HomeUncategorized5/6 News Roundup & Open Thread – Sanders Introduces ‘Rebuild Rural America’ Proposals, UN Report to Show ‘Transformational Change’ Urgently Needed to Save Humanity & More
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Don midwest
Don midwest

It is a good diary. Even the Bernie bashers thought it was a substantial diary with malice towards none. I’ve bookmarked it.


And Benny you have a very good substantial comment on the diary. Rob, the author of the diary came to my aid when I commented on a pro-Krugman DK diary about how Krugman was full of crap about Bernie being intransigent about health care. I pointed out an Intercept article (Thanks Leu!) that detailed how instrumental Bernie was in getting Obamacare passed by pushing for community health clinics. Since it was DK, any mention of the Intercept is met with hostility, no matter what the article is about. Rob added a comment with other sources touting Bernie’s work on community health centers and his work for veterans (both of which he talks about in his current diary).


Gotta admit it was a well done and worth going their to read.


Same here.



When asked by protesters in Des Moines about climate change, Mr. Biden referenced his work on the 2009 stimulus bill, meandering through a number of ideas to expand the use of renewable fuels.

“I’m one of the first guys that introduced the climate change bill way, way back in ’87. By the way, you are preaching to the choir,” he told a group of demonstrators wearing penguin masks.

“In a primary where there are big, bold new ideas, Joe Biden is advocating for more of the same, at least as far as Democratic Party policies,” said Lanhee Chen, who was chief policy adviser to Mitt Romney’s Republican presidential campaign in 2012 and is now at Stanford University. “We’re talking about 1990s-era economic policies.”

As his opponents begin testing arguments against Mr. Biden, rivals from both the left and the right find themselves turning to some of the same kinds of attacks they leveled against Mrs. Clinton. Just hours after Mr. Biden announced his campaign, Mr. Sanders took aim at a series of votes in Congress, including on trade — reprising criticism Mr. Sanders once leveled against Mrs. Clinton.

“When people look at my record versus Vice President Biden’s record, I helped lead the fight against Nafta. He voted for Nafta,” Mr. Sanders said in an interview with CNN.

During his first swing through Iowa as a candidate, Mr. Biden largely avoided the press, as Mrs. Clinton once did, taking only a handful of questions before a limited number of reporters.

“I’m not going to get in a debate with my colleagues here,” he said.

Liberal activists say those kinds of nonanswers are unlikely to fully satisfy Democrats, particularly minority voters who largely know Mr. Biden from his role as Mr. Obama’s vice president.

“The question will be how much will he be able to give us the story of why so many of the moments where he could have been on the right side of civil rights and social justice issues, he wasn’t,” said Mr. Robinson.

Don midwest
Don midwest

all that counts is having a record

that they served time

Hillary had a record

she served time

and Biden has a record

should those who served time be able to vote?

does it matter if the record is good or bad?

are people responsible for their record?

well, it is too bad that these bad actors have been outed

tough shit establishment clowns



Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), who recently promised to “bring a fight to the NRA like they have never ever seen before,” on Monday morning introduced a sweeping gun-violence prevention plan that centers around a national gun-licensing program, the most comprehensive and far-reaching of any candidate in the field.

“My plan to address gun violence is simple—we will make it harder for people who should not have a gun to get one,” Booker said in a statement, pledging to take executive action on the first day of his desired presidency.

“As president, we will make commonsense changes to our gun laws such as requiring a license to purchase a gun that includes universal background checks, banning assault weapons, and closing the loopholes that allow domestic abusers and people on terrorist watch lists to get their hands on a gun,” he continued. “I am sick and tired of hearing thoughts and prayers for the communities that have been shattered by gun violence—it is time for bold action.”

In introducing the plan, his campaign pointed to states like Massachusetts which has a gun-licensing program, as an example of the potential for the policy’s success at the national level, noting that data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the state had significantly lower gun deaths per capita in 2016 than neighboring New Hampshire, which did not have as stringent gun laws.



The plan from Booker includes the typical Democratic proposals: universal background checks, an assault weapons ban, better enforcement of existing gun laws, and more funding for gun violence research.

But Booker’s plan goes further by requiring that gun owners not just pass a background check, but obtain a license to be able to purchase and own a firearm. This is a far more robust gun control proposal than any other presidential candidate has proposed. The idea has solid research behind it, and real-world experience in nine states that currently require a license or permit for at least handguns, including Booker’s home state of New Jersey.

The plan would go toward addressing a very serious issue: America currently leads the developed world in gun violence. One big reason for that is that America has the laxest gun laws — and the most guns — of any developed country. The research has consistently found that places with easier access to guns and more firearms have more gun deaths.



Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was the first Democratic 2020 hopeful to take a direct swing at former Vice President Joe Biden since he got into the race, accusing him of being “on the side of the credit companies” in a fight that launched her political career a decade ago.

Warren’s quarrel with Biden isn’t personal. It’s about a 2005 bankruptcy bill he supported as a senator. Warren opposed the bill so vehemently that its passage inspired her transition from a Harvard bankruptcy law professor, who studied middle-class economics, to a senator and now a presidential hopeful.

“I got in that fight because [families] just didn’t have anyone and Joe Biden was on the side of the credit card companies,” Warren said after an April rally in Iowa. “It’s all a matter of public record.”

The bill made it harder for individuals to file for bankruptcy and get out of debt, a legal change that credit card companies and many major retailers had championed for years. The bill passed Congress with large majorities, but most Democratic senators, including Barack Obama, voted no. Biden voted yes and was widely seen at the time as one of the bill’s major Democratic champions.

The Warren-Biden clash is also a window into a disagreement about the meaning of the current moment in Democratic Party politics. Warren wants to challenge a system she saw as fundamentally corrupt long before Trump arose, while Biden pitches a return to normalcy and the kind of politics in which compromise, horse trading, and home state interests are just part of the game.

Nobody’s going to cast their votes based on a 15-year-old revision to the bankruptcy code, but the argument Warren and Biden have been having over this legislation underscores the tensions driving the 2020 Democratic primary.



Hey, people around Joe Biden: Please grab him by the lapels and inform him that it’s not 1973 anymore and his “friends” in the Republican Party, nice fellas though they may be on a personal level, have changed.

When young Joe joined the United States Senate in that year, the Republican Party had people like his fellow Delawarean Bill Roth (yes, of Roth IRA fame), who was a fiscal conservative but was pro-environment and gun control, and Connecticut’s Lowell Weicker, who was probably more liberal than Biden ever was.

Joe—they’re gone. Long gone. And the remaining few who were your colleagues are different men than they were when you worked with them. Like, really different.


Maybe it’ll be Warren who throws the first punch in the first debate!

Don midwest
Don midwest

Warren has stepped up her have which gives Bernie more cover from the establishment dems and others

still have Bernie as first choice and he has the ground game


Bernie Sanders Calls for a National Right-to-Repair Law for Farmers

Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders called for a national right-to-repair law on Sunday. The right-to-repair law is a part of Sanders’ plan to revitalize rural America, which his campaign unveiled on its website. Sanders’ plan involves using antitrust legislation to bust up large agriculture firms, reforming patent law to protect farmers from seed patents, and national right-to-repair legislation to ensure farmers can repair their equipment.

“In rural America today, farmers can’t even repair their own tractors or other equipment because of the greed of companies like John Deere,” Sanders’ plan said. “When we are in the White House, we will pass a national right-to-repair law that gives every farmer in America full rights over the machinery they buy.”

Massachusetts Senator and Democratic primary rival Elizabeth Warren made a similar call in March. “Farmers should be able to repair their own equipment or choose between multiple repair shops, she said in post on Medium. To date, Sanders, Warren, and former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper have all called for right-to-repair legislation focused specifically on farm equipment.

But the right-to-repair is an issue bigger than farm and it affects all Americans. When an iPhone breaks, Apple wants you to take it to an authorized dealer to get it repaired or replace. But with a little training and replacement parts, people can often fix their phones themselves. That hurts Apple’s bottom line and it’s taken steps—from killing touch functionality on phones with aftermarket screens to fighting against right-to-repair legislation—to keep people from doing it.

Farmers have long been on the frontlines of the right-to-repair debate. Thanks to a tight control of firmware via digital rights management tools, John Deere has an effective monopoly on the equipment in makes. Farmers with John Deere tractors have been hacking their equipment and lobbying for laws to bust up the manufacturer’s repair monopoly.

Sanders, Warren, and Hickenlooper have all publicly pledged to work to end that monopoly by passing national right-to-repair laws to aid farms. That’s a narrow focus, but an important step that nationalizes the right-to-repair movement.

Right-to-repair supporters have been fighting at the local level for years, and legislators are considering right-to-repair legislation in 20 states. On April 30, a California state representative pulled right-to-repair legislation she had sponsored after Apple lobbyists claimed people could hurt themselves if they tried to repair their own devices. Just days later, on May 2, Apple lobbyists helped to kill a right-to-repair bill in Ontario, Canada.

Don midwest
Don midwest

repeating a comment from a few days ago

how dare Bernie grab all these important issues

he is stealing them from all the politicians waiting in line to bring up once again a very important issue that runs against corporate power


the joke isn’t subtle


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