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The elusive know better Republicans will come flocking to join Biden to pass crappy legislation.


Joe Biden told a room of donors and lobbyists on Monday that Republicans “know better” and suggested that the GOP would be open to cooperation at the end of Donald Trump’s presidency ― comments seemingly contradicted by the party’s eight years of lockstep opposition during Barack Obama’s two terms.

“Here’s the deal: we all know, and I don’t think this is hyperbole, we all know in our gut this election is the most important election we’ve ever engaged in ― and not just because I’m running,” the former vice president said at an event in Washington.

Biden, who is leading a crowded pack of Democrats hoping to unseat Trump next year, issued a terse warning to those gathered at the event, telling supporters that four years of Trump would merely be an “aberration,” but anything longer would be devastating.

“Eight years of Donald Trump will fundamentally change who we are in profound ways,” Biden said, according to a pool report. He later said change was possible in Congress, noting: “With Trump gone you’re going to begin to see things change. Because these folks know better. They know this isn’t what they’re supposed to be doing.”

Biden supported his claim by saying that 12 former Republican colleagues in the Senate expressed concerns about the party’s blockade of Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland (the Garland episode predated Trump’s presidency).

While campaigning for reelection in 2012, Obama predicted that if he won a second term, the “Republican fever may break.” He added: “My hope, my expectation, is that after the election, now that it turns out that the goal of beating Obama doesn’t make much sense because I’m not running again, that we can start getting some cooperation again.”

The fever never broke. Instead, it intensified, culminating in 2016 with Republicans’ nomination of the man who once led the birther movement against Obama.


Rah rah positive Wall Street


Providing more evidence of the fundamental political differences between himself and progressives vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, former Vice President Joe Biden told lobbyists and donors at a fundraiser Monday night that Republicans in Congress “know better” than to align with President Donald Trump and declared that Wall Street bankers “can be positive influences in the country.”

“Wall Street and significant bankers and people, they’re all positive, they can be positive influences in the country,” Biden told the audience gathered in Washington, D.C. “But they didn’t build the country. The middle class built the country.”

Observers were quick to note the sharp contrast between Biden’s friendly stance toward Wall Street and the positions of top 2020 contenders Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who are both rejecting Wall Street cash as they campaign against the corrosive influence massive banks and corporations have on the American political system.

Biden also doubled down on his view that President Donald Trump is an aberration from the Republican Party rather than a symptom of the corruption and racism at the core of the modern GOP—a statement that has put him at odds with Democratic candidates who believe ousting Trump is necessary but not sufficient to tackle crises that long precede his presidency.



During a commencement address this week, Michael Bloomberg announced that he’s spending $500m to help the United States move closer to a carbon-neutral future. We should be very grateful that Bloomberg isn’t running for president: the money he’s pouring into Beyond Carbon will fund some great and necessary work, like his injection into the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign several years back. But it would be much better for the planet if billionaires like him didn’t exist at all.

For every Michael Bloomberg there are dozens of Koch brothers and Rebekah Mercers, who have poured tens of millions of dollars into spreading climate denial and blocking decarbonization efforts at the local, state and national level. None of them should have as much money as they do.

The climate crisis isn’t going to be solved with the benevolence of a couple of billionaires, and their outsized control over our politics and economy stands in contradiction to our hopes for a livable future. With rightwing populism on the rise around the world, having elites like Bloomberg as the public face of the climate fight is also risky politics. We don’t need their money to fund the Green New Deal – the US has more than enough for that – but we should take it anyway, with a far more progressive tax system than the one we’ve got.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Joe Biden has more faith in the Repubs than dems

From the article in Huff

Biden, who is leading a crowded pack of Democrats hoping to unseat Trump next year, issued a terse warning to those gathered at the event, telling supporters that four years of Trump would merely be an “aberration,” but anything longer would be devastating.

“Eight years of Donald Trump will fundamentally change who we are in profound ways,” Biden said, according to a pool report. He later said change was possible in Congress, noting: “With Trump gone you’re going to begin to see things change. Because these folks know better. They know this isn’t what they’re supposed to be doing.”

Biden supported his claim by saying that 12 former Republican colleagues in the Senate expressed concerns about the party’s blockade of Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland (the Garland episode predated Trump’s presidency).

It’s not the first time Biden has touted the return of bipartisanship. Last month, the longtime lawmaker alluded that many in the GOP had become intimidated by Trump during his administration, but said he anticipated an “epiphany among many of my Republican friends” in the future.




Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has repeatedly said that although climate change is a top issue for Democrats, the national party will not host a debate solely dedicated to the topic during the 2020 primary race.

However, some DNC members are trying to change that.

Last week, Washington state Democratic Party Chairwoman Tina Podlodowski announced she will introduce a resolution advocating for the committee to host a climate debate. The resolution comes as a number of progressive organizations and top 2020 Democratic presidential candidates call on their party’s national committee to host a debate focused on climate change.

The resolution also states that if the DNC does not host one, then Democratic candidates “are free to participate in any and all forums or debates focused on Climate Change sponsored by other groups.”

Podlodowski said Monday that a climate change debate wouldn’t be a “single issue debate,” and instead would also touch on other policy areas such as the economy and health inequities.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Thanks for the link. I sent info to the Ex. Dir. who has her email address listed on the home page.

Will the establishment dems be with us or against us?

Will Bernie risk going to a climate debate and loose out on the establishment sponsored debates?

High stakes game to maintain power

Don midwest
Don midwest

After Immigration, Europe’s Next Big Left-Right Divide is Climate Action

Rise of climate action in various European countries. But also right wing alive and well. Complex issue.

Climate policy gets personal
One issue is simply the success of climate policy to date, said Annika Hedberg, with the European Policy Centre, a Brussels-based think tank. Many European countries have dealt with the low-hanging fruit of climate policy, and must now confront harder choices with bigger impacts on the daily lives of ordinary citizens.

“We’re starting to see it’s influencing our daily lives,” Hedberg said. “And suddenly people start to feel, ‘Oh, this is actually getting too close’.”

Germany, for example, after making major progress on targets like the deployment of renewables, is now grappling with more difficult transformations, like phasing out coal power entirely, and reducing emissions in the country’s economically and culturally significant transport sector. A proposal to impose a speed-limit on the German autobahn provoked an immediate backlash. In France, a fuel tax promoted as a climate policy sparked the Yellow Vest protests.

Bruno Latour’s new book: “Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climate Regime” and considering the climate issue here in USA

The present ecological mutation has organized the whole political landscape for the last thirty years. This could explain the deadly cocktail of exploding inequalities, massive deregulation, and conversion of the dream of globalization into a nightmare for most people.

What holds these three phenomena together is the conviction, shared by some powerful people, that the ecological threat is real and that the only way for them to survive is to abandon any pretense at sharing a common future with the rest of the world. Hence their flight offshore and their massive investment in climate change denial.

The Left has been slow to turn its attention to this new situation. It is still organized along an axis that goes from investment in local values to the hope of globalization and just at the time when, everywhere, people dissatisfied with the ideal of modernity are turning back to the protection of national or even ethnic borders.

This is why it is urgent to shift sideways and to define politics as what leads toward the Earth and not toward the global or the national. Belonging to a territory is the phenomenon most in need of rethinking and careful redescription; learning new ways to inhabit the Earth is our biggest challenge. Bringing us down to earth is the task of politics today.

Note that the term “The New Climate Regime” makes it a political actor.


Health care and foreign policy are her weak areas. It’s why Bernie is the better choice.


In a recent MSNBC town hall, Elizabeth Warren put her policy platform on full display. Through emotional, personal anecdotes and with a depth of understanding, Warren gave the impression of a candidate well-aware of the problems faced by working Americans and armed with the policies needed to solve them. She detailed her plans to achieve universal childcare, cancel the bulk of existing student debt, and create over a million green jobs by progressively taxing the richest Americans. She boldly criticized Joe Biden’s conservative record and decried the greed of large corporations.

The performance supported Warren’s reputation as a candidate with a “plan for everything” — a reputation emphasized repeatedly by MSNBC moderator Chris Hayes throughout the event. Taken as a whole, however, the town hall revealed an alarming gap in Warren’s policy repertoire, one that has gone mostly ignored to this point in the campaign: she has no plan for fixing the broken US health care system.

Warren had several opportunities in the town hall to address the health care crisis. Instead, she avoided the topic almost entirely. Even when discussing issues directly related to health care like repealing the Hyde Amendment and improving access to hearing aides, she neglected to propose a comprehensive policy solution.

Unfortunately, this was not a simple case of forgetfulness. In fact, it continues a disturbing trend with the Warren campaign. Check her website: in a long and thorough issues page full of bold plans to alleviate Americans’ suffering, Warren makes no mention of health care. View her campaign materials: Warren has yard signs dedicated to several of her major policy proposals, but not a single one about health care. Follow her campaign appearances: you’ll hear the usual platitudes (“health care is a human right;” “everyone deserves access to care”), but you won’t hear her endorse a specific policy.

Warren’s supporters shouldn’t tolerate this. The entire country is desperate for health care security, and Warren is in a position to argue intelligently and emotionally in support of a bold, progressive solution, just as she has for so many other important issues. Her voice can help the single-payer movement in a significant way. Together with Sanders, she could make Medicare for All an unambiguous and uncompromising demand of the progressive left in the 2020 campaign. The longer she stays silent, the weaker the Medicare for All movement becomes in the face of relentless attacks from right and center.


Good article, but I don’t agree that M4A is losing steam.


It is with Warren, though. jcitybone is correct; healthcare and foreign policy are really bad areas for her. And I say that as someone who actually likes her, except for that.


Well. . . I used to like Warren, too, but that’s fading as this pre-campaign season rolls on. (Sounds like I’m a troll, no? 😏)

There’s a post up at Naked Capitalism on how charter schools’ funding mechanisms are bleeding public school districts dry, with attendant havoc.

A commenter there points out that Warren is not opposed to charter schools. Andrew Cuomo also supports them. Nuff said about Cuomo, but I hadn’t realized that Warren is on the wrong (IMO) side of this issue, too.

Bernie wants a moratorium on charter schools until all the problems arising from them can be adequately addressed.

More and more Warren strikes me as Hillary 2.0, as the article’s author says.



The original tweet that I posted has since been deleted (perhaps by twitter). You might be able to view the interview with Assange’S father with this link.


Don midwest
Don midwest

Joanne Leon was one of the strong points years ago at DK/TOP

She ran a daily post in the morning which as I recall was “What’s Happening”

She had many run ins with the staff and after a ton of work she put in, she left and was treated like shit on the way out.

She now runs her own blog

For a while I followed her on twitter, but she has too many tweets for me

She spends a lot of time, and is knowledgeable, about foreign policy

I exchanged many tweets with her when I was hassling with the team at DK



Catching up with Mike Gravel.




That poll has been cited incorrectly (in many places). It doesn’t mean that there are more Bernie voters watching Fox than watching MSNBC because there probably aren’t that many Fox viewers who identify as Dem primary voters, while probably the great majority of MSNBC viewers will be voting in the Dem primary. In any case, I’m sure Bernie’s best percentage is from Dem primary voters who don’t watch any tv news, which would likely skew young and progressive.

Fox News viewers are more likely to back Sen. Bernie Sanders than people who tend to watch MSNBC, according to a new Morning Consult poll.

The poll found that 22% of Fox News viewers who also identified as potential Democratic primary voters back Sanders compared to just 13% of MSNBC viewers.





After decades of propaganda, socialism has been linked to the USSR and to Hitler’s Germany. The truth is a bit hard to find. Start around 3:15 unless you want to listen to a very long-winded question.

Gathering the facts and getting it out to the public in this election cycle and beyond could have an impact. Even if that impact is a small one, it could still begin to put a dent in the MSM’s and many of our current politicians’ intent to destroy democracy.


Don midwest
Don midwest

thanks for the fun and refreshing piece



Sanders and Warren Competing to Have the Best Student Debt Cancellation Plan


Obviously Biden is a people magnet!🙄😜🤔




How depressing.


With even worse Chuck Todd. I think the second debate of the two.


Oh look, unlike Bernie Sanders and all of his unicorn ideas, Joe Biden is promising to cure cancer.

Would have been nice if he’d thought of that ten years ago and worked with Obama on that?


Really? Not the Onion?


Nope. Not The Onion.


And then there’s this:


It’s that time again, the poll over at TOP.

Looks like the regulars over there are pretty much all in on Warren.

With 10,633 votes cast:

42% Warren
21% Sanders
10% Buttigieg
10% Harris
8% Biden

The rest are 2% or less.


Yes DK skews older higher income which is more of Warren’s demographic than Bernie’s


At 22,657 votes cast:

38% Warren
24% Sanders
10% Buttigieg
10% Biden
8% Harris


Bernie down about 5400 now ,closing the gap, would love to see him pull it out just to piss off GOS


Bernie vest Trump by 9. Biden is coming back down to earth in the primary. He’s down 5; Bernie is up 3; and Warren is up 2. Bernie and Warren combine for 34 while Biden has 30


In a first look at head-to-head 2020 presidential matchups nationwide, several Democratic challengers lead President Donald Trump, with former Vice President Joseph Biden ahead 53 – 40 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today.

In other matchups, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University National Poll finds:
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders over President Trump 51 – 42 percent;
California Sen. Kamala Harris ahead of Trump 49 – 41 percent;
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren tops Trump 49 – 42 percent;
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg edges Trump 47 – 42 percent;
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker by a nose over Trump 47 – 42 percent.

Biden leads the presidential primary race with 30 percent among Democrats and voters leaning Democratic. This compares to his 35 percent standing May 21, his 38 percent standing in an April 30 Quinnipiac University National Poll, right after he announced his candidacy, and his 29 percent standing March 28.

Sanders is next with 19 percent, compared to 16 percent last month. Warren has 15 percent, compared to 13 percent May 21. Buttigieg has 8 percent, compared to 5 percent last month. Harris is at 7 percent, compared to 8 percent May 21. Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke is at 3 percent, compared to 2 percent last month.

No other Democrat tops 1 percent, with 14 candidates
polling at less than 1 percent.


I like the trend in the Quinnipiac Polls but I doubt that the MSM will mention it.

Quinnipiac 4/26 – 4/29 Biden 38 Bernie 11 Warren 12 Lead 27

Quinnipiac 5/16 – 5/20 Biden 35 Bernie 16 Warren 13 Lead 19

Quinnipiac 6/6 – 6/10 Biden 30 Bernie 19 Warren 15 Lead 11



Interesting trends. So Biden supporters, seeing how shitty the only person they’ve heard of in the race actually is, are fleeing to Bernie and Warren?


Matt Taibbi hits the spot again.

But Taleb himself dismissed the idea of Trump as a “Black Swan” event. When asked why pundits got the last election so wrong, he had a hilarious answer:

“Basically the mainstream media is presumptuous club for people with 1) a lack of understanding of complex systems, 2) a fear of diverging from the norm, 3) zero independent thought.”

This is why people should be careful about any horse race pronouncements about any candidate going into 2020.


Guess who the MSM is pushing? A hint. It ain’t Bernie.



WOW! This is quite a big difference between age groups.



I would like see a poll of strictly indies.



Bernie Sanders wants to change Americans’ minds about socialism.

The Vermont senator is set to deliver a full-throated defense Wednesday of democratic socialism — a label that has helped inspire a movement to elect him president while at the same time raising persistent doubts about his electability. In an interview with POLITICO, Sanders said his goal for his speech at George Washington University is to explain “what democratic socialism means to me, and in fact what democratic socialism means to me is a continuation of what Franklin Delano Roosevelt talked about.”

Sanders will argue that it’s time to complete the “unfinished business” of the New Deal and ensure economic rights for Americans. Those include, he said, the right to a decent job, affordable housing, and dignified retirement. He’s also expected to echo Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous remarks that the United States has “socialism for the rich” and “rugged individualism for the poor.”

“What I’m talking about tomorrow is not particularly radical,” Sanders said. “But we have to put it on the table and make sure everyone appreciates why economic rights are human rights.”

Sanders, in the interview, blamed the media for propagating a misleading perception of democratic socialism by equating it with “authoritarian communism. And if you know my record, I have been a fierce opponent of all forms of authoritarianism whether it existed in the Soviet Union, whether it exists in China, whether it exists in Saudi Arabia, wherever it exists. I believe in a vibrant democracy.”

“I must tell you that I find it a little bit hypocritical for people to try to suggest that I don’t believe in a democracy at the same time as you have Trump supporting and loving, apparently, Mohammad Bin Salman, a dictator of the worst kind in Saudi Arabia, and Putin in Russia,” he added.

Sanders will also use his speech to accuse Trump of loving “corporate socialism” and to bash his favorite boogeyman: Wall Street.

“In 2008, after their greed, recklessness and illegal behavior created the worst financial disaster since the Great Depression — with millions of Americans losing their jobs, their homes and their life savings — Wall Street’s religious adherence to unfettered capitalism suddenly came to an end,” reads a copy of Sanders’ prepared remarks provided by his staff. “Overnight, Wall Street became big-government socialists and begged for the largest federal bailout in American history — over $1 trillion from the Treasury and even more from the Fed.”



Bernie Sanders, draping himself in the progressive tradition of Franklin Roosevelt, is poised to defend his political philosophy in a speech that accuses Donald Trump of profiting from “corporate socialism”.

In a speech at George Washington University on Wednesday, the Democratic party presidential contender for 2020 will outline a distinctly American brand of socialism as he forcefully rebuts attacks on democratic socialism from the president and other senior Republicans.

“While President Trump and his fellow oligarchs attack us for our support of democratic socialism, they don’t really oppose all forms of socialism,” Sanders will say, according to excerpts of his speech distributed on Tuesday by his campaign. “They may hate democratic socialism because it benefits working people, but they absolutely love corporate socialism that enriches Trump and other billionaires.”

Sanders will describe democratic socialism as a reflection of deeply-held American values like fairness and equality as he calls for a reimagining of the US economy.

“Over 80 years ago, Franklin Delano Roosevelt helped create a government that made huge progress in protecting the needs of working families,” he will say. “Today in the second decade of the 21st century we must take up the unfinished business of the New Deal and carry it to completion. This is the unfinished business of the Democratic Party and the vision we must accomplish.”



.@JoeBiden in Ottumwa, Iowa: "I promise you if I'm elected president, you're going to see the single most important thing that changes America — we're going to cure cancer."

— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) June 11, 2019


So we can throw more money at pharma, but can’t have Medicare for All?



Sen. Bernie Sanders took to Twitter on Tuesday to wade into New Jersey’s budget showdown and lend his support for Gov. Phil Murphy, who’s locked in a battle with top Democratic lawmakers.

Murphy, a Democrat and progressive like Sanders, is pushing to raise taxes on the Garden State’s millionaires to bring another $536 million into state coffers next year. But Democrats who lead the state Legislature are pushing back.

Sanders, a Vermont independent who once again is running for the Democratic nomination for president, retweeted the largest state workers union, the Communications of America. The union is organizing support for Murphy’s millionaires tax proposal and opposition to cuts to employee health care and retirement benefits being pushed by Democratic state Senate President Stephen Sweeney.

While Sanders didn’t mention Murphy by name is his tweet Tuesday, it’s clear whose side he is on.

“Politicians must make it clear which side they are on: are they with workers or wealthy CEOs? I call on New Jersey legislators to side with workers and reject pension and health care cuts,” Sanders wrote, adding that he stands with the CWA and the New Jersey Education Association.


Some good news Lee Carter (democratic socialist) wins his primary.


A democratic socialist in Virginia has defeated a more moderate challenger to hold on to the Democratic Party’s nomination for a legislative seat.

Incumbent Del. Lee Carter defeated challenger Mark Wolfe in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for House District 50.

Carter is an outspoken member of the Democratic Socialists of America whose 2017 victory was among the most surprising Democratic wins that year. He often clashes with his own party’s leaders.

Wolfe is a Manassas city councilmember who campaigned on being a pragmatic leader.

The final results.


Mark D. Wolfe
Democratic 1,055 42.28%
Lee J. Carter
Democratic 1,440 57.72%


The Lying DNC.

“We can’t have single purpose debates, and if you do participate in one, we will blackball you. No Climate Change debate!”


Planned Parenthood to Host Women’s Health Forum for 2020 Democrats

Planned Parenthood Action Fund is set to host a forum on reproductive rights for the Democratic primary field this month, as the issue of abortion emerges as a central topic in the 2020 presidential race.

The forum, hosted by Planned Parenthood’s political arm, is the first event in recent presidential campaigns singularly focused on women’s health. The candidates will be individually questioned for 15 minutes about their positions and records on issues like abortion rights, access to health care and contraception.

So far, 16 candidates have agreed to participate, and more are expected. The event will take place in Columbia, S.C., on June 22, the same weekend as the state Democratic Party convention, when nearly all the candidates will be in the city to woo activists and officials.

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