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Leu2500
Leu2500

Flavor of the month (buttigieg) on morning joe. Re m4a: “I think we should give the current system 1 last try.”

Round file.

jcitybone

What! Really! That’s way worse than supporting Medicare for America, which although not M4A is certainly better than an Obamacare tweak.

Leu2500
Leu2500

So. Remember when the candidates not named Bernie vowed they would give up this, that, or the other dirty money? Not so much.

The Intercept: https://theintercept.com/2019/04/17/democratic-candidates-lobbyist-donations/

DEMOCRATIC 2020 CANDIDATES PROMISED TO REJECT LOBBYIST DONATIONS, BUT MANY ACCEPTED THE CASH ANYWAY

ALL OF THE DEMOCRATIC presidential candidates have committed to rejecting the influence of special interests. To demonstrate their resolve, several of the candidates have promised to power their White House ambitions without a single dollar of lobbyist money.

In the waves of small-dollar donations reported on Monday — the first financial disclosure reporting period of the 2020 presidential race — lobbyist money had made its way into the coffers of major candidates’ campaigns.

Beto O’Rourke is one of the candidates who had pledge to run a campaign financed only by regular people — “not PACs, not lobbyists, not corporations, and not special interests.” His latest filing, however, shows that he accepted donations from a federal utility-company lobbyist and a top Chevron lobbyist in New Mexico.

Some lobbyist cash comes from individuals who are clearly lobbyists but have chosen not to register with a federal system rife with loopholes.
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., has also collected donations from registered corporate lobbyists in South Carolina, New York, and California. Several technology lobbyists from San Francisco have given to her campaign. Another Harris donor, Robert Crowe, from the firm, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, is a federal lobbyist who has worked to influence Congress on behalf of pipeline firm EQT Corporation and Alphabet, the parent company of Google.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., similarly announced that he would eschew campaign donations from federal lobbyists, and his campaign appears to be making most of the caveat about “federal” lobbyists. Though he has returned donations from lobbyists registered under the federal government’s system, Booker has taken half a dozen donations from lobbyists registered under state and municipal lobbyist registration laws, but who do not appear in federal disclosures.

The pledge to reject lobbyist cash is completely voluntary and self-defined. O’Rourke has made blanket statements that he will reject all donations from lobbyists. Harris has made promises in emails to her supporters to reject all lobbyist donations and, in other emails, to only reject donations from federal lobbyists. Booker’s campaign website only specifies that he will not accept money from federal lobbyists.

jcitybone

Yeah Bernie and Liz are the only trustworthy ones here and it’s all downhill from there.

Leu2500
Leu2500

We realized that the biggest obstacle to the kind of transformative change the Green New Deal envisions is overcoming the skepticism that humanity could ever pull off something at this scale and speed.

WWII. Manhattan Project. Man on the moon.

Don midwest
Don midwest

importance of Art in the message

check out the coverage of this on democracy now today

someone please post a link

Bruno Latour has worked with artists for decades and put on narrative exhibits and is in the middle of a 2 1/2 year project to show the earth

actually, it is the critical zone

here is an article on his presentation in NYC last Oct and a video. Be sure and use CC to aid the

Bruno Latour “Inside” (plus French Natures!)

like the AOC film talking about the future we have this

In the final phrase of his dazzling “anti-TED talk” “Inside,” which I saw at the Linney Courtyard Theater on West 42nd St Friday night, Bruno Latour named his vision for the future as something that might “merit the term Renaissance.” I was surprised enough that I had to ask the person next to me, an eco-modernist from City College, if I’d heard the R-word correctly. Has the man who denied modernity gone over to the side of Rebirth?

Renaissance

Much of “Inside” critiques traditional ways of thinking that Latour wants us to move beyond. Whatever his reservations about critique as a methodology, he ran through a litany of ideas he believes have distorted Western thinking. Here’s a partial list of Things Latour Doesn’t Like:

** Plato’s Cave, which insists that true reality lies Outside, rather than before our eyes on the surface of the planet where humans and “everything we have ever cared about” live.

**The desire to escape, which he suggests comes from, among other things, Plato’s cave. His hope throughout the lecture was to re-value being “inside,” rather than wanting to escape to an idealized or imaginary “outside.”

**The sublime as a way to relating to nonhuman nature, which he associates with imperialism and global conquest. He’s not wrong about intellectual history, but his comments on the sublime made me think that an important project for the environmental humanities might be to conceive a non-imperial, non-racist, non-sexist sublime. That project means recognizing and refusing the imperial dreams of mountain peaks and storms at sea, but maybe also salvaging something of the sublime’s open-ness to nonhuman experience. My money is on swimming, not rock climbing.

**The blue marble image of the planet seen from orbit, which Latour associates both with NASA’s drive to escape our terrestrial “inside” and with the global view, which he, in a moment of uncomfortable agreement with nefarious forces in our current politics, wishes to reject. He reads the globe the way Peter Sloterdijk does, as Western culture’s dominant image of totality, abstraction, and global conquest. He seeks a different model to understand our planetary home.

**Stratigraphy, which in a moment that surprised me he read as a problem, a lure into inhuman “deep time” which distracts and disorients human attention away from the terrestrial engagement at hand.
These elements all share a fundamental dis

Here is the video of “Inside”

BRUNO LATOUR’S INSIDE

orlbucfan

As a NASA brat and life-long Futurist, I disagree with Latour’s take on Earth, our blue marble. I have a t-shirt that sums up my feelings. It shows the Earth and a bunch of lifeforms on it. The caption states “There’s No Place Like Home.” We are just one measly, infinitely, tiny part of the universe. This lovely blue planet is the only home we have, and we’ve done a damned good job of soiling it! T and R, LD!! 🙂

jcitybone

https://fair.org/home/purity-tests-how-corporate-media-describe-progressives-standing-up-for-principles/

The Democratic primaries are heating up, and dozens of candidates representing all manner of political positions have entered the ring hoping to be the party’s 2020 presidential nominee. One notable feature of the race is the strong presence of progressive candidates, a sign of the rising influence of the left in the party.

This phenomenon has many in the establishment wing of the party worried. Barack Obama, the most recent Democratic president, recently decried the “purity tests” of the left, which he called an “obsessive” ideological fanaticism that is setting the party up for failure.

In the political world, the term “purity test” has a very specific meaning, largely used by elites to chastise and attack the left, or to gaslight them into supporting more centrist or right-wing policies.

When you hear the phrase “purity test” in the media, be on the alert. The phrase is code for elites being pressured in ways they don’t like, and is often a shield against legitimate criticism of corruption or dependence on corporate power.

jcitybone

https://newrepublic.com/article/153605/impotence-stop-sanders-democrats

But the comparisons to Donald Trump’s insurgent 2016 campaign are limited at best and facile at worst. Sanders’s most vocal opponents in the party are an assemblage of establishmentarians and familiar Beltway hands, none of whom speak for a political constituency of any size or significance. Moreover, far from hurting Sanders, this impotent assault is self-defeating, fueling the narrative that party gatekeepers want, at all costs, to keep a political revolution from taking over the Democratic Party.

To some, the “Stop Sanders” framing may recall the Never Trump movement that emerged in 2016. But that’s silly on its face. Though hilariously ineffective, that group included a number of significant public figures and politicians, including former presidents, sitting senators, and pundits. The Stop Sanders movement, to the extent that it exists at all, is made up of donors and diehard Clinton supporters who are unwilling to put the 2016 primary behind them.

One thing the two groups have in common, however, is a shared sense of futility. Sanders has transformed attacks from the liberal policy advocacy organization Center for American Progress—run by Clinton loyalist Neera Tanden—and Brock into a fundraising bonanza. Fights with the Democratic establishment only bolster Sanders’s credibility with his base—along with the sense that the party is out to kneecap his campaign once again. As Dovere pointed out on Monday, this creates a kind of virtuous cycle for the Sanders campaign: “He’s eagerly gotten into fights, like one over the weekend with the Center for American Progress…. And then he’s fundraised by citing the fights as evidence of resistance to the revolution he’s promising.”

Sanders’s opponents also recognize their approach is backfiring. “I feel like everything we are doing is playing into his hands,” Obama 2012 finance director Rufos Gifford told The New York Times.

There’s another possible, if unintended, effect of the growing challenges to Sanders from Democratic establishment circles, however. Trump’s best chance at victory doesn’t come from a democratic socialist claiming the nomination, but from a third-party candidate splitting the vote. Claims from Democratic stalwarts that Sanders can’t unseat the president are fool’s gold to self-funding candidates like Howard Schultz, who argues that a majority of voters are clamoring for a centrist, corporate candidate. If anyone is splitting the party and undercutting Democrats’ chances, if anyone is paving the way for a second Trump term, it isn’t Sanders—it’s his most obstinate and obstreperous opponents.

jcitybone

Oops didnt see this above. But it’s mostly a different quote.

jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/16/greed-unitedhealth-killing-americans-progressives-hit-back-insurance-ceo-bashes?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=twitter

Warren Gunnels, Sanders’ staff director, added that he is not concerned about the feelings of health insurance executives.

“Whether the UnitedHealth CEO likes it or not, we will no longer tolerate a system allowing him to make $83.2 million while Americans go bankrupt when they get sick,” Gunnels tweeted. “The greed of UnitedHealth is killing Americans. Together, we will end it.”

Wichmann’s comments came as the stocks of UnitedHealth Group and other insurance giants tumbled to 52-week lows.

Politico’s Dan Diamond pointed out on Twitter that UnitedHealth Group has lost $30 per share since Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced his Medicare for All bill in the Senate last week.

UnitedHealth — which paid its CEO $83 million in 2017 — just dropped off of Iowa Medicaid program, destabilizing 425,000 people’s lives. And yet the same UnitedHealth is now claiming it is worried about “destabilizing” the health care system. pic.twitter.com/mtuLEeN93j

— David Sirota (@davidsirota) April 16, 2019

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The CEO of UnitedHealth made $83 million in 2017.

Is he worried about @AOC and @SenSanders destabilizing our health care system, or his bank account? https://t.co/xsxLyFF23k

— Public Citizen (@Public_Citizen) April 16, 2019

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If by “destabilize,” he means “disrupt for-profit insulin schemes bc the discovering scientist freely gave away the patent bc he didn’t want us to price-gouge life saving medicines,” then yes.

(PS:#MedicareForAll is @RepJayapal’s bill, not mine – and am I proud to cosponsor it!) https://t.co/O7niFMc2WH

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 16, 2019

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jcitybone

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/mollyhensleyclancy/beto-orourke-investment-2020

Beto O’Rourke and his wife, Amy, made more than $1 million from a family investment company that bought and sold stocks in companies like Exxon Mobil, Phillip Morris, and Transocean, the company behind the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, during the first two years that O’Rourke was in Congress.

O’Rourke’s tax returns, released earlier this week, show how the presidential candidate profited off of the sale of stocks in fossil fuel, cigarettes, tech, and pharmaceutical companies — though O’Rourke did not ever personally control the investments.

The company, Campr Partners, is a limited liability company controlled by Amy O’Rourke’s father, William Sanders, an El Paso real estate tycoon. Amy O’Rourke sold her stake in the company in 2014 for between $1 million and $5 million, records show.

In 2012, Campr gave $37,500 to a shadowy PAC that helped O’Rourke win his first election to Congress, campaigning hard against his opponent in the Democratic primary in El Paso. That same year, the O’Rourkes brought in $86,879 in income from Campr, according to O’Rourke’s tax returns.

The tangled web of assets and interests are an example of how O’Rourke’s substantial personal fortune, which comes largely from his wife’s family, could become an issue in a Democratic presidential primary that has focused in large part on condemning a political system that Democrats — including O’Rourke — say is tilted unfairly in favor of the wealthy.

jcitybone

As for charitable deductions, the first is a good answer, the second not so good. It’s good for Bernie that Beto’s extremely low charitable contributions has received the most notice.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/beto-orourke-other-democrats-see-the-downside-of-releasing-tax-returns/2019/04/17/bd376b3c-612b-11e9-9ff2-abc984dc9eec_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_source=reddit.com

“While voluntary charitable donations are commendable, they can never replace ongoing public investments in major social programs and services that improve people’s lives,” said Arianna Jones, a spokeswoman for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and his wife, who donated about 3.4 percent of their income last year, a rate his campaign said does not include proceeds from one of his books that went to charity.

“I’ve served in public office since 2005. I do my best to contribute to the success of my community, of my state and, now, of my country,” O’Rourke said in responding to the student on Tuesday night. “I’m doing everything that I can right now, spending this time with you — not with our kiddos, not back home in El Paso — because I want to sacrifice everything to make sure that we meet this moment of truth with everything that we’ve got.”

magsview

I don’t get this focus on charitable contributions. Far too many charities are thinly-disguised scams, imo. Just look at the salaries the top administrators tend to make.

If the country wasn’t so dysfunctional there wouldn’t be a need for charities in the first place.

jcitybone

Bernie’s South Carolina op ed

https://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/opinion/2019/04/18/bernie-sanders-heres-what-has-change-south-carolina-and-nation/3495182002/

This week, I am visiting South Carolina to learn more about the challenges facing Upstate residents, especially in public education, criminal justice and rural issues. I want to find out about how we can work together to address some of the state’s most serious problems, and reach people in communities that have been left behind.

Across this country, teachers have been on strike because they are badly underpaid. They lack basic supplies, work in rundown classrooms, and their professional expertise is undermined by excessive standardized testing that takes the joy out of learning. Far too many are leaving the profession entirely.

These dynamics have reached crisis levels in South Carolina, where public schools lag behind national averages in reading, writing and job preparedness. Many schools are racially segregated, and magnet and charter schools are drawing resources and high-performing students away. Meanwhile, amid cuts in funding for school programs, one in five children in South Carolina is going without meals.

What’s truly shameful is that last year, South Carolina spent $11,552 on average per student, while spending $21,756 on average per prison inmate – nearly twice as much. It makes absolutely no sense that Republican leaders in South Carolina, and other parts of the country, would invest more in keeping people in prison than in keeping them in school.

If I am elected president, I will do everything I can to reverse this absurdity. I will work to rebuild our public school system, especially in communities that need the most attention, and fund jobs and apprenticeship programs to combat the hopelessness of unemployment.

We must also provide health care as a right. Today, South Carolina is one of a handful of states where Republican governors have refused to expand Medicaid. When we are in the White House, that is going to change.

We are going to create a Medicare for All single-payer program that would cut costs and eliminate waste, while providing health insurance and lower-cost prescription drugs to everyone in this country, including the hundreds of thousands of South Carolinians who are not getting the care they need.

Leu2500
Leu2500

That school v. Prison funding is shocking. Wrong priority.

Leu2500
Leu2500

More SC tweets.

The average HBCU graduate has $29,000 in student debt.

It's time to fully fund HBCUs, reduce the outrageous burden of student debt weighing down the lives of millions of Americans and ensure everyone can get a higher education regardless of their family's income.

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 18, 2019

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I vividly recall an interview that Andrea Mitchell had with Jim Clyburn in 2016. She asked him about Bernie’s free college plan. Clyburn didn’t support it because it would mean more choices for A-A students & thus fewer students at HBCU.

It seemed shortsighted & worse then, and more so now. To disadvantage the youth in your community do, when your community already has so little income and wealth compared to whites. So incredibly selfish.

jcitybone

I say the more the merrier in that center left zone. Cmon Seth Moulton!

https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/439359-the-very-early-boring-democratic-primary-biden-v-bernie

All the action essentially has been among candidates in the messy cluster area who surge a few points to reach the top of the 10 percent pack. Harris jumped a few points after her announcement, as did former congressman O’Rourke. Both have settled in around 8 percentage points. Buttigieg is in the midst of a rise, with positive media coverage. There are some good reasons to doubt, however, that he will escape the gravitational pull of the 10 percent range. For one, he hasn’t shown much appeal thus far with voters other than wealthy, white liberals. The “Morning Joe” wing of the party has found their candidate!

The real reason I don’t see Buttigieg getting much further ahead than Harris or O’Rourke, however, is that Democratic voters basically like Biden and they like Sanders. Both have very high favorability ratings. Both are extraordinarily well known and have been vetted by the American public for decades. It’s hard to imagine learning anything new or shocking about either of these two candidates that would create a significant swing.

There’s also no evidence that Democratic primary voters are really searching for a hot new candidate. In fact, if you ask Biden voters who their second choice is, it’s Sanders. And if you ask Sanders voters who their second choice is, it’s Biden. So, if for some reason one or the other top dogs were to falter, it would be the other top dog, and not the messy cluster, who would benefit.

Perhaps an alternative candidate will be able to consolidate the messy cluster to become a contender in the top three. Perhaps Buttigieg, or someone else, will be able to steal significantly from the Biden or Sanders base. (My bet here would be on Biden being more vulnerable; his supporters are not on fire for him in the way that Sanders’s people are on fire for him.) Also, the messy-cluster candidates are all closer ideologically to Biden than Sander, with the significant exception of Warren. In fact, one way to interpret the action in the 10-percent zone is a competition to be the Biden alternative, should Biden falter.

magsview

Upvoted, but:

if you ask Biden voters who their second choice is, it’s Sanders. And if you ask Sanders voters who their second choice is, it’s Biden.

Really?

polarbear4

In Solidarity with Venezuela: 60 Countries Create Group for the Defense of Peace and the Principles of the UN Charter https://t.co/IH4hT7xS0a via @counter_info

— Grinchy, Paula J (@GrinchyPJ) April 18, 2019

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jcitybone

It’s Rove, but, although evil, he obviously knows a thing or two about politics.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/439489-karl-rove-sanders-could-win-presidency-in-2020

Republican strategist Karl Rove says Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) could defeat President Trump in 2020.

In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal Thursday, Rove cited Sanders’s performance at a Monday town hall on Fox News, during which the audience applauded his calls for “Medicare for All.”

“When only 37% of Americans in the RealClearPolitics average think the country is going in the right direction while 56.4% think it’s on the wrong track, Mr. Sanders could be perceived as an agent of change,” Rove wrote.

“If he is the Democratic nominee, Mr. Trump’s task will be to convince Americans that a socialist turn would be a ruinous change. Based on Monday’s town hall, that won’t be as easy as Republicans may think. Mr. Sanders is a real contender,” he added.

Rove wrote that Sanders showed he has improved as a candidate since 2016, citing how he sidestepped a question about whether he benefitted from the Republican tax cuts to focus instead on Trump’s refusal to release his own returns.

Rove added that Sanders had learned how to “smooth socialism’s rough edges” and now had a message focused on economic disparities that resonated with voters.

Leu2500
Leu2500

Does this make your day, family? ☺️
Fox News ran a full-page ad in @washingtonpost advertising its @BernieSanders town hall as “America’s Most Watched Town Hall.” pic.twitter.com/qnMvp8zfA2

— Silvers4Sanders (@Silvers4Sanders) April 18, 2019

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humphrey

Well. It did bring a smile to my face.😍

humphrey

Does The Center for American Progress Want to Stop Progressives In 2020?

humphrey

humphrey

magsview

The amount of money pledged to rebuilding Notre Dame is, frankly, obscene.

And then there’s this:

France asks: Should billionaires get tax breaks on Notre Dame donations?

One after the other, France’s three richest families opened their checkbooks and pledged a combined $565 million to rebuild the fire-ravaged Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.

The first mega donation, for €100 million ($113 million), was announced by luxury group Kering and the Pinault family. It was followed by €200 million ($226 million) from Bernard Arnault, the world’s third richest man, and his company, LVMH. That was matched hours later by the Bettencourt Meyers family, which controls L’Oreal.

The donations should go a long way to restoring Notre Dame. But they’ve also sparked a debate about wealth, taxes and the particular brand of philanthropy practiced by France’s richest families.

The backlash over the donations reflects an intense debate in France over rising wealth inequality and taxationThe families behind LVMH, Kering and L’Oreal are worth an estimated $181 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, and the pledges to Notre Dame amount to less than 1% of their fortunes.

humphrey

Torabs
Torabs

I would not downplay this threat; this is plan A for the establishment. Note the specter of a “unity ticket,” by which the establishment candidates could join forces against Bernie and win on the first ballot, a possibility I hadn’t considered.

Bernie needs to win this outright.

jcitybone

Yeah I agree Bernie does need a majority. Most of those establishment candidates won’t be getting any delegates with the 15% threshold though. It’s going to quickly come down to Bernie vs. Biden (or whoever becomes the Biden replacement). One of those two will very likely get a majority.

If Bernie has a clear lead but not a majority going into the convention and a unity ticket and/or especially superdelegates give the nomination to someone else then it’s likely President Trump in 2020

jcitybone

Seems worth noting. Red underline is part Barr quoted, blue underline the part he omitted. pic.twitter.com/5UOC22ZsZk

— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) April 18, 2019

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jcitybone

Here it is. Quite revealing what was left out.

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jcitybone

https://theweek.com/articles/836066

There will be an effort by Trump and his defenders to claim that all is fair in love, war and elections — that there’s no ethical bar to collaborating with criminals and rival countries as long as you let them do the dirty work. It’s a claim that requires Americans to abandon any sense of right or wrong, to set the standard for presidential behavior as “whatever he can semi-plausibly get away with.” And remember: When Albert Gore’s campaign received purloined information from the George W. Bush campaign in 2000, it turned that material over to the FBI. That’s not just a nice precedent — it should be the expectation. Trump would have you believe otherwise.

Undoubtedly, many Americans are ready to end this scandal and put it behind us. But a reasonable reading of the Mueller report suggests that President Trump has, at best, acquiesced to the corruption of the American electoral process — then sandbagged the officials charged with getting at the truth. If that’s not a high crimes or misdemeanors, than nothing is. The release of the Mueller report does not exonerate the president — but it demonstrates, again, something we already knew: He’s utterly unfit for office. It’s time for our leaders to act on that knowledge.

jcitybone

It is clear that Donald Trump wanted nothing more than to shut down the Mueller investigation. While we have more detail from today's report than before, Congress must continue its investigation into Trump's conduct and any foreign attempts to influence our election.

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 18, 2019

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We must also work to do everything we can to protect our future elections from the significant threat of foreign interference, and I call on President Trump and Republican leadership to stop obstructing the necessary work to protect our democracy.

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 18, 2019

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humphrey

Smug CNN Host Thinks She Checkmated “Hypocrite” Bernie Sanders Over His Taxes

magsview

Rising Democratic star Pete Buttigieg enlists Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton fundraisers to build his 2020 campaign war chest

Pete Buttigieg’s increasingly popular presidential runhas drawn the support of more than two dozen top Democratic fundraisers, including people who bundled big-dollar donations for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton during their White House bids, according to a list CNBC obtained from campaign aides.

The financiers on the roster range from former U.S. ambassadors to real estate executives, the latest evidence that the South Bend, Indiana, mayor’s underdog bid to challenge President Donald Trump next year is catching on with Democrats as the party sorts through a crowded primary field.

Particularly, Buttigieg’s sincere approach is generating enthusiasm among the Democratic donor class. One of the leading names on the list, lobbyist and former John Kerry 2004 campaign official Steve Elmendorf, decided to back Buttigieg on Sunday, the day the mayor officially launched his campaign with a speech in South Bend.

“The more I watched him, the more I thought he was performing at a level above all the other candidates. He has an optimistic message and I liked him,” said Elmendorf, who bundled more than $100,000 for Clinton’s 2016 campaign, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. “I just think everything about him is the opposite of Trump in a good way

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/17/pete-buttigieg-enlists-barack-obama-hillary-clinton-fundraisers-for-2020-campaign.html

Three things off the top of my head where PB is definitely NOT the opposite of Trump:

Israel
Chelsea Manning
-they both said “All lives matter

Leu2500
Leu2500

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

jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/04/18/fox-never-expected-medicare-all-moment

I come from the Lehigh Valley, PA, as did no doubt many of those in the Fox audience. I have family who lost jobs when Bethlehem Steel shut down and retiree health and pensions when Bethlehem Steel went bankrupt. I have a neighbor who lost his job and committed suicide after.

I have family who are teachers who haven’t had a raise in a decade because of health care takeaways. The people in that town hall are very well known to me, mostly white, mostly poor and working class, and all uniformly suffering when it comes to healthcare, including those on Medicare in its current form.

What Fox executives, despite months of stoking panic about “socialized medicine,” may have realized to their horror Monday is that not only have they badly underestimated how much people are suffering, but also how willing people are to radically change the broken system that is hurting them. I watched that teaching moment five times, the whole room raised their hands for Medicare for all.

Our campaign, the Nurses Campaign for Medicare For All, is winning and I know that it is because we are leading a grassroots-based movement for healthcare justice in this country acting in solidarity with our brothers and sisters internationally including our friends at Momentum in the UK.

jcitybone

Bernie writes letter to the editor of the Des Moines Register

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/readers/2019/04/15/letters-racism-systematic-issue/3447571002/

Sanders: Tyson reported a negative tax rate

Last month after a visit to Iowa, I wrote a guest column in the Des Moines Register [Bernie Sanders: I’ll fight for farmers against powerful agribusiness].

I made a straightforward argument: Agribusiness giants like Tyson Foods are leveraging their overwhelming wealth to further consolidate Iowa’s agriculture and control the economic life of rural America.

Tyson’s Mark Elser wrote a letter to the editor saying I “need to get my facts straight” when I called them out for not paying their taxes [Tyson Foods pays millions in income taxes].

So here are the facts: In 2018, Tyson reported $40 billion of revenues, $3 billion of profit and paid its CEO and chairman more than $19 million. And yet, the company reported paying a negative 10.3 percent tax rate.

The Trump administration’s tax law lets corporations slash 40% on billions in taxes they still owed from previous years. Tyson filed IOUs for years and were rewarded with a billion-dollar tax cut.

When we are in the White House, we are going to finally make large profitable corporations pay their fair share of taxes, and we are going to break up agribusiness monopolies that are squeezing farmers and communities.

We are going to do all of this, whether Tyson Foods likes it or not.

humphrey

Funny. I don’t remember a pity article for Bernie last primary.

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/17/beto-orourke-2020-cable-tv-1280595

Beto O’Rourke, traveling the country doing a head-snapping number of presidential campaign events, had just finished an extended version of his stump speech Wednesday when a self-described cable news devotee confronted the former congressman over his absence from her TV screen.

O’Rourke’s cable absenteeism diverges with the omnipresence of other 2020 candidates, particularly South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, whose media saturation strategy corresponds with his recent rise in polls and surprising early fundraising success.

Bernie Sanders starred this week in a highly rated town hall on Fox News. Next week, Sanders and four Democratic rivals — Buttigieg and Sens. Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren — head to New Hampshire for back-to-back live town halls on CNN. For all five of the presidential contenders, this is their second such event in the past three months.

Even some of O’Rourke’s fans are starting to express concern.

“I haven’t seen you on MSNBC recently,” the woman told O’Rourke as he took questions at a hotel ballroom in Alexandria, Va. “I haven’t seen you on TV, and other candidates have been on the airwaves morning noon and night, and that’s of concern to me,” she added.

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Texas Berniecrats, hold onto your hats! Bernie will be in Houston girl a rally on 4/24.

For the first time of our 2020 campaign we are heading to Texas! Join us next Wednesday, April 24, for a rally in Houston. See here for more info and to RSVP: https://t.co/LTTcFKMEng

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 18, 2019

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For, not girl. Where does autocorrect come up with these?

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