2018-10-04: News Headlines

Joshua Holland (2018-10-04). We Should Be Grateful to Activists Confronting Politicians Directly. thenation.com We Should Be Grateful to Activists Confronting Politicians Directly…

Reed Richardson (2018-10-04). Maintaining Media Omerta. fair.org The New York Times apologized for allowing a reporter who had expressed qualms about Kavanaugh to co-author this piece ( 10/1/18). | What happens when a national newspaper cares more about the appearance of bias in its reporting than any actual evidence of it? Earlier this week provided an example, when the New York Times Joseph Neese, Salon (2018-10-04). Fox News 'Judge' Goes on Unhinged Rant Against Christine Blasey Ford: 'That Was a Fraud!'. alternet.org "I know. I did this for 30 years," Pirro said. | Jeanine Pirro, the Fox News judge whose admiration for Donald Trump knows no bounds, defended the president's attacks of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford by asserting that "every woman in America who has been a victim of sexual assault remembers more" than the accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. "I know. I did this for 30 years," Pirro said while co-hosting "The Five" on Wednesday. "I've prosecut. . .

Mark Sumner, Daily Kos (2018-10-04). Trump White House Claims Kavanaugh FBI Report Shows 'No Sexual Misconduct'. alternet.org Reports indicate that the total number of people interviewed was six. | Senators won't get a look at the tightly constrained FBI report until Thursday, but the Wall Street Journal reports that Trump has already given Brett Kavanaugh the all clear. The White House has found no corroboration of t. . .

PFSL (2018-10-04). Socialist Analysis & Discussion "Kavanaugh & Legacy of Women's Oppression" indybay.org 2969 Mission St., btwn 25th and 26th Sts.

Shared by Cherise (2018-10-04). The US Missed an Opportunity to Address Inequality During the Great Recession. truthout.org Janine Jackson: When Donald Trump awarded himself top marks for his administration's disaster response in Puerto Rico, media had little trouble looking askance, contrasting Trump's assessment with empirical data and presenting him as, at least potentially, an unreliable narrator. | That critical posture is not much in evidence, though, as Ben Bernanke, Timothy Geithner and Henry Paulson offer their assessment of the country's financial cri…

Patricia J. Williams (2018-10-04). Kavanaugh's Defenders in Congress Don't Care About Process. thenation.com Kavanaugh's Defenders in Congress Don't Care About Process…

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-10-04). FBI Director Chris Wray Documented Kavanaugh Investigation 'Behind the Scenes' to Maybe Make It 'Public One Day': Report. alternet.org We could one day read the efforts taken by the FBI to corroborate Christine Blasey Ford's testimony. | The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has officially concluded its limited investigation of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's sexual abuse allegations against President Donald Trump's second Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett. . .

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-10-04). Kavanaugh Is a Threat to All of Us. We're Walking Out in Protest. truthout.org The International Women's Strike (IWS) organization is calling for a National Walkout from all work, waged and unwaged, today, October 4, at 4: 00 pm to protest the potential appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Several national organizations, including the Democratic Socialists of America and the National Lawyers Guild, have joined with us to organize against this threat. | The overwhelming response to the call has made all of us — and especially those of us who are survivors of sexual assault — feel validated and hopeful. Today people…

Calvin Trillin (2018-10-04). Kavanaugh's Testimony. thenation.com Kavanaugh's Testimony…

RT (2018-10-04). 'Why don't we dunk him & see if he floats?' Sen. Graham rebuffs Kavanaugh protester. rt.com Accosted by a protester demanding that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh take a lie detector test, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) quipped that maybe Kavanaugh should be subjected to a witch hunt test instead.

Ed Meek (2018-10-04). What's the Big Deal, Kavanaugh? counterpunch.org Anyone with any degree of objectivity who watched and listened to Brett Kavanaugh knows he was lying. He lied about the drinking age when he was in high school. He lied about not drinking during the week. He lied about how he could remember everything that happened to him. He lied about blackouts. He lied More

Janine Jackson (2018-10-04). 'How Many Other Laquan MacDonalds Are There?'. fair.org Janine Jackson featured two archival interviews on Chicago police violence on the September 28, 2018, episode of CounterSpin: a conversation with John Conroy on torturer Jon Burge, originally aired December 21, 2007; and a talk with Jamie Kalven about police victim Laquan McDonald, from December…

Hunter, Daily Kos (2018-10-04). Blasey Ford's Legal Team Sends Another Letter to FBI With List of Witnesses They Declined to Interview. alternet.org "They remain available to talk with law enforcement. " | To say Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's legal team is unsatisfied with the sharply limited FBI investigation into her accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh would be a profound understatement. In a letter to FBI director Christopher Wray, they list off numerous key witnesses that were not contacted by the FBI despite their clear relevance to the case, Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-10-04). Retired Supreme Court Justice Says Kavanaugh's Behavior at the Senate Hearing Disqualifies Him: 'Senators Should Pay Attention to This'. alternet.org Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens made the comment at a small gathering in Boca Raton, FL. | John Paul Stevens, a retired United States Supreme Court justice who was appointed by former President Gerald Ford, on Thursday issued a stunning statement about Brett Kavanaugh's temperament, telling "a small crowd in Boca Raton that Judge Brett Kavanaugh's performance at confirmation hearings should disqualify him," the Palm Beach Post's Lulu Ramadan reports. | "T. . .

Mark Gruenberg (2018-10-04). Despite sham FBI report and protests, Senate rushes to confirm Kavanaugh. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—-Amid competing political claims about the contents of a secret FBI report, and mass protests against federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh's elevation to the Supreme Court, the U.S. Senate will take the first key vote on October 5 on GOP President Donald Trump's nomination of the r…

Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener (2018-10-04). These Senators Need to Be Told: Do Not Vote for Kavanaugh. thenation.com Joan Walsh on the confirmation hearings, D.D. Guttenplan on a new radical majority, and Michelle Chen on the Fight for $15. | The post These Senators Need to Be Told: Do Not Vote for Kavanaugh…

Jessica Corbett (2018-10-04). Warnings Of More 'War And Unilateral Aggression' As Pompeo And Bolton Launch Joint Attack On Global Cooperation. iranian.com After ditching a treaty with Iran to rebuff an ICJ sanctions ruling, Bolton announces review of international agreements to prevent future court decisions. Amid mounting concerns about possible war with Iran after the Trump administration ditched a decades-old bilateral treaty in response to an International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling on Wednesday that U.S. sanctions violate it, National Security […]

Matthew Rozsa, Salon (2018-10-04). GOP Senator Drops Bombshell on Kavanaugh Nomination. alternet.org Sen. Ben Sasse has some prescient word for the president. | Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb. ) could have further complicated Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation prospects when he publicly suggested he would have preferred a woman to be nominated to the Supreme Court in his stead. "Although I've said many complimentary things about Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his distinguished record . . . I will say that I urged the president back in June and early July to make a differ. . .

RT (2018-10-04). White House finds no proof of sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh in FBI report — WSJ. rt.com The White House has concluded that an FBI probe has found no evidence of sexual misconduct on the part of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Lee Fang (2018-10-04). Corporate Front Groups Lobby to Confirm Brett Kavanaugh. On the Supreme Court, He Could Give Them Vastly Expanded Power. theintercept.com Brett Kavanaugh has a uniquely pro-business record. No wonder corporate lobbyists are spending $15 million on ads to get him on the Supreme Court.

Sharon Lerner (2018-10-04). Brett Kavanaugh Also Lied About His Rulings on the Environment. theintercept.com Brett Kavanaugh has made any number of claims that defy belief: that spicy food, and not drinking, caused him to vomit in high school, for instance; or that he called himself a " Renate Alumnius" in his high school yearbook as a tribute to the girl in question, and not as a boast that he'd had sex with her. While such questionable statements set off the b.s. detectors of pretty much anyone who has attended high school, they are hard to…

Chauncey DeVega, Salon (2018-10-04). This Is How White Male Privilege Is Destroying America. alternet.org Brett Kavanaugh isn't just a person who happens to be white and male. He represents a class exerting its power. | In a sociology textbook yet to be written there will be a chapter on white male privilege. The spectacle of Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination will be one of that textbook's primary case studies. There are numerous credible allegations against Kavanaugh, and multiple witnesses who confirm that Donald Trump's Supreme Cou. . .

wsws (2018-10-04). Mass graves in Mannar point to further war crimes in Sri Lanka. wsws.org The skeletal remains of 136 individuals were unearthed in northern Sri Lanka after 74 days of excavation.

Shared by Jared (2018-10-04). Kavanaugh, Continued. truthout.org So many perfectly natural explanations from so many loud men.

IMEMC News (2018-10-04). Detainee Jawareesh Suspends His Hunger Strike. imemc.org The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported, Thursday, that detainee Salah Jawareesh, 23, has suspended his hunger strike after reaching an agreement and a court ruling, stating that his current Administrative Detention orders will not be renewed. The PPS said Jawareesh went on hunger strike for eight days, protesting the […]…

Abby Zimet, Common Dreams (2018-10-04). Pastors Who Tried to Ban Books in a Banned Book Display Didn't Fare Well. alternet.org Marking last week's annual American Library Association Banned Books Week, a public library in Maine set out a display of the usual sinful suspects | Having gotten sidetracked by the sordid saga of Kavanaugh, belated but still gratifying news of a modest victory in grim times: Marking last week's annual American Library Association Banned Books Week, the public library in Rumford, Maine, a s. . .

The Progressive Magazine (2018-10-04). The Mark Judge We Knew. progressive.org Writing for us back in the 1980s, Judge, now a key figure in the Kavanaugh drama, displayed a concern for social justice, and a progressive vision for the world.

Staff (2018-10-04). Who Gets to See the Kavanaugh FBI Report? truthdig.com All 100 senators will be able to read the FBI's new report on sexual misconduct allegations against the Supreme Court nominee. But it's unclear if the public will see it.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-10-04). Kavanaugh Sexual Assault Accusation is Not a 'He Said, She Said' Case. therealnews.com Current Affairs editor Nathan Robinson takes apart Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court hearing testimony. While the media present this as a "he said, she said" case, Robinson argues that Kavanaugh's testimony is self-incriminating because of his lies…

Move On (2018-10-04). #StopKavanaugh Vigils. indybay.org Over 100 locations across the country, including over a dozen in the Bay Area, in almost every county. Starting and ending times vary, depending on location. Please see this map to find a nearby location, including the hours of the local event: act.moveon.org/event/stop_kavanaugh_vigi…

RT (2018-10-04). Grassroots outrage? Soros-funded activists behind anti-Kavanaugh campaign. rt.com Moving videos of women confronting senators over Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination have been framed as grassroots activism, but they were actually made by an organization that receives massive funding from George Soros. |

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-10-04). Sen. Menendez Denounces Kavanaugh FBI Probe as a 'Bullsh*t' Investigation. alternet.org The Democratic senator didn't hold back. | After reading the FBI's report on its background investigation into the sexual assault and misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) fiercely denounced the bureau's work. Republicans touted the report as further showing that there was little to back up the claims against Kavanaugh — without mentioning, of course, the fact that the mul. . .

Ian Berman (2018-10-04). Anti-Semitism as a Sword: The Danger of Undermining Democracy for Israel's Benefit. mintpressnews.com Attacking the cherished principle of free speech not only threatens Jews' standing in their home countries, it does not help Israel move towards cherished values of democracy and peaceful co-existence either.

Jon Queally, Common Dreams (2018-10-04). The 'Fix Is In, Folks': Susan Collins Describes FBI's Kavanaugh Probe as 'Very Thorough' While Admitting She Hasn't Read It All Yet. alternet.org Collins' comments were met with immediate incredulity. | Despite admitting to CNN she still has not read the full report, Sen. Susan Collins—the Republican from Maine who remains a potentially crucial swing vote in the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh—emerged from a briefing on Thursday morning and said a report by the FBI. . .

INA (2018-10-04). PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (27 Sept. — 03 Oct. 2018). imemc.org Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 27 September — 03 October, 2018. Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against unarmed civilians and peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. 9 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, were killed; [.

wsws (2018-10-04). The International Socialist Organization mobilizes behind Democrats' right-wing diversion on Kavanaugh. wsws.org The US pseudo-left has seized on allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh to intensify its promotion of #MeToo and the Democratic Party's campaign in the November elections.

Adalah-NY (2018-10-04). Theater artists ask US & Canadian hosts to cancel Israeli government-sponsored plays. indybay.org Palestinian arts and solidarity organizations, along with US Jewish and Israeli groups, have joined theater artists in signing a letter calling on Toronto, New York and Pittsburgh arts organizations not to host Israel's Gesher Theatre or partner with the Israeli government, citing their involvement in violations of Palestinian rights. Award-winning actors Kathleen Chalfant and Miriam Margolyes, and playwrights Caryl Churchill, Betty Shamieh, Naomi Wallace and Anne Washburn are among the artists who signed the letter.

east bay dsa (2018-10-04). Cancel Kavanaugh Art Build, Medic and Security Training. indybay.org Omni Commons | 4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland, California 94609…

Steve Early (2018-10-04). "They Count on You Not Knowing:" Socialists Blow the Whistle on Democratic Party Donor Class. counterpunch.org Wealthy Bay Area investor David Crane is a leading promoter of the neo-liberal agenda within the California Democratic Party. A former advisor to Republican governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Crane is a widely-published critic of state and local tax initiatives, publicly-funded health care, public education, public employees and their pensions. He raises lots of money for "courageous" More

Sarah Burris, Raw Story (2018-10-04). North Carolina Republicans Use Fake Photograph to Imply Christine Blasey Ford Was Too Ugly to Rape. alternet.org The photo in question is not of Dr. Ford. | The North Carolina Republican Party followed President Donald Trump's lead in attacking Dr. Christine Blasey Ford for coming forward about an alleged sexual assault. The News and Observer reported Thursday that Lanny Lancaster, Cabarrus County GOP chairman, shared a photo he said was Dr. Ford, posted by another account named. . .

Leighton Akio Woodhouse (2018-10-04). Citing Trump's Racism, a Federal Judge Restores Protections for Immigrants Fleeing Wars and Disasters. theintercept.com A federal court has suspended the Trump administration's termination of temporary protected status for hundreds of thousands of refugees.

Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon (2018-10-04). Brett Kavanaugh: Here's Why the Poster Boy For Toxic Male Privilege Just Doesn't Get It. alternet.org Women and people of color are gaining on them, and they are scared to death | To understand the panic that white men in the Republican Party are in these days, it's useful to go back to April of 2016, when Trump was still running for the nomination. He held a rally at the Grumman Studios, located in what used to be the Grumman Aircraft factory in Bethpage, a community adjacent to Levittown, Long Island in suburban Nassau C. . .

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-10-04). Republicans Roll from a Rigged FBI 'Investigation' of Kavanaugh to a Rigged Senate Process. alternet.org Thanks to the Trump White House and Senate Republicans, this FBI investigation was blindfolded. | The FBI has concluded its "investigation" into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but what it did was so limited that it Briahna Gray (2018-10-04). Presumption of Innocence Is for Privileged Men Like Brett Kavanaugh, Not Laquan McDonald or the Central Park Five. theintercept.com Trump's defense of Kavanaugh shows he doesn't care about due process unless it's for men like himself. He sees privilege as their shared birthright.

Staff (2018-10-04). What Climate Change Activists Can Learn From Public Health Campaigns. truthdig.com Tackling climate change is urgent. Can we act in time? Yes, one argument runs. What we are doing in protecting public health shows how.

Special to PeoplesWorld (2018-10-04). More than 800 women law profs demand Senate reject Kavanaugh. peoplesworld.org Today hundreds of women law professors from law schools around the United States have written to the United States Senate, asking all members to reject Judge Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court. Representing a range of disciplines, from corporate law and legal history to criminal justice and tax, women faculty h…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-10-04). 'A Complete Coverup': Democratic Senator Argues the FBI Embarrassed Itself in the Brett Kavanaugh Investigation. alternet.org "A complete embarrassment on the reputation of the FBI. " | Republicans are rushing to vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh this week after an FBI investigation into the sexual assault claims against him reportedly turned up few if any additional reasons to believe the allegations. But Democrats quickly protested this rush to judgment, arguing that the FBI investigation was hardly sufficient to get to the truth of the matter. In f. . .

Daniel Falcone (2018-10-04). Weaponized Communication at the UN: Talking With Richard Falk. counterpunch.org Instead of being a laughing stock, it is more realistic to view Trump's America as bringing tears to the eyes of those who care about present human suffering and future prospects for peace, human rights, global justice, and ecological sustainability. What we need is an equitable globalism that is dedicated to safeguarding and promoting human interests. More

Staff (2018-10-04). Critics Blast FBI's Kavanaugh Investigation as Utter Farce. truthdig.com Less than a week into the probe, it's become increasingly clear the White House is determined to protect the Trump nominee at all costs.

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