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AOC New Yorker piece.

apologies if already posted. Link seems super long.

Don midwest
Don midwest

great article. Had not seen it. Thanks.

and Joe the shit Lieberman comes out and suggests that Crowley run as an independent

I will never forgive Obama when he went to CT and campaigned for Lieberman who went on to win as an independent and continued his shit like in recent years working at a law firm that had Trump as a client

Obama was the Manchurian candidate.


I wonder if the Republicans still like the idea of arming teachers?


A teacher who fired a gun inside a Georgia high school after barricading himself in his classroom has been sent to prison for two years.

Jesse Randal Davidson, 53, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to multiple charges including criminal property damage, The Associated Press reported, citing local outlets.

He will be on probation for eight years after leaving prison, the news service added.

Trump has called for the government to support training for teachers to be armed in the wake of several mass shootings targeting schools around the country.


Scott Pruitt may be gone but the EPA keeps on ticking.


The Trump administration started easing some standards for how companies discard coal ash, the toxic substances left over from burning coal.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made final Wednesday what it said are the first of a potential series of changes to the Obama administration’s landmark 2015 rule that dictated the first ever federal standards for coal ash disposal.

The amendments include postponing some deadlines and giving states or EPA more authority to waive some requirements.

It is the first major regulatory move by acting EPA head Andrew Wheeler, who took over earlier this month when former chief Scott Pruitt resigned under the cloud of numerous scandals.

Before EPA, Wheeler was a lobbyist whose clients included coal mining company Murray Energy Corp. Murray opposed the 2015 rule, though Wheeler has said that he didn’t lobby EPA for two years before his April confirmation as deputy administrator.


All about business and its greed.


This is not a bad idea. It would be an improvement.


It would be great if this became a trend.

Not likely to happen when ex military and diplomats can get jobs as talking heads on cable tv.


I wonder if AIPAC is behind this?


I’m pretty certain that is why Joe Lieberman attacked her candidacy in today’s WSJ.


The same guy that works for a law firm Trump has been using for years. The same guy who helped Gore lose in 2000, although that’s on Gore.


I think that Bernie has gone “Full Maddow”. I am not really impressed!


It would have been nice to see Bernie as vociferous in his actions concerning the shenanigans carried out by the Clintons and the DNC during the primary. It would have made many of his supporters happy.


He’s alluded to it…I think as recently as last week at a rally for Keith Ellison.


It pains me but this is how I feel.

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Ditto! I love Bernie, but I don’t want him to ever become President if that’s how it’s going to be.


Maybe they will start liking him over a TOP.


For me this tweet is a big ol’ yellow flag.


Did the Bernster announce he wasn’t doing POTUS in 2020? I can’t find an audio link.




Did I miss something here?

Bernie has not gone Maddow. He gets p’d off when someone screws with our democracy. He’s empathetic.

Clinton was right about Trump, but we wouldn’t have this mess if Bernie had become president instead.


I’m with you Humphrey!

In the context of the over-the-top rhetoric we are being subjected to, Bernie’s tweets not surprising I suppose, and I wonder if he is at least partly doing this to avoid being labeled a traitor too, but all this charged talk is not good, imo. If Bernie is going to become just another fearmongerer, he will lose my support.

Shit like this:

“The warning signs are there,” said the DNI (Dan Coats). “The system is blinking. It is why I believe we are at a critical point.” The digital infrastructure of the United States “is literally under attack.”

-warning signs are there
-the system is blinking
-we are at a critical point
-we’re under attack

I mean, c’mon! The fact is that our digital infrastructure is most likely always “under attack”.

Between the various countries’ spycraft, corporate digital spying on competitors, weapons manufacturers and weapons dealers doing their best to destabilize for profit, crooks who deploy ransomware (at work got hit with that a few years back, all of our files and programs became inaccessible, it was traced back to Romania, and I know a company also hit with ransomeware who ended up paying the crooks off), and let’s not leave out data brokers tracking everything, everyone.


Coats went on to say:

In the months prior to 9/11, the system was blinking red. “And here we are nearly two decades later, and I’m here to say, The warning lights are blinking red again.”

The aggressors, said Coats, are Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea. The worst of them is Russia, “no question.” The intent of the Kremlin is to “undermine our democracy” and “create wedges between us and our allies.”

What I hear is the influence of think tanks like the Atlantic Council (who sees enemies at every turn). If I was a conspiracy theorist, I’d say that they’re preparing us for some kind of false flag to! Who’s in charge for crap’s sake? Because I’m staring to wonder if the so-called intelligence agencies are taking over control and if we’re watching a soft coup in motion.


Hackers are everywhere foreign or domestic 24-7. Only Trumpcorp and his fanatics believe otherwise.


Now they’re resorting to referring to 9/11!!!


Along the same vein.


That bitch can go to hell (wish I believed in it). Mrs. Alan Greenspan. Piss on her, but not the unlucky horse she rode in on!!


Exclusive: Over 60 House Democrats are forming a Medicare for All Caucus

After years on the fringe, Medicare for All is becoming a central plank of the Democratic Party. Dozens of Congressional Democrats are set to announce the formation of an official Medicare For All Caucus on Thursday, according to a source familiar with the plan.

The caucus is expected to have over 60 founding members, or approximately one-third of all the 193 House Democrats with more expected to sign on in the coming weeks. More could join following the 2018 midterms with many Democratic challengers embracing Medicare for All.

It is just the latest instance of Democratic lawmakers embracing a single payer health care system after decades of party leaders dismissing it as too left-wing and politically toxic in the face of Republican attacks.

“This is a sea change from just four or five years ago and people are more likely to see health care as a right,” said Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington, who will be one of the caucus co-chairs along with Reps. Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Rep. Debbie Dingell of Michigan. Member of Congress will formally announce the caucus 10 a.m. on Thursday at the Capitol along with representatives from National Nurses United, Social Security Works, and other progressive groups.




Some added info on that.


Building on the rapidly growing wave of support for Medicare for All at the grassroots and on Capitol Hill, more than 60 House Democrats are forming an official Medicare for All Caucus with the goal of closely examining specific policy components of single-payer and seriously discussing the steps necessary to implement it in the United States.

“This is a sea change from just four or five years ago and people are more likely to see healthcare as a right,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) told Vice News, which first reported on the formation of the caucus on Wednesday.
Jayapal will join Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), National Nurses United (NNU), and other progressive groups to officially launch the caucus with an announcement Thursday morning. While just over 60 Democrats will be part of the caucus on day one, that number is expected to grow quickly over the next several weeks.


Great idea! Hadn’t heard about it until I came here.


OPOL has published an essay at c99% that is worth reading. It’s his usual good penmanship full of passion and yes, some sadness that the Dem Party is still not far along in reforms as Bernie is trying to do.

Reality: It’s a Thing


Wow, I miss OPOL so much! Thank you Benny.


Thanks for pointing it out. I visit c99% regularly but for some reason I missed it. OPOL was one of my favorites at TOP before he was the recipient of the ban hammer.


Actually, he was not bojo’d. He chose to withdraw many of his posts. But if you do a search on his name and look at his profile, he’s still retained his TU status.

But it was an impassioned diary, and I missed seeing his writing. I hope he resumes on a more regular basis at c99.


Democratic socialism’s time has come around

Moreover, Jake Sullivan, who was Hillary Clinton’s 2016 senior policy adviser, is right to argue in the journal Democracy that “Democrats should not blush too much, or pay too much heed, when political commentators arch their eyebrows about the party moving left.” (Disclosure: I have long-standing ties to Democracy.)

Sullivan sees “the center of gravity” in our politics moving in a more progressive direction in response to “the flaws of our public and private institutions that contributed to the financial crisis” and “the decades of rising inequality and income stagnation that came before.” Rescuing and rebuilding the American middle class require boldness, not timidity, he says, and an engagement with the persistent experimentation that Franklin D. Roosevelt championed.

The presence of an active democratic socialist voice encourages the conversation Sullivan describes. It serves as a corrective to a debate that had skewed so far right that middle-of-the-road progressives — former president Barack Obama, for one — found themselves (laughably) labeled as “socialists.” Having real socialists in the arena laying out more adventurous positions — among them, single-payer health care and free college — moves the boundaries of discussion and could, in the long run, improve the outcomes in legislative bargaining. Radical tax cuts from the right and measured austerity from the center represents a dreary choice for discontented voters and offers little hope for solving the problems that ignite their anger.

Our new left should attend to the realism Harrington preached. Social reform in our country has usually depended on alliances of the center and the left, and outright warfare between them only strengthens the right. The word “democratic” must always be given priority over the word “socialist,” and broad coalitions are the lifeblood of democracies.


Based on the few meetings I’ve attended with DSA, I would say the Democratic part rings the loudest of the bells.


Aparrently “The Americans” wasnt canceled

Tale of sex, deception emerges about suspected Russian agent

The allegations add to the portrait of a Russian woman who the Justice Department says worked covertly to establish back-channel lines of communication to the Kremlin and infiltrate U.S. political organizations, including the National Rifle Association, and gather intelligence for a senior Russian official to whom she reported.
Prosecutors also alleged she had a personal relationship with an American political operative and offered sex to another person in exchange for a position with a special interest organization.




When Nixon was asked whether she would vacate her spot on the Working Families Party ballot line if she lost the Democratic primary, Nixon noted that her opponent would face a similar scenario, yet is never asked the same question.

“I want to point out though that Gov. Cuomo will have the same situation when I win the Democratic nomination,” Nixon said. “Andrew Cuomo is actually on two different ballot lines, he’s on the Independence Party line and the Women’s Equality Party line, which is a party he invented and that he funds.”



“I want to point out though that Gov. Cuomo will have the same situation when I win the Democratic nomination,” Nixon said. “Andrew Cuomo is actually on two different ballot lines, he’s on the Independence Party line and the Women’s Equality Party line, which is a party he invented and that he funds.”

Despite the fact that Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic primary, Crowley will still appear on the ballot under the Women’s Equality Party line. He will also appear a second time on the ballot on the Working Families Party line, who endorsed him early on in the race. WFP has since endorsed Ocasio-Cortez and asked Crowley to withdraw his name from the ballot, but Crowley has refused.


And for something very different:


LOL Everything is above board in the good old USA.


New tactic by politicians: Set up fake news websites as a campaign gambit.

Despite complaints from Congress about the Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign that included “fake news” sites designed to sway voters, at least three members of Congress seeking re-election have posted similar sites designed to help them win re-election.
Three sitting senators fighting tough re-election campaigns as well as at least one House member, have created sites that masquerade as internet news pages.
Nevada Republican Sen. Deal Heller’s website, NevadaSenateUpdates.com, even has weather and calendar widgets on the top of its page, just like those of a conventional newspaper website. The “paid for by Heller for Senate” is in dim gray type on a black bar at the bottom.
Rep. Devin Nunes earlier this year created a website called The California Republican that mimics a news site, even using the state flag as a logo. Only at the bottom in easy-to-miss type does it say, “Paid for by Devin Nunes Campaign Committee.” Nunes is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

Guess who also is at it?

If the disclaimer from the Nunes campaign is difficult to spot, the one on the faux internet news site of the Missouri Democratic Party, The Missouri Download, a vehicle to boost the re-election chances of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, is almost impossible to read.

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