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Leu2500
Leu2500

Well, it seems both the left & right are demanding Bernie show his taxes, accusing him of hiding his finances a la Trump.

I don’t know what great wealth & tax scams a man who has only 1 pair of underwear* is hiding, but Bernie did release his tax returns in 2016. Read them here. https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2804313-Bernie-Sanders-Just-Released-His-Tax-Returns.html

*https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/bernie-sanders-talks-underwear-after-larry-david-skit-snl-n446921

orlbucfan

He’ll release them again. The craporate media has to screech about nothing. It’s no surprise and just plain. pathetic!

Tyrannocaster
Tyrannocaster

No, I really disagree. It has become an issue, and Bernie has allowed it to; all he had to do was release them – instead, he’s making it look like he doesn’t want to. I am truly puzzled by this. We can’t very well be asking Trump for his taxes and sitting on our hands while Bernie somehow doesn’t. Fair is fair – unless you’re a Republican, and they will use this against him every chance they get.

polarbear4

We should require of every candidate, then. iIrc, the norm was to wait until you were the nominee.

I agree, but don’t want to highlight Bernie’s.

jcitybone

I’m hoping that they are waiting for the right time, which needs to be fairly soon

Leu2500
Leu2500

Guess what – he doesn’t want to. He didn’t want to in 2016, but he did. He’ll release more eventually this time. But it is factually incorrect to say that he hasn’t released any tax returns.

It’s kind of like when reporters started snooping in 2016. Someone dug up Levi’s birth certificate & he had to address who Levi’s mom was. He thought it was nobody’s business & wasn’t an issue that the media should be wasting time on. https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/07/bernie-sanders-vermont-119927

Tyrannocaster
Tyrannocaster

Sorry, that doesn’t wash. He released one year, only. Whatever you think of that, he has said “Sooner rather than later”, but then crickets. Truly lame optics. And Bernie is the only one I’ve given to, so don’t start calling me a Republican. This is bad for Bernie; he needs to address it or the Repubs will, you van take it to the (too big to fail) bank.

wi60

Lets assume that Bernie is the nominee. That’s been the traditional time the candidates release their tax info. How would this scenario play. If Bernie says to the R talking heads– When Trump releases his i’ll release mine. But I stand by my original comment that I wish Bernie would get it out of the way. Yeah he has the lake home and probably made a nice profit off his books. Hopefully nothing more than that.

orlbucfan

Somehow the difference between Bernie and the orange gasbag releasing their tax returns doesn’t make me flip out. Gasbag won’t do it cos it will show money laundering and income tax evasion. Bernie–don’t think so. He probably catch h3ll cos he owns a second house. Big whoop!

jcitybone

Of course the Barr summary was a complete whitewash.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/limited-information-barr-has-shared-about-russia-investigation-frustrated-some-on-muellers-team/2019/04/03/c98e8a02-567a-11e9-814f-e2f46684196e_story.html

But members of Mueller’s team have complained to close associates that the evidence they gathered on obstruction was alarming and significant.

“It was much more acute than Barr suggested,” said one person, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the subject’s sensitivity.

The New York Times first reported that some special counsel investigators feel that Barr did not adequately portray their findings.

Some members of the office were particularly disappointed that Barr did not release summary information the special counsel team had prepared, according to two people familiar with their reactions.

“There was immediate displeasure from the team when they saw how the attorney general had characterized their work instead,” according to one U.S. official briefed on the matter.

Summaries were prepared for different sections of the report, with a view that they could made public, the official said.

The report was prepared “so that the front matter from each section could have been released immediately — or very quickly,” the official said. “It was done in a way that minimum redactions, if any, would have been necessary, and the work would have spoken for itself.”

jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2019/04/04/daily-202-revelations-that-mueller-s-team-is-frustrated-intensify-pressure-on-barr-to-release-full-report/5ca4ec021b326b0f7f38f304/?utm_term=.4b58078faaa7

THE BIG IDEA: Bob Mueller’s report is sounding less and less like the “complete and total exoneration” that President Trump claims.

Ten nights after Bill Barr released a four-page letter about Mueller’s still-confidential, 400-page report, two separate news stories revealed that members of the special counsel’s team have told associates they are frustrated with what Trump’s handpicked attorney general has held back.

This will almost certainly embolden congressional Democrats to become more aggressive about pursuing the full report, including summaries that were apparently written with the idea that they could be released right away, and escalate calls for both Barr and Mueller to answer questions on Capitol Hill.

jcitybone

jcitybone

Of course, the idea that Biden with all his baggage is the best candidate to beat Trump is ridiculous.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/04/04/yes-democrats-need-beat-trump-that-shouldnt-mean-joe-biden-gets-pass/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.308912924203

While Biden’s alleged actions don’t come close to the level of the many misconduct allegations against Trump — the women saying Biden acted inappropriately have made it a point to say that they didn’t see his conduct as sexual — the view that Democrats need to shut the conversation down approaches the moral relativism Nichols decried. If Republicans are hypocrites (and they are) for continuing to overwhelmingly support Trump — he had 86 percent GOP approval in Tuesday’s Economist/YouGov poll — while breezing past his “Access Hollywood” video, the list of women who’ve accused him of sexual misconduct and the list of insulting comments he’s made about women, then Democrats would risk something similar by not even interrogating Biden when it came to inappropriate conduct.

That doesn’t mean Biden has to be universally condemned as a human being and public servant. And it doesn’t mean there can’t be a recognition that Biden has a reputation as a sunny, affectionate, avuncular guy who, at age 76, is someone who rose through the political ranks during an era where there was more tolerance for his too-familiar personal style.

But it also shouldn’t mean he’s exempt from criticism if he joins the Democratic primary field, particularly when Democrats have positioned themselves as the party that champions women and believes in their ability to know when their personal space has been violated, regardless of intent.

jcitybone

Don midwest
Don midwest

need to prosecute more whistle blowers!

keeping secrets by the security state is the way to protect power

and even hiding from the fubar nuclear regulatory commission seems to be OK

but telling the truth to American citizens is a crime

phatkhat

Williamson and Yang have pretty impressive policies, but, alas, they will be unlikely to be heard.

Crap. This was a reply to orl below … VVV

magsview

I hope their better ideas get some airing.

phatkhat

I keep sending them, and Castro, $1 donations so they can get their 65K donations and get in the debates. I think they ALL deserve a place in the debates, and deserve to air their ideas. At this point, Beto and Pete don’t need any help, and the rest of the pack don’t appeal to me.

Honestly, Castro, Beto and Pete are all too centrist for me, especially Pete’s support of the war machine.

orlbucfan

Liz Warren is my second POTUS choice as of now. I hate FRightwing GOPukes and their idiotic supporters. I’m wary of ex-members. That said, Liz is going after the white collar crooks. Her ideas are specific and include prosecution and possible jail time. This is long-overdue!!

https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/3/18293688/elizabeth-warren-facebook-amazon-google-apple-executives-jail-data-breaches

polarbear4

Don midwest
Don midwest

been normal political practice for decades

what do the political parties stand for?

for sure, not democracy

jcitybone

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/04/bernie-sanders-global-popularity-1254929

Bernie Sanders has a base that no other 2020 candidate can claim: left-wing politicians around the globe.

From South America to Europe to the Middle East, leftist leaders are celebrating his candidacy, viewing him as an iconic democratic socialist with the potential to lead a worldwide progressive movement at a time when right-wing populism is on the rise across the map.

Their regard for Sanders burnishes the Vermont senator’s foreign policy bona fides at a time when he is trying to shake the reputation he received in 2016 as a lightweight on international affairs.

Don midwest
Don midwest

a second article posted here on his global influence

the response to Gaia is global

recently when Bruno Latour was asked what was the most important issue in Science Studies he immediately replied global politics

Leu2500
Leu2500

“Lightweight on international affairs” = “not in the MIC’s pocket”

Because this speech he gave when Congress was voting on the Iraq War has held up pretty well. https://www.sanders.senate.gov/video/flashback-rep-bernie-sanders-opposes-iraq-war

polarbear4

Don midwest
Don midwest

polarbear4 – I sent you an email on this site. If you would rather reply to me on this site, let me know. I can understand that you might not want to send a response by regular email. Since this is the first email sent on this site, I was not sure if I could get it. Have just replaced my desktop computer and only with the help from COSTCO who put me in touch with other companies could I have finally, almost, concluded the change over.

Microsoft plays many games to try and keep you connected and to connect more money from you.

polarbear4

I will check my messages here. I seldom check my page here. Thanks for letting me know.

polarbear4

Sent email. 🦜

magsview

Good!

magsview

House sends Yemen War Powers Resolution to Trump, where it faces veto threat

The House passed a resolution Thursday calling for the end of any US military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, sending the proposal to the White House where it is expected to be vetoed.

The resolution, which is seen as a rebuke of President Donald Trump’s Middle East policies, already passed the Senate last month.

Thursday’s House vote was 247-175. Sixteen Republicans voted yes with Democrats and one voted present.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/04/politics/house-passes-yemen-war-powers-resolution/index.html

orlbucfan

Orange gasbag will veto it and make a reality show out of the veto. Glad I don’t watch the tube.

jcitybone

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/house-votes-end-support-yemen-war-rebuffing-trump-n990966

The House on Thursday voted to end American involvement in the Yemen war, rebuffing the Trump administration’s support for the military campaign led by Saudi Arabia.

The bill now heads to President Donald Trump, who is expected to veto it. The White House says the bill raises “serious constitutional concerns,” and Congress lacks the votes to override him.

By a 247-175 vote, Congress for the first time invoked the decades-old War Powers Resolution to try and stop a foreign conflict.

jcitybone

https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a27042848/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-paul-ryan-advice/

I never will understand the conservative obsession with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She’s a first-term congresscritter from New York City. She’s bright, but they keep trying to make the case that she’s stupid, and she keeps feeding them into the social-media woodchipper. And then they decide to heckle her and forget that she was an NYC bartender and, as such, she has the clapback instincts of a rake that gets stepped on. And now, formerly Very Important People are getting into the act. From Business Insider:

“Former House Speaker Paul Ryan offered some advice to freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez when she arrived in Washington earlier this year, but she wasn’t interested in his guidance, Ryan said on Tuesday night. “I don’t think she really listened to a thing I said, you know, ‘just take it easy, just watch things for a while,'” the Wisconsin Republican said at an annual dinner in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin, according to the GazetteXtra, a local news outlet in the town.”

First of all, the zombie-eyed granny starver is the deadest letter in American politics right now. He is reckoned even by his own party to be the worst Speaker of the House in living memory, albeit for different reasons than the ones that drove Democrats to the identical conclusion. Second, he was elected at 28 and immediately started promulgating his truthless economic policies all over Washington until he developed a completely unmerited reputation as an economic wunderkind. And third, just shut up. You scarpered on the Speakership because you saw minority status coming at you like a freight train.

You may not like the way AOC does her job, but at least she’s in there doing it. Why she should give you the time of day is a mystery beyond my ken.

jcitybone

Bernie and Utah’s Mike Lee write op ed in USA Today

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/04/04/congress-yemen-war-powers-bernie-sanders-mike-lee-column/3363199002/

Congress made history this week by passing a resolution that cuts off U.S. support for Saudi-led forces in the civil war in Yemen. This is the first time since Congress originally passed the War Powers Resolution in 1973 that we have used it to call on the president to withdraw from an undeclared war.

The passage of this resolution has implications far beyond Yemen and opens a much broader and extremely important debate about how and when the United States uses our military, and who must authorize that use.

Yemen is now experiencing the worst humanitarian disaster in the world because of the four-year-old Saudi-led intervention into Yemen’s civil war. According to the United Nations, Yemen is at risk of the most severe famine in 100 years, with some 14 million people facing starvation. In one of the poorest countries on earth, because of this war, according to the Save the Children organization, an estimated 85,000 children have already starved to death over the last several years, and millions more face death if the war continues.

Since the Saudi-led intervention began in 2015, the United States has been supporting it, refueling the Saudi coalition’s planes and assisting with intelligence. The bombs the Saudi-led coalition is using are American made. A CNN report found evidence that American weapons have been used in a string of deadly attacks on civilians since the war began.

polarbear4

Bernie can’t be Prez too soon for me. Trump is helping them with nuclear ☢️.

magsview

Let’s get Rochelle’s name out there in a supportive way. It sounds like if the recall is successful that she will have a tough time to get re-elected as she won by a slim margin.

polarbear4

https://twitter.com/WeLoveBernie20/status/1113529761832284163?s=20

Most audited county is in Mississippi—those who use the earned income tax credit. Just wrong.

magsview

“Today we passed an historic war powers resolution to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Watch our press conference live now.” (@SenSanders tweet)

It streamed live about an hour and a half ago.

magsview

la58

https://www.metrotimes.com/the-scene/archives/2019/04/04/get-higher-ann-arbors-hash-bash-goes-legal-with-48th-annual-blaze-a-thon

It wasn’t a dream, you guys. The recreational legalization of marijuana in Michigan actually happened, which makes this year’s annual Hash Bash super special, especially when one considers how the event came to be. For 48 years, Hash Bash has attracted thousands of smokers, tokers, and activists to the U-M campus Diag, where stoners are able to bypass the campus’ no-smoking policy with little to no legal repercussions. This year’s single-day celebration — because that’s what it is, a celebration of legalization — will feature guitarist Laith Al-Saadi, who will perform the opening “Star-Spangled Banner” a la Jimi Hendrix. And the man behind the whole damn thing, activist John Sinclair, will be in attendance as well. While there’s still a lot of work to do (like having real stores to buy the dang stuff), we ask you to raise your bong to the new era of stonerism.

The 48th Annual Hash Bash begins on Saturday, April 6 at high noon; The Diag, north of South University Street, just east of State Street, and just south of North University, Ann Arbor; hashbash.com; Event is free and open to the public.

magsview

“Hash Bash”

😀

polarbear4

Sounds fun.

polarbear4

polarbear4

They don’t want to know the truth.

polarbear4

I couldn’t resist.

orlbucfan

Some of these tweets take a moment to figure out. I’m assuming that figure is Siri. 🙂

polarbear4

I figured it is a centristbot—maybe a centbot? Cenbot? Neolibot? lol

polarbear4

polarbear4

Dam.

Ocasio-Cortez had been one of 224 House Democrats to back a bill that, if passed, would allocate roughly $580 million in federal funding over two years to public and private energy development projects in Europe and Eurasia, including natural gas infrastructure.

Leu2500
Leu2500

Link to actual text of the bill. https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr1616/text

And it seems to me if Paste is so concerned about AOC’s yes vote, they should have asked her about it

polarbear4

I wonder if Josh Fox has contacted her. Probably. Hope so.

polarbear4

Probably something she More or less had to do.

wi60

Latest Tulsi count- just under 4000 to go.

polarbear4

polarbear4

Live feed just silently watching the embassy in Ecuador.

polarbear4

polarbear4
polarbear4

In a stunning report at the time by the NYTimes, Saudi Arabia told the Obama administration and members of Congress that it will sell off hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of American assets held by the kingdom if Congress passes a bill that would allow the Saudi government to be held responsible in American courts for any role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

polarbear4

Under Obama. Still, immunity from 9/11 or else. Wow. MSM, take it away.

polarbear4

polarbear4

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