2020-02-08: Social Media Postees

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Sanders Calls Out Buttigieg for Raking in Billionaire Donations
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-08
With just four days to go before the New Hampshire Democratic primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday sought to contrast his small dollar-fueled campaign with Pete Buttigieg's reliance on big money by highlighting the former South Bend, Indiana mayor's dozens of billionaire campaign contributors. | At a breakfast event at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire hours a…

'Unhinged': MSNBC host Chris Matthews goes on bizarre rant about mass executions & 'the Reds' while discussing Bernie Sanders
rt.com | 2020-02-08
MSNBC host Chris Matthews is facing backlash on social media after he launched into a heated rant about socialism and appeared to suggest a Bernie Sanders presidency could somehow lead to mass executions in the streets. | During a post-debate special Friday evening, Matthews said his personal views on socialism go back "to the early 1950s" before drawing comparisons between Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and former leader of Cuba Fidel Castro. | "I believe if Castro and the Reds had won the Cold War there would have been executions in Central Park and I might have been one of the ones getting…

Hasan Sits Down With Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders | zcomm.org | 2020-02-08
Interview on aging and retirement in America…

Top 3 Myths about Bernie Sanders and Electability
Juan Cole | zcomm.org | 2020-02-08
The American electorate says it is exercised by precisely those issues where Sanders largely has an advantage…

The Vengeful, Lawless, Corporate Toady Trump Explodes
Ralph Nader | commondreams.org | 2020-02-08
The day after his acquittal by the Republican Party in a trial that banned witnesses, the unhinged Donald Trump gloated for over an hour on all the television networks.

Media darling Pete Buttigieg was in unit that worked with the CIA in Afghanistan
Alexander Rubinstein | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-08
While Pete Buttigieg's campaign denies online allegations that he was a CIA asset, military records reveal that Buttigieg was in…

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham introduces bill that threatens end-to-end encryption
wsws.org | 2020-02-08
The assault on end-to-end encryption is part of the ongoing drive by the state to censor and regulate content on the internet.

Payback: Trump Ousts Officials Who Testified in Impeachment Inquiry
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-08

Democrats impeach Trump for Withholding Arms to Neo-Nazis in Ukraine
Max Parry | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-08
On December 18th, Donald Trump became the third U.S. president in history to be impeached by the House of Representatives. The second to be indicted before completing a first term, the 45th commander-in-chief must now survive a Senate trial before seeking reelection later this year. As many nonpartisan analysts predicted, the charges appear to have …

Failed Prosecutions: Donald Trump Survives the Senate
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-08
Never undertake a prosecution unless you have good grounds, and prospects, for a solid conviction. In the case against President Donald Trump, there was never a serious prospect that the Senate would cool sufficiently to give the Democrats the votes necessary to affirm vote of impeachment in the House. The GOP remains very much in …

Hillary Clinton launches new attack on Sanders
wsws.org | 2020-02-08
The Democratic leadership is determined to suppress the issue of social inequality in the 2020 campaign for fear of encouraging the growth of social opposition and anti-capitalist sentiment.

Brazil: Workers' Party Not to Partner With Bolsonaro's Allies
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-08
Brazil's Workers Party (PT) Saturday announced that it will participate in the October municipal elections without making alliances with the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) or the Democratic Party (DEM), which are supporting President Jair Bolsonaro's Neoliberal policies. | RELATED: | Lula Calls on Brazilians to Fight to Regain Nation's Democracy | "Our party will seek to establish a 'Popular Democratic Front' with the participation of the leftist parties, social movemen…

House Passes Bill to Dramatically Strengthen the Power of Unions
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-08
House Democrats just passed an important blueprint for strengthening unions and building worker power. If signed into law, the labor law reforms within the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act would amount to the biggest change to the rules governing employers and workers in generations. Among other major features, it would bolster workers' ability to unionize, expand organizing rights to more workers and strengthen the right to strike. | Although flawed, the legislation would go a long way toward…

American Democracy Is Dying
Ryan Cooper | commondreams.org | 2020-02-08
This past week was a litany of democratic disasters. First, on Monday, the Iowa Democratic Party catastrophically botched its caucus.

The Iowa Caucuses Are a Mortal Threat to Democracy
Bill Boyarsky | truthdig.com | 2020-02-08
The undemocratic and incompetently run Iowa caucuses remind me of a vampire

Thuringia, Germany: Minister president elected with votes of far-right AfD announces resignation
wsws.org | 2020-02-08
Twenty-four hours after being elected with the support of the far-right AfD, CDU and FDP as minister president of the state of Thuringia, Free Democrat politician Thomas Kemmerich announced his resignation.

US broadcaster Gayle King 'gets death threats' after Kobe Bryant rape case question as media grapples with NBA star's legacy
rt.com | 2020-02-08
US broadcaster Gayle King has received death threats amid the backlash over an interview in which she asked about rape allegations against late NBA star Kobe Bryant, King's friend Oprah Winfrey has said. | King was subjected to a barrage of online criticism after footage aired of a CBS News interview with retired women's basketball star Lisa Leslie. | In the clip, King asks Leslie about the sexual assault claims brought against Bryant in 2003

A Tired Biden Gives Klobuchar a Chance to Shine
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2020-02-08
A Tired Biden Gives Klobuchar a Chance to Shine…

In New Hampshire, Bernie Battles Buttigieg, Billionaires, and Big Money
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2020-02-08
In New Hampshire, Bernie Battles Buttigieg, Billionaires, and Big Money…

'No Chance In Hell': Former Clinton Advisor Warns Against Bernie Sanders Democratic Nomination
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-08
As the United States Democratic primary elections move into full gear, party veterans begin to weigh in on the sharp rise in support for self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders and the shock victory of Mayor Pete Buttigieg in Iowa.

NBA: Korkmaz career high helps 76ers beat Grizzlies
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-08
Turkish international Furkan Korkmaz scored a career-high 34 points on Friday night to help Sixers beat Grizzlies 119-107 at Wells Fargo Center in the NBA.Korkmaz, coming off the bench, shot 7/9 from the three-point line, added 6 rebounds and 4 assists for an all-around game to go along with his career night.After three quarters, the score was 97-66 in favor of the Sixers, when Korkmaz had already 29 points.All-Star Ben Simmons scored 22 points and dished out 10 assists in the win, while Tobias Harris chipped in with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the 76ers.For the Grizzlies, center Jonas Valanciunas sco…

Polish judiciary changes are a 'destruction': EU commissioner
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-08
Poland's overhaul of its judiciary constitutes "destruction" not reform, EU Values and Transparency Commissioner Vera Jourova said in an interview published on Saturday, amid growing concern that Poland's nationalists are seeking to muzzle judges.Since coming to power in 2015, Poland's eurosceptic, nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party has introduced a series of judicial reforms that EU officials and democracy activists say may breach the bloc's standards on the rule of law.Its most recent reforms aim to discipline judges who question court appointments under new rules, introducing measures that critics say are…

Chris Matthews Slammed for Spreading Misinformation About Sanders' Democratic Socialist Agenda on Post-Debate Panel
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-08
MSNBC host Chris Matthews drew rebukes on social media Friday night after suggesting that as a Democratic Socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders could lead a dictatorship in which establishment political figures would be "executed," should he win the presidency. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-02-08_at_10.28.50_am.jpg

Because Defeating NRA 'Takes a Movement,' March for Our Lives Co-Founder Joins Sanders Campaign as Gun Violence Prevention Advisor
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-08
A co-founder of March for Our Lives, the group formed by survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting in 2018, joined Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign Saturday, saying he believes a "movement" that has captured the support of young people across the country is what is needed to fight gun violence and the powerful gun lobby. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-02-08_at_4.16.58_pm.jpg

How Advocates Are Fighting Voter Suppression
Linda Kramer Jenning | commondreams.org | 2020-02-07
Often the newer restrictions focus on bureaucratic details, but their intent and impact target the same populations that historically faced violence and harassment when seeking to exercise the right to vote. (Photo: AFGE/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/votingrights_1.jpeg

The Democratic Party Leadership Has Done the Impossible, Disgracing Itself!
Dave Lindorff | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-07
Bernie Sanders declares victory on Thursday in chaotic (and perhaps unsuccessfully DNC-hacked) Iowa Caucus Hooray for Bernie Sanders! He waited until he had the numbers and now he's calling it. He won Iowa! Maybe the same corporate media that have been touting Pete Buttigieg as the "presumptive winner" in the messy Iowa Caucus, now that …

Lee Camp: They're Going to Try to Steal California From Sanders (Again)
Lee Camp | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-07
Californians should be forewarned that if they want to vote for someone outside the centrists

Democrats Seek to Suppress Sanders Victory in Iowa
Patrick Martin | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-07
The effort by the Democratic Party establishment to conceal or suppress reports of Senator Bernie Sanders' victory in the Iowa caucuses reached a new stage Thursday with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez calling on the Iowa Democratic Party to …

Bernie Sanders on the offensive as presidential contenders head into new debate
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2020-02-07
Ahead of the latest Democratic Party primary debate in New Hampshire today, progressive frontrunner Bernie Sanders is on the offensive. This comes after an electoral farce in Iowa that put his establishment opponents in a particularly bad light.Sanders won the popular vote in the Iowa primary: | I want to thank the people of Iowa for the very strong victory they gave us at the Iowa caucuses on Monday night. | Some 6,000 more Iowans came out to support us t…

The Clinton Machine Will Do Anything to Stop Bernie Sanders
Robert Scheer | truthdig.com | 2020-02-07
The botched Iowa caucuses have raised many legitimate questions about the Democratic establishment, but to understand the point we're at now, it's necessary to think back several years. According to Grayzone journalist and editor Max Blumenthal, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer's guest on the latest installment of "Scheer Intelligence," part of the backlash Bernie Sanders is currently experiencing as he at…

Democrats seek to suppress Sanders victory in Iowa
wsws.org | 2020-02-07
The effort to conceal or suppress reports of Senator Bernie Sanders' victory in the Iowa caucuses reached a new stage Thursday with DNC Chairman Tom Perez calling on the Iowa Democratic Party to recanvass the state.

Iowa debacle fueled by anti-Bernie billionaires, Russiagate hucksters, failed DNC elites
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-07
Max Blumenthal breaks down the shadowy network of billionaires, Democratic elites, and Russiagate profiteers behind the Shadow app that ruined…

Why Nancy Pelosi is "A National Disgrace"
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-07
Nancy Pelosi tears up Trump's State of the Union Address. | "I thought it was a terrible thing," said Trump. "It's illegal what she did. She broke the law." | On one thing I agree with Donald Trump: | Speaker of the House …

The Game is Rigged
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-07
Let's not beat around the bush. The game is rigged. The fix is in. | I'm not just talking about the neofascistic Donald Trump, the Republican Party, the Republican-controlled United States Senate and the fake-impeachment trial that body just concluded. I'm talking about their neoliberal enablers, the Democrats too.

Bernie, Bloomberg, and the Other Billionaire
Ted Glick | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-07
There's one reason why it's a good thing that Wall Street billionaire Michael Bloomberg is trying to buy the Presidency: it could remove the issue of age for those concerned about candidates in their 70s. Bloomberg is 79, the same age as Bernie. Bloomberg's desperate move is happening following Biden's persistent stumbles and weaknesses, and …

Manufacturing Success: CNN's Premature Parade for Buttigieg in Iowa
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2020-02-07
Four days after the Iowa caucuses took place, no victor has been declared and the vote remains mired in controversy and irregularities. But if you've been watching CNN for the last few days, you could be excused for imagining Pete Buttigieg had won. | Some at CNN simply took it as fact that Buttigieg had won Iowa–like David Axelrod, who declared ( 2/4/20): "The way he won in Iowa, and I think he was trying to make this point here, is a road map." CNN anchor Jim Sciutto, ready to discuss th…

The Civilizing Sermon
Peter Harrison | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-07
Discourse: communication in speech or writing; a speech or piece of writing about a particular, usually serious, subject; spoken or written discussion

Appeals Court Rejects Democrats' Emoluments Suit Against Trump
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-07
Two days after the Senate acquitted the President of the United States in his impeachment, a federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Democratic Party, accusing Donald Trump of violating the anti-corruption provisions of the United States Constitution with his business. The decision ended a week of political victories by the Republican President. | RELATED: | Guaido, Soleimani and the Middle East: Trump State of the Union | Meanwhile, the disappointment of the Dem…

Trump May Not be a Dictator, But He Has a Despot's Sense of Impunity
Ariel Dorfman | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-07
Now that President Trump has been "acquitted" in a sham trial by the Republican-controlled Senate and given unfettered license to act as he pleases, is there a real danger that he will become a dictator? According to Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and one of the House impeachment managers,…

Targeting Gender Nonconforming Youth
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-07
The U.S. has been a battlefield over cultural values for nearly 50 years. In states throughout the country, the religious right

Dems must focus on removing Trump from the White House
John Bachtell | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-07

Risk of Nuclear War Rises as U.S. Deploys a New Nuclear Weapon for the First Time Since the Cold War
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-07
The Federation of American Scientists revealed in late January that the U.S. Navy had deployed for the first time a submarine armed with a low-yield Trident nuclear warhead. The USS Tennessee deployed from Kings Bay Submarine Base in Georgia in late 2019. The W76-2 warhead, which is facing criticism at home and abroad, is estimated to have about a third of the explosive power of the atomic bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) called the news "an alarming development that heightens the risk of nuclear war." We're joined by William Arkin, longtime reporter…

Failed Prosecutions: Donald Trump Survives the Senate
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-07
Never undertake a prosecution unless you have good grounds, and prospects, for a solid conviction. In the case against President Donald Trump, there was never a serious prospect that the Senate would cool sufficiently to give the Democrats the …

Democratic governor gives right-wing response to Trump State of the Union address
wsws.org | 2020-02-07
The Democratic Party rebuttal included hypocritical invocations of democracy, demagogic appeals to struggling workers and falsification of the party's reactionary record.

Trump says Democrats should 'expunge' his impeachment
rt.com | 2020-02-07
Still in a celebratory mood after his acquittal in the Senate, US President Donald Trump said Democrats should 'expunge' his impeachment, as their accusations against him were false. | "That's a very good question," Trump said when asked by a journalist whether the Democrats should "expunge" his impeachment in the House. | The president expressed confidence that "they should, because it was a hoax; it was a total political hoax." | He ripped into his Democratic opponents, saying that "they've gone totally crazy" and claiming they suffer from a "bad case" of "Trump derangement syndrome." | There's a lot of evil…

Media, Democratic Establishment Panics as Sanders Predicted to Sweep All 50 States
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-07
No matter how much mainstream media and establishment Democratic pols attempt to spin the results, Iowa has many of those in the establishment very worried, to say the least.

Bloomberg becoming Oligarch-in-Chief of Democratic Party
Glen Ford | mronline.org | 2020-02-07
If Sanders wins the nomination, Michael Bloomberg and his filthy rich brethren are already preparing to fund and erect an alternative structure of dependable corporate governance. | Source…

Shadow Coding: the Iowa Caucus and Carl Jung
Ipek S. Burnett | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-07
Political observers, media commentators, politicians, citizens. Everybody seemed to have choice words for the 2020 Iowa caucus: Disaster. Meltdown. Debacle. The Iowa Democratic Party had commissioned a new mobile app, a data synchronization platform, which was supposed to report the voting counts. As we know, what ensued were delays, inconsistencies, chaos, and confusion. Frustrated presidential candidates,…

Election Politics: From Chaos to an Emerging Political Consciousness?
Renee Parsons | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-07
The disintegration of Iowa's Democratic caucus before the nation's disbelieving eyes could not be a better metaphor for what some are calling the Evolutionary Shift of the Ages. In a nutshell, a shift in the nature of reality is underway …

UW-Parkside SDS lead rally to free Chrystul Kizer, confront DA Graveley
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-07
Kenosha, WI – Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) organized a #FreeChrystul rally at UW-Parkside on February 5 that saw 40 protesters attend. The demonstrators congregated outside the building where District Attorney Mike Graveley, Chrystul Kizer's prosecutor, was teaching his first class of the spring semester, on criminal law. | The group began with chants that echoed across the campus thanks to the excellent acoustics between campus buildings. Coinciding with the start of the class period, speakers from different organizations and backgrounds shared their messages. These included Adelana Akindes, a leader…

Enemies of Democracy: Neoliberalism and Authoritarian Finance
T.J. Coles | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-07
Democracy is supposed to mean rule by people. In the West, it means rule by upper classes via periodic representational charades in which candidates represent corporate interests and occasionally throw crumbs to the public to pre-empt full-scale revolution. But now even establishment institutions are worried about the implications of the lack of genuine democracy in…

Laurie Garrett: World Can't Let Racist Attitudes Impact Handling of Coronavirus Outbreak
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-07
The Chinese doctor who warned the government about a possible coronavirus outbreak has died after contracting the virus while working at Wuhan Central Hospital. Thirty-four-year-old ophthalmologist Li Wenliang warned his fellow medical workers about coronavirus on December 30. He was then investigated by police and accused of "making false comments." His death has sparked a wave of anger and outrage in China, where the hashtag "We want freedom of speech" went viral on Chinese social media site Weibo this week. The death toll from the coronavirus has now topped 630 people in China, with more than 31,000 confirmed…

Media Urge Palestinians to Take Crumbs–Because Democracy Is Not on Offer
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2020-02-07
by Gregory Shupak The Trump administration's "Vision for Peace" | The Trump administration's " Deal of the Century" is supposedly a plan to solve the question of Palestine. But as Michael Lynk, the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, points out, the deal doesn't offer Palestinians…

J31 "Fare Strike" Protest at New York's Grand Central Station
Coery Eiesbnreg | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-07
Just a few hours before the J31 Fare Strike convened at Grand Central Station, I had the opportunity to speak with Mayor de Blasio as a call-in to the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC. I alerted the Mayor to the …

The Erasure of Elizabeth Warren Continues
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2020-02-07
The Erasure of Elizabeth Warren Continues…

Tracking Down Mayor Pete's Black Voter Problem
Darryl Pinckney | thenation.com | 2020-02-07
Tracking Down Mayor Pete's Black Voter Problem…

Sanders Surged in Iowa on a Wave of New Voters
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2020-02-07
Sanders Surged in Iowa on a Wave of New Voters…

Universal Coverage Is Not Only Realistic, It's a Better System
J. Mijin Cha | thenation.com | 2020-02-07
Universal Coverage Is Not Only Realistic, It's a Better System…

Live Chat: Watch the 8th Democratic Debate With 'The Nation'
The Nation | thenation.com | 2020-02-07
Live Chat: Watch the 8th Democratic Debate With 'The Nation'…

Roaming Charges: When Satan Quotes Scripture
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-07
The caucus system has been fetishized by the political pundit class for decades as an example of small state "town hall" style democracy in action. In fact, they're anti-democratic, often controlled by party bosses, where, lacking secret ballots, people bullied into voting with the mob. Less than 10 percent of registered Democrats turn out for these spectacles, far less than 60 percent you'd expect to vote in a primary. In the last few election cycles, however, Obama, Ron Paul and Sanders figured out how to exploit some of the weaknesses of the caucus system to defeat the bosses, which has resulted in the party t…

Human Rights Watch: 200 Salvadoran Asylum Seekers Killed, Raped or Tortured After U.S. Deportation
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-07
A shocking new report says at least 200 Salvadoran asylum seekers were either killed, raped or tortured after being deported from the United States back to El Salvador. Human Rights Watch found that some 138 people deported to El Salvador were murdered by gang members, police, soldiers, death squads or ex-partners between 2013 and 2019. The report says most of the victims were killed within two years after being deported, by the same perpetrators the asylum seekers had fled from. From Denver, Colorado, we speak to Clara Long, senior researcher for Human Rights Watch. And joining us from El Salvador, we speak to "

"The Squad" Joins Town Hall With Grassroots Activists on Critical Issues of 2020
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-07
The live streamed event will proudly feature four of the bravest and most progressive voices for change the U.S. Congress has seen in decades: Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as well as prominent artists, activists and organizers. | We are pleased to partner with the award-winning team at Democracy Now! To publicize this event. Author and Democracy Now co-host Nermeen Shaikh will moderate. | We will also be joined by activists hosting watch part…

Chaos Continues in Iowa as Democrats Mistakenly Award Delegates for Bernie Sanders to Deval Patrick
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-06
Results from Monday's Iowa caucuses continue to trickle in, with 97% of precincts reporting as of Thursday morning. Senator Bernie Sanders and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg are now in a virtual tie. Sanders maintains a lead in the popular vote, but Buttigieg has a slight advantage in what's known as the "state delegate equivalent" race. Buttigieg has 26.2% of state delegate equivalents, while Sanders is at 26.1%. The New York Times is now predicting Sanders has a greater chance of winning overall, in part because of the Vermont senator's overwhelming strength in satellite caucuses. Responding to widespre…

Sanders declares victory in Iowa as DNC demands a 'recanvass'
rt.com | 2020-02-06
Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has declared victory in the Iowa caucus after three days of chaotic counting and recounting, calling the popular vote in his own favor with 97 percent of precincts reporting. | "What I want to do is thank the people of Iowa for the victory they gave us on Monday night," Sanders said in a press conference on Thursday. With some 97 percent of precincts reporting, the Vermont senator is ahead in the popular vote by over 6,000, but still lags slightly in delegates behind South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg. | Thank you Iowa for bringing our campaign to victory! W…

Historian: With Impeachment Acquittal, the GOP Has Given Trump a Blank Check to Do Anything He Wants
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-06
The U.S. Senate has acquitted President Trump of two impeachment charges in just the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history. Trump was accused of abusing power and obstructing Congress to aid his re-election campaign by pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden. Every Democratic senator voted to remove President Trump from office, but they were joined by just one Republican: Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, who supported impeaching Trump on abuse of power. Romney became the first senator ever to vote against his own party's president in an impeachment trial. President Trump respond…

How Corporate Media Make Pete Look Like He's Winning
Jim Naureckas | fair.org | 2020-02-06
If you turn to the New York Times for an update on the excruciatingly and inexplicably slow counting of the votes from the Iowa caucuses, you find what looks like a bar chart showing that South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg did approximately 50 times better than any of his next closest rivals: | On closer examination, it turns out that that is not a bar chart…

A Neoliberal Legacy: America's Fascism Problem Runs Much Deeper Than Trump
Roger D. Harris | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-06
In recent years, the press reports of racist young whites attracted to far-right persuasions including flirting with fascism. But are they the cause or the consequence?

Trump, Racism, and Fascism: More than Just Personality Disorders
Roger D. Harris | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-06
After the supposedly post-racial presidency of Barack Obama, what passes for the liberal punditry discovered racism had arisen in the homeland. They never felt so good feeling bad about racism, denouncing what they identified as its primal cause

PRO Act passes; BlueGreen Alliance says green union jobs possible
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-06
WASHINGTON–Turning aside a multitude of Republican "poison pill" schemes, the Democratic-run U.S. House passed the Protect The Right To Organize (PRO) Act, the nation's most-comprehensive pro-worker labor law reform in decades, 224-194. Five Republicans and 219 Democrats voted for it. And as strenuous worker lobbying by e-mail and toll-free phone preceded the Feb. 6 late-evening …

Trump slams Romney & Pelosi for faith-based hypocrisy during impeachment
rt.com | 2020-02-06
US President Donald Trump took a veiled swipe at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the sole Republican senator to vote for his removal, Mitt Romney, slamming those who use their faith to justify "doing what they know is wrong." | Trump avoided calling the sanctimonious pair out by name during the annual National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, but everyone listening seemed to know which "very dishonest and corrupt people" he was referring to with his accusations of rank religious hypocrisy. | President Trump: "I don't like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong. Nor do I like…

PHONY liberal media turns Republican Romney into HERO for sticking it to Trump (just like it did McCain & Bush)
rt.com | 2020-02-06
Mitt Romney is the latest token Republican being hoisted up on the shoulders of the mainstream media thanks to his "courageous" decision to defy Donald Trump by voting with Democrats to impeach the president. | You would think the Utah senator single-handedly defeated Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) and then rescued a few kittens out of trees on his way home the way the media is writing about him. | The New Yorker declared that the former presidential candidate "seized" a chance to "rewrite his own place in history" with his impeachment vote. | An opinion piece in the Washington Post deemed the decision "cou…

Erasing History: The National Archives Is Destroying Records About Victims of Trump's ICE Policies
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-06
Last month, the National Archives and Records Administration apologized for doctoring a photo of the 2017 Women's March to remove criticisms of President Trump. The shocking revelation that the agency had altered the image was first reported in The Washington Post. In an exhibit called "Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote," the National Archives had displayed a large image of the first Women's March. But signs referencing Trump had been blurred to remove his name

Trudeau Government's Effort to Overthrow Venezuelan Government
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-06
What's more likely to shape Canadian policy in the Hemisphere: human rights and democracy or bankers' bottom-line? Last week Venezuelan politician Juan Guaidó was fêted in Ottawa. The self-declared president met Canada's Prime Minister, international development minister and foreign minister. Trudeau said, "I commend Interim President Guaidó for the courage and leadership he has shown …

'Must have studied theology at Trump University': Donald Jr. schooled after trying for Pelosi diss with Bible reference
rt.com | 2020-02-06
Donald Trump Jr. got an unexpected Bible lesson when going after Nancy Pelosi with a Satan reference and learned that he didn't know the holy text well enough. | Don Jr. has plenty of reasons to insult Pelosi, but his latest diss didn't really hit the mark. | "Likelihood of Nancy Pelosi praying for Trump is about the same as the likelihood of Satan running around quoting the Scriptures," Trump Jr. tweeted in response to a video of his father at the National Prayer Breakfast criticizing people who "use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong." | Likelihood of Nancy Pelosi praying for Trum…

Tulsi Gabbard in New Hampshire
Michael Tracey | thenation.com | 2020-02-06
Tulsi Gabbard in New Hampshire…

Sanders & Buttigieg Lead in Early Iowa Results After Faulty App Leads to Catastrophe at Caucus
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-05
The final results of Monday's Democratic Iowa caucuses remain unknown, with 71% of precincts reporting the final tallies of the first 2020 presidential contest. Senator Bernie Sanders is leading in the popular vote, while former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has a narrow lead of 26.8% of precincts

Roberto Lovato: Dems & GOP Share Same Playbook on Immigration, Foreign Policy & Corporate Domination
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-05
President Trump delivered his 2020 State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. The speech reprised many of the themes of Trump's 2016 campaign, including demonization of immigrants. We continue our discussion with Lee Fang, investigative journalist at The Intercept, and Roberto Lovato, author of the forthcoming book "Unforgetting: A Memoir of Revolution and Redemption." About 10 Democrats skipped the speech and a few more walked out while it was in progress, but Lovato says the Democratic establishment doesn't differ with Trump on many key issues. "Nancy Pelosi may have ripped the speech…

In State of the Union, Trump Celebrates Hate & Xenophobia While Touting "Great American Comeback"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-05
President Trump delivered his third State of the Union address Tuesday night, just a day before the Republican-controlled Senate is expected to vote to acquit him in the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history. Trump's speech, which focused heavily on the economy and immigration, sounded at times like a campaign rally, with Republican lawmakers chanting "Four more years!" He never once mentioned his impeachment trial. Prior to the speech, Trump refused to shake House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's hand, and once the speech was over, Pelosi was seen on television ripping up her copy of Trump's remarks. She la…

SOTU: Democratic "Resistance" Give Trump's Venezuela Aggression a Standing Ovation
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-05
Perhaps the loudest applause heard during Trump's State of the Union Address was reserved for Venezuala's Juan Guaidó, as Democrats and Republicans rose as one to salute the self-declared president.

Publisher Agrees to Boost Latinx Representation After Backlash to Whitewashed Novel "American Dirt"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-05
We look at the massive backlash and criticism against the novel "American Dirt" as a movement led by Latinx writers declares victory, demanding more representation in the publishing industry. Dignidad Literaria, or literary dignity, formed in response to the controversial immigration novel "American Dirt." The author, Jeanine Cummins, who is not Mexican, received a seven-figure advance for the book, and it was chosen for Oprah's Book Club. But its critics say "American Dirt" exploits and misrepresents Mexico and the experience of Mexican migrants. Critics also say the novel completely erases the voices of Central…

Russians did it! Democratic congresswoman finally says what Russiagaters have all been thinking about Iowa caucus fail
rt.com | 2020-02-05
A Texas congresswoman has suggested that Russians were responsible for the problems with the Democratic Party's Iowa caucus app and suggested the party call in the FBI to investigate. How did this take so long? | Rep. Sheila Jackson (D) called on Iowa Democrats to bring the FBI in to investigate Russian involvement in the malfunctioning of the vote-reporting app that threw the first vote of the 2020 election season into disarray. She made the comment during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on FBI oversight on Wednesday, but shrewd observers of Democratic behavior had predicted it almost immediately after th…

Pelosi the paper (ripping) tiger: Pro-wrestling theatrics at SOTU fail to pull the wool in latest divide & conquer move
rt.com | 2020-02-05
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's speech-ripping performance at President Donald Trump's SOTU isn't fooling disaffected Democrats, who want a leader who actually stands up to the president, rather than #Resistance theatrics. | Pelosi's if-looks-could-kill glare and paper-tearing finale at the president's yearly address to Congress on Tuesday may have dominated the discussion on social media through the night, but for every blue-check cheering for "Nancy the Ripper," there was a jaded progressive wondering what happened to genuine opposition. | Democrats handed Trump a blank check to make war, a massive military bud…

Impeachment over: Senate votes to acquit Trump
rt.com | 2020-02-05
The US Senate has voted to acquit President Donald Trump of impeachment charges brought by the House Democrats, ending the attempt to oust him from the White House ahead of the November 2020 elections. | The final vote on the first charge (abuse of power) was 52-48, with Mitt Romney (R-Utah) crossing the aisle to vote "guilty" alongside the Democrats. The vote on the second charge (obstruction of Congress) was 53-47, with Romney returning to the fold. It would have taken 67 votes to convict Trump on either count. | "Donald John Trump, president of the United States, is hereby acquitted," Chief Justice of the U…

Unleash the meme war! Pompeo mocks Pelosi's speech-tearing stunt with 'Simpsons' screenshot
rt.com | 2020-02-05
The grandstanding between President Trump and Speaker Pelosi during the State of the Union address has triggered an avalanche of memes online, with Mike Pompeo taking part among others. | Secretary of State Mike Pompeo posted a 'Simpsons' meme showing a tearful Lisa Simpson tearing papers into shreds in season 3 of the popular series. | pic.twitter.com/AaopLt8f9f– Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) February 5, 2020 | The obvious dig at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who tore in half her…

Billionaire pro-Israel Buttigieg backer Seth Klarman funds group behind Iowa's disastrous voting app
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-04
Behind the app that delayed Iowa's voting results is a dark money operation funded by anti-Bernie Sanders billionaires. Its top…

Can Bernie Sanders Defeat Trump? Jacobin's Bhaskar Sunkara & The Atlantic's David Frum Debate
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-04
After a chaotic night in Iowa, the focus of the Democratic race has now shifted to New Hampshire. Senator Bernie Sanders is leading in most New Hampshire polls a week ahead of the state's primary. While Sanders has been surging in popularity across parts of the country, the Democratic Party establishment is openly expressing concern that the self-described democratic socialist could win the nomination. While Bernie Sanders faces attacks from the corporate wing of the Democratic Party, many of his supporters say he is the candidate best suited to beat Trump in November. We host a debate with two guests who have di…

Chaos in Iowa: Caucus Results Delayed, But Bernie Sanders' Internal Data Shows He May Have Won
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-04
The Iowa Democratic Party delayed releasing results from Monday's caucuses after uncovering inconsistencies in the reporting of data. Caucuses were held in 1,600 precincts across the state on Monday, but many precincts had trouble reporting the delegate totals to the state Democratic Party. Part of the blame was placed on a new smartphone app designed to help precinct chairs tabulate and report the vote. Early Tuesday morning, Bernie Sanders's campaign released internal caucus numbers from 40% of the precincts in Iowa showing the Vermont senator was in first place with nearly 30% of the final count vote. Accordin…

Biden Threatens Lawsuit to Halt Release of Real Iowa Caucus Results
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2020-02-04
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Biden Threatens Lawsuit to Halt Release of Real Iowa Caucus Results

Witness to a Farce – Watching impeachment through the lens of the New York Times
Dorothee Benz | fair.org | 2020-02-04
Watching the actions of the Trump administration through the lens of the New York Times' coverage has been by turns dumbfounding, disheartening and infuriating. While the white nationalists running our government have rolled out one attack after another on civil rights, civil liberties, the independence of the judiciary, procedural democracy, human rights laws and planetary survival, the "paper of record" has offered a soothing translation of these threats into the familiar language of…

Block the Vote: Voter Suppression in 2020
Leila Rafei | aclu.org | 2020-02-03
Voting should be as easy and convenient as possible, and in many cases it is. But across the U.S., too many politicians are passing measures making it harder to cast a ballot. The goal is to manipulate political outcomes, and the result is a severely compromised democracy that doesn't reflect the will of the people. Our democracy works best when all eligible voters can participate and have their voices heard. | Suppression efforts range from the seemingly unobstructive, like voter ID laws and cuts to early voting, to mass purges of voter rolls and systemic disenfranchisement. And long before election cycles ev…

As Bernie Sanders Surges Ahead of Iowa Caucus, DNC Under Fire for Changing Rules to Help Bloomberg
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-03
The Iowa caucuses take place today, kicking off the official start of the 2020 presidential election season. Democratic presidential candidates spent the weekend making last-minute pitches to voters at rallies across Iowa. Meanwhile, the Democratic National Committee is facing criticism for overhauling its rules, opening the door for billionaire former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who is running a self-funded campaign, to take part in the next debate. This comes as fear is growing among some Democrats that Bernie Sanders might win the nomination. Politico reports a small group of DNC members have begun discussi…

"A Grand Tragedy": Democrats Slam Republican Stonewalling in Senate Impeachment Trial
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-03
The Republican-controlled Senate appears poised to acquit President Trump in just the third impeachment trial in U.S. history, with a final vote on the two articles of impeachment scheduled for Wednesday. On Friday, the Senate voted 51 to 49 against calling witnesses to the Senate trial. Just two Republican senators supported calling for witnesses and collecting new evidence: Mitt Romney of Utah and Susan Collins of Maine. Without new witnesses, Republicans have cleared the biggest hurdle in their drive to acquit President Trump on the two impeachment charges, which relate to his withholding of military aid to Uk…

ACLU: Trump Is Expanding His Racist Travel Ban, This Time Targeting Africans
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-03
The Trump administration has expanded its contested travel ban to six additional countries

Laurie Garrett on How Trump Has Sabotaged America's Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-03
As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, the United States has declared a public health emergency and is barring foreign nationals who have recently traveled to China from entering the country. So far, there are 11 confirmed cases of the virus in the U.S. The virus has claimed at least 361 lives in China. A 44-year-old man in the Philippines became the first casualty of the disease outside of China Saturday, and over the weekend the number of confirmed cases worldwide rose to at least 17,205 across more than two dozen countries, with most of those cases occurring in China. U.S. citizens who have visited H…

Kenosha, WI: Students plan rally in support of Chrystul Kizer outside DA Graveley's classroom
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-03
Kenosha, WI – As the semester approaches, members of the UW-Parkside chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) have been hard at work. Kicking off the new year, SDS is leading a rally in support of the release of Chrystul Kizer, a Milwaukee teenager accused of killing her sex trafficker, Randall Volar III. | Upon learning that Kenosha's district attorney, Michael Graveley, would be teaching a class at their campus, the students of the organization knew they had to act. | "I felt angry knowing that Graveley will be showing his face at Parkside," said Lana Akindes, a member of SDS. "He's proudly vouching f…

War with Iran Is at Stake–and Democrats' High Jumps Over Low Standards Aren't Helping
Norman Solomon | zcomm.org | 2020-02-02
The huge crisis with Iran is more dangerous because so many Democrats have been talking out of both sides of their mouths…

The Times They Are a-Changin: Bernie Sanders
Various Contributors | zcomm.org | 2020-02-01
Sometimes it feels like our world is falling apart, but real change is all around us…

Inappropriate, Not Impeachable: Key GOP Senator's "Astonishing" Statement Clears Way for Acquittal
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-31
The Republican-led Senate appears poised to acquit President Trump as early as today in his historic impeachment trial. On Thursday night, Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee announced he would vote against calling witnesses. Alexander said it was "inappropriate" for Trump to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival, but he went on to say "there is no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the United States Constitution's high bar for an impeachable offense." Democrats need four Republican senators to support calling for witnesses, bu…

Headlines for January 31, 2020
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-31
Senate Poised to Acquit President Trump in Impeachment Trial, World Health Organization Declares International Public Health Emergency, U.S. Special Envoy Warns of International Crisis in Idlib, Syria, Britain Formally Withdrawing from European Union Tonight, Pentagon Deploys 1st Low-Yield Nuclear Warhead-Armed Submarine, Trump Admin Poised to Loosen Restrictions on Use of Landmines, Human Rights Groups Condemn Mexico for Crackdown on Central American Migrants, Mexican Butterfly Conservationist Found Dead, Bolivia's Movement for Socialism Candidate Luis Arce Returns to Bolivia, U.S. Pushes EU to End Ban on Chemic…

House Votes to Rein in Trump's Iran War Powers While Ending Endless Wars
Jon Rainwater | peaceaction.org | 2020-01-31
Washington, D.C.