2020-02-13: News Headlines

Prof. Joseph H. Chung (2020-02-14). The Political Economy of Corruption: Corruption Kills People, Ruins the Economy, Violates Human Rights. globalresearch.ca The whole world is facing the deepening and widening corruption which challenges the very survival of the free democracy and the free market economy. | Korea has been suffering for last 70 years from the corruption culture. But owing to courageous …

Michael Pappas (2020-02-13). Democrats Team Up With Trump to Maintain Disastrous Healthcare System. dissidentvoice.org On Tuesday, February 4, Donald Trump delivered his third State of the Union (SOTU) address. As expected, it was filled with contradictions, falsehoods, and distortions. Among other things, Trump spoke for close to ten minutes about health care in the U.S., claiming that he "will always protect Medicare." However, neither Trump and the Republicans, nor …

Steven Salaita (2020-02-13). How Bernie Sanders Became a "Fighter" for Palestine. counterpunch.org With the Democratic primary in full swing, the outlines of public debate are pretty much entrenched. Common wisdom on the left says that all of the candidates are bad on Palestine except for Bernie Sanders. Despite some problems, pundits declare, Sanders is still the best. Is the statement true, though, or is it a convenient truism?

Dave Lindorff (2020-02-13). The Red-Baiting of Bernie Sanders Has Begun and is Already Becoming Laughable. counterpunch.org With Bernie Sanders now having won New Hampshire (and probably Iowa, where he won the popular vote) and confirmed his position as the frontrunner for president in the Democratic Party primaries (the New York Times' poll guru Nate Silver is giving him a better than 40% chance of gaining enough delegates by the end of

Leonard C. Goodman (2020-02-13). The Iowa fiasco and the Democrats' shadowy plot to stop Bernie. mronline.org Yogi Berra, the great Yankees catcher, had the memorable line, "It's like deja vu all over again." Bernie Sanders supporters might have been thinking the same thing after the fiasco of the Iowa caucuses. |

Staff (2020-02-13). The Wet'suwet'en Fight Against New Pipeline Spreads Across Canada with Blockades & Occupations. democracynow.org A major anti-pipeline struggle continues in Canada, where protests have broken out across the country in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en land defenders whose sovereign land in northern British Columbia was raided last week and over the weekend by Canadian police. Dozens were arrested in the days-long raid of unceded indigenous territories, where hereditary chiefs have been in a protracted battle to protect their land from the construction of TransCanada's 400-mile, $4.7 billion Coastal GasLink pipeline. The raids took place about 700 miles north of Vancouver and sparked outrage across the country. In Ontario, a Moha…

Staff (2020-02-13). "Traumatizing from the Get-Go": Weinstein Trial Exposes Flawed Approach to Sexual Assault Cases. democracynow.org We continue our conversation about the trial of alleged sexual predator Harvey Weinstein, ahead of the scheduled start of opening arguments today. Weinstein is facing five felony charges, based on accusations brought forth by two women in the case, and, if convicted, could face up to life in prison. Last week, one of his accusers, Jessica Mann, broke down and went into an apparent panic attack during questioning from Weinstein's lawyers, forcing the judge to adjourn proceedings for the day. Mann was made to read past emails to a boyfriend, in which she disclosed she had been sexually assaulted before meeting Wein…

Staff (2020-02-13). Time's Up for Harvey Weinstein? Closing Arguments Begin in Rape Trial in NYC. democracynow.org Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Thursday in the trial of disgraced Hollywood mogul and accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein. The jury is expected to begin deliberating on Tuesday. Weinstein faces five felonies based on accusations by two women and, if convicted, could face up to life in prison. The trial comes more than two years after initial accusations against the film producer were published in The New Yorker and The New York Times, fueling the #MeToo movement that swept Hollywood and beyond. Since then, over 100 women have accused Weinstein of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment. During t…

Staff (2020-02-13). Did Amy Klobuchar Send an Innocent Teenager to Life in Prison? Questions Mount over Her Record as DA. democracynow.org After a surprising third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is attempting to gain ground in the national polls. But Klobuchar is also facing mounting scrutiny over her record as a district attorney in Minnesota. The Minneapolis NAACP, Black Lives Matter Twin Cities and other racial justice groups recently called on Klobuchar to suspend her presidential campaign following a shocking investigation by the Associated Press. The AP report centered on the case of Myon Burrell, an African-American teenager who was sentenced to life in prison over the 2002 murder of 11-year-old Tye…

RT (2020-02-13). US Senate strikes symbolic blow against Trump by limiting war powers toward Iran with new resolution. rt.com The US Senate has passed a resolution limiting President Donald Trump's war powers in the case of Iran. The measure would only allow the president authority to strike in the case of self-defense or an imminent attack. | Eight Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the measure, which was passed 55-45. The resolution fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto, meaning this resolution is more symbolic than anything. | The president made his feelings on the War Powers Resolution clear on Wednesday when he tweeted that Iran would "have a field day" if his hands "were tied" due…

Staff (2020-02-13). Company Behind Iowa Caucus App Has a Deeply Troubling Plan to Manipulate Voters. truthout.org Those gathered to see the Iowa caucus results roll in on February 4 were sorely disappointed — the vote-counting process had been disrupted by a malfunctioning app, delaying the announcement of the final results. The botched voting process caused uproar online, sparking rumors about another Democratic National Committee effort to sideline Sen. Bernie Sanders. The debacle also brought scrutiny to Shadow, the company that created the app, which bills itself as a "progressive digital co…

Staff (2020-02-13). Sanders and AOC's Fracking Ban Angers Centrists and Their Fossil Fuel Backers. truthout.org House Democrats have finally unveiled a flurry of climate bills aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but activists say only one proposal represents the "gold standard" for tackling the climate crisis: Legislation introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that would ban fracking nationwide. While none of these bills are likely to become law under President Trump, together they form the contours of a fierce debate among Democrats and environmentalists over the f…

Staff (2020-02-13). Democrats' Shadowy Plot to Stop Bernie Sanders. truthdig.com Yogi Berra, the great Yankees catcher, had the memorable line, "It's like deja vu all over again." | Bernie Sanders supporters might have been thinking the same thing after the fiasco of the Iowa caucuses. | It was just four years ago that the corporate hacks who run the Democratic Party rigged the 2016 primary election process to favor Hillary Clinton and stop Sanders: The Democratic National Committee, which is supposed to stay neutral in a primary, secretly funneled party funds to Hillary's campaign, fed Hillary debate questions before a CNN town hall, and selected superdelegates who pledged their votes to Hil…

Peter Bolton (2020-02-13). Sanders is currently the 2020 frontrunner — but could it be 2016 all over again? thecanary.co Bernie Sanders has won the most votes in the Outright victory in New Hampshire. But not in Iowa…: | On 11 February, pr…

Norman Solomon (2020-02-13). 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…

Stephen Lendman (2020-02-13). Dems Phony War Powers Resolution. globalresearch.ca US 20th and 21st century history shows Dems more hellbent for war than Republicans. | In 1916, Dem Woodrow Wilson was reelected on a pledge of: "He Kept Us Out of War." | Straightaway, he began planning US involvement in Europe's war …

Alexander Rubinstein (2020-02-13). State-backed Alliance for Securing Democracy disinfo shop falsely smears The Grayzone as 'state-backed'. thegrayzone.com In painting critical reporting on the Iowa caucuses debacle as a Russian plot, a US-backed information warfare shop smeared The…

Staff (2020-02-13). Trump Says His Budget Doesn't Cut Social Security — But Mnuchin Admits It Does. truthout.org During a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin — using euphemistic language Democratic lawmakers described as "

teleSUR (2020-02-13). Trump Asks $3.8 Billion From Military for Mexico Border Wall. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Defense Department asked Congress to reprogram more than $3.8 billion from funding for the National Guard and weapons programs to pay for a wall on the border with Mexico, setting another possible confrontation with Democrats, Reuters News Agency reported. | RELATED: | Three years after arriving at the presidency, Donald Trump is keeping his central promise of building a wall on the southern border of the nation and heads h…

WSWS (2020-02-13). Justice Department sues New Jersey and Washington state county over "sanctuary" policies. wsws.org The lawsuits are a new stage in President Trump's campaign of anti-immigrant bigotry. In their public responses to the lawsuits, Democratic officials from New Jersey and Washington state revealed their own willingness to trade away immigrants' rights.

Staff (2020-02-13). Bloomberg Once Blamed End of 'Redlining' for 2008 Collapse. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — At the height of the 2008 economic collapse, then-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the elimination of a discriminatory housing practice known as "redlining" was responsible for instigating the meltdown. | "It all started back when there was a lot of pressure on banks to make loans to everyone," Bloomberg, now a Democratic presidential candidate,

Staff (2020-02-13). Michael Bloomberg's Stop-and-Frisk Apology Tour Is Too Little, Too Late. truthdig.com The former mayor of New York City spent years pursuing and defending a racist policy. For Democratic voters, it should be disqualifying.

Conor Lynch (2020-02-13). Only Sanders Can Challenge Trump's Predatory Budget Plan. truthdig.com Amid the Democratic presidential primaries and the impeachment fallout, the Trump administration released its budget proposal for 2021 Monday. Though most of it has no chance of becoming a reality, it does provide a terrifying preview of what we can expect from Trump if he wins another four years in office this November. The latest …

Scott Owen (2020-02-13). Out of Their Grip: Ending the Repetition of Defeat. counterpunch.org I'm sure that there must be at least a few of you out there who remember the frustration, the insult and the pain of trying to move our country out of the grip of the two major parties political stranglehold and the ongoing tug-of- war between the greater and lesser evils of the Democratic and

WSWS (2020-02-13). New York City police in open revolt against Mayor de Blasio. wsws.org Two shooting incidents by a single individual against New York officers have been used as a pretext to conduct a vicious, right-wing campaign against democratic rights.

Staff (2020-02-13). Biden Has Raised the Most From Nevada Donors, But Sanders Leads in the Polls. truthout.org Democratic presidential candidates who received the greatest amount of donations from Iowa and New Hampshire residents also finished at the top of the polls in the two early primaries. | If those results are any indication of what can be expected from the upcoming Nevada caucuses, then this time, it's former Vice President Biden has raised almo…

WSWS (2020-02-13). Trump continues post-impeachment power grab with Roger Stone intervention. wsws.org Following the Democrats' failed impeachment drive, President Trump is moving to consolidate his personal control over the government and surround himself with officials directly dependent on his approval.

teleSUR-age (2020-02-13). Democratic Party Asks to Investigate Trump for Abuse of Power. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Democratic Party is calling for an investigation into President Donald Trump's influence on the Justice Department's decision to lower the sentencing recommendation for White House leader's friend Roger Stone, who was found guilty last year of lying to Congress, obstruction, and manipulation of witnesses. | RELATED: | The sudden decision by U.S. Attorney General William Barr to request a lighter prison term f…

Staff (2020-02-13). Headlines for February 13, 2020. democracynow.org Attorney General William Barr to Testify Before House Judiciary Committee, Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus Skyrocket in Hubei, China, Bloomberg Would Pay Billions Less Under His Tax Plan Than Sanders', U.N. Releases List of 100 Companies Linked to Israeli-Occupied West Bank Settlements, Mexico: Outrage over Murder of 25-Year-Old Ingrid Escamilla, Former Guatemalan Presidential Candidate Sentenced to 15 Years by U.S. Court, 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill May Have Been 30% Bigger Than Thought, New York Has Highest Number of Premature Deaths from Out-of-State Air Pollution, El Paso Walmart Shooter Pleads Not Guilty…

teleSUR (2020-02-13). US Senate Approves to Limit Trump's War Power on Iran. telesurenglish.net The United States Senate approved legislation Thursday to limit President Donald Trump's ability to wage war against Iran in order to prevent any further escalation of broader regional conflict. | RELATED: | Eight of Trump's fellow Republicans joined Democrats to pass the war powers resolution by 55-45. The measure would require Trump to remove U.S. troops engaged in hostilities against Iran unless Congress declares war or pas…

teleSUR (2020-02-13). AOC Blasts Bloomberg Over 'Racist' Stop and Frisk Policy. telesurenglish.net United States Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed Thursday Democratic presidential candidate and businessman Michael Bloomberg over his record as the mayor of New York City and the contentious "stop and frisk" policy he backed while in office. | RELATED: | Ocasio-Cortez said Bloomberg is "just a billionaire trying to cover up authoritarian and racist policy," if he does not take action to provide relief to…

Jeff Cohen (2020-02-13). When CNN Introduces Bernie-Bashers Only as 'Former,' CNN Is Lying To You. commondreams.org Jim Messina, former Obama campaign manager and current corporate consultant, appears on CNN following the New Hampshire Democratic primary on February 11, 2020. (Photo: Screengrab/CNN) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/cnn_0.jpg

Staff (2020-02-13). Devin Nunes Is Leading Republicans in a Post-Impeachment "Strike" truthout.org Less than a week after President Trump All nine Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee were absent for a Wednesday morning hearing on the development of artificial intelligence for the purposes of national sec…

George Ochenski (2020-02-13). Rodney Garcia Epitomizes Trump's Brand of Political Intolerance. counterpunch.org Montana didn't need the very negative worldwide press it got last week when Billings Republican legislator Rodney Garcia decided to inform us that according to the U.S. Constitution, it's OK to "shoot socialists." For those who doubt the dangerous effects of President Trump's unhinged rants against "socialism," Garcia's acceptance of personal violence against those with

Michael Harris (2020-02-13). California – Pan African Agribusiness Trade – 2020 World Ag Expo. indybay.org 2020 World Ag Expo offers tangible solutions to assist the African Continential Free Trade Area achieve 2025 goals. The California Black Agriculture Working Group remains committed and fully engaged to achieve mutually beneficial goals.

Staff (2020-02-13). Did Amy Klobuchar Condemn an Innocent Teenager to Life in Prison? truthout.org After a surprising third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is attempting to gain ground in the national polls. But Klobuchar is also facing mounting scrutiny over her record as a district attorney in Minnesota. The Minneapolis NAACP, Black Lives Matter Twin Cities and other racial justice groups recently called on Klobuchar to suspend her presidential campaign following a shocking investigation by the Associated Press. The AP report centered on the case of Myon Burre…

Joan Walsh (2020-02-13). Democrats Should Welcome Michael Bloomberg to Their Debates—ASAP. thenation.com Democrats Should Welcome Michael Bloomberg to Their Debates—ASAP…

yenisafak (2020-02-13). Private funeral held for Kobe Bryant before memorial. yenisafak.com Basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his second daughter Gianna have been laid to rest in a private funeral ahead of a public memorial service.According to their death certificates, they were buried in a cemetery in Southern California last Friday, the NBA said in a statement.A public memorial in honor of Bryant is due to be held on Feb. 24 at Staples Center in Los Angeles — the home of the Lakers, Bryant's team throughout his 20-year-long career.On Jan. 26, Kobe and Gianna, 13, his second daughter, were killed in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles, along with seven other people on board.The helicopter, wi…

sputniknews (2020-02-13). After Trial: Pelosi Looks for New Fight, Biden's in Cross Hairs & Trump Kicks Off 'Spring Cleaning'. sputniknews.com On 5 February, President Donald Trump was found not guilty in his Senate impeachment trial, bringing an end to the Ukrainegate saga propelled by the House Democrats. One might ask what will happen next? American independent journalist Max Parry has shed light on further developments in Washington.

Susan Price (2020-02-13). United States: Sanders versus the Democratic establishment. greenleft.org.au In the presidential contest between Republican George W Bush and the Democratic Party's Al Gore in 2000, confusing layouts on ballots in Florida — where Bush's younger brother Jeb was governor — resulte…

RT (2020-02-13). Germany's defense minister wants to keep UK in 'E3 group' after Brexit, retain security ties. rt.com The EU and Britain have a shared interest in retaining close security ties after Brexit, Germany's Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has said. Speaking ahead of the annual Munich Security Conference, the close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel and leader of their ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, said she wanted to keep Britain in the 'E3' group, which also includes Germany and France. | "It is important to me that the UK remains involved for common security in Europe, even if it is no longer part of the EU," Kramp-Karrenbauer told Reuters. This week, the politician announced she would no…

RT (2020-02-12). Former Goldman Sachs CEO says Sanders presidency would 'ruin our economy,' gets blasted on Twitter. rt.com An ex-CEO of Goldman Sachs who helped cause the 2008 financial crisis has claimed Bernie Sanders would ruin the economy and "screw up the US" if elected president, prompting Twitter to remind him of the Great Recession. | Billionaire Lloyd Blankfein tweeted on Wednesday that Sanders is "just as polarizing as Trump AND he'll ruin [the American] economy and doesn't care about [the American] military," before adding: "If I'm Russian, I go with Sanders this time around." | If Dems go on to nominate Sanders, the Russians will have to reconsider who to work for to best screw up the US. Sanders is just as polarizing…

Nick Pemberton (2020-02-12). Can Andrew Wiggins Save America? counterpunch.org The ruling class likes to equate the growing skepticism of the status quo with white supremacy. This is how they can equate the Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump movements. But I do think it is more complicated than this. How does this all relate to Andrew Wiggins, the basketball player, who keeps losing, but was

Staff (2020-02-12). Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire Primary with Key Support from Youth Voters. democracynow.org Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has won the New Hampshire primary a week after he won the popular vote in Iowa. As of Wednesday morning, with 89% of precincts reporting, Sanders has 25.8% of the vote, narrowly beating former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is at 24.4%. Senator Amy Klobuchar placed third with nearly 20% of the vote. Both Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden received under 10% of the vote, after seeing their support plummet in recent weeks and months. At a celebration in Manchester, Bernie Sanders said his victory in New Hampshire is the beginning of the end for Donal…

Mark Gruenberg, John Wojcik (2020-02-12). After New Hampshire win, Sanders calls for unity to defeat Trump. peoplesworld.org MANCHESTER, N.H.—Coming off his second straight popular vote win, in New Hampshire's Democratic primary on Feb. 11, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ind-Vt., preached party unity to defeat incumbent GOP President Donald Trump. So did fourth-place Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. Second-place finisher Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., not so much. Third-place Sen. Amy …

RT (2020-02-12). Sanders edges out Buttigieg to win New Hampshire primary after neck-and-neck race — projections. rt.com Senator Bernie Sanders came out on top in the hotly contested Democratic primary in New Hampshire on Tuesday, with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg finishing second, projections show. | The Vermont independent claimed victory in the New Hampshire primary after multiple outlets called the vote in his favor. | Addressing his supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire, Sanders described US President Donald Trump "as the most dangerous president in the history of this country," vowing to stop him from keeping the Oval Office for four more years. | "This victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump," Sande…

RT (2020-02-12). Iowa Democratic Party chair RESIGNS over caucus disaster. rt.com The Iowa caucuses fiasco has cost the state's Democratic Party chair Troy Price his job, as the final results are still unavailable due to recanvass and recount bids by frustrated candidates. | "While it is my desire to stay in this role and see this process through to completion, I do believe it is time for the Iowa Democratic Party to begin looking forward, and my presence in my current role makes that more difficult," Price wrote on Wednesday to the state party's Central Committee. | Troy Price will resign as the chair of the Iowa Democratic Party. This is his letter of resignation sent to the state central…

RT (2020-02-12). What about stopping endless wars? Trump urges GOP to vote down Iran war resolution because it's a partisan ploy by Democrats. rt.com US President Donald Trump says the resolution that would block him from using force against Iran is a partisan trick by Democrats, even though he campaigned on a peace platform and some of his closest allies support the proposal. | "We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness," Trump tweeted on Wednesday, adding that Tehran would "have a field day" if his hands were tied. | "The Democrats are only doing this as an attempt to embarrass the Republican Party. Don't let it happen!" he urged the GOP majority. ….If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day. Sends a very bad s…

Staff (2020-02-12). Meet the Journalist Who Exposed Bloomberg's Racist Defense of Targeting Black & Brown Youth. democracynow.org "#BloombergIsRacist." That's the hashtag that's trending on Twitter since audio of remarks made by 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg surfaced earlier this week. In the clip from the 2015 Aspen Institute, Bloomberg is heard defending the New York City Police Department's controversial "stop-and-frisk" policies, saying, "Ninety-five percent of your murders and murderers and murdered victims fit one MO. You can just take the description, xerox it and pass it out to all the cops." He continues, "They are male minorities, 15 to 25. That's true in New York. It's true…

Staff (2020-02-12). South Bend Politician: I Worked with Pete Buttigieg. He Did Not Respect Black Residents' Struggles. democracynow.org 2020 presidential candidate and former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg has surprised many with his strong showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, two of the country's whitest states. But as the race moves on to South Carolina and Nevada, Buttigieg continues to poll extremely low with African-American voters. His own former constituents are condemning his treatment of the black community in South Bend during his time as mayor, calling out systemic racism in the police force. During Buttigieg's tenure, black residents were 4.3 times more likely to be arrested for possessing marijuana than white people. We…

Staff (2020-02-12). Klobuchar Surged in New Hampshire. Can She Make It Count? truthdig.com CONCORD, N.H. — It took a year of campaigning, countless stump speeches and an especially strong night on the debate stage for little-known Democratic presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar to break into the top tier of the 2020 campaign in New Hampshire. | Now she has less than two weeks to make it count. | The Minnesota senator on Tuesday immediately worked to turn her better-than-expected night into enough momentum to be competitive in next-up Nevada and beyond. For Klobuchar, that means consolidating establishment and moderate voters, picking up traction with black and Latino Democrats and introducing herse…

RT (2020-02-12). 'I'm not one to accept donations in a race I can't win': Yang quits presidential bid as polls close in New Hampshire. rt.com Entrepreneur Andrew Yang has bowed out of the presidential race after early results suggested the Democratic candidate failed to win delegates in the New Hampshire primary. | As early results started pouring in from the New Hampshire primaries on Tuesday night, the Democratic field lost yet another hopeful as sources close to the Yang campaign confirmed that the entrepreneur-turned-politician would be ending his presidential bid. | Commenting on his decision to pull the plug on his campaign, Yang said that he does not want to continue taking money from his supporters knowing that he will not deliver victory.

Eoin Higgins (2020-02-12). 'Do they never learn?': Progressives rip media attempts to downplay Bernie Sanders win in NH primary. nationofchange.org "Why is this so hard for people to see?"

teleSUR (2020-02-12). Evo Morales Thanked US Senator Bernie Sanders for His Support. telesurenglish.net Former President of Bolivia Evo Morales thanked Wednesday United States Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders who reiterated his rejection of the violent coup against the legitimate government of the Indigenous leader. | RELATED: | "The U.S. Democratic leader, Bernie Sanders, defends us and says: 'I do not like military coups.' We appreciate your statements and we agree: coups interrupt democracy and cause great suffering to the peopl…

Alan Macleod (2020-02-12). New Hampshire Primaries Paint a Picture of Modern Day Class War in America. mintpressnews.com While the primary totals for Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg were relatively close, their support came from radically different segments of the population.

Staff (2020-02-12). Headlines for February 12, 2020. democracynow.org Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire Primary, Andrew Yang and Michael Bennet Drop Out of Presidential Race, Federal Prosecutors Quit Roger Stone Case Amid Fight with DOJ Officials, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Rejects Trump's Middle East Plan in U.N. Speech, Trump Conditionally Approves Peace Deal with the Taliban, WHO Warns Coronavirus Poses "Grave Threat" to World, Opposition Leader Juan Guaidó Heckled and Protested Upon Return to Venezuela, Report: 40% of Guatemalan, Honduran & Salvadoran Migrants Fled After Relatives Killed, WSJ: ICE & CPB Use Cellphone Location Data from Games, Apps to Arrest Immigrants,…

WSWS (2020-02-12). Sanders wins three-way contest in New Hampshire primary. wsws.org The self-styled "democratic socialist" defeated two more right-wing candidates, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar.

teleSUR (2020-02-12). Ilhan Omar Presents a New Proposal for US Foreign Policy. telesurenglish.net Rep. Ilhan Omar from Minnesota unveiled Wednesday an ambitious proposal for a more ethical and humane way for the United States (U.S.) to approach its foreign policies. | RELATED: | "As a child, I survived war, I have first-hand experience with how destructive war could be not only for the children but also for the country and for the future hopes and dreams of a whole nation," Omar says in a video announcing her plan. | The high p…

Staff (2020-02-12). William Barr Is Turning the Justice Department Into Trump's Protection Racket. truthout.org The exit polls in the New Hampshire Democratic primary on Tuesday said 81% of voters were motivated to vote because of anger at President Donald Trump. Part of the reason for that is likely because of the ongoing authoritarian power grab he was staging even as they cast their ballots. | The president had tweeted out his orders in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. | By the end of the day, the Department of Justice had rescinded that sentencing recommendation and all four of the prosecutors on…

Ruth Conniff (2020-02-12). Election 2020: Transformation or Stability? commondreams.org The Sanders/Warren wing of the Democratic Party wants to try something different, and dangerous—embracing the enmity of corporate America and Wall Street. That makes people who are comfortable in the existing economic system nervous. (Photo: Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/sandesrwarren.jpeg

teleSUR (2020-02-12). Colombian Teachers Announce 2-Day Strike To Defend Right To Live. telesurenglish.net The RELATED: | Fecode President Nelson Alarcon called Colombian citizens to join this initiative in defense of life, peace, and democracy, "against the assassination, threats…

Eric Zuesse (2020-02-12). 2020 US Elections: The Top Issue for Democratic Voters Is … globalresearch.ca Is it health care? | Is it jobs? | Is it national security? | Is it global warming? | Or is it none of those but instead much deeper? | I shall here argue the latter. | To win is not merely to defeat "the enemy." …

commondreams (2020-02-12). Democracy 21 Calls for House and DOJ Investigations of Unfit to Serve AG Barr, Documents Barr's Repeated Abuses of Office. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2020-02-12). WHO Extends Emergency Status of Ebola in DR Congo. telesurenglish.net The World Health Organization (WHO) extended its global emergency status for the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo Wednesday but said the sharp decline in cases was "extremely positive." | RELATED: | "As long as there is a single case of Ebola in an area as insecure and unstable as eastern DRC, the potential remains for a much larger epidemic," WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Ge…

WSWS (2020-02-12). New York state bail reform prompts backlash from Democrats and Republicans. wsws.org While the Democrats wasted no time jettisoning their facade of 'progressive' politics in the face of resistance from the NYPD and other law-and-order advocates, the Republicans have taken the opportunity to push their fascistic appeals.

news.un (2020-02-12). DR Congo Ebola outbreak still an international public health concern. news.un.org The Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains an international public health concern, experts meeting in Geneva concluded on Wednesday.

Staff (2020-02-12). Meet the Journalist Who Exposed Bloomberg's Racist Defense of "Stop-and-Frisk" truthout.org "#BloombergIsRacist." That's the hashtag that's trending on Twitter since audio of remarks made by 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg surfaced earlier this week. In the clip from the 2015 Aspen Institute, Bloomberg is heard defending the New York City Police Department's controversial "stop-and-frisk" policies, saying, "Ninety-five percent of your murders and murderers and murdered victims fit one MO. You can just take the description, xerox it a…

Peter Certo (2020-02-12). Who's Afraid of 'Socialism'? commondreams.org Sanders has been clear his socialist tradition comes from the social democratic systems common in countries like Denmark, with their provisions for universal health care and free college. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/bernieee.jpeg

Neema Singh Guliani (2020-02-12). Deadline Looming, Strongest Surveillance Reform Bill Yet Emerges. aclu.org Congress has just five weeks to decide the fate of key foreign | intelligence surveillance powers — forcing a showdown between surveillance | reformers and defenders. And now, a group of Republicans and Democrats have | unveiled the strongest comprehensive reform proposal that we have seen | yet. | The Safeguarding Americans' Private Records Act of 2020, introduced by a

Staff (2020-02-12). South Bend Residents Condemn Mayor Pete's Treatment of Black Community. truthout.org 2020 presidential candidate and former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg has surprised many with his strong showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, two of the country's whitest states. But as the race moves on to South Carolina and Nevada, Buttigieg continues to poll extremely low with African-American voters. His own former constituents are condemning his treatment of the Black community in South Bend during his time as mayor, calling out systemic racism in the police force. During Buttigieg's…

John Nichols (2020-02-12). Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire. thenation.com Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire…

Jeffrey Cox (2020-02-12). The Disastrous Iowa Caucuses Were Just the Beginning. thenation.com The Disastrous Iowa Caucuses Were Just the Beginning…

Jeet Heer (2020-02-12). The Primaries Are Protecting Trump. thenation.com The Primaries Are Protecting Trump…

Elie Mystal (2020-02-12). They Rocked New Hampshire—but Pete and Amy Still Can't Win Over Black Voters. thenation.com They Rocked New Hampshire—but Pete and Amy Still Can't Win Over Black Voters…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-02-12). Progressives to Voters Skeptical of Bernie Sanders: This 'Big Tent' Movement Is a Winning and Practical Choice. commondreams.org "Sanders is much more pragmatic and less ideological than his opponents would like to admit." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/its_ok_to_vote_for_bernie_sanders.jpg

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-02-12). Ilhan Omar Unveils Bold Proposal for US Foreign Policy 'Deeply Rooted in Justice'. commondreams.org "I believe that when the United States says it champions human rights, democracy, and peace, we should mean it!" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/ilhan_omar-trump-incite-violence_1.jpg

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-02-12). Iowa and New Hampshire Voters Show Medicare for All and Climate Crisis Top Issues for Democrats in 2020. commondreams.org Entrance and exit polling from the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3 and New Hampshire primary Tuesday shows that healthcare and the climate crisis are among the top issues for 2020 Democratic voters and the majority of them support bold action on both fronts. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sunrise_nh.jpg

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-02-12). Senate Democrats' Plan for Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 Is 'Wishful Thinking' on Solving Crisis, Climate Action Groups Say. commondreams.org New climate legislation put forward by Senate Democrats is "woefully" insufficient to avoid the worst effects of the climate crisis when compared to the warnings of the world's top scientists, green group said Wednesday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/pollution_2_0.jpg

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-02-12). 'Age Old Divide and Conquer Tactics': Union Leader Sara Nelson Rips Buttigieg Comments on Healthcare. commondreams.org "Anytime the word 'they' is used with workers, it's a sign of union-busters at work. The only pronoun that represents unionism and builds power is we/us." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1087945160_850_572.jpg

RT (2020-02-12). 'Too polite'? Bette Midler says Dems must 'toughen up' in wake of car attack on GOP volunteers. rt.com One of President Donald Trump's most vocal critics, actress and musician Bette Midler, thinks Democrats need to "toughen up" in their fight against the GOP, even after a Florida man was jailed for physically attacking Republicans. | During one of her anti-Trump tirades on Tuesday night — calling him a "fascist" and "dictator" this time — Midler lashed out at her own party as well. | "Democrats haven't learned a goddamned thing," she tweeted, shaming the party for being "too polite" and urging them to "toughen up" when taking on conservatives. "They play dirty," she said of Republicans, before addin…

Gary Leupp (2020-02-12). Talking Points For News Anchors Against Sanders. counterpunch.org It appears the news directors of the cable channels have directed their anchors to note the following about Bernie Sanders in their objective, fair and balanced news coverage. 1. Bernie Sanders is a self-described socialist. A socialist cannot win in America. Repeat. A socialist cannot win in America. 2. Black people don't like him, and

Staff (2020-02-12). Who's Afraid of Democratic Socialism? truthdig.com You knew it was going to be a long night when ABC's After asking Joe Biden about the "risks" of nominating Bernie Sanders (or Pete Buttigieg)—setting Biden up to make his central campaign claim of electability—S…

CP Editor (2020-02-12). Bernie Sanders interviews Punks [1988]. counterpunch.org

Staff (2020-02-11). Molly Crabapple: Bloomberg Is a Billionaire Republican Who Terrorized Black & Brown Youth. democracynow.org 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…

Julie Hollar (2020-02-11). ABC Asking for Attacks Was a Lazy Way to Run a Debate. fair.org You knew it was going to be a long night when ABC's After asking Joe Biden about the "risks" of nominating Bernie Sanders (or Pete Buttigieg)—setting Biden up to…

RT (2020-02-11). 'Too perfect': Iowa Dem Party sign falls off podium as chair struggles to explain caucus flop, Twitter sees a metaphor. rt.com 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 — which placed 2020 hopeful Pete Buttigieg ahead of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders by a margin of 0.1 percent — a party banner gave way mid-sentence, interrupting the chair as it awkwardly crashed on the ground. | Now we take you live to the Iowa De…

Staff (2020-02-11). Despite Corporate Media's "War on Bernie," Sanders Rides Wave of Support into New Hampshire Primary. democracynow.org 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.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-02-11). Parade of Dems warn UAW of perils of continuing Republican rule. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — A parade of prominent Democrats have warned delegates to the Auto Workers Legislative/Political Conference of the perils of continuing Republican rule in Washington. Led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., they challenged the unionists to undertake an all-out effort from now through November to wrest the White House and the Senate from anti-worker …

Staff (2020-02-11). A Victory for Vulture Funds: Puerto Rico's Unelected Financial Control Board Strikes Debt Deal. democracynow.org 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…

Staff (2020-02-11). Trump's New Budget Funds Endless War & Nuclear Weapons While Slashing Aid to Poor & Hungry Americans. democracynow.org 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…

Staff (2020-02-11). Who Can Beat Trump? After Iowa Caucus Debacle, Stakes Increase for New Hampshire Primary. democracynow.org 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.

RT (2020-02-11). 'A TOTAL RACIST': Trump helps 'cancel' Bloomberg on Twitter after leaked audio blaming minorities for '95% of murders'. rt.com 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 — murderers and murder victims — fit one MO," Bloomberg appears to say in audio leaked from an Aspen Institute speech in 2015. | Audio of

RT (2020-02-11). Don Jr. blasts MSM 'silence' on Florida CAR RAMMING attack on Trump campaign volunteers — even after suspect admits hate motive. rt.com Donald Trump Jr. has lashed out at the media coverage of the Jacksonville, Florida incident, in which a man rammed a GOP campaign tent full of volunteers — and then told police the attack was his "stand" against President Trump. | Identified as 27-year-old Gregory Timm, the Sunday attacker targeted a group of Republican volunteers campaigning for President Donald Trump outside the Kernan Village shopping mall in Jacksonville. The vehicle narrowly missed the volunteers, yet destroyed the tent. Timm fled the scene while producing an "obscene gesture" to the onlookers, according to the Duval County GOP. The…

Tracy Keeling (2020-02-11). Bernie Sanders nails the big problem with his main rival in the Democratic election. thecanary.co In the first vote of the Democratic primaries in Iowa, Pete Buttigieg The media has

Whitney Webb (2020-02-11). Buttigieg Campaign Aggressively Targeting Progressive Activists, Media. mintpressnews.com 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…

Staff (2020-02-11). Headlines for February 11, 2020. democracynow.org New Hampshire Voters Head to Polls for First Primary of 2020, Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 1,000, with Over 42,000 Confirmed Cases, Chuck Schumer Calls for Investigation into Trump's Retaliation-Motivated Firings, DOJ Reviewing Ukraine Info from Giuliani, DOJ Charges 4 Chinese Military Hackers in 2017 Equifax Breach, El Salvador President Bukele and Armed Officers Confront Lawmakers over Military Funding, Fears Mount for 5 Activists Detained in Philippines, Sinn Féin Scores Major Victory in Ireland, Syrian and Turkish Forces Step Up Attacks as 100,000s Face Humanitarian Disaster, Massive Locust Swarms Threaten Cro…

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

RT (2020-02-11). Dem primary chaos: Millionaire actress roasted for stopping crowd from booing Hillary & whining about living on 'crumbs'. rt.com 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 — but her speech went viral for all the wrong reasons. T…

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.

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