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jcitybone

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-steyer/big-donor-steyers-presidential-run-could-deny-millions-to-other-democratic-races-idUSKCN1UE147?utm_source=reddit.com

“Every dollar he spends on himself is a dollar that’s not going into something that can make a difference,” said California Democratic campaign consultant Steven Maviglio, who worked with Steyer in 2010 to defeat a ballot measure aimed at weakening the state’s greenhouse gas emissions law.

Democrats face high stakes in November 2020 to defeat Republican President Donald Trump, hold on to their new majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and pick up seats in the Senate.

The money Steyer plans to spend on his own campaign could fund five Senate elections, which the Center for Responsive Politics says cost $19.4 million apiece to win in 2016.

“The influence he is going to have on the campaign is probably to rob candidates farther down the ballot of the ability to raise the kind of money they need,” said Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a retired University of Southern California public policy professor.

orlbucfan

Steyer can stick it where the sun won’t shine!

jcitybone

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/donald-trump-fossil-fuels-emissions-public-land-eu-a9008711.html?utm_source=reddit.com

Donald Trump’s administration may produce more emissions from oil and gas leases on public land and waters than the EU contributes in an entire year, according to a new report.

The US government has offered 378 million acres of public land for oil and gas leases since Trump became president to April this year, according to a report by The Wilderness Society. This is more than any previous administration.

This could result in the emission of between 854 million and 4.7 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, depending on how much companies choose to pursue. EU member states produce around 4 billion metric tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.

Don midwest
Don midwest

native Americans lost their land to the colonialists

and also black land loss

Kicked Off the Land: Why so many black families are losing their property.

One of the dilapidated structures on the contested property. A group of economists and statisticians recently calculated that, since 1910, black families have been stripped of hundreds of billions of dollars because of lost land. Nathan Rosenberg, a lawyer and a researcher in the group, said, “If you want to understand wealth and inequality in this country, you have to understand black land loss.”

Many assume that not having a will keeps land in the family. In reality, it jeopardizes ownership. David Dietrich, a former co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Property Preservation Task Force, has called heirs’ property “the worst problem you never heard of.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recognized it as “the leading cause of Black involuntary land loss.” Heirs’ property is estimated to make up more than a third of Southern black-owned land—3.5 million acres, worth more than twenty-eight billion dollars. These landowners are vulnerable to laws and loopholes that allow speculators and developers to acquire their property. Black families watch as their land is auctioned on courthouse steps or forced into a sale against their will.

Between 1910 and 1997, African-Americans lost about ninety per cent of their farmland. This problem is a major contributor to America’s racial wealth gap; the median wealth among black families is about a tenth that of white families. Now, as reparations have become a subject of national debate, the issue of black land loss is receiving renewed attention. A group of economists and statisticians recently calculated that, since 1910, black families have been stripped of hundreds of billions of dollars because of lost land. Nathan Rosenberg, a lawyer and a researcher in the group, told me, “If you want to understand wealth and inequality in this country, you have to understand black land loss.”

jcitybone

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/20/elizabeth-warren-staff-2020-democratic-primary-1418835

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has the largest staff in the 2020 Democratic presidential race. Sen. Bernie Sanders is close behind. And others trying to go big are weighing the dangers of the most expensive piece of the “invisible primary”: the people running the campaigns.

Warren had 303 people on her campaign payroll during the second quarter of the year, according to a POLITICO analysis of Federal Election Commission records. It’s a reflection of her campaign’s belief in the importance of early organizing, which is shared by Sanders’ campaign and its 282 people on salary and echoes the successful approach of Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign.

Biden has 193, Booker has 175, Harris has 163, Buttigieg has 136, and O’Rourke has 108, Everybody else is under 100.

orlbucfan

Liz Warren=another bad joke.

humphrey

The cost of paying for their staff will soon weed out some of the candidates who should have never run in the first place.😁👏

Don midwest
Don midwest

Glenn Greenwald featured in major article in NYT

In the @nytimes‘ new profile today of mine and @davidmirandario‘s role in fighting authoritarianism and attacks on Brazilian democracy under Bolsonaro, I can’t think of a better compliment than being called this in the headline: https://t.co/hcRBMJxNxd

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 20, 2019

I now absolutely believe this: that the Brazil exposés and the archive that enables it will be ultimately more explosive & enduring than even the Snowden stories. These debates go to the heart of what liberal democracies everywhere now confront: https://t.co/hcRBMJxNxd pic.twitter.com/GHR009Gvcs

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 20, 2019

Glenn and the reporters have done an major story on the corruption in Brazil. The government convicted the man who would have won the presidency and put him in jail so he couldn’t run. A corrupted government. Glenn is risking his life.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/20/world/americas/brazil-bolsonaro-greenwald.html

WindDancer13

Good discussion on socialism/democratic socialism:

WindDancer13

Tim’s take on the next debate line up (start at 2:45 to skip filler):

Lots of good chances in the second night to put another dent in Biden and maybe Kamala as well.

WindDancer13

Chariton is not a favorite commentator, but he delves into a poll that was used to lie about the popularity of Bernie and his policies in this video.

However, he missed one very important point. The poll that tried to denigrate socialism in a match up between Trump and a generic socialist had the following results:
Trump 49%
Generic Socialist 43%
Don’t Know 8%

Let that sink in. A generic socialist is only 6% points behind. That is a very minor difference especially when there are 8% who are on the fence at this point. I would say that people must really want Trump out if even a generic socialist comes close to beating him. Imagine what a Democratic Socialist with policies can do.

orlbucfan

A lot of them are aggressively ignorant/stupid. Believe me, I live down in a region infested with them.

wi61

Your not alone Orl, if an R had to choose between any candidate other than an R or death a lot of them would choose death.

polarbear4

jcitybone

If you would like to give Subir some love at DK, he has a good diary just up there now

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/7/20/1873170/-Democrats-need-leaders-to-take-Trump-on-Pelosi-Schumer-aren-t-cutting-it?utm_campaign=recent

My reply to a commenter who told Subir to get bent because he quoted the Intercept on a Democratic website: “I’m a Dem and I read Intercept articles. Trust them a lot more than NY Times or WaPo. Guess I’m bent.”

Tyrannocaster

Quoting the Intercept on a Democratic website is verboten there? It’s gotten really bad, hasn’t it? Pathetic.

WindDancer13

If you watch Bernie regularly, you have already heard most of this, but starting at 4:58 he talks about the House bill for $15 minimum wage and his challenge to McConnell. At 6:15 he talks about the campaign union negotiations. I did see a tweet (he does not talk about it in the video) Bernie sent out saying he was disappointed that people went to the media instead of the union first.

The second half of the interview has more about MFA including naming some people and their profits along with some talk about Biden, Barr and trade.

magsview

It’s disheartening to realize that someone from within the team blabbed. Hopefully the campaign will bounce back soon.

WindDancer13

I find it a bit more than “disheartening.” The people working on his campaign are well aware of the media’s dislike for Bernie, so taking the issue to the media is sabotage.

magsview

I can certainly see why you say so. One theory I heard an anonymous staffer express was maybe it was a disgruntled ex-employee, but how many of them would there be? It stinks.

magsview

Here’s a decent thread on this:

WindDancer13

Interesting thread . . . Thanks!

The, at least temporary, fix from comments is that everyone is for now restricted to a 40-hour work week. That was my first thought for a solution along with hiring more people (but that is very expensive when he is paying 100% of these workers health care premiums). I would also like to know who is monitoring the worked hours. Also the original 40-hour week is being paid at $17/hour.

Some anti-Bernie people in the thread perpetrating the WaPo lies. Lots of misrepresentation and faux outrage without knowing the facts.

humphrey

Maybe CNN and MSNBC could come up with a response to this!

humphrey

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humphrey

humphrey

Somewhat related.

magsview

Freakin’ Daily Beast…look at the pic they chose for the article. Sigh.

Tyrannocaster

Is Chelsea Clinton still one of the directors of the DB?

polarbear4

humphrey

Trump talking to his base!
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humphrey

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WindDancer13

Developing Alzheimer’s has long been my greatest fear:

WindDancer13

I have found John Kennedy completely repulsive ever since the first time I heard him. I was glad that the interviewer called him out on his factless tirade.

These guys as usual do a great job of breaking down the issues surrounding an event, in this case Kennedy’s statements regarding Trump’s latest racist tweets.

WindDancer13

Have a tissue handy:

magsview

humphrey

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magsview

By Bhaskar Sunkara of Jacobin.

Class politics is rising in America. Trump hopes a culture war might stop it

It’s a familiar pattern: Trump does a very racist or sexist thing, Trump opponents call out his racism and sexism and declare victory. Democratic party elites jockey for most “anti-Trump” position. Trump supporters rally around the president, his detractors remind each other he’s not their president and things hit a stalemate until the next media event.

This is the exactly what Trump wants politics to become – not about issues, not a contest about the distribution of power and wealth, but a culture war hosted by the media and fueled by competing Twitter teams.

But Omar, Trump’s most frequent target, is different than Clinton and those in the Democratic establishment. Most Democrats want to keep marrying failed neoliberal economic policies with the progressive rhetoric of inclusion, while Omar rejects neoliberalism and the party’s corporate diversity-style politics. She tweeted yesterday, quoting Toni Morrison, that “the function, the very serious function of racism is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work” and she has refused any such distraction. Omar voted that day to raise the minimum wage to $15, she then flew back home to a cheering crowd and chaired a forum advocating Medicare for All. She has supported union drives and been on picket lines – she is, in other words, not peddling in the same progressive banalities as her corporate Democrat peers.

Omar sees that Trump wants to divide us on the basis of our race, creed or color to “prevent the solidarity of working people”. Trump might want to fight a culture war, but we need to join her in fighting a class war.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/20/trump-ilhan-omar-politics-culture-war-class-war

magsview

Lol

humphrey

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WindDancer13

Really? I have a chart around here somewhere that shows that health care costs have not slowed at all with the advent of the ACA. Biden is playing Jenga with our health care.

humphrey

The campaign is spread out.

WindDancer13

Yes, Disney raised its minimum wage to $15/hour, but for those living in the areas where Disney has properties need a minimum of $24/hour to survive. Location, location, location.

Disney Heiress Meets with Disneyland Workers & Calls Out Disney for Getting Rich by Exploiting Them https://www.democracynow.org/2019/7/18/disney_heiress_meets_with_disneyland_workers_calls via @democracynow

humphrey

WindDancer13

This could be an interesting strategy:

Find out what a person’s main interest is in and redirect them to a candidate who will eventually drop out. Example: If a person really dislikes Bernie but is interested in M4A, point them to Tulsi. Caveat: Do not point them to Warren or Kamala.

WindDancer13

Your good news minute of the day:

Tyrannocaster

MUELLER REPORT AVAILABLE AS EPUB

This is pretty cool. There’s no new thread for today yet, so I will repost this when one pops up, but you can now grab the Mueller Report in a format your e-reader can deal with (unlike pdfs, which are wretched on them), although I believe Amazon’s damn e-reader won’t read epubs – mainly because Amazon wants to restrict choices. So if you have a tablet or whatever, you can get the report here:

https://pro.dp.la/ebooks/mueller-report

Contains footnotes and hyperlinks, too.

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