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During his appearance on Wednesday’s episode of “The View,” Senator Bernie Sanders wanted to be clear that he is not responsible for the words or actions of his colleagues after host Meghan McCain referred to him as “the Godfather of The Squad.”

As part of her second question for the Vermont senator, McCain pressed him on his feelings about recent moves by U.S. Reps. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Talib and Ilhan Omar, questioning whether he feels that “The Squad,” as they’ve become known, have become too extreme for him.

“You are the Godfather of The Squad. You’re a hyper-progressive socialist, and you’re talking about social justice before it was cool,” McCain posed. “But it feels like the squad today has moved even to the left of you. How is it for you to stand by everything AOC, Rashida Talib and Ilhan Omar have said and done, particularly when it comes to Israel and talking about ‘From the river to the sea’ and the extermination of Israel, as a right to exist? Or do you think the movement, which you started, has moved away from what you envisioned?”

In response, Sanders quickly made it clear that he was not interested in discussing the political actions of others instead of his own.

“Well Meghan, first of all, I don’t believe that’s what they’re saying, and second of all, it’s not my job to have to defend every member of Congress, any more than it is their job to defend every statement that I make,” Sanders retorted.

The Senator then when on to pivot the discussion to his current focus on making sure billionaires are taxed fairly. Sanders eventually circled back to McCain’s original question, noting that he’s pleased with the work that progressives have been doing, but doubling down on the fact that it’s not his responsibility to comment on that work.

“I think the progressives in the House are doing a very good job in standing up for working families,” Sanders said. “It’s not my job to comment on everything that any member of the House says, any more than it is for them to comment on what I say.”


Man, is she a do-nothing twit living off Daddy!💩


smack her down, Bernie! good job.


I wish he’d (maybe teasingly) accused her of being sexist.

‘Well Meghan, that actually sounds somewhat sexist! The accomplished young women you are talking about are clearly capable of charting their own paths, and representing their constituents as they see fit.’


p.s. Meghan annoys the crap out of me.

Grrrr, that framing!

“You are the Godfather of The Squad. You’re a hyper-progressive socialist, and you’re talking about social justice before it was cool,” McCain posed. “But it feels like the squad today has moved even to the left of you.”

Stating opinion as fact, then “even” “to the left of you” ! (sharp intake of breath)

AFAIC Bernie kept his cool like the gentleman he is, but I would probably have not been as gracious.



Chief Justice John Roberts reminded America of his conservative bona fides on Wednesday as he touted property rights and rejected a California regulation that allows labor union organizers temporary access to agriculture property.

The decision was a manifestation of one of Roberts’ core interests, tied to Fifth Amendment protection against government takings “without just compensation,” dating all the way back to his years in the Ronald Reagan administration and then in private practice representing business interests.

Wednesday’s decision also offered a significant manifestation of the new 6-3 conservative-liberal ideologically split court. In his opinion for the majority, Roberts eschewed the caveats and narrow approach he has brought to other areas of the law — notably social policy dilemmas — to achieve cross-ideological consensus.

That approach, slowing a right-wing revolution as more conservative justices have joined the bench, along with his votes since 2012 to uphold Obamacare, have tempered Roberts’ image in the public eye.
But the 2005 appointee of Republican President George W. Bush is still fundamentally conservative. And he has consistently sided with business over unions and with property owners over government regulators.

The addition of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, succeeding the late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has arguably complicated Roberts’ stewardship in some areas of the law as he tries to prevent a far-right shift. But when it comes to cases involving the business community, the chief justice’s hand has only gotten stronger.

The new case centered on a California Agricultural Labor Relations Board regulation giving unions access to agricultural property up to three hours a day during four months of the year for organizing workers before or after work and during lunch breaks.

The dissenters on Wednesday, led by Justice Stephen Breyer, scoffed at Roberts’ emphasis on an owner’s “right to invade,” adding in parentheses “whatever that might mean.” Dissenters drew a line between permanent and temporary access to property and contended the temporary access required by the California regulation fell short of “the classic taking” when government has directly appropriated private property or ousted the owner.

Dissenters also argued that the majority’s legal framework would threaten many ordinary state regulations, such as those covering the environment and public safety.



Rev. Jesse Jackson and Bishop William Barber were among a group of civil rights leaders arrested outside the Senate during a protest calling for the filibuster’s abolition on Wednesday.

Driving the news: The demonstration also called on senators to pass a sweeping voting rights bill that was blocked in the Senate on Tuesday, which was co-sponsored by every Democratic senator except for Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).

Jackson and Barber were among some 20 protesters arrested for crowding or obstructing, Capitol Police said, per Fox 5.

Just before the arrests, Barber and other demonstrators unrolled a sign that read: “Manchin, stop hurting West Virginia: Stop the filibuster,” the Religion News Service reports.


The Biden Administration is doing some good stuff but given the emergency likely not enough.


On his first day at the White House, Joe Biden earned praise for following through on several campaign promises, committing the US to strict climate goals and a greener future. Now, nearly six months into his presidency, several of those commitments are being put to the test, and already, many are falling apart.

A court last week ruled that the Biden administration did not have the authority to unilaterally pause oil and gas lease sales across the US. The decision came alongside news that congressional bargaining over Biden’s climate and infrastructure bill is hitting a wall with Republicans and the administration is now considering a slimmed-down version.

Together, the developments are compounding a list of worries by environmentalists. Many fear Biden’s promises on climate may turn out to be more talk than action.

“We aren’t seeing the fight and the grit that gives us the full hope,” said Jeremy Nichols, climate and energy program director of WildEarth Guardians. “There’s something to be said about posturing and sending the message that you are for real, these aren’t just words, that these are values, and they are going to fight for them and build the right level of support to get things across the finish line.”

Drilling on public lands accounts for nearly a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions in the country. In one of his first acts as president, Biden issued an executive order that paused new onshore and offshore federal fossil fuel lease sales in order to let the administration study the future of the practice and its climate repercussions.

Now, however, it’s unclear how strongly the administration plans to fight the injunction and whether the Department of Justice will counter in courts – a silence that is frustrating environmental groups. The White House did not return a request for comment.

Still, Biden has experienced notable success with other climate and environmental promises. He recommitted the US to the Paris climate agreement, revoked permits for the Keystone XL pipeline (setting the stage for the Canadian power company to terminate construction this month), and suspended oil and gas leases in Alaska’s Arctic national wildlife refuge.

Separately, federal agencies in recent months have also moved to restore clean water protections stripped by Trump, review soot pollution rules, and repeal and replace a decision to allow roads built through Alaska’s Tongass national forest; they also held the country’s first offshore wind lease sale. Green groups consider all those actions to be wins.

“We aren’t pessimistic at this moment, but we are searching a little bit and we are hoping we see things happen,” Nichols said. “Really we want to see something that strikes at the heart of the fossil fuel industry and makes clear this administration does not view the fossil fuel industry as any kind of a friend.”


T and R x 2, Ms. Benny!! 🐋🌳☮️😊👍 Still not sure what I think regarding ranked choice voting?🙄


Brazil police use teargas and rubber bullets against indigenous protesters

Riot police have fired teargas and rubber bullets at indigenous activists protesting outside Brazil’s congress against new legislation that would undermine legal protections for indigenous territories, and open them up to commercial agriculture and mining.


T & R, Benny!

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