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Elizabeth Warren today: “I’m co-sponsoring Bernie’s Medicare for All bill”:


Even Jon Tester said yesterday he’s willing to “take a solid look” at single payer:



Disaster Recovery Should Heal, Not Divide, Our Communities

As Thomas Jessen Adams and Cedric Johnson write about Houston, “the race to capitalize on the disaster, to redistribute wealth upward, and to transform the region has already begun.” The Trump administration, together with the right wing extremists who currently govern Texas, will direct recovery efforts. They are likely to roll back environmental protections – which will make future disasters worse – and further weaken worker protections like the Davis-Bacon Act.

This playbook is familiar to anyone who followed what happened to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

It’s disaster capitalism, straight out of Naomi Klein’s book The Shock Doctrine: every catastrophe is an opportunity to consolidate wealth and power for the elites, and undermine the public institutions that serve the majority.

If our current leaders have their way, working people will be driven even further from the desirable parts of the city, making them more dependent on cars and forcing them to give up even more of their lives to difficult and lengthy commutes.

Recovery money will be channeled toward contractors and projects that further enrich the already wealthy, building high-end housing and luxury retail outlets instead of the affordable housing in transit that most people. The Department of Education under Betsy DeVos will try to privatize Houston schools, a move that would increase segregation, reduce social mobility, and make economic inequality even worse.

He goes on to list the ways in which we want to “do recovery.”


Begging for War

As Simon Tisdall wrote recently in the Guardian: “…the past and present leaders of the U.S., Russia, China, France and the U.K., whose governments signed but have not fulfilled the terms of the 1970 nuclear non-proliferation treaty, have to some degree brought the North Korea crisis on themselves. Kim Jong-un’s recklessness and bad faith is a product of their own.”

Preparing for war produces, at best, obedience, which usually comes with hidden resentments. Because North Korea has displayed defiance rather than obedience, the mainstream media have portrayed the country and its leader as, essentially, evil cartoon characters: a crazy country that doesn’t know its place and is therefore begging for war.

To reach beyond war, to reach toward the future and create the possibility that it will arrive—to create sensible options—first of all requires dealing with one’s enemy with respect and understanding. In the case of North Korea, this means revisiting the Korean War, in which some 3 million North Koreans died and, as Anna Fifield pointed out recently in the Washington Post, “the U.S. Air Force leveled the North, to the extent that American generals complained there was nothing left to bomb.

“Ever since,” she writes, “North Korea has existed in a state of insecurity, with the totalitarian regime telling the population that the United States is out to destroy them—again.

“It is in this context that, following the collapse of its nuclear-armed benefactor, the Soviet Union, the Kim regime has sought weapons of its own.”

She points out that this is not irrational behavior—certainly not for a small, isolated country in the crosshairs of the United States. On a planet with no good options, North Korea’s capacity to produce a little mutually assured destruction may be its best bet to curtail invasion. Indeed, no nuclear-armed nation has ever been invaded.

With that understanding in place, John Delury, a professor at the Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies in Seoul, has some further advice to offer: “Now is the time,” he wrote in the Washington Post in April, “to jump-start a diplomatic initiative that reopens channels, lowers tensions and caps North Korea’s capabilities where they are. Then, working closely with the new government in Seoul and others, the United States should support a long-term strategy that integrates North Korea into regional stability and prosperity….

“By simply inflicting economic pain, threatening military strikes and keeping tensions high, the United States is playing into the worst tendencies of the North Korean system. Kim’s nuclear intentions will harden and North Korea’s capabilities will only grow. It’s time to reverse course.”

The time is now: to stop pretending that war will keep us safe, to stop cradling humanity’s capacity to commit suicide.

And the United States is not Donald Trump. Our collective consciousness is bigger than that of a bully. That means we have the capacity to understand that the threat posed by North Korea is a reminder that nuclear disarmament for the whole planet is long overdue. There are no good nuclear weapons.


from Caitlin’s piece on the Hillary book.


Elizabeth Warren is cosponsoring Bernie’s single payer and she wants you to sign on as a citizen cosponsor.

There is something fundamentally wrong when one of the richest and most powerful countries on the planet can’t make sure that a person can afford to see a doctor when they’re sick. This isn’t any way to live.

I believe it’s time to take a step back and ask: what is the best way to deliver high quality, low cost health care to all Americans? Everything should be on the table – and that’s why I’m co-sponsoring Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All bill that will be introduced later this month.

Health care is a basic human right – and it’s time to fight for it. Please join me in signing on as a citizen co-sponsor of Medicare for All.

My own family plunged deep into debt when my daddy had a heart attack. My parents paid on those bills for years. Years later, as a bankruptcy law professor, I studied why working families were going broke. Through interviews and court documents, my research partners and I showed that most people who file for bankruptcy looked a lot like my family.

Link to sign in article.


I guess Clinton is looking forward:

Promoters painted her as a woman of the people when they last month told Chicago Inc. that tickets to the Chicago stop of her upcoming book tour would start at just $45 — far less than she’s charging fans in New York and other cities.

But when they finally went on sale Wednesday morning, the tickets came with a dose of sticker shock. At $75, plus a $13.50 “processing fee,” the cheapest seats were nearly twice the originally promised price.

But those SRO tix, they existed for the Persisters!

Clinton spokesman John Tellem, who first said on Aug. 28 that tickets would start at $45, repeated that on Wednesday, telling Chicago Inc. that the $45 tickets did exist but “sold out quickly.”

Or maybe it’s more like the usual Third Way/New Democrat of doing business…

But Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theater confirmed that the cheapest tickets were in fact $75, and Tellem later revised his statement.

It isn’t all bad news for Clinton who — judging by brisk sales of tickets even at the higher price range (VIP tickets including a meet and greet with Clinton, which have cost over $2,000 in other cities, quickly sold out) — can still draw an audience willing to pay a premium to hear her speak.

In leaked excerpts of her forthcoming book, “What Happened,” she partially blames Bernie Sanders for her election loss to President Donald Trump, says Sanders is not a real Democrat and says her marriage to Bill Clinton has had “many, many more happy days than sad or angry ones.”

Maybe for the $45 they entered a lottery, just as you can do for Hamilton. But the Hamilton lottery is only $10 to play, and you don’t lose your money if your e-mail addy is selected.


Bernie to join Chris Hayes on “All In” tonight and I think he’s also on Colbert, as someone else mentioned earlier.


He debunked Clinton a little bit, but most of the conversation was about DACA and the possible deal being cut between Trump & Dem Leadership. Bernie’s skeptical of it.

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