2020-02-10: News Headlines

RT (2020-02-10). Sanders asks for recanvass of 25 Iowa caucus precincts. rt.com Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has formally requested a partial review of last week's Iowa caucuses, after getting more votes but fewer delegates than rival Pete Buttigieg. | The recanvass request would apply to 25 precincts and three satellite sites. The Sanders campaign suggested they might ask for a full recount afterward. | "While a recanvass is just the first step in the process and we don't expect it to change the current calculations, it is a necessary part of making sure Iowans can trust the final results of the caucus," campaign adviser Jeff Weaver said in a statement on Monday. | Also…

Alan Macleod (2020-02-10). "I Will Put an End to Endless Wars:" Is Pete Buttigieg As Antiwar As He Claims? mintpressnews.com Pete Buttigieg has promised to "put an end to endless wars," but there are reasons to suspect a Buttigieg presidency would not be as pacifist as his pronouncement implies.

Staff (2020-02-10). Pete Buttigieg Has CNN to Thank for His Iowa 'Victory'. truthdig.com To understand the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor's surge in the polls, look no further than the network's irresponsible caucus coverage.

World Combined Sources (2020-02-10). Reps introduce New Way Forward Act to fight criminalization of immigrants. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Dec. 10, 2019, Reps. Jesús "Chuy" García (IL-04), Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Karen Bass (CA-37), and 30 Members of Congress, alongside over 145 advocacy organizations and community representatives, introduced the New Way Forward Act, H.R. 5383, a landmark piece of legislation to restore due process to the immigration system …

RT (2020-02-10). 'They aren't there for your misogynistic enjoyment': Broadcaster lands in trouble for 'scantily-clad girls' gymnastics comment. rt.com A US college basketball broadcaster is under fire after he suggested it would be a good idea to spend Valentine's Day looking at "scantily-clad girls" at a gymnastics event. | SEC Network basketball analyst Barry Booker made the comments during a live broadcast of Saturday's Arkansas-Missouri game, when an advertisement appeared on screen for an NCAA gymnastics meet on Friday, February 14. | When announcer Richard Cross suggested it might be a good option for a Valentine's Day date night, Booker replied: "Yeah, go hang out with the ladies… Honey, I want to go see some scantily-clad girls." | "Go hang out wit…

Donald Donato (2020-02-10). Left-wing "Sinn Féin" wins historic victory in Ireland. peoplesworld.org Sinn Féin, the left-wing republican party founded in 1905 and famed for its affiliation with the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA), has seen its popularity steamroll across the island in this weekend's national elections. Once considered a pariah in Irish and British politics, Sinn Féin appears to be poised to take a role in the …

RT (2020-02-10). Snoop Dogg insists he's 'non-violent' after calling broadcaster Gayle King 'dog-face b*tch' for asking Kobe Bryant rape question. rt.com Popular US rapper Snoop Dogg has attempted to clarify a statement in which he said Gayle King should "back off b*tch, before we come get you," after the TV host commented on NBA icon Kobe Bryant's past sexual assault allegation. | Snoop Dogg said that he is a "non-violent person" in an Instagram video accompanied by the caption "P. S. A. From the peoples champ now carry on and be nice to others," amid a developing furore about statements that he made about 65-year-old CBS host Gayle after she asked retired WNBA star Lisa Leslie if the 2003 allegation against the recently-deceased Bryant "complicated" how his l…

RT (2020-02-10). Spanish govt to ban glorification of Franco dictatorship — Socialist Party. rt.com The Spanish government plans to make it illegal to glorify the regime of former dictator General Francisco Franco as part of a reform of the criminal code, the Socialist Party said on Monday. | Franco, who ruled Spain from 1939 until his death in 1975, ordered the execution or imprisonment of tens of thousands of his enemies, while as many as 500,000 people died in the preceding civil war, Reuters said. His legacy still divides Spain and looms large over its political system. | "In a democracy you don't pay tribute to dictators or tyrants," parliamentary spokeswoman Adriana Lastra said. She did not spell out w…

RT (2020-02-10). Merkel's would-be successor Kramp-Karrenbauer steps down as CDU head amid coalition mayhem. rt.com Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Germany's Defense Minister and Angela Merkel's protégé, is resigning as leader of the Chancellor's CDU party and will not seek to compete for the country's top job in the next election. | Kramp-Karrenbauer, or AKK, as she likes to be known, made headlines on Monday by announcing that she will not lead the Christian Democrats (CDU),

Oliver Vargas (2020-02-10). Meet the candidates taking on Bolivia's U.S.-backed right-wing government. peoplesworld.org Bolivia's presidential elections are scheduled to take place on May 3, 2020. The elections will be organized by the "transitional" government of Jeanine àÅñez, who seized power in a U.S.-backed military coup on November 10, 2019. The coup forced out the democratically elected leftist-Indigenous government of Evo Morales, who presided over an economic boom following …

Thomas Klikauer (2020-02-10). Climate Manipulation and Murdoch's PR Machine. counterpunch.org Western democracies and their respected societies appear to be incapable or unwilling of solving global warming. At least partly, this might be because voters in most countries have been lied to by the corporate media for decades on end. Much of this is due to one very rich and very old man — Rupert Murdoch. The shaping of public opinion takes place in a world in which very rich and very powerful men — they are always men — make their own rules, define their own issues, help getting their people elected, and make sure that global warming remains down the list of voters' most pressing concerns. <...

Norman Solomon (2020-02-10). DNC in Disarray While the Sanders Campaign Gains Momentum. counterpunch.org As a center of elite power, the Democratic National Committee is now floundering. Every reform it has implemented since 2016 was the result of progressive grassroots pressure. But there are limits to what DNC Chair Tom Perez is willing to accept without a knock-down, drag-out fight. And in recent weeks, he has begun to do

Staff (2020-02-10). Presidential Gender Barrier a Low Priority for Iowa Democrats. truthdig.com Voters say it is important for a woman to be president, but many believe a female nominee will have a harder time beating Donald Trump.

RT (2020-02-10). Greece to speed up creation of migrant holding centers after protests. rt.com The Greek government plans to accelerate the creation of detention centers on its outlying islands in the Aegean Sea after a backlash against overcrowded camps by some migrants and nearby residents. | Authorities in Athens said on Monday they would proceed with the purchase of land on the islands of Lesbos, Chios and Samos, and press ahead with plans to create holding facilities on state-owned land on Kos and Leros. | "The government has decided to close today's anarchic facilities and create controlled, closed facilities," spokesman Stelios Petsas said. The conservative New Democracy cabinet, elected last Jul…

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2020-02-10). The Bernie Sanders Campaign and the Struggle for Socialism. indybay.org A'Roma Roasters Coffee and Tea | 95 5th St, Santa Rosa, California 95401…

WSWS (2020-02-10). Growing attacks on socialism in Democratic presidential race. wsws.org With polls showing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders the likely first-place finisher in tomorrow's Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire, Sanders' opponents have focused their attacks on his public identification as a "democratic socialist."

Dave Lindorff (2020-02-10). Sh*t-can Perez and the DNC. counterpunch.org 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 their story is collapsing are unwilling to call it for Bernie. Sanders, in a

Norman Solomon (2020-02-10). Why the Buttigieg Campaign Tried to Have Me Arrested for Handing Out Information About Medicare for All. indybay.org Trying to block information on a New Hampshire campus…

Norman Solomon (2020-02-10). Why the Buttigieg Campaign Tried to Have Me Arrested for Handing Out These Medicare for All Fliers. commondreams.org US Presidential Candidate and former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a Town Hall event in Keene, New Hampshire. – US Presidential Candidates are in the state for the upcoming 2020 New Hampshire Democratic primary who will take place on February 11, 2020. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/buttigieg_new_hampshire.jpg

Whitney Webb (2020-02-10). Despite Iowa Caucus Fiasco, Nevada Democrats Plan to Use New Software "Tool" mintpressnews.com Though the fallout from the Iowa Caucus is still fresh, it appears that the technology-driven chaos and corruption seen in Iowa have not served as a warning to the Nevada Democratic Party.

Staff (2020-02-10). Headlines for February 10, 2020. democracynow.org Coronavirus Deaths Soar as First U.S. Citizen Succumbs to Disease, Iowa Dem. Party Officially Gives Buttigieg the Lead as Candidates Prepare for New Hampshire Vote, Trump Budget Seeks Boost to Military and Nuclear Spending, Cuts to Social Programs and EPA, Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan, Trump Fires Key Impeachment Figures Following Acquittal, Thai Soldier Kills 29 People in Shooting Rampage, Brazilian Police Kill Hitman Suspected of Involvement in Marielle Franco's Assassination, Temperature Reaches Record-Breaking 65 Degrees in Antarctica, Extinction Rebellion Activists Demand New York Divest from Foss…

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2020-02-10). Democrats vs Bernie in 2020, Repeat of 2016. indybay.org In Iowa, Bernie won the popular vote but a corporate candidate most of us never heard of, Peter Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind (mayors of small towns do not usually run for president) supposedly won the delegate vote. Now in California, Los Angeles County voters are receiving incorrect ballots.

Staff (2020-02-10). GOP "Climate Plan" Calls for Planting Trees But No Emissions Reduction. truthout.org When it comes to climate, it's quite easy for the right to use the media as a spin machine. The media, starving for plans to "counteract" the progressive Green New Deal to fulfill the everlasting need for a false dichotomy, laps up any spurious climate plan that conservatives might come out with. The most recent media grab by the GOP on climate — in which Republicans have been working on a wholly insufficient climate plan since January at least — has turned out exactly as expected. | As D…

WSWS (2020-02-10). This week in history: February 10-16. wsws.org 25 years ago: US House of Representatives moves to eliminate welfare On February 15, 1995, the human services subcommittee of the Republican-led House Ways and Means Committee approved provisions to a draft Personal Responsibility Act that would abolish the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs and transform them into block grants to the 50 states. The bill would cut as much as $40 billion from welfare spending over five years.

Nick Licata (2020-02-10). Could Trump's Acquittal Flip the Senate? counterpunch.org The Senate's acquittal of President Donald Trump could flip the Senate to the Democrats. That is because swing voters could be more negatively influenced by the Republican's Senate trial than the Democrats' House impeachment. Why is that? Compare each party's main critique of the other party's performance. Republicans charge the House Democrats for not proving

Kevin Ryan (2020-02-10). 9/11 Analysis: Carbon Nanotubes in World Trade Center Dust. globalresearch.ca At the Toronto Hearings in 2011, Professor Niels Harrit described a new discovery related to the World Trade Center (WTC) dust. That new discovery was the presence of carbon nanotubes in the residues of nanothermite ignition. The importance of these …

Mel Gurtov (2020-02-10). Donald Trump's Fantasy World. counterpunch.org House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tore up Donald Trump's speech, saying he was "shredding the truth." It was quite a moment, and though she took some heat for such an impertinent act, she was right: The speech is full of lies, exaggerations, and misrepresentations. Here are some that caught my eye, arranged by topic: The Big

Binoy Kampmark (2020-02-10). Failed Prosecutions: Donald Trump Survives the Senate. counterpunch.org 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

Johannes Stern (2020-02-10). German Ruling Class Commemorates Liberation of Auschwitz by Planning New Wars and New Crimes. globalresearch.ca On Wednesday, a neo-fascist party helped form a regional government in Germany for the first time since the end of Nazi rule. | Despite the pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) receiving just five percent of the vote in the regional election …

Staff (2020-02-10). Charles Koch's Political Operation Gears Up to Attack 2020 Democrats. truthout.org Charles Koch's Americans for Prosperity Action (AFP Action) has AFP Action was launched months before the 2018 midterms as "a new tool to build broad policy coalitions in Congress to help adva…

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2020-02-10). Joe Biden jokingly calls a voter 'a liar', but his poll ratings show he has nothing to laugh about. thecanary.co At a Democrat primary event in New Hampshire on 9 February, a young student asked former US vice president Joe Biden why voters should believe he could win the national election. But instead of giving her a straight answer, Biden called her a "lying dog-faced pony soldier". So his response left a lot of people in the room and online quite puzzled: | t.co/yTfLtvvFBP — Reuters (@Reuters)

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2020-02-10). Being a Democrat—Ugh. globalresearch.ca Notwithstanding the impotent Senate Minority. Not those ill-fated bills championed as victories by House Democrats only to be spurned by the upper chamber; not smug, elitist party fundraisers; not funding strategists and millionaire celebrity donors; not even bumbling Iowa Democratic …

R.R. (2020-02-10). El Cerrito Shows Up to Say: No Witnesses, No Fair Acquittal. indybay.org Feb. 5, 2020. In the East Bay city of El Cerrito, the call went out to "flood the streets to protest against this reprehensible cover-up and despicable GOP attempts to destroy our democracy!"

Gar Smith (2020-02-10). Will the KPFA Building Be Up For Auction? indybay.org As a result of the failure of the management of KPFA to pay the property tax bill their building may be up for auction. The same management is supporting new bylaws to corporatize the foundation and eliminate staff representation and democratic governance. There will be a press conference in front of the station on Wednesday Feb 12 at 12: 00 noon.

Brett Redmayne-Titley (2020-02-10). Iowa: Where The Democrats' DNC Dreams Go to Die. Bernie, The "Trumpian Front Runner" globalresearch.ca After months of the DNC's daily water boarding of the American public with their manufactured jurisprudence know as The Impeachment, these same political wizards of electioneering have in one day, Monday, galvanized the person they most detest. This week's political …

John Nichols (2020-02-10). Amy Klobuchar Still Takes Newspapers Seriously. thenation.com Amy Klobuchar Still Takes Newspapers Seriously…

Jeet Heer (2020-02-10). It's Still the Economy, Stupid. thenation.com It's Still the Economy, Stupid…

sputniknews (2020-02-10). Stalking Horse for Hillary or Removal Tool for Bernie? What's Behind Buttigieg's Iowa Triumph. sputniknews.com Pete Buttigieg is rising as a consensus pick for moderate Democrats, while Joe Biden is losing steam, say US observers, explaining why Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama campaign donors have thrown their weight behind the young Democratic dark horse.

yenisafak (2020-02-10). Trump's $4.8 trillion budget likely to get thumbs-down from Congress. yenisafak.com President Donald Trump's $4.8 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2021 is likely to get a chilly reception from lawmakers on Monday over its proposals to slash spending on foreign aid and social safety net programs.The White House plans to unveil the budget blueprint for the fiscal year starting on October 1 at 12: 30 p.m. eastern time, but administration officials confirmed key figures from the document over the weekend.Democrats are expected to object to the deep spending cuts on domestic programs, while some Republicans may raise concerns over debt and deficits.The budget calls for a 21 percent cut in fore…

yenisafak (2020-02-10). UN dispatches humanitarian aid to war-stricken Syria. yenisafak.com The UN on Monday dispatched 43 truckloads of humanitarian aid to Idlib, a northwestern Syrian province torn by the years-long civil war.The trucks, with supplies to be distributed among residents in urban areas of Idlib, as well as the surrounding countryside, passed through the Cilvegozu border gate in Turkey's southern Hatay province.Syria has been mired in a vicious civil war since early 2011 when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests.Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million others displaced, according to UN figures.Idlib falls within a d…

Staff (2020-02-10). "Our Very Existence Is the Resistance": An Hour w/ AOC, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib & Ilhan Omar. democracynow.org On Friday, Democracy Now! co-host Nermeen Shaikh sat down for a rare joint interview with the Squad, the group of four freshmen Democratic congresswomen who have taken Capitol Hill by storm: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Omar and Tlaib are the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Omar is a former refugee from Somalia, and Tlaib is the first female Palestinian-American member of Congress. Ayanna Pressley is the first African-American woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts. Ocasio-Cortez was just 29 years old w…

Staff (2020-02-10). "Our Very Existence Is the Resistance": An Hour With the Squad. truthout.org On Friday, Democracy Now! co-host Nermeen Shaikh sat down for a rare joint interview with the Squad, the group of four freshmen Democratic congresswomen who have taken Capitol Hill by storm: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Omar and Tlaib are the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Omar is a former refugee from Somalia, and Tlaib is the first female Palestinian-American member of Congress. Ayanna Pressley is the fir…

John Davis (2020-02-10). Three Old White Guys: Bernie, Biden and Bloomberg. counterpunch.org Pete Buttigieg's declaration of victory in Iowa reminded us that neither sex, sexual orientation or skin color is in any way intrinsic to a person's judgement – the first gay or the first African-American or the first woman to do this or that may still be mired in the mediocrity of their convictions. Distinctions of identity may remain relevant, but it is the authenticity of their narratives that should concern us.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-02-10). Buttigieg Confirms Status as 'Austerity Candidate' With Call for Democrats to Prioritize Reducing Deficit. commondreams.org At a town hall in Nashua, New Hampshire Sunday, former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg told drew criticism from progressives and economists when he told the audience he would prioritize reducing the deficit if he wins the presidency in November. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/pete_buttigieg2_0.png

RT (2020-02-09). Maybe Trump doesn't know difference between communism and socialism, but he benefited from the latter — Sanders. rt.com One of Democratic presidential nomination frontrunners, Sen. Bernie Sanders, laughed at Donald Trump calling him a 'communist' and explained how the US President, who doesn't seem to know the difference, profited from 'socialism.' | Chris Wallace, the host of Fox News Sunday, asked the Vermont Senator, who identifies as a social democrat, an ubiquitous question about him being slammed by his opponents as a communist. The program played a clip of Trump saying that he thinks "he is a communist." | Bernie Sanders reacts to jabs from President Trump and Joe Biden on his self-proclaimed label of Democratic Socialis…

Nigel Clarke (2020-02-09). Inside Iowa's Irregularities. dissidentvoice.org There are few things in life more surreal than being on the ground when election fraud is taking place, feeling that knot in the stomach growing as tales of intrigue trickle in like slow-drip coffee on a particularly rough morning. I was in Georgia in 2018, when the gubernatorial race between Republican Brian Kemp and …

Staff (2020-02-09). MSNBC Host Skewered for Ludicrous Remarks on Sanders's Democratic Socialism. truthout.org 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. | Following the Democratic primary debate, Matthews joined other MSNBC commentators including Joy Reid and Chris Hayes in a panel discussion in which Matthews expressed concerns about Sanders's democratic socialist ideals, which he claimed the…

teleSUR (2020-02-09). New Hampshire Would Vote For Sanders On Dem. Primary: Poll. telesurenglish.net U.S. state of New Hampshire polls shows that electors who will vote Tuesday in the Democratic primary believe Senator Bernie Sanders has the best chance of beating President Donald Trump in the general election. | RELATED: | Of the 715 adults surveyed, 29 percent of the state's voters said they thought Sanders could win in November, compared to 25 percent for former Vice President Joe Biden and 14 percent for for…

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-02-09). Israel Bans Palestinian Exports to Outside World Markets. imemc.org Assistant undersecretary for the economic sector of the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture, Tareq Abu Laban, on Sunday, stated that that Israel's Defense Minister, Naftali Bennett's decision to ban all Palestinian agricultural exports to the world markets via Jordan came into effect today. Abu Laban told the Palestinian News and Info …

teleSUR (2020-02-09). US Warns Israel Against 'Unilateral' West Bank Annexation. telesurenglish.net United States Ambassador David Friedman to Israel warned the country Sunday not to declare sovereignty over the occupied West Bank without Washington's consent, opposing calls for immediate action by ultra-nationalists within Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition. | RELATED: | With Defence Minister Naftali Bennett and other ultra-nationalists urging an immediate cabinet vote on sovereignty in the occupied West Bank…

Staff (2020-02-09). N.H. Voters Say Sanders Has Best Chance of Toppling Trump. truthdig.com A new poll shows 29% believe the Vermont senator can win in November, besting Buttigieg, Biden and Warren ahead of Tuesday's primary.

Bryant Brown (2020-02-09). A Review of an Old Friend's Biography. Memoirs of Huge Keenleyside 1898 — 1992. globalresearch.ca I didn't know him well, but in the 1970's Hugh Keenleyside and I spent some time together. | That came about because in the late 1960's fund raising walks for international causes had become all the rage! Oxfam, the English charity …

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2020-02-09). Video: What Did Malcolm X Really Think about the Democratic Party? globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research in February 2017 | "I'll have those n*ggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years" —U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson to two governors on Air Force One according to Ronald Kessler's "Inside the White House"…

Staff (2020-02-09). Bloomberg Surrogates Have Seats on DNC Rules Committees. truthout.org This As the Democratic National Committee establishes procedures for the Democratic presidential nominating process, two members of DNC rules committees simultaneously work on the campaign of former New York Mayor Michael Bloo…

Sarah Jones (2020-02-09). The Democrats Finally Get Around to Talking About Abortion. commondreams.org On Friday evening, when the Democratic Party's primary candidates convened for another interminable showdown. Once moderators got the usual questions about socialism and Medicare for All out of the way they decided, bravely, to breach new ground.

Fight Back (2020-02-09). Who is Bill Conway, candidate for Cook County State's Attorney? fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – William Elias Conway, III is running against Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx in the March 17 Democratic Party primary election. He has flooded TV airways and cable channels with commercials promoting his 'progressive' agenda, pledging to "defend Chicago's marginal communities from attacks from Donald Trump." | But Bill Conway is the son of William Elias Conway, Jr., the founder of the Carlyle Group. His father is a multi-billionaire who has donated over $4 million to his son's campaign against incumbent Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx. Conway, Jr. has also strong-armed many East Coast c…

Yves Engler (2020-02-09). Bankers Shape Canadian Policy in Latin America. Juan Guaidó Fêted in Ottawa. globalresearch.ca 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. …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-02-09). With Two Days to Go Until Primary, New Polling Finds N.H. Voters See Sanders as Most Electable Against Trump. commondreams.org New polling out of New Hampshire showed voters in the state, who will go to polls on Tuesday in the Democratic primary, believe Sen. Bernie Sanders has the best chance of beating President Donald Trump in the general election. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1199572936.png

RT (2020-02-08). 'Unhinged': MSNBC host Chris Matthews goes on bizarre rant about mass executions & 'the Reds' while discussing Bernie Sanders. rt.com 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…

Bill Boyarsky (2020-02-08). The Iowa Caucuses Are a Mortal Threat to Democracy. truthdig.com The The first contest in th…

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

Fight Back (2020-02-08). Sanders wins the most votes in Iowa Caucus. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – After days of delay, the results are in: Bernie Sanders won the most votes in Iowa, leading in both the initial vote, as well as after the second round where weaker candidates in each caucus are dropped. As this became clear Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) called for a 'recanvass' of the caucus voting because of the chaotic reporting of results and the long delay. Ironically, this was caused by a new voting app developed by a small company founded by a former staffer of the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign. | During the delay, the corporate media consistently declared Pe…

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

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

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

WSWS (2020-02-08). Hillary Clinton launches new attack on Sanders. wsws.org 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.

Max Parry (2020-02-08). Democrats impeach Trump for Withholding Arms to Neo-Nazis in Ukraine. dissidentvoice.org 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 …

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

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

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-02-08). Chris Matthews Slammed for Spreading Misinformation About Sanders' Democratic Socialist Agenda on Post-Debate Panel. commondreams.org 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

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-02-08). Because Defeating NRA 'Takes a Movement,' March for Our Lives Co-Founder Joins Sanders Campaign as Gun Violence Prevention Advisor. commondreams.org 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

Dave Lindorff (2020-02-07). The Democratic Party Leadership Has Done the Impossible, Disgracing Itself! dissidentvoice.org 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 …

Ed Sykes (2020-02-07). Bernie Sanders on the offensive as presidential contenders head into new debate. thecanary.co Ahead of the latest Democratic Party primary debate in New Hampshire today, progressive frontrunner Bernie Sanders is on the offensive. This comes after an 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…

Julie Hollar (2020-02-07). Manufacturing Success: CNN's Premature Parade for Buttigieg in Iowa. fair.org 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 (

Glen Ford (2020-02-07). Bloomberg becoming Oligarch-in-Chief of Democratic Party. mronline.org 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. |

Staff (2020-02-07). Laurie Garrett: World Can't Let Racist Attitudes Impact Handling of Coronavirus Outbreak. democracynow.org 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…

Staff (2020-02-07). Risk of Nuclear War Rises as U.S. Deploys a New Nuclear Weapon for the First Time Since the Cold War. democracynow.org 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…

T.J. Coles (2020-02-07). Enemies of Democracy: Neoliberalism and Authoritarian Finance. counterpunch.org 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

RT (2020-02-07). Trump says Democrats should 'expunge' his impeachment. rt.com 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…

John Bachtell (2020-02-07). Dems must focus on removing Trump from the White House. peoplesworld.org DES MOINES, Iowa — Confusion surrounding the Iowa Caucus results continued Feb. 6 after Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez called for a re-canvass of votes to ensure their full integrity. The chaos is likely the final nail in the coffin of the Iowa caucus, long criticized as undemocratic and unrepresentative of Democratic base voters. …

Ted Glick (2020-02-07). Bernie, Bloomberg, and the Other Billionaire. dissidentvoice.org 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 …

Lee Camp (2020-02-07). Lee Camp: They're Going to Try to Steal California From Sanders (Again). mintpressnews.com Californians should be forewarned that if they want to vote for someone outside the centrists — say, Bernie Sanders — they need to change their party affiliation to either Democrat or No Party Preference. But it gets even worse, writes Lee Camp.

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

Staff (2020-02-07). Headlines for February 7, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Lashed Out at "Evil" Lawmakers Who Voted to Impeach Him, Sanders and Buttigieg Virtually Tied with 100% of Iowa Precincts Reporting, Buttigieg Campaign Moves to Cut Ties with Head of Data Company That Contracts with ICE, Chinese Doctor Who Raised Alarm of Coronavirus Has Died, Trump Says Pentagon Killed Leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Israeli Forces Kill 3 More Palestinians Amid Growing Protests, Canadian Police Raid Indigenous Wet'suwet'en Protest Camp, 20 Miners Trapped in Underground Mine in Zimbabwe, Brazilian Judge Declines to Pursue Charges Against Glenn Greenwald, El Salvador Says It Is…

Alan Macleod (2020-02-07). Media, Democratic Establishment Panics as Sanders Predicted to Sweep All 50 States. mintpressnews.com 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.

Fight Back (2020-02-07). UW-Parkside SDS lead rally to free Chrystul Kizer, confront DA Graveley. fightbacknews.org 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…

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

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

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

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

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

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-02-07). Roaming Charges: When Satan Quotes Scripture. counterpunch.org 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…

Staff (2020-02-07). Human Rights Watch: 200 Salvadoran Asylum Seekers Killed, Raped or Tortured After U.S. Deportation. democracynow.org 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 "

Gregory Shupak (2020-02-07). Media Urge Palestinians to Take Crumbs—Because Democracy Is Not on Offer. fair.org by Gregory Shupak The Trump administration's "Vision for Peace" | The Trump administration's "

RT (2020-02-06). Sanders declares victory in Iowa as DNC demands a 'recanvass'. rt.com 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…

RT (2020-02-06). Feel the Bern? Sanders takes lead in New Hampshire, him & Buttigieg gain ground nationwide after Iowa caucus fail — polls. rt.com Following the Iowa caucus fiasco — the results of which are still unclear— Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders have gained support, with the latter taking quite a solid lead in New Hampshire, fresh polls indicate. | All eyes are now on New Hampshire, where the next Democratic primary is set to take place on Tuesday. | Sanders enjoys 24 percent support in the state, according to a poll by Monmouth University released on Thursday. This gives him a solid lead over the rest of the Democratic candidates with former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Buttigieg in second place with 20 percent support, while former Vic…

Staff (2020-02-06). Chaos Continues in Iowa as Democrats Mistakenly Award Delegates for Bernie Sanders to Deval Patrick. democracynow.org 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…

Roger D. Harris (2020-02-06). A Neoliberal Legacy: America's Fascism Problem Runs Much Deeper Than Trump. mintpressnews.com 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?

Staff (2020-02-06). Historian: With Impeachment Acquittal, the GOP Has Given Trump a Blank Check to Do Anything He Wants. democracynow.org 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…

RT (2020-02-06). PHONY liberal media turns Republican Romney into HERO for sticking it to Trump (just like it did McCain & Bush). rt.com 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…

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