Everything else will be in the comments, have a great day!
Good morning everyone! A big thank you to Benny and everyone else who was involved in the roundup yesterday while I was out sick. In-fact I am still pretty sick so not quite sure how long I’ll be around this morning but did want to actually manage to get a post up. Starting it off with TYT/Cenk’s video response to the NBC story on the Justice Democrats that I posted a couple days back, and then everything else will go in the comment section. Have a great day!
Good Morning, Birdies! Here’s a thread, starting with Bernie Sanders in front of a small crowd of protestors in front of the US Customs Office. As usual, other news and comments are welcome. Have a great day! .@SenSanders: "Stop picking on the poor. Stop picking on undocumented." pic.twitter.com/zrQxYyhc3W — Chris D'Angelo (@c_m_dangelo) March 21, 2017 From HuffPo’s environmental reporter, Chris D’Angelo: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joined some 100 demonstrators outside U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters on Tuesday to send a message to President Donald Trump: Stop terrorizing immigrant families. “For the last many hundreds of years, wonderful people against … Continue reading →
With Democrats facing tough prospects in the midterm elections, will they also have to worry about primary challenges from their left flank?
During his presidential campaign, Sen. Bernie Sanders never quite decided whether his “political revolution” could coexist with the Democratic Party or needed to overthrow it. Now, Sanders is one of the most popular political figures in the country and the activists he galvanized have gone on to start new groups, join old ones, or run electoral campaigns.
The path of Sanders’ former staffers reflects the split in his movement, and the some are already galvanizing for the 2018 elections — and setting their sights on their own.
This week, Justice Democrats merged operations with another anti-incumbent group founded by former Sanders aides, Brand New Congress, which started last year.
“The point is we’ve watched this party over the last decade lose over 1,000 seats, lose a national election to least popular nominee in history, Donald Trump, and now we’ve seen poll after poll showing the Democratic Party less popular since election day,” Brand New Congress’ Corbin Trent said in an interview. “What we think is the American people are ready for a new direction.”
It’s a step farther than previous liberal efforts, which have fielded challenges to establishment favorite Democrats in open races but generally not against elected party members.
Lots more news in the comments. Have a great day!
Good morning all! Starting the day off with video of Bernie in Vermont this past Friday and will put all the rest that I am catching up on in the comments.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., dropped out of the U.S. presidential race about eight months ago, but many of the supporters who showed up to hear him speak at a town hall event at the Vermont Technical College Friday afternoon acted as if the campaign had just begun.
“If there is a silver lining in the midst of the Trump election, it’s that millions of people are asking (what they can do about it) and getting involved,” Sanders told a crowd of hundreds filling the Judd Hall gymnasium during a half-hour speech that was marked by frequent outbreaks of cheering, and a standing ovation.
Sanders urged those in the audience to let legislators see and hear their opinions.
“Get involved. Run for school board. Run for the board of selectmen. Start thinking about the legislature. Put pressure on your government. … It is not just elections. It is fighting, for example, for the transformation of our energy system.”
Sanders sounded familiar themes during his talk, and related most of the country’s ills to a massive income inequality in which, he said, the wealthiest tenth of one percent of the country own more wealth than the bottom 90 percent.
Good morning everyone! Starting off with just one of the many articles written on Sanders being the most popular politician in America
A Fox News Poll released Wednesday shows that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Planned Parenthood, ObamaCare, and Vice President Mike Pence are all viewed more favorably than President Trump.
Favorable ratings from Fox poll:
Planned Parenthood +25
The poll of 1,008 registered voters was conducted March 12 to 14. It found that 43 percent approve and 51 percent disapprove of the job Trump is doing as president, with 30 percent strongly approving and 45 percent strongly disapproving. Respondents were also asked to say if they had a favorable or unfavorable opinion of several people, groups, and items, and Sanders came out on top, with 61 percent having a favorable reaction and 32 percent unfavorable, followed by Planned Parenthood (57 percent favorable, 32 percent unfavorable); ObamaCare (50 percent favorable, 47 percent unfavorable); and Pence (47 percent favorable, 43 percent unfavorable). Only 44 percent had a favorable view of Trump, while 53 percent had an unfavorable view.
One example of why that may be:
More Bernie news & more in the comments! have a great day!
Good morning everyone! If you are having issues commenting/logging in please send me an email (my username @ gmail, or tpwhelpdesk at gmail) so I can try and figure things out. I’m super swamped with the bill-paying job at the moment so haven’t rounded up much news as of yet but I will certainly get to it in the comments as the days goes on.
Starting off with Jimmy Dore talking about a recent poll on Democratic Party favorability:
Good morning friends! Starting this open thread/news roundup off with a couple Bernie related items and then everything else will be in the comments… including the latest write-ups on the Native Nations march, the most recent pipeline protests, more Sanders content, Trump’s latest moves towards an Idiocracy & more.
Following a Town Hall meeting in one of West Virginia’s poorest counties U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said Sunday that the Senate can defeat the House Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act with a version he said would provide enormous tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans.
The former Democratic presidential candidate from Vermont received a standing ovation immediately from about 250 people in a high school auditorium in McDowell County, and his call for universal health care as a right for all Americans was greeted with loud applause.
The Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act, which added health care coverage to 20 million people, would throw five to 10 million people off coverage including thousands of West Virginians, Sanders said.
At the same time, it would provide an estimated $275 billion in tax breaks for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans over a decade, he said.
“Instead of giving tax breaks to billionaires, I think we need to ask them to pay their fair share,” Sanders said.
The meeting hosted by MSNBC to examine the needs of rural America will be broadcast Monday evening.
Some county residents joined the conversation that also focused on Appalachian coal country’s economic hard times in coal’s downturn and the opioid drug epidemic that has hit southern West Virginia hard.
Bernie on ‘Face The Nation’:
[PS: I’m also tinkering with the rating/rec system trying to get it back to working correctly so anything that goes wrong site-wise in the next little while, is likely a result of that.]
Happy Friday friends! Starting off with An article on Sanders & then a video of Bernie on CNN. News on the Native Nations March on DC, the latest pipeline protests, Trump’s dumbest decisions, what the Democrats continue to do wrong & more will be in the comments. As always I’m quite interested to see what you are reading/watching!
Sanders sweeps into the room wearing a casual sweater. His white hair is tussled, and he has the distracted look of someone dragged away from concentrated study. But when we start talking, he is immediately transfixing. In a flash, it is clear why so many have felt the Bern: because he feels it so intensely himself.
“These are very scary times for the people of the United States, and … for the whole world. We have a president who is a pathological liar. Trump lies all of the time.” And Sanders believes the lying is not accidental: “He lies in order to undermine the foundations of American democracy.” Take his “wild attacks against the media, that virtually everything the mainstream media says is a lie.” Or Trump’s denigration of one of George W Bush’s judicial appointees as a “so-called judge”, and his false claims that up to 5 million people voted illegally in the election. Such statements, which Sanders calls “delusional”, are meant to lead to only one conclusion, he says: “that the only person in America who stands for the American people, who is telling the truth, the only person who gets it right, is the president of the United States, Donald Trump. That is unprecedented in American history.”
He travels even deeper into dystopian territory when I ask what, in his view, Trump’s endgame might be. “What he wants is to end up as leader of a nation that has moved a significant degree towards authoritarianism; where the president of the United States has extraordinary powers, far more than our constitution has provided for.”
Sanders is well into his stride by now, conducting the interview with great waves of his arms, punching out words in that distinctive Brooklyn-Vermont growl. It’s impossible not to be drawn in by a man who comes across as this authentic.
What word of advice would he give a young person, a twentysomething who is scared and who feels that their country is moving against them? What should they do?
“This is what they should do,” he says, pumping out the Bern. “They should take a deep reflection about the history of this country, understand that absolutely these are very difficult and frightening times. But also understand that in moments of crisis, what has happened, time and time again, is that people have stood up and fought back. So despair is absolutely not an option.”
[If this video gets taken down I’ll put up the original if CNN ever gets around to posting it]:
Good morning friends! A couple videos and then everything else will go in the comments! Hope to see you there!
Pass this around on the social medias if you are into that kind of thing…
And here is the Indigenous Women’s Panel in Honor Of International Women’s Day:
Good morning friends! In the comments I’ll have links to stories on Sanders, The CIA, The DNC, and plenty more.. but wanted to start off with some Standing Rock updates:
A federal judge declined Tuesday to temporarily stop construction of the final section of the disputed Dakota Access pipeline, clearing the way for oil to flow as soon as next week.
The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux had asked the US district judge James Boasberg in Washington to direct the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw permission for the Texas-based developer Energy Transfer Partners to lay pipe under Lake Oahe in North Dakota.
The stretch under the Missouri river reservoir in southern North Dakota is the last piece of construction for the $3.8bn pipeline to move North Dakota oil to Illinois.
The tribes argued that construction under the lake violated their right to practice their religion, which relies on clean water, and they wanted the work suspended until the claim could be resolved.
When they filed the lawsuit last summer, the tribes argued that the pipeline threatened Native American cultural sites and their water supply. Their religion argument was new, however, and disputed by both the corps and the company.
Boasberg in his ruling Tuesday said the tribes hadn’t raised the religion argument in a timely fashion.
Indigenous rights activists erected a tipi camp beside the Washington Monument in the nation’s capital Tuesday as part of a day protest against the Dakota Access pipeline, as well as over other indigenous issues.
“This fight isn’t over,” Mike Gamms, who came in from Los Angeles, told ABC News. “A lot of people thought the fight was over back in December or they think the fight is over now and it’s a lost battle but there’s still a lot of fight left and a lot more that can be done.”
Organized by the Native Nations Rise Planning Committee, the camp will host cultural workshops, speaker panels and water blessings over the next few days, according to its website, which notes that no overnight camping will be allowed.
On Friday, the events will culminate in a march from the Army Corps of Engineers headquarters to Lafayette Square, just outside of the White House. Organizers expect thousands to take part.
Despite the changes, Donald Trump’s new executive order on immigration isn’t drawing many fans from the Democratic side of the aisle, especially not Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Trump’s new order excludes Iraq from its list of restricted countries but retains restrictions on the remaining countries as well as a temporary ban on all refugees. In response, Sanders spoke out against the new order, calling it racist and anti-Islamic.
Sanders was notably one of Congress’ harshest critics of Trump’s original executive order. The congressman participated in at least one protest against the order and, in a tweet, wrote that the “Muslim ban is un-American, is unconstitutional and is going to make us less safe, not more safe.” Sanders echoed those sentiments in response to the new, revised order. In a statement on Monday, Sanders wrote:
Let’s call it what it is. This ban is a racist and anti-Islamic attempt to divide us up. A president who respected our traditions of religious freedom would not have resorted to hateful, anti-Islamic rhetoric to justify a ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries. Even the Department of Homeland Security has said that citizenship is not a factor in terrorist threats. This isn’t about keeping America safe. A president responsible for keeping our citizens safe would not hand over ideological ammunition to terrorists seeking new recruits to kill Americans.
Before his statement on the new executive order, Sanders had already spent the morning speaking out against Trump. “President Trump cannot continue to lie, lie, lie. It diminishes the office of the president and our standing in the world,” Sanders wrote in one tweet regarding Trump’s baseless claims that Obama wiretapped his phone. “The United States will not be respected or taken seriously around the world if @realDonaldTrump continues to shamelessly lie,” he wrote in another posted only a few minutes later.
Everything thing else will be in the comments below, thanks for visiting.
Happy Monday friends! Hope you all had a great weekend! The bill-paying job has me absolutely overwhelmed but I’ll be doing my usual Monday morning catching up on all that’s happened in the world. As I am so busy I don’t have an actual intro video ready but do want to go ahead and get this post live.. so here is a song instead to start your day. I’ll post what I’m reading/watching in the comments (transparency @ the DNC, Trumps immigration crackdown, Sanders updates, pipeline news, etc.) and as always hope you will join me!
Thanks for visiting & keep resisting!
Greetings TPWers. Lots going on this weekend. We’ll Start with Bernie’s, Nina’s and Danny Glover’s March on Mississippi, which was held yesterday in Canton. Bernie’s message: share the wealth with the workers. As usual, please add your news and thoughts in the comments section below. The Real News has an interview of Bernie, Nina, and Danny … Continue reading →
Happy Friday friends! I’ll start off with a couple stories of the continued fallout for those who choose to support/cover the Standing Rock movement and then will put all the rest of the news in the comments (Sessions, Sanders, The DNC & more..). Also please take time to visit Humphrey’s post below!
For months, environmental protesters have clashed with police and private security companies over plans for the Dakota Access Pipeline, a $3.7 billion project that opponents say will destroy Native American sites and affect the region’s water supply. While mainstream media have covered flashpoints in the protests, a core of mostly freelance, left-wing, and Native American outlets have remained at the site to provide daily coverage.
Several of those journalists are facing charges, including trespass and engaging in riots, after being caught in mass arrests as police cracked down on protests or tried to clear camps in recent months. CPJ is aware of at least 10 journalists covering the story who are facing charges. Details of their cases can be seen here.
Some of those facing charges told CPJ that police used heavy-handed tactics, ignored or dismissed their press credentials, or arrested them even though they were following dispersal orders or commands to stay behind police lines. The journalists said that the burden of legal costs or risk of further charges if they are arrested again has discouraged them from covering other protests.
Jihan Hafiz, an award-winning Egyptian-Samoan journalist who also faces charges, told CPJ that she thought reporting in North Dakota would be “a walk in the park.” Hafiz, who has covered conflict in the Middle East and police brutality in Brazil for outlets including The Real News Network and Al-Jazeera America, said she was surprised by what she described as heavy-handed police tactics and compared covering Standing Rock to reporting on conflict overseas. “These are not American tactics of policing. It’s clear to me that covering this is dangerous,” she told CPJ.
North Dakota police have accused a US veteran of arson at Standing Rock, renewing concerns that law enforcement is targeting former service members for prosecution.
Police on Thursday said that Sean Sullivan was a “possible arson suspect” and sent out a photo taken from his Facebook page of him standing near a burning structure at the main encampment at Standing Rock, which officers evicted last week.
Sullivan, a 35-year-old navy veteran from San Diego, who returned home from Standing Rock on Monday, had not heard he was a suspect until a Guardian reporter called him on Thursday afternoon.
“It’s just completely unfounded,” said Sullivan, who was part of a group called VeteransRespond that recently traveled to North Dakota to assist the remaining Native American activists demonstrating against the Dakota Access pipeline. “It’s intimidating. They’re just trying to bully me around. Everyone knows I didn’t start that.”
The arson accusation, which police said could lead to prosecution, is the latest in a series of arrests and charges filed against veterans aiding indigenous groups fighting the pipeline, which could soon be in operation.