2019-02-20: News Headlines

STAFF (2019-02-20). We've Sleepwalked Into a Constitutional Crisis. truthdig.com From Trump's very inauguration day speech, written for him by the fascist gadfly Steve Bannon and man still without a prom date Stephen Miller, it was apparent that the 45th president was a constitutional crisis waiting to happen. | And now, without our realizing it for the most part, the constitutional crisis is here. | The Constitution gives Congress the right to spend money and to designate how it may be spent. Republicans used that authority to stop the Obama administration from closing the Guantanamo Bay concentration camp, de…

Nina Agrawal (2019-02-20). Military Coups, Regime Change…: The CIA Has Interfered In Over 81 Foreign Elections… globalresearch.ca Timely article first posted on Global Research in January 2017, prior to the inauguration of president Donald Trump. | *** | The CIA has accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 presidential election (with absolutely zero evidence) by hacking into Democratic and …

Conn Hallinan (2019-02-19). Erdogan is Destined for Another Rebuke in Turkey. counterpunch.org "Democracy is like a tram; you get off when you have reached your destination." The comment by Recep Tayyip Erdogan — made more than 20 years ago when he was first elected mayor of Istanbul — sums up the Machiavellian cynicism of Turkey's authoritarian president. As Turkey gears up for municipal elections on March 31, More

teleSUR (2019-02-19). Alabama Editor Under Fire After Calling KKK to Lynch Democrats. telesurenglish.net The editor of a small community paper in Linden, Alabama is calling for a resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan's night raids, this time targeting U.S. Democrats and Socialists in Washington in response to state tax hikes. | RELATED: | Black US Actor Suffers Brutal Hate Crime Attack, Gets Rope Around Neck | "This socialist-communist ideology sounds good to the ignorant, the uneducated, and the simple-minded people. Time for the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) to night ride again…We'll ge…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-02-19). Beyond Beltway's Medicare-for-All Talk, Democrats in States Push New Health Laws. truthout.org Sandra Yamileth Lopez works at one of San Francisco's most celebrated bakeries, Tartine. She fled horrific violence in Honduras and applied for asylum in California. She can work legally but, as for many new immigrants, it will be years before she becomes eligible for Medicaid or federal health insurance subsidies. | In the meantime, she enrolled in Healthy San Francisco, a pioneering program that guarantees health care to any uninsured city resident. Lopez can live her life again, she said. | "I had a lot of recurring dreams about what had been happening," said Lopez. "I was also not able to relax. So, doc…

Robert Mackey (2019-02-19). Bernie Sanders Is Running for President and He Wants 1 Million Campaign Volunteers. theintercept.com Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Independent whose 2016 campaign for the presidency helped shift the Democratic Party to the left on issues like "Medicare for All" and free college tuition, announced on Tuesday that he is running for president again. The self-described democratic socialist immediately set an ambitious target for his supporters, calling on them "to be part of an unprecedented grassroots campaign of 1 million active volunteers, in every state in our country."htt…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-18). Headlines for February 18, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Faces Legal & Political Challenges After Calling Nat'l Emergency, NYC: Protesters Take to Streets After Nat'l Emergency Declaration, Aurora, IL Gunman Kills 5, Injures 6 After Being Terminated, Venezuela Ejects European Lawmakers as Aid Standoff Ratchets Up, Sen. Rubio Steps Up Attacks on Cuba While in Colombia, Iran Says Israel and U.S. Escalating Chance of War in Middle East, Haitian Gov't Announces Spending Cuts in Attempt to Quell Unrest, Nigeria: Bomb Kills At Least 8, Hours Before Gov't Postpones Elections, Pope Francis Defrocks Cardinal McCarrick over Sexual Abuse Crimes, SCOTUS to Hear Trump Admin's…

Aba Blankson (2019-02-18). Racial Equity Groups Mobilize In Support of Voting Rights Act Hearings. naacp.org Atlanta Event 2nd in Series of National Hearings to Restore Voting Rights ATLANTA (February 18, 2019) — On Tuesday, February 19, all eyes will be on Georgia when the Subcommittee on Elections of the Committee on House Administration holds its "Field Hearing on Voting Rights and Election Administration in Georgia." Scheduled for 9: 30 AM EST …

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-17). Are Palestinians Living under a Double Occupation? (2/2). therealnews.com Legislator Mustafa Barghouti discusses President Abbas's dissolution of the Legislative Council, the attempt to alter the Paris Accords, and explores Palestinians' life under double occupation. With Israeli elections approaching, the Palestinian leadership does not challenge Israeli political parties to take a position on the occupation…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-17). Are Palestinians Living under a Double Occupation? (1/2). therealnews.com Legislator Mustafa Barghouti discusses President Abbas's dissolution of the Legislative Council, the attempt to alter the Paris Accords, and explores Palestinians' life under double occupation. With Israeli elections approaching, the Palestinian leadership does not challenge Israeli political parties to take a position on the occupation…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-15). Public Citizen: Trump's National Emergency Declaration Paves Way for Sweeping Authoritarianism. democracynow.org With one day left to pass a government spending bill before today's midnight deadline to avert another government shutdown, both the House and Senate passed the measure Thursday that came out of the bipartisan conference committee earlier this week. The bill includes nearly $1.4 billion to build 55 miles of new border barriers out of steel, far less than the $5.7 billion requested by President Trump. Democrats quickly condemned the news, and consumer rights nonprofit Public Citizen vowed legal action against him. We speak with Public Citizen President Robert Weissman.

Sam Adler-Bell (2019-02-15). The Supreme Court Will Decide if Census Citizenship Question Is Legal. Democrats Should Also Work to Block It. theintercept.com House Democrats should use their oversight power to expose the Trump administration's nefarious reasons for asking about citizenship on the 2020 census.

Natasha Lennard (2019-02-15). Amazon Pullout Shows What Anti-Capitalist Organizing and Leftist Politicians Can Do. theintercept.com New York's old Democratic order — in the vein of Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio — backed Amazon's move, while a new crop of social democrats bucked it.

Mehdi Hasan (2019-02-15). Six GOP House Members Who Need to Resign for Anti-Semitism Before Ilhan Omar. theintercept.com Trump wants Ilhan Omar to resign from Congress over purportedly anti-Semitic remarks. Why hasn't Trump asked for these six Republicans to resign, too?

Democracy Now! (2019-02-13). Venezuela Accuses U.S. of Secretly Shipping Arms After Weapons Found on Plane with Possible CIA Ties. democracynow.org A North Carolina-based air freight company has halted flights to Venezuela following a report by McClatchy linking it to possible arms smuggling. Last week, Venezuelan authorities claimed they had uncovered 19 assault weapons, 118 ammunition cartridges and 90 military-grade radio antennas on board a U.S.-owned plane that had flown from Miami into Valencia, Venezuela's third-largest city. The Boeing 767 is owned by a company called 21 Air based in Greensboro, North Carolina. The plane had made nearly 40 round-trip flights between Miami and spots in Venezuela and Colombia since January 11, the day after Venezuelan…

Peter Greene (2019-02-12). Dear House Democrats: Go Easy on Betsy DeVos. progressive.org I'm not looking for gotcha moments or public chastising of the Secretary, I'm after something larger.

Ralph Nader (2018-12-24). A "Massive Outlaw" zcomm.org Interview on Single Payer, Climate Devastation, Impeachment…

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We've Sleepwalked Into a Constitutional Crisis
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-20
From Trump's very inauguration day speech, written for him by the fascist gadfly Steve Bannon and man still without a prom date Stephen Miller, it was apparent that the 45th president was a constitutional crisis waiting to happen. | And now, without our realizing it for the most part, the constitutional crisis is here. | The Constitution gives Congress the right to spend money and to designate how it may be spent. Republicans used that authority to stop the Obama administration from closing the Guantanamo Bay concentration camp, de…
truthdig.com/articles/weve-sleepwalked-i…

Military Coups, Regime Change…: The CIA Has Interfered In Over 81 Foreign Elections
Nina Agrawal | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-20
Timely article first posted on Global Research in January 2017, prior to the inauguration of president Donald Trump. | *** | The CIA has accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 presidential election (with absolutely zero evidence) by hacking into Democratic and …
globalresearch.ca/military-coups-regime-…

Alabama Editor Under Fire After Calling KKK to Lynch Democrats
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-19
The editor of a small community paper in Linden, Alabama is calling for a resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan's night raids, this time targeting U.S. Democrats and Socialists in Washington in response to state tax hikes. | RELATED: | Black US Actor Suffers Brutal Hate Crime Attack, Gets Rope Around Neck | "This socialist-communist ideology sounds good to the ignorant, the uneducated, and the simple-minded people. Time for the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) to night ride again…We'll ge…
telesurenglish.net/news/Alabama-Editor-U…

Beyond Beltway's Medicare-for-All Talk, Democrats in States Push New Health Laws
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-02-19
Sandra Yamileth Lopez works at one of San Francisco's most celebrated bakeries, Tartine. She fled horrific violence in Honduras and applied for asylum in California. She can work legally but, as for many new immigrants, it will be years before she becomes eligible for Medicaid or federal health insurance subsidies. | In the meantime, she enrolled in Healthy San Francisco, a pioneering program that guarantees health care to any uninsured city resident. Lopez can live her life again, she said. | "I had a lot of recurring dreams about what had been happening," said Lopez. "I was also not able to relax. So, doc…
truthout.org/articles/beyond-beltways-me…

Erdogan is Destined for Another Rebuke in Turkey
Conn Hallinan | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-19
"Democracy is like a tram; you get off when you have reached your destination." The comment by Recep Tayyip Erdogan — made more than 20 years ago when he was first elected mayor of Istanbul — sums up the Machiavellian cynicism of Turkey's authoritarian president. As Turkey gears up for municipal elections on March 31,…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/19/erdogan-is-d…

Racial Equity Groups Mobilize In Support of Voting Rights Act Hearings
Aba Blankson | naacp.org | 2019-02-18
Atlanta Event 2nd in Series of National Hearings to Restore Voting Rights ATLANTA (February 18, 2019) — On Tuesday, February 19, all eyes will be on Georgia when the Subcommittee on Elections of the Committee on House Administration holds its "Field Hearing on Voting Rights and Election Administration in Georgia." Scheduled for 9: 30 AM EST …
naacp.org/latest/racial-equity-groups-mo…

Are Palestinians Living under a Double Occupation? (1/2)
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-17
Legislator Mustafa Barghouti discusses President Abbas's dissolution of the Legislative Council, the attempt to alter the Paris Accords, and explores Palestinians' life under double occupation. With Israeli elections approaching, the Palestinian leadership does not challenge Israeli political parties to take a position on the occupation…
therealnews.com/stories/are-palestinians…

Are Palestinians Living under a Double Occupation? (2/2)
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-17
Legislator Mustafa Barghouti discusses President Abbas's dissolution of the Legislative Council, the attempt to alter the Paris Accords, and explores Palestinians' life under double occupation. With Israeli elections approaching, the Palestinian leadership does not challenge Israeli political parties to take a position on the occupation…
therealnews.com/stories/are-palestinians…

Immigrant Activists: Democrats Are Capitulating to Trump by Approving Border, DHS Funding
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-15
President Trump is expected to declare a national emergency today to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border despite opposition from Congress, after he signs the latest spending bill, which includes nearly $1.4 billion to build 55 miles of new border barriers out of steel, far less than the $5.7 billion he requested. Congressmembers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib issued a statement that they voted against the bill because it gives more funding to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "That is the right thing to do. We've been pushing for Democrats to do the right thing, t…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/15/immigrant…

Public Citizen: Trump's National Emergency Declaration Paves Way for Sweeping Authoritarianism
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-15
With one day left to pass a government spending bill before today's midnight deadline to avert another government shutdown, both the House and Senate passed the measure Thursday that came out of the bipartisan conference committee earlier this week. The bill includes nearly $1.4 billion to build 55 miles of new border barriers out of steel, far less than the $5.7 billion requested by President Trump. Democrats quickly condemned the news, and consumer rights nonprofit Public Citizen vowed legal action against him. We speak with Public Citizen President Robert Weissman.
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/15/public_ci…

Six GOP House Members Who Need to Resign for Anti-Semitism Before Ilhan Omar
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-02-15
Trump wants Ilhan Omar to resign from Congress over purportedly anti-Semitic remarks. Why hasn't Trump asked for these six Republicans to resign, too?
theintercept.com/2019/02/15/ilhan-omar-a…

Amazon Pullout Shows What Anti-Capitalist Organizing and Leftist Politicians Can Do
Natasha Lennard | theintercept.com | 2019-02-15
New York's old Democratic order — in the vein of Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio — backed Amazon's move, while a new crop of social democrats bucked it.
theintercept.com/2019/02/15/amazon-nyc-h…

The Supreme Court Will Decide if Census Citizenship Question Is Legal. Democrats Should Also Work to Block It
Sam Adler-Bell | theintercept.com | 2019-02-15
House Democrats should use their oversight power to expose the Trump administration's nefarious reasons for asking about citizenship on the 2020 census.
theintercept.com/2019/02/15/2020-census-…

Venezuela Accuses U.S. of Secretly Shipping Arms After Weapons Found on Plane with Possible CIA Ties
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-13
A North Carolina-based air freight company has halted flights to Venezuela following a report by McClatchy linking it to possible arms smuggling. Last week, Venezuelan authorities claimed they had uncovered 19 assault weapons, 118 ammunition cartridges and 90 military-grade radio antennas on board a U.S.-owned plane that had flown from Miami into Valencia, Venezuela's third-largest city. The Boeing 767 is owned by a company called 21 Air based in Greensboro, North Carolina. The plane had made nearly 40 round-trip flights between Miami and spots in Venezuela and Colombia since January 11, the day after Venezuelan…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/13/venezuela…

Dear House Democrats: Go Easy on Betsy DeVos
Peter Greene | progressive.org | 2019-02-12
I'm not looking for gotcha moments or public chastising of the Secretary, I'm after something larger.
progressive.org/public-school-shakedown/…