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Hi Benny—I’ll move my stuff over. Didn’t know the dates anyway 🤪


Looks like there is an effort to push the bipartisan bill through today.


i don’t know where to put this anger and a kind of despair anymore.



Joe Manchin’s Surefire Strategy to Ensure That Democrats Lose in 2022

Jumping ahead to the 2018 midterm elections, no age group saw a larger surge in turnout than voters under the age of 30,” he added. “The youth vote drove the Blue Wave, as this group gave Democrats a margin of almost 2 to 1. In the end, voters under the age of 30 accounted for 11.4% of all votes cast, a 4.2-point increase over their 2014 vote share. Of course, 2018 saw Democrats recapture the House, winning the national popular vote by almost 9 points—a swing of almost 15 points from the previous midterm election.”

Democrats will need that level of support, or more, from young people in 2022. But it is far from assured that they will get it.

Polling conducted in the spring of this year by Hart Research Associates for the League of Conservation Voters found that young voters “want and expect action on climate, and absence of such action would substantially endanger Democratic candidates gaining their votes next year.”

At this point, according to a polling memo from Hart’s Geoff Garin, Jay Campbell, and Corrie Hunt, 44 percent of young voters are not certain they will vote in 2022. “However,” the memo adds, “79 percent of young Democrats say they would be MUCH more motivated to vote for Democrats in 2022 if Democrats take strong action on combating climate change to address the causes of global warming.”

“Action on climate and clean energy will not only motivate these key audiences to vote, it can help to generate excitement about Democratic candidates,” the memo concludes.

Inaction, on the other hand, runs the risk of depressing enthusiasm in the midterm election, a prospect that Democrats cannot afford if they hope to govern boldly for Joe Biden’s entire term. The results from past elections tell us that when Democrats fail to deliver on promises of progress, they suffer some of their most serious setbacks—as happened in 1994, during Bill Clinton’s first term, and in 2010, during Barack Obama’s first term.

The history doesn’t lie. Neither does the recent polling about what mobilizes young voters. The more Democrats bow to Joe Manchin’s demands, the more likely they are to lose the Congress in 2022, and the presidency in 2024.


If they knock off running Turd Wayers, Craporate RWingers, and so-called “ex”-GOPukers, they will wipe the Fringe FRighties off the map. I am not surprised that climate catastrophe is the #1 worry for young folks!


Both McConnell and Manchin make the list.


The dirty dozen: meet America’s top climate villains

For too long, Americans were fed a false narrative that they should feel individually guilty about the climate crisis. The reality is that only a handful of powerful individuals bear the personal responsibility.

The nation’s worst polluters managed to evade accountability and scrutiny for decades as they helped the fossil fuel industry destroy our planet. The actions of these climate supervillains have affected millions of people, disproportionately hurting the vulnerable who have done the least to contribute to global emissions.

Working- and middle-class people must stop blaming themselves for the climate crisis. Instead, it’s time to band together to seek justice and hold these profiteers accountable. Only in calling out their power and culpability is it possible to reclaim the world that belongs to all of us, together.



A drive through West Virginia’s countryside – which is still enthusiastically Donald Trump country – reveals a patchwork of communities battered by the climate crisis and barely held together by deteriorating infrastructure. Yet Manchin – balking at a $3.5tn price tag of Biden’s reconciliation bill – is busy trying to strip out many of the policies that would try to tackle these crises that are so seriously affecting many of his fellow West Virginians.

West Virginia, a landlocked state, leads the nation in the number of the infrastructure facilities – hospitals, fire stations, water treatment plants, power stations – located on land prone to severe flooding. It even beats out Louisiana and Florida. Of course, the climate crisis is seeing flood events hit record levels across the US.

Beyond the inspiration for John Denver’s hit song, West Virginia’s country roads are actually a source of fear and frustration for residents. Nearly half of the roads in the state are routinely battered by severe flooding.

When power outages – some of the longest and most frequent in the nation – hit the state, they are often lethal, a reality made clear when a single flood event in 2016 took out power for over half of the state’s homes and killed 23 people in 12 hours.

Earlier this year, tens of thousands of people were left without power for more than two weeks in freezing temperatures when ice storms felled trees on to power lines across the state and closed roads.

But, for many West Virginians the reality of flooding and infrastructure failure are more insidious than isolated events.


Didnt even have to look to know the Koch’s were on the A list


Every one of these yahoos is a white male. A bunch of them are old geezers with plenty of heirs. None of them surprise me. No accountability and that is the bad part.



Executives of some of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies — Exxon Mobil, Chevron, BP and Shell — are set to appear before a congressional committee Thursday to address accusations that the industry spent millions of dollars to wage a decades-long disinformation campaign to cast doubt on the science of climate change and to derail action to reduce emissions from burning fossil fuels.

The hearings mark the first time oil executives will be pressed to answer questions, under oath, about whether their companies misled the public about the reality of climate change by obscuring the scientific consensus: that the burning of fossil fuels is raising Earth’s temperature and sea levels with devastating consequences worldwide, including intensifying storms, worsening drought and deadlier wildfires.

House Democrats compare the inquiry with the historic tobacco hearings of the 1990s, which brought into sharp relief how tobacco companies had lied about the health dangers of smoking, paving the way for tough nicotine regulations. Climate scientists are now as certain that the burning of fossil fuels causes global warming as public health experts are sure that smoking tobacco causes cancer.

The evidence showing that fossil fuel companies distorted and downplayed the realities of climate change is well documented by academic researchers.

“For the first time in American history, Big Oil is going to have to answer to the American public on their climate disinformation,” said Ro Khanna, the Democratic representative from California who has led the effort to bring executives before Congress.

It is not at all clear that Thursday’s hearing will have the explosive fallout of the tobacco inquiry, in which seven executives stood with their hands raised to swear under oath before telling Congress they did not believe cigarettes were addictive. Photos of the moment were splashed across front pages nationwide.

The oil company executives are being allowed to attend Thursday’s events remotely by video, diminishing the possibility of a similarly arresting visual moment. And much of the hearing’s effectiveness will depend on coordination between the members, who are each allotted limited amounts of time to examine the executives, a format that can hinder a coherent line of questioning.


Hey Ro, knock off the theater. We’re sick of it. How about some serious accountability as in putting a few white male azzes in jail?




“For the first time in American history, Big Oil is going to have to answer to the American public on their climate disinformation,” said Ro Khanna, the Democratic representative from California who has led the effort to bring executives before Congress.

Answer my ass, they have plenty of these waiting for the congresscritters afterwards


Mike Allen is the biggest hack in the country, by Alex Pareene: “Mike Allen, Politico’s superstar email newsletter author, has never been anyone’s idea of a hard-charging, truth-to-power journalist, but as he’s built PLAYBOOK into an elite Washington institution, he’s become effectively indistinguishable from a paid advocate for business interests. … He promotes causes favored by wealthy corporate executives, promotes the nonprofits and PACs and interest groups those executives fund, and promotes the politicians who agree with the corporate agenda. And he does all of this each day in the guise of a simple emailed tipsheet of links to major political news stories.

… “For Allen, a source is indistinguishable from a friend and both are indistinguishable from sponsors. The result is a daily exercise in favor-trading carried out by people using him as a conduit and people using him as an unpaid spokesman.”

TOP TALKER: “Politico’s Mike Allen, Native Advertising Pioneer,” by Erik Wemple: “Politico’s archives yield plenty of examples of Allen going to bat for the site’s advertisers. Turning up examples of hard-nosed pieces on these companies and special interests is a more complicated undertaking….As for outright negative stuff on these organizations, that tends to be harder to dig up. We spent hours searching for such examples and even deployed an outside researcher for further bandwidth; we also asked Politico to send examples wherein Allen takes a harsh view of their agenda. They declined.”

“…So enticing is the prospect of dumping an announcement in the loving hands of Mike Allen that many PR types around town have gone around beat reporters at Politico in search of a little plug in ‘Playbook’ … Notes one former staffer via e-mail: ‘Reporters are sometimes annoyed to find scooplets from their beats at the top of Playbook. Sources give stuff to Mike Allen because they know he’ll reach a huge audience, usually more people than the beat reporters would reach with their own stories. And they know he’ll play it totally straight, not letting any dissenting voices muddy up whatever PR the source is trying to get out.’


No kidding! 💩🤑



A thing of beauty


And how! What a first class POS!



The Biden administration’s new $500m military contract with Saudi Arabia contradicts the spirit of the White House’s public policy to bar all “offensive” weapons sales to the kingdom for use against the Houthis in Yemen, critics of the deal have alleged.

The military contract will allow Saudi Arabia to maintain its fleet of attack helicopters despite their previous use in operations in Yemen.

The administration’s decision to end so-called “offensive” weapons to Saudi Arabia was one of Joe Biden’s first foreign policy objectives, and reflected what the US president called his commitment to “ending all support” for a war that had created “a humanitarian and strategic catastrophe”.

Saudi Arabia was given permission by the state department to enter a contract to support the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command’s fleet of Apache helicopters, Blackhawks, and a future fleet of Chinook helicopters. It includes training and the service of 350 US contractors for the next two years, as well as two US government staff. The deal was first announced in September.

“To my mind, this is a direct contradiction to the administration’s policy. This equipment can absolutely be used in offensive operations, so I find this particularly troubling,” said Seth Binder, director of advocacy at the Project on Middle East Democracy.


SloMoJoe being SloMoJoe as in RW corrupt. All hail the MICC. 🙁



Well Manchin is against this so probably won’t pass



ya, joe, Hell, I’d love to have this (tooth pulled, literally), i’d like to have that (pair of glasses going on 5+ years). greedy, lazy me.

i’m considering nannying again after I get my second shot on the fifth. Can’t be much more of a risk than grocery store work which is the other option and will require me to lift things I probably can’t lift.


Incoherent bullshit. This man should be a pariah.


Oh, his grandkids will be just $$fine.$$




Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) met with White House officials for roughly two hours Wednesday, as Democrats race to try to lock down a deal on their social spending package.

Cutting a deal with the two key moderates would give a big boost to President Biden and Democratic leaders, who have struggled to break stalemates on key issues.

Manchin, who told reporters earlier Wednesday that Democrats should “absolutely” have a deal by the end of the day, indicated that they now needed to get feedback from the other 48 members of the caucus, who are at odds with the two moderates on several key issues.

“It would be nice if it does,” Manchin said after the meeting, asked if a deal could come together today.

“It’s up to-you know-everybody, the caucus, has to have their input. Everybody, there’s 50 people,” Manchin said.

Sinema added that negotiations were “doing great” and “making progress.”

Democrats and the White House are scrambling to get an agreement before Biden leaves for an international trip with Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) saying that he was “hopeful” they could get a deal on a framework by the end of the day.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has proposed a so-called “billionaires tax,” which would target unrealized assets.

But that’s sparked opposition from Manchin and several other senators haven’t yet bought in including Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.).

The fluid support could put pressure on Democrats to drop the provision from its package.

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) fumed on Wednesday over the tax setbacks.

“Every sensible revenue option seems to be destroyed… So it seems to me almost every sensible progressive revenue option that the President wants that the American people want that I want seems to be sabotaged,” he told reporters.

Democrats are also still trying to get pared down plans to expand Medicare and allow drug pricing negotiations into the bill.

“I am working especially hard to strengthen Medicare and make prescription drugs more affordable. Senator Sanders has worked hard to push for many of these Medicare provisions and I support them,” Schumer said.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) told reporters that she is also still trying to get a paid leave program into the bill.

“I’m working on the best, strongest, most robust plan I can with Joe Manchin, and hopefully he will accept my proposal, but I’m still working,” she said.


Not only Manchin but Warner and “a plethora of House Dems” opposed to billionaire tax. Big surprise.


Democrats’ toughest challenge in finishing a framework agreement for their Build Back Better bill this week might be taxes.

Party leaders are trying to win over two senators who have mutually exclusive demands: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) won’t support higher tax rates, and Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) doesn’t like the new capital gains tax idea that was supposed to be a palatable alternative.

“Every sensible revenue option seems to be destroyed,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Wednesday, offering a gloomy summary of the conundrum Democrats find themselves in.

“Should we raise corporate tax rates, personal income taxes for the very wealthy? Of course we should, but at least one person in the caucus doesn’t want to do that,” Sanders continued. “Should we demand that the billionaires pay their fair share of taxes? Yes. There’s another person who doesn’t want to do that.”

Democrats are hoping to seal the outlines of a deal by Wednesday evening before President Joe Biden departs the country to attend a global climate conference in Scotland. They can’t move forward until they lock down the revenue side of the negotiations, which will in turn determine what sorts of programs they can include in the bill.

The Senate Finance Committee this week unveiled two proposals aimed at raising hundreds of billions in revenue to offset the cost of the bill — a corporate minimum tax, which appears to have unanimous Democratic support, as well as a “billionaires’ income tax” that would target the roughly 700 wealthiest Americans.

Several Democrats have expressed concerns about the billionaires’ tax besides Manchin. A plethora of House Democrats said they don’t like it, and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) told HuffPost on Wednesday he worried it could “totally disrupt public markets.”


Bernie knows and loves Stephanie Kelton. I wonder if talking about using MMT as a basis for just voting for the bill like we do defense bills – – I wonder if that is just a step too far.

Because until progressives can start inserting that into the conversation, I forget who it was on Twitter I agree with—manchin types are always going to win by appealing to taxpayers oh no taxpayers you’re going to lose all your $$$ trying to help those lazy sobs! oh nooooooeeeesss! and msm amplifiers abound.


I dunno, aren’t the wealth taxes and corporate taxes widely popular though?

Agree though, the taxes should not be impediments to passing the good stuff, if they were the only hold up (they aren’t, based on the above reporting).


And the Biden Administration wants to limit the scope of the one tax they all agree on—the 15% minimum.


What will it take to get the media to quit calling these 2 yahoos, “moderates”?



Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the progressive firebrand and chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said on Wednesday that American democracy would be imperiled if key progressive priorities were left out of the “Build Back Better” reconciliation bill that is central to President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda.

Sanders made the comments to a group of reporters at the Capitol as Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema met with White House officials in a nearby room. Following questions from reporters about the status of various provisions in the bill that are now vulnerable to cuts, Sanders stopped and rhetorically raised the stakes of the negotiations.

“Let me just say a few words,” Sanders began. “Sometimes, when we’re inside the beltway, we lose track of reality and where the American people are.”

“So let me repeat. The American people are very clear about what they want their government to do,” he said, listing progressive priorities like lowering prescription drug costs, expanding Medicare to cover vision, hearing and dental health, taxing the rich, and addressing climate change.

“The challenge that we face in this really unusual moment in American history, is whether we have the courage to stand with the American people and take on very powerful special interests,” Sanders said. “And I’m going to do everything that I can support the president’s agenda, and make sure that we do just that.”

Sanders then raised his voice, seeking to emphasize the urgency of his message.

“If we fail — in my view, if the American people do not believe that government can work for them and is dominated by powerful special interests, the very fabric of American democracy is in danger,” he declared. “People will no longer believe have faith that their government represents them. That’s what this issue is about.”