HomeUncategorized7/16 News Roundup – Sanders Stumps For Fetterman, Barnstorms w/ Baldwin, Builds Enthusiasm For Ellison, Speaks To The AFT & More
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Ocasio-Cortez has been insistent that she has no intention of burning the party to the ground or stoking needless internal rifts, preferring instead to persuade her colleagues to move in a more aggressively populist direction. “As unapologetic and strong as I am in my messaging and my beliefs, my style is that I’m a consensus-builder,” she said on the podcast.

But she is at bottom an organizer, and if persuasion doesn’t work, and the caucus isn’t maximizing its influence, she has made clear that she is aware of the tools at her disposal.

In a recent interview on Jacobin’s podcast, recorded after the election, Ocasio-Cortez floated the idea of a bloc of progressives who would stick together to demand stronger legislation.

The current CPC, made up of 78 members, is too amorphous to act as a united bloc, which saps it of its strength, Ocasio-Cortez argued. It’s the same rationale that conservatives who built the powerful Freedom Caucus three years ago used when they broke away from the larger Republican Study Committee, the GOP equivalent of the progressive caucus.

“The thing that gives the caucus power is that you can operate as a bloc vote in order to get things done,” Ocasio-Cortez told Daniel Denvir, host of Jacobin’s “The Dig.” “Even if you can carve out a sub-portion, a sub-caucus of the progressive caucus, even if you could carve out that, even a smaller bloc, but one that operates as a bloc, then you could generate real power.”


Yay! The current CPC is all hat no cattle. 😉

Don midwest
Don midwest

3 min speech by head of AFT

both AFT and NEA endorsed Hillary

they are on fire for Bernie now

“Bernie walks the walk. It’s not just rhetorical. When the West Virginia teachers went on strike, Bernie and his office called and said what can we do to help.” – @rweingarten pic.twitter.com/bYuY7KT6j1

— Josh Miller-Lewis (@jmillerlewis) July 15, 2018



Yet Cathy Myers is pretty mad at Bernie for taking up with Iron Stash. I like both Cathy and Randy. That’s one race I wish Bernie would have stayed out of it, but the genie is out of the bottle.


me too. did they just not know about her, i wonder.

Don midwest
Don midwest

how far dems gone from New Deal.

almost had an important medical and child benefit in 1971

In 1971, the United States came one Pat Buchanan away from universal child care.

A bipartisan bill would have funded a national network of child-care facilities and provided income-based subsidies to working families. It had passed the Senate by nearly a four-to-one margin. President Richard Nixon was initially expected to sign it, but late in the process he faced pressure from the right to strike it down. In stepped Buchanan, then a White House aide. He wrote a sweeping veto statement attacking the very idea of government-funded child care as an exercise in socialism. President Nixon ended up killing not just the bill but the entire concept. Nearly 50 years later, it’s never been revived.

This episode, reported in detail by Gail Collins and others, offers a useful device for locating the center of gravity in American political life in the early 1970s. It tells us a lot about the prevailing consensus at the time on the relationship between government and the free market—the role of regulation, of redistribution, of public investment, and of the social safety net in promoting fairness, opportunity, and growth.

A decisive bipartisan majority—Democrats and Republicans—supported a new entitlement program. And even though Nixon ultimately rejected the child-care law, it would not have been particularly surprising if he had approved it. After all, he had embraced a series of other sweeping measures that would most certainly qualify today as “big government.” He created the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupation Safety and Health Administration. He signed into law the Clean Air Act, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Act. He proposed a “negative income tax” that resembled universal basic income, and dramatically expanded the federal food stamp program. He advocated for universal health-care coverage, including employer mandates and subsidies for low-income Americans.

The New Old Democrats

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another article on J20 protests for Trump inauguration

recall prosecutors falsified videos

can prosecutors be held in check? not these days it seems


Don midwest
Don midwest

America’s history of child separation

when well we be brave enough to face up to who we are?




Members of the far-right “Proud Boys” were chased out of a Los Angeles bar on Saturday by a group of democratic socialist protesters.

Video from the incident shows the left-wing activists shouting “No Proud Boys, no KKK, no fascist USA” at the group at L.A. bar The Griffin.

The L.A. chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) shared video of the incident on Twitter, in which their members and others from anti-gentrification group Defend North East Los Angeles can be heard chanting and yelling “F— you fascist,” “Get out of here, Nazi” and “Facist pigs, squeal — you’re all swine.”

The Proud Boys are a far-right organization of men that was started by a former founder of Vice Media. They describe themselves as “western chauvinists” who “refuse to apologize for creating the modern world,” according to their web site.


Gosh knows there are numerous issues with our Intelligence agencies, but Trump not defending them when there are indictments….yep, there’s something that smells here.



Any possibility of not letting AF-1 have clearance to land back in the US?


Putin is toying with his stooge. He could have just said no.


During a remarkable joint press conference Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin was asked directly if he has any compromising information on Donald Trump. Putin responded with a number of words, but none of them was “no.”

Toward the end of the press conference following the Helsinki summit, AP reporter Jon Lemire asked Putin if he had any compromising information on President Trump or his family. Putin has long been rumored to have some sort of kompromat on Trump, including the rumored pee tape, a videotape of prostitutes urinating on a bed once slept on by President Obama, which was allegedly made at the Ritz in Moscow while Trump was in town in late 2013 attending the Miss Universe pageant.

But Putin didn’t answer the question of what, if any, information Russia has on Trump, offering instead a bizarre hypothetical about a recent economic conference in St. Petersburg. In fact, the only thing Putin denied was that he even knew Trump was in Moscow at the time, despite Trump himself once telling a Fox News that Putin “was so nice” during his visit.


The bromance


Another question since Trumpcorp is the official head of the R party does the R stand for Russian or Republican party these days? After Trumpcorp’s performance today????


Bernie weighs in about Baby Trump’s presser with Putin:


More from Bernie:

How pathetic! Republicans who tell us how much they believe in “freedom” and “national security” are now caving in to a president who sides with former KGB leader Putin, rather than our own intelligence community.



ok couldn’t resist


Randy Rainbow skewers a very stable genius (one who has a tiny little penius)


A Pizzagate truther is covering the Trump-Putin summit because that’s the world we live in now

In other words, in our current political moment, he’s the ideal candidate to cover the Helsinki summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

The president has spent a good portion of his European tour lambasting journalists as “fake news” and “enemies of the people”. On Friday during a press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May, Trump outright refused to answer questions from CNN. In Helsinki, an op-ed reporter with The Nation magazine was forcibly removed after holding up a sign that read “Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.”

But despite this clampdown on journalists — and Posobiec’s own checkered history — Posobiec was still able to get a press pass in Helsinki as part of One America News Network (OAN).

The president has previously lauded OAN’s coverage, which has aggressively pursued a pro-Trump agenda. According to insiders who spoke with the Washington Post, the network president directed the channel to minimize coverage of potential Russian interference in the 2016 election, to ignore news about police shootings, and to encourage more anti-abortion stories.



A Russian national with alleged ties to a top Russian official was charged in federal court in Washington Monday with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation, and was ordered held without bond.

Butina is accused of developing relationships with American politicians and a “gun rights organization,” none of which are named in the affidavit supporting the criminal complaint. FBI Special Agent Kevin Helson wrote that Butina was attempting to “establish a ‘back channel’ communication for representatives of the Government of Russia.”


Climate Change Is Behind the Global Heat Wave. Why Won’t the Media Say It?

There is no sound justification for this. Not anymore. Scientists have been churning out evidence of human-caused climate change for more than a century. Some are figuring out exactly how much to blame global warming for any given weather event. They’re getting really good at it.

We can now link many recent disasters and weather events to climate change. We know, for instance, that more than three-quarters of moderate heat waves are connected to warming. We also know that, were it not for climate change, fires in the West would have burned half as much land since the 1980s. Scientists have been documenting the increase in extreme rain events in Japan since the early 1990s.

The science is clear. Journalists need to start using it.

There are reasons they haven’t. Reporters are trained to distinguish weather from climate. They are also conditioned to avoid the appearance of political bias, and a decades-long campaign to sow doubt about global warming has cast a partisan aura on the facts.

But with a bit of nuance, journalists can carefully identify the pattern. Any weather event has multiple causes. More and more, climate change is one of them, and its share of blame is growing.


PBS Series,“The Vietnam War,” Receives Emmy Nomination. Should It?

“If Americans are convinced that their stiff-upper-lip brand of silence in the face of collective murder is the true face of patriotism, then we are condemned as a nation to follow the path of empires that preceded us.”

Silence. That’s the overriding theme of this episode. Silence, as in Martin Luther King’s admonition that “our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Does that not perfectly frame Nixon’s so-called “brilliant” maneuver of celebrating the amoral, even cowardly, silence of the majority of Americans in the face of this war’s immorality and in response to the righteous anger of young and old who raged against it? Nixon’s infamous “silent majority” speech kicks off this episode. To counter this political maneuver, one activist seared our TV screen last night with this placard: “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men —Abraham Lincoln.”

And then there is the silence of the filmmakers themselves, when it comes to the incredibly important GI resistance movement that rose up as Nixon tried to wind down the war. Where is that story? Passing references to disgruntled veterans voicing their anger, as important as those voices are, does not do it justice. We needed more. In an 18-hour series, one could expect time to adequately examine the courageous resistance waged by active-duty GIs to an unjust war they were ordered to fight and die for.


Hedges at his most scathing on Assange–he says Assange is in danger. And that we need to pressure Australia to get him home.

Demagogues like Trump, Farage and Johnson, of course, have no intention of altering the system of corporate pillage. Rather, they accelerate the pillage, which is what happened with the passage of the massive U.S. tax cut for corporations. They divert the public’s anger toward demonized groups such as Muslims, undocumented workers, people of color, liberals, intellectuals, artists, feminists, the LGBT community and the press. The demonized are blamed for the social and economic dysfunction, much as Jews were falsely blamed for Germany’s defeat in World War I and the economic collapse that followed. Corporations such as Goldman Sachs, in the midst of the decay, continue to make a financial killing.

The corporate titans, who often come out of elite universities and are groomed in institutions like Harvard Business School, find these demagogues crude and vulgar. They are embarrassed by their imbecility, megalomania and incompetence. But they endure their presence rather than permit socialists or leftist politicians to impede their profits and divert government spending to social programs and away from weapons manufacturers, the military, private prisons, big banks and hedge funds, the fossil fuel industry, charter schools, private paramilitary forces, private intelligence companies and other pet programs designed to allow corporations to cannibalize the state.

The irony is that there was serious meddling in the presidential election, but it did not come from Russia. The Democratic Party, outdoing any of the dirty tricks employed by Richard Nixon, purged hundreds of thousands of primary voters from the rolls, denied those registered as independents the right to vote in primaries, used superdelegates to swing the vote to Hillary Clinton, hijacked the Democratic National Committee to serve the Clinton campaign, controlled the message of media outlets such as MSNBC and The New York Times, stole the Nevada caucus, spent hundreds of millions of dollars of “dark” corporate money on the Clinton campaign and fixed the primary debates. This meddling, which stole the nomination from Bernie Sanders, who probably could have defeated Trump, is unmentioned. The party hierarchy will do nothing to reform its corrupt nominating process.

WikiLeaks exposed much of this corruption when it published tens of thousands of messages hacked from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s email account. The messages brought to light the efforts by the Democratic Party leadership to thwart the nomination of Sanders, and they disclosed Clinton’s close ties with Wall Street, including her lucrative Wall Street speeches. They also raised serious questions about conflicts of interest with the Clinton Foundation and whether Clinton received advance information on primary-debate questions.

The Democratic National Committee, for this reason, is leading the Russia hysteria and the persecution of Assange. It filed a lawsuit that names WikiLeaks and Assange as co-conspirators with Russia and the Trump campaign in an alleged effort to steal the presidential election.

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