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jcitybone

Thanks orl

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https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/07/politics/jamaal-bowman-joe-manchin-cnntv/index.html

New York Rep. Jamaal Bowman on Monday compared fellow Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and said he is trying to thwart President Joe Biden’s agenda after the West Virginia lawmaker stood by his decision to vote against a sweeping voting rights bill and opposition to gutting the filibuster.

“Joe Manchin has become the new Mitch McConnell. Mitch McConnell during Obama’s presidency said he would do everything in his power to stop (then-President Barack Obama),” Bowman told CNN’s John Berman on “New Day.” “He’s also repeated that now during the Biden presidency by saying he would do everything in his power to stop President Biden, and now Joe Manchin is doing everything in his power to stop democracy and to stop our work for the people, the work that the people sent us here to do.”

Bowman continued, “Manchin is not pushing us closer to bipartisanship. He is doing the work of the Republican Party by being an obstructionist, just like they’ve been since the beginning of Biden’s presidency.”

magsview

Speaking of Bowman.. yah baby! Compare Manchin to McConnell! Yes, McConnell has turned obstructionism into an artform and Manchin is following in his path.

That might be a good angle to either dislodge Manchin or at least pull him left enough-assert that Manchin is McConnell’s lackey, that Manchin lacks his own vision, he’s either too lazy, too complacent, too entrenched, so many possible words, to be helpful to his constituents.

Something’s gotta be done about that guy.

bernin
bernin

There’s all this attention on Manchin right now, but has anyone asked Chris Coons if he’s ready to get rid of the filibuster now?

When Bernie forced the vote on raising the minimum wage, it revealed that Manchin wasn’t the only one — turned out there are other Pro-Corporate Neoliberals in there like Chris Coons who were against it too.

Same with this — I bet there are Neoliberals who are hiding behind Manchin right now. The Washington Post:

A Democratic Senate aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters, said there is a misconception that Manchin and Sinema are mainly responsible for holding on to the filibuster. In reality, the aide said, there are at least 10 Democratic senators who disagree with key parts of the bills that Republicans are filibustering, but “they just don’t need to say anything crazy because Joe Manchin is out there taking all the arrows for them.”

Benny

Mark Warner is one of them who is slightly visible about it, but yeah, the corp Dems don’t want to admit that Biden wants to go that big on the bill being proposed. He’s concerned his coat tails won’t be long enough in suburban areas if he chooses to ignore his donors.

jcitybone

Caveat is I don’t like Dovere and he should name names.

jcitybone

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https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/jun/06/anthony-fauci-hiv-aids-covid-vaccine-science-prevention

Fauci also knows what an unsung debt the Covid-19 response owes to HIV research. The nation’s top virologist said he would “argue forcibly with anybody” that had the HIV pandemic not helped train vast armies in the scientific, medical and public health sectors to mobilize in a moment of crisis, the battle against Covid-19 would be much further behind where it is today.

“It’s no accident that a lot of people who jumped in to address Covid right away are people who are involved in HIV,” said Jennifer Kates, director of global health & HIV policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “They’re a group of diverse scientists, activists, epidemiologists who said, ‘An emerging infectious disease that’s starting to harm people and kill people – we’ve been here before.’”

Fauci said: “What I learned from HIV was very helpful in my appreciating how Covid-19 evolved.”

jcitybone

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/07/climate/line-3-pipeline-protest-native-americans.htmlU

But Native American tribes see the construction as a violation of their tribal sovereignty, an issue that President Biden explicitly pledged to prioritize during his campaign.

The pipeline would pass through treaty-protected tribal lands, they stress, including watersheds that support wild rice, a staple food and important cultural heritage of the Ojibwe People. And in the event of a spill, the heavy oil traveling through the pipeline could sink to the bottom of rivers and streams, complicating a cleanup, environmental groups warn.

The Line 3 expansion also tests the Biden administration’s commitment to climate policy.

In his first week as president, Mr. Biden signed an executive order vowing to address climate change, rejoined the Paris climate agreement among the nations of the world, and canceled another pipeline, the Keystone XL, which would also have brought tar-sands oil, one of the dirtiest forms of energy, from Canada. He also recently suspended oil drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

At the same time, the Biden administration has defended a huge Trump-era drilling project and has taken other actions that could guarantee the drilling and burning of oil and gas for decades. And the president has so far stayed silent on Line 3, which would carry enough oil that, when burned, would add nearly 200 million tons of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere each year during the pipeline’s lifetime, according to the project’s Final Environmental Impact Statement. That’s the equivalent impact of annual emissions from 45 coal-fired power plants, or 38 million cars.

The project brings into sharp relief a question highlighted in a recent report from the International Energy Agency: At a time the world is trying to stave off the worst effects of climate change, just how much new oil and gas infrastructure is needed?

“Particularly from a climate standpoint, the case for a brand-new, massive tar-sands pipeline is extremely thin and frankly nonexistent,” said Moneen Nasmith, an attorney with the environmental legal organization, EarthJustice, which is challenging the pipeline. “Now is the time to do better by tribes, to take climate change seriously, to take environmental considerations seriously.”

polarbear4

i swear to gid, 😂 neolibs have brainwashed themselves. including the pols. it honestly is like they are robots, like they’re on automatic spouting their lies.

i care about the earth! keep drilling! make way for the pipeline! i care for the earth! and indigenous peoples! and human rights! keep bombing!

magsview

It’s discouraging. Some of them will see the light, hopefully soon.

Benny

jcitybone

https://www.politico.com/newsletters/weekly-score/2021/06/07/nina-turner-hits-3-million-raised-for-ohio-special-795779

Nina Turner has reached the $3 million mark for her bid for the Democratic nomination in a special election in Ohio — the latest chance for liberals to grow their ranks in Congress.

polarbear4
polarbear4

thanks orl! shouldn’t even be close.

polarbear4

I am ashamed to say that I believe a AT&T is the carrier for consumer cellular, a phone company that originally started for elders, I believe. They have really good prices and really good payment plans for phones. idk. living on the edge has its drawbacks.

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magsview

omg, that’s sooo awful 🙁 🙁 so hard to even begin to get your mind around something as awful as that 🙁

right wing nonsense has thrived up there in Canada too, it’s something politicians exploit..

It particularly breaks my heart to hear that today because my bro who lives in another Ontario city made a video that he sent me of what appeared to be him walking towards a young Sikh couple strolling along the sidewalk, looking like they’d just been married. There was a photog in front gently snapping a pic here and there.. The young man bearded in his pinkish-red turban, striking in his elegant attire-she was in an impossibly fushia pink outfit accented by gold, gorgeous, the epitome of grace. My brother called out, “Cool! Beautiful!”, and he smiled and gave a wave while she smiled. They looked so happy.

But now maybe some might be too scared to be so public.

magsview

Leftist teacher holds razor-thin lead in Peru presidential election

Pedro Castillo is about 0.2% ahead of his far-right opponent, Keiko Fujimori, with more than 94% of the vote counted

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/07/peru-elections-results-pedro-castillo-keiko-fujimori

polarbear4

it might be a lot larger of a lead and i don’t know why i hope against hope that they won’t find a way to rig .2%

.2% of 100 = 0.002 × 100 = 0.2 from calculator.net

jcitybone
polarbear4

moving. :tearsofjoy:

magsview

Great story. A dog used to be chained out back in house on other side of stream at one place I lived. The dog would bark ALL the time, to the point I was losing my mind and put a letter in their mailbox pleading with them to take him inside, that he was obviously needing their attention. Now I’m thinking I should have gone further.

jcitybone

https://www.businessinsider.com/aoc-slams-kamala-harris-guatemala-warning-disappointing-2021-6

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has criticized Vice President Kamala Harris’ rejection of Guatemalan migrants, saying the US was in part responsible for destabilizing the country in the first place.

At a press conference in Guatemala City on Monday, Harris told Guatemalans thinking of trying to enter the US to stay home, saying, “Do not come.”

Later on Monday, Ocasio-Cortez said of Harris’ speech, “This is disappointing to see.”

“First, seeking asylum at any US border is a 100% legal method of arrival,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

“Second, the US spent decades contributing to regime change and destabilization in Latin America. We can’t help set someone’s house on fire and then blame them for fleeing,” she continued.

jcitybone

https://www.propublica.org/article/the-secret-irs-files-trove-of-never-before-seen-records-reveal-how-the-wealthiest-avoid-income-tax

ProPublica has obtained a vast cache of IRS information showing how billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Warren Buffett pay little in income tax compared to their massive wealth — sometimes, even nothing.

In 2007, Jeff Bezos, then a multibillionaire and now the world’s richest man, did not pay a penny in federal income taxes. He achieved the feat again in 2011. In 2018, Tesla founder Elon Musk, the second-richest person in the world, also paid no federal income taxes.

Michael Bloomberg managed to do the same in recent years. Billionaire investor Carl Icahn did it twice. George Soros paid no federal income tax three years in a row.

ProPublica has obtained a vast trove of Internal Revenue Service data on the tax returns of thousands of the nation’s wealthiest people, covering more than 15 years. The data provides an unprecedented look inside the financial lives of America’s titans, including Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch and Mark Zuckerberg. It shows not just their income and taxes, but also their investments, stock trades, gambling winnings and even the results of audits.

Taken together, it demolishes the cornerstone myth of the American tax system: that everyone pays their fair share and the richest Americans pay the most. The IRS records show that the wealthiest can — perfectly legally — pay income taxes that are only a tiny fraction of the hundreds of millions, if not billions, their fortunes grow each year.

jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/06/07/manchin-must-wake-or-face-progressives-demand-floor-debate-pro-democracy-bill

The day after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) published an op-ed in the Charleston Gazette-Mail, falsely claiming passage of the For the People Act (S. 1) would be an example of “partisan policymaking” and vowing to vote against the measure because of its lack of Republican support, Common Cause President Karen Hobert Flynn demanded that the fight against disenfranchisement “does not end with an op-ed.”

Hobert Flynn called on Schumer to bring S. 1 to the floor for a vote and demanded that Manchin “allow the debate to take place on the floor and not just in the op-ed pages.”

“If Senate Republicans try to filibuster such a motion to proceed to a full floor debate, Senator Manchin should not join such a filibuster,” Hobert Flynn said regarding the congressional maneuver which Manchin supports and which all but guarantees the For the People Act will be voted down, as the Democrats would need 10 Republicans to join them in passing the bill.

As Hobert Flynn noted, Manchin insisted in the pages of the Gazette-Mail on Sunday that the For the People Act is a partisan measure, even though 79% of his own constituents including 76% of West Virginia Republicans support the legislation.

jcitybone

This is about corporate tax but it’s the same for voting rights. Follow the money. Doing what his constituents want is a bullshit excuse.

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2021/04/joe-manchin-biden-infrastructure-bill-lawyers-donations-corporate-law-tax-breaks

This week, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) signaled his resistance to President Joe Biden’s plan to raise the corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 28 percent to fund infrastructure investments — and his intransigence could protect numerous private equity donors who bankrolled his 2018 reelection campaign.

Further review of Manchin’s campaign contributions reveals his stance on tax reform could also protect lucrative tax benefits obtained by many of his biggest campaign benefactors in the legal industry as part of President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax law. That legislation included a special tax cut for certain types of incorporated law firms.

Unlike Manchin’s private equity donors, which include familiar names like Ares Management, the attorneys and lawyers who have filled the senator’s campaign war chest mostly belong to the inscrutable name-soup of billboard regional law firms unknown to most voters, such as the West Virginia firm of Bailey, Javins & Carter, whose lawyers donated $6,400 to Manchin’s 2018 reelection campaign.

But those donations have added up. Since 2015, Manchin has received nearly eight hundred contributions averaging slightly less than $1,000 from lawyers in thirty-one states, according to data available through the Federal Elections Commission.

In total, lawyers and law firms represent the second largest source of donations to Manchin’s campaign committee and leadership PAC after securities and investment businesses, totaling more than $822,000 in contributions since 2015, according to data compiled by OpenSecrets.

Donors from Manchin’s largest individual source of law firm cash, Steptoe & Johnson, delivered $23,100 to his 2018 reelection campaign, and the American Association for Justice PAC, which advocates for trial lawyers and opposes tort reform, contributed $10,000.

And all of these lawyers have a major stake in what happens with Biden’s new tax plan.

polarbear4

Great idea. The filibuster can be useful for bringing issues to the attention of the public when it is properly used.