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jcitybone

https://emersonpolling.reportablenews.com/pr/colorado-2020-sanders-biden-and-warren-lead-democratic-field-democrats-look-to-gain-senate-seat

A new Emerson Poll finds a very competitive primary shaping up for Super Tuesday 2020 in Colorado with Sen. Bernie Sanders at 26%, former VP Joe Biden at 25% and Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 20%. Sen. Kamala Harris was the only other candidate to break double digits at 13%. Colorado Senator Michael Bennet is polling at 1%. The data was collected August 16-19, n=403, +/-4.8%.

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jcitybone

Harris has really dropped.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/20/politics/cnn-poll-democrats-2020-biden-rebound/index.html

Joe Biden has expanded his edge over the Democratic field in a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, with 29% of Democratic and Democratic-leaning registered voters saying they back the former vice president.

That’s up 7 points compared with a late June CNN survey. No other candidate has made meaningful gains over that time.

The shift returns Biden to a double-digit lead over his nearest competitors, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at 15% and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 14%. Their support is largely unchanged since earlier this summer.

Aside from Biden’s increase, the only statistically meaningful change in the candidate standings is a 12-point decline in support for California Sen. Kamala Harris, who stood at 17% support in the June poll but now has the backing of 5% of potential Democratic voters. That’s similar to the level of support she had in the spring before a surge following her initial debate performance.

The weekly Morning Consult poll (Biden 31, Bernie 20, Warren 15, Harris 9, Buttigieg 5) stayed basically the same with Biden’s support down a bit.

Benny

Hide and go seek Joe seems to be working somewhat for Biden.

Tyrannocaster

I dunno, his wife just made the strangest pitch for him I have ever encountered. Maybe both of the Bidens have some cognitive issues. “The other guy is better, but hold your nose and vote for Joe” is a really great testimonial.

polarbear4

Thank God on Harris, although she’ll still do her intended work of stealing a lot of delegates in California.

polarbear4

magsview

polarbear4

see comment above. 😜

magsview

Anecdotal obviously, but..

polarbear4

yes, I know a busy professional type, very well-meaning, very lefty, but not engaged, who said that to me (biden electable) and I could tell she didn’t really believe me when I said Bernie also beats Trump, because she still more or less believes the MSM. I’d be willing to bet she’s in a circle that perhaps voted for Hillary and that is still surprisingly naïve about our corporate news.

I let it go because I seem to cause more harm than good when I press my point of these days.

Tyrannocaster

Now the MSM will be all “See! Sanders lost the softball game!”

polarbear4

polarbear4

polarbear4

Finally.

polarbear4

Scott is fuming.

Benny

Too bad the corporate media won’t allow this person to be questioner at next month’s debate.

polarbear4

jcitybone

https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/20/20812826/youtube-politics-voters-presidential-candidates-sanders-yang-gabbard-podcast-interview-2020

In a press call with reporters after the show, Bernie 2020 campaign advisers explained that the YouTube podcast format itself was one of the major reasons they wanted Sanders on Rogan’s show. “We’re looking for opportunities to reach a broader audience. Too often politicians try to reach people through political channels,” senior adviser Jeff Weaver said. “It is always good practice to try to reach folks outside of the normal political conversation, particularly in formats that allow a more free flow and longform answers.”

Weaver continued, Sanders “is much more comfortable in that environment.”

But it’s not just Sanders. Over the past few months, candidates Andrew Yang and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) have also appeared on YouTube podcasts with some of the platform’s most popular creators. All three have appeared on Rogan, with Yang also speaking with conservative commentator Dave Rubin and Ethan and Hila Klein from the H3 Podcast.

It’s a relatively new format for YouTube, mirroring the style of talk radio programs like The Howard Stern Show. Instead of spending a few minutes with Chuck Todd or Tucker Carlson on television, rattling off talking points, these free, easily accessible YouTube shows allow candidates to discuss policy in a relaxed setting with someone who feels like a friend to their audiences. That has made YouTube one of the more rewarding places on the internet to campaign.

Part of the benefit is the audience that candidates are able to reach. According to Politico polling, people in the 18–29 and 30–44 age brackets are far more likely to support Sanders and Yang. YouTube claims to reach more of those voters in an average week than every cable network combined, citing Nielsen data. By 2020, those age brackets (millennials combined with Generation Z, roughly) will be the largest voting bloc in America.

polarbear4

ftb

polarbear4

magsview

WindDancer13

Trump never had any intention of discussing infrastructure spending when he met with Dem “leaders. He had an excuse ready to be able to walk out on the meeting. In fact, he is working behind the scenes to help fossil fuels.

magsview

Trump Plans to End Methane Curbs That Oil Companies Want to Keep

I’m a bit skeptical of the part about oil companies ‘insisting’ that they don’t want relief (when does any corporation turn down a chance for less regulations??), but perhaps some of them are worried that it’ll make them look bad.

This story is from August 14, 2019:

The Trump administration is readying a plan to end direct federal regulation of methane leaks from oil and gas facilities, even as some energy companies insist they don’t want the relief.

A draft proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency would prevent the federal government from directly targeting that potent greenhouse gas as it restricts emissions from oil wells and infrastructure, despite fears that time is running out to avert catastrophic consequences of climate change.

The White House is finishing its review of the EPA plan, which was described by people familiar with the matter who asked not to be named ahead of a formal announcement that is expected within weeks.

The proposal threatens to undermine the oil industry’s sales pitch that natural gas is a climate-friendly source of electricity — a cleaner-burning alternative to coal that can help power an energy-hungry world for decades to come. Dozens of oil companies have made voluntary pledges to keep methane in check, and some have warned the Trump administration that federal regulation specifically targeting it is essential for natural gas to maintain that reputation.

The oil and gas industry is the leading industrial source of methane, which can escape from pipelines, sneak out of compressor stations and be vented from oil wells as a byproduct. Although methane accounts for roughly 10% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, it’s been blamed for up to a quarter of the planet’s warming as it has more than 84 times the heat-trapping potential of carbon dioxide the first two decades after entering the atmosphere. Methane’s warming potential over a 100-year time span is at least 28 times that of carbon dioxide.

The EPA’s plan to walk away from specifically regulating methane dovetails with other Trump administration efforts to ease limits on emissions from power plants and automobiles.

The EPA is planning to justify its move by treating parts of the oil and gas industry — such as production from individual wells and natural gas transmission — as distinct, separate segments, then arguing that the methane emissions associated with them don’t merit direct regulation, according to the people familiar with the proposal.

Natural gas produces half as many carbon dioxide emissions as coal when used to produce electricity, but methane leaks undermine that benefit, providing fodder to activists fighting to block the construction of new pipelines and power plants using the fossil fuel.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-14/trump-plans-to-end-methane-curbs-that-oil-companies-want-to-keep

WindDancer13

My bet is that this move somehow cuts into the gas/oil corporations’ subsidies (aka socialism for the rich).

WindDancer13

As of this posting, the first video is still trending (now in third spot from first earlier). The second video is also trending but much lower down the list. What do they have in common? The preponderance of right wing comments. The same accounts show up in comments of both.

We do not need Russian bots to post misleading misinformation when good ole American bots will do it. The question is given the pattern I am seeing across a variety of videos is who is paying them.

First video:
This is an eye opener regarding the bias in medical practice. the difference between a man and a woman’s signs of a heart attack were know to me, but some of the rest was not.

85K Likes, 9.9K Dislikes for facts.

Second video:
It has been reported that Antifa is not responsible for any deaths while right-wing extremists are increasing their acts of violence. Echoing Trump, the commenters (many the same from the first video) put all of the blame on the left-wind group along with some misinformation about left-wing mass shooters.

Also interesting with this video is that there are 2.5K Likes with 6K Dislikes. I think the dislikes reflect the extreme right’s rejection of the last statement in the video by the mayor of Portland.

The right wing, especially the extreme right, is very, very busy on YouTube spreading their message. One of the most prolific of them (also posted in the above two videos) is found spreading more misinformation in the following video. Note that this one is from 2018, so this one person at least has been at this for quite some time.

What I am glad to see is that there are quite a number of people fighting back against the narratives used by these right-wingers. However, they are greatly outnumbered by those posting nonfactual material.

Conclusion: Because so much of the material is the same and uses the same tactics, I highly suspect that these are people who are being paid to promote a certain agenda. There appears to be a script. If someone could expose whoever is behind this misinformation campaign, it would be a great service to the US American populace and by extension democracy.

magsview

polarbear4

Another awesome Matt Stoller 🧵


hard to pick the best ones—one more

magsview

jcitybone, your favorite author has chimed on about the issue of…yelling!

Buttigieg doesn’t raise his voice. Thank goodness.

by Jennifer Rubin

In some ways, Buttigieg is also the opposite of many of his opponents, and therefore stands out, a real advantage in a field that tops 20 people. Buttigieg is composed and speaks in quiet but firm tones. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) yells for no apparent reason. Former vice president Joe Biden is extraordinarily wary (even for a politician) of admitting errors. Buttigieg took ownership of the police shooting in his city. Most of the other contenders seem allergic to talking about foreign policy or talk in sound bites.

I’d laugh, but:

many Democrats and just about all the NeverTrumpers I talk to that we share not only a concern for the rule of law, a free press, an independent judiciary and a values-based foreign policy, but also a yearning, as George H.W. Bush said (perhaps the last president to enjoy broad, bipartisan affection), for a kinder and gentler America.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/08/20/buttigieg-doesnt-raise-his-voice-thank-goodness/

magsview

Did you all see this? This was yesterday in Sao Paolo, Brazil:

Sudden darkness befalls Sao Paulo, the Western Hemisphere’s largest city, baffling thousands

Experts tried to puzzle it out, but their conclusions at times appeared to be conflicting, deepening the mystery. The National Institute of Meteorology said the city, which sits at an elevation of 2,500 feet, was “inside a cloud.” Others explained that it was a cold front. MetSul, a Brazilian meteorology company, said the culprit was smoke that had come in from forest fires in Bolivia, Paraguay and remote parts of Brazil.

In fact, it appeared to be a combination of all three factors — clouds, smoke and a cold front — that ushered in the smoke from distance reaches, plunging the city into darkness in the middle of the day.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2019/08/20/sudden-darkness-befalls-sao-paulo-western-hemispheres-largest-city-baffling-thousands/

The smoke “from distance (sic) reaches” is the massive wildfire in the Amazon going on in Brazil right now on the border of Bolivia.

The attached pic:

Sao Paulo in the middle of the day Monday. (Courtesy of Helena Artemis)

Amazon rainforest fires can be seen from space

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polarbear4

Bolsonaro probably lit the fire.

magsview

Ouch!

“Jill Biden may have settled for her husband, but I’m not sure why anyone else should.”

(quote from Sarah Jones)

Critics Respond After Joe Biden’s Wife Says Vote for Husband Even If You Like Policies of Other Candidates More

magsview

magsview

WindDancer13

“Plan” indicates a step-by-step process. This is not a plan, but a proposal, and some of it is very vague.

humphrey

I just checked the twitter account of Singh. She is a Warren supporter. Also nary a mention of Bernie’s plan. Obvious bias.

humphrey

magsview

Here’s a guy who loves analyzing polls, good thread:

polarbear4

excuse if dupe 🦜

polarbear4

surprise surprise!

Benny

That was when Joy wasn’t pulling a million bucks.

humphrey

Obviously that must have been one of those hacked tweets that she had mentioned previously.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/28/business/media/joy-reid-hacking-msnbc.html

Joy Reid, the MSNBC host who accused hackers of inserting homophobic posts into her now-defunct blog, said on Saturday that while she continued to deny having written the offensive language, security experts could not conclusively say her blog was breached.

polarbear4

jcitybone

https://www.motherjones.com/crime-justice/2019/08/elizabeth-warren-and-bernie-sanders-are-leading-the-democratic-candidates-on-criminal-justice-reform/

On Tuesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren unveiled her plan to reform the criminal justice system, just two days after Sen. Bernie Sanders revealed his own. Both presidential candidates are proposing similar changes that would have been unimaginable several years ago—banning private prisons, and ending policies like mandatory minimum sentences, cash bail, solitary confinement, and the death penalty. But these measures aren’t necessarily the most radical things about their approach to criminal justice reform.

Other Democratic candidates, including some who hew more closely to the center, have recommended these changes, signaling how far the party has come in its approach to punishment. Former Vice President Joe Biden, facing criticism for the tough-on-crime legislation he wrote as a senator in the 1990s, put out a plan in July that would repeal mandatory minimum sentences, eliminate the death penalty, and end the federal government’s use of private prisons. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, like Sanders, wants to cut the incarcerated population in half. Sen. Cory Booker has introduced legislation to reform federal sentencing policies, and Sens. Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar, both former prosecutors who have faced criticism for their histories in criminal justice, have crafted thoughtful proposals to better fund public defenders and help more prisoners commute their sentences.

But Warren’s and Sanders’ plans are more comprehensive, and not just because they are longer (though they are certainly more fleshed out than the plans put forward by Biden or Buttigieg, or the platforms shared by other candidates on their websites). What really sets Warren and Sanders apart is the extent to which they rethink what it takes to keep people safe; their plans say real public safety can be achieved only through less focus on law enforcement and more on tackling underlying drivers of crime like underfunded schools, inadequate housing, and poor mental health care, especially for communities of color. “It’s not enough merely to reform our sentencing guidelines or improve police-community relations,” Warren writes toward the top of her plan. “We need to address the deeper structural problems that give rise to crime, such as joblessness, income inequality, lack of education, and untreated substance abuse,” Sanders writes in his.

polarbear4

truth.

WindDancer13

Maybe it is our politicians who should be banned not video games.

polarbear4

They should be banned immediately. But in our world I am shouting to the wind.

humphrey

humphrey

humphrey

polarbear4

Get those flip-flops out we get another one.

humphrey

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/458185-sanders-responds-to-trump-im-a-proud-jewish-person-with-no-concerns-about

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the only Jewish candidate for president, responded to President Trump’s Tuesday remarks that Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats are showing “lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”

“I am a proud Jewish person and I have no concerns about voting Democratic,” Sanders, an independent who’s running for the Democratic nomination, said to a cheering crowd Tuesday night at a Sioux City, Iowa, rally.

“And in fact, I intend to vote for a Jewish man to become the next president of the United States.”

Sanders’s comments come just hours after Trump told reporters, “I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat – I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge, or great disloyalty.”

humphrey

Why hasn’t he dropped out yet?

humphrey

humphrey

humphrey

polarbear4

❤️

humphrey

humphrey

polarbear4

humphrey

I think that Nina is a bit pissed off.

polarbear4

couldn’t tear myself away from the comments for way too long.

humphrey

humphrey

polarbear4

ask Matt Taibbi.

polarbear4

polarbear4

leave you with a feel goot.

humphrey

humphrey

humphrey

SilERabbit has a new name.

humphrey

Trump acts like a petulant child.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-21/trump-cancels-meeting-with-danish-leader-over-greenland-no-sale?srnd=politics-vp

President Donald Trump said he would be putting off a planned meeting with Denmark’s prime minister because she did not want to talk about a possible U.S. purchase of the island of Greenland.

“Denmark is a very special country with incredible people, but based on Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s comments, that she would have no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland, I will be postponing our meeting scheduled in two weeks for another time,” Trump said in a Twitter post on Tuesday night.

polarbear4

Unreal. I disagree about Biden. I think trump’s mental health is very possibly worse.

humphrey

humphrey

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