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AUGUST 1 THROUGH 12

AUGUST 12, 2020

Trump’s Threat to Press Freedom Is Global. ... Conservative filmmaker Michael Pack is a true believer in Trump’s version of a global war of ideas, as was made evident by a recent editorial penned by the Trump loyalist. TruthOut   Related: Trump is Not Conceding: This is Happening Here. CounterPunch/Street

Kansas Should Go F--- Itself. ... Author Thomas Frank predicted the modern culture war, and he was right about Donald Trump, but don’t expect political leaders to pay attention to his new book about populism. Tabbi

AUGUST 19, 2020 - COVID NEWS

How the Pandemic Defeated America. ... A virus has brought the world’s most powerful country to its knees. The Atlantic

How the Pandemic Defeated America: Ed Yong on How COVID-19 Humiliated Planet’s Most Powerful Nation. DemocracyNow   Related: How the Pandemic Defeated America. ... A virus has brought the world’s most powerful country to its knees. The Atlantic

Infectious Disease Expert Predicts When U.S. Coronavirus Cases Will Again Explode. ... Michael Osterholm warned a back-to-school surge in COVID-19 “will far surpass what we saw after Memorial Day.” HuffPost

America's PPE shortage could last years without strategic plan, experts warn. ... Hospital officials prepare for autumn surge in Covid-19 cases. ... ‘There’s going to be lots of shortages we haven’t thought about’ Guardian

School In Thailand Uses Plastic Pens To Separate Students During Pandemic. ... The school in Bangkok reopened in July with various social distancing measures in place. HuffPost

34 Attorneys General Call to Bust Gilead’s Pharma Monopoly on COVID Treatment Remdesivir. CounterPunch

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The Democratic Platform Fight Shows It’s Still Obama’s Party. ... Bernie Sanders supporters have pushed for progressive priorities in the platform, but the Barack Obama wing of the Democratic establishment is still in the driver’s seat. ITT

'Just Insane': As Pandemic Rages and Hunger Soars, Trump USDA Under Fire for Blocking Access to Food Benefits. ... "This is not the time for people who are already vulnerable to lose their benefits." CommonDreams

Marginalized Communities Could Be 'Shortchanged' for Decades to Come by Trump's Abrupt Change to Census Deadline, Critics Say. ... Last week, the Trump administration shortened the Census deadline by a month as the government scrambles to get an accurate count amid the pandemic. CommonDreams

Wall Street Gets Another Bailout as Main Street Struggles to Survive. ... Leave a Comment on Wall Street Gets Another Bailout as Main Street Struggles to Survive. Insolvent Wall Street banks that have been quietly bailed out again under the cover of the Covid-19 pandemic should be public utilities. ScheerPost

After 300 Years, It’s Time To End Capitalism, Not Reform It. ... The United States is facing multiple crises with no signs of improvement on the horizon – a deep recession, high unemployment, millions of people soon to be displaced from their homes, a failed healthcare system in the midst of a pandemic, the climate crisis and more. Popular Resistance

How Indigenous Peoples are Using Ancestral Organizing Practices to Fight Mining Corporations and Covid-19. CounterPunch

Twitter spreads paid US gov’t propaganda while falsely claiming it bans state media ads. ... Twitter says it bans ads from state-affiliated media outlets. However, US government propaganda organs like Voice of America’s VOA Persian pay the social media corporation huge sums of money to spread disinformation against Iran and other foreign adversaries. GrayZone

How AFRICOM Is Working To Destabilize Africa. Popular Resistance

AUGUST 12, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

Chris Hedges: America’s Death March. ... Regardless of the outcome, the election will not stop the rise of hypernationalism, crisis cults and other signs of an empire's terminal decline. ScheerPost

Lynching Is Not a Relic of a Jim Crow Past. It’s a Modern Form of Racial Terror. TruthOut

When Things Feel Dire, Remember Real Change Begins at the Grassroots Level. TruthOut

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AUGUST 11, 2020

(2015) The Great Unraveling. ... The ideological and physical hold of American imperial power, buttressed by the utopian ideology of neoliberalism and global capitalism, is unraveling. TruthDig/Hedges

The truth is out there, somewhere. ... The tidal wave of information on the internet concerning the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in difficulties in discerning truth from fiction. The Lancet

AUGUST 11, 2020 EASY MONEY
It's all about cash

Taxpayers are paying for 100% of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine development. The company told its investors that it will be charging the highest price yet for a coronavirus vaccine, essentially forcing a COVID-battered nation buy back a vaccine developed with its own tax dollars.

Wall Street Gets Another Bailout as Main Street Struggles to Survive. ... Insolvent Wall Street banks that have been quietly bailed out again under the cover of the Covid-19 pandemic should be public utilities. ScheerPost

Trump has no problem letting billionaires profit off the pandemic. ... The president thinks that as long as they buoy the stock market, they’re helping the US economy – and that’s pure rubbish. Guardian/Riech

‘It’s a Secret, a (c)(4) Is a Secret’: Dark Money Powers $60 Million Bribery Scheme in Ohio. ... Last week, the FBI arrested Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four associates in a bribery investigation over a law that sends $1 billion from ratepayers to bail out two nuclear power plants. Sludge

Robert Reich: How Mitch McConnell’s Republicans Are Destroying America. ... While a lethal pandemic and economic crisis wreak havoc on working families, McConnell and the GOP are dead set on protecting business interests and enriching the wealthy. ITT

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War and Pandemic Journalism: the Truth Can Disappear Fast. CounterPunch/Cockburn

'You better watch out if Trump is reelected': Critics warn new executive orders will 'defund' Medicare and social security. ... Democrats say the president's latest actions are 'absurdly unconstitutional' and stand to deplete funding for crucial government programs. Independent

Trump Blasted for Naming 'War Criminal' and Iran-Contra Convict Elliott Abrams as Iran Envoy. ... "Elliott Abrams has made a career of lying and committing criminal acts that have led to the death and suffering of innocent people from Guatemala to Iraq." CommonDreams

The Left is Now the Right. ... We laughed at the Republican busybody who couldn't joke, declared war on dirty paintings, and peered through your bedroom window. Now that person has switched sides, and nobody's laughing. Taibbi

The World on Fire. Massive uncontrolled unprecedented wild fires are consuming portions of the Amazon rainforest and several regions of the Arctic. CounterPunch

Pentagon Nominee Questioned About Company’s Reported Ties to Khashoggi Killers. ... Louis Bremer is on the board of a company that may have trained the Saudi team that killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Intercept

As a plague sweeps the land, zealots see a gift from heaven. ... Extremist pastors are using the COVID-19 pandemic to push their conservative religious ideologies. HCN

Covid Strengthens Ruling Class Grip on the U.S. Intercept Video

ICE Resisted Coronavirus Testing to Avoid Releasing Detainees. ... Emails from a California detention center show ICE limited testing because it didn’t have space to isolate detainees. Intercept

AUGUST 11, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

Over 1,100 Policing Agencies in the U.S. Have Bought Drones Capable of Recording. TruthOut

Can anybody truly be classified as evil or heroic? ScheerPost

Private Company Moves to Profit From New York’s Police Reforms. ... Police departments in New York, facing a state mandate on reform, are turning to the consulting company Lexipol for help. Intercept

Portland protesters set police building on fire and clash with authorities. ... Situation declared a riot as police use flashbang munitions and smoke canisters to force hundreds away. Guardian

Border agents are allowed to operate 100 miles inside the US. That should worry us. ... The agents in Portland were members of a special tactical unit with extra-legal powers. They’ve been doing this for decades. Guardian

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AUGUST 10, 2020

Does Trump know how government works? Here’s a hint: It involves more than issuing executive orders. ... Trump says his executive orders, which will almost certainly be challenged in court, “will take care of pretty much this entire (economic) situation” facing the country. Not even close. Colorado Sun   Related: Republican senator calls Trump’s stimulus executive order ‘unconstitutional slop’. ... Top Democrats Pelosi and Schumer urge congressional Republicans to return to the negotiating table. MarketWatch

Postal Service Reshuffles Leadership As Democrats Push For Answers On Delays. ... The postmaster general offered a gloomy picture of the agency while also claiming it is prepared for an increase in mail-in ballots in November. HuffPost  Related: 'Friday Night Massacre' at US Postal Service as Postmaster General -- a Major Trump Donor—Ousts Top Officials CommonDreams

“The World’s Most Dangerous Man”: Mary Trump on Her Uncle, President Trump, & Why He Must Be Ousted. DemocracyNow

Trump Just Admitted on Live Television He Will 'Terminate' Social Security and Medicare If Reelected in November. ... One progressive critic called the president's promise "a full-on declaration of war against current and future Social Security beneficiaries." CommonDreams

ELECTION NEWS

Trump is Not Conceding: This is Happening Here. ... Sorry, Trump’s Not Conceding ... I have been hearing liberals and lefties fantasizing that Donald Trump is conceding the presidency to Joe Biden. CounterPunch/Street   Related: (The Coming Collapse. ... The Trump administration did not rise, prima facie, like Venus on a half shell from the sea. Donald Trump is the result of a long process of political, cultural and social decay. He is a product of our failed democracy. TruthDig

Neoliberal Centrists and the American Left. CounterPunch

We Deserve Better Than Trump Versus Biden. Jacobin

Corporate Lobbyists Vote To Keep Corporate Lobbyists In the DNC. ... A measure to bar corporate lobbyists from serving on the DNC was rejected with several corporate lobbyists on the DNC Rules Committee voting against it. Sludge .

Trump Now Says Mail-In Ballots Are Safe, But Only in His Home State of Florida. TruthOut

‘What We’re Seeing Now Is Jim Crow 2.0’. ... CounterSpin interview with Carol Anderson on voter suppression. FAIR

US election 2020: Series of progressive candidates oust Democrat establishment figures in primaries. ... Cori Bush is the third left-wing Democrat to defeat an incumbent member of congress this year. Guardian

Here Are the Billionaires Funding Trump’s Voter Suppression Lawsuits. ... Dozens of billionaires have donated to the RNC's legal fund that is being used to fight against expanded access to mail voting. Sludge

Voting Rights Activist LaTosha Brown: Trump Is Hellbent on Undermining Democracy to Win Reelection. DemocracyNow

Voting And Elections Divide Republicans And Democrats Like Little Else. Here's Why. NPR

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India plans to fell ancient forest to create 40 new coalfields. ...Narendra Modi’s dream of a ‘self-reliant India’ comes at a terrible price for its indigenous population. Guardian

Democratic VP Candidate Susan Rice Has Made a Lot of Money on Fossil Fuel Investment. ... Susan Rice is reportedly one of Joe Biden’s two vice presidential finalists. She also had millions invested in fossil fuels and energy companies as recently as 2015. Jacobin

New Sanders Bill Would Tax 'Obscene' Pandemic Windfall of Billionaires to Fund People's Health and Well-Being. CommonDreams

The Coming Memepocalypse. ... Of all the things 'going viral' which ones will matter the most? ScheerPost

GOP Proposes Letting Fossil Fuel Firms Sue Sick Workers Seeking Compensation. Fossil fuel firms have long argued that addressing climate change will kill jobs -- but the main entities killing oil and gas jobs lately have been fossil fuel firms. TruthOut

Breaking: New York AG files suit to dissolve NRA. ... accused of the organization of illegal conduct for diverting millions of dollars from the NRA's charitable mission to personal use by the organization's leaders. Times Union   Related: New York AG seeks to dissolve NRA in lawsuit accusing leaders of self-dealing, causing $64 million in losses. CNBC

Deepfakes are the most dangerous crime of the future, researchers say. ... Deepfakes are hard to detect and could be used for a range of crimes, making them incredibly dangerous. Independent

As Prisons Across US Report Surge in Covid-19 Cases, Supreme Court Rules Jail Does Not Have to Provide Basic Protections to Inmates. ... "There is no legal principle justifying this stay. The only 'principle' animating it is the belief of the Republican appointees to the Court that prisoners are subhuman." CommonDreams

DNC Platform Condemns BDS But Not Israel’s Occupation of Palestine. TruthOut    Related: 'Israeli Settlers Make a Living Out of Our Suffering,” Says Palestinian Activist. Ein al-Hilweh, north of the Jordan Valley. Although Palestinians have been living there since before the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel declared this space a military training area in 1993. TruthOut

AUGUST 10, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

Black Lives Matter: Resisting the Propaganda of Status Quo Defenders. CounterPunch

The Department of Homeland Security is a rogue agency. Democrats must take action. ... The agency has been spying on protesters and journalists. Congress must force the DHS to massively reform – or disband. Guardian

Prohibited From Holding Police Officer to Account, Federal Judge Calls on Supreme Court to Overturn 'Qualified Immunity'

"Those who violate the constitutional rights of our citizens must be held accountable. When that day comes we will be one step closer to that more perfect Union." CommonDreams

Native Americans Win Historic Victories in U.S. High Court Rulings. CounterPunch

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WEEKEND OF AUGUST 7-9, 2020

Weekend Read: ‘Caste’ by Isabel Wilkerson. Explodes The Myth Of American Exceptionalism. Seeks to reframe American racism -- and place it among a pantheon of other brutal caste systems. Review on HuffPost  Purchase Indie Bound

Misleaders at a Funeral: Bill Clinton and Barack Obama Eulogizing Racial Justice in the Name of John Lewis. CounterPunch/Street

Bolivians Are in Revolt Against Their Illegitimate Coup Regime. ... Nine months after the right-wing coup that ousted Bolivian president Evo Morales, elections still have not been held and popular discontent with the coup regime is boiling over. Democracy must be restored, no matter what the golpistas and their allies in Washington want. Jacobin

WEEKEND AUGUST 7-9, 2020
ENVIRONMENT

'They just pull up everything!' Chinese fleet raises fears for Galápagos sea life. Guardian

Australia Is Doubling Down on Fossil Fuels. ... Australia’s response to the COVID-19 crisis should be turning its economy away from resource extraction. Instead, it's doubling down. Jacobin

'Has BP Just Woken Up to the #ClimateEmergency?' Oil Giant Announces 40% Production Cut by 2030. ... Green groups say oil giant has much further to go, but announcement marks major industry shift. CommonDreams

100 Top Economists Call for End of Carbon Economy to Usher in 'Greener' and More Just World. ... "We must not miss this opportunity to rebuild the economy to fulfill our vision of a just and livable world." CommonDreams

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Trump’s Alternative. CounterPunch

Congressional Republicans Use COVID Relief as a Pawn in Fight for Power. April is the cruelest month,” T.S. Eliot wrote. He was right about last April, but if the numbers hold — and alas, there is no reason to think they won’t — the August before us promises to leave the cruelty of springtime in deep, dark shade.TruthOut

A Short History of How America Killed Accountability. ... The country's loss of accountability has been coming for a long time at what, in retrospect, should seem an alarmingly inexorable pace. ScheerPost

The Republican Coronavirus Plan Is Sadistic. ... The GOP’s proposed coronavirus relief legislation is grotesque -- an insult to the working class and a threat to the lives and livelihoods of millions. The fact that Senate Republicans felt at liberty to propose it is a telltale sign of political rot. Jacobin

The outrage over Bill Clinton's links to Epstein exposes the hypocrisy of the rightwing media. ... Trump’s fans were happy to overlook the president’s closeness to the late sex offender, but now that Clinton is being associated with him they are up in arms. Guardian

The Big Lie versus grieving families and a dying democracy. Thom Hartmann

Down Goes Clay: Cori Bush Knocks Off Half-Century Dynasty. ... Cori Bush’s defeat over 19-year incumbent Rep. Lacy Clay in St. Louis, Missouri, is Justice Democrats’s latest upset. Intercept   Related: With 'Survival of Organized Human Society' at Risk, New Campaign Rallies Progressives to Vote Trump Out. ... "As progressives and leftists, we are not going to minimize our disagreements with Joe Biden. But we're also clear-eyed about where things stand. We have a moral responsibility to defeat Trump." CommonDreams

Warnings of 'Unconstitutional' Assault on Social Security as Trump Threatens Unilateral Suspension of Payroll Tax. ... "Donald Trump is so desperate to defund Social Security, he may rip the Constitution to shreds to make it happen." CommonDreams

WEEKEND AUGUST 7-9, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

Ted Cruz’s Hearing on Anarchist Protest Violence Was a Total Farce. ... Cruz kept mentioning Democrats’ failure to condemn a murder that was actually carried out by the far right -- and refused to be corrected. Intercept

Many Countries See The Pandemic As A Crisis. Authoritarians Spot An Opportunity. ... Autocratic leaders have obscured coronavirus data, cracked down on doctors and reporters, and used the health crisis to further erode democracies worldwide. HuffPost

Newly Revealed Documents Show How the AFL-CIO Aided US Interference in Venezuela. ... The AFL-CIO’s Solidarity Center has a long history of working hand in glove with the US government in undermining democracy and left labor movements throughout the world. The center emphasizes it has shifted away from these Cold War tactics in recent years. But newly obtained documents show that the Solidarity Center has worked closely with the US to undermine the Venezuelan government in the recent past.. Jacobin

The Department of Homeland Security: the Ideal Authoritarian Tool. ... The DHS is a bureaucratic monstrosity that includes the Coast Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), and various unrelated departments. CounterPunch

Patriot militia groups mobilize during a deadly pandemic and massive protests ‘That has a real chilling effect on democratic practice.’ HCN

'Groundbreaking Win for Our Movement': Progressive Cori Bush Upsets Rep. Lacy Clay, Ending 50-Year Political Dynasty. ... "From the Bronx to St. Louis, the Squad is here to stay, and it's still growing." CommonDreams

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AUGUST 6, 2020

There are no Constitution Cops. Those who are charged with enforcing the Constitution (Bill Barr) are the same ones most eager to shred it. Only a mass movement – Portland coast-to-coast can defend democracy as we know it or, even better, democracy as we want & need it to function.

Public Health vs. Politics: White House Scrapped Nationwide COVID-19 Testing Plan to Hurt Blue States. DemocracyNow

AUGUST 6, 2020
WAR IS WHAT DEFINES US

Gaddafi’s prophecy comes true as foreign powers battle for Libya’s oil. Guardian

Document exposes new US plot to overthrow Nicaragua’s elected socialist gov’t. ... A disturbing new document outlines plans for a US regime-change scheme against Nicaragua’s elected leftist government, overseen by USAID, to bring about a “market economy” and a purge of Sandinistas. GrayZone

While Bolivia’s coup regime lets its citizens die, Cuba has nearly defeated Covid-19. ... A dispatch from Bolivia shows the staggering human toll of the military coup, as an incompetent US-backed regime leaves impoverished citizens to die amid a pandemic. In Cuba, meanwhile, the country’s socialized system has saved its population from the worst of Covid-19. GrayZone

How Bad is the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act? CounterPunch

MI6, the coup in Iran that changed the Middle East, and the cover-up. Guardian

'Inhumane at Any Time,' But During a Pandemic? House Approval of $740 Billion Pentagon Budget Condemned. CommonDreams

The Gulf War, 30 Years and Counting. CounterPunch

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Trump Tries To Recast Second Surge In COVID-19 Deaths As Achievement For U.S. ... “We’re last, meaning we’re first,” Trump said in an interview with Axios, referencing unclear statistics. HuffPost

The U.S. Health Care System Is Designed To Fail When It’s Needed Most. ... When the economy goes bad, coverage gets even harder to keep. More than 20 million could become uninsured this year. HuffPost

“It’s Basically a Death Sentence”: Hunger Strikers Demand Release as Virus Surges in ICE Jails. DemocracyNow

Academic Freedom in Palestine Matters, Too. ... While many liberals agitate furiously against any boycott of Israeli universities, few pay attention to the ways in which academic freedom is already severely curtailed in Palestine. Jacobin   Related: When Arab-American Detroit Auto Workers Struck for Palestinian Liberation. Jacobin

Is Trump Trying to Steal the Election to Escape Indictment? TruthOut

Boomers show ‘shocking’ decline in cognitive functioning compared to previous generations, study says. ... Researchers suggest prevalence of dementia may rise in coming decades. Independent

AUGUST 6, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

US homeland security surveilling journalists covering Portland protests. ... ‘Intelligence reports’ distributed to other federal agencies decried as violation of constitutional right to a free press. Guardian

Activists bombard ICE with bogus applications for new ‘Citizens Academy’ ... Agency says scheme is intended to educate public and build community spirit. Independent

Privacy Advocates Herald Bill to Curb Corporate Use of 'Enormously Invasive' Facial Recognition Technology. ... "Do we really want to live under constant surveillance by unaccountable corporations?" said Sen. Bernie Sanders. "I don't." CommonDreams

Police draw guns on Black woman and children in mistaken stolen car stop. ... Outrage after video shows Colorado police aggressively handling Brittney Gilliam and children after thinking their car was stolen. Guardian

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AUGUST 5, 2020

How the DHS Can Still Arrest Journalists in Portland. ... In spite of a federal restraining order, a leaked document describes when DHS agents can still arrest journalists and legal observers. The Nation

'Continued Kindergarten-Level Logic': As Covid Cases Surge Across US, Trump Repeats False Claim Rise Is Result of More Testing. ... "It doesn't get less stupid if you say it more." CommonDreams

ATOMIC NEWS

Another Hiroshima is Coming…Unless We Stop It Now ... “No radioactivity in Hiroshima ruin” said The New York Times front page on 13 September, 1945, a classic of planted disinformation. “General Farrell,” reported William H. Lawrence, “denied categorically that [the atomic bomb] produced a dangerous, lingering radioactivity.” John Pilger

Unsung Heroes of Los Alamos: Rethinking Manhattan Project Spies and the Cold War. CounterPunch

Eight A-Bomb Haiku. CounterPunch

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COVID-19 “Microschools” Are Betsy DeVos’s Latest Privatization Scheme. TruthOut

Blood in the Water. ... Disregarding the Virus and Victims’ Families, Trump Rushes to Execute as Many People as Possible. Intercept

Thousands demonstrate against Netanyahu as Israel protests gain strength. ... Crowds gathered in central Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and outside the PM’s beach house amid anger at his handling of the virus crisis and corruption. Guardian

Malaysian police raid Al Jazeera's office, seize computers. ... Al Jazeera condemns 'troubling escalation' in crackdown on press, urges authorities to immediately cease criminal probe. Al Jazeera

Congress Put the Brakes on Cuba Relief to Protect Front-Line Democrat. ... Two amendments aimed at alleviating the stranglehold on Cuba’s economy were withdrawn because of pressure to protect a vulnerable Florida rep. Intercept

The pandemic highlights the gruesome animal abuses at US factory farms. ... Stories have emerged of mass killings of chickens and pigs, a tiny fraction of daily abuses heaped on farmed animals. Guardian

The Russians Are(n’t) Coming! ... One’s opinion on the multiplicity of Russia-inflected - “gates” is now a lucidity litmus test. Spoiler alert: D.C. is apparently an open-air psych ward. Popular Resistance

Goodbye to All That and a Whole Lot More
... The context has shifted for all of us, not because the context has truly shifted but because this particular administration means that we have no choice but to look at the monster behind the curtain. ScheerPost

Russiagate, Nazis, and the CIA. CounterPunch

AUGUST 5, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

The Secretive Source Of Cash Police Unions Use To Block Reform. ... PAR investigates how police unions use taxpayer dollars to defend brutal police officers and block legislative change. We speak with a New York commuter who was arrested as a "violent" protester for stopping her bicycle to film the police. TRN

Border Patrol Agents Raid No More Deaths Migrant Aid Camp. Popular Resistance

Abolish DHS. ... The Department of Homeland Security should have never existed in the first place. It’s time to get rid of it. Jacobin

The Former Deadspin People Explain How to Launch a Worker-Owned Media Co-op That Might Succeed. ITT

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AUGUST 4, 2020

Voting And Elections Divide Republicans And Democrats Like Little Else. Here's Why. NPR

Assange Legal Farce Continues. Craig Murray
Related: Sky News AU article and video

Trump’s New Favorite COVID Doctor Believes in Alien DNA, Demon Sperm, and Hydroxychloroquine. ... The president is pushing the coronavirus theories of a Houston doctor who also says sexual visitations by demons and alien DNA are at the root of Americans’ common health concerns. DailyBeast

Media to be banned from Republican convention due to coronavirus restrictions. ... In a modern first, the press will not be present when the GOP votes to renominate Donald Trump for presiden. Guardian

AUGUST 4, 2020 EASY MONEY
It's all about cash

Remarks from the Systematic Crises Triggered the Current Pandemic teleconference. Michael Hudson

Complaint: Trump Making Illegal Secret Payments, Including To His Own Family
So far, $216.6 million of spending by Trump’s campaign and related committees has flowed through just two firms, with no disclosure of how that money was spent. HuffPost

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Blocks Tax Hikes on Billionaires Bankrolling His Political Machine. Jacobin  Related: Revealed: super-rich donate to Cuomo as he rejects tax hikes for billionaires. ... Investigation shows governor’s political machine has received money from more than a third of New York’s billionaire families. Guardian

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Donald Trump Is Writing A Terrifying New Chapter In The History Of Political Repression. ... In desperate pursuit of reelection, the president is pitting America against itself. HuffPost

Honest Government Ad | A message from the White House. YouTube

'Systematic Assault on Legitimacy of Our Election': Trump Launches Conspiratorial Attack on Mail-In Voting. ... The president is "laying the groundwork for an election challenge," warned Walter Shaub, former director of the Office of Government Ethics. CommonDreams

Underage girl forced to have sex with Prince Andrew, US court document claims. ... Papers part of 2015 civil court case by girl, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, against Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. Guardian

Harvard psychiatrist Lance Dodes: Donald Trump is a "sociopath" and "a very sick individual" ... Harvard professor and psychoanalyst on the "antiquated" Goldwater rule and our president's "serious mental illness" Salon

Harvard Psychiatrist: Trump Is A Very Sick ‘Sociopath’ The Intellectualist

Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments. ... The Silicon Valley giant says it deleted the accounts of the Chechen Republic’s tyrant -- followed by 4 million people -- because the U.S. government required it to do so. Intercept

Trump’s Pick to Manage Public Lands Has Four-Decade History of “Overt Racism” Toward Native People. ... William Perry Pendley pushed rhetoric, legal arguments, and policies that sought to deprive Indigenous people of their rights. Intercept

AUGUST 4, - REBELLION NEWS

Police agencies are refusing to work the Democratic convention if they’re not allowed to tear gas people…

'A beehive of terrorists': Donald Trump threatens to deploy national guard in Portland -- video Guardian

“We Charge Genocide:” Forerunner at UN of Black Lives Matter. CounterPunch

Border Patrol Launches Militarized Raid of Borderlands Humanitarian Aid Camp. .. For the second time in two years, Border Patrol launched a raid against No More Deaths within days of the group releasing embarrassing information about the agency. Intercept

How a rural US sheriff’s department was able to obtain a military-grade vehicle. ... Trump’s 2017 reversal of Obama’s order allowed county sheriff to acquire vehicle by answering questionnaire, documents show. Guardian

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AUGUST 3, 2020

Covid-19 Timetable - Thom Hartman

'We Are Teetering on the Edge of Autocracy,' Warn Critics After Trump Suggests Election Delay. ... "This is how democracy dies in the USA." CommonDreams

Big Google and Facebook are Watching You!. CounterPunch

ELECTION NEWS

1,913,369 Ballots Thrown Away. ... How Trump did -- and wil -- Disqualify your Vote. ... Here’s what you know: In 2016, Donald Trump won Michigan by 10,704 votes. Officially. ... Here’s what you don’t know: 75,355 ballots were never counted. That’s official, too. Just “spoilage,” that is, ballots that were, for some technical reason, un-tallied. But not just anyone’s vote “spoiled.” Most of these vanished votes were cast in.
Greg Palast

Donald Trump Is Writing A Terrifying New Chapter In The History Of Political Repression. ... In desperate pursuit of reelection, the president is pitting America against itself. HuffPost

Media to be banned from Republican convention due to coronavirus restrictions. ... In a modern first, the press will not be present when the GOP votes to renominate Donald Trump for president. Guardian

David Shimer: Are Russia and US Actually Different When It Comes to Election Meddling? ... Engaging from different historical worldviews, Scheer and Shimer engage in a spirited conversation on an old yet timely debate. ScheerPost

Voter ID Law Handed Wisconsin to Trump in 2016. It Could Happen Again in 2020. TruthOut

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As a cop, I killed someone. Then I found out it happens more often than we know. ... I’m a former officer who studies police violence. Most databases vastly undercount the number of civilians killed by US police. Guardian

Anti-Government Propaganda Is a Republican Ploy Meant to Disarm Progressives. TruthOut

Bolivia’s Coup Government Is Looking for Excuses to Avoid Elections. ... With Bolivia’s coup government delaying presidential elections for the third time, the country's largest union federation is threatening to launch a general strike this Monday. In an interview with Jacobin, the labor federation's leader explains why trade unions are fighting to ensure the vote goes ahead. Jacobin

How Jared Kushner’s Secret Testing Plan “Went Poof Into Thin Air”. ... This spring, a team working under the president's son-in-law produced a plan for an aggressive, coordinated national COVID-19 response that could have brought the pandemic under control. So why did the White House spike it in favor of a shambolic 50-state response? Vanity Fair

Demands for Kushner to Resign Over 'Staggering' Level of 'Depravity' That Put Politics Before Public Health. ... "Holy hell. Jared Kushner reportedly abandoned a national testing plan because it was *politically advantageous* to sit back and let blue states be eviscerated by the virus." CommonDreams

AUGUST 3, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

Welcome to Sectarian America: A People, Divided and Armed. ... Our nation faces a perfect storm of crises and may be teetering on the brink of widespread communal violence. ScheerPost

Andray Domise and the BLM Protests - System Update with Glenn Greenwald. YouTube

How Cops Can Secretly Track Your Phone. ... A guide to stingray surveillance technology, which may have been deployed at recent protests. Intercept

We Don’t Need Trump’s Thugs in Chicago. CounterPunch

The Nightmare in Portland. ... Twenty years of a “war on terror” and centuries of elite fear of popular revolt led to the nightmare that played out on Portland’s streets. And your town could be next. Jacobin

Federal Agents at Protests Renew Calls to Dismantle Homeland Security. ... After months of protests demanding the defunding of police, the abduction of protesters turns the focus to Homeland Security. Intercept

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WEEKEND OF JULY 31 - AUGUST 2, 2020
Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it. - Noam Chomsky

Weekend Read: Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America by Gerald Posner. Pharmaceutical breakthroughs such as anti­biotics and vaccines rank among some of the greatest advancements in human history. Yet exorbitant prices for life-saving drugs, safety recalls affecting tens of millions of Americans, and soaring rates of addiction and overdose on pre­scription opioids have caused many to lose faith in drug companies. Now, Americans are demanding a national reckoning with a monolithic industry. Indie Bound

Noam Chomsky: Decades of “the Neoliberal Plague” Left U.S. Unprepared for COVID-19 Outbreak. DemocracyNow

Trump Suggests Delaying Presidential Election Due To Mail-In Voting. ... President Donald Trump floated delaying the November presidential election -- which he can’t do -- warning that mail-in voting will create a “fraudulent election.” ... President Donald Trump on Thursday suggested delaying the November presidential election while baselessly warning that mail-in voting will lead to “the most inaccurate and fraudulent election in history.” HuffPost

WEEKEND JULY 31-AUGUST 3, 2020
ENVIRONMENT

Grim Report Shows How Many Environmental Activists Were Killed Last Year. Four people die defending planet Earth every week, a new Global Witness study finds. HuffPost

Paying The Land. Popular Resistance

How bad can deep sea mining be? Coronavirus is going to look like a picnic compared with what's coming. Guardian

Record 212 land and environment activists killed last year. ... Global Witness campaigners warn of risk of further killings during Covid-19 lockdowns. Guardian

Trump’s War on the Environment and Its Inhabitants. CounterPunch

Ocean plastic could triple by 2040 and outnumber fish by 2050, study says. ... The volume of plastic entering the ocean annually could nearly triple in the next 20 years and by 2050 lead to more plastic in the planet's waters than fish, according to new analysis. . Independent

Fracking at greater depths can lead to ten times the risk of earthquakes, study finds. ... Earthquakes linked to fracking have been triggered around the world, including in multiple US states. Independent

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Crisis in Portland Did Not Start with Trump’s Shock Troops — And Likely Won’t End As They Leave. ScheerPost

This Week, Democratic Leaders Rejected Medicare for All Again. ... This past week, the committee in charge of setting the Democratic Party's platform decisively rejected Medicare for All — even as millions of Americans are poised to lose their health insurance. It's just another sign pointing to the moral bankruptcy of the political order. Jacobin

Wisconsin’s Voter Suppression Could Swing 2020 Election in Trump’s Favor. TruthOut

Chomsky on Cuba’s “Internationalist” Response to Pandemic & Need to Make Vaccine Globally Accessible. DemocracyNow

Think federal cops in Portland are scary? Cops use 'jump-out boys' all the time. ... Plainclothes police ‘jump-out boys’ terrorize American cities. Sometimes they become all-out criminal gangs. Guardian

Why It Matters That Seth Rogen Spoke Out Against Israel. ... Seth Rogen grabbed headlines this week for saying he thinks the state of Israel “makes no sense.” He’s right -- and his strident words signal a broader shift among young American Jews against Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians. Jacobin

Chomsky on Israel’s Hindering of Palestinian Pandemic Response & Threat to Annex Occupied West Bank. DemocracyNow

Trump’s Secret Police Are Waging a War on American Cities. Jacobin

WEEKEND JULY 31-AUGUST 3, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

Federal agents show stronger force at Portland protests despite order to withdraw. HuffPost

Abusive Fed Officers to Leave Courthouse, Joe Biden's Pick Coming Soon, and Trump Vows to "Clean Out" Portland. Portland Mercury

“Unrest” Is Not the Enemy. Fascism Is. TruthOut

I want to stand up to Trump’: Portland protesters unleash fury over BLM, Covid-19 and economy. Guardian

The Heart Of Darkness In Portland. Popular Resistance

DHS agents have reportedly injured at least 30 journalists in Portland. FPF

Hateful incidents against Americans of color surge amid pandemic. ... Four in 10 Black and Asian adults reported increase racial tension since the pandemic began. Guardian

Outcry in New York after police force protester into unmarked van. ... Video shows plain-clothes officers carrying the protester away while uniformed police stand guard, actions criticised as ‘abusive and indefensible’ Guardian

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AUGUST 13 THROUGH 20

AUGUST 20, 2020

The Decline in Power of the Oil States. CounterPunch/Cockburn

COVID Deaths Continue to Surge in Countries Led by Far Right Authoritarians. TruthOut

Don’t Listen To the Democrats Kowtowing To For-Profit Health Companies. It’s Still Medicare for All or Bust. ... The recent news that the Democratic Party may abandon the public option after November’s election vindicates the Bernie Sanders strategy for pushing no half-measures on health care reform and demonstrates yet again why nothing short of unwavering support for M4A is enough. Jacobin

AUGUST 20, 2020
WAR IS WHAT DEFINES US

22: the number of African nations in which US special forces were deployed in 2019

The Price of Speaking Out Against Forever War. ... Chris Hedges discusses "Ghost RIders of the Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge," with author Danny Sjursen, combat veteran and West Point graduate. ScheerPost/Hedges

The truth about war with Danny Sjursen, combat veteran and West Point graduate. YouTube

I Was Wrong: Congress Isn’t Cowardly; It’s Evil!.... Blocking withdrawal from a hopeless Afghan War opposed even by its veterans, counts as criminally heinous – and par for the congressional course. ScheerPost
Note: Rep. 108 for 81 against
        Dem: 187 for 43 against
Who is the "war party".

Military Recruiters Are Targeting High Schoolers Facing Financial Insecurity. TruthOut

The Russian Interference Report, Without Laughing. Craig Murray  .PDF version

Experts Expect US Arms Sales to UAE to Soar After Israel Deal. ... UAE is already a substantial customer Anti-War

Further Escalating Tensions, Trump Administration Seizes Alleged Iranian Fuel Bound for Venezuela. ... Iran's ambassador to Venezuela, Hojad Soltani, said that neither the ships nor their owners are Iranian but did not address whether the gasoline came from his country. CommonDreams  Related: Officials: U.S. seizes Iranian gas heading for Venezuela. AP News

Lights! Camera! Kill! Hollywood, the Pentagon and Imperial Ambitions. CounterPunch

How the US helped push Lebanon to the brink of collapse, and now threatens more sanctions. ... While the media blames the crisis in Lebanon solely on corruption, the US government unleashed a “maximum pressure” campaign to push regime change and crush Lebanese resistance with sanctions and aggressive hybrid warfare. Gray Zone

Teaching Torture: The Death and Legacy of Dan Mitrione. CounterPunch  Related: Prospmer Abuse. Patters From the Past. NSA

October Surprise: Will War with Iran Be Trump’s Election Eve Shocker? CounterPunch

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“I Cannot Vote for This Platform”: Rep. Ro Khanna on Why Democrats Must Support Medicare for All. DemocracyNow

PPE Shortage Could Last Years Without Strategic Plan, Experts Warn. TruthOut

Democrats Urged to Get Behind a Possible Snowden Pardon ... A recent comment by President Trump about a possible pardon for Edward Snowden prompted fresh praise for the NSA whistleblower. ScheerPost

Democrats Seem All Too Willing to Surrender on Health Care Reform. ... For-profit health companies are launching a new national ad campaign to persuade Democrats to abandon their plans to create a public health insurance plan — something many elected Democrats are very happy to be convinced of. Jacobin

Trump administration using private security firm to detain migrant children in major hotel chains. ... Children as young as 1 being put in hotels under supervision of transportation workers not licensed to provide childcare. Independent

Gassing Immigrants with a Highly Toxic Industrial Disinfectant in Detention. CounterPunch

AUGUST 20, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

Never Surrender in Portland, Oregon. CounterPunch

How Northern California’s Police Intelligence Center Tracked Protests. ... The center sent daily emails listing upcoming protests to thousands of local police and circulated inflammatory online posts. Intercept

Nonviolent Rebellion . ... Common Sense for the 21st Century: Only Nonviolent Rebellion Can Now Stop Climate Breakdown and Social Collapse Popular Resistance

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AUGUST 19, 2020

Beverly Gologorsky, My Neighbor, War. Tom Dispatch

Venezuelan Guaidó coup regime is restoring relations with Israel, decade after Hugo Chávez broke ties. ... The US-backed Venezuelan coup regime of Juan Guaidó is reestablishing ties with Israel and has opened a “virtual embassy” in Jerusalem, run by a right-wing rabbi who lives in Miami and wants Netanyahu’s help to fight “terrorism.” Gray Zone

AUGUST 19, 2020
CANDIDATE NEWS

Absolutely one of the best things about her: Those close to Harris describe her as a “Truman Democrat,” a nod to her willingness to use American power to promote American values and interests.

Kamala Harris Represents Everything Wrong with Empty Identity Politics. ... She’s overwhelmingly spent her career, both before and after entering politics, fighting for reactionary policies that completely obliterate the credibility of her claim to be any kind of progressive. CounterPunch

Kamala Harris May Play A Huge Role In Foreign Policy As Vice President. So What Does She Believe? ... The vice presidential candidate offers mainstream Democratic positions. That offers an opportunity to both progressives and hawks -- and makes it worthwhile to track her evolution. HuffPost

Kamala Harris Is Joe Biden’s VP Pick, Despite Everything. ... Joe Biden’s choice of running mate Kamala Harris reveals a bleak truth: nothing the Left has done, from two Bernie Sanders campaigns to the biggest uprising in US history against police brutality, influenced his thinking at all. Big-money donors, on the other hand, did. Jacobin

The Hoopla Over the Kamala Harris VP Selection Obscures the Many Young People of Color Who Are Winning Offices Nationally. CounterPunch

Thinking beyond representation: progressives weigh Harris’ past. ... Oakland native and Berkley professor Brandi Thompson Summers tackles the contradictions wrapped up in Harris' nomination. TRN

Now Comes the Difficult Work of Pushing the Biden-Harris Ticket Left. ... If Biden’s VP pick Kamala Harris is a “weather vane,” then it’s up to progressives to change the weather. ITT

Kamala Harris’s foreign policy unites the ticket, if not the party. WaPo

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Viewpoint: Trump, Republicans double down on dirty tricks to steal election. The Island Now

'Hatemonger' author Jean Guerrero on Stephen Miller, white nationalism, and performative cruelty. Business Insider

Viewpoint: Trump, Republicans double down on dirty tricks to steal election. The Island Now

Inside the Project Veritas Plan to Steal the Election. ... James O’Keefe’s group is part of a sprawling campaign to delegitimize mail-in balloting in the fall—a campaign being led by the White House. New Republic

Trump Has Launched a Three-Pronged Attack on the Election. ... And it starts with undermining the U.S. Postal Service. The Atlantic

White House Plants Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theorists Among Reporters in Briefing Room. ... At every briefing this week, the president took a question from a website dedicated to smearing his political rivals. Intercept

Belarus. ... There is a misperception in western media that Lukashenko is Putin’s man. That is not true; Putin views him as an exasperating and rather dim legacy. Craig Murray

AUGUST 19, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

Violent clashes across the US between far-right and counter protesters. ... 'Go home, racists, go home,' left-leaning groups chanted at far-right group the Three Percenters in Georgia on Saturday. Independent

Cops Have Repeatedly Attacked and Obstructed Street Medics During BLM Rebellion. TruthOut

Violent clashes across the US between far-right and counter protesters. ... 'Go home, racists, go home,' left-leaning groups chanted at far-right group the Three Percenters in Georgia on Saturday. Independent

“This Is a Systematic Problem With Policing in This Country”. ... Labour MP Dawn Butler talks about being stopped by the police, the far-right campaign of abuse which followed, and why she will keep fighting the racism that plagues policing in Britain. Jacobin

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AUGUST 18, 2020

Centcom Chief Expects Long-Term Presence in Iraq. ... ISIS fight to continue for years to come Anti-War Related: I Was Wrong: Congress Isn’t Cowardly; It’s Evil!.... Blocking withdrawal from a hopeless Afghan War opposed even by its veterans, counts as criminally heinous – and par for the congressional course. ScheerPost  Note: The vote went like this: Rep 108 Yea - 81 Nay.  Dem: 187 Yea 43 Nay. So, who is the "war party".

CENTCOM boss expects a long-term troop presence in Iraq. Military Times

The Russians Are(n’t) Coming! One’s opinion on the multiplicity of Russia-inflected-'gates' is now a lucidity litmus test. Spoiler alert: D.C. is apparently an open-air psych ward. ScheerPost

AUGUST 18, 2020 EASY MONEY

Which Way for Today’s Mass Radicalization? Capitalism’s Impending Catastrophe…or a Socialist Future. CounterPunch

White House, Congress Flirting With A Double-Dip Recession. ... Negotiations on another coronavirus relief bill have stalled. The economy might also stall. HuffPost

Billionaire-Funded Think Tanks Call for Pandemic Deregulation to Be Permanent. ... he reactionary right-wing juggernaut has quickly seized upon the coronavirus pandemic to accelerate its anti-government agenda. Every citizen’s right to protest has been curtailed, massive amounts of industrial pollution have been deregulated and crucial rules governing Wall Street have been canceled. TruthOut

Dems Voting Against Pentagon Cuts Got 3.4x More Money From the Defense Industry. ... The Pocan amendment, rejected by defense-backed Democrats and all Republicans, would have cut next year's military budget by 10%. Sludge

Why Capitalism is in Constant Conflict With Democracy. CounterPunch/Wolfe

Andrew Cuomo Wants to Protect His Wall Street Donors From Paying Taxes. .... New York Democratic legislators are trying to tax stock trades, capital gains, and carried interest. Wall Street, of course, is horrified by such a development — but luckily, their millions in campaign contributions have helped create a solid friendship with Governor Andrew Cuomo Jacobin

After Rep. Richard Neal Secured $3 Billion for Biofuel Industry, Son Secured Lobby Job. ... After months of lobbying, the industry found a champion in Neal, the powerful chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. Intercept

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Biden’s Promise of a Deportation Moratorium Is Nowhere in His Platform. ... The danger for Biden isn’t that Latinos swing for Trump, but that they won’t turn out to vote in battleground states. Intercept

How the US helped push Lebanon to the brink of collapse, and now threatens more sanctions. ... While the media blames the crisis in Lebanon solely on corruption, the US government unleashed a “maximum pressure” campaign to push regime change and crush Lebanese resistance with sanctions and aggressive hybrid warfare. Gray Zone

Trump’s Postal Service Chairman Has Led Senate GOP’s $100 Million Super PAC. Jacobin

Palestinian Rights Advocates Refuse to Applaud Israel-Trump-UAE Deal That Upholds 'Ongoing, Devastating Apartheid'. ... "The Trump administration hit upon the Nobel Peace Prize-winning idea that you can supposedly solve the Israel-Palestine conflict by pretending Palestinians don't exist." Guardian

Trump Online Store Begins Selling Decommissioned USPS Mailboxes So Fans Can Own Piece Of History. The Onion

Inexpensive, accessible device provides visual proof that masks block droplets. Study demonstrates a simple way to test facial covering materials for effectiveness. ScienceDaily

AUGUST 18, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

How to Survive Anti-Police Protests. TruthOut

Expert explains how Trump has exploited our legal infrastructure to advance true fascism in America. RawStory

‘Noise Demonstration’ Held Outside Home Of U.S. Postmaster General
Protesters gathered outside the home of Louis DeJoy to demand he stop trying to dismantle the U.S. Postal Service. HuffPost

The Junk Science Cops Use to Decide You’re Lying. ... Leaked documents detail law enforcement trainings in lie detection techniques that have been discredited by scientists. Intercept

Felony charges against BLM protesters are 'suppression tactic', experts say. ... Rights groups say prosecutors are trying to quash anti-racism protests with excessive charges threatening long prison terms. Guardian

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AUGUST 17, 2020

Ro Khanna Announces 'No' Vote on DNC Platform Over Exclusion of 'Moral Issue of Our Time' -- Medicare for All. ..."I will be voting 'No' on the platform because when we say that healthcare is a human right," says the progressive congressman from California, "we must truly mean it -- and fight for it." CommonDreams

Whispers in the Asylum (Seven Days in August). CounterPunch/Street

ELECTION NEWS

Biden is a shallow political hack, devoid of fixed beliefs or intellectual depth, is an expression of the nostalgia of a ruling class that yearns to return to the pantomime of democracy. They want to restore the decorum of civic religion that makes the presidency a form of monarchy and sacralizes the organ of state power. -
Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges interviews Greg Pallas on voter fraud. YouTube

Voters can replace a party that knows how to fight with one that knows how to govern.... The division between Republicans and Democrats is no longer between left and right but between different core competences. Guardian/Reich

NYPD Union Endorses Trump For President. ... The City of New York Police Benevolent Association, which represents about 24,000 police officers, announced its support of Trump for the 2020 election. HuffPost

Trump Gets Mail-In Ballot After Opposing Vote by Mail and Post Office Funding. ... Despite alleging for months that voting by mail is insecure and unreliable, President Donald Trump has requested an absentee ballot for Florida’s primary elections next week. TruthOut

Trump Calls QAnon Conspiracy Theorist Who Won Georgia Primary “Republican Star”. Intercept

Joe Biden Has Found His Neoliberal Match in Kamala Harris. ... It should be no surprise Kamala Harris has been chosen as Joe Biden’s running mate. From her career-long pursuit of right-wing goals to her flexibility with the truth, the two are remarkably similar politicians. Jacobin

Was Kamala Harris a Progressive Prosecutor? A Look at Her Time as a DA & California Attorney General DemocracyNow

Think Joe Biden Will Be the Next FDR? His Wall Street Donors Don’t Seem To. ... Liberal pundits are touting Joe Biden as a potentially transformative president in the mold of FDR. His donor lists -- and his own words -- say otherwise. Jacobin

Joe Biden’s Vice Presidential Pick is … ZZZZZ. CounterPunch

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USPS Removes Mailboxes, Shuts Down Letter-Sorting Machines As Mail-In Voting Nears. ... As Trump’s postmaster thwarts the Postal Service, the USPS warns 46 states that mail-in ballots may not be delivered on time, potentially canceling out those votes. CommonDreams

2020 election: Millions of mail-out votes in 46 states may not arrive in time for presidential election, Postal Service warns. ... 'The Postal Service is asking election officials and voters to realistically consider how the mail works' Independent

Speculation grows over pardon for Edward Snowden after Trump remarks. ... Trump: ‘A lot of people think he is not being treated fairly’ ... Congressman calls for Trump to pardon NSA whistleblower. Guardian

'Morally Obscene,' Says Sanders as McConnell Adjourns Senate for Month-Long Recess Without Deal on Coronavirus Relief. ... "During the worst economic crisis since the 1930s, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans think they can take a long vacation while millions of Americans face hunger and eviction." CommonDreams

Trump: ‘A lot of people’ think Edward Snowden ‘not being treated fairly’ NY Post

Public Land Is Getting Big Play In 2020 Elections In The West. ... Let the mudslinging and greenwashing begin. HuffPost

Biden Campaign Gets Kamala Harris Quickly Up To Speed On Candidate’s Plans For Presidential Funeral Service. The Onion

Kamala Harris’s “Top Cop” Record Faces New Scrutiny Amid BLM Protests. TruthOut

Kamala Harris Reading Guide: The Best Reporting on the Vice Presidential Candidate. ... Harris has spent decades in elected office, moving from prosecutor to the presidential trail. If you are just catching up, here are some of the highlights of her journey. ProPublica

AUGUST 17, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

Presidential Emergency Action Documents. ... (PEADs) are executive orders, proclamations, and messages to Congress that are prepared in anticipation of a range of emergency scenarios. Brennan Center

Portland police and protesters clash in fresh demonstrations near courthouse. ... Officers used teargas to break up protest of several hundred people as some in the crowd set a fire and exploded fireworks. Guardian

Corporate Media Ignores the Uprisings’ Key Voices. ... Pundits and government officials are regularly called on to comment on the George Floyd protests, while those most impacted by police brutality go unheard. ScheerPost

Outrage in Oregon After Federal Agents Teargas Protesters Who 'Held the Line Against Injustice' by Blocking Bus With Deportees. ... "The actions by federal troops are all too familiar, designed for political headlines, meant to intimidate & strike fear into our communities instead of keeping us safe." CommonDreans

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WEEKEND AUGUST 14-16, 2020

Weekend Read: Hollow Resistance: Obama, Trump and the Politics of Appeasement. By Paul Street. In CounterPunch’s latest book, radical historian Paul Street recounts the Democrats’ culpability in the rise of Trump and explains how his neofascist horrors took root during the Obama years, and will live on even if Joe Biden is victorious in November.   Purchase from CounterPunch

(Albuquerque) Nine Mile Ride: Why Police Reform Always Results in More Police Violence, Not Less. ... The US Department of Justice sued the City of Albuquerque in 2014 after a lengthy investigation in which it found that the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) engaged in a widespread “pattern and practice of unconstitutional policing.” CounterPunch

The Russian Interference Report, Without Laughing.
Craig Murray
 .PDF version

America’s Death March. ScheerPost

By clasping hands with Netanyahu, ‘top cop’ Kamala Harris whitewashes Israel’s racism. ... A friendly meeting California senator and self-declared “top cop” Kamala Harris held with Israel’s right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shows she is more than willing to throw anti-racism -- and Palestinians -- under the bus. Gray Zone.

WEEKEND AUGUST 14-16, 2020
ENVIRONMENT

Opinion: William Perry Pendley is unfit to manage my Indigenous homelands. Colorado Sun

A wildlife refuge under siege at the border
New emails detail drained ponds, salvaged fish and a tense relationship with the Department of Homeland Security. HCN

The World on Fire. ... Massive wild fires are consuming portions of the Amazon rainforest. CounterPunch  Related: Climate change: Siberian heatwave 'clear evidence' of warming. BBC

Freakish Arctic Fires Alarmingly Intensify. CounterPunch

With Biden-Harris Ticket Set, Climate Groups Demand 'Transformative Action From Day One' If Elected. ... "Let's do our part to end this era of chaos and defeat Republicans up and down the ballot. Then, let's turn up to make a Biden-Harris administration lay the groundwork for a Green New Deal." CommonDreams

Climate, crude, and COVID devastate Ecuador’s Amazon. TRN

Alarm as pesticides spur rapid decline of US bird species. ... Seed-coating chemicals harm birds’ development, study finds US and Canada have lost 29% of birds since 1970. Guardian

'This land is all we have left': tribes on edge over giant dam proposal near Grand Canyon. Guardian

Trump EPA Plan to Gut Emission Rules for Oil and Gas Industry Denounced as 'Beyond Comprehension'. ... "If Trump is reelected and this rule sticks, it is probably the single most consequential near-term climate decision of his presidency." CommonDreams

Climate Activists Push Biden to Cut Ties With Industry-Friendly Energy Advisers. TruthOut

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Why a Growing Force in Brazil Is Charging That President Jair Bolsonaro Has Committed Crimes Against Humanity. CounterPunch

Why Black progressive women feel torn about Kamala Harris. ... We know we will have to defend Harris’s personal identity, while maneuvering against her political one. Guardian

Trump administration taking unusual steps to put its stamp on Postal Service ahead of November elections. WRAL

Who or What Brought Down Dag Hammarskjöld?. CounterPunch

'This land is all we have left': tribes on edge over giant dam proposal near Grand Canyon. Guardian

Trump’s CFPB Deploys Predatory Lenders as First Responders to Pandemic. .. The agency deregulated small-dollar lending by repealing key consumer protections on payday and auto title loans. Intercept

Florida Sheriff In COVID-19 Hot Spot Decrees No Face Masks For Deputies. ... “Now, I can already hear the whining and just so you know I did not make this decision easily,” Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods told his staff via email. HuffPost

WEEKEND AUGUST 14-16, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

(Albuquerque) Nine Mile Ride: Why Police Reform Always Results in More Police Violence, Not Less. CounterPunch

'I refuse to let him be a convicted felon at 8': Mother of special needs boy handcuffed by police files lawsuit. .. 'I couldn’t protect him from being arrested, from going to an adult jail, from being swabbed for DNA and having a mugshot taken' the boys mother said. Independent

'Two cities' collide as Chicago's social time bomb explodes. Guardian

The Junk Science Cops Use to Decide You’re Lying. .. Leaked documents detail law enforcement trainings in lie detection techniques that have been discredited by scientists. Intercept

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WEEKEND AUGUST 14-16, 2020
POST OFFICE SPECIAL


Save the Postal Service. ... Be a part of the campaign. US Mail Not for Sale

Post offices around the country are slashing their hours—including during the busiest times of day—with little notice as yet another abrupt cost-saving measure, according to interviews with union officials conducted by Motherboard and various local news reports. The USPS had also planned to close some offices entirely with just three weeks’ notice, likely in violation of federal law, but appears to be backtracking. Vice

Lawmakers Warn 'Onerous' New USPS Loan Terms Imposed by Mnuchin 'Could Accelerate Demise of Postal Service'. ... "Mnuchin and the leadership of the U.S. Postal Service appear to be exploiting this public health pandemic to hold the Postal Service to unreasonable loan terms without even consulting Congress." CommonDreams

The USPS is shutting down mail-sorting machines crucial for processing absentee ballots as the 2020 election looms. Business Insider

Want to Get Into Some 'Good Trouble'? Join the Fight to Save Our Post Office. ... And that means fighting for our right to vote. CommonDreams/Hightower

Lawmakers Warn 'Onerous' New USPS Loan Terms Imposed by Mnuchin 'Could Accelerate Demise of Postal Service'. ... "Mnuchin and the leadership of the U.S. Postal Service appear to be exploiting this public health pandemic to hold the Postal Service to unreasonable loan terms without even consulting Congress." CommonDreams

USPS Says Notices About Post Office Closures Just Big Misunderstanding. ... Slashing hours at post offices around the country was not, though. Vice

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AUGUST 13, 2020

As Kamala Harris Makes History as VP Pick, Her “Top Cop” Record Faces New Scrutiny Amid BLM Protests. DemocracyNow

Kamala Harris? Really? Desperate Times, Desperate Measures. CounterPunch

Joe Biden Has Found His Neoliberal Match in Kamala Harris. Jacobin

AUGUST 13, 2020
WAR IS WHAT DEFINES US

Since bill maher is trending here's that time he got utterly destroyed by glenn greenwald on his own show. he was humiliated so badly that he never invited glenn on again. Video

The US Contracts Out Its Regime Change Operation in Nicaragua. CounterPunch

Trump’s War On Arms Control and Disarmament. CounterPunch

'Emergency Was a Sham': Top Democrat Says IG Report on Saudi Arms Deal 'Deeply Damning' for Pompeo. ... "What sort of emergency makes itself known a few months in advance and can be resolved with weapons delivered years later?" CommonDreams

Hiroshima at 75: bitter row persists over US decision to drop the bomb. Guardian

Revealed: How U.S. Gov’t & Hollywood Secretly Worked Together to Justify Atomic Bombings of Japan. DemocracyNow

How AFRICOM Is Working To Destabilize Africa. Popular Resistance

The US Contracts Out Its Regime Change Operation in Nicaragua. CounterPunch

How the Fascists Won World War II CounterPunch

AOC Is Right: Get Military Recruiters Off Twitch and Out of Schools. Jacobin

The American Narrative of Hiroshima is a Statue that Must be Toppled. CounterPunch

Reverse the New Nuclear Arms Race. CounterPunch

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With Warren Sidestepped, Wall Street Execs Cheer Biden's Pick of Harris for VP. ... Biden's selection of the California senator comes after Wall Street executives made clear that they would prefer "almost anyone" but Sen. Elizabeth Warren. CommonDreams

Trump Applauds Racist QAnon Supporter For Georgia GOP Congressional Win. ... Marjorie Taylor Greene won the GOP nomination for the state’s 14th Congressional District on Tuesday. HuffPost

‘It’s a Secret, a (c)(4) Is a Secret’: Dark Money Powers $60 Million Bribery Scheme in Ohio. ... Last week, the FBI arrested Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four associates in a bribery investigation over a law that sends $1 billion from ratepayers to bail out two nuclear power plants. Sludge

Now Comes the Difficult Work of Pushing the Biden-Harris Ticket Left. ... If Biden’s VP pick Kamala Harris is a “weather vane,” then it’s up to progressives to change the weather. ITT

Noam Chomsky: Trump Is Quite Capable of an “October Surprise” TruthOut

Defund Fascism, Blue and Orange. CounterPunch/Street

Bills In Congress Would Grant Federal Whistleblowers Access To Courts. ShadowProof

Teaching Palestinian Children to Love Beethoven, Bizet, and Mozart is a Threat to a Depraved Israeli Society. CounterPunch

FEC Commissioner Warns There’s A ‘Substantial Chance’ Winner Isn’t Called On Election Night
Extra care will need to be taken amid added challenge of COVID-19 to “ensure that everyone’s vote counts,” said FEC head Ellen Weintraub. HuffPost

Trump and Biden, Two Ignoble Minds Here O’erthrown. CounterPunch

Trump’s Social Security Sleight of Hand Is Another Scam. Don’t Fall for It. TruthOut

If Donald Trump Controls The Mail, He Controls Democracy. ... The president is working overtime to turn the federal bureaucracy into a subsidiary of his campaign. HuffPost

The “Election Interference” Fearmongers Think You’re Stupid. CounterPunch

The Mask Wars Reveal the Feeble State of the Right-Wing Culture War Machine. ... Conservatives have predictably tried to turn face masks into a pseudo-populist culture war issue. But the people aren't buying it: new polling shows a solid majority of Americans support enforcing tough mask mandates — once again exposing the Right’s waning popular appeal. Jacobin

AUGUST 13, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

The Rise of Nationalism Has Led to the Increased Repression of Minorities. CounterPunch/Cockburn

On Right-Wing Violence in Texas, Media’s Silence Sends Message. FAIR

The Road to Portland: The Two Decades of ‘Homeland Security’ CounterPunch

Trump Applauds Racist QAnon Supporter For Georgia GOP Congressional Win. ... Marjorie Taylor Greene won the GOP nomination for the state’s 14th Congressional District on Tuesday. HuffPost

Tear Gas Ted Has a Tantrum in Portland. CounterPunch

The Mask Wars Reveal the Feeble State of the Right-Wing Culture War Machine. ... Conservatives have predictably tried to turn face masks into a pseudo-populist culture war issue. But the people aren't buying it: new polling shows a solid majority of Americans support enforcing tough mask mandates — once again exposing the Right’s waning popular appeal. Jacobin

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AUGUST 31, 2020

ELECTION NEWS

How This Race Is Becoming 2016 All Over Again. ... With enthusiasm for the Democratic candidate hovering dangerously low, Trump’s chances for a second term stay high. Lichtman2020

Trump Is Laying the Groundwork to Reject the Results of the Election. TrutOut

Michael Moore warns that Donald Trump is on course to repeat 2016 win. ... Film-maker says enthusiasm for president in swing states is ‘off the charts’ and urges everyone to commit to getting 100 people to vote. Guardian

DeJoy Says USPS Won’t Reinstall More Than 600 Removed Mail Sorting Machines. ... “There’s no intention to do that,” DeJoy testified. “They’re not needed.” Mother Jones

The Plot Against America: The GOP’s Plan to Suppress the Vote and Sabotage the Election. ... Blocking ballots, intimidating voters, spreading misinformation — undermining democracy is at the heart of Trump’s 2020 campaign. Rolling Stone

How William Barr Is Weaponizing the Justice Department to Help Trump Win. ... Former DOJ officials spoke about the attorney general’s efforts to undermine voting and his potential to unleash an “October surprise.” Intercept

Joe Biden’s Strategy of Appealing to Republicans Is Courting Disaster. ... In 2016, Democrats put their chips on winning over conservative voters disgusted with Donald Trump and ended up with their worst electoral college margin since the days of Michael Dukakis. For some reason, they seem intent on trying the same strategy again. Jacobin

Republican convention delivers whirlwind of lies great and small. ... Speaker after speaker piled falsehood upon falsehood to recast Trump as a saintly feminist preoccupied with the nation’s health. Guardian

Last Night’s GOP Insanity Proves How Much the Two Parties Need Each Other. ... The lunacy on display at last night's Republican National Convention is what keeps frightened liberal voters satisfied with the meager crumbs of progress offered by the Democrats — and the meagerness of those crumbs is what keeps working-class whites inside an increasingly lunatic GOP. Jacobin

It turns out Mike Pence is even more radical than we all feared. ... 'The hard truth is that you won't be safe in Joe Biden's America,' said America's previously quiet VP, as he stepped out the shadows and showed us his true form. Independent

Exiting the Vampire Castle. .. We need to learn, or re-learn, how to build comradeship and solidarity instead of doing capital’s work for it by condemning and abusing each other. This doesn’t mean, of course, that we must always agree – on the contrary, we must create conditions where disagreement can take place without fear of exclusion and excommunication. Open Democracy

Despite DNC Focus on Winning 'Biden Republicans,' New Poll Suggests Beating Trump 'All About Democratic Turnout'. ... "So much for going all out to get Republicans and shunning progressives." CommonDreams

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AUGUST 31, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

1 Person Killed In Portland As Protesters, Trump Supporters Clash. ... It wasn’t clear if the shooting was linked to fights that broke out as a caravan of about 600 vehicles was confronted by counter-demonstrators in the city’s downtown Saturday night. HuffPost

Kenosha Activists: Militias Tolerated, Protesters Arrested. ... “It’s been a police free for all. They do whatever they want,” said one Kenosha activist after days of protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake. HuffPost

Kenosha Unsurprising. ... Systemic institutional racism and savage race-class apartheid remain in full force, with the domestic misery they produce exacerbated by COVID-19. CounterPunch/Street

Protesters in Multiple States Are Facing Felony Charges, Including Terrorism. ... Some states have recently increased the severity of criminal penalties for protesters along political lines. Intercept

RNC Gave Prime Time to Vigilantes. The Next Day a Gunman Shot BLM Protesters. TruthOut

Kenosha police officer who shot Jacob Blake named as Rusten Sheskey. .. Officer was caught on video firing seven times into Blake’s back at almost point-blank range. Guardian

Kenosha Sheriff: Night When 2 Protesters Were Killed ‘Wasn’t Too Bad’. ... Sheriff David Beth drastically downplayed a violent confrontation between armed vigilantes and anti-racism protesters. HuffPost

Cops Have Long Encouraged Armed Right-Wing Counterprotesters Like the Teenage Shooter in Kenosha. ... Since the latest uprising for racial justice began, police throughout the country have been very friendly with cop-worshipping, armed right-wingers who have shown up on the streets across America to oppose protesters. The teenage shooter in Kenosha who killed two protesters this week wasn’t the first and probably won’t be the last. Jacobin

Outrage Grows Over Police Treatment of Alleged Kenosha Killer Kyle Rittenhouse Compared to Shooting Victim Jacob Blake. ... In the streets and on social media, anger and questions about systemic racism and white privilege abound in the wake of Kenosha shootings. CommonDreams

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WEEKEND AUGUST 28-30, 2020

Weekend Read: Hate Inc.: Why Today’s Media Makes Us Despise One Another - by Matt Taibbi. In the Internet age, the press have mastered the art of monetizing anger, paranoia, and distrust. Taibbi, who has spent much of his career covering elections in which this kind of manipulative activity is most egregious, provides a rich taxonomic survey of American political journalism's dirty tricks. Amazon

QAnon explained: the antisemitic conspiracy theory gaining traction around the world. ... The visibility of the online movement has surged as a supporter appears headed to Congress and Trump fails to debunk claims. Guardian

WEEKEND AUGUST 28-30, 2020
ENVIRONMENT

Antarctica: 60% of ice shelves at risk of fracture, research suggests. ... Collapse of shelves would accelerate loss of Antarctic ice sheet and increase sea-level rise. Guardian

Unless we change course, the US agricultural system could collapse. ...Our food supply comes from an environmentally. Guardian

The US is in a water crisis far worse than most people imagine. ... Industrial runoff and lax standards have tainted water across the US. Senators and doctors are calling me, asking what to do. Guardian

'Underwhelming and Inadequate': Green Groups Slam New Senate Democrats' Climate Report. ... The Green New Deal is mentioned only once in the 263-page report—in the footnotes. CommonDreams

It is Time to Create a New Equitable, Ecologically-Aware Forest Service. CounterPunch

Tilting at Windmills: The FBI Chased Imagined Eco-Activist Enemies, Documents Reveal. ... At the wind energy industry’s behest, the FBI and DHS gamed out attacks against targets that they acknowledged face no threat. Intercept

2020 Is Proving Another Disastrous Year For Our Earth’s Climate
The year already has been marked by rising global temperatures, Arctic ice melts and intensifying wildfires and storms. HuffPost

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Biden is most pro-Israel nominee ever (and he will ‘defeat’ ‘hypercritical’ voices in the party). Mondoweiss

t may seem Putin controls the Russian state personally. The reality is more dangerous. ... Alexei Navalny’s suspected poisoning sheds light on Russia’s complex power structures. Guardian

Over 40 Protests Across The UK On #StopArmingIsrael Day Of Action. Popular Resistance

What Good are Police on Patrol? An Analysis of Traffic Enforcement in Albuquerque. CounterPunch

Israel bombs Gaza every day since UAE normalization announced. Gray Zone

Trump’s Post Office Head Has Also Been Serving on the Board of Two GOP Super PACs. Jacobin

US Media Can’t Think How to Fight Fires Without $1-an-Hour Prison Labor. FAIR

 

WEEKEND AUGUST 28-30, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

Watching Trump's paramilitary squads descend on Portland, it's hard not to feel doomed. ... The federal police are there to exert power, bully dissenters and intimidate Americans into giving up their first amendment protections. Guardian

Tucker Carlson defends actions of teen charged in killings of Kenosha protesters. ... Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, has been charged with murder after two people were killed at Black Lives Matter protest. Guardian

Organizing Call: After The DNC And RNC – We Can’t Breathe! Popular Resistance

'Kenosha Doesn't Need to See a Repeat of Portland,' Warns ACLU After Trump Orders Federal Agents to Wisconsin. ... "Sending federal law enforcement to Kenosha will only make matters worse. We don't need more police, we need to end police violence." CommonDreams

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AUGUST 27, 2020

Democratic Convention: New Faces, Similar Policies. Counterpunch/Nader

The USA: Global Leader in Election Interference Abroad and Now at Home. CounterPunch

As Trump Pushes New Tax Cuts for Wealthy, Analysis Shows US Billionaires $800 Billion Richer Since Pandemic Hit. ... "For billionaires, this is a heads we win, tails you lose economy, boosted by Trump policies to funnel wealth to the top." CommonDreams

AUGUST 27, 2020
WAR IS WHAT DEFINES US

P.L. 116-6, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, provides the following for Israel:

- $3.3 billion in Foreign Military Financing (FMF), of which $815.3 million is for off-shore procurement;
- $5 million in Migration and Refugee Assistance (MRA) for refugee resettlement
- $2 million in a homeland security grant;
- Reauthorization of U.S. loan guarantees to Israel through September 30, 2023;
- Reauthorization of War Reserve Stock Allies-Israel (WRSA-I) through Sept 30, 2020

U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel: Total Aid
(1949 - Present). Jewish Virtual Library

Syria Faces Calamity as Trump’s New Sanctions Combine With Surging Coronavirus. CounterPunch/Cockburn

The American public wants less war. Can Joe Biden deliver? ... Three-quarters of Americans want to bring US troops from Afghanistan and Iraq. The Biden-Harris ticket needs to transform US foreign policy for good. Guardian

Media Show Little Interest in Israeli Bombing of Gaza. FAIR

As Israeli Bombing of Gaza Continues, US Media Show Little Interest. ... Mainstream outlets are largely ignoring the IDF's near-daily attacks, which began in early August. CommonDreams

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I Am a Farmer’s Daughter, and I Don’t Buy Trump’s Promises to Family Farms. TruthOut

Why Is It Always the Wrong Time to Criticize Democrats From the Left?. Jacobin

The Great Cover-Up. ... The greatest cover-up in modern Scottish history is underway. I am not permitted to say more at present. I will however venture to say that this is massively bigger than just the attempt to imprison me, that most of these documents are also being withheld from the Holyrood Inquiry. Craig Murray Related: Manni Singh Jailed for Organising Peaceful Independence Demonstration 16. ... Manni Singh has been jailed for 72 days – an incredibly draconian sentence – for organising an entirely peaceful political demonstration at which I was a speaker, on which there were zero incidents of violence or damage. Craig Murray

How Corporate Tyranny Works. .... Those, like environmental lawyer Steven Donziger, who fight the corporate control of our society on behalf of the vulnerable find the institutions of power unite to crucify them. ScheerPost

Half of the US Population Lacks Adequate Protections Against Evictions. TruthOut

Screen-based online learning will change kids' brains. Are we ready for that? We are starting to see technology’s effect on child development and adult reading skills – and the research isn’t optimistic. Guardian

Why Courts Across the World are Ruling That the Gig Economy is Paving the Road to Serfdom. CounterPunch

AUGUST 27, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

Wisconsin Militia Recruiting Citizens to Patrol Kenosha After 2nd Night of Riots. ... 1,300 locals and militia interested or attending. NewsWars

Suspect Charged With Murder After 2 Shot Dead At Kenosha Protest. ... Suspect Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, was reportedly arrested in his hometown of Antioch, Illinois, 20 miles from Kenosha where the shootings occurred. HuffPost

How Conservative Teens Are Meme-ing And Monetizing The Political Divide. ... MAGA memes are lightning rods for followers — and brand deals. HuffPost

Two Shot Dead in Kenosha as Armed Militias Confront BLM Protests over Police Shooting of Jacob Blake. DemocracyNow

'Stop the riots': Trump threatens to bring in National Guard to Portland protests. ... ‘Wanting to be asked by City & State to STOP THE RIOTS. Would bring in National Guard, end problem immediately. ASK!’ says US president. Independent

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AUGUST 26, 2020

"We live in a country where it's legally permissible for corporations to hold sick children hostage while their parents bankrupt themselves trying to save their sons and daughters." ... Chris Hedges at Moravian College: The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies. YouTube

AUGUST 26, 2020
CANDIDATE NEWS

Mike Pompeo To Give An Unprecedented And Potentially Illegal Speech To The RNC
House Democrats will probe whether Pompeo’s planned speech violates State Department policy and laws prohibiting federal employees from partisan political activities. HuffPost

GOP Convention Embraces Anger And Fear, Despite Being Billed As ‘Optimistic’
President Donald Trump is leaning hard on fear as a key strategy for November. HuffPost

Why Is It Always the Wrong Time to Criticize Democrats From the Left? Progressives are being told by the Democratic Party to shut up until after the election. Meanwhile, corporate Democrats are trumpeting how far right they are -- a message that could demoralize Democratic voters and depress turnout. Jacobin

Biden feared 'ideological jihad' from Sanders after primary win. ... As party seeks to close splits, Obama tells New Yorker: ‘They both want to make sure everybody has healthcare’ Guardian

Thanks, Obama: You Lie. CounterPunch/Street

Democrats Should Be Ashamed of the Rejection of Medicare for All in the DNC Platform. ... On Medicare for All, the Left has won the battle of ideas. But that’s not enough, as the DNC’s rejection of M4A shows. We have to get serious about overcoming the entrenched economic and political power that is stopping us from having free public health care for everyone. Jacobin

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GOP Convention Embraces Anger And Fear, Despite Being Billed As ‘Optimistic. ... President Donald Trump is leaning hard on fear as a key strategy for November. HuffPost

(1/3/17) Treasury Nominee Steve Mnuchin’s Bank Accused of “Widespread Misconduct” in Leaked Memo. .. OneWest Bank, which Donald Trump’s treasury secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin ran from 2009 to 2015, repeatedly broke California’s foreclosure laws, according to a previously undisclosed 2013 memo from top state prosecutors. Intercept   (8/1/17) Related: Kamala Harris Has To Answer For Not Prosecuting Steve Mnuchin. HuffPost

'What Stage of Capitalism Is This?' Hedge Fund $3 Billion Richer Thanks to Wager on Wildfire Insurance Claims. ... With over 100,000 people displaced by wildfires raging across California, Baupost Group collected more than $3 billion in July after betting on insurance claims against embattled utility company PG&E. CommonDreams

Prosecutors Have No Place in Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commissions. TruthOut

The “Narcissism and Ego” That Led to Steve Bannon’s Arrest. New Yorker   Related: The Stunning Predictability of Steve Bannon’s “We Build the Wall” Scam. New Yorker

AUGUST 26, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

Protest Erupts After Wisconsin Police Shoot Man From Behind. ... The protest followed the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in broad daylight in Kenosha. HuffPost  Related: Wisconsin deploys national guard amid protests over police shooting. ... Video on social media appears to show officers in Kenosha shoot at Jacob Blake seven times as he leaned into vehicle. Guardian

Teaching History For Indoctrination. ... “The teaching of history in our schools is not an impartial or neutral discipline. It is at its core about justifying the power of the ruling elites in the present by defining the ruling elites in the past. This means that history as it is taught in our schools is distorted and at times fabricated to achieve these ends. Popular Resistance

Operation Legend in Albuquerque is Not What Anyone Says It Is. CounterPunch

This tactic is not new. It's been cultivated for years. In 2015, I wrote: "Support for institutions of militarism and policies of imperialism is now manufactured by parading them under the emotionally manipulative banners of progressive social causes." - Greenwald. Related: (2015) GCHQ’s Rainbow Lights: Exploiting Social Issues for Militarism and Imperialism. ... Support for Western aggression and policies of imperialism is now manufactured by parading them under the emotionally manipulative banners of progressive social causes. Intercept

Facebook Has Begun Purging Accounts Tied to Anti-Fascist Groups. TruthOut

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AUGUST 25, 2020

Operation Legend in Albuquerque is Not What Anyone Says It Is. CounterPunch

Defining Steve Bannon Downward. ... The effort to legitimize power, in this case by pretending a leading white supremacist was less central to the regime than he was, is pretty much the New York Times’ North Star. FAIR

Democrats Are Walking A Fine Line On The Election’s Main Foreign Policy Issue: China. ... Biden is struggling to appear tough without fueling hawkishness or racism. His platform mentions China 22 times, compared to seven references in 2016. HuffPost

AUGUST 25, 2020 - EASY MONEY

The spread of coronavirus in Australia is not the fault of individuals but a result of neoliberalism. ... For decades, advocates of the privatisation of public services have boasted of the cost savings of doing so. Today, we are counting the cost. Guardian

Trump administration using private security firm to detain migrant children in major hotel chains. ... Children as young as 1 being put in hotels under supervision of transportation workers not licensed to provide childcare. Independent

Banks Have Made $18 Billion From "Paycheck Protection Program" Processing Fees Alone. ... Fees paid to banks eclipse funding allocated to develop vaccines, provide medical supplies and feed children. ITT

As Wages Stagnate and Executive Pay 'Continues to Balloon,' Report Shows Top CEOs Now Make 320 Times More Than Typical Worker. ... New research from the Economic Policy Institute finds that CEO compensation grew by 1,167% from 1978 to 2019, "far outstripping" the growth of the stock market. CommonDreams

Apple becomes first ever company to be worth $2 trillion as iPhone maker share price surges amid pandemic. Independent

After the Pandemic, Disaster Capitalism Will Reign -- Unless We Fight Back. In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, a fleeting sense of radical possibility quickly gave way to a wave of cuts and privatization. After COVID-19, get ready for a repeat, as leaders around the world push for austerity again. Jacobin

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Woe to the Powerless! Once Again Palestinians Are Paying the Price. CounterPunch

The DNC Refuses to Address the Elephant in the Room. .. The Supreme Court will be lost for a generation if Biden loses, dooming almost all progressive policy ideas. But no Democrats are talking about it.. The Nation

Something’s Rotten in the Corporate States of America. ... A new book by Barbara Freese explores eight stories about the unfettered corporate greed that has corrupted modern society and led to an astounding loss of life. ScheerPost

Why Conservatives Get Karl Marx Very, Very Wrong. ... Conservative pundits are more likely to caricature Karl Marx’s writings and beliefs than offer serious rebuttals to his many ideas. Why? Because Marx’s trenchant insights expose deep inconsistencies in cherished right-wing doctrines. Jacobin

AUGUST 25, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

You should call 911 IF ... HuffPost

At Washington Post, Defunding Police Is a Step Too Radical. FAIR

Protest Erupts After Wisconsin Police Shoot Man From Behind. ... The protest followed the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in broad daylight in Kenosha. HuffPost

The Department of Homeland Security is a rogue agency. Democrats must take action. ... The agency has been spying on protesters and journalists. Congress must force the DHS to massively reform – or disband. Guardian

Her Former Colleagues Called in a “Wellness Check.” Then Police Shot Her to Death.. ... The killing of Sandy Guardiola at the hands of a cop illustrates the limitations of brutal, armed police responding to community needs. Intercept

George Floyd protests: police declare a riot outside precinct in Portland. ... Federal agents clashed with protesters, accusing them of damaging vehicles and throwing projectiles. Guardian

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AUGUST 24, 2020

Steve Bannon arrested and charged with fraud in connection with 'We Build The Wall' online fundraising campaign. Business Insider

Joe Biden’s Campaign Is Making It Very Clear: They Will Push Austerity in the White House. ... Almost no one noticed it, but earlier this month, a top Joe Biden advisor indicated that the entire agenda Biden is campaigning on won't be pursued once he's in the White House. Instead, Biden's inner circle appears wedded to the ideology of austerity. Jacobin

AUGUST 24, 2020
POST OFFICE

#SaveThePostOffice: New Documents Show Postal Delays Are 'Far Worse' Than Previously Known. ... Nearly 700 demonstrations were underway "Save the Post Office Saturday" CommonDreams

Analysis: How Trump, Mnuchin and DeJoy edged the Postal Service into a crisis . Anchorage News

Mnuchin's role in postmaster's appointment becomes target. ... The treasury secretary held a series of one-on-one meetings with members of the Postal Service Board of Governors before Louis DeJoy's appointment. NBC

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ELECTION NEWS

( 2015) The Age of the Demagogues. TruthDig/Hedges

I Participated in the DNC Rules Committee. I Don’t Believe the Party Is United.. TruthOut

Dems Formally Nominate Joe Biden for President, as DNC Features Republicans & Sidelines Progressives. DemocracyNow

Hot Time at the Old Conventions. ... Were it not for the overwhelming fact that a more-than-usual death cycle will be going on as this year’s conventions come and go, one could attach the appropriate meaning to them -- i.e., mostly none. ScheerPost

The First Night of the DNC Felt Like a Really Brutal Doctor’s Appointment. ... While the Democrats worked overtime to convey how sick the country is, they forgot to mention how they’re going to save us. The Nation

AOC Was the Highlight of DNC’s Night Two Despite Speaking Just 97 Seconds. TruthOut

The Democratic Convention Put the Party’s Contradictions Front and Center. ... Even as John Kasich reassured conservatives Joe Biden wasn't moving left, Michelle Obama lectured progressives to muster Obama 2008–style enthusiasm for him regardless. It's an incoherent message that could cost the party come November. Jacobin

“We Will Make Biden Do It”: Economist Darrick Hamilton on Pushing the Next Admin to the Left. DemocracyNow

Joe Biden to rich donors: "Nothing would fundamentally change" if he's elected
Along with praise for the "civility" of racists, Biden assures donors "no one's standard of living will change" Salon

It’s Fine to Feel Like Shit About Joe Biden and the DNC. ... We are all told to be enthusiastic about the Democrats’ political fraudulence and terrible policy platform so we can defeat Trump. But anyone who is paying attention and can remember our recent political past isn’t happy -- we’re completely demoralized. And that’s okay. Jacobin

Ocasio-Cortez Uses Her 1 Minute At DNC To Call Out Injustices. ... In her Democratic convention speech, the congresswoman spoke of the need to “recognize and repair the wounds of racial injustice, colonization, misogyny and homophobia.” HuffPost

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NYT Urges Biden to Shun His Party’s ‘Left-Leaning Brand’. FAIR

By clasping hands with Netanyahu, ‘top cop’ Kamala Harris whitewashes Israel’s racism. ... A friendly meeting California senator and self-declared “top cop” Kamala Harris held with Israel’s right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shows she is more than willing to throw anti-racism -- and Palestinians -- under the bus. Gray Zone

US govt-funded Coda Story smears American journalists who undermine new Cold War propaganda. ... With backing from the US government’s regime-change arm, an Operation Mockingbird-style website called Coda Story is attacking American journalists who have punctured Washington’s sensationalist narratives against China. Gray Zone

Preparing for my Trial. . ... The Crown Office is objecting to the appearance of, and trying to block from court, ALL of my witnesses and ALL of our proposed evidence for my defence at my trial for Contempt of Court. Craig Murray

Sunrise Movement: Dems Must Address Climate Crisis as DNC Drops Pledge to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies. DemocracyNow

Bipartisan Hostility to Trump’s Possible Pardon of Snowden. ... Joint statements rules even considering pardon a 'terrible mistake' Anti-War

AUGUST 24, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

Mayor Keller’s Killer Cops: An Assessment of Court-Ordered Police Reform in Albuquerque. CounterPunch

Despite Huge Number of Misconduct Complaints, Cops at NYPD’s 75th Precinct Keep Getting Promotions
There has been little to no accountability for the staggering number of lawsuits and substantiated civilian complaints against the troubled precinct. Intercept

Portland protesters clash with federal agents at Ice building. ... Authorities used teargas and stun grenades after protesters spray-painted and broke windows, and shined laser lights inside. Guardian

Lawsuits Show the High Cost of NYPD Abuse in the Bronx. ... New York City routinely settles cases involving police brutality, and the same officers’ names appear again and again. Intercept

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WEEKEND AUGUST 21-23, 2020

Weekend Read: Nonviolent Rebellion . ... Common Sense for the 21st Century: Only Nonviolent Rebellion Can Now Stop Climate Breakdown and Social Collapse - by Roger Hallam. ... outlines how movements around the world need to come together now to start doing what works: engaging in mass civil disobedience to make real change happen. It gives people the tools to understand not only why mass disruption, mass arrests, and mass sacrifice are necessary but also details how to carry out acts of civil disobedience effectively, respectfully and nonviolently. ... Purchase at Thrift Books

Torturing Assange: An Interview with Andrew Fowler. CounterPunch    Related: A film describing Julian Assange;s psychological torture. YouTube

Trump Seeks to Trash Endangered Species Act by Redefining “Habitat”. TruthOut

New Mexico Attorney General files lawsuit against Trump administration, U.S. Postal Service. ... Attorneys General from 13 other states are part of the suit, as well. KOAT

WEEKEND AUGUST 21-23, 2020
ENVIRONMENT

Trump rolls back methane climate standards for oil and gas industry. ... Methane is a greenhouse gas that heats the planet far faster than CO2 and addressing it is critical to slowing global heating. Guardian

Greenland Succumbs. ... Since the turn of the new century, every aspect of climate change has gone ballistic, up, up, and away, not looking back, leaving the 20th century fairly harmless, but only on a relative basis, especially as compared to the rip-snorting 21st century. CounterPunch

Disease-bearing ticks thrive as climate change heats up US. ... Blood-sucking ticks can spread Lyme disease and are extending beyond their traditional north-eastern range. Guardian

Ten times more plastic dumped in Atlantic than previously believed. ... Study is first of its kind to measure ‘invisible’ microplastic particles beneath the ocean surface across the entire Atlantic, researchers say. Independent

Trump Finalizes Arctic Refuge Drilling Plan, Cementing His Anti-Public Lands Legacy. ... The president will be remembered for his war on protected wild places. HuffPost

Trump EPA Plows Ahead With 'Mind-Bogglingly Stupid and Destructive' Rollback of Methane Emissions Rules. ... "Even for the Trump administration, this is an appalling new low." CommonDreams

Yellowstone Imperiled by Compromise. CounterPunch

Alliance for the Wild Rockies Stops Trump From Logging and Burning Another 85,000 acres of Idaho National Forest CounterPunch

Following Outrage, Trump Pulls Nomination of "Unapologetic Racist' William Perry Pendley to Oversee Nation's Public Lands. ... "Pendley never should have been nominated, and the fact that he was shows you what you need to know about this administration's conservation priorities." CommonDreams

Trump Seeks to Trash Endangered Species Act by Redefining “Habitat”. TruthOut

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Former NSA Deputy Director clears Snowden of ties to Russia and China, Video

It’s Fine to Feel Like Shit About Joe Biden and the DNC. ... We are all told to be enthusiastic about the Democrats’ political fraudulence and terrible policy platform so we can defeat Trump. But anyone who is paying attention and can remember our recent political past isn’t happy — we’re completely demoralized. And that’s okay. Jacobin

Ocasio-Cortez Uses Her 1 Minute At DNC To Call Out Injustices. ... In her Democratic convention speech, the congresswoman spoke of the need to “recognize and repair the wounds of racial injustice, colonization, misogyny and homophobia.” HuffPost  Related: Democrats Had 17 Young Stars. The DNC Didn’t Give Them Any Chance To Shine. A montage is a bad way to showcase young talent. HuffPost

Democrats backtrack and remove demand to end fossil fuel tax breaks from platform. ... Both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris called to end subsidies for the oil and gas sector during the primaries. Independent

Beverly Gologorsky, My Neighbor, War. Tom Dispatch

Venezuelan Guaidó coup regime is restoring relations with Israel, decade after Hugo Chávez broke ties. ... The US-backed Venezuelan coup regime of Juan Guaidó is reestablishing ties with Israel and has opened a “virtual embassy” in Jerusalem, run by a right-wing rabbi who lives in Miami and wants Netanyahu’s help to fight “terrorism.” Gray Zone

Needed: Indicators for Measuring Injustice and Societal Decay. CounterPunch/Nader

Viewpoint: Trump, Republicans double down on dirty tricks to steal election. The Island Now

'Hatemonger' author Jean Guerrero on Stephen Miller, white nationalism, and performative cruelty. Business Insider

Viewpoint: Trump, Republicans double down on dirty tricks to steal election. The Island Now

Inside the Project Veritas Plan to Steal the Election. ... James O’Keefe’s group is part of a sprawling campaign to delegitimize mail-in balloting in the fall—a campaign being led by the White House. New Republic

Trump Has Launched a Three-Pronged Attack on the Election. ... And it starts with undermining the U.S. Postal Service. The Atlantic

White House Plants Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theorists Among Reporters in Briefing Room. ... At every briefing this week, the president took a question from a website dedicated to smearing his political rivals. Intercept

Trump Cited ‘Magical Authorities’ to Ignore the Law, Says Former Aide. NY Magazine

Belarus. ... There is a misperception in western media that Lukashenko is Putin’s man. That is not true; Putin views him as an exasperating and rather dim legacy. Craig Murray

Made in the First Minister’s Office. Craig Murray

WEEKEND OF AUGUST 21-23, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

Former NSA Deputy Director clears Snowden of ties to Russia and China, Video

Watchdog Calls on Authorities to Drop 'Absurd' Charges Against Journalists Covering Black Lives Matter Protests. ... More than 600 attacks against members of the press covering the ongoing protests have been reported to the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker. CommonDreams

Black Lives Matter Is Part of a Global Struggle Against Oppression. ... The Black Lives Matter protests have had an electrifying impact. To build on that momentum, we need to forge strategic unity between different struggles against oppression, in the US and the wider world. Jacobin

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