Joseph E. Stiglitz (2018-10-16). People vs. Money In America's Midterm Elections. iranian.com We will soon find out whether US voters matter more than the money flowing into the Republican Party's coffers. America's political and economic future, and most likely the peace and prosperity of the entire world, depends on the answer. All eyes are on the United States as November's Congressional elections approach. The outcome will answer [...]

teleSUR (2018-10-16). 'Creepy,' Says Haddad of Bolsonaro in Interview Ahead of 2nd Round of Brazil's Elections. telesurtv.net During the interview with El Pais, Fernando Haddad spoke primarily about his opponent and democracy in Brazil, among other issues.

WorkWeek Radio (2018-10-16). OSHA Investigator/Lawyer Darrell Whitman, OSC, Culture Of Corruption, GAP & The Democrats. indybay.org Federal OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program investigator and lawyer Darrell Whitman discusses his effort to defend fellow workers at OSHA WPP. He also discusses the systemic effort to cover-up the retaliation of OSHA whistleblowers from companies like FedEx, Wells Fargo, PG&E, Test American and Lockheed Martin. He reports that he went to many politicians including Diane Feinstein and Congresswoman Barbara Lee about these conditions not only at OSHA about violations of civil rights including the murder of Alan Blueford. He learned that not only were OSHA officials and the Department of Labor DOL Secretary Tom Pe...

RT (2018-10-16). 'People just can't know that': Democrat senator exposed hiding liberal positions to woo moderates. rt.com Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is deliberately soft-pedaling her liberal positions in order to appeal to moderate voters in a close election, according to new video from an undercover journalist who infiltrated her campaign.
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RT (2018-10-16). New dating app for Trump supporters exposes users' data on launch day. rt.com Donald Daters, a new app seeking to "make American date again" and address the needs of young Republicans who feel excluded from the liberal dating scene, has reportedly leaked users' personal data immediately after the launch.
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John Wojcik (2018-10-15). Racist dog whistles against Andrew Gillum could backfire on Florida GOP. peoplesworld.org After Andrew Gillum became the first major party African-American nominee for governor this year in Florida, Republicans immediately launched a barrage of racist attacks on him. Since then, they've gone way beyond old dog whistle tactics. Republican ads have described him as "lazy" and unwilling to do the hard work of...

Russell Mokhiber (2018-10-15). Sarah Chayes Calls on West Virginians to Write In No More Manchins. counterpunch.org There are Democrats in West Virginia who are going to vote for Senator Joe Manchin — no matter that he's a corporate Democrat, no matter that he supports Big Pharma and the fossil fuel industry, no matter that he was the only Democratic Senator to vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. More

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-10-15). Florida Supreme Court Just Thwarted the Republican Governor's Underhanded and Desperate Plot to Grab Power. alternet.org Rick Scott thought he had a failsafe to preserve GOP power in case Democrats won the governor's mansion. The state supreme court just threw cold water on it. | This year, Florida has very good odds of electing Andrew Gillum, the charismatic, progressive Tallahassee mayor, as their next governor. But outgoing GOP governor Rick Scott thought he had a. . .

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-10-15). Regretful Trump Voters Explain Why They've Turned on 'the Dictator in White House': He's Surrounded 'Himself with Crooks'. alternet.org "There does not seem to be any effort to unite the country. " | A panel of former Trump voters on Monday told CNN's Alisyn Camerota that they deeply regret their decision — and now they're going to back Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections. Independent voter Anthony Miles, who was attracted to President Donald Trump's outsider status in the 2016 election, said he was hugely disappointed in the president getting caught up in one corru. . .

Terry Schwadron, Common Dreams (2018-10-15). Here's How Georgia is Restricting Black and Latino Voters — And Could Swing the Election for the GOP. alternet.org Secretary of State Brian Kemp, is a vocal Trumpist who, among other things, has been trying different routes to squash the black vote in the state. | One of my favorite election contests this November is that for Georgia governor. Not only is Democrat Stacey Abrams, a black state legislator with agreeably progressive policies who has written books of fiction, an appealing candidate, but her Republican opponent, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, is a vocal Trumpist who, am. . .

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar (2018-10-15). Without Medicaid expansion, the poor simply don't go to the doctor. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (AP)—Low-income people in states that haven't expanded Medicaid are much more likely to forgo needed medical care than the poor in other states, according to a government report due out Monday amid election debates from Georgia to Utah over coverage for the needy. The nonpartisan Government Accountabilit...

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-10-15). We Stopped ICE From Getting an Extra Billion; Now Let's Defund It Totally. truthout.org On September 28, President Trump signed a continuing resolution to extend funding for the Department of Homeland Security at the current levels until December 7. This move averted a government shutdown before the midterm elections and laid the groundwork for a bigger budget struggle over the coming months. | But perhaps one of the most significant things about the bill was what wasn't in it. | In late August, the #DefundHate Coalition

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-10-15). GOP Candidate Invents Fake Washington Post Fact Check to Cover Up His Awful Record on Health Care. alternet.org GOP Rep. Dave Brat issued a press release that the Washington Post had found his Democratic opponent, Abigail Spanberger, had lied about him. The Washington Post did not say that. | House Republicans are desperate to throw off Democratic attacks alleging they voted to kick poor and sick people off of their health insurance — which is difficult, because they very. . .

wsws (2018-10-15). Brexit crisis leaves fate of May government in balance. wsws.org If the May government fails to secure an EU deal without precipitating a pro-Brexit Conservatives and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) rebellion, a general election might result, bringing a Jeremy Corbyn Labour-led government to power.

Jeff Cohen (2018-10-15). Few Democrats Offer Alternatives to War-Weary Voters. counterpunch.org Chants of "No More War" from delegates at the 2016 Democratic National Convention gave voice to sentiments that still resonate through the base of the party and the broad U.S. public, notably in communities with higher rates of military sacrifice. While Trump's 2016 victories in swing states may well have been aided by his posing More

John Nichols (2018-10-15). Will North Dakota's Discriminatory Voter-ID Law Cost Democrats the Senate? thenation.com Will North Dakota's Discriminatory Voter-ID Law Cost Democrats the Senate?

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-10-15). Here Are 5 Ways a House Victory for Democrats Will Impede Trump's Far-Right Agenda — Even If Republicans Maintain the Senate. alternet.org For one, a Democratic House Could Investigate Trump-Related Scandals | With the 2018 midterms only three weeks away, Democrats are hoping to recapture both houses of Congress—although polls are looking much better for them in the House of Representatives than in the Senate. A Washington Post/ABC News poll released on Sunday, October 14 showed an 11% advantage over Republicans on the generic congressional ballot. But while Democrats, according to pollster Nate Si. . .

RT (2018-10-15). Alec Baldwin calls on Democrats to 'overthrow' Trump's government. rt.com Saturday Night Live actor and relentless Trump critic Alec Baldwin has called on Democratic voters to "overthrow" the government of the United States at the ballot box. |
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Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-10-15). Economists Slam Trump Administration's Tax Cut Lies After New Data Reveal the Ballooning Deficit. alternet.org Republicans screamed about the deficit for years — but they never really cared. | Under President Donald Trump, the federal deficit is spiking 17 percent in 2018, according to new government data. The biggest culprit in the rise? The Republicans' tax cuts, which funneled the large majority of the benefits to wealthy people and corporations. At $666 billion in 2017, the deficit will now climb to $779 billion in the. . .

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-10-15). GOP Senate Candidate Compares Michelle Obama's Posture to the Chimpanzee from 'Bedtime for Bonzo'. alternet.org Republicans just can't turn off the racism. | Minnesota Republican Senate candidate Karin Housley is facing fresh scrutiny for comments she posted to Facebook in 2009, in which she compared former First Lady Michelle Obama to the chimpanzee from the 1951 Ronald Reagan film "Bedtime for Bonzo" following Michelle's meeting with Queen Elizabeth II. "Michelle is soooo far from cool. Don't we expect our First Ladies to at least stand up straight? (And my dear sister,. . .

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-10-15). West Virginia Courts in Chaos After GOP Impeachment of Chief Justice Is Ruled Illegal. alternet.org West Virginia has plunged headlong into a constitutional crisis. | Earlier this year, Republicans in the West Virginia legislature took the extraordinary action of impeaching every single member of the state Supreme Court. But the entire process has blown up in Republicans' face. The state courts are now in a full-blown constitutional crisis, because the impeachment of Democra. . .

David A. Love (2018-10-15). The GOP's Racist Election Strategy. progressive.org As the 2018 midterm election approaches, the party is no longer making efforts to disguise its appeals to racism.

DTPW (2018-10-15). Bolsonaro and Brazil's "National Security Ideology": Order and Progress Was Never a Civilian Slogan. globalresearch.ca The apparent victory of Jair Bolsonaro in the 2018 Brazilian presidential elections has been analysed as the return of some kind of fascism to Brazil: electing dictators where they previously had to enter office in tanks. However, Brazilians, unlike Portuguese, ...

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-10-15). Trump Embarrasses Himself After Promising to Hold Ted Cruz Rally in Texas' 'Biggest Stadium'. alternet.org Trump said he would hold a rally for Ted Cruz in Texas' 'Biggest Stadium'. The venue he booked is not even close. | With Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) facing an ongoing threat from El Paso Rep. Beto O'Rourke, President Donald Trump said in August that he would come to the Lone Star State to hold a rally for the embattled far-right senator. "I'm picking the biggest stadium in Texas we can find," he Ilana Novick (2018-10-15). Myanmar Military Used Facebook to Incite Violence Against the Rohingya. truthdig.com The social network we use to share cat photos and reports of new babies is also a breeding ground for disinformation campaigns. As Americans continue to argue over whether posts from Russian-affiliated groups influenced the outcome of the 2016 U.S. election, an investigative report by The New York Times reveals the Myanmar (formerly Burma) military "turned the social...

RT (2018-10-15). 'Strong evidence' Elizabeth Warren may be a little Native American after all. rt.com A DNA test, provided by Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren to the Boston Globe, proves she has a little Native American blood due to an ancestor some 6-10 generations ago.
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Whitney Webb (2018-10-15). Despite Bannon's Role in Campaign, Bolsonaro is not Brazil's Trump — He's Far Worse. mintpressnews.com Bolsonaro is different from Trump in that — instead of planning to build a wall or enact an immigration ban — Bolsonaro believes in using military and police violence to purge Brazil of "undesirables."

aclu (2018-10-15). On Election Day, the Voters of New Hampshire Can Protect Their Privacy in the Digital Age. aclu.org Ballot question 2 seeks to guarantee that residents' right to privacy in their "private or personal information is natural, essential, and inherent." | "Live free or die." | As reflected in its official state motto, no state has unequivocally embraced the principles of liberty and privacy more than the state of New Hampshire. These ideals make up the core of the state's philosophical DNA. It is therefore surprising that New Hampshire is conspicuously missing from the list of the Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-10-15). GOP Strategists Worry Party Will Get Crushed in Midterms: 'This Is Going to be Devastating'. alternet.org "The GOP is now facing a green wave," Congressional Leadership Fund leader Corry Bliss explained. | Republican strategists across the country say they're seeing a "green wave" of money boosting Democratic congressional candidates — and they're preparing for what could be a brutal election night in November. Talking with the Associated Press, GOP strategist Terry Sullivan said that co. . .

wsws (2018-10-15). In Rome, Salvini and Le Pen launch campaign for a neo-fascist Europe. wsws.org Exploiting reactionary austerity policies carried out by social-democratic and pseudo-left parties across Europe, the two neo-fascistic leaders posed as defenders of the peoples of Europe.

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-10-15). GOP Senator Snatches Phone from Student Confronting Him About Georgia's Voter Suppression: 'You Stole My Property!'. alternet.org "No, I'm not doing that," Perdue said before grabbing for the student's cell phone. | In Georgia, Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp is in a tight race with Democrat Stacey Abrams, and voter suppression appears to be part of Kemp's campaign strategy: Kemp (who is Georgia's secretary of state) has been drawing a great deal of criticism over the fact that more than 53,000 voter applications—most of them in non-white areas—have been in limb. . .

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-10-14). Fierce Battle for State Assembly Between Socialist and Obama Staffer in Richmond, CA. therealnews.com Richmond, California, Councilperson Jovanka Beckles, a declared socialist versus Obama staffer Buffy Wicks in a battle for State Assembly is defining the Democrats

Shared by Marc Steiner (2018-10-14). Fierce Battle for State Assembly Between Socialist and Obama Staffer in Richmond, CA. therealnews.com Richmond, California, Councilperson Jovanka Beckles, a declared socialist versus Obama staffer Buffy Wicks in a battle for State Assembly is defining the Democrats

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-10-15). New York Republicans Defend Decision to Invite 'Proud Boys' Leader to Speak — Despite Violent Aftermath. alternet.org "We're the victims here," said the club's president. | The Metropolitan Republican Club of Manhattan brought in a hate group leader to give a speech and is now insisting that that was a great decision and the club is in no way responsible for the hate group's members attacking and beating anti-racist protesters while leaving the event. Gavin McInnes, the leader of the "Proud Boys," was wsws (2018-10-15). Bavaria state election delivers major blow to Germany's grand coalition. wsws.org The election held Sunday reveals the broad hostility to the right-wing politics of the federal government.

wsws (2018-10-15). This week in history: October 15-21. wsws.org 25 years ago: Benazir Bhutto begins second term as Pakistan prime ministerAfter two weeks of political maneuvering following Pakistan's general election, Benazir Bhutto of the Pakistan Peoples Party won the endorsement of parliament October 20, 1993 to become the country's prime minister, displacing an interim military government which had replaced Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in April. Bhutto's party actually won slightly fewer votes than Sharif's in the October 6 election, but the PPP won more seats in parliament thanks to its dominance in its political base of Sindh province.

Ralph E. Shaffer (2018-10-12). Could Kavanaugh's Confirmation Hearing Ended Differently? counterpunch.org Considering the ages of the five conservative—perhaps reactionary is a better description—justices who now rule the Supreme Court, we are left to wonder what might have been the outcome of Justice Kennedy's retirement had it occurred under other circumstances. What if Kennedy had delayed his retirement until next January? If the Democrats failed to take More

Andrew Levine (2018-10-12). Democrats: Boost, Knock, Enthuse. counterpunch.org Hillary Clinton was supposed to trounce Donald Trump two years (or was it two centuries?) ago. She was a poor candidate on many levels, but he was too preposterous to win. The prevailing view, back then, was that when the campaign would finally be over, the demons Trump let loose would have to be dealt More

RT (2018-10-12). You get 'harassed and rushed off' if you disagree with liberal elements, Ron Paul tells RT. rt.com In the US, activists mostly harass and intimidate those disagreeing with the liberal agenda, former congressman Ron Paul told RT. Tensions are rising despite Republicans and Democrats sharing many similar traits.
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Doug Johnson (2018-10-12). Nate Silver and 538's Measurable 3.5% Democratic Bias and the 2018 House Race. counterpunch.org Since beginning to adjust or unskew polls for house effect during the 2014 United States Senate elections, Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight (538) have a measurable 3.5% bias toward Democrats. This 3.5% bias is found by taking the final 538 projected gap between the Democratic and the Republican candidate in 125 races over the 2014 and 2016 election More

aclu (2018-10-12). Supreme Court Enables Mass Disenfranchisement of North Dakota's Native Americans. aclu.org A restrictive law will make it hard to vote for people who live on reservations in rural areas and don't have street addresses. | On Tuesday, the Supreme Court chose to stand by and allow the war against voting to continue. Just a little less than a month before midterm elections that will determine control of Congress, the court decided not to block North Dakota's restrictive voter ID law, which will make it harder for people in that state to cast their ballots. | Republicans in the state legislature insist that the l...

Joshua Holland (2018-10-12). Trump Has Made Republicans More Comfortable Expressing Their Sexism Out Loud. thenation.com Trump Has Made Republicans More Comfortable Expressing Their Sexism Out Loud...

RT (2018-10-12). 'Land of censorship & home of the fake': Alternative voices on Facebook and Twitter's crackdown. rt.com Alternative voices online are incensed after Facebook and Twitter closed down hundreds of political media pages ahead of November's crucial midterm elections. Facebook says they broke its spam rules, they say it's censorship. |
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RT (2018-10-12). That was quick! Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen switches to Democrats. rt.com US President Donald Trump's disgraced former lawyer Michael Cohen has re-registered as a Democrat, taking his flip-flopping on his former boss to the logical extreme. Until June, Cohen served as the RNC's deputy finance chair.
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Democracy Now! (2018-10-12). Rep. Ro Khanna Condemns Saudi Barbarity from Disappearance of Saudi Journalist to War in Yemen. democracynow.org President Donald Trump is rejecting calls to cut off arms sales to Saudi Arabia following the disappearance and probable murder of the Saudi-born Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Washington Post is reporting the Turkish government told U.S. officials it has audio and video evidence that Khashoggi was killed last week inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Officials say the recordings confirm that a Saudi security team detained Khashoggi after he walked into the consulate on October 2, before killing him and dismembering his body. We speak with Ro Khanna, Democratic congressmember from California.

Ed Meek (2018-10-12). White Victimhood: Brett Kavanaugh and the New GOP Brand. counterpunch.org Brett Kavanaugh is now the brand of the Republican Party. Up until recently, with Trump is President, many Republicans have been able to maintain a certain amount of distance as exemplified by the op-ed in the New York Times by Anonymous that expressed the idea that everyone knows Trump is crazy but there are adults More

RT (2018-10-12). Facebook purges hundreds of political pages, some alt-media with millions of followers. rt.com Facebook is again being called out for purging political accounts too far left and right of center, after it removed more than 800 pages just in time for the 2018 midterm elections. Some had millions of followers.
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Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2018-10-12). President Johnson Talks African-American Vote on Jonathan Capehart Podcast. naacp.org NAACP President and CEO, Derrick Johnson, was a guest on the America On The Line podcast, hosted by Jonathan Capehart, and talked about the power of the African American vote this midterm election. President Johnson spoke about why this year's elections are especially important, and what it means for the coming years. "One election cycle [...]

Norman Solomon, Jeff Cohen, Pia Gallegos, Sam McCann, Donna Smith (2018-10-11). Democratic Autopsy: One Year Later. thenation.com Norman Solomon, Jeff Cohen, Pia Gallegos, Sam McCann, Donna Smith Democratic Autopsy: One Year Later...

Deconstructed (2018-10-11). Are Democrats Ready to Get Radical? theintercept.com Will the Democrats use their impending majority in 2019 to not just restrain or even impeach Donald Trump, but to push for a more progressive agenda?

RT (2018-10-11). 'When they go low, we kick 'em': Obama's AG calls on Democrats to shed civility. rt.com The Obama administration's AG Eric Holder is fully on board with Hillary Clinton in urging fellow party members to ditch good manners when dealing with Republicans. The GOP has accused Holder of stoking political violence.
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Justin Anderson (2018-10-11). WaPo Picks a Side in Maryland Race—the Side That's Offering Billions to Amazon. fair.org The Washington Post ( 10/29/17) initially attacked Ben Jealous's proposal for publicly funded college as a "gigantic giveaway" to "affluent families"... | Ben Jealous, the Democratic candidate to be Maryland's governor, is hoping to pull off a big upset in the November...

RT (2018-10-11). 'I can see it': Trump doesn't rule out hitting 2020 campaign trail with 'genius' Kanye West. rt.com US President Donald Trump has said he could see the possibility of hitting the campaign trail for the 2020 presidential election with rapper and supporter Kanye West by his side.
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aclu (2018-10-11). Common Wants You To Vote Smart Justice in 2018. aclu.org This Election Day, voters have an opportunity to hold politicians accountable for their positions on criminal justice reform. | The ACLU launched its Campaign for Smart Justice with a simple but daring goal: cut the incarceration rate in this country by 50 percent and reduce the racial disparities in our prisons and jails. But we can't get there if elected officials stand in our way., , Politicians created mass incarceration, and they can end mass incarceration. Most politicians, however, need public pressure to do the right thing, which is why voters have an opportunity to send a real message come Nov. 6., , To...

Human Rights Watch (2018-10-11). UN: Philippines, Eritrea Don't Belong on Rights Council. hrw.org (New York) — United Nations member countries should oppose the candidacies of the Philippines and Eritrea for the Human Rights Council because of their egregious human rights records, Human Rights Watch said today. Serious rights violations in Bahrain and Sasha Abramsky (2018-10-11). This Arizona Swing-District Slugfest Will Test Democratic Turnout. thenation.com This Arizona Swing-District Slugfest Will Test Democratic Turnout...

RT (2018-10-10). US senators demand Magnitsky Act probe, sanctions on Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi disappearance. rt.com A group of Republican and Democrat senators united to demand an investigation into the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a consulate in Turkey. This could lead to sanctions against Saudi Arabia within 120 days.
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RT (2018-10-11). New Yorker arrested for building bomb to blow himself up in DC on Election Day. rt.com One New York man was so upset with the direction of the US, he started building bombs, and told a reporter he intended to blow himself up on the National Mall in Washington, DC on Election Day.
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Consortiumnews (2018-10-11). The Shaky Case That Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election. consortiumnews.com The idea promoted by the NYT's Shane & Mazzetti that the Russian government seriously threatened to determine the 2016 election does not hold up when the larger social media context is examined more closely, reports Gareth Porter. By Gareth Porter... Read more →

Shared by Jaisal Noor (2018-10-10). TV Ads Are Flooding the Airwaves in Maryland Governor's Race. therealnews.com With less than a month before election day, we talk to Marc Steiner about what impact millions in TV ad spending could have on the Governor's race

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-10-10). Brazil's Presidential Election is Part of a 'Global Reactionary Cycle'. therealnews.com With the near first-round election of Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil last Sunday, the country is on the precipice of a neoliberal neofascism, which fits into a very dangerous larger global cycle towards the right, says Prof. Boaventura de Sousa Santos

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-10-10). TV Ads Are Flooding the Airwaves in Maryland Governor's Race. therealnews.com With less than a month before election day, we talk to Marc Steiner about what impact millions in TV ad spending could have on the Governor's race

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2018-10-10). "Voting needs to become ubiquitous to the Black community as quickly as possible," says NAACP President. naacp.org NAACP President and CEO, Derrick Johnson, penned an opinion piece for Essence magazine, a leading magazine publication for African-American women. In it, he emphasizes the need to mobilize the Black vote for the 2018 midterm elections, the organization's plan to support this effort, and the Black individual's role in relational organizing: "Voting needs to become [...]

Steve Phillips (2018-10-10). How Democrats Fail by Ignoring Candidates Of Color. thenation.com How Democrats Fail by Ignoring Candidates Of Color...

RT (2018-10-10). Trump savages Medicare for All, as more Americans embrace socialism. rt.com President Trump once again lambasted the idea of socialized healthcare, as Medicare for All becomes a mainstream Democrat position and more and more Americans warm to the idea of socialism. |
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Democracy Now! (2018-10-10). Valve Turners on Trial: Judge Acquits Three Climate Activists Who Shut Down Tar Sands Pipelines. democracynow.org A month before the 2016 election, anti-pipeline activists staged an unprecedented coordinated action to shut down the flow of oil from Canada to the United States. On October 11, 2016, activists in North Dakota, Washington, Montana and Minnesota turned the manual safety valves on four pipelines, temporarily halting the flow of nearly 70 percent of the crude oil imported to the United States from Canada. They came to be known as the "valve turners." What followed was a lengthy legal battle that ended with some of the activists in jail. But on Tuesday, three valve turners who broke into an oil pipeline facility in...

Shared by Gregory Wilpert (2018-10-10). Brazil's Presidential Election is Part of a 'Global Reactionary Cycle'. therealnews.com With the near first-round election of Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil last Sunday, the country is on the precipice of a neoliberal neofascism, which fits into a very dangerous larger global cycle towards the right, says Prof. Boaventura de Sousa Santos

Democracy Now! (2018-10-09). Brazil's Eroding Democracy: Rise of Far-Right Demagogue Follows Ouster of Dilma & Jailing of Lula. democracynow.org In a stunning upset that may radically alter the political landscape of Latin America, far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro won 46 percent of the vote in Sunday's presidential election in Brazil in a far more decisive victory than expected. The former Army officer has a long history of making racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments and has openly praised Brazil's military dictatorship. He will now face Fernando Haddad of the leftist Workers' Party in a runoff on October 28. Haddad won 29 percent of the vote Sunday. Many are warning that the future of democracy in Brazil hangs in the balance. We speak with Maria L...

Consortiumnews (2018-10-09). Future of Western Democracy Being Played Out in Brazil. consortiumnews.com Stripped to its essence, the Brazilian presidential elections represent a direct clash between democracy and an early 21st Century neofascism, indeed between civilization and barbarism, writes Pepe Escobar. By Pepe Escobar in Paris Special to Consortium News Nothing less than... Read more →

Democracy Now! (2018-10-08). Headlines for October 8, 2018. democracynow.org Kavanaugh Confirmed and Sworn In to SCOTUS After Bitter Fight, Mass Anti-Kavanaugh Protests Continue, with 164 Arrested in D.C., U.N. Climate Panel: Only 12 Years Left to Mitigate Climate Catastrophe, Indonesia Tsunami Death Toll Tops 1,900 with 5,000 Still Missing, Haiti: 12 Dead, 200 Injured After 5.9 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Island, Brazil: Far-Right Bolsonaro Wins First Round of Presidential Election, Turkey Believes Missing Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Was Murdered, Afghanistan: 54 People Killed on 17th Anniversary of U.S. Invasion, Israeli Forces Kill 3 as Palestinians Protest Near Gaza Barrier, Sara N...

Democracy Now! (2018-10-05). Eve Ensler: Nobel Peace Prize for Mukwege & Murad Is an Award for Every Rape Survivor in the World. democracynow.org After a landmark year for the "Me Too" movement, which ignited an international conversation on sexual assault, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday morning to two champions of women's rights who have built their careers fighting sexual violence: physician Denis Mukwege and human rights activist Nadia Murad. Dr. Denis Mukwege founded the Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1999. The clinic receives thousands of women each year, many of them requiring surgery as a result of sexual violence. Nadia Murad is a 25-year-old Yazidi Kurdish human rights activist from Iraq. She was kidnapped and held...

Democracy Now! (2018-10-04). Trump Faces Probe into Tax Fraud After NYT Exposes How He Helped Parents Scam Millions from Gov't. democracynow.org The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has opened an investigation into President Trump for fraud and tax evasion following a major exposé by The New York Times revealing that Trump inherited nearly half a billion dollars of his family's wealth through tax dodges and outright fraud. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has also called for a city probe, and Democratic Senator Ron Wyden has urged the IRS to investigate the president. The Times' 13,000-word investigative report found the late Fred and Mary Trump transferred more than $1 billion in wealth to their children, paying less than 5 percent of...

Michael Sainato (2018-10-01). A Progressive Tide. progressive.org The centrist strategy of trying to win over moderate Republicans backfired miserably for Democrats. Now progressive energy is pulling the so-called Blue Wave left.

The Progressive Magazine (2018-10-01). No Comment. progressive.org A recent Ipsos poll found that 48 percent of Republicans agree with Trump that the media are "the enemy of the people" and 43 percent think the President "should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behavior."

Juliana Bolden (2018-10-05). Watch Webinar Session 2: Mobilizing Voters for the Midterms. naacp.org Watch Civic Engagement webinar number two of the 2018 midterm elections season, featuring presentations from NAACP Vice President of Civic Engagement Jamal Watkins and special guest Shavon Arline-Bradley of R.E.A.C.H Beyond Solutions. Get information here about mobilizing your community to maximize turnout at the polls. • Originally recorded October 3, 2018

Reese Erlich (2018-10-05). Foreign Correspondent: The Legacy of Philippine Opposition Leader Ninoy Aquino. progressive.org His murder set in motion the People's Power Revolution of 1986. He continues to impact contemporary Philippine politics, as seen in the election of right-wing authoritarian President Rodrigo Duterte.

Democracy Now! (2018-10-05). Could Brazil Return to a Dictatorship? Glenn Greenwald on Possible Election of Far-Right Demagogue. democracynow.org Voters in Brazil head to the polls on Sunday in an election that could reshape the political landscape of South America. Polls show the current front-runner is the far-right Jair Bolsonaro, a former Army officer who has openly praised Brazil's military dictatorship, which lasted from 1964 to 1985. Bolsonaro has a long history of making racist, misogynistic and homophobic comments, and has risen in the polls since September 8, when he was stabbed while campaigning. His campaign directly benefited from the jailing of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in April, who had been leading in all presidential polls...

Robert Lowes (2018-10-01). How Voter Suppression Imperils the Midterms. progressive.org Blue wavers may find it harder to cast a ballot this fall, due to a counter-wave of policies meant to suppress the Democratic-leaning votes of the poor, the young, and minorities.

Paul Dobson (2018-09-12). Venezuela: 37 Parties to Participate in December Elections. venezuelanalysis.com The majority of these are opposition parties, which will contest municipal council seats with the Chavista groupings.

Max Blumenthal (2018-08-21). Inside America's Meddling Machine: The US Funded Group that Interferes in Elections Around the Globe. grayzoneproject.com Filmed inside the Capitol, this Grayzone special explores the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a taxpayer-funded organization that has interfered...

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