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The difference between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in one word:


To line up with Jayapal’s bill in the House


Sen. Bernie Sanders is raising the stakes of the “Medicare-for-all” debate by expanding his proposal to include long-term care. That could force other Democratic presidential candidates to decide whether to continue supporting the bill given the high cost of providing long-term care coverage.

“Medicare-for-all” is unlikely to advance in the Republican-controlled Senate, but it’s become a defining issue in the early days of the Democratic primary. Candidates point to their support of Sanders’ legislation as proof of their progressive politics.

Some moderate Democrats have criticized the cost. By adding the long-term care provision, Sanders could further expose that divide.

So far, 2020 candidates Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Kamala Harris of California say they’ll support the revised Sanders’ bill.


Yah baby! Keep raising those stakes. Demand the whole loaf.



But it is Mr. Sanders’s ability to muster supporters, and his focus at this point on big, showy rallies rather than smaller events like town halls, that perhaps best captures the early 2020 ebullience. At this stage of the race, his events are also doubling as shows of force — supporters filled a Navy Pier hall in Chicago — evoking the strategy of President Trump, whose 2016 campaign gathered momentum in part because of the large rallies he held before similarly boisterous crowds.

Some 2,000 people, many from neighboring Omaha, came to see Mr. Sanders in Council Bluffs on Thursday, erupting more than once into now-familiar chants of “BER-nie! BER-nie!” As a band played tunes in an exhibition hall that smelled of freshly popped popcorn, small children amused themselves on a makeshift bed of winter jackets as a group of adults looked on.

At Mr. Sanders’s rally on Thursday, some people seemed almost giddy.

“He inspires all of us,” said Vince Hugelman, 30, who lives in Lincoln. “We love him. It’s great.”

Standing nearby was Louis Trautwein, 25, of Bellevue, Neb. “I do like the idea of Bernie,” he said before the event started. “I would like to see what he has to say in person and feel the energy of the crowd.”


One of the most frustrating things in my world and why I don’t watch it. I hope some people are emailing them and texting them and letting them know that this is unacceptable.

Ask for quotes.

It’s scary how the entire mainstream media apparatus is able to totally fabricate anti-Semitic remarks Ilhan Omar NEVER said and keep repeating that as fact. She NEVER said what they’re saying she said (that US Jews have dual loyalty). Here is what she actually said: https://t.co/9Bf6jU6qjL

— Rania Khalek (@RaniaKhalek) March 8, 2019


It is maddening isn’t it. She did apologize for the Benjamins comment. This latest one was totally fabricated outrage



Why do we need free college tuition?

The students affected by this will be burdened by student loan debt for an education that was stolen from them.

A College Chain Crumbles, and Millions in Student Loan Cash Disappears

The problems, arising amid the Trump administration’s broad efforts to deregulate the for-profit college industry, began almost immediately after Dream Center acquired the schools in 2017.

Now its students — many with credits that cannot be easily transferred — are stuck in a meltdown. On Wednesday, members of the faculty at Argosy’s Chicago and Northern Virginia campuses told students that they had been fired and instructed to remove their belongings. In Phoenix, an unpaid landlord locked students out of their classrooms. In California, a dean advised students two months away from graduation not to invite family to attend from out of town.

“In less than a month, everything I have worked for the past three years has been taken from me,” said Jayne Kenney, who is pursuing her doctorate in clinical psychology at Argosy’s Chicago campus. “I am also conscious of the fact that what seems like the swift fall of an ax in less than one month has in reality been festering for years.”

Led by Secretary Betsy DeVos, the Education Department has reversed an Obama-era crackdown on troubled vocational and career schools, allowing new and inexperienced entrants into the field.

“The industry was on its heels, but they’ve been given new life by the department under DeVos,” said Eileen Connor, the director of litigation at Harvard Law School’s Project on Predatory Student Lending.

Ms. DeVos, who invested in companies with ties to for-profit colleges before taking office, has made it an agency priority to unfetter for-profit schools by eliminating restrictions on them. She also allowed a growing number of for-profit schools to evade even those loosened rules by converting to nonprofits.

Worth a full read.


Hey Orl, what do you think of this?

Initiative Launched to Open Primaries to 3.5 Million Disenfranchised Floridians

All Voters Vote (AVV) launched an initiative to allow all voters access to taxpayer-funded primary elections in Florida. State law currently bars approximately 3.5 million registered voters from participating in what is often the most crucial stage of the election process because they refuse to register with a party.



I hate closed primaries. This state is so crooked, it will take forever to fix it. I haven’t run across any notices about this initiative, but will keep an ear to the ground. Thanks, mags. 🙂



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