Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday that as the House GOP-passed health care bill is debated behind closed doors in the Senate, Democrats should do “everything they can” to oppose the legislation in “any way” they can.
“Throwing 23 million people off of health insurance is beyond belief. Now, in the Senate what you have is you have I believe it is 10 Republicans working behind closed doors to address 1/6th of the American economy,” Sanders said.
“The average Republican doesn’t even know what’s in that legislation,” he said. “My understanding is that it will be brought forth just immediately before we have to vote on it. This is completely unacceptable.”
Sanders called the current bill the “worst piece of legislation” against working class people that he can remember in his political life in the Congress, and that the reason Republicans don’t want to bring debate out into the public is because it was a “disastrous bill.”
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 →
How We All Got Here In roughly the time it takes for light to get from the Sun to the Earth, astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson explains how the Universe evolved from the Big Bang to us safely ensconced here on Earth. Courtesy of Minute Physics. Chocolate and A Fib Chocolate not only tastes good, but you may need to indulge in its pleasures to avoid or reduce the effects of atrial fibrillation. Tis The Season The Summer Solstice moment, the beginning of Summer, is nearly upon us, coming early in the morning of June 21st in sunny …Continue reading →
Morning all just kicking off the weekend open thread with a couple links This Is The Hourly Wage You Need To Afford A 2-Bedroom Apartment Around The U.S. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/01/minimum-wage-apartment-hourly-salary-housing-costs_n_7472472.html The Cheeto approval rating and R approval rating at a new low. https://www.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-apos-latest-approval-162951017.html Lawsuit Claims Trump Administration Is Covering Up Pay-for-Play Relationship With Private Prison Company https://www.yahoo.com/news/lawsuit-claims-trump-administration-covering-160215227.html And of course a meme Since the DNC and Hillary want to run again as it “her turn” she figured out a way …Continue reading →
A fire at the Grenfell Tower in London on Wednesday may have killed a hundred people: As the confirmed death toll rose to 30, there were reportedly as many as 70 people unaccounted for since the blaze, which police fear was so devastating that some victims may never be identified. The official number of deaths has sparked anger and confusion within the local community, where people believe the true number is considerably higher. — Guardian Labour Party leader James Corbyn visited the complex on Thursday, meeting with survivors. He comforted those searching for loved ones. Corbyn comforting a woman holding …Continue reading →
I found a feed to the Champlain Union Valley HS commencement. If that doesn’t work, try this link: http://www.retn.org/show/cvu-high-school-2017-graduation This is all so new to me. When I graduated 40 years ago last month, we were lucky to get a clip on the local news. I’ve liveblogged the speech in the comments below. Please add your news and commentary in this thread in order to avoid another line pile up. …Continue reading →
Hello Birdies, I see we need a round up of news and an open thread. I’m updating last night’s post. Jane Sanders was on Blitzer’s Show. He questioned her more about the shooter being a former Sanders supporter than condemning the violence and reporting about gun violence issues. He used a clip of Bernie’s speech from PS, saying Trump was :one of the most dangerous presidents”, inferring that Bernie Sanders’ words directly (or indirectly) influenced or inspired the shooter to shoot the congressmen. The She pushed back, saying the media tried to make it scandal, rather than reporting on the …Continue reading →
We have been at war in Afghanistan for almost 16 years now, and for much of that time, it’s been two steps forward and three steps back. This week, we went three steps back as ISIS captured the mountain fortress of Tora Bora. The ISIS forces in Afghanistan include the remnants of Al-Qaeda. Tora Bora is where Bin-Laden went immediately after 9/11. It’s a large complex with miles of tunnels, roads and caves dug into granite mountains. If you think this is only two steps back, recall that Tora Bora was originally built with funding from the CIA. The CIA helped build this …Continue reading →
Cori Bush is running to represent the 1st district of Missouri, and after hearing her enthusiasm about single-payer healthcare, campaign finance reform, as well as other issues, you’ll fall in love with her. She’s setting a new standard in American politics with a campaign funded 100% by small grassroots donations, and she has the potential to emerge as an icon in the progressive community.
On Tuesday the Senate narrowly defeated legislation blocking $500 million in arms sales to Saudi Arabia. The measure authored by Chris Murphy and Rand Paul was defeated 47-53.The deciding factor in the vote was the 5 Democrats who voted against the arms blockade (and for terrorism): Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly, and Virginia Sen. Mark Warner.
Bernie Sanders took to the Senate floor to delivery a fiery speech against the arms deal and called for a re-examination of the entire United States/Saudi Arabia relationship:
The NY Times has an Op-Ed by Bernie Sanders up, advocating the Democratic party adopt a more progressive agenda. Bernie Sanders: How Democrats Can Stop Losing Elections In 2016, the Democratic Party lost the presidency to possibly the least popular candidate in American history. In recent years, Democrats have also lost the Senate and House to right-wing Republicans whose extremist agenda is far removed from where most Americans are politically. Republicans now control almost two-thirds of governor’s offices and have gained about 1,000 seats in state legislatures in the past nine years. In 24 states, Democrats have almost no political influence …Continue reading →
Today is just bonkers in politics, and the evening with waiting for polls to close for the governor’s race in Virginia between Ralph Northam and Tom Perriello. As the Birdies know, Our Revolution, John Podesta and Bernie Sanders have endorsed Tom Perriello. …Continue reading →
Happy Tuesday all! Starting today’s post off with Paula Jean Swearengin discussing her primary campaign against West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin and then the rest of what I’m reading/watching will be in the comments. See you there!