This afternoon, the Senate, with the help of the VP, passed a motion to proceed for debate on BCRA, 51 – 48. Senator John McCain, ailing from brain cancer, arrived in time to throw millions off the health care system he and other members of Congress, are allowed to keep. Yet McCain insisted on lecturing his colleagues about senate decorum and claims he is against the bill which no-one seems to know its content. John McCain isn't just a cancer patient cutting off other cancer patients. He's also an 80 year-old cutting off people in nursing homes. — Eric Kleefeld …Continue reading →
Two weeks ago, Caitlin Johnstone, an unabashed anti-establishment blogger, penned a controversial piece on Medium about how the Alt-Right and the Left Should work together to demolish the establishment 4th Estate. I didn’t see anyone post the article “The Lefties Need to Stop Being Shy about Working with the Anti-Establishment” here, so it made me wonder if there was some discomfort with her opinion, or just overlooked? …Continue reading →
Good Morning Birdies! I’ll start with a bit of Bernie news, then all of us can pitch in with other progressive news or excerpts to interesting things we’ve seen around the Net. Last night, MIC news reported that Bernie has come out against a new energy bill that supports fracking and continues to uplift the Oil & Gas Industry. From the article: With the Senate focused on health care reform, a little-noticed bill that could increase America’s production of fossil fuels may see a vote on the Senate floor as soon as next week. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) does not plan to …Continue reading →
Like Obamacare? Maybe not too much. From The Hill: An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll finds 62 percent of Americans think it is the responsibility of the federal government to ensure Americans have access to coverage. Another 37 percent disagree. Americans were split on the issue along partisan lines. More than 80 percent of Democrats said the federal government has the responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage, while about 30 percent of Republicans said the same. The poll was conducted from June 13 to 17 among 1,019 adults. The margin of error is 4.1 percentage points. The poll was …Continue reading →
This guy is great. Why a 94-year-old war veteran started a podcast to save democracy Harry Leslie Smith is deeply disturbed at how democracy has become endangered. He’s convinced young people can be the planet’s salvation – and he’s reaching out to them one podcast at a time “We are at a dangerous crossroads for society and democracy,” Mr. Smith said…“I believe the world is in just as dangerous a state as it was when I was a teen, watching democracy dissolve all across Europe.” He was having a bit of trouble catching his breath, and paused before his next sentence: …Continue reading →
Here’s Our Revolution’s new President, Nina Turner (video released about an hour ago) “With These Hands, We will Continue To Rise” Rep Seth Moulton called for new leadership in the Democratic Party while being interviewed on NPR. SIEGEL: What was so big about the loss in Georgia that it shows the Democrats need a new message, a new vision? MOULTON: Well, now we’re 0-4 in these congressional special elections. And we’re at the worst electoral position that the Democratic Party has been in in decades. And so when you keep losing like that, you can’t keep doing the same old …Continue reading →
HOLY SHITA! GIF from Holyshit GIFs Wholly Shita, is right Bluto! (with belated RIP to Flounder, who sadly passed away yesterday) Reddit and twitter is on Fire about the RNC Data Breach that happened last week. From Upguard website: The RNC Files: Inside the Largest US Voter Data Leak …Continue reading →
Good Morning! Happy Father’s Day to all of those who are dads, will see or talk to their dads, miss their dads, wish they could be a dad, or love the dad they’re with (so to speak) today! I will be busy in the kitchen soon cooking for hubby’s dad, but thought I’d offer up a thread to put up some updates on a few of the things on my mind these days. The Castile verdict. I still can’t get over it. I know I shouldn’t be surprised, but that one was an extra ‘wow’, and not wow in a …Continue reading →
Good Evening! It’s been quite a conference so far. And McCormick is a huge convention center! I just saw Rob Quist and Rep Pramilla Jayapal. Great talk. More in the comments! Nina is busy at her new job with The Real News. This evening’s keynote speaker is Senator Bernie Sanders. The title of the program is The Political Revolution Now. It’s scheduled for 7-8:30PM. The livestream link is below, once you click on it, it takes you to a yet link. People’ Summit via Our Revolution …Continue reading →
Good Morning Birdies! After a long evening and a short night, I’m back at McCormick to watch some more panel discussions at The PS. I’m pretty close to the stage. Energy amazing, wish you were all here! Lots of kindred spirits. But you can some of the action on the livestream. The livestream link is here: http://www.thepeoplessummit.org/livestream/
Greetings…your faithful reporter from The PS 2017, Day-1 (or should I say, Evening). I will be adding pictures and snippets as I go along. The livestream for this evening is located below. …Continue reading →
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders returned to his home borough of Brooklyn Tuesday to deliver Brooklyn College’s commencement speech, entering the stage to rousing chants of “Bernie.”
Though he never mentioned President Trump by name, Sanders decried the current administration — which he called an “oligarchy” set on stripping 23 million people of their health care coverage, decimating Medicaid, de-funding Planned Parenthood and laying waste to supportive resources like food stamps, afterschool programs and Pell grants to help middle class families pay for college.
He called on the more than 4,100 undergraduate and graduate students getting their diplomas inside the Barclays Center alongside him to put all their efforts into turning the nation in the right direction.
“My message to you is very simple: think big, not small, and help us create the nation that we all know we can become,” he said.
The Independent senator, who was born and raised in Brooklyn and attended Midwood’s P.S. 197, Sheepshead Bay’s James Madison High School and Brooklyn College in 1959, which he attended briefly before transferring to the University of Chicago, was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree for his “groundbreaking career in politics, visionary approach to public policy and higher education, dedication to civic welfare and commitment to equality.”
There continue to be several fissures in the Democratic party as competing factions jockey for party positions and the future direction of the party. One of those fissures opened in dramatic fashion at the California Democratic party’s convention last weekend. We had a really good diary recounting a view from on the ground at the convention, where Los Angeles County chair Eric Bauman was elected to the state party chairmanship with a slender margin of 62 votes, out of over 3,000 cast. The saga continues because Bauman’s opponent, Kimberly Ellis has not conceded the election and there is a review underway:“I will not …Continue reading →
While TPW has two new excellent posts up by Subir (please read them and make comments!), I’m creating an open thread. Bernie slammed Trump on his budget proposal this afternoon and had the ranking Budget member from Congress, John Yarmuth, join him in the presser. Spoiler warning: the Minority leaders also give remarks but they are the last two. Sanders highlighted the tax savings the wealthiest Americans will see and the cuts to welfare programs. “This is a budget that says if you are a member of the Trump family, you will get a tax break of up to $4 …Continue reading →