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'Too perfect': Iowa Dem Party sign falls off podium as chair struggles to explain caucus flop, Twitter sees a metaphor
rt.com | 2020-02-11
An Iowa Democratic Party sign fell to the floor as the party chairman tried to account for a disastrous caucus plagued by tech failures and bad math, creating what many netizens dubbed a perfect allegory for the botched primary. | As state party chair Troy Price fielded questions on Monday about "rounding errors" found in Iowa's Democratic primary results

Here They Come Again: The Kind of Neoliberal Democrats Who Prefer Trump to Sanders
Adolph Reed Jr. | commondreams.org | 2020-02-11
Democratic presidential candidates former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former Vice President Joe Biden greet each other prior to the start of the Democratic presidential primary debate in the Sullivan Arena at St. Anselm College on February 07, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Seven candidates qualified for the second Democratic presidential primary debate of 2020 which comes just days before the New Hampshire primary on February 11. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/t

Sanders Polls as the Favorite in New Hampshire Primary
teleSUR-age | telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-11
Hundreds of thousands of Democratic voters will go to the polls on Tuesday during the New Hampshire primary, where, according to party strategists, Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders has a good chance of winning. | RELATED: | US Election Cycle Kicks Off in Iowa With No Official Results | Just a week after the Iowa Democratic caucuses, in which no winner was officially declared, the strategists see Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as the overwhelming favorite to win New Hampshire and…

Molly Crabapple: Bloomberg Is a Billionaire Republican Who Terrorized Black & Brown Youth
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-11
Polls open Tuesday in New Hampshire for the first primary of the 2020 presidential cycle. The Democratic candidates have been criss-crossing the state in the days leading up to the vote, which has even more significance this year following the muddled results of the Iowa caucuses. We continue our conversation with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and a former New Hampshire legislator; Norman Solomon, co-founder and national coordinator of RootsAction.org, which is supporting Bernie Sanders; and we are joined in New York by Molly Crabapple, an artist, writer and activist who recently pu…

What's Driving Democrats' 'Bernie-or-Bust' Freakout
Jacob Bacharach | truthdig.com | 2020-02-11
Even before the debacle of the Iowa caucuses, in which the Democratic Party managed, despite its ineptitude, to deny Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a clear public victory by spiking the results entirely, there was a palpable sense of panic among the party's conservatives. (For some reason, we have all agreed to call them "centrists" or "moderates.") While his poll numbers remained fairly strong nationally and throughout the more heavily African-American South, Joe Biden seemed to be fading

Bernie Sanders nails the big problem with his main rival in the Democratic election
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2020-02-11
In the first vote of the Democratic primaries in Iowa, Pete Buttigieg emerged as the main challenger to Bernie Sanders. | The media has fawned over Buttigieg since before he officially announced his bid for the presidency in April 2019. That's…

Despite Corporate Media's "War on Bernie," Sanders Rides Wave of Support into New Hampshire Primary
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-11
Polls have opened in New Hampshire for the first primary of the election season. The vote comes eight days after the still-disputed Iowa caucuses, where both Senator Bernie Sanders and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg claimed victory. Both candidates have asked for a partial recanvass of the results. We speak with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and a former New Hampshire legislator, and Norman Solomon, co-founder and national coordinator of RootsAction.org, which is supporting Bernie Sanders.

Despite Sanders Leading in Polls, Corporate Media Say He Has "Flatlined"
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-11
Polls have opened in New Hampshire for the first primary of the election season. The vote comes eight days after the still-disputed Iowa caucuses, where both Senator Bernie Sanders and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg claimed victory. Both candidates have asked for a partial recanvass of the results. We speak with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and a former New Hampshire legislator, and Norman Solomon, co-founder and national coordinator of RootsAction.org,…

Buttigieg Advocates Boldness But His Policies Are Timid
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-11
In the leadup to Tuesday's primary election in New Hampshire, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has sought to claim that he gained momentum by narrowly winning the most delegates in the Iowa caucus, even though Sen. Bernie Sanders won the popular vote and the whole process has been overshadowed by ongoing reports of errors. (Meanwhile, Sen. Elizabeth Warren came in third, ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden.) | At the New…

No, Bernie Sanders Isn't a Socialist
John Sanbonmatsu | commondreams.org | 2020-02-11
Capitalism is literally destroying life on earth. (Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/capitalism_0.jpeg

Bloomberg Is a Billionaire Republican Who Terrorized Black and Brown Youth
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-11
Polls open Tuesday in New Hampshire for the first primary of the 2020 presidential cycle. The Democratic candidates have been criss-crossing the state in the days leading up to the vote, which has even more significance this year following the muddled results of the Iowa caucuses. We continue our conversation with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and a former New Hampshire legislator; Norman Solomon, co-founder and national coordinator of RootsAction.org, which is suppo…

Why the Buttigieg Campaign Tried to Have Me Arrested for Handing Out Information About Medicare for All
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2020-02-11
Trying to block information on a New Hampshire campus…

Why the Buttigieg Campaign Tried to Have Me Arrested for Handing Out Information About Medicare for All
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-11
You'd think that a presidential campaign backed by 40 billionaires and untold numbers of bundled rich people wouldn't worry about just one leaflet on Medicare for All. But minutes after Pete Buttigieg finished speaking in an auditorium at Keene State College in New Hampshire on Saturday, a Pete for America official confronted me outside the…

"Our Very Existence Is the Resistance"
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar | zcomm.org | 2020-02-11
Interview with the Squad, the group of four freshmen Democratic congresswomen who have taken Capitol Hill by storm…

Democrats Ignore Trump's Real Violations
Rep. Ron Paul | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-11
This week the latest Democratic Party attempt to remove President Trump from office

Buttigieg Campaign Aggressively Targeting Progressive Activists, Media
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-11
Between efforts to censor information critical of Buttigieg on social media and harass independent media outlets and their reporters at his rallies, it appears that a concerted effort is underway to control the narrative around the DNC primaries…

Trump budget cuts trillions from Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-11
WASHINGTON–Congressional Democrats, progressive groups, and defenders of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid all blasted President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. Two top government worker unions chimed, in, too, slamming Trump for proposing only a 1% raise for calendar 2021, far below inflation and below this year's 3.1%, …

Who Can Beat Trump? After Iowa Caucus Debacle, Stakes Increase for New Hampshire Primary
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-11
As voters head to the polls in New Hampshire for the nation's first presidential primary, we speak with Arnie Arnesen, a longtime radio and TV host in New Hampshire and former Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

How to beat Trump
Michael T. Hertz | nationofchange.org | 2020-02-11
As the primary season goes on, and if there is no clear winner emerging, the voters are going to want to see the Democrats emerge as an organized group, and not a warring faction.

Capitalism's Political Servants: Trump and Johnson
Richard D. Wolff | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-11
For the last half-century, US and UK capitalisms led the way in undoing the parallel legacies of the New Deal and Europe's social democracies. From its ascending Thatcher-Reagan couple to its descending Trump-Johnson imitation, neoliberal capitalism replaced Keynesian capitalism. Private corporate capitalists funded effective campaigns to celebrate neo-liberalism. The US and UK institutionalized it by de-regulating and privatizing further and faster than anywhere else…

Democrats Are Stumped Over How to Undo Republican Takeover of Federal Courts
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-11
With the help of Senate Republicans and the Federalist Society, President Donald Trump is transforming the federal judiciary. | In the first three years of his presidency, he's appointed nearly 200 ideologues, most of them young white men, to lifetime positions on the bench. This has created a political crisis for Democrats, one for which they have no clear plan. | That was the takeaway Satu…

If Bloomberg Wants to Buy an Election, He Should Run as a Republican Against Trump—Not Sabotage Democrats
Robert McChesney | commondreams.org | 2020-02-11
Mega-billionaire, Democratic presidential candidate, and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a campaign stop at Eastern Market in Detroit, Michigan, on February 4, 2020. (Photo: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/bloomberg_should_run_as_a_republican.jpg

Capitalism's Political Servants: Trump and Johnson
Richard D. Wolff | zcomm.org | 2020-02-11
For the last half-century, US and UK capitalisms led the way in undoing the parallel legacies of the New Deal and Europe's social democracies…

Parade of Dems warn UAW of perils of continuing Republican rule
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-11

'A TOTAL RACIST': Trump helps 'cancel' Bloomberg on Twitter after leaked audio blaming minorities for '95% of murders'
rt.com | 2020-02-11
Leaked audio of Democratic presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg calling for targeted police harassment of minorities, because 'that's where the real crime is,' has gone viral with a boost from Trump. | "95 percent of your murderers

In New Hampshire and Beyond, Medicare for All Is Fueling Sanders's Rise
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-11
When Democratic Party voters cast their ballots in New Hampshire today, many of them will be doing so under the crushing weight of the current health care system. New Hampshire has been severely ravaged by the opiate crisis, and its Medicaid system has been under attack by the State House and Donald Trump. Residents know firsthand how cruel and inefficient the private, multi-payer system can be. | Sen. B…

Democrats vs Bernie in 2020, Repeat of 2016
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2020-02-11
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.

Quebec court rejects petition to stay anti-democratic provisions of CAQ's "secularism" law
wsws.org | 2020-02-11
All three Appeal Court judges found that the CAQ law is causing "serious and irreparable harm" to religious minorities–especially Muslim women. Nevertheless, the court ruled that the "will" of the National Assembly must prevail.

Trump's New Budget Funds Endless War & Nuclear Weapons While Slashing Aid to Poor & Hungry Americans
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-11
President Trump unveiled his 2021 budget request Monday, proposing massive cuts to Medicaid and food stamps while increasing spending on the military and his border wall. The $4.8 trillion budget would slash Environmental Protection Agency spending by more than a quarter while allocating $18 billion for Trump's newly established Space Force. Trump is also requesting billions more for nuclear weapons, including a new submarine-launched nuclear warhead. Experts and Democratic lawmakers warn that increasing the nuclear stockpile will increase the likelihood of nuclear war and defy international agreements. Democrats…

A Victory for Vulture Funds: Puerto Rico's Unelected Financial Control Board Strikes Debt Deal
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-11
Puerto Rico's financial control board has struck a deal with bondholders to shed about $24 billion from its general obligation debt. The deal announced Sunday will cut the island's outstanding general obligation debt from $35 billion to about $11 billion; however, the island would have to pay about $3.8 billion upfront. The agreement will still need to be approved by Puerto Rico's Legislature. Puerto Rico's financial control board filed for bankruptcy in 2017 to attempt to restructure $129 billion in debt. The board, which is often referred to as "La Junta," is an unelected board that runs much of Puerto Rico's e…

El Cerrito Shows Up to Say: No Witnesses, No Fair Acquittal
R.R. | indybay.org | 2020-02-11
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!"

Dr. Lissa Johnson calls for workers and young people to rally in defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning
wsws.org | 2020-02-11
"Everyone who recognises that now is the time to take a stand against gross injustice and for fundamental democratic rights should attend the rallies."

Pete Buttigieg Can't Be Defeated Soon Enough
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-11
The former mayor has much to gain and lose in New Hampshire–it's hard to imagine him winning another state, if he doesn't win this one.

Young People Have Been Eyeing the New Hampshire Primary Since 2017
Ryan Grim | zcomm.org | 2020-02-11
They Could Make the Difference…

The American Malaise: Reflecting on Whether U.S. Politics Is "Beyond Repair"
Adeyinka Makinde | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-11
A recent BBC News article asked the quite pertinent question of whether U.S. politics is " beyond repair". The points that the writer Nick Bryant makes regarding political "hyperpartisanship", what he terms "the degradation of debate" and the corruption …

Don't Fall for Trump's Lie. Democrats Have Been Very Productive
Katrina vanden Heuvel | thenation.com | 2020-02-11
Don't Fall for Trump's Lie. Democrats Have Been Very Productive.

Who's Going to Save Us?
Jen Sorensen | thenation.com | 2020-02-11
Who's Going to Save Us?

Angela Merkel Critic Hailed As Favourite by German Media in Political Fight for CDU Post
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-11
After the current leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (AKK), dropped a bombshell announcement that she would not seek the chancellorship in 2021 and would vacate the party leadership post, speculation about her successor and, possibly, the future head of government flared.

Trump Calls Bloomberg 'Total Racist', Retweets Democrat's Alleged Speech on Stop-and-Frisk Policy
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-11
The wealthy Democratic candidate, the last to join the primaries for the presidential nomination, has faced significant criticism in the past over his support for the stop-and-frisk policy, during the tenure as the mayor of New York City. Opponents of the policy observed it as racially biased, primarily targeting minorities.

NH Voter Says Live on MSNBC That Network's Effort to Tear Down Bernie Sanders Made Her Vote for Him
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-11
"The kind of 'Stop Bernie' cynicism that I heard from a number of people… It made me angry, so I said, Bernie's got my vote." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-02-11_at_2.04.12_pm.png

More Than 75% of Democrats Would Support a Socialist for President: Gallup
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-11
A new Gallup poll was reported by several outlets as showing most Americans would not be willing to vote for a socialist, but a closer look revealed that an overwhelming majority of Democratic voters said they would back a socialist candidate. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/socialism_0.jpeg

Dem primary chaos: Millionaire actress roasted for stopping crowd from booing Hillary & whining about living on 'crumbs'
rt.com | 2020-02-11
Former 'Sex and the City' actress Cynthia Nixon campaigned for Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire, but found herself the target of Twitter mockery for fighting off Hillary Clinton boos and complaining about living on "crumbs." | Sanders has been leaning heavily on celebrity endorsements as the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination heats up, from 'Dances with Wolves' star Kevin Costner to rock band The Strokes. | Nixon was one of the stars making the case for the Vermont senator in New Hampshire ahead of the state's primary on Tuesday

Sanders asks for recanvass of 25 Iowa caucus precincts
rt.com | 2020-02-10
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…

Growing attacks on socialism in Democratic presidential race
wsws.org | 2020-02-10
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."

After final debate Dems wrap up their New Hampshire campaigns
Mark Gruenberg, John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-10
MANCHESTER, N.H.–As the primary election campaign in New Hampshire winds down Sen Bernie Sanders is lashing out at the newly unveiled Trump budget, calling it a budget "of, by and for the one percent." The final daily tracking poll from 7 News/Emerson College, just a day before the primary elections in New Hampshire, has Bernie …

DNC in Disarray While the Sanders Campaign Gains Momentum
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-10
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…

Despite Iowa Caucus Fiasco, Nevada Democrats Plan to Use New Software "Tool"
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-10
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.

Merkel's Heir Drops Chancellorship Hopes after Far-right Scandal
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-10
The woman who had been expected to become Germany's next chancellor said Monday she would not run for the top job, succumbing to a scandal involving the far-right and blowing wide open the race to succeed Angela Merkel. | RELATED: | Austrian Conservatives and Greens Reach Coalition Deal | Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is a protegee of the chancellor and leader of their conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) but has faced growing doubts over her suitability to replace Merkel, who has led G…

Climate Manipulation and Murdoch's PR Machine
Thomas Klikauer | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-10
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

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

"I Will Put an End to Endless Wars:" Is Pete Buttigieg As Antiwar As He Claims?
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-10
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.

Three Old White Guys: Bernie, Biden and Bloomberg
John Davis | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-10
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.

Reps introduce New Way Forward Act to fight criminalization of immigrants
World Combined Sources | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-10

9/11 Analysis: Carbon Nanotubes in World Trade Center Dust
Kevin Ryan | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-10
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 …

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

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

"Our Very Existence Is the Resistance": An Hour w/ AOC, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib & Ilhan Omar
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-10
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…

Who is Bill Conway, candidate for Cook County State's Attorney?
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-09
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…

Inside Iowa's Irregularities
Nigel Clarke | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-09
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 …

Sanders wins the most votes in Iowa Caucus
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-08
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…

'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…

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 …

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

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…

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…

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

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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 "

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…

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

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…

Northern Syria's two wars
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-06
Turkey's war on Rojava Chris SleeIssue 1252 Northern Syria Syrian Democratic ForcesFebruary 6, 2020There are currently two wars being fought in northern Syria. | First, is the war in Idlib province between the Bashar al-Assad dictatorship and va…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

What the Royal Family actually does
Stuart Munckton | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-04
books democracy Phil ShannonIssue 1252 Britain British Royal FamilyFebruary 4, 2020 | … And What Do You Do? What the Royal Family Don't Want You to Know | Norman Baker | Biteback Publishing, 2019…

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…

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…

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…

House Votes to Rein in Trump's Iran War Powers While Ending Endless Wars
Jon Rainwater | peaceaction.org | 2020-01-31
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Alive and Well: Voter Suppression and Election Mismanagement in Alabama
splcenter.org | 2020-01-24