2020-09-20). Biden Calls For Postponement of Senate Vote on Supreme Court Nominee. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is calling for waiting until after the November election to fill the Supreme Court vacancy after the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

_____ (2020-09-20). Political Trials And Electoral Bans. popularresistance.org Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno and his allies have gone to great lengths to prevent former president Rafael Correa and his political movement from returning to power. | In order to achieve this goal, the current government has persecuted opponents and barred candidates from running. Moreno's authoritarianism has, so far, gone largely unnoticed internationally. With elections scheduled for February 2021, it is crucial that the international community keeps a vigilant eye on the Ecuadorian government's persistent attempts at perverting the course of democracy.

Ron Unz (2020-09-20). Will California Restore Affirmative Action? globalresearch.ca As everyone knows, over the last couple of decades California has become a one-party Democratic state. Democrats hold a better than three-fourths hyper-majority in the State Assembly and their control is nearly as overwhelming in the State Senate. California has …

Frank Scott (2020-09-20). "Billionaires Lives Matter", Far More than Yours… The Capitalist Pandemic, Fake Democracy Goes Live? globalresearch.ca First published on August 31, 2020 | As we stagger towards the ultimate expression of our fake democracy in November it's important to acknowledge what won't be changing a bit whichever of the two parties of capital come out ahead with …

_____ (2020-09-20). Democrat's Climate Change Lies. popularresistance.org In recent weeks a combination of drought and record breaking heat have accelerated wildfire season to historic levels of devastation. More than 4.6 million acres have burned in the states of California, Oregon and Washington. Skies are colored orange and red, the air is unbreathable, lives have been lost and entire towns have been destroyed. | The connection between heat waves, droughts, and human made climate change are clear and the solution is known to every school child. There must be a drastic reduction in the production of fossil fuels.

Bernie Sanders (2020-09-20). Justice Ginsburg's replacement. zcomm.org Every issue we care about is at stake: abortion rights, campaign finance reform, voting rights, workers' rights, health care, LGBTQ rights, climate change, environmental rights, gun safety and more.

_____ (2020-09-20). Labor Must Make Defense Of Black Lives Its Own Imperative. popularresistance.org Black trade unionists across the U.S. are calling on the labor movement to defend Black Lives Matter protesters and to fight racism in their own ranks. The attacks by police and increasingly violent armed racist militias evoke the memory of many such violent incidents against Black people in earlier periods, from slavery to segregation to the civil rights era. | For Labor Day 2020, Truthout reached out to Christopher Silvera, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 808 in Long Island City, NY; Elise Bryant, executive director of Labor Heritage Foundation and president of the Communication Workers of America's Coal…

yenisafak (2020-09-20). For Kashmiris born in last 3 decades, peace far-fetched dream. yenisafak.com When my seven-year-old son's Skype class started on Thursday, a disturbing message popped up in the chat box.A parent of one of his classmates said his son could not attend the class because their neighborhood in Sringar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, was tense.Police had claimed killing three militants in Batamaloo, a warren of densely populated streets inhabited by pro-freedom people. A woman was also fatally shot while accompanying her baker son to his shop.As a general practice, authorities shut internet services after such incidents to block news from spreading through social media and as a res…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-09-20). Dems Pressured to 'Pick a Fight for Once' Over RBG Seat as Collins and Murkowski Oppose Pre-Election Vote. commondreams.org "To pretend that norms will constrain Trump or McConnell would be folly, yes. But for Democrats, the media, and the public to concede the ground in advance is to do their dirty work for them." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1228596796.png

Jeffrey C. Isaac (2020-09-20). Democrats, It's Time for Constitutional Jiujitsu. commondreams.org Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is flanked by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) while speaking to the media about President Donald Trump's Proposed FY 2018 budget May 23, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

C. Kyle Rudick (2020-09-20). Republicans Aren't Hypocrites: A Lesson in Power in the Aftermath of RBG's Death. commondreams.org President Donald Trump greets Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) after the State of the Union address on Feb. 5, 2019. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-10942242861_0.jpg

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2020-09-20). Irish republican prisoners in Belfast go on hunger strike in solidarity with Palestinian activist. thecanary.co As

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-09-19). RBG Death Means Two-Headed Uniparty Will Threaten Americans With Removal Of Civil Rights. thealtworld.com US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg The opportunistic galvanization process has already begun before Ginsburg's body is even cold, with liberal influencers calling Democrats to rally to a November win for "the notoriou…

The Canary (2020-09-19). Thai protesters hold rally urging democratic reforms. thecanary.co As many as 50,000 people are expected to show up for a march seeking democratic reforms. | By | Protesters have gathered in Bangkok for the most ambitious rally so far in a pro-democracy campaign that has shaken the government and Thailand's conservative establishment.Mobilised support: Organisers predicted as many as 50,000 people will show up and march over two days in an area of the capital historically associated with political protests. An estimated 10,000 people turned out for the last major rally on 16 August. This time, oppositio…

RT (2020-09-19). Obama urges GOP-led Senate to leave Supreme Court seat empty until after 2020 race following death of Justice Ginsburg. rt.com Former US President Barack Obama has called on the Republican-controlled Senate to delay its confirmation vote to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, citing the GOP's own playbook during his administration. | Celebrating Ginsburg's lengthy career on the court following her death on Friday, Obama said that even in her final days, the justice showed an "unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals." Going forward, however, the former president said Ginsburg's empty seat should not be filled until after the 2020 election, pointing to a principle invoked by the Republicans following the death of…

RT (2020-09-19). Tulsi Gabbard goes OFF MESSAGE from fellow Dems again, introduces bipartisan bill to deter fraud with mail-in ballots. rt.com Former Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, branded a "Russian asset" by Hillary Clinton for her anti-war views, is again refusing to blindly follow her party's talking points — this time over fears of election fraud. | "Whether in the midst of a pandemic, as we are now, where mail-in voting is likely to drastically increase, or even in a normal election, no one should get in between a voter and the ballot box," the Hawaii congresswoman said Friday on Twitter. | Banning ballot harvesting is not a partisan issue. It's been used & abused in states like North Carolina and California & is ripe fo…

_____ (2020-09-19). For the Planet, There Is No "Lesser Evil" popularresistance.org By now, most people in the United States recognize that the climate crisis poses the greatest threat to humanity and nature. Faced with a president who continually dismisses the dangers of global warming and has taken numerous measures to expand fossil fuel production, many progressives and even some on the Left have declared the need to vote for Biden as the "lesser evil" in November. Noam Chomsky went so far as to label the Republicans "the most dangerous organization in human history" because of Trump's aggressive pro-fossil fuel agenda.

Max Elbaum (2020-09-19). Socialist Strategy and the Biden Debate. zcomm.org The left forces whose strategy translates into sending the first message have much better prospects to grow their ranks and expand their influence, power and coalition relationships…

sputniknews (2020-09-19). White House Calls on Joe Biden to Release Supreme Court Nominee List. sputniknews.com Last week, President Donald Trump released his own list of possible Ginsburg replacements on the Supreme Court, calling on the former vice president to do the same.

Staff (2020-09-19). With the Passing of Justice Ginsburg, Democracy Just Got Harder, Again. truthout.org "If an opening comes in the last year of President Trump's term, and the primary process is started, we'll wait to the next election." — Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), on filling a Supreme Court vacancy right before an election, October 2018 | Right. Ol' Lindsey nearly broke both legs

WSWS (2020-09-19). Biden in Minnesota: A phony "pro-worker" spin on a right-wing campaign. wsws.org On the basis of economic nationalism, Biden is doubling down on his ludicrous self-promotion as a "working stiff" from "hard-scrabble" Scranton, Pennsylvania.

WSWS (2020-09-19). Casualties of "herd immunity": Three new teacher deaths in one week as US schools reopen. wsws.org The deaths are a direct result of the criminal actions by Democratic and Republican governors, as well as the Trump administration.

Maryam Jameel and Ryan McCarthy (2020-09-19). Poorly protected postal workers are catching COVID-19 by the thousands. it's one more threat to voting by mail. nationofchange.org More than 50,000 workers have taken time off for virus-related reasons, slowing mail delivery.

George Monbiot (2020-09-19). Extinction Rebellion is showing Britain what real democracy could look like. zcomm.org The protest movement's call for meaningful participation highlights the failings of dysfunctional Westminster politics…

William rivers Pitt (2020-09-19). Another Day of COVID, Another Failed Stimulus, Another Thousand Deaths. zcomm.org With an election looming just 47 tiny days away, fury at vicious Republican intransigence has begun to give way to something close to horrified awe…

Democracy Now! (2020-09-19). "These Are Climate Fires": Oregon Firefighter Ecologist Says Devastating Blazes Are a Wake-Up Call. indybay.org President Trump has said little about the wildfires raging in California, Oregon and Washington for three weeks, other than to suggest poor forest management was primarily to blame. But the states' governors are pushing back and directly linking the fires to the climate crisis. "These are climate fires," says Timothy Ingalsbee, an Oregon-based wildland fire ecologist and former wildland firefighter who now directs Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics, and Ecology. "Though some scientists hesitate to attribute a single event to climate change, these are exactly the conditions predicted by climatologists."

Alicia Ely Yamin (2020-09-19). [Perspectives] Human rights parables for a post-pandemic world. thelancet.com Before the COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the structural inequalities across societies, there were diverging parables in human rights. One narrative identified the populist challenge to human rights and juxtaposed it with the cosmopolitan ideal of a multilateral order. An alternative narrative viewed populism as the symptom of democratic failure more than the cause and argued that the crisis of legitimacy facing the neoliberal, multilateral order was inextricably connected to a world where capitalist democracies have become "mere faàßade democracies", as Jàºrgen Habermas has asserted.

sputniknews (2020-09-19). Personality Expert Predicts Trump's 'Eagle' Could Held Victory Over Biden's 'Dove' Side in Election. sputniknews.com The expert alleges that no matter what policies candidates pursue, or what the current political situation in the world is, certain personalities are set to win the people's vote.

Staff (2020-09-19). 2020 Election Could Decide Whether US Pursues Nuclear Escalation or Arms Control. truthout.org In these final weeks of the 2020 presidential campaign, U.S. voters' attention is being consumed by a maelstrom of crises — a merciless pandemic, a battered economy, a society ruptured by racist police violence and deadly structural inequalities, climate chaos and a fragile democracy. | Who has time to worry about nuclear war? | But just as warnings of a climate crisis and pandemics have been borne out, experts have long sounded the alarm about nuclear weapons, whether their use is…

Staff (2020-09-19). GOP's Strategy for 2020 Election Looks Like an All-Out Assault on Voting Rights. truthout.org The Republican Party and its allies have relied on voter suppression tactics for decades, but this year they are pulling out all the stops. | "

sputniknews (2020-09-18). Venezuela's President Maduro Calls Pompeo's 'War-Mongering' Tour a 'Failure'. sputniknews.com The US Department of State earlier announced Pompeo would be visiting South America with the aim of showing support for local democracies and containing the "threat" coming from "Maduro's illegitimate regime".

Eve Ottenberg (2020-09-18). Surprise! Still No Economic Relief from Washington. counterpunch.org With tens of millions unemployed, inevitable eviction merely postponed for a few months and low-wage jobs and small businesses drying up like the Rio Grande south of Albuquerque, you'd think the federal government could negotiate some help for stranded Americans. Democrats had a bill ready back in May. But it just sat on Mitch McConnell's

Andrew Levine (2020-09-18). Democrats: Can't Live With 'Em, Can't Live Without 'Em. counterpunch.org Like HIV or COVID-19, the Democratic Party is likely to be with us for some time to come. The best we can hope for is that it becomes more manageable. This is already the case with HIV, and there is reason to think that, despite Donald Trump's depraved indifference, the worst and most debilitating ravages

WSWS (2020-09-18). Democrats engineer removal of Green Party presidential candidates from Pennsylvania ballot. wsws.org The Pennsylvania Supreme Court kicked the Green Party off the November presidential ballot on Thursday on the basis of undemocratic procedural considerations.

Marlee Kokotovic (2020-09-18). Scientific American endorses a presidential candidate for the first time in its history: Joe Biden. nationofchange.org "We've never backed a presidential candidate in our 175-year history—until now."

Roger D. Harris (2020-09-18). Austerity at Home and Imperialism Abroad: What a Joe Biden Win Would Mean for America. mintpressnews.com If past performance is any indicator of future outcomes, a brief look at past Democratic presidencies offers insights into what a Biden win could mean for America and the world.

Repost (2020-09-18). More Anti-Democratic Nonsense By KPFA LSB Board Majority & KPFA LSB Secretary Carol Wolfle. indybay.org The KPFA LSB board majority and their LSB secretary Carol Wolfley are working to prevent democratic participation in the LSB meetings. Their corporatist operation of the station local board is connected to their failure to do any evaluations of the manager Quincy McCoy or Program Director They have been rubber stamps to the unilateral of programs at KPFA and support by the station management.

2020-09-21: News Headlines

Alan Macleod (2020-09-21). From Mass Incarceration to Plan Colombia: Biden's Role in the Failed War on Drugs. mintpressnews.com Former vice president Biden has a sordid history of opposing progressive criminal justice legislation, spearheading draconian police and immigration measures, and playing a central role in waging America's failed war on drugs.

Staff (2020-09-21). "RBG": Film Director Reflects on Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Lifelong Fight for Gender Equity. democracynow.org In her later years, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was internationally known simply as her initials — RBG — and a 2018 documentary film by the same name about Ginsburg's legal career, personal history and unexpected celebrity became a surprise smash hit. We speak with Julie Cohen, co-director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary "RBG," about Ginsburg's early years and leadership in fighting for equal rights for women, including arguing a case before the Supreme Court with all male justices who were condescending to her. "She never let that condescension get her down," notes Cohen. "Sh…

Staff (2020-09-21). Headlines for September 21, 2020. democracynow.org Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87, Sparking a Deluge of Tributes and a Fierce Succession Battle, U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Poised to Top 200,000, U.N. Says 150 Million More Children May Face Poverty as Global Coronavirus Death Toll Nears 1 Million, California Grapples with Evacuations, Toxic Air as Record-Breaking Wildfires Continue to Blaze, Trump Announces $13 Billion for Puerto Rico, as Elections Near and 3 Years After Hurricane Maria, Leaked Docs Show Major Banks Helped Criminals Launder Billions of Dollars, International Community Counters Trump over U.N. Iran Sanctions, Peru's President Survives Impeach…

Staff (2020-09-21). Remembering RBG: Legal Giant's Death Sparks Furious Fight in D.C. over Vacant Supreme Court Seat. democracynow.org We look at the life and legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as well as the future of the Supreme Court, in a wide-ranging interview with Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate, where she is the senior legal correspondent and Supreme Court reporter. Ginsburg died September 18 at the age of 87 after serving 27 years as a Supreme Court justice, where she became the most prominent member of the court's liberal wing. Her death just 46 days before the November election sets up a major political battle over her replacement, with President Trump and many Senate Republicans vowing to nominate and confirm a right-wing judge to…

Staff (2020-09-21). "A National Tragedy": Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Friend & "Favorite Client" Remembers the Legal Icon. democracynow.org U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg first gained fame in the 1970s when she co-founded the Women's Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union and argued six gender discrimination cases before the Supreme Court. One of those cases was Weinberger v. Wiesenfeld, which centered on a widower who was refused Social Security benefits after his wife died during childbirth. We speak with Stephen Wiesenfeld, who was told his gender made him ineligible and that only women were entitled to survivor's benefits. Ginsburg argued in the Supreme Court that denying fathers benefits because of their sex was unc…

Dennis Bernstein (2020-09-21). Kevin Cooper: Surviving Death Row and COVID-19 in San Quentin. counterpunch.org Kevin Cooper has been incarcerated for over 37 years (35 years on death Row) for the murder of the Ryan family and child guest Christopher Hughes, a brutal crime he doggedly maintains he did not commit. Currently, having exhausted appeals through the courts, Kevin is requesting that Governor Newsom order an innocence investigation to consider all the evidence that points to others and exonerates Kevin Cooper. Gov. Newsom has ordered DNA testing which has almost been completed at this time.

John Wojcik (2020-09-21). RBG's death: A time to mourn but also to organize. peoplesworld.org Immediately upon hearing of the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the night of Rosh Hashanah, thousands massed spontaneously in front of the Supreme Court building in Washington to mourn. They recognized, and on Sunday Joe Biden reminded us, that the first person to die in the Jewish New Year is a soul of …

Art Perlo (2020-09-21). Tediously analyzing Biden won't get us far; it's time to mobilize and organize. peoplesworld.org Knocking on doors in my diverse, low- to middle-income working-class neighborhood, almost everyone I talk to says they will vote to dump Trump and elect Biden-Harris. The next six weeks will see a struggle critical to the future of our country and all of humanity. Claims to leadership in…

Sen. Bernie Sanders (2020-09-21). The possibility that Trump will not voluntarily leave. peoplesworld.org Yes. This is a presidential election between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. Yes. This is an election about health care, education, the economy, climate change, criminal justice, and so many other important issues. More importantly, however, this is an election about whether or not we retain American democracy. This is an election we must not …

MEE staff (2020-09-21). Iran will not renegotiate nuclear deal if Biden wins US presidency, Zarif says. middleeasteye.net Iran will not renegotiate nuclear deal if Biden wins US presidency, Zarif says | Iranian foreign minister said returning to the terms of the accord should happen 'without conditions' | Mon, 09/21/2020 – 18: 06 | Iran's foreign minister said the outcome of the US election was irrelevant to returning to the 2015 nuclear deal (AFP/File photo) | Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday that Teh…

_____ (2020-09-21). The Creeping Socialism Republicans Cannot Understand. strategic-culture.org Having a foreign-born U.S. citizen come on stage at the Republican National Convention to praise the greatness of the Republican view of the American experience is a fantastic idea. It is easy to believe in the religion or state ideology that you are born into, it is another thing entirely to completely change your views and consciously commit to a new set of beliefs as an adult. Essentially, converts tend to be more hardcore, which is a great reason to have this type of person give an impassioned personal speech at your big party gathering. The problem is when the focus of American superiority is so narrowly and…

Staff (2020-09-21). Amy McGrath raised millions after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Is it all wasted? therealnews.com After the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Democrats around the country began donating to Senate races in an effort to remove McConnell as majority leader.

Staff (2020-09-21). AOC Urges Democrats to Prevent Trump From Filling Ginsburg Vacancy. truthout.org With President Donald Trump expected to nominate a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday evening "It's extraordinarily important that we understand the stakes of this vacancy," sai…

Samuel Moyn (2020-09-21). Socialists Have Long Fought to Disempower the Supreme Court. zcomm.org The Supreme Court has been a reactionary institution for most of its history. We need to take on its power and fight for real democracy in the United States…

Bill Lueders (2020-09-21). Next President Must Fill Ginsburg Seat. progressive.org If our democracy is going to survive, Trump must not be allowed to pick her successor to the U.S. Supreme Court, unless he wins the next election.

Staff (2020-09-21). Trump Spreads Misinformation With Claim That Dems Wrote Ginsburg's Dying Wish. truthout.org President Trump made false assertions on Monday regarding the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dying wish, insinuating that her request to have her successor named after the election was crafted by leading Democrats in Congress. | The president did not provide any evidence to back up his claim. | Trump made the statement during an interview on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program while discussing Ginsburg's passing over the weekend. When one of the hosts mentioned the late justic…

yenisafak (2020-09-21). Trump says he will announce US Supreme Court nominee Friday or Saturday. yenisafak.com President Donald Trump said on Monday he is looking at four or five jurists to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court and he will announce his nominee on Friday or Saturday.The Republican president said in an interview with Fox News that he wanted to wait out of respect for Ginsburg, a liberal justice who died on Friday at age 87. "We should wait until the services are over for Justice Ginsburg," he said.

_____ (2020-09-21). "Unethical" and "astonishing" — Serco lands another £45m for 'failing' COVID Test and Trace scheme. truepublica.org.uk By Caroline Malloy: The outsourcing giant Serco has won an additional £45m to provide COVID test centres, openDemocracy reveals. The multi-million-pound deal has not been made public but provides a major additional role for the controversial firm in the UK's troubled Test and Trace scheme, which has come under fire as infection rates rise across …

Ipek S. Burnett (2020-09-21). In the Night Kitchen of the Next Election: a Parody. counterpunch.org With apologies to Maurice Sendak. Did you ever hear of Mickey, how he heard a racket in the election year (Trump) (Sanders, Bloomberg, Warren) (Biden) and shouted QUIET DOWN THERE! And fell through the spectacle, out of his discernment Past the skepticism & the citizens sleeping tight (Oh) (Aah) (Ooh) (Democrats! Republicans!) Into the dark

Thom Hartmann (2020-09-21). Trump's Destruction of America Started With Reagan. counterpunch.org Donald Trump and his billionaire buddies are letting America die. The billionaires who make their money from fossil fuels have bought off Trump and Republicans so that they're denying climate change while a dozen states in the West burn and the Gulf Coast is repeatedly ravaged by hurricanes. Firefighters are using dogs to identify the

WSWS (2020-09-21). Dry weather continues to fuel historic wildfires in California, rains bring new dangers to Pacific Northwest. wsws.org While fires continue to burn, destroying homes and displacing thousands, the Democrats and Republicans each seek to pass the blame onto each other.

Nick Licata (2020-09-21). Bridging Individualism and Community to Sustain our Democracy. counterpunch.org The U.S. stands out since its creation as championing the rights of all individuals, as proclaimed in the Declaration that Jefferson wrote for the new nation. Always clever, Jefferson substituted "pursuit of happiness" for "possessing property" in order to cast a wider net. Although initially those who did not own enough property, or were women

Akio Tanaka (2020-09-21). Weighing the Pros and Cons of The Proposed New Pacifica Bylaws Ôªø. indybay.org The aim of the proposed New Day Pacifica Bylaws is to simplify, democratize, and stabilize the governance structure of Pacifica to keep it from evaporating in April 2021, when its $3.2 million balloon payment becomes due.

Staff (2020-09-21). Trump Praises "Good Genes" of Minnesotans, Highlighting His Eugenics Fixation. truthout.org Over the past five years or so, I've had no problem using the "F" word (fascism) to describe what's been happening under President Trump and the Republican Party.

John Buell (2020-09-21). The Many Ugly Faces of Climate Science Denial. commondreams.org "Fox News, the Republican Party, and the right edge of evangelicalism take the lead, often inspiring each other to new levels of extremism." (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/lauragreta.png

Tim Shorrock (2020-09-21). Progressives Slam Biden's Foreign Policy Team. thenation.com Progressives Slam Biden's Foreign Policy Team…

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2020-09-20). Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg's Death and Trump's Emerging "Legal" Coup d'Etat. Unprecedented Political Crisis. globalresearch.ca Yesterday Supreme Ct. Justice, Ginsburg, died. McConnell & Trump now moving rapidly to replace with 3rd right wing nominee to SCOTUS. Democrats mount feeble and futile defense, saying McConnell should not proceed with nomination based on McConnell's own argument back …

Naomi LaChance (2020-09-20). Biden's Foreign Policy Advisors Show Loyalty to Israel, Defense Contractors. counterpunch.org When Donald Trump was elected president, the foreign policy apparatus that Barack Obama's administration built did not disappear. The power brokers went to think tanks and lobbying firms, cashing in on the uncertainty with help from defense contractors and other corporations. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's potential foreign policy would likely be a continuation of

RT (2020-09-20). 'Big, fat shots in the ass': Trump again suggests Biden is on energizing DRUGS. rt.com Donald Trump has mercilessly taunted Joe Biden, telling supporters that his Democratic nemesis must be taking performance-enhancing substances and should undergo a drug test. | Trump reiterated previous casual accusations that Biden is too senile to be a good fit for the US president's office while talking to a crowd of supporters in Fayetteville, North Carolina. | Using his nickname for his Democratic opponent, Trump said that "Sleepy Joe" is appearing conspicuously efficient during debates and public events. | "Don't underestimate [him], he's been doing this for 47 years. And I got a debate coming up with th…

RT (2020-09-20). A senior moment or a secret code? Twitter puzzled over Sen. Chuck Grassley's ramblings about 'dead pet pidgin'. rt.com Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley has triggered an avalanche of speculation and snark after announcing that he found someone's lifeless pet bird in his front yard. He followed up by reminiscing about a time he hit a deer with his car. | Using his unique style of social media prose, the 87-year-old Republican lawmaker informed the world about his troubling discovery. | "If u lost ur pet pidgin /it's dead in front yard my Iowa farm JUST DISCOVERED here," he

RT (2020-09-20). From honoring Ginsburg's 'final wish' to easing political strife, Biden counts reasons HE should nominate next Supreme Court judge. rt.com Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden urged Senate Republicans to block efforts to push through a new Supreme Court justice before the November election, warning of "irreversible damage" if President Donald Trump gets his way. | "Don't vote to confirm anyone nominated under the circumstances that President Trump and Senator [Mitch] McConnell have created," Biden said on Sunday in his first major speech since Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday. | Don't go there. Hold your constitutional duty and your conscience. Let the people speak. Cool the flames that have been engulfing our country. | The speech…

Peter Koenig (2020-09-20). Venezuela: A Tribute for Her Endless Pursuit of Democracy. dissidentvoice.org Venezuela is again the shining light of Democracy — pushing ahead with the 6 December 2020 National Assembly (NA) elections despite the endless challenges of covid, of sanctions, of embargos, of confiscation of foreign assets, and even of a totally illicit blockage of reserve currencies — Venezuela's gold — naturally in the world's protectorate of …

Peter Koenig (2020-09-20). Venezuela — A Tribute for Her Endless Pursuit of Democracy. globalresearch.ca Venezuela is again the shining light of Democracy — pushing ahead with the 6 December 2020 National Assembly (NA) elections — despite the endless challenges of covid — of sanctions, of embargos, of confiscation of foreign assets, and even of …

sputniknews (2020-09-20). Biden Calls For Postponement of Senate Vote on Supreme Court Nominee. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is calling for waiting until after the November election to fill the Supreme Court vacancy after the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Frank Scott (2020-09-20). "Billionaires Lives Matter", Far More than Yours… The Capitalist Pandemic, Fake Democracy Goes Live? globalresearch.ca First published on August 31, 2020 | As we stagger towards the ultimate expression of our fake democracy in November it's important to acknowledge what won't be changing a bit whichever of the two parties of capital come out ahead with …

_____ (2020-09-20). Democrat's Climate Change Lies. popularresistance.org In recent weeks a combination of drought and record breaking heat have accelerated wildfire season to historic levels of devastation. More than 4.6 million acres have burned in the states of California, Oregon and Washington. Skies are colored orange and red, the air is unbreathable, lives have been lost and entire towns have been destroyed. | The connection between heat waves, droughts, and human made climate change are clear and the solution is known to every school child. There must be a drastic reduction in the production of fossil fuels.

Ron Unz (2020-09-20). Will California Restore Affirmative Action? globalresearch.ca As everyone knows, over the last couple of decades California has become a one-party Democratic state. Democrats hold a better than three-fourths hyper-majority in the State Assembly and their control is nearly as overwhelming in the State Senate. California has …

_____ (2020-09-20). Political Trials And Electoral Bans. popularresistance.org Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno and his allies have gone to great lengths to prevent former president Rafael Correa and his political movement from returning to power. | In order to achieve this goal, the current government has persecuted opponents and barred candidates from running. Moreno's authoritarianism has, so far, gone largely unnoticed internationally. With elections scheduled for February 2021, it is crucial that the international community keeps a vigilant eye on the Ecuadorian government's persistent attempts at perverting the course of democracy.

Bernie Sanders (2020-09-20). Justice Ginsburg's replacement. zcomm.org Every issue we care about is at stake: abortion rights, campaign finance reform, voting rights, workers' rights, health care, LGBTQ rights, climate change, environmental rights, gun safety and more.

_____ (2020-09-20). Labor Must Make Defense Of Black Lives Its Own Imperative. popularresistance.org Black trade unionists across the U.S. are calling on the labor movement to defend Black Lives Matter protesters and to fight racism in their own ranks. The attacks by police and increasingly violent armed racist militias evoke the memory of many such violent incidents against Black people in earlier periods, from slavery to segregation to the civil rights era. | For Labor Day 2020, Truthout reached out to Christopher Silvera, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 808 in Long Island City, NY; Elise Bryant, executive director of Labor Heritage Foundation and president of the Communication Workers of America's Coal…

yenisafak (2020-09-20). For Kashmiris born in last 3 decades, peace far-fetched dream. yenisafak.com When my seven-year-old son's Skype class started on Thursday, a disturbing message popped up in the chat box.A parent of one of his classmates said his son could not attend the class because their neighborhood in Sringar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, was tense.Police had claimed killing three militants in Batamaloo, a warren of densely populated streets inhabited by pro-freedom people. A woman was also fatally shot while accompanying her baker son to his shop.As a general practice, authorities shut internet services after such incidents to block news from spreading through social media and as a res…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-09-20). Dems Pressured to 'Pick a Fight for Once' Over RBG Seat as Collins and Murkowski Oppose Pre-Election Vote. commondreams.org "To pretend that norms will constrain Trump or McConnell would be folly, yes. But for Democrats, the media, and the public to concede the ground in advance is to do their dirty work for them." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1228596796.png

Jeffrey C. Isaac (2020-09-20). Democrats, It's Time for Constitutional Jiujitsu. commondreams.org Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is flanked by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) while speaking to the media about President Donald Trump's Proposed FY 2018 budget May 23, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

C. Kyle Rudick (2020-09-20). Republicans Aren't Hypocrites: A Lesson in Power in the Aftermath of RBG's Death. commondreams.org President Donald Trump greets Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) after the State of the Union address on Feb. 5, 2019. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-10942242861_0.jpg

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2020-09-20). Irish republican prisoners in Belfast go on hunger strike in solidarity with Palestinian activist. thecanary.co As

The Canary (2020-09-19). Thai protesters hold rally urging democratic reforms. thecanary.co As many as 50,000 people are expected to show up for a march seeking democratic reforms. | By | Protesters have gathered in Bangkok for the most ambitious rally so far in a pro-democracy campaign that has shaken the government and Thailand's conservative establishment.Mobilised support: Organisers predicted as many as 50,000 people will show up and march over two days in an area of the capital historically associated with political protests. An estimated 10,000 people turned out for the last major rally on 16 August. This time, oppositio…

RT (2020-09-19). Tulsi Gabbard goes OFF MESSAGE from fellow Dems again, introduces bipartisan bill to deter fraud with mail-in ballots. rt.com Former Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, branded a "Russian asset" by Hillary Clinton for her anti-war views, is again refusing to blindly follow her party's talking points — this time over fears of election fraud. | "Whether in the midst of a pandemic, as we are now, where mail-in voting is likely to drastically increase, or even in a normal election, no one should get in between a voter and the ballot box," the Hawaii congresswoman said Friday on Twitter. | Banning ballot harvesting is not a partisan issue. It's been used & abused in states like North Carolina and California & is ripe fo…

RT (2020-09-19). Obama urges GOP-led Senate to leave Supreme Court seat empty until after 2020 race following death of Justice Ginsburg. rt.com Former US President Barack Obama has called on the Republican-controlled Senate to delay its confirmation vote to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, citing the GOP's own playbook during his administration. | Celebrating Ginsburg's lengthy career on the court following her death on Friday, Obama said that even in her final days, the justice showed an "unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals." Going forward, however, the former president said Ginsburg's empty seat should not be filled until after the 2020 election, pointing to a principle invoked by the Republicans following the death of…

_____ (2020-09-19). For the Planet, There Is No "Lesser Evil" popularresistance.org By now, most people in the United States recognize that the climate crisis poses the greatest threat to humanity and nature. Faced with a president who continually dismisses the dangers of global warming and has taken numerous measures to expand fossil fuel production, many progressives and even some on the Left have declared the need to vote for Biden as the "lesser evil" in November. Noam Chomsky went so far as to label the Republicans "the most dangerous organization in human history" because of Trump's aggressive pro-fossil fuel agenda.

Max Elbaum (2020-09-19). Socialist Strategy and the Biden Debate. zcomm.org The left forces whose strategy translates into sending the first message have much better prospects to grow their ranks and expand their influence, power and coalition relationships…

sputniknews (2020-09-19). White House Calls on Joe Biden to Release Supreme Court Nominee List. sputniknews.com Last week, President Donald Trump released his own list of possible Ginsburg replacements on the Supreme Court, calling on the former vice president to do the same.

Staff (2020-09-19). With the Passing of Justice Ginsburg, Democracy Just Got Harder, Again. truthout.org "If an opening comes in the last year of President Trump's term, and the primary process is started, we'll wait to the next election." — Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), on filling a Supreme Court vacancy right before an election, October 2018 | Right. Ol' Lindsey nearly broke both legs

Maryam Jameel and Ryan McCarthy (2020-09-19). Poorly protected postal workers are catching COVID-19 by the thousands. it's one more threat to voting by mail. nationofchange.org More than 50,000 workers have taken time off for virus-related reasons, slowing mail delivery.

WSWS (2020-09-19). Casualties of "herd immunity": Three new teacher deaths in one week as US schools reopen. wsws.org The deaths are a direct result of the criminal actions by Democratic and Republican governors, as well as the Trump administration.

WSWS (2020-09-19). Biden in Minnesota: A phony "pro-worker" spin on a right-wing campaign. wsws.org On the basis of economic nationalism, Biden is doubling down on his ludicrous self-promotion as a "working stiff" from "hard-scrabble" Scranton, Pennsylvania.

William rivers Pitt (2020-09-19). Another Day of COVID, Another Failed Stimulus, Another Thousand Deaths. zcomm.org With an election looming just 47 tiny days away, fury at vicious Republican intransigence has begun to give way to something close to horrified awe…

George Monbiot (2020-09-19). Extinction Rebellion is showing Britain what real democracy could look like. zcomm.org The protest movement's call for meaningful participation highlights the failings of dysfunctional Westminster politics…

Democracy Now! (2020-09-19). "These Are Climate Fires": Oregon Firefighter Ecologist Says Devastating Blazes Are a Wake-Up Call. indybay.org President Trump has said little about the wildfires raging in California, Oregon and Washington for three weeks, other than to suggest poor forest management was primarily to blame. But the states' governors are pushing back and directly linking the fires to the climate crisis. "These are climate fires," says Timothy Ingalsbee, an Oregon-based wildland fire ecologist and former wildland firefighter who now directs Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics, and Ecology. "Though some scientists hesitate to attribute a single event to climate change, these are exactly the conditions predicted by climatologists."

Alicia Ely Yamin (2020-09-19). [Perspectives] Human rights parables for a post-pandemic world. thelancet.com Before the COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the structural inequalities across societies, there were diverging parables in human rights. One narrative identified the populist challenge to human rights and juxtaposed it with the cosmopolitan ideal of a multilateral order. An alternative narrative viewed populism as the symptom of democratic failure more than the cause and argued that the crisis of legitimacy facing the neoliberal, multilateral order was inextricably connected to a world where capitalist democracies have become "mere faàßade democracies", as Jàºrgen Habermas has asserted.

sputniknews (2020-09-19). Personality Expert Predicts Trump's 'Eagle' Could Held Victory Over Biden's 'Dove' Side in Election. sputniknews.com The expert alleges that no matter what policies candidates pursue, or what the current political situation in the world is, certain personalities are set to win the people's vote.

Staff (2020-09-19). GOP's Strategy for 2020 Election Looks Like an All-Out Assault on Voting Rights. truthout.org The Republican Party and its allies have relied on voter suppression tactics for decades, but this year they are pulling out all the stops. | "

Staff (2020-09-19). 2020 Election Could Decide Whether US Pursues Nuclear Escalation or Arms Control. truthout.org In these final weeks of the 2020 presidential campaign, U.S. voters' attention is being consumed by a maelstrom of crises — a merciless pandemic, a battered economy, a society ruptured by racist police violence and deadly structural inequalities, climate chaos and a fragile democracy. | Who has time to worry about nuclear war? | But just as warnings of a climate crisis and pandemics have been borne out, experts have long sounded the alarm about nuclear weapons, whether their use is…

The Canary (2020-09-18). Assange 'offered win-win deal by Trump to avoid extradition. thecanary.co The WikiLeaks founder's extradition hearing was told that Trump associates sought the source of leaks from the Democratic National Committee. | By | WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was offered a "win-win" deal by Donald Trump to avoid extradition by revealing the source of the hacking of Democratic party emails, a court has heard. | Trump approval: | Barrister Jennifer Robinson said she was asked to attend the meeting by her client, Assange, with Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Trump associate Charles Johnson at the Ecuador…

Staff (2020-09-18). Trump vs. Masks: Attacks on CDC, Doctors & Scientists Undermine a "Pillar of Pandemic Control" democracynow.org As the official United States death toll from COVID-19 approaches 200,000 people, we speak with infectious disease expert Dr. Monica Gandhi, who says President Trump's refusal to promote face masks has made the pandemic much worse. "Masks are a pillar of pandemic control. They are incredibly important," says Dr. Gandhi, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, as well as a division head at San Francisco General Hospital. "There is no country in the world right now that has been fighting masks like this, especially at the presidential level. If we could have started mask wearing, con…

Staff (2020-09-18). Trump Calls Howard Zinn's Work "Propaganda." Hear the Legendary Historian in His Own Words. democracynow.org This week President Trump described the work of the legendary historian Howard Zinn, who died in 2010, as "propaganda" meant to "make students ashamed of their own history." But Zinn believed the opposite, that teaching the unvarnished truth about history was the best way to combat propaganda and unexamined received wisdom. We air excerpts from a 2009 interview with Zinn in which he explained his approach to education. "We should be honest with young people; we should not deceive them. We should be honest about the history of our country," Zinn said.

Staff (2020-09-18). Headlines for September 18, 2020. democracynow.org White House Scuttled Plan to Mail 650 Million Face Masks to U.S. Households, NYC Schools Delay In-Person Classes Amid Staffing Shortages and Coronavirus Fears, CDC Watered Down Coronavirus Testing Guidelines Over Objections of Scientists, Trump Coronavirus Adviser Threatens to Sue Stanford Doctors over Criticism, WHO Warns of "Alarming" Coronavirus Transmission Rates Across Europe, U.S. Billionaires Added $845B to Net Worth Since March as Pandemic Exposed Racial Inequities, Court Halts "Drastic Operational Changes" at USPS, Warning of Widespread Disenfranchisement, Ex-Coronavirus Task Force Aide Endorses Biden, C…

Staff (2020-09-18). As Fires Rage Across the West, Trump Bails Out Big Oil & Picks Climate Denier for Top Role at NOAA. democracynow.org As climate-fueled wildfires continue to ravage the West, the Trump administration has tapped a well-known climate change denier for a top position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. University of Delaware professor David Legates has written papers calling for more fossil fuel emissions and has had his work supported by the Robert Mercer-funded Heartland Institute and Koch Industries, as well as major gas companies. He was recently hired as NOAA's deputy assistant secretary of commerce for observation and prediction. We speak with David Goodrich, a former top climate scientist at the National…

sputniknews (2020-09-18). Venezuela's President Maduro Calls Pompeo's 'War-Mongering' Tour a 'Failure'. sputniknews.com The US Department of State earlier announced Pompeo would be visiting South America with the aim of showing support for local democracies and containing the "threat" coming from "Maduro's illegitimate regime".

John Laforge (2020-09-18). Germany: US Nuclear Weapons Shamed in Nationwide Debate. counterpunch.org We need a broad public debate … about the sense and nonsense of nuclear deterrence. —Rolf Mutzenich, German Social Democratic Party Leader Public criticism of the US nuclear weapons deployed in Germany bloomed into a vigorous nationwide debate this past spring and summer focused on the controversial scheme known diplomatically as "nuclear sharing" or "nuclear

Don Fitz (2020-09-18). Medicare-for-All is a beginning, not the end point. mronline.org As a coup de grâce to the Bernie Sanders campaign Joe Biden declared that he would veto Medicare-for-All. This could drive a dedicated health care advocate to relentlessly pursue Med-4-All as a final goal.

Brian Cloughley (2020-09-18). Be It Trump Or Biden, Iraq is Doomed. counterpunch.org It was announced on September 9 that the U.S. Administration would reduce troop numbers in Iraq from 5,200 to 3,000 by the end of the month. The commander Central Command, General McKenzie, said the withdrawal was to take place because of "the great progress the Iraqi forces have made" and that the "ultimate goal" was having local forces who were capable of preventing a resurgence of Islamic State in the country."

Eleanor Goldfield (2020-09-18). The Final Nail: COVID-19 Marks the End of Democratic Socialism in Sweden. mintpressnews.com Eleanor Goldfield reports from Stockholm on how COVID-19 has laid bare the US-style capitalist reality taking hold in Sweden and how the pandemic ushered in the end of democratic socialism in the country.

Eve Ottenberg (2020-09-18). Surprise! Still No Economic Relief from Washington. counterpunch.org With tens of millions unemployed, inevitable eviction merely postponed for a few months and low-wage jobs and small businesses drying up like the Rio Grande south of Albuquerque, you'd think the federal government could negotiate some help for stranded Americans. Democrats had a bill ready back in May. But it just sat on Mitch McConnell's

Andrew Levine (2020-09-18). Democrats: Can't Live With 'Em, Can't Live Without 'Em. counterpunch.org Like HIV or COVID-19, the Democratic Party is likely to be with us for some time to come. The best we can hope for is that it becomes more manageable. This is already the case with HIV, and there is reason to think that, despite Donald Trump's depraved indifference, the worst and most debilitating ravages

WSWS (2020-09-18). Democrats engineer removal of Green Party presidential candidates from Pennsylvania ballot. wsws.org The Pennsylvania Supreme Court kicked the Green Party off the November presidential ballot on Thursday on the basis of undemocratic procedural considerations.

WSWS (2020-09-18). New York City Democratic mayor delays school opening a second time. wsws.org Bill de Blasio, the "progressive" mayor of New York City, announced a new date for a "phased reopening" of the city's public schools.

Ryan McMaken (2020-09-18). Governments Will Impose New Lockdowns if They Think They Can Get Away with It. globalresearch.ca This year's stay-at-home orders and lockdowns imposed by governments on their populations represent a watershed moment in the history of the modern state. | Before March 2020, it is unlikely that many politicians—let alone many ordinary people—thought it would be feasible …

Roger D. Harris (2020-09-18). Austerity at Home and Imperialism Abroad: What a Joe Biden Win Would Mean for America. mintpressnews.com If past performance is any indicator of future outcomes, a brief look at past Democratic presidencies offers insights into what a Biden win could mean for America and the world.

_____ (2020-09-18). 'This Is What Voter Suppression Looks Like'. popularresistance.org Two tribes in South Dakota and a voting rights group are suing four state officials, accusing them of failing to offer adequate voter registration services. | The complaint says South Dakota "is depriving thousand of tribal members and other citizens of their federally guaranteed opportunities to register to vote and to change their voter registration addresses when these citizens interact with state agencies." | The Oglala Sioux Tribe, Rosebud Sioux Tribe and Four Directions filed a federal court complaint on Wednesday.

Matt Sedlar (2020-09-18). Political Trials and Electoral Bans: the Battle for Democracy in Ecuador. cepr.net OpenDemocracy See article on original site Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno and his allies have gone to great lengths to prevent former president Rafael Correa and his political movement from returning to power. In order to achieve this goal, the current government has persecuted opponents and barred candidates from running. Moreno's authoritarianism has, so far, gone …

Matt Sedlar (2020-09-18). What the OAS Did to Bolivia. cepr.net The Guardian See article on original site Bolivia has descended into a nightmare of political repression and racist state violence since the democratically elected government of Evo Morales was overthrown by the military on November 10. That month was "the second-deadliest month, in terms of civilian deaths committed by state forces, since Bolivia became a …

Roger Harris (2020-09-18). Changing the Washington Guard: What a Democratic Sweep in November Portends. counterpunch.org At the risk of counting chickens before they hatch, what would the return of Team Blue portend? As is patently obvious, the US is in trouble. Climate driven heat waves and fires grip the nation. An already faltering economy with deep contradictions could only tank given the shock of the pandemic that has necessitated varying

Marlee Kokotovic (2020-09-18). Scientific American endorses a presidential candidate for the first time in its history: Joe Biden. nationofchange.org "We've never backed a presidential candidate in our 175-year history—until now."

Repost (2020-09-18). More Anti-Democratic Nonsense By KPFA LSB Board Majority & KPFA LSB Secretary Carol Wolfle. indybay.org The KPFA LSB board majority and their LSB secretary Carol Wolfley are working to prevent democratic participation in the LSB meetings. Their corporatist operation of the station local board is connected to their failure to do any evaluations of the manager Quincy McCoy or Program Director They have been rubber stamps to the unilateral of programs at KPFA and support by the station management.

Build Back Better (2020-09-18). Saturday 9/19: Build Back Better with Justice, Equality, Reform, Democracy, Truth… indybay.org San Mateo Community College, Upper Hillside Parking Lot…

sputniknews (2020-09-18). US State Dept. Hands Over 16,000 Pages of Biden Probe Records to House Panel – Chairman. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON, September 19 (Sputnik) – The panel's subpoena is part of the committee's investigation of Pompeo's alleged use of State Department resources to smear Biden.

The Canary (2020-09-18). Joe Biden blasts Donald Trump's 'criminal' pandemic response. thecanary.co The Democratic presidential nominee held his first town hall on Thursday. | By | Joe Biden on Thursday went after President Donald Trump again and again over his handling of Covid-19, calling the president's downplaying of the pandemic "criminal". | "You've got to level with the American people — shoot from the shoulder. There's not been a time they've not been able to step up. The president should step down," the Democratic presidential nominee said to applause from a CNN drive-in town hall crowd in Moosic, outside his hometown of Scrant…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-09-18). 'Climate Floods. Climate Droughts. Climate Fires': Interactive Map Illustrates How Planetary Crisis Threatens Every Corner of US. commondreams.org Taking a cue from Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, an outspoken climate action advocate who this week referred to the wildfires which have burned through hundreds of thousands of acres in his state as "climate fires," two New York Times journalists on Friday offered a visual of how the climate crisis is expected to affect every part of the United States. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1273051424_1.jpg

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-09-18). Right-Wing Operatives Accused of Trying to Entrap Progressive Pro-Democracy Groups in North Carolina to Undermine Their Election Work. commondreams.org "Common Cause may be the target, but the attack is on our democracy and on the right of every eligible voter to have a say in the future for our families, communities, and country." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-09-18_at_4.34.48_pm.png

Julie Hollar (2020-09-18). Voters Should be Wary of USA Today's False Balance on Election 2020. commondreams.org "The [USA Today] headline directly suggests that 'voters' are equally wary of both candidates," writes Hollar. (Photo: USA Today) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trump_biden_usatoday.jpg

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-09-18). Ex-Pence Aide, Covid Task Force Member, Denounces Trump's 'Flat-Out Disregard for Human Life' in Biden Defection Video. commondreams.org Olivia Troye—a self-described lifelong Republican—is the first member of the president's Coronavirus Task Force to speak out publicly against him. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/troye.jpg

commondreams (2020-09-18). Common Cause Targeted—Democracy Attacked. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-09-18). What Was Trump Thinking When He Appointed an Enemy To Head The FBI? thealtworld.com As I wrote in 2016, Trump had no idea who to appoint to his government. According to FBI Director Christopher Wray, it is Russia, not the Democrats, Antifa, and Black Lives Matter, who "sows divisiveness and discord" among Americans. | Wray says that it is the Russians who "trash Democratic nominee Joe Biden." | How can Trump hope to survive when he appoints to the FBI, CIA, and Pentagon his enemies? He appoints enemies to the Department of Justice who somehow just…

Robert Lipsyte (2020-09-18). American Athletes Can Decide This Year's Election. thenation.com American Athletes Can Decide This Year's Election…

Staff (2020-09-17). A Crisis Made in America: Yemen on Brink of Famine After U.S. Cuts Aid While Fueling War. democracynow.org The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is deepening amid the pandemic and cuts to international aid from the United States and its allies, leaving millions of Yemenis facing famine after years of a brutal U.S.-backed, Saudi-led bombing campaign that has devastated the country. CNN's senior international correspondent Nima Elbagir says what is happening in Yemen is not a natural disaster but a "man-made catastrophe" directly tied to U.S. policies. Elbagir says, "Not only is the U.S. profiting from the war by selling weapons to the UAE and Saudi Arabia," but it is also ignoring the impact on civilians. We also feature he…

RT (2020-09-17). Suspect arrested in murder of 17-year-old staffer of GOP challenger to Ilhan Omar. rt.com A suspect was arrested on Thursday morning in connection with the murder of a teenage staffer for Lacy Johnson, the Republican challenger to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota). The shooting is not believed to be politically motivated. | The suspect was taken into custody after a high speed pursuit, according to the Minneapolis Police Department. Officers attempted to pull them over, but they fled, leading to the car chase which ended with the suspect crashing their vehicle. | The shooting occurred on Monday at a service station where the assailant approached two Johnson staffers, who were among a group of people. B…

Tim Libretti (2020-09-17). But 'What is the Economy, Stupid?'. peoplesworld.org Polling indicates that Americans still give Donald Trump an edge over Joe Biden when it comes to their faith in either candidate's ability to manage the economy. While it's true that, according to a late-August Reuters/Ipsos poll, Trump's approval rating on the economy has dipped 14% since March, putting him in negative territory with 47% …

Norman Solomon (2020-09-17). Why the Left Must Reject and Elect Biden at the Same Time. zcomm.org To organize against a government headed by Trump is to push against a thick stone wall. To organize against a government headed by Biden holds out the real potential of progressive breakthroughs…

Build Back Better (2020-09-17). Build Back Better with Reform, Justice, Equality, Democracy, Truth… indybay.org Want reform, equality, justice, liberty? Want Black Lives to Matter?Learn about how you can help Biden and Harris Build Back Better.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-09-17). With Eye on Biden Victory, Warren and Schumer Unveil Plan to Cancel Up to $50,000 for Federal Student Loan Borrowers. commondreams.org "Broadly cancelling student loan debt would be a game-changer for millions of people in this country and a lifeline when they desperately need it." | www.flickr.com/photos/sdmc/21502010111