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orlbucfan

T and R for this BNR, Benny!! 🙂 One of the scary points Cohen made yesterday was if the mentally ill Orange Imbecile loses in 2020, he will not go down peacefully. gawd help us all and our poor country if it has finally deteriorated to that point. 🙁

phatkhat

Time to get out of the Redlands. We’ve already experienced the feelings around here – Demoncrats, they say. Possessed by Satanic forces. It’s scary.

WindDancer13

There was an opinion piece the other day (sorry, do not remember from where) that stated the same thing. When I heard Cohen say this, I wondered if that is where he got the idea from.

On the other hand, I said in 2016 that if Trump is not defeated in 2020, that we probably would not see a 2024 election. By that time, he will have declared himself king or emperor (Guaido’s proclamation is just testing the waters for Trump, and look how many countries fell in line with it.).

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https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/2/28/18235067/brian-schatz-financial-transaction-tax-stock-market

Democrats have been talking a lot about different ways to tax the rich as of late, ranging from Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax to a variety of proposals related to stock buybacks. Now, Sen. Brian Schatz is floating another idea: a tax on stock trades.

Schatz plans to roll out a bill proposing a financial transaction tax in the coming days, he said in an exclusive interview with Vox this week. The idea entails enacting a small tax on stock market sales. The Hawaii Democrat claims the proposal could raise nearly $800 billion for the federal government over the course of a decade but, more importantly, would clamp down on speculation and other nefarious behaviors in the market. He plans to file the bill formally next week.

“Roughly half of the 8 billion daily trades now are high-frequency trades, and that is increasing volatility in the market, it is allowing a certain category of traders to essentially skim profit off of the top,” Schatz told me. “And on a more basic level, it is turning the stock market into a true casino, in which you are making a bet that has very little to do with the fundamentals of a company.”

Schatz isn’t the first Democrat to zero in on this idea. Sen. Bernie Sanders ran on a similar idea — albeit with a higher rate — in the 2016 Democratic primary. He pitched it as a way to pay for free college. That proposal mirrored a bill put forth by former Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN). Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chris Van Hollen — now the senator from Maryland — have also proposed financial transaction taxes. DeFazio will lead the House version of Schatz’s legislation, and Van Hollen will be number two on the Senate bill.

jcitybone

https://thinkprogress.org/kamala-harris-aka-inc-black-greek-organizations/

The celebrity-like treatment might be thought of as a coming-out party for Harris, a cozy place to launch her campaign with the advance knowledge that these black women — her fellow sorors of AKA — would be both a shield and a comfort as the presidential campaign got underway.

To lock down the Democratic nomination, Harris understands she’ll need to earn the unchallenged allegiance and passion of the voting bloc most likely to make that a reality — African American women.

Shanita Hubbard, an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Northampton Community College in Pennsylvania, watched Harris’ online campaign announcement and was moved to tweet some early apprehension about falling in love with Harris too quickly, especially without a close study of her positions on policies that are close to the black community.

In a follow-up interview with Think Progress, Hubbard expressed concern that in the zeal to support Harris and protect her from racist attacks during the campaign, some black voters might be inclined to give her a pass on serious policy issues, such as the role she played as California’s attorney general in blocking the release of non-violent offenders on the premise that they may lower the prison labor pool and threatening to enforce a one-year prison sentence on parents whose children were truant.

“Our community can’t be in the place of stargazing at any candidate and not asking them the difficult questions about the protection of our community,” Hubbard told Think Progress. “It’s fair game to ask these questions of Sen. Harris and she should be prepared to answer these questions.”

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jcitybone

This problem is caused by wimpy Dem moderates. It’s not members of the CPC who are doing this.

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/02/27/house-rules-change-democrats-1194626

Democratic leaders are considering changing House rules to make it harder for Republicans to spring surprise procedural votes on the majority after several embarrassing incidents on the floor in recent weeks.

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and other top Democrats are weighing revising the House rules to require Republicans give them more notice on specific procedural votes, known as a “motion to recommit,” a wonky tactic that the GOP has used to force Democrats to vote on a range of controversial issues since January.

Hoyer first raised the idea of changing the rules at a meeting with committee chairmen Wednesday morning, according to multiple sources, although tension within the caucus over the issue has been building for weeks.

An aide to Hoyer said later Wednesday that members have approached him with the idea, saying they would like the same time to review the GOP motions as they get with other amendments. Currently, Democratic leaders usually learn the subject matter of the GOP amendments just minutes before the vote, causing a scramble on the floor as they try to counsel their members — particularly vulnerable freshmen who flipped Republican districts — on what to do.

Hours after Hoyer floated the idea, Democrats suffered another surprising defeat when Republicans were successfully able to modify the bill requiring background checks on all gun sales — a marquee vote in the new Democratic-led House — with a provision targeting undocumented immigrants who try to purchase weapons.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi later raised the issue at her weekly meeting with leaders of the various Democratic interest groups — from the Congressional Black Caucus to the Blue Dogs. Pelosi said it was disappointing that veteran lawmakers who had been awarded spots on coveted committees including the Ways and Means and Appropriations panels then chose to turn around and vote with Republicans on Wednesday.

Pelosi said she was concerned these members would also have to take tough votes in committee and questioned how would they handle that if they already felt compelled to side with Republicans on votes that she and others saw merely as procedural exercises by the minority, according to a senior Democratic source.

jcitybone

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/02/27/house-rules-change-democrats-1194626

Democratic leaders are considering changing House rules to make it harder for Republicans to spring surprise procedural votes on the majority after several embarrassing incidents on the floor in recent weeks.

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and other top Democrats are weighing revising the House rules to require Republicans give them more notice on specific procedural votes, known as a “motion to recommit,” a wonky tactic that the GOP has used to force Democrats to vote on a range of controversial issues since January.

Hoyer first raised the idea of changing the rules at a meeting with committee chairmen Wednesday morning, according to multiple sources, although tension within the caucus over the issue has been building for weeks.

An aide to Hoyer said later Wednesday that members have approached him with the idea, saying they would like the same time to review the GOP motions as they get with other amendments. Currently, Democratic leaders usually learn the subject matter of the GOP amendments just minutes before the vote, causing a scramble on the floor as they try to counsel their members — particularly vulnerable freshmen who flipped Republican districts — on what to do.

Hours after Hoyer floated the idea, Democrats suffered another surprising defeat when Republicans were successfully able to modify the bill requiring background checks on all gun sales — a marquee vote in the new Democratic-led House — with a provision targeting undocumented immigrants who try to purchase weapons.

jcitybone

Manchin will vote no, so the supporters should vote yes. Schumer’s wimp present. Geesh

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/431938-dems-wrestle-over-how-to-vote-on-green-new-deal

Senate Democratic leaders are grappling over how to vote on a controversial climate change proposal that is being championed by progressives and mocked by conservatives.

The plan, offered by firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) will be voted on on the Senate floor later this year in a GOP-led effort to divide Democrats and get them to go on the record about the “Green New Deal.”

But Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) has floated a plan with his caucus to vote present on the ambitious legislation. It remains to be seen if Senate Democrats will embrace Schumer’s strategy.

A Democratic senator familiar with internal deliberations said that Schumer reached out to his more liberal colleagues who are running for president to make sure they’re on board with the present vote strategy.

However, not all Democrats are on the same page.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who once famously filmed a campaign ad in which he shot then-President Obama’s cap-and-trade climate proposal with a hunting rifle, said Wednesday he’s likely to vote “no.”

“I got to work with reality. I got to make sure we have the benefit of affordable energy,” Manchin said.

Asked about his colleague’s plan to vote present on the Green New Deal, Manchin responded, “They can do what they want to do. I’m not a present-type guy.”

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), the Senate co-sponsor of Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal resolution, said he’s working with Schumer and declined to say whether he would vote present instead of “yes” on his own proposal.

jcitybone

https://psmag.com/ideas/why-the-social-policies-in-the-green-new-deal-are-essential-to-its-success

Since Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey released the newest draft of the Green New Deal earlier this month, economists, political scientists, and opinion writers have evaluated the merits, demerits, feasibility, and psychology of the plan, which has been called a leftist fantasy, a manifesto, a bad idea, and a frivolous wish list.

That last term, “wish list,” ties in closely with one of the most common criticisms of the GND: that the social programs it includes, like a universal basic income, a federal jobs guarantee, and free college, aren’t related to the environment. Rather, according to critics, these are line items that progressives are sneaking into the plan to justify socialist policies in the name of the climate. As Jonathan Chait contends, the plan “contains far too much prescription in areas where none is needed, using the Green New Deal as a platform to add in unrelated proposals.”

What critics like Chait miss is that the social and economic policies aren’t unrelated or even peripheral to citizens dealing with a changing environment―they’re essential to a sustainable future for everyone. As such, it would be impossible to gut the GND of its goals to eliminate what Ocasio-Cortez and Markey, in the text of the proposal, refer to as “systemic injustices” without significantly weakening its ability to deliver a green economy.

polarbear4

Yep, I got a make sure there’s a fordable energy, right up until the day millions of people die.

polarbear4

The trouble is, a lot of voters don’t have the time or the bandwidth to take this in so they get away with @!#*! like this

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/432086-senate-democrats-introduce-green-new-deal-alternative-unity-climate

Senate Democrats introduced a joint resolution Thursday meant to unify the party around a common climate change plan as Republicans seek to rip the party over the “Green New Deal.”

The concise nine-line resolution introduced by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), ranking member on the Senate Energy and Public Works Committee, commits Democrats to acknowledging climate change is happening, that it’s human caused and that something must be done.

“Climate change is real, human activity during the last century is the dominant cause of the climate crisis; and the United States and Congress should take immediate action to address the challenge of climate change,” the resolution reads in its entirety.

All 47 members of the Senate Democratic Caucus signed on to co-sponsor the legislation.

“We have an obligation in the body of the House to do something about it,” said Carper on the Senate floor Thursday.

The resolution is meant as an alternative to the Green New Deal resolution introduced in early February by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.). Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) fast-tracked the vote on the resolution two weeks ago in an effort to highlight a Democratic divide over the plan.

WindDancer13

Well, this pretty much says it all: ” I’m not a present-type guy” (Manchin). Present as in living in the here and now.

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orlbucfan

Not the first time this yahoo has been indicted on corruption charges. He was run out of the PM position but managed to slither back in again. The Israeli people aren’t all that ‘swift’ in the political head.

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Nothing to see here folks!

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OzoneTom
OzoneTom

Yes, Senator Sanders went above and beyond to fulfill his commitment to support the Democratic candidate in the general.
More than any other primary challenger in recent history. Attached lists of campaign appearances 2016 and 2008. from O.R. Central Texas Twitter feed.

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Don midwest
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and some of the best informed people fall for MSNBC

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phatkhat

Email from Corey Robin today was chilling

In September 2017, I got a “cease and desist” email from an organization called outlawbds. They informed me that because of my activism around BDS, I had been put on a “blacklist”—yes, they used that word, twice—and that I had a limited window of time to change my tune on BDS in order to get my name removed from the blacklist and avoid the legal consequences of my advocacy. “You have been marked,” the email warned me. “You have been identified.”

He linked an article in the New Yorker that was shocking, but unsurprising. Well worth reading. A taste:

The campaign, code-named Project Butterfly, initially targeted B.D.S. activists on college campuses in “a single U.S. state,” which former Psy-Group employees have told me was New York. The company said that its operatives drew up lists of individuals and organizations to target. The operatives then gathered derogatory information on them from social media and the “deep” Web, areas of the Internet that are not indexed by search engines such as Google. In some cases, Psy-Group operatives conducted on-the-ground covert human-intelligence, or HUMINT, operations against their targets. Israeli intelligence officials insist that they do not spy on Americans, a claim that is disputed by their U.S. counterparts. Israeli officials said, however, that this prohibition does not apply to private companies such as Psy-Group, which use discharged Israel Defense Forces soldiers and former members of elite intelligence units, rather than active-duty members, in operations targeting Americans.

BTW, I left a comment at Corey’s blog. 😉

polarbear4

Beat me to it. Very disturbing article. So sorry that Corey was tagged.

phatkhat

The email was Corey’s. I’ve never gotten such a thing, but JVP has let us know that we are ALL (members of JVP) blacklisted by the Israeli government for visas. Not that I want to go there again.

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phatkhat

Which would give the US the excuse it wants to go for regime change in Syria. So much money available for walls and wars, and none for healthcare, education and infrastructure. Sad.

humphrey

This might be a compromise solution with regards to Trump’s wall.
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orlbucfan

That image would scare the dead!

humphrey

Not wanting to be disrespectful but I am not shedding any tears.

humphrey

This is truly heartbreaking.

humphrey

I tend to agree.

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polarbear4

Their own little Abu Ghraib.

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jcitybone

Decent homophobe that Pence

polarbear4

Good. One of the claimants was an Al Jazeera reporter.

polarbear4

George Carlin’s daughter.

polarbear4

I’d add Twitter.

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humphrey

I don’t know if this was doctored but I am not impressed.😒

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polarbear4

Yuck. And I’m not so sure they are the leaders in sentencing reform. I know Bernie’s been talking about it for a while now. Sometimes Van Jones disappoints.

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polarbear4

Another from Andre. Spot on.

polarbear4

Ending the Korean War.

polarbear4

TPTB threatened Bush and Obama with Marshall Law. The difference? They capitulated.

humphrey

Pause for a refresher.😁

polarbear4

I lurv otters.

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polarbear4

That is way cool. Hope to see more of that kind of thing.

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humphrey

Probably one of his interns made the tweet covering up for another of his gaffes.
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polarbear4

Joe, there’s a reason he was given a silent reaction and maybe you should, too.

polarbear4

OK i quit.

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