Counter Punch
A Firm Grasp of the Obvious: Kim Darroch and the Weakness of Britain

Photograph Source: UK Government - OGL 3 The resignation of Sir Kim Darroch as British ambassador to Washington, because of his leaked messages to London criticising President Trump, is highly revealing about the real state of British knowledge of what is going on in the US. Supporters of the former ambassador portray him as a skilled and experienced foreign office official who was “only doing his job” until brought low by the machinations of the Brexiteers and the treachery of Boris Johnson. His detractors view him, on the contrary, as an old-style representative of a europhile Briti

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Counter Punch
Britain Grovels: the Betrayal of the British Ambassador

Photograph Source: U.S. Department of State - Public Domain Here in Ukania, where I’ve been for the past week, many things are going on: Wimbledon tennis, the cricket World Cup, the British Formula 1 Grand Prix, the Brexit fiasco, the shitty drama that is the Tory party leadership contest, revived interest in the “friendship” between the Queen’s son Prince Andrew (“Randy Andy”) and the sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein, and the resignation of the UK’s ambassador to the US at the instigation of Donald Trump. The UK ambassador, Kim Darroch, was thrown under the bus by the soon-to-be prime min

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Counter Punch
What Right Has Britain to Seize an Iranian Tanker Off Spain?

Photograph Source: Bengt Nyman from Vaxholm, Sweden - CC BY 2.0 “We have reason to believe that the Grace 1 was carrying its shipment of crude oil to the Banyas Refinery in Syria. That refinery is the property of an entity that is subject to European Union sanctions against Syria.” - Fabian Picardo, chief minister of Gibraltar "[Praise for Gibraltar and the British marines] for this bold move to enforce Syria sanctions [that deny] valuable resources” to the Syrian government. - British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt On Twitter The EU has banned the sale of oil to Syria. Very well

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Counter Punch
Democratic Virtues in Electing a President

Photograph by Joshua Frank Privatizing the US elections? I enjoyed listening to the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates speak of their hopes for the future of this country. What I did not like was the  NBC  umbrella over the aspiring candidates. Why should large TV monopolies run the presidential campaigns? Who gave this “media” money-machine the right to have its employees ask questions of the presidential candidates? First of all, these “reporters” are by no means objective. Their sole preoccupation is the advertisement dollars their company earns during the “debates.” Second, some

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Peter Thiel, billionaire investor and Facebook board member, says Google should be federally investigated for aidin… https://t.co/z9ASRmYva6

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Counter Punch
Free Speech Just isn’t That Complicated

It"s hard to believe we need to have this conversation in this day and age. But if we don"t keep having it, at some point we might not be allowed to have it. Question: What is free speech? Or, rather what is NOT free speech? In 2017, former Vermont governor,  presidential candidate, and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean informed the American public that "[h]ate speech is not protected by the first amendment."  That"s one variation of the "hate speech is not free speech" claim. Yes, "hate speech" is free speech (and yes, it"s protected by the First Amendment). On July 12, s

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Facebook board member and Trump supporter Peter Thiel called on the FBI and CIA to investigate Google for the “seem… https://t.co/mM4H189eDS

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Counter Punch
The Resigning Ambassador

Rarely do ambassadors resign after an intense self-assessment of worth. Diplomatic immunity does not merely extend to protecting the official from the reach of local laws; it encourages a degree of freedom in engaging as a country’s representative. Sir Kim Darroch, as UK ambassador to the United States, felt that any freedom afforded him in that capacity had ended. “The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would have liked.” The storm between Darroch’s good offices and the Trump administration was precipitated by the publication in the Mail on Sunday of

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The Denver Post
Trump digs in on racist tweets: “Many people agree with me”

WASHINGTON - Defiant in the face of widespread criticism, President Donald Trump renewed his belligerent call on Monday for four Democratic congresswomen of color to get out of the U.S. "right now," cementing his position as the most willing U.S. leader in generations to stoke the discord that helped send him to the White House. Content to gamble that a sizeable chunk of the electorate embraces his tweets that have been widely denounced as racist, the president made clear that he has no qualms about exploiting racial divisions once again. "It doesn"t concern me because many people agree wi

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Washington Free Beacon
Progressive ‘Squad’ Holds Special Presser to Demand Impeachment

Four progressive Democratic congresswomen held a press conference Monday calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump in the wake of comments he directed at them on Twitter. Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D., Mass.), Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.), and Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) denounced Trump's tweets and called for the House to begin proceedings against him. Omar cited "mass deportations" and "human rights abuses at the border," echoing many Democrats who have denounced the Trump administration's border security policies. Recent Stories in Politics Co

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Washington Free Beacon
Donor Helped Warren Pay for Access to DNC Voter File

A multi-million-dollar Democratic donor helped Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) pay for access to the Democratic National Committee voter base in April. Silicon Valley physician Karla Jurvetson gave $100,000 to the DNC to help Warren's campaign cover the $175,000 cost for the crucial voter file,  BuzzFeed News reported . The DNC allows campaigns to access the file by either paying the money directly, or, in the case of Warren, having the money raised to the DNC via a donor. Recent Stories in Politics Continetti: Ocasio-Cortez and Omar Are a ‘Political Problem for the Democr

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G,L,B key FBI IT Schema Hmm...which story is true here? https://t.co/wXknm2FHFw

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Independent Journal Review
Trump Administration Sets New Rule to Make It Harder for Immigrants to Seek Asylum

The Trump administration on Monday said it would take steps to make it more difficult for immigrants arriving on the southern border to seek asylum in the United States, putting the onus on them to ask for shelter in other countries. The Department of Homeland Security, in a statement issued with the Department of Justice, said the interim rule would set a new bar&"; for immigrants by placing further restrictions or limitations on eligibility for aliens who seek asylum in the United States.&"; The proposal would make it tougher for applicants who did not apply for protection from persecution

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Washington Free Beacon
Haley Blasts Dems for Silence About Taking Down of American Flag

Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called out Democrats for their silence about anti-ICE protestors taking down the American flag at a Colorado ICE facility and replacing it with the Mexican flag. "There are no words for why the Democrats are staying silent on this. If this is your way to winning an election, fire your strategist," Haley said in a tweet, "This is disgusting. Love your country. And if you don't like what is happening then tell the members of Congress to get to work and fix it." There are no words for why the Democrats are staying silent on this. If this

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WND
Lindsey Graham to do own 'deep dive' into FISA abuse

(Washington Examiner) Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham promised that he will launch his own “deep dive” inquiry into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation after the conclusion of Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s investigation into alleged abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. “I promise your listeners, after Horowitz issues his report about the flawed FISA warrant, I’m going to deep-dive into how this stuff started,” the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman said while appearing on Sunday Morning Futures on Fox News this morning. “How co

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Counter Punch
UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Bachelet’s Gift to the US: Justifying Regime Change in Venezuela

Photograph Source: Gobierno de Chile - CC BY 3.0 CL UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Michelle Bachelet’s report on Venezuela echoes the US government’s talking points, which are designed to terminate the two-decade-old Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela. The report fails to acknowledge Venezuela’s manifest accomplishments or even recognize victims of US-backed right-wing violence in Venezuela. The US economic war against Venezuela, US threats of a “military option,” and opposition violence are treated in the Bachelet report as figments of the imagination, “alleged internal and exte

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@KathleenM___ Not the only thing. Read Kathleen Sullivan's 'Unshackled'. She tells of how her father got together w… https://t.co/qI2RirORqi

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Counter Punch
Pyongyang on the Potomac

Photograph Source: White House - Public Domain When Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un shook hands on June 30 at the line dividing the two Koreas, the pictures that appeared on front pages all over the world depicted two very different leaders. Trump is a tall, 73-year-old white man who leads the world’s most powerful democracy. Kim is a short, plump, 35-year-old Korean who heads up the world’s most notorious non-democracy. They look like the Laurel and Hardy or the Penn and Teller of geopolitics. Appearances can be deceptive. Beyond their superficial differences, the two leaders share a great

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Counter Punch
De-Dollarizing the American Financial Empire

Imperialism is getting something for nothing. It is a strategy to obtain other countries’ surplus without playing a productive role, but by creating an extractive rentier system. An imperialist power obliges other countries to pay tribute. Of course, America doesn’t come right out and tell other countries, “You have to pay us tribute,” like Roman emperors told the provinces they governed. U.S. diplomats simply insist that other countries invest their balance-of-payments inflows and official central-bank savings in US dollars, especially U.S. Treasury IOUs. This Treasury-bill standard turns t

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The Huffington Post
Mueller Needs To ‘Finish The Job,’ Former Justice Department Official Says

Time for Mueller to tell it like it is, says the former deputy attorney general.

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"Osama bin laden" was CIA agent TIM OSMAN Abu Bakr al baghdadi was MOSSAD agent ELLIOT SHIMON He was flown out of… https://t.co/Ib8KViZ4Qw

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WND
An antidote for the insane 'fake news' media

Dear WND reader, I don"t do this very often, but I"m going to do it now. I"ll make it short and, I hope, sweet. If you"re a loyal WND reader, one who trusts and relies on us for your daily news, then you really need to be getting Whistleblower also. Why? I could give you lots of reasons. I could go into detail about how Whistleblower, which focuses like a high-powered laser on one single topic each month, courageously takes on the crucial issues you care about but no one else in the major media will touch. Issues like "DEMOCRATS UNMASKED," revealing how a powerful political party ha

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@clairekati @DailyCaller Those Antifa guys must be arrested! They are a terrorist organization!where is the FBI & the CIA?

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WND
To know or not to know: That is Joe Biden

In February 2002, asked at a news briefing about the lack of evidence linking the Iraqi government to supplying weapons of mass destruction to terrorist groups, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld provided an interesting analysis . He explained, "We know there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don"t know we don"t know. …" Simplified, Rumsfeld"s point was: "We know what we know and know what we don"t know, but also don"t know wh

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@ali CIA handing out any info tells me something ain’t right.

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Independent Journal Review
Green New Deal and Medicare for All Supporter Cory Booker Says He Hates the Word ‘Realistically’

Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) told the Washington Examiner that he plans to change the realm of what's possible&"; during his 2020 presidential bid. And given the policies he's supporting, he may need that change. Booker is one of 24 Democrats running in the presidential primary in hopes to become the nominee to take on President Donald Trump in his reelection bid. The senator has joined the majority of the field in supporting far-left policies like Medicare for All. He is even a co-sponsor for Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal. Over one decade, Medicare for

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Independent Journal Review
Struggling in White House Bid, Democrat Gillibrand Seeks Bump in Trump Country

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand rolled through Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan last week on a bus emblazoned with He broke it, we'll fix it,&"; as part of a campaign tour highlighting what she called President Donald Trump's broken promises&"; to the region. Gillibrand told laid-off auto workers in Youngstown, Ohio, and healthcare workers in Pittsburgh she would repair the damage of Trump's presidency if voters choose her as the Democratic nominee to take him on in November 2020. But to do that, she will require a significant boost. The New York senator is stuck in the bottom of national pol

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The Huffington Post
Harris Rips Russian Bots For Kaepernick Furor, Says They’re Coming For Her

And Russian interference in the 2020 election could be even worse than in 2016, she warns.

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WND
Pelosi emerges as unexpected villain at Netroots Nation

(Huffington Post) The chatter at Netroots Nation, a progressive gathering that attracts thousands of people each year, was expected to be on the rising influence of the left on the 2020 presidential election. But frustration with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, once considered an avatar of San Francisco liberalism, has emerged as a constant theme ? centered on her recent criticism of progressive members of her caucus. “She doesn’t act this way when Blue Dogs say stupid shit about other Democrats and about the party and constantly criticize the party,” said Markos Moulitsas, the founder of the pop

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Hot Air
Kamala Harris can’t make up her mind about private health insurance

California Senator and 2020 presidential hopeful Kamala Harris has some very strong opinions about getting rid of private medical insurance as part of a Medicare for All program. Specifically, she has two very strong ideas. The first is that"s definitely something we should do. The second is that it"s definitely something we shouldn"t do. Which opinion you get from her depends on the day she"s asked and who is listening when the question comes. The Free Beacon has a fun timeline of the various flip flops she"s made on the subject and they"re wild enough to make an Olympic gymnast jealous.

2 days ago.

The Denver Post
Trump administration fact check: Environment, VA, Russia and jobs

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump and his aides this past week celebrated an environmental legacy that is not theirs to claim. In large measure, the progress they cited pre-dates Trump’s presidency. And in some of the particulars, they were wrong. For example, the air is not cleaner under Trump. The tendency to seek credit for things achieved by others or not achieved at all spread to other areas of federal policy. Trump’s veterans affairs chief cited improvements in waiting times and quality of care at VA health centers as examples of the good job he’s doing leading the department, desp

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The Denver Post
Donald Trump Jr. tells conservatives in Denver to fight on

With a brashness that made him sound at times like his father, Donald Trump Jr. urged conservatives in Denver on Friday night to continue fighting in the face of what he called social media censorship, press bias and a Democratic Party rife with radicalism. "The left hates Donald Trump much more than they love America," Trump Jr. told more than 1,000 people at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. He capped off the first day of the annual Western Conservative Summit - a day that also included Colorado Gov. Jared Polis as the first elected Democrat to speak to the group -

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The Huffington Post
Shepard Smith Fact-Checks Trump On Mueller Report Exoneration: ‘Not True.’

Action could be taken "while the president is still in office — or by the courts after his term is complete."

3 days ago.

WND
Watch Joe Biden stumble way through speech

Joe Biden, the early frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, stumbled and fumbled through a recent speech, finishing with, "What am I doing?" Others might be wondering the same thing. The American Mirror blog assembled the excerpts in a video,  commenting that "Sleepy" Joe Biden"s new nickname perhaps should be "Shaky." He slurred words, stumbled said repeated himself. There was his reference to "Donald Trump and the democrogs," which he self-corrected to "demagogues." He suffered an awkward coughing fit. "He has, he has, I don’t know how to say it – he"s alienated

3 days ago.

WND
Economics for Dummies (and my lefty readers)

"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot m

3 days ago.

Hot Air
Trump: Paul Ryan was a baby and a terrible Speaker who didn’t know what he was doing

I guess he finally saw those Ryan comments that I wrote about last night. We"re all guilty of a little projection from time to time, but good lord . Ryan"s a "baby" who "didn"t know what he was doing" - coming from Trump? That"s like Obama complaining that another person talks about himself too much. President Trump: "Paul Ryan was a terrible Speaker frankly. He was a baby. He didn't know what the hell he was doing." https://t.co/d9blgbi0Nm pic.twitter.com/dJhta3zFvK — The Hill (@thehill) July 12, 2019 He didn"t hold back on Twitter this morning either:

3 days ago.

Hot Air
AOC: I want to testify about what I saw at the border — and I want to be sworn in

Even hardcore anti-Trumper Tom Nichols is irritated . Members of Congress aren"t typically sworn when they testify, and in any case we all know from the Mike Flynn saga that it"s illegal to lie to a federal officer about a matter that"s within that officer"s jurisdiction, period. Whether you"re sworn or not, don"t lie to Congress. You"ll go to jail! So why"d she insist upon it? Because, as Nichols says, a savvy young pol who thrives on Twitter is attentive to image. She wanted a viral-ready shot of her looking mournful with her hand raised, swearing to the truth, so that it can be passed a

3 days ago.

Washington Free Beacon
Harris: Russian Bots Started Kaepernick Controversy

Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) suggested the controversy over Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest would not have occurred without the assistance of Russian bots sharing the story on social media platforms.  Harris was asked about whether she had concerns that the Russian government would try to interfere in the 2020 election as they did during the 2016 election.  Recent Stories in Politics New York Legislator Who Told Republican Staffer To Kill Herself Endorses Kamala Harris Merkley Blames Pelosi For House Passing Senate Version of Border Aid Bill

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Hot Air
House Dems to Nadler: How dare you rob us of our PR in The Mueller Show

At the moment, Robert Mueller is still scheduled to make his post-special counsel appearance next Wednesday at the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. That date may slip, or perhaps not happen at all, thanks to a revolt among Judiciary"s rank and file . With a two-hour limit and 41 committee members, junior Democrats fear not getting an opportunity for some serious media coverage: Junior lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee could get shut out of next week"s highly anticipated hearing with special counsel Robert Mueller — and they"re not happy about it. The agreement reached betwe

3 days ago.

Hot Air
Trump: Pelosi’s not a racist and AOC is being “very disrespectful” to her

This is King Troll at his best . Good luck to House Dems in trying to figure out whom they should side with now that the most hated Republican in the country has joined Team Nancy. Trump told reporters outside the White House that Ocasio-Cortez is “being very disrespectful to somebody who’s been there a long time.” Ocasio-Cortez “should treat Nancy Pelosi with respect,” he added. The president added that Pelosi is “not a racist," though Ocasio-Cortez said Thursday that the Speaker is “absolutely not” racist. The progressive freshman lawmaker accused Pelosi of “singling out - ; newly elec

3 days ago.

Independent Journal Review
Lawmakers Considering One-Week Delay in Mueller Testimony

Two U.S. House committees are considering a one-week delay for former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's planned July 17 testimony to allow more time for lawmakers to question him, sources told Reuters on Friday. Mueller, who oversaw the federal investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, may now testify July 24, sources familiar with the plan said on the condition of anonymity while talks continue. Mueller was scheduled to appear on Wednesday in separate two-hour hearings before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees, a format that would

3 days ago.

Independent Journal Review
Mueller Testimony to U.S. House Panels Still Set for July 17: Aide

Two U.S. House of Representatives panels still plan to hear testimony from Special Counsel Robert Mueller on July 17, although there were reports of a possible one-week delay. In response to a query from Reuters, a committee aide said in an email, At this moment we still plan to have our hearing on the 17th and we will let you know if that changes.&"; Politico reported that the hearing of the House Judiciary and the House Intelligence panels had been postponed until July 24, citing multiple lawmakers. And the Washington Post reported that Mueller has offered a delay until July 24 to spend mo

3 days ago.

Washington Free Beacon
McCarthy: Ocasio-Cortez’s Influence Is a Sign Trump Will Get Re-elected

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (D., Calif.) on Friday called Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez's (D., N.Y.) influence over her party a harbinger of President Donald Trump being re-elected. Democratic Party primary voters polled by  Business Insider  were more likely to value Ocasio-Cortez's endorsement in deciding which presidential candidate than anyone except ex-presidents like Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Recent Stories in Politics Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Still) Thinks You’re Stupid South Bend Police to Buttigieg: We Want Apologies, Not Pizza Moult

3 days ago.

The Washington Times
Robert Mueller's hearing could be delayed

3 days ago.

Hot Air
Can we finally admit Turkey is no longer our ally?

Ever since the Tyrant of Turkey took complete control of his nation, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been having his cake and eating it too. He retains all of the benefits of being a NATO member, favorable trade deals, access to western technology and military hardware, and a key place on the global stage. But at the same time, he pals around with the leaders of Iran, Russia, and Venezuela, takes hostages from multiple countries (including America), imprisons journalists and makes a mockery of his formerly democratic government. And now he"s thumbed his nose at the west yet again, taking delivery of

3 days ago.

Counter Punch
Skull of Death: Mass Media, Inauthentic Opposition, and Eco-Existential Reality in a Pre-Fascist Age of Appeasement

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair Alongside and consistent with other privilege- and power-serving missions, so-called mainstream corporate media’s role is to keep the populace focused as best it can on relatively trivial matters and diverted from the most urgent topics of our time. Kamala Harris Wants to Kill Your Health Insurance Two Sundays ago, in a fit of masochistic media research, I watched some cable news talking heads do their weekly news roundups. CNN had a panel of know-it-all neoliberals who reflected on the Democratic Party’s first two presidential debates. Everyone agreed tha

4 days ago.

Counter Punch
“Strategic Extremism”: How Republicans and Establishment Democrats Use Identity Politics to Divide and Rule

Photograph Source: Tyler Merbler - CC BY 2.0 As we know, both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party are bought, sold, and paid for by big business. For that reason, both have a history of avoiding the issues that are common to Americans of all political persuasions. Addressing such issues would undermine the profits of big business. They include free healthcare, living wages, quality work, secure pensions, unionization, etc. In order to protect the profits of their business investors, both parties focus on the cultural differences between Americans. As campaigning for the electi

4 days ago.

Washington Free Beacon
Pelosi’s House of Pain

Not so long ago—as recently as the cover of the March 2019 Rolling Stone , in fact—they seemed like the best of friends. I'm referring to Nancy Pelosi and the members of "The Squad": Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and (not pictured) Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley. They shared some good times. It was the dawn of a new era. House Democrats had returned to power after eight years. And these Democrats were remarkably diverse in age, ethnicity, race, and gender. Ideology, too: Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib belong to the Democratic Socialists of America. "Our nation is at an historic moment,"

4 days ago.

Counter Punch
Toward an Eco-Socialist Revolution

The most important political project of the modern era is an appropriately conceived and implemented eco-socialist Green New Deal. If done right, such a program would facilitate a transition away from the environmental and social pathologies of industrial capitalism to a world where people exist in symbiosis with the bounty of nature. If done wrong, it would be the last gasp of a relationship with the world that has brought a collective ‘us’ to environmental ruin. The social problem is one of transformation, of taking apart the ways of doing things that aren’t working - and they are myriad,

4 days ago.

Counter Punch
How Real is the Trump Administration’s New Flexibility with North Korea?

Photograph Source: White House - Public Domain Although widely derided by the Washington Establishment as an empty photo opportunity, the recent meeting between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un at Panmunjom produced an agreement to resume working-level talks in the near future. According to the North Korean news agency KCNA, the two leaders discussed stumbling blocks in improving relations and easing tensions, and agreed to work towards a “breakthrough in the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and in the bilateral relations.” The resumption of working-level talks comes as we

4 days ago.

Counter Punch
The Journalists Do The Shouting

Photograph Source: Poster Boy - CC BY 2.0 The loudest pro-war voices are nowhere near the fight It is the same in all wars; the soldiers do the fighting, the journalists do the shouting, and no true patriot ever gets near a front-line trench, except on the briefest of propaganda-tours. - George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia There seems to have been a distinct decline in the quality of war propaganda in the 21st century. It all seems so predictable and calculated now. Maybe the Bush and Trump administrations were and are simply terrible marketers, though the latter certainly adve

4 days ago.

Counter Punch
Roaming Charges: Pâté Politics in the Time of Trump and Pelosi

Rocket ranch, Salton Sea. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. + Why do we need Democrats? In order to help Republicans enact measures they can"t pass on their own. + Two figures stand out larger than any others in the transformation of the Democratic Party from the eroded remnants of FDR-style liberalism to Thatcher-style neoliberalism: Bill Clinton and Joe Biden. Of the two, Biden played the more decisive role, since the de-regulatory putsch, which Biden helped direct in the Senate, began during the Carter Administration and reached its bloody apotheosis under Reagan. By the time Clinton arrived, h

4 days ago.

Counter Punch
The Electoral Circus as the End of Its Initial Phase Looms

Photograph Source: Beatrice Murch - CC BY 2.0 Democratic hopefuls will be back at it over two nights in Detroit later this month; more or less the same twenty candidates as in June, presumably again at ten a pop. The composition of the two groups will be determined later and, as before, left to chance. These debates – actually, joint public appearances – are a ridiculous way to pick a president, inasmuch as the skills needed to deliver a zinger that the cable news channels will endlessly repeat don’t much coincide with those useful for running a deeply divided super power in decline. O

4 days ago.

Counter Punch
Presidential Papers

Photograph Source: DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos - Public Domain Donald Trump is a despicable human. This is a more or less common understanding among those who don’t buy whatever he’s selling. This being said, are you still wondering how Donald Trump and his followers “stole” your country? Are you still hoping you can win it back in the next election? Even more importantly, do you think it can be repaired if you do win it back? If so, what exactly do you mean by repaired? Does this mean you want it to return to those heady years under Barack Obama, when Wall Str

4 days ago.

Counter Punch
Shaking Off Capitalism for Ecological Civilization

Solon In early sixth century BCE Athens, a few rich landowners enslaved those of the rural people who could not pay back their debts. In fact, they went further. They started selling their fellow indebted Greeks to foreigners. Athens and rural Attica were on the verge of civil war. Cooler heads prevailed and powerful Athenian politicians invited Solon back to rule. He had served as  archon , chief political leader of Athens. He was a poet who praised  eunomia, good order and government. He had the reputation for honesty and justice. Once an  archon for the second time in 594-593 BCE, Solo

4 days ago.

Counter Punch
Bernie Sanders’ Present Fight against Corporate Rule vs. the Bernie of 1989

Recently, former leader of the self-destructed faux left group, the International Socialist Organization,  Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor , was giddy hailing Bernie Sanders and his reform-the-Democratic-Party bandwagon. She alleges “Sanders linked the possibility of ending capitalist oligarchy to a “political revolution” that calls on the many to stand up to the few.” She claims Sanders calls for “a complete transformation of the country.” “He named capitalism as the culprit and democratic socialism as a solution.”  “What a breathtaking turn of events” she adds. Her silliness aside, Sanders again

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Counter Punch
The Good News About Trump’s Very Bad Environmental Speech

Brownfield cleanup site. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. It’s hard to find the nuggets of good news in the media these days. Many people are so burnt out on the Trump news rollercoaster, which goes around the clock, changes frequently, and often shocks and outrages, that the least painful option is to skip the news entirely. Here’s some good news: Americans are starting to wake up about the climate crisis. More than half of Americans believe human-caused climate change is happening . More than six in ten Americans disapprove of Trump’s record on the climate. And while only 6 percent of Republ

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Counter Punch
A Hideous Ending

The following dread scenario seems not only possible, but based on some of the unbelievable stuff we’ve already seen done during the first two years of Trump’s presidency, it may, God help us, even be “probable.” In short, if Trump loses the election—either by a narrow margin or by a landslide—he will refuse to vacate the White House. For tactical reasons, his decision to remain in office won’t be announced in November, immediately following the election. Not wanting to give the opposition sufficient time to mobilize, he won’t tip his hand until sometime in mid-January of 2021, when everyone

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Counter Punch
The Slide to War with Iran: An Interview with Nader Hashemi

Interviewed by David Barsamian KGNU, Boulder, CO 28 May 2019 Nader Hashemi is Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and teaches Middle East and Islamic politics at the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He is the author of Islam, Secularism and Liberal Democracy and co-editor of The People Reloaded, The Syria Dilemma and Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East. The Iranian Revolution of 1979 sent the proverbial shock waves throughout not just the Middle East but to Washington itself, which had banked heavily on the

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Counter Punch
Save the Whales

Two new documentaries share by pure coincidence the threat to sea mammals posed by venal Chinese consumerism. “Long Gone Wild”, which is available across all VOD platforms on July 16 th , picks up where “Blackfish” left off. Made in 2013, “Blackfish” exposed the cruel exploitation of orcas at SeaWorld, where they were confined to unnatural, prison-like conditions and forced to perform circus-type tricks until the 12,500-pound Tilikum began to take vengeance on two of his trainers and a hapless trespasser. “Long Gone Wild” demonstrates that while SeaWorld made significant concessions to activi

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WND
Barr is right: The Trump-Russia conspiracy is 'bogus'

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Attorney General William Barr reiterated his intention to find out why the Obama administration launched an investigation into the Republican Party presidential candidate"s campaign during the 2016 campaign. If the political parties in the sentence above were reversed, we would be in the midst of the biggest scandal in our lifetimes. As things stand, however, we are once again reduced to arguing over semantics. And one Barr quote, in particular, has gotten Democrats and their media allies agitated. "What we"re looking at is: What was the predica

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Hot Air
The Ross Perot I knew

I first "met" Ross Perot on the telephone at work one morning in early 1990. "Mr. Malcolm?" said the voice in a clipped Texas twang that would become familiar to the nation in two later presidential campaigns. "This Ross Perot." I looked around the newsroom to see which colleague was pranking me. "Mr. Malcolm, listen," he ordered. "I read your article about the service members who died in Panama. God bless them." I had indeed written a lengthy page one piece in the previous day"s New York Times with the help of colleagues reconstructing the personal lives that had brought those troops to th

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WND
Trump tariffs and tax reform: Wins for average Americans

Those self-important liberal experts have been so wrong about so much: They claimed that Clinton would win the 2016 presidential election with 80-plus percent probability, that Trump would not last his first year, that an independent investigator would find that Trump colluded/conspired with Russians to affect the 2016 election, that the economy would implode within the first year of Trump, that tariffs would increase prices for products and increase inflation by at least 5 percent, that Walmart would have to increase almost all of its product prices because of tariffs on goods from China, th

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Washington Free Beacon
In Major Foreign Policy Speech, Biden Identifies Trump as the Enemy

It was May, just two weeks after Joe Biden announced his 2020 presidential bid, and Robert Gates sat down for an interview on CBS's Face the Nation . The host, Margaret Brennan, asked the former secretary of defense whether Biden would be an "effective" commander in chief after reading a memorable line from Gates's memoir: "I think [Biden] has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades." Gates paused and let out a long, audible sigh. "I don’t know," said Gates, who headed the Pentagon under both presidents George W. Bush and Barack

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Hot Air
YouGov: 67% of Republicans say people who burn the flag should be stripped of citizenship

Thankfully no one in a position of authority has endorsed this highly illiberal idea. Oh. Right. There"s less to this poll than meets the eye, I think. I hope? I suspect most people who hear a question like that aren"t taking it at face value but are treating it as a proxy for whether flag-burning is broadly right or wrong. Would a good American burn the flag? Hell no, say Republicans! It"s our damned right to protest, counter Democrats! And that shakes out to the partisan mirror images we"re seeing here. But it"s not that simple. A question that asked simply whether flag-burning

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Hot Air
Fed chairman Jerome Powell: If Trump fires me, I’ll ignore him

Somehow I missed this yesterday. You"d think it"d be bigger news when the chairman of the Federal Reserve tells Congress that he"ll stay on the job whether the executive likes it or not. Especially when he"s doing it on TV, in response to a question from Trump nemesis Maxine Waters. I mean, is this guy *trying* to get fired? He"s waving a red cape before the big orange bull here. “I have the right to demote him. I have the right to fire him,” Trump said of Powell a few weeks ago, still annoyed that the Fed won"t slash interest rates to further goose the economy. Demotion seems to be the f

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Independent Journal Review
Trump Meets Conservatives at ‘Free Speech’ Social Media Summit

President Donald Trump met with prominent conservative social media figures on Thursday at a White House forum where he is set to reiterate frustrations with big tech firms for allegedly suppressing conservative voices. Pro-Trump online personalities got together at what the White House billed as a gathering of digital leaders&"; where invitees expect to discuss what they say is censorship on social media platforms. Representative Kevin McCarthy, the top House Republican, said he was attending the event. We must do everything in our power to protect free speech, defend our data and #STopth

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Washington Free Beacon
Senate Dems Demand JCN Disclose Donors, Ignore Own Dark Money

Senate Democrats pressuring the Judicial Crisis Network (JCN), a right-leaning organization, to release a list of their donors have close ties to liberal dark money groups themselves and receive help from such outfits for judicial fights. The Daily Beast reported Wednesday that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.), and several other Democratic senators released a letter calling on the JCN to make public the names of individuals who have given the group more than $10,000 since 2017. The demand responded to a $1.1 million ad campaign JCN launch

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The Huffington Post
Trump Even More Unhinged Than Usual In Extensive Morning Twitter Rant

The president apparently thinks he started his presidential campaign on Election Day.

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Independent Journal Review
Trump Drops Executive Action on U.S. Census, Will Seek Citizenship Survey by Other Means

U.S. President Donald Trump was expected to back down on Thursday on plans to add a contentious citizenship question to the 2020 census , but order the government do the survey by other means, a government official told Reuters. A government official confirmed that Trump is expected to announce he will drop the legal battle to include the question on the census survey and instead direct the Commerce Department to obtain answers on citizenship through other means, but it was not clear how that would occur or how it would be funded. The U.S. Census Bureau is part of the Commerce Department.

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The Denver Post
The Spot: These leaders of the “resistance” media are coming to Denver

If you’re like me, you associate days of the week with political podcasts. Monday is FiveThirtyEight’s “Politics,” Wednesday is “The Argument,” Thursday is Slate’s “Political Gabfest” and so on. Podcasts - much like newsletters - have become an important part of how we talk about democracy in America. One of the most popular podcasts out there is “Pod Save America.” Created and hosted by former aides to President Barack Obama, the twice-weekly podcast has become a defining voice of the so-called resistance to President Donald Trump. Since launching in 2017, the show has been downloaded

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Independent Journal Review
U.S. House Panel Authorizes Subpoenas for Kushner, Other Trump Aides

The Democratic-led U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to authorize subpoenas for a dozen witnesses including President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner. The vote gives panel Chairman Jerrold Nadler discretion on whether to subpoena current and former Trump advisers such as former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, as part of a broad corruption and obstruction of justice probe of the Trump presidency. These include government officials who worked, or continue to work, in close proximity to the president,&"; Nadler

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Washington Free Beacon
Ocasio-Cortez’s Chief of Staff: Green New Deal About Changing Economy

Saikat Chakrabarti, chief of staff for New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D.), said that the Green New Deal was not about the climate, but rather about tearing down the economy and building a new one, according to a report from The Washington Post . "The interesting thing about the Green New Deal is it wasn't originally a climate thing at all," Chakrabarti said, according to the Post . "Do you guys think of it as a climate thing? Because we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing." Recent Stories in Politics CNN Panel Rips Amy McGrath fo

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Independent Journal Review
‘The Circus Continues’: Collins Blasts House Dems Over Mueller Witness Subpoenas

Ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee Doug Collins (R-Ga.) proclaimed that the circus continues&"; with the upcoming subpoena vote by the Democrat-controlled committee targeting witnesses from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller ‘s investigation. During Thursday's interview on Fox News' America's Newsroom,&"; Collins was asked if he believed if any of the witnesses from Mueller's investigation that the House Judiciary Committee is preparing to vote to subpoena would show up to testify . Collins responded by proclaiming that the circus continues&"; and questioned whether

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Independent Journal Review
Cruz Clocks O’Rourke for Claiming America Was Founded on ‘White Supremacy’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is not having it with 2020 Democratic hopeful Beto O'Rourke's (D-Texas) claim that the U.S. was founded on white supremacy.&"; While speaking with immigrants to the U.S., the former Democratic congressman said : This country was founded on white supremacy. And every single institution and structure that we have in our country still reflects that legacy of slavery, and segregation, and Jim Crow, and suppression — even in our democracy.&"; See O'Rourke's past comment below: Democrat presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke: This country was founded on white sup

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Independent Journal Review
Democrat Buttigieg Unveils Plan to Fight Racism in America

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana – whose campaign has been dogged by accusations of systemic racism in his city as he struggles to gain support from African-American voters – on Thursday announced a plan to battle racial inequality in America. Buttigieg, who is white and has seen issues of race flare up in South Bend after the fatal shooting of a black man by a white police officer last month, unveiled details of a wide-reaching plan focused on healthcare, education, criminal justice reform and home ownership. The 37-year-old mayo

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Washington Free Beacon
Charlamagne Tha God: Biden Suffers From Old White Male Entitlement

Radio host Charlamagne tha God ripped Joe Biden for suffering from "old white male entitlement" and being incapable of apologizing for being wrong during a conversation with CNN's Don Lemon. A video from America Rising shows Charlamagne's criticism of the Democratic frontrunner for his gaffe-prone style and insensitivity on racial issues. Recent Stories in Politics House Moves to ‘Ban the Box' for Federal Jobs Pelosi Chastises Reporter: ‘If You Want to Waste Your Question, You Can Waste Your Question' Cory Booker’s Brother Got Top N.J. Education J

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Independent Journal Review
Trump Thanks Jon Voight After the Actor Shared a Heartfelt Endorsement of the President

When it comes to who he's backing in the 2020 presidential election, actor and Oscar winner Jon Voight has made it clear that it'll be President Donald Trump . Voight wrote on Tuesday to his fellow Americans,&"; and posted a video about his continued support of Trump. I say this truly from a place of God's truths — our nation is stronger and wiser because we have taken a chance on a man who has become the greatest president,&"; Voight said. As for the 2020 presidential election , Voight called on Americans to continue this race of truths and stand with President Trump for his ne

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Independent Journal Review
Biden Campaign Trail Speech to Assail Trump’s Foreign Policies

Looking to steady his presidential campaign after a debate performance against other Democratic contenders that hurt him in public opinion polls, Joe Biden will seek to play to his strengths on Thursday with a speech that draws upon his experience in foreign affairs. Biden is expected to lay out a foreign policy vision that will offer a marked contrast to President Donald Trump's ahead of the November 2020 election, his campaign said. The Democratic front-runner will shine a light on the damage we believe President Trump has done to our standing in the world,&"; a senior Biden campaign offic

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