Monthly Archives: October 2019

2019-10-21: News Headlines

Rev. William Alberts (2019-10-21). Myopic Morality: The Rehabilitation of George W. Bush. counterpunch.org 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…

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…

Norman Solomon (2019-10-21). Pete Buttigieg's Corporate Heel-Turn. truthdig.com Pete Buttigieg burst on the national scene early this year as a new sort of presidential candidate. But it turns out he's a very old kind — a glib ally of corporate America posing as an advocate for working people and their families. That has become apparent this fall as Buttigieg escalates his offensive against Medicare for All. | A not-so-funn…

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…

Staff (2019-10-21). AOC Backs Sanders as 26,000 Gather at Largest Presidential Rally of 2019. truthout.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,…

Jonathan Cook (2019-10-21). Tulsi Gabbard Is Right, and Nancy Pelosi Wrong. It Was US Democrats Who Helped Cultivate the Barbarism of ISIS. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Norman Solomon (2019-10-21). Beware, Pete Buttigieg Is a Sharp Corporate Tool. commondreams.org Pete Buttigieg, aka Mayor Pete, is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Buttigieg is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 2020. (Photo illustration: DonkeyHotey/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/mayor_pete_mayor_elite.jpg

Norman Solomon (2019-10-21). Pete Buttigieg is a sharp corporate tool. nationofchange.org The mayor continues to falsely characterize Medicare for All — no matter how much confusion and disinformation he creates along the way.

commondreams (2019-10-21). Citizenship Data Will Make Partisan Gerrymandering Much, Much Worse. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Chris Hedges (2019-10-21). Pity the Kurds. commondreams.org President Donald Trump's abandonment of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria is another chapter in a sad and heartless game, repeatedly replayed, in which Kurdish forces are armed and used to achieve the strategic aims of rival nation-states and then discarded. (Drawing: Mr. Fish) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/pity-the-kurd.jpg

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 …

Bryan Dyne (2019-10-21). The 737 Max 8 Jet: Why Haven't Boeing's Executives Been Arrested? globalresearch.ca A leaked conversation between two Boeing employees provides further evidence that even though the aerospace giant was well aware of potentially catastrophic problems of the Boeing 737 Max 8 jet, it still decided to introduce the aircraft for commercial flights. …

WSWS (2019-10-21). Michigan's Democratic governor takes lead in cutting 2020 state budget. wsws.org Democratic Party governor Gretchen Whitmer attacked the September 30 Republican budget as "a mess," and then proceeded to redline major funding cuts.

Lukas Hernsmeier (2019-10-21). 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.

WSWS (2019-10-21). Pro-European Union demonstration mobilises hundreds of thousands in London. wsws.org The protest was led by a right-wing coalition of Blairites, Liberal Democrats and pro-EU Conservatives, culminating in a joint video presentation in Parliament Square, featuring John Major and Tony Blair.

WSWS (2019-10-21). BREAKING: 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.

WSWS (2019-10-21). The death of Elijah Cummings: Democrats, media glorify a mediocrity. wsws.org The real purpose of the flowery tributes was to give a "progressive" gloss to the House Democrats' impeachment campaign, in which Cummings played a significant role.

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, …

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…

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…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-10-21). Falling in With the 'Wrong Crowd'? Buttigieg Took Campaign Hiring Advice Direct From Facebook CEO. commondreams.org "Very interested to see how Buttigieg answers the many questions he will no doubt be getting about this story." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/pete_buttigieg_0.jpg

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-10-21). Warren's 'Transformational' Education Plan Takes Aim at Charter Schools and Vouchers, Vowing to Make Schools Safe and Equitable for All Students. commondreams.org After including proposals to ensure a safe and equitable learning environment for students across the country into a number of her policy plans, Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday tied her vision for America's public schools together with a comprehensive plan to give every child access to "high-quality public education—no matter where they live, the color of their skin, or how much money their parents make." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11694898831.jpg

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…

Global Research News (2019-10-21). Selected Articles: US Democrats Helped Cultivate the Barbarism of ISIS. globalresearch.ca Global Research, like many independent voices all over the globe, is feeling the effects of online measures set up to curtail access to our website, and by consequence, hinder our finances. We sail on despite the unpredictable currents and unfavourable …

True Publica (2019-10-21). Brexit: From Post-truth to Post-democracy. globalresearch.ca Post—truth is a philosophical and political concept that refers to "the disappearance of shared objective standards for truth" and the "circuitous slippage between facts or alt-facts, knowledge, opinion, belief, and truth. Post-democracy is a society that continues to …

Staff (2019-10-21). Is War on the Ballot in the 2020 Elections? truthdig.com We complain that democracy is under assault from Donald Trump, but he's just a cog in a much larger worldwide machine that is tearing down democratic self-governance. Purely to enhance profits, the transnational corporate community literally works every day to more deeply intertwine our economic, social, and political systems with those of " business-friendly" authoritarian regimes…

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'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…

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 …

The Canary (2019-10-20). Confronted by impeachment, Trump adds to the chaos. thecanary.co The impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump has thrust Washington into a political crisis. And Trump keeps adding to the chaos.In the four weeks since house speaker Nancy Pelosi launched the investigation, Trump has taken steps that have drawn more criticism, not less, repeatedly testing the loyalty of his stalwart Republican allies. His actions have both intensified the questions at the centre of the inquiry and opened new areas of concern.Trump angered GOP leaders and US allies by clearing the way for Turkish attacks on Syrian Kurdish fighters, key American partners in the fight against Daesh (Isi…

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….

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 …

The Canary (2019-10-20). 'In the chaos of a full-scale war, it can be hard to get clear answers'. UK Internationalists shed light on the deal with Assad. thecanary.co This is the second piece The Canary is publishing from British Internationalists currently volunteering in north east Syria (Rojava). It's written by Berivan Qereàßox and Natalia Szarek. | On 14 October, a military agreement was announced between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) of the Autonomous Administration and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the fo…

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…

teleSUR -EF (2019-10-19). US: AOC Endorses Sanders at 'Bernie's Back' Rally in Queens, NY. telesurenglish.net U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the leaders of the party's progressives and a frequent target of Trump attacks, joined the "Bernie's Back" rally in Queensbridge Park and formally endorsed Sanders for the White House. | RELATED: | Squad's Ilhan Omar, AOC Endorse Bernie Sanders for President | The rally was Sanders' first event on the campaign trail since Oct. 1 when he had cardiovascular issues. The U.S. senator had returned to his home in Burlington, Vermont, t…

Ed Sykes (2019-10-19). Here's why the establishment media is openly smearing anti-war Democrat Tulsi Gabbard. thecanary.co Establishment media outlets are openly smearing Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard. Why? Because the army veteran firmly opposes devastating US regime-change wars abroad, and sh…

WSWS (2019-10-19). Hillary Clinton slanders Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Green Party candidate Jill Stein as Russian spies. wsws.org Clinton's claims, made without the slightest factual substantiation, are an attempt to criminalize the anti-war statements of the two candidates as treasonous.

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.

Andrew Levine (2019-10-18). What's So Awful About Foreign Interference? counterpunch.org The idea that our "democracy" is under attack by foreign adversaries rings hollow to anyone who thinks about it for more than a second or two, or rather it should. The reason is obvious: we don't have a democracy to attack. What we have are more or less — generally less — democratic elections. For More

Ashley Smith (2019-10-18). Stop the Normalization of Concentration Camps. counterpunch.org After dragging its feet for months, the Democratic Party has finally launched an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. While this is welcome news, there is a danger that we will become transfixed by the proceedings in Washington and stop organizing the resistance against Trump, especially against his racist war on immigrants and refugees. That would More

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2019-10-18). Russophobia at Democratic Party Debate. counterpunch.org Russophobia was on full display during Tuesday night's Democratic Party debate, with ominous repercussions for the future of American foreign policy. When asked what he would do to stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Beto O'Rourke stated that we "must hold Russia accountable for invading the world's greatest democracy and being able to do More

Tim Wheeler (2019-10-18). "Stand up for this democracy": My congressman, Elijah Cummings. peoplesworld.org I am mourning the untimely death of Rep. Elijah Cummings who was our congressman when my wife Joyce and I lived in Baltimore. He was an unwavering progressive and, in recent months, played a leading role in exposing the criminal, unconstitutional abuses of power by President Donald Trump. I covered Cummings as a correspondent for …

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). 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.

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.

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…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-10-18). Roaming Charges: Where's the Beef With Billionaires? counterpunch.org Another Democratic debate, another wasted day and wasted night. These episodes of tedium and mental torment might be more tolerable on LSD. The problem is that they last longer than the average acid trip and you wouldn't want to risk coming down to the sound of Kamala Harris' hectoring voice. That would be a hard landing, indeed. More

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…

Paul Street (2019-10-18). Bernie in the Deep Shit: Dismal Dem Debate Reflections. counterpunch.org Unfettered Capitalism To anyone who watched the latest Democratic presidential candidate circus ("debate") without a right-leaning bias last Tuesday, there was a clear winner: the social democrat Bernie Sanders. Smiling and confident in the wake of his recent mild heart attack, the progressive Senator from Vermont spoke eloquently against American economic inequality so extreme that More

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 …

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?

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…

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 …

Elie Mystal (2019-10-17). Centrist Democrats Want You to Think They're the Big Boys on the Stage. thenation.com Centrist Democrats Want You to Think They're the Big Boys on the Stage…

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…

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…

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?

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-10-16). Bernie Sanders Stood Up to Teach for America When Congress Wouldn't. theintercept.com "When we have highly qualified teachers, we don't want all of those teachers being in upper-middle-class neighborhoods educating kids to go to Harvard and Yale."

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.

Jon Schwarz (2019-10-16). What I Learned From the Debate: Democrats Still Can't Level With Voters About the American Empire. theintercept.com In the past few years, the Democratic Party has started dealing with reality on domestic policy. Largely thanks to leadership from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, actual solutions to actual problems are now on the agenda: Medicare for All, a big minimum wage hike, a Green New Deal, and the most radical, important idea — changes in who runs corporations. | Unfortunately, the presidential debate in Ohio on Tuesday night showed that Democrats are still a million miles a…

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 Grim (2019-10-16). Joe Biden, in Stumbling Debate Performance, Claims Credit for Elizabeth Warren's Signature Achievement. theintercept.com "You did a hell of a job at your job," Biden told Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in a remark that couldn't have been more patronizing if he tried.

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

Ryan Grim (2019-10-16). Joe Biden's Mysterious Claim That He Whipped Votes for the CFPB. theintercept.com In typical debate prep, candidates try to game out what questions might come from moderators, and what attacks might come from rivals, to have responses at the ready. | But there are always moments that are impossible to anticipate. It's unlikely, for instance, that anyone on Sen. Elizabeth Warren's prep team had considered the scenario that arose Tuesday night: What if former Vice President Joe Biden angrily takes credit for your signature achievement? | After Biden said on stage that he was the only one who had gotten big things done, Warren noted that she had ushered into being the Consumer Financial Protectio…

United Nations (2019-10-16). Ingredients for a new life: how cooking helps refugees and migrants blend in. un.org On a Friday afternoon, in a small restaurant kitchen in the New York borough of Brooklyn, head chef Alexander Harris is giving instructions to his attentive team, preparing them for the busy evening ahead. So far, the tables are empty, but the small, popular space, with just a handful of tables – and some stools around the bar – will soon be bustling with the evening crowd.

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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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). Headlines for October 14, 2019. democracynow.org Syrian Troops Mass at Turkish Border After Striking Deal with Kurds, Pentagon Deploying Additional 1,800 Troops to Saudi Arabia, NYT: Russian Warplanes Bomb 4 Hospitals in Syria over 12 Hours, Appeals Court Rules Trump Must Turn Over Financial Records, Video Shows Fake Trump Shooting Journalists, Political Rivals, Fox News' Shepard Smith Has Quit Network, Hunter Biden to Step Down from Chinese Company Board, White Cop Kills Black Woman by Shooting Through Her Bedroom Window, Japan: 40 Have Died in Typhoon Hagibis, Ecuador: Indigenous Protests Force Government to Reinstate Fuel Subsidies, Uganda LGBT Activists Fig…

2019-10-21: Social Media Postees

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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/

AOC Backs Sanders as 26,000 Gather at Largest Presidential Rally of 2019
Staff | truthout.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,…
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Tulsi Gabbard Is Right, and Nancy Pelosi Wrong. It Was US Democrats Who Helped Cultivate the Barbarism of ISIS
Jonathan Cook | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-21
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 …
globalresearch.ca/tulsi-gabbard-nancy-pelosi-it-was-us-democrats-helped-cultivate-barbarism-isis/5692619

Beware, Pete Buttigieg Is a Sharp Corporate Tool
Norman Solomon | commondreams.org | 2019-10-21
Pete Buttigieg, aka Mayor Pete, is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Buttigieg is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 2020. (Photo illustration: DonkeyHotey/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/mayor_pete_mayor_elite.jpg
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Pete Buttigieg is a sharp corporate tool
Norman Solomon | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-21
The mayor continues to falsely characterize Medicare for All — no matter how much confusion and disinformation he creates along the way.
nationofchange.org/2019/10/21/pete-buttigieg-is-a-sharp-corporate-tool/

Pete Buttigieg's Corporate Heel-Turn
Norman Solomon | truthdig.com | 2019-10-21
Pete Buttigieg burst on the national scene early this year as a new sort of presidential candidate. But it turns out he's a very old kind — a glib ally of corporate America posing as an advocate for working people and their families. That has become apparent this fall as Buttigieg escalates his offensive against Medicare for All. | A not-so-funn…
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Citizenship Data Will Make Partisan Gerrymandering Much, Much Worse
commondreams.org | 2019-10-21
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Pity the Kurds
Chris Hedges | commondreams.org | 2019-10-21
President Donald Trump's abandonment of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria is another chapter in a sad and heartless game, repeatedly replayed, in which Kurdish forces are armed and used to achieve the strategic aims of rival nation-states and then discarded. (Drawing: Mr. Fish) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/pity-the-kurd.jpg
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The 737 Max 8 Jet: Why Haven't Boeing's Executives Been Arrested?
Bryan Dyne | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-21
A leaked conversation between two Boeing employees provides further evidence that even though the aerospace giant was well aware of potentially catastrophic problems of the Boeing 737 Max 8 jet, it still decided to introduce the aircraft for commercial flights. …
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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 …
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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.
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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/

Michigan's Democratic governor takes lead in cutting 2020 state budget
wsws.org | 2019-10-21
Democratic Party governor Gretchen Whitmer attacked the September 30 Republican budget as "a mess," and then proceeded to redline major funding cuts.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/21/mich-o21.html

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…
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Uncle Joe and the Violence of the Liberal Middle
Lukas Hernsmeier | indybay.org | 2019-10-21
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

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/

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

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/

Pro-European Union demonstration mobilises hundreds of thousands in London
wsws.org | 2019-10-21
The protest was led by a right-wing coalition of Blairites, Liberal Democrats and pro-EU Conservatives, culminating in a joint video presentation in Parliament Square, featuring John Major and Tony Blair.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/21/demo-o21.html

The death of Elijah Cummings: Democrats, media glorify a mediocrity
wsws.org | 2019-10-21
The real purpose of the flowery tributes was to give a "progressive" gloss to the House Democrats' impeachment campaign, in which Cummings played a significant role.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/21/cumm-o21.html

BREAKING: 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 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/

Is War on the Ballot in the 2020 Elections?
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-21
We complain that democracy is under assault from Donald Trump, but he's just a cog in a much larger worldwide machine that is tearing down democratic self-governance. Purely to enhance profits, the transnational corporate community literally works every day to more deeply intertwine our economic, social, and political systems with those of " business-friendly" authoritarian regimes…
truthdig.com/articles/is-war-on-the-menu-for-2020-elections/

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/

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

Falling in With the 'Wrong Crowd'? Buttigieg Took Campaign Hiring Advice Direct From Facebook CEO
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-21
"Very interested to see how Buttigieg answers the many questions he will no doubt be getting about this story." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/pete_buttigieg_0.jpg
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Warren's 'Transformational' Education Plan Takes Aim at Charter Schools and Vouchers, Vowing to Make Schools Safe and Equitable for All Students
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-21
After including proposals to ensure a safe and equitable learning environment for students across the country into a number of her policy plans, Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday tied her vision for America's public schools together with a comprehensive plan to give every child access to "high-quality public education—no matter where they live, the color of their skin, or how much money their parents make." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11694898831.jpg
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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

Selected Articles: US Democrats Helped Cultivate the Barbarism of ISIS
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-21
Global Research, like many independent voices all over the globe, is feeling the effects of online measures set up to curtail access to our website, and by consequence, hinder our finances. We sail on despite the unpredictable currents and unfavourable …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-us-democrats-helped-cultivate-barbarism-isis/5692636

Brexit: From Post-truth to Post-democracy
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-21
Post–truth is a philosophical and political concept that refers to "the disappearance of shared objective standards for truth" and the "circuitous slippage between facts or alt-facts, knowledge, opinion, belief, and truth. Post-democracy is a society that continues to …
globalresearch.ca/post-truth-post-democracy/5692625

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/

'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/

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/

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/

Confronted by impeachment, Trump adds to the chaos
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-20
The impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump has thrust Washington into a political crisis. And Trump keeps adding to the chaos.In the four weeks since house speaker Nancy Pelosi launched the investigation, Trump has taken steps that have drawn more criticism, not less, repeatedly testing the loyalty of his stalwart Republican allies. His actions have both intensified the questions at the centre of the inquiry and opened new areas of concern.Trump angered GOP leaders and US allies by clearing the way for Turkish attacks on Syrian Kurdish fighters, key American partners in the fight against Daesh (Isi…
thecanary.co/us/us-news-us/2019/10/20/confronted-by-impeachment-trump-adds-to-the-chaos/

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/

'In the chaos of a full-scale war, it can be hard to get clear answers'. UK Internationalists shed light on the deal with Assad
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-20
This is the second piece The Canary is publishing from British Internationalists currently volunteering in north east Syria (Rojava). It's written by Berivan Qereàßox and Natalia Szarek. | On 14 October, a military agreement was announced between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) of the Autonomous Administration and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the fo…
thecanary.co/uk/2019/10/20/in-the-chaos-of-a-full-scale-war-it-can-be-hard-to-get-clear-answers-uk-internationalists-shed-light-on-the-deal-with-assad/

US: AOC Endorses Sanders at 'Bernie's Back' Rally in Queens, NY
teleSUR -EF | telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-19
U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the leaders of the party's progressives and a frequent target of Trump attacks, joined the "Bernie's Back" rally in Queensbridge Park and formally endorsed Sanders for the White House. | RELATED: | Squad's Ilhan Omar, AOC Endorse Bernie Sanders for President | The rally was Sanders' first event on the campaign trail since Oct. 1 when he had cardiovascular issues. The U.S. senator had returned to his home in Burlington, Vermont, t…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-AOC-Endorses-Sanders-at-Bernies-Back-Rally-in-Queens-NY-20191019-0010.html

#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/

Here's why the establishment media is openly smearing anti-war Democrat Tulsi Gabbard
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-10-19
Establishment media outlets are openly smearing Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard. Why? Because the army veteran firmly opposes devastating US regime-change wars abroad, and sh…
thecanary.co/us/us-analysis/2019/10/19/heres-why-the-establishment-media-is-openly-smearing-anti-war-democrat-tulsi-gabbard/

Hillary Clinton slanders Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Green Party candidate Jill Stein as Russian spies
wsws.org | 2019-10-19
Clinton's claims, made without the slightest factual substantiation, are an attempt to criminalize the anti-war statements of the two candidates as treasonous.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/19/clin-o19.html

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/

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/

Bernie in the Deep Shit: Dismal Dem Debate Reflections
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
Unfettered Capitalism To anyone who watched the latest Democratic presidential candidate circus ("debate") without a right-leaning bias last Tuesday, there was a clear winner: the social democrat Bernie Sanders. Smiling and confident in the wake of his recent mild heart attack, the progressive Senator from Vermont spoke eloquently against American economic inequality so extreme that…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/18/bernie-in-the-deep-shit-dismal-dem-debate-reflections/

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

'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/

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/

You didn't really think all Russian assets & Kremlin puppets in the US have already been exposed, did you?
rt.com | 2019-10-18
The 2020 presidential election is still more than a year away, but you wouldn't know that to look at all the Russian plots to subvert it breathlessly discussed in US media. Who are these recently exposed Kremlin agents? | READ MORE: Russian assets in America. A field guide | Ever since the election of Donald Trump as president in 2016, the US media has been ferreting out the Russian meddlers within the country, as it's their patriotic duty to do. Not even the disappointment of the Mueller report finding no Russian collusion could stop them &#150…
rt.com/usa/471240-russian-assets-2020-elections-gabbard/

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/

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/

Stop the Normalization of Concentration Camps
Ashley Smith | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
After dragging its feet for months, the Democratic Party has finally launched an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. While this is welcome news, there is a danger that we will become transfixed by the proceedings in Washington and stop organizing the resistance against Trump, especially against his racist war on immigrants and refugees. That would…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/18/stop-the-normalization-of-concentration-camps/

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/

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

What's So Awful About Foreign Interference?
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
The idea that our "democracy" is under attack by foreign adversaries rings hollow to anyone who thinks about it for more than a second or two, or rather it should. The reason is obvious: we don't have a democracy to attack. What we have are more or less — generally less — democratic elections. For…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/18/whats-so-awful-about-foreign-interference/

"Stand up for this democracy": My congressman, Elijah Cummings
Tim Wheeler | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-18
I am mourning the untimely death of Rep. Elijah Cummings who was our congressman when my wife Joyce and I lived in Baltimore. He was an unwavering progressive and, in recent months, played a leading role in exposing the criminal, unconstitutional abuses of power by President Donald Trump. I covered Cummings as a correspondent for …
peoplesworld.org/article/stand-up-for-this-democracy-my-congressman-elijah-cummings/

Russophobia at Democratic Party Debate
Jeremy Kuzmarov | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
Russophobia was on full display during Tuesday night's Democratic Party debate, with ominous repercussions for the future of American foreign policy. When asked what he would do to stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Beto O'Rourke stated that we…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/18/russophobia-at-democratic-party-debate/

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/

Roaming Charges: Where's the Beef With Billionaires?
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
Another Democratic debate, another wasted day and wasted night. These episodes of tedium and mental torment might be more tolerable on LSD. The problem is that they last longer than the average acid trip and you wouldn't want to risk coming down to the sound of Kamala Harris' hectoring voice. That would be a hard landing, indeed.
counterpunch.org/2019/10/18/roaming-charges-wheres-the-beef-with-billionaires/

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/

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/

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

Centrist Democrats Want You to Think They're the Big Boys on the Stage
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2019-10-17
Centrist Democrats Want You to Think They're the Big Boys on the Stage…
thenation.com/article/demoratic-debate-2020-centrists/

"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

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

What I Learned From the Debate: Democrats Still Can't Level With Voters About the American Empire
Jon Schwarz | theintercept.com | 2019-10-16
In the past few years, the Democratic Party has started dealing with reality on domestic policy. Largely thanks to leadership from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, actual solutions to actual problems are now on the agenda: Medicare for All, a big minimum wage hike, a Green New Deal, and the most radical, important idea — changes in who runs corporations. | Unfortunately, the presidential debate in Ohio on Tuesday night showed that Democrats are still a million miles a…
theintercept.com/2019/10/16/what-i-learned-from-the-debate-democrats-still-cant-level-with-voters-about-the-american-empire/

Bernie Sanders Stood Up to Teach for America When Congress Wouldn't
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-10-16
"When we have highly qualified teachers, we don't want all of those teachers being in upper-middle-class neighborhoods educating kids to go to Harvard and Yale."
theintercept.com/2019/10/16/bernie-sanders-teach-for-america/

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/

Joe Biden, in Stumbling Debate Performance, Claims Credit for Elizabeth Warren's Signature Achievement
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-16
"You did a hell of a job at your job," Biden told Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in a remark that couldn't have been more patronizing if he tried.
theintercept.com/2019/10/16/joe-biden-elizabeth-warren-democratic-debate/

Joe Biden's Mysterious Claim That He Whipped Votes for the CFPB
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-16
In typical debate prep, candidates try to game out what questions might come from moderators, and what attacks might come from rivals, to have responses at the ready. | But there are always moments that are impossible to anticipate. It's unlikely, for instance, that anyone on Sen. Elizabeth Warren's prep team had considered the scenario that arose Tuesday night: What if former Vice President Joe Biden angrily takes credit for your signature achievement? | After Biden said on stage that he was the only one who had gotten big things done, Warren noted that she had ushered into being the Consumer Financial Protectio…
theintercept.com/2019/10/16/joe-biden-elizabeth-warren-debate-cfpb/

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/

Ingredients for a new life: how cooking helps refugees and migrants blend in
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-16
On a Friday afternoon, in a small restaurant kitchen in the New York borough of Brooklyn, head chef Alexander Harris is giving instructions to his attentive team, preparing them for the busy evening ahead. So far, the tables are empty, but the small, popular space, with just a handful of tables – and some stools around the bar – will soon be bustling with the evening crowd.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/10/1049391

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/

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

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

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

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

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/

"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

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

Kurds Turn to Bashar al-Assad for Protection as U.S. Abandons Former Allies to Turkish Assault
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-14
Syrian troops are massing near the Turkish border, one day after Bashar al-Assad's government reached a deal to help protect the Kurds from Turkey's deadly air and ground assault. On Sunday, the Kurds agreed, in a deal brokered by Russia, to hand over two border towns to the Syrian government in exchange for protection. The Kurds had been allied with the United States up until last week, when President Trump abruptly pulled U.S. troops from northern Syria, paving the way for Turkey's assault. More than 130,000 people have already been displaced over the past five days since Turkey invaded northern Syria. The deat…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/14/kurds_northern_syria_turkey_assad

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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The Stanford Sexual Assault Case Made Her "Emily Doe." In New Memoir, Chanel Miller Tells Her Story
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-11
We spend the hour with author Chanel Miller speaking about her recently published remarkable memoir, "Know My Name." The book chronicles how Miller reclaimed her name, her story and her life after being sexually assaulted by Brock Turner, a member of the Stanford University swim team, in 2015. At the time, she was known as "Emily Doe." The case gained national prominence when a California judge sentence Turner to just six months in a county jail after he was convicted of three counts of felony sexual assault. He ended up spending only three months locked up. The sentencing sparked outrage. Voters in California la…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/11/chanel_miller_know_my_name_interview

2019-10-20: News Headlines

Staff (2019-10-20). Ocasio-Cortez Backs Sanders at Packed NYC Rally. truthdig.com "I am back," Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said Saturday, as he spoke to over 25,000 people at a rally in New York City that featured Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who endorsed the Vermont senator's White House bid. | Watch video of the event below: | The "Bernie's Back" event, which kicked off shortly after 1 pm in Queensbridge Park in Queens, marked the campaign's first rally since Sanders was hospitalized for a heart attack earlier this month. Sanders told the crowd he was "more ready than ever to carry on with you the epic struggle that we face today" and "more than ready to assume the of…

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 …

The Canary (2019-10-20). Confronted by impeachment, Trump adds to the chaos. thecanary.co The impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump has thrust Washington into a political crisis. And Trump keeps adding to the chaos.In the four weeks since house speaker Nancy Pelosi launched the investigation, Trump has taken steps that have drawn more criticism, not less, repeatedly testing the loyalty of his stalwart Republican allies. His actions have both intensified the questions at the centre of the inquiry and opened new areas of concern.Trump angered GOP leaders and US allies by clearing the way for Turkish attacks on Syrian Kurdish fighters, key American partners in the fight against Daesh (Isi…

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….

Roger D. Harris (2019-10-20). Greater Middle East Project of Chaos: The Management of Savagery. globalresearch.ca 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. …

3rdi films (2019-10-20). 3rd i's San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival 2019. indybay.org New People Cinema, Castro Theater and Palo Alto Art Center…

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

The Canary (2019-10-20). 'In the chaos of a full-scale war, it can be hard to get clear answers'. UK Internationalists shed light on the deal with Assad. thecanary.co This is the second piece The Canary is publishing from British Internationalists currently volunteering in north east Syria (Rojava). It's written by Berivan Qereàßox and Natalia Szarek. | On 14 October, a military agreement was announced between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) of the Autonomous Administration and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the fo…

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…

Staff (2019-10-19). Gabbard Fires Back at Clinton Suggestion That She's Russia's Pawn. truthdig.com The former secretary of state says she believes Russians are grooming someone in the Democratic primary "to be the third-party candidate."

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…

WSWS (2019-10-19). Hillary Clinton slanders Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Green Party candidate Jill Stein as Russian spies. wsws.org Clinton's claims, made without the slightest factual substantiation, are an attempt to criminalize the anti-war statements of the two candidates as treasonous.

Ed Sykes (2019-10-19). Here's why the establishment media is openly smearing anti-war Democrat Tulsi Gabbard. thecanary.co Establishment media outlets are openly smearing Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard. Why? Because the army veteran firmly opposes devastating US regime-change wars abroad, and sh…

teleSUR -EF (2019-10-19). US: AOC Endorses Sanders at 'Bernie's Back' Rally in Queens, NY. telesurenglish.net U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the leaders of the party's progressives and a frequent target of Trump attacks, joined the "Bernie's Back" rally in Queensbridge Park and formally endorsed Sanders for the White House. | RELATED: | Squad's Ilhan Omar, AOC Endorse Bernie Sanders for President | The rally was Sanders' first event on the campaign trail since Oct. 1 when he had cardiovascular issues. The U.S. senator had returned to his home in Burlington, Vermont, t…

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-19). Aggression Only OK for US If Led by the Pentagon and Partners. globalresearch.ca When US forces rape and destroy nonbelligerent nations threatening no one, it's called humanitarian intervention, responsibility to protect, and democracy building — notions Washington's power elites abhor. | When victimized nations defend themselves lawfully against Pentagon terror-bombing and atrocities by ISIS …

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 …

WSWS (2019-10-19). As Chicago teachers strike completes second day, union and Democratic Party working together to shut it down. wsws.org What is happening behind the scenes is not a genuine fight between the Lightfoot administration and the CTU and SEIU, but a discussion of tactics and plans to best ram through another sellout contract.

Frances Moore Lappé (2019-10-19). We're Not "Polarized" Everywhere. In Maine, Democracy and Green Energy Win Big. commondreams.org State Rep. Chloe Maxmin and allies celebrate the Maine AFL-CIO signing onto the Green New Deal in April of 2019. (Photo: Maxmin's Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/maine.gnd_.aflcio_0.jpg

WSWS (2019-10-19). Democrats link Trump impeachment drive to dissent in military over Syria pullback. wsws.org Retired Special Operations Commander William McRaven published an op-ed piece in the New York Times Thursday calling for Trump's removal "the sooner, the better."

Harvey Wasserman (2019-10-19). Ohio's Fascist Pro-Nuke Attack on Democracy Comes Due on Monday. commondreams.org Demonstrators hold signs against HB6, which the author describes as "a massive bailout scheme designed to subsidize the Perry and Davis-Besse nukes, plus two fifty-year-old coal burners." (Photo: Becker1999/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/hb6-ohio.jpg

WSWS (2019-10-19). Sri Lankan SEP and IYSSE hold successful meeting on India's Kashmir lockdown. wsws.org "The Modi government's anti-democratic moves are not just directed against the Kashmiri people, although they are the immediate target, but against the working class as a whole."

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-10-19). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Backs Bernie Sanders at Packed NYC Rally. commondreams.org "With Alexandria, with Ilhan, and others on board, we're going to put together a coalition that is going to win and win big," Sanders said ahead of the event. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie-sanders-ocasio-cortez-queens-rally-endorsement-saturday.jpg

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.

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…

RT (2019-10-18). You didn't really think all Russian assets & Kremlin puppets in the US have already been exposed, did you? rt.com The 2020 presidential election is still more than a year away, but you wouldn't know that to look at all the Russian plots to subvert it breathlessly discussed in US media. Who are these recently exposed Kremlin agents? | READ MORE: Russian assets in America. A field guide | Ever since the election of Donald Trump as president in 2016, the US media has been ferreting out the Russian meddlers within the country, as it's their patriotic duty to do. Not even the disappointment of the Mueller report finding no Russian collusion could stop them &#150…

Andrew Levine (2019-10-18). What's So Awful About Foreign Interference? counterpunch.org The idea that our "democracy" is under attack by foreign adversaries rings hollow to anyone who thinks about it for more than a second or two, or rather it should. The reason is obvious: we don't have a democracy to attack. What we have are more or less — generally less — democratic elections. For More

C.J. Atkins (2019-10-18). Canadian election: How long can Trudeau's Liberals wear a left disguise? peoplesworld.org TORONTO—Justin Trudeau won in 2015 on a left-leaning platform filled with pledges to tax the rich, make elections more democratic, and save the world from climate change. But four years, a number of scandals, and several broken promises later, it's getting harder for his Liberal Party to make Canadians think it's the modern progressive force …

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2019-10-18). Russophobia at Democratic Party Debate. counterpunch.org Russophobia was on full display during Tuesday night's Democratic Party debate, with ominous repercussions for the future of American foreign policy. When asked what he would do to stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Beto O'Rourke stated that we "must hold Russia accountable for invading the world's greatest democracy and being able to do More

Tim Wheeler (2019-10-18). "Stand up for this democracy": My congressman, Elijah Cummings. peoplesworld.org I am mourning the untimely death of Rep. Elijah Cummings who was our congressman when my wife Joyce and I lived in Baltimore. He was an unwavering progressive and, in recent months, played a leading role in exposing the criminal, unconstitutional abuses of power by President Donald Trump. I covered Cummings as a correspondent for …

Derek Royden (2019-10-18). Bernie Sanders: From (potential) heartbreak to hope? nationofchange.org On October 1st, while taking questions from a crowd in Las Vegas, Senator Bernie Sanders did something unusual for those of us who have been following his rallies and town halls for many months now: he asked for a chair and did most of the Q & A while seated. At the time, none of …

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 …

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.

WSWS (2019-10-18). More than 30,000 teachers and staff strike in Chicago, Illinois. wsws.org The Chicago Teachers Union is working closely with Democratic Party politicians who control the city to shut down the strike as quickly as possible and impose an agreement that conforms to the city's demands.

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.

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…

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…

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). 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…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-10-18). Roaming Charges: Where's the Beef With Billionaires? counterpunch.org Another Democratic debate, another wasted day and wasted night. These episodes of tedium and mental torment might be more tolerable on LSD. The problem is that they last longer than the average acid trip and you wouldn't want to risk coming down to the sound of Kamala Harris' hectoring voice. That would be a hard landing, indeed. More

Paul Street (2019-10-18). Bernie in the Deep Shit: Dismal Dem Debate Reflections. counterpunch.org Unfettered Capitalism To anyone who watched the latest Democratic presidential candidate circus ("debate") without a right-leaning bias last Tuesday, there was a clear winner: the social democrat Bernie Sanders. Smiling and confident in the wake of his recent mild heart attack, the progressive Senator from Vermont spoke eloquently against American economic inequality so extreme that More

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 …

Christopher Fons — Conor McMullen (2019-10-18). The Centrism of Elizabeth Warren. counterpunch.org The mainstream media, and elite opinion, seem to be coming to a consensus on who's going to be the next president of the United States and they seem to be breaking for Elizabeth Warren. Warren was given by far the most speaking time at CNN's most recent debate and the overall treatment of her in More

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…

RT (2019-10-17). Stuck in a Russiagate-collusion rut: Putin 'owns Doral' & other #Resistance pearls after G7 location announced. rt.com Critics of US President Donald Trump went into full-on meltdown mode after the White House announced that the US will host next year's G7 summit at the Trump-owned Miami resort. | White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters on Thursday that the gathering of international leaders will be held at the Trump National Doral resort on June 10-12, which he said was "far and away the best place" to host the event. | Even before his press conference was done, Democrats waxed outraged about a potential conflict of interest, even calling for other countries to boycott the G7 if Trump went ahead with his venue…

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?

RT (2019-10-17). Agreement to pause Turkey's campaign in Syria destroys US credibility, top Democrats say, despite demanding it. rt.com Can Trump do anything right? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer don't seem to think so, calling his agreement to pause Turkey's military campaign in northeastern Syria a "sham." | The US-Turkey agreement to pause Ankara's operation "seriously undermines the credibility of America's foreign policy and sends a dangerous message to our allies and adversaries alike that our word cannot be trusted," Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement on Thursday. | President Erdogan has given up nothing, and President Trump has given him everything. | Just last week, however, the pair were teari…

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 …

Clay Bennett (2019-10-17). Unhinged, Supported by the Unethical. thenation.com Unhinged, Supported by the Unethical…

Elie Mystal (2019-10-17). Centrist Democrats Want You to Think They're the Big Boys on the Stage. thenation.com Centrist Democrats Want You to Think They're the Big Boys on the Stage…

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). 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…

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?

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-10-16). Bernie Sanders Stood Up to Teach for America When Congress Wouldn't. theintercept.com "When we have highly qualified teachers, we don't want all of those teachers being in upper-middle-class neighborhoods educating kids to go to Harvard and Yale."

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.

Jon Schwarz (2019-10-16). What I Learned From the Debate: Democrats Still Can't Level With Voters About the American Empire. theintercept.com In the past few years, the Democratic Party has started dealing with reality on domestic policy. Largely thanks to leadership from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, actual solutions to actual problems are now on the agenda: Medicare for All, a big minimum wage hike, a Green New Deal, and the most radical, important idea — changes in who runs corporations. | Unfortunately, the presidential debate in Ohio on Tuesday night showed that Democrats are still a million miles a…

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?

United Nations (2019-10-16). Ingredients for a new life: how cooking helps refugees and migrants blend in. un.org On a Friday afternoon, in a small restaurant kitchen in the New York borough of Brooklyn, head chef Alexander Harris is giving instructions to his attentive team, preparing them for the busy evening ahead. So far, the tables are empty, but the small, popular space, with just a handful of tables – and some stools around the bar – will soon be bustling with the evening crowd.

Ryan Grim (2019-10-16). Joe Biden, in Stumbling Debate Performance, Claims Credit for Elizabeth Warren's Signature Achievement. theintercept.com "You did a hell of a job at your job," Biden told Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in a remark that couldn't have been more patronizing if he tried.

Ryan Grim (2019-10-16). Joe Biden's Mysterious Claim That He Whipped Votes for the CFPB. theintercept.com In typical debate prep, candidates try to game out what questions might come from moderators, and what attacks might come from rivals, to have responses at the ready. | But there are always moments that are impossible to anticipate. It's unlikely, for instance, that anyone on Sen. Elizabeth Warren's prep team had considered the scenario that arose Tuesday night: What if former Vice President Joe Biden angrily takes credit for your signature achievement? | After Biden said on stage that he was the only one who had gotten big things done, Warren noted that she had ushered into being the Consumer Financial Protectio…

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 …

Joan Walsh (2019-10-16). Elizabeth Warren Learns That Being a Front-Runner Isn't All Fun and Games. thenation.com Elizabeth Warren Learns That Being a Front-Runner Isn't All Fun and Games…

Tom Tomorrow (2019-10-16). The Case Against Impeachment (According to Republicans). thenation.com The Case Against Impeachment (According to Republicans)…

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…

Ryan Grim (2019-10-14). In Midst of Bankruptcy Fight, Elizabeth Warren Said "Joe Biden Should Not Be Allowed to Sell Out Women" theintercept.com Warren repeatedly singled out Biden, arguing he "should not be allowed to sell out women in the morning and be heralded as their friend in the evening."

Staff (2019-10-14). Headlines for October 14, 2019. democracynow.org Syrian Troops Mass at Turkish Border After Striking Deal with Kurds, Pentagon Deploying Additional 1,800 Troops to Saudi Arabia, NYT: Russian Warplanes Bomb 4 Hospitals in Syria over 12 Hours, Appeals Court Rules Trump Must Turn Over Financial Records, Video Shows Fake Trump Shooting Journalists, Political Rivals, Fox News' Shepard Smith Has Quit Network, Hunter Biden to Step Down from Chinese Company Board, White Cop Kills Black Woman by Shooting Through Her Bedroom Window, Japan: 40 Have Died in Typhoon Hagibis, Ecuador: Indigenous Protests Force Government to Reinstate Fuel Subsidies, Uganda LGBT Activists Fig…

Staff (2019-10-14). Kurds Turn to Bashar al-Assad for Protection as U.S. Abandons Former Allies to Turkish Assault. democracynow.org Syrian troops are massing near the Turkish border, one day after Bashar al-Assad's government reached a deal to help protect the Kurds from Turkey's deadly air and ground assault. On Sunday, the Kurds agreed, in a deal brokered by Russia, to hand over two border towns to the Syrian government in exchange for protection. The Kurds had been allied with the United States up until last week, when President Trump abruptly pulled U.S. troops from northern Syria, paving the way for Turkey's assault. More than 130,000 people have already been displaced over the past five days since Turkey invaded northern Syria. The deat…

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…

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…

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 …

Staff (2019-10-11). IRS Audits Poor People Far More Often Than the Wealthy. therealnews.com Republicans gutted the IRS with New Democrat support. It ensured that the wealthy can cheat our nation with impunity, says Bill Black.

Staff (2019-10-11). Will Impeachment Change Anything for the Masses? therealnews.com Eddie Conway talks to patrons at Conscious Heads barbershop about impeachment, the rift between the Democratic and Republican Parties, whether it all just boils down to corporate interests, and if it will change things for anyone who is not a member of the 1 percent.

Staff (2019-10-11). The Stanford Sexual Assault Case Made Her "Emily Doe." In New Memoir, Chanel Miller Tells Her Story. democracynow.org We spend the hour with author Chanel Miller speaking about her recently published remarkable memoir, "Know My Name." The book chronicles how Miller reclaimed her name, her story and her life after being sexually assaulted by Brock Turner, a member of the Stanford University swim team, in 2015. At the time, she was known as "Emily Doe." The case gained national prominence when a California judge sentence Turner to just six months in a county jail after he was convicted of three counts of felony sexual assault. He ended up spending only three months locked up. The sentencing sparked outrage. Voters in California la…

Staff (2019-10-11). Headlines for October 11, 2019. democracynow.org Civilians Killed & Forced to Flee Turkish Military Offensive in Northern Syria, Two Associates of Trump's Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Arrested at Dulles Airport, Prince Estate Slams Trump for Using "Purple Rain" at Minneapolis Rally, "Trans Lives Matter": Activists Interrupt CNN Democratic Town Hall, Ethiopian Prime Minister Wins 100th Nobel Peace Prize, Olga Tokarczuk & Peter Handke Win Nobel Prize for Literature, Iranian Oil Tanker Struck in Red Sea, Ecuador: Five Killed Amid Anti-Austerity Protests, News Outlet Splinter Shutting Down, Asylum Seekers Protest "Remain in Mexico" Policy on Brownsville Bridge, Gymnast Sim…

Staff (2019-10-10). Turkey Moves to Crush Rojava, the Kurds' Radical Experiment Based on Democracy, Feminism & Ecology. democracynow.org As Turkey launches an aerial and ground assault on northern Syria targeting Kurdish-controlled areas, we look at how the offensive threatens the Kurdish region of Rojava with Debbie Bookchin, co-founder of the Emergency Committee for Rojava. She is a journalist and author who co-edited a book of essays by her father, Murray Bookchin, "The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy." We also speak with Elif Sarican, a Kurdish Women's Movement activist and anthropologist at the London School of Economics, and Ertuƒürul Kàºrkàßàº, honorary chair of the pro-Kurdi…

Staff (2019-10-10). Justice for Kaysera: Native Teen's Mysterious Death Highlights Epidemic of Murdered Indigenous Women. democracynow.org The family of Native American teenager Kaysera Stops Pretty Places is demanding justice after she was found dead in Hardin, Montana, in late August, just two weeks after her 18th birthday. Kaysera was a member of the Crow and Northern Cheyenne tribal communities in Montana. She lived with her grandmother. According to her family, Kaysera was reported missing after she never came home on the night of August 24. On August 29, the body of a young woman was found in the town of Hardin. It wasn't until two weeks later that local law enforcement confirmed it was Kaysera. The circumstances surrounding her death and disa…

Staff (2019-10-10). After Trump Abandoned Kurds, Turkish Invasion Raises Fear of Kurdish Genocide & ISIS Resurgence. democracynow.org Turkey has launched an aerial and ground assault on northern Syria targeting Kurdish-controlled areas. The offensive began Wednesday, just days after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to fall back from their positions on the Turkish-Syrian border. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports at least 16 Kurds have been killed so far. Turkey is claiming the death toll is far higher. The Trump administration has faced widespread criticism from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers for abandoning the stateless Kurds who had helped the U.S. fight ISIS. Turkey is claiming the assault is needed to establish a "

Staff (2019-10-10). Headlines for October 10, 2019. democracynow.org Turkey Launches Ground Offensive in Northern Syria, WH Budget Office Refuses to Comply with Subpoena for Impeachment Probe, Biden Joins Majority of 2020 Field in Calling for Trump's Impeachment, Trump Faces Dozens of New Allegations of Sexual Misconduct, Matt Lauer Denies Raping NBC Producer Brooke Nevils in 2014, Germany: 2 Killed in Anti-Semitic Attack Outside Temple on Yom Kippur, U.N.: U.S. Military Killed 30+ Afghan Civilians in Airstrikes in May, Amnesty: Death Toll in Anti-Government Protests in Iraq Surpasses 150, Protests Erupt in Algeria over Corruption & Army's Role in Politics, Egyptian Dissident Alaa…

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 …

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-06). Over 100 Dead As Iraqis Call For Gov't Resignation, Rockets and Bombs In Palestine & Israel's US War. 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 (10/5/19). 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 …

2019-10-20: Social Media Postees

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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/

Ocasio-Cortez Backs Sanders at Packed NYC Rally
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-20
"I am back," Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said Saturday, as he spoke to over 25,000 people at a rally in New York City that featured Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who endorsed the Vermont senator's White House bid. | Watch video of the event below: | The "Bernie's Back" event, which kicked off shortly after 1 pm in Queensbridge Park in Queens, marked the campaign's first rally since Sanders was hospitalized for a heart attack earlier this month. Sanders told the crowd he was "more ready than ever to carry on with you the epic struggle that we face today" and…
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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 …
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Greater Middle East Project of Chaos: The Management of Savagery
Roger D. Harris | globalresearch.ca | 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. …
globalresearch.ca/greater-middle-east-project-chaos-management-savagery/5692524

3rd i's San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival 2019
3rdi films | indybay.org | 2019-10-20
New People Cinema, Castro Theater and Palo Alto Art Center…
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Sanders: I Wouldn't Make Obama's Mistake of Shutting Down Grassroots Pressure on Washington
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-20
Sanders said Congress will need to be as progressive as possible to pass bold legislation, but he waved off talk of endorsing specific primary challenges.
theintercept.com/2019/10/20/bernie-sanders-ocasio-cortez-rally-interview/

'In the chaos of a full-scale war, it can be hard to get clear answers'. UK Internationalists shed light on the deal with Assad
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-20
This is the second piece The Canary is publishing from British Internationalists currently volunteering in north east Syria (Rojava). It's written by Berivan Qereàßox and Natalia Szarek. | On 14 October, a military agreement was announced between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) of the Autonomous Administration and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the fo…
thecanary.co/uk/2019/10/20/in-the-chaos-of-a-full-scale-war-it-can-be-hard-to-get-clear-answers-uk-internationalists-shed-light-on-the-deal-with-assad/

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…
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Confronted by impeachment, Trump adds to the chaos
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-20
The impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump has thrust Washington into a political crisis. And Trump keeps adding to the chaos.In the four weeks since house speaker Nancy Pelosi launched the investigation, Trump has taken steps that have drawn more criticism, not less, repeatedly testing the loyalty of his stalwart Republican allies. His actions have both intensified the questions at the centre of the inquiry and opened new areas of concern.Trump angered GOP leaders and US allies by clearing the way for Turkish attacks on Syrian Kurdish fighters, key American partners in the fight against Daesh (Isi…
thecanary.co/us/us-news-us/2019/10/20/confronted-by-impeachment-trump-adds-to-the-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 …
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Hillary Clinton slanders Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Green Party candidate Jill Stein as Russian spies
wsws.org | 2019-10-19
Clinton's claims, made without the slightest factual substantiation, are an attempt to criminalize the anti-war statements of the two candidates as treasonous.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/19/clin-o19.html

#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/

Here's why the establishment media is openly smearing anti-war Democrat Tulsi Gabbard
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-10-19
Establishment media outlets are openly smearing Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard. Why? Because the army veteran firmly opposes devastating US regime-change wars abroad, and sh…
thecanary.co/us/us-analysis/2019/10/19/heres-why-the-establishment-media-is-openly-smearing-anti-war-democrat-tulsi-gabbard/

US: AOC Endorses Sanders at 'Bernie's Back' Rally in Queens, NY
teleSUR -EF | telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-19
U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the leaders of the party's progressives and a frequent target of Trump attacks, joined the "Bernie's Back" rally in Queensbridge Park and formally endorsed Sanders for the White House. | RELATED: | Squad's Ilhan Omar, AOC Endorse Bernie Sanders for President | The rally was Sanders' first event on the campaign trail since Oct. 1 when he had cardiovascular issues. The U.S. senator had returned to his home in Burlington, Vermont, t…
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Aggression Only OK for US If Led by the Pentagon and Partners
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-19
When US forces rape and destroy nonbelligerent nations threatening no one, it's called humanitarian intervention, responsibility to protect, and democracy building — notions Washington's power elites abhor. | When victimized nations defend themselves lawfully against Pentagon terror-bombing and atrocities by ISIS …
globalresearch.ca/aggression-ok-us-pentagon-partners/5692326

Gabbard Fires Back at Clinton Suggestion That She's Russia's Pawn
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-19
The former secretary of state says she believes Russians are grooming someone in the Democratic primary "to be the third-party candidate."
truthdig.com/articles/gabbard-fires-back-at-clinton-suggestion-that-shes-russias-pawn/

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/

Ohio's Fascist Pro-Nuke Attack on Democracy Comes Due on Monday
Harvey Wasserman | commondreams.org | 2019-10-19
Demonstrators hold signs against HB6, which the author describes as "a massive bailout scheme designed to subsidize the Perry and Davis-Besse nukes, plus two fifty-year-old coal burners." (Photo: Becker1999/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/hb6-ohio.jpg
commondreams.org/views/2019/10/19/ohios-fascist-pro-nuke-attack-democracy-comes-due-monday?cd-origin=rss

Democrats link Trump impeachment drive to dissent in military over Syria pullback
wsws.org | 2019-10-19
Retired Special Operations Commander William McRaven published an op-ed piece in the New York Times Thursday calling for Trump's removal "the sooner, the better."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/19/trum-o19.html

We're Not "Polarized" Everywhere. In Maine, Democracy and Green Energy Win Big
Frances Moore Lappé | commondreams.org | 2019-10-19
State Rep. Chloe Maxmin and allies celebrate the Maine AFL-CIO signing onto the Green New Deal in April of 2019. (Photo: Maxmin's Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/maine.gnd_.aflcio_0.jpg
commondreams.org/views/2019/10/19/were-not-polarized-everywhere-maine-democracy-and-green-energy-win-big?cd-origin=rss

As Chicago teachers strike completes second day, union and Democratic Party working together to shut it down
wsws.org | 2019-10-19
What is happening behind the scenes is not a genuine fight between the Lightfoot administration and the CTU and SEIU, but a discussion of tactics and plans to best ram through another sellout contract.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/19/chic-o19.html

Sri Lankan SEP and IYSSE hold successful meeting on India's Kashmir lockdown
wsws.org | 2019-10-19
"The Modi government's anti-democratic moves are not just directed against the Kashmiri people, although they are the immediate target, but against the working class as a whole."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/19/slmt-o19.html

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/

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Backs Bernie Sanders at Packed NYC Rally
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-19
"With Alexandria, with Ilhan, and others on board, we're going to put together a coalition that is going to win and win big," Sanders said ahead of the event. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie-sanders-ocasio-cortez-queens-rally-endorsement-saturday.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/19/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-backs-bernie-sanders-packed-nyc-rally?cd-origin=rss

'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

Bernie in the Deep Shit: Dismal Dem Debate Reflections
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
Unfettered Capitalism To anyone who watched the latest Democratic presidential candidate circus ("debate") without a right-leaning bias last Tuesday, there was a clear winner: the social democrat Bernie Sanders. Smiling and confident in the wake of his recent mild heart attack, the progressive Senator from Vermont spoke eloquently against American economic inequality so extreme that…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/18/bernie-in-the-deep-shit-dismal-dem-debate-reflections/

Bernie Sanders: From (potential) heartbreak to hope?
Derek Royden | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-18
On October 1st, while taking questions from a crowd in Las Vegas, Senator Bernie Sanders did something unusual for those of us who have been following his rallies and town halls for many months now: he asked for a chair and did most of the Q & A while seated. At the time, none of …
nationofchange.org/2019/10/18/bernie-sanders-from-potential-heartbreak-to-hope/

You didn't really think all Russian assets & Kremlin puppets in the US have already been exposed, did you?
rt.com | 2019-10-18
The 2020 presidential election is still more than a year away, but you wouldn't know that to look at all the Russian plots to subvert it breathlessly discussed in US media. Who are these recently exposed Kremlin agents? | READ MORE: Russian assets in America. A field guide | Ever since the election of Donald Trump as president in 2016, the US media has been ferreting out the Russian meddlers within the country, as it's their patriotic duty to do. Not even the disappointment of the Mueller report finding no Russian collusion could stop them &#150…
rt.com/usa/471240-russian-assets-2020-elections-gabbard/

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/

The Centrism of Elizabeth Warren
Christopher Fons — Conor McMullen | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
The mainstream media, and elite opinion, seem to be coming to a consensus on who's going to be the next president of the United States and they seem to be breaking for Elizabeth Warren. Warren was given by far the most speaking time at CNN's most recent debate and the overall treatment of her in…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/18/the-centrism-of-elizabeth-warren/

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/

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

What's So Awful About Foreign Interference?
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
The idea that our "democracy" is under attack by foreign adversaries rings hollow to anyone who thinks about it for more than a second or two, or rather it should. The reason is obvious: we don't have a democracy to attack. What we have are more or less — generally less — democratic elections. For…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/18/whats-so-awful-about-foreign-interference/

Stop the Normalization of Concentration Camps
Ashley Smith | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
After dragging its feet for months, the Democratic Party has finally launched an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. While this is welcome news, there is a danger that we will become transfixed by the proceedings in Washington and stop organizing the resistance against Trump, especially against his racist war on immigrants and refugees. That would…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/18/stop-the-normalization-of-concentration-camps/

"Stand up for this democracy": My congressman, Elijah Cummings
Tim Wheeler | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-18
I am mourning the untimely death of Rep. Elijah Cummings who was our congressman when my wife Joyce and I lived in Baltimore. He was an unwavering progressive and, in recent months, played a leading role in exposing the criminal, unconstitutional abuses of power by President Donald Trump. I covered Cummings as a correspondent for …
peoplesworld.org/article/stand-up-for-this-democracy-my-congressman-elijah-cummings/

More than 30,000 teachers and staff strike in Chicago, Illinois
wsws.org | 2019-10-18
The Chicago Teachers Union is working closely with Democratic Party politicians who control the city to shut down the strike as quickly as possible and impose an agreement that conforms to the city's demands.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/18/chic-o18.html

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

Canadian election: How long can Trudeau's Liberals wear a left disguise?
C.J. Atkins | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-18
TORONTO–Justin Trudeau won in 2015 on a left-leaning platform filled with pledges to tax the rich, make elections more democratic, and save the world from climate change. But four years, a number of scandals, and several broken promises later, it's getting harder for his Liberal Party to make Canadians think it's the modern progressive force …
peoplesworld.org/article/canadian-election-how-long-can-trudeaus-liberals-wear-a-left-disguise/

Russophobia at Democratic Party Debate
Jeremy Kuzmarov | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
Russophobia was on full display during Tuesday night's Democratic Party debate, with ominous repercussions for the future of American foreign policy. When asked what he would do to stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Beto O'Rourke stated that we…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/18/russophobia-at-democratic-party-debate/

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/

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/

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

Roaming Charges: Where's the Beef With Billionaires?
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
Another Democratic debate, another wasted day and wasted night. These episodes of tedium and mental torment might be more tolerable on LSD. The problem is that they last longer than the average acid trip and you wouldn't want to risk coming down to the sound of Kamala Harris' hectoring voice. That would be a hard landing, indeed.
counterpunch.org/2019/10/18/roaming-charges-wheres-the-beef-with-billionaires/

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

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/

Agreement to pause Turkey's campaign in Syria destroys US credibility, top Democrats say, despite demanding it
rt.com | 2019-10-17
Can Trump do anything right? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer don't seem to think so, calling his agreement to pause Turkey's military campaign in northeastern Syria a "sham." | The US-Turkey agreement to pause Ankara's operation "seriously undermines the credibility of America's foreign policy and sends a dangerous message to our allies and adversaries alike that our word cannot be trusted," Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement on Thursday. | President Erdogan has given up nothing, and President Trump has given him everything. | Just last week, however, the pair were teari…
rt.com/usa/471179-pelosi-schumer-complain-trump-turkey/

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

Stuck in a Russiagate-collusion rut: Putin 'owns Doral' & other #Resistance pearls after G7 location announced
rt.com | 2019-10-17
Critics of US President Donald Trump went into full-on meltdown mode after the White House announced that the US will host next year's G7 summit at the Trump-owned Miami resort. | White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters on Thursday that the gathering of international leaders will be held at the Trump National Doral resort on June 10-12, which he said was "far and away the best place" to host the event. | Even before his press conference was done, Democrats waxed outraged about a potential conflict of interest, even calling for other countries to boycott the G7 if Trump went ahead with his venue…
rt.com/usa/471171-doral-g7-resistance-reactions/

Unhinged, Supported by the Unethical
Clay Bennett | thenation.com | 2019-10-17
Unhinged, Supported by the Unethical…
thenation.com/article/unhinged-supported-by-the-unethical/

Centrist Democrats Want You to Think They're the Big Boys on the Stage
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2019-10-17
Centrist Democrats Want You to Think They're the Big Boys on the Stage…
thenation.com/article/demoratic-debate-2020-centrists/

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

Bernie Sanders Stood Up to Teach for America When Congress Wouldn't
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-10-16
"When we have highly qualified teachers, we don't want all of those teachers being in upper-middle-class neighborhoods educating kids to go to Harvard and Yale."
theintercept.com/2019/10/16/bernie-sanders-teach-for-america/

What I Learned From the Debate: Democrats Still Can't Level With Voters About the American Empire
Jon Schwarz | theintercept.com | 2019-10-16
In the past few years, the Democratic Party has started dealing with reality on domestic policy. Largely thanks to leadership from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, actual solutions to actual problems are now on the agenda: Medicare for All, a big minimum wage hike, a Green New Deal, and the most radical, important idea — changes in who runs corporations. | Unfortunately, the presidential debate in Ohio on Tuesday night showed that Democrats are still a million miles a…
theintercept.com/2019/10/16/what-i-learned-from-the-debate-democrats-still-cant-level-with-voters-about-the-american-empire/

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/

Ingredients for a new life: how cooking helps refugees and migrants blend in
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-16
On a Friday afternoon, in a small restaurant kitchen in the New York borough of Brooklyn, head chef Alexander Harris is giving instructions to his attentive team, preparing them for the busy evening ahead. So far, the tables are empty, but the small, popular space, with just a handful of tables – and some stools around the bar – will soon be bustling with the evening crowd.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/10/1049391

Joe Biden, in Stumbling Debate Performance, Claims Credit for Elizabeth Warren's Signature Achievement
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-16
"You did a hell of a job at your job," Biden told Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in a remark that couldn't have been more patronizing if he tried.
theintercept.com/2019/10/16/joe-biden-elizabeth-warren-democratic-debate/

Joe Biden's Mysterious Claim That He Whipped Votes for the CFPB
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-16
In typical debate prep, candidates try to game out what questions might come from moderators, and what attacks might come from rivals, to have responses at the ready. | But there are always moments that are impossible to anticipate. It's unlikely, for instance, that anyone on Sen. Elizabeth Warren's prep team had considered the scenario that arose Tuesday night: What if former Vice President Joe Biden angrily takes credit for your signature achievement? | After Biden said on stage that he was the only one who had gotten big things done, Warren noted that she had ushered into being the Consumer Financial Protectio…
theintercept.com/2019/10/16/joe-biden-elizabeth-warren-debate-cfpb/

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

Elizabeth Warren Learns That Being a Front-Runner Isn't All Fun and Games
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2019-10-16
Elizabeth Warren Learns That Being a Front-Runner Isn't All Fun and Games…
thenation.com/article/elizabeth-warren-democratic-debate-medicare-all/

The Case Against Impeachment (According to Republicans)
Tom Tomorrow | thenation.com | 2019-10-16
The Case Against Impeachment (According to Republicans)…
thenation.com/article/the-case-against-impeachment-according-to-republicans/

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

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

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

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/

In Midst of Bankruptcy Fight, Elizabeth Warren Said "Joe Biden Should Not Be Allowed to Sell Out Women"
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-14
Warren repeatedly singled out Biden, arguing he "should not be allowed to sell out women in the morning and be heralded as their friend in the evening."
theintercept.com/2019/10/14/joe-biden-elizabeth-warren-bankruptcy-women/

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

Kurds Turn to Bashar al-Assad for Protection as U.S. Abandons Former Allies to Turkish Assault
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-14
Syrian troops are massing near the Turkish border, one day after Bashar al-Assad's government reached a deal to help protect the Kurds from Turkey's deadly air and ground assault. On Sunday, the Kurds agreed, in a deal brokered by Russia, to hand over two border towns to the Syrian government in exchange for protection. The Kurds had been allied with the United States up until last week, when President Trump abruptly pulled U.S. troops from northern Syria, paving the way for Turkey's assault. More than 130,000 people have already been displaced over the past five days since Turkey invaded northern Syria. The deat…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/14/kurds_northern_syria_turkey_assad

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/

IRS Audits Poor People Far More Often Than the Wealthy
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-11
Republicans gutted the IRS with New Democrat support. It ensured that the wealthy can cheat our nation with impunity, says Bill Black.
therealnews.com/stories/irs-audits-poor-more-often-than-wealthy

Will Impeachment Change Anything for the Masses?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-11
Eddie Conway talks to patrons at Conscious Heads barbershop about impeachment, the rift between the Democratic and Republican Parties, whether it all just boils down to corporate interests, and if it will change things for anyone who is not a member of the 1 percent.
therealnews.com/stories/will-impeachment-change-anything

The Stanford Sexual Assault Case Made Her "Emily Doe." In New Memoir, Chanel Miller Tells Her Story
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-11
We spend the hour with author Chanel Miller speaking about her recently published remarkable memoir, "Know My Name." The book chronicles how Miller reclaimed her name, her story and her life after being sexually assaulted by Brock Turner, a member of the Stanford University swim team, in 2015. At the time, she was known as "Emily Doe." The case gained national prominence when a California judge sentence Turner to just six months in a county jail after he was convicted of three counts of felony sexual assault. He ended up spending only three months locked up. The sentencing sparked outrage. Voters in California la…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/11/chanel_miller_know_my_name_interview

Turkey Moves to Crush Rojava, the Kurds' Radical Experiment Based on Democracy, Feminism & Ecology
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-10
As Turkey launches an aerial and ground assault on northern Syria targeting Kurdish-controlled areas, we look at how the offensive threatens the Kurdish region of Rojava with Debbie Bookchin, co-founder of the Emergency Committee for Rojava. She is a journalist and author who co-edited a book of essays by her father, Murray Bookchin, "The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy." We also speak with Elif Sarican, a Kurdish Women's Movement activist and anthropologist at the London School of Economics, and Ertuƒürul Kàºrkàßàº, honorary chair of the pro-Kurdi…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/10/turkey_assault_northern_syria_kurds_rojava

Justice for Kaysera: Native Teen's Mysterious Death Highlights Epidemic of Murdered Indigenous Women
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-10
The family of Native American teenager Kaysera Stops Pretty Places is demanding justice after she was found dead in Hardin, Montana, in late August, just two weeks after her 18th birthday. Kaysera was a member of the Crow and Northern Cheyenne tribal communities in Montana. She lived with her grandmother. According to her family, Kaysera was reported missing after she never came home on the night of August 24. On August 29, the body of a young woman was found in the town of Hardin. It wasn't until two weeks later that local law enforcement confirmed it was Kaysera. The circumstances surrounding her death and disa…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/10/kaysera_stops_pretty_places_family_justice

After Trump Abandoned Kurds, Turkish Invasion Raises Fear of Kurdish Genocide & ISIS Resurgence
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-10
Turkey has launched an aerial and ground assault on northern Syria targeting Kurdish-controlled areas. The offensive began Wednesday, just days after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to fall back from their positions on the Turkish-Syrian border. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports at least 16 Kurds have been killed so far. Turkey is claiming the death toll is far higher. The Trump administration has faced widespread criticism from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers for abandoning the stateless Kurds who had helped the U.S. fight ISIS. Turkey is claiming the assault is needed to establish a "
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/10/turkey_assault_northern_syria_trump_kurds

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/

Malaysian PM: "Israel Is The Origin Of Modern Terrorism" & Twitter Exec Is Also Army Psyop Soldier
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-01
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 (9/30/19). 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/malaysian-pm-israel-is-the-origin-of-modern-terrorism-twitter-exec-is-also-army-psyop-soldier/

CIA Trump Manipulation, Israel Bombs Iraq, UN Venezuela Lies Exposed & US "Less Equal" Than Mexico
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-09-29
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (9/28/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/cia-trump-manipulation-israel-bombs-iraq-un-venezuela-lies-exposed-us-less-equal-than-mexico/

US Accuses Assad Of Chlorine Attack Debunked In May, Erdogan Exposes Israel & US Kills 11 In Libya
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-09-27
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 (9/26/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/us-accuses-assad-of-chlorine-attack-debunked-may-erdogan-exposes-israel-us-kills-11-in-libya/

2019-10-19: News Headlines

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…

Staff (2019-10-19). Gabbard Fires Back at Clinton Suggestion That She's Russia's Pawn. truthdig.com The former secretary of state says she believes Russians are grooming someone in the Democratic primary "to be the third-party candidate."

WSWS (2019-10-19). Hillary Clinton slanders Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Green Party candidate Jill Stein as Russian spies. wsws.org Clinton's claims, made without the slightest factual substantiation, are an attempt to criminalize the anti-war statements of the two candidates as treasonous.

Staff (2019-10-19). The Only "Extreme" Abortion Position Is One Taking Away Access to Health Care. truthout.org Tuesday night, before abortion rights activists could celebrate the introduction of a Democratic presidential debate question focused on protecting abortion rights in a state like Ohio, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) fell back on the old "safe, legal, and rare" trope. Activists on Twitter were quick to take Congresswoman Gabbard to task, correcting her stigmatizing answer: The aborti…

Ed Sykes (2019-10-19). Here's why the establishment media is openly smearing anti-war Democrat Tulsi Gabbard. thecanary.co Establishment media outlets are openly smearing Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard. Why? Because the army veteran firmly opposes devastating US regime-change wars abroad, and sh…

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-19). Aggression Only OK for US If Led by the Pentagon and Partners. globalresearch.ca When US forces rape and destroy nonbelligerent nations threatening no one, it's called humanitarian intervention, responsibility to protect, and democracy building — notions Washington's power elites abhor. | When victimized nations defend themselves lawfully against Pentagon terror-bombing and atrocities by ISIS …

3rdi films (2019-10-19). 3rd i's San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival 2019. indybay.org New People Cinema, Castro Theater and Palo Alto Art Center…

WSWS (2019-10-19). Sri Lankan SEP and IYSSE hold successful meeting on India's Kashmir lockdown. wsws.org "The Modi government's anti-democratic moves are not just directed against the Kashmiri people, although they are the immediate target, but against the working class as a whole."

Staff (2019-10-19). Why Extinction Rebellion Might Succeed — and in Many Ways, Already Has. truthout.org Extinction Rebellion, also known as XR, is a U.K. social movement founded in 2018 focused on addressing the climate and biodiversity crises. XR has three demands of governments: 1) Tell the truth about these crises; 2) reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025; and 3) create a democratic citizens' assembly of randomly selected and demographically representative citizens to hear expert testimonies and dir…

WSWS (2019-10-19). Democrats link Trump impeachment drive to dissent in military over Syria pullback. wsws.org Retired Special Operations Commander William McRaven published an op-ed piece in the New York Times Thursday calling for Trump's removal "the sooner, the better."

Frances Moore Lappé (2019-10-19). We're Not "Polarized" Everywhere. In Maine, Democracy and Green Energy Win Big. commondreams.org State Rep. Chloe Maxmin and allies celebrate the Maine AFL-CIO signing onto the Green New Deal in April of 2019. (Photo: Maxmin's Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/maine.gnd_.aflcio_0.jpg

WSWS (2019-10-19). As Chicago teachers strike completes second day, union and Democratic Party working together to shut it down. wsws.org What is happening behind the scenes is not a genuine fight between the Lightfoot administration and the CTU and SEIU, but a discussion of tactics and plans to best ram through another sellout contract.

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). Why I Can't Get Excited About Impeaching Trump. truthdig.com This piece originally appeared on Chicago Reader. | Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has begun an impeachment inquiry into President Trump for asking Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter. I get that there is a strong desire for many Americans to be rid of what they see as the national nightmare of Trump's presidency. But I urge caution for several reasons. | First, this impeachment inquiry will not succeed in getting rid of Trump. To win, a super…

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.

C.J. Atkins (2019-10-18). Canadian election: How long can Trudeau's Liberals wear a left disguise? peoplesworld.org TORONTO—Justin Trudeau won in 2015 on a left-leaning platform filled with pledges to tax the rich, make elections more democratic, and save the world from climate change. But four years, a number of scandals, and several broken promises later, it's getting harder for his Liberal Party to make Canadians think it's the modern progressive force …

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2019-10-18). Russophobia at Democratic Party Debate. counterpunch.org Russophobia was on full display during Tuesday night's Democratic Party debate, with ominous repercussions for the future of American foreign policy. When asked what he would do to stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Beto O'Rourke stated that we "must hold Russia accountable for invading the world's greatest democracy and being able to do More

Tim Wheeler (2019-10-18). "Stand up for this democracy": My congressman, Elijah Cummings. peoplesworld.org I am mourning the untimely death of Rep. Elijah Cummings who was our congressman when my wife Joyce and I lived in Baltimore. He was an unwavering progressive and, in recent months, played a leading role in exposing the criminal, unconstitutional abuses of power by President Donald Trump. I covered Cummings as a correspondent for …

Andrew Levine (2019-10-18). What's So Awful About Foreign Interference? counterpunch.org The idea that our "democracy" is under attack by foreign adversaries rings hollow to anyone who thinks about it for more than a second or two, or rather it should. The reason is obvious: we don't have a democracy to attack. What we have are more or less — generally less — democratic elections. For More

RT (2019-10-18). You didn't really think all Russian assets & Kremlin puppets in the US have already been exposed, did you? rt.com The 2020 presidential election is still more than a year away, but you wouldn't know that to look at all the Russian plots to subvert it breathlessly discussed in US media. Who are these recently exposed Kremlin agents? | READ MORE: Russian assets in America. A field guide | Ever since the election of Donald Trump as president in 2016, the US media has been ferreting out the Russian meddlers within the country, as it's their patriotic duty to do. Not even the disappointment of the Mueller report finding no Russian collusion could stop them &#150…

Staff (2019-10-18). Biden Accuses Sanders and Warren of "Playing Trump's Game" With Medicare for All. truthout.org Speaking to reporters during a campaign event in Ohio on Wednesday, former Vice President Joe Biden accused Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — his two top rivals for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination — of "playing Trump's game and trying to con the American people" by supporting Medicare for All. | "I mean, look, I don't want to pick on Elizabeth Warren, but this is ridiculous," Biden said. "The idea that someone is going to be able to go out and spend what tur…

Karl Evers-Hillstrom and Yue Stella Yu (2019-10-18). Leading 2020 Democrats want to get money out of politics — here's how they plan to do it. nationofchange.org Following Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) plan to bar corporate money from federal politics, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) each proposed overhauls to federal election rules early this week ahead of the Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday night. The three Democratic frontrunners each say they want to radically change the current campaign finance system. The proposals …

Staff (2019-10-18). 2020 Democrats Are Burning Cash Faster Than They Can Raise It. truthout.org As the Democratic presidential field narrows, some of the top-tier candidates remain strong in fundraising while others struggle to garner enough support to stay in the game, Tuesday's quarterly filings show. | Having sworn off high-dollar fundraisers, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the two frontrunners <...

Derek Royden (2019-10-18). Bernie Sanders: From (potential) heartbreak to hope? nationofchange.org On October 1st, while taking questions from a crowd in Las Vegas, Senator Bernie Sanders did something unusual for those of us who have been following his rallies and town halls for many months now: he asked for a chair and did most of the Q & A while seated. At the time, none of …

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-18). Tulsi Gabbard, the Only Anti-War Progressive US Presidential Aspirant. globalresearch.ca Gabbard deserves praise for being anti-war and on the right side of other major issues. | Her "vision for America" includes world peace over endless US wars, no longer "supporting allies and partners of al-Qaeda, ISIL, Jabhat Fateh al Sham and …

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…

Robert Weissman (2019-10-18). The Antidote to Trump's Corrupt G7 Deal? Impeachment and Conviction. commondreams.org Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump makes an appearance prior to the start of play during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral Blue Monster Course on March 6, 2016 in Doral, Florida. (Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trump_doral.jpg

Kurt Nimmo (2019-10-18). Democrat "Debate" Ignores War Crimes of the State. globalresearch.ca Did you watch the Democrat debate? I didn't. I haven't had cable television and access to the alphabet propaganda networks for well over a decade. I suppose I could have watched it on the web, but why bother? The outcome …

WSWS (2019-10-18). More than 30,000 teachers and staff strike in Chicago, Illinois. wsws.org The Chicago Teachers Union is working closely with Democratic Party politicians who control the city to shut down the strike as quickly as possible and impose an agreement that conforms to the city's demands.

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.

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.

Michael T. Hertz (2019-10-18). Could voters abroad tip the democratic primaries? nationofchange.org I've been researching to try to find out exactly how many Democrats vote from abroad. In 2018, the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) released its biennial Overseas Citizen Population Analysis (OCPA) estimating there were 3 million U.S. citizens of voting age living abroad in 2016 who cast approximately 208,000 ballots. The overseas voter turnout of …

Michael Galant (2019-10-18). The World Bank Must Put People Before Profit. commondreams.org Jim Kim may have abandoned the pursuit of sustainable, human-centered development in order to pursue private profit. But we must not. (Photo: Ryan Rayburn/World Bank/Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/8075891254_8d3faa25e7_c.jpg

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 …

Richard C. Cook (2019-10-18). Universal Basic Income and the 2020 Election. Redistribution by Taxing the Rich. globalresearch.ca UBI promoter Andrew Yang may be the first candidate for president running under a major party banner to advocate it, but he is certainly not the first in history. | The idea of UBI has been around at least since Thomas …

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…

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…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-10-18). As Zuckerberg Defends False Trump Ads as Free Expression, Critics Say Facebook's Assault on 'Foundations of Democracy' Must Be Stopped. commondreams.org Amid the ongoing debate over Facebook's policy of exempting political advertising from its "misinformation" standards, a "defiant" speech on free expression delivered Thursday by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has elevated broader concerns about how powerful tech giants are "poisoning the well of our democracy." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/zuck_speech.jpg

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-10-18). House Democrats Demand Probe Into 'Suspicious' Stock Trades Surrounding Economy-Shifting Statements by Trump. commondreams.org "Multiple large trades, resulting in billions in profit, occurred shortly before geopolitical events or statements by the president of the United States that moved the markets significantly." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/donald_trump_8.jpg

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-10-18). Roaming Charges: Where's the Beef With Billionaires? counterpunch.org Another Democratic debate, another wasted day and wasted night. These episodes of tedium and mental torment might be more tolerable on LSD. The problem is that they last longer than the average acid trip and you wouldn't want to risk coming down to the sound of Kamala Harris' hectoring voice. That would be a hard landing, indeed. More

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…

Christopher Fons — Conor McMullen (2019-10-18). The Centrism of Elizabeth Warren. counterpunch.org The mainstream media, and elite opinion, seem to be coming to a consensus on who's going to be the next president of the United States and they seem to be breaking for Elizabeth Warren. Warren was given by far the most speaking time at CNN's most recent debate and the overall treatment of her in More

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 …

Paul Street (2019-10-18). Bernie in the Deep Shit: Dismal Dem Debate Reflections. counterpunch.org Unfettered Capitalism To anyone who watched the latest Democratic presidential candidate circus ("debate") without a right-leaning bias last Tuesday, there was a clear winner: the social democrat Bernie Sanders. Smiling and confident in the wake of his recent mild heart attack, the progressive Senator from Vermont spoke eloquently against American economic inequality so extreme that More

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 …

RT (2019-10-17). Agreement to pause Turkey's campaign in Syria destroys US credibility, top Democrats say, despite demanding it. rt.com Can Trump do anything right? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer don't seem to think so, calling his agreement to pause Turkey's military campaign in northeastern Syria a "sham." | The US-Turkey agreement to pause Ankara's operation "seriously undermines the credibility of America's foreign policy and sends a dangerous message to our allies and adversaries alike that our word cannot be trusted," Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement on Thursday. | President Erdogan has given up nothing, and President Trump has given him everything. | Just last week, however, the pair were teari…

Jonathan Cook (2019-10-17). Bedouin Mass Eviction is Part of Israel's Efforts to Drive Palestinians off their Historic Lands. dissidentvoice.org The decades-long struggle by tens of thousands of Israelis against being uprooted from their homes — some for the second or third time — should be proof enough that Israel is not the western-style liberal democracy it claims to be. Last week 36,000 Bedouin — all of them Israeli citizens — discovered that their state …

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?

RT (2019-10-17). Stuck in a Russiagate-collusion rut: Putin 'owns Doral' & other #Resistance pearls after G7 location announced. rt.com Critics of US President Donald Trump went into full-on meltdown mode after the White House announced that the US will host next year's G7 summit at the Trump-owned Miami resort. | White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters on Thursday that the gathering of international leaders will be held at the Trump National Doral resort on June 10-12, which he said was "far and away the best place" to host the event. | Even before his press conference was done, Democrats waxed outraged about a potential conflict of interest, even calling for other countries to boycott the G7 if Trump went ahead with his venue…

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…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-10-17). The Last Lifeline: The Real Reason Behind Abbas' Call for Elections. dissidentvoice.org 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? On September 26, Abbas took on the world's most important political platform, the …

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 …

Clay Bennett (2019-10-17). Unhinged, Supported by the Unethical. thenation.com Unhinged, Supported by the Unethical…

Elie Mystal (2019-10-17). Centrist Democrats Want You to Think They're the Big Boys on the Stage. thenation.com Centrist Democrats Want You to Think They're the Big Boys on the Stage…

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?

Tom Coburg (2019-10-17). Channel 4 interview shows how devastating any Brexit border in Ireland could be. thecanary.co Channel 4 News has broadcast an exclusive interview with a serving New IRA (Irish Republican Army) paramilitary. The interviewee made it clear that a reimposed border between the north and south of Ireland would result in paramilitary violence. | The security implications for Boris Johnson's UK government, and its attempts to find a Brexit deal, are likely significant. | Border infrastructure attacks: | The paramilitary told Chann…

RT (2019-10-16). House condemns Trump's pullout of US troops they never bothered to authorize to be in Syria at all. rt.com Democrats and 129 of the Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to pass a non-binding resolution disapproving of President Donald Trump's pullout of US troops from Syria — never authorized by Congress to be there. | The House Joint Resolution 77 describes the presence of US troops in northeastern Syria as "certain… efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces," and formally voices opposition to their withdrawal, but does not offer an alternative.

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-10-16). Bernie Sanders Stood Up to Teach for America When Congress Wouldn't. theintercept.com "When we have highly qualified teachers, we don't want all of those teachers being in upper-middle-class neighborhoods educating kids to go to Harvard and Yale."

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.

Jon Schwarz (2019-10-16). What I Learned From the Debate: Democrats Still Can't Level With Voters About the American Empire. theintercept.com In the past few years, the Democratic Party has started dealing with reality on domestic policy. Largely thanks to leadership from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, actual solutions to actual problems are now on the agenda: Medicare for All, a big minimum wage hike, a Green New Deal, and the most radical, important idea — changes in who runs corporations. | Unfortunately, the presidential debate in Ohio on Tuesday night showed that Democrats are still a million miles a…

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?

United Nations (2019-10-16). Ingredients for a new life: how cooking helps refugees and migrants blend in. un.org On a Friday afternoon, in a small restaurant kitchen in the New York borough of Brooklyn, head chef Alexander Harris is giving instructions to his attentive team, preparing them for the busy evening ahead. So far, the tables are empty, but the small, popular space, with just a handful of tables – and some stools around the bar – will soon be bustling with the evening crowd.

Ed Sykes (2019-10-16). Trump gifts war criminal invaders in Syria by echoing Turkish propaganda. thecanary.co Donald Trump has gifted Turkish-led invaders in northern Syria by echoing propaganda that Turkey uses to try and discredit its opponents. | Speaking during a press conference on 16 October, Trump reportedly said: | Trump: "The PKK, which is a part of the Kurds…is probably worse at terror, more of a terrorist threat in many ways, than ISIS." (?

Ryan Grim (2019-10-16). Joe Biden, in Stumbling Debate Performance, Claims Credit for Elizabeth Warren's Signature Achievement. theintercept.com "You did a hell of a job at your job," Biden told Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in a remark that couldn't have been more patronizing if he tried.

Ryan Grim (2019-10-16). Joe Biden's Mysterious Claim That He Whipped Votes for the CFPB. theintercept.com In typical debate prep, candidates try to game out what questions might come from moderators, and what attacks might come from rivals, to have responses at the ready. | But there are always moments that are impossible to anticipate. It's unlikely, for instance, that anyone on Sen. Elizabeth Warren's prep team had considered the scenario that arose Tuesday night: What if former Vice President Joe Biden angrily takes credit for your signature achievement? | After Biden said on stage that he was the only one who had gotten big things done, Warren noted that she had ushered into being the Consumer Financial Protectio…

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 …

Tom Tomorrow (2019-10-16). The Case Against Impeachment (According to Republicans). thenation.com The Case Against Impeachment (According to Republicans)…

Joan Walsh (2019-10-16). Elizabeth Warren Learns That Being a Front-Runner Isn't All Fun and Games. thenation.com Elizabeth Warren Learns That Being a Front-Runner Isn't All Fun and Games…

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). 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). 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). 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…

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.

Vijay Prashad (2019-10-15). The IMF convenes in Washington, deaf to the suffering it causes across the planet. mronline.org No one within the IMF meeting will raise the question of democracy, both in terms of the IMF's own functioning and in terms of the IMF's relationship with sovereign countries around the world. | Source

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…

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). 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…

Ryan Grim (2019-10-14). In Midst of Bankruptcy Fight, Elizabeth Warren Said "Joe Biden Should Not Be Allowed to Sell Out Women" theintercept.com Warren repeatedly singled out Biden, arguing he "should not be allowed to sell out women in the morning and be heralded as their friend in the evening."

Staff (2019-10-14). Headlines for October 14, 2019. democracynow.org Syrian Troops Mass at Turkish Border After Striking Deal with Kurds, Pentagon Deploying Additional 1,800 Troops to Saudi Arabia, NYT: Russian Warplanes Bomb 4 Hospitals in Syria over 12 Hours, Appeals Court Rules Trump Must Turn Over Financial Records, Video Shows Fake Trump Shooting Journalists, Political Rivals, Fox News' Shepard Smith Has Quit Network, Hunter Biden to Step Down from Chinese Company Board, White Cop Kills Black Woman by Shooting Through Her Bedroom Window, Japan: 40 Have Died in Typhoon Hagibis, Ecuador: Indigenous Protests Force Government to Reinstate Fuel Subsidies, Uganda LGBT Activists Fig…

Fight Back (2019-10-14). Tampa Bay demands Supreme Court uphold LGBT job rights. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – On October 7 and 8, Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) rallied against the lack of federal job protections for LGBT workers. On October 8, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) began discussions on three cases that relate to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which protects against job discrimination on the basis of "race, color, religion, sex, or national origin," in order to decide whether sexual orientation and gender identity are also protected under Title VII. Tampa Bay SDS held two rallies in response to this, as a part of a National SDS call to action. SDS demanded that…

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…

Staff (2019-10-14). Kurds Turn to Bashar al-Assad for Protection as U.S. Abandons Former Allies to Turkish Assault. democracynow.org Syrian troops are massing near the Turkish border, one day after Bashar al-Assad's government reached a deal to help protect the Kurds from Turkey's deadly air and ground assault. On Sunday, the Kurds agreed, in a deal brokered by Russia, to hand over two border towns to the Syrian government in exchange for protection. The Kurds had been allied with the United States up until last week, when President Trump abruptly pulled U.S. troops from northern Syria, paving the way for Turkey's assault. More than 130,000 people have already been displaced over the past five days since Turkey invaded northern Syria. The deat…

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…

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 …

Staff (2019-10-11). Will Impeachment Change Anything for the Masses? therealnews.com Eddie Conway talks to patrons at Conscious Heads barbershop about impeachment, the rift between the Democratic and Republican Parties, whether it all just boils down to corporate interests, and if it will change things for anyone who is not a member of the 1 percent.

Staff (2019-10-11). IRS Audits Poor People Far More Often Than the Wealthy. therealnews.com Republicans gutted the IRS with New Democrat support. It ensured that the wealthy can cheat our nation with impunity, says Bill Black.

Staff (2019-10-11). The Stanford Sexual Assault Case Made Her "Emily Doe." In New Memoir, Chanel Miller Tells Her Story. democracynow.org We spend the hour with author Chanel Miller speaking about her recently published remarkable memoir, "Know My Name." The book chronicles how Miller reclaimed her name, her story and her life after being sexually assaulted by Brock Turner, a member of the Stanford University swim team, in 2015. At the time, she was known as "Emily Doe." The case gained national prominence when a California judge sentence Turner to just six months in a county jail after he was convicted of three counts of felony sexual assault. He ended up spending only three months locked up. The sentencing sparked outrage. Voters in California la…

Staff (2019-10-11). Headlines for October 11, 2019. democracynow.org Civilians Killed & Forced to Flee Turkish Military Offensive in Northern Syria, Two Associates of Trump's Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Arrested at Dulles Airport, Prince Estate Slams Trump for Using "Purple Rain" at Minneapolis Rally, "Trans Lives Matter": Activists Interrupt CNN Democratic Town Hall, Ethiopian Prime Minister Wins 100th Nobel Peace Prize, Olga Tokarczuk & Peter Handke Win Nobel Prize for Literature, Iranian Oil Tanker Struck in Red Sea, Ecuador: Five Killed Amid Anti-Austerity Protests, News Outlet Splinter Shutting Down, Asylum Seekers Protest "Remain in Mexico" Policy on Brownsville Bridge, Gymnast Sim…

2019-10-19: Social Media Postees

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Hillary Clinton slanders Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Green Party candidate Jill Stein as Russian spies
wsws.org | 2019-10-19
Clinton's claims, made without the slightest factual substantiation, are an attempt to criminalize the anti-war statements of the two candidates as treasonous.
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Here's why the establishment media is openly smearing anti-war Democrat Tulsi Gabbard
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-10-19
Establishment media outlets are openly smearing Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard. Why? Because the army veteran firmly opposes devastating US regime-change wars abroad, and sh…
thecanary.co/us/us-analysis/2019/10/19/heres-why-the-establishment-media-is-openly-smearing-anti-war-democrat-tulsi-gabbard/

The Only "Extreme" Abortion Position Is One Taking Away Access to Health Care
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-19
Tuesday night, before abortion rights activists could celebrate the introduction of a Democratic presidential debate question focused on protecting abortion rights in a state like Ohio, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) fell back on the old "safe, legal, and rare" trope. Activists on Twitter were quick to take Congresswoman Gabbard to task, correcting her stigmatizing answer: The aborti…
truthout.org/articles/the-only-extreme-abortion-position-is-one-taking-away-access-to-health-care/

#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/

Hillary Clinton slanders Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Green Party candidate Jill Stein as Russian spies
wsws.org | 2019-10-19
Clinton's claims, made without the slightest factual substantiation, are an attempt to criminalize the anti-war statements of the two candidates as treasonous.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/19/clin-o19.html

Aggression Only OK for US If Led by the Pentagon and Partners
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-19
When US forces rape and destroy nonbelligerent nations threatening no one, it's called humanitarian intervention, responsibility to protect, and democracy building — notions Washington's power elites abhor. | When victimized nations defend themselves lawfully against Pentagon terror-bombing and atrocities by ISIS …
globalresearch.ca/aggression-ok-us-pentagon-partners/5692326

3rd i's San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival 2019
3rdi films | indybay.org | 2019-10-19
New People Cinema, Castro Theater and Palo Alto Art Center…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/10/18/18827436.php

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/

As Chicago teachers strike completes second day, union and Democratic Party working together to shut it down
wsws.org | 2019-10-19
What is happening behind the scenes is not a genuine fight between the Lightfoot administration and the CTU and SEIU, but a discussion of tactics and plans to best ram through another sellout contract.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/19/chic-o19.html

Democrats link Trump impeachment drive to dissent in military over Syria pullback
wsws.org | 2019-10-19
Retired Special Operations Commander William McRaven published an op-ed piece in the New York Times Thursday calling for Trump's removal "the sooner, the better."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/19/trum-o19.html

Sri Lankan SEP and IYSSE hold successful meeting on India's Kashmir lockdown
wsws.org | 2019-10-19
"The Modi government's anti-democratic moves are not just directed against the Kashmiri people, although they are the immediate target, but against the working class as a whole."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/19/slmt-o19.html

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/

Gabbard Fires Back at Clinton Suggestion That She's Russia's Pawn
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-19
The former secretary of state says she believes Russians are grooming someone in the Democratic primary "to be the third-party candidate."
truthdig.com/articles/gabbard-fires-back-at-clinton-suggestion-that-shes-russias-pawn/

Democrats link Trump impeachment drive to dissent in military over Syria pullback
wsws.org | 2019-10-19
Retired Special Operations Commander William McRaven published an op-ed piece in the New York Times Thursday calling for Trump's removal "the sooner, the better."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/19/trum-o19.html

Sri Lankan SEP and IYSSE hold successful meeting on India's Kashmir lockdown
wsws.org | 2019-10-19
"The Modi government's anti-democratic moves are not just directed against the Kashmiri people, although they are the immediate target, but against the working class as a whole."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/19/slmt-o19.html

Why Extinction Rebellion Might Succeed — and in Many Ways, Already Has
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-19
Extinction Rebellion, also known as XR, is a U.K. social movement founded in 2018 focused on addressing the climate and biodiversity crises. XR has three demands of governments: 1) Tell the truth about these crises; 2) reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025; and 3) create a democratic citizens' assembly of randomly selected and demographically representative citizens to hear expert testimonies and dir…
truthout.org/articles/why-extinction-rebellion-might-succeed-and-in-many-ways-already-has/

We're Not "Polarized" Everywhere. In Maine, Democracy and Green Energy Win Big
Frances Moore Lappé | commondreams.org | 2019-10-19
State Rep. Chloe Maxmin and allies celebrate the Maine AFL-CIO signing onto the Green New Deal in April of 2019. (Photo: Maxmin's Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/maine.gnd_.aflcio_0.jpg
commondreams.org/views/2019/10/19/were-not-polarized-everywhere-maine-democracy-and-green-energy-win-big?cd-origin=rss

Biden Accuses Sanders and Warren of "Playing Trump's Game" With Medicare for All
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-18
Speaking to reporters during a campaign event in Ohio on Wednesday, former Vice President Joe Biden accused Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — his two top rivals for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination — of "playing Trump's game and trying to con the American people" by supporting Medicare for All. | "I mean, look, I don't want to pick on Elizabeth Warren, but this is ridiculous," Biden said. "The idea that someone is going to be able to go out and spend what tur…
truthout.org/articles/biden-accuses-sanders-and-warren-of-playing-trumps-game-with-medicare-for-all/

Leading 2020 Democrats want to get money out of politics — here's how they plan to do it
Karl Evers-Hillstrom and Yue Stella Yu | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-18
Following Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) plan to bar corporate money from federal politics, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) each proposed overhauls to federal election rules early this week ahead of the Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday night. The three Democratic frontrunners each say they want to radically change the current campaign finance system. The proposals …
nationofchange.org/2019/10/18/leading-2020-democrats-want-to-get-money-out-of-politics-heres-how-they-plan-to-do-it/

2020 Democrats Are Burning Cash Faster Than They Can Raise It
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-18
As the Democratic presidential field narrows, some of the top-tier candidates remain strong in fundraising while others struggle to garner enough support to stay in the game, Tuesday's quarterly filings show. | Having sworn off high-dollar fundraisers, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the two frontrunners
truthout.org/articles/2020-democrats-are-burning-cash-faster-than-they-can-raise-it/

Bernie Sanders: From (potential) heartbreak to hope?
Derek Royden | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-18
On October 1st, while taking questions from a crowd in Las Vegas, Senator Bernie Sanders did something unusual for those of us who have been following his rallies and town halls for many months now: he asked for a chair and did most of the Q & A while seated. At the time, none of …
nationofchange.org/2019/10/18/bernie-sanders-from-potential-heartbreak-to-hope/

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

Bernie in the Deep Shit: Dismal Dem Debate Reflections
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
Unfettered Capitalism To anyone who watched the latest Democratic presidential candidate circus ("debate") without a right-leaning bias last Tuesday, there was a clear winner: the social democrat Bernie Sanders. Smiling and confident in the wake of his recent mild heart attack, the progressive Senator from Vermont spoke eloquently against American economic inequality so extreme that…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/18/bernie-in-the-deep-shit-dismal-dem-debate-reflections/

Tulsi Gabbard, the Only Anti-War Progressive US Presidential Aspirant
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
Gabbard deserves praise for being anti-war and on the right side of other major issues. | Her "vision for America" includes world peace over endless US wars, no longer "supporting allies and partners of al-Qaeda, ISIL, Jabhat Fateh al Sham and …
globalresearch.ca/tulsi-gabbard-only-anti-war-progressive-us-presidential-aspirant/5692387

'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/

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/

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/

The Antidote to Trump's Corrupt G7 Deal? Impeachment and Conviction
Robert Weissman | commondreams.org | 2019-10-18
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump makes an appearance prior to the start of play during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral Blue Monster Course on March 6, 2016 in Doral, Florida. (Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trump_doral.jpg
commondreams.org/views/2019/10/18/antidote-trumps-corrupt-g7-deal-impeachment-and-conviction?cd-origin=rss

The Centrism of Elizabeth Warren
Christopher Fons — Conor McMullen | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
The mainstream media, and elite opinion, seem to be coming to a consensus on who's going to be the next president of the United States and they seem to be breaking for Elizabeth Warren. Warren was given by far the most speaking time at CNN's most recent debate and the overall treatment of her in…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/18/the-centrism-of-elizabeth-warren/

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/

Why I Can't Get Excited About Impeaching Trump
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-18
This piece originally appeared on Chicago Reader. | Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has begun an impeachment inquiry into President Trump for asking Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter. I get that there is a strong desire for many Americans to be rid of what they see as the national nightmare of Trump's presidency. But I urge caution for several reasons. | First, this impeachment inquiry will not succeed in getting rid of Trump. To win, a super…
truthdig.com/articles/why-i-cant-get-excited-about-impeaching-trump/

Could voters abroad tip the democratic primaries?
Michael T. Hertz | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-18
I've been researching to try to find out exactly how many Democrats vote from abroad. In 2018, the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) released its biennial Overseas Citizen Population Analysis (OCPA) estimating there were 3 million U.S. citizens of voting age living abroad in 2016 who cast approximately 208,000 ballots. The overseas voter turnout of …
nationofchange.org/2019/10/18/could-voters-abroad-tip-the-democratic-primaries/

More than 30,000 teachers and staff strike in Chicago, Illinois
wsws.org | 2019-10-18
The Chicago Teachers Union is working closely with Democratic Party politicians who control the city to shut down the strike as quickly as possible and impose an agreement that conforms to the city's demands.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/18/chic-o18.html

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

"Stand up for this democracy": My congressman, Elijah Cummings
Tim Wheeler | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-18
I am mourning the untimely death of Rep. Elijah Cummings who was our congressman when my wife Joyce and I lived in Baltimore. He was an unwavering progressive and, in recent months, played a leading role in exposing the criminal, unconstitutional abuses of power by President Donald Trump. I covered Cummings as a correspondent for …
peoplesworld.org/article/stand-up-for-this-democracy-my-congressman-elijah-cummings/

More than 30,000 teachers and staff strike in Chicago, Illinois
wsws.org | 2019-10-18
The Chicago Teachers Union is working closely with Democratic Party politicians who control the city to shut down the strike as quickly as possible and impose an agreement that conforms to the city's demands.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/18/chic-o18.html

Democrat "Debate" Ignores War Crimes of the State
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
Did you watch the Democrat debate? I didn't. I haven't had cable television and access to the alphabet propaganda networks for well over a decade. I suppose I could have watched it on the web, but why bother? The outcome …
globalresearch.ca/democrat-debate-ignores-war-crimes-state/5692358

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

Stop the Normalization of Concentration Camps
Ashley Smith | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
After dragging its feet for months, the Democratic Party has finally launched an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. While this is welcome news, there is a danger that we will become transfixed by the proceedings in Washington and stop organizing the resistance against Trump, especially against his racist war on immigrants and refugees. That would…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/18/stop-the-normalization-of-concentration-camps/

Russophobia at Democratic Party Debate
Jeremy Kuzmarov | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
Russophobia was on full display during Tuesday night's Democratic Party debate, with ominous repercussions for the future of American foreign policy. When asked what he would do to stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Beto O'Rourke stated that we…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/18/russophobia-at-democratic-party-debate/

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/

Canadian election: How long can Trudeau's Liberals wear a left disguise?
C.J. Atkins | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-18
TORONTO–Justin Trudeau won in 2015 on a left-leaning platform filled with pledges to tax the rich, make elections more democratic, and save the world from climate change. But four years, a number of scandals, and several broken promises later, it's getting harder for his Liberal Party to make Canadians think it's the modern progressive force …
peoplesworld.org/article/canadian-election-how-long-can-trudeaus-liberals-wear-a-left-disguise/

What's So Awful About Foreign Interference?
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
The idea that our "democracy" is under attack by foreign adversaries rings hollow to anyone who thinks about it for more than a second or two, or rather it should. The reason is obvious: we don't have a democracy to attack. What we have are more or less — generally less — democratic elections. For…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/18/whats-so-awful-about-foreign-interference/

You didn't really think all Russian assets & Kremlin puppets in the US have already been exposed, did you?
rt.com | 2019-10-18
The 2020 presidential election is still more than a year away, but you wouldn't know that to look at all the Russian plots to subvert it breathlessly discussed in US media. Who are these recently exposed Kremlin agents? | READ MORE: Russian assets in America. A field guide | Ever since the election of Donald Trump as president in 2016, the US media has been ferreting out the Russian meddlers within the country, as it's their patriotic duty to do. Not even the disappointment of the Mueller report finding no Russian collusion could stop them &#150…
rt.com/usa/471240-russian-assets-2020-elections-gabbard/

The World Bank Must Put People Before Profit
Michael Galant | commondreams.org | 2019-10-18
Jim Kim may have abandoned the pursuit of sustainable, human-centered development in order to pursue private profit. But we must not. (Photo: Ryan Rayburn/World Bank/Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/8075891254_8d3faa25e7_c.jpg
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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/

Universal Basic Income and the 2020 Election. Redistribution by Taxing the Rich
Richard C. Cook | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
UBI promoter Andrew Yang may be the first candidate for president running under a major party banner to advocate it, but he is certainly not the first in history. | The idea of UBI has been around at least since Thomas …
globalresearch.ca/universal-basic-income-2020-election/5692324

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/

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/

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/

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

House Democrats Demand Probe Into 'Suspicious' Stock Trades Surrounding Economy-Shifting Statements by Trump
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-18
"Multiple large trades, resulting in billions in profit, occurred shortly before geopolitical events or statements by the president of the United States that moved the markets significantly." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/donald_trump_8.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/18/house-democrats-demand-probe-suspicious-stock-trades-surrounding-economy-shifting?cd-origin=rss

As Zuckerberg Defends False Trump Ads as Free Expression, Critics Say Facebook's Assault on 'Foundations of Democracy' Must Be Stopped
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-18
Amid the ongoing debate over Facebook's policy of exempting political advertising from its "misinformation" standards, a "defiant" speech on free expression delivered Thursday by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has elevated broader concerns about how powerful tech giants are "poisoning the well of our democracy." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/zuck_speech.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/18/zuckerberg-defends-false-trump-ads-free-expression-critics-say-facebooks-assault?cd-origin=rss

Roaming Charges: Where's the Beef With Billionaires?
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
Another Democratic debate, another wasted day and wasted night. These episodes of tedium and mental torment might be more tolerable on LSD. The problem is that they last longer than the average acid trip and you wouldn't want to risk coming down to the sound of Kamala Harris' hectoring voice. That would be a hard landing, indeed.
counterpunch.org/2019/10/18/roaming-charges-wheres-the-beef-with-billionaires/

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

The Last Lifeline: The Real Reason Behind Abbas' Call for Elections
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-17
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? On September 26, Abbas took on the world's most important political platform, the …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/the-last-lifeline-the-real-reason-behind-abbas-call-for-elections/

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/

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/

Stuck in a Russiagate-collusion rut: Putin 'owns Doral' & other #Resistance pearls after G7 location announced
rt.com | 2019-10-17
Critics of US President Donald Trump went into full-on meltdown mode after the White House announced that the US will host next year's G7 summit at the Trump-owned Miami resort. | White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters on Thursday that the gathering of international leaders will be held at the Trump National Doral resort on June 10-12, which he said was "far and away the best place" to host the event. | Even before his press conference was done, Democrats waxed outraged about a potential conflict of interest, even calling for other countries to boycott the G7 if Trump went ahead with his venue…
rt.com/usa/471171-doral-g7-resistance-reactions/

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/

Bedouin Mass Eviction is Part of Israel's Efforts to Drive Palestinians off their Historic Lands
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-17
The decades-long struggle by tens of thousands of Israelis against being uprooted from their homes — some for the second or third time — should be proof enough that Israel is not the western-style liberal democracy it claims to be. Last week 36,000 Bedouin — all of them Israeli citizens — discovered that their state …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/bedouin-mass-eviction-is-part-of-israels-efforts-to-drive-palestinians-off-their-historic-lands/

Agreement to pause Turkey's campaign in Syria destroys US credibility, top Democrats say, despite demanding it
rt.com | 2019-10-17
Can Trump do anything right? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer don't seem to think so, calling his agreement to pause Turkey's military campaign in northeastern Syria a "sham." | The US-Turkey agreement to pause Ankara's operation "seriously undermines the credibility of America's foreign policy and sends a dangerous message to our allies and adversaries alike that our word cannot be trusted," Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement on Thursday. | President Erdogan has given up nothing, and President Trump has given him everything. | Just last week, however, the pair were teari…
rt.com/usa/471179-pelosi-schumer-complain-trump-turkey/

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

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/

Unhinged, Supported by the Unethical
Clay Bennett | thenation.com | 2019-10-17
Unhinged, Supported by the Unethical…
thenation.com/article/unhinged-supported-by-the-unethical/

Centrist Democrats Want You to Think They're the Big Boys on the Stage
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2019-10-17
Centrist Democrats Want You to Think They're the Big Boys on the Stage…
thenation.com/article/demoratic-debate-2020-centrists/

Channel 4 interview shows how devastating any Brexit border in Ireland could be
Tom Coburg | thecanary.co | 2019-10-17
Channel 4 News has broadcast an exclusive interview with a serving New IRA (Irish Republican Army) paramilitary. The interviewee made it clear that a reimposed border between the north and south of Ireland would result in paramilitary violence. | The security implications for Boris Johnson's UK government, and its attempts to find a Brexit deal, are likely significant. | Border infrastructure attacks: | The paramilitary told Chann…
thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2019/10/17/channel-4-interview-shows-how-devastating-a-brexit-border-in-ireland-could-be/

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

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

What I Learned From the Debate: Democrats Still Can't Level With Voters About the American Empire
Jon Schwarz | theintercept.com | 2019-10-16
In the past few years, the Democratic Party has started dealing with reality on domestic policy. Largely thanks to leadership from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, actual solutions to actual problems are now on the agenda: Medicare for All, a big minimum wage hike, a Green New Deal, and the most radical, important idea — changes in who runs corporations. | Unfortunately, the presidential debate in Ohio on Tuesday night showed that Democrats are still a million miles a…
theintercept.com/2019/10/16/what-i-learned-from-the-debate-democrats-still-cant-level-with-voters-about-the-american-empire/

Bernie Sanders Stood Up to Teach for America When Congress Wouldn't
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-10-16
"When we have highly qualified teachers, we don't want all of those teachers being in upper-middle-class neighborhoods educating kids to go to Harvard and Yale."
theintercept.com/2019/10/16/bernie-sanders-teach-for-america/

Bernie Sanders Stood Up to Teach for America When Congress Wouldn't
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-10-16
"When we have highly qualified teachers, we don't want all of those teachers being in upper-middle-class neighborhoods educating kids to go to Harvard and Yale."
theintercept.com/2019/10/16/bernie-sanders-teach-for-america/

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/

House condemns Trump's pullout of US troops they never bothered to authorize to be in Syria at all
rt.com | 2019-10-16
Democrats and 129 of the Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to pass a non-binding resolution disapproving of President Donald Trump's pullout of US troops from Syria — never authorized by Congress to be there. | The House Joint Resolution 77 describes the presence of US troops in northeastern Syria as "certain… efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces," and formally voices opposition to their withdrawal, but does not offer an alternative.
rt.com/usa/471090-congress-resolution-syria-trump/

Ingredients for a new life: how cooking helps refugees and migrants blend in
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-16
On a Friday afternoon, in a small restaurant kitchen in the New York borough of Brooklyn, head chef Alexander Harris is giving instructions to his attentive team, preparing them for the busy evening ahead. So far, the tables are empty, but the small, popular space, with just a handful of tables – and some stools around the bar – will soon be bustling with the evening crowd.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/10/1049391

Joe Biden's Mysterious Claim That He Whipped Votes for the CFPB
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-16
In typical debate prep, candidates try to game out what questions might come from moderators, and what attacks might come from rivals, to have responses at the ready. | But there are always moments that are impossible to anticipate. It's unlikely, for instance, that anyone on Sen. Elizabeth Warren's prep team had considered the scenario that arose Tuesday night: What if former Vice President Joe Biden angrily takes credit for your signature achievement? | After Biden said on stage that he was the only one who had gotten big things done, Warren noted that she had ushered into being the Consumer Financial Protectio…
theintercept.com/2019/10/16/joe-biden-elizabeth-warren-debate-cfpb/

Joe Biden, in Stumbling Debate Performance, Claims Credit for Elizabeth Warren's Signature Achievement
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-16
"You did a hell of a job at your job," Biden told Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in a remark that couldn't have been more patronizing if he tried.
theintercept.com/2019/10/16/joe-biden-elizabeth-warren-democratic-debate/

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

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/

The Case Against Impeachment (According to Republicans)
Tom Tomorrow | thenation.com | 2019-10-16
The Case Against Impeachment (According to Republicans)…
thenation.com/article/the-case-against-impeachment-according-to-republicans/

Elizabeth Warren Learns That Being a Front-Runner Isn't All Fun and Games
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2019-10-16
Elizabeth Warren Learns That Being a Front-Runner Isn't All Fun and Games…
thenation.com/article/elizabeth-warren-democratic-debate-medicare-all/

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."
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

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

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

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/

The IMF convenes in Washington, deaf to the suffering it causes across the planet
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-10-15
No one within the IMF meeting will raise the question of democracy, both in terms of the IMF's own functioning and in terms of the IMF's relationship with sovereign countries around the world. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/10/15/the-imf-convenes-in-washington-deaf-to-the-suffering-it-causes-across-the-planet/

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

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

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/

In Midst of Bankruptcy Fight, Elizabeth Warren Said "Joe Biden Should Not Be Allowed to Sell Out Women"
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-14
Warren repeatedly singled out Biden, arguing he "should not be allowed to sell out women in the morning and be heralded as their friend in the evening."
theintercept.com/2019/10/14/joe-biden-elizabeth-warren-bankruptcy-women/

2019-10-18: News Headlines

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-10-18). No, Warren and Sanders Are Not the Same. commondreams.org Sanders has been calling himself a socialist for decades, and he most recently distinguished himself from Warren's self-proclaimed capitalist label in an interview. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/warrensanders.jpeg

RT (2019-10-18). You didn't really think all Russian assets & Kremlin puppets in the US have already been exposed, did you? rt.com The 2020 presidential election is still more than a year away, but you wouldn't know that to look at all the Russian plots to subvert it breathlessly discussed in US media. Who are these recently exposed Kremlin agents? | READ MORE: Russian assets in America. A field guide | Ever since the election of Donald Trump as president in 2016, the US media has been ferreting out the Russian meddlers within the country, as it's their patriotic duty to do. Not even the disappointment of the Mueller report finding no Russian collusion could stop them &#150…

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2019-10-18). Russophobia at Democratic Party Debate. counterpunch.org Russophobia was on full display during Tuesday night's Democratic Party debate, with ominous repercussions for the future of American foreign policy. When asked what he would do to stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Beto O'Rourke stated that we "must hold Russia accountable for invading the world's greatest democracy and being able to do More

Andrew Levine (2019-10-18). What's So Awful About Foreign Interference? counterpunch.org The idea that our "democracy" is under attack by foreign adversaries rings hollow to anyone who thinks about it for more than a second or two, or rather it should. The reason is obvious: we don't have a democracy to attack. What we have are more or less — generally less — democratic elections. For More

Ashley Smith (2019-10-18). Stop the Normalization of Concentration Camps. counterpunch.org After dragging its feet for months, the Democratic Party has finally launched an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. While this is welcome news, there is a danger that we will become transfixed by the proceedings in Washington and stop organizing the resistance against Trump, especially against his racist war on immigrants and refugees. That would More

Tim Wheeler (2019-10-18). "Stand up for this democracy": My congressman, Elijah Cummings. peoplesworld.org I am mourning the untimely death of Rep. Elijah Cummings who was our congressman when my wife Joyce and I lived in Baltimore. He was an unwavering progressive and, in recent months, played a leading role in exposing the criminal, unconstitutional abuses of power by President Donald Trump. I covered Cummings as a correspondent for …

C.J. Atkins (2019-10-18). Canadian election: How long can Trudeau's Liberals wear a left disguise? peoplesworld.org TORONTO—Justin Trudeau won in 2015 on a left-leaning platform filled with pledges to tax the rich, make elections more democratic, and save the world from climate change. But four years, a number of scandals, and several broken promises later, it's getting harder for his Liberal Party to make Canadians think it's the modern progressive force …

Staff (2019-10-18). Why I Can't Get Excited About Impeaching Trump. truthdig.com This piece originally appeared on Chicago Reader. | Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has begun an impeachment inquiry into President Trump for asking Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter. I get that there is a strong desire for many Americans to be rid of what they see as the national nightmare of Trump's presidency. But I urge caution for several reasons. | First, this impeachment inquiry will not succeed in getting rid of Trump. To win, a super…

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.

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-18). Tulsi Gabbard, the Only Anti-War Progressive US Presidential Aspirant. globalresearch.ca Gabbard deserves praise for being anti-war and on the right side of other major issues. | Her "vision for America" includes world peace over endless US wars, no longer "supporting allies and partners of al-Qaeda, ISIL, Jabhat Fateh al Sham and …

Karl Evers-Hillstrom and Yue Stella Yu (2019-10-18). Leading 2020 Democrats want to get money out of politics — here's how they plan to do it. nationofchange.org Following Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) plan to bar corporate money from federal politics, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) each proposed overhauls to federal election rules early this week ahead of the Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday night. The three Democratic frontrunners each say they want to radically change the current campaign finance system. The proposals …

Staff (2019-10-18). 2020 Democrats Are Burning Cash Faster Than They Can Raise It. truthout.org As the Democratic presidential field narrows, some of the top-tier candidates remain strong in fundraising while others struggle to garner enough support to stay in the game, Tuesday's quarterly filings show. | Having sworn off high-dollar fundraisers, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the two frontrunners <...

Staff (2019-10-18). Biden Accuses Sanders and Warren of "Playing Trump's Game" With Medicare for All. truthout.org Speaking to reporters during a campaign event in Ohio on Wednesday, former Vice President Joe Biden accused Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — his two top rivals for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination — of "playing Trump's game and trying to con the American people" by supporting Medicare for All. | "I mean, look, I don't want to pick on Elizabeth Warren, but this is ridiculous," Biden said. "The idea that someone is going to be able to go out and spend what tur…

Derek Royden (2019-10-18). Bernie Sanders: From (potential) heartbreak to hope? nationofchange.org On October 1st, while taking questions from a crowd in Las Vegas, Senator Bernie Sanders did something unusual for those of us who have been following his rallies and town halls for many months now: he asked for a chair and did most of the Q & A while seated. At the time, none of …

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 …

Michael Galant (2019-10-18). The World Bank Must Put People Before Profit. commondreams.org Jim Kim may have abandoned the pursuit of sustainable, human-centered development in order to pursue private profit. But we must not. (Photo: Ryan Rayburn/World Bank/Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/8075891254_8d3faa25e7_c.jpg

WSWS (2019-10-18). More than 30,000 teachers and staff strike in Chicago, Illinois. wsws.org The Chicago Teachers Union is working closely with Democratic Party politicians who control the city to shut down the strike as quickly as possible and impose an agreement that conforms to the city's demands.

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.

Michael T. Hertz (2019-10-18). Could voters abroad tip the democratic primaries? nationofchange.org I've been researching to try to find out exactly how many Democrats vote from abroad. In 2018, the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) released its biennial Overseas Citizen Population Analysis (OCPA) estimating there were 3 million U.S. citizens of voting age living abroad in 2016 who cast approximately 208,000 ballots. The overseas voter turnout of …

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.

Kurt Nimmo (2019-10-18). Democrat "Debate" Ignores War Crimes of the State. globalresearch.ca Did you watch the Democrat debate? I didn't. I haven't had cable television and access to the alphabet propaganda networks for well over a decade. I suppose I could have watched it on the web, but why bother? The outcome …

3rdi films (2019-10-18). 3rd i's San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival 2019. indybay.org New People Cinema, Castro Theater and Palo Alto Art Center…

Richard C. Cook (2019-10-18). Universal Basic Income and the 2020 Election. Redistribution by Taxing the Rich. globalresearch.ca UBI promoter Andrew Yang may be the first candidate for president running under a major party banner to advocate it, but he is certainly not the first in history. | The idea of UBI has been around at least since Thomas …

Robert Weissman (2019-10-18). The Antidote to Trump's Corrupt G7 Deal? Impeachment and Conviction. commondreams.org Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump makes an appearance prior to the start of play during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral Blue Monster Course on March 6, 2016 in Doral, Florida. (Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trump_doral.jpg

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…

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

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

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-10-18). House Democrats Demand Probe Into 'Suspicious' Stock Trades Surrounding Economy-Shifting Statements by Trump. commondreams.org "Multiple large trades, resulting in billions in profit, occurred shortly before geopolitical events or statements by the president of the United States that moved the markets significantly." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/donald_trump_8.jpg

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-10-18). As Zuckerberg Defends False Trump Ads as Free Expression, Critics Say Facebook's Assault on 'Foundations of Democracy' Must Be Stopped. commondreams.org Amid the ongoing debate over Facebook's policy of exempting political advertising from its "misinformation" standards, a "defiant" speech on free expression delivered Thursday by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has elevated broader concerns about how powerful tech giants are "poisoning the well of our democracy." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/zuck_speech.jpg

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…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-10-18). Roaming Charges: Where's the Beef With Billionaires? counterpunch.org Another Democratic debate, another wasted day and wasted night. These episodes of tedium and mental torment might be more tolerable on LSD. The problem is that they last longer than the average acid trip and you wouldn't want to risk coming down to the sound of Kamala Harris' hectoring voice. That would be a hard landing, indeed. More

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 …

Paul Street (2019-10-18). Bernie in the Deep Shit: Dismal Dem Debate Reflections. counterpunch.org Unfettered Capitalism To anyone who watched the latest Democratic presidential candidate circus ("debate") without a right-leaning bias last Tuesday, there was a clear winner: the social democrat Bernie Sanders. Smiling and confident in the wake of his recent mild heart attack, the progressive Senator from Vermont spoke eloquently against American economic inequality so extreme that More

Christopher Fons — Conor McMullen (2019-10-18). The Centrism of Elizabeth Warren. counterpunch.org The mainstream media, and elite opinion, seem to be coming to a consensus on who's going to be the next president of the United States and they seem to be breaking for Elizabeth Warren. Warren was given by far the most speaking time at CNN's most recent debate and the overall treatment of her in More

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?

RT (2019-10-17). Agreement to pause Turkey's campaign in Syria destroys US credibility, top Democrats say, despite demanding it. rt.com Can Trump do anything right? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer don't seem to think so, calling his agreement to pause Turkey's military campaign in northeastern Syria a "sham." | The US-Turkey agreement to pause Ankara's operation "seriously undermines the credibility of America's foreign policy and sends a dangerous message to our allies and adversaries alike that our word cannot be trusted," Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement on Thursday. | President Erdogan has given up nothing, and President Trump has given him everything. | Just last week, however, the pair were teari…

Jonathan Cook (2019-10-17). Bedouin Mass Eviction is Part of Israel's Efforts to Drive Palestinians off their Historic Lands. dissidentvoice.org The decades-long struggle by tens of thousands of Israelis against being uprooted from their homes — some for the second or third time — should be proof enough that Israel is not the western-style liberal democracy it claims to be. Last week 36,000 Bedouin — all of them Israeli citizens — discovered that their state …

RT (2019-10-17). Stuck in a Russiagate-collusion rut: Putin 'owns Doral' & other #Resistance pearls after G7 location announced. rt.com Critics of US President Donald Trump went into full-on meltdown mode after the White House announced that the US will host next year's G7 summit at the Trump-owned Miami resort. | White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters on Thursday that the gathering of international leaders will be held at the Trump National Doral resort on June 10-12, which he said was "far and away the best place" to host the event. | Even before his press conference was done, Democrats waxed outraged about a potential conflict of interest, even calling for other countries to boycott the G7 if Trump went ahead with his venue…

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…

WSWS (2019-10-17). A rare moment of truth on the US support for Al Qaeda. wsws.org Representative Tulsi Gabbard described the terrorist group as the "ground force" for the American "regime-change" operation in Syria.

Ramzy Baroud (2019-10-17). The Last Lifeline: The Real Reason Behind Abbas' Call for Elections. dissidentvoice.org 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? On September 26, Abbas took on the world's most important political platform, the …

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 …

WSWS (2019-10-17). 32,000 Chicago Public Schools teachers and staff strike. wsws.org Teachers must make an independent initiative to expand their struggle against the Democratic Party and its program of austerity and corporate-backed "school reform."

WSWS (2019-10-17). Democratic debate shows cross-party support for imperialist intervention in Syria. wsws.org All 12 candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination called for a continued US military presence.

South Front (2019-10-17). Video: Syrian Army Entering Kobani and Raqqa. globalresearch.ca On October 16, units of the Syrian Army entered the city of Raqqah for the first time since 2014. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has controlled the city since 2017, when they with help from the United States seized …

Elie Mystal (2019-10-17). Centrist Democrats Want You to Think They're the Big Boys on the Stage. thenation.com Centrist Democrats Want You to Think They're the Big Boys on the Stage…

Clay Bennett (2019-10-17). Unhinged, Supported by the Unethical. thenation.com Unhinged, Supported by the Unethical…

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…

WSWS (2019-10-17). Brexit deal agreed after Johnson sidelines Democratic Unionist Party. wsws.org Following the deal, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker sent a letter to the president of the European council, Donald Tusk, stressing that it was now time for Britain's parliament to do its part.

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%…

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-10-17). Democrats Have No Answer for Trump's Anti-War Posture. truthdig.com I hate to say I told you so, but well … as predicted, in the wake of Trump's commanded military withdrawal from northeast Syria, the once U.S.-backed Kurds cut a deal with the Assad regime. (And Vice President Mike Pence has now brokered a five-day cease-fire.) Admittedly, Trump the "dealmaker" ought to have brokered something similar before pulling out and before the Turkish Army—and its Sunni Arab…

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?

Tom Coburg (2019-10-17). Channel 4 interview shows how devastating any Brexit border in Ireland could be. thecanary.co Channel 4 News has broadcast an exclusive interview with a serving New IRA (Irish Republican Army) paramilitary. The interviewee made it clear that a reimposed border between the north and south of Ireland would result in paramilitary violence. | The security implications for Boris Johnson's UK government, and its attempts to find a Brexit deal, are likely significant. | Border infrastructure attacks: | The paramilitary told Chann…

RT (2019-10-16). House condemns Trump's pullout of US troops they never bothered to authorize to be in Syria at all. rt.com Democrats and 129 of the Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to pass a non-binding resolution disapproving of President Donald Trump's pullout of US troops from Syria — never authorized by Congress to be there. | The House Joint Resolution 77 describes the presence of US troops in northeastern Syria as "certain… efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces," and formally voices opposition to their withdrawal, but does not offer an alternative.

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.

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-10-16). Bernie Sanders Stood Up to Teach for America When Congress Wouldn't. theintercept.com "When we have highly qualified teachers, we don't want all of those teachers being in upper-middle-class neighborhoods educating kids to go to Harvard and Yale."

Jon Schwarz (2019-10-16). What I Learned From the Debate: Democrats Still Can't Level With Voters About the American Empire. theintercept.com In the past few years, the Democratic Party has started dealing with reality on domestic policy. Largely thanks to leadership from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, actual solutions to actual problems are now on the agenda: Medicare for All, a big minimum wage hike, a Green New Deal, and the most radical, important idea — changes in who runs corporations. | Unfortunately, the presidential debate in Ohio on Tuesday night showed that Democrats are still a million miles a…

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 …

Ryan Grim (2019-10-16). Joe Biden's Mysterious Claim That He Whipped Votes for the CFPB. theintercept.com In typical debate prep, candidates try to game out what questions might come from moderators, and what attacks might come from rivals, to have responses at the ready. | But there are always moments that are impossible to anticipate. It's unlikely, for instance, that anyone on Sen. Elizabeth Warren's prep team had considered the scenario that arose Tuesday night: What if former Vice President Joe Biden angrily takes credit for your signature achievement? | After Biden said on stage that he was the only one who had gotten big things done, Warren noted that she had ushered into being the Consumer Financial Protectio…

Ryan Grim (2019-10-16). Joe Biden, in Stumbling Debate Performance, Claims Credit for Elizabeth Warren's Signature Achievement. theintercept.com "You did a hell of a job at your job," Biden told Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in a remark that couldn't have been more patronizing if he tried.

United Nations (2019-10-16). Ingredients for a new life: how cooking helps refugees and migrants blend in. un.org On a Friday afternoon, in a small restaurant kitchen in the New York borough of Brooklyn, head chef Alexander Harris is giving instructions to his attentive team, preparing them for the busy evening ahead. So far, the tables are empty, but the small, popular space, with just a handful of tables – and some stools around the bar – will soon be bustling with the evening crowd.

Ed Sykes (2019-10-16). Trump gifts war criminal invaders in Syria by echoing Turkish propaganda. thecanary.co Donald Trump has gifted Turkish-led invaders in northern Syria by echoing propaganda that Turkey uses to try and discredit its opponents. | Speaking during a press conference on 16 October, Trump reportedly said: | Trump: "The PKK, which is a part of the Kurds…is probably worse at terror, more of a terrorist threat in many ways, than ISIS." (?

Joan Walsh (2019-10-16). Elizabeth Warren Learns That Being a Front-Runner Isn't All Fun and Games. thenation.com Elizabeth Warren Learns That Being a Front-Runner Isn't All Fun and Games…

Tom Tomorrow (2019-10-16). The Case Against Impeachment (According to Republicans). thenation.com The Case Against Impeachment (According to Republicans)…

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). 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). 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). 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). 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…

Vijay Prashad (2019-10-15). The IMF convenes in Washington, deaf to the suffering it causes across the planet. mronline.org No one within the IMF meeting will raise the question of democracy, both in terms of the IMF's own functioning and in terms of the IMF's relationship with sovereign countries around the world. | Source

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…

Ryan Grim (2019-10-14). In Midst of Bankruptcy Fight, Elizabeth Warren Said "Joe Biden Should Not Be Allowed to Sell Out Women" theintercept.com Warren repeatedly singled out Biden, arguing he "should not be allowed to sell out women in the morning and be heralded as their friend in the evening."

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…

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). Kurds Turn to Bashar al-Assad for Protection as U.S. Abandons Former Allies to Turkish Assault. democracynow.org Syrian troops are massing near the Turkish border, one day after Bashar al-Assad's government reached a deal to help protect the Kurds from Turkey's deadly air and ground assault. On Sunday, the Kurds agreed, in a deal brokered by Russia, to hand over two border towns to the Syrian government in exchange for protection. The Kurds had been allied with the United States up until last week, when President Trump abruptly pulled U.S. troops from northern Syria, paving the way for Turkey's assault. More than 130,000 people have already been displaced over the past five days since Turkey invaded northern Syria. The deat…

Staff (2019-10-14). Headlines for October 14, 2019. democracynow.org Syrian Troops Mass at Turkish Border After Striking Deal with Kurds, Pentagon Deploying Additional 1,800 Troops to Saudi Arabia, NYT: Russian Warplanes Bomb 4 Hospitals in Syria over 12 Hours, Appeals Court Rules Trump Must Turn Over Financial Records, Video Shows Fake Trump Shooting Journalists, Political Rivals, Fox News' Shepard Smith Has Quit Network, Hunter Biden to Step Down from Chinese Company Board, White Cop Kills Black Woman by Shooting Through Her Bedroom Window, Japan: 40 Have Died in Typhoon Hagibis, Ecuador: Indigenous Protests Force Government to Reinstate Fuel Subsidies, Uganda LGBT Activists Fig…

Fight Back (2019-10-14). Tampa Bay demands Supreme Court uphold LGBT job rights. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – On October 7 and 8, Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) rallied against the lack of federal job protections for LGBT workers. On October 8, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) began discussions on three cases that relate to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which protects against job discrimination on the basis of "race, color, religion, sex, or national origin," in order to decide whether sexual orientation and gender identity are also protected under Title VII. Tampa Bay SDS held two rallies in response to this, as a part of a National SDS call to action. SDS demanded that…

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 …

Staff (2019-10-11). IRS Audits Poor People Far More Often Than the Wealthy. therealnews.com Republicans gutted the IRS with New Democrat support. It ensured that the wealthy can cheat our nation with impunity, says Bill Black.

Staff (2019-10-11). Will Impeachment Change Anything for the Masses? therealnews.com Eddie Conway talks to patrons at Conscious Heads barbershop about impeachment, the rift between the Democratic and Republican Parties, whether it all just boils down to corporate interests, and if it will change things for anyone who is not a member of the 1 percent.

Staff (2019-10-11). The Stanford Sexual Assault Case Made Her "Emily Doe." In New Memoir, Chanel Miller Tells Her Story. democracynow.org We spend the hour with author Chanel Miller speaking about her recently published remarkable memoir, "Know My Name." The book chronicles how Miller reclaimed her name, her story and her life after being sexually assaulted by Brock Turner, a member of the Stanford University swim team, in 2015. At the time, she was known as "Emily Doe." The case gained national prominence when a California judge sentence Turner to just six months in a county jail after he was convicted of three counts of felony sexual assault. He ended up spending only three months locked up. The sentencing sparked outrage. Voters in California la…

Staff (2019-10-11). Headlines for October 11, 2019. democracynow.org Civilians Killed & Forced to Flee Turkish Military Offensive in Northern Syria, Two Associates of Trump's Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Arrested at Dulles Airport, Prince Estate Slams Trump for Using "Purple Rain" at Minneapolis Rally, "Trans Lives Matter": Activists Interrupt CNN Democratic Town Hall, Ethiopian Prime Minister Wins 100th Nobel Peace Prize, Olga Tokarczuk & Peter Handke Win Nobel Prize for Literature, Iranian Oil Tanker Struck in Red Sea, Ecuador: Five Killed Amid Anti-Austerity Protests, News Outlet Splinter Shutting Down, Asylum Seekers Protest "Remain in Mexico" Policy on Brownsville Bridge, Gymnast Sim…

Staff (2019-10-10). After Trump Abandoned Kurds, Turkish Invasion Raises Fear of Kurdish Genocide & ISIS Resurgence. democracynow.org Turkey has launched an aerial and ground assault on northern Syria targeting Kurdish-controlled areas. The offensive began Wednesday, just days after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to fall back from their positions on the Turkish-Syrian border. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports at least 16 Kurds have been killed so far. Turkey is claiming the death toll is far higher. The Trump administration has faced widespread criticism from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers for abandoning the stateless Kurds who had helped the U.S. fight ISIS. Turkey is claiming the assault is needed to establish a "

Staff (2019-10-10). Turkey Moves to Crush Rojava, the Kurds' Radical Experiment Based on Democracy, Feminism & Ecology. democracynow.org As Turkey launches an aerial and ground assault on northern Syria targeting Kurdish-controlled areas, we look at how the offensive threatens the Kurdish region of Rojava with Debbie Bookchin, co-founder of the Emergency Committee for Rojava. She is a journalist and author who co-edited a book of essays by her father, Murray Bookchin, "The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy." We also speak with Elif Sarican, a Kurdish Women's Movement activist and anthropologist at the London School of Economics, and Ertuƒürul Kàºrkàßàº, honorary chair of the pro-Kurdi…

Staff (2019-10-10). Justice for Kaysera: Native Teen's Mysterious Death Highlights Epidemic of Murdered Indigenous Women. democracynow.org The family of Native American teenager Kaysera Stops Pretty Places is demanding justice after she was found dead in Hardin, Montana, in late August, just two weeks after her 18th birthday. Kaysera was a member of the Crow and Northern Cheyenne tribal communities in Montana. She lived with her grandmother. According to her family, Kaysera was reported missing after she never came home on the night of August 24. On August 29, the body of a young woman was found in the town of Hardin. It wasn't until two weeks later that local law enforcement confirmed it was Kaysera. The circumstances surrounding her death and disa…

Staff (2019-10-10). Headlines for October 10, 2019. democracynow.org Turkey Launches Ground Offensive in Northern Syria, WH Budget Office Refuses to Comply with Subpoena for Impeachment Probe, Biden Joins Majority of 2020 Field in Calling for Trump's Impeachment, Trump Faces Dozens of New Allegations of Sexual Misconduct, Matt Lauer Denies Raping NBC Producer Brooke Nevils in 2014, Germany: 2 Killed in Anti-Semitic Attack Outside Temple on Yom Kippur, U.N.: U.S. Military Killed 30+ Afghan Civilians in Airstrikes in May, Amnesty: Death Toll in Anti-Government Protests in Iraq Surpasses 150, Protests Erupt in Algeria over Corruption & Army's Role in Politics, Egyptian Dissident Alaa…

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 …

2019-10-18: Social Media Postees

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Tulsi Gabbard, the Only Anti-War Progressive US Presidential Aspirant
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
Gabbard deserves praise for being anti-war and on the right side of other major issues. | Her "vision for America" includes world peace over endless US wars, no longer "supporting allies and partners of al-Qaeda, ISIL, Jabhat Fateh al Sham and …
globalresearch.ca/tulsi-gabbard-only-anti-war-progressive-us-presidential-aspirant/5692387

Biden Accuses Sanders and Warren of "Playing Trump's Game" With Medicare for All
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-18
Speaking to reporters during a campaign event in Ohio on Wednesday, former Vice President Joe Biden accused Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — his two top rivals for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination — of "playing Trump's game and trying to con the American people" by supporting Medicare for All. | "I mean, look, I don't want to pick on Elizabeth Warren, but this is ridiculous," Biden said. "The idea that someone is going to be able to go out and spend what tur…
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2020 Democrats Are Burning Cash Faster Than They Can Raise It
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-18
As the Democratic presidential field narrows, some of the top-tier candidates remain strong in fundraising while others struggle to garner enough support to stay in the game, Tuesday's quarterly filings show. | Having sworn off high-dollar fundraisers, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the two frontrunners
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Leading 2020 Democrats want to get money out of politics — here's how they plan to do it
Karl Evers-Hillstrom and Yue Stella Yu | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-18
Following Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) plan to bar corporate money from federal politics, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) each proposed overhauls to federal election rules early this week ahead of the Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday night. The three Democratic frontrunners each say they want to radically change the current campaign finance system. The proposals …
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Bernie in the Deep Shit: Dismal Dem Debate Reflections
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
Unfettered Capitalism To anyone who watched the latest Democratic presidential candidate circus ("debate") without a right-leaning bias last Tuesday, there was a clear winner: the social democrat Bernie Sanders. Smiling and confident in the wake of his recent mild heart attack, the progressive Senator from Vermont spoke eloquently against American economic inequality so extreme that…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/18/bernie-in-the-deep-shit-dismal-dem-debate-reflections/

Bernie Sanders: From (potential) heartbreak to hope?
Derek Royden | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-18
On October 1st, while taking questions from a crowd in Las Vegas, Senator Bernie Sanders did something unusual for those of us who have been following his rallies and town halls for many months now: he asked for a chair and did most of the Q & A while seated. At the time, none of …
nationofchange.org/2019/10/18/bernie-sanders-from-potential-heartbreak-to-hope/

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

The World Bank Must Put People Before Profit
Michael Galant | commondreams.org | 2019-10-18
Jim Kim may have abandoned the pursuit of sustainable, human-centered development in order to pursue private profit. But we must not. (Photo: Ryan Rayburn/World Bank/Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/8075891254_8d3faa25e7_c.jpg
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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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You didn't really think all Russian assets & Kremlin puppets in the US have already been exposed, did you?
rt.com | 2019-10-18
The 2020 presidential election is still more than a year away, but you wouldn't know that to look at all the Russian plots to subvert it breathlessly discussed in US media. Who are these recently exposed Kremlin agents? | READ MORE: Russian assets in America. A field guide | Ever since the election of Donald Trump as president in 2016, the US media has been ferreting out the Russian meddlers within the country, as it's their patriotic duty to do. Not even the disappointment of the Mueller report finding no Russian collusion could stop them &#150…
rt.com/usa/471240-russian-assets-2020-elections-gabbard/

"Stand up for this democracy": My congressman, Elijah Cummings
Tim Wheeler | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-18
I am mourning the untimely death of Rep. Elijah Cummings who was our congressman when my wife Joyce and I lived in Baltimore. He was an unwavering progressive and, in recent months, played a leading role in exposing the criminal, unconstitutional abuses of power by President Donald Trump. I covered Cummings as a correspondent for …
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Canadian election: How long can Trudeau's Liberals wear a left disguise?
C.J. Atkins | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-18
TORONTO–Justin Trudeau won in 2015 on a left-leaning platform filled with pledges to tax the rich, make elections more democratic, and save the world from climate change. But four years, a number of scandals, and several broken promises later, it's getting harder for his Liberal Party to make Canadians think it's the modern progressive force …
peoplesworld.org/article/canadian-election-how-long-can-trudeaus-liberals-wear-a-left-disguise/

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.
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More than 30,000 teachers and staff strike in Chicago, Illinois
wsws.org | 2019-10-18
The Chicago Teachers Union is working closely with Democratic Party politicians who control the city to shut down the strike as quickly as possible and impose an agreement that conforms to the city's demands.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/18/chic-o18.html

What's So Awful About Foreign Interference?
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
The idea that our "democracy" is under attack by foreign adversaries rings hollow to anyone who thinks about it for more than a second or two, or rather it should. The reason is obvious: we don't have a democracy to attack. What we have are more or less — generally less — democratic elections. For…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/18/whats-so-awful-about-foreign-interference/

Stop the Normalization of Concentration Camps
Ashley Smith | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
After dragging its feet for months, the Democratic Party has finally launched an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. While this is welcome news, there is a danger that we will become transfixed by the proceedings in Washington and stop organizing the resistance against Trump, especially against his racist war on immigrants and refugees. That would…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/18/stop-the-normalization-of-concentration-camps/

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/

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.
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Democrat "Debate" Ignores War Crimes of the State
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
Did you watch the Democrat debate? I didn't. I haven't had cable television and access to the alphabet propaganda networks for well over a decade. I suppose I could have watched it on the web, but why bother? The outcome …
globalresearch.ca/democrat-debate-ignores-war-crimes-state/5692358

Could voters abroad tip the democratic primaries?
Michael T. Hertz | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-18
I've been researching to try to find out exactly how many Democrats vote from abroad. In 2018, the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) released its biennial Overseas Citizen Population Analysis (OCPA) estimating there were 3 million U.S. citizens of voting age living abroad in 2016 who cast approximately 208,000 ballots. The overseas voter turnout of …
nationofchange.org/2019/10/18/could-voters-abroad-tip-the-democratic-primaries/

Russophobia at Democratic Party Debate
Jeremy Kuzmarov | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
Russophobia was on full display during Tuesday night's Democratic Party debate, with ominous repercussions for the future of American foreign policy. When asked what he would do to stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Beto O'Rourke stated that we…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/18/russophobia-at-democratic-party-debate/

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/

3rd i's San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival 2019
3rdi films | indybay.org | 2019-10-18
New People Cinema, Castro Theater and Palo Alto Art Center…
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Universal Basic Income and the 2020 Election. Redistribution by Taxing the Rich
Richard C. Cook | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
UBI promoter Andrew Yang may be the first candidate for president running under a major party banner to advocate it, but he is certainly not the first in history. | The idea of UBI has been around at least since Thomas …
globalresearch.ca/universal-basic-income-2020-election/5692324

The Antidote to Trump's Corrupt G7 Deal? Impeachment and Conviction
Robert Weissman | commondreams.org | 2019-10-18
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump makes an appearance prior to the start of play during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral Blue Monster Course on March 6, 2016 in Doral, Florida. (Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trump_doral.jpg
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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/

Why I Can't Get Excited About Impeaching Trump
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-18
This piece originally appeared on Chicago Reader. | Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has begun an impeachment inquiry into President Trump for asking Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter. I get that there is a strong desire for many Americans to be rid of what they see as the national nightmare of Trump's presidency. But I urge caution for several reasons. | First, this impeachment inquiry will not succeed in getting rid of Trump. To win, a super…
truthdig.com/articles/why-i-cant-get-excited-about-impeaching-trump/

No, Warren and Sanders Are Not the Same
Sonali Kolhatkar | commondreams.org | 2019-10-18
Sanders has been calling himself a socialist for decades, and he most recently distinguished himself from Warren's self-proclaimed capitalist label in an interview. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/warrensanders.jpeg
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The Centrism of Elizabeth Warren
Christopher Fons — Conor McMullen | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
The mainstream media, and elite opinion, seem to be coming to a consensus on who's going to be the next president of the United States and they seem to be breaking for Elizabeth Warren. Warren was given by far the most speaking time at CNN's most recent debate and the overall treatment of her in…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/18/the-centrism-of-elizabeth-warren/

We're Gonna Need a Bigger Impeachment
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-10-18
We're Gonna Need a Bigger Impeachment…
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Ukrainegate Risks Handing Trump Another Gift
Aaron Maté | thenation.com | 2019-10-18
Ukrainegate Risks Handing Trump Another Gift…
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As Zuckerberg Defends False Trump Ads as Free Expression, Critics Say Facebook's Assault on 'Foundations of Democracy' Must Be Stopped
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-18
Amid the ongoing debate over Facebook's policy of exempting political advertising from its "misinformation" standards, a "defiant" speech on free expression delivered Thursday by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has elevated broader concerns about how powerful tech giants are "poisoning the well of our democracy." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/zuck_speech.jpg
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House Democrats Demand Probe Into 'Suspicious' Stock Trades Surrounding Economy-Shifting Statements by Trump
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-18
"Multiple large trades, resulting in billions in profit, occurred shortly before geopolitical events or statements by the president of the United States that moved the markets significantly." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/donald_trump_8.jpg
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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

Roaming Charges: Where's the Beef With Billionaires?
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
Another Democratic debate, another wasted day and wasted night. These episodes of tedium and mental torment might be more tolerable on LSD. The problem is that they last longer than the average acid trip and you wouldn't want to risk coming down to the sound of Kamala Harris' hectoring voice. That would be a hard landing, indeed.
counterpunch.org/2019/10/18/roaming-charges-wheres-the-beef-with-billionaires/

A rare moment of truth on the US support for Al Qaeda
wsws.org | 2019-10-17
Representative Tulsi Gabbard described the terrorist group as the "ground force" for the American "regime-change" operation in Syria.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/17/gabb-o17.html

The Last Lifeline: The Real Reason Behind Abbas' Call for Elections
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-17
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? On September 26, Abbas took on the world's most important political platform, the …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/the-last-lifeline-the-real-reason-behind-abbas-call-for-elections/

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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Democrats Have No Answer for Trump's Anti-War Posture
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-10-17
I hate to say I told you so, but well … as predicted, in the wake of Trump's commanded military withdrawal from northeast Syria, the once U.S.-backed Kurds cut a deal with the Assad regime. (And Vice President Mike Pence has now brokered a five-day cease-fire.) Admittedly, Trump the "dealmaker" ought to have brokered something similar before pulling out and before the Turkish Army–and its Sunni Arab…
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Video: Syrian Army Entering Kobani and Raqqa
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-17
On October 16, units of the Syrian Army entered the city of Raqqah for the first time since 2014. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has controlled the city since 2017, when they with help from the United States seized …
globalresearch.ca/syrian-army-entering-kobani-raqqa/5692301

Stuck in a Russiagate-collusion rut: Putin 'owns Doral' & other #Resistance pearls after G7 location announced
rt.com | 2019-10-17
Critics of US President Donald Trump went into full-on meltdown mode after the White House announced that the US will host next year's G7 summit at the Trump-owned Miami resort. | White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters on Thursday that the gathering of international leaders will be held at the Trump National Doral resort on June 10-12, which he said was "far and away the best place" to host the event. | Even before his press conference was done, Democrats waxed outraged about a potential conflict of interest, even calling for other countries to boycott the G7 if Trump went ahead with his venue…
rt.com/usa/471171-doral-g7-resistance-reactions/

Bedouin Mass Eviction is Part of Israel's Efforts to Drive Palestinians off their Historic Lands
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-17
The decades-long struggle by tens of thousands of Israelis against being uprooted from their homes — some for the second or third time — should be proof enough that Israel is not the western-style liberal democracy it claims to be. Last week 36,000 Bedouin — all of them Israeli citizens — discovered that their state …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/bedouin-mass-eviction-is-part-of-israels-efforts-to-drive-palestinians-off-their-historic-lands/

Democratic debate shows cross-party support for imperialist intervention in Syria
wsws.org | 2019-10-17
All 12 candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination called for a continued US military presence.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/17/deba-o17.html

32,000 Chicago Public Schools teachers and staff strike
wsws.org | 2019-10-17
Teachers must make an independent initiative to expand their struggle against the Democratic Party and its program of austerity and corporate-backed "school reform."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/17/chic-o17.html

Agreement to pause Turkey's campaign in Syria destroys US credibility, top Democrats say, despite demanding it
rt.com | 2019-10-17
Can Trump do anything right? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer don't seem to think so, calling his agreement to pause Turkey's military campaign in northeastern Syria a "sham." | The US-Turkey agreement to pause Ankara's operation "seriously undermines the credibility of America's foreign policy and sends a dangerous message to our allies and adversaries alike that our word cannot be trusted," Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement on Thursday. | President Erdogan has given up nothing, and President Trump has given him everything. | Just last week, however, the pair were teari…
rt.com/usa/471179-pelosi-schumer-complain-trump-turkey/

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

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/

Centrist Democrats Want You to Think They're the Big Boys on the Stage
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2019-10-17
Centrist Democrats Want You to Think They're the Big Boys on the Stage…
thenation.com/article/demoratic-debate-2020-centrists/

Unhinged, Supported by the Unethical
Clay Bennett | thenation.com | 2019-10-17
Unhinged, Supported by the Unethical…
thenation.com/article/unhinged-supported-by-the-unethical/

Brexit deal agreed after Johnson sidelines Democratic Unionist Party
wsws.org | 2019-10-17
Following the deal, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker sent a letter to the president of the European council, Donald Tusk, stressing that it was now time for Britain's parliament to do its part.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/17/brex-o17.html

Channel 4 interview shows how devastating any Brexit border in Ireland could be
Tom Coburg | thecanary.co | 2019-10-17
Channel 4 News has broadcast an exclusive interview with a serving New IRA (Irish Republican Army) paramilitary. The interviewee made it clear that a reimposed border between the north and south of Ireland would result in paramilitary violence. | The security implications for Boris Johnson's UK government, and its attempts to find a Brexit deal, are likely significant. | Border infrastructure attacks: | The paramilitary told Chann…
thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2019/10/17/channel-4-interview-shows-how-devastating-a-brexit-border-in-ireland-could-be/

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

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

What I Learned From the Debate: Democrats Still Can't Level With Voters About the American Empire
Jon Schwarz | theintercept.com | 2019-10-16
In the past few years, the Democratic Party has started dealing with reality on domestic policy. Largely thanks to leadership from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, actual solutions to actual problems are now on the agenda: Medicare for All, a big minimum wage hike, a Green New Deal, and the most radical, important idea — changes in who runs corporations. | Unfortunately, the presidential debate in Ohio on Tuesday night showed that Democrats are still a million miles a…
theintercept.com/2019/10/16/what-i-learned-from-the-debate-democrats-still-cant-level-with-voters-about-the-american-empire/

Bernie Sanders Stood Up to Teach for America When Congress Wouldn't
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-10-16
"When we have highly qualified teachers, we don't want all of those teachers being in upper-middle-class neighborhoods educating kids to go to Harvard and Yale."
theintercept.com/2019/10/16/bernie-sanders-teach-for-america/

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/

Joe Biden, in Stumbling Debate Performance, Claims Credit for Elizabeth Warren's Signature Achievement
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-16
"You did a hell of a job at your job," Biden told Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in a remark that couldn't have been more patronizing if he tried.
theintercept.com/2019/10/16/joe-biden-elizabeth-warren-democratic-debate/

Joe Biden's Mysterious Claim That He Whipped Votes for the CFPB
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-16
In typical debate prep, candidates try to game out what questions might come from moderators, and what attacks might come from rivals, to have responses at the ready. | But there are always moments that are impossible to anticipate. It's unlikely, for instance, that anyone on Sen. Elizabeth Warren's prep team had considered the scenario that arose Tuesday night: What if former Vice President Joe Biden angrily takes credit for your signature achievement? | After Biden said on stage that he was the only one who had gotten big things done, Warren noted that she had ushered into being the Consumer Financial Protectio…
theintercept.com/2019/10/16/joe-biden-elizabeth-warren-debate-cfpb/

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

House condemns Trump's pullout of US troops they never bothered to authorize to be in Syria at all
rt.com | 2019-10-16
Democrats and 129 of the Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to pass a non-binding resolution disapproving of President Donald Trump's pullout of US troops from Syria — never authorized by Congress to be there. | The House Joint Resolution 77 describes the presence of US troops in northeastern Syria as "certain… efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces," and formally voices opposition to their withdrawal, but does not offer an alternative.
rt.com/usa/471090-congress-resolution-syria-trump/

Ingredients for a new life: how cooking helps refugees and migrants blend in
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-16
On a Friday afternoon, in a small restaurant kitchen in the New York borough of Brooklyn, head chef Alexander Harris is giving instructions to his attentive team, preparing them for the busy evening ahead. So far, the tables are empty, but the small, popular space, with just a handful of tables – and some stools around the bar – will soon be bustling with the evening crowd.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/10/1049391

Elizabeth Warren Learns That Being a Front-Runner Isn't All Fun and Games
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2019-10-16
Elizabeth Warren Learns That Being a Front-Runner Isn't All Fun and Games…
thenation.com/article/elizabeth-warren-democratic-debate-medicare-all/

The Case Against Impeachment (According to Republicans)
Tom Tomorrow | thenation.com | 2019-10-16
The Case Against Impeachment (According to Republicans)…
thenation.com/article/the-case-against-impeachment-according-to-republicans/

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

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

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

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

The IMF convenes in Washington, deaf to the suffering it causes across the planet
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-10-15
No one within the IMF meeting will raise the question of democracy, both in terms of the IMF's own functioning and in terms of the IMF's relationship with sovereign countries around the world. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/10/15/the-imf-convenes-in-washington-deaf-to-the-suffering-it-causes-across-the-planet/

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

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/

In Midst of Bankruptcy Fight, Elizabeth Warren Said "Joe Biden Should Not Be Allowed to Sell Out Women"
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-14
Warren repeatedly singled out Biden, arguing he "should not be allowed to sell out women in the morning and be heralded as their friend in the evening."
theintercept.com/2019/10/14/joe-biden-elizabeth-warren-bankruptcy-women/

Kurds Turn to Bashar al-Assad for Protection as U.S. Abandons Former Allies to Turkish Assault
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-14
Syrian troops are massing near the Turkish border, one day after Bashar al-Assad's government reached a deal to help protect the Kurds from Turkey's deadly air and ground assault. On Sunday, the Kurds agreed, in a deal brokered by Russia, to hand over two border towns to the Syrian government in exchange for protection. The Kurds had been allied with the United States up until last week, when President Trump abruptly pulled U.S. troops from northern Syria, paving the way for Turkey's assault. More than 130,000 people have already been displaced over the past five days since Turkey invaded northern Syria. The deat…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/14/kurds_northern_syria_turkey_assad

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

Tampa Bay demands Supreme Court uphold LGBT job rights
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-10-14
Tampa, FL – On October 7 and 8, Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) rallied against the lack of federal job protections for LGBT workers. On October 8, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) began discussions on three cases that relate to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which protects against job discrimination on the basis of "race, color, religion, sex, or national origin," in order to decide whether sexual orientation and gender identity are also protected under Title VII. Tampa Bay SDS held two rallies in response to this, as a part of a National SDS call to action. SDS demanded that…
fightbacknews.org/2019/10/14/tampa-bay-demands-supreme-court-uphold-lgbt-job-rights

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/

Will Impeachment Change Anything for the Masses?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-11
Eddie Conway talks to patrons at Conscious Heads barbershop about impeachment, the rift between the Democratic and Republican Parties, whether it all just boils down to corporate interests, and if it will change things for anyone who is not a member of the 1 percent.
therealnews.com/stories/will-impeachment-change-anything

IRS Audits Poor People Far More Often Than the Wealthy
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-11
Republicans gutted the IRS with New Democrat support. It ensured that the wealthy can cheat our nation with impunity, says Bill Black.
therealnews.com/stories/irs-audits-poor-more-often-than-wealthy

The Stanford Sexual Assault Case Made Her "Emily Doe." In New Memoir, Chanel Miller Tells Her Story
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-11
We spend the hour with author Chanel Miller speaking about her recently published remarkable memoir, "Know My Name." The book chronicles how Miller reclaimed her name, her story and her life after being sexually assaulted by Brock Turner, a member of the Stanford University swim team, in 2015. At the time, she was known as "Emily Doe." The case gained national prominence when a California judge sentence Turner to just six months in a county jail after he was convicted of three counts of felony sexual assault. He ended up spending only three months locked up. The sentencing sparked outrage. Voters in California la…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/11/chanel_miller_know_my_name_interview

Turkey Moves to Crush Rojava, the Kurds' Radical Experiment Based on Democracy, Feminism & Ecology
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-10
As Turkey launches an aerial and ground assault on northern Syria targeting Kurdish-controlled areas, we look at how the offensive threatens the Kurdish region of Rojava with Debbie Bookchin, co-founder of the Emergency Committee for Rojava. She is a journalist and author who co-edited a book of essays by her father, Murray Bookchin, "The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy." We also speak with Elif Sarican, a Kurdish Women's Movement activist and anthropologist at the London School of Economics, and Ertuƒürul Kàºrkàßàº, honorary chair of the pro-Kurdi…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/10/turkey_assault_northern_syria_kurds_rojava

After Trump Abandoned Kurds, Turkish Invasion Raises Fear of Kurdish Genocide & ISIS Resurgence
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-10
Turkey has launched an aerial and ground assault on northern Syria targeting Kurdish-controlled areas. The offensive began Wednesday, just days after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to fall back from their positions on the Turkish-Syrian border. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports at least 16 Kurds have been killed so far. Turkey is claiming the death toll is far higher. The Trump administration has faced widespread criticism from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers for abandoning the stateless Kurds who had helped the U.S. fight ISIS. Turkey is claiming the assault is needed to establish a "
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/10/turkey_assault_northern_syria_trump_kurds

Justice for Kaysera: Native Teen's Mysterious Death Highlights Epidemic of Murdered Indigenous Women
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-10
The family of Native American teenager Kaysera Stops Pretty Places is demanding justice after she was found dead in Hardin, Montana, in late August, just two weeks after her 18th birthday. Kaysera was a member of the Crow and Northern Cheyenne tribal communities in Montana. She lived with her grandmother. According to her family, Kaysera was reported missing after she never came home on the night of August 24. On August 29, the body of a young woman was found in the town of Hardin. It wasn't until two weeks later that local law enforcement confirmed it was Kaysera. The circumstances surrounding her death and disa…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/10/kaysera_stops_pretty_places_family_justice

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/

Malaysian PM: "Israel Is The Origin Of Modern Terrorism" & Twitter Exec Is Also Army Psyop Soldier
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-01
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 (9/30/19). 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/malaysian-pm-israel-is-the-origin-of-modern-terrorism-twitter-exec-is-also-army-psyop-soldier/

CIA Trump Manipulation, Israel Bombs Iraq, UN Venezuela Lies Exposed & US "Less Equal" Than Mexico
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-09-29
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (9/28/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/cia-trump-manipulation-israel-bombs-iraq-un-venezuela-lies-exposed-us-less-equal-than-mexico/

US Accuses Assad Of Chlorine Attack Debunked In May, Erdogan Exposes Israel & US Kills 11 In Libya
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-09-27
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 (9/26/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/us-accuses-assad-of-chlorine-attack-debunked-may-erdogan-exposes-israel-us-kills-11-in-libya/

Trump's Hypocritical UN Speech, Erdogan Blasts Israel & Saudis Kill MORE Civilians And No One Cares
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-09-25
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 (9/24/19). 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 …
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2019-10-17: News Headlines

George Ochenski (2019-10-17). The Governor, the Mining Company and the Future of a Montana Wilderness. counterpunch.org One might credibly think that someone running in the Democratic primary to be the party's presidential nominee might, just might, want to be on the right side of the pressing environmental issues of the day. But last week Governor Steve Bullock and his Department of Environmental Quality sided with a disreputable "bad actor" mining company More

Jonathan Cook (2019-10-17). Israel Prepares to Turn Bedouin Citizens into Refugees in Their Own Country. counterpunch.org The decades-long struggle by tens of thousands of Israelis against being uprooted from their homes — some for the second or third time — should be proof enough that Israel is not the western-style liberal democracy it claims to be. Last week 36,000 Bedouin — all of them Israeli citizens — discovered that their state is about to make them refugees in their own country, driving them into holding camps. These Israelis, it seems, are the wrong kind. More

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?

Jonathan Cook (2019-10-17). Bedouin Mass Eviction is Part of Israel's Efforts to Drive Palestinians off their Historic Lands. dissidentvoice.org The decades-long struggle by tens of thousands of Israelis against being uprooted from their homes — some for the second or third time — should be proof enough that Israel is not the western-style liberal democracy it claims to be. Last week 36,000 Bedouin — all of them Israeli citizens — discovered that their state …

RT (2019-10-17). Stuck in a Russiagate-collusion rut: Putin 'owns Doral' & other #Resistance pearls after G7 location announced. rt.com Critics of US President Donald Trump went into full-on meltdown mode after the White House announced that the US will host next year's G7 summit at the Trump-owned Miami resort. | White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters on Thursday that the gathering of international leaders will be held at the Trump National Doral resort on June 10-12, which he said was "far and away the best place" to host the event. | Even before his press conference was done, Democrats waxed outraged about a potential conflict of interest, even calling for other countries to boycott the G7 if Trump went ahead with his venue…

WSWS (2019-10-17). A rare moment of truth on the US support for Al Qaeda. wsws.org Representative Tulsi Gabbard described the terrorist group as the "ground force" for the American "regime-change" operation in Syria.

Donna Smith (2019-10-17). Post-Debate Musings: Bernie's Heart and His Courage Just Fine with Me. commondreams.org Democratic presidential hopefuls California Senator Kamala Harris (L) and former Vice President Joe Biden (R) applaud Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders during the fourth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by The New York Times and CNN at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio on October 15, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/sanders_medicare_for_all_1.jpg

Michael T. Hertz (2019-10-17). AOC endorses Bernie. nationofchange.org The October Democratic debate was noteworthy because all of the candidates did a good job. Some were, of course, better than others, but no one tripped up, and for the most part all stayed on script and advanced the message of the party. Bernie Sanders was deemed one of the "winners" by CNN, one of …

John Atcheson (2019-10-17). Reminder: Trump Didn't Win, Democrats Lost. commondreams.org Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) raise their hands during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/democratic_debate_winship_0.jpg

Ramzy Baroud (2019-10-17). The Last Lifeline: The Real Reason Behind Abbas' Call for Elections. dissidentvoice.org 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? On September 26, Abbas took on the world's most important political platform, the …

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez (2019-10-17). Democrats talk healthcare, foreign policy, impeachment & more at 4th presidential candidate debate. nationofchange.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 …

Staff (2019-10-17). Joe Biden's Disgraceful New Attack on Sanders and Warren. truthdig.com During a campaign event in Ohio, the former vice president accuses his rivals of "playing Trump's game" with Medicare for All proposals.

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2019-10-17). Introducing 2019 Sacramento Kwanzaa Wakanda Project. indybay.org California State Capitol | Room 126 | Sacramento, California…

Robert Reich (2019-10-17). Should the Supreme Court be reformed? nationofchange.org In recent years the legitimacy of the Supreme Court has come under question as Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and Senate Republicans have bent the nomination process for their own political gain. At the same time, the Court has rewritten the rules of our democracy. In just the last few years, it has rolled back the Voting …

Jake Johnson (2019-10-17). 'An absolute joke': Debate moderators condemned for asking about Ellen and George Bush after completely ignoring climate crisis. nationofchange.org As America's pundits and newspapers rushed to pronounce the winners and losers of Tuesday night's 2020 Democratic presidential debate, progressives argued the event's moderators deserve to be placed in the latter category for framing healthcare questions around insurance industry talking points, hand-wringing about "demonizing" rich people, and failing to ask a single question about the greatest existential threat facing …

commondreams (2019-10-17). Facebook's New Policy Endangers Democracy, Zuckerberg Pushes Ahead Anyway. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Dr. Derek Ford (2019-10-17). The US Bids to Extradite DPRK Businessman from Malaysia 'Solely Based on Politics'. globalresearch.ca The legal battle over the extradition of Mun Chol-Myong to the United States continues, as Malaysian courts postpone judgment until the end of October. Mun is a 54-year-old citizen of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea who has lived in …

South Front (2019-10-17). Video: Syrian Kurds' Protection Deal with Assad Explained. globalresearch.ca The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have reached a groundbreaking deal with the Assad government. | This happened on October 13 evening after the US-led coalition expectedly abandoned their 'local partners' in face of Turkey's Operation Peace Spring and an 'accident …

Ad Hoc Committee For Democracy, Transparency (2019-10-17). Stop The Shutdown, Union Busting & Coup at WBAI/Pacifica. indybay.org KPFA | 1929 Martin Luther King Blvd | Berkeley, CA…

Jonathan Cook (2019-10-17). Israel Prepares to Turn Bedouin Citizens into Refugees in Their Own Country. globalresearch.ca The decades-long struggle by tens of thousands of Israelis against being uprooted from their homes — some for the second or third time — should be proof enough that Israel is not the western-style liberal democracy it claims to be….

WSWS (2019-10-17). 32,000 Chicago Public Schools teachers and staff strike. wsws.org Teachers must make an independent initiative to expand their struggle against the Democratic Party and its program of austerity and corporate-backed "school reform."

Staff (2019-10-17). Rep. Elijah Cummings Dies at 68. truthout.org Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat and chairman of the House Oversight Committee, died at Johns Hopkins Hospital at the age of 68 Thursday from "complications concerning longstanding health challenges," his office said in a statement. | Cummings played a significant role in numerous investigations into President Donald Trump's conduct and policies, including his mass detention of children at the U.S.-Mexico border. | The Maryland D…

South Front (2019-10-17). Video: Syrian Army Entering Kobani and Raqqa. globalresearch.ca On October 16, units of the Syrian Army entered the city of Raqqah for the first time since 2014. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has controlled the city since 2017, when they with help from the United States seized …

commondreams (2019-10-17). Common Cause Honors Four Defenders of Democracy. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Harvey Wasserman (2019-10-17). What Really Happened to American Socialism? counterpunch.org Despite the corporate hype, Democratic Socialism and Social Democracy are deeply rooted in the mainstream of our nation's history. The lie that they're "foreign ideologies" starts with the fascist assault Woodrow Wilson waged against them during and after World War 1. Their marginalization today by corporate Democrats and Trump Republicans is itself profoundly unAmerican. Here's More

WSWS (2019-10-17). Democratic debate shows cross-party support for imperialist intervention in Syria. wsws.org All 12 candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination called for a continued US military presence.

Jeff Bryant (2019-10-17). How Billionaire Charter School Funders Corrupted the School Leadership Pipeline. commondreams.org Broad's investments in education reform were about redesigning schools "to function like corporate enterprises." (Photo: Eli Broad/Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-531663756.jpg

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 …

Clay Bennett (2019-10-17). Unhinged, Supported by the Unethical. thenation.com Unhinged, Supported by the Unethical…

Elie Mystal (2019-10-17). Centrist Democrats Want You to Think They're the Big Boys on the Stage. thenation.com Centrist Democrats Want You to Think They're the Big Boys on the Stage…

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%…

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). 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…

WSWS (2019-10-17). Brexit deal agreed after Johnson sidelines Democratic Unionist Party. wsws.org Following the deal, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker sent a letter to the president of the European council, Donald Tusk, stressing that it was now time for Britain's parliament to do its part.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-10-17). 'What a Disgrace': Bernie Sanders Slams Trump Administration for Saying Climate Crisis Excluded From G7 Agenda. commondreams.org Not only is Trump using the powers of the presidency to enrich himself, which is blatantly unconstitutional. He is ignoring a massive international crisis that threatens humanity. What a disgrace. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/g7_sanders_trump_climate.jpg

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-10-17). 'It Is Really Sad': Sanders Rips Biden for Deploying Insurance Industry Talking Points Against Medicare for All. commondreams.org "Joe must know that we currently spend twice as much per capita on healthcare as the people of almost any other major country and that we pay, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie_sanders_joe_biden_3.jpg

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-10-17). 'The Most Overt Corruption to Date': Mulvaney Confirms Plan to Host G7 Summit at Trump Golf Resort. commondreams.org President Donald Trump came under fire from ethics watchdog groups, Democratic lawmakers, and other critics Thursday after Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney confirmed to reporters that the president will host the Group of 7 meeting next June at the Trump National Doral Miami golf resort in Florida. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11705592021.jpg

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-10-17). Report Exposes Right-Wing Effort to Ban Criticism of Israel in US Schools. commondreams.org Human rights and free speech advocates responded with alarm Thursday to a Guardian report revealing that pro-Israel and right-wing lobbyists are encouraging Republican state lawmakers to pass legislation that could outlaw discussions about the Israeli government's human rights abuses and occupation of Palestinian territory at all levels of the U.S. public education system under the guise of fighting anti-Semitism. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/anti-sentimism_is_this_not_that.jpg

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 extradition to the U.S. on corruption charges, get involved in Trump's effort to smear Joe Biden?

Tom Coburg (2019-10-17). Channel 4 interview shows how devastating any Brexit border in Ireland could be. thecanary.co Channel 4 News has broadcast an exclusive interview with a serving New IRA (Irish Republican Army) paramilitary. The interviewee made it clear that a reimposed border between the north and south of Ireland would result in paramilitary violence. | The security implications for Boris Johnson's UK government, and its attempts to find a Brexit deal, are likely significant. | Border infrastructure attacks: | The paramilitary told Chann…

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-10-16). Bernie Sanders Stood Up to Teach for America When Congress Wouldn't. theintercept.com "When we have highly qualified teachers, we don't want all of those teachers being in upper-middle-class neighborhoods educating kids to go to Harvard and Yale."

Mark Gruenberg (2019-10-16). Dem hopefuls unite on impeachment, spar on Medicare-for-All. peoplesworld.org WESTERVILLE, Ohio—If there's one issue the Democratic presidential hopefuls seemed to agree upon in their nationally televised debate on Oct. 15, it's the absolute need for an impeachment inquiry against their foe, incumbent GOP President Donald Trump. And, they said, the country agrees. The impeachment inquiry wasn't the sole point of unity of 12 speakers …

RT (2019-10-16). House condemns Trump's pullout of US troops they never bothered to authorize to be in Syria at all. rt.com Democrats and 129 of the Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to pass a non-binding resolution disapproving of President Donald Trump's pullout of US troops from Syria — never authorized by Congress to be there. | The House Joint Resolution 77 describes the presence of US troops in northeastern Syria as "certain… efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces," and formally voices opposition to their withdrawal, but does not offer an alternative.

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.

Jon Schwarz (2019-10-16). What I Learned From the Debate: Democrats Still Can't Level With Voters About the American Empire. theintercept.com In the past few years, the Democratic Party has started dealing with reality on domestic policy. Largely thanks to leadership from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, actual solutions to actual problems are now on the agenda: Medicare for All, a big minimum wage hike, a Green New Deal, and the most radical, important idea — changes in who runs corporations. | Unfortunately, the presidential debate in Ohio on Tuesday night showed that Democrats are still a million miles a…

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 Grim (2019-10-16). Joe Biden, in Stumbling Debate Performance, Claims Credit for Elizabeth Warren's Signature Achievement. theintercept.com "You did a hell of a job at your job," Biden told Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in a remark that couldn't have been more patronizing if he tried.

Ryan Grim (2019-10-16). Joe Biden's Mysterious Claim That He Whipped Votes for the CFPB. theintercept.com In typical debate prep, candidates try to game out what questions might come from moderators, and what attacks might come from rivals, to have responses at the ready. | But there are always moments that are impossible to anticipate. It's unlikely, for instance, that anyone on Sen. Elizabeth Warren's prep team had considered the scenario that arose Tuesday night: What if former Vice President Joe Biden angrily takes credit for your signature achievement? | After Biden said on stage that he was the only one who had gotten big things done, Warren noted that she had ushered into being the Consumer Financial Protectio…

Ed Sykes (2019-10-16). Trump gifts war criminal invaders in Syria by echoing Turkish propaganda. thecanary.co Donald Trump has gifted Turkish-led invaders in northern Syria by echoing propaganda that Turkey uses to try and discredit its opponents. | Speaking during a press conference on 16 October, Trump reportedly said: | Trump: "The PKK, which is a part of the Kurds…is probably worse at terror, more of a terrorist threat in many ways, than ISIS." (?

United Nations (2019-10-16). Ingredients for a new life: how cooking helps refugees and migrants blend in. un.org On a Friday afternoon, in a small restaurant kitchen in the New York borough of Brooklyn, head chef Alexander Harris is giving instructions to his attentive team, preparing them for the busy evening ahead. So far, the tables are empty, but the small, popular space, with just a handful of tables – and some stools around the bar – will soon be bustling with the evening crowd.

WSWS (2019-10-16). Testimony highlights key role of Bolton in impeachment inquiry against Trump. wsws.org The forces with which the Democrats are aligned include Bolton, who speaks for the most rabidly militaristic factions of the neo-conservative right wing.

Kim C. Domenico (2019-10-16). It Serves Us Right To Suffer: Breaking Down Neoliberal Complacency. counterpunch.org To be an intellectual really means to speak a truth that allows suffering to speak.. That is, it creates a vision of the world that puts into the limelight the social misery that is usually hidden or concealed by the dominant viewpoints of a society. Cornel West, Chekhov, Coltrane and Democracy Neoliberalism, like the 'spectacle' More

WSWS (2019-10-16). Chicago teachers expected to strike Thursday, as union pledges to limit it to a "short-term" walkout. wsws.org Despite having dropped some of the union's demands and announced "a path to a settlement" with Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot's school board, CTU leaders have said it is unlikely they can avert a strike.

WSWS (2019-10-16). California Governor vetoes $2 billion affordable housing bill. wsws.org Gavin Newsom's veto exposes the Democrat as a fiscal austerity conservative in the mold of Republican governors.

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 …

John Nichols (2019-10-16). Bernie Sanders Is Back. thenation.com Bernie Sanders Is Back…

Jeet Heer (2019-10-16). On a Crowded Stage, Democrats Divide Into 2 Tribes. thenation.com On a Crowded Stage, Democrats Divide Into 2 Tribes…

Joan Walsh (2019-10-16). Elizabeth Warren Learns That Being a Front-Runner Isn't All Fun and Games. thenation.com Elizabeth Warren Learns That Being a Front-Runner Isn't All Fun and Games…

Tom Tomorrow (2019-10-16). The Case Against Impeachment (According to Republicans). thenation.com The Case Against Impeachment (According to Republicans)…

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…

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.

Vijay Prashad (2019-10-15). The IMF convenes in Washington, deaf to the suffering it causes across the planet. mronline.org No one within the IMF meeting will raise the question of democracy, both in terms of the IMF's own functioning and in terms of the IMF's relationship with sovereign countries around the world. | Source

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…

John Nichols (2019-10-15). Give Us One Debate About War and Peace. thenation.com Give Us One Debate About War and Peace…

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). 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). 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…

RT (2019-10-14). Media uproar as video depicting Trump massacring news orgs shown at conservative event. rt.com US media is up in arms after reports that a video depicting Donald Trump massacring 'fake news' agencies and his political rivals was shown at an event held at one of his resorts. | The video in question is a remake of a scene from the 2014 dark comedy 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' where Trump's head is superimposed on the main character, played by Colin Firth. It was aired at an event held by the conservative group American Priority at the Trump National Doral Miami last week. The video was first posted online in 2018. | The fake Trump is shown shooting, stabbing, and killing Democrats like Barack Obama, Hil…

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 Grim (2019-10-14). In Midst of Bankruptcy Fight, Elizabeth Warren Said "Joe Biden Should Not Be Allowed to Sell Out Women" theintercept.com Warren repeatedly singled out Biden, arguing he "should not be allowed to sell out women in the morning and be heralded as their friend in the evening."

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…

Staff (2019-10-14). Kurds Turn to Bashar al-Assad for Protection as U.S. Abandons Former Allies to Turkish Assault. democracynow.org Syrian troops are massing near the Turkish border, one day after Bashar al-Assad's government reached a deal to help protect the Kurds from Turkey's deadly air and ground assault. On Sunday, the Kurds agreed, in a deal brokered by Russia, to hand over two border towns to the Syrian government in exchange for protection. The Kurds had been allied with the United States up until last week, when President Trump abruptly pulled U.S. troops from northern Syria, paving the way for Turkey's assault. More than 130,000 people have already been displaced over the past five days since Turkey invaded northern Syria. The deat…

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). Headlines for October 14, 2019. democracynow.org Syrian Troops Mass at Turkish Border After Striking Deal with Kurds, Pentagon Deploying Additional 1,800 Troops to Saudi Arabia, NYT: Russian Warplanes Bomb 4 Hospitals in Syria over 12 Hours, Appeals Court Rules Trump Must Turn Over Financial Records, Video Shows Fake Trump Shooting Journalists, Political Rivals, Fox News' Shepard Smith Has Quit Network, Hunter Biden to Step Down from Chinese Company Board, White Cop Kills Black Woman by Shooting Through Her Bedroom Window, Japan: 40 Have Died in Typhoon Hagibis, Ecuador: Indigenous Protests Force Government to Reinstate Fuel Subsidies, Uganda LGBT Activists Fig…

Fight Back (2019-10-14). Tampa Bay demands Supreme Court uphold LGBT job rights. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – On October 7 and 8, Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) rallied against the lack of federal job protections for LGBT workers. On October 8, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) began discussions on three cases that relate to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which protects against job discrimination on the basis of "race, color, religion, sex, or national origin," in order to decide whether sexual orientation and gender identity are also protected under Title VII. Tampa Bay SDS held two rallies in response to this, as a part of a National SDS call to action. SDS demanded that…

RT (2019-10-13). 'She is a capitalist through her bones and I'm not': Sanders hits out at Warren's effort to fight sameness. rt.com Being progressive and bashing big companies is a hot trend among hopefuls for the Democratic nomination, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been doing just that. But her rival Bernie Sanders called her "capitalist through her bones." | Self-styled democratic socialist Sanders made progressive ideas popular in 2016 race. In the current election cycle, they have gone mainstream and Warren has been capitalizing on promises of breaking up big tech, taxing the rich, providing Medicare for all. She is now almost tied with former vice president Joe Biden, while Sanders is coming third in recent polls. | "There are differe…

RT (2019-10-13). Hunter Biden calls Trump's accusations 'a barrage of false charges'… and resigns from Chinese equity firm. rt.com Hunter Biden, son of 2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden, has stepped down from the board of a Chinese equity company while defending his work in Ukraine — the work that President Donald Trump said was "crooked." | "He never anticipated the barrage of false charges against both him and his father by the President of the United States," Biden's lawyer George Mesires wrote in a statement released on Sunday. | Speaking through Mesires, Biden said that he is to resign from the board of a Chinese-backed private equity company, and would also "forego all foreign work" if his father is elected president next ye…

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 …

Staff (2019-10-11). Will Impeachment Change Anything for the Masses? therealnews.com Eddie Conway talks to patrons at Conscious Heads barbershop about impeachment, the rift between the Democratic and Republican Parties, whether it all just boils down to corporate interests, and if it will change things for anyone who is not a member of the 1 percent.

Staff (2019-10-11). IRS Audits Poor People Far More Often Than the Wealthy. therealnews.com Republicans gutted the IRS with New Democrat support. It ensured that the wealthy can cheat our nation with impunity, says Bill Black.

Staff (2019-10-11). The Stanford Sexual Assault Case Made Her "Emily Doe." In New Memoir, Chanel Miller Tells Her Story. democracynow.org We spend the hour with author Chanel Miller speaking about her recently published remarkable memoir, "Know My Name." The book chronicles how Miller reclaimed her name, her story and her life after being sexually assaulted by Brock Turner, a member of the Stanford University swim team, in 2015. At the time, she was known as "Emily Doe." The case gained national prominence when a California judge sentence Turner to just six months in a county jail after he was convicted of three counts of felony sexual assault. He ended up spending only three months locked up. The sentencing sparked outrage. Voters in California la…

Staff (2019-10-11). Headlines for October 11, 2019. democracynow.org Civilians Killed & Forced to Flee Turkish Military Offensive in Northern Syria, Two Associates of Trump's Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Arrested at Dulles Airport, Prince Estate Slams Trump for Using "Purple Rain" at Minneapolis Rally, "Trans Lives Matter": Activists Interrupt CNN Democratic Town Hall, Ethiopian Prime Minister Wins 100th Nobel Peace Prize, Olga Tokarczuk & Peter Handke Win Nobel Prize for Literature, Iranian Oil Tanker Struck in Red Sea, Ecuador: Five Killed Amid Anti-Austerity Protests, News Outlet Splinter Shutting Down, Asylum Seekers Protest "Remain in Mexico" Policy on Brownsville Bridge, Gymnast Sim…

Staff (2019-10-10). As Dems Focus on Impeachment, Trump Heads to "Imperial Governance" therealnews.com The Trump administration is undermining our nation from immigration to the environment, while his tweets and impeachment distract us. Add it all up, says our guest, we can see how he threatens what remains of U.S. democracy.

Staff (2019-10-10). Justice for Kaysera: Native Teen's Mysterious Death Highlights Epidemic of Murdered Indigenous Women. democracynow.org The family of Native American teenager Kaysera Stops Pretty Places is demanding justice after she was found dead in Hardin, Montana, in late August, just two weeks after her 18th birthday. Kaysera was a member of the Crow and Northern Cheyenne tribal communities in Montana. She lived with her grandmother. According to her family, Kaysera was reported missing after she never came home on the night of August 24. On August 29, the body of a young woman was found in the town of Hardin. It wasn't until two weeks later that local law enforcement confirmed it was Kaysera. The circumstances surrounding her death and disa…

Staff (2019-10-10). After Trump Abandoned Kurds, Turkish Invasion Raises Fear of Kurdish Genocide & ISIS Resurgence. democracynow.org Turkey has launched an aerial and ground assault on northern Syria targeting Kurdish-controlled areas. The offensive began Wednesday, just days after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to fall back from their positions on the Turkish-Syrian border. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports at least 16 Kurds have been killed so far. Turkey is claiming the death toll is far higher. The Trump administration has faced widespread criticism from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers for abandoning the stateless Kurds who had helped the U.S. fight ISIS. Turkey is claiming the assault is needed to establish a "

Staff (2019-10-10). Turkey Moves to Crush Rojava, the Kurds' Radical Experiment Based on Democracy, Feminism & Ecology. democracynow.org As Turkey launches an aerial and ground assault on northern Syria targeting Kurdish-controlled areas, we look at how the offensive threatens the Kurdish region of Rojava with Debbie Bookchin, co-founder of the Emergency Committee for Rojava. She is a journalist and author who co-edited a book of essays by her father, Murray Bookchin, "The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy." We also speak with Elif Sarican, a Kurdish Women's Movement activist and anthropologist at the London School of Economics, and Ertuƒürul Kàºrkàßàº, honorary chair of the pro-Kurdi…

Staff (2019-10-10). Headlines for October 10, 2019. democracynow.org Turkey Launches Ground Offensive in Northern Syria, WH Budget Office Refuses to Comply with Subpoena for Impeachment Probe, Biden Joins Majority of 2020 Field in Calling for Trump's Impeachment, Trump Faces Dozens of New Allegations of Sexual Misconduct, Matt Lauer Denies Raping NBC Producer Brooke Nevils in 2014, Germany: 2 Killed in Anti-Semitic Attack Outside Temple on Yom Kippur, U.N.: U.S. Military Killed 30+ Afghan Civilians in Airstrikes in May, Amnesty: Death Toll in Anti-Government Protests in Iraq Surpasses 150, Protests Erupt in Algeria over Corruption & Army's Role in Politics, Egyptian Dissident Alaa…

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 …

Staff (2019-10-09). Julián Castro Backs Impeachment Effort & Condemns Trump's "Betrayal" of Kurds in Northern Syria. democracynow.org Turkey's government says its troops are prepared for an imminent assault on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to fall back from their positions on the Turkish-Syrian border. Kurdish fighters said they're bracing for a "humanitarian catastrophe." This follows warnings that former Kurdish allies of the U.S. who feel betrayed by President Trump will abandon thousands of prisoners captured during the U.S.-backed war against ISIS over the past two years. We speak to former housing secretary and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro, who says Trump's move is a…

Staff (2019-10-09). Divided Supreme Court Hears Landmark LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination Case. democracynow.org The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in three cases that will determine whether LGBTQ people can be fired from their jobs due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Among the court's conservative justices, only Neil Gorsuch appeared open to prohibiting such workplace discrimination. One of the cases centers on a transgender woman from Michigan named Aimee Stephens, who was fired from her job at a funeral home in 2013. The Supreme Court is expected to hand down its decision in the three cases by early next summer. We speak to James Esseks, director of the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project, who attended Tu…

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 …

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-06). Over 100 Dead As Iraqis Call For Gov't Resignation, Rockets and Bombs In Palestine & Israel's US War. 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 (10/5/19). 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 …

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-04). US Caught Meddling In Tunisian Election, Israel Politician Likens Israel To Nazi Germany & Hypocrisy. 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 (10/4/19). 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 …

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-04). MSM "Protects" Fake Whistleblower, Twitter Bans Egypt Activists & Iraq In Chaos After Naming Israel. 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 (10/3/19). 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 …

2019-10-17: Social Media Postees

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A rare moment of truth on the US support for Al Qaeda
wsws.org | 2019-10-17
Representative Tulsi Gabbard described the terrorist group as the "ground force" for the American "regime-change" operation in Syria.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/17/gabb-o17.html

AOC endorses Bernie
Michael T. Hertz | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-17
The October Democratic debate was noteworthy because all of the candidates did a good job. Some were, of course, better than others, but no one tripped up, and for the most part all stayed on script and advanced the message of the party. Bernie Sanders was deemed one of the "winners" by CNN, one of …
nationofchange.org/2019/10/17/aoc-endorses-bernie/

Post-Debate Musings: Bernie's Heart and His Courage Just Fine with Me
Donna Smith | commondreams.org | 2019-10-17
Democratic presidential hopefuls California Senator Kamala Harris (L) and former Vice President Joe Biden (R) applaud Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders during the fourth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by The New York Times and CNN at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio on October 15, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/sanders_medicare_for_all_1.jpg
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Reminder: Trump Didn't Win, Democrats Lost
John Atcheson | commondreams.org | 2019-10-17
Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) raise their hands during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/democratic_debate_winship_0.jpg
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The Last Lifeline: The Real Reason Behind Abbas' Call for Elections
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-17
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? On September 26, Abbas took on the world's most important political platform, the …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/the-last-lifeline-the-real-reason-behind-abbas-call-for-elections/

The Governor, the Mining Company and the Future of a Montana Wilderness
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-17
One might credibly think that someone running in the Democratic primary to be the party's presidential nominee might, just might, want to be on the right side of the pressing environmental issues of the day. But last week Governor Steve Bullock and his Department of Environmental Quality sided with a disreputable "bad actor" mining company…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/17/the-governor-the-mining-company-and-the-future-of-a-montana-wilderness/

Democrats talk healthcare, foreign policy, impeachment & more at 4th presidential candidate debate
Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-17
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 …
nationofchange.org/2019/10/17/democrats-talk-healthcare-foreign-policy-impeachment-more-at-4th-presidential-candidate-debate/

Joe Biden's Disgraceful New Attack on Sanders and Warren
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-10-17
During a campaign event in Ohio, the former vice president accuses his rivals of "playing Trump's game" with Medicare for All proposals.
truthdig.com/articles/joe-bidens-disgraceful-new-attack-on-sanders-and-warren/

Introducing 2019 Sacramento Kwanzaa Wakanda Project
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2019-10-17
California State Capitol | Room 126 | Sacramento, California…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/10/16/18827350.php

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 extradition to the U.S. 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/

Israel Prepares to Turn Bedouin Citizens into Refugees in Their Own Country
Jonathan Cook | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-17
The decades-long struggle by tens of thousands of Israelis against being uprooted from their homes — some for the second or third time — should be proof enough that Israel is not the western-style liberal democracy it claims to be. Last week 36,000 Bedouin — all of them Israeli citizens — discovered that their state is about to make them refugees in their own country, driving them into holding camps. These Israelis, it seems, are the wrong kind.
counterpunch.org/2019/10/17/israel-prepares-to-turn-bedouin-citizens-into-refugees-in-their-own-country/

'An absolute joke': Debate moderators condemned for asking about Ellen and George Bush after completely ignoring climate crisis
Jake Johnson | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-17
As America's pundits and newspapers rushed to pronounce the winners and losers of Tuesday night's 2020 Democratic presidential debate, progressives argued the event's moderators deserve to be placed in the latter category for framing healthcare questions around insurance industry talking points, hand-wringing about "demonizing" rich people, and failing to ask a single question about the greatest existential threat facing …
nationofchange.org/2019/10/17/an-absolute-joke-debate-moderators-condemned-for-asking-about-ellen-and-george-bush-after-completely-ignoring-climate-crisis/

Video: Syrian Kurds' Protection Deal with Assad Explained
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-17
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have reached a groundbreaking deal with the Assad government. | This happened on October 13 evening after the US-led coalition expectedly abandoned their 'local partners' in face of Turkey's Operation Peace Spring and an 'accident …
globalresearch.ca/video-syrian-kurds-protection-deal-explained/5692227

Stuck in a Russiagate-collusion rut: Putin 'owns Doral' & other #Resistance pearls after G7 location announced
rt.com | 2019-10-17
Critics of US President Donald Trump went into full-on meltdown mode after the White House announced that the US will host next year's G7 summit at the Trump-owned Miami resort. | White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters on Thursday that the gathering of international leaders will be held at the Trump National Doral resort on June 10-12, which he said was "far and away the best place" to host the event. | Even before his press conference was done, Democrats waxed outraged about a potential conflict of interest, even calling for other countries to boycott the G7 if Trump went ahead with his venue…
rt.com/usa/471171-doral-g7-resistance-reactions/

Should the Supreme Court be reformed?
Robert Reich | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-17
In recent years the legitimacy of the Supreme Court has come under question as Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and Senate Republicans have bent the nomination process for their own political gain. At the same time, the Court has rewritten the rules of our democracy. In just the last few years, it has rolled back the Voting …
nationofchange.org/2019/10/17/should-the-supreme-court-be-reformed/

Democratic debate shows cross-party support for imperialist intervention in Syria
wsws.org | 2019-10-17
All 12 candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination called for a continued US military presence.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/17/deba-o17.html

The US Bids to Extradite DPRK Businessman from Malaysia 'Solely Based on Politics'
Dr. Derek Ford | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-17
The legal battle over the extradition of Mun Chol-Myong to the United States continues, as Malaysian courts postpone judgment until the end of October. Mun is a 54-year-old citizen of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea who has lived in …
globalresearch.ca/us-bids-extradite-dprk-businessman-malaysia-based-politics/5692260

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

Common Cause Honors Four Defenders of Democracy
commondreams.org | 2019-10-17
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/10/17/common-cause-honors-four-defenders-democracy?cd-origin=rss

Rep. Elijah Cummings Dies at 68
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-17
Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat and chairman of the House Oversight Committee, died at Johns Hopkins Hospital at the age of 68 Thursday from "complications concerning longstanding health challenges," his office said in a statement. | Cummings played a significant role in numerous investigations into President Donald Trump's conduct and policies, including his mass detention of children at the U.S.-Mexico border. | The Maryland D…
truthout.org/articles/rep-elijah-cummings-dies-at-68/

Bedouin Mass Eviction is Part of Israel's Efforts to Drive Palestinians off their Historic Lands
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-17
The decades-long struggle by tens of thousands of Israelis against being uprooted from their homes — some for the second or third time — should be proof enough that Israel is not the western-style liberal democracy it claims to be. Last week 36,000 Bedouin — all of them Israeli citizens — discovered that their state …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/bedouin-mass-eviction-is-part-of-israels-efforts-to-drive-palestinians-off-their-historic-lands/

Israel Prepares to Turn Bedouin Citizens into Refugees in Their Own Country
Jonathan Cook | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-17
The decades-long struggle by tens of thousands of Israelis against being uprooted from their homes — some for the second or third time — should be proof enough that Israel is not the western-style liberal democracy it claims to be….
globalresearch.ca/israel-turn-bedouin-citizens-refugees-their-own-country/5692229

Facebook's New Policy Endangers Democracy, Zuckerberg Pushes Ahead Anyway
commondreams.org | 2019-10-17
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/10/17/facebooks-new-policy-endangers-democracy-zuckerberg-pushes-ahead-anyway?cd-origin=rss

32,000 Chicago Public Schools teachers and staff strike
wsws.org | 2019-10-17
Teachers must make an independent initiative to expand their struggle against the Democratic Party and its program of austerity and corporate-backed "school reform."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/17/chic-o17.html

Video: Syrian Army Entering Kobani and Raqqa
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-17
On October 16, units of the Syrian Army entered the city of Raqqah for the first time since 2014. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has controlled the city since 2017, when they with help from the United States seized …
globalresearch.ca/syrian-army-entering-kobani-raqqa/5692301

Stop The Shutdown, Union Busting & Coup at WBAI/Pacifica
Ad Hoc Committee For Democracy, Transparency | indybay.org | 2019-10-17
KPFA | 1929 Martin Luther King Blvd | Berkeley, CA…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/10/15/18827333.php

What Really Happened to American Socialism?
Harvey Wasserman | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-17
Despite the corporate hype, Democratic Socialism and Social Democracy are deeply rooted in the mainstream of our nation's history. The lie that they're "foreign ideologies" starts with the fascist assault Woodrow Wilson waged against them during and after World War 1. Their marginalization today by corporate Democrats and Trump Republicans is itself profoundly unAmerican. Here's…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/17/what-really-happened-to-american-socialism/

How Billionaire Charter School Funders Corrupted the School Leadership Pipeline
Jeff Bryant | commondreams.org | 2019-10-17
Broad's investments in education reform were about redesigning schools "to function like corporate enterprises." (Photo: Eli Broad/Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-531663756.jpg
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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/

Unhinged, Supported by the Unethical
Clay Bennett | thenation.com | 2019-10-17
Unhinged, Supported by the Unethical…
thenation.com/article/unhinged-supported-by-the-unethical/

Centrist Democrats Want You to Think They're the Big Boys on the Stage
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2019-10-17
Centrist Democrats Want You to Think They're the Big Boys on the Stage…
thenation.com/article/demoratic-debate-2020-centrists/

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

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

Brexit deal agreed after Johnson sidelines Democratic Unionist Party
wsws.org | 2019-10-17
Following the deal, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker sent a letter to the president of the European council, Donald Tusk, stressing that it was now time for Britain's parliament to do its part.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/17/brex-o17.html

Channel 4 interview shows how devastating any Brexit border in Ireland could be
Tom Coburg | thecanary.co | 2019-10-17
Channel 4 News has broadcast an exclusive interview with a serving New IRA (Irish Republican Army) paramilitary. The interviewee made it clear that a reimposed border between the north and south of Ireland would result in paramilitary violence. | The security implications for Boris Johnson's UK government, and its attempts to find a Brexit deal, are likely significant. | Border infrastructure attacks: | The paramilitary told Chann…
thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2019/10/17/channel-4-interview-shows-how-devastating-a-brexit-border-in-ireland-could-be/

'What a Disgrace': Bernie Sanders Slams Trump Administration for Saying Climate Crisis Excluded From G7 Agenda
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-17
Not only is Trump using the powers of the presidency to enrich himself, which is blatantly unconstitutional. He is ignoring a massive international crisis that threatens humanity. What a disgrace. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/g7_sanders_trump_climate.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/17/what-disgrace-bernie-sanders-slams-trump-administration-saying-climate-crisis?cd-origin=rss

'It Is Really Sad': Sanders Rips Biden for Deploying Insurance Industry Talking Points Against Medicare for All
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-17
"Joe must know that we currently spend twice as much per capita on healthcare as the people of almost any other major country and that we pay, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie_sanders_joe_biden_3.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/17/it-really-sad-sanders-rips-biden-deploying-insurance-industry-talking-points-against?cd-origin=rss

'The Most Overt Corruption to Date': Mulvaney Confirms Plan to Host G7 Summit at Trump Golf Resort
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-17
President Donald Trump came under fire from ethics watchdog groups, Democratic lawmakers, and other critics Thursday after Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney confirmed to reporters that the president will host the Group of 7 meeting next June at the Trump National Doral Miami golf resort in Florida. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11705592021.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/17/most-overt-corruption-date-mulvaney-confirms-plan-host-g7-summit-trump-golf-resort?cd-origin=rss

Report Exposes Right-Wing Effort to Ban Criticism of Israel in US Schools
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-17
Human rights and free speech advocates responded with alarm Thursday to a Guardian report revealing that pro-Israel and right-wing lobbyists are encouraging Republican state lawmakers to pass legislation that could outlaw discussions about the Israeli government's human rights abuses and occupation of Palestinian territory at all levels of the U.S. public education system under the guise of fighting anti-Semitism. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/anti-sentimism_is_this_not_that.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/17/report-exposes-right-wing-effort-ban-criticism-israel-us-schools?cd-origin=rss

Bernie Sanders Stood Up to Teach for America When Congress Wouldn't
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-10-16
"When we have highly qualified teachers, we don't want all of those teachers being in upper-middle-class neighborhoods educating kids to go to Harvard and Yale."
theintercept.com/2019/10/16/bernie-sanders-teach-for-america/

What I Learned From the Debate: Democrats Still Can't Level With Voters About the American Empire
Jon Schwarz | theintercept.com | 2019-10-16
In the past few years, the Democratic Party has started dealing with reality on domestic policy. Largely thanks to leadership from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, actual solutions to actual problems are now on the agenda: Medicare for All, a big minimum wage hike, a Green New Deal, and the most radical, important idea — changes in who runs corporations. | Unfortunately, the presidential debate in Ohio on Tuesday night showed that Democrats are still a million miles a…
theintercept.com/2019/10/16/what-i-learned-from-the-debate-democrats-still-cant-level-with-voters-about-the-american-empire/

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/

Joe Biden, in Stumbling Debate Performance, Claims Credit for Elizabeth Warren's Signature Achievement
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-16
"You did a hell of a job at your job," Biden told Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in a remark that couldn't have been more patronizing if he tried.
theintercept.com/2019/10/16/joe-biden-elizabeth-warren-democratic-debate/

Joe Biden's Mysterious Claim That He Whipped Votes for the CFPB
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-16
In typical debate prep, candidates try to game out what questions might come from moderators, and what attacks might come from rivals, to have responses at the ready. | But there are always moments that are impossible to anticipate. It's unlikely, for instance, that anyone on Sen. Elizabeth Warren's prep team had considered the scenario that arose Tuesday night: What if former Vice President Joe Biden angrily takes credit for your signature achievement? | After Biden said on stage that he was the only one who had gotten big things done, Warren noted that she had ushered into being the Consumer Financial Protectio…
theintercept.com/2019/10/16/joe-biden-elizabeth-warren-debate-cfpb/

Ingredients for a new life: how cooking helps refugees and migrants blend in
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-16
On a Friday afternoon, in a small restaurant kitchen in the New York borough of Brooklyn, head chef Alexander Harris is giving instructions to his attentive team, preparing them for the busy evening ahead. So far, the tables are empty, but the small, popular space, with just a handful of tables – and some stools around the bar – will soon be bustling with the evening crowd.
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House condemns Trump's pullout of US troops they never bothered to authorize to be in Syria at all
rt.com | 2019-10-16
Democrats and 129 of the Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to pass a non-binding resolution disapproving of President Donald Trump's pullout of US troops from Syria — never authorized by Congress to be there. | The House Joint Resolution 77 describes the presence of US troops in northeastern Syria as "certain… efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces," and formally voices opposition to their withdrawal, but does not offer an alternative.
rt.com/usa/471090-congress-resolution-syria-trump/

California Governor vetoes $2 billion affordable housing bill
wsws.org | 2019-10-16
Gavin Newsom's veto exposes the Democrat as a fiscal austerity conservative in the mold of Republican governors.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/16/hous-o16.html

Testimony highlights key role of Bolton in impeachment inquiry against Trump
wsws.org | 2019-10-16
The forces with which the Democrats are aligned include Bolton, who speaks for the most rabidly militaristic factions of the neo-conservative right wing.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/16/trum-o16.html

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

Chicago teachers expected to strike Thursday, as union pledges to limit it to a "short-term" walkout
wsws.org | 2019-10-16
Despite having dropped some of the union's demands and announced "a path to a settlement" with Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot's school board, CTU leaders have said it is unlikely they can avert a strike.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/16/ctus-o16.html

It Serves Us Right To Suffer: Breaking Down Neoliberal Complacency
Kim C. Domenico | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-16
To be an intellectual really means to speak a truth that allows suffering to speak.. That is, it creates a vision of the world that puts into the limelight the social misery that is usually hidden or concealed by the dominant viewpoints of a society. Cornel West, Chekhov, Coltrane and Democracy Neoliberalism, like the 'spectacle'…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/16/it-serves-us-right-to-suffer-breaking-down-neoliberal-complacency/

Dem hopefuls unite on impeachment, spar on Medicare-for-All
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-16
WESTERVILLE, Ohio–If there's one issue the Democratic presidential hopefuls seemed to agree upon in their nationally televised debate on Oct. 15, it's the absolute need for an impeachment inquiry against their foe, incumbent GOP President Donald Trump. And, they said, the country agrees. The impeachment inquiry wasn't the sole point of unity of 12 speakers …
peoplesworld.org/article/dem-hopefuls-unite-on-impeachment-spar-on-medicare-for-all/

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/

Bernie Sanders Is Back
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-10-16
Bernie Sanders Is Back…
thenation.com/article/bernie-sanders-aoc-debate/

On a Crowded Stage, Democrats Divide Into 2 Tribes
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-10-16
On a Crowded Stage, Democrats Divide Into 2 Tribes…
thenation.com/article/democratic-debate-warren-biden/

Elizabeth Warren Learns That Being a Front-Runner Isn't All Fun and Games
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2019-10-16
Elizabeth Warren Learns That Being a Front-Runner Isn't All Fun and Games…
thenation.com/article/elizabeth-warren-democratic-debate-medicare-all/

The Case Against Impeachment (According to Republicans)
Tom Tomorrow | thenation.com | 2019-10-16
The Case Against Impeachment (According to Republicans)…
thenation.com/article/the-case-against-impeachment-according-to-republicans/

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."
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/16/sanders_warren_medicare_for_all_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

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

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/

The IMF convenes in Washington, deaf to the suffering it causes across the planet
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-10-15
No one within the IMF meeting will raise the question of democracy, both in terms of the IMF's own functioning and in terms of the IMF's relationship with sovereign countries around the world. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/10/15/the-imf-convenes-in-washington-deaf-to-the-suffering-it-causes-across-the-planet/

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

Give Us One Debate About War and Peace
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-10-15
Give Us One Debate About War and Peace…
thenation.com/article/democratic-debate-war-peace/

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

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

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/

In Midst of Bankruptcy Fight, Elizabeth Warren Said "Joe Biden Should Not Be Allowed to Sell Out Women"
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-10-14
Warren repeatedly singled out Biden, arguing he "should not be allowed to sell out women in the morning and be heralded as their friend in the evening."
theintercept.com/2019/10/14/joe-biden-elizabeth-warren-bankruptcy-women/

Media uproar as video depicting Trump massacring news orgs shown at conservative event
rt.com | 2019-10-14
US media is up in arms after reports that a video depicting Donald Trump massacring 'fake news' agencies and his political rivals was shown at an event held at one of his resorts. | The video in question is a remake of a scene from the 2014 dark comedy 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' where Trump's head is superimposed on the main character, played by Colin Firth. It was aired at an event held by the conservative group American Priority at the Trump National Doral Miami last week. The video was first posted online in 2018. | The fake Trump is shown shooting, stabbing, and killing Democrats like Barack Obama, Hil…
rt.com/usa/470888-trump-massacre-meme-video/

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

Kurds Turn to Bashar al-Assad for Protection as U.S. Abandons Former Allies to Turkish Assault
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-14
Syrian troops are massing near the Turkish border, one day after Bashar al-Assad's government reached a deal to help protect the Kurds from Turkey's deadly air and ground assault. On Sunday, the Kurds agreed, in a deal brokered by Russia, to hand over two border towns to the Syrian government in exchange for protection. The Kurds had been allied with the United States up until last week, when President Trump abruptly pulled U.S. troops from northern Syria, paving the way for Turkey's assault. More than 130,000 people have already been displaced over the past five days since Turkey invaded northern Syria. The deat…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/14/kurds_northern_syria_turkey_assad

"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

Tampa Bay demands Supreme Court uphold LGBT job rights
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-10-14
Tampa, FL – On October 7 and 8, Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) rallied against the lack of federal job protections for LGBT workers. On October 8, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) began discussions on three cases that relate to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which protects against job discrimination on the basis of "race, color, religion, sex, or national origin," in order to decide whether sexual orientation and gender identity are also protected under Title VII. Tampa Bay SDS held two rallies in response to this, as a part of a National SDS call to action. SDS demanded that…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/10/14/tampa-bay-demands-supreme-court-uphold-lgbt-job-rights

'She is a capitalist through her bones and I'm not': Sanders hits out at Warren's effort to fight sameness
rt.com | 2019-10-13
Being progressive and bashing big companies is a hot trend among hopefuls for the Democratic nomination, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been doing just that. But her rival Bernie Sanders called her "capitalist through her bones." | Self-styled democratic socialist Sanders made progressive ideas popular in 2016 race. In the current election cycle, they have gone mainstream and Warren has been capitalizing on promises of breaking up big tech, taxing the rich, providing Medicare for all. She is now almost tied with former vice president Joe Biden, while Sanders is coming third in recent polls. | "There are differe…
rt.com/usa/470816-sanders-warren-capitalist-democratic/

Hunter Biden calls Trump's accusations 'a barrage of false charges'… and resigns from Chinese equity firm
rt.com | 2019-10-13
Hunter Biden, son of 2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden, has stepped down from the board of a Chinese equity company while defending his work in Ukraine — the work that President Donald Trump said was "crooked." | "He never anticipated the barrage of false charges against both him and his father by the President of the United States," Biden's lawyer George Mesires wrote in a statement released on Sunday. | Speaking through Mesires, Biden said that he is to resign from the board of a Chinese-backed private equity company, and would also "forego all foreign work" if his father is elected president next ye…
rt.com/usa/470852-hunter-biden-resigns-trump/

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/

Will Impeachment Change Anything for the Masses?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-11
Eddie Conway talks to patrons at Conscious Heads barbershop about impeachment, the rift between the Democratic and Republican Parties, whether it all just boils down to corporate interests, and if it will change things for anyone who is not a member of the 1 percent.
therealnews.com/stories/will-impeachment-change-anything

IRS Audits Poor People Far More Often Than the Wealthy
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-11
Republicans gutted the IRS with New Democrat support. It ensured that the wealthy can cheat our nation with impunity, says Bill Black.
therealnews.com/stories/irs-audits-poor-more-often-than-wealthy

The Stanford Sexual Assault Case Made Her "Emily Doe." In New Memoir, Chanel Miller Tells Her Story
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-11
We spend the hour with author Chanel Miller speaking about her recently published remarkable memoir, "Know My Name." The book chronicles how Miller reclaimed her name, her story and her life after being sexually assaulted by Brock Turner, a member of the Stanford University swim team, in 2015. At the time, she was known as "Emily Doe." The case gained national prominence when a California judge sentence Turner to just six months in a county jail after he was convicted of three counts of felony sexual assault. He ended up spending only three months locked up. The sentencing sparked outrage. Voters in California la…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/11/chanel_miller_know_my_name_interview

As Dems Focus on Impeachment, Trump Heads to "Imperial Governance"
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-10
The Trump administration is undermining our nation from immigration to the environment, while his tweets and impeachment distract us. Add it all up, says our guest, we can see how he threatens what remains of U.S. democracy.
therealnews.com/stories/trump-alters-us-impeachment

After Trump Abandoned Kurds, Turkish Invasion Raises Fear of Kurdish Genocide & ISIS Resurgence
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-10
Turkey has launched an aerial and ground assault on northern Syria targeting Kurdish-controlled areas. The offensive began Wednesday, just days after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to fall back from their positions on the Turkish-Syrian border. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports at least 16 Kurds have been killed so far. Turkey is claiming the death toll is far higher. The Trump administration has faced widespread criticism from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers for abandoning the stateless Kurds who had helped the U.S. fight ISIS. Turkey is claiming the assault is needed to establish a "
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/10/turkey_assault_northern_syria_trump_kurds

Justice for Kaysera: Native Teen's Mysterious Death Highlights Epidemic of Murdered Indigenous Women
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-10
The family of Native American teenager Kaysera Stops Pretty Places is demanding justice after she was found dead in Hardin, Montana, in late August, just two weeks after her 18th birthday. Kaysera was a member of the Crow and Northern Cheyenne tribal communities in Montana. She lived with her grandmother. According to her family, Kaysera was reported missing after she never came home on the night of August 24. On August 29, the body of a young woman was found in the town of Hardin. It wasn't until two weeks later that local law enforcement confirmed it was Kaysera. The circumstances surrounding her death and disa…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/10/kaysera_stops_pretty_places_family_justice

Turkey Moves to Crush Rojava, the Kurds' Radical Experiment Based on Democracy, Feminism & Ecology
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-10
As Turkey launches an aerial and ground assault on northern Syria targeting Kurdish-controlled areas, we look at how the offensive threatens the Kurdish region of Rojava with Debbie Bookchin, co-founder of the Emergency Committee for Rojava. She is a journalist and author who co-edited a book of essays by her father, Murray Bookchin, "The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy." We also speak with Elif Sarican, a Kurdish Women's Movement activist and anthropologist at the London School of Economics, and Ertuƒürul Kàºrkàßàº, honorary chair of the pro-Kurdi…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/10/turkey_assault_northern_syria_kurds_rojava

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/

Julián Castro Backs Impeachment Effort & Condemns Trump's "Betrayal" of Kurds in Northern Syria
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-09
Turkey's government says its troops are prepared for an imminent assault on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to fall back from their positions on the Turkish-Syrian border. Kurdish fighters said they're bracing for a "humanitarian catastrophe." This follows warnings that former Kurdish allies of the U.S. who feel betrayed by President Trump will abandon thousands of prisoners captured during the U.S.-backed war against ISIS over the past two years. We speak to former housing secretary and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro, who says Trump's move is a…
www.democracynow.org/2019/10/9/2020_presidential_candidate_julian_castro_syria

Divided Supreme Court Hears Landmark LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination Case
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-09
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in three cases that will determine whether LGBTQ people can be fired from their jobs due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Among the court's conservative justices, only Neil Gorsuch appeared open to prohibiting such workplace discrimination. One of the cases centers on a transgender woman from Michigan named Aimee Stephens, who was fired from her job at a funeral home in 2013. The Supreme Court is expected to hand down its decision in the three cases by early next summer. We speak to James Esseks, director of the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project, who attended Tu…
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US Openly Destabilizes Iraq, Trump Threatens To "Obliterate" Turkish Economy & Erdogan Attacks Syria
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-08
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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
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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
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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
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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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Malaysian PM: "Israel Is The Origin Of Modern Terrorism" & Twitter Exec Is Also Army Psyop Soldier
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-01
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CIA Trump Manipulation, Israel Bombs Iraq, UN Venezuela Lies Exposed & US "Less Equal" Than Mexico
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-09-29
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US Accuses Assad Of Chlorine Attack Debunked In May, Erdogan Exposes Israel & US Kills 11 In Libya
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-09-27
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Trump's Hypocritical UN Speech, Erdogan Blasts Israel & Saudis Kill MORE Civilians And No One Cares
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-09-25
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US/Afghan Raid Kills 40 Civilians At Wedding, Iraq Bombed Again & NATO Funding Of ISIS Exposed
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-09-24
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Iran Narrative Implodes, Saudis Bomb Yemen In Retaliation, MSM Silent, & US Sanctions Venezuela Food
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-09-23
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