2020-02-16: News Headlines

RT (2020-02-16). Desperate much? Biden takes a dig at Sanders for not distancing himself ENOUGH from 'supporters' attacking a Latino union. rt.com Hoping to bounce back from dismal early election results, former VP Joe Biden chastised Senator Bernie Sanders for not disowning supporters that harassed members of a Nevada Latino-majority union — except he did. | In an interview on NBC's Meet the Press to be aired in full on Monday, Biden unleashed a scathing attack on Sanders, who is currently riding high in the polls in Nevada, which holds the next Democratic Party contest. | Referring to instances in which supposed Sanders supporters hurled online abuse at members of the Nevada Culinary Workers Union (NCWU) after it distributed leaflets voicing conc…

William Kaufman (2020-02-16). Tulsi Gabbard: A Political Postmortem. dissidentvoice.org The all-or-nothing New Hampshire gamble of Tulsi Gabbard has come up snake eyes. As I write, with 98 percent of the vote tallied, she is in seventh place, with a meager 3.3 percent of the vote, behind Tom Steyer. It is hard to imagine any path forward for her. And, frankly, one must acknowledge that …

Staff (2020-02-16). Democrats Need to Cut the Realism and Start Dreaming — and Fighting — Big. truthout.org Even as Bernie Sanders, the most radically progressive candidate for the Democratic primary, secured early wins in Iowa and New Hampshire and the face of the moderate Democratic establishment faded toward the back, an ugly spirit of defeatism has crept into the political zeitgeist around the progressive platform. | This past week Ezra Klein wrote of what he termed "

Staff (2020-02-16). Medicare for All Would Save $450 Billion and Prevent 68,000 Deaths Every Year. truthout.org Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday applauded "This study confirms that Medicare for All will save the American people $450 billion on health ca…

Spartacist League (2020-02-16). In the Revolutionary Vanguard of the Civil War: Harriet Tubman, Fighter for Black Freedom. indybay.org First Congregational Church | 2501 Harrison St., Oakland…

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2020-02-16). Grand Opening – Negro Bar State Park Trail Loop. indybay.org Negro Bar State Park | Folsom Lake Recreational Area…

The Canary (2020-02-16). White House hopeful Pete Buttigieg says he is proud of his husband. thecanary.co Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has said he is proud of his marriage and his husband. | He was addressing comments from conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh about whether voters would elect him because he's been "kissing his husband" on stage after debates. | Mr Buttigieg, the first openly gay politician to make a serious pitch for the presidency, says America should have politics that welcomes everybody. | He added: "I'm not going to be lectured on family values from the like of Rush Limbaugh, or anybody who supports Donald J. Trump as the moral as well as the political leader of the United St…

Staff (2020-02-16). US-Linked South African "Crisis Pregnancy Centers" Spread Harmful Misinformation. truthout.org A senior South African health official has today vowed action as openDemocracy Supported by US Christian campaigners who claim close links to the Trump White House, around the world these centres appear to offer pregnant women unbiased "advice…

yenisafak (2020-02-16). Family reunites with 'PKK-kidnapped' daughter in Turkey. yenisafak.com With the efforts of Turkish security forces, another family has reunited with their daughter, who they claim was kidnapped by PKK terrorists, after five years of longing.According to security sources on Sunday, Pelda Ayhan surrendered to Turkish authorities in the Suruc district of Turkey's eastern Sanliurfa province.The mother, Gevriye Ayhan, had attended a sit-in protest against the PKK terror group in the southeastern Diyarbakir province.The protest started on Sept. 3 outside the offices of the Peoples' Democratic Party

yenisafak (2020-02-16). With biryani and rice balls, Malaysia aims for halal Olympic gold. yenisafak.com A small factory in Malaysia's capital is preparing thousands of ready-to-eat halal meals, from fried rice to chicken biryani, to be shipped off to Japan for 2020's biggest sporting event.Food firms from Muslim-majority Malaysia, are expected to be big winners from a rush of Muslim travellers to Japan for the Olympics and Paralympic Games, from late July to September."It's a huge platform and opportunity for us," said Ahmad Husaini Hassan, boss of the MyChef company making the meals in Kuala Lumpur."Our intention is not to go in and out. We've to go in and stay for the long term."Malaysia wants to use the Games as…

RT (2020-02-15). Klobuchar flip-flops on immigration ahead of Nevada primary, says English SHOULDN'T be official language of US. rt.com Senator Amy Klobuchar said that English shouldn't be the official language of the US, ahead of next week's primary in heavily Latino-populated Nevada. However, Klobuchar sang a different tune a decade ago. | Speaking at a campaign rally in Las Vegas on Friday, the three-term Minnesota senator said that she has "taken a strong position against" any legislation that would enshrine English as the US' official language. | "I think that when you look at a state like this state, and a country like ours that is so diverse, you don't want to have that provision in law," Klobuchar told the crowd. | Klobuchar's statemen…

RT (2020-02-15). Hillary for VP is 'speculation'? Bloomberg campaign brushes aside, but stops short of denying, Clinton 'running mate' claim. rt.com A spokesman for Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg has brushed off a report he's considering taking on Hillary Clinton as a running mate without denying the rumor, and reaction on Twitter was unstoppable. | Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report claimed on Saturday that Bloomberg's campaign considers the idea of a Mike/Hillary ticket a "formidable force." Citing sources "close to" the campaign, Drudge said that Bloomberg would go as far as changing his official residence from New York to one of his properties in Colorado or Florida, "since the electoral college makes it hard for a POTUS and VPOTUS from…

RT (2020-02-15). With Sanders surging in the polls, Israel lobby spends big bucks to sink his chances in Nevada. rt.com After emerging as the Democratic frontrunner in wake of Iowa and New Hampshire primaries, Bernie Sanders heads to Nevada leading in polls but facing new opposition: the Israel lobby and its vast cash reserves. | Despite being pipped at…

William Hawes (2020-02-15). What "That's Not Realistic" Really Means: Bernie Sanders, Social Democracy, and Capitalist Apologetics. dissidentvoice.org When discussing politics, or listening to pundits in the mainstream media in the run up to the 2020 presidential election, you've probably heard a common refrain: certain policies are "not realistic." It's similar to the close-minded remark that certain politicians, such as Bernie Sanders, have issues regarding their "electability". What are these elites and people …

Anis Shivani (2020-02-15). So Many More People Understand the Meaning of Neoliberalism Today, and That's a Huge Thing. commondreams.org Democratic presidential candidates former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former Vice President Joe Biden greet each other prior to the start of the Democratic presidential primary debate in the Sullivan Arena at St. Anselm College on February 07, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/buttigieg-sanders-biden-nhdebate.jpg

Jamie Peck (2020-02-15). Bernie Sanders Can Beat Trump with His Liberal Vision for America. Primary Voters Know It. commondreams.org Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) takes the stage during a primary night event on February 11, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/bernie-wins-nh-2020-955px.jpg

Staff (2020-02-15). Bloomberg Is Emerging as Corporate Media's Preferred Opposition to Sanders. truthout.org Coming out of the first two Democratic primary states, with Bernie Sanders leading in votes and Pete Buttigieg leading in delegates, who is "starting to dominate the national political debate like no one in the past five years other than President Donald Trump"? | According to NBC's Jonathan Allen (

WSWS (2020-02-15). Sanders surge in poll sparks backlash in Democratic establishment. wsws.org The growing support for a self-styled "democratic socialist" has been met by anti-communist diatribes and media smears.

Ralph Nader (2020-02-15). "Democratic Socialism" — Bring it on Corporate Socialists! commondreams.org Vice President Henry Wallace (left) with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Our government today is of, by, and for the dominant corporations. Such private power dominating our government in so many reported ways was called "fascism" in 1938 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a formal message to Congress. (Photo: Library of Congress) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/wallace_roosevelt_0.jpg

Laura Flanders (2020-02-15). Democracy vs. Dictatorship: Don't Let Bloomberg Muddy That Choice. commondreams.org Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg speaks during the kickoff of his "Get it Done Express" bus tour as a protester holds up a sign reading "Billionaires Should Not Buy Elections" at the Dollarhide Community Center in Compton, California on February 3, 2020. (Photo: Frederic J. Bown / AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/bloomberg_social_security_2020_0.jpg

Zach D. Roberts (2020-02-15). New Hampshire 2020: This is just the beginning. nationofchange.org "This is a democracy problem. Yes, Donald Trump is a great threat to our way of life… but the reality is that he is a symptom of a larger disease."

John Nichols (2020-02-15). Trump Wants You to Ignore His Republican Challenger. thenation.com Trump Wants You to Ignore His Republican Challenger…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-02-14). Warren calls for impeachment of the Attorney General. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has become the first prominent lawmaker to demand House impeachment of GOP President Donald Trump's attorney general, William Barr, for Barr's kowtowing to Trump's demand to cut the court sentence of convicted top Trump campaign fixer and lackey Roger Stone. Together, the Trump-Barr sequence represents "a descent into …

Michael Brennan (2020-02-14). Timeline: How the DNC Manipulated 2016 Presidential Race. counterpunch.org December 16, 2014: President Obama signs into law omnibus spending bill that increases maximum possible individual political contributions from $129,600 annually to $777,600, substantially increasing the amount of money flowing through party committees. (Congressional Research Services) April 7, 2015: A Clinton campaign memo to the DNC articulates "Pied Piper" strategy to elevate the most extreme Republican candidates: "Our hope

Mike Miller (2020-02-14). Race and Class: Overcoming the Divides. counterpunch.org Preface The forthcoming 2020 election is again highlighting the country's apparently deep divides on race and class. A common formulation is that a hopelessly racist White working class is locked into the new Trump Republican Party which consciously has adopted a divide-and-conquer strategy based on race. The mainstream Democratic Party hope is that an electoral

RT (2020-02-14). Information wars: GOP lawmaker on quest to officially declare CNN and the Washington Post 'fake news'. rt.com In these times of political division, Americans on the far ends of the political spectrum often accuse each other of misinformation — but one GOP lawmaker wants CNN and the Washington Post to be officially declared "fake news." | Micah Van Huss, a Republican state lawmaker from Tennessee, has introduced a

Mark Gruenberg (2020-02-14). Senate follows House in banning money for Trump war on Iran. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—By a bipartisan 55-45 vote on Feb. 13, the GOP-run Senate followed the Democratic-run House and barred saber-rattling Donald Trump from spending any military money to make war on Iran. Eight Republicans joined all 45 Democrats and both independents in voting against Trump and against war on Iran. One of the eight, Maine's Susan Collins, …

Andrew Levine (2020-02-14). Mayor Mike, Worse Than Mayor Pete. counterpunch.org Michael Bloomberg is essentially an old school Republican. He hates Trump, the worst American president ever, but he loved George W. Bush, the second worst president in modern times. He may honestly think that black and brown lives matter, but, as mayor of New York City, he showed, time and again, that, for him gentrification — and its concomitants, mass incarceration of young black and Latino men, and brutal "law and order" policing

Staff (2020-02-14). One Billion Rising: Eve Ensler & Taína Asili Mark V-Day and Campaign to End Sexual Violence. democracynow.org This Valentine's Day, people around the world are taking to the streets to protest violence against women and girls. From the Philippines to India to Italy to Bolivia, thousands of women in more than 100 countries will reclaim public space through dance and performance as part of a global movement called One Billion Rising. The movement takes its name from the shocking statistic that one in three women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. One Billion Rising started on Valentine's Day 2012 and has continued to grow every year since. Participants say they won't stop dancing until violence…

Staff (2020-02-14). Post-Impeachment, House Democrats Set Sights on Barr. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — House Democrats frustrated over Democrats have demanded more information about Barr's intervention in the case of Roger Stone, a longtime Trump confidant who was

Robert Reich (2020-02-14). Robert Reich: Bloomberg Wants to Buy Our Democracy. truthdig.com If the former mayor of New York prevails in November, he could usher in a new American oligarchy. Let's hope it never comes to that.

David Rosen (2020-02-14). Sanders vs. the Establishment Democrats: McGovern All Over Again? counterpunch.org It's a perfect time to recall a famous quote from one of the nation's foremost philosophers, Yogi Berra: Its "déjà vu all over again." Is the Democratic Party replaying the lost saga of 2016 but with a very 2020 twist? Bernie Sander (D-VT) appears to have been robbed of the 2016 nomination, beaten out by Hillary Clinton (Sec. of

Staff (2020-02-14). Rep. Rashida Tlaib: Trump's "Racist" Plan Would Legalize the Theft of Palestinian Land. democracynow.org We continue our conversation with Congressmember Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress. She responds to President Trump's Middle East plan, under which Israel would gain sovereignty over large areas of the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem would be under total Israeli control, and all Jewish settlers in the occupied territory would be allowed to remain in their homes. Tlaib says the plan was formulated with a "racist lens" that ignores Palestinian lives and aspirations. Tlaib says she wants people "to know what the human impact is of taking people's land, taking people's…

Special to People's World (2020-02-14). Sanders says his health plan would protect culinary workers in Nevada. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday issued a statement saying his Medicare for All plan would protect the benefits workers with good union-negotiated health plans currently have. He issued the statement after Culinary Workers Union Local 226 announced it would not endorse in the 2020 Nevada Democratic caucus: "I very much appreciate the struggle …

Julie Hollar (2020-02-14). Pundits Look to Bloomberg as Their Anti-Sanders Savior. fair.org Coming out of the first two Democratic primary states, with Bernie Sanders leading in votes and Pete Buttigieg leading in delegates, who is "starting to dominate the national political debate like no one in the past five years other than President Donald Trump"? | According to NBC's Jonathan Allen (

Staff (2020-02-14). Detroit Overtaxed Residents by $600M, Causing Foreclosure Crisis. Residents Are Now Fighting Back. democracynow.org In Detroit, a showdown between progressive lawmakers and the city is taking on racist housing policies that robbed African Americans in Detroit of their homes and widened the racial wealth gap. On Thursday, the Coalition for Property Tax Justice announced a class-action lawsuit against the city of Detroit, Wayne County and the state of Michigan in response to unfair property tax foreclosures. One in four Detroit properties have been subject to property tax foreclosure, a level comparable only to tax foreclosure rates during the Great Depression. According to legal experts, many of the foreclosures were caused by…

Joseph Natoli (2020-02-14). Vichy Democrats vs. the Master Voice. counterpunch.org One reading of the present shows us a hyped economic reality but also political and cultural realities hyped so far that simulacra is quite easily digested and regurgitated as reality. In a world of simulacra, reality is not only a vacated former presence, like a former tenant, but unrecognizable in any reappearance. It's a war

Russell Mokhiber (2020-02-14). NPR and the Escalating Attack on Single-Payer Health Care. counterpunch.org National Public Radio's Mara Liasson this weekend entered a new term into the corporate liberal establishment's attack on single payer healthcare. Mandatory Medicare for All. As in — do you want Bernie Sanders' Mandatory Medicare for All — or Mayor Pete Buttigieg's Voluntary Medicare for Those Who Want It? It was the first time that

David Swanson (2020-02-14). Why This Election Is Different. counterpunch.org Elections, I think most of us can agree, usually bring out the idiocy, superficiality, and illogic in everyone who can muster any. Imagine supporting, as many did, Sanders and then Trump because they were both "outsiders." On Tuesday, I heard somebody on CNN announce that Sanders and Klobuchar were both "change candidates" (because you'd have

Staff (2020-02-14). Headlines for February 14, 2020. democracynow.org Senate Passes Resolution Limiting Trump's War Powers Authority, Attorney General William Barr Criticizes Trump's Tweets, Bloomberg Criticized for Falsely Blaming 2008 Crisis on End of Redlining, Top Wall Street Executives on Biden Guest List for Manhattan Fundraiser, Ex-Ohio State Wrestler Says Rep. Jim Jordan Begged Him to Cover Up Sexual Abuse, Last Month Was Hottest January on Record, Indigenous Anti-Pipeline Blockades Cripple Canada's Rail Transportation, Intercept: Canadian Fossil Fuel Company "Bought" Oregon Sheriff Department Unit, Judge Temporarily Blocks Microsoft-Pentagon Contract After Amazon Lawsuit,…

Niles Niemuth (2020-02-14). Black Democrats Endorse Bloomberg after Release of Racist Boasts on "Stop-and-frisk" globalresearch.ca An audio recording was released Tuesday in which the billionaire Democratic Party presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg boasts that the "stop-and-frisk" policy he championed as mayor of New York deliberately targeted minority youth. | In the openly racist comments, made before an …

Andre Damon (2020-02-14). Trump Pledges to Veto Senate "War Powers Resolution", Uses Pentagon Funds to Build Border Wall. globalresearch.ca Strengthened by the failure of the Democrats' impeachment drive, President Donald Trump has accelerated his efforts to expand the powers of the presidency in every sphere. | On Thursday, the Senate approved a symbolic bill instructing the White House to "terminate …

news.un (2020-02-14). Guinea-Bissau: Swearing-in of new President unlikely to bring stability, says UN representative. news.un.org Political discord in Guinea-Bissau could hamper the first-ever peaceful transfer of power to a democratically elected leader, the top UN official in the West African country told the Security Council on Friday.

WSWS (2020-02-14). Trump pledges to veto war powers resolution, uses Pentagon funds to build border wall. wsws.org Strengthened by the failure of the Democrats' impeachment drive, President Trump has accelerated his efforts to expand the powers of the presidency in every sphere.

Fight Back (2020-02-14). Major anti-war groups join the Coalition to March on the DNC. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – As the July 13 start of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) draws closer, the Coalition to March on the DNC has risen to the occasion. Since the start of the new year, the coalition has seen tremendous gains. | Between leading a 2000-person demonstration against Donald Trump when he visited Milwaukee on January 14 and butting heads with the city while trying to host a press conference to announce a lawsuit for our right to protest, traffic to the Facebook page has increased dramatically, including numerous inquiries about how people can get more involved. | Perhaps the most significant indica…

WSWS (2020-02-14). Growth of fascistic attacks on refugees in Greece. wsws.org A thousand threads tie the fascistic thugs on the streets hunting down refugees to the ruling Greek capitalist party, New Democracy.

WSWS (2020-02-14). Workers at GM's Silao, Mexico plant charge union with stuffing ballots during recognition vote. wsws.org The effort by General Motors and the Confederation of Mexican Workers to certify their contract at the Silao complex is a warning to workers across Mexico about the anti-democratic content of the government's supposed labor reforms.

Robert L. Borosage (2020-02-14). What We Already Owe to Bernie Sanders. thenation.com What We Already Owe to Bernie Sanders…

Jeet Heer (2020-02-14). How Can Warren Win? By Attacking Bloomberg. thenation.com How Can Warren Win? By Attacking Bloomberg.

Sasha Abramsky (2020-02-14). Republicans Have Made It Clear They Will Let Trump Become a Dictator. Will We? thenation.com Republicans Have Made It Clear They Will Let Trump Become a Dictator. Will We?

Eric Alterman (2020-02-14). The Modern GOP Is Built on Lies. thenation.com The Modern GOP Is Built on Lies…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-02-14). Polling Shows Sanders Extending Lead Among Hispanics Ahead of Nevada Caucuses. commondreams.org "Bernie Sanders is building the most diverse movement in America." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie_sanders_38_0.jpg

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-02-14). Warren Slams Bloomberg for Blaming 2008 Financial Meltdown On End of Redlining Policy. commondreams.org Sen. Elizabeth Warren drew cheers from a crowd of 4,000 supporters in Arlington, Virginia Thursday as she slammed former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his recently-resurfaced comments about discriminatory housing practices. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/picmonkey_image7_0.jpg

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-02-14). DCCC-Backed Incumbent Henry Cuellar Gets Support From Koch Network As Progressive Primary Challenger Jessica Cisneros Picks Up Union Endorsements. commondreams.org Cuellar is hosting a fundraiser in Laredo with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on February 22. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/cisneros_0_0_0.jpeg

CounterSpin (2020-02-14). Jim Naureckas on Democratic Primaries, Nina Luo on Decriminalizing Sex Work. fair.org Media…

Nick Pemberton (2020-02-14). The Overwhelming Sex Appeal Of Bernie Sanders. counterpunch.org "the obligation to confess is now relayed through so many different points…that we no longer perceive it as the effect of a power that constrains us" —Michel Foucault Happy Valentines Day to all Bernie Bros, Bernie Gals, and non-binary Berners. The first time I heard the Daddy component of Bernie Sanders explained was when Jeffrey

Staff (2020-02-14). The Corporate Media Is Directly Profiting from Mike Bloomberg's Rise as He Spends Fortune on TV Ads. democracynow.org Billionaire Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is rising in the polls in the wake of the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. Democracy Now! co-host Juan González speaks with us about Bloomberg's approach to campaign spending, the administration's policies during his three terms as mayor of New York City and the scores of lawsuits filed against Bloomberg and his company. "It's amazing to me that Michael Bloomberg is getting as much attention as he is," González says.

RT (2020-02-13). US Senate strikes symbolic blow against Trump by limiting war powers toward Iran with new resolution. rt.com The US Senate has passed a resolution limiting President Donald Trump's war powers in the case of Iran. The measure would only allow the president authority to strike in the case of self-defense or an imminent attack. | Eight Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the measure, which was passed 55-45. The resolution fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto, meaning this resolution is more symbolic than anything. | The president made his feelings on the War Powers Resolution clear on Wednesday when he tweeted that Iran would "have a field day" if his hands "were tied" due…

Staff (2020-02-13). Did Amy Klobuchar Send an Innocent Teenager to Life in Prison? Questions Mount over Her Record as DA. democracynow.org After a surprising third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is attempting to gain ground in the national polls. But Klobuchar is also facing mounting scrutiny over her record as a district attorney in Minnesota. The Minneapolis NAACP, Black Lives Matter Twin Cities and other racial justice groups recently called on Klobuchar to suspend her presidential campaign following a shocking investigation by the Associated Press. The AP report centered on the case of Myon Burrell, an African-American teenager who was sentenced to life in prison over the 2002 murder of 11-year-old Tye…

Staff (2020-02-13). The Wet'suwet'en Fight Against New Pipeline Spreads Across Canada with Blockades & Occupations. democracynow.org A major anti-pipeline struggle continues in Canada, where protests have broken out across the country in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en land defenders whose sovereign land in northern British Columbia was raided last week and over the weekend by Canadian police. Dozens were arrested in the days-long raid of unceded indigenous territories, where hereditary chiefs have been in a protracted battle to protect their land from the construction of TransCanada's 400-mile, $4.7 billion Coastal GasLink pipeline. The raids took place about 700 miles north of Vancouver and sparked outrage across the country. In Ontario, a Moha…

Staff (2020-02-13). "Traumatizing from the Get-Go": Weinstein Trial Exposes Flawed Approach to Sexual Assault Cases. democracynow.org We continue our conversation about the trial of alleged sexual predator Harvey Weinstein, ahead of the scheduled start of opening arguments today. Weinstein is facing five felony charges, based on accusations brought forth by two women in the case, and, if convicted, could face up to life in prison. Last week, one of his accusers, Jessica Mann, broke down and went into an apparent panic attack during questioning from Weinstein's lawyers, forcing the judge to adjourn proceedings for the day. Mann was made to read past emails to a boyfriend, in which she disclosed she had been sexually assaulted before meeting Wein…

Leonard C. Goodman (2020-02-13). The Iowa fiasco and the Democrats' shadowy plot to stop Bernie. mronline.org Yogi Berra, the great Yankees catcher, had the memorable line, "It's like deja vu all over again." Bernie Sanders supporters might have been thinking the same thing after the fiasco of the Iowa caucuses. |

Peter Bolton (2020-02-13). Sanders is currently the 2020 frontrunner — but could it be 2016 all over again? thecanary.co Bernie Sanders has won the most votes in the Outright victory in New Hampshire. But not in Iowa…: | On 11 February, pr…

Paul Kawika Martin (2020-02-13). Peace Action: Senate Reclaims War Powers to Thwart Iran War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — February 13, 2020 — In response to the Senate passing the bipartisan bill — S.J.Res.68 — that would thwart President Trump from going to war with Iran and end any current hostilities, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "It's about time …

Staff (2020-02-13). Headlines for February 13, 2020. democracynow.org Attorney General William Barr to Testify Before House Judiciary Committee, Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus Skyrocket in Hubei, China, Bloomberg Would Pay Billions Less Under His Tax Plan Than Sanders', U.N. Releases List of 100 Companies Linked to Israeli-Occupied West Bank Settlements, Mexico: Outrage over Murder of 25-Year-Old Ingrid Escamilla, Former Guatemalan Presidential Candidate Sentenced to 15 Years by U.S. Court, 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill May Have Been 30% Bigger Than Thought, New York Has Highest Number of Premature Deaths from Out-of-State Air Pollution, El Paso Walmart Shooter Pleads Not Guilty…

Alexander Rubinstein (2020-02-13). State-backed Alliance for Securing Democracy disinfo shop falsely smears The Grayzone as 'state-backed'. thegrayzone.com In painting critical reporting on the Iowa caucuses debacle as a Russian plot, a Western government-backed information warfare shop smeared…

Fight Back (2020-02-13). Duterte continues US military control of the Philippines despite VFA termination notice. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following February 11 statement By Jose Maria Sison, National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Chief Political Consultant. | The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) notice of termination takes effect after 180 days. The people cannot be sure that Duterte will not change his mind within that lengthy period. Previously, Duterte postured about terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement but after a few months allowed Balikatan exercises under VFA. | In the meantime, there are other military treaties with the US: Mutual Defense Treaty, Mutual Logistics Support Agreement…

Joan Walsh (2020-02-13). Democrats Should Welcome Michael Bloomberg to Their Debates—ASAP. thenation.com Democrats Should Welcome Michael Bloomberg to Their Debates—ASAP…

Susan Price (2020-02-13). United States: Sanders versus the Democratic establishment. greenleft.org.au In the presidential contest between Republican George W Bush and the Democratic Party's Al Gore in 2000, confusing layouts on ballots in Florida — where Bush's younger brother Jeb was governor — resulte…

Democracy Now! (2020-02-13). First Nations Pipeline Protest: 14 Land Protectors Arrested as Canadian Police Raid Indigenous Camp. dissidentvoice.org In Canada, armed forces raided native Wet'suwet'en territory in British Columbia Monday, with at least 14 arrests being reported. Land defenders faced off with Royal Canadian Mounted Police as the police breached two checkpoints set up to keep pipeline workers out of protected territory. Indigenous leaders are reportedly being blocked from their territory. TransCanada Corporation …

Staff (2020-02-12). Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire Primary with Key Support from Youth Voters. democracynow.org Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has won the New Hampshire primary a week after he won the popular vote in Iowa. As of Wednesday morning, with 89% of precincts reporting, Sanders has 25.8% of the vote, narrowly beating former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is at 24.4%. Senator Amy Klobuchar placed third with nearly 20% of the vote. Both Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden received under 10% of the vote, after seeing their support plummet in recent weeks and months. At a celebration in Manchester, Bernie Sanders said his victory in New Hampshire is the beginning of the end for Donal…

RT (2020-02-12). What about stopping endless wars? Trump urges GOP to vote down Iran war resolution because it's a partisan ploy by Democrats. rt.com US President Donald Trump says the resolution that would block him from using force against Iran is a partisan trick by Democrats, even though he campaigned on a peace platform and some of his closest allies support the proposal. | "We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness," Trump tweeted on Wednesday, adding that Tehran would "have a field day" if his hands were tied. | "The Democrats are only doing this as an attempt to embarrass the Republican Party. Don't let it happen!" he urged the GOP majority. ….If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day. Sends a very bad s…

Staff (2020-02-12). South Bend Politician: I Worked with Pete Buttigieg. He Did Not Respect Black Residents' Struggles. democracynow.org 2020 presidential candidate and former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg has surprised many with his strong showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, two of the country's whitest states. But as the race moves on to South Carolina and Nevada, Buttigieg continues to poll extremely low with African-American voters. His own former constituents are condemning his treatment of the black community in South Bend during his time as mayor, calling out systemic racism in the police force. During Buttigieg's tenure, black residents were 4.3 times more likely to be arrested for possessing marijuana than white people. We…

Staff (2020-02-12). Feminist Scholar Barbara Smith on Identity Politics & Why She Supports Bernie Sanders for President. democracynow.org We speak with the legendary African-American feminist scholar Barbara Smith. She is a founder of the Combahee River Collective and of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press. Barbara Smith recently wrote a column in The Guardian newspaper titled "I helped coin the term 'identity politics'. I'm endorsing Bernie Sanders." Her latest book is "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith."

RT (2020-02-12). Iowa Democratic Party chair RESIGNS over caucus disaster. rt.com The Iowa caucuses fiasco has cost the state's Democratic Party chair Troy Price his job, as the final results are still unavailable due to recanvass and recount bids by frustrated candidates. | "While it is my desire to stay in this role and see this process through to completion, I do believe it is time for the Iowa Democratic Party to begin looking forward, and my presence in my current role makes that more difficult," Price wrote on Wednesday to the state party's Central Committee. | Troy Price will resign as the chair of the Iowa Democratic Party. This is his letter of resignation sent to the state central…

RT (2020-02-12). Sanders edges out Buttigieg to win New Hampshire primary after neck-and-neck race — projections. rt.com Senator Bernie Sanders came out on top in the hotly contested Democratic primary in New Hampshire on Tuesday, with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg finishing second, projections show. | The Vermont independent claimed victory in the New Hampshire primary after multiple outlets called the vote in his favor. | Addressing his supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire, Sanders described US President Donald Trump "as the most dangerous president in the history of this country," vowing to stop him from keeping the Oval Office for four more years. | "This victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump," Sande…

Staff (2020-02-12). Meet the Journalist Who Exposed Bloomberg's Racist Defense of Targeting Black & Brown Youth. democracynow.org "#BloombergIsRacist." That's the hashtag that's trending on Twitter since audio of remarks made by 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg surfaced earlier this week. In the clip from the 2015 Aspen Institute, Bloomberg is heard defending the New York City Police Department's controversial "stop-and-frisk" policies, saying, "Ninety-five percent of your murders and murderers and murdered victims fit one MO. You can just take the description, xerox it and pass it out to all the cops." He continues, "They are male minorities, 15 to 25. That's true in New York. It's true…

RT (2020-02-12). Former Goldman Sachs CEO says Sanders presidency would 'ruin our economy,' gets blasted on Twitter. rt.com An ex-CEO of Goldman Sachs who helped cause the 2008 financial crisis has claimed Bernie Sanders would ruin the economy and "screw up the US" if elected president, prompting Twitter to remind him of the Great Recession. | Billionaire Lloyd Blankfein tweeted on Wednesday that Sanders is "just as polarizing as Trump AND he'll ruin [the American] economy and doesn't care about [the American] military," before adding: "If I'm Russian, I go with Sanders this time around." | If Dems go on to nominate Sanders, the Russians will have to reconsider who to work for to best screw up the US. Sanders is just as polarizing…

Staff (2020-02-12). Headlines for February 12, 2020. democracynow.org Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire Primary, Andrew Yang and Michael Bennet Drop Out of Presidential Race, Federal Prosecutors Quit Roger Stone Case Amid Fight with DOJ Officials, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Rejects Trump's Middle East Plan in U.N. Speech, Trump Conditionally Approves Peace Deal with the Taliban, WHO Warns Coronavirus Poses "Grave Threat" to World, Opposition Leader Juan Guaidó Heckled and Protested Upon Return to Venezuela, Report: 40% of Guatemalan, Honduran & Salvadoran Migrants Fled After Relatives Killed, WSJ: ICE & CPB Use Cellphone Location Data from Games, Apps to Arrest Immigrants,…

Alan Macleod (2020-02-12). New Hampshire Primaries Paint a Picture of Modern Day Class War in America. mintpressnews.com While the primary totals for Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg were relatively close, their support came from radically different segments of the population.

Neema Singh Guliani (2020-02-12). Deadline Looming, Strongest Surveillance Reform Bill Yet Emerges. aclu.org Congress has just five weeks to decide the fate of key foreign | intelligence surveillance powers — forcing a showdown between surveillance | reformers and defenders. And now, a group of Republicans and Democrats have | unveiled the strongest comprehensive reform proposal that we have seen | yet. | The Safeguarding Americans' Private Records Act of 2020, introduced by a

news.un (2020-02-12). DR Congo Ebola outbreak still an international public health concern. news.un.org The Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains an international public health concern, experts meeting in Geneva concluded on Wednesday.

Elie Mystal (2020-02-12). They Rocked New Hampshire—but Pete and Amy Still Can't Win Over Black Voters. thenation.com They Rocked New Hampshire—but Pete and Amy Still Can't Win Over Black Voters…

Jeet Heer (2020-02-12). The Primaries Are Protecting Trump. thenation.com The Primaries Are Protecting Trump…

Jeffrey Cox (2020-02-12). The Disastrous Iowa Caucuses Were Just the Beginning. thenation.com The Disastrous Iowa Caucuses Were Just the Beginning…

RT (2020-02-12). 'Too polite'? Bette Midler says Dems must 'toughen up' in wake of car attack on GOP volunteers. rt.com One of President Donald Trump's most vocal critics, actress and musician Bette Midler, thinks Democrats need to "toughen up" in their fight against the GOP, even after a Florida man was jailed for physically attacking Republicans. | During one of her anti-Trump tirades on Tuesday night — calling him a "fascist" and "dictator" this time — Midler lashed out at her own party as well. | "Democrats haven't learned a goddamned thing," she tweeted, shaming the party for being "too polite" and urging them to "toughen up" when taking on conservatives. "They play dirty," she said of Republicans, before addin…

Staff (2020-02-11). Molly Crabapple: Bloomberg Is a Billionaire Republican Who Terrorized Black & Brown Youth. democracynow.org Polls open Tuesday in New Hampshire for the first primary of the 2020 presidential cycle. The Democratic candidates have been criss-crossing the state in the days leading up to the vote, which has even more significance this year following the muddled results of the Iowa caucuses. We continue our conversation with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and a former New Hampshire legislator; Norman Solomon, co-founder and national coordinator of RootsAction.org, which is supporting Bernie Sanders; and we are joined in New York by Molly Crabapple, an artist, writer and activist who recently pu…

Julie Hollar (2020-02-11). ABC Asking for Attacks Was a Lazy Way to Run a Debate. fair.org You knew it was going to be a long night when ABC's After asking Joe Biden about the "risks" of nominating Bernie Sanders (or Pete Buttigieg)—setting Biden up to…

Staff (2020-02-11). Trump's New Budget Funds Endless War & Nuclear Weapons While Slashing Aid to Poor & Hungry Americans. democracynow.org President Trump unveiled his 2021 budget request Monday, proposing massive cuts to Medicaid and food stamps while increasing spending on the military and his border wall. The $4.8 trillion budget would slash Environmental Protection Agency spending by more than a quarter while allocating $18 billion for Trump's newly established Space Force. Trump is also requesting billions more for nuclear weapons, including a new submarine-launched nuclear warhead. Experts and Democratic lawmakers warn that increasing the nuclear stockpile will increase the likelihood of nuclear war and defy international agreements. Democrats…

Staff (2020-02-11). Despite Corporate Media's "War on Bernie," Sanders Rides Wave of Support into New Hampshire Primary. democracynow.org Polls have opened in New Hampshire for the first primary of the election season. The vote comes eight days after the still-disputed Iowa caucuses, where both Senator Bernie Sanders and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg claimed victory. Both candidates have asked for a partial recanvass of the results. We speak with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and a former New Hampshire legislator, and Norman Solomon, co-founder and national coordinator of RootsAction.org, which is supporting Bernie Sanders.

Staff (2020-02-11). Who Can Beat Trump? After Iowa Caucus Debacle, Stakes Increase for New Hampshire Primary. democracynow.org As voters head to the polls in New Hampshire for the nation's first presidential primary, we speak with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and former Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

Staff (2020-02-11). A Victory for Vulture Funds: Puerto Rico's Unelected Financial Control Board Strikes Debt Deal. democracynow.org Puerto Rico's financial control board has struck a deal with bondholders to shed about $24 billion from its general obligation debt. The deal announced Sunday will cut the island's outstanding general obligation debt from $35 billion to about $11 billion; however, the island would have to pay about $3.8 billion upfront. The agreement will still need to be approved by Puerto Rico's Legislature. Puerto Rico's financial control board filed for bankruptcy in 2017 to attempt to restructure $129 billion in debt. The board, which is often referred to as "La Junta," is an unelected board that runs much of Puerto Rico's e…

Staff (2020-02-11). Headlines for February 11, 2020. democracynow.org New Hampshire Voters Head to Polls for First Primary of 2020, Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 1,000, with Over 42,000 Confirmed Cases, Chuck Schumer Calls for Investigation into Trump's Retaliation-Motivated Firings, DOJ Reviewing Ukraine Info from Giuliani, DOJ Charges 4 Chinese Military Hackers in 2017 Equifax Breach, El Salvador President Bukele and Armed Officers Confront Lawmakers over Military Funding, Fears Mount for 5 Activists Detained in Philippines, Sinn Féin Scores Major Victory in Ireland, Syrian and Turkish Forces Step Up Attacks as 100,000s Face Humanitarian Disaster, Massive Locust Swarms Threaten Cro…

Staff (2020-02-10). Headlines for February 10, 2020. democracynow.org Coronavirus Deaths Soar as First U.S. Citizen Succumbs to Disease, Iowa Dem. Party Officially Gives Buttigieg the Lead as Candidates Prepare for New Hampshire Vote, Trump Budget Seeks Boost to Military and Nuclear Spending, Cuts to Social Programs and EPA, Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan, Trump Fires Key Impeachment Figures Following Acquittal, Thai Soldier Kills 29 People in Shooting Rampage, Brazilian Police Kill Hitman Suspected of Involvement in Marielle Franco's Assassination, Temperature Reaches Record-Breaking 65 Degrees in Antarctica, Extinction Rebellion Activists Demand New York Divest from Foss…

Staff (2020-02-10). "Our Very Existence Is the Resistance": An Hour w/ AOC, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib & Ilhan Omar. democracynow.org On Friday, Democracy Now! co-host Nermeen Shaikh sat down for a rare joint interview with the Squad, the group of four freshmen Democratic congresswomen who have taken Capitol Hill by storm: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Omar and Tlaib are the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Omar is a former refugee from Somalia, and Tlaib is the first female Palestinian-American member of Congress. Ayanna Pressley is the first African-American woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts. Ocasio-Cortez was just 29 years old w…

Bernie Sanders (2020-02-08). Hasan Sits Down With Bernie Sanders. zcomm.org Interview on aging and retirement in America…

Alexander Rubinstein (2020-02-08). Media darling Pete Buttigieg was in unit that worked with the CIA in Afghanistan. thegrayzone.com While Buttigieg's campaign denies allegations he was a CIA asset, military records reveal Mayor Pete was in a unit that…

Staff (2020-02-07). Laurie Garrett: World Can't Let Racist Attitudes Impact Handling of Coronavirus Outbreak. democracynow.org The Chinese doctor who warned the government about a possible coronavirus outbreak has died after contracting the virus while working at Wuhan Central Hospital. Thirty-four-year-old ophthalmologist Li Wenliang warned his fellow medical workers about coronavirus on December 30. He was then investigated by police and accused of "making false comments." His death has sparked a wave of anger and outrage in China, where the hashtag "We want freedom of speech" went viral on Chinese social media site Weibo this week. The death toll from the coronavirus has now topped 630 people in China, with more than 31,000 confirmed…

Julie Hollar (2020-02-07). Manufacturing Success: CNN's Premature Parade for Buttigieg in Iowa. fair.org Four days after the Iowa caucuses took place, no victor has been declared and the vote remains mired in controversy and irregularities. But if you've been watching CNN for the last few days, you could be excused for imagining Pete Buttigieg had won. | Some at CNN simply took it as fact that Buttigieg had won Iowa—like David Axelrod, who declared (

Aaron Maté (2020-02-07). Iowa debacle fueled by anti-Bernie billionaires, Russiagate hucksters, failed DNC elites. thegrayzone.com Max Blumenthal breaks down the shadowy network of billionaires, Democratic elites, and Russiagate profiteers behind the Shadow app that ruined…

2020-02-16: Social Media Postees

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Tulsi Gabbard: A Political Postmortem
William Kaufman | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-16
The all-or-nothing New Hampshire gamble of Tulsi Gabbard has come up snake eyes. As I write, with 98 percent of the vote tallied, she is in seventh place, with a meager 3.3 percent of the vote, behind Tom Steyer. It is hard to imagine any path forward for her. And, frankly, one must acknowledge that …
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Desperate much? Biden takes a dig at Sanders for not distancing himself ENOUGH from 'supporters' attacking a Latino union
rt.com | 2020-02-16
Hoping to bounce back from dismal early election results, former VP Joe Biden chastised Senator Bernie Sanders for not disowning supporters that harassed members of a Nevada Latino-majority union

Desperate much? Biden takes a dig at Sanders for not distancing himself ENOUGH from 'supporters' attacking a Latino union
rt.com | 2020-02-16
Hoping to bounce back from dismal early election results, former VP Joe Biden chastised Senator Bernie Sanders for not disowning supporters that harassed members of a Nevada Latino-majority union

Medicare for All Would Save $450 Billion and Prevent 68,000 Deaths Every Year
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-16
Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday applauded a new study published today by a team of epidemiologists in the peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet, which found that Medicare for All will save Americans $450 billion and prevent 68,000 unnecessary deaths each and every year. | "This study confirms that Medicare for All will save the American people $450 billion on health ca…
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Grand Opening – Negro Bar State Park Trail Loop
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2020-02-16
Negro Bar State Park | Folsom Lake Recreational Area…
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In the Revolutionary Vanguard of the Civil War: Harriet Tubman, Fighter for Black Freedom
Spartacist League | indybay.org | 2020-02-16
First Congregational Church | 2501 Harrison St., Oakland…
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In the Revolutionary Vanguard of the Civil War: Harriet Tubman, Fighter for Black Freedom
Spartacist League | indybay.org | 2020-02-16
First Congregational Church | 2501 Harrison St., Oakland…
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US-Linked South African "Crisis Pregnancy Centers" Spread Harmful Misinformation
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-16
A senior South African health official has today vowed action as openDemocracy reveals how vulnerable women and girls are being fed misinformation in US-backed "crisis pregnancy centres" across the world. | Supported by US Christian campaigners who claim close links to the Trump White House, around the world these centres appear to offer pregnant women unbiased "advice…
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White House hopeful Pete Buttigieg says he is proud of his husband
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-16
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has said he is proud of his marriage and his husband. | He was addressing comments from conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh about whether voters would elect him because he's been "kissing his husband" on stage after debates. | Mr Buttigieg, the first openly gay politician to make a serious pitch for the presidency, says America should have politics that welcomes everybody. | He added: "I'm not going to be lectured on family values from the like of Rush Limbaugh, or anybody who supports Donald J. Trump as the moral as well as the political leader of the United St…
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Family reunites with 'PKK-kidnapped' daughter in Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-16
With the efforts of Turkish security forces, another family has reunited with their daughter, who they claim was kidnapped by PKK terrorists, after five years of longing.According to security sources on Sunday, Pelda Ayhan surrendered to Turkish authorities in the Suruc district of Turkey's eastern Sanliurfa province.The mother, Gevriye Ayhan, had attended a sit-in protest against the PKK terror group in the southeastern Diyarbakir province.The protest started on Sept. 3 outside the offices of the Peoples' Democratic Party

With biryani and rice balls, Malaysia aims for halal Olympic gold
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-16
A small factory in Malaysia's capital is preparing thousands of ready-to-eat halal meals, from fried rice to chicken biryani, to be shipped off to Japan for 2020's biggest sporting event.Food firms from Muslim-majority Malaysia, are expected to be big winners from a rush of Muslim travellers to Japan for the Olympics and Paralympic Games, from late July to September."It's a huge platform and opportunity for us," said Ahmad Husaini Hassan, boss of the MyChef company making the meals in Kuala Lumpur."Our intention is not to go in and out. We've to go in and stay for the long term."Malaysia wants to use the Games as…
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Bloomberg Is Emerging as Corporate Media's Preferred Opposition to Sanders
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-15
Coming out of the first two Democratic primary states, with Bernie Sanders leading in votes and Pete Buttigieg leading in delegates, who is "starting to dominate the national political debate like no one in the past five years other than President Donald Trump"? | According to NBC's Jonathan Allen ( 2/12/20), that's former New York City mayor, erstwhile Republican, and billionaire Mi…
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So Many More People Understand the Meaning of Neoliberalism Today, and That's a Huge Thing
Anis Shivani | commondreams.org | 2020-02-15
Democratic presidential candidates former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former Vice President Joe Biden greet each other prior to the start of the Democratic presidential primary debate in the Sullivan Arena at St. Anselm College on February 07, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/buttigieg-sanders-biden-nhdebate.jpg
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Bernie Sanders Can Beat Trump with His Liberal Vision for America. Primary Voters Know It
Jamie Peck | commondreams.org | 2020-02-15
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) takes the stage during a primary night event on February 11, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/bernie-wins-nh-2020-955px.jpg
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With Sanders surging in the polls, Israel lobby spends big bucks to sink his chances in Nevada
rt.com | 2020-02-15
After emerging as the Democratic frontrunner in wake of Iowa and New Hampshire primaries, Bernie Sanders heads to Nevada leading in polls but facing new opposition: the Israel lobby and its vast cash reserves. | Despite being pipped at…
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What "That's Not Realistic" Really Means: Bernie Sanders, Social Democracy, and Capitalist Apologetics
William Hawes | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-15
When discussing politics, or listening to pundits in the mainstream media in the run up to the 2020 presidential election, you've probably heard a common refrain: certain policies are "not realistic." It's similar to the close-minded remark that certain politicians, such as Bernie Sanders, have issues regarding their "electability". What are these elites and people …
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Sanders surge in poll sparks backlash in Democratic establishment
wsws.org | 2020-02-15
The growing support for a self-styled "democratic socialist" has been met by anti-communist diatribes and media smears.
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Sanders surge in poll sparks backlash in Democratic establishment
wsws.org | 2020-02-15
The growing support for a self-styled "democratic socialist" has been met by anti-communist diatribes and media smears.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/15/elec-f15.html

Klobuchar flip-flops on immigration ahead of Nevada primary, says English SHOULDN'T be official language of US
rt.com | 2020-02-15
Senator Amy Klobuchar said that English shouldn't be the official language of the US, ahead of next week's primary in heavily Latino-populated Nevada. However, Klobuchar sang a different tune a decade ago. | Speaking at a campaign rally in Las Vegas on Friday, the three-term Minnesota senator said that she has "taken a strong position against" any legislation that would enshrine English as the US' official language. | "I think that when you look at a state like this state, and a country like ours that is so diverse, you don't want to have that provision in law," Klobuchar told the crowd. | Klobuchar's statemen…
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Germany Sees Political Fallout From Chancellor Merkel's Alliance With Far Right
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-15
Party politics is high on the agenda in Germany. A one-day alliance between Germany's anti-Semitic, far right Alternative for Germany (AfD) and Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) saw the sudden resignation of CDU party boss Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. While the CDU had, very temporarily, violated its very own non-alliance policy with the semi-fascistic AfD, internal party confli…
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Hillary for VP is 'speculation'? Bloomberg campaign brushes aside, but stops short of denying, Clinton 'running mate' claim
rt.com | 2020-02-15
A spokesman for Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg has brushed off a report he's considering taking on Hillary Clinton as a running mate without denying the rumor, and reaction on Twitter was unstoppable. | Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report claimed on Saturday that Bloomberg's campaign considers the idea of a Mike/Hillary ticket a "formidable force." Citing sources "close to" the campaign, Drudge said that Bloomberg would go as far as changing his official residence from New York to one of his properties in Colorado or Florida, "since the electoral college makes it hard for a POTUS and VPOTUS from…
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Democracy vs. Dictatorship: Don't Let Bloomberg Muddy That Choice
Laura Flanders | commondreams.org | 2020-02-15
Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg speaks during the kickoff of his "Get it Done Express" bus tour as a protester holds up a sign reading "Billionaires Should Not Buy Elections" at the Dollarhide Community Center in Compton, California on February 3, 2020. (Photo: Frederic J. Bown / AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/bloomberg_social_security_2020_0.jpg
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New Hampshire 2020: This is just the beginning
Zach D. Roberts | nationofchange.org | 2020-02-15
"This is a democracy problem. Yes, Donald Trump is a great threat to our way of life… but the reality is that he is a symptom of a larger disease."
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Trump Wants You to Ignore His Republican Challenger
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2020-02-15
Trump Wants You to Ignore His Republican Challenger…
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Tulsi Gabbard: A Political Postmortem
William Kaufman | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
The all-or-nothing New Hampshire gamble of Tulsi Gabbard has come up snake eyes. As I write, with 97 percent of the vote tallied, she is in seventh place, with a meager 3.3 percent of the vote, behind Tom Steyer. It is hard to imagine any path forward for her. And, frankly, one must acknowledge that…
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Pundits Look to Bloomberg as Their Anti-Sanders Savior
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2020-02-14
Coming out of the first two Democratic primary states, with Bernie Sanders leading in votes and Pete Buttigieg leading in delegates, who is "starting to dominate the national political debate like no one in the past five years other than President Donald Trump"? | According to NBC's Jonathan Allen ( 2/12/20), that's former New York City mayor, erstwhile Republican, and billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who has won no national delegates and is cur…
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For Media in New Hampshire, Losing Is Winning and Winning Is Losing
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2020-02-14
The results from the New Hampshire primary are in– mercifully quickly–showing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders victorious with 26% of the vote, ahead of former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg with 24%. However, it was third place Amy Klobuchar, with 20%, who seemed to draw the greatest media buzz. The Minnesota senator has received a lot of press attention of late–almost all of it positive. | Why losing is actually winning: Vox's Matthe…
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Sanders says his health plan would protect culinary workers in Nevada
Special to People's World | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-14
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Sanders says his health plan would protect culinary workers in Nevada
Special to People's World | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-14
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NPR and the Escalating Attack on Single-Payer Health Care
Russell Mokhiber | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
National Public Radio's Mara Liasson this weekend entered a new term into the corporate liberal establishment's attack on single payer healthcare. Mandatory Medicare for All. As in

NPR and the Escalating Attack on Single-Payer Health Care
Russell Mokhiber | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
National Public Radio's Mara Liasson this weekend entered a new term into the corporate liberal establishment's attack on single payer healthcare. Mandatory Medicare for All. As in

Why This Election Is Different
David Swanson | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
Elections, I think most of us can agree, usually bring out the idiocy, superficiality, and illogic in everyone who can muster any. Imagine supporting, as many did, Sanders and then Trump because they were both "outsiders." On Tuesday, I heard somebody on CNN announce that Sanders and Klobuchar were both "change candidates" (because you'd have…
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Why This Election Is Different
David Swanson | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
Elections, I think most of us can agree, usually bring out the idiocy, superficiality, and illogic in everyone who can muster any. Imagine supporting, as many did, Sanders and then Trump because they were both "outsiders." On Tuesday, I heard somebody on CNN announce that Sanders and Klobuchar were both "change candidates" (because you'd have…
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Warren calls for impeachment of the Attorney General
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-14
WASHINGTON–Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has become the first prominent lawmaker to demand House impeachment of GOP President Donald Trump's attorney general, William Barr, for Barr's kowtowing to Trump's demand to cut the court sentence of convicted top Trump campaign fixer and lackey Roger Stone. Together, the Trump-Barr sequence represents "a descent into …
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Warren calls for impeachment of the Attorney General
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-14
WASHINGTON–Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has become the first prominent lawmaker to demand House impeachment of GOP President Donald Trump's attorney general, William Barr, for Barr's kowtowing to Trump's demand to cut the court sentence of convicted top Trump campaign fixer and lackey Roger Stone. Together, the Trump-Barr sequence represents "a descent into …
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Timeline: How the DNC Manipulated 2016 Presidential Race
Michael Brennan | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
December 16, 2014: President Obama signs into law omnibus spending bill that increases maximum possible individual political contributions from $129,600 annually to $777,600, substantially increasing the amount of money flowing through party committees. (Congressional Research Services) April 7, 2015: A Clinton campaign memo to the DNC articulates "Pied Piper" strategy to elevate the most extreme Republican candidates:…
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Race and Class: Overcoming the Divides
Mike Miller | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
Preface The forthcoming 2020 election is again highlighting the country's apparently deep divides on race and class. A common formulation is that a hopelessly racist White working class is locked into the new Trump Republican Party which consciously has adopted a divide-and-conquer strategy based on race. The mainstream Democratic Party hope is that an electoral…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/14/race-and-class-overcoming-the-divides/

Information wars: GOP lawmaker on quest to officially declare CNN and the Washington Post 'fake news'
rt.com | 2020-02-14
In these times of political division, Americans on the far ends of the political spectrum often accuse each other of misinformation

Mayor Mike, Worse Than Mayor Pete
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
Michael Bloomberg is essentially an old school Republican. He hates Trump, the worst American president ever, but he loved George W. Bush, the second worst president in modern times. He may honestly think that black and brown lives matter, but, as mayor of New York City, he showed, time and again, that, for him gentrification

Senate follows House in banning money for Trump war on Iran
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-14
WASHINGTON–By a bipartisan 55-45 vote on Feb. 13, the GOP-run Senate followed the Democratic-run House and barred saber-rattling Donald Trump from spending any military money to make war on Iran. Eight Republicans joined all 45 Democrats and both independents in voting against Trump and against war on Iran. One of the eight, Maine's Susan Collins, …
peoplesworld.org/article/senate-follows-house-in-banning-money-for-trump-war-on-iran/

Mayor Mike, Worse Than Mayor Pete
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
Michael Bloomberg is essentially an old school Republican. He hates Trump, the worst American president ever, but he loved George W. Bush, the second worst president in modern times. He may honestly think that black and brown lives matter, but, as mayor of New York City, he showed, time and again, that, for him gentrification

Vichy Democrats vs. the Master Voice
Joseph Natoli | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
One reading of the present shows us a hyped economic reality but also political and cultural realities hyped so far that simulacra is quite easily digested and regurgitated as reality. In a world of simulacra, reality is not only a vacated former presence, like a former tenant, but unrecognizable in any reappearance. It's a war…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/14/vichy-democrats-vs-the-master-voice/

Trump Pledges to Veto Senate "War Powers Resolution", Uses Pentagon Funds to Build Border Wall
Andre Damon | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
Strengthened by the failure of the Democrats' impeachment drive, President Donald Trump has accelerated his efforts to expand the powers of the presidency in every sphere. | On Thursday, the Senate approved a symbolic bill instructing the White House to "terminate …
globalresearch.ca/trump-pledges-veto-war-powers-resolution-uses-pentagon-funds-build-border-wall/5703734

Sanders vs. the Establishment Democrats: McGovern All Over Again?
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
It's a perfect time to recall a famous quote from one of the nation's foremost philosophers, Yogi Berra: Its "déjà vu all over again." Is the Democratic Party replaying the lost saga of 2016 but with a very 2020 twist? Bernie Sander (D-VT) appears to have been robbed of the 2016 nomination, beaten out by Hillary Clinton (Sec. of…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/14/sanders-vs-the-establishment-democrats-mcgovern-all-over-again/

Major anti-war groups join the Coalition to March on the DNC
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-14
Milwaukee, WI – As the July 13 start of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) draws closer, the Coalition to March on the DNC has risen to the occasion. Since the start of the new year, the coalition has seen tremendous gains. | Between leading a 2000-person demonstration against Donald Trump when he visited Milwaukee on January 14 and butting heads with the city while trying to host a press conference to announce a lawsuit for our right to protest, traffic to the Facebook page has increased dramatically, including numerous inquiries about how people can get more involved. | Perhaps the most significant indica…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/2/13/major-anti-war-groups-join-coalition-march-dnc

Black Democrats Endorse Bloomberg after Release of Racist Boasts on "Stop-and-frisk"
Niles Niemuth | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
An audio recording was released Tuesday in which the billionaire Democratic Party presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg boasts that the "stop-and-frisk" policy he championed as mayor of New York deliberately targeted minority youth. | In the openly racist comments, made before an …
globalresearch.ca/black-democrats-endorse-bloomberg-release-racist-boasts-stop-frisk/5703730

Trump pledges to veto war powers resolution, uses Pentagon funds to build border wall
wsws.org | 2020-02-14
Strengthened by the failure of the Democrats' impeachment drive, President Trump has accelerated his efforts to expand the powers of the presidency in every sphere.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/14/trum-f14.html

Detroit Overtaxed Residents by $600M, Causing Foreclosure Crisis. Residents Are Now Fighting Back
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-14
In Detroit, a showdown between progressive lawmakers and the city is taking on racist housing policies that robbed African Americans in Detroit of their homes and widened the racial wealth gap. On Thursday, the Coalition for Property Tax Justice announced a class-action lawsuit against the city of Detroit, Wayne County and the state of Michigan in response to unfair property tax foreclosures. One in four Detroit properties have been subject to property tax foreclosure, a level comparable only to tax foreclosure rates during the Great Depression. According to legal experts, many of the foreclosures were caused by…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/14/detroit_class_action_lawsuit_foreclosures

Post-Impeachment, House Democrats Set Sights on Barr
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-14
WASHINGTON

Black Democrats endorse Bloomberg after release of racist boasts on "stop-and-frisk"
wsws.org | 2020-02-14
The immediate response of elected African-American Democrats to the exposure of the billionaire Bloomberg's racist remarks was to boost him as the only candidate who can defeat President Donald Trump in November.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/14/bloo-f14.html

Rep. Rashida Tlaib: Trump's "Racist" Plan Would Legalize the Theft of Palestinian Land
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-14
We continue our conversation with Congressmember Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress. She responds to President Trump's Middle East plan, under which Israel would gain sovereignty over large areas of the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem would be under total Israeli control, and all Jewish settlers in the occupied territory would be allowed to remain in their homes. Tlaib says the plan was formulated with a "racist lens" that ignores Palestinian lives and aspirations. Tlaib says she wants people "to know what the human impact is of taking people's land, taking people's…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/14/rashida_tlaib_trump_middle_east_plan

Guinea-Bissau: Swearing-in of new President unlikely to bring stability, says UN representative
news.un.org | 2020-02-14
Political discord in Guinea-Bissau could hamper the first-ever peaceful transfer of power to a democratically elected leader, the top UN official in the West African country told the Security Council on Friday.
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One Billion Rising: Eve Ensler & Taína Asili Mark V-Day and Campaign to End Sexual Violence
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-14
This Valentine's Day, people around the world are taking to the streets to protest violence against women and girls. From the Philippines to India to Italy to Bolivia, thousands of women in more than 100 countries will reclaim public space through dance and performance as part of a global movement called One Billion Rising. The movement takes its name from the shocking statistic that one in three women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. One Billion Rising started on Valentine's Day 2012 and has continued to grow every year since. Participants say they won't stop dancing until violence…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/14/v_day_one_billion_rising

Robert Reich: Bloomberg Wants to Buy Our Democracy
Robert Reich | truthdig.com | 2020-02-14
If the former mayor of New York prevails in November, he could usher in a new American oligarchy. Let's hope it never comes to that.
truthdig.com/articles/robert-reich-bloomberg-wants-to-buy-our-democracy/

Workers at GM's Silao, Mexico plant charge union with stuffing ballots during recognition vote
wsws.org | 2020-02-14
The effort by General Motors and the Confederation of Mexican Workers to certify their contract at the Silao complex is a warning to workers across Mexico about the anti-democratic content of the government's supposed labor reforms.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/14/sila-f14.html

Growth of fascistic attacks on refugees in Greece
wsws.org | 2020-02-14
A thousand threads tie the fascistic thugs on the streets hunting down refugees to the ruling Greek capitalist party, New Democracy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/14/gree-f14.html

What We Already Owe to Bernie Sanders
Robert L. Borosage | thenation.com | 2020-02-14
What We Already Owe to Bernie Sanders…
thenation.com/article/politics/sanders-movement-ideas-primary/

What We Already Owe to Bernie Sanders
Robert L. Borosage | thenation.com | 2020-02-14
What We Already Owe to Bernie Sanders…
thenation.com/article/politics/sanders-movement-ideas-primary/

How Can Warren Win? By Attacking Bloomberg
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2020-02-14
How Can Warren Win? By Attacking Bloomberg.
thenation.com/article/politics/warren-bloomberg-attack-democratic/

How Can Warren Win? By Attacking Bloomberg
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2020-02-14
How Can Warren Win? By Attacking Bloomberg.
thenation.com/article/politics/warren-bloomberg-attack-democratic/

Republicans Have Made It Clear They Will Let Trump Become a Dictator. Will We?
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2020-02-14
Republicans Have Made It Clear They Will Let Trump Become a Dictator. Will We?
thenation.com/article/politics/republicans-trump-dictator-fascism/

The Modern GOP Is Built on Lies
Eric Alterman | thenation.com | 2020-02-14
The Modern GOP Is Built on Lies…
thenation.com/article/politics/trump-lies-republican-party/

Republicans Have Made It Clear They Will Let Trump Become a Dictator. Will We?
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2020-02-14
Republicans Have Made It Clear They Will Let Trump Become a Dictator. Will We?
thenation.com/article/politics/republicans-trump-dictator-fascism/

Polling Shows Sanders Extending Lead Among Hispanics Ahead of Nevada Caucuses
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-14
"Bernie Sanders is building the most diverse movement in America." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie_sanders_38_0.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2020/02/14/polling-shows-sanders-extending-lead-among-hispanics-ahead-nevada-caucuses?cd-origin=rss

Warren Slams Bloomberg for Blaming 2008 Financial Meltdown On End of Redlining Policy
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-14
Sen. Elizabeth Warren drew cheers from a crowd of 4,000 supporters in Arlington, Virginia Thursday as she slammed former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his recently-resurfaced comments about discriminatory housing practices. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/picmonkey_image7_0.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2020/02/14/warren-slams-bloomberg-blaming-2008-financial-meltdown-end-redlining-policy?cd-origin=rss

DCCC-Backed Incumbent Henry Cuellar Gets Support From Koch Network As Progressive Primary Challenger Jessica Cisneros Picks Up Union Endorsements
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-14
Cuellar is hosting a fundraiser in Laredo with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on February 22. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/cisneros_0_0_0.jpeg
commondreams.org/news/2020/02/14/dccc-backed-incumbent-henry-cuellar-gets-support-koch-network-progressive-primary?cd-origin=rss

The Overwhelming Sex Appeal Of Bernie Sanders
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
"the obligation to confess is now relayed through so many different points…that we no longer perceive it as the effect of a power that constrains us" –Michel Foucault Happy Valentines Day to all Bernie Bros, Bernie Gals, and non-binary Berners. The first time I heard the Daddy component of Bernie Sanders explained was when Jeffrey…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/14/the-overwhelming-sex-appeal-of-bernie-sanders/

The Overwhelming Sex Appeal Of Bernie Sanders
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
"the obligation to confess is now relayed through so many different points…that we no longer perceive it as the effect of a power that constrains us" –Michel Foucault Happy Valentines Day to all Bernie Bros, Bernie Gals, and non-binary Berners. The first time I heard the Daddy component of Bernie Sanders explained was when Jeffrey…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/14/the-overwhelming-sex-appeal-of-bernie-sanders/

Jim Naureckas on Democratic Primaries, Nina Luo on Decriminalizing Sex Work
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2020-02-14
Media…
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The Corporate Media Is Directly Profiting from Mike Bloomberg's Rise as He Spends Fortune on TV Ads
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-14
Billionaire Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is rising in the polls in the wake of the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. Democracy Now! co-host Juan González speaks with us about Bloomberg's approach to campaign spending, the administration's policies during his three terms as mayor of New York City and the scores of lawsuits filed against Bloomberg and his company. "It's amazing to me that Michael Bloomberg is getting as much attention as he is," González says.
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/14/michael_bloomberg_tv_ads_corporate_media

The Iowa fiasco and the Democrats' shadowy plot to stop Bernie
Leonard C. Goodman | mronline.org | 2020-02-13
Yogi Berra, the great Yankees catcher, had the memorable line, "It's like deja vu all over again." Bernie Sanders supporters might have been thinking the same thing after the fiasco of the Iowa caucuses. | Source…
mronline.org/2020/02/13/the-iowa-fiasco-and-the-democrats-shadowy-plot-to-stop-bernie/

Peace Action: Senate Reclaims War Powers to Thwart Iran War
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2020-02-13
Washington, D.C.

US Senate strikes symbolic blow against Trump by limiting war powers toward Iran with new resolution
rt.com | 2020-02-13
The US Senate has passed a resolution limiting President Donald Trump's war powers in the case of Iran. The measure would only allow the president authority to strike in the case of self-defense or an imminent attack. | Eight Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the measure, which was passed 55-45. The resolution fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto, meaning this resolution is more symbolic than anything. | The president made his feelings on the War Powers Resolution clear on Wednesday when he tweeted that Iran would "have a field day" if his hands "were tied" due…
rt.com/usa/480793-war-powers-trump-senate/

Democrats Team Up With Trump to Maintain Disastrous Healthcare System
Michael Pappas | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-13
On Tuesday, February 4, Donald Trump delivered his third State of the Union (SOTU) address. As expected, it was filled with contradictions, falsehoods, and distortions. Among other things, Trump spoke for close to ten minutes about health care in the U.S., claiming that he "will always protect Medicare." However, neither Trump and the Republicans, nor …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/02/democrats-team-up-with-trump-to-maintain-disastrous-healthcare-system/

Did Amy Klobuchar Send an Innocent Teenager to Life in Prison? Questions Mount over Her Record as DA
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-13
After a surprising third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is attempting to gain ground in the national polls. But Klobuchar is also facing mounting scrutiny over her record as a district attorney in Minnesota. The Minneapolis NAACP, Black Lives Matter Twin Cities and other racial justice groups recently called on Klobuchar to suspend her presidential campaign following a shocking investigation by the Associated Press. The AP report centered on the case of Myon Burrell, an African-American teenager who was sentenced to life in prison over the 2002 murder of 11-year-old Tye…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/13/amy_klobuchar_myon_burrell

Duterte continues US military control of the Philippines despite VFA termination notice
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-13
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following February 11 statement By Jose Maria Sison, National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Chief Political Consultant. | The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) notice of termination takes effect after 180 days. The people cannot be sure that Duterte will not change his mind within that lengthy period. Previously, Duterte postured about terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement but after a few months allowed Balikatan exercises under VFA. | In the meantime, there are other military treaties with the US: Mutual Defense Treaty, Mutual Logistics Support Agreement…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/2/13/duterte-continues-us-military-control-philippines-despite-vfa-termination-notice

The Wet'suwet'en Fight Against New Pipeline Spreads Across Canada with Blockades & Occupations
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-13
A major anti-pipeline struggle continues in Canada, where protests have broken out across the country in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en land defenders whose sovereign land in northern British Columbia was raided last week and over the weekend by Canadian police. Dozens were arrested in the days-long raid of unceded indigenous territories, where hereditary chiefs have been in a protracted battle to protect their land from the construction of TransCanada's 400-mile, $4.7 billion Coastal GasLink pipeline. The raids took place about 700 miles north of Vancouver and sparked outrage across the country. In Ontario, a Moha…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/13/wet_suwet_en_territory_pipeline_opposition

"Traumatizing from the Get-Go": Weinstein Trial Exposes Flawed Approach to Sexual Assault Cases
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-13
We continue our conversation about the trial of alleged sexual predator Harvey Weinstein, ahead of the scheduled start of opening arguments today. Weinstein is facing five felony charges, based on accusations brought forth by two women in the case, and, if convicted, could face up to life in prison. Last week, one of his accusers, Jessica Mann, broke down and went into an apparent panic attack during questioning from Weinstein's lawyers, forcing the judge to adjourn proceedings for the day. Mann was made to read past emails to a boyfriend, in which she disclosed she had been sexually assaulted before meeting Wein…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/13/harvey_weinstein_trial_trauma_louise_godbold

Time's Up for Harvey Weinstein? Closing Arguments Begin in Rape Trial in NYC
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-13
Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Thursday in the trial of disgraced Hollywood mogul and accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein. The jury is expected to begin deliberating on Tuesday. Weinstein faces five felonies based on accusations by two women and, if convicted, could face up to life in prison. The trial comes more than two years after initial accusations against the film producer were published in The New Yorker and The New York Times, fueling the #MeToo movement that swept Hollywood and beyond. Since then, over 100 women have accused Weinstein of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment. During t…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/13/harvey_weinstein_trial_nyc

State-backed Alliance for Securing Democracy disinfo shop falsely smears The Grayzone as 'state-backed'
Alexander Rubinstein | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-13
In painting critical reporting on the Iowa caucuses debacle as a Russian plot, a Western government-backed information warfare shop smeared…
thegrayzone.com/2020/02/13/state-backed-alliance-securing-democracy-smears-grayzone/

Time's Up for Harvey Weinstein? Closing Arguments Begin in Rape Trial in NYC
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-13
Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Thursday in the trial of disgraced Hollywood mogul and accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein. The jury is expected to begin deliberating on Tuesday. Weinstein faces five felonies based on accusations by two women and, if convicted, could face up to life in prison. The trial comes more than two years after initial accusations against the film producer were published in The New Yorker and The New York Times, fueling the #MeToo movement that swept Hollywood and beyond. Since then, over 100 women have accused Weinstein of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment. During t…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/13/harvey_weinstein_trial_nyc

Democrats Should Welcome Michael Bloomberg to Their Debates–ASAP
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2020-02-13
Democrats Should Welcome Michael Bloomberg to Their Debates–ASAP…
thenation.com/article/politics/michael-bloomberg-democratic-primary/

United States: Sanders versus the Democratic establishment
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-13
Daniel SafiIssue 1253 United StatesFebruary 13, 2020Suspicions of election "tampering" have darkened a number of primaries and presidential elections in recent history in the United States. | In the presidential contest between Republican George W Bush and the Democratic Party's Al Gore in 2000, confusing layouts on ballots in Florida

European left and green MPs support Kurdish struggle
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-13
Kurdish struggle Peter BoyleIssue 1253 Belgium Rojava revolution BrusselsFebruary 13, 2020Left and green parliamentarians from across Europe condemned Turkey's invasion of Rojava, the democrat…
greenleft.org.au/content/european-left-and-green-mps-support-kurdish-struggle

First Nations Pipeline Protest: 14 Land Protectors Arrested as Canadian Police Raid Indigenous Camp
Democracy Now! | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-13
In Canada, armed forces raided native Wet'suwet'en territory in British Columbia Monday, with at least 14 arrests being reported. Land defenders faced off with Royal Canadian Mounted Police as the police breached two checkpoints set up to keep pipeline workers out of protected territory. Indigenous leaders are reportedly being blocked from their territory. TransCanada Corporation …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/02/first-nations-pipeline-protest-14-land-protectors-arrested-as-canadian-police-raid-indigenous-camp/

Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire Primary with Key Support from Youth Voters
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-12
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has won the New Hampshire primary a week after he won the popular vote in Iowa. As of Wednesday morning, with 89% of precincts reporting, Sanders has 25.8% of the vote, narrowly beating former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is at 24.4%. Senator Amy Klobuchar placed third with nearly 20% of the vote. Both Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden received under 10% of the vote, after seeing their support plummet in recent weeks and months. At a celebration in Manchester, Bernie Sanders said his victory in New Hampshire is the beginning of the end for Donal…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/12/new_hampshire_primary_2020_bernie_sanders

Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire Primary with Key Support from Youth Voters
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-12
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has won the New Hampshire primary a week after he won the popular vote in Iowa. As of Wednesday morning, with 89% of precincts reporting, Sanders has 25.8% of the vote, narrowly beating former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is at 24.4%. Senator Amy Klobuchar placed third with nearly 20% of the vote. Both Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden received under 10% of the vote, after seeing their support plummet in recent weeks and months. At a celebration in Manchester, Bernie Sanders said his victory in New Hampshire is the beginning of the end for Donal…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/12/new_hampshire_primary_2020_bernie_sanders

Feminist Scholar Barbara Smith on Identity Politics & Why She Supports Bernie Sanders for President
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-12
We speak with the legendary African-American feminist scholar Barbara Smith. She is a founder of the Combahee River Collective and of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press. Barbara Smith recently wrote a column in The Guardian newspaper titled "I helped coin the term 'identity politics'. I'm endorsing Bernie Sanders." Her latest book is "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith."
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/12/barbara_smith_identity_politics_bernie_sanders

New Hampshire Primaries Paint a Picture of Modern Day Class War in America
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-12
While the primary totals for Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg were relatively close, their support came from radically different segments of the population.
mintpressnews.com/new-hampshire-primaries-modern-day-class-war-america/264866/

Former Goldman Sachs CEO says Sanders presidency would 'ruin our economy,' gets blasted on Twitter
rt.com | 2020-02-12
An ex-CEO of Goldman Sachs who helped cause the 2008 financial crisis has claimed Bernie Sanders would ruin the economy and "screw up the US" if elected president, prompting Twitter to remind him of the Great Recession. | Billionaire Lloyd Blankfein tweeted on Wednesday that Sanders is "just as polarizing as Trump AND he'll ruin [the American] economy and doesn't care about [the American] military," before adding: "If I'm Russian, I go with Sanders this time around." | If Dems go on to nominate Sanders, the Russians will have to reconsider who to work for to best screw up the US. Sanders is just as polarizing…
rt.com/usa/480665-goldman-sachs-ceo-sanders-economy/

What about stopping endless wars? Trump urges GOP to vote down Iran war resolution because it's a partisan ploy by Democrats
rt.com | 2020-02-12
US President Donald Trump says the resolution that would block him from using force against Iran is a partisan trick by Democrats, even though he campaigned on a peace platform and some of his closest allies support the proposal. | "We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness," Trump tweeted on Wednesday, adding that Tehran would "have a field day" if his hands were tied. | "The Democrats are only doing this as an attempt to embarrass the Republican Party. Don't let it happen!" he urged the GOP majority. | ….If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day. Sends a very bad s…
rt.com/usa/480702-trump-iran-war-senate/

Deadline Looming, Strongest Surveillance Reform Bill Yet Emerges
Neema Singh Guliani | aclu.org | 2020-02-12
Congress has just five weeks to decide the fate of key foreign | intelligence surveillance powers

Meet the Journalist Who Exposed Bloomberg's Racist Defense of Targeting Black & Brown Youth
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-12
"#BloombergIsRacist." That's the hashtag that's trending on Twitter since audio of remarks made by 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg surfaced earlier this week. In the clip from the 2015 Aspen Institute, Bloomberg is heard defending the New York City Police Department's controversial "stop-and-frisk" policies, saying, "Ninety-five percent of your murders and murderers and murdered victims fit one MO. You can just take the description, xerox it and pass it out to all the cops." He continues, "They are male minorities, 15 to 25. That's true in New York. It's true…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/12/michael_bloomberg_aspen_2015_unearthed_audio

Meet the Journalist Who Exposed Bloomberg's Racist Defense of Targeting Black & Brown Youth
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-12
"#BloombergIsRacist." That's the hashtag that's trending on Twitter since audio of remarks made by 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg surfaced earlier this week. In the clip from the 2015 Aspen Institute, Bloomberg is heard defending the New York City Police Department's controversial "stop-and-frisk" policies, saying, "Ninety-five percent of your murders and murderers and murdered victims fit one MO. You can just take the description, xerox it and pass it out to all the cops." He continues, "They are male minorities, 15 to 25. That's true in New York. It's true…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/12/michael_bloomberg_aspen_2015_unearthed_audio

South Bend Politician: I Worked with Pete Buttigieg. He Did Not Respect Black Residents' Struggles
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-12
2020 presidential candidate and former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg has surprised many with his strong showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, two of the country's whitest states. But as the race moves on to South Carolina and Nevada, Buttigieg continues to poll extremely low with African-American voters. His own former constituents are condemning his treatment of the black community in South Bend during his time as mayor, calling out systemic racism in the police force. During Buttigieg's tenure, black residents were 4.3 times more likely to be arrested for possessing marijuana than white people. We…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/12/pete_buttigieg_south_bend_black_community

Iowa Democratic Party chair RESIGNS over caucus disaster
rt.com | 2020-02-12
The Iowa caucuses fiasco has cost the state's Democratic Party chair Troy Price his job, as the final results are still unavailable due to recanvass and recount bids by frustrated candidates. | "While it is my desire to stay in this role and see this process through to completion, I do believe it is time for the Iowa Democratic Party to begin looking forward, and my presence in my current role makes that more difficult," Price wrote on Wednesday to the state party's Central Committee. | Troy Price will resign as the chair of the Iowa Democratic Party. This is his letter of resignation sent to the state central…
rt.com/usa/480711-iowa-democratic-chair-resignation/

DR Congo Ebola outbreak still an international public health concern
news.un.org | 2020-02-12
The Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains an international public health concern, experts meeting in Geneva concluded on Wednesday.
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They Rocked New Hampshire–but Pete and Amy Still Can't Win Over Black Voters
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2020-02-12
They Rocked New Hampshire–but Pete and Amy Still Can't Win Over Black Voters…
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The Primaries Are Protecting Trump
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2020-02-12
The Primaries Are Protecting Trump…
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The Disastrous Iowa Caucuses Were Just the Beginning
Jeffrey Cox | thenation.com | 2020-02-12
The Disastrous Iowa Caucuses Were Just the Beginning…
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2020-02-15: News Headlines

RT (2020-02-15). 'One democracy will settle it & you know which one': Indian FM tells US senator after he suggests Kashmir can be resolved amicably. rt.com India's external affairs minister made a pointed correction to US Senator Lindsey Graham after the latter suggested the Kashmir issue should be resolved between "two democracies." The minister argued it's only up to one. | Commenting on international conflicts and whether they could be resolved by way of democracy at the Munich Security Conference on Friday, Graham expressed hope that "two democracies" would bring the situation in Kashmir to a peaceful resolution, apparently referring to India and its rival neighbor Pakistan. Both lay territorial claims to the whole of the Kashmir region. | "When it comes to K…

WSWS (2020-02-15). Sanders surge in poll sparks backlash in Democratic establishment. wsws.org The growing support for a self-styled "democratic socialist" has been met by anti-communist diatribes and media smears.

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2020-02-15). Grand Opening – Negro Bar State Park Trail Loop. indybay.org Negro Bar State Park | Folsom Lake Recreational Area…

John Nichols (2020-02-15). Trump Wants You to Ignore His Republican Challenger. thenation.com Trump Wants You to Ignore His Republican Challenger…

sputniknews (2020-02-15). Ilhan Omar's Ex-Husband Learned She Was Cheating on Him When He Walked In On PJ-Clad Lovers – Report. sputniknews.com The families of Ilhan Omar and Ahmed Hirsi have reportedly reached a deal giving the US Congresswoman's ex-husband tens of thousands of dollars if he does not speak publicly about their split.

sputniknews (2020-02-15). Nancy Pelosi Accuses Huawei of 'Insidious Aggression', Warns Allies Not to 'Go Near' Company. sputniknews.com Washington has been fighting a losing battle with the Chinese tech giant as key allies including France, Germany, and most recently the United Kingdom have allowed the company to take part in the rollout of their 5G network infrastructure despite US concerns.

sputniknews (2020-02-15). Protesters Rally in Erfurt, Germany Against Joint FDP, CDU and AfD Vote in Thuringia – Video. sputniknews.com Earlier this month, a political crisis emerged in German's Thuringia state after Thomas Kemmerich of the Free Democrats (FDP) party overcame incumbent The Left party candidate Bodo Ramelow in a narrow 45 to 44 vote to become the state's premier, after gaining support from the right-wing AfD.

sputniknews (2020-02-15). 'Being Gay is not Enough': Buttigieg Event in San Francisco Marred by Queer Protest. sputniknews.com California, where more than one-tenth of national pledged delegates are at stake, is a key battleground in the Democratic primaries. Candidates are flocking to the Golden State to energise their base and raise money, and Pete Buttigieg has already received an unexpected reaction from those seen as his strongest supporters — the queer community.

RT (2020-02-14). Strange bedfellows: Pelosi finds rare common ground with Trump in denouncing Huawei at Munich Security Conference. rt.com A large group of US lawmakers and officials descended upon the Munich Security Conference, trying hard to yet again warn European allies of the dangers of Huawei-provided 5G and the threat to democracy it allegedly poses. | All of them, regardless of party affiliation, spoke against the Chinese tech giant — with even the US House Speaker and Donald Trump's arch-enemy Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) sounding exactly like her hawkish Republican rivals, warning of the "digital autocracy" the company's 5G networks might help to spread. | "Nations cannot cede telecommunications infrastructure to China for financial exp…

Staff (2020-02-14). Being Joe Biden's Brother Is Highly Lucrative. truthdig.com Jim Biden has been at his sibling's side from the very start. He's also exploited Joe's fame and connections for his own financial gain.

Special to People's World (2020-02-14). Sanders says his health plan would protect culinary workers in Nevada. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday issued a statement saying his Medicare for All plan would protect the benefits workers with good union-negotiated health plans currently have. He issued the statement after Culinary Workers Union Local 226 announced it would not endorse in the 2020 Nevada Democratic caucus: "I very much appreciate the struggle …

Julie Hollar (2020-02-14). Pundits Look to Bloomberg as Their Anti-Sanders Savior. fair.org Coming out of the first two Democratic primary states, with Bernie Sanders leading in votes and Pete Buttigieg leading in delegates, who is "starting to dominate the national political debate like no one in the past five years other than President Donald Trump"? | According to NBC's Jonathan Allen (

Staff (2020-02-14). One Billion Rising: Eve Ensler & Taína Asili Mark V-Day and Campaign to End Sexual Violence. democracynow.org This Valentine's Day, people around the world are taking to the streets to protest violence against women and girls. From the Philippines to India to Italy to Bolivia, thousands of women in more than 100 countries will reclaim public space through dance and performance as part of a global movement called One Billion Rising. The movement takes its name from the shocking statistic that one in three women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. One Billion Rising started on Valentine's Day 2012 and has continued to grow every year since. Participants say they won't stop dancing until violence…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-02-14). Senate follows House in banning money for Trump war on Iran. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—By a bipartisan 55-45 vote on Feb. 13, the GOP-run Senate followed the Democratic-run House and barred saber-rattling Donald Trump from spending any military money to make war on Iran. Eight Republicans joined all 45 Democrats and both independents in voting against Trump and against war on Iran. One of the eight, Maine's Susan Collins, …

Staff (2020-02-14). Post-Impeachment, House Democrats Set Sights on Barr. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — House Democrats frustrated over Democrats have demanded more information about Barr's intervention in the case of Roger Stone, a longtime Trump confidant who was

Staff (2020-02-14). Rep. Rashida Tlaib: Trump's "Racist" Plan Would Legalize the Theft of Palestinian Land. democracynow.org We continue our conversation with Congressmember Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress. She responds to President Trump's Middle East plan, under which Israel would gain sovereignty over large areas of the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem would be under total Israeli control, and all Jewish settlers in the occupied territory would be allowed to remain in their homes. Tlaib says the plan was formulated with a "racist lens" that ignores Palestinian lives and aspirations. Tlaib says she wants people "to know what the human impact is of taking people's land, taking people's…

Robert Reich (2020-02-14). Robert Reich: Bloomberg Wants to Buy Our Democracy. truthdig.com If the former mayor of New York prevails in November, he could usher in a new American oligarchy. Let's hope it never comes to that.

Staff (2020-02-14). Detroit Overtaxed Residents by $600M, Causing Foreclosure Crisis. Residents Are Now Fighting Back. democracynow.org In Detroit, a showdown between progressive lawmakers and the city is taking on racist housing policies that robbed African Americans in Detroit of their homes and widened the racial wealth gap. On Thursday, the Coalition for Property Tax Justice announced a class-action lawsuit against the city of Detroit, Wayne County and the state of Michigan in response to unfair property tax foreclosures. One in four Detroit properties have been subject to property tax foreclosure, a level comparable only to tax foreclosure rates during the Great Depression. According to legal experts, many of the foreclosures were caused by…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-02-14). Warren calls for impeachment of the Attorney General. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has become the first prominent lawmaker to demand House impeachment of GOP President Donald Trump's attorney general, William Barr, for Barr's kowtowing to Trump's demand to cut the court sentence of convicted top Trump campaign fixer and lackey Roger Stone. Together, the Trump-Barr sequence represents "a descent into …

RT (2020-02-14). Information wars: GOP lawmaker on quest to officially declare CNN and the Washington Post 'fake news'. rt.com In these times of political division, Americans on the far ends of the political spectrum often accuse each other of misinformation — but one GOP lawmaker wants CNN and the Washington Post to be officially declared "fake news." | Micah Van Huss, a Republican state lawmaker from Tennessee, has introduced a

William Kaufman (2020-02-14). Tulsi Gabbard: A Political Postmortem. counterpunch.org The all-or-nothing New Hampshire gamble of Tulsi Gabbard has come up snake eyes. As I write, with 97 percent of the vote tallied, she is in seventh place, with a meager 3.3 percent of the vote, behind Tom Steyer. It is hard to imagine any path forward for her. And, frankly, one must acknowledge that

Staff (2020-02-14). Bernie Sanders Takes Lead in Texas Primary Poll, Doubling Support Since October. truthout.org A University of Texas/Texas Tribune The survey, conducted between Jan. 31 and Feb. 9, showed Sanders with 24% support among likely Texas Democratic primary voters. Former Vice Preside…

Russell Mokhiber (2020-02-14). NPR and the Escalating Attack on Single-Payer Health Care. counterpunch.org National Public Radio's Mara Liasson this weekend entered a new term into the corporate liberal establishment's attack on single payer healthcare. Mandatory Medicare for All. As in — do you want Bernie Sanders' Mandatory Medicare for All — or Mayor Pete Buttigieg's Voluntary Medicare for Those Who Want It? It was the first time that

David Swanson (2020-02-14). Why This Election Is Different. counterpunch.org Elections, I think most of us can agree, usually bring out the idiocy, superficiality, and illogic in everyone who can muster any. Imagine supporting, as many did, Sanders and then Trump because they were both "outsiders." On Tuesday, I heard somebody on CNN announce that Sanders and Klobuchar were both "change candidates" (because you'd have

Staff (2020-02-14). Klobuchar Has Pushed Extreme Right-Wing Policy on Israel/Palestine. truthout.org In recent days, much of the mainstream media has been focusing on the rise of centrist Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar as a serious contender in the Democratic presidential primary. Many in the more progressive wing of the party have been criticizing her positions on

Staff (2020-02-14). Headlines for February 14, 2020. democracynow.org Senate Passes Resolution Limiting Trump's War Powers Authority, Attorney General William Barr Criticizes Trump's Tweets, Bloomberg Criticized for Falsely Blaming 2008 Crisis on End of Redlining, Top Wall Street Executives on Biden Guest List for Manhattan Fundraiser, Ex-Ohio State Wrestler Says Rep. Jim Jordan Begged Him to Cover Up Sexual Abuse, Last Month Was Hottest January on Record, Indigenous Anti-Pipeline Blockades Cripple Canada's Rail Transportation, Intercept: Canadian Fossil Fuel Company "Bought" Oregon Sheriff Department Unit, Judge Temporarily Blocks Microsoft-Pentagon Contract After Amazon Lawsuit,…

Mike Miller (2020-02-14). Race and Class: Overcoming the Divides. counterpunch.org Preface The forthcoming 2020 election is again highlighting the country's apparently deep divides on race and class. A common formulation is that a hopelessly racist White working class is locked into the new Trump Republican Party which consciously has adopted a divide-and-conquer strategy based on race. The mainstream Democratic Party hope is that an electoral

Derek Royden (2020-02-14). Citizen Mike: The Bloomberg campaign is a threat to the Democratic Party's 2020 chances. nationofchange.org If the 2020 U.S. presidential election does become the 'battle of billionaires', the real losers will be the country's working people.

Niles Niemuth (2020-02-14). Black Democrats Endorse Bloomberg after Release of Racist Boasts on "Stop-and-frisk" globalresearch.ca An audio recording was released Tuesday in which the billionaire Democratic Party presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg boasts that the "stop-and-frisk" policy he championed as mayor of New York deliberately targeted minority youth. | In the openly racist comments, made before an …

Fight Back (2020-02-14). Major anti-war groups join the Coalition to March on the DNC. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – As the July 13 start of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) draws closer, the Coalition to March on the DNC has risen to the occasion. Since the start of the new year, the coalition has seen tremendous gains. | Between leading a 2000-person demonstration against Donald Trump when he visited Milwaukee on January 14 and butting heads with the city while trying to host a press conference to announce a lawsuit for our right to protest, traffic to the Facebook page has increased dramatically, including numerous inquiries about how people can get more involved. | Perhaps the most significant indica…

WSWS (2020-02-14). Growth of fascistic attacks on refugees in Greece. wsws.org A thousand threads tie the fascistic thugs on the streets hunting down refugees to the ruling Greek capitalist party, New Democracy.

Andre Damon (2020-02-14). Trump Pledges to Veto Senate "War Powers Resolution", Uses Pentagon Funds to Build Border Wall. globalresearch.ca Strengthened by the failure of the Democrats' impeachment drive, President Donald Trump has accelerated his efforts to expand the powers of the presidency in every sphere. | On Thursday, the Senate approved a symbolic bill instructing the White House to "terminate …

David Rosen (2020-02-14). Sanders vs. the Establishment Democrats: McGovern All Over Again? counterpunch.org It's a perfect time to recall a famous quote from one of the nation's foremost philosophers, Yogi Berra: Its "déjà vu all over again." Is the Democratic Party replaying the lost saga of 2016 but with a very 2020 twist? Bernie Sander (D-VT) appears to have been robbed of the 2016 nomination, beaten out by Hillary Clinton (Sec. of

Joseph Natoli (2020-02-14). Vichy Democrats vs. the Master Voice. counterpunch.org One reading of the present shows us a hyped economic reality but also political and cultural realities hyped so far that simulacra is quite easily digested and regurgitated as reality. In a world of simulacra, reality is not only a vacated former presence, like a former tenant, but unrecognizable in any reappearance. It's a war

WSWS (2020-02-14). Trump pledges to veto war powers resolution, uses Pentagon funds to build border wall. wsws.org Strengthened by the failure of the Democrats' impeachment drive, President Trump has accelerated his efforts to expand the powers of the presidency in every sphere.

news.un (2020-02-14). Guinea-Bissau: Swearing-in of new President unlikely to bring stability, says UN representative. news.un.org Political discord in Guinea-Bissau could hamper the first-ever peaceful transfer of power to a democratically elected leader, the top UN official in the West African country told the Security Council on Friday.

WSWS (2020-02-14). Workers at GM's Silao, Mexico plant charge union with stuffing ballots during recognition vote. wsws.org The effort by General Motors and the Confederation of Mexican Workers to certify their contract at the Silao complex is a warning to workers across Mexico about the anti-democratic content of the government's supposed labor reforms.

Michael Brennan (2020-02-14). Timeline: How the DNC Manipulated 2016 Presidential Race. counterpunch.org December 16, 2014: President Obama signs into law omnibus spending bill that increases maximum possible individual political contributions from $129,600 annually to $777,600, substantially increasing the amount of money flowing through party committees. (Congressional Research Services) April 7, 2015: A Clinton campaign memo to the DNC articulates "Pied Piper" strategy to elevate the most extreme Republican candidates: "Our hope

Robert L. Borosage (2020-02-14). What We Already Owe to Bernie Sanders. thenation.com What We Already Owe to Bernie Sanders…

Jeet Heer (2020-02-14). How Can Warren Win? By Attacking Bloomberg. thenation.com How Can Warren Win? By Attacking Bloomberg.

Sasha Abramsky (2020-02-14). Republicans Have Made It Clear They Will Let Trump Become a Dictator. Will We? thenation.com Republicans Have Made It Clear They Will Let Trump Become a Dictator. Will We?

Eric Alterman (2020-02-14). The Modern GOP Is Built on Lies. thenation.com The Modern GOP Is Built on Lies…

CounterSpin (2020-02-14). Jim Naureckas on Democratic Primaries, Nina Luo on Decriminalizing Sex Work. fair.org Media…

Nick Pemberton (2020-02-14). The Overwhelming Sex Appeal Of Bernie Sanders. counterpunch.org "the obligation to confess is now relayed through so many different points…that we no longer perceive it as the effect of a power that constrains us" —Michel Foucault Happy Valentines Day to all Bernie Bros, Bernie Gals, and non-binary Berners. The first time I heard the Daddy component of Bernie Sanders explained was when Jeffrey

Staff (2020-02-14). The Corporate Media Is Directly Profiting from Mike Bloomberg's Rise as He Spends Fortune on TV Ads. democracynow.org Billionaire Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is rising in the polls in the wake of the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. Democracy Now! co-host Juan González speaks with us about Bloomberg's approach to campaign spending, the administration's policies during his three terms as mayor of New York City and the scores of lawsuits filed against Bloomberg and his company. "It's amazing to me that Michael Bloomberg is getting as much attention as he is," González says.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-02-14). Polling Shows Sanders Extending Lead Among Hispanics Ahead of Nevada Caucuses. commondreams.org "Bernie Sanders is building the most diverse movement in America." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie_sanders_38_0.jpg

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-02-14). DCCC-Backed Incumbent Henry Cuellar Gets Support From Koch Network As Progressive Primary Challenger Jessica Cisneros Picks Up Union Endorsements. commondreams.org Cuellar is hosting a fundraiser in Laredo with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on February 22. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/cisneros_0_0_0.jpeg

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-02-14). Warren Slams Bloomberg for Blaming 2008 Financial Meltdown On End of Redlining Policy. commondreams.org Sen. Elizabeth Warren drew cheers from a crowd of 4,000 supporters in Arlington, Virginia Thursday as she slammed former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his recently-resurfaced comments about discriminatory housing practices. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/picmonkey_image7_0.jpg

Thomas Hanna, Mathew Lawrence (2020-02-14). Reimagining Democratic Public Ownership for the Twenty-first Century. commondreams.org The status quo—of a planetary emergency and deep inequalities—is unsustainable and insupportable. (Photo: pxfuel, Creative Commons Zero—CC0) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/ownsership.png

Alex Kotch (2020-02-14). Democratic Presidential Candidate Michael Bloomberg Is a GOP Bankroller. commondreams.org In the current election cycle, Bloomberg, the eighth-richest person on Earth, has already spent $300 million of his own money on his presidential bid. (Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/michael_bloomberg.png

Staff (2020-02-13). Did Amy Klobuchar Send an Innocent Teenager to Life in Prison? Questions Mount over Her Record as DA. democracynow.org After a surprising third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is attempting to gain ground in the national polls. But Klobuchar is also facing mounting scrutiny over her record as a district attorney in Minnesota. The Minneapolis NAACP, Black Lives Matter Twin Cities and other racial justice groups recently called on Klobuchar to suspend her presidential campaign following a shocking investigation by the Associated Press. The AP report centered on the case of Myon Burrell, an African-American teenager who was sentenced to life in prison over the 2002 murder of 11-year-old Tye…

Staff (2020-02-13). Time's Up for Harvey Weinstein? Closing Arguments Begin in Rape Trial in NYC. democracynow.org Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Thursday in the trial of disgraced Hollywood mogul and accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein. The jury is expected to begin deliberating on Tuesday. Weinstein faces five felonies based on accusations by two women and, if convicted, could face up to life in prison. The trial comes more than two years after initial accusations against the film producer were published in The New Yorker and The New York Times, fueling the #MeToo movement that swept Hollywood and beyond. Since then, over 100 women have accused Weinstein of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment. During t…

Staff (2020-02-13). The Wet'suwet'en Fight Against New Pipeline Spreads Across Canada with Blockades & Occupations. democracynow.org A major anti-pipeline struggle continues in Canada, where protests have broken out across the country in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en land defenders whose sovereign land in northern British Columbia was raided last week and over the weekend by Canadian police. Dozens were arrested in the days-long raid of unceded indigenous territories, where hereditary chiefs have been in a protracted battle to protect their land from the construction of TransCanada's 400-mile, $4.7 billion Coastal GasLink pipeline. The raids took place about 700 miles north of Vancouver and sparked outrage across the country. In Ontario, a Moha…

RT (2020-02-13). US Senate strikes symbolic blow against Trump by limiting war powers toward Iran with new resolution. rt.com The US Senate has passed a resolution limiting President Donald Trump's war powers in the case of Iran. The measure would only allow the president authority to strike in the case of self-defense or an imminent attack. | Eight Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the measure, which was passed 55-45. The resolution fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto, meaning this resolution is more symbolic than anything. | The president made his feelings on the War Powers Resolution clear on Wednesday when he tweeted that Iran would "have a field day" if his hands "were tied" due…

Leonard C. Goodman (2020-02-13). The Iowa fiasco and the Democrats' shadowy plot to stop Bernie. mronline.org Yogi Berra, the great Yankees catcher, had the memorable line, "It's like deja vu all over again." Bernie Sanders supporters might have been thinking the same thing after the fiasco of the Iowa caucuses. |

Staff (2020-02-13). "Traumatizing from the Get-Go": Weinstein Trial Exposes Flawed Approach to Sexual Assault Cases. democracynow.org We continue our conversation about the trial of alleged sexual predator Harvey Weinstein, ahead of the scheduled start of opening arguments today. Weinstein is facing five felony charges, based on accusations brought forth by two women in the case, and, if convicted, could face up to life in prison. Last week, one of his accusers, Jessica Mann, broke down and went into an apparent panic attack during questioning from Weinstein's lawyers, forcing the judge to adjourn proceedings for the day. Mann was made to read past emails to a boyfriend, in which she disclosed she had been sexually assaulted before meeting Wein…

Peter Bolton (2020-02-13). Sanders is currently the 2020 frontrunner — but could it be 2016 all over again? thecanary.co Bernie Sanders has won the most votes in the Outright victory in New Hampshire. But not in Iowa…: | On 11 February, pr…

teleSUR (2020-02-13). Trump Asks $3.8 Billion From Military for Mexico Border Wall. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Defense Department asked Congress to reprogram more than $3.8 billion from funding for the National Guard and weapons programs to pay for a wall on the border with Mexico, setting another possible confrontation with Democrats, Reuters News Agency reported. | RELATED: | Three years after arriving at the presidency, Donald Trump is keeping his central promise of building a wall on the southern border of the nation and heads h…

Staff (2020-02-13). Headlines for February 13, 2020. democracynow.org Attorney General William Barr to Testify Before House Judiciary Committee, Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus Skyrocket in Hubei, China, Bloomberg Would Pay Billions Less Under His Tax Plan Than Sanders', U.N. Releases List of 100 Companies Linked to Israeli-Occupied West Bank Settlements, Mexico: Outrage over Murder of 25-Year-Old Ingrid Escamilla, Former Guatemalan Presidential Candidate Sentenced to 15 Years by U.S. Court, 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill May Have Been 30% Bigger Than Thought, New York Has Highest Number of Premature Deaths from Out-of-State Air Pollution, El Paso Walmart Shooter Pleads Not Guilty…

Alexander Rubinstein (2020-02-13). State-backed Alliance for Securing Democracy disinfo shop falsely smears The Grayzone as 'state-backed'. thegrayzone.com In painting critical reporting on the Iowa caucuses debacle as a Russian plot, a Western government-backed information warfare shop smeared…

Fight Back (2020-02-13). Duterte continues US military control of the Philippines despite VFA termination notice. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following February 11 statement By Jose Maria Sison, National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Chief Political Consultant. | The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) notice of termination takes effect after 180 days. The people cannot be sure that Duterte will not change his mind within that lengthy period. Previously, Duterte postured about terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement but after a few months allowed Balikatan exercises under VFA. | In the meantime, there are other military treaties with the US: Mutual Defense Treaty, Mutual Logistics Support Agreement…

Paul Kawika Martin (2020-02-13). Peace Action: Senate Reclaims War Powers to Thwart Iran War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — February 13, 2020 — In response to the Senate passing the bipartisan bill — S.J.Res.68 — that would thwart President Trump from going to war with Iran and end any current hostilities, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "It's about time …

Joan Walsh (2020-02-13). Democrats Should Welcome Michael Bloomberg to Their Debates—ASAP. thenation.com Democrats Should Welcome Michael Bloomberg to Their Debates—ASAP…

Susan Price (2020-02-13). United States: Sanders versus the Democratic establishment. greenleft.org.au In the presidential contest between Republican George W Bush and the Democratic Party's Al Gore in 2000, confusing layouts on ballots in Florida — where Bush's younger brother Jeb was governor — resulte…

Democracy Now! (2020-02-13). First Nations Pipeline Protest: 14 Land Protectors Arrested as Canadian Police Raid Indigenous Camp. dissidentvoice.org In Canada, armed forces raided native Wet'suwet'en territory in British Columbia Monday, with at least 14 arrests being reported. Land defenders faced off with Royal Canadian Mounted Police as the police breached two checkpoints set up to keep pipeline workers out of protected territory. Indigenous leaders are reportedly being blocked from their territory. TransCanada Corporation …

Staff (2020-02-12). Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire Primary with Key Support from Youth Voters. democracynow.org Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has won the New Hampshire primary a week after he won the popular vote in Iowa. As of Wednesday morning, with 89% of precincts reporting, Sanders has 25.8% of the vote, narrowly beating former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is at 24.4%. Senator Amy Klobuchar placed third with nearly 20% of the vote. Both Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden received under 10% of the vote, after seeing their support plummet in recent weeks and months. At a celebration in Manchester, Bernie Sanders said his victory in New Hampshire is the beginning of the end for Donal…

Staff (2020-02-12). South Bend Politician: I Worked with Pete Buttigieg. He Did Not Respect Black Residents' Struggles. democracynow.org 2020 presidential candidate and former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg has surprised many with his strong showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, two of the country's whitest states. But as the race moves on to South Carolina and Nevada, Buttigieg continues to poll extremely low with African-American voters. His own former constituents are condemning his treatment of the black community in South Bend during his time as mayor, calling out systemic racism in the police force. During Buttigieg's tenure, black residents were 4.3 times more likely to be arrested for possessing marijuana than white people. We…

RT (2020-02-12). What about stopping endless wars? Trump urges GOP to vote down Iran war resolution because it's a partisan ploy by Democrats. rt.com US President Donald Trump says the resolution that would block him from using force against Iran is a partisan trick by Democrats, even though he campaigned on a peace platform and some of his closest allies support the proposal. | "We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness," Trump tweeted on Wednesday, adding that Tehran would "have a field day" if his hands were tied. | "The Democrats are only doing this as an attempt to embarrass the Republican Party. Don't let it happen!" he urged the GOP majority. ….If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day. Sends a very bad s…

RT (2020-02-12). Sanders edges out Buttigieg to win New Hampshire primary after neck-and-neck race — projections. rt.com Senator Bernie Sanders came out on top in the hotly contested Democratic primary in New Hampshire on Tuesday, with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg finishing second, projections show. | The Vermont independent claimed victory in the New Hampshire primary after multiple outlets called the vote in his favor. | Addressing his supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire, Sanders described US President Donald Trump "as the most dangerous president in the history of this country," vowing to stop him from keeping the Oval Office for four more years. | "This victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump," Sande…

RT (2020-02-12). 'I'm not one to accept donations in a race I can't win': Yang quits presidential bid as polls close in New Hampshire. rt.com Entrepreneur Andrew Yang has bowed out of the presidential race after early results suggested the Democratic candidate failed to win delegates in the New Hampshire primary. | As early results started pouring in from the New Hampshire primaries on Tuesday night, the Democratic field lost yet another hopeful as sources close to the Yang campaign confirmed that the entrepreneur-turned-politician would be ending his presidential bid. | Commenting on his decision to pull the plug on his campaign, Yang said that he does not want to continue taking money from his supporters knowing that he will not deliver victory.

RT (2020-02-12). Iowa Democratic Party chair RESIGNS over caucus disaster. rt.com The Iowa caucuses fiasco has cost the state's Democratic Party chair Troy Price his job, as the final results are still unavailable due to recanvass and recount bids by frustrated candidates. | "While it is my desire to stay in this role and see this process through to completion, I do believe it is time for the Iowa Democratic Party to begin looking forward, and my presence in my current role makes that more difficult," Price wrote on Wednesday to the state party's Central Committee. | Troy Price will resign as the chair of the Iowa Democratic Party. This is his letter of resignation sent to the state central…

Staff (2020-02-12). Feminist Scholar Barbara Smith on Identity Politics & Why She Supports Bernie Sanders for President. democracynow.org We speak with the legendary African-American feminist scholar Barbara Smith. She is a founder of the Combahee River Collective and of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press. Barbara Smith recently wrote a column in The Guardian newspaper titled "I helped coin the term 'identity politics'. I'm endorsing Bernie Sanders." Her latest book is "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith."

Staff (2020-02-12). Meet the Journalist Who Exposed Bloomberg's Racist Defense of Targeting Black & Brown Youth. democracynow.org "#BloombergIsRacist." That's the hashtag that's trending on Twitter since audio of remarks made by 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg surfaced earlier this week. In the clip from the 2015 Aspen Institute, Bloomberg is heard defending the New York City Police Department's controversial "stop-and-frisk" policies, saying, "Ninety-five percent of your murders and murderers and murdered victims fit one MO. You can just take the description, xerox it and pass it out to all the cops." He continues, "They are male minorities, 15 to 25. That's true in New York. It's true…

RT (2020-02-12). Former Goldman Sachs CEO says Sanders presidency would 'ruin our economy,' gets blasted on Twitter. rt.com An ex-CEO of Goldman Sachs who helped cause the 2008 financial crisis has claimed Bernie Sanders would ruin the economy and "screw up the US" if elected president, prompting Twitter to remind him of the Great Recession. | Billionaire Lloyd Blankfein tweeted on Wednesday that Sanders is "just as polarizing as Trump AND he'll ruin [the American] economy and doesn't care about [the American] military," before adding: "If I'm Russian, I go with Sanders this time around." | If Dems go on to nominate Sanders, the Russians will have to reconsider who to work for to best screw up the US. Sanders is just as polarizing…

Staff (2020-02-12). Headlines for February 12, 2020. democracynow.org Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire Primary, Andrew Yang and Michael Bennet Drop Out of Presidential Race, Federal Prosecutors Quit Roger Stone Case Amid Fight with DOJ Officials, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Rejects Trump's Middle East Plan in U.N. Speech, Trump Conditionally Approves Peace Deal with the Taliban, WHO Warns Coronavirus Poses "Grave Threat" to World, Opposition Leader Juan Guaidó Heckled and Protested Upon Return to Venezuela, Report: 40% of Guatemalan, Honduran & Salvadoran Migrants Fled After Relatives Killed, WSJ: ICE & CPB Use Cellphone Location Data from Games, Apps to Arrest Immigrants,…

Alan Macleod (2020-02-12). New Hampshire Primaries Paint a Picture of Modern Day Class War in America. mintpressnews.com While the primary totals for Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg were relatively close, their support came from radically different segments of the population.

news.un (2020-02-12). DR Congo Ebola outbreak still an international public health concern. news.un.org The Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains an international public health concern, experts meeting in Geneva concluded on Wednesday.

Neema Singh Guliani (2020-02-12). Deadline Looming, Strongest Surveillance Reform Bill Yet Emerges. aclu.org Congress has just five weeks to decide the fate of key foreign | intelligence surveillance powers — forcing a showdown between surveillance | reformers and defenders. And now, a group of Republicans and Democrats have | unveiled the strongest comprehensive reform proposal that we have seen | yet. | The Safeguarding Americans' Private Records Act of 2020, introduced by a

Elie Mystal (2020-02-12). They Rocked New Hampshire—but Pete and Amy Still Can't Win Over Black Voters. thenation.com They Rocked New Hampshire—but Pete and Amy Still Can't Win Over Black Voters…

Jeet Heer (2020-02-12). The Primaries Are Protecting Trump. thenation.com The Primaries Are Protecting Trump…

Jeffrey Cox (2020-02-12). The Disastrous Iowa Caucuses Were Just the Beginning. thenation.com The Disastrous Iowa Caucuses Were Just the Beginning…

RT (2020-02-12). 'Too polite'? Bette Midler says Dems must 'toughen up' in wake of car attack on GOP volunteers. rt.com One of President Donald Trump's most vocal critics, actress and musician Bette Midler, thinks Democrats need to "toughen up" in their fight against the GOP, even after a Florida man was jailed for physically attacking Republicans. | During one of her anti-Trump tirades on Tuesday night — calling him a "fascist" and "dictator" this time — Midler lashed out at her own party as well. | "Democrats haven't learned a goddamned thing," she tweeted, shaming the party for being "too polite" and urging them to "toughen up" when taking on conservatives. "They play dirty," she said of Republicans, before addin…

Julie Hollar (2020-02-11). ABC Asking for Attacks Was a Lazy Way to Run a Debate. fair.org You knew it was going to be a long night when ABC's After asking Joe Biden about the "risks" of nominating Bernie Sanders (or Pete Buttigieg)—setting Biden up to…

Staff (2020-02-11). Despite Corporate Media's "War on Bernie," Sanders Rides Wave of Support into New Hampshire Primary. democracynow.org Polls have opened in New Hampshire for the first primary of the election season. The vote comes eight days after the still-disputed Iowa caucuses, where both Senator Bernie Sanders and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg claimed victory. Both candidates have asked for a partial recanvass of the results. We speak with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and a former New Hampshire legislator, and Norman Solomon, co-founder and national coordinator of RootsAction.org, which is supporting Bernie Sanders.

Staff (2020-02-11). Trump's New Budget Funds Endless War & Nuclear Weapons While Slashing Aid to Poor & Hungry Americans. democracynow.org President Trump unveiled his 2021 budget request Monday, proposing massive cuts to Medicaid and food stamps while increasing spending on the military and his border wall. The $4.8 trillion budget would slash Environmental Protection Agency spending by more than a quarter while allocating $18 billion for Trump's newly established Space Force. Trump is also requesting billions more for nuclear weapons, including a new submarine-launched nuclear warhead. Experts and Democratic lawmakers warn that increasing the nuclear stockpile will increase the likelihood of nuclear war and defy international agreements. Democrats…

Staff (2020-02-11). Who Can Beat Trump? After Iowa Caucus Debacle, Stakes Increase for New Hampshire Primary. democracynow.org As voters head to the polls in New Hampshire for the nation's first presidential primary, we speak with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and former Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

Staff (2020-02-11). A Victory for Vulture Funds: Puerto Rico's Unelected Financial Control Board Strikes Debt Deal. democracynow.org Puerto Rico's financial control board has struck a deal with bondholders to shed about $24 billion from its general obligation debt. The deal announced Sunday will cut the island's outstanding general obligation debt from $35 billion to about $11 billion; however, the island would have to pay about $3.8 billion upfront. The agreement will still need to be approved by Puerto Rico's Legislature. Puerto Rico's financial control board filed for bankruptcy in 2017 to attempt to restructure $129 billion in debt. The board, which is often referred to as "La Junta," is an unelected board that runs much of Puerto Rico's e…

Staff (2020-02-11). Molly Crabapple: Bloomberg Is a Billionaire Republican Who Terrorized Black & Brown Youth. democracynow.org Polls open Tuesday in New Hampshire for the first primary of the 2020 presidential cycle. The Democratic candidates have been criss-crossing the state in the days leading up to the vote, which has even more significance this year following the muddled results of the Iowa caucuses. We continue our conversation with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and a former New Hampshire legislator; Norman Solomon, co-founder and national coordinator of RootsAction.org, which is supporting Bernie Sanders; and we are joined in New York by Molly Crabapple, an artist, writer and activist who recently pu…

RT (2020-02-11). Don Jr. blasts MSM 'silence' on Florida CAR RAMMING attack on Trump campaign volunteers — even after suspect admits hate motive. rt.com Donald Trump Jr. has lashed out at the media coverage of the Jacksonville, Florida incident, in which a man rammed a GOP campaign tent full of volunteers — and then told police the attack was his "stand" against President Trump. | Identified as 27-year-old Gregory Timm, the Sunday attacker targeted a group of Republican volunteers campaigning for President Donald Trump outside the Kernan Village shopping mall in Jacksonville. The vehicle narrowly missed the volunteers, yet destroyed the tent. Timm fled the scene while producing an "obscene gesture" to the onlookers, according to the Duval County GOP. The…

Staff (2020-02-11). Headlines for February 11, 2020. democracynow.org New Hampshire Voters Head to Polls for First Primary of 2020, Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 1,000, with Over 42,000 Confirmed Cases, Chuck Schumer Calls for Investigation into Trump's Retaliation-Motivated Firings, DOJ Reviewing Ukraine Info from Giuliani, DOJ Charges 4 Chinese Military Hackers in 2017 Equifax Breach, El Salvador President Bukele and Armed Officers Confront Lawmakers over Military Funding, Fears Mount for 5 Activists Detained in Philippines, Sinn Féin Scores Major Victory in Ireland, Syrian and Turkish Forces Step Up Attacks as 100,000s Face Humanitarian Disaster, Massive Locust Swarms Threaten Cro…

Staff (2020-02-10). Headlines for February 10, 2020. democracynow.org Coronavirus Deaths Soar as First U.S. Citizen Succumbs to Disease, Iowa Dem. Party Officially Gives Buttigieg the Lead as Candidates Prepare for New Hampshire Vote, Trump Budget Seeks Boost to Military and Nuclear Spending, Cuts to Social Programs and EPA, Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan, Trump Fires Key Impeachment Figures Following Acquittal, Thai Soldier Kills 29 People in Shooting Rampage, Brazilian Police Kill Hitman Suspected of Involvement in Marielle Franco's Assassination, Temperature Reaches Record-Breaking 65 Degrees in Antarctica, Extinction Rebellion Activists Demand New York Divest from Foss…

Staff (2020-02-10). "Our Very Existence Is the Resistance": An Hour w/ AOC, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib & Ilhan Omar. democracynow.org On Friday, Democracy Now! co-host Nermeen Shaikh sat down for a rare joint interview with the Squad, the group of four freshmen Democratic congresswomen who have taken Capitol Hill by storm: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Omar and Tlaib are the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Omar is a former refugee from Somalia, and Tlaib is the first female Palestinian-American member of Congress. Ayanna Pressley is the first African-American woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts. Ocasio-Cortez was just 29 years old w…

Bernie Sanders (2020-02-08). Hasan Sits Down With Bernie Sanders. zcomm.org Interview on aging and retirement in America…

Alexander Rubinstein (2020-02-08). Media darling Pete Buttigieg was in unit that worked with the CIA in Afghanistan. thegrayzone.com While Buttigieg's campaign denies allegations he was a CIA asset, military records reveal Mayor Pete was in a unit that…

Staff (2020-02-07). Laurie Garrett: World Can't Let Racist Attitudes Impact Handling of Coronavirus Outbreak. democracynow.org The Chinese doctor who warned the government about a possible coronavirus outbreak has died after contracting the virus while working at Wuhan Central Hospital. Thirty-four-year-old ophthalmologist Li Wenliang warned his fellow medical workers about coronavirus on December 30. He was then investigated by police and accused of "making false comments." His death has sparked a wave of anger and outrage in China, where the hashtag "We want freedom of speech" went viral on Chinese social media site Weibo this week. The death toll from the coronavirus has now topped 630 people in China, with more than 31,000 confirmed…

Julie Hollar (2020-02-07). Manufacturing Success: CNN's Premature Parade for Buttigieg in Iowa. fair.org Four days after the Iowa caucuses took place, no victor has been declared and the vote remains mired in controversy and irregularities. But if you've been watching CNN for the last few days, you could be excused for imagining Pete Buttigieg had won. | Some at CNN simply took it as fact that Buttigieg had won Iowa—like David Axelrod, who declared (

Aaron Maté (2020-02-07). Iowa debacle fueled by anti-Bernie billionaires, Russiagate hucksters, failed DNC elites. thegrayzone.com Max Blumenthal breaks down the shadowy network of billionaires, Democratic elites, and Russiagate profiteers behind the Shadow app that ruined…

Staff (2020-02-07). Human Rights Watch: 200 Salvadoran Asylum Seekers Killed, Raped or Tortured After U.S. Deportation. democracynow.org A shocking new report says at least 200 Salvadoran asylum seekers were either killed, raped or tortured after being deported from the United States back to El Salvador. Human Rights Watch found that some 138 people deported to El Salvador were murdered by gang members, police, soldiers, death squads or ex-partners between 2013 and 2019. The report says most of the victims were killed within two years after being deported, by the same perpetrators the asylum seekers had fled from. From Denver, Colorado, we speak to Clara Long, senior researcher for Human Rights Watch. And joining us from El Salvador, we speak to "

Gregory Shupak (2020-02-07). Media Urge Palestinians to Take Crumbs—Because Democracy Is Not on Offer. fair.org by Gregory Shupak The Trump administration's "Vision for Peace" | The Trump administration's "

Max Blumenthal (2020-02-04). Billionaire pro-Israel Buttigieg backer Seth Klarman funds group behind Iowa's disastrous voting app. thegrayzone.com Behind the app that delayed Iowa's voting results is a dark money operation funded by anti-Bernie Sanders billionaires. Its top…

2020-02-15: Social Media Postees

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Sanders surge in poll sparks backlash in Democratic establishment
wsws.org | 2020-02-15
The growing support for a self-styled "democratic socialist" has been met by anti-communist diatribes and media smears.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/15/elec-f15.html

'One democracy will settle it & you know which one': Indian FM tells US senator after he suggests Kashmir can be resolved amicably
rt.com | 2020-02-15
India's external affairs minister made a pointed correction to US Senator Lindsey Graham after the latter suggested the Kashmir issue should be resolved between "two democracies." The minister argued it's only up to one. | Commenting on international conflicts and whether they could be resolved by way of democracy at the Munich Security Conference on Friday, Graham expressed hope that "two democracies" would bring the situation in Kashmir to a peaceful resolution, apparently referring to India and its rival neighbor Pakistan. Both lay territorial claims to the whole of the Kashmir region. | "When it comes to K…
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Grand Opening – Negro Bar State Park Trail Loop
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2020-02-15
Negro Bar State Park | Folsom Lake Recreational Area…
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Trump Wants You to Ignore His Republican Challenger
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2020-02-15
Trump Wants You to Ignore His Republican Challenger…
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Ilhan Omar's Ex-Husband Learned She Was Cheating on Him When He Walked In On PJ-Clad Lovers – Report
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-15
The families of Ilhan Omar and Ahmed Hirsi have reportedly reached a deal giving the US Congresswoman's ex-husband tens of thousands of dollars if he does not speak publicly about their split.
sputniknews.com/us/202002151078322547-ilhan-omars-ex-husband-learned-she-was-cheating-on-him-when-he-walked-in-on-pj-clad-lovers—report/

Nancy Pelosi Accuses Huawei of 'Insidious Aggression', Warns Allies Not to 'Go Near' Company
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-15
Washington has been fighting a losing battle with the Chinese tech giant as key allies including France, Germany, and most recently the United Kingdom have allowed the company to take part in the rollout of their 5G network infrastructure despite US concerns.
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'Being Gay is not Enough': Buttigieg Event in San Francisco Marred by Queer Protest
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-15
California, where more than one-tenth of national pledged delegates are at stake, is a key battleground in the Democratic primaries. Candidates are flocking to the Golden State to energise their base and raise money, and Pete Buttigieg has already received an unexpected reaction from those seen as his strongest supporters

Protesters Rally in Erfurt, Germany Against Joint FDP, CDU and AfD Vote in Thuringia – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-15
Earlier this month, a political crisis emerged in German's Thuringia state after Thomas Kemmerich of the Free Democrats (FDP) party overcame incumbent The Left party candidate Bodo Ramelow in a narrow 45 to 44 vote to become the state's premier, after gaining support from the right-wing AfD.
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Tulsi Gabbard: A Political Postmortem
William Kaufman | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
The all-or-nothing New Hampshire gamble of Tulsi Gabbard has come up snake eyes. As I write, with 97 percent of the vote tallied, she is in seventh place, with a meager 3.3 percent of the vote, behind Tom Steyer. It is hard to imagine any path forward for her. And, frankly, one must acknowledge that…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/14/tulsi-gabbard-a-political-postmortem/

For Media in New Hampshire, Losing Is Winning and Winning Is Losing
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2020-02-14
The results from the New Hampshire primary are in– mercifully quickly–showing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders victorious with 26% of the vote, ahead of former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg with 24%. However, it was third place Amy Klobuchar, with 20%, who seemed to draw the greatest media buzz. The Minnesota senator has received a lot of press attention of late–almost all of it positive. | Why losing is actually winning: Vox's Matthe…
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Pundits Look to Bloomberg as Their Anti-Sanders Savior
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2020-02-14
Coming out of the first two Democratic primary states, with Bernie Sanders leading in votes and Pete Buttigieg leading in delegates, who is "starting to dominate the national political debate like no one in the past five years other than President Donald Trump"? | According to NBC's Jonathan Allen ( 2/12/20), that's former New York City mayor, erstwhile Republican, and billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who has won no national delegates and is cur…
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Sanders says his health plan would protect culinary workers in Nevada
Special to People's World | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-14
WASHINGTON

Bernie Sanders Takes Lead in Texas Primary Poll, Doubling Support Since October
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-14
A University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released Thursday night showed Sen. Bernie Sanders leading the 2020 Democratic presidential field in the delegate-rich Super Tuesday state after doubling his support since last October. | The survey, conducted between Jan. 31 and Feb. 9, showed Sanders with 24% support among likely Texas Democratic primary voters. Former Vice Preside…
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NPR and the Escalating Attack on Single-Payer Health Care
Russell Mokhiber | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
National Public Radio's Mara Liasson this weekend entered a new term into the corporate liberal establishment's attack on single payer healthcare. Mandatory Medicare for All. As in

Why This Election Is Different
David Swanson | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
Elections, I think most of us can agree, usually bring out the idiocy, superficiality, and illogic in everyone who can muster any. Imagine supporting, as many did, Sanders and then Trump because they were both "outsiders." On Tuesday, I heard somebody on CNN announce that Sanders and Klobuchar were both "change candidates" (because you'd have…
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Klobuchar Has Pushed Extreme Right-Wing Policy on Israel/Palestine
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-14
In recent days, much of the mainstream media has been focusing on the rise of centrist Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar as a serious contender in the Democratic presidential primary. Many in the more progressive wing of the party have been criticizing her positions on climate change and broader environmental concerns, as w…
truthout.org/articles/klobuchar-has-pushed-extreme-right-wing-policy-on-israel-palestine/

Strange bedfellows: Pelosi finds rare common ground with Trump in denouncing Huawei at Munich Security Conference
rt.com | 2020-02-14
A large group of US lawmakers and officials descended upon the Munich Security Conference, trying hard to yet again warn European allies of the dangers of Huawei-provided 5G and the threat to democracy it allegedly poses. | All of them, regardless of party affiliation, spoke against the Chinese tech giant

Being Joe Biden's Brother Is Highly Lucrative
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-14
Jim Biden has been at his sibling's side from the very start. He's also exploited Joe's fame and connections for his own financial gain.
truthdig.com/articles/being-joe-bidens-brother-is-highly-lucrative/

Workers at GM's Silao, Mexico plant charge union with stuffing ballots during recognition vote
wsws.org | 2020-02-14
The effort by General Motors and the Confederation of Mexican Workers to certify their contract at the Silao complex is a warning to workers across Mexico about the anti-democratic content of the government's supposed labor reforms.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/14/sila-f14.html

One Billion Rising: Eve Ensler & Taína Asili Mark V-Day and Campaign to End Sexual Violence
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-14
This Valentine's Day, people around the world are taking to the streets to protest violence against women and girls. From the Philippines to India to Italy to Bolivia, thousands of women in more than 100 countries will reclaim public space through dance and performance as part of a global movement called One Billion Rising. The movement takes its name from the shocking statistic that one in three women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. One Billion Rising started on Valentine's Day 2012 and has continued to grow every year since. Participants say they won't stop dancing until violence…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/14/v_day_one_billion_rising

Growth of fascistic attacks on refugees in Greece
wsws.org | 2020-02-14
A thousand threads tie the fascistic thugs on the streets hunting down refugees to the ruling Greek capitalist party, New Democracy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/14/gree-f14.html

Vichy Democrats vs. the Master Voice
Joseph Natoli | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
One reading of the present shows us a hyped economic reality but also political and cultural realities hyped so far that simulacra is quite easily digested and regurgitated as reality. In a world of simulacra, reality is not only a vacated former presence, like a former tenant, but unrecognizable in any reappearance. It's a war…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/14/vichy-democrats-vs-the-master-voice/

Detroit Overtaxed Residents by $600M, Causing Foreclosure Crisis. Residents Are Now Fighting Back
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-14
In Detroit, a showdown between progressive lawmakers and the city is taking on racist housing policies that robbed African Americans in Detroit of their homes and widened the racial wealth gap. On Thursday, the Coalition for Property Tax Justice announced a class-action lawsuit against the city of Detroit, Wayne County and the state of Michigan in response to unfair property tax foreclosures. One in four Detroit properties have been subject to property tax foreclosure, a level comparable only to tax foreclosure rates during the Great Depression. According to legal experts, many of the foreclosures were caused by…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/14/detroit_class_action_lawsuit_foreclosures

Race and Class: Overcoming the Divides
Mike Miller | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
Preface The forthcoming 2020 election is again highlighting the country's apparently deep divides on race and class. A common formulation is that a hopelessly racist White working class is locked into the new Trump Republican Party which consciously has adopted a divide-and-conquer strategy based on race. The mainstream Democratic Party hope is that an electoral…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/14/race-and-class-overcoming-the-divides/

Democratic Presidential Candidate Michael Bloomberg Is a GOP Bankroller
Alex Kotch | commondreams.org | 2020-02-14
In the current election cycle, Bloomberg, the eighth-richest person on Earth, has already spent $300 million of his own money on his presidential bid. (Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/michael_bloomberg.png
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Senate follows House in banning money for Trump war on Iran
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-14
WASHINGTON–By a bipartisan 55-45 vote on Feb. 13, the GOP-run Senate followed the Democratic-run House and barred saber-rattling Donald Trump from spending any military money to make war on Iran. Eight Republicans joined all 45 Democrats and both independents in voting against Trump and against war on Iran. One of the eight, Maine's Susan Collins, …
peoplesworld.org/article/senate-follows-house-in-banning-money-for-trump-war-on-iran/

Sanders vs. the Establishment Democrats: McGovern All Over Again?
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
It's a perfect time to recall a famous quote from one of the nation's foremost philosophers, Yogi Berra: Its "déjà vu all over again." Is the Democratic Party replaying the lost saga of 2016 but with a very 2020 twist? Bernie Sander (D-VT) appears to have been robbed of the 2016 nomination, beaten out by Hillary Clinton (Sec. of…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/14/sanders-vs-the-establishment-democrats-mcgovern-all-over-again/

Citizen Mike: The Bloomberg campaign is a threat to the Democratic Party's 2020 chances
Derek Royden | nationofchange.org | 2020-02-14
If the 2020 U.S. presidential election does become the 'battle of billionaires', the real losers will be the country's working people.
nationofchange.org/2020/02/14/citizen-mike-the-bloomberg-campaign-is-a-threat-to-the-democratic-partys-2020-chances/

Black Democrats Endorse Bloomberg after Release of Racist Boasts on "Stop-and-frisk"
Niles Niemuth | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
An audio recording was released Tuesday in which the billionaire Democratic Party presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg boasts that the "stop-and-frisk" policy he championed as mayor of New York deliberately targeted minority youth. | In the openly racist comments, made before an …
globalresearch.ca/black-democrats-endorse-bloomberg-release-racist-boasts-stop-frisk/5703730

Robert Reich: Bloomberg Wants to Buy Our Democracy
Robert Reich | truthdig.com | 2020-02-14
If the former mayor of New York prevails in November, he could usher in a new American oligarchy. Let's hope it never comes to that.
truthdig.com/articles/robert-reich-bloomberg-wants-to-buy-our-democracy/

Rep. Rashida Tlaib: Trump's "Racist" Plan Would Legalize the Theft of Palestinian Land
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-14
We continue our conversation with Congressmember Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress. She responds to President Trump's Middle East plan, under which Israel would gain sovereignty over large areas of the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem would be under total Israeli control, and all Jewish settlers in the occupied territory would be allowed to remain in their homes. Tlaib says the plan was formulated with a "racist lens" that ignores Palestinian lives and aspirations. Tlaib says she wants people "to know what the human impact is of taking people's land, taking people's…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/14/rashida_tlaib_trump_middle_east_plan

Guinea-Bissau: Swearing-in of new President unlikely to bring stability, says UN representative
news.un.org | 2020-02-14
Political discord in Guinea-Bissau could hamper the first-ever peaceful transfer of power to a democratically elected leader, the top UN official in the West African country told the Security Council on Friday.
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Trump pledges to veto war powers resolution, uses Pentagon funds to build border wall
wsws.org | 2020-02-14
Strengthened by the failure of the Democrats' impeachment drive, President Trump has accelerated his efforts to expand the powers of the presidency in every sphere.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/14/trum-f14.html

Reimagining Democratic Public Ownership for the Twenty-first Century
Thomas Hanna, Mathew Lawrence | commondreams.org | 2020-02-14
The status quo—of a planetary emergency and deep inequalities—is unsustainable and insupportable. (Photo: pxfuel, Creative Commons Zero—CC0) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/ownsership.png
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Black Democrats endorse Bloomberg after release of racist boasts on "stop-and-frisk"
wsws.org | 2020-02-14
The immediate response of elected African-American Democrats to the exposure of the billionaire Bloomberg's racist remarks was to boost him as the only candidate who can defeat President Donald Trump in November.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/14/bloo-f14.html

Warren calls for impeachment of the Attorney General
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-14
WASHINGTON–Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has become the first prominent lawmaker to demand House impeachment of GOP President Donald Trump's attorney general, William Barr, for Barr's kowtowing to Trump's demand to cut the court sentence of convicted top Trump campaign fixer and lackey Roger Stone. Together, the Trump-Barr sequence represents "a descent into …
peoplesworld.org/article/elizabeth-warren-calls-for-impeachment-of-attorney-general-william-barr/

Post-Impeachment, House Democrats Set Sights on Barr
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-14
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Trump Pledges to Veto Senate "War Powers Resolution", Uses Pentagon Funds to Build Border Wall
Andre Damon | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
Strengthened by the failure of the Democrats' impeachment drive, President Donald Trump has accelerated his efforts to expand the powers of the presidency in every sphere. | On Thursday, the Senate approved a symbolic bill instructing the White House to "terminate …
globalresearch.ca/trump-pledges-veto-war-powers-resolution-uses-pentagon-funds-build-border-wall/5703734

Major anti-war groups join the Coalition to March on the DNC
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-14
Milwaukee, WI – As the July 13 start of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) draws closer, the Coalition to March on the DNC has risen to the occasion. Since the start of the new year, the coalition has seen tremendous gains. | Between leading a 2000-person demonstration against Donald Trump when he visited Milwaukee on January 14 and butting heads with the city while trying to host a press conference to announce a lawsuit for our right to protest, traffic to the Facebook page has increased dramatically, including numerous inquiries about how people can get more involved. | Perhaps the most significant indica…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/2/13/major-anti-war-groups-join-coalition-march-dnc

Mayor Mike, Worse Than Mayor Pete
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
Michael Bloomberg is essentially an old school Republican. He hates Trump, the worst American president ever, but he loved George W. Bush, the second worst president in modern times. He may honestly think that black and brown lives matter, but, as mayor of New York City, he showed, time and again, that, for him gentrification

Timeline: How the DNC Manipulated 2016 Presidential Race
Michael Brennan | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
December 16, 2014: President Obama signs into law omnibus spending bill that increases maximum possible individual political contributions from $129,600 annually to $777,600, substantially increasing the amount of money flowing through party committees. (Congressional Research Services) April 7, 2015: A Clinton campaign memo to the DNC articulates "Pied Piper" strategy to elevate the most extreme Republican candidates:…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/14/timeline-how-the-dnc-manipulated-2016-presidential-race/

Information wars: GOP lawmaker on quest to officially declare CNN and the Washington Post 'fake news'
rt.com | 2020-02-14
In these times of political division, Americans on the far ends of the political spectrum often accuse each other of misinformation

What We Already Owe to Bernie Sanders
Robert L. Borosage | thenation.com | 2020-02-14
What We Already Owe to Bernie Sanders…
thenation.com/article/politics/sanders-movement-ideas-primary/

How Can Warren Win? By Attacking Bloomberg
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2020-02-14
How Can Warren Win? By Attacking Bloomberg.
thenation.com/article/politics/warren-bloomberg-attack-democratic/

The Modern GOP Is Built on Lies
Eric Alterman | thenation.com | 2020-02-14
The Modern GOP Is Built on Lies…
thenation.com/article/politics/trump-lies-republican-party/

Republicans Have Made It Clear They Will Let Trump Become a Dictator. Will We?
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2020-02-14
Republicans Have Made It Clear They Will Let Trump Become a Dictator. Will We?
thenation.com/article/politics/republicans-trump-dictator-fascism/

The Overwhelming Sex Appeal Of Bernie Sanders
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
"the obligation to confess is now relayed through so many different points…that we no longer perceive it as the effect of a power that constrains us" –Michel Foucault Happy Valentines Day to all Bernie Bros, Bernie Gals, and non-binary Berners. The first time I heard the Daddy component of Bernie Sanders explained was when Jeffrey…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/14/the-overwhelming-sex-appeal-of-bernie-sanders/

Jim Naureckas on Democratic Primaries, Nina Luo on Decriminalizing Sex Work
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2020-02-14
Media…
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The Corporate Media Is Directly Profiting from Mike Bloomberg's Rise as He Spends Fortune on TV Ads
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-14
Billionaire Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is rising in the polls in the wake of the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. Democracy Now! co-host Juan González speaks with us about Bloomberg's approach to campaign spending, the administration's policies during his three terms as mayor of New York City and the scores of lawsuits filed against Bloomberg and his company. "It's amazing to me that Michael Bloomberg is getting as much attention as he is," González says.
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/14/michael_bloomberg_tv_ads_corporate_media

Polling Shows Sanders Extending Lead Among Hispanics Ahead of Nevada Caucuses
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-14
"Bernie Sanders is building the most diverse movement in America." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie_sanders_38_0.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2020/02/14/polling-shows-sanders-extending-lead-among-hispanics-ahead-nevada-caucuses?cd-origin=rss

DCCC-Backed Incumbent Henry Cuellar Gets Support From Koch Network As Progressive Primary Challenger Jessica Cisneros Picks Up Union Endorsements
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-14
Cuellar is hosting a fundraiser in Laredo with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on February 22. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/cisneros_0_0_0.jpeg
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Warren Slams Bloomberg for Blaming 2008 Financial Meltdown On End of Redlining Policy
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-14
Sen. Elizabeth Warren drew cheers from a crowd of 4,000 supporters in Arlington, Virginia Thursday as she slammed former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his recently-resurfaced comments about discriminatory housing practices. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/picmonkey_image7_0.jpg
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The Iowa fiasco and the Democrats' shadowy plot to stop Bernie
Leonard C. Goodman | mronline.org | 2020-02-13
Yogi Berra, the great Yankees catcher, had the memorable line, "It's like deja vu all over again." Bernie Sanders supporters might have been thinking the same thing after the fiasco of the Iowa caucuses. | Source…
mronline.org/2020/02/13/the-iowa-fiasco-and-the-democrats-shadowy-plot-to-stop-bernie/

Did Amy Klobuchar Send an Innocent Teenager to Life in Prison? Questions Mount over Her Record as DA
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-13
After a surprising third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is attempting to gain ground in the national polls. But Klobuchar is also facing mounting scrutiny over her record as a district attorney in Minnesota. The Minneapolis NAACP, Black Lives Matter Twin Cities and other racial justice groups recently called on Klobuchar to suspend her presidential campaign following a shocking investigation by the Associated Press. The AP report centered on the case of Myon Burrell, an African-American teenager who was sentenced to life in prison over the 2002 murder of 11-year-old Tye…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/13/amy_klobuchar_myon_burrell

Duterte continues US military control of the Philippines despite VFA termination notice
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-13
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following February 11 statement By Jose Maria Sison, National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Chief Political Consultant. | The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) notice of termination takes effect after 180 days. The people cannot be sure that Duterte will not change his mind within that lengthy period. Previously, Duterte postured about terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement but after a few months allowed Balikatan exercises under VFA. | In the meantime, there are other military treaties with the US: Mutual Defense Treaty, Mutual Logistics Support Agreement…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/2/13/duterte-continues-us-military-control-philippines-despite-vfa-termination-notice

Time's Up for Harvey Weinstein? Closing Arguments Begin in Rape Trial in NYC
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-13
Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Thursday in the trial of disgraced Hollywood mogul and accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein. The jury is expected to begin deliberating on Tuesday. Weinstein faces five felonies based on accusations by two women and, if convicted, could face up to life in prison. The trial comes more than two years after initial accusations against the film producer were published in The New Yorker and The New York Times, fueling the #MeToo movement that swept Hollywood and beyond. Since then, over 100 women have accused Weinstein of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment. During t…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/13/harvey_weinstein_trial_nyc

"Traumatizing from the Get-Go": Weinstein Trial Exposes Flawed Approach to Sexual Assault Cases
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-13
We continue our conversation about the trial of alleged sexual predator Harvey Weinstein, ahead of the scheduled start of opening arguments today. Weinstein is facing five felony charges, based on accusations brought forth by two women in the case, and, if convicted, could face up to life in prison. Last week, one of his accusers, Jessica Mann, broke down and went into an apparent panic attack during questioning from Weinstein's lawyers, forcing the judge to adjourn proceedings for the day. Mann was made to read past emails to a boyfriend, in which she disclosed she had been sexually assaulted before meeting Wein…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/13/harvey_weinstein_trial_trauma_louise_godbold

Trump Asks $3.8 Billion From Military for Mexico Border Wall
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
The U.S. Defense Department asked Congress to reprogram more than $3.8 billion from funding for the National Guard and weapons programs to pay for a wall on the border with Mexico, setting another possible confrontation with Democrats, Reuters News Agency reported. | RELATED: | US Senate Approves to Limit Trump's War Power on Iran | Three years after arriving at the presidency, Donald Trump is keeping his central promise of building a wall on the southern border of the nation and heads h…
telesurenglish.net/news/trump-asks-three-billion-from-military-for-Mexico-border-wall-20200213-0022.html

Democrats Team Up With Trump to Maintain Disastrous Healthcare System
Michael Pappas | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-13
On Tuesday, February 4, Donald Trump delivered his third State of the Union (SOTU) address. As expected, it was filled with contradictions, falsehoods, and distortions. Among other things, Trump spoke for close to ten minutes about health care in the U.S., claiming that he "will always protect Medicare." However, neither Trump and the Republicans, nor …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/02/democrats-team-up-with-trump-to-maintain-disastrous-healthcare-system/

State-backed Alliance for Securing Democracy disinfo shop falsely smears The Grayzone as 'state-backed'
Alexander Rubinstein | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-13
In painting critical reporting on the Iowa caucuses debacle as a Russian plot, a Western government-backed information warfare shop smeared…
thegrayzone.com/2020/02/13/state-backed-alliance-securing-democracy-smears-grayzone/

US Senate strikes symbolic blow against Trump by limiting war powers toward Iran with new resolution
rt.com | 2020-02-13
The US Senate has passed a resolution limiting President Donald Trump's war powers in the case of Iran. The measure would only allow the president authority to strike in the case of self-defense or an imminent attack. | Eight Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the measure, which was passed 55-45. The resolution fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto, meaning this resolution is more symbolic than anything. | The president made his feelings on the War Powers Resolution clear on Wednesday when he tweeted that Iran would "have a field day" if his hands "were tied" due…
rt.com/usa/480793-war-powers-trump-senate/

The Wet'suwet'en Fight Against New Pipeline Spreads Across Canada with Blockades & Occupations
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-13
A major anti-pipeline struggle continues in Canada, where protests have broken out across the country in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en land defenders whose sovereign land in northern British Columbia was raided last week and over the weekend by Canadian police. Dozens were arrested in the days-long raid of unceded indigenous territories, where hereditary chiefs have been in a protracted battle to protect their land from the construction of TransCanada's 400-mile, $4.7 billion Coastal GasLink pipeline. The raids took place about 700 miles north of Vancouver and sparked outrage across the country. In Ontario, a Moha…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/13/wet_suwet_en_territory_pipeline_opposition

Peace Action: Senate Reclaims War Powers to Thwart Iran War
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2020-02-13
Washington, D.C.

Democrats Should Welcome Michael Bloomberg to Their Debates–ASAP
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2020-02-13
Democrats Should Welcome Michael Bloomberg to Their Debates–ASAP…
thenation.com/article/politics/michael-bloomberg-democratic-primary/

United States: Sanders versus the Democratic establishment
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-13
Daniel SafiIssue 1253 United StatesFebruary 13, 2020Suspicions of election "tampering" have darkened a number of primaries and presidential elections in recent history in the United States. | In the presidential contest between Republican George W Bush and the Democratic Party's Al Gore in 2000, confusing layouts on ballots in Florida

European left and green MPs support Kurdish struggle
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-13
Kurdish struggle Peter BoyleIssue 1253 Belgium Rojava revolution BrusselsFebruary 13, 2020Left and green parliamentarians from across Europe condemned Turkey's invasion of Rojava, the democrat…
greenleft.org.au/content/european-left-and-green-mps-support-kurdish-struggle

First Nations Pipeline Protest: 14 Land Protectors Arrested as Canadian Police Raid Indigenous Camp
Democracy Now! | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-13
In Canada, armed forces raided native Wet'suwet'en territory in British Columbia Monday, with at least 14 arrests being reported. Land defenders faced off with Royal Canadian Mounted Police as the police breached two checkpoints set up to keep pipeline workers out of protected territory. Indigenous leaders are reportedly being blocked from their territory. TransCanada Corporation …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/02/first-nations-pipeline-protest-14-land-protectors-arrested-as-canadian-police-raid-indigenous-camp/

Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire Primary with Key Support from Youth Voters
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-12
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has won the New Hampshire primary a week after he won the popular vote in Iowa. As of Wednesday morning, with 89% of precincts reporting, Sanders has 25.8% of the vote, narrowly beating former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is at 24.4%. Senator Amy Klobuchar placed third with nearly 20% of the vote. Both Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden received under 10% of the vote, after seeing their support plummet in recent weeks and months. At a celebration in Manchester, Bernie Sanders said his victory in New Hampshire is the beginning of the end for Donal…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/12/new_hampshire_primary_2020_bernie_sanders

Feminist Scholar Barbara Smith on Identity Politics & Why She Supports Bernie Sanders for President
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-12
We speak with the legendary African-American feminist scholar Barbara Smith. She is a founder of the Combahee River Collective and of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press. Barbara Smith recently wrote a column in The Guardian newspaper titled "I helped coin the term 'identity politics'. I'm endorsing Bernie Sanders." Her latest book is "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith."
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/12/barbara_smith_identity_politics_bernie_sanders

New Hampshire Primaries Paint a Picture of Modern Day Class War in America
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-12
While the primary totals for Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg were relatively close, their support came from radically different segments of the population.
mintpressnews.com/new-hampshire-primaries-modern-day-class-war-america/264866/

Former Goldman Sachs CEO says Sanders presidency would 'ruin our economy,' gets blasted on Twitter
rt.com | 2020-02-12
An ex-CEO of Goldman Sachs who helped cause the 2008 financial crisis has claimed Bernie Sanders would ruin the economy and "screw up the US" if elected president, prompting Twitter to remind him of the Great Recession. | Billionaire Lloyd Blankfein tweeted on Wednesday that Sanders is "just as polarizing as Trump AND he'll ruin [the American] economy and doesn't care about [the American] military," before adding: "If I'm Russian, I go with Sanders this time around." | If Dems go on to nominate Sanders, the Russians will have to reconsider who to work for to best screw up the US. Sanders is just as polarizing…
rt.com/usa/480665-goldman-sachs-ceo-sanders-economy/

DR Congo Ebola outbreak still an international public health concern
news.un.org | 2020-02-12
The Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains an international public health concern, experts meeting in Geneva concluded on Wednesday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/02/1057291

South Bend Politician: I Worked with Pete Buttigieg. He Did Not Respect Black Residents' Struggles
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-12
2020 presidential candidate and former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg has surprised many with his strong showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, two of the country's whitest states. But as the race moves on to South Carolina and Nevada, Buttigieg continues to poll extremely low with African-American voters. His own former constituents are condemning his treatment of the black community in South Bend during his time as mayor, calling out systemic racism in the police force. During Buttigieg's tenure, black residents were 4.3 times more likely to be arrested for possessing marijuana than white people. We…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/12/pete_buttigieg_south_bend_black_community

What about stopping endless wars? Trump urges GOP to vote down Iran war resolution because it's a partisan ploy by Democrats
rt.com | 2020-02-12
US President Donald Trump says the resolution that would block him from using force against Iran is a partisan trick by Democrats, even though he campaigned on a peace platform and some of his closest allies support the proposal. | "We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness," Trump tweeted on Wednesday, adding that Tehran would "have a field day" if his hands were tied. | "The Democrats are only doing this as an attempt to embarrass the Republican Party. Don't let it happen!" he urged the GOP majority. | ….If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day. Sends a very bad s…
rt.com/usa/480702-trump-iran-war-senate/

'I'm not one to accept donations in a race I can't win': Yang quits presidential bid as polls close in New Hampshire
rt.com | 2020-02-12
Entrepreneur Andrew Yang has bowed out of the presidential race after early results suggested the Democratic candidate failed to win delegates in the New Hampshire primary. | As early results started pouring in from the New Hampshire primaries on Tuesday night, the Democratic field lost yet another hopeful as sources close to the Yang campaign confirmed that the entrepreneur-turned-politician would be ending his presidential bid. | Commenting on his decision to pull the plug on his campaign, Yang said that he does not want to continue taking money from his supporters knowing that he will not deliver victory.
rt.com/usa/480626-yang-drops-out-race/

Iowa Democratic Party chair RESIGNS over caucus disaster
rt.com | 2020-02-12
The Iowa caucuses fiasco has cost the state's Democratic Party chair Troy Price his job, as the final results are still unavailable due to recanvass and recount bids by frustrated candidates. | "While it is my desire to stay in this role and see this process through to completion, I do believe it is time for the Iowa Democratic Party to begin looking forward, and my presence in my current role makes that more difficult," Price wrote on Wednesday to the state party's Central Committee. | Troy Price will resign as the chair of the Iowa Democratic Party. This is his letter of resignation sent to the state central…
rt.com/usa/480711-iowa-democratic-chair-resignation/

Meet the Journalist Who Exposed Bloomberg's Racist Defense of Targeting Black & Brown Youth
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-12
"#BloombergIsRacist." That's the hashtag that's trending on Twitter since audio of remarks made by 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg surfaced earlier this week. In the clip from the 2015 Aspen Institute, Bloomberg is heard defending the New York City Police Department's controversial "stop-and-frisk" policies, saying, "Ninety-five percent of your murders and murderers and murdered victims fit one MO. You can just take the description, xerox it and pass it out to all the cops." He continues, "They are male minorities, 15 to 25. That's true in New York. It's true…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/12/michael_bloomberg_aspen_2015_unearthed_audio

Deadline Looming, Strongest Surveillance Reform Bill Yet Emerges
Neema Singh Guliani | aclu.org | 2020-02-12
Congress has just five weeks to decide the fate of key foreign | intelligence surveillance powers

They Rocked New Hampshire–but Pete and Amy Still Can't Win Over Black Voters
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2020-02-12
They Rocked New Hampshire–but Pete and Amy Still Can't Win Over Black Voters…
thenation.com/article/politics/buttigieg-klobuchar-privilege/

The Primaries Are Protecting Trump
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2020-02-12
The Primaries Are Protecting Trump…
thenation.com/article/politics/primaries-democratic-protecting-trump/

The Disastrous Iowa Caucuses Were Just the Beginning
Jeffrey Cox | thenation.com | 2020-02-12
The Disastrous Iowa Caucuses Were Just the Beginning…
thenation.com/article/politics/iowa-caucuses-democrats/

'Too polite'? Bette Midler says Dems must 'toughen up' in wake of car attack on GOP volunteers
rt.com | 2020-02-12
One of President Donald Trump's most vocal critics, actress and musician Bette Midler, thinks Democrats need to "toughen up" in their fight against the GOP, even after a Florida man was jailed for physically attacking Republicans. | During one of her anti-Trump tirades on Tuesday night

ABC Asking for Attacks Was a Lazy Way to Run a Debate
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2020-02-11
You knew it was going to be a long night when ABC's George Stephanopoulos spent the first 11 minutes of the February 7 Democratic presidential debate directing a discussion about how risky it would be to have a democratic socialist at the top of the ticket. | After asking Joe Biden about the "risks" of nominating Bernie Sanders (or Pete Buttigieg)–setting Biden up to…
fair.org/home/abc-asking-for-attacks-was-a-lazy-way-to-run-a-debate/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=abc-asking-for-attacks-was-a-lazy-way-to-run-a-debate

Molly Crabapple: Bloomberg Is a Billionaire Republican Who Terrorized Black & Brown Youth
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-11
Polls open Tuesday in New Hampshire for the first primary of the 2020 presidential cycle. The Democratic candidates have been criss-crossing the state in the days leading up to the vote, which has even more significance this year following the muddled results of the Iowa caucuses. We continue our conversation with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and a former New Hampshire legislator; Norman Solomon, co-founder and national coordinator of RootsAction.org, which is supporting Bernie Sanders; and we are joined in New York by Molly Crabapple, an artist, writer and activist who recently pu…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/11/mike_bloomberg_leaked_audio_aspen

Despite Corporate Media's "War on Bernie," Sanders Rides Wave of Support into New Hampshire Primary
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-11
Polls have opened in New Hampshire for the first primary of the election season. The vote comes eight days after the still-disputed Iowa caucuses, where both Senator Bernie Sanders and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg claimed victory. Both candidates have asked for a partial recanvass of the results. We speak with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and a former New Hampshire legislator, and Norman Solomon, co-founder and national coordinator of RootsAction.org, which is supporting Bernie Sanders.
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/11/new_hampshire_primary_2020

Trump's New Budget Funds Endless War & Nuclear Weapons While Slashing Aid to Poor & Hungry Americans
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-11
President Trump unveiled his 2021 budget request Monday, proposing massive cuts to Medicaid and food stamps while increasing spending on the military and his border wall. The $4.8 trillion budget would slash Environmental Protection Agency spending by more than a quarter while allocating $18 billion for Trump's newly established Space Force. Trump is also requesting billions more for nuclear weapons, including a new submarine-launched nuclear warhead. Experts and Democratic lawmakers warn that increasing the nuclear stockpile will increase the likelihood of nuclear war and defy international agreements. Democrats…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/11/trump_2021_budget

A Victory for Vulture Funds: Puerto Rico's Unelected Financial Control Board Strikes Debt Deal
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-11
Puerto Rico's financial control board has struck a deal with bondholders to shed about $24 billion from its general obligation debt. The deal announced Sunday will cut the island's outstanding general obligation debt from $35 billion to about $11 billion; however, the island would have to pay about $3.8 billion upfront. The agreement will still need to be approved by Puerto Rico's Legislature. Puerto Rico's financial control board filed for bankruptcy in 2017 to attempt to restructure $129 billion in debt. The board, which is often referred to as "La Junta," is an unelected board that runs much of Puerto Rico's e…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/11/puerto_rico_debt

Who Can Beat Trump? After Iowa Caucus Debacle, Stakes Increase for New Hampshire Primary
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-11
As voters head to the polls in New Hampshire for the nation's first presidential primary, we speak with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and former Democratic gubernatorial candidate.
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/11/who_can_beat_trump_after_iowa

"Our Very Existence Is the Resistance": An Hour w/ AOC, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib & Ilhan Omar
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-10
On Friday, Democracy Now! co-host Nermeen Shaikh sat down for a rare joint interview with the Squad, the group of four freshmen Democratic congresswomen who have taken Capitol Hill by storm: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Omar and Tlaib are the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Omar is a former refugee from Somalia, and Tlaib is the first female Palestinian-American member of Congress. Ayanna Pressley is the first African-American woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts. Ocasio-Cortez was just 29 years old w…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/10/democracy_now_the_squad_sotu

Hasan Sits Down With Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders | zcomm.org | 2020-02-08
Interview on aging and retirement in America…
zcomm.org/zvideo/1029014/

Media darling Pete Buttigieg was in unit that worked with the CIA in Afghanistan
Alexander Rubinstein | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-08
While Buttigieg's campaign denies allegations he was a CIA asset, military records reveal Mayor Pete was in a unit that…
thegrayzone.com/2020/02/07/pete-buttigieg-cia-afghanistan/

Iowa debacle fueled by anti-Bernie billionaires, Russiagate hucksters, failed DNC elites
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-07
Max Blumenthal breaks down the shadowy network of billionaires, Democratic elites, and Russiagate profiteers behind the Shadow app that ruined…
thegrayzone.com/2020/02/07/iowa-debacle-fueled-by-anti-bernie-billionaires-russiagate-hucksters-failed-dnc-elites/

Media Urge Palestinians to Take Crumbs–Because Democracy Is Not on Offer
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2020-02-07
by Gregory Shupak The Trump administration's "Vision for Peace" | The Trump administration's " Deal of the Century" is supposedly a plan to solve the question of Palestine. But as Michael Lynk, the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, points out, the deal doesn't offer Palestinians…
fair.org/home/media-urge-palestinians-to-take-crumbs-because-democracy-is-not-on-offer/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=media-urge-palestinians-to-take-crumbs-because-democracy-is-not-on-offer

Laurie Garrett: World Can't Let Racist Attitudes Impact Handling of Coronavirus Outbreak
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-07
The Chinese doctor who warned the government about a possible coronavirus outbreak has died after contracting the virus while working at Wuhan Central Hospital. Thirty-four-year-old ophthalmologist Li Wenliang warned his fellow medical workers about coronavirus on December 30. He was then investigated by police and accused of "making false comments." His death has sparked a wave of anger and outrage in China, where the hashtag "We want freedom of speech" went viral on Chinese social media site Weibo this week. The death toll from the coronavirus has now topped 630 people in China, with more than 31,000 confirmed…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/7/laurie_garrett_china_coronavirus_response

Manufacturing Success: CNN's Premature Parade for Buttigieg in Iowa
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2020-02-07
Four days after the Iowa caucuses took place, no victor has been declared and the vote remains mired in controversy and irregularities. But if you've been watching CNN for the last few days, you could be excused for imagining Pete Buttigieg had won. | Some at CNN simply took it as fact that Buttigieg had won Iowa–like David Axelrod, who declared ( 2/4/20): "The way he won in Iowa, and I think he was trying to make this point here, is a road map." CNN anchor Jim Sciutto, ready to discuss th…
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Human Rights Watch: 200 Salvadoran Asylum Seekers Killed, Raped or Tortured After U.S. Deportation
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-07
A shocking new report says at least 200 Salvadoran asylum seekers were either killed, raped or tortured after being deported from the United States back to El Salvador. Human Rights Watch found that some 138 people deported to El Salvador were murdered by gang members, police, soldiers, death squads or ex-partners between 2013 and 2019. The report says most of the victims were killed within two years after being deported, by the same perpetrators the asylum seekers had fled from. From Denver, Colorado, we speak to Clara Long, senior researcher for Human Rights Watch. And joining us from El Salvador, we speak to "
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Billionaire pro-Israel Buttigieg backer Seth Klarman funds group behind Iowa's disastrous voting app
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-04
Behind the app that delayed Iowa's voting results is a dark money operation funded by anti-Bernie Sanders billionaires. Its top…
thegrayzone.com/2020/02/04/pro-israel-buttigieg-seth-klarman-iowas-voting-app/

Biden Threatens Lawsuit to Halt Release of Real Iowa Caucus Results
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2020-02-04
American democracy–ain't it grand?>…

Biden Threatens Lawsuit to Halt Release of Real Iowa Caucus Results

War with Iran Is at Stake–and Democrats' High Jumps Over Low Standards Aren't Helping
Norman Solomon | zcomm.org | 2020-02-02
The huge crisis with Iran is more dangerous because so many Democrats have been talking out of both sides of their mouths…
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The Times They Are a-Changin: Bernie Sanders
Various Contributors | zcomm.org | 2020-02-01
Sometimes it feels like our world is falling apart, but real change is all around us…
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2020-02-14: News Headlines

Staff (2020-02-14). Rep. Rashida Tlaib: Trump's "Racist" Plan Would Legalize the Theft of Palestinian Land. democracynow.org We continue our conversation with Congressmember Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress. She responds to President Trump's Middle East plan, under which Israel would gain sovereignty over large areas of the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem would be under total Israeli control, and all Jewish settlers in the occupied territory would be allowed to remain in their homes. Tlaib says the plan was formulated with a "racist lens" that ignores Palestinian lives and aspirations. Tlaib says she wants people "to know what the human impact is of taking people's land, taking people's…

David Rosen (2020-02-14). Sanders vs. the Establishment Democrats: McGovern All Over Again? counterpunch.org It's a perfect time to recall a famous quote from one of the nation's foremost philosophers, Yogi Berra: Its "déjà vu all over again." Is the Democratic Party replaying the lost saga of 2016 but with a very 2020 twist? Bernie Sander (D-VT) appears to have been robbed of the 2016 nomination, beaten out by Hillary Clinton (Sec. of

Staff (2020-02-14). Post-Impeachment, House Democrats Set Sights on Barr. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — House Democrats frustrated over Democrats have demanded more information about Barr's intervention in the case of Roger Stone, a longtime Trump confidant who was

Special to People's World (2020-02-14). Sanders says his health plan would protect culinary workers in Nevada. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday issued a statement saying his Medicare for All plan would protect the benefits workers with good union-negotiated health plans currently have. He issued the statement after Culinary Workers Union Local 226 announced it would not endorse in the 2020 Nevada Democratic caucus: "I very much appreciate the struggle …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-02-14). Senate follows House in banning money for Trump war on Iran. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—By a bipartisan 55-45 vote on Feb. 13, the GOP-run Senate followed the Democratic-run House and barred saber-rattling Donald Trump from spending any military money to make war on Iran. Eight Republicans joined all 45 Democrats and both independents in voting against Trump and against war on Iran. One of the eight, Maine's Susan Collins, …

Robert Reich (2020-02-14). Robert Reich: Bloomberg Wants to Buy Our Democracy. truthdig.com If the former mayor of New York prevails in November, he could usher in a new American oligarchy. Let's hope it never comes to that.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-02-14). Warren calls for impeachment of the Attorney General. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has become the first prominent lawmaker to demand House impeachment of GOP President Donald Trump's attorney general, William Barr, for Barr's kowtowing to Trump's demand to cut the court sentence of convicted top Trump campaign fixer and lackey Roger Stone. Together, the Trump-Barr sequence represents "a descent into …

Staff (2020-02-14). Detroit Overtaxed Residents by $600M, Causing Foreclosure Crisis. Residents Are Now Fighting Back. democracynow.org In Detroit, a showdown between progressive lawmakers and the city is taking on racist housing policies that robbed African Americans in Detroit of their homes and widened the racial wealth gap. On Thursday, the Coalition for Property Tax Justice announced a class-action lawsuit against the city of Detroit, Wayne County and the state of Michigan in response to unfair property tax foreclosures. One in four Detroit properties have been subject to property tax foreclosure, a level comparable only to tax foreclosure rates during the Great Depression. According to legal experts, many of the foreclosures were caused by…

Mike Miller (2020-02-14). Race and Class: Overcoming the Divides. counterpunch.org Preface The forthcoming 2020 election is again highlighting the country's apparently deep divides on race and class. A common formulation is that a hopelessly racist White working class is locked into the new Trump Republican Party which consciously has adopted a divide-and-conquer strategy based on race. The mainstream Democratic Party hope is that an electoral

Staff (2020-02-14). One Billion Rising: Eve Ensler & Taína Asili Mark V-Day and Campaign to End Sexual Violence. democracynow.org This Valentine's Day, people around the world are taking to the streets to protest violence against women and girls. From the Philippines to India to Italy to Bolivia, thousands of women in more than 100 countries will reclaim public space through dance and performance as part of a global movement called One Billion Rising. The movement takes its name from the shocking statistic that one in three women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. One Billion Rising started on Valentine's Day 2012 and has continued to grow every year since. Participants say they won't stop dancing until violence…

RT (2020-02-14). Prank call Greta strikes again: Bernie 'agrees' to rap collaboration with Eilish & West, but smells a rat over 'KGB sleeper agent'. rt.com Bernie Sanders would apparently wear a gold chain and rap in front of posh cars in order to battle climate change, an idea suggested by Russian pranksters. But being called a KGB sleeper agent proved to be too much. | The Democratic primary frontrunner seems to be the latest target of the comedy duo Vovan and Lexus, who have for years been playing pranks on the world's leading politicians. Their latest hoax was to phone people while posing as Greta Thunberg, the teen climate activist, and her father. Representative Maxine Waters and actor Joaquin Phoenix were previously pranked by the fake Greta, and now it wa…

Joseph Natoli (2020-02-14). Vichy Democrats vs. the Master Voice. counterpunch.org One reading of the present shows us a hyped economic reality but also political and cultural realities hyped so far that simulacra is quite easily digested and regurgitated as reality. In a world of simulacra, reality is not only a vacated former presence, like a former tenant, but unrecognizable in any reappearance. It's a war

Julie Hollar (2020-02-14). Pundits Look to Bloomberg as Their Anti-Sanders Savior. fair.org by Julie Hollar | Coming out of the first two Democratic primary states, with Bernie Sanders leading in votes and Pete Buttigieg leading in delegates, who is "starting to dominate the national political debate like no one in the past five years other than President Donald Trump"? | According to NBC's Jonathan Allen (

Russell Mokhiber (2020-02-14). NPR and the Escalating Attack on Single-Payer Health Care. counterpunch.org National Public Radio's Mara Liasson this weekend entered a new term into the corporate liberal establishment's attack on single payer healthcare. Mandatory Medicare for All. As in — do you want Bernie Sanders' Mandatory Medicare for All — or Mayor Pete Buttigieg's Voluntary Medicare for Those Who Want It? It was the first time that

RT (2020-02-14). US 'ready to help' N. Korea combat virus — State Department. rt.com The United States expressed deep concern about North Korea's vulnerability to the outbreak of a new virus and said it was ready to support efforts by aid organizations to contain the spread of the illness in the country. | Pyongyang has moved to strengthen quarantines and other preventive measures after the illness outbreak in China, North Korea's neighbor and closest ally. | "We strongly support and encourage the work of US and international aid and health organizations to counter and contain the spread of coronavirus" in North Korea, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said. "The United States is rea…

Staff (2020-02-14). Being Joe Biden's Brother Is Highly Lucrative. truthdig.com Jim Biden has been at his sibling's side from the very start. He's also exploited Joe's fame and connections for his own financial gain.

Andrew Levine (2020-02-14). Mayor Mike, Worse Than Mayor Pete. counterpunch.org Michael Bloomberg is essentially an old school Republican. He hates Trump, the worst American president ever, but he loved George W. Bush, the second worst president in modern times. He may honestly think that black and brown lives matter, but, as mayor of New York City, he showed, time and again, that, for him gentrification — and its concomitants, mass incarceration of young black and Latino men, and brutal "law and order" policing

RT (2020-02-14). Information wars: GOP lawmaker on quest to officially declare CNN and the Washington Post 'fake news'. rt.com In these times of political division, Americans on the far ends of the political spectrum often accuse each other of misinformation — but one GOP lawmaker wants CNN and the Washington Post to be officially declared "fake news." | Micah Van Huss, a Republican state lawmaker from Tennessee, has introduced a

Michael Brennan (2020-02-14). Timeline: How the DNC Manipulated 2016 Presidential Race. counterpunch.org December 16, 2014: President Obama signs into law omnibus spending bill that increases maximum possible individual political contributions from $129,600 annually to $777,600, substantially increasing the amount of money flowing through party committees. (Congressional Research Services) April 7, 2015: A Clinton campaign memo to the DNC articulates "Pied Piper" strategy to elevate the most extreme Republican candidates: "Our hope

William Kaufman (2020-02-14). Tulsi Gabbard: A Political Postmortem. counterpunch.org The all-or-nothing New Hampshire gamble of Tulsi Gabbard has come up snake eyes. As I write, with 97 percent of the vote tallied, she is in seventh place, with a meager 3.3 percent of the vote, behind Tom Steyer. It is hard to imagine any path forward for her. And, frankly, one must acknowledge that

Staff (2020-02-14). Bernie Sanders Takes Lead in Texas Primary Poll, Doubling Support Since October. truthout.org A University of Texas/Texas Tribune The survey, conducted between Jan. 31 and Feb. 9, showed Sanders with 24% support among likely Texas Democratic primary voters. Former Vice Preside…

WSWS (2020-02-14). Letter to members of the Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA). wsws.org Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Democratic Socialists of America say it is possible to fight for socialism from within the Democratic Party. Such a political program is not real socialism and can only lead to disaster.

Jeff Cohen (2020-02-14). Bernie Sanders Faces a Media Rigged Against Him. truthdig.com CNN routinely features guests who are critical of the Vermont senator. What it fails to mention is that many are major corporate lobbyists.

David Swanson (2020-02-14). Why This Election Is Different. counterpunch.org Elections, I think most of us can agree, usually bring out the idiocy, superficiality, and illogic in everyone who can muster any. Imagine supporting, as many did, Sanders and then Trump because they were both "outsiders." On Tuesday, I heard somebody on CNN announce that Sanders and Klobuchar were both "change candidates" (because you'd have

WSWS (2020-02-14). Sanders tells New York Times he would consider a preemptive strike against Iran or North Korea. wsws.org The answers given by Sanders' campaign to a foreign policy survey published this month by the Times provides a revealing picture of the attitude of the self-styled "democratic socialist" to American imperialism and war.

WSWS (2020-02-14). Black Democrats endorse Bloomberg after release of racist boasts on "stop-and-frisk" wsws.org The immediate response of elected African-American Democrats to the exposure of the billionaire Bloomberg's racist remarks was to boost him as the only candidate who can defeat President Donald Trump in November.

Prof. Joseph H. Chung (2020-02-14). The Political Economy of Corruption: Corruption Kills People, Ruins the Economy, Violates Human Rights. globalresearch.ca The whole world is facing the deepening and widening corruption which challenges the very survival of the free democracy and the free market economy. | Korea has been suffering for last 70 years from the corruption culture. But owing to courageous …

Meagan Day (2020-02-14). Michael Bloomberg's Campaign Is an Insult to Democracy. zcomm.org When newly released audio of Michael Bloomberg defending his racist policing policies was circulated this week, the mainstream media had his back…

Staff (2020-02-14). Klobuchar Has Pushed Extreme Right-Wing Policy on Israel/Palestine. truthout.org In recent days, much of the mainstream media has been focusing on the rise of centrist Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar as a serious contender in the Democratic presidential primary. Many in the more progressive wing of the party have been criticizing her positions on

WSWS (2020-02-14). Workers at GM's Silao, Mexico plant charge union with stuffing ballots during recognition vote. wsws.org The effort by General Motors and the Confederation of Mexican Workers to certify their contract at the Silao complex is a warning to workers across Mexico about the anti-democratic content of the government's supposed labor reforms.

WSWS (2020-02-14). Growth of fascistic attacks on refugees in Greece. wsws.org A thousand threads tie the fascistic thugs on the streets hunting down refugees to the ruling Greek capitalist party, New Democracy.

WSWS (2020-02-14). Sound the alarm! Political conspiracy and the resurgence of fascism in Germany. wsws.org Last week's decision by the Christian Democratic Union in the federal state of Thuringia to elect a state premier together with the right-wing extremist Alternative for Germany exposes the filthy state of German politics.

Staff (2020-02-14). Headlines for February 14, 2020. democracynow.org Senate Passes Resolution Limiting Trump's War Powers Authority, Attorney General William Barr Criticizes Trump's Tweets, Bloomberg Criticized for Falsely Blaming 2008 Crisis on End of Redlining, Top Wall Street Executives on Biden Guest List for Manhattan Fundraiser, Ex-Ohio State Wrestler Says Rep. Jim Jordan Begged Him to Cover Up Sexual Abuse, Last Month Was Hottest January on Record, Indigenous Anti-Pipeline Blockades Cripple Canada's Rail Transportation, Intercept: Canadian Fossil Fuel Company "Bought" Oregon Sheriff Department Unit, Judge Temporarily Blocks Microsoft-Pentagon Contract After Amazon Lawsuit,…

Fight Back (2020-02-14). Major anti-war groups join the Coalition to March on the DNC. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – As the July 13 start of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) draws closer, the Coalition to March on the DNC has risen to the occasion. Since the start of the new year, the coalition has seen tremendous gains. | Between leading a 2000-person demonstration against Donald Trump when he visited Milwaukee on January 14 and butting heads with the city while trying to host a press conference to announce a lawsuit for our right to protest, traffic to the Facebook page has increased dramatically, including numerous inquiries about how people can get more involved. | Perhaps the most significant indica…

Andre Damon (2020-02-14). Trump Pledges to Veto Senate "War Powers Resolution", Uses Pentagon Funds to Build Border Wall. globalresearch.ca Strengthened by the failure of the Democrats' impeachment drive, President Donald Trump has accelerated his efforts to expand the powers of the presidency in every sphere. | On Thursday, the Senate approved a symbolic bill instructing the White House to "terminate …

WSWS (2020-02-14). Trump pledges to veto war powers resolution, uses Pentagon funds to build border wall. wsws.org Strengthened by the failure of the Democrats' impeachment drive, President Trump has accelerated his efforts to expand the powers of the presidency in every sphere.

Michael Harris (2020-02-14). California – Pan African Agribusiness Trade – 2020 World Ag Expo. indybay.org 2020 World Ag Expo offers tangible solutions to assist the African Continential Free Trade Area achieve 2025 goals. The California Black Agriculture Working Group remains committed and fully engaged to achieve mutually beneficial goals.

Robert L. Borosage (2020-02-14). What We Already Owe to Bernie Sanders. thenation.com What We Already Owe to Bernie Sanders…

Jeet Heer (2020-02-14). How Can Warren Win? By Attacking Bloomberg. thenation.com How Can Warren Win? By Attacking Bloomberg.

Eric Alterman (2020-02-14). The Modern GOP Is Built on Lies. thenation.com The Modern GOP Is Built on Lies…

Sasha Abramsky (2020-02-14). Republicans Have Made It Clear They Will Let Trump Become a Dictator. Will We? thenation.com Republicans Have Made It Clear They Will Let Trump Become a Dictator. Will We?

sputniknews (2020-02-14). Trump Gets Bashed Online After Claiming Pelosi Had 'Venom & Hatred Coming Out of Her Ears'. sputniknews.com The US president also reportedly labelled Pelosi a "person that started an impeachment and lost", adding that she "goes down as a loser, which she is".

Staff (2020-02-14). The Corporate Media Is Directly Profiting from Mike Bloomberg's Rise as He Spends Fortune on TV Ads. democracynow.org Billionaire Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is rising in the polls in the wake of the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. Democracy Now! co-host Juan González speaks with us about Bloomberg's approach to campaign spending, the administration's policies during his three terms as mayor of New York City and the scores of lawsuits filed against Bloomberg and his company. "It's amazing to me that Michael Bloomberg is getting as much attention as he is," González says.

CounterSpin (2020-02-14). Jim Naureckas on Democratic Primaries, Nina Luo on Decriminalizing Sex Work. fair.org Media…

Nick Pemberton (2020-02-14). The Overwhelming Sex Appeal Of Bernie Sanders. counterpunch.org "the obligation to confess is now relayed through so many different points…that we no longer perceive it as the effect of a power that constrains us" —Michel Foucault Happy Valentines Day to all Bernie Bros, Bernie Gals, and non-binary Berners. The first time I heard the Daddy component of Bernie Sanders explained was when Jeffrey

Michael Pappas (2020-02-13). Democrats Team Up With Trump to Maintain Disastrous Healthcare System. dissidentvoice.org On Tuesday, February 4, Donald Trump delivered his third State of the Union (SOTU) address. As expected, it was filled with contradictions, falsehoods, and distortions. Among other things, Trump spoke for close to ten minutes about health care in the U.S., claiming that he "will always protect Medicare." However, neither Trump and the Republicans, nor …

Staff (2020-02-13). Did Amy Klobuchar Send an Innocent Teenager to Life in Prison? Questions Mount over Her Record as DA. democracynow.org After a surprising third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is attempting to gain ground in the national polls. But Klobuchar is also facing mounting scrutiny over her record as a district attorney in Minnesota. The Minneapolis NAACP, Black Lives Matter Twin Cities and other racial justice groups recently called on Klobuchar to suspend her presidential campaign following a shocking investigation by the Associated Press. The AP report centered on the case of Myon Burrell, an African-American teenager who was sentenced to life in prison over the 2002 murder of 11-year-old Tye…

Staff (2020-02-13). The Wet'suwet'en Fight Against New Pipeline Spreads Across Canada with Blockades & Occupations. democracynow.org A major anti-pipeline struggle continues in Canada, where protests have broken out across the country in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en land defenders whose sovereign land in northern British Columbia was raided last week and over the weekend by Canadian police. Dozens were arrested in the days-long raid of unceded indigenous territories, where hereditary chiefs have been in a protracted battle to protect their land from the construction of TransCanada's 400-mile, $4.7 billion Coastal GasLink pipeline. The raids took place about 700 miles north of Vancouver and sparked outrage across the country. In Ontario, a Moha…

Staff (2020-02-13). Time's Up for Harvey Weinstein? Closing Arguments Begin in Rape Trial in NYC. democracynow.org Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Thursday in the trial of disgraced Hollywood mogul and accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein. The jury is expected to begin deliberating on Tuesday. Weinstein faces five felonies based on accusations by two women and, if convicted, could face up to life in prison. The trial comes more than two years after initial accusations against the film producer were published in The New Yorker and The New York Times, fueling the #MeToo movement that swept Hollywood and beyond. Since then, over 100 women have accused Weinstein of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment. During t…

Leonard C. Goodman (2020-02-13). The Iowa fiasco and the Democrats' shadowy plot to stop Bernie. mronline.org Yogi Berra, the great Yankees catcher, had the memorable line, "It's like deja vu all over again." Bernie Sanders supporters might have been thinking the same thing after the fiasco of the Iowa caucuses. |

RT (2020-02-13). US Senate strikes symbolic blow against Trump by limiting war powers toward Iran with new resolution. rt.com The US Senate has passed a resolution limiting President Donald Trump's war powers in the case of Iran. The measure would only allow the president authority to strike in the case of self-defense or an imminent attack. | Eight Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the measure, which was passed 55-45. The resolution fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto, meaning this resolution is more symbolic than anything. | The president made his feelings on the War Powers Resolution clear on Wednesday when he tweeted that Iran would "have a field day" if his hands "were tied" due…

Staff (2020-02-13). "Traumatizing from the Get-Go": Weinstein Trial Exposes Flawed Approach to Sexual Assault Cases. democracynow.org We continue our conversation about the trial of alleged sexual predator Harvey Weinstein, ahead of the scheduled start of opening arguments today. Weinstein is facing five felony charges, based on accusations brought forth by two women in the case, and, if convicted, could face up to life in prison. Last week, one of his accusers, Jessica Mann, broke down and went into an apparent panic attack during questioning from Weinstein's lawyers, forcing the judge to adjourn proceedings for the day. Mann was made to read past emails to a boyfriend, in which she disclosed she had been sexually assaulted before meeting Wein…

Staff (2020-02-13). Sanders and AOC's Fracking Ban Angers Centrists and Their Fossil Fuel Backers. truthout.org House Democrats have finally unveiled a flurry of climate bills aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but activists say only one proposal represents the "gold standard" for tackling the climate crisis: Legislation introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that would ban fracking nationwide. While none of these bills are likely to become law under President Trump, together they form the contours of a fierce debate among Democrats and environmentalists over the f…

Staff (2020-02-13). Company Behind Iowa Caucus App Has a Deeply Troubling Plan to Manipulate Voters. truthout.org Those gathered to see the Iowa caucus results roll in on February 4 were sorely disappointed — the vote-counting process had been disrupted by a malfunctioning app, delaying the announcement of the final results. The botched voting process caused uproar online, sparking rumors about another Democratic National Committee effort to sideline Sen. Bernie Sanders. The debacle also brought scrutiny to Shadow, the company that created the app, which bills itself as a "progressive digital co…

Staff (2020-02-13). Democrats' Shadowy Plot to Stop Bernie Sanders. truthdig.com Yogi Berra, the great Yankees catcher, had the memorable line, "It's like deja vu all over again." | Bernie Sanders supporters might have been thinking the same thing after the fiasco of the Iowa caucuses. | It was just four years ago that the corporate hacks who run the Democratic Party rigged the 2016 primary election process to favor Hillary Clinton and stop Sanders: The Democratic National Committee, which is supposed to stay neutral in a primary, secretly funneled party funds to Hillary's campaign, fed Hillary debate questions before a CNN town hall, and selected superdelegates who pledged their votes to Hil…

Ted Morgan (2020-02-13). Why the Democrats Should Back Bernie Sanders: And Why They Won't, If They Can Possibly Help It. commondreams.org The real hope represented by Bernie Sanders' campaign is that he can pull together these sharply separated populations—in the process shifting the focus to the elite forces whose propaganda has kept them apart. (Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/bernie_sanders_26.jpg

Peter Bolton (2020-02-13). Sanders is currently the 2020 frontrunner — but could it be 2016 all over again? thecanary.co Bernie Sanders has won the most votes in the Outright victory in New Hampshire. But not in Iowa…: | On 11 February, pr…

Stephen Lendman (2020-02-13). Dems Phony War Powers Resolution. globalresearch.ca US 20th and 21st century history shows Dems more hellbent for war than Republicans. | In 1916, Dem Woodrow Wilson was reelected on a pledge of: "He Kept Us Out of War." | Straightaway, he began planning US involvement in Europe's war …

Staff (2020-02-13). Trump Says His Budget Doesn't Cut Social Security — But Mnuchin Admits It Does. truthout.org During a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin — using euphemistic language Democratic lawmakers described as "

Fight Back (2020-02-13). Duterte continues US military control of the Philippines despite VFA termination notice. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following February 11 statement By Jose Maria Sison, National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Chief Political Consultant. | The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) notice of termination takes effect after 180 days. The people cannot be sure that Duterte will not change his mind within that lengthy period. Previously, Duterte postured about terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement but after a few months allowed Balikatan exercises under VFA. | In the meantime, there are other military treaties with the US: Mutual Defense Treaty, Mutual Logistics Support Agreement…

teleSUR (2020-02-13). Trump Asks $3.8 Billion From Military for Mexico Border Wall. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Defense Department asked Congress to reprogram more than $3.8 billion from funding for the National Guard and weapons programs to pay for a wall on the border with Mexico, setting another possible confrontation with Democrats, Reuters News Agency reported. | RELATED: | Three years after arriving at the presidency, Donald Trump is keeping his central promise of building a wall on the southern border of the nation and heads h…

Robert C. Koehler (2020-02-13). The Wall: Separating Democracy From Voters. commondreams.org Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg speaks during the kickoff of his "Get it Done Express" bus tour as a protester holds up a sign reading "Billionaires Should Not Buy Elections" at the Dollarhide Community Center in Compton, California on February 3, 2020. (Photo: Frederic J. Bown / AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/billionaires.jpg

teleSUR (2020-02-13). US Senate Approves to Limit Trump's War Power on Iran. telesurenglish.net The United States Senate approved legislation Thursday to limit President Donald Trump's ability to wage war against Iran in order to prevent any further escalation of broader regional conflict. | RELATED: | Eight of Trump's fellow Republicans joined Democrats to pass the war powers resolution by 55-45. The measure would require Trump to remove U.S. troops engaged in hostilities against Iran unless Congress declares war or pas…

Alexander Rubinstein (2020-02-13). State-backed Alliance for Securing Democracy disinfo shop falsely smears The Grayzone as 'state-backed'. thegrayzone.com In painting critical reporting on the Iowa caucuses debacle as a Russian plot, a Western government-backed information warfare shop smeared…

Staff (2020-02-13). Michael Bloomberg's Stop-and-Frisk Apology Tour Is Too Little, Too Late. truthdig.com The former mayor of New York City spent years pursuing and defending a racist policy. For Democratic voters, it should be disqualifying.

WSWS (2020-02-13). Trump continues post-impeachment power grab with Roger Stone intervention. wsws.org Following the Democrats' failed impeachment drive, President Trump is moving to consolidate his personal control over the government and surround himself with officials directly dependent on his approval.

teleSUR (2020-02-13). AOC Blasts Bloomberg Over 'Racist' Stop and Frisk Policy. telesurenglish.net United States Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed Thursday Democratic presidential candidate and businessman Michael Bloomberg over his record as the mayor of New York City and the contentious "stop and frisk" policy he backed while in office. | RELATED: | Ocasio-Cortez said Bloomberg is "just a billionaire trying to cover up authoritarian and racist policy," if he does not take action to provide relief to…

Staff (2020-02-13). Headlines for February 13, 2020. democracynow.org Attorney General William Barr to Testify Before House Judiciary Committee, Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus Skyrocket in Hubei, China, Bloomberg Would Pay Billions Less Under His Tax Plan Than Sanders', U.N. Releases List of 100 Companies Linked to Israeli-Occupied West Bank Settlements, Mexico: Outrage over Murder of 25-Year-Old Ingrid Escamilla, Former Guatemalan Presidential Candidate Sentenced to 15 Years by U.S. Court, 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill May Have Been 30% Bigger Than Thought, New York Has Highest Number of Premature Deaths from Out-of-State Air Pollution, El Paso Walmart Shooter Pleads Not Guilty…

teleSUR-age (2020-02-13). Democratic Party Asks to Investigate Trump for Abuse of Power. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Democratic Party is calling for an investigation into President Donald Trump's influence on the Justice Department's decision to lower the sentencing recommendation for White House leader's friend Roger Stone, who was found guilty last year of lying to Congress, obstruction, and manipulation of witnesses. | RELATED: | The sudden decision by U.S. Attorney General William Barr to request a lighter prison term f…

WSWS (2020-02-13). New York City police in open revolt against Mayor de Blasio. wsws.org Two shooting incidents by a single individual against New York officers have been used as a pretext to conduct a vicious, right-wing campaign against democratic rights.

Conor Lynch (2020-02-13). Only Sanders Can Challenge Trump's Predatory Budget Plan. truthdig.com Amid the Democratic presidential primaries and the impeachment fallout, the Trump administration released its

Staff (2020-02-13). Biden Has Raised the Most From Nevada Donors, But Sanders Leads in the Polls. truthout.org Democratic presidential candidates who received the greatest amount of donations from Iowa and New Hampshire residents also finished at the top of the polls in the two early primaries. | If those results are any indication of what can be expected from the upcoming Nevada caucuses, then this time, it's former Vice President Biden has raised almo…

Staff (2020-02-13). Bloomberg Once Blamed End of 'Redlining' for 2008 Collapse. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — At the height of the 2008 economic collapse, then-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the elimination of a discriminatory housing practice known as "redlining" was responsible for instigating the meltdown. | "It all started back when there was a lot of pressure on banks to make loans to everyone," Bloomberg, now a Democratic presidential candidate,

WSWS (2020-02-13). Justice Department sues New Jersey and Washington state county over "sanctuary" policies. wsws.org The lawsuits are a new stage in President Trump's campaign of anti-immigrant bigotry. In their public responses to the lawsuits, Democratic officials from New Jersey and Washington state revealed their own willingness to trade away immigrants' rights.

Staff (2020-02-13). Did Amy Klobuchar Condemn an Innocent Teenager to Life in Prison? truthout.org After a surprising third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is attempting to gain ground in the national polls. But Klobuchar is also facing mounting scrutiny over her record as a district attorney in Minnesota. The Minneapolis NAACP, Black Lives Matter Twin Cities and other racial justice groups recently called on Klobuchar to suspend her presidential campaign following a shocking investigation by the Associated Press. The AP report centered on the case of Myon Burre…

Staff (2020-02-13). Devin Nunes Is Leading Republicans in a Post-Impeachment "Strike" truthout.org Less than a week after President Trump All nine Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee were absent for a Wednesday morning hearing on the development of artificial intelligence for the purposes of national sec…

commondreams (2020-02-13). Peace Action: Senate Reclaims War Powers to Thwart Iran War. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Joan Walsh (2020-02-13). Democrats Should Welcome Michael Bloomberg to Their Debates—ASAP. thenation.com Democrats Should Welcome Michael Bloomberg to Their Debates—ASAP…

Democracy Now! (2020-02-13). First Nations Pipeline Protest: 14 Land Protectors Arrested as Canadian Police Raid Indigenous Camp. dissidentvoice.org In Canada, armed forces raided native Wet'suwet'en territory in British Columbia Monday, with at least 14 arrests being reported. Land defenders faced off with Royal Canadian Mounted Police as the police breached two checkpoints set up to keep pipeline workers out of protected territory. Indigenous leaders are reportedly being blocked from their territory. TransCanada Corporation …

Susan Price (2020-02-13). United States: Sanders versus the Democratic establishment. greenleft.org.au In the presidential contest between Republican George W Bush and the Democratic Party's Al Gore in 2000, confusing layouts on ballots in Florida — where Bush's younger brother Jeb was governor — resulte…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-02-13). 'Never Trump' Republican Operative Known for Anti-Semitic Attacks on George Soros Now Working to Defeat Sanders in Democratic Primary. commondreams.org "Forty years of dancing with the devil and all of a sudden centrist GOP voters want to switch sides so they can poison the Democratic Party too? Thanks, no thanks." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/tim_miller_0.png

RT (2020-02-12). What about stopping endless wars? Trump urges GOP to vote down Iran war resolution because it's a partisan ploy by Democrats. rt.com US President Donald Trump says the resolution that would block him from using force against Iran is a partisan trick by Democrats, even though he campaigned on a peace platform and some of his closest allies support the proposal. | "We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness," Trump tweeted on Wednesday, adding that Tehran would "have a field day" if his hands were tied. | "The Democrats are only doing this as an attempt to embarrass the Republican Party. Don't let it happen!" he urged the GOP majority. ….If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day. Sends a very bad s…

RT (2020-02-12). 'I'm not one to accept donations in a race I can't win': Yang quits presidential bid as polls close in New Hampshire. rt.com Entrepreneur Andrew Yang has bowed out of the presidential race after early results suggested the Democratic candidate failed to win delegates in the New Hampshire primary. | As early results started pouring in from the New Hampshire primaries on Tuesday night, the Democratic field lost yet another hopeful as sources close to the Yang campaign confirmed that the entrepreneur-turned-politician would be ending his presidential bid. | Commenting on his decision to pull the plug on his campaign, Yang said that he does not want to continue taking money from his supporters knowing that he will not deliver victory.

RT (2020-02-12). Sanders edges out Buttigieg to win New Hampshire primary after neck-and-neck race — projections. rt.com Senator Bernie Sanders came out on top in the hotly contested Democratic primary in New Hampshire on Tuesday, with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg finishing second, projections show. | The Vermont independent claimed victory in the New Hampshire primary after multiple outlets called the vote in his favor. | Addressing his supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire, Sanders described US President Donald Trump "as the most dangerous president in the history of this country," vowing to stop him from keeping the Oval Office for four more years. | "This victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump," Sande…

Staff (2020-02-12). South Bend Politician: I Worked with Pete Buttigieg. He Did Not Respect Black Residents' Struggles. democracynow.org 2020 presidential candidate and former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg has surprised many with his strong showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, two of the country's whitest states. But as the race moves on to South Carolina and Nevada, Buttigieg continues to poll extremely low with African-American voters. His own former constituents are condemning his treatment of the black community in South Bend during his time as mayor, calling out systemic racism in the police force. During Buttigieg's tenure, black residents were 4.3 times more likely to be arrested for possessing marijuana than white people. We…

Staff (2020-02-12). Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire Primary with Key Support from Youth Voters. democracynow.org Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has won the New Hampshire primary a week after he won the popular vote in Iowa. As of Wednesday morning, with 89% of precincts reporting, Sanders has 25.8% of the vote, narrowly beating former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is at 24.4%. Senator Amy Klobuchar placed third with nearly 20% of the vote. Both Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden received under 10% of the vote, after seeing their support plummet in recent weeks and months. At a celebration in Manchester, Bernie Sanders said his victory in New Hampshire is the beginning of the end for Donal…

Staff (2020-02-12). Feminist Scholar Barbara Smith on Identity Politics & Why She Supports Bernie Sanders for President. democracynow.org We speak with the legendary African-American feminist scholar Barbara Smith. She is a founder of the Combahee River Collective and of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press. Barbara Smith recently wrote a column in The Guardian newspaper titled "I helped coin the term 'identity politics'. I'm endorsing Bernie Sanders." Her latest book is "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith."

Staff (2020-02-12). Meet the Journalist Who Exposed Bloomberg's Racist Defense of Targeting Black & Brown Youth. democracynow.org "#BloombergIsRacist." That's the hashtag that's trending on Twitter since audio of remarks made by 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg surfaced earlier this week. In the clip from the 2015 Aspen Institute, Bloomberg is heard defending the New York City Police Department's controversial "stop-and-frisk" policies, saying, "Ninety-five percent of your murders and murderers and murdered victims fit one MO. You can just take the description, xerox it and pass it out to all the cops." He continues, "They are male minorities, 15 to 25. That's true in New York. It's true…

RT (2020-02-12). Iowa Democratic Party chair RESIGNS over caucus disaster. rt.com The Iowa caucuses fiasco has cost the state's Democratic Party chair Troy Price his job, as the final results are still unavailable due to recanvass and recount bids by frustrated candidates. | "While it is my desire to stay in this role and see this process through to completion, I do believe it is time for the Iowa Democratic Party to begin looking forward, and my presence in my current role makes that more difficult," Price wrote on Wednesday to the state party's Central Committee. | Troy Price will resign as the chair of the Iowa Democratic Party. This is his letter of resignation sent to the state central…

RT (2020-02-12). Former Goldman Sachs CEO says Sanders presidency would 'ruin our economy,' gets blasted on Twitter. rt.com An ex-CEO of Goldman Sachs who helped cause the 2008 financial crisis has claimed Bernie Sanders would ruin the economy and "screw up the US" if elected president, prompting Twitter to remind him of the Great Recession. | Billionaire Lloyd Blankfein tweeted on Wednesday that Sanders is "just as polarizing as Trump AND he'll ruin [the American] economy and doesn't care about [the American] military," before adding: "If I'm Russian, I go with Sanders this time around." | If Dems go on to nominate Sanders, the Russians will have to reconsider who to work for to best screw up the US. Sanders is just as polarizing…

Staff (2020-02-12). Headlines for February 12, 2020. democracynow.org Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire Primary, Andrew Yang and Michael Bennet Drop Out of Presidential Race, Federal Prosecutors Quit Roger Stone Case Amid Fight with DOJ Officials, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Rejects Trump's Middle East Plan in U.N. Speech, Trump Conditionally Approves Peace Deal with the Taliban, WHO Warns Coronavirus Poses "Grave Threat" to World, Opposition Leader Juan Guaidó Heckled and Protested Upon Return to Venezuela, Report: 40% of Guatemalan, Honduran & Salvadoran Migrants Fled After Relatives Killed, WSJ: ICE & CPB Use Cellphone Location Data from Games, Apps to Arrest Immigrants,…

Alan Macleod (2020-02-12). New Hampshire Primaries Paint a Picture of Modern Day Class War in America. mintpressnews.com While the primary totals for Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg were relatively close, their support came from radically different segments of the population.

news.un (2020-02-12). DR Congo Ebola outbreak still an international public health concern. news.un.org The Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains an international public health concern, experts meeting in Geneva concluded on Wednesday.

Neema Singh Guliani (2020-02-12). Deadline Looming, Strongest Surveillance Reform Bill Yet Emerges. aclu.org Congress has just five weeks to decide the fate of key foreign | intelligence surveillance powers — forcing a showdown between surveillance | reformers and defenders. And now, a group of Republicans and Democrats have | unveiled the strongest comprehensive reform proposal that we have seen | yet. | The Safeguarding Americans' Private Records Act of 2020, introduced by a

John Nichols (2020-02-12). Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire. thenation.com Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire…

Jeffrey Cox (2020-02-12). The Disastrous Iowa Caucuses Were Just the Beginning. thenation.com The Disastrous Iowa Caucuses Were Just the Beginning…

Jeet Heer (2020-02-12). The Primaries Are Protecting Trump. thenation.com The Primaries Are Protecting Trump…

Elie Mystal (2020-02-12). They Rocked New Hampshire—but Pete and Amy Still Can't Win Over Black Voters. thenation.com They Rocked New Hampshire—but Pete and Amy Still Can't Win Over Black Voters…

RT (2020-02-12). 'Too polite'? Bette Midler says Dems must 'toughen up' in wake of car attack on GOP volunteers. rt.com One of President Donald Trump's most vocal critics, actress and musician Bette Midler, thinks Democrats need to "toughen up" in their fight against the GOP, even after a Florida man was jailed for physically attacking Republicans. | During one of her anti-Trump tirades on Tuesday night — calling him a "fascist" and "dictator" this time — Midler lashed out at her own party as well. | "Democrats haven't learned a goddamned thing," she tweeted, shaming the party for being "too polite" and urging them to "toughen up" when taking on conservatives. "They play dirty," she said of Republicans, before addin…

Staff (2020-02-11). Trump's New Budget Funds Endless War & Nuclear Weapons While Slashing Aid to Poor & Hungry Americans. democracynow.org President Trump unveiled his 2021 budget request Monday, proposing massive cuts to Medicaid and food stamps while increasing spending on the military and his border wall. The $4.8 trillion budget would slash Environmental Protection Agency spending by more than a quarter while allocating $18 billion for Trump's newly established Space Force. Trump is also requesting billions more for nuclear weapons, including a new submarine-launched nuclear warhead. Experts and Democratic lawmakers warn that increasing the nuclear stockpile will increase the likelihood of nuclear war and defy international agreements. Democrats…

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Tulsi Gabbard: A Political Postmortem
William Kaufman | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
The all-or-nothing New Hampshire gamble of Tulsi Gabbard has come up snake eyes. As I write, with 97 percent of the vote tallied, she is in seventh place, with a meager 3.3 percent of the vote, behind Tom Steyer. It is hard to imagine any path forward for her. And, frankly, one must acknowledge that…
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Tulsi Gabbard: A Political Postmortem
William Kaufman | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
The all-or-nothing New Hampshire gamble of Tulsi Gabbard has come up snake eyes. As I write, with 97 percent of the vote tallied, she is in seventh place, with a meager 3.3 percent of the vote, behind Tom Steyer. It is hard to imagine any path forward for her. And, frankly, one must acknowledge that…
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Sanders says his health plan would protect culinary workers in Nevada
Special to People's World | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-14
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Prank call Greta strikes again: Bernie 'agrees' to rap collaboration with Eilish & West, but smells a rat over 'KGB sleeper agent'
rt.com | 2020-02-14
Bernie Sanders would apparently wear a gold chain and rap in front of posh cars in order to battle climate change, an idea suggested by Russian pranksters. But being called a KGB sleeper agent proved to be too much. | The Democratic primary frontrunner seems to be the latest target of the comedy duo Vovan and Lexus, who have for years been playing pranks on the world's leading politicians. Their latest hoax was to phone people while posing as Greta Thunberg, the teen climate activist, and her father. Representative Maxine Waters and actor Joaquin Phoenix were previously pranked by the fake Greta, and now it wa…
rt.com/news/480837-bernie-greta-prank-call/

Pundits Look to Bloomberg as Their Anti-Sanders Savior
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2020-02-14
by Julie Hollar | Coming out of the first two Democratic primary states, with Bernie Sanders leading in votes and Pete Buttigieg leading in delegates, who is "starting to dominate the national political debate like no one in the past five years other than President Donald Trump"? | According to NBC's Jonathan Allen ( 2/12/20), that's former New York City mayor, erstwhile Republican, and billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who has won no national deleg…
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Bernie Sanders Takes Lead in Texas Primary Poll, Doubling Support Since October
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-14
A University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released Thursday night showed Sen. Bernie Sanders leading the 2020 Democratic presidential field in the delegate-rich Super Tuesday state after doubling his support since last October. | The survey, conducted between Jan. 31 and Feb. 9, showed Sanders with 24% support among likely Texas Democratic primary voters. Former Vice Preside…
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Letter to members of the Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA)
wsws.org | 2020-02-14
Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Democratic Socialists of America say it is possible to fight for socialism from within the Democratic Party. Such a political program is not real socialism and can only lead to disaster.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/14/lett-f14.html

For Media in New Hampshire, Losing Is Winning and Winning Is Losing
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2020-02-14
The results from the New Hampshire primary are in– mercifully quickly–showing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders victorious with 26% of the vote, ahead of former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg with 24%. However, it was third place Amy Klobuchar, with 20%, who seemed to draw the greatest media buzz. The Minnesota senator has received a lot of press attention of late–almost all of it positive. | Why losing is actually winning: Vox's Matthe…
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NPR and the Escalating Attack on Single-Payer Health Care
Russell Mokhiber | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
National Public Radio's Mara Liasson this weekend entered a new term into the corporate liberal establishment's attack on single payer healthcare. Mandatory Medicare for All. As in

For Media in New Hampshire, Losing Is Winning and Winning Is Losing
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2020-02-14
The results from the New Hampshire primary are in– mercifully quickly–showing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders victorious with 26% of the vote, ahead of former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg with 24%. However, it was third place Amy Klobuchar, with 20%, who seemed to draw the greatest media buzz. The Minnesota senator has received a lot of press attention of late–almost all of it positive. | Why losing is actually winning: Vox's Matthe…
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For Media in New Hampshire, Losing Is Winning and Winning Is Losing
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2020-02-14
by Alan MacLeod | The results from the New Hampshire primary are in– mercifully quickly–showing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders victorious with 26% of the vote, ahead of former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg with 24%. However, it was third place Amy Klobuchar, with 20%, who seemed to draw the greatest media buzz. The Minnesota senator has received a lot of press attention of late–almost all of it positive. | Why losing is actually winning
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Bernie Sanders Faces a Media Rigged Against Him
Jeff Cohen | truthdig.com | 2020-02-14
CNN routinely features guests who are critical of the Vermont senator. What it fails to mention is that many are major corporate lobbyists.
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Why This Election Is Different
David Swanson | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
Elections, I think most of us can agree, usually bring out the idiocy, superficiality, and illogic in everyone who can muster any. Imagine supporting, as many did, Sanders and then Trump because they were both "outsiders." On Tuesday, I heard somebody on CNN announce that Sanders and Klobuchar were both "change candidates" (because you'd have…
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Why This Election Is Different
David Swanson | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
Elections, I think most of us can agree, usually bring out the idiocy, superficiality, and illogic in everyone who can muster any. Imagine supporting, as many did, Sanders and then Trump because they were both "outsiders." On Tuesday, I heard somebody on CNN announce that Sanders and Klobuchar were both "change candidates" (because you'd have…
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Sanders tells New York Times he would consider a preemptive strike against Iran or North Korea
wsws.org | 2020-02-14
The answers given by Sanders' campaign to a foreign policy survey published this month by the Times provides a revealing picture of the attitude of the self-styled "democratic socialist" to American imperialism and war.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/14/sand-f14.html

Rep. Rashida Tlaib: Trump's "Racist" Plan Would Legalize the Theft of Palestinian Land
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-14
We continue our conversation with Congressmember Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress. She responds to President Trump's Middle East plan, under which Israel would gain sovereignty over large areas of the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem would be under total Israeli control, and all Jewish settlers in the occupied territory would be allowed to remain in their homes. Tlaib says the plan was formulated with a "racist lens" that ignores Palestinian lives and aspirations. Tlaib says she wants people "to know what the human impact is of taking people's land, taking people's…
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib: Trump's "Racist" Plan Would Legalize the Theft of Palestinian Land
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-14
We continue our conversation with Congressmember Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress. She responds to President Trump's Middle East plan, under which Israel would gain sovereignty over large areas of the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem would be under total Israeli control, and all Jewish settlers in the occupied territory would be allowed to remain in their homes. Tlaib says the plan was formulated with a "racist lens" that ignores Palestinian lives and aspirations. Tlaib says she wants people "to know what the human impact is of taking people's land, taking people's…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/14/rashida_tlaib_trump_middle_east_plan

Major anti-war groups join the Coalition to March on the DNC
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-14
Milwaukee, WI – As the July 13 start of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) draws closer, the Coalition to March on the DNC has risen to the occasion. Since the start of the new year, the coalition has seen tremendous gains. | Between leading a 2000-person demonstration against Donald Trump when he visited Milwaukee on January 14 and butting heads with the city while trying to host a press conference to announce a lawsuit for our right to protest, traffic to the Facebook page has increased dramatically, including numerous inquiries about how people can get more involved. | Perhaps the most significant indica…
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Trump Pledges to Veto Senate "War Powers Resolution", Uses Pentagon Funds to Build Border Wall
Andre Damon | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
Strengthened by the failure of the Democrats' impeachment drive, President Donald Trump has accelerated his efforts to expand the powers of the presidency in every sphere. | On Thursday, the Senate approved a symbolic bill instructing the White House to "terminate …
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Race and Class: Overcoming the Divides
Mike Miller | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
Preface The forthcoming 2020 election is again highlighting the country's apparently deep divides on race and class. A common formulation is that a hopelessly racist White working class is locked into the new Trump Republican Party which consciously has adopted a divide-and-conquer strategy based on race. The mainstream Democratic Party hope is that an electoral…
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Warren calls for impeachment of the Attorney General
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-14
WASHINGTON–Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has become the first prominent lawmaker to demand House impeachment of GOP President Donald Trump's attorney general, William Barr, for Barr's kowtowing to Trump's demand to cut the court sentence of convicted top Trump campaign fixer and lackey Roger Stone. Together, the Trump-Barr sequence represents "a descent into …
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Michael Bloomberg's Campaign Is an Insult to Democracy
Meagan Day | zcomm.org | 2020-02-14
When newly released audio of Michael Bloomberg defending his racist policing policies was circulated this week, the mainstream media had his back…
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Vichy Democrats vs. the Master Voice
Joseph Natoli | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
One reading of the present shows us a hyped economic reality but also political and cultural realities hyped so far that simulacra is quite easily digested and regurgitated as reality. In a world of simulacra, reality is not only a vacated former presence, like a former tenant, but unrecognizable in any reappearance. It's a war…
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Trump pledges to veto war powers resolution, uses Pentagon funds to build border wall
wsws.org | 2020-02-14
Strengthened by the failure of the Democrats' impeachment drive, President Trump has accelerated his efforts to expand the powers of the presidency in every sphere.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/14/trum-f14.html

Senate follows House in banning money for Trump war on Iran
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-14
WASHINGTON–By a bipartisan 55-45 vote on Feb. 13, the GOP-run Senate followed the Democratic-run House and barred saber-rattling Donald Trump from spending any military money to make war on Iran. Eight Republicans joined all 45 Democrats and both independents in voting against Trump and against war on Iran. One of the eight, Maine's Susan Collins, …
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Robert Reich: Bloomberg Wants to Buy Our Democracy
Robert Reich | truthdig.com | 2020-02-14
If the former mayor of New York prevails in November, he could usher in a new American oligarchy. Let's hope it never comes to that.
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Workers at GM's Silao, Mexico plant charge union with stuffing ballots during recognition vote
wsws.org | 2020-02-14
The effort by General Motors and the Confederation of Mexican Workers to certify their contract at the Silao complex is a warning to workers across Mexico about the anti-democratic content of the government's supposed labor reforms.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/14/sila-f14.html

Growth of fascistic attacks on refugees in Greece
wsws.org | 2020-02-14
A thousand threads tie the fascistic thugs on the streets hunting down refugees to the ruling Greek capitalist party, New Democracy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/14/gree-f14.html

Klobuchar Has Pushed Extreme Right-Wing Policy on Israel/Palestine
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-14
In recent days, much of the mainstream media has been focusing on the rise of centrist Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar as a serious contender in the Democratic presidential primary. Many in the more progressive wing of the party have been criticizing her positions on climate change and broader environmental concerns, as w…
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Post-Impeachment, House Democrats Set Sights on Barr
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-14
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The Political Economy of Corruption: Corruption Kills People, Ruins the Economy, Violates Human Rights
Prof. Joseph H. Chung | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
The whole world is facing the deepening and widening corruption which challenges the very survival of the free democracy and the free market economy. | Korea has been suffering for last 70 years from the corruption culture. But owing to courageous …
globalresearch.ca/political-economy-corruption-corruption-kills-people-corruption-ruins-economy-corruption-violates-human-rights/5703558

Detroit Overtaxed Residents by $600M, Causing Foreclosure Crisis. Residents Are Now Fighting Back
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-14
In Detroit, a showdown between progressive lawmakers and the city is taking on racist housing policies that robbed African Americans in Detroit of their homes and widened the racial wealth gap. On Thursday, the Coalition for Property Tax Justice announced a class-action lawsuit against the city of Detroit, Wayne County and the state of Michigan in response to unfair property tax foreclosures. One in four Detroit properties have been subject to property tax foreclosure, a level comparable only to tax foreclosure rates during the Great Depression. According to legal experts, many of the foreclosures were caused by…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/14/detroit_class_action_lawsuit_foreclosures

Black Democrats endorse Bloomberg after release of racist boasts on "stop-and-frisk"
wsws.org | 2020-02-14
The immediate response of elected African-American Democrats to the exposure of the billionaire Bloomberg's racist remarks was to boost him as the only candidate who can defeat President Donald Trump in November.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/14/bloo-f14.html

One Billion Rising: Eve Ensler & Taína Asili Mark V-Day and Campaign to End Sexual Violence
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-14
This Valentine's Day, people around the world are taking to the streets to protest violence against women and girls. From the Philippines to India to Italy to Bolivia, thousands of women in more than 100 countries will reclaim public space through dance and performance as part of a global movement called One Billion Rising. The movement takes its name from the shocking statistic that one in three women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. One Billion Rising started on Valentine's Day 2012 and has continued to grow every year since. Participants say they won't stop dancing until violence…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/14/v_day_one_billion_rising

Detroit Overtaxed Residents by $600M, Causing Foreclosure Crisis. Residents Are Now Fighting Back
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-14
In Detroit, a showdown between progressive lawmakers and the city is taking on racist housing policies that robbed African Americans in Detroit of their homes and widened the racial wealth gap. On Thursday, the Coalition for Property Tax Justice announced a class-action lawsuit against the city of Detroit, Wayne County and the state of Michigan in response to unfair property tax foreclosures. One in four Detroit properties have been subject to property tax foreclosure, a level comparable only to tax foreclosure rates during the Great Depression. According to legal experts, many of the foreclosures were caused by…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/14/detroit_class_action_lawsuit_foreclosures

Sound the alarm! Political conspiracy and the resurgence of fascism in Germany
wsws.org | 2020-02-14
Last week's decision by the Christian Democratic Union in the federal state of Thuringia to elect a state premier together with the right-wing extremist Alternative for Germany exposes the filthy state of German politics.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/14/pers-f14.html

Black Democrats Endorse Bloomberg after Release of Racist Boasts on "Stop-and-frisk"
Niles Niemuth | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
An audio recording was released Tuesday in which the billionaire Democratic Party presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg boasts that the "stop-and-frisk" policy he championed as mayor of New York deliberately targeted minority youth. | In the openly racist comments, made before an …
globalresearch.ca/black-democrats-endorse-bloomberg-release-racist-boasts-stop-frisk/5703730

Trump pledges to veto war powers resolution, uses Pentagon funds to build border wall
wsws.org | 2020-02-14
Strengthened by the failure of the Democrats' impeachment drive, President Trump has accelerated his efforts to expand the powers of the presidency in every sphere.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/14/trum-f14.html

Sanders vs. the Establishment Democrats: McGovern All Over Again?
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
It's a perfect time to recall a famous quote from one of the nation's foremost philosophers, Yogi Berra: Its "déjà vu all over again." Is the Democratic Party replaying the lost saga of 2016 but with a very 2020 twist? Bernie Sander (D-VT) appears to have been robbed of the 2016 nomination, beaten out by Hillary Clinton (Sec. of…
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Vichy Democrats vs. the Master Voice
Joseph Natoli | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
One reading of the present shows us a hyped economic reality but also political and cultural realities hyped so far that simulacra is quite easily digested and regurgitated as reality. In a world of simulacra, reality is not only a vacated former presence, like a former tenant, but unrecognizable in any reappearance. It's a war…
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Race and Class: Overcoming the Divides
Mike Miller | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
Preface The forthcoming 2020 election is again highlighting the country's apparently deep divides on race and class. A common formulation is that a hopelessly racist White working class is locked into the new Trump Republican Party which consciously has adopted a divide-and-conquer strategy based on race. The mainstream Democratic Party hope is that an electoral…
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Sanders vs. the Establishment Democrats: McGovern All Over Again?
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
It's a perfect time to recall a famous quote from one of the nation's foremost philosophers, Yogi Berra: Its "déjà vu all over again." Is the Democratic Party replaying the lost saga of 2016 but with a very 2020 twist? Bernie Sander (D-VT) appears to have been robbed of the 2016 nomination, beaten out by Hillary Clinton (Sec. of…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/14/sanders-vs-the-establishment-democrats-mcgovern-all-over-again/

California – Pan African Agribusiness Trade – 2020 World Ag Expo
Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2020-02-14
2020 World Ag Expo offers tangible solutions to assist the African Continential Free Trade Area achieve 2025 goals. The California Black Agriculture Working Group remains committed and fully engaged to achieve mutually beneficial goals.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/12/18830622.php

California – Pan African Agribusiness Trade – 2020 World Ag Expo
Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2020-02-14
2020 World Ag Expo offers tangible solutions to assist the African Continential Free Trade Area achieve 2025 goals. The California Black Agriculture Working Group remains committed and fully engaged to achieve mutually beneficial goals.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/12/18830622.php

Being Joe Biden's Brother Is Highly Lucrative
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-14
Jim Biden has been at his sibling's side from the very start. He's also exploited Joe's fame and connections for his own financial gain.
truthdig.com/articles/being-joe-bidens-brother-is-highly-lucrative/

Information wars: GOP lawmaker on quest to officially declare CNN and the Washington Post 'fake news'
rt.com | 2020-02-14
In these times of political division, Americans on the far ends of the political spectrum often accuse each other of misinformation

Timeline: How the DNC Manipulated 2016 Presidential Race
Michael Brennan | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
December 16, 2014: President Obama signs into law omnibus spending bill that increases maximum possible individual political contributions from $129,600 annually to $777,600, substantially increasing the amount of money flowing through party committees. (Congressional Research Services) April 7, 2015: A Clinton campaign memo to the DNC articulates "Pied Piper" strategy to elevate the most extreme Republican candidates:…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/14/timeline-how-the-dnc-manipulated-2016-presidential-race/

Mayor Mike, Worse Than Mayor Pete
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
Michael Bloomberg is essentially an old school Republican. He hates Trump, the worst American president ever, but he loved George W. Bush, the second worst president in modern times. He may honestly think that black and brown lives matter, but, as mayor of New York City, he showed, time and again, that, for him gentrification

Timeline: How the DNC Manipulated 2016 Presidential Race
Michael Brennan | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
December 16, 2014: President Obama signs into law omnibus spending bill that increases maximum possible individual political contributions from $129,600 annually to $777,600, substantially increasing the amount of money flowing through party committees. (Congressional Research Services) April 7, 2015: A Clinton campaign memo to the DNC articulates "Pied Piper" strategy to elevate the most extreme Republican candidates:…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/14/timeline-how-the-dnc-manipulated-2016-presidential-race/

Mayor Mike, Worse Than Mayor Pete
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
Michael Bloomberg is essentially an old school Republican. He hates Trump, the worst American president ever, but he loved George W. Bush, the second worst president in modern times. He may honestly think that black and brown lives matter, but, as mayor of New York City, he showed, time and again, that, for him gentrification

What We Already Owe to Bernie Sanders
Robert L. Borosage | thenation.com | 2020-02-14
What We Already Owe to Bernie Sanders…
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What We Already Owe to Bernie Sanders
Robert L. Borosage | thenation.com | 2020-02-14
What We Already Owe to Bernie Sanders…
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How Can Warren Win? By Attacking Bloomberg
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2020-02-14
How Can Warren Win? By Attacking Bloomberg.
thenation.com/article/politics/warren-bloomberg-attack-democratic/

How Can Warren Win? By Attacking Bloomberg
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2020-02-14
How Can Warren Win? By Attacking Bloomberg.
thenation.com/article/politics/warren-bloomberg-attack-democratic/

The Modern GOP Is Built on Lies
Eric Alterman | thenation.com | 2020-02-14
The Modern GOP Is Built on Lies…
thenation.com/article/politics/trump-lies-republican-party/

The Modern GOP Is Built on Lies
Eric Alterman | thenation.com | 2020-02-14
The Modern GOP Is Built on Lies…
thenation.com/article/politics/trump-lies-republican-party/

Republicans Have Made It Clear They Will Let Trump Become a Dictator. Will We?
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2020-02-14
Republicans Have Made It Clear They Will Let Trump Become a Dictator. Will We?
thenation.com/article/politics/republicans-trump-dictator-fascism/

Trump Gets Bashed Online After Claiming Pelosi Had 'Venom & Hatred Coming Out of Her Ears'
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-14
The US president also reportedly labelled Pelosi a "person that started an impeachment and lost", adding that she "goes down as a loser, which she is".
sputniknews.com/viral/202002141078315234-trump-gets-bashed-online-after-claiming-pelosi-had-venom–hatred-coming-out-of-her-ears/

The Corporate Media Is Directly Profiting from Mike Bloomberg's Rise as He Spends Fortune on TV Ads
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-14
Billionaire Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is rising in the polls in the wake of the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. Democracy Now! co-host Juan González speaks with us about Bloomberg's approach to campaign spending, the administration's policies during his three terms as mayor of New York City and the scores of lawsuits filed against Bloomberg and his company. "It's amazing to me that Michael Bloomberg is getting as much attention as he is," González says.
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/14/michael_bloomberg_tv_ads_corporate_media

The Corporate Media Is Directly Profiting from Mike Bloomberg's Rise as He Spends Fortune on TV Ads
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-14
Billionaire Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is rising in the polls in the wake of the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. Democracy Now! co-host Juan González speaks with us about Bloomberg's approach to campaign spending, the administration's policies during his three terms as mayor of New York City and the scores of lawsuits filed against Bloomberg and his company. "It's amazing to me that Michael Bloomberg is getting as much attention as he is," González says.
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/14/michael_bloomberg_tv_ads_corporate_media

The Overwhelming Sex Appeal Of Bernie Sanders
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-14
"the obligation to confess is now relayed through so many different points…that we no longer perceive it as the effect of a power that constrains us" –Michel Foucault Happy Valentines Day to all Bernie Bros, Bernie Gals, and non-binary Berners. The first time I heard the Daddy component of Bernie Sanders explained was when Jeffrey…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/14/the-overwhelming-sex-appeal-of-bernie-sanders/

Jim Naureckas on Democratic Primaries, Nina Luo on Decriminalizing Sex Work
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2020-02-14
Media…
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The Iowa fiasco and the Democrats' shadowy plot to stop Bernie
Leonard C. Goodman | mronline.org | 2020-02-13
Yogi Berra, the great Yankees catcher, had the memorable line, "It's like deja vu all over again." Bernie Sanders supporters might have been thinking the same thing after the fiasco of the Iowa caucuses. | Source…
mronline.org/2020/02/13/the-iowa-fiasco-and-the-democrats-shadowy-plot-to-stop-bernie/

Company Behind Iowa Caucus App Has a Deeply Troubling Plan to Manipulate Voters
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-13
Those gathered to see the Iowa caucus results roll in on February 4 were sorely disappointed

Why the Democrats Should Back Bernie Sanders: And Why They Won't, If They Can Possibly Help It
Ted Morgan | commondreams.org | 2020-02-13
The real hope represented by Bernie Sanders' campaign is that he can pull together these sharply separated populations—in the process shifting the focus to the elite forces whose propaganda has kept them apart. (Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/bernie_sanders_26.jpg
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Sanders and AOC's Fracking Ban Angers Centrists and Their Fossil Fuel Backers
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-13
House Democrats have finally unveiled a flurry of climate bills aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but activists say only one proposal represents the "gold standard" for tackling the climate crisis: Legislation introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that would ban fracking nationwide. While none of these bills are likely to become law under President Trump, together they form the contours of a fierce debate among Democrats and environmentalists over the f…
truthout.org/articles/sanders-and-aocs-fracking-ban-angers-centrists-and-their-fossil-fuel-backers/

AOC Blasts Bloomberg Over 'Racist' Stop and Frisk Policy
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
United States Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed Thursday Democratic presidential candidate and businessman Michael Bloomberg over his record as the mayor of New York City and the contentious "stop and frisk" policy he backed while in office. | RELATED: | Evo Morales Thanked US Senator Bernie Sanders for His Support | Ocasio-Cortez said Bloomberg is "just a billionaire trying to cover up authoritarian and racist policy," if he does not take action to provide relief to…
telesurenglish.net/news/AOC-Blasts-BloombergOver-Stop-and-Frisk-Policy–20200213-0020.html

Democrats' Shadowy Plot to Stop Bernie Sanders
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-13
Yogi Berra, the great Yankees catcher, had the memorable line, "It's like deja vu all over again." | Bernie Sanders supporters might have been thinking the same thing after the fiasco of the Iowa caucuses. | It was just four years ago that the corporate hacks who run the Democratic Party rigged the 2016 primary election process to favor Hillary Clinton and stop Sanders: The Democratic National Committee, which is supposed to stay neutral in a primary, secretly funneled party funds to Hillary's campaign, fed Hillary debate questions before a CNN town hall, and selected superdelegates who pledged their votes to Hil…
truthdig.com/articles/democrats-shadowy-plot-to-stop-bernie-sanders/

Dems Phony War Powers Resolution
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-13
US 20th and 21st century history shows Dems more hellbent for war than Republicans. | In 1916, Dem Woodrow Wilson was reelected on a pledge of: "He Kept Us Out of War." | Straightaway, he began planning US involvement in Europe's war …
globalresearch.ca/dems-phony-war-powers-resolution/5703593

Justice Department sues New Jersey and Washington state county over "sanctuary" policies
wsws.org | 2020-02-13
The lawsuits are a new stage in President Trump's campaign of anti-immigrant bigotry. In their public responses to the lawsuits, Democratic officials from New Jersey and Washington state revealed their own willingness to trade away immigrants' rights.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/13/sanc-f13.html

The Wall: Separating Democracy From Voters
Robert C. Koehler | commondreams.org | 2020-02-13
Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg speaks during the kickoff of his "Get it Done Express" bus tour as a protester holds up a sign reading "Billionaires Should Not Buy Elections" at the Dollarhide Community Center in Compton, California on February 3, 2020. (Photo: Frederic J. Bown / AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/billionaires.jpg
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Bloomberg Once Blamed End of 'Redlining' for 2008 Collapse
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-13
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Time's Up for Harvey Weinstein? Closing Arguments Begin in Rape Trial in NYC
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-13
Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Thursday in the trial of disgraced Hollywood mogul and accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein. The jury is expected to begin deliberating on Tuesday. Weinstein faces five felonies based on accusations by two women and, if convicted, could face up to life in prison. The trial comes more than two years after initial accusations against the film producer were published in The New Yorker and The New York Times, fueling the #MeToo movement that swept Hollywood and beyond. Since then, over 100 women have accused Weinstein of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment. During t…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/13/harvey_weinstein_trial_nyc

Democratic Party Asks to Investigate Trump for Abuse of Power
teleSUR-age | telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
The U.S. Democratic Party is calling for an investigation into President Donald Trump's influence on the Justice Department's decision to lower the sentencing recommendation for White House leader's friend Roger Stone, who was found guilty last year of lying to Congress, obstruction, and manipulation of witnesses. | RELATED: | What's Next Front in Trump's Battle Over Presidential Powers? | The sudden decision by U.S. Attorney General William Barr to request a lighter prison term f…
telesurenglish.net/news/democratic-party-asks-to-investigate-trump-for-abuse-of-power-20200213-0013.html

New York City police in open revolt against Mayor de Blasio
wsws.org | 2020-02-13
Two shooting incidents by a single individual against New York officers have been used as a pretext to conduct a vicious, right-wing campaign against democratic rights.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/13/nypd-f13.html

Did Amy Klobuchar Send an Innocent Teenager to Life in Prison? Questions Mount over Her Record as DA
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-13
After a surprising third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is attempting to gain ground in the national polls. But Klobuchar is also facing mounting scrutiny over her record as a district attorney in Minnesota. The Minneapolis NAACP, Black Lives Matter Twin Cities and other racial justice groups recently called on Klobuchar to suspend her presidential campaign following a shocking investigation by the Associated Press. The AP report centered on the case of Myon Burrell, an African-American teenager who was sentenced to life in prison over the 2002 murder of 11-year-old Tye…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/13/amy_klobuchar_myon_burrell

Did Amy Klobuchar Send an Innocent Teenager to Life in Prison? Questions Mount over Her Record as DA
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-13
After a surprising third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is attempting to gain ground in the national polls. But Klobuchar is also facing mounting scrutiny over her record as a district attorney in Minnesota. The Minneapolis NAACP, Black Lives Matter Twin Cities and other racial justice groups recently called on Klobuchar to suspend her presidential campaign following a shocking investigation by the Associated Press. The AP report centered on the case of Myon Burrell, an African-American teenager who was sentenced to life in prison over the 2002 murder of 11-year-old Tye…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/13/amy_klobuchar_myon_burrell

The Wet'suwet'en Fight Against New Pipeline Spreads Across Canada with Blockades & Occupations
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-13
A major anti-pipeline struggle continues in Canada, where protests have broken out across the country in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en land defenders whose sovereign land in northern British Columbia was raided last week and over the weekend by Canadian police. Dozens were arrested in the days-long raid of unceded indigenous territories, where hereditary chiefs have been in a protracted battle to protect their land from the construction of TransCanada's 400-mile, $4.7 billion Coastal GasLink pipeline. The raids took place about 700 miles north of Vancouver and sparked outrage across the country. In Ontario, a Moha…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/13/wet_suwet_en_territory_pipeline_opposition

Duterte continues US military control of the Philippines despite VFA termination notice
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-13
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following February 11 statement By Jose Maria Sison, National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Chief Political Consultant. | The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) notice of termination takes effect after 180 days. The people cannot be sure that Duterte will not change his mind within that lengthy period. Previously, Duterte postured about terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement but after a few months allowed Balikatan exercises under VFA. | In the meantime, there are other military treaties with the US: Mutual Defense Treaty, Mutual Logistics Support Agreement…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/2/13/duterte-continues-us-military-control-philippines-despite-vfa-termination-notice

The Wet'suwet'en Fight Against New Pipeline Spreads Across Canada with Blockades & Occupations
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-13
A major anti-pipeline struggle continues in Canada, where protests have broken out across the country in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en land defenders whose sovereign land in northern British Columbia was raided last week and over the weekend by Canadian police. Dozens were arrested in the days-long raid of unceded indigenous territories, where hereditary chiefs have been in a protracted battle to protect their land from the construction of TransCanada's 400-mile, $4.7 billion Coastal GasLink pipeline. The raids took place about 700 miles north of Vancouver and sparked outrage across the country. In Ontario, a Moha…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/13/wet_suwet_en_territory_pipeline_opposition

Michael Bloomberg's Stop-and-Frisk Apology Tour Is Too Little, Too Late
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-13
The former mayor of New York City spent years pursuing and defending a racist policy. For Democratic voters, it should be disqualifying.
truthdig.com/articles/michael-bloombergs-stop-and-frisk-apology-tour-is-too-little-too-late/

Biden Has Raised the Most From Nevada Donors, But Sanders Leads in the Polls
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-13
Democratic presidential candidates who received the greatest amount of donations from Iowa and New Hampshire residents also finished at the top of the polls in the two early primaries. | If those results are any indication of what can be expected from the upcoming Nevada caucuses, then this time, it's former Vice President Joe Biden who could finally make a breakthrough in the state. | Biden has raised almo…
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Only Sanders Can Challenge Trump's Predatory Budget Plan
Conor Lynch | truthdig.com | 2020-02-13
Amid the Democratic presidential primaries and the impeachment fallout, the Trump administration released its budget proposal for 2021 Monday. Though most of it has no chance of becoming a reality, it does provide a terrifying preview of what we can expect from Trump if he wins another four years in office this November. The latest Trump budget is nothing less than a declaration of war on the poor and working-class people of America

US Senate strikes symbolic blow against Trump by limiting war powers toward Iran with new resolution
rt.com | 2020-02-13
The US Senate has passed a resolution limiting President Donald Trump's war powers in the case of Iran. The measure would only allow the president authority to strike in the case of self-defense or an imminent attack. | Eight Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the measure, which was passed 55-45. The resolution fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto, meaning this resolution is more symbolic than anything. | The president made his feelings on the War Powers Resolution clear on Wednesday when he tweeted that Iran would "have a field day" if his hands "were tied" due…
rt.com/usa/480793-war-powers-trump-senate/

State-backed Alliance for Securing Democracy disinfo shop falsely smears The Grayzone as 'state-backed'
Alexander Rubinstein | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-13
In painting critical reporting on the Iowa caucuses debacle as a Russian plot, a Western government-backed information warfare shop smeared…
thegrayzone.com/2020/02/13/state-backed-alliance-securing-democracy-smears-grayzone/

Democrats Team Up With Trump to Maintain Disastrous Healthcare System
Michael Pappas | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-13
On Tuesday, February 4, Donald Trump delivered his third State of the Union (SOTU) address. As expected, it was filled with contradictions, falsehoods, and distortions. Among other things, Trump spoke for close to ten minutes about health care in the U.S., claiming that he "will always protect Medicare." However, neither Trump and the Republicans, nor …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/02/democrats-team-up-with-trump-to-maintain-disastrous-healthcare-system/

US Senate Approves to Limit Trump's War Power on Iran
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
The United States Senate approved legislation Thursday to limit President Donald Trump's ability to wage war against Iran in order to prevent any further escalation of broader regional conflict. | RELATED: | US House Blocks Trump's Ability to Wage War Against Iran | Eight of Trump's fellow Republicans joined Democrats to pass the war powers resolution by 55-45. The measure would require Trump to remove U.S. troops engaged in hostilities against Iran unless Congress declares war or pas…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Senate-Approves-to-Limit-Trumps-War-Power-on-Iran-20200213-0018.html

"Traumatizing from the Get-Go": Weinstein Trial Exposes Flawed Approach to Sexual Assault Cases
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-13
We continue our conversation about the trial of alleged sexual predator Harvey Weinstein, ahead of the scheduled start of opening arguments today. Weinstein is facing five felony charges, based on accusations brought forth by two women in the case, and, if convicted, could face up to life in prison. Last week, one of his accusers, Jessica Mann, broke down and went into an apparent panic attack during questioning from Weinstein's lawyers, forcing the judge to adjourn proceedings for the day. Mann was made to read past emails to a boyfriend, in which she disclosed she had been sexually assaulted before meeting Wein…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/13/harvey_weinstein_trial_trauma_louise_godbold

Trump Asks $3.8 Billion From Military for Mexico Border Wall
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
The U.S. Defense Department asked Congress to reprogram more than $3.8 billion from funding for the National Guard and weapons programs to pay for a wall on the border with Mexico, setting another possible confrontation with Democrats, Reuters News Agency reported. | RELATED: | US Senate Approves to Limit Trump's War Power on Iran | Three years after arriving at the presidency, Donald Trump is keeping his central promise of building a wall on the southern border of the nation and heads h…
telesurenglish.net/news/trump-asks-three-billion-from-military-for-Mexico-border-wall-20200213-0022.html

Trump continues post-impeachment power grab with Roger Stone intervention
wsws.org | 2020-02-13
Following the Democrats' failed impeachment drive, President Trump is moving to consolidate his personal control over the government and surround himself with officials directly dependent on his approval.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/13/ston-f13.html

South Bend politician: I worked with Pete Buttigieg. He did not respect black residents' struggles
Amy Goodman | nationofchange.org | 2020-02-13
During Buttigieg's tenure, black residents were 4.3 times more likely to be arrested for possessing marijuana than white people.
nationofchange.org/2020/02/13/south-bend-politician-i-worked-with-pete-buttigieg-he-did-not-respect-black-residents-struggles/

Did Amy Klobuchar Condemn an Innocent Teenager to Life in Prison?
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-13
After a surprising third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is attempting to gain ground in the national polls. But Klobuchar is also facing mounting scrutiny over her record as a district attorney in Minnesota. The Minneapolis NAACP, Black Lives Matter Twin Cities and other racial justice groups recently called on Klobuchar to suspend her presidential campaign following a shocking investigation by the Associated Press. The AP report centered on the case of Myon Burre…
truthout.org/video/did-amy-klobuchar-condemn-an-innocent-teenager-to-life-in-prison/

Devin Nunes Is Leading Republicans in a Post-Impeachment "Strike"
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-13
Less than a week after President Trump lauded Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., as "the hardest worker," the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee refused to show up for his first day back at work following the president's impeachment trial. | All nine Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee were absent for a Wednesday morning hearing on the development of artificial intelligence for the purposes of national sec…
truthout.org/articles/devin-nunes-is-leading-republicans-in-a-post-impeachment-strike/

Peace Action: Senate Reclaims War Powers to Thwart Iran War
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2020-02-13
Washington, D.C.

Peace Action: Senate Reclaims War Powers to Thwart Iran War
commondreams.org | 2020-02-13
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Democrats Should Welcome Michael Bloomberg to Their Debates–ASAP
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2020-02-13
Democrats Should Welcome Michael Bloomberg to Their Debates–ASAP…
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Democrats Should Welcome Michael Bloomberg to Their Debates–ASAP
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2020-02-13
Democrats Should Welcome Michael Bloomberg to Their Debates–ASAP…
thenation.com/article/politics/michael-bloomberg-democratic-primary/

First Nations Pipeline Protest: 14 Land Protectors Arrested as Canadian Police Raid Indigenous Camp
Democracy Now! | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-13
In Canada, armed forces raided native Wet'suwet'en territory in British Columbia Monday, with at least 14 arrests being reported. Land defenders faced off with Royal Canadian Mounted Police as the police breached two checkpoints set up to keep pipeline workers out of protected territory. Indigenous leaders are reportedly being blocked from their territory. TransCanada Corporation …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/02/first-nations-pipeline-protest-14-land-protectors-arrested-as-canadian-police-raid-indigenous-camp/

'Never Trump' Republican Operative Known for Anti-Semitic Attacks on George Soros Now Working to Defeat Sanders in Democratic Primary
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-13
"Forty years of dancing with the devil and all of a sudden centrist GOP voters want to switch sides so they can poison the Democratic Party too? Thanks, no thanks." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/tim_miller_0.png
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United States: Sanders versus the Democratic establishment
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-13
Daniel SafiIssue 1253 United StatesFebruary 13, 2020Suspicions of election "tampering" have darkened a number of primaries and presidential elections in recent history in the United States. | In the presidential contest between Republican George W Bush and the Democratic Party's Al Gore in 2000, confusing layouts on ballots in Florida

2020-02-13: News Headlines

Prof. Joseph H. Chung (2020-02-14). The Political Economy of Corruption: Corruption Kills People, Ruins the Economy, Violates Human Rights. globalresearch.ca The whole world is facing the deepening and widening corruption which challenges the very survival of the free democracy and the free market economy. | Korea has been suffering for last 70 years from the corruption culture. But owing to courageous …

Michael Pappas (2020-02-13). Democrats Team Up With Trump to Maintain Disastrous Healthcare System. dissidentvoice.org On Tuesday, February 4, Donald Trump delivered his third State of the Union (SOTU) address. As expected, it was filled with contradictions, falsehoods, and distortions. Among other things, Trump spoke for close to ten minutes about health care in the U.S., claiming that he "will always protect Medicare." However, neither Trump and the Republicans, nor …

Steven Salaita (2020-02-13). How Bernie Sanders Became a "Fighter" for Palestine. counterpunch.org With the Democratic primary in full swing, the outlines of public debate are pretty much entrenched. Common wisdom on the left says that all of the candidates are bad on Palestine except for Bernie Sanders. Despite some problems, pundits declare, Sanders is still the best. Is the statement true, though, or is it a convenient truism?

Dave Lindorff (2020-02-13). The Red-Baiting of Bernie Sanders Has Begun and is Already Becoming Laughable. counterpunch.org With Bernie Sanders now having won New Hampshire (and probably Iowa, where he won the popular vote) and confirmed his position as the frontrunner for president in the Democratic Party primaries (the New York Times' poll guru Nate Silver is giving him a better than 40% chance of gaining enough delegates by the end of

Leonard C. Goodman (2020-02-13). The Iowa fiasco and the Democrats' shadowy plot to stop Bernie. mronline.org Yogi Berra, the great Yankees catcher, had the memorable line, "It's like deja vu all over again." Bernie Sanders supporters might have been thinking the same thing after the fiasco of the Iowa caucuses. |

Staff (2020-02-13). The Wet'suwet'en Fight Against New Pipeline Spreads Across Canada with Blockades & Occupations. democracynow.org A major anti-pipeline struggle continues in Canada, where protests have broken out across the country in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en land defenders whose sovereign land in northern British Columbia was raided last week and over the weekend by Canadian police. Dozens were arrested in the days-long raid of unceded indigenous territories, where hereditary chiefs have been in a protracted battle to protect their land from the construction of TransCanada's 400-mile, $4.7 billion Coastal GasLink pipeline. The raids took place about 700 miles north of Vancouver and sparked outrage across the country. In Ontario, a Moha…

Staff (2020-02-13). "Traumatizing from the Get-Go": Weinstein Trial Exposes Flawed Approach to Sexual Assault Cases. democracynow.org We continue our conversation about the trial of alleged sexual predator Harvey Weinstein, ahead of the scheduled start of opening arguments today. Weinstein is facing five felony charges, based on accusations brought forth by two women in the case, and, if convicted, could face up to life in prison. Last week, one of his accusers, Jessica Mann, broke down and went into an apparent panic attack during questioning from Weinstein's lawyers, forcing the judge to adjourn proceedings for the day. Mann was made to read past emails to a boyfriend, in which she disclosed she had been sexually assaulted before meeting Wein…

Staff (2020-02-13). Time's Up for Harvey Weinstein? Closing Arguments Begin in Rape Trial in NYC. democracynow.org Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Thursday in the trial of disgraced Hollywood mogul and accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein. The jury is expected to begin deliberating on Tuesday. Weinstein faces five felonies based on accusations by two women and, if convicted, could face up to life in prison. The trial comes more than two years after initial accusations against the film producer were published in The New Yorker and The New York Times, fueling the #MeToo movement that swept Hollywood and beyond. Since then, over 100 women have accused Weinstein of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment. During t…

Staff (2020-02-13). Did Amy Klobuchar Send an Innocent Teenager to Life in Prison? Questions Mount over Her Record as DA. democracynow.org After a surprising third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is attempting to gain ground in the national polls. But Klobuchar is also facing mounting scrutiny over her record as a district attorney in Minnesota. The Minneapolis NAACP, Black Lives Matter Twin Cities and other racial justice groups recently called on Klobuchar to suspend her presidential campaign following a shocking investigation by the Associated Press. The AP report centered on the case of Myon Burrell, an African-American teenager who was sentenced to life in prison over the 2002 murder of 11-year-old Tye…

RT (2020-02-13). US Senate strikes symbolic blow against Trump by limiting war powers toward Iran with new resolution. rt.com The US Senate has passed a resolution limiting President Donald Trump's war powers in the case of Iran. The measure would only allow the president authority to strike in the case of self-defense or an imminent attack. | Eight Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the measure, which was passed 55-45. The resolution fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto, meaning this resolution is more symbolic than anything. | The president made his feelings on the War Powers Resolution clear on Wednesday when he tweeted that Iran would "have a field day" if his hands "were tied" due…

Staff (2020-02-13). Company Behind Iowa Caucus App Has a Deeply Troubling Plan to Manipulate Voters. truthout.org Those gathered to see the Iowa caucus results roll in on February 4 were sorely disappointed — the vote-counting process had been disrupted by a malfunctioning app, delaying the announcement of the final results. The botched voting process caused uproar online, sparking rumors about another Democratic National Committee effort to sideline Sen. Bernie Sanders. The debacle also brought scrutiny to Shadow, the company that created the app, which bills itself as a "progressive digital co…

Staff (2020-02-13). Sanders and AOC's Fracking Ban Angers Centrists and Their Fossil Fuel Backers. truthout.org House Democrats have finally unveiled a flurry of climate bills aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but activists say only one proposal represents the "gold standard" for tackling the climate crisis: Legislation introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that would ban fracking nationwide. While none of these bills are likely to become law under President Trump, together they form the contours of a fierce debate among Democrats and environmentalists over the f…

Staff (2020-02-13). Democrats' Shadowy Plot to Stop Bernie Sanders. truthdig.com Yogi Berra, the great Yankees catcher, had the memorable line, "It's like deja vu all over again." | Bernie Sanders supporters might have been thinking the same thing after the fiasco of the Iowa caucuses. | It was just four years ago that the corporate hacks who run the Democratic Party rigged the 2016 primary election process to favor Hillary Clinton and stop Sanders: The Democratic National Committee, which is supposed to stay neutral in a primary, secretly funneled party funds to Hillary's campaign, fed Hillary debate questions before a CNN town hall, and selected superdelegates who pledged their votes to Hil…

Peter Bolton (2020-02-13). Sanders is currently the 2020 frontrunner — but could it be 2016 all over again? thecanary.co Bernie Sanders has won the most votes in the Outright victory in New Hampshire. But not in Iowa…: | On 11 February, pr…

Norman Solomon (2020-02-13). Why the Buttigieg Campaign Tried to Have Me Arrested for Handing Out Information About Medicare for All. indybay.org Trying to block information on a New Hampshire campus…

Stephen Lendman (2020-02-13). Dems Phony War Powers Resolution. globalresearch.ca US 20th and 21st century history shows Dems more hellbent for war than Republicans. | In 1916, Dem Woodrow Wilson was reelected on a pledge of: "He Kept Us Out of War." | Straightaway, he began planning US involvement in Europe's war …

Alexander Rubinstein (2020-02-13). State-backed Alliance for Securing Democracy disinfo shop falsely smears The Grayzone as 'state-backed'. thegrayzone.com In painting critical reporting on the Iowa caucuses debacle as a Russian plot, a US-backed information warfare shop smeared The…

Staff (2020-02-13). Trump Says His Budget Doesn't Cut Social Security — But Mnuchin Admits It Does. truthout.org During a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin — using euphemistic language Democratic lawmakers described as "

teleSUR (2020-02-13). Trump Asks $3.8 Billion From Military for Mexico Border Wall. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Defense Department asked Congress to reprogram more than $3.8 billion from funding for the National Guard and weapons programs to pay for a wall on the border with Mexico, setting another possible confrontation with Democrats, Reuters News Agency reported. | RELATED: | Three years after arriving at the presidency, Donald Trump is keeping his central promise of building a wall on the southern border of the nation and heads h…

WSWS (2020-02-13). Justice Department sues New Jersey and Washington state county over "sanctuary" policies. wsws.org The lawsuits are a new stage in President Trump's campaign of anti-immigrant bigotry. In their public responses to the lawsuits, Democratic officials from New Jersey and Washington state revealed their own willingness to trade away immigrants' rights.

Staff (2020-02-13). Bloomberg Once Blamed End of 'Redlining' for 2008 Collapse. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — At the height of the 2008 economic collapse, then-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the elimination of a discriminatory housing practice known as "redlining" was responsible for instigating the meltdown. | "It all started back when there was a lot of pressure on banks to make loans to everyone," Bloomberg, now a Democratic presidential candidate,

Staff (2020-02-13). Michael Bloomberg's Stop-and-Frisk Apology Tour Is Too Little, Too Late. truthdig.com The former mayor of New York City spent years pursuing and defending a racist policy. For Democratic voters, it should be disqualifying.

Conor Lynch (2020-02-13). Only Sanders Can Challenge Trump's Predatory Budget Plan. truthdig.com Amid the Democratic presidential primaries and the impeachment fallout, the Trump administration released its budget proposal for 2021 Monday. Though most of it has no chance of becoming a reality, it does provide a terrifying preview of what we can expect from Trump if he wins another four years in office this November. The latest …

Scott Owen (2020-02-13). Out of Their Grip: Ending the Repetition of Defeat. counterpunch.org I'm sure that there must be at least a few of you out there who remember the frustration, the insult and the pain of trying to move our country out of the grip of the two major parties political stranglehold and the ongoing tug-of- war between the greater and lesser evils of the Democratic and

WSWS (2020-02-13). New York City police in open revolt against Mayor de Blasio. wsws.org Two shooting incidents by a single individual against New York officers have been used as a pretext to conduct a vicious, right-wing campaign against democratic rights.

Staff (2020-02-13). Biden Has Raised the Most From Nevada Donors, But Sanders Leads in the Polls. truthout.org Democratic presidential candidates who received the greatest amount of donations from Iowa and New Hampshire residents also finished at the top of the polls in the two early primaries. | If those results are any indication of what can be expected from the upcoming Nevada caucuses, then this time, it's former Vice President Biden has raised almo…

WSWS (2020-02-13). Trump continues post-impeachment power grab with Roger Stone intervention. wsws.org Following the Democrats' failed impeachment drive, President Trump is moving to consolidate his personal control over the government and surround himself with officials directly dependent on his approval.

teleSUR-age (2020-02-13). Democratic Party Asks to Investigate Trump for Abuse of Power. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Democratic Party is calling for an investigation into President Donald Trump's influence on the Justice Department's decision to lower the sentencing recommendation for White House leader's friend Roger Stone, who was found guilty last year of lying to Congress, obstruction, and manipulation of witnesses. | RELATED: | The sudden decision by U.S. Attorney General William Barr to request a lighter prison term f…

Staff (2020-02-13). Headlines for February 13, 2020. democracynow.org Attorney General William Barr to Testify Before House Judiciary Committee, Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus Skyrocket in Hubei, China, Bloomberg Would Pay Billions Less Under His Tax Plan Than Sanders', U.N. Releases List of 100 Companies Linked to Israeli-Occupied West Bank Settlements, Mexico: Outrage over Murder of 25-Year-Old Ingrid Escamilla, Former Guatemalan Presidential Candidate Sentenced to 15 Years by U.S. Court, 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill May Have Been 30% Bigger Than Thought, New York Has Highest Number of Premature Deaths from Out-of-State Air Pollution, El Paso Walmart Shooter Pleads Not Guilty…

teleSUR (2020-02-13). US Senate Approves to Limit Trump's War Power on Iran. telesurenglish.net The United States Senate approved legislation Thursday to limit President Donald Trump's ability to wage war against Iran in order to prevent any further escalation of broader regional conflict. | RELATED: | Eight of Trump's fellow Republicans joined Democrats to pass the war powers resolution by 55-45. The measure would require Trump to remove U.S. troops engaged in hostilities against Iran unless Congress declares war or pas…

teleSUR (2020-02-13). AOC Blasts Bloomberg Over 'Racist' Stop and Frisk Policy. telesurenglish.net United States Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed Thursday Democratic presidential candidate and businessman Michael Bloomberg over his record as the mayor of New York City and the contentious "stop and frisk" policy he backed while in office. | RELATED: | Ocasio-Cortez said Bloomberg is "just a billionaire trying to cover up authoritarian and racist policy," if he does not take action to provide relief to…

Jeff Cohen (2020-02-13). When CNN Introduces Bernie-Bashers Only as 'Former,' CNN Is Lying To You. commondreams.org Jim Messina, former Obama campaign manager and current corporate consultant, appears on CNN following the New Hampshire Democratic primary on February 11, 2020. (Photo: Screengrab/CNN) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/cnn_0.jpg

Staff (2020-02-13). Devin Nunes Is Leading Republicans in a Post-Impeachment "Strike" truthout.org Less than a week after President Trump All nine Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee were absent for a Wednesday morning hearing on the development of artificial intelligence for the purposes of national sec…

George Ochenski (2020-02-13). Rodney Garcia Epitomizes Trump's Brand of Political Intolerance. counterpunch.org Montana didn't need the very negative worldwide press it got last week when Billings Republican legislator Rodney Garcia decided to inform us that according to the U.S. Constitution, it's OK to "shoot socialists." For those who doubt the dangerous effects of President Trump's unhinged rants against "socialism," Garcia's acceptance of personal violence against those with

Michael Harris (2020-02-13). California – Pan African Agribusiness Trade – 2020 World Ag Expo. indybay.org 2020 World Ag Expo offers tangible solutions to assist the African Continential Free Trade Area achieve 2025 goals. The California Black Agriculture Working Group remains committed and fully engaged to achieve mutually beneficial goals.

Staff (2020-02-13). Did Amy Klobuchar Condemn an Innocent Teenager to Life in Prison? truthout.org After a surprising third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is attempting to gain ground in the national polls. But Klobuchar is also facing mounting scrutiny over her record as a district attorney in Minnesota. The Minneapolis NAACP, Black Lives Matter Twin Cities and other racial justice groups recently called on Klobuchar to suspend her presidential campaign following a shocking investigation by the Associated Press. The AP report centered on the case of Myon Burre…

Joan Walsh (2020-02-13). Democrats Should Welcome Michael Bloomberg to Their Debates—ASAP. thenation.com Democrats Should Welcome Michael Bloomberg to Their Debates—ASAP…

yenisafak (2020-02-13). Private funeral held for Kobe Bryant before memorial. yenisafak.com Basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his second daughter Gianna have been laid to rest in a private funeral ahead of a public memorial service.According to their death certificates, they were buried in a cemetery in Southern California last Friday, the NBA said in a statement.A public memorial in honor of Bryant is due to be held on Feb. 24 at Staples Center in Los Angeles — the home of the Lakers, Bryant's team throughout his 20-year-long career.On Jan. 26, Kobe and Gianna, 13, his second daughter, were killed in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles, along with seven other people on board.The helicopter, wi…

sputniknews (2020-02-13). After Trial: Pelosi Looks for New Fight, Biden's in Cross Hairs & Trump Kicks Off 'Spring Cleaning'. sputniknews.com On 5 February, President Donald Trump was found not guilty in his Senate impeachment trial, bringing an end to the Ukrainegate saga propelled by the House Democrats. One might ask what will happen next? American independent journalist Max Parry has shed light on further developments in Washington.

Susan Price (2020-02-13). United States: Sanders versus the Democratic establishment. greenleft.org.au In the presidential contest between Republican George W Bush and the Democratic Party's Al Gore in 2000, confusing layouts on ballots in Florida — where Bush's younger brother Jeb was governor — resulte…

RT (2020-02-13). Germany's defense minister wants to keep UK in 'E3 group' after Brexit, retain security ties. rt.com The EU and Britain have a shared interest in retaining close security ties after Brexit, Germany's Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has said. Speaking ahead of the annual Munich Security Conference, the close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel and leader of their ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, said she wanted to keep Britain in the 'E3' group, which also includes Germany and France. | "It is important to me that the UK remains involved for common security in Europe, even if it is no longer part of the EU," Kramp-Karrenbauer told Reuters. This week, the politician announced she would no…

RT (2020-02-12). Former Goldman Sachs CEO says Sanders presidency would 'ruin our economy,' gets blasted on Twitter. rt.com An ex-CEO of Goldman Sachs who helped cause the 2008 financial crisis has claimed Bernie Sanders would ruin the economy and "screw up the US" if elected president, prompting Twitter to remind him of the Great Recession. | Billionaire Lloyd Blankfein tweeted on Wednesday that Sanders is "just as polarizing as Trump AND he'll ruin [the American] economy and doesn't care about [the American] military," before adding: "If I'm Russian, I go with Sanders this time around." | If Dems go on to nominate Sanders, the Russians will have to reconsider who to work for to best screw up the US. Sanders is just as polarizing…

Nick Pemberton (2020-02-12). Can Andrew Wiggins Save America? counterpunch.org The ruling class likes to equate the growing skepticism of the status quo with white supremacy. This is how they can equate the Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump movements. But I do think it is more complicated than this. How does this all relate to Andrew Wiggins, the basketball player, who keeps losing, but was

Staff (2020-02-12). Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire Primary with Key Support from Youth Voters. democracynow.org Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has won the New Hampshire primary a week after he won the popular vote in Iowa. As of Wednesday morning, with 89% of precincts reporting, Sanders has 25.8% of the vote, narrowly beating former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is at 24.4%. Senator Amy Klobuchar placed third with nearly 20% of the vote. Both Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden received under 10% of the vote, after seeing their support plummet in recent weeks and months. At a celebration in Manchester, Bernie Sanders said his victory in New Hampshire is the beginning of the end for Donal…

Mark Gruenberg, John Wojcik (2020-02-12). After New Hampshire win, Sanders calls for unity to defeat Trump. peoplesworld.org MANCHESTER, N.H.—Coming off his second straight popular vote win, in New Hampshire's Democratic primary on Feb. 11, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ind-Vt., preached party unity to defeat incumbent GOP President Donald Trump. So did fourth-place Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. Second-place finisher Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., not so much. Third-place Sen. Amy …

RT (2020-02-12). Sanders edges out Buttigieg to win New Hampshire primary after neck-and-neck race — projections. rt.com Senator Bernie Sanders came out on top in the hotly contested Democratic primary in New Hampshire on Tuesday, with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg finishing second, projections show. | The Vermont independent claimed victory in the New Hampshire primary after multiple outlets called the vote in his favor. | Addressing his supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire, Sanders described US President Donald Trump "as the most dangerous president in the history of this country," vowing to stop him from keeping the Oval Office for four more years. | "This victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump," Sande…

RT (2020-02-12). Iowa Democratic Party chair RESIGNS over caucus disaster. rt.com The Iowa caucuses fiasco has cost the state's Democratic Party chair Troy Price his job, as the final results are still unavailable due to recanvass and recount bids by frustrated candidates. | "While it is my desire to stay in this role and see this process through to completion, I do believe it is time for the Iowa Democratic Party to begin looking forward, and my presence in my current role makes that more difficult," Price wrote on Wednesday to the state party's Central Committee. | Troy Price will resign as the chair of the Iowa Democratic Party. This is his letter of resignation sent to the state central…

RT (2020-02-12). What about stopping endless wars? Trump urges GOP to vote down Iran war resolution because it's a partisan ploy by Democrats. rt.com US President Donald Trump says the resolution that would block him from using force against Iran is a partisan trick by Democrats, even though he campaigned on a peace platform and some of his closest allies support the proposal. | "We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness," Trump tweeted on Wednesday, adding that Tehran would "have a field day" if his hands were tied. | "The Democrats are only doing this as an attempt to embarrass the Republican Party. Don't let it happen!" he urged the GOP majority. ….If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day. Sends a very bad s…

Staff (2020-02-12). Meet the Journalist Who Exposed Bloomberg's Racist Defense of Targeting Black & Brown Youth. democracynow.org "#BloombergIsRacist." That's the hashtag that's trending on Twitter since audio of remarks made by 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg surfaced earlier this week. In the clip from the 2015 Aspen Institute, Bloomberg is heard defending the New York City Police Department's controversial "stop-and-frisk" policies, saying, "Ninety-five percent of your murders and murderers and murdered victims fit one MO. You can just take the description, xerox it and pass it out to all the cops." He continues, "They are male minorities, 15 to 25. That's true in New York. It's true…

Staff (2020-02-12). South Bend Politician: I Worked with Pete Buttigieg. He Did Not Respect Black Residents' Struggles. democracynow.org 2020 presidential candidate and former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg has surprised many with his strong showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, two of the country's whitest states. But as the race moves on to South Carolina and Nevada, Buttigieg continues to poll extremely low with African-American voters. His own former constituents are condemning his treatment of the black community in South Bend during his time as mayor, calling out systemic racism in the police force. During Buttigieg's tenure, black residents were 4.3 times more likely to be arrested for possessing marijuana than white people. We…

Staff (2020-02-12). Klobuchar Surged in New Hampshire. Can She Make It Count? truthdig.com CONCORD, N.H. — It took a year of campaigning, countless stump speeches and an especially strong night on the debate stage for little-known Democratic presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar to break into the top tier of the 2020 campaign in New Hampshire. | Now she has less than two weeks to make it count. | The Minnesota senator on Tuesday immediately worked to turn her better-than-expected night into enough momentum to be competitive in next-up Nevada and beyond. For Klobuchar, that means consolidating establishment and moderate voters, picking up traction with black and Latino Democrats and introducing herse…

RT (2020-02-12). 'I'm not one to accept donations in a race I can't win': Yang quits presidential bid as polls close in New Hampshire. rt.com Entrepreneur Andrew Yang has bowed out of the presidential race after early results suggested the Democratic candidate failed to win delegates in the New Hampshire primary. | As early results started pouring in from the New Hampshire primaries on Tuesday night, the Democratic field lost yet another hopeful as sources close to the Yang campaign confirmed that the entrepreneur-turned-politician would be ending his presidential bid. | Commenting on his decision to pull the plug on his campaign, Yang said that he does not want to continue taking money from his supporters knowing that he will not deliver victory.

Eoin Higgins (2020-02-12). 'Do they never learn?': Progressives rip media attempts to downplay Bernie Sanders win in NH primary. nationofchange.org "Why is this so hard for people to see?"

teleSUR (2020-02-12). Evo Morales Thanked US Senator Bernie Sanders for His Support. telesurenglish.net Former President of Bolivia Evo Morales thanked Wednesday United States Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders who reiterated his rejection of the violent coup against the legitimate government of the Indigenous leader. | RELATED: | "The U.S. Democratic leader, Bernie Sanders, defends us and says: 'I do not like military coups.' We appreciate your statements and we agree: coups interrupt democracy and cause great suffering to the peopl…

Alan Macleod (2020-02-12). New Hampshire Primaries Paint a Picture of Modern Day Class War in America. mintpressnews.com While the primary totals for Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg were relatively close, their support came from radically different segments of the population.

Staff (2020-02-12). Headlines for February 12, 2020. democracynow.org Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire Primary, Andrew Yang and Michael Bennet Drop Out of Presidential Race, Federal Prosecutors Quit Roger Stone Case Amid Fight with DOJ Officials, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Rejects Trump's Middle East Plan in U.N. Speech, Trump Conditionally Approves Peace Deal with the Taliban, WHO Warns Coronavirus Poses "Grave Threat" to World, Opposition Leader Juan Guaidó Heckled and Protested Upon Return to Venezuela, Report: 40% of Guatemalan, Honduran & Salvadoran Migrants Fled After Relatives Killed, WSJ: ICE & CPB Use Cellphone Location Data from Games, Apps to Arrest Immigrants,…

WSWS (2020-02-12). Sanders wins three-way contest in New Hampshire primary. wsws.org The self-styled "democratic socialist" defeated two more right-wing candidates, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar.

teleSUR (2020-02-12). Ilhan Omar Presents a New Proposal for US Foreign Policy. telesurenglish.net Rep. Ilhan Omar from Minnesota unveiled Wednesday an ambitious proposal for a more ethical and humane way for the United States (U.S.) to approach its foreign policies. | RELATED: | "As a child, I survived war, I have first-hand experience with how destructive war could be not only for the children but also for the country and for the future hopes and dreams of a whole nation," Omar says in a video announcing her plan. | The high p…

Staff (2020-02-12). William Barr Is Turning the Justice Department Into Trump's Protection Racket. truthout.org The exit polls in the New Hampshire Democratic primary on Tuesday said 81% of voters were motivated to vote because of anger at President Donald Trump. Part of the reason for that is likely because of the ongoing authoritarian power grab he was staging even as they cast their ballots. | The president had tweeted out his orders in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. | By the end of the day, the Department of Justice had rescinded that sentencing recommendation and all four of the prosecutors on…

Ruth Conniff (2020-02-12). Election 2020: Transformation or Stability? commondreams.org The Sanders/Warren wing of the Democratic Party wants to try something different, and dangerous—embracing the enmity of corporate America and Wall Street. That makes people who are comfortable in the existing economic system nervous. (Photo: Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/sandesrwarren.jpeg

teleSUR (2020-02-12). Colombian Teachers Announce 2-Day Strike To Defend Right To Live. telesurenglish.net The RELATED: | Fecode President Nelson Alarcon called Colombian citizens to join this initiative in defense of life, peace, and democracy, "against the assassination, threats…

Eric Zuesse (2020-02-12). 2020 US Elections: The Top Issue for Democratic Voters Is … globalresearch.ca Is it health care? | Is it jobs? | Is it national security? | Is it global warming? | Or is it none of those but instead much deeper? | I shall here argue the latter. | To win is not merely to defeat "the enemy." …

commondreams (2020-02-12). Democracy 21 Calls for House and DOJ Investigations of Unfit to Serve AG Barr, Documents Barr's Repeated Abuses of Office. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2020-02-12). WHO Extends Emergency Status of Ebola in DR Congo. telesurenglish.net The World Health Organization (WHO) extended its global emergency status for the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo Wednesday but said the sharp decline in cases was "extremely positive." | RELATED: | "As long as there is a single case of Ebola in an area as insecure and unstable as eastern DRC, the potential remains for a much larger epidemic," WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Ge…

WSWS (2020-02-12). New York state bail reform prompts backlash from Democrats and Republicans. wsws.org While the Democrats wasted no time jettisoning their facade of 'progressive' politics in the face of resistance from the NYPD and other law-and-order advocates, the Republicans have taken the opportunity to push their fascistic appeals.

news.un (2020-02-12). DR Congo Ebola outbreak still an international public health concern. news.un.org The Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains an international public health concern, experts meeting in Geneva concluded on Wednesday.

Staff (2020-02-12). Meet the Journalist Who Exposed Bloomberg's Racist Defense of "Stop-and-Frisk" truthout.org "#BloombergIsRacist." That's the hashtag that's trending on Twitter since audio of remarks made by 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg surfaced earlier this week. In the clip from the 2015 Aspen Institute, Bloomberg is heard defending the New York City Police Department's controversial "stop-and-frisk" policies, saying, "Ninety-five percent of your murders and murderers and murdered victims fit one MO. You can just take the description, xerox it a…

Peter Certo (2020-02-12). Who's Afraid of 'Socialism'? commondreams.org Sanders has been clear his socialist tradition comes from the social democratic systems common in countries like Denmark, with their provisions for universal health care and free college. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/bernieee.jpeg

Neema Singh Guliani (2020-02-12). Deadline Looming, Strongest Surveillance Reform Bill Yet Emerges. aclu.org Congress has just five weeks to decide the fate of key foreign | intelligence surveillance powers — forcing a showdown between surveillance | reformers and defenders. And now, a group of Republicans and Democrats have | unveiled the strongest comprehensive reform proposal that we have seen | yet. | The Safeguarding Americans' Private Records Act of 2020, introduced by a

Staff (2020-02-12). South Bend Residents Condemn Mayor Pete's Treatment of Black Community. truthout.org 2020 presidential candidate and former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg has surprised many with his strong showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, two of the country's whitest states. But as the race moves on to South Carolina and Nevada, Buttigieg continues to poll extremely low with African-American voters. His own former constituents are condemning his treatment of the Black community in South Bend during his time as mayor, calling out systemic racism in the police force. During Buttigieg's…

John Nichols (2020-02-12). Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire. thenation.com Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire…

Jeffrey Cox (2020-02-12). The Disastrous Iowa Caucuses Were Just the Beginning. thenation.com The Disastrous Iowa Caucuses Were Just the Beginning…

Jeet Heer (2020-02-12). The Primaries Are Protecting Trump. thenation.com The Primaries Are Protecting Trump…

Elie Mystal (2020-02-12). They Rocked New Hampshire—but Pete and Amy Still Can't Win Over Black Voters. thenation.com They Rocked New Hampshire—but Pete and Amy Still Can't Win Over Black Voters…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-02-12). Progressives to Voters Skeptical of Bernie Sanders: This 'Big Tent' Movement Is a Winning and Practical Choice. commondreams.org "Sanders is much more pragmatic and less ideological than his opponents would like to admit." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/its_ok_to_vote_for_bernie_sanders.jpg

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-02-12). Ilhan Omar Unveils Bold Proposal for US Foreign Policy 'Deeply Rooted in Justice'. commondreams.org "I believe that when the United States says it champions human rights, democracy, and peace, we should mean it!" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/ilhan_omar-trump-incite-violence_1.jpg

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-02-12). Iowa and New Hampshire Voters Show Medicare for All and Climate Crisis Top Issues for Democrats in 2020. commondreams.org Entrance and exit polling from the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3 and New Hampshire primary Tuesday shows that healthcare and the climate crisis are among the top issues for 2020 Democratic voters and the majority of them support bold action on both fronts. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sunrise_nh.jpg

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-02-12). Senate Democrats' Plan for Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 Is 'Wishful Thinking' on Solving Crisis, Climate Action Groups Say. commondreams.org New climate legislation put forward by Senate Democrats is "woefully" insufficient to avoid the worst effects of the climate crisis when compared to the warnings of the world's top scientists, green group said Wednesday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/pollution_2_0.jpg

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-02-12). 'Age Old Divide and Conquer Tactics': Union Leader Sara Nelson Rips Buttigieg Comments on Healthcare. commondreams.org "Anytime the word 'they' is used with workers, it's a sign of union-busters at work. The only pronoun that represents unionism and builds power is we/us." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1087945160_850_572.jpg

RT (2020-02-12). 'Too polite'? Bette Midler says Dems must 'toughen up' in wake of car attack on GOP volunteers. rt.com One of President Donald Trump's most vocal critics, actress and musician Bette Midler, thinks Democrats need to "toughen up" in their fight against the GOP, even after a Florida man was jailed for physically attacking Republicans. | During one of her anti-Trump tirades on Tuesday night — calling him a "fascist" and "dictator" this time — Midler lashed out at her own party as well. | "Democrats haven't learned a goddamned thing," she tweeted, shaming the party for being "too polite" and urging them to "toughen up" when taking on conservatives. "They play dirty," she said of Republicans, before addin…

Gary Leupp (2020-02-12). Talking Points For News Anchors Against Sanders. counterpunch.org It appears the news directors of the cable channels have directed their anchors to note the following about Bernie Sanders in their objective, fair and balanced news coverage. 1. Bernie Sanders is a self-described socialist. A socialist cannot win in America. Repeat. A socialist cannot win in America. 2. Black people don't like him, and

Staff (2020-02-12). Who's Afraid of Democratic Socialism? truthdig.com You knew it was going to be a long night when ABC's After asking Joe Biden about the "risks" of nominating Bernie Sanders (or Pete Buttigieg)—setting Biden up to make his central campaign claim of electability—S…

CP Editor (2020-02-12). Bernie Sanders interviews Punks [1988]. counterpunch.org

Staff (2020-02-11). Molly Crabapple: Bloomberg Is a Billionaire Republican Who Terrorized Black & Brown Youth. democracynow.org Polls open Tuesday in New Hampshire for the first primary of the 2020 presidential cycle. The Democratic candidates have been criss-crossing the state in the days leading up to the vote, which has even more significance this year following the muddled results of the Iowa caucuses. We continue our conversation with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and a former New Hampshire legislator; Norman Solomon, co-founder and national coordinator of RootsAction.org, which is supporting Bernie Sanders; and we are joined in New York by Molly Crabapple, an artist, writer and activist who recently pu…

Julie Hollar (2020-02-11). ABC Asking for Attacks Was a Lazy Way to Run a Debate. fair.org You knew it was going to be a long night when ABC's After asking Joe Biden about the "risks" of nominating Bernie Sanders (or Pete Buttigieg)—setting Biden up to…

RT (2020-02-11). 'Too perfect': Iowa Dem Party sign falls off podium as chair struggles to explain caucus flop, Twitter sees a metaphor. rt.com An Iowa Democratic Party sign fell to the floor as the party chairman tried to account for a disastrous caucus plagued by tech failures and bad math, creating what many netizens dubbed a perfect allegory for the botched primary. | As state party chair Troy Price fielded questions on Monday about "rounding errors" found in Iowa's Democratic primary results — which placed 2020 hopeful Pete Buttigieg ahead of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders by a margin of 0.1 percent — a party banner gave way mid-sentence, interrupting the chair as it awkwardly crashed on the ground. | Now we take you live to the Iowa De…

Staff (2020-02-11). Despite Corporate Media's "War on Bernie," Sanders Rides Wave of Support into New Hampshire Primary. democracynow.org Polls have opened in New Hampshire for the first primary of the election season. The vote comes eight days after the still-disputed Iowa caucuses, where both Senator Bernie Sanders and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg claimed victory. Both candidates have asked for a partial recanvass of the results. We speak with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and a former New Hampshire legislator, and Norman Solomon, co-founder and national coordinator of RootsAction.org, which is supporting Bernie Sanders.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-02-11). Parade of Dems warn UAW of perils of continuing Republican rule. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — A parade of prominent Democrats have warned delegates to the Auto Workers Legislative/Political Conference of the perils of continuing Republican rule in Washington. Led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., they challenged the unionists to undertake an all-out effort from now through November to wrest the White House and the Senate from anti-worker …

Staff (2020-02-11). A Victory for Vulture Funds: Puerto Rico's Unelected Financial Control Board Strikes Debt Deal. democracynow.org Puerto Rico's financial control board has struck a deal with bondholders to shed about $24 billion from its general obligation debt. The deal announced Sunday will cut the island's outstanding general obligation debt from $35 billion to about $11 billion; however, the island would have to pay about $3.8 billion upfront. The agreement will still need to be approved by Puerto Rico's Legislature. Puerto Rico's financial control board filed for bankruptcy in 2017 to attempt to restructure $129 billion in debt. The board, which is often referred to as "La Junta," is an unelected board that runs much of Puerto Rico's e…

Staff (2020-02-11). Trump's New Budget Funds Endless War & Nuclear Weapons While Slashing Aid to Poor & Hungry Americans. democracynow.org President Trump unveiled his 2021 budget request Monday, proposing massive cuts to Medicaid and food stamps while increasing spending on the military and his border wall. The $4.8 trillion budget would slash Environmental Protection Agency spending by more than a quarter while allocating $18 billion for Trump's newly established Space Force. Trump is also requesting billions more for nuclear weapons, including a new submarine-launched nuclear warhead. Experts and Democratic lawmakers warn that increasing the nuclear stockpile will increase the likelihood of nuclear war and defy international agreements. Democrats…

Staff (2020-02-11). Who Can Beat Trump? After Iowa Caucus Debacle, Stakes Increase for New Hampshire Primary. democracynow.org As voters head to the polls in New Hampshire for the nation's first presidential primary, we speak with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and former Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

RT (2020-02-11). 'A TOTAL RACIST': Trump helps 'cancel' Bloomberg on Twitter after leaked audio blaming minorities for '95% of murders'. rt.com Leaked audio of Democratic presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg calling for targeted police harassment of minorities, because 'that's where the real crime is,' has gone viral with a boost from Trump. | "95 percent of your murderers — murderers and murder victims — fit one MO," Bloomberg appears to say in audio leaked from an Aspen Institute speech in 2015. | Audio of

RT (2020-02-11). Don Jr. blasts MSM 'silence' on Florida CAR RAMMING attack on Trump campaign volunteers — even after suspect admits hate motive. rt.com Donald Trump Jr. has lashed out at the media coverage of the Jacksonville, Florida incident, in which a man rammed a GOP campaign tent full of volunteers — and then told police the attack was his "stand" against President Trump. | Identified as 27-year-old Gregory Timm, the Sunday attacker targeted a group of Republican volunteers campaigning for President Donald Trump outside the Kernan Village shopping mall in Jacksonville. The vehicle narrowly missed the volunteers, yet destroyed the tent. Timm fled the scene while producing an "obscene gesture" to the onlookers, according to the Duval County GOP. The…

Tracy Keeling (2020-02-11). Bernie Sanders nails the big problem with his main rival in the Democratic election. thecanary.co In the first vote of the Democratic primaries in Iowa, Pete Buttigieg The media has

Whitney Webb (2020-02-11). Buttigieg Campaign Aggressively Targeting Progressive Activists, Media. mintpressnews.com Between efforts to censor information critical of Buttigieg on social media and harass independent media outlets and their reporters at his rallies, it appears that a concerted effort is underway to control the narrative around the DNC primaries…

Staff (2020-02-11). Headlines for February 11, 2020. democracynow.org New Hampshire Voters Head to Polls for First Primary of 2020, Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 1,000, with Over 42,000 Confirmed Cases, Chuck Schumer Calls for Investigation into Trump's Retaliation-Motivated Firings, DOJ Reviewing Ukraine Info from Giuliani, DOJ Charges 4 Chinese Military Hackers in 2017 Equifax Breach, El Salvador President Bukele and Armed Officers Confront Lawmakers over Military Funding, Fears Mount for 5 Activists Detained in Philippines, Sinn Féin Scores Major Victory in Ireland, Syrian and Turkish Forces Step Up Attacks as 100,000s Face Humanitarian Disaster, Massive Locust Swarms Threaten Cro…

Katrina vanden Heuvel (2020-02-11). Don't Fall for Trump's Lie. Democrats Have Been Very Productive. thenation.com Don't Fall for Trump's Lie. Democrats Have Been Very Productive.

RT (2020-02-11). Dem primary chaos: Millionaire actress roasted for stopping crowd from booing Hillary & whining about living on 'crumbs'. rt.com Former 'Sex and the City' actress Cynthia Nixon campaigned for Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire, but found herself the target of Twitter mockery for fighting off Hillary Clinton boos and complaining about living on "crumbs." | Sanders has been leaning heavily on celebrity endorsements as the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination heats up, from 'Dances with Wolves' star Kevin Costner to rock band The Strokes. | Nixon was one of the stars making the case for the Vermont senator in New Hampshire ahead of the state's primary on Tuesday — but her speech went viral for all the wrong reasons. T…

RT (2020-02-10). Sanders asks for recanvass of 25 Iowa caucus precincts. rt.com Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has formally requested a partial review of last week's Iowa caucuses, after getting more votes but fewer delegates than rival Pete Buttigieg. | The recanvass request would apply to 25 precincts and three satellite sites. The Sanders campaign suggested they might ask for a full recount afterward. | "While a recanvass is just the first step in the process and we don't expect it to change the current calculations, it is a necessary part of making sure Iowans can trust the final results of the caucus," campaign adviser Jeff Weaver said in a statement on Monday. | Also…

Alan Macleod (2020-02-10). "I Will Put an End to Endless Wars:" Is Pete Buttigieg As Antiwar As He Claims? mintpressnews.com Pete Buttigieg has promised to "put an end to endless wars," but there are reasons to suspect a Buttigieg presidency would not be as pacifist as his pronouncement implies.

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The Political Economy of Corruption: Corruption Kills People, Ruins the Economy, Violates Human Rights
Prof. Joseph H. Chung | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
The whole world is facing the deepening and widening corruption which challenges the very survival of the free democracy and the free market economy. | Korea has been suffering for last 70 years from the corruption culture. But owing to courageous …
globalresearch.ca/political-economy-corruption-corruption-kills-people-corruption-ruins-economy-corruption-violates-human-rights/5703558

Company Behind Iowa Caucus App Has a Deeply Troubling Plan to Manipulate Voters
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-13
Those gathered to see the Iowa caucus results roll in on February 4 were sorely disappointed

The Red-Baiting of Bernie Sanders Has Begun and is Already Becoming Laughable
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-13
With Bernie Sanders now having won New Hampshire (and probably Iowa, where he won the popular vote) and confirmed his position as the frontrunner for president in the Democratic Party primaries (the New York Times' poll guru Nate Silver is giving him a better than 40% chance of gaining enough delegates by the end of…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/13/the-red-baiting-of-bernie-sanders-has-begun-and-is-already-becoming-laughable/

How Bernie Sanders Became a "Fighter" for Palestine
Steven Salaita | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-13
With the Democratic primary in full swing, the outlines of public debate are pretty much entrenched. Common wisdom on the left says that all of the candidates are bad on Palestine except for Bernie Sanders. Despite some problems, pundits declare, Sanders is still the best. Is the statement true, though, or is it a convenient truism?
counterpunch.org/2020/02/13/how-bernie-sanders-became-a-fighter-for-palestine/

Democrats' Shadowy Plot to Stop Bernie Sanders
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-13
Yogi Berra, the great Yankees catcher, had the memorable line, "It's like deja vu all over again." | Bernie Sanders supporters might have been thinking the same thing after the fiasco of the Iowa caucuses. | It was just four years ago that the corporate hacks who run the Democratic Party rigged the 2016 primary election process to favor Hillary Clinton and stop Sanders: The Democratic National Committee, which is supposed to stay neutral in a primary, secretly funneled party funds to Hillary's campaign, fed Hillary debate questions before a CNN town hall, and selected superdelegates who pledged their votes to Hil…
truthdig.com/articles/democrats-shadowy-plot-to-stop-bernie-sanders/

Company Behind Iowa Caucus App Has a Deeply Troubling Plan to Manipulate Voters
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-13
Those gathered to see the Iowa caucus results roll in on February 4 were sorely disappointed

AOC Blasts Bloomberg Over 'Racist' Stop and Frisk Policy
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
United States Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed Thursday Democratic presidential candidate and businessman Michael Bloomberg over his record as the mayor of New York City and the contentious "stop and frisk" policy he backed while in office. | RELATED: | Evo Morales Thanked US Senator Bernie Sanders for His Support | Ocasio-Cortez said Bloomberg is "just a billionaire trying to cover up authoritarian and racist policy," if he does not take action to provide relief to…
telesurenglish.net/news/AOC-Blasts-BloombergOver-Stop-and-Frisk-Policy–20200213-0020.html

The Iowa fiasco and the Democrats' shadowy plot to stop Bernie
Leonard C. Goodman | mronline.org | 2020-02-13
Yogi Berra, the great Yankees catcher, had the memorable line, "It's like deja vu all over again." Bernie Sanders supporters might have been thinking the same thing after the fiasco of the Iowa caucuses. | Source…
mronline.org/2020/02/13/the-iowa-fiasco-and-the-democrats-shadowy-plot-to-stop-bernie/

Sanders and AOC's Fracking Ban Angers Centrists and Their Fossil Fuel Backers
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-13
House Democrats have finally unveiled a flurry of climate bills aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but activists say only one proposal represents the "gold standard" for tackling the climate crisis: Legislation introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that would ban fracking nationwide. While none of these bills are likely to become law under President Trump, together they form the contours of a fierce debate among Democrats and environmentalists over the f…
truthout.org/articles/sanders-and-aocs-fracking-ban-angers-centrists-and-their-fossil-fuel-backers/

Why the Buttigieg Campaign Tried to Have Me Arrested for Handing Out Information About Medicare for All
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2020-02-13
Trying to block information on a New Hampshire campus…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/10/18830596.php

Dems Phony War Powers Resolution
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-13
US 20th and 21st century history shows Dems more hellbent for war than Republicans. | In 1916, Dem Woodrow Wilson was reelected on a pledge of: "He Kept Us Out of War." | Straightaway, he began planning US involvement in Europe's war …
globalresearch.ca/dems-phony-war-powers-resolution/5703593

US Senate strikes symbolic blow against Trump by limiting war powers toward Iran with new resolution
rt.com | 2020-02-13
The US Senate has passed a resolution limiting President Donald Trump's war powers in the case of Iran. The measure would only allow the president authority to strike in the case of self-defense or an imminent attack. | Eight Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the measure, which was passed 55-45. The resolution fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto, meaning this resolution is more symbolic than anything. | The president made his feelings on the War Powers Resolution clear on Wednesday when he tweeted that Iran would "have a field day" if his hands "were tied" due…
rt.com/usa/480793-war-powers-trump-senate/

Trump continues post-impeachment power grab with Roger Stone intervention
wsws.org | 2020-02-13
Following the Democrats' failed impeachment drive, President Trump is moving to consolidate his personal control over the government and surround himself with officials directly dependent on his approval.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/13/ston-f13.html

Only Sanders Can Challenge Trump's Predatory Budget Plan
Conor Lynch | truthdig.com | 2020-02-13
Amid the Democratic presidential primaries and the impeachment fallout, the Trump administration released its budget proposal for 2021 Monday. Though most of it has no chance of becoming a reality, it does provide a terrifying preview of what we can expect from Trump if he wins another four years in office this November. The latest …
truthdig.com/articles/only-sanders-can-challenge-trumps-predatory-budget-plan/

Democrats Team Up With Trump to Maintain Disastrous Healthcare System
Michael Pappas | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-13
On Tuesday, February 4, Donald Trump delivered his third State of the Union (SOTU) address. As expected, it was filled with contradictions, falsehoods, and distortions. Among other things, Trump spoke for close to ten minutes about health care in the U.S., claiming that he "will always protect Medicare." However, neither Trump and the Republicans, nor …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/02/democrats-team-up-with-trump-to-maintain-disastrous-healthcare-system/

Bloomberg Once Blamed End of 'Redlining' for 2008 Collapse
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-13
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Justice Department sues New Jersey and Washington state county over "sanctuary" policies
wsws.org | 2020-02-13
The lawsuits are a new stage in President Trump's campaign of anti-immigrant bigotry. In their public responses to the lawsuits, Democratic officials from New Jersey and Washington state revealed their own willingness to trade away immigrants' rights.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/13/sanc-f13.html

Out of Their Grip: Ending the Repetition of Defeat
Scott Owen | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-13
I'm sure that there must be at least a few of you out there who remember the frustration, the insult and the pain of trying to move our country out of the grip of the two major parties political stranglehold and the ongoing tug-of- war between the greater and lesser evils of the Democratic and…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/13/out-of-their-grip-ending-the-repetition-of-defeat/

US Senate strikes symbolic blow against Trump by limiting war powers toward Iran with new resolution
rt.com | 2020-02-13
The US Senate has passed a resolution limiting President Donald Trump's war powers in the case of Iran. The measure would only allow the president authority to strike in the case of self-defense or an imminent attack. | Eight Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the measure, which was passed 55-45. The resolution fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto, meaning this resolution is more symbolic than anything. | The president made his feelings on the War Powers Resolution clear on Wednesday when he tweeted that Iran would "have a field day" if his hands "were tied" due…
rt.com/usa/480793-war-powers-trump-senate/

Michael Bloomberg's Stop-and-Frisk Apology Tour Is Too Little, Too Late
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-13
The former mayor of New York City spent years pursuing and defending a racist policy. For Democratic voters, it should be disqualifying.
truthdig.com/articles/michael-bloombergs-stop-and-frisk-apology-tour-is-too-little-too-late/

New York City police in open revolt against Mayor de Blasio
wsws.org | 2020-02-13
Two shooting incidents by a single individual against New York officers have been used as a pretext to conduct a vicious, right-wing campaign against democratic rights.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/13/nypd-f13.html

Time's Up for Harvey Weinstein? Closing Arguments Begin in Rape Trial in NYC
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-13
Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Thursday in the trial of disgraced Hollywood mogul and accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein. The jury is expected to begin deliberating on Tuesday. Weinstein faces five felonies based on accusations by two women and, if convicted, could face up to life in prison. The trial comes more than two years after initial accusations against the film producer were published in The New Yorker and The New York Times, fueling the #MeToo movement that swept Hollywood and beyond. Since then, over 100 women have accused Weinstein of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment. During t…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/13/harvey_weinstein_trial_nyc

State-backed Alliance for Securing Democracy disinfo shop falsely smears The Grayzone as 'state-backed'
Alexander Rubinstein | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-13
In painting critical reporting on the Iowa caucuses debacle as a Russian plot, a Western government-backed information warfare shop smeared…
thegrayzone.com/2020/02/13/state-backed-alliance-securing-democracy-smears-grayzone/

US Senate Approves to Limit Trump's War Power on Iran
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
The United States Senate approved legislation Thursday to limit President Donald Trump's ability to wage war against Iran in order to prevent any further escalation of broader regional conflict. | RELATED: | US House Blocks Trump's Ability to Wage War Against Iran | Eight of Trump's fellow Republicans joined Democrats to pass the war powers resolution by 55-45. The measure would require Trump to remove U.S. troops engaged in hostilities against Iran unless Congress declares war or pas…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Senate-Approves-to-Limit-Trumps-War-Power-on-Iran-20200213-0018.html

The Wet'suwet'en Fight Against New Pipeline Spreads Across Canada with Blockades & Occupations
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-13
A major anti-pipeline struggle continues in Canada, where protests have broken out across the country in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en land defenders whose sovereign land in northern British Columbia was raided last week and over the weekend by Canadian police. Dozens were arrested in the days-long raid of unceded indigenous territories, where hereditary chiefs have been in a protracted battle to protect their land from the construction of TransCanada's 400-mile, $4.7 billion Coastal GasLink pipeline. The raids took place about 700 miles north of Vancouver and sparked outrage across the country. In Ontario, a Moha…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/13/wet_suwet_en_territory_pipeline_opposition

Did Amy Klobuchar Send an Innocent Teenager to Life in Prison? Questions Mount over Her Record as DA
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-13
After a surprising third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is attempting to gain ground in the national polls. But Klobuchar is also facing mounting scrutiny over her record as a district attorney in Minnesota. The Minneapolis NAACP, Black Lives Matter Twin Cities and other racial justice groups recently called on Klobuchar to suspend her presidential campaign following a shocking investigation by the Associated Press. The AP report centered on the case of Myon Burrell, an African-American teenager who was sentenced to life in prison over the 2002 murder of 11-year-old Tye…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/13/amy_klobuchar_myon_burrell

Out of Their Grip: Ending the Repetition of Defeat
Scott Owen | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-13
I'm sure that there must be at least a few of you out there who remember the frustration, the insult and the pain of trying to move our country out of the grip of the two major parties political stranglehold and the ongoing tug-of- war between the greater and lesser evils of the Democratic and…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/13/out-of-their-grip-ending-the-repetition-of-defeat/

Biden Has Raised the Most From Nevada Donors, But Sanders Leads in the Polls
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-13
Democratic presidential candidates who received the greatest amount of donations from Iowa and New Hampshire residents also finished at the top of the polls in the two early primaries. | If those results are any indication of what can be expected from the upcoming Nevada caucuses, then this time, it's former Vice President Joe Biden who could finally make a breakthrough in the state. | Biden has raised almo…
truthout.org/articles/biden-has-raised-the-most-from-nevada-donors-but-sanders-leads-in-the-polls/

State-backed Alliance for Securing Democracy disinfo shop falsely smears The Grayzone as 'state-backed'
Alexander Rubinstein | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-13
In painting critical reporting on the Iowa caucuses debacle as a Russian plot, a Western government-backed information warfare shop smeared…
thegrayzone.com/2020/02/13/state-backed-alliance-securing-democracy-smears-grayzone/

Democratic Party Asks to Investigate Trump for Abuse of Power
teleSUR-age | telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
The U.S. Democratic Party is calling for an investigation into President Donald Trump's influence on the Justice Department's decision to lower the sentencing recommendation for White House leader's friend Roger Stone, who was found guilty last year of lying to Congress, obstruction, and manipulation of witnesses. | RELATED: | What's Next Front in Trump's Battle Over Presidential Powers? | The sudden decision by U.S. Attorney General William Barr to request a lighter prison term f…
telesurenglish.net/news/democratic-party-asks-to-investigate-trump-for-abuse-of-power-20200213-0013.html

State-backed Alliance for Securing Democracy disinfo shop falsely smears The Grayzone as 'state-backed'
Alexander Rubinstein | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-13
In painting critical reporting on the Iowa caucuses debacle as a Russian plot, a US-backed information warfare shop smeared The…
thegrayzone.com/2020/02/13/state-backed-alliance-securing-democracy-smears-grayzone/

"Traumatizing from the Get-Go": Weinstein Trial Exposes Flawed Approach to Sexual Assault Cases
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-13
We continue our conversation about the trial of alleged sexual predator Harvey Weinstein, ahead of the scheduled start of opening arguments today. Weinstein is facing five felony charges, based on accusations brought forth by two women in the case, and, if convicted, could face up to life in prison. Last week, one of his accusers, Jessica Mann, broke down and went into an apparent panic attack during questioning from Weinstein's lawyers, forcing the judge to adjourn proceedings for the day. Mann was made to read past emails to a boyfriend, in which she disclosed she had been sexually assaulted before meeting Wein…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/13/harvey_weinstein_trial_trauma_louise_godbold

Trump Asks $3.8 Billion From Military for Mexico Border Wall
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
The U.S. Defense Department asked Congress to reprogram more than $3.8 billion from funding for the National Guard and weapons programs to pay for a wall on the border with Mexico, setting another possible confrontation with Democrats, Reuters News Agency reported. | RELATED: | US Senate Approves to Limit Trump's War Power on Iran | Three years after arriving at the presidency, Donald Trump is keeping his central promise of building a wall on the southern border of the nation and heads h…
telesurenglish.net/news/trump-asks-three-billion-from-military-for-Mexico-border-wall-20200213-0022.html

When CNN Introduces Bernie-Bashers Only as 'Former,' CNN Is Lying To You
Jeff Cohen | commondreams.org | 2020-02-13
Jim Messina, former Obama campaign manager and current corporate consultant, appears on CNN following the New Hampshire Democratic primary on February 11, 2020. (Photo: Screengrab/CNN) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/cnn_0.jpg
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Devin Nunes Is Leading Republicans in a Post-Impeachment "Strike"
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-13
Less than a week after President Trump lauded Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., as "the hardest worker," the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee refused to show up for his first day back at work following the president's impeachment trial. | All nine Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee were absent for a Wednesday morning hearing on the development of artificial intelligence for the purposes of national sec…
truthout.org/articles/devin-nunes-is-leading-republicans-in-a-post-impeachment-strike/

Rodney Garcia Epitomizes Trump's Brand of Political Intolerance
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-13
Montana didn't need the very negative worldwide press it got last week when Billings Republican legislator Rodney Garcia decided to inform us that according to the U.S. Constitution, it's OK to "shoot socialists." For those who doubt the dangerous effects of President Trump's unhinged rants against "socialism," Garcia's acceptance of personal violence against those with…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/13/rodney-garcia-epitomizes-trumps-brand-of-political-intolerance/

Rodney Garcia Epitomizes Trump's Brand of Political Intolerance
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-13
Montana didn't need the very negative worldwide press it got last week when Billings Republican legislator Rodney Garcia decided to inform us that according to the U.S. Constitution, it's OK to "shoot socialists." For those who doubt the dangerous effects of President Trump's unhinged rants against "socialism," Garcia's acceptance of personal violence against those with…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/13/rodney-garcia-epitomizes-trumps-brand-of-political-intolerance/

California – Pan African Agribusiness Trade – 2020 World Ag Expo
Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2020-02-13
2020 World Ag Expo offers tangible solutions to assist the African Continential Free Trade Area achieve 2025 goals. The California Black Agriculture Working Group remains committed and fully engaged to achieve mutually beneficial goals.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/12/18830622.php

Did Amy Klobuchar Condemn an Innocent Teenager to Life in Prison?
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-13
After a surprising third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is attempting to gain ground in the national polls. But Klobuchar is also facing mounting scrutiny over her record as a district attorney in Minnesota. The Minneapolis NAACP, Black Lives Matter Twin Cities and other racial justice groups recently called on Klobuchar to suspend her presidential campaign following a shocking investigation by the Associated Press. The AP report centered on the case of Myon Burre…
truthout.org/video/did-amy-klobuchar-condemn-an-innocent-teenager-to-life-in-prison/

Democrats Should Welcome Michael Bloomberg to Their Debates–ASAP
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2020-02-13
Democrats Should Welcome Michael Bloomberg to Their Debates–ASAP…
thenation.com/article/politics/michael-bloomberg-democratic-primary/

Private funeral held for Kobe Bryant before memorial
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-13
Basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his second daughter Gianna have been laid to rest in a private funeral ahead of a public memorial service.According to their death certificates, they were buried in a cemetery in Southern California last Friday, the NBA said in a statement.A public memorial in honor of Bryant is due to be held on Feb. 24 at Staples Center in Los Angeles

After Trial: Pelosi Looks for New Fight, Biden's in Cross Hairs & Trump Kicks Off 'Spring Cleaning'
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-13
On 5 February, President Donald Trump was found not guilty in his Senate impeachment trial, bringing an end to the Ukrainegate saga propelled by the House Democrats. One might ask what will happen next? American independent journalist Max Parry has shed light on further developments in Washington.
sputniknews.com/analysis/202002131078301195-after-trial-pelosi-looks-for-new-fight-bidens-in-cross-hairs–trump-kicks-off-spring-cleaning/

United States: Sanders versus the Democratic establishment
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-13
Daniel SafiIssue 1253 United StatesFebruary 13, 2020Suspicions of election "tampering" have darkened a number of primaries and presidential elections in recent history in the United States. | In the presidential contest between Republican George W Bush and the Democratic Party's Al Gore in 2000, confusing layouts on ballots in Florida

European left and green MPs support Kurdish struggle
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-13
Kurdish struggle Peter BoyleIssue 1253 Belgium Rojava revolution BrusselsFebruary 13, 2020Left and green parliamentarians from across Europe condemned Turkey's invasion of Rojava, the democrat…
greenleft.org.au/content/european-left-and-green-mps-support-kurdish-struggle

Germany's defense minister wants to keep UK in 'E3 group' after Brexit, retain security ties
rt.com | 2020-02-13
The EU and Britain have a shared interest in retaining close security ties after Brexit, Germany's Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has said. Speaking ahead of the annual Munich Security Conference, the close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel and leader of their ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, said she wanted to keep Britain in the 'E3' group, which also includes Germany and France. | "It is important to me that the UK remains involved for common security in Europe, even if it is no longer part of the EU," Kramp-Karrenbauer told Reuters. This week, the politician announced she would no…
rt.com/newsline/480774-germany-defense-britain-security/

New Hampshire Primaries Paint a Picture of Modern Day Class War in America
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-12
While the primary totals for Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg were relatively close, their support came from radically different segments of the population.
mintpressnews.com/new-hampshire-primaries-modern-day-class-war-america/264866/

'Do they never learn?': Progressives rip media attempts to downplay Bernie Sanders win in NH primary
Eoin Higgins | nationofchange.org | 2020-02-12
"Why is this so hard for people to see?"
nationofchange.org/2020/02/12/do-they-never-learn-progressives-rip-media-attempts-to-downplay-bernie-sanders-win-in-nh-primary/

Talking Points For News Anchors Against Sanders
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-12
It appears the news directors of the cable channels have directed their anchors to note the following about Bernie Sanders in their objective, fair and balanced news coverage. 1. Bernie Sanders is a self-described socialist. A socialist cannot win in America. Repeat. A socialist cannot win in America. 2. Black people don't like him, and…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/12/talking-points-for-news-anchors-against-sanders/

Talking Points For News Anchors Against Sanders
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-12
It appears the news directors of the cable channels have directed their anchors to note the following about Bernie Sanders in their objective, fair and balanced news coverage. 1. Bernie Sanders is a self-described socialist. A socialist cannot win in America. Repeat. A socialist cannot win in America. 2. Black people don't like him, and…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/12/talking-points-for-news-anchors-against-sanders/

New Hampshire Primaries Paint a Picture of Modern Day Class War in America
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-12
While the primary totals for Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg were relatively close, their support came from radically different segments of the population.
mintpressnews.com/new-hampshire-primaries-modern-day-class-war-america/264866/

Former Goldman Sachs CEO says Sanders presidency would 'ruin our economy,' gets blasted on Twitter
rt.com | 2020-02-12
An ex-CEO of Goldman Sachs who helped cause the 2008 financial crisis has claimed Bernie Sanders would ruin the economy and "screw up the US" if elected president, prompting Twitter to remind him of the Great Recession. | Billionaire Lloyd Blankfein tweeted on Wednesday that Sanders is "just as polarizing as Trump AND he'll ruin [the American] economy and doesn't care about [the American] military," before adding: "If I'm Russian, I go with Sanders this time around." | If Dems go on to nominate Sanders, the Russians will have to reconsider who to work for to best screw up the US. Sanders is just as polarizing…
rt.com/usa/480665-goldman-sachs-ceo-sanders-economy/

Evo Morales Thanked US Senator Bernie Sanders for His Support
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-12
Former President of Bolivia Evo Morales thanked Wednesday United States Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders who reiterated his rejection of the violent coup against the legitimate government of the Indigenous leader. | RELATED: | Bolivia's Electoral Body Bars More Than 350 Candidates | "The U.S. Democratic leader, Bernie Sanders, defends us and says: 'I do not like military coups.' We appreciate your statements and we agree: coups interrupt democracy and cause great suffering to the peopl…
telesurenglish.net/news/evo-morales-thanked-senator-bernie-sanders-for-his-support-20200212-0019.html

Bernie Sanders interviews Punks [1988]
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-12
counterpunch.org/2020/02/12/bernie-sanders-interviews-punks-1988/

Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire Primary with Key Support from Youth Voters
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-12
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has won the New Hampshire primary a week after he won the popular vote in Iowa. As of Wednesday morning, with 89% of precincts reporting, Sanders has 25.8% of the vote, narrowly beating former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is at 24.4%. Senator Amy Klobuchar placed third with nearly 20% of the vote. Both Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden received under 10% of the vote, after seeing their support plummet in recent weeks and months. At a celebration in Manchester, Bernie Sanders said his victory in New Hampshire is the beginning of the end for Donal…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/12/new_hampshire_primary_2020_bernie_sanders

Can Andrew Wiggins Save America?
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-12
The ruling class likes to equate the growing skepticism of the status quo with white supremacy. This is how they can equate the Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump movements. But I do think it is more complicated than this. How does this all relate to Andrew Wiggins, the basketball player, who keeps losing, but was…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/12/can-andrew-wiggins-save-america/

Who's Afraid of Democratic Socialism?
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-12
You knew it was going to be a long night when ABC's George Stephanopoulos spent the first 11 minutes of the February 7 Democratic presidential debate directing a discussion about how risky it would be to have a democratic socialist at the top of the ticket. | After asking Joe Biden about the "risks" of nominating Bernie Sanders (or Pete Buttigieg)–setting Biden up to make his central campaign claim of electability–S…
truthdig.com/articles/whos-afraid-of-democratic-socialism/

Can Andrew Wiggins Save America?
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-12
The ruling class likes to equate the growing skepticism of the status quo with white supremacy. This is how they can equate the Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump movements. But I do think it is more complicated than this. How does this all relate to Andrew Wiggins, the basketball player, who keeps losing, but was…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/12/can-andrew-wiggins-save-america/

Feminist Scholar Barbara Smith on Identity Politics & Why She Supports Bernie Sanders for President
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-12
We speak with the legendary African-American feminist scholar Barbara Smith. She is a founder of the Combahee River Collective and of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press. Barbara Smith recently wrote a column in The Guardian newspaper titled "I helped coin the term 'identity politics'. I'm endorsing Bernie Sanders." Her latest book is "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith."
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/12/barbara_smith_identity_politics_bernie_sanders

After New Hampshire win, Sanders calls for unity to defeat Trump
Mark Gruenberg, John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-12
MANCHESTER, N.H.–Coming off his second straight popular vote win, in New Hampshire's Democratic primary on Feb. 11, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ind-Vt., preached party unity to defeat incumbent GOP President Donald Trump. So did fourth-place Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. Second-place finisher Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., not so much. Third-place Sen. Amy …
peoplesworld.org/article/after-new-hampshire-win-sanders-calls-for-unity-to-defeat-trump/

Former Goldman Sachs CEO says Sanders presidency would 'ruin our economy,' gets blasted on Twitter
rt.com | 2020-02-12
An ex-CEO of Goldman Sachs who helped cause the 2008 financial crisis has claimed Bernie Sanders would ruin the economy and "screw up the US" if elected president, prompting Twitter to remind him of the Great Recession. | Billionaire Lloyd Blankfein tweeted on Wednesday that Sanders is "just as polarizing as Trump AND he'll ruin [the American] economy and doesn't care about [the American] military," before adding: "If I'm Russian, I go with Sanders this time around." | If Dems go on to nominate Sanders, the Russians will have to reconsider who to work for to best screw up the US. Sanders is just as polarizing…
rt.com/usa/480665-goldman-sachs-ceo-sanders-economy/

Sanders wins three-way contest in New Hampshire primary
wsws.org | 2020-02-12
The self-styled "democratic socialist" defeated two more right-wing candidates, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/12/newh-f12.html

Ilhan Omar Presents a New Proposal for US Foreign Policy
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-12
Rep. Ilhan Omar from Minnesota unveiled Wednesday an ambitious proposal for a more ethical and humane way for the United States (U.S.) to approach its foreign policies. | RELATED: | Venezuela Announces International Lawsuit Against US | "As a child, I survived war, I have first-hand experience with how destructive war could be not only for the children but also for the country and for the future hopes and dreams of a whole nation," Omar says in a video announcing her plan. | The high p…
telesurenglish.net/news/Ilhan-Omar-Presents-a-New-Proposal-for-Us-Foreign-Policy-20200212-0027.html

Iowa Democratic Party chair RESIGNS over caucus disaster
rt.com | 2020-02-12
The Iowa caucuses fiasco has cost the state's Democratic Party chair Troy Price his job, as the final results are still unavailable due to recanvass and recount bids by frustrated candidates. | "While it is my desire to stay in this role and see this process through to completion, I do believe it is time for the Iowa Democratic Party to begin looking forward, and my presence in my current role makes that more difficult," Price wrote on Wednesday to the state party's Central Committee. | Troy Price will resign as the chair of the Iowa Democratic Party. This is his letter of resignation sent to the state central…
rt.com/usa/480711-iowa-democratic-chair-resignation/

New York state bail reform prompts backlash from Democrats and Republicans
wsws.org | 2020-02-12
While the Democrats wasted no time jettisoning their facade of 'progressive' politics in the face of resistance from the NYPD and other law-and-order advocates, the Republicans have taken the opportunity to push their fascistic appeals.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/12/bail-f12.html

Iowa Democratic Party chair RESIGNS over caucus disaster
rt.com | 2020-02-12
The Iowa caucuses fiasco has cost the state's Democratic Party chair Troy Price his job, as the final results are still unavailable due to recanvass and recount bids by frustrated candidates. | "While it is my desire to stay in this role and see this process through to completion, I do believe it is time for the Iowa Democratic Party to begin looking forward, and my presence in my current role makes that more difficult," Price wrote on Wednesday to the state party's Central Committee. | Troy Price will resign as the chair of the Iowa Democratic Party. This is his letter of resignation sent to the state central…
rt.com/usa/480711-iowa-democratic-chair-resignation/

Election 2020: Transformation or Stability?
Ruth Conniff | commondreams.org | 2020-02-12
The Sanders/Warren wing of the Democratic Party wants to try something different, and dangerous—embracing the enmity of corporate America and Wall Street. That makes people who are comfortable in the existing economic system nervous. (Photo: Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/sandesrwarren.jpeg
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'I'm not one to accept donations in a race I can't win': Yang quits presidential bid as polls close in New Hampshire
rt.com | 2020-02-12
Entrepreneur Andrew Yang has bowed out of the presidential race after early results suggested the Democratic candidate failed to win delegates in the New Hampshire primary. | As early results started pouring in from the New Hampshire primaries on Tuesday night, the Democratic field lost yet another hopeful as sources close to the Yang campaign confirmed that the entrepreneur-turned-politician would be ending his presidential bid. | Commenting on his decision to pull the plug on his campaign, Yang said that he does not want to continue taking money from his supporters knowing that he will not deliver victory.
rt.com/usa/480626-yang-drops-out-race/

Meet the Journalist Who Exposed Bloomberg's Racist Defense of Targeting Black & Brown Youth
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-12
"#BloombergIsRacist." That's the hashtag that's trending on Twitter since audio of remarks made by 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg surfaced earlier this week. In the clip from the 2015 Aspen Institute, Bloomberg is heard defending the New York City Police Department's controversial "stop-and-frisk" policies, saying, "Ninety-five percent of your murders and murderers and murdered victims fit one MO. You can just take the description, xerox it and pass it out to all the cops." He continues, "They are male minorities, 15 to 25. That's true in New York. It's true…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/12/michael_bloomberg_aspen_2015_unearthed_audio

2020 US Elections: The Top Issue for Democratic Voters Is
Eric Zuesse | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-12
Is it health care? | Is it jobs? | Is it national security? | Is it global warming? | Or is it none of those but instead much deeper? | I shall here argue the latter. | To win is not merely to defeat "the enemy." …
globalresearch.ca/top-issue-democratic-voters/5703448

South Bend Politician: I Worked with Pete Buttigieg. He Did Not Respect Black Residents' Struggles
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-12
2020 presidential candidate and former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg has surprised many with his strong showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, two of the country's whitest states. But as the race moves on to South Carolina and Nevada, Buttigieg continues to poll extremely low with African-American voters. His own former constituents are condemning his treatment of the black community in South Bend during his time as mayor, calling out systemic racism in the police force. During Buttigieg's tenure, black residents were 4.3 times more likely to be arrested for possessing marijuana than white people. We…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/12/pete_buttigieg_south_bend_black_community

Who's Afraid of 'Socialism'?
Peter Certo | commondreams.org | 2020-02-12
Sanders has been clear his socialist tradition comes from the social democratic systems common in countries like Denmark, with their provisions for universal health care and free college. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/bernieee.jpeg
commondreams.org/views/2020/02/12/whos-afraid-socialism?cd-origin=rss

Klobuchar Surged in New Hampshire. Can She Make It Count?
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-12
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Democracy 21 Calls for House and DOJ Investigations of Unfit to Serve AG Barr, Documents Barr's Repeated Abuses of Office
commondreams.org | 2020-02-12
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Colombian Teachers Announce 2-Day Strike To Defend Right To Live
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-12
The Colombian Federation of Education Workers (Fecode) announced Tuesday a national strike on February 20 and 21 against violence and defending a right to life. | RELATED: | Colombia: 39 Social Leaders, 7 Ex-Farc Members Murdered In 2020 | Fecode President Nelson Alarcon called Colombian citizens to join this initiative in defense of life, peace, and democracy, "against the assassination, threats…
telesurenglish.net/news/Colombian-Teachers-Announce-2-Day-Strike-To-Defend-Right-To-Live-20200212-0028.html

Deadline Looming, Strongest Surveillance Reform Bill Yet Emerges
Neema Singh Guliani | aclu.org | 2020-02-12
Congress has just five weeks to decide the fate of key foreign | intelligence surveillance powers

William Barr Is Turning the Justice Department Into Trump's Protection Racket
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-12
The exit polls in the New Hampshire Democratic primary on Tuesday said 81% of voters were motivated to vote because of anger at President Donald Trump. Part of the reason for that is likely because of the ongoing authoritarian power grab he was staging even as they cast their ballots. | The president had tweeted out his orders in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. | By the end of the day, the Department of Justice had rescinded that sentencing recommendation and all four of the prosecutors on…
truthout.org/articles/william-barr-is-turning-the-justice-department-into-trumps-protection-racket/

What about stopping endless wars? Trump urges GOP to vote down Iran war resolution because it's a partisan ploy by Democrats
rt.com | 2020-02-12
US President Donald Trump says the resolution that would block him from using force against Iran is a partisan trick by Democrats, even though he campaigned on a peace platform and some of his closest allies support the proposal. | "We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness," Trump tweeted on Wednesday, adding that Tehran would "have a field day" if his hands were tied. | "The Democrats are only doing this as an attempt to embarrass the Republican Party. Don't let it happen!" he urged the GOP majority. | ….If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day. Sends a very bad s…
rt.com/usa/480702-trump-iran-war-senate/

New York state bail reform prompts backlash from Democrats and Republicans
wsws.org | 2020-02-12
While the Democrats wasted no time jettisoning their facade of 'progressive' politics in the face of resistance from the NYPD and other law-and-order advocates, the Republicans have taken the opportunity to push their fascistic appeals.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/12/bail-f12.html

WHO Extends Emergency Status of Ebola in DR Congo
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-12
The World Health Organization (WHO) extended its global emergency status for the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo Wednesday but said the sharp decline in cases was "extremely positive." | RELATED: | UN Chief Praises China's Coronavirus Response As Remarkable | "As long as there is a single case of Ebola in an area as insecure and unstable as eastern DRC, the potential remains for a much larger epidemic," WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Ge…
telesurenglish.net/news/WHO-Extends-Emergency-Status-of-Ebola-in-DR-Congo-20200212-0020.html

DR Congo Ebola outbreak still an international public health concern
news.un.org | 2020-02-12
The Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains an international public health concern, experts meeting in Geneva concluded on Wednesday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/02/1057291

Meet the Journalist Who Exposed Bloomberg's Racist Defense of "Stop-and-Frisk"
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-12
"#BloombergIsRacist." That's the hashtag that's trending on Twitter since audio of remarks made by 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg surfaced earlier this week. In the clip from the 2015 Aspen Institute, Bloomberg is heard defending the New York City Police Department's controversial "stop-and-frisk" policies, saying, "Ninety-five percent of your murders and murderers and murdered victims fit one MO. You can just take the description, xerox it a…
truthout.org/video/meet-the-journalist-who-exposed-bloombergs-racist-defense-of-stop-and-frisk/

South Bend Residents Condemn Mayor Pete's Treatment of Black Community
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-12
2020 presidential candidate and former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg has surprised many with his strong showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, two of the country's whitest states. But as the race moves on to South Carolina and Nevada, Buttigieg continues to poll extremely low with African-American voters. His own former constituents are condemning his treatment of the Black community in South Bend during his time as mayor, calling out systemic racism in the police force. During Buttigieg's…
truthout.org/video/south-bend-residents-condemn-mayor-petes-treatment-of-black-community/

Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2020-02-12
Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire…
thenation.com/article/politics/bernie-sanders-wins-new-hampshire/

The Primaries Are Protecting Trump
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2020-02-12
The Primaries Are Protecting Trump…
thenation.com/article/politics/primaries-democratic-protecting-trump/

The Disastrous Iowa Caucuses Were Just the Beginning
Jeffrey Cox | thenation.com | 2020-02-12
The Disastrous Iowa Caucuses Were Just the Beginning…
thenation.com/article/politics/iowa-caucuses-democrats/

They Rocked New Hampshire–but Pete and Amy Still Can't Win Over Black Voters
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2020-02-12
They Rocked New Hampshire–but Pete and Amy Still Can't Win Over Black Voters…
thenation.com/article/politics/buttigieg-klobuchar-privilege/

Progressives to Voters Skeptical of Bernie Sanders: This 'Big Tent' Movement Is a Winning and Practical Choice
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-12
"Sanders is much more pragmatic and less ideological than his opponents would like to admit." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/its_ok_to_vote_for_bernie_sanders.jpg
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Ilhan Omar Unveils Bold Proposal for US Foreign Policy 'Deeply Rooted in Justice'
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-12
"I believe that when the United States says it champions human rights, democracy, and peace, we should mean it!" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/ilhan_omar-trump-incite-violence_1.jpg
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Iowa and New Hampshire Voters Show Medicare for All and Climate Crisis Top Issues for Democrats in 2020
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-12
Entrance and exit polling from the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3 and New Hampshire primary Tuesday shows that healthcare and the climate crisis are among the top issues for 2020 Democratic voters and the majority of them support bold action on both fronts. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sunrise_nh.jpg
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Senate Democrats' Plan for Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 Is 'Wishful Thinking' on Solving Crisis, Climate Action Groups Say
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-12
New climate legislation put forward by Senate Democrats is "woefully" insufficient to avoid the worst effects of the climate crisis when compared to the warnings of the world's top scientists, green group said Wednesday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/pollution_2_0.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2020/02/12/senate-democrats-plan-net-zero-carbon-emissions-2050-wishful-thinking-solving-crisis?cd-origin=rss

'Age Old Divide and Conquer Tactics': Union Leader Sara Nelson Rips Buttigieg Comments on Healthcare
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-12
"Anytime the word 'they' is used with workers, it's a sign of union-busters at work. The only pronoun that represents unionism and builds power is we/us." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1087945160_850_572.jpg
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'Too polite'? Bette Midler says Dems must 'toughen up' in wake of car attack on GOP volunteers
rt.com | 2020-02-12
One of President Donald Trump's most vocal critics, actress and musician Bette Midler, thinks Democrats need to "toughen up" in their fight against the GOP, even after a Florida man was jailed for physically attacking Republicans. | During one of her anti-Trump tirades on Tuesday night

'Too perfect': Iowa Dem Party sign falls off podium as chair struggles to explain caucus flop, Twitter sees a metaphor
rt.com | 2020-02-11
An Iowa Democratic Party sign fell to the floor as the party chairman tried to account for a disastrous caucus plagued by tech failures and bad math, creating what many netizens dubbed a perfect allegory for the botched primary. | As state party chair Troy Price fielded questions on Monday about "rounding errors" found in Iowa's Democratic primary results

Molly Crabapple: Bloomberg Is a Billionaire Republican Who Terrorized Black & Brown Youth
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-11
Polls open Tuesday in New Hampshire for the first primary of the 2020 presidential cycle. The Democratic candidates have been criss-crossing the state in the days leading up to the vote, which has even more significance this year following the muddled results of the Iowa caucuses. We continue our conversation with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and a former New Hampshire legislator; Norman Solomon, co-founder and national coordinator of RootsAction.org, which is supporting Bernie Sanders; and we are joined in New York by Molly Crabapple, an artist, writer and activist who recently pu…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/11/mike_bloomberg_leaked_audio_aspen

Despite Corporate Media's "War on Bernie," Sanders Rides Wave of Support into New Hampshire Primary
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-11
Polls have opened in New Hampshire for the first primary of the election season. The vote comes eight days after the still-disputed Iowa caucuses, where both Senator Bernie Sanders and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg claimed victory. Both candidates have asked for a partial recanvass of the results. We speak with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and a former New Hampshire legislator, and Norman Solomon, co-founder and national coordinator of RootsAction.org, which is supporting Bernie Sanders.
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/11/new_hampshire_primary_2020

ABC Asking for Attacks Was a Lazy Way to Run a Debate
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2020-02-11
You knew it was going to be a long night when ABC's George Stephanopoulos spent the first 11 minutes of the February 7 Democratic presidential debate directing a discussion about how risky it would be to have a democratic socialist at the top of the ticket. | After asking Joe Biden about the "risks" of nominating Bernie Sanders (or Pete Buttigieg)–setting Biden up to…
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Bernie Sanders nails the big problem with his main rival in the Democratic election
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2020-02-11
In the first vote of the Democratic primaries in Iowa, Pete Buttigieg emerged as the main challenger to Bernie Sanders. | The media has fawned over Buttigieg since before he officially announced his bid for the presidency in April 2019. That's…
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Buttigieg Campaign Aggressively Targeting Progressive Activists, Media
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-11
Between efforts to censor information critical of Buttigieg on social media and harass independent media outlets and their reporters at his rallies, it appears that a concerted effort is underway to control the narrative around the DNC primaries…
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'A TOTAL RACIST': Trump helps 'cancel' Bloomberg on Twitter after leaked audio blaming minorities for '95% of murders'
rt.com | 2020-02-11
Leaked audio of Democratic presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg calling for targeted police harassment of minorities, because 'that's where the real crime is,' has gone viral with a boost from Trump. | "95 percent of your murderers

Trump's New Budget Funds Endless War & Nuclear Weapons While Slashing Aid to Poor & Hungry Americans
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-11
President Trump unveiled his 2021 budget request Monday, proposing massive cuts to Medicaid and food stamps while increasing spending on the military and his border wall. The $4.8 trillion budget would slash Environmental Protection Agency spending by more than a quarter while allocating $18 billion for Trump's newly established Space Force. Trump is also requesting billions more for nuclear weapons, including a new submarine-launched nuclear warhead. Experts and Democratic lawmakers warn that increasing the nuclear stockpile will increase the likelihood of nuclear war and defy international agreements. Democrats…
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2020-02-12: News Headlines

RT (2020-02-12). Sanders edges out Buttigieg to win New Hampshire primary after neck-and-neck race — projections. rt.com Senator Bernie Sanders came out on top in the hotly contested Democratic primary in New Hampshire on Tuesday, with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg finishing second, projections show. | The Vermont independent claimed victory in the New Hampshire primary after multiple outlets called the vote in his favor. | Addressing his supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire, Sanders described US President Donald Trump "as the most dangerous president in the history of this country," vowing to stop him from keeping the Oval Office for four more years. | "This victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump," Sande…

RT (2020-02-12). 'I'm not one to accept donations in a race I can't win': Yang quits presidential bid as polls close in New Hampshire. rt.com Entrepreneur Andrew Yang has bowed out of the presidential race after early results suggested the Democratic candidate failed to win delegates in the New Hampshire primary. | As early results started pouring in from the New Hampshire primaries on Tuesday night, the Democratic field lost yet another hopeful as sources close to the Yang campaign confirmed that the entrepreneur-turned-politician would be ending his presidential bid. | Commenting on his decision to pull the plug on his campaign, Yang said that he does not want to continue taking money from his supporters knowing that he will not deliver victory.

Staff (2020-02-12). Sanders Nabs New Hampshire In a Massive Boost for His Campaign. truthdig.com The Vermont senator is declared the winner of the presidential Democratic primary in the Granite State less than three hours after polls closes.

Nick Pemberton (2020-02-12). Can Andrew Wiggins Save America? counterpunch.org The ruling class likes to equate the growing skepticism of the status quo with white supremacy. This is how they can equate the Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump movements. But I do think it is more complicated than this. How does this all relate to Andrew Wiggins, the basketball player, who keeps losing, but was

Gary Leupp (2020-02-12). Talking Points For News Anchors Against Sanders. counterpunch.org It appears the news directors of the cable channels have directed their anchors to note the following about Bernie Sanders in their objective, fair and balanced news coverage. 1. Bernie Sanders is a self-described socialist. A socialist cannot win in America. Repeat. A socialist cannot win in America. 2. Black people don't like him, and

Norman Solomon (2020-02-12). Why the Buttigieg Campaign Tried to Have Me Arrested for Handing Out Information About Medicare for All. indybay.org Trying to block information on a New Hampshire campus…

WSWS (2020-02-12). Sanders wins three-way contest in New Hampshire primary. wsws.org The self-styled "democratic socialist" defeated two more right-wing candidates, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar.

WSWS (2020-02-12). Trump's budget proposal: A new offensive in the social counterrevolution. wsws.org The announcement begins the staged process in which the Democratic Party feigns indignation over the proposed cuts only to ultimately accede to many of the demands.

R.R. (2020-02-12). El Cerrito Shows Up to Say: No Witnesses, No Fair Acquittal. indybay.org Feb. 5, 2020. In the East Bay city of El Cerrito, the call went out to "flood the streets to protest against this reprehensible cover-up and despicable GOP attempts to destroy our democracy!"

WSWS (2020-02-12). The legacy of Tonga's late "pro-democracy" PM 'Akilisi Pohiva. wsws.org Three decades of Pohiva's movement confirms that the working class and rural poor across the Pacific can achieve democratic rights and decent living standards only armed with a socialist program.

WSWS (2020-02-12). Folk singers charged for violating Bangladesh's draconian Digital Security Act. wsws.org In an outrageous attack on democratic rights, Baul singers Rita Dewan and Shariat Sarker face prosecution on bogus claims of "hurting religious sentiments."

Daniel Lazare (2020-02-12). Sliding Toward Authoritarianism. counterpunch.org Now that Donald Trump has emerged from the impeachment fiasco bloody but unbowed, are Democrats justified in portraying his acquittal as an epic defeat for democracy? The short answer is yes — except that a conviction would have even been worse. In an interesting op-ed that ran in the New York Times in November, a

WSWS (2020-02-12). New York state bail reform prompts backlash from Democrats and Republicans. wsws.org While the Democrats wasted no time jettisoning their facade of 'progressive' politics in the face of resistance from the NYPD and other law-and-order advocates, the Republicans have taken the opportunity to push their fascistic appeals.

Ryan Devereaux (2020-02-12). Trump Is Blowing Up a National Monument to Make Way for Border Wall. zcomm.org "What's particularly frightening right now is that Trump has weaponized DHS, politically weaponized them."

John Nichols (2020-02-12). Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire. thenation.com Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire…

sputniknews (2020-02-12). Pelosi Slams Trump's Alleged 'Political Interference' in Roger Stone Case, Says DoJ Should Be Probed. sputniknews.com Earlier, four prosecutors resigned from Stone's case that they were working on shortly after President Donald Trump criticised their decision to recommend a prison sentence of between seven and nine years for the veteran political consultant.

sputniknews (2020-02-12). AfD Mulls Legal Action Against Angela Merkel for Abuse of Position Amid CSU Crisis. sputniknews.com Amid a government crisis in the state of Thuringia, Angela Merkel criticised elected Minister-President Thomas Kemmerich from the centrist FDP for getting support from the right-wing AfD. Kemmerich's resignation has opened the way for new elections and resulted in the Christian Democratic Union losing popularity in the region.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-02-11). Parade of Dems warn UAW of perils of continuing Republican rule. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — A parade of prominent Democrats have warned delegates to the Auto Workers Legislative/Political Conference of the perils of continuing Republican rule in Washington. Led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., they challenged the unionists to undertake an all-out effort from now through November to wrest the White House and the Senate from anti-worker …

RT (2020-02-11). 'Too perfect': Iowa Dem Party sign falls off podium as chair struggles to explain caucus flop, Twitter sees a metaphor. rt.com An Iowa Democratic Party sign fell to the floor as the party chairman tried to account for a disastrous caucus plagued by tech failures and bad math, creating what many netizens dubbed a perfect allegory for the botched primary. | As state party chair Troy Price fielded questions on Monday about "rounding errors" found in Iowa's Democratic primary results — which placed 2020 hopeful Pete Buttigieg ahead of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders by a margin of 0.1 percent — a party banner gave way mid-sentence, interrupting the chair as it awkwardly crashed on the ground. | Now we take you live to the Iowa De…

Julie Hollar (2020-02-11). ABC Asking for Attacks Was a Lazy Way to Run a Debate. fair.org You knew it was going to be a long night when ABC's After asking Joe Biden about the "risks" of nominating Bernie Sanders (or Pete Buttigieg)—setting Biden up to…

Staff (2020-02-11). Despite Corporate Media's "War on Bernie," Sanders Rides Wave of Support into New Hampshire Primary. democracynow.org Polls have opened in New Hampshire for the first primary of the election season. The vote comes eight days after the still-disputed Iowa caucuses, where both Senator Bernie Sanders and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg claimed victory. Both candidates have asked for a partial recanvass of the results. We speak with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and a former New Hampshire legislator, and Norman Solomon, co-founder and national coordinator of RootsAction.org, which is supporting Bernie Sanders.

Staff (2020-02-11). Molly Crabapple: Bloomberg Is a Billionaire Republican Who Terrorized Black & Brown Youth. democracynow.org Polls open Tuesday in New Hampshire for the first primary of the 2020 presidential cycle. The Democratic candidates have been criss-crossing the state in the days leading up to the vote, which has even more significance this year following the muddled results of the Iowa caucuses. We continue our conversation with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and a former New Hampshire legislator; Norman Solomon, co-founder and national coordinator of RootsAction.org, which is supporting Bernie Sanders; and we are joined in New York by Molly Crabapple, an artist, writer and activist who recently pu…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-02-11). Trump budget cuts trillions from Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Congressional Democrats, progressive groups, and defenders of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid all blasted President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. Two top government worker unions chimed, in, too, slamming Trump for proposing only a 1% raise for calendar 2021, far below inflation and below this year's 3.1%, …

Staff (2020-02-11). Trump's New Budget Funds Endless War & Nuclear Weapons While Slashing Aid to Poor & Hungry Americans. democracynow.org President Trump unveiled his 2021 budget request Monday, proposing massive cuts to Medicaid and food stamps while increasing spending on the military and his border wall. The $4.8 trillion budget would slash Environmental Protection Agency spending by more than a quarter while allocating $18 billion for Trump's newly established Space Force. Trump is also requesting billions more for nuclear weapons, including a new submarine-launched nuclear warhead. Experts and Democratic lawmakers warn that increasing the nuclear stockpile will increase the likelihood of nuclear war and defy international agreements. Democrats…

Staff (2020-02-11). A Victory for Vulture Funds: Puerto Rico's Unelected Financial Control Board Strikes Debt Deal. democracynow.org Puerto Rico's financial control board has struck a deal with bondholders to shed about $24 billion from its general obligation debt. The deal announced Sunday will cut the island's outstanding general obligation debt from $35 billion to about $11 billion; however, the island would have to pay about $3.8 billion upfront. The agreement will still need to be approved by Puerto Rico's Legislature. Puerto Rico's financial control board filed for bankruptcy in 2017 to attempt to restructure $129 billion in debt. The board, which is often referred to as "La Junta," is an unelected board that runs much of Puerto Rico's e…

Staff (2020-02-11). Who Can Beat Trump? After Iowa Caucus Debacle, Stakes Increase for New Hampshire Primary. democracynow.org As voters head to the polls in New Hampshire for the nation's first presidential primary, we speak with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and former Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

RT (2020-02-11). Don Jr. blasts MSM 'silence' on Florida CAR RAMMING attack on Trump campaign volunteers — even after suspect admits hate motive. rt.com Donald Trump Jr. has lashed out at the media coverage of the Jacksonville, Florida incident, in which a man rammed a GOP campaign tent full of volunteers — and then told police the attack was his "stand" against President Trump. | Identified as 27-year-old Gregory Timm, the Sunday attacker targeted a group of Republican volunteers campaigning for President Donald Trump outside the Kernan Village shopping mall in Jacksonville. The vehicle narrowly missed the volunteers, yet destroyed the tent. Timm fled the scene while producing an "obscene gesture" to the onlookers, according to the Duval County GOP. The…

Staff (2020-02-11). Despite Sanders Leading in Polls, Corporate Media Say He Has "Flatlined" truthout.org Polls have opened in New Hampshire for the first primary of the election season. The vote comes eight days after the still-disputed Iowa caucuses, where both Senator Bernie Sanders and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg claimed victory. Both candidates have asked for a partial recanvass of the results. We speak with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and a former New Hampshire legislator, and Norman Solomon, co-founder and national coordinator of RootsAction.org,…

Tracy Keeling (2020-02-11). Bernie Sanders nails the big problem with his main rival in the Democratic election. thecanary.co In the first vote of the Democratic primaries in Iowa, Pete Buttigieg The media has

Staff (2020-02-11). Buttigieg Advocates Boldness But His Policies Are Timid. truthout.org In the leadup to Tuesday's primary election in New Hampshire, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has sought to claim that he gained momentum by narrowly winning the most delegates in the Iowa caucus, even though Sen. Bernie Sanders won the popular vote and the whole process has been overshadowed by At the New…

teleSUR-age (2020-02-11). Sanders Polls as the Favorite in New Hampshire Primary. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of thousands of Democratic voters will go to the polls on Tuesday during the New Hampshire primary, where, according to party strategists, Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders has a good chance of winning. | RELATED: | Just a week after the Iowa Democratic caucuses, in which no winner was officially declared, the strategists see Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as the overwhelming favorite to win New Hampshire and…

John Sanbonmatsu (2020-02-11). No, Bernie Sanders Isn't a Socialist. commondreams.org Capitalism is literally destroying life on earth. (Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/capitalism_0.jpeg

Staff (2020-02-11). Bloomberg Is a Billionaire Republican Who Terrorized Black and Brown Youth. truthout.org Polls open Tuesday in New Hampshire for the first primary of the 2020 presidential cycle. The Democratic candidates have been criss-crossing the state in the days leading up to the vote, which has even more significance this year following the muddled results of the Iowa caucuses. We continue our conversation with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and a former New Hampshire legislator; Norman Solomon, co-founder and national coordinator of RootsAction.org, which is suppo…

Paul Street (2020-02-11). About Last Week — and the Accelerated Drives to Extinction and Fascism. counterpunch.org If, as some observers worry, the United States is undergoing an accelerated transition to full authoritarian class rule in the Donald Trump years, then the events of last week may be considered critical by later historians permitted to chronicle what happened. Another Democratic Gift to "the Most Dangerous Criminal in History" On Wednesday, the mock

Rep. Ron Paul (2020-02-11). Democrats Ignore Trump's Real Violations. globalresearch.ca This week the latest Democratic Party attempt to remove President Trump from office — impeachment over Trump allegedly holding up an arms deal to Ukraine — flopped. Just like "Russiagate" and the Mueller investigation, and a number of other attempts …

Whitney Webb (2020-02-11). Buttigieg Campaign Aggressively Targeting Progressive Activists, Media. mintpressnews.com Between efforts to censor information critical of Buttigieg on social media and harass independent media outlets and their reporters at his rallies, it appears that a concerted effort is underway to control the narrative around the DNC primaries…

Staff (2020-02-11). Headlines for February 11, 2020. democracynow.org New Hampshire Voters Head to Polls for First Primary of 2020, Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 1,000, with Over 42,000 Confirmed Cases, Chuck Schumer Calls for Investigation into Trump's Retaliation-Motivated Firings, DOJ Reviewing Ukraine Info from Giuliani, DOJ Charges 4 Chinese Military Hackers in 2017 Equifax Breach, El Salvador President Bukele and Armed Officers Confront Lawmakers over Military Funding, Fears Mount for 5 Activists Detained in Philippines, Sinn Féin Scores Major Victory in Ireland, Syrian and Turkish Forces Step Up Attacks as 100,000s Face Humanitarian Disaster, Massive Locust Swarms Threaten Cro…

Staff (2020-02-11). Democrats Are Stumped Over How to Undo Republican Takeover of Federal Courts. truthout.org With the help of Senate Republicans and the Federalist Society, President Donald Trump is transforming the federal judiciary. | In the first three years of his presidency, he's appointed nearly 200 ideologues, most of them young white men, to lifetime positions on the bench. This has created a That was the takeaway Satu…

teleSUR (2020-02-11). Trump Puts More Pressure on Cuba, Targets Cuban Doctors Program. telesurenglish.net Donald Trump's administration is targeting the Cuban medical program that has helped some of the most impoverished communities worldwide, in a bid to exert more pressure on Cuba's economy, according to a report published Tuesday by the Guardian. | RELATED: | Washington is using a whole host of allegations to thwart the program. It has been accusing Havana of undermining democracy and interfering in the internal affai…

Richard D. Wolff (2020-02-11). Capitalism's Political Servants: Trump and Johnson. counterpunch.org For the last half-century, US and UK capitalisms led the way in undoing the parallel legacies of the New Deal and Europe's social democracies. From its ascending Thatcher-Reagan couple to its descending Trump-Johnson imitation, neoliberal capitalism replaced Keynesian capitalism. Private corporate capitalists funded effective campaigns to celebrate neo-liberalism. The US and UK institutionalized it by de-regulating and privatizing further and faster than anywhere else

Staff (2020-02-11). In New Hampshire and Beyond, Medicare for All Is Fueling Sanders's Rise. truthout.org When Democratic Party voters cast their ballots in New Hampshire today, many of them will be doing so under the crushing weight of the current health care system. New Hampshire has been severely ravaged by the opiate crisis, and its Medicaid system has Sen. B…

Katrina vanden Heuvel (2020-02-11). Don't Fall for Trump's Lie. Democrats Have Been Very Productive. thenation.com Don't Fall for Trump's Lie. Democrats Have Been Very Productive.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-02-11). More Than 75% of Democrats Would Support a Socialist for President: Gallup. commondreams.org A new Gallup poll was reported by several outlets as showing most Americans would not be willing to vote for a socialist, but a closer look revealed that an overwhelming majority of Democratic voters said they would back a socialist candidate. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/socialism_0.jpeg

RT (2020-02-11). Dem primary chaos: Millionaire actress roasted for stopping crowd from booing Hillary & whining about living on 'crumbs'. rt.com Former 'Sex and the City' actress Cynthia Nixon campaigned for Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire, but found herself the target of Twitter mockery for fighting off Hillary Clinton boos and complaining about living on "crumbs." | Sanders has been leaning heavily on celebrity endorsements as the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination heats up, from 'Dances with Wolves' star Kevin Costner to rock band The Strokes. | Nixon was one of the stars making the case for the Vermont senator in New Hampshire ahead of the state's primary on Tuesday — but her speech went viral for all the wrong reasons. T…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-02-11). NH Voter Says Live on MSNBC That Network's Effort to Tear Down Bernie Sanders Made Her Vote for Him. commondreams.org "The kind of 'Stop Bernie' cynicism that I heard from a number of people… It made me angry, so I said, Bernie's got my vote." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-02-11_at_2.04.12_pm.png

Alan Macleod (2020-02-10). "I Will Put an End to Endless Wars:" Is Pete Buttigieg As Antiwar As He Claims? mintpressnews.com Pete Buttigieg has promised to "put an end to endless wars," but there are reasons to suspect a Buttigieg presidency would not be as pacifist as his pronouncement implies.

RT (2020-02-10). Sanders asks for recanvass of 25 Iowa caucus precincts. rt.com Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has formally requested a partial review of last week's Iowa caucuses, after getting more votes but fewer delegates than rival Pete Buttigieg. | The recanvass request would apply to 25 precincts and three satellite sites. The Sanders campaign suggested they might ask for a full recount afterward. | "While a recanvass is just the first step in the process and we don't expect it to change the current calculations, it is a necessary part of making sure Iowans can trust the final results of the caucus," campaign adviser Jeff Weaver said in a statement on Monday. | Also…

Mark Gruenberg, John Wojcik (2020-02-10). After final debate Dems wrap up their New Hampshire campaigns. peoplesworld.org MANCHESTER, N.H.—As the primary election campaign in New Hampshire winds down Sen Bernie Sanders is lashing out at the newly unveiled Trump budget, calling it a budget "of, by and for the one percent." The final daily tracking poll from 7 News/Emerson College, just a day before the primary elections in New Hampshire, has Bernie …

Whitney Webb (2020-02-10). Despite Iowa Caucus Fiasco, Nevada Democrats Plan to Use New Software "Tool" mintpressnews.com Though the fallout from the Iowa Caucus is still fresh, it appears that the technology-driven chaos and corruption seen in Iowa have not served as a warning to the Nevada Democratic Party.

Staff (2020-02-10). Headlines for February 10, 2020. democracynow.org Coronavirus Deaths Soar as First U.S. Citizen Succumbs to Disease, Iowa Dem. Party Officially Gives Buttigieg the Lead as Candidates Prepare for New Hampshire Vote, Trump Budget Seeks Boost to Military and Nuclear Spending, Cuts to Social Programs and EPA, Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan, Trump Fires Key Impeachment Figures Following Acquittal, Thai Soldier Kills 29 People in Shooting Rampage, Brazilian Police Kill Hitman Suspected of Involvement in Marielle Franco's Assassination, Temperature Reaches Record-Breaking 65 Degrees in Antarctica, Extinction Rebellion Activists Demand New York Divest from Foss…

Jeet Heer (2020-02-10). It's Still the Economy, Stupid. thenation.com It's Still the Economy, Stupid…

John Nichols (2020-02-10). Amy Klobuchar Still Takes Newspapers Seriously. thenation.com Amy Klobuchar Still Takes Newspapers Seriously…

Staff (2020-02-10). "Our Very Existence Is the Resistance": An Hour w/ AOC, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib & Ilhan Omar. democracynow.org On Friday, Democracy Now! co-host Nermeen Shaikh sat down for a rare joint interview with the Squad, the group of four freshmen Democratic congresswomen who have taken Capitol Hill by storm: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Omar and Tlaib are the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Omar is a former refugee from Somalia, and Tlaib is the first female Palestinian-American member of Congress. Ayanna Pressley is the first African-American woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts. Ocasio-Cortez was just 29 years old w…

RT (2020-02-09). Maybe Trump doesn't know difference between communism and socialism, but he benefited from the latter — Sanders. rt.com One of Democratic presidential nomination frontrunners, Sen. Bernie Sanders, laughed at Donald Trump calling him a 'communist' and explained how the US President, who doesn't seem to know the difference, profited from 'socialism.' | Chris Wallace, the host of Fox News Sunday, asked the Vermont Senator, who identifies as a social democrat, an ubiquitous question about him being slammed by his opponents as a communist. The program played a clip of Trump saying that he thinks "he is a communist." | Bernie Sanders reacts to jabs from President Trump and Joe Biden on his self-proclaimed label of Democratic Socialis…

Nigel Clarke (2020-02-09). Inside Iowa's Irregularities. dissidentvoice.org There are few things in life more surreal than being on the ground when election fraud is taking place, feeling that knot in the stomach growing as tales of intrigue trickle in like slow-drip coffee on a particularly rough morning. I was in Georgia in 2018, when the gubernatorial race between Republican Brian Kemp and …

Fight Back (2020-02-09). Who is Bill Conway, candidate for Cook County State's Attorney? fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – William Elias Conway, III is running against Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx in the March 17 Democratic Party primary election. He has flooded TV airways and cable channels with commercials promoting his 'progressive' agenda, pledging to "defend Chicago's marginal communities from attacks from Donald Trump." | But Bill Conway is the son of William Elias Conway, Jr., the founder of the Carlyle Group. His father is a multi-billionaire who has donated over $4 million to his son's campaign against incumbent Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx. Conway, Jr. has also strong-armed many East Coast c…

Bernie Sanders (2020-02-08). Hasan Sits Down With Bernie Sanders. zcomm.org Interview on aging and retirement in America…

Fight Back (2020-02-08). Sanders wins the most votes in Iowa Caucus. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – After days of delay, the results are in: Bernie Sanders won the most votes in Iowa, leading in both the initial vote, as well as after the second round where weaker candidates in each caucus are dropped. As this became clear Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) called for a 'recanvass' of the caucus voting because of the chaotic reporting of results and the long delay. Ironically, this was caused by a new voting app developed by a small company founded by a former staffer of the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign. | During the delay, the corporate media consistently declared Pe…

Alexander Rubinstein (2020-02-08). Media darling Pete Buttigieg was in unit that worked with the CIA in Afghanistan. thegrayzone.com While Buttigieg's campaign denies allegations he was a CIA asset, military records reveal Mayor Pete was in a unit that…

Binoy Kampmark (2020-02-08). Failed Prosecutions: Donald Trump Survives the Senate. dissidentvoice.org Never undertake a prosecution unless you have good grounds, and prospects, for a solid conviction. In the case against President Donald Trump, there was never a serious prospect that the Senate would cool sufficiently to give the Democrats the votes necessary to affirm vote of impeachment in the House. The GOP remains very much in …

Julie Hollar (2020-02-07). Manufacturing Success: CNN's Premature Parade for Buttigieg in Iowa. fair.org Four days after the Iowa caucuses took place, no victor has been declared and the vote remains mired in controversy and irregularities. But if you've been watching CNN for the last few days, you could be excused for imagining Pete Buttigieg had won. | Some at CNN simply took it as fact that Buttigieg had won Iowa—like David Axelrod, who declared (

Staff (2020-02-07). Risk of Nuclear War Rises as U.S. Deploys a New Nuclear Weapon for the First Time Since the Cold War. democracynow.org The Federation of American Scientists revealed in late January that the U.S. Navy had deployed for the first time a submarine armed with a low-yield Trident nuclear warhead. The USS Tennessee deployed from Kings Bay Submarine Base in Georgia in late 2019. The W76-2 warhead, which is facing criticism at home and abroad, is estimated to have about a third of the explosive power of the atomic bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) called the news "an alarming development that heightens the risk of nuclear war." We're joined by William Arkin, longtime reporter…

Staff (2020-02-07). Laurie Garrett: World Can't Let Racist Attitudes Impact Handling of Coronavirus Outbreak. democracynow.org The Chinese doctor who warned the government about a possible coronavirus outbreak has died after contracting the virus while working at Wuhan Central Hospital. Thirty-four-year-old ophthalmologist Li Wenliang warned his fellow medical workers about coronavirus on December 30. He was then investigated by police and accused of "making false comments." His death has sparked a wave of anger and outrage in China, where the hashtag "We want freedom of speech" went viral on Chinese social media site Weibo this week. The death toll from the coronavirus has now topped 630 people in China, with more than 31,000 confirmed…

Lee Camp (2020-02-07). Lee Camp: They're Going to Try to Steal California From Sanders (Again). mintpressnews.com Californians should be forewarned that if they want to vote for someone outside the centrists — say, Bernie Sanders — they need to change their party affiliation to either Democrat or No Party Preference. But it gets even worse, writes Lee Camp.

Aaron Maté (2020-02-07). Iowa debacle fueled by anti-Bernie billionaires, Russiagate hucksters, failed DNC elites. thegrayzone.com Max Blumenthal breaks down the shadowy network of billionaires, Democratic elites, and Russiagate profiteers behind the Shadow app that ruined…

Staff (2020-02-07). Headlines for February 7, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Lashed Out at "Evil" Lawmakers Who Voted to Impeach Him, Sanders and Buttigieg Virtually Tied with 100% of Iowa Precincts Reporting, Buttigieg Campaign Moves to Cut Ties with Head of Data Company That Contracts with ICE, Chinese Doctor Who Raised Alarm of Coronavirus Has Died, Trump Says Pentagon Killed Leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Israeli Forces Kill 3 More Palestinians Amid Growing Protests, Canadian Police Raid Indigenous Wet'suwet'en Protest Camp, 20 Miners Trapped in Underground Mine in Zimbabwe, Brazilian Judge Declines to Pursue Charges Against Glenn Greenwald, El Salvador Says It Is…

Fight Back (2020-02-07). UW-Parkside SDS lead rally to free Chrystul Kizer, confront DA Graveley. fightbacknews.org Kenosha, WI – Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) organized a #FreeChrystul rally at UW-Parkside on February 5 that saw 40 protesters attend. The demonstrators congregated outside the building where District Attorney Mike Graveley, Chrystul Kizer's prosecutor, was teaching his first class of the spring semester, on criminal law. | The group began with chants that echoed across the campus thanks to the excellent acoustics between campus buildings. Coinciding with the start of the class period, speakers from different organizations and backgrounds shared their messages. These included Adelana Akindes, a leader…

Staff (2020-02-07). Human Rights Watch: 200 Salvadoran Asylum Seekers Killed, Raped or Tortured After U.S. Deportation. democracynow.org A shocking new report says at least 200 Salvadoran asylum seekers were either killed, raped or tortured after being deported from the United States back to El Salvador. Human Rights Watch found that some 138 people deported to El Salvador were murdered by gang members, police, soldiers, death squads or ex-partners between 2013 and 2019. The report says most of the victims were killed within two years after being deported, by the same perpetrators the asylum seekers had fled from. From Denver, Colorado, we speak to Clara Long, senior researcher for Human Rights Watch. And joining us from El Salvador, we speak to "

Gregory Shupak (2020-02-07). Media Urge Palestinians to Take Crumbs—Because Democracy Is Not on Offer. fair.org by Gregory Shupak The Trump administration's "Vision for Peace" | The Trump administration's "

Staff (2020-02-06). Chaos Continues in Iowa as Democrats Mistakenly Award Delegates for Bernie Sanders to Deval Patrick. democracynow.org Results from Monday's Iowa caucuses continue to trickle in, with 97% of precincts reporting as of Thursday morning. Senator Bernie Sanders and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg are now in a virtual tie. Sanders maintains a lead in the popular vote, but Buttigieg has a slight advantage in what's known as the "state delegate equivalent" race. Buttigieg has 26.2% of state delegate equivalents, while Sanders is at 26.1%. The New York Times is now predicting Sanders has a greater chance of winning overall, in part because of the Vermont senator's overwhelming strength in satellite caucuses. Responding to widespre…

Staff (2020-02-06). Erasing History: The National Archives Is Destroying Records About Victims of Trump's ICE Policies. democracynow.org Last month, the National Archives and Records Administration apologized for doctoring a photo of the 2017 Women's March to remove criticisms of President Trump. The shocking revelation that the agency had altered the image was first reported in The Washington Post. In an exhibit called "Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote," the National Archives had displayed a large image of the first Women's March. But signs referencing Trump had been blurred to remove his name — including a poster reading "God Hates Trump" and another reading "Trump & GOP — Hands Off Women." Other signs in the photo refere…

Staff (2020-02-06). Historian: With Impeachment Acquittal, the GOP Has Given Trump a Blank Check to Do Anything He Wants. democracynow.org The U.S. Senate has acquitted President Trump of two impeachment charges in just the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history. Trump was accused of abusing power and obstructing Congress to aid his re-election campaign by pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden. Every Democratic senator voted to remove President Trump from office, but they were joined by just one Republican: Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, who supported impeaching Trump on abuse of power. Romney became the first senator ever to vote against his own party's president in an impeachment trial. President Trump respond…

Staff (2020-02-06). Headlines for February 6, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Senate Acquits Trump of Two Impeachment Charges, Iowa Caucus: Sanders & Buttigieg Virtually Tied with 97% of Precincts Reporting | , Newborn Baby Becomes Youngest Person Diagnosed with Coronavirus as Death Toll in China Hits 560, Human Rights Watch: 138 Salvadoran Asylum Seekers Killed After Being Deported from U.S., DHS: New York Residents Can No Longer Participate in Trusted Traveler Programs | , Jair Bolsonaro Introduces Bill to Clear Way for Mining, Oil Extraction in Brazilian Amazon | , Nicolás Maduro: Trump Taking U.S. Toward "High-Level Conflict with Venezuela" | , Thousands Protest in Algeria for 50t…

Staff (2020-02-05). In State of the Union, Trump Celebrates Hate & Xenophobia While Touting "Great American Comeback" democracynow.org President Trump delivered his third State of the Union address Tuesday night, just a day before the Republican-controlled Senate is expected to vote to acquit him in the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history. Trump's speech, which focused heavily on the economy and immigration, sounded at times like a campaign rally, with Republican lawmakers chanting "Four more years!" He never once mentioned his impeachment trial. Prior to the speech, Trump refused to shake House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's hand, and once the speech was over, Pelosi was seen on television ripping up her copy of Trump's remarks. She la…

Staff (2020-02-05). Roberto Lovato: Dems & GOP Share Same Playbook on Immigration, Foreign Policy & Corporate Domination. democracynow.org President Trump delivered his 2020 State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. The speech reprised many of the themes of Trump's 2016 campaign, including demonization of immigrants. We continue our discussion with Lee Fang, investigative journalist at The Intercept, and Roberto Lovato, author of the forthcoming book "Unforgetting: A Memoir of Revolution and Redemption." About 10 Democrats skipped the speech and a few more walked out while it was in progress, but Lovato says the Democratic establishment doesn't differ with Trump on many key issues. "Nancy Pelosi may have ripped the speech…

Staff (2020-02-05). Sanders & Buttigieg Lead in Early Iowa Results After Faulty App Leads to Catastrophe at Caucus. democracynow.org The final results of Monday's Democratic Iowa caucuses remain unknown, with 71% of precincts reporting the final tallies of the first 2020 presidential contest. Senator Bernie Sanders is leading in the popular vote, while former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has a narrow lead of 26.8% of precincts — the state delegate equivalent traditionally used to determine the winner — followed by Sanders with 25.2%. Sanders won the popular vote in both the first and second rounds of voting, followed by Buttigieg and Senator Elizabeth Warren. Former Vice President Joe Biden placed fourth, followed by Senator Amy…

Staff (2020-02-05). Publisher Agrees to Boost Latinx Representation After Backlash to Whitewashed Novel "American Dirt" democracynow.org We look at the massive backlash and criticism against the novel "American Dirt" as a movement led by Latinx writers declares victory, demanding more representation in the publishing industry. Dignidad Literaria, or literary dignity, formed in response to the controversial immigration novel "American Dirt." The author, Jeanine Cummins, who is not Mexican, received a seven-figure advance for the book, and it was chosen for Oprah's Book Club. But its critics say "American Dirt" exploits and misrepresents Mexico and the experience of Mexican migrants. Critics also say the novel completely erases the voices of Central…

Staff (2020-02-05). Headlines for February 5, 2020. democracynow.org Partial Results from Iowa Caucus Show Buttigieg Leading in Delegate Count, Democrats Boycott & Walk Out of Trump's State of the Union Address, Death Toll of Coronavirus Approaches 500, Report: Israel Pushes U.S. to Recognize Moroccan Sovereignty over Occupied Western Sahara, Magnitude 5.0 Earthquake Rattles Puerto Rico, Canadian Court Dismisses Indigenous Challenge to Trans Mountain Pipeline, Homelessness Among School-Age Children Hits Decade-Long High, HBO Max Picks Up Documentary "On the Record", Judge Reverses Convictions of No More Deaths Volunteers…

Staff (2020-02-04). Chaos in Iowa: Caucus Results Delayed, But Bernie Sanders' Internal Data Shows He May Have Won. democracynow.org The Iowa Democratic Party delayed releasing results from Monday's caucuses after uncovering inconsistencies in the reporting of data. Caucuses were held in 1,600 precincts across the state on Monday, but many precincts had trouble reporting the delegate totals to the state Democratic Party. Part of the blame was placed on a new smartphone app designed to help precinct chairs tabulate and report the vote. Early Tuesday morning, Bernie Sanders's campaign released internal caucus numbers from 40% of the precincts in Iowa showing the Vermont senator was in first place with nearly 30% of the final count vote. Accordin…

Staff (2020-02-04). Can Bernie Sanders Defeat Trump? Jacobin's Bhaskar Sunkara & The Atlantic's David Frum Debate. democracynow.org After a chaotic night in Iowa, the focus of the Democratic race has now shifted to New Hampshire. Senator Bernie Sanders is leading in most New Hampshire polls a week ahead of the state's primary. While Sanders has been surging in popularity across parts of the country, the Democratic Party establishment is openly expressing concern that the self-described democratic socialist could win the nomination. While Bernie Sanders faces attacks from the corporate wing of the Democratic Party, many of his supporters say he is the candidate best suited to beat Trump in November. We host a debate with two guests who have di…

Max Blumenthal (2020-02-04). Billionaire pro-Israel Buttigieg backer Seth Klarman funds group behind Iowa's disastrous voting app. thegrayzone.com Behind the app that delayed Iowa's voting results is a dark money operation funded by anti-Bernie Sanders billionaires. Its top…

Staff (2020-02-04). Headlines for February 4, 2020. democracynow.org Delay in Iowa Democratic Primary Results Causes Confusion, Mixed Messages, Final Arguments Made in Impeachment Trial of President Trump Ahead of SOTU, Hong Kong Medical Workers Demand Border Closure as Coronavirus Claims Life of Hong Kong Man, Leaked Audio Shows Iran Knew It Downed Ukraine Jet Despite Early Denials, Syrian and Turkish Forces Escalate Attacks as Turkey Suffers First Losses from Direct Combat, Massachusetts Prisoners Allege Violent Retaliatory Abuse by Guards, Trial Begins For Ex-CIA Software Engineer Accused of "Vault 7" Leak, Weinstein Rape Accuser Breaks Down During Harsh Questioning, Shooting a…

Tyler Durden (2020-02-04). Biden Threatens Lawsuit to Halt Release of Real Iowa Caucus Results. theantimedia.com American democracy—ain't it grand?>

Leila Rafei (2020-02-03). Block the Vote: Voter Suppression in 2020. aclu.org Voting should be as easy and convenient as possible, and in many cases it is. But across the U.S., too many politicians are passing measures making it harder to cast a ballot. The goal is to manipulate political outcomes, and the result is a severely compromised democracy that doesn't reflect the will of the people. Our democracy works best when all eligible voters can participate and have their voices heard. | Suppression efforts range from the seemingly unobstructive, like voter ID laws and cuts to early voting, to mass purges of voter rolls and systemic disenfranchisement. And long before election cycles ev…

Staff (2020-02-03). Laurie Garrett on How Trump Has Sabotaged America's Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic. democracynow.org As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, the United States has declared a public health emergency and is barring foreign nationals who have recently traveled to China from entering the country. So far, there are 11 confirmed cases of the virus in the U.S. The virus has claimed at least 361 lives in China. A 44-year-old man in the Philippines became the first casualty of the disease outside of China Saturday, and over the weekend the number of confirmed cases worldwide rose to at least 17,205 across more than two dozen countries, with most of those cases occurring in China. U.S. citizens who have visited H…

Norman Solomon (2020-02-02). War with Iran Is at Stake—and Democrats' High Jumps Over Low Standards Aren't Helping. zcomm.org The huge crisis with Iran is more dangerous because so many Democrats have been talking out of both sides of their mouths…

Various Contributors (2020-02-01). The Times They Are a-Changin: Bernie Sanders. zcomm.org Sometimes it feels like our world is falling apart, but real change is all around us…

Jon Rainwater (2020-01-31). House Votes to Rein in Trump's Iran War Powers While Ending Endless Wars. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — January 30, 2020 — In response to two high-profile war powers votes on the House floor today, Peace Action released the following statement: "Our nation's endless wars are on autopilot, with Trump fitfully grabbing the steering wheel until his attention wanders somewhere else. Today's votes are a step toward Congress reclaiming its …

splcenter (2020-01-24). Alive and Well: Voter Suppression and Election Mismanagement in Alabama. splcenter.org

EIGHTY Bug (2020-01-01). The Legend Of Bernie Sanders Song. zcomm.org The Legend of Bernie Sanders was originally written for the Bernie documentary called BERN THE MOVIE and is a compendium of Bernie Sanders's life leading into the OUR REVOLUTION movement…

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-07-18). Diplomacy Instead of a Disaster in Iran. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — July 18, 2019 — In response to reports of the U.S. shooting down an Iranian drone, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "Because of the Trump administration's policy of maximum provocation towards Iran, America stands on the precipice of another blunderous …

Peace Action (2019-07-11). Peace Action Endorses 'the Squad' — Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — July 11, 2019 — Peace Action, the nation's largest grassroots peace organization, has endorsed four progressive champions for the House of Representatives in the 2020 election, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for New York's 14th district, Rep. Ilhan Omar for Minnesota's 5th district, Rep. Ayanna Pressley for Massachusetts' 7th district, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib …

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-06-28). Most Senators Oppose War with Iran Without Congressional Approval. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — June 28, 2019 — In response to the Senate voting 50-40 in favor of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to block funding for military action against Iran without congressional approval, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "Because …

Peace Action (2019-06-25). Peace Action Endorses Ilhan Omar for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, DC — June 25, 2019 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Ilhan Omar for Congress in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District. Peace Action is a national grassroots organization working to advance nuclear disarmament, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights, and support nonmilitary …

Peace Action (2019-06-24). Peace Action Endorses Kara Eastman for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, DC — June 24, 2019 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Kara Eastman for Congress in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District. Peace Action is a national grassroots organization working to advance nuclear disarmament, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights, and support nonmilitary …

Jon Rainwater (2019-06-20). Striking Iran Now Could Spark a Major War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — June 20, 2019 — In response to reports that the Trump administration is considering strikes on Iran in response to the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: "The United States has stumbled into a perilous situation. If, for example, the U.S. …

2020-02-12: Social Media Postees

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Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-12
Democratic Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders maintained an early lead to win in New Hampshire's Democratic presidential primary, where former front-runner Joe Biden trailed badly in fifth place in the second contest to find a nominee to face Trump in November. | Pete Buttigieg came in second with 24% of the vote while Amy Klobuchar went into a surprise 3rd place with nearly 20%. Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden had an almost catastrophic evening that narrows their options to remain competitive. | It's noteworthy that only three candidates look like they will leave the state with any of its 24 delegates, which re…
telesurenglish.net/news/Bernie-Sanders-Wins-New-Hampshire-20200211-0028.html

Can Andrew Wiggins Save America?
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-12
The ruling class likes to equate the growing skepticism of the status quo with white supremacy. This is how they can equate the Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump movements. But I do think it is more complicated than this. How does this all relate to Andrew Wiggins, the basketball player, who keeps losing, but was…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/12/can-andrew-wiggins-save-america/

Talking Points For News Anchors Against Sanders
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-12
It appears the news directors of the cable channels have directed their anchors to note the following about Bernie Sanders in their objective, fair and balanced news coverage. 1. Bernie Sanders is a self-described socialist. A socialist cannot win in America. Repeat. A socialist cannot win in America. 2. Black people don't like him, and…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/12/talking-points-for-news-anchors-against-sanders/

Why the Buttigieg Campaign Tried to Have Me Arrested for Handing Out Information About Medicare for All
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2020-02-12
Trying to block information on a New Hampshire campus…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/10/18830596.php

Sanders wins three-way contest in New Hampshire primary
wsws.org | 2020-02-12
The self-styled "democratic socialist" defeated two more right-wing candidates, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/12/newh-f12.html

'I'm not one to accept donations in a race I can't win': Yang quits presidential bid as polls close in New Hampshire
rt.com | 2020-02-12
Entrepreneur Andrew Yang has bowed out of the presidential race after early results suggested the Democratic candidate failed to win delegates in the New Hampshire primary. | As early results started pouring in from the New Hampshire primaries on Tuesday night, the Democratic field lost yet another hopeful as sources close to the Yang campaign confirmed that the entrepreneur-turned-politician would be ending his presidential bid. | Commenting on his decision to pull the plug on his campaign, Yang said that he does not want to continue taking money from his supporters knowing that he will not deliver victory.
rt.com/usa/480626-yang-drops-out-race/

Sliding Toward Authoritarianism
Daniel Lazare | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-12
Now that Donald Trump has emerged from the impeachment fiasco bloody but unbowed, are Democrats justified in portraying his acquittal as an epic defeat for democracy? The short answer is yes

Being a Democrat, Ugh
B. Nimri Aziz | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-12
It's a rough time to be a Democrat. Notwithstanding the impotent Senate Minority. Not those ill-fated bills championed as victories by House Democrats only to be spurned by the upper chamber; not smug, elitist party fundraisers; not funding strategists and millionaire celebrity donors; not even bumbling Iowa Democratic party officials. I mean this forlorn orphaned…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/12/being-a-democrat-ugh/

The legacy of Tonga's late "pro-democracy" PM 'Akilisi Pohiva
wsws.org | 2020-02-12
Three decades of Pohiva's movement confirms that the working class and rural poor across the Pacific can achieve democratic rights and decent living standards only armed with a socialist program.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/12/tong-f12.html

Trump's budget proposal: A new offensive in the social counterrevolution
wsws.org | 2020-02-12
The announcement begins the staged process in which the Democratic Party feigns indignation over the proposed cuts only to ultimately accede to many of the demands.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/12/pers-f12.html

Sanders Nabs New Hampshire In a Massive Boost for His Campaign
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-12
The Vermont senator is declared the winner of the presidential Democratic primary in the Granite State less than three hours after polls closes.
truthdig.com/articles/sanders-nabs-new-hampshire-in-a-massive-boost-for-his-campaign/

New York state bail reform prompts backlash from Democrats and Republicans
wsws.org | 2020-02-12
While the Democrats wasted no time jettisoning their facade of 'progressive' politics in the face of resistance from the NYPD and other law-and-order advocates, the Republicans have taken the opportunity to push their fascistic appeals.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/12/bail-f12.html

El Cerrito Shows Up to Say: No Witnesses, No Fair Acquittal
R.R. | indybay.org | 2020-02-12
Feb. 5, 2020. In the East Bay city of El Cerrito, the call went out to "flood the streets to protest against this reprehensible cover-up and despicable GOP attempts to destroy our democracy!"
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/10/18830574.php

Folk singers charged for violating Bangladesh's draconian Digital Security Act
wsws.org | 2020-02-12
In an outrageous attack on democratic rights, Baul singers Rita Dewan and Shariat Sarker face prosecution on bogus claims of "hurting religious sentiments."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/12/bang-f12.html

Trump Is Blowing Up a National Monument to Make Way for Border Wall
Ryan Devereaux | zcomm.org | 2020-02-12
"What's particularly frightening right now is that Trump has weaponized DHS, politically weaponized them."
zcomm.org/znetarticle/trump-is-blowing-up-a-national-monument-to-make-way-for-border-wall/

Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2020-02-12
Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire…
thenation.com/article/politics/bernie-sanders-wins-new-hampshire/

Pelosi Slams Trump's Alleged 'Political Interference' in Roger Stone Case, Says DoJ Should Be Probed
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-12
Earlier, four prosecutors resigned from Stone's case that they were working on shortly after President Donald Trump criticised their decision to recommend a prison sentence of between seven and nine years for the veteran political consultant.
sputniknews.com/us/202002121078295379-pelosi-slams-trumps-alleged-political-interference-in-roger-stone-case-says-doj-should-be-probed/

AfD Mulls Legal Action Against Angela Merkel for Abuse of Position Amid CSU Crisis
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-12
Amid a government crisis in the state of Thuringia, Angela Merkel criticised elected Minister-President Thomas Kemmerich from the centrist FDP for getting support from the right-wing AfD. Kemmerich's resignation has opened the way for new elections and resulted in the Christian Democratic Union losing popularity in the region.
sputniknews.com/europe/202002121078295069-afd-legal-action-angela-merkel-abuse-csu-crisis/

ABC Asking for Attacks Was a Lazy Way to Run a Debate
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2020-02-11
You knew it was going to be a long night when ABC's George Stephanopoulos spent the first 11 minutes of the February 7 Democratic presidential debate directing a discussion about how risky it would be to have a democratic socialist at the top of the ticket. | After asking Joe Biden about the "risks" of nominating Bernie Sanders (or Pete Buttigieg)–setting Biden up to…
fair.org/home/abc-asking-for-attacks-was-a-lazy-way-to-run-a-debate/

Buttigieg Advocates Boldness But His Policies Are Timid
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-11
In the leadup to Tuesday's primary election in New Hampshire, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has sought to claim that he gained momentum by narrowly winning the most delegates in the Iowa caucus, even though Sen. Bernie Sanders won the popular vote and the whole process has been overshadowed by ongoing reports of errors. (Meanwhile, Sen. Elizabeth Warren came in third, ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden.) | At the New…
truthout.org/articles/buttigieg-advocates-boldness-but-his-policies-are-timid/

Despite Corporate Media's "War on Bernie," Sanders Rides Wave of Support into New Hampshire Primary
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-11
Polls have opened in New Hampshire for the first primary of the election season. The vote comes eight days after the still-disputed Iowa caucuses, where both Senator Bernie Sanders and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg claimed victory. Both candidates have asked for a partial recanvass of the results. We speak with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and a former New Hampshire legislator, and Norman Solomon, co-founder and national coordinator of RootsAction.org, which is supporting Bernie Sanders.
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/11/new_hampshire_primary_2020

Despite Sanders Leading in Polls, Corporate Media Say He Has "Flatlined"
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-11
Polls have opened in New Hampshire for the first primary of the election season. The vote comes eight days after the still-disputed Iowa caucuses, where both Senator Bernie Sanders and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg claimed victory. Both candidates have asked for a partial recanvass of the results. We speak with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and a former New Hampshire legislator, and Norman Solomon, co-founder and national coordinator of RootsAction.org,…
truthout.org/video/despite-sanders-leading-in-polls-corporate-media-say-he-has-flatlined/

Bernie Sanders nails the big problem with his main rival in the Democratic election
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2020-02-11
In the first vote of the Democratic primaries in Iowa, Pete Buttigieg emerged as the main challenger to Bernie Sanders. | The media has fawned over Buttigieg since before he officially announced his bid for the presidency in April 2019. That's…
thecanary.co/us/us-analysis/2020/02/11/bernie-sanders-nails-the-big-problem-with-his-main-rival-in-the-democratic-election/

'Too perfect': Iowa Dem Party sign falls off podium as chair struggles to explain caucus flop, Twitter sees a metaphor
rt.com | 2020-02-11
An Iowa Democratic Party sign fell to the floor as the party chairman tried to account for a disastrous caucus plagued by tech failures and bad math, creating what many netizens dubbed a perfect allegory for the botched primary. | As state party chair Troy Price fielded questions on Monday about "rounding errors" found in Iowa's Democratic primary results

Molly Crabapple: Bloomberg Is a Billionaire Republican Who Terrorized Black & Brown Youth
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-11
Polls open Tuesday in New Hampshire for the first primary of the 2020 presidential cycle. The Democratic candidates have been criss-crossing the state in the days leading up to the vote, which has even more significance this year following the muddled results of the Iowa caucuses. We continue our conversation with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and a former New Hampshire legislator; Norman Solomon, co-founder and national coordinator of RootsAction.org, which is supporting Bernie Sanders; and we are joined in New York by Molly Crabapple, an artist, writer and activist who recently pu…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/11/mike_bloomberg_leaked_audio_aspen

No, Bernie Sanders Isn't a Socialist
John Sanbonmatsu | commondreams.org | 2020-02-11
Capitalism is literally destroying life on earth. (Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/capitalism_0.jpeg
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Sanders Polls as the Favorite in New Hampshire Primary
teleSUR-age | telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-11
Hundreds of thousands of Democratic voters will go to the polls on Tuesday during the New Hampshire primary, where, according to party strategists, Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders has a good chance of winning. | RELATED: | US Election Cycle Kicks Off in Iowa With No Official Results | Just a week after the Iowa Democratic caucuses, in which no winner was officially declared, the strategists see Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as the overwhelming favorite to win New Hampshire and…
telesurenglish.net/news/polls-points-sanders-as-the-favorite-in-new-hampshire-primary-20200211-0010.html

Bloomberg Is a Billionaire Republican Who Terrorized Black and Brown Youth
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-11
Polls open Tuesday in New Hampshire for the first primary of the 2020 presidential cycle. The Democratic candidates have been criss-crossing the state in the days leading up to the vote, which has even more significance this year following the muddled results of the Iowa caucuses. We continue our conversation with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and a former New Hampshire legislator; Norman Solomon, co-founder and national coordinator of RootsAction.org, which is suppo…
truthout.org/video/bloomberg-is-a-billionaire-republican-who-terrorized-black-and-brown-youth/

Democrats Ignore Trump's Real Violations
Rep. Ron Paul | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-11
This week the latest Democratic Party attempt to remove President Trump from office

Buttigieg Campaign Aggressively Targeting Progressive Activists, Media
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-11
Between efforts to censor information critical of Buttigieg on social media and harass independent media outlets and their reporters at his rallies, it appears that a concerted effort is underway to control the narrative around the DNC primaries…
mintpressnews.com/buttigieg-campaign-aggressively-targeting-progressive-activists-media/264834/

Parade of Dems warn UAW of perils of continuing Republican rule
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-11
WASHINGTON

Who Can Beat Trump? After Iowa Caucus Debacle, Stakes Increase for New Hampshire Primary
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-11
As voters head to the polls in New Hampshire for the nation's first presidential primary, we speak with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and former Democratic gubernatorial candidate.
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/11/who_can_beat_trump_after_iowa

Trump budget cuts trillions from Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-11
WASHINGTON–Congressional Democrats, progressive groups, and defenders of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid all blasted President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. Two top government worker unions chimed, in, too, slamming Trump for proposing only a 1% raise for calendar 2021, far below inflation and below this year's 3.1%, …
peoplesworld.org/article/trump-budget-cuts-trillions-from-social-security-medicare-and-medicaid/

'A TOTAL RACIST': Trump helps 'cancel' Bloomberg on Twitter after leaked audio blaming minorities for '95% of murders'
rt.com | 2020-02-11
Leaked audio of Democratic presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg calling for targeted police harassment of minorities, because 'that's where the real crime is,' has gone viral with a boost from Trump. | "95 percent of your murderers

In New Hampshire and Beyond, Medicare for All Is Fueling Sanders's Rise
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-11
When Democratic Party voters cast their ballots in New Hampshire today, many of them will be doing so under the crushing weight of the current health care system. New Hampshire has been severely ravaged by the opiate crisis, and its Medicaid system has been under attack by the State House and Donald Trump. Residents know firsthand how cruel and inefficient the private, multi-payer system can be. | Sen. B…
truthout.org/articles/in-new-hampshire-and-beyond-medicare-for-all-is-fueling-sanderss-rise/

Trump's New Budget Funds Endless War & Nuclear Weapons While Slashing Aid to Poor & Hungry Americans
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-11
President Trump unveiled his 2021 budget request Monday, proposing massive cuts to Medicaid and food stamps while increasing spending on the military and his border wall. The $4.8 trillion budget would slash Environmental Protection Agency spending by more than a quarter while allocating $18 billion for Trump's newly established Space Force. Trump is also requesting billions more for nuclear weapons, including a new submarine-launched nuclear warhead. Experts and Democratic lawmakers warn that increasing the nuclear stockpile will increase the likelihood of nuclear war and defy international agreements. Democrats…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/11/trump_2021_budget

Trump Puts More Pressure on Cuba, Targets Cuban Doctors Program
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-11
Donald Trump's administration is targeting the Cuban medical program that has helped some of the most impoverished communities worldwide, in a bid to exert more pressure on Cuba's economy, according to a report published Tuesday by the Guardian. | RELATED: | Cuban Doctors Arrested, Harassed In Bolivia Return Home Safely | Washington is using a whole host of allegations to thwart the program. It has been accusing Havana of undermining democracy and interfering in the internal affai…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trump-Puts-More-Pressure-on-Cuba-Targets-Cuban-Doctors-Program-20200211-0022.html

Democrats Are Stumped Over How to Undo Republican Takeover of Federal Courts
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-11
With the help of Senate Republicans and the Federalist Society, President Donald Trump is transforming the federal judiciary. | In the first three years of his presidency, he's appointed nearly 200 ideologues, most of them young white men, to lifetime positions on the bench. This has created a political crisis for Democrats, one for which they have no clear plan. | That was the takeaway Satu…
truthout.org/articles/democrats-are-stumped-over-how-to-undo-republican-takeover-of-federal-courts/

A Victory for Vulture Funds: Puerto Rico's Unelected Financial Control Board Strikes Debt Deal
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-11
Puerto Rico's financial control board has struck a deal with bondholders to shed about $24 billion from its general obligation debt. The deal announced Sunday will cut the island's outstanding general obligation debt from $35 billion to about $11 billion; however, the island would have to pay about $3.8 billion upfront. The agreement will still need to be approved by Puerto Rico's Legislature. Puerto Rico's financial control board filed for bankruptcy in 2017 to attempt to restructure $129 billion in debt. The board, which is often referred to as "La Junta," is an unelected board that runs much of Puerto Rico's e…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/11/puerto_rico_debt

How to beat Trump
Michael T. Hertz | nationofchange.org | 2020-02-11
As the primary season goes on, and if there is no clear winner emerging, the voters are going to want to see the Democrats emerge as an organized group, and not a warring faction.
nationofchange.org/2020/02/11/how-to-beat-trump/

Capitalism's Political Servants: Trump and Johnson
Richard D. Wolff | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-11
For the last half-century, US and UK capitalisms led the way in undoing the parallel legacies of the New Deal and Europe's social democracies. From its ascending Thatcher-Reagan couple to its descending Trump-Johnson imitation, neoliberal capitalism replaced Keynesian capitalism. Private corporate capitalists funded effective campaigns to celebrate neo-liberalism. The US and UK institutionalized it by de-regulating and privatizing further and faster than anywhere else…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/11/capitalisms-political-servants-trump-and-johnson/

The American Malaise: Reflecting on Whether U.S. Politics Is "Beyond Repair"
Adeyinka Makinde | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-11
A recent BBC News article asked the quite pertinent question of whether U.S. politics is " beyond repair". The points that the writer Nick Bryant makes regarding political "hyperpartisanship", what he terms "the degradation of debate" and the corruption …
globalresearch.ca/american-malaise-reflecting-whether-u-s-politics-beyond-repair/5703342

Who's Going to Save Us?
Jen Sorensen | thenation.com | 2020-02-11
Who's Going to Save Us?
thenation.com/article/society/pelosi-media-electoral-college/

Don't Fall for Trump's Lie. Democrats Have Been Very Productive
Katrina vanden Heuvel | thenation.com | 2020-02-11
Don't Fall for Trump's Lie. Democrats Have Been Very Productive.
thenation.com/article/politics/dont-fall-for-trumps-lie-democrats-have-been-very-productive/

NH Voter Says Live on MSNBC That Network's Effort to Tear Down Bernie Sanders Made Her Vote for Him
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-11
"The kind of 'Stop Bernie' cynicism that I heard from a number of people… It made me angry, so I said, Bernie's got my vote." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-02-11_at_2.04.12_pm.png
commondreams.org/news/2020/02/11/nh-voter-says-live-msnbc-networks-effort-tear-down-bernie-sanders-made-her-vote-him?cd-origin=rss

More Than 75% of Democrats Would Support a Socialist for President: Gallup
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-11
A new Gallup poll was reported by several outlets as showing most Americans would not be willing to vote for a socialist, but a closer look revealed that an overwhelming majority of Democratic voters said they would back a socialist candidate. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/socialism_0.jpeg
commondreams.org/news/2020/02/11/more-75-democrats-would-support-socialist-president-gallup?cd-origin=rss

Dem primary chaos: Millionaire actress roasted for stopping crowd from booing Hillary & whining about living on 'crumbs'
rt.com | 2020-02-11
Former 'Sex and the City' actress Cynthia Nixon campaigned for Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire, but found herself the target of Twitter mockery for fighting off Hillary Clinton boos and complaining about living on "crumbs." | Sanders has been leaning heavily on celebrity endorsements as the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination heats up, from 'Dances with Wolves' star Kevin Costner to rock band The Strokes. | Nixon was one of the stars making the case for the Vermont senator in New Hampshire ahead of the state's primary on Tuesday

Sanders asks for recanvass of 25 Iowa caucus precincts
rt.com | 2020-02-10
Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has formally requested a partial review of last week's Iowa caucuses, after getting more votes but fewer delegates than rival Pete Buttigieg. | The recanvass request would apply to 25 precincts and three satellite sites. The Sanders campaign suggested they might ask for a full recount afterward. | "While a recanvass is just the first step in the process and we don't expect it to change the current calculations, it is a necessary part of making sure Iowans can trust the final results of the caucus," campaign adviser Jeff Weaver said in a statement on Monday. | Also…
rt.com/usa/480529-sanders-caucus-recanvass-iowa/

After final debate Dems wrap up their New Hampshire campaigns
Mark Gruenberg, John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-10
MANCHESTER, N.H.–As the primary election campaign in New Hampshire winds down Sen Bernie Sanders is lashing out at the newly unveiled Trump budget, calling it a budget "of, by and for the one percent." The final daily tracking poll from 7 News/Emerson College, just a day before the primary elections in New Hampshire, has Bernie …
peoplesworld.org/article/after-final-debate-dems-wrap-up-their-new-hampshire-campaigns/

Despite Iowa Caucus Fiasco, Nevada Democrats Plan to Use New Software "Tool"
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-10
Though the fallout from the Iowa Caucus is still fresh, it appears that the technology-driven chaos and corruption seen in Iowa have not served as a warning to the Nevada Democratic Party.
mintpressnews.com/nevada-democrats-caucus-new-software-despite-iowa-app-problems/264777/

Reps introduce New Way Forward Act to fight criminalization of immigrants
World Combined Sources | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-10
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"I Will Put an End to Endless Wars:" Is Pete Buttigieg As Antiwar As He Claims?
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-10
Pete Buttigieg has promised to "put an end to endless wars," but there are reasons to suspect a Buttigieg presidency would not be as pacifist as his pronouncement implies.
mintpressnews.com/i-will-put-an-end-to-endless-wars-pete-buttigieg-antiwar/264767/

It's Still the Economy, Stupid
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2020-02-10
It's Still the Economy, Stupid…
thenation.com/article/economy/democratic-socialism-economy-primary/

Amy Klobuchar Still Takes Newspapers Seriously
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2020-02-10
Amy Klobuchar Still Takes Newspapers Seriously…
thenation.com/article/politics/amy-klobuchar-new-hampshire-endorsements/

"Our Very Existence Is the Resistance": An Hour w/ AOC, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib & Ilhan Omar
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-10
On Friday, Democracy Now! co-host Nermeen Shaikh sat down for a rare joint interview with the Squad, the group of four freshmen Democratic congresswomen who have taken Capitol Hill by storm: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Omar and Tlaib are the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Omar is a former refugee from Somalia, and Tlaib is the first female Palestinian-American member of Congress. Ayanna Pressley is the first African-American woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts. Ocasio-Cortez was just 29 years old w…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/10/democracy_now_the_squad_sotu

Who is Bill Conway, candidate for Cook County State's Attorney?
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-09
Chicago, IL – William Elias Conway, III is running against Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx in the March 17 Democratic Party primary election. He has flooded TV airways and cable channels with commercials promoting his 'progressive' agenda, pledging to "defend Chicago's marginal communities from attacks from Donald Trump." | But Bill Conway is the son of William Elias Conway, Jr., the founder of the Carlyle Group. His father is a multi-billionaire who has donated over $4 million to his son's campaign against incumbent Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx. Conway, Jr. has also strong-armed many East Coast c…
fightbacknews.org/2020/2/9/who-bill-conway-candidate-cook-county-state-s-attorney

Inside Iowa's Irregularities
Nigel Clarke | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-09
There are few things in life more surreal than being on the ground when election fraud is taking place, feeling that knot in the stomach growing as tales of intrigue trickle in like slow-drip coffee on a particularly rough morning. I was in Georgia in 2018, when the gubernatorial race between Republican Brian Kemp and …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/02/inside-iowas-irregularities/

Hasan Sits Down With Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders | zcomm.org | 2020-02-08
Interview on aging and retirement in America…
zcomm.org/zvideo/1029014/

Sanders wins the most votes in Iowa Caucus
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-08
Minneapolis, MN – After days of delay, the results are in: Bernie Sanders won the most votes in Iowa, leading in both the initial vote, as well as after the second round where weaker candidates in each caucus are dropped. As this became clear Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) called for a 'recanvass' of the caucus voting because of the chaotic reporting of results and the long delay. Ironically, this was caused by a new voting app developed by a small company founded by a former staffer of the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign. | During the delay, the corporate media consistently declared Pe…
fightbacknews.org/2020/2/8/sanders-wins-most-votes-iowa-caucus

Media darling Pete Buttigieg was in unit that worked with the CIA in Afghanistan
Alexander Rubinstein | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-08
While Buttigieg's campaign denies allegations he was a CIA asset, military records reveal Mayor Pete was in a unit that…
thegrayzone.com/2020/02/07/pete-buttigieg-cia-afghanistan/

Failed Prosecutions: Donald Trump Survives the Senate
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-08
Never undertake a prosecution unless you have good grounds, and prospects, for a solid conviction. In the case against President Donald Trump, there was never a serious prospect that the Senate would cool sufficiently to give the Democrats the votes necessary to affirm vote of impeachment in the House. The GOP remains very much in …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/02/failed-prosecutions-donald-trump-survives-the-senate/

Lee Camp: They're Going to Try to Steal California From Sanders (Again)
Lee Camp | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-07
Californians should be forewarned that if they want to vote for someone outside the centrists

Iowa debacle fueled by anti-Bernie billionaires, Russiagate hucksters, failed DNC elites
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-07
Max Blumenthal breaks down the shadowy network of billionaires, Democratic elites, and Russiagate profiteers behind the Shadow app that ruined…
thegrayzone.com/2020/02/07/iowa-debacle-fueled-by-anti-bernie-billionaires-russiagate-hucksters-failed-dnc-elites/

Manufacturing Success: CNN's Premature Parade for Buttigieg in Iowa
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2020-02-07
Four days after the Iowa caucuses took place, no victor has been declared and the vote remains mired in controversy and irregularities. But if you've been watching CNN for the last few days, you could be excused for imagining Pete Buttigieg had won. | Some at CNN simply took it as fact that Buttigieg had won Iowa–like David Axelrod, who declared ( 2/4/20): "The way he won in Iowa, and I think he was trying to make this point here, is a road map." CNN anchor Jim Sciutto, ready to discuss th…
fair.org/home/manufacturing-success-cnns-premature-parade-for-buttigieg-in-iowa/

Laurie Garrett: World Can't Let Racist Attitudes Impact Handling of Coronavirus Outbreak
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-07
The Chinese doctor who warned the government about a possible coronavirus outbreak has died after contracting the virus while working at Wuhan Central Hospital. Thirty-four-year-old ophthalmologist Li Wenliang warned his fellow medical workers about coronavirus on December 30. He was then investigated by police and accused of "making false comments." His death has sparked a wave of anger and outrage in China, where the hashtag "We want freedom of speech" went viral on Chinese social media site Weibo this week. The death toll from the coronavirus has now topped 630 people in China, with more than 31,000 confirmed…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/7/laurie_garrett_china_coronavirus_response

UW-Parkside SDS lead rally to free Chrystul Kizer, confront DA Graveley
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-07
Kenosha, WI – Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) organized a #FreeChrystul rally at UW-Parkside on February 5 that saw 40 protesters attend. The demonstrators congregated outside the building where District Attorney Mike Graveley, Chrystul Kizer's prosecutor, was teaching his first class of the spring semester, on criminal law. | The group began with chants that echoed across the campus thanks to the excellent acoustics between campus buildings. Coinciding with the start of the class period, speakers from different organizations and backgrounds shared their messages. These included Adelana Akindes, a leader…
fightbacknews.org/2020/2/7/uw-parkside-sds-lead-rally-free-chrystul-kizer-confront-da-graveley

Risk of Nuclear War Rises as U.S. Deploys a New Nuclear Weapon for the First Time Since the Cold War
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-07
The Federation of American Scientists revealed in late January that the U.S. Navy had deployed for the first time a submarine armed with a low-yield Trident nuclear warhead. The USS Tennessee deployed from Kings Bay Submarine Base in Georgia in late 2019. The W76-2 warhead, which is facing criticism at home and abroad, is estimated to have about a third of the explosive power of the atomic bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) called the news "an alarming development that heightens the risk of nuclear war." We're joined by William Arkin, longtime reporter…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/7/us_new_low_yield_nuclear_weapons

Media Urge Palestinians to Take Crumbs–Because Democracy Is Not on Offer
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2020-02-07
by Gregory Shupak The Trump administration's "Vision for Peace" | The Trump administration's " Deal of the Century" is supposedly a plan to solve the question of Palestine. But as Michael Lynk, the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, points out, the deal doesn't offer Palestinians…
fair.org/home/media-urge-palestinians-to-take-crumbs-because-democracy-is-not-on-offer/

Human Rights Watch: 200 Salvadoran Asylum Seekers Killed, Raped or Tortured After U.S. Deportation
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-07
A shocking new report says at least 200 Salvadoran asylum seekers were either killed, raped or tortured after being deported from the United States back to El Salvador. Human Rights Watch found that some 138 people deported to El Salvador were murdered by gang members, police, soldiers, death squads or ex-partners between 2013 and 2019. The report says most of the victims were killed within two years after being deported, by the same perpetrators the asylum seekers had fled from. From Denver, Colorado, we speak to Clara Long, senior researcher for Human Rights Watch. And joining us from El Salvador, we speak to "
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/7/hrw_report_el_salvador_deportations

Chaos Continues in Iowa as Democrats Mistakenly Award Delegates for Bernie Sanders to Deval Patrick
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-06
Results from Monday's Iowa caucuses continue to trickle in, with 97% of precincts reporting as of Thursday morning. Senator Bernie Sanders and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg are now in a virtual tie. Sanders maintains a lead in the popular vote, but Buttigieg has a slight advantage in what's known as the "state delegate equivalent" race. Buttigieg has 26.2% of state delegate equivalents, while Sanders is at 26.1%. The New York Times is now predicting Sanders has a greater chance of winning overall, in part because of the Vermont senator's overwhelming strength in satellite caucuses. Responding to widespre…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/6/iowa_caucuses_bernie_sanders_shadow_app

How Corporate Media Make Pete Look Like He's Winning
Jim Naureckas | fair.org | 2020-02-06
If you turn to the New York Times for an update on the excruciatingly and inexplicably slow counting of the votes from the Iowa caucuses, you find what looks like a bar chart showing that South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg did approximately 50 times better than any of his next closest rivals: | On closer examination, it turns out that that is not a bar chart…
fair.org/home/how-corporate-media-make-pete-look-like-hes-winning/

Erasing History: The National Archives Is Destroying Records About Victims of Trump's ICE Policies
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-06
Last month, the National Archives and Records Administration apologized for doctoring a photo of the 2017 Women's March to remove criticisms of President Trump. The shocking revelation that the agency had altered the image was first reported in The Washington Post. In an exhibit called "Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote," the National Archives had displayed a large image of the first Women's March. But signs referencing Trump had been blurred to remove his name

Historian: With Impeachment Acquittal, the GOP Has Given Trump a Blank Check to Do Anything He Wants
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-06
The U.S. Senate has acquitted President Trump of two impeachment charges in just the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history. Trump was accused of abusing power and obstructing Congress to aid his re-election campaign by pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden. Every Democratic senator voted to remove President Trump from office, but they were joined by just one Republican: Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, who supported impeaching Trump on abuse of power. Romney became the first senator ever to vote against his own party's president in an impeachment trial. President Trump respond…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/6/impeachment_trial_donald_trump_acquitted

Northern Syria's two wars
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-06
Turkey's war on Rojava Chris SleeIssue 1252 Northern Syria Syrian Democratic ForcesFebruary 6, 2020There are currently two wars being fought in northern Syria. | First, is the war in Idlib province between the Bashar al-Assad dictatorship and va…
greenleft.org.au/content/northern-syrias-two-wars

Sanders & Buttigieg Lead in Early Iowa Results After Faulty App Leads to Catastrophe at Caucus
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-05
The final results of Monday's Democratic Iowa caucuses remain unknown, with 71% of precincts reporting the final tallies of the first 2020 presidential contest. Senator Bernie Sanders is leading in the popular vote, while former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has a narrow lead of 26.8% of precincts

Roberto Lovato: Dems & GOP Share Same Playbook on Immigration, Foreign Policy & Corporate Domination
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-05
President Trump delivered his 2020 State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. The speech reprised many of the themes of Trump's 2016 campaign, including demonization of immigrants. We continue our discussion with Lee Fang, investigative journalist at The Intercept, and Roberto Lovato, author of the forthcoming book "Unforgetting: A Memoir of Revolution and Redemption." About 10 Democrats skipped the speech and a few more walked out while it was in progress, but Lovato says the Democratic establishment doesn't differ with Trump on many key issues. "Nancy Pelosi may have ripped the speech…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/5/roberto_lovato_state_of_the_union

In State of the Union, Trump Celebrates Hate & Xenophobia While Touting "Great American Comeback"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-05
President Trump delivered his third State of the Union address Tuesday night, just a day before the Republican-controlled Senate is expected to vote to acquit him in the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history. Trump's speech, which focused heavily on the economy and immigration, sounded at times like a campaign rally, with Republican lawmakers chanting "Four more years!" He never once mentioned his impeachment trial. Prior to the speech, Trump refused to shake House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's hand, and once the speech was over, Pelosi was seen on television ripping up her copy of Trump's remarks. She la…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/5/trump_sotu_2020

Publisher Agrees to Boost Latinx Representation After Backlash to Whitewashed Novel "American Dirt"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-05
We look at the massive backlash and criticism against the novel "American Dirt" as a movement led by Latinx writers declares victory, demanding more representation in the publishing industry. Dignidad Literaria, or literary dignity, formed in response to the controversial immigration novel "American Dirt." The author, Jeanine Cummins, who is not Mexican, received a seven-figure advance for the book, and it was chosen for Oprah's Book Club. But its critics say "American Dirt" exploits and misrepresents Mexico and the experience of Mexican migrants. Critics also say the novel completely erases the voices of Central…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/5/american_dirt

Billionaire pro-Israel Buttigieg backer Seth Klarman funds group behind Iowa's disastrous voting app
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-04
Behind the app that delayed Iowa's voting results is a dark money operation funded by anti-Bernie Sanders billionaires. Its top…
thegrayzone.com/2020/02/04/pro-israel-buttigieg-seth-klarman-iowas-voting-app/

Chaos in Iowa: Caucus Results Delayed, But Bernie Sanders' Internal Data Shows He May Have Won
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-04
The Iowa Democratic Party delayed releasing results from Monday's caucuses after uncovering inconsistencies in the reporting of data. Caucuses were held in 1,600 precincts across the state on Monday, but many precincts had trouble reporting the delegate totals to the state Democratic Party. Part of the blame was placed on a new smartphone app designed to help precinct chairs tabulate and report the vote. Early Tuesday morning, Bernie Sanders's campaign released internal caucus numbers from 40% of the precincts in Iowa showing the Vermont senator was in first place with nearly 30% of the final count vote. Accordin…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/4/iowa_caucuses_inconsistencies_faulty_app

Can Bernie Sanders Defeat Trump? Jacobin's Bhaskar Sunkara & The Atlantic's David Frum Debate
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-04
After a chaotic night in Iowa, the focus of the Democratic race has now shifted to New Hampshire. Senator Bernie Sanders is leading in most New Hampshire polls a week ahead of the state's primary. While Sanders has been surging in popularity across parts of the country, the Democratic Party establishment is openly expressing concern that the self-described democratic socialist could win the nomination. While Bernie Sanders faces attacks from the corporate wing of the Democratic Party, many of his supporters say he is the candidate best suited to beat Trump in November. We host a debate with two guests who have di…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/4/bernie_sanders_bhaskar_sunkara_david_frum

Witness to a Farce – Watching impeachment through the lens of the New York Times
Dorothee Benz | fair.org | 2020-02-04
Watching the actions of the Trump administration through the lens of the New York Times' coverage has been by turns dumbfounding, disheartening and infuriating. While the white nationalists running our government have rolled out one attack after another on civil rights, civil liberties, the independence of the judiciary, procedural democracy, human rights laws and planetary survival, the "paper of record" has offered a soothing translation of these threats into the familiar language of…
fair.org/home/witness-to-a-farce/

Biden Threatens Lawsuit to Halt Release of Real Iowa Caucus Results
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2020-02-04
American democracy–ain't it grand?>…

Biden Threatens Lawsuit to Halt Release of Real Iowa Caucus Results

Block the Vote: Voter Suppression in 2020
Leila Rafei | aclu.org | 2020-02-03
Voting should be as easy and convenient as possible, and in many cases it is. But across the U.S., too many politicians are passing measures making it harder to cast a ballot. The goal is to manipulate political outcomes, and the result is a severely compromised democracy that doesn't reflect the will of the people. Our democracy works best when all eligible voters can participate and have their voices heard. | Suppression efforts range from the seemingly unobstructive, like voter ID laws and cuts to early voting, to mass purges of voter rolls and systemic disenfranchisement. And long before election cycles ev…
aclu.org/news/civil-liberties/block-the-vote-voter-suppression-in-2020

Laurie Garrett on How Trump Has Sabotaged America's Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-03
As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, the United States has declared a public health emergency and is barring foreign nationals who have recently traveled to China from entering the country. So far, there are 11 confirmed cases of the virus in the U.S. The virus has claimed at least 361 lives in China. A 44-year-old man in the Philippines became the first casualty of the disease outside of China Saturday, and over the weekend the number of confirmed cases worldwide rose to at least 17,205 across more than two dozen countries, with most of those cases occurring in China. U.S. citizens who have visited H…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/3/laurie_garrett_coronavirus_trump_admin_response

War with Iran Is at Stake–and Democrats' High Jumps Over Low Standards Aren't Helping
Norman Solomon | zcomm.org | 2020-02-02
The huge crisis with Iran is more dangerous because so many Democrats have been talking out of both sides of their mouths…
zcomm.org/zmagazine/war-with-iran-is-at-stake-and-democrats-high-jumps-over-low-standards-arent-helping/

The Times They Are a-Changin: Bernie Sanders
Various Contributors | zcomm.org | 2020-02-01
Sometimes it feels like our world is falling apart, but real change is all around us…
zcomm.org/zvideo/the-times-they-are-a-changin-bernie-sanders/

House Votes to Rein in Trump's Iran War Powers While Ending Endless Wars
Jon Rainwater | peaceaction.org | 2020-01-31
Washington, D.C.

Alive and Well: Voter Suppression and Election Mismanagement in Alabama
splcenter.org | 2020-01-24
splcenter.org/20200210/alive-and-well-voter-suppression-and-election-mismanagement-alabama