2021-09-18: News Headlines

sputniknews (2021-09-17). US Will Boost Military Presence in Australia as China Slams 'Irresponsible' AUKUS Pact. sputniknews.com On Wednesday, US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and his UK counterpart Boris Johnson unveiled the AUKUS security alliance "to protect and defend" the three countries' "shared interests in the Indo-Pacific".

Dean Baker (2021-09-17). Saving $3.5 Trillion on Prescription Drugs to Pay for Bernie Sanders's Big Agenda. counterpunch.org According to a draft document being circulated, the Democrats are looking to save $600 billion over a decade by negotiating lower prescription drug prices. The basic story here is that the United States pays more than twice as much, on average, for prescription drugs than Germany, France, Canada, and other wealthy countries. If we paid

J. D. Heyes (2021-09-17). Biden's Federal Vaccine Mandate Doesn't Really Apply to Everyone: Members of Congress, Staff, Postal Workers Are Exempt. globalresearch.ca

sputniknews (2021-09-17). 'Cut Him Off Now!': Newsmax Host Loses Cool After US Vet Critiques Trump Over Afghan Withdrawal. sputniknews.com Although the process to remove American troops began under former US President Donald Trump, backlash stemming from the exit has largely consumed the Biden administration, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle lashing out. The president has stood firm that the pullout was necessary to bring the near 20-year occupation to a close.

Staff (2021-09-17). Headlines for September 17, 2021. democracynow.org U.S. Resumes Deportation Flights to Haiti as 10,000 Haitian Asylum Seekers Cross Rio Grande, Haitian Prime Minister, Accused of Aiding President's Murder, Sacks Justice Minister, Federal Judge Bars Biden Administration's Use of Trump-Era Rule to Fast-Track Deportations, U.N. Warns Time Is Rapidly Running Out to Limit Global Heating to 1.5 Degrees Celsius, U.S. Reports 3,400 COVID Deaths in One Day; One-Quarter of ICU Beds Are At or Near Capacity, France, China Blast U.S.-U.K.-Australia Nuclear Partnership, Biden Calls for Corporations and Super Wealthy to Pay Fair Share of Taxes, Police Put Fence Around Capitol A…

WSWS (2021-09-17). As Democrats shield wealth of billionaires, Biden pleads with super-rich to pay their "fair share" wsws.org More significant than the minor tax increases on the wealthy that are contained in the House bill is what is omitted.

Walker Bragman (2021-09-17). "Does Not Present Sufficient Cause" dailyposter.com

Eric Zuesse (2021-09-17). Pentagon Lobby Is Pushing Biden into Game of "Chicken" Over Taiwan That Could Lead to WW III. covertactionmagazine.com Why Isn't the Whole World Screaming "STOP!"? Right now, the neocons that Biden has surrounded himself with are threatening to …

Guest Contributor (2021-09-17). OPINION: Biden-Harris Justice Department Embraces Racist Insular Cases. latinorebels.com One week after members of Congress called on the Biden-Harris Department of Justice to condemn the racist Insular Cases, the Department has instead doubled down to argue based on the Insular Cases that people born in U.S. territories have no constitutional right to U.S. citizenship.

Brian Cloughley (2021-09-17). Railways and Pipelines are Preferable to Nuclear Submarines. counterpunch.org On September 16 the media carried the news that the US, Britain and Australia are banding together to increase pressure on China by arranging for Australia to buy and operate nuclear-powered submarines. Strategically, this is of little significance, and it will take years for the vessels to enter service, but the video conference involving President Biden and Prime

John Feffer (2021-09-17). The Handcuffing of Joe Biden. counterpunch.org The far right would like to impeach Joe Biden, kick him out of the White House, perhaps even throw him in jail. "Lock him up" has been a predictable chant at Trump rallies going back to before the 2020 election. Even Republicans in Congress have joined this chorus. Bipartisanship? As Donald Trump would say in

_____ (2021-09-17). Australia Continues Plunge Into Authoritarianism And Military Brinkmanship. popularresistance.org People who just started paying attention to Australian authoritarianism during Covid often get the impression that it's entirely about the virus, but as we discussed previously the actual fundamental problem is that Australia is the only so-called democracy without any kind of statute or bill of rights to protect the citizenry from these kinds of abuses. This is why Australia is looked upon as so freakish by the rest of the western world right now: because, in this sense, it is. People call it a "free country", but there has never been any reason to do so. | Covid has certainly played a major role in the exacerba…

Liz Theoharis (2021-09-17). The Land of the Free, Where So Many of the Brave Are Homeless: Resisting Evictions Amid a Pandemic. juancole.com ( Tomdispatch.com) — Over the past weeks, multiple crises have merged: a crisis of democracy with the most significant attack on voting rights since Reconstruction; a climate crisis with lives and livelihoods upended in the Gulf Coast and the Northeast by extreme weather events and in the West by a stunning fire season; and an …

Jonathan Smucker (2021-09-17). Happy Birthday, Occupy Wall Street. zcomm.org Ten years later, the Democratic Party ignores Occupy Wall Street's warnings at its own peril…

Howie Hawkins (2021-09-17). Freedom to Vote Act—For Capitalist Parties Only. counterpunch.org The Freedom to Vote Act, the pared down voting rights legislation that Democratic Senators unveiled on September 14, must be supported to preempt GOP state laws for partisan gerrymandering, voter suppression, election subversion, and intimidation of voters and election administrators. Yet this bill also deserves vigorous protest from the Left for its public campaign financing

Richard Falk (2021-09-17). The Bipartisan Demise of American Democracy. zcomm.org Perhaps it is time to try something different, starting by ending the three-ring circus of private funding of political campaigns…

Adam Tooze, Elmira Bayrasli (2021-09-17). Economic Crisis in the Anthropocene. indybay.org I think it's a full embrace by the Democratic Party of the reality that they are in a life-and-death struggle for the future of American democracy and from their point of view — and I happen to share this view — that depends on their not losing the congressional majority to the GOP in 2022, which doesn't necessarily end American democracy, but it takes us in a direction which is really bad.

Anonymous669 (2021-09-17). Escalation In Northeastern Syria: Four Civilians Killed In Turkish Shelling On SDF-Held Village (Video). southfront.org Image: aa.com.tr | On September 17, four civilians were killed when the Turkish military shelled the village of al-Dibs in northeastern Syria. | The village is located to the west of the town of Ain Issa, in a part of the northern countryside of Raqqa that's held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). | The Hawar News Agency, which is affiliated with the SDF, identified the four victims as Malik al-Muharib al-Hamid, 25, Idan Hamad al-Amiri, 40, Hamad al-Khunais al-Jarbou, 20, and Khmus a…

Anonymous669 (2021-09-17). Suspected Russian Airstrike Hit Northeastern Syria (Photos). southfront.org A Russian Su-24 strike aircraft in the sky over the Khmeimim airbase in Syria. Photo: Dmitriy Vinogradov / RIA Novosti | On September 17, an unidentified warplane carried out an airstrike on an empty field near the town of Abu Khashab in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, which is held by the US-Backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). | The remains of what appears to be a Soviet-made cluster bomb were found at the scene of the strike. No casualties or material losses were reported. | An unidentified war…

Liz Theoharis (2021-09-17). Resisting Evictions Amid a Pandemic. counterpunch.org Over the past weeks, multiple crises have merged: a crisis of democracy with the most significant attack on voting rights since Reconstruction; a climate crisis with lives and livelihoods upended in the Gulf Coast and the Northeast by extreme weather events and in the West by a stunning fire season; and an economic crisis in which millions are being cut off from

Staff (2021-09-17). "Systemic Failure": Top Gymnasts Blast FBI for Bungling Sexual Abuse Probe of Dr. Larry Nassar. democracynow.org This week some of gymnastics' biggest stars shared scathing testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee about the FBI's failure to stop Larry Nassar, the USA Gymnastics doctor and serial sexual abuser. ‚Ä®‚Ä®Lawyers say that after the FBI was first told of Nassar's crimes, he abused another 120 people before his 2016 arrest. We feature the testimony of Simone Biles, the four-time Olympic gold medalist, who is widely considered to be the greatest gymnast of all time, and speak with gymnast Rachael Denhollander, who was the first to publicly accuse Nassar of sexual abuse and says the c…

_____ (2021-09-17). Patient Group Targets Pair of Democrats for 'Selling Us Out to Drug Companies'. commondreams.org

Staff (2021-09-17). "Another World Is Possible": How Occupy Wall Street Reshaped Politics & Kicked Off New Era of Protest. democracynow.org On the 10th anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, we examine the legacy of the historic protests with three veterans of the movement: Nelini Stamp, now the director of strategy and partnerships at the Working Families Party; Jillian Johnson, a key organizer in Occupy Durham who now serves on the Durham City Council and is the city's mayor pro tempore; and writer and filmmaker Astra Tayor, an organizer with the Debt Collective. Occupy Wall Street "broke the spell" protecting the economic status quo and marked a major shift in protests against capitalism, Taylor says. "Occupy kind of inaugurated this social movement r…

Robert Koehler (2021-09-17). A National Rite of Passage: Beyond War. counterpunch.org A recent New York Times op-ed was perhaps the strangest, most awkward and tentative defense of the military-industrial complex — excuse me, the experiment in democracy called America — I've ever encountered, and begs to be addressed. The writer, Andrew Exum, was an Army Ranger who had deployments in the early 2000s to both Iraq and Afghanistan,

khubaka, Michael Harris (2021-09-17). Sacramento County History in Transition. indybay.org 2021 California Admission Day pulled the covers off Sacramento County Historical Society in transition. Fall 2020 Sacramento County Board of Supervisors deemed Racism a Public Health Crisis as the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to highlight systemic structural inequalities as we Build Back Better. If history has value, let us explore with one standard for humanity beginning Fall 2021.

Matt Sedlar (2021-09-17). Billions of People Who Need the Most Help Can Also Benefit — as Americans Have — from Changes in Economic Policy. cepr.net There has to be at least one Republican senator who will have the fortitude to support something that will create jobs in the US, save lives all over the world, and is costless to the US government.

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2021-09-17: News Headlines

Dean Baker (2021-09-17). Saving $3.5 Trillion on Prescription Drugs to Pay for Bernie Sanders's Big Agenda. counterpunch.org According to a draft document being circulated, the Democrats are looking to save $600 billion over a decade by negotiating lower prescription drug prices. The basic story here is that the United States pays more than twice as much, on average, for prescription drugs than Germany, France, Canada, and other wealthy countries. If we paid

WSWS (2021-09-17). As Democrats shield wealth of billionaires, Biden pleads with super-rich to pay their "fair share" wsws.org More significant than the minor tax increases on the wealthy that are contained in the House bill is what is omitted.

Brian Cloughley (2021-09-17). Railways and Pipelines are Preferable to Nuclear Submarines. counterpunch.org On September 16 the media carried the news that the US, Britain and Australia are banding together to increase pressure on China by arranging for Australia to buy and operate nuclear-powered submarines. Strategically, this is of little significance, and it will take years for the vessels to enter service, but the video conference involving President Biden and Prime

Guest Contributor (2021-09-17). OPINION: Biden-Harris Justice Department Embraces Racist Insular Cases. latinorebels.com One week after members of Congress called on the Biden-Harris Department of Justice to condemn the racist Insular Cases, the Department has instead doubled down to argue based on the Insular Cases that people born in U.S. territories have no constitutional right to U.S. citizenship.

J. D. Heyes (2021-09-17). Biden's Federal Vaccine Mandate Doesn't Really Apply to Everyone: Members of Congress, Staff, Postal Workers Are Exempt. globalresearch.ca

Staff (2021-09-17). Headlines for September 17, 2021. democracynow.org U.S. Resumes Deportation Flights to Haiti as 10,000 Haitian Asylum Seekers Cross Rio Grande, Haitian Prime Minister, Accused of Aiding President's Murder, Sacks Justice Minister, Federal Judge Bars Biden Administration's Use of Trump-Era Rule to Fast-Track Deportations, U.N. Warns Time Is Rapidly Running Out to Limit Global Heating to 1.5 Degrees Celsius, U.S. Reports 3,400 COVID Deaths in One Day; One-Quarter of ICU Beds Are At or Near Capacity, France, China Blast U.S.-U.K.-Australia Nuclear Partnership, Biden Calls for Corporations and Super Wealthy to Pay Fair Share of Taxes, Police Put Fence Around Capitol A…

Walker Bragman (2021-09-17). "Does Not Present Sufficient Cause" dailyposter.com

sputniknews (2021-09-17). US Will Boost Military Presence in Australia as China Slams 'Irresponsible' AUKUS Pact. sputniknews.com On Wednesday, US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and his UK counterpart Boris Johnson unveiled the AUKUS security alliance "to protect and defend" the three countries' "shared interests in the Indo-Pacific".

sputniknews (2021-09-17). 'Cut Him Off Now!': Newsmax Host Loses Cool After US Vet Critiques Trump Over Afghan Withdrawal. sputniknews.com Although the process to remove American troops began under former US President Donald Trump, backlash stemming from the exit has largely consumed the Biden administration, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle lashing out. The president has stood firm that the pullout was necessary to bring the near 20-year occupation to a close.

John Feffer (2021-09-17). The Handcuffing of Joe Biden. counterpunch.org The far right would like to impeach Joe Biden, kick him out of the White House, perhaps even throw him in jail. "Lock him up" has been a predictable chant at Trump rallies going back to before the 2020 election. Even Republicans in Congress have joined this chorus. Bipartisanship? As Donald Trump would say in

Liz Theoharis (2021-09-17). Resisting Evictions Amid a Pandemic. counterpunch.org Over the past weeks, multiple crises have merged: a crisis of democracy with the most significant attack on voting rights since Reconstruction; a climate crisis with lives and livelihoods upended in the Gulf Coast and the Northeast by extreme weather events and in the West by a stunning fire season; and an economic crisis in which millions are being cut off from

Robert Koehler (2021-09-17). A National Rite of Passage: Beyond War. counterpunch.org A recent New York Times op-ed was perhaps the strangest, most awkward and tentative defense of the military-industrial complex — excuse me, the experiment in democracy called America — I've ever encountered, and begs to be addressed. The writer, Andrew Exum, was an Army Ranger who had deployments in the early 2000s to both Iraq and Afghanistan,

_____ (2021-09-17). Australia Continues Plunge Into Authoritarianism And Military Brinkmanship. popularresistance.org People who just started paying attention to Australian authoritarianism during Covid often get the impression that it's entirely about the virus, but as we discussed previously the actual fundamental problem is that Australia is the only so-called democracy without any kind of statute or bill of rights to protect the citizenry from these kinds of abuses. This is why Australia is looked upon as so freakish by the rest of the western world right now: because, in this sense, it is. People call it a "free country", but there has never been any reason to do so. | Covid has certainly played a major role in the exacerba…

Liz Theoharis (2021-09-17). The Land of the Free, Where So Many of the Brave Are Homeless: Resisting Evictions Amid a Pandemic. juancole.com ( Tomdispatch.com) — Over the past weeks, multiple crises have merged: a crisis of democracy with the most significant attack on voting rights since Reconstruction; a climate crisis with lives and livelihoods upended in the Gulf Coast and the Northeast by extreme weather events and in the West by a stunning fire season; and an …

Adam Tooze, Elmira Bayrasli (2021-09-17). Economic Crisis in the Anthropocene. indybay.org I think it's a full embrace by the Democratic Party of the reality that they are in a life-and-death struggle for the future of American democracy and from their point of view — and I happen to share this view — that depends on their not losing the congressional majority to the GOP in 2022, which doesn't necessarily end American democracy, but it takes us in a direction which is really bad.

Anonymous669 (2021-09-17). Suspected Russian Airstrike Hit Northeastern Syria (Photos). southfront.org A Russian Su-24 strike aircraft in the sky over the Khmeimim airbase in Syria. Photo: Dmitriy Vinogradov / RIA Novosti | On September 17, an unidentified warplane carried out an airstrike on an empty field near the town of Abu Khashab in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, which is held by the US-Backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). | The remains of what appears to be a Soviet-made cluster bomb were found at the scene of the strike. No casualties or material losses were reported. | An unidentified war…

Richard Falk (2021-09-17). The Bipartisan Demise of American Democracy. zcomm.org Perhaps it is time to try something different, starting by ending the three-ring circus of private funding of political campaigns…

Staff (2021-09-17). "Another World Is Possible": How Occupy Wall Street Reshaped Politics & Kicked Off New Era of Protest. democracynow.org On the 10th anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, we examine the legacy of the historic protests with three veterans of the movement: Nelini Stamp, now the director of strategy and partnerships at the Working Families Party; Jillian Johnson, a key organizer in Occupy Durham who now serves on the Durham City Council and is the city's mayor pro tempore; and writer and filmmaker Astra Tayor, an organizer with the Debt Collective. Occupy Wall Street "broke the spell" protecting the economic status quo and marked a major shift in protests against capitalism, Taylor says. "Occupy kind of inaugurated this social movement r…

Jonathan Smucker (2021-09-17). Happy Birthday, Occupy Wall Street. zcomm.org Ten years later, the Democratic Party ignores Occupy Wall Street's warnings at its own peril…

Staff (2021-09-17). "Systemic Failure": Top Gymnasts Blast FBI for Bungling Sexual Abuse Probe of Dr. Larry Nassar. democracynow.org This week some of gymnastics' biggest stars shared scathing testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee about the FBI's failure to stop Larry Nassar, the USA Gymnastics doctor and serial sexual abuser. ‚Ä®‚Ä®Lawyers say that after the FBI was first told of Nassar's crimes, he abused another 120 people before his 2016 arrest. We feature the testimony of Simone Biles, the four-time Olympic gold medalist, who is widely considered to be the greatest gymnast of all time, and speak with gymnast Rachael Denhollander, who was the first to publicly accuse Nassar of sexual abuse and says the c…

_____ (2021-09-17). Patient Group Targets Pair of Democrats for 'Selling Us Out to Drug Companies'. commondreams.org

Anonymous669 (2021-09-17). Escalation In Northeastern Syria: Four Civilians Killed In Turkish Shelling On SDF-Held Village (Video). southfront.org Image: aa.com.tr | On September 17, four civilians were killed when the Turkish military shelled the village of al-Dibs in northeastern Syria. | The village is located to the west of the town of Ain Issa, in a part of the northern countryside of Raqqa that's held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). | The Hawar News Agency, which is affiliated with the SDF, identified the four victims as Malik al-Muharib al-Hamid, 25, Idan Hamad al-Amiri, 40, Hamad al-Khunais al-Jarbou, 20, and Khmus a…

Howie Hawkins (2021-09-17). Freedom to Vote Act—For Capitalist Parties Only. counterpunch.org The Freedom to Vote Act, the pared down voting rights legislation that Democratic Senators unveiled on September 14, must be supported to preempt GOP state laws for partisan gerrymandering, voter suppression, election subversion, and intimidation of voters and election administrators. Yet this bill also deserves vigorous protest from the Left for its public campaign financing

khubaka, Michael Harris (2021-09-17). Sacramento County History in Transition. indybay.org 2021 California Admission Day pulled the covers off Sacramento County Historical Society in transition. Fall 2020 Sacramento County Board of Supervisors deemed Racism a Public Health Crisis as the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to highlight systemic structural inequalities as we Build Back Better. If history has value, let us explore with one standard for humanity beginning Fall 2021.

Matt Sedlar (2021-09-17). Billions of People Who Need the Most Help Can Also Benefit — as Americans Have — from Changes in Economic Policy. cepr.net There has to be at least one Republican senator who will have the fortitude to support something that will create jobs in the US, save lives all over the world, and is costless to the US government.

Ann Brown (2021-09-16). White Privilege: New Book Documents Joe Biden Family Getting Big Money Bags Off Their Name, Politics. moguldom.com President Joe Biden's family has profited financially during his 50-year rise to the Oval Office, claims a new book, "The Bidens: Inside the First Family's Fifty-Year Rise to Power". Some say it smacks of white privilege. Author Ben Schreckinger wrote that Joe Biden's younger brother, Jim Biden, and his son, Hunter Biden, "profited using Joe Biden's name and …

Sebastian Smith (2021-09-16). Australia gets N-powered subs in US, UK partnership. asiatimes.com The United States announced a new alliance Wednesday with Australia and Britain to strengthen military capabilities in the face of growing rivalry with China, including a new Australian nuclear submarine fleet and cruise missiles. The announcement of the alliance — made in a video meeting by President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and …

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-09-16). Biden DOJ Sentences 'Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta' Star To 17 Years In Prison For PPP Loan Fraud, Ponzi Scheme. moguldom.com "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta" star Maurice "Mo" Fayne has been sentenced to over 17 years in prison for several crimes including defrauding the government's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) of millions and orchestrating a years-long Ponzi scheme. According to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Fayne was facing over 14 charges, but …

Dr. Shawgi Tell (2021-09-16). Global Economic Depression, Biden's Tyrannical Statements: More Mandated Covid-19 Vaccinations Will Not Solve Economic Failures. globalresearch.ca

Kevin Mwanza (2021-09-16). The Father of Critical Race Theory: 7 Things To Know About Derrick Bell. moguldom.com The fall of Afghanistan's U.S.-support government has raised, once again, the debate about critical race theory and its role in helping the Taliban militants take over power so fast. Some critics of President Joe Biden blame the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan on his administration's focus on critical race theory when he should have been focused …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-09-16). Shierholz takes over at Economic Policy Institute. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON —Veteran economist Heidi Shierholz, the Economic Policy Institute's policy director, took over EPI's presidency in September, the EPI board announced. She succeeds Thea Lee, who stepped down to take a top Labor Department position, running the agency's International Labor Affairs Bureau, with the Biden administration. Shierholz was a senior EPI economist from 2007-14 before …

_____ (2021-09-16). The Winner In Afghanistan: China. popularresistance.org The collapse of the American project in Afghanistan may fade fast from the news here, but don't be fooled. It couldn't be more significant in ways few in this country can even begin to grasp. | "Remember, this is not Saigon," Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a television audience on August 15th, the day the Taliban swept into the Afghan capital, pausing to pose for photos in the grandly gilded presidential palace. He was dutifully echoing his boss, President Joe Biden, who had earlier rejected any comparison with the fall of the South Vietnamese capital, Saigon, in 1975, insisting that "there's going to be…

Brandon Smith (2021-09-16). How States and Communities Can Fight Back Against Biden's COVID Tyranny. globalresearch.ca

_____ (2021-09-16). Dems Call Fossil Fuel CEOs, Lobbyists to Testify About Climate Disinformation. commondreams.org "Hours after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake, President Joe Biden released a statement saying that the United States was a 'friend' of Haiti. A 'friend' does not continuously inflict pain on another friend," said Guerline Jozef of the Haitian Bridge Alliance.

Anonymous103 (2021-09-16). New Military Deal With US And UK Hurts Canberra More Than It Helps. southfront.org Illustrative ImageAustralia will lose partnerships with France and China, resulting in economic damage and military instability. | Written by Lucas Leiroz, research fellow in international law at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. | A new military deal was announced this week. US President Joe Biden yesterday informed US media on the creation of an alliance between the US, UK, and Australia to share advanced military technology. The group's main objective is to join forces between states with a liberal-democratic tradition in order to respond to the advance of China. The attitude comes as a new stage in th…

_____ (2021-09-16). 'Cruel and Callous': Biden Slammed for Resuming Deportations to Battered Haiti. commondreams.org If the GOP had the courage of the Senate Republicans in 1974, Milley never would have been in a position to worry that an American president might start a nuclear war just to hang on to power.

Sen. Scott Jensen (2021-09-16). Video: Permanent Banishment of Vaccine Passport. A Nationwide Movement against Joe Biden's Tyrannical Approach: Senator Scott Jensen. globalresearch.ca

Staff (2021-09-16). FDA not yet sold on Covid-19 booster jabs, as Pfizer & Moderna share data showing their vaccines lose efficacy over time. rt.com US regulators at the FDA say it's too early to throw support behind Covid-19 booster shots, noting that more data is needed before the agency takes a position, even after President Joe Biden set a hard date for a booster campaign.

_____ (2021-09-16). Biden Admin. Sued for Letting Big Oil Harass 'Imperiled' Polar Bears. commondreams.org Such an expansion would "dramatically reduce childhood poverty in the United States," they said.

_____ (2021-09-16). Judge Blocks Biden From Continuing 'Inhumane' Trump Policy to Deport Families. commondreams.org

_____ (2021-09-16). Sanders Says There's 'No Excuse' for Any Democrat to Oppose Lowering Drug Prices. commondreams.org High ranking officials succeeded in undermining Mr. Biden's credibility and infuriating China. Most tragically, they sabotaged Mr. Biden's desire to avert the perils of strategic war. Regional stability is spiraling downward once again.

WSWS (2021-09-16). US, Britain, Australia announce major military pact against China. wsws.org The fault lines of a disastrous new world war are rapidly emerging as the Biden administration forges alliances in the Indo-Pacific against China which the US regards as the greatest threat to its global hegemony.

WSWS (2021-09-16). Woodward revelations expose Democrats' calls for "unity" with Republican coup plotters. wsws.org The Biden White House and Democratic leaders in Congress see any investigation into the January 6 plots as an obstacle to bipartisan collaboration with the Republicans.

Chuck Collins — Sarah Anderson (2021-09-16). House Tax Proposal Falls Short of Making Billionaires Pay Their Fair Share. counterpunch.org The House Ways and Means Committee has just unveiled their proposalto pay for President Biden's Build Back Better plans. This is an important step towards restoring a fair and balanced tax system and a making at least a down payment on much-needed investments in health care, vaccine distribution, child care, labor protections, and more. It

Global Research News (2021-09-16). Selected Articles: Arizona Attorney General Suing Biden Administration over COVID Vaccine Mandate. globalresearch.ca By The first overt diplomatic achievement by the United States rela…

Anonymous007 (2021-09-16). Fair Competition? U.S. Ruins $90Bn Sale Of French Submarines To Australia. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | France is upset that the United States and the UK will share nuclear submarine technology with Australia. | French President Emmanuel Macron's team was outraged at Biden's announcement, because it ruins an agreement for Australia to purchase French submarines."The American choice to exclude a European ally and partner such as France from a structuring partnership with Australia, at a time when we are facing unprecedented challenges in the Indo-Pacific region … shows a lack of coherence that…

Techno Fog (2021-09-16). Why the Biden COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Is Unconstitutional. globalresearch.ca

Staff (2021-09-16). Biden Forgets the Name of his Australian Counterpart. orinocotribune.com While announcing the new US-UK-Australian defense alliance, AUKUS, US President Joe Biden called Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison "that fellow down under." | In the middle of the press conference which featured leaders from the three countries, Biden gulped down something hot from a plastic cup and thanked "that fellow down under" for bringing the countries together, just seconds after addressing UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson by his first name. | "Thank you, Boris," said Biden, and turned to Morrison. "And I want to, um, thank that fellow down under. Thank you very much, pal. Appreciate it, mister prime…

_____ (2021-09-16). Pandemic Politics… Democrats and GOP Are the Disease Party. strategic-culture.org Both parties in the United States are making the Covid-19 pandemic an even greater disaster. One from cowardice and the other from denialism. | In the bitter, bipartisan cauldron of U.S. politics, it may seem odd to bracket the two main parties as being on the same side of a problem. But that only seems odd if one mistakenly believes there is any substantive difference between them. | Both parties are the same when it comes to supporting Big Business and war. Why not the Covid pandemic too? | The mainstream media would have us believe that the Democratic Party of President Joe Biden is almost diametrically oppose…

_____ (2021-09-16). Undermining Biden, White House Advisor Ratchets Up Conflict With China. commondreams.org Volunteering to serve a murderous lie is not a rite of passage, it's a recruitment goal. For many, it's a step into hell. Real service is not a farce, and it involves more than limitless obedience to a medal-bedecked higher authority.

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano (2021-09-16). Twilight's Last Gleaming. Biden's So-called Vaccine Mandates. Judge Napolitano. globalresearch.ca

Fight Back (2021-09-16). Milwaukee SDS holds day of action on UWM campus as the semester starts. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – On September 9, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) at UW-Milwaukee, in conjunction with chapters across the country, held a day of action demanding justice for victims of police violence. The day of action consisted of a call and email campaign to pressure Chancellor Mark Mone to adhere to the demands of SDS. | SDS is calling for a defunding of the campus police, which has a budget of $3 million, making it the highest in the UW system. This entails a hiring freeze of campus police, demilitarization and a repurposing of campus police assets. | The only response received by SDS from the chancel…

Andy Kroll (2021-09-16). The Land of the Free, Where So Many of the Brave Are Homeless. tomdispatch.com Over the past weeks, multiple crises have merged: a crisis of democracy with the most significant attack on voting rights since Reconstruction; a climate crisis with lives and livelihoods upended in the Gulf Coast and the Northeast by extreme weather events and in the West by a stunning fire season; and an economic crisis in which millions are being cut off from Pandemic Unemployment Insurance, even as August job gains proved underwhelming. There's also a crisis taking place in state legislatures with an ongoing attack on women's autonomy over our own bodies. The Supreme Court let a law go into effect that makes…

Staff (2021-09-16). The Other Afghan Women: Rural Areas Hope Taliban Rule Will End Decades of U.S. & Warlord Violence. democracynow.org Violence in Afghanistan's countryside has reportedly dropped after the Taliban takeover and the withdrawal of U.S. troops, but the country continues to face an ongoing humanitarian and economic crisis, with millions of children at risk of starvation. Joining us from Kabul, New Yorker reporter Anand Gopal says he was shocked by the "sheer level of violence" Afghan women outside the cities have experienced in the last two decades of war. "The level of human loss was really extraordinary," Gopal says. "I think we've grossly undercounted the number of civilians who died in this war."

CJ Polychroniou (2021-09-16). So-Called Democratic "Moderates" Are Right-Wingers Who Have Always Blocked Social Progress. zcomm.org The U.S. is the only liberal-democratic country in the world with a political system set up for two mainstream parties, a long and continuous history of union suppression, and without a major socialist party at the national level…

Staff (2021-09-16). El Salvador Becomes First Nation to Make Bitcoin Legal Tender Amid Growing Authoritarianism. democracynow.org Thousands in El Salvador took to the streets Wednesday to protest President Nayib Bukele's growing consolidation of power and a new law making El Salvador the world's first country to recognize the highly volatile cryptocurrency bitcoin as legal tender. Protesters in El Salvador are also criticizing a recent court ruling that paves the way for Bukele to run for reelection in 2024. El Salvador's turn to bitcoin comes as a "surprise" to many, but has been pushed by Bukele as a way to lessen remittance fees, says Jorge Cuéllar, an assistant professor of Latin American, Latino and Caribbean studies at Dartmouth Colle…

Jurgen Habermas, Robert Misik (2021-09-16). For a democratic polarization. indybay.org The financial markets in particular require a tight regulatory framework. A "good capitalism" is not one in which the "law of the jungle" determines income distribution, and where governments increasingly become "night watchmen" that save bankers when they run the system into a brick wall but otherwise keep out of long-term investment decisions.

Staff (2021-09-16). As Wealthy Nations Debate Giving Booster Vaccine Shots, Calls Grow for Global Vaccine Equity. democracynow.org As the debate over booster vaccine shots heats up in the United States, global health leaders have issued an urgent call for global vaccine equity. The WHO reports vaccination rates on the African continent fall far below its target for 70% of the population of all countries to be vaccinated by mid-2022. "The science is not completely behind the need for booster shots yet," says Zane Dangor, special adviser to the foreign minister of South Africa, who has called on the U.S. to come up with a proposal for allowing other countries to manufacture vaccines. "This is an emergency that affects all of us because variant…

Staff (2021-09-16). Headlines for September 16, 2021. democracynow.org 1 in 500 U.S. Residents Have Died of COVID-19; FDA Scientists Skeptical of Vaccine Boosters, Pope Calls Out Anti-Vaccine Sentiment in Catholic Church, USA Gymnasts to Senate: FBI Failed to Investigate Reports of Larry Nassar's Sexual Abuse, Survivor Recounts Walking in on R. Kelly Sexually Assaulting Aaliyah When She Was Just 13 or 14, Chinese Court Rejects Landmark #MeToo Case, But Survivor Vows to Appeal, ICC to Open Full Probe into Rodrigo Duterte's Deadly War on Drugs in Philippines , Brazil's Top Court Delays Ruling on Case That Could Reshape Indigenous Sovereignty , U.S., U.K. and Australia Form New Coaliti…

Staff (2021-09-16). Sanders Blasts Conservative Democrats for Siding With Big Pharma Over Voters. truthout.org Yesterday afternoon, a trio of

WSWS (2021-09-16). Cutoff of federal jobless aid in the US leaves millions of workers scrambling to make ends meet. wsws.org The ending of federal unemployment programs and eviction moratoriums with the support of both Republican and Democratic officials has left millions of workers in the US desperate as they rush to figure out how they will provide for themselves and their families.

teleSUR, him, JL (2021-09-16). Movimientos bolivianos crean bloque en defensa de la democracia. telesurtv.net La Coordinadora manifestó su postura de defensa al Gobierno ante cualquier nuevo intento de desestabilización orquestado por la derecha opositora.

WSWS (2021-09-16). Fraud vs reality—Canada's New Democrats and the 2021 federal election. wsws.org After two years of propping up Justin Trudeau's big business minority Liberal government, the NDP is attempting to market itself as an implacable opponent of the super-rich and ally of workers fighting for the wealthy to pay their "fair share."

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-09-16). Black Woman, Rickia Young, To Get $2M Check From Philly After Police Beat Her In Front Of Her Child. moguldom.com The City of Philadelphia will cut a $2 million dollar check to a Black woman who was pulled from her car, beaten and separated from her two-year-old son, despite not having committed any crime. Rickia Young, 29, was the victim of police brutality on Oct. 27, 2020, along with her friend's teenage son, whom she …

WSWS (2021-09-16). Ocasio-Cortez at the Met Gala: The farce, the spectacle, and the politics. wsws.org The fact that Ocasio-Cortez was even invited to the Gala reveals the degree to which she is integrated into, and accepted by, the political establishment.

Eric A. Gordon (2021-09-16). Resounding defeat of Trumpism in California's recall election. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES — In the Sept. 14 recall election called by Republicans in hopes of implanting a Republican replacement for Gov. Gavin Newsom, voters stepped up and gave the sitting governor an overwhelming victory. Within half an hour after the polls closed, major news media were confident enough to declare the election for Newsom in …

_____ (2021-09-16). The Real Criminals General Milley Exposed? Every Republican in the US Senate. commondreams.org Without a ban on Pegasus and spyware like it, human rights defenders, journalists, and others will continue to be targeted, spied on, beaten, arrested, and killed.

Steven Rosenfeld (2021-09-16). Arizona Mystery: Did Cyber Ninjas Botch Another 2020 Presidential Recount Attempt? counterpunch.org Did the Cyber Ninjas botch another attempt to recount Maricopa County's 2020 presidential ballots—an attempt that, so far, has escaped wide media coverage? It appears, at the very least, that a contract signed on July 28 by the Cyber Ninjas—the lead contractor in the Arizona Senate Republicans' election review—and Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, a Boston-based

Max B. Sawicky (2021-09-16). Social Security: Long May It Wave. counterpunch.org As the 45th president fades from the political scene, the Republican Party and assorted centrists are returning to the hackneyed themes of yesteryear, one of which is the supposedly dark cloud over Social Security. As Senator Daniel Moynihan pointed out years ago, if people are led to believe the program is in trouble, they will

WSWS Repost (2021-09-16). Right-wing recall campaign defeated in California. indybay.org The vote was a blow to the Trump-style campaign waged by the recall supporters and the leading Republican candidate, Larry Elder.

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