Free speech in the USA, goodbye?


This video from the USA says about itself:

Republican Anti-Protester Laws Killing Free Speech

Republicans have a lot of fascist tendencies. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

“More than 20 states have proposed bills that would crack down on protests and demonstrations since Donald Trump was elected, in a move that UN experts have branded “incompatible with US obligations under international human rights law”.

The proposed laws would variously increase the penalties for protesting in large groups, ban protesters from wearing masks during demonstrations and, in some states, protect drivers from liability if they strike someone taking part in a protest.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said more than 30 separate anti-protest bills have been introduced since 8 November in “an unprecedented level of hostility towards protesters in the 21st century”. Their introduction comes amid a huge increase in activism and engagement, much of it inspired by Trump’s election to the presidency.

The ACLU and the National Lawyers Guild have said many of the bills are likely unconstitutional. “The proposed bills have been especially pervasive in states where protests flourished recently”, said Vera Eidelman, who works in the ACLU’s speech, privacy and technology project.”

Read more here.

If you count on the Democratic party establishment to counter these dangerous Republican tendencies then you may get disappointed.

This video from the USA says about itself:

DCCC [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee] Backs Recent Republican Over [left-wing, pro-Bernie Sanders] Justice Democrat

21 April 2018

Cenk Uygur breaks down a Ryan Grim story, which reveals that the DCCC-backed candidate in California’s 50th district, Josh Butner, was a registered Republican before running as a Democrat.

Read Ryan’s piece here.

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United States Democrats’ betrayal of Dreamers


This video from the USA says about itself:

Democrats Sell Out Dreamers AGAIN

19 March 2018

Typical corporate Democrats. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

President Trump on Friday blamed Democrats for a lack of progress on saving a program that defers deportation for certain undocumented immigrants known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

“Senate Democrats and the House Democrats have totally abandoned DACA. They don’t even talk to me about it, they’ve totally abandoned it”, Trump said Friday during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

“We want to do something about DACA, get it solved after all these years. The Democrats have been totally unresponsive. They don’t want to do anything about DACA. It’s very possible DACA won’t happen, it’s not because of Republicans, it’s because of Democrats.””

Read more here.

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

Democrats drop DACA recipients from budget talks

20 March 2018

Congressional Democratic leaders have decided that there will be no protection for DACA recipients—the young undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children—in the omnibus budget bill that must pass the House and Senate by midnight Friday night.

The budget bill, appropriating funds for all major federal agencies for the rest of the current fiscal year, which ends September 30, is the last piece of major legislation that Congress must pass before the November 6 election. It is widely expected that there will be no significant legislative action after that, as all members of the House of Representatives and one-third of the members of the Senate concentrate on their renomination and reelection campaigns.

That means if no legal protection for DACA recipients is attached to the budget bill, the issue is likely dead until after the election. President Trump rescinded the executive order establishing the DACA program last year, with the action taking effect two weeks ago, on March 5. But two federal district courts, one in California and one in New York, have blocked this action at least temporarily, issuing orders to the US Customs and Immigration Services to continue renewing two-year work permits for DACA recipients.

The Trump administration sought emergency review by the Supreme Court, but the court refused to take the matter up outside the normal appeals process. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is already taking up the California case, and an appeal of the New York decision is likely to be heard by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

The delayed action on Trump’s rescinding of DACA has given the Democrats a certain political cover, as they can pretend that the issue no longer has the same urgency, since ICE agents are not currently rounding up DACA recipients and deporting them. But an unfavorable appeals court ruling or a change of mind by the Supreme Court could put hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients in immediate danger.

Democratic leaders made statements indicating they had decided that it was impossible to reach agreement with the White House over the terms of an extension of DACA protection, and that they had given up trying.

Last week a group of 84 House Democrats sent a letter to both the Democratic and Republican leaders arguing for inclusion of protection for DACA recipients in the budget. The small size of the group—only a minority of the minority in the House—testifies to the general indifference to the plight of these young immigrants on the part of the US political establishment. They are viewed as a useful prop for electoral purposes—for the Democrats, to pretend to be sympathetic to the concerns of Hispanic and Asian-American voters, for most Republicans, to demonstrate “toughness” in their appeals to anti-immigrant bigotry.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi summed up the position most cynically Thursday, saying, “There’s not a whole lot of reason to negotiate—to do anything that is not already covered by the court decision.” She defended proceeding with a “clean” budget bill—i.e., one that funds the federal government, and particularly the military machine, without any additional non-budgetary provisions like protection for DACA recipients. She argued, “It is necessary for us to pass [the omnibus] to defend our country, to invest in our children’s future, to keep America number one in every respect, to do so in a way that creates jobs.”

On the Senate side, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer rejected one White House proposal, $25 billion for Trump’s wall along the US-Mexico border in return for a 30-month extension of DACA protection. While saying he wouldn’t negotiate in public, Schumer said, “I don’t think the wall is border security. We will fight for real border security, not fake border security.”

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Schumer’s deputy, Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin, was asked whether Democrats were abandoning DACA recipients by not using their leverage in the budget talks—the bill requires the support of at least 10 Democrats in the Senate, and many more than that in the House because of expected defections by ultra-right Republicans.

Durbin equated any fight for DACA recipients with shutting down the federal government, and rejected that course. “We’re not going to have a shutdown”, he said, “but I’m urging leaders to come together and understand there’s an emergency here. We have to move on a bipartisan basis.”

By Monday morning, the well-connected Capitol publication The Hill was reporting that the Democratic leadership had rejected any strategy based on insisting that protection for DACA recipients must be incorporated into the budget bill: “The apparent change in strategy has angered immigrant rights advocates in and out of Congress, who want the minority Democrats to use their rare leverage on the enormous government funding package—among the last must-pass bills of the year—to secure protections for the hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who came to the country illegally as children.”

Congressional negotiators were expected to release the final text of the budget bill late Monday night, in time for the House to vote final passage on Wednesday, and giving the Senate just two more days to pass the bill and avoid a government shutdown at midnight on Friday night.

Typical of Democratic Party thinking was this comment by Representative John Yarmuth of Kentucky, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee and a key participant in the talks. “We got about 80 percent of what we were trying to get, and if you can’t accept 80 percent, then the system can’t function”, he said.

The budget bill is more likely to be delayed by right-wing Republican efforts to add provisions to the legislation extending the Hyde Amendment—which bars the use of federal funds to pay for abortions—to cover subsidies for people who buy individual health care policies under the Affordable Care Act. In effect, such language would prohibit those buying policies on the ACA exchanges from purchasing abortion coverage.

Meanwhile a second group of endangered immigrants faced a deadline Monday. The 195,000 Salvadoran immigrants covered by Temporary Protected Status had until Monday to obtain their last renewal of protected status before the program is shut down by the Trump administration in September 2019. The Salvadoran government said only about 125,000 immigrants had filed for renewals, meaning that as many as 70,000 could become subject to immediate deportation. Most immigrants covered by TPS have been living in the United States for more than 20 years and have US citizen children.

In the face of the Trump administration’s sadistic and illegal treatment of Central American immigrants seeking to apply for asylum at the border crossing between Tijuana-San Ysidro and San Diego, the Democratic Party has said virtually nothing, exposing as a cynical fraud its pretensions of sympathy for the plight of immigrant workers: here.

United States Nunes memo, Russia-bashing distraction from war danger, inequality


This video from the USA says about it itself:

Russiagate is Dangerous, Will Washington Get the Memo?

2 February 2018

The partisan fight over Rep. Devin Nunes’ memo is consuming Washington and even leading prominent liberals to question if Nunes is a Russian agent. Russia scholar Stephen F. Cohen of Princeton University says Russiagate has now become “much more than McCarthyism.”

“This discourse is now the norm, on MSNBC, CNN, New York Times… That people who doubt the narrative of what’s loosely called ‘Russiagate’ are somehow acting under the spell of the Kremlin.”

Read more here.

The text of the, meanwhile released, memo by Republican Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, about the 2016 Clinton and Trump presidential campaigns and the FBI is here.

If the United States Democratic party would be a real opposition party, then they would fight Donald Trump for making the rich richer and the poor poorer, for climate denialism, for warmongering, for attacking civil liberties, for his xenophobic attacks on Dreamers and refugees, etc. Instead, the Wall Street Democrats sell out the Dreamers. And they resurrect Cold War-style brinkmanship towards nuclear war, by drowning everything in cries of ‘Russia! Russia!’ They resurrect the Cold War dead body of the battle against ‘godless Communism’ even though the Soviet Union does not exist anymore, the Warsaw pact does not exist anymore, and the Russian government is neither atheist nor communist. Instead of fighting for transparency, Democratic politicians fight to keep the Nunes memo secret, to keep secret services’ activities as secret as possible. While more state secrets always mean more steps on the road to non-accountability and dictatorship.

One might think it is impossible to be further to the right than Trump. But it looks like the Clintonite Wall Street Democratic politicians are trying that really hard, bring too scared to criticize Trump from the left.

The Democrats responded to the prospective release of the Nunes memo with undisguised hysteria, declaring that it threatened national security and was insufficiently deferential to the US intelligence agencies. Now that the memo has been released, the Democrats’ claim that it contains sensitive national security secrets has been exposed as lies: here.

Democrats defend FBI as Republican memo shows anti-Russia campaign built on illegal spying: here.

The announcement Friday by the US Department of Justice that a federal grand jury has returned criminal indictments against 13 Russian citizens and three Russian companies, charging illegal activities in the 2016 US presidential election, has become the occasion for a barrage of war propaganda in the American corporate media: here.

The Russian meddling fraud: Weapons of mass destruction revisited: here.

United States Dreamers sold out by Clintonist Democrats


This video from the USA says about itself:

25 January 2018

Democrats Cave Again!!! They Give Up On Dreamers!

This video from the USA says about itself:

Sorry Dreamers, Democrats Had “High Anxiety”

23 January 2018

The Democrats rolled over and struck a deal to end the government shutdown without assurances for those covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

Read more here.

In budget talks, Senate Democrats abandon immigrant Dreamers threatened with deportation: here.

Senate Democratic leader seeks to protect Special Counsel Mueller, not DACA immigrants: here.

Students and workers denounce bipartisan attacks on immigrants: here.

Dreamers Speak Out Against Budget Bill With No DACA Protections: here.

United States Clinton Democrats sell out Dreamers to Trump


This video from the USA says about itself:

Are Democrats SERIOUSLY Trusting Mitch McConnell?

22 January 2018

Really, Democrats? Really? Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, explain. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

As the scramble to end the government shutdown dragged into the work week Monday morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican-KY) urged senators in both parties to vote to fund the government until Feb. 8, and accept a loose promise from him to bring a bill to the floor that would address the status of the 700,000 young immigrants whose protections President Trump revoked last year, even if they don’t have an agreement with the White House or the House.’

Read more here.

Many dreamers say they feel betrayed after Democrats “said they wouldn’t vote for government funding without protections for undocumented young people, then did it anyway.”

Liberals Fume At ‘Worst Negotiator’ Chuck Schumer After Deal To End Shutdown: here.

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

Federal shutdown ends as Democrats cave in to Trump

23 January 2018

The US Senate and House of Representatives voted Monday to approve a short-term budget resolution, putting an end to the partial shutdown of the federal government that began midnight Friday night. The deal leaves 800,000 DACA recipients without protection in what amounts to a total capitulation by Democrats to Trump and the Republicans.

The Senate passed the three-week “continuing resolution”, authorizing federal government spending through February 8, by a vote of 81-18, with large majorities of both big-business parties supporting the bill: 48-2 for Republicans, 33-16 for Democrats.

The House of Representatives passed the bill an hour later, by a margin of 266-150, with 45 Democrats joining a near-unanimous Republican caucus to send the legislation to the White House for Trump’s signature.

The bill incorporates only one long-term policy action, reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which covers nine million children in low-income families, for another six years. Both parties allowed CHIP authorization to expire when the fiscal year began October 1, and half a dozen states have already begun notifying families of significant cutbacks in the program, set to begin by the end of this month.

The CHIP extension was added to the continuing resolution that passed the House last week and was blocked in the Senate by a Democratic filibuster, carried out supposedly to demand the legalization of so-called “Dreamers”. undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children and protected against deportation under the DACA program.

President Trump rescinded the executive order that was the basis of DACA, with the action to take effect March 5, when the Immigration and Customs Enforcement could begin rounding up DACA recipients using the personal information they had to supply to the government in order to be covered by the program.

In the annals of cowardly capitulations, there are few spectacles that can match Monday’s collapse by the Democratic Party, which abandoned its blockade against the budget resolution less than 72 hours after it began. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer announced the decision in a brief, nearly blubbering speech on the Senate floor, which combined phony invective directed against Trump with a complete surrender to the bigot-in-chief in the White House.

In the end, the filibuster obtained only one “concession” from the Republicans: McConnell pledged publicly to allow a debate and vote on stand-alone legislation to deal with the DACA issue after February 8 if there is not a DACA provision in the final budget resolution.

Even if he were to keep his promise, House Speaker Paul Ryan has already declared that no DACA legislation will be brought up before the House of Representatives unless it has White House support—meaning that the bill would have to incorporate the full panoply of Trump’s anti-immigrant program, including the wall along the US-Mexico border, a massive buildup of the border and immigration police, and strict new curbs on legal immigration.

DACA recipients are living in a state of anger and anxiety. “Stupid Republicans. I hate Democrats for caving in, too”, wrote one DACA recipient on social media. “Don’t trust Chuck”, wrote another, referring to Senator Schumer. “I woke up at 3:30 last night and wasn’t able to go back to sleep with all this mess. I’ve lost a few pounds just worrying”, wrote one young woman.

The surrender was not Schumer’s individual decision, but the action of the entire Democratic caucus, which had no stomach for any serious fight. At a lengthy closed-door meeting of the Senate Democrats on Monday morning, it was clear that many more than the 12 required to break a filibuster were going to vote to support the budget resolution.

In the wake of the debacle, two of the most right-wing Senate Democrats, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Doug Jones of Alabama, went to the White House for talks with Trump on the immigration issue.

With the installation of Trump in the White House, after a campaign in which he made racist bigotry against immigrants a central focus, the Democrats have only sabotaged efforts to fight back. In the course of the past year, they never made a significant issue of DACA, compared to their single-minded focus on the anti-Russian campaign.

These priorities are not the result merely of the choices made by Schumer, his deputy Richard Durbin, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The focus of the Democrats on the anti-Russia campaign, and their indifference to the impending disaster facing DACA recipients, points to the basic political character of the Democratic Party, a capitalist party whose policies are set by Wall Street and the military-intelligence apparatus.

The media apologists for the Democratic Party on such cable networks as CNN and MSNBC were largely at a loss Monday afternoon, unable to conceal the scale of the capitulation and the demoralizing impact this was likely to have on the electoral prospects of the Democratic Party in 2018.

The New York Times was the first Democratic Party house organ to attempt transforming this debacle into a mini-triumph, in an editorial published Monday evening, beginning with the words, “Thank goodness that’s over”, followed by a series of complaints about Trump’s bad faith and inconsistency in negotiations.

Claiming there were no winners to the shutdown—Trump and the Republicans, of course, would beg to differ—the Times wrote, “Nonetheless, the spotlight is now where it should be: on the failure of President Trump and Republicans in Congress to take care of the Dreamers, despite their repeated claims that they want to.”

No winners? Donald Trump, and the Trump-supporting United States neonazi site The Daily Stormer, claim they won as the Dreamers lost.

This 22 January 2018 video from the USA is called The Government Shutdown Ends With a ‘Promise’ For DACA Vote From the GOP – The News With Dan Rather.

A series of arrests and deportations of immigrants in the state of Michigan over the last week points to a broader escalation of the Trump administration’s reactionary crackdown on immigrants and undocumented workers across the United States: here.

Republicans and Democrats co-sponsor bill to dismantle Dodd-Frank bank regulations: here.

United States corporate Democrats sell out DREAMers to Trump


This video from the USA says about itself:

CNN Host Scolds Dems For Being Far Left On Immigration

22 January 2018

The Democratic party ‘far left’?!?! Really … Today, the pro-Wall Street majority of United States Democratic senators caved to the xenophobia of Donald Trump and his Republican party by passing a budget betraying young children of immigrants, the ‘DREAMers’.

This video from Washington in the USA says about itself:

22 January 2018

The Russell Senate rotunda was swarmed by “Dreamers” — recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) — and their supporters as Congress debated a continuing resolution to continue funding the government for another 4 weeks — one that did not include a fix for the Dreamers, but did include a six-year funding extension for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

This video from Washington in the USA says about itself:

22 January 2018

Government Shutdown ENDS: Did Democrats Cave?

By Nina Turner from the USA today:

The backbone of the Democratic Party is nowhere to be found.

Although Senator Bernie Sanders and 15 Democrats in the Senate demonstrated leadership by voting against the government reopening without a clean DREAM Act, the majority of Senate Democrats showed their lack of courage.

This afternoon, Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced the “arrangement” he and Republican leaders had come to: Democrats vote to reopen the government in exchange for more empty promises from the Republicans.

The time is now to reclaim the Democratic Party from the spineless politicians who have consistently let us down. Add your name and join me in the fight to pass a clean DREAM Act.

Too many Senate Democrats betrayed every promise made to Dreamers. We are disappointed to say the least, but we are going to keep fighting to win a clean DREAM Act.

It only took three days for the Democrats to fold – add your name and join the fight to pass a clean DREAM Act today.

Sign-up to stay informed on how each of us can continue to advocate for a clean DREAM Act.

In solidarity,

Nina Turner
President
Our Revolution

An extraordinary number of former intelligence and military operatives from the CIA, Pentagon, National Security Council and State Department are seeking nomination as Democratic candidates for Congress in the 2018 midterm elections. The potential influx of military-intelligence personnel into the legislature has no precedent in US political history: here.

The CIA takeover of the Democratic Party: here.

A tape recording made in January and leaked last week to the Intercept captures House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, the number two Democrat in the House of Representatives, telling a liberal candidate for the Democratic nomination in the Sixth Congressional District of Colorado that he should pull out in favor of the choice of the party leadership, Iraq War veteran and former paratrooper Jason Crow, who is now a well-connected corporate lawyer: here.