2019-10-09: News Headlines

RT (2019-10-09). 'Completely unacceptable': Anger as power company shuts off supply to 800,000 over California wildfire fears. rt.com Around 800,000 PG&E customers in California are facing power cuts this week after the company announced it would take the drastic measure in order to limit the risk of their power lines sparking serious fires. | Some 20,000 customers are already affected, as the roll-out began in some places at midnight local time and will continue to be widened out to 34 counties across California. | Law enforcement in the affected areas are warning motorists to take extra care on the streets and to bear in mind that traffic lights will not be functioning over the shut-down period. | #MarinPSPS RT (2019-10-09). 'Unconstitutional, illegitimate & secretive': White House pens lengthy letter on why it won't cooperate with 'impeachment inquiry'. rt.com A showdown between the White House and Democrats is in full swing with the former penning a letter declaring it would not cooperate with an "illegitimate" and "unconstitutional" impeachment inquiry conducted in secret. | The letter, published on Tuesday evening, condemned the impeachment initiative in the harshest terms yet, arguing it deprived President Trump of "constitutionally mandated due process," and that the inquiry lacked legal legitimacy, as it was never a…

Akela Lacy (2019-10-09). Mark Zuckerberg Buckles and Will Testify to Congress on Facebook's Cryptocurrency. theintercept.com The hearing comes after Chair Maxine Waters and committee Democrats sent a letter to Facebook calling on the company to suspend plans to launch the cryptocurrency, Libra.

Aaron Maté (2019-10-09). Russian social media debate: clickbait or information warfare? thegrayzone.com What is the Internet Research Agency, and are the claims of a Russian influence campaign against the U.S. well-founded? Aaron…

Fréa Lockley (2019-10-09). Coleen Rooney took on The Sun. It's just brilliant, and it shows what we're up against. thecanary.co Coleen Rooney has taken on the invasive reporting of the Sun. What she did was just brilliant. But it also showed exactly what we're up against with the establishment media now Boris Johnson's prime minister."I came up with an idea": On 9 October, Rooney shared a Twitter post explaining that "someone who I trusted" kept sharing "private posts and stories" with the tabloid. So she blocked everyone, bar one account, from her Instagram and started sharing fake stories. Sure enough, the Sun ran these, and Rooney was able to pinpoi…

teleSUR (2019-10-09). Hillary Answer To Trump: "Don't Tempt Me, Do Your Job" telesurenglish.net Hillary Clinton threatened to participate in the 2020 U.S. election after President Donald Trump made ironic remarks about the Democrat's political career. | RELATED: | Trump Must Hand Over Tax Returns to NY Prosecutors: Judge | Trump suggested through his Twitter account that Clinton should try to "steal the race" from Democrat Elizabeth Warren, the current…

The Canary (2019-10-09). Facebook's Libra faces tough scrutiny before 2020 launch, warns Bank of England. thecanary.co The Bank of England has warned Facebook that its new digital coin, Libra, will face tough regulatory scrutiny ahead of its launch. | In minutes of the latest financial policy committee (FPC) meeting, the Bank said Libra had the potential to become a "systemically important" payment system and would need to show resilience across the entire chain. | The comments came as the Bank also gave its latest assessment of the UK's financial stability, confirming that lenders remain able to withstand a worst-case disorderly Brexit. | It added that "extensive" contingency planning has helped mitigate most of the threats of a…

Staff (2019-10-09). White House Impeachment Letter Sparks Constitutional Crisis. truthdig.com President Donald Trump and his administration will not participate in the Congressional impeachment inquiry, the White House announced Tuesday, setting up a constitutional crisis in the conflict between two ostensibly co-equal branches of government. | "There is no legal basis for Trump's position," tweeted NBC analyst Katie Phang. "Hard stop." | "The Trump administration's flat refusal to cooperate with congressional oversight is, itself, impeachable," tweeted Vox's Ezra Klein. | NEW | 9-page letter just released from the White House claims i…

Ed Sykes (2019-10-09). Urgent UK protests called as Turkey begins 'illegal invasion' of northern Syria. thecanary.co Turkey has invaded north-eastern Syria, attacking largely-Kurdish fighters who were key in defeating Daesh (Isis/Isil). | NATO member Turkey targeting "civilian areas" in Syria invasion: | Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced the start of the invasion, which followed an announcement on Sunday by Donald Trump that US troops supporting the fight against Daesh would step aside. Erdoğan called the attack 'Operation Peace Spring'.

RT (2019-10-08). 'Don't tempt me': Hillary threatens to enter 2020 race after Trump Twitter jab. rt.com Hillary Clinton has threatened to enter the 2020 presidential race for president after President Donald Trump suggested on Twitter that she throw her hat in the ring in an effort to "steal it away" from Elizabeth Warren. | Trump tweeted Tuesday that "Crooked Hillary" should run for president again to deprive the "Uber Left" Warren of a shot at the White House, but only on "one condition" to be subpoenaed to "explain all of her high crimes and misdemeanors." | I think that Crooked Hillary Clinton should enter the race to try and steal it away from Uber Left Elizabeth Warren. Only one condition. The Crooked one…

Staff (2019-10-08). China vs NBA: That Tweet Is No Slam Dunk. therealnews.com A tweet from Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey provoked Chinese TV into banning an upcoming NBA game. So instead of talking about Uighur concentration camps, the murder of Chinese protestors, or the upcoming trade war, US media is asking about the future of NBA-China relations.

RT (2019-10-08). Hezbollah took over Pentagon? Defense reporters baffled by bizarre glitch on TV screens showing CNN. rt.com Reporters are scratching their heads following an odd tech glitch at the Pentagon, in which the name of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah flashed across TV screens tuned to CNN in the building's press pen. Nobody's sure why. | A number of journalists in the Defense Department press corps took to Twitter with alarm on Monday afternoon to share pictures and videos of the mysterious malfunction, some wondering aloud whether the militant group had successfully infiltrated the Pentagon. During the glitch, an image with the word "Hezbollah" in all-caps at the top and bottom of the screen, with indecipherable tex…

Staff (2019-10-08). AOC Is Talking About Prison Abolition. Will She Take Action? truthout.org | | Yesterday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a string of comments defending the idea of prison abolition. Representative Ocasio-Cortez began by tweeting, "I know the term 'prison abolition' is breaking some people's brains. The right is already freaking out. Yet the US incarcerates more than anywhere in the world. We have more than enough room to close many of our prisons and explore just alternatives to incarceration." She went on to…

Norman Solomon (2019-10-08). Bernie's Heart. And Ours. counterpunch.org Along with being where all blood goes, the heart is an enduring metaphor. As Bernie Sanders recovers from a heart attack, now might be a good time to consider some literal and symbolic meanings. Bernie immediately used his heart trouble to advance a central mission. From the hospital, he tweeted: "I'm fortunate to have good More

Ilana Novick (2019-10-08). Twitter Rakes in Cash From Anti-Immigrant Bigots. truthdig.com The group's name is bland enough: Federation for Immigration Reform (FAIR). It doesn't explain its specific position on immigration—it could want to expand or limit it, but the word reform doesn't tell us anything either way. That meaningless name is helpful for evading scrutiny, which is perhaps why, as Alex Kotch reports in Sludge, the "prominent anti-immigrant organization has spent $934,000 on Twitter ads, and Twitter sees no problem with this." | A little under $1 million in promoted tweets over a few years might not seem like a lot of…

Thomas Knapp (2019-10-08). Instead of Explaining Greta Thunberg, Debate Her Claims. counterpunch.org What is Greta Thunberg's superpower? She obviously has one, if not more. Your average sixteen-year-old doesn't start successful global activist movements, address UN Climate Action Summits, and have those addresses go viral as death metal videos. Critics slam Thunberg as everything from "mentally ill" (a claim which got one Fox News guest blacklisted), to naive More

teleSUR (2019-10-08). Bangladeshis Protest Murder of Student by Ruling Party Workers. telesurenglish.net Thousands of Bangladeshi university students protested Monday after an undergraduate student was allegedly murdered in the capital city Dhaka by the ruling party workers. | RELATED: | Bangladesh Charges 16 for Burning Alive Sexual Abuse Survivor | Abrar Fahad, 21 – a student at the prestigious Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology (BUET) was allegedly killed over a Facebook post which criticized the government's water-sharing agreement with India. | During the visit…

John Nichols (2019-10-08). It's Not a Coup, It's the Constitution. thenation.com It's Not a Coup, It's the Constitution…

Staff (2019-10-08). Critics Use Bernie Sanders's Heart Attack to Smear Medicare for All. truthout.org | | After presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders suffered a heart attack last week, he used the experience to explain why he is pushing so hard for his Medicare for All plan. Sanders's plan would expand and improve Medicare so it covers the whole country with no fees, co-pays or deductibles. | "I am more determined than ever to fight alongside you to make health care a human right," he said in a tweet. | Yet many critics of…

teleSUR (2019-10-08). Mexican Rapper Tests New Educational Program at Public School. telesurenglish.net Mexican rapper Danger AK has designed an educational strategy that uses lyrics, poetic structures and other literary resources set to rap rhythms in order to trap the attention of teenagers attending a Mexico City high school. | RELATED: | Mexico's Tzeltal Women Break Down Barriers in Traditional Music | In a secondary school in the Tlatelolco district of downtown Mexico City, Jose Alfredo Martinez Estrada, better known in…

Ed Sykes (2019-10-08). Corbyn congratulates Portugal's Socialist-led government for increasing its anti-austerity mandate in election. thecanary.co Portugal's centre-left government has increased its votes in Portugal's general election, and is poised to continue in government for another four years. | UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn congratulated the Socialist Party-led government on its victory, saying: | @antoniocostapm and the Portuguese Socialist Party on today's election success. | Your government, supported by the wider left, shows there is an alternative to austerity in Europe. #Portugal2019

Global Research News (2019-10-08). Selected Articles: US-China Telecom Warfare. globalresearch.ca Our objective at Global Research is to recruit one thousand committed "volunteers" among our more than 50,000 Newsletter subscribers to support the distribution of Global Research articles (email lists, social media, crossposts). | Do not send us money. Under Plan A

Ed Sykes (2019-10-08). MPs call for UK to 'stand against' NATO member's invasion of northern Syria. thecanary.co NATO's second largest army is currently on the verge of invading northern Syria. And a cross-party group of MPs has called for the UK to "steadfastly…

Robert Mackey (2019-10-07). Fox News in Disarray as Hosts Struggle to Digest Trump's Betrayal of the Syrian Kurds. theintercept.com Donald Trump's late-night decision to abandon the Syrian Kurds who helped the United States destroy the Islamic State caliphate in Syria prompted a rare outburst of dissent on Monday on the president's favorite television program, "Fox and Friends." | The news of Trump's complete reversal of his pledge in June to defend the Kurds from a threatened Turkish invasion of their enclave in northern Syria outraged one of the president's most die-hard boosters, Fox h…

RT (2019-10-06). 'Biden family was PAID OFF, pure and simple!' Trump in latest rant over Ukrainegate. rt.com Attacking the Bidens, the Democrats and the "fake news" media in one powerful swipe, President Donald Trump has fired a volley of trademark Sunday tweets, calling Joe and Hunter Biden's involvement in Ukraine "inexcusable." | "It is INCREDIBLE to watch and read the Fake News and how they pull out all stops to protect Sleepy Joe Biden and his thrown out of the Military son, Hunter," Trump started out, before launching into a Twitterstorm of seemingly damning facts about the Bidens, Ukraine and China. | He brought up Hunter's "$100,000 a month (Plus,Plus)" income from the Ukrainian gas company Burisma "even thou…

RT (2019-10-06). 1 suspect arrested, 1 at large after Kansas City bar shooting kills 4 (PHOTOS, VIDEO). rt.com One man has been arrested following a shooting in a Kansas City bar that killed four people and injured five others. Police say that a second suspect remains at large and should be considered "armed and dangerous". | The incident took place shortly before 1: 30am at the Tequila KC bar on Central Avenue in downtown Kansas City. | A truly heartbreaking moment, a circle of woman hugging one another, crying outside at a bar where 9 people were shot, 4 died in KCK. @41actionnews pic.twitter.com/ljiyuIQRuQ—…

RT (2019-10-06). 'I feel like never before': Russian-born LA 'Subway Soprano' gives tearful INTERVIEW after her 1st big stage performance (VIDEO). rt.com 'Subway Soprano' Emily Zamourka, a homeless singer who became a viral sensation overnight, couldn't hold back tears when talking to Ruptly after her first big stage performance. She said she's starting a full-time music career. | Speaking to RT's video agency Ruptly after her performance at the opening of the New Little Italy district in Los Angeles, the Russian-born Zamourka said she felt "like never before in her entire life." She sang an aria from Italian opera composer Giacomo Puccini. | I feel this is… my chance of teaching people the real me, who I was the whole time. | It all started with a tweet o…

Hatewatch Staff (2019-10-03). Militia Movement Rhetoric Elevated to National Level. splcenter.org A weekend tweet by President Donald Trump mirrors the language of a militia movement that has been calling for civil war for at least three years and gives extremist groups a powerful seal of approval.

Rob Dunn (2019-10-02). Black Dean of Students Jamie Riley fired in Alabama for telling the truth. liberationnews.org Riley fired for tweets about racist foundations of US society.

Josmar Trujillo (2019-10-02). NYT Perp Walks a Bronx Neighborhood. fair.org "Sources" gave NY1 reporter Dean Meminger (Twitter, 9/29/19) an entirely inaccurate account of a NYPD "friendly fire" incident. | Two people died in a hail of bullets last weekend in the Bronx. One, a plainclothes New York City police officer, Brian Mulkeen; the other, Antonio Williams, accused of wrestling with the cop and possessing a weapon. It turned out to be the second case this year of a fatal so-called "friendly fire" incident, but the New York Times took its cue from law enforcement officials in shaping the early narrative around…

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