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If Democrats Take the House in November, They Need a Plan for What Comes Next 15.10.2018 American Prospect
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill. Mitch McConnell was right. When he said in 2010 that "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president," the only surprising thing about it was that it was more forthright than politicians usually are. He was only saying what everyone already understood by then: Not only that Republicans were already trying to make Obama's life miserable, but that if they took the House in that fall's elections (which they did), then destroying his chances at winning a second term would be their primary goal. That, and stopping Obama from passing any meaningful legislation; as John Boehner said about Obama's agenda right before the election that made him speaker of the House, "We're going to do everything—and I mean everything we can do—to kill it, stop it, slow it down, whatever we can." Right now Democrats are in the position Republicans were eight years ago, on the cusp of a victory that could ...
Lewinsky affair not an abuse of power, says Hillary Clinton 15.10.2018 Raw Story

Hillary Clinton has said her husband Bill’s affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky was not an abuse of power and he was right to not resign from the US presidency in the wake of the scandal. The two-decades old episode has come under renewed scrutiny in the #MeToo era, with crit...

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Here are the 5 major scandals that should have destroyed the Republican Party for good 14.10.2018 Raw Story

With the 2018 midterms less than a month away, a new American Baromenter/Hill.TV poll shows that among Millennials, Democrats hold a 30% advantage over Republicans when it comes to the generic ballot. And according to a CNN poll released on October 10, 63% of women have a generic ballot preference f...

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Pope defrocks two Chilean bishops over sexual abuse allegations 13.10.2018 Raw Story

Pope Francis has defrocked two Chilean bishops who have been caught up in the country’s widening sexual abuse crisis, the Vatican said on Saturday. The Vatican named the two men as Francisco José Cox Huneeus, archbishop emeritus of the city of La Serena, and Marco Antonio Órdenes Fernández, archbish...

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Is Brazil Joining the Far-Right Club? 12.10.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Leo Correa Brailizan presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro speaks at a press conference in Rio de Janeiro. Ten years ago, Brazil led a “pink wave” that carried Latin America to the political left. Now, Brazil appears to be following a global lurch to the right. It is tempting to conclude that Brazilians have changed their ideological stripes and are embracing authoritarianism. For many, the elections pulled the veil off a resilient tradition of Latin American strong-man rule. This is the wrong narrative. Since the restoration of democracy in the mid-'80s, Brazil has been in the hands of governments that ranged across the political spectrum. The left-wing Workers’ Party (PT) swept to power in 2003 led by the charismatic trade unionist Luis Inácio Lula da Silva (known as Lula), who helped bring down the Brazilian military. Lula implemented progressive social policies while pushing economic growth. His political heir in 2011, Dilma Rousseff, was poised to carry on the legacy.  In the past few ...
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Is Brazil about to Have Its Last Democratic Election? 11.10.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Eraldo Peres Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro greets supporters during a campaign rally in Brasilia's Ceilandia neighborhood. A founding election, according to studies of democratization, is the crucial first election after the end of an authoritarian regime. So what shall we call the opposite—elections where the voters decide whether they will put an end to democracy and turn to authoritarianism? A “shutdown election” might be an apt term. Brazil is having a shutdown election on October 28, the second round of the presidential race between the candidate of the far right, Jair Bolsonaro, who received 46 percent of the vote in the first round, and the candidate of the left-wing Workers’ Party, Fernando Haddad, who received 28 percent. Most observers consider it nearly certain that Bolsonaro will receive the additional support he needs to take power. Bolsonaro, a congressman and former army captain, is not just a “populist conservative,” as some news reports characterize him. ...
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Trump, Kavanaugh and the Path to Neoliberal Fascism 11.10.2018 Truthout.com
The Kavanaugh hearings should serve to remind us that we live in increasingly dangerous times.

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House Democratic Challengers Demand Campaign-Finance Reforms 10.10.2018 American Prospect
Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call via AP Images Representative John Sarbanes, chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, speaks outside the Capitol during Monday afternoon's A Better Deal for Our Democracy press conference hosted by House and Senate Democrats, May 21, 2018.  One month before November’s election, the 2018 congressional races are on pace to be the  most expensive  midterm contests ever. Hundreds of millions of dollars in big money contributions are pouring into super PACs and dark-money nonprofit groups this year.  Two years ago,  just 100 Americans gave $1 billion  to Super PACs to influence the 2016 national elections—an average of $10 million per donor. This was no doubt the largest amount of money ever given by the smallest number of the wealthiest Americans to influence U.S elections and government decisions.   The impact of influence-seeking money provided by wealthy donors can be seen in the grossly disproportionate benefits provided to the wealthy by the tax bill passed by Congress in ...
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The Ralph Club (Cartoon, Column and Video) 9.10.2018 The Moderate Voice

I wasn’t alone in feeling sick to my stomach Saturday with the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. There’s just something especially nauseating about an entitled, prep school, trust-fund baby with accusations of sexual assault being placed on the highest court in the land by another entitled, prep school, trust-fund baby with his […]

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‘Disillusioned’ Brazilians choose Bolsonaro, Haddad after a tense and violent campaign 9.10.2018 The Moderate Voice

Helder Ferreira do Vale, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies After a tense, violent and polarized campaign, Brazilians have voted to advance two candidates from opposite sides of the ideological spectrum to a presidential runoff on Oct. 28. Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right congressman who enjoys strong evangelical backing for his law-and-order stance on policing, support for […]

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Saudi Dissident Jamal Khashoggi Feared Dead After Disappearance 7.10.2018 Outside the Beltway
Last Tuesday, Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain a document he needed. He hasn't been seen since.
Interpol asks China for information on its missing president 7.10.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Interpol said Saturday it has made a formal request to China for information about the agency's missing president, a senior Chinese security official who seemingly vanished while on a trip home.
Election Landslide Raises Hopes for Mexican Labor 6.10.2018 Truthout.com
The independent Mexican labor movement has an opportunity to fight for reforms and challenge pro-employer unions.

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How Saudi Money Keeps Washington at War in Yemen 5.10.2018 Truthout.com
US foreign policy is increasingly determined by Saudi-paid lobbyists.

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Bob Menendez Appears To Be Out Of Danger 5.10.2018 Outside the Beltway
Despite his ethical issues, Bob Menendez appears to be solidifying his position in New Jersey's Senate race.
Sex, Lies and Privilege: The Kavanaugh Case 2.10.2018 ConsortiumNews.com
The use of identity politics by establishment Democrats to obscure a violent and hegemonic foreign policy has led many clear-minded people to conflate the very real problem of sexual assault, with a liberal Democratic agenda, says Joe Lauria. By Joe…Read more →
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The Kavanaugh Case: Sex, Lies, Privilege (and Plenty of Beer) 2.10.2018 ConsortiumNews.com
The use of identity politics by establishment Democrats to obscure a violent and hegemonic foreign policy has led many clear-minded people to conflate the very real problem of sexual assault, with a liberal Democratic agenda, says Joe Lauria. By Joe…Read more →
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Can a Blue Wave Save America? 1.10.2018 American Prospect
mmac72/Getty This article appears in the Fall 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  Elections are a democracy’s error-correction system, and the United States has never needed an error-correcting midterm election more than it does this fall. The midterms come at an hour of exceptional danger to the republic from unfit and unstable presidential leadership. They come at a time when the party in control of all branches of the federal government has reinforced long-term trends toward economic inequality and reversed steps the government had taken to slow global warming. They come amid the incitement of racial division and hatred of immigrants, the weakening of the nation’s alliances, the demonization of the press, and flagrant lies and corruption at the highest levels of government. In short, the midterms could not come a moment too soon. If America is to pull back from the course it is now on, that change has to start with the voters. But this fall’s election will not be a simple ...
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A Very, Very, Very Fine House 1.10.2018 American Prospect
This article appears in the Fall 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  “Politics Ain’t Beanbag” —Mr. Dooley (Finley Peter Dunne), 1895 For much of the past three decades, Republicans have been playing serious hardball while Democrats have often played beanbag. When Republicans took over the House in 2011 and then the Senate in 2015, they began violating normal legislative procedure with increasing recklessness. Bills were enacted without hearings and little notice, often being finalized in House-Senate conferences with only Republican legislators participating. Members were literally asked to vote on final passage with no text available. Venerable norms and courtesies were shamelessly manipulated. The Senate’s blue slip rule, allowing a home-state senator to put a hold on a judicial nomination, was interpreted to require two holds to block action when Republicans were rushing through confirmations, but just one hold when Democrats were trying to confirm judges and Republicans ...
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Judge says Democratic lawmakers can sue Trump on emoluments 29.9.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
About 200 Democrats in the House and Senate have won a judge's approval to go ahead with their anti-corruption lawsuit against President Trump.
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