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jcitybone

And guess who’s on this committee too. AOC, Hayes, and Tlaib

https://www.newsweek.com/maxine-waters-donald-trump-foundation-finances-investigation-1348581

Rep. Maxine Waters wants to explore in greater detail President Donald Trump’s now-defunct charitable foundation over tax evasion concerns in the wake of the congressional testimony by his former fixer and personal attorney Michael Cohen.

The Trump Foundation is already under investigation by the New York Attorney General, which also ordered it to be closed down. Now it is facing further scrutiny by the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives, whose committees wield subpoena powers.

“I think there’s more than we know about at this time,” said the California Democrat and chair of the House Committee on Financial Services, Politico reported. “I think that’s an area that should be looked at because I think the foundation has been used by him to avoid paying taxes on money he’s earned.”

jcitybone

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/donald-trump-racism-former-trump-organization-vp_n_5c78ec51e4b033abd14a860c

Barbara Res, a longtime employee of Donald Trump, has recalled the culture of racist jokes that was present during her 18 years working for The Trump Organization.

Res, who was the organization’s vice president in charge of construction, told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin on Thursday that “it was a different period of time and words like the N-word were used frequently; they aren’t ever used now.”

Res said she did not remember Trump ever using the racial slur, which he has long been rumored to have said during the taping of his reality TV show “The Apprentice.” But she recollected “hearing jokes, there were always black jokes going back and forth and he told them too.”

Trump was also the first person to tell Res the expression “once you go black, you never go back,” she added. “First time in my life I heard it was Donald that said it and in a joking way. So I mean there was certainly a lightheartedness about not only black people but Jews and things like that.”

polarbear4

Scratch “earned.” 😉

jcitybone
jcitybone

orlbucfan

CrapPAC is not conservative; it is fascist FRight extremist with some X-Tian Fundie added for flavor. 🙁

humphrey

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jcitybone

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/28/opinion/mark-meadows-rashida-tlaib.html

It was a performance that he’s clearly hoping will win him one of next year’s Oscars. He defended his record on race, so we should cast aside that time in 2012 when he embraced the racist birtherism theory to his supporters by saying that “2012 is the time we’re going to send Mr. Obama back home to Kenya or wherever it is.”

Mr. Meadows threw a fit during a hearing where Mr. Cohen claimed the president had said black people were too stupid to vote for him and had called African nations “shithole” countries. There was actual proof of Mr. Trump’s racism on offer, and Mr. Meadows chose to flip out about an accusation instead. It appears that to him, accusations of racism are more dangerous than racist acts themselves.

Mr. Meadows’s hissy fit and Ms. Tlaib’s words feel like a microcosm of where we are right now in America on race. The tide may be turning. The increased visibility of people of color in all sectors, including Congress, and the fearlessness of people of color to speak out about racism are moving us forward.

It’s all too easy, given the past demographic and ideological makeup of Congress, to picture a version of yesterday’s hearing where there was no Rashida Tlaib there to remind us that racist acts outweigh accusations of racism.

Where no woman of color stood up against a white man’s insistence on trying to distract us from evidence of racist acts by focusing on his hurt feelings.

Mr. Cummings, in his closing remarks, said that he thought America was “better than this,” a statement that referred to Mr. Trump’s alleged crimes. But it could have also been applied to Mr. Meadows’s belief that accusations of racism are worse than the real thing.

As a country, are we better than this? Yes — Rashida Tlaib showed us that we can be.

jcitybone

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/28/us/politics/race-divide-democrats-republicans.html

Mr. Meadows, red-faced and near tears, demanded that Ms. Tlaib’s words be “taken down” — struck from the record as a violation of House rules — and Mr. Cummings asked Ms. Tlaib to explain herself. She apologized. Then the questions began.

“Whose emotions do we put first?” said Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, a close ally of Ms. Tlaib’s who is on the oversight panel and witnessed the encounter. “We had to apologize for him getting hurt feelings over her saying and calling out a racist practice,” but Ms. Tlaib was also “hurt, and no apology was furnished to her.”

The Root, a website that focuses on race, went further: “Cummings’ handling of Tlaib yesterday is part of a larger problem the Democratic Party has with this new class of women of color: Democrats want women of color in Congress, but they can’t seem to handle their truth-telling,” wrote Terrell Jermaine Starr. He added, “He messed up and needs to apologize to Tlaib nonetheless — publicly. Otherwise, Republicans will take Meadows’ cue and cry a river of white tears each time a woman of color dares to call them out on their racism.”

The episode underscored who Mr. Cummings is and how he wants to run his committee. On Thursday, many of his colleagues — including Ms. Ocasio-Cortez — came to his defense, saying he handled a difficult situation well by preventing an important and historic hearing from going off the rails.

But outside the Capitol, the reviews were less kind. Critics were furious that Mr. Cummings had called Mr. Meadows “one of my best friends,” and resurfaced several 2012 campaign videos showing Mr. Meadows saying he intended to send President Barack Obama “home to Kenya, or wherever it is.”

jcitybone

Color me not shocked at all

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/juan-guaido-will-open-up-oil-deals-to-foreign-private-companies-a8763821.html?utm_source=reddit.com

Venezuela’s government-in-waiting will allow foreign private oil companies a greater stake in joint ventures with its state-owned oil giant, Juan Guaido’s envoy to the US has said.

Currently, Venezuela’s socialist government has requirements that Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) keep a controlling stake in any joint ventures with other energy companies.

But Carlos Vecchio, a representative for National Assembly leader Mr Guaido, who has been recognised by the US as the interim leader of Venezuela, told Bloomberg Mr Guaido’s government would look to open up the economy to increase oil production.

polarbear4

Hopefully, he will never have that power.

jcitybone

https://www.thenation.com/article/socialists-progressives-chicago-election-rahm-emanuel/

On Tuesday night, an earthquake hit Chicago’s political establishment. Across the city, left-wing challengers—including a number of open socialists—ousted longtime incumbents on the City Council or forced them into runoff elections in the city’s greatest showing of progressive electoral muscle in decades. And while the dust won’t settle on a number of races—including the battle for mayor—until the April 2 runoffs, one thing is clear: The left is winning while the old machine is on the run.

orlbucfan

🙂

jcitybone

https://newrepublic.com/article/153193/sensible-politics-soaking-rich

Democrats, long tarred as the party of high taxes, face a growing problem as they propose ambitious and expensive programs like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal. Fox News and other right-wing outlets have latched on to studies estimating that Medicare for All would cost $32 trillion over ten years and that the Green New Deal would cost $93 trillion. On Tuesday, more than 100 Democrats rolled-out the most ambitious single-payer health care bill yet, a sweeping plan that would enroll everyone in a government-funded program in only two years. But one detail, caught by a number of outlets, was missing: How much it would cost.

It’s easy to see why Democrats are under-emphasizing the cost of these plans. They want to focus on the benefits, not the drawbacks. And understating costs—including potential tax increases—could lead to political disaster, as it famously did for George H. W. Bush after he broke his “read my lips” pledge not to raise taxes. Putting a multi-trillion price tag on any pitch to voters is similarly problematic and could ultimately doom these efforts before they get off the ground.

But there is growing evidence that Democrats shouldn’t be so tepid about tax increases or other means of raising revenue for ambitious legislation. Polling has shown that raising taxes on the wealthy is popular with a majority of voters. Given the damage the Republican Party has caused with pass two deficit-busting tax cuts for the wealthy over the past two decades, Democrats can argue that they’re the party of fiscal seriousness not in spite of any plan to soak the rich, but because of it.

polarbear4

What was it the Pentagon forgot to report? 21T? And how did we pay for the bank bailouts exactly? And what is that MMT theory, anyway? 🤔

wi61

Corporate socialism via the taxpayer good!!!! Dem socialism that benefits all Americans via closing loopholes and taxing the rich BAD!! from the R talking heads view.

jcitybone

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/01/could-climate-delayer-become-the-political-epithet-of-our-times

But is there a way of using name-calling, not just to insult, but to introduce a new political idea. It seemed like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was doing that this week when she used the term “climate delayer” to call out those dragging their feet on climate change.

Ocasio-Cortez used the term to describe Senator Dianne Feinstein, who was filmed telling a bunch of children that when it comes to the looming apocalypse, she knows better than they do, because she has spent a long time in the Senate not fixing the problem. While they called for immediate action on the Green New Deal, she argued that change wasn’t going to come anytime soon. After all, when it comes to averting a global catastrophe on an unprecedented scale, endangering hundreds of millions and fundamentally altering the human experience, you don’t want to rush into things.

The clip went viral. In the ensuing days, Ocasio-Cortez warned on Instagram and Twitter of the threat of “climate delayers”: people who appear to accept that something needs to be done about climate change, but don’t seem to grasp its urgency. These people, she pointed out, aren’t much better than people who deny climate change exists.

jcitybone

Pelosi vs. Hoyer and Clyburne. She probably gave the green light for AOC’s threat. Republicans shouldn’t be the only thing they are afraid of.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/house-democrats-explode-in-recriminations-as-liberals-lash-out-at-moderates/2019/02/28/c3d163fe-3b87-11e9-a06c-3ec8ed509d15_story.html?utm_term=.d7248827406c

House Democrats exploded in recriminations Thursday over moderates bucking the party, with liberal Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez threatening to put those voting with Republicans “on a list” for a primary challenge.

In a closed-door session, a frustrated Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) lashed out at about two dozen moderates and pressured them to get on board. “We are either a team or we’re not, and we have to make that decision,” Pelosi said, according to two people present but not authorized to discuss the remarks publicly.

But Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the unquestioned media superstar of the freshman class, upped the ante, admonishing the moderates and indicating she would help liberal activists unseat them in the 2020 election.

Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez, said she told her colleagues that Democrats who side with Republicans “are putting themselves on a list.”

“She said that when activists ask her why she had to vote for a gun safety bill that also further empowers an agency that forcibly injects kids with psychotropic drugs, they’re going to want a list of names and she’s going to give it to them,” Trent said, referring to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Triggering the blowup were Wednesday’s votes on a bill to expand federal background checks for gun purchases. Twenty-six moderate Democrats joined Republicans in amending the legislation, adding a provision requiring that ICE be notified if an illegal immigrant seeks to purchase a gun.

Pelosi trained much of her closed-door frustrations on veteran lawmakers, noting that some held seats on coveted committees. “What is this?” she asked, according to the aides.

Later, when one lawmaker talked about the peril of persistently voting with party leaders on these motions, Pelosi responded that the party stood ready to help team players: “We have a massive MASH operation and, frankly, it should be there for those who have the courage to take the vote.”

Publicly and privately, Pelosi has urged members to treat the Republican motions as procedural feints that should be routinely ignored. “Vote no — just vote no,” she told reporters Thursday, “because the fact is, a vote yes is to give leverage to the other side.” But Hoyer and Clyburn believe that is untenable when Republicans stand ready to use those votes as political cudgels against vulnerable Democrats.

magsview

LieparDestin

magsview

He went to the ER in Taiwan, then his “Horrors of Socialized Medicine” post went viral.

Responding to the common complaint that we’d have to raise taxes to pay for universal healthcare, Bozeat continued his list:

“5: Yes, taxes pay for the healthcare here. No, they are not high. Try for yourself: The formula for the NHI monthly premium contribution for a single employed adult is: [your monthly income] x 0.0469 (4.69%) x 0.3 (30%) = Your monthly out-of-pocket healthcare premium.”

I did the math for a $60,000 per year income—it comes to $70.53/month. [Sigh.]

7: This system exists because the Taiwanese government believes that healthcare is a right for all of its citizens, rather than a privilege for those who can afford it. Those aren’t my words, thats what the Ministry of Health said in its English language brochure. Every Taiwanese citizen and foreign permanent resident is entitled to, and required to enroll in the National Health Insurance Program (NHI). Everyone is covered, regardless of employment status, no one is uninsured, no one ever goes bankrupt due to medical bills.”

https://www.upworthy.com/he-went-to-the-er-in-taiwan-then-his-horrors-of-socialized-medicine-post-went-viral?g=2&c=upw1

polarbear4

polarbear4

Wonderful Obey work. Thanks.

magsview

Attention to this ongoing issue is sorely needed.

I hope that this movie helps!

WindDancer13

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/bidens-2020-opening-dem-field-missing-foreign-policy-hand/ar-BBTXZzD?ocid=mailsignout

This is from the AP and states pretty much what we all know…Tulsi Gabbard is being erased from the campaign. It would not benefit corporations to have Gabbard go head-to-head with Biden.

WASHINGTON — In town halls, television interviews and social media posts, Democratic presidential candidates are touting their support for “Medicare-for-all,” higher taxes on the wealthy and a war on climate change. But foreign policy, one of the chief responsibilities of a president, is largely taking a back seat on the campaign trail.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is seizing on that opening to position himself as the sole global policy expert in a crowded Democratic field if he decides to run for president.

polarbear4

Yes. She is still short of the 65,000 small donations from separate individuals to qualify for the debates, last I heard. I donated a small amount. She is talking truth about the MIC. I’m not sure how some of her other statements about torture and droning fit into this, but I believe she truly does want to scale the MIC Way back.

WindDancer13

Tulsi is definitely a voice we need to hear on FP. It will make a nice counter to what will be Biden’s careful wording on backing US policies to support corporate wars. I will donate to help ensure she gets at least gets a hearing.

orlbucfan

Biden the RW relic—gag me with a spoon!

polarbear4

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jcitybone

Actually I really don’t think it’s a DNC plot. They are ambitious politicians who think that Trump is likely to lose and then think why not them in 2020. Both are likely to be long gone from relevance by the time of their state’s caucus.

WindDancer13

Actually, this could be a very good thing. This gives voters a chance to hear other voices saying the same thing as Bernie, giving those ideas and policies more impact. Once they have had their say, the very likely outcome of this is that most if not all will back off and throw their support to Bernie.

More voices saying the same thing can be a huge benefit. Does anyone really believe that the DNC would be encouraging those who advocate for policies that are not centrist?

Lol, makes me wonder if Sanders is the one who actually planned it to drown out the moderate Republicans who are running.

Torabs
Torabs

Yes I absolutely believe the DNC would encourage those advocating for non-centrist policies. Their whole game now is obfuscating differences between progressive and centrist candidates – the “we’re all progressives” schtick.

If Inslee can peel Washington state away from Bernie, it would deny him the delegates he needs to win the nominations. Forget taking the state – if they do proportional delegate assignment, they can bleed Bernie from a few votes here and there and make him lose without making it look as blatantly rigged as 2016.

As someone who wants a progressive nominee, these fake candidates need to be ignored.

WindDancer13

Not many of these will even make it through the debates. Their voices should be heard though.

Fund raising alone is going to peel some off; the polls will convince others to drop out; and other than the moderates, most of these people actually think about what is good for the country, rather than just their ego and will exist long before voting begins. I also think that given the ages of the more progressive people, they are mostly looking for name recognition for the future. They can see what a difference it has made for Bernie.

magsview

There’s no point in Dems shying away from leftist policies. It’s time for Dems to fight back and put their energy into explaining to the voters how those ‘socialist’ policies will help them and their families, and yes, even the country, prosper.

Mike Pence, the US vice president, has offered another preview of the 2020 presidential election by whipping up conservatives with a diatribe against socialism

“Under the guise of Medicare for All and a Green New Deal, Democrats are embracing the same tired economic theories that have impoverished nations and stifled the liberties of millions over the past century. That system is socialism.”

Senator Bernie Sanders is an “avowed socialist”, Pence said, “but it’s not just him”, as other candidates have papered over socialism’s failings with “bumper sticker slogans and slick social media campaigns”.

The choice in the next election is “between freedom and socialism, between personal responsibility and government dependence,” Pence continued. “The moment America becomes a socialist country is the moment America ceases to be America.”

magsview

WindDancer13

As long as incitement is a synonym for lies, yes, it is.

“…unalienable right to life” as long as it is not brown or black or of a different religion or has oil.

magsview

Yes on the lies too, but I think Mona finds this part,

“We will always defend the unalienable right to life”

perhaps a kind of call to arms?

orlbucfan

Biden really needs to butt out. His RW bonafides are showing.

orlbucfan

Pence: the dumb, cross-shaped tick on tRump’s rump!

polarbear4

❤️

humphrey

If you are in the market for a pillow. CONSIDER THIS!

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/432233-mypillow-ceo-says-trump-was-chosen-by-god-to-run-for-president

MyPillow CEO says Trump was ‘chosen by god’ to run for president

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell declared that God had chosen President Trump to run for president to defeat Hillary Clinton at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday.

In a speech to the conservative activist conference recorded by Right Wing Watch, Lindell said that Trump’s election victory in November of 2016 was “a miracle” directly caused by divine intervention.

“As I stand before you today, I see the greatest president in history. Of course he is. He was chosen by God,” Lindell told the audience.

“God answered our prayers, our millions of prayer, and gave us grace and a miracle happened on November 8, 2016,” Lindell continued. “We were given a second chance and time granted to get our country back on track with our conservative values and getting people saved in Jesus’ name.”

WindDancer13

Not my god.

So, a person who stands against everything that Christ taught is chosen by god? Yeah, that makes sense. In fact, in the bible, that would make him the anti-Christ, the precursor to Armageddon.

orlbucfan

More jesus jerk joke flatulence.

humphrey

magsview

Last Sunday I heard one of Joy Reid’s panelists forcefully say something to the effect that, “Let’s face it, Kamala Harris has a black male problem.”

Many black male bloggers/vloggers are NOT being taken in by Kamala’s smiley-face optics.

humphrey

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WindDancer13

It doesn’t take much effort to shelve a title page.

magsview

Zing!

humphrey

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polarbear4

There’s some organization that has a similar acronym to @PNHP, i forget the name now. All over Twitter ads. Def against M4A, while sounding all nice.

@PNHP is the real deal.

jcitybone

Associating with a Koch funded think tank is bad enough but to fail to mention that on her financial disclosure is not a good look.

https://www.civilbeat.org/2019/03/tulsi-gabbards-financial-disclosures-leave-out-ties-to-koch-funded-think-tank/

Here’s something you might not know about U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: She’s an advisor to a Charles Koch-funded foreign policy think tank based at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

One of the reasons that’s a surprise is because it’s nowhere to be found on her latest financial disclosure form.

The revelation comes in a new report from Sludge, an investigative news site that tracks money in politics, that highlights the Koch connection to the university’s Center for the Study of Statesmanship. The center was founded in 2017 through a $2.35 million grant from the billionaire’s foundation.

Gabbard, who’s running for president in the Democratic primary, is one of a dozen advisors to the center with strong ties to the Charles and David Koch network — which the author calls “The Kochtopus.”

As the article points out, Gabbard’s affiliation with the Koch-funded Center for the Study of Statesmanship might seem odd given her public pronouncements about swearing off donations from political action committees and the need to overturn Citizens United.

But the center’s viewpoint also appears to align with Gabbard’s anti-interventionist viewpoints that revolve around keeping the U.S. out of regime-change wars.

“Gabbard, a military veteran, has often opposed U.S. engagement in overseas conflicts, including in war-torn Syria, so she is not out of place among anti-interventionists,” the article says.

“But for a Democrat — especially a 2016 Bernie Sanders surrogate who has progressive views on campaign finance reform and single-payer health care — to accept a position at a think tank funded by Koch and staffed with several Koch-linked individuals is unusual.”

Gabbard’s financial disclosure from 2017 — which is the most recent one available — shows that the congresswoman held positions within three organizations: The Sanders Institute, the Healthy Hawaii Coalition and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Profile in Courage Award Committee.

The congresswoman was on the advisory council in 2017.

According to the House Committee on Ethics financial disclosure guideline, members must report any positions they held with organizations, including educational institutions, regardless of whether they received compensation. The guidelines, however, do provide an exemption for honorary positions.

Civil Beat asked Gabbard’s office for an explanation as to why the congresswoman didn’t include the position on her 2017 financial disclosure, but did not receive a response.

polarbear4

Silly of her.

humphrey

What is missing from this hit piece!

https://css.cua.edu/our-mission/

The Catholic University of America announced the establishment of the Center for the Study of Statesmanship in the spring of 2017.

The Center promotes research, teaching, and public discussion about the meaning of statesmanship and how it can defuse conflict and foster respectful foreign and domestic relations. The Center explores the sources and prerequisites of sound leadership and how to counter such influences as intemperance and blinding ideology.

The Center studies the deeper origins of moderation, humility, compromise, and circumspection, placing special emphasis on the moral and cultural dimensions of restraint and broad views. Specifically, the Center considers how American constitutionalism, with its emphasis on limited and decentralized power, virtue, and deliberation, relates to statesmanship in foreign and domestic affairs. The Center examines the moral, political, social, and financial costs of imperial ambitions, military interventions, and nation-building.

Claes G. Ryn, Professor of Politics at the Catholic University of America, is the Founding Director of the Center.

“In American thinking, the pendulum has swung between unrealistic idealism and amoral realism, not least in foreign policy,” Ryn says. “Scholarship at the new Center will address an unmet intellectual need by exploring the preconditions and prospects for statesmanship that combines morality and realism.”

Made possible by generous donors, including the Charles Koch Foundation, the Center pursues its mission through professorships and visiting fellows, bringing its research to bear on diplomacy, military affairs, intelligence, constitutionalism, and other fields. It offers faculty research grants and supports graduate study. Anchored in scholarly research, the Center sponsors conferences, seminars, and public speeches and works with other organizations, in the nation’s capital and elsewhere, to enrich and influence public debate.

Some of the advisors and fellows.

https://css.cua.edu/team-members/person-name-degree-4/

Dennis Kucinich is an internationally renowned champion of diplomacy and peace. His distinguished career in public service dates back to 1969 and spans councilman, clerk of courts, Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio State Senator, 8 term Member of US Congress and 2-time Democratic candidate for President of the United States.

His pragmatic policies and political leadership bring a vision of a society in which peace and economic prosperity prevail.

https://css.cua.edu/team-members/lawrence-wilkerson/

Lawrence Wilkerson’s last positions in government were as Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Chief of Staff (2002-05), Associate Director of the State Department’s Policy Planning staff under the directorship of Ambassador Richard N. Haass, and member of that staff responsible for East Asia and the Pacific, political-military and legislative affairs (2001-02).

Before serving at the State Department, Wilkerson served 31 years in the U.S. Army. During that time, he was a member of the faculty of the U.S. Naval War College (1987 to 1989), Special Assistant to General Powell when he was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-93), and Director and Deputy Director of the U.S. Marine Corps War College at Quantico, Virginia (1993-97).

Wilkerson retired from active service in 1997 as a colonel, and began work as an advisor to General Powell. He has also taught national security affairs in the Honors Program at the George Washington University. He is currently working on a book about the first George W. Bush administration.

Pretty good company if you ask me.

humphrey

Here is a good source of more material if you haven’t used them already.

https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=SZt5XOnLHeecjgT-1KAQ&q=Negative+articles+about++tulsi+Gabbard&btnK=Google+Search&oq=Negative+articles+about++tulsi+Gabbard&gs_l=psy-ab.3..33i22i29i30.6633.6633..10100…0.0..0.343.343.3-1……0….2j1..gws-wiz…..0.VFQoBxrMf0Y

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

And don’t forget that the PBS series NOVA is funded by The David H. Koch Fund for Science so you better not watch it! 😛

jcitybone

The article also pointed out that she did not disclose that she is affiliated with the CU think tank. How did she miss that?

humphrey

Way more important is this! He position on foreign Policy. It needs to be heard.

This is something that has to be brought to the debates!

polarbear4

oh geez. ya know, i think this really got going for me when I saw the polar bear on the first Planet Earth (?) film flounder around in the slush, get fatally injured by a walrus, and finally die not far from the walruses. It just tore something in me. And that’s probably a good thing.

I can’t even bring myself to watch the second one yet.

magsview

I find environmental stuff to be the most distressing thing of all. Sometimes I just cannot handle even reading about it. I’m a total wuss on it. It’s almost too much to process.

orlbucfan

If it’s too painful, I won’t watch or listen to it. I’m a life-long committed ecology freak so I don’t learn anything new.

humphrey

magsview

magsview

This seems like a positive development-what say you, @wi60?

humphrey

They are batshit crazy!

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jcitybone

I don’t think that it’s irrelevant, but I do agree that Bernie would definitely be the one to get us furthest down the M4A road.

Torabs
Torabs

I agree that it is irrelevant. No different from Hillary saying she supported a $15 minimum wage – if everybody else passed it.

When they talk about progressives wanting unicorns, m4a is what they are talking about.

jcitybone

Someone in the Senate is going to have to vote for M4A. Bernie can’t just wave a wand as President and M4A appears. So it is relevant that Harris, Booker, and Gillibrand, etc. would vote for an M4A bill.

Torabs
Torabs

Words are very cheap on the campaign trail though. I’m pretty confident in saying that they would refuse to vote for specific M4A proposals, despite voicing support for the concept.

jcitybone

Well I guess there’s no hope for M4A under Bernie then because if they aren’t going to vote for it, I’m sure the centrist Dems and Republicans aren’t going to step in and provide the necessary votes to pass.

WindDancer13

I have to agree with Torabs. They will not vote for it; they are being paid too much to sink it.

One of the things that also needs to be done, other than getting Bernie in, is to replace a lot of moderate Dems and a great many of the republicans (can we start with Mitch McConnell, please, please?)

Without a progressive Senate and House in 2020, we will be spinning our wheels.

jcitybone

It would love to replace the Republicans and moderate Dems, but the reality is it’s not going to happen in 2020. It’s going to be a long slog to change the politics in this country. Getting Bernie in as President will help.

humphrey

magsview

Can anyone be in DC next Wednesday?? (Go Ro!)

Charting a Progressive Foreign Policy for the Trump Era and Beyond

How progressives in Congress can change the narrative and promote restraint and diplomacy

As President Trump destabilizes America’s role in the world, progressives have a unique opportunity to define a new foreign policy for America.

Polls indicate that Democrats support decreasing America’s military presence overseas and oppose higher military spending, as the price tag for the post-9/11 wars of $5.9 trillion dollars saps needed funding for our urgent domestic needs. As proponents of militarism are highly organized and well-funded, progressives need to unite around a powerful vision for restraint and diplomacy in order to prevail on key questions of international affairs.

Progressives in Congress have taken varying approaches to these developments. Congress reasserted its constitutional power over war by passing a historic, unprecedented War Powers Resolution to end the Trump Administration’s support for the brutal Saudi war in Yemen that has left millions on the brink of famine. Democratic leadership has firmly opposed Trump’s withdrawal from the IMF nuclear treaty. But in other instances, some Democrats have appeared to find common cause with neoconservatives who reject diplomacy, oppose the troop withdrawal from Syria, and support efforts led by John Bolton and Elliott Abrams to intervene in Venezuela.

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polarbear4

Wow. Sharp youngsters we have in Congress.

humphrey

polarbear4

These theories (so far, Jon Snow and jcitybone, making it interesting.) will it split the vote and help? Will it keep his percentage down too far? And so on. 😻

Is it intentional?

humphrey

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polarbear4

Sauk River is on this.

polarbear4

Whoa. I’m wondering what this might look like.

polarbear4

Back to Syria.

humphrey

polarbear4

WOW.

polarbear4

haha. Sort of.

humphrey

humphrey

Is MSNBClinton trying to start trouble?

humphrey
humphrey

Tracy Self: a veteran Democratic strategist and formerly a senior adviser to the super PAC Ready for Hillary

polarbear4

Looks like the Clintonites are stoking the fire.

jcitybone

Republicans are such super nice people

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/432283-poster-comparing-omar-to-terrorists-causes-fight-to-break-out-at-w-va

A poster on display at the West Virginia statehouse comparing Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) to 9/11 terrorists prompted a heated argument between lawmakers on Friday that resulted in a physical injury and one lawmaker’s resignation, WSAZ reports.

The poster was reportedly put on display as part of a “Republicans Take the Rotunda” event. It shows a photo of the Twin Towers in flames with the words, “‘Never forget’ – you said..” followed by, “I am the proof — you have forgotten,” on top of a photo of Omar.

Democrats in the statehouse complained about the display and got into an explosive argument with the state House’s sergeant at arms, Anne Lieberman, for allegedly making an anti-Muslim remark.

According to Democrat Mike Angelucci, Lieberman said, “all Muslims are terrorists.” He called the comment “hate speech” and said he was “furious” over it.

Lieberman denied making the comment to a local news outlet but later resigned Friday afternoon after the accusation.

Republicans reportedly defended the display as free speech, with state Del. Dianna Graves saying “freedom of speech is something we have to protect.”

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