Hong Kong votes overwhelmingly for democracy

After months of mass pro-democracy demonstrations and sometimes violent crackdowns by police, the people of Hong Kong have voted overwhelmingly for pro-democracy candidates.

  • 71% of eligible voters turned out to vote, despite rumors of possible action by pro-Beijing forces to obstruct the voting.
  • Hong Kong’s Democratic Party won 90% of local council seats in the vote.
  • Pro-democracy candidates won 278 seats, while pro-Beijing candidates won only 42.

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‘We must save the soul of America’

Last night, as he welcomed the audience to a Democratic Party Presidential Primary debate, on the same day the United States Ambassador to the EU testified under oath that President Trump directed an interconinental extortion plot, Rep. John Lewis told the nation “We must save the soul of America.”

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Sondland Testifies Trump Demanded Quid-Pro-Quo

In sworn testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, Trump’s Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland has confirmed military aid was held up by the President in exchange for a commitment to investigate his political rivals.

Specifically, Sondland testified:

“I know that members of this Committee have frequently framed these complicated issues in the form of a simple question: Was there a ‘quid pro quo?’ As I testified previously, with regard to the requested White House call and White House meeting, the answer is yes.”

Sondland also testified that he worked “at the express direction of the President” and that leveraging aid to compel Ukraine’s president to investigate Joe Biden “reflected President Trump’s desires and requirements.”


This story is developing and will be updated.

Trump Threats & Smears Against Witnesses are Crimes

Donald Trump’s smearing and threatening of witnesses, whistleblowers, and investigators are crimes.

US federal law — specifically 18 US Code § 1512. Tampering with a witness, victim, or an informant — prohibits any effort to intimidate, threaten, corruptly persuade, or engage in misleading conduct toward (e.g. smear and defame) a witness or whistleblower.

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In Defense of the Free Press & the Right to Know

There is a reason the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees the freedom of the press. By doing so, those who created the governing system for this democratic republic ensured that the right of the people to know what was being done in their name would remain paramount.

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Americans divided on what is true & who can be trusted

A startling AP-NORC poll finds Americans struggle to identify true facts. Factors appear to include:

  • partisan division,
  • mutually exclusive prevailing media narratives,
  • absence of straight fact reporting from preferred sources,
  • social media distortions, including malicious bot-net manipulations,
  • a lack of trust in key institutions,
  • and the influence of money on elected officials.

The alarming findings point to a deeper, but very specific problem: American news and political culture is stripping Americans of the ability to think critically. The people’s right to know must supersede the privilege of power, if a society is to be free and democratic.

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Blinding of Protesters in Chile outnumbers All Prior Known Cases

The number of cases of civilians in Chile who have lost an eye, because they were shot in the head with a rubber bullet appears to outnumber all known previous cases worldwide, combined.

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Berlin Wall opened 30 years ago today

The Berlin Wall separated the city into West and East, and created tense conditions for conflict that lasted for decades. Because Berlin was surrounded by East Germany, the Wall was a kind of dual siege—cruelly isolating both West Berlin and East Germany. An estimated 200 people were killed trying to get across to the other side, to visit friends and family, or to escape from tyranny.

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Impeachment Depositions Made Public

After the White House demanded all testimony given in closed depositions before three committees in the House of Representatives be made public, House leadership agreed to release those transcripts, in preparation for open hearings in the House.

The releases made from Monday, November 4, to Friday, November 8, 2019, are linked below. Each “Committees Release” link includes links to the full transcripts. Key excerpts and files including new information are linked below.

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Federal Court orders release of Mueller Grand Jury materials

In a stunning, detailed, historically sourced, and overwhelming rebuke to the Trump administration’s arguments, Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell of the Federal District Court in Washington, D.C., has ordered the Department of Justice to turn over grand jury materials from Robert Mueller’s inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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