Carl Boggs (2018-08-20). The Road to Disaster? counterpunch.org The monotonously endless anti-Russia crusade serves a number of political agendas for Democrats and the Washington power structure. It rationalizes Hillary Clinton's stunning defeat, delegitimizes and weakens the Trump presidency, sets momentum for impeachment, and helps drive up Pentagon (and intelligence) spending. Often forgotten is a yet another, deeper factor: Russia has long been targeted as an intolerable obstacle to U.S. Eurasian supremacy, years before the Trump phenomenon was on the horizon. More

Chauncey DeVega, Salon (2018-08-20). Scholar Warns We Could Be Headed for a 'Violent Conflict' Between Republicans and Democrats. alternet.org Is the United States speeding toward an historic conflict? | President Abraham Lincoln famously warned that "a house divided against itself, cannot stand. " More than 150 years later his alarm still resonates: While the conflagration will most likely take a different form than it did in Lincoln's day, America in the era of President Donald Trump is increasingly a country of warring tribes rather than a united people possessed of a shared sense of identit. . .

wsws.org (2018-08-20). Teacher hostility grows to Michigan Department of Education's curriculum changes. wsws.org The Michigan Department of Education has proposed new social studies standards which remove references to essential democratic rights and aim to censor the study of history.

wsws.org (2018-08-20). Political warfare deepens as Democrats, ex-spies circle the wagons around Brennan. wsws.org The intervention by Brennan and other ex-intelligence officials on the Sunday talk shows demonstrates the degree to which the spy agencies have become a dominant political force.

wsws.org (2018-08-20). Inequality and the crisis of American democracy. wsws.org Ever-increasing social inequality in the United States is incompatible with democratic forms of rule.

wsws.org (2018-08-20). Growing interest in socialism in Downriver Detroit area. wsws.org The industrialized area has been the core of the congressional district dominated by the Democratic Party and the Dingell family for more than 80 years.

Stephen Lendman (2018-08-19). Torture and Abuse in America's Global Gulag. globalresearch.ca Societies are best judged by how they treat children, the elderly, the infirm, their most disadvantaged and prisoners. | America fails on all counts under Republicans and undemocratic Dems — violator of ...

Staff (2018-08-19). Trump Says His White House Counsel Isn't a 'RAT' Like Nixon's. truthdig.com The president, in a series of angry tweets, denounces a New York Times story that White House counsel Don McGahn has been cooperating with Robert Mueller's team investigating Russian election meddling.

Alexandra Tempus (2018-08-19). 'It Brings Us All to the Same Table': Meet The New Progressive Farmers. progressive.org Wisconsin farmers, like rural folks across America post-2016 election, are reclaiming their legacy as key players in the country's progressive movement.

Ian Reifowitz, Daily Kos (2018-08-19). Trump Uses Race and Culture to Divide and Distract While the GOP is Government By the Corrupt and For the Rich. alternet.org Racial scapegoating is at the heart of Donald Trump's message as a politician, and it has been going back to the day he announced his White House run by attacking people coming to the U. S. from Mexico as "rapists" and "drug dealers. " | I love to rile people up and then take their money. A news analysis in the New York Times ominiously warned that House Democrats are "discar. . .

Shaun King (2018-08-19). When Will the Democratic Party Get Involved in Local and State Law Enforcement Races? theintercept.com Protesters hold signs during a rally calling for criminal justice reform outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on July 10, 2018. | . Eighty percent of Democrats want to see the whole justice system reformed. | But when the rubber meets the road on actually making criminal justice reform happen, Democrats are ghosts. I'm not talking about the senators who are likely going to run for president. They have a lot to say about criminal justice reform. And I'm not throwing shade, but it's easy to talk about bold reforms and game-changing policies when you aren't in power — Republicans did it every year when Barack Obama was in the Oval Office. What I'm talking about is the Democratic Party machinery on the local, state, and federal level.If the Democratic Party was smart, they would be out front leading and...

Lee Fang (2018-08-18). One of the Strongest Progressives in Congress Is Facing a Primary Challenger Invoking Identity and Change. Will She Unseat Him? theintercept.com Rep. Mike Capuano is facing a Democratic primary challenge from Boston City Councillor Ayanna Pressley.

RT (2018-08-19). Not just Russians: China, North Korea & Iran may target US elections, Bolton says without proof. rt.com The upcoming 2018 US midterm elections might be targeted by Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran, National Security Advisor John Bolton has warned, while declining to provide any evidence.
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wsws.org (2018-08-18). Presidential slates chosen for Brazil's general elections: a warning to the working class. wsws.org Whatever the result of the elections, the Brazilian political system will swing violently to the right, deepening the class war austerity measures initiated by the Workers Party's (PT).

Andrew Levine (2018-08-17). Midterms 2018: What's There to Hope For? counterpunch.org Nothing in American politics today defies comprehension quite as much as the steadfast obtuseness of loyal Trump voters. But the notion that establishment Democrats are radical firebrands, and therefore that Democrats running for office in deep "red" districts must distinguish themselves from them, comes close. That unjustified and probably false belief was what led Danny O'Connor, the Democrat running for Congress in the special election held August 7 in the Ohio 12th, to declare that he would not vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House. Nancy Pelosi! Neoliberal, corporate ass-kissing Nancy Pelosi!

wsws.org (2018-08-18). Former CIA Director John Brennan's brief for dismantling democracy. wsws.org The view advanced by Brennan, the intelligence agencies and their allies in the Democratic Party can be summed up as: "It is necessary to destroy democracy in order to save it."

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-08-18). Over Half a Million Dollars From Trump-Related Donors has Flowed to Andrew Cuomo. truthout.org Donald Trump and Andrew Cuomo go way back. They have both been big players on the New York political scene for years and it's hardly a surprise that they share financial connections. | Early this month Cynthia Nixon, Cuomo's rival in the Democratic primary race for governor, criticized him for accepting $64,000 in donations from Trump between 2001 and 2009. | "Governor Cuomo cannot serve as a defense against Donald Trump when he's accepted tens of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from Donald Trump," read Nixon's Facebook ad. | In response, Cuomo said he would not return the donations. "I'm going to be deeply critical of him and keep the contributions," he said. Cuomo spokesperson Abby Fashouer later called Nixon's critique "a cheap distraction from a campaign gasping for air," and added, "No governor has fought harder against Donald Trump than Gov.

Mark Gruenberg (2018-08-17). White House lets payday lenders prey on military families. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — In what may be a new low, even for this GOP regime, the Trump White House is scheming to let payday lenders — one of the sleaziest industries in the country — prey upon military families, despite a federal law designed to stop such abuses. | Needless to say, the plan, floated by the Republican president's acting director of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB), Mick Mulvaney — who is also GOP President Donald Trump's budget director — outrages consumer groups, a pro-labor veterans group and congressional Democrats. The GOP is notably silent on the issue. | The payday lenders are some of the most-notorious financial predators in the U.S., along with loan sharks and collection agencies. Payday lenders advance people money against their paychecks, but if the full amount isn't repaid on the exact date it's due, the lenders roll...

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-08-17). 'Drunk on Power': Former CIA Director John Brennan Comes Out Swinging Against Trump and the Republicans in Rachel Maddow Interview. alternet.org Brennan said he fears a "wag the dog" scenario with Trump. | Former CIA Director John Brennan appeared on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" Friday night and fired back at President Donald Trump after a week of abuse from the White House. The White House announced this week that it is revoking Brennan's security clearance, an unprecedented move that many believed was a transparent effort by the president to punish a critic. Brennan, along wit. . .

A’da Ch‡vez (2018-08-17). Sex Workers Are Rallying Behind a Democratic Socialist Running for New York Senate. theintercept.com New York state Senate candidate Julia Salazar is one of the few political candidates to consult the sex work community and prioritize their concerns.

Ralph Nader (2018-08-17). Going Fundamental Eludes Congressional Progressives. counterpunch.org I've recently received fundraising letters from Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Chuck Schumer on behalf of their Democratic Party's campaign committees. Mostly, all they ask for is money, though Schumer's letter includes a short tough letter to President Trump for us to sign which they promise to deliver to the White House. Although politicians review More

The Saker (2018-08-17). Iran's Reply: No War and No Negotiations. mintpressnews.com We can all thank God for the fact that the AngloZionists did not launch a war on the DPRK, that no Ukronazi attack on the Donbass took place during the World Cup in Russia and that the leaders of the Empire have apparently have given up on their plans to launch a reconquista of Syria. However, each of these retreats from their hysterical rhetoric has only made the Neocons more frustrated and determined to show the planet that they are still The Hegemon who cannot be disobeyed with impunity. As I wrote after the failed US cruise missile strike on Syria this spring, " each click brings us closer to the bang". In the immortal words of Michael Ledeen, "Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the...

Ajamu Baraka (2018-08-17). Opposing Bipartisan Warmongering is Defending Human Rights of the Poor and Working Class. counterpunch.org The decision by Democrat party president Harry Truman to bomb the cities of Hiroshima on August 6 and Nagasaki on the 9thwith the newly developed nuclear weapon signaled to the world that the U.S. was prepared to use military force to back up its new-found position as the leader of the Western colonial-capitalist powers, now More

Jeff Cohen (2018-08-17). Democrats Gather in Chicago: Elite Party or Party of the People? counterpunch.org Despite being led by one of the most erratic and least popular presidents in modern history, the Trumpian Republican Party dominates U.S. politics. One of the main reasons for this awful state of affairs is that the opposition party — which calls itself "Democratic" — is led by vacillating, corporate-oriented politicians who seem to have one firm principle: More

EcoWatch (2018-08-17). 65 California Cities, Counties Oppose Trump's Offshore Drilling Plan. peoplesworld.org At least 65 California cities and counties have taken action opposing new fossil fuel leasing in the Pacific Ocean since President Trump proposed a massive expansion of drilling in federal waters last year. That ongoing campaign now represents communities with 21.3 million Californians—more than half the state's population. | These actions, combined with recent public opinion polling showing that 69 percent of Californians oppose new offshore drilling, come as the California Legislature considers Assembly Bill 1775 and Senate Bill 834, which would prohibit new infrastructure to serve expanded federal offshore oil leasing. Members of the Coalition to Protect the Pacific have supported a campaign, which will continue through the fall as the Trump administration works on the next draft of its offshore leasing plan. | "We need to protect our beautiful South Bay as well as...

wsws.org (2018-08-17). Parti Quebecois makes "left" feint in hopes of averting electoral disaster. wsws.org With Quebec's provincial election just weeks away, opinion polls continue to show the big business, pro-independence PQ facing an unprecedented electoral debacle.

RT (2018-08-16). After clearance pull, Democrats rush to back Brennan — who spied on them. rt.com Democrats have been vocal in condemning US President Donald Trump for revoking former CIA chief John Brennan's security clearance, forgetting that time he spied on a Democrat-run Senate committee in the name of #Resistance. |
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Katrina vanden Heuvel (2018-08-16). The Democratic Insurgency Is Winning the War of Ideas. thenation.com The Democratic Insurgency Is Winning the War of Ideas appeared first on The Nation.

Jeff Bryant (2018-08-16). Is Louisville Ground Zero in the Fight for Democratic Control of Public Schools? progressive.org The takeover of Jefferson County Public Schools is not a contest between 'red vs. blue,' but of whether democracy matters at all.

David Dayen (2018-08-16). A Democratic Contender for Florida Governor Appears to Own Millions in Puerto Rican Debt. theintercept.com A financial disclosure form for Jeff Greene, a billionaire real estate developer, reveals that Greene may own $27 million of Puerto Rico's debt.

Democracy Now! (2018-08-16). "I'm Bringing My Bullhorn to Congress": Rashida Tlaib Poised to Become First Muslim Congresswoman. democracynow.org Detroit Democratic congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib is poised to become the first Palestinian-American woman and first Muslim woman to serve in Congress, after winning the Democratic primary for John Conyers's old House seat in Michigan last week. Tlaib is a Democratic Socialist who supports the Palestinian right of return and a one-state solution, Medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage and abolishing ICE. The child of immigrants, she has spoken out against the Trump administration's travel bans. We speak with Rashida Tlaib about her historic victory and her plans for Congress.

Consortiumnews.com (2018-08-16). For Italy, Trump Represents a 'Populist' Opportunity. consortiumnews.com The new Italian government is taking comfort in some of Trump's positions, especially on migration, trade and Russia, says Andrew Spannaus. By Andrew Spannaus in Milan Special to Consortium News During the 2016 United States election campaign, most of Italy's... Read more →

Joelle Fishman (2018-08-16). Janus, labor's fightback and 2018 elections Webinar, Sun., August 19. peoplesworld.org ...

RT (2018-08-15). Young Americans have soured on capitalism, and that's what got Trump elected — Slavoj ≈Ωi≈æek. rt.com Support for capitalism among younger voters has dropped drastically, a new Gallup poll reveals. The US establishment's refusal to see this shift has resulted in Trump's election, philosopher Slavoj Zizek tells RT.
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Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-15). Race and Class Struggle Sharpening as Insurgent Democrats and Trump Supporters Win Tuesday's Primaries. therealnews.com Non traditional Democrats are winning and changing the electoral world while Trumpian are pushing Republicans to the edge. What is the political future?

Ruth Conniff (2018-08-15). Tuesday's Primary Sets up Trumpism Versus Progressivism in Fall Elections. progressive.org In the Midwest and across the country, the November election will test the Democrats' messages of civility and progress against an entrenched Republican Party that has now fully embraced Donald Trump.

Zaid Jilani (2018-08-15). Sheriff David Clarke's Deputy Goes Down in a Night of Big Wins for Wisconsin Progressives. theintercept.com While a primary victory by ironworker Randy Bryce won headlines in Wisconsin, a lower-profile race signaled another significant victory for criminal justice reform strategists who have embraced electoral politics as a direct route to change. | In Milwaukee, former MLB security official Earnell Lucas won the Democratic nomination for sheriff, which almost guarantees he will win the general election in November. Lucas, a progressive with the backing of the Working Families Party, defeated Acting Sheriff Richard Schmidt, who had previously worked under Sheriff David Clarke, whose tenure was marked with mistreatment of Milwaukee residents. Schmidt was unable to overcome the association with Clarke, who is better known these days as a Fox News personality. | Schmidt's loss came just a week after the movement dealt another controversial and high-profile law enforcement official a blow, unseating Bob McCulloch in St. Louis County.

Democracy Now! (2018-08-15). Headlines for August 15, 2018. democracynow.org Pennsylvania Priests Abused 1,000 Children and Covered Up the Abuse, Christine Hallquist Becomes First Transgender Major-Party Gubernatorial Nominee, In Minnesota, Ilhan Omar Is Poised to Be First Somali American Elected to Congress, Keith Ellison Wins Democratic Primary for Minnesota Attorney General, Jahana Hayes Poised to Be Connecticut's First Black Woman in Congress, Kansas: Jeff Colyer Concedes to Kris Kobach in Republican Primary for Governor, In Sexist & Racist Attack, Trump Calls Omarosa "Crazed" and a "Dog", Italy: 39 Killed in Bridge Collapse in Genoa, Yemen: 13 Reportedly Killed by Airstrikes in Hodei...

Reese Erlich (2018-08-14). Foreign Correspondent: Afghanistan Has Become Trump's 'Failed Narco State'. progressive.org President Donald Trump is back on the stump, trumpeting his alleged triumphs since the 2016 election. Somehow, he never mentions Afghanistan.

Ruth Conniff (2018-08-09). Wisconsin Democrats Debate Who Can Beat Scott Walker. progressive.org Between two groups—the divided and the disaffected—lies the path to victory for Democrats in Wisconsin.

Jeff Bryant (2018-08-10). Scott Walker's Gubernatorial Opponent Will be the Democrat Who Embraces Public Education. progressive.org Tony Evers leads in polls among the slew of Democratic candidates vying to take on Walker. But is he pro-public school enough to win?

Junaid Ahmad (2018-08-13). Pakistan's 'Russiagate' Elections: Imran Khan and the Rational 'Villains' the West Loves to Hate. grayzoneproject.com The post-election despair of Pakistan's Western-oriented elites echoes the American establishment's moral panic over Russian meddling. By Junaid S. Ahmad...

Democracy Now! (2018-08-09). Headlines for August 9, 2018. democracynow.org Saudi-Led Airstrike in Yemen Hits Bus Carrying Children, Killing Dozens, U.S. Airstrike in Afghanistan Kills a Dozen Afghan Soldiers "By Mistake", Israeli Airstrikes Kill Three in Gaza, Including Mother and Her Toddler, In Colombia, Nikki Haley Escalates Anti-Venezuela Rhetoric, U.S. to Impose New Sanctions on Russia, Senate Committee Asks Julian Assange to Testify About Russian Meddling in Election, Virginia & Charlottesville Under States of Emergency Ahead of White Supremacist Rallies, Longtime DRC Leader Joseph Kabila Will Not Run for Re-election, Argentine Senate Rejects Legislation to Legalize Abortion, NY C...

Mark Fiore (2018-08-09). The Leaning Tower of Trump. progressive.org 'Meeting with a foreign power to help swing an election is, like, SO legal. Everyone does it!'

Democracy Now! (2018-08-07). Headlines for August 7, 2018. democracynow.org U.S. Reimposes Sanctions Against Iran, Brazil's Workers' Party Nominates Lula as Presidential Candidate, Rick Gates Testifies He and Manafort Committed Crimes, Voters Head to Polls in Missouri, Kansas, Michigan & Washington State, Tennessee Democrats Celebrate "Blue Wave" That Swept Shelby County, Massive Student Protests Sweep Bangladesh Demanding Safer Roads, Canada Criticizes Saudi Arabia over Arrest of Feminist Activists, Mendocino Complex Now Largest Fire in California History, Social Media Platforms Remove Alex Jones, Citing Hate Speech, The Dream Defenders Organize National Protests Against GEO Group, Gunm...

Democracy Now! (2018-08-08). Do Historic Victories & Tight Races in Primaries Mean Dems Could Retake Senate & House in November? democracynow.org Voters headed to the polls Tuesday for a special election in Ohio and primaries in Michigan, Kansas, Missouri and Washington. A special election in Ohio's 12th Congressional District remains too close to call, but Republican Troy Balderson has already claimed victory over Democrat Danny O'Connor to serve the remainder of former Republican Congressmember Pat Tiberi's term. Balderson leads by just 1,754 votes, and thousands of absentee and provisional ballots still need to be counted. O'Connor is hoping to pull off a major upset. President Trump won the district in 2016 by a margin of more than 11 percent. In Michi...

Justin Anderson (2018-07-31). Reporting on Medicare for All Makes Media Forget How Math Works. fair.org CBS News (7/30/18) | "Medicare for All," a federally funded universal healthcare plan championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vermont—Ind.), has quickly become a key issue for progressive voters evaluating Democratic Party candidates for the 2018 midterm elections and the 2020 presidential race. The plan would provide coverage for the 40 million currently uninsured in the United States, a gap that is estimated to cause tens of thousands of deaths annually. Despite this, Medicare for All has received no shortage of negative coverage in the media, all revolving around the same question: Just how are we going to pay for it? | A study on the cost of Medicare for All was recently conducted by Charles Blahous for the libertarian-leaning Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Blahous' study projected that Sanders' Medicare for All system,...

Paul Dobson (2018-07-09). Venezuela's Democratic Action Party Breaks from MUD as Opposition Fractures Deepen. venezuelanalysis.com A lack of presidential primaries and internal tensions are believed to have brought about the schism.

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