Elizabeth Warren has been on a campaign footing to push back against Republican efforts to bestow enormous tax breaks on millionaires and billionaires by decimating health-care coverage for ordinary Americans. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is traveling to Trump-friendly areas of her state hoping to connect with his backers and provide a road map for her party to win back working-class voters. […] Democrats, she said, would do better if they campaigned on that progressive platform rather than blurring the lines between themselves and Republicans. — WSJ Warren highlighted the lengths to which President Obama and Democrats had gone in 2009-2010 to garner Republican support …Continue reading →
Hello friends! Starting the day off with Nina Turner being excellent as always during a CNN appearance. In just a few minutes she manages to highlight the losses of the Democratic Party over the past decade and used the opportunity call for a “New Deal Remix” and an “Economic Bill Of Rights”. She also pointed out that we can’t just talk about issues but also must “be about them” using the example of the California Dem Majority Leader killing Medicare-for-All she and how neither Republicans or Russians were responsible for that.
This week, Hannity and Hume rushed to tell us that colluding with Putin to subvert the results of an American election is entirely legal. The National Review thinks evidence of collusion would be “an enormous calamity” for Trump and lead to impeachment if Democrats win Congress. But, they don’t think there’s anything wrong about collusion, they just think it’s a “dead-end” argument to talk about legality. Let’s set aside, for a moment, all the state, federal or campaign finance laws that might have been broken. Or even the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Let’s set aside the fact that Trump asked for help from “Russia, if …Continue reading →
The Supreme Court announced today that they would hear Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project. This is the Muslim ban, Travel ban case. In it’s decision to hear the case, the court also lifted the temporary injunctions granted by the circuit courts against Trump’s Muslim ban: We grant the Government’s applications to stay the injunctions, to the extent the injunctions prevent enforcement of §2(c) with respect to foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States. This means students, employees, spouses, parents, children etc. returning to the US should not be affected by …Continue reading →
Americans could be forced to decide between sending their children to college or their parents to nursing homes, Sen. Bernie Sanders told a Columbus crowd of 2,200 on Sunday.
“In the United States of America, we should not have to make these choices,” the Vermont senator said. “What we are talking about here is not just health care … at the deepest level, we are talking about the moral values of this country.”
The former presidential candidate’s visit was part of a “Don’t Take Our Health Care” weekend tour across Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia to denounce a newly unveiled GOP health-care bill before an expected Senate vote this week.
The Sanders event drew a characteristically energetic audience, but it was a palpable anxiety and anger energizing the crowd. Boos and sharp cries of “Don’t take away our health care” and “They work for us” interrupted rally speakers.
Along with the plan to scale back Medicaid, speakers denounced provisions in the bill to eliminate federal dollars for Planned Parenthood. They also criticized Republican lawmakers for crafting the legislation behind closed doors and without a public hearing.
In his speech, Sanders addressed two Ohioans by name. He lauded Gov. John Kasich for publicly disapproving of the health-care proposal, and he implored Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, an undecided but key vote, to do the same.
“If Senator Portman votes no, the likelihood is this bill would go down,” Sanders said. “Rob, this is an immoral piece of legislation. Listen to your own governor … a fellow Republican.”
Paris Air Show This year’s International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport finishes today, after one week of spectacular surprises. Perhaps the standout of many competitors is Aeromobil’s Flying Car. The Aeromobil has foldable wings when used as a car, and retractable wheels when used as a plane. With a maximum takeoff mass of 960 kg (about 4300 lbs.), and a wingspan of 8.8 m (about 29 ft), the Aeromobil has a maximum ground speed of about 100 mph, and a maximum air speed of 224 mph. Orders are being taken now, for delivery in 2020. The anticipated price …Continue reading →
A high-profile effort to establish a single-payer healthcare system in California sputtered on Friday when Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) decided to shelve the proposal.
Rendon’s justification? He called it “woefully incomplete”.
it could be revived next year.
But the move is nonetheless a major setback for legislation that has electrified the Democratic party’s progressive flank.
The California Nurses Assn., the bill’s sponsors and the state’s most vocal advocates for single-payer, blasted Rendon’s decision as “cowardly.”
“Acting in secret in the interests of the profiteering insurance companies late Friday afternoon abandons all those people already threatened by Congress and the Trump administration,” Deborah Burger, the union’s co-president, said in a statement.
Burger continued: “The people of California are counting on the Legislature to protect them now, not sometime next year, and as polls have shown Californians support this proposal by a wide majority. A solution to this health care emergency could be at hand; Speaker Rendon is standing in opposition.”
Privately, many Assembly Democrats said they dreaded having to vote on the bill, fearful of backing a proposal — with no financing behind it or politically risky tax hikes — with an “aye” vote, or alienating their energized base with a “no.”
After months and months of criticizing those who believe that the 24/7 focus on all things Russia by the Democratic party establishment instead of a substantive discussion of issues that actually touch on everyday lives (healthcare, jobs, clean water, police violence, and the other things that there was a big fight to put into the platform, etc..) the Party finally seems to be learning a little from its most recent losses.
Frustrated Democrats hoping to elevate their election fortunes have a resounding message for party leaders: Stop talking so much about Russia.
Democratic leaders have been beating the drum this year over the ongoing probes into the Trump administration’s potential ties to Moscow, taking every opportunity to highlight the saga and forcing floor votes designed to uncover any business dealings the president might have with Russian figures.
But rank-and-file Democrats say the Russia-Trump narrative is simply a non-issue with district voters, who are much more worried about bread-and-butter economic concerns like jobs, wages and the cost of education and healthcare.
In the wake of a string of special-election defeats, an increasing number of Democrats are calling for an adjustment in party messaging, one that swings the focus from Russia to the economy. The outcome of the 2018 elections, they say, hinges on how well the Democrats manage that shift.
“We can’t just talk about Russia because people back in Ohio aren’t really talking that much about Russia, about Putin, about Michael Flynn,” Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) told MSNBC Thursday. “They’re trying to figure out how they’re going to make the mortgage payment, how they’re going to pay for their kids to go to college, what their energy bill looks like.
The above statements (and others in the article) echo those made by prominent Bernie Sanders supporters for months, including Nina Turner who was applauded by Progressives but mocked by centrists for saying in May:
“we definitely have to deal with” allegations of Russian interference in the election, “it’s on the minds of American people, but if you want to know what people in Ohio—they want to know about jobs, they want to know about their children.” As for Russia, she said, “We are preoccupied with this, it’s not that this is not important, but every day Americans are being left behind because it’s Russia, Russia, Russia.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Friday said that “thousands of people will die” if the new GOP ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill passes in the Senate.
“This is not trying to be overly dramatic,” he told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “Thousands of people will die.”
“Our job right now is not just to worry about a handful of senators who are trying to get this or that from the Republican leadership,” Sanders stated. “It’s to make it clear to the American people that this is not what our country is about.”
Sanders challenged the bill during the interview, saying it broke with Trump’s campaign promises to offer better healthcare options.
“Throwing 23 million people off of health insurance and raising premiums for older workers substantially — that’s not providing health care to everybody, that’s not great, that’s a disaster, that’s wrong, and the American people do not want to see this legislation passed,” Sanders said.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) warned that the Trump administration’s approach to governance was putting the United States on “a drift toward authoritarianism,” arguing that criticism of the media and new restrictions on voting rights were making the country less democratic.
“Our country is moving in an authoritarian direction and the very nature of American democracy is under attack,” Sanders said Thursday morning at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “His rhetoric has the effect of casting grave doubts on the electoral process in our country, and delegitimizing any president who might follow him — just as he tried to delegitimize the president who preceded him.”
Sanders also warned specifically that Trump’s insistence that he would have won the popular vote had noncitizens not cast ballots — a falsehood, based largely on misreadings of academic studies — would lead to suppression aimed at protecting Trump and Republicans from democratic accountability.
“Trump is trying to lower voter turnout at a time when we have the lowest voter turnout of any country on Earth,” Sanders said. “He is also trying to pre-emptively cast doubt on the results of any future election that he might lose.”