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Mehdi Hasan truly unleashes on Pelosi.

You could use any paragraph from this thing as a leading one – just go read the article.





Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday assailed the planned closure of a hospital in the battleground state of Pennsylvania, saying it demonstrated the failures of the country’s greedy health care system.

Company president Joel Freedman said he “relentlessly pursued numerous strategic options” to keep the Philadelphia-based Hahnemann University Hospital open, but it “cannot continue to lose millions of dollars each month and remain in business.”

“Medicare for All will not only save hospitals, but it will energize Pennsylvanians to vote and finally defeat Donald Trump,” Faiz Shakir, Sanders’ campaign manager, told POLITICO. “I think anyone pushing for less than Medicare for All needs to explain how their system would ‘cost a hell of a lot less’ if it’s still going to be making life worse for too many Pennsylvanians.”





Best sports chant ever!




Chants of “equal pay” reverberated from the bleachers of Stade de Lyon in France on Sunday following the U.S. women’s national team’s 2-0 victory over Netherlands to win the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The pay gap between men and women gained increased scrutiny as the U.S. women marched to their second consecutive World Cup title and record-breaking fourth championship overall.

The women’s team is engaged in a gender discrimination lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation over the organization paying male players far more than women.

For example, the women could receive about $260,000 in maximum earnings for winning the Women’s World Cup, according to documents obtained by The Guardian. Players on the U.S. mens national team could reportedly earn more than $1 million if the club won the World Cup.



Call me old fashioned, but I thought the Democratic speaker of the House was supposed to bolster House Democrats and hold a Republican President accountable. As of late we are seeing just the opposite from Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The latest example came Sunday when the New York Times’ Maureen Dowd reported that Pelosi had slammed four of the most vocal and visible freshman House members, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. Pelosi’s criticism came after a recent vote by the four against a Senate-authored bill to provide emergency funding for the crisis at the southern border, which lacked the safeguards they had wanted to ensure the funds would truly help migrant children. “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” said Pelosi, adding, “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”

In response, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter, focusing in on the dismissiveness of the speaker’s “public whatever” remark. “That public ‘whatever’ is called public sentiment. And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country,” she tweeted.

What makes Pelosi’s remark so stunning is that it flies in the face of her often-repeated philosophy that she has espoused to House Democrats since taking control of the chamber in the 2018 midterms. “Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power,” she wrote last November.

Pelosi is 100% correct with that approach. That means, though, that diversity of opinion needs to be respected — not belittled. This unity is vitally needed in the time of Donald Trump, since the Democrat-controlled House is the only chamber that serves as a legitimate check on the President.

This brings us to the second issue with Pelosi’s leadership: her refusal to hold Trump accountable using all the tools she has as Speaker.


Quite a tweet Strom burning Pelosi.


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Chief of Staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, called out Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a series of tweets on Saturday and Sunday after her comments denouncing the “following” of freshman congresswomen, including Ocasio-Cortez, ran in a Saturday New York Times opinion piece.

“All these articles want to claim what a legislative mastermind Pelosi is, but I’m seeing way more strategic smarts from freshman members,” Chakrabarti tweeted. “Pelosi is just mad that she got outmaneuvered (again) by Republicans.”






This is yesterday’s thread so nobody is reading it now, but the result of the Greek election is due more to the IMF and World Bank’s policies than the leftist government it had. What leftist government would implement an austerity policy if it weren’t forced on it from outside by the IMF? Christine Lagarde is one of the worst neolibs in the finance world.


firewall, but I’m sure it’s wonderful.



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As AOC said: John Delaney please sashay away


2020 Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney joins Margaret Brennan to discuss his campaign, immigration, and health care. Delaney said many Democratic candidates have “outsourced” their health care plan to Bernie Sanders.

“They’ve hijacked the good name of Medicare and applied it to a law that will cause upheaval in our healthcare system,” he said about “Medicare For All” proposals. “Senator Warren, so many of these people have outsourced their health care plan to Bernie Sanders, right? Because this is Bernie Sanders’s plan. And it will take private insurance away from more than half of the country and they will reject that if we run on that.”


It’s no surprise that a moderate Democrat isn’t marching in the streets for a government-run health care program, but it’s notable, in the context of his health care policies, that among Delaney’s vast investment portfolio are several for-profit health care and medical device companies as well as funds that are invested in the health industry.

Sludge reviewed Delaney’s latest financial disclosure and found that he has as much as $3.2 million invested in health care companies and funds with health industry holdings.

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