With the 2020 election approaching, President Trump is undertaking steps to improve his popularity in key demographics that support him. As The Nation reports, the Trump administration is trying to implement several policies to deter immigration and reduce environmental regulations in order to better court his base and businesses.

Duke Energy Coal Plant


The recent wildfires in California have continued to spark debate over the role the electric company PG&E played in the various disasters. Despite the lack of action by PG&E to fix decrepit electrical infrastructure, the company was able to, as The Intercept reports, spend $2.1 million on political donations, in addition to executive compensation and investor dividends. 

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 15: The Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) logo on a truck is visible through raindrops on a window on January 15, 2019 in San Francisco, California. PG&E announced that they are preparing to file for bankruptcy at the end of January as they face an estimated $30 billion in legal claims for electrical equipment that might have been responsible for igniting destructive wildfires in California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Protests continue in South America, and with them comes a similar lack of coverage by larger U.S. publications. Of particular note is Chile, where, as FAIR reports, there has been a noticeable increase in levels of violence and human rights violations by the Chilean government against protesters. Yet a publication like the New York Times does little to cover the issue. 

Chilean Carabineros fighting protesters (photo: Nicole Kramm Caifal)

American banks have failed the public in the past. After the last financial crisis, people hoped that the banks would be better regulated. However, as Truthdig reports that in recent months, “banks were refusing to lend to each other, evidently passing up big profits to hold onto their cash—just as they did in the housing market crash and Great Recession of 2008-09.”

Is the Run on the Dollar Due to Panic or Greed?

The current political climate in the U.S. is not supportive of immigration, especially those who fall under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. As Democracy Now! reports, such a policy environment is being challenged at Yale, where a student there under DACA is trying to build support to prevent his mother from being deported.


The way in which death penalty is awarded in the U.S. is simply cruel. As CounterPunch reports, a new method of execution is being used that is far from humane; “But that’s really my point here, too, just as I’ve made the case elsewhere: We must be honest about the death penalty’s repugnance. The new method of execution, nitrogen hypoxia, deprives the condemned of oxygen, replacing it with an allegedly precisely regulated purified form of nitrogen.”


Julian Assange is has received little media coverage. As Assange continues to make his way through the British court system, it is unclear if he will be extradited,  or as The Real News Network reports, if he can even last that long. “Well, I was at the last hearing, and I saw Julian about a week before that, so I’ve seen him up close on a number of occasions recently. I think I can agree with Nils Melzer’s assessment. It’s very difficult to tell. His physical condition has changed dramatically. He’s lost about 15 kilos in weight. To see him in court struggling to say his name, and his date of birth, was really very moving.”


Several weeks ago, a statement by an NBA  general manager sparked outrage in China, as the country moved to penalize the NBA for not properly condemning this action. Since then, many in the U.S., from Ted Cruz to Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, have pushed back against the NBA for not properly standing up for free speech. With this in mind, The Grayzone reports on the situation, how the NBA has given in to politicians before and how the recent stint may not be as black and white as it is being portrayed. 


Max Abrahms with this week’s tweet of the week:


Since the proposed Green New Deal was released, there have been many coming at it from the right, criticizing various aspects of it for being to radical. What has been lacking however, and what The Ghion Journal provides, is some levels of criticism coming at it from the left, in this case going into a report by the Cory Morningstar that breaks down every way the Green New Deal would only uphold the status quo.



President Donald Trump holds up a "Trump digs coal" sign as he arrives to speak during a Make America Great Again rally at Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, West Virginia, on August 3, 2017.
The HEADLINES:1. ‘It kept getting more insidious’: Trump’s Ukraine request involved quid pro quo, diplomat says in impeachment testimony (The Independent)

2. Trump Isn’t a Climate Denier. He’s Worse. (The Atlantic)

3. ABC News’ Amy Robach Says Network Killed Her Epstein Reporting On Hot Mic (HuffPost)

4. Mexico Mormons: Nine US citizens, including children, killed in ambush (BBC)

5. Johnson delay on Russia dossier helps Putin, says Litvinenko widow (The Guardian)