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“Capitalism has outlived its usefulness. It has brought about a system that takes necessities from the masses to give luxury to the classes. Call it what you may, call it democracy, or call it democratic socialism, but there must be a better distribution of wealth within this country for all of God’s children.”
Martin Luther King


How Democrats Put Trump in the White House - This is a case where parody is the best way to the truth. Hilarious and well worth the 7 minute watch.


Portia Bulgher is Pissed! And we need to Listen! - I only listened to the first 5 minutes or so, but it was priceless.


Sourcewatch: Citizens for Self-Governance - This is the Koch Bros./ALEC funded group that is trying to stage, through its “Convention of States” project, a Constitutional convention in order to severely restrict federal power. It’s basically a “states rights” group, although it uses the phrase “local control”, that wants to get rid of child-labor and worker protections and eliminate the federal agency - such as EPA, Interior Dept., etc. - authority. If they can get Koch surrogate politicians in 34 states to call for a convention, and then get 38 states to ratify whatever resolutions they come up with, they can effectively re-write the Constitution.


ProPublica: Documenting Hate


Frontline: Documenting Hate


Obama Deported More (By Far) Than Any Other President


Trump’s Cabinet and Actions


Jill Stein FAQ


Dr. Margaret Flowers: The Democrats want to create the appearance of a divide between themselves and the Republicans because that gives the voters something to fight about and keeps voters distracted. In fact, the two corporate parties work very well together to create illusions that distract the masses and allow the parties to continue to move their corporate agenda forward within the parameters of their limited differences. I do not want to maintain that illusion. That is why I support the Green Party.


Popular Resistance: Electoral politics has become nothing more than a periodic horse race between corporate candidates chosen through a rigged system.


Edward Snowden: “I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions, but I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon, and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant.”


The Thundering Failure of the Democrats - Originally written in May of 2015, this very short article still speaks directly to the point that Dems just don’t get. Spot on. If we don’t hold the psychopaths from both parties to account, then we are totally complicit and just as guilty.


Albert Einstein Institute: 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action


EFF Border Search Pocket Guide - How to protect your personal data at the border.


12/7/18


BAR: The BAR Obituary of George H.W. Bush


12/5/18


Intercept: George H.W. Bush, American War Criminal - In addition to all this, no one has mentioned the babies on respirators story which GHWB concocted to embellish Gulf War I propaganda. What a ‘great and noble’ man.


12/2/18


American Herald Tribune: Mass Murder Is GHWB’s Defining Legacy - Why is the media apparently unified in one unending, mass stream of adulation for this man? Because they all did their part to promote it, and continue to do so to this day.


12/1/18


Intercept: The Ignored Legacy of George H. W. Bush - As the multitudes of talking heads all universally praise GHWB, this is the stuff they have conveniently forgotten. One of the best examples in a long time of fascist state propaganda carried out by a totally compliant media. Disgusting.


11/29/18


BAR: Jill Stein Lawsuit Forces Adoption of Paper Ballots and Election Audits in Pennsylvania - Slowly breaking free from faith-based voting machines.


11/28/18


BAR: Bernie Sanders Puts Forward a Program That Could Split the Democratic Party


11/27/18


American Herald Tribune: Pierre Omidyar: A Dangerous Billionaire-Backer of the “Resistance” - “Real progressives and radicals stand for universal healthcare, peace, jobs, and against war, mass incarceration, and mass surveillance. These are the political issues of our time that the entire ruling class stands against.” As the primary backer of “The Resistance”, Omidyar is just another pro-austerity, neo-liberal attempting to lure progressive voters into the same old Democrap ‘big-tent’ so that the empire can be stabilized while they continue to reap their $Billions and keep the working poor fighting their wars, under surveillance and stuck in their meager existence.


11/26/18


Democracy-NOW: Rev. Barber: MS Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith Jokes About Hangings. Her Policies Will Strangle the Poor. - Friday article in the Jackson Free Press and here’s more


11/23/18


Democracy-NOW: Four Days in Occupied Western Sahara


11/16/18


WSWS: Ocasio-Cortez Holds Climate Change Stunt to Boost Pelosi - “In other words, a more concise accounting of the event would be as follows: Pelosi praises the protesters, Ocasio-Cortez praises Pelosi, Jacobin praises Ocasio-Cortez and concludes that the day of exchanging pleasantries in Washington represents a “qualitatively different type of leftist politics.”


11/11/18


UK Guardian: “It Hasn’t Benefited Us a Dime”: Georgia Steelworkers Verdict on Trump Tariffs


11/10/18


Intercept: Democrats Should Remember Al Gore Won in 2000 - But Lost the Presidency With a Preemptive Surrender


11/4/18


Intercept: Fox News is Poisoning America - “All it took was a few years of fierce, reckless, chauvinist, intolerant, expansionist, war-mongering propaganda to create enough hate to start the fighting among people who had lived together peacefully...for years”


Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Tucker Carlson, Ann Coulter, and on and on, along with former employees Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes,...without Fox News, in concert with Premier Networks, ultimately owned by Bain Capital (Mitt Romney’s old firm), we would never have heard any of these names.


extremist talking points may get workshopped on fringe sites, but they’re platformed on and reach the most dupes on Fox News. Never forget that Sean Hannity was literally tying Hillary Clinton to actual Satanism three days before the 2016 election.”


UK Guardian: Joseph Stiglitz: “America Should Be a Warning to Other Countries”


Intercept: Weapons Makers Rushing Campaign Cash to Democrat - The wheels of the perpetual war machine roll on, undisturbed by party affiliation. No difference.


11/3/18


UK Guardian: Trump Emoluments Case Ruling Opens Way to Financial Records - Wonder how working-class Trump voters will feel if they ever find out that the Trump tax cuts permanently saved him $20+ Million per year, while they only got tiny, temporary cuts.


11/1/18


BAR: How Thirsty and Stupid Do Stacey Abrams, Lucy McBath and Most Progressive Democrat Congressional Candidates Think We Are? - I agree with most, but not everything, that Bruce Dixon says. He always has some interesting insights.

Per Dixon:

“An even bigger problem with Lucy McBath is that like many 2018 so-called progressive Democrat congressional candidates this year, McBath is running for US Congress without a single word to say about foreign policy, except a vow of support for the apartheid state of Israel. She’s a candidate for US Congress without a word to say about the four or five countries we’re bombing or the dozens of other countries we’re deploying US special forces in or flying drones over.


Almost-a-congresswoman Lucy won’t talk to us at all about the 800 US military bases around the world which cost us about a trillion dollars a year, more than what the next nine or ten nations spend put together, and reporters don’t ask. The Republicans don’t bring it up either, a sure sign that this is something they pretty much agree on.”


She also has not a single word to say about Improved Medicare For All - preferring to stick with a passing mention of a Public Option, which would in this context add an additional layer to our current dysfunctional system, and would become a de-facto high risk pool to which all of the insurance companies would effectively dump their high cost patients. She also won’t mention free public education, a Green New Deal, criminal justice reform, an end to the war on drugs, addressing the disparity in income and wealth, getting money out of politics. Come on, a “progressive” candidate who won’t address any of these issues? Seriously?


Also, Here’s a funny segment of Trevor Noah along the same lines. Brian Kemp’s now iconic ‘round up some aliens myself’ ad starts at 3:20. Now that he is not totally pandering to old, white S. GA peanut farmers, his campaign staff won’t allow it on the air. But very funny. Hopefully that ad will never be lost.


Dixon on the 2nd amendment:

“In the real world, the Second Amendment to the US Constitution was written to guarantee that every able bodied white man was armed and ready to take part in slave patrols or Indian killing and land stealing militias. When chattel slavery mostly ended and the theft of the continent was complete, the gun industry had to find other markets and other reasons for existing, and some of what they came up with included the myths about civilians with pistols being able to hold the government accountable and more.

Similar to his statement back in March:

“...the “well regulated militia” the Second Amendment referred to was the universally armed white male population, deployed to murder and steal land from Native Americans and police the enslaved Africans.”


10/29/18


Democracy-NOW: Uncle of Trump Adviser: Synagogue Shooting is What Happens When Hate is Legitimized


10/25/18


Reuters: Chinese Spies Listen In On Trump’s Cell Phone


New Yorker: How the Media Normalizes Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric - “Trump does not have a moral or legal leg to stand on when he talks about deterring the Central American asylum seekers. But most of the media, across the political spectrum, is standing right there with him.”


10/20/18


Alternet: Saudi-Loving Corporate Media (Thomas Friedman) Run For Cover In the Wake of the Khashoggi Outrage


10/18/18


Democracy-NOW: Native Americans React to E. Warren’s DNA Test: ‘Stop Making Native People Your Political Fodder’ - Her claim may not have helped her career, but it probably did keep native American women and women of color from their opportunities in their careers.


UK Guardian: DOJ Opens Investigation Into Catholic Church in PA - Apparently over 1,000 children molested by 300+ priests. Any other organization with anything like the Catholic church’s ongoing record would be permanently banned from all society.


10/16/18


New Yorker: Elizabeth Warren Falls for Trump’s Trap - and Promotes Insidious Ideas About Race and DNA -

Per an essay by indigenous activist Rebecca Nagle: “Warren is positioning herself as a representative of people whose experience she does not share or understand. Warren has been criticized for failing to meet with Native American leaders, and she has garnered no praise from them for her legislative work. Her visibility as an ostensible Native American exacerbates the invisibility of people who have grown up and live as Native Americans. As contemporary Native Americans, we live in the space between Donald Trump and Elizabeth Warren, between the stereotypes that were created to excuse the wholesale slaughter of our people and the stereotypes that were created to excuse the wholesale appropriation of our identity and cultures. The Trumps and Warrens of the world leave very little space for us to exist—which, when you understand the history of the United States, makes perfect sense.”


This is also an excellent discussion of just how flawed the entire concept of DNA testing really is: “Warren ended up providing one of the clearest examples yet of how Trumpian rhetoric shifts the political conversation. The woman who is hoping to become the most progressive Democratic nominee in generations is not merely letting herself get jerked around by a Trumpian taunt. She is also reinforcing one of the most insidious ways in which Americans talk about race: as though it were a measurable biological category, one that, in some cases, can be determined by a single drop of blood. Genetic-test evidence is circular: if everyone who claims to be X has a particular genetic marker, then everyone with the marker is likely to be X. This would be flawed reasoning in any area, but what makes it bad science is that it reinforces the belief in the existence of X—in this case, race as a biological category. Warren’s video will hardly convince a Trump voter, who will see only a woman who feels that she has to prove something. Trump himself has already walked back his promise of a million-dollar charity donation. Warren, meanwhile, has allowed herself to be dragged into a conversation based on an outdated, harmful concept of racial blood—one that promotes the pernicious idea of biological differences among people—and she has pulled her supporters right along with her.”


What’s next, a resurgence of eugenics? Maybe Warren will volunteer to have her skull measured to disprove the next Trumpian taunt.


10/15/18


Market Watch: US Budget Deficit Balloons to $779 Billion for Fiscal Year 2018 - Per Bernie Sanders, 4 Rethuglican policies are the reason: Bush tax cuts for wealthy $488 Billion, Trump tax cuts for the wealthy $164 Billion, Wars in Iraq/Afghanistan $127 Billion, Defense increases instituted since 9/11, $156 Billion.


CNN: Elizabeth Warren Releases DNA Test With ‘Strong Evidence’ of Native American Ancestry - That’s CNN spinning the story as best it could, for a 1/64th (2%) or less portion of her ancestry. The Cherokee Nation calls the entire flap “inappropriate and wrong.” Once again, comfortable white people using them for short term advantage, but forgetting the very real needs of all Native Americans. Amir on twitter nailed it: “I don’t think I’d be trying to cash in on my Native DNA if I had been the US Senator who did absolutely NOTHING but hide when water protectors at Standing Rock were risking their lives protecting their holy land/water from being destroyed.

But you do you, Elizabeth Warren.”


10/12/18


Reuters: Georgia Lawsuit is Latest Blow in US Fight Over Voting Rights - This is just one more case of the old, white, male minority desperately attempting to illegally maintain their control over a diverse society for as long as possible. This is what leads to Brett Kavanaughs on the Whore Court.


10/11/18


Intercept: Mental Health Professionals Denounce CNN and Don Lemon’s Show for Mocking and Stigmatizing Kanye West’s Hospitalization


Sojourners: The System is Rigged - ...and what to do about it.


NYTimes: The Gloom Encroaching on Trump’s Stock Boom - Making uncertainty great again.


CBS News: Trump Reluctant to Halt Arms Sales to Saudis Over Alleged Assassination - The imperialist, neo-liberal nations, and Here, with the US in the lead, are up to their necks in the blood of Yemenis and Saudi repression. What’s one more murder? Trump simply carries on the tradition of American presidents for decades.


10/10/18


Democracy-NOW: From Iran to Palestine, Nikki Haley Put a Nice Face on Trump’s “Horrific” Policies


Intercept: The Stunning Rise of Brazil’s Far Right and What it Shows About Western Democracies


10/6/18


NYTimes: How Every Senator Voted on Kavanaugh’s Confirmation


10/3/18


Democracy-NOW: Mental Health Experts Demand Psychological Assessment of Kavanaugh for Drinking, Instability - Yes, and while they’re at it, maybe they could take a look at Donald Trump and Lindsay Graham. Maybe get a volume discount?


10/2/18


Truthout: In Destroying Social Security, GOP Has No Plans for Elderly Americans - And as usual, main line Democrats are silent.


NYTimes: 11 Takeaways From the Time’s Investigation Into Trump’s Wealth and Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father - What a sleezeball yeg!


9/28/18


UK Guardian: Bile and Tribalism Put America’s State of Disunion in Stark Relief - “Christine Blasey Ford displayed the calm temperament of a judge, while the Supreme Court nominee lashed out.”


Disobedient Media: The Critical Difference Between Tim Canova and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - Democrats have coordinated a media blitz for 2+ years pushing the Russia-ate-our-votes narrative, and yet they ignore the evidence that they engaged in vote rigging, and Here, Here, Here, Here, and Here, in New York, and Here, and Here, California, Nevada, and Arizona. Why? Hint: It’s not real Democracy that they care about. It is their rich donors.


From the article: “What we gain at minimum from Tim Canova’s tireless work is the concrete knowledge that corrupt politicians, rigged elections and the maintenance of a pro-plutocratic neoliberal status-quo will be the future of the Democratic Party. Rule by the corrupt will no longer be considered an aberration: it will have clearly become the norm.”


9/27/18


Democracy-NOW: Yale Law Students Protest Alum Brett Kavanaugh


9/26/18


Intercept: American Dissident: Noam Chomsky on the State of the Empire - “Trump may come off as a buffoon, but his global agenda is consistent with the bipartisan empire machine that runs the United States. This week on Intercepted: Famed dissident Noam Chomsky breaks down the Trump presidency; the defeat of the U.S. in Afghanistan; what he believes is a just position on Syria’s civil war; and the agenda of Vladimir Putin and Russia. He also discusses the impact of big social media companies”


UK Guardian: EU, China, Russia in Move to Sidestep US Iran Sanctions - As other countries of the world sidestep the US and the dollar, making us a weaker country overall, American corporate media continues to sell Trump’s next war with Iran. We are becoming a pariah state.


UK Guardian: Trump Mocked At UN


9/22/18


Socialist Alternative: After the Salazar Victory in New York


9/18/18


McClatchy: Ted Cruz Sides With GOP Leaders on Big Spending Bill - “Cruz’s office did not provide a comment about his support for a bill that the conservative Club for Growth, which is running ads for his re-election, said “completely ignores the trillion dollar annual and perpetual deficits that are fast approaching.

Kind of ironic for a politician who has spent his entire career crusading for a balanced budget - even going so far as shutting down the government in 2013 via his famous 21 hour filibuster.


9/11/18


Intercept: Cuomo Keeps Hiring Republicans


9/10/18


Democracy-NOW: Rise For Climate: 100’s of Thousands of Protesters in 90 Countries Rise


9/9/18


Think Progress: Brett Kavanaugh Said He Would Kill Roe v Wade and Almost No One Noticed


9/8/18


Intercept: Sean Patrick Maloney Calls Zephyr Teachout “Unhinged” For Accurately Describing His Voting Record


9/7/18


New Yorker: Trump Demands to Know Who Put “Entering Crazytown” Sign on Oval Office Door


9/5/18


Reuters: Pressley’s Win Shows Rise of Minority Candidates Among Democrats


BBC: Why the Woodward Effect Damages Trump


NYTimes: Trump Lashes Out After Reports of ‘Quiet Resistance’ By Staff - The Rethugs - with plenty of help from Blue Dog Dems - have done everything they can to make this a third world country - including appointing many ex-military to cabinet and staff positions. Can a military coup be far behind?


9/4/18


Medium: Psychic Nikki Haley: If There is A Future Weapons Attack, Assad Did It


9/3/18


Reuters: Burmese Court Jails Reuters Reporters for 7 Years - This was in retaliation for their reporting on a massacre of Rohingya people by the Burmese military. The ‘evidence’ was planted on the reporters by one group of soldiers, and they were immediately arrested by another group.


Buzzfeed: Jeff Sessions Has Kept 100,000 Pages of Kavanaugh’s Record Secret and Democracy-NOW


8/31/18


In These Times: Meet Mariah Parker, One of the Young, Radical Women of Color Rescuing the Democratic Party - Right On!


8/30/18


BAR: The Real John McCain - and Here


8/27/18


Reuters: UN: Burmese Generals Had ‘Genocidal Intent’ Against Rohingya Must Face Justice


Democracy-NOW: Setting the Record Straight on John McCain and CounterPunch


8/24/18


Democracy-Now: Reality Winner’s Reality Winner’s Sentence A Miscarriage of Justice - She was sentenced to 5 years on one count, an order of magnitude greater than any other person sentenced under the Espionage Act. The information she revealed is the same that James Mueller included in the indictment of the Russian military operatives, and also was revealed in the report issued by the Director of National Intelligence on 1/6/17, 5 months earlier than Winner passed her document to the press.


8/23/18


Democracy-NOW: White Racists Populate the White House


8/20/18


Socialist Alternative: Democratic Socialist Wave - Very short. Presents an interesting viewpoint.


UK Guardian: Trump Dares ‘Worst CIA Director’ To Sue As Security Row Deepens - On the one hand Trump is guilty of treason, and should suffer the full penalty of the law. But Brennan has a history of deceiving the American public, and Here, Here, and of supporting extraordinary rendition, torture, and Here, Here, and Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, and universal surveillance, under both Bush and Obama. Later he admitted that US terror policy could create more terrorism.


Of course, what Brennen is really concerned about is loosing his gig at NBC. War mongering talking heads have a monopoly on corporate media news when it comes to US foreign policy, and Here.


I don’t know which is worse, an NYC common yegg or a war criminal who supports torture, murder and once even said that there has never been a civilian casualty as a result of US drone strikes, and Here, Here.


New Yorker: Putin Reportedly Close to Firing Giuliani - Just want to see if you’re paying attention.


8/16/18


Philadelphia Inquirer: In Defense of Third Party Candidates: Blame Those Who Didn’t Vote, Not Those Who Chose to Run - A new Pew Research study points out that 40% of eligible voters failed to cast a ballot in 2016, far higher than the percentage that voted for either Trump or Clinton.


8/14/18


NYTimes: Catholic Church Covered Up Sexual Abuse of More Than 1,000 Children in PA For Over 70 Years - Words fail.


Reuters: Boy, 11, Hacks Into Replica US Vote Website in 10 Minutes At Convention - All 35 children, ages 6 to 17, who tried, eventually hacked in. And neolibs are all in our face about the Russians.


8/9/18


Intercept: The Koch Bros. Commissioned A Survey of Americans and Found Most Like a $15 Minimum Wage, Free College and Universal Health Care


8/8/18


NYTimes: The Bad Boys Club - Too funny. Short, but read carefully.


8/7/18


Democracy-NOW: New Charlottesville Doc Exposes Neo-Nazi Leaders & Their Ties to the Military and Defense Contractors


8/6/18


The Onion: Trump Claims Eldest Son Would Probably Be Fine Doing 5 to 10 Years In Prison


7/31/18


New York Review: Flynn, Comey, and Mueller: What Trump Knew and When He Knew It


7/27/18


Democracy-NOW: Noam Chomsky On Mass Media Obsession with Russia & the Stories Not Being Covered in the Trump Era - Chomsky nails it. 5 paragraphs.


Democracy-NOW: Noam Chomsky on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Spectacular” Victory & Growing Split in Democratic Party - Summary: Democratic party is in the process of splitting in two groups:


Group 1 Party base: Unapologetic, clearly articulated, New-Deal style platform: Medicare for all, tuition-free public colleges, universities and trade schools, a Green New Deal, criminal justice reform, an end to the war on drugs, addressing the disparity in income and wealth, getting money out of politics. This message is addressed to working-class poor and the working middle class to whom these ideals are significant enough to get them to the polls. Hillary had all the money she needed, but lost because she did not inspire anyone new to go to the polls. No one thought she or Trump offered anything that would directly help them.


Group 2 Donor-oriented, managerial Clintonite Democratic party bosses (essentially middle-of-the-road Rethugs). They are in control and they aren’t letting go. They will eventually destroy this party.


For 40 years, ever since Reagan, the middle class has been in decline. Real wages now are about what they were in the 60’s. There has been a large increase in overall productivity in our economy. None of it went to the middle, or working class poor. “It’s gone into a very few, extremely overstuffed pockets.”


Bureau of Labor Statistics: Real Earnings Summary: “For Production and Non-Supervisory Employees” earnings fell 0.2% over the year ending June 2018. The only workers who suffered no loss in earnings were those who worked more hours.


Bureau of Labor Statistics: The Economics Daily: Consumer Price Index Up 2.8% For Year Ending May 2018.


Conclusion: Average real hourly earnings for most Americans continue the slow, 40-year slide begun during Reagan. There are plenty of jobs out there if you want to flip burgers or wait tables. Otherwise, they’re not hiring. This is why over half of 18 to 29 year-olds reject capitalism.


These people are ripe for the messages of Group 1 candidates. 


7/25/18


Black Agenda Report: Shaun King is “All In” With the FBI and CIA - “Intelligence agencies that tell galactic lies about non-existent Iraqi “weapons of mass destruction,” setting the stage for the extermination of millions, or whose top spies brazenly (and feloniously) lie to Congress about spying on the entirety of the U.S. population, become vectors of truth when they offer “assessments” -- but no proof, whatsoever -- that Russia “meddled” in the U.S. electoral process.”


...and btw, who also lied to Congress about the Gulf of Tonkin, who told Congress and the press thousands of lies during the Viet Nam War, who lied about their roles in the 1953 overthrow of the democratically elected government of Iran, and all of the democratically elected progressive governments of Central and South America, COINTELPRO, and thousands more.


7/23/18


New Yorker: AOC’s Historic Win and the Future of the Democratic Party - As per 2 separate surveys gathered by the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School: 51% of people ages 18 to 29 reject capitalism. 33% support socialism. 51% are “fearful of the future.” 78% of working Americans live paycheck to paycheck - meaning they have essentially no savings. Income inequality is growing and the middle class is falling behind.


In the meantime, wealthy élites insure that their children—through expensive educations and countless other privileges—retain their status. Colossal resentment is the result, and Trump, with his preternatural skills as a TV-trained populist demagogue on the right, was able to build a movement on it...I do think we are in a crisis of late-stage capitalism, where people are working sixty, eighty hours a week and they can’t feed their families,” she said. “There is a lot that is economically dystopic in this country. So that’s why people are open to change.”


New Yorker: Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Kansas - Another crowd, this time over 4,000.


7/22/18


NBC News: Sanders’ Wing of the Party Terrifies Moderate Dems. Here’s How They Plan to Stop It - An invitation only event, sponsored by a multi-million dollar real estate developer. They might as well be Rethugs.


Quote: "I think we need a debate within the party," Delaware Gov. Jack Markell added. "Frankly, it would have been better to start the conversation earlier."


Well, Sanders attempted to start that conversation at the 2016 Dem convention when Clinton promised him that if he would endorse her, some of his suggestions would be included in the final platform. Lie, and Here. Sanders found it “inexplicable”. After Sanders gave his support, the Dem platform committee refused to support a carbon tax or any climate change proposal, and refused to support single-payer, and instead supported fracking, TPP, Israeli occupation. They only grudgingly and after much debate finally did support a minimum wage, but refused to index it to inflation.


This is just one of many examples of the duplicity of these so-called ‘middle-of-the-road’ neocons outlined in this article.


7/21/18


NYTimes: There Is A Revolution On the Left. Democrats Are Bracing. - The revolution has begun.


7/20/18


KCUR: Bernie Sanders Packs the House in Kansas City Rally for Brent Welder - “Several thousand” stood shoulder-to-shoulder in a 100+ degree conference room that had to be modified on the fly to accommodate the crowd. They came to see not only Bernie but also Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. There is a building progressive backlash in the state after Gov. Brownback and the rest of the Rethugs have plundered the state budget for the benefit of the the Koch Bros. and the very rich.


7/19/18


CNN: Israel Passes ‘Nation State’ Bill With No Mention of Equality or Minority Rights


7/18/18


Reuters: Alabama Republican Who Spurned Trump in 2016 Wins Run-off Over Trump Supporter


7/15/18


Truthdig: Farmers Hit Hard by Trade, Immigration, Biofuel Policies


7/13/18


NYTimes: 12 Russian Agents Indicted in Mueller Investigation - Other than naming names, there is no new information in this indictment that was not already revealed in the assessment of the Director of National Intelligence on 1/6/17. It’s a great step, but I sure hope Mueller has more up his sleeve.


7/12/18


Intercept: Andrew Cuomo’s Biggest Donors Rake in Millions From ICE - If you know someone who votes in NY, call them up and ask them who they are voting for.


Democracy-NOW: “The Old Order is Disappearing”: How Progressive Grassroots Movements Are Sweeping the UK & US - “...there is a sweeping grassroots movement which is finally taking the Democratic Party by the lapels and shaking it and saying, “Hey, guys, sticking with neoliberalism, sticking with policies which were scarcely distinguishable from those of the Republicans, is not going to cut it...”


Black Agenda Report: California Leads the Way in Resistance to the Rule of Bankers - Public banks can be a cornerstone issue for progressives because they can be used to resist investment in pipelines, private prisons, immigrant detention centers, a host of environmentally devastating projects for profit, etc. This could be a way for public money to be used for the public good rather than pampering the super-rich.


7/9/18


Democracy-NOW: From CIA-Backed Wars to Cartel Violence: Inside the Roots of the Refugee Crisis in Central America


7/6/18


Intercept: Why is Nancy Pelosi So Afraid of Socialism?


7/2/18


CNN: Americans Want to Keep Rove v. Wade, Poll Finds Ahead of Supreme Court Nomination - 63% of Americans believe in choice.


UK Guardian: Michael Cohen Hints at Flipping and Says ‘First Loyalty is to Family, Not Trump’ - If Cohen flips, then Roger Stone flips. At that point it’s a smorgasbord for Mueller. Will he pounce? We can only hope. Poor Rudi, what a dupe.






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