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jcitybone

https://theintercept.com/2019/09/06/exxon-mobil-progressive-policy-institute-climate/

THE PROGRESSIVE POLICY Institute, a centrist Democratic think tank that grew out of the party’s pro-business wing in the 1980s and ’90s, received $50,000 from Exxon Mobil in 2018 via its parent organization, the Third Way Foundation, according to the oil giant’s 2018 Worldwide Giving Report.

Exxon Mobil did not return The Intercept’s multiple requests for comment. In an email, PPI Executive Director Lindsay Lewis said the money was used for general support and that “we only accept general support funding from corporate interests, we do not do paid for work/research or have any donor run programs.”

Lewis also confirmed that this is the first time Exxon Mobil has donated to the Third Way Foundation.

Though it’s a first, PPI’s new donor isn’t so dramatic a shift from its fundraising record. The Intercept’s Akela Lacy has also found that PhRMA — the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America — has annually donated between $25,000 and $75,000 to the Third Way Foundation since 2009, upping its donation to $265,000 in 2016 — the same year that Medicare for All, which the trade group and PPI both oppose, entered the national spotlight. Donations dipped back to normal levels in 2017, although documents were not yet available for 2018 when the piece was published in late April.

Itai Vardi reported at DeSmog this summer that Phil Goldberg, director of PPI’s Center for Civil Justice, has come out swinging against climate lawsuits being brought by cities and states against fossil fuel companies. The law firm at which Goldberg is a partner — Shook, Hardy & Bacon — defended the tobacco industry for decades and was the inspiration for the fictional firm Smoot, Hawking in the 2005 film “Thank You For Smoking.” As a slew of lawsuits has begun to call into question fossil fuel companies’ role in fueling and spreading misinformation about the climate crisis, the industry has stepped into high gear to fight off litigation.

Goldberg is a former lobbyist for the coal company Peabody Energy who was brought on as special counsel by the National Association of Manufacturers in January as part of its Manufacturers Accountability Project, founded in 2017 to take on “activist litigation” against big oil companies; Exxon Mobil is a NAM member, and the MAP project has been among the most active bodies fighting off climate-related legal action.

Throughout the 2020 campaign cycle, PPI strategic adviser and Clinton White House insider Paul Bledsoe has commented frequently about the dangers of candidates being too hard on fossil fuels. “[Joe] Biden and other moderate candidates must emphasize that the market is already phasing out coal over time, but that their climate policies still allow a role for natural gas as a low-carbon transition fuel for some time,” he told the Washington Examiner in August. “This distinction is crucial to success in swing states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan.” In a New York Times piece about Biden’s critics on the left, Bledsoe said, “Indulging in ideological purity is great until you actually want to solve the problem.”

“Happily,” he wrote in a February Forbes op-ed attacking the Green New Deal, “there is no need to eliminate fossil fuels in the next decade or require only renewable energy or guarantee public sector jobs to meet our climate goals.” We might never find out what Exxon Mobil’s money got up to at PPI last year. If its experts keep sounding like Bledsoe and Goldberg, though, it’ll probably keep coming.

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/460227-union-leader-bernie-sanders-has-petitioned-for-american-workers

A leader at the United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) said that the labor group backed Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential bid because he has actively taken part in fighting for workers’ rights.

“He’s supported many of our labor actions, he’s stood for many of the principles and policies we stand for and he’s walked the walk,” Scott Slawson, who is president of UE Local 506, told Hill.TV on Thursday.

“Even outside of campaigns, he’s been on picket lines and petitioned for American workers, so I think for a union standpoint, it was the right call,” he added.

jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2019/09/06/democratic-socialists-america-take-streets-elect-bernie-sanders

From September 7-9, dozens of chapters of the DSA in over 25 states will take to the streets to rally support for Senator Bernie Sanders for president in 2020.

“Senator Sanders knows what it will take to win our country back from the capitalist class,” said National Director Maria Svart. “It will take all of us. When working people come together across our differences, whether in a workplace strike or at the ballot box, we have real power. This weekend, our members across the country are launching an effort to build long lasting grassroots infrastructure to leverage our collective power, in the Democratic primaries, in the general election, and beyond.”

All across the country DSA members will be knocking on doors to support Sanders and register poor and working class people to vote. “We want to help Bernie win, full stop” said newly elected DSA National Political Committee member Megan Svoboda. “He’s the best chance we have to beat Donald Trump. But we’re also organizing to build a bigger base for democratic socialist politics, because it’s going to take a movement to win a Green New Deal, support union organizing, and make sure this country is no longer dominated by millionaires and billionaires. Senator Sanders is the only candidate who has stood consistently with working-class people and who knows that a mass movement is needed to change this country.”

Senator Sanders’ message resonates with people across the United States who recognize that the ultra rich from both parties dominate our politics, our workplaces and our communities. Over the coming months, the Democratic Socialists of America will hold events across the county to support Sanders. Further information can be found at https://bernie.dsausa.org/

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magsview

That’s a shame, I used to blog there. Not sure exactly when it began going downhill, but it was around when they began using Discus for posting comments. When did Neera Tanden take over CAP? She sure didn’t help.

WindDancer13

Wait a minute. Didn’t Think Progress become a faux progressive outlet like DK? Are not ProPublica, Jacobin and others much more progressive?

humphrey

I think that were a few of the writers that did not follow the dictates of their overlord Neera. Such heresy!

WindDancer13

Could be the real reason it is being shut down . . .independent thinkers.

magsview

Once Neera came on the scene it was hit or miss. Some writers did their best to keep their integrity, but overall it definitely went down.

Climate Progress seemed to hold firm, but it turns out, per that DB article, that that was a separate project that will revert back to its original owner.

Tbh, I’m surprised TP held on as long as it did considering Neera’s financial backers.

magsview

Here is Think Progress’s current main page story. I’m sad to see them go.

CNN’s planning a 2020 LGBTQ forum. Here are some issues advocates say the candidates should address.

LGBTQ advocacy groups told ThinkProgress that they know exactly what ideas they want to hear discussed at the town hall set for Oct. 10, which is National Coming Out Day. Many said that first and foremost, they want candidates to acknowledge the struggles of the most marginalized in the community, including LGBTQ people of color, and put forward policies to respond to anti-LGBTQ bias in the criminal justice system.

“LGBTQ people are more likely to come into contact with the police due to discriminatory policing, be incarcerated, and experience violence while locked up than non-LGBTQ people. Black and Latinx LGBTQ people are most impacted,” Tyrone Hanley, senior policy counsel for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, told ThinkProgress.

Hanley said that aspirants to the White House must put criminal justice reform as one of the issues topping their list. “Candidates must demonstrate an understanding that anti-LGBTQ discrimination and violence is impacted by issues of race, gender, and class just as they are for other communities,” he said.

Minter said he would like the candidates to acknowledge that health care, poverty, and food insecurity are all LGBTQ issues.

“There’s not an issue out there that is being discussed that doesn’t directly impact members of our community,” (Stacey Long Simmons) said.

“We would want to be involved in as many ways possible to shape policy because we know that, given the way society is structured, whether it’s climate change or healthcare policy or criminal justice policy, all of the things decision-makers put out affect our community and so we want to make sure they don’t worsen some of the conditions we’re currently grappling with.”

(Sharon McGowan) said Lambda Legal would also like to see the candidates “discuss the damage that has been done to the federal judiciary by the appointment of scores of anti-LGBTQ ideologues to lifetime positions on the federal bench, and how they intend to address this crisis.”

https://thinkprogress.org/cnns-planning-a-2020-lgbtq-forum-here-are-some-issues-advocates-say-the-candidates-should-address-b3edf8acc379/

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Dated but significant. This is who Neera listens to.

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WindDancer13

I am happy to hear this, but I won’t really consider it good news until I see a massive voter registration uptick in that age group.

wi61

Gonna need that uptick unless Bernie makes some headway with voters 65+

WindDancer13

Going to need it even with the 65+ crowd. We need to beat Trump into a pulp so even with the cheating we win.

jcitybone

https://jacobinmag.com/2019/09/joe-biden-lies-gaffes-climate-townhall-democratic-race-2020?fbclid=IwAR0zG5hIJUqb9UhQ8My2FZDARTwoPKOSs1HyfyEADotC_UaA6mCVvg-OkPw

Combined with his declining mental faculties, Biden’s dishonesty makes for a painful campaign to watch. He may not be sniffing women’s hair anymore, but every day he’s either forgetting Barack Obama’s name (or, alternatively, referring to the former president as “Raprock”), stumbling through a completely incoherent speech, or mistaking what state he’s currently in.

This behavior seems to be harming Biden’s frontrunner status. His polling average has steadily dropped by over ten points since May, and his allies are now scrambling to limit his public exposure. He’s lost top donors and the support of key Obama staffers. Obama’s chief strategist David Axelrod has even taken to publicly criticizing him.

But it’s the lies, not the gaffes and mental lapses, that show us the real Joe Biden. Even if by some miracle his brain improves, the blabbering stops, and the errors cease, we’ll still be left with his blatant falsehoods and the reactionary politics they’re meant to hide.

Biden lies to protect billionaires’ profits, and he lies because the truth about his record is damning. Joe Biden has told so many lies in the past that he now has to tell new lies to keep his lie-based campaign afloat. If he were to quit lying, he’d have to answer for who he actually is: a happy stooge of industry who uses his political power to squash working-class demands for a better society in their tracks.

In a just world, Biden’s political career would have ended decades ago, or he’d be in prison alongside Bush, Dick Cheney, and everyone else who helped launch an illegal war that slaughtered hundreds of thousands of people and will likely leave much of the Middle East drenched in blood for decades to come. Instead, he’s leading the pack in his third presidential campaign. His steady fall in the polls is encouraging, and he’s not helping his own case with his public appearances.

But Biden’s mental blunders don’t change what has always been his real problem and the key to defeating him: his politics are god-awful, and he can’t stop lying about them.

WindDancer13

Biden’s biggest gaffe? Telling people to go look at his record.

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Even Jeffries (the Dem Caucus Chair) has seen the light.

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/qvgvdp/support-for-medicare-for-all-in-congress-just-got-very-real?utm_source=reddit.com

Just one election cycle ago, the idea of either chamber of Congress passing a single-payer health plan was unthinkable.

That was then.

Now, a simple majority of House Democrats support Medicare for All, according to an analysis by the Washington Post. And it hit that key metric thanks to the endorsement this week by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-New York).

Jeffries is the 118th member of the House to back the bill, introduced in February, which would install a government-run health system.

“Given the enduring nature of our health care access and affordability crisis, more must be done,” Jeffries, who some Democrats view as a likely successor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), told the Post.

But despite the support from her caucus, Pelosi has resisted holding a vote on the bill, introduced by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.). In April, Pelosi said she was “agnostic” on Medicare for All, and expressed doubt that the bill would deliver what it promises.

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Jeffries is a significant “get.”

Usually he is 100% corporate robot.

DC changing? even a tiny drop? IDK.

humphrey

I don’t trust any of Pelosi’s leadership team. Perhaps he is worried about a primary challenge.

jcitybone

Totally not trust, but that’s the way this works. Hopefully it is because he’s worried about a primary challenge. It means they work even when not direct.

jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/06/shameful-warren-warns-trump-plan-privatize-fannie-mae-and-freddie-mac-would-make

Sen. Elizabeth Warren warned Friday that the Trump administration’s new plan to privatize the two government-controlled entities that back half of the nation’s mortgages would make it even more difficult for working class families to purchase a home.

“In the middle of a housing affordability crisis, when the gap between the black and white homeownership rates is as big as it was when housing discrimination was legal, the Trump administration wants to make it harder for creditworthy working families—especially families of color—to buy a home and build wealth,” Warren, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said in a statement. “That’s shameful.”

The Trump administration’s sprawling housing proposal, unveiled Thursday by former Goldman Sachs banker and current Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, would privatize mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The two companies were taken over by the government after they nearly collapsed during the financial crisis of 2008.

WindDancer13

Subconscious nudge? “shameful warren warns” is the beginning of the link title.

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jcitybone

The farmers who wrote this should have gone on to back Bernie and call out Biden

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/2019/08/30/nafta-putting-family-farmers-out-business-since-1994/2129764001/?fbclid=IwAR28J6Ylghq9qS9CoPF8889QCSufdiIGRft99sFZdLvEW916p5nMvDGlsLI

Two longtime Iowa politicians, Sen. Charles Grassley and now dairy industry lobbyist Tom Vilsack, held a press conference recently touting the gains for farmers from President Trump’s newly negotiated NAFTA. We’re family farmers and we’ve heard this same line on new trade deals for decades. We’ve had enough.

We’ve read enough of the corporate ag narrative about how great “free trade” has been for American farmers and rural economies. And how we need to double down and pass the new NAFTA. The truth is, NAFTA has not been a good deal for U.S. farmers, or for farmers in Canada and Mexico. So-called free trade has created windfall profits for multinational meatpackers and grain traders. The real story can be seen out our windows, on our Main Streets and in the growing average age of the U.S. farmer because their children can’t afford to come back to the farm.

Since NAFTA’s start in 1994, “free trade” schemes have put hundreds of thousands of U.S. family farms out of business, while dramatically increasing corporate agribusiness’ profits, market control and the monopolization of our farm and food industry. These changes, coupled with the rapid expansion of publicly financed and often un-regulated corporate factory farms, have put thousands of independent livestock and dairy producers out of business.

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jcitybone

Notice how Bernie said 50 senators are needed, not 50 Dems. He obviously knows that right now not all Dems are going to vote for the GND or M4A. Eliminating the filibuster with a Dem majority is not enough. We need the right Dems.

polarbear4

. reform not eliminate. thanks

taking it back to a talking filibuster

orlbucfan

Good reason why “progressives” like Beto need to run in races they’ll win: defeating Corwyn, s sitting FRightwing senator, for example. Dimwit.

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polarbear4

I want to thank you all for being moral support in the background. I passed the final hurdle to giving my short workshop to people considering mediation and divorce once a month. It’s free and I am grateful just to be helping, and I may get a coaching client or two, who knows? At any rate it’s a big step and I thought of you all as well as other supporters today.

THANKS BERNERS!!!!

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I hope it works out for the best.👍👌🤞

jcitybone

Super PB! 👌✌️👆

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Good Luck, pb4!! (You don’t need it.) 🙂

magsview

That is so cool polarbear!

Am thinking of someone who could use your services, do you do remote ‘coaching’?

Way to go!!!!!!!!

polarbear4

This is why I want him to take a break. He doesn’t need to elaborate could’ve just said women should make the decision everywhere in the world.

jcitybone

Except it doesn’t smack. Lies. Rubin is trying to divert attention from Biden. Don’t worry, this resonates only with people not voting Dem.

polarbear4

I totally agree that it does not smack. But it gives fodder to the crazies.

jcitybone

Yeah but there’s always something Bernie says that will be fodder to them😄

polarbear4

True. guess i’ll lighten up. 🧚🏼‍♂️😊🧚🏼‍♂️

magsview

Someone brought it up in the Balloon Bernie tweet from Brie Brie that I posted today, I simply replied, “Rubin hates Bernie, heaven forbid women get to control their own bodies”. That’s how I am going to respond whenever I see someone troll a Bernie thread with that propaganda.

humphrey

This coming from Jennifer Rubin & the Washington Post is about what I would expect with regards to Bernie.

polarbear4

Unquestionably, the individual burden of medical costs in the U.S. can be unsupportable and, in the richest country in the world, should be unnecessary. Sanders and Warren are right to point the finger at a dysfunctional healthcare financing system. Those who say things aren’t that bad are wrong; it’s worse. Debating whether the number of Americans forced into bankruptcy by medical debt is 500,000 or some other figure is nitpicking, and woefully beside the point. What everyone knows is that the threat is bad enough, and it can strike at anyone.

polarbear4

ohh. the meme!

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jcitybone

👍🤗🤗🤗👍

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💕🦜🦜

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magsview

Perfect!

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😔😖😤

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magsview

Gee, what a shock. 🙄

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