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jcitybone

http://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/379246-progressive-group-launches-anti-trump-we-the-constitution-campaign

A progressive group that says it wants to expose misconduct by President Trump and his Cabinet agency by agency is taking on the president through his favorite form of communication: Twitter.

The Shadow Cabinet, a group of 21 scholars, activists and former officials, announced Tuesday morning that it’s launching “We the Constitution.”

The campaign asks citizens to sign an online copy of the Constitution. Doing so sends an automated message to Trump on Twitter and Facebook telling him to stop violating the law.

“We demand that you now respect the ethic of ‘with justice for all’ for individual rights and stop regularly violating laws & norms because, in America, Mr. President, no one is above the law,” the message reads.

Mark Green, founder of the cabinet’s parent organization, ShadowingTrump.org, said the effort is more than a petition.

Trump’s contempt for law is unprecedented and undeniable,” he said. “With Congress and the GOP enabling him rather than holding him accountable, we decided to organize a citizen group to shame him on social media and be in place should he pull the trigger and create a Constitutional crisis.”

Triggers that Green gave include violating a court order, pardoning his entire family or firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein or special counsel Robert Mueller.

orlbucfan

Who is Mark Green? Inquiring minds would like to know. 🙂

jcitybone

https://theintercept.com/2018/03/20/california-39th-congressional-district-election-2018/

The DCCC has not formally endorsed in this or any races in California, where a flood of candidates is trying to flip seven districts carried by Clinton in the last presidential election. But it has a longstanding preference for candidates who bring their own money to the table. And the 39th District is home to some of the biggest Democratic self-funders in the country. It’s become something of a BYOB primary — bring your own bankroll.

Four of the eight candidates running haven’t raised any money and aren’t much of a factor. Out of the other four, three of them — Dr. Mai Khanh Tran, Gil Cisneros, and Andy Thorburn — have loaned themselves a total of $3.86 million for their campaigns. Cisneros, an ex-Republican whose main claim to fame is hitting the lottery for $266 million, gave himself $1.3 million. And Thorburn, a former insurance executive, provided a whopping $2.33 million of his own money for the race. No House Democratic candidate nationwide has self-funded more than Thorburn this cycle, and only Thorburn and one other have self-funded more than Cisneros, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

Thorburn and Cisneros clearly aren’t going anywhere; a source close to the process said that at a meeting in D.C. last week, “We were told both millionaires are each willing to write themselves another $5-6 million check” if they were pressed to give way.

The winnowing, then, shifted elsewhere. In addition to Chen, Phil Janowicz, a professor and education consultant who had loaned his campaign $160,000, dropped out Wednesday, also citing fears of Democrats being locked out of the top-two primary. Janowicz got the second-most votes at the Democratic Party local endorsement conference, meaning the two most popular candidates in that test of grassroots support are gone from the race.

jcitybone

Maybe Texas will try debtors prison next

https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/20/texas-defaulting-student-loans-can-lo/?utm_campaign=trib-social&utm_medium=social&utm_source=reddit&utm_content=5490425227

When Roderick Scott Sr. submitted an application to renew his teacher’s license in the summer of 2015, he thought the matter was handled. He had no idea that, months later, a decades-old Texas law would nearly derail his career as a middle school teacher in north Dallas because he’d defaulted on his student loans.

Over the course of three years, Scott said he swiftly lost a “dream job,” was evicted, had his bank account garnished and eventually filed for bankruptcy.

He’s not the only one who’s suffered such dramatic repercussions. Texas is among several states that bars teachers, dentists, nurses and other professional license holders from renewing their licenses if they are in default on their student loans.

The ban was designed to push people to pay off their debt — or face the consequences. But even in Texas, a state that holds more than $70 billion of the country’s $1.3 trillion in outstanding student loans, critics call the practice counterproductive since it can impede people’s ability to work and make it even harder for them to pay back their debt

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EyeRound

Loved the Town Hall–Bernie now shows that he has talent as a moderator, as well as commanding the political issues! The Guardian’s summary is also right on, IMHO! My only quibble, and it may be a major one, is pointing out the individuals, Bezos, Gates, Buffet, et al, as if they are the CAUSES of inequality. The actual causes of inequality are systematic, they can’t be put down to individuals. Individuals are AGENTS, not causes. Individuals are still accountable, but they aren’t causes: inequality would still run rampant even if you “eliminated” the particular individuals now smirking at the top of the wealth pyramid. I’m not sure I agree with the Guardian’s statement that Town Hall panelists were pointing to individuals as “culprits,” which implies that inequality is the “fault” of these few at the top, which implies that you could “cure” inequality by eliminating, somehow, these people. As long as you have not addressed the problem at the level of its cause(s), as long as you have not addressed it systematically, getting rid of individuals will not help. There are plenty more who are chomping at the bit to convert themselves into the new billionaires. But, addressing the problem at the level of systematic causes is a YUUGE undertaking. It’s also the only way to stop the problem. I think that the panelists last night were all in some way keyed into this dimension of wealth inequality, but we have not yet arrived at the ability to confront the systematic causes. That said, just about everything I heard last night was on the right track! If you’re looking at causes, you’re looking at capitalism and its presuppositions concerning human nature, at finance capitalism, at the role played by money/currencies in the definition of wealth, and so on. All that needs to be re-thunk!
Thanks again to LD, to Benny also!

magsview

I couldn’t watch the town hall last night, hope to see the video of it, but I did see this tweet this morning:

jcitybone

From Robert Reich:

This is unbridled greed at the expense of people’s health. Pfizer’s board of directors has awarded CEO Ian Read an $8 million pay raise as the company continues to raise prices on dozens of medications. At the end of last year, Pfizer hiked prices on 116 drugs.

Big Pharma wants us to believe that its costs are driven by expensive research and development. That’s rubbish. Pharmaceuticals is one of the most profitable sectors in the economy. Those profits are then funneled into aggressive advertising campaigns and executive pay. It’s a vicious cycle that has resulted in American paying more for prescription drugs than any other industrialized nation. What do you think?

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/03/amid-drug-price-increases-pfizer-ceo-gets-61-pay-raise-to-27-9-million/

magsview

Wait, an $8 million pay raise? As opposed to upping his salary TO $8 million?!

magsview

It’s not often I even mostly agree with Joy, so I decided to celebrate by sharing this with you!

wi59

Someone pinch me as intelligence is a word that usually doesn’t apply to most our current elected officials.

magsview

Activists protest Saudi Crown Prince’s visits to US cities, call on elected officials to oppose US role in Saudi war on Yemen

Protestors told de Blasio to denounce prince visit; told Schumer & Menendez to immediately commit to vote to end US support for Saudi war on Yemen

Additional protests of the prince are planned for the rest of this week in Washington, DC:

Wednesday March 21st 6:00 pm in front of the Kennedy Center
Thursday March 22nd 11:30 am in front of the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Thursday March 22nd 6:30 pm in front of the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Ave NW

https://www.warresisters.org/activists-protest-saudi-crown-prince%E2%80%99s-visits-us-cities-call-elected-officials-oppose-us-role-saudi

magsview

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Benny

From what I can tell of Bernie’s tweets, that failed.

jcitybone

Lost 55-44. What’s up with those RI senators! I know corrupt Memendez sucks.

10 D’s voted for motion to table: @SenCoons, @SenCortezMasto , @SenDonnelly , @SenatorHeitkamp , @SenDougJones, @Sen_JoeManchin , @SenatorMenendez , @SenBillNelson, @senjackreed, and @SenWhitehouse .

5 R’s voted no: Collins, Daines, Lee, Moran, and Paul.

Benny

Courtesy of the Sun-Times, Our Revolution candidate Daniel Biss out campaigning in Chicago this morning. Early voting turnout was also heavy around the Windy City and surrounding counties.

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jcitybone

https://theintercept.com/2018/03/20/larry-krasner-philadelphia-da/

WHEN LIFELONG CIVIL rights attorney Larry Krasner was elected in a landslide this past November to become the new district attorney of Philadelphia, to say that his fans and supporters had high hopes would be an understatement. Anything less than a complete revolution that tore down the bigoted and patently unfair systems of mass incarceration would be a severe disappointment.

Across the country, talking the talk of criminal justice reform has gotten many people elected as DA. Once in office, their reforms have often been painfully slow and disappointing. Krasner was the first candidate elected who publicly committed not just to intermittent changes, but a radical overhaul.

So far, having been office less than three months, he has exceeded expectations. He’s doing something I’ve never quite seen before in present-day politics: Larry Krasner’s keeping his word — and it’s a sight to behold.

polarbear4

i’m in love again. sersly, woooo hooooo! Go Larry!

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