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One thing Trump is good at is getting crazy right wingers to make death threats.


Donald Trump’s attack on Sadiq Khan is the latest in a long line of statements reflecting the far-right’s “obsession” with the London mayor, experts have said.

Shortly before the US president landed for the start of his state visit to the UK, he launched a Twitter tirade accusing the London mayor of doing a “terrible job” and being a “stone cold loser who should focus on crime”.

There were warnings that the comments could fuel harassment targeting Mr Khan, who is already under 24-hour police protection because of death threats.

A spokesperson for Mr Khan said the comments had gone beyond “childish insults”, adding: “Sadiq is representing the progressive values of London and our country, warning that Donald Trump is the most egregious example of a growing far-right threat around the globe, which is putting at risk the basic values that have defined our liberal democracies for more than 70 years.”



One of the most heated moments came when Gillibrand turned her fire on Fox News itself. On a question about late-term abortions, Gillibrand attacked Fox News for what she called the “role” the network “plays” in the “false narrative” around abortion rights.

But Wallace cut in mid-answer: “I understand, maybe, to make your credentials with the Democrats who are not appearing on Fox News, you want to attack us, I’m not sure it’s frankly very polite when we’ve invited you to be here,” Wallace said.

Gillibrand responded by saying she’d do it politely.

“The debate about whether or not women should have reproductive freedom has turned into a red herring debate,” Gillibrand continued. “What happens on Fox News is relevant because they talked about infanticide for six and a half hours — six and a half hours — right before President Trump’s State of the Union.”

“That is not the debate of what access to reproductive care is in this country,” she added.

Appearing on Fox News at all turned into its own test for Democratic presidential candidates this year. Four candidates — the others are Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg — held town halls on the network, while Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren blasted the network as a “hate-for-profit racket.” California Sen. Kamala Harris also declined to appear for a town hall.


Good for her!



But Third Way, the prominent think tank for moderate Democrats, is hoping to change that. The group is targeting roughly 10,000 “influencers” on the platform by promoting paid content that aims to change the progressive conversation to centrist chatter ahead of 2020. And they’re doing so, in large part, by encouraging the individuals they’re targeting on Twitter to not pay too much attention to Twitter.

He acknowledges the irony in running ads on Twitter with the primary message that the platform is problematic. “For us, it’s a very double-edged sword,” Bennett said. “On the one hand, one of our messages is ‘don’t pay so much attention to Twitter. Twitter isn’t real.’ On the other hand, you have to go where the people are.”

Ultimately, Third Way’s goal is not simply to influence the influencers, but to shape the direction that the Democratic Party takes heading into the 2020 primaries. For that reason, the group is paying particular attention to high-visibility Democrats in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina, the first four states to vote in the Democratic primary. In recent weeks, for example, the group has been promoting the “#killthecaucus” hashtag, even tweeting: “Caucuses are dying. That is good for democracy,” with a link to a memo written by its senior political analyst.

Such messages have not always gone over well. Bennett acknowledged he has already heard from some irritated Iowa Democrats.

“Sure doesn’t feel that way in Iowa,” one influential Democrat in the state told The Daily Beast when presented with the tweet arguing that “caucuses are dying.”

Meanwhile, one Democratic activist in New Hampshire said the group’s “promoted” tweets, which pop up in specific users’ timelines, are generally unappealing.

“I’m open to some degree to some of their arguments,” the Granite State activist said, “but have zero trust in them or their motives, and they’ve made me more suspicious of anyone pushing those arguments.”


Yawn. I love AOC’s Drag Race “sashay away” reference


Former Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) fired back at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) saying her comments could lead to “a second term for Donald Trump” while challenging her to a debate after the freshman Congresswoman called for the 2020 presidential hopeful to “please sashay away” from the Democratic Primary.

Ocasio-Cortez’s criticism of Delaney followed his remarks Sunday at the California Democratic Convention where he said Medicare for All is “actually not good policy nor is it good politics.”

The fiery freshman New York lawmaker was not the only Democrat critical of Delaney’s take — he was loudly booed by the California crowd.

Delaney’s press secretary, Michael Starr Hopkins, released a statement on Monday saying that Ocasio-Cortez’s comments only help President Trump move toward reelection in 2020.

“The only person Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez helped with her tweet about Congressman Delaney was Donald Trump,” Hopkins’s statement reads. “If Democrats are serious about beating the President at the ballot box, we need less political grandstanding and more truth-telling from the Bernie wing of the party.


Howard Zinn: “All wars are wars against children.”


Bernie’s op ed in the Reno Gazette Journal


If we love our country we must love and care for the children of America, who are our future. In Nevada, Vermont and all across our country, we must make high quality education a national priority. Our kids deserve excellent schools, and teaching must once again become a highly respected and supported profession.

Unfortunately, and tragically, that is not the case today.

Instead of attracting the best and the brightest into teaching, we are seeing young people choose other professions which provide them with higher salaries and better working conditions. Over the last 20 years, the average weekly wages of public school teachers have decreased, even as wages for other college graduates have grown. In 1993, teachers made about 5 percent less than other workers with similar education. Today, teachers make 21 percent less — and they now, on average, make less than the typical worker in nearly every state.

Here in Nevada, which has ranked near the bottom for education funding, teachers are paid 17.5 percent less than other college-educated workers. That pay gap persists even after a 2015 tax increase generated much-needed new investments in the state’s public education system.




“During the course of this campaign, Vice President Biden will share his vision for a progressive trade policy in which labor unions and environmental advocates are directly at the table and which would secure the wins that the American people need to compete and lead in the global economy,” said Biden spokesman Andrew Bates.

Biden’s claim to a progressive trade policy will surely be scoffed at by candidates to his left, given his past support of NAFTA and TPP. When Biden released an education platform recently, Sanders speechwriter David Sirota retorted that the campaign had “decided to brazenly plagiarize” Sanders.

National Sanders campaign co-chair Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) defended his candidate’s lane as pro-labor and said the Vermont Independent’s long record of skepticism of trade deals will give him more long-term credibility on his path to victory through the Midwest.

“Trade agreements need to protect labor and environmental standards and allow for unionization, and these trade deals haven’t done that, and it’s decimated America’s industrial base, it’s decimated much of the working class,” he told VICE News.


“which would secure the wins that the American people need to compete and lead in the global economy,” said Biden“

code for “you gotta love austerity.”




as always, the bottom tweet.


Yeah. Trump is so unpopular everywhere. It’s why I disagree with a lot of tweeters that if Biden wins the nomination, Trump wins. I think Biden wins.


Two things:

1. a Biden nomination will depress turnout on the left.
2. it’s very difficult for me to imagine that Republicans can vote for Obama’s VP. They associate Biden with Obama in a bad way, while many older Democrats associate Biden with Obama in a good way.

p.s. I’m going to start quizzing conservatives that I know.


I dearly hope that I am wrong. And I’m glad I am having this crisis now so that it will pass and I can energetically support my man.

I am looking for alternative ways to support him because I’m too passionate and perhaps anxious about his election and can push people away with my strident mannerisms, at least for now.


Yeah Biden could win but really no better than Bernie, and that’s the point. Pick the best Dem. We know who that is😊!


You may have more faith in the system then I do. But I appreciate your positive outlook. Makes me smile.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Why Joe Biden Was Afraid to Face California’s Democratic Party
There was a very high level of mistrust regarding the former vice president at the state convention

He can try to hide but he has a record and as more know about it, the less he will be able to keep his ratings.

How long will the establishment dems try to push this looser?

Another article on the CA convention and some text on Warren

This challenge was expressed most deeply by Elizabeth Warren, who received the warmest welcome from the assembly on Saturday—even more than the home-state candidate who preceded her, Kamala Harris—with a speech that assailed the small-ness of restoration politics, the inessential-ness at the heart of Biden-ism.

“Some Democrats in Washington believe the only changes we can get are tweaks and nudges,” said Warren, who dominated the weekend, including bringing 6,500 people to a town hall in Oakland on Friday night. “If they dream at all, they dream small. Some say if we all just calm down, the Republicans will come to their senses.”

After offering some of her bigger dreams—a wealth tax, an expansive anti-corruption plan, breaking up big ag, big banks, and big tech—Warren stuck in the knife. “When a candidate tells you about all the things that aren’t possible, about how political calculations come first, about how you should settle for little bits and pieces instead of real change, they’re telling you something very important: they are telling you that they will not fight for you.”

It was the most direct challenge to Biden-ism yet, and it fit with Warren’s stump speech in Oakland, which highlighted corruption as a disease upon the body politic, frustrating progress at every opportunity. In just five months on the trail, Warren’s weaving between her personal middle-class upbringing and the role of big money and big business in politics already reflects a finely-tuned narrative that feels much more seasoned.

And her themes are big enough to cover the main case against Biden: that his hypothetical presidency would pose no threat to special interests and keep middle-class Americans depressed and voiceless. Several convention-goers expressed to me concerns about the backlash to another ineffectual Democratic regime, yielding a right-wing ascendancy that actually might be competent this time.

In California, Democratic Hopefuls Counter Biden’s Status Quo Politics

The more the candidates are forced to adopt Bernie’s position, the less control the establishment party can have to maintain their power

What about a Bernie + Liz ticket?


Seldom are two neighboring states’ candidates on the ticket. Clinton and Gore are rare exceptions, but Gore was a Washington insider at the time.

I think the VP is going to have to be from the Midwest or the S/SW. While we all love Nina Turner, I have my eye on someone else should Liz, Bernie, or Jay get the nomination. I’m thinking of someone from WI.

Miami Gator seems to think Bernie should consider Harris, whom I really struggle with due to her lack of experience. I just think the Midwest won’t warm to Harris except in select urban areas, but then Obama surprised everyone in 2008.


Especially two New England residents. Not going to happen. Harris is definitely a possibility. Turnout in those urban areas could be the difference. Harris would also be helpful with the Hillary crowd.

Who from WI? Tammy Baldwin? Not a bad choice. Russ Feingold is great, but I don’t think a ticket with two older Jewish males would work.

I think it’s very likely that Bernie’s running mate will be a woman.


I think Tammy Baldwin is worth considering. She checks off a lot of boxes, including her age and experience. My only quibble about her is taking some insurance company employees checks (big ones I think) in her first senate run, but it’s not like Biden (or the baroness).


But you raise another point: if Warren were to get the nod, Feingold would make a good midwestern choice.


Harrison Bernie I like oil and water. And she’s terrible on the stump.



I wanted to share this screenshot of my timeline that I just caught up on.

The Brothers Sanders! Side by side, so to speak. Their parents would have been proud.

(I follow 5,000 people on twitter, so I think the odds are rather small on this)

S and S.jpg

A rare sympathetic WaPo columnist


But Biden’s lead doesn’t mean Sanders is out. Byler observed in his piece that the senator from Vermont has held a steady high-teens to low-20s polling average against Biden; that hasn’t changed, even as others, such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), have gained. A couple of recent polls reinforce this steady run. A May 28th Morning Consult poll showed Sanders up from 19 percent to 20 percent, in second place behind Biden; meanwhile, a May 18 Economist/YouGov poll found that 41 percentof probable Democratic primary/caucus voters are considering Sanders, only a few percentage points behind Biden. A late-May Change Research poll also found Sanders tailing Biden with only a seven-percentage-point gap among likely Democratic primary voters in California — a state with numerous delegates in play. And Sanders still has plenty of funds, especially compared to the rest of the field.

Nor do Sanders’s crowds seem to be shrinking on the road, as Trump’s commentary on his energy might suggest. Bernie’s campaign swings routinely bring out crowds numbering in the thousands; even a recent stop at a Nevada middle school drew some 900. Campaigns with less in the way of enthusiastic turnout — such as Biden’s — certainly wouldn’t complain about Sanders’s crowd numbers, though they’re rarely accused of running out of steam for failing to match them.

Lastly, Sanders’s flagship commitments — the policies he championed and brought to the national stage, like Medicare for All — show no signs of flickering out among Dems. At a recent California campaign event, one of his primary rivals, John Delaney, was roundly booed for criticizing Medicare for All; John Hickenlooper was met with similar crowd disapproval for taking pot shots at the Vermont senator’s economics. Sanders’s critics in the party may not appreciate his left-running campaign pillars, but it seems they’ll either find themselves adopting some version of them — as several rival Democratic candidates have — or fighting an uphill battle against a base energized in part by his big ideas.

One of the many lessons of 2016 is that there’s plenty of art involved in the science of predicting the outcomes of volatile national races. Without having even seen 2020’s Democratic candidates engage in their first debates, it’s not especially responsible to begin talking about likely winners and likely dropouts, at least among the top competitors. But it seems fair to say that, on a number of measures, Sanders is hanging in there, rallying his base, and even building momentum in key areas — far from flagging or fading out of the race. Until the primaries themselves arrive and more concrete numbers come in — don’t write Sanders off.



Elizabeth Breunig. right?







Seems like someone needs to be a brave whistleblower here.




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