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jcitybone

https://www.texastribune.org/2018/08/04/orourke-gaining-momentum-cruz-november-alarm-hits-new-volume/?utm_campaign=trib-social&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_content=1533557723

O’Rourke spent Saturday in the border city of Del Rio, the latest stop on his 34-day tour of the state during the August congressional recess. Holding an evening town hall there, O’Rourke geared up supporters for a final three months of the race with momentum on their side.

“They say there are two points that separate us, the campaign we’re running and Ted Cruz — two points is all we’re down right now,” O’Rourke said. “There are 94 days to go in this election. We can totally win this, but it is 100 percent on us.”

O’Rourke’s campaign continued to show momentum Saturday afternoon, when it said it had raised more than $500,000 over the last 24 hours in response to Cruz’s commercials. The campaign has set a goal of topping $1 million by the end of the weekend.

orlbucfan

LD: is Beto still pulling in the crowds? The turnout in November is YUGELY important for him.

jcitybone

Based on the content of the article, the radical in the title should have been in quotes.

https://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/08/the-radical-lefts-agenda-is-more-popular-than-the-gops.html

Ignoring this aspect of the policy-making process is all-but certain to understate the political influence of economic elites — because such influence plays a major role in determining what policy positions make it into the national debate in the first place.

New public opinion research from Data for Progress (DFP) spotlights this reality. In partnership with Yougov Blue, the progressive think tank polled a variety of left-wing economic policy ideas that have long been deemed too radical to merit pollsters’ attention or congressional scrutiny. Some of these ideas have recently won the support of the Democratic Party’s most left-wing lawmakers; others lie beyond the bounds of Bernie Sanders’s political imagination.

And virtually all of them are more popular than the mainstream Republican Party’s economic agenda.

Benny

Related..

Tossing aside skepticism, Democratic candidates for governor push for state-based universal health care

FLINT, Mich. — Wherever he takes his campaign for governor, Abdul El-Sayed is followed by activists handing out information about “Medicare for all.” When he grabs the microphone, El-Sayed makes a promise: He’ll bring universal health care to Michigan.

“Why can the CEOs of big insurance corporations take home $13 million a year when 600,000 Michiganders still don’t have access to health care?” asked El-Sayed, who is a doctor, at a campaign stop last week in one of the state’s poorest cities. “When are we going to have leadership that stands up for statewide Medicare for all?”

El-Sayed, who campaigned this weekend with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) before Tuesday’s primary, is one of at least a dozen Democrats running for governor this year on a pledge to do what no state has ever done: give basic health insurance to everyone, no matter the cost.

The single-payer Democrats are on the ballot in red and blue states and from California, where Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is the heavy favorite to win in November, to Massachusetts, where Democrat Jay Gonzalez believes the issue will give him an opening against a popular Republican governor.

“We’re at a moment when Democrats need to stand for something,” Gonzalez said in an interview. “If we do this right, the total amount of money we spend on health care in Massachusetts should go down. We’re going to get from here to there in a very thoughtful way.”

https://wapo.st/2Mm8KgQ

jcitybone

Republican gerrymandering wall is starting to crumble

So that’s the good news for supporters of free and fair elections. Three of the most gerrymandered states in the country will likely have permanent safeguards against gerrymandering during the next redistricting cycle. The bad news is that these safeguards may not survive the single greatest threat to voting rights in the United States of America — the Supreme Court of the United States.

Although five justices upheld Arizona’s redistricting commission in the 2015 case, one of them was Justice Kennedy. So if Trump succeeds in picking Kennedy’s replacement, there will no longer be a majority for the proposition that ballot initiatives may target gerrymandering. The Ohio and Michigan initiatives could fall to a Supreme Court hostile to voting rights.

Indeed, after Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court struck down that state’s gerrymander, Republicans argued that a court could not do so — because a court is not a legislature. The Supreme Court of the United States treated this argument pretty dismissively, but — again — that was while Kennedy was still around. With him gone, the Republican Supreme Court may view a case that could eliminate Republicans’ power to rig congressional elections differently.

orlbucfan

The SCOTUS can be reined in. The Constitution has clear instructions on how it’s done.

polarbear4

wonder if Kennedy was having a senior moment when he resigned. his decisions indicated that he did NOT want a right wing court. No progressive, for sure, but seemed to mostly stop short of truly harmful right wing wishes. now he hands it over????

Benny

I never get tired of listening to Sister Nina! She really makes the audience feel empowered.

Benny

Question for the Birdies….did anyone want to create the primary night thread tomorrow night? If not, I’m happy to do so.

orlbucfan

Benny, please do. 🙂 I am cyber challenged in a lot of areas plus retire early. That said, I will be following it.

jcitybone

That would be great Benny. There are three races that I’m very interested in: MI Gov, KS3, and OH12 special

la58

Go for it.

Benny

orlbucfan

🙂 🙂 Hope I wear out my Victory fist. LOL

jcitybone

Great news!

Benny

Kansas City star endorsed Davids over the weekend, but I don’t know if the endorsement being so late will matter. We’ll see tomorrow night!

LoneStarMike
la58

LOL.

polarbear4

i get text. must be my browser. Safari.

humphrey

It took a number of refreshes for it to finally show up for me but it was worth the effort. Perhaps it was just taking time for the download to appear.

polarbear4

Thanks, LSM. A treasure!

polarbear4

polarbear4

Can’t have those youngsters getting passionate about our future!!!!

Benny

The R’s strategy–one of them is to tamp down the younger vote.

polarbear4

This is the Whitmer camp, too.

humphrey

One day until the Michigan primary.

orlbucfan

I like that Twitter line: #DoneWaiting. 🙂

humphrey

A tribute to Rachel’s Russia coverage. LOL

humphrey

The Saudi coalition in Yemen is in cahoots with al-Qaida!

But I guess that is not much different than Israel allowing Isis to exist at the border of the Golan Heights.

https://apnews.com/8863660ca8684d5ca51ff58edd95b6de

ATAQ, Yemen (AP) — A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and backed by the United States has cut secret deals with al-Qaida fighters, paying some to leave key cities and towns the militants had seized across Yemen and letting others retreat with weapons, equipment and wads of looted cash, an investigation by The Associated Press has found. Hundreds more were recruited to join the coalition itself.

Again and again over the past two years, the coalition has claimed to win decisive victories that drove al-Qaida militants from their strongholds and shattered their ability to attack the West. What the victors didn’t disclose: many of those conquests came without firing a shot.

The compromises and alliances have allowed al-Qaida militants to survive to fight another day — and risk strengthening the most dangerous branch of the terror network that carried out the 9/11 attacks.

Key participants in the pacts said the U.S. was aware of the arrangements and held off on any drone strikes as the al-Qaida fighters retreated in plain sight.

In one conflict, the U.S. is working with its Arab allies — particularly the United Arab Emirates — with the aim of eliminating the extremists known as Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP. But the larger mission is to win the civil war against the Houthis, Iranian-backed Shiite rebels. In that fight, al-Qaida is effectively on the same side as the coalition — and, by extension, the United States.

The U.S. has sent the coalition billions of dollars in weapons to fight the Houthis, and American jets provide air-to-air refueling for coalition war planes. The U.S. does not fund the coalition, however, and there is no evidence that American money went to AQAP militants.

The Associated Press reported this story with help from a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Benny

How eff’d up is this? Supporting the attackers of 9/11? the ongoing war in Afghanistan that should have ended at least 8 years ago?

TheLeftistheCenter

Its the tactic, prop up our ‘enemy’ to keep perpetual war going, for the MIC cant keep perpetual war if the other side runs out of support.

orlbucfan

Most of those crazy yahoos came from the KSA including bin Laden. SOP for this country: the MICC is not just incompetent; it’s stupid which is more dangerous.

humphrey

I guess you could call it keeping it in the family.

https://www.businessinsider.com/osama-bin-laden-son-hazma-married-mohammed-atta-daughter-2018-8?op=1

Osama bin Laden’s son has married the daughter of the lead 9/11 hijacker, according to a new report.
The late Al Qaeda leader’s half-brothers, Ahmad and Hassan al-Attas, told The Guardian that they had “heard” news of the marriage.

“We have heard he has married the daughter of Mohammed Atta,” Ahmad al-Attas told the newspaper. “We’re not sure where he is but it could be Afghanistan.”

humphrey

Suddenly she has a conscience. Is this an example of “do as I say and not as I do”

jcitybone

https://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/08/american-capitalism-is-forcing-seniors-into-bankruptcy.html

The American public’s sense of entitlement to public pensions, however, proved more difficult to dispel. Bipartisan attempts to cut Social Security benefits faltered under Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

And yet, it’s now clear that access to a decent retirement is rapidly contracting, anyway.

New research shows that the rate of bankruptcy among Americans over 65 has tripled since 1991, while that among 55-to-65-year-olds has also risen sharply. According to this new study from the Consumer Bankruptcy Project, the bankruptcy rate among Americans over 65 was 3.6 per 1,000 between February 2013 and November 2016 — up from 1.2 per 1,000 in 1991. Meanwhile, Americans over 65 now account for 12.2 percent of all bankruptcy filers, up from 2.1 percent in the early 1990s — an increase that far outstrips the growth in our nation’s elderly population in the interim.

The studies’ authors attribute this development to the government and corporations offloading “the risks associated with aging” onto elderly individuals. But this seems too narrow a diagnosis. It would be more accurate to say that the elderly’s rising bankruptcy rate is a product of the state and employers offloading the risks associated with being a laborer in a capitalist economy onto working-class individuals of all ages. Which is to say: The collapse of the more politically vulnerable aspects of the New Deal bargain has eroded its most durable pillars.

humphrey

Let the naysayers put this in their pipe and smoke it!

humphrey

Benny

Heh heh, Chuck is losing his charm.

humphrey

I agree with her question, but being older green hair is not actually my cup of tea.

TheLeftistheCenter

He meant those who arent rich attacking those whose cause is to serve those that are, that really hurts 😛

Benny

Just some food for thought.

What Are Capitalists Thinking?

As that happened, you’ve seen the rich get richer, and you’ve perhaps noticed that the government’s main response to this has been to keep cutting their taxes (in fairness, President Barack Obama did raise the highest rate in 2013 to 39.6 percent from 35 percent, although for single filers, that rate didn’t kick in until earned income went above $400,000).

You witnessed the financial meltdown of 2008, caused by big banks betting against themselves. Capitalists might want to consider how all that looked to a young person who came from a working-class family and who probably knows someone who lost a job or even his house, while some of the bankers who helped create the mess walked away with golden parachutes, like that of Countrywide Financial’s Angelo Mozilo, which The Times valued at $88 million.

You’ve watched corporations hoard profits, buy back their stock and not reinvest in their workers the way they once did as they move jobs to Central America and Bangladesh. If you read a lot, you know that stock buybacks were permitted under the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Rule 10b-18, which dates to the Reagan era, and that since it’s just an S.E.C. rule, it can be changed without having to pass legislation, but no one in either of the Democratic administrations since then bothered.

I could go on like this for 20 paragraphs. Many more, in fact. But you get the idea. Back in the days when our economy just grew and grew, we had a government and a capitalist class that invested in our people and their future — in the Interstate highways, the community colleges, the scientific research, the generous federal grants for transportation and regional development.

TheLeftistheCenter

I dont think capitalism is the problem alone and we have seen time and again large pure socialist societies (meaning those larger than where every member can know the others, so exclude things like a Kabutz) has a lack of motivation, where most jobs just arent inspring enough to drive people above and beyond so things stagnate.

The other end of the spectrum where the US is headed is the problem, we are too far into the capitalist side of the socialist/capitalist spectrum. Its the extremes that dont work and by far what looks to be most successful is right in between the two i.e. Democratic Socialism the hybrid of the two. Where the top end is capitalistic and allows people to get more for doing more, but the bottom end is socialistic so those who lose out on the capitalist game still can lead dignified lives without fear of the basics for survival.

You cant get rich building Walmarts in Somalia, you need an advanced nation with a middle class, so the top needs to pay back more to keep the system going because its that system that allowed them such great wealth to begin with. Sustainable capitalism is where the winners of a generation pay back enough to keep infrastructure modern and the middle class strong so there is the needed elements for the next generation of winners, thats sustainable capitalism.

What we have now isnt and is most akin to a giant game of monopoly as more and more wealth gets funneled to fewer and fewer hands and the only way this game can be won is if the current winners can put the game away on their own before the losers burn the board and pieces in desperation.

humphrey

Since it isn’t Venezuela the State Department has no comment as to what is happening in Brazil.

humphrey

I guess corruption only counts if you are a leftist government and it is OK if you are a US ally.

Benny

I guess cost assessment is good. But geez, rather predictable.

Trump’s Border Wall Could Waste Billions of Dollars, Report Says

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration could potentially waste billions of dollars on a border wall because it failed to fully account for factors like varying terrain and land ownership along the Southwest border, according to a new report.

The report, conducted by the Government Accountability Office, found that Customs and Border Protection, the agency responsible for construction of the wall, did not consider the cost of building along each segment of the border, which can vary depending on factors such as topography and land ownership.

The report also found that the agency selected locations for barriers without fully assessing where they were needed to prevent illegal border crossings.

“Without assessing costs, consistent with leading practices for capital decision making, C.B.P. does not have complete information for prioritizing locations to use its resources in the most cost-effective manner,” the report said.

TheLeftistheCenter

I dont see the border patrol doing construction here, who is really getting paid to do this?

Benny

I was watching Fox Faux Newz tonight, and there was a call to arms in OH-12. I dont see anything on the other 2 cable channels. Ir is all about Manafort on trial.

Benny

I sit corrected! In All in with Chris Hayes, they showed a short interview with Abdul!!!

Benny

Hayes show also discussed OH-12.

humphrey

Obviously they are running scared.

A loss in this historically safe Republican seat would be a strong rebuke to Trump and his agenda. They are going all in to prevent it from happening.

wi60

For all us old Bommers here

American Capitalism Can No Longer Afford to Let Workers Retire in Dignity

New research shows that the rate of bankruptcy among Americans over 65 has tripled since 1991, while that among 55-to-65-year-olds has also risen sharply. According to this new study from the Consumer Bankruptcy Project, the bankruptcy rate among Americans over 65 was 3.6 per 1,000 between February 2013 and November 2016 — up from 1.2 per 1,000 in 1991. Meanwhile, Americans over 65 now account for 12.2 percent of all bankruptcy filers, up from 2.1 percent in the early 1990s — an increase that far outstrips the growth in our nation’s elderly population in the interim.

Longer than average read but good info
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/08/american-capitalism-is-forcing-seniors-into-bankruptcy.html

wi60

Got further into the thread and saw this was posted already oops

wi60

I thought I’ve seen everything from Trumpcorp voters. This mind set is scary indeed

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humphrey

We will have to figure out a tshirt for us “Russian bots” who don’t like or vote for Hillary.

Benny

Lol…

humphrey

I wish that this would sink in to those who gobble up Trump’s lies.

Hopefully before the upcoming elections.

humphrey

Scream this from the rooftops.

Cynthia Nixon Denounces “Centrist, Corporate Democrats”

New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon on Friday called for a transformation of the Democratic Party, and said “we have to turn the system upside down” in order for the party to be “a vehicle for all working people in this country.”

The actress and activist, who’s hoping to beat Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York’s Democratic primary next month, made the remarks at the Netroots Nation annual conference taking place in New Orleans.

“The Democratic establishment doesn’t like primaries,” she argued, because it sees a challenge to incumbents as hurting the party. In her view, however, it’s “centrist, corporate Democrats [that] hurt the party, and I think they need to be held accountable.”

“We are witnessing an incredible moment for the progressive movement right now,” she said, because “people are rejecting the status quo, and establishment Democrats, and a party leadership that is so often whiter and wealthier and more male than the party base.” That situation, she said, has driven hundreds of progressive-minded newcomers to seek office and put forth a better “vision.”

wi60

At Trump rallies, uneasy mix of hate, friendliness toward media: Reporter’s notebook
Not that that the article is nothing new to most of us but I was surprised by one single sentence in this article

Our media pen was surrounded by the Secret Service, protecting us from the crowds.

Never heard of the secret service doing this before–WOW!!!!! I thought their goal was to protect the president not the press. If I were SS agent I would have to resign –couldn’t take a bullet for that asshat.

https://abc30.com/at-trump-rallies-uneasy-mix-of-hate-friendliness-toward-media-reporters-notebook/3887830/

humphrey

Oy! their arrogance sure hurts us now.

Finally a group of Democratic senators accept responsibility for not fighting at all to get Merrick Garland seated on the Court and blame themselves for making a bad calculation that Hillary would be president.

Edited to change the title.

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