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2020-01-28: News Headlines

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 …

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.

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.

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

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)

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). 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.

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.

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

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…

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.

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). 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

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…

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?

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). 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…

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…

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). 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…

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

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…

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.

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). 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.

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

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…

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). 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). 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…

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.

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'

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…

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

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…

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 …

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). 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…

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.

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). "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) …

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…

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). 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). 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). 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 …

2020-01-28: Social Media Postees

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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/

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

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

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

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/

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

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/

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

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

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

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/

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/

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

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

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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

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

'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/

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

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

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

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/

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

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/

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/

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/

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

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/

"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

'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
commondreams.org/news/2020/01/27/facts-are-just-facts-sanders-campaign-hits-back-after-biden-claims-he-not-bernie-has?cd-origin=rss

Establishment Democrats Panic at Possibility Bernie Sanders Could Be 2020 Nominee
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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'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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'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
commondreams.org/news/2020/01/27/blow-phones-demands-boltonmusttestify-surge-after-new-revelations-about-ukrainian?cd-origin=rss

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

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/

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
DES MOINES, Iowa

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/

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/

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

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

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

"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

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/

"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

"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/

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/

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

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

"Nobody Likes Him": Hillary Clinton Not Sure She'll Endorse Bernie Sanders
Eoin Higgins | theantimedia.com | 2020-01-21
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A Show Trial? As Trump Impeachment Trial Begins, Mitch McConnell Accused of Staging a Cover-Up
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-21
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…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/21/trump_impeachment_trial_us_senate

Joint UN-Congolese strategy needed to address insecurity following deadly attacks
news.un.org | 2020-01-21
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.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/01/1055741

Voting Rights Advocate: The Impeachment of Trump Is Needed to Protect Our Elections & Democracy
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-21
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…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/21/trump_impeachment_trial_us_senate_pt2

National Archives Doctored Photo of 2017 Women's March to Blur Messages Critical of Trump
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-21
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

Greta Thunberg Addresses Global Elite at Davos: Our House Is Still on Fire
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-21
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."
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/21/greta_thunberg_davos_speech_2020

SPECIAL: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in His Own Words
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-20
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…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/20/special_dr_martin_luther_king_jr

The White House's Dangerously Expansive Views on Trump's Powers That You Can't See
Kate Oh | aclu.org | 2020-01-16
A basic legal consensus about our democracy is that the Constitution assigns the " power of the purse" to Congress. Turning this edict on its head, White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) lawyers reportedly concocted a legal theory that President Trump can override Congress's foreign policy spending decisions enshrined in law. If such a dangerously expansive proposal exists as a full legal opinion, it…
aclu.org/news/civil-liberties/the-white-houses-dangerously-expansive-views-on-trumps-powers-that-you-cant-see

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/

2020-01-27: 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…
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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.
truthdig.com/articles/kobe-bryant-his-daughter-and-7-others-die-in-helicopter-crash/

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

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

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

'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
commondreams.org/news/2020/01/26/big-monied-interests-are-getting-very-nervous-sanders-leads-new-hampshire-poll?cd-origin=rss

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
commondreams.org/news/2020/01/25/rep-jerry-nadler-trump-dictator-whose-behavior-has-no-analog-us-history?cd-origin=rss

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
commondreams.org/news/2020/01/25/six-points-buttigieg-and-biden-stall-sanders-takes-commanding-lead-new-iowa-poll?cd-origin=rss

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.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/01/1055851

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
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2020-01-26: News Headlines

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). 'It's just crazy': LeBron James surpasses Kobe Bryant for third place in NBA's all-time scorers list. rt.com NBA superstar LeBron James achieved another career milestone on Saturday night as he eclipsed Kobe Bryant's mark to move up to third place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. | James hit a third-period layup to take his career total to 33,644 points, one ahead of Bryant, as he moved into the rarified air of the NBA's all-time top three points scorers. | Despite Los Angeles Lakers star James' achievement coming on the Philadelphia 76ers' home court, the Sixers' fans paid tribute to James with a standing ovation for reaching his milestone. | By the end of the game, the Sixers fans were still in celebratory mood,…

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 …

sputniknews (2020-01-26). Mystery as Anonymous Seller Puts up for Auction JFK Assassination Docs. sputniknews.com Kennedy's murder in November 1963 prompted numerous conspiracy theories with people saying the government covered up crucial information. According to the most popular theories the 35th president was killed by the CIA, the mob, or on orders of the-then Cuban President Fidel Castro.

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). Hedge Fund Billionaires and Former GOP Megadonors Power New Democratic Super PAC. truthout.org This article was produced by A new super PAC that says it will spend $75 million to support Democrats in 2020 is funded in large part by billionaires who run hedge funds, including some with a history of supporting Republicans…

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…

Alex Bradbury (2020-01-25). XR: the case for deliberative democracy. zcomm.org Climate Assembly UK begins this weekend. It's a good start, but does not meet XR's third demand for a Government-commissioned Citizens' Assembly…

WSWS (2020-01-25). Trump steps up attacks on immigrants, democratic rights in midst of impeachment trial. wsws.org Trump railed against the "far left" in the first speech by a president at the annual anti-abortion March for Life rally in Washington DC.

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.

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

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

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…

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 …

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). 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). Chris Hedges: Democrats Have No Moral Authority on Impeachment. truthdig.com "He obstructed us. He is trying to obstruct you. And he has violated the Constitution," Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., As Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges argues in a new interview with "Rising's" Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti, the Democratic Party has been "selective" in its assessment of what rises to a const…

Ralph Nader (2020-01-24). Pelosi's Choice: Enough for Trump's Impeachment but not going All Out for Removal. counterpunch.org House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has her reasons for limiting her impeachment articles to offenses stemming from the abuses and violations related to Ukraine. Unfortunately, she declined to pursue a broader impeachment approach that recognizes multiple provable, serious violations of the Constitution. Speaker Pelosi overruled Chairs of Committees, including the Judiciary Committee, and other senior lawmakers

Ramzy Baroud (2020-01-24). In the Name of "Israel's Security": Retreating US Gives Israel Billions More in Military Funding. counterpunch.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 (2020-01-24). Trump Could Have Been Impeached for War Crimes, Assassinations and Corruption. truthout.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 pr…

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2020-01-24). Biden's Shameful Foreign Policy Record Extends Well Beyond Iraq. counterpunch.org Presidential contender Joe Biden has come under fire for his support for the 2003 Iraq War, but continues to tout his foreign policy experience as a key selling point for his candidacy. His foreign policy record is shameful, though, extending well beyond his Iraq War vote. After opposing the Vietnam and first Persian Gulf Wars,

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…

WSWS (2020-01-24). As extradition hearing dates are set, US Department of Justice argues Assange has no First Amendment rights. wsws.org The latest evidence submitted by the US government underscores the fundamental democratic issues at stake in the decade-long illegal persecution and witch-hunting of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

Gideon Polya (2020-01-24). "One World Digital Dictatorship" A Digital Nightmare. globalresearch.ca Danish writer Soren Korsgaard (editor of Crime & Power) has written a very long and detailed account entitled "One World Digital Dictatorship" that describes the accelerating movement by both Western-style democracies and one-party states (notably China) towards world-wide Digital Dictatorship …

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 …

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

teleSUR (2020-01-24). Trump Impeachment: What Happens Next?>. telesurenglish.net Here is what to look out for next: | FRIDAY | * The Democratic House managers present the final chunk of their 24 hours of arguments against Trump that began on Wednesday. | * During the arguments, senators sit as jurors and are not allowed to speak unless they are in a closed session. | RELATED: | SATURDAY | * The president's team will likely have its first opportunity to present its opening arguments. Senat…

Nick Pemberton (2020-01-24). AK-46: The Case Against Amy Klobuchar. counterpunch.org "First, I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more

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

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 …

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 …

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.

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. |

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…

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…

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). 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) …

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…

Richard Parker (2020-01-23). Why I Support Elizabeth Warren for President. thenation.com Why I Support Elizabeth Warren for President…

RT (2020-01-22). Senate approves Trump impeachment trial rules after grueling 12-hour session. rt.com Senate Republicans have pushed through ground rules for President Trump's impeachment trial, ending more than 12 hours of contentious debate with their Democratic rivals over guidelines for the proceedings. | Approved by a party-line vote of 53 to 47, the rules give House prosecutors and Trump's legal team 24 hours each to argue their cases for and against impeachment. The opening statements are scheduled to begin on Wednesday afternoon. | After each side makes their case, senators will have 16 hours to submit questions in writing. The Senate will then consider subpoenaing witnesses or relevant documents. | Al…

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). "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). 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…

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). 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). 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…

Fight Back (2020-01-22). Denver students say: No war on Iran! fightbacknews.org Denver, CO – Students from Denver Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) met on campus
| January 21 to continue the rallying against U.S. aggression towards Iran and the U.S.
| occupation of Iraq. This action comes after the illegal act of war of the Trump
| regime in which Qassem Soleimani was assassinated in the Baghdad International Airport. | The U.S. has claimed that they are backing off from war at this time, but will continue to add
| sanctions against Iran which will harm the people of Iran. One SDS member noted
| in his speech, "Sanctions are an act of war; countless citizens died in…

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). 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."

RT (2020-01-21). Trump lawyers & intel committee head Schiff accuse each other of obstructing as Senate impeachment trial begins. rt.com House intel committee head Adam Schiff clashed with President Donald Trump's attorneys as the Senate impeachment trial began, attempting to spin his party's lackluster articles of impeachment as dire crimes and getting cut down. | Even while insisting the evidence presented during the House hearings was "more than enough" for the Senate to convict Trump, Schiff maintained that failing to include all the witnesses, documents, and other material the Democrats had tried (and failed) to shoehorn into those hearings "only rewards the president's obstruction." | Trump's "refusal to obey subpoenas" was allowing him t…

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). 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). 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…

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 …

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 …

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…

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…

Aaron Maté (2020-01-19). Ex-UN weapons inspector: Biden's Iraq war vote excuse a 'bald-faced lie'. thegrayzone.com Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter dismantles Joe Biden's explanation for his Iraq war vote and recounts Biden's long record…

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…

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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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

Mystery as Anonymous Seller Puts up for Auction JFK Assassination Docs
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-26
Kennedy's murder in November 1963 prompted numerous conspiracy theories with people saying the government covered up crucial information. According to the most popular theories the 35th president was killed by the CIA, the mob, or on orders of the-then Cuban President Fidel Castro.
sputniknews.com/us/202001261078141994-mystery-as-anonymous-seller-puts-up-for-auction-jfk-assassination-docs/

'It's just crazy': LeBron James surpasses Kobe Bryant for third place in NBA's all-time scorers list
rt.com | 2020-01-26
NBA superstar LeBron James achieved another career milestone on Saturday night as he eclipsed Kobe Bryant's mark to move up to third place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. | James hit a third-period layup to take his career total to 33,644 points, one ahead of Bryant, as he moved into the rarified air of the NBA's all-time top three points scorers. | Despite Los Angeles Lakers star James' achievement coming on the Philadelphia 76ers' home court, the Sixers' fans paid tribute to James with a standing ovation for reaching his milestone. | By the end of the game, the Sixers fans were still in celebratory mood,…
rt.com/sport/479214-nba-lebron-james-all-time-scorers-list-kobe-bryant/

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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What the Right Wing in Latin America Means by Democracy Is Violence
Vijay Prashad | zcomm.org | 2020-01-25
This extreme violence undermines the possibility of democracy and allows the oligarchy to be re-elected in polling booths where the Left not dare enter…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/what-the-right-wing-in-latin-america-means-by-democracy-is-violence/

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

Hedge Fund Billionaires and Former GOP Megadonors Power New Democratic Super PAC
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-25
This article was produced by Sludge, an independent, ad-free investigative news site covering money in politics. Click here to support Sludge. | A new super PAC that says it will spend $75 million to support Democrats in 2020 is funded in large part by billionaires who run hedge funds, including some with a history of supporting Republicans…
truthout.org/articles/hedge-fund-billionaires-and-former-gop-megadonors-power-new-democratic-super-pac/

XR: the case for deliberative democracy
Alex Bradbury | zcomm.org | 2020-01-25
Climate Assembly UK begins this weekend. It's a good start, but does not meet XR's third demand for a Government-commissioned Citizens' Assembly…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/xr-the-case-for-deliberative-democracy/

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 steps up attacks on immigrants, democratic rights in midst of impeachment trial
wsws.org | 2020-01-25
Trump railed against the "far left" in the first speech by a president at the annual anti-abortion March for Life rally in Washington DC.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/25/impe-j25.html

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/

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/

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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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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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/

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/

Chris Hedges: Democrats Have No Moral Authority on Impeachment
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-24
"He obstructed us. He is trying to obstruct you. And he has violated the Constitution," Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., thundered during his closing statement before the Senate Thursday evening. It was a powerful moment that belied an inconvenient truth about the impeachment trial of Donald Trump: Democrats ceded their moral authority in the case long ago. | As Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges argues in a new interview with "Rising's" Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti, the Democratic Party has been "selective" in its assessment of what rises to a const…
truthdig.com/videos/chris-hedges-democrats-have-no-moral-authority-on-impeachment/

Pelosi's Choice: Enough for Trump's Impeachment but not going All Out for Removal
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has her reasons for limiting her impeachment articles to offenses stemming from the abuses and violations related to Ukraine. Unfortunately, she declined to pursue a broader impeachment approach that recognizes multiple provable, serious violations of the Constitution. Speaker Pelosi overruled Chairs of Committees, including the Judiciary Committee, and other senior lawmakers…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/pelosis-choice-enough-for-trumps-impeachment-but-not-going-all-out-for-removal/

In the Name of "Israel's Security": Retreating US Gives Israel Billions More in Military Funding
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
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…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/in-the-name-of-israels-security-retreating-us-gives-israel-billions-more-in-military-funding/

In the Name of "Israel's Security": Retreating US Gives Israel Billions More in Military Funding
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
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…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/in-the-name-of-israels-security-retreating-us-gives-israel-billions-more-in-military-funding/

What the Right Wing in Latin America Means by Democracy Is Violence
Vijay Prashad | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
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; Morales said,…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/what-the-right-wing-in-latin-america-means-by-democracy-is-violence/

Trump Could Have Been Impeached for War Crimes, Assassinations and Corruption
Staff | truthout.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 pr…
truthout.org/video/trump-could-have-been-impeached-for-war-crimes-assassinations-and-corruption/

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

Biden's Shameful Foreign Policy Record Extends Well Beyond Iraq
Jeremy Kuzmarov | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
Presidential contender Joe Biden has come under fire for his support for the 2003 Iraq War, but continues to tout his foreign policy experience as a key selling point for his candidacy. His foreign policy record is shameful, though, extending well beyond his Iraq War vote. After opposing the Vietnam and first Persian Gulf Wars,…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/bidens-shameful-foreign-policy-record-extends-well-beyond-iraq/

Iowa voters weigh many factors as they decide who to support
John Bachtell | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-24
DES MOINES, Iowa

Biden's Shameful Foreign Policy Record Extends Well Beyond Iraq
Jeremy Kuzmarov | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
Presidential contender Joe Biden has come under fire for his support for the 2003 Iraq War, but continues to tout his foreign policy experience as a key selling point for his candidacy. His foreign policy record is shameful, though, extending well beyond his Iraq War vote. After opposing the Vietnam and first Persian Gulf Wars,…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/bidens-shameful-foreign-policy-record-extends-well-beyond-iraq/

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

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/

As extradition hearing dates are set, US Department of Justice argues Assange has no First Amendment rights
wsws.org | 2020-01-24
The latest evidence submitted by the US government underscores the fundamental democratic issues at stake in the decade-long illegal persecution and witch-hunting of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/24/assa-j24.html

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/

As extradition hearing dates are set, US Department of Justice argues Assange has no First Amendment rights
wsws.org | 2020-01-24
The latest evidence submitted by the US government underscores the fundamental democratic issues at stake in the decade-long illegal persecution and witch-hunting of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/24/assa-j24.html

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/

Trump Impeachment: What Happens Next?>
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-24
Here is what to look out for next: | FRIDAY | * The Democratic House managers present the final chunk of their 24 hours of arguments against Trump that began on Wednesday. | * During the arguments, senators sit as jurors and are not allowed to speak unless they are in a closed session. | RELATED: | Guaido Has Links With Money Launderer Defended by Rudy Giuliani | SATURDAY | * The president's team will likely have its first opportunity to present its opening arguments. Senat…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trump-Impeachment-What-Happens-Next-20200124-0007.html

"One World Digital Dictatorship" A Digital Nightmare
Gideon Polya | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-24
Danish writer Soren Korsgaard (editor of Crime & Power) has written a very long and detailed account entitled "One World Digital Dictatorship" that describes the accelerating movement by both Western-style democracies and one-party states (notably China) towards world-wide Digital Dictatorship …
globalresearch.ca/one-world-digital-dictatorship-soren-korsgaard-digital-nightmare/5701587

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/

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

AK-46: The Case Against Amy Klobuchar
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/ak-46-the-case-against-amy-klobuchar/

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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'Obvious Malicious Intent': Tulsi Gabbard Hits Clinton with Defamation Suit over 'Russian Asset' Smear
RT News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-23
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 | …
globalresearch.ca/tulsi-gabbard-hits-clinton-defamation-suit-russian-asset-smear/5701468

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

Only a radical Green New Deal can save humanity as Trump's axis of climate catastrophe advances
Fiona Edwards | thecanary.co | 2020-01-23
2020 is a pivotal year for humanity. It's the year where the outcome of the US presidential election could either accelerate the world towards climate catastrophe with Donald Trump or embrace the opportunity of a radical Green New Deal with Bernie Sanders. It's also…
thecanary.co/discovery/analysis-discovery/2020/01/23/only-a-radical-green-new-deal-can-save-humanity-as-trumps-axis-of-climate-catastrophe-advances/

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/

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 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
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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

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/

"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

"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/

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/

Why I Support Elizabeth Warren for President
Richard Parker | thenation.com | 2020-01-23
Why I Support Elizabeth Warren for President…
thenation.com/article/politics/warren-president-endorsement-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/

"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

"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

Senate approves Trump impeachment trial rules after grueling 12-hour session
rt.com | 2020-01-22
Senate Republicans have pushed through ground rules for President Trump's impeachment trial, ending more than 12 hours of contentious debate with their Democratic rivals over guidelines for the proceedings. | Approved by a party-line vote of 53 to 47, the rules give House prosecutors and Trump's legal team 24 hours each to argue their cases for and against impeachment. The opening statements are scheduled to begin on Wednesday afternoon. | After each side makes their case, senators will have 16 hours to submit questions in writing. The Senate will then consider subpoenaing witnesses or relevant documents. | Al…
rt.com/usa/478859-trump-impeachment-rules-senate-trial/

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/

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/

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

Denver students say: No war on Iran!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-22
Denver, CO – Students from Denver Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) met on campus | January 21 to continue the rallying against U.S. aggression towards Iran and the U.S. | occupation of Iraq. This action comes after the illegal act of war of the Trump | regime in which Qassem Soleimani was assassinated in the Baghdad International Airport. | The U.S. has claimed that they are backing off from war at this time, but will continue to add | sanctions against Iran which will harm the people of Iran. One SDS member noted | in his speech, "Sanctions are an act of war; countless citizens died in…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/1/22/denver-students-say-no-war-iran

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

"Nobody Likes Him": Hillary Clinton Not Sure She'll Endorse Bernie Sanders
Eoin Higgins | theantimedia.com | 2020-01-21
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"Nobody Likes Him": Hillary Clinton Not Sure She'll Endorse Bernie Sanders
Eoin Higgins | theantimedia.com | 2020-01-21
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Even the Democrats Do Favors for the Rich
Gerald E. Scorse | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-21
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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/even-the-democrats-do-favors-for-the-rich/

National Archives Doctored Photo of 2017 Women's March to Blur Messages Critical of Trump
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-21
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

Greta Thunberg Addresses Global Elite at Davos: Our House Is Still on Fire
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-21
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."
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/21/greta_thunberg_davos_speech_2020

Voting Rights Advocate: The Impeachment of Trump Is Needed to Protect Our Elections & Democracy
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-21
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…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/21/trump_impeachment_trial_us_senate_pt2

Trump lawyers & intel committee head Schiff accuse each other of obstructing as Senate impeachment trial begins
rt.com | 2020-01-21
House intel committee head Adam Schiff clashed with President Donald Trump's attorneys as the Senate impeachment trial began, attempting to spin his party's lackluster articles of impeachment as dire crimes and getting cut down. | Even while insisting the evidence presented during the House hearings was "more than enough" for the Senate to convict Trump, Schiff maintained that failing to include all the witnesses, documents, and other material the Democrats had tried (and failed) to shoehorn into those hearings "only rewards the president's obstruction." | Trump's "refusal to obey subpoenas" was allowing him t…
rt.com/usa/478839-schiff-trump-lawyers-impeachment-senate/

A Show Trial? As Trump Impeachment Trial Begins, Mitch McConnell Accused of Staging a Cover-Up
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-21
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…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/21/trump_impeachment_trial_us_senate

SPECIAL: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in His Own Words
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-20
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…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/20/special_dr_martin_luther_king_jr

Ex-UN weapons inspector: Biden's Iraq war vote excuse a 'bald-faced lie'
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-19
Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter dismantles Joe Biden's explanation for his Iraq war vote and recounts Biden's long record…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/19/ex-un-weapons-inspector-bidens-iraq-war-explanation-a-bald-faced-lie/

Interpretation Crisis at the Border Leads to Deportation of Mayan-Language Speakers Seeking Refuge
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-17
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…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/17/a_translation_crisis_at_the_border

4 Years Seeking Justice: Daughter of Slain Indigenous Environmental Leader Berta Cáceres Speaks Out
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-17
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…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/17/berta_caceres_laura_caceres_interview

Tanks & AR-15s: Moms 4 Housing Speaks Out After Militarized Eviction from Vacant Oakland House
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-16
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…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/16/moms_4_housing

The White House's Dangerously Expansive Views on Trump's Powers That You Can't See
Kate Oh | aclu.org | 2020-01-16
A basic legal consensus about our democracy is that the Constitution assigns the " power of the purse" to Congress. Turning this edict on its head, White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) lawyers reportedly concocted a legal theory that President Trump can override Congress's foreign policy spending decisions enshrined in law. If such a dangerously expansive proposal exists as a full legal opinion, it…
aclu.org/news/civil-liberties/the-white-houses-dangerously-expansive-views-on-trumps-powers-that-you-cant-see

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/

2020-01-25: News Headlines

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

sputniknews (2020-01-25). Adam Schiff Roasted for 'Senators' Heads on the Pike' Reference Over Trump Impeachment Trial. sputniknews.com House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, proceeded to ponder about alleged pressure on Republicans to stay with POTUS throughout the impeachment trial, turning a blind eye to more than audible blowback from the trial attending Republicans and even potential Dem swing votes.

sputniknews (2020-01-25). It's a Dog-Eat-Dog Universe: Scientists Have Spotted a Vampire Star Feeding Off Another. sputniknews.com Ryan Ridden-Harper, a postdoctoral fellow at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Australia, who led the research, said the discovery was completely unexpected as it was not what researchers were looking for.

WSWS (2020-01-25). Trump steps up attacks on immigrants, democratic rights in midst of impeachment trial. wsws.org Trump railed against the "far left" in the first speech by a president at the annual anti-abortion March for Life rally in Washington DC.

Alex Bradbury (2020-01-25). XR: the case for deliberative democracy. zcomm.org Climate Assembly UK begins this weekend. It's a good start, but does not meet XR's third demand for a Government-commissioned Citizens' Assembly…

WSWS (2020-01-25). 999 Why is AOC in the Democratic Party? wsws.org

yenisafak (2020-01-25). Trump's legal team to begin defense arguments at US Senate impeachment trial. yenisafak.com Lawyers for U.S. President Donald Trump will begin his defense at the Senate impeachment trial on Saturday, offering a rebuttal to Democratic charges that he abused his power and previewing more detailed arguments planned for next week.In a shortened session, Trump's lawyers will begin three days of arguments to counter Democratic assertions that he should be removed from office for pressuring Ukraine to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 Democratic presidential contender, and then trying to cover it up by impeding a congressional investigation. Trump has denied wrongdoing.Given that the defen…

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

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…

Staff (2020-01-24). Trump Attends Anti-Choice Rally in D.C. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump called it his "profound honor" on Friday to be the first president to attend the annual anti-abortion gathering in Washington called the March for Life. | He used his speech to attack Democrats as embracing "radical and extreme positions" on abortion and praised those attending the event, saying they were motivated by "pure, unselfish love." He also recited actions he's taken as president that were sought by social conservatives, including the confirmation of 187 federal judges. | "Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House," he declared. | Re…

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). An Open Letter to the Green Party for 2020. truthdig.com As the 2020 presidential election approaches the Green Party faces the challenge of settling on a platform, choosing a candidate for president, and deciding its campaign strategy. In that context, Howie Hawkins, a contender for Green Party presidential candidate, recently published a clear and cogent essay titled "The Green Party Is Not the Democrats' Problem." It represents a precedent Green Party stance which may guide Green campaign policy. We agree with much, but find some ideas very troubling. | The stance offered in Hawkins' article says "the assertion that the Green Party spoiled the 2000 and 2016 election…

Staff (2020-01-24). Bernie Sanders Calls Out Trump's Lie About Saving Social Security. truthout.org Just over 24 hours after "Democrats are going t…

Derek Royden (2020-01-24). The blackout ends: how the corporate press is finally coming for Bernie Sanders. nationofchange.org Despite what must have been a trying week, Sanders seems to have risen in the polls.

Staff (2020-01-24). Chris Hedges: Democrats Have No Moral Authority on Impeachment. truthdig.com "He obstructed us. He is trying to obstruct you. And he has violated the Constitution," Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., As Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges argues in a new interview with "Rising's" Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti, the Democratic Party has been "selective" in its assessment of what rises to a const…

Ralph Nader (2020-01-24). Pelosi's Choice: Enough for Trump's Impeachment but not going All Out for Removal. counterpunch.org House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has her reasons for limiting her impeachment articles to offenses stemming from the abuses and violations related to Ukraine. Unfortunately, she declined to pursue a broader impeachment approach that recognizes multiple provable, serious violations of the Constitution. Speaker Pelosi overruled Chairs of Committees, including the Judiciary Committee, and other senior lawmakers

Ramzy Baroud (2020-01-24). In the Name of "Israel's Security": Retreating US Gives Israel Billions More in Military Funding. counterpunch.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

Nick Pemberton (2020-01-24). AK-46: The Case Against Amy Klobuchar. counterpunch.org "First, I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more

Staff (2020-01-24). Trump Could Have Been Impeached for War Crimes, Assassinations and Corruption. truthout.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 pr…

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…

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2020-01-24). Biden's Shameful Foreign Policy Record Extends Well Beyond Iraq. counterpunch.org Presidential contender Joe Biden has come under fire for his support for the 2003 Iraq War, but continues to tout his foreign policy experience as a key selling point for his candidacy. His foreign policy record is shameful, though, extending well beyond his Iraq War vote. After opposing the Vietnam and first Persian Gulf Wars,

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 …

Gideon Polya (2020-01-24). "One World Digital Dictatorship" A Digital Nightmare. globalresearch.ca Danish writer Soren Korsgaard (editor of Crime & Power) has written a very long and detailed account entitled "One World Digital Dictatorship" that describes the accelerating movement by both Western-style democracies and one-party states (notably China) towards world-wide Digital Dictatorship …

WSWS (2020-01-24). As extradition hearing dates are set, US Department of Justice argues Assange has no First Amendment rights. wsws.org The latest evidence submitted by the US government underscores the fundamental democratic issues at stake in the decade-long illegal persecution and witch-hunting of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

teleSUR (2020-01-24). Trump Impeachment: What Happens Next?>. telesurenglish.net Here is what to look out for next: | FRIDAY | * The Democratic House managers present the final chunk of their 24 hours of arguments against Trump that began on Wednesday. | * During the arguments, senators sit as jurors and are not allowed to speak unless they are in a closed session. | RELATED: | SATURDAY | * The president's team will likely have its first opportunity to present its opening arguments. Senat…

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

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.

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. |

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…

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). 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…

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). "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…

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). 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.

Ross Barkan (2020-01-23). Voter, Beware: Oppo Dump Season Is Upon Us. thenation.com Voter, Beware: Oppo Dump Season Is Upon Us…

Richard Parker (2020-01-23). Why I Support Elizabeth Warren for President. thenation.com Why I Support Elizabeth Warren for President…

Steve Phillips (2020-01-23). 12 States Where Democrats Could Flip the Senate. thenation.com 12 States Where Democrats Could Flip the Senate…

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…

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). "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…

RT (2020-01-22). Senate approves Trump impeachment trial rules after grueling 12-hour session. rt.com Senate Republicans have pushed through ground rules for President Trump's impeachment trial, ending more than 12 hours of contentious debate with their Democratic rivals over guidelines for the proceedings. | Approved by a party-line vote of 53 to 47, the rules give House prosecutors and Trump's legal team 24 hours each to argue their cases for and against impeachment. The opening statements are scheduled to begin on Wednesday afternoon. | After each side makes their case, senators will have 16 hours to submit questions in writing. The Senate will then consider subpoenaing witnesses or relevant documents. | Al…

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). 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…

Fight Back (2020-01-22). Denver students say: No war on Iran! fightbacknews.org Denver, CO – Students from Denver Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) met on campus
| January 21 to continue the rallying against U.S. aggression towards Iran and the U.S.
| occupation of Iraq. This action comes after the illegal act of war of the Trump
| regime in which Qassem Soleimani was assassinated in the Baghdad International Airport. | The U.S. has claimed that they are backing off from war at this time, but will continue to add
| sanctions against Iran which will harm the people of Iran. One SDS member noted
| in his speech, "Sanctions are an act of war; countless citizens died in…

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 …

RT (2020-01-21). Paging pot, this is kettle: 'Nobody likes him,' Hillary Clinton says of 'divisive' Bernie Sanders. rt.com Two-time presidential also-ran Hillary Clinton hasn't dropped her grudge against erstwhile opponent and current Democratic frontrunner Bernie Sanders, and her comments on his 'likability' have triggered a backlash from all sides. | Clinton excoriated her former competitor as unlikeable and ineffective, telling the Hollywood Reporter that "nobody wants to work with [Sanders]" in the Senate in an interview

RT (2020-01-21). 'I'll straight up get armed': Yet another Bernie staffer caught spouting extremist ideas, is there a problem in the campaign? rt.com A video exposing the extreme viewpoints of yet another staffer of the Bernie Sanders campaign has some questioning whether there is a growing issue inside the Vermont senator's ranks. | A video released on Tuesday by Project Veritas reveals a man identified as Martin Weissgerber, a paid field organizer for the Sanders presidential campaign in South Carolina, fantasizing about sending Republicans to "reeducation camps" and Sanders dissolving the Senate and House of Representatives should he become president. | "Do we just cease — do we just dissolve the Senate, House of Representatives, the judicial branc…

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). 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). 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…

RT (2020-01-21). Trump lawyers & intel committee head Schiff accuse each other of obstructing as Senate impeachment trial begins. rt.com House intel committee head Adam Schiff clashed with President Donald Trump's attorneys as the Senate impeachment trial began, attempting to spin his party's lackluster articles of impeachment as dire crimes and getting cut down. | Even while insisting the evidence presented during the House hearings was "more than enough" for the Senate to convict Trump, Schiff maintained that failing to include all the witnesses, documents, and other material the Democrats had tried (and failed) to shoehorn into those hearings "only rewards the president's obstruction." | Trump's "refusal to obey subpoenas" was allowing him t…

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…

Aaron Maté (2020-01-19). Ex-UN weapons inspector: Biden's Iraq war vote excuse a 'bald-faced lie'. thegrayzone.com Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter dismantles Joe Biden's explanation for his Iraq war vote and recounts Biden's long record…

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…

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 …

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 …

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. …

2020-01-25: Social Media Postees

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For Corporate Media, Bernie Sanders Is Bigger Threat Than Donald Trump
Julie Hollar | commondreams.org | 2020-01-25
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What the Right Wing in Latin America Means by Democracy Is Violence
Vijay Prashad | zcomm.org | 2020-01-25
This extreme violence undermines the possibility of democracy and allows the oligarchy to be re-elected in polling booths where the Left not dare enter…
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Adam Schiff Roasted for 'Senators' Heads on the Pike' Reference Over Trump Impeachment Trial
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-25
House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, proceeded to ponder about alleged pressure on Republicans to stay with POTUS throughout the impeachment trial, turning a blind eye to more than audible blowback from the trial attending Republicans and even potential Dem swing votes.
sputniknews.com/us/202001251078133985-adam-schiff-roasted-for-senators-heads-on-the-pike-reference-over-trump-impeachment-trial/

It's a Dog-Eat-Dog Universe: Scientists Have Spotted a Vampire Star Feeding Off Another
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-25
Ryan Ridden-Harper, a postdoctoral fellow at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Australia, who led the research, said the discovery was completely unexpected as it was not what researchers were looking for.
sputniknews.com/science/202001251078135293-its-a-dog-eat-dog-universe-scientists-have-spotted-a-vampire-star-feeding-off-another/

XR: the case for deliberative democracy
Alex Bradbury | zcomm.org | 2020-01-25
Climate Assembly UK begins this weekend. It's a good start, but does not meet XR's third demand for a Government-commissioned Citizens' Assembly…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/xr-the-case-for-deliberative-democracy/

999 Why is AOC in the Democratic Party?
wsws.org | 2020-01-25
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/25/whyi-j25.html

Trump steps up attacks on immigrants, democratic rights in midst of impeachment trial
wsws.org | 2020-01-25
Trump railed against the "far left" in the first speech by a president at the annual anti-abortion March for Life rally in Washington DC.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/25/impe-j25.html

Trump's legal team to begin defense arguments at US Senate impeachment trial
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-25
Lawyers for U.S. President Donald Trump will begin his defense at the Senate impeachment trial on Saturday, offering a rebuttal to Democratic charges that he abused his power and previewing more detailed arguments planned for next week.In a shortened session, Trump's lawyers will begin three days of arguments to counter Democratic assertions that he should be removed from office for pressuring Ukraine to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 Democratic presidential contender, and then trying to cover it up by impeding a congressional investigation. Trump has denied wrongdoing.Given that the defen…
yenisafak.com/en/world/trumps-legal-team-to-begin-defense-arguments-at-us-senate-impeachment-trial-3510470

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/

The blackout ends: how the corporate press is finally coming for Bernie Sanders
Derek Royden | nationofchange.org | 2020-01-24
Despite what must have been a trying week, Sanders seems to have risen in the polls.
nationofchange.org/2020/01/24/the-blackout-ends-how-the-corporate-press-is-finally-coming-for-bernie-sanders/

Bernie Sanders Calls Out Trump's Lie About Saving Social Security
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-24
Just over 24 hours after threatening to cut Social Security at the World Economic Forum's annual gathering of global elites in Davos, President Donald Trump on Thursday vowed to "save" the New Deal-era program from supposed Democratic efforts to "destroy" it

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/

Chris Hedges: Democrats Have No Moral Authority on Impeachment
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-24
"He obstructed us. He is trying to obstruct you. And he has violated the Constitution," Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., thundered during his closing statement before the Senate Thursday evening. It was a powerful moment that belied an inconvenient truth about the impeachment trial of Donald Trump: Democrats ceded their moral authority in the case long ago. | As Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges argues in a new interview with "Rising's" Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti, the Democratic Party has been "selective" in its assessment of what rises to a const…
truthdig.com/videos/chris-hedges-democrats-have-no-moral-authority-on-impeachment/

An Open Letter to the Green Party for 2020
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-24
As the 2020 presidential election approaches the Green Party faces the challenge of settling on a platform, choosing a candidate for president, and deciding its campaign strategy. In that context, Howie Hawkins, a contender for Green Party presidential candidate, recently published a clear and cogent essay titled "The Green Party Is Not the Democrats' Problem." It represents a precedent Green Party stance which may guide Green campaign policy. We agree with much, but find some ideas very troubling. | The stance offered in Hawkins' article says "the assertion that the Green Party spoiled the 2000 and 2016 election…
truthdig.com/articles/an-open-letter-to-the-green-party-for-2020/

Pelosi's Choice: Enough for Trump's Impeachment But Short of Going All Out for His Removal
Ralph Nader | commondreams.org | 2020-01-24
Speaker Pelosi missed known opportunities to throw the Republicans on the defensive in the Senate and tie them up in knots. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/nancypelosi_0.jpeg
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Pelosi's Choice: Enough for Trump's Impeachment but not going All Out for Removal
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has her reasons for limiting her impeachment articles to offenses stemming from the abuses and violations related to Ukraine. Unfortunately, she declined to pursue a broader impeachment approach that recognizes multiple provable, serious violations of the Constitution. Speaker Pelosi overruled Chairs of Committees, including the Judiciary Committee, and other senior lawmakers…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/pelosis-choice-enough-for-trumps-impeachment-but-not-going-all-out-for-removal/

In the Name of "Israel's Security": Retreating US Gives Israel Billions More in Military Funding
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
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…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/in-the-name-of-israels-security-retreating-us-gives-israel-billions-more-in-military-funding/

What the Right Wing in Latin America Means by Democracy Is Violence
Vijay Prashad | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
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; Morales said,…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/what-the-right-wing-in-latin-america-means-by-democracy-is-violence/

AK-46: The Case Against Amy Klobuchar
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/ak-46-the-case-against-amy-klobuchar/

Iowa voters weigh many factors as they decide who to support
John Bachtell | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-24
DES MOINES, Iowa

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 Could Have Been Impeached for War Crimes, Assassinations and Corruption
Staff | truthout.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 pr…
truthout.org/video/trump-could-have-been-impeached-for-war-crimes-assassinations-and-corruption/

Biden's Shameful Foreign Policy Record Extends Well Beyond Iraq
Jeremy Kuzmarov | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
Presidential contender Joe Biden has come under fire for his support for the 2003 Iraq War, but continues to tout his foreign policy experience as a key selling point for his candidacy. His foreign policy record is shameful, though, extending well beyond his Iraq War vote. After opposing the Vietnam and first Persian Gulf Wars,…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/bidens-shameful-foreign-policy-record-extends-well-beyond-iraq/

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/

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/

As extradition hearing dates are set, US Department of Justice argues Assange has no First Amendment rights
wsws.org | 2020-01-24
The latest evidence submitted by the US government underscores the fundamental democratic issues at stake in the decade-long illegal persecution and witch-hunting of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/24/assa-j24.html

Trump Attends Anti-Choice Rally in D.C
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-24
WASHINGTON–President Donald Trump called it his "profound honor" on Friday to be the first president to attend the annual anti-abortion gathering in Washington called the March for Life. | He used his speech to attack Democrats as embracing "radical and extreme positions" on abortion and praised those attending the event, saying they were motivated by "pure, unselfish love." He also recited actions he's taken as president that were sought by social conservatives, including the confirmation of 187 federal judges. | "Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House," he declared. | Re…
truthdig.com/articles/trump-attends-anti-choice-rally-in-d-c/

"One World Digital Dictatorship" A Digital Nightmare
Gideon Polya | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-24
Danish writer Soren Korsgaard (editor of Crime & Power) has written a very long and detailed account entitled "One World Digital Dictatorship" that describes the accelerating movement by both Western-style democracies and one-party states (notably China) towards world-wide Digital Dictatorship …
globalresearch.ca/one-world-digital-dictatorship-soren-korsgaard-digital-nightmare/5701587

Trump Impeachment: What Happens Next?>
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-24
Here is what to look out for next: | FRIDAY | * The Democratic House managers present the final chunk of their 24 hours of arguments against Trump that began on Wednesday. | * During the arguments, senators sit as jurors and are not allowed to speak unless they are in a closed session. | RELATED: | Guaido Has Links With Money Launderer Defended by Rudy Giuliani | SATURDAY | * The president's team will likely have its first opportunity to present its opening arguments. Senat…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trump-Impeachment-What-Happens-Next-20200124-0007.html

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/

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

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
commondreams.org/news/2020/01/24/law-professor-trump-could-also-have-been-impeached-war-crimes-assassinations-and?cd-origin=rss

'Obvious Malicious Intent': Tulsi Gabbard Hits Clinton with Defamation Suit over 'Russian Asset' Smear
RT News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-23
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 | …
globalresearch.ca/tulsi-gabbard-hits-clinton-defamation-suit-russian-asset-smear/5701468

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

Only a radical Green New Deal can save humanity as Trump's axis of climate catastrophe advances
Fiona Edwards | thecanary.co | 2020-01-23
2020 is a pivotal year for humanity. It's the year where the outcome of the US presidential election could either accelerate the world towards climate catastrophe with Donald Trump or embrace the opportunity of a radical Green New Deal with Bernie Sanders. It's also…
thecanary.co/discovery/analysis-discovery/2020/01/23/only-a-radical-green-new-deal-can-save-humanity-as-trumps-axis-of-climate-catastrophe-advances/

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/

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/

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

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/

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

"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

"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

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/

Why I Support Elizabeth Warren for President
Richard Parker | thenation.com | 2020-01-23
Why I Support Elizabeth Warren for President…
thenation.com/article/politics/warren-president-endorsement-2020/

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/

'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/

"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

Senate approves Trump impeachment trial rules after grueling 12-hour session
rt.com | 2020-01-22
Senate Republicans have pushed through ground rules for President Trump's impeachment trial, ending more than 12 hours of contentious debate with their Democratic rivals over guidelines for the proceedings. | Approved by a party-line vote of 53 to 47, the rules give House prosecutors and Trump's legal team 24 hours each to argue their cases for and against impeachment. The opening statements are scheduled to begin on Wednesday afternoon. | After each side makes their case, senators will have 16 hours to submit questions in writing. The Senate will then consider subpoenaing witnesses or relevant documents. | Al…
rt.com/usa/478859-trump-impeachment-rules-senate-trial/

"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/

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

Denver students say: No war on Iran!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-22
Denver, CO – Students from Denver Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) met on campus | January 21 to continue the rallying against U.S. aggression towards Iran and the U.S. | occupation of Iraq. This action comes after the illegal act of war of the Trump | regime in which Qassem Soleimani was assassinated in the Baghdad International Airport. | The U.S. has claimed that they are backing off from war at this time, but will continue to add | sanctions against Iran which will harm the people of Iran. One SDS member noted | in his speech, "Sanctions are an act of war; countless citizens died in…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/1/22/denver-students-say-no-war-iran

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/

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

"Nobody Likes Him": Hillary Clinton Not Sure She'll Endorse Bernie Sanders
Eoin Higgins | theantimedia.com | 2020-01-21
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'I'll straight up get armed': Yet another Bernie staffer caught spouting extremist ideas, is there a problem in the campaign?
rt.com | 2020-01-21
A video exposing the extreme viewpoints of yet another staffer of the Bernie Sanders campaign has some questioning whether there is a growing issue inside the Vermont senator's ranks. | A video released on Tuesday by Project Veritas reveals a man identified as Martin Weissgerber, a paid field organizer for the Sanders presidential campaign in South Carolina, fantasizing about sending Republicans to "reeducation camps" and Sanders dissolving the Senate and House of Representatives should he become president. | "Do we just cease

Paging pot, this is kettle: 'Nobody likes him,' Hillary Clinton says of 'divisive' Bernie Sanders
rt.com | 2020-01-21
Two-time presidential also-ran Hillary Clinton hasn't dropped her grudge against erstwhile opponent and current Democratic frontrunner Bernie Sanders, and her comments on his 'likability' have triggered a backlash from all sides. | Clinton excoriated her former competitor as unlikeable and ineffective, telling the Hollywood Reporter that "nobody wants to work with [Sanders]" in the Senate in an interview published Tuesday ahead of a four-part d…
rt.com/usa/478819-clinton-attacks-sanders-divisive-hypocrisy/

Even the Democrats Do Favors for the Rich
Gerald E. Scorse | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-21
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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/even-the-democrats-do-favors-for-the-rich/

A Show Trial? As Trump Impeachment Trial Begins, Mitch McConnell Accused of Staging a Cover-Up
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-21
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…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/21/trump_impeachment_trial_us_senate

Greta Thunberg Addresses Global Elite at Davos: Our House Is Still on Fire
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-21
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."
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/21/greta_thunberg_davos_speech_2020

Trump lawyers & intel committee head Schiff accuse each other of obstructing as Senate impeachment trial begins
rt.com | 2020-01-21
House intel committee head Adam Schiff clashed with President Donald Trump's attorneys as the Senate impeachment trial began, attempting to spin his party's lackluster articles of impeachment as dire crimes and getting cut down. | Even while insisting the evidence presented during the House hearings was "more than enough" for the Senate to convict Trump, Schiff maintained that failing to include all the witnesses, documents, and other material the Democrats had tried (and failed) to shoehorn into those hearings "only rewards the president's obstruction." | Trump's "refusal to obey subpoenas" was allowing him t…
rt.com/usa/478839-schiff-trump-lawyers-impeachment-senate/

National Archives Doctored Photo of 2017 Women's March to Blur Messages Critical of Trump
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-21
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

Voting Rights Advocate: The Impeachment of Trump Is Needed to Protect Our Elections & Democracy
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-21
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…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/21/trump_impeachment_trial_us_senate_pt2

Joint UN-Congolese strategy needed to address insecurity following deadly attacks
news.un.org | 2020-01-21
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.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/01/1055741

SPECIAL: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in His Own Words
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-20
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…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/20/special_dr_martin_luther_king_jr

Ex-UN weapons inspector: Biden's Iraq war vote excuse a 'bald-faced lie'
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-19
Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter dismantles Joe Biden's explanation for his Iraq war vote and recounts Biden's long record…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/19/ex-un-weapons-inspector-bidens-iraq-war-explanation-a-bald-faced-lie/

Interpretation Crisis at the Border Leads to Deportation of Mayan-Language Speakers Seeking Refuge
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-17
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…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/17/a_translation_crisis_at_the_border

4 Years Seeking Justice: Daughter of Slain Indigenous Environmental Leader Berta Cáceres Speaks Out
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-17
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…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/17/berta_caceres_laura_caceres_interview

Tanks & AR-15s: Moms 4 Housing Speaks Out After Militarized Eviction from Vacant Oakland House
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-16
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…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/16/moms_4_housing

The White House's Dangerously Expansive Views on Trump's Powers That You Can't See
Kate Oh | aclu.org | 2020-01-16
A basic legal consensus about our democracy is that the Constitution assigns the " power of the purse" to Congress. Turning this edict on its head, White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) lawyers reportedly concocted a legal theory that President Trump can override Congress's foreign policy spending decisions enshrined in law. If such a dangerously expansive proposal exists as a full legal opinion, it…
aclu.org/news/civil-liberties/the-white-houses-dangerously-expansive-views-on-trumps-powers-that-you-cant-see

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/

2020-01-24: News Headlines

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 …

Nick Pemberton (2020-01-24). AK-46: The Case Against Amy Klobuchar. counterpunch.org "First, I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more

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…

RT (2020-01-24). Bolivia suspends diplomatic relations with Cuba over FM's 'inadmissible comments'. rt.com Bolivia has suspended its diplomatic relations with Cuba, the Foreign Ministry of Bolivia's interim government said in a statement on Friday. | The suspension was due to "recent inadmissible comments" by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, the ministry said, according to Reuters. | The diplomats in La Paz also cited "constant hostility and constant grievances of Cuba against the Bolivian constitutional government and its democratic process." | Bolivia has been governed by interim President Jeanine Anez since the resignation of long-serving socialist President Evo Morales in November.

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

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). The Fight for Our Democracy Is Far From Over. truthdig.com Ten years ago, in January 2010, the Supreme Court released its disastrous Citizens United decision. The court, either through remarkable naivety or sheer malevolence, essentially married the terrible idea that "money is speech" to the terrible idea that "corporations are people." | The ruling put a for sale sign on our democracy, opening up a flood of corporate, special interest, and even foreign money into our politics. | Through Citizens United and related decisions, the Court made a bad situation worse. We saw the proliferation of super PACs, which can accept and spend unlimited amounts of money to influence e…

Staff (2020-01-24). Trump Attends Anti-Choice Rally in D.C. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump called it his "profound honor" on Friday to be the first president to attend the annual anti-abortion gathering in Washington called the March for Life. | He used his speech to attack Democrats as embracing "radical and extreme positions" on abortion and praised those attending the event, saying they were motivated by "pure, unselfish love." He also recited actions he's taken as president that were sought by social conservatives, including the confirmation of 187 federal judges. | "Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House," he declared. | Re…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-01-24). In the Name of "Israel's Security": Retreating US Gives Israel Billions More in Military Funding. counterpunch.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

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

RT (2020-01-24). Outspoken former army figure named N. Korea's FM — reports. rt.com Pyongyang has reportedly named a sharp-tongued former army officer with little foreign policy experience as its top diplomat. Ri Son-gwon's new title as foreign minister was disclosed on Friday in a Korean Central News Agency dispatch. It said he attended a reception for foreign diplomats in Pyongyang the previous day. | South Korean and other media have also reported North Korea informed foreign diplomats in Pyongyang of Ri's job last week. Ri, an outspoken retired army colonel, previously headed a government body responsible for relations with Seoul and has taken part in numerous inter-Korean military talks…

Marjorie Cohn (2020-01-24). Republicans Have Made a Mockery of Impeachment. truthdig.com It's not just Mitch McConnell. The Senate GOP has made clear it has no desire to get to the bottom of the charges against Donald Trump.

Staff (2020-01-24). Bernie Sanders Calls Out Trump's Lie About Saving Social Security. truthout.org Just over 24 hours after "Democrats are going t…

Staff (2020-01-24). An Open Letter to the Green Party For 2020. truthdig.com As the 2020 presidential election approaches the Green Party faces the challenge of settling on a platform, choosing a candidate for president, and deciding its campaign strategy. In that context, Howie Hawkins, a contender for Green Party presidential candidate, recently published a clear and cogent essay titled "The Green Party Is Not the Democrats' Problem." It represents a precedent Green Party stance which may guide Green campaign policy. We agree with much, but find some ideas very troubling. | The stance offered in Hawkins' article says "the assertion that the Green Party spoiled the 2000 and 2016 election…

Ralph Nader (2020-01-24). Pelosi's Choice: Enough for Trump's Impeachment but not going All Out for Removal. counterpunch.org House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has her reasons for limiting her impeachment articles to offenses stemming from the abuses and violations related to Ukraine. Unfortunately, she declined to pursue a broader impeachment approach that recognizes multiple provable, serious violations of the Constitution. Speaker Pelosi overruled Chairs of Committees, including the Judiciary Committee, and other senior lawmakers

Ted Rall (2020-01-24). If This is a Democracy, Why Don't We Vote for the Vice President Too? counterpunch.org Let's say you owned a house and needed extra cash to make ends meet, so you decided to rent two of your bedrooms. Would you agree to lease those rooms to two people, but under the condition that you could only meet and run a credit check on one of them? Would you allow a

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…

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2020-01-24). Biden's Shameful Foreign Policy Record Extends Well Beyond Iraq. counterpunch.org Presidential contender Joe Biden has come under fire for his support for the 2003 Iraq War, but continues to tout his foreign policy experience as a key selling point for his candidacy. His foreign policy record is shameful, though, extending well beyond his Iraq War vote. After opposing the Vietnam and first Persian Gulf Wars,

sputniknews (2020-01-24). How Does a Bolton-Biden Trade Sound? sputniknews.com On this episode of Fault Lines, hosts Garland Nixon and Lee Stranahan discuss the proposed witness exchange deal for the impeachment trial. To satisfy both sides, the deal would call John Bolton and either Joe or Hunter Biden as witnesses.

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 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.

Gideon Polya (2020-01-24). "One World Digital Dictatorship" A Digital Nightmare. globalresearch.ca Danish writer Soren Korsgaard (editor of Crime & Power) has written a very long and detailed account entitled "One World Digital Dictatorship" that describes the accelerating movement by both Western-style democracies and one-party states (notably China) towards world-wide Digital Dictatorship …

WSWS (2020-01-24). As extradition hearing dates are set, US Department of Justice argues Assange has no First Amendment rights. wsws.org The latest evidence submitted by the US government underscores the fundamental democratic issues at stake in the decade-long illegal persecution and witch-hunting of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

Staff (2020-01-24). Trump Could Have Been Impeached for War Crimes, Assassinations and Corruption. truthout.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 pr…

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.

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…

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. |

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). Democrats Focus Day 2 of Trial on Trump's 'Dangerous' Abuse. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Pressing through a second day of impeachment arguments, House Democrats scoffed at President Donald Trump's claims that he had good reasons for pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political foes. | It was Trump who engaged in a shocking abuse of power, not former Vice President Joe Biden or other Trump foes, said Rep. Sylvia Garcia of Texas. There is "no evidence, nothing, nada"' to suggest that Biden did anything improper in dealings with Ukraine, said the former judge. | The Democratic prosecutors argued in the

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). "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). 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.

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…

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 …

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 …

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 (2020-01-23). Clinton Says Sanders Achieved "Nothing." My Community Clinic Shows She's Wrong. truthout.org Hillary Clinton has touched a nerve with her attacks on Bernie Sanders in a new docuseries premiering on Hulu and a

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…

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-01-23). Analysis — In the Name of 'Israel's Security': Retreating US Gives Israel Billions More in Military Aid. imemc.org By Ramzy Baroud for Palestine Chronicle Billions of US taxpayers' dollars will continue to be funnelled into Israel in the next fiscal year, and for many years in the foreseeable future. Republican and Democratic Senators have recently ensured just that, passing a bill aimed at providing Israel with $3.3 billion …

commondreams (2020-01-23). Greenpeace Climate Ranking Update: Steyer Passes Warren, Buttigieg Passes Biden, Bloomberg Enters Top 10. commondreams.org ______________________________…

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.

WSWS (2020-01-23). Democrats begin Senate trial of Trump with anti-Russia diatribe. wsws.org A casual viewer might have concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin, not Trump, was on trial.

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) …

Michael Payne (2020-01-23). Senate Republicans are allowing themselves to be used as pawns by McConnell to save Trump. nationofchange.org "Listen up, Senate Republicans and understand that you also are the ones who are on trial alongside Trump."

Zephyr Teachout (2020-01-23). Why I Support Bernie Sanders for President. thenation.com Why I Support Bernie Sanders for President…

Steve Phillips (2020-01-23). 12 States Where Democrats Could Flip the Senate. thenation.com 12 States Where Democrats Could Flip the Senate…

Richard Parker (2020-01-23). Why I Support Elizabeth Warren for President. thenation.com Why I Support Elizabeth Warren for President…

Ross Barkan (2020-01-23). Voter, Beware: Oppo Dump Season Is Upon Us. thenation.com Voter, Beware: Oppo Dump Season Is Upon Us…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-01-23). 'Haters Gonna Hate and Deniers Will Deny': Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Greta Thunberg Hit Back at Mnuchin. commondreams.org "It doesn't take a college degree in economics to realize that our remaining 1.5 ∞ carbon budget and ongoing fossil fuel subsidies and investments don't add up." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/greta_thunberg_4.jpg

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…

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). 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…

John Wojcik (2020-01-22). House impeachment managers make case for removal of the president. peoplesworld.org Undaunted by GOP attempts to stage a sham trial the Democratic House impeachment managers used time Tuesday that Republicans had hoped would embroil them in procedural arguments to instead lay out a clear narrative of why Trump should be removed from office. They made a convincing argument that Trump is continuing today the abuses of …

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…

RT (2020-01-22). Senate approves Trump impeachment trial rules after grueling 12-hour session. rt.com Senate Republicans have pushed through ground rules for President Trump's impeachment trial, ending more than 12 hours of contentious debate with their Democratic rivals over guidelines for the proceedings. | Approved by a party-line vote of 53 to 47, the rules give House prosecutors and Trump's legal team 24 hours each to argue their cases for and against impeachment. The opening statements are scheduled to begin on Wednesday afternoon. | After each side makes their case, senators will have 16 hours to submit questions in writing. The Senate will then consider subpoenaing witnesses or relevant documents. | Al…

Ed Sykes (2020-01-22). Long-Bailey gives her campaign a big boost with bold 'democratising' pledge. thecanary.co Rebecca Long-Bailey has launched a bold 'democratising' pledge which could give her Labour leadership campaign a big boost."I support open selections": In a Daily Mirror interview, Long-Bailey — the

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). 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…

Fight Back (2020-01-22). Denver students say: No war on Iran! fightbacknews.org Denver, CO – Students from Denver Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) met on campus
| January 21 to continue the rallying against U.S. aggression towards Iran and the U.S.
| occupation of Iraq. This action comes after the illegal act of war of the Trump
| regime in which Qassem Soleimani was assassinated in the Baghdad International Airport. | The U.S. has claimed that they are backing off from war at this time, but will continue to add
| sanctions against Iran which will harm the people of Iran. One SDS member noted
| in his speech, "Sanctions are an act of war; countless citizens died in…

Jeet Heer (2020-01-22). What Is Chuck Schumer Doing? thenation.com What Is Chuck Schumer Doing?

Andrea Miller (2020-01-22). There's a New Playbook for Securing Abortion Access. thenation.com There's a New Playbook for Securing Abortion Access…

Elie Mystal (2020-01-22). The Republicans Have Revealed Their Impeachment Strategy—Lying. thenation.com The Republicans Have Revealed Their Impeachment Strategy—Lying…

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…

RT (2020-01-21). Paging pot, this is kettle: 'Nobody likes him,' Hillary Clinton says of 'divisive' Bernie Sanders. rt.com Two-time presidential also-ran Hillary Clinton hasn't dropped her grudge against erstwhile opponent and current Democratic frontrunner Bernie Sanders, and her comments on his 'likability' have triggered a backlash from all sides. | Clinton excoriated her former competitor as unlikeable and ineffective, telling the Hollywood Reporter that "nobody wants to work with [Sanders]" in the Senate in an interview

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). 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."

RT (2020-01-21). Trump lawyers & intel committee head Schiff accuse each other of obstructing as Senate impeachment trial begins. rt.com House intel committee head Adam Schiff clashed with President Donald Trump's attorneys as the Senate impeachment trial began, attempting to spin his party's lackluster articles of impeachment as dire crimes and getting cut down. | Even while insisting the evidence presented during the House hearings was "more than enough" for the Senate to convict Trump, Schiff maintained that failing to include all the witnesses, documents, and other material the Democrats had tried (and failed) to shoehorn into those hearings "only rewards the president's obstruction." | Trump's "refusal to obey subpoenas" was allowing him t…

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…

RT (2020-01-21). 'I'll straight up get armed': Yet another Bernie staffer caught spouting extremist ideas, is there a problem in the campaign? rt.com A video exposing the extreme viewpoints of yet another staffer of the Bernie Sanders campaign has some questioning whether there is a growing issue inside the Vermont senator's ranks. | A video released on Tuesday by Project Veritas reveals a man identified as Martin Weissgerber, a paid field organizer for the Sanders presidential campaign in South Carolina, fantasizing about sending Republicans to "reeducation camps" and Sanders dissolving the Senate and House of Representatives should he become president. | "Do we just cease — do we just dissolve the Senate, House of Representatives, the judicial branc…

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…

Jim Naureckas (2020-01-21). The big loser in the Iowa debate? CNN's reputation. mronline.org The biggest loser from last night's Democratic debate (1/14/20) was CNN's journalistic credibility. |

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.

RT (2020-01-20). Biden campaign warns media not to spread 'debunked' claims about his activities in Ukraine or else. rt.com Joe Biden's presidential campaign has issued a warning to the media cautioning journalists against spreading what he called "debunked" theories about his controversial role in having a Ukrainian prosecutor removed from office. | In the memo first reported by NBC News, Biden's campaign accuses President Donald Trump of "spreading a malicious and conclusively debunked conspiracy theory" that the former VP engaged in wrongdoing when he pressured Ukraine to fire former Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin. | Biden has previously bragged about his role in having Shokin fired, even admitting on camera that he presented…

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…

Aaron Maté (2020-01-19). Ex-UN weapons inspector: Biden's Iraq war vote excuse a 'bald-faced lie'. thegrayzone.com Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter dismantles Joe Biden's explanation for his Iraq war vote and recounts Biden's long record…

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). Trump Becomes Just Third U.S. President to Face Impeachment Trial as Case Moves to the Senate. democracynow.org In a historic move, the House of Representatives presented articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate Wednesday. It marks only the third presidential impeachment trial in all of U.S. history. Earlier Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a news conference with the seven impeachment managers. The House vote to send articles of impeachment to the Senate comes as The Washington Post reports explosive new information at the center of the impeachment inquiry. New material released by House Democrats shows text messages between former Giuliani associate Lev Parnas and Robert Hyde, a Republican c…

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…

Staff (2020-01-16). We Can't Be Silent Anymore: Rev. Barber & Poor People's Campaign Push Presidential Debate on Poverty. democracynow.org As the final Democratic debate ahead of the Iowa caucuses took place Tuesday night in Des Moines, Iowa, more than 100 protesters gathered outside the debate venue at Drake University to demand a televised presidential debate on poverty. Led by Reverend William Barber, demonstrators carried a coffin to honor the 250,000 people who die every year from the impacts of poverty. According to the Poor People's Campaign, 140 million Americans — over 43% of the population — can't pay basic living expenses. In Iowa, 630,000 workers — 45% of the state's workforce — make less than $15 an hour. We're j…

Staff (2020-01-16). Putin Proposes Sweeping Changes to Russian Constitution, Possibly Prolonging His Grip on Power. democracynow.org In Russia, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev resigned Wednesday along with his entire Cabinet in a move that surprised many in Moscow and abroad. The move came as Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed sweeping constitutional changes to expand the power of the parliament and the State Council while weakening the presidency. Critics of Putin say the proposals could help him keep power after his final presidential term ends in 2024. The Russian parliament is expected to vote today to confirm Putin's pick for new prime minister, Mikhail Mishustin, a bureaucrat who runs Russia's tax service. The Russian newspaper Kom…

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 "

Staff (2020-01-16). Headlines for January 16, 2020. democracynow.org House Lawmakers Deliver Articles of Impeachment to Senate, Ex-Giuliani Associate Says Trump Knew of Ukraine Pressure Campaign, U.S. Troops Resume Iraq Operations Despite Parliament's Expulsion Order, Afghan Reconstruction Watchdog Tells Congress of U.S. "Mendacity" and "Lies", Trump Signs "Phase 1" Agreement with China, Easing Trade War, Russian Government Resigns as Vladimir Putin Seeks to Retain Power Beyond 2024, At Least 21 Killed in Idlib Amid Syrian, Russian Airstrikes, Court Blocks Trump Order Allowing Local Leaders to Refuse Refugees, ACLU Sues to End Trump's Policy of Sending Asylum Seekers to Guatemala,…

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 …

2020-01-24: Social Media Postees

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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/

Bernie Sanders Calls Out Trump's Lie About Saving Social Security
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-24
Just over 24 hours after threatening to cut Social Security at the World Economic Forum's annual gathering of global elites in Davos, President Donald Trump on Thursday vowed to "save" the New Deal-era program from supposed Democratic efforts to "destroy" it

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/

An Open Letter to the Green Party For 2020
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-24
As the 2020 presidential election approaches the Green Party faces the challenge of settling on a platform, choosing a candidate for president, and deciding its campaign strategy. In that context, Howie Hawkins, a contender for Green Party presidential candidate, recently published a clear and cogent essay titled "The Green Party Is Not the Democrats' Problem." It represents a precedent Green Party stance which may guide Green campaign policy. We agree with much, but find some ideas very troubling. | The stance offered in Hawkins' article says "the assertion that the Green Party spoiled the 2000 and 2016 election…
truthdig.com/articles/an-open-letter-to-the-green-party-for-2020/

Republicans Have Made a Mockery of Impeachment
Marjorie Cohn | truthdig.com | 2020-01-24
It's not just Mitch McConnell. The Senate GOP has made clear it has no desire to get to the bottom of the charges against Donald Trump.
truthdig.com/articles/republicans-have-made-a-mockery-of-impeachment/

Pelosi's Choice: Enough for Trump's Impeachment but not going All Out for Removal
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has her reasons for limiting her impeachment articles to offenses stemming from the abuses and violations related to Ukraine. Unfortunately, she declined to pursue a broader impeachment approach that recognizes multiple provable, serious violations of the Constitution. Speaker Pelosi overruled Chairs of Committees, including the Judiciary Committee, and other senior lawmakers…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/pelosis-choice-enough-for-trumps-impeachment-but-not-going-all-out-for-removal/

Pelosi's Choice: Enough for Trump's Impeachment but not going All Out for Removal
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has her reasons for limiting her impeachment articles to offenses stemming from the abuses and violations related to Ukraine. Unfortunately, she declined to pursue a broader impeachment approach that recognizes multiple provable, serious violations of the Constitution. Speaker Pelosi overruled Chairs of Committees, including the Judiciary Committee, and other senior lawmakers…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/pelosis-choice-enough-for-trumps-impeachment-but-not-going-all-out-for-removal/

In the Name of "Israel's Security": Retreating US Gives Israel Billions More in Military Funding
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
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…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/in-the-name-of-israels-security-retreating-us-gives-israel-billions-more-in-military-funding/

If This is a Democracy, Why Don't We Vote for the Vice President Too?
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
Let's say you owned a house and needed extra cash to make ends meet, so you decided to rent two of your bedrooms. Would you agree to lease those rooms to two people, but under the condition that you could only meet and run a credit check on one of them? Would you allow a…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/if-this-is-a-democracy-why-dont-we-vote-for-the-vice-president-too/

What the Right Wing in Latin America Means by Democracy Is Violence
Vijay Prashad | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
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; Morales said,…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/what-the-right-wing-in-latin-america-means-by-democracy-is-violence/

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

How Does a Bolton-Biden Trade Sound?
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-24
On this episode of Fault Lines, hosts Garland Nixon and Lee Stranahan discuss the proposed witness exchange deal for the impeachment trial. To satisfy both sides, the deal would call John Bolton and either Joe or Hunter Biden as witnesses.
sputniknews.com/radio_fault_lines/202001241078126214-how-does-a-bolton-biden-trade-sound/

Biden's Shameful Foreign Policy Record Extends Well Beyond Iraq
Jeremy Kuzmarov | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
Presidential contender Joe Biden has come under fire for his support for the 2003 Iraq War, but continues to tout his foreign policy experience as a key selling point for his candidacy. His foreign policy record is shameful, though, extending well beyond his Iraq War vote. After opposing the Vietnam and first Persian Gulf Wars,…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/bidens-shameful-foreign-policy-record-extends-well-beyond-iraq/

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
DES MOINES, Iowa

AK-46: The Case Against Amy Klobuchar
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/ak-46-the-case-against-amy-klobuchar/

AK-46: The Case Against Amy Klobuchar
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/ak-46-the-case-against-amy-klobuchar/

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

Trump Attends Anti-Choice Rally in D.C
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-24
WASHINGTON–President Donald Trump called it his "profound honor" on Friday to be the first president to attend the annual anti-abortion gathering in Washington called the March for Life. | He used his speech to attack Democrats as embracing "radical and extreme positions" on abortion and praised those attending the event, saying they were motivated by "pure, unselfish love." He also recited actions he's taken as president that were sought by social conservatives, including the confirmation of 187 federal judges. | "Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House," he declared. | Re…
truthdig.com/articles/trump-attends-anti-choice-rally-in-d-c/

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/

"One World Digital Dictatorship" A Digital Nightmare
Gideon Polya | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-24
Danish writer Soren Korsgaard (editor of Crime & Power) has written a very long and detailed account entitled "One World Digital Dictatorship" that describes the accelerating movement by both Western-style democracies and one-party states (notably China) towards world-wide Digital Dictatorship …
globalresearch.ca/one-world-digital-dictatorship-soren-korsgaard-digital-nightmare/5701587

Trump Could Have Been Impeached for War Crimes, Assassinations and Corruption
Staff | truthout.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 pr…
truthout.org/video/trump-could-have-been-impeached-for-war-crimes-assassinations-and-corruption/

The Fight for Our Democracy Is Far From Over
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-24
Ten years ago, in January 2010, the Supreme Court released its disastrous Citizens United decision. The court, either through remarkable naivety or sheer malevolence, essentially married the terrible idea that "money is speech" to the terrible idea that "corporations are people." | The ruling put a for sale sign on our democracy, opening up a flood of corporate, special interest, and even foreign money into our politics. | Through Citizens United and related decisions, the Court made a bad situation worse. We saw the proliferation of super PACs, which can accept and spend unlimited amounts of money to influence e…
truthdig.com/articles/the-fight-against-the-sale-our-democracy-is-far-from-over/

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

Bolivia suspends diplomatic relations with Cuba over FM's 'inadmissible comments'
rt.com | 2020-01-24
Bolivia has suspended its diplomatic relations with Cuba, the Foreign Ministry of Bolivia's interim government said in a statement on Friday. | The suspension was due to "recent inadmissible comments" by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, the ministry said, according to Reuters. | The diplomats in La Paz also cited "constant hostility and constant grievances of Cuba against the Bolivian constitutional government and its democratic process." | Bolivia has been governed by interim President Jeanine Anez since the resignation of long-serving socialist President Evo Morales in November.
rt.com/newsline/479118-bolivia-diplomatic-relations-cuba/

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/

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 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/

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/

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/

As extradition hearing dates are set, US Department of Justice argues Assange has no First Amendment rights
wsws.org | 2020-01-24
The latest evidence submitted by the US government underscores the fundamental democratic issues at stake in the decade-long illegal persecution and witch-hunting of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/24/assa-j24.html

Sanders & Warren
Ryan Grim | zcomm.org | 2020-01-24
The Sanders Campaign Researched Whether Warren Could Be Both Vice President and Treasury Secretary at Once…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/sanders-warren/

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/biden-iowa-car-accident/

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/biden-iowa-car-accident/

'Obvious Malicious Intent': Tulsi Gabbard Hits Clinton with Defamation Suit over 'Russian Asset' Smear
RT News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-23
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 | …
globalresearch.ca/tulsi-gabbard-hits-clinton-defamation-suit-russian-asset-smear/5701468

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

Only a radical Green New Deal can save humanity as Trump's axis of climate catastrophe advances
Fiona Edwards | thecanary.co | 2020-01-23
2020 is a pivotal year for humanity. It's the year where the outcome of the US presidential election could either accelerate the world towards climate catastrophe with Donald Trump or embrace the opportunity of a radical Green New Deal with Bernie Sanders. It's also…
thecanary.co/discovery/analysis-discovery/2020/01/23/only-a-radical-green-new-deal-can-save-humanity-as-trumps-axis-of-climate-catastrophe-advances/

Sanders Calls on Global Movement to Tackle 'Billionaires' Greed'
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-23
In a response to a new Oxfam International report on inequality, Sen. Bernie Sanders called Tuesday for a global movement to pursue economic justice. | RELATED: | 500M People Worldwide Struggle to Find Adequate Work: Study | "We live in a world where a tiny handful of billionaires have extraordinary control over the economic and political life of t…
telesurenglish.net/news/Sanders-Calls-for-Global-Movement-to-Tackle-Billionaires-Greed-20200122-0018.html

Clinton Says Sanders Achieved "Nothing." My Community Clinic Shows She's Wrong
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-23
Hillary Clinton has touched a nerve with her attacks on Bernie Sanders in a new docuseries premiering on Hulu and a subsequent interview with the Hollywood Reporter. In the docuseries, Clinton paints Sanders as an isolated career politician who failed to achieve anything meaningful in the Senate. "Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got n…
truthout.org/articles/clinton-says-sanders-achieved-nothing-my-community-clinic-shows-shes-wrong/

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/

The Trump Coup to Come
Paul Street | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-23
America's political authoritarianism comes in different, yet combined, mutually reinforcing forms. We have the neofascist authoritarianism of the white nationalist Republican Party, its Great Dog-Wagging God in the White House and his cultish, white-Amerikaner base. | Donald Trump may well …
globalresearch.ca/trump-coup-come/5701470

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/

Greenpeace Climate Ranking Update: Steyer Passes Warren, Buttigieg Passes Biden, Bloomberg Enters Top 10
commondreams.org | 2020-01-23
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commondreams.org/newswire/2020/01/23/greenpeace-climate-ranking-update-steyer-passes-warren-buttigieg-passes-biden?cd-origin=rss

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/

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

Democrats Focus Day 2 of Trial on Trump's 'Dangerous' Abuse
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-23
WASHINGTON

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

Democrats begin Senate trial of Trump with anti-Russia diatribe
wsws.org | 2020-01-23
A casual viewer might have concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin, not Trump, was on trial.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/23/impe-j23.html

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

"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

"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

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

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/

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

Senate Republicans are allowing themselves to be used as pawns by McConnell to save Trump
Michael Payne | nationofchange.org | 2020-01-23
"Listen up, Senate Republicans and understand that you also are the ones who are on trial alongside Trump."
nationofchange.org/2020/01/23/senate-republicans-are-allowing-themselves-to-be-used-as-pawns-by-mcconnell-to-save-trump/

Why I Support Bernie Sanders for President
Zephyr Teachout | thenation.com | 2020-01-23
Why I Support Bernie Sanders for President…
thenation.com/article/bernie-sanders-endorsement-2020/

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/senate-race-democrats-2020/

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/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/opposition-research-bernie-warren/

Why I Support Elizabeth Warren for President
Richard Parker | thenation.com | 2020-01-23
Why I Support Elizabeth Warren for President…
thenation.com/article/warren-president-endorsement-2020/

Why I Support Elizabeth Warren for President
Richard Parker | thenation.com | 2020-01-23
Why I Support Elizabeth Warren for President…
thenation.com/article/warren-president-endorsement-2020/

'Haters Gonna Hate and Deniers Will Deny': Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Greta Thunberg Hit Back at Mnuchin
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-23
"It doesn't take a college degree in economics to realize that our remaining 1.5 ∞ carbon budget and ongoing fossil fuel subsidies and investments don't add up." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/greta_thunberg_4.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2020/01/23/haters-gonna-hate-and-deniers-will-deny-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-and-greta-thunberg?cd-origin=rss

'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/

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

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

Long-Bailey gives her campaign a big boost with bold 'democratising' pledge
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2020-01-22
Rebecca Long-Bailey has launched a bold 'democratising' pledge which could give her Labour leadership campaign a big boost."I support open selections": In a Daily Mirror interview, Long-Bailey

"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

House impeachment managers make case for removal of the president
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-22
Undaunted by GOP attempts to stage a sham trial the Democratic House impeachment managers used time Tuesday that Republicans had hoped would embroil them in procedural arguments to instead lay out a clear narrative of why Trump should be removed from office. They made a convincing argument that Trump is continuing today the abuses of …
peoplesworld.org/article/house-impeachment-managers-lay-out-the-case-for-removal-of-the-president/

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

Long-Bailey gives her campaign a big boost with bold 'democratising' pledge
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2020-01-22
Rebecca Long-Bailey has launched a bold 'democratising' pledge which could give her Labour leadership campaign a big boost."I support open selections": In a Daily Mirror interview, Long-Bailey

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

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

Senate approves Trump impeachment trial rules after grueling 12-hour session
rt.com | 2020-01-22
Senate Republicans have pushed through ground rules for President Trump's impeachment trial, ending more than 12 hours of contentious debate with their Democratic rivals over guidelines for the proceedings. | Approved by a party-line vote of 53 to 47, the rules give House prosecutors and Trump's legal team 24 hours each to argue their cases for and against impeachment. The opening statements are scheduled to begin on Wednesday afternoon. | After each side makes their case, senators will have 16 hours to submit questions in writing. The Senate will then consider subpoenaing witnesses or relevant documents. | Al…
rt.com/usa/478859-trump-impeachment-rules-senate-trial/

Denver students say: No war on Iran!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-22
Denver, CO – Students from Denver Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) met on campus | January 21 to continue the rallying against U.S. aggression towards Iran and the U.S. | occupation of Iraq. This action comes after the illegal act of war of the Trump | regime in which Qassem Soleimani was assassinated in the Baghdad International Airport. | The U.S. has claimed that they are backing off from war at this time, but will continue to add | sanctions against Iran which will harm the people of Iran. One SDS member noted | in his speech, "Sanctions are an act of war; countless citizens died in…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/1/22/denver-students-say-no-war-iran

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/

What Is Chuck Schumer Doing?
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2020-01-22
What Is Chuck Schumer Doing?
thenation.com/article/schumer-amendments-impeachment-strategy/

There's a New Playbook for Securing Abortion Access
Andrea Miller | thenation.com | 2020-01-22
There's a New Playbook for Securing Abortion Access…
thenation.com/article/abortion-democrats-roe-anniversary/

The Republicans Have Revealed Their Impeachment Strategy–Lying
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2020-01-22
The Republicans Have Revealed Their Impeachment Strategy–Lying…
thenation.com/article/cipollone-impeachment-lies/

"Nobody Likes Him": Hillary Clinton Not Sure She'll Endorse Bernie Sanders
Eoin Higgins | theantimedia.com | 2020-01-21
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Paging pot, this is kettle: 'Nobody likes him,' Hillary Clinton says of 'divisive' Bernie Sanders
rt.com | 2020-01-21
Two-time presidential also-ran Hillary Clinton hasn't dropped her grudge against erstwhile opponent and current Democratic frontrunner Bernie Sanders, and her comments on his 'likability' have triggered a backlash from all sides. | Clinton excoriated her former competitor as unlikeable and ineffective, telling the Hollywood Reporter that "nobody wants to work with [Sanders]" in the Senate in an interview published Tuesday ahead of a four-part d…
rt.com/usa/478819-clinton-attacks-sanders-divisive-hypocrisy/

'I'll straight up get armed': Yet another Bernie staffer caught spouting extremist ideas, is there a problem in the campaign?
rt.com | 2020-01-21
A video exposing the extreme viewpoints of yet another staffer of the Bernie Sanders campaign has some questioning whether there is a growing issue inside the Vermont senator's ranks. | A video released on Tuesday by Project Veritas reveals a man identified as Martin Weissgerber, a paid field organizer for the Sanders presidential campaign in South Carolina, fantasizing about sending Republicans to "reeducation camps" and Sanders dissolving the Senate and House of Representatives should he become president. | "Do we just cease

A Show Trial? As Trump Impeachment Trial Begins, Mitch McConnell Accused of Staging a Cover-Up
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-21
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…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/21/trump_impeachment_trial_us_senate

Voting Rights Advocate: The Impeachment of Trump Is Needed to Protect Our Elections & Democracy
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-21
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…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/21/trump_impeachment_trial_us_senate_pt2

Voting Rights Advocate: The Impeachment of Trump Is Needed to Protect Our Elections & Democracy
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-21
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…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/21/trump_impeachment_trial_us_senate_pt2

The big loser in the Iowa debate? CNN's reputation
Jim Naureckas | mronline.org | 2020-01-21
The biggest loser from last night's Democratic debate (1/14/20) was CNN's journalistic credibility. | Source…
mronline.org/2020/01/21/the-big-loser-in-the-iowa-debate-cnns-reputation/

Trump lawyers & intel committee head Schiff accuse each other of obstructing as Senate impeachment trial begins
rt.com | 2020-01-21
House intel committee head Adam Schiff clashed with President Donald Trump's attorneys as the Senate impeachment trial began, attempting to spin his party's lackluster articles of impeachment as dire crimes and getting cut down. | Even while insisting the evidence presented during the House hearings was "more than enough" for the Senate to convict Trump, Schiff maintained that failing to include all the witnesses, documents, and other material the Democrats had tried (and failed) to shoehorn into those hearings "only rewards the president's obstruction." | Trump's "refusal to obey subpoenas" was allowing him t…
rt.com/usa/478839-schiff-trump-lawyers-impeachment-senate/

Greta Thunberg Addresses Global Elite at Davos: Our House Is Still on Fire
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-21
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."
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/21/greta_thunberg_davos_speech_2020

National Archives Doctored Photo of 2017 Women's March to Blur Messages Critical of Trump
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-21
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

National Archives Doctored Photo of 2017 Women's March to Blur Messages Critical of Trump
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-21
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

Joint UN-Congolese strategy needed to address insecurity following deadly attacks
news.un.org | 2020-01-21
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.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/01/1055741

Even the Democrats Do Favors for the Rich
Gerald E. Scorse | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-21
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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/even-the-democrats-do-favors-for-the-rich/