2019-10-24: Social Media Postees

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Ecuador's Austerity Measures, Repression Based on Media Lies
Joe Emersberger | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-24
Bernie Sanders tweeted an Associated Press article in the LA Times ( 10/14/19) about Ecuador's recent protests, in which eight protesters were killed in 11 days. "Economic elites keep pushing austerity worldwide, making life unbearable for working people," Sanders …

Ilhan Omar Explains Why She Endorsed Bernie Sanders — and Why She Blames Mark Zuckerberg for Enabling Threats Against Her
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-10-24
In an interview with The Intercept's Mehdi Hasan, Rep. Ilhan Omar said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg helped place a target on her back.

Tulsi a Russian Asset? Censored by Google and YouTube
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-24
Time and again, clear evidence proves democracy in America is pure fantasy — how it's been from inception, notably today under its money-controlled system, most politicians bought like toothpaste. | One-party rule with two extremist right wings serves privileged interests exclusively …

Warren rallies with striking teachers, calls for structural education reforms
John Bachtell | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-24
CHICAGO — "Everyone in America should support this strike. Because when you fight, you don't just fight for yourselves. You fight for the children of this city and this country," declared Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren. "I believe in you. I believe in the work that you do every day." Warren stopped at Oscar …

Conflict Between Trump and Military-Diplomatic Establishment Is Full of Hypocrisy
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-24
We are living in a political world that seems turned on its head, with Democrats voting to stay in Syria and Republicans wanting to get out–but neither side is getting it right.

'Fundamentally broken': Student loan official with Trump admin quits, calls for debt forgiveness and wants to be a senator
rt.com | 2019-10-24
A Trump administration student loan official has left his post, blasting a "broken" loan system and calling for college debt forgiveness. Though it's is a popular progressive view, he's planning to run for office as Republican. | A. Wayne Johnson stepped down from his post at the Office of Federal Student Aid on Thursday, offering a blistering critique of a system that has saddled the average borrower with tens of thousands of dollars in debt that cannot be canceled or, increasingly, repaid. Americans owe $1.5 trillion in student loan debt, and 40 percent of them are expected to default on it by 2023. | Also o…

The Republican Party Is as Guilty as Trump
Sonali Kolhatkar | commondreams.org | 2019-10-24
The stink of Trump's racist and misogynist hate, abject dishonesty and flagrant impunity over laws and the U.S. Constitution ought to follow every Trump supporter inside or outside government for the rest of their lives. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trump_34.jpeg

Why Did Republicans Storm a Closed Impeachment Hearing?
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-24
Republican lawmakers stormed a closed hearing room Wednesday, disrupting the House impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump and delaying a Pentagon official's testimony. In an extraordinary chain of events, dozens of Republican congressmembers pushed into a secure hearing room as Laura Cooper, the U.S. defense official who oversees Ukraine and Russia matters, was due to testify. A five-hour stand-off ensued. The spectacle unfolded one day after Tuesday's explosive testimony by William Taylor, the top U.S…

Trump urges congressional Republicans to "take the gloves off" in impeachment crisis
wsws.org | 2019-10-24
The White House has been panicked by signs of erosion of support against impeachment among congressional Republicans.

Let Juries Choose Public Officials
Simon Threlkeld | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-24
We have been taught since childhood that popular election is essential for democracy. In reality, although it is much better than, for example, a military junta, it is a very problematic way to choose public officials and is 100% not necessary for democracy. The US political system would be far better and far more democratic …

Chicago Public Schools teachers, staff and students oppose concessions
wsws.org | 2019-10-24
Teachers, staff, parents and students spoke on their demands, the conditions in schools and their opposition to the Democratic Party's decades of attacks on public education.

AOC Grills Facebook's Zuckerberg for 'Far-right Dinner Parties'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-24
Facebook Inc CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by progressive U.S. lawmakers asking questions on election interference, free speech, hate groups and fake news. | RELATED: | teleSUR English Removed From Facebook for Second Time | "In order for us to make decisions about Libra, I think we need to kind of dig into your past behavior and Facebook's past behavior with respect to our democracy," New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said, before asking Zuckerberg when he had first…

U.S. 'democracy' for $ale: Hong Kong protesters in NYC unmasked
Sara Flounders | workers.org | 2019-10-24
'Rally in a box' being unpacked, Oct. 13, New York City. I watched as a prefab "rally in a box" about Hong Kong opened up here on Oct. 13. I don't know if this rally was funded directly by the notorious U.S. National Endowment for Democracy, a congressionally funded agency . . . | Continue reading U.S. 'democracy' for $ale: Hong Kong protesters in NYC unmasked at Workers.org

Labour plan to safeguard NHS scuppered as Lib Dems revert to Coalition mode
John Ranson | thecanary.co | 2019-10-24
The Liberal Democrats are facing a torrent of criticism after failing to support a vote to protect the NHS against US corporations. | Labour put forward the so-called 'regret motion' as an amendment to the Queen's Speech. It stated parliament's regret that the speech: [D]oes not repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to restore a publicly provided and administered National Health Service and protect it from future trade agreements that would al…

Canada: NDP, unions eager to prop up Trudeau Liberal government
wsws.org | 2019-10-24
The social-democratic politicians and their union allies intend to prop up the pro-austerity, pro-war Liberals under the guise of providing Canadians with "progressive" government.

Clinton, Stein, Gabbard, and the Deconstruction of RussiaGate
Robert C. Koehler | commondreams.org | 2019-10-24
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at Georgetown University September 27, 2019 in Washington, DC .Clinton delivered remarks before recognizing the winners of the 2019 Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards for Advancing Women in Peace and Security. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/clinton_gabbard_russiagate.jpg

2019 Veterans Day Weekend honoring Colonel Charles Young and the Buffalo Soldiers
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2019-10-24
2019 Veterans Day Weekend celebrating the Colonel Charles Young Memorial Highway Sign.

Don't Count the Senate Out on Impeachment
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2019-10-24
Don't Count the Senate Out on Impeachment…

Trump's Kurdish Betrayal Gives Peace a Bad Name
Robert L. Borosage | thenation.com | 2019-10-24
Trump's Kurdish Betrayal Gives Peace a Bad Name…

America's Military Mania Is Hurting Democracy
William Astore | thenation.com | 2019-10-24
America's Military Mania Is Hurting Democracy…

GOP Lawmakers Disrupt Impeachment Hearing As More Damaging Details Emerge About Trump's Misconduct
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-24
Republican lawmakers stormed a closed hearing room Wednesday, disrupting the House impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump and delaying a Pentagon official's testimony. In an extraordinary chain of events, dozens of Republican congressmembers pushed into a secure hearing room as Laura Cooper, the U.S. defense official who oversees Ukraine and Russia matters, was due to testify. A five-hour stand-off ensued. The spectacle unfolded one day after Tuesday's explosive testimony by William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine. Taylor told congressional lawmakers that the Trump administration held up $…

Ending Endless War: Andrew Bacevich on How Reckless Use of U.S. Military Power Caused Today's Crisis
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-24
President Trump has announced sanctions will be lifted on Turkey as a ceasefire remains in place in northern Syria, where Turkey invaded earlier this month after Trump withdrew U.S. troops. On Tuesday Turkey reached an agreement with Russia that would force Syrian Kurdish forces to retreat from a wide swath of the Syrian-Turkish border. The United Nations is reporting Turkey's offensive in northern Syria has displaced over 176,000 people, including nearly 80,000 children. The Turkish assault also led to a number of former ISIS fighters escaping from jail in northern Syria. We speak with Andrew Bacevich, co-founde…

'Too Many Lives Were Ruined': Bernie Sanders Releases Plan for Federal Legalization of Marijuana
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-24
"We will legalize marijuana and vacate and expunge past marijuana convictions." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie_sanders_marijuana.jpg

'Lifeline for Millions': Sanders and Warren Urge Congress to Increase Community Health Center Funding Before It Expires Next Month
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-24
"Congress must expand—and not allow any cuts to—the comprehensive medical treatment that so many millions of people depend on through community health centers." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/community_health_center.jpg

House Homeland Security Chair Demands Sergeant at Arms 'Take Action' Against Republicans Who Stormed Impeachment Hearing
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-24
Rep. Bennie Thompson called the GOP stunt an "unprecedented breach of security." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/republicans.jpg

ACLU Celebrates Settlement Ending Unconstitutional Efforts to Silence Pipeline Protesters in South Dakota
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-24
The ACLU and environmental activists celebrated Thursday after reaching a settlement agreement with South Dakota's Republican Gov. Kristi Noem and state Attorney General Jason Ravnesborg to end what critics called "their unconstitutional attempts to silence pipeline protestors." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/keystone_xl_trump_0.jpg

Led by Pharma-Friendly Rep. Richard Neal, Democrats Crush Progressive Amendments to Signature Drug Pricing Bill
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-24
Neal has received over $670,000 in campaign cash from pharmaceutical companies since 2007, according to Kaiser Health News | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/richard_neal_1.jpg

'Utterly Disqualifying': Pete Buttigieg Panned for Praising Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-24
Progressives on Thursday piled on Pete Buttigieg—the mayor of South Bend, Indiana and a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate—for praising former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in an interview with Cosmopolitan. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/pete_buttigieg_0_0.jpg

'We Have to Get This Right': Historic Bill in US House Would Create Specific Protections for Climate Refugees
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-24
Rep. Nydia Vel√°zquez on Wednesday introduced historic legislation in the Democrat-controlled House that would establish formal federal protections in the United States for refugees fleeing impacts of the human-caused global climate crisis. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/refugeeswarming_0.jpg

Sanders Campaign Calls on Biden—and All 2020 Democrats—to Reject Any Help From Shadowy Super PACs
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-24
Such groups, said campaign manager Faiz Shakir, "exist for one reason and one reason only: to help billionaires and corporations bankroll a presidential campaign." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie_sanders_joe_biden_3_0.jpg

"That's Not How We Defeat Trump": Biden Campaign, Reversing Course, Will Work With Super PACs
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-24
"The former Vice President has been unable to generate grassroots support, and now his campaign is endorsing an effort to buy the primary through a super PAC that can rake in unlimited cash from billionaires and corporations." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/biden_iraq.jpg

'Whoa,' tweets Snowden, as Bernie Sanders says he would not prosecute government whistleblowers under Espionage Act
rt.com | 2019-10-23
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has said that he would not use the Espionage Act to prosecute government whistleblowers in a promise hailed by activists as crucial to maintaining press freedom. | The controversial 1917 law was rarely used in modern times until former US President Barack Obama dug it up to prosecute eight people accused of leaking to the media — more than all other US presidents combined. So far, Donald Trump has also used the law to prosecute eight whistleblowers, putting him on track to outdo Obama if he wins a second term in 2020. | "Whoa," tweeted NSA whistleblower Ed…

Bernie Sanders Vows to Revive Criminal Prosecutions of CEOs for Unfair Trade Practices
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-23
Bernie Sanders, if he were elected president, would revive the criminal provisions of the Sherman Antitrust Act to prosecute CEOs who have illegally monopolized a market, he told The Intercept in an interview. | The Sherman Act is the Department of Justice's main tool for enforcing antitrust laws, which are meant to prevent monopolies from dominating an industry, which harms workers, consumers, and other businesses. It has both civil and criminal provisions, though in recent years, prosecutors have relied only on its civil provisions, with the intent of breaking up monopolies and opening markets. | Asked if the c…

Ecuador's Austerity Measures, Repression Based on Lies AP Happily Spread
Joe Emersberger | fair.org | 2019-10-23
AP piece in the LA Times ( 10/14/19) | Bernie Sanders tweeted an Associated Press article in the LA Times ( 10/14/19) about Ecuador's recent protests, in which eight protesters were killed in 11 days. "Economic elites ke…

Military Spending's Out of Control While Slashing It Could Easily Fund Medicare for All
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-23
Something very unusual happened on Thursday, Oct. 17. The New York Times suddenly ran an article on its opinion page explaining how to cut $300 billion from the $1-trillion military budget — enough, the article explained, to fund Bernie Sanders' proposed program for an expanded Medicare program to cover all Americans without raising a dime…

Tulsi Gabbard Isn't a Russian Asset. It's More Complicated Than That
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-23
The Nation's Jeet Heer discusses Hillary Clinton's recent remarks toward Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. Why do anti-war activists and the right wing seem to love her?

Even CNN thinks Hillary Clinton has gone too far with her latest conspiracy theory
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-10-23
US Army veteran Tulsi Gabbard hopes to become the Democratic Party's presidential candidate in 2020. But because she firmly opposes devastating US regime-change wars abroad and tells the t…

Jill Stein: Hillary Clinton is still sabotaging progressives
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-10-23
Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein responds to Hillary Clinton calling her a "Russian asset" and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard…

Republicans Storm Closed Door Impeachment Hearing
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-23
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Cooper arrives to testify at deposition as part of Trump impeachment inquiry on Capitol Hill in Washington REUTERS/Carlos Jasso | Republicans stormed the House Intelligence Committee's Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility on Wednesday as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper was due to testify at a closed-door deposition. Cooper's testimony, which was delayed as a result of Wednesday's actions but resumed later that afternoon, is part of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry. | It happened a day after William B. Taylor Jr., the acting U.S. ambassador to Uk…

Trump faces backlash over 'lynching' claim
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-23
US President Donald Trump's comparison of the impeachment inquiry being conducted against him to a "lynching" has sparked a heated backlash. | Stirring painful memories of America's racist past, Trump tweeted in regard to the investigation into his dealings with Ukraine: "All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here — a lynching. But we will WIN!" | The comparison to lynching — a practice once widespread across the southern US in which angry mobs killed thousands of Black people — triggered an outcry from Democratic politicians and from outside Washington, but also some agreement…

Republicans STORM secure Capitol chamber where Democrats held 'impeachment' hearing
rt.com | 2019-10-23
Demanding transparency in the impeachment probe of US President Donald Trump, GOP lawmakers stormed the secure room inside the Capitol where Democrats were interrogating a Pentagon official, derailing the proceedings. | Led by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida), two dozen Republican members of Congress made their way into the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) on Wednesday, as House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-California) was about to open a hearing where Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary Laura Cooper was due to testify. | "Adam Schiff's impeachment inquiry has been marked by secret intervi…

US Republican Lawmakers Disrupt Trump Impeachment Inquiry
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-23
United States Republican lawmakers, encouraged by President Donald Trump to fight Democrats' attempts to impeach him, disrupted Wednesday the U.S. House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry and prevented a Pentagon official from testifying. | RELATED: | Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Politically Motivated Probe: US Top Diplomat | The unruly bunch of Republican legislators stormed into the hearing room where the U.S. defense official who oversees Ukraine and Russia matters,…

Who is counting the ballots for the UAW-GM contract?
wsws.org | 2019-10-23
The UAW has decided the deal will pass and is running roughshod over the democratic rights of workers in order to end the strike on the company's terms.

The Democrats Helped Cultivate the Barbarism of ISIS
Jonathan Cook | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-23
There is something profoundly deceitful in the way the Democratic Party and the corporate media are framing Donald Trump's decision to pull troops out of Syria. One does not need to defend Trump's actions or ignore the dangers posed to the Kurds, at least in the short term, by the departure of US forces from…

Chile: General Strike Begins as Piñera Asks for Forgiveness
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-23
Chile's Workers' United Center (CUT) and over twenty national organizations began on Wednesday a 48-hour general strike to demand President Sebastian Piñera take the military out of the streets. | RELATED: | Chile: State Violence Leads to 1,420 Arrests and 11 Deaths | In Santiago, the country's capital, the strike began with a march from Italy Square towards The Heroes Square. | "Our goals are to say NO to the State of Emergency, recover peace and deepen democracy so that the people…

Ways and Means Chair Richard Neal Sides With Pharma and GOP Against Amendments to Strengthen Drug-Pricing Bill
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-10-23
Only three Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee voted for an amendment to make a drug-pricing bill more progressive. Neal was not one of them.

Trump Says US War With Iran May Be Soon, Putin/Erdogan Syria Deal & Iraq Says No US Troops Allowed
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-23
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/22/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Top US diplomat in Ukraine tells impeachment inquiry Trump tied military aid to Biden probe
wsws.org | 2019-10-23
The effort to impeach Trump has gained steam in the aftermath of his decision to order the withdrawal of troops from northeastern Syria.

Anybody but Bernie–or Warren
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-10-23
Anybody but Bernie–or Warren…

Workers Are Not Your Props
Jane McAlevey | thenation.com | 2019-10-23
Workers Are Not Your Props…

Big Tech Platforms Have Had a "Profound Negative Effect on Democracy." Is It Time to Break Them Up?
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-23
Facebook continues to face growing criticism and demands that it be broken up. Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has repeatedly called for Facebook and other big tech companies to be broken up on antitrust grounds. Roger McNamee, a Silicon Valley investor who went from being an early supporter of Facebook to a vocal critic, speaks with us about 2020 candidates' platforms on big tech. Antitrust regulation is "the one issue that seems to cut across the entire political spectrum," McNamee says. "People of all political stripes understand that there's a problem here."

Zucked: Early Facebook Investor Roger McNamee on How the Company Became a Threat to Democracy
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-23
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying Wednesday on Capitol Hill as his company's actions face escalating criticism. The focus of today's House Financial Services Committee hearing is on Facebook's plan to launch a cryptocurrency called Libra that would reshape the world's financial system. Meanwhile, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday that her probe of Facebook for violating antitrust regulations is now backed by attorneys general from 47 states and territories. Facebook is also facing criticism from several Democratic presidential candidates for refusing to ban political ads from cand…

Mark Zuckerberg's Former Mentor: I Tried to Raise Alarm Over Russian Interference But Was Ignored
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-23
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies on Capitol Hill Wednesday, where he is expected to face questioning about the company's cryptocurrency Libra, among other issues. Zuckerberg has faced scrutiny before, including for Facebook's role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. A former mentor of Zuckerberg and longtime Silicon Valley investor Roger McNamee speaks out about the company's dismissal of Russian interference in the election. "They treated it like a PR problem, not a business issue," McNamee says.

Chile: Popular revolt exposes a violent economic system
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-10-23
democracy Pablo LeightonIssue 1242 Chile Latin America solidarity general strike 2019 Chile protestsOctober 23, 2019Cou…

'Outrageous': Bernie rejects Hillary Clinton's 'foreign asset' smear on Tulsi Gabbard
rt.com | 2019-10-22
Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has come to the defense of fellow Democratic contender Tulsi Gabbard, batting away claims — spread by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — that the dovish candidate is a "foreign asset." | The progressive stalwart from Vermont took to Twitter on Monday to reject any suggestion Gabbard worked for a foreign power, as Clinton implied in a recent interview, insisting her patriotic bonafides as a combat veteran were beyond question. | "Tulsi Gabbard has put her life on the line to defend…

Full Interview: Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Talk Politics and 2020 With The Intercept's Ryan Grim
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-22
Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez sat down with Grim to discuss the power of grassroots movements, health care, and more before Sanders's Queens rally on Saturday.

Bernie Sanders Pledges to End Practice of Prosecuting Whistleblowers Under the Espionage Act
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-22
As president, Bernie Sanders would end the practice of using the controversial Espionage Act to prosecute government whistleblowers, the Vermont senator told The Intercept in an interview on Saturday ahead of a major rally in New York. | The century-old law had largely gone out of fashion until it was deployed heavily by the Obama administration, which prosecuted eight people accused of leaking to the media under the Espionage Act, more than all previous presidents combined. Pr…

Greater Middle East Project of Chaos: The Management of Savagery
Roger D. Harris | mintpressnews.com | 2019-10-22
The refugee crises coming out of the Middle East, generated by the forever wars and accompanying economic sanctions (more accurately, illegal unilateral coercive measures), have consequently fueled xenophobia both in the US and abroad. This, in turn, has fostered an ascendant wave of rightists. "Trump's election," author Max Blumenthal contends, "would not have been possible without 9/11 and the subsequent military interventionism conceived by the national security state."

'Where's Lindsey?' Graham slammed by conservatives & liberals alike while trying to sit on two chairs regarding Trump
rt.com | 2019-10-22
Senator Lindsey Graham is failing to measure up to expectations as the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and conservatives are starting to take notice, calling out the late John McCain's mini-me for his absence. | The South Carolina Republican is taking flack from all sides as he tries to please everyone in Washington. Conservatives are calling him out for his apparent refusal to protect President Donald Trump at the same time as liberals tear into him at any flicker of pro-Trump sympathies. | My 17-month old son just walked up and asked "Dad, how could the leader of the entire Senate Judiciary Committee…

Democrats cry racism over campaign poster showing black SF mayor smoking with stack of money
rt.com | 2019-10-22
A Republican election poster intended as a caricature of incumbent San Francisco mayor London Breed, showing her with her feet on the table, counting dollar bills and puffing a joint, has sparked accusations of racism.

Minnesota: Patriotic Chinese students oppose turmoil in Hong Kong
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-10-22
Minneapolis, MN – On October 18, the five-starred flag of the People's Republic of China fluttered in the wind, as a group of patriotic Chinese international students marched in opposition to a reactionary demonstration billed as the "Liberty for Hong Kong March." | The reactionaries made their way through the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus "in solidarity with Hong Kong people against oppression on democracy and human rights." Many of the 'liberators' wore black, and the leaders of the demonstration donned yellow armbands and face masks. Their demonstration coincided with the House of Representatives…

Students ARRESTED after racial slur dare game is recorded & posted on Twitter
rt.com | 2019-10-22
Two University of Connecticut students have been arrested after they were filmed trading racial slurs back and forth in what appeared to be a vulgar word game. The video was posted online and sparked protests on campus. | Jarred Karal and Ryan Mucaj, both 21, were arrested and charged with "ridicule on account of creed, religion, color, denomination, nationality, or race," UConn spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz announced on Monday as students and staff alike demanded "accountability." | The two white students had played a game where they uttered vulgar words at increasing volume as they walked through the campus pa…

US Stays In Syria, Kurds Call On Israel To Attack Turkey & US Says Israel Has 'Right' To Attack Iran
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-22
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/21/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Want Serious Progressive Change? Fight for Structural Election Reforms
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2019-10-22
Want Serious Progressive Change? Fight for Structural Election Reforms.

Democrats Shouldn't Let Trump's Problems Turn Them Into the Party of War
Katrina vanden Heuvel | thenation.com | 2019-10-22
Democrats Shouldn't Let Trump's Problems Turn Them Into the Party of War…

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: Bernie Sanders Would "Transform the Lives of Poor and Working-Class People"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-22
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, an assistant professor at Princeton University, has just published a book about the racial wealth gap and falling rate of homeownership by African Americans. Her book is titled "Race For Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Home Ownership." Taylor speaks with us about the 2020 presidential candidates' platforms, including Senator Bernie Sanders's proposed wealth tax. She says Sanders's policies bring "to light the connection between the systemic forces that drive inequality and the impact that they have in people's lives."

"Unprecedented" Protests Rage Across Lebanon as People Demand PM's Resignation and End to Austerity
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-22
Mass protests in Lebanon have entered their sixth day as hundreds of thousands around the country are taking to the streets to demonstrate against dire economic conditions, austerity and corruption, demanding the country's leaders step down. The protests were sparked last week when the government announced a tax on WhatsApp calls, but the massive demonstrations have since grown into a call for revolution. More than a million demonstrators flooded the streets of Beirut, Tripoli and other cities over the weekend. Prime Minister Saad Hariri revoked the WhatsApp tax on Monday and announced a package of economic refor…

Race for Profit: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on How Banks & Real Estate Biz Undermined Black Homeowners
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-22
Recent U.S. census data reveals the homeownership rate for African Americans has fallen to its lowest level since before the civil rights movement. In the second quarter of this year, the rate fell to just 40% — the lowest level since 1950. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's new book, "Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Home Ownership," examines the roots of this crisis. The book has just come out and has been longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award. From Philadelphia, we speak with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, an assistant professor at Princeton University.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Why She Backed Bernie Sanders Over Elizabeth Warren
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-21
On stage at a rally in Queens on Saturday, and in interviews beforehand with The Intercept, NBC News, and CBS News, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez expounded on her decision to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders in the presidential primary. Perhaps as important as her endorsement was the motivation behind it: If Ocasio-Cortez portrayed Sanders as the only trustworthy candidate in a field of sellouts and shills, it could make uniting the party after the nomination — either behind Sanders or one of his opponents — that much more difficult. But Ocasio-Cor…

Warren Wants to End Vouchers and Tax Credits for Private Schools and Rein in Charters
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-10-21
Sen. Elizabeth Warren released a wide-ranging education plan Monday, pledging to invest hundreds of billions of dollars into public schools if she wins the presidency, paid in part through her proposed two-cent tax on wealth over $50 million. Warren's plan is infused with her broader campaign themes of reducing corruption and fraud; she backs measures like new taxes on education lobbying, limiting the profiteering of tech companies that sell digital products to schools, and curbing self-dealing within chart…

Bot race! Mitt Romney admits he's 'Pierre Delecto,' anon Twitter handle who 'liked' impeachment, never-Trumpers & Romney posts
rt.com | 2019-10-21
Utah Senator Mitt Romney has come clean about running a secret anonymous Twitter handle — "Pierre Delecto" — which passive-aggressively dumped on Trump and other Republican rivals while puffing up Romney and his allies. | Mitt Romney is Pierre Delecto. Pierre Delecto is Mitt Romney. The ultra-wealthy Mormon senator, recently rumored to be testing the waters for yet another presidential run, admitted he was behind the nom de tweet on Sunday after telling an Atlantic reporter he had a secret account — "What do they call me, a lurker?" — created to monitor political conversation. | Mitt Romn…

'Not putting up with your Republican bulls**t!': Angry liberals accost Rand Paul
rt.com | 2019-10-21
Are last year's 'restaurant wars' kicking off again? Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) seems to think so, after he was confronted in a diner by two elderly, outraged liberals. | The Kentucky Republican was confronted by an elderly couple while dining in California on Friday. Paul's spokesperson described the pair as "aggressive lib[eral]s." | "You just ran into two people from New York, kiddo, and we're not putting up with your Republican bullshit," the woman says, after flipping off the camera. | In the background, her male partner can be heard saying "all right, we are Americans!" | The left blames incivility o…

The Putin-Nazis Are Coming (Again)!
C. J. Hopkins | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-21
So, it looks like that's it for America, folks. Putin has gone and done it again. He and his conspiracy of Putin-Nazis have "hacked," or "influenced," or "meddled in" our democracy. Unless Admiral Bill McRaven and his special ops cronies can ginny up a last-minute military coup, it's four more years of the Trumpian Reich, …

Turkey Breaks Ceasefire, US "Secures Syria's Oil" & Assange's Torture & Violation Of Rights Exposed
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-21
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/19/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Right-wing enemy of Venezuela opens Sarasota lecture season
Bryan Ellis | liberationnews.org | 2019-10-21
On Wednesday, regime change advocate and former diplomat Diego Arria will be speaking in Sarasota. The talk, titled "Venezuela: A Real Threat in Our Backyard", is being held at Mildred Sainer Pavilion at New College of Florida. It will be the first lecture in this year's high-profile foreign affairs lecture series, which Sarasota World Affairs Council (SWAC) has hosted annually since 2014.

Bernie's Back: AOC Backs Sanders as 26,000 Rally in NYC at Largest Presidential Rally of 2019
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-21
Vermont independent senator and 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders held the largest campaign rally of the primary season so far on Saturday. An estimated 26,000 supporters packed into Queensbridge Park in New York City. The event was held in the shadow of the nation's largest public housing development. It was Sanders's first campaign rally since he suffered a heart attack earlier this month. Sanders was joined on stage by three prominent supporters: Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico; filmmaker Michael Moore; and Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who volunteered on Sanders's 201…

"We Want Democracy to Be Restored": Protesters in Chile Decry Inequality Amid Military Crackdown
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-21
In Chile, as many as eight people have died in widespread civil unrest that has brought Santiago to a standstill and sparked a violent police crackdown across the country. The protests began in response to a subway fare hike two weeks ago and have grown into a mass uprising against rising inequality, high cost of living and privatization. President Sebastián Piñera canceled the fee increase on Saturday, but protests are continuing, with a national strike called for today. Over the weekend, Piñera declared a state of emergency in Santiago and five other cities, imposing a curfew and sending the military into the s…

Kings Bay Plowshares 7: Trial Begins for Liz McAlister & Others for Breaking Into Nuke Sub Base
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-21
Seven Catholic peace activists are going on trial in Georgia today for breaking into the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base on April 4, 2018. The activists, who are known as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, face up to 25 years in prison if convicted. The activists entered the base armed with just hammers, crime scene tape, baby bottles containing their own blood and an indictment charging the U.S. government with crimes against peace. Over the past four decades activists in the Plowshares movement have taken part in about 100 similar actions at nuclear arms facilities, beginning in 1980 at the General Electric nuclear mis…

Sanders: I Wouldn't Make Obama's Mistake of Shutting Down Grassroots Pressure on Washington
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-20
Bernie Sanders said Congress needs to be as progressive as possible to pass bold legislation, but waved off talk of endorsing specific primary challenges.

Max Blumenthal on why Hillary Clinton smeared Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-10-20
Hillary Clinton has smeared Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein as Russian assets, and almost no Democratic politicians are pushing back….

Only One View at The View: Biden Not So Bad
Douglas Grant | fair.org | 2019-10-19
by Douglas Grant When the then–Democratic frontrunner stopped by the table of The View on April 26 for his first interview since announcing his presidential run, he was afforded an honorific rarely applied to US vice presidents: "The legendary Joe Biden!" | It was a warm homecoming. They called him Joe; he called them friends. Meghan McCain asked him, "What took so long to get into the race? We're so happy you finally announced." | When the subject turned to Biden's handling of the 1991 Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings, Joy Behar joked, "Wel…

Donald Best Interview — The Systematic Eradication Of Independent Media & Independent Thought
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-19
Joining me today is investigator and former police officer Donald Best, who I recently mentioned in my interview with Aaron Maté, as they are working on a special that will expose corruption at the highest levels of the judicial system. Today, we are going to be discussing freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and …

How Would Sanders Give Workers Power?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-18
Bernie Sanders has a new plan to transfer corporate shares and board seats to workers. Bill Black describes what's included–and what's not.

Anti-Semitism 'toxic to democracy', UN expert warns, calling for better education
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-18
To counter anti-Semitism, which is "toxic to democracy" and poses "a threat to all societies if left unaddressed", countries must invest more in education, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief has warned, speaking at UN headquarters in New York.

UN Committee says Ebola in DR Congo still an international public health emergency
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-18
The Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) officially remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, experts meeting in Geneva said on Friday.

Kurds Say Turkey Used Chem Weapons & US Announces Syria Ceasefire That Turkey Says Isn't A Ceasefire
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-18
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/17/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Sentenced to Life in Prison as a Teen, How Cyntoia Brown Survived Sex Trafficking & Won Her Freedom
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-18
At the age of 16, she was arrested for killing a man who had picked her up for sex, after she had been forced into sexual slavery as a child. She was tried as an adult and sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder for shooting the man who bought her for sex when she feared for her life. Today Cyntoia Brown-Long joins us to share her experience, what has happened in the 15 years she was incarcerated, and how she won her release. In an incredible development, after a years-long campaign to win her freedom, Cyntoia was granted clemency in January after former Tennessee Governor Bill Ha…

Danish Red-Green Alliance congress: Organising for climate and social justice
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-10-18
Dick NicholsIssue 1241 DenmarkOctober 18, 2019Denmark's Red-Green Alliance (RGA) held its 30th congress in Copenhagen on October 5-6, in a political context that contrasted strongly with that of its previous congress. | Eighteen months ago the party's 300-plus congress delegates were preparing for a general election they hoped would lift the RGA into the role of main challenger to the Social Democrats for he…

Iran 'Has Evidence' US, Israel, Saudis Attacked Tanker & Why The Kurds In Syria Are Just Terrorists
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-17
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/16/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

30,000+ Chicago Teachers & Support Staff Go on Strike Calling on City to Invest More in Schools
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-17
More than 30,000 workers are walking out of Chicago Public Schools today to demand better pay and benefits, smaller class sizes and more nurses, counselors, social workers and librarians. The historic strike has brought the country's third-largest school system to a standstill, with classes canceled for more than 350,000 students. The strike was confirmed Wednesday when the Chicago Teachers Union rejected a final offer by the city's new mayor, Lori Lightfoot, following months of labor negotiations. The city offered pay raises of 16% over a five-year period, while union representatives have been calling for a 15%…

"Meltdown": Trump Defends Syria Withdrawal as House Votes 354 to 60 to Condemn His Actions
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-17
As the displacement of 300,000 civilians over Turkey's assault on Kurdish-controlled areas continues in northern Syria, the House of Representatives voted Wednesday to condemn President Trump's actions. Turkey invaded the region on October 9, shortly after Trump virtually greenlit the Turkey assault by abruptly withdrawing a small number of U.S. troops who were protecting Kurdish areas in northern Syria. Since then, the Kurds have aligned themselves with the Syrian government, and a number of former ISIS fighters who were being held by the Kurds have escaped. We speak with Ozlem Goner, assistant professor of soci…

Rep. Ro Khanna: We Need a Responsible Withdrawal from Syria, Not One Oblivious to Human Life
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-17
As hundreds of thousands of civilians face displacement and violence amid Turkey's assault on Kurdish-controlled areas in northern Syria, the House of Representatives voted to condemn Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. support for the Kurds on Wednesday. The measure passed 354 to 60. We speak with Representative Ro Khanna, who says, "We can't just get involved in a place and then walk away and not have some moral responsibility. We have a moral responsibility not just to the Kurds who fought with us against ISIS. We have a moral responsibility to accept Syrian refugees. We have a moral responsibility to help rebui…

The Last Lifeline: The Real Reason Mahmoud Abbas Called for Palestinian Elections
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-10-16
The call by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for elections in the Occupied Territories is a political ploy. There will be no true, democratic elections under Abbas' leadership. The real question is: why did he make the call in the first place?

Peter Santenello Interview — The Truth About Iran & Its Sharp Contrast With The MSM Narrative
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-16
Joining me today is a guest that I have been greatly looking forward to speaking with, an individual that continually takes on some of the most contentious topics in one of the most politically chaotic times in living memory, braves the unavoidable criticism that will always follow, and as I see it, seeks out the …

Newark protesters: Democratic Party machine an accomplice in Trump's war on immigrants
Esteban Guevara | liberationnews.org | 2019-10-16
Protesters gathered in Newark, New Jersey for a rally and 3-mile march up to the detention center organized by the Resist the Deportation Machine Network on Oct. 12 to demand the closure of the ICE concentration camp in Essex county.

Warren and Sanders: A Wealth Tax Is Needed to Address Staggering Inequality
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-16
2020 progressive front-runners Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren pushed for a wealth tax at the fourth Democratic debate Tuesday night. We speak with senior contributor at The Intercept, Mehdi Hasan, who hosts their "Deconstructed" podcast, and David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter. He is the founder and editor of DCReport.org.

Dem Debate: "Disingenuous" Attacks on Medicare for All Distract from Cost of Today's Broken System
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-16
Democratic candidates sparred at Tuesday's debate over their healthcare platforms and Medicare for All. We speak with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, a professor at CUNY-Hunter College and the co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program. Moderators in the CNN and New York Times debate repeatedly pressed Elizabeth Warren on whether taxes would increase under Medicare for All. "The framing of that question is crazy," says Dr. Woolhandler. "What really matters is how much a household is paying."

It Was the Longest Debate So Far, But CNN & NYT Asked No Questions on Climate Crisis & Immigration
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-16
Despite ongoing climate chaos and a sustained humanitarian disaster at the southern border, The New York Times and CNN failed to ask candidates directly about immigration or the climate crisis at Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate. We speak with Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, who says the lack of attention to immigraton "was a major gap in the three-hour debate." We also speak with journalist Kate Aronoff about the debate's failure to address the climate crisis.

Democrats Decry Trump's Syria Policy But Fail to Address Palestine, Yemen, China & Other Issues
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-16
At Tuesday's debate, Democratic candidates took aim at President Trump's recent move to withdraw support from the Kurds in northern Syria, paving the way for Turkey to invade the region. We speak with Intercept contributor Mehdi Hasan, host of the "Deconstructed" podcast, about the candidates' foreign policy proposals.

Coalition to March on the DNC 2020 gets off to a good start with its first action
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-10-15
Milwaukee, WI – The first meeting for the Coalition to March on the DNC took place on the evening of October 11, concluding with a demonstration and rally. The coalition is comprised of many progressive activist groups united around nine demands – or points of unity – that serve as a basis and also a guide to action. Some of these points are "Legalization for all; no more deportations" and "Fight to expand union and worker rights." | The coalition plans to march during the Democratic National Convention next July. Though a request for a permit to march has been submitted, the coalition is still awaiting a respons…