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humphrey

Bernie will oppose the Trump trade deal.

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/419113-sanders-to-strongly-oppose-trump-trade-deal

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Friday that he will “strongly oppose” President Trump’s new trade deal with Mexico and Canada, arguing as currently written it would continue to “ship U.S. jobs to Mexico.”

“In my view, a re-negotiated NAFTA must stop the outsourcing of U.S. jobs, end the destructive race to the bottom, protect the environment, and lower the outrageously high price of prescription drugs,” Sanders said he in a statement.

He said that the trade pact signed by Trump on Friday “does not meet these standards” and that he cannot support it.

“Unless strong enforcement mechanisms are written into the text of this agreement, corporations will continue to ship U.S. jobs to Mexico where workers are paid as little as $2 an hour,” Sanders added.

Sanders has been an outspoken critic of international trade agreements including using his 2016 presidential campaign to push the Democratic Party to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which was negotiated under the Obama administration.

jcitybone

Warren also

https://www.washingtonpost.com/pb/politics/warren-to-vote-against-nafta-revamp/2018/11/29/7c5b3d24-f406-11e8-99c2-cfca6fcf610c_story.html?outputType=accessibility&nid=menu_nav_accessibilityforscreenreader

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced her opposition to a revamped North American trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, arguing that it doesn’t do enough to stop the “serious and ongoing harm NAFTA causes for American workers.”

Warren, a Democrat, said in a speech Thursday that the new North American trade deal “won’t stop outsourcing, it won’t raise wages, and it won’t create jobs. It’s NAFTA 2.0.”

orlbucfan

🙂 ^^^^ 🙂

humphrey

An establishment Dem bites the dust!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/eric-bauman-resigns-as-california-democratic-party-chairman-amid-sexual-assault-inquiry/2018/11/29/f90c291a-f428-11e8-bc79-68604ed88993_story.html?utm_term=.6d9d8871baa9

California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman resigned Thursday amid an investigation into allegations that he sexually harassed and assaulted several party staff members.

Party officials said that the investigation into Bauman’s behavior will continue despite his resignation.

“I have made the realization that in order for those to whom I may have caused pain . . . to heal, for my own health, and in the best interest of the Party that I love and to which I have dedicated myself for more than 25 years, it is in everyone’s best interest for me to resign my position as chair of the California Democratic Party,” Bauman said in a statement Thursday night.

Roger Salazar, a spokesman for the party, confirmed that Bauman had submitted his resignation. Alexandra Gallardo Rooker, who assumed the role of acting chair on Tuesday, will continue to lead the party until a new permanent chair is elected.

magsview

Bauman, Bauman, why is that name familiar…. Oh, I remember now, from May 2017:

The California Democratic establishment, like the national party leadership, has favored corporate and wealthy donors, undermining pushes for a single payer health care system that would provide Americans with health care—not just health insurance. Eric Bauman, the California Democratic Party vice chair and candidate to succeed Burton as the Party’s chair, received $12,500 a month from the pharmaceutical industry to fight Proposition 61, which would “cap the price that any state agency or care program could spend on prescription drugs at what the federal Department of Veterans Affairs pays.” Bauman received these payments while earning a six-figure salary as an adviser to California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. Proposition 61 failed to pass in November 2016 after the pharmaceutical industry spent millions of dollars opposing it.

https://observer.com/2017/05/tom-perez-california-democratic-party-convention/

humphrey

A bit more about this.

https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article154739999.html

Sure, it was impressive the way you took on the political establishment last month, nearly delivering an upset to Eric Bauman, the longtime chairman of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party and vice chairman of the state party.
Indeed, at 1,493-1,431, the vote was incredibly close.
But you didn’t win and you refuse to concede.

For the sake of “the resistance” that you, the California Nurses Association and the rest of your Bernie Sanders-loving supporters swear to represent, things can’t continue this way.

Another example of a progressive being stymied by the establishment.

magsview

“stymied” and insulted, imo.

(“the rest of your Bernie Sanders-loving supporters”?? what a super-divisive and downright snide way to word it- I can see the nose in the air now to go along with the sneer on the lips)

LieparDestin

humphrey

That is as certain as the sun coming up in the morning. With one caveat is that you live in Alaska.

TheLeftistheCenter

This literally echos my thoughts over the last week about Beto to a tee, which is good to see the whole left looking at Beto in a true light now and not just his reflection off of Cruz.

LieparDestin

humphrey

I wonder how many actual serving politicians will ruin their reputations (and their pac money) by showing up in person?

Edited: To add underline in order to clarify my point.

TheLeftistheCenter

Many of the new members are in their transition period and probably too busy getting set up to have the free time to come, they have to set up offices and staff in both DC and their home districts.

humphrey

It is not so much the new members that concern me (with some exceptions) it is the old guard that control the power and are unwilling to facilitate actual progressive change.

TheLeftistheCenter

Thats just a given, this was just round 1 of the revolution and it all happened so fast there is not enough time for the centralists to digest its realities and have no choice but to deal with it like an aberration to the status quo.

I’m impressed we are even getting consideration on a Green New Deal committee, thats more than I expected this time around. Its 2020 where we have the potential to take enough seats (and maybe even the Presidency) where the way the wind is blowing can’t be ignored. That is when we will begin to see some establishment members begin to jump ship, some for political expediency and others because they actually believe in the movement and want to be unshackled.

One data point does not make a trend but 2 data points do, so in 2020 is when we will be able to really begin to apply real leverage and until then anything is bonus.

humphrey

These kind of actions is what I mean.

humphrey

Hakeem has credentials!

https://theintercept.com/2018/11/30/hakeem-jeffries-charter-schools/

Hakeem Jeffrey’s victory in the race for Democratic House caucus chair on Wednesday was a loss for progressive groups that rallied against him, but it was a victory for one national group in particular: Democrats for Education Reform, or DFER — a political action committee that funds candidates supportive of charter schools and is critical of teachers unions. DFER was founded in 2005 by a number of Wall Street leaders, with the mission, as co-founder Whitney Tilson explained it, “to break the teacher unions’ stranglehold over the Democratic Party.”

While DFER really began to flex its financial muscles in 2008 — when it raised about $2 million to help elect pro-charter candidates — its earlier work focused primarily on New York. There, the group helped elect Hakeem Jeffries to the New York State Assembly in 2006. (He served in the state Legislature from 2007 to 2012.) In 2007, DFER also helped lobby New York legislators to lift the state’s charter school cap, increasing it from 150 schools to 250. In 2010, Jeffries co-sponsored legislation to raise the state’s charter cap even further, to 460 — where it stands today.

Over the years, Jeffries has become one of DFER’s top candidates. In 2012, when Jeffries announced that he would run for Congress, the group rallied behind him, elevating him to its so-called DFER Hot List. No other Democrat received more in direct DFER contributions that cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

orlbucfan

I’m surprised they didn’t get a congratulatory tweet from Bitch DeVos.

LieparDestin

humphrey

humphrey

LieparDestin

hehe…

magsview

Not sure if I’ll ever truly get over how betrayed I feel by Obama.

“Just say thank you, please,” former President Obama told a room full of bankers, and boasted of making the US the world’s largest oil producer at an opulent gala with James Baker.

Barack Obama urged bankers to thank him for helping make them so much money during his tenure as president. He also boasted of turning the US into the world’s largest oil producer, while surrounded by wealthy Republicans in tuxedos.

Obama made these appeals for elite adulation at a lavish gala hosted by former Secretary of State James Baker. His comments came just a few hours after he met with former Republican President George H. W. Bush at his home in Texas.

If there was any single event that captured Obama’s centrist, neoliberal capitalist politics, it was the former Democratic president’s oligarch lovefest in Houston on November 27.

At this sumptuous black-tie gala, Obama talked the 1,100 elite guests into raising a staggering $5.4 million, in just one night (at an average donation of nearly $5,000), for Rice University’s centrist, pro-corporate Baker Institute for Public Policy, the honorary chair of which is James Baker.

Baker quipped that Obama would be getting paid 10 percent of the $5.4 million in donations. It is unclear how much Obama raked in for this specific speech, but given the $400,000 fees the ex-president has charged Wall Street firms to speak since leaving the White House, Baker’s joke might not have been far off.

After begging for the gratitude of the ultra-rich, Obama and Baker rattled off a series of platitudes about the importance of “bipartisanship.” The Baker Institute described the event as a discussion of “political civility.”

orlbucfan

Good ole YUPPIE BO. GOPuke Lite showing (again) his true colors.

humphrey

OY! Texas Republicans sure do have “Family Values”.

humphrey

LOL

jcitybone

Sorry Peter Douche. Not a fan of Pelosi, but compared to trump or pence, I’ll take her any day.

magsview

Well, lookee here. I hope ranked choice voting gets a good try all over the country! It seems like a good way to go considering the electoral system in the U.S.

polarbear4

Failed here. But got some exposure.

magsview

Do you mean that ranked choice failed to be implemented in your state?

Honestly, I don’t know that it would make much difference here in CT, but maybe it could still work to elevate more progressive candidates and scare some of the Dems enough to move more left. At least that’s what I’m hoping.

polarbear4

County ballot measure. Got 48%, which seems pretty good as long as we can keep at it, but you never know. I had a sign and folded some campaign stuff at our ORLC meeting. I think it was just too foreign and imho they should have just called it ranked choice. “Star” voting sounds too woo woo and odd.

magsview

The Gathering is Great.

magsview

Centrists won’t stop trying to push the Dem party right, even if it means losing.

humphrey

I wonder if Claire has become a lobbyist yet?

magsview

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

humphrey

I wonder what the odds are for a guilty verdict?

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/419164-fired-cop-indicted-on-murder-charges-in-botham-jean-killing

The Dallas police officer who was fired after fatally shooting Botham Jean, a 26-year-old black man, in his own apartment in September has reportedly been indicted on manslaughter charges.

Sources with knowledge of the case confirmed the development involving fired officer Amber Guyger to a local CBS station on Friday, days after a Dallas County grand jury began hearing evidence in the case.

The officer had been arrested on a charge of manslaughter shortly after the shooting. An internal affairs investigation carried out by the Dallas Police Department found that Guyger “engaged in adverse conduct” when she fatally shot her neighbor earlier in September.

Guyger, who is white, at the time claimed she had returned to what she says she believed to be her apartment, but mistakenly entered her neighbor’s unit instead. She said she believed Jean to be an intruder and shot him.

Jean was later pronounced dead at a Dallas hospital.

magsview

Here’s for justice for Jean and his family.

I’m glad that they are only going for manslaughter because it seems like it’s too difficult to prove stronger charges, but I hope that the officer gets the maximum sentence. It’s way past time to send the message that it’s not okay to shoot (brown) people at will!

TheLeftistheCenter

Pretty high actually, even the right think a cop shooting an innocent man in his home (i.e. his castle in their perspective) is just wrong on every level, though had he been walking down the street and shot in the back they would probably have a different view.

They like cops more than PoC but they like the sanctity of ones home more than the cops. The truth is much of the right isnt ‘hardcore’ racists, its much more complicated than that, for they are fine with working class PoC and really only have an issue with the poor.

They have the view that most PoC arent hard working or adding to society, but have no issue with those that are, but fail to see how their soft racism of believing the average PoC is ‘lazy’ creates the very environment that makes it hard for PoC to succeed. They have created a catch 22 where their belief PoC are less likely to succeed creating a reality where its harder for PoC to succeed, but I dont think most are doing it with malice as much as ignorance.

magsview

jcitybone

https://spectator.us/bernie-sanders-democratic-front-runner/

With the (hellishly long) 2020 cycle having semi-officially begun, the move will be to pressure Sanders to put aside his ego and bow out for various unpersuasive reasons. Among other tactics, this will take the form of anonymous operatives counseling that he expend his considerable energies on something other than a presidential campaign – the same kind of condescending head-patting that was common in the liberal commentariat during the 2016 run. The logic then was that Sanders should be politely complimented for ‘changing the debate’ in numerous vague respects, but actually supporting his electoral victory was a non-starter. One of the ‘hacked’ emails released by WikiLeaks in 2016 showed Democratic National Committee officials discussing ways to ‘throw [Sanders] a bone’ with meaningless concessions to gain his support, and that attitude will persist as they figure out ways to not-so-gently nudge him from 2020 consideration.

This is all the more ironic, because from a purely electoral standpoint, Sanders stands the best chance against Trump. For one, he is largely unsusceptible to charges of personal hypocrisy – at least by national politicians’ standards – having said much the same thing in public life for several decades. He is not marred by questions around personal corruption, although the FBI investigation into his wife’s land deal in Burlington would have to be affirmatively dealt with at some point. If that’s his one major liability, though, then his liabilities are few – especially compared to the previous Democratic nominee and Trump, whose various personal corruptions could be barely captured by several days’ worth of exhaustive documentation. The age issue will be exhaustively whinged about, but he’s only four years older than the incumbent president, and by all appearances in much better physical shape.

But as much as Democratic power brokers loathe Trump, they can’t countenance Sanders. And their mindset will inform pundit consensus as the hellishly long presidential cycle barrels forward. In Sanders’s calculation, maybe this is for the better. An unambiguous ‘front-runner’ designation would be a mixed blessing, because one of Sanders’s strengths last cycle was how his appeal grew somewhat under the radar, until the evidence for it became impossible to ignore. So it could easily creep up on them again, only this time louder and more determined, backed up by a national infrastructure that didn’t exist in 2016. Has also has what amounts to his own sub-rosa alternative media eco-system, which has only grown in the past few years, and some Sanders supporters do now occupy prominent positions in elite journalism, whereas last time there were almost none. So the campaign to disqualify him won’t be easy, but it will be waged vigorously. And that might be exactly what Sanders should want.

jcitybone

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/democrats-taking-key-leadership-jobs-pocketed-millions-pharmaceutical/story?id=59495236

Three of the lawmakers who will lead the House next year as Congress focuses on skyrocketing drug costs are among the biggest recipients of campaign contributions from the pharmaceutical industry, a new KHN analysis shows.

On Wednesday, House Democrats selected Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland to serve as the next majority leader and Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina as majority whip, making them the No. 2 and No. 3 most powerful Democrats as their party regains control of the House in January.

Both lawmakers have received more than $1 million from pharmaceutical company political action committees in the past decade. Just four members of Congress hold that distinction, including Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, whom Republicans chose as the next House minority leader earlier this month.

Adding Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat expected to be the next speaker, the three-person House Democratic leadership team has collected more than $2.3 million total in campaign contributions from drugmakers since the 2007-08 election cycle, according to KHN’s database.

High drug prices surfaced as a major campaign issue in 2018. With almost half of Americans saying they were worried about prescription drug costs last summer, many Democrats told voters they’d tackle the issue in the next Congress. But the large amount of money going to key Democrats, and Republicans, raises questions about whether Congress will take on the pharmaceutical industry.

jcitybone

Classy guy that Zinke

magsview

What a JERK! I’m sure that Zinke is pure as the oil-soaked driven snow.

jcitybone

Hey Claire maybe if you vigorously supported the minimum wage bill that passed in your state that would have helped. You are a moderate, you lost, so what’s your point?

https://www.npr.org/2018/11/30/671988738/mccaskill-blames-senate-defeat-on-democratic-failure-with-rural-america

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., is about to head home after losing her bid for re-election, and in defeat she’s blaming her own Democratic Party for abandoning moderates.

McCaskill has represented Missouri in the Senate since 2007. During her tenure, President Obama lost Missouri twice and President Trump won it handily. McCaskill was one of 10 Senate Democrats running for re-election in states Trump won; four lost.

In an interview with Morning Edition host Rachel Martin, McCaskill characterized her loss as a “failure” of the Democratic Party “to gain enough trust with rural Americans,” and she predicted her party will struggle to win other seats as long as President Trump remains in office.

“This demand for purity, this looking down your nose at people who want to compromise, is a recipe for disaster for the Democrats,” she said Thursday in her Capitol Hill office. “Will we ever get to a majority in the Senate again, much less to 60, if we do not have some moderates in our party?”

TheLeftistheCenter

Last time we had 60 we couldnt get anything done because there were ‘moderates’ preventing us (at least that was the story at the time) so there is no benefit to having these so called moderates anyway.

orlbucfan

The DINOs don’t get it: most voters have a choice between them and a genuine GOPuke, they’ll vote for the latter.

humphrey

It is going to get an uphill climb to get more progressives elected

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-illinois-democrat-cheri-bustos-dccc-chair-20181129-story,amp.html

US. Rep. Cheri Bustos of Moline continued her rise in the ranks of Democratic leadership Thursday, winning election from her partisan colleagues to chair the party’s congressional campaign committee efforts leading to the 2020 election.

Bustos, who gave up an assistant House Democratic leadership spot for her bid to chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, will be entering her third term representing northwestern and west central Illinois’ 17th Congressional District.

Reflecting the growing number of women entering the Democratic caucus and the influence of the women’s vote in powering Democrats to control of the House, Bustos becomes only the second woman to chair the DCCC.

Why worry? Here are a few excerpts from her Wikipedia page.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheri_Bustos

Cheryl Lea Bustos /ˈbuːstoʊs/ (née Callahan; born October 17, 1961) is an American journalist, healthcare executive, and politician who has served as the U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 17th congressional district since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, Bustos is the first woman elected to Congress from her district,

Caucus memberships
New Democrat Coalition

Shortly after taking office, Bustos joined the bipartisan No Labels group. In the first session of the 115th United States Congress, Bustos was ranked the 28th most bipartisan member of the House by the Bipartisan Index, a metric published by The Lugar Center and Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy to assess congressional bipartisanship

magsview

Oh Centrist New Dem! There I was feeling a bit hopeful #BetterToKeepEyesWideOpen.

orlbucfan

She can be primaried, right Benny? Just like Stephanie Murphy in my neck of the woods.

humphrey

As a change of pace this is for those who like space exploration.

NASA Has Just Released 2,540 Stunning New Photos of Mars..

If it’s quiet solitude and beauty you seek, there is no better place than the surface of Mars. Mars has earned its moniker as the red planet, but the HiRISE camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) can transform the subtle differences of soils into a rainbow of colours.

For 10 years, HiRISE has recorded gorgeous – and scientifically valuable – images of Mars. Its photos are so detailed that scientists can examine the planet’s features at the scale of just a few feet, including the recent crash site of Europe’s Schiaparelli Mars lander.

We combed through 2,054 of the camera’s latest pictures, released in August, September, and October, to bring you some of the best – and hopefully help you temporarily escape Earth.

Here are a few examples. Plenty more at the above link.
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magsview

Cool! Thank you.

orlbucfan

🙂 🙂

humphrey

I have no idea why that frowning image showed up.

polarbear4

gorgeous.

humphrey

It appears that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wants to get on Trump’s good side.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/30/kirstjen-nielsen-border-police-1035554

Homeland chief Nielsen issues unusual call for border cops.

A DHS memo obtained by POLITICO asks several other Cabinet departments to send civilian police to the U.S.-Mexico border to stop migrant “caravans.”

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has requested the deployment of civilian law enforcement officers from several other Cabinet departments to the U.S.-Mexico border as early as next week, according to an internal memo obtained by POLITICO.

In what current and former U.S. officials said would be an unprecedented move, the officers — who in most cases have duties entirely unrelated to border security — would help Border Patrol agents repel what the memo calls “migrant caravans originating from Central America.”

The request suggests that personnel with such assignments as guarding diplomats, patrolling national parks, and protecting nuclear weapons might effectively “become Customs and Border Protection personnel,” as one former Justice Department official put it, with the power to arrest border-crossers.

magsview

The Ukraine/Russia thing getting weirder.

humphrey

It is not so weird if one can get the facts of the situation

Poroshenko is up for reelection in the new year and is trailing badly. He is trying to bate the Russians in order to get additional popular support. This follows nicely with the war mongers in Nato and the Trump administration.

https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-europe-46381166

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has urged Nato to send ships to the Sea of Azov following a naval confrontation with Russia off Crimea.

He told Germany’s Bild newspaper he hoped the ships could be relocated “to assist Ukraine and provide security”.

On Sunday, Russia opened fire on three Ukrainian ships and seized their crews in the Kerch Strait between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

Nato has expressed “full support” for Ukraine, which is not a member state.

Amid worsening relations on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Mr Poroshenko of creating the naval “provocation” to boost his ratings ahead of 2019 elections.

Trump likes it due to more weapon sales.

Theresa May likes it since it shields her from the Brexit fiasco.

I could add more but you get the point.

humphrey

humphrey

Republicans are not sore losers. HAH!

Just like they did in North Carolina a while back.

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/11/29/bill-would-allow-legislators-intercede-any-court-case-involving-state/2150818002/

Lansing — With Democrats set to take over top statewide offices next year, Michigan Republicans are considering proposals that would allow the Legislature to intervene in legal battles and shift oversight of the state’s campaign finance law to a new commission.
The lame-duck power plays would limit the power of Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. Democrats have not held all three posts since 1990.

A House bill introduced Thursday by state Rep. Rob VerHeulen, R-Walker, and quickly praised by Republican leaders seeks to guarantee the GOP-led Legislature could intervene in legal battles involving state laws that Democrats may be hesitant to defend.
A separate proposal from Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, would shift oversight of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act from the Secretary of State’s Office to a newly proposed “fair political practices commission.”

Verheulen denied his bill would supplant the authority of the attorney general, though it likely would give the Legislature a voice in ensuring the rationales for laws the House and Senate passed get defended in court.

Nessel, in her winning campaign for attorney general, said she may not defend state laws she views as unconstitutional, including a 2015 law that allows faith-based adoption agencies to decline working with gay residents. Same-sex couples have sued the state over the law, and the litigation remains in court.

humphrey
humphrey

Excellent news. I hope that it grows exponentially.

humphrey

A link to the new movement.

https://www.progressive-international.org/

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humphrey

I liked him when he was part of the Greek government.

Too bad it is not a good picture.

polarbear4

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1068642692396142593.html

“The decision by @FLGovScott or as he is now known @ScottforFlorida to suspend Brenda Snipes and replace her with Peter Antonacci is more than just a slap at Snipes – it has the potential to change the presidential election in Florida in 2020 @CBSMiami 1/”

polarbear4

Antonacci, who has been described as Scott's political fixer by some and as Scott's "henchman" by opponents, will now have complete control over the voting process in the largest Democratic County in the biggest swing state in the country through the 2020 election. @CBSMiami 2/

— Jim DeFede (@DeFede) November 30, 2018

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orlbucfan

The only way to deal with sick, corrupt trash like Rott is to shine the light on them and keep it there. Nothing else will work.

jcitybone

https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Sanders-gathering-hears-Medicare-for-all-funding-plan-501651911.html

A new study presented to people attending a meeting of supporters of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders says a Medicare-for-all system could save money over the nation’s current system while increasing access to care for everyone.

The study released Friday during the Sanders Institute Gathering in Burlington examines the Medicare-for-All Act that Sanders, the Vermont independent, proposed last year.

University of Massachusetts economist Robert Pollin, one of the authors, said the system would save an estimated of 9.6 percent over current U.S. health care consumption expenditures.

polarbear4

More than 117,000 people have signed up for health coverage in Virginia since Medicaid expansion started Nov 1.

The expansion is ahead of projections, on track for covering 375,000 by July. Revenue is surging into rural hospitals.

CC: NC, GA, FL, AL, MS, SC, TX, TN, OK, MO…

— Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) November 30, 2018

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jcitybone

Not a bad location

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/419218-ocasio-cortez-gets-office-two-doors-down-from-pelosi

Incoming Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said her new office in the Capitol Building is two doors down from Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Ocasio-Cortez, the rising progressive star, has been documenting much of her first few weeks in Washington, D.C., on her personal Snapchat, offering followers a glimpse into her experience as an incoming freshman congresswoman.

“We are here at our new office and I just realized it is two doors down from Nancy Pelosi,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a Snapchat post on Friday, panning the camera down the hall to show the proximity of the two offices.

jcitybone

Sorry missed Benny’s post above

humphrey

Last night I posted a few tweets by Michael Tracey. Today he has an entire article about Bernie.

https://spectator.us/bernie-sanders-democratic-front-runner/

A portion of which:

By most conventional pundit metrics, Bernie Sanders should be the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee. To state the obvious, he was last cycle’s runner-up, having won 46 percent of elected delegates, 23 states, and smashed small-dollar fundraising records. His policy platform has taken hold across the party, with most every nationally ambitious figure now calling for universal Medicare, free public college tuition, and a host of other measures that were closely associated with his 2016 run. He has consistently polled as the most popular politician in America, he just won re-election in his home-state by a massive margin, and his social media engagement is off-the-charts. So what’s the problem?

Simply put, large sections of the party still view him as a threat. As much as they’ve attempted to court him, flatter him, and accommodate him in various respects – recall the awkward ‘unity tour’ he held with DNC chairman Tom Perez in 2017 – he is still fundamentally at odds with the interests of the party’s most powerful actors. They might adopt bits and pieces of his of his agenda, as everyone from New York governor Andrew Cuomo to Nevada senator-elect Jacky Rosen has to varying degrees. And they might offer him polite compliments on the campaign trail, knowing he has an enthused core of supporters. But they will not formally back him in a primary, under virtually any conceivable circumstances. And that’s because for all the kind words Democratic officials have sent his way in the past two years, they are largely just that: words. These entreaties should be seen as attempts at appeasement more than any wholesale endorsement of his basic political program.

Sanders’s economic vision, elementally, is not compatible with the Cuomos and Rosens of the party. He is a socialist, and they are avowedly not. All other considerations around his candidacy can be distilled into that basic, unalterable fact. And this fact is what animates the emerging punditocracy perception of his 2020 prospects. You could almost imagine an alternate universe in which there were demands for the ‘field to be cleared’ for Sanders by virtue of the stature he acquired from the previous cycle. But that’s not happening, and won’t happen, because the ideological chasm he harnessed in 2016 is still there. And it will only continue to widen.

The entire article is worth a read.

polarbear4

This is so awful, but I think it deserves the light of day.

#Trump surrogate Alan Dershowitz implicated in #Trump friend/pedophile's child-sex operation, the @MiamiHerald reports. https://t.co/TNUuxsfXE1 pic.twitter.com/4moccAkIue

— David Beard (@dabeard) December 1, 2018

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Sorry. I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to post this.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6436001/Bill-Hillary-kick-13-city-Evening-Clintons-paid-speaking-tour-CANADA.html

The Bill and Hillary show! Power couple kick off 13-city paid speaking tour in CANADA where bank executive lobbed questions at them in half-empty arena, as they accuse Trump of being part of a Saudi ‘cover-up’

Bill and Hillary Clinton are beginning a paid speaking tour
Their first ‘Evening with the Clintons’ event is at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto
Interviewed by Canadian politician and diplomat Frank McKenna, the Deputy Chair TD Bank Group
Bill Clinton said the U.S. had ‘compromised’ its moral leadership in the world under Trump

Hillary Clinton had a short coughing spell about an hour into the talk

Live Nation bills as ‘one-of-a-kind conversation’
The tour began on a day with major developments in the Russia probe on the heels of auto plant closings announced in the U.S. and Canada

There were empty seats both in upper level seats and on the ground floor, where tickets were pricier
One ticket was going for $6.55 in the final minutes before the event
Hillary: ‘We have a president and those closest to him who have their own personal commercial interests’ in Saudi Arabia

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Seats on the upper left can be seen empty just a few minutes before the former first couple took the stage

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Speaking at American University in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Warren called for the U.S. to take a “sharp knife” to defense spending, invest in diplomacy, and aggressively fight climate change. Pointing out the connections between wealth and political power in authoritarian states like Russia and China, Warren argued that the U.S. should take aim at corruption, internationally and at home.

https://theintercept.com/2018/11/29/elizabeth-warren-foreign-policy/

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There was a write up comparing Warren and Bernie’s policies with regards to her speech.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/11/what-elizabeth-warrens-foreign-policy-speech-means/576928/

The senator from Massachusetts will deliver a speech on Thursday that demonstrates her differences with other progressives—particularly with respect to China.

On Thursday at American University, Senator Elizabeth Warren will outline her own foreign-policy vision. Her speech—shared exclusively with The Atlantic—charts a careful course, emphasizing progressive ideals while also celebrating the American order. The 2020 presidential campaign is still in its infancy. But it’s already becoming clear that when it comes to foreign policy, Warren’s vision is more conventional; Bernie Sanders’s is more radical. And both leave crucial questions unresolved.

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