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The crises affecting the political economies of the U.K. and U.S. are strikingly parallel. The 2008 capitalist crash hit and hurt both badly. Each arranged government bailouts of their major banks and many large corporations. After 2008, they both imposed real economic suffering — austerity — on the mass of their people. Finally, in both countries, pre-2008 trends toward greater economic inequality accelerated post-2008. Those trends in turn provoked deepening political and cultural divisions.

The official government economic policies in both countries did little or nothing to change the basic conditions that brought on the 2008 crisis. That is partly why the trends toward greater inequality continued after 2008. In contrast, after the 1929 crash, inequality had decreased. In those years, radical militancy surged within the labor movement, in socialist and communist parties, and thus within the coalitions among them. That militancy moved politics to the left, creating or increasing social welfare programs paid for with tax increases on corporations and the rich.


Bernie interview with Vox: how he’d cut the defense budget. https://www.vox.com/2019/5/2/18525580/bernie-sanders-plan-cut-military-spending

Headline oversells this he interview. Still.

Tara Golshan

When you say you would look differently at a military budget, when there is a bipartisan spending deal that boosts up defense, and it lands on your desk, you would …

Bernie Sanders

It doesn’t go quite like that. You have a president who makes that proposal. You have a president right now who says I want to increase military spending and you have Republicans who say that’s a great idea and, more or less; Democrats saying yeah, that’s a great idea, maybe we’ll play around the edges. But when I’m president, we’re not presenting that budget. We will present a thoughtful budget that meets the defense needs of this country without just simply supplying billions of dollars of unnecessary money to the military industrial complex.

I would be a president who says, you know what, I want you to justify these cost overruns. Why are we spending so much? So I think we can pare back on what our needs are and at the same time not spend more as the next 10 countries combined.

Tara Golshan

You think that’s how the budget process works? The president presents a budget, but oftentimes it’s what Congress can put together.

Bernie Sanders

Yeah. But right now the Congress is working off the president’s budget on military spending. Not all things — a lot of things ended up in the garbage can. But not this one — did it? Not this proposal. [Trump] led the effort as a cheerleader for more military spending, and unfortunately, a lot of Republicans and Democrats signed on.


Tara Golshan

So you are not saying you would refuse to sign a —

Bernie Sanders

I’m saying I doubt that I would get that budget. That’s the way it works; when the president says, “I want this,” then fine. [If] the president says, “Look, I want you to start — for the first time — to take a hard look at the military budget and tell me why you think you need all this money and try to pare it down, because we have other needs,” then it becomes a whole other process.


Good for him I hate these will you or won’t you do this exact thing and that’s going to qualify you or disqualify you questions.


Reupping from last night. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/01/bernie-sanders-black-women-voters-colour-2020

Aimee Allison is the president and founder of She the People, a national network elevating the political voice and power of women of color

Bernie Sanders needs black women’s support. So what’s his plan to win us over?

He’s not going to win You Over. It’s obvious that you have an agenda.


Women of color and black voters need specific proposals about meeting this scourge. No candidate will win over black voters or women of color in 2020 unless they can respond with authentic understanding and address the rise of white supremacist violence that many of us cannot escape. Sanders’ failure to meet the moment at the She the People forum is a mistake that Democrats running for president have made for too long.

She’s claiming that the Jewish Candidate, whose Polish Father’s family was wiped out in the Holocaust, doesn’t have an “authentic understanding” of white supremacist violence.


That last paragraph should not be a blockquote.


Adolph Reed Jr & Cornel West on Biden’s history in The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/01/biden-2020-past-better-candidate

An unrecognized irony of the South Carolina primary’s current importance as a gauge of African American support is that it and other southern primaries figured prominently in the late 1980s and 1990s strategy of the conservative, pro-business Democratic Leadership Council – of which Biden was a member – to pull the party to the right by appealing to conservative white southern men, in part through stigmatizing and scapegoating poor African Americans.

Clinton-era politics refuses to die. Joe Biden is its zombie that staggers on
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Biden was one of the lustiest practitioners of that tactic. In fact, that’s what often underlies Biden’s boasts about his talent for “reaching across the aisle”. In 1984, he joined with South Carolina’s arch-racist Strom Thurmond to sponsor the Comprehensive Crime Control Act, which eliminated parole for federal prisoners and limited the amount of time sentences could be reduced for good behavior. He and Thurmond joined hands to push 1986 and 1988 drug enforcement legislation that created the nefarious sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine as well as other draconian measures that implicate him as one of the initiators of what became mass incarceration. (Making political hay from racial scapegoating was nothing new for Biden; he’d earned sharp criticism from both the NAACP and ACLU in the 1970s for his aggressive opposition to school bussing as a tool for achieving school desegregation.)


As times have changed, Biden has expressed retrospective misgivings about some of those earlier actions and stances. For example, he very recently attempted to offer an apology of sorts, more like an unpology, to Anita Hill, which she quite understandably rejected. And he remains a pure, dyed-in-the-wool neoliberal, as much as ever a tool of Wall Street and corporations. We deserve better than a candidate who wants us to look past his record and focus only on the image he wants to project and, when that tack fails, can offer progressives only a “my bad”.

Fortunately, there is such a candidate in this race. Bernie Sanders has consistently and resolutely opposed every one of those racist, sexist, anti-worker and jingoist initiatives Biden has supported. And he offers a clear, unambiguous vision for an America governed by and in the interest of working people and grounded fundamentally on commitments to social, racial and gender justice. And that’s an important contrast to keep in mind as we move forward in South Carolina and all over the country.



There are many echoes of Trump in the former Vice President, more than he would likely care to admit. There is the phony machismo, such as when Biden wished in 2016, after more allegations of Trump’s sexual abuse surfaced, that he “could take him behind the gym.” There are the past policy positions, in which Biden himself sounded much like a segregationist in the 1970s when speaking about school busing or contributed to mass incarceration’s explosion by helping write and pass the 1994 crime bill as the Senate Judiciary chairman. As much as there are Trump problems to fix, there are still Biden problems to fix.

Worse than the empty rhetoric about the “soul” of America is the prospect that Biden is proposing himself as the panacea. It indicates that he either doesn’t understand what Trumpism is doing to this country, or doesn’t have a strategy devised to handle it. Conveniently for him, though, this “soul of America” business positions Biden as a single-handed savior for a nation whose ills are due solely to Trump and not, say to the crime bill. Everything will be addressed by his defeat. That Biden even seems to suggest as much is dangerous, evoking an even more chilling and Trumpian quote from his 2016 Republican National Convention address: “I alone can fix it.”

There is a real chance that Biden will becomes the nominee, which makes this all even more of a problem. The stakes of this election are as dire as he makes them sound. That is why he needs to grasp that “hope and change” was for a past era, talk about goals instead of “souls,” and tell us what precisely he’ll do to address both the mess that Trump would be leaving behind and the one that he himself helped to create.


For those Hickenlooper voters who want two choices. One “fiery” speech and he’s good to go. Anyway another stiff to dilute the moderate Dem field.


Michael Bennet, the moderate, studious Democratic senator from Colorado known for his work on education and immigration reform, announced his candidacy for president on Thursday.

He joins a field so packed with candidates that it now includes six of his colleagues in the Senate and his former boss, John Hickenlooper, a past governor of Colorado.

“My plan is to run for president,” he said in an interview on “CBS This Morning.”

“I think this country faces two enormous challenges,” he added. “One is a lack of economic mobility and opportunity for most Americans, and the other is the need to restore integrity to our government.”


And the biggest challenge of all is the terrifying thought of a Sanders presidency.

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UK parliment declares a climate emergency

George Monbiot was on democracy now this morning. Maybe the segment will come up later

Must change economy

He said that the school actions have made a huge difference to bring the article to the public which has been ignored by main stream media.

He mentioned Greta and Amy Goodman said that there was an interview with her posted on their web site

here is a link to that interview


Also, today by coincidence, Bruno Latour tweeted


The author says it doesn’t sound workable, but obviously Rome wasn’t built in a day.


Sen. Bernie Sanders has long been a vocal critic of America’s high levels of military spending, but it’s not clear how far he’s willing to go to do anything about it if he becomes president.

He’d have options. He could veto a spending bill — something President Donald Trump threatened to do to get a southern border wall. Would a President Sanders refuse to sign a bipartisan bill that boosted defense spending? Would he shut down the government over it?

In an exclusive interview with Vox, Sanders wasn’t willing to go there.

“I’m saying I doubt that I would get that budget,” he said instead, arguing that Congress would reflect his executive budget. “We will present a thoughtful budget that meets the defense needs of this country without just simply supplying billions of dollars of unnecessary money to the military industrial complex.”

Sanders’s position on defense spending is clear: He wants the United States to stop spending money on unmerited wars. He says the government needs to stop lining the pockets of wealthy defense contractors. He wants to know why the Pentagon’s budget needs to be so big.

When Congress passed one of the biggest defense budgets in modern US history last year with overwhelming bipartisan support, authorizing $716 billion in spending in 2019, Sanders was one of 10 senators — along with fellow 2020 Democratic candidates Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Kamala Harris (CA), and Elizabeth Warren (MA) — who voted against it. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) voted in support.

“Democrats, for good reason, vehemently oppose almost everything Trump proposes, but when he asks for a huge increase in military spending, there are almost no voices in dissent,” Sanders wrote in the progressive magazine In These Times about the vote.

In that article, Sanders hints at the challenge he would face as president. Congress has long fallen into the same pattern; Democrats, in order to win more funding for domestic programs, have swallowed bigger and bigger defense budgets as a concession to Republicans.

Sanders has been in Congress since 1991. It’s safe to assume he knows how this works. But in our conversation, he presented an alternative — a scenario where a president’s budget, which is often thrown to the wind, would carry more weight than it has in recent years.


Sorry duplicate. But I included the summary rather than the actual interview.


Couple things here.

1) what happens if Bernie is prez depends on who controls the senate it should be easier if Dems control it.

2) the author doesn’t understand how the budget process works. He doesn’t work it. I do, at a low level. So:

#1, I expect that as we have when some new presidents are sworn in, Bernie will have a new President’s Budget Request 2022 built, replacing Trump’s.

#2, this will reflect different priorities & different toplines, especially for Defense. Ie, don’t expect Bernie’s defense budget request to be $750B+.

#3, I doubt that a Pres Bernie budget request will be DOA if only because Bernie is competent, unlike TrumP,& his Admin.

#4 so, Congress will be starting with a lower number, which should mean that the number in the appropriation bill should be lower.

#5 Bernie has ~30 years understanding how the budget process works. He will hire staff who know how the budget process works. The annual progressives “people’s budget” is probably a pretty good template to look at how a Bernie budget might look.

#6, lookout for his 2023 PB request. He’ll have time to change more priorities & make bigger changes in numbers. For example, he’ll be able to influence the National Defense Strategy which drives the Defense Budget: What kind of wars to prepare for. Which dictates the weapons systems we need. Force structure, which drives numbers of soldiers, etc, etc. ,


#3, I doubt that a Pres Bernie budget request will be DOA if only because Bernie is competent, unlike TrumP,& his Admin.


A good place to start might be with something like this (but the funds would need to be diverted from the military budget):

US Air Force: We Need $5 Billion To Fix Weather-Damaged Bases

The military says they need it, it’s military-related, and it could provide some local jobs? Oh, and it doesn’t directly involve dropping bombs on people’s heads. Just a thought.


And I would turn around and demand that they close some of those weather-damaged bases.

An overarching problem is that military spending gets tangled with civilian job creation. While it may seem innocuous, that is why we have a wartime economy now that is so persistent. Civilian jobs that are, however indirectly, involved in causing death and destruction abroad are used to normalize and justify the insane current state of things.

No, the tide won’t be turned overnight. But I do think the author was right to question the likelihood of success of Bernie being able to halt the trending increase in military spending using the vague strategies discussed in the interview.


I love how organic this is for Nina and Bernie. This is stuff they be doing whether they were running or not.

As for the competition,




If ‘the people’ (the 99%) start going across borders to support each other’s efforts I can only imagine the establishment’s response! Fear, followed by travel restrictions I’d bet.




This is older, I just realized, but still relevant. From the headline, I thought she had said about the rigging against Bernie.




I already donated my $1 to get her on the stage, but I will have my friends do so as well. We need her anti-interventionist voice up there.



Much of the criticism South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has attracted during his presidential campaign has centered around his relationship with his black and Latino constituents. He fought blight in the city in part by tearing down abandoned houses—but most of the homes were in minority neighborhoods, and some were held by local owners who wanted to restore them and said that their destruction furthered gentrification. He also asked the city’s first black police chief for his resignation after he allegedly inappropriately recorded phone calls of white officers accused of making racist remarks. And the ambivalence towards Mayor Pete some of his constituents hold isn’t just a local problem, but part of a trend that threatens his national campaign. He polls dismally with black voters, and his events around the country have attracted largely white audiences

Buttigieg has been frank about the need to increase his popularity with black voters and said his campaign is “working to broaden [its] coalition.” With this in mind, he’s planned a series of events focused on the black community. One stop: 125th street.

Buttigieg rode the New York City subway to Harlem Monday to have a lunch of fried chicken, collard greens, and macaroni and cheese with Al Sharpton at the neighborhood’s famous soul food restaurant Sylvia’s. Mayor Pete’s black voters tour also contains more substantial stops, including a round table discussion with leaders in Charleston’s black community this week.

But at the core of the nae nae-ing and sax playing and fried chicken luncheons is the idea that affinity for or ease with black culture has some relationship to a candidate’s racial policy platform, or their general moral fitness as a representative of black constituents. After he ate with Obama at Sylvia’s in 2007, Al Sharpton declared that “a man who likes fried chicken and cornbread can’t be all that bad.”

It’s a joking line, yet it hits at the flaws in the entire practice—the idea that a candidate who is comfortable riding the subway to Harlem to sit with a black political figure and eat black food must have the interests of black voters at heart. But a man who likes fried chicken and cornbread is just a man with taste buds.

Not only do these symbolic gestures offer candidates diminished returns, they feel out of place in a primary race that finds an electorate re-energized around issues of race thanks in part to our singularly bigoted executive. “There is a greater sophistication of knowledge about structural racism,” said Harris, “and people want policy solutions and not just symbolic gestures as a way to address these issues.” In a Democratic primary debating topics as substantive as the once seemingly improbable question of reparations, maybe it’s time to do away with the photo-ops and hot sauce moments.


Long past time to do away with the photo ops and hot sauce moments.


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Another CNN poll:
Beto leads Trump by 10
Bernie leads Trump by 6
Biden leads Trump by 6
Harris leads Trump by 4
Buttigieg leads Trump by 3
Warren loses to Trump by 2

Actually, unfortunately, this poll contains the worst news for Warren. She’s the only one that Trump is beating and runs a full 12 points behind Beto. Both Bernie and Biden lead Trump by 6, which isn’t bad, especially for Bernie who faces more questions about electability.



Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha


People are going to be suffering from poll exhaustion by the time we get to Iowa. Maybe the plan is that by then even more people will just scan the headlines instead of delving into the facts.

I may decide to just stick with this “pollster”:
Election Betting Odds

Biden down 2.3% since 4/30.


You should try being an Iowan.


No, thanks. I am blessed at the moment with having no phone service. I did not realize how peaceful that is until December when my free phone service was canceled for no reason. Maybe they didn’t like I wasn’t buying stuff from the people they sold my number to.

Note: I do have Skype to make and receive calls so not all is bleak.


Any flooding where you are?


M4A is not a legislative priority choice, but you can write it in later.

You can skip choosing a donation bubble & when you press submit it will not reject.


Whoops! This is in response to the comment above.


DCCC has a poll up until midnight (not sure what time zone).


It looks like this can be spammed by just using a different email address. Are they taking lessons on how to run a bad poll from KOS? If so, then hopefully people will give them the same results KOS is getting. While they do not include as priorities M4A or college or other things on Bernie’s agenda, getting money out of politics is there.

You can skip the donate question if you want to vote for Bernie. Although, I think it is a BS poll to get addresses (they already go to my junk mail, so they already have it from somewhere), I like making them even more nervous.



They are not actually clueless. They have an agenda.


And here we go.


Wouldn’t a psych evaluation also help them to weed out teachers who might be too “liberal” for Florida classrooms? Not just for gun use, but for hiring and retaining.


That evaluation should also be given to members of law enforcement.



It is beginning to make sense now. Why on earth would additional individual non entities ( in the form of Bullock and Bennet) join the primary since Biden’s announcement except to divy up superdelegates


I still think it’s unlikely to be contested with the 15% primary threshold, but definitely it’s important to plan for that contingency.


I am surprised that someone else with the last name of Sanders has yet to join the crowd.😁


Shhhhhh 😉


Even the graphics community is not impressed with Biden . . . or at least not with his logo.

There’s a big problem with Joe Biden’s campaign logo

Last month saw former vice president of the United States Joe Biden throw his hat into the ring as a candidate for the 2020 presidential race. Announced with a sobering video and a new website, Biden’s campaign features a logo that has attracted the wrath of online design critics.

What does and doesn’t make for a good logo can be a heated topic at the best of times, but chuck politics into the mix and it looks like you’ve got a match made in hell.

One issue with it is the connection it tries to make with the Obama logo, hence Obama himself.

The most notable element of the logo though is that the ‘e’ in Biden strays away from the rest of the sans-serif lettering. Instead, it’s depicted with red flag stripes. Why is this notable? Well, it depends on who you ask. We’re going to remain as politically neutral as possible here, but it’s impossible to discuss the kickback to these logo without addressing Biden’s behaviour.

Let’s start off with one of the most popular criticisms. Type ‘Joe Biden logo’ into Twitter and you’ll instantly run into users comparing the design to a similar-looking icon used by Obama during his campaign. There’s the same ‘O’ shape at the heart of it, plus some swooping red and white stripes, so you can see where they’re coming from.

Of course Biden is closely linked to Obama, having served under him during his time as president. However maybe it would’ve been a good idea for Biden’s campaign to set him apart from Obama, rather than appearing to rely on a connection to what’s gone before. [Emphasis added}

Even his touchy-feelie manner is being seen in his rectangular logo (he also has a round one).

There’s no shying away from the major flaw some people have found though, and it all comes back to those red stripes. According to critics, these conjure up the image of a red hand. This is also an open goal for Biden’s opposition to remind everyone of his harassment allegations, especially as they claim that the kerning looks like the letter ‘e’ getting a little too up-close-and-personal with the letter ‘n’.

His profile picture on his Twitter account page alos takes a hit:

If we were to be design nitpicks though (and we are), we’d criticise the profile picture logo on Joe Biden’s official Twitter account. No matter your political leanings, the wonky spacing on that thing is unforgivable!


Sorry if already posted. Bernie’s opinion piece in Buzzfeed on M4A.


Opinion | Bernie Sanders: Medicare For All’s Moment Is Here. Don’t Back Down.
Those who make billions from our broken health care system will spend enormous amounts trying to divide us. But we cannot rest, and we cannot back down.

Bernie Sanders
Posted on May 2, 2019, at 11:20 a.m. ET

Mark Wilson / Getty Images
A decade ago, when I introduced legislation guaranteeing medical care to every American, the proposal was cast as a “radical” and “unrealistic” measure, and I could not convince a single senator to cosponsor the bill.

Ten years later, our Medicare for All bill has widespread support in the House and Senate, and polls show Medicare for All is supported by a majority of Americans, including a majority of Republicans.

As the House this week held historic hearings about Medicare for All, we must remember that this transformation did not happen by accident. It happened because Americans from all walks of life understand that we have a dysfunctional health care system designed to make huge profits for the drug companies and the insurance companies, while tens of millions remain uninsured or underinsured and we pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs.

And these Americans are now fighting back. They are not only resisting Trump’s efforts to throw 32 million people off the health care they have; they are demanding that health care in the United States be considered a right, not a privilege.

Now, because of these grassroots efforts, we are on the verge of a historic victory — and that reality is prompting a backlash from the powerful special interests that continue to reap hundreds of billions of dollars from the status quo.

But our message must be clear: We must remember the lessons of history and refuse to back down.

This is not going to be an easy fight. To try to stop our movement’s momentum for Medicare for All, the insurance and pharmaceutical industries have recently formed a front group called the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future. In reality, this is a partnership to protect health industry profits. Through deceptive ads, the group’s goal is to try to persuade legislators to oppose Medicare for All, or divide and confuse us with weaker proposals.

This group’s members aren’t patients or consumers or people impacted by our current health care system — they are insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry’s lobbying group. These groups spent $143 million on lobbying in 2018 to try to preserve a system that is a disaster for millions of Americans, but that is making big money for CEOs. In 2017 alone, while Americans were getting crushed by higher premiums and prescription drug prices, the top 65 health care CEOs made $1.7 billion in compensation, and the 25 highest-paid CEOs in the pharmaceutical industry made roughly $440 million.

So it should be no surprise that these companies and their political groups will spend enormous sums of money to try to stop us.

But let us be absolutely clear: These frantic attempts to derail our progress are a sign that we are winning — and that means we cannot rest, we cannot back down, and we cannot accept any substitute.

We must stand firm in unequivocally declaring that through a Medicare for All system, we are going to make health care a human right for all people in this country. Our bill expands Medicare to cover all people and to cover long-term care. It will reduce overall health care spending and finally end the situation whereby Americans are forced to choose between putting food on the table and paying for medicine.

View this video on YouTube

And here is some good news to remember as we begin the 2020 presidential election campaign: If we keep pushing, history suggests that we will be victorious.

Recall that in the mid–20th century, President Harry Truman first proposed guaranteeing health care to seniors. This idea was billed as radical, “un-American,” and an attack on basic freedom that would be a political loser. And because of that withering assault, the idea stalled in Congress for years — until voters made their voices heard.

In 1960, America elected John F. Kennedy after he campaigned in support of Truman’s idea. That election prompted a health care bill to finally begin being debated in Congress, and Kennedy at the time noted that “what we are now talking about doing, most of the countries of Europe did years ago.”

Of course, the legislation was initially blocked by Republicans and conservative Democrats, who argued that if the proposal passed, it would be nothing short of the end of the republic. Americans, though, were not deterred — they fought back with a 1964 election landslide that was so enormous, the new Congress was all but forced to immediately pass what is now known as Medicare.

“It took a big election, with voters changing the balance of power on Capitol Hill,” as Princeton historian Julian Zelizer wrote.

More than a half-century after that achievement, we are now at a similar moment in American history.

This is a moment that requires us to say louder and more clearly than ever that health care is a human right, not a privilege.

This is a moment to point out that Medicare is the country’s most popular and cost-effective health care program — and that by expanding it to cover everyone, we will save Americans money.

This is a moment to say that we cannot accept any more Americans dying or going bankrupt for lack of medical care.

This is a moment to proudly declare that Medicare for All’s time has come.

In short, this is a moment to stand up, not stand down. If we do that, we will win.

Bernie Sanders is a US senator from Vermont and candidate for president of the United States.



Pelosi has strengths (that’s why she’s speaker). Unfortunately, public speaking is not one of those.


Kos explains the latest DK straw poll. LOL who could have guessed that the DK email list was chock full of Biden supporters?

Final results top 5 (last week in parentheses)
Bernie 34 (40)
Warren 19 (12)
Biden 18 (5)
Buttigieg 10 (21)
Harris 8 (9)

Buttigieg had the biggest drop and Biden the largest gain

Interesting note: The first several thousand votes, from the website proper, were heavy Warren support:

Then the call went out to the Berniesphere. To be clear, there’s nothing wrong with that. I like online supporter intensity. We need our nominee to also have that! At that point, our traffic referrals were dominated by Bernie-focused sites.

Eventually, he pushed up to 40 percent. Then we sent a link to the poll to our email list and SMS. Turns out that our email list is a hotbed of Biden support, and eventually, that pushed the numbers to where they ended up.


Yah, little problem with those numbers. I’m there now and Bernie has 40% after 70,447 votes. Pic attached. So, in actuality, Bernie’s holding strong. (Sorry Markos)

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I have no idea what she said as I refuse to unmute it

The two biggest spreaders of Russiagate have a chat to keep the Hilbots happy.😜


And I want world peace.

Why does she think she has any say in whether or not there’s a “9/11 style” investigative commission? I’m super-serious with that question. Does she think that she can buy an legislative agenda with her PAC contributions? She continues to amaze me with her ‘it’s all about me’ ways.





It’s a stampede


Fox News announced Thursday it will host a town hall with 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) on June 2.

Gillibrand will be the fourth Democratic candidate to participate in a town hall hosted by the network.

The event will take place in Iowa, with “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace as moderator.


Warren seems to be betting big on Iowa


Ms. Smith is one of about 50 paid staff members Ms. Warren’s campaign already has on the ground in Iowa, far more than any other Democratic candidate is known to have hired in the state. The growing Warren juggernaut reflects a bet that rapidly hiring a large staff of organizers will give the senator an advantage over her rivals who are ramping up their efforts at a slower pace.

The strategy does not come cheap. Ms. Warren’s campaign spent more than $5 million over the first three months of the year, the most in the field, according to Federal Election Commission records. Her payroll included about 160 people during that period, far more than any other Democrat’s. Her team says its staff has grown even larger since then, to more than 200 people, over half of whom are based in early-voting states​.

Ms. Warren’s approach has the potential to pay off when Iowa holds its caucuses in February, but it is also loaded with risk. Ms. Warren needs to raise enough money to sustain her large operation and avoid the kind of financial troubles that other candidates have encountered in previous campaigns. Former Gov. Jeb Bush cut salaries in 2015 as his campaign languished, while Senator John McCain resorted to layoffs in 2007, though he ultimately won the Republican nomination the next year.

Ms. Warren struggled in her early fund-raising, trailing four other Democrats in the first quarter of the year, and she has refused to hold high-dollar fund-raisers, putting her financial fate in the hands of small donors. In the first quarter, her campaign spent roughly 87 cents of every dollar it received in donations.

“It’s going to burn up cash,” Matt Paul, who was Hillary Clinton’s state director in Iowa for the 2016 caucuses, said of the Warren campaign’s sizable presence in the state. For campaigns, he said, there is a “delicate but necessary balance between cash flow and critical early voter contact.”

“The caucus is reliant upon relationships,” he added. “That takes staff and direct messaging to voters, but they need to be very careful not to burn through resources now when so few Democrats are engaged.”


Good detailed article on Bernie’s campaign’s decision to engage Biden


The decision by Bernie Sanders’ campaign to immediately engage with Joe Biden — in a series of public remarks, tweets and emails to supporters — came from the top, campaign manager Faiz Shakir told CNN on Thursday.

“This was driven by Sen. Sanders himself,” Shakir said in an interview. “He said, ‘Why the heck should I wait to draw contrast between the two of us? That is what a primary is all about.'”

Since Biden entered the presidential primary last week, Sanders has repeatedly souught to highlight where he and the former vice president have split on big-ticket policy questions — especially those centered on trade and other economic issues. Both candidates, despite their opposing records and differing views, are appealing now to the same base of voters: working class Democrats and independents in the Midwestern states President Donald Trump nearly swept in 2016.

Shakir conceded that Biden is the frontrunner — polls have shown him building on his early lead since joining the contest last week — and said Sanders and the campaign expected Biden to come out of the gates strong. But they were also determined to define Biden early on by shining a spotlight on the pieces of Biden’s record that, though perhaps standard for Democrats at the time, might run against the party’s more recent progressive shift.





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