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jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2019/02/15/massacre-trumps-envoy-venezuela-wants-us-forget/?utm_source=reddit.com

Many others, though, commended Omar for raising the ghosts of the past. Abrams’s lengthy career, argued Esquire’s Charles Pierce, seemed proof that in Washington “there is no limit to the number of peasants on your butcher’s bill that would keep you from government work.”

“If you are going to appoint someone who has a history of lying to Congress about human rights abuses to be the special envoy for a brewing humanitarian crisis,” noted Dan Drezner in PostEverything, “it is entirely fair to question him about prior acts of bad faith.”

“It was a bloody, brutal, and dirty war,” wrote Raymond Bronner, who reported on the massacre for the New York Times, in a recent piece for the Atlantic. “More than 75,000 Salvadorans were killed in the fighting, most of them victims of the military and its death squads. Peasants were shot en masse, often while trying to flee. Student and union leaders had their thumbs tied behind their backs before being shot in the head, their bodies left on roadsides as a warning to others.”

The traumas of that era in Central America, Bronner argued, prefigured the mass exodus of asylum seekers that President Trump now insists amounts to an emergency on the U.S. southern border.

In an email to The Post’s Stanley-Becker, Abrams defended his record and angrily rejected Omar’s interrogation. “It’s a remarkable record of support for Latin democracy, of which Rep. Omar is obviously unaware and in which she is uninterested,” he said. “That was clear from her conduct, which constituted attacking rather than questioning a witness.”

But Danner pointed to the power of amnesia in Washington. “If you stay in D.C. long enough, no matter how dirty your bedsheets, they are going to be bleached clean simply by the corrosive force of forgetfulness,” he said. That is, unless a congresswoman decides to remind everyone.

“Omar performed a public service,” Danner said.

magsview

Check out this thread I just stumbled upon!

“One, two, three, four, climate change is at our door!”

https://twitter.com/josephmdurso/status/1096385486250274817

magsview

Listening to the various chants literally brought a tear to my eye.

“What do we want?!”
“Change!”
“When do we want it?!”
“Now!!”

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I particularly like this sign. (The signs are very good!)

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jcitybone

It’s Matt Gaetz, Louis Gohmert, Steve Scalise, Kevin McCarthy, Paul Gosar, and, of course, Steve King

https://theintercept.com/2019/02/15/ilhan-omar-aipac-republicans-anti-semitism/

“SHE SHOULD EITHER resign from Congress or certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.”

So declaimed President Donald Trump in the White House on Tuesday, as he denounced Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., for her “terrible” remarks and her “lame” apology.

To be clear: Omar apologized “unequivocally” for her two tweets on Israel and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, yet Trump has never apologized for any of his bigoted, sexist, racist, Islamophobic, and — yes — anti-Semitic remarks.

Here’s Trump’s problem: The modern GOP is riddled with bigots, Islamophobes, and anti-Semites.

There is a bigger issue here, though. Trump said that “anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress.” I agree with him. But here’s his problem: The modern GOP is riddled with bigots, Islamophobes, and anti-Semites.

If the president wants Omar to resign from Congress over alleged anti-Semitism, here are six Republican members of the House, including the two most senior members of the GOP leadership, who need to resign first.

“FUNDAMENTALLY,” AS THE prominent Jewish-American journalist Peter Beinart observed on Twitter, “the furor over @IlhanMN’s tweets isn’t about policing bigotry or even anti-Semitism. It’s about policing the American debate over Israel.” I would go further: It’s also about smearing and demonizing women of color, especially Muslim women of color, in the Democratic Party.

Republicans don’t give a damn about anti-Semitism. They just don’t care. And we’ll know for sure that they do when they ask these six white Republican men to resign from Congress.

Just don’t hold your breath.

jcitybone

It’s laughable how few voters are in that Bloomberg/Schultz fourth group.

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/corporate-democrats-arent-winning-any-swing-voters/

Here are the 2016 voter percentage breakdowns:

Progressive Populists account for 44.6 percent of the electorate according to this study.
28.9 percent are Culturally Conservative Populists.
Arch Conservatives account for another 22.7 percent.
And a miniscule 3.8 percent for the Culturally Liberal/Fiscal Conservatives.

Every Democratic candidate will claim to fight both for social and economic justice. But this could become problematic for Biden, Booker, Gillibrand and Harris, who want to maintain their close fundraising ties with corporate Democrats. As the New York Times puts it:

The left-leaning Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, Ms. Warren and Mr. Sanders are all viewed as less business-friendly than Ms. Gillibrand, Mr. Booker and Ms. Harris, who have not made taxes on the rich a centerpiece of their public pitches. In that sense the latter trio is following the example set by Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign and President Barack Obama before her, with comparatively establishment-minded thinking on progressive taxation.

It’s painfully obvious what Trump will and must do. There are not enough Arch Conservatives to elect him dog catcher. So he needs win over again the culturally conservative economic populists (top left quadrant). And the only way to do so is by fanning the flames of division, stomping all over social issues, and provoking the Democrats to debate Confederate monuments and bathrooms. And then red-bait to hell any Democrat who dares propose big economic reforms.

The Democratic Party can never, and should never, abandon its deep commitment to the full range of social justice issues. Despite the Trump-led rise of racism, homophobia, and nativism, the rights of women, minorities and the LGBTQ communities have increased enormously over the past half century. The Democrats should be given significant credit for the promotion and enhancement of these human rights. But the Democratic Party also must become, once again, the party of working people, and this requires taking on Wall Street and the billionaire class with bold economic programs – from Medicare for All to a Green New Deal.

jcitybone

https://www.apnews.com/0f907858088b44588f996c02cf021585

When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would bring the Green New Deal forward for votes he thought it would put Democrats — especially 2020 presidential contenders — on the spot.

But on Thursday, Senate Democrats said they welcome the opportunity for a debate on climate change, and the proposal from freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. They say it’s an issue Americans care about, and one Republicans have ignored.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, joined by colleagues on the Senate floor, said: “Bring it on.”

“We actually believe that we need to do something about climate change” and added: “Do Republicans?”

Senators on Thursday said the upcoming debate will provide an opportunity to showcase the two parties’ approach.

“If you don’t like the Green New Deal, what’s your plan?” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. “I hope this actually turns into a breakthrough moment in which there are some serious conversations.”

Said Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, “We have never been more fired up.”

jcitybone

OK that’s all I need to hear. Next up. What is it with Colorado and these pro business centrist Dems like Hickenlooper and Bennett?

https://www.denverpost.com/2019/02/14/hickenlooper-universal-health-care-new-hampshire/

John Hickenlooper, the former governor of Colorado who is considering a run for president in 2020, said Thursday he supports universal health care and thinks the U.S. eventually should provide it.

But as other Democrats already in the race endorse “Medicare-for-all,” Hickenlooper told a crowd at a New Hampshire college that it was more important now to get behind the general idea rather than argue over a specific approach.

“I reject the notion that it should become a litmus test of what it takes to be a good Democrat,” said Hickenlooper, who expanded Medicaid while governor and has teamed with former Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, on a health care overhaul.

jcitybone

Exhibit million about why I can’t stand this joker. No Joe it’s you and your Republican friends who don’t understand economics. I would love to see Bernie wipe the floor with him in a debate.

https://thehill.com/homenews/media/430159-scarborough-rips-ocasio-cortezs-amazon-response-she-needs-to-learn-basic

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough on Friday ripped Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for cheering Amazon’s decision to cancel its plans for a second headquarters in New York, stating it was “shocking” to him “how little she understands not just economics but even unemployment.”

The day before, Amazon announced it was pulling out of plans in Ocasio-Cortez’s district of Long Island City, New York, which the freshman lawmaker said shows “everyday Americans still have the power to organize and … can have more say than the richest man in the world,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

jcitybone

Here’s some economics for you Joe. Gee Amazon really needed those incentives (also known as bribes). Who would be paying for that? Yeah that would be me, a NY state resident.

http://fortune.com/2019/02/14/amazon-doesnt-pay-federal-taxes-2019/?xid=gn_editorspicks

Those wondering how many zeros Amazon, which is valued at nearly $800 billion, has to pay in federal taxes might be surprised to learn that its check to the IRS will read exactly $0.00.

According to a report published by the Institute on Taxation and Economic (ITEP) policy Wednesday, the e-tail/retail/tech/entertainment/everything giant won’t have to pay a cent in federal taxes for the second year in a row.

This tax-free break comes even though Amazon almost doubled its U.S. profits from $5.6 billion to $11.2 billion between 2017 and 2018.

To top it off, Amazon actually reported a $129 million 2018 federal income tax rebate—making its tax rate -1%.

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https://theweek.com/speedreads/824009/morning-joe-panel-goes-after-extremely-dangerous-alexandria-ocasiocortez-over-amazon-deal

It seems the hosts of Morning Joe are not happy with the end of Amazon’s planned New York headquarters, and they’re taking Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to task.

Host Joe Scarborough in a segment Friday lamented the death of the project and blamed people who “don’t even understand basic economics,” per Mediaite. Scarborough later said he found it “remarkable” to see Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) “cheering … the loss of 25,000 high-paying jobs.” He pointed to infrastructure improvements and said that the deal would have made New Yorkers’ commutes easier.

Guest Donny Deutsch went even further, calling Ocasio-Cortez “extremely dangerous at this point.” She “does not know what she is talking about,” he said, arguing that the “new fresh progressive faces” like her are going to “hand the presidency back to Donald Trump.”

The panel’s other guest, Republican strategist Susan Del Percio, agreed, saying Ocasio-Cortez has demonstrated “how little she understands” about economics and unemployment, also arguing she doesn’t care about the people she represents because “those people would be getting jobs as well.”

Co-host Mika Brzezinski capped things off by complaining about young representatives who “don’t have the experience,” urging Ocasio-Cortez to “follow some of the more successful, more mature” members of Congress. “I watch [Ocasio-Cortez] with a lot of hope, but I’m also cringing,” she said.

magsview

Mika is such a disappointment. Years ago she seemed sort of ok..sometimes.
Now she’s completely awful.

I fully expect awful from Scarborough and Deutsch.

MSNBC seems to love those Republican strategists (Schmidt & Wallace), I wonder when Del Percio will get her own show. (Sooner rather than later if she continues to obediently diss Rep. Alexandria)

humphrey

It is about what I would expect coming from her considering who her father was.

polarbear4

LD, thought this might interest you.

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jcitybone

Supposedly Republicans are not averse to this so, if some form of this comes to pass, it will be a feather in Gillibrand’s cap. She actually has way more accomplishments in the Senate than Harris or Booker.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/15/us/paid-family-leave.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

New baby. Sick parents. Personal illness. Regardless of the circumstances, taking unpaid time off is not an option for many Americans. But some relief may be on the horizon.

Leaders from both sides of the aisle have recently expressed support for some form of a paid family leave program at the federal level. (As President Trump put it in his State of the Union address last week: Nationwide paid family leave would ensure that “every new parent has the chance to bond with their newborn child.”)

This week in Washington, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, both Democrats, reintroduced the Family Act, which would provide Americans up to 12 weeks of paid leave at 66 percent of their monthly wages. The proposal builds on an existing law, the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, which offers only unpaid leave.

The benefits in the proposal would apply to every American who works full-time — and potentially even those who are part-time, temporary or self-employed — expanding on the current law, which is estimated to cover about 60 percent of the work force. Among other things, the Family Act considers “family leave” to include birth or adoption, and serious health conditions including those affecting a child, parent, spouse or domestic partner.

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Coincidences I’m sure.

Lee’s lack of courage and imagination in this situation continue to disappoint.

humphrey

Some additional information on Harris’ sister and the Unity and Reform Commision.

First a bit of a introduction. This committee was set up to heal the wounds between supporters of Sanders and Clinton. The thumb was on the scale as a majority were Clinton supporters.

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/dnc-unity-reform-commission_us_58f50d1fe4b0b9e9848d92eb?ec_carp=9010200854588330812

Below is a complete list of the commission members:

Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, Chair, District of Columbia; partner, Precision Strategies

Larry Cohen, Vice Chair, District of Columbia; chair of Our Revolution and former president of the Communication Workers of America

Charlie Baker, Massachusetts; president of Dewey Square Group and former chief administrative officer of the Clinton campaign

Jan Bauer, Iowa; Iowa Democratic National Committeewoman and Clinton supporter

Jeff Berman, District of Columbia, former Clinton campaign consultant

Lucy Flores, California, former Nevada Assemblywoman and Sanders supporter

Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), Clinton supporter

Maya Harris, New York, former senior policy adviser, Clinton campaign

David Huynh, Louisiana; former Clinton campaign director of delegate operations and ballot access

Elaine Kamarck, Massachusetts; senior fellow, Brookings Institution

Jane Kleeb, Nebraska Democratic Party Chair; Sanders supporter and Our Revolution board member

Nomiki Konst, New York; investigative reporter for the Young Turks and former Sanders convention delegate

Yvette Lewis, Maryland Democratic National Committeewoman and Clinton supporter

Gus Newport, California; former mayor of Berkeley, California and Sanders supporter

Jorge Neri, Illinois; former Clinton campaign Nevada state director

James Roosevelt, Jr., Massachusetts; president of Tufts Health Plan and co-chair of the Democratic national convention Rules and Bylaws Committee

Emmy Ruiz, Texas; former Clinton campaign Colorado state director

Former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, Sanders convention delegate and Our Revolution board member

Jeff Weaver, Virginia; former Sanders campaign chair

Wellington Webb, Colorado; former Denver mayor and Clinton supporter

Jim Zogby, District of Columbia; founder of the Arab American Institute and Sanders supporter

The 21-member commission includes nine members selected by Clinton, seven members picked by Sanders, three picked by Perez, and the chair and vice chair ― selected by Clinton and Sanders, respectively.

Underlining by me.

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magsview

Oh, sorry pb, didn’t see your post!

p.s. I follow @MikePrysner too.

polarbear4

The more the merrier !

polarbear4

This should be all over airwaves. Astounding.

jcitybone

Now we’re not going to hate Bernie for voting yes on this are we?

https://www.nj.com/politics/2019/02/booker-voted-against-spending-bill-keeping-the-government-open.html

When Congress overwhelmingly voted to fund the federal government and prevent another partial shutdown, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker dissented. He was the only New Jersey lawmaker to vote no.

Booker was joined in dissent by fellow Democratic senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California, and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, all of whom are competing with him for their party’s presidential nomination.

U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who are considering runs, voted yes. So Booker’s Democratic colleague in New Jersey: Robert Menendez.

In the House, those voting no included high-profile Democratic freshmen Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.

Benny

Booker, Gillibrand, Harris and Warren are not on the leadership team, if I recall correctly.

magsview

I don’t like the sound of this!

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polarbear4

They know that most of the people that saw that are never going to hear that apology. But better than nothing.

magsview

Yay, my hometown representing!

humphrey

Could there be a little bias emanating from this fact checker?

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polarbear4

Be proud of your criminality!

magsview

Did you all see this??????????????? 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁

I wasn’t able to catch last night’s thread, so maybe you all are in mourning too.

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polarbear4

Yes. Lots of utter disappointment.

humphrey

Don’t hold this against me. LOL

I just noticed that the banana that I am eating came from Columbia.

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