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Oprah Winfrey has told the US magazine InStyle that she does not “have the DNA” to be US president.

She has been widely touted as a future Democratic contender for the 2020 elections after a rousing speech at the Golden Globes earlier this month.

But she told InStyle: “I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not.

“And so it’s not something that interests me.”


In response to the Kimberly Clark excerpt, he Con men will get their comeuppance but it will take awhile.

I heard today on Democracy Now the Koch Brothers got tax cuts of 1.5 B each.


New York Is Standing Up for Net Neutrality in a Big Way

The battle to restore net neutrality received a huge boost on Wednesday when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order directing state agencies to not enter into any contracts with internet service providers unless they follow net neutrality principles. The order comes just days after a similar order from Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, and makes New York the second state to enforce net neutrality protections since the Federal Communications Commission repealed it last month.

Much like the Montana measure, New York’s order requires that all internet service providers, or ISPs, contracting with state agencies must not block, throttle, or engage in paid prioritization of internet content. Any ISP hoping to enter or renew a contract with a state agency on or after March 1 would have to enter into a binding agreement stating it would adhere to these principles. The terms would only apply to state contracts, and does not affect how ISPs work with private companies or individuals. The order also directed New York’s Department of Public Service to evaluate other ways in which the state could promote net neutrality. Major companies including AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon currently contract with the state of New York.

“The FCC’s dangerous ruling goes against the core values of our democracy, and New York will do everything in our power to protect net neutrality and the free exchange of ideas,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement. “With this executive order, we reaffirm our commitment to freedom and democracy and help ensure that the internet remains free and open to all.”


This evidence supports on-the-ground observation in the United States. Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer have documented the daily horrors of life for the several million people in the United States who actually do live on $2 a day, in both urban and rural America. Matthew Desmond’s ethnography of Milwaukee explores the nightmare of finding urban shelter among the American poor.

It is hard to imagine poverty that is worse than this, anywhere in the world. Indeed, it is precisely the cost and difficulty of housing that makes for so much misery for so many Americans, and it is precisely these costs that are missed in the World Bank’s global counts.

Of course, people live longer and have healthier lives in rich countries. With only a few (and usually scandalous) exceptions, water is safe to drink, food is safe to eat, sanitation is universal, and some sort of medical care is available to everyone. Yet all these essentials of health are more likely to be lacking for poorer Americans. Even for the whole population, life expectancy in the United States is lower than we would expect given its national income, and there are places — the Mississippi Delta and much of Appalachia — where life expectancy is lower than in Bangladesh and Vietnam.


USDA Chief to People on Food Stamps: Get a Job

Perdue has pounded the theme of able-bodied, childless adults who are allegedly abusing SNAP before, most recently back in December. But the SNAP program already contains work requirements for what it calls Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs). According to the USDA website, ABAWDs can only get SNAP benefits for three months of any three-year period, unless they “work at least 80 hours per month, participate in qualifying education and training activities at least 80 hours per month, or comply with a workfare program.”

Fred Hoefner, senior strategic advisor at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and a veteran observer of federal food policy, said Perdue’s get-a-job attitude toward SNAP reflects the heavy lift the administration and the GOP Congress face in passing a farm bill during a time when potentially momentous midterm elections are looming amid deep polarization and legislative chaos from recurring government-shutdown scares.

The dilemma is this: A significant portion of House Republicans—the so-called Freedom Caucus—will only vote for a farm bill that includes massive SNAP cuts. But most House Dems will only vote yes if the bill doesn’t cut SNAP. As a result, he says passage of a farm bill in 2018 “will be difficult if impossible.”

But the leverage in this case is with the SNAP-supporting Democrats—because if no farm bill passes in 2018, the program’s funding will automatically renew at current levels, Hoefner says.



Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Thursday said it was time to go on “offense” on health care after a year of defending ObamaCare against repeal efforts.

In a speech to a conference hosted by Families USA, a leading liberal health care advocacy group, Warren laid out a range of ways to build on the Affordable Care Act, and attacked health insurance companies for how they treat consumers.

“We need to do more than play defense,” said Warren, a possible 2020 Democratic presidential contender. “I believe it is time for us to go on offense.”

“I endorsed Bernie Sanders’s ‘Medicare for all’” bill, Warren said, but noted she did not focus on single-payer.

She pointed to other options for expanding ObamaCare as well, such as creating a public health insurance option, or allowing people to buy into Medicaid, as Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) has proposed.

“I am glad to see us put a lot of different options on the table,” she said


“I believe it is time for us to go on offense.”

I believe it’s way past time to “go on offense”, but better late than never!


From Salon—Could a Democrat Actually Beat Ted Cruz This Year?

The notion of a “Blue Texas” has been something of a pipe dream for Democrats and progressive activists. The party has always seemed to be one or two elusive election cycles away from winning statewide. But, since the last national election, a large chunk of the electorate has gotten fired up. Tens of millions of Latinos and Hispanics live in the state, and, thanks to Trump’s anti-immigration and racist rhetoric, activists are predicting that a great electoral awakening will take place.

“If Ted Cruz is looking a Dreamer in the eye and saying he should be deported, that sticks out,” Evans said.

“We are all organizing for the 2018 midterm elections because we want the elections to be the biggest turnout this country has ever seen,” Paola Mendoza, a filmmaker and artistic director for the Women’s March, told Salon recently.

“Midterm elections seem to be dependent upon turnout, and you’re seeing that people are turning out,” Juan Guzman, policy and advocacy manager with United We Dream told Salon.


Nancy Pelosi to join Debbie Wasserman Schultz for FAU town hall

Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, returns to Florida later this week when she joins fellow Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and others for a town hall on the recently enacted GOP tax reform plan.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 25 at the Student Union-House Chambers on the Florida Atlantic University campus in Boca Raton.

One problem is that apparently that venue isn’t advertising the event. So some are wondering who will even be there.

From someone who says they live on campus:

There has been NO INFO on the event besides this article.

And just for some reference, I am the VOTER ENGAGEMENT INTERN on campus. If there is anyone who should know about this, it’s me and the people in my department. This entire event has been kept quiet from FAU students.

There is no information on the event on any FAU webpage, on any of DWS social media accounts, nothing from student government, and nothing from the FAU Democrats on campus. Complete and utter SILENCE about the House Minority Leader and DWS showing up.



Wonder if the people that show up will be screened or force fed questions to ask. Most college kid Dems prefer Bernie not those two.


Sen. Jones (AL) has a perfect record from what I understand.

For voting with Trump that is. I think this was his fourth vote?

Red state savior and folk hero to #RealDemocrats™ Doug Jones maintains his perfect record of voting how trump wants.

There’s a New Health Secretary. What Will He Mean for Women’s Health?

On Wednesday, the Senate confirmed Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical company executive, as the new secretary of Health and Human Services.

Though Azar’s formal position on women’s reproductive rights is largely unknown, reproductive health groups are roundly criticizing the pick.

During a confirmation hearing for Azar in late November, Democratic Sen. Patty Murray asked Azar if he supports a recent rule from the Trump Administration that allows employers with a conscience objection to deny insurance coverage for contraception for women (the law is currently blocked by a federal court). Azar responded that the number of employers believed to take advantage of the rule is overall small, but said “I do believe we have to balance of course a woman’s choice of insurance that she would want with the conscience of employers and others.”

Azar’s position on reproductive health issues is relevant amid actions recently taken by HHS and the Trump Administration that critics say limit women’s access to contraception options and abortion. In a draft strategic plan, the agency made specific note that the agency is “serving and protecting Americans at every stage of life, beginning at conception.”

If life begins “at conception” then pregnant women should get full medical coverage at that point too and child credits on top of it. I mean, that would be ‘pro-life’, right??


Kockconsin consolidation power continues

Wisconsin Republicans Abruptly Decide To Oust Top State Elections And Ethics Officials


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