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.
Senator Elizabeth Warren taped a You Tube video on behalf of CREDO to aid the fight agaisnt TPP. “We’re going to need your voices now more than ever,” Warren (D-Mass.) says at the end of the video, which was released by CREDO, a liberal activist group that is fighting the TPP and worked against trade promotion authority legislation last year. The Massachusetts senator said she was counting on the organization’s members “to help [her] fight to stop the TPP over the next few months.” snip “It’ll be open season on laws that make people safer but cut into corporate profits,” she says. … Continue reading →
Senator Elizabeth Warren again showed why working people love her and Big Business hates her. She told the truth about oligopoly in this nation. The title of her speech yesterday was : “Reigniting Competition in the American Economy” She gave the Keynote Remarks at New America’s Open Markets Program Event Sen. Warren’s thesis: But today, in America, competition is dying. Consolidation and concentration are on the rise in sector after sector. Concentration threatens our markets, threatens our economy, and threatens our democracy. Transcript and Video here at Washington Monthly Yes, she wants to stop the concentration of business, and she named names. Evidence … Continue reading →
by Philip Weiss at Mondoweiss.net Hillary Clinton is gaining the support of the neoconservative establishment. Alan Dershowitz is for her “muscular foreign policy.” Robert Kagan is holding a fundraiser for her. Jennifer Rubin tells other neocons to get on board now so that Clinton can end the Obama chill to the Jewish state. Alas, even Elizabeth Warren is caught up in the orgy of testimonials to Israel Clinton has been campaigning lately with the Massachusetts Senator, and there is talk that Warren will join Clinton’s ticket. Today the Forward scans Hillary Clinton’s short list for veep nominees and finds that … Continue reading →
[I wrote this on TOP yesterday afternoon. It was the first one I had done there in about a month. I read the WaPo article, reacted, and thought people at TOP place needed to see and think about this more than folks here. Chasing Orion (hope I got that right) suggested I post it here also. This is my home place. Most of my posts will be here first. Anyway, the reaction was mixed. 155 or so recs, made the rec list. Some understood my criticism, others disagreed. That’s ok. The reaction was fine overall. Calm. Folks can disagree. … Continue reading →
The Senate is set to consider a bill to create a federally appointed control board with sweeping powers to run Puerto Rico’s economy to help the island cope with its crippling debt crisis. The bill, known as PROMESA, passed the House last week by a bipartisan vote of 297 to 127, but opponents have decried the measure as antidemocratic. “We’re engaged today in a wholly undemocratic activity in the world’s greatest democracy,” said Rep. Rep. Luis Gutiérrez. In the Senate, Robert Menendez, Dick Durbin and Bernie Sanders have come out against the bill, and any one of them could filibuster … Continue reading →
She doesn’t get ‘brownie points’ for slamming Trump, says Nina Turner A top surrogate for Bernie Sanders isn’t impressed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s attacks against Donald Trump, whom she frequently needles on Twitter and slams in speeches. Nina Turner said she didn’t think Warren could woo Sanders supporters if Hillary Clinton chose her as running mate, saying the Massachusetts senator hadn’t done enough to help her colleague from Vermont during his primary campaign, reported The Hill. “It’s easy for Democrats to attack Mr. Trump,” said Nina Turner, the former state senator from Ohio. “You don’t get any brownie points from … Continue reading →
from a fundraising email from DemandProgress.org Democrats in Maine, Alaska, Utah, Hawaii, and Wisconsin have already voted in favor of abolishing superdelegates.1,2,3,4 And now with Sen. Warren joining the fight, we have one of the most powerful voices in the Democratic Party on our side and a real chance to win THIS YEAR. Sen. Warren told the Massachusetts state convention attendees, “I’m a superdelegate and I don’t believe in superdelegates.”5 We couldn’t have said it better. The momentum to end the undemocratic superdelegate system has become so overwhelming, it may be impossible to ignore at the Democratic National Convention in … Continue reading →