2018-12-13: News Headlines

STAFF (2018-12-13). Pelosi Agrees to Limit Her Tenure as Speaker to Four Years. truthdig.com The announcement quells a revolt among House Democrats and all but ensures that the former speaker will be elected to the post again.

Dean Baker (2018-12-13). Pelosi Would Sabotage the Progressive Agenda With a Pay-Go Rule. counterpunch.org As Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan are using lame-duck sessions to overturn the outcome of last month's elections, throwing aside long-standing procedures and basic democratic principles, House Democrats seem determined to throw up roadblocks to limit what they can do with their new majority Specifically, likely Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is proposing the House adopt More

Sam Pizzigati (2018-12-13). If Democrats Fracture, This Will Be the Fault Line. zcomm.org Should we treat the super rich as a distraction or a clear and present danger? No question more deeply divides the opposition to The Donald…

Fred_F (2018-12-13). Are the NSW Greens heading for a split? greenleft.org.au The NSW Greens appear to be heading for a split, with the right wing of the party initiating a McCarthyite campaign to purge socialists from its membership. | The red-baiting campaign, led by three of its state MPs, follows the seeming resolution of a long-running sexual harassment complaint against Greens MLC Jeremy Buckingham. | But NSW Greens MLCs Cate Faehrmann and Justin Field have come to the defence of Buckingham and put an ultimatum to the state party leadership: ignore current decision-making practices and expel members of the internal anti-capitalist tendency Left Renewal and socialist group Solidarity…

Laura Finley (2018-12-12). Congress Must Reauthorize VAWA. counterpunch.org That the U.S. is divided on political issues is old news. Both the Left and the Right are deeply entrenched, resulting in distrust, animosity, and political gridlock. One troubling example is with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization of 2018. Sadly, it isn't the first time that Republicans have attempted to block VAWA, literally More

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2018-12-12). Bolivian President Evo Morales seeks fourth term, courts controversy. peoplesworld.org Bolivian President Evo Morales and Vice President àÅlvaro García Linera are preparing for a fourth six-year term at the head of Bolivia's socialist government. Bolivia's Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) on December 4 authorized the participation of their Movement toward Socialism party in Bolivia's first-time-ever primary elections set for January 27, 2019. The general elections take …

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-12-12). The Trump Administration Just Killed Net Neutrality for Text Messages. truthout.org The Trump administration just made it a lot easier for big wireless providers like Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile to interfere with texting, all in the name of protecting consumers from spam, according Democrats and digital rights groups. | Have you ever signed up to receive text blasts from an activist campaign? Does your doctor's office text you reminders about upcoming appointments? | The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted along party lines on Wednesday to classify SMS and MMS text messaging as a Title I "information service" rather than a Title II "telecommunications service" under federal law, a mo…

teleSUR (2018-12-12). Cohen Gets Prison, Fined For Orchestrating Trump's Hush Money. telesurenglish.net President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has been sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday for what U.S. District court calls a "smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct." | RELATED: | Top Democrats: Trump May Face Impeachment, Jail over Hush Money | "It was my blind loyalty to this man that led me to take a path of darkness instead of light. I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds," Cohen told the Manhattan court, describing his employment under T…

teleSUR (2018-12-12). Maduro: Trump's Advisor John Bolton Plotting to Kill Me. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gave a press conference to international media Wednesday where he hailed the success of the Venezuelan municipal elections while also accusing the United States of plotting to kill him and naming John Bolton, President Trump's national security advisor. | "Mr. John Bolton has been assigned, once again, as the chief of a plot to fill Venezuela with violence and to seek a foreign military intervention," Maduro told a news conference, adding that Bolton was coordinating the training of mercenaries in military bases in Colombia and the United States. | "It always seemed to me th…

Kim Phillips-Fein (2018-12-12). The Bad History—and Bad Politics—of Alan Greenspan and Adrian Wooldridge's 'Capitalism in America'. thenation.com The Bad History—and Bad Politics—of Alan Greenspan and Adrian Wooldridge's 'Capitalism in America'

teleSUR (2018-12-12). Wayne Rooney's Visit to White House Apolitical. telesurenglish.net England legend Wayne Rooney's visit to the White House turned some heads this past week, but the DC United forward insisted his visit was nothing more than a "once-in-a-lifetime-visit." | RELATED: | Top Democrats: Trump May Face Impeachment, Jail over Hush Money | The 33 year-old Rooney visited the U.S. capitol's landmark with his wife Coleen and their four sons; Kai, Klay, Kit, and Cass as part of the annual White House kids' party, taking pictures with President Trump's 12 year…

David Schultz (2018-12-12). Stacking the Deck Against Democracy in Wisconsin. counterpunch.org The power grab by Wisconsin Republicans to limit the incoming authority of the Democratic Attorney General and Governor is about pettiness and being a sore loser. But it is not the only instance of such pettiness—Michigan too is experiencing this, as did North Carolina a few years ago when the Democratic governor ousted the Republican. More

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-12). Thailand: Lift Draconian Speech Restrictions. hrw.org | | Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha arrives at a weekly cabinet meeting at the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, January 17, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters/Chaiwat Subprasom | (New York) — Thailand's junta should immediately end restrictions on the right to free expression so that credible national elections can be held on February 24, 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. | On December 11, 2018, the ruling National Council for Pea…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-11). Hungary's Far-Right Government Hurtling Toward Dictatorship with Crackdown on Free Press. therealnews.com The far-right government of EU/NATO member Hungary is cracking down on independent media. Prime Minister Viktor Orban is also exploiting anti-Semitism, while closely allied with Israel. Journalist Benjamin Novak says even elections are now just a formality

RT (2018-12-11). Military will build border wall if Congress doesn't play ball — Trump. rt.com The military will finish construction of the controversial US-Mexico border wall if Democrats in Congress don't take action to "secure our country," Donald Trump has vowed.

David Dayen (2018-12-11). Something New Is Happening in the House: Progressives Are Winning Internal Fights. theintercept.com For years in the House of Representatives, a simple majority was all that was needed to pass legislation — unless that bill included a tax increase. In that case, it required a three-fifths majority, thanks to a rule implemented by former Speaker Newt Gingrich after the 1994 Republican wave. | After Democrats swept the midterms this November, party leaders suggested that they would reform the rule. Under Democratic rule, a supermajority would only be needed for tax increases that affected the bottom 80 percent of earners. | But fiscal policy has become a flashpoint in the ongoing struggle between the party'

Paul Dobson (2018-12-10). Venezuela: PSUV Sweeps Local Council Elections, Seizes Historic Opposition Strongholds. venezuelanalysis.com The low turnout can, in part, be attributed to opposition abstention, but is comparable to previous elections of this nature.

Robert L. Borosage (2018-12-10). The Ideas Primary. thenation.com The Ideas Primary…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-12-09). Institutionalizing Lawlessness: Systematically Subverting Markets. therealnews.com Consumer advocate Ralph Nader gives the closing talk at the forum, "Destroying the Myths of Market Fundamentalism," held in Washington DC, on October 19, 2018

Venezuelanalysis (2018-12-09). December 9: Municipal Council Elections in Venezuela – Live Rolling Coverage. venezuelanalysis.com VA brings you the only English-language round-the-clock live coverage of Venezuela's fifth election in eighteen months, with 2,549 local councillors due to be elected today.

Democracy Now! (2018-12-06). Headlines for December 6, 2018. democracynow.org Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions Rise to Record High in 2018, WHO Says Meeting Paris Climate Goal Would Save Millions of Lives, Quebec Youth Sue Canada, Citing Gross Negligence on Climate Change, Barclays Customers Demand Divestment from Tar Sands Pipelines, George H.W. Bush Remembered at Washington National Cathedral, Canada Arrests Huawei Executive for Extradition to U.S., Trump Praises Chinese Death Penalty for Drug Dealers, Wisconsin Republicans Complete Legislative Power Grab, Michigan Republicans Move to Limit Power of Incoming Democratic Leaders, NYT: Paul Manafort Discussed Deal to Seize Julian Assange, Sa…

Democracy Now! (2018-12-06). "The Silence of Others": New Film Warns Against Spain's Fascist History Repeating Itself. democracynow.org A far-right, anti-immigrant, anti-abortion political party in Spain has made gains in regional elections, prompting protests in the streets. Members of Spain's younger generation are too young to remember the brutal 40-year military dictatorship under General Francisco Franco. But a remarkable new documentary titled "The Silence of Others," or "El Silencio de Otros," hopes to remind Spaniards of the country's fascist past, lest history repeat itself. The film follows several survivors of the Franco regime in their pursuit of justice. We speak with Spanish filmmaker Almudena Carracedo, who, along with Robert Bahar…

Miranda Spencer (2018-12-06). Don't Do Anything About Climate Disaster, USA Today Warns Dems. fair.org USA Today ( 11/27/18) warns Democrats that efforts to address climate change might "whisk them out of power" again. | "Democrats Will Push on Climate Change," declared the lead story on the front page of the November 27 USA Today. (The online version bore the more verbose headline, "Once Democrats Take Charge of the…

FAIR (2018-12-05). Can Corporate Media Be Any Worse… fair.org than they are during an election? Dear FAIR‚Äàsupporters, Elections are a challenging time for corporate media. And as FAIR points out in numerous posts and CounterSpin interviews recently—they fail to meet this challenge. Who, Us? Corporate Media Ignore Their Role in Trump's Refugee 'Invasion' Panic Blaming 'Both Sides' for Hate Plays Into Hands of …

Bill Lueders (2018-12-05). Wisconsin Republicans Spurn the Will of the People. progressive.org Just before sunrise on Wednesday, a Republican-controlled senate approved bills to restrict early voting and curb the powers of the incoming governor and attorney general.

2018-12-13: Social Media Postees

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If Democrats Fracture, This Will Be the Fault Line
Sam Pizzigati | zcomm.org | 2018-12-13
Should we treat the super rich as a distraction or a clear and present danger? No question more deeply divides the opposition to The Donald…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/if-democrats-fract…

Pelosi Would Sabotage the Progressive Agenda With a Pay-Go Rule
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-13
As Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan are using lame-duck sessions to overturn the outcome of last month's elections, throwing aside long-standing procedures and basic democratic principles, House Democrats seem determined to throw up roadblocks to limit what they can do with their new majority Specifically, likely Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is proposing the House adopt…
counterpunch.org/2018/12/13/pelosi-would…

Pelosi Agrees to Limit Her Tenure as Speaker to Four Years
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2018-12-13
The announcement quells a revolt among House Democrats and all but ensures that the former speaker will be elected to the post again. | The post Pelosi Agrees to Limit Her Tenure as Speaker to Four Years appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/pelosi-agrees-to-l…

Are the NSW Greens heading for a split?
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2018-12-13
The NSW Greens appear to be heading for a split, with the right wing of the party initiating a McCarthyite campaign to purge socialists from its membership. | The red-baiting campaign, led by three of its state MPs, follows the seeming resolution of a long-running sexual harassment complaint against Greens MLC Jeremy Buckingham. | But NSW Greens MLCs Cate Faehrmann and Justin Field have come to the defence of Buckingham and put an ultimatum to the state party leadership: ignore current decision-making practices and expel members of the internal anti-capitalist tendency Left Renewal and socialist group Solidarity…
greenleft.org.au/content/are-nsw-greens-heading-split

Maduro: Trump's Advisor John Bolton Plotting to Kill Me
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-12
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gave a press conference to international media Wednesday where he hailed the success of the Venezuelan municipal elections while also accusing the United States of plotting to kill him and naming John Bolton, President Trump's national security advisor. | "Mr. John Bolton has been assigned, once again, as the chief of a plot to fill Venezuela with violence and to seek a foreign military intervention," Maduro told a news conference, adding that Bolton was coordinating the training of mercenaries in military bases in Colombia and the United States. | "It always seemed to me th…
telesurenglish.net/news/Maduro-Tells-Int…

Congress Must Reauthorize VAWA
Laura Finley | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-12
That the U.S. is divided on political issues is old news. Both the Left and the Right are deeply entrenched, resulting in distrust, animosity, and political gridlock. One troubling example is with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization of 2018. Sadly, it isn't the first time that Republicans have attempted to block VAWA, literally…
counterpunch.org/2018/12/12/congress-mus…

Cohen Gets Prison, Fined For Orchestrating Trump's Hush Money
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-12
President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has been sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday for what U.S. District court calls a "smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct." | RELATED: | Top Democrats: Trump May Face Impeachment, Jail over Hush Money | "It was my blind loyalty to this man that led me to take a path of darkness instead of light. I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds," Cohen told the Manhattan court, describing his employment under T…
telesurenglish.net/news/Cohen-Gets-Priso…

Wayne Rooney's Visit to White House Apolitical
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-12
England legend Wayne Rooney's visit to the White House turned some heads this past week, but the DC United forward insisted his visit was nothing more than a "once-in-a-lifetime-visit." | RELATED: | Top Democrats: Trump May Face Impeachment, Jail over Hush Money | The 33 year-old Rooney visited the U.S. capitol's landmark with his wife Coleen and their four sons; Kai, Klay, Kit, and Cass as part of the annual White House kids' party, taking pictures with President Trump's 12 year…
telesurenglish.net/news/Wayne-Rooneys-Vi…

Bolivian President Evo Morales seeks fourth term, courts controversy
W. T. Whitney Jr. | peoplesworld.org | 2018-12-12
Bolivian President Evo Morales and Vice President àÅlvaro García Linera are preparing for a fourth six-year term at the head of Bolivia's socialist government. Bolivia's Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) on December 4 authorized the participation of their Movement toward Socialism party in Bolivia's first-time-ever primary elections set for January 27, 2019. The general elections take …
peoplesworld.org/article/bolivian-presid…

On Israel-Palestine, Four Newly Elected Progressives Vary in Willingness to Walk the Walk
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-12
WASHINGTON — As a result of the midterm election, four recently elected women affiliated with the democratic-socialist PAC Justice Democrats will soon be striding through Capitol Hill as full-fledged members of Congress. These four women — Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley — have all been touted as "progressive" game-changers for having avoided corporate money during their primaries and for supporting policies like Medicare-for-all and abolishing ICE, among others. | Yet, while these soon-to-be congresswo…
mintpressnews.com/on-israel-palestine-fo…

The Trump Administration Just Killed Net Neutrality for Text Messages
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-12-12
The Trump administration just made it a lot easier for big wireless providers like Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile to interfere with texting, all in the name of protecting consumers from spam, according Democrats and digital rights groups. | Have you ever signed up to receive text blasts from an activist campaign? Does your doctor's office text you reminders about upcoming appointments? | The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted along party lines on Wednesday to classify SMS and MMS text messaging as a Title I "information service" rather than a Title II "telecommunications service" under federal law, a mo…
truthout.org/articles/the-trump-administ…

The Bad History–and Bad Politics–of Alan Greenspan and Adrian Wooldridge's 'Capitalism in America'
Kim Phillips-Fein | thenation.com | 2018-12-12
The Bad History–and Bad Politics–of Alan Greenspan and Adrian Wooldridge's 'Capitalism in America'…
thenation.com/article/alan-greenspan-adr…

Stacking the Deck Against Democracy in Wisconsin
David Schultz | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-12
The power grab by Wisconsin Republicans to limit the incoming authority of the Democratic Attorney General and Governor is about pettiness and being a sore loser. But it is not the only instance of such pettiness–Michigan too is experiencing this, as did North Carolina a few years ago when the Democratic governor ousted the Republican.
counterpunch.org/2018/12/12/stacking-the…

Thailand: Lift Draconian Speech Restrictions
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-12-12
Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha arrives at a weekly cabinet meeting at the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, January 17, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters/Chaiwat Subprasom | (New York) — Thailand's junta should immediately end restrictions on the right to free expression so that credible national elections can be held on February 24, 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. | On December 11, 2018, the ruling National Council for Pea…
hrw.org/news/2018/12/12/thailand-lift-dr…

Hungary's Far-Right Government Hurtling Toward Dictatorship with Crackdown on Free Press
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-12-11
The far-right government of EU/NATO member Hungary is cracking down on independent media. Prime Minister Viktor Orban is also exploiting anti-Semitism, while closely allied with Israel. Journalist Benjamin Novak says even elections are now just a formality | The post Hungary's Far-Right Government Hurtling Toward Dictatorship with Crackdown on Free Press appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/hungarys-far-rig…

Military will build border wall if Congress doesn't play ball — Trump
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-11
The military will finish construction of the controversial US-Mexico border wall if Democrats in Congress don't take action to "secure our country," Donald Trump has vowed. | …
rt.com/usa/446163-trump-border-wall-mili…

Something New Is Happening in the House: Progressives Are Winning Internal Fights
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2018-12-11
For years in the House of Representatives, a simple majority was all that was needed to pass legislation — unless that bill included a tax increase. In that case, it required a three-fifths majority, thanks to a rule implemented by former Speaker Newt Gingrich after the 1994 Republican wave. | After Democrats swept the midterms this November, party leaders suggested that they would reform the rule. Under Democratic rule, a supermajority would only be needed for tax increases that affected the bottom 80 percent of earners. | But fiscal policy has become a flashpoint in the ongoing struggle between the party'…
theintercept.com/2018/12/11/house-of-rep…

Venezuela: PSUV Sweeps Local Council Elections, Seizes Historic Opposition Strongholds
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-12-10
The low turnout can, in part, be attributed to opposition abstention, but is comparable to previous elections of this nature.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14180

The Ideas Primary
Robert L. Borosage | thenation.com | 2018-12-10
The Ideas Primary…
thenation.com/article/democrats-2020-pre…

Institutionalizing Lawlessness: Systematically Subverting Markets
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-12-09
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader gives the closing talk at the forum, "Destroying the Myths of Market Fundamentalism," held in Washington DC, on October 19, 2018 | The post Institutionalizing Lawlessness: Systematically Subverting Markets appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/institutionalizi…

December 9: Municipal Council Elections in Venezuela – Live Rolling Coverage
Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-12-09
VA brings you the only English-language round-the-clock live coverage of Venezuela's fifth election in eighteen months, with 2,549 local councillors due to be elected today.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14177

"The Silence of Others": New Film Warns Against Spain's Fascist History Repeating Itself
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-12-06
A far-right, anti-immigrant, anti-abortion political party in Spain has made gains in regional elections, prompting protests in the streets. Members of Spain's younger generation are too young to remember the brutal 40-year military dictatorship under General Francisco Franco. But a remarkable new documentary titled "The Silence of Others," or "El Silencio de Otros," hopes to remind Spaniards of the country's fascist past, lest history repeat itself. The film follows several survivors of the Franco regime in their pursuit of justice. We speak with Spanish filmmaker Almudena Carracedo, who, along with Robert Bahar…
www.democracynow.org/2018/12/6/the_silen…

Don't Do Anything About Climate Disaster, USA Today Warns Dems
Miranda Spencer | fair.org | 2018-12-06
USA Today ( 11/27/18) warns Democrats that efforts to address climate change might "whisk them out of power" again. | "Democrats Will Push on Climate Change," declared the lead story on the front page of the November 27 USA Today. (The online version bore the more verbose headline, "Once Democrats Take Charge of the…
fair.org/home/dont-do-anything-about-cli…

Wisconsin Republicans Spurn the Will of the People
Bill Lueders | progressive.org | 2018-12-05
Just before sunrise on Wednesday, a Republican-controlled senate approved bills to restrict early voting and curb the powers of the incoming governor and attorney general.
progressive.org/dispatches/wisconsin-rep…

Can Corporate Media Be Any Worse
FAIR | fair.org | 2018-12-05
than they are during an election? Dear FAIR‚Äàsupporters, Elections are a challenging time for corporate media. And as FAIR points out in numerous posts and CounterSpin interviews recently–they fail to meet this challenge. Who, Us? Corporate Media Ignore Their Role in Trump's Refugee 'Invasion' Panic Blaming 'Both Sides' for Hate Plays Into Hands of …
fair.org/home/can-corporate-media-be-any…