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So funny that after Bernie gave his campaign site address on Tuesday, they all did it on Wednesday. Well at least Biden tried to. 🤣🤣🤣


Former vice president Joe Biden stumbled in the final moments of Wednesday’s Democratic debate, telling millions of viewers to go to the website Joe30330.com instead of his actual campaign site.

“If you agree with me, go to Joe 3 0 3 3 0 and help me in this fight,” he said in his closing remarks.

Biden squinted as he slowly read out the URL, initially leading internet users to a dead website.

It left people scratching their heads and wondering if the 76-year-old knew how the internet worked.

Since his official campaign website is joebiden.com, people were a little concerned about what 30330 could actually be.

Immediately after Biden’s flub, people tried to buy the domain for Joe30330.com — and it was quickly snatched up.

On Wednesday night, the site was redirecting visitors to Sound Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign page — but then switched over to a page titled Josh For America, a satire of a Gen Z candidate’s exploratory committee that accepted donations for Buttigieg.



Biden avoided a moment like the one Harris elicited last month, and largely parried whatever attacks the other candidates threw his way. When it came to substance, however, Biden was more muddled. When their party is out of power, presidential candidates typically portray themselves as agents of bold change. Biden hasn’t done that. Instead, he’s promising to restore America to its pre-Trump state and finish the work of the Democratic president under whom he served. He’s running a status quo candidacy for a status quo that no longer exists.

Some of Biden’s rivals—notably Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who debated on Tuesday night—offer sweeping visions for economic and political reform, and cast themselves as the future of the Democratic Party. Biden offers no such narrative. He speaks wistfully of an imaginary halcyon past that abruptly ended on January 21, 2017. “I’m running for president to restore the soul of this country,” he declared on Wednesday, as if Democratic voters shouldn’t expect anything more.



But on Wednesday Biden could no longer hide behind the popular ex-president, as Biden found himself under attack from, among others, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, with whom Biden served under Obama.

After a back and forth that began with protesters in the audience calling out “three million deportations,” a reference to the record deportations under Obama, Biden replied to Castro’s critiques with an attack on what Biden implied was Castro’s unwillingness while in the administration to take a stand.

“We sat together in many cabinet meetings,”” said Biden “I never heard him talk about any of this when he was secretary.”

As writer Marisa Kabas remarked, this was “a big mistake” because Castro was waiting for him and pounced.

“One of us has learned the lessons of the past,” said Castro, “and one of us hasn’t.”

Biden tried to evade the controversy by claiming he had helped to advise Obama on immigration, but demurred when asked specifics, claiming that it was private and part of his duty as vice president. That opened the door to a ringing attack from Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.).

“Mr. Vice President, you can’t have it both ways,” said Booker. “You invoke President Obama more than anybody in this campaign. You can’t do it when it’s convenient and then dodge it when it’s not.”

Boston-based activist Jonathan Cohn applauded Booker’s comments.

“Good on Booker for calling out how Biden wraps himself in Obama’s record when he wants to take credit for it but won’t own any of the bad parts,” said Cohn.

Don midwest
Don midwest

effects of devices on learning

The Dying Art of Instruction in the Digital Classroom

Of course, this doesn’t mean the end of learning. It doesn’t mean, or doesn’t necessarily mean, that people will be stupider (though perhaps they may seem so to survivors of a different world). My youngest daughter recently signed on for a higher-level degree in which all the teaching is accessed through the Internet. Lectures are prepared and recorded once and for all as videos that can be accessed by class after class of students any number of times. You have far more control, my daughter observes: if there’s something that’s hard to understand, you can simply go back to it. You don’t have to hear your friends chattering. You don’t have to worry about what to wear for lessons. You don’t miss a day through illness. And the teachers, she thinks, make more of an effort to perfect the lesson, since they only have to do it once.

The advantages are clear enough. But it’s also clear that this is the end of a culture in which learning was a collective social experience implying a certain positive hierarchy that invited both teacher and student to grow into the new relationship that every class occasions, the special dynamic that forms with each new group of students. This was one of the things I enjoyed most with teaching: the awareness that each different class—I would teach them every week for two years—was creating a different, though always developing, atmosphere, to which I responded by teaching in a different way, revisiting old material for a new situation, seeing new possibilities, new ideas, and spotting weaknesses I hadn’t seen before.

It was a situation alive with possibility, unpredictability, growth. But I can see that the computer classroom and smartphone intrusion are putting an end to that, if only because there’s a limit to how much energy one can commit to distracting students from their distractions. The time has come to bow out.

Don midwest
Don midwest

CNN Tried to Derail Sanders and Warren Last Night. It Failed.

Tuesday night’s Democratic debate was a CNN-engineered center-right ambush of Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren that was so ham-fisted in its conception and execution, it could have been drawn up by Donald Trump himself.

“Is Bernie Sanders Too Extreme?” was an actual discussion topic. Zero-polling candidates like Rep. John Delaney and Sen. Amy Klobuchar were encouraged to take swipes at Medicare for All, student debt forgiveness, and other big-box ideas put forth by the two progressive frontrunners.

Many of the questions put forth by CNN were specifically engineered to allow the “moderate” low/no-polling candidates an opportunity to directly attack Warren and Sanders: “Senator Whoever, you once said that Bernie Sanders wants to roll into the future on rails lubricated with newborn kitten blood. Do you stand by that statement?” An exaggeration, but not by much.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Jessa Crispin: ‘Lackluster candidates all around’

From the opening pomp – with Joe Biden mumbling through The Star-Spangled Banner with all the energy of an old man in pajamas saluting a dusty old portrait of Richard Nixon in the nursing home cafeteria, and Kamala Harris drowsily serving “yay America” platitudes in her opening statement as if her staff had sent dozens of SEEM NICE!!!! texts immediately before her entrance – the Biden v Harris Showdown Part Two was confusing and disappointing.

The former vice-president did have one smart strategy, though, which was to keep Harris on the defensive. Forced to defend her ideas and record as she attacked Biden’s, she showed the weakness of her policies, which are hard to distinguish from those of any of the other centrists in the race.

Both candidates found themselves scrambling to stand their ground as the others sensed vulnerability and attacked. The only benefit of this particular match-up is that one middling politician might cancel out another, leaving the field open for a visionary.

Kate Aronoff: ‘Climate disaster Joe Biden failed to impress’

There were two big barriers to curbing catastrophic warming rightly called out on Tuesday night’s debate stage: the fossil fuel industry and Joe Biden.

We still desperately need a climate debate. But the fact that CNN moderators asked Biden whether there would be a place for fossil fuels in his administration (his reply: “We’ll work it out!”) shows how effectively groups like the Sunrise Movement have pushed this crisis into the mainstream consciousness. “The time is up,” as Jay Inslee aptly put it. “Our house is on fire. We have to stop using coal in 10 years,” along with other fossil fuels.

From a climate perspective, what’s worrying about Biden isn’t just his hodge-podge climate proposals and promise to return to an Obama-era status quo on decarbonization. It’s his consistently weak, fumbling performances that show how easy a target he’d be for Donald Trump to pick off in the general election. We should be grateful that other candidates went after Biden. Hopefully there’s more of that to come.





Bernie and Liz are so not going to attack each other. For issues they support, it is so much more effective to reinforce each other. Biden and the moderates need to be taken down.


As health care took center stage for a second night at the Democratic presidential debates, Senator Bernie Sanders went back on the defensive, backing up his “Medicare for All” proposal and lambasting current health care policy as “irrational.”

In his first network interview since Tuesday’s debate, Sanders took on criticism by another top tier candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, who claimed that “Medicare for All” policies would mean a big deduction in Americans’ pay checks.

“This is what I believe and this is what the case is, we are now spending twice as much per capita on health care as do the people of any other country,” Sanders told “CBS This Morning” on Thursday. “The function of health care must not be as is the case right now, for the drug companies and insurances companies to make huge profits while 87 million Americans can’t afford the health care that they have.”

The candidate wouldn’t say whether he and fellow “Medicare for All” supporter Sen. Elizabeth Warren, had a pact of sorts to not attack one another while on the debate and campaign circuit.

“Look, Elizabeth and I have been friends over 20 years. She’s running her campaign and I’m running my campaign. They’re different campaigns. But I think the most effective campaign, to be honest with you, is to talk to the American people about why the middle class is disappearing, why we have massive income and wealth inequality,” he said.

He added, “You talk about those issues, you do well. If you try to beat up on somebody else, frankly, I don’t think it’s good politics.”

Asked how he intends to stand out from his colleague in the Senate ahead of the next debate, Sanders told CBS: “I’ll let you guys and the punditry and the American people make that decision.”

“We’ve got to take on corporate greed, we’ve got to create an economy that works for all of us not just the 1%. That’s my message. That’s what I campaign on,” he added.



Don midwest
Don midwest

For something like 15 years the first site I visited in the morning was Juan Cole. These days seldom go there and often since a link on commondreams

Well, he pointed out that with the debate last night, the dems can no longer avoid climate

The Climate Emergency comes for the Democrats

I thought that nothing important came from last night’s debate. But this is a game changer. And the proposed dem debate on the climate will cement the issues.

The DNC is keeping many candidates in the race as a way to divert attention from Bernie and Warren. It is not working out.


Don midwest
Don midwest

Had not realized the constitutional breach for funding the wall

article by Juan Cole

Trump’s Supreme Court overturns Magna Carta (1215) and Montesquieu (1748) for Sultan Donald John

so far only a temporary ruling which is underlined in original

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – The US Supreme Court on Friday, by a 5-4 Republican Party majority, temporarily ruled to allow Trump to divert monies dedicated by Congress to the Defense Department budget to wall-building in the Southwest.

If the court makes the ruling permanent, it will be attacking the principle of the “power of the purse,” the investment of authority over taxation and budget in parliament, which began with the Magna Carta [the Great Charter] in 1215. King John, the worst king in British history, tried to impose arbitrary taxes on the barons to fund his ruinous wars, and they rebelled and took London, forcing him to negotiate. It was settled that he couldn’t raise taxes unilaterally by decree. In essence, Trump (who is the worst president in US history and appropriately has “John” as his middle name) has taxed all of us against our will to fund his wall-building, since our elected parliamentary body did not designate funds for that purpose. The Supreme Court just sided with King John, overturning a key principle of the Magna Carta, the wellspring of democracy for 800 years.


guess we can have a revolution that our founders would deem absolutely necessary if this continues.


Don’t forget that we already overturned habeas corpus, which we also inherited from the Magna Carta. And Obama did it.



A little news for those who also follows this account (I’ve seen at least one other person who does)-apparently he posted something about Kamala’s donors.



WaPo the Fix was better after this debate then the last debate in which he claimed Warren was a winner but not Bernie


Among the winners

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren: No, they didn’t debate Wednesday, but they were solid on Tuesday night — and their performances were even better in contrast. They handled the heat better, especially when defending Medicare-for-all.

Among the losers

Kamala Harris: She was the big winner in the first debate, and on Wednesday night she was in for a much tougher time. Her tough-on-crime history as a prosecutor and her equivocation on certain issues, including busing and Medicare-for-all, made her a convenient target. She didn’t exactly handle it well. Challenged repeatedly by some of the lower-polling candidates on the stage, she was at times halting and didn’t seem fully ready for the challenge at hand.

She rose in the polls briefly after the first debate, but only momentarily. Wednesday’s performance doesn’t seem likely to rebuild her former momentum. Her strongest moment came when she was challenged on defending the death penalty as California attorney general, when she deftly segued into her decision not to pursue the death penalty as a prosecutor. Being that prepared and passionate will be key moving forward.

Joe Biden: It wasn’t as bad as the first debate, but it wasn’t good, either. Even more so than last time, Biden was getting it from all sides, with candidates often deflecting attacks on themselves into attacks on him. He fumbled his own campaign text message number in his closing statement. Maybe his worst moment came when de Blasio challenged him on the deportations under Obama. He asked repeatedly whether Biden counseled against those deportations. Eventually, Biden responded, “I was vice president. I am not the president. I keep my recommendation to him in private.” Not exactly an endorsement of the president whose legacy Biden has bear-hugged. Booker responded: “Mr. Vice President, you can’t have it both ways.”




sweet sounds that will leave you smiling.
and laughing.







lobbyist dream.



I’ll be looking for a YT version, but for now here’s a link to the video of Bernie’s appearance on Morning Joe this morning.



Here’s the YT:


woooohooooo!!!! i wish he would have uswd the last woman’s name when he addressed joe, etc. he was answering her question.

but so insignificant in light pf how polite they were and how well and calmly he answered.

if talking heads continue to treat him w respect, we can win much more handily.


I liked his response to McCaskill in particular. He reschooled her about the rules of the Senate.

His working knowledge of the House and Senate are unsurpassed. Well, Biden maybe…but he never ran for the House.




He deserves way more followers than that. I’m going to share his stuff more.




Well that’s jumping the shark


I think MM is just thinking her personality appeals to a lot of folks.


I think MM has lost his damn mind.



Don’t get me wrong, I think that MM may very well think that way, and have a point..to a degree.

Friend’s hubby suggested Michelle for the 2020 candidate after Trump won, and my gut reaction was noooooooo. I find it to be a very desperate proposition, and quite shallow. I mean, let’s just forget the very idea of democracy and just openly declare a nepotistic monarchy! Would Chelsea be her VP?

Plus, I don’t trust the instincts of this hubby of hers (my friend’s), because he is hardly engaged in politics at all and was all in for Hillary in 2016 because he just wanted a Democrat to win. He’s quite a centrist actually.


UGH. UGH squared. UGH to the ninth power.


The straw poll is up in Warrenville if you would like to vote



As long as Bernie is at least in second place, I’m fine with Warren being first.


FWIW, here are the results as of about 45 minutes ago.

They are all in on Warren it would seem. Joe Biden at 12% and Kamala at 7%.

8-1-19 dk poll.jpg


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday pledged to allow the importation of cheaper prescription drugs from Canada on his first day in office.

Sanders’ pledge comes one day after President Trump made a more incremental move toward allowing some drug importation.

The statement from Sanders, who has long made lowering drug prices a top priority, shows his efforts to highlight how far he would go on the issue.
“There is no rational reason why insulin and other life-saving medications should cost ten times more in the United States than Canada,” Sanders said in a statement.

“On day one of my administration, I will direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services and FDA Commissioner to allow pharmacists, wholesalers and patients to purchase FDA approved prescription drugs from Canada,” he added.


Not going to help him to get on the next debate stage
LOL. Eight donors?


After operating for five months without disclosing who was bankrolling it, a super PAC supporting Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s presidential bid revealed its donors in a just-before-midnight filing Wednesday.

Act Now On Climate raised about $2.2 million from eight donors since its formation in late February, according the group’s report to the Federal Election Commission.

Nearly half of the money came from a single person: Rose Letwin, an environmental philanthropist who donated $1 million on March 4, three days after Inslee’s announcement that he was running for president on a platform of defeating climate change.


Maybe, maybe not, except that the money isn’t coming from LOTS of small donors, and he needs numbers for the next debate, as well as money. I wouldn’t bet either way. Inslee is kind of a one-item candidate, and I’m glad to have him for his item, but the rest of him…eh, not really. Superdelegate who voted for Hillary even though Washington went for Bernie in the primary; those people, I never forget. He’s a big corporate guy, I’m afraid. He just happens to have an issue I agree with, intelligent thoughts about that issue, and his take is otherwise completely absent from the frontrunners even though they occasionally mention it. He has helped force them, which can only be good.


I don’t mind Inslee, but I think he should have done a better job about bringing climate into everything he talked about at the debate because that really is his issue. Yang was much better and prepared with his big issue UBI.


drop out and support Bernie.




In other words, last night served as a peek into an alternate timeline, one in which Bernie Sanders never ran for president in 2016 and nothing really changed in the Democratic Party; a world in which the party remained exclusively a vehicle for staid, corporate-funded liberalism, and the broad Left was forced yet again to choose from a menu of unsatisfying options that, for the most part, don’t share their values or vision for the world.

It’s not that the debate was dull. In fact, the candidates spent almost the entire running time attacking one another’s records and policies in remarkably harsh terms, terms that would have sent the delicate, supposedly conflict-abhorring 2016-era pundit class straight to the fainting couch. And those criticisms were hardly mere shallow sniping. All exposed the various hypocrisies and disquieting histories of their targets.

But with each attack, you recalled again and again exactly why almost every person on that stage was an unreliable, if not entirely untrustworthy, fighter for progressive ideas.


The guy whose Twitter account says this,

Political analyst @MSNBC. Former Under Secretary of State in Obama admin, Editor @TIME & CEO of @ConstitutionCtr. Distinguished Fellow @AtlanticCouncil @DFRLab

just said this earlier today,

If Tulsi makes it to the next round of debates it’ll be a miracle.


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