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T and R, LD!! You’ve flown back to the Nest. 😊🕊🗽☮️ Yeay!! Don’t leave again, okay? We missed you. Hope you and JD are well and not going stir crazy. 😊 BTW, T and R to the usual excellent TPW suspects!!



There is a mutual understanding that the party must unify to defeat Donald Trump in November. But progressives also believe they have built sufficient leverage to press for sweeping policy concessions from Biden, particularly given the potentially worrisome lack of enthusiasm for his candidacy.

Democratic US presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders and former vice-president Joe Biden at the 11th Democratic candidates debate in Washington on 15 March. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

“Joe Biden, as the moderate frontrunner, has to convince progressives to support him,” said Julian Brave NoiseCat, who directs Green New Deal strategy at the progressive think tank Data for Progress. “He needs more enthusiasm behind his campaign, and it’s been a bruising campaign cycle.”

In interviews with progressive organizers, climate change has emerged as a key area where activists believe they can “push” the former vice-president, in part because combatting global warming draws broad support from every corner of the party. Several polls this cycle have found that Democratic voters rank climate change among their top three issues, often second only to healthcare.

Data for Progress, along with climate staff from Washington governor Jay Inslee’s former presidential campaign, are among those urging the Biden team to prioritize climate change.

Progressive activists say their overriding priority in 2020 is to defeat Trump. But they warn that antipathy for the president is not enough to win in November. And how Biden engages the left and what concessions he is willing to make could determine the nature of their electoral efforts on his behalf.

“Will enough people be willing to volunteer for the nominee? Or send text messages for the nominee? Or overcome the barriers of voter suppression that we know are coming to vote for the nominee,” said Jennifer Epps-Addison, the network director at the Center for Popular Democracy, which endorsed Sanders. “That’s what’s at stake.”

In spite of Biden’s success in the primary, progressive proposals on healthcare, climate change and student debt remain widely popular among Democratic voters – a point Sanders has made explicitly as he has defended his decision to stay in the primary race. His ideas, the senator asserted, are winning the “ideological” and “generational” debate” – even if he is not winning the nomination.

Biden may be the eventual nominee, said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which endorsed Warren, but “tens of millions of people who supported Warren and Sanders nonetheless wanted a president who advocated for bold, progressive policy ideas.”

Immigration is a particularly thorny issue for Biden. Throughout the primary season, he has faced fierce criticism from immigration activists over the Obama administration’s deportation policy, which resulted in the removal of roughly three million people. At campaign events and even during Democratic debates, Biden was met with protests and interruptions from activists shouting: “Not one more deportation.”

Cristina Jiménez, executive director of United We Dream Action, a youth-led immigrant rights network, said Biden has work to do to “bridge the trust gap” with Latino voters, a powerful Democratic constituency that tends to be younger. In the primary, many of these voters flocked to Sanders, who proposed a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s immigration system.

Don midwest
Don midwest

AOC just on democracynow at the end of the show

the fight must continue on the issues laid out by the Bernie campaign

what is the policy going to be and who will lead is important to lay out



Even after two decades of nearly unmitigated strategic failure in the Middle East coupled with the disastrous self-harm of unchecked defense spending, it seems that significant portions of the U.S. elite have still not awoken from their intoxication with foreign wars of choice. Amid a global pandemic that could kill millions and cripple the American economy for years to come, there are strong signs that the U.S. military might be ordered to embark on yet another war in Iraq — this time to fight Iranian-backed militias in that country whose ambitions are ultimately local to the region.

Such a conflict would serve the purposes of well-organized elite interest groups in the nation’s capital. But it is almost impossible to argue that it’d make any contribution to improving the day-to-day security of ordinary people living thousands of miles away in the United States. If this war does take place, we can place it into a larger context: a once-powerful country depleting its strength through costly military adventures in distant lands, but institutionally incapable of providing the basics of life for its people at home.


McConnell Says Small-Business Loan Program Needs More Funding

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said he would aim to approve more funding this week for a small-business loan program that Congress created last month to help firms hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement, Mr. McConnell said the $350 billion loan program would soon need more funds because of the huge demand for the federal assistance. He said he would work with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and the Trump administration to approve the funding this week. With lawmakers out of town, Mr. McConnell said he hoped to pass the measure through unanimous consent or a voice vote.

“It is quickly becoming clear that Congress will need to provide more funding or this crucial program may run dry. That cannot happen,” he wrote.

Earlier Tuesday, Senate Democrats sidestepped the question of whether they would block more money for small businesses in a bid to ensure that some of their priorities, including higher pay for essential workers, are included in the next aid package.

“This is one of our very highest priorities,” Mr. Schumer told reporters on a call Tuesday, talking about a proposal to boost compensation for health-care workers, grocery clerks, transit employees and other essential workers.

On Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) told the Democratic caucus in a call that there must be more assistance for small businesses and for those who rely on food stamps, according to multiple Democratic aides. She indicated she saw this new funding as part of a new $1 trillion bill, on top of the $2.2 trillion bill signed into law last month.

This behind a paywall at Dow Jones. I have limited access to the digital fulltext.

My comment is that if any Dem were POTUS instead of Der Herr, this wouldn’t be considered. I’m guessing McConnell has some mid-level donors who are looking for loopholes.


Beijing/Moscow Mitch does what his paymasters tell him to do. What an indictment on this country. 🙁


This whole pandemic has revealed things about the GOP that the media ignored for years. Now the GOP is engulfed by a situation, almost signified by this type of procedure:

Coronary angiogram: A type of X-ray used to examine the coronary arteries supplying blood to your heart. A catheter is inserted into a blood vessel in your arm or groin and fed up to your heart and coronary arteries. Special dye is then injected through the catheter and images are taken.

Reasons for the tests:

  1. Identify narrowing or blockages in the coronary arteries
  2. Evaluate pressures inside the heart

What they call small businesses are not exactly small in most cases. If you are really small, SBA won’t help you.



In Pennsylvania, Biden has the clear support of the state Democratic Party, winning endorsements even from politicians who had initially supported other candidates. Former Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter backed Bloomberg but has now joined the crowded Biden camp, which also includes Rendell, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, state Treasurer Joe Torsella, and most of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation. Representative Conor Lamb and Senator Bob Casey have been notable endorsements because they illustrate Biden’s popularity among centrists. This long list speaks to his strength in positioning himself as the candidate who unites tried-and-true Democrats.

Sanders has a much less impressive array of supporters here. But whoever becomes the party’s nominee will have to win over not just committed Democrats but also more marginal voters. This remains Biden’s weak spot.

John Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor, sounds a cautionary note. “If Biden is our presumptive nominee, we are going to need to conduct an unprecedented outreach to bring progressives into the fold and make them understand they are critical to toppling Donald Trump. This outreach must be significant, sincere, and sustained,” he says. “Anyone who underestimates how formidable Donald Trump will be in Pennsylvania,” he adds, “does so at their peril. He is popular.”

If Fetterman is right, then Biden has his work cut out for him, because many progressive activists in the state are very skeptical of the former vice president. They all assured me they would vote for him personally and campaign on his behalf. But they often added that the people they were trying to mobilize might be resistant.

“My biggest fear is, I don’t think Biden can beat Trump,” Smucker tells me, although he adds that Biden “might be able to [win] in Pennsylvania because of his history here.” But he would face an enthusiasm gap. “The foremost problem is going to be to get volunteers to knock doors for Biden. When you are knocking doors for a candidate you’re not excited by, it’s fucking hard.”

Smucker’s colleague Eliza Booth, another founder of Lancaster Stands Up, agrees. She points out that there are people in the suburbs who “vote blue no matter who” and others who are genuinely excited by Biden. But “low-income people that live here in the city, working families, people who are working several jobs—those people are going to be much harder to convince to vote for Joe Biden.”

Booth also feels that the haste to wrap up the primaries and the calls for Sanders to leave the race are only likely to discourage voters. Right now, she says, people are “huddled into their corners” as a result of the primaries. “It’s hard to see how we all come together or how we can reach out. A lot of people are feeling hurt.”

Morton shares her pessimism. “I don’t think Biden has the message of hope and the message of change that brought Obama voters out,” she says. “His idea of returning to normal is not going to ride with people who have been struggling for way longer than this pandemic. The way he talks about politics and the way he talks about policies is very dismissive of people who are struggling and need more. I think that just deflates voter engagement.”

If Biden is the nominee and wants to win the activist left in Pennsylvania, he has to make some major shifts. His choice of a running mate will be important. In recent elections, Democratic presidential candidates have tended to pick conservative or centrist running mates: Al Gore, Joe Lieberman, Tim Kaine, and Biden himself. But as the 2020 presidential nominee and given his weakness among the left, Biden might need to break with this tradition.

“If he chooses Liz Warren over someone like Amy Klobuchar, he would get more progressives,” Booth acknowledges. But she adds that policy is also crucial, and Biden will have to reverse his positions on key issues like Medicare for All.

This is a problem that goes beyond Biden. “I want to see the Democratic Party really stick its neck out for the working class,” Krajewski says. “Trump and the GOP are using a false narrative, but they are using a narrative that is working. The Democratic Party has not created a counternarrative. It’s often because many of them don’t want to.”


I used to think defeating Trump was the number one goal. Not anymore. Dealing with coronavirus, halting climate change, installing Medicare For All and free college are the goals. Biden brings us no closer to achieving those goals.


Takes us further away


I tend to agree if only for the nagging suspicion that a Biden presidency would lull so many back to sleep to a large extent.


With Byedones record I trust him about as much as $hill, He’ll promise to adapt a few of Bernies platforms to sucker us in. Not me.


oh ffs, They will say anything. Haven’t we learned this lesson?


we the TPW’ers, a long time ago. Voting results say no



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