Monthly Archives: January 2020

2020-01-31: News Headlines

Garron Daniels (2020-01-31). Does Pete Buttigeig represent the religious left? peoplesworld.org Of all the candidates for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, one in particular has used religion as a center stage for his political campaign. That individual is none other than the now former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete—Pete Buttigieg. Pete Buttigieg has brought up his religious background and used his religious views as one of …

Staff (2020-01-31). Senate May Delay Final Trump Trial Vote. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The Senate is considering pushing off final acquittal in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial until next week under a proposal being negotiated Friday by party leaders. | The situation remained fluid, but senators have indicated they want more time to publicly debate the charges and air their positions on the coming vote, according to a Republican familiar with the proposal but unauthorized to discuss it. The person was granted anonymity. | The shift in timing ahead of Trump's all but certain acquittal shows the significance of the moment to senators in voting that would bring to a close…

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

Staff (2020-01-31). GOP Accused of 'Greatest Cover-Up Since Watergate'. truthdig.com Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday The Senate is widely expected as early as Friday evening to oppose permitting witnesses, given swing vote Sen. Lamar Alexander's (R-Tenn.)

Staff (2020-01-31). Right-Wing Business Billionaires Launch Attack on Bernie Sanders. truthout.org Conservative business executives launched an ad campaign against Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders this week, attacking the democratic socialist on his plans to provide health care to all Americans and clean up the planet with a major public works program. | The wealthy manufacturing, poultry, fast food, and finance magnates, several of whom are Charles Koch allies, have recently donated millions of dollars to (CFGA), the super PAC affiliated with the right-wing political advocacy group

Jim Kavanagh (2020-01-31). The Party's Over: Bernie's Last Dance With the Dems. counterpunch.org The Good I wrote six articles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) about the Bernie Sanders campaign during the 2016 primary. As everyone keeps saying, Bernie is a paragon of consistency, so my understanding of him stands unchanged. The political situation in 2020 is, however, significantly different, and has opened up new possibilities for the

Kathleen Wallace (2020-01-31). Do Not Light That Fuse DNC. counterpunch.org Recent leaked audio indicates that Donald Trump feared Hillary Clinton opting for Bernie Sanders as her VP choice in the last election cycle. This alone should create a situation that would cause the DNC to realize the viability of a Sanders candidacy this time around, but obviously a win for their "team" is not the

Paul Street (2020-01-31). Two Wings, Four Despotisms. counterpunch.org Republican Tyranny, Orange Menace Democracy is trumped in the United States by multiple, overlapping, interrelated and mutually reinforcing forms of despotism. The Trump administration and the Trumpified Republican Party, backed by a cult-like base, embody a creepy, neofascistic variant of the disease. The Republican White House and Senate are currently conducting a tasteless tutorial in

Robert Scheer (2020-01-31). Dennis Kucinich: The Democratic Party Has No Soul. truthdig.com Nearly four years after the 2016 primaries, tensions that arose within the Democratic Party during the last presidential election cycle remain largely unresolved. Former presidential candidate

David Rosen (2020-01-31). Terrorism and the Militarization of the NYPD. counterpunch.org President Donald Trump's decision to assassinate Qassem Suleimani (the leader of Iran's Quds Force) and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis (commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units) on January 3rd provoked deep fears in New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio pointed out, "the US Government effectively declared war on Iran tonight. The American people had no say in the matter, despite

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2020-01-31). 20th Anniversary of Rosa Parks Day in California. indybay.org Our 2020 Rosa Parks Day of Courage, at Sacramento City Hall is the oldest known official celebration of Rosa Parks Day in California. ACR 156, California Legislation recognizing the 20th Anniversary of Rosa Parks Day will recommit a statewide effort to share the strength, courage, faith and determination of Rosa Louise McCauley Parks with young school children and seasoned seniors who have forgotten how to sing, "We Shall Overcome" in California and throughout the world.

Roger Harris (2020-01-31). The Imminent Threat of Trump and the Value of Progressive Third Parties. counterpunch.org As predictable as death and taxes is the quadrennial injunction from liberals for progressive third parties to cease and desist. Equally predictable is the admonition that this will be the most decisive presidential election in US history. Given the prospect of four more years of Trump, do they have a valid thesis or are they

Fight Back (2020-01-31). Minnesotans tell Klobuchar to drop White House run. Reports say she sent innocent Black teen to prison for life. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – "A young African American man by the name of Myon Burrell has spent more than half of his life incarcerated in Minnesota prisons under the leadership of Amy Klobuchar. She was the Hennepin County Attorney and she played a role in Myon Burrell being prosecuted for a crime that he did not commit," said Nekima Levy Pounds of Racial Justice Network, as she opened a press conference on January 29. "We want to lift up family of Tyesha Edwards, who was the victim in this case, an 11-year-old innocent child who was shot and killed. The incident that happened to Tyesha is extremely devastating. It sent s…

Staff (2020-01-31). Election Theft Is a 120-Year Tradition. Let's End It This Year. truthout.org Every four years we suffer the sad ritual of begging or bashing a left third party to refrain from draining votes from the mainstream Democrats because of a horrendous Republican alternative. | And every four years the real point — election theft — is missed. | It's a 120-year tradition dating back to 1896, the year in which the evangelical Democrat William Jennings Bryan persuaded radical Populists to back his presidential bid. He may well have won the popular vote. But steel baron Mark Hanna (t…

WSWS (2020-01-31). Elizabeth Warren issues call for internet censorship. wsws.org While nominally directed against Russia and right-wing "trolls," the proposal would open the way to a sweeping attack on the democratic rights of the American people.

Staff (2020-01-31). The Expected No-Witness Vote Shouldn't Surprise Us. Conservatives Want a King. truthout.org Senate Republicans on Friday lined up behind President Trump, poised to protect him from witness testimony in his impeachment trial, a development that is neither surprising nor particularly difficult to understand. Most of the popular explanations, though, fail to explore the underlying dynamics of conservativism. As a result, the Senate's apparent willingness to engage in a cover-up is seen as an aberration or low point for the Republican Party, rather than as a coherent expression of their…

Staff (2020-01-31). Senator Clears Way for Acquittal, Says Trump's Actions Were Only "Inappropriate" truthout.org The Republican-led Senate appears poised to acquit President Trump as early as today in his historic impeachment trial. On Thursday night, Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee announced he would vote against calling witnesses. Alexander said it was "inappropriate" for Trump to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival, but he went on to say "there is no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the United States Constitut…

Rob Urie (2020-01-31). The Open Letter and the DNC. counterpunch.org Strange times, strange times. Within days of the leading lights of the American left penning an open letter arguing that the political imperative of removing Donald Trump from office is so great that 'any blue will do' Tom Perez, the head of the DNC, was caught stacking Democratic Convention committees with the same centrists and

savin and Friedrich Steinfeld (2020-01-31). Sanders Beats Trump and Trump Throws Dynamite in the Powder Keg. indybay.org With Sander's election as the Democratic Party candidate, the US would have been the only country to have had a free health insurance policy since Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s… The USA and also Turkey have in fact long since left NATO and are following their own interests without taking their previous "partners" into consideration.

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

Anthony DiMaggio (2020-01-31). The Myth of the "Electable" Democrat: Neoliberal Bankruptcy, 2020 Edition. counterpunch.org As the Democratic primaries near, the usual chorus of Democratic-establishment pundits have emerged to remind Americans that their party needs to remain "moderate" and appeal to "the center" if it wants to win the presidency. The calls for moderation are pervasive in commentary from the New York Times, the Hill, and the Wall Street Journal, among others.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-01-31). Paranoid Groundings and Technocratic States: Hillary Clinton versus Mark Zuckerberg. dissidentvoice.org It is another one of those contests and disagreements where the contestants should all loose, or at the very least, be subjected to a torturous stalemate. Hillary Clinton remains the nasty sprinkle on the Democratic Party in the United States, ever hopeful that some door might open to enable her to come sliding in, taking …

WSWS (2020-01-31). Tram drivers' strike and protest in Melbourne, Australia. wsws.org The Rail, Tram and Bus Union has done everything within its power to isolate the workers and subordinate them to both the state Labor government and the antidemocratic Fair Work industrial regime.

Staff (2020-01-31). Majority of Top 2020 Democrats Backed by Outside Groups. truthout.org Democratic presidential candidates started their race to the White House with the promise to reject support from outside groups. | But with just a few days left till the early primaries, yet another TV ad campaign by an outside group —— this time in support of former South Bend, Ind., Mayor

Sasha Abramsky (2020-01-31). Our Courts Are a Growing Threat to Democracy. thenation.com Our Courts Are a Growing Threat to Democracy…

Aaron Maté (2020-01-31). Democrats Need to Break Their Cold War—Addled Impeachment Fever. thenation.com Democrats Need to Break Their Cold War—Addled Impeachment Fever…

sputniknews (2020-01-31). Ex-US Rep. for Maryland John Delaney Withdraws From 2020 Presidential Race. sputniknews.com The time is already ticking for the 2020 US presidential election which is scheduled for 3 November.

sputniknews (2020-01-31). 'She Was So Easy': Trump Asks Supporters if He Should 'Take Another Crack' at 'Crazy' Hillary. sputniknews.com US President Donald Trump taunted Democrats at a major rally in Iowa on Thursday night on the eve of key events in the ongoing Senate impeachment trial against him, and just days before the nation's first presidential caucuses there.

Diana Johnstone (2020-01-31). England Came and Went, Leaving Europe in a Mess. UK Leaves EU. globalresearch.ca Whew. Finally, at last, the UK is formally leaving the European Union on January 31. Here in Paris, the champions of French withdrawal from the EU are celebrating. They see Brexit as the harbinger of a future "Frexit", a French departure from undemocratic governance, and the end of a failed project to unify Europe around the demands of neoliberal capitalism.

RT (2020-01-30). Hillary Clinton dodges attempt to serve her with Tulsi Gabbard's defamation lawsuit…twice. rt.com Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has twice rebuffed efforts to serve her with Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard's "Russian asset" defamation lawsuit, even using the Secret Service to fend off the paperwork. | Secret Service agents first barred the process server from Clinton's Chappaqua, New York home on Tuesday, directing them to her lawyer, David Kendall, in Washington, DC, Gabbard's own attorney Brian Dunne told the New York Post on Wednesday. When they attempted to serve the lawsuit the following day at Kendall's firm, Williams & Connolly, however, the lawyer insisted he was unable…

RT (2020-01-30). Republicans are 'actual demons,' 'zombies,' says New York Times Nobel Prize-winning columnist. rt.com New York Times columnist and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman has doubled down on denouncing the Republican Party as "bad people," insisting that there's nothing wrong with "demonizing" opponents who "actually are demons." | Krugman refused to budge from his declaration that "Republicans are bad people" during an interview with PBS' Firing Line on Thursday. When interviewer Margaret Hoover pressed the Nobel Prize-winning economist on the risks inherent in "demonizing" political opponents, he only doubled down, taking his ad hominems into the mythical realm. | Is it demonizing if they already actually are demons?

RT (2020-01-30). Bush-era Iraq war authorization voted out by US House. rt.com The House of Representatives has voted to repeal a 2002 resolution authorizing the US to wage war on Iraq. The law was used by the Trump administration to justify the recent drone killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. | The House voted 236 to 166 to kill the 2002 Authorization for Military Force (AUMF) on Iraq, with eleven Republicans joining the Democrats to vote in favor, and two Democrats bucking their party to oppose it. | The 2002 AUMF was drafted during the presidency of George W. Bush to authorize the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and has been used by subsequent administrations to continue military acti…

Staff (2020-01-30). "Coded Bias": New Film Looks at Fight Against Racial Bias in Facial Recognition & AI Technology. democracynow.org A new documentary looks at the dangers of artificial intelligence and its increasing omnipresence in daily life, as new research shows that it often reflects racist biases. Earlier this month, Cambridge, Massachusetts, became the latest major city to ban facial recognition technology, joining a growing number of cities, including San Francisco, to ban the artificial intelligence, citing flawed technology and racial and gender bias. A recent study also found that facial recognition identified African-American and Asian faces incorrectly 10 to 100 times more than white faces. The film "Coded Bias" begins with Joy B…

RT (2020-01-30). Why was Rand banned? Sen. Paul reveals his CENSORED question at Trump impeachment trial. rt.com As Senators gathered for the last day of questioning in President Trump's impeachment trial, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul found his question censored in a way that may have revealed the identity of the mysterious whistleblower. | With the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump nearing its final stages, senators gathered on Capitol Hill on Thursday to question the Democratic prosecution team, and Trump's defense attorneys. However, Paul (R-Kentucky) found his question shot down by presiding Chief Justice John Roberts, who declined "to read the question as submitted." | Paul left the chamber after Roberts' de…

Staff (2020-01-30). Ex-Solicitor General: Alan Dershowitz Is Wrong. Trump Is Not Above the Law & Should Be Impeached. democracynow.org President Trump's legal team offered an extraordinary new defense during Trump's impeachment trial on Wednesday. Attorney Alan Dershowitz said that a sitting president could take any action to boost his re-election chances if he felt his re-election was in the public interest. "If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment," Dershowitz said. Trump was impeached by the House last month for freezing military aid to Ukraine in an effort to pressure Ukraine to open an investigation of Trump's politi…

teleSUR (2020-01-30). US Bernie Sanders Top Presidential Pick Among Deported Dreamers. telesurenglish.net United States Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is the Dreamers' top pick to beat President Donald Trump in the upcoming November election, in order to put an end to the hostility in the U.S. against migrants. | RELATED: | Although they no longer live in the U.S., Dreamers who have returned to Mexico are closely following the presidential race, given that a second term for the Republican president w…

Marjorie Cohn (2020-01-30). Alan Dershowitz Is Insulting Everybody's Intelligence. truthdig.com This article originally appeared on Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard emeritus law professor who is serving as a hired gun for Team Trump, is arguing that even if John Bolton testifies that Trump admitted the quid pro quo with Ukraine to him, the Senate could not remove the president from office. Dershowitz has gone so far as to say that even if Trump told Bolton he was withholding the congressionally authorized military aid to Ukraine until it helped him with an investigation of the Bidens, that is s…

Staff (2020-01-30). Could This Be the End of American Exceptionalism? truthdig.com More Americans are dissatisfied with democracy than at any point since records began in 1995, according to a new study published Wednesday, and the number of citizens with a positive view of the U.S. system of government dipped for the first time below 50%. | To observers like journalist Rania Khalek, the reason for such a shift in global attitudes was clear. | "Our systems aren't actually democratic," said Khalek. "We live in a miserable oligarchy, no wonder people are unhappy." | "Dissatisfaction with democracy within developed countries is at its highest level in almost 25 years" | That's bc our systems aren't…

Craig Aaron, Dana Floberg (2020-01-30). Your Emoji-Based Guide to Where the 2020 Candidates Stand on Media and Tech Policy. commondreams.org On Thursday, Free Press Action released its 2020 "Right to Connect Voter Guide," an analysis of presidential candidates' positions on vital media and technology policies. It analyzes the positions of nine Democratic and Republican presidential candidates polling at 3 percent or above in recent national polls. (Image: Free Press Action) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/media_scorecard.jpg

WSWS (2020-01-30). John Bolton and the "national security" impeachment. wsws.org While the Democrats embrace the war criminal John Bolton, the Republicans portray the president as essentially above the law, an elected dictator.

WSWS (2020-01-30). Amid impeachment, Trump signs North American trade deal passed with Democratic support. wsws.org The bipartisan support for the USMCA shows that all factions in Washington agree on an intensification of economic conflict with China.

Andre Vltchek (2020-01-30). How is Washington "Liberating" Free Countries. dissidentvoice.org There are obviously some serious linguistic issues and disagreements between the West and the rest of the world. Essential terms like "freedom", "democracy", "liberation", even "terrorism", are all mixed up and confused; they mean something absolutely different in New York, London, Berlin, and in the rest of the world. Before we begin analyzing, let us …

Staff (2020-01-30). A Public Option Sustains Health Care Inequities. Medicare for All Tackles Them. truthout.org Health care has been at the forefront of discussion during the 2020 primary season. The debate has boiled down to whether Democratic candidates will embrace single-payer or support an expansion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through a public option. While candidates trade jabs and throw around industry talking points, the debate and subsequent media attention has largely excluded how people with disabilities will be affected by the prospective nominees' health care plans. | People with dis…

Staff (2020-01-30). The Bernie Blackout Is Real, and These Screenshots Prove It. truthout.org It's 2020, but it could well be 2016 all over again — history is repeating itself as the cadre of neoliberal Democratic Party leaders who

Donald Monaco (2020-01-30). Impeachment and the Imperial Presidency. globalresearch.ca Donald J. Trump is the third president in American history to face an impeachment trial in the United States Senate. He stands accused by Democratic members in the House of Representatives of abusing power and obstructing Congress. | In reality, Trump …

D.D. Guttenplan (2020-01-30). Sanders or Warren? Why Not Both? thenation.com Sanders or Warren? Why Not Both?

Elie Mystal (2020-01-30). The Republicans Have Now Begun the Trolling Phase of the Impeachment Trial. thenation.com The Republicans Have Now Begun the Trolling Phase of the Impeachment Trial…

Hallie Golden (2020-01-30). Donald Trump Is Not the Only Alleged Criminal Democrats Can't Unseat. thenation.com Donald Trump Is Not the Only Alleged Criminal Democrats Can't Unseat…

Staff (2020-01-30). Headlines for January 30, 2020. democracynow.org Rev. William Barber: Mitch McConnell Is Bringing Old Southern Justice to U.S. Senate, European Parliament Votes to Ratify Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, Coronavirus Death Toll Hits 170, Racial Justice Groups Call on Klobuchar to Suspend Campaign, French Firefighters Clash with Riot Police in Latest Protests Against Pension Overhaul, Cuban Man Dies in ICE Custody, Marking 6th Death Since October, Salvadoran General Admits U.S.-Trained Forces Carried Out 1981 Massacre, South Dakota Passes Bill Criminalizing Gender-Affirming Surgery, #DignidadLiteraria: Latino Writers Launch Campaign in Response to "American Dirt"

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-01-30). 'A Champion of Workers Rights': 200,000-Strong Postal Workers Union Endorses Sanders for President. commondreams.org "We believe it is in the best interests of all postal workers, our job security, and our union to support and elect Bernie Sanders for president." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sanders-staff-bargaining-agreement_0_0.png

RT (2020-01-29). 'I'm an old guy, vote for someone else': Biden's latest gaffes include odd sales pitch to voter & head-scratching demands for VP. rt.com Former Vice President Joe Biden's odd strategy for winning over voters continues as video of him scolding one goes viral, and recent comments about his age raises alarm. | Though Biden continues to poll at the top of the Democrats fighting for their party's presidential nomination — a Wednesday Monmouth University

RT (2020-01-29). 'We would be in World War Six by now' if Bolton were still in the WH, says Trump in scathing tweets. rt.com US President Donald Trump has hit back at John Bolton, his former national security advisor, accusing him of writing a "nasty & untrue" book and saying the warmongering Republican could have led us into "World War Six." | While Bolton has become something of a hero to Trump's critics thanks to leaks from his upcoming book 'The Room Where it Happened', which seemingly confirm accusations that the president withheld foreign aid to Ukraine in the hopes they would investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, conservatives have begun to turn on the man, chief among them the president himself. | "For a guy who could…

Roger D. Harris (2020-01-29). The Liberal Establishment is Already Warning Third Parties Not to Ruin the 2020 Election. mintpressnews.com Prominent liberal personalities, including Noam Chomsky, issued an open letter imploring third parties to "remove themselves as a factor" in the 2020 presidential election to "benefit all humanity and a good part of the biosphere."

RT (2020-01-29). Warren calls for criminalizing online 'disinformation,' gets roasted for Orwellian overreach. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has called for criminalizing knowingly disseminating 'disinformation' about voting, a move that would give the government the power to decide what constitutes truth and lies. | Warren called for "civil and criminal penalties for knowingly disseminating false information about when and how to vote in US elections" on Wednesday, as part of the lengthy and occasionally self-contradictory

Staff (2020-01-29). Mehdi Hasan: The Impeachment Trial Has Been a Farce Since Day One Filled with GOP Lies. democracynow.org At the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told fellow Republican senators in a private meeting Tuesday that he does not yet have enough votes to block Democrats from calling impeachment witnesses. Democrats have pushed for former national security adviser John Bolton to testify. On Sunday night, The New York Times published details about a draft of Bolton's forthcoming book, in which he claims Trump personally told him in August he wanted to maintain a freeze on $391 million in military aid to Ukraine until Ukraine turned over materials related to former Vice Presi…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-01-29). SEIU's Henry demands Senate impeachment trial call witnesses. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON —In her second comment on the Senate impeachment trial of GOP President Donald Trump, Service Employees President Mary Kay Henry is demanding lawmakers call live witnesses to ensure a fair trial. And those senators who don't want witnesses, she adds, are "playing political games with issues serious for our democracy and the sanctity of …

Staff (2020-01-29). Mehdi Hasan: Trump's Middle East Plan Is a Policy of Apartheid & Settler Colonialism. democracynow.org We continue our discussion of President Trump's long-awaited Middle East plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which he has described as the "deal of the century." The plan was drafted by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner without any input from Palestinians and would give Israel sovereignty over large areas of the occupied West Bank, control over all of Jerusalem, and keep all illegal settlements built in the occupied West Bank. We speak with Mehdi Hasan, senior columnist at The Intercept, and Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said professor of modern Arab studies at Columbia University. Khalidi's latest book is…

Staff (2020-01-29). "Yet Another Declaration of War on Palestinians": Rashid Khalidi on Trump's Middle East "Peace" Plan. democracynow.org Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced plans to annex about 30% of the occupied West Bank, after Israel was given the green light to do so by the United States. On Tuesday, President Trump — with Netanyahu by his side — unveiled a so-called Middle East peace plan that was drafted by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner without any input from Palestinians. Under the plan, Israel will gain sovereignty over large areas of the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem would be under total Israeli control, and all Jewish settlers in the occupied territory will be allowed to remain in their homes. The plan…

Fight Back (2020-01-29). Coalition to March on DNC threatens lawsuit as Milwaukee government denies democratic rights. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – On the evening of January 27, organizers for the Coalition to March on the DNC held a press conference outside City Hall to announce their intention to sue the city if their permit to rally and march is not delivered. Despite having reserved the rotunda inside the building, the press conference was forced to be held outside. | This was the result of a city council representative not booking the room for that evening, even after all proper procedures were followed by the Coalition. This is further proof that the City of Milwaukee is trying to silence the freedoms of speech and assembly of the peopl…

Staff (2020-01-29). Headlines for January 29, 2020. democracynow.org McConnell Tries to Secure Votes to Block Impeachment Witnesses, "Our Rights Are Not for Sale": Palestinians Reject Trump's Middle East Plan, Trump Praises Pompeo for Shouting and Cursing at NPR Reporter, WaPo Reinstates Reporter Suspended for Tweeting About Kobe Rape Case, Death Toll from Coronavirus Virus Hits 132, with 6,000 Infected, Over 100,000 Syrian Civilians Flee Regime Offensive in Idlib, Floods Kill 30, Displace 16,000 in Madagascar, Mississippi to Shut Down Unit of Parchman Prison After Deaths of 9 Prisoners, Maryland Cop Charged with Murder for Killing Handcuffed Man in Police Car…

Jeet Heer (2020-01-29). The Electability Argument Is Really About Party Unity. thenation.com The Electability Argument Is Really About Party Unity…

RT (2020-01-28). DNC chair names John Podesta & other Clinton loyalists to Convention Committee, triggering revolt from voters fearing 2016 2.0. rt.com Democrats hoping their party learned from its 2016 failure have been horrified to discover many of those behind Hillary Clinton's losing campaign — including John Podesta of hacked email fame — have major Convention posts. | Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez has unveiled a 2020 Democratic Convention lousy with Clinton loyalists — Podesta merely the most notorious among them — alongside former Obama administration officials and corporate lobbyists. Democrats hoping the centrist old guard had relinquished its death-grip on the party are livid, and at least one campaign is pushin…

Staff (2020-01-28). Murder of Mexican Artist Isabel Cabanillas Highlights Endemic Issue of Femicide in Ciudad Juárez. democracynow.org Isabel Cabanillas, a 26-year-old beloved feminist activist and artist, was recently assassinated in Ciudad Juárez, resurfacing the border city's painful legacy of femicides and violence against women. Cabanillas was reported missing on social media by her friends on Saturday, January 18, after she never returned home. On that same day, she was found shot to death on a sidewalk next to her bicycle in downtown Juárez. We speak with Nana Rebell, a feminist activist in Ciudad Juárez and a member of the Juárez feminist collective Hijas de su Maquilera Madre, about Cabanillas's life and the endemic issue of femicide in…

Alan MacLeod (2020-01-28). It's Media—Not Bernie Sanders—That Have an Antisemitism Problem. fair.org Have you heard the news? Democratic presidential frontrunner Bernie Sanders is antisemitic. Yes, yes, he's Jewish, and has a So goes the story in several prominent media outlets, who accuse him of leading "the most antisemitic [campaign] in decades" (Washington Examiner,

Staff (2020-01-28). Trump's Expansive Claims of Executive Privilege Pose "Very Serious Constitutional Crisis" democracynow.org During eight hours of oral arguments at the president's impeachment trial on Monday, President Trump's legal team repeatedly said that he has done nothing wrong, and largely ignored the explosive revelations made by Trump's former national security adviser. The president's case was made on Monday by a team of lawyers including Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, whose probe led to the impeachment of Bill Clinton. In an upcoming book, former national security adviser John Bolton says Trump told him the withholding of $391 million in military aid to Ukraine…

Staff (2020-01-28). Chinese Artist & Filmmaker Ai Weiwei on State Violence from Mexico to Hong Kong to Xinjiang. democracynow.org In 2014, 43 students from Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College disappeared after they were abducted in Iguala, Mexico. More than five years after their disappearance, the families of the students are still fighting for justice. The story is the subject of a stunning new documentary by the world-renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. The film, "Vivos," follows the families of the disappeared students in their daily lives as they grapple with the absence of their loved ones and attempt to hold the Mexican government accountable for their disappearance. We sat down with Ai Weiwei earlier this week at the Sund…

Stansfield Smith (2020-01-28). Chomsky and other Liberal Intellectuals ask us to Join them in Throwing in the Towel. dissidentvoice.org Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, Bill Fletcher, Leslie Cagan, Ron Daniels, Kathy Kelly, Norman Solomon, Cynthia Peters, and Michael Albert wrote an Open Letter to the Green Party, asking them to support the 2020 Democratic candidate regardless who wins the nomination. It was in response to an article well worth reading by Howie Hawkins, "The Green …

Staff (2020-01-28). Headlines for January 28, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Lawyers Says He Did No Wrong as Calls Mount for Bolton and Other Witnesses to Testify | , Trump to Unveil Middle East "Peace Plan" as Netanyahu Indicted over Corruption, SCOTUS Allows Trump's "Public Charge" Rule Targeting Low-Income Immigrants to Take Effect, State Dept. Bars NPR Reporter from Upcoming Pompeo Trip, Washington Post Suspends Reporter for Tweet About Kobe Bryant Rape Allegation, Mixed Accounts After U.S. Military Plane Crashes in Afghanistan, Torrential Rains and Landslides Kill At Least 46 People in Brazil, Nigerian Journalist Maxwell Nashan Killed, 2nd Accuser Testifies in Weinstein Trial a…

Fight Back (2020-01-28). Milwaukee: Rally against war on Iraq, Iran. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – On January 25, around 40 people gathered at the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and North Avenue to protest the ongoing U.S. war in Iraq and the threat of war with Iran. The protesters occupied each of the four street corners and took to chanting before running through a short lineup of speakers. | "Organization and numbers are the two greatest weapons at the disposal of the working class. We must use them if we're gonna win," said Ryan Hamann, a speaker from Freedom Road Socialist Organization. "Here's to building a strong, united, firmly anti-imperialist anti-war movement in Mi…

Fight Back (2020-01-28). FRSO Venezuela delegation meets with women in Bolivarian Militia. fightbacknews.org Caracas, Venezuela – During the World Anti-Imperialist Congress, members of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) delegation talked with women in the Bolivarian Militia. The Bolivarian Militia was created in 2005 in response to U.S. intervention. As of December 2019, President Maduro said he is moving toward making the Militia into "combat units" within the Armed Forces. In 2019, with multiple U.S.-backed coup attempts to install Juan Guaidó in place of democratically elected President Maduro, the Bolivarian Militia nearly doubled to 3.3 million members in a country of around 30 million people. Their rol…

Staff (2020-01-27). Explosive Bolton Book Allegations Spark New Calls for Witnesses to Testify at Impeachment Trial. democracynow.org Calls are growing for the Senate to call witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial, after The New York Times published details about former national security adviser John Bolton's forthcoming book. In the book, Bolton writes that President Trump personally told him in August that he wanted to maintain a freeze on $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until Ukraine turned over materials related to former Vice President Joe Biden and supporters of Hillary Clinton in Ukraine. The New York Times broke the story on Sunday, one day after President Trump's legal team began its defense of the president. D…

Staff (2020-01-27). Kobe Bryant Dead at 41: Remembering Basketball Star's Legacy On and Off the Court. democracynow.org Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant died Sunday in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles at the age of 41. The crash killed all nine people on board, including Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna and beloved college baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and their 13-year-old daughter Alyssa. They were heading to a youth basketball game. Bryant won five NBA championships, two Olympic gold medals and was crowned an All-Star 18 times. He played for the L.A. Lakers for 20 years before retiring in 2016. Gianna Bryant reportedly hoped to one day play for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team. Tribute…

RT (2020-01-27). Never-Trumper strategist launches #ILefttheGOP campaign just in time for Senate impeachment votes. rt.com Disaffected ex-Republicans are sharing their stories on social media as the seemingly-unbreakable two-party duopoly approaches peak unpopularity with American voters with less than a year to go before the 2020 election. | The hashtag #ILefttheGOP was trending on Monday as self-described former Republicans shared what made them exit party ranks – whether to join the Democrats, or to vote independently. It was created by former Republican strategist Cheri Jacobus, who left the party after a disastrous encounter with the president's 2016 campaign and has been a strident "never-Trumper" ever since. | Perhaps predi…

Staff (2020-01-27). Under Pressure in Impeachment Trial, Trump Steps Up Attacks on Reproductive Rights. democracynow.org Donald Trump on Friday became the first sitting president in U.S. history to attend the so-called March for Life, the annual anti-abortion rally held in Washington, D.C., that draws thousands of participants. President Trump — who once described himself as "pro-choice in every respect" — accused Democrats of infanticide and falsely stated that Virginia Governor Ralph Northam supports an abortion bill that would "execute a baby after birth." The March for Life began in 1974 in response to the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion. Past…

Kevin Gosztola (2020-01-27). To rig primary against Bernie, DNC chair Tom Perez nominates regime-change agents, Israel lobbyists, and Wall Street consultants. thegrayzone.com With Senator Bernie Sanders surging in the polls, DNC chair Tom Perez has put forward a cartoonishly neoliberal cast of…

Staff (2020-01-27). Headlines for January 27, 2020. democracynow.org Impeachment Trial Resumes as Leaked Bolton Manuscript Bolsters Democrats' Case, Coronavirus Death Toll Reaches 81 in China as Disease Spreads Around the World, Pentagon: 34 U.S. Troops Have Brain Injuries After Iranian Attack on Iraqi Airbase, Deadly Crackdown on Iraqi Protests Continue as 100,000s March Against U.S. Military Presence, Turkey Earthquake Kills 38; At Least 1,600 Hospitalized, Ugandan Activist Vanessa Nakate Slams Racist Media After Being Cropped from Photo with White Activists, Trump Attends Anti-Abortion "March for Life" as Admin Continues Assault on Reproductive Rights, High-Ranking Pharma Exec…

Staff (2020-01-27). "Ours to Tell": New Film Highlights Personal Stories About the Importance of Abortion Access. democracynow.org As Roe v. Wade faces unprecedented attacks, the new short film "Ours to Tell" puts a human face to the fight for reproductive justice and highlights those whose stories are often sidelined by the media: LGBTQ communities and communities of color. The film focuses on Ylonda, Nick, Hannah and Brittany, four people who discuss how having access to abortion shaped their lives. The film was directed by Rayka Zehtabchi and was created by Planned Parenthood and We Testify. For more on the film, as well as the state of reproductive rights in the United States, we speak with Renee Bracey Sherman, founder and executive dir…

Susan Price (2020-01-27). United States: As Iowa caucuses approach, Democratic battle lines emerge. greenleft.org.au

Aaron Maté (2020-01-25). Suing Hillary Clinton, Tulsi Gabbard stands up to the Russiagate smear machine. thegrayzone.com As Bernie Sanders ignores Hillary Clinton's attacks, Tulsi Gabbard is fighting back. Gabbard has filed a $50 million defamation suit…

Staff (2020-01-24). Law Professor: Trump Could Also Have Been Impeached for War Crimes, Assassinations & Corruption. democracynow.org Democratic lawmakers are continuing to lay out their case for removing the president from office in the final day of opening arguments by Democrats in the historic impeachment trial of President Trump. Republicans will begin their opening arguments on Saturday. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Trump's political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. On Thursday, House impeachment manager Jerrold Nadler made the case that a president can…

Staff (2020-01-24). International Court of Justice Orders Burmese Authorities to Protect Rohingya Muslims from Genocide. democracynow.org In a major ruling, the U.N. International Court of Justice at The Hague has ordered Burma to "take all measures within its power" to protect Rohingya Muslims from genocide. The court issued the ruling Thursday, calling the 600,000 Rohingya remaining in Burma, also known as Myanmar, "extremely vulnerable" to military violence. The court ordered Burma to report regularly to the tribunal about its progress. The ruling is a sharp rebuke of Burma's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who last month asked the court to drop the genocide case against Burma. Suu Kyi is a Nobel Peace Prize winner who spent over a decade figh…

Staff (2020-01-24). Oakland Moms Who Occupied Vacant Property to Highlight Housing Crisis Celebrate Unexpected Victory. democracynow.org In Oakland, California, a months-long struggle between a group of unhoused mothers occupying a vacant home and the real estate firm that owned it ended with an unexpected offer to purchase the property earlier this week. The major win in the mothers' fight against homelessness and real estate speculation comes just a week after Wedgewood Properties forcibly evicted the families — known as Moms 4 Housing — from the home they were living in for more than two months. Two mothers and two of their supporters were arrested in the early-morning eviction after armed police officers battered down the door. The…

Staff (2020-01-24). Headlines for January 24, 2020. democracynow.org Impeachment Managers Continue Opening Arguments in Trump's Senate Trial, 33 Million on Lockdown in Chinese Cities as Coronavirus Outbreak Spreads, Hundreds of Thousands of Iraqis March to Demand U.S. Troop Withdrawal, Trump Invites Israeli Leaders to White House for "Peace Plan" Unveiling, Mexican Soldiers Attack Central American Migrant Caravan, Arresting 800, U.S. to Send Ambassador to Bolivia After Coup That Ousted Evo Morales, Puerto Rican Protesters Demand Ouster of Gov. Wanda Vázquez, SC Official Switches Presidential Endorsement from Biden to Sanders, National Archives Replaces Doctored Women's March Photo…

Staff (2020-01-23). Trump Brags About Withholding Evidence as Democratic Impeachment Managers Lay Out Case in the Senate. democracynow.org During the opening day of oral arguments in the impeachment trial, President Trump was accused of abusing his office to "cheat an election." House impeachment managers spent about eight hours on Wednesday laying out their case for why President Trump should be removed from office. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Trump's political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. While the impeachment trial was taking place in the Senate, Presiden…

Staff (2020-01-23). Tim Robbins: Bernie Sanders Is the Best Shot We Have to Defeat Donald Trump. democracynow.org We continue our conversation with Academy Award-winning actor and director Tim Robbins, whose recent projects include the new film "Dark Waters" and a play about immigration called "The New Colossus." He recently endorsed Vermont senator and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders for president. "I believe he is the only one of them that can defeat Trump," Robbins says.

Staff (2020-01-23). "Dark Waters": Meet the Lawyer Whose 20-Year Fight Against DuPont Inspired the New Film. democracynow.org The new film "Dark Waters" tells the story of attorney Rob Bilott's 20-year battle with DuPont over contaminated drinking water in West Virginia from toxic chemicals used to make Teflon. The Environmental Working Group credited Billot with "uncovering the most heinous corporate environmental conspiracy in history," and the issue of contaminated water from the plastics industry continues to devastate areas across the country. On Wednesday, the Environmental Working Group released a shocking report about how toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS have been found in the drinking water of dozens of U.S. cities, in…

Staff (2020-01-23). "The New Colossus": In New Play, Tim Robbins Tackles Immigration & Xenophobia. democracynow.org President Trump said Wednesday that he would expand his highly controversial travel ban, which already bars citizens from seven countries, most of which have Muslim-majority populations — Libya, Iran, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela — from entering the United States. Politico reports that the expanded ban could implement immigration restrictions on seven more countries: Belarus, Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania, according to two sources. We speak with acclaimed actor, director and activist Tim Robbins, whose recent work has focused on immigration to the United S…

Joshua Cho (2020-01-22). 23 Headlines Obscure Biden's Lies About Cutting Social Security. fair.org Here's something many Americans would be very interested to know: Is a leading candidate in the Democratic primary a liar? And since a

splcenter (2020-01-13). Miller Dismisses DACA in Emails, Mirroring Anti-Immigrant Extremists' Views. splcenter.org White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller went against many Republicans when siding with white nationalists and other extremists on the issue of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, more commonly known as DACA, emails show.

EIGHTY Bug (2020-01-01). The Legend Of Bernie Sanders Song. zcomm.org The Legend of Bernie Sanders was originally written for the Bernie documentary called BERN THE MOVIE and is a compendium of Bernie Sanders's life leading into the OUR REVOLUTION movement…

Norman Solomon (2019-12-02). The Official Secrets Movie vs. Joe Biden's Lies About the Iraq War. zcomm.org As he pursues the presidency, Joe Biden is persisting with dismal innovations to falsify his record on the Iraq war. In the process, he's operating completely at odds with what the Official Secrets film and Katharine Gun are all about…

Noam Chomsky (2019-12-02). The Foreign Policy of a Con Man. zcomm.org The Republican "radical insurgency," as it was called several years ago by Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute, has gone far off the traditional rails under Trump…

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-07-18). Diplomacy Instead of a Disaster in Iran. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — July 18, 2019 — In response to reports of the U.S. shooting down an Iranian drone, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "Because of the Trump administration's policy of maximum provocation towards Iran, America stands on the precipice of another blunderous …

Peace Action (2019-07-11). Peace Action Endorses 'the Squad' — Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — July 11, 2019 — Peace Action, the nation's largest grassroots peace organization, has endorsed four progressive champions for the House of Representatives in the 2020 election, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for New York's 14th district, Rep. Ilhan Omar for Minnesota's 5th district, Rep. Ayanna Pressley for Massachusetts' 7th district, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib …

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-06-28). Most Senators Oppose War with Iran Without Congressional Approval. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — June 28, 2019 — In response to the Senate voting 50-40 in favor of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to block funding for military action against Iran without congressional approval, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "Because …

Peace Action (2019-06-25). Peace Action Endorses Ilhan Omar for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, DC — June 25, 2019 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Ilhan Omar for Congress in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District. Peace Action is a national grassroots organization working to advance nuclear disarmament, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights, and support nonmilitary …

Peace Action (2019-06-24). Peace Action Endorses Kara Eastman for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, DC — June 24, 2019 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Kara Eastman for Congress in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District. Peace Action is a national grassroots organization working to advance nuclear disarmament, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights, and support nonmilitary …

Jon Rainwater (2019-06-20). Striking Iran Now Could Spark a Major War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — June 20, 2019 — In response to reports that the Trump administration is considering strikes on Iran in response to the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: "The United States has stumbled into a perilous situation. If, for example, the U.S. …

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-06-20). Senate Votes to Block Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — June 20, 2019 — In response to the Senate voting to block arms sales involving Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other countries, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "When Trump vetoed legislation earlier this year to end U.S. involvement …

2020-01-31: Social Media Postees

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Right-Wing Business Billionaires Launch Attack on Bernie Sanders
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-31
Conservative business executives launched an ad campaign against Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders this week, attacking the democratic socialist on his plans to provide health care to all Americans and clean up the planet with a major public works program. | The wealthy manufacturing, poultry, fast food, and finance magnates, several of whom are Charles Koch allies, have recently donated millions of dollars to (CFGA), the super PAC affiliated with the right-wing political advocacy group
truthout.org/articles/right-wing-business-billionaires-launch-attack-on-bernie-sanders/

Dennis Kucinich: The Democratic Party Has No Soul
Robert Scheer | truthdig.com | 2020-01-31
Nearly four years after the 2016 primaries, tensions that arose within the Democratic Party during the last presidential election cycle remain largely unresolved. Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is partly to blame, as she recently opened old wounds with comments about Bernie Sanders, one of the Democrats' current front-runners. Telling the Hollywood Reporter that "nobody likes" her former opponent, she also criticized his supporters and refused to commit to backing him were he to win the nomination. The…
truthdig.com/articles/dennis-kucinich-the-democratic-party-has-no-soul/

Do Not Light That Fuse DNC
Kathleen Wallace | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
Recent leaked audio indicates that Donald Trump feared Hillary Clinton opting for Bernie Sanders as her VP choice in the last election cycle. This alone should create a situation that would cause the DNC to realize the viability of a Sanders candidacy this time around, but obviously a win for their "team" is not the…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/31/do-not-light-that-fuse-dnc/

The Party's Over: Bernie's Last Dance With the Dems
Jim Kavanagh | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
The Good I wrote six articles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) about the Bernie Sanders campaign during the 2016 primary. As everyone keeps saying, Bernie is a paragon of consistency, so my understanding of him stands unchanged. The political situation in 2020 is, however, significantly different, and has opened up new possibilities for the…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/31/the-partys-over-bernies-last-dance-with-the-dems/

The Party's Over: Bernie's Last Dance With the Dems
Jim Kavanagh | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
The Good I wrote six articles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) about the Bernie Sanders campaign during the 2016 primary. As everyone keeps saying, Bernie is a paragon of consistency, so my understanding of him stands unchanged. The political situation in 2020 is, however, significantly different, and has opened up new possibilities for the…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/31/the-partys-over-bernies-last-dance-with-the-dems/

Do Not Light That Fuse DNC
Kathleen Wallace | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
Recent leaked audio indicates that Donald Trump feared Hillary Clinton opting for Bernie Sanders as her VP choice in the last election cycle. This alone should create a situation that would cause the DNC to realize the viability of a Sanders candidacy this time around, but obviously a win for their "team" is not the…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/31/do-not-light-that-fuse-dnc/

Two Wings, Four Despotisms
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
Republican Tyranny, Orange Menace Democracy is trumped in the United States by multiple, overlapping, interrelated and mutually reinforcing forms of despotism. The Trump administration and the Trumpified Republican Party, backed by a cult-like base, embody a creepy, neofascistic variant of the disease. The Republican White House and Senate are currently been conducting a tasteless tutorial…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/31/two-wings-four-despotisms/

Two Wings, Four Despotisms
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
Republican Tyranny, Orange Menace Democracy is trumped in the United States by multiple, overlapping, interrelated and mutually reinforcing forms of despotism. The Trump administration and the Trumpified Republican Party, backed by a cult-like base, embody a creepy, neofascistic variant of the disease. The Republican White House and Senate are currently conducting a tasteless tutorial in…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/31/two-wings-four-despotisms/

Terrorism and the Militarization of the NYPD
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
President Donald Trump's decision to assassinate Qassem Suleimani (the leader of Iran's Quds Force) and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis (commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units) on January 3rd provoked deep fears in New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio pointed out,…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/31/terrorism-and-the-militarization-of-the-nypd/

The Imminent Threat of Trump and the Value of Progressive Third Parties
Roger Harris | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
As predictable as death and taxes is the quadrennial injunction from liberals for progressive third parties to cease and desist. Equally predictable is the admonition that this will be the most decisive presidential election in US history. Given the prospect of four more years of Trump, do they have a valid thesis or are they…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/31/the-imminent-threat-of-trump-and-the-value-of-progressive-third-parties/

20th Anniversary of Rosa Parks Day in California
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2020-01-31
Our 2020 Rosa Parks Day of Courage, at Sacramento City Hall is the oldest known official celebration of Rosa Parks Day in California. ACR 156, California Legislation recognizing the 20th Anniversary of Rosa Parks Day will recommit a statewide effort to share the strength, courage, faith and determination of Rosa Louise McCauley Parks with young school children and seasoned seniors who have forgotten how to sing, "We Shall Overcome" in California and throughout the world.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/01/29/18830157.php

20th Anniversary of Rosa Parks Day in California
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2020-01-31
Our 2020 Rosa Parks Day of Courage, at Sacramento City Hall is the oldest known official celebration of Rosa Parks Day in California. ACR 156, California Legislation recognizing the 20th Anniversary of Rosa Parks Day will recommit a statewide effort to share the strength, courage, faith and determination of Rosa Louise McCauley Parks with young school children and seasoned seniors who have forgotten how to sing, "We Shall Overcome" in California and throughout the world.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/01/29/18830157.php

The Imminent Threat of Trump and the Value of Progressive Third Parties
Roger Harris | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
As predictable as death and taxes is the quadrennial injunction from liberals for progressive third parties to cease and desist. Equally predictable is the admonition that this will be the most decisive presidential election in US history. Given the prospect of four more years of Trump, do they have a valid thesis or are they…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/31/the-imminent-threat-of-trump-and-the-value-of-progressive-third-parties/

Does Pete Buttigeig represent the religious left?
Garron Daniels | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-31
Of all the candidates for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, one in particular has used religion as a center stage for his political campaign. That individual is none other than the now former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete–Pete Buttigieg. Pete Buttigieg has brought up his religious background and used his religious views as one of …
peoplesworld.org/article/does-pete-buttigeig-represent-the-religious-left/

Majority of Top 2020 Democrats Backed by Outside Groups
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-31
Democratic presidential candidates started their race to the White House with the promise to reject support from outside groups. | But with just a few days left till the early primaries, yet another TV ad campaign by an outside group —- this time in support of former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg —- indicates the 2020 Democrats are opening up to outside money. Three of the top five candidates a…
truthout.org/articles/majority-of-top-2020-democrats-backed-by-outside-groups/

Minnesotans tell Klobuchar to drop White House run. Reports say she sent innocent Black teen to prison for life
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-31
Minneapolis, MN – "A young African American man by the name of Myon Burrell has spent more than half of his life incarcerated in Minnesota prisons under the leadership of Amy Klobuchar. She was the Hennepin County Attorney and she played a role in Myon Burrell being prosecuted for a crime that he did not commit," said Nekima Levy Pounds of Racial Justice Network, as she opened a press conference on January 29. "We want to lift up family of Tyesha Edwards, who was the victim in this case, an 11-year-old innocent child who was shot and killed. The incident that happened to Tyesha is extremely devastating. It sent s…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/1/30/minnesotans-tell-klobuchar-drop-white-house-run-reports-say-she-sent-innocent-black-teen-p

Election Theft Is a 120-Year Tradition. Let's End It This Year
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-31
Every four years we suffer the sad ritual of begging or bashing a left third party to refrain from draining votes from the mainstream Democrats because of a horrendous Republican alternative. | And every four years the real point

Elizabeth Warren issues call for internet censorship
wsws.org | 2020-01-31
While nominally directed against Russia and right-wing "trolls," the proposal would open the way to a sweeping attack on the democratic rights of the American people.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/31/warr-j31.html

The Muck We're In
Joseph Natoli | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
"Shifty Adam Schiff is a CORRUPT POLITICIAN, and probably a very sick man. He has not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our Country!"

Inappropriate, Not Impeachable: Key GOP Senator's "Astonishing" Statement Clears Way for Acquittal
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-31
The Republican-led Senate appears poised to acquit President Trump as early as today in his historic impeachment trial. On Thursday night, Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee announced he would vote against calling witnesses. Alexander said it was "inappropriate" for Trump to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival, but he went on to say "there is no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the United States Constitution's high bar for an impeachable offense." Democrats need four Republican senators to support calling for witnesses, bu…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/31/impeachment_dahlia_lithwick_witnesses_lamar_alexander

The Expected No-Witness Vote Shouldn't Surprise Us. Conservatives Want a King
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-31
Senate Republicans on Friday lined up behind President Trump, poised to protect him from witness testimony in his impeachment trial, a development that is neither surprising nor particularly difficult to understand. Most of the popular explanations, though, fail to explore the underlying dynamics of conservativism. As a result, the Senate's apparent willingness to engage in a cover-up is seen as an aberration or low point for the Republican Party, rather than as a coherent expression of their…
truthout.org/articles/the-expected-no-witness-vote-shouldnt-surprise-us-conservatives-want-a-king/

Senate May Delay Final Trump Trial Vote
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-31
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GOP Accused of 'Greatest Cover-Up Since Watergate'
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-31
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday accused the Republican Party of orchestrating the "greatest cover-up since Watergate" as the Senate prepared to debate and vote on whether to allow witnesses to testify in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. | The Senate is widely expected as early as Friday evening to oppose permitting witnesses, given swing vote Sen. Lamar Alexander's (R-Tenn.) announcement late Thursday tha…
truthdig.com/articles/gop-accused-of-greatest-cover-up-since-watergate/

Senator Clears Way for Acquittal, Says Trump's Actions Were Only "Inappropriate"
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-31
The Republican-led Senate appears poised to acquit President Trump as early as today in his historic impeachment trial. On Thursday night, Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee announced he would vote against calling witnesses. Alexander said it was "inappropriate" for Trump to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival, but he went on to say…
truthout.org/video/senator-clears-way-for-acquittal-says-trumps-actions-were-only-inappropriate/

The Myth of the "Electable" Democrat: Neoliberal Bankruptcy, 2020 Edition
Anthony DiMaggio | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
As the Democratic primaries near, the usual chorus of Democratic-establishment pundits have emerged to remind Americans that their party needs to remain "moderate" and appeal to "the center" if it wants to win the presidency. The calls for moderation are pervasive in commentary from the New York Times, the Hill, and the Wall Street Journal, among others.
counterpunch.org/2020/01/31/the-myth-of-the-electable-democrat-neoliberal-bankruptcy-2020-edition/

The Open Letter and the DNC
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
Strange times, strange times. Within days of the leading lights of the American left penning an open letter arguing that the political imperative of removing Donald Trump from office is so great that 'any blue will do' Tom Perez, the head of the DNC, was caught stacking Democratic Convention committees with the same centrists and…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/31/the-open-letter-and-the-dnc/

The Open Letter and the DNC
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
Strange times, strange times. Within days of the leading lights of the American left penning an open letter arguing that the political imperative of removing Donald Trump from office is so great that 'any blue will do' Tom Perez, the head of the DNC, was caught stacking Democratic Convention committees with the same centrists and…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/31/the-open-letter-and-the-dnc/

Tram drivers' strike and protest in Melbourne, Australia
wsws.org | 2020-01-31
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union has done everything within its power to isolate the workers and subordinate them to both the state Labor government and the antidemocratic Fair Work industrial regime.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/31/tram-j31.html

Sanders Beats Trump and Trump Throws Dynamite in the Powder Keg
savin and Friedrich Steinfeld | indybay.org | 2020-01-31
With Sander's election as the Democratic Party candidate, the US would have been the only country to have had a free health insurance policy since Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s… The USA and also Turkey have in fact long since left NATO and are following their own interests without taking their previous "partners" into consideration.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/01/31/18830244.php

Paranoid Groundings and Technocratic States: Hillary Clinton versus Mark Zuckerberg
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-31
It is another one of those contests and disagreements where the contestants should all loose, or at the very least, be subjected to a torturous stalemate. Hillary Clinton remains the nasty sprinkle on the Democratic Party in the United States, ever hopeful that some door might open to enable her to come sliding in, taking …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/paranoid-groundings-and-technocratic-states-hillary-clinton-versus-mark-zuckerberg/

Our Courts Are a Growing Threat to Democracy
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2020-01-31
Our Courts Are a Growing Threat to Democracy…
thenation.com/article/society/supreme-court-democracy-trump/

Democrats Need to Break Their Cold War–Addled Impeachment Fever
Aaron Maté | thenation.com | 2020-01-31
Democrats Need to Break Their Cold War–Addled Impeachment Fever…
thenation.com/article/politics/impeachment-trump-cold-war/

Ex-US Rep. for Maryland John Delaney Withdraws From 2020 Presidential Race
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-31
The time is already ticking for the 2020 US presidential election which is scheduled for 3 November.
sputniknews.com/us/202001311078191808-ex-us-congressman-john-delaney-withdraws-from-2020-presidential-race/

'She Was So Easy': Trump Asks Supporters if He Should 'Take Another Crack' at 'Crazy' Hillary
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-31
US President Donald Trump taunted Democrats at a major rally in Iowa on Thursday night on the eve of key events in the ongoing Senate impeachment trial against him, and just days before the nation's first presidential caucuses there.
sputniknews.com/us/202001311078190196-she-was-so-easy-trump-asks-supporters-if-he-should-take-another-crack-at-crazy-hillary/

England Came and Went, Leaving Europe in a Mess. UK Leaves EU
Diana Johnstone | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-31
Whew. Finally, at last, the UK is formally leaving the European Union on January 31. Here in Paris, the champions of French withdrawal from the EU are celebrating. They see Brexit as the harbinger of a future "Frexit", a French departure from undemocratic governance, and the end of a failed project to unify Europe around the demands of neoliberal capitalism.
globalresearch.ca/england-came-went-leaving-europe-mess/5702366

Hillary Clinton dodges attempt to serve her with Tulsi Gabbard's defamation lawsuit…twice
rt.com | 2020-01-30
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has twice rebuffed efforts to serve her with Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard's "Russian asset" defamation lawsuit, even using the Secret Service to fend off the paperwork. | Secret Service agents first barred the process server from Clinton's Chappaqua, New York home on Tuesday, directing them to her lawyer, David Kendall, in Washington, DC, Gabbard's own attorney Brian Dunne told the New York Post on Wednesday. When they attempted to serve the lawsuit the following day at Kendall's firm, Williams & Connolly, however, the lawyer insisted he was unable…
rt.com/usa/479630-clinton-dodges-process-server-tulsi/

US Bernie Sanders Top Presidential Pick Among Deported Dreamers
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-30
United States Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is the Dreamers' top pick to beat President Donald Trump in the upcoming November election, in order to put an end to the hostility in the U.S. against migrants. | RELATED: | US Congress Committee to Investigate Death of Detained Migrants | Although they no longer live in the U.S., Dreamers who have returned to Mexico are closely following the presidential race, given that a second term for the Republican president w…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Bernie-Sanders-Top-Presidential-Pick-Among-Deported-Dreamers-20200130-0015.html

The Bernie Blackout Is Real, and These Screenshots Prove It
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-30
It's 2020, but it could well be 2016 all over again

Alan Dershowitz Is Insulting Everybody's Intelligence
Marjorie Cohn | truthdig.com | 2020-01-30
This article originally appeared on Truthout. | Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard emeritus law professor who is serving as a hired gun for Team Trump, is arguing that even if John Bolton testifies that Trump admitted the quid pro quo with Ukraine to him, the Senate could not remove the president from office. Dershowitz has gone so far as to say that even if Trump told Bolton he was withholding the congressionally authorized military aid to Ukraine until it helped him with an investigation of the Bidens, that is s…
truthdig.com/articles/alan-dershowitz-is-insulting-everybodys-intelligence/

Could This Be the End of American Exceptionalism?
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-30
More Americans are dissatisfied with democracy than at any point since records began in 1995, according to a new study published Wednesday, and the number of citizens with a positive view of the U.S. system of government dipped for the first time below 50%. | To observers like journalist Rania Khalek, the reason for such a shift in global attitudes was clear. | "Our systems aren't actually democratic," said Khalek. "We live in a miserable oligarchy, no wonder people are unhappy." | "Dissatisfaction with democracy within developed countries is at its highest level in almost 25 years" | That's bc our systems aren't…
truthdig.com/articles/could-this-be-the-end-of-american-exceptionalism/

Bush-era Iraq war authorization voted out by US House
rt.com | 2020-01-30
The House of Representatives has voted to repeal a 2002 resolution authorizing the US to wage war on Iraq. The law was used by the Trump administration to justify the recent drone killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. | The House voted 236 to 166 to kill the 2002 Authorization for Military Force (AUMF) on Iraq, with eleven Republicans joining the Democrats to vote in favor, and two Democrats bucking their party to oppose it. | The 2002 AUMF was drafted during the presidency of George W. Bush to authorize the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and has been used by subsequent administrations to continue military acti…
rt.com/usa/479624-house-votes-repeal-aumf/

Republicans are 'actual demons,' 'zombies,' says New York Times Nobel Prize-winning columnist
rt.com | 2020-01-30
New York Times columnist and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman has doubled down on denouncing the Republican Party as "bad people," insisting that there's nothing wrong with "demonizing" opponents who "actually are demons." | Krugman refused to budge from his declaration that "Republicans are bad people" during an interview with PBS' Firing Line on Thursday. When interviewer Margaret Hoover pressed the Nobel Prize-winning economist on the risks inherent in "demonizing" political opponents, he only doubled down, taking his ad hominems into the mythical realm. | Is it demonizing if they already actually are demons?
rt.com/usa/479625-krugman-calls-republicans-demons-zombies/

John Bolton and the "national security" impeachment
wsws.org | 2020-01-30
While the Democrats embrace the war criminal John Bolton, the Republicans portray the president as essentially above the law, an elected dictator.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/30/pers-j30.html

Your Emoji-Based Guide to Where the 2020 Candidates Stand on Media and Tech Policy
Craig Aaron, Dana Floberg | commondreams.org | 2020-01-30
On Thursday, Free Press Action released its 2020 "Right to Connect Voter Guide," an analysis of presidential candidates' positions on vital media and technology policies. It analyzes the positions of nine Democratic and Republican presidential candidates polling at 3 percent or above in recent national polls. (Image: Free Press Action) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/media_scorecard.jpg
commondreams.org/views/2020/01/30/your-emoji-based-guide-where-2020-candidates-stand-media-and-tech-policy?cd-origin=rss

"Coded Bias": New Film Looks at Fight Against Racial Bias in Facial Recognition & AI Technology
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-30
A new documentary looks at the dangers of artificial intelligence and its increasing omnipresence in daily life, as new research shows that it often reflects racist biases. Earlier this month, Cambridge, Massachusetts, became the latest major city to ban facial recognition technology, joining a growing number of cities, including San Francisco, to ban the artificial intelligence, citing flawed technology and racial and gender bias. A recent study also found that facial recognition identified African-American and Asian faces incorrectly 10 to 100 times more than white faces. The film "Coded Bias" begins with Joy B…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/30/coded_bias_shalini_kantayya_joy_buolamwini

How is Washington "Liberating" Free Countries
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-30
There are obviously some serious linguistic issues and disagreements between the West and the rest of the world. Essential terms like "freedom", "democracy", "liberation", even "terrorism", are all mixed up and confused; they mean something absolutely different in New York, London, Berlin, and in the rest of the world. Before we begin analyzing, let us …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/how-is-washington-liberating-free-countries/

"Coded Bias": New Film Looks at Fight Against Racial Bias in Facial Recognition & AI Technology
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-30
A new documentary looks at the dangers of artificial intelligence and its increasing omnipresence in daily life, as new research shows that it often reflects racist biases. Earlier this month, Cambridge, Massachusetts, became the latest major city to ban facial recognition technology, joining a growing number of cities, including San Francisco, to ban the artificial intelligence, citing flawed technology and racial and gender bias. A recent study also found that facial recognition identified African-American and Asian faces incorrectly 10 to 100 times more than white faces. The film "Coded Bias" begins with Joy B…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/30/coded_bias_shalini_kantayya_joy_buolamwini

A Public Option Sustains Health Care Inequities. Medicare for All Tackles Them
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-30
Health care has been at the forefront of discussion during the 2020 primary season. The debate has boiled down to whether Democratic candidates will embrace single-payer or support an expansion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through a public option. While candidates trade jabs and throw around industry talking points, the debate and subsequent media attention has largely excluded how people with disabilities will be affected by the prospective nominees' health care plans. | People with dis…
truthout.org/articles/a-public-option-sustains-health-care-inequities-medicare-for-all-tackles-them/

Amid impeachment, Trump signs North American trade deal passed with Democratic support
wsws.org | 2020-01-30
The bipartisan support for the USMCA shows that all factions in Washington agree on an intensification of economic conflict with China.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/30/usmc-j30.html

Ex-Solicitor General: Alan Dershowitz Is Wrong. Trump Is Not Above the Law & Should Be Impeached
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-30
President Trump's legal team offered an extraordinary new defense during Trump's impeachment trial on Wednesday. Attorney Alan Dershowitz said that a sitting president could take any action to boost his re-election chances if he felt his re-election was in the public interest. "If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment," Dershowitz said. Trump was impeached by the House last month for freezing military aid to Ukraine in an effort to pressure Ukraine to open an investigation of Trump's politi…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/30/neal_katyal_impeachment_alan_dershowitz

Why was Rand banned? Sen. Paul reveals his CENSORED question at Trump impeachment trial
rt.com | 2020-01-30
As Senators gathered for the last day of questioning in President Trump's impeachment trial, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul found his question censored in a way that may have revealed the identity of the mysterious whistleblower. | With the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump nearing its final stages, senators gathered on Capitol Hill on Thursday to question the Democratic prosecution team, and Trump's defense attorneys. However, Paul (R-Kentucky) found his question shot down by presiding Chief Justice John Roberts, who declined "to read the question as submitted." | Paul left the chamber after Roberts' de…
rt.com/usa/479628-rand-paul-impeachment-question/

Impeachment and the Imperial Presidency
Donald Monaco | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-30
Donald J. Trump is the third president in American history to face an impeachment trial in the United States Senate. He stands accused by Democratic members in the House of Representatives of abusing power and obstructing Congress. | In reality, Trump …
globalresearch.ca/impeachment-imperial-presidency/5702279

Sanders or Warren? Why Not Both?
D.D. Guttenplan | thenation.com | 2020-01-30
Sanders or Warren? Why Not Both?
thenation.com/article/politics/sanders-warren-winning-ticket/

The Republicans Have Now Begun the Trolling Phase of the Impeachment Trial
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2020-01-30
The Republicans Have Now Begun the Trolling Phase of the Impeachment Trial…
thenation.com/article/politics/impeachment-dershowitz-trolling/

The Republicans Have Now Begun the Trolling Phase of the Impeachment Trial
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2020-01-30
The Republicans Have Now Begun the Trolling Phase of the Impeachment Trial…
thenation.com/article/politics/impeachment-dershowitz-trolling/

Donald Trump Is Not the Only Alleged Criminal Democrats Can't Unseat
Hallie Golden | thenation.com | 2020-01-30
Donald Trump Is Not the Only Alleged Criminal Democrats Can't Unseat…
thenation.com/article/politics/matt-shea-washington/

Donald Trump Is Not the Only Alleged Criminal Democrats Can't Unseat
Hallie Golden | thenation.com | 2020-01-30
Donald Trump Is Not the Only Alleged Criminal Democrats Can't Unseat…
thenation.com/article/politics/matt-shea-washington/

'A Champion of Workers Rights': 200,000-Strong Postal Workers Union Endorses Sanders for President
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-30
"We believe it is in the best interests of all postal workers, our job security, and our union to support and elect Bernie Sanders for president." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sanders-staff-bargaining-agreement_0_0.png
commondreams.org/news/2020/01/30/champion-workers-rights-200000-strong-postal-workers-union-endorses-sanders?cd-origin=rss

The Liberal Establishment is Already Warning Third Parties Not to Ruin the 2020 Election
Roger D. Harris | mintpressnews.com | 2020-01-29
Prominent liberal personalities, including Noam Chomsky, issued an open letter imploring third parties to "remove themselves as a factor" in the 2020 presidential election to "benefit all humanity and a good part of the biosphere."
mintpressnews.com/liberal-establishment-warning-third-parties-not-to-ruin-2020-election/264460/

'We would be in World War Six by now' if Bolton were still in the WH, says Trump in scathing tweets
rt.com | 2020-01-29
US President Donald Trump has hit back at John Bolton, his former national security advisor, accusing him of writing a "nasty & untrue" book and saying the warmongering Republican could have led us into "World War Six." | While Bolton has become something of a hero to Trump's critics thanks to leaks from his upcoming book 'The Room Where it Happened', which seemingly confirm accusations that the president withheld foreign aid to Ukraine in the hopes they would investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, conservatives have begun to turn on the man, chief among them the president himself. | "For a guy who could…
rt.com/usa/479509-donald-trump-world-war-six/

'I'm an old guy, vote for someone else': Biden's latest gaffes include odd sales pitch to voter & head-scratching demands for VP
rt.com | 2020-01-29
Former Vice President Joe Biden's odd strategy for winning over voters continues as video of him scolding one goes viral, and recent comments about his age raises alarm. | Though Biden continues to poll at the top of the Democrats fighting for their party's presidential nomination

The Imminent Threat of Trump and the Value of Progressive Third Parties
Roger D. Harris | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-29
As predictable as death and taxes is the quadrennial injunction from liberals for progressive third parties to cease and desist. Equally predictable is the admonition that this will be the most decisive presidential election in US history. Given the prospect of four more years of Trump, do they have a valid thesis or are they …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/the-imminent-threat-of-trump-and-the-value-of-progressive-third-parties/

Warren calls for criminalizing online 'disinformation,' gets roasted for Orwellian overreach
rt.com | 2020-01-29
Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has called for criminalizing knowingly disseminating 'disinformation' about voting, a move that would give the government the power to decide what constitutes truth and lies. | Warren called for "civil and criminal penalties for knowingly disseminating false information about when and how to vote in US elections" on Wednesday, as part of the lengthy and occasionally self-contradictory plan for "fighting digital disinformation" posted to her campaign website.
rt.com/usa/479536-warren-demands-criminalizing-voting-disinfo/

Mehdi Hasan: The Impeachment Trial Has Been a Farce Since Day One Filled with GOP Lies
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-29
At the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told fellow Republican senators in a private meeting Tuesday that he does not yet have enough votes to block Democrats from calling impeachment witnesses. Democrats have pushed for former national security adviser John Bolton to testify. On Sunday night, The New York Times published details about a draft of Bolton's forthcoming book, in which he claims Trump personally told him in August he wanted to maintain a freeze on $391 million in military aid to Ukraine until Ukraine turned over materials related to former Vice Presi…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/29/john_bolton_witness_impeachment_trial

"Yet Another Declaration of War on Palestinians": Rashid Khalidi on Trump's Middle East "Peace" Plan
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-29
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced plans to annex about 30% of the occupied West Bank, after Israel was given the green light to do so by the United States. On Tuesday, President Trump

SEIU's Henry demands Senate impeachment trial call witnesses
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-29
WASHINGTON –In her second comment on the Senate impeachment trial of GOP President Donald Trump, Service Employees President Mary Kay Henry is demanding lawmakers call live witnesses to ensure a fair trial. And those senators who don't want witnesses, she adds, are "playing political games with issues serious for our democracy and the sanctity of …
peoplesworld.org/article/seius-henry-demands-senate-impeachment-trial-call-witnesses/

Mehdi Hasan: Trump's Middle East Plan Is a Policy of Apartheid & Settler Colonialism
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-29
We continue our discussion of President Trump's long-awaited Middle East plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which he has described as the "deal of the century." The plan was drafted by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner without any input from Palestinians and would give Israel sovereignty over large areas of the occupied West Bank, control over all of Jerusalem, and keep all illegal settlements built in the occupied West Bank. We speak with Mehdi Hasan, senior columnist at The Intercept, and Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said professor of modern Arab studies at Columbia University. Khalidi's latest book is…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/29/trump_middle_east_plan_apartheid

Coalition to March on DNC threatens lawsuit as Milwaukee government denies democratic rights
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-29
Milwaukee, WI – On the evening of January 27, organizers for the Coalition to March on the DNC held a press conference outside City Hall to announce their intention to sue the city if their permit to rally and march is not delivered. Despite having reserved the rotunda inside the building, the press conference was forced to be held outside. | This was the result of a city council representative not booking the room for that evening, even after all proper procedures were followed by the Coalition. This is further proof that the City of Milwaukee is trying to silence the freedoms of speech and assembly of the peopl…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/1/29/coalition-march-dnc-threatens-lawsuit-milwaukee-government-denies-democratic-rights

After the 2019 election, we need media reform now more than ever
Granville Williams | thecanary.co | 2020-01-29
This is a guest piece from Granville Williams, editor of MediaNorth

After the 2019 election, we need media reform now more than ever
Granville Williams | thecanary.co | 2020-01-29
This is a guest piece from Granville Williams, editor of MediaNorth

Mehdi Hasan: Trump's Middle East Plan Is a Policy of Apartheid & Settler Colonialism
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-29
We continue our discussion of President Trump's long-awaited Middle East plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which he has described as the "deal of the century." The plan was drafted by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner without any input from Palestinians and would give Israel sovereignty over large areas of the occupied West Bank, control over all of Jerusalem, and keep all illegal settlements built in the occupied West Bank. We speak with Mehdi Hasan, senior columnist at The Intercept, and Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said professor of modern Arab studies at Columbia University. Khalidi's latest book is…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/29/trump_middle_east_plan_apartheid

The Electability Argument Is Really About Party Unity
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2020-01-29
The Electability Argument Is Really About Party Unity…
thenation.com/article/politics/democratic-unity-sanders-warren/

It's Media–Not Bernie Sanders–That Have an Antisemitism Problem
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2020-01-28
Have you heard the news? Democratic presidential frontrunner Bernie Sanders is antisemitic. Yes, yes, he's Jewish, and has a long history of anti-racist activism–but that doesn't matter. | So goes the story in several prominent media outlets, who accuse him of leading "the most antisemitic [campaign] in decades" (Washington Examiner, 12/13/19). While unable to point to Sanders' own actions or words, the…
fair.org/home/its-media-not-bernie-sanders-that-have-an-antisemitism-problem/

It's Media–Not Bernie Sanders–That Have an Antisemitism Problem
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2020-01-28
Have you heard the news? Democratic presidential frontrunner Bernie Sanders is antisemitic. Yes, yes, he's Jewish, and has a long history of anti-racist activism–but that doesn't matter. | So goes the story in several prominent media outlets, who accuse him of leading "the most antisemitic [campaign] in decades" (Washington Examiner, 12/13/19). While unable to point to Sanders' own actions or words, the…
fair.org/home/its-media-not-bernie-sanders-that-have-an-antisemitism-problem/

Chomsky and other Liberal Intellectuals ask us to Join them in Throwing in the Towel
Stansfield Smith | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-28
Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, Bill Fletcher, Leslie Cagan, Ron Daniels, Kathy Kelly, Norman Solomon, Cynthia Peters, and Michael Albert wrote an Open Letter to the Green Party, asking them to support the 2020 Democratic candidate regardless who wins the nomination. It was in response to an article well worth reading by Howie Hawkins, "The Green …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/chomsky-and-other-liberal-intellectuals-ask-us-to-join-them-in-throwing-in-the-towel/

Milwaukee: Rally against war on Iraq, Iran
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-28
Milwaukee, WI – On January 25, around 40 people gathered at the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and North Avenue to protest the ongoing U.S. war in Iraq and the threat of war with Iran. The protesters occupied each of the four street corners and took to chanting before running through a short lineup of speakers. | "Organization and numbers are the two greatest weapons at the disposal of the working class. We must use them if we're gonna win," said Ryan Hamann, a speaker from Freedom Road Socialist Organization. "Here's to building a strong, united, firmly anti-imperialist anti-war movement in Mi…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/1/28/milwaukee-rally-against-war-iraq-iran

Chinese Artist & Filmmaker Ai Weiwei on State Violence from Mexico to Hong Kong to Xinjiang
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-28
In 2014, 43 students from Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College disappeared after they were abducted in Iguala, Mexico. More than five years after their disappearance, the families of the students are still fighting for justice. The story is the subject of a stunning new documentary by the world-renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. The film, "Vivos," follows the families of the disappeared students in their daily lives as they grapple with the absence of their loved ones and attempt to hold the Mexican government accountable for their disappearance. We sat down with Ai Weiwei earlier this week at the Sund…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/28/ai_weiwei_vivos_hong_kong_xinjiang

Trump's Expansive Claims of Executive Privilege Pose "Very Serious Constitutional Crisis"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-28
During eight hours of oral arguments at the president's impeachment trial on Monday, President Trump's legal team repeatedly said that he has done nothing wrong, and largely ignored the explosive revelations made by Trump's former national security adviser. The president's case was made on Monday by a team of lawyers including Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, whose probe led to the impeachment of Bill Clinton. In an upcoming book, former national security adviser John Bolton says Trump told him the withholding of $391 million in military aid to Ukraine…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/28/impeachment_claire_finkelstein_executive_privilege

Murder of Mexican Artist Isabel Cabanillas Highlights Endemic Issue of Femicide in Ciudad Juárez
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-28
Isabel Cabanillas, a 26-year-old beloved feminist activist and artist, was recently assassinated in Ciudad Juárez, resurfacing the border city's painful legacy of femicides and violence against women. Cabanillas was reported missing on social media by her friends on Saturday, January 18, after she never returned home. On that same day, she was found shot to death on a sidewalk next to her bicycle in downtown Juárez. We speak with Nana Rebell, a feminist activist in Ciudad Juárez and a member of the Juárez feminist collective Hijas de su Maquilera Madre, about Cabanillas's life and the endemic issue of femicide in…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/28/juarez_mexico_isabel_cabanillas_assassination_femicide

Murder of Mexican Artist Isabel Cabanillas Highlights Endemic Issue of Femicide in Ciudad Juárez
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-28
Isabel Cabanillas, a 26-year-old beloved feminist activist and artist, was recently assassinated in Ciudad Juárez, resurfacing the border city's painful legacy of femicides and violence against women. Cabanillas was reported missing on social media by her friends on Saturday, January 18, after she never returned home. On that same day, she was found shot to death on a sidewalk next to her bicycle in downtown Juárez. We speak with Nana Rebell, a feminist activist in Ciudad Juárez and a member of the Juárez feminist collective Hijas de su Maquilera Madre, about Cabanillas's life and the endemic issue of femicide in…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/28/juarez_mexico_isabel_cabanillas_assassination_femicide

Trump's Expansive Claims of Executive Privilege Pose "Very Serious Constitutional Crisis"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-28
During eight hours of oral arguments at the president's impeachment trial on Monday, President Trump's legal team repeatedly said that he has done nothing wrong, and largely ignored the explosive revelations made by Trump's former national security adviser. The president's case was made on Monday by a team of lawyers including Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, whose probe led to the impeachment of Bill Clinton. In an upcoming book, former national security adviser John Bolton says Trump told him the withholding of $391 million in military aid to Ukraine…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/28/impeachment_claire_finkelstein_executive_privilege

DNC chair names John Podesta & other Clinton loyalists to Convention Committee, triggering revolt from voters fearing 2016 2.0
rt.com | 2020-01-28
Democrats hoping their party learned from its 2016 failure have been horrified to discover many of those behind Hillary Clinton's losing campaign

FRSO Venezuela delegation meets with women in Bolivarian Militia
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-28
Caracas, Venezuela – During the World Anti-Imperialist Congress, members of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) delegation talked with women in the Bolivarian Militia. The Bolivarian Militia was created in 2005 in response to U.S. intervention. As of December 2019, President Maduro said he is moving toward making the Militia into "combat units" within the Armed Forces. In 2019, with multiple U.S.-backed coup attempts to install Juan Guaidó in place of democratically elected President Maduro, the Bolivarian Militia nearly doubled to 3.3 million members in a country of around 30 million people. Their rol…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/1/28/frso-venezuela-delegation-meets-women-bolivarian-militia

To rig primary against Bernie, DNC chair Tom Perez nominates regime-change agents, Israel lobbyists, and Wall Street consultants
Kevin Gosztola | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-27
With Senator Bernie Sanders surging in the polls, DNC chair Tom Perez has put forward a cartoonishly neoliberal cast of…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/27/dnc-perez-regime-change-agents-israel-lobbyists-wall-street-rig-game-bernie/

Explosive Bolton Book Allegations Spark New Calls for Witnesses to Testify at Impeachment Trial
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-27
Calls are growing for the Senate to call witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial, after The New York Times published details about former national security adviser John Bolton's forthcoming book. In the book, Bolton writes that President Trump personally told him in August that he wanted to maintain a freeze on $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until Ukraine turned over materials related to former Vice President Joe Biden and supporters of Hillary Clinton in Ukraine. The New York Times broke the story on Sunday, one day after President Trump's legal team began its defense of the president. D…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/27/impeachment_trial_john_bolton_donald_trump

Explosive Bolton Book Allegations Spark New Calls for Witnesses to Testify at Impeachment Trial
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-27
Calls are growing for the Senate to call witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial, after The New York Times published details about former national security adviser John Bolton's forthcoming book. In the book, Bolton writes that President Trump personally told him in August that he wanted to maintain a freeze on $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until Ukraine turned over materials related to former Vice President Joe Biden and supporters of Hillary Clinton in Ukraine. The New York Times broke the story on Sunday, one day after President Trump's legal team began its defense of the president. D…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/27/impeachment_trial_john_bolton_donald_trump

Kobe Bryant Dead at 41: Remembering Basketball Star's Legacy On and Off the Court
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-27
Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant died Sunday in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles at the age of 41. The crash killed all nine people on board, including Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna and beloved college baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and their 13-year-old daughter Alyssa. They were heading to a youth basketball game. Bryant won five NBA championships, two Olympic gold medals and was crowned an All-Star 18 times. He played for the L.A. Lakers for 20 years before retiring in 2016. Gianna Bryant reportedly hoped to one day play for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team. Tribute…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/27/kobe_bryant_death_in_helicopter_crash

Kobe Bryant Dead at 41: Remembering Basketball Star's Legacy On and Off the Court
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-27
Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant died Sunday in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles at the age of 41. The crash killed all nine people on board, including Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna and beloved college baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and their 13-year-old daughter Alyssa. They were heading to a youth basketball game. Bryant won five NBA championships, two Olympic gold medals and was crowned an All-Star 18 times. He played for the L.A. Lakers for 20 years before retiring in 2016. Gianna Bryant reportedly hoped to one day play for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team. Tribute…
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Never-Trumper strategist launches #ILefttheGOP campaign just in time for Senate impeachment votes
rt.com | 2020-01-27
Disaffected ex-Republicans are sharing their stories on social media as the seemingly-unbreakable two-party duopoly approaches peak unpopularity with American voters with less than a year to go before the 2020 election. | The hashtag #ILefttheGOP was trending on Monday as self-described former Republicans shared what made them exit party ranks – whether to join the Democrats, or to vote independently. It was created by former Republican strategist Cheri Jacobus, who left the party after a disastrous encounter with the president's 2016 campaign and has been a strident "never-Trumper" ever since. | Perhaps predi…
rt.com/usa/479334-gop-strategist-launches-campaign-walkaway/

Under Pressure in Impeachment Trial, Trump Steps Up Attacks on Reproductive Rights
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-27
Donald Trump on Friday became the first sitting president in U.S. history to attend the so-called March for Life, the annual anti-abortion rally held in Washington, D.C., that draws thousands of participants. President Trump

Under Pressure in Impeachment Trial, Trump Steps Up Attacks on Reproductive Rights
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-27
Donald Trump on Friday became the first sitting president in U.S. history to attend the so-called March for Life, the annual anti-abortion rally held in Washington, D.C., that draws thousands of participants. President Trump

"Ours to Tell": New Film Highlights Personal Stories About the Importance of Abortion Access
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-27
As Roe v. Wade faces unprecedented attacks, the new short film "Ours to Tell" puts a human face to the fight for reproductive justice and highlights those whose stories are often sidelined by the media: LGBTQ communities and communities of color. The film focuses on Ylonda, Nick, Hannah and Brittany, four people who discuss how having access to abortion shaped their lives. The film was directed by Rayka Zehtabchi and was created by Planned Parenthood and We Testify. For more on the film, as well as the state of reproductive rights in the United States, we speak with Renee Bracey Sherman, founder and executive dir…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/27/ours_to_tell_film_abortion_stories

United States: As Iowa caucuses approach, Democratic battle lines emerge
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-01-27
US politics Leo CrnogorcevicIssue 1251 United States Democratic Party US presidential primariesJanuary 27, 2020Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton's defeat by Republican Donald Tr…
greenleft.org.au/content/united-states-iowa-caucuses-approach-democratic-battle-lines-emerge

Suing Hillary Clinton, Tulsi Gabbard stands up to the Russiagate smear machine
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-25
As Bernie Sanders ignores Hillary Clinton's attacks, Tulsi Gabbard is fighting back. Gabbard has filed a $50 million defamation suit…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/25/suing-hillary-clinton-tulsi-gabbard-stands-up-to-the-russiagate-smear-machine/

Suing Hillary Clinton, Tulsi Gabbard stands up to the Russiagate smear machine
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-25
As Bernie Sanders ignores Hillary Clinton's attacks, Tulsi Gabbard is fighting back. Gabbard has filed a $50 million defamation suit…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/25/suing-hillary-clinton-tulsi-gabbard-stands-up-to-the-russiagate-smear-machine/

Law Professor: Trump Could Also Have Been Impeached for War Crimes, Assassinations & Corruption
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-24
Democratic lawmakers are continuing to lay out their case for removing the president from office in the final day of opening arguments by Democrats in the historic impeachment trial of President Trump. Republicans will begin their opening arguments on Saturday. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Trump's political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. On Thursday, House impeachment manager Jerrold Nadler made the case that a president can…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/24/donald_trump_senate_impeachment_trial

Law Professor: Trump Could Also Have Been Impeached for War Crimes, Assassinations & Corruption
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-24
Democratic lawmakers are continuing to lay out their case for removing the president from office in the final day of opening arguments by Democrats in the historic impeachment trial of President Trump. Republicans will begin their opening arguments on Saturday. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Trump's political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. On Thursday, House impeachment manager Jerrold Nadler made the case that a president can…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/24/donald_trump_senate_impeachment_trial

Oakland Moms Who Occupied Vacant Property to Highlight Housing Crisis Celebrate Unexpected Victory
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-24
In Oakland, California, a months-long struggle between a group of unhoused mothers occupying a vacant home and the real estate firm that owned it ended with an unexpected offer to purchase the property earlier this week. The major win in the mothers' fight against homelessness and real estate speculation comes just a week after Wedgewood Properties forcibly evicted the families

Oakland Moms Who Occupied Vacant Property to Highlight Housing Crisis Celebrate Unexpected Victory
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-24
In Oakland, California, a months-long struggle between a group of unhoused mothers occupying a vacant home and the real estate firm that owned it ended with an unexpected offer to purchase the property earlier this week. The major win in the mothers' fight against homelessness and real estate speculation comes just a week after Wedgewood Properties forcibly evicted the families

International Court of Justice Orders Burmese Authorities to Protect Rohingya Muslims from Genocide
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-24
In a major ruling, the U.N. International Court of Justice at The Hague has ordered Burma to "take all measures within its power" to protect Rohingya Muslims from genocide. The court issued the ruling Thursday, calling the 600,000 Rohingya remaining in Burma, also known as Myanmar, "extremely vulnerable" to military violence. The court ordered Burma to report regularly to the tribunal about its progress. The ruling is a sharp rebuke of Burma's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who last month asked the court to drop the genocide case against Burma. Suu Kyi is a Nobel Peace Prize winner who spent over a decade figh…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/24/burma_rohingya_genocide_icj_ruling

2020-01-30: News Headlines

Staff (2020-01-30). "Coded Bias": New Film Looks at Fight Against Racial Bias in Facial Recognition & AI Technology. democracynow.org A new documentary looks at the dangers of artificial intelligence and its increasing omnipresence in daily life, as new research shows that it often reflects racist biases. Earlier this month, Cambridge, Massachusetts, became the latest major city to ban facial recognition technology, joining a growing number of cities, including San Francisco, to ban the artificial intelligence, citing flawed technology and racial and gender bias. A recent study also found that facial recognition identified African-American and Asian faces incorrectly 10 to 100 times more than white faces. The film "Coded Bias" begins with Joy B…

RT (2020-01-30). Why was Rand banned? Sen. Paul reveals his CENSORED question at Trump impeachment trial. rt.com As Senators gathered for the last day of questioning in President Trump's impeachment trial, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul found his question censored in a way that may have revealed the identity of the mysterious whistleblower. | With the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump nearing its final stages, senators gathered on Capitol Hill on Thursday to question the Democratic prosecution team, and Trump's defense attorneys. However, Paul (R-Kentucky) found his question shot down by presiding Chief Justice John Roberts, who declined "to read the question as submitted." | Paul left the chamber after Roberts' de…

Staff (2020-01-30). Ex-Solicitor General: Alan Dershowitz Is Wrong. Trump Is Not Above the Law & Should Be Impeached. democracynow.org President Trump's legal team offered an extraordinary new defense during Trump's impeachment trial on Wednesday. Attorney Alan Dershowitz said that a sitting president could take any action to boost his re-election chances if he felt his re-election was in the public interest. "If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment," Dershowitz said. Trump was impeached by the House last month for freezing military aid to Ukraine in an effort to pressure Ukraine to open an investigation of Trump's politi…

RT (2020-01-30). Republicans are 'actual demons,' 'zombies,' says New York Times Nobel Prize-winning columnist. rt.com New York Times columnist and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman has doubled down on denouncing the Republican Party as "bad people," insisting that there's nothing wrong with "demonizing" opponents who "actually are demons." | Krugman refused to budge from his declaration that "Republicans are bad people" during an interview with PBS' Firing Line on Thursday. When interviewer Margaret Hoover pressed the Nobel Prize-winning economist on the risks inherent in "demonizing" political opponents, he only doubled down, taking his ad hominems into the mythical realm. | Is it demonizing if they already actually are demons?

RT (2020-01-30). US authorizes embassy evacuations in China, as coronavirus death toll ticks up. rt.com The US State Department has authorized the departure of non-emergency staff at its embassy in Beijing and consulates in Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Shenyang, a spokesman told Reuters on Thursday. The decision was made as the SARS-like coronavirus spread to every region of China, killing at least 170 people and infecting over 8,000. The virus has been confirmed in nearly 20 countries, and the World Health Organization has declared the outbreak a global health emergency. The State Department's departure order comes a week after American diplomatic staff were evacuated by plane from Wuhan, a city of 11 mill…

Staff (2020-01-30). Biden's Flip-Flop on Free Higher Education Exposes His Hypocrisy. truthout.org One key debate in the Democratic primary is the question of free public higher education. While Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have proposed free public college for all, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has supported the idea for families making less than $150,000, and former Vice President Joe Biden has positioned himself as a centrist who rejects these plans and instead What makes t…

Tony Christini (2020-01-30). Why the Prospect of a "Bernie Blue Out" Terrifies the One-Percent. counterpunch.org I mentioned some time ago when it didn't go without saying that Bernie Sanders stands a real chance to win the US Presidency. It goes without saying now. What's also clear is that the One Percent establishment — both Democrat and Republican — now fear that Bernie Sanders may win any given election he enters, culminating in

Marjorie Cohn (2020-01-30). Alan Dershowitz Is Insulting Everybody's Intelligence. truthdig.com This article originally appeared on Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard emeritus law professor who is serving as a hired gun for Team Trump, is arguing that even if John Bolton testifies that Trump admitted the quid pro quo with Ukraine to him, the Senate could not remove the president from office. Dershowitz has gone so far as to say that even if Trump told Bolton he was withholding the congressionally authorized military aid to Ukraine until it helped him with an investigation of the Bidens, that is s…

Staff (2020-01-30). Could This Be the End of American Exceptionalism? truthdig.com More Americans are dissatisfied with democracy than at any point since records began in 1995, according to a new study published Wednesday, and the number of citizens with a positive view of the U.S. system of government dipped for the first time below 50%. | To observers like journalist Rania Khalek, the reason for such a shift in global attitudes was clear. | "Our systems aren't actually democratic," said Khalek. "We live in a miserable oligarchy, no wonder people are unhappy." | "Dissatisfaction with democracy within developed countries is at its highest level in almost 25 years" | That's bc our systems aren't…

WSWS (2020-01-30). Amid impeachment, Trump signs North American trade deal passed with Democratic support. wsws.org The bipartisan support for the USMCA shows that all factions in Washington agree on an intensification of economic conflict with China.

Alan Hirsch (2020-01-30). Bring It On: Why Democrats Should Take the Hunter Biden for John Bolton Trade. commondreams.org Protesters at the rally held signs depicting reasons for Trump to be removed. Members of the activist group Rise and Resist held an emergency demo in the main hall of Grand Central Terminal during the peak evening rush hour to demand that the Senate hold a full trial with witnesses and evidence. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-1197122176.jpg

Staff (2020-01-30). A Public Option Sustains Health Care Inequities. Medicare for All Tackles Them. truthout.org Health care has been at the forefront of discussion during the 2020 primary season. The debate has boiled down to whether Democratic candidates will embrace single-payer or support an expansion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through a public option. While candidates trade jabs and throw around industry talking points, the debate and subsequent media attention has largely excluded how people with disabilities will be affected by the prospective nominees' health care plans. | People with dis…

WSWS (2020-01-30). John Bolton and the "national security" impeachment. wsws.org While the Democrats embrace the war criminal John Bolton, the Republicans portray the president as essentially above the law, an elected dictator.

Staff (2020-01-30). The Bernie Blackout Is Real, and These Screenshots Prove It. truthout.org It's 2020, but it could well be 2016 all over again — history is repeating itself as the cadre of neoliberal Democratic Party leaders who

Jacob Sugarman (2020-01-30). Document Offers Tantalizing Preview of a Sanders Administration. truthdig.com While former Vice President Joe Biden still leads the Democratic field

Santa Cruz Election News (2020-01-30). Local Dems Say City Council Candidate Renée Golder was a Registered Republican Until 2018. indybay.org Local Democrats have checked official voting records and are reporting that Santa Cruz City Council recall candidate Renée Golder was a registered Republican until April of 2018. They say voting records indicate Golder registered as a Republican in 2000 and voted in multiple primary elections as a Republican, until she switched her party affiliation to Democratic in 2018. Presently, Golder is running as a "pro-recall" Santa Cruz City Council candidate against Progressives in the March 2020 election.

Donald Monaco (2020-01-30). Impeachment and the Imperial Presidency. globalresearch.ca Donald J. Trump is the third president in American history to face an impeachment trial in the United States Senate. He stands accused by Democratic members in the House of Representatives of abusing power and obstructing Congress. | In reality, Trump …

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2020-01-30). 20th Anniversary of Rosa Parks Day in California. indybay.org Our 2020 Rosa Parks Day of Courage, at Sacramento City Hall is the oldest known official celebration of Rosa Parks Day in California. ACR 156, California Legislation recognizing the 20th Anniversary of Rosa Parks Day will recommit a statewide effort to share the strength, courage, faith and determination of Rosa Louise McCauley Parks with young school children and seasoned seniors who have forgotten how to sing, "We Shall Overcome" in California and throughout the world.

Sonali Kolhatkar (2020-01-30). Trump's Impeachment Defense Is Incoherent by Design. truthdig.com The Senate impeachment trial playing out in Washington, D.C., is a history-making event, not just because it is only the third time that the Senate has ever been asked to formally consider removing a president, but also because it showcases, in stunning terms, the hypocrisy and moral bankruptcy of the Republican Party. It would be laughable, if it weren't so tragic, to watch defenders of President Donald Trump tying themselves into knots in attempting to prove his innocence. They are forced to resort to constant contradictions of their own past statements—and of one another—at every turn, because ther…

Sonali Kolhatkar (2020-01-30). Trump's Defense Is Rife With Contradictions—by Design. truthdig.com The Senate impeachment trial playing out in Washington, D.C., is a history-making event, not just because it is only the third time that the Senate has ever been asked to formally consider removing a president, but also because it showcases, in stunning terms, the hypocrisy and moral bankruptcy of the Republican Party. It would be laughable, if it weren't so tragic, to watch defenders of President Donald Trump tying themselves into knots in attempting to prove his innocence. They are forced to resort to constant contradictions of their own past statements—and of one another—at every turn, because ther…

D.D. Guttenplan (2020-01-30). Sanders or Warren? Why Not Both? thenation.com Sanders or Warren? Why Not Both?

Hallie Golden (2020-01-30). Donald Trump Is Not the Only Lawless Republican. thenation.com Donald Trump Is Not the Only Lawless Republican…

Elie Mystal (2020-01-30). The Republicans Have Now Begun the Trolling Phase of the Impeachment Trial. thenation.com The Republicans Have Now Begun the Trolling Phase of the Impeachment Trial…

sputniknews (2020-01-30). Day Nine of Donald Trump's Impeachment Trial in Senate – Video. sputniknews.com Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry against President Trump in autumn last year following a whistleblower's complaint that the US president had allegedly pressed his Ukrainian counterpart Zelensky to investigate former US Vice-President Joe Biden and his son Hunter regarding their business activities in Ukraine.

Staff (2020-01-30). Headlines for January 30, 2020. democracynow.org Rev. William Barber: Mitch McConnell Is Bringing Old Southern Justice to U.S. Senate, European Parliament Votes to Ratify Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, Coronavirus Death Toll Hits 170, Racial Justice Groups Call on Klobuchar to Suspend Campaign, French Firefighters Clash with Riot Police in Latest Protests Against Pension Overhaul, Cuban Man Dies in ICE Custody, Marking 6th Death Since October, Salvadoran General Admits U.S.-Trained Forces Carried Out 1981 Massacre, South Dakota Passes Bill Criminalizing Gender-Affirming Surgery, #DignidadLiteraria: Latino Writers Launch Campaign in Response to "American Dirt"

RT (2020-01-29). Warren calls for criminalizing online 'disinformation,' gets roasted for Orwellian overreach. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has called for criminalizing knowingly disseminating 'disinformation' about voting, a move that would give the government the power to decide what constitutes truth and lies. | Warren called for "civil and criminal penalties for knowingly disseminating false information about when and how to vote in US elections" on Wednesday, as part of the lengthy and occasionally self-contradictory

Mark Gruenberg (2020-01-29). SEIU's Henry demands Senate impeachment trial call witnesses. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON —In her second comment on the Senate impeachment trial of GOP President Donald Trump, Service Employees President Mary Kay Henry is demanding lawmakers call live witnesses to ensure a fair trial. And those senators who don't want witnesses, she adds, are "playing political games with issues serious for our democracy and the sanctity of …

Staff (2020-01-29). Mehdi Hasan: Trump's Middle East Plan Is a Policy of Apartheid & Settler Colonialism. democracynow.org We continue our discussion of President Trump's long-awaited Middle East plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which he has described as the "deal of the century." The plan was drafted by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner without any input from Palestinians and would give Israel sovereignty over large areas of the occupied West Bank, control over all of Jerusalem, and keep all illegal settlements built in the occupied West Bank. We speak with Mehdi Hasan, senior columnist at The Intercept, and Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said professor of modern Arab studies at Columbia University. Khalidi's latest book is…

Staff (2020-01-29). "Yet Another Declaration of War on Palestinians": Rashid Khalidi on Trump's Middle East "Peace" Plan. democracynow.org Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced plans to annex about 30% of the occupied West Bank, after Israel was given the green light to do so by the United States. On Tuesday, President Trump — with Netanyahu by his side — unveiled a so-called Middle East peace plan that was drafted by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner without any input from Palestinians. Under the plan, Israel will gain sovereignty over large areas of the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem would be under total Israeli control, and all Jewish settlers in the occupied territory will be allowed to remain in their homes. The plan…

RT (2020-01-29). 'I'm an old guy, vote for someone else': Biden's latest gaffes include odd sales pitch to voter & head-scratching demands for VP. rt.com Former Vice President Joe Biden's odd strategy for winning over voters continues as video of him scolding one goes viral, and recent comments about his age raises alarm. | Though Biden continues to poll at the top of the Democrats fighting for their party's presidential nomination — a Wednesday Monmouth University

Staff (2020-01-29). Mehdi Hasan: The Impeachment Trial Has Been a Farce Since Day One Filled with GOP Lies. democracynow.org At the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told fellow Republican senators in a private meeting Tuesday that he does not yet have enough votes to block Democrats from calling impeachment witnesses. Democrats have pushed for former national security adviser John Bolton to testify. On Sunday night, The New York Times published details about a draft of Bolton's forthcoming book, in which he claims Trump personally told him in August he wanted to maintain a freeze on $391 million in military aid to Ukraine until Ukraine turned over materials related to former Vice Presi…

RT (2020-01-29). 'We would be in World War Six by now' if Bolton were still in the WH, says Trump in scathing tweets. rt.com US President Donald Trump has hit back at John Bolton, his former national security advisor, accusing him of writing a "nasty & untrue" book and saying the warmongering Republican could have led us into "World War Six." | While Bolton has become something of a hero to Trump's critics thanks to leaks from his upcoming book 'The Room Where it Happened', which seemingly confirm accusations that the president withheld foreign aid to Ukraine in the hopes they would investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, conservatives have begun to turn on the man, chief among them the president himself. | "For a guy who could…

RT (2020-01-29). Ukraine's ex-prosecutor who led Burisma investigation demands criminal probe of Biden. rt.com Former top Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin has filed a criminal complaint with the state authorities, claiming former US Vice President Joe Biden strong-armed Kiev into firing him in order to stop the Burisma investigation. | In the

Staff (2020-01-29). Trump Trial: Pointed Questioning With Bolton Book at the Center. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's impeachment trial shifted swiftly to pointed, back-and-forth questioning Wednesday as Republicans strained to contain the fallout over John Bolton's forthcoming book, which threatens their hopes of ending the trial with a quick acquittal. | The day started simply enough. Three Republican senators asked Trump's legal team: If there was more than one motive for Trump's conduct in Ukraine, as he pushed for political investigations of Joe Biden, should the Senate still consider the Biden pressure an abuse of power? | White House lawyer Pat Philbin responded there's nothing…

Roger D. Harris (2020-01-29). The Liberal Establishment is Already Warning Third Parties Not to Ruin the 2020 Election. mintpressnews.com Prominent liberal personalities, including Noam Chomsky, issued an open letter imploring third parties to "remove themselves as a factor" in the 2020 presidential election to "benefit all humanity and a good part of the biosphere."

Jefferson Morley (2020-01-29). Weakest Link: Impeachment and National Security. counterpunch.org In the summer of 2016 President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump didn't agree about much, except for one obscure issue of U.S. foreign policy: lethal military aid to Ukraine. As commander in chief, Obama objected to such assistance, even in the face of a Russian proxy war. So did candidate Trump. On

WSWS (2020-01-29). In impeachment crisis, Trump continues fascistic appeals, Democrats promote warmonger John Bolton. wsws.org An architect of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Bolton has advocated wars for regime change in Iran, Syria, Libya, Venezuela, Cuba, Yemen and North Korea.

Staff (2020-01-29). Headlines for January 29, 2020. democracynow.org McConnell Tries to Secure Votes to Block Impeachment Witnesses, "Our Rights Are Not for Sale": Palestinians Reject Trump's Middle East Plan, Trump Praises Pompeo for Shouting and Cursing at NPR Reporter, WaPo Reinstates Reporter Suspended for Tweeting About Kobe Rape Case, Death Toll from Coronavirus Virus Hits 132, with 6,000 Infected, Over 100,000 Syrian Civilians Flee Regime Offensive in Idlib, Floods Kill 30, Displace 16,000 in Madagascar, Mississippi to Shut Down Unit of Parchman Prison After Deaths of 9 Prisoners, Maryland Cop Charged with Murder for Killing Handcuffed Man in Police Car…

Staff (2020-01-29). The Impeachment Trial Has Been a Farce Staged by the GOP Since Day One. truthout.org At the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told fellow Republican senators in a private meeting Tuesday that he does not yet have enough votes to block Democrats from calling impeachment witnesses. Democrats have pushed for former national security adviser John Bolton to testify. On Sunday night, The New York Times published details about a draft of Bolton's forthcoming book, in which he claims Trump personally told him in August he wanted to maintain a…

commondreams (2020-01-29). New NAFTA Signed Into Law Only After Democrats Force Trump to Rewrite His 2018 NAFTA 2.0 Deal to Remove Big Pharma Giveaways, Add Better Labor and Environmental Terms. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Fight Back (2020-01-29). Coalition to March on DNC threatens lawsuit as Milwaukee government denies democratic rights. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – On the evening of January 27, organizers for the Coalition to March on the DNC held a press conference outside City Hall to announce their intention to sue the city if their permit to rally and march is not delivered. Despite having reserved the rotunda inside the building, the press conference was forced to be held outside. | This was the result of a city council representative not booking the room for that evening, even after all proper procedures were followed by the Coalition. This is further proof that the City of Milwaukee is trying to silence the freedoms of speech and assembly of the peopl…

teleSUR (2020-01-29). Israeli Defense Minister Wants Annexation of Occupied West Bank. telesurenglish.net Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex over a third of the occupied West Bank shorlty after U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled his so-called "Deal of the Century" plan on Middle East peace. | RELATED: | "Yesterday evening, history knocked on our door and granted us a one-time opportunity to apply Israel law on all of the settlements in Judea and Samaria and the Jordan…

Ashley Curtin (2020-01-29). 57 scientists denounce Biden's claim that Sanders' Green New Deal doesn't have backing of science. nationofchange.org The scientists went as far as saying the Green New Deal is necessary to "solve our climate crisis."

Roger D. Harris (2020-01-29). The Imminent Threat of Trump and the Value of Progressive Third Parties. dissidentvoice.org As predictable as death and taxes is the quadrennial injunction from liberals for progressive third parties to cease and desist. Equally predictable is the admonition that this will be the most decisive presidential election in US history. Given the prospect of four more years of Trump, do they have a valid thesis or are they …

Staff (2020-01-29). What Happens if Iowa and Nevada's 2020 Caucuses Are Disrupted? truthdig.com In 2012, the Iowa Republican Party named Mitt Romney (now Utah's senator) as the winner of its presidential caucuses. But

Jeet Heer (2020-01-29). The Electability Argument Is Really About Party Unity. thenation.com The Electability Argument Is Really About Party Unity…

Jennifer Bernstein (2020-01-29). Tennessee's Chemical Castration Bill Shows Local Republicans Have One Thing on Their Minds. thenation.com Tennessee's Chemical Castration Bill Shows Local Republicans Have One Thing on Their Minds…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-01-29). 'Huge': Bernie Sanders Endorses Progressive Primary Challenger Jessica Cisneros. commondreams.org "We're proud that presidential candidates are taking a close look at South Texas as we fight to turn Texas blue in November—and that they know we're the only candidate in this race who will champion Democratic values in Washington." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/cisneros-sanders-endorsement.jpg

Staff (2020-01-28). Murder of Mexican Artist Isabel Cabanillas Highlights Endemic Issue of Femicide in Ciudad Juárez. democracynow.org Isabel Cabanillas, a 26-year-old beloved feminist activist and artist, was recently assassinated in Ciudad Juárez, resurfacing the border city's painful legacy of femicides and violence against women. Cabanillas was reported missing on social media by her friends on Saturday, January 18, after she never returned home. On that same day, she was found shot to death on a sidewalk next to her bicycle in downtown Juárez. We speak with Nana Rebell, a feminist activist in Ciudad Juárez and a member of the Juárez feminist collective Hijas de su Maquilera Madre, about Cabanillas's life and the endemic issue of femicide in…

Staff (2020-01-28). Chinese Artist & Filmmaker Ai Weiwei on State Violence from Mexico to Hong Kong to Xinjiang. democracynow.org In 2014, 43 students from Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College disappeared after they were abducted in Iguala, Mexico. More than five years after their disappearance, the families of the students are still fighting for justice. The story is the subject of a stunning new documentary by the world-renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. The film, "Vivos," follows the families of the disappeared students in their daily lives as they grapple with the absence of their loved ones and attempt to hold the Mexican government accountable for their disappearance. We sat down with Ai Weiwei earlier this week at the Sund…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-01-28). Interviews with New Hampshire voters show Bernie, Biden the favorites. peoplesworld.org MANCHESTER, N.H.—With two weeks to go before the key New Hampshire primary, there's at least one certain point you can make about the Democratic presidential nomination race here: Bernie Sanders is the favorite among younger voters, Joe Biden is the favorite among older ones. But that goes only for the people who have made up …

Alan MacLeod (2020-01-28). It's Media—Not Bernie Sanders—That Have an Antisemitism Problem. fair.org Have you heard the news? Democratic presidential frontrunner Bernie Sanders is antisemitic. Yes, yes, he's Jewish, and has a So goes the story in several prominent media outlets, who accuse him of leading "the most antisemitic [campaign] in decades" (Washington Examiner,

Staff (2020-01-28). Trump's Expansive Claims of Executive Privilege Pose "Very Serious Constitutional Crisis" democracynow.org During eight hours of oral arguments at the president's impeachment trial on Monday, President Trump's legal team repeatedly said that he has done nothing wrong, and largely ignored the explosive revelations made by Trump's former national security adviser. The president's case was made on Monday by a team of lawyers including Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, whose probe led to the impeachment of Bill Clinton. In an upcoming book, former national security adviser John Bolton says Trump told him the withholding of $391 million in military aid to Ukraine…

RT (2020-01-28). DNC chair names John Podesta & other Clinton loyalists to Convention Committee, triggering revolt from voters fearing 2016 2.0. rt.com Democrats hoping their party learned from its 2016 failure have been horrified to discover many of those behind Hillary Clinton's losing campaign — including John Podesta of hacked email fame — have major Convention posts. | Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez has unveiled a 2020 Democratic Convention lousy with Clinton loyalists — Podesta merely the most notorious among them — alongside former Obama administration officials and corporate lobbyists. Democrats hoping the centrist old guard had relinquished its death-grip on the party are livid, and at least one campaign is pushin…

Glen Ford (2020-01-28). Shaky Joe Biden, Billionaire Bloomberg, and the global race to the bottom. mronline.org Bloomberg has put himself and his fortune into the contest to rally his (ruling) classmates to the task of shoring up corporate control of the Party if Sanders seizes the top spot. |

Stansfield Smith (2020-01-28). Chomsky and other Liberal Intellectuals ask us to Join them in Throwing in the Towel. dissidentvoice.org Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, Bill Fletcher, Leslie Cagan, Ron Daniels, Kathy Kelly, Norman Solomon, Cynthia Peters, and Michael Albert wrote an Open Letter to the Green Party, asking them to support the 2020 Democratic candidate regardless who wins the nomination. It was in response to an article well worth reading by Howie Hawkins, "The Green …

Fight Back (2020-01-28). FRSO Venezuela delegation meets with women in Bolivarian Militia. fightbacknews.org Caracas, Venezuela – During the World Anti-Imperialist Congress, members of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) delegation talked with women in the Bolivarian Militia. The Bolivarian Militia was created in 2005 in response to U.S. intervention. As of December 2019, President Maduro said he is moving toward making the Militia into "combat units" within the Armed Forces. In 2019, with multiple U.S.-backed coup attempts to install Juan Guaidó in place of democratically elected President Maduro, the Bolivarian Militia nearly doubled to 3.3 million members in a country of around 30 million people. Their rol…

Staff (2020-01-28). Headlines for January 28, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Lawyers Says He Did No Wrong as Calls Mount for Bolton and Other Witnesses to Testify | , Trump to Unveil Middle East "Peace Plan" as Netanyahu Indicted over Corruption, SCOTUS Allows Trump's "Public Charge" Rule Targeting Low-Income Immigrants to Take Effect, State Dept. Bars NPR Reporter from Upcoming Pompeo Trip, Washington Post Suspends Reporter for Tweet About Kobe Bryant Rape Allegation, Mixed Accounts After U.S. Military Plane Crashes in Afghanistan, Torrential Rains and Landslides Kill At Least 46 People in Brazil, Nigerian Journalist Maxwell Nashan Killed, 2nd Accuser Testifies in Weinstein Trial a…

Fight Back (2020-01-28). Milwaukee: Rally against war on Iraq, Iran. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – On January 25, around 40 people gathered at the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and North Avenue to protest the ongoing U.S. war in Iraq and the threat of war with Iran. The protesters occupied each of the four street corners and took to chanting before running through a short lineup of speakers. | "Organization and numbers are the two greatest weapons at the disposal of the working class. We must use them if we're gonna win," said Ryan Hamann, a speaker from Freedom Road Socialist Organization. "Here's to building a strong, united, firmly anti-imperialist anti-war movement in Mi…

John Nichols (2020-01-28). Bernie Sanders Is Rising on the Strength of His Anti-War Stance. thenation.com Bernie Sanders Is Rising on the Strength of His Anti-War Stance…

Aaron Ross Coleman (2020-01-28). Kobe Bryant: America's Imperfect Icon. thenation.com Kobe Bryant: America's Imperfect Icon…

Staff (2020-01-27). Under Pressure in Impeachment Trial, Trump Steps Up Attacks on Reproductive Rights. democracynow.org Donald Trump on Friday became the first sitting president in U.S. history to attend the so-called March for Life, the annual anti-abortion rally held in Washington, D.C., that draws thousands of participants. President Trump — who once described himself as "pro-choice in every respect" — accused Democrats of infanticide and falsely stated that Virginia Governor Ralph Northam supports an abortion bill that would "execute a baby after birth." The March for Life began in 1974 in response to the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion. Past…

RT (2020-01-27). Never-Trumper strategist launches #ILefttheGOP campaign just in time for Senate impeachment votes. rt.com Disaffected ex-Republicans are sharing their stories on social media as the seemingly-unbreakable two-party duopoly approaches peak unpopularity with American voters with less than a year to go before the 2020 election. | The hashtag #ILefttheGOP was trending on Monday as self-described former Republicans shared what made them exit party ranks – whether to join the Democrats, or to vote independently. It was created by former Republican strategist Cheri Jacobus, who left the party after a disastrous encounter with the president's 2016 campaign and has been a strident "never-Trumper" ever since. | Perhaps predi…

RT (2020-01-27). 'Bombshell' or nothing to see here? Dems clamor for Bolton impeachment testimony as manuscript claims Trump-Ukraine quid-pro-quo. rt.com Ex-National Security Adviser John Bolton's book claims Donald Trump admitted a Ukraine quid-pro-quo, prompting Democrats to declare it's game-over for the US president, as his supporters dismiss it as yet another nothingburger. | Democrats have renewed their demands for Bolton to testify in the Senate impeachment trial after a manuscript of the inveterate hawk's new tell-all book on his time in the White House asserted Trump had told Bolton the administration should keep sitting on $391 million in military aid to Ukraine until Kiev reopened an investigation of Burisma Holdings, the natural gas firm tied to for…

Staff (2020-01-27). Kobe Bryant Dead at 41: Remembering Basketball Star's Legacy On and Off the Court. democracynow.org Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant died Sunday in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles at the age of 41. The crash killed all nine people on board, including Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna and beloved college baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and their 13-year-old daughter Alyssa. They were heading to a youth basketball game. Bryant won five NBA championships, two Olympic gold medals and was crowned an All-Star 18 times. He played for the L.A. Lakers for 20 years before retiring in 2016. Gianna Bryant reportedly hoped to one day play for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team. Tribute…

Staff (2020-01-27). Explosive Bolton Book Allegations Spark New Calls for Witnesses to Testify at Impeachment Trial. democracynow.org Calls are growing for the Senate to call witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial, after The New York Times published details about former national security adviser John Bolton's forthcoming book. In the book, Bolton writes that President Trump personally told him in August that he wanted to maintain a freeze on $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until Ukraine turned over materials related to former Vice President Joe Biden and supporters of Hillary Clinton in Ukraine. The New York Times broke the story on Sunday, one day after President Trump's legal team began its defense of the president. D…

RT (2020-01-27). 'Poor judgement': WaPo suspends reporter for Kobe Bryant rape case link tweeted HOURS after his death. rt.com The Washington Post has suspended one of its reporters after she posted a link to a story about a 2016 rape case involving Kobe Bryant just hours after the basketball star's death in a helicopter crash. | Felicia Sonmez posted the link not long after the news of Bryant's death broke on Sunday and faced furious backlash online, with tweeters accusing her of "disgusting" insensitivity, particularly in light of the fact that the crash also took the lives of Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people.

RT (2020-01-27). Kobe Bryant's fateful helicopter flight details REVEALED online as authorities work to ID victims (VIDEO). rt.com New details have emerged about the helicopter crash in California that took the life of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and eight others, including an audio recording from the pilot. As of Monday, three bodies have been recovered. | The authorities have said they will not identify anyone involved in the Sunday crash until a coroner's report comes in and the bodies are fully recovered. Thus far, only three bodies have been recovered, according to the LA County Coroner's Office. | However, multiple outlets have reported the identities of the the passengers besides Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and the pilot, i…

Kevin Gosztola (2020-01-27). To rig primary against Bernie, DNC chair Tom Perez nominates regime-change agents, Israel lobbyists, and Wall Street consultants. thegrayzone.com With Senator Bernie Sanders surging in the polls, DNC chair Tom Perez has put forward a cartoonishly neoliberal cast of…

Staff (2020-01-27). Headlines for January 27, 2020. democracynow.org Impeachment Trial Resumes as Leaked Bolton Manuscript Bolsters Democrats' Case, Coronavirus Death Toll Reaches 81 in China as Disease Spreads Around the World, Pentagon: 34 U.S. Troops Have Brain Injuries After Iranian Attack on Iraqi Airbase, Deadly Crackdown on Iraqi Protests Continue as 100,000s March Against U.S. Military Presence, Turkey Earthquake Kills 38; At Least 1,600 Hospitalized, Ugandan Activist Vanessa Nakate Slams Racist Media After Being Cropped from Photo with White Activists, Trump Attends Anti-Abortion "March for Life" as Admin Continues Assault on Reproductive Rights, High-Ranking Pharma Exec…

Staff (2020-01-27). "Ours to Tell": New Film Highlights Personal Stories About the Importance of Abortion Access. democracynow.org As Roe v. Wade faces unprecedented attacks, the new short film "Ours to Tell" puts a human face to the fight for reproductive justice and highlights those whose stories are often sidelined by the media: LGBTQ communities and communities of color. The film focuses on Ylonda, Nick, Hannah and Brittany, four people who discuss how having access to abortion shaped their lives. The film was directed by Rayka Zehtabchi and was created by Planned Parenthood and We Testify. For more on the film, as well as the state of reproductive rights in the United States, we speak with Renee Bracey Sherman, founder and executive dir…

Susan Price (2020-01-27). United States: As Iowa caucuses approach, Democratic battle lines emerge. greenleft.org.au

RT (2020-01-26). VIDEOS show scene of California helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant. rt.com Footage has emerged showing the aftermath of the helicopter crash in California that reportedly took the life of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and eight others. | First videos and photos of the crash site show smoke and debris scattered around the area, and emergency services arriving to the scene. The accident reportedly started from a fire onboard Kobe Bryant's private helicopter which made it spiral out of control before crashing over Calabasas. | The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed there were no survivors left at the crash site. They have said they will not confirm the identity of the eight o…

RT (2020-01-25). Impeachment: Democrats cry 'dictator' while Team Trump cries 'election interference'. rt.com After three days of Democrat offensive, President Donald Trump's defense team have laid out their arguments. The Democrats, they said, are trying to commit their own brand of election interference by removing Trump from office. | The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump opened on Tuesday, and the Democrats' chosen team of prosecutors, or impeachment managers, spent much of this week reiterating their long-standing argument: Trump abused his office by withholding military aid for Ukraine to pressure President Volodymyr Zelensky into reopening a corruption investigation into the business activities of Joe…

Aaron Maté (2020-01-25). Suing Hillary Clinton, Tulsi Gabbard stands up to the Russiagate smear machine. thegrayzone.com As Bernie Sanders ignores Hillary Clinton's attacks, Tulsi Gabbard is fighting back. Gabbard has filed a $50 million defamation suit…

Staff (2020-01-24). Law Professor: Trump Could Also Have Been Impeached for War Crimes, Assassinations & Corruption. democracynow.org Democratic lawmakers are continuing to lay out their case for removing the president from office in the final day of opening arguments by Democrats in the historic impeachment trial of President Trump. Republicans will begin their opening arguments on Saturday. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Trump's political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. On Thursday, House impeachment manager Jerrold Nadler made the case that a president can…

Staff (2020-01-24). International Court of Justice Orders Burmese Authorities to Protect Rohingya Muslims from Genocide. democracynow.org In a major ruling, the U.N. International Court of Justice at The Hague has ordered Burma to "take all measures within its power" to protect Rohingya Muslims from genocide. The court issued the ruling Thursday, calling the 600,000 Rohingya remaining in Burma, also known as Myanmar, "extremely vulnerable" to military violence. The court ordered Burma to report regularly to the tribunal about its progress. The ruling is a sharp rebuke of Burma's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who last month asked the court to drop the genocide case against Burma. Suu Kyi is a Nobel Peace Prize winner who spent over a decade figh…

Staff (2020-01-24). Oakland Moms Who Occupied Vacant Property to Highlight Housing Crisis Celebrate Unexpected Victory. democracynow.org In Oakland, California, a months-long struggle between a group of unhoused mothers occupying a vacant home and the real estate firm that owned it ended with an unexpected offer to purchase the property earlier this week. The major win in the mothers' fight against homelessness and real estate speculation comes just a week after Wedgewood Properties forcibly evicted the families — known as Moms 4 Housing — from the home they were living in for more than two months. Two mothers and two of their supporters were arrested in the early-morning eviction after armed police officers battered down the door. The…

Staff (2020-01-24). Headlines for January 24, 2020. democracynow.org Impeachment Managers Continue Opening Arguments in Trump's Senate Trial, 33 Million on Lockdown in Chinese Cities as Coronavirus Outbreak Spreads, Hundreds of Thousands of Iraqis March to Demand U.S. Troop Withdrawal, Trump Invites Israeli Leaders to White House for "Peace Plan" Unveiling, Mexican Soldiers Attack Central American Migrant Caravan, Arresting 800, U.S. to Send Ambassador to Bolivia After Coup That Ousted Evo Morales, Puerto Rican Protesters Demand Ouster of Gov. Wanda Vázquez, SC Official Switches Presidential Endorsement from Biden to Sanders, National Archives Replaces Doctored Women's March Photo…

Yves Engler (2020-01-24). Canada's Justin Trudeau Toes the Imperial Line on Iran. dissidentvoice.org While the current Liberal government claims to be progressive and in favour of a rules-based international order, promotion of democracy and world peace, its actions regarding Iran demonstrate that the primary drivers of Canadian foreign policy remain US geo-political interests and the interests of the rich and powerful. (This previous article argues this has long been the …

Staff (2020-01-23). Trump Brags About Withholding Evidence as Democratic Impeachment Managers Lay Out Case in the Senate. democracynow.org During the opening day of oral arguments in the impeachment trial, President Trump was accused of abusing his office to "cheat an election." House impeachment managers spent about eight hours on Wednesday laying out their case for why President Trump should be removed from office. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Trump's political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. While the impeachment trial was taking place in the Senate, Presiden…

Staff (2020-01-23). "The New Colossus": In New Play, Tim Robbins Tackles Immigration & Xenophobia. democracynow.org President Trump said Wednesday that he would expand his highly controversial travel ban, which already bars citizens from seven countries, most of which have Muslim-majority populations — Libya, Iran, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela — from entering the United States. Politico reports that the expanded ban could implement immigration restrictions on seven more countries: Belarus, Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania, according to two sources. We speak with acclaimed actor, director and activist Tim Robbins, whose recent work has focused on immigration to the United S…

Staff (2020-01-23). Tim Robbins: Bernie Sanders Is the Best Shot We Have to Defeat Donald Trump. democracynow.org We continue our conversation with Academy Award-winning actor and director Tim Robbins, whose recent projects include the new film "Dark Waters" and a play about immigration called "The New Colossus." He recently endorsed Vermont senator and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders for president. "I believe he is the only one of them that can defeat Trump," Robbins says.

Staff (2020-01-23). "Dark Waters": Meet the Lawyer Whose 20-Year Fight Against DuPont Inspired the New Film. democracynow.org The new film "Dark Waters" tells the story of attorney Rob Bilott's 20-year battle with DuPont over contaminated drinking water in West Virginia from toxic chemicals used to make Teflon. The Environmental Working Group credited Billot with "uncovering the most heinous corporate environmental conspiracy in history," and the issue of contaminated water from the plastics industry continues to devastate areas across the country. On Wednesday, the Environmental Working Group released a shocking report about how toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS have been found in the drinking water of dozens of U.S. cities, in…

Staff (2020-01-23). Headlines for January 23, 2020. democracynow.org Democrats Accuse Trump of Trying to "Cheat" Upcoming Election, Supreme Court Decides Not to Fast-Track Obamacare Case, D.C. Sues Trump's Inaugural Committee over $1M Rental of Trump Hotel Ballroom, ICJ Orders Burma to Protect Rohingya from Genocide, Trump Says He's Planning to Add More Countries to Travel Ban, State Department to Make It More Difficult for Pregnant Women to Receive Visas, Trump Says He May Cut Medicare, Social Security, Trump Plans to Speak at Anti-Choice March for Life Friday, Chinese Authorities Seal Off City of Wudan as Coronavirus Spreads, Tulsi Gabbard Sues Clinton for Defamation, U.N.: Clim…

Staff (2020-01-22). A Torturer Meets His Victims: CIA Psychologist Defends Brutal Methods at Guantánamo Military Hearing. democracynow.org On Tuesday, the psychologist identified as the "architect" of the CIA's torture program testified for the first time to the war court at Guantánamo Bay. James Mitchell was in the courtroom for a pretrial hearing for five 9/11 suspects who had been subject to torture, euphemistically called "enhanced interrogation techniques." Mitchell and his partner, Dr. Bruce Jessen, were paid $81 million to help design the CIA's torture methods, including some of the agency's most abusive tactics. The pair had no prior experience in interrogation. At the hearing, Mitchell reportedly told defense lawyers he only came to Guantán…

Joshua Cho (2020-01-22). 23 Headlines Obscure Biden's Lies About Cutting Social Security. fair.org Here's something many Americans would be very interested to know: Is a leading candidate in the Democratic primary a liar? And since a

Staff (2020-01-22). Criminalizing Reporting: Glenn Greenwald Faces Cybercrime Complaint After Exposing Scandal in Brazil. democracynow.org In Brazil, federal prosecutors have filed a criminal complaint against journalist and Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald in connection to a major investigation he spearheaded that exposed misconduct among federal prosecutors and a former judge. Called "The Secret Brazil Archive," the series of pieces published in The Intercept and The Intercept Brasil used a trove of documents to offer new and damning insight into the sweeping anti-corruption campaign that brought down former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and paved the way for the election of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro. The investigation used pre…

splcenter (2020-01-13). Miller Dismisses DACA in Emails, Mirroring Anti-Immigrant Extremists' Views. splcenter.org White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller went against many Republicans when siding with white nationalists and other extremists on the issue of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, more commonly known as DACA, emails show.

EIGHTY Bug (2020-01-01). The Legend Of Bernie Sanders Song. zcomm.org The Legend of Bernie Sanders was originally written for the Bernie documentary called BERN THE MOVIE and is a compendium of Bernie Sanders's life leading into the OUR REVOLUTION movement…

Norman Solomon (2019-12-02). The Official Secrets Movie vs. Joe Biden's Lies About the Iraq War. zcomm.org As he pursues the presidency, Joe Biden is persisting with dismal innovations to falsify his record on the Iraq war. In the process, he's operating completely at odds with what the Official Secrets film and Katharine Gun are all about…

Noam Chomsky (2019-12-02). The Foreign Policy of a Con Man. zcomm.org The Republican "radical insurgency," as it was called several years ago by Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute, has gone far off the traditional rails under Trump…

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-07-18). Diplomacy Instead of a Disaster in Iran. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — July 18, 2019 — In response to reports of the U.S. shooting down an Iranian drone, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "Because of the Trump administration's policy of maximum provocation towards Iran, America stands on the precipice of another blunderous …

Peace Action (2019-07-11). Peace Action Endorses 'the Squad' — Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — July 11, 2019 — Peace Action, the nation's largest grassroots peace organization, has endorsed four progressive champions for the House of Representatives in the 2020 election, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for New York's 14th district, Rep. Ilhan Omar for Minnesota's 5th district, Rep. Ayanna Pressley for Massachusetts' 7th district, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib …

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-06-28). Most Senators Oppose War with Iran Without Congressional Approval. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — June 28, 2019 — In response to the Senate voting 50-40 in favor of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to block funding for military action against Iran without congressional approval, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "Because …

Peace Action (2019-06-25). Peace Action Endorses Ilhan Omar for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, DC — June 25, 2019 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Ilhan Omar for Congress in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District. Peace Action is a national grassroots organization working to advance nuclear disarmament, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights, and support nonmilitary …

Peace Action (2019-06-24). Peace Action Endorses Kara Eastman for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, DC — June 24, 2019 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Kara Eastman for Congress in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District. Peace Action is a national grassroots organization working to advance nuclear disarmament, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights, and support nonmilitary …

Jon Rainwater (2019-06-20). Striking Iran Now Could Spark a Major War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — June 20, 2019 — In response to reports that the Trump administration is considering strikes on Iran in response to the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: "The United States has stumbled into a perilous situation. If, for example, the U.S. …

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-06-20). Senate Votes to Block Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — June 20, 2019 — In response to the Senate voting to block arms sales involving Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other countries, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "When Trump vetoed legislation earlier this year to end U.S. involvement …

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Biden's Flip-Flop on Free Higher Education Exposes His Hypocrisy
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-30
One key debate in the Democratic primary is the question of free public higher education. While Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have proposed free public college for all, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has supported the idea for families making less than $150,000, and former Vice President Joe Biden has positioned himself as a centrist who rejects these plans and instead adopts the Obama approach of free community college. | What makes t…
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Document Offers Tantalizing Preview of a Sanders Administration
Jacob Sugarman | truthdig.com | 2020-01-30
While former Vice President Joe Biden still leads the Democratic field nationally, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has pulled ahead in Iowa and New Hampshire, and Politico reports that he's now receiving the kinds of political attacks typically associated with "front-runner status." It's a label the Vermont sen…
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The Bernie Blackout Is Real, and These Screenshots Prove It
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-30
It's 2020, but it could well be 2016 all over again

Document Offers Tantalizing Preview of a Sanders Administration
Jacob Sugarman | truthdig.com | 2020-01-30
While former Vice President Joe Biden still leads the Democratic field nationally, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has pulled ahead in Iowa and New Hampshire, and Politico reports that he's now receiving the kinds of political attacks typically associated with "frontrunner status." It's a label the Vermont sena…
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Why the Prospect of a "Bernie Blue Out" Terrifies the One-Percent
Tony Christini | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-30
I mentioned some time ago when it didn't go without saying that Bernie Sanders stands a real chance to win the US Presidency. It goes without saying now. What's also clear is that the One Percent establishment

It's Media–Not Bernie Sanders–That Have an Antisemitism Problem
Alan MacLeod | zcomm.org | 2020-01-30
Media motives appear less to do with genuine concern over anti-Jewish sentiment and more about weaponizing smears against a progressive campaign taking on the power of the wealthy…
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Alan Dershowitz Is Insulting Everybody's Intelligence
Marjorie Cohn | truthdig.com | 2020-01-30
This article originally appeared on Truthout. | Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard emeritus law professor who is serving as a hired gun for Team Trump, is arguing that even if John Bolton testifies that Trump admitted the quid pro quo with Ukraine to him, the Senate could not remove the president from office. Dershowitz has gone so far as to say that even if Trump told Bolton he was withholding the congressionally authorized military aid to Ukraine until it helped him with an investigation of the Bidens, that is s…
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Could This Be the End of American Exceptionalism?
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-30
More Americans are dissatisfied with democracy than at any point since records began in 1995, according to a new study published Wednesday, and the number of citizens with a positive view of the U.S. system of government dipped for the first time below 50%. | To observers like journalist Rania Khalek, the reason for such a shift in global attitudes was clear. | "Our systems aren't actually democratic," said Khalek. "We live in a miserable oligarchy, no wonder people are unhappy." | "Dissatisfaction with democracy within developed countries is at its highest level in almost 25 years" | That's bc our systems aren't…
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Will dad splash the cash for the wedding?! Bill Gates' daughter gets engaged to Egyptian showjumping star
rt.com | 2020-01-30
The daughter of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Jennifer, has got engaged to Egyptian equestrian star Nayel Nassar, who made a surprise proposal during the couple's skiing vacation. | The eldest daughter of billionaire businessman Gates and his wife Melinda, revealed she will soon tie the knot with her fiancé by posting a picture on Instagram showing her emotional reaction to the offer of marriage. | READ MORE: Democrats turn on Bill Gates after billionaire hints he's not a fan of Warren's wealth tax…
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Your Emoji-Based Guide to Where the 2020 Candidates Stand on Media and Tech Policy
Craig Aaron, Dana Floberg | commondreams.org | 2020-01-30
On Thursday, Free Press Action released its 2020 "Right to Connect Voter Guide," an analysis of presidential candidates' positions on vital media and technology policies. It analyzes the positions of nine Democratic and Republican presidential candidates polling at 3 percent or above in recent national polls. (Image: Free Press Action) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/media_scorecard.jpg
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Why was Rand banned? Sen. Paul reveals his CENSORED question at Trump impeachment trial
rt.com | 2020-01-30
As Senators gathered for the last day of questioning in President Trump's impeachment trial, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul found his question censored in a way that may have revealed the identity of the mysterious whistleblower. | With the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump nearing its final stages, senators gathered on Capitol Hill on Thursday to question the Democratic prosecution team, and Trump's defense attorneys. However, Paul (R-Kentucky) found his question shot down by presiding Chief Justice John Roberts, who declined "to read the question as submitted." | Paul left the chamber after Roberts' de…
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Impeachment and the Imperial Presidency
Donald Monaco | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-30
Donald J. Trump is the third president in American history to face an impeachment trial in the United States Senate. He stands accused by Democratic members in the House of Representatives of abusing power and obstructing Congress. | In reality, Trump …
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John Bolton and the "national security" impeachment
wsws.org | 2020-01-30
While the Democrats embrace the war criminal John Bolton, the Republicans portray the president as essentially above the law, an elected dictator.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/30/pers-j30.html

"Coded Bias": New Film Looks at Fight Against Racial Bias in Facial Recognition & AI Technology
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-30
A new documentary looks at the dangers of artificial intelligence and its increasing omnipresence in daily life, as new research shows that it often reflects racist biases. Earlier this month, Cambridge, Massachusetts, became the latest major city to ban facial recognition technology, joining a growing number of cities, including San Francisco, to ban the artificial intelligence, citing flawed technology and racial and gender bias. A recent study also found that facial recognition identified African-American and Asian faces incorrectly 10 to 100 times more than white faces. The film "Coded Bias" begins with Joy B…
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A Public Option Sustains Health Care Inequities. Medicare for All Tackles Them
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-30
Health care has been at the forefront of discussion during the 2020 primary season. The debate has boiled down to whether Democratic candidates will embrace single-payer or support an expansion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through a public option. While candidates trade jabs and throw around industry talking points, the debate and subsequent media attention has largely excluded how people with disabilities will be affected by the prospective nominees' health care plans. | People with dis…
truthout.org/articles/a-public-option-sustains-health-care-inequities-medicare-for-all-tackles-them/

Local Dems Say City Council Candidate Renée Golder was a Registered Republican Until 2018
Santa Cruz Election News | indybay.org | 2020-01-30
Local Democrats have checked official voting records and are reporting that Santa Cruz City Council recall candidate Renée Golder was a registered Republican until April of 2018. They say voting records indicate Golder registered as a Republican in 2000 and voted in multiple primary elections as a Republican, until she switched her party affiliation to Democratic in 2018. Presently, Golder is running as a "pro-recall" Santa Cruz City Council candidate against Progressives in the March 2020 election.
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Ex-Solicitor General: Alan Dershowitz Is Wrong. Trump Is Not Above the Law & Should Be Impeached
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-30
President Trump's legal team offered an extraordinary new defense during Trump's impeachment trial on Wednesday. Attorney Alan Dershowitz said that a sitting president could take any action to boost his re-election chances if he felt his re-election was in the public interest. "If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment," Dershowitz said. Trump was impeached by the House last month for freezing military aid to Ukraine in an effort to pressure Ukraine to open an investigation of Trump's politi…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/30/neal_katyal_impeachment_alan_dershowitz

Amid impeachment, Trump signs North American trade deal passed with Democratic support
wsws.org | 2020-01-30
The bipartisan support for the USMCA shows that all factions in Washington agree on an intensification of economic conflict with China.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/30/usmc-j30.html

Bring It On: Why Democrats Should Take the Hunter Biden for John Bolton Trade
Alan Hirsch | commondreams.org | 2020-01-30
Protesters at the rally held signs depicting reasons for Trump to be removed. Members of the activist group Rise and Resist held an emergency demo in the main hall of Grand Central Terminal during the peak evening rush hour to demand that the Senate hold a full trial with witnesses and evidence. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-1197122176.jpg
commondreams.org/views/2020/01/30/bring-it-why-democrats-should-take-hunter-biden-john-bolton-trade?cd-origin=rss

Amid Social Security Fight, Biden Losing Ground
Akela Lacy | zcomm.org | 2020-01-30
Amid an ongoing debate over Joe Biden's record on Social Security, the former vice president's support among middle-aged and older Americans is eroding…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/amid-social-security-fight-biden-losing-ground/

20th Anniversary of Rosa Parks Day in California
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2020-01-30
Our 2020 Rosa Parks Day of Courage, at Sacramento City Hall is the oldest known official celebration of Rosa Parks Day in California. ACR 156, California Legislation recognizing the 20th Anniversary of Rosa Parks Day will recommit a statewide effort to share the strength, courage, faith and determination of Rosa Louise McCauley Parks with young school children and seasoned seniors who have forgotten how to sing, "We Shall Overcome" in California and throughout the world.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/01/29/18830157.php

Republicans are 'actual demons,' 'zombies,' says New York Times Nobel Prize-winning columnist
rt.com | 2020-01-30
New York Times columnist and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman has doubled down on denouncing the Republican Party as "bad people," insisting that there's nothing wrong with "demonizing" opponents who "actually are demons." | Krugman refused to budge from his declaration that "Republicans are bad people" during an interview with PBS' Firing Line on Thursday. When interviewer Margaret Hoover pressed the Nobel Prize-winning economist on the risks inherent in "demonizing" political opponents, he only doubled down, taking his ad hominems into the mythical realm. | Is it demonizing if they already actually are demons?
rt.com/usa/479625-krugman-calls-republicans-demons-zombies/

Trump's Impeachment Defense Is Incoherent by Design
Sonali Kolhatkar | truthdig.com | 2020-01-30
The Senate impeachment trial playing out in Washington, D.C., is a history-making event, not just because it is only the third time that the Senate has ever been asked to formally consider removing a president, but also because it showcases, in stunning terms, the hypocrisy and moral bankruptcy of the Republican Party. It would be laughable, if it weren't so tragic, to watch defenders of President Donald Trump tying themselves into knots in attempting to prove his innocence. They are forced to resort to constant contradictions of their own past statements–and of one another–at every turn, because ther…
truthdig.com/articles/trumps-impeachment-defense-is-incoherent-by-design/

Trump's Defense Is Rife With Contradictions–by Design
Sonali Kolhatkar | truthdig.com | 2020-01-30
The Senate impeachment trial playing out in Washington, D.C., is a history-making event, not just because it is only the third time that the Senate has ever been asked to formally consider removing a president, but also because it showcases, in stunning terms, the hypocrisy and moral bankruptcy of the Republican Party. It would be laughable, if it weren't so tragic, to watch defenders of President Donald Trump tying themselves into knots in attempting to prove his innocence. They are forced to resort to constant contradictions of their own past statements–and of one another–at every turn, because ther…
truthdig.com/articles/trumps-defense-is-rife-with-contradictions-by-design/

US authorizes embassy evacuations in China, as coronavirus death toll ticks up
rt.com | 2020-01-30
The US State Department has authorized the departure of non-emergency staff at its embassy in Beijing and consulates in Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Shenyang, a spokesman told Reuters on Thursday. The decision was made as the SARS-like coronavirus spread to every region of China, killing at least 170 people and infecting over 8,000. The virus has been confirmed in nearly 20 countries, and the World Health Organization has declared the outbreak a global health emergency. The State Department's departure order comes a week after American diplomatic staff were evacuated by plane from Wuhan, a city of 11 mill…
rt.com/newsline/479629-us-embassy-china-coronavirus/

Sanders or Warren? Why Not Both?
D.D. Guttenplan | thenation.com | 2020-01-30
Sanders or Warren? Why Not Both?
thenation.com/article/politics/sanders-warren-winning-ticket/

Donald Trump Is Not the Only Alleged Criminal Democrats Can't Unseat
Hallie Golden | thenation.com | 2020-01-30
Donald Trump Is Not the Only Alleged Criminal Democrats Can't Unseat…
thenation.com/article/politics/matt-shea-washington/

Donald Trump Is Not the Only Lawless Republican
Hallie Golden | thenation.com | 2020-01-30
Donald Trump Is Not the Only Lawless Republican…
thenation.com/article/politics/matt-shea-washington/

The Republicans Have Now Begun the Trolling Phase of the Impeachment Trial
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2020-01-30
The Republicans Have Now Begun the Trolling Phase of the Impeachment Trial…
thenation.com/article/politics/impeachment-dershowitz-trolling/

Day Nine of Donald Trump's Impeachment Trial in Senate – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-30
Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry against President Trump in autumn last year following a whistleblower's complaint that the US president had allegedly pressed his Ukrainian counterpart Zelensky to investigate former US Vice-President Joe Biden and his son Hunter regarding their business activities in Ukraine.
sputniknews.com/us/202001301078180150-day-nine-of-donald-trumps-impeachment-trial-in-senate—video/

'A Champion of Workers Rights': 200,000-Strong Postal Workers Union Endorses Sanders for President
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-30
"We believe it is in the best interests of all postal workers, our job security, and our union to support and elect Bernie Sanders for president." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sanders-staff-bargaining-agreement_0_0.png
commondreams.org/news/2020/01/30/champion-workers-rights-200000-strong-postal-workers-union-endorses-sanders?cd-origin=rss

The Liberal Establishment is Already Warning Third Parties Not to Ruin the 2020 Election
Roger D. Harris | mintpressnews.com | 2020-01-29
Prominent liberal personalities, including Noam Chomsky, issued an open letter imploring third parties to "remove themselves as a factor" in the 2020 presidential election to "benefit all humanity and a good part of the biosphere."
mintpressnews.com/liberal-establishment-warning-third-parties-not-to-ruin-2020-election/264460/

Warren calls for criminalizing online 'disinformation,' gets roasted for Orwellian overreach
rt.com | 2020-01-29
Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has called for criminalizing knowingly disseminating 'disinformation' about voting, a move that would give the government the power to decide what constitutes truth and lies. | Warren called for "civil and criminal penalties for knowingly disseminating false information about when and how to vote in US elections" on Wednesday, as part of the lengthy and occasionally self-contradictory plan for "fighting digital disinformation" posted to her campaign website.
rt.com/usa/479536-warren-demands-criminalizing-voting-disinfo/

In impeachment crisis, Trump continues fascistic appeals, Democrats promote warmonger John Bolton
wsws.org | 2020-01-29
An architect of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Bolton has advocated wars for regime change in Iran, Syria, Libya, Venezuela, Cuba, Yemen and North Korea.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/29/impe-j29.html

"Yet Another Declaration of War on Palestinians": Rashid Khalidi on Trump's Middle East "Peace" Plan
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-29
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced plans to annex about 30% of the occupied West Bank, after Israel was given the green light to do so by the United States. On Tuesday, President Trump

New NAFTA Signed Into Law Only After Democrats Force Trump to Rewrite His 2018 NAFTA 2.0 Deal to Remove Big Pharma Giveaways, Add Better Labor and Environmental Terms
commondreams.org | 2020-01-29
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commondreams.org/newswire/2020/01/29/new-nafta-signed-law-only-after-democrats-force-trump-rewrite-his-2018-nafta-20?cd-origin=rss

Coalition to March on DNC threatens lawsuit as Milwaukee government denies democratic rights
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-29
Milwaukee, WI – On the evening of January 27, organizers for the Coalition to March on the DNC held a press conference outside City Hall to announce their intention to sue the city if their permit to rally and march is not delivered. Despite having reserved the rotunda inside the building, the press conference was forced to be held outside. | This was the result of a city council representative not booking the room for that evening, even after all proper procedures were followed by the Coalition. This is further proof that the City of Milwaukee is trying to silence the freedoms of speech and assembly of the peopl…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/1/29/coalition-march-dnc-threatens-lawsuit-milwaukee-government-denies-democratic-rights

SEIU's Henry demands Senate impeachment trial call witnesses
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-29
WASHINGTON –In her second comment on the Senate impeachment trial of GOP President Donald Trump, Service Employees President Mary Kay Henry is demanding lawmakers call live witnesses to ensure a fair trial. And those senators who don't want witnesses, she adds, are "playing political games with issues serious for our democracy and the sanctity of …
peoplesworld.org/article/seius-henry-demands-senate-impeachment-trial-call-witnesses/

Mehdi Hasan: Trump's Middle East Plan Is a Policy of Apartheid & Settler Colonialism
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-29
We continue our discussion of President Trump's long-awaited Middle East plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which he has described as the "deal of the century." The plan was drafted by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner without any input from Palestinians and would give Israel sovereignty over large areas of the occupied West Bank, control over all of Jerusalem, and keep all illegal settlements built in the occupied West Bank. We speak with Mehdi Hasan, senior columnist at The Intercept, and Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said professor of modern Arab studies at Columbia University. Khalidi's latest book is…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/29/trump_middle_east_plan_apartheid

After the 2019 election, we need media reform now more than ever
Granville Williams | thecanary.co | 2020-01-29
This is a guest piece from Granville Williams, editor of MediaNorth

'I'm an old guy, vote for someone else': Biden's latest gaffes include odd sales pitch to voter & head-scratching demands for VP
rt.com | 2020-01-29
Former Vice President Joe Biden's odd strategy for winning over voters continues as video of him scolding one goes viral, and recent comments about his age raises alarm. | Though Biden continues to poll at the top of the Democrats fighting for their party's presidential nomination

Mehdi Hasan: The Impeachment Trial Has Been a Farce Since Day One Filled with GOP Lies
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-29
At the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told fellow Republican senators in a private meeting Tuesday that he does not yet have enough votes to block Democrats from calling impeachment witnesses. Democrats have pushed for former national security adviser John Bolton to testify. On Sunday night, The New York Times published details about a draft of Bolton's forthcoming book, in which he claims Trump personally told him in August he wanted to maintain a freeze on $391 million in military aid to Ukraine until Ukraine turned over materials related to former Vice Presi…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/29/john_bolton_witness_impeachment_trial

The Impeachment Trial Has Been a Farce Staged by the GOP Since Day One
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-29
At the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told fellow Republican senators in a private meeting Tuesday that he does not yet have enough votes to block Democrats from calling impeachment witnesses. Democrats have pushed for former national security adviser John Bolton to testify. On Sunday night, The New York Times published details about a draft of Bolton's forthcoming book, in which he claims Trump personally told him in August he wanted to maintain a…
truthout.org/video/the-impeachment-trial-has-been-a-farce-staged-by-the-gop-since-day-one/

Israeli Defense Minister Wants Annexation of Occupied West Bank
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-29
Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex over a third of the occupied West Bank shorlty after U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled his so-called "Deal of the Century" plan on Middle East peace. | RELATED: | Iran Slams Trump's Middle East Peace Plan as 'Disgraceful' | "Yesterday evening, history knocked on our door and granted us a one-time opportunity to apply Israel law on all of the settlements in Judea and Samaria and the Jordan…
telesurenglish.net/news/Israeli-Defense-Minister-Wants-Annexation-of-Occupied-West-Bank-20200129-0007.html

'We would be in World War Six by now' if Bolton were still in the WH, says Trump in scathing tweets
rt.com | 2020-01-29
US President Donald Trump has hit back at John Bolton, his former national security advisor, accusing him of writing a "nasty & untrue" book and saying the warmongering Republican could have led us into "World War Six." | While Bolton has become something of a hero to Trump's critics thanks to leaks from his upcoming book 'The Room Where it Happened', which seemingly confirm accusations that the president withheld foreign aid to Ukraine in the hopes they would investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, conservatives have begun to turn on the man, chief among them the president himself. | "For a guy who could…
rt.com/usa/479509-donald-trump-world-war-six/

57 scientists denounce Biden's claim that Sanders' Green New Deal doesn't have backing of science
Ashley Curtin | nationofchange.org | 2020-01-29
The scientists went as far as saying the Green New Deal is necessary to "solve our climate crisis."
nationofchange.org/2020/01/29/57-scientists-denounce-bidens-claim-that-sanders-green-new-deal-doesnt-have-backing-of-science/

Ukraine's ex-prosecutor who led Burisma investigation demands criminal probe of Biden
rt.com | 2020-01-29
Former top Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin has filed a criminal complaint with the state authorities, claiming former US Vice President Joe Biden strong-armed Kiev into firing him in order to stop the Burisma investigation. | In the complaint Shokin sent to the Ukraine's State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) on Tuesday, the former prosecutor requests that Biden be charged with "interference with the activities of a law enforcement officer." The document was obtained by the Interfax-U…
rt.com/news/479535-biden-burisma-shokin-criminal-probe/

Trump Trial: Pointed Questioning With Bolton Book at the Center
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-29
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Bernie to the rescue
Michael T. Hertz | nationofchange.org | 2020-01-29
The media supporting centrists like Biden will say anything to tarnish Bernie's reputation, even with statements that are blatantly false.
nationofchange.org/2020/01/29/bernie-to-the-rescue/

The Imminent Threat of Trump and the Value of Progressive Third Parties
Roger D. Harris | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-29
As predictable as death and taxes is the quadrennial injunction from liberals for progressive third parties to cease and desist. Equally predictable is the admonition that this will be the most decisive presidential election in US history. Given the prospect of four more years of Trump, do they have a valid thesis or are they …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/the-imminent-threat-of-trump-and-the-value-of-progressive-third-parties/

Weakest Link: Impeachment and National Security
Jefferson Morley | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-29
In the summer of 2016 President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump didn't agree about much, except for one obscure issue of U.S. foreign policy: lethal military aid to Ukraine. As commander in chief, Obama objected to such assistance, even in the face of a Russian proxy war. So did candidate Trump. On…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/29/weakest-link-impeachment-and-national-security/

What Happens if Iowa and Nevada's 2020 Caucuses Are Disrupted?
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-29
In 2012, the Iowa Republican Party named Mitt Romney (now Utah's senator) as the winner of its presidential caucuses. But 16 days later, long after Romney rode a wave of momentum into New Hampshire, the Io…
truthdig.com/articles/what-happens-if-iowas-and-nevadas-2020-caucuses-are-disrupted/

The Electability Argument Is Really About Party Unity
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2020-01-29
The Electability Argument Is Really About Party Unity…
thenation.com/article/politics/democratic-unity-sanders-warren/

Tennessee's Chemical Castration Bill Shows Local Republicans Have One Thing on Their Minds
Jennifer Bernstein | thenation.com | 2020-01-29
Tennessee's Chemical Castration Bill Shows Local Republicans Have One Thing on Their Minds…
thenation.com/article/politics/tennessee-chemical-castration/

'Huge': Bernie Sanders Endorses Progressive Primary Challenger Jessica Cisneros
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-29
"We're proud that presidential candidates are taking a close look at South Texas as we fight to turn Texas blue in November—and that they know we're the only candidate in this race who will champion Democratic values in Washington." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/cisneros-sanders-endorsement.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2020/01/29/huge-bernie-sanders-endorses-progressive-primary-challenger-jessica-cisneros?cd-origin=rss

The End of American Exceptionalism? Study Indicates Failure of US Democracy Creating Wave of Self Doubt
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-29
A new study shows that less than half of all Americans are satisfied with the nation's democratic system. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/democracy.jpeg
commondreams.org/news/2020/01/29/end-american-exceptionalism-study-indicates-failure-us-democracy-creating-wave-self?cd-origin=rss

Interviews with New Hampshire voters show Bernie, Biden the favorites
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-28
MANCHESTER, N.H.–With two weeks to go before the key New Hampshire primary, there's at least one certain point you can make about the Democratic presidential nomination race here: Bernie Sanders is the favorite among younger voters, Joe Biden is the favorite among older ones. But that goes only for the people who have made up …
peoplesworld.org/article/interviews-with-new-hampshire-voters-show-bernie-biden-the-favorites/

It's Media–Not Bernie Sanders–That Have an Antisemitism Problem
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2020-01-28
Have you heard the news? Democratic presidential frontrunner Bernie Sanders is antisemitic. Yes, yes, he's Jewish, and has a long history of anti-racist activism–but that doesn't matter. | So goes the story in several prominent media outlets, who accuse him of leading "the most antisemitic [campaign] in decades" (Washington Examiner, 12/13/19). While unable to point to Sanders' own actions or words, the…
fair.org/home/its-media-not-bernie-sanders-that-have-an-antisemitism-problem/

Chomsky and other Liberal Intellectuals ask us to Join them in Throwing in the Towel
Stansfield Smith | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-28
Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, Bill Fletcher, Leslie Cagan, Ron Daniels, Kathy Kelly, Norman Solomon, Cynthia Peters, and Michael Albert wrote an Open Letter to the Green Party, asking them to support the 2020 Democratic candidate regardless who wins the nomination. It was in response to an article well worth reading by Howie Hawkins, "The Green …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/chomsky-and-other-liberal-intellectuals-ask-us-to-join-them-in-throwing-in-the-towel/

Murder of Mexican Artist Isabel Cabanillas Highlights Endemic Issue of Femicide in Ciudad Juárez
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-28
Isabel Cabanillas, a 26-year-old beloved feminist activist and artist, was recently assassinated in Ciudad Juárez, resurfacing the border city's painful legacy of femicides and violence against women. Cabanillas was reported missing on social media by her friends on Saturday, January 18, after she never returned home. On that same day, she was found shot to death on a sidewalk next to her bicycle in downtown Juárez. We speak with Nana Rebell, a feminist activist in Ciudad Juárez and a member of the Juárez feminist collective Hijas de su Maquilera Madre, about Cabanillas's life and the endemic issue of femicide in…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/28/juarez_mexico_isabel_cabanillas_assassination_femicide

Chinese Artist & Filmmaker Ai Weiwei on State Violence from Mexico to Hong Kong to Xinjiang
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-28
In 2014, 43 students from Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College disappeared after they were abducted in Iguala, Mexico. More than five years after their disappearance, the families of the students are still fighting for justice. The story is the subject of a stunning new documentary by the world-renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. The film, "Vivos," follows the families of the disappeared students in their daily lives as they grapple with the absence of their loved ones and attempt to hold the Mexican government accountable for their disappearance. We sat down with Ai Weiwei earlier this week at the Sund…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/28/ai_weiwei_vivos_hong_kong_xinjiang

DNC chair names John Podesta & other Clinton loyalists to Convention Committee, triggering revolt from voters fearing 2016 2.0
rt.com | 2020-01-28
Democrats hoping their party learned from its 2016 failure have been horrified to discover many of those behind Hillary Clinton's losing campaign

Trump's Expansive Claims of Executive Privilege Pose "Very Serious Constitutional Crisis"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-28
During eight hours of oral arguments at the president's impeachment trial on Monday, President Trump's legal team repeatedly said that he has done nothing wrong, and largely ignored the explosive revelations made by Trump's former national security adviser. The president's case was made on Monday by a team of lawyers including Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, whose probe led to the impeachment of Bill Clinton. In an upcoming book, former national security adviser John Bolton says Trump told him the withholding of $391 million in military aid to Ukraine…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/28/impeachment_claire_finkelstein_executive_privilege

FRSO Venezuela delegation meets with women in Bolivarian Militia
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-28
Caracas, Venezuela – During the World Anti-Imperialist Congress, members of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) delegation talked with women in the Bolivarian Militia. The Bolivarian Militia was created in 2005 in response to U.S. intervention. As of December 2019, President Maduro said he is moving toward making the Militia into "combat units" within the Armed Forces. In 2019, with multiple U.S.-backed coup attempts to install Juan Guaidó in place of democratically elected President Maduro, the Bolivarian Militia nearly doubled to 3.3 million members in a country of around 30 million people. Their rol…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/1/28/frso-venezuela-delegation-meets-women-bolivarian-militia

Milwaukee: Rally against war on Iraq, Iran
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-28
Milwaukee, WI – On January 25, around 40 people gathered at the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and North Avenue to protest the ongoing U.S. war in Iraq and the threat of war with Iran. The protesters occupied each of the four street corners and took to chanting before running through a short lineup of speakers. | "Organization and numbers are the two greatest weapons at the disposal of the working class. We must use them if we're gonna win," said Ryan Hamann, a speaker from Freedom Road Socialist Organization. "Here's to building a strong, united, firmly anti-imperialist anti-war movement in Mi…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/1/28/milwaukee-rally-against-war-iraq-iran

Shaky Joe Biden, Billionaire Bloomberg, and the global race to the bottom
Glen Ford | mronline.org | 2020-01-28
Bloomberg has put himself and his fortune into the contest to rally his (ruling) classmates to the task of shoring up corporate control of the Party if Sanders seizes the top spot. | Source…
mronline.org/2020/01/28/shaky-joe-biden-billionaire-bloomberg-and-the-global-race-to-the-bottom/

Bernie Sanders Is Rising on the Strength of His Anti-War Stance
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2020-01-28
Bernie Sanders Is Rising on the Strength of His Anti-War Stance…
thenation.com/article/politics/bernie-sanders-anti-war-polls/

Kobe Bryant: America's Imperfect Icon
Aaron Ross Coleman | thenation.com | 2020-01-28
Kobe Bryant: America's Imperfect Icon…
thenation.com/article/culture/kobe-bryant-death/

To rig primary against Bernie, DNC chair Tom Perez nominates regime-change agents, Israel lobbyists, and Wall Street consultants
Kevin Gosztola | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-27
With Senator Bernie Sanders surging in the polls, DNC chair Tom Perez has put forward a cartoonishly neoliberal cast of…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/27/dnc-perez-regime-change-agents-israel-lobbyists-wall-street-rig-game-bernie/

Explosive Bolton Book Allegations Spark New Calls for Witnesses to Testify at Impeachment Trial
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-27
Calls are growing for the Senate to call witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial, after The New York Times published details about former national security adviser John Bolton's forthcoming book. In the book, Bolton writes that President Trump personally told him in August that he wanted to maintain a freeze on $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until Ukraine turned over materials related to former Vice President Joe Biden and supporters of Hillary Clinton in Ukraine. The New York Times broke the story on Sunday, one day after President Trump's legal team began its defense of the president. D…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/27/impeachment_trial_john_bolton_donald_trump

Never-Trumper strategist launches #ILefttheGOP campaign just in time for Senate impeachment votes
rt.com | 2020-01-27
Disaffected ex-Republicans are sharing their stories on social media as the seemingly-unbreakable two-party duopoly approaches peak unpopularity with American voters with less than a year to go before the 2020 election. | The hashtag #ILefttheGOP was trending on Monday as self-described former Republicans shared what made them exit party ranks – whether to join the Democrats, or to vote independently. It was created by former Republican strategist Cheri Jacobus, who left the party after a disastrous encounter with the president's 2016 campaign and has been a strident "never-Trumper" ever since. | Perhaps predi…
rt.com/usa/479334-gop-strategist-launches-campaign-walkaway/

Kobe Bryant Dead at 41: Remembering Basketball Star's Legacy On and Off the Court
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-27
Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant died Sunday in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles at the age of 41. The crash killed all nine people on board, including Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna and beloved college baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and their 13-year-old daughter Alyssa. They were heading to a youth basketball game. Bryant won five NBA championships, two Olympic gold medals and was crowned an All-Star 18 times. He played for the L.A. Lakers for 20 years before retiring in 2016. Gianna Bryant reportedly hoped to one day play for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team. Tribute…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/27/kobe_bryant_death_in_helicopter_crash

Under Pressure in Impeachment Trial, Trump Steps Up Attacks on Reproductive Rights
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-27
Donald Trump on Friday became the first sitting president in U.S. history to attend the so-called March for Life, the annual anti-abortion rally held in Washington, D.C., that draws thousands of participants. President Trump

'Bombshell' or nothing to see here? Dems clamor for Bolton impeachment testimony as manuscript claims Trump-Ukraine quid-pro-quo
rt.com | 2020-01-27
Ex-National Security Adviser John Bolton's book claims Donald Trump admitted a Ukraine quid-pro-quo, prompting Democrats to declare it's game-over for the US president, as his supporters dismiss it as yet another nothingburger. | Democrats have renewed their demands for Bolton to testify in the Senate impeachment trial after a manuscript of the inveterate hawk's new tell-all book on his time in the White House asserted Trump had told Bolton the administration should keep sitting on $391 million in military aid to Ukraine until Kiev reopened an investigation of Burisma Holdings, the natural gas firm tied to for…
rt.com/usa/479321-bolton-book-impeachment-witness/

Kobe Bryant's fateful helicopter flight details REVEALED online as authorities work to ID victims (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-01-27
New details have emerged about the helicopter crash in California that took the life of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and eight others, including an audio recording from the pilot. As of Monday, three bodies have been recovered. | The authorities have said they will not identify anyone involved in the Sunday crash until a coroner's report comes in and the bodies are fully recovered. Thus far, only three bodies have been recovered, according to the LA County Coroner's Office. | However, multiple outlets have reported the identities of the the passengers besides Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and the pilot, i…
rt.com/usa/479329-kobe-bryant-helicopter-crash/

'Poor judgement': WaPo suspends reporter for Kobe Bryant rape case link tweeted HOURS after his death
rt.com | 2020-01-27
The Washington Post has suspended one of its reporters after she posted a link to a story about a 2016 rape case involving Kobe Bryant just hours after the basketball star's death in a helicopter crash. | Felicia Sonmez posted the link not long after the news of Bryant's death broke on Sunday and faced furious backlash online, with tweeters accusing her of "disgusting" insensitivity, particularly in light of the fact that the crash also took the lives of Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people.
rt.com/usa/479326-washington-post-kobe-bryant-rape/

"Ours to Tell": New Film Highlights Personal Stories About the Importance of Abortion Access
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-27
As Roe v. Wade faces unprecedented attacks, the new short film "Ours to Tell" puts a human face to the fight for reproductive justice and highlights those whose stories are often sidelined by the media: LGBTQ communities and communities of color. The film focuses on Ylonda, Nick, Hannah and Brittany, four people who discuss how having access to abortion shaped their lives. The film was directed by Rayka Zehtabchi and was created by Planned Parenthood and We Testify. For more on the film, as well as the state of reproductive rights in the United States, we speak with Renee Bracey Sherman, founder and executive dir…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/27/ours_to_tell_film_abortion_stories

United States: As Iowa caucuses approach, Democratic battle lines emerge
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-01-27
US politics Leo CrnogorcevicIssue 1251 United States Democratic Party US presidential primariesJanuary 27, 2020Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton's defeat by Republican Donald Tr…
greenleft.org.au/content/united-states-iowa-caucuses-approach-democratic-battle-lines-emerge

VIDEOS show scene of California helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant
rt.com | 2020-01-26
Footage has emerged showing the aftermath of the helicopter crash in California that reportedly took the life of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and eight others. | First videos and photos of the crash site show smoke and debris scattered around the area, and emergency services arriving to the scene. The accident reportedly started from a fire onboard Kobe Bryant's private helicopter which made it spiral out of control before crashing over Calabasas. | The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed there were no survivors left at the crash site. They have said they will not confirm the identity of the eight o…
rt.com/usa/479250-kobe-bryant-helicoper-crash-videos/

Suing Hillary Clinton, Tulsi Gabbard stands up to the Russiagate smear machine
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-25
As Bernie Sanders ignores Hillary Clinton's attacks, Tulsi Gabbard is fighting back. Gabbard has filed a $50 million defamation suit…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/25/suing-hillary-clinton-tulsi-gabbard-stands-up-to-the-russiagate-smear-machine/

Impeachment: Democrats cry 'dictator' while Team Trump cries 'election interference'
rt.com | 2020-01-25
After three days of Democrat offensive, President Donald Trump's defense team have laid out their arguments. The Democrats, they said, are trying to commit their own brand of election interference by removing Trump from office. | The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump opened on Tuesday, and the Democrats' chosen team of prosecutors, or impeachment managers, spent much of this week reiterating their long-standing argument: Trump abused his office by withholding military aid for Ukraine to pressure President Volodymyr Zelensky into reopening a corruption investigation into the business activities of Joe…
rt.com/usa/479196-impeachment-trump-defense-arguments/

International Court of Justice Orders Burmese Authorities to Protect Rohingya Muslims from Genocide
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-24
In a major ruling, the U.N. International Court of Justice at The Hague has ordered Burma to "take all measures within its power" to protect Rohingya Muslims from genocide. The court issued the ruling Thursday, calling the 600,000 Rohingya remaining in Burma, also known as Myanmar, "extremely vulnerable" to military violence. The court ordered Burma to report regularly to the tribunal about its progress. The ruling is a sharp rebuke of Burma's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who last month asked the court to drop the genocide case against Burma. Suu Kyi is a Nobel Peace Prize winner who spent over a decade figh…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/24/burma_rohingya_genocide_icj_ruling

Oakland Moms Who Occupied Vacant Property to Highlight Housing Crisis Celebrate Unexpected Victory
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-24
In Oakland, California, a months-long struggle between a group of unhoused mothers occupying a vacant home and the real estate firm that owned it ended with an unexpected offer to purchase the property earlier this week. The major win in the mothers' fight against homelessness and real estate speculation comes just a week after Wedgewood Properties forcibly evicted the families

Law Professor: Trump Could Also Have Been Impeached for War Crimes, Assassinations & Corruption
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-24
Democratic lawmakers are continuing to lay out their case for removing the president from office in the final day of opening arguments by Democrats in the historic impeachment trial of President Trump. Republicans will begin their opening arguments on Saturday. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Trump's political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. On Thursday, House impeachment manager Jerrold Nadler made the case that a president can…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/24/donald_trump_senate_impeachment_trial

Canada's Justin Trudeau Toes the Imperial Line on Iran
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-24
While the current Liberal government claims to be progressive and in favour of a rules-based international order, promotion of democracy and world peace, its actions regarding Iran demonstrate that the primary drivers of Canadian foreign policy remain US geo-political interests and the interests of the rich and powerful. (This previous article argues this has long been the …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/canadas-justin-trudeau-toes-the-imperial-line-on-iran/

Tim Robbins: Bernie Sanders Is the Best Shot We Have to Defeat Donald Trump
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-23
We continue our conversation with Academy Award-winning actor and director Tim Robbins, whose recent projects include the new film "Dark Waters" and a play about immigration called "The New Colossus." He recently endorsed Vermont senator and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders for president. "I believe he is the only one of them that can defeat Trump," Robbins says.
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/23/tim_robbins_bernie_sanders_endorsement

Trump Brags About Withholding Evidence as Democratic Impeachment Managers Lay Out Case in the Senate
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-23
During the opening day of oral arguments in the impeachment trial, President Trump was accused of abusing his office to "cheat an election." House impeachment managers spent about eight hours on Wednesday laying out their case for why President Trump should be removed from office. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Trump's political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. While the impeachment trial was taking place in the Senate, Presiden…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/23/trump_impeachment_trial_senate_dahlia_lithwick

"Dark Waters": Meet the Lawyer Whose 20-Year Fight Against DuPont Inspired the New Film
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-23
The new film "Dark Waters" tells the story of attorney Rob Bilott's 20-year battle with DuPont over contaminated drinking water in West Virginia from toxic chemicals used to make Teflon. The Environmental Working Group credited Billot with "uncovering the most heinous corporate environmental conspiracy in history," and the issue of contaminated water from the plastics industry continues to devastate areas across the country. On Wednesday, the Environmental Working Group released a shocking report about how toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS have been found in the drinking water of dozens of U.S. cities, in…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/23/tim_robbins_rob_billot_dark_waters

"The New Colossus": In New Play, Tim Robbins Tackles Immigration & Xenophobia
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-23
President Trump said Wednesday that he would expand his highly controversial travel ban, which already bars citizens from seven countries, most of which have Muslim-majority populations

Criminalizing Reporting: Glenn Greenwald Faces Cybercrime Complaint After Exposing Scandal in Brazil
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-22
In Brazil, federal prosecutors have filed a criminal complaint against journalist and Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald in connection to a major investigation he spearheaded that exposed misconduct among federal prosecutors and a former judge. Called "The Secret Brazil Archive," the series of pieces published in The Intercept and The Intercept Brasil used a trove of documents to offer new and damning insight into the sweeping anti-corruption campaign that brought down former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and paved the way for the election of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro. The investigation used pre…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/22/glenn_greenwald_cybercrimes_charges_brazil

23 Headlines Obscure Biden's Lies About Cutting Social Security
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2020-01-22
Here's something many Americans would be very interested to know: Is a leading candidate in the Democratic primary a liar? And since a strong majority of Americans have consistently opposed cuts to Social Security, the country's most successful anti-poverty program, Democratic vot…
fair.org/home/23-headlines-obscure-bidens-lies-about-cutting-social-security/

A Torturer Meets His Victims: CIA Psychologist Defends Brutal Methods at Guantánamo Military Hearing
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-22
On Tuesday, the psychologist identified as the "architect" of the CIA's torture program testified for the first time to the war court at Guantánamo Bay. James Mitchell was in the courtroom for a pretrial hearing for five 9/11 suspects who had been subject to torture, euphemistically called "enhanced interrogation techniques." Mitchell and his partner, Dr. Bruce Jessen, were paid $81 million to help design the CIA's torture methods, including some of the agency's most abusive tactics. The pair had no prior experience in interrogation. At the hearing, Mitchell reportedly told defense lawyers he only came to Guantán…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/22/cia_torture_program_guantanamo_bay

Miller Dismisses DACA in Emails, Mirroring Anti-Immigrant Extremists' Views
splcenter.org | 2020-01-13
White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller went against many Republicans when siding with white nationalists and other extremists on the issue of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, more commonly known as DACA, emails show.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2020/01/14/miller-dismisses-daca-emails-mirroring-anti-immigrant-extremists-views

Sanders Remarks on Iran
Bernie Sanders | zcomm.org | 2020-01-04
Sanders remarks on Iran Escalation…
zcomm.org/zvideo/sanders-remarks-on-iran/

The Legend Of Bernie Sanders Song
EIGHTY Bug | zcomm.org | 2020-01-01
The Legend of Bernie Sanders was originally written for the Bernie documentary called BERN THE MOVIE and is a compendium of Bernie Sanders's life leading into the OUR REVOLUTION movement…
zcomm.org/zvideo/the-legend-of-bernie-sanders-song/

2020-01-29: News Headlines

RT (2020-01-29). 'I'm an old guy, vote for someone else': Biden's latest gaffes include odd sales pitch to voter & head-scratching demands for VP. rt.com Former Vice President Joe Biden's odd strategy for winning over voters continues as video of him scolding one goes viral, and recent comments about his age raises alarm. | Though Biden continues to poll at the top of the Democrats fighting for their party's presidential nomination — a Wednesday Monmouth University

RT (2020-01-29). 'We would be in World War Six by now' if Bolton were still in the WH, says Trump in scathing tweets. rt.com US President Donald Trump has hit back at John Bolton, his former national security advisor, accusing him of writing a "nasty & untrue" book and saying the warmongering Republican could have led us into "World War Six." | While Bolton has become something of a hero to Trump's critics thanks to leaks from his upcoming book 'The Room Where it Happened', which seemingly confirm accusations that the president withheld foreign aid to Ukraine in the hopes they would investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, conservatives have begun to turn on the man, chief among them the president himself. | "For a guy who could…

RT (2020-01-29). Gold price will skyrocket if Bernie Sanders wins 2020 presidential election, says Peter Schiff. rt.com The price of gold, which hit its highest level in seven years, reaching almost $1,600 an ounce this week, will continue to rally, says veteran stock broker Peter Schiff. | According to him, gold bugs may see further gains thanks to Senator Bernie Sanders. | The Democratic Party 2020 hopeful's chances are on the rise, a Fox News poll released on Sunday showed. It found that 23 percent of Democratic primary voters prefer the Vermont senator, up from 20 percent in December. He matched up favorably against President Donald Trump, leading 48 percent to 42 percent in a head-to-head matchup. Former Vice President Joe…

Staff (2020-01-29). Mehdi Hasan: The Impeachment Trial Has Been a Farce Since Day One Filled with GOP Lies. democracynow.org At the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told fellow Republican senators in a private meeting Tuesday that he does not yet have enough votes to block Democrats from calling impeachment witnesses. Democrats have pushed for former national security adviser John Bolton to testify. On Sunday night, The New York Times published details about a draft of Bolton's forthcoming book, in which he claims Trump personally told him in August he wanted to maintain a freeze on $391 million in military aid to Ukraine until Ukraine turned over materials related to former Vice Presi…

RT (2020-01-29). Lawmakers heckle governor in India's Kerala regional parliament in protest against citizenship law (VIDEO). rt.com MPs in India's Kerala State parliament have protested against the governor's support for the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). New Delhi has repeatedly insisted that the law is not discriminatory and serves to protect minorities. | White-clad lawmakers from the bloc United Democratic Front (UDF) blocked Governor Arif Mohammed Khan's approach to the podium on Wednesday morning. They held placards with anti-CAA slogans and demands for Khan to be recalled, as the governor waited patiently for his way to be cleared. |

RT (2020-01-29). Democracy in meltdown: In almost every country, people's faith in democratic systems is at rock-bottom levels. rt.com A new study has delivered a huge reality shock to career politicians and liberal elites—that dissatisfaction with democracy has been rising for decades, and especially in the developed world is approaching an all-time global high. | World leaders love to toot the horn of democracy. To take just three recent examples,

Staff (2020-01-29). Mehdi Hasan: Trump's Middle East Plan Is a Policy of Apartheid & Settler Colonialism. democracynow.org We continue our discussion of President Trump's long-awaited Middle East plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which he has described as the "deal of the century." The plan was drafted by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner without any input from Palestinians and would give Israel sovereignty over large areas of the occupied West Bank, control over all of Jerusalem, and keep all illegal settlements built in the occupied West Bank. We speak with Mehdi Hasan, senior columnist at The Intercept, and Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said professor of modern Arab studies at Columbia University. Khalidi's latest book is…

Staff (2020-01-29). "Yet Another Declaration of War on Palestinians": Rashid Khalidi on Trump's Middle East "Peace" Plan. democracynow.org Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced plans to annex about 30% of the occupied West Bank, after Israel was given the green light to do so by the United States. On Tuesday, President Trump — with Netanyahu by his side — unveiled a so-called Middle East peace plan that was drafted by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner without any input from Palestinians. Under the plan, Israel will gain sovereignty over large areas of the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem would be under total Israeli control, and all Jewish settlers in the occupied territory will be allowed to remain in their homes. The plan…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-01-29). SEIU's Henry demands Senate impeachment trial call witnesses. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON —In her second comment on the Senate impeachment trial of GOP President Donald Trump, Service Employees President Mary Kay Henry is demanding lawmakers call live witnesses to ensure a fair trial. And those senators who don't want witnesses, she adds, are "playing political games with issues serious for our democracy and the sanctity of …

Jefferson Morley (2020-01-29). Weakest Link: Impeachment and National Security. counterpunch.org In the summer of 2016 President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump didn't agree about much, except for one obscure issue of U.S. foreign policy: lethal military aid to Ukraine. As commander in chief, Obama objected to such assistance, even in the face of a Russian proxy war. So did candidate Trump. On

Roger D. Harris (2020-01-29). The Liberal Establishment is Already Warning Third Parties Not to Ruin the 2020 Election. mintpressnews.com Prominent liberal personalities, including Noam Chomsky, issued an open letter imploring third parties to "remove themselves as a factor" in the 2020 presidential election to "benefit all humanity and a good part of the biosphere."

Alan Minsky (2020-01-29). Bernie Sanders' Political Revolution Is Long Overdue. truthdig.com His movement is built upon four central tenets: | The American political system is currently broken, unable to respond to the needs of the people and the planet. | There needs to be a political realignment along lines of economic self-interest, uniting the working class. | That realignment, combined with…

Eoin Higgins (2020-01-29). Sunrise Movement to Host Nationwide House Parties. zcomm.org Youth led climate advocacy group the Sunrise Movement is asking supporters to host launch parties on Wednesday for the 2020 effort to pass the Green New Deal and back the presidential candidacy of Sen. Bernie Sanders…

Staff (2020-01-29). Pro-Israel Group Behind Latest Attack Ads on Sanders. truthdig.com A right-wing AIPAC-affiliated group is airing ads targeting Sen. Bernie Sanders in Iowa in an attempt to stop the increasing success of his presidential campaign days before the state's voters caucus to kick off the 2020 Democratic primary. | The Democratic Majority for Israel, a group tied to AIPAC, sponsored the ad. | "This is dishonest, disgusting, and discrediting," said Sanders surrogate James Zogby, founder of the Arab-American Institute. | This is dishonest, disgusting, & discrediting of ⁦

teleSUR (2020-01-29). Israeli Defense Minister Wants Annexation of Occupied West Bank. telesurenglish.net Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex over a third of the occupied West Bank shorlty after U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled his so-called "Deal of the Century" plan on Middle East peace. | RELATED: | "Yesterday evening, history knocked on our door and granted us a one-time opportunity to apply Israel law on all of the settlements in Judea and Samaria and the Jordan…

Staff (2020-01-29). Dershowitz Is Wrong — Abuse of Power Is Grounds for Impeachment. truthout.org Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard emeritus law professor who is serving as a hired gun for Team Trump, is arguing that even if John Bolton testifies that Trump admitted the quid pro quo with Ukraine to him, the Senate could not remove the president from office. Dershowitz has gone so far as to say that even if Trump told Bolton he was withholding the congressionally authorized military aid to Ukraine until it helped him with an investigation of the Bidens, that is still not impeachable conduct. | Contrary to the…

WSWS (2020-01-29). Italian ruling parties defeat far-right Lega in Emilia-Romagna elections. wsws.org While the candidate of the extreme right-wing Lega was clearly defeated in the Emilia-Romagna elections by the candidate of the Democrats, the rise of the right-wing extremists has by no means been stopped.

Steve Martinot (2020-01-29). The ProDemocracy Project: Improving Public Comment. indybay.org Tara Pitman Library, South Berkeley | MLK & Russell, Berkeley, CA…

WSWS (2020-01-29). In impeachment crisis, Trump continues fascistic appeals, Democrats promote warmonger John Bolton. wsws.org An architect of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Bolton has advocated wars for regime change in Iran, Syria, Libya, Venezuela, Cuba, Yemen and North Korea.

Jeff Schuhrke (2020-01-29). Hundreds of Canadian Workers Are Blockading an Oil Refinery Right Now. zcomm.org The Canadian union Unifor is currently blockading an oil refinery in Regina, Saskatchewan. It's an important example of what democratic, militant, and solidarity-based unionism can look like…

Santa Cruz Election News (2020-01-29). Local Dems Say City Council Candidate Renée Golder was a Registered Republican Until 2018. indybay.org Local Democrats have checked official voting records and are reporting that Santa Cruz City Council recall candidate Renée Golder was a registered Republican until April of 2018. They say voting records indicate Golder registered as a Republican in 2000 and voted in multiple primary elections as a Republican, until she switched her party affiliation to Democratic in 2018. Presently, Golder is running as a "pro-recall" Santa Cruz City Council candidate against Progressives in the March 2020 election.

Staff (2020-01-29). The Impeachment Trial Has Been a Farce Staged by the GOP Since Day One. truthout.org At the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told fellow Republican senators in a private meeting Tuesday that he does not yet have enough votes to block Democrats from calling impeachment witnesses. Democrats have pushed for former national security adviser John Bolton to testify. On Sunday night, The New York Times published details about a draft of Bolton's forthcoming book, in which he claims Trump personally told him in August he wanted to maintain a…

Staff (2020-01-29). Headlines for January 29, 2020. democracynow.org McConnell Tries to Secure Votes to Block Impeachment Witnesses, "Our Rights Are Not for Sale": Palestinians Reject Trump's Middle East Plan, Trump Praises Pompeo for Shouting and Cursing at NPR Reporter, WaPo Reinstates Reporter Suspended for Tweeting About Kobe Rape Case, Death Toll from Coronavirus Virus Hits 132, with 6,000 Infected, Over 100,000 Syrian Civilians Flee Regime Offensive in Idlib, Floods Kill 30, Displace 16,000 in Madagascar, Mississippi to Shut Down Unit of Parchman Prison After Deaths of 9 Prisoners, Maryland Cop Charged with Murder for Killing Handcuffed Man in Police Car…

Staff (2020-01-29). GOP Doesn't Have Votes Yet to Block Bolton, McConnell Concedes. truthdig.com Republican senators mulling impeachment meet after defense rests; Trump's hopes to end the trial with a quick acquittal could be imperiled.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-01-29). Trump's Failed Bullying: Britain Accepts 5G Huawei Technology. globalresearch.ca It is strikingly bullying and bullish. US officials have been less than reserved in their threats about what Britain's proposed dealings with Huawei over admitting it to its 5G network might entail. Three Republican Senators — Tom Cotton of Arkansas, …

WSWS (2020-01-29). The sudden death of basketball great Kobe Bryant produces shock and tributes worldwide. wsws.org The retired basketball star and his teenage daughter were among nine victims of a helicopter crash near Los Angeles.

Jeet Heer (2020-01-29). The Electability Argument Is Really About Party Unity. thenation.com The Electability Argument Is Really About Party Unity…

Jennifer Bernstein (2020-01-29). Tennessee's Chemical Castration Bill Shows Local Republicans Have One Thing on Their Minds. thenation.com Tennessee's Chemical Castration Bill Shows Local Republicans Have One Thing on Their Minds…

yenisafak (2020-01-29). Final moments of Kobe Bryant's fatal helicopter crash revealed by investigators. yenisafak.com Moments before Los Angeles basketball great Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and the seven others perished in a helicopter crash, the pilot had tried to climb out of layer of clouds, but the aircraft then banked sharply and lurched toward the ground.The twin-engine Sikorsky S-76B slammed into a hillside 60 seconds later and burst into flames, killing all nine people on board, according to details of Sunday's crash revealed on Tuesday by federal aviation safety officials.The death of Bryant, 41, an 18-time NBA all-star and one of the most admired athletes around the globe, sent shockwaves through the sports a…

sputniknews (2020-01-29). Democrat Presidential Candidate Michael Bloomberg Invents Unusual Way to Greet a Dog – Video. sputniknews.com The former New York mayor was visiting Burlington, Vermont for a campaign event on Monday when he had a remarkable encounter with a dog.

RT (2020-01-29). 'Goodbye!' Farage trolls EU Parliament with Brexit one last time, waving Union Jack flag before mic is cut off for 'hate'. rt.com Brexit Party leader and MEP Nigel Farage gave his final speech in the European Parliament, denouncing the EU as an anti-democratic experiment. He waved the Union Jack flag to cheers from his UK colleagues as he said goodbye. | As the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to approve the agreement that would let Britain leave on January 31, Farage rose one last time to cap his 20-year term in the forum with a speech declaring victory and wishing the EU good riddance. | Once we've left, we are never coming back. | After 25 years of fighting for independence, this is my final contribution in the European Parlia…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-01-28). Interviews with New Hampshire voters show Bernie, Biden the favorites. peoplesworld.org MANCHESTER, N.H.—With two weeks to go before the key New Hampshire primary, there's at least one certain point you can make about the Democratic presidential nomination race here: Bernie Sanders is the favorite among younger voters, Joe Biden is the favorite among older ones. But that goes only for the people who have made up …

Glen Ford (2020-01-28). Shaky Joe Biden, Billionaire Bloomberg, and the global race to the bottom. mronline.org Bloomberg has put himself and his fortune into the contest to rally his (ruling) classmates to the task of shoring up corporate control of the Party if Sanders seizes the top spot. |

Alan MacLeod (2020-01-28). It's Media—Not Bernie Sanders—That Have an Antisemitism Problem. fair.org Have you heard the news? Democratic presidential frontrunner Bernie Sanders is antisemitic. Yes, yes, he's Jewish, and has a So goes the story in several prominent media outlets, who accuse him of leading "the most antisemitic [campaign] in decades" (Washington Examiner,

Eds. (2020-01-28). To rig primary against Bernie, DNC chair Tom Perez nominates regime-change agents, Israel lobbyists, and Wall Street consultants. mronline.org With Senator Bernie Sanders surging in the polls, DNC chair Tom Perez has put forward a cartoonishly neoliberal cast of foreign policy hacks and corporate lobbyists to sabotage his nomination. |

Staff (2020-01-28). Trump's Expansive Claims of Executive Privilege Pose "Very Serious Constitutional Crisis" democracynow.org During eight hours of oral arguments at the president's impeachment trial on Monday, President Trump's legal team repeatedly said that he has done nothing wrong, and largely ignored the explosive revelations made by Trump's former national security adviser. The president's case was made on Monday by a team of lawyers including Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, whose probe led to the impeachment of Bill Clinton. In an upcoming book, former national security adviser John Bolton says Trump told him the withholding of $391 million in military aid to Ukraine…

Staff (2020-01-28). Murder of Mexican Artist Isabel Cabanillas Highlights Endemic Issue of Femicide in Ciudad Juárez. democracynow.org Isabel Cabanillas, a 26-year-old beloved feminist activist and artist, was recently assassinated in Ciudad Juárez, resurfacing the border city's painful legacy of femicides and violence against women. Cabanillas was reported missing on social media by her friends on Saturday, January 18, after she never returned home. On that same day, she was found shot to death on a sidewalk next to her bicycle in downtown Juárez. We speak with Nana Rebell, a feminist activist in Ciudad Juárez and a member of the Juárez feminist collective Hijas de su Maquilera Madre, about Cabanillas's life and the endemic issue of femicide in…

Geoff Dutton (2020-01-28). Where Was Rudy Giuliani When Democrats Needed Him? counterpunch.org Help me get this straight. Rudolph Giuliani is the President's private attorney, or at least he still seems to be. According to CNN on 10/11/19: "Rudy Giuliani is still President Trump's personal attorney but will not be dealing with matters involving Ukraine, a source close to Trump's legal team told CNN. Earlier today, Trump wouldn't

Staff (2020-01-28). Chinese Artist & Filmmaker Ai Weiwei on State Violence from Mexico to Hong Kong to Xinjiang. democracynow.org In 2014, 43 students from Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College disappeared after they were abducted in Iguala, Mexico. More than five years after their disappearance, the families of the students are still fighting for justice. The story is the subject of a stunning new documentary by the world-renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. The film, "Vivos," follows the families of the disappeared students in their daily lives as they grapple with the absence of their loved ones and attempt to hold the Mexican government accountable for their disappearance. We sat down with Ai Weiwei earlier this week at the Sund…

RT (2020-01-28). DNC chair names John Podesta & other Clinton loyalists to Convention Committee, triggering revolt from voters fearing 2016 2.0. rt.com Democrats hoping their party learned from its 2016 failure have been horrified to discover many of those behind Hillary Clinton's losing campaign — including John Podesta of hacked email fame — have major Convention posts. | Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez has unveiled a 2020 Democratic Convention lousy with Clinton loyalists — Podesta merely the most notorious among them — alongside former Obama administration officials and corporate lobbyists. Democrats hoping the centrist old guard had relinquished its death-grip on the party are livid, and at least one campaign is pushin…

Staff (2020-01-28). Biden Won't Say Whether Sanders Could Unify Democrats as Nominee. truthdig.com MUSCATINE, Iowa — Former Vice President Joe Biden wouldn't say Tuesday whether he thinks Bernie Sanders could effectively unify the Democrats if the Vermont senator wins the party's presidential nomination. | "We have to unite," Biden told reporters in Muscatine, six days before the Iowa caucuses. "I'm not going make judgments now. I just think that it depends upon how we treat one another between now and the time we have a nominee." | Biden has previously promised to support the Democratic nominee, regardless of who it is. At some stops along the campaign trail, Biden has pledged to "work like hell" to hel…

Staff (2020-01-28). Pro-Sanders Youth Movement Is Changing the Political Landscape in New Hampshire. truthout.org Fifty-two years after young people changed history with the New Hampshire primary election, a new generation is ready to do it again — this time by mobilizing behind Bernie Sanders. | During early 1968, thousands of young people volunteered in New Hampshire to help the insurgent presidential campaign of Democratic Sen. Eugene McCarthy — who went on to stun the party establishment by winning 42 percent of the state's primary vote against President Lyndon Johnson's 49 percent. Three weeks lat…

Staff (2020-01-28). To Cancel Student Debt, You Don't Need Congress. truthout.org The 2020 Democratic primary elevated the student debt debate to the national stage and has sparked discussion at dinner tables and workplaces across the country. Americans are asking themselves and the candidates: how much student debt should we cancel, and how shall we cancel it? Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to cancel it all — and has introduced legislation to do so. Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to cancel up to $50,000 in debt for households making less than $250,000 on Day 1 of the next administration. Warren recently…

Stansfield Smith (2020-01-28). Chomsky and other Liberal Intellectuals ask us to Join them in Throwing in the Towel. dissidentvoice.org Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, Bill Fletcher, Leslie Cagan, Ron Daniels, Kathy Kelly, Norman Solomon, Cynthia Peters, and Michael Albert wrote an Open Letter to the Green Party, asking them to support the 2020 Democratic candidate regardless who wins the nomination. It was in response to an article well worth reading by Howie Hawkins, "The Green …

Fight Back (2020-01-28). FRSO Venezuela delegation meets with women in Bolivarian Militia. fightbacknews.org Caracas, Venezuela – During the World Anti-Imperialist Congress, members of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) delegation talked with women in the Bolivarian Militia. The Bolivarian Militia was created in 2005 in response to U.S. intervention. As of December 2019, President Maduro said he is moving toward making the Militia into "combat units" within the Armed Forces. In 2019, with multiple U.S.-backed coup attempts to install Juan Guaidó in place of democratically elected President Maduro, the Bolivarian Militia nearly doubled to 3.3 million members in a country of around 30 million people. Their rol…

commondreams (2020-01-28). House Democrats' Climate Plan is Wholly Inadequate Response to Climate Crisis. commondreams.org ______________________________…

WSWS (2020-01-28). German government bans neo-Nazi group "Combat 18 Deutschland" wsws.org It was above all the fact that the close links between the militant neo-Nazi scene, the neo-Nazi National Socialist Underground (NSU) and the secret service could not be so easily covered up after the murder of leading Christian Democrat Walter Làºbcke that persuaded Seehofer to take action.

Staff (2020-01-28). Headlines for January 28, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Lawyers Says He Did No Wrong as Calls Mount for Bolton and Other Witnesses to Testify | , Trump to Unveil Middle East "Peace Plan" as Netanyahu Indicted over Corruption, SCOTUS Allows Trump's "Public Charge" Rule Targeting Low-Income Immigrants to Take Effect, State Dept. Bars NPR Reporter from Upcoming Pompeo Trip, Washington Post Suspends Reporter for Tweet About Kobe Bryant Rape Allegation, Mixed Accounts After U.S. Military Plane Crashes in Afghanistan, Torrential Rains and Landslides Kill At Least 46 People in Brazil, Nigerian Journalist Maxwell Nashan Killed, 2nd Accuser Testifies in Weinstein Trial a…

WSWS (2020-01-28). Democrats embrace war hawk Bolton in Trump impeachment trial. wsws.org The carefully timed leak of Bolton's White House revelations has overshadowed the defense mounted by Trump's attorneys in the Senate impeachment trial.

Fight Back (2020-01-28). Milwaukee: Rally against war on Iraq, Iran. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – On January 25, around 40 people gathered at the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and North Avenue to protest the ongoing U.S. war in Iraq and the threat of war with Iran. The protesters occupied each of the four street corners and took to chanting before running through a short lineup of speakers. | "Organization and numbers are the two greatest weapons at the disposal of the working class. We must use them if we're gonna win," said Ryan Hamann, a speaker from Freedom Road Socialist Organization. "Here's to building a strong, united, firmly anti-imperialist anti-war movement in Mi…

Ryan Grim (2020-01-28). Sanders Campaign Tells Volunteers to Back Off Phone Calls. zcomm.org It is far more effective, campaign leaders have argued, to have friends and relatives urge those close to them to come out to caucus than to carpet bomb phone lines…

John Nichols (2020-01-28). Bernie Sanders Is Rising on the Strength of His Anti-War Stance. thenation.com Bernie Sanders Is Rising on the Strength of His Anti-War Stance…

Joan Walsh (2020-01-28). Trump Can't Stop Bolton From Testifying. Only Cowardly Senate Republicans Can. thenation.com Trump Can't Stop Bolton From Testifying. Only Cowardly Senate Republicans Can.

Aaron Ross Coleman (2020-01-28). Kobe Bryant: America's Imperfect Icon. thenation.com Kobe Bryant: America's Imperfect Icon…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-01-28). 'Green New Dud, Not a Green New Deal': Climate Groups Denounce Draft Bill From House Democrats. commondreams.org Environmental advocacy groups issued mixed responses Tuesday after Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee released the legislative text of a draft bill for a national climate plan, with critics charging that the proposal isn't ambitious enough to address the planetary crisis. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/campfire-climate-crisis_0.jpg

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2020-01-28). Truth a Major Casualty of Impeachment Hearings. counterpunch.org As in any political battle, truth has been one of the major casualties of the impeachment proceedings against President Donald J. Trump. While the Democratic impeachment managers have accused Trump repeatedly of dishonesty — often with good reason — they themselves have twisted the truth to serve their own political agenda.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-01-28). New Poll Shows Bernie Sanders With More Than Double the Support of Joe Biden in New Hampshire. commondreams.org Running away from the pack, Sanders leads former vice president by 15 points and holds double-digit lead over all his Democratic rivals in the key early voting state. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie_sanders_labor_day.png

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-01-28). Denouncing Trump Plan as 'Unacceptable,' Sanders Declares It Is Time to 'End the Israeli Occupation'. commondreams.org After U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday unveiled his long-awaited "peace deal" for the Israel-Palestine conflict, Sen. Bernie Sanders condemned the proposal as "unacceptable" and called for an end to Israel's decades-long occupation of Palestinian territories. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie_sanders_anti_endorsements_0.png

Staff (2020-01-27). Explosive Bolton Book Allegations Spark New Calls for Witnesses to Testify at Impeachment Trial. democracynow.org Calls are growing for the Senate to call witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial, after The New York Times published details about former national security adviser John Bolton's forthcoming book. In the book, Bolton writes that President Trump personally told him in August that he wanted to maintain a freeze on $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until Ukraine turned over materials related to former Vice President Joe Biden and supporters of Hillary Clinton in Ukraine. The New York Times broke the story on Sunday, one day after President Trump's legal team began its defense of the president. D…

Staff (2020-01-27). Under Pressure in Impeachment Trial, Trump Steps Up Attacks on Reproductive Rights. democracynow.org Donald Trump on Friday became the first sitting president in U.S. history to attend the so-called March for Life, the annual anti-abortion rally held in Washington, D.C., that draws thousands of participants. President Trump — who once described himself as "pro-choice in every respect" — accused Democrats of infanticide and falsely stated that Virginia Governor Ralph Northam supports an abortion bill that would "execute a baby after birth." The March for Life began in 1974 in response to the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion. Past…

RT (2020-01-27). 'Bombshell' or nothing to see here? Dems clamor for Bolton impeachment testimony as manuscript claims Trump-Ukraine quid-pro-quo. rt.com Ex-National Security Adviser John Bolton's book claims Donald Trump admitted a Ukraine quid-pro-quo, prompting Democrats to declare it's game-over for the US president, as his supporters dismiss it as yet another nothingburger. | Democrats have renewed their demands for Bolton to testify in the Senate impeachment trial after a manuscript of the inveterate hawk's new tell-all book on his time in the White House asserted Trump had told Bolton the administration should keep sitting on $391 million in military aid to Ukraine until Kiev reopened an investigation of Burisma Holdings, the natural gas firm tied to for…

The Canary (2020-01-27). Italy's regional voters thwart hopes of Matteo Salvini's League party. thecanary.co Italian voters have thwarted right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini's hopes of turning an election in a key northern region into a springboard for regaining national power.Nearly complete results from Sunday's election for the governorship of the prosperous Emilia-Romagna region had his League party candidate winning only 43.7% of support to the 51.4% garnered by the incumbent governor Stefano Bonaccini from the centre-left Democrats.The Democrats are in Italy's national coalition government led by premier Giuseppe Conte. | Italy, Emilia-Romagna regional election, 61.5% counted: | Bonaccini (CSX-LEFT | S&D | G/E…

Staff (2020-01-27). Kobe Bryant Dead at 41: Remembering Basketball Star's Legacy On and Off the Court. democracynow.org Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant died Sunday in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles at the age of 41. The crash killed all nine people on board, including Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna and beloved college baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and their 13-year-old daughter Alyssa. They were heading to a youth basketball game. Bryant won five NBA championships, two Olympic gold medals and was crowned an All-Star 18 times. He played for the L.A. Lakers for 20 years before retiring in 2016. Gianna Bryant reportedly hoped to one day play for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team. Tribute…

RT (2020-01-27). Never-Trumper strategist launches #ILefttheGOP campaign just in time for Senate impeachment votes. rt.com Disaffected ex-Republicans are sharing their stories on social media as the seemingly-unbreakable two-party duopoly approaches peak unpopularity with American voters with less than a year to go before the 2020 election. | The hashtag #ILefttheGOP was trending on Monday as self-described former Republicans shared what made them exit party ranks – whether to join the Democrats, or to vote independently. It was created by former Republican strategist Cheri Jacobus, who left the party after a disastrous encounter with the president's 2016 campaign and has been a strident "never-Trumper" ever since. | Perhaps predi…

RT (2020-01-27). 'Poor judgement': WaPo suspends reporter for Kobe Bryant rape case link tweeted HOURS after his death. rt.com The Washington Post has suspended one of its reporters after she posted a link to a story about a 2016 rape case involving Kobe Bryant just hours after the basketball star's death in a helicopter crash. | Felicia Sonmez posted the link not long after the news of Bryant's death broke on Sunday and faced furious backlash online, with tweeters accusing her of "disgusting" insensitivity, particularly in light of the fact that the crash also took the lives of Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people.

RT (2020-01-27). Kobe Bryant's fateful helicopter flight details REVEALED online as authorities work to ID victims (VIDEO). rt.com New details have emerged about the helicopter crash in California that took the life of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and eight others, including an audio recording from the pilot. As of Monday, three bodies have been recovered. | The authorities have said they will not identify anyone involved in the Sunday crash until a coroner's report comes in and the bodies are fully recovered. Thus far, only three bodies have been recovered, according to the LA County Coroner's Office. | However, multiple outlets have reported the identities of the the passengers besides Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and the pilot, i…

Staff (2020-01-27). Headlines for January 27, 2020. democracynow.org Impeachment Trial Resumes as Leaked Bolton Manuscript Bolsters Democrats' Case, Coronavirus Death Toll Reaches 81 in China as Disease Spreads Around the World, Pentagon: 34 U.S. Troops Have Brain Injuries After Iranian Attack on Iraqi Airbase, Deadly Crackdown on Iraqi Protests Continue as 100,000s March Against U.S. Military Presence, Turkey Earthquake Kills 38; At Least 1,600 Hospitalized, Ugandan Activist Vanessa Nakate Slams Racist Media After Being Cropped from Photo with White Activists, Trump Attends Anti-Abortion "March for Life" as Admin Continues Assault on Reproductive Rights, High-Ranking Pharma Exec…

John Nichols (2020-01-27). Elizabeth Warren Got More Than an Endorsement From 'The Des Moines Register'. thenation.com Elizabeth Warren Got More Than an Endorsement From 'The Des Moines Register'

Susan Price (2020-01-27). United States: As Iowa caucuses approach, Democratic battle lines emerge. greenleft.org.au

Staff (2020-01-27). "Ours to Tell": New Film Highlights Personal Stories About the Importance of Abortion Access. democracynow.org As Roe v. Wade faces unprecedented attacks, the new short film "Ours to Tell" puts a human face to the fight for reproductive justice and highlights those whose stories are often sidelined by the media: LGBTQ communities and communities of color. The film focuses on Ylonda, Nick, Hannah and Brittany, four people who discuss how having access to abortion shaped their lives. The film was directed by Rayka Zehtabchi and was created by Planned Parenthood and We Testify. For more on the film, as well as the state of reproductive rights in the United States, we speak with Renee Bracey Sherman, founder and executive dir…

Julie Hollar (2020-01-27). Corporate media equate Sanders to Trump—because for them, Sanders is the bigger threat. mronline.org As Bernie Sanders emerged as a threat to Hillary Clinton's presidential nomination in 2016, media began liberally tossing around articles equating Sanders and Donald Trump (FAIR.org, 4/15/16, 12/9/16). |

RT (2020-01-26). VIDEOS show scene of California helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant. rt.com Footage has emerged showing the aftermath of the helicopter crash in California that reportedly took the life of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and eight others. | First videos and photos of the crash site show smoke and debris scattered around the area, and emergency services arriving to the scene. The accident reportedly started from a fire onboard Kobe Bryant's private helicopter which made it spiral out of control before crashing over Calabasas. | The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed there were no survivors left at the crash site. They have said they will not confirm the identity of the eight o…

RT (2020-01-25). Impeachment: Democrats cry 'dictator' while Team Trump cries 'election interference'. rt.com After three days of Democrat offensive, President Donald Trump's defense team have laid out their arguments. The Democrats, they said, are trying to commit their own brand of election interference by removing Trump from office. | The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump opened on Tuesday, and the Democrats' chosen team of prosecutors, or impeachment managers, spent much of this week reiterating their long-standing argument: Trump abused his office by withholding military aid for Ukraine to pressure President Volodymyr Zelensky into reopening a corruption investigation into the business activities of Joe…

Aaron Maté (2020-01-25). Suing Hillary Clinton, Tulsi Gabbard stands up to the Russiagate smear machine. thegrayzone.com As Bernie Sanders ignores Hillary Clinton's attacks, Tulsi Gabbard is fighting back. Gabbard has filed a $50 million defamation suit…

Staff (2020-01-24). Law Professor: Trump Could Also Have Been Impeached for War Crimes, Assassinations & Corruption. democracynow.org Democratic lawmakers are continuing to lay out their case for removing the president from office in the final day of opening arguments by Democrats in the historic impeachment trial of President Trump. Republicans will begin their opening arguments on Saturday. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Trump's political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. On Thursday, House impeachment manager Jerrold Nadler made the case that a president can…

Staff (2020-01-24). International Court of Justice Orders Burmese Authorities to Protect Rohingya Muslims from Genocide. democracynow.org In a major ruling, the U.N. International Court of Justice at The Hague has ordered Burma to "take all measures within its power" to protect Rohingya Muslims from genocide. The court issued the ruling Thursday, calling the 600,000 Rohingya remaining in Burma, also known as Myanmar, "extremely vulnerable" to military violence. The court ordered Burma to report regularly to the tribunal about its progress. The ruling is a sharp rebuke of Burma's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who last month asked the court to drop the genocide case against Burma. Suu Kyi is a Nobel Peace Prize winner who spent over a decade figh…

Staff (2020-01-24). Oakland Moms Who Occupied Vacant Property to Highlight Housing Crisis Celebrate Unexpected Victory. democracynow.org In Oakland, California, a months-long struggle between a group of unhoused mothers occupying a vacant home and the real estate firm that owned it ended with an unexpected offer to purchase the property earlier this week. The major win in the mothers' fight against homelessness and real estate speculation comes just a week after Wedgewood Properties forcibly evicted the families — known as Moms 4 Housing — from the home they were living in for more than two months. Two mothers and two of their supporters were arrested in the early-morning eviction after armed police officers battered down the door. The…

Staff (2020-01-24). Headlines for January 24, 2020. democracynow.org Impeachment Managers Continue Opening Arguments in Trump's Senate Trial, 33 Million on Lockdown in Chinese Cities as Coronavirus Outbreak Spreads, Hundreds of Thousands of Iraqis March to Demand U.S. Troop Withdrawal, Trump Invites Israeli Leaders to White House for "Peace Plan" Unveiling, Mexican Soldiers Attack Central American Migrant Caravan, Arresting 800, U.S. to Send Ambassador to Bolivia After Coup That Ousted Evo Morales, Puerto Rican Protesters Demand Ouster of Gov. Wanda Vázquez, SC Official Switches Presidential Endorsement from Biden to Sanders, National Archives Replaces Doctored Women's March Photo…

Yves Engler (2020-01-24). Canada's Justin Trudeau Toes the Imperial Line on Iran. dissidentvoice.org While the current Liberal government claims to be progressive and in favour of a rules-based international order, promotion of democracy and world peace, its actions regarding Iran demonstrate that the primary drivers of Canadian foreign policy remain US geo-political interests and the interests of the rich and powerful. (This previous article argues this has long been the …

Staff (2020-01-23). Trump Brags About Withholding Evidence as Democratic Impeachment Managers Lay Out Case in the Senate. democracynow.org During the opening day of oral arguments in the impeachment trial, President Trump was accused of abusing his office to "cheat an election." House impeachment managers spent about eight hours on Wednesday laying out their case for why President Trump should be removed from office. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Trump's political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. While the impeachment trial was taking place in the Senate, Presiden…

Staff (2020-01-23). Tim Robbins: Bernie Sanders Is the Best Shot We Have to Defeat Donald Trump. democracynow.org We continue our conversation with Academy Award-winning actor and director Tim Robbins, whose recent projects include the new film "Dark Waters" and a play about immigration called "The New Colossus." He recently endorsed Vermont senator and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders for president. "I believe he is the only one of them that can defeat Trump," Robbins says.

Staff (2020-01-23). "The New Colossus": In New Play, Tim Robbins Tackles Immigration & Xenophobia. democracynow.org President Trump said Wednesday that he would expand his highly controversial travel ban, which already bars citizens from seven countries, most of which have Muslim-majority populations — Libya, Iran, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela — from entering the United States. Politico reports that the expanded ban could implement immigration restrictions on seven more countries: Belarus, Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania, according to two sources. We speak with acclaimed actor, director and activist Tim Robbins, whose recent work has focused on immigration to the United S…

Staff (2020-01-23). "Dark Waters": Meet the Lawyer Whose 20-Year Fight Against DuPont Inspired the New Film. democracynow.org The new film "Dark Waters" tells the story of attorney Rob Bilott's 20-year battle with DuPont over contaminated drinking water in West Virginia from toxic chemicals used to make Teflon. The Environmental Working Group credited Billot with "uncovering the most heinous corporate environmental conspiracy in history," and the issue of contaminated water from the plastics industry continues to devastate areas across the country. On Wednesday, the Environmental Working Group released a shocking report about how toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS have been found in the drinking water of dozens of U.S. cities, in…

Staff (2020-01-23). Headlines for January 23, 2020. democracynow.org Democrats Accuse Trump of Trying to "Cheat" Upcoming Election, Supreme Court Decides Not to Fast-Track Obamacare Case, D.C. Sues Trump's Inaugural Committee over $1M Rental of Trump Hotel Ballroom, ICJ Orders Burma to Protect Rohingya from Genocide, Trump Says He's Planning to Add More Countries to Travel Ban, State Department to Make It More Difficult for Pregnant Women to Receive Visas, Trump Says He May Cut Medicare, Social Security, Trump Plans to Speak at Anti-Choice March for Life Friday, Chinese Authorities Seal Off City of Wudan as Coronavirus Spreads, Tulsi Gabbard Sues Clinton for Defamation, U.N.: Clim…

Anya Parampil (2020-01-23). The Grayzone's Anya Parampil slams mainstream media's anti-Sanders bias on Tucker Carlson Tonight. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone's Anya Parampil joined Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News to discuss the media and democratic establishment's attack on…

news.un (2020-01-23). Myanmar: Departing UN rights expert still hopeful for democratic transition. news.un.org An independent human rights expert said she has not given up hope for a democratic transition in Myanmar even though the country has yet to address "grave allegations" of international crimes, including possible genocide.

news.un (2020-01-23). 75 years after Auschwitz liberation, antisemitism still threatens 'foundations of democratic societies'. news.un.org Commemorating 75 years since the liberation of the notorious Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, independent UN rights experts said on Thursday that "urgent action" is needed to combat mounting antisemitism.

Roger D. Harris (2020-01-23). Now Three Years into the Reign of Trump, What's Left? dissidentvoice.org On January 20, Donald G. Trump completed his third year in office. My one blog that received five-digit Facebook shares predicted Trump would lose in 2016. I was spectacularly wrong but not alone. Even the Las Vegas bookies thought Clinton was a shoo-in with her unbeatable two-punch knockout of (1) I'm not Trump and (2) …

Joshua Cho (2020-01-22). 23 Headlines Obscure Biden's Lies About Cutting Social Security. fair.org Here's something many Americans would be very interested to know: Is a leading candidate in the Democratic primary a liar? And since a

Staff (2020-01-22). "Andrew Johnson Was a Lot Like Trump": Echoes of 1868 in Trump's Impeachment Trial. democracynow.org After a nearly 13-hour marathon session, the U.S. Senate approved by a party-line vote the rules for the impeachment trial of President Trump. This marks just the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden. Under the rules, each side will be given 24 hours over a three-day period for opening arguments. Senators also agreed to automatically admit evidence from the House inquiry into the trial record. Republicans rejected 11 amendments from Democrats to subpoena witnesses and…

Staff (2020-01-22). "The Senate Voted for a Cover-Up": GOP Senators Tilt Impeachment Trial in Trump's Favor. democracynow.org After the first marathon day leading up to President Trump's impeachment trial, we speak with Vince Warren and Baher Azmy, executive director and legal director, respectively, of the Center for Constitutional Rights. In a 13-hour session, the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate approved rules for the impeachment trial that Vince Warren says are tantamount to a "cover-up." Under the rules, each side will be given 24 hours over a three-day period for opening arguments. Senators also agreed to automatically admit evidence from the House inquiry into the trial record. Republicans rejected 11 amendments from Democrats t…

Staff (2020-01-22). A Torturer Meets His Victims: CIA Psychologist Defends Brutal Methods at Guantánamo Military Hearing. democracynow.org On Tuesday, the psychologist identified as the "architect" of the CIA's torture program testified for the first time to the war court at Guantánamo Bay. James Mitchell was in the courtroom for a pretrial hearing for five 9/11 suspects who had been subject to torture, euphemistically called "enhanced interrogation techniques." Mitchell and his partner, Dr. Bruce Jessen, were paid $81 million to help design the CIA's torture methods, including some of the agency's most abusive tactics. The pair had no prior experience in interrogation. At the hearing, Mitchell reportedly told defense lawyers he only came to Guantán…

Staff (2020-01-22). Criminalizing Reporting: Glenn Greenwald Faces Cybercrime Complaint After Exposing Scandal in Brazil. democracynow.org In Brazil, federal prosecutors have filed a criminal complaint against journalist and Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald in connection to a major investigation he spearheaded that exposed misconduct among federal prosecutors and a former judge. Called "The Secret Brazil Archive," the series of pieces published in The Intercept and The Intercept Brasil used a trove of documents to offer new and damning insight into the sweeping anti-corruption campaign that brought down former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and paved the way for the election of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro. The investigation used pre…

Staff (2020-01-22). Headlines for January 22, 2020. democracynow.org Senate Approves Rules for Trump's Impeachment Trial, Spain Declares Climate Emergency & Readies Climate Legislation, Australian Wildfires Release Massive Amounts of Greenhouse Gas, Airstrikes in Syria Kill 40 People, Including Children, in Idlib, Protesters Denounce Lebanon's Newly Formed Government, U.S. Deports Honduran Children Seeking Asylum to Guatemala Despite Being Ill, Hillary Clinton Slams Bernie Sanders in New Documentary But Says She Will Support Democratic Nominee, Architect of CIA's Torture Program Testifies in War Court at Guantánamo Bay, The Guardian: Bezos's Cellphone Was Allegedly Hacked by Saudi…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-01-22). In the Name of "Israel's Security": Retreating US Gives Israel Billions More in Military Funding. dissidentvoice.org Billions of US tax-payers' money will continue to be funneled into Israel in the next fiscal year, and for many years in the foreseeable future. Republican and Democratic Senators have recently achieved just that, passing a bill aimed at providing Israel with $3.3 billion in annual aid. The Bill, co-sponsored by Democratic Senator, Chris Coons …

Staff (2020-01-21). Greta Thunberg Addresses Global Elite at Davos: Our House Is Still on Fire. democracynow.org The 17-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg delivered a speech Tuesday to the world leaders and global elite gathered in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum, one year after she first condemned the forum for its inaction on climate change. "We don't need a 'low-carbon economy.' We don't need to 'lower emissions.' Our emissions have to stop," Thunberg said. "And until we have the technologies that at scale can put our emissions to minus, then we must forget about net zero. We need real zero."

Staff (2020-01-21). National Archives Doctored Photo of 2017 Women's March to Blur Messages Critical of Trump. democracynow.org The National Archives and Records Administration apologized Saturday for doctoring a photo of the 2017 Women's March to remove criticisms of President Trump. 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 at least four signs referencing Trump had been blurred to remove his name, including a poster reading "God Hates Trump." Signs in the photo referencing female anatomy were also blurred. The shocking revelation that the archives — which calls itself the country's "record keeper" — had altered the im…

Eoin Higgins (2020-01-21). "Nobody Likes Him": Hillary Clinton Not Sure She'll Endorse Bernie Sanders. theantimedia.com (CD) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter released Tuesday that she would not commit to endorse or support Sen. Bernie Sanders should he win the Democratic nomination later this year and stood by comments in a forthcoming Hulu documentary that "nobody likes" the Vermont senator. Progressives were unimpressed with the remarks by Clinton, whose …

splcenter (2020-01-13). Miller Dismisses DACA in Emails, Mirroring Anti-Immigrant Extremists' Views. splcenter.org White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller went against many Republicans when siding with white nationalists and other extremists on the issue of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, more commonly known as DACA, emails show.

EIGHTY Bug (2020-01-01). The Legend Of Bernie Sanders Song. zcomm.org The Legend of Bernie Sanders was originally written for the Bernie documentary called BERN THE MOVIE and is a compendium of Bernie Sanders's life leading into the OUR REVOLUTION movement…

2020-01-29: Social Media Postees

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Sunrise Movement to Host Nationwide House Parties
Eoin Higgins | zcomm.org | 2020-01-29
Youth led climate advocacy group the Sunrise Movement is asking supporters to host launch parties on Wednesday for the 2020 effort to pass the Green New Deal and back the presidential candidacy of Sen. Bernie Sanders…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/sunrise-movement-to-host-nationwide-house-parties/

Gold price will skyrocket if Bernie Sanders wins 2020 presidential election, says Peter Schiff
rt.com | 2020-01-29
The price of gold, which hit its highest level in seven years, reaching almost $1,600 an ounce this week, will continue to rally, says veteran stock broker Peter Schiff. | According to him, gold bugs may see further gains thanks to Senator Bernie Sanders. | The Democratic Party 2020 hopeful's chances are on the rise, a Fox News poll released on Sunday showed. It found that 23 percent of Democratic primary voters prefer the Vermont senator, up from 20 percent in December. He matched up favorably against President Donald Trump, leading 48 percent to 42 percent in a head-to-head matchup. Former Vice President Joe…
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Pro-Israel Group Behind Latest Attack Ads on Sanders
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-29
A right-wing AIPAC-affiliated group is airing ads targeting Sen. Bernie Sanders in Iowa in an attempt to stop the increasing success of his presidential campaign days before the state's voters caucus to kick off the 2020 Democratic primary. | The Democratic Majority for Israel, a group tied to AIPAC, sponsored the ad. | "This is dishonest, disgusting, and discrediting," said Sanders surrogate James Zogby, founder of the Arab-American Institute. | This is dishonest, disgusting, & discrediting of ‚Ŷ @DemMaj4Israel‚Å&co…
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Bernie Sanders' Political Revolution Is Long Overdue
Alan Minsky | truthdig.com | 2020-01-29
As he did in 2016, Bernie is offering something unique to the political landscape: a transformative vision for a more just and equitable country, and a renewal of American democracy. | His movement is built upon four central tenets: | The American political system is currently broken, unable to respond to the needs of the people and the planet. | There needs to be a political realignment along lines of economic self-interest, uniting the working class. | That realignment, combined with…
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The Liberal Establishment is Already Warning Third Parties Not to Ruin the 2020 Election
Roger D. Harris | mintpressnews.com | 2020-01-29
Prominent liberal personalities, including Noam Chomsky, issued an open letter imploring third parties to "remove themselves as a factor" in the 2020 presidential election to "benefit all humanity and a good part of the biosphere."
mintpressnews.com/liberal-establishment-warning-third-parties-not-to-ruin-2020-election/264460/

Israeli Defense Minister Wants Annexation of Occupied West Bank
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-29
Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex over a third of the occupied West Bank shorlty after U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled his so-called "Deal of the Century" plan on Middle East peace. | RELATED: | Iran Slams Trump's Middle East Peace Plan as 'Disgraceful' | "Yesterday evening, history knocked on our door and granted us a one-time opportunity to apply Israel law on all of the settlements in Judea and Samaria and the Jordan…
telesurenglish.net/news/Israeli-Defense-Minister-Wants-Annexation-of-Occupied-West-Bank-20200129-0007.html

'I'm an old guy, vote for someone else': Biden's latest gaffes include odd sales pitch to voter & head-scratching demands for VP
rt.com | 2020-01-29
Former Vice President Joe Biden's odd strategy for winning over voters continues as video of him scolding one goes viral, and recent comments about his age raises alarm. | Though Biden continues to poll at the top of the Democrats fighting for their party's presidential nomination

'We would be in World War Six by now' if Bolton were still in the WH, says Trump in scathing tweets
rt.com | 2020-01-29
US President Donald Trump has hit back at John Bolton, his former national security advisor, accusing him of writing a "nasty & untrue" book and saying the warmongering Republican could have led us into "World War Six." | While Bolton has become something of a hero to Trump's critics thanks to leaks from his upcoming book 'The Room Where it Happened', which seemingly confirm accusations that the president withheld foreign aid to Ukraine in the hopes they would investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, conservatives have begun to turn on the man, chief among them the president himself. | "For a guy who could…
rt.com/usa/479509-donald-trump-world-war-six/

Democracy in meltdown: In almost every country, people's faith in democratic systems is at rock-bottom levels
rt.com | 2020-01-29
A new study has delivered a huge reality shock to career politicians and liberal elites–that dissatisfaction with democracy has been rising for decades, and especially in the developed world is approaching an all-time global high. | World leaders love to toot the horn of democracy. To take just three recent examples, Angela Merkel, Justin Trudeau a…
rt.com/news/479505-democracy-faith-level-drop/

The ProDemocracy Project: Improving Public Comment
Steve Martinot | indybay.org | 2020-01-29
Tara Pitman Library, South Berkeley | MLK & Russell, Berkeley, CA…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/01/27/18830114.php

Local Dems Say City Council Candidate Renée Golder was a Registered Republican Until 2018
Santa Cruz Election News | indybay.org | 2020-01-29
Local Democrats have checked official voting records and are reporting that Santa Cruz City Council recall candidate Renée Golder was a registered Republican until April of 2018. They say voting records indicate Golder registered as a Republican in 2000 and voted in multiple primary elections as a Republican, until she switched her party affiliation to Democratic in 2018. Presently, Golder is running as a "pro-recall" Santa Cruz City Council candidate against Progressives in the March 2020 election.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/01/28/18830135.php

"Yet Another Declaration of War on Palestinians": Rashid Khalidi on Trump's Middle East "Peace" Plan
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-29
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced plans to annex about 30% of the occupied West Bank, after Israel was given the green light to do so by the United States. On Tuesday, President Trump

Lawmakers heckle governor in India's Kerala regional parliament in protest against citizenship law (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-01-29
MPs in India's Kerala State parliament have protested against the governor's support for the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). New Delhi has repeatedly insisted that the law is not discriminatory and serves to protect minorities. | White-clad lawmakers from the bloc United Democratic Front (UDF) blocked Governor Arif Mohammed Khan's approach to the podium on Wednesday morning. They held placards with anti-CAA slogans and demands for Khan to be recalled, as the governor waited patiently for his way to be cleared. | #WATCH Thiruvanantha…
rt.com/news/479455-kerala-india-protest-caa/

Mehdi Hasan: The Impeachment Trial Has Been a Farce Since Day One Filled with GOP Lies
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-29
At the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told fellow Republican senators in a private meeting Tuesday that he does not yet have enough votes to block Democrats from calling impeachment witnesses. Democrats have pushed for former national security adviser John Bolton to testify. On Sunday night, The New York Times published details about a draft of Bolton's forthcoming book, in which he claims Trump personally told him in August he wanted to maintain a freeze on $391 million in military aid to Ukraine until Ukraine turned over materials related to former Vice Presi…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/29/john_bolton_witness_impeachment_trial

Hundreds of Canadian Workers Are Blockading an Oil Refinery Right Now
Jeff Schuhrke | zcomm.org | 2020-01-29
The Canadian union Unifor is currently blockading an oil refinery in Regina, Saskatchewan. It's an important example of what democratic, militant, and solidarity-based unionism can look like…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/hundreds-of-canadian-workers-are-blockading-an-oil-refinery-right-now/

The Impeachment Trial Has Been a Farce Staged by the GOP Since Day One
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-29
At the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told fellow Republican senators in a private meeting Tuesday that he does not yet have enough votes to block Democrats from calling impeachment witnesses. Democrats have pushed for former national security adviser John Bolton to testify. On Sunday night, The New York Times published details about a draft of Bolton's forthcoming book, in which he claims Trump personally told him in August he wanted to maintain a…
truthout.org/video/the-impeachment-trial-has-been-a-farce-staged-by-the-gop-since-day-one/

After the 2019 election, we need media reform now more than ever
Granville Williams | thecanary.co | 2020-01-29
This is a guest piece from Granville Williams, editor of MediaNorth

Mehdi Hasan: The Impeachment Trial Has Been a Farce Since Day One Filled with GOP Lies
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-29
At the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told fellow Republican senators in a private meeting Tuesday that he does not yet have enough votes to block Democrats from calling impeachment witnesses. Democrats have pushed for former national security adviser John Bolton to testify. On Sunday night, The New York Times published details about a draft of Bolton's forthcoming book, in which he claims Trump personally told him in August he wanted to maintain a freeze on $391 million in military aid to Ukraine until Ukraine turned over materials related to former Vice Presi…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/29/john_bolton_witness_impeachment_trial

In impeachment crisis, Trump continues fascistic appeals, Democrats promote warmonger John Bolton
wsws.org | 2020-01-29
An architect of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Bolton has advocated wars for regime change in Iran, Syria, Libya, Venezuela, Cuba, Yemen and North Korea.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/29/impe-j29.html

SEIU's Henry demands Senate impeachment trial call witnesses
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-29
WASHINGTON –In her second comment on the Senate impeachment trial of GOP President Donald Trump, Service Employees President Mary Kay Henry is demanding lawmakers call live witnesses to ensure a fair trial. And those senators who don't want witnesses, she adds, are "playing political games with issues serious for our democracy and the sanctity of …
peoplesworld.org/article/seius-henry-demands-senate-impeachment-trial-call-witnesses/

Mehdi Hasan: Trump's Middle East Plan Is a Policy of Apartheid & Settler Colonialism
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-29
We continue our discussion of President Trump's long-awaited Middle East plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which he has described as the "deal of the century." The plan was drafted by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner without any input from Palestinians and would give Israel sovereignty over large areas of the occupied West Bank, control over all of Jerusalem, and keep all illegal settlements built in the occupied West Bank. We speak with Mehdi Hasan, senior columnist at The Intercept, and Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said professor of modern Arab studies at Columbia University. Khalidi's latest book is…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/29/trump_middle_east_plan_apartheid

Democracy in meltdown: In almost every country, people's faith in democratic systems is at rock-bottom levels
rt.com | 2020-01-29
A new study has delivered a huge reality shock to career politicians and liberal elites–that dissatisfaction with democracy has been rising for decades, and especially in the developed world is approaching an all-time global high. | World leaders love to toot the horn of democracy. To take just three recent examples, Angela Merkel, Justin Trudeau a…
rt.com/news/479505-democracy-faith-level-drop/

Italian ruling parties defeat far-right Lega in Emilia-Romagna elections
wsws.org | 2020-01-29
While the candidate of the extreme right-wing Lega was clearly defeated in the Emilia-Romagna elections by the candidate of the Democrats, the rise of the right-wing extremists has by no means been stopped.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/29/ital-j29.html

Mehdi Hasan: Trump's Middle East Plan Is a Policy of Apartheid & Settler Colonialism
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-29
We continue our discussion of President Trump's long-awaited Middle East plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which he has described as the "deal of the century." The plan was drafted by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner without any input from Palestinians and would give Israel sovereignty over large areas of the occupied West Bank, control over all of Jerusalem, and keep all illegal settlements built in the occupied West Bank. We speak with Mehdi Hasan, senior columnist at The Intercept, and Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said professor of modern Arab studies at Columbia University. Khalidi's latest book is…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/29/trump_middle_east_plan_apartheid

GOP Doesn't Have Votes Yet to Block Bolton, McConnell Concedes
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-29
Republican senators mulling impeachment meet after defense rests; Trump's hopes to end the trial with a quick acquittal could be imperiled.
truthdig.com/articles/gop-doesnt-have-votes-yet-to-block-bolton-mcconnell-concedes/

Trump's Failed Bullying: Britain Accepts 5G Huawei Technology
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-29
It is strikingly bullying and bullish. US officials have been less than reserved in their threats about what Britain's proposed dealings with Huawei over admitting it to its 5G network might entail. Three Republican Senators

Weakest Link: Impeachment and National Security
Jefferson Morley | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-29
In the summer of 2016 President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump didn't agree about much, except for one obscure issue of U.S. foreign policy: lethal military aid to Ukraine. As commander in chief, Obama objected to such assistance, even in the face of a Russian proxy war. So did candidate Trump. On…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/29/weakest-link-impeachment-and-national-security/

The sudden death of basketball great Kobe Bryant produces shock and tributes worldwide
wsws.org | 2020-01-29
The retired basketball star and his teenage daughter were among nine victims of a helicopter crash near Los Angeles.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/29/kobe-j29.html

The Electability Argument Is Really About Party Unity
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2020-01-29
The Electability Argument Is Really About Party Unity…
thenation.com/article/politics/democratic-unity-sanders-warren/

Tennessee's Chemical Castration Bill Shows Local Republicans Have One Thing on Their Minds
Jennifer Bernstein | thenation.com | 2020-01-29
Tennessee's Chemical Castration Bill Shows Local Republicans Have One Thing on Their Minds…
thenation.com/article/politics/tennessee-chemical-castration/

Tennessee's Chemical Castration Bill Shows Local Republicans Have One Thing on Their Minds
Jennifer Bernstein | thenation.com | 2020-01-29
Tennessee's Chemical Castration Bill Shows Local Republicans Have One Thing on Their Minds…
thenation.com/article/politics/tennessee-chemical-castration/

Final moments of Kobe Bryant's fatal helicopter crash revealed by investigators
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-29
Moments before Los Angeles basketball great Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and the seven others perished in a helicopter crash, the pilot had tried to climb out of layer of clouds, but the aircraft then banked sharply and lurched toward the ground.The twin-engine Sikorsky S-76B slammed into a hillside 60 seconds later and burst into flames, killing all nine people on board, according to details of Sunday's crash revealed on Tuesday by federal aviation safety officials.The death of Bryant, 41, an 18-time NBA all-star and one of the most admired athletes around the globe, sent shockwaves through the sports a…
yenisafak.com/en/world/final-moments-of-kobe-bryants-fatal-helicopter-crash-revealed-by-investigators-3510778

Democrat Presidential Candidate Michael Bloomberg Invents Unusual Way to Greet a Dog – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-29
The former New York mayor was visiting Burlington, Vermont for a campaign event on Monday when he had a remarkable encounter with a dog.
sputniknews.com/us/202001291078170560-democrat-presidential-candidate-michael-bloomberg-invents-unusual-way-to-greet-a-dog—video/

'Goodbye!' Farage trolls EU Parliament with Brexit one last time, waving Union Jack flag before mic is cut off for 'hate'
rt.com | 2020-01-29
Brexit Party leader and MEP Nigel Farage gave his final speech in the European Parliament, denouncing the EU as an anti-democratic experiment. He waved the Union Jack flag to cheers from his UK colleagues as he said goodbye. | As the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to approve the agreement that would let Britain leave on January 31, Farage rose one last time to cap his 20-year term in the forum with a speech declaring victory and wishing the EU good riddance. | Once we've left, we are never coming back. | After 25 years of fighting for independence, this is my final contribution in the European Parlia…
rt.com/uk/479525-farage-flag-brexit-goodbye/

Biden Won't Say Whether Sanders Could Unify Democrats as Nominee
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-28
MUSCATINE, Iowa

Interviews with New Hampshire voters show Bernie, Biden the favorites
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-28
MANCHESTER, N.H.–With two weeks to go before the key New Hampshire primary, there's at least one certain point you can make about the Democratic presidential nomination race here: Bernie Sanders is the favorite among younger voters, Joe Biden is the favorite among older ones. But that goes only for the people who have made up …
peoplesworld.org/article/interviews-with-new-hampshire-voters-show-bernie-biden-the-favorites/

Interviews with New Hampshire voters show Bernie, Biden the favorites
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-28
MANCHESTER, N.H.–With two weeks to go before the key New Hampshire primary, there's at least one certain point you can make about the Democratic presidential nomination race here: Bernie Sanders is the favorite among younger voters, Joe Biden is the favorite among older ones. But that goes only for the people who have made up …
peoplesworld.org/article/interviews-with-new-hampshire-voters-show-bernie-biden-the-favorites/

It's Media–Not Bernie Sanders–That Have an Antisemitism Problem
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2020-01-28
Have you heard the news? Democratic presidential frontrunner Bernie Sanders is antisemitic. Yes, yes, he's Jewish, and has a long history of anti-racist activism–but that doesn't matter. | So goes the story in several prominent media outlets, who accuse him of leading "the most antisemitic [campaign] in decades" (Washington Examiner, 12/13/19). While unable to point to Sanders' own actions or words, the…
fair.org/home/its-media-not-bernie-sanders-that-have-an-antisemitism-problem/

To rig primary against Bernie, DNC chair Tom Perez nominates regime-change agents, Israel lobbyists, and Wall Street consultants
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-01-28
With Senator Bernie Sanders surging in the polls, DNC chair Tom Perez has put forward a cartoonishly neoliberal cast of foreign policy hacks and corporate lobbyists to sabotage his nomination. | Source…
mronline.org/2020/01/28/to-rig-primary-against-bernie-dnc-chair-tom-perez-nominates-regime-change-agents-israel-lobbyists-and-wall-street-consultants/

To Cancel Student Debt, You Don't Need Congress
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-28
The 2020 Democratic primary elevated the student debt debate to the national stage and has sparked discussion at dinner tables and workplaces across the country. Americans are asking themselves and the candidates: how much student debt should we cancel, and how shall we cancel it? Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to cancel it all

Pro-Sanders Youth Movement Is Changing the Political Landscape in New Hampshire
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-28
Fifty-two years after young people changed history with the New Hampshire primary election, a new generation is ready to do it again

Chomsky and other Liberal Intellectuals ask us to Join them in Throwing in the Towel
Stansfield Smith | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-28
Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, Bill Fletcher, Leslie Cagan, Ron Daniels, Kathy Kelly, Norman Solomon, Cynthia Peters, and Michael Albert wrote an Open Letter to the Green Party, asking them to support the 2020 Democratic candidate regardless who wins the nomination. It was in response to an article well worth reading by Howie Hawkins, "The Green …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/chomsky-and-other-liberal-intellectuals-ask-us-to-join-them-in-throwing-in-the-towel/

Shaky Joe Biden, Billionaire Bloomberg, and the global race to the bottom
Glen Ford | mronline.org | 2020-01-28
Bloomberg has put himself and his fortune into the contest to rally his (ruling) classmates to the task of shoring up corporate control of the Party if Sanders seizes the top spot. | Source…
mronline.org/2020/01/28/shaky-joe-biden-billionaire-bloomberg-and-the-global-race-to-the-bottom/

Truth a Major Casualty of Impeachment Hearings
Jeremy Kuzmarov | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-28
As in any political battle, truth has been one of the major casualties of the impeachment proceedings against President Donald J. Trump. While the Democratic impeachment managers have accused Trump repeatedly of dishonesty

Trump's Expansive Claims of Executive Privilege Pose "Very Serious Constitutional Crisis"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-28
During eight hours of oral arguments at the president's impeachment trial on Monday, President Trump's legal team repeatedly said that he has done nothing wrong, and largely ignored the explosive revelations made by Trump's former national security adviser. The president's case was made on Monday by a team of lawyers including Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, whose probe led to the impeachment of Bill Clinton. In an upcoming book, former national security adviser John Bolton says Trump told him the withholding of $391 million in military aid to Ukraine…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/28/impeachment_claire_finkelstein_executive_privilege

Chinese Artist & Filmmaker Ai Weiwei on State Violence from Mexico to Hong Kong to Xinjiang
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-28
In 2014, 43 students from Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College disappeared after they were abducted in Iguala, Mexico. More than five years after their disappearance, the families of the students are still fighting for justice. The story is the subject of a stunning new documentary by the world-renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. The film, "Vivos," follows the families of the disappeared students in their daily lives as they grapple with the absence of their loved ones and attempt to hold the Mexican government accountable for their disappearance. We sat down with Ai Weiwei earlier this week at the Sund…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/28/ai_weiwei_vivos_hong_kong_xinjiang

Murder of Mexican Artist Isabel Cabanillas Highlights Endemic Issue of Femicide in Ciudad Juárez
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-28
Isabel Cabanillas, a 26-year-old beloved feminist activist and artist, was recently assassinated in Ciudad Juárez, resurfacing the border city's painful legacy of femicides and violence against women. Cabanillas was reported missing on social media by her friends on Saturday, January 18, after she never returned home. On that same day, she was found shot to death on a sidewalk next to her bicycle in downtown Juárez. We speak with Nana Rebell, a feminist activist in Ciudad Juárez and a member of the Juárez feminist collective Hijas de su Maquilera Madre, about Cabanillas's life and the endemic issue of femicide in…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/28/juarez_mexico_isabel_cabanillas_assassination_femicide

Murder of Mexican Artist Isabel Cabanillas Highlights Endemic Issue of Femicide in Ciudad Juárez
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-28
Isabel Cabanillas, a 26-year-old beloved feminist activist and artist, was recently assassinated in Ciudad Juárez, resurfacing the border city's painful legacy of femicides and violence against women. Cabanillas was reported missing on social media by her friends on Saturday, January 18, after she never returned home. On that same day, she was found shot to death on a sidewalk next to her bicycle in downtown Juárez. We speak with Nana Rebell, a feminist activist in Ciudad Juárez and a member of the Juárez feminist collective Hijas de su Maquilera Madre, about Cabanillas's life and the endemic issue of femicide in…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/28/juarez_mexico_isabel_cabanillas_assassination_femicide

German government bans neo-Nazi group "Combat 18 Deutschland"
wsws.org | 2020-01-28
It was above all the fact that the close links between the militant neo-Nazi scene, the neo-Nazi National Socialist Underground (NSU) and the secret service could not be so easily covered up after the murder of leading Christian Democrat Walter Làºbcke that persuaded Seehofer to take action.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/28/comb-j28.html

FRSO Venezuela delegation meets with women in Bolivarian Militia
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-28
Caracas, Venezuela – During the World Anti-Imperialist Congress, members of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) delegation talked with women in the Bolivarian Militia. The Bolivarian Militia was created in 2005 in response to U.S. intervention. As of December 2019, President Maduro said he is moving toward making the Militia into "combat units" within the Armed Forces. In 2019, with multiple U.S.-backed coup attempts to install Juan Guaidó in place of democratically elected President Maduro, the Bolivarian Militia nearly doubled to 3.3 million members in a country of around 30 million people. Their rol…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/1/28/frso-venezuela-delegation-meets-women-bolivarian-militia

House Democrats' Climate Plan is Wholly Inadequate Response to Climate Crisis
commondreams.org | 2020-01-28
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commondreams.org/newswire/2020/01/28/house-democrats-climate-plan-wholly-inadequate-response-climate-crisis?cd-origin=rss

Democrats embrace war hawk Bolton in Trump impeachment trial
wsws.org | 2020-01-28
The carefully timed leak of Bolton's White House revelations has overshadowed the defense mounted by Trump's attorneys in the Senate impeachment trial.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/28/impe-j28.html

Where Was Rudy Giuliani When Democrats Needed Him?
Geoff Dutton | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-28
Help me get this straight. Rudolph Giuliani is the President's private attorney, or at least he still seems to be. According to CNN on 10/11/19:…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/28/where-was-rudy-giuliani-when-democrats-needed-him/

Trump's Expansive Claims of Executive Privilege Pose "Very Serious Constitutional Crisis"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-28
During eight hours of oral arguments at the president's impeachment trial on Monday, President Trump's legal team repeatedly said that he has done nothing wrong, and largely ignored the explosive revelations made by Trump's former national security adviser. The president's case was made on Monday by a team of lawyers including Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, whose probe led to the impeachment of Bill Clinton. In an upcoming book, former national security adviser John Bolton says Trump told him the withholding of $391 million in military aid to Ukraine…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/28/impeachment_claire_finkelstein_executive_privilege

DNC chair names John Podesta & other Clinton loyalists to Convention Committee, triggering revolt from voters fearing 2016 2.0
rt.com | 2020-01-28
Democrats hoping their party learned from its 2016 failure have been horrified to discover many of those behind Hillary Clinton's losing campaign

Sanders Campaign Tells Volunteers to Back Off Phone Calls
Ryan Grim | zcomm.org | 2020-01-28
It is far more effective, campaign leaders have argued, to have friends and relatives urge those close to them to come out to caucus than to carpet bomb phone lines…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/sanders-campaign-tells-volunteers-to-back-off-phone-calls/

Milwaukee: Rally against war on Iraq, Iran
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-28
Milwaukee, WI – On January 25, around 40 people gathered at the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and North Avenue to protest the ongoing U.S. war in Iraq and the threat of war with Iran. The protesters occupied each of the four street corners and took to chanting before running through a short lineup of speakers. | "Organization and numbers are the two greatest weapons at the disposal of the working class. We must use them if we're gonna win," said Ryan Hamann, a speaker from Freedom Road Socialist Organization. "Here's to building a strong, united, firmly anti-imperialist anti-war movement in Mi…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/1/28/milwaukee-rally-against-war-iraq-iran

Bernie Sanders Is Rising on the Strength of His Anti-War Stance
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2020-01-28
Bernie Sanders Is Rising on the Strength of His Anti-War Stance…
thenation.com/article/politics/bernie-sanders-anti-war-polls/

Trump Can't Stop Bolton From Testifying. Only Cowardly Senate Republicans Can
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2020-01-28
Trump Can't Stop Bolton From Testifying. Only Cowardly Senate Republicans Can.
thenation.com/article/politics/impeachment-senate-john-bolton-book/

Kobe Bryant: America's Imperfect Icon
Aaron Ross Coleman | thenation.com | 2020-01-28
Kobe Bryant: America's Imperfect Icon…
thenation.com/article/culture/kobe-bryant-death/

Kobe Bryant: America's Imperfect Icon
Aaron Ross Coleman | thenation.com | 2020-01-28
Kobe Bryant: America's Imperfect Icon…
thenation.com/article/culture/kobe-bryant-death/

New Poll Shows Bernie Sanders With More Than Double the Support of Joe Biden in New Hampshire
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-28
Running away from the pack, Sanders leads former vice president by 15 points and holds double-digit lead over all his Democratic rivals in the key early voting state. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie_sanders_labor_day.png
commondreams.org/news/2020/01/28/new-poll-shows-bernie-sanders-more-double-support-joe-biden-new-hampshire?cd-origin=rss

Denouncing Trump Plan as 'Unacceptable,' Sanders Declares It Is Time to 'End the Israeli Occupation'
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-28
After U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday unveiled his long-awaited "peace deal" for the Israel-Palestine conflict, Sen. Bernie Sanders condemned the proposal as "unacceptable" and called for an end to Israel's decades-long occupation of Palestinian territories. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie_sanders_anti_endorsements_0.png
commondreams.org/news/2020/01/28/denouncing-trump-plan-unacceptable-sanders-declares-it-time-end-israeli-occupation?cd-origin=rss

'Green New Dud, Not a Green New Deal': Climate Groups Denounce Draft Bill From House Democrats
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-28
Environmental advocacy groups issued mixed responses Tuesday after Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee released the legislative text of a draft bill for a national climate plan, with critics charging that the proposal isn't ambitious enough to address the planetary crisis. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/campfire-climate-crisis_0.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2020/01/28/green-new-dud-not-green-new-deal-climate-groups-denounce-draft-bill-house-democrats?cd-origin=rss

To rig primary against Bernie, DNC chair Tom Perez nominates regime-change agents, Israel lobbyists, and Wall Street consultants
Kevin Gosztola | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-27
With Senator Bernie Sanders surging in the polls, DNC chair Tom Perez has put forward a cartoonishly neoliberal cast of…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/27/dnc-perez-regime-change-agents-israel-lobbyists-wall-street-rig-game-bernie/

Corporate media equate Sanders to Trump–because for them, Sanders is the bigger threat
Julie Hollar | mronline.org | 2020-01-27
As Bernie Sanders emerged as a threat to Hillary Clinton's presidential nomination in 2016, media began liberally tossing around articles equating Sanders and Donald Trump (FAIR.org, 4/15/16, 12/9/16). | Source…
mronline.org/2020/01/27/corporate-media-equate-sanders-to-trump-because-for-them-sanders-is-the-bigger-threat/

Explosive Bolton Book Allegations Spark New Calls for Witnesses to Testify at Impeachment Trial
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-27
Calls are growing for the Senate to call witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial, after The New York Times published details about former national security adviser John Bolton's forthcoming book. In the book, Bolton writes that President Trump personally told him in August that he wanted to maintain a freeze on $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until Ukraine turned over materials related to former Vice President Joe Biden and supporters of Hillary Clinton in Ukraine. The New York Times broke the story on Sunday, one day after President Trump's legal team began its defense of the president. D…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/27/impeachment_trial_john_bolton_donald_trump

Kobe Bryant Dead at 41: Remembering Basketball Star's Legacy On and Off the Court
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-27
Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant died Sunday in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles at the age of 41. The crash killed all nine people on board, including Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna and beloved college baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and their 13-year-old daughter Alyssa. They were heading to a youth basketball game. Bryant won five NBA championships, two Olympic gold medals and was crowned an All-Star 18 times. He played for the L.A. Lakers for 20 years before retiring in 2016. Gianna Bryant reportedly hoped to one day play for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team. Tribute…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/27/kobe_bryant_death_in_helicopter_crash

Under Pressure in Impeachment Trial, Trump Steps Up Attacks on Reproductive Rights
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-27
Donald Trump on Friday became the first sitting president in U.S. history to attend the so-called March for Life, the annual anti-abortion rally held in Washington, D.C., that draws thousands of participants. President Trump

Never-Trumper strategist launches #ILefttheGOP campaign just in time for Senate impeachment votes
rt.com | 2020-01-27
Disaffected ex-Republicans are sharing their stories on social media as the seemingly-unbreakable two-party duopoly approaches peak unpopularity with American voters with less than a year to go before the 2020 election. | The hashtag #ILefttheGOP was trending on Monday as self-described former Republicans shared what made them exit party ranks – whether to join the Democrats, or to vote independently. It was created by former Republican strategist Cheri Jacobus, who left the party after a disastrous encounter with the president's 2016 campaign and has been a strident "never-Trumper" ever since. | Perhaps predi…
rt.com/usa/479334-gop-strategist-launches-campaign-walkaway/

Italy's regional voters thwart hopes of Matteo Salvini's League party
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-01-27
Italian voters have thwarted right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini's hopes of turning an election in a key northern region into a springboard for regaining national power.Nearly complete results from Sunday's election for the governorship of the prosperous Emilia-Romagna region had his League party candidate winning only 43.7% of support to the 51.4% garnered by the incumbent governor Stefano Bonaccini from the centre-left Democrats.The Democrats are in Italy's national coalition government led by premier Giuseppe Conte. | Italy, Emilia-Romagna regional election, 61.5% counted: | Bonaccini (CSX-LEFT | S&D | G/E…
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2020/01/27/italys-regional-voters-thwart-hopes-of-matteo-salvinis-league-party/

'Bombshell' or nothing to see here? Dems clamor for Bolton impeachment testimony as manuscript claims Trump-Ukraine quid-pro-quo
rt.com | 2020-01-27
Ex-National Security Adviser John Bolton's book claims Donald Trump admitted a Ukraine quid-pro-quo, prompting Democrats to declare it's game-over for the US president, as his supporters dismiss it as yet another nothingburger. | Democrats have renewed their demands for Bolton to testify in the Senate impeachment trial after a manuscript of the inveterate hawk's new tell-all book on his time in the White House asserted Trump had told Bolton the administration should keep sitting on $391 million in military aid to Ukraine until Kiev reopened an investigation of Burisma Holdings, the natural gas firm tied to for…
rt.com/usa/479321-bolton-book-impeachment-witness/

Kobe Bryant's fateful helicopter flight details REVEALED online as authorities work to ID victims (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-01-27
New details have emerged about the helicopter crash in California that took the life of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and eight others, including an audio recording from the pilot. As of Monday, three bodies have been recovered. | The authorities have said they will not identify anyone involved in the Sunday crash until a coroner's report comes in and the bodies are fully recovered. Thus far, only three bodies have been recovered, according to the LA County Coroner's Office. | However, multiple outlets have reported the identities of the the passengers besides Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and the pilot, i…
rt.com/usa/479329-kobe-bryant-helicopter-crash/

'Poor judgement': WaPo suspends reporter for Kobe Bryant rape case link tweeted HOURS after his death
rt.com | 2020-01-27
The Washington Post has suspended one of its reporters after she posted a link to a story about a 2016 rape case involving Kobe Bryant just hours after the basketball star's death in a helicopter crash. | Felicia Sonmez posted the link not long after the news of Bryant's death broke on Sunday and faced furious backlash online, with tweeters accusing her of "disgusting" insensitivity, particularly in light of the fact that the crash also took the lives of Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people.
rt.com/usa/479326-washington-post-kobe-bryant-rape/

Elizabeth Warren Got More Than an Endorsement From 'The Des Moines Register'
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2020-01-27
Elizabeth Warren Got More Than an Endorsement From 'The Des Moines Register'…
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Elizabeth Warren Got More Than an Endorsement From 'The Des Moines Register'
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2020-01-27
Elizabeth Warren Got More Than an Endorsement From 'The Des Moines Register'…
thenation.com/article/politics/elizabeth-warren-des-moines-register/

United States: As Iowa caucuses approach, Democratic battle lines emerge
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-01-27
US politics Leo CrnogorcevicIssue 1251 United States Democratic Party US presidential primariesJanuary 27, 2020Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton's defeat by Republican Donald Tr…
greenleft.org.au/content/united-states-iowa-caucuses-approach-democratic-battle-lines-emerge

"Ours to Tell": New Film Highlights Personal Stories About the Importance of Abortion Access
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-27
As Roe v. Wade faces unprecedented attacks, the new short film "Ours to Tell" puts a human face to the fight for reproductive justice and highlights those whose stories are often sidelined by the media: LGBTQ communities and communities of color. The film focuses on Ylonda, Nick, Hannah and Brittany, four people who discuss how having access to abortion shaped their lives. The film was directed by Rayka Zehtabchi and was created by Planned Parenthood and We Testify. For more on the film, as well as the state of reproductive rights in the United States, we speak with Renee Bracey Sherman, founder and executive dir…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/27/ours_to_tell_film_abortion_stories

"Ours to Tell": New Film Highlights Personal Stories About the Importance of Abortion Access
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-27
As Roe v. Wade faces unprecedented attacks, the new short film "Ours to Tell" puts a human face to the fight for reproductive justice and highlights those whose stories are often sidelined by the media: LGBTQ communities and communities of color. The film focuses on Ylonda, Nick, Hannah and Brittany, four people who discuss how having access to abortion shaped their lives. The film was directed by Rayka Zehtabchi and was created by Planned Parenthood and We Testify. For more on the film, as well as the state of reproductive rights in the United States, we speak with Renee Bracey Sherman, founder and executive dir…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/27/ours_to_tell_film_abortion_stories

VIDEOS show scene of California helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant
rt.com | 2020-01-26
Footage has emerged showing the aftermath of the helicopter crash in California that reportedly took the life of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and eight others. | First videos and photos of the crash site show smoke and debris scattered around the area, and emergency services arriving to the scene. The accident reportedly started from a fire onboard Kobe Bryant's private helicopter which made it spiral out of control before crashing over Calabasas. | The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed there were no survivors left at the crash site. They have said they will not confirm the identity of the eight o…
rt.com/usa/479250-kobe-bryant-helicoper-crash-videos/

Suing Hillary Clinton, Tulsi Gabbard stands up to the Russiagate smear machine
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-25
As Bernie Sanders ignores Hillary Clinton's attacks, Tulsi Gabbard is fighting back. Gabbard has filed a $50 million defamation suit…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/25/suing-hillary-clinton-tulsi-gabbard-stands-up-to-the-russiagate-smear-machine/

Suing Hillary Clinton, Tulsi Gabbard stands up to the Russiagate smear machine
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-25
As Bernie Sanders ignores Hillary Clinton's attacks, Tulsi Gabbard is fighting back. Gabbard has filed a $50 million defamation suit…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/25/suing-hillary-clinton-tulsi-gabbard-stands-up-to-the-russiagate-smear-machine/

Impeachment: Democrats cry 'dictator' while Team Trump cries 'election interference'
rt.com | 2020-01-25
After three days of Democrat offensive, President Donald Trump's defense team have laid out their arguments. The Democrats, they said, are trying to commit their own brand of election interference by removing Trump from office. | The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump opened on Tuesday, and the Democrats' chosen team of prosecutors, or impeachment managers, spent much of this week reiterating their long-standing argument: Trump abused his office by withholding military aid for Ukraine to pressure President Volodymyr Zelensky into reopening a corruption investigation into the business activities of Joe…
rt.com/usa/479196-impeachment-trump-defense-arguments/

Law Professor: Trump Could Also Have Been Impeached for War Crimes, Assassinations & Corruption
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-24
Democratic lawmakers are continuing to lay out their case for removing the president from office in the final day of opening arguments by Democrats in the historic impeachment trial of President Trump. Republicans will begin their opening arguments on Saturday. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Trump's political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. On Thursday, House impeachment manager Jerrold Nadler made the case that a president can…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/24/donald_trump_senate_impeachment_trial

Oakland Moms Who Occupied Vacant Property to Highlight Housing Crisis Celebrate Unexpected Victory
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-24
In Oakland, California, a months-long struggle between a group of unhoused mothers occupying a vacant home and the real estate firm that owned it ended with an unexpected offer to purchase the property earlier this week. The major win in the mothers' fight against homelessness and real estate speculation comes just a week after Wedgewood Properties forcibly evicted the families

Oakland Moms Who Occupied Vacant Property to Highlight Housing Crisis Celebrate Unexpected Victory
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-24
In Oakland, California, a months-long struggle between a group of unhoused mothers occupying a vacant home and the real estate firm that owned it ended with an unexpected offer to purchase the property earlier this week. The major win in the mothers' fight against homelessness and real estate speculation comes just a week after Wedgewood Properties forcibly evicted the families

International Court of Justice Orders Burmese Authorities to Protect Rohingya Muslims from Genocide
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-24
In a major ruling, the U.N. International Court of Justice at The Hague has ordered Burma to "take all measures within its power" to protect Rohingya Muslims from genocide. The court issued the ruling Thursday, calling the 600,000 Rohingya remaining in Burma, also known as Myanmar, "extremely vulnerable" to military violence. The court ordered Burma to report regularly to the tribunal about its progress. The ruling is a sharp rebuke of Burma's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who last month asked the court to drop the genocide case against Burma. Suu Kyi is a Nobel Peace Prize winner who spent over a decade figh…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/24/burma_rohingya_genocide_icj_ruling

Canada's Justin Trudeau Toes the Imperial Line on Iran
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-24
While the current Liberal government claims to be progressive and in favour of a rules-based international order, promotion of democracy and world peace, its actions regarding Iran demonstrate that the primary drivers of Canadian foreign policy remain US geo-political interests and the interests of the rich and powerful. (This previous article argues this has long been the …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/canadas-justin-trudeau-toes-the-imperial-line-on-iran/

Tim Robbins: Bernie Sanders Is the Best Shot We Have to Defeat Donald Trump
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-23
We continue our conversation with Academy Award-winning actor and director Tim Robbins, whose recent projects include the new film "Dark Waters" and a play about immigration called "The New Colossus." He recently endorsed Vermont senator and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders for president. "I believe he is the only one of them that can defeat Trump," Robbins says.
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/23/tim_robbins_bernie_sanders_endorsement

The Grayzone's Anya Parampil slams mainstream media's anti-Sanders bias on Tucker Carlson Tonight
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-23
The Grayzone's Anya Parampil joined Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News to discuss the media and democratic establishment's attack on…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/23/the-grayzones-anya-parampil-slams-mainstream-medias-anti-sanders-bias-on-tucker-carlson-tonight/

Trump Brags About Withholding Evidence as Democratic Impeachment Managers Lay Out Case in the Senate
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-23
During the opening day of oral arguments in the impeachment trial, President Trump was accused of abusing his office to "cheat an election." House impeachment managers spent about eight hours on Wednesday laying out their case for why President Trump should be removed from office. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Trump's political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. While the impeachment trial was taking place in the Senate, Presiden…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/23/trump_impeachment_trial_senate_dahlia_lithwick

"The New Colossus": In New Play, Tim Robbins Tackles Immigration & Xenophobia
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-23
President Trump said Wednesday that he would expand his highly controversial travel ban, which already bars citizens from seven countries, most of which have Muslim-majority populations

Myanmar: Departing UN rights expert still hopeful for democratic transition
news.un.org | 2020-01-23
An independent human rights expert said she has not given up hope for a democratic transition in Myanmar even though the country has yet to address "grave allegations" of international crimes, including possible genocide.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/01/1055901

75 years after Auschwitz liberation, antisemitism still threatens 'foundations of democratic societies'
news.un.org | 2020-01-23
Commemorating 75 years since the liberation of the notorious Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, independent UN rights experts said on Thursday that "urgent action" is needed to combat mounting antisemitism.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/01/1055851

"Dark Waters": Meet the Lawyer Whose 20-Year Fight Against DuPont Inspired the New Film
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-23
The new film "Dark Waters" tells the story of attorney Rob Bilott's 20-year battle with DuPont over contaminated drinking water in West Virginia from toxic chemicals used to make Teflon. The Environmental Working Group credited Billot with "uncovering the most heinous corporate environmental conspiracy in history," and the issue of contaminated water from the plastics industry continues to devastate areas across the country. On Wednesday, the Environmental Working Group released a shocking report about how toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS have been found in the drinking water of dozens of U.S. cities, in…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/23/tim_robbins_rob_billot_dark_waters

"Dark Waters": Meet the Lawyer Whose 20-Year Fight Against DuPont Inspired the New Film
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-23
The new film "Dark Waters" tells the story of attorney Rob Bilott's 20-year battle with DuPont over contaminated drinking water in West Virginia from toxic chemicals used to make Teflon. The Environmental Working Group credited Billot with "uncovering the most heinous corporate environmental conspiracy in history," and the issue of contaminated water from the plastics industry continues to devastate areas across the country. On Wednesday, the Environmental Working Group released a shocking report about how toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS have been found in the drinking water of dozens of U.S. cities, in…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/23/tim_robbins_rob_billot_dark_waters

Now Three Years into the Reign of Trump, What's Left?
Roger D. Harris | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-23
On January 20, Donald G. Trump completed his third year in office. My one blog that received five-digit Facebook shares predicted Trump would lose in 2016. I was spectacularly wrong but not alone. Even the Las Vegas bookies thought Clinton was a shoo-in with her unbeatable two-punch knockout of (1) I'm not Trump and (2) …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/now-three-years-into-the-reign-of-trump-whats-left/

In the Name of "Israel's Security": Retreating US Gives Israel Billions More in Military Funding
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-22
Billions of US tax-payers' money will continue to be funneled into Israel in the next fiscal year, and for many years in the foreseeable future. Republican and Democratic Senators have recently achieved just that, passing a bill aimed at providing Israel with $3.3 billion in annual aid. The Bill, co-sponsored by Democratic Senator, Chris Coons …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/in-the-name-of-israels-security-retreating-us-gives-israel-billions-more-in-military-funding/

23 Headlines Obscure Biden's Lies About Cutting Social Security
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2020-01-22
Here's something many Americans would be very interested to know: Is a leading candidate in the Democratic primary a liar? And since a strong majority of Americans have consistently opposed cuts to Social Security, the country's most successful anti-poverty program, Democratic vot…
fair.org/home/23-headlines-obscure-bidens-lies-about-cutting-social-security/

"Andrew Johnson Was a Lot Like Trump": Echoes of 1868 in Trump's Impeachment Trial
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-22
After a nearly 13-hour marathon session, the U.S. Senate approved by a party-line vote the rules for the impeachment trial of President Trump. This marks just the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden. Under the rules, each side will be given 24 hours over a three-day period for opening arguments. Senators also agreed to automatically admit evidence from the House inquiry into the trial record. Republicans rejected 11 amendments from Democrats to subpoena witnesses and…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/22/impeachment_donald_trump_andrew_johnson

2020-01-28: News Headlines

RT (2020-01-28). Sempre Kobe: AC Milan to commemorate tragic boyhood fan Kobe Bryant with black armbands. rt.com Italian giants AC Milan will honor tragic NBA legend Kobe Bryant with black armbands at their Coppa Italia match with Torino on Tuesday. Bryant was an avid 'I Rossoneri' fan, having spent a period of his childhood in Italy, | Former LA Lakers legend Bryant died aged 41 when the helicopter in which he was travelling crashed into a mountain side in Calabasas, California, on Sunday, killing all those aboard including his 13-year-old daugh…

RT (2020-01-28). 'Heartbroken and devastated': LeBron James opens up on Instagram following death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant. rt.com Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James has shared his thoughts following the tragic helicopter crash that took the lives of nine people, including NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his teenage daughter. | James, who passed Bryant's mark to break into the Top 3 of the NBA's all-time scorers list, posted a message to his 57.4 million followers on Instagram to share his grief for losing a friend and fellow Lakers legend. | Also on rt.com | | "Ma…

RT (2020-01-28). Out of stock: Sportswear giant Nike sells out of all Kobe Bryant-related items in wake of tragedy. rt.com Sportswear giant Nike said that all Kobe Bryant-related products have sold out on its website, rebutting numerous reports that it temporarily suspended sales to prevent reselling at increased prices. | Visitors to Nike's website couldn't find Bryant-linked items with searches redirecting users to the company's memorial statement. | "Kobe was one of the greatest athletes of his generation and has had an i…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-01-28). Interviews with New Hampshire voters show Bernie, Biden the favorites. peoplesworld.org MANCHESTER, N.H.—With two weeks to go before the key New Hampshire primary, there's at least one certain point you can make about the Democratic presidential nomination race here: Bernie Sanders is the favorite among younger voters, Joe Biden is the favorite among older ones. But that goes only for the people who have made up …

Glen Ford (2020-01-28). Shaky Joe Biden, Billionaire Bloomberg, and the global race to the bottom. mronline.org Bloomberg has put himself and his fortune into the contest to rally his (ruling) classmates to the task of shoring up corporate control of the Party if Sanders seizes the top spot. |

Eds. (2020-01-28). To rig primary against Bernie, DNC chair Tom Perez nominates regime-change agents, Israel lobbyists, and Wall Street consultants. mronline.org With Senator Bernie Sanders surging in the polls, DNC chair Tom Perez has put forward a cartoonishly neoliberal cast of foreign policy hacks and corporate lobbyists to sabotage his nomination. |

Alan MacLeod (2020-01-28). It's Media—Not Bernie Sanders—That Have an Antisemitism Problem. fair.org Have you heard the news? Democratic presidential frontrunner Bernie Sanders is antisemitic. Yes, yes, he's Jewish, and has a So goes the story in several prominent media outlets, who accuse him of leading "the most antisemitic [campaign] in decades" (Washington Examiner,

Staff (2020-01-28). Trump's Expansive Claims of Executive Privilege Pose "Very Serious Constitutional Crisis" democracynow.org During eight hours of oral arguments at the president's impeachment trial on Monday, President Trump's legal team repeatedly said that he has done nothing wrong, and largely ignored the explosive revelations made by Trump's former national security adviser. The president's case was made on Monday by a team of lawyers including Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, whose probe led to the impeachment of Bill Clinton. In an upcoming book, former national security adviser John Bolton says Trump told him the withholding of $391 million in military aid to Ukraine…

Staff (2020-01-28). Chinese Artist & Filmmaker Ai Weiwei on State Violence from Mexico to Hong Kong to Xinjiang. democracynow.org In 2014, 43 students from Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College disappeared after they were abducted in Iguala, Mexico. More than five years after their disappearance, the families of the students are still fighting for justice. The story is the subject of a stunning new documentary by the world-renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. The film, "Vivos," follows the families of the disappeared students in their daily lives as they grapple with the absence of their loved ones and attempt to hold the Mexican government accountable for their disappearance. We sat down with Ai Weiwei earlier this week at the Sund…

RT (2020-01-28). DNC chair names John Podesta & other Clinton loyalists to Convention Committee, triggering revolt from voters fearing 2016 2.0. rt.com Democrats hoping their party learned from its 2016 failure have been horrified to discover many of those behind Hillary Clinton's losing campaign — including John Podesta of hacked email fame — have major Convention posts. | Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez has unveiled a 2020 Democratic Convention lousy with Clinton loyalists — Podesta merely the most notorious among them — alongside former Obama administration officials and corporate lobbyists. Democrats hoping the centrist old guard had relinquished its death-grip on the party are livid, and at least one campaign is pushin…

Staff (2020-01-28). Murder of Mexican Artist Isabel Cabanillas Highlights Endemic Issue of Femicide in Ciudad Juárez. democracynow.org Isabel Cabanillas, a 26-year-old beloved feminist activist and artist, was recently assassinated in Ciudad Juárez, resurfacing the border city's painful legacy of femicides and violence against women. Cabanillas was reported missing on social media by her friends on Saturday, January 18, after she never returned home. On that same day, she was found shot to death on a sidewalk next to her bicycle in downtown Juárez. We speak with Nana Rebell, a feminist activist in Ciudad Juárez and a member of the Juárez feminist collective Hijas de su Maquilera Madre, about Cabanillas's life and the endemic issue of femicide in…

Staff (2020-01-28). Pro-Sanders Youth Movement Is Changing the Political Landscape in New Hampshire. truthout.org Fifty-two years after young people changed history with the New Hampshire primary election, a new generation is ready to do it again — this time by mobilizing behind Bernie Sanders. | During early 1968, thousands of young people volunteered in New Hampshire to help the insurgent presidential campaign of Democratic Sen. Eugene McCarthy — who went on to stun the party establishment by winning 42 percent of the state's primary vote against President Lyndon Johnson's 49 percent. Three weeks lat…

Staff (2020-01-28). To Cancel Student Debt, You Don't Need Congress. truthout.org The 2020 Democratic primary elevated the student debt debate to the national stage and has sparked discussion at dinner tables and workplaces across the country. Americans are asking themselves and the candidates: how much student debt should we cancel, and how shall we cancel it? Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to cancel it all — and has introduced legislation to do so. Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to cancel up to $50,000 in debt for households making less than $250,000 on Day 1 of the next administration. Warren recently…

Stansfield Smith (2020-01-28). Chomsky and other Liberal Intellectuals ask us to Join them in Throwing in the Towel. dissidentvoice.org Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, Bill Fletcher, Leslie Cagan, Ron Daniels, Kathy Kelly, Norman Solomon, Cynthia Peters, and Michael Albert wrote an Open Letter to the Green Party, asking them to support the 2020 Democratic candidate regardless who wins the nomination. It was in response to an article well worth reading by Howie Hawkins, "The Green …

Ryan Grim (2020-01-28). Sanders Campaign Tells Volunteers to Back Off Phone Calls. zcomm.org It is far more effective, campaign leaders have argued, to have friends and relatives urge those close to them to come out to caucus than to carpet bomb phone lines…

Staff (2020-01-28). Headlines for January 28, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Lawyers Says He Did No Wrong as Calls Mount for Bolton and Other Witnesses to Testify | , Trump to Unveil Middle East "Peace Plan" as Netanyahu Indicted over Corruption, SCOTUS Allows Trump's "Public Charge" Rule Targeting Low-Income Immigrants to Take Effect, State Dept. Bars NPR Reporter from Upcoming Pompeo Trip, Washington Post Suspends Reporter for Tweet About Kobe Bryant Rape Allegation, Mixed Accounts After U.S. Military Plane Crashes in Afghanistan, Torrential Rains and Landslides Kill At Least 46 People in Brazil, Nigerian Journalist Maxwell Nashan Killed, 2nd Accuser Testifies in Weinstein Trial a…

Staff (2020-01-28). Joni Ernst Gives Away the Game on Impeachment. truthdig.com After President Donald Trump's legal team on Monday completed the second day of their impeachment defense—which largely consisted of attacks on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter—Republican Sen. Joni Ernst told reporters that she is "really interested to see" how team Trump's performance at the Senate trial "informs and influences the Iowa caucus voters, those Democratic caucus-goers." | Ernst's remarks, which came just a week before the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses, were widely viewed as an open admission that Trump's attorneys and the Republican Party are using the Senate impeachment trial…

WSWS (2020-01-28). Why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is in the same party as Joe Biden. wsws.org The New York congresswoman declared recently that, in any country but the United States, she and former Vice President Joe Biden would be in different political parties.

Santa Cruz Election News (2020-01-28). Local Dems Say City Council Candidate Renée Golder was a Registered Republican Until 2018. indybay.org Local Democrats have checked official voting records and are reporting that Santa Cruz City Council recall candidate Renée Golder was a registered Republican until April of 2018. They say voting records indicate Golder registered as a Republican in 2000 and voted in multiple primary elections as a Republican. Presently, Golder is running as a "pro-recall" Santa Cruz City Council candidate against Progressives in the March 2020 election.

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2020-01-28). Truth a Major Casualty of Impeachment Hearings. counterpunch.org As in any political battle, truth has been one of the major casualties of the impeachment proceedings against President Donald J. Trump. While the Democratic impeachment managers have accused Trump repeatedly of dishonesty — often with good reason — they themselves have twisted the truth to serve their own political agenda.

Ariel Dorfman (2020-01-28). The Challenge for Chile and the World. zcomm.org If the mainly peaceful Chilean people do manage such a seemingly intractable task — bridging the abyss between recalcitrant protesters and a fearful elite clinging to power — this deepening of democracy might show other nations a way to deal with similar divisions…

WSWS (2020-01-28). US Supreme Court considers ending ban on public funding for religious schools. wsws.org On January 22, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, a deeply reactionary case which takes aim at both the democratic principle of separation of church and state and the right to free, universal public education.

Geoff Dutton (2020-01-28). Where Was Rudy Giuliani When Democrats Needed Him? counterpunch.org Help me get this straight. Rudolph Giuliani is the President's private attorney, or at least he still seems to be. According to CNN on 10/11/19: "Rudy Giuliani is still President Trump's personal attorney but will not be dealing with matters involving Ukraine, a source close to Trump's legal team told CNN. Earlier today, Trump wouldn't

WSWS (2020-01-28). German government bans neo-Nazi group "Combat 18 Deutschland" wsws.org It was above all the fact that the close links between the militant neo-Nazi scene, the neo-Nazi National Socialist Underground (NSU) and the secret service could not be so easily covered up after the murder of leading Christian Democrat Walter Làºbcke that persuaded Seehofer to take action.

Daniel Falcone (2020-01-28). Make America Radical Again: A Conversation with Harvey J. Kaye. counterpunch.org Harvey J. Kaye is the Ben & Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, the Founding Director of the University's Center for History and Social Change, and the author of numerous books, including The British Marxist Historians, The Education of Desire (winner of the Isaac Deutscher Memorial Prize)

Steve Martinot (2020-01-28). The ProDemocracy Project: Improving Public Comment. indybay.org Tara Pitman Library, South Berkeley | MLK & Russell, Berkeley, CA…

WSWS (2020-01-28). Democrats embrace war hawk Bolton in Trump impeachment trial. wsws.org The carefully timed leak of Bolton's White House revelations has overshadowed the defense mounted by Trump's attorneys in the Senate impeachment trial.

John Nichols (2020-01-28). Bernie Sanders Is Rising on the Strength of His Anti-War Stance. thenation.com Bernie Sanders Is Rising on the Strength of His Anti-War Stance…

Aaron Ross Coleman (2020-01-28). Kobe Bryant: America's Imperfect Icon. thenation.com Kobe Bryant: America's Imperfect Icon…

Joan Walsh (2020-01-28). Trump Can't Stop Bolton From Testifying. Only Cowardly Senate Republicans Can. thenation.com Trump Can't Stop Bolton From Testifying. Only Cowardly Senate Republicans Can.

sputniknews (2020-01-28). In Memoriam: Fans Petition NBA to Immortalise Kobe Bryant in a New Logo. sputniknews.com The petition to change the NBA logo in order to honour the memory of Kobe Bryant has already garnered over 1.6 million signatures, although it remains to be seen whether the sports organisation will go along with this request or not.

sputniknews (2020-01-28). North Korea Cancels All Air China Flights to Pyongyang, Beefs Up Precautions Amid Coronavirus Fears. sputniknews.com The newly identified deadly strain of coronavirus, known as 2019-nCoV, has been detected in over a dozen countries across Asia, Australasia, Europe and North America, and has infected over 4,500 people in China, North Korea's neighbour to the north.

Staff (2020-01-27). Bryant's Pilot May Have Gotten Lost in the Fog. truthdig.com CALABASAS, Calif.—Coroner's officials worked to recover victims' remains Monday from the hillside outside Los Angeles where a helicopter carrying former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and eight others crashed in a wreck that aviation experts said may have been caused by the pilot becoming disoriented in the fog. | While the cause of the tragedy is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, some experts raised questions of whether the helicopter should have even been flying. The weather was so foggy that the Los Angeles Police Department and the county sheriff's department had grounded their…

RT (2020-01-27). 'Poor judgement': WaPo suspends reporter for Kobe Bryant rape case link tweeted HOURS after his death. rt.com The Washington Post has suspended one of its reporters after she posted a link to a story about a 2016 rape case involving Kobe Bryant just hours after the basketball star's death in a helicopter crash. | Felicia Sonmez posted the link not long after the news of Bryant's death broke on Sunday and faced furious backlash online, with tweeters accusing her of "disgusting" insensitivity, particularly in light of the fact that the crash also took the lives of Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people.

Staff (2020-01-27). Kobe Bryant Dead at 41: Remembering Basketball Star's Legacy On and Off the Court. democracynow.org Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant died Sunday in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles at the age of 41. The crash killed all nine people on board, including Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna and beloved college baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and their 13-year-old daughter Alyssa. They were heading to a youth basketball game. Bryant won five NBA championships, two Olympic gold medals and was crowned an All-Star 18 times. He played for the L.A. Lakers for 20 years before retiring in 2016. Gianna Bryant reportedly hoped to one day play for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team. Tribute…

RT (2020-01-27). Kobe Bryant's fateful helicopter flight details REVEALED online as authorities work to ID victims (VIDEO). rt.com New details have emerged about the helicopter crash in California that took the life of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and eight others, including an audio recording from the pilot. As of Monday, three bodies have been recovered. | The authorities have said they will not identify anyone involved in the Sunday crash until a coroner's report comes in and the bodies are fully recovered. Thus far, only three bodies have been recovered, according to the LA County Coroner's Office. | However, multiple outlets have reported the identities of the the passengers besides Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and the pilot, i…

Staff (2020-01-27). Explosive Bolton Book Allegations Spark New Calls for Witnesses to Testify at Impeachment Trial. democracynow.org Calls are growing for the Senate to call witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial, after The New York Times published details about former national security adviser John Bolton's forthcoming book. In the book, Bolton writes that President Trump personally told him in August that he wanted to maintain a freeze on $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until Ukraine turned over materials related to former Vice President Joe Biden and supporters of Hillary Clinton in Ukraine. The New York Times broke the story on Sunday, one day after President Trump's legal team began its defense of the president. D…

Ilana Novick (2020-01-27). Establishment Democrats Are Terrified of a Sanders Win in Iowa. truthdig.com Bernie Sanders was off the campaign trail over the weekend, stuck in the Senate for impeachment hearings, but if polling is any indication, that didn't stop his campaign's momentum. A

Ilana Novick (2020-01-27). Establishment Democrats Are Terrified Sanders Could Be the Nominee. truthdig.com Bernie Sanders was off the campaign trail over the weekend, stuck in the Senate for impeachment hearings, but if polling is any indication, that didn't stop his campaign's momentum. A

RT (2020-01-27). Never-Trumper strategist launches #ILefttheGOP campaign just in time for Senate impeachment votes. rt.com Disaffected ex-Republicans are sharing their stories on social media as the seemingly-unbreakable two-party duopoly approaches peak unpopularity with American voters with less than a year to go before the 2020 election. | The hashtag #ILefttheGOP was trending on Monday as self-described former Republicans shared what made them exit party ranks – whether to join the Democrats, or to vote independently. It was created by former Republican strategist Cheri Jacobus, who left the party after a disastrous encounter with the president's 2016 campaign and has been a strident "never-Trumper" ever since. | Perhaps predi…

Saif Ansari (2020-01-27). The Vile Message Democrats Are Sending With Impeachment. truthdig.com People of color have suffered the brunt of Trump's abuses, so why are there no articles of impeachment that speak to their pain?

Staff (2020-01-27). Under Pressure in Impeachment Trial, Trump Steps Up Attacks on Reproductive Rights. democracynow.org Donald Trump on Friday became the first sitting president in U.S. history to attend the so-called March for Life, the annual anti-abortion rally held in Washington, D.C., that draws thousands of participants. President Trump — who once described himself as "pro-choice in every respect" — accused Democrats of infanticide and falsely stated that Virginia Governor Ralph Northam supports an abortion bill that would "execute a baby after birth." The March for Life began in 1974 in response to the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion. Past…

RT (2020-01-27). 'Bombshell' or nothing to see here? Dems clamor for Bolton impeachment testimony as manuscript claims Trump-Ukraine quid-pro-quo. rt.com Ex-National Security Adviser John Bolton's book claims Donald Trump admitted a Ukraine quid-pro-quo, prompting Democrats to declare it's game-over for the US president, as his supporters dismiss it as yet another nothingburger. | Democrats have renewed their demands for Bolton to testify in the Senate impeachment trial after a manuscript of the inveterate hawk's new tell-all book on his time in the White House asserted Trump had told Bolton the administration should keep sitting on $391 million in military aid to Ukraine until Kiev reopened an investigation of Burisma Holdings, the natural gas firm tied to for…

The Canary (2020-01-27). Italy's regional voters thwart hopes of Matteo Salvini's League party. thecanary.co Italian voters have thwarted right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini's hopes of turning an election in a key northern region into a springboard for regaining national power.Nearly complete results from Sunday's election for the governorship of the prosperous Emilia-Romagna region had his League party candidate winning only 43.7% of support to the 51.4% garnered by the incumbent governor Stefano Bonaccini from the centre-left Democrats.The Democrats are in Italy's national coalition government led by premier Giuseppe Conte. | Italy, Emilia-Romagna regional election, 61.5% counted: | Bonaccini (CSX-LEFT | S&D | G/E…

teleSUR (2020-01-27). Iowa Poll Shows Sanders Leads by 9 Points Ahead of Caucuses. telesurenglish.net A new Iowa poll published Sunday shows that Sen. Bernie Sanders is the frontrunner of the Democratic presidential candidates in the state with 30 percent support, leading thus by nine points, a week before the state's Feb. 3rd caucuses. | RELATED: | Former Vice President Joe Biden comes in second with 21 percent, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar is third with 13 percent. | "Compared to the Emerson Poll of Iowa in Decemb…

Thomas Knapp (2020-01-27). Bernie Sanders, Joe Rogan, Human Rights Campaign, and Truth in Advertising. counterpunch.org On January 20, comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan mentioned that he'll "probably vote for Bernie" Sanders in the Democratic Party's presidential primary. Rogan cited Sanders's decades of "consistency" as a "very powerful structure to operate from." More interesting than Rogan's quasi-endorsement was the Human Rights Campaign's negative response. The organization called on Sanders to

Ashley Curtin (2020-01-27). Bernie Sanders leads the way in Iowa caucuses with young voter support, according to new poll. nationofchange.org The poll, which was conducted Jan. 20-23 and surveyed 584 voters, shows Sanders' support comes from the likes of young voters in Iowa.

Norman Solomon (2020-01-27). Young People Are Set to Make History with Bernie Sanders. zcomm.org And New Hampshire's Youth Movement Is Showing How…

Staff (2020-01-27). Allegations in Bolton Book Spark New Calls for Witnesses at Impeachment Trial. truthout.org Calls are growing for the Senate to call witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial, after The New York Times published details about former national security adviser John Bolton's forthcoming book. In the book, Bolton writes that President Trump personally told him in August that he wanted to maintain a freeze on $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until Ukraine turned over materials related to former Vice President Joe Biden and supporters of Hillary Clinton in Ukraine. The N…

Eric Zuesse (2020-01-27). Joe Biden in 2020 Copies Hillary Clinton in 2016. globalresearch.ca The 2016 Iowa Democratic Presidential Caucuses were held on 1 February 2016 and produced On 12 January 2016, Politico headlined

Peter Harrison (2020-01-27). Adani and the Purpose of Education. counterpunch.org Recently, Survival International, the organization that campaigns with 'tribal peoples,' ran a story about the Indian conglomerate, Adani Group, setting up a Tribal Residential School for children in Bankishole, Baripada, in Mayurbhanj District in Odisha State — a region in Eastern India known for its tribal communities. Adani is best recognized internationally for its mining activities, particularly its recent struggle to get a mine authorized in coal-addicted Australia in the face of massive popular protests.

Staff (2020-01-27). Trump Bought Off the Impeachment Jury With Tax Cuts While Hinting at Bigger Ones. truthout.org It's long been obvious that Republican senators have little interest in serving as impartial jurors in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump. While there is a raft of motivations for such historic perfidy —

WSWS (2020-01-27). Trump tweets threats as impeachment defense begins. wsws.org Senate Republicans seem determined to bring the trial to an end by Friday of this week.

Staff (2020-01-27). Trump Steps Up Attacks on Reproductive Rights Amid Impeachment Trial. truthout.org Donald Trump on Friday became the first sitting president in U.S. history to attend the so-called March for Life, the annual anti-abortion rally held in Washington, D.C., that draws thousands of participants. President Trump — who once described himself as "pro-choice in every respect" — accused Democrats of infanticide and falsely stated that Virginia Governor Ralph Northam supports an abortion bill that would "execute a baby after birth." The March for Life began in 1974 in response to the…

Staff (2020-01-27). Headlines for January 27, 2020. democracynow.org Impeachment Trial Resumes as Leaked Bolton Manuscript Bolsters Democrats' Case, Coronavirus Death Toll Reaches 81 in China as Disease Spreads Around the World, Pentagon: 34 U.S. Troops Have Brain Injuries After Iranian Attack on Iraqi Airbase, Deadly Crackdown on Iraqi Protests Continue as 100,000s March Against U.S. Military Presence, Turkey Earthquake Kills 38; At Least 1,600 Hospitalized, Ugandan Activist Vanessa Nakate Slams Racist Media After Being Cropped from Photo with White Activists, Trump Attends Anti-Abortion "March for Life" as Admin Continues Assault on Reproductive Rights, High-Ranking Pharma Exec…

Andre Vltchek (2020-01-27). How Is Washington 'Liberating' Free Countries. globalresearch.ca There are obviously some serious linguistic issues and disagreements between the West and the rest of the world. Essential terms like "freedom", "democracy", "liberation", even "terrorism", are all mixed up and confused; they mean something absolutely different in New York, …

John Nichols (2020-01-27). Elizabeth Warren Got More Than an Endorsement From 'The Des Moines Register'. thenation.com Elizabeth Warren Got More Than an Endorsement From 'The Des Moines Register'

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-01-27). 'The Facts Are Just the Facts': Sanders Campaign Hits Back After Biden Claims He—Not Bernie—Has Consistently Protected Social Security. commondreams.org Sen. Bernie Sanders's presidential campaign took aim at former Vice President Joe Biden Monday after Sanders's opponent in the 2020 Democratic primary claimed Sanders hasn't been "consistent" in his efforts to protect and raise Social Security benefits. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11937986561.jpg

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-01-27). Establishment Democrats Panic at Possibility Bernie Sanders Could Be 2020 Nominee. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie_23.jpg

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-01-27). 'Debate Her': As Progressive Democratic Challenger Jessica Cisneros Racks Up Endorsements, Incumbent Henry Cuellar Pretends She Doesn't Exist. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/cisneros.jpg

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-01-27). 'Blow Up the Phones': Demands That #BoltonMustTestify Surge After New Revelations About Ukrainian Aid Freeze. commondreams.org A day after Democratic lawmakers demanded that former National Security Adviser John Bolton testify in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, grassroots political action groups urged the American public to call their representatives and add their voices to the call for a fair trial. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/john_bolton_iran_0.jpg

Susan Price (2020-01-27). United States: As Iowa caucuses approach, Democratic battle lines emerge. greenleft.org.au

Staff (2020-01-27). "Ours to Tell": New Film Highlights Personal Stories About the Importance of Abortion Access. democracynow.org As Roe v. Wade faces unprecedented attacks, the new short film "Ours to Tell" puts a human face to the fight for reproductive justice and highlights those whose stories are often sidelined by the media: LGBTQ communities and communities of color. The film focuses on Ylonda, Nick, Hannah and Brittany, four people who discuss how having access to abortion shaped their lives. The film was directed by Rayka Zehtabchi and was created by Planned Parenthood and We Testify. For more on the film, as well as the state of reproductive rights in the United States, we speak with Renee Bracey Sherman, founder and executive dir…

Julie Hollar (2020-01-27). Corporate media equate Sanders to Trump—because for them, Sanders is the bigger threat. mronline.org As Bernie Sanders emerged as a threat to Hillary Clinton's presidential nomination in 2016, media began liberally tossing around articles equating Sanders and Donald Trump (FAIR.org, 4/15/16, 12/9/16). |

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-01-27). 'Extremely Disappointing': New Analysis Offers Scathing Critique of Top Democrat's CLEAN Future Act. commondreams.org Two environmental groups released an analysis Monday that calls a national climate plan unveiled earlier this month by the Democratic chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee "extremely disappointing" and "a failure of climate leadership." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-819680736.png

RT (2020-01-26). VIDEOS show scene of California helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant. rt.com Footage has emerged showing the aftermath of the helicopter crash in California that reportedly took the life of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and eight others. | First videos and photos of the crash site show smoke and debris scattered around the area, and emergency services arriving to the scene. The accident reportedly started from a fire onboard Kobe Bryant's private helicopter which made it spiral out of control before crashing over Calabasas. | The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed there were no survivors left at the crash site. They have said they will not confirm the identity of the eight o…

teleSUR (2020-01-26). NBA Legend Kobe Bryant Dies In Helicopter Crash. telesurenglish.net Basketball legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday morning at age 41 when his private helicopter crashed in Los Angeles, California. | RELATED: | The former athlete was traveling with four other people who also died in the crash. It was later confirmed that his daughter Gianna Maria Onore, 13, is among the victims. The causes of the airplane crash are not yet known. | Bryant is considered one of the most important players in the history of basketball. Aft…

RT (2020-01-25). Impeachment: Democrats cry 'dictator' while Team Trump cries 'election interference'. rt.com After three days of Democrat offensive, President Donald Trump's defense team have laid out their arguments. The Democrats, they said, are trying to commit their own brand of election interference by removing Trump from office. | The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump opened on Tuesday, and the Democrats' chosen team of prosecutors, or impeachment managers, spent much of this week reiterating their long-standing argument: Trump abused his office by withholding military aid for Ukraine to pressure President Volodymyr Zelensky into reopening a corruption investigation into the business activities of Joe…

Aaron Maté (2020-01-25). Suing Hillary Clinton, Tulsi Gabbard stands up to the Russiagate smear machine. thegrayzone.com As Bernie Sanders ignores Hillary Clinton's attacks, Tulsi Gabbard is fighting back. Gabbard has filed a $50 million defamation suit…

John Bachtell (2020-01-24). Iowa voters weigh many factors as they decide who to support. peoplesworld.org DES MOINES, Iowa — Harold Lanning is a retired factory worker. He's supporting Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination, but he was attending an Elizabeth Warren rally when People's World caught up with him. "There are so darn many good candidates it's hard to lock in on one particular one. I'm open to listening to …

Staff (2020-01-24). Law Professor: Trump Could Also Have Been Impeached for War Crimes, Assassinations & Corruption. democracynow.org Democratic lawmakers are continuing to lay out their case for removing the president from office in the final day of opening arguments by Democrats in the historic impeachment trial of President Trump. Republicans will begin their opening arguments on Saturday. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Trump's political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. On Thursday, House impeachment manager Jerrold Nadler made the case that a president can…

Victor Grossman (2020-01-24). Could Bernie Sanders, like Jeremy Corbyn, be accused of anti-Semitism? peoplesworld.org

Staff (2020-01-24). International Court of Justice Orders Burmese Authorities to Protect Rohingya Muslims from Genocide. democracynow.org In a major ruling, the U.N. International Court of Justice at The Hague has ordered Burma to "take all measures within its power" to protect Rohingya Muslims from genocide. The court issued the ruling Thursday, calling the 600,000 Rohingya remaining in Burma, also known as Myanmar, "extremely vulnerable" to military violence. The court ordered Burma to report regularly to the tribunal about its progress. The ruling is a sharp rebuke of Burma's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who last month asked the court to drop the genocide case against Burma. Suu Kyi is a Nobel Peace Prize winner who spent over a decade figh…

Staff (2020-01-24). Oakland Moms Who Occupied Vacant Property to Highlight Housing Crisis Celebrate Unexpected Victory. democracynow.org In Oakland, California, a months-long struggle between a group of unhoused mothers occupying a vacant home and the real estate firm that owned it ended with an unexpected offer to purchase the property earlier this week. The major win in the mothers' fight against homelessness and real estate speculation comes just a week after Wedgewood Properties forcibly evicted the families — known as Moms 4 Housing — from the home they were living in for more than two months. Two mothers and two of their supporters were arrested in the early-morning eviction after armed police officers battered down the door. The…

Staff (2020-01-24). Headlines for January 24, 2020. democracynow.org Impeachment Managers Continue Opening Arguments in Trump's Senate Trial, 33 Million on Lockdown in Chinese Cities as Coronavirus Outbreak Spreads, Hundreds of Thousands of Iraqis March to Demand U.S. Troop Withdrawal, Trump Invites Israeli Leaders to White House for "Peace Plan" Unveiling, Mexican Soldiers Attack Central American Migrant Caravan, Arresting 800, U.S. to Send Ambassador to Bolivia After Coup That Ousted Evo Morales, Puerto Rican Protesters Demand Ouster of Gov. Wanda Vázquez, SC Official Switches Presidential Endorsement from Biden to Sanders, National Archives Replaces Doctored Women's March Photo…

Roger D. Harris (2020-01-24). Three Years into Trump's Presidency, What's Left of the American Left? mintpressnews.com Democrats, despite their attempts at impeachment and boisterous haranguing of all things Trump, have consistently supported the President's "defense" policy and destruction of what remains of America's social safety nets.

Yves Engler (2020-01-24). Canada's Justin Trudeau Toes the Imperial Line on Iran. dissidentvoice.org While the current Liberal government claims to be progressive and in favour of a rules-based international order, promotion of democracy and world peace, its actions regarding Iran demonstrate that the primary drivers of Canadian foreign policy remain US geo-political interests and the interests of the rich and powerful. (This previous article argues this has long been the …

Ken Klippenstein (2020-01-24). The Biden Campaign Pushed Iowa Staffers to Drive in Dangerous Weather. thenation.com The Biden Campaign Pushed Iowa Staffers to Drive in Dangerous Weather…

Staff (2020-01-23). Trump Brags About Withholding Evidence as Democratic Impeachment Managers Lay Out Case in the Senate. democracynow.org During the opening day of oral arguments in the impeachment trial, President Trump was accused of abusing his office to "cheat an election." House impeachment managers spent about eight hours on Wednesday laying out their case for why President Trump should be removed from office. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Trump's political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. While the impeachment trial was taking place in the Senate, Presiden…

Staff (2020-01-23). Tim Robbins: Bernie Sanders Is the Best Shot We Have to Defeat Donald Trump. democracynow.org We continue our conversation with Academy Award-winning actor and director Tim Robbins, whose recent projects include the new film "Dark Waters" and a play about immigration called "The New Colossus." He recently endorsed Vermont senator and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders for president. "I believe he is the only one of them that can defeat Trump," Robbins says.

Staff (2020-01-23). "Dark Waters": Meet the Lawyer Whose 20-Year Fight Against DuPont Inspired the New Film. democracynow.org The new film "Dark Waters" tells the story of attorney Rob Bilott's 20-year battle with DuPont over contaminated drinking water in West Virginia from toxic chemicals used to make Teflon. The Environmental Working Group credited Billot with "uncovering the most heinous corporate environmental conspiracy in history," and the issue of contaminated water from the plastics industry continues to devastate areas across the country. On Wednesday, the Environmental Working Group released a shocking report about how toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS have been found in the drinking water of dozens of U.S. cities, in…

Vijay Prashad (2020-01-23). What the Right Wing in Latin America means by democracy is violence. mronline.org It was a curious exchange. Frustrated by the attacks on his party—the Movement for Socialism (MAS)—former president of Bolivia Evo Morales made an audio recording in which he called upon his supporters to form militias. Maximilian Heath of Reuters went to Argentina to speak with Morales about this leaked recording. |

Staff (2020-01-23). "The New Colossus": In New Play, Tim Robbins Tackles Immigration & Xenophobia. democracynow.org President Trump said Wednesday that he would expand his highly controversial travel ban, which already bars citizens from seven countries, most of which have Muslim-majority populations — Libya, Iran, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela — from entering the United States. Politico reports that the expanded ban could implement immigration restrictions on seven more countries: Belarus, Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania, according to two sources. We speak with acclaimed actor, director and activist Tim Robbins, whose recent work has focused on immigration to the United S…

Staff (2020-01-23). Headlines for January 23, 2020. democracynow.org Democrats Accuse Trump of Trying to "Cheat" Upcoming Election, Supreme Court Decides Not to Fast-Track Obamacare Case, D.C. Sues Trump's Inaugural Committee over $1M Rental of Trump Hotel Ballroom, ICJ Orders Burma to Protect Rohingya from Genocide, Trump Says He's Planning to Add More Countries to Travel Ban, State Department to Make It More Difficult for Pregnant Women to Receive Visas, Trump Says He May Cut Medicare, Social Security, Trump Plans to Speak at Anti-Choice March for Life Friday, Chinese Authorities Seal Off City of Wudan as Coronavirus Spreads, Tulsi Gabbard Sues Clinton for Defamation, U.N.: Clim…

Anya Parampil (2020-01-23). The Grayzone's Anya Parampil slams mainstream media's anti-Sanders bias on Tucker Carlson Tonight. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone's Anya Parampil joined Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News to discuss the media and democratic establishment's attack on…

Roger D. Harris (2020-01-23). Now Three Years into the Reign of Trump, What's Left? dissidentvoice.org On January 20, Donald G. Trump completed his third year in office. My one blog that received five-digit Facebook shares predicted Trump would lose in 2016. I was spectacularly wrong but not alone. Even the Las Vegas bookies thought Clinton was a shoo-in with her unbeatable two-punch knockout of (1) I'm not Trump and (2) …

news.un (2020-01-23). Myanmar: Departing UN rights expert still hopeful for democratic transition. news.un.org An independent human rights expert said she has not given up hope for a democratic transition in Myanmar even though the country has yet to address "grave allegations" of international crimes, including possible genocide.

news.un (2020-01-23). 75 years after Auschwitz liberation, antisemitism still threatens 'foundations of democratic societies'. news.un.org Commemorating 75 years since the liberation of the notorious Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, independent UN rights experts said on Thursday that "urgent action" is needed to combat mounting antisemitism.

Staff (2020-01-22). "Andrew Johnson Was a Lot Like Trump": Echoes of 1868 in Trump's Impeachment Trial. democracynow.org After a nearly 13-hour marathon session, the U.S. Senate approved by a party-line vote the rules for the impeachment trial of President Trump. This marks just the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden. Under the rules, each side will be given 24 hours over a three-day period for opening arguments. Senators also agreed to automatically admit evidence from the House inquiry into the trial record. Republicans rejected 11 amendments from Democrats to subpoena witnesses and…

Joshua Cho (2020-01-22). 23 Headlines Obscure Biden's Lies About Cutting Social Security. fair.org Here's something many Americans would be very interested to know: Is a leading candidate in the Democratic primary a liar? And since a

Staff (2020-01-22). "The Senate Voted for a Cover-Up": GOP Senators Tilt Impeachment Trial in Trump's Favor. democracynow.org After the first marathon day leading up to President Trump's impeachment trial, we speak with Vince Warren and Baher Azmy, executive director and legal director, respectively, of the Center for Constitutional Rights. In a 13-hour session, the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate approved rules for the impeachment trial that Vince Warren says are tantamount to a "cover-up." Under the rules, each side will be given 24 hours over a three-day period for opening arguments. Senators also agreed to automatically admit evidence from the House inquiry into the trial record. Republicans rejected 11 amendments from Democrats t…

Staff (2020-01-22). A Torturer Meets His Victims: CIA Psychologist Defends Brutal Methods at Guantánamo Military Hearing. democracynow.org On Tuesday, the psychologist identified as the "architect" of the CIA's torture program testified for the first time to the war court at Guantánamo Bay. James Mitchell was in the courtroom for a pretrial hearing for five 9/11 suspects who had been subject to torture, euphemistically called "enhanced interrogation techniques." Mitchell and his partner, Dr. Bruce Jessen, were paid $81 million to help design the CIA's torture methods, including some of the agency's most abusive tactics. The pair had no prior experience in interrogation. At the hearing, Mitchell reportedly told defense lawyers he only came to Guantán…

Staff (2020-01-22). Criminalizing Reporting: Glenn Greenwald Faces Cybercrime Complaint After Exposing Scandal in Brazil. democracynow.org In Brazil, federal prosecutors have filed a criminal complaint against journalist and Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald in connection to a major investigation he spearheaded that exposed misconduct among federal prosecutors and a former judge. Called "The Secret Brazil Archive," the series of pieces published in The Intercept and The Intercept Brasil used a trove of documents to offer new and damning insight into the sweeping anti-corruption campaign that brought down former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and paved the way for the election of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro. The investigation used pre…

Staff (2020-01-22). Headlines for January 22, 2020. democracynow.org Senate Approves Rules for Trump's Impeachment Trial, Spain Declares Climate Emergency & Readies Climate Legislation, Australian Wildfires Release Massive Amounts of Greenhouse Gas, Airstrikes in Syria Kill 40 People, Including Children, in Idlib, Protesters Denounce Lebanon's Newly Formed Government, U.S. Deports Honduran Children Seeking Asylum to Guatemala Despite Being Ill, Hillary Clinton Slams Bernie Sanders in New Documentary But Says She Will Support Democratic Nominee, Architect of CIA's Torture Program Testifies in War Court at Guantánamo Bay, The Guardian: Bezos's Cellphone Was Allegedly Hacked by Saudi…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-01-22). In the Name of "Israel's Security": Retreating US Gives Israel Billions More in Military Funding. dissidentvoice.org Billions of US tax-payers' money will continue to be funneled into Israel in the next fiscal year, and for many years in the foreseeable future. Republican and Democratic Senators have recently achieved just that, passing a bill aimed at providing Israel with $3.3 billion in annual aid. The Bill, co-sponsored by Democratic Senator, Chris Coons …

Shawgi Tell (2020-01-22). Seventeen Charter Schools Siphon $155 Million from Buffalo Public School System. dissidentvoice.org To the shock of many, the Buffalo News, Buffalo's main newspaper, recently published an article exposing serious problems with charter schools. Like Rochester's Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News usually goes out of its way to provide biased reporting on charter schools, almost always presenting them in the most favorable light possible, while consistently ignoring …

Staff (2020-01-21). A Show Trial? As Trump Impeachment Trial Begins, Mitch McConnell Accused of Staging a Cover-Up. democracynow.org The Senate opens the third impeachment trial of a U.S. president in the country's history Tuesday, marking a historic day in Washington. Under proposed rules by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, each side will be given 24 hours over two days for opening arguments, after which senators will have 16 hours for questions and four hours for debate. The Senate will then vote on whether to hear from any new witnesses. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has said McConnell is trying to rush the impeachment process, while House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff, who is one of the impeachment managers, has accused the…

Staff (2020-01-21). Voting Rights Advocate: The Impeachment of Trump Is Needed to Protect Our Elections & Democracy. democracynow.org The impeachment trial begins its proceedings in the Senate today amid accusations of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell attempting to rush the impeachment process. Senators will have 16 hours for questions and four hours for debate, after 24 hours for opening arguments on each side. We speak with Rick Perlstein, historian and author, and Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Clarke says that thanks to the rules set by McConnell, Trump's impeachment trial could be over within a week, with much of the debate taking place in the evening. The proces…

Staff (2020-01-21). National Archives Doctored Photo of 2017 Women's March to Blur Messages Critical of Trump. democracynow.org The National Archives and Records Administration apologized Saturday for doctoring a photo of the 2017 Women's March to remove criticisms of President Trump. 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 at least four signs referencing Trump had been blurred to remove his name, including a poster reading "God Hates Trump." Signs in the photo referencing female anatomy were also blurred. The shocking revelation that the archives — which calls itself the country's "record keeper" — had altered the im…

Staff (2020-01-21). Greta Thunberg Addresses Global Elite at Davos: Our House Is Still on Fire. democracynow.org The 17-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg delivered a speech Tuesday to the world leaders and global elite gathered in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum, one year after she first condemned the forum for its inaction on climate change. "We don't need a 'low-carbon economy.' We don't need to 'lower emissions.' Our emissions have to stop," Thunberg said. "And until we have the technologies that at scale can put our emissions to minus, then we must forget about net zero. We need real zero."

2020-01-28: Social Media Postees

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Interviews with New Hampshire voters show Bernie, Biden the favorites
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-28
MANCHESTER, N.H.–With two weeks to go before the key New Hampshire primary, there's at least one certain point you can make about the Democratic presidential nomination race here: Bernie Sanders is the favorite among younger voters, Joe Biden is the favorite among older ones. But that goes only for the people who have made up …
peoplesworld.org/article/interviews-with-new-hampshire-voters-show-bernie-biden-the-favorites/

To Cancel Student Debt, You Don't Need Congress
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-28
The 2020 Democratic primary elevated the student debt debate to the national stage and has sparked discussion at dinner tables and workplaces across the country. Americans are asking themselves and the candidates: how much student debt should we cancel, and how shall we cancel it? Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to cancel it all

It's Media–Not Bernie Sanders–That Have an Antisemitism Problem
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2020-01-28
Have you heard the news? Democratic presidential frontrunner Bernie Sanders is antisemitic. Yes, yes, he's Jewish, and has a long history of anti-racist activism–but that doesn't matter. | So goes the story in several prominent media outlets, who accuse him of leading "the most antisemitic [campaign] in decades" (Washington Examiner, 12/13/19). While unable to point to Sanders' own actions or words, the…
fair.org/home/its-media-not-bernie-sanders-that-have-an-antisemitism-problem/

To rig primary against Bernie, DNC chair Tom Perez nominates regime-change agents, Israel lobbyists, and Wall Street consultants
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-01-28
With Senator Bernie Sanders surging in the polls, DNC chair Tom Perez has put forward a cartoonishly neoliberal cast of foreign policy hacks and corporate lobbyists to sabotage his nomination. | Source…
mronline.org/2020/01/28/to-rig-primary-against-bernie-dnc-chair-tom-perez-nominates-regime-change-agents-israel-lobbyists-and-wall-street-consultants/

It's Media–Not Bernie Sanders–That Have an Antisemitism Problem
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2020-01-28
Have you heard the news? Democratic presidential frontrunner Bernie Sanders is antisemitic. Yes, yes, he's Jewish, and has a long history of anti-racist activism–but that doesn't matter. | So goes the story in several prominent media outlets, who accuse him of leading "the most antisemitic [campaign] in decades" (Washington Examiner, 12/13/19). While unable to point to Sanders' own actions or words, the…
fair.org/home/its-media-not-bernie-sanders-that-have-an-antisemitism-problem/

Pro-Sanders Youth Movement Is Changing the Political Landscape in New Hampshire
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-28
Fifty-two years after young people changed history with the New Hampshire primary election, a new generation is ready to do it again

Chomsky and other Liberal Intellectuals ask us to Join them in Throwing in the Towel
Stansfield Smith | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-28
Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, Bill Fletcher, Leslie Cagan, Ron Daniels, Kathy Kelly, Norman Solomon, Cynthia Peters, and Michael Albert wrote an Open Letter to the Green Party, asking them to support the 2020 Democratic candidate regardless who wins the nomination. It was in response to an article well worth reading by Howie Hawkins, "The Green …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/chomsky-and-other-liberal-intellectuals-ask-us-to-join-them-in-throwing-in-the-towel/

Out of stock: Sportswear giant Nike sells out of all Kobe Bryant-related items in wake of tragedy
rt.com | 2020-01-28
Sportswear giant Nike said that all Kobe Bryant-related products have sold out on its website, rebutting numerous reports that it temporarily suspended sales to prevent reselling at increased prices. | Visitors to Nike's website couldn't find Bryant-linked items with searches redirecting users to the company's memorial statement. | READ MORE: Sempre Kobe: AC Milan to commemorate tragic boyhood fan Kobe Bryant with black armbands | "Kobe was one of the greatest athletes of his generation and has had an i…
rt.com/sport/479411-nike-kobe-bryant-sold-out/

Sempre Kobe: AC Milan to commemorate tragic boyhood fan Kobe Bryant with black armbands
rt.com | 2020-01-28
Italian giants AC Milan will honor tragic NBA legend Kobe Bryant with black armbands at their Coppa Italia match with Torino on Tuesday. Bryant was an avid 'I Rossoneri' fan, having spent a period of his childhood in Italy, | READ MORE: NBA legend Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash aged 41 | Former LA Lakers legend Bryant died aged 41 when the helicopter in which he was travelling crashed into a mountain side in Calabasas, California, on Sunday, killing all those aboard including his 13-year-old daugh…
rt.com/sport/479383-kobe-bryant-ac-milan-black-armband/

'Heartbroken and devastated': LeBron James opens up on Instagram following death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant
rt.com | 2020-01-28
Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James has shared his thoughts following the tragic helicopter crash that took the lives of nine people, including NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his teenage daughter. | James, who passed Bryant's mark to break into the Top 3 of the NBA's all-time scorers list, posted a message to his 57.4 million followers on Instagram to share his grief for losing a friend and fellow Lakers legend. | Also on rt.com | | 'Bigger than basketball': NBA stars lead on-court tributes to Kobe Bryant hours after icon's death (VIDEO) | "Ma…
rt.com/sport/479410-kobe-bryant-death-lebron-james-heartbroken-and-devastated/

Sanders Campaign Tells Volunteers to Back Off Phone Calls
Ryan Grim | zcomm.org | 2020-01-28
It is far more effective, campaign leaders have argued, to have friends and relatives urge those close to them to come out to caucus than to carpet bomb phone lines…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/sanders-campaign-tells-volunteers-to-back-off-phone-calls/

Joni Ernst Gives Away the Game on Impeachment
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-28
After President Donald Trump's legal team on Monday completed the second day of their impeachment defense–which largely consisted of attacks on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter–Republican Sen. Joni Ernst told reporters that she is "really interested to see" how team Trump's performance at the Senate trial "informs and influences the Iowa caucus voters, those Democratic caucus-goers." | Ernst's remarks, which came just a week before the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses, were widely viewed as an open admission that Trump's attorneys and the Republican Party are using the Senate impeachment trial…
truthdig.com/articles/joni-ernst-gives-away-the-game-on-impeachment/

Shaky Joe Biden, Billionaire Bloomberg, and the global race to the bottom
Glen Ford | mronline.org | 2020-01-28
Bloomberg has put himself and his fortune into the contest to rally his (ruling) classmates to the task of shoring up corporate control of the Party if Sanders seizes the top spot. | Source…
mronline.org/2020/01/28/shaky-joe-biden-billionaire-bloomberg-and-the-global-race-to-the-bottom/

Why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is in the same party as Joe Biden
wsws.org | 2020-01-28
The New York congresswoman declared recently that, in any country but the United States, she and former Vice President Joe Biden would be in different political parties.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/28/cort-j28.html

Local Dems Say City Council Candidate Renée Golder was a Registered Republican Until 2018
Santa Cruz Election News | indybay.org | 2020-01-28
Local Democrats have checked official voting records and are reporting that Santa Cruz City Council recall candidate Renée Golder was a registered Republican until April of 2018. They say voting records indicate Golder registered as a Republican in 2000 and voted in multiple primary elections as a Republican. Presently, Golder is running as a "pro-recall" Santa Cruz City Council candidate against Progressives in the March 2020 election.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/01/28/18830135.php

Democrats embrace war hawk Bolton in Trump impeachment trial
wsws.org | 2020-01-28
The carefully timed leak of Bolton's White House revelations has overshadowed the defense mounted by Trump's attorneys in the Senate impeachment trial.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/28/impe-j28.html

Make America Radical Again: A Conversation with Harvey J. Kaye
Daniel Falcone | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-28
Harvey J. Kaye is the Ben & Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, the Founding Director of the University's Center for History and Social Change, and the author of numerous books, including The British Marxist Historians, The Education of Desire (winner of the Isaac Deutscher Memorial Prize)…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/28/make-america-radical-again-a-conversation-with-harvey-j-kaye/

Where Was Rudy Giuliani When Democrats Needed Him?
Geoff Dutton | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-28
Help me get this straight. Rudolph Giuliani is the President's private attorney, or at least he still seems to be. According to CNN on 10/11/19:…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/28/where-was-rudy-giuliani-when-democrats-needed-him/

Chinese Artist & Filmmaker Ai Weiwei on State Violence from Mexico to Hong Kong to Xinjiang
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-28
In 2014, 43 students from Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College disappeared after they were abducted in Iguala, Mexico. More than five years after their disappearance, the families of the students are still fighting for justice. The story is the subject of a stunning new documentary by the world-renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. The film, "Vivos," follows the families of the disappeared students in their daily lives as they grapple with the absence of their loved ones and attempt to hold the Mexican government accountable for their disappearance. We sat down with Ai Weiwei earlier this week at the Sund…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/28/ai_weiwei_vivos_hong_kong_xinjiang

DNC chair names John Podesta & other Clinton loyalists to Convention Committee, triggering revolt from voters fearing 2016 2.0
rt.com | 2020-01-28
Democrats hoping their party learned from its 2016 failure have been horrified to discover many of those behind Hillary Clinton's losing campaign

The ProDemocracy Project: Improving Public Comment
Steve Martinot | indybay.org | 2020-01-28
Tara Pitman Library, South Berkeley | MLK & Russell, Berkeley, CA…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/01/27/18830114.php

Truth a Major Casualty of Impeachment Hearings
Jeremy Kuzmarov | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-28
As in any political battle, truth has been one of the major casualties of the impeachment proceedings against President Donald J. Trump. While the Democratic impeachment managers have accused Trump repeatedly of dishonesty

The Challenge for Chile and the World
Ariel Dorfman | zcomm.org | 2020-01-28
If the mainly peaceful Chilean people do manage such a seemingly intractable task

German government bans neo-Nazi group "Combat 18 Deutschland"
wsws.org | 2020-01-28
It was above all the fact that the close links between the militant neo-Nazi scene, the neo-Nazi National Socialist Underground (NSU) and the secret service could not be so easily covered up after the murder of leading Christian Democrat Walter Làºbcke that persuaded Seehofer to take action.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/28/comb-j28.html

US Supreme Court considers ending ban on public funding for religious schools
wsws.org | 2020-01-28
On January 22, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, a deeply reactionary case which takes aim at both the democratic principle of separation of church and state and the right to free, universal public education.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/28/espi-j28.html

Murder of Mexican Artist Isabel Cabanillas Highlights Endemic Issue of Femicide in Ciudad Juárez
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-28
Isabel Cabanillas, a 26-year-old beloved feminist activist and artist, was recently assassinated in Ciudad Juárez, resurfacing the border city's painful legacy of femicides and violence against women. Cabanillas was reported missing on social media by her friends on Saturday, January 18, after she never returned home. On that same day, she was found shot to death on a sidewalk next to her bicycle in downtown Juárez. We speak with Nana Rebell, a feminist activist in Ciudad Juárez and a member of the Juárez feminist collective Hijas de su Maquilera Madre, about Cabanillas's life and the endemic issue of femicide in…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/28/juarez_mexico_isabel_cabanillas_assassination_femicide

German government bans neo-Nazi group "Combat 18 Deutschland"
wsws.org | 2020-01-28
It was above all the fact that the close links between the militant neo-Nazi scene, the neo-Nazi National Socialist Underground (NSU) and the secret service could not be so easily covered up after the murder of leading Christian Democrat Walter Làºbcke that persuaded Seehofer to take action.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/28/comb-j28.html

Trump's Expansive Claims of Executive Privilege Pose "Very Serious Constitutional Crisis"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-28
During eight hours of oral arguments at the president's impeachment trial on Monday, President Trump's legal team repeatedly said that he has done nothing wrong, and largely ignored the explosive revelations made by Trump's former national security adviser. The president's case was made on Monday by a team of lawyers including Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, whose probe led to the impeachment of Bill Clinton. In an upcoming book, former national security adviser John Bolton says Trump told him the withholding of $391 million in military aid to Ukraine…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/28/impeachment_claire_finkelstein_executive_privilege

Bernie Sanders Is Rising on the Strength of His Anti-War Stance
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2020-01-28
Bernie Sanders Is Rising on the Strength of His Anti-War Stance…
thenation.com/article/politics/bernie-sanders-anti-war-polls/

Kobe Bryant: America's Imperfect Icon
Aaron Ross Coleman | thenation.com | 2020-01-28
Kobe Bryant: America's Imperfect Icon…
thenation.com/article/culture/kobe-bryant-death/

Trump Can't Stop Bolton From Testifying. Only Cowardly Senate Republicans Can
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2020-01-28
Trump Can't Stop Bolton From Testifying. Only Cowardly Senate Republicans Can.
thenation.com/article/politics/impeachment-senate-john-bolton-book/

In Memoriam: Fans Petition NBA to Immortalise Kobe Bryant in a New Logo
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-28
The petition to change the NBA logo in order to honour the memory of Kobe Bryant has already garnered over 1.6 million signatures, although it remains to be seen whether the sports organisation will go along with this request or not.
sputniknews.com/sport/202001281078162474-in-memoriam-fans-petition-nba-to-immortalise-kobe-bryant-in-a-new-logo/

North Korea Cancels All Air China Flights to Pyongyang, Beefs Up Precautions Amid Coronavirus Fears
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-28
The newly identified deadly strain of coronavirus, known as 2019-nCoV, has been detected in over a dozen countries across Asia, Australasia, Europe and North America, and has infected over 4,500 people in China, North Korea's neighbour to the north.
sputniknews.com/asia/202001281078161320-north-korea-cancels-all-air-china-flights-to-pyongyang-beefs-up-precautions-amid-coronavirus-fears/

Iowa Poll Shows Sanders Leads by 9 Points Ahead of Caucuses
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-27
A new Iowa poll published Sunday shows that Sen. Bernie Sanders is the frontrunner of the Democratic presidential candidates in the state with 30 percent support, leading thus by nine points, a week before the state's Feb. 3rd caucuses. | RELATED: | Sanders Calls on Global Movement to Tackle 'Billionaires' Greed' | Former Vice President Joe Biden comes in second with 21 percent, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar is third with 13 percent. | "Compared to the Emerson Poll of Iowa in Decemb…
telesurenglish.net/news/-Iowa-Poll-Shows-Sanders-Leads-by-9-Ahead-of-Caucuses-20200127-0007.html

Joe Biden in 2020 Copies Hillary Clinton in 2016
Eric Zuesse | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-27
The 2016 Iowa Democratic Presidential Caucuses were held on 1 February 2016 and produced 49.84% for Hillary Clinton and 49.59% for Bernie Sanders. | On 12 January 2016, Politico headlined "Sanders bests Clinton in new early state polls" and reported …
globalresearch.ca/joe-biden-2020-copies-hillary-clinton-2016/5701928

Bernie Sanders leads the way in Iowa caucuses with young voter support, according to new poll
Ashley Curtin | nationofchange.org | 2020-01-27
The poll, which was conducted Jan. 20-23 and surveyed 584 voters, shows Sanders' support comes from the likes of young voters in Iowa.
nationofchange.org/2020/01/27/bernie-sanders-leads-the-way-in-iowa-caucuses-with-young-voter-support-according-to-new-poll/

Establishment Democrats Are Terrified Sanders Could Be the Nominee
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2020-01-27
Bernie Sanders was off the campaign trail over the weekend, stuck in the Senate for impeachment hearings, but if polling is any indication, that didn't stop his campaign's momentum. A New York Times/Siena College poll of Iowa Democratic voters shows 25% of respondents would vote for Sanders in the Iowa caucus on Feb. 3. A poll from Boston's Emerson College of Iowa Democrats a…
truthdig.com/articles/establishment-democrats-are-terrified-sanders-could-be-the-nominee/

Bernie Sanders, Joe Rogan, Human Rights Campaign, and Truth in Advertising
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-27
On January 20, comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan mentioned that he'll "probably vote for Bernie" Sanders in the Democratic Party's presidential primary. Rogan cited Sanders's decades of "consistency" as a "very powerful structure to operate from." More interesting than Rogan's quasi-endorsement was the Human Rights Campaign's negative response. The organization called on Sanders to…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/27/bernie-sanders-joe-rogan-human-rights-campaign-and-truth-in-advertising/

Young People Are Set to Make History with Bernie Sanders
Norman Solomon | zcomm.org | 2020-01-27
And New Hampshire's Youth Movement Is Showing How…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/young-people-are-set-to-make-history-with-bernie-sanders/

Corporate media equate Sanders to Trump–because for them, Sanders is the bigger threat
Julie Hollar | mronline.org | 2020-01-27
As Bernie Sanders emerged as a threat to Hillary Clinton's presidential nomination in 2016, media began liberally tossing around articles equating Sanders and Donald Trump (FAIR.org, 4/15/16, 12/9/16). | Source…
mronline.org/2020/01/27/corporate-media-equate-sanders-to-trump-because-for-them-sanders-is-the-bigger-threat/

What do presidential candidates do when they're stuck in the Senate?
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-27
MANCHESTER, N.H.–What do Democratic presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Michael Benne,t and Amy Klobuchar do when they want to be out on the campaign trail

Establishment Democrats Are Terrified of a Sanders Win in Iowa
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2020-01-27
Bernie Sanders was off the campaign trail over the weekend, stuck in the Senate for impeachment hearings, but if polling is any indication, that didn't stop his campaign's momentum. A New York Times/Siena College poll of Iowa Democratic voters shows 25% of respondents would vote for Sanders in the Iowa caucus on Feb. 3. A poll from Boston's Emerson College of Iowa Democrats a…
truthdig.com/articles/establishment-democrats-are-terrified-of-a-sanders-win-in-iowa/

To rig primary against Bernie, DNC chair Tom Perez nominates regime-change agents, Israel lobbyists, and Wall Street consultants
Kevin Gosztola | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-27
With Senator Bernie Sanders surging in the polls, DNC chair Tom Perez has put forward a cartoonishly neoliberal cast of…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/27/dnc-perez-regime-change-agents-israel-lobbyists-wall-street-rig-game-bernie/

Kobe Bryant's fateful helicopter flight details REVEALED online as authorities work to ID victims (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-01-27
New details have emerged about the helicopter crash in California that took the life of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and eight others, including an audio recording from the pilot. As of Monday, three bodies have been recovered. | The authorities have said they will not identify anyone involved in the Sunday crash until a coroner's report comes in and the bodies are fully recovered. Thus far, only three bodies have been recovered, according to the LA County Coroner's Office. | However, multiple outlets have reported the identities of the the passengers besides Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and the pilot, i…
rt.com/usa/479329-kobe-bryant-helicopter-crash/

Kobe Bryant Dead at 41: Remembering Basketball Star's Legacy On and Off the Court
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-27
Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant died Sunday in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles at the age of 41. The crash killed all nine people on board, including Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna and beloved college baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and their 13-year-old daughter Alyssa. They were heading to a youth basketball game. Bryant won five NBA championships, two Olympic gold medals and was crowned an All-Star 18 times. He played for the L.A. Lakers for 20 years before retiring in 2016. Gianna Bryant reportedly hoped to one day play for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team. Tribute…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/27/kobe_bryant_death_in_helicopter_crash

Bryant's Pilot May Have Gotten Lost in the Fog
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-27
CALABASAS, Calif.–Coroner's officials worked to recover victims' remains Monday from the hillside outside Los Angeles where a helicopter carrying former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and eight others crashed in a wreck that aviation experts said may have been caused by the pilot becoming disoriented in the fog. | While the cause of the tragedy is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, some experts raised questions of whether the helicopter should have even been flying. The weather was so foggy that the Los Angeles Police Department and the county sheriff's department had grounded their…
truthdig.com/articles/bryants-pilot-may-have-gotten-lost-in-the-fog/

'Poor judgement': WaPo suspends reporter for Kobe Bryant rape case link tweeted HOURS after his death
rt.com | 2020-01-27
The Washington Post has suspended one of its reporters after she posted a link to a story about a 2016 rape case involving Kobe Bryant just hours after the basketball star's death in a helicopter crash. | Felicia Sonmez posted the link not long after the news of Bryant's death broke on Sunday and faced furious backlash online, with tweeters accusing her of "disgusting" insensitivity, particularly in light of the fact that the crash also took the lives of Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people.
rt.com/usa/479326-washington-post-kobe-bryant-rape/

Kobe Bryant's fateful helicopter flight details REVEALED online as authorities work to ID victims (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-01-27
New details have emerged about the helicopter crash in California that took the life of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and eight others, including an audio recording from the pilot. As of Monday, three bodies have been recovered. | The authorities have said they will not identify anyone involved in the Sunday crash until a coroner's report comes in and the bodies are fully recovered. Thus far, only three bodies have been recovered, according to the LA County Coroner's Office. | However, multiple outlets have reported the identities of the the passengers besides Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and the pilot, i…
rt.com/usa/479329-kobe-bryant-helicopter-crash/

Allegations in Bolton Book Spark New Calls for Witnesses at Impeachment Trial
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-27
Calls are growing for the Senate to call witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial, after The New York Times published details about former national security adviser John Bolton's forthcoming book. In the book, Bolton writes that President Trump personally told him in August that he wanted to maintain a freeze on $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until Ukraine turned over materials related to former Vice President Joe Biden and supporters of Hillary Clinton in Ukraine. The N…
truthout.org/video/allegations-in-bolton-book-spark-new-calls-for-witnesses-at-impeachment-trial/

Explosive Bolton Book Allegations Spark New Calls for Witnesses to Testify at Impeachment Trial
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-27
Calls are growing for the Senate to call witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial, after The New York Times published details about former national security adviser John Bolton's forthcoming book. In the book, Bolton writes that President Trump personally told him in August that he wanted to maintain a freeze on $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until Ukraine turned over materials related to former Vice President Joe Biden and supporters of Hillary Clinton in Ukraine. The New York Times broke the story on Sunday, one day after President Trump's legal team began its defense of the president. D…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/27/impeachment_trial_john_bolton_donald_trump

Adani and the Purpose of Education
Peter Harrison | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-27
Recently, Survival International, the organization that campaigns with 'tribal peoples,' ran a story about the Indian conglomerate, Adani Group, setting up a Tribal Residential School for children in Bankishole, Baripada, in Mayurbhanj District in Odisha State

Trump tweets threats as impeachment defense begins
wsws.org | 2020-01-27
Senate Republicans seem determined to bring the trial to an end by Friday of this week.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/27/impe-j27.html

Trump Bought Off the Impeachment Jury With Tax Cuts While Hinting at Bigger Ones
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-27
It's long been obvious that Republican senators have little interest in serving as impartial jurors in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump. While there is a raft of motivations for such historic perfidy

Never-Trumper strategist launches #ILefttheGOP campaign just in time for Senate impeachment votes
rt.com | 2020-01-27
Disaffected ex-Republicans are sharing their stories on social media as the seemingly-unbreakable two-party duopoly approaches peak unpopularity with American voters with less than a year to go before the 2020 election. | The hashtag #ILefttheGOP was trending on Monday as self-described former Republicans shared what made them exit party ranks – whether to join the Democrats, or to vote independently. It was created by former Republican strategist Cheri Jacobus, who left the party after a disastrous encounter with the president's 2016 campaign and has been a strident "never-Trumper" ever since. | Perhaps predi…
rt.com/usa/479334-gop-strategist-launches-campaign-walkaway/

The Vile Message Democrats Are Sending With Impeachment
Saif Ansari | truthdig.com | 2020-01-27
People of color have suffered the brunt of Trump's abuses, so why are there no articles of impeachment that speak to their pain?
truthdig.com/articles/the-vile-message-democrats-are-sending-with-impeachment/

How Is Washington 'Liberating' Free Countries
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-27
There are obviously some serious linguistic issues and disagreements between the West and the rest of the world. Essential terms like "freedom", "democracy", "liberation", even "terrorism", are all mixed up and confused; they mean something absolutely different in New York, …
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Trump Steps Up Attacks on Reproductive Rights Amid Impeachment Trial
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-27
Donald Trump on Friday became the first sitting president in U.S. history to attend the so-called March for Life, the annual anti-abortion rally held in Washington, D.C., that draws thousands of participants. President Trump

Brazilian Indigenous Tribes to Sue Bolsonaro Over Crude Remarks
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-27
The primary organization representing Brazil's 300 Indigenous tribes issued a joint statement on Friday that threatened to sue far-right President Jair Bolsonaro over his crude comments. | RELATED: | Lula Calls on Brazilians to Fight to Regain Nation's Democracy | In particular, the Association of Indigenous Peoples (APIB) slammed Bolsonaro over his recent remarks claiming that the Brazilian tribes were 'evolving" and becoming more human. | "We need to put a stop to this perver…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazilian-Indigenous-Tribes-to-Sue-Bolsonaro-Over-Crude-Remarks-20200127-0003.html

Under Pressure in Impeachment Trial, Trump Steps Up Attacks on Reproductive Rights
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-27
Donald Trump on Friday became the first sitting president in U.S. history to attend the so-called March for Life, the annual anti-abortion rally held in Washington, D.C., that draws thousands of participants. President Trump

'Bombshell' or nothing to see here? Dems clamor for Bolton impeachment testimony as manuscript claims Trump-Ukraine quid-pro-quo
rt.com | 2020-01-27
Ex-National Security Adviser John Bolton's book claims Donald Trump admitted a Ukraine quid-pro-quo, prompting Democrats to declare it's game-over for the US president, as his supporters dismiss it as yet another nothingburger. | Democrats have renewed their demands for Bolton to testify in the Senate impeachment trial after a manuscript of the inveterate hawk's new tell-all book on his time in the White House asserted Trump had told Bolton the administration should keep sitting on $391 million in military aid to Ukraine until Kiev reopened an investigation of Burisma Holdings, the natural gas firm tied to for…
rt.com/usa/479321-bolton-book-impeachment-witness/

Italy's regional voters thwart hopes of Matteo Salvini's League party
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-01-27
Italian voters have thwarted right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini's hopes of turning an election in a key northern region into a springboard for regaining national power.Nearly complete results from Sunday's election for the governorship of the prosperous Emilia-Romagna region had his League party candidate winning only 43.7% of support to the 51.4% garnered by the incumbent governor Stefano Bonaccini from the centre-left Democrats.The Democrats are in Italy's national coalition government led by premier Giuseppe Conte. | Italy, Emilia-Romagna regional election, 61.5% counted: | Bonaccini (CSX-LEFT | S&D | G/E…
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2020/01/27/italys-regional-voters-thwart-hopes-of-matteo-salvinis-league-party/

Elizabeth Warren Got More Than an Endorsement From 'The Des Moines Register'
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2020-01-27
Elizabeth Warren Got More Than an Endorsement From 'The Des Moines Register'…
thenation.com/article/politics/elizabeth-warren-des-moines-register/

'The Facts Are Just the Facts': Sanders Campaign Hits Back After Biden Claims He—Not Bernie—Has Consistently Protected Social Security
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-27
Sen. Bernie Sanders's presidential campaign took aim at former Vice President Joe Biden Monday after Sanders's opponent in the 2020 Democratic primary claimed Sanders hasn't been "consistent" in his efforts to protect and raise Social Security benefits. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11937986561.jpg
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Establishment Democrats Panic at Possibility Bernie Sanders Could Be 2020 Nominee
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-27
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'Debate Her': As Progressive Democratic Challenger Jessica Cisneros Racks Up Endorsements, Incumbent Henry Cuellar Pretends She Doesn't Exist
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-27
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'Extremely Disappointing': New Analysis Offers Scathing Critique of Top Democrat's CLEAN Future Act
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-27
Two environmental groups released an analysis Monday that calls a national climate plan unveiled earlier this month by the Democratic chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee "extremely disappointing" and "a failure of climate leadership." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-819680736.png
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'Blow Up the Phones': Demands That #BoltonMustTestify Surge After New Revelations About Ukrainian Aid Freeze
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-27
A day after Democratic lawmakers demanded that former National Security Adviser John Bolton testify in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, grassroots political action groups urged the American public to call their representatives and add their voices to the call for a fair trial. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/john_bolton_iran_0.jpg
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United States: As Iowa caucuses approach, Democratic battle lines emerge
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-01-27
US politics Leo CrnogorcevicIssue 1251 United States Democratic Party US presidential primariesJanuary 27, 2020Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton's defeat by Republican Donald Tr…
greenleft.org.au/content/united-states-iowa-caucuses-approach-democratic-battle-lines-emerge

"Ours to Tell": New Film Highlights Personal Stories About the Importance of Abortion Access
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-27
As Roe v. Wade faces unprecedented attacks, the new short film "Ours to Tell" puts a human face to the fight for reproductive justice and highlights those whose stories are often sidelined by the media: LGBTQ communities and communities of color. The film focuses on Ylonda, Nick, Hannah and Brittany, four people who discuss how having access to abortion shaped their lives. The film was directed by Rayka Zehtabchi and was created by Planned Parenthood and We Testify. For more on the film, as well as the state of reproductive rights in the United States, we speak with Renee Bracey Sherman, founder and executive dir…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/27/ours_to_tell_film_abortion_stories

NBA Legend Kobe Bryant Dies In Helicopter Crash
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-26
Basketball legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday morning at age 41 when his private helicopter crashed in Los Angeles, California. | RELATED: | Five-Time NBA Champion Kobe Bryant Wins Oscar | The former athlete was traveling with four other people who also died in the crash. It was later confirmed that his daughter Gianna Maria Onore, 13, is among the victims. The causes of the airplane crash are not yet known. | Bryant is considered one of the most important players in the history of basketball. Aft…
telesurenglish.net/news/nba-legend-kobe-bryant-dies-in-helicopter-crash-20200126-0005.html

VIDEOS show scene of California helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant
rt.com | 2020-01-26
Footage has emerged showing the aftermath of the helicopter crash in California that reportedly took the life of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and eight others. | First videos and photos of the crash site show smoke and debris scattered around the area, and emergency services arriving to the scene. The accident reportedly started from a fire onboard Kobe Bryant's private helicopter which made it spiral out of control before crashing over Calabasas. | The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed there were no survivors left at the crash site. They have said they will not confirm the identity of the eight o…
rt.com/usa/479250-kobe-bryant-helicoper-crash-videos/

Remembering Kobe Bryant
Dave Zirin | thenation.com | 2020-01-26
Remembering Kobe Bryant…
thenation.com/article/society/kobe-bryant-helicopter-crash/

Suing Hillary Clinton, Tulsi Gabbard stands up to the Russiagate smear machine
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-25
As Bernie Sanders ignores Hillary Clinton's attacks, Tulsi Gabbard is fighting back. Gabbard has filed a $50 million defamation suit…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/25/suing-hillary-clinton-tulsi-gabbard-stands-up-to-the-russiagate-smear-machine/

Suing Hillary Clinton, Tulsi Gabbard stands up to the Russiagate smear machine
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-25
As Bernie Sanders ignores Hillary Clinton's attacks, Tulsi Gabbard is fighting back. Gabbard has filed a $50 million defamation suit…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/25/suing-hillary-clinton-tulsi-gabbard-stands-up-to-the-russiagate-smear-machine/

Impeachment: Democrats cry 'dictator' while Team Trump cries 'election interference'
rt.com | 2020-01-25
After three days of Democrat offensive, President Donald Trump's defense team have laid out their arguments. The Democrats, they said, are trying to commit their own brand of election interference by removing Trump from office. | The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump opened on Tuesday, and the Democrats' chosen team of prosecutors, or impeachment managers, spent much of this week reiterating their long-standing argument: Trump abused his office by withholding military aid for Ukraine to pressure President Volodymyr Zelensky into reopening a corruption investigation into the business activities of Joe…
rt.com/usa/479196-impeachment-trump-defense-arguments/

Could Bernie Sanders, like Jeremy Corbyn, be accused of anti-Semitism?
Victor Grossman | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-24
peoplesworld.org/article/could-bernie-sanders-like-jeremy-corbyn-be-accused-of-anti-semitism/

Law Professor: Trump Could Also Have Been Impeached for War Crimes, Assassinations & Corruption
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-24
Democratic lawmakers are continuing to lay out their case for removing the president from office in the final day of opening arguments by Democrats in the historic impeachment trial of President Trump. Republicans will begin their opening arguments on Saturday. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Trump's political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. On Thursday, House impeachment manager Jerrold Nadler made the case that a president can…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/24/donald_trump_senate_impeachment_trial

Iowa voters weigh many factors as they decide who to support
John Bachtell | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-24
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Three Years into Trump's Presidency, What's Left of the American Left?
Roger D. Harris | mintpressnews.com | 2020-01-24
Democrats, despite their attempts at impeachment and boisterous haranguing of all things Trump, have consistently supported the President's "defense" policy and destruction of what remains of America's social safety nets.
mintpressnews.com/three-years-trump-presidency-left-democrats/264281/

International Court of Justice Orders Burmese Authorities to Protect Rohingya Muslims from Genocide
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-24
In a major ruling, the U.N. International Court of Justice at The Hague has ordered Burma to "take all measures within its power" to protect Rohingya Muslims from genocide. The court issued the ruling Thursday, calling the 600,000 Rohingya remaining in Burma, also known as Myanmar, "extremely vulnerable" to military violence. The court ordered Burma to report regularly to the tribunal about its progress. The ruling is a sharp rebuke of Burma's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who last month asked the court to drop the genocide case against Burma. Suu Kyi is a Nobel Peace Prize winner who spent over a decade figh…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/24/burma_rohingya_genocide_icj_ruling

Oakland Moms Who Occupied Vacant Property to Highlight Housing Crisis Celebrate Unexpected Victory
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-24
In Oakland, California, a months-long struggle between a group of unhoused mothers occupying a vacant home and the real estate firm that owned it ended with an unexpected offer to purchase the property earlier this week. The major win in the mothers' fight against homelessness and real estate speculation comes just a week after Wedgewood Properties forcibly evicted the families

Canada's Justin Trudeau Toes the Imperial Line on Iran
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-24
While the current Liberal government claims to be progressive and in favour of a rules-based international order, promotion of democracy and world peace, its actions regarding Iran demonstrate that the primary drivers of Canadian foreign policy remain US geo-political interests and the interests of the rich and powerful. (This previous article argues this has long been the …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/canadas-justin-trudeau-toes-the-imperial-line-on-iran/

The Biden Campaign Pushed Iowa Staffers to Drive in Dangerous Weather
Ken Klippenstein | thenation.com | 2020-01-24
The Biden Campaign Pushed Iowa Staffers to Drive in Dangerous Weather…
thenation.com/article/politics/biden-iowa-car-accident/

Tim Robbins: Bernie Sanders Is the Best Shot We Have to Defeat Donald Trump
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-23
We continue our conversation with Academy Award-winning actor and director Tim Robbins, whose recent projects include the new film "Dark Waters" and a play about immigration called "The New Colossus." He recently endorsed Vermont senator and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders for president. "I believe he is the only one of them that can defeat Trump," Robbins says.
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/23/tim_robbins_bernie_sanders_endorsement

The Grayzone's Anya Parampil slams mainstream media's anti-Sanders bias on Tucker Carlson Tonight
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-23
The Grayzone's Anya Parampil joined Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News to discuss the media and democratic establishment's attack on…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/23/the-grayzones-anya-parampil-slams-mainstream-medias-anti-sanders-bias-on-tucker-carlson-tonight/

What the Right Wing in Latin America means by democracy is violence
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2020-01-23
It was a curious exchange. Frustrated by the attacks on his party–the Movement for Socialism (MAS)–former president of Bolivia Evo Morales made an audio recording in which he called upon his supporters to form militias. Maximilian Heath of Reuters went to Argentina to speak with Morales about this leaked recording. | Source…
mronline.org/2020/01/23/what-the-right-wing-in-latin-america-means-by-democracy-is-violence/

Trump Brags About Withholding Evidence as Democratic Impeachment Managers Lay Out Case in the Senate
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-23
During the opening day of oral arguments in the impeachment trial, President Trump was accused of abusing his office to "cheat an election." House impeachment managers spent about eight hours on Wednesday laying out their case for why President Trump should be removed from office. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Trump's political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. While the impeachment trial was taking place in the Senate, Presiden…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/23/trump_impeachment_trial_senate_dahlia_lithwick

Now Three Years into the Reign of Trump, What's Left?
Roger D. Harris | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-23
On January 20, Donald G. Trump completed his third year in office. My one blog that received five-digit Facebook shares predicted Trump would lose in 2016. I was spectacularly wrong but not alone. Even the Las Vegas bookies thought Clinton was a shoo-in with her unbeatable two-punch knockout of (1) I'm not Trump and (2) …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/now-three-years-into-the-reign-of-trump-whats-left/

75 years after Auschwitz liberation, antisemitism still threatens 'foundations of democratic societies'
news.un.org | 2020-01-23
Commemorating 75 years since the liberation of the notorious Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, independent UN rights experts said on Thursday that "urgent action" is needed to combat mounting antisemitism.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/01/1055851

"Dark Waters": Meet the Lawyer Whose 20-Year Fight Against DuPont Inspired the New Film
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-23
The new film "Dark Waters" tells the story of attorney Rob Bilott's 20-year battle with DuPont over contaminated drinking water in West Virginia from toxic chemicals used to make Teflon. The Environmental Working Group credited Billot with "uncovering the most heinous corporate environmental conspiracy in history," and the issue of contaminated water from the plastics industry continues to devastate areas across the country. On Wednesday, the Environmental Working Group released a shocking report about how toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS have been found in the drinking water of dozens of U.S. cities, in…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/23/tim_robbins_rob_billot_dark_waters

Myanmar: Departing UN rights expert still hopeful for democratic transition
news.un.org | 2020-01-23
An independent human rights expert said she has not given up hope for a democratic transition in Myanmar even though the country has yet to address "grave allegations" of international crimes, including possible genocide.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/01/1055901

"The New Colossus": In New Play, Tim Robbins Tackles Immigration & Xenophobia
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-23
President Trump said Wednesday that he would expand his highly controversial travel ban, which already bars citizens from seven countries, most of which have Muslim-majority populations

In the Name of "Israel's Security": Retreating US Gives Israel Billions More in Military Funding
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-22
Billions of US tax-payers' money will continue to be funneled into Israel in the next fiscal year, and for many years in the foreseeable future. Republican and Democratic Senators have recently achieved just that, passing a bill aimed at providing Israel with $3.3 billion in annual aid. The Bill, co-sponsored by Democratic Senator, Chris Coons …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/in-the-name-of-israels-security-retreating-us-gives-israel-billions-more-in-military-funding/

"Andrew Johnson Was a Lot Like Trump": Echoes of 1868 in Trump's Impeachment Trial
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-22
After a nearly 13-hour marathon session, the U.S. Senate approved by a party-line vote the rules for the impeachment trial of President Trump. This marks just the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden. Under the rules, each side will be given 24 hours over a three-day period for opening arguments. Senators also agreed to automatically admit evidence from the House inquiry into the trial record. Republicans rejected 11 amendments from Democrats to subpoena witnesses and…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/22/impeachment_donald_trump_andrew_johnson

23 Headlines Obscure Biden's Lies About Cutting Social Security
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2020-01-22
Here's something many Americans would be very interested to know: Is a leading candidate in the Democratic primary a liar? And since a strong majority of Americans have consistently opposed cuts to Social Security, the country's most successful anti-poverty program, Democratic vot…
fair.org/home/23-headlines-obscure-bidens-lies-about-cutting-social-security/

"The Senate Voted for a Cover-Up": GOP Senators Tilt Impeachment Trial in Trump's Favor
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-22
After the first marathon day leading up to President Trump's impeachment trial, we speak with Vince Warren and Baher Azmy, executive director and legal director, respectively, of the Center for Constitutional Rights. In a 13-hour session, the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate approved rules for the impeachment trial that Vince Warren says are tantamount to a "cover-up." Under the rules, each side will be given 24 hours over a three-day period for opening arguments. Senators also agreed to automatically admit evidence from the House inquiry into the trial record. Republicans rejected 11 amendments from Democrats t…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/22/impeachment_trial_donald_trump_senate

A Torturer Meets His Victims: CIA Psychologist Defends Brutal Methods at Guantánamo Military Hearing
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-22
On Tuesday, the psychologist identified as the "architect" of the CIA's torture program testified for the first time to the war court at Guantánamo Bay. James Mitchell was in the courtroom for a pretrial hearing for five 9/11 suspects who had been subject to torture, euphemistically called "enhanced interrogation techniques." Mitchell and his partner, Dr. Bruce Jessen, were paid $81 million to help design the CIA's torture methods, including some of the agency's most abusive tactics. The pair had no prior experience in interrogation. At the hearing, Mitchell reportedly told defense lawyers he only came to Guantán…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/22/cia_torture_program_guantanamo_bay

Criminalizing Reporting: Glenn Greenwald Faces Cybercrime Complaint After Exposing Scandal in Brazil
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-22
In Brazil, federal prosecutors have filed a criminal complaint against journalist and Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald in connection to a major investigation he spearheaded that exposed misconduct among federal prosecutors and a former judge. Called "The Secret Brazil Archive," the series of pieces published in The Intercept and The Intercept Brasil used a trove of documents to offer new and damning insight into the sweeping anti-corruption campaign that brought down former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and paved the way for the election of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro. The investigation used pre…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/22/glenn_greenwald_cybercrimes_charges_brazil

Seventeen Charter Schools Siphon $155 Million from Buffalo Public School System
Shawgi Tell | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-22
To the shock of many, the Buffalo News, Buffalo's main newspaper, recently published an article exposing serious problems with charter schools. Like Rochester's Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News usually goes out of its way to provide biased reporting on charter schools, almost always presenting them in the most favorable light possible, while consistently ignoring …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/seventeen-charter-schools-siphon-155-million-from-buffalo-public-school-system/

"Nobody Likes Him": Hillary Clinton Not Sure She'll Endorse Bernie Sanders
Eoin Higgins | theantimedia.com | 2020-01-21
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2020-01-27: News Headlines

Mark Gruenberg (2020-01-27). What do presidential candidates do when they're stuck in the Senate? peoplesworld.org MANCHESTER, N.H.—What do Democratic presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Michael Benne,t and Amy Klobuchar do when they want to be out on the campaign trail — but instead are stuck in the U.S. Senate, serving as jurors in the impeachment trial of GOP President Donald Trump? The answer, at least with two weeks to …

Norman Solomon (2020-01-27). Bernie Sanders and His Movement Are on the Verge of History. truthdig.com As the Vermont senator steadily climbs in the polls, young people in New Hampshire mobilize to push him across the finish line.

Staff (2020-01-27). Explosive Bolton Book Allegations Spark New Calls for Witnesses to Testify at Impeachment Trial. democracynow.org Calls are growing for the Senate to call witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial, after The New York Times published details about former national security adviser John Bolton's forthcoming book. In the book, Bolton writes that President Trump personally told him in August that he wanted to maintain a freeze on $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until Ukraine turned over materials related to former Vice President Joe Biden and supporters of Hillary Clinton in Ukraine. The New York Times broke the story on Sunday, one day after President Trump's legal team began its defense of the president. D…

Staff (2020-01-27). Is the DNC Planning to Go to War Against the Left? truthdig.com Progressives raised alarm this weekend after Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez released his picks for the 2020 Democratic National Convention committees. | The list of nominees, Sunrise Movement political director Evan Weber Kevin Gosztola, managing editor of Related Articles:

RT (2020-01-27). 'Greatest danger for democracy': Iranian president seeks greater inclusivity in election process after 10,000 candidates banned. rt.com Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has taken aim at how the Islamic Republic handles elections. After the Guardian Council barred almost two-thirds of candidates from running, Rouhani called for "competition and participation." | With the parliamentary elections on the horizon, President Rouhani spoke to provincial governors about the electoral process. Rouhani criticized the way the Islamic Republic deals with elections in general, and the actions of Iran's Guardian Council of the Constitution specifically. | The council, which decides who can run for office, has so far barred almost 10,000 candidates, including…

Staff (2020-01-27). Under Pressure in Impeachment Trial, Trump Steps Up Attacks on Reproductive Rights. democracynow.org Donald Trump on Friday became the first sitting president in U.S. history to attend the so-called March for Life, the annual anti-abortion rally held in Washington, D.C., that draws thousands of participants. President Trump — who once described himself as "pro-choice in every respect" — accused Democrats of infanticide and falsely stated that Virginia Governor Ralph Northam supports an abortion bill that would "execute a baby after birth." The March for Life began in 1974 in response to the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion. Past…

The Canary (2020-01-27). Italy's regional voters thwart hopes of Matteo Salvini's League party. thecanary.co Italian voters have thwarted right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini's hopes of turning an election in a key northern region into a springboard for regaining national power.Nearly complete results from Sunday's election for the governorship of the prosperous Emilia-Romagna region had his League party candidate winning only 43.7% of support to the 51.4% garnered by the incumbent governor Stefano Bonaccini from the centre-left Democrats.The Democrats are in Italy's national coalition government led by premier Giuseppe Conte. | Italy, Emilia-Romagna regional election, 61.5% counted: | Bonaccini (CSX-LEFT | S&D | G/E…

Saif Ansari (2020-01-27). The Vile Message Democrats Are Sending With Impeachment. truthdig.com People of color have suffered the brunt of Trump's abuses, so why are there no articles of impeachment that speak to their pain?

RT (2020-01-27). 'Bombshell' or nothing to see here? Dems clamor for Bolton impeachment testimony as manuscript claims Trump-Ukraine quid-pro-quo. rt.com Ex-National Security Adviser John Bolton's book claims Donald Trump admitted a Ukraine quid-pro-quo, prompting Democrats to declare it's game-over for the US president, as his supporters dismiss it as yet another nothingburger. | Democrats have renewed their demands for Bolton to testify in the Senate impeachment trial after a manuscript of the inveterate hawk's new tell-all book on his time in the White House asserted Trump had told Bolton the administration should keep sitting on $391 million in military aid to Ukraine until Kiev reopened an investigation of Burisma Holdings, the natural gas firm tied to for…

Staff (2020-01-27). Kobe Bryant Dead at 41: Remembering Basketball Star's Legacy On and Off The Court. democracynow.org Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant died Sunday in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles at the age of 41. The crash killed all nine people on board, including Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna and beloved college baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and their 13-year-old daughter Alyssa. They were heading to a youth basketball game. Bryant won five NBA championships, two Olympic gold medals and was crowned an All-Star 18 times. He played for the L.A. Lakers for 20 years before retiring in 2016. Gianna Bryant reportedly hoped to one day play for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team. Tribute…

RT (2020-01-27). 'Bigger than basketball': NBA stars lead on-court tributes to Kobe Bryant hours after icon's death (VIDEO). rt.com Several of the NBA's most well-known players led tributes for Kobe Bryant during Sunday evening's NBA fixtures as they allowed the shot clocks on their opening possessions to expire as a tribute to the fallen legend. | It is rare, perhaps, to see such an outpouring of grief following the death of a former player but such was Kobe Bryant's standing in basketball – and in the global sports community as a whole – that an entire league appeared in mourning during Sunday evening's NBA fixtures, the first games to take place following the announcement of Bryant's death, along with that of his 13-year-old daughter an…

Thomas Knapp (2020-01-27). Bernie Sanders, Joe Rogan, Human Rights Campaign, and Truth in Advertising. counterpunch.org On January 20, comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan mentioned that he'll "probably vote for Bernie" Sanders in the Democratic Party's presidential primary. Rogan cited Sanders's decades of "consistency" as a "very powerful structure to operate from." More interesting than Rogan's quasi-endorsement was the Human Rights Campaign's negative response. The organization called on Sanders to

Norman Solomon (2020-01-27). Young People Are Set to Make History with Bernie Sanders. zcomm.org And New Hampshire's Youth Movement Is Showing How…

Ted Rall (2020-01-27). Corporate Crap That Doesn't Kill Bernie. counterpunch.org On January 19th the New York Times oddly co-endorsed Senators Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar for the Democratic presidential nomination. Two days later, the key New Hampshire primary showed Warren down four points. Bernie Sanders' surge continued. What happened? To the extent that they ever did, the editorial boards at corporate-owned media outlets no longer

Kevin Gosztola (2020-01-27). DNC's Tom Perez nominates regime-change agents, Israel lobbyists, and Wall Street consultants to rig the game against Bernie. thegrayzone.com With Sen. Bernie Sanders surging in the polls, DNC chair Tom Perez has put forward a cartoonishly neoliberal cast of…

Kevin Gosztola (2020-01-27). To rig primary against Bernie, DNC's Tom Perez nominates regime-change agents, Israel lobbyists, and Wall Street consultants. thegrayzone.com With Senator Bernie Sanders surging in the polls, DNC chair Tom Perez has put forward a cartoonishly neoliberal cast of…

Chris Hedges (2020-01-27). The Problem With Impeachment. truthdig.com Chris Hedges is off and will return with a new column Tuesday afternoon. Below, reposted as the Senate conducts the impeachment trial of President Trump, is a Hedges column from Sept. 26, 2019. It was written in the week that Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the start of impeachment inquiries in the House, roughly three months before the lower chamber voted to impeach. | Impeaching Donald Trump would do nothing to halt the deep decay that has beset the American republic. It would not magically restore democratic institutions. It would not return us to the rule of law. It would not curb the predatory appetites of th…

Eric Zuesse (2020-01-27). Joe Biden in 2020 Copies Hillary Clinton in 2016. globalresearch.ca The 2016 Iowa Democratic Presidential Caucuses were held on 1 February 2016 and produced On 12 January 2016, Politico headlined

WSWS (2020-01-27). Murder of Slovakian journalist Ján Kuciak reveals close ties between political establishment, corporate elite and criminal underworld. wsws.org The reintroduction of capitalism did not bring democracy, freedom, and prosperity, but the opposite.

Staff (2020-01-27). Trump Steps Up Attacks on Reproductive Rights Amid Impeachment Trial. truthout.org Donald Trump on Friday became the first sitting president in U.S. history to attend the so-called March for Life, the annual anti-abortion rally held in Washington, D.C., that draws thousands of participants. President Trump — who once described himself as "pro-choice in every respect" — accused Democrats of infanticide and falsely stated that Virginia Governor Ralph Northam supports an abortion bill that would "execute a baby after birth." The March for Life began in 1974 in response to the…

Steve Martinot (2020-01-27). The ProDemocracy Project: Improving Public Comment. indybay.org Tara Pitman Library, South Berkeley | MLK & Russell, Berkeley, CA…

Staff (2020-01-27). Headlines for January 27, 2020. democracynow.org Impeachment Trial Resumes as Leaked Bolton Manuscript Bolsters Democrats' Case, Coronavirus Death Toll Reaches 81 in China as Disease Spreads Around the World, Pentagon: 34 U.S. Troops Have Brain Injuries After Iranian Attack on Iraqi Airbase, Deadly Crackdown on Iraqi Protests Continue as 100,000s March Against U.S. Military Presence, Turkey Earthquake Kills 38; At Least 1,600 Hospitalized, Ugandan Activist Vanessa Nakate Slams Racist Media After Being Cropped from Photo with White Activists, Trump Attends Anti-Abortion "March for Life" as Admin Continues Assault on Reproductive Rights, High-Ranking Pharma Exec…

Andre Vltchek (2020-01-27). How Is Washington 'Liberating' Free Countries. globalresearch.ca There are obviously some serious linguistic issues and disagreements between the West and the rest of the world. Essential terms like "freedom", "democracy", "liberation", even "terrorism", are all mixed up and confused; they mean something absolutely different in New York, …

Staff (2020-01-27). Trump Bought Off the Impeachment Jury With Tax Cuts While Hinting at Bigger Ones. truthout.org It's long been obvious that Republican senators have little interest in serving as impartial jurors in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump. While there is a raft of motivations for such historic perfidy —

WSWS (2020-01-27). Trump tweets threats as impeachment defense begins. wsws.org Senate Republicans seem determined to bring the trial to an end by Friday of this week.

WSWS (2020-01-27). Why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is in the same party as Joe Biden. wsws.org The New York congresswoman declared recently that, in any country but the United States, she and former Vice President Joe Biden would be in different political parties.

Kevin Ryan (2020-01-27). Ignoring the Elephant at the Guantanamo Prison Camp: Yet Another 9/11 Crime. globalresearch.ca The dubious legal proceedings at the Guantanomo Bay (Gitmo) prison camp continue to promote the idea of justice for victims of 9/11. Unfortunately, these proceedings do not represent an administration of law but an unstated claim that the Global War …

Peter Harrison (2020-01-27). Adani and the Purpose of Education. counterpunch.org Recently, Survival International, the organization that campaigns with 'tribal peoples,' ran a story about the Indian conglomerate, Adani Group, setting up a Tribal Residential School for children in Bankishole, Baripada, in Mayurbhanj District in Odisha State — a region in Eastern India known for its tribal communities. Adani is best recognized internationally for its mining activities, particularly its recent struggle to get a mine authorized in coal-addicted Australia in the face of massive popular protests.

Staff (2020-01-27). Allegations in Bolton Book Spark New Calls for Witnesses at Impeachment Trial. truthout.org Calls are growing for the Senate to call witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial, after The New York Times published details about former national security adviser John Bolton's forthcoming book. In the book, Bolton writes that President Trump personally told him in August that he wanted to maintain a freeze on $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until Ukraine turned over materials related to former Vice President Joe Biden and supporters of Hillary Clinton in Ukraine. The N…

Staff (2020-01-27). "Ours to Tell": New Film Highlights Personal Stories About the Importance of Abortion Access. democracynow.org As Roe v. Wade faces unprecedented attacks, the new short film "Ours to Tell" puts a human face to the fight for reproductive justice and highlights those whose stories are often sidelined by the media: LGBTQ communities and communities of color. The film focuses on Ylonda, Nick, Hannah and Brittany, four people who discuss how having access to abortion shaped their lives. The film was directed by Rayka Zehtabchi and was created by Planned Parenthood and We Testify. For more on the film, as well as the state of reproductive rights in the United States, we speak with Renee Bracey Sherman, founder and executive dir…

yenisafak (2020-01-27). Trump denies Ukraine claims in former official's memoir. yenisafak.com U.S. President Donald Trump early on Monday denied claims in a book by former National Security Advisor John Bolton that he ordered aid to Ukraine be frozen until Kiev helped in an investigation into senior Democrat Joe Biden and his son."I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including [former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter] the Bidens," Trump said on Twitter, adding: "In fact, he never complained about this at the time of his very public termination. If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book."Trump referred to a leaked draft of Bolton…

Susan Price (2020-01-27). United States: As Iowa caucuses approach, Democratic battle lines emerge. greenleft.org.au

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-01-27). Trump Told Bolton Ukraine Aid Contingent on Probe Into Democratic Rivals: NYT. commondreams.org "There is no pretense left. There are no excuses remaining," said Chris Murphy (D-Conn.). | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bolton_trump_aid-contingent-nyt.jpg

Staff (2020-01-26). The Failure to Deliver Reparations. truthdig.com "Repair: Redeeming the Promise of Abolition" | In July 2019, on a stage cluttered with nine other Democratic presidential candidates, Marianne Williamson broke with her normal jargon of cosmos to present a plan for reparations to black Americans. After translating 40 acres and a mule into a modern-day equivalent, she proposed from $200 billion to $500 billion for reparations programs, along with some "deep truth telling" in America. Her reference to "truth telling" likely refers to this natio…

RT (2020-01-26). VIDEOS show scene of California helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant. rt.com Footage has emerged showing the aftermath of the helicopter crash in California that reportedly took the life of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and eight others. | First videos and photos of the crash site show smoke and debris scattered around the area, and emergency services arriving to the scene. The accident reportedly started from a fire onboard Kobe Bryant's private helicopter which made it spiral out of control before crashing over Calabasas. | The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed there were no survivors left at the crash site. They have said they will not confirm the identity of the eight o…

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-26). "War on Dissent" Threatens Speech, Media and Academic Freedoms. globalresearch.ca Censorship is the new normal in America and the West, wanting the message controlled, targeting what conflicts with it for elimination, notably on major geopolitical issues. | Digital democracy is the last frontier of free and open expression. | It's threatened by …

teleSUR (2020-01-26). Lula Calls on Brazilians to Fight to Regain Nation's Democracy. telesurenglish.net The former president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, said that we must continue to fight to regain democracy in his country and warned that political infighting is coming against the "fascist right." | RELATED: | During an interview for the Argentine media Page 12, Lula criticized the judicial process against him that was promoted by the prosecutor of the Lavo Jato case, Sergio Moro. | The former president ca…

Staff (2020-01-26). Kobe Bryant, His Daughter and 7 Others Die in Helicopter Crash. truthdig.com The sudden death at age 41 of the Lakers legend sets off an outpouring of grief; inquiry is underway at the scene near Calabasas, Calif.

teleSUR (2020-01-26). NBA Legend Kobe Bryant Dies In Helicopter Crash. telesurenglish.net Basketball legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday morning at age 41 when his private helicopter crashed in Los Angeles, California. | RELATED: | The former athlete was traveling with four other people who also died in the crash. It was later confirmed that his daughter Gianna Maria Onore, 13, is among the victims. The causes of the airplane crash are not yet known. | Bryant is considered one of the most important players in the history of basketball. Aft…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-01-26). 'Big-Monied Interests Are Getting Very Nervous': Sanders Leads in New Hampshire Poll. commondreams.org "They're looking at recent polls," the Democratic candidate said, "and they're saying, 'Oh my God, Sanders can win.'" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/nh-iowa-polls-bernie-sanders-lead.jpg

RT (2020-01-25). Impeachment: Democrats cry 'dictator' while Team Trump cries 'election interference'. rt.com After three days of Democrat offensive, President Donald Trump's defense team have laid out their arguments. The Democrats, they said, are trying to commit their own brand of election interference by removing Trump from office. | The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump opened on Tuesday, and the Democrats' chosen team of prosecutors, or impeachment managers, spent much of this week reiterating their long-standing argument: Trump abused his office by withholding military aid for Ukraine to pressure President Volodymyr Zelensky into reopening a corruption investigation into the business activities of Joe…

Aaron Maté (2020-01-25). Suing Hillary Clinton, Tulsi Gabbard stands up to the Russiagate smear machine. thegrayzone.com As Bernie Sanders ignores Hillary Clinton's attacks, Tulsi Gabbard is fighting back. Gabbard has filed a $50 million defamation suit…

Julie Hollar (2020-01-25). For Corporate Media, Bernie Sanders Is Bigger Threat Than Donald Trump. commondreams.org Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, pumps his fist in the air toward supporters as he arrives to speak during a campaign rally at Civic Center Park on September 9, 2019 in Denver. (Photo: Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trump-sanders-equivalence.jpg

Staff (2020-01-25). Trump Lawyers Argue Democrats Just Want to Overturn Election. truthdig.com The impeachment defense team reserves bulk of its case for Monday, focusing just two hours on what they call "politically motivated" effort.

Peter Cary (2020-01-25). The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a case study of how lawmakers can make themselves richer with the bills they pass. nationofchange.org Republicans passed tax cuts — then profited…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-01-25). Rep. Jerry Nadler: Trump a 'Dictator' Whose Behavior 'Has No Analog' in US History. commondreams.org The New York Democrat's accusation came a day after he said Trump's behavior "puts even President Nixon to shame." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/nadler-trump-dictator.jpg

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-01-25). Up Six Points as Buttigieg and Biden Stall, Sanders Takes Commanding Lead in New Iowa Poll. commondreams.org The new Times poll showed Sanders with 25 percent of the Iowa vote and 40 percent of support from those under 30 in the state. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sanders-surges-iowa-poll.jpg

Victor Grossman (2020-01-24). Could Bernie Sanders, like Jeremy Corbyn, be accused of anti-Semitism? peoplesworld.org

Staff (2020-01-24). Oakland Moms Who Occupied Vacant Property to Highlight Housing Crisis Celebrate Unexpected Victory. democracynow.org In Oakland, California, a months-long struggle between a group of unhoused mothers occupying a vacant home and the real estate firm that owned it ended with an unexpected offer to purchase the property earlier this week. The major win in the mothers' fight against homelessness and real estate speculation comes just a week after Wedgewood Properties forcibly evicted the families — known as Moms 4 Housing — from the home they were living in for more than two months. Two mothers and two of their supporters were arrested in the early-morning eviction after armed police officers battered down the door. The…

Staff (2020-01-24). Law Professor: Trump Could Also Have Been Impeached for War Crimes, Assassinations & Corruption. democracynow.org Democratic lawmakers are continuing to lay out their case for removing the president from office in the final day of opening arguments by Democrats in the historic impeachment trial of President Trump. Republicans will begin their opening arguments on Saturday. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Trump's political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. On Thursday, House impeachment manager Jerrold Nadler made the case that a president can…

John Bachtell (2020-01-24). Iowa voters weigh many factors as they decide who to support. peoplesworld.org DES MOINES, Iowa — Harold Lanning is a retired factory worker. He's supporting Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination, but he was attending an Elizabeth Warren rally when People's World caught up with him. "There are so darn many good candidates it's hard to lock in on one particular one. I'm open to listening to …

Staff (2020-01-24). International Court of Justice Orders Burmese Authorities to Protect Rohingya Muslims from Genocide. democracynow.org In a major ruling, the U.N. International Court of Justice at The Hague has ordered Burma to "take all measures within its power" to protect Rohingya Muslims from genocide. The court issued the ruling Thursday, calling the 600,000 Rohingya remaining in Burma, also known as Myanmar, "extremely vulnerable" to military violence. The court ordered Burma to report regularly to the tribunal about its progress. The ruling is a sharp rebuke of Burma's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who last month asked the court to drop the genocide case against Burma. Suu Kyi is a Nobel Peace Prize winner who spent over a decade figh…

Staff (2020-01-24). Headlines for January 24, 2020. democracynow.org Impeachment Managers Continue Opening Arguments in Trump's Senate Trial, 33 Million on Lockdown in Chinese Cities as Coronavirus Outbreak Spreads, Hundreds of Thousands of Iraqis March to Demand U.S. Troop Withdrawal, Trump Invites Israeli Leaders to White House for "Peace Plan" Unveiling, Mexican Soldiers Attack Central American Migrant Caravan, Arresting 800, U.S. to Send Ambassador to Bolivia After Coup That Ousted Evo Morales, Puerto Rican Protesters Demand Ouster of Gov. Wanda Vázquez, SC Official Switches Presidential Endorsement from Biden to Sanders, National Archives Replaces Doctored Women's March Photo…

Yves Engler (2020-01-24). Canada's Justin Trudeau Toes the Imperial Line on Iran. dissidentvoice.org While the current Liberal government claims to be progressive and in favour of a rules-based international order, promotion of democracy and world peace, its actions regarding Iran demonstrate that the primary drivers of Canadian foreign policy remain US geo-political interests and the interests of the rich and powerful. (This previous article argues this has long been the …

Roger D. Harris (2020-01-24). Three Years into Trump's Presidency, What's Left of the American Left? mintpressnews.com Democrats, despite their attempts at impeachment and boisterous haranguing of all things Trump, have consistently supported the President's "defense" policy and destruction of what remains of America's social safety nets.

Jess Franklin (2020-01-24). Globalizing the War on Indigenous People: Bolsonaro and Modi. counterpunch.org A man who has repeatedly romanticized dictatorship and advocated the use of torture seems like an odd choice for guest of honor at the annual celebration of the constitution in the biggest democracy in the world. However, it makes perfect sense that Brazil's notorious President, Jair Bolsonaro, has been invited to India's Republic Day parade

Ken Klippenstein (2020-01-24). The Biden Campaign Pushed Iowa Staffers to Drive in Dangerous Weather. thenation.com The Biden Campaign Pushed Iowa Staffers to Drive in Dangerous Weather…

Democracy Now! (2020-01-24). Law Professor: Trump Could Also Have Been Impeached for War Crimes, Assassinations, and Corruption. commondreams.org Democratic lawmakers are continuing to lay out their case for removing the president from office in the final day of opening arguments by Democrats in the historic impeachment trial of President Trump. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/cohn_dn.jpg

RT (2020-01-23). Defamation suit aims to stop Hillary and her 'powerful elite friends' from silencing patriotic Americans, Gabbard says. rt.com Suing Hillary Clinton for defamation is necessary in order to keep the former first lady and her powerful allies from smearing Americans who seek "peace and freedom" for all, Tulsi Gabbard has argued. | The Democratic presidential hopeful released a scathing statement in defense of her suit against Clinton, noting that the former secretary of state's attempt to smear her as "the favorite of the Russians" would have far-reaching consequences if left unchallenged. | "If Hillary Clinton and her allies can successfully destroy my reputation — even though I'm a war veteran and a sitting member of Congress &#15…

Staff (2020-01-23). Tim Robbins: Bernie Sanders Is the Best Shot We Have to Defeat Donald Trump. democracynow.org We continue our conversation with Academy Award-winning actor and director Tim Robbins, whose recent projects include the new film "Dark Waters" and a play about immigration called "The New Colossus." He recently endorsed Vermont senator and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders for president. "I believe he is the only one of them that can defeat Trump," Robbins says.

Staff (2020-01-23). Trump Brags About Withholding Evidence as Democratic Impeachment Managers Lay Out Case in the Senate. democracynow.org During the opening day of oral arguments in the impeachment trial, President Trump was accused of abusing his office to "cheat an election." House impeachment managers spent about eight hours on Wednesday laying out their case for why President Trump should be removed from office. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Trump's political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. While the impeachment trial was taking place in the Senate, Presiden…

Staff (2020-01-23). "The New Colossus": In New Play, Tim Robbins Tackles Immigration & Xenophobia. democracynow.org President Trump said Wednesday that he would expand his highly controversial travel ban, which already bars citizens from seven countries, most of which have Muslim-majority populations — Libya, Iran, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela — from entering the United States. Politico reports that the expanded ban could implement immigration restrictions on seven more countries: Belarus, Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania, according to two sources. We speak with acclaimed actor, director and activist Tim Robbins, whose recent work has focused on immigration to the United S…

Staff (2020-01-23). "Dark Waters": Meet the Lawyer Whose 20-Year Fight Against DuPont Inspired the New Film. democracynow.org The new film "Dark Waters" tells the story of attorney Rob Bilott's 20-year battle with DuPont over contaminated drinking water in West Virginia from toxic chemicals used to make Teflon. The Environmental Working Group credited Billot with "uncovering the most heinous corporate environmental conspiracy in history," and the issue of contaminated water from the plastics industry continues to devastate areas across the country. On Wednesday, the Environmental Working Group released a shocking report about how toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS have been found in the drinking water of dozens of U.S. cities, in…

Vijay Prashad (2020-01-23). What the Right Wing in Latin America means by democracy is violence. mronline.org It was a curious exchange. Frustrated by the attacks on his party—the Movement for Socialism (MAS)—former president of Bolivia Evo Morales made an audio recording in which he called upon his supporters to form militias. Maximilian Heath of Reuters went to Argentina to speak with Morales about this leaked recording. |

Eds. (2020-01-23). Democrats invoke Cold War narrative to push impeachment. mronline.org Jason Crow, the ex-Army Ranger turned congressman whom Nancy Pelosi has named as one of seven impeachment managers in the trial of Donald Trump, has dropped a broad hint about what angle Democratic prosecutors will pursue: it will be about national security and protecting our troops. |

John Wojcik (2020-01-23). GOP senators look down in embarrassment as prosecutors make their case. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — It was lucky for GOP senators at the impeachment trial yesterday that press cameras had been banned from the chamber and that only the stationary Senate cameras were running. Otherwise, images of them fidgeting, squirming and looking down in embarrassment as House prosecutors spoke would have been beamed into the homes of American …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-01-23). Trump impeachment trial starts as several unions speak out. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON —The Republican-run Senate's impeachment trial of GOP President Donald Trump opened Jan. 21 with heated verbal jousting from lawyers — as several unions have spoken out. National Nurses United, Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten, and Service Employees President Mary Kay Henry strongly supported the impeachment process, but haven't taken a position on the actual …

Staff (2020-01-23). Headlines for January 23, 2020. democracynow.org Democrats Accuse Trump of Trying to "Cheat" Upcoming Election, Supreme Court Decides Not to Fast-Track Obamacare Case, D.C. Sues Trump's Inaugural Committee over $1M Rental of Trump Hotel Ballroom, ICJ Orders Burma to Protect Rohingya from Genocide, Trump Says He's Planning to Add More Countries to Travel Ban, State Department to Make It More Difficult for Pregnant Women to Receive Visas, Trump Says He May Cut Medicare, Social Security, Trump Plans to Speak at Anti-Choice March for Life Friday, Chinese Authorities Seal Off City of Wudan as Coronavirus Spreads, Tulsi Gabbard Sues Clinton for Defamation, U.N.: Clim…

Anya Parampil (2020-01-23). The Grayzone's Anya Parampil slams mainstream media's anti-Sanders bias on Tucker Carlson Tonight. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone's Anya Parampil joined Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News to discuss the media and democratic establishment's attack on…

news.un (2020-01-23). 75 years after Auschwitz liberation, antisemitism still threatens 'foundations of democratic societies'. news.un.org Commemorating 75 years since the liberation of the notorious Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, independent UN rights experts said on Thursday that "urgent action" is needed to combat mounting antisemitism.

news.un (2020-01-23). Myanmar: Departing UN rights expert still hopeful for democratic transition. news.un.org An independent human rights expert said she has not given up hope for a democratic transition in Myanmar even though the country has yet to address "grave allegations" of international crimes, including possible genocide.

Roger D. Harris (2020-01-23). Now Three Years into the Reign of Trump, What's Left? dissidentvoice.org On January 20, Donald G. Trump completed his third year in office. My one blog that received five-digit Facebook shares predicted Trump would lose in 2016. I was spectacularly wrong but not alone. Even the Las Vegas bookies thought Clinton was a shoo-in with her unbeatable two-punch knockout of (1) I'm not Trump and (2) …

Steve Phillips (2020-01-23). 12 States Where Democrats Could Flip the Senate. thenation.com 12 States Where Democrats Could Flip the Senate…

Ross Barkan (2020-01-23). Voter, Beware: Oppo Dump Season Is Upon Us. thenation.com Voter, Beware: Oppo Dump Season Is Upon Us…

RT (2020-01-22). 'Obvious malicious intent': Tulsi Gabbard hits Clinton with defamation suit over 'Russian asset' smear. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard is suing two-time White House runner-up Hillary Clinton over her claim that Gabbard was a "Russian asset," alleging that the lie hurt not just her campaign but the entire election. | Clinton "lied about her perceived rival Tulsi Gabbard… publicly, unambiguously, and with obvious malicious intent" when she claimed Gabbard was "the favorite of the Russians," the campaign alleges in the

Staff (2020-01-22). "The Senate Voted for a Cover-Up": GOP Senators Tilt Impeachment Trial in Trump's Favor. democracynow.org After the first marathon day leading up to President Trump's impeachment trial, we speak with Vince Warren and Baher Azmy, executive director and legal director, respectively, of the Center for Constitutional Rights. In a 13-hour session, the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate approved rules for the impeachment trial that Vince Warren says are tantamount to a "cover-up." Under the rules, each side will be given 24 hours over a three-day period for opening arguments. Senators also agreed to automatically admit evidence from the House inquiry into the trial record. Republicans rejected 11 amendments from Democrats t…

Staff (2020-01-22). A Torturer Meets His Victims: CIA Psychologist Defends Brutal Methods at Guantánamo Military Hearing. democracynow.org On Tuesday, the psychologist identified as the "architect" of the CIA's torture program testified for the first time to the war court at Guantánamo Bay. James Mitchell was in the courtroom for a pretrial hearing for five 9/11 suspects who had been subject to torture, euphemistically called "enhanced interrogation techniques." Mitchell and his partner, Dr. Bruce Jessen, were paid $81 million to help design the CIA's torture methods, including some of the agency's most abusive tactics. The pair had no prior experience in interrogation. At the hearing, Mitchell reportedly told defense lawyers he only came to Guantán…

Staff (2020-01-22). "Andrew Johnson Was a Lot Like Trump": Echoes of 1868 in Trump's Impeachment Trial. democracynow.org After a nearly 13-hour marathon session, the U.S. Senate approved by a party-line vote the rules for the impeachment trial of President Trump. This marks just the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden. Under the rules, each side will be given 24 hours over a three-day period for opening arguments. Senators also agreed to automatically admit evidence from the House inquiry into the trial record. Republicans rejected 11 amendments from Democrats to subpoena witnesses and…

Staff (2020-01-22). Criminalizing Reporting: Glenn Greenwald Faces Cybercrime Complaint After Exposing Scandal in Brazil. democracynow.org In Brazil, federal prosecutors have filed a criminal complaint against journalist and Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald in connection to a major investigation he spearheaded that exposed misconduct among federal prosecutors and a former judge. Called "The Secret Brazil Archive," the series of pieces published in The Intercept and The Intercept Brasil used a trove of documents to offer new and damning insight into the sweeping anti-corruption campaign that brought down former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and paved the way for the election of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro. The investigation used pre…

Joshua Cho (2020-01-22). 23 Headlines Obscure Biden's Lies About Cutting Social Security. fair.org Here's something many Americans would be very interested to know: Is a leading candidate in the Democratic primary a liar? And since a

Staff (2020-01-22). Headlines for January 22, 2020. democracynow.org Senate Approves Rules for Trump's Impeachment Trial, Spain Declares Climate Emergency & Readies Climate Legislation, Australian Wildfires Release Massive Amounts of Greenhouse Gas, Airstrikes in Syria Kill 40 People, Including Children, in Idlib, Protesters Denounce Lebanon's Newly Formed Government, U.S. Deports Honduran Children Seeking Asylum to Guatemala Despite Being Ill, Hillary Clinton Slams Bernie Sanders in New Documentary But Says She Will Support Democratic Nominee, Architect of CIA's Torture Program Testifies in War Court at Guantánamo Bay, The Guardian: Bezos's Cellphone Was Allegedly Hacked by Saudi…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-01-22). In the Name of "Israel's Security": Retreating US Gives Israel Billions More in Military Funding. dissidentvoice.org Billions of US tax-payers' money will continue to be funneled into Israel in the next fiscal year, and for many years in the foreseeable future. Republican and Democratic Senators have recently achieved just that, passing a bill aimed at providing Israel with $3.3 billion in annual aid. The Bill, co-sponsored by Democratic Senator, Chris Coons …

Shawgi Tell (2020-01-22). Seventeen Charter Schools Siphon $155 Million from Buffalo Public School System. dissidentvoice.org To the shock of many, the Buffalo News, Buffalo's main newspaper, recently published an article exposing serious problems with charter schools. Like Rochester's Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News usually goes out of its way to provide biased reporting on charter schools, almost always presenting them in the most favorable light possible, while consistently ignoring …

Staff (2020-01-21). A Show Trial? As Trump Impeachment Trial Begins, Mitch McConnell Accused of Staging a Cover-Up. democracynow.org The Senate opens the third impeachment trial of a U.S. president in the country's history Tuesday, marking a historic day in Washington. Under proposed rules by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, each side will be given 24 hours over two days for opening arguments, after which senators will have 16 hours for questions and four hours for debate. The Senate will then vote on whether to hear from any new witnesses. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has said McConnell is trying to rush the impeachment process, while House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff, who is one of the impeachment managers, has accused the…

Staff (2020-01-21). Voting Rights Advocate: The Impeachment of Trump Is Needed to Protect Our Elections & Democracy. democracynow.org The impeachment trial begins its proceedings in the Senate today amid accusations of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell attempting to rush the impeachment process. Senators will have 16 hours for questions and four hours for debate, after 24 hours for opening arguments on each side. We speak with Rick Perlstein, historian and author, and Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Clarke says that thanks to the rules set by McConnell, Trump's impeachment trial could be over within a week, with much of the debate taking place in the evening. The proces…

Staff (2020-01-21). National Archives Doctored Photo of 2017 Women's March to Blur Messages Critical of Trump. democracynow.org The National Archives and Records Administration apologized Saturday for doctoring a photo of the 2017 Women's March to remove criticisms of President Trump. 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 at least four signs referencing Trump had been blurred to remove his name, including a poster reading "God Hates Trump." Signs in the photo referencing female anatomy were also blurred. The shocking revelation that the archives — which calls itself the country's "record keeper" — had altered the im…

Staff (2020-01-21). Greta Thunberg Addresses Global Elite at Davos: Our House Is Still on Fire. democracynow.org The 17-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg delivered a speech Tuesday to the world leaders and global elite gathered in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum, one year after she first condemned the forum for its inaction on climate change. "We don't need a 'low-carbon economy.' We don't need to 'lower emissions.' Our emissions have to stop," Thunberg said. "And until we have the technologies that at scale can put our emissions to minus, then we must forget about net zero. We need real zero."

Eoin Higgins (2020-01-21). "Nobody Likes Him": Hillary Clinton Not Sure She'll Endorse Bernie Sanders. theantimedia.com (CD) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter released Tuesday that she would not commit to endorse or support Sen. Bernie Sanders should he win the Democratic nomination later this year and stood by comments in a forthcoming Hulu documentary that "nobody likes" the Vermont senator. Progressives were unimpressed with the remarks by Clinton, whose …

Staff (2020-01-21). Headlines for January 21, 2020. democracynow.org Impeachment Trial Opens as Democrats Accuse GOP of "Cover-Up", Trump and Greta Thunberg Address Elites at Davos as Oxfam Condemns Mounting Inequality, NYT Endorses Senators Warren, Klobuchar, as Sanders Gets Backing from Reps. Jayapal and Pocan, Puerto Ricans Call on Governor Vázquez to Resign After Viral Video Shows Unused Emergency Supplies, Attack Kills 100 Soldiers in Yemen, Police Injure Hundreds in Lebanese Anti-Government Protests, At Least 4 Killed, Dozens Injured in Iraq as Popular Protests Mount Nationwide, Racist Treatment of Meghan Markle Highlighted as Plans for "Megxit" Move Forward, 10,000s Attend…

Gerald E. Scorse (2020-01-21). Even the Democrats Do Favors for the Rich. dissidentvoice.org In 2017 a Republican-controlled Congress passed a tax cut hugely tilted to corporations and the wealthy. In the waning days of 2019, the Democratic-controlled House did a kind of me-too. It pushed through a retirement bill with a provision that gives billions to those in the upper tiers. The House's gift to the well-off was …

news.un (2020-01-21). Joint UN-Congolese strategy needed to address insecurity following deadly attacks. news.un.org Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the UN peacekeeping operation in the country, MONUSCO, are being urged to develop a comprehensive joint strategy to address insecurity in Beni territory, located in the east.

Staff (2020-01-20). SPECIAL: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in His Own Words. democracynow.org Today is the federal holiday that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was born January 15, 1929. He was assassinated April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. While Dr. King is primarily remembered as a civil rights leader, he also championed the cause of the poor and organized the Poor People's Campaign to address issues of economic justice. Dr. King was also a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War. We play his "Beyond Vietnam" speech, which he delivered at New York City's Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, as well as his last speech, "I've Been to…

Staff (2020-01-17). Interpretation Crisis at the Border Leads to Deportation of Mayan-Language Speakers Seeking Refuge. democracynow.org As the U.S. continues to use hostile policies to stop people from seeking refuge and asylum in the United States, we look at a key problem that is preventing migrants from getting due process, and in many cases getting them deported: inadequate interpretation for indigenous asylum seekers who speak Mayan languages. Guatemala has a population of 15 million people, and at least 40% of them are indigenous. In the past year, a quarter of a million Guatemalan migrants have been apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border. At least half of them are Mayan. Many speak little or no Spanish. This is the focus of a new report in…

Staff (2020-01-17). Headlines for January 17, 2020. democracynow.org Senate Impeachment Trial Opens as Accountability Office Says Trump Broke Law by Withholding Aid, Pentagon Contradicts Trump and Says 11 U.S. Troops Injured in Iranian Strikes, Senate Votes to Approve USMCA, Report: Six Banks Reaped $18 Billion Last Year from Trump Tax Cuts, Guatemalan Protesters Demand Outgoing President Be Arrested for Corruption, Deported Immigrant Rights Leader Jean Montrevil Sues U.S. Government, FBI Arrests 3 Suspected Neo-Nazis Ahead of Pro-Gun Rally in Richmond, Virginia, Florida Supreme Court Upholds Law Limiting Voting Rights for People with Felony Convictions, Harvard Law Students Prote…

Staff (2020-01-17). 4 Years Seeking Justice: Daughter of Slain Indigenous Environmental Leader Berta Cáceres Speaks Out. democracynow.org In Honduras, a new report by the Violence Observatory at the Honduran National Autonomous University says that at least 15 women have been murdered in the first 14 days of this year. Violence against women, LGBTQ people, indigenous leaders and environmental activists has skyrocketed in Honduras under the U.S.-backed government of President Juan Orlando Hernández. The report comes nearly four years after the Honduran indigenous environmental activist Berta Cáceres was shot dead inside her home in La Esperanza, Honduras, by hired hitmen. Last month in the capital of Tegucigalpa, seven men were sentenced to up to 50…

Staff (2020-01-16). Tanks & AR-15s: Moms 4 Housing Speaks Out After Militarized Eviction from Vacant Oakland House. democracynow.org We look at the fight for affordable housing in the Bay Area with Moms 4 Housing, the unhoused and insecurely housed mothers who were evicted Tuesday by a militarized police force from a vacant home they had been occupying in Oakland, California. The action ended a two-month standoff between the mothers and real estate developer Wedgewood Properties when sheriff's deputies arrested two mothers and two of their supporters. All four were released on bail Tuesday afternoon. We speak to Misty Cross, one of the moms who was arrested, and her daughter Destiny Johnson. "It was never about trying to stay in that house," s…

Kate Oh (2020-01-16). The White House's Dangerously Expansive Views on Trump's Powers That You Can't See. aclu.org A basic legal consensus about our democracy is that the Constitution assigns the "

splcenter (2020-01-13). Miller Dismisses DACA in Emails, Mirroring Anti-Immigrant Extremists' Views. splcenter.org White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller went against many Republicans when siding with white nationalists and other extremists on the issue of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, more commonly known as DACA, emails show.

EIGHTY Bug (2020-01-01). The Legend Of Bernie Sanders Song. zcomm.org The Legend of Bernie Sanders was originally written for the Bernie documentary called BERN THE MOVIE and is a compendium of Bernie Sanders's life leading into the OUR REVOLUTION movement…

Norman Solomon (2019-12-02). The Official Secrets Movie vs. Joe Biden's Lies About the Iraq War. zcomm.org As he pursues the presidency, Joe Biden is persisting with dismal innovations to falsify his record on the Iraq war. In the process, he's operating completely at odds with what the Official Secrets film and Katharine Gun are all about…

2020-01-27: Social Media Postees

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Bernie Sanders, Joe Rogan, Human Rights Campaign, and Truth in Advertising
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-27
On January 20, comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan mentioned that he'll "probably vote for Bernie" Sanders in the Democratic Party's presidential primary. Rogan cited Sanders's decades of "consistency" as a "very powerful structure to operate from." More interesting than Rogan's quasi-endorsement was the Human Rights Campaign's negative response. The organization called on Sanders to…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/27/bernie-sanders-joe-rogan-human-rights-campaign-and-truth-in-advertising/

Corporate Crap That Doesn't Kill Bernie
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-27
On January 19th the New York Times oddly co-endorsed Senators Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar for the Democratic presidential nomination. Two days later, the key New Hampshire primary showed Warren down four points. Bernie Sanders' surge continued. What happened? To the extent that they ever did, the editorial boards at corporate-owned media outlets no longer…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/27/corporate-crap-that-doesnt-kill-bernie/

Bernie Sanders and His Movement Are on the Verge of History
Norman Solomon | truthdig.com | 2020-01-27
As the Vermont senator steadily climbs in the polls, young people in New Hampshire mobilize to push him across the finish line.
truthdig.com/articles/bernie-sanders-and-his-movement-are-on-the-verge-of-history/

DNC's Tom Perez nominates regime-change agents, Israel lobbyists, and Wall Street consultants to rig the game against Bernie
Kevin Gosztola | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-27
With Sen. Bernie Sanders surging in the polls, DNC chair Tom Perez has put forward a cartoonishly neoliberal cast of…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/27/dnc-perez-regime-change-agents-israel-lobbyists-wall-street-rig-game-bernie/

Young People Are Set to Make History with Bernie Sanders
Norman Solomon | zcomm.org | 2020-01-27
And New Hampshire's Youth Movement Is Showing How…
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What do presidential candidates do when they're stuck in the Senate?
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-27
MANCHESTER, N.H.–What do Democratic presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Michael Benne,t and Amy Klobuchar do when they want to be out on the campaign trail

Joe Biden in 2020 Copies Hillary Clinton in 2016
Eric Zuesse | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-27
The 2016 Iowa Democratic Presidential Caucuses were held on 1 February 2016 and produced 49.84% for Hillary Clinton and 49.59% for Bernie Sanders. | On 12 January 2016, Politico headlined "Sanders bests Clinton in new early state polls" and reported …
globalresearch.ca/joe-biden-2020-copies-hillary-clinton-2016/5701928

To rig primary against Bernie, DNC's Tom Perez nominates regime-change agents, Israel lobbyists, and Wall Street consultants
Kevin Gosztola | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-27
With Senator Bernie Sanders surging in the polls, DNC chair Tom Perez has put forward a cartoonishly neoliberal cast of…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/27/dnc-perez-regime-change-agents-israel-lobbyists-wall-street-rig-game-bernie/

The Problem With Impeachment
Chris Hedges | truthdig.com | 2020-01-27
Chris Hedges is off and will return with a new column Tuesday afternoon. Below, reposted as the Senate conducts the impeachment trial of President Trump, is a Hedges column from Sept. 26, 2019. It was written in the week that Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the start of impeachment inquiries in the House, roughly three months before the lower chamber voted to impeach. | Impeaching Donald Trump would do nothing to halt the deep decay that has beset the American republic. It would not magically restore democratic institutions. It would not return us to the rule of law. It would not curb the predatory appetites of th…
truthdig.com/articles/the-problem-with-impeachment-2/

Under Pressure in Impeachment Trial, Trump Steps Up Attacks on Reproductive Rights
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-27
Donald Trump on Friday became the first sitting president in U.S. history to attend the so-called March for Life, the annual anti-abortion rally held in Washington, D.C., that draws thousands of participants. President Trump

Kobe Bryant Dead at 41: Remembering Basketball Star's Legacy On and Off the Court
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-27
Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant died Sunday in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles at the age of 41. The crash killed all nine people on board, including Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna and beloved college baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and their 13-year-old daughter Alyssa. They were heading to a youth basketball game. Bryant won five NBA championships, two Olympic gold medals and was crowned an All-Star 18 times. He played for the L.A. Lakers for 20 years before retiring in 2016. Gianna Bryant reportedly hoped to one day play for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team. Tribute…
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How Is Washington 'Liberating' Free Countries
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-27
There are obviously some serious linguistic issues and disagreements between the West and the rest of the world. Essential terms like "freedom", "democracy", "liberation", even "terrorism", are all mixed up and confused; they mean something absolutely different in New York, …
globalresearch.ca/how-washington-liberating-free-countries/5701937

Murder of Slovakian journalist Ján Kuciak reveals close ties between political establishment, corporate elite and criminal underworld
wsws.org | 2020-01-27
The reintroduction of capitalism did not bring democracy, freedom, and prosperity, but the opposite.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/27/slov-j27.html

Is the DNC Planning to Go to War Against the Left?
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-27
Progressives raised alarm this weekend after Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez released his picks for the 2020 Democratic National Convention committees. | The list of nominees, Sunrise Movement political director Evan Weber said Sunday, looks like "a who's-who of people explicitly opposed to the progressive agenda." | Kevin Gosztola, managing editor of Shadowproof, sparked a flurry of responses when he shared Perez's list on social media Saturday afternoon. | Related Articles:
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Italy's regional voters thwart hopes of Matteo Salvini's League party
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-01-27
Italian voters have thwarted right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini's hopes of turning an election in a key northern region into a springboard for regaining national power.Nearly complete results from Sunday's election for the governorship of the prosperous Emilia-Romagna region had his League party candidate winning only 43.7% of support to the 51.4% garnered by the incumbent governor Stefano Bonaccini from the centre-left Democrats.The Democrats are in Italy's national coalition government led by premier Giuseppe Conte. | Italy, Emilia-Romagna regional election, 61.5% counted: | Bonaccini (CSX-LEFT | S&D | G/E…
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2020/01/27/italys-regional-voters-thwart-hopes-of-matteo-salvinis-league-party/

'Bombshell' or nothing to see here? Dems clamor for Bolton impeachment testimony as manuscript claims Trump-Ukraine quid-pro-quo
rt.com | 2020-01-27
Ex-National Security Adviser John Bolton's book claims Donald Trump admitted a Ukraine quid-pro-quo, prompting Democrats to declare it's game-over for the US president, as his supporters dismiss it as yet another nothingburger. | Democrats have renewed their demands for Bolton to testify in the Senate impeachment trial after a manuscript of the inveterate hawk's new tell-all book on his time in the White House asserted Trump had told Bolton the administration should keep sitting on $391 million in military aid to Ukraine until Kiev reopened an investigation of Burisma Holdings, the natural gas firm tied to for…
rt.com/usa/479321-bolton-book-impeachment-witness/

Explosive Bolton Book Allegations Spark New Calls for Witnesses to Testify at Impeachment Trial
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-27
Calls are growing for the Senate to call witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial, after The New York Times published details about former national security adviser John Bolton's forthcoming book. In the book, Bolton writes that President Trump personally told him in August that he wanted to maintain a freeze on $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until Ukraine turned over materials related to former Vice President Joe Biden and supporters of Hillary Clinton in Ukraine. The New York Times broke the story on Sunday, one day after President Trump's legal team began its defense of the president. D…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/27/impeachment_trial_john_bolton_donald_trump

Explosive Bolton Book Allegations Spark New Calls For Witnesses to Testify at Impeachment Trial
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-27
Calls are growing for the Senate to call witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial, after The New York Times published details about former national security adviser John Bolton's forthcoming book. In the book, Bolton writes that President Trump personally told him in August that he wanted to maintain a freeze on $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until Ukraine turned over materials related to former Vice President Joe Biden and supporters of Hillary Clinton in Ukraine. The New York Times broke the story on Sunday, one day after President Trump's legal team began its defense of the president. D…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/27/impeachment_trial_john_bolton_donald_trump

Is the DNC Planning to Go to War Against the Left?
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-27
Progressives raised alarm this weekend after Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez released his picks for the 2020 Democratic National Convention committees. | The list of nominees, Sunrise Movement political director Evan Weber said Sunday, looks like "a who's-who of people explicitly opposed to the progressive agenda." | Kevin Gosztola, managing editor of Shadowproof, sparked a flurry of responses when he shared Perez's list on social media Saturday afternoon. | Democratic National Committee ch…
truthdig.com/articles/is-the-dnc-planning-to-go-to-war-against-the-left/

Under Pressure in Impeachment Trial, Trump Steps Up Attacks on Reproductive Rights
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-27
Donald Trump on Friday became the first sitting president in U.S. history to attend the so-called March for Life, the annual anti-abortion rally held in Washington, D.C., that draws thousands of participants. President Trump

Italy's regional voters thwart hopes of Matteo Salvini's League party
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-01-27
Italian voters have thwarted right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini's hopes of turning an election in a key northern region into a springboard for regaining national power.Nearly complete results from Sunday's election for the governorship of the prosperous Emilia-Romagna region had his League party candidate winning only 43.7% of support to the 51.4% garnered by the incumbent governor Stefano Bonaccini from the centre-left Democrats.The Democrats are in Italy's national coalition government led by premier Giuseppe Conte. | Italy, Emilia-Romagna regional election, 61.5% counted: | Bonaccini (CSX-LEFT | S&D | G/E…
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2020/01/27/italys-regional-voters-thwart-hopes-of-matteo-salvinis-league-party/

The Vile Message Democrats Are Sending With Impeachment
Saif Ansari | truthdig.com | 2020-01-27
People of color have suffered the brunt of Trump's abuses, so why are there no articles of impeachment that speak to their pain?
truthdig.com/articles/the-vile-message-democrats-are-sending-with-impeachment/

Brazilian Indigenous Tribes to Sue Bolsonaro Over Crude Remarks
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-27
The primary organization representing Brazil's 300 Indigenous tribes issued a joint statement on Friday that threatened to sue far-right President Jair Bolsonaro over his crude comments. | RELATED: | Lula Calls on Brazilians to Fight to Regain Nation's Democracy | In particular, the Association of Indigenous Peoples (APIB) slammed Bolsonaro over his recent remarks claiming that the Brazilian tribes were 'evolving" and becoming more human. | "We need to put a stop to this perver…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazilian-Indigenous-Tribes-to-Sue-Bolsonaro-Over-Crude-Remarks-20200127-0003.html

Trump Steps Up Attacks on Reproductive Rights Amid Impeachment Trial
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-27
Donald Trump on Friday became the first sitting president in U.S. history to attend the so-called March for Life, the annual anti-abortion rally held in Washington, D.C., that draws thousands of participants. President Trump

'Greatest danger for democracy': Iranian president seeks greater inclusivity in election process after 10,000 candidates banned
rt.com | 2020-01-27
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has taken aim at how the Islamic Republic handles elections. After the Guardian Council barred almost two-thirds of candidates from running, Rouhani called for "competition and participation." | With the parliamentary elections on the horizon, President Rouhani spoke to provincial governors about the electoral process. Rouhani criticized the way the Islamic Republic deals with elections in general, and the actions of Iran's Guardian Council of the Constitution specifically. | The council, which decides who can run for office, has so far barred almost 10,000 candidates, including…
rt.com/news/479307-elections-iran-democracy-danger-rouhani/

The ProDemocracy Project: Improving Public Comment
Steve Martinot | indybay.org | 2020-01-27
Tara Pitman Library, South Berkeley | MLK & Russell, Berkeley, CA…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/01/27/18830114.php

'Greatest danger for democracy': Iranian president seeks greater inclusivity in election process after 10,000 candidates banned
rt.com | 2020-01-27
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has taken aim at how the Islamic Republic handles elections. After the Guardian Council barred almost two-thirds of candidates from running, Rouhani called for "competition and participation." | With the parliamentary elections on the horizon, President Rouhani spoke to provincial governors about the electoral process. Rouhani criticized the way the Islamic Republic deals with elections in general, and the actions of Iran's Guardian Council of the Constitution specifically. | The council, which decides who can run for office, has so far barred almost 10,000 candidates, including…
rt.com/news/479307-elections-iran-democracy-danger-rouhani/

Trump tweets threats as impeachment defense begins
wsws.org | 2020-01-27
Senate Republicans seem determined to bring the trial to an end by Friday of this week.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/27/impe-j27.html

Trump Bought Off the Impeachment Jury With Tax Cuts While Hinting at Bigger Ones
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-27
It's long been obvious that Republican senators have little interest in serving as impartial jurors in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump. While there is a raft of motivations for such historic perfidy

Why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is in the same party as Joe Biden
wsws.org | 2020-01-27
The New York congresswoman declared recently that, in any country but the United States, she and former Vice President Joe Biden would be in different political parties.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/27/cort-j27.html

Ignoring the Elephant at the Guantanamo Prison Camp: Yet Another 9/11 Crime
Kevin Ryan | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-27
The dubious legal proceedings at the Guantanomo Bay (Gitmo) prison camp continue to promote the idea of justice for victims of 9/11. Unfortunately, these proceedings do not represent an administration of law but an unstated claim that the Global War …
globalresearch.ca/ignoring-elephant-gitmo-another-911-crime/5701814

'Bigger than basketball': NBA stars lead on-court tributes to Kobe Bryant hours after icon's death (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-01-27
Several of the NBA's most well-known players led tributes for Kobe Bryant during Sunday evening's NBA fixtures as they allowed the shot clocks on their opening possessions to expire as a tribute to the fallen legend. | It is rare, perhaps, to see such an outpouring of grief following the death of a former player but such was Kobe Bryant's standing in basketball – and in the global sports community as a whole – that an entire league appeared in mourning during Sunday evening's NBA fixtures, the first games to take place following the announcement of Bryant's death, along with that of his 13-year-old daughter an…
rt.com/sport/479283-kobe-bryant-death-nba-stars-react/

Adani and the Purpose of Education
Peter Harrison | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-27
Recently, Survival International, the organization that campaigns with 'tribal peoples,' ran a story about the Indian conglomerate, Adani Group, setting up a Tribal Residential School for children in Bankishole, Baripada, in Mayurbhanj District in Odisha State

Allegations in Bolton Book Spark New Calls for Witnesses at Impeachment Trial
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-27
Calls are growing for the Senate to call witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial, after The New York Times published details about former national security adviser John Bolton's forthcoming book. In the book, Bolton writes that President Trump personally told him in August that he wanted to maintain a freeze on $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until Ukraine turned over materials related to former Vice President Joe Biden and supporters of Hillary Clinton in Ukraine. The N…
truthout.org/video/allegations-in-bolton-book-spark-new-calls-for-witnesses-at-impeachment-trial/

"Ours to Tell": New Film Highlights Personal Stories About the Importance of Abortion Access
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-27
As Roe v. Wade faces unprecedented attacks, the new short film "Ours to Tell" puts a human face to the fight for reproductive justice and highlights those whose stories are often sidelined by the media: LGBTQ communities and communities of color. The film focuses on Ylonda, Nick, Hannah and Brittany, four people who discuss how having access to abortion shaped their lives. The film was directed by Rayka Zehtabchi and was created by Planned Parenthood and We Testify. For more on the film, as well as the state of reproductive rights in the United States, we speak with Renee Bracey Sherman, founder and executive dir…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/27/ours_to_tell_film_abortion_stories

Trump denies Ukraine claims in former official's memoir
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-27
U.S. President Donald Trump early on Monday denied claims in a book by former National Security Advisor John Bolton that he ordered aid to Ukraine be frozen until Kiev helped in an investigation into senior Democrat Joe Biden and his son."I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including [former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter] the Bidens," Trump said on Twitter, adding: "In fact, he never complained about this at the time of his very public termination. If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book."Trump referred to a leaked draft of Bolton…
yenisafak.com/en/news/trump-denies-ukraine-claims-in-former-officials-memoir-3510573

United States: As Iowa caucuses approach, Democratic battle lines emerge
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-01-27
US politics Leo CrnogorcevicIssue 1251 United States Democratic Party US presidential primariesJanuary 27, 2020Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton's defeat by Republican Donald Tr…
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Trump Told Bolton Ukraine Aid Contingent on Probe Into Democratic Rivals: NYT
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-27
"There is no pretense left. There are no excuses remaining," said Chris Murphy (D-Conn.). | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bolton_trump_aid-contingent-nyt.jpg
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The Failure to Deliver Reparations
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-26
"Repair: Redeeming the Promise of Abolition" | Purchase in the Truthdig Bazaar | In July 2019, on a stage cluttered with nine other Democratic presidential candidates, Marianne Williamson broke with her normal jargon of cosmos to present a plan for reparations to black Americans. After translating 40 acres and a mule into a modern-day equivalent, she proposed from $200 billion to $500 billion for reparations programs, along with some "deep truth telling" in America. Her reference to "truth telling" likely refers to this natio…
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"War on Dissent" Threatens Speech, Media and Academic Freedoms
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-26
Censorship is the new normal in America and the West, wanting the message controlled, targeting what conflicts with it for elimination, notably on major geopolitical issues. | Digital democracy is the last frontier of free and open expression. | It's threatened by …
globalresearch.ca/war-dissent-us-west-threatens-speech-media-academic-freedoms/5701729

Lula Calls on Brazilians to Fight to Regain Nation's Democracy
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-26
The former president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, said that we must continue to fight to regain democracy in his country and warned that political infighting is coming against the "fascist right." | RELATED: | 'Greed Brought the Brumadinho Dam Tragedy in Brazil' Lula Says | During an interview for the Argentine media Page 12, Lula criticized the judicial process against him that was promoted by the prosecutor of the Lavo Jato case, Sergio Moro. | The former president ca…
telesurenglish.net/news/Lula-Calls-on-Brazilians-to-Fight-to-Regain-Nations-Democracy-20200126-0001.html

VIDEOS show scene of California helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant
rt.com | 2020-01-26
Footage has emerged showing the aftermath of the helicopter crash in California that reportedly took the life of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and eight others. | First videos and photos of the crash site show smoke and debris scattered around the area, and emergency services arriving to the scene. The accident reportedly started from a fire onboard Kobe Bryant's private helicopter which made it spiral out of control before crashing over Calabasas. | The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed there were no survivors left at the crash site. They have said they will not confirm the identity of the eight o…
rt.com/usa/479250-kobe-bryant-helicoper-crash-videos/

Kobe Bryant, His Daughter and 7 Others Die in Helicopter Crash
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-26
The sudden death at age 41 of the Lakers legend sets off an outpouring of grief; inquiry is underway at the scene near Calabasas, Calif.
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NBA Legend Kobe Bryant Dies In Helicopter Crash
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-26
Basketball legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday morning at age 41 when his private helicopter crashed in Los Angeles, California. | RELATED: | Five-Time NBA Champion Kobe Bryant Wins Oscar | The former athlete was traveling with four other people who also died in the crash. It was later confirmed that his daughter Gianna Maria Onore, 13, is among the victims. The causes of the airplane crash are not yet known. | Bryant is considered one of the most important players in the history of basketball. Aft…
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Remembering Kobe Bryant
Dave Zirin | thenation.com | 2020-01-26
Remembering Kobe Bryant…
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Remembering Kobe Bryant
Dave Zirin | thenation.com | 2020-01-26
Remembering Kobe Bryant…
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'Big-Monied Interests Are Getting Very Nervous': Sanders Leads in New Hampshire Poll
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-26
"They're looking at recent polls," the Democratic candidate said, "and they're saying, 'Oh my God, Sanders can win.'" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/nh-iowa-polls-bernie-sanders-lead.jpg
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Suing Hillary Clinton, Tulsi Gabbard stands up to the Russiagate smear machine
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-25
As Bernie Sanders ignores Hillary Clinton's attacks, Tulsi Gabbard is fighting back. Gabbard has filed a $50 million defamation suit…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/25/suing-hillary-clinton-tulsi-gabbard-stands-up-to-the-russiagate-smear-machine/

For Corporate Media, Bernie Sanders Is Bigger Threat Than Donald Trump
Julie Hollar | commondreams.org | 2020-01-25
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, pumps his fist in the air toward supporters as he arrives to speak during a campaign rally at Civic Center Park on September 9, 2019 in Denver. (Photo: Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trump-sanders-equivalence.jpg
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Impeachment: Democrats cry 'dictator' while Team Trump cries 'election interference'
rt.com | 2020-01-25
After three days of Democrat offensive, President Donald Trump's defense team have laid out their arguments. The Democrats, they said, are trying to commit their own brand of election interference by removing Trump from office. | The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump opened on Tuesday, and the Democrats' chosen team of prosecutors, or impeachment managers, spent much of this week reiterating their long-standing argument: Trump abused his office by withholding military aid for Ukraine to pressure President Volodymyr Zelensky into reopening a corruption investigation into the business activities of Joe…
rt.com/usa/479196-impeachment-trump-defense-arguments/

Trump Lawyers Argue Democrats Just Want to Overturn Election
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-25
The impeachment defense team reserves bulk of its case for Monday, focusing just two hours on what they call "politically motivated" effort.
truthdig.com/articles/trump-lawyers-argue-democrats-just-want-to-overturn-election/

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a case study of how lawmakers can make themselves richer with the bills they pass
Peter Cary | nationofchange.org | 2020-01-25
Republicans passed tax cuts

Rep. Jerry Nadler: Trump a 'Dictator' Whose Behavior 'Has No Analog' in US History
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-25
The New York Democrat's accusation came a day after he said Trump's behavior "puts even President Nixon to shame." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/nadler-trump-dictator.jpg
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Up Six Points as Buttigieg and Biden Stall, Sanders Takes Commanding Lead in New Iowa Poll
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-25
The new Times poll showed Sanders with 25 percent of the Iowa vote and 40 percent of support from those under 30 in the state. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sanders-surges-iowa-poll.jpg
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Could Bernie Sanders, like Jeremy Corbyn, be accused of anti-Semitism?
Victor Grossman | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-24
peoplesworld.org/article/could-bernie-sanders-like-jeremy-corbyn-be-accused-of-anti-semitism/

A Letter From Iowa
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
I rode back out to Iowa to observe and even participate on behalf of Bernie Sanders' progressive-populist candidacy in this state's pivotal first-in-the-nation presidential Caucus. It's a pivotal moment. A recent Des Moines Register poll has Sanders in lead among Iowa Democratic Party Caucus-goers. CNN just released a poll showing Sanders to be the national Democratic front-runner, three points ahead of ridiculous right-wing Joe "Never Called me Boy" Biden, whose corporatism Bernie has been politely calling out.
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/a-letter-from-iowa/

Could Bernie Sanders, like Jeremy Corbyn, be accused of anti-Semitism?
Victor Grossman | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-24
peoplesworld.org/article/could-bernie-sanders-like-jeremy-corbyn-be-accused-of-anti-semitism/

Oakland Moms Who Occupied Vacant Property to Highlight Housing Crisis Celebrate Unexpected Victory
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-24
In Oakland, California, a months-long struggle between a group of unhoused mothers occupying a vacant home and the real estate firm that owned it ended with an unexpected offer to purchase the property earlier this week. The major win in the mothers' fight against homelessness and real estate speculation comes just a week after Wedgewood Properties forcibly evicted the families

Law Professor: Trump Could Also Have Been Impeached for War Crimes, Assassinations & Corruption
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-24
Democratic lawmakers are continuing to lay out their case for removing the president from office in the final day of opening arguments by Democrats in the historic impeachment trial of President Trump. Republicans will begin their opening arguments on Saturday. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Trump's political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. On Thursday, House impeachment manager Jerrold Nadler made the case that a president can…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/24/donald_trump_senate_impeachment_trial

Trump: The King
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
As of this writing (Thursday afternoon), the outcome of the Trump Removal trial currently underway is not entirely fixed in concrete, but the Party of Execrables, formerly known as the GOP, is hanging tight; its servile resolve to do Donald Trump's bidding seems secure as ever. Meanwhile the Democrats' impeachment managers have been doing a…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/trump-the-king/

Globalizing the War on Indigenous People: Bolsonaro and Modi
Jess Franklin | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
A man who has repeatedly romanticized dictatorship and advocated the use of torture seems like an odd choice for guest of honor at the annual celebration of the constitution in the biggest democracy in the world. However, it makes perfect sense that Brazil's notorious President, Jair Bolsonaro, has been invited to India's Republic Day parade…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/globalizing-the-war-on-indigenous-people-bolsonaro-and-modi/

International Court of Justice Orders Burmese Authorities to Protect Rohingya Muslims from Genocide
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-24
In a major ruling, the U.N. International Court of Justice at The Hague has ordered Burma to "take all measures within its power" to protect Rohingya Muslims from genocide. The court issued the ruling Thursday, calling the 600,000 Rohingya remaining in Burma, also known as Myanmar, "extremely vulnerable" to military violence. The court ordered Burma to report regularly to the tribunal about its progress. The ruling is a sharp rebuke of Burma's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who last month asked the court to drop the genocide case against Burma. Suu Kyi is a Nobel Peace Prize winner who spent over a decade figh…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/24/burma_rohingya_genocide_icj_ruling

Globalizing the War on Indigenous People: Bolsonaro and Modi
Jess Franklin | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
A man who has repeatedly romanticized dictatorship and advocated the use of torture seems like an odd choice for guest of honor at the annual celebration of the constitution in the biggest democracy in the world. However, it makes perfect sense that Brazil's notorious President, Jair Bolsonaro, has been invited to India's Republic Day parade…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/globalizing-the-war-on-indigenous-people-bolsonaro-and-modi/

Three Years into Trump's Presidency, What's Left of the American Left?
Roger D. Harris | mintpressnews.com | 2020-01-24
Democrats, despite their attempts at impeachment and boisterous haranguing of all things Trump, have consistently supported the President's "defense" policy and destruction of what remains of America's social safety nets.
mintpressnews.com/three-years-trump-presidency-left-democrats/264281/

Three Years into Trump's Presidency, What's Left of the American Left?
Roger D. Harris | mintpressnews.com | 2020-01-24
Democrats, despite their attempts at impeachment and boisterous haranguing of all things Trump, have consistently supported the President's "defense" policy and destruction of what remains of America's social safety nets.
mintpressnews.com/three-years-trump-presidency-left-democrats/264281/

Canada's Justin Trudeau Toes the Imperial Line on Iran
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-24
While the current Liberal government claims to be progressive and in favour of a rules-based international order, promotion of democracy and world peace, its actions regarding Iran demonstrate that the primary drivers of Canadian foreign policy remain US geo-political interests and the interests of the rich and powerful. (This previous article argues this has long been the …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/canadas-justin-trudeau-toes-the-imperial-line-on-iran/

International Court of Justice Orders Burmese Authorities to Protect Rohingya Muslims from Genocide
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-24
In a major ruling, the U.N. International Court of Justice at The Hague has ordered Burma to "take all measures within its power" to protect Rohingya Muslims from genocide. The court issued the ruling Thursday, calling the 600,000 Rohingya remaining in Burma, also known as Myanmar, "extremely vulnerable" to military violence. The court ordered Burma to report regularly to the tribunal about its progress. The ruling is a sharp rebuke of Burma's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who last month asked the court to drop the genocide case against Burma. Suu Kyi is a Nobel Peace Prize winner who spent over a decade figh…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/24/burma_rohingya_genocide_icj_ruling

Iowa voters weigh many factors as they decide who to support
John Bachtell | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-24
DES MOINES, Iowa

Iowa voters weigh many factors as they decide who to support
John Bachtell | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-24
DES MOINES, Iowa

The Biden Campaign Pushed Iowa Staffers to Drive in Dangerous Weather
Ken Klippenstein | thenation.com | 2020-01-24
The Biden Campaign Pushed Iowa Staffers to Drive in Dangerous Weather…
thenation.com/article/politics/biden-iowa-car-accident/

Law Professor: Trump Could Also Have Been Impeached for War Crimes, Assassinations, and Corruption
Democracy Now! | commondreams.org | 2020-01-24
Democratic lawmakers are continuing to lay out their case for removing the president from office in the final day of opening arguments by Democrats in the historic impeachment trial of President Trump. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/cohn_dn.jpg
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Defamation suit aims to stop Hillary and her 'powerful elite friends' from silencing patriotic Americans, Gabbard says
rt.com | 2020-01-23
Suing Hillary Clinton for defamation is necessary in order to keep the former first lady and her powerful allies from smearing Americans who seek "peace and freedom" for all, Tulsi Gabbard has argued. | The Democratic presidential hopeful released a scathing statement in defense of her suit against Clinton, noting that the former secretary of state's attempt to smear her as "the favorite of the Russians" would have far-reaching consequences if left unchallenged. | "If Hillary Clinton and her allies can successfully destroy my reputation

Tim Robbins: Bernie Sanders Is the Best Shot We Have to Defeat Donald Trump
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-23
We continue our conversation with Academy Award-winning actor and director Tim Robbins, whose recent projects include the new film "Dark Waters" and a play about immigration called "The New Colossus." He recently endorsed Vermont senator and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders for president. "I believe he is the only one of them that can defeat Trump," Robbins says.
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/23/tim_robbins_bernie_sanders_endorsement

Tim Robbins: Bernie Sanders Is the Best Shot We Have to Defeat Donald Trump
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-23
We continue our conversation with Academy Award-winning actor and director Tim Robbins, whose recent projects include the new film "Dark Waters" and a play about immigration called "The New Colossus." He recently endorsed Vermont senator and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders for president. "I believe he is the only one of them that can defeat Trump," Robbins says.
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/23/tim_robbins_bernie_sanders_endorsement

The Grayzone's Anya Parampil slams mainstream media's anti-Sanders bias on Tucker Carlson Tonight
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-23
The Grayzone's Anya Parampil joined Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News to discuss the media and democratic establishment's attack on…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/23/the-grayzones-anya-parampil-slams-mainstream-medias-anti-sanders-bias-on-tucker-carlson-tonight/

What the Right Wing in Latin America means by democracy is violence
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2020-01-23
It was a curious exchange. Frustrated by the attacks on his party–the Movement for Socialism (MAS)–former president of Bolivia Evo Morales made an audio recording in which he called upon his supporters to form militias. Maximilian Heath of Reuters went to Argentina to speak with Morales about this leaked recording. | Source…
mronline.org/2020/01/23/what-the-right-wing-in-latin-america-means-by-democracy-is-violence/

Trump Brags About Withholding Evidence as Democratic Impeachment Managers Lay Out Case in the Senate
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-23
During the opening day of oral arguments in the impeachment trial, President Trump was accused of abusing his office to "cheat an election." House impeachment managers spent about eight hours on Wednesday laying out their case for why President Trump should be removed from office. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Trump's political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. While the impeachment trial was taking place in the Senate, Presiden…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/23/trump_impeachment_trial_senate_dahlia_lithwick

Trump Brags About Withholding Evidence as Democratic Impeachment Managers Lay Out Case in the Senate
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-23
During the opening day of oral arguments in the impeachment trial, President Trump was accused of abusing his office to "cheat an election." House impeachment managers spent about eight hours on Wednesday laying out their case for why President Trump should be removed from office. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Trump's political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. While the impeachment trial was taking place in the Senate, Presiden…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/23/trump_impeachment_trial_senate_dahlia_lithwick

"The New Colossus": In New Play, Tim Robbins Tackles Immigration & Xenophobia
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-23
President Trump said Wednesday that he would expand his highly controversial travel ban, which already bars citizens from seven countries, most of which have Muslim-majority populations

"The New Colossus": In New Play, Tim Robbins Tackles Immigration & Xenophobia
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-23
President Trump said Wednesday that he would expand his highly controversial travel ban, which already bars citizens from seven countries, most of which have Muslim-majority populations

Democrats invoke Cold War narrative to push impeachment
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-01-23
Jason Crow, the ex-Army Ranger turned congressman whom Nancy Pelosi has named as one of seven impeachment managers in the trial of Donald Trump, has dropped a broad hint about what angle Democratic prosecutors will pursue: it will be about national security and protecting our troops. | Source…
mronline.org/2020/01/23/democrats-invoke-cold-war-narrative-to-push-impeachment/

"Dark Waters": Meet the Lawyer Whose 20-Year Fight Against DuPont Inspired the New Film
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-23
The new film "Dark Waters" tells the story of attorney Rob Bilott's 20-year battle with DuPont over contaminated drinking water in West Virginia from toxic chemicals used to make Teflon. The Environmental Working Group credited Billot with "uncovering the most heinous corporate environmental conspiracy in history," and the issue of contaminated water from the plastics industry continues to devastate areas across the country. On Wednesday, the Environmental Working Group released a shocking report about how toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS have been found in the drinking water of dozens of U.S. cities, in…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/23/tim_robbins_rob_billot_dark_waters

75 years after Auschwitz liberation, antisemitism still threatens 'foundations of democratic societies'
news.un.org | 2020-01-23
Commemorating 75 years since the liberation of the notorious Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, independent UN rights experts said on Thursday that "urgent action" is needed to combat mounting antisemitism.
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Myanmar: Departing UN rights expert still hopeful for democratic transition
news.un.org | 2020-01-23
An independent human rights expert said she has not given up hope for a democratic transition in Myanmar even though the country has yet to address "grave allegations" of international crimes, including possible genocide.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/01/1055901

Trump impeachment trial starts as several unions speak out
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-23
WASHINGTON –The Republican-run Senate's impeachment trial of GOP President Donald Trump opened Jan. 21 with heated verbal jousting from lawyers

GOP senators look down in embarrassment as prosecutors make their case
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-23
WASHINGTON

Now Three Years into the Reign of Trump, What's Left?
Roger D. Harris | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-23
On January 20, Donald G. Trump completed his third year in office. My one blog that received five-digit Facebook shares predicted Trump would lose in 2016. I was spectacularly wrong but not alone. Even the Las Vegas bookies thought Clinton was a shoo-in with her unbeatable two-punch knockout of (1) I'm not Trump and (2) …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/now-three-years-into-the-reign-of-trump-whats-left/

12 States Where Democrats Could Flip the Senate
Steve Phillips | thenation.com | 2020-01-23
12 States Where Democrats Could Flip the Senate…
thenation.com/article/politics/senate-race-democrats-2020/

Voter, Beware: Oppo Dump Season Is Upon Us
Ross Barkan | thenation.com | 2020-01-23
Voter, Beware: Oppo Dump Season Is Upon Us…
thenation.com/article/politics/opposition-research-bernie-warren/

'Obvious malicious intent': Tulsi Gabbard hits Clinton with defamation suit over 'Russian asset' smear
rt.com | 2020-01-22
Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard is suing two-time White House runner-up Hillary Clinton over her claim that Gabbard was a "Russian asset," alleging that the lie hurt not just her campaign but the entire election. | Clinton "lied about her perceived rival Tulsi Gabbard… publicly, unambiguously, and with obvious malicious intent" when she claimed Gabbard was "the favorite of the Russians," the campaign alleges in the suit, filed on Wednesday in the federal Southern Di…
rt.com/usa/478916-tulsi-russian-asset-clinton-lawsuit/

In the Name of "Israel's Security": Retreating US Gives Israel Billions More in Military Funding
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-22
Billions of US tax-payers' money will continue to be funneled into Israel in the next fiscal year, and for many years in the foreseeable future. Republican and Democratic Senators have recently achieved just that, passing a bill aimed at providing Israel with $3.3 billion in annual aid. The Bill, co-sponsored by Democratic Senator, Chris Coons …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/in-the-name-of-israels-security-retreating-us-gives-israel-billions-more-in-military-funding/

A Torturer Meets His Victims: CIA Psychologist Defends Brutal Methods at Guantánamo Military Hearing
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-22
On Tuesday, the psychologist identified as the "architect" of the CIA's torture program testified for the first time to the war court at Guantánamo Bay. James Mitchell was in the courtroom for a pretrial hearing for five 9/11 suspects who had been subject to torture, euphemistically called "enhanced interrogation techniques." Mitchell and his partner, Dr. Bruce Jessen, were paid $81 million to help design the CIA's torture methods, including some of the agency's most abusive tactics. The pair had no prior experience in interrogation. At the hearing, Mitchell reportedly told defense lawyers he only came to Guantán…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/22/cia_torture_program_guantanamo_bay

"The Senate Voted for a Cover-Up": GOP Senators Tilt Impeachment Trial in Trump's Favor
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-22
After the first marathon day leading up to President Trump's impeachment trial, we speak with Vince Warren and Baher Azmy, executive director and legal director, respectively, of the Center for Constitutional Rights. In a 13-hour session, the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate approved rules for the impeachment trial that Vince Warren says are tantamount to a "cover-up." Under the rules, each side will be given 24 hours over a three-day period for opening arguments. Senators also agreed to automatically admit evidence from the House inquiry into the trial record. Republicans rejected 11 amendments from Democrats t…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/22/impeachment_trial_donald_trump_senate

Criminalizing Reporting: Glenn Greenwald Faces Cybercrime Complaint After Exposing Scandal in Brazil
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-22
In Brazil, federal prosecutors have filed a criminal complaint against journalist and Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald in connection to a major investigation he spearheaded that exposed misconduct among federal prosecutors and a former judge. Called "The Secret Brazil Archive," the series of pieces published in The Intercept and The Intercept Brasil used a trove of documents to offer new and damning insight into the sweeping anti-corruption campaign that brought down former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and paved the way for the election of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro. The investigation used pre…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/22/glenn_greenwald_cybercrimes_charges_brazil

"Andrew Johnson Was a Lot Like Trump": Echoes of 1868 in Trump's Impeachment Trial
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-22
After a nearly 13-hour marathon session, the U.S. Senate approved by a party-line vote the rules for the impeachment trial of President Trump. This marks just the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden. Under the rules, each side will be given 24 hours over a three-day period for opening arguments. Senators also agreed to automatically admit evidence from the House inquiry into the trial record. Republicans rejected 11 amendments from Democrats to subpoena witnesses and…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/22/impeachment_donald_trump_andrew_johnson

23 Headlines Obscure Biden's Lies About Cutting Social Security
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2020-01-22
Here's something many Americans would be very interested to know: Is a leading candidate in the Democratic primary a liar? And since a strong majority of Americans have consistently opposed cuts to Social Security, the country's most successful anti-poverty program, Democratic vot…
fair.org/home/23-headlines-obscure-bidens-lies-about-cutting-social-security/

23 Headlines Obscure Biden's Lies About Cutting Social Security
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2020-01-22
Here's something many Americans would be very interested to know: Is a leading candidate in the Democratic primary a liar? And since a strong majority of Americans have consistently opposed cuts to Social Security, the country's most successful anti-poverty program, Democratic vot…
fair.org/home/23-headlines-obscure-bidens-lies-about-cutting-social-security/

"Andrew Johnson Was a Lot Like Trump": Echoes of 1868 in Trump's Impeachment Trial
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-22
After a nearly 13-hour marathon session, the U.S. Senate approved by a party-line vote the rules for the impeachment trial of President Trump. This marks just the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden. Under the rules, each side will be given 24 hours over a three-day period for opening arguments. Senators also agreed to automatically admit evidence from the House inquiry into the trial record. Republicans rejected 11 amendments from Democrats to subpoena witnesses and…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/22/impeachment_donald_trump_andrew_johnson

Seventeen Charter Schools Siphon $155 Million from Buffalo Public School System
Shawgi Tell | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-22
To the shock of many, the Buffalo News, Buffalo's main newspaper, recently published an article exposing serious problems with charter schools. Like Rochester's Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News usually goes out of its way to provide biased reporting on charter schools, almost always presenting them in the most favorable light possible, while consistently ignoring …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/seventeen-charter-schools-siphon-155-million-from-buffalo-public-school-system/

"Nobody Likes Him": Hillary Clinton Not Sure She'll Endorse Bernie Sanders
Eoin Higgins | theantimedia.com | 2020-01-21
(CD)