Good morning friends! I’m trying to do some site maintenance this morning so I don’t have much news compiled at the moment. I did however post a video in the comments yesterday that probably got overlooked due to the comments being broken so I’m now going to put it up front and center so you can watch Bernie absolutely crush this fairly ‘aggressive’ interview:
More news in the comments! (Including: The Intercepts Russia hacking story & the fallout, more Sanders updates, environmental actions, etc)
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said “the occupation must end” in a video message to Israel’s left-wing opposition Meretz Party.
The five-minute video was set to be screened at a conference Sunday marking the end of the Six-Day War in 1967 and “50 years of Occupation.”
In opening the video, Sanders, a Jewish Independent who sought the Democratic presidential nomination, called Meretz, which currently has 5 seats in Israel’s 120-seat Knesset, “Israel’s most prominent political organization.” He added that the party stands “for many of the same values that progressives are fighting for here in the United States and throughout the world.”
“We are now in the 50th year of Israel’s occupation, an occupation which denies basic Palestinian rights while failing to deliver Israel real security,” said Sanders.
“I know so many of you agree with me when I say: this occupation must end. Peace, real peace, means security not only for every Israeli, but for every Palestinian. It means supporting self-determination, civil rights and economic well-being for both peoples.”
Sanders called for “a politics of solidarity and a common humanity” and added that “brave people uniting around a common set of values with clear goals, can change a country, they can change the world, they can even change the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
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“Just follow all the young people.” Those were the instructions I got when I asked for directions from the subway station to the main auditorium of the Free University of Berlin, where former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was launching the German edition of his book “Our Revolution.”
What were these young people expecting from a 75-year-old self-described socialist from one of the most obscure states in the US?
“I’m here because I thought the American election was really interesting, and Bernie Sanders was the only one who had radically interesting ideas,” one young German told me.
“It is the same in France,” a French woman on an exchange program said. “Bernie Sanders is very popular.”
“I’m from Russia, and it’s very interesting to hear an American who’s a socialist – that’s not so common,” another member of the audience said.
Most of the people I talked to said that, to use the words of one German woman, “He’s not part of the system.” The applause the Vermont senator received upon entering the hall rivaled that of any campaign event in the lead-up last year’s election. And if the audience was hoping for a scathing critique of Donald Trump, they got exactly what they wanted.
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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.”
Former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner is worried that Americans are being “left behind” because Congress and the media are seemingly consumed by “Russia, Russia, Russia.”
During a panel discussion on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Turner was asked about the latest revelations that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner had attempted to establish “back channels” of communication with the Kremlin.
“How’s this playing in Ohio?” asked guest host Dana Bash.
Turner responded: “No one in Ohio is asking about Russia.”
“I mean, we have to deal with this,” she continued, referring to the ongoing investigation into alleged election meddling. “We definitely have to deal with this. It’s on the minds of the American people. But you want to know about people in Ohio—they want to know about jobs. They want to know about their children.”
Turner, a vocal supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during his presidential campaign, said she has spoken with voters across the country and found widespread concern over domestic issues and feelings that they are not being represented by the dominant political class.
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The Republican candidate for Montana’s congressional seat has been charged with misdemeanor assault after he is alleged to have slammed a Guardian reporter to the floor on the eve of the state’s special election, breaking his glasses and shouting, “Get the hell out of here.”
Ben Jacobs, a Guardian political reporter, was asking Greg Gianforte, a tech millionaire endorsed by Donald Trump, about the Republican healthcare plan when the candidate allegedly “body-slammed” the reporter.
He took me to the ground,” Jacobs said by phone from the back of an ambulance. “I think he wailed on me once or twice … He got on me and I think he hit me … This is the strangest thing that has ever happened to me in reporting on politics.”
Jacobs subsequently reported the incident to the police. The Gallatin county sheriff’s office said on Wednesday night it had completed its investigation and that Gianforte had been issued with a charge of misdemeanour assault.
“Following multiple interviews and an investigation by the Gallatin county sheriff’s office it was determined there was probable cause to issue a citation to Greg Gianforte for misdemeanor assault,” sheriff Brian Gootkin said in a statement. “The nature of the injuries did not meet the statutory elements of felony assault. Greg Gianforte received a citation on Wednesday night and is scheduled to appear in Gallatin county justice court between now and June 7, 2017.”
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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 →
Senator Bernie Sanders criss-crossed Montana for a rapid-fire series of events over the weekend to boost Rob Quist, the folk-singing Democrat on the ticket for Thursday’s special election to replace now-Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, for the state’s seat in the House of Representatives.
“Rob and I are going to do everything we can to bury that horrific, disgusting piece of legislation that passed two weeks ago,” Sanders bellowed, referring to the recent House passage of the American Health Care Act, during the duo’s final stop together in Bozeman on Sunday morning.
From Missoula to Butte to Billings and Bozeman, the primary rallying cry for this race was health care—and the skyrocketing costs for care that could result if AHCA is signed into law.
During the second-to-last stop of the tour in Butte on Saturday, a union stronghold that was formerly a copper boomtown throughout the end of the 19th century, some 2,500 or more poured into the Butte Civic Center in the late afternoon.
To the bane of Congressional Republicans, the Congressional Budget Office score on the GOP’s new health care bill will be released next Wednesday. On Thursday, the polls will close in Montana’s closely watched congressional race between Democrat Rob Quist and Republican Greg Gianforte.
Hoping to get a boost from the inevitable Democratic outrage over the health care news next week, Quist is releasing his last few political ads; with two of them focusing entirely on health care.
In his ad, “Half,” Quist addresses the pre-existing condition rates in his state. Serving as his own narrator over b-roll of a picnic with the stunning Montana skyline painted behind them, Quist says, “Did you know half of all Montanans have a pre-existing condition? One out of every two.” Quist goes on to tell the story of a few other people attending the picnic, including one woman who survived breast cancer, and a man who made it through a major back surgery. “One thing I can tell you,” Quist says, “we’re all thankful to be here.”
“Greg Gianforte says he’s thankful for the new healthcare bill,” he continues. “The one that eliminates protections for pre-existing conditions and raises premiums on every Montanan who has one. I think Greg’s thankful because he gets another big tax break at our expense.”
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In about a half hour, Rob Quist will hold his last rally with Bernie Sanders in Bozeman. The event is being held on the campus of Montana State University. Here’s a tweet sent by Quist’s campaign, just moments ago. KBZK TV is planning to livesteam the event on FB. Update: it is live now! There are signs in the audience which read “Save the Wilderness” and “Resist with Quist.” ! @RobQuistforMT #BigSkyBern #MTAL #MTPolWhat a day. Thanks for coming to Montana, @BernieSanders! pic.twitter.com/llzBsw4sdJ — Dan O'Sullivan (@dan_osullivan) May 21, 2017 More news about the rallies, which Quist has deemed “Big …Continue reading →
Seems like all kinds of news on take out the trash day. The Washington Post reported a few minutes ago that someone familiar with the Russia probe has identified a WH official as “a person” of interest. …Continue reading →
Bernie Sanders had another show today on Facebook. It is now on YT and here’s the video, it’s about 40 minutes long. His guest is Larry Wilmore, formerly of The Larry Wilmore Show on Comedy Central, and now has a podcast series (free) called “Black on the Air“. Some of you may remember he was the last keynote comedian for the White House Correspondents Dinner during the Obama Administration. This is also an open thread for this evening. …Continue reading →
Two 2016 presidential primary runners-up, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), met for a CNN town hall on Tuesday night. Of course the topic of President Trump came up, especially since hours earlier, The New York Times had dropped the latest bombshell about the president: allegations that he asked the FBI director to drop an investigation into Michael Flynn and, by extension, the Trump campaign. At one point, prompted by moderators Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, Sanders and Kaisch discussed Trump’s truthfulness.
“Is Trump a liar, or am I using hyperbole here?” Sanders asked Kasich. “Is he a liar?” “Well, you know, sometimes he says things I don’t agree with and I think they don’t resemble the facts,” Kasich replied, to laughter, but he said using terms like “liar” is not helpful for America. “Let the facts speak for themselves and then we can draw a conclusion,” he said. Sanders asked what we should call a president who says millions of people voted illegally for his opponent.
Kasich said Trump “doesn’t understand all the things about the job,” but there’s “a learning process for everybody” and he hopes Trump “will become a unifier, will more understand the gravity of this job, stop the tweeting, and bring people together.”
Sanders disagreed. “I’m not a psychiatrist,” he said, “but there’s something strange going on, I think, with Mr. Trump.” He said Trump lies all the time, mentioned Trump’s affection for Russian President Vladimir Putin, and argued that Trump has “an authoritarian-type mind” and isn’t “a great believer in dissent or democracy.” So no, “I don’t think this is just a learning curve, I think he’s a smart guy, but something else is going on,” Sanders said
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Happy Monday friends! Hope you had a great Mother’s Day weekend! I was on a self imposed media-blackout so have no clue what’s really happened other than what I’ve read on the weekend open thread here, so will slowly add what I’m catching up on in the comments.
Starting things off with the always fantastic Nina Turner: