2019-05-06: News Headlines

Paul Waldman (2019-05-06). Fearful Democrats and the False Allure of Policy Centrism. commondreams.org Joe Biden is basing his candidacy on the proposition that he will be able to win over significant numbers of Republican voters, once they see that he's more moderate than other Democrats and realize what a repellent human being Donald Trump is. Here, Biden speaks during a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Photo: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-05-06). Disgraced Trump Lawyer To Report To Prison. telesurenglish.net Michael Cohen, the disgraced lawyer who once vowed to "take a bullet" for President Donald Trump but now calls him a "con man," on Monday will begin serving a three-year prison sentence for arranging hush payments to two women who said they had sexual encounters with the president and lying to the U.S. Congress. | RELATED: | Markets Take A Hit After Trump Threatens China On Twitter | Cohen, Trump's longtime former personal attorney, must report by 2 p.m. (1800 GMT) to the Federal C…

Jon Queally (2019-05-06). Despite International Law, Pompeo Claims US Military Attack on Venezuela "Would Be Lawful" theantimedia.com (CD) — After U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday morning that President Donald Trump has a "full range of options" when it comes to possible next moves against Venezuela, anti-war critics are wondering what the Democrats in Congress are prepared to do in order to curtail the administration's ongoing threat of using military force to …

Mark Gruenberg (2019-05-06). Trump Administration using the courts to kill healthcare for millions. peoplesworld.org NEW ORLEANS —The GOP couldn't kill the entire Affordable Care Act when they controlled Congress, though they tried at least 62 times. They can't completely kill it by dismantling it administratively piece by piece. So now the Trump administration wants the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, one of the most-conservative courts …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-05-06). Critics Condemn 'Double Dehumanization' of Palestinians by Corporate Media as Headlines Focus on Israeli Casualties. commondreams.org Human rights advocates and progressives in Congress on Monday slammed the corporate media for perpetuating anti-Palestinian sentiments in their reporting on the violence in Gaza and Israel over the weekend—barely mentioning Palestinians who were killed by Israeli missiles and providing no context for how the violence began. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-05-06). Mueller report row: House Dem chair calls vote to hold AG Barr in contempt of Congress. rt.com House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler has scheduled a vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, after Barr's Justice Department refused to hand over an unredacted copy of the Mueller report. |

teleSUR (2019-05-06). Ilhan Omar Speaks Out About Unbearable Conditions In Gaza. telesurenglish.net U.S. congresswoman Rep. Ilhan Omar tweeted Sunday about the latest episode of violence in Gaza that resulted in several people killed, including many children. | RELATED: | Ceasefire Reached Between Palestinians in Gaza and Israel | "How many more protesters must be shot, rockets must be fired, and little kids must be killed until the endless cycle of violence ends? The status quo of occupation and humanitarian crisis in Gaza is unsustainable. Only real justice can bring about secu…

Amy Goodman (2019-05-06). Ex-Blackwater CEO Erik Prince makes a comeback under Trump selling mercenary armies around the world. nationofchange.org House Democrats are accusing Prince of lying to Congress during his November 2017 testimony before the Committee, when he described a meeting in the Seychelles with a Russian banker before Donald Trump's inauguration as a chance encounter.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-06). Ex-Blackwater CEO Erik Prince Makes a Comeback Under Trump Selling Mercenary Armies Around the World. democracynow.org The House Intelligence Committee has sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department for Erik Prince, founder of the mercenary firm Blackwater. House Democrats are accusing Prince of lying to Congress during his November 2017 testimony before the Committee, when he described a meeting in the Seychelles with a Russian banker before Donald Trump's inauguration as a chance encounter. According to the Mueller report, the meeting was an attempt to establish a backchannel between the incoming Trump administration and Russia, and may have been arranged by the Trump team. The move is one of the latest actions placing…

WSWS (2019-05-06). Sickout by teachers and school support staff in Nashville, Tennessee. wsws.org More than 1,400 teachers and support staff called in sick Friday after Democratic Mayor David Briley's budget provided no increase in real wages for school employees.

Staff (2019-05-06). Sanders Calls for Breaking Up Big Agriculture Monopolies. truthdig.com OSAGE, Iowa — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Sunday proposed a sweeping agriculture and rural investment plan to break up big agriculture monopolies and shift farm subsidies toward small family farmers. | "I think a farmer that produces the food we eat may be almost as important as some crook on Wall Street who destroys the economy," Sanders said during a campaign event in Osage, a town of fewer than 4,000 people. "Those of us who come from rural America have nothing to be ashamed about, and the time is long overdue for us to stand up and fight for our way of life." | Sanders' plan expa…

Lee Fang (2019-05-06). Joe Biden's Presidential Campaign Pledged Not to Take Special-Interest Money — but Not His PAC. theintercept.com In his bid to become the Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden pledged to reject contributions from lobbyists and corporate PACs. But he has quietly taken in more than $30,000 in donations from corporate interests through a political action committee he created in 2017. | Biden founded American Possibilities in 2017 to support Democ…

WSWS (2019-05-06). Teachers at three Chicago charter schools strike as union blocks common fight with public school educators. wsws.org The Chicago Teachers Union has worked closely with the Democratic Party to ensure that the two-tier education system is completely unaffected.

WSWS (2019-05-06). One hundred years since the May 4 movement in China—Part Two. wsws.org The Chinese Communist Party today distorts the significance of the events of May 4, 1919. It has long ago repudiated the democratic principles of the New Culture movement and the socialist internationalism upon which the party was founded.

plenglish (2019-05-06). Laurentino Cortizo Is Panama's New President. plenglish.com Panama City, May 6 (Prensa Latina) Laurentino Cortizo, of the opposition Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), will be Panama"s new president until 2024 after winning the Sunday elections in a tight political race over right-wing politician Romulo Roux.

Michael T. Hertz (2019-05-06). The Indivisible Unity Pledge and the Democratic Party progressives. nationofchange.org Bernie has just taken the Indivisible Unity Pledge — meaning that he will back the Democratic nominee regardless of the DNC moves to eliminate progressives from the race.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-05-06). Treating Gun Violence 'As the Epidemic That It Is,' Cory Booker Wins Praise for Sweeping Gun Control Plan. commondreams.org National gun control groups and progressives offered praise on Monday for Sen. Cory Booker's proposal "to end the gun violence epidemic," with some advocates calling the plan the most ambitious of any gun control action plan offered by the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

David Dayen (2019-05-06). Obama's Agriculture Secretary, Now Working for the Dairy Industry, Urges 2020 Democrats to Be Nice to the Dairy Industry. theintercept.com Some dairy companies have begun to include a list of suicide prevention hotlines in the envelope with farmers' checks.

Staff (2019-05-06). Republican Red-Baiting Is Going to Backfire. truthdig.com "Socialism," snarled Donald Trump at a recent pep rally of far-right Republicans. The obedient crowd of Trumpistas snarled back in unison: So-sh'll-izz-ummm! | There you have the entire intellectual content of the GOP's 2020 re-election strategy under Generalissimo Trump: Slap Democrats with a scurrilous campaign branding them as Lenin-Trotsky-Stalin re-incarnate. | It's not just Trump hissing out the socialist label in a frantic McCarthyesque attempt to make it stick by mindless repetition, but also Republican lawmakers. Unfortunately for them, they're overplaying a weak hand and bumbling over their own ignoranc…

Michael Payne (2019-05-06). Let the war begin: Trump versus the House Democrats and — America and its people. nationofchange.org This war he initiated is against the House Democrats and is based on political issues. But its also against this nation's democracy and the people of America.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-06). Democrats Demand White House Hand Over Documents on Trump's "Abominable" Hurricane Response in Puerto Rico. commondreams.org House Democrats also requested records and communications from FEMA "regarding mass graves found in Puerto Rico." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-05-06). Six Dem hopefuls push workers' rights at Las Vegas forum. peoplesworld.org LAS VEGAS —Six Democratic presidential hopefuls, vying for workers' support in the 2020 primaries, pushed hard for workers' rights at an all-day forum in Las Vegas April 27. For five of them — Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) and Kamala Harris (Calif.), former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (Texas) and former Gov. John Hickenlooper (Colo.) …

Ilana Novick (2019-05-06). Are Democrats Losing Their Enthusiasm? A New Poll Gives GOP the Edge. truthdig.com Republicans' interest bounces back after midterms, a sure sign the "blue wave" can't be counted on but must be earned in 2020.

Mehdi Hasan (2019-05-06). Joe Biden Won't Blame the Republicans for Trump. That Should Disqualify Him. theintercept.com Biden says Trump is the sole cause of America's political crisis — but in fact, the president is a symptom of the GOP's derangement.

Ralph Nader (2019-05-06). Note To the Environmental Community. counterpunch.org In 2003, political strategist Frank Luntz wrote a confidential Republican Party memo on what he called "the environmental communications battle." In that memo, Luntz advised Republicans to change the words they used to meet their ends. "The scientific debate is closing but not yet closed," he wrote. "There is still a window of opportunity to More

Austyn Ross (2019-05-06). NAACP Opposes Michael Park's Nomination to Second Circuit, Says Failure to Support Brown V. Board is Disqualifying. naacp.org Today, the NAACP announced its opposition to the nomination of Michael Park to the U.S Circuit Court for the Second Circuit. The Senate will vote on Mr. Park's nomination later this week. Derrick Johnson, president and CEO, made the following statement: "Next week, we celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court's seminal decision in …

Scott McCoy, Senior Policy Counsel for the SPLC Action Fund (2019-05-06). SPLC Action Fund: Florida Legislature passes unnecessary bill that would preserve vestige of shameful Jim Crow-era voting restrictions. splcenter.org The Florida Legislature on Friday passed Senate Bill 7066, a piece of legislation that is not only unnecessary but that actually contradicts the will of voters who last year approved Amendment 4, a measure that restored voting rights to people with past felony convictions who have served their sentences.

Zero Hedge (2019-05-06). US Troops in Syria for the "Long Haul" Atop "A Lot of Oil Resources": Pentagon Official. globalresearch.ca A high level Pentagon official has admitted that US forces will be in Syria for "the long haul" and coupled his statement by declaring the territory contains "a lot of the oil resources and arable land." | The unusually frank remarks …

Staff (2019-05-06). The DCCC's Anti-Progressive Policy Might Be Backfiring (2/2). therealnews.com In March, the DCCC announced its policy against progressive challengers of incumbent Dems. But the policy has been met with widespread scorn, and may be starting to backfire. Ryan Grim, Eugene Puryear, and Jacqueline Luqman discuss the situation…

plenglish (2019-05-06). China Hopeful over Trade Pact with US, but Condemns Military Action. plenglish.com Beijing, May 6 ( Prensa Latina ) China has assured on Monday it is still waiting for a trade agreement with the United States despite Donald Trump"s tariff threats, but warned it to stop military provocations in its waters because it will undermine regional peace and stability.

Robert Koehler (2019-05-06). Nonviolence or Nonexistence. counterpunch.org The day before he died, Martin Luther King said these words at a packed church in Memphis: "Men for years now have been talking about war and peace. Now no longer can they just talk about it. It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world, it is nonviolence or nonexistence. More

Black Alliance for Peace (2019-05-06). Failed Coup in Venezuela Intensifies Battle at Embassy in Washington. globalresearch.ca Juan Guaido's coup attempt failed. | The United States is re-tooling. | Yet a battle rages at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C., where activists living inside at the invitation of the Maduro government have been under siege. They have been …

United Nations (2019-05-06). UN honours fallen colleagues and friends who 'risk all to promote peace'. un.org The lives of 115 colleagues who lost their lives between the beginning of last year and the end of March, serving the United Nations, were honoured on Monday at the annual Memorial Service for Fallen Staff, in New York.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-06). 'Equity-Centric' Bill to Legalize Recreational Marijuana Introduced by Illinois Dems. commondreams.org Illinois's Democratic governor and state lawmakers unveiled legislation over the weekend to legalize recreational marijuana for residents aged 21 and older, expunge roughly 800,000 drug convictions, and establish a $20 million low-interest loan program to help "social equity applicants" enter the licensed cannabis industry. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Chris Hedges (2019-05-06). Creeping Toward Tyranny. commondreams.org The hollowing out of our democratic institutions, which cannot be blamed on Trump, makes tyranny inevitable.(Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-05-05). 'Still too much': Clintons' speaking tour prices slashed, available for less than $14. rt.com Demand for tickets to Bill and Hillary Clinton's speaking tour has been so sluggish that organizers have had to slash prices to get bums on seats. It's almost as if they're a spent political force that no one wants to listen to.

Staff (2019-05-05). The DCCC's Anti-Progressive Policy Might Be Backfiring (1/2). therealnews.com In March, the DCCC announced its policy against progressive challengers of incumbent Dems. But the policy has been met with widespread scorn, and may be starting to backfire. Ryan Grim, Eugene Puryear, and Jacqueline Luqman discuss the situation…

RT (2019-05-05). Pelosi fears Trump may borrow page from Democratic playbook by challenging 2020 election legitimacy. rt.com Speaker Nancy Pelosi has warned her fellow Democrats that Donald Trump may question the legitimacy of the 2020 election if he loses by a slim margin — a cowardly political tactic not seen since the Democrats lost in 2016.

Bryan Wall (2019-05-04). Facebook bans Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos for breaking its rules. thecanary.co Facebook has banned a number of far-right activists and commentators from its platforms for breaking its rules. Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos were two of those whose accounts were banned by the company. Jones has previously claimed the US government faked the Sandy Hook school shooting and that Hillary C…

Paul Buhle (2019-05-04). Tom Hayden, Giant of the New Left Remembered. progressive.org A new biography of Tom Hayden tracks his political life, as a radical activist and later as a prominent California Democrat.

Ashley Curtin (2019-05-04). House passes Climate Action Now bill in first major climate change legislation in a decade. nationofchange.org Three Republicans voted with House Democrats to approve the Climate Action Now bill — the first major climate change legislation in a decade.

Anna Massoglia and Kaitlin Washburn (2019-05-04). Obama-tied operatives and Biden supporters launch $60 million 'dark money' group. nationofchange.org A new "dark money" group is labeling itself the strategy center for Democrats in 2020. | The recently-launched Future Majority will spend up to $60 million to target voters in swing states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio in the 2020 election, helping Democrats craft messaging that they are fighting for working people while countering conservative talking points, according to Politico. | The 501(c)(4) nonprofit, run by Democratic strategist Mark Riddle, is not required to disclose its donors. The g…

RT (2019-05-04). Nobody has to love Putin, but nuclear peace impossible without communication — Chris Hedges. rt.com President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin talked nuclear arms control in a phone call Friday. But what can be achieved when the US shreds treaties and Washington stays hostile to any communication with Russia? |

RT (2019-05-04). 'Anything is possible': Trump talks North Korea peace after phone call with Putin. rt.com President Trump took to Twitter to declare his support for peace on the Korean Peninsula, after discussing the issue with Russian President Vladimir Putin. North Korea, meanwhile, test-fired short-range missiles.

Jon Schwarz (2019-05-04). How to Dismantle the Absurd Profitability of Nuclear Weapons. theintercept.com The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists currently has its Doomsday Clock set to two minutes to midnight — the closest we've been to self-obliteration in nuclear history. | But nuclear weapons are more than just a terrifying threat to every living thing on earth. For decades, they've been a terrific way to make money. | A new report from PAX, a Dutch peace organization, both illuminates how profitable it can be for multinational corp…

Johnny E. Willliams (2019-05-04). Whiteness Explainer for Dummies. dissidentvoice.org Examining whiteness is of utmost importance if Americans truly wish to live in a just and peaceful society. To realize this possibility, self-identified 'whites' — and their collaborators from among the racially oppressed — must reckon with their attachment to whiteness. Whiteness was the central concern of sociologist W. E. B. Du Bois in his …

Elise Swain (2019-05-04). A War Reporter Covers "The End of Ice" — and It Will Change the Way You Think About Climate Catastrophe. theintercept.com "It's possible to reach a place of acceptance and inner peace, while enduring the grief and suffering that are inevitable as the biosphere declines."

United Nations (2019-05-04). 'Grave consequences' await if new deadly escalation of violence in Gaza continues – top UN official. un.org The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, is "deeply concerned by yet another dangerous escalation in Gaza and the tragic loss of life". According to news reports, approximately 200 rockets were fired on Saturday from the Occupied Palestinian Territory towards Israel, and various Israeli airstrikes were carried out in retaliation.

Mark Fiore (2019-05-03). A New Oath for New Times. progressive.org "I will faithfully stay totally exonerated by telling Congress to go to hell!"

Jake Johnson (2019-05-03). Pointing to Disastrous History, Sanders Warns Against Military Action in Venezuela. theantimedia.com (CD) — Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday condemned the Trump administration's threats to take military action in support of right-wing coup plotters in Venezuela. The Vermont senator joined the chorus of progressive members of Congress and advocacy groups warning that U.S. intervention would only worsen political turmoil in Venezuela—and could potentially spark an all-out civil war. "The Trump administration …

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