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jcitybone

Great idea!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/05/21/walmart-workers-invited-special-guest-crash-companys-annual-meeting-bernie-sanders/?utm_term=.abf52f15e6e1

For years, Walmart workers have attended the company’s annual shareholders meeting to call for higher wages, better benefits and more predictable schedules.

This year they’ll have someone new delivering the message on their behalf: Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The presidential candidate, who has repeatedly called on Walmart to improve its working conditions, is heading to Bentonville, Ark., on June 5 to introduce a shareholders’ proposal that would give hourly Walmart workers a seat on the company’s board.

“These workers need and deserve a seat at the table,” Sanders (I-Vt.) told The Washington Post. “If hourly workers at Walmart were well represented on its board, I doubt you would see the CEO of Walmart making over a thousand times more than its average worker.”

If passed, the measure would require the retailer to consider its 1.5 million hourly U.S. employees when nominating candidates to its board, which is currently companies of a dozen wealthy executives from companies like McDonald’s and NBCUniversal.

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https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/21/2020-election-democrat-bernie-sanders-to-attend-walmart-annual-meeting.html

In a statement, Walmart said it will “respond to specific shareholder proposals once they are formally presented” at the June 5 meeting.

“If Senator Sanders attends, we hope he will approach his visit not as a campaign stop, but as a constructive opportunity to learn about the many ways we’re working to provide increased economic opportunity, mobility and benefits to our associates — as well as our widely recognized leadership on environmental sustainability,” the company said.

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jcitybone

The Morning Consult poll this week is basically the same as last week. Probably not much will change until the the primary.

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Hopefully not the primary! I meant the debates. ✌️

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Oh yeah! I missed it too.

magsview

You had me scared there for a minute, lol.

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jcitybone

But we are told Americans are happy with their current insurer provided health care.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-05-16/insurance-covers-mental-health-but-good-luck-using-it

The U.S. is in the midst of a mental health crisis. In 2017, 47,000 Americans died by suicide and 70,000 from drug overdoses. And 17.3 million adults suffered at least one major depressive episode. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, a landmark law passed more than a decade ago, requires insurers to provide comparable coverage for mental health and medical treatments. Even so, insurers are denying claims, limiting coverage, and finding other ways to avoid complying with the law.

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And of the few remaining providers that take Medicare are swamped.

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I think Klein’s analysis is spot on.

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-21/democrats-cozy-up-to-wall-street-while-shunning-corporate-cash?srnd=premium

In February, Pete Buttigieg stepped into the Manhattan office of Wall Street veteran Charles Myers to talk politics over deli sandwiches. Citigroup Inc. Managing Director Yann Coatanlem hosted a fundraiser in March for Kamala Harris at his Fifth Avenue apartment, where she shook the paw of the banker’s labradoodle. Three days later, former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. partner Bruce Heyman raised more than $100,000 for Amy Klobuchar at his home in Chicago. He’s planning an event for Joe Biden this fall.

The mayor of South Bend, Ind., the senators from California and Minnesota, and the ex-vice president are among the Democratic presidential candidates disavowing corporate cash, lobbyist checks, or the super PAC system. They’re trying to outdo each other with promises to finance their campaigns with grassroots contributions. But while they play down the role of money and influence, longtime Wall Street donors who have both say little has changed. “I’ve talked to about half of them, and I have not run into a single one who said, ‘Hey, you worked at Goldman Sachs, I can’t take your money,’ ” says Heyman, who helped elect Barack Obama by collecting checks from friends, and later became his ambassador to Canada. “I’ve not heard that—ever.”

There is one notable difference. “In the past, there was no candidate who didn’t come to New York, Chicago, L.A. for money,” says Lasry. “Today, there are two candidates who aren’t doing that—Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.” Few bankers would want to promote those senators anyhow. This month, Vermont’s Sanders proposed capping credit card interest rates, calling banks “modern-day loan sharks.” Warren, from Massachusetts, has pitched a tax on family assets above $50 million to wipe out student debt. She wants to jail executives whose companies’ negligence causes harm, citing bank bosses and the financial crisis.

Their rivals are giving the sense that they share the same rage about the influence of special interests—including multinational corporations, Wall Street, and Silicon Valley. But while the candidates seek to polish their populist appeal, they still need to raise hundreds of millions of dollars to get to June’s Democratic debates in Miami, the Iowa caucuses next February, and the end of primary season in June 2020.

To critics, accepting money from Wall Street executives and investors but not corporate political action committees or lobbyists has the whiff of hypocrisy. “It’s hard to believe that they think that campaign contributions from wealthy Wall Street donors might not also be a liability,” says Ann Ravel, a former chairperson of the Federal Election Commission. But the field of candidates is crowded. The need to fight off so many rivals “is a strong motivator for them to accept it anyway.”

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magsview

Wow. More wars I guess then.

jcitybone

The DCCC under Bustos is the worst of these Dem campaign fundraising committees.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/house-dems-rakes-in-cash-from-gun-lobbyist

The Democratic Party’s House campaign arm raised money from one of Washington’s premiere defense industry lobbyists just months after he signed two new clients: a leading firearm manufacturer and the government of the United Arab Emirates.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee received $26,250 in “bundled” contributions last month from Michael Herson, the chief executive and co-owner of American Defense International, according to a Federal Election Commission filing on Monday.

Through ADI, Herson lobbies on behalf of leading defense contractors including Raytheon, General Dynamics, and BAE Systems. In January, he also signed Sig Sauer, a German firearms manufacturer for which Herson will attempt to secure military contracts from the U.S. and other nations, according to disclosure forms.

Last summer, Herson and ADI signed up to provide “strategic consulting and government relations advice” to the UAE’s embassy in Washington, including efforts to maintain U.S. military aid. ADI has also sought to bolster the case for military intervention in Yemen, where Emirati forces have joined a Saudi Arabia-led coalition in battling Houthi rebel forces that deposed the country’s government in 2015.

Such clientele potentially puts Herson’s lobbying goals at odds with some of the Democratic Party’s goals on key policy issues. Herson’s work for the UAE took place even as House Democrats advanced a resolution, eventually vetoed by President Donald Trump, calling for an end to U.S. involvement in Yemen.

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Bustos is just a Nancy Pelosi clone with regards to fundraising. That is why she got her position. To think that this does not impact political positions is mind boggling.

orlbucfan

Bustos’ stupid brain is as busted as she is!

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DemExit gets more cred.

jcitybone

I have no problem with Tulsi pushing back against any article she deems unfair or incorrect. I do have a big problem with her using Trump’s “fake news” term as the pushback. She should be explaining why the article is unfair or incorrect.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/20/politics/tulsi-gabbard-fake-news-russia/index.html

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Sunday characterized a recent critical report about her campaign as “fake news,” invoking a defense oft-used by President Donald Trump to attack the credibility of negative press coverage.

Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” Gabbard was asked about her record on Russia by host George Stephanopoulos, who cited an article published last week by The Daily Beast titled “Tulsi Gabbard’s Campaign Is Being Boosted by Putin Apologists.”

The piece said her campaign was being “underwritten by some of the nation’s leading Russophiles,” citing donations from three supporters of the Kremlin and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The piece noted that Gabbard, who represents Hawaii, “is one of her party’s more Russia-friendly voices in an era of deep Democratic suspicion of the country over its efforts to tip the 2016 election in favor” of Trump.

“You know, it’s unfortunate that you’re citing that article, George, because it’s a whole lot of fake news,” Gabbard said. “What I am focused on is what is in the best interest of the American people. What is in the best interest of our national security. Keeping the American people safe.”

The congresswoman did not specify what in the article was “fake.” Her campaign did not respond to CNN’s request for comment on Monday.

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Matt has a good point here. Why should they respond to those media personalities as if they were coming from an honest place?

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/zakringelstein/2019/05/20/thankfully-bernie-sanders-just-stole-from-a-teacher/#1f9dddd6455e

As a teacher who believes that the United States public education system is the cornerstone of American democracy and economic mobility, frustration doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel that presidential candidates have said nearly nothing about K-12 education since I stepped foot in my first classroom in the fall of 2008. I have watched my own students’ lives fall into irrecoverable disrepair thanks to crude and research-dismissive policies that treat them like test scores instead of human beings with home lives, trauma and dreams. The greatest teachers I know often ask themselves why they are paid so little to teach to a test when they have sacrificed career and personal opportunities out of a sense of responsibility and love for children. It is no wonder that 48% of U.S. teachers are “actively looking for a different job now or watching for opportunities.”

Almost four years before anyone knew Betsy DeVos’s name, I was invited to the White House and sat down with President Obama’s Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, to discuss Universal Pre-K and education technology, issues that have a direct impact on American children’s lives. Yet no one else in that conversation, including the Secretary of Education himself, had ever taught in an American public school building. Nearly everyone at the table was a business leader and stood to profit from the influence they had at that meeting.

But on Friday, something big changed. A top-tier presidential candidate listened to a public school teacher (someone who has spent years teaching children in an American public school classroom) and released a policy based on that teacher’s ideas. And it appears that this teacher may have been me.

So when Sanders outlined his detailed K-12 education plan, which prominently features a $60,000 minimum salary for American teachers as well as limitations on charter schools and the expansion of teachers’ collective bargaining rights, I cried. Not because I was disappointed that no one on his campaign team called to confer with me about my idea. Rather, I cried out of joy because my heart had never left my classroom.

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While we can’t rely on the kind of largess we’ve been seeing from individuals, this is 😎.

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Maybe because it is true!

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orlbucfan

TOP and c99 have posted diaries about impeachment. The commentariat is starting to raise cain about Botox Nancy trying to rein in House members who are making a stink over it. I gotta say ole Orange Imbecilic Crook makes Trick the Dick Nixon look saintly.

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I am sure that all health services provided today by Planned Parenthood will continue to be provided under Senator Sanders’ M4A plan implementation.

Any personnel today providing and supporting such services will find opportunities under M4A as the population being served will require many more skilled healthcare service professionals than are immediately available.

The one part of the Planned Parenthood organization with poorer prospects under M4A are The Elite whose skill is hob-knobbing and schmoozing with the wealthy and powerful.

Under M4A their status and prestige disappear. They are opposed to any such change to the status quo.

So don’t forget that these are the people speaking for the organization.

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This^^^^! T and R, LD!!

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Saw this recently.

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jcitybone

With progressive allies calling for opening impeachment proceedings, I wonder if Bernie will change his stance.

https://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/rep-jayapal-start-impeachment-inquiry-60007493644

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M2.

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The good thing is that Rubin is so over the top 24/7 anti-Bernie, it’s got to be hard to take her seriously.

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Traditionally, media owners were attracted by “power, public service, profit,” argues Rasmus Kleis Nielsen. Others would add “status.” But owning a media company is no longer the profitable investment it once was, which makes it more likely that wealthy business people would want to own media outlets to advance their political agendas rather than their bottom lines. Digital media, then, for all its accessibility and reach, may be doing exactly the opposite of what people had hoped—instead of creating a new landscape in which it is much more difficult for governments and businesses to influence content, it may be making it much easier.

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9. Attention is taken off the expansionist aggression of the US and its allies. Israel’s world-historical land grab in the West Bank and erasure of the Palestinian nation is never mentioned during the 24 hour cable news cycle in the US. Saudi Arabia’s brutal air war on little Yemen is almost never covered. Iran is castigated for dictatorship while Saudi Arabia, an absolute monarchy, skates.

jcitybone

Benny has an excellent BERN up at DK that’s definitely worth a visit and a rec

https://m.dailykos.com/stories/1859187#comment_73935424

Benny

Thanks–I had a lot of good material to work with, mainly from the Wing since we’re always up to date!

polarbear4

I agree. That said, I could easily see one of my grandchildren really enjoying something like that.

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WindDancer13

For many, even here, this may be a new source for information of interest to the left. The original source of this article was Education Week (although I cannot imagine that site gets a lot of student readers), but I am posting from this source so people can get a look at this site.

It is a fairly quick read and well worth taking the time to see a good example of what is happening with teachers and why so many are striking and the multitude of issues they are addressing.

A Letter to N.C. Students: Here’s Why Your Teachers Are Marching: A teacher sets the record straight for his students.

The legislators who are leading this state have done a lot of things to make people not want to be teachers in North Carolina. Since 2011, they have taken away due-process protections for new teachers, eliminated pay increases for educators with graduate degrees, and revoked retirement health benefits for all state employees hired after Jan. 1, 2021. They have added more standardized tests, removed the capon how many students can be in a class in grades 4-12, and gotten rid of more than 7,000 teaching assistants over the past decade. These and more terrible policies have caused many great teachers to have left the state, and a lot of people who would have made excellent educators have decided not to become teachers at all. Last school year, we had more than 1,500 teaching positions in North Carolina with no teacher.

But here’s the crazy thing: Those same leaders who don’t want to spend the money to make sure we have nurses and librarians have cut taxes for rich people and wealthy companies so they can put more money in their already-full pockets. The last round of tax cuts for our state’s 2017-19 budget took away $900 million a year in revenue—way more than enough for us to provide the necessary support staff in every school in North Carolina. I don’t think it makes us greedy or Communists to ask for those priorities to change.

WindDancer13

Well, at least they are not sniffers:

magsview

So, remember yesterday when I told you that Steve Jobs’ wife, Laurene Powell Jobs, hired Arne Duncan for her Emerson Collective project and that Emerson Collective bought a majority stage of The Atlantic?

Guess who the Atlantic just hired?

And what was Rahm’s first move at The Atlantic (as ‘Ideas’ section editor)?

Rahm Emanuel Blames Obama for Trump

Rahm Emanuel, fresh off his last job as mayor of Chicago, immediately landed a position as a contributing editor at the Atlantic, the magazine announced this morning. Along with the announcement, the Atlantic published a new piece by its newest staffer, in its Ideas section: “It’s Time to Hold American Elites Accountable for Their Abuses.”

The millionaire former big-city mayor, member of Congress, Clinton administration advisor, investment banker, board member of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, and Obama White House chief of staff, newly hired by the magazine backed by the fortune of the late Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs, was unsparing in his account of “a full-on middle-class revolt against the elites and the privileges they hoard.” This, he wrote—not “inequality and social justice”—is “the most important barrier standing between Democrats and the White House”:

Think of what’s happened over the past decade and a half. America endured a war sold on false premises, a bailout of bankers issuing entirely toxic debt, and a massive public effort to prop up auto executives who were building cars that weren’t selling. Is it any wonder so many middle-class taxpayers resent the elites? They’ve been forced to bail them out from their own mistakes time and time again—and yet the beneficiaries of that goodwill haven’t apologized, let alone taken responsibility. America’s middle class is Cinderella, and the nation’s elites are her evil stepsisters—only now it’s the stepsisters who get to marry the prince. It’s infuriating.

It is straightforward enough to note that Emanuel was intimately involved in every one of those events and their aftermath, and that the phrase “haven’t apologized” is the only appearance, in any form, of the words “apologize” or “sorry” in the piece.

If the system was not to blame, and if Emanuel was not to blame, who else is left? The story he laid out has to be the story of how Obama, through stubbornness or ignorance or malice, refused to do the right thing, leaving the American middle-class electorate feeling betrayed and believing that it had no choice but to turn to Trump. That would be a scathing indictment from one of Obama’s closest allies. But if that’s not what Emanuel was trying to say, then he was trying to say nothing at all.

https://hmmdaily.com/2019/05/21/rahm-emanuel-blames-obama-for-trump/

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Also, Rahm has landed a gig at ABC where he will undoubtedly be pushing Biden and probably Harris from the sounds of it. From his Atlantic piece:

Democrats have become increasingly cognizant of the anger, but too often they’ve drawn the wrong conclusions. The answer certainly isn’t socialism. Middle-class voters currently presume that elites already control the government—so why would they want to give the bureaucracy any more power? Rather, Democrats need to become the party of justice. They need to demand accountability from bad actors—and point out where Republicans would give them a pass.

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Every time Democrats look at a problem, they think of a program. And while those programs often point the way forward, Democrats need to focus their energy on convincing the middle class that they share their values more than just their economic interests.

https://splinternews.com/rahm-emanuel-has-some-personal-news-1834926804

polarbear4

Elite propaganda.

Obama knows that by sounding tough, Emanuel actually advocates for third Way policies.

In the playbook.

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WindDancer13

Need to know just what Vice News is?

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LOL! North Korea seems to have figured out Joe Biden.😁😂😊

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-21/north-korean-media-lashes-out-at-reckless-senseless-biden?srnd=politics-vp

As the 2020 U.S. presidential race heats up, North Korea’s official KCNA news agency has jumped into the fray, calling aspiring Democratic contender Joe Biden a “snob bereft of elementary quality as human being”.

“He is self-praising himself as being the most popular presidential candidate. This is enough to make a cat laugh,” the agency writes in a commentary piece that also denigrates Biden for his university grades and for falling asleep at a speech by President Barack Obama in 2011.

KCNA also called the former vice president a “fool of low IQ” and said he “had the temerity to insult the supreme leadership” of North Korea at a recent campaign event.

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Presidential candidate?

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