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

jcitybone

To line up with Jayapal’s bill in the House

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2019/03/08/us/politics/ap-us-medicare-for-all-long-term-care.html

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.

magsview

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

jcitybone

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/08/us/politics/trump-democrats-2020-election.html

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.”

polarbear4

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

jcitybone

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

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WindDancer13

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.

magsview

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.

https://ivn.us/2019/03/07/initiative-launched-open-primaries-3-5-million-disenfranchised-floridians/

orlbucfan

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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WindDancer13

The billionaire food fight: Amazon vs Walmart. It should be interesting.

Other bad news for Walmart: The Grocery Store with the Worst Reputation in America

Not all grocery stores are created equal. And according to a recent survey from Consumer Reports, more than 50,000 food shoppers have some serious complaints about specific stores.

Surveyors complained mostly about grocery stores with too few checkout lanes and long lines, congested aisles, too few food choices, and a poor selection of local products. Some of the worst offenders include Target, Aldi, and Stop and Shop. But the worst of the worst, according to survey results, is Walmart.

The superstore also came in last in the supermarket category in the most recent report by the American Customer Satisfaction Index. Again, customers were dissatisfied with the slow checkout speed and unfriendliness of the staff.

I am fortunate that in the smallish (33,600 pop.) town I live in stopped a second Walmart from setting up shop here. Currently, we have a sufficient number of supermarkets that provide a reasonable alternative to shopping at Walmart.

magsview

I shop at Aldi for some things and save a bundle!

Mushrooms, jalapenos, celery, cabbage, sweet potatoes, milk, sour cream, yogurt, bread, eggs, tortilla wraps, spinach, sugar, oatmeal, and frozen peas, for some examples. I even like their tea bags. And we treat ourselves to pistachios once in awhile, which are cheaper there than anywhere else.

But yes, there are usually lines. But the people working the cash registers are very fast! And they’re very friendly if you’re friendly to them.

WindDancer13

When I had a car, Aldi was one of my stops as was So-Lo. Now, I am pretty much limited to one of the two Meijers’ super stores (a regional chain) and Krogers, but I am very happy with the offerings and their prices, and even happier to 95% of the time being able to avoid Walmart (sometimes, time and transportation force me there).

I think the Walmart here may be struggling given the stocking problems they have, or maybe it is the whole chain. In fact, I have noticed that their major offerings are now their own branded items, most of which I do not like.

magsview

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orlbucfan

Good one. It needs to be done more often.

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jcitybone

https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/kraft-spa-founder-li-yang-hung-out-with-rick-scott-ron-desantis-matt-gaetz-trump-11110348

The Miami Herald this morning broke a doozy of a story: Li “Cindy” Yang, the woman who founded the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida — where Patriots owner Robert Kraft got caught allegedly paying for sex from trafficked women — watched the Patriots-Rams Super Bowl with Donald Trump.

Notably, Yang sold the Orchids of Asia parlor long ago, but she still owns a series of massage houses. She danced around telling the Herald whether she was aware of prostitution or sex trafficking at the Jupiter facility. However, the Herald noted Yang’s current chain, Tokyo Day Spa, has also been linked to claims of prostitution.

As if that story weren’t ridiculous enough, a cursory glance at Yang’s Facebook page reveals Trump isn’t the only prominent Florida Republican with whom she’s been snapping selfies. In fact, she has seemingly hung out with every major member of the Sunshine State GOP except Marco Rubio. The list includes Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sen. Rick Scott, Rep. Matt Gaetz, and even Florida resident and blockheaded Fox News pundit Dan Bongino.

orlbucfan

No surprise. Hope she was well paid.

jcitybone

https://www.vox.com/2019/3/8/18253459/hillary-clinton-bernie-sanders-2020-relitigate-primary

But in the machinations of the Sanders-Clinton rivalry, in which both camps purport each others’ teams engaged in nefarious tactics to ultimately deny Democrats the White House, one statistic is often forgotten: as best as we can tell, more Sanders primary supporters voted for Clinton in the general election than Clinton supporters voted for Barack Obama in 2008.

And while Clinton’s aides say they are trying to even the playing field in 2020, this relitigation of 2016 is doing more to reopen past wounds than heal them.

“The one difference between Clinton people and Bernie people is we would vote for Bernie if he got the nomination,” the former Clinton research staffer said. Exit polling tells a different story; there wasn’t a massive Bernie Bro defection in 2016.

“This is a little anecdotal — I just heard from the Bernie side,” the Clinton staffer clarified.

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jcitybone

In honor of International Women’s Day, here’s the quintessential song

jcitybone

https://variety.com/2019/film/global/berlin-film-festival-helen-reddy-i-am-woman-westend-films-1203129868/

London-based sales agency WestEnd Films has released the first-look photo for “I Am Woman,” which Variety has exclusively. The movie follows the rise of singer-songwriter Helen Reddy, whose song “I Am Woman” became the anthem for the women’s movement in the 1970s. The shot features Tilda Cobham-Hervey (“Hotel Mumbai,” “52 Tuesdays”), who plays Reddy.

“A film for our times, this is a story of fearless ambition and passion, about a woman who led the way for other women seeking equality by smashing through the patriarchal norms to become the international singing superstar she always dreamed of being,” according to WestEnd.

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WindDancer13

I did not know there was an upcoming movie. Cool!

Thanks!

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Some chill. I want one of those T-shirts

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Last.

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Oops. Had to slip this in.

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