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jcitybone

She’s running against Hoyer

https://www.mckayla2020.com/

Mckayla Wilkes is running to represent the people of Maryland District 5, rather than corporate interests. She will fight for affordable housing, Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, criminal justice reform, expanded voting rights, and more. She shares the perspective of ordinary people in Southern Maryland. She understands the burden of the rising costs of homeownership and the failures of our healthcare system. She grasps the immense need to tackle climate change, and realizes that we are the last generation who has a chance to do it. She has faced the abuses of the criminal justice system firsthand, and will work to end the exploitative rot which is the prison-industrial complex. She will work to expand voting rights and voter turnout in Maryland District 5 and nationwide. McKayla’s campaign, unlike Congressman Hoyer’s, will be powered entirely by people.

polarbear4

Will donate what I can.

magsview

Thanks for the heads up jcitybone.

WindDancer13

Absolutely too good to miss. Two different opinions about the significance of the Mueller report with Glenn Greenwald and David Cay Johnstone. Very thought provoking.

My half-thought-through thinking at the moment: Greenwald states that Trump has done his utmost to provoke conflict with Russia, and concludes from that that Trump cannot therefore be a Russian puppet. What if Trump’s and Putin’s end goals are the same . . . a world terrified of nuclear destruction will bend to the will of tyrants?

magsview

As one who was not born in this country, I grew up terrified of both Russia and the U.S. dropping nuclear bombs on my head. (the Cold War years such a fun time to grow up-Canada was in the firing line of course)

But now China is a factor, for example, and lots of countries have nukes.

Fear-mongering is very effective. What will Trump do about Russian troops landing in Venezuela? Hopefully nothing too stupid.

WindDancer13

There is a point where fear ends though. And anger takes over. I think we are reaching that point.

jcitybone

I would love to know what Trump and Putin talked about in their meetings that the White House has kept secret.

WindDancer13

I am going to go out on a limb and suggest that it was nothing beneficial for the 99% of the US or the world.

WindDancer13

Today’s random thought:

Bernie is running against Trump in the primary. Everyone else is running against everyone else. Kamala is running against Beto; Beto is running against Kamala. Some are running against themselves. Others are just getting run over.

magsview

I saw a report of Gillibrand’s event over the weekend and they said that, unlike the other candidates, she took on Trump, and I thought, “Wait! Bernie’s been doing that for awhile now.”

WindDancer13

She also claims in the ABC report that she has stood up to Trump more than any other Senator. Pinocchio sez, “Say what??”

Yes, and Bernie was doing it before the primary season started.

polarbear4

Request. If it’s not too much trouble, I would love it if whoever starts a new thread would leave a note in the old thread right before they start a new thread.

Thanks for your consideration. 🙏😜🦜

magsview

Me too! There have been times when I had no idea a new thread started and I languished by myself in the old thread, lololol.

Good suggestion pb.

polarbear4

WindDancer13

Posted very late last night (early this morning), so repeating it here for those who missed it:

Y’all look like you could use a good laugh.

This rep is suing Twitter for $250 million because an imaginary cow is being mean to him online pic.twitter.com/s59ttalIfY

— NowThis (@nowthisnews) March 25, 2019

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jcitybone

😒😣😒😣

Benny

KH is a member of the Harper Valley PTA.

polarbear4

Benny

Mayor Pete got a 100% increase!

magsview

jcitybone

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/democratic-chairmen-call-barr-submit-mueller-report-congress-april-2-n987241

Six Democratic committee chairs in the House sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr on Monday requesting that he submit the full report from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation to Congress by April 2.

In a three-page letter to Barr, the lawmakers wrote that his summary of the Mueller report “is not sufficient for Congress.”

“We look forward to receiving the report in full no later than April 2, and to begin receiving the underlying evidence and documents that same day,” the letter said.

The top House Democrats argued that providing the report “in complete and unredacted form,” along with the underlying evidence and materials, would be fully consistent with the Department of Justice’s practice and precedent with Congress.

“To the extent that you believe applicable law limits your ability to comply, we urge you to begin the process of consultation with us immediately in order to establish shared parameters for resolving those issues without delay,” they wrote.

The letter was signed by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., and House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y.

jcitybone

Too bad

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2019/03/25/arizona-us-rep-ruben-gallego-wont-run-u-s-senate-seat/3271786002/

Rep. Ruben Gallego will not run for the U.S. Senate in 2020’s special election, he told The Arizona Republic on Monday, clearing the path for retired astronaut Mark Kelly to take on incumbent Republican Sen. Martha McSally without a potentially bruising primary fight.

Gallego’s decision will disappoint progressive Democrats, who represent the left flank of the party and are especially hostile toward President Donald Trump.

Those voters wanted Gallego, 39, to wage a fight against Kelly, who is presenting himself as a centrist Democratic candidate who will make decisions based on data and science, not partisan politics or ideology.

By removing himself from running, Gallego, D-Ariz., also dashes GOP hopes of a competitive Democratic primary race that could have freed McSally, R-Ariz., to focus on her own campaign message while Gallego and Kelly battled it out for their party’s nomination.

jcitybone

https://www.thenation.com/article/centrists-civility-silence-left-sanders/

As the Democratic presidential field continues to grow, we are beginning to hear warnings about the primary turning into a “circular firing squad.” Self-appointed, high-minded political proctors have tried to lay down “rules for civility,” but these appeals should come with a warning label.

Many members of the civility police come from the beleaguered center-right of the party, and their calls for unity are often just forewarning progressives to lower their sights and curb their tongues. The chiding often comes with shots at Senator Bernie Sanders specifically or the left more generally.

We should not eat our own,” cautioned David Brock, which is rich coming from a professional hatchet man servicing both sides of the aisle at different points in his career. In reality, the ones doing the eating are primarily centrist pundits using high minded postures to skewer Bernie. Sanders has been assailed by a former Clinton staffer for using private planes while stumping for Hillary in 2016. He’s been attacked for hiring David Sirota, a respected left-leaning journalist who got his start in Sanders’s House office twenty years ago. (Sirota was raked over last week for supposedly hiding his conflict of interest while at The Guardian, a claim that turned out to be simply false). Tomasky presumptuously issued a “personal plea” to Bernie to rein in his supporters, while saying nothing about the Clinton advisers publicly vowing to unleash their oppo research from 2016 on Sanders.

The civility police call for a debate over policy and ideas, not personal attacks, which is surely right. The question, however, is what is a personal attack? Biden insider and Washington lobbyist Ron Klain argued that “a debate about ideas is healthy, a debate about motives is not. The Democrats should hash out their differences in 2020 without slashing up one another—not casting aspersions on each other’s integrity, motivation or intentions.”

Clinton and her supporters consider Sanders’s repeated criticism of the hundreds of thousands she pocketed for speeches to Goldman Sachs and other banks an “aspersion” on her integrity. But the corruption of big-money politics and the unholy alliance with the financial sector is at the center of the failure of the establishment of both parties. Trump made the corruption of politicians—Republican and Democratic alike—the central theme of his campaign in 2016. The Democratic primary debate would be foolish to rule airing the issue out of bounds.

jcitybone

I know he doesn’t really like it, but. I hope he tries to interject more of the personal in his speeches.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/in-weekend-swing-sanders-goes-back-and-forth-about-whether-to-get-personal/2019/03/25/7e7a9276-4de3-11e9-93d0-64dbcf38ba41_story.html?utm_term=.57bdbeac8cb4

Sen. Bernie Sanders’s remarks to a mostly Muslim audience in Los Angeles were a last-minute addition to his schedule last weekend. As he stepped onto the stage he warned 200 people in the audience that he was about to do something very un-Bernie-Sanders-like.

“I don’t like talking about myself,” Sanders (I-Vt.) confessed Saturday. “I prefer to talk about ideas and vision.”

The off-the-cuff, emotion-laden remarks earned Sanders a standing ovation and became the latest sign of what Sanders’s camp has said is the difference between this bid for the presidency and his last one. This time, they say, he is putting a renewed focus on showing people the person behind the policy positions.

But even still, he dropped the personal remarks at other California events, suggesting Sanders remains uncertain about how much of his personal story to consistently inject into his campaign.

Experts and Sanders campaign officials say Sanders’s attempt to retool his tone at times is aimed at people who are still unsure about whether to vote for him.

Jason McDaniel, a political science professor at San Francisco State University, said Sanders’s increasing talk about himself is evidence that he is, perhaps begrudgingly, listening to the more diverse team he’s surround himself with in this campaign.

“In 2016, it became sort of a protest candidacy,” McDaniel said. “Now I think he’s in it to win. I think he sees a pathway. And if it’s really possible for you to win, then you start thinking about every vote. I guess the positive thing would be that he’s listening to some of the criticism.”

Sanders’s admitted unwillingness to get consistently personal has frustrated some of his closest supporters, who have said talking about his lower-middle-class background, painful family connections to the Holocaust and years spent fighting in the civil rights movement would connect him with a wider swath of voters. (Sanders’s campaign would not publicly discuss his strategy.)

Prominent Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King, a Sanders supporter, told The Washington Post that he implored the senator this year to talk about how he spent the 1960s “chaining himself to black mothers” to protest racist education policies.

Benny

This is a good idea. Why wait for Bernie to be POTUS?

polarbear4

polarbear4

Since it’s a long thread, I am putting this in twice. He’ll match up to $100.

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polarbear4

lol.

polarbear4

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polarbear4

An engaging thread. Inspiring.

polarbear4

Uh oh.

polarbear4

It’s also at the very end.

While Gaza goes up in flames and shrapnel.

polarbear4

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