Monthly Archives: October 2019

2019-10-26: News Headlines

Jacob Bacharach (2019-10-26). Hillary Clinton Spoils the Party. truthdig.com In the middle of October, Hillary Clinton managed to perform a minor political miracle. By baselessly speculating that Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, was a "favorite of the Russians" and preparing to run as an independent, she revived one of the more quixotic, eccentric and moribund campaigns of this election cycle while spoiling a primary that has proved shockingly substantive for a major party in the United States. | Gabbard "clapped back," tweeting that Hillary was "the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party." The congresswoman then p…

Staff (2019-10-26). The Frenzy About Russia Has Undermined Progressive Agendas. truthout.org When Donald Trump won the presidency, crucial questions begged to be addressed: How could it happen? Was Hillary Clinton seen by voters as too close to Wall Street, too aligned with wealthy elites? Was Bernie Sanders correct that loyalty to the billionaire class would undermine the Democratic ticket's appeal to working-class voters? | Those were hardly the kinds of questions that Democratic Party leaders and corporate media wanted to put in the national spotlight. Instead, they quickly shifted the focus [mdash…

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-10-26). Trump's Antiwar Speech Deserved a Better Reception. truthdig.com There were parts of President Trump's latest speech on Syria, which, if read without the sound of The Donald's gruff, bombastic voice, sounded a whole lot like Bernie Sanders might've delivered it. | That's right, sandwiched between Trump's standard braggadocio about how he single-handedly secured "a better future for Syria and for the Middle East," and his cynical pivot to decry his opponents' supposed desire to accept "unlimited migration from war-torn regions" across the U.S. border, was one of the s…

R. Robertson (2019-10-26). Calling for State Control of PG&E. indybay.org On October 25, PG&E admitted its electrical equipment may have ignited the Sonoma County fire. This despite blackouts imposed across Northern California to prevent blazes. In the San Francisco Bay Area, East Bay Democratic Socialists for America say we need to replace private utilities. A new group on the horizon, Utility Justice Campaign, will also call call for state control of PG&E. | Photo of The Camp Fire of 2018 by Unicorn Riot…

Dean Baker (2019-10-26). Senator Warren is Exactly Right. commondreams.org Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaking at the Heartland Forum in Storm Lake, Iowa on March 31, 2019. (Photo: Lori Shaull/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/warren_donors_0.jpg

Staff (2019-10-26). Together, Trump Campaign and RNC Raised a Record-Breaking $334 Million. truthout.org Democrats are growing weary of the formidable fundraising machine at President Donald Trump's disposal. The Trump campaign, together with the Republican National Committee, have combined to raise a record-breaking $334 million to advance…

WSWS (2019-10-26). Chicago Teachers Union and Democratic Party conspire to end Chicago teachers strike. wsws.org The powerful strike by 32,000 Chicago teachers is in danger of being isolated and betrayed by the Chicago Teachers Union.

Staff (2019-10-26). Here's How the US Could Afford "Medicare for All" truthout.org Health care is Americans' number-one priority, based on recent polls, so it's no wonder it's been a hot topic in the Democratic primary. | Every candidate is offering a plan, r…

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 …

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-10-26). 'This Is Who I Am': Bernie Sanders, Citing Long Record of Fighting for Progressive Politics, Calls Age a Strength for 2020. commondreams.org "What distinguishes my candidacy from the others is I have been fighting for the working families of this country for many, many decades." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sanders.age_.jpg

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-10-26). 'For Sale': News That Trump Selling DC Hotel Draws Criticism, Protest. commondreams.org "We've long known that Donald Trump has put our democracy up for sale." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/tax_march_1.jpg

Staff (2019-10-26). Argentina and Uruguay Voters Face Surge of Religious and Conservative Candidates. truthout.org Voters in both Argentina and Uruguay will go to the polls for national elections this Sunday, where they will face unprecedented numbers of religious, conservative or openly 'anti-gender' candidates. | An investigation from openDemocracy and Economía Feminista, a gender-focused data journalism platform in Argentina, has reviewed the positions of hundreds of candidates in both countries, on issues including legal abortion, sex education and LGBTI…

Shawgi Tell (2019-10-26). Charter School Advocates Are Hypocritical and Out-of-Touch. dissidentvoice.org On Monday, October 21, 2019, democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren issued her plan for K-12 public education. In it, she outlines her opposition to charter schools. A brief excerpt from a section of the plan titled, Combating the Privatization and Corruption of Our Public Schools, states: To keep our traditional public school systems strong, we …

Julie Hollar (2019-10-25). Fretting About Progressives' 'Electability,' Establishment Dems Are Really Worried About Their Power in the Party. fair.org by Julie Hollar | With Joe Biden struggling as frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, a surging Elizabeth Warren has begun to emerge as the party establishment's new bogeyman—and corporate media are ready and willing to transmit insiders' panicked calls for new "moderate" entrants to the race. | On the same day earlier this week, the Washington Post and the New York Times ran twin articles:…

Tim Libretti (2019-10-25). Who (besides the rich) actually thinks wealth taxes are a bad idea? peoplesworld.org The wealth taxes Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have proposed continue to provoke the malice of Wall Street, corporate Democrats, and now even other Democratic candidates running for president. As I have written in People's World (here and here), the intensity of the energy devoted to this criticism, combined with the lack of …

Staff (2019-10-25). Is Rikers Island Really Closing? Or is De Blasio Misrepresenting the NYC Council Vote? therealnews.com Eddie Conway spoke with organizer Albert Saint-Jean from Just Immigration about the impact of the NYC Council borough-based jail vote, about nonprofits that are funding more incarceration, and the misreporting of Rikers Jail closing.

RT (2019-10-25). Tulsi Gabbard ditches congressional race to focus on presidential — triggering #TulsiStein conspiracy theorists. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard has abandoned her race for re-election in Hawaii to focus on securing her party's presidential nomination, kicking the 'Russian asset' conspiracy theorizing into high gear. | Gabbard announced on Friday that she would not seek re-election to Congress, declaring she would focus instead on the presidential race. Promising to "end our interventionist foreign policy of being the world's police, toppling dictators and governments we don't like, and redirect our precious resources towards serving the needs of the people here at home," she "humbly" asked her Hawaii consti…

Forrest Hylton (2019-10-25). Colombia Diary: Higher Ed Under Threat. counterpunch.org Recent events in Chile and Ecuador reverberate throughout South America and indeed the world. Confronted with violent government repression, by insisting on reasoned argument, critical thinking, and mass direct action, non-violent student movements in South America offer hope at a time when authoritarianism threatens democratic citizenship worldwide. In Colombia, one of Washington's closest allies in More

RT (2019-10-25). Gabbard announces she won't seek re-election to Congress, says White House run is priority. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) said she will not vie for a seat in Congress for the fifth time, asking voters to support her bid for the Oval Office so she can end the US' "interventionist foreign policy." | In a six-minute video message released on Thursday, Gabbard said she was "grateful" to her constituents in Hawaii's second congressional district for making her their representative since 2012, but noted that she's amassed enough experience as a lawmaker and a soldier to assume the reigns in the White House. … best serve the people of Hawai ªi & our country as President and C…

Staff (2019-10-25). Facebook's Threat to Democracy Could Motivate Redefinition of Anti-Trust Laws. therealnews.com Mark Zuckerberg's Capitol Hill testimony shows just how dangerous Facebook has become to democracy and the need for public debate around how to deal with the company.

Staff (2019-10-25). Judge Hands Democrats a Victory in Impeachment Inquiry. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — A judge on Friday ordered the Justice Department to give the House secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, handing a victory to Democrats as they gather evidence for the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. | In a ruling that also affirmed the legality of the impeachment inquiry itself, U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell ordered the department to turn over the materials by Oct. 30. A Justice Department spokeswoman said it was reviewing the decision. The administration can appeal. | The ruling in favor of the House Judiciary Committee…

Emile Schepers (2019-10-25). Virginia races prove local elections matter. peoplesworld.org PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va.—On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Virginians will vote for all 40 members of the state Senate and all 100 members of the lower house of the General Assembly, the House of Delegates. This legislative election has been seen as having national importance. The current Republican majority in both houses is razor thin. If …

ANIS SHIVANI (2019-10-25). Five Questions for Elizabeth Warren. counterpunch.org Dear Senator Warren, I'm not particularly interested in rehearsing old critiques of your life and work for their own sake, but I do think it's important that voters, just a few months away from the all-important Iowa and New Hampshire contests, get a better sense of your policy priorities and values. In the ongoing debates More

Aída Chávez (2019-10-25). Trade Unions Join Pharma to Attack Democrats Over Bill to Lower Drug Prices. theintercept.com A mailer, made by a coalition of construction unions and big pharma, claims that the drug-pricing bill would "eliminate millions of American jobs."

Jared Bernstein, Dean Baker (2019-10-25). Blame the Economic Policies, Not the Robots. counterpunch.org The claim that automation is responsible for massive job losses has been made in almost every one of the Democratic debates. In the last debate, technology entrepreneur Andrew Yang told of automation closing stores on Main Street and of self-driving trucks that would shortly displace "3.5 million truckers or the 7 million Americans who work More

Padraig McGrath (2019-10-25). "Exporting Democracy" to Bolivia. globalresearch.ca On October 23rd, Bolivian president Evo Morales gave a press-conference in which he stated that a right-wing coup d'etat was underway in the country. With victory practically assured in the first round of the presidential election, the returning incumbent claimed …

Fight Back (2019-10-25). Tallahassee activists 'Say her name' and demand justice for victims of police crimes. fightbacknews.org Tallahassee, FL – On October 22, a lively group rallied in the streets of the historic Florida capital city, chanting "Say her name," "Black lives matter" and "Justice for Atatiana." The action was a part of the National Day Against Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. | The protest brought attention to a recent case of police brutality: that of 28-year-old African American Atatiana Jefferson, who was shot in her own home by Fort Worth, Texas police officer Aaron Dean. | Tallahassee Community Action Committee and Tallahassee Students for a Democratic Society organized the protest…

commondreams (2019-10-25). Senate Democrats Release Clean Cars for America plan. commondreams.org ______________________________…

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 …

Lee Fang (2019-10-25). Joe Biden's Super PAC Is Being Organized by Corporate Lobbyists for Health Care Industry, Weapons Makers, Finance. theintercept.com Among the individuals are Steve Schale and Larry Rasky. The Super PAC could inject badly needed cash into the Biden campaign.

David Yearsley (2019-10-25). Joe Biden and the Lackawanna Blues. counterpunch.org On Wednesday morning Joe Biden shuffled into Scranton, Pennsylvania, a couple hours' drive south from my place in Ithaca, New York. He spoke at the city's Cultural Center housed in a monumental, neo-Gothic building that was once the Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite Cathedral, completed in 1928, the year before the Great Depression. Scranton, and More

Steve Phillips (2019-10-25). Impeachment Polls Show Democrats Are Wooing the Wrong White People. thenation.com Impeachment Polls Show Democrats Are Wooing the Wrong White People…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-10-25). House Dems Take Aim at 'Trust Fund Babies' With Estate Tax Designed to Combat Obscene Wealth Inequality. commondreams.org California Congressman Jimmy Gomez on Friday introduced legislation in the Democrat-controlled U.S. House that aims to address "our country's rapidly increasing wealth inequality by strengthening the estate tax and ensuring the wealthiest among us pay their fair share." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/tax_rich_1.jpg

Staff (2019-10-25). "State of Emergency": Special Report on California's Criminalization of Growing Homeless Encampments. democracynow.org In a _Democracy Now!_ special report, we look at the rise in homelessness in many major cities across the United States. California has become…

Staff (2019-10-25). Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Found Found Guilty of Conspiracy at Naval Base Housing Nuclear Arsenal. democracynow.org In Georgia, a federal grand jury on Thursday found seven Catholic peace activists guilty on three felony counts and a misdemeanor charge for breaking into the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base on April 4, 2018. The activists, known as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, entered the base armed with hammers, crime scene tape, baby bottles containing their own blood, and an indictment charging the U.S. government with crimes against peace. The base is home to at least six nuclear ballistic missile submarines, each of which carries 20 Trident thermonuclear weapons. The activists said they were following the prophet Isaiah's com…

Staff (2019-10-25). Rashida Tlaib to Mark Zuckerberg: Why Haven't You Stopped Hate Groups From Organizing on Facebook? democracynow.org We feature more highlights from the five-hour grilling of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week on Capitol Hill, where Michigan Congressmember Rashida Tlaib said she feared that far-right hate groups were using Facebook event pages to incite violence against Muslims and other minorities — including death threats directed at her office. Tlaib asked to be seen not only as a Congresswoman, but also as "a mother that is raising two Muslim boys in this pretty dark time in our world." Meanwhile, California Congressmember Katie Porter pinned Zuckerberg down on Facebook's privacy policies. "You are arguing in fede…

Staff (2019-10-25). "You Won't Take Down Lies or You Will?": AOC Grills Facebook's Zuckerberg on Lies in Political Ads. democracynow.org This week, as Facebook said it will not fact check political ads or hold politicians to its usual content standards, the social media giant's CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled for more than five hours by lawmakers on Capitol Hill on the company's policy of allowing politicians to lie in political advertisements, as well as its role in facilitating election interference and housing discrimination. We play highlights from New York Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ohio Congressmember Joyce Beatty, who asked Zuckerberg about Facebook's record on civil rights, which she called "appalling and disgusting." Bea…

Staff (2019-10-25). Headlines for October 25, 2019. democracynow.org Trump's Justice Department Opens Criminal Probe into Origins of Mueller Investigation, Trump Planning to Send Troops and Tanks to Eastern Syrian Oil Fields, U.N. to Probe Human Rights Abuses in Chile Amid Mass Protests, Ecuador's Indigenous Leaders Halt Talks with President Over Austerity Protests, Bolivia's Evo Morales Declares Election Victory as Opponents Cry Foul, Thousands March in Guinea to Oppose President's Bid for Third Term, Baltimore Congressmember Elijah Cummings Lies in State at U.S. Capitol, Joe Biden's Campaign Reverses Opposition to Super PACs, Protesters Demand New Jersey Offer Driver's Licenses…

Garry Leech (2019-10-25). Old White Men Like Me Need to Shut Up and Step Aside. counterpunch.org After more than 200 years of democracy in the United States and 400 years of global capitalism, the overwhelming majority of political and economic power still remains firmly entrenched in the hands of white males. This information isn't news to anyone; it has been widely known for a long time. And while older progressive white males, with the best intentions, often speak out in solidarity with marginalized populations, their voices are still the voices of privileged white males. Therefore, it's not only older conservative white males who need to shut up and step aside, it's ALL older white men. And that includes…

Rob Urie (2019-10-25). The DNC Versus Democracy. counterpunch.org With Bernie Sanders the people's choice for winner of the Democratic primary in terms of political organizing and campaign contributions, the powers-that-be in the DNC are putting out a call for establishment figures like Hillary Clinton or Michael Bloomberg to join the race. Not being 'reported' by the establishment press is that these same kingmakers 1) weighted the Democrat's choice against Mr. Sander's and towards Ms. Clinton in 2016 and lost and 2) chose Joe Biden as their 'heavyweight' candidate for 2020. More

Julie Hollar (2019-10-25). LGBTQ Issues Missing in Presidential Campaign Coverage. commondreams.org CNN showed a split-second glimpse of trans protesters at its LGBTQ town hall (10/10/19) before cutting back to candidate Pete Buttigieg. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/cnn-trans-protest.png

Tracy Keeling (2019-10-25). Nothing shows how rubbish Boris Johnson is as PM better than his latest humiliation. thecanary.co Boris Johnson is pressing for a general election by Christmas. Unfortunately for him, he's just suffered a humiliation that shows how rubbish he is at being PM. | "Every confidence": | When Johnson became PM in July, he gave a speech outside Downing Street. In it, he criticised the "pessimists" who he said thought "we are incapable of honouring a democratic mandate" (i.e. Brexit). He vowed: I am standing before you today to tell you the British…

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

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

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

RT (2019-10-24). Katie Hill hell breaks loose as GOP and Dem supporters clash over her naked pics, Nazi tattoo and affair with staffer. rt.com Photos of Democratic congresswoman Katie Hill smoking a bong in the nude – while sporting a Nazi symbol tattooed on her crotch – and making out with a staffer have thrown both Left and Right into a frenzy of blame and shame.

Akela Lacy (2019-10-24). House Democrat to Mark Zuckerberg: Does Facebook Rent Blocks of Rooms in Trump's Hotel and Not Use Them? theintercept.com Rep. Madeleine Dean asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg whether his company had tried to curry favor with Donald Trump by doing business at his hotel.

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

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

teleSUR (2019-10-24). US Senate Republicans Push Resolution Against Trump Impeachment. telesurenglish.net United States Republicans Thursday pressed their campaign to discredit the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, with an ally of the president introducing a U.S. Senate resolution calling the procedures used by House of Representatives Democrats unfair. | RELATED: | Unruly Bunch: US Republican Lawmakers Disrupt Trump Impeachment Inquiry | Forty-four of the 53 Republicans in the 100-seat Senate have signed on to the resolution, which urges the House to hold a formal vot…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Staff (2019-10-24). Headlines for October 24, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Lifts Sanctions on Turkey, Citing Ceasefire Agreement, Republican Lawmakers Disrupt Closed-Door Impeachment Hearing, Trump's Lawyer Argues the President Can't Be Prosecuted for Murder, Death Toll in Chile Protests Rises to 18 as Human Rights Groups Allege Torture, Spain Removes Remains of Francisco Franco from National Mausoleum, Julian Assange Appears Frail and Confused in London Court Hearing, 39 Bodies Found in Tractor-Trailer in Southeast England, Honduran Woman's Lawsuit Claims Years of Sexual Assault by ICE Agent, Immigrant Worker Injured in New Orleans Hotel Collapse Arrested by ICE, California Utili…

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

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

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

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

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

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 …

Jeet Heer (2019-10-23). Anybody but Bernie—or Warren. thenation.com Anybody but Bernie—or Warren…

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

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

Staff (2019-10-23). Headlines for October 23, 2019. democracynow.org Taylor Testifies Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Investigation of Hunter Biden, Trump Tweets Impeachment is a "Lynching," Sparking Widespread Condemnation, Turkey and Russia Reach Agreement on Northern Syria, Protests Erupt in Bolivia Over Allegations of Election Rigging, Chilean President Announces Reforms Aimed to Curb Massive Protests, Boris Johnson Loses Critical Brexit Vote, Canada's New Anti-Immigrant Party Is Crushed in National Elections, UAW Member Dies After Being Struck by Car Near Picket Line, Chicago Teachers Head into Second Week of Strike, New York's Probe of Facebook Backed by 46 Attorneys General, Mexi…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …

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

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

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

Staff (2019-10-22). Headlines for October 22, 2019. democracynow.org Erdogan Meets with Putin as Turkish Ceasefire in Syria Expires, William Taylor Testifies in Impeachment Hearings, NYT: U.S. Has Quietly Pulled Thousands of Troops Out of Afghanistan, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Held onto Power in Tight Elections, Israel: Netanyahu Fails to Form Coalition Government, Massive Protests Continue in Chile, Northern Ireland Decriminalizes Abortion & Legalizes Marriage Equality, Indonesia: Former General Prabowo Subianto to Join the Cabinet, ExxonMobil Goes on Trial in New York over Climate Change, Four Drug Companies Reach Settlement with Two Ohio Counties, Macy's to Stop Se…

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

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 …

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

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

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

Staff (2019-10-21). Headlines for October 21, 2019. democracynow.org U.S. Troops Leaving Syria Headed for Iraq, Anti-Government Protests Sweep the Globe, Bolivia Presidential Election Appears to Head for a Runoff, Brother of Honduran President Found Guilty of Cocaine Trafficking, Trump Says G7 Will Not Be Held at His Private Golf Course, Hillary Clinton Accuses Jill Stein, Tulsi Gabbard of Being Linked to Russia, Landmark Trial over Opioid Epidemic in Cleveland, Ohio, Tornado Rages Through Dallas, Leaving 100,000 Without Power, Judge Temporarily Blocks Florida Law Limiting Voting by Ex-Felons…

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

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 …

Staff (2019-10-18). Headlines for October 18, 2019. democracynow.org Under U.S. Deal, Turkish Occupation of Northern Syria Continues; Ethnic Cleansing Feared, "We Do That All the Time": Mulvaney Admits to Quid Pro Quo over Ukraine, Ambassador Sondland Confirms Giuliani Pushed Ukraine Policy, Energy Secretary Rick Perry to Resign, U.S. to Host G7 at Trump Resort in Possible Violation of Constitution, Civilian Casualties Reach New High in Afghanistan, Corbyn Urges Labour Party Members to Reject New Brexit Deal, Chicago Teacher Strike Enters Second Day, NYC City Council Backs Plan to Close Rikers as Activists Call for No New Jails, Cuban Asylum Seeker Dies in Solitary Confinement in…

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

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 …

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

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

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

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

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 …

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

Max Blumenthal (2019-10-14). DC's Atlantic Council raked in funding from Hunter Biden's corruption-stained employer while courting his VP father. thegrayzone.com The shady arrangement between the Atlantic Council and Burisma — the gas company at the center of the 'Ukrainegate' scandal…

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 …

2019-10-26: Social Media Postees

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Hillary Clinton Spoils the Party
Jacob Bacharach | truthdig.com | 2019-10-26
In the middle of October, Hillary Clinton managed to perform a minor political miracle. By baselessly speculating that Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, was a "favorite of the Russians" and preparing to run as an independent, she revived one of the more quixotic, eccentric and moribund campaigns of this election cycle while spoiling a primary that has proved shockingly substantive for a major party in the United States. | Gabbard "clapped back," tweeting that Hillary was "the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party." The congresswoman then p…
truthdig.com/articles/hillary-clinton-spoils-the-party/

The Frenzy About Russia Has Undermined Progressive Agendas
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-26
When Donald Trump won the presidency, crucial questions begged to be addressed: How could it happen? Was Hillary Clinton seen by voters as too close to Wall Street, too aligned with wealthy elites? Was Bernie Sanders correct that loyalty to the billionaire class would undermine the Democratic ticket's appeal to working-class voters? | Those were hardly the kinds of questions that Democratic Party leaders and corporate media wanted to put in the national spotlight. Instead, they quickly shifted the focus [mdash…
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Trump's Antiwar Speech Deserved a Better Reception
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-10-26
There were parts of President Trump's latest speech on Syria, which, if read without the sound of The Donald's gruff, bombastic voice, sounded a whole lot like Bernie Sanders might've delivered it. | That's right, sandwiched between Trump's standard braggadocio about how he single-handedly secured "a better future for Syria and for the Middle East," and his cynical pivot to decry his opponents' supposed desire to accept "unlimited migration from war-torn regions" across the U.S. border, was one of the s…
truthdig.com/articles/trumps-antiwar-speech-deserved-a-better-reception/

Calling for State Control of PG&E
R. Robertson | indybay.org | 2019-10-26
On October 25, PG&E admitted its electrical equipment may have ignited the Sonoma County fire. This despite blackouts imposed across Northern California to prevent blazes. In the San Francisco Bay Area, East Bay Democratic Socialists for America say we need to replace private utilities. A new group on the horizon, Utility Justice Campaign, will also call call for state control of PG&E. | Photo of The Camp Fire of 2018 by Unicorn Riot…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/10/26/18827618.php

Charter School Advocates Are Hypocritical and Out-of-Touch
Shawgi Tell | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-26
On Monday, October 21, 2019, democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren issued her plan for K-12 public education. In it, she outlines her opposition to charter schools. A brief excerpt from a section of the plan titled, Combating the Privatization and Corruption of Our Public Schools, states: To keep our traditional public school systems strong, we …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/charter-school-advocates-are-hypocritical-and-out-of-touch/

Senator Warren is Exactly Right
Dean Baker | commondreams.org | 2019-10-26
Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaking at the Heartland Forum in Storm Lake, Iowa on March 31, 2019. (Photo: Lori Shaull/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/warren_donors_0.jpg
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Chicago Teachers Union and Democratic Party conspire to end Chicago teachers strike
wsws.org | 2019-10-26
The powerful strike by 32,000 Chicago teachers is in danger of being isolated and betrayed by the Chicago Teachers Union.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/26/chic-o26.html

Together, Trump Campaign and RNC Raised a Record-Breaking $334 Million
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-26
Democrats are growing weary of the formidable fundraising machine at President Donald Trump's disposal. The Trump campaign, together with the Republican National Committee, have combined to raise a record-breaking $334 million to advance…
truthout.org/articles/together-trump-campaign-and-rnc-raised-a-record-breaking-334-million/

Here's How the US Could Afford "Medicare for All"
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-26
Health care is Americans' number-one priority, based on recent polls, so it's no wonder it's been a hot topic in the Democratic primary. | Every candidate is offering a plan, r…
truthout.org/articles/heres-how-the-us-could-afford-medicare-for-all/

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 …
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'This Is Who I Am': Bernie Sanders, Citing Long Record of Fighting for Progressive Politics, Calls Age a Strength for 2020
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-26
"What distinguishes my candidacy from the others is I have been fighting for the working families of this country for many, many decades." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sanders.age_.jpg
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'For Sale': News That Trump Selling DC Hotel Draws Criticism, Protest
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-26
"We've long known that Donald Trump has put our democracy up for sale." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/tax_march_1.jpg
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Argentina and Uruguay Voters Face Surge of Religious and Conservative Candidates
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-26
Voters in both Argentina and Uruguay will go to the polls for national elections this Sunday, where they will face unprecedented numbers of religious, conservative or openly 'anti-gender' candidates. | An investigation from openDemocracy and Economía Feminista, a gender-focused data journalism platform in Argentina, has reviewed the positions of hundreds of candidates in both countries, on issues including legal abortion, sex education and LGBTI…
truthout.org/articles/argentina-and-uruguay-voters-face-surge-of-religious-and-conservative-candidates/

Tulsi Gabbard ditches congressional race to focus on presidential — triggering #TulsiStein conspiracy theorists
rt.com | 2019-10-25
Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard has abandoned her race for re-election in Hawaii to focus on securing her party's presidential nomination, kicking the 'Russian asset' conspiracy theorizing into high gear. | Gabbard announced on Friday that she would not seek re-election to Congress, declaring she would focus instead on the presidential race. Promising to "end our interventionist foreign policy of being the world's police, toppling dictators and governments we don't like, and redirect our precious resources towards serving the needs of the people here at home," she "humbly" asked her Hawaii consti…
rt.com/usa/471865-tulsi-gabbard-president-stein-conspiracy/

Gabbard announces she won't seek re-election to Congress, says White House run is priority
rt.com | 2019-10-25
Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) said she will not vie for a seat in Congress for the fifth time, asking voters to support her bid for the Oval Office so she can end the US' "interventionist foreign policy." | In a six-minute video message released on Thursday, Gabbard said she was "grateful" to her constituents in Hawaii's second congressional district for making her their representative since 2012, but noted that she's amassed enough experience as a lawmaker and a soldier to assume the reigns in the White House. | … best serve the people of Hawai ªi & our country as President and C…
rt.com/usa/471789-gabbard-reelection-congress-campaign/

Who (besides the rich) actually thinks wealth taxes are a bad idea?
Tim Libretti | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-25
The wealth taxes Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have proposed continue to provoke the malice of Wall Street, corporate Democrats, and now even other Democratic candidates running for president. As I have written in People's World (here and here), the intensity of the energy devoted to this criticism, combined with the lack of …
peoplesworld.org/article/who-besides-the-rich-actually-thinks-wealth-taxes-are-a-bad-idea/

The DNC Versus Democracy
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
With Bernie Sanders the people's choice for winner of the Democratic primary in terms of political organizing and campaign contributions, the powers-that-be in the DNC are putting out a call for establishment figures like Hillary Clinton or Michael Bloomberg to join the race. Not being 'reported' by the establishment press is that these same kingmakers 1) weighted the Democrat's choice against Mr. Sander's and towards Ms. Clinton in 2016 and lost and 2) chose Joe Biden as their 'heavyweight' candidate for 2020.
counterpunch.org/2019/10/25/the-dnc-versus-democracy/

Five Questions for Elizabeth Warren
ANIS SHIVANI | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
Dear Senator Warren, I'm not particularly interested in rehearsing old critiques of your life and work for their own sake, but I do think it's important that voters, just a few months away from the all-important Iowa and New Hampshire contests, get a better sense of your policy priorities and values. In the ongoing debates…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/25/five-questions-for-elizabeth-warren/

Fretting About Progressives' 'Electability,' Establishment Dems Are Really Worried About Their Power in the Party
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2019-10-25
by Julie Hollar | With Joe Biden struggling as frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, a surging Elizabeth Warren has begun to emerge as the party establishment's new bogeyman–and corporate media are ready and willing to transmit insiders' panicked calls for new "moderate" entrants to the race. | On the same day earlier this week, the Washington Post and the New York Times ran twin articles:…
fair.org/home/fretting-about-progressives-electability-establishment-dems-are-really-worried-about-their-power-in-the-party/

Is Rikers Island Really Closing? Or is De Blasio Misrepresenting the NYC Council Vote?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-25
Eddie Conway spoke with organizer Albert Saint-Jean from Just Immigration about the impact of the NYC Council borough-based jail vote, about nonprofits that are funding more incarceration, and the misreporting of Rikers Jail closing.
therealnews.com/stories/rikers-closing-misrepresented-de-blasio

Judge Hands Democrats a Victory in Impeachment Inquiry
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-25
WASHINGTON — A judge on Friday ordered the Justice Department to give the House secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, handing a victory to Democrats as they gather evidence for the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. | In a ruling that also affirmed the legality of the impeachment inquiry itself, U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell ordered the department to turn over the materials by Oct. 30. A Justice Department spokeswoman said it was reviewing the decision. The administration can appeal. | The ruling in favor of the House Judiciary Committee…
truthdig.com/articles/judge-hands-democrats-a-victory-in-impeachment-inquiry/

"Exporting Democracy" to Bolivia
Padraig McGrath | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-25
On October 23rd, Bolivian president Evo Morales gave a press-conference in which he stated that a right-wing coup d'etat was underway in the country. With victory practically assured in the first round of the presidential election, the returning incumbent claimed …
globalresearch.ca/exporting-democracy-bolivia/5693072

Tallahassee activists 'Say her name' and demand justice for victims of police crimes
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-10-25
Tallahassee, FL – On October 22, a lively group rallied in the streets of the historic Florida capital city, chanting "Say her name," "Black lives matter" and "Justice for Atatiana." The action was a part of the National Day Against Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. | The protest brought attention to a recent case of police brutality: that of 28-year-old African American Atatiana Jefferson, who was shot in her own home by Fort Worth, Texas police officer Aaron Dean. | Tallahassee Community Action Committee and Tallahassee Students for a Democratic Society organized the protest…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/10/25/tallahassee-activists-say-her-name-and-demand-justice-victims-police-crimes

Trade Unions Join Pharma to Attack Democrats Over Bill to Lower Drug Prices
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-10-25
A mailer, made by a coalition of construction unions and big pharma, claims that the drug-pricing bill would "eliminate millions of American jobs."
theintercept.com/2019/10/25/drug-pricing-bill-democrats-pharma-union/

Blame the Economic Policies, Not the Robots
Jared Bernstein, Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
The claim that automation is responsible for massive job losses has been made in almost every one of the Democratic debates. In the last debate, technology entrepreneur Andrew Yang told of automation closing stores on Main Street and of self-driving trucks that would shortly displace…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/25/blame-the-economic-policies-not-the-robots/

Senate Democrats Release Clean Cars for America plan
commondreams.org | 2019-10-25
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Old White Men Like Me Need to Shut Up and Step Aside
Garry Leech | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
After more than 200 years of democracy in the United States and 400 years of global capitalism, the overwhelming majority of political and economic power still remains firmly entrenched in the hands of white males. This information isn't news to anyone; it has been widely known for a long time. And while older progressive white males, with the best intentions, often speak out in solidarity with marginalized populations, their voices are still the voices of privileged white males. Therefore, it's not only older conservative white males who need to shut up and step aside, it's ALL older white men. And that includes…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/25/old-white-men-like-me-need-to-shut-up-and-step-aside/

Colombia Diary: Higher Ed Under Threat
Forrest Hylton | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
Recent events in Chile and Ecuador reverberate throughout South America and indeed the world. Confronted with violent government repression, by insisting on reasoned argument, critical thinking, and mass direct action, non-violent student movements in South America offer hope at a time when authoritarianism threatens democratic citizenship worldwide. In Colombia, one of Washington's closest allies in…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/25/colombia-diary-higher-ed-under-threat/

Facebook's Threat to Democracy Could Motivate Redefinition of Anti-Trust Laws
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-25
Mark Zuckerberg's Capitol Hill testimony shows just how dangerous Facebook has become to democracy and the need for public debate around how to deal with the company.
therealnews.com/stories/facebook-democracy-anti-trust-laws

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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/trump-send-possibly-thousands-of-troops-tanks-to-secure-syrias-oil-iraq-goes-un-over-us/

Virginia races prove local elections matter
Emile Schepers | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-25
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va.–On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Virginians will vote for all 40 members of the state Senate and all 100 members of the lower house of the General Assembly, the House of Delegates. This legislative election has been seen as having national importance. The current Republican majority in both houses is razor thin. If …
peoplesworld.org/article/virginia-races-prove-local-elections-matter/

Joe Biden's Super PAC Is Being Organized by Corporate Lobbyists for Health Care Industry, Weapons Makers, Finance
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2019-10-25
Among the individuals are Steve Schale and Larry Rasky. The Super PAC could inject badly needed cash into the Biden campaign.
theintercept.com/2019/10/25/joe-biden-super-pac/

Centrists—Or Neoliberals–Control the Party and the Media and They're Risking Losing to Trump Again in 2020
John Atcheson | commondreams.org | 2019-10-25
When the centrist neoliberals tell you that change is incremental, what they're really saying is they don't want that much change. And the reason they don't is that they are beholden to corporations and rich folks. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/joebiden_2.jpeg
commondreams.org/views/2019/10/25/centrists-or-neoliberals-control-party-and-media-and-theyre-risking-losing-trump?cd-origin=rss

Joe Biden and the Lackawanna Blues
David Yearsley | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
On Wednesday morning Joe Biden shuffled into Scranton, Pennsylvania, a couple hours' drive south from my place in Ithaca, New York. He spoke at the city's Cultural Center housed in a monumental, neo-Gothic building that was once the Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite Cathedral, completed in 1928, the year before the Great Depression. Scranton, and…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/25/joe-biden-and-the-lackawanna-blues/

Impeachment Polls Show Democrats Are Wooing the Wrong White People
Steve Phillips | thenation.com | 2019-10-25
Impeachment Polls Show Democrats Are Wooing the Wrong White People…
thenation.com/article/white-support-trump-impeachment/

LGBTQ Issues Missing in Presidential Campaign Coverage
Julie Hollar | commondreams.org | 2019-10-25
CNN showed a split-second glimpse of trans protesters at its LGBTQ town hall (10/10/19) before cutting back to candidate Pete Buttigieg. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/cnn-trans-protest.png
commondreams.org/views/2019/10/25/lgbtq-issues-missing-presidential-campaign-coverage?cd-origin=rss

House Dems Take Aim at 'Trust Fund Babies' With Estate Tax Designed to Combat Obscene Wealth Inequality
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-25
California Congressman Jimmy Gomez on Friday introduced legislation in the Democrat-controlled U.S. House that aims to address "our country's rapidly increasing wealth inequality by strengthening the estate tax and ensuring the wealthiest among us pay their fair share." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/tax_rich_1.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/25/house-dems-take-aim-trust-fund-babies-estate-tax-designed-combat-obscene-wealth?cd-origin=rss

Nothing shows how rubbish Boris Johnson is as PM better than his latest humiliation
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2019-10-25
Boris Johnson is pressing for a general election by Christmas. Unfortunately for him, he's just suffered a humiliation that shows how rubbish he is at being PM. | "Every confidence": | When Johnson became PM in July, he gave a speech outside Downing Street. In it, he criticised the "pessimists" who he said thought "we are incapable of honouring a democratic mandate" (i.e. Brexit). He vowed: I am standing before you today to tell you the British…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/10/25/nothing-shows-how-rubbish-boris-johnson-is-as-pm-better-than-his-latest-humiliation/

"State of Emergency": Special Report on California's Criminalization of Growing Homeless Encampments
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-25
In a _Democracy Now!_ special report, we look at the rise in homelessness in many major cities across the United States. California has become…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/25/state_of_emergency_special_report_on

"You Won't Take Down Lies or You Will?": AOC Grills Facebook's Zuckerberg on Lies in Political Ads
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-25
This week, as Facebook said it will not fact check political ads or hold politicians to its usual content standards, the social media giant's CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled for more than five hours by lawmakers on Capitol Hill on the company's policy of allowing politicians to lie in political advertisements, as well as its role in facilitating election interference and housing discrimination. We play highlights from New York Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ohio Congressmember Joyce Beatty, who asked Zuckerberg about Facebook's record on civil rights, which she called "appalling and disgusting." Bea…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/25/you_should_have_known_better_lawmakers

Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Found Found Guilty of Conspiracy at Naval Base Housing Nuclear Arsenal
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-25
In Georgia, a federal grand jury on Thursday found seven Catholic peace activists guilty on three felony counts and a misdemeanor charge for breaking into the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base on April 4, 2018. The activists, known as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, entered the base armed with hammers, crime scene tape, baby bottles containing their own blood, and an indictment charging the U.S. government with crimes against peace. The base is home to at least six nuclear ballistic missile submarines, each of which carries 20 Trident thermonuclear weapons. The activists said they were following the prophet Isaiah's com…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/25/kings_bay_plowshares_7_found_found

Rashida Tlaib to Mark Zuckerberg: Why Haven't You Stopped Hate Groups From Organizing on Facebook?
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-25
We feature more highlights from the five-hour grilling of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week on Capitol Hill, where Michigan Congressmember Rashida Tlaib said she feared that far-right hate groups were using Facebook event pages to incite violence against Muslims and other minorities — including death threats directed at her office. Tlaib asked to be seen not only as a Congresswoman, but also as "a mother that is raising two Muslim boys in this pretty dark time in our world." Meanwhile, California Congressmember Katie Porter pinned Zuckerberg down on Facebook's privacy policies. "You are arguing in fede…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/25/facebook_hearing_rashida_tlaib_katie_porter

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

U.S. 'democracy' for $ale: Hong Kong protesters in NYC unmasked
Sara Flounders | workers.org | 2019-10-24
'Rally in a box' being unpacked, Oct. 13, New York City. I watched as a prefab "rally in a box" about Hong Kong opened up here on Oct. 13. I don't know if this rally was funded directly by the notorious U.S. National Endowment for Democracy, a congressionally funded agency . . . | Continue reading U.S. 'democracy' for $ale: Hong Kong protesters in NYC unmasked at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/10/44151/

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

US Senate Republicans Push Resolution Against Trump Impeachment
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-24
United States Republicans Thursday pressed their campaign to discredit the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, with an ally of the president introducing a U.S. Senate resolution calling the procedures used by House of Representatives Democrats unfair. | RELATED: | Unruly Bunch: US Republican Lawmakers Disrupt Trump Impeachment Inquiry | Forty-four of the 53 Republicans in the 100-seat Senate have signed on to the resolution, which urges the House to hold a formal vot…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Senate-Republicans-Push-Resolution-Against-Trump-Impeachment-20191024-0017.html

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

House Democrat to Mark Zuckerberg: Does Facebook Rent Blocks of Rooms in Trump's Hotel and Not Use Them?
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-10-24
Rep. Madeleine Dean asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg whether his company had tried to curry favor with Donald Trump by doing business at his hotel.
theintercept.com/2019/10/24/mark-zuckerberg-testimony-congress-facebook-trump-hotel/

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

Katie Hill hell breaks loose as GOP and Dem supporters clash over her naked pics, Nazi tattoo and affair with staffer
rt.com | 2019-10-24
Photos of Democratic congresswoman Katie Hill smoking a bong in the nude – while sporting a Nazi symbol tattooed on her crotch – and making out with a staffer have thrown both Left and Right into a frenzy of blame and shame. | …
rt.com/usa/471776-katie-hill-nazi-nudes-affairs/

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

'Fundamentally broken': Student loan official with Trump admin quits, calls for debt forgiveness and wants to be a senator
rt.com | 2019-10-24
A Trump administration student loan official has left his post, blasting a "broken" loan system and calling for college debt forgiveness. Though it's is a popular progressive view, he's planning to run for office as Republican. | A. Wayne Johnson stepped down from his post at the Office of Federal Student Aid on Thursday, offering a blistering critique of a system that has saddled the average borrower with tens of thousands of dollars in debt that cannot be canceled or, increasingly, repaid. Americans owe $1.5 trillion in student loan debt, and 40 percent of them are expected to default on it by 2023. | Also o…
rt.com/usa/471774-student-loan-official-quits-debts/

Trump's Kurdish Betrayal Gives Peace a Bad Name
Robert L. Borosage | thenation.com | 2019-10-24
Trump's Kurdish Betrayal Gives Peace a Bad Name…
thenation.com/article/trump-peace-kurds-democrats/

America's Military Mania Is Hurting Democracy
William Astore | thenation.com | 2019-10-24
America's Military Mania Is Hurting Democracy…
thenation.com/article/militarism-donald-trump-america/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/trump-says-us-war-with-iran-may-be-soon-putin-erdogan-syria-deal-iraq-says-no-us-troops-allowed/

Anybody but Bernie–or Warren
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-10-23
Anybody but Bernie–or Warren…
thenation.com/article/money-politics-democrats/

Workers Are Not Your Props
Jane McAlevey | thenation.com | 2019-10-23
Workers Are Not Your Props…
thenation.com/article/democratic-party-trade-unions-gm-strike/

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

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

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

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

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

Greater Middle East Project of Chaos: The Management of Savagery
Roger D. Harris | mintpressnews.com | 2019-10-22
The refugee crises coming out of the Middle East, generated by the forever wars and accompanying economic sanctions (more accurately, illegal unilateral coercive measures), have consequently fueled xenophobia both in the US and abroad. This, in turn, has fostered an ascendant wave of rightists. "Trump's election," author Max Blumenthal contends, "would not have been possible without 9/11 and the subsequent military interventionism conceived by the national security state."
mintpressnews.com/greater-middle-east-project-chaos-management-savagery/262449/

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

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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/us-stays-syria-kurds-call-on-israel-attack-turkey-us-says-israel-has-right-attack-iran/

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: Bernie Sanders Would "Transform the Lives of Poor and Working-Class People"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-22
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, an assistant professor at Princeton University, has just published a book about the racial wealth gap and falling rate of homeownership by African Americans. Her book is titled "Race For Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Home Ownership." Taylor speaks with us about the 2020 presidential candidates' platforms, including Senator Bernie Sanders's proposed wealth tax. She says Sanders's policies bring "to light the connection between the systemic forces that drive inequality and the impact that they have in people's lives."
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/22/keeanga_yamahtta_taylor_2020_presidential_candidate

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

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

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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/turkey-breaks-ceasefire-us-secures-syrias-oil-assanges-torture-violation-of-rights-exposed/

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

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

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

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

Max Blumenthal on why Hillary Clinton smeared Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-10-20
Hillary Clinton has smeared Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein as Russian assets, and almost no Democratic politicians are pushing back….
thegrayzone.com/2019/10/20/max-blumenthal-on-why-hillary-clinton-smeared-tulsi-gabbard-and-jill-stein/

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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/interviews/donald-best-interview-the-systematic-eradication-of-independent-media-independent-thought/

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

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

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

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

The Last Lifeline: The Real Reason Mahmoud Abbas Called for Palestinian Elections
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-10-16
The call by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for elections in the Occupied Territories is a political ploy. There will be no true, democratic elections under Abbas' leadership. The real question is: why did he make the call in the first place?
mintpressnews.com/real-reason-mahmoud-abbas-palestinian-elections/262412/

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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/interviews/peter-santenello-interview-truth-about-iran-sharp-contrast-msm-narrative/

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

DC's Atlantic Council raked in funding from Hunter Biden's corruption-stained employer while courting his VP father
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2019-10-14
The shady arrangement between the Atlantic Council and Burisma — the gas company at the center of the 'Ukrainegate' scandal…
thegrayzone.com/2019/10/13/dcs-atlantic-council-raked-in-funding-from-hunter-bidens-corruption-stained-employer-while-courting-his-vp-father/

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 …
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US 'Walks Back' Syria "Withdrawal," Kurd's '10,000 ISIS' Warning & The FBI 'Violated Privacy Rights'
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-09
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 (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 …
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US Openly Destabilizes Iraq, Trump Threatens To "Obliterate" Turkish Economy & Erdogan Attacks Syria
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-08
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 (10/7/19). 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 …
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Over 100 Dead As Iraqis Call For Gov't Resignation, Rockets and Bombs In Palestine & Israel's US War
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-06
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 (10/5/19). 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 …
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US Caught Meddling In Tunisian Election, Israel Politician Likens Israel To Nazi Germany & Hypocrisy
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-04
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 (10/4/19). 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 …
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MSM "Protects" Fake Whistleblower, Twitter Bans Egypt Activists & Iraq In Chaos After Naming Israel
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-04
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 (10/3/19). 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 …
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Vanessa Beeley Interview — Hala Systems, Human Trafficking & The Militarization Of "Humanitarianism"
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-03
Joining me today is Vanessa Beeley, one of the few remaining journalists who still regularly puts herself in harm's way in order to get to the truth that is so often suppressed. She just recently returned from Syria and has some incredible insights into what is taking place in Idlib, and how the guise of …
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2019-10-25: News Headlines

John Atcheson (2019-10-25). Centrists—Or Neoliberals—Control the Party and the Media and They're Risking Losing to Trump Again in 2020. commondreams.org When the centrist neoliberals tell you that change is incremental, what they're really saying is they don't want that much change. And the reason they don't is that they are beholden to corporations and rich folks. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/joebiden_2.jpeg

Tim Libretti (2019-10-25). Who (besides the rich) actually thinks wealth taxes are a bad idea? peoplesworld.org The wealth taxes Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have proposed continue to provoke the malice of Wall Street, corporate Democrats, and now even other Democratic candidates running for president. As I have written in People's World (here and here), the intensity of the energy devoted to this criticism, combined with the lack of …

RT (2019-10-25). Tulsi Gabbard ditches congressional race to focus on presidential — triggering #TulsiStein conspiracy theorists. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard has abandoned her race for re-election in Hawaii to focus on securing her party's presidential nomination, kicking the 'Russian asset' conspiracy theorizing into high gear. | Gabbard announced on Friday that she would not seek re-election to Congress, declaring she would focus instead on the presidential race. Promising to "end our interventionist foreign policy of being the world's police, toppling dictators and governments we don't like, and redirect our precious resources towards serving the needs of the people here at home," she "humbly" asked her Hawaii consti…

RT (2019-10-25). Gabbard announces she won't seek re-election to Congress, says White House run is priority. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) said she will not vie for a seat in Congress for the fifth time, asking voters to support her bid for the Oval Office so she can end the US' "interventionist foreign policy." | In a six-minute video message released on Thursday, Gabbard said she was "grateful" to her constituents in Hawaii's second congressional district for making her their representative since 2012, but noted that she's amassed enough experience as a lawmaker and a soldier to assume the reigns in the White House. … best serve the people of Hawai ªi & our country as President and C…

Staff (2019-10-25). Is Rikers Island Really Closing? Or is De Blasio Misrepresenting the NYC Council Vote? therealnews.com Eddie Conway spoke with organizer Albert Saint-Jean from Just Immigration about the impact of the NYC Council borough-based jail vote, about nonprofits that are funding more incarceration, and the misreporting of Rikers Jail closing.

Forrest Hylton (2019-10-25). Colombia Diary: Higher Ed Under Threat. counterpunch.org Recent events in Chile and Ecuador reverberate throughout South America and indeed the world. Confronted with violent government repression, by insisting on reasoned argument, critical thinking, and mass direct action, non-violent student movements in South America offer hope at a time when authoritarianism threatens democratic citizenship worldwide. In Colombia, one of Washington's closest allies in More

Staff (2019-10-25). Facebook's Threat to Democracy Could Motivate Redefinition of Anti-Trust Laws. therealnews.com Mark Zuckerberg's Capitol Hill testimony shows just how dangerous Facebook has become to democracy and the need for public debate around how to deal with the company.

Staff (2019-10-25). Judge Hands Democrats a Victory in Impeachment Inquiry. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — A judge on Friday ordered the Justice Department to give the House secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, handing a victory to Democrats as they gather evidence for the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. | In a ruling that also affirmed the legality of the impeachment inquiry itself, U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell ordered the department to turn over the materials by Oct. 30. A Justice Department spokeswoman said it was reviewing the decision. The administration can appeal. | The ruling in favor of the House Judiciary Committee…

Julie Hollar (2019-10-25). Fretting About Progressives' 'Electability,' Establishment Dems Are Really Worried About Their Power in the Party. fair.org by Julie Hollar | With Joe Biden struggling as frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, a surging Elizabeth Warren has begun to emerge as the party establishment's new bogeyman—and corporate media are ready and willing to transmit insiders' panicked calls for new "moderate" entrants to the race. | On the same day earlier this week, the Washington Post and the New York Times ran twin articles:…

Emile Schepers (2019-10-25). Virginia races prove local elections matter. peoplesworld.org PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va.—On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Virginians will vote for all 40 members of the state Senate and all 100 members of the lower house of the General Assembly, the House of Delegates. This legislative election has been seen as having national importance. The current Republican majority in both houses is razor thin. If …

Jared Bernstein, Dean Baker (2019-10-25). Blame the Economic Policies, Not the Robots. counterpunch.org The claim that automation is responsible for massive job losses has been made in almost every one of the Democratic debates. In the last debate, technology entrepreneur Andrew Yang told of automation closing stores on Main Street and of self-driving trucks that would shortly displace "3.5 million truckers or the 7 million Americans who work More

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 …

Aída Chávez (2019-10-25). Trade Unions Join Pharma to Attack Democrats Over Bill to Lower Drug Prices. theintercept.com A mailer, made by a coalition of construction unions and big pharma, claims that the drug-pricing bill would "eliminate millions of American jobs."

Fight Back (2019-10-25). Tallahassee activists 'Say her name' and demand justice for victims of police crimes. fightbacknews.org Tallahassee, FL – On October 22, a lively group rallied in the streets of the historic Florida capital city, chanting "Say her name," "Black lives matter" and "Justice for Atatiana." The action was a part of the National Day Against Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. | The protest brought attention to a recent case of police brutality: that of 28-year-old African American Atatiana Jefferson, who was shot in her own home by Fort Worth, Texas police officer Aaron Dean. | Tallahassee Community Action Committee and Tallahassee Students for a Democratic Society organized the protest…

Staff (2019-10-25). The Demise of Democracy Under Trump Proves the Frankfurt School Right. truthout.org The conservative media-entertainment complex has transformed U.S. politics. It leverages traditional media, the IT "revolution" (and its associated social media), and official communications to provide a torrent of content aimed not to inform but rather to distract. To accomplish this, it strategically changes subjects, seeking to flatten and render meaningless all important factual and ethical distinctions. It heavily influences the rest of media and now threatens democracy. Can a theory explain th…

Padraig McGrath (2019-10-25). "Exporting Democracy" to Bolivia. globalresearch.ca On October 23rd, Bolivian president Evo Morales gave a press-conference in which he stated that a right-wing coup d'etat was underway in the country. With victory practically assured in the first round of the presidential election, the returning incumbent claimed …

commondreams (2019-10-25). Senate Democrats Release Clean Cars for America plan. commondreams.org ______________________________…

WSWS (2019-10-25). Striking Chicago teachers confront Democratic Party machine and union's effort to isolate their struggle. wsws.org City officials are demanding new cuts while the Chicago Teachers Union seeks to isolate the teachers' struggle and prevent the active mobilization of mass support among workers and youth.

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2019-10-25). 2019 Veterans Day Weekend honoring Colonel Charles Young and the Buffalo Soldiers. indybay.org 2019 Veterans Day Weekend celebrating the Colonel Charles Young Memorial Highway Sign.

Eric Zuesse (2019-10-25). Biden Backer — Former Lockheed Leader — Convinces Joe Biden to Sell-Out. globalresearch.ca Bernard Schwartz, a former Vice Chairman and top investor in Lockheed Martin (which is by far the largest seller to the U.S. Government, and also the largest seller to most of America's allied Governments), is one of Joe Biden's …

David Yearsley (2019-10-25). Joe Biden and the Lackawanna Blues. counterpunch.org On Wednesday morning Joe Biden shuffled into Scranton, Pennsylvania, a couple hours' drive south from my place in Ithaca, New York. He spoke at the city's Cultural Center housed in a monumental, neo-Gothic building that was once the Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite Cathedral, completed in 1928, the year before the Great Depression. Scranton, and More

Lee Fang (2019-10-25). Joe Biden's Super PAC Is Being Organized by Corporate Lobbyists for Health Care Industry, Weapons Makers, Finance. theintercept.com Among the individuals are Steve Schale and Larry Rasky. The Super PAC could inject badly needed cash into the Biden campaign.

Staff (2019-10-25). Department of Justice Opens Criminal Inquiry Into Russia Probe. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has shifted its review of the Russia probe to a criminal investigation, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday, a move that is likely to raise concerns that President Donald Trump and his allies may be using the powers of the government to go after their opponents. | The revelation comes as Trump is already facing scrutiny about a potential abuse of power, including a House impeachment inquiry examining whether he withheld military aid in order to pressure the president of Ukraine to launch an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Staff (2019-10-25). The Long Fight to Use Student IDs to Vote in North Carolina. truthout.org When North Carolina's Republican-controlled legislature passed the nation's most suppressive state voting law in 2013, college students were among the most vocal opponents. They viewed it as discriminatory because it required voters to show identification at the polls but excluded student IDs from the acceptable forms. | The law set off a legal and political fight over using student IDs to vote that's finally…

ANIS SHIVANI (2019-10-25). Five Questions for Elizabeth Warren. counterpunch.org Dear Senator Warren, I'm not particularly interested in rehearsing old critiques of your life and work for their own sake, but I do think it's important that voters, just a few months away from the all-important Iowa and New Hampshire contests, get a better sense of your policy priorities and values. In the ongoing debates More

Steve Phillips (2019-10-25). Impeachment Polls Show Democrats Are Wooing the Wrong White People. thenation.com Impeachment Polls Show Democrats Are Wooing the Wrong White People…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-10-25). House Dems Take Aim at 'Trust Fund Babies' With Estate Tax Designed to Combat Obscene Wealth Inequality. commondreams.org California Congressman Jimmy Gomez on Friday introduced legislation in the Democrat-controlled U.S. House that aims to address "our country's rapidly increasing wealth inequality by strengthening the estate tax and ensuring the wealthiest among us pay their fair share." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/tax_rich_1.jpg

Staff (2019-10-25). Rashida Tlaib to Mark Zuckerberg: Why Haven't You Stopped Hate Groups From Organizing on Facebook? democracynow.org We feature more highlights from the five-hour grilling of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week on Capitol Hill, where Michigan Congressmember Rashida Tlaib said she feared that far-right hate groups were using Facebook event pages to incite violence against Muslims and other minorities — including death threats directed at her office. Tlaib asked to be seen not only as a Congresswoman, but also as "a mother that is raising two Muslim boys in this pretty dark time in our world." Meanwhile, California Congressmember Katie Porter pinned Zuckerberg down on Facebook's privacy policies. "You are arguing in fede…

Staff (2019-10-25). "State of Emergency": Special Report on California's Criminalization of Growing Homeless Encampments. democracynow.org In a _Democracy Now!_ special report, we look at the rise in homelessness in many major cities across the United States. California has become…

Staff (2019-10-25). "State of Emergency": Special Report on California's Criminalization of Growing Homeless Encampments. democracynow.org In a _Democracy Now!_ special report, we look at the rise in homelessness in many major cities across the United States. California has become…

Staff (2019-10-25). Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Found Found Guilty of Conspiracy at Naval Base Housing Nuclear Arsenal. democracynow.org In Georgia, a federal grand jury on Thursday found seven Catholic peace activists guilty on three felony counts and a misdemeanor charge for breaking into the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base on April 4, 2018. The activists, known as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, entered the base armed with hammers, crime scene tape, baby bottles containing their own blood, and an indictment charging the U.S. government with crimes against peace. The base is home to at least six nuclear ballistic missile submarines, each of which carries 20 Trident thermonuclear weapons. The activists said they were following the prophet Isaiah's com…

Staff (2019-10-25). "You Won't Take Down Lies or You Will?": AOC Grills Facebook's Zuckerberg on Lies in Political Ads. democracynow.org This week, as Facebook said it will not fact check political ads or hold politicians to its usual content standards, the social media giant's CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled for more than five hours by lawmakers on Capitol Hill on the company's policy of allowing politicians to lie in political advertisements, as well as its role in facilitating election interference and housing discrimination. We play highlights from New York Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ohio Congressmember Joyce Beatty, who asked Zuckerberg about Facebook's record on civil rights, which she called "appalling and disgusting." Bea…

Staff (2019-10-25). Headlines for October 25, 2019. democracynow.org Trump's Justice Department Opens Criminal Probe into Origins of Mueller Investigation, Trump Planning to Send Troops and Tanks to Eastern Syrian Oil Fields, U.N. to Probe Human Rights Abuses in Chile Amid Mass Protests, Ecuador's Indigenous Leaders Halt Talks with President Over Austerity Protests, Bolivia's Evo Morales Declares Election Victory as Opponents Cry Foul, Thousands March in Guinea to Oppose President's Bid for Third Term, Baltimore Congressmember Elijah Cummings Lies in State at U.S. Capitol, Joe Biden's Campaign Reverses Opposition to Super PACs, Protesters Demand New Jersey Offer Driver's Licenses…

Rob Urie (2019-10-25). The DNC Versus Democracy. counterpunch.org With Bernie Sanders the people's choice for winner of the Democratic primary in terms of political organizing and campaign contributions, the powers-that-be in the DNC are putting out a call for establishment figures like Hillary Clinton or Michael Bloomberg to join the race. Not being 'reported' by the establishment press is that these same kingmakers 1) weighted the Democrat's choice against Mr. Sander's and towards Ms. Clinton in 2016 and lost and 2) chose Joe Biden as their 'heavyweight' candidate for 2020. More

Garry Leech (2019-10-25). Old White Men Like Me Need to Shut Up and Step Aside. counterpunch.org After more than 200 years of democracy in the United States and 400 years of global capitalism, the overwhelming majority of political and economic power still remains firmly entrenched in the hands of white males. This information isn't news to anyone; it has been widely known for a long time. And while older progressive white males, with the best intentions, often speak out in solidarity with marginalized populations, their voices are still the voices of privileged white males. Therefore, it's not only older conservative white males who need to shut up and step aside, it's ALL older white men. And that includes…

Julie Hollar (2019-10-25). LGBTQ Issues Missing in Presidential Campaign Coverage. commondreams.org CNN showed a split-second glimpse of trans protesters at its LGBTQ town hall (10/10/19) before cutting back to candidate Pete Buttigieg. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/cnn-trans-protest.png

Tracy Keeling (2019-10-25). Nothing shows how rubbish Boris Johnson is as PM better than his latest humiliation. thecanary.co Boris Johnson is pressing for a general election by Christmas. Unfortunately for him, he's just suffered a humiliation that shows how rubbish he is at being PM. | "Every confidence": | When Johnson became PM in July, he gave a speech outside Downing Street. In it, he criticised the "pessimists" who he said thought "we are incapable of honouring a democratic mandate" (i.e. Brexit). He vowed: I am standing before you today to tell you the British…

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

Akela Lacy (2019-10-24). House Democrat to Mark Zuckerberg: Does Facebook Rent Blocks of Rooms in Trump's Hotel and Not Use Them? theintercept.com Rep. Madeleine Dean asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg whether his company had tried to curry favor with Donald Trump by doing business at his hotel.

RT (2019-10-24). Katie Hill hell breaks loose as GOP and Dem supporters clash over her naked pics, Nazi tattoo and affair with staffer. rt.com Photos of Democratic congresswoman Katie Hill smoking a bong in the nude – while sporting a Nazi symbol tattooed on her crotch – and making out with a staffer have thrown both Left and Right into a frenzy of blame and shame.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Staff (2019-10-24). Congress Bids a Tearful Farewell to Cummings, a 'Master of the House'. truthdig.com The Baltimore Democrat, the first black lawmaker to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol, is lauded as "a quiet giant" whose words were heeded.

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

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

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

teleSUR (2019-10-24). US Senate Republicans Push Resolution Against Trump Impeachment. telesurenglish.net United States Republicans Thursday pressed their campaign to discredit the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, with an ally of the president introducing a U.S. Senate resolution calling the procedures used by House of Representatives Democrats unfair. | RELATED: | Unruly Bunch: US Republican Lawmakers Disrupt Trump Impeachment Inquiry | Forty-four of the 53 Republicans in the 100-seat Senate have signed on to the resolution, which urges the House to hold a formal vot…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Staff (2019-10-24). Headlines for October 24, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Lifts Sanctions on Turkey, Citing Ceasefire Agreement, Republican Lawmakers Disrupt Closed-Door Impeachment Hearing, Trump's Lawyer Argues the President Can't Be Prosecuted for Murder, Death Toll in Chile Protests Rises to 18 as Human Rights Groups Allege Torture, Spain Removes Remains of Francisco Franco from National Mausoleum, Julian Assange Appears Frail and Confused in London Court Hearing, 39 Bodies Found in Tractor-Trailer in Southeast England, Honduran Woman's Lawsuit Claims Years of Sexual Assault by ICE Agent, Immigrant Worker Injured in New Orleans Hotel Collapse Arrested by ICE, California Utili…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jeet Heer (2019-10-23). Anybody but Bernie—or Warren. thenation.com Anybody but Bernie—or Warren…

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

Staff (2019-10-23). Headlines for October 23, 2019. democracynow.org Taylor Testifies Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Investigation of Hunter Biden, Trump Tweets Impeachment is a "Lynching," Sparking Widespread Condemnation, Turkey and Russia Reach Agreement on Northern Syria, Protests Erupt in Bolivia Over Allegations of Election Rigging, Chilean President Announces Reforms Aimed to Curb Massive Protests, Boris Johnson Loses Critical Brexit Vote, Canada's New Anti-Immigrant Party Is Crushed in National Elections, UAW Member Dies After Being Struck by Car Near Picket Line, Chicago Teachers Head into Second Week of Strike, New York's Probe of Facebook Backed by 46 Attorneys General, Mexi…

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

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

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

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

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

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

2019-10-25: Social Media Postees

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The DNC Versus Democracy
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
With Bernie Sanders the people's choice for winner of the Democratic primary in terms of political organizing and campaign contributions, the powers-that-be in the DNC are putting out a call for establishment figures like Hillary Clinton or Michael Bloomberg to join the race. Not being 'reported' by the establishment press is that these same kingmakers 1) weighted the Democrat's choice against Mr. Sander's and towards Ms. Clinton in 2016 and lost and 2) chose Joe Biden as their 'heavyweight' candidate for 2020.
counterpunch.org/2019/10/25/the-dnc-versus-democracy/

Who (besides the rich) actually thinks wealth taxes are a bad idea?
Tim Libretti | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-25
The wealth taxes Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have proposed continue to provoke the malice of Wall Street, corporate Democrats, and now even other Democratic candidates running for president. As I have written in People's World (here and here), the intensity of the energy devoted to this criticism, combined with the lack of …
peoplesworld.org/article/who-besides-the-rich-actually-thinks-wealth-taxes-are-a-bad-idea/

Tulsi Gabbard ditches congressional race to focus on presidential — triggering #TulsiStein conspiracy theorists
rt.com | 2019-10-25
Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard has abandoned her race for re-election in Hawaii to focus on securing her party's presidential nomination, kicking the 'Russian asset' conspiracy theorizing into high gear. | Gabbard announced on Friday that she would not seek re-election to Congress, declaring she would focus instead on the presidential race. Promising to "end our interventionist foreign policy of being the world's police, toppling dictators and governments we don't like, and redirect our precious resources towards serving the needs of the people here at home," she "humbly" asked her Hawaii consti…
rt.com/usa/471865-tulsi-gabbard-president-stein-conspiracy/

Gabbard announces she won't seek re-election to Congress, says White House run is priority
rt.com | 2019-10-25
Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) said she will not vie for a seat in Congress for the fifth time, asking voters to support her bid for the Oval Office so she can end the US' "interventionist foreign policy." | In a six-minute video message released on Thursday, Gabbard said she was "grateful" to her constituents in Hawaii's second congressional district for making her their representative since 2012, but noted that she's amassed enough experience as a lawmaker and a soldier to assume the reigns in the White House. | … best serve the people of Hawai ªi & our country as President and C…
rt.com/usa/471789-gabbard-reelection-congress-campaign/

Blame the Economic Policies, Not the Robots
Jared Bernstein, Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
The claim that automation is responsible for massive job losses has been made in almost every one of the Democratic debates. In the last debate, technology entrepreneur Andrew Yang told of automation closing stores on Main Street and of self-driving trucks that would shortly displace…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/25/blame-the-economic-policies-not-the-robots/

Blame the Economic Policies, Not the Robots
Jared Bernstein, Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
The claim that automation is responsible for massive job losses has been made in almost every one of the Democratic debates. In the last debate, technology entrepreneur Andrew Yang told of automation closing stores on Main Street and of self-driving trucks that would shortly displace…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/25/blame-the-economic-policies-not-the-robots/

Is Rikers Island Really Closing? Or is De Blasio Misrepresenting the NYC Council Vote?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-25
Eddie Conway spoke with organizer Albert Saint-Jean from Just Immigration about the impact of the NYC Council borough-based jail vote, about nonprofits that are funding more incarceration, and the misreporting of Rikers Jail closing.
therealnews.com/stories/rikers-closing-misrepresented-de-blasio

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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/trump-send-possibly-thousands-of-troops-tanks-to-secure-syrias-oil-iraq-goes-un-over-us/

Facebook's Threat to Democracy Could Motivate Redefinition of Anti-Trust Laws
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-25
Mark Zuckerberg's Capitol Hill testimony shows just how dangerous Facebook has become to democracy and the need for public debate around how to deal with the company.
therealnews.com/stories/facebook-democracy-anti-trust-laws

Tallahassee activists 'Say her name' and demand justice for victims of police crimes
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-10-25
Tallahassee, FL – On October 22, a lively group rallied in the streets of the historic Florida capital city, chanting "Say her name," "Black lives matter" and "Justice for Atatiana." The action was a part of the National Day Against Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. | The protest brought attention to a recent case of police brutality: that of 28-year-old African American Atatiana Jefferson, who was shot in her own home by Fort Worth, Texas police officer Aaron Dean. | Tallahassee Community Action Committee and Tallahassee Students for a Democratic Society organized the protest…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/10/25/tallahassee-activists-say-her-name-and-demand-justice-victims-police-crimes

Senate Democrats Release Clean Cars for America plan
commondreams.org | 2019-10-25
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Colombia Diary: Higher Ed Under Threat
Forrest Hylton | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
Recent events in Chile and Ecuador reverberate throughout South America and indeed the world. Confronted with violent government repression, by insisting on reasoned argument, critical thinking, and mass direct action, non-violent student movements in South America offer hope at a time when authoritarianism threatens democratic citizenship worldwide. In Colombia, one of Washington's closest allies in…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/25/colombia-diary-higher-ed-under-threat/

Old White Men Like Me Need to Shut Up and Step Aside
Garry Leech | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
After more than 200 years of democracy in the United States and 400 years of global capitalism, the overwhelming majority of political and economic power still remains firmly entrenched in the hands of white males. This information isn't news to anyone; it has been widely known for a long time. And while older progressive white males, with the best intentions, often speak out in solidarity with marginalized populations, their voices are still the voices of privileged white males. Therefore, it's not only older conservative white males who need to shut up and step aside, it's ALL older white men. And that includes…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/25/old-white-men-like-me-need-to-shut-up-and-step-aside/

"Exporting Democracy" to Bolivia
Padraig McGrath | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-25
On October 23rd, Bolivian president Evo Morales gave a press-conference in which he stated that a right-wing coup d'etat was underway in the country. With victory practically assured in the first round of the presidential election, the returning incumbent claimed …
globalresearch.ca/exporting-democracy-bolivia/5693072

Striking Chicago teachers confront Democratic Party machine and union's effort to isolate their struggle
wsws.org | 2019-10-25
City officials are demanding new cuts while the Chicago Teachers Union seeks to isolate the teachers' struggle and prevent the active mobilization of mass support among workers and youth.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/25/chic-o25.html

Fretting About Progressives' 'Electability,' Establishment Dems Are Really Worried About Their Power in the Party
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2019-10-25
by Julie Hollar | With Joe Biden struggling as frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, a surging Elizabeth Warren has begun to emerge as the party establishment's new bogeyman–and corporate media are ready and willing to transmit insiders' panicked calls for new "moderate" entrants to the race. | On the same day earlier this week, the Washington Post and the New York Times ran twin articles:…
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Fretting About Progressives' 'Electability,' Establishment Dems Are Really Worried About Their Power in the Party
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2019-10-25
by Julie Hollar | With Joe Biden struggling as frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, a surging Elizabeth Warren has begun to emerge as the party establishment's new bogeyman–and corporate media are ready and willing to transmit insiders' panicked calls for new "moderate" entrants to the race. | On the same day earlier this week, the Washington Post and the New York Times ran twin articles:…
fair.org/home/fretting-about-progressives-electability-establishment-dems-are-really-worried-about-their-power-in-the-party/

Trade Unions Join Pharma to Attack Democrats Over Bill to Lower Drug Prices
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-10-25
A mailer, made by a coalition of construction unions and big pharma, claims that the drug-pricing bill would "eliminate millions of American jobs."
theintercept.com/2019/10/25/drug-pricing-bill-democrats-pharma-union/

The Demise of Democracy Under Trump Proves the Frankfurt School Right
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-25
The conservative media-entertainment complex has transformed U.S. politics. It leverages traditional media, the IT "revolution" (and its associated social media), and official communications to provide a torrent of content aimed not to inform but rather to distract. To accomplish this, it strategically changes subjects, seeking to flatten and render meaningless all important factual and ethical distinctions. It heavily influences the rest of media and now threatens democracy. Can a theory explain th…
truthout.org/articles/the-demise-of-democracy-under-trump-proves-the-frankfurt-school-right/

Judge Hands Democrats a Victory in Impeachment Inquiry
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-25
WASHINGTON — A judge on Friday ordered the Justice Department to give the House secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, handing a victory to Democrats as they gather evidence for the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. | In a ruling that also affirmed the legality of the impeachment inquiry itself, U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell ordered the department to turn over the materials by Oct. 30. A Justice Department spokeswoman said it was reviewing the decision. The administration can appeal. | The ruling in favor of the House Judiciary Committee…
truthdig.com/articles/judge-hands-democrats-a-victory-in-impeachment-inquiry/

2019 Veterans Day Weekend honoring Colonel Charles Young and the Buffalo Soldiers
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2019-10-25
2019 Veterans Day Weekend celebrating the Colonel Charles Young Memorial Highway Sign.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/10/24/18827576.php

Joe Biden and the Lackawanna Blues
David Yearsley | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
On Wednesday morning Joe Biden shuffled into Scranton, Pennsylvania, a couple hours' drive south from my place in Ithaca, New York. He spoke at the city's Cultural Center housed in a monumental, neo-Gothic building that was once the Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite Cathedral, completed in 1928, the year before the Great Depression. Scranton, and…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/25/joe-biden-and-the-lackawanna-blues/

Centrists—Or Neoliberals–Control the Party and the Media and They're Risking Losing to Trump Again in 2020
John Atcheson | commondreams.org | 2019-10-25
When the centrist neoliberals tell you that change is incremental, what they're really saying is they don't want that much change. And the reason they don't is that they are beholden to corporations and rich folks. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/joebiden_2.jpeg
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Joe Biden and the Lackawanna Blues
David Yearsley | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
On Wednesday morning Joe Biden shuffled into Scranton, Pennsylvania, a couple hours' drive south from my place in Ithaca, New York. He spoke at the city's Cultural Center housed in a monumental, neo-Gothic building that was once the Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite Cathedral, completed in 1928, the year before the Great Depression. Scranton, and…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/25/joe-biden-and-the-lackawanna-blues/

Biden Backer — Former Lockheed Leader — Convinces Joe Biden to Sell-Out
Eric Zuesse | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-25
Bernard Schwartz, a former Vice Chairman and top investor in Lockheed Martin (which is by far the largest seller to the U.S. Government, and also the largest seller to most of America's allied Governments), is one of Joe Biden's …
globalresearch.ca/biden-backer-former-lockheed-leader-convinces-biden-sell-out/5693030

Department of Justice Opens Criminal Inquiry Into Russia Probe
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-25
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has shifted its review of the Russia probe to a criminal investigation, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday, a move that is likely to raise concerns that President Donald Trump and his allies may be using the powers of the government to go after their opponents. | The revelation comes as Trump is already facing scrutiny about a potential abuse of power, including a House impeachment inquiry examining whether he withheld military aid in order to pressure the president of Ukraine to launch an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
truthdig.com/articles/department-of-justice-opens-criminal-inquiry-into-russia-probe/

Joe Biden's Super PAC Is Being Organized by Corporate Lobbyists for Health Care Industry, Weapons Makers, Finance
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2019-10-25
Among the individuals are Steve Schale and Larry Rasky. The Super PAC could inject badly needed cash into the Biden campaign.
theintercept.com/2019/10/25/joe-biden-super-pac/

Virginia races prove local elections matter
Emile Schepers | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-25
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va.–On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Virginians will vote for all 40 members of the state Senate and all 100 members of the lower house of the General Assembly, the House of Delegates. This legislative election has been seen as having national importance. The current Republican majority in both houses is razor thin. If …
peoplesworld.org/article/virginia-races-prove-local-elections-matter/

The Long Fight to Use Student IDs to Vote in North Carolina
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-25
When North Carolina's Republican-controlled legislature passed the nation's most suppressive state voting law in 2013, college students were among the most vocal opponents. They viewed it as discriminatory because it required voters to show identification at the polls but excluded student IDs from the acceptable forms. | The law set off a legal and political fight over using student IDs to vote that's finally…
truthout.org/articles/the-long-fight-to-use-student-ids-to-vote-in-north-carolina/

Five Questions for Elizabeth Warren
ANIS SHIVANI | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
Dear Senator Warren, I'm not particularly interested in rehearsing old critiques of your life and work for their own sake, but I do think it's important that voters, just a few months away from the all-important Iowa and New Hampshire contests, get a better sense of your policy priorities and values. In the ongoing debates…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/25/five-questions-for-elizabeth-warren/

Five Questions for Elizabeth Warren
ANIS SHIVANI | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-25
Dear Senator Warren, I'm not particularly interested in rehearsing old critiques of your life and work for their own sake, but I do think it's important that voters, just a few months away from the all-important Iowa and New Hampshire contests, get a better sense of your policy priorities and values. In the ongoing debates…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/25/five-questions-for-elizabeth-warren/

Impeachment Polls Show Democrats Are Wooing the Wrong White People
Steve Phillips | thenation.com | 2019-10-25
Impeachment Polls Show Democrats Are Wooing the Wrong White People…
thenation.com/article/white-support-trump-impeachment/

LGBTQ Issues Missing in Presidential Campaign Coverage
Julie Hollar | commondreams.org | 2019-10-25
CNN showed a split-second glimpse of trans protesters at its LGBTQ town hall (10/10/19) before cutting back to candidate Pete Buttigieg. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/cnn-trans-protest.png
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LGBTQ Issues Missing in Presidential Campaign Coverage
Julie Hollar | commondreams.org | 2019-10-25
CNN showed a split-second glimpse of trans protesters at its LGBTQ town hall (10/10/19) before cutting back to candidate Pete Buttigieg. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/cnn-trans-protest.png
commondreams.org/views/2019/10/25/lgbtq-issues-missing-presidential-campaign-coverage?cd-origin=rss

House Dems Take Aim at 'Trust Fund Babies' With Estate Tax Designed to Combat Obscene Wealth Inequality
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-25
California Congressman Jimmy Gomez on Friday introduced legislation in the Democrat-controlled U.S. House that aims to address "our country's rapidly increasing wealth inequality by strengthening the estate tax and ensuring the wealthiest among us pay their fair share." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/tax_rich_1.jpg
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House Dems Take Aim at 'Trust Fund Babies' With Estate Tax Designed to Combat Obscene Wealth Inequality
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-25
California Congressman Jimmy Gomez on Friday introduced legislation in the Democrat-controlled U.S. House that aims to address "our country's rapidly increasing wealth inequality by strengthening the estate tax and ensuring the wealthiest among us pay their fair share." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/tax_rich_1.jpg
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Nothing shows how rubbish Boris Johnson is as PM better than his latest humiliation
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2019-10-25
Boris Johnson is pressing for a general election by Christmas. Unfortunately for him, he's just suffered a humiliation that shows how rubbish he is at being PM. | "Every confidence": | When Johnson became PM in July, he gave a speech outside Downing Street. In it, he criticised the "pessimists" who he said thought "we are incapable of honouring a democratic mandate" (i.e. Brexit). He vowed: I am standing before you today to tell you the British…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/10/25/nothing-shows-how-rubbish-boris-johnson-is-as-pm-better-than-his-latest-humiliation/

"You Won't Take Down Lies or You Will?": AOC Grills Facebook's Zuckerberg on Lies in Political Ads
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-25
This week, as Facebook said it will not fact check political ads or hold politicians to its usual content standards, the social media giant's CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled for more than five hours by lawmakers on Capitol Hill on the company's policy of allowing politicians to lie in political advertisements, as well as its role in facilitating election interference and housing discrimination. We play highlights from New York Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ohio Congressmember Joyce Beatty, who asked Zuckerberg about Facebook's record on civil rights, which she called "appalling and disgusting." Bea…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/25/you_should_have_known_better_lawmakers

"State of Emergency": Special Report on California's Criminalization of Growing Homeless Encampments
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-25
In a _Democracy Now!_ special report, we look at the rise in homelessness in many major cities across the United States. California has become…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/25/state_of_emergency_special_report_on

Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Found Found Guilty of Conspiracy at Naval Base Housing Nuclear Arsenal
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-25
In Georgia, a federal grand jury on Thursday found seven Catholic peace activists guilty on three felony counts and a misdemeanor charge for breaking into the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base on April 4, 2018. The activists, known as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, entered the base armed with hammers, crime scene tape, baby bottles containing their own blood, and an indictment charging the U.S. government with crimes against peace. The base is home to at least six nuclear ballistic missile submarines, each of which carries 20 Trident thermonuclear weapons. The activists said they were following the prophet Isaiah's com…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/25/kings_bay_plowshares_7_found_found

Rashida Tlaib to Mark Zuckerberg: Why Haven't You Stopped Hate Groups From Organizing on Facebook?
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-25
We feature more highlights from the five-hour grilling of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week on Capitol Hill, where Michigan Congressmember Rashida Tlaib said she feared that far-right hate groups were using Facebook event pages to incite violence against Muslims and other minorities — including death threats directed at her office. Tlaib asked to be seen not only as a Congresswoman, but also as "a mother that is raising two Muslim boys in this pretty dark time in our world." Meanwhile, California Congressmember Katie Porter pinned Zuckerberg down on Facebook's privacy policies. "You are arguing in fede…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/25/facebook_hearing_rashida_tlaib_katie_porter

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

Ecuador's Austerity Measures, Repression Based on Media Lies
Joe Emersberger | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-24
Bernie Sanders tweeted an Associated Press article in the LA Times ( 10/14/19) about Ecuador's recent protests, in which eight protesters were killed in 11 days. "Economic elites keep pushing austerity worldwide, making life unbearable for working people," Sanders …
globalresearch.ca/ecuador-austerity-measures-repression-based-lies-ap-happily-spread/5692918

Tulsi a Russian Asset? Censored by Google and YouTube
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-24
Time and again, clear evidence proves democracy in America is pure fantasy — how it's been from inception, notably today under its money-controlled system, most politicians bought like toothpaste. | One-party rule with two extremist right wings serves privileged interests exclusively …
globalresearch.ca/tulsi-russian-asset-censored-google-youtube/5692968

U.S. 'democracy' for $ale: Hong Kong protesters in NYC unmasked
Sara Flounders | workers.org | 2019-10-24
'Rally in a box' being unpacked, Oct. 13, New York City. I watched as a prefab "rally in a box" about Hong Kong opened up here on Oct. 13. I don't know if this rally was funded directly by the notorious U.S. National Endowment for Democracy, a congressionally funded agency . . . | Continue reading U.S. 'democracy' for $ale: Hong Kong protesters in NYC unmasked at Workers.org
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Clinton, Stein, Gabbard, and the Deconstruction of RussiaGate
Robert C. Koehler | commondreams.org | 2019-10-24
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at Georgetown University September 27, 2019 in Washington, DC .Clinton delivered remarks before recognizing the winners of the 2019 Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards for Advancing Women in Peace and Security. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/clinton_gabbard_russiagate.jpg
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AOC Grills Facebook's Zuckerberg for 'Far-right Dinner Parties'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-24
Facebook Inc CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by progressive U.S. lawmakers asking questions on election interference, free speech, hate groups and fake news. | RELATED: | teleSUR English Removed From Facebook for Second Time | "In order for us to make decisions about Libra, I think we need to kind of dig into your past behavior and Facebook's past behavior with respect to our democracy," New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said, before asking Zuckerberg when he had first…
telesurenglish.net/news/AOC-Grills-Facebooks-Zuckerberg-Over-Far-right-Dinner-Parties-Fact-Checking-Politicians-20191024-0002.html

Congress Bids a Tearful Farewell to Cummings, a 'Master of the House'
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-24
The Baltimore Democrat, the first black lawmaker to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol, is lauded as "a quiet giant" whose words were heeded.
truthdig.com/articles/congress-bids-a-tearful-farewell-to-cummings-a-master-of-the-house/

Katie Hill hell breaks loose as GOP and Dem supporters clash over her naked pics, Nazi tattoo and affair with staffer
rt.com | 2019-10-24
Photos of Democratic congresswoman Katie Hill smoking a bong in the nude – while sporting a Nazi symbol tattooed on her crotch – and making out with a staffer have thrown both Left and Right into a frenzy of blame and shame. | …
rt.com/usa/471776-katie-hill-nazi-nudes-affairs/

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

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

Chicago Public Schools teachers, staff and students oppose concessions
wsws.org | 2019-10-24
Teachers, staff, parents and students spoke on their demands, the conditions in schools and their opposition to the Democratic Party's decades of attacks on public education.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/24/intv-o24.html

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

US Senate Republicans Push Resolution Against Trump Impeachment
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-24
United States Republicans Thursday pressed their campaign to discredit the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, with an ally of the president introducing a U.S. Senate resolution calling the procedures used by House of Representatives Democrats unfair. | RELATED: | Unruly Bunch: US Republican Lawmakers Disrupt Trump Impeachment Inquiry | Forty-four of the 53 Republicans in the 100-seat Senate have signed on to the resolution, which urges the House to hold a formal vot…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Senate-Republicans-Push-Resolution-Against-Trump-Impeachment-20191024-0017.html

House Democrat to Mark Zuckerberg: Does Facebook Rent Blocks of Rooms in Trump's Hotel and Not Use Them?
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-10-24
Rep. Madeleine Dean asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg whether his company had tried to curry favor with Donald Trump by doing business at his hotel.
theintercept.com/2019/10/24/mark-zuckerberg-testimony-congress-facebook-trump-hotel/

Canada: NDP, unions eager to prop up Trudeau Liberal government
wsws.org | 2019-10-24
The social-democratic politicians and their union allies intend to prop up the pro-austerity, pro-war Liberals under the guise of providing Canadians with "progressive" government.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/24/ndpt-o24.html

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

2019 Veterans Day Weekend honoring Colonel Charles Young and the Buffalo Soldiers
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2019-10-24
2019 Veterans Day Weekend celebrating the Colonel Charles Young Memorial Highway Sign.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/10/24/18827576.php

The Republican Party Is as Guilty as Trump
Sonali Kolhatkar | commondreams.org | 2019-10-24
The stink of Trump's racist and misogynist hate, abject dishonesty and flagrant impunity over laws and the U.S. Constitution ought to follow every Trump supporter inside or outside government for the rest of their lives. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trump_34.jpeg
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'Fundamentally broken': Student loan official with Trump admin quits, calls for debt forgiveness and wants to be a senator
rt.com | 2019-10-24
A Trump administration student loan official has left his post, blasting a "broken" loan system and calling for college debt forgiveness. Though it's is a popular progressive view, he's planning to run for office as Republican. | A. Wayne Johnson stepped down from his post at the Office of Federal Student Aid on Thursday, offering a blistering critique of a system that has saddled the average borrower with tens of thousands of dollars in debt that cannot be canceled or, increasingly, repaid. Americans owe $1.5 trillion in student loan debt, and 40 percent of them are expected to default on it by 2023. | Also o…
rt.com/usa/471774-student-loan-official-quits-debts/

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

Trump urges congressional Republicans to "take the gloves off" in impeachment crisis
wsws.org | 2019-10-24
The White House has been panicked by signs of erosion of support against impeachment among congressional Republicans.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/24/trmp-o24.html

America's Military Mania Is Hurting Democracy
William Astore | thenation.com | 2019-10-24
America's Military Mania Is Hurting Democracy…
thenation.com/article/militarism-donald-trump-america/

Trump's Kurdish Betrayal Gives Peace a Bad Name
Robert L. Borosage | thenation.com | 2019-10-24
Trump's Kurdish Betrayal Gives Peace a Bad Name…
thenation.com/article/trump-peace-kurds-democrats/

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

'Too Many Lives Were Ruined': Bernie Sanders Releases Plan for Federal Legalization of Marijuana
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-24
"We will legalize marijuana and vacate and expunge past marijuana convictions." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie_sanders_marijuana.jpg
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'Utterly Disqualifying': Pete Buttigieg Panned for Praising Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-24
Progressives on Thursday piled on Pete Buttigieg—the mayor of South Bend, Indiana and a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate—for praising former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in an interview with Cosmopolitan. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/pete_buttigieg_0_0.jpg
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Sanders Campaign Calls on Biden—and All 2020 Democrats—to Reject Any Help From Shadowy Super PACs
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-24
Such groups, said campaign manager Faiz Shakir, "exist for one reason and one reason only: to help billionaires and corporations bankroll a presidential campaign." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie_sanders_joe_biden_3_0.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/24/sanders-campaign-calls-biden-and-all-2020-democrats-reject-any-help-shadowy-super?cd-origin=rss

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

Led by Pharma-Friendly Rep. Richard Neal, Democrats Crush Progressive Amendments to Signature Drug Pricing Bill
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-24
Neal has received over $670,000 in campaign cash from pharmaceutical companies since 2007, according to Kaiser Health News | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/richard_neal_1.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/24/led-pharma-friendly-rep-richard-neal-democrats-crush-progressive-amendments?cd-origin=rss

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

'Not How We Defeat Trump,' Says Sanders Campaign After Biden Opens Door to Super PACs
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-24
"The former Vice President has been unable to generate grassroots support, and now his campaign is endorsing an effort to buy the primary through a super PAC that can rake in unlimited cash from billionaires and corporations." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/biden_iraq.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/24/not-how-we-defeat-trump-says-sanders-campaign-after-biden-opens-door-super-pacs?cd-origin=rss

House Homeland Security Chair Demands Sergeant at Arms 'Take Action' Against Republicans Who Stormed Impeachment Hearing
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-24
Rep. Bennie Thompson called the GOP stunt an "unprecedented breach of security." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/republicans.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/24/house-homeland-security-chair-demands-sergeant-arms-take-action-against-republicans?cd-origin=rss

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Whoa,' tweets Snowden, as Bernie Sanders says he would not prosecute government whistleblowers under Espionage Act
rt.com | 2019-10-23
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has said that he would not use the Espionage Act to prosecute government whistleblowers in a promise hailed by activists as crucial to maintaining press freedom. | The controversial 1917 law was rarely used in modern times until former US President Barack Obama dug it up to prosecute eight people accused of leaking to the media — more than all other US presidents combined. So far, Donald Trump has also used the law to prosecute eight whistleblowers, putting him on track to outdo Obama if he wins a second term in 2020. | "Whoa," tweeted NSA whistleblower Ed…
rt.com/usa/471673-bernie-sanders-espionage-act/

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

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

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

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

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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/trump-says-us-war-with-iran-may-be-soon-putin-erdogan-syria-deal-iraq-says-no-us-troops-allowed/

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

Who is counting the ballots for the UAW-GM contract?
wsws.org | 2019-10-23
The UAW has decided the deal will pass and is running roughshod over the democratic rights of workers in order to end the strike on the company's terms.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/23/auto-o23.html

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

Republicans STORM secure Capitol chamber where Democrats held 'impeachment' hearing
rt.com | 2019-10-23
Demanding transparency in the impeachment probe of US President Donald Trump, GOP lawmakers stormed the secure room inside the Capitol where Democrats were interrogating a Pentagon official, derailing the proceedings. | Led by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida), two dozen Republican members of Congress made their way into the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) on Wednesday, as House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-California) was about to open a hearing where Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary Laura Cooper was due to testify. | "Adam Schiff's impeachment inquiry has been marked by secret intervi…
rt.com/usa/471686-republicans-scif-impeachment-congress/

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

Chile: General Strike Begins as Piñera Asks for Forgiveness
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-23
Chile's Workers' United Center (CUT) and over twenty national organizations began on Wednesday a 48-hour general strike to demand President Sebastian Piñera take the military out of the streets. | RELATED: | Chile: State Violence Leads to 1,420 Arrests and 11 Deaths | In Santiago, the country's capital, the strike began with a march from Italy Square towards The Heroes Square. | "Our goals are to say NO to the State of Emergency, recover peace and deepen democracy so that the people…
telesurenglish.net/news/Chile-General-Strike-Begins-as-Pinera-Asks-for-Forgiveness–20191023-0001.html

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

US Republican Lawmakers Disrupt Trump Impeachment Inquiry
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-23
United States Republican lawmakers, encouraged by President Donald Trump to fight Democrats' attempts to impeach him, disrupted Wednesday the U.S. House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry and prevented a Pentagon official from testifying. | RELATED: | Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Politically Motivated Probe: US Top Diplomat | The unruly bunch of Republican legislators stormed into the hearing room where the U.S. defense official who oversees Ukraine and Russia matters,…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Republican-Lawmakers-Disrupt-Trump-Impeachment-Inquiry-20191023-0013.html

Top US diplomat in Ukraine tells impeachment inquiry Trump tied military aid to Biden probe
wsws.org | 2019-10-23
The effort to impeach Trump has gained steam in the aftermath of his decision to order the withdrawal of troops from northeastern Syria.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/23/tayl-o23.html

Anybody but Bernie–or Warren
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-10-23
Anybody but Bernie–or Warren…
thenation.com/article/money-politics-democrats/

Workers Are Not Your Props
Jane McAlevey | thenation.com | 2019-10-23
Workers Are Not Your Props…
thenation.com/article/democratic-party-trade-unions-gm-strike/

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

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

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

2019-10-24: News Headlines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Staff (2019-10-24). Headlines for October 24, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Lifts Sanctions on Turkey, Citing Ceasefire Agreement, Republican Lawmakers Disrupt Closed-Door Impeachment Hearing, Trump's Lawyer Argues the President Can't Be Prosecuted for Murder, Death Toll in Chile Protests Rises to 18 as Human Rights Groups Allege Torture, Spain Removes Remains of Francisco Franco from National Mausoleum, Julian Assange Appears Frail and Confused in London Court Hearing, 39 Bodies Found in Tractor-Trailer in Southeast England, Honduran Woman's Lawsuit Claims Years of Sexual Assault by ICE Agent, Immigrant Worker Injured in New Orleans Hotel Collapse Arrested by ICE, California Utili…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …

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

Jeet Heer (2019-10-23). Anybody but Bernie—or Warren. thenation.com Anybody but Bernie—or Warren…

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

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

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

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

Staff (2019-10-23). Headlines for October 23, 2019. democracynow.org Taylor Testifies Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Investigation of Hunter Biden, Trump Tweets Impeachment is a "Lynching," Sparking Widespread Condemnation, Turkey and Russia Reach Agreement on Northern Syria, Protests Erupt in Bolivia Over Allegations of Election Rigging, Chilean President Announces Reforms Aimed to Curb Massive Protests, Boris Johnson Loses Critical Brexit Vote, Canada's New Anti-Immigrant Party Is Crushed in National Elections, UAW Member Dies After Being Struck by Car Near Picket Line, Chicago Teachers Head into Second Week of Strike, New York's Probe of Facebook Backed by 46 Attorneys General, Mexi…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …

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

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

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

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

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

Staff (2019-10-22). Headlines for October 22, 2019. democracynow.org Erdogan Meets with Putin as Turkish Ceasefire in Syria Expires, William Taylor Testifies in Impeachment Hearings, NYT: U.S. Has Quietly Pulled Thousands of Troops Out of Afghanistan, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Held onto Power in Tight Elections, Israel: Netanyahu Fails to Form Coalition Government, Massive Protests Continue in Chile, Northern Ireland Decriminalizes Abortion & Legalizes Marriage Equality, Indonesia: Former General Prabowo Subianto to Join the Cabinet, ExxonMobil Goes on Trial in New York over Climate Change, Four Drug Companies Reach Settlement with Two Ohio Counties, Macy's to Stop Se…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …

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

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

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

Staff (2019-10-21). Headlines for October 21, 2019. democracynow.org U.S. Troops Leaving Syria Headed for Iraq, Anti-Government Protests Sweep the Globe, Bolivia Presidential Election Appears to Head for a Runoff, Brother of Honduran President Found Guilty of Cocaine Trafficking, Trump Says G7 Will Not Be Held at His Private Golf Course, Hillary Clinton Accuses Jill Stein, Tulsi Gabbard of Being Linked to Russia, Landmark Trial over Opioid Epidemic in Cleveland, Ohio, Tornado Rages Through Dallas, Leaving 100,000 Without Power, Judge Temporarily Blocks Florida Law Limiting Voting by Ex-Felons…

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

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

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

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 …

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

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

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

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 …

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

Staff (2019-10-18). Headlines for October 18, 2019. democracynow.org Under U.S. Deal, Turkish Occupation of Northern Syria Continues; Ethnic Cleansing Feared, "We Do That All the Time": Mulvaney Admits to Quid Pro Quo over Ukraine, Ambassador Sondland Confirms Giuliani Pushed Ukraine Policy, Energy Secretary Rick Perry to Resign, U.S. to Host G7 at Trump Resort in Possible Violation of Constitution, Civilian Casualties Reach New High in Afghanistan, Corbyn Urges Labour Party Members to Reject New Brexit Deal, Chicago Teacher Strike Enters Second Day, NYC City Council Backs Plan to Close Rikers as Activists Call for No New Jails, Cuban Asylum Seeker Dies in Solitary Confinement in…

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

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 …

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

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

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

Staff (2019-10-17). Headlines for October 17, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Has "Meltdown" After Lawmakers Rebuke His Actions on Syria, Gordon Sondland to Testify in Impeachment Inquiry Today, Britain and European Union Reach Brexit Deal, Protests Continue in Catalonia After Sentencing of Separatist Leaders, Trump Admin Proposes Opening Up Tongass National Forest to Logging, 500,000 Kids Could Lose Free School Lunches Under Changes to Food Stamp Program, Chicago Public School Teachers on Strike Today, General Motors and UAW Reach Tentative Deal Aimed at Ending Strike, NYC Council Slated to Vote on $8 Billion Plan to Close Rikers & Build New Jails, Maryland Congressmember Elijah Cum…

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

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 …

2019-10-24: Social Media Postees

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Ecuador's Austerity Measures, Repression Based on Media Lies
Joe Emersberger | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-24
Bernie Sanders tweeted an Associated Press article in the LA Times ( 10/14/19) about Ecuador's recent protests, in which eight protesters were killed in 11 days. "Economic elites keep pushing austerity worldwide, making life unbearable for working people," Sanders …
globalresearch.ca/ecuador-austerity-measures-repression-based-lies-ap-happily-spread/5692918

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

Tulsi a Russian Asset? Censored by Google and YouTube
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-24
Time and again, clear evidence proves democracy in America is pure fantasy — how it's been from inception, notably today under its money-controlled system, most politicians bought like toothpaste. | One-party rule with two extremist right wings serves privileged interests exclusively …
globalresearch.ca/tulsi-russian-asset-censored-google-youtube/5692968

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

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

'Fundamentally broken': Student loan official with Trump admin quits, calls for debt forgiveness and wants to be a senator
rt.com | 2019-10-24
A Trump administration student loan official has left his post, blasting a "broken" loan system and calling for college debt forgiveness. Though it's is a popular progressive view, he's planning to run for office as Republican. | A. Wayne Johnson stepped down from his post at the Office of Federal Student Aid on Thursday, offering a blistering critique of a system that has saddled the average borrower with tens of thousands of dollars in debt that cannot be canceled or, increasingly, repaid. Americans owe $1.5 trillion in student loan debt, and 40 percent of them are expected to default on it by 2023. | Also o…
rt.com/usa/471774-student-loan-official-quits-debts/

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

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

Trump urges congressional Republicans to "take the gloves off" in impeachment crisis
wsws.org | 2019-10-24
The White House has been panicked by signs of erosion of support against impeachment among congressional Republicans.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/24/trmp-o24.html

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

Chicago Public Schools teachers, staff and students oppose concessions
wsws.org | 2019-10-24
Teachers, staff, parents and students spoke on their demands, the conditions in schools and their opposition to the Democratic Party's decades of attacks on public education.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/24/intv-o24.html

AOC Grills Facebook's Zuckerberg for 'Far-right Dinner Parties'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-24
Facebook Inc CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by progressive U.S. lawmakers asking questions on election interference, free speech, hate groups and fake news. | RELATED: | teleSUR English Removed From Facebook for Second Time | "In order for us to make decisions about Libra, I think we need to kind of dig into your past behavior and Facebook's past behavior with respect to our democracy," New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said, before asking Zuckerberg when he had first…
telesurenglish.net/news/AOC-Grills-Facebooks-Zuckerberg-Over-Far-right-Dinner-Parties-Fact-Checking-Politicians-20191024-0002.html

U.S. 'democracy' for $ale: Hong Kong protesters in NYC unmasked
Sara Flounders | workers.org | 2019-10-24
'Rally in a box' being unpacked, Oct. 13, New York City. I watched as a prefab "rally in a box" about Hong Kong opened up here on Oct. 13. I don't know if this rally was funded directly by the notorious U.S. National Endowment for Democracy, a congressionally funded agency . . . | Continue reading U.S. 'democracy' for $ale: Hong Kong protesters in NYC unmasked at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/10/44151/

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

Canada: NDP, unions eager to prop up Trudeau Liberal government
wsws.org | 2019-10-24
The social-democratic politicians and their union allies intend to prop up the pro-austerity, pro-war Liberals under the guise of providing Canadians with "progressive" government.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/24/ndpt-o24.html

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

2019 Veterans Day Weekend honoring Colonel Charles Young and the Buffalo Soldiers
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2019-10-24
2019 Veterans Day Weekend celebrating the Colonel Charles Young Memorial Highway Sign.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/10/24/18827576.php

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

Trump's Kurdish Betrayal Gives Peace a Bad Name
Robert L. Borosage | thenation.com | 2019-10-24
Trump's Kurdish Betrayal Gives Peace a Bad Name…
thenation.com/article/trump-peace-kurds-democrats/

America's Military Mania Is Hurting Democracy
William Astore | thenation.com | 2019-10-24
America's Military Mania Is Hurting Democracy…
thenation.com/article/militarism-donald-trump-america/

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

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

'Too Many Lives Were Ruined': Bernie Sanders Releases Plan for Federal Legalization of Marijuana
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-24
"We will legalize marijuana and vacate and expunge past marijuana convictions." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie_sanders_marijuana.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/24/too-many-lives-were-ruined-bernie-sanders-releases-plan-federal-legalization?cd-origin=rss

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

House Homeland Security Chair Demands Sergeant at Arms 'Take Action' Against Republicans Who Stormed Impeachment Hearing
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-24
Rep. Bennie Thompson called the GOP stunt an "unprecedented breach of security." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/republicans.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/24/house-homeland-security-chair-demands-sergeant-arms-take-action-against-republicans?cd-origin=rss

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

Led by Pharma-Friendly Rep. Richard Neal, Democrats Crush Progressive Amendments to Signature Drug Pricing Bill
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-24
Neal has received over $670,000 in campaign cash from pharmaceutical companies since 2007, according to Kaiser Health News | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/richard_neal_1.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/24/led-pharma-friendly-rep-richard-neal-democrats-crush-progressive-amendments?cd-origin=rss

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

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

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

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

'Whoa,' tweets Snowden, as Bernie Sanders says he would not prosecute government whistleblowers under Espionage Act
rt.com | 2019-10-23
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has said that he would not use the Espionage Act to prosecute government whistleblowers in a promise hailed by activists as crucial to maintaining press freedom. | The controversial 1917 law was rarely used in modern times until former US President Barack Obama dug it up to prosecute eight people accused of leaking to the media — more than all other US presidents combined. So far, Donald Trump has also used the law to prosecute eight whistleblowers, putting him on track to outdo Obama if he wins a second term in 2020. | "Whoa," tweeted NSA whistleblower Ed…
rt.com/usa/471673-bernie-sanders-espionage-act/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Republicans STORM secure Capitol chamber where Democrats held 'impeachment' hearing
rt.com | 2019-10-23
Demanding transparency in the impeachment probe of US President Donald Trump, GOP lawmakers stormed the secure room inside the Capitol where Democrats were interrogating a Pentagon official, derailing the proceedings. | Led by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida), two dozen Republican members of Congress made their way into the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) on Wednesday, as House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-California) was about to open a hearing where Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary Laura Cooper was due to testify. | "Adam Schiff's impeachment inquiry has been marked by secret intervi…
rt.com/usa/471686-republicans-scif-impeachment-congress/

US Republican Lawmakers Disrupt Trump Impeachment Inquiry
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-23
United States Republican lawmakers, encouraged by President Donald Trump to fight Democrats' attempts to impeach him, disrupted Wednesday the U.S. House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry and prevented a Pentagon official from testifying. | RELATED: | Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Politically Motivated Probe: US Top Diplomat | The unruly bunch of Republican legislators stormed into the hearing room where the U.S. defense official who oversees Ukraine and Russia matters,…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Republican-Lawmakers-Disrupt-Trump-Impeachment-Inquiry-20191023-0013.html

Who is counting the ballots for the UAW-GM contract?
wsws.org | 2019-10-23
The UAW has decided the deal will pass and is running roughshod over the democratic rights of workers in order to end the strike on the company's terms.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/23/auto-o23.html

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

Chile: General Strike Begins as Piñera Asks for Forgiveness
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-23
Chile's Workers' United Center (CUT) and over twenty national organizations began on Wednesday a 48-hour general strike to demand President Sebastian Piñera take the military out of the streets. | RELATED: | Chile: State Violence Leads to 1,420 Arrests and 11 Deaths | In Santiago, the country's capital, the strike began with a march from Italy Square towards The Heroes Square. | "Our goals are to say NO to the State of Emergency, recover peace and deepen democracy so that the people…
telesurenglish.net/news/Chile-General-Strike-Begins-as-Pinera-Asks-for-Forgiveness–20191023-0001.html

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

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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/trump-says-us-war-with-iran-may-be-soon-putin-erdogan-syria-deal-iraq-says-no-us-troops-allowed/

Top US diplomat in Ukraine tells impeachment inquiry Trump tied military aid to Biden probe
wsws.org | 2019-10-23
The effort to impeach Trump has gained steam in the aftermath of his decision to order the withdrawal of troops from northeastern Syria.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/23/tayl-o23.html

Anybody but Bernie–or Warren
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-10-23
Anybody but Bernie–or Warren…
thenation.com/article/money-politics-democrats/

Workers Are Not Your Props
Jane McAlevey | thenation.com | 2019-10-23
Workers Are Not Your Props…
thenation.com/article/democratic-party-trade-unions-gm-strike/

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

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

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

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

'Outrageous': Bernie rejects Hillary Clinton's 'foreign asset' smear on Tulsi Gabbard
rt.com | 2019-10-22
Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has come to the defense of fellow Democratic contender Tulsi Gabbard, batting away claims — spread by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — that the dovish candidate is a "foreign asset." | The progressive stalwart from Vermont took to Twitter on Monday to reject any suggestion Gabbard worked for a foreign power, as Clinton implied in a recent interview, insisting her patriotic bonafides as a combat veteran were beyond question. | "Tulsi Gabbard has put her life on the line to defend…
rt.com/usa/471480-bernie-defends-tulsi-foreign-agent/

Full Interview: Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Talk Politics and 2020 With The Intercept's Ryan Grim
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-22
Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez sat down with Grim to discuss the power of grassroots movements, health care, and more before Sanders's Queens rally on Saturday.
theintercept.com/2019/10/22/full-interview-bernie-sanders-and-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-talk-politics-and-2020-with-the-intercepts-ryan-grim/

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

Greater Middle East Project of Chaos: The Management of Savagery
Roger D. Harris | mintpressnews.com | 2019-10-22
The refugee crises coming out of the Middle East, generated by the forever wars and accompanying economic sanctions (more accurately, illegal unilateral coercive measures), have consequently fueled xenophobia both in the US and abroad. This, in turn, has fostered an ascendant wave of rightists. "Trump's election," author Max Blumenthal contends, "would not have been possible without 9/11 and the subsequent military interventionism conceived by the national security state."
mintpressnews.com/greater-middle-east-project-chaos-management-savagery/262449/

'Where's Lindsey?' Graham slammed by conservatives & liberals alike while trying to sit on two chairs regarding Trump
rt.com | 2019-10-22
Senator Lindsey Graham is failing to measure up to expectations as the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and conservatives are starting to take notice, calling out the late John McCain's mini-me for his absence. | The South Carolina Republican is taking flack from all sides as he tries to please everyone in Washington. Conservatives are calling him out for his apparent refusal to protect President Donald Trump at the same time as liberals tear into him at any flicker of pro-Trump sympathies. | My 17-month old son just walked up and asked "Dad, how could the leader of the entire Senate Judiciary Committee…
rt.com/usa/471562-lindsey-graham-trump-fail-conservatives/

Democrats cry racism over campaign poster showing black SF mayor smoking with stack of money
rt.com | 2019-10-22
A Republican election poster intended as a caricature of incumbent San Francisco mayor London Breed, showing her with her feet on the table, counting dollar bills and puffing a joint, has sparked accusations of racism.
rt.com/usa/471484-bilboard-racism-california-black/

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

Students ARRESTED after racial slur dare game is recorded & posted on Twitter
rt.com | 2019-10-22
Two University of Connecticut students have been arrested after they were filmed trading racial slurs back and forth in what appeared to be a vulgar word game. The video was posted online and sparked protests on campus. | Jarred Karal and Ryan Mucaj, both 21, were arrested and charged with "ridicule on account of creed, religion, color, denomination, nationality, or race," UConn spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz announced on Monday as students and staff alike demanded "accountability." | The two white students had played a game where they uttered vulgar words at increasing volume as they walked through the campus pa…
rt.com/usa/471545-students-arrested-racial-slur-university/

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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/us-stays-syria-kurds-call-on-israel-attack-turkey-us-says-israel-has-right-attack-iran/

Want Serious Progressive Change? Fight for Structural Election Reforms
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2019-10-22
Want Serious Progressive Change? Fight for Structural Election Reforms.
thenation.com/article/florida-gerrymandering-elections-voting/

Democrats Shouldn't Let Trump's Problems Turn Them Into the Party of War
Katrina vanden Heuvel | thenation.com | 2019-10-22
Democrats Shouldn't Let Trump's Problems Turn Them Into the Party of War…
thenation.com/article/democrats-shouldnt-let-trumps-problems-turn-them-into-the-party-of-war/

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: Bernie Sanders Would "Transform the Lives of Poor and Working-Class People"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-22
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, an assistant professor at Princeton University, has just published a book about the racial wealth gap and falling rate of homeownership by African Americans. Her book is titled "Race For Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Home Ownership." Taylor speaks with us about the 2020 presidential candidates' platforms, including Senator Bernie Sanders's proposed wealth tax. She says Sanders's policies bring "to light the connection between the systemic forces that drive inequality and the impact that they have in people's lives."
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/22/keeanga_yamahtta_taylor_2020_presidential_candidate

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

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

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

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

Bot race! Mitt Romney admits he's 'Pierre Delecto,' anon Twitter handle who 'liked' impeachment, never-Trumpers & Romney posts
rt.com | 2019-10-21
Utah Senator Mitt Romney has come clean about running a secret anonymous Twitter handle — "Pierre Delecto" — which passive-aggressively dumped on Trump and other Republican rivals while puffing up Romney and his allies. | Mitt Romney is Pierre Delecto. Pierre Delecto is Mitt Romney. The ultra-wealthy Mormon senator, recently rumored to be testing the waters for yet another presidential run, admitted he was behind the nom de tweet on Sunday after telling an Atlantic reporter he had a secret account — "What do they call me, a lurker?" — created to monitor political conversation. | Mitt Romn…
rt.com/usa/471440-romney-secret-twitter-pierre-delecto/

'Not putting up with your Republican bulls**t!': Angry liberals accost Rand Paul
rt.com | 2019-10-21
Are last year's 'restaurant wars' kicking off again? Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) seems to think so, after he was confronted in a diner by two elderly, outraged liberals. | The Kentucky Republican was confronted by an elderly couple while dining in California on Friday. Paul's spokesperson described the pair as "aggressive lib[eral]s." | "You just ran into two people from New York, kiddo, and we're not putting up with your Republican bullshit," the woman says, after flipping off the camera. | In the background, her male partner can be heard saying "all right, we are Americans!" | The left blames incivility o…
rt.com/usa/471473-rand-paul-confronted-restaurant/

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

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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/turkey-breaks-ceasefire-us-secures-syrias-oil-assanges-torture-violation-of-rights-exposed/

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

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

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

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

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

Max Blumenthal on why Hillary Clinton smeared Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-10-20
Hillary Clinton has smeared Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein as Russian assets, and almost no Democratic politicians are pushing back….
thegrayzone.com/2019/10/20/max-blumenthal-on-why-hillary-clinton-smeared-tulsi-gabbard-and-jill-stein/

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

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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/interviews/donald-best-interview-the-systematic-eradication-of-independent-media-independent-thought/

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

Anti-Semitism 'toxic to democracy', UN expert warns, calling for better education
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-18
To counter anti-Semitism, which is "toxic to democracy" and poses "a threat to all societies if left unaddressed", countries must invest more in education, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief has warned, speaking at UN headquarters in New York.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/10/1049591

UN Committee says Ebola in DR Congo still an international public health emergency
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-18
The Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) officially remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, experts meeting in Geneva said on Friday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/10/1049611

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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/kurds-say-turkey-used-chem-weapons-us-announces-syria-ceasefire-that-turkey-says-isnt-ceasefire/

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

Danish Red-Green Alliance congress: Organising for climate and social justice
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-10-18
Dick NicholsIssue 1241 DenmarkOctober 18, 2019Denmark's Red-Green Alliance (RGA) held its 30th congress in Copenhagen on October 5-6, in a political context that contrasted strongly with that of its previous congress. | Eighteen months ago the party's 300-plus congress delegates were preparing for a general election they hoped would lift the RGA into the role of main challenger to the Social Democrats for he…
greenleft.org.au/content/danish-red-green-alliance-congress-%E2%80%94-organising-climate-and-social-justice

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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/iran-has-evidence-us-israel-saudis-attacked-tanker-why-the-kurds-in-syria-are-just-terrorists/

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

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

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

The Last Lifeline: The Real Reason Mahmoud Abbas Called for Palestinian Elections
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-10-16
The call by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for elections in the Occupied Territories is a political ploy. There will be no true, democratic elections under Abbas' leadership. The real question is: why did he make the call in the first place?
mintpressnews.com/real-reason-mahmoud-abbas-palestinian-elections/262412/

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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/interviews/peter-santenello-interview-truth-about-iran-sharp-contrast-msm-narrative/

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

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

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

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

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

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

2019-10-23: News Headlines

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

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

John Wojcik (2019-10-23). Taylor testimony decimates Trump's "quid pro quo" defense. peoplesworld.org Back in the early 1970s, Nixon's Watergate burglars broke into a Democratic Party campaign office and stole some files out of the cabinets inside. This summer, three top Cabinet officials, the vice president, the president's lawyer, and a bunch of international mobsters, working in tandem under the direction of President Trump, busted into and took …

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

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

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

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

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-10-23). Better Relations Between the US and Russia Are Not in the Cards. globalresearch.ca By now Russians must wonder if the better relations they desire with the US are ever to be. US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Democrat from Hawaii is the latest peacemaker to be declared "a Russian asset" by Hillary, the DNC, …

Renee Parsons (2019-10-23). Hillary, "Russian Assets" and Realignment. The Dems Morph into Neocons. globalresearch.ca As you may have figured out by now, Hillary Clinton, warped by her own self aggrandizement of entitlement, did Tulsi Gabbard and her Presidential campaign against interventionist wars a huge incidental favor. | While the Democrats continue to splinter and …

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

Staff (2019-10-23). The Uncomfortable Truth About Tulsi Gabbard. truthdig.com What follows is a conversation between The Nation's Jeet Heer and Marc Steiner of The Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of…

Staff (2019-10-23). Sanders Vows to End Prosecution of Whistleblowers Under Espionage Act. truthout.org Sen. Bernie Sanders vowed, if elected president in 2020, to break with both the Trump and Obama administrations by refusing to use the repressive, century-old Espionage Act to prosecute whistleblowers, a stance that was applauded by press freedom advocates and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. | In an interview with The Intercept's Ryan Grim released Tuesday, Sanders condemned President Donald Trump's…

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

Marlee Kokotovic (2019-10-23). Bernie Sanders pledges to end prosecution of whistleblowers. nationofchange.org Progressives hail Sanders' pledge to end the use of this out-dated act.

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

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

Staff (2019-10-23). Elizabeth Warren and Activists Say Big Tech Companies Should Be Broken Up. truthout.org Facebook continues to face growing criticism and demands that it be broken up. Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has repeatedly called for Facebook and other big tech companies to be broken up on antitrust grounds. Roger McNamee, a Silicon Valley investor who went from being an early supporter of Facebook to a vocal critic, speaks with us about 2020 candidates' platforms on big tech. Antitrust regulation is "the one issue that seems to cut across the entir…

WSWS (2019-10-23). Teachers' union calls on Elizabeth Warren in bid to strangle strike against Chicago's Democratic machine. wsws.org At Tuesday's rally, AFT President Weingarten began by holding up the sellout of this year's Los Angeles teachers' strike as a victory and model for the Chicago teachers.

Staff (2019-10-23). What's Really Behind the Media's Deepfake Panic. truthdig.com If our mainstream media is to be believed, purposefully deceptive AI-generated imagery, or deepfakes, poses an imminent threat to American democracy. "The future will be riddled with them," according to Bloomberg, and lawmakers as diverse as Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and D…

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

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

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 …

Jeet Heer (2019-10-23). Anybody but Bernie—or Warren. thenation.com Anybody but Bernie—or Warren…

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

Staff (2019-10-23). Headlines for October 23, 2019. democracynow.org Taylor Testifies Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Investigation of Hunter Biden, Trump Tweets Impeachment is a "Lynching," Sparking Widespread Condemnation, Turkey and Russia Reach Agreement on Northern Syria, Protests Erupt in Bolivia Over Allegations of Election Rigging, Chilean President Announces Reforms Aimed to Curb Massive Protests, Boris Johnson Loses Critical Brexit Vote, Canada's New Anti-Immigrant Party Is Crushed in National Elections, UAW Member Dies After Being Struck by Car Near Picket Line, Chicago Teachers Head into Second Week of Strike, New York's Probe of Facebook Backed by 46 Attorneys General, Mexi…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-10-23). 'Physically Obstructing Justice,' Dozens of Republicans Storm Closed-Door Impeachment Hearing. commondreams.org The Republican stunt "essentially shut down the impeachment inquiry for a time," said the Washington Post's Rachel Bade. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/republicans_0.jpg

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-10-23). 'Establishment Fears' Grow as Sanders and Warren Reveal Energy of Democrats' Progressive Wing. commondreams.org "You need to run on things that half the country agrees with you," said presidential candidate John Delaney, who is polling below 1%. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sanders_warren_0.jpg

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-10-23). 'Perhaps You Believe You're Above the Law': Zuckerberg Grilled Over Libra, False Political Ads, and More. commondreams.org House Democrats challenged Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on a number of issues Wednesday at a hearing focusing partially on the company's efforts to develop of cryptocurrency—putting Zuckerberg on the defensive regarding Facebook's position on the limits of free speech in political advertising, its labor practices, and critics' claims that the company supports housing discrimination. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/zuckerberg_0.jpg

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-10-23). House Democrats Hold Historic Hearing on How Big Oil Spent Decades Trying to 'Suppress the Truth' About the Climate Crisis. commondreams.org As ExxonMobil faced the second day of a New York state trial for defrauding investors about climate-related risks of burning fossil fuels, a Democrat-controlled U.S. House Oversight subcommittee on Wednesday held a historic hearing "examining the oil industry's efforts to suppress the truth about climate change." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11775660801.jpg

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

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

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

susan_p (2019-10-23). Popular revolt drowning Chile's neoliberal 'oasis'. greenleft.org.au democracy Pablo LeightonIssue 1242 Chile Latin America solidarity general strike 2019 Chile protestsOctober 23, 2019Cou…

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

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

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

Marshall Auerback (2019-10-22). Will the GOP Become the Party of Blue-Collar Conservatism? counterpunch.org From the days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt onward through to the 1990s, the Democrats had long been considered the party of the working class. That perception lingered long after the fact that by the 1990s, they had more accurately become the party of Wall Street and Silicon Valley, often embracing policies at variance with their More

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frances Madeson (2019-10-22). Pro-Democracy Movement in Haiti Swells Despite Police Violence. counterpunch.org It's getting hard not to notice that U.S. corporate media is covering pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong far more than pro-democracy forces in the Caribbean. It can be challenging to catch up on significant events in a place that's a mere two-hour flight from Miami; with a few exceptions, the media is largely failing Haiti More

WSWS (2019-10-22). Madrid steps up repression of protests against Catalan crackdown. wsws.org The ruling class is terrified that protests will erupt across Spain and beyond, linking the defence of democratic rights to the growing upsurge of working class struggles.

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 …

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

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

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

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

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

Staff (2019-10-22). Headlines for October 22, 2019. democracynow.org Erdogan Meets with Putin as Turkish Ceasefire in Syria Expires, William Taylor Testifies in Impeachment Hearings, NYT: U.S. Has Quietly Pulled Thousands of Troops Out of Afghanistan, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Held onto Power in Tight Elections, Israel: Netanyahu Fails to Form Coalition Government, Massive Protests Continue in Chile, Northern Ireland Decriminalizes Abortion & Legalizes Marriage Equality, Indonesia: Former General Prabowo Subianto to Join the Cabinet, ExxonMobil Goes on Trial in New York over Climate Change, Four Drug Companies Reach Settlement with Two Ohio Counties, Macy's to Stop Se…

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

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

Victor Grossman (2019-10-21). Thoughts on impeachment. mronline.org The main impeachment thrust aims at minor events in the Ukraine. The whole approach ignores, indeed covers over the fact, that the whole U.S. policy of violently turning the Ukraine into a U.S.-dominated satrapy and advanced base was achieved by a Democratic administration. | Source

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

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

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

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

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 …

Eric Blanc (2019-10-21). The Chicago Teachers Strike Proves We Can't Rely on Democrats. thenation.com The Chicago Teachers Strike Proves We Can't Rely on Democrats…

Jeet Heer (2019-10-21). The Real Trouble With Tulsi. thenation.com The Real Trouble With Tulsi…

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

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

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

Staff (2019-10-21). Headlines for October 21, 2019. democracynow.org U.S. Troops Leaving Syria Headed for Iraq, Anti-Government Protests Sweep the Globe, Bolivia Presidential Election Appears to Head for a Runoff, Brother of Honduran President Found Guilty of Cocaine Trafficking, Trump Says G7 Will Not Be Held at His Private Golf Course, Hillary Clinton Accuses Jill Stein, Tulsi Gabbard of Being Linked to Russia, Landmark Trial over Opioid Epidemic in Cleveland, Ohio, Tornado Rages Through Dallas, Leaving 100,000 Without Power, Judge Temporarily Blocks Florida Law Limiting Voting by Ex-Felons…

RT (2019-10-20). Hillary Clinton's attacks on Tulsi Gabbard sow more Democratic division than Moscow could ever dream of. rt.com In her zeal to beat off challengers to her party's hardline anti-Russia orthodoxy, Hillary Clinton has only succeeded in sowing discord between the crop of Democratic presidential contenders. How very 'Putin-esque' of her. | Unfounded blaming of Russia for her own woes is nothing new from Hillary Clinton, who still blames the Kremlin for denying her the presidency three years ago. If it wasn't 'Russian hackers' leaking her emails, it was 'Russian bots' backing Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary, or Vladimir Putin convincing the Green Party's Jill Stein to mount a third-party challenge. Though none of the…

RT (2019-10-20). 'Hillary's gone Crazy!' Russian puppet Trump (almost) blows his cover standing up for Kremlin assets Gabbard & Stein. rt.com The US president has openly admitted to being a Russian puppet (not really, but who cares)! In his latest tweet, Donald Trump sympathized with Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein, whom Hillary Clinton called Kremlin assets and tools. | In case anyone forgot, the White House is Kremlin-controlled territory right now, and the US leader was just one tiny step away from openly admitting it by showing compassion for collateral victims of the Russiagate craze — the Green Party's Jill Stein, and the Hawaiian congresswoman and 2020 Democratic hopeful, Tulsi Gabbard. | So now Crooked Hillary is at it again! She is callin…

Roger D. Harris (2019-10-20). Greater Middle East Project of Chaos. dissidentvoice.org Destination Afghanistan was known as the big easy back in the halcyon days of the late 1960s. Hippies from throughout the affluent West hitchhiked to the capital, Kabul, where crash pads and hashish were cheap, and the locals were tolerant. Life appeared to be mellow in the scenic shadow of the Hindu Kush Himalayans. That …

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

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

Myles Hoenig (2019-10-20). Reflections on Elijah Cummings. dissidentvoice.org There aren't many politicians in America who deserve the praise that Elijah Cummings had earned over the years. He was respected by all in Congress, and by many of his Republican rivals. He was a fighter for civil right all his life, and represented the most economically exploited citizens of Baltimore, first as a member …

Nellie Bailey (2019-10-20). Phony progressives follow Trump lead on Venezuela. mronline.org So-called progressives sound just like Donald Trump when they describe Venezuela's elected government as a "dictatorship," said Nicholas Evan Ayala, co-editor of Anti-Conquista. "A lot of Democrats pretend to be anti-war, yet fail to see that every intervention they advocate follows a long history of US evil…leading to the deaths of millions of people," said […] | Source

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

RT (2019-10-19). #IamTulsi trending after Gabbard hands Hillary Clinton brutal smackdown. rt.com 2020 candidate Tulsi Gabbard is trending on Twitter, after the Hawaiian lawmaker scorched Hillary Clinton with a devastating put-down. Nevertheless, Hillary fans still maintain Tulsi's popularity is the work of 'Russian bots'. | Gabbard unloaded on Clinton on Friday, after the failed 2016 presidential contender suggested that "the Russians" were "grooming" her to run as a third-party candidate next year to split the Democratic vote. | "Great! Thank you Hillary Clinton," Gabbard tweeted in response. "You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Dem…

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 …

Sam Adler-Bell (2019-10-19). Democrats Want to be Economic Populists. Why Are They Clinging to a Flawed Reagan-Era Tax Credit? theintercept.com Most Democratic candidates want to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit. But the EITC excludes the neediest Americans and may not live up to its promises.

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

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

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

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 …

Staff (2019-10-18). Headlines for October 18, 2019. democracynow.org Under U.S. Deal, Turkish Occupation of Northern Syria Continues; Ethnic Cleansing Feared, "We Do That All the Time": Mulvaney Admits to Quid Pro Quo over Ukraine, Ambassador Sondland Confirms Giuliani Pushed Ukraine Policy, Energy Secretary Rick Perry to Resign, U.S. to Host G7 at Trump Resort in Possible Violation of Constitution, Civilian Casualties Reach New High in Afghanistan, Corbyn Urges Labour Party Members to Reject New Brexit Deal, Chicago Teacher Strike Enters Second Day, NYC City Council Backs Plan to Close Rikers as Activists Call for No New Jails, Cuban Asylum Seeker Dies in Solitary Confinement in…

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

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

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 …

Staff (2019-10-17). Headlines for October 17, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Has "Meltdown" After Lawmakers Rebuke His Actions on Syria, Gordon Sondland to Testify in Impeachment Inquiry Today, Britain and European Union Reach Brexit Deal, Protests Continue in Catalonia After Sentencing of Separatist Leaders, Trump Admin Proposes Opening Up Tongass National Forest to Logging, 500,000 Kids Could Lose Free School Lunches Under Changes to Food Stamp Program, Chicago Public School Teachers on Strike Today, General Motors and UAW Reach Tentative Deal Aimed at Ending Strike, NYC Council Slated to Vote on $8 Billion Plan to Close Rikers & Build New Jails, Maryland Congressmember Elijah Cum…

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

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

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

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

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 …

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

Staff (2019-10-16). Mehdi Hasan: "There Should Only Be Two Front-Runners Right Now: Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren" democracynow.org Twelve candidates took to the stage for the fourth round of the Democratic presidential debate in Westerville, Ohio, Tuesday to spar over healthcare, foreign policy, impeachment, gun violence, economic inequality and more. Senator Elizabeth Warren — who is now leading some national polls — repeatedly came under attack from her rivals. In the first debate since Senator Bernie Sanders suffered a heart attack two weeks ago, the Vermont senator advocated for a Green New Deal, Medicare for All and a wealth tax. Former Vice President Joe Biden attacked the proposals of both Sanders and Warren and faced scru…

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

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

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

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

Staff (2019-10-16). Headlines for October 16, 2019. democracynow.org 12 Democratic Candidates Take to the Stage in Ohio, Pence Heads to Turkey as Erdogan Vows No Ceasefire in Northern Syria, State Dept. Official: White House Put "Three Amigos" in Charge of Ukraine Policy, Activists Arrested in D.C. over Trump Plan to Gut Refugee Resettlement, British Family Detained for a Week After Mistakenly Driving Across U.S.-Canada Border, Egypt Tortured Journalist & Activist Esraa Abdel Fattah in Custody, Worst Fires in Decades Rage Across Lebanon, Mexican Senate Slated to Vote on Bill to Legalize Marijuana, Man Launches Hunger Strike Amid Mohawk Land Dispute with Real Estate Developers, Cal…

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

Staff (2019-10-15). Homewreckers: How Wall Street, Banks & Trump's Inner Circle Used the 2008 Housing Crash to Get Rich. democracynow.org We speak with investigative reporter Aaron Glantz about his new book "Homewreckers," which looks at the devastating legacy of the foreclosure crisis and how much of the so-called recovery is a result of large private equity firms buying up hundreds of thousands of foreclosed homes. "Homewreckers: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Hedge Fund Magnates, Crooked Banks, and Vulture Capitalists Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream" reveals how the 2008 housing crash decimated millions of Americans' family wealth but enriched President Donald Trump's inner circle, including Trump Cabi…

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Even CNN thinks Hillary Clinton has gone too far with her latest conspiracy theory
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-10-23
US Army veteran Tulsi Gabbard hopes to become the Democratic Party's presidential candidate in 2020. But because she firmly opposes devastating US regime-change wars abroad and tells the t…
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Better Relations Between the US and Russia Are Not in the Cards
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-23
By now Russians must wonder if the better relations they desire with the US are ever to be. US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Democrat from Hawaii is the latest peacemaker to be declared "a Russian asset" by Hillary, the DNC, …
globalresearch.ca/better-relations-us-russia/5692882

Hillary, "Russian Assets" and Realignment. The Dems Morph into Neocons
Renee Parsons | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-23
As you may have figured out by now, Hillary Clinton, warped by her own self aggrandizement of entitlement, did Tulsi Gabbard and her Presidential campaign against interventionist wars a huge incidental favor. | While the Democrats continue to splinter and …
globalresearch.ca/hillary-russian-assets-and-realignment-the-dems-morph-into-neocons/5692873

The Uncomfortable Truth About Tulsi Gabbard
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-23
What follows is a conversation between The Nation's Jeet Heer and Marc Steiner of The Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of…
truthdig.com/articles/the-uncomfortable-truth-about-tulsi-gabbard/

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

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

'Whoa,' tweets Snowden, as Bernie Sanders says he would not prosecute government whistleblowers under Espionage Act
rt.com | 2019-10-23
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has said that he would not use the Espionage Act to prosecute government whistleblowers in a promise hailed by activists as crucial to maintaining press freedom. | The controversial 1917 law was rarely used in modern times until former US President Barack Obama dug it up to prosecute eight people accused of leaking to the media — more than all other US presidents combined. So far, Donald Trump has also used the law to prosecute eight whistleblowers, putting him on track to outdo Obama if he wins a second term in 2020. | "Whoa," tweeted NSA whistleblower Ed…
rt.com/usa/471673-bernie-sanders-espionage-act/

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

Sanders Vows to End Prosecution of Whistleblowers Under Espionage Act
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-23
Sen. Bernie Sanders vowed, if elected president in 2020, to break with both the Trump and Obama administrations by refusing to use the repressive, century-old Espionage Act to prosecute whistleblowers, a stance that was applauded by press freedom advocates and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. | In an interview with The Intercept's Ryan Grim released Tuesday, Sanders condemned President Donald Trump's…
truthout.org/articles/sanders-vows-to-end-prosecution-of-whistleblowers-under-espionage-act/

Ecuador's Austerity Measures, Repression Based on Lies AP Happily Spread
Joe Emersberger | fair.org | 2019-10-23
AP piece in the LA Times ( 10/14/19) | Bernie Sanders tweeted an Associated Press article in the LA Times ( 10/14/19) about Ecuador's recent protests, in which eight protesters were killed in 11 days. "Economic elites ke…
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Military Spending's Out of Control While Slashing It Could Easily Fund Medicare for All
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-23
Something very unusual happened on Thursday, Oct. 17. The New York Times suddenly ran an article on its opinion page explaining how to cut $300 billion from the $1-trillion military budget — enough, the article explained, to fund Bernie Sanders' proposed program for an expanded Medicare program to cover all Americans without raising a dime…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/23/military-spendings-out-of-control-while-slashing-it-could-easily-fund-medicare-for-all/

Bernie Sanders pledges to end prosecution of whistleblowers
Marlee Kokotovic | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-23
Progressives hail Sanders' pledge to end the use of this out-dated act.
nationofchange.org/2019/10/23/bernie-sanders-pledges-to-end-prosecution-of-whistleblowers/

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

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

Top US diplomat in Ukraine tells impeachment inquiry Trump tied military aid to Biden probe
wsws.org | 2019-10-23
The effort to impeach Trump has gained steam in the aftermath of his decision to order the withdrawal of troops from northeastern Syria.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/23/tayl-o23.html

Elizabeth Warren and Activists Say Big Tech Companies Should Be Broken Up
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-23
Facebook continues to face growing criticism and demands that it be broken up. Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has repeatedly called for Facebook and other big tech companies to be broken up on antitrust grounds. Roger McNamee, a Silicon Valley investor who went from being an early supporter of Facebook to a vocal critic, speaks with us about 2020 candidates' platforms on big tech. Antitrust regulation is "the one issue that seems to cut across the entir…
truthout.org/video/elizabeth-warren-and-activists-say-big-tech-companies-should-be-broken-up/

Teachers' union calls on Elizabeth Warren in bid to strangle strike against Chicago's Democratic machine
wsws.org | 2019-10-23
At Tuesday's rally, AFT President Weingarten began by holding up the sellout of this year's Los Angeles teachers' strike as a victory and model for the Chicago teachers.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/23/chic-o23.html

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

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

Who is counting the ballots for the UAW-GM contract?
wsws.org | 2019-10-23
The UAW has decided the deal will pass and is running roughshod over the democratic rights of workers in order to end the strike on the company's terms.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/23/auto-o23.html

What's Really Behind the Media's Deepfake Panic
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-23
If our mainstream media is to be believed, purposefully deceptive AI-generated imagery, or deepfakes, poses an imminent threat to American democracy. "The future will be riddled with them," according to Bloomberg, and lawmakers as diverse as Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and D…
truthdig.com/articles/whats-really-behind-the-medias-deepfake-panic/

Taylor testimony decimates Trump's "quid pro quo" defense
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-23
Back in the early 1970s, Nixon's Watergate burglars broke into a Democratic Party campaign office and stole some files out of the cabinets inside. This summer, three top Cabinet officials, the vice president, the president's lawyer, and a bunch of international mobsters, working in tandem under the direction of President Trump, busted into and took …
peoplesworld.org/article/taylor-testimony-decimates-trumps-quid-pro-quo-defense/

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 …
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Anybody but Bernie–or Warren
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-10-23
Anybody but Bernie–or Warren…
thenation.com/article/money-politics-democrats/

Workers Are Not Your Props
Jane McAlevey | thenation.com | 2019-10-23
Workers Are Not Your Props…
thenation.com/article/democratic-party-trade-unions-gm-strike/

'Physically Obstructing Justice,' Dozens of Republicans Storm Closed-Door Impeachment Hearing
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-23
The Republican stunt "essentially shut down the impeachment inquiry for a time," said the Washington Post's Rachel Bade. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/republicans_0.jpg
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'Establishment Fears' Grow as Sanders and Warren Reveal Energy of Democrats' Progressive Wing
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-23
"You need to run on things that half the country agrees with you," said presidential candidate John Delaney, who is polling below 1%. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sanders_warren_0.jpg
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House Democrats Hold Historic Hearing on How Big Oil Spent Decades Trying to 'Suppress the Truth' About the Climate Crisis
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-23
As ExxonMobil faced the second day of a New York state trial for defrauding investors about climate-related risks of burning fossil fuels, a Democrat-controlled U.S. House Oversight subcommittee on Wednesday held a historic hearing "examining the oil industry's efforts to suppress the truth about climate change." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11775660801.jpg
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'Perhaps You Believe You're Above the Law': Zuckerberg Grilled Over Libra, False Political Ads, and More
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-23
House Democrats challenged Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on a number of issues Wednesday at a hearing focusing partially on the company's efforts to develop of cryptocurrency—putting Zuckerberg on the defensive regarding Facebook's position on the limits of free speech in political advertising, its labor practices, and critics' claims that the company supports housing discrimination. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/zuckerberg_0.jpg
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Big Tech Platforms Have Had a "Profound Negative Effect on Democracy." Is It Time to Break Them Up?
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-23
Facebook continues to face growing criticism and demands that it be broken up. Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has repeatedly called for Facebook and other big tech companies to be broken up on antitrust grounds. Roger McNamee, a Silicon Valley investor who went from being an early supporter of Facebook to a vocal critic, speaks with us about 2020 candidates' platforms on big tech. Antitrust regulation is "the one issue that seems to cut across the entire political spectrum," McNamee says. "People of all political stripes understand that there's a problem here."
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/23/roger_mcnamee_warren_break_up_facebook

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

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

Popular revolt drowning Chile's neoliberal 'oasis'
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-10-23
democracy Pablo LeightonIssue 1242 Chile Latin America solidarity general strike 2019 Chile protestsOctober 23, 2019Cou…
greenleft.org.au/content/popular-revolt-drowning-chile-neoliberal-oasis

'Outrageous': Bernie rejects Hillary Clinton's 'foreign asset' smear on Tulsi Gabbard
rt.com | 2019-10-22
Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has come to the defense of fellow Democratic contender Tulsi Gabbard, batting away claims — spread by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — that the dovish candidate is a "foreign asset." | The progressive stalwart from Vermont took to Twitter on Monday to reject any suggestion Gabbard worked for a foreign power, as Clinton implied in a recent interview, insisting her patriotic bonafides as a combat veteran were beyond question. | "Tulsi Gabbard has put her life on the line to defend…
rt.com/usa/471480-bernie-defends-tulsi-foreign-agent/

Full Interview: Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Talk Politics and 2020 With The Intercept's Ryan Grim
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-22
Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez sat down with Grim to discuss the power of grassroots movements, health care, and more before Sanders's Queens rally on Saturday.
theintercept.com/2019/10/22/full-interview-bernie-sanders-and-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-talk-politics-and-2020-with-the-intercepts-ryan-grim/

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

Greater Middle East Project of Chaos: The Management of Savagery
Roger D. Harris | mintpressnews.com | 2019-10-22
The refugee crises coming out of the Middle East, generated by the forever wars and accompanying economic sanctions (more accurately, illegal unilateral coercive measures), have consequently fueled xenophobia both in the US and abroad. This, in turn, has fostered an ascendant wave of rightists. "Trump's election," author Max Blumenthal contends, "would not have been possible without 9/11 and the subsequent military interventionism conceived by the national security state."
mintpressnews.com/greater-middle-east-project-chaos-management-savagery/262449/

'Where's Lindsey?' Graham slammed by conservatives & liberals alike while trying to sit on two chairs regarding Trump
rt.com | 2019-10-22
Senator Lindsey Graham is failing to measure up to expectations as the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and conservatives are starting to take notice, calling out the late John McCain's mini-me for his absence. | The South Carolina Republican is taking flack from all sides as he tries to please everyone in Washington. Conservatives are calling him out for his apparent refusal to protect President Donald Trump at the same time as liberals tear into him at any flicker of pro-Trump sympathies. | My 17-month old son just walked up and asked "Dad, how could the leader of the entire Senate Judiciary Committee…
rt.com/usa/471562-lindsey-graham-trump-fail-conservatives/

Democrats cry racism over campaign poster showing black SF mayor smoking with stack of money
rt.com | 2019-10-22
A Republican election poster intended as a caricature of incumbent San Francisco mayor London Breed, showing her with her feet on the table, counting dollar bills and puffing a joint, has sparked accusations of racism.
rt.com/usa/471484-bilboard-racism-california-black/

Will the GOP Become the Party of Blue-Collar Conservatism?
Marshall Auerback | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-22
From the days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt onward through to the 1990s, the Democrats had long been considered the party of the working class. That perception lingered long after the fact that by the 1990s, they had more accurately become the party of Wall Street and Silicon Valley, often embracing policies at variance with their…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/22/will-the-gop-become-the-party-of-blue-collar-conservatism/

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

Pro-Democracy Movement in Haiti Swells Despite Police Violence
Frances Madeson | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-22
It's getting hard not to notice that U.S. corporate media is covering pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong far more than pro-democracy forces in the Caribbean. It can be challenging to catch up on significant events in a place that's a mere two-hour flight from Miami; with a few exceptions, the media is largely failing Haiti…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/22/pro-democracy-movement-in-haiti-swells-despite-police-violence/

Madrid steps up repression of protests against Catalan crackdown
wsws.org | 2019-10-22
The ruling class is terrified that protests will erupt across Spain and beyond, linking the defence of democratic rights to the growing upsurge of working class struggles.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/22/madr-o22.html

Students ARRESTED after racial slur dare game is recorded & posted on Twitter
rt.com | 2019-10-22
Two University of Connecticut students have been arrested after they were filmed trading racial slurs back and forth in what appeared to be a vulgar word game. The video was posted online and sparked protests on campus. | Jarred Karal and Ryan Mucaj, both 21, were arrested and charged with "ridicule on account of creed, religion, color, denomination, nationality, or race," UConn spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz announced on Monday as students and staff alike demanded "accountability." | The two white students had played a game where they uttered vulgar words at increasing volume as they walked through the campus pa…
rt.com/usa/471545-students-arrested-racial-slur-university/

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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/us-stays-syria-kurds-call-on-israel-attack-turkey-us-says-israel-has-right-attack-iran/

Want Serious Progressive Change? Fight for Structural Election Reforms
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2019-10-22
Want Serious Progressive Change? Fight for Structural Election Reforms.
thenation.com/article/florida-gerrymandering-elections-voting/

Democrats Shouldn't Let Trump's Problems Turn Them Into the Party of War
Katrina vanden Heuvel | thenation.com | 2019-10-22
Democrats Shouldn't Let Trump's Problems Turn Them Into the Party of War…
thenation.com/article/democrats-shouldnt-let-trumps-problems-turn-them-into-the-party-of-war/

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: Bernie Sanders Would "Transform the Lives of Poor and Working-Class People"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-22
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, an assistant professor at Princeton University, has just published a book about the racial wealth gap and falling rate of homeownership by African Americans. Her book is titled "Race For Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Home Ownership." Taylor speaks with us about the 2020 presidential candidates' platforms, including Senator Bernie Sanders's proposed wealth tax. She says Sanders's policies bring "to light the connection between the systemic forces that drive inequality and the impact that they have in people's lives."
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/22/keeanga_yamahtta_taylor_2020_presidential_candidate

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

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

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

Bot race! Mitt Romney admits he's 'Pierre Delecto,' anon Twitter handle who 'liked' impeachment, never-Trumpers & Romney posts
rt.com | 2019-10-21
Utah Senator Mitt Romney has come clean about running a secret anonymous Twitter handle — "Pierre Delecto" — which passive-aggressively dumped on Trump and other Republican rivals while puffing up Romney and his allies. | Mitt Romney is Pierre Delecto. Pierre Delecto is Mitt Romney. The ultra-wealthy Mormon senator, recently rumored to be testing the waters for yet another presidential run, admitted he was behind the nom de tweet on Sunday after telling an Atlantic reporter he had a secret account — "What do they call me, a lurker?" — created to monitor political conversation. | Mitt Romn…
rt.com/usa/471440-romney-secret-twitter-pierre-delecto/

'Not putting up with your Republican bulls**t!': Angry liberals accost Rand Paul
rt.com | 2019-10-21
Are last year's 'restaurant wars' kicking off again? Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) seems to think so, after he was confronted in a diner by two elderly, outraged liberals. | The Kentucky Republican was confronted by an elderly couple while dining in California on Friday. Paul's spokesperson described the pair as "aggressive lib[eral]s." | "You just ran into two people from New York, kiddo, and we're not putting up with your Republican bullshit," the woman says, after flipping off the camera. | In the background, her male partner can be heard saying "all right, we are Americans!" | The left blames incivility o…
rt.com/usa/471473-rand-paul-confronted-restaurant/

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

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

Thoughts on impeachment
Victor Grossman | mronline.org | 2019-10-21
The main impeachment thrust aims at minor events in the Ukraine. The whole approach ignores, indeed covers over the fact, that the whole U.S. policy of violently turning the Ukraine into a U.S.-dominated satrapy and advanced base was achieved by a Democratic administration. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/10/21/thoughts-on-impeachment/

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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/turkey-breaks-ceasefire-us-secures-syrias-oil-assanges-torture-violation-of-rights-exposed/

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

The Chicago Teachers Strike Proves We Can't Rely on Democrats
Eric Blanc | thenation.com | 2019-10-21
The Chicago Teachers Strike Proves We Can't Rely on Democrats…
thenation.com/article/strike-democrats-chicago-teachers/

The Real Trouble With Tulsi
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-10-21
The Real Trouble With Tulsi…
thenation.com/article/clinton-tulsi-gabbard/

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

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

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

Max Blumenthal on why Hillary Clinton smeared Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-10-20
Hillary Clinton has smeared Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein as Russian assets, and almost no Democratic politicians are pushing back….
thegrayzone.com/2019/10/20/max-blumenthal-on-why-hillary-clinton-smeared-tulsi-gabbard-and-jill-stein/

Hillary Clinton's attacks on Tulsi Gabbard sow more Democratic division than Moscow could ever dream of
rt.com | 2019-10-20
In her zeal to beat off challengers to her party's hardline anti-Russia orthodoxy, Hillary Clinton has only succeeded in sowing discord between the crop of Democratic presidential contenders. How very 'Putin-esque' of her. | Unfounded blaming of Russia for her own woes is nothing new from Hillary Clinton, who still blames the Kremlin for denying her the presidency three years ago. If it wasn't 'Russian hackers' leaking her emails, it was 'Russian bots' backing Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary, or Vladimir Putin convincing the Green Party's Jill Stein to mount a third-party challenge. Though none of the…
rt.com/usa/471380-hillary-clinton-tulsi-gabbard-division/

'Hillary's gone Crazy!' Russian puppet Trump (almost) blows his cover standing up for Kremlin assets Gabbard & Stein
rt.com | 2019-10-20
The US president has openly admitted to being a Russian puppet (not really, but who cares)! In his latest tweet, Donald Trump sympathized with Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein, whom Hillary Clinton called Kremlin assets and tools. | In case anyone forgot, the White House is Kremlin-controlled territory right now, and the US leader was just one tiny step away from openly admitting it by showing compassion for collateral victims of the Russiagate craze — the Green Party's Jill Stein, and the Hawaiian congresswoman and 2020 Democratic hopeful, Tulsi Gabbard. | So now Crooked Hillary is at it again! She is callin…
rt.com/usa/471340-trump-russia-lover-crazy-clinton/

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

Reflections on Elijah Cummings
Myles Hoenig | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-20
There aren't many politicians in America who deserve the praise that Elijah Cummings had earned over the years. He was respected by all in Congress, and by many of his Republican rivals. He was a fighter for civil right all his life, and represented the most economically exploited citizens of Baltimore, first as a member …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/reflections-on-elijah-cummings/

Phony progressives follow Trump lead on Venezuela
Nellie Bailey | mronline.org | 2019-10-20
So-called progressives sound just like Donald Trump when they describe Venezuela's elected government as a "dictatorship," said Nicholas Evan Ayala, co-editor of Anti-Conquista. "A lot of Democrats pretend to be anti-war, yet fail to see that every intervention they advocate follows a long history of US evil…leading to the deaths of millions of people," said […] | Source…
mronline.org/2019/10/19/phony-progressives-follow-trump-lead-on-venezuela/

Greater Middle East Project of Chaos
Roger D. Harris | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-20
Destination Afghanistan was known as the big easy back in the halcyon days of the late 1960s. Hippies from throughout the affluent West hitchhiked to the capital, Kabul, where crash pads and hashish were cheap, and the locals were tolerant. Life appeared to be mellow in the scenic shadow of the Hindu Kush Himalayans. That …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/greater-middle-east-project-of-chaos/

#IamTulsi trending after Gabbard hands Hillary Clinton brutal smackdown
rt.com | 2019-10-19
2020 candidate Tulsi Gabbard is trending on Twitter, after the Hawaiian lawmaker scorched Hillary Clinton with a devastating put-down. Nevertheless, Hillary fans still maintain Tulsi's popularity is the work of 'Russian bots'. | Gabbard unloaded on Clinton on Friday, after the failed 2016 presidential contender suggested that "the Russians" were "grooming" her to run as a third-party candidate next year to split the Democratic vote. | "Great! Thank you Hillary Clinton," Gabbard tweeted in response. "You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Dem…
rt.com/usa/471314-tulsi-gabbard-trending-twitter/

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

Democrats Want to be Economic Populists. Why Are They Clinging to a Flawed Reagan-Era Tax Credit?
Sam Adler-Bell | theintercept.com | 2019-10-19
Most Democratic candidates want to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit. But the EITC excludes the neediest Americans and may not live up to its promises.
theintercept.com/2019/10/19/democrats-poverty-earned-income-tax-credit/

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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/interviews/donald-best-interview-the-systematic-eradication-of-independent-media-independent-thought/

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

Anti-Semitism 'toxic to democracy', UN expert warns, calling for better education
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-18
To counter anti-Semitism, which is "toxic to democracy" and poses "a threat to all societies if left unaddressed", countries must invest more in education, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief has warned, speaking at UN headquarters in New York.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/10/1049591

UN Committee says Ebola in DR Congo still an international public health emergency
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-18
The Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) officially remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, experts meeting in Geneva said on Friday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/10/1049611

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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/kurds-say-turkey-used-chem-weapons-us-announces-syria-ceasefire-that-turkey-says-isnt-ceasefire/

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

Danish Red-Green Alliance congress: Organising for climate and social justice
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-10-18
Dick NicholsIssue 1241 DenmarkOctober 18, 2019Denmark's Red-Green Alliance (RGA) held its 30th congress in Copenhagen on October 5-6, in a political context that contrasted strongly with that of its previous congress. | Eighteen months ago the party's 300-plus congress delegates were preparing for a general election they hoped would lift the RGA into the role of main challenger to the Social Democrats for he…
greenleft.org.au/content/danish-red-green-alliance-congress-%E2%80%94-organising-climate-and-social-justice

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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/iran-has-evidence-us-israel-saudis-attacked-tanker-why-the-kurds-in-syria-are-just-terrorists/

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

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

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

The Last Lifeline: The Real Reason Mahmoud Abbas Called for Palestinian Elections
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-10-16
The call by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for elections in the Occupied Territories is a political ploy. There will be no true, democratic elections under Abbas' leadership. The real question is: why did he make the call in the first place?
mintpressnews.com/real-reason-mahmoud-abbas-palestinian-elections/262412/

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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/interviews/peter-santenello-interview-truth-about-iran-sharp-contrast-msm-narrative/

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

Mehdi Hasan: "There Should Only Be Two Front-Runners Right Now: Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-16
Twelve candidates took to the stage for the fourth round of the Democratic presidential debate in Westerville, Ohio, Tuesday to spar over healthcare, foreign policy, impeachment, gun violence, economic inequality and more. Senator Elizabeth Warren — who is now leading some national polls — repeatedly came under attack from her rivals. In the first debate since Senator Bernie Sanders suffered a heart attack two weeks ago, the Vermont senator advocated for a Green New Deal, Medicare for All and a wealth tax. Former Vice President Joe Biden attacked the proposals of both Sanders and Warren and faced scru…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/16/cnn_nyt_democratic_presidential_candidate_debate

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

Dem Debate: "Disingenuous" Attacks on Medicare for All Distract from Cost of Today's Broken System
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-16
Democratic candidates sparred at Tuesday's debate over their healthcare platforms and Medicare for All. We speak with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, a professor at CUNY-Hunter College and the co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program. Moderators in the CNN and New York Times debate repeatedly pressed Elizabeth Warren on whether taxes would increase under Medicare for All. "The framing of that question is crazy," says Dr. Woolhandler. "What really matters is how much a household is paying."
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It Was the Longest Debate So Far, But CNN & NYT Asked No Questions on Climate Crisis & Immigration
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-16
Despite ongoing climate chaos and a sustained humanitarian disaster at the southern border, The New York Times and CNN failed to ask candidates directly about immigration or the climate crisis at Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate. We speak with Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, who says the lack of attention to immigraton "was a major gap in the three-hour debate." We also speak with journalist Kate Aronoff about the debate's failure to address the climate crisis.
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/16/no_immigration_questions_in_democratic_debate

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

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

Homewreckers: How Wall Street, Banks & Trump's Inner Circle Used the 2008 Housing Crash to Get Rich
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-15
We speak with investigative reporter Aaron Glantz about his new book "Homewreckers," which looks at the devastating legacy of the foreclosure crisis and how much of the so-called recovery is a result of large private equity firms buying up hundreds of thousands of foreclosed homes. "Homewreckers: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Hedge Fund Magnates, Crooked Banks, and Vulture Capitalists Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream" reveals how the 2008 housing crash decimated millions of Americans' family wealth but enriched President Donald Trump's inner circle, including Trump Cabi…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/15/aaron_glantz_homewreckers_book_housing_crisis

DC's Atlantic Council raked in funding from Hunter Biden's corruption-stained employer while courting his VP father
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2019-10-14
The shady arrangement between the Atlantic Council and Burisma — the gas company at the center of the 'Ukrainegate' scandal…
thegrayzone.com/2019/10/13/dcs-atlantic-council-raked-in-funding-from-hunter-bidens-corruption-stained-employer-while-courting-his-vp-father/

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 …
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US 'Walks Back' Syria "Withdrawal," Kurd's '10,000 ISIS' Warning & The FBI 'Violated Privacy Rights'
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-09
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 (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 …
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US Openly Destabilizes Iraq, Trump Threatens To "Obliterate" Turkish Economy & Erdogan Attacks Syria
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-08
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 (10/7/19). 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 …
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Over 100 Dead As Iraqis Call For Gov't Resignation, Rockets and Bombs In Palestine & Israel's US War
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-06
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 (10/5/19). 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 …
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US Caught Meddling In Tunisian Election, Israel Politician Likens Israel To Nazi Germany & Hypocrisy
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-04
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 (10/4/19). 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 …
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2019-10-22: News Headlines

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

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

Staff (2019-10-22). 'The View' Only Has Eyes for Joe Biden. truthdig.com "I think Joe has gotten a pass at this table because at least a couple of us actually know, know, know him," Whoopi Goldberg says.

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

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

Marshall Auerback (2019-10-22). Will the GOP Become the Party of Blue-Collar Conservatism? counterpunch.org From the days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt onward through to the 1990s, the Democrats had long been considered the party of the working class. That perception lingered long after the fact that by the 1990s, they had more accurately become the party of Wall Street and Silicon Valley, often embracing policies at variance with their More

Staff (2019-10-22). Why Is a Los Angeles City Attorney Trying to Criminalize Dissent? truthdig.com In 2018, four protesters interrupted a speech by Steve Mnuchin at UCLA. Now a putatively liberal Democrat wants to send them to prison.

Philip Giraldi (2019-10-22). A Call for a Coup Plus a Week Like No Other for Tulsi Gabbard. globalresearch.ca There was what might be described as an extraordinary amount of nonsense being promoted by last week's media. Unfortunately, some of it was quite dangerous. Admiral William McRaven, who commanded the Navy Seals when Osama bin Laden was captured …

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

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

Julia Conley (2019-10-22). Warren's 'transformational' education plan takes aim at charter schools and vouchers, vowing to make schools safe and equitable for all students. nationofchange.org "It's a plan focused on supporting students from birth to college and career, and on supporting teachers throughout their careers."

Lukas Hernsmeier (2019-10-22). Uncle Joe and the Violence of the Liberal Middle. indybay.org To many, Joe Biden represents the feelings of normality and reconciliation. Many Americans seem to like this mix of nostalgia and belief in progress, a kind of tranquilizer-patriotism. Whoever listens to Biden will hear vague promises, conjurations and Obama anecdotes.

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 …

Staff (2019-10-22). Outrage Erupts After Trump Calls Impeachment Inquiry "a Lynching" truthout.org President Donald Trump took his outrageous response to House Democrats' impeachment inquiry to a new level Tuesday morning by calling the congressional proceedings "a lynching," a term that evokes the long history of racist violence against black people in the United States. | "So some day, if a Democrat becomes president and the Republicans win the House, even by a t…

Paul Antonopoulos (2019-10-22). Islamic State in Asia: 'Unintentional' Consequences of Turkey's Syria Operation. globalresearch.ca Turkey began on October 9 its illegal offensive in northern Syria to expel terrorist organizations, primarily the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and the Islamic State according to Ankara, away from the Turkish border and to establish a safe zone in …

South Front (2019-10-22). Video: Syrian Army Takes Control of Abandoned US Bases. globalresearch.ca The northeastern Syria ceasefire, agreed by Washington and Ankara, immediately collapsed. Under the terms of the reached agreement, Turkey had to halt its Operation Peace Spring for 120 hours to allow units of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to …

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

WSWS (2019-10-22). Madrid steps up repression of protests against Catalan crackdown. wsws.org The ruling class is terrified that protests will erupt across Spain and beyond, linking the defence of democratic rights to the growing upsurge of working class struggles.

WSWS (2019-10-22). Workers and students speak at Sanders rally in New York. wsws.org The WSWS discussed issues of war, healthcare and the role of the Democratic Party in capturing and destroying social movements against capitalism.

WSWS (2019-10-22). Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez use "left" demagogy to channel opposition to Trump behind Democrats. wsws.org At Sanders' first rally since his heart attack, he did not mention ongoing strikes by autoworkers and teachers, or the impeachment inquiry against Trump.

John Philpot (2019-10-22). The Historic Role of Rwanda's Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza. Designing a Common Front against Paul Kagame. globalresearch.ca Victoire Ingabire was born in Rwanda in 1968, is an economist and mother of 3 children. She leads the opposition party to the dictatorship of her home country, the Unified Democratic Forces (FDU-Inkingi) since 2006. Violence in the African Great …

Frances Madeson (2019-10-22). Pro-Democracy Movement in Haiti Swells Despite Police Violence. counterpunch.org It's getting hard not to notice that U.S. corporate media is covering pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong far more than pro-democracy forces in the Caribbean. It can be challenging to catch up on significant events in a place that's a mere two-hour flight from Miami; with a few exceptions, the media is largely failing Haiti More

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

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

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

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

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

Staff (2019-10-22). Headlines for October 22, 2019. democracynow.org Erdogan Meets with Putin as Turkish Ceasefire in Syria Expires, William Taylor Testifies in Impeachment Hearings, NYT: U.S. Has Quietly Pulled Thousands of Troops Out of Afghanistan, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Held onto Power in Tight Elections, Israel: Netanyahu Fails to Form Coalition Government, Massive Protests Continue in Chile, Northern Ireland Decriminalizes Abortion & Legalizes Marriage Equality, Indonesia: Former General Prabowo Subianto to Join the Cabinet, ExxonMobil Goes on Trial in New York over Climate Change, Four Drug Companies Reach Settlement with Two Ohio Counties, Macy's to Stop Se…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-10-22). 'Everyone in America Should Support You,' Says Elizabeth Warren at Rally With Striking Chicago Teachers. commondreams.org "I'm here to stand with every one of the people who stand for our children every day." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/elizabeth_warren_9.jpg

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-10-22). 'This Is How We Change the World': To Address Climate Crisis, Video Explains, Democracy Movements Must Rise. commondreams.org To get "sweeping policies enacted," says The Leap, "our movements have started taking the next step: winning elections and entering government." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/this_is_how_we_win.jpg

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-10-22). Testimony by Top Diplomat Bill Taylor on Trump and Ukraine Elicits 'Holy Sh*t' Responses From Members of Congress. commondreams.org A "explosive" closed-door testimony by William Taylor, a career diplomat who sharply questioned the Trump administration's attempts over the summer to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, could begin a "sea change" in House Democrats' impeachment inquiry against the president, according to lawmakers who were in the room. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1177544556.png

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

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

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

Victor Grossman (2019-10-21). Thoughts on impeachment. mronline.org The main impeachment thrust aims at minor events in the Ukraine. The whole approach ignores, indeed covers over the fact, that the whole U.S. policy of violently turning the Ukraine into a U.S.-dominated satrapy and advanced base was achieved by a Democratic administration. | Source

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

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

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 …

WSWS (2019-10-21). Chilean military deployed against protests for the first time since Pinochet. wsws.org The imposition of dictatorial measures by the Chilean ruling class exposes the sham "transition to democracy" political and military set-up under the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship.

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

WSWS (2019-10-21). At Tennessee "informational meeting" UAW calls cops on workers campaigning against GM contract. wsws.org The union is determined to run roughshod over the democratic rights of workers to force through their sellout deal with General Motors.

Jeet Heer (2019-10-21). The Real Trouble With Tulsi. thenation.com The Real Trouble With Tulsi…

Eric Blanc (2019-10-21). The Chicago Teachers Strike Proves We Can't Rely on Democrats. thenation.com The Chicago Teachers Strike Proves We Can't Rely on Democrats…

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

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

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

Staff (2019-10-21). Headlines for October 21, 2019. democracynow.org U.S. Troops Leaving Syria Headed for Iraq, Anti-Government Protests Sweep the Globe, Bolivia Presidential Election Appears to Head for a Runoff, Brother of Honduran President Found Guilty of Cocaine Trafficking, Trump Says G7 Will Not Be Held at His Private Golf Course, Hillary Clinton Accuses Jill Stein, Tulsi Gabbard of Being Linked to Russia, Landmark Trial over Opioid Epidemic in Cleveland, Ohio, Tornado Rages Through Dallas, Leaving 100,000 Without Power, Judge Temporarily Blocks Florida Law Limiting Voting by Ex-Felons…

Doug Johnson Hatlem (2019-10-21). Poll Projection: Left-Leaning Jagmeet Singh to Share Power with Trudeau in Canada. counterpunch.org Late breaking momentum for the New Democratic Party (NDP) and its leader Jagmeet Singh according to Nanos, one of Canada's most respected polling firms, spells further trouble for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In almost all events, Trudeau appears headed toward a second term as Prime Minister of Canada when polls close across Canada this evening. More

Thomas Knapp (2019-10-21). Excuses, Excuses: Now Hillary Clinton's Attacking Her Own Party's Candidates. counterpunch.org "I'm not making any predictions, but I think [the Russians] have got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate," said Hillary Clinton on her former campaign manager's podcast. "They know they can't win without a third party candidate." Was Clinton referring to More

RT (2019-10-20). Hillary Clinton's attacks on Tulsi Gabbard sow more Democratic division than Moscow could ever dream of. rt.com In her zeal to beat off challengers to her party's hardline anti-Russia orthodoxy, Hillary Clinton has only succeeded in sowing discord between the crop of Democratic presidential contenders. How very 'Putin-esque' of her. | Unfounded blaming of Russia for her own woes is nothing new from Hillary Clinton, who still blames the Kremlin for denying her the presidency three years ago. If it wasn't 'Russian hackers' leaking her emails, it was 'Russian bots' backing Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary, or Vladimir Putin convincing the Green Party's Jill Stein to mount a third-party challenge. Though none of the…

Roger D. Harris (2019-10-20). Greater Middle East Project of Chaos. dissidentvoice.org Destination Afghanistan was known as the big easy back in the halcyon days of the late 1960s. Hippies from throughout the affluent West hitchhiked to the capital, Kabul, where crash pads and hashish were cheap, and the locals were tolerant. Life appeared to be mellow in the scenic shadow of the Hindu Kush Himalayans. That …

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

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

Myles Hoenig (2019-10-20). Reflections on Elijah Cummings. dissidentvoice.org There aren't many politicians in America who deserve the praise that Elijah Cummings had earned over the years. He was respected by all in Congress, and by many of his Republican rivals. He was a fighter for civil right all his life, and represented the most economically exploited citizens of Baltimore, first as a member …

Nellie Bailey (2019-10-20). Phony progressives follow Trump lead on Venezuela. mronline.org So-called progressives sound just like Donald Trump when they describe Venezuela's elected government as a "dictatorship," said Nicholas Evan Ayala, co-editor of Anti-Conquista. "A lot of Democrats pretend to be anti-war, yet fail to see that every intervention they advocate follows a long history of US evil…leading to the deaths of millions of people," said […] | Source

RT (2019-10-19). #IamTulsi trending after Gabbard hands Hillary Clinton brutal smackdown. rt.com 2020 candidate Tulsi Gabbard is trending on Twitter, after the Hawaiian lawmaker scorched Hillary Clinton with a devastating put-down. Nevertheless, Hillary fans still maintain Tulsi's popularity is the work of 'Russian bots'. | Gabbard unloaded on Clinton on Friday, after the failed 2016 presidential contender suggested that "the Russians" were "grooming" her to run as a third-party candidate next year to split the Democratic vote. | "Great! Thank you Hillary Clinton," Gabbard tweeted in response. "You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Dem…

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

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 …

Sam Adler-Bell (2019-10-19). Democrats Want to be Economic Populists. Why Are They Clinging to a Flawed Reagan-Era Tax Credit? theintercept.com Most Democratic candidates want to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit. But the EITC excludes the neediest Americans and may not live up to its promises.

RT (2019-10-18). 'Queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption': Tulsi Gabbard DRAGS Hillary Clinton after 'Russian asset' claim. rt.com Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has accused Hillary Clinton of being behind a 'concerted campaign' to destroy her reputation and challenged her to stop hiding and enter the 2020 presidential race. | "Great! Thank you Hillary Clinton," Gabbard tweeted on Friday afternoon. "You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain." | "From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a concerted campaign to destroy my reputation. We wondered who was behind it and why. Now we…

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

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 …

Akela Lacy (2019-10-18). Senate Republicans to Hold "Save the Senate" Retreat at Trump Hotel. theintercept.com The Senate Republicans' campaign arm is hosting a multi-day retreat at the Trump International Hotel next month, the latest in a series of GOP events that have the added purpose of enriching the president's company. | The National Republican Senatorial Committee is hosting a "Save the Senate" retreat from November 7 to 8 at the Washington, D.C., hotel. Listed on the invitation as attending are Donald Tr…

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

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

Aaron Maté (2019-10-18). Ukrainegate Risks Handing Trump Another Gift. thenation.com Ukrainegate Risks Handing Trump Another Gift…

Jeet Heer (2019-10-18). We're Gonna Need a Bigger Impeachment. thenation.com We're Gonna Need a Bigger Impeachment…

Staff (2019-10-18). Headlines for October 18, 2019. democracynow.org Under U.S. Deal, Turkish Occupation of Northern Syria Continues; Ethnic Cleansing Feared, "We Do That All the Time": Mulvaney Admits to Quid Pro Quo over Ukraine, Ambassador Sondland Confirms Giuliani Pushed Ukraine Policy, Energy Secretary Rick Perry to Resign, U.S. to Host G7 at Trump Resort in Possible Violation of Constitution, Civilian Casualties Reach New High in Afghanistan, Corbyn Urges Labour Party Members to Reject New Brexit Deal, Chicago Teacher Strike Enters Second Day, NYC City Council Backs Plan to Close Rikers as Activists Call for No New Jails, Cuban Asylum Seeker Dies in Solitary Confinement in…

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

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

John Klyczek (2019-10-18). To Think or to Work? That Is the Question. dissidentvoice.org On both sides of the political aisle, workforce-training reforms are being touted as the be-all, end-all of America's public education system. Right-wing "school choice" proponents, such as President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, push corporate charter school programs with workforce-training curriculums. Left-wing "community schooling" advocates, such as Democratic Presidential candidates Joe Biden and …

Jonathan Cook (2019-10-18). US Democrats Cultivated the Barbarism of Isis. dissidentvoice.org There is something profoundly deceitful in the Democratic Party and corporate media's framing of Donald Trump's decision to pull troops out of Syria. One does not need to like Trump or ignore the dangers posed to the Kurds, at least in the short term, by the sudden departure of US forces from northern Syria to …

Julie Hollar (2019-10-17). In Ohio Debate, Media Stuck to an Increasingly Rigid Script. fair.org by Julie Hollar | This week's Democratic presidential debate, hosted in Westerville, Ohio, by CNN and the New York Times, confirmed that media are stuck in a fairly rigid debate script that elevates questions about healthcare and the economy above all else, and leaves many pressing topics deeply underexplored. | The October 15 debate focused heavily on the economy, which made up 30% of all the questions. The next most frequent topic? Non-policy issues (17%), w…

Staff (2019-10-17). Can the US Protect the Kurds Without Using Military Force? therealnews.com The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution condemning Trump's troop withdrawal from Syria, making it look like Democrats are wedded to military intervention. Is there an alternative that protects the Kurds without the use of the U.S. military?

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 …

Staff (2019-10-17). Headlines for October 17, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Has "Meltdown" After Lawmakers Rebuke His Actions on Syria, Gordon Sondland to Testify in Impeachment Inquiry Today, Britain and European Union Reach Brexit Deal, Protests Continue in Catalonia After Sentencing of Separatist Leaders, Trump Admin Proposes Opening Up Tongass National Forest to Logging, 500,000 Kids Could Lose Free School Lunches Under Changes to Food Stamp Program, Chicago Public School Teachers on Strike Today, General Motors and UAW Reach Tentative Deal Aimed at Ending Strike, NYC Council Slated to Vote on $8 Billion Plan to Close Rikers & Build New Jails, Maryland Congressmember Elijah Cum…

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

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

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

Robert Mackey (2019-10-17). Is a Ukrainian Oligarch Helping Trump Smear Biden to Evade U.S. Corruption Charges? theintercept.com Why did Ukrainian billionaire Dmytro Firtash, who is facing U.S. extradition on corruption charges, get involved in Trump's effort to smear Joe Biden?

Staff (2019-10-16). As Democrats Look for Unity, Debate Displays Party's Division. therealnews.com The fourth Democratic Party presidential candidate debate featured a whopping 12 candidates, leaving even less time for substance. Despite the limitations, the debate showed substantive differences on a few issues.

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

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 …

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

Staff (2019-10-16). Mehdi Hasan: "There Should Only Be Two Front-Runners Right Now: Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren" democracynow.org Twelve candidates took to the stage for the fourth round of the Democratic presidential debate in Westerville, Ohio, Tuesday to spar over healthcare, foreign policy, impeachment, gun violence, economic inequality and more. Senator Elizabeth Warren — who is now leading some national polls — repeatedly came under attack from her rivals. In the first debate since Senator Bernie Sanders suffered a heart attack two weeks ago, the Vermont senator advocated for a Green New Deal, Medicare for All and a wealth tax. Former Vice President Joe Biden attacked the proposals of both Sanders and Warren and faced scru…

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

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

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

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

Staff (2019-10-16). Headlines for October 16, 2019. democracynow.org 12 Democratic Candidates Take to the Stage in Ohio, Pence Heads to Turkey as Erdogan Vows No Ceasefire in Northern Syria, State Dept. Official: White House Put "Three Amigos" in Charge of Ukraine Policy, Activists Arrested in D.C. over Trump Plan to Gut Refugee Resettlement, British Family Detained for a Week After Mistakenly Driving Across U.S.-Canada Border, Egypt Tortured Journalist & Activist Esraa Abdel Fattah in Custody, Worst Fires in Decades Rage Across Lebanon, Mexican Senate Slated to Vote on Bill to Legalize Marijuana, Man Launches Hunger Strike Amid Mohawk Land Dispute with Real Estate Developers, Cal…

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

Staff (2019-10-15). Botham Jean, Then Atatiana Jefferson: Outrage in Texas as Police Kill Another Black Resident at Home. democracynow.org A white police officer in Fort Worth, Texas, has been arrested and charged with murder, after he shot and killed an African-American woman who was inside her own home. Officer Aaron Dean was responding to a non-emergency call for a wellness check after a neighbor had called the Fort Worth police to report that 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson's front door was open at around 2: 30 in the morning on Saturday. Soon after the officers arrived, Dean, who never identified himself to be a police officer, shouted through Jefferson's bedroom window to put her hands up, and then immediately opened fire, killing her. Minutes b…

Staff (2019-10-15). Homewreckers: How Wall Street, Banks & Trump's Inner Circle Used the 2008 Housing Crash to Get Rich. democracynow.org We speak with investigative reporter Aaron Glantz about his new book "Homewreckers," which looks at the devastating legacy of the foreclosure crisis and how much of the so-called recovery is a result of large private equity firms buying up hundreds of thousands of foreclosed homes. "Homewreckers: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Hedge Fund Magnates, Crooked Banks, and Vulture Capitalists Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream" reveals how the 2008 housing crash decimated millions of Americans' family wealth but enriched President Donald Trump's inner circle, including Trump Cabi…

Staff (2019-10-15). Headlines for October 15, 2019. democracynow.org Syrian Troops Advance Across Northern Syria After Deal with Kurds, Ex-Top Russia Adviser Testified Bolton Called Giuliani a "Hand Grenade", 12 Democrats Will Take the Stage for Presidential Debate in Ohio Tonight, Fort Worth Cop Charged for Murder After Killing Atatiana Jefferson, Judge: Trump Broke Law by Declaring Emergency to Secure Border Funding, Arizona: Bulldozers Destroyed Protected Cacti to Clear Way for Trump Wall, 8-Year-Old Girl Easily Scales Replica of Trump's "Impenetrable" Border Wall, Protests Erupt at Barcelona Airport over Sentencing of Catalan Leaders, Mexico: 14 Police Officers Killed in Ambus…

Max Blumenthal (2019-10-14). DC's Atlantic Council raked in funding from Hunter Biden's corruption-stained employer while courting his VP father. thegrayzone.com The shady arrangement between the Atlantic Council and Burisma — the gas company at the center of the 'Ukrainegate' scandal…

Staff (2019-10-14). Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed, Awarded Nobel Prize, Celebrated for "Remarkable Change" in Horn of Africa. democracynow.org Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was awarded the 100th Nobel Peace Prize in an announcement Friday morning. The prime minister last year helped broker a historic peace deal between Ethiopia and Eritrea, where leaders of the neighboring countries signed a "Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship" and declared an end to nearly two decades of a "state of war" that lasted from 1998 to 2000 and killed 70,000 people. Soon after the peace declaration was signed, the first direct flights between Ethiopia and Eritrea in 20 years took off from Addis Ababa, headed to Eritrea's capital Asmara. Ahmed has also lifted the…

Staff (2019-10-14). "We're Still Here": Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration Reflects Ongoing Resistance to Colonization. democracynow.org Christopher Columbus arrived in the Bahamas 527 years ago this week, unleashing a brutal genocide that killed tens of millions of Native people across the hemisphere. Cities and states across the country are acknowledging this devastating history by rejecting the federal holiday of Columbus Day and celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day instead to honor centuries of indigenous resistance. Alaska, Maine, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont and Wisconsin have all officially recognized Indigenous Peoples' Day. So have more than 130 cities and counties, from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas…

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 …

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-08). US Openly Destabilizes Iraq, Trump Threatens To "Obliterate" Turkish Economy & Erdogan Attacks Syria. 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 (10/7/19). 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 …

2019-10-22: Social Media Postees

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'Outrageous': Bernie rejects Hillary Clinton's 'foreign asset' smear on Tulsi Gabbard
rt.com | 2019-10-22
Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has come to the defense of fellow Democratic contender Tulsi Gabbard, batting away claims — spread by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — that the dovish candidate is a "foreign asset." | The progressive stalwart from Vermont took to Twitter on Monday to reject any suggestion Gabbard worked for a foreign power, as Clinton implied in a recent interview, insisting her patriotic bonafides as a combat veteran were beyond question. | "Tulsi Gabbard has put her life on the line to defend…
rt.com/usa/471480-bernie-defends-tulsi-foreign-agent/

A Call for a Coup Plus a Week Like No Other for Tulsi Gabbard
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-22
There was what might be described as an extraordinary amount of nonsense being promoted by last week's media. Unfortunately, some of it was quite dangerous. Admiral William McRaven, who commanded the Navy Seals when Osama bin Laden was captured …
globalresearch.ca/call-coup-tulsi-gabbard/5692710

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

Full Interview: Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Talk Politics and 2020 With The Intercept's Ryan Grim
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-22
Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez sat down with Grim to discuss the power of grassroots movements, health care, and more before Sanders's Queens rally on Saturday.
theintercept.com/2019/10/22/full-interview-bernie-sanders-and-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-talk-politics-and-2020-with-the-intercepts-ryan-grim/

Greater Middle East Project of Chaos: The Management of Savagery
Roger D. Harris | mintpressnews.com | 2019-10-22
The refugee crises coming out of the Middle East, generated by the forever wars and accompanying economic sanctions (more accurately, illegal unilateral coercive measures), have consequently fueled xenophobia both in the US and abroad. This, in turn, has fostered an ascendant wave of rightists. "Trump's election," author Max Blumenthal contends, "would not have been possible without 9/11 and the subsequent military interventionism conceived by the national security state."
mintpressnews.com/greater-middle-east-project-chaos-management-savagery/262449/

Warren's 'transformational' education plan takes aim at charter schools and vouchers, vowing to make schools safe and equitable for all students
Julia Conley | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-22
"It's a plan focused on supporting students from birth to college and career, and on supporting teachers throughout their careers."
nationofchange.org/2019/10/22/warrens-transformational-education-plan-takes-aim-at-charter-schools-and-vouchers-vowing-to-make-schools-safe-and-equitable-for-all-students/

'The View' Only Has Eyes for Joe Biden
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-22
"I think Joe has gotten a pass at this table because at least a couple of us actually know, know, know him," Whoopi Goldberg says.
truthdig.com/articles/the-view-only-has-eyes-for-joe-biden/

Uncle Joe and the Violence of the Liberal Middle
Lukas Hernsmeier | indybay.org | 2019-10-22
To many, Joe Biden represents the feelings of normality and reconciliation. Many Americans seem to like this mix of nostalgia and belief in progress, a kind of tranquilizer-patriotism. Whoever listens to Biden will hear vague promises, conjurations and Obama anecdotes.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/10/21/18827500.php

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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/us-stays-syria-kurds-call-on-israel-attack-turkey-us-says-israel-has-right-attack-iran/

Students ARRESTED after racial slur dare game is recorded & posted on Twitter
rt.com | 2019-10-22
Two University of Connecticut students have been arrested after they were filmed trading racial slurs back and forth in what appeared to be a vulgar word game. The video was posted online and sparked protests on campus. | Jarred Karal and Ryan Mucaj, both 21, were arrested and charged with "ridicule on account of creed, religion, color, denomination, nationality, or race," UConn spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz announced on Monday as students and staff alike demanded "accountability." | The two white students had played a game where they uttered vulgar words at increasing volume as they walked through the campus pa…
rt.com/usa/471545-students-arrested-racial-slur-university/

Democrats cry racism over campaign poster showing black SF mayor smoking with stack of money
rt.com | 2019-10-22
A Republican election poster intended as a caricature of incumbent San Francisco mayor London Breed, showing her with her feet on the table, counting dollar bills and puffing a joint, has sparked accusations of racism.
rt.com/usa/471484-bilboard-racism-california-black/

Outrage Erupts After Trump Calls Impeachment Inquiry "a Lynching"
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-22
President Donald Trump took his outrageous response to House Democrats' impeachment inquiry to a new level Tuesday morning by calling the congressional proceedings "a lynching," a term that evokes the long history of racist violence against black people in the United States. | "So some day, if a Democrat becomes president and the Republicans win the House, even by a t…
truthout.org/articles/outrage-erupts-after-trump-calls-impeachment-inquiry-a-lynching/

Pro-Democracy Movement in Haiti Swells Despite Police Violence
Frances Madeson | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-22
It's getting hard not to notice that U.S. corporate media is covering pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong far more than pro-democracy forces in the Caribbean. It can be challenging to catch up on significant events in a place that's a mere two-hour flight from Miami; with a few exceptions, the media is largely failing Haiti…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/22/pro-democracy-movement-in-haiti-swells-despite-police-violence/

Why Is a Los Angeles City Attorney Trying to Criminalize Dissent?
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-22
In 2018, four protesters interrupted a speech by Steve Mnuchin at UCLA. Now a putatively liberal Democrat wants to send them to prison.
truthdig.com/articles/why-is-a-los-angeles-city-attorney-trying-to-criminalize-dissent/

Islamic State in Asia: 'Unintentional' Consequences of Turkey's Syria Operation
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-22
Turkey began on October 9 its illegal offensive in northern Syria to expel terrorist organizations, primarily the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and the Islamic State according to Ankara, away from the Turkish border and to establish a safe zone in | …
globalresearch.ca/islamic-state-asia-consequences-turkey-syria-operation/5692766

Workers and students speak at Sanders rally in New York
wsws.org | 2019-10-22
The WSWS discussed issues of war, healthcare and the role of the Democratic Party in capturing and destroying social movements against capitalism.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/22/int-o22.html

Madrid steps up repression of protests against Catalan crackdown
wsws.org | 2019-10-22
The ruling class is terrified that protests will erupt across Spain and beyond, linking the defence of democratic rights to the growing upsurge of working class struggles.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/22/madr-o22.html

Video: Syrian Army Takes Control of Abandoned US Bases
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-22
The northeastern Syria ceasefire, agreed by Washington and Ankara, immediately collapsed. Under the terms of the reached agreement, Turkey had to halt its Operation Peace Spring for 120 hours to allow units of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to …
globalresearch.ca/video-syrian-army-takes-control-abandoned-us-bases/5692688

Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez use "left" demagogy to channel opposition to Trump behind Democrats
wsws.org | 2019-10-22
At Sanders' first rally since his heart attack, he did not mention ongoing strikes by autoworkers and teachers, or the impeachment inquiry against Trump.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/22/sand-o22.html

Will the GOP Become the Party of Blue-Collar Conservatism?
Marshall Auerback | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-22
From the days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt onward through to the 1990s, the Democrats had long been considered the party of the working class. That perception lingered long after the fact that by the 1990s, they had more accurately become the party of Wall Street and Silicon Valley, often embracing policies at variance with their…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/22/will-the-gop-become-the-party-of-blue-collar-conservatism/

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

The Historic Role of Rwanda's Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza. Designing a Common Front against Paul Kagame
John Philpot | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-22
Victoire Ingabire was born in Rwanda in 1968, is an economist and mother of 3 children. She leads the opposition party to the dictatorship of her home country, the Unified Democratic Forces (FDU-Inkingi) since 2006. Violence in the African Great …
globalresearch.ca/the-historic-role-of-rwandas-victoire-ingabire-umuhoza-designing-a-common-front-against-paul-kagame/5692767

Want Serious Progressive Change? Fight for Structural Election Reforms
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2019-10-22
Want Serious Progressive Change? Fight for Structural Election Reforms.
thenation.com/article/florida-gerrymandering-elections-voting/

Democrats Shouldn't Let Trump's Problems Turn Them Into the Party of War
Katrina vanden Heuvel | thenation.com | 2019-10-22
Democrats Shouldn't Let Trump's Problems Turn Them Into the Party of War…
thenation.com/article/democrats-shouldnt-let-trumps-problems-turn-them-into-the-party-of-war/

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: Bernie Sanders Would "Transform the Lives of Poor and Working-Class People"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-22
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, an assistant professor at Princeton University, has just published a book about the racial wealth gap and falling rate of homeownership by African Americans. Her book is titled "Race For Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Home Ownership." Taylor speaks with us about the 2020 presidential candidates' platforms, including Senator Bernie Sanders's proposed wealth tax. She says Sanders's policies bring "to light the connection between the systemic forces that drive inequality and the impact that they have in people's lives."
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/22/keeanga_yamahtta_taylor_2020_presidential_candidate

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

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

'Everyone in America Should Support You,' Says Elizabeth Warren at Rally With Striking Chicago Teachers
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-22
"I'm here to stand with every one of the people who stand for our children every day." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/elizabeth_warren_9.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/22/everyone-america-should-support-you-says-elizabeth-warren-rally-striking-chicago?cd-origin=rss

Testimony by Top Diplomat Bill Taylor on Trump and Ukraine Elicits 'Holy Sh*t' Responses From Members of Congress
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-22
A "explosive" closed-door testimony by William Taylor, a career diplomat who sharply questioned the Trump administration's attempts over the summer to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, could begin a "sea change" in House Democrats' impeachment inquiry against the president, according to lawmakers who were in the room. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1177544556.png
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/22/testimony-top-diplomat-bill-taylor-trump-and-ukraine-elicits-holy-sht-responses?cd-origin=rss

'This Is How We Change the World': To Address Climate Crisis, Video Explains, Democracy Movements Must Rise
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-22
To get "sweeping policies enacted," says The Leap, "our movements have started taking the next step: winning elections and entering government." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/this_is_how_we_win.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/22/how-we-change-world-address-climate-crisis-video-explains-democracy-movements-must?cd-origin=rss

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

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

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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/turkey-breaks-ceasefire-us-secures-syrias-oil-assanges-torture-violation-of-rights-exposed/

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

Bot race! Mitt Romney admits he's 'Pierre Delecto,' anon Twitter handle who 'liked' impeachment, never-Trumpers & Romney posts
rt.com | 2019-10-21
Utah Senator Mitt Romney has come clean about running a secret anonymous Twitter handle — "Pierre Delecto" — which passive-aggressively dumped on Trump and other Republican rivals while puffing up Romney and his allies. | Mitt Romney is Pierre Delecto. Pierre Delecto is Mitt Romney. The ultra-wealthy Mormon senator, recently rumored to be testing the waters for yet another presidential run, admitted he was behind the nom de tweet on Sunday after telling an Atlantic reporter he had a secret account — "What do they call me, a lurker?" — created to monitor political conversation. | Mitt Romn…
rt.com/usa/471440-romney-secret-twitter-pierre-delecto/

Myopic Morality: The Rehabilitation of George W. Bush
Rev. William Alberts | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-21
It's a nice story if you don't think beyond it: former president George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, sitting in the Cowboys' owner's luxury suite with Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi at a Dallas Cowboys/Green Bay Packers NFL game. "People were upset," DeGeneres was quoted as saying. "They thought, why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president. . . . A lot of people were mad . And they did what people do when they're mad . . . they tweet." Rather than sharing any negative tweets, DeGeneres offered a positive one: " 'Ellen and George Bush together makes me have fait…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/21/myopic-morality-the-rehabilitation-of-george-w-bush/

'Not putting up with your Republican bulls**t!': Angry liberals accost Rand Paul
rt.com | 2019-10-21
Are last year's 'restaurant wars' kicking off again? Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) seems to think so, after he was confronted in a diner by two elderly, outraged liberals. | The Kentucky Republican was confronted by an elderly couple while dining in California on Friday. Paul's spokesperson described the pair as "aggressive lib[eral]s." | "You just ran into two people from New York, kiddo, and we're not putting up with your Republican bullshit," the woman says, after flipping off the camera. | In the background, her male partner can be heard saying "all right, we are Americans!" | The left blames incivility o…
rt.com/usa/471473-rand-paul-confronted-restaurant/

Chilean military deployed against protests for the first time since Pinochet
wsws.org | 2019-10-21
The imposition of dictatorial measures by the Chilean ruling class exposes the sham "transition to democracy" political and military set-up under the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/21/chil-o21.html

Thoughts on impeachment
Victor Grossman | mronline.org | 2019-10-21
The main impeachment thrust aims at minor events in the Ukraine. The whole approach ignores, indeed covers over the fact, that the whole U.S. policy of violently turning the Ukraine into a U.S.-dominated satrapy and advanced base was achieved by a Democratic administration. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/10/21/thoughts-on-impeachment/

Poll Projection: Left-Leaning Jagmeet Singh to Share Power with Trudeau in Canada
Doug Johnson Hatlem | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-21
Late breaking momentum for the New Democratic Party (NDP) and its leader Jagmeet Singh according to Nanos, one of Canada's most respected polling firms, spells further trouble for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In almost all events, Trudeau appears headed toward a second term as Prime Minister of Canada when polls close across Canada this evening.
counterpunch.org/2019/10/21/poll-projection-left-leaning-jagmeet-singh-to-share-power-with-trudeau-in-canada/

Excuses, Excuses: Now Hillary Clinton's Attacking Her Own Party's Candidates
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-21
"I'm not making any predictions, but I think [the Russians] have got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate," said Hillary Clinton on her former campaign manager's podcast. "They know they can't win without a third party candidate." Was Clinton referring to…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/21/excuses-excuses-now-hillary-clintons-attacking-her-own-partys-candidates/

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

At Tennessee "informational meeting" UAW calls cops on workers campaigning against GM contract
wsws.org | 2019-10-21
The union is determined to run roughshod over the democratic rights of workers to force through their sellout deal with General Motors.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/21/spri-o21.html

The Real Trouble With Tulsi
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-10-21
The Real Trouble With Tulsi…
thenation.com/article/clinton-tulsi-gabbard/

The Chicago Teachers Strike Proves We Can't Rely on Democrats
Eric Blanc | thenation.com | 2019-10-21
The Chicago Teachers Strike Proves We Can't Rely on Democrats…
thenation.com/article/strike-democrats-chicago-teachers/

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

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

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

Max Blumenthal on why Hillary Clinton smeared Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-10-20
Hillary Clinton has smeared Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein as Russian assets, and almost no Democratic politicians are pushing back….
thegrayzone.com/2019/10/20/max-blumenthal-on-why-hillary-clinton-smeared-tulsi-gabbard-and-jill-stein/

'Hillary's gone Crazy!' Russian puppet Trump (almost) blows his cover standing up for Kremlin assets Gabbard & Stein
rt.com | 2019-10-20
The US president has openly admitted to being a Russian puppet (not really, but who cares)! In his latest tweet, Donald Trump sympathized with Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein, whom Hillary Clinton called Kremlin assets and tools. | In case anyone forgot, the White House is Kremlin-controlled territory right now, and the US leader was just one tiny step away from openly admitting it by showing compassion for collateral victims of the Russiagate craze — the Green Party's Jill Stein, and the Hawaiian congresswoman and 2020 Democratic hopeful, Tulsi Gabbard. | So now Crooked Hillary is at it again! She is callin…
rt.com/usa/471340-trump-russia-lover-crazy-clinton/

Hillary Clinton's attacks on Tulsi Gabbard sow more Democratic division than Moscow could ever dream of
rt.com | 2019-10-20
In her zeal to beat off challengers to her party's hardline anti-Russia orthodoxy, Hillary Clinton has only succeeded in sowing discord between the crop of Democratic presidential contenders. How very 'Putin-esque' of her. | Unfounded blaming of Russia for her own woes is nothing new from Hillary Clinton, who still blames the Kremlin for denying her the presidency three years ago. If it wasn't 'Russian hackers' leaking her emails, it was 'Russian bots' backing Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary, or Vladimir Putin convincing the Green Party's Jill Stein to mount a third-party challenge. Though none of the…
rt.com/usa/471380-hillary-clinton-tulsi-gabbard-division/

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

Greater Middle East Project of Chaos
Roger D. Harris | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-20
Destination Afghanistan was known as the big easy back in the halcyon days of the late 1960s. Hippies from throughout the affluent West hitchhiked to the capital, Kabul, where crash pads and hashish were cheap, and the locals were tolerant. Life appeared to be mellow in the scenic shadow of the Hindu Kush Himalayans. That …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/greater-middle-east-project-of-chaos/

Reflections on Elijah Cummings
Myles Hoenig | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-20
There aren't many politicians in America who deserve the praise that Elijah Cummings had earned over the years. He was respected by all in Congress, and by many of his Republican rivals. He was a fighter for civil right all his life, and represented the most economically exploited citizens of Baltimore, first as a member …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/reflections-on-elijah-cummings/

Phony progressives follow Trump lead on Venezuela
Nellie Bailey | mronline.org | 2019-10-20
So-called progressives sound just like Donald Trump when they describe Venezuela's elected government as a "dictatorship," said Nicholas Evan Ayala, co-editor of Anti-Conquista. "A lot of Democrats pretend to be anti-war, yet fail to see that every intervention they advocate follows a long history of US evil…leading to the deaths of millions of people," said […] | Source…
mronline.org/2019/10/19/phony-progressives-follow-trump-lead-on-venezuela/

#IamTulsi trending after Gabbard hands Hillary Clinton brutal smackdown
rt.com | 2019-10-19
2020 candidate Tulsi Gabbard is trending on Twitter, after the Hawaiian lawmaker scorched Hillary Clinton with a devastating put-down. Nevertheless, Hillary fans still maintain Tulsi's popularity is the work of 'Russian bots'. | Gabbard unloaded on Clinton on Friday, after the failed 2016 presidential contender suggested that "the Russians" were "grooming" her to run as a third-party candidate next year to split the Democratic vote. | "Great! Thank you Hillary Clinton," Gabbard tweeted in response. "You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Dem…
rt.com/usa/471314-tulsi-gabbard-trending-twitter/

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

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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/interviews/donald-best-interview-the-systematic-eradication-of-independent-media-independent-thought/

Democrats Want to be Economic Populists. Why Are They Clinging to a Flawed Reagan-Era Tax Credit?
Sam Adler-Bell | theintercept.com | 2019-10-19
Most Democratic candidates want to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit. But the EITC excludes the neediest Americans and may not live up to its promises.
theintercept.com/2019/10/19/democrats-poverty-earned-income-tax-credit/

'Queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption': Tulsi Gabbard DRAGS Hillary Clinton after 'Russian asset' claim
rt.com | 2019-10-18
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has accused Hillary Clinton of being behind a 'concerted campaign' to destroy her reputation and challenged her to stop hiding and enter the 2020 presidential race. | "Great! Thank you Hillary Clinton," Gabbard tweeted on Friday afternoon. "You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain." | "From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a concerted campaign to destroy my reputation. We wondered who was behind it and why. Now we…
rt.com/usa/471268-tulsi-hillary-corruption-russian-asset/

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

To Think or to Work? That Is the Question
John Klyczek | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-18
On both sides of the political aisle, workforce-training reforms are being touted as the be-all, end-all of America's public education system. Right-wing "school choice" proponents, such as President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, push corporate charter school programs with workforce-training curriculums. Left-wing "community schooling" advocates, such as Democratic Presidential candidates Joe Biden and …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/to-think-or-to-work-that-is-the-question/

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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/kurds-say-turkey-used-chem-weapons-us-announces-syria-ceasefire-that-turkey-says-isnt-ceasefire/

Senate Republicans to Hold "Save the Senate" Retreat at Trump Hotel
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-10-18
The Senate Republicans' campaign arm is hosting a multi-day retreat at the Trump International Hotel next month, the latest in a series of GOP events that have the added purpose of enriching the president's company. | The National Republican Senatorial Committee is hosting a "Save the Senate" retreat from November 7 to 8 at the Washington, D.C., hotel. Listed on the invitation as attending are Donald Tr…
theintercept.com/2019/10/18/senate-republicans-trump-hotel-retreat/

Anti-Semitism 'toxic to democracy', UN expert warns, calling for better education
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-18
To counter anti-Semitism, which is "toxic to democracy" and poses "a threat to all societies if left unaddressed", countries must invest more in education, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief has warned, speaking at UN headquarters in New York.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/10/1049591

UN Committee says Ebola in DR Congo still an international public health emergency
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-18
The Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) officially remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, experts meeting in Geneva said on Friday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/10/1049611

US Democrats Cultivated the Barbarism of Isis
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-18
There is something profoundly deceitful in the Democratic Party and corporate media's framing of Donald Trump's decision to pull troops out of Syria. One does not need to like Trump or ignore the dangers posed to the Kurds, at least in the short term, by the sudden departure of US forces from northern Syria to …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/us-democrats-cultivated-the-barbarism-of-isis/

Ukrainegate Risks Handing Trump Another Gift
Aaron Maté | thenation.com | 2019-10-18
Ukrainegate Risks Handing Trump Another Gift…
thenation.com/article/ukrainegate-biden-trump/

We're Gonna Need a Bigger Impeachment
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-10-18
We're Gonna Need a Bigger Impeachment…
thenation.com/article/trump-impeachment-democrats-mulvaney/

Danish Red-Green Alliance congress: Organising for climate and social justice
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-10-18
Dick NicholsIssue 1241 DenmarkOctober 18, 2019Denmark's Red-Green Alliance (RGA) held its 30th congress in Copenhagen on October 5-6, in a political context that contrasted strongly with that of its previous congress. | Eighteen months ago the party's 300-plus congress delegates were preparing for a general election they hoped would lift the RGA into the role of main challenger to the Social Democrats for he…
greenleft.org.au/content/danish-red-green-alliance-congress-%E2%80%94-organising-climate-and-social-justice

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

Is a Ukrainian Oligarch Helping Trump Smear Biden to Evade U.S. Corruption Charges?
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-10-17
Why did Ukrainian billionaire Dmytro Firtash, who is facing U.S. extradition on corruption charges, get involved in Trump's effort to smear Joe Biden?
theintercept.com/2019/10/17/ukrainian-oligarch-helping-trump-smear-biden-evade-u-s-corruption-charges/

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 …
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In Ohio Debate, Media Stuck to an Increasingly Rigid Script
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2019-10-17
by Julie Hollar | This week's Democratic presidential debate, hosted in Westerville, Ohio, by CNN and the New York Times, confirmed that media are stuck in a fairly rigid debate script that elevates questions about healthcare and the economy above all else, and leaves many pressing topics deeply underexplored. | The October 15 debate focused heavily on the economy, which made up 30% of all the questions. The next most frequent topic? Non-policy issues (17%), w…
fair.org/home/in-ohio-debate-media-stuck-to-an-increasingly-rigid-script/

Can the US Protect the Kurds Without Using Military Force?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-17
The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution condemning Trump's troop withdrawal from Syria, making it look like Democrats are wedded to military intervention. Is there an alternative that protects the Kurds without the use of the U.S. military?
therealnews.com/stories/us-protect-kurds-without-military-force

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

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

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

The Last Lifeline: The Real Reason Mahmoud Abbas Called for Palestinian Elections
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-10-16
The call by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for elections in the Occupied Territories is a political ploy. There will be no true, democratic elections under Abbas' leadership. The real question is: why did he make the call in the first place?
mintpressnews.com/real-reason-mahmoud-abbas-palestinian-elections/262412/

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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/interviews/peter-santenello-interview-truth-about-iran-sharp-contrast-msm-narrative/

As Democrats Look for Unity, Debate Displays Party's Division
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-16
The fourth Democratic Party presidential candidate debate featured a whopping 12 candidates, leaving even less time for substance. Despite the limitations, the debate showed substantive differences on a few issues.
therealnews.com/stories/democratic-debate-unity-division

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

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

Mehdi Hasan: "There Should Only Be Two Front-Runners Right Now: Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-16
Twelve candidates took to the stage for the fourth round of the Democratic presidential debate in Westerville, Ohio, Tuesday to spar over healthcare, foreign policy, impeachment, gun violence, economic inequality and more. Senator Elizabeth Warren — who is now leading some national polls — repeatedly came under attack from her rivals. In the first debate since Senator Bernie Sanders suffered a heart attack two weeks ago, the Vermont senator advocated for a Green New Deal, Medicare for All and a wealth tax. Former Vice President Joe Biden attacked the proposals of both Sanders and Warren and faced scru…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/16/cnn_nyt_democratic_presidential_candidate_debate

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

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

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

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

Botham Jean, Then Atatiana Jefferson: Outrage in Texas as Police Kill Another Black Resident at Home
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-15
A white police officer in Fort Worth, Texas, has been arrested and charged with murder, after he shot and killed an African-American woman who was inside her own home. Officer Aaron Dean was responding to a non-emergency call for a wellness check after a neighbor had called the Fort Worth police to report that 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson's front door was open at around 2: 30 in the morning on Saturday. Soon after the officers arrived, Dean, who never identified himself to be a police officer, shouted through Jefferson's bedroom window to put her hands up, and then immediately opened fire, killing her. Minutes b…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/15/atatiana_jefferson_killing_forth_worth_police

Homewreckers: How Wall Street, Banks & Trump's Inner Circle Used the 2008 Housing Crash to Get Rich
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-15
We speak with investigative reporter Aaron Glantz about his new book "Homewreckers," which looks at the devastating legacy of the foreclosure crisis and how much of the so-called recovery is a result of large private equity firms buying up hundreds of thousands of foreclosed homes. "Homewreckers: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Hedge Fund Magnates, Crooked Banks, and Vulture Capitalists Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream" reveals how the 2008 housing crash decimated millions of Americans' family wealth but enriched President Donald Trump's inner circle, including Trump Cabi…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/15/aaron_glantz_homewreckers_book_housing_crisis

DC's Atlantic Council raked in funding from Hunter Biden's corruption-stained employer while courting his VP father
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2019-10-14
The shady arrangement between the Atlantic Council and Burisma — the gas company at the center of the 'Ukrainegate' scandal…
thegrayzone.com/2019/10/13/dcs-atlantic-council-raked-in-funding-from-hunter-bidens-corruption-stained-employer-while-courting-his-vp-father/

Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed, Awarded Nobel Prize, Celebrated for "Remarkable Change" in Horn of Africa
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-14
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was awarded the 100th Nobel Peace Prize in an announcement Friday morning. The prime minister last year helped broker a historic peace deal between Ethiopia and Eritrea, where leaders of the neighboring countries signed a "Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship" and declared an end to nearly two decades of a "state of war" that lasted from 1998 to 2000 and killed 70,000 people. Soon after the peace declaration was signed, the first direct flights between Ethiopia and Eritrea in 20 years took off from Addis Ababa, headed to Eritrea's capital Asmara. Ahmed has also lifted the…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/14/awol_allo_abiy_ahmed_nobel_prize

"We're Still Here": Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration Reflects Ongoing Resistance to Colonization
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-14
Christopher Columbus arrived in the Bahamas 527 years ago this week, unleashing a brutal genocide that killed tens of millions of Native people across the hemisphere. Cities and states across the country are acknowledging this devastating history by rejecting the federal holiday of Columbus Day and celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day instead to honor centuries of indigenous resistance. Alaska, Maine, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont and Wisconsin have all officially recognized Indigenous Peoples' Day. So have more than 130 cities and counties, from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/14/indigenous_peoples_day_columbus_day

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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/turkey-attacks-us-troops-iran-tanker-bombed-no-one-cares-cia-whistleblower-terrorism-vaccine/

US 'Walks Back' Syria "Withdrawal," Kurd's '10,000 ISIS' Warning & The FBI 'Violated Privacy Rights'
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-09
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 (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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/us-walks-back-syria-withdrawal-kurds-10000-isis-warning-the-fbi-violated-privacy-rights/

US Openly Destabilizes Iraq, Trump Threatens To "Obliterate" Turkish Economy & Erdogan Attacks Syria
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-08
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 (10/7/19). 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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/us-openly-destabilizes-iraq-trump-threatens-to-obliterate-turkish-economy-erdogan-attacks-syria/

Over 100 Dead As Iraqis Call For Gov't Resignation, Rockets and Bombs In Palestine & Israel's US War
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-06
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 (10/5/19). 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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/over-100-dead-as-iraqis-call-for-govt-resignation-rockets-and-bombs-in-palestine-israels-us-war/

US Caught Meddling In Tunisian Election, Israel Politician Likens Israel To Nazi Germany & Hypocrisy
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-04
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 (10/4/19). 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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/us-caught-meddling-in-tunisian-election-israel-politician-likens-israel-to-nazi-germany-hypocrisy/

MSM "Protects" Fake Whistleblower, Twitter Bans Egypt Activists & Iraq In Chaos After Naming Israel
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-04
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 (10/3/19). 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 …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/msm-protects-fake-whistleblower-twitter-bans-egypt-activists-iraq-in-chaos-after-naming-israel/

Vanessa Beeley Interview — Hala Systems, Human Trafficking & The Militarization Of "Humanitarianism"
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-03
Joining me today is Vanessa Beeley, one of the few remaining journalists who still regularly puts herself in harm's way in order to get to the truth that is so often suppressed. She just recently returned from Syria and has some incredible insights into what is taking place in Idlib, and how the guise of …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/interviews/vanessa-beeley-interview-hala-systems-human-trafficking-the-militarization-of-humanitarianism/