Elections/Legislation/Government

COVID Crisis: G20 Defers Action on Aid, Tax and Debt Cancellation

G20 finance ministers agreed to extend debt payment relief for the 73 poorest countries and, in principle, to have a common framework to cancel debts. The G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors met on global COVID-19 response plans ahead of the Annual IMF and World Bank Meetings.

Barrett nomination attracts hate groups to DC

The 13th of October was an ugly day for the US Supreme Court. Trump's nominee Amy Coney Barrett refused to answer whether voter intimidation is illegal and refused to commit to recusing herself from deciding a disputed election. As she spoke, hate groups such as the anti-GLBTQ "Concerned Women for America" were in town lobbying for her confirmation.

Concerned Women for AmeriKKKa's lobbyist bus parked at Dept of Labor just waiting...

Protests and civil disobedience greet start of Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearings

Early on the rainy and windswept morning of Oct 12, protesters responded to the start of Trump's Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barret with a blockade of the Dirksen Building. Twenty-one arrests were reported. Duelling protests both for and against the nomination continued at least until Noon if not later.

Video-duelling protests outside the Supreme Court shortly before Noon 2 min 12 sec

Blockade at the Dirksen building: Photo by Elm

Trump defies quarantine, Hatch Act to hold "law and order" rally at White House

On the 10th of October, a potentially still-contagious Donald Trump invited 2,000 GOP supporters to a "Back the Blue" rally on the White House South Lawn. While the theme was law and order, Trump violated DC health codes concerning isolation while actively infectious with COVID as well as the Hatch Act. The Hatch act forbids use of government assets (such as the White House) for partisan political purposes.

After Trump's rally:Trumpers march mocking BLM, supporting theocracy with "Jesus Matters" chant 26 sec

Trumpers vandalize posters at 16ht and H White House fence 6 sec

Image via "Vicky" (Twitter)

Pro-Trump "Walk Away" march assaults journalist and BLM protesters, uses Nazi chants

On the 3ed of October, the pro-Trump "Walk Away" (from Dems) march acted like a hornet's nest poked with a stick at any sighting of antifascists or Black Lives Matter. On 15th st their official marked security goons assauted an Antifa journalist, who had to physically pry one of their hands off his equipment. Later, as BLM protesters confronted the Trumpers, a swirling melee of police assaults and screaming Trumpers broke out, three repored arrests.

Video-Walk Away march security attempts to forcibly prevent anti-fascist videographer from filming 1 min 19 sec

Park Police swarm and tackle one of three activists arrested for peacefully counterprotesting the MAGAT horde with bullhorns(still from Keven R Hogan's NTD video)

Trump, FOUR GOP Senators get COVID, throwing Barret confirmation plans into chaos

Fast-breaking news on Oct 2 had Trump first testing positive for COVID, then getting sick, and finally being taken to Walter Reed Hospital. GOP Senators Sen. Thom Tillis (N.C.) and Mike Lee of Utah both tested positive too, probably exposed at Trump's Sep 26 announcement of Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court. Two more GOP Senators later tested positive too. Now the GOP want to delay Barrett's confirmation hearings, as they may be down 2 votes

Update Oct 6: 4th GOP Senator tests positive, Barret confirmation margin down to two votes

The Shortwave Report 10/02/20 Listen Globally!

Dear Radio Friend,     This week's show features stories from NHK Japan, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Sputnik Radio, and Radio Havana Cuba.http://www.outfarpress.com/swr201002.mp3   (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {33MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)        From JAPAN- The IAEA says

Daily AM "speak-outs" against Barret begin outside the Supreme Court

On the 29th of September, a series of "speak outs" began outside the Supreme Court. Activists (some with frontline healthcare ties) demanding that nobody be confirmed to the Supreme Court prior to passage of a coronavirus relief bill or better yet, the Inauguration.

Day 2: Handmaids at the Supreme Court (DCnewsvideo photo)

UN, Presidents and Prime Ministers Discuss Coronavirus Financial Crisis Solutions

Presidents, prime ministers and world leaders focused on solutions for the global economic crisis spurred by the coronavirus at a virtual United Nations meeting. "Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond," is the largest heads of state meeting organized to confront the financial crisis created by the pandemic. "Six months into the pandemic and hundreds of millions of people are experiencing hunger, losing their jobs and being thrown into the ranks of poverty," said Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the religious development group

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