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While Sanders himself has continually pointed to Scandinavia as providing inspiration for his policies, critics have sought to seize upon his disposition toward the Venezuelan government as evidence that he would allegedly destroy the U.S. economy “because socialism.”

Sanders, however, has never embraced the Venezuelan government — either under former President Hugo Chavez or now under President Nicolas Maduro. He never met with these leaders. He never claimed that Venezuela serves as a model of a socialist society. In fact, in 2016, he even specifically stated: “When I talk about democratic socialism, I’m not looking at Venezuela. I’m not looking at Cuba. I’m looking at countries like Denmark and Sweden.”


I can see why Sanders hasn’t “embraced” the Venezuelan government on a political level. Not that his critics won’t act like he did, of course.


Only the R’s claim Venezuela as a “Model” of Socialism as it fits their narrative. R’s don’t want to talk about FDR and the programs he started.


This perhaps explains Bernie’s recent focus on health care and his campaign’s eagerness to engage Biden in this issue.


But one number jumped out at me in the new CNN/UNH poll of New Hampshire Democratic primary voters that’s really good for Sanders: 34 percent think that Sanders is best able to handle health care.

By contrast, only 19 percent of voters in the poll put Sanders as their first choice (tied with Warren for second and behind Joe Biden’s 24 percent), so he’s still getting some credit from voters even if they don’t necessarily have him as their first choice.

And frankly, he probably should be getting credit. I don’t mean that as any sort of endorsement of his plan. It’s just that he has a plan — Medicare for All — when several of the other Democrats don’t. Instead, a number of other Democratic candidates — Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand — have signed up as co-sponsors of Sanders’s bill.

This is particularly strange for Warren, whose semi-official slogan is that “she has a plan for that.” As the Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein points out, there are plenty of plausible versions of plans that fall under the rubric of single payer or Medicare for All, some of which would allow Americans to keep some forms of private insurance (without which, Medicare for All becomes much less popular). Harris, meanwhile, despite having co-sponsored Sanders’s bill, has had trouble articulating what her health care stance actually is, exactly. In the category of unforced errors, I find it hard to fathom why Warren and Harris are ceding leadership on health care to Sanders, and even to Biden, who released his own plan health care plan this week. And it comes on an issue that matters: Health care ranked as the top issue for Democrats in that CNN/UNH poll.



On this latter point, Sanders tackled the right-wing spin with sarcasm. Opponents of Medicare for All, he said, “seem to think that the American people hate paying taxes, but they just love paying insurance premiums. ‘Oh my god dear, the insurance premium is here, what a wonderful day! Oh wow, let’s celebrate, hey!’”

In preparation for the coming showdown, pharmaceutical and insurance industry lobbyists have not restricted their backroom dealmaking to reliable friends in the GOP. They have also poured money into the Democratic Party, attempting to buy allies who can propagate misinformation about and deflate enthusiasm for Medicare for All. And they’ve found more than a few takers.

Sanders’s speech on Wednesday showed that despite the forces arrayed against him — and with full knowledge of the extent of their power — he’s steadfast in his support for Medicare for All. And he’s ready to rumble with the healthcare executives and their elected friends.

If Sanders and the movement he’s trying to build win, maybe we will all eventually get a card in the mail similar to the one millions of people received in 1966. With that card we can go to any doctor or hospital we want, and get any treatment or service we need. It will be the dawning of a new day in America: a day when the health of the many is prioritized over the profits of the few.


Bernie’s sarcasm is a great weapon. I just love it.


well, 538 may wish there were several plans that fall inder the rubric of M4A, but there really aren’t. Eliminating tiered care is essential.


Yeah I noticed that but I think the point was the need to actually have a plan.



The hashtag “#IStandWithIlhan” began trending after the crowd at President Trump’s rally Wednesday night targeted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and broke out into chants at “send her back.”

The chant erupted during the Greenville, N.C., rally after Trump made a series of remarks blasting Omar following days of attacks on her and other non-white progressive congresswomen, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.).

All of the freshman lawmakers are U.S. citizens but Omar is the only one of the four born outside of the U.S., having arrived as a child refugee from her native Somalia.

Omar responded to the chant by sharing a quote from Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise.”

“You may shoot me with your words,/You may cut me with your eyes,/You may kill me with your hatefulness,/But still, like air, I’ll rise,” Omar tweeted Wednesday.

Social media users, including many U.S. and foreign politicians, used the hashtag “#IStandWithIlhan” as a message of solidarity following the chant.




Sure, Trump has dived deep into the septic tank before—leading the birther nonsense, calling white supremacists “good people,” declining to condemn the KKK, and intentionally conflating Hispanic immigrants with violent criminals. But, folks, this is truly a new low.

I was reminded of the famous jury deliberation scene in 12 Angry Men in which, after two hours of dropping hints, Ed Bagley’s character suddenly explodes in an unequivocally racist rant, exclaiming, “They’re no good, there’s not a one of them that’s any good!” As Bagley continues to spew, each juror gets up and slowly turns away in repulsion, until Henry Fonda’s character famously says, “Sit down and don’t open your mouth again.”

Unfortunately, there are no fellow jurors turning their back on Trump or demanding that he shut up. Most Republicans in Congress could muster nary a peep of protest over the President’s remarks. Virtually the sole exception was Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who, in an interview on Fox News, offered this tepid response:

“We all know that A.O.C. and this crowd are a bunch of communists. They hate Israel, they hate our own country.” But, he went on to allow, the four “are American citizens” who “won an election.”

With defenders like these, who needs racist Presidents?

Somewhere, Richard Spencer, the white supremacist leader who attended the 2016 Republican convention in support of Trump and “sipped Manhattans as he matter-of-factly called for removing African-Americans, Hispanics and Jews from the United States,” is smiling triumphantly.

“Trust me. Trump thinks like me,” Spencer told AP reporter Steve Peoples back then. “Do you think it’s a coincidence that everybody like me loves Trump and supports him?”

No, Dick, we don’t think it’s a coincidence at all.


CNN widely criticized for giving air time to white supremacist Richard Spencer

“Many white nationalists will eat up this red meat that Donald Trump is throwing out there. I am not one of them,” Spencer told CNN. “I recognize the con game that is going on.”

Even this guy from the Daily Caller was apparently appalled:

Eddie Zipperer of the Daily Caller tweeted, “Meanwhile, @CNN was allowing Richard Spencer to dress up in his pundit outfit and use their airwaves to share his crappy opinions. Pretty ironic that on a day they’re fully devoting to calling Trump racist, they themselves give a platform to a horrendous racist.”

He later added, “Honestly, the fact that CNN chose to air his opinions is a million times more newsworthy than what Richard Spencer thinks about any subject ever.”

Is CNN trying to rehabilitate Spencer and help him improve his public image? Hmmmm, I wonder if this has anything to do with Spencer’s words?

Spencer is perhaps most notorious for being a key figure in the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. According to the Daily Beast, Spencer is currently being sued over the event, which he claims was organized with nonviolent motives even though the agenda of white nationalists is inherently violent.




Some of Puerto Rico’s biggest stars rallied a crowd of many thousands in San Juan on Wednesday calling on the island’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, to resign. It was the fifth day in a row of protests following a leak of hundreds of pages of misogynistic and homophobic texts between the governor and his main advisers.

During the day, trap artist Bad Bunny and the singer Ricky Martin were among the huge crowd that marched to the governor’s mansion.

Tensions ratcheted up in the evening as protesters burst through a barricade at the governor’s mansion, and security forces fired tear gas at the crowd, causing many to flee into surrounding streets. A livestream from Puerto Rican news site El Nuevo Día showed chaotic scenes of demonstrators confronting riot police a few minutes after midnight local time.

By early hours Thursday, the old city of San Juan resembled a war zone, with police chasing protesters through the streets while firing rubber bullets, gas canisters and what appeared to be flash bombs.

The protests have been gaining momentum every day with high-profile support, including from Lin-Manuel Miranda, who led a demonstration in New York calling on Rosselló to step down.

Rosselló has apologized for the texts but has insisted that he intends to remain in office.

In the private chat messages published on Saturday by Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism, the governor and his inner circle use misogynistic language to talk about women. They use homophobic language to talk about journalists and Ricky Martin. They engage in fat-shaming. They talk about manipulating the media, manipulating public opinion polls. And they make jokes about shooting the mayor of San Juan.

The governor’s chief financial officers made a joke about the dead bodies that piled up in a government facility before and after Hurricane Maria in 2017. That comment has been particularly galling for many Puerto Ricans still recovering from the deadly storm nearly two years later.


English translation (per Google):

Words from Rafael Hernandez Colon’s @ricardorossello funeral events: “He taught me that one does not need to hold on to power to contribute to Puerto Rico.” It’s time for Ricky to take that advice. #RickyRenuncia http://m.primerahora.com/noticias/gobierno-politica/nota/rosselloelogialavidafamiliarypoliticaderafaelhernandezcolon-1340664/ … @lherrero @TorresGotay @PabloJoseHR

(My bold)

A little background from May:

Puerto Rico mourns the death of former Gov. Rafael Hernández Colón at 82

Hernández Colón was governor from 1973 to 1977 and again from 1985 to 1993.
An attorney and one of the most influential leaders of the Popular Democratic Party, he advocated for the island’s current status as a commonwealth of the United States. He was president of the PPD for 23 years.



I wonder where Pit Bull (the Latino rapper) stands on this one? T and R, LD!!


Mayor Cruz of San Juan is of course a member of Bernie’s campaign team.


Do you believe this crap? It’s incredibly awful the way that Trump targets progressive women. So thankful Bernie is in her corner (and that she is in his corner).

Trump called her “despicable”! I’m in shock, and with Trump that’s hard to achieve.


The Best Day Of Joe Biden’s Presidential Campaign Was The First One

And other things you can learn from new data on how many donors contributed to Democratic presidential campaigns each day this year.


Check out the attached screenshot. They only counted donors who gave more than $200? If that’s true, can you imagine what that graph would look like if they dropped that benchmark down to, let’s say, $10?? Or even $20!

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Those graphs are fascinating. Based on numbers, they definitely indicate that the other front runners all are getting much more of their donations from maxed out donors. Otherwise, the graphs make it look like Bernie would be leading the donation amounts by a landslide. Good for Bernie because his donors can donate again and again.

I would love to see what % of the donation haul for each candidate cane from maxed out donors.

Did you notice that Mayor Pete pulled the same trick that Beto pulled on his announcement donor amount? Buttigieg included almost $1 million of provisional donations to his general election in his total.


Buttigieg included almost $1 million of provisional donations to his general election in his total.

No, I had not noticed that. Seems a little sketchy..


He gets the headline without any scrutiny of the details. Mission accomplished.



Goldman has been bestowed the nickname of “Government Sachs” because of the revolving door between it and government. Just in the Trump administration, there have been multiple prominent Goldman alum — Steve Bannon, Steven Mnuchin, Gary Cohn — though just Treasury Secretary Mnuchin remains. The phenomenon is not limited to Republican administrations, it’s common in Democratic ones, too. Blankfein spent much of his career at the mega-bank and was CEO for more than a decade, including during the crisis, and he is inextricably linked to Goldman and its reputation.

Goldman and Blankfein are a good way for Sanders to highlight his anti-Wall Street message and reiterate his message that for years, the wealthiest Americans and most powerful corporations have thrived at the expense of the working class. The image of Sanders’s “movement” against one of the most powerful banks in the world is a powerful one, and he knows it. And Blankfein appears happy to play along.


If you read anybody on Twitter (I know everybody here doesn’t), you might want to read Jeff Stein’s stuff. He works for the WaPo and is *still* able to write good stuff, LOL. I am surprised, as he seems to be very pro-Bernie, and quite progressive.

For example, this on a very serious subject:


Good article.

FWIW, I suspect that Bernie’s M4A design includes, and perhaps crucially relies upon, the continued inflation-adjusted funding for the community health care network to allow for the ongoing expansion of community health services to poor and rural areas. I also suspect that the Pallone-Murray new proposed funding measure to freeze community health care funding over the next four (or five?) years takes direct aim at Bernie’s M4A. This measure would not allow for expansion of community health care for the next four or five years.

Pallone (D-NJ) and Murray (D-WA) line up as part of the pre-emptive assault on the M4A plan: kill the plan by disabling one of its primary components in advance.

So Pallone and Murray evidently like the not-inconsiderable $$ they are getting from the medical industry and the health ins. industry.

As Bernie warns us time and again, the assaults on his M4A are going to come hard and many and from every direction.

He’s going to stand fast and we’re going to stand with him!


My wife is the “Director of Advancement” (quotes, because we both laugh about the absurd titles organizations use) for a local FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center), and has been in the business for decades. She told me that in the past, Republicans and Dems both tended to fund things like this because it saves money – without these, people go to emergency rooms. But since Trump, that has changed.



I don’t like to cite Fox but this is interesting. Harris speak below is word salad.


Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign is blasting rival Democratic presidential contender Sen. Kamala Harris over her repeated insistence that she’s “not prepared to engage in a middle-class tax hike” to pay for her “Medicare-for-all” proposal.

Painting the California Democrat’s plan as unrealistic, senior Sanders campaign adviser Jeff Weaver said: “I don’t know how you can fund health care for everybody without paying for it.”

“Without unicorns, magic wands, health care is not free. There’s doctors, nurses that have to be paid. There’s hospitals. You have to pay for it,” he added in an interview on MSNBC.

But Harris isn’t on board with a tax increase for individuals.

“I’m not in support of middle-class families paying more taxes for it,” she told CNN on Wednesday.

The senator explained that she’d pay for her plan in part by having “Wall Street paying more. Part of it is going to be looking at what we tax in terms of financial services. That is part of it.”

“There are ways to pay for it understanding the investment we are going to be making in a way that is going to reap great benefits in terms of other costs,” Harris added as she noted the massive costs associated with people without insurance who currently seek treatment. “American health and in what we are otherwise paying in a cost for people not having access to health care and the burden that places on systems across the board when people don’t have access to health care.”

And she argued that the price tag shouldn’t hinder the implementation of a Medicare-for-all plan, saying “the status quo is not enough so we have to be open to challenging the status quo so everyone has access to health care and price is not the barrier. We have to agree that what is happening right now is not affordable to many, many working families.”


Magic words, though. Not in favor of a middle class tax hike. That WILL sell and third way/hill/kamala know it. i can’t stand her candidacy bc it is calculated. they’ve done the polling. as they say, obama 2.0



Biden actually went after her on this too. He didn’t name her but he said at least Bernie is honest about where the $s are coming from


“Word salad” indeed!


Wow, it’s incoherent.

“There are ways to pay for it understanding the investment we are going to be making in a way that is going to reap great benefits in terms of other costs,”

“American health and in what we are otherwise paying in a cost for people not having access to health care and the burden that places on systems across the board when people don’t have access to health care.”

I have literally no idea what that means.



The House passed a bill Thursday to hike the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour in a win for liberal activists who have long pushed to give low-wage workers a raise.

The Democratic-held chamber passed the plan in a 231-199 vote. Six Democrats opposed it, while three Republicans supported it.

The measure would gradually hike the U.S. pay floor to $15 by 2025, then index further hikes to median wage growth. It would also phase out lower minimum wage paid to tipped workers.

House Democrats view the legislation as a core piece of their agenda to boost pay and economic growth. As President Donald Trump runs for reelection in 2020, the party argues strong economic growth and a roaring stock market have not done enough to lift the workers who most need relief.


2025 is too long. 😤


It should have been phased in yesterday! This long period of implementation is better than nothing but it does fail to put the money where it is needed immediately.



Why Wall Street would take Warren over Bernie — Look for my story a little later this morning on Elizabeth Warren’s latest Wall Street reform plan and why many bankers and hedge fund managers have kind of made their peace with her. Not that they want her to win the nomination but she’s mostly a known quantity while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) remains a total wild card threat.

A taste, from venture investor and former Obama adviser Robert Wolf. “She’s preferable for many reasons. She’s been very clear that she believes in fair capitalism. And the idea of promoting socialism I don’t think is a winning strategy if the goal is to beat President Trump.”

One former top bank executive: “Wall Street is very good at accommodating itself to reality and if the reality is the party is going to be super-progressive, they may not like Warren but she’s a better form of poison than Bernie.”


Imagine how much they hate Bernie if Wall Street can begin to stomach this. Actually, I’m sure they can’t and would go after her with a vengeance if Bernie wasn’t around.


Elizabeth Warren has made fighting Wall Street central to her political career, and she’s prepared to double down if elected president.

That’s the overall message of Warren’s newest detailed plan, unveiled on Thursday, to reel in financial industry excess, from high-risk investing to executive compensation to the private equity industry. The proposal is the second plank in her “economic patriotism” agenda, which Warren’s campaign first announced last month when publishing plans to overhaul the country’s trade and manufacturing policy.

“Wall Street is looting the economy and Washington is helping them do it,” Warren writes in a Medium post outlining the proposal. “To raise wages, help small businesses, and spur economic growth, we need to shut down the Wall Street giveaways and rein in the financial industry so it stops sucking money out of the rest of the economy.”

Warren’s plan is expansive, with ideas touching virtually every corner of the financial sector. One of the proposal’s most robust features is a new regulatory infrastructure for the private equity industry, which buys and restructures companies and, unlike larger financial firms and banks, is subject to weak oversight.


wonder if she’d give Bernie free rein with health care. i could really go for that. she must realize it’s the most humane and economic way to go.

not giving up yet, though.



Ever since Joe Biden kicked off his 2020 presidential campaign by attending a big-dollar fundraiser with a major health insurance CEO, it was clear that he would define his health care platform in direct opposition to Medicare for All. The release of his underwhelming BidenCare plan brings no surprises on that front.

Rather than highlighting his plan’s policy specifics, Biden is spending the week of its launch attacking Bernie Sanders’s Medicare for All bill. Parroting insurance industry talking points, Biden told a number of lies about the single-payer proposal in a campaign speech and in his BidenCare announcement video: he claimed Medicare for All will throw millions off of their insurance, scrap Obamacare, end Medicare as we know it, cause a hiatus in coverage, and cost more than his own plan.

In response, Sanders’s campaign added a short quiz to their website asking visitors to attribute lies about Medicare for All to either Biden, Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, or United Health CEO David Wichmann. (It’s a tough quiz. I follow these things closely and only scored four out of six.)

With their shared lies, Biden, Trump, and McConnell are operating directly out of the insurance industry’s playbook. Remarkably, over the last few years, Medicare for All has grown from a fringe idea to a mainstream demand supported by a heavy majority of voters. Its opponents understand that the more people learn about what Medicare for All truly means the more popular it becomes. Should the public gain a wide understanding of its benefits, other plans won’t be able to stack up.


Someone needs to point out that Medicare for All won’t be nearly as able to be dismantled at the ACA has been. It is a fairly simple formula that cannot have the legs chewed off. There will be attempts against the ACA from now until doomsday, and eventually it will die.


Oh but Bernie is definitely fading!


Former Vice President Joe Biden holds an 8-point lead over Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in the latest Economist/YouGov poll released Wednesday.

It’s a 3-point increase in Biden’s lead over Warren compared to the Economist/YouGov poll released last week, with Biden’s support increasing 1 point, from 22 percent to 23 percent, and Warren’s dropping 2 points, from 17 percent to 15 percent.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) closely trails Warren with 13 percent, a 2-point uptick from Sanders’ support in last week’s poll.

Sanders pulled ahead of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), after trailing her by 4 points in last week’s survey.

Harris’ support dropped from 14 percent to 10 percent, knocking her into the fourth place spot based on Wednesday’s poll results.


happy 💃


Even USSR-held East Germany had universal health care. Grossman talks about a main problem under the Communist-led system being the inability to talk against the government. This same issue is becoming an increasingly problematic in the US today. Ask a Republican to use the words “racist” and “president” in the same sentence.


What I think he misses is the younger generations willingness to question. Many of the older generation were told to just accept and most did. The information was around in earlier times for those who were willing to look for it.


How sad for Cory. He must be gutted that Kamala has beaten him out for that coveted second coming of Obama slot


New Jersey Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker took some jabs at Bernie Sanders for campaign donations that the Vermont senator has accepted from pharmaceutical company executives.

On Thursday morning, Booker was interviewed by Robert Costa at a Washington Post Live event, where he was asked about Sanders’ recent pledge not to accept donations from pharmaceutical company executives.

“Senator Sanders, in a major speech this week, saying all candidates should reject money from the healthcare industry,” Costa said, and asked, “Would you do so?”

“Well, we immediately heard him and looked at his standards, and we saw that he took money from people we wouldn’t take money from,” Booker replied.

“So the question, and we’re happy to talk more about that, but I know where Senator Sanders heart is, and he’s absolutely right,” Booker continued, “that we should, it’s hard to campaign wrong and then govern right.”

Senator Booker is referencing reporting that Sanders, prior to making his most recent pledge, accepted donations in excess of $200 apiece from several pharmaceutical executives. But the Sanders campaign has already indicated that it will be returning the donations, which it says total $2700.00.


Let’s fix this for Booker: “. . . it’s hard to campaign wrong and then govern right.”

“. . . it’s hard to campaign left and then govern right.”


I like Thom Hartmann, but some of his points were a bit off in this. However, it is worth sharing to see what Mike Pompeo is promoting and the reaction of world leaders to Trump’s racism. But then, because of his other misstatements, I have to question if he got these right. Left-leaning people need to be doubly careful with their facts.

My comment regarding Hartmann being off refers to his example of the man who was held in ICE custody for three years. He blames it on Trump’s policies, but in 2016 when this happened Obama was president.

Another problem I had was his reference to the movie “the Gods Must Be Crazy.” I saw that movie many years ago. It came out in the 80s (not 20 years ago as he states). It was a comedy and had nothing to do with showing how tribes in Africa did not have slavery. In case you are not familiar with the movie (includes a review from Siskel & Ebert):



Lawrence is one of the few I will watch from MSNBC. He is not always right, but better than most of them. One of the main take ways from this report is that Trump’s favorability among his supporters has risen 5% over his weekend tweets.

An item which the report did not address is the opposite side of the poll numbers that were shown. Yes, 65% thought Trump’s statements are racist, but 35% did not. This number is also reflected in the number of people who did not find his statements offensive or un-American. That is a full third of this country. Let that sink in.

This makes Get Out the Vote 100% more important than we already thought it was.

Side Note: Trump has indicated that he is worried about Biden. This reflects his belief that some of those racists votes could be peeled off toward Biden. Biden’s record of writing, fighting for and voting for racist policies will appeal to those Trump voters who do not attend rallies.

Biden has no plans to make things better for those people (or any people other than donors) so once he stumbles in a debate with Trump, those voters who leaned his way will decide to take their chances with a second Trump bid for aristocracy.


I am including two videos on the same topic because they address different aspects of the issue(s). Both make me glad that Williamson will be in the upcoming debate. I wish Gravel had made it also. They both being up a lot of issues that need to be addressed.



For the perfect ending:

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Lol. As a retired math teacher, this was really scary til the end. Thanks for sharing.


This brought back a lot of memories about a house that we lived in that had really tall grass in the extended backyard in which we could BE horses and the bamboo stand at the end of the yard where we could BE a part of any number of stories. The main difference was there was no adult involved.


Steve Ricchetti, Top Biden Campaign Aide, Was a Health-Care Lobbyist

Steve Ricchetti, referred to as Biden’s campaign chairman in a published report last month, was a longtime lobbyist for health care and other corporate clients. He worked for then-vice president Biden as a counselor and then his chief of staff, and now for his presidential campaign.

Ricchetti founded and ran his own lobbying firm with his brother. He personally represented drugmakers Novartis, Eli Lilly and Sanofi (the latter two are among the three major insulin manufacturers), as well as health IT company NaviMedix (now NaviNet) and the American Hospital Association. The hospital lobby, as well as pharmaceutical companies, have been primary opponents of Medicare for All. The Ricchetti firm continues to operate, with Ricchetti’s brother actively lobbying for clients, including in the health-care space.

For Biden, who released his own health-care plan this week, having a former industry lobbyist on the payroll would set his campaign’s elevation of attacks on Medicare for All in a new context. Perhaps for this reason, the campaign would not respond to repeated requests to clarify Ricchetti’s specific role. However, the Prospect was separately able to confirm that Ricchetti is part of the Biden campaign.

A report in the Philadelphia Inquirer last month highlighted a June 11 lunch reception with Jill Biden, the former vice president’s wife, at the venerable Acorn Club in Center City Philadelphia. Attendees shelled out at least $500 a pop, “with a $5,000 price tag for those interested in a private briefing with Biden campaign chairman Steve Ricchetti,” the Inquirer wrote.


Carmen Yulin Cruz just retweeted this:



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Oh, my!

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Wow, maybe I should get over to Instagram more often.


I never go there unless directed there by some picture or video that I have seen. This particular one was not on Beeple’s YouTube so I had to grab it from Instagram.

My mind is still trying to wrap itself around this image.


Oh, my x 2! (click to enlarge)

The creator of this image and the previous clip: https://www.beeple-crap.com/

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This should not come as a surprise to anyone. It is worth a click to view the chart.


Obama and Clinton’s bundlers are betting on these 3 candidates.

Big-money Democratic donors have jumped off the sidelines of the presidential race, and three candidates are the clear winners of their support: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris.

Each of those three candidates received more than 220 donations from top fundraisers who helped raise at least $100,000 — and sometimes many multiples more — for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign or at least $50,000 for Barack Obama in 2012, according to a POLITICO analysis of Federal Election Commission data. Members of this group of nearly 2,000 bundlers have tapped their personal networks in the past to collectively raise tens of millions of dollars for Democratic campaigns.

Not all that far behind are Booker, Gillibrand and Klobuchar. The rest are far behind.


Here, Biden, your party has something for you.

Democrats deal a blow to Obamacare
The House voted almost unanimously on Wednesday to repeal the so-called Cadillac tax, which would have imposed a steep charge on high-cost health plans.

Set to go into effect in 2022, the tax was expected to be one of the main ways that the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature health law, would pay for itself.
Background: The tax, which unions, business groups and Republicans have never liked, has already been delayed twice. Repealing it will increase deficits by nearly $200 billion over the next decade, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

(The source for the above is from a NYT email.)


The request from the booker for Carlson”s show asking about availability for an appearance was cut short in the above tweet.



Bernie retweeted this from June after the House vote today







The House Democrats who voted against raising the minimum wage:

John Barrow (Georgia- 12th District)
Jim Matheson- (Utah- 4th District)
Mike McIntyre (North Carolina- 7th District)
Bill Owens- (New York- 21st District)
Colin Peterson- (Minnesota- 7th District)
Kurt Schrader- (Oregon- 5th District)


Rand Paul blocks passage of the 9/11 First Responders bill because well, you know . . . the deficit.

Waiting for all those RW flag-hugging patriots who watch Fox News to raise their voices in protest. Waiting . . . still waiting . . . patiently waiting . . .


Pay special attention to mark 2:00 where the discussion is about the Trump administration diverting $40 million in humanitarian aide from Hondurans, San Salvador and Guatemala to finance salaries and propaganda for Guaido’s efforts in Venezuela.

Being a skeptic, I decided to look further. Yup, that is what he is doing, and most of the reporting leaves out a key component. The Reuter’s version is what is being picked up and spread.

Trump administration plans to divert $40 million in aid to Venezuela’s opposition

(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration plans to divert more than $40 million (£32 million) in humanitarian aid for Central America to support the U.S.-backed opposition in Venezuela, according to an internal document obtained by Reuters on Tuesday.

The congressional notification from the U.S. Agency for International Development said the money will instead be used for salaries, travel, communications equipment, technical assistance and training for the management of a government budget and other needs for the Venezuelan opposition.

Compare with the original news source, the LA Times:

Trump administration diverts Central America aid to U.S.-backed opposition in Venezuela

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration plans to divert more than $40 million in humanitarian aid from Central America to the U.S.-backed opposition in Venezuela, according to an internal memo and interviews.

The memo, dated July 11 and obtained by The Times, is a notification to Congress from the U.S. Agency for International Development that the money is going to Venezuela in response to an “exigent” crisis involving U.S. “national interest.”

All of the money being diverted will go to Guaido and his faction, the memo said, to pay for their salaries, airfare, “good governance” training, propaganda, technical assistance for holding elections and other “democracy-building” projects. [emphasis added]

Paying for “propaganda” for another country with tax payer dollars. Other than the original source and the RT report, no one would know given that all the other outlets hide that little gem.

So how much did Congress just give Trump for “humanitarian aide”? Without questions or assurances. What exactly was it Pelosi said about the four Congresswomen who objected?


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