HomeBernie Sanders1/15 TGIF News Roundup & OT
newest oldest most voted
Notify of

An interview with a Burlington VT tv station.


Sen. Bernie Sanders says it’s hard to overstate how much is changing in our nation’s capital next Wednesday, when a new president is sworn-in.

The Vermont senator, of course, hoped to be that new president, but calls President-elect Joe Biden, who defeated him in last year’s Democratic primary, a “very decent human being.”

He said Biden will focus intently on both the public health and economic crises laid bare by COVID-19.

“A new day is coming,” Sanders said Thursday in an interview with NBC5. “You’re gonna have rationality in the White House. You’re gonna have a president who does not lie every single day and try to incite insurrection.”

(On Thursday evening, President-Elect Biden announced plans for a new $1.9 trillion rescue package.)

Sanders will be starting his 31st-year as a member of Congress, though after Georgia voters flipped both U.S. Senate seats for the Democrats last week, Sanders will become the new chairman of the powerful Senate Budget Committee next week.

Vermont’s other senator, Patrick Leahy, takes the gavel as incoming chairman of the Appropriations Committee.

The two posts give a tiny state extraordinary clout in the new Congress.

“Frankly, it means a lot,” Sanders said. “It means Sen. Leahy and I will be able to help change the priorities of this country and focus attention on the needs of working families and the middle class and lower-income people. And second, it means we’ll be able to direct a decent amount of money back to the needs of the state of Vermont.”

More than has been flowing already?

“Hard to say. but I think we are cognizant of the needs of the state of Vermont.”

As budget chairman, he aims to revamp federal spending priorities and help pass a mammoth economic relief package early this year, that includes another $1,400 direct payment to most working-class Americans.

Despite the narrowest of Democratic Senate majorities — a 50-50 tie broken by incoming Vice President Kamala Harris, Sanders is thinking big.

Still, he recognizes the divided nation. More than 74 million Americans voted for President Donald Trump.

Is it possible to ease the divide?

“I think that’s a great question and I think the answer is to focus on why we’re so divided and to understand there are lot of things that can bring us together,” Sanders said. “Whether you’re in a red or blue state, you’re a Democrat or a Republican, you’re worried about whether you’ll have a job that pays a living wage. No matter where you live, you worry about high cost of health care. You can’t afford to see a doctor or the high price of prescription drugs.”

The senator thinks a lifeline that helps lift those who are most struggling will help unify the nation. So would an accelerated vaccination effort that rapidly protects millions of vulnerable Americans, he said.

(Sanders, who will turn 80 this year, just received his second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.)

He admits suffering a big case of “Covid-19 fatigue,” lamenting being unable to hug his grandchildren or get out to visit Vermonters in person as he has done for years. He hopes to resume that outreach in the spring, if safe to do so.

In the meantime, he strongly supports moving ahead with a Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump, even though it will comes after Trump leaves the presidency. After the U.S. Capitol riots last week, Sanders wants Trump held accountable and barred from ever holding federal office again.

“Well, to be very honest with you, Trump has been the most dangerous and worst president in the history of this country. So I’ll rejoice the minute he’s gone,” Sanders said.


Essential question, Birdies/Progressives: Bernie is 80 now. Who is rising in the young folks to replace him? Thoughts?


i was hoping for AOC, and the jury is still out, but it’s looking like she wants to be an insider more that Bernie did/does.


I don’t know. Bernie plays the inside too. You have to in order to be successful in politics.


T and R, Ms. Benny!! 🙂

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

I would love to see this happen.


The New York legislators’ demands come as a coalition of grassroots groups is launching a nationwide campaign to pressure public officials to review how much of the nation’s $5 trillion public pension system is subsidizing the anti-democratic authoritarian movement in America.

According to the Jan. 11 letter from Democratic state assembly members Ron Kim and Zohran Mamdani, the New York City and New York state public employee pension funds have over $978 million and about $3.3 billion in funds linked to the Blackstone Group, respectively.

Last election cycle, the private equity firm’s CEO Steve Schwarzman donated $35 million to the Senate GOP’s super PAC, $2.5 million to the House GOP’s super PAC, $3 million to a pro-Trump super PAC, and $325,600 to the congressional Republicans who voted to overturn the 2020 election results.

After the election, the Financial Times reported that in a meeting with corporate executives, Schwarzman “took issue with suggestions made during the meeting that the U.S. could be on the verge of a coup… saying the president was within his rights to challenge election results.”


I like Clark. She’s the highest ranked progressive in leadership. It’s likely her or Jeffries for next speaker (or minority leader) once Pelosi departs.

Don midwest
Don midwest
Don midwest
Don midwest

lots and lots on John Sullivan

the intercept



which could lead to linkage with Giuliani in court


and I first saw it on line in a twitter thread by Max Blumenthal. They like the journalist from Pro Publica have been following right wing terrorists for months and some of them might be tied to FBI — long shot, but could be true

Sullivan been agent provociture (sp) in BLM demonstrations and then used by the right wing to say that Antifa was leading Capitol insurrection


That guy Sullivan seems like quite a piece of work. I can’t believe Anderson Cooper had him on recently describing him as a ‘left-wing activist’. Don’t they do any research on their guests beforehand on CNN? That guy’s been thoroughly discredited as being any such thing, and is banned from BLM protests.



Federal prosecutors have offered an ominous new assessment of last week’s siege of the US Capitol by Donald Trump’s supporters, saying in a court filing that rioters intended “to capture and assassinate elected officials”.

Prosecutors offered that view in a filing asking a judge to detain Jacob Chansley, the Arizona man and QAnon conspiracy theorist who was photographed wearing horns as he stood at the desk of the vice-president, Mike Pence, in the chamber of the US Senate.

The detention memo, written by justice department lawyers in Arizona, goes into greater detail about the FBI’s investigation into Chansley, revealing that he left a note for Pence warning that “it’s only a matter of time, justice is coming”.

“Strong evidence, including Chansley’s own words and actions at the Capitol, supports that the intent of the Capitol rioters was to capture and assassinate elected officials in the United States government,” prosecutors wrote.



A Washington D.C. police officer witnessed rioters using military-style hand signals to communicate inside the Capitol building during the breach on January 6, a law enforcement official tells CBS News.

The identification of individuals using military, small unit tactics is among the “highest priorities” for a Sedition Task Force being run by the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s office. The apparent use of “small unit tactics,” trained to military and law enforcement, drew immediate scrutiny from investigators. These tactics were witnessed both outside and inside the Capitol Building, CBS News has learned.



It was a colossal policing failure. But why?

I have tried to consider the possibility that it was just gross incompetence. But no one could really be that incompetent.

So at this point, in the absence of any other plausible explanations, it is more than reasonable to assume that the people making decisions about Capitol Police deployment that day felt kinship with the Trump mob, and either were too racist to see the threat posed by Trump supporters or looked the other way on purpose.

We need to know which it was.

Although no one has come forth with first-hand knowledge, it is abundantly obvious — and has been, from the first few minutes of the siege — that the Capitol Police as a whole enjoyed a comfort level with this mob that they wouldn’t have felt with any other — or, more specifically, with the “other.”


Well it’s not often I agree with Jen


That is the essence of white supremacy: Whites used to be on top, and that is the way it should be. The code words “defending Western civilization” or “war on Christians” are fig leaves meant to disguise Trump followers’ conviction that White Christians are the “real Americans.”

Anyone who paid attention to Trump’s rhetoric and polling of his supporters would have seen that “Make America Great Again” — a call to return to the way America used to be — is rooted in white supremacy. That was evident at the violent attack at the Capitol. We did not see people carrying “Save the factories!” or “More jobs!” signs. The insurrectionists told us exactly who they were. As The Post reported on Thursday: “Dozens of people on a terrorist watch list were in Washington for pro-Trump events Jan. 6 … [and] the majority of the watch-listed individuals in Washington that day are suspected white supremacists whose past conduct so alarmed investigators that their names had been previously entered into the national Terrorist Screening Database.”

We saw exactly what ideology drove the mob to attack the Capitol.


A bad decision in PB’s neck of the woods


The Trump administration said Wednesday that it would slash millions of acres of protected habitat designated for the imperiled northern spotted owl in Oregon, Washington state and Northern California, much of it in prime timber locations in Oregon’s coastal ranges.

Environmentalists immediately decried the move and accused the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under President Donald Trump of taking a parting shot at protections designed to help restore the species in favor of the timber industry. The tiny owl is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and was rejected for an upgrade to endangered status last year by the federal agency despite losing nearly 4% of its population annually.

“This revision guts protected habitat for the northern spotted owl by more than a third. It’s Trump’s latest parting gift to the timber industry and another blow to a species that needs all the protections it can get to fully recover,” said Noah Greenwald, endangered species director for the Center for Biological Diversity.

Timber groups applauded the decision, which won’t take effect for 60 days.


Byedone will be Prez in 5 days. He can plug this one real quick.


and we didn’t vote for him.