2019-11-14: News Headlines

Robert Reich (2019-11-14). Robert Reich: Billionaires Don't Actually Like Capitalism. truthdig.com Billionaires are wailing that Elizabeth Warren's and Bernie Sanders's wealth tax proposals are attacks on free market capitalism. | Warren "vilifies successful people," says Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase. | Rubbish. There are basically only five ways to accumulate a billion dollars, and none of them has to do with being successful in free market capitalism. | Related Articles: …

Staff (2019-11-14). Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez Unveil Another Life-Changing Policy. truthdig.com Framing the climate crisis as both an existential threat and a "tremendous opportunity" to fundamentally transform American society, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday unveiled a Green New Deal for Public Housing that would eliminate carbon emissions from federal housing, invest $180 billion over ten years in retrofitting and repairs, and create nearly 250,000 decent-paying union jobs per year. | "Faced with the global crisis of climate change, the United States must lead the world in transforming our energy system away from fossil fuel to sustainable energy," Sanders, a 2020 Democr…

RT (2019-11-14). With Harris & Booker polling single digits, Mass. ex-governor Deval Patrick joins 2020 race to salvage minority vote. rt.com Former Massachusetts governor and private equity fund manager Deval Patrick has jumped into the 2020 presidential race, his run a signal that the other establishment-friendly minority Democrats have crashed and burned. | Patrick announced his candidacy on Thursday, just three months before the start of primary season in Iowa. In an announcement video that avoids taking any strong stances on issues, he calls for moderation and healing, serving up a warmed-over slice of hope-and-change rhetoric that might trigger déja vu in voters who remember Barack Obama's 2008 campaign. | In a spirit of profound gratit…

RT (2019-11-14). US oil prepares for 'Plan B' if Democrats take the White House. rt.com US oil producers are preparing for an abrupt change in federal government policies in case a Democrat wins the 2020 vote, with almost 3 million barrels in daily production at stake if this happens. | This is the average amount of oil produced on federal land, according to Rapidan Energy Group, which also said, as quoted by S&P Global Platts, any curb on oil production would also hamper the development of the Permian, the Bakken shale, and the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. | Such a curb would be all but certain. Climate change seems to be the top priority for Democratic voters, so candidates are deliver…

RT (2019-11-14). Catapulting Hong Kong into democracy? Media glorifies ANARCHY & 'novel, defensive' anti-police weapons of protesters. rt.com As anti-China protesters transform Hong Kong universities into "weapons factories" and arm themselves with petrol bombs, mainstream media is increasingly impressed by their ingenious and "novel" methods of taking on riot police. | Universities across Hong Kong are shuttering their doors and foreign students fleeing the chaos, as protesters hurl bricks, fire javelins, construct "watchtowers" and start fires on campuses, insisting that they have "no choice" but to resort to the most violent methods. | pic.twitter.com/WKPPXvO0Wl

Staff (2019-11-14). The New York Times Won't Stop Pushing Democrats Right. truthdig.com A recent piece urging the party to pursue a "political middle ground" relies on recycled polling. It's part of a much larger pattern.

Staff (2019-11-14). Who Really Benefits From a Trump Tax Break for the Poor? truthdig.com The president overhauled the tax code in 2017, and a pair of wealthy Republican donors in West Palm Beach have been reaping the rewards.

Reese Erlich (2019-11-14). Foreign Correspondent: A New Arab Spring in Lebanon and Iraq. progressive.org Once again, people in the Middle East want democratic reforms and an end to corruption and foreign domination.

WSWS (2019-11-14). Democrats begin impeachment hearings with denunciations of Russia. wsws.org The first day of public, televised hearings demonstrates that in the impeachment conflict two right-wing factions of the ruling class are fighting out differences over foreign policy.

Julie Hollar (2019-11-14). NYT Recycles Polling to Tell Democrats Once More: Move to the Right. commondreams.org "The article seems to be making the leap of logic that voters in these states will be less likely to vote for the Democrat in the general election if a progressive is on the ticket. But there's a much simpler way to figure that out: Ask people in those states who they're most likely to vote for in the general election in head-to-head matchups. And guess what? The Times poll did ask that question! (Screenshot: NYT graphic) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/nyt-battleground-poll.jpg

Michael Payne (2019-11-14). If Trump wants to fight dirty in 2020 here's how Democrats can take him down and out. nationofchange.org It will be a disgrace to this country's democracy, a dark stain on the soul of America if this lowest of the low individual is even allowed d to run for reelection.

Eoin Higgins (2019-11-14). "We Don't Want Any Dictators": Bolivians Flood Streets to Protest Military Coup. theantimedia.com Unrest continued in Bolivia Thursday as protests against the right-wing coup that unseated democratically-elected President Evo Morales on Sunday.

teleSUR (2019-11-14). North Korea Not Interested in December Peace Talks with US. telesurenglish.net North Korea said on Thursday it has been offered a fresh meeting with the United States, but is uninterested in more talks aimed at "appeasing us" ahead of a year-end deadline Pyongyang has set for Washington to show more flexibility in their negotiations. | RELATED: | North Korea Breaks off Nuclear Talks With US in Sweden | Kim Myong Gil, the North's nuclear negotiator, said in a report carried by state media that Stephen Biegun, his U.S. counterpart who jointly led last month's faile…

Marshall Auerback (2019-11-14). Why Democrats Need to Stop Worrying and Love the Deficit. thenation.com Why Democrats Need to Stop Worrying and Love the Deficit…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-11-14). Warren Suggests Corporate Media Ask Working People, Not Just the Very Rich, About Her Wealth Tax. commondreams.org Sen. Elizabeth Warren called out the news media on Wednesday evening for focusing coverage of her proposed Ultra-Millionaires Tax largely on wealthy CEOs' and investors' negative views of the plan—rather than those of the working families she says would benefit from its redistribution of wealth. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11821927312.jpg

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-11-14). Senate Democrats Join GOP to Back 'Automatic Austerity' Bill That Would Gut Social Programs, Hamstring Bold Policies. commondreams.org "One priority of a Sanders or Warren White House absolutely must be politically crushing the deficit scolds within the Democratic Party." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sheldon_whitehouse.jpg

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-11-14). To Save 'Democracy in Peril,' 150 Civil Rights Groups Release Visionary Blueprint to Restore and Protect Voting Rights. commondreams.org To protect and strengthen a "democracy in peril, more than 150 civil rights organizations on Thursday released a policy platform aimed at pressuring policymakers and 2020 candidates to prioritize voting rights. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/texas-purgelist_0.jpg

Staff (2019-11-14). In First Public Impeachment Hearing, Trump Implicated in Effort to Pressure Ukraine to Probe Bidens. democracynow.org The first public hearing of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump was held Wednesday. Trump is just the fourth president in U.S. history to face impeachment. Two witnesses testified before the House Intelligence Committee: George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of state, and William Taylor, a former ambassador and the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine. They both said President Trump withheld aid to Ukraine in an attempt to pressure the country to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who served on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company. We play highlights from the hearing.

Staff (2019-11-14). Chilean Activist: Same Elites Who Caused Social Crisis Can't Be Trusted to Write New Constitution. democracynow.org In Chile, protesters led a massive national strike Tuesday as they condemned the government's plans to rewrite the country's Constitution, which dates back to Augusto Pinochet's military regime. Chile's interior minister announced Sunday the government would draft a new constitution that Congress would then rewrite and put to a public referendum. But protesters say the people should be involved with the rewriting of the constitution from the beginning and that this is an attempt by Sebastián Piñera's government to delay political and social reforms in Chile. The Chilean authorities have killed at least 20 people…

Staff (2019-11-14). "This Is Unacceptable": Ex-Congresswoman Who Voted to Impeach Nixon Says Trump Is a Rogue President. democracynow.org The public phase of the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump began Wednesday, with testimonies from two witnesses: George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of state, and William Taylor, a former ambassador and the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine. The hearing brought forth new details about a previously unknown phone call in July between President Trump and Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union. Both Kent and Taylor expressed concern over the role President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani had in dictating U.S. policy on Ukraine. We speak with Elizabeth Holtzman, a former U.S. congressme…

Staff (2019-11-14). CodePink Founder Medea Benjamin Threatened with Arrest After Protesting U.S. Foreign Interventions. democracynow.org CodePink co-founder and longtime peace activist Medea Benjamin was threatened with arrest in Washington, D.C., Wednesday and accused of assaulting a sitting congressmember after being forcibly removed from a press conference for opposing the U.S.-backed coup and U.S. sanctions in Venezuela. Benjamin vehemently denies the accusations and says she was in fact the one assaulted when she and other activists demonstrated at a press conference hosted by Florida Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Florida Republican Mario Díaz-Balart announcing the launch of a Congressional Venezuela Democracy Caucus. We speak with Me…

Staff (2019-11-14). Headlines for November 14, 2019. democracynow.org U.S. Diplomats Testify Trump Pressured Ukraine to Dig Up Political Dirt on Bidens, Trump Claims He Was "Too Busy" to Watch Impeachment Inquiry, Trump Hosts President Erdogan at White House Amid Turkish Attacks in Syria, 34 Palestinians Killed in Two Days as Israel Bombs Gaza Strip, Exiled Bolivian President Evo Morales Calls for "National Dialogue", Protests Rage as Bolivia's Self-Proclaimed Interim President Swears In Cabinet, Lebanese Soldiers Shoot and Kill Man as Protests Enter Fifth Week, Zimbabwe: Millions at Risk of Starving Amid Climate Change-Fueled Drought, Hundreds of Elephants Die as Drought Grips Sou…

George Ochenski (2019-11-13). Montana's Radioactive Waste Legacy. counterpunch.org One label Montana's Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock won't have to worry about being stuck with is "environmentalist." His outdated support for coal in the face of a global warming crisis and his "leadership" on the massive and ongoing deforestation of public lands under the phony rubric of the Bush-era "Healthy Forests Initiative" are bad enough. More

RT (2019-11-13). Code Pink founder raided by DC police on dubious Venezuelan embassy 'assault' charges (VIDEO). rt.com Police have tried to detain Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin without a warrant on belated and mysterious charges of 'assaulting' a Democratic congresswoman during this summer's siege of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington. | Benjamin was accused of assaulting Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Florida) — months after the alleged incident — when over a dozen officers surrounded her home on Wednesday in Washington, DC. | In footage she posted to Facebook, Benjamin strenuously denies the accusations, explaining that she was the one assaulted — pushed and pulled by right-wing Venezuelans ("b…

WSWS (2019-11-13). Arizona: Second trial begins of pro-immigrant "No More Deaths" volunteer. wsws.org The main accusation against Warren is that he provided two undocumented migrants with food, water and a place to sleep over three days.

Akela Lacy (2019-11-13). Under Pressure From Left, New Jersey Democrats Back Off Vote to Gut Minimum Wage Law. theintercept.com After passing a $15 minimum wage, Democrats are pushing a bill that would suspend scheduled wage increases based on changes in unemployment or retail sales.

WSWS (2019-11-13). Podemos agrees to back Spanish social-democratic government. wsws.org Podemos is aware that the PSOE is organizing violent repression in Catalonia that strengthens the fascistic Vox party, and supports the PSOE on this basis.

WSWS (2019-11-13). Public impeachment hearings to escalate political warfare in Washington. wsws.org The bitter conflict within the state is between two right-wing factions of the ruling class that have been battling one another over foreign policy questions since Trump's nomination as the Republican candidate for president.

Ben Freeman, Ryan Summers (2019-11-13). Governments Abroad Are Shaping Our Foreign Policy in Broad Daylight. thenation.com Governments Abroad Are Shaping Our Foreign Policy in Broad Daylight…

Jeet Heer (2019-11-13). Like Dr. Frankenstein, Republicans Now Face the Monster They Created. thenation.com Like Dr. Frankenstein, Republicans Now Face the Monster They Created…

John Nichols (2019-11-13). Impeachment Hearing Republicans Confirm There Is No Defense for Donald Trump. thenation.com Impeachment Hearing Republicans Confirm There Is No Defense for Donald Trump…

The Canary (2019-11-13). Ex-Tory minister warns voting Conservative will lead to 'disastrous' no-deal Brexit. thecanary.co A former Tory cabinet minister has warned a Conservative majority at the general election will result in a "disastrous" no-deal Brexit.David Gauke, the former justice secretary, suggested Tory supporters opposed to no-deal should consider "lending" their votes to the Liberal Democrats on 12 December.Gauke, who had the Tory whip withdrawn by Boris Johnson after rebelling over Brexit, confirmed he would now be standing as an independent in South West Hertfordshire — the seat he has held sine 2005.(PA Graphics)He said he feared if Johnson was returned with an overall majority it would lead to Britain leaving th…

Staff (2019-11-13). Democracy on Trial: Bill Moyers on Impeachment Inquiry & Why PBS Should Air Hearings in Primetime. democracynow.org Televised impeachment hearings begin today in the inquiry into whether President Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate his political rivals. Two witnesses are testifying today before the House Intelligence Committee: George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of state, and William Taylor, a former ambassador and the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine. Both officials have privately told congressional investigators that Trump withheld aid to Ukraine in an attempt to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Donald Trump is just the fourth U.S. presi…

Staff (2019-11-13). A Coup? A Debate on the Political Crisis in Bolivia That Led to Evo Morales's Resignation. democracynow.org In Bolivia, right-wing Senator Jeanine àÅñez declared herself president Tuesday night despite a lack of quorum in Congress, amid a deepening political crisis in the country. Evo Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president, left the country Monday after being granted asylum in Mexico. Morales announced his resignation Sunday shortly after the Bolivian military took to the airwaves to call for his departure. His Movement Toward Socialism party is refusing to recognize àÅñez as president, calling her claim illegal and decrying Evo Morales's resignation over the weekend as a military coup. Last month, M…

Staff (2019-11-13). Bill Moyers on Impeachment: All Presidents Lie, But Trump Has Created a Culture of Lying. democracynow.org We continue our conversation with legendary journalist Bill Moyers, who covered impeachment proceedings against Presidents Nixon and Clinton. The first televised impeachment hearings into President Trump begin today. Moyers says the current administration and the media have created a "culture of lying" that goes beyond what other presidents have done. "All presidents lie. It's a defense they use. But not all presidents lie systemically," Moyers says.

Staff (2019-11-13). Headlines for November 13, 2019. democracynow.org Televised Impeachment Hearings Begin Today, Right-Wing Senator Declares Herself President of Bolivia, Turkish President Erdogan Visiting Trump at White House, Supreme Court Heard Oral Arguments over DACA Program, Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Case of Mexican Teen Killed by U.S. Border Agent, Supreme Court Clears Way for Sandy Hook Families to Sue Gun Manufacturer, Federal Court Rules Warrantless Searches of Phones at Airport Are Unconstitutional, HHS Probes Google's Program to Collect Healthcare Data of Americans, U.S. Government Detained Record Number of Migrant Children in 2019, SPLC: Stephen Miller Sought t…

Ryan Devereaux (2019-11-12). Everything So Far Has Failed: Why Exxon Mobil Is Being Taken to Court Over Climate Change. theintercept.com A New York trial marks the first in a wave of court cases seeking to hold the fossil fuel industry to account for the climate emergency.

RT (2019-11-12). Marco Rubio blames 'Putin's disinformation' for coverage of Bolivia coup that he doesn't like. rt.com Eager to find some way to implicate Russia in Bolivia's political crisis and control of the US narrative, Republican senator Marco Rubio branded any skeptical coverage of events as an example of how "Putin uses disinformation." | Rubio, an early and avid supporter of protests that ousted former Bolivian President Evo Morales this week, tweeted that those wishing to understand Russian disinformation should "study current coverage" of Bolivia. | In Rubio's world, Russia has created "fake news" on Bolivia and is spreading it via a "vast network of outlets" and "social media actors" before it is "echoed in mainstr…

RT (2019-11-12). Wait, what? Campus newspaper apologizes for DOING JOURNALISM, calls protest coverage 'retraumatizing and invasive'. rt.com A US college newspaper has apologized for photographing and talking to protesters who picketed a speech by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The paper claims that standard journalistic practice hurt their feelings. | Sessions was invited to Northwestern University last week by the College Republicans. Northwestern being an American campus, protesters turned out to heckle Sessions, in particular for his role in implementing President Donald Trump's administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policies last year. | The social justice crowd booing a Republican is nothing new, but the college newspaper, the…

Lee Fang (2019-11-12). Hedge Fund-Backed GOP Group Is Digging Up Dirt on Elizabeth Warren, Documents Show. theintercept.com In October, documents surfaced that appeared to contradict a key story told by Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the campaign trail. In her telling, Warren's "dream job" as a public school teacher ended in 1971 when the school principal noticed she was "visibly pregnant," a form of employment discrimination that was legal and common during that era. On October 7, a conservative website presented archived documents that appeared to challenge that narrative, including the minutes of a meeting in which the school board had voted to extend Warren's tenure and another in which the board notes that Warren herself resigned from…

Ryan Cristián (2019-11-12). Leaked Audio Recordings Implicate Cruz, Menendez And Rubio In Bolivia Coup & Veteran's Day Reality. thelastamericanvagabond.com 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 (11/11/19). 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 …

Ryan Cristián (2019-11-12). James Corbett Interview — ISIS Was Created, Armed And Funded By US/Israel & It's An Open Secret. thelastamericanvagabond.com The US government armed Osama Bin Laden; it armed Saddam Hussain with chemical weapons to be used against Iran in 1980; it armed the very groups that later became ISIS. Yet we are sold an entirely different yarn by the US government and its lap dog MSM. Today I have invited James Corbett on the …

Marie O'Reilly (2019-11-12). Sanctions Against North Korea Hurt Women. progressive.org "Maximum pressure" sanctions have failed to change policies in Pyongyang, and have had grave human costs.

Staff (2019-11-12). Vowing to End Cash Bail & Reform Justice System, Chesa Boudin Wins San Francisco DA Race. democracynow.org In a stunning victory, public defender Chesa Boudin has been declared the winner of a hotly contested district attorney's race in San Francisco. Boudin ran on a platform to end cash bail and dismantle the war on drugs, and was endorsed by Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders. His win sends a pointed message to the Democratic establishment, which had mobilized in full force against his campaign. San Francisco Mayor London Breed, California Governor Gavin Newsom and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris all endorsed Boudin's opponent, Suzy Loftus. Boudin is the child of Weather Underground…

Staff (2019-11-12). The Edge of Democracy: Lula Is Freed in Brazil in Victory for Movement to Resist Bolsonaro. democracynow.org In Brazil, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was freed from prison Friday after 580 days behind bars. Lula's surprise release came after the Brazilian Supreme Court ruled to end the mandatory imprisonment of people convicted of crimes who are appealing their cases. He was serving a 12-year sentence over a disputed corruption and money laundering conviction handed down by conservative Judge Sérgio Moro, an ally of current far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, and has long maintained his innocence. Lula has vowed to challenge Bolsonaro in the 2022 elections. At the time of his imprisonment in April…

Staff (2019-11-12). "Seattle Is Not For Sale": Voters Rebuke Amazon, Re-electing Socialist Kshama Sawant. democracynow.org In Seattle, Socialist City Councilmember Kshama Sawant has been re-elected in a race that pitted her against Amazon — Seattle's largest private employer and one of the most powerful companies in the world. Overall, Amazon poured $1.5 million into Seattle's City Council election and backed Sawant's opponent, Egan Orion, with nearly half a million dollars. Kshama Sawant is Seattle's first Socialist politician elected in nearly a century. She has successfully pushed a number of progressive policies, including making Seattle the first major American city to adopt a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Kshama Sawant joins…

Staff (2019-11-12). Headlines for November 12, 2019. democracynow.org Longtime Bolivian President Evo Morales Takes Asylum in Mexico, Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on DACA Cases, Televised Impeachment Hearings to Start Tomorrow, Former MA Gov. Deval Patrick May Jump Into 2020 Race, NY Republican Congressman Peter King Retires, Donald Trump Jr. Heckled Off Stage by His Own Supporters, EPA to Restrict Scientific Research Used to Write Public Health Regulations, Israeli Military Kills Palestinian Commander in Targeted Assassination in Gaza, Afghan Government & Taliban Agree on Prisoner Exchange, Chilean Government Bows to Protests & Agrees to Rewrite Constitution, 260 Arrested in…

RT (2019-11-11). University of Virginia excoriated for ditching Veterans Day 21-gun salute 'because gun violence'. rt.com 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…

RT (2019-11-11). Tulsi Gabbard lawyer demanding retraction from Hillary Clinton over 'defamatory' Russian asset smear. rt.com 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…

RT (2019-11-11). Mainstream news makes Democrats mad as hell, but they keep coming back for more – poll. rt.com 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 more…

Ryan Devereaux (2019-11-11). Government Doesn't Want Trump or His Immigration Policies Mentioned in Retrial of Border Aid Worker Scott Warren. theintercept.com A new poll shows that most Americans oppose criminalizing aid, a reality U.S. attorneys hope to keep out of the Arizona courtroom where Warren is on trial.

Ryan Grim (2019-11-11). Mitch McConnell Faces Threat From Populist Challenger Charles Booker in Kentucky Senate Race. theintercept.com Sen. Mitch McConnell faces a new 2020 threat, as Kentucky state Rep. Charles Booker announced the formation of an exploratory committee on Monday. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is already being challenged by Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath, who ran and lost a winnable race for a Lexington-area House seat in 2018. | In the Democratic primary, Booker, who backs progressive policies like a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and a living wage, plans to run as a contrast to McGrath, who is running more to the center or the center-right. | In a 2018 run for Congress, her opponent, Rep. Andy Barr, made devastat…

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

Susan Price (2019-11-11). Hong Kong police encouraged to unleash violence against protesters. greenleft.org.au 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…

Staff (2019-11-11). Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Environmental Justice, Shutting Down Pipelines, Capitalism & Billionaires. democracynow.org 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 more.

Staff (2019-11-11). "This Is a Military Coup": Bolivian President Evo Morales Resigns After Army Calls for His Ouster. democracynow.org 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.

Staff (2019-11-11). Headlines for November 11, 2019. democracynow.org Longtime Bolivian President Evo Morales Resigns, Brazilian Former President Lula Freed from Prison, Haley Said Kelly and Tillerson Told Her to Work Against Trump, Syria: 8 Killed in Bombing in Tel Abyad, Iraq: Death Toll in Anti-Government Protests Rise to 319, Hong Kong: Police Shoot Student Protester at Close Range | , Cyclone Kills 20 in Bangladesh & India; Wildfires Rage in Australia | , Germans Mark 30th Anniversary of Fall of Berlin Wall | , Hundreds Protest Construction of Trump's Border Wall in Sonoran Desert | , Kshama Sawant Declares Victory in Seattle City Council Race | , Chesa Boudin Wins San Francis…

RT (2019-11-10). 'Arrogance of billionaires': Bernie Sanders slams Michael Bloomberg's potential run without campaigning in key states. rt.com 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…

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

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

RT (2019-11-09). GOP wants Hunter Biden, whistleblower to testify in impeachment probe, Schiff seeks to shield them. rt.com 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…

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

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

Staff (2019-11-08). Warren, Booker & Steyer to Take Part in First-Ever Presidential Forum on Environmental Justice. democracynow.org 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…

Staff (2019-11-08). "We Can't Afford to Wait for the DNC": Why Black Lawmakers Organized an Environmental Justice Forum. democracynow.org 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…

Staff (2019-11-08). Remembering the 1968 Orangeburg Massacre When Police Shot Dead Three Unarmed Black Students. democracynow.org 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…

Staff (2019-11-08). Headlines for November 8, 2019. democracynow.org George Kent: Giuliani Carried Out Smear Campaign Against U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, U.S. and China Aim to Roll Back Some Tariffs, "A Warning": Anonymous Senior Official Slams Trump in New Book, Michael Bloomberg Preparing to Jump Into 2020 Race, Sanders Immigration Plan: Abolish ICE & Create Path to Citizenship, Undocumented Students to Stage Walkout to Support DACA, Report: DHS to Have Biometric Data on 260 Million People, Iraq: Security Forces Continue Bloody Crackdown on Anti-Government Protesters, Tensions Rise in Bolivia over Disputed Presidential Election, Brazil Sides with U.S. at U.N. Vote Condemning U.S…

Janine Jackson (2019-11-07). 'This Is a Huge Opportunity to Create an Energy System Rooted in Climate Justice' – CounterSpin interview with Johanna Bozuwa on public utilities. fair.org 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…

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

Staff (2019-11-07). Ex-Twitter Workers Charged with Spying for Saudis as Part of Kingdom's Growing Crackdown on Dissent. democracynow.org 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…

Staff (2019-11-07). "The Pollinators": New Film Shows How Decline of Bee Colonies Could Mean Collapse of Food Chain. democracynow.org 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…

Staff (2019-11-07). Algerian Protesters Are Still in the Streets, Months After Pushing Out Longtime President Bouteflika. democracynow.org 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…

Staff (2019-11-07). Headlines for November 7, 2019. democracynow.org Televised Impeachment Hearings Begin Next Week, Sessions to Run for Old Senate Seat; Pressley Endorses Warren, Trump Expands Military Mission in Syria Aimed at Controlling Oil Fields, Esper to Urge Trump Not to Intervene in Cases of Soldiers Accused of Murder, Judge Voids Trump Rule Allowing Medical Workers to Deny Care on Religious Grounds, ProPublica: Pence's Office Meddled in Foreign Aid Money to Favor Christians, DOJ Charges Ex-Twitter Employees; California Investigates Facebook, New Zealand Approves Landmark Climate Legislation Aimed at Zero Carbon Emissions, U.S.-Manufactured Ammunition Used in Massacre of…

Staff (2019-11-06). Dems Win Big on Election Day, Flipping Virginia Legislature & Ousting Trump-Backed Kentucky Gov. democracynow.org 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…

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

Matt Bruenig (2019-11-05). The Leisure Agenda Will Give Americans Less Work and More Free Time. peoplespolicyproject.org 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…

Lucas Koerner (2019-11-05). Media Conceal Chile's State Criminality, Delegitimize Bolivian Democracy. fair.org 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…

Matt Bruenig (2019-11-03). Warren's Medicare Head Tax Would Be About $9,500. peoplespolicyproject.org 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…

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

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

Reese Erlich (2019-11-01). Foreign Correspondent: Boris, Brexit, and the British Elections. progressive.org 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.

Matt Bruenig (2019-11-01). Warren's Perpetual Medicare Head Tax Is Unworkable and Bad. peoplespolicyproject.org 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…

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

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

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

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

splcenter (2019-10-25). Weekend Read: If your vote didn't matter, they wouldn't fight so hard to block it. splcenter.org 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.

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

Matt Bruenig (2019-10-24). New Poll Finds Voters Strongly Oppose Employer Insurance. peoplespolicyproject.org Many centrist pundits have convinced themselves that Medicare for All (M4A) is unpopular because, when you include certain details about M4A in polling questions, support levels drop significantly. But in convincing themselves of this, centrist pundits seem remarkably incurious about whether this same thing occurs for employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) when you include certain details about it in polling questions. | Earlier this week, Emerson Polling helped answer this question when it aske…

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-23). Trump Says US War With Iran May Be Soon, Putin/Erdogan Syria Deal & Iraq Says No US Troops Allowed. thelastamericanvagabond.com 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 …

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-22). US Stays In Syria, Kurds Call On Israel To Attack Turkey & US Says Israel Has 'Right' To Attack Iran. thelastamericanvagabond.com 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 …

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-21). Turkey Breaks Ceasefire, US "Secures Syria's Oil" & Assange's Torture & Violation Of Rights Exposed. thelastamericanvagabond.com 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 …

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-19). Donald Best Interview — The Systematic Eradication Of Independent Media & Independent Thought. thelastamericanvagabond.com 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 …

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-18). Kurds Say Turkey Used Chem Weapons & US Announces Syria Ceasefire That Turkey Says Isn't A Ceasefire. thelastamericanvagabond.com 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 …

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-17). Iran 'Has Evidence' US, Israel, Saudis Attacked Tanker & Why The Kurds In Syria Are Just Terrorists. thelastamericanvagabond.com 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 …

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-16). Peter Santenello Interview — The Truth About Iran & Its Sharp Contrast With The MSM Narrative. thelastamericanvagabond.com 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 …

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

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-09). US 'Walks Back' Syria "Withdrawal," Kurd's '10,000 ISIS' Warning & The FBI 'Violated Privacy Rights'. thelastamericanvagabond.com 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 (10/8/19). 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 …

Matt Bruenig (2019-09-28). Fining Corporations That Pollute Carbon Is Quite Popular. peoplespolicyproject.org Earlier this year, Data For Progress released polling data from YouGov that showed that carbon taxes are popular among the general public and enormously popular among Democrats. | Indeed, the overall level of support for a carbon tax is identical to the level of support for a job guarantee, which DFP describes as a margin that is "nothing short of stunning." | What was especially remarkable about DFP's result is that they asked the question in a…