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la58

https://consortiumnews.com/2019/01/10/covert-british-military-smear-machine-moving-into-us/

A bombshell domestic spy scandal has been unfolding in Britain, after hacked internal communications exposed a covert U.K. state military-intelligence psychological warfare operation targeting its own citizens and political figures in allied NATO countries under the cover of fighting “Russian disinformation.”

The leaked documents revealed a secret network of spies, prominent journalists and think-tanks colluding under the umbrella of a group called “Integrity Initiative” to shape domestic opinion—and to smear political opponents of the right-wing Tory government, including the leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbin.

Until now, this Integrity Initiative domestic spy scandal has been ignored in the American media, perhaps because it has mostly involved British names. But it is clear that the influence operation has already been activated in the U.S.. Hacked documents reveal that the Integrity Initiative is cultivating powerful allies inside the State Department, top D.C. think tanks, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, where it has gained access to Katharine Gorka and her husband, the fascist-linked cable news pundit Sebastian Gorka.

The Integrity Initiative has spelled out plans to expand its network across the U.S., meddling in American politics and recruiting “a new generation of Russia watchers” behind the false guise of a non-partisan charity. Moreover, the group has hired one of the most notorious American “perception management” specialists, John Rendon, to train its clusters of pundits and cultivate relationships with the media.

polarbear4

I still find it hard to believe that Obama approved propagandizing Americans. I wish the MSM would cover this night and day. I don’t think most Americans want this.

magsview

Thanks la58.

Integrity Initiative has apparently been operating all over the place. In the UK they are connected to the Skripal poisoning, in Syria with the fake gas attacks, and even peace activists in Sweden have been pulled into the huge dust storm of disinformation, smeared and accused of being anything from ‘useful idiots’ to Kremlin agents:

Integrity Initiative and Atlantic Council are part of governmental efforts together with private actors influencing our daily lives targeting messages and people they do not agree with openly and in secret.

https://activistsforpeace.wordpress.com/2019/01/05/swedish-responses-to-integrity-initiative-and-atlantic-council/

https://www.globalpolitics.se/svenska-svar-till-integrity-initiative-och-atlantic-council-swedish-responses-to-integrity-initiative-and-atlantic-council/

It’s certainly no surprise to learn of The Atlantic Council’s fingerprints on this operation and it’s extremely likely that Integrity Initiative is active here in the U.S. as well (beyond TAC’s ongoing efforts).

Integrity: Grasping The Initiative

This is my first personal blogpost since April. At that time I referred to a ‘coordinated smear campaign’ against anti-war journalists, tweeters and academics, whose number included myself and other members of the SPM Working Group. The portrayal of us as “useful idiots” for some or other official enemy, I suggested, was evidently a strategic communication.

We now know a lot more about the coordination of that communications strategy, thanks to the recently accessed documents exposing the Institute for Statecraft’s so-called Integrity Initiative (here, here and here).

https://timhayward.wordpress.com/2018/12/15/integrity-grasping-the-initiative/

The link immediately above is LOADED with links to more info.

polarbear4

Thanks lala and mags!

Don midwest
Don midwest

Geography is destiny

Rural county in IL becomes hub for logistics in attempt to have a future

now 25,000 tractor trailers per day and over $600B of goods in one year through county

welcome to the future

Elwood, Illinois (Pop. 2,200), Has Become a Vital Hub of America’s Consumer Economy. And It’s Hell.
The rural town south of Chicago is now a crucial stop for Amazon, Wal-Mart, IKEA, Home Depot, and other giant retailers. Developers had promised growth and good jobs. So why is everyone so miserable?

Richard Powers wrote a novel “Gain” in which a small town in IL became headquarters for a soap company who expanded to a chemical company. The company is a character in the novel

Don midwest
Don midwest

Book recommendation

“The Fifth Risk” by Michael Lewis catalogs the destruction of the government by Trump appointees.

They know nothing. They are out to destroy government programs.

They have destroyed all they can.

I did’t realize how much was done by the federal government,

Wonderful stories about govnt employees doing great work.

An easy read and very, very little coverage

I think govnt employment is less than it was in 1970’s and population gone way up

Don midwest
Don midwest

jcitybone

That is a very good article. It seems the big problem is PCC members who have dual memberships in the New Dems. I understand that problem, but there is also things to be said for a big tent. In any case, leadership of the PCC, Pocan and Jayapal, and just under them Khanna, are all strongly progressive and effective.

Then there’s this:

The good news for progressives in the House is that nothing matters — not this congressional cycle, anyway. As long as the Senate is run by Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and the White House is occupied by Donald Trump, a Green New Deal has bigger obstacles than New Dems. But the structures being put into place today will shape the terms of legislative activity in 2021, when it may start to matter if Democrats take back the White House. The onus will be on outside activists to monitor the legislative behavior of the dual-loyalty members of the committees.

polarbear4

Or to replace them, if possible. I’m not sure I like dual membership, if it’s with a neolib caucus. I don’t see how you can be both. If they can persuade one or two of them to dump the other one, great.

But maybe it’s worth it, I don’t know. I have this image of them running to their donors with caucus news. lol

Don midwest
Don midwest

a couple of tweets from Glenn

and another tweet about the Politico slam of AOC

Benny

Gillibrand to Trek to Iowa

From CNN:

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat considering a presidential run in 2020, is planning a trip to Iowa next weekend, a Iowa Democrat with knowledge of the plans tells CNN.,The trip comes as Gillibrand inches closer to a bid and begins to build a campaign operation that is expected to be based in Troy, New York, an upstate town close to where Gillibrand lives, according to multiple Democrats who have talked to Gillibrand’s team about the campaign.

A second Iowa Democrat tells CNN that Gillibrand and her team have begun courting possible staffers in the state and are reaching out a to a “ton” of possible supporters.

Sources also tell CNN that Gillibrand has hired Meredith Kelly, the former communications director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, to be the communications director on her expected 2020 run.

jcitybone

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/11/us/politics/gillibrand-2020-presidential-run.html

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has hired several senior aides for an expected presidential campaign, a sign that she is all but certain to join the race against President Trump and that her entry may be imminent.

Ms. Gillibrand has recruited Meredith Kelly, formerly the top spokeswoman at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, to serve as communications director for her prospective 2020 campaign, two people familiar with the decision said. Ms. Kelly was part of the team at the House committee that helped the party capture the majority in 2018, overseeing the group’s media strategy during the midterm elections.

Emmy Bengston, the former digital director for Gov. Gavin Newsom of California in his 2018 race, has signed on as Ms. Kelly’s deputy, overseeing the campaign’s digital operation. And Dan McNally, a former political director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, is expected to become a senior adviser with the title of campaign director.

jcitybone

Sue the bastard

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/trump-could-take-billions-disaster-areas-fund-wall-n957281

President Donald Trump has been briefed on a plan that would use the Army Corps of Engineers and a portion of $13.9 billion of Army Corps funding to build 315 miles of barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the briefing.

The money was set aside to fund projects all over the country including storm-damaged areas of Puerto Rico through fiscal year 2020, but the checks have not been written yet and, under an emergency declaration, the president could take the money from these civil works projects and use it to build the border wall, said officials familiar with the briefing and two congressional sources.

The plan could be implemented if Trump declares a national emergency in order to build the wall and would use more money and build more miles than the administration has requested from Congress. The president had requested $5.7 billion for a wall stretching 234 miles.

Under the proposal, the officials said, Trump could dip into the $2.4 billion allocated to projects in California, including flood prevention and protection projects along the Yuba River Basin and the Folsom Dam, as well as the $2.5 billion set aside for reconstruction projects in Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from Hurricane Maria.

jcitybone

polarbear4

He probably already promised some contractors some money and who knows what they did for him.

jcitybone

AOC will stay neutral. This article and the one above by the Intercept indicate that she hopes to get on the Financial Services Conmittee

polarbear4

That’s a shame that she Hass to stay neutral, although I’m sure she does to get a seat. There is absolutely nothing wrong with endorsing another Democrat. It shouldn’t make a difference whether you’re an incumbent or a challenger, you’re both Democrats.

orlbucfan

It sounds like she’s a quick study. She is learning how to maneuver in the shark tank of power.

jcitybone

Hooray for NY! We will no longer have the worst election laws in the country

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/10/nyregion/voting-reform-election-ny.html

But with Democrats now in control of both chambers of the State Capitol and the governor’s office, things are about to change. Legislative leaders said they intend to pass what they described as a voting reform package on Monday to overhaul the state’s voting laws, among the more restrictive in the nation.

The proposals are a veritable wish list for those who have blamed New York’s laws for driving down voter turnout. The measures include allowing early voting, preregistration of 16- and 17-year-olds and consolidating state and federal primary elections, which are now held in different months.

Lawmakers also plan to pass bills to allow vote-by-mail and same-day voter registration, though those proposals will also require voter referendums — and passage by the next Legislature, scheduled to be seated in 2021 — as they change the State Constitution.

orlbucfan

Floridumb is the most corrupt state in the Union. NYS has their corruption to straighten out. They are doing it, but FL? Sick Rott and Rubio as US Senators beats out the rest of the FRightwing criminal gang.

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/424890-ex-sanders-surrogate-says-democratic-party-have-problems-with-consultant-class

Nomiki Konst, a former surrogate for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) presidential campaign, said Friday that the Democratic Party’s consultant class has been given too much power, which has resulted in a conflict of interest within the party.

“The Democratic Party’s problem is not that it doesn’t want fair elections,” Konst, who sat on the Democratic National Committee’s Unity Reform Commission, told Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball on “Rising.”

“I think the majority of real Democrats, working Democrats, members of the Democratic Party, activists and organizers, want a fair election process,” she continued. “It is the consultant class who I believe really have a conflict of interest.”

“When they are voting members of the party, they should not be part of the rulemaking of the party because they’re the ones contracted with these billion dollar campaigns,” she said.

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/424888-ex-surrogate-says-me-too-movement-has-been-weaponized-against-sanders

Nomiki Konst, a former surrogate for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) presidential campaign, on Friday said that the “Me Too” movement has been weaponized against the senator in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against staffers from his 2016 presidential campaign.

“This is an issue on all campaigns. This is not a Bernie Sanders issue,” Konst told Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on “Rising.”

“I think, unfortunately, the ‘Me Too’ movement has been used as a political weapon in this case,” she continued. “It has to be dealt with no matter what, but it is not something that feeds into this old Bernie bro narrative.”

“The deputy campaign manager for Bernie Sanders was a woman. The chief of staff for Bernie Sanders had been a woman for years. I mean, there is always a need for women in leadership to address these issues, but I’ve seen this played out in the media. We have to remember that there are women that have been part of this movement, and they shouldn’t be erased,” she said citing female Sanders supporters such as herself, former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner (D) and actress Rosario Dawson.

“I don’t think that their leadership should be erased, and that’s something that his opponents have done by lumping ‘Me Too’ into the Bernie bro narrative that is somehow coming back in 2019,” she said.

orlbucfan

Who came up with BernieBros? The people working the campaign knew it was a slur/very bad joke.

jcitybone

https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-ocasio-cortezs-climate-genius-stroke-20190110-story.html

Since some have begun calling her by initials now, it’s worth comparing AOC to that other New Yorker, FDR. His New Deal morphed over time as some initiatives floundered and others flourished. But what stayed the same — and what made the difference — was the scale. He was attacking the problem of the Great Depression with programs of great size.

There are other similarities too, I think, not least among them the joy that they each bring to the task. (If you want to see the World War II-era equivalent of AOC’s dance, take a look at FDR’s discussion of “my little dog Fala”).

The great governmental gift lies in figuring out first what needs to happen and then at figuring out what is required to meet that need, both in terms of policy and in terms of politics. Ocasio-Cortez can apparently do it backwards, and in heels.

jcitybone

Great appointment, especially on a committee chaired by Waters

https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2019/01/11/ocasio-cortez-in-line-for-banking-post-and-that-could-be-bad-news-for-wall-street.html

Big banks could be about to get a high-profile enemy in a very powerful place.

Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is a registered Democrat but identifies as a democratic socialist, is in line to be appointed to the House Financial Services Committee, according to a Politico report.

The New York legislator has vowed to take on the industry that makes up the corporate backbone for much of her constituency. She said during her successful campaign in 2018, during which she refused corporate donors and upset entrenched incumbent Democrat Joe Crowley, that she was hoping for an assignment that would allow her to take on big finance.

“I think with our district, we can be ambitious, so we’re kind of swinging for the fences on committees,” Ocasio-Cortez told Hill.tv in an interview after her win. “We might as well ask for something big.”

With prominent Democrats looking to unwind two years of deregulation under President Donald Trump, the seat will put her in a position to exert substantial influence.

Her appointment also will give new committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-California, an important ally.

Benny

I can’t imagine that Oprah would be in his camp over Kamala Harris but perhaps he’ll be starting some kind of nonprofit and be a king maker.

orlbucfan

Ugh.

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

Maybe he’d offer her the VP spot…

jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/01/11/sherrod-brown-trump-slayer-heres-his-big-idea/?utm_term=.dce4b7ea32a8&utm_source=reddit.com

Sen. Sherrod Brown will travel to the early presidential primary states in coming weeks, he confirmed to me in an interview. This will stoke speculation about the presidential ambitions of the Ohio Democrat who is widely seen as an ideal messenger for true economic populism as the antidote to President Trump’s sham version of the same.

At the core of Brown’s message is a simple idea: The way to confer dignity on work is to ensure that it pays well. Due to structural economic factors beyond ordinary Americans’ control, wages have stagnated for millions, with many trapped in the ranks of the working poor; but government can remedy this through the tax code by sending struggling Americans money.

Many progressive economists and Democratic lawmakers are coalescing around a way to do this, through one version or another of expanded tax credits for working people and families, to supplement their income and lift them out of poverty and/or closer to the ranks of the middle-class.

In an interview, Brown told me that in coming weeks he hopes to increasingly push this set of policies to the center of the evolving debates among the Democratic presidential hopefuls.

“Whoever the Democratic nominee is, and through the course of the primaries and caucuses, I think you’ll see an emphasis on lifting people out of poverty,” Brown said. “Whether I run or not,” Brown added, his goal is “to move the narrative to reward work. This rewards work as well as anything we can do.”

polarbear4

polarbear4

So moving.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Glenn tweets about Bernie and Markos

***
here is a photo of Markos with Nancy and the article about the roses

not ordinary roses, but freedom roses

https://www.washingtonian.com/2019/01/10/nancy-pelosi-freedom-roses/

this article focuses on the logistical challenges of getting the roses delivered

i did a search “dk roses to Pelosi” (quotes not needed) and got several links

if I was a good guy, I would have included many of the other articles about this cult of Kos and their freedom roses

**
how much money are the dems paying DK?

Don midwest
Don midwest

when put up first, the link to the tweet came up

then I edited and added the article and the tweet did not come up

I’ll try again

hey guys – just some notes

when the link did not come up, I was messing around and deleted part of the link

after I saw that, I did an edit and put it back

I would delete this comment but I don’t know how to delete it so here it remains for eternity

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

I wonder what third-world country grew those “freedom roses”…

polarbear4

Or perhaps “undocumenteds’ with lots of pesticides. klueless kos.

Benny

Kamala Harris’s Political Memoir Is an Uneasy Fit for the Digital Era

Under District Attorney Kamala Harris, the overall felony-conviction rate in San Francisco rose from 52 percent in 2003 to 67 percent in 2006, the highest seen in a decade. Many of the convictions accounting for that increase stemmed from drug-related prosecutions, which also soared, from 56 percent in 2003 to 74 percent in 2006. As California’s attorney general, Harris pushed a punitive initiative that treated truancy among elementary schoolers as a crime for which parents could be jailed. In 2014, she attempted to block the release of nonviolent second-strike offenders from overcrowded state prisons on the grounds that their paroling would result in prisons losing an important labor pool.

The following year, she defended the California state prosecutor Robert Murray after he falsified a defendant’s confession that was used to threaten a sentence of life in prison, and sided with state prison leaders in contesting a transgender inmate’s bid for gender-confirmation surgery. Twice in 2016, she brought criminal charges related to human trafficking against Backpage.com, an online classified website frequently used by sex workers, and later, as a senator, she co-sponsored federal bills that led to the site’s seizure, a move that sex workers and activists said threatens their survival.

In considering the gaps between this track record and the smoothed-over platitudes of The Truths We Hold, one story Harris tells is particularly instructive. Early in the book, she recounts an anecdote from a summer she spent as an intern with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office in 1988. “I’ll never forget the time my supervisor was working on a case involving a drug bust. The police had arrested a number of individuals in the raid, including an innocent bystander: a woman who had been at the wrong place at the wrong time and had been swept up in the dragnet,” she writes. “Everything was on the line for this woman, her family, her livelihood, her standing in her community, her dignity, her liberty. And yet she’d done nothing wrong.”

In this story (which she also shared for a New York Times Magazine profile in which she repeated the anecdote about her rap tape), Harris considers a number of factors about the woman’s life that might mean a weekend spent in jail would have life-altering consequences: Does she work weekends? Is she going to have to explain to her employer where she was? Is she going to get fired? Of the woman’s children, Harris wonders: Do they know she’s in jail? The story concludes with the young Harris desperately lobbying a judge to review the innocent woman’s case that same day; fortunately, “with the pound of a gavel, just like that, she was free.”

Though helping to free this woman was indeed a victory, it’s telling that Harris carves out narrative space for this “defining moment” in her own career without dedicating any to the fate or backstories of the others arrested as part of the raid. The vanquishing of a fairly straightforward injustice is a compelling read, but it betrays the circumstances that propelled the anecdote’s other actors into the same courthouse. Harris never offers specifics of the larger story, and disappointingly, the text never questions their innate criminality.

Harris acknowledges in The Truths We Hold that drug crimes were and are among the most disproportionately prosecuted offenses. In her home state and across the country, these kinds of raids tend to target black and Latino populations, upending lives and communities with little evidence of harm committed. Harris’s 2009 book, Smart on Crime: A Career Prosecutor’s Plan to Make Us Safer, did little to incorporate the existential threat that these sorts of arrests posed to communities of color. “Virtually all law-abiding citizens feel safer when they see officers walking a beat,” she wrote then. “This is as true in economically poor areas as in wealthy ones.” It’s an assumption with a glaring oversight.

In The Truths We Hold, the senator allots more space to those who may not “feel safer,” drawing rhetorically from recent activism, including the Black Lives Matter movement. She notes the deep bias baked into policing systems and affirms that the law does not treat all people equally. She endorses the legalization of marijuana (with caveats), despite having literally laughed at the thought in 2014, when her Republican opponent ran to the left of her on the issue. But Harris still writes about the routine upheavals of drug arrests with detached, uninspired prose (“The cases were as easy to prove as they were tragic to charge”) that can read as more facile than humane. A forthright explanation of her intellectual evolution, especially on criminal justice, would have more organically bridged the gap between the two texts.

jcitybone

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/3k93v8/trumps-face-doctored-speech-border-security-local-news-editor-fired-seattle-vgtrn?utm_source=dmfb&fbclid=IwAR2xW4ynf2O6gNGy1sIkqi8A9neTmHXlaG1kkXScb8JTGEzUK6PDW-8_J6w

Trump’s live address from the Oval Office Tuesday was a bizarre and mostly unproductive waste of America’s collective evening, save for those gamblers who won big betting on how many lies Trump could tell in under ten minutes. But it looks like one local news editor in Seattle took it upon himself to liven up Trump’s low-energy performance—by morphing the hell out of the president’s face during the broadcast.

According to the Seattle Times, the doctored footage aired on Q13, Seattle’s local Fox affiliate, and featured a stretched and distorted Trump, his skin an even more brilliant hue of orange, periodically rolling an oversized tongue around his lips like a Jabba the Hutt cosplayer.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UZLs11uSg-A#

wi60

just for fun

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jcitybone

Great addition to Ways and Means

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/424958-another-dem-lawmaker-backs-green-new-deal-calls-for-carbon-pricing

Democratic Rep. Don Beyer (Va.) is throwing his support behind the progressive climate change vision known as the Green New Deal, and he thinks a carbon tax should be its driving policy.

“A Green New Deal would use major infrastructure investments and policy changes to rapidly shift the U.S. economy towards clean energy solutions and away from greenhouse gas emissions in a way that grows employment in the green economy. This is an idea whose time has come, and I fully support it,” Beyer said in a statement to the Hill Friday.

“I believe that the scientific reports issued in recent months make it unequivocally clear that we need ambitious ideas to address climate change very urgently.”

The lawmaker, who will soon sit on the House Ways and Means Committee — the chief tax-writing panel — said he hopes to use his new seat to push ambitious climate change policies to address global warming and the need to shrink carbon emissions.

polarbear4

carbon tax as a part, and not on gas.

jcitybone

More commentary on that Dems sniping at AOC Politico article

https://www.gq.com/story/ocasio-cortez-takedowns-are-exhausting

What Democrats like those quoted here still do not understand, apparently, is that Ocasio-Cortez’s failure to morph into a country club politician is the whole point: It is the reason people like her, and see her as perhaps capable of advancing policy proposals on which Democrats, despite their alleged best efforts, have not yet been willing or able to deliver. If she were another backslap-happy centrist who prioritized the accumulation of seniority above the promotion of an ambitious progressive agenda, she’d be Joe Crowley. Voters in her district were tired of Joe Crowley, whose each term was the same as the last, which is why they didn’t elect him again.

Speaking of which: Sniping at Ocasio-Cortez like this is a habit that Democrats develop at their own peril. The party is two months removed from winning the House in a landslide thanks to the energy generated by young, envelope-pushing candidates like her, and already, some members are so nervous about what it might mean for their livelihoods that they’d rather squash that energy than see where it can take the country. I mean, Ocasio-Cortez literally cannot walk down the hall without enduring desperate, sexist abuse from conservatives, whose obsession with her every move stems from their crippling fear that her very popular ideas will be taken very seriously. For them, there is no more welcome sight than to see her marginalized by members of her own party, too.

Unfortunately for everyone involved, we will have to endure many more dumb headlines like this one in the years to come, because the media loves nothing more than the chance to run another breathless “DEMOCRATS IN DISARRAY?” tale of behind-closed-doors infighting. And for as long as there exist up-and-coming politicians who effectively challenge the status quo, there will be status quo politicians who will pull journalists aside and supply them with anonymous quotes.

jcitybone

Be very afraid conservative Republican men

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/conservatives-afraid-alexandria-ocasio-cortez_us_5c38cb74e4b05cb31c421cc3?m=false&utm_source=reddit.com

Ocasio-Cortez’s power is a direct threat to conservatives because her very existence in Congress as a young, Latina, working-class woman threatens to upend the social order that has kept white men in the ruling class for centuries. (Eighty-eight percent of House Republicans are white men, most are over the age of 50, and the party’s voters are majority white and male.) On top of that, she is using her position and platform to directly challenge that order ― to attempt to get money out of politics, raise taxes on the super-rich and level the playing field.

“She doesn’t just challenge the patriarchy, she’s challenging the race, class, and gender hierarchies all at once, as well as the capitalist system that requires member of Congress be wealthy before they get there,” said Caroline Heldman, a gender and politics professor at Occidental College. “That’s remarkably threatening.”

In a way, Ocasio-Cortez is the most formidable opponent to President Donald Trump the Democratic Party has put forth yet. She has even more of a knack for social media than America’s first Twitter president; she’s anti-establishment like he is; she breaks all the rules of how a politician is supposed to behave; and she has an undeniably strong emotional appeal.

The problem for these men is that Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t seem interested in what they think of her. She doesn’t seek attention for anything other than her policy ideas and ambition, even though Americans still seem to dislike power-seeking women. The typical strategies men use to devalue women ― “sexualizing, dismissing, controlling, teasing, criticizing, interrupting, psychopathologizing, humiliating, abusing,” according to one psychologist ― seem to bounce right off her.

orlbucfan

Hope she and Jayapal hook up. Those two become friends, the sky will be the limit. Talk about a power-to-the-max pair. Whew.

jcitybone

LOL Of course no mention in this article of the fact that DK 2019 is a very different place than DK 2015 and the reasons for that.

https://www.salon.com/2019/01/11/new-poll-provides-big-boost-for-elizabeth-warren/

“That Warren is doing pretty well here and Sanders pretty badly is interesting. Sort of a cross between the left and the D mainstream. Bernie routinely won their straw polls 4 years ago,” Silver tweeted. He later added, “I don’t know what’s in Bernie’s head obviously but just from the outside you have to wonder about the possibility that Warren preempts his candidacy. She was smart to declare early.”

jcitybone

Pattern here. Similar story. I’m sure that DK email list is very Bernie friendly ?

https://www.nbcnews.com/card/elizabeth-warren-leads-first-daily-kos-straw-poll-bernie-sanders-n956646

The poll isn’t scientific—anyone who visited the Daily Kos website could vote (one vote per computer), and the blog told NBC News that it sent out the straw poll to a large segment of its email list to give it additional play.

But even with that caveat, there are some interesting takeaways here.

Unlike national polls that largely measure name ID this early on, the Daily Kos figures give a snapshot of what already-engaged progressive activists are thinking. What stood out the most to us, though, was the low standing for Bernie Sanders. It’s an alarm bell for his team that he’s struggling with folks who should be his ideological allies.

polarbear4

DK will be ah be his idealogical ally. Many of us unsubscribed.

polarbear4

Nevah not ah. Sorry.

jcitybone

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/11/politics/tulsi-gabbard-van-jones/index.html

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said Friday she will run for president in 2020.

“I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week,” the Hawaii Democrat told CNN’s Van Jones during an interview slated to air at 7 p.m. Saturday on CNN’s “The Van Jones Show.”

Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran, currently serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. She is the first American Samoan and the first Hindu member of Congress.

“There are a lot of reasons for me to make this decision. There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people that I’m concerned about and that I want to help solve,” she said, listing health care access, criminal justice reform and climate change as key platform issues.

“There is one main issue that is central to the rest, and that is the issue of war and peace,” Gabbard added. “I look forward to being able to get into this and to talk about it in depth when we make our announcement.”

humphrey

I am sure that she will receive a treatment similar to Rashida Talib.

humphrey

As Bernie well knows it is a fact that “actual progressive” politicians are subject to having their perceived negatives run in a 24 hour loop.

orlbucfan

Tulsi is a bit more conservative than Tlaib. The one fact about her I don’t care for is her prejudice against Islam/Muslims. She’s Hindu, and those 2 religions have fought each other for centuries. In fact, the Hindu-Muslim feud has been flaring up in India today. Another strike against organized religion, 🙁

humphrey

humphrey

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polarbear4

Going to my local.

orlbucfan

I can’t attend today. I have RSVP’ed for the Medicare for All rally next weekend. 🙂

humphrey

humphrey

Nice try Sean. But it is a FAIL!

Sean Hannity: Green New Deal Would ‘Cause Poverty’

humphrey

BREAKING: Tulsi Gabbard Announces She’s Running for President in 2020

polarbear4

Excellent thread by Matt Stoller. He worked on the Hill.

polarbear4

Another thread on the same subject. At one point, he says that the Democratirc big law the hill and nonprofit or like some meek, loser mafia family (or close to that). It’s in the thread.

humphrey

Seems like a good Dem to primary.

Besides he is a Blue Dog.

jcitybone

Especially good since his district is safely blue.

polarbear4

humphrey

Once again Mr. Douche hit the bullseye.

polarbear4

Yes. Jealous of his wit. In a good way. :0).

Creating the persona was genius. Pretty sure he posted that he is also Pat the Berner.

polarbear4

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humphrey

So are many of us.?

polarbear4

Wondering if it will be tomorrow at the meet up.

humphrey

I have my doubts. It is probably too soon after all the recent allegations of misconduct during the campaign.

polarbear4

Fun vid.

polarbear4

humphrey

polarbear4

Like she says, just get with the program and you don’t have to worry. Stop betraying your constituents.

humphrey

LOL Avenatti sure is a publicity hound.

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/11/stormy-daniels-avenatti-michael-cohen-testimony-1098632

Stormy Daniels and Michael Avenatti said Friday they will be in the audience when President Donald Trump’s former longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, gives his public testimony to Congress early next month.

“I am pleased to announce that @StormyDaniels and I will attend the congressional hearing when Cohen testifies,” Avenatti wrote on Twitter. “Which is only appropriate seeing as it would have never happened but for @StormyDaniels.”

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humphrey

Joe face reality you have got a snowball’s chance in hell of being President.

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polarbear4

That is something I love about her. Vet who is anti-war most of the time.

Come to think of it, they may be more scared of her than Bernie.

polarbear4

Am I missing something that Howard Dean knows?

humphrey

I doubt it. Howard sold his soul for $$$$$ a few years back.

orlbucfan

Major shame, too. His POTUS campaign still made history as the first one financed by small donations sent through the Innertubz.

humphrey

A few responses to Dean’s tweet.

https://twitter.com/koenigjake/status/1083833918552457217

polarbear4

Thanks.

humphrey

orlbucfan

“She’s a bad mammerjammer…..” 🙂 (Sp?)

humphrey

You probably will like this one pb4.

http://www.gp.org/election_integrity_win

More great news! We just got a court decision in Wisconsin that we can proceed with a groundbreaking examination of voting machine software, without a gag rule that voting machine corporations had sought. They had hoped to prevent us from making any public disclosure about what we discover.

This is a critical victory for everyone concerned with the integrity of our elections, and we accomplished it together. Please help build the momentum for elections we can trust by sharing this great news on Facebook and Twitter!

This decision is a huge win for voters everywhere, and for the common-sense principle that the accuracy and reliability of our voting system is more important than shielding corporations from scrutiny.

The only reason for voting machine corporations to push for a gag rule was to prevent us from revealing any problems with their machines, which would threaten their ability to keep profiting off our elections. It’s outrageous that we had to go to court to argue that the integrity of our elections is more important than protecting corporations.

When we launched the 2016 recount with the support of over 161,000 people, we knew it wasn’t just a single election people were worried about, but the whole system. Over and over, we heard the concern that the computers and technology that were supposed to make our elections modern and reliable had instead made them more vulnerable.

polarbear4

I DO love this. I hope they get to see all the proprietary information too.

orlbucfan

🙂 🙂 +10!

polarbear4

Last. Oh the Onion.

polarbear4

couldn’t edit. Not the onion

humphrey

It should be.?

polarbear4

From zoo zoo kitty

polarbear4

Sorry but I had to save this. This is one tweet in a thread by a woman who keeps bringing up the charges against Bernie and saying she’s doing it just for the women and really doesn’t want to hurt Bernie ha ha

polarbear4

Will look into more later.

humphrey

She is not worth looking into. She is an extreme Hilbot.

humphrey

She was often quoted during the primary battles at TOP.

orlbucfan

Wonder what its real name is?

polarbear4

Oh thanks! Sounding so sincere!

humphrey

Last for the night,

orlbucfan

Will someone be live streaming the Bernie Meetups today?

polarbear4

I won’t be here. But after prolly. :0)

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