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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!
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]:
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 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.
Good morning friends! I have a couple days worth of links to share as I got swamped with the bill-paying job yesterday and wasn’t able to put up a post. I am very thankful for those who did drop in with their findings and I’ll do my best to not repeat anyone else’s posts.
Starting off with Bernie’s reaction to Trump’s speech to Congresss and verything else will then go in the comments in absolutely no sort of order at all.. so if something doesn’t interest you keep on scrolling and I’m sure something eventually will! As always I welcome your input!
Color Bernie Sanders unimpressed with President Trump’s address to Congress.
The US senator from Vermont recorded a 14-minute long video after the speech Tuesday night railing against Trump for not just what he said, but what he didn’t say.
In a video posted to Facebook, Sanders said that Trump failed to touch on issues like income inequality, criminal justice reform, and climate change.
“I did not hear President Trump say one word, not one word, about the need to combat climate change, the greatest environmental threat facing our planet,” Sanders said.
Sanders also said Trump wants to give $3 trillion in tax breaks to the richest people in the country, calling the move an “outrage.”
The senator also expressed displeasure with Trump’s plans on repealing the Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as Obamacare.
“Tonight, President Trump once again made it clear he plans on working with Republicans in Congress who want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, throw 20 million Americans off of health insurance, privatize Medicare, make massive cuts in Medicaid, raise the cost of prescription drugs to seniors, eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, while at the same time, he wants to give another massive tax break to the wealthiest americans,” Sanders said.
I mean, amazing. pic.twitter.com/wmmCmUCDT6 — Adrian Carrasquillo (@Carrasquillo) February 28, 2017 I just had to share that tweet with Bernie verily amused! 😀 Also this tweet is also Bernielicious: This speech is crashing our servers right now https://t.co/IzUvVw6lDb — Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) February 28, 2017 Did my heart good it did. READ IN FULL: Bernie Sanders’ Speech on Israel, Trump and anti-Semitism at J Street Conference Thank you for inviting me to address you here today. It’s a pleasure to be here with J Street, which has been such a strong voice for saner, more progressive foreign policy ideas. And I … Continue reading →
Good morning friends. I have links I intended to post yesterday as well as all of the new stuff I am reading/watching so will just get straight to it and start with a conversation with Nina Turner. Everything else will be in the comments, hope you can join me!
City Club CEO Dan Moulthrop talks with Nina Turner, former Ohio State Senator and Bernie Sanders’ surrogate on the campaign trail, about lessons learned from the “Bernie Revolution”
Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rev. Dr William Barber, leader of Moral Mondays talk about building a grassroots movement to fight for racial, social, environmental and economic justice:
Hope you all have a great Friday and look forward to seeing you in the comments.
Good morning friends! I’ll get straight to the news and start with Emma Vigeland of TYT Politics speaking with Tulsi Gabbard about her recent trip to Syria where she met with both civilians and President Bashar al Assad:
As usual the rest of the news I’m reading/watching will be in the comments. See you there! (And if you have any issues, please contact the tpwhelpdesk via the gmail)
After his colleague Elizabeth Warren was silenced by the Senate on Tuesday night, Bernie Sanders read Coretta Scott King’s letter protesting Jeff Sessions to the body on Wednesday morning. Warren had begun reading the letter before the assembled Senate on Tuesday when Senate Majority Leader invoked Senate Rule XIX to force Warren to cede her floor time. The rule states that Senators may not ” by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.” Despite the fact that the words were not Warren’s own, a party line vote forced her off the floor to the immediate outrage of millions following the situation across the country.
“The idea that a letter, a statement made by Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr., a letter that she wrote, could not be presented and spoken about here on the floor of the Senate, is to me incomprehensible,” Sanders said before reading the letter. “I want the American people to make a decision whether or not we should be able to look at Senator Sessions’ record and hear from one of the heroines of the Civil Rights Movement.”
Well there is no shortage of things happening in the world, so lets get right to it with the Bernie & Cruz debate. The rest of the news/videos/etc will go in the comments, always glad to see familiar faces and certainly am welcome to some new ones as well!
Echoing the populist message that earned him millions of supporters in his bid for the White House, Sanders called on the United States to join “every major country on earth” to declare that “healthcare is a right,” not a privilege.
But when Sanders asked Cruz if he agrees that Americans are entitled to healthcare, the Republican — and Princeton University champion debater — turned the question back on Sanders.
“Rights mean you have a right for government not to mess with you,” Cruz said, rattling off a litany of rights under the Constitution. “It’s access to healthcare….If you think healthcare is a right, why on earth did you help write Obamacare that caused six million people to have their health insurance canceled?”
Referencing Hunter, the Texas salon owner, Cruz accused Sanders of “denying her what you say is her right.”
Sanders wasn’t amused. He countered that Americans, including Hunter, the salon owner, have “access” to purchase multi-million dollar properties owned by people like Trump, for example, but that doesn’t mean they can afford to buy them.
“Access doesn’t mean a damn thing,” he said.
“I don’t mean to be disrespectful,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday morning, “but this guy’s a fraud.”
The immediate reference was to a meeting President Donald Trump held with Wall Street executives on Friday in which he vowed—in what Common Dreams reported as a “spectacular betrayal”—to repeal key elements of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill enacted in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.
“It is hard not to laugh,” Sanders said, “to see President Trump sitting alongside these Wall Street guys. This guy ran for the President of the United States saying, ‘I’m Donald Trump and I’m gonna take on Wall Street—these guys are getting away with murder…’ But suddenly he appoints all these billionaires; his major financial adviser comes from Goldman Sachs; and now he’s gonna dismantle legislation that protects consumers. This is a guy who ran for president saying, ‘I’m the only Republicans who’s not going to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid’—and then he appoints all of these guys who are precisely going to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.”
And so, Sanders continued, “I hope those that all of those folks who voted for Mr. Trump—because they thought he would stand up for working people—man… and he’s a good showman, I will give him that… but I think he’s gonna sell out the middle class and the working class of this country.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Sanders said he would stand with Democrats in the Senate who have said that Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, must reach the 60-vote threshold in order to be confirmed.
He said fulfilling the empty seat on the Supreme Court comes at a crucial time and that its implications should not be understated. Sanders described the current political moment as “exceptional times,” and said he worries “very much” that “we have a president… moving us in a very authoritarian direction.”
He explained that he was very worried that Trump, who on Saturday sent a tweet referring to a federal judge who ruled against his immigration order a “so-called judge,” is a president “who apparently has contempt for the entire judiciary” and antagonstic towards separation of powers. “I want a Supreme Court,” Sanders continued, “that is going to stand up to civil liberties; for our constitutional rights; for the rights of workers; for environmental rights; for the rights of women. So yes, sixty votes to appoint the next Supreme Court justice.”
More news, videos, commentary, etc in the comments. Hope you all had a great weekend and are able to join in the conversation and tell us all about it, and what’s interesting to you in the world at the moment.
Major Updates Sat 1-21-2017 5 PM CA Time Check to see latest numbers and the 40 sec video on Facebook ! See the Latest Twitter Numbers Sanders seems to be the only non-Republican that can get his message through to people The Sanders Staff posted this 40 sec video on Friday’s inauguration on Facebook at 6 AM on Friday Inagural day https://www.facebook.com/senatorsanders/videos/10155556852137908/ as of Midnight Friday night CA time the Facebook video had: 10.9M+ views on Facebook at Midnight after being up 14.5 hours !!!!!!!! 175,000+ Facebook shares. 14,000+ comments. Sanders Video goes viral. as of 4 PM CA time Sat on Facebook the video had: 13.35M+ … Continue reading →