2019-11-11: Social Media Postees

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Tulsi Gabbard lawyer demanding retraction from Hillary Clinton over 'defamatory' Russian asset smear
rt.com | 2019-11-11
A lawyer for presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is demanding that Hillary Clinton retract her "defamatory" comments alleging that the anti-war Democrat is a Russian asset and Moscow's "favorite" for the 2020 election. | In a letter to Clinton seen by the Hill, Gabbard's legal counsel said Clinton "knew it was false" when she accused the Hawaii congresswoman of being a Russian asset. "Your statement is defamatory, and we demand that you retract it immediately," Gabbard's lawyer wrote in the letter, demanding a verbal response from Clinton. | This fabricated story is so facially improbable that it is actionabl…

Biden and Bloomberg Want Uncle Sam to Defer to Uncle Scrooge
Norman Solomon | commondreams.org | 2019-11-11
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, speaks at the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 16 on May 7, 2019 in Henderson, Nevada. (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/joe_biden.jpg

Biden and Bloomberg Want Uncle Sam to Defer to Uncle Scrooge
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2019-11-11
For billionaires, sometimes good flunky candidates are hard to find…

Bernie Sanders Has More Diverse Support Than You Think
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2019-11-11
Suburban women, as Nicole Goodkind writes in Fortune, "[were] crucial to President Donald Trump's election in 2016 and will be equally crucial to his reelection campaign next year." Recent polling and actual election results, however, show Trump cannot take them for granted, and the same can be said for more centrist Democrats. | Goodkind is referring to data released from the Federal Election Commission and analyzed by the Center for Responsive Politics…

How the Syrian Democratic Forces Were Suddenly Transformed into "Kurdish Forces"
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-11
That wars end very differently to our own expectations — or our plans — was established long ago. That "we" won the Second World War did not mean the Americans would win the Vietnam war, or that France would vanquish its enemies in Algeria. Yet the moment we decide who the good guys are, and who the evil…

Impeachment crisis: Democrats, Trump maneuver ahead of televised hearings
wsws.org | 2019-11-11
The line-up of witnesses for the first week of televised hearings is remarkable since it consists entirely of State Department officials who still work for the Trump administration testifying publicly against their own boss.

Mexico grants Bolivia's Evo Morales political asylum, demands safe conduct to 'protect his life & security'
rt.com | 2019-11-11
Mexico has approved asylum for former Bolivian President Evo Morales after the socialist leader was forced to resign from his post under pressure from military brass, amid opposition protests over a disputed election result which Morales has slammed as a coup. | The Mexican Foreign Ministry confirmed that asylum was granted to Morales on Monday, and insisted that the former leader is allowed safe passage out of Bolivia in the event he decides to leave the country. | "Latin America has witnessed unfortunate and violent events in which the constitutional order is broken and democratically elected authorities are…

Ex-Ecuador leader Correa says Bolivia's Morales was forced out in 'coup' and OAS is 'an instrument of US domination'
rt.com | 2019-11-11
Former leader of Ecuador Rafael Correa said the resignation of Bolivian President Evo Morales was the result of a coup d'etat and that events could have ended in worse violence, if the socialist leader had not resigned. | "Of course there was a coup d'etat," Correa told RT Spanish in an exclusive interview on Monday, explaining that such an insubordination of the country's armed forces "cannot exist in a constitutional state of law" or democracy. "If Evo Morales did not resign, there would have been a bloodbath because there was no public order," he said. | Morales resigned on Sunday at the demands of Bolivia'…

Mainstream news makes Democrats mad as hell, but they keep coming back for more – poll
rt.com | 2019-11-11
Every day, Democrats are driven to madness by the news they watch, read and listen to. Even their beloved CNN, MSNBC and the New York Times make them hopping mad, a new poll has found. | 'Trump derangement syndrome' is a phrase coined by the president's supporters to describe the rage that the mere mention of Donald Trump's name evokes in liberals. However, in the age of Trump, a new poll has found that the news really is driving Democrats batty with rage. | Seventy percent of Democrats or those who lean Democratic told Axios that they read or hear something in the news that makes them angry once a day or…

In the Looming Shadow of Civil War
Joseph Natoli | counterpunch.org | 2019-11-11
"If the Democrats are successful in removing the President from office (which they will never be), it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal," — Donald J. Trump, tweet…

One step closer to democratic, prosperous, free Western Hemisphere? Trump hails ouster of Bolivia's Evo Morales
rt.com | 2019-11-11
US President Donald Trump praised the Bolivian military pushing President Evo Morales out of power as a "significant moment for democracy in the Western Hemisphere," openly endorsing what critics have called a coup in La Paz. | "After nearly 14 years and his recent attempt to override the Bolivian constitution and the will of the people, Morales's departure preserves democracy and paves the way for the Bolivian people to have their voices heard," Trump said in a statement on Monday, | He also praised Bol…

India's Supreme Court validates Hindu supremacist violence
wsws.org | 2019-11-11
The Supreme Court's ruling attests to the extent to which India's state institutions have become infused with Hindu communalism and India's ruling elite is breaking with the most elementary democratic principles.

Major Police Attacks Against Evo Morales' Supporters, 1 Dead
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-11
Residents of the city of El Alto, in the department of La Paz, took to the streets Monday to protest against the coup d'etat that forced the resignation of Evo Morales, however, they were met with violent police repression, in which officers are reportedly using live ammunition and rubber bullets. | "After the first day of the civic-political-police coup, rebellious police use bullets to cause deaths and injuries in El Alto. My solidarity with those innocent victims, among them a girl, and the heroic alter people, defender of democracy," Morales said from his Twitter account Monday. | Bolivia | Security force…

Christian Fascists #OUTNOW
Curt Wechsler | indybay.org | 2019-11-11
Rally at Castro and Market | March to 24th and Mission…

University of Virginia excoriated for ditching Veterans Day 21-gun salute 'because gun violence'
rt.com | 2019-11-11
The University of Virginia has been forced to reconsider its removal of the 21-gun salute from its Veterans Day ceremony after massive backlash from locals, veterans, and even the students the decision was supposed to 'protect.' | UVA ditched the salute, citing concerns it would panic students associating the sound with "gun violence." Faced with a towering backlash, however, university president Jim Ryan has pledged to reconsider the move – for next year. | The decade-old tradition was dropped after what Ryan insists was careful consideration by the university Air Force ROTC commander and the Provost's Office…

Turkey's Syria 'Ethnic Cleansing' In US Memo, US Can Shoot 'Any Syrian' Over Oil & A Bolivia Coup
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-11-11
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 (11/6/19). 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 …

Trump Knows the Power of the Supreme Court–Why Don't Democrats?
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2019-11-11
Trump Knows the Power of the Supreme Court–Why Don't Democrats?

Nikki Haley Has Decided That Trumpism Is the Future
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-11-11
Nikki Haley Has Decided That Trumpism Is the Future…

Trump's Campaign Promise
Clay Bennett | thenation.com | 2019-11-11
This one he kept!

Hong Kong police encouraged to unleash violence against protesters
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2019-11-11
China-Hong Kong relations Pip HinmanIssue 1245 Hong Kong 2019 Hong Kong pro-democracy movementNovember 11, 2019Hong Kong police unleashed a new wave of violence against protesters on November 11, killing one and injuring others. Green…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Environmental Justice, Shutting Down Pipelines, Capitalism & Billionaires
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-11
Six 2020 presidential candidates — Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker, and Tom Steyer, Marianne Williamson, John Delaney and Joe Sestak — participated in the first-ever Presidential Forum on Environmental Justice in Orangeburg, South Carolina, on November 8. Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and former EPA official Mustafa Santiago Ali co-moderated the event, which took place at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. We air highlights of Warren speaking about the climate crisis, public health, shutting down pipelines, capitalism, the order of primary states and…

"This Is a Military Coup": Bolivian President Evo Morales Resigns After Army Calls for His Ouster
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-11
Bolivia is in a state of political crisis after longtime President Evo Morales resigned Sunday following what he described as a military coup. Weeks of protests have taken place since a disputed election last month. Morales announced his resignation in a televised address Sunday, shortly after the Bolivian military took to the airwaves to call for his resignation. Bolivia's vice president also resigned Sunday, as did the head of the Bolivian Senate and the lower house. Opposition leader Jeanine àÅñez, who is the second vice president of the Bolivian Senate, is claiming she will assume the presidency today.

"This Is a Military Coup": Bolivian President Evo Morales Resigns After Army Calls for His Ouster
Democracy Now! | commondreams.org | 2019-11-11

Calling for an 'End to Violence,' Bernie Sanders Becomes First 2020 Democratic Presidential Contender to Criticize Bolivian Coup
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-11-11
"I am very concerned about what appears to be a coup in Bolivia, where the military, after weeks of political unrest, intervened to remove President Evo Morales." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie_sanders_1_1.png

'American Democracy on Trial': Moyers and Winship Again Call on PBS to Re-Air Hearings in Primetime
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-11-11
"This is not a dress rehearsal our democracy faces. It's the real thing." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/moyers_1.jpg

WATCH: Progressive Group's New TV Ad Targeting Joe Biden Shows Young Voters Trashing His 'No Empathy' Comment
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-11-11
"Does he know what it's like to carry $40,000 in college debt and have a minimum wage job?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/biden-empathy-ad_0.jpg

'Arrogance of billionaires': Bernie Sanders slams Michael Bloomberg's potential run without campaigning in key states
rt.com | 2019-11-10
Bernie Sanders says the "arrogance of billionaires" is driving Michael Bloomberg to join the crowded field of Democratic presidential hopefuls who often target the ultra-rich, but yet have no clear leader to take on Donald Trump. | The Vermont senator certainly did not mince his words as he lambasted his rival for jumping into the race and skipping key states for campaigning. | "You see, when you're worth $50 billion, I guess you don't have to have town meetings, you don't have to talk to ordinary people. What you do is you take out, I guess a couple of billion dollars, and you buy the state of California," Sa…

#Bernieblackout: The media isn't even hiding its anti-Bernie bias anymore
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-11-10
From blackouts to cheap visual editing to outright hostility, the corporate media is pulling no punches in its effort to undermine Bernie Sanders and his egalitarian message. | Source…

Astra Taylor Talks Crushing Debt, the 2020 Race, and Why We Don't Live in a Democracy
Jeremy Scahill | theintercept.com | 2019-11-10
Filmmaker and organizer Astra Taylor makes the case for economic disobedience in an extended conversation with Jeremy Scahill on Intercepted.

Towards a working-class environmentalism for South Africa
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-11-10
It's going take a fully democratic anti-capitalist movement to fight climate change. The case of South Africa shows how long we have to go. | Source…

The Middle East and the Rest of the World Are United in Struggle
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-11-10
From Iraq to Chile and beyond, protesters are raising their voices in search of employment, democracy and dignity.

The Middle East and the Rest of the World Are United in Struggle

Bolivian Armed Forces Support Dialogue to Resolve Conflict
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-09
The Armed Forces of Bolivia (FF.AA.) issued a statement on Saturday stating that the institution will ensure the maintenance of democracy, the unity of the Bolivian people and the integrity of national sovereignty. | RELATED: | President Morales Summoned Opposition Parties to Pacify Bolivia | The FF.AA. called on their compatriots to stop the violence and appealed to the rationality of the Bolivian citizens. The institution also urged dialogue over all differences to "ensure t…

GOP wants Hunter Biden, whistleblower to testify in impeachment probe, Schiff seeks to shield them
rt.com | 2019-11-09
House Republicans are on the offensive demanding Hunter Biden and the Ukrainian phone call whistleblower to testify for the impeachment inquiry. The idea did not sit well with Rep. Adam Schiff, the Democrat who leads the process. | Representative David Nunes (R-Ca) has revealed a list of witnesses the Republicans would like to see giving their testimonies at the upcoming public hearing on the impeachment inquiry against Trump. It includes includes among others Hunter Biden, the son of the former vice president and one of the Democratic frontrunners at the upcoming presidential elections, Joe Biden, as well as…

The Democrats' campaign for internet censorship: Who is to determine what are "lies"?
wsws.org | 2019-11-09
While couched in demagogic language accusing Facebook of "profiting" off of "disinformation," the Democrats' campaign for internet censorship is aimed at silencing political opposition and dissent.

Live Updates: Lawmaker Jeanine Añez Bolivia's Interim President
telesurenglish.net | 2019-11-09
Bolivian President Evo Morales was forced to resign Sunday after senior army and police chiefs called on him to do so following weeks of right-wing unrest and violence against his Oct. 20 elections victory, in what his government has called a coup by opposition forces in the country. | teleSUR brings you live updates of the unfolding right-wing coup against the Bolivian government of President Morales. | Updates are in local time in Bolivia | Live Updates: | Update 8: 30 pm | Opposition Lawmaker Jeanine Añez from the Democratic Union party has stated she will assume Bolivia's Interim Presidency. Añez…

Possible False Flag In Iraq, US Votes Against Anti-Nazi Res. & Pompeo's Iran Nuclear Lies Debunked
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-11-09
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 (11/6/19). 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 …

Massive Rallies Work!
Ralph Nader | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-11-08
Around the world people are marching, rallying, and demonstrating in huge numbers. Some of these countries are ruled by dictators or plutocratic regimes, others are considered democracies. Despite the peril of protest, people are seeking justice, freedom, and decent livelihoods. Many boast about the United States being the oldest democracy in the world. While there …

Hundreds Stand Tall in Solidarity with the People of Latin America at Havana Conference
Alicia Jrapko | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-11-08
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Moros, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (Photo by Bill Hackwell) From November 1-3 more than 1,350 delegates from 86 countries representing 789 organizations, came to Havana to participate in the Anti-imperialist Conference of Solidarity, for Democracy and Against Neoliberalism. Delegates traveled from all continents, particularly from Latin …

A Facebook Ban on Political Ads Would Be a Major Blow to the Left. Just Look at AOC's Campaign
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-11-08
AOC fueled her rise, and the rise of a movement, by deftly combining on-the-ground organizing with sophisticated targeting on Facebook.

The Trump Administration Is Undercutting Democracy in Bolivia
Mark Weisbrot | thenation.com | 2019-11-08
The Trump Administration Is Undercutting Democracy in Bolivia…

Elizabeth Warren Won't Back Down on Medicare for All
Robert L. Borosage | thenation.com | 2019-11-08
Elizabeth Warren Won't Back Down on Medicare for All…

Michael Bloomberg Should Stay Home–and Pay His Taxes
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-11-08
Michael Bloomberg Should Stay Home–and Pay His Taxes…

Warren, Booker & Steyer to Take Part in First-Ever Presidential Forum on Environmental Justice
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-08
We broadcast live from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, where tonight the first-ever Presidential Forum on Environmental Justice will be held. Six presidential candidates — Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker, Tom Steyer, Marianne Williamson, John Delaney and Joe Sestak — are participating. The forum is hosted by the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and leaders from frontline communities. South Carolina is a crucial state for the 2020 presidential race and one of the first that will have a Democratic primary, following New Hampshire and caucuses in Iowa and Nevada. The re…

"We Can't Afford to Wait for the DNC": Why Black Lawmakers Organized an Environmental Justice Forum
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-08
The first-ever Presidential Forum on Environmental Justice takes place tonight in Orangeburg, South Carolina, where six presidential candidates will take to the stage at South Carolina State University. African-American communities and people of color on the frontlines in South Carolina have been fighting for justice in the face of extreme environmental racism for years. We host a roundtable with local leaders and environmental justice advocates to talk about the significance of the event, the issues their communities face and the 2020 candidates' platforms on environmental justice. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, president o…

Remembering the 1968 Orangeburg Massacre When Police Shot Dead Three Unarmed Black Students
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-08
The 1968 Orangeburg massacre is one of the most violent and least remembered events of the civil rights movement. A crowd of students gathered on the campus of South Carolina State University to protest segregation at Orangeburg's only bowling alley. After days of escalating tensions, students started a bonfire and held a vigil on the campus to protest. Dozens of police arrived on the scene, and state troopers fired live ammunition into the crowd. When the shooting stopped, three students were dead and 28 wounded. Although the tragedy predated the Kent State shootings and Jackson State killings and it was the fir…

Democrats turn on Bill Gates after billionaire hints he's not a fan of Warren's wealth tax
rt.com | 2019-11-07
Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates was eviscerated on social media after balking at some Democratic candidates' wealth tax and hinting he'd vote for whoever is "more professional," which some took as a dog whistle for Trump. | Gates expressed some apprehension about the "wealth tax" proposed by Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, admitting he'd only be willing to fork over so much of his massive fortune. "I've paid over $10 billion in taxes, I've paid more than anyone in taxes! I'm glad to have–If I had to pay $20 billion, it's fine," he told the New York Times DealBook Conference on Wednesday.

With Bold Immigration Plan, Bernie Sanders Becomes the Only Candidate to Call for Break Up of ICE and CBP
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-11-07
The plan, released Thursday, also calls to improve conditions in industries that rely on immigrants, including instating a domestic workers' bill of rights.

'This Is a Huge Opportunity to Create an Energy System Rooted in Climate Justice' – CounterSpin interview with Johanna Bozuwa on public utilities
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-11-07
Janine Jackson interviewed the Democracy Collaborative's Johanna Bozuwa about public utilities for the November 1, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Speaking at a K Street Lobby Powerhouse, Joe Biden Renewed His Medicare for All Feud With Elizabeth Warren
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-11-07
On Wednesday, former Vice President Joe Biden held a fundraiser at Sidley Austin, a notorious and influential K Street law firm.

Sierra Club Takes a Commendable Turn on Population, Climate Change, and Inequality
Roger D. Harris | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-11-07
The Sierra Club — long a retrograde proponent of saving the planet by driving a Tesla, eating wild caught salmon, and voting blue — took positive environmental leadership with their end of the year issue of the Sierra magazine. Stating it is "time to fix the population fixation," they examine the interactions of population, climate …

Algerian Protesters Are Still in the Streets, Months After Pushing Out Longtime President Bouteflika
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-07
In Algeria, protests against corruption, the jailing of opposition leaders and the army's powerful role in national politics have entered their ninth month. Tens of thousands filled the streets of the capital Algiers last Friday to mark the 65th anniversary of the war of independence from France and to demand a "new revolution" rather than an upcoming election they say will be rigged. Over 100 student protesters were arrested last night as the Algerian government intensified its crackdown on demonstrators ahead of the upcoming polls. Interim President Abdelkader Bensalah announced the country will hold a presiden…

Ex-Twitter Workers Charged with Spying for Saudis as Part of Kingdom's Growing Crackdown on Dissent
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-07
The U.S. Department of Justice has charged two former Twitter employees with helping Saudi Arabia spy on thousands of the kingdom's critics. Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo are accused of giving the Saudi government detailed information about users, including telephone numbers and email addresses linked to the accounts, as well as internet protocol addresses that could be used to identify a user's location. The charges are being filed just over a year after the brutal murder of Saudi journalist and critic Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Turkey. A new report by Human Rights Watch fin…

"The Pollinators": New Film Shows How Decline of Bee Colonies Could Mean Collapse of Food Chain
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-07
A documentary film "The Pollinators" tells the story of the world's yellow-black jacketed honey bees, whose existence may determine the future of human survival. The insects pollinate nearly all the fruits, vegetables and nuts we consume, and some experts estimate one out of every three bites of food we eat depends on the work of honey bees. However, the future of the insects is now in peril with widespread reports of bee colony collapses. In the last decade and a half, beekeepers have reported staggering declines in their bee populations due to pesticides, parasites and loss of habitat. Scientists warn climate c…

'I served in the war she championed!': Tulsi & The View's Behar face off in tense exchange over Clinton & 'Russian asset' smears
rt.com | 2019-11-06
Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard faced off in a fiery exchange with The View's Joy Behar after taking issue with being branded a "useful idiot" by the co-host on a previous episode of the show. | A clearly fed up Gabbard confronted the hosts who have previously maligned her as a Russian asset and "Assad apologist" over her views on the war in Syria. The anti-Gabbard media hysteria was kicked up a notch after failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton also suggested she was being groomed by Moscow to run as a third party disrupter candidate. | "You are implying that I am too stupid, and too na…

FRSO condemns wave of repression against trade unionists, progressive activists in Philippines
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-11-06
Freedom Road Socialist Organization stands in opposition to the wave of political repression that is being unleashed in the Philippines. The U.S.-backed regime of President Duterte has carried out a series of raids on homes and offices, jailing more than 60 participants in the progressive and national democratic movement. | According to reports, among those arrested in the raids were 40 members of the militant labor movement Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU)/May First Movement. Leaders of the KMU have toured the U.S. in the past, speaking of their struggle for justice and a better way of life. They need our solidarity now.

The GOP's Fearmongering Over Abortion Flopped in Kentucky and Virginia
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-11-06
On Tuesday night in Kentucky and Virginia, abortion was a losing issue for Republicans. | Republicans in both states went all in on the issue of abortion to save their candidates, believing that painting their Democratic opponents as proponents of "infanticide" would be enough to win. Democrats claimed victories anyway in the Kentucky gubernatorial race and in Virginia, where they now control the state House and Senate for the first time in over two decades. | In Kentucky, where just one abortion clinic remains, Attorney General Andy Beshear ousted Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, despite anti-abortion groups massivel…

Democratic Sweep Sets Up Confrontation With Corporate Giant That Has Loomed Over Virginia Politics for a Century
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2019-11-06
The election results forecast a brutal legislative fight in 2020 over the future of energy policy between Dominion Energy and Democrats.

Dems Win Big on Election Day, Flipping Virginia Legislature & Ousting Trump-Backed Kentucky Gov
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-06
Results are coming in after Tuesday's elections, with major wins for Democrats in several crucial states. In Virginia, the party gained control of both legislative houses for the first time in 25 years. In Kentucky, Democratic challenger state Attorney General Andy Beshear has ousted Trump-backed Republican incumbent Matt Bevin in a tightly contested run for governor. In Mississippi, Republican Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves defeated Democratic state Attorney General Jim Hood in the governor's race. | Several local candidates across the country made history. In Scranton, Pennsylvania, Paige Cognetti was elected…

Is Texas About to Execute an Innocent Man? Rodney Reed's Family Demands Retrial Amid New Evidence
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-06
The state of Texas is facing growing calls to halt the upcoming execution of Rodney Reed, an African-American man who has spent over 20 years on death row for a rape and murder he says he did not commit. A group of 26 Texas lawmakers — including both Democrats and Republicans — have written a letter this week to Governor Greg Abbott to stop the execution planned for November 20. More than 1.4 million people have signed an online petition to save Reed's life. Supporters include celebrities Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna and Meek Mill. Reed was sentenced to die after being convicted of the 1996 murder of…

Tulsi Gabbard Introduces Bill to Withdraw Troops From Syria
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-11-05
The idea of the bill is to remove any troops in Syria that do not have Congressional approval to be there, which is all of them.

Tulsi Gabbard Introduces Bill to Withdraw Troops From Syria

#Bernieblackout: The Media Isn't Even Hiding Its Anti-Bernie Bias Anymore
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-11-05
From blackouts to cheap visual editing to outright hostility, the corporate media is pulling no punches in its effort to undermine Bernie Sanders and his egalitarian message.

Media Conceal Chile's State Criminality, Delegitimize Bolivian Democracy
Lucas Koerner | fair.org | 2019-11-05
Chilean protester beaten by government forces (Twitter, 10/21/19) | Chile's anti-neoliberal rebellion is entering its third week, and the brutal crackdown continues. Hard-right President Sebastian Piñera and his generals have effectively decreed the country's oligarch-dominated democracy out of existence by sending soldiers into the streets to kill, maim and torture their own people. | And, for the most part, the Western corporate media blackout persists unabated. | October 25's historic 1.2 million–person march in Santiago–the…

The Leisure Agenda Will Give Americans Less Work and More Free Time
Matt Bruenig | peoplespolicyproject.org | 2019-11-05
Read the Paper | People's Policy Project, in collaboration with the newly-formed Gravel Institute, has released its latest major paper: "The Leisure Agenda." Ryan Cooper authored the paper. Jon White designed the paper. | The paper begins by documenting how overworked Americans are relative to people in similarly-developed countries. The average American worker puts in 269 more market work hours each year than…

Investigations Unearth Systemic Corruption in K-12 School Leadership–and Students and Teachers Lose Out
Jeff Bryant | progressive.org | 2019-11-05
Much of the blame lies with an education reform movement that has exhorted schools to operate more like businesses and mimic corporate hiring processes.

Tallahassee public housing tenants face displacement due to redevelopment
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-11-05
Tallahassee, FL – November 5 marked the due date for 2019 applications to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation. This year the city of Tallahassee has submitted two applications along with $1.3 million to secure funding for the redevelopment of Orange Avenue Apartments, currently the largest public housing community in Tallahassee, a 200-unit complex is on Tallahassee's Southside. | The redevelopment effort is being led in part by Purpose Built Communities, an Atlanta non-profit founded by billionaire investors Warren Buffett and Julian Robertson, along with the wealthy Atlanta real estate developer Tom Cousins…

Bill McKibben on U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Accord, California Fires, Climate Refugees & More
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-05
The Trump administration notified the United Nations Monday that it would withdraw the U.S. from the historic Paris climate agreement, starting a year-long process to leave the international pact to fight the climate crisis. The United States — the world's largest historic greenhouse gas emitter — will become the only country outside the accord. Trump's announcement of the withdrawal came on the first day possible under the agreement's rules. From Middlebury, Vermont, we speak with Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org. "The decision of the United States to be the only country on Earth … unwilling to…

NYC Voters to Decide Today to Adopt Ranked-Choice Voting in Municipal Elections
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-05
Voters across the U.S. head to the polls today for statewide elections that will be seen as a measure of Donald Trump's influence in the Republican Party as he faces an impeachment inquiry. In New York City, a major ballot measure could change the way voters select their candidates in future elections. New Yorkers will decide whether to move from electing candidates by a plurality of votes to ranked-choice voting, a system in which voters rank their favorite candidates in order and the person with the most top-ranked votes wins. Proponents of the initiative say it will help underrepresented voters and candidates…

"Release My Mother": A Yale Student Fights to Halt Deportation of His Mother with Stage IV Cancer
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-05
Tania Romero, an undocumented mother from Honduras and survivor of stage IV cancer, is fighting to remain in the United States with her four children. Two months ago, Romero was imprisoned by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the privately owned Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia, interrupting her life-saving medical treatments. In mid-August, Romero was pulled over for a minor traffic infraction and arrested for not having a driver's license. Tania Romero's attorney requested a stay of deportation on humanitarian grounds because of her fragile health, but it was denied in September. Her son, Cristian…

Colorado Has One of the Highest Voter Turnouts in the Country. Here's How They Did It
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-05
As local elections take place nationwide, voters in Colorado are enjoying greater access to the ballot than ever as the state's vote-by-mail system allows residents to bypass long lines at polling places. The state also has voting measures which include automatic voter registration with driver's license services, an extension of the vote to parolees, and allowance for some 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections. Colorado is considered an example for states needing to expand voter access at a time when Republican legislatures and statehouses across the country are attempting to suppress the vote. We speak with…

Pushed Out, Attacked & Criminalized: San Francisco's Unhoused People Speak Out Amid Housing Crisis
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-04
Amid skyrocketing housing prices and rising inequality, the number of unhoused people across California is booming. Homelessness in San Francisco has spiked at least 30% since 2017. In Oakland, it's grown by nearly 50%. As more people have been forced onto the streets, encampments have popped up from Los Angeles to the Bay Area and in other city centers. But while advocates push for more affordable housing solutions, instead city governments have been cracking down on unhoused people with increasingly punitive measures that criminalize homelessness. In a special report, Democracy Now! traveled to San Francisco to…

Emboldened by Bolsonaro, Illegal Loggers in Amazon Kill Indigenous Leader Paulo Paulino Guajajara
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-04
An indigenous forest protector named Paulo Paulino Guajajara was shot dead in the Amazon by illegal loggers on Saturday. It is the latest incident in a wave of violence targeting indigenous land protectors since the election of Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro last year. Guajajara was killed when he and another forest protector were ambushed by a group of illegal loggers inside the Araribóia reservation in the northeastern state of Maranhà£o. We speak with Joà£o Coimbra Sousa, a field coordinator and legal adviser for Amazon Watch, in Sà£o Luís in the northeastern state of Maranhà&pou…

Remembering the Greensboro Massacre of 1979, When KKK & Nazis Killed 5 People in Broad Daylight
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-04
Hundreds gathered this weekend to mark the 40th anniversary of the Greensboro massacre, when 40 Ku Klux Klansmen and American Nazis opened fire on an anti-Klan demonstration in Greensboro, North Carolina, killing five anti-racist activists in a span of 88 seconds. Those killed were members of the Communist Workers' Party. Ten other activists were injured. No one was convicted in the massacre, but a jury did find the Greensboro police liable for cooperating with the Ku Klux Klan in a wrongful death. Local pastors in Greensboro are now calling on the City Council to issue an apology for the events that led to the 1…

Sean O'Brien addresses TDU Convention
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-11-03
Chicago, IL — Frontrunning candidate for the next general president of the Teamsters, Sean O'Brien, addressed the convention of Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU), November 2. O'Brien, who currently leads Local 25, spoke about the future of the Teamsters. The election will take place in 2021.

"White Helmets Are Preparing New Chemical Provocations In Syria," France Bombs Iraq & Oil Occupation
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-11-03
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 (11/2/19). 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 …

Warren's Medicare Head Tax Would Be About $9,500
Matt Bruenig | peoplespolicyproject.org | 2019-11-03
On Friday, I wrote a piece arguing that Elizabeth Warren's use of an employer head tax was not a good way to fund Medicare for All and that instead the more conventional choices of income and payroll taxes would be better. The reason they are better is because income and payroll taxes are based on how much income you receive while a head tax charges the same dollar amount for every worker regardless of their income, making it much more onerous on the lower and middle classes. | This point holds…

Baghdadi Deception Exposed, Israel Bombs Gaza After Phantom Rocket & US Violates Own Syria Sanctions
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-11-02
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 (11/1/19). 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 …

Warren's Perpetual Medicare Head Tax Is Unworkable and Bad
Matt Bruenig | peoplespolicyproject.org | 2019-11-01
Elizabeth Warren released her Medicare for All financing plan today. The main purpose of the proposal appears to be to find a plan that you can message as "not increasing middle class taxes," which is of course a nonsensical goal insofar, as Warren herself has said, what matters is middle class health care costs, not whether you categorize those costs as premiums, taxes, or out-of-pocket expenses. | Nonetheless, bowing to the stupid media discourse on this, Warren put forward a financing pro…

"It Was Necessary": Gambian Beauty Queen Returns Home to Testify About Rape By Former Dictator
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-01
In Gambia, a former beauty queen who says the president raped her when she was 18 years old has testified before a public truth and reconciliation commission that is investigating the atrocities of former president Yahya Jammeh. Fatou "Toufah" Jallow has become a leading voice against the former president, who ruled the West African country of 2 million people for 22 years before his regime ended in 2017. Two other women have also come forward to accuse the former president of rape and sexual assault. Survivors of the regime have also testified during the hearings, which have been live streamed across the country…

Five Indigenous Leaders Massacred in Colombia; New Wave of Violence Feared as 2,500 Troops Deployed
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-11-01
The massacre of five Indigenous leaders in Colombia has shocked the country. The killings took place in the southwestern region of Cauca. Among the victims was Cristina Bautista, the leader of the semi-autonomous Indigenous reservation of Nasa Tacueyó. Four of the community's unarmed guards were also killed, while six others were wounded. A group of U.N. experts have denounced the massacre and demanded the Colombian government to take urgent measures in cooperation with Indigenous authorities to investigate the murders. Police have made no arrests and no suspects have been named in the massacre. Since the signing…

Foreign Correspondent: Boris, Brexit, and the British Elections
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2019-11-01
Brexit presents a serious conundrum for left and progressive forces. Liberals and social democrats suddenly find themselves in bed with Britain's largest capitalist corporations.

The Baghdadi "DNA Test" Was Done BEFORE The Raid By The SDF Using His Underwear
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-30
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 (10/29/19). 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 …

Distracting With Baghdadi Psyop, US Sends "Withdrawn" Troops Back Into Syria, Along With MANY More
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-29
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 (10/28/19). 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 …

Russia Has 'Proof' US Is Smuggling Oil In Syria & Did Israel/US Create A Civil War In Lebanon?
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-26
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 (10/26/19). 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 …

More Troops/Tanks To Syria Confirmed, OPCW Whistleblower, Barr's PreCrime & Mossad Clinton Blackmail
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-26
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 (10/25/19). 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 …

Weekend Read: If your vote didn't matter, they wouldn't fight so hard to block it
splcenter.org | 2019-10-25
At the intersection of race and politics in the United States lies voter suppression — the array of laws and election practices intended to make it harder for people of color to vote.

Trump To Send Possibly Thousands Of Troops & Tanks To "Secure Syria's Oil" & Iraq Goes To UN Over US
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-25
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 (10/24/19). 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Turkey Attacks US Troops, Iran Tanker Bombed No One Cares, CIA "Whistleblower" & Terrorism Vaccine
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-12
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 (10/11/19). 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 …