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polarbear4

Benny

Not a bad strategy for Biden. Take one poll and blow it up by getting a reporter from Politico to make some emphasis on it. Notice the headline:

Biden and Bernie the only Democrats to beat Trump in new poll

Joe Biden is taking his electability pitch to new lengths.

Only eight seconds into his first TV ad launched Tuesday, there’s a full-screen graphic showing Biden leading President Donald Trump by between 9 and 13 points in four recent polls.

“We have to beat Donald Trump,” the narrator says. “And all the polls agree: Joe Biden is the strongest Democrat to do the job.”

Jill Biden was equally blunt in New Hampshire on Monday, telling voters, “I know that not all of you are committed to my husband, and I respect that. But I want you to think about your candidate, his or her electability, and who’s going to win this race.”

Every Democratic candidate is trying to make the case he or she can beat Trump — but Biden is taking the electability argument farther than any candidate in recent memory. And he has the numbers to back it up: A new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll is just the latest survey showing the former VP with the biggest lead over Trump. It has Biden up 7 points over the president in a hypothetical general election matchup, 42 percent to 35 percent. Other than Bernie Sanders, who led Trump by 5 points, every other Democrat is either tied with the incumbent or trails him.

Joe Biden’s resume is unmatched, but his past positions make him a target on the left.
See where he stands on all the issues »

Biden’s emphasis on his ability to win is a risky campaign strategy: It plays directly to Democrats’ desire, first and foremost, to oust Trump. But if Biden stumbles in polls, his main argument to voters will vanish. Already, there are signs his favorability ratings, which spiked at the end of the Obama administration, are ticking back down since his return to the campaign trail.

Tyrannocaster

Polls, meh. But since Biden likes to tout them:

Now that Joe has remembered the Kennedy and King assassinations in the late ’70s, this should be concerning to him.

jcitybone

https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/08/21/politics/bernie-sanders-2020-labor-union-plan/index.html

Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has frequently done his presidential campaigning on picket lines, unveiled a comprehensive set of proposals on Wednesday designed to revive and newly empower organized labor.

Sanders’ “Workplace Democracy Plan” includes a mix of legislation and promised executive orders, including one that would deny federal contracts to companies that pay their executives 150 times more than their employees or offer wages lower than $15 an hour. The Vermont independent would also push new legislation allowing all federal workers the right to strike and end so-called right-to-work laws.

Sanders has made his support for unions, striking workers and employees agitating for higher wages at major corporations a central theme of his presidential runs. Since entering the 2020 primary, he has confronted Walmart’s corporate leadership at its annual shareholders meeting to ask for an increase in its minimum wage, marched alongside McDonald’s workers demanding $15 an hour and a union, and joined health care workers protesting the planned closure of a historic Philadelphia hospital.

He has also attacked Amazon about the wages it paid workers and that it hasn’t paid federal taxes in the last couple of years. When Amazon upped the minimum wages at the company to $15 an hour, he praised the move, but has still regularly criticized its zero federal tax bill.

“Corporate America and the billionaire class have been waging a 40-year war against the trade union movement in America that has caused devastating harm to the middle class in terms of lower wages, fewer benefits and frozen pensions,” Sanders said in a statement. “That war will come to an end when I am president. If we are serious about rebuilding the middle class in America, we have got to rebuild, strengthen and expand the trade union movement in America.”

jcitybone

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/21/bernie-sanders-union-membership-plan

Bernie Sanders has released plans to double union membership in the US during his first term in office as he campaigns to secure the Democratic presidential candidacy.

Sanders’ plan is an expansion of the Workplace Democracy Act, previously championed by the Vermont senator, and would also restore workers’ rights to collectively bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions.

Between 1983 to 2015, union membership declined by 2.9 million workers, as the number of wage and salary workers grew by nearly 50 million. Nearly one-third of workers in the US were represented by a union 50 years ago, but that representation has declined since the 1960’s to about 11% today. Economists have directly attributed about one-third of increases in wealth inequality in the 1980s and 90s to a decline in labor unions.

jcitybone

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/democrats-are-waging-a-covert-war-on-alexandria-ocasio-cortez/

FAIR (Extra!, 11/11; FAIR.org, 3/29/16) has long found that corporate media routinely violate their own stated guidelines for their use of anonymity, which are generally supposed to bar reporters from concealing the names of sources making personal or partisan attacks. In coverage of the Democrats’ intra-party disputes, anonymity is constantly allowed to provide cover for such attacks—whose targets just happen to be the progressive politicians whom corporate journalists themselves frequently express disdain for (FAIR.org, 8/31/18, 1/23/19).

When the perspective of anonymous sources consistently leans in one direction, it’s an sure indication of news outlets’ political slant. In this case, it’s a bias in favor of the establishment wing of the Democratic Party, which is utilizing its coziness with corporate media to wage a covert war on the progressive wing.

jcitybone

https://truthout.org/articles/why-is-a-freshman-democrat-attacking-progressives-in-a-washington-post-series/

House progressives have shown promising strength and vitality since the 2018 midterms, yet political reality is a subtle thing, and Pelosi’s arithmetic regarding 2020 is not entirely off base. In order to maintain majority control of the House, conservative Democrats from conservative states must be endured to a certain degree. Expecting deep-red districts to elect and then re-elect a bunch of AOC clones is not reasonable at this juncture, and so space must be made for conservative House Democrats to be who and what the voters who put them there want.

This does not explain why Rep. Spanberger chose to be the starring figure in a Washington Post hit piece on progressives regarding immigration, especially after compiling a mostly-progressive voting record that would stand up to scrutiny in many of the bluest districts in the land. Highlighting her CIA and law enforcement past while insinuating that progressives hate feeding children would seem to suggest her voting record is set to take a hard right turn. Bitterness, after all, leaves a lingering aftertaste.

My request to Rep. Spanberger’s press office for comment on her participation in the Post article received no reply, but that’s fine, we’ll be hearing more in the coming months. The last line of the piece reads, “This is part of an occasional series of stories about Rep. Abigail Spanberger’s first year in office.” Clearly, the Post is more than happy to help a Democrat attack House progressives, and Spanberger probably digs the ink she gets by serving as that paper’s willing accomplice. Just another day in politics.

Tyrannocaster

It seems a lot less than “covert” to me. But point taken about using anonymous sources which go in one direction.

polarbear4

An excellent theead if you’re interested in antifa/proud boy Portland.

Tyrannocaster

That’s where I live. Last week, I was walking Coulaine past Mt. Tabor Park and I saw a flyer on a phone pole that was advertising an upcoming “Rose City Antifa Poetry Reading”.

I was terrified, LOL.

There is so much fake news going on about this, and Ngo is an important part of it.

polarbear4

Tony!

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Benny

This is what Tony is responding to:

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jcitybone

Oh no DK will not like this. Unfortunately, for Tulsi not a qualifying poll.

jcitybone

Yeah just stick a fork in Bernie. He’s definitely done😎😎😎

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/458263-national-poll-finds-tight-race-between-biden-sanders-and-warren?amp

Sanders has surged back into contention, according to the new poll, gaining more than any other candidate over the same survey from last month. That poll found Biden at 25 percent, followed by Warren at 18 and Sanders at 13.

jcitybone

Bernie Sanders put his Brooklyn stickball training to good use on Tuesday by playing a fairly competent game of softball at Iowa’s Field of Dreams. Generally, these kinds of events feel forced, but please tell me if you don’t see a soupçon of fun and whimsy in Uncle Bernard’s astonishingly capable softball skills.

Swing for the fences, Bernard.

Ice those knees when you get home, bud. You did good.

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Twitter profile:

Adam ParkhomenkoVerified account
@AdamParkhomenko
Democratic Strategist, Consultant, Political Adviser. @HillaryClinton. Dad. Ukrainian-American

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A short 2 minute video sums things up pretty well.

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polarbear4

again conflating attack and report.

Tyrannocaster

This is mild compared to the stuff coming from the Hoarse Whisperer and Armando (DK) on Twitter today. I won’t quote.

humphrey

Long-time Bernie Confidant Jeff Weaver shares stories from his early days.

polarbear4

thanks! I couldn’t find this. maybe I was too early

Tyrannocaster

Nice interview. All softballs, but a good chance to show a somewhat different perspective on Bernie. I have really liked Krystal’s YTs overall. As a former MSNBC talking head she has a good perspective on how funky that whole thing is.

humphrey

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magsview

I honestly can’t believe that Zerlina actually attacked Sarandon over her dog. And they put Zerlina on TV??

Between Zerlina and Neera I’m seeing some insane obsession.

I guess it’s hard to attack Bernie for his policies, so instead they attack his supporters, his surrogates, his manner of speaking, his hair, his body mannerisms, and, lately, his staff has been getting it non-stop.

polarbear4

I wonder how involved in all this Hillary might be.

WindDancer13

Chances are between 100 and 200 per cent.

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Over the next two days, a hundred Apurinã men, women, and children met in a riverside thatched-roof meeting hall to confront their fears and make plans. They did so against the ticking of the Amazon’s monsoonal clock. In July and August, the rains will stop and the rivers will fall, adding hours and days of boat travel between villages and the nearest frontier towns. The coming of dry season also heralds the next wave of burnings. Last year, after government satellites detected smoke plumes, a group of Apurinã men arrived to find 1,000 hectares of their ancestral forest gone. “We were shocked at the size of it,” said Marcelino Da Silva, one of the men. To create pasture, the land-grabbers hacked miles of path through the forest with machetes and used motorcycles to transport long-blade chainsaws and drums of kerosene. The land being too remote for logging, they used even the most valuable trees for kindling, seeding the smoldering ashes with orchard grass dropped from helicopters.
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“We knew the red zone was moving toward us but didn’t expect it so fast from every direction,” said Da Silva, using the local term for the agribusiness frontier that has been advancing by fits into Amazonas from the south and east for five decades. “We know what happens when the state does nothing. We know how quickly the forest can disappear.”

. Bolsonaro and his allies in Congress and Amazonian state governments vow to accelerate this advance in the name of progress. Doing so will require eliminating the young laws and agencies established to protect the rainforest, its supernova of life that accounts for most of the planet’s species, and its traditional Indigenous inhabitants, whose very existence Bolsonaro and his ministers have cursed and denied, and whose moral and spiritual challenge they fear but do not comprehend.

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Zerlina keeps digging.

WindDancer13

Oh, no, Zerlina, not the little dog too!

jcitybone

LOL. I thought that also 🤣🤣🤣

jcitybone

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/08/bernie-sanders-ban-amazon-facial-recognition-technology

Bernie Sanders is calling for a ban on police using facial-recognition technology, which has been criticized by civil liberty advocates, as part of a plan to “ensure law enforcement accountability and robust oversight.” The proposal, included in a criminal justice reform agenda Sanders’ campaign published over the weekend, makes him the first 2020 candidate to condemn law enforcement’s use of the technology—and may push some of his Democratic competitors to do the same. “We must ensure these tools do not have any implicit biases that lead to unjust or excessive sentences,” Sanders wrote of the use of artificial intelligence in policing.

The use of AI by the government and law enforcement has elicited serious concerns about its potential for abuse. Proponents of the technology, which is already in use in police departments across the country, say it’s a valuable, if flawed, tool to promote public safety. But its critics, including Sanders, have predicted a more dystopian result. “Police use of facial recognition software is the latest example of Orwellian technology that violates our privacy and civil liberties under the guise of public safety,” Sarah Ford, a Sanders campaign spokesperson, told CNN Business on Monday, “and it must stop.”

jcitybone

Since there’s no difference to insurers, let’s choose the one that’s much better for people—M4A

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/458256-insurance-lobby-chief-says-biden-sanders-health-plans-similarly-bad

The head of the nation’s health insurance lobby on Wednesday said he does not see much difference between “Medicare for All,” which is being championed by progressive Democratic presidential candidates, and the public option pushed by former Vice President Joe Biden.

Matt Eyles, president and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), said Biden’s public option would still have too much government involvement in the health care system.

jcitybone

More right wing fear monger it from Biden.
What happens when the company shutters it’s factory? How about that great health care then Joe. Maybe the union will be free to negotiate higher wages to make up for the amounts no longer needed to pay for employees health care.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-jabs-at-sanders-warren-over-medicare-for-all.amp

Former Vice President Joe Biden appeared to take aim at two of his top rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination over their support for a government-run “Medicare-for-all” health care plan during a speech Wednesday to organized labor at the Iowa AFL-CIO.

The front-runner among 2020 Democrats and the only top-tier contender who opposes a single-payer “Medicare-for-all” system told the audience: “You’ve negotiated really hard for your benefits — with your union, with the employer. In my plan, you get to keep it. You don’t have to give it up.”

WindDancer13

And with that, he lost half of the audience support. Remember when Fox News thought they would gotcha Bernie on giving up private insurance.

magsview

Hopefully the audience is smarter than Biden thinks they are and knows that THEY SHOULDN’T HAVE HAD to fight so hard for healthcare benefits and that the energy spent on that could have been used for higher wages.

jcitybone

Pitchfork warnings in the Times of all places

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/21/opinion/economy-recession.html

A recession looms, and the nation’s C.E.O.s are growing fearful.

It isn’t the potential of downturn itself that has them alarmed — downturns come and downturns go, but whatever happens, chief executives, like cats, tend to land on their comfortably padded feet.

Instead, the cause of their fear appears to be something more fundamental. As Alan Murray, the C.E.O. of Fortune, writes in a cover story chronicling the C-suite anxiety: “More and more C.E.O.s worry that public support for the system in which they’ve operated is in danger of disappearing.” They’re worried that when the next recession breaks, revolution might, too. This could be the hour that the ship comes in: The coming recession might finally prompt the masses to sharpen their pitchforks and demand a reckoning.

Company executives are right to worry. A downturn will mark the end of a record period of uninterrupted economic expansion. The American economy has been growing for more than a decade, stock indexes recently hit new highs, and the unemployment rate is at a 50-year low.

And yet the vast majority of Americans will not look back on the last decade as years of fat and plenty. This was a gilded expansion, a decade of creaking wage growth and profoundly unequal outcomes. The number of Americans receiving food stamps is 40 percent higher now than in 2008, yet we have twice as many billionaires as we did a decade ago.

jcitybone

Some at DK have noticed their unhinged vile editor Armando

https://m.dailykos.com/stories/1880491

LOL. The story has been removed. It highlighted the incredibly offensive Armando tweet about Bernie and Nina.

jcitybone

Another diary appeared there, which didn’t get removed. Benny makes a couple of comments there. I sole this tweet from Shaun King from one of her comments.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/8/21/1880499/-So-Is-This-OK-or?utm_campaign=recent#comment_74747691

https://twitter.com/shaunking/status/1164238479649366016?s=20

polarbear4

thanks. ohmygawd. reactions are mild. that last one is so awful i don’t know even….

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jcitybone

https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2019/08/21/pastor-bernie-sanders-is-completely-illiterate-about-the-bible-and-israel/

During a break from kissing Donald Trump‘s ass, FOX News’ Todd Starnes and Pastor Robert Jeffress had a conversation all about how Trump doesn’t really have a Messiah Complex even though he called himself “the Chosen One,” and how Democrats hate Israel, and how Jewish people who vote for Democrats are somehow “disloyal.”

They also brought up Sen. Bernie Sanders, who said this to an Iowa crowd in response to Trump’s statements:

“I am a proud Jewish person, and I have no concerns about voting Democratic. And in fact, I intend to vote for a Jewish man to become the next president of the United States.”

Well played, Bernie.

But the Trumpians weren’t having it. Jeffress insisted Sanders just doesn’t understand Judaism as well as he does.

“… I mean it’s obvious Bernie Sanders is completely illiterate when it comes to what the Old Testament teaches about Israel. You know, God said to Abraham in Genesis 12, “I will bless those who bless you and your descendants and I will curse those who curse you and your descendants.”

Being Jewish doesn’t mean accepting a right-wing evangelical Christian’s interpretation of contemporary Israeli politics. A guy who wants health care for everyone is doing far more to care about Abraham’s metaphorical descendants than a pastor who insists God was actually referring to complete obedience to the right-wing Israeli government.

WindDancer13

So sincere. Now let’s review a bit more:

Ephesians 4:25
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are members of one another.

Exodus 23:1
You shall not spread a false report. Do not join the wicked by being a malicious witness.

Psalm 101:7
He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.

Etc., etc. etc.

jcitybone

Positive article in the Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/21/us/politics/2020-democrats-iowa-labor-unions.html

Several candidates offered warnings about getting rid of private health insurance — a move supported by Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren under Medicare for all. Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who wants to allow people to keep their private insurance but give them the option of signing up for a government-run health plan, was among those to raise the issue.

“You’ve negotiated really hard for your benefits with your union with the employer,” he said. “And my plan, you get to keep it — you don’t have to give it up.”

Mr. Sanders’s labor plan appeared designed to pre-empt that criticism. It would require that employers dedicate the savings they receive when they no longer provide union-negotiated health plans toward raising wages and adding other benefits.

Also on Wednesday, the president of the Service Employees International Union, one of the largest and most politically powerful unions in the country, laid out a plan for changing federal labor laws that overlapped with Mr. Sanders’s proposal.

In a speech in Milwaukee, the S.E.I.U. president, Mary Kay Henry, emphasized the need for industrywide bargaining of the sort Mr. Sanders proposed, and said that candidates who declined to support the union’s plan “can’t count on our support.”

Ms. Henry said in an interview that Mr. Sanders had answered “the demands he’s been hearing from fast food workers,” which the union has been working to organize.

The Sanders campaign worked closely with the S.E.I.U. and other unions on the plan before rolling it out, according to a campaign aide.

polarbear4

❤️

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jcitybone

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/21/jay-inslee-2020-democrats-drops-out-climate-change?utm_term=Autofeed&CMP=twt_gu&utm_medium=&utm_source=Twitter&__twitter_impression=true

Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington and a 2020 Democratic hopeful, has dropped out of the presidential race.

Inslee, who launched his campaign in March with a singular focus on fighting climate change, announced he was suspending his campaign during an appearance on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show on Wednesday.

Inslee, 68, had struggled to gain traction in the sprawling Democratic presidential field and was unlikely to qualify for the next month’s debate in Houston, Texas.

Inslee told MSNBC it had “become clear” he would not be the Democratic party’s nominee and was thus withdrawing his candidacy, following in the footsteps of the California representative Eric Swalwell and the former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper.

“It’s become clear that I’m not going to be carrying the ball,” Inslee said. “I’m not going to be the president, so I’m withdrawing tonight from the race.”

Inslee said he would make an announcement on Thursday about “the future of his political career”, including whether he would seek re-election as the governor of Washington state.

jcitybone

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polarbear4

hint hint to the rest of you vite suckers

humphrey

That settles it. Case closed!😜

polarbear4

😂😂😂😂

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magsview

I wish there was a better candidate to push for to challenge McConnell than McGrath!

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The white nationalists take care of their own.

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It wouldn’t surprise me if it does happen.

polarbear4

bozopo does it again.

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Last for tonight.

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