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humphrey

humphrey

Somebody must have spiked his hamburger. This doesn’t sound like Trump.

polarbear4

Campaign material.

wi60

Gotta be “Fake News” This coming someone whom basically justified the khashoggi murder so it wouldn’t jeopardize a weapons sale to the Saudi’s.

polarbear4

Yeah. And the recent story about how the Pentagon spends trillions going down a black hole. Maybe he’s trying to replace the numbers. What’s $700 billion or so compared to a couple of trillion? Or was it more?

wi60

Just think of how those trillions would be spent better such as MFA vs. off shore in some corporate tax haven

humphrey

Priceless! AOC is very good with responses.

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/419398-ocasio-cortez-shreds-mike-huckabee-leave-the-false-statements-to

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) slammed former Republican Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Sunday over his criticism of her election and policies.

The incoming lawmaker responded to Huckabee, who had shared a Daily Mail article noting that she appeared to liken her primary victory over heavily favored Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) to the moon landing or the expansion of voting rights.

“A Green New Deal will take a level of ambition + innovation on the scale of the moon landing. We’ve been done it before, and can do it again,” she wrote.

humphrey

She keeps her 1.44 million supporters (and growing) well informed.

eg.

TheLeftistheCenter

I think that is really a two way street and part of what gives her extra backbone is she is never really alone and always has a million people with her on her phone, in a way those people are always watching her, inspiring her to be her best.

I think that is part of growing up in the digital age, being very in tune with virtual relationships and a strength the younger generations will have against the establishment, feeling like they are always in numbers even when alone.

humphrey

This is the kind of rulings we get from a Republican stacked Supreme Court.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-03/high-court-rejects-challenge-to-trump-s-border-wall-construction?srnd=politics-vp

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal that said President Donald Trump’s administration is improperly sidestepping environmental and animal-protection laws in its push to build a wall along the Mexican border.

The justices without comment Monday left intact a ruling that cleared the administration to construct two segments of replacement fence and build several border-wall prototypes.

The ruling was issued by U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who was attacked by Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign as being “Mexican” and a “hater” who couldn’t be impartial in handling a lawsuit involving Trump University. Curiel, whose parents immigrated from Mexico, was born and raised in Indiana.

In the suit over the wall, groups led by the Animal Legal Defense Fund challenged a 1996 federal law that let the Homeland Security Department waive dozens of federal laws so that border-wall work could begin more quickly. The groups said the grant of authority was so sweeping it violated the constitutional separation of powers.

It is likely to an example of things to come.

magsview

What a huge waste of money. Migrants will just use taller ladders, but the wildlife can’t do that. So destructive. 🙁

wi60

Yep over or under the wall just like the drug lords do, Can you understand what a tunnel is trumpcorp? Look at American history and the underground railroad, where their a will theirs a way.

jcitybone

http://prospect.org/article/how-america%E2%80%99s-bluest-state-can-be-model-other-49

In the 2018 “blue wave” that flipped the House of Representatives, California flipped the most. Of the seven target congressional races in the state, all seven were won by Democrats. Orange County—a key launching pad for the anti-government ideologies of the modern Republican Party—will now be represented in Congress entirely by Democrats. Democrats also won every statewide office and will enjoy super-majorities—sufficient to pass tax legislation—in both state houses. (They’ll hold at least 60 of the 80 Assembly seats and 29 of the 40 in the Senate.)

Getting it right is important for California, but it is also important for the nation. With Republicans still in control of the Senate and the White House, Democrats in Washington are likely to have to content themselves with stalling destructive legislation, launching selective investigations, and acting as a check to presidential power. Virtually any new policy they propose will collapse in the Senate or face a Trump veto—and any attempt to strike a deal with Trump could anger their own newly activated base.

If progressives hope to show what they are for and not just want they are against, states will be a key battlefront and testing ground. After all, the New Deal—the national social compact that dealt with the insecurities and fears of an earlier economic era—was actually developed by state-level experimentation that later became the basis for federal policy. California, having proudly served as the face of resistance – with its attorney general repeatedly suing the Trump administration to protect gains on immigrant rightsand climate policy—now needs to offer an alternative that tackles the economic inequality and insecurity plaguing many Americans.

Benny

ICYMI

https://www.c-span.org/video/?454807-1/senator-bernie-sanders-outlines-plans-progressive-movement

You can watch this in its entirety and would not need to purchase the book unless you wanted to. I’ve read the book and I was a bit underwhelmed by it. The speech is much better and he does explain, where do we go from here, whereas the book does not.

polarbear4

That’s too bad that the book was not well written. I hope it doesn’t hurt his campaign.

TheLeftistheCenter

I think it was intended as a bit of a ‘resume’ for his presidential run to show what hes been doing since he last ran as well as a general ‘diary entry’ for the revolution after 2 years more than anything else.

Benny

It won’t hurt his campaign, other than some media reports that it may not have sold as well as the first book (if that indeed plays out). Bernie just won’t make a lot of money. The book puts the last 2 years in perspective.

humphrey

Someone is sure pushing for Beto. Check the title of the article.

The statistics don’t agree with it.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/419455-beto-orourke-seen-as-top-contender-in-2020-race-for-white-house-poll

Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) is considered one of the top Democratic contenders for the White House in 2020 even among more well-known potential hopefuls, according to a Harvard CAPS/Harris poll released exclusively to The Hill.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is the most popular Democrat in the potential 2020 primary, with 28 percent of Democratic and independent voters saying they’d most likely vote for him, according to the poll released on Monday. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who also ran in 2016, comes in second place at 21 percent.

O’Rourke, who earned a groundswell of national attention in 2018, was ranked third with 7 percent, garnering more support than other frequently touted potential challengers.

But wait there is more. Them must have only polled Hilbots.

When Clinton is factored into the poll, she bumps O’Rourke down to fourth place, though his support grows from 7 percent to 9 percent.

Biden and Sanders — who have positive favorability ratings — remain in first and second respectively in that scenario, but their numbers slightly shrink. Biden then has 25 percent, while Sanders garners 15 percent.

Clinton comes in third place, with 13 percent of support. Fifteen percent of those voters remain undecided, while 4 percent say they’d most likely vote for another candidate.

“Hillary jumping into this race doesn’t put her in front but gives a place from which she could grow,” Penn said.

In my view this poll lacks credibility!

TheLeftistheCenter

The only reason Beto is being is pushed is as a foil to Bernie, the guy is now famous and yet doesn’t apply his voice to any meaningful issues and will literally look like an empty suit next to Bernie.

orlbucfan

Biden is more popular than the Bernster?? SMDH! Give me a friggin’ break!

polarbear4

Unconscionable.

jcitybone

Facing the prospect of sharing political power for the first time in almost a decade, Republicans in Wisconsin are racing to set new limits on the authority of Democrats who will soon take over the offices of governor and attorney general.

It was the latest effort by leaders of a state to try to shift authority in the face of an election loss, and it set off furious protests from Wisconsin Democrats, who said they would not stand for the moves and called on residents to raise loud objections.

wi60

“From hells heart I stab at thee” Walkers parting gift to Wi voters

People in Wi are very Pissed Off, Not to mention the county clerks that are mostly R saying it will cost about $7million in additional election costs to the state to move the election. –Oh yea the R’s claim their fiscally responsible. The law suits are being drawn up as we speak. If this passes it will result in a boat load of 2020 campaign ads locally about a dictatorships and ignoring the will of the Wi Voter. BTW several people have been kicked out of the public session due to expressing their opinion on this blatant power grab.

orlbucfan

As bad as this is for WIers, it doesn’t come close to what’s been going down in Floridumb for ages. Ole Sicky Rott is already trying to screw up election supervisors in various counties. Wish I was religious sometimes so I could believe in hell and true justice.

jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/12/03/gop-held-state-legislatures-wisconsin-michigan-are-trying-limit-new-democratic-governors-powers/?utm_term=.50d9ecf2a690&utm_source=reddit.com

Two of the Democratic Party’s biggest wins last month occurred in Wisconsin and Michigan, where their candidates won gubernatorial elections, unseating a well-known incumbent in the former and flipping the seat in the latter.

But in both states, Republicans maintained control of both chambers of the legislature. So, in anticipation of having to work with a Democratic governor, state lawmakers are aiming to hurriedly pass legislation that would dilute the executives’ powers.

In Wisconsin, Gov.-elect Tony Evers (D) is fighting to beat back Republican attempts to weaken his authority, calling it “a repudiation of the last election.”

orlbucfan

Until the FRighties either get shot or thrown into a genuine prison pit, they will continue to pull this stuff. All the hero worship over Bush 1 is making me gag. We won’t even get mail service on Wednesday? What exactly do they play this dead crook as–some sort of god figure?

polarbear4

Today.

humphrey

It should be good with Bernie and AOC on the same stage. I also like that The Intercept is behind it as will gain a different audience.

humphrey

She surely doesn’t mince words.😁

polarbear4

TheLeftistheCenter

I think its time for SNL to start their “Cooking with the Candidates” that mocks everyone that tries to force emulate AOCs natural ‘hang out’ vibe.

The material will write itself.

polarbear4

magsview

My thoughts are with wi60 these days!

magsview

Looks like major shenanigans going on in Michigan too.

wi60

See my previous comment were pissed!!!!!!!!!!!!

magsview

I like Alexandria’s manner. She accomplishes a lot using that wonderful smile of hers!

Benny

Former Bernie Sanders Staffers Are Preparing to ‘Draft Bernie’ for 2020
The new group, Organizing For Bernie, will formally launch Monday with plans to “hit the ground running

Get ready to feel the Bern again. A movement to draft Bernie Sanders to run for president in 2020 is launching today, with the aim of building an organizational structure so the Vermont Senator can start campaigning at a moment’s notice.

“We have two goals,” Rich Pelletier, one of the four main organizers of Organizing For Bernie, tells Rolling Stone. “One, we want to show the support is there. The second is to begin to do the organizing that is going to need to happen for him to hit the ground running, by the time he announces — if he announces.”

More context…it appears Taibbi was in attendance at The Gathering.

Pelletier tells Rolling Stone Organizing For Bernie doesn’t just plan on gathering names. They also want to start building the skeleton of a national organization. “We want to have an organization in each state, territory and city,” he says.

Pelletier says Organizing For Bernie is “an unaffiliated candidate PAC,” and “we can raise money as any other federal PAC can.”

Sanders himself has already said this year that he will “probably run” for president in 2020, “if it turns out that I am the best candidate to beat Trump.” Pelletier and the rest of Organizing for Bernie obviously believe this to be the case.

“Bernie is the candidate who is offering the greatest contrast to the current administration,” Pelletier says. “We all believe that he is the right person. We also believe it’s a decision that he has to make.”

Numerous national articles have downplayed the significance of a second run by Sanders, who received over 12 million votes in 2016, representing about 43 percent of the Democratic primary vote. Many have argued that he is too old, a criticism Pelletier dismissed.

“What we’ve seen of him barnstorming around the country helping candidates get elected this last fall, he has the energy. He has the desire,” says Pelletier, noting that media speculation about the Vermont Senator has consistently underestimated his chances.

Benny

polarbear4

thx!!!!

i don’t get the haters. Armando says it’s war. wow.

TheLeftistheCenter

In a way it is, he is now a paid stooge of the establishment power, if it loses power he loses his easy money, but will always be remembered as a sell out.

Hes now a Gate Keeper along with Markos and Denise and the rest of the fake crew there.

TheLeftistheCenter

This is going to be the most amazing campaign in history, where I thought it would materialize as soon as he announced, even that was too modest an estimate and instead its all going to be up and running even before he announces.

Its either going to tear a hole for us into the party completely or its going to tear the party apart and set the stage for another, but how ever things play out its going to be one for the history books.

magsview

This tweeter used his response to Markos’ terrible tweet to remind him about a certain series of events:

magsview

Remember how he finally Gave Up On The Daily Kos and through Jimmy Carter’s Grandson James Carter Pitched the video to David Corn at Mother Jones and it Turned Out To Be The Golden BB That Shot Down Mitt Romney?

Ouch! #MissedOpportunities

Benny

magsview

I wonder if Israel will allow this. Israel has been blocking anyone pro-BDS from entry.

polarbear4

All this stuff is starting to get to me.

polarbear4

Benny

From that WSJ article:

He said he is intrigued by Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who narrowly lost a Senate race to Republican Ted Cruz. “Beto, he sounds and talks like he’d be Barack Kennedy,” Mr. Smith said, suggesting that Mr. O’Rourke had charisma akin to Mr. Obama or the Kennedys.

In addition to Mr. Smith, more than a dozen other county leaders volunteered without prompting that they would like to see Mr. O’Rourke run. The 46-year old Texan has said he is thinking about running for president.

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker has been to Mr. Smith’s home, and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock called him days after the midterm election. Mr. Smith has also met with Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

Mr. Booker and Ms. Harris each made strong impressions when they stumped for Iowa candidates ahead of the midterm elections. Mr. Booker, 49 years old, gave a well-received speech at Iowa Democrats’ fall gala in October.

When Ms. Harris, 54 years old, appeared recently in Cedar Rapids, “I got calls from people in counties 100 miles away” hoping to attend, said Bret Nilles, chairman of the Linn County Democrats. “People are looking for someone new, someone fresh.”

The two are among the 26 out-of-state Democrats to have visited Iowa since the now 72-year-old Mr. Trump’s victory in 2016, according to Iowa Starting Line, a local political website. Activists say more candidates could crowd into the wide-open primary, though so far only Maryland Rep. John Delaney and a few other little-known figures have formally declared their candidacies.

polarbear4

polarbear4

This article is about how we are losing the all important insect population, but I found these two paragraphs moving.

“It is estimated that, since 1970, Earth’s various populations of wild land animals have lost, on average, 60 percent of their members. Zeroing in on the category we most relate to, mammals, scientists believe that for every six wild creatures that once ate and burrowed and raised young, only one remains. What we have instead is ourselves. A study published this year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that if you look at the world’s mammals by weight, 96 percent of that biomass is humans and livestock; just 4 percent is wild animals.

We’ve begun to talk about living in the Anthropocene, a world shaped by humans. But E.O. Wilson, the naturalist and prophet of environmental degradation, has suggested another name: the Eremocine, the age of loneliness.”

polarbear4

Our Elites Refuse to Accept Responsibility for Leaving Behind the Left Behind

Anyhow, let’s envision what New York City’s economy looks like after the major banks have gone bankrupt and we have a sharply downsized financial sector. In this world, finance looks more like a normal industry. The million dollar salaries are few and far between and many fewer people are employed in the sector. Is New York still racing ahead in this story with others being left behind?

Just to take it a step further, it is not just bailout insurance that the government gives to the financial sector, we also write the laws to foster its growth, even at the expense of the rest of the economy. The rules on bankruptcy, which prevent mortgages from being written down and give derivatives priority over all other debts, were explicitly written to support mortgage backed securities and derivative trading. This is in addition to the tens of billions annually that the industry rakes off individual investors with 401(k) fees and public pension funds with private equity and other scams. In short, we have a problem of the government subsidizing the financial industry at the expense of the rest of the country, not a story of the market just leaving some areas behind.

Dean Baker–I love how he makes it real: What if we had bailed out us instead of the banks, and let the banks face the consequences of their actions, as they are so fond of beating us over the head with.

So many “economists” say how awful that would have been. Baker is saying it would have worked out well–we could have spent that money on us, instead, and the financial sector would have been brought down to a workable size.

He gives a few ways we can still work that I’m sure Bernie will see. Spending, changing the laws that STILL protect shady bank and finance practices, copyrights and patents, and making it easier for professionals from other countries to come over and work. The last one is controversial, but as doctors and dentists become a luxury for many here, it’s sounding better each year.

polarbear4

US Labor Leader Says Case for Bernie Sanders 2020 Is Simple: His ‘Life and Heart and Soul’

“I always say that heroes are not made, they’re cornered,” says RoseAnn DeMoro, former head of the National Nurses United. “And I’ve never seen anybody more cornered in my life than Bernie Sanders.”

Springsteen said he doesn’t “see anyone out there at the moment…the man who can beat Trump, or the woman who can beat Trump>”

RoseAnn deMoro replies, Join us! Bernie is your man!

I wonder why Springsteen doesn’t see that. It’s true that there are some Righties that will never listen to what Bernie says, but if you watch him talk to coal miners in West Virginia, it’s clear that to know him is to cheer for his vision. And more than a few in that audience would have voted for him, I’d bet.

jcitybone

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/12/trumps-use-of-air-force-one-for-the-midterm-elections-costed-usd17-million.html

President Donald Trump racked up an estimated $17 million tab by flying on Air Force One to more than 40 political rallies in the lead up to the 2018 midterm elections, a Quartz investigation found.

Because Trump had been using the plane to stump for Republican candidates, the GOP or his reelection campaign is supposed to reimburse taxpayers for a portion of the cost. However, Quartz reports that the Trump campaign has thus far only paid the Treasury $112,667.90 in March and April for air travel expenses, or approximately 0.7 percent of the total cost. It is unclear when, or if, the campaign might issue additional payments.

Trump was highly critical of President Barack Obama during the 2016 presidential election for flying with then-candidate Hillary Clinton to a rally in North Carolina. The Clinton campaign reimbursed the government for $37,000.

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