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LieparDestin

Thanks JCity, was literally in the middle of trying to post via phone which is frustrating when flipping between browsers.

Sanders Triggers Trump:

https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/04/17/politics/bernie-sanders-midwestern-trump-voters-2020/index.html?__twitter_impression=true

Bernie Sanders guessed right.

At a Fox News town hall in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on Monday night, Sanders mused to the moderators that President Donald Trump, who “watches your network a bit,” might be tuned in for the festivities.

The morning after and again on Tuesday night, Trump confirmed Sanders’ well-founded suspicion with a series of snappish tweets, alleging the network had “stuffed” the room, which applauded many of the Vermont independent’s answers, “with Bernie supporters,” after initially — about 10 hours earlier — calling it “so weird to watch Crazy Bernie on Fox News.”

Indeed, the sight of any Democrat — much less a democratic socialist running for the party’s presidential nomination — in a venue so closely aligned with the Trump administration, is an unusual one. Sanders’ decision to tread those uneven boards upset more than a few liberals commentators, who worried that his presence alone might gift the network some undeserved credibility. For Trump, though, the notes of aggravation in his tweets pointed to a broader new conflict: Here, for the first time, one of the candidates vying to deny him a second term had stood up on his stage, in front of an audience Trump views as his own, and delivered an unflinching case against him.

Leu2500
Leu2500

Analysis keeps coming in from Bernie’s town hall on Fox.

Jacobin. https://jacobinmag.com/2019/04/berni-sanders-town-hall-fox-news

Bernie Sanders didn’t just face down Fox News and prevail — he called the bluff that underpins our whole two-party system.

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But most coverage restricts its analysis to Sanders’ 2020 election prospects, overlooking the true significance of the event. It’s not just that he’s willing to make a pitch to Fox’s viewership and thus stands a better chance at winning the presidency — it’s that the Right could lose some of the working-class support it doesn’t deserve, a process that could easily snowball out of their control.

For decades, Sanders has been saying that everyone deserves quality health care and education, a living wage, and a truly democratic political system instead of one controlled by plutocrats. He’s also been clear about what’s preventing the attainment of those goals: the corporate pursuit of profit.

Democratic voters have started to listen. In the Emerson poll — cited by 538 as one of the most reliable — the Vermont senator emerged this week for the first time as the frontrunner in the Democratic Party primary, ahead of every candidate considered tolerable by the party establishment.

And it’s high time Republican voters start listening too. Bernie’s political vision is about dramatically improving conditions not just for the Democratic Party’s base but for all people, excluding only the richest.

Plenty of people who watch Fox News need to hear this message. Fox’s audience has one of the lowest average incomes of any major news source. Seventy-seven percent of Fox viewers make less than $75,000 a year, compared to 62 percent for the New York Times and 57 percent for NPR. A third of Fox News viewers make less than $30,000 a year. More than half are over the age of 50 and a quarter are over 65, which means a good number are subsisting primarily on Social Security.

Since Fox is the most-watched cable news network in the country, we can surmise that millions of its viewers are facing exactly the issues addressed in Sanders’ platform — like pension cuts, medical debt, job insecurity, and unaffordable housing and eldercare.

By speaking directly to them about what they stand to gain from his political program, Bernie is not only potentially winning their votes — he’s helping break the spell the Right has cast over the very people it works tirelessly to disempower by starving social services, giving tax breaks to the rich, and privatizing everything in sight.

Leu2500
Leu2500

CNN has a take that focuses on Trump’s reaction. But there’s some pollster analysis I want to share.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/17/politics/bernie-sanders-midwestern-trump-voters-2020/index.html

But Sanders has been the most direct. An April 8 memo from his campaign managers stated it plainly, arguing that “the 2020 Electoral College map shows the most direct path to a Democratic victory is flipping back Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania” — three states Clinton lost in 2016 by fewer than 78,000 votes combined.

Democratic pollster Celinda Lake sees opportunity and risk in Sanders’ tactics.
“The irony,” Lake said, “is that Sanders was the future in 2016, but he has to be careful not to be the past in 2020.”

But she praised his approach, in saying he “understands” why people chose Trump, as a practical decision.

“It’s really good that Bernie Sanders said that because I think every candidate is going to have to end up saying that,” Lake told CNN. For Democrats, she added, “I think this is the beginning of saying, ‘I understand what you were voting for, you didn’t get it and I’m proposing something that will get you what you need.’ But to just tell voters they were wrong isn’t a very successful way to persuade them

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Why not vote for the original, and not the imitation, then.

Leu2500
Leu2500

More reaction to the town hall

Ny mag (more than just the town hall) http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/04/bernie-sanders-fox-news-town-hall-medicare-for-all-video-centrism.html

GQ https://www.gq.com/story/fox-news-misjudged-bernie-sanders-medicare-for-all-plan

Esquire https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a27164229/fox-news-bernie-sanders-medicare-for-all/

Couple of paste articles

1 https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2019/04/bernie-sanders-has-the-democratic-establishment-sh.html

2 https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2019/04/bernie-sanders-just-had-the-single-best-day-of-the.html

Bernie Sanders Just Had the Single Best Day of the 2020 Campaign So Far

We are approximately six years away from anyone casting a vote in the presidential primaries (sure, it’s more like ten months until Iowa, but we’re going on feel here), and a whole universe of meaningful and idiotic events will occur between now and then. Anything that happened on the ides of April will be forgotten, even if their effects linger on. Still, even considering the temporal quality of anything and everything at this point in the cycle, Bernie Sanders woke up Monday morning and had himself a day.

It started with an Emerson poll that showed, for the first time ever on a national level, Bernie Sanders leading Joe Biden and the rest of the Democratic field. That same poll had Biden leading Sanders by 10 percent in February, and then showed them tied in March. Sanders’ current five-point lead is consistent with this trend, and it’s also consistent with those who believe that Biden is a paper tiger whose support is more based on Obama nostalgia than any true personal qualities, and who will begin a quick fade the minute he’s under a much harsher spotlight. Sanders can now realistically cast himself as the frontrunner, and despite all his success in 2016 and his fundraising and volunteer success this year—and though some of us have always believed he was the favorite in this primary—he’s never truly been able to say that before.

Goes on to cover the town hall, tax returns, etc.

Leu2500
Leu2500

Dave, I think you just dissed Hillary.

Here’s a big difference between the 2015 Rs and the 2019 Ds. In 2015, Trump was the only R getting huge crowds. In 2019, Bernie gets the biggest crowds, but Buttigieg/Warren/Harris/Beto aren’t slouching.

Compare Rubio’s July 2015 Des Moines crowd to Buttigieg April 2019 crowd. pic.twitter.com/DLH1uXFa5K

— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) April 17, 2019

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Leu2500
Leu2500

This is somgood it’s been posted twice.

LieparDestin

polarbear4

Heartbreaking. And Trump, of course, is trying to keep them from being protected.

Walruses are jumping off cliffs to their deaths—yes, because of climate change https://t.co/kEFzy7HBA8

— Jessica Corbett (@corbett_jessica) April 17, 2019

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orlbucfan

Just heartbreakingly sad. 🙁

magsview

Too awful. 🙁

I hope this story gives you a little bit of hope. {{HUG}}

How wildlife bridges over highways make animals—and people—safer

Bridges for bears and tunnels for tortoises have significantly reduced the number of wildlife-car collisions worldwide.

Studies that looked at a cross-section of native species’ deaths on highways in Florida, bandicoots and wallabies in Australia, and jaguars in Mexico, just to name a few, all show that wildlife crossings save money and lives, both human and animal.

“You can get reductions of 85 to 95 percent with crossings and fencing that guide animals under or over highways,” Ament says.

Washington State is one of the latest to join in. Construction on its first wildlife bridge, east of the Snoqualmie Pass in the Cascades, began in 2015 over Interstate 90, which runs from Seattle to Boston. Though it’s just a bare set of arches now, with native plants to be planted in fall of 2020, deer and coyotes are already using it.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/04/wildlife-overpasses-underpasses-make-animals-people-safer/?cmpid=org=ngp::mc=social::src=twitter::cmp=editorial::add=tw20190417animals-wildlifecrossings::rid=&sf211184294=1

magsview

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LieparDestin

polarbear4

I was crying. Great vid.

humphrey

LieparDestin

Leu2500
Leu2500

Reupping this.

National review (yes, National Review) https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/04/bernie-sanders-fox-news-winning-performance/

Bernie Sanders Shines on Fox News

No, really, you read that right.

Again, Bernie Sanders is distinguishing himself from his Democratic colleagues on matters of character, confidence, and imagination. The Democratic party has rejected offers from Fox News to host its primary debates. But on Monday night, Sanders did a town hall from Bethlehem, Pa., which sits in one of those now-famous counties that suffered de-industrialization, voted for Barack Obama in 2012, and then went for Donald Trump in 2016. It was a very savvy move. It demonstrated Sanders’s verve, a strong dash of political courage, and a presidential willingness to speak to audiences beyond his party’s base. Republicans would be foolish to think he’s a pushover.

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He also found ways to speak to his base and a Fox News audience at the same time. When asked by a centrist Democrat about whether the party was drifting too far to the left, Sanders pivoted to giving an answer that would sound good to leftists who want to talk about policy, centrists who want to think of themselves as high-minded and civic, and conservatives as well. “If we spend all our time attacking Trump, Democrats are going to lose,” he averred. Not profound, but a very politic answer nonetheless.

Sanders effectively and charmingly exposed the gap between Donald Trump’s political rhetoric and the reality of his administration. The tax cuts won’t go to the wealthy, Trump promised. In fact, Sanders pointed out, most of them did go to the wealthiest payers. National Review readers know that this was inevitable because the tax burden falls heaviest on those who earn the most. But Sanders still made an effective rhetorical weapon of it. He brought up Trump’s campaign promise not to cut Medicare or Medicaid, and the fact that Trump’s budgets would do just that.

Sanders was canny when answering questions on immigration. He emphasized the need for more judges to handle the incredible burst of asylum claims at the border. “We need border security, of course. Who argues with that?” Sanders said. He was also rather effective on health care. Baier pointed out that 180 million Americans have private insurance that would be canceled by Sanders’s plan. Sanders retorted that many Americans see their insurance plans change annually when their employers shop for new plans, or whenever their jobs change. That Republicans have offered nothing to remove the kludgeocracy of administering health insurance through New Deal-era tax loopholes makes the proposed simplicity of Sanders’s plan appealing by comparison.

polarbear4

NEW: 2020 Dem primary poll (if Biden doesn't run)

35% – Sanders
12% – Harris
11% – O'Rourke
10% – Warren
9% – Buttigieg
6% – Booker
3% – Klobuchar
3% – Other
2% – Gillibrand, Yang, Ryan
1% – Castro, Delaney, Gabbard, Hickenlooper, Insleehttps://t.co/uFsxaqaTva #Bernie2020

— Rob (@philosophrob) April 17, 2019

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humphrey

This is what all the polls should be like. It skews the results having included Biden in the mix when he hasn’t even entered the race.

humphrey

Speaking of Joe.

humphrey

It is disappointing that articles like this get coverage yet the “Resistance” crowd or “never Bernie” gets crickets

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-17/-bernie-or-bust-voters-create-predicament-for-democrats-in-2020

The fierce loyalty Bernie Sanders inspires in his supporters is creating a dilemma for the Democratic Party.

For a sliver of Sanders’ base, it’s Bernie or bust. They may detest President Donald Trump, but they didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton and they’re not sure they’ll back the Democratic nominee in 2020 if Sanders isn’t on the ballot. They’re willing do whatever it takes to push the party to adopt his ideas.

“Sometimes things have to get ugly before they get better,” said Melissa Mallaber, a 46-year-old social worker who attended Sanders’ rally in Pittsburgh on Sunday. “There’s such a thing as necessary evils in life to restore the balance.”

Mallaber said she cast a write-in vote for Sanders in 2016 rather than go along with a Democratic establishment choice who wouldn’t take bold action on issues like health care and climate change. “People had to wake up,” she said. “If we had another Clinton in office what would have changed?”

The PUMA crowd in fact has a long history.

Leu2500
Leu2500

Reminder: 8% of Bernie’s voters voted for Trump. 25% of Hillary’s voted for Romney.

magsview

Talk about a ‘purity test’, all this talk of what-will-you-do-if-your-favorite-candidate-doesn’t-win-the-primary!

How about this, can we get through the primary first??!

humphrey

Leu2500
Leu2500

Reminder:

Bernie is in Spartansburg, sc on thurs & Greenville on fri. More: https://www.wspa.com/news/bernie-sanders-visiting-spartanburg-rally-set-in-greenville/1932594136

And do you know where you’re going to be on 4/27, organizing for Bernie day? The Bernie nap is back up.

humphrey

humphrey

magsview

Oh, Tulsi said Trump was “the servant” of SA? I’ve been reading an alternative word on twitter.

orlbucfan

Hey Tulsi, you need to come down hard against Modi and the Hindi Fundies in India. They aren’t peaceniks when it comes to Muslims.

magsview

Virginia’s top three Democrats have seen donations to their political action committees almost completely dry up in the wake of three separate scandals that rocked the commonwealth earlier this year.

Political groups run by Gov. Ralph Northam (D), Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) and Attorney General Mark Herring (D) all struggled to raise money over the past three months, according to campaign finance reports filed earlier this week.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/439329-scandal-plagued-virginia-dems-see-money-dry-up

I hope they all get primaried by better, more progressive, and less corrupt, candidates.

Leu2500
Leu2500

Bwahahaha!

Last month, a clip of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went predictably viral after she forcefully responded to one of her colleagues on the House Financial Services Committee when he called climate change an “elitist” concern. “Wanting clean air and water is not elitist,” she said.

In response, Kentucky Republican congressman Andy Barr invited Ocasio-Cortez to come meet coal miners in his state “who will tell you what the Green New Deal would mean for their families, their paychecks.” His concern, he said, is that the Green New Deal would phase out U.S. reliance on coal and fossil fuel, which would wreak havoc on the lives of people who work in those industries. Ocasio-Cortez accepted, saying she’d be “happy” to go, adding that the Green New Deal was written to fund coal-miner pensions. “We want a just transition to make sure we are investing in jobs across those swaths of the country,” she said.

All in all, it seemed like an uncharacteristically cordial exchange for two members of Congress. And not even a month later, that cordiality is out the window: Barr has reportedly withdrawn his invitation, saying that Ocasio-Cortez has to first apologize to Texas representative Dan Crenshaw for a completely unrelated event before he brings her to meet with miners. Crenshaw was one of the first and most vociferous critics to pile on to Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar for out-of-context comments about 9/11. When he shared a tweet that falsely claimed Omar said the 9/11 attacks weren’t terrorism, Ocasio-Cortez pointed out: “You refuse to co-sponsor the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund, yet have the audacity to drum resentment towards Ilhan w/completely out-of-context quotes. In 2018, right-wing extremists were behind almost ALL US domestic terrorist killings. Why don’t you go do something about that?”

So now Barr is demanding that Ocasio-Cortez apologize to Crenshaw if she wants to accept his invitation, writing in a letter to her office that her comments “demonstrate a lack of civility that is becoming far too common in the U.S. House of Representatives.” An apology’s not likely to happen, though. Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez, told The Courier-Journal, “Luckily, we still have open borders with Kentucky. We don’t need Congressman Barr to meet with coal miners and have a town hall, though we’d love his participation if we do.”

https://www.gq.com/story/ky-republicans-aoc-coal-miners?utm_social-type=owned&utm_brand=gq&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&mbid=social_twitter

LieparDestin

magsview

So true!

1. Donate during the primaries. Your money matters more. In fact, by the time we hit the general the outcomes are determined so much by partisanship and gerrymandering that a LOT of politicians are probably raising/spending because of inertia more than usefulness to outcome.

— Maggie Koerth-Baker (@maggiekb1) April 17, 2019

magsview

ABC in 2015:

Bernie Sanders Defends His Unwavering Focus on Economic Issues

ABC in 2019:

“Can Bernie Sanders beat Donald Trump?” ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl asked (Obama 2012 campaign manager Jim) Messina on the Powerhouse Politics podcast on Wednesday.

“No,” Messina responded.

“Why?” Karl asked.

“I think if you look at swing voters in this country they are incredibly focused on the economy,” Messina replied. “I think today you look at it and say that Bernie Sanders is unlikely going to be able to stand up to the constant barrage that is Donald Trump on economic issues.”

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/bernie-sanders-beat-donald-trump-2020-obama-campaign/story?id=62455986

and then this:

Messina said he has now met with 34 potential presidential candidates or their teams, but told Karl and ABC News Political Director Rick Klein on the podcast that he does not think the crowded field poses a problem for the Democrats’ 2020 efforts.

Why stop at 34??

Leu2500
Leu2500

Messina is an Obama guy. Think maybe he has a motive? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Messina_(political_staffer)

magsview

Hmmmm, maybe? 😉

NYCVG
NYCVG

IIRC—Messina also worked for Tory David Cameron.

Jim Messina’s opinion is worthless.

magsview

Bernie Supporters are among the very young to the young at heart! #Bernie2020 #PoweredByThePeople #NotMeUs pic.twitter.com/gTf3mouJIN

— #MedicareForAll (@PepperOceanna) April 17, 2019

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humphrey

OH! FFS.😒

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/439390-dem-candidate-in-contested-north-carolina-race-refunds-omars-donation

Dan McCready, the Democratic candidate in the hotly contested House race for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, refunded a donation from Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn.) campaign last month, Federal Election Commission filings show.

Omar’s campaign initially donated $2,000 to McCready’s campaign on Nov. 6. The total was refunded on March 30, filings show.

“Dan feels strongly that there is no place for divisiveness in our politics. Our campaign is focused on bringing people together. As such, Dan felt it was appropriate to return the donation from then-candidate Omar,” McCready campaign spokesman Aaron Simpson said in a statement to The Hill.

orlbucfan

Another redneck dumbazz from NC. Yawn…shame.

polarbear4

The same people who have sabotaged Bernie Sanders in the past, and ridiculously humiliated him and his supporters, worked so very hard against him and his supporters, are using his own platform to try to steal his supporters away, they have no “respect for needs”. pic.twitter.com/es3si6qaUd

— James Madison (@JamesMa96163439) April 17, 2019

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humphrey

Just a reminder but I assume most of you already know this.
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humphrey

Bernie knows how to deal with the establishment that is out to get him.😁

polarbear4

From Kucinich to Sanders to Tulsi Gabbard, the science of smears: https://t.co/6NHqc8Vulk

— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) April 16, 2019

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polarbear4

Sanders was described as the Kremlin candidate in the Washington Post just a few days ago. This was unsurprising since the Post was asking as far back as the fall of 2017 how Democrats would respond to Putin playing dirty tricks for Sanders in 2020.

polarbear4

Covering personalities instead of political movements only delays things for a while. Sooner or later, the conservatism of tomorrow arrives. You can only delay the inevitable for so long.

humphrey

Not what I would call surprising.

humphrey

Shareblue is part of David Brock’s network.💩

humphrey

It must have hit a nerve.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-17/o-rourke-defends-charity-giving-after-donating-0-3-of-income?srnd=politics-vp

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke defended the level of charitable donations listed on his recently released tax returns, saying he has donated time and given small amounts to “so many” organizations that it wasn’t worth keeping track for the tax break.

O’Rourke is on a campaign swing through Virginia, and one of the first audience questions he faced at a Charlottesville event was about the charitable giving included in tax documents he made public Monday. He suggested that the time he spends on public service, including running for office, is a contribution “to the success of my community, my state and now of my country.”

Speaking to reporters Wednesday in Fredericksburg, O’Rourke said he and his wife, Amy, “do our best to do our part both in the donations we itemize on our tax returns and donations we have made that aren’t itemized both in our actions and in serving with non-profits in El Paso.”

O’Rourke reported earning more than $370,000 in 2017 from salaries, investments and other income, according to his tax returns. The former Texas Congressman and his wife donated $1,166 — about 0.3 percent of their total income — that year. They gave $857 to charity in 2016, including $538 to Annunciation House in El Paso, which assists the poor and migrants.

humphrey

She called his bluff.

polarbear4

They’d probably flock to her, eager to sign up for the green new deal jobs. I know I would.

Leu2500
Leu2500

Sounds like she’s still going.

polarbear4

Good. Thanks.

humphrey

humphrey

This video is not new but I am using it to make a point.

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Leu2500
Leu2500

WaPost opionion piece on The threat of Bernie Sanders. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/04/17/threat-posed-by-bernie-sanders/?utm_term=.3061342931de

At the root of this is the power of the dollar. As The Post’s Dave Weigel pointed out, what scares Democrats most about a Sanders nomination is “the thing they can’t really say: Howard Schultz would charge in and hand the election to Trump.” Furthermore, while there’s little polling evidence to suggest Democratic voters would abandon the party if Sanders were the nominee — he polls as well or better against President Trump than any other contender aside from Biden — there’s plenty of reason to think that Democratic donors may do so. Martin reports on a gathering of “about 100 wealthy liberal donors in San Francisco last month” worried at the prospect of a Sanders nomination, for example, and it’s no coincidence that the series of “Stop Sanders” dinners reported in the Times’s story has been organized by a major donor to the party.

I guess they missed where Bernie has gotten 89% of his funding from small donors. So they have to do a smaller convention. So they have to have a smaller inauguration. Good!

humphrey

polarbear4

We need @BernieSanders on this. @TulsiGabbard certainly is. All hands on deck. Kudos to @RandPaul https://t.co/emLvptZ1OS

— SaveAmericaVoteTulsi (@GabbardRocks) April 17, 2019

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polarbear4
polarbear4

My estimation of Matt Duss went up some.

Also, his foreign policy guy: https://t.co/FKK5mumbDE

— HootHootBerns🌹🐦 (@HootHootBerns) April 17, 2019

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polarbear4

Another tweet not aging well from Obama’s 2012 campaign manager – who’s now making headlines saying Bernie can’t beat Trump in 2020. https://t.co/99UIQw9eWn

— Bluberry Morning (@MorningBluberry) April 17, 2019

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polarbear4

Electing O didn't fix racism.
Electing Hillary wouldn't have fixed sexism.
Electing Mayor Pete won't fix Homophobia.

Instead of an IDPoli merry-go-round that takes turns presenting the facade of progress, while reinforcing the status quo, maybe we should focus on solid policy.

— Dread Pirate Huggy (@deathbymonkies) April 17, 2019

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polarbear4

He could have added, “electing Bernie won’t fix anti-Semitism.”

You notice how Bernie’s cultural identity is rarely mentioned.

Leu2500
Leu2500

But Bernie isn’t running on being a Jew.

polarbear4

True. I didn’t think of it that way. So that implies that the others are running on that, not policy. Which is also true.

Also, the MSM apparently runs lots of positive PR on identities and Bernie is linked to the Kremlin instead.

Leu2500
Leu2500

Harris trying to rehab her image. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/sen-kamala-d-harris-expresses-regret-over-her-california-truancy-policy/2019/04/17/36e6046a-614b-11e9-bfad-36a7eb36cb60_story.html

While district attorney of San Francisco, Harris tried to combat waning school attendance by criminalizing truancy. She was then able to use the threat of fines or jail time for parents of children who missed too many school days. Harris never sent a parent to jail while overseeing this initiative as San Francisco’s chief prosecutor.

But when she became attorney general of California in 2011, she implemented the policy statewide. Prosecutors across the state took parents to court, and some were jailed.

On Wednesday, speaking on the left-leaning podcast Pod Save America, Harris lamented what she called “unintended consequences” of the policy — in other words, that the policy was never intended to criminalize parents, just motivate them to ensure their children attended school — and distanced herself from the detentions that resulted from it.

“I regret that has happened,” Harris said, “and the thought that anything that I did could have led to that — because that certainly was not the intention. Never was the intention.”

“[No one went to jail] on my watch ever,” Harris said. “I had no control over that.”

Sure you did.

polarbear4

If you didn’t know what was happening, Kamala, You weren’t doing your job.

polarbear4

Literally half this interview:

Bret: Why you running against Bernie?@TulsiGabbard: Not running against him or anyone else.

Bret: Come on, attack Bernie!

Tulsi: Lol no

😆🤣https://t.co/uDqht5cft3

— HootHootBerns🌹🐦 (@HootHootBerns) April 17, 2019

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polarbear4

Is Yahoo! News reputable?

Revealed: The U.S. military's 36 code-named operations in Africa https://t.co/HT3frsv9ko by @SeanDNaylor, @nickturse pic.twitter.com/7VKG3Qbuey

— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) April 17, 2019

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polarbear4

The relationship between Pete Buttigieg & Nera goes back.

Why what's this?

It's Nera & Pete doing a fundraiser together in Iowa in 2017! https://t.co/7VRfyadUPF

Pete Buttigieg IS 100% THEE establishment candidate in 2020.

Pass like a football. #Bernie2020 pic.twitter.com/TWdxYQcAeM

— Leftward Swing 🌹🌻 (@LeftwardSwing) April 18, 2019

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polarbear4

And Merkley! And Congressman Dave Loebsack.

polarbear4

Maybe it’s Murdoch’s son that donated to Pete.

you bet! Also, according to the FEC reports, he’s taking money from lobbyists at Amazon. https://t.co/0PPvnnvDS3

— TabulaRasa 🌹 (@indianaboognish) April 18, 2019

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humphrey

You are correct.

polarbear4

I really hope he does not make it into the debate. I don’t completely trust him. Maybe that’s my bad.

Every candidate, including @BernieSanders and @ewarren, haven't yet boldly stood up for media writers' unions. A healthy press upholds a free country – and we need union to keep our press healthy. https://t.co/kazm3EcH3C

— Mike Gravel (@MikeGravel) April 18, 2019

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humphrey

I have my doubts that anyone is disappointed.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/439428-mcauliffe-says-he-wont-run-for-president-in-2020

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) said Wednesday that he will not join the crowded field vying to win the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, McAuliffe said he had decided not to run because he wanted to campaign for Democratic Virginia General Assembly candidates.

McAuliffe was never seen as a leading contender for the nomination, but his decision carries ramifications for the rest of the presidential field because of his deep ties to the Democratic fundraising community.

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Lucy Flores is not letting go of it!

I Started The Conversation On Joe Biden — Stop Twisting My Words And Start Talking About Consent.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/lucyflores/opinion-i-started-the-conversation-on-joe-biden-stop

When I decided to come forward with what it felt like to be on the receiving end of Joe Biden’s inappropriate behavior, I knew I would face criticism. I didn’t anticipate that my truth would be so easily manipulated and distorted.

I intended to describe what it was like to be inappropriately touched by a powerful man who would likely declare his presidential candidacy. Instead, I watched as the conversation about my essay, published in the Cut, morphed into a simplistic — and misguided — discussion of hugging in America. I had made it explicitly clear that I didn’t consider Biden’s unwanted intimate touching to be sexual in nature and his behavior to be harassment or assault. Nonetheless, one of the first headlines out of my home state of Nevada inaccurately stated, “Nevada Politician Has Accused Joe Biden of Sexual Harassment.” Other commentators and defenders took it to the other extreme, describing Joe Biden as nothing more than a serial hugger. What everyone missed was that what I was describing — the ease with which Biden physically, and often inappropriately, engages with some of the women around him — is part of the gray area that is being left out of the national conversation launched with the #MeToo movement.

I have repeatedly said that I suspect part of the reason Biden’s inappropriate behavior is not taken seriously is because this kind of behavior, while considered wrong by most people for a very long time, hasn’t been exposed or debated in a public way before. It’s long been public knowledge that Biden has a penchant for getting too up close and personal with women he doesn’t know, but it’s either been treated as a joke by fellow politicos and the media or brushed off as just “Biden being Biden.” In the wake of my essay, Biden said, “Social norms have begun to change.” But the only thing that’s changed is that women are now feeling empowered to call this behavior what it’s always been: wrong and unwanted.

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Leu2500

The Time 100 issue is out. Warren did the write-up on AOC.

Bernie did the write-up for Radhya Almutawakel, a Yemeni human-rights defender.

When I met Yemeni human-rights defender Radhya Almutawakel last year, just before the Senate’s historic vote to end U.S. support for the Yemen war, I was struck by the clarity she brought to a conflict that too few have noticed. Yemen faces the world’s worst humanitarian crisis not because of natural disaster, she told me, but because of man-made armed conflict: “Yemenis are not starving, they are being starved.”
Four years into the Saudi-led coalition’s war against the Houthi rebels, Mwatana, the organization that Radhya co-founded, has documented hundreds of abuses by all sides. Houthi forces indiscriminately attack civilian neighborhoods. Coalition airstrikes kill and maim thousands. The U.S. has continued to sell the Saudis billions of dollars in weapons. Mwatana documents the results.
Radhya and her colleagues face risks every day to uncover the human costs of war. For leading this work, Radhya Almutawakel deserves recognition as one of the truly courageous among us.

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BREAKING: Rising Democratic star Pete Buttigieg has enlisted over two dozen Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton fundraisers to build his 2020 campaign war chest. We have exclusively obtained the list of his early bundlers. https://t.co/IGHP2KwuYY

— Brian Schwartz (@schwartzbCNBC) April 17, 2019

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Wow. That’s quite the group. Why on earth would a real environmentalist be backing him?

Leu2500
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The matter of What To Do About Bernie and the larger imperative of party unity has, for example, hovered over a series of previously undisclosed Democratic dinners in New York and Washington organized by the longtime party financier Bernard Schwartz. The gatherings have included scores from the moderate or center-left wing of the party, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California; Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader; former Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia; Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., himself a presidential candidate; and the president of the Center for American Progress, Neera Tanden.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/16/us/politics/bernie-sanders-democratic-party.html

humphrey

It appears as though they have all latched unto the latest best hope to take on Bernie. The previous ones have not gotten much traction.

humphrey

Either that or they believe the latest MSM hype being spread concerning Mayor Pete.

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humphrey

Duh! It finally sunk in.🤔😏😁

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polarbear4

Beat me to it. I’m sorry, but this is outrageous. But it’s probably better that it’s out in the open and we can start strategizing.

polarbear4

If you like all things cosmos, this is an interesting article, with some sweet images. Moons, and one with a subsurface ocean, oh my!

“The four largest Jovian moons are known as the Galilean Moons (named after their discoverer, Galileo Galilei). They include: Io, the most volcanically active body in our Solar System; Europa, which is suspected of having a massive subsurface ocean; Ganymede, the largest moon in our Solar System; and Callisto, which is also thought to have a subsurface ocean and features some of the oldest surface material in the Solar System.”

https://www.universal-sci.com/headlines/2016/8/27/how-many-moons-are-in-our-solar-system

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Added for emphasis.

polarbear4

Never gets old.

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polarbear4

This truly makes me sad. Or maybe I was just much more naïve than I thought.

The brainworms got him.

humphrey

He has been like this for quite awhile.

polarbear4

“ Allow me to quote Walter Lippmann, a leading American political commentator in the 20th century, so as to stir your spirits for the battles to come.
“The public must be put in its place, so that the responsible men may live free of the trampling and roar of a bewildered herd, ignorant and meddlesome outsiders whose function is to be interested spectators of action, not participants, lending their weight periodically to one or another of the leadership class (elections), then returning to their private concerns.” (Year 501, Chomsky)”

https://t.co/1x6tSnFtli

— Exiled Consensus (@ConsensusExiled) April 18, 2019

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humphrey

John Bolton haz a sad!

polarbear4

Get this in your thick skulls centrists: Whoever has the most delegates on the first ballot either gets the nomination or enrages a majority of voters and Trump will win again.

The yellow vest movement will have nothing on what will result here. https://t.co/tyzTnVyVTn

— Pat the Berner🌹 (@PatTheBerner) April 18, 2019

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humphrey

Nothing significant. Just found it interesting.

polarbear4

Last. 😴

I think its time to primary this coward. https://t.co/e1WaupCs3M

— JJ (@Prog_lennial) April 18, 2019

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