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The Corey Lewandowski Show Comes to Capitol Hill

The Corey Lewandowski Show Comes to Capitol HillFrom the moment Corey Lewandowski filibustered the first question he received from a member of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, his goals for the afternoon were readily apparent.Lewandowski, President Donald Trump’s close ally and erstwhile campaign manager, wanted to make a mockery of a congressional hearing; to frustrate and embarrass his Democratic interlocutors; to demonstrate his loyalty to the president; and to boost his likely bid for a Senate seat in New Hampshire.Within about five minutes, Lewandowski had accomplished his objective: Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler was rolling his eyes and chastising Lewandowski for refusing to answer his questions, Republicans were accusing Nadler of breaking committee rules to hound the witness, and the proceeding had descended into a cacophony of cross-talk and gavel-banging.The display was especially disappointing for Democrats, who had at least a sliver of hope that Lewandowski’s testimony would be more…


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Corey Lewandowski, House Democrats Clash During Wild Trump Impeachment Prelude Hearing

Corey Lewandowski, House Democrats Clash During Wild Trump Impeachment Prelude HearingFormer Trump campaign director Corey Lewandowski appeared before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to answer questions about alleged obstruction of justice, collusion with Russia, and other unethical activity. But a defiant Lewandowski ran circles around frustrated Democrats, and the proceedings were largely a disaster for those who believe President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign should be held accountable for wrongdoing. This was obvious even to congressional Democrats. Hank Johnson (D–Ga.) said at the hearing that questioning Lewandowski was like “a fish being cleaned by a spoon,” which is not the go-to utensil for cleaning a fish, one gathers. From CNN: Democrats were left with a conundrum: how to use televised hearings to tease out damning passages of the Mueller report when Trump and his gang are determined to turn them into a circus. Their broader strategy of using their House majority…


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Populism Is Not the Answer to Neoliberal Fascism

Populism Is Not the Answer to Neoliberal FascismEditor’s note: This article was originally published on Truthout.  We have entered an ominous age of political conformity. Support is growing for a right-wing populism that views liberal democracy as both an anachronism and a curse. Meanwhile, many of those who oppose this growth of the right wing are turning to a left-wing populism that is dangerously susceptible to the same patterns of demagoguery and discourses of unity and exclusion. The signposts are clear. Across the globe, politicians spew out inordinate incitements of hatred and bigotry, while legitimating and often overtly supporting racism. Liberals cling to notions of freedom and liberty that ignore the power of capital to turn such terms into their opposite. The mainstream media measure the task of pursuing the truth against how their bottom line is affected. What has emerged out of this abyss of rising authoritarian power and…


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A Prison Lifer Comes Home

A Prison Lifer Comes HomeHaywood “Red Dog” Fennell was finishing up work for the day, headed back to his cell at Pennsylvania’s largest-capacity prison, when a friend called him over, eager to share the news that had lit up the men’s tiny TV screens and sent shouts and whistles echoing down the long, cavernous cell block. It was June 25, 2012, and the U.S. Supreme Court had just ruled that mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole were unconstitutional for juveniles. Pennsylvania had imposed that sentence on more kids than any other state—some 500 of them, many now in their 40s, 50s, and 60s.Men who still had their mothers called home to share the news. The jailhouse lawyers got creative with petitions to speed their release. The religious men said prayers. Fennell didn’t see much cause to celebrate. Forty-eight years of incarceration for a role in a fatal mugging…


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Corey Lewandowski Turned a Hearing on Trump’s Obstruction Into the Launch of His Senate ...

Corey Lewandowski Turned a Hearing on Trump’s Obstruction Into the Launch of His Senate …For a lot of people, testifying before Congress under subpoena about involvement in the president’s alleged obstruction of justice would complicate a nascent Senate campaign. But Corey Lewandowski treated his testimony on Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee as an opportunity to tout his subservience to the Trump White House and endear himself to the president’s fans in New Hampshire. Trump’s former campaign manager used his appearance as a platform to bolster his pro-Trump credentials by attacking Democrats and denying that Trump obstructed justice when he tasked Lewandowski with pressuring former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to rollback Robert Mueller’s investigation. “This fake Russian collusion narrative is the greatest crime committed against the American people in this generation or maybe any other,” Lewandowski declared during the hearing. Invited by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) to opine on Democrats’ motivation,…


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Even Elizabeth Warren’s Fans Have Doubts About Her Plans

Even Elizabeth Warren’s Fans Have Doubts About Her PlansNEW YORK—The tens of thousands of people who crowded into Washington Square Park and waited through a light rain to hear Elizabeth Warren speak on Monday evening already knew her as the 2020 candidate with the plans.That much was clear when the first big roar of the night went up about a third of the way into the Massachusetts senator’s 40-minute speech. “I know what’s broken. I’ve got a plan to fix it, and that’s why I’m running for president of the United States,” she declared, lifting and opening up her arms as if to receive the crescendo of cheers. “There it is.”This simple summation of her candidacy, and the even shorter distillation—“Warren has a plan for that”—is the closest she gets to a “Yes we can”-like bumper-sticker slogan. She has many plans, in fact: pages upon pages of proposals to supersize…


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