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O’Rourke does not believe there is a window of time during which he must make up his mind, according to a person familiar with his thinking. A top concern remains the burden a 2020 campaign would place on his family after the relentless travel schedule of his Senate bid. He is also weighing how he would be able to stay true to the kind of campaign he ran in 2018 if he makes a White House run.

In the meantime, invitations continue to pour in for O’Rourke to take the more traditional route of a prospective presidential candidate and test the waters with trips to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. His team continues to neither accept nor reject them, telling at least some of the senders that O’Rourke does not have any travel plans at this time – but they will be back in touch if that changes.

In Texas, some former campaign staffers are sitting tight to see what he does, reluctant to sign on with other 2020 campaigns in the meantime. O’Rourke is keeping a tight inner circle, and while there have been reports speculating about the contours of a potential 2020 campaign, there is also a recognition that he has long served as his own strategist and decisions are not made until he is fully comfortable with them.


Run for run for Cornyn’s seat and support Sema for yours. :0)


Sema is running for the senate; Veronica Escobar is in Beto’s seat as of this month.



JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon privately met with Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., a fierce Wall Street critic who now heads the powerful House Financial Services Committee, CNBC reported.

The two banking tycoons met with Waters to offer their views on various economic topics as she prepared to take over the committee that oversees their firms after the Democrats won back the House majority in November.

Waters did not mention the banking executives by name but told CNBC that she has an “open-door policy.”

“I frequently meet with advocates for consumers, investors and vulnerable families, representatives of large banks, regional banks, community banks, and credit unions, and other stakeholders. They are all welcome in my office to share their concerns,” she said.

Dimon and Solomon have good reason to have concerns. Waters recently added Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Rep. Katie Porter, D-Calif., to her committee. All four are freshman members elected as progressives, who repeatedly hit out at Wall Street billionaires during their campaigns.


Love when Fox has to report this. I’ll give them this though—the Fox Poll is above board, unlike some other polls—I’m looking at you Rasmussen


Voters prefer increasing spending on domestic programs over cutting taxes and reducing spending, and their preferred way to finance that spending — is tax the wealthy.

That’s according to a Fox News Poll released Thursday.

Fifty-one percent of voters want to spend more on programs such as infrastructure, national defense, education, and health care. That includes 63 percent of Democrats, 50 percent of independents, and 39 percent of Republicans.

Forty percent prefer the federal government cut taxes, spending, and regulations.

At the same time, there is broad support for increasing taxes on the wealthiest families. Voters support tax increases on families making over $10 million annually by a 46-point margin (70 percent favor-24 percent oppose), and support a hike on those making over $1 million by 36 points (65-29 percent).



Rather than apologizing for her past positions—as other candidates have done—Harris is centering that experience, tying her campaign slogan, “For the People,” to the way she addressed the court during her time as a prosecutor: “Kamala Harris, for the people.”

But presenting herself as a reformer with experience may backfire during a campaign in which the grassroots is demanding bold progressive policies.

“The base, often led by young people, often people of color, are pushing for a vision in which the people who represent us not only look like us but also represent our vision,” said Paulina Gonzalez-Brito, the executive director of the California Reinvestment Coalition, an organization that fights for equitable investment in the state’s communities of color.

The Democratic electorate has changed its views on policing in recent years in the wake of the national visibility of the Black Lives Matter movement and concurrent push for criminal justice reform across the country. Harris may find emphasizing her past as San Francisco’s district attorney from 2004 to 2011 and as California’s attorney general from 2011 to 2017 carries with it a number of challenges with a party that’s had an activist reawakening.

“Harris will have to figure out how she’ll convince the movement that she’s their champion,” said Waleed Shahid, communications director for the progressive political action committee Justice Democrats, “when many organizers and activists are on record criticizing her approach as attorney general on issues related to prison overcrowding, police shootings, and marijuana legalization.”



About 7 million fewer Americans had health insurance at the end of last year compared with two years prior, and the share of people who are uninsured is the highest it’s been since 2014, according to a new survey.

During the fourth quarter of 2018, 14 percent of Americans were uninsured. That’s up from 11 percent at the end of 2016, and the increase has been steady over the months since then, according to the latest figures from the Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index, released Wednesday. Women, people who earn less than $48,000 a year and adults younger than 35 saw the highest increases in the uninsured rate.

The Affordable Care Act, which became law in March 2010, began to expand health coverage through broadened access to Medicaid benefits for low-income adults and through subsidized private health insurance sold to low- and middle-income households beginning in January 2014. From the fourth quarter of 2013, when the uninsured rate was 17 percent, the share of Americans without health insurance reached its low point of 11 percent in the third and fourth quarters of 2016. At the time, President Barack Obama’s administration estimated that 20 million previously uninsured people gained coverage during that period.

The tide has shifted, however, and the gains seen during the early years of Obamacare are being reversed. The Gallup survey doesn’t ask respondents why they don’t have health insurance, but the report does point to several likely causes, including rising prices and policy changes made by President Donald Trump’s administration and the Republican majority in Congress.



But Warren, notably, is pitching the idea foremost as a means of rebalancing the concentration of wealth, a phenomenon she frames as a threat to democracy itself, rather than leading with the ambitious programs the new revenue could fund.

“Today in America, the top one-tenth of 1 percent has amassed about as much wealth as 90 percent of America: Upper middle class, middle class, working class, working poor and the poor poor,” Warren said in an interview last night on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes.” “And the consequence of having amassed that much wealth is bad for our economy — a tiny group of people making decisions that always tend to favor a lot of big corporations — and bad for our democracy. Because it means, just like you hear, it’s now a democracy that is influenced by the wealthy, the well connected, and it’s not working for the people.”

It was no accident that Warren unveiled the plan as the globe’s wealthiest and most powerful gathered this week in Davos for the World Economic Forum, a conclave that has become totemic of the billionaire class’s world-bending influence. (A dozen Davos attendees — including financiers Jamie Dimon and Stephen Schwarzman —have seen their fortunes surge by a combined $175 billion, “even as median U.S. household wealth has stagnated,” a Bloomberg analysis found. And “UBS and PwC Billionaires Insights reports show that global billionaire wealth has grown from $3.4 trillion in 2009 to $8.9 trillion in 2017.”)

But the rollout also happened to land on a day that featured two members of Trump’s administration with Wall Street pedigrees sounding particularly out of touch when it comes to the struggles of federal workers missing paychecks during the neverending shutdown.

Warren, in the MSNBC interview, talked up the promise of paying for universal child care, student debt relief, clean energy projects, and expanding health care. But she circled back to her point that the proposal is about “basic fairness.”

It also underscores her position as a policymaking pacesetter in the 2020 Democratic field. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) kick started a debate within the party over how hard to push for higher taxes on the super rich when she floated a 70 percent top marginal rate on income over $10 million. Warren is the first presidential hopeful to follow up with a fleshed-out plan, one that will force the still-evolving field to respond in kind.


Yah, cuz kicking the can down the road has been working out so well!

Warren’s Wealth Tax Probably Doomed, Nobel Winner Shiller Says

“There is a problem with the wealth tax,” Shiller, economics professor at Yale University, told Bloomberg Television’s Francine Lacqua and Tom Keene on the sidelines of the Forum on Friday. “People leave, they take their business elsewhere.”

Instead, he favors a plan that would kick in the future, perhaps in 10 years, should inequality “become catastrophic.”




whut’s his def of “catastrophic”?



Controversial decisions made by the Interior Department and other agencies during the ongoing partial government shutdown are emerging as an immediate test of power for Democrats looking to hold the Trump administration accountable after re-taking the House of Representatives.

The use of entrance fees to keep national parks open, along with a sudden decision to bring back department employees to work on offshore drilling and related tasks, have come under fire from House Democrats and environmental groups — they argue Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and other officials may be breaking the law. And lawmakers are looking to flex their new power once the government reopens.



The Federal Aviation Administration has stopped flights into LaGuardia Airport in New York City due to major staff shortages amid the partial government shutdown.

The startling announcement came after unions representing aviation workers released a statement on Wednesday warning that the shutdown could pose serious safety risks for its members and travelers. “In our risk-averse industry, we cannot even calculate the level of risk currently at play, nor predict the point at which the entire system will break,” the statement read.




Several airports along the East Coast are experiencing delays after “staffing issues” among air traffic controllers due to to the government shutdown.

LaGuardia Airport in New York City, Philadelphia International Airport, and Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey, are all operating with delays, according to the FAA’s status website. The Federal Aviation Association (FAA) had briefly halted flights entirely at LaGuardia, one of the busiest airports in the United States, Friday morning, although that notice has now been lifted.


Watch what happens to Atlanta-Hartsfield-Intnl Super Bowl week. ??



What is the reason Trump Made a deal.


And this



Heh-heh-heh. That will be interesting!



At least 14,000 unpaid workers in the Internal Revenue Service division that includes tax processing and call centers did not show up for work this week despite orders to do so, according to two House aides, posing a challenge to the Trump administration’s ability to minimize the damage from the government shutdown.

The Trump administration ordered more than 30,000 employees back to work unpaid to prepare for tax filing season, which is set to begin next week. But of the 26,000 workers called back to the IRS division that includes the tax processing centers and call centers, about 9,000 workers could not be reached and about 5,000 more claimed a hardship exemption, IRS officials have told members of Congress, according to aides, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the numbers.


Hopefully it will happen!






Trump caves


Congressional leaders, Trump have reached a tentative deal to temporarily reopen the government without wall funds, according to Hill officials.

With President Trump’s approval, the pact would reopen the government for three weeks while leaving the issue of $5.7 billion for the U.S.-Mexico border wall to further talks.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations.

Trump was expected to announce the deal in a White House ceremony at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Garden.


If this is true the “Great Deal Maker” met his match. Hah!
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Worthless piece of crap.



I don’t think anyone is particularly scared of her, but many are out to get her because she supported someone they are scared of.



🙂 +100!! 🙂



But Trump is now weakened by this loss. His case for the wall, which was based on fantasies and lies, has been soundly rejected by the public. Democrats can become the party that represents a reality-based approach to the complicated problems we really face at the border right now, one that stands for the notion that asylum-seeking is a right, that those seeking refuge here deserve humane treatment and a fair hearing, and that there is not a national security crisis at the border, no matter how many times Trump tweets in ALL CAPS that it is so.

Trump’s pathologies, bad faith, and hostage-taking have created a terrible fiasco. But it has now been clearly demonstrated that the Democratic answer to all those things is, “No, we’re not doing this anymore; no, we’re not caving; the answer is no, no, no.” Hopefully, this, along with a restoration of real debate via legitimate congressional processes, can lead to a better outcome.


Pelosi ate Trump’s lunch


How did Pelosi do it? What were the basic strategic moves that she made to so decisively block a President who has survived much longer than his 15 minutes of fame?

The most important factor was that Pelosi did not hesitate to use her political power aggressively. From the start of this process, she has remained steadfast in her insistence that closing the government was not a legitimate way to make demands for new forms of spending.

While sometimes Democrats become leery about seeming too partisan and not being civil enough, Pelosi and the Democrats stood their ground. She drew a line in the sand and stuck by it.


Misogynist Trump owned


An insult to all dog lovers, jcb. Orange moran is a piece of dog do-do.


? True


She also became the Speaker of the House again cos of the last election. The people spoke and she knows it.

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