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A little more on Bernie’s Midwest swing this weekend. MI, WI, Pittsburgh, OH & IN. I hope we get more specifics soon. https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/437859-sanders-set-for-five-state-midwestern-swing


Bernie Sanders And Pete Buttigieg Had A Good Week On Cable News

In absolute terms, Bernie Sanders led the week’s coverage. He was mentioned the most — in a total of 551 clips on the three cable networks, up nearly 300 percent from the week before.2 Pete Buttigieg’s mentions also jumped — the number of clips he was mentioned in went from 60 two weeks ago to 216 last week. Many of the more recent mentions had to do with Buttigieg’s fundraising numbers and with his attempts to distinguish himself as a fresh face in a large field.




Congress Is About to Ban the Government From Offering Free Online Tax Filing. Thank TurboTax.

Interesting move here to keep the tax prep industry competitive https://t.co/FRU84ESHY9

— Matt Bruenig (@MattBruenig) April 9, 2019



I use turbotax, but this is wrong. Just as getting rid of the 1040EZ was wrong too. Why make this complicated?


My first thought was “what happened to “small govt.”



From oil policy to health care, these two young Beto exes said they never took the time to pore over votes and policy positions. Once they did — and O’Rourke went from Senate hopeful to presidential wannabe — they abandoned him and are now supporting reliable liberal Bernie Sanders in the race for the White House.

Their journey reveals a major fault line for O’Rourke as he transitions from a statewide campaign in which occasional votes with the Republicans can be an asset, to a new primary playing field where some see those moves as political apostasy. Though his record and platform clearly put O’Rourke left of center on the Texas political spectrum — on guns, immigration, taxes and more — many progressive voters see weakness on some of their core issues in the 2020 race.

Lanning and Young say O’Rourke’s oozing charisma and inspirational tone blinded them to a more careful look at his record. Once they did — then defected to Bernie Sanders — they say they literally lost friends over it. Young, who made a video about his switch, said “it got personal” with many colleagues from the Beto for Texas days.

“It hasn’t been received too well from my former co-workers,” Young said. “There’s a lot of burned bridges there.”

Don midwest
Don midwest

how long until he crashes?

Bernie has put issues on the table. Forced other candidates to face their own record and their current positions.

results not pretty for many of them, e.g., Joe Biden


I maintain: Beto v. Ted Cruz: no brainer. Beto v sanders & Warren? He’s not the most progressive.



The American health-care system is a vast, dilapidated mansion with stairways that lead to nowhere, floorboards full of termites, walls that bleed asbestos, shattered windows, a broken furnace, flooded basement, and the unfriendliest of ghosts.

In other words, it is a hellacious, irrational structure that would be cheaper to tear down and rebuild than renovate, repair, or even maintain.

But the existing structure works well for the exterminator, space-heater, and ghostbuster industries, all of which have strong lobbies (and would suffer a sharp decline in profitability if America transitioned to a single-heater mansion that was ghost-free at the point of service). And since millions of ordinary Americans don’t even have access to the mansion, those who are privileged enough to enjoy its modest protections — especially those who’ve secured a relatively dry and warm spot within the crumbling structure — tend to express satisfaction with the status quo in opinion surveys. So, when voters are told that they can have cheaper, more comprehensive protection from a brand-new mansion — so long as they accept a modest increase in property taxes, which would be fully offset by savings on utilities and maintenance — many evince skepticism. And once Big Ghostbuster starts airing fear-mongering ads about how tearing down the existing structure will turn U.S. into Venezuela, that skepticism is liable to harden into opposition.

All of which is to say: There are virtually no good substantive arguments for preferring incremental improvements to the American health-care system over simply replacing it with a well-designed, single-payer one. But there are some decent political arguments for such a preference.

Unfortunately, politicians aren’t usually comfortable saying, “I support a suboptimal policy because I am afraid of taking on the special interests who oppose the optimal one, and also believe that voters are too ignorant to recognize where their true interests lie, anyway.” So many politicians will simply recast the political downsides of single-payer as substantive defects instead.

For example, some moderate Democrats oppose Medicare for All on the grounds that such a system would be too expensive, and that people who like their employer-sponsored coverage should be able to keep it. Neither of these complaints make sense in substantive terms.

Under our existing system, the United States spends several times more than similar nations on health-care administration, pharmaceuticals, and physicians’ salaries. In return, Americans enjoy the 29th best health-care system in the world (just behind the Czech Republic’s) according to the Lancet.

None of this means that Democrats shouldn’t try to liberate Americans from the haunted, ramshackle health-care system they call home. But it does mean that progressives must strive to raise the public’s awareness of the rising costs, and coverage disruptions, that will be required under our existing system. And every time a Democrat describes Medicare for All as exceptionally expensive — or exceptionally disruptive to existing coverage — they make that task more difficult.


USA 1st in Billionaires– but we have 3rd world heath care in expenses

Don midwest
Don midwest

Another issue that has been a bipartisan effort

When Glenn Greenwald was in Columbus OH a few years ago, he made an important point that I had not seen so clearly. Namely that both factions were in agreement on the big issues but fought over personalities and other side line issues like woman’s health care.

Watching Democracy Now on Monday, Russia $60B on military, NATO already $260B and USA heading up to a trillion ($730B more or less but other things are actually military) … and I thought, what if that money was spent in Europe for the people, rather than raise it up to $400 B or so per Trump’s request.

Wars have not settled much and cause havoc and humans facing their own destruction rush to speed the end

So a dem candidate who is anti war shakes up the status quo

Don midwest
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

And blowing up mountain tops.


The first time I saw with my own eyes the line of mountains (was travelling south from CT to S. OH), with many missing their tops, tears came to my eyes. A real shame, tragic even now that I know how it affects the locals water. No, criminal is the right word.


FYI…someone on twitter has the Thread Roller on tweets about Kamala Harris’ proposed legislation in Congress.



Well it’s good the co-sponsors are still there for the new M4A.


Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to introduce his new “Medicare for All” bill Wednesday morning, a move that will again push health care policy to the front burner of the Democratic presidential primary.

The new legislation’s big-name co-sponsors include four of Sanders’ fellow 2020 Democratic contenders — Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand — all of whom also signed onto an earlier version Sanders put out in 2017.

By unveiling his proposal now, Sanders is effectively doubling down on his signature policy idea and betting that his calls to eliminate private medical insurers will be a winning one with Democratic voters, even as the party rallies around Obamacare amid an escalating court battle instigated by Republicans and backed by President Donald Trump.

But the move could light a match to a simmering debate within the Democratic Party, pitting Sanders against other candidates, including some of the Senate bill’s co-sponsors, over the best path toward universal coverage. It is a fight Sanders appears to welcome. During the early stages of the 2020 campaign, he has relentlessly attacked private insurers, arguing that their presence is a malign influence on the whole of American health care — a step, both rhetorically and on the policy front, that his opponents have so far refused to match.


Just a little something to add to yesterday’s talk about any remaining chances of a two-state solution for Palestinians:

… under a "1-state solution" an additional 4.75 million Palestinians would be voting with current citizens and Israel's internal and external politics would never be the same … that's why the political elite loves that "2-state solution" – which is never going to happen … pic.twitter.com/OeORPEQKbo

— Dominic | دومينيك (@domihol) April 6, 2019



The one state solution is ideal, but I disagree that we should be asking Ilhan to support it right now. We have to stop the settlements and attacks. That is the first thing that has to be done and I don’t even know how to go about that when we’re not even allowed to criticize what they’re doing. But to me that’s the first step.

In this election., Though, I’m not sure that it’s worth discussing, because it will only be used to smear. Yes, big ideas need discussion, but this is a big flame out just waiting to happen. 🙅🏻‍♀️🦜🙅🏻‍♀️🦜peace sign.

Let’s start with stopping the annexing and attacking.


But how? How to stop with the annexing and attacking? Israel is currently operating with impunity.

For me this is always worth discussing as the settlements keep happening.

But as far as I know I never put this issue on Ilhan. I put it on all decent human beings.


You’re right. Discussion is Imperative. I guess I am gun shy with the elections coming up.

However, stopping Israel’s actions right now will take all the brain and heart power we have without complicating things with a theoretical solution. Stopping funding might be a start.

. I’m open to hearing how such a solution could stop the violence. And I don’t think we have much hope of stopping it until Bernie gets in.

imho. What do I know? I’m just a bear. 🐻😜🦜


How might you stop them?

Now you’ve got me thinking. Uh oh.


I’m suffering from Twitter brain fry and am staying off it tmrw. 😜🔥🦜


The new artist for Birdie Seeders!


The U.S. Supreme Court decision to refuse to hear our case concerning Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which permits the military to seize U.S. citizens and hold them indefinitely in military detention centers without due process, means that this provision will continue to be law. It means the nation has entered a post-constitutional era. It means that extraordinary rendition of U.S. citizens on U.S. soil by our government is legal. It means that the courts, like the legislative and executive branches of government, exclusively serve corporate power — one of the core definitions of fascism. It means that the internal mechanisms of state are so corrupted and subservient to corporate power that there is no hope of reform or protection for citizens under our most basic constitutional rights. It means that the consent of the governed — a poll by OpenCongress.com showed that this provision had a 98 percent disapproval rating — is a cruel joke. And it means that if we do not rapidly build militant mass movements to overthrow corporate tyranny, including breaking the back of the two-party duopoly that is the mask of corporate power, we will lose our liberty.

We are post-Constitutional already. There we people warning us all and many were not listening then. It's time to be aware of the facts of where we are today and it didn't start w Trump but it might finish with him if he is given the chance. https://t.co/4beFOPsFFO

— Melanie Davis (@melaniesdavis) April 9, 2019



First blockquote from article linked in tweet.


I shared some piece of crap WaPost article the other day that was critical of the crowds Bernie was attracting and sniffed that voters in IA, NH & SC wanted a more personal touch.

WaPost, are you paying attention: Bernie is holding a Town hall In SC. 4/18.

And to those media outlets that felt that his event in N. Charleston was “too white,” this town hall is being Hosted By the SC Legislative Black Caucus.

Put that in your pipe & smoke it.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders will appear at a town hall event in Spartanburg April 18.

“U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has confirmed his appearance as a special guest,” Devon Owens of the S.C. Legislative Black Caucus, which is hosting the event, said Sunday.

The Upstate Town Hall meeting is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Spartanburg.

The theme of the town hall is criminal justice reform and education reform.

Leading the discussion will be state Rep. Rosalyn Henderson-Myers of Spartanburg, state Sen. Karl Allen of Greenville, state Rep. Chandra Dillard of Greenville, state Rep. Leola Robinson-Simpson of Greenville and state Rep. Anne Parks of Greenwood.

The education reform panel will include Sherry East, president of the S.C. Education Association; Russell Booker, superintendent of Spartanburg County School District 7; and Glenda Morrison Fair, a Greenville County Schools trustee.

The criminal justice reform panel will include Allen; Spartanburg Police Chief Alonzo Thompson; and Tony Liebert, assistant solicitor for the 7th Circuit.

“We’re delighted to have a presidential candidate,” said Henderson-Myers, who added that the Legislative Black Caucus is not endorsing any of the candidates. She said other Democratic presidential candidates have expressed interest in coming to Spartanburg in the future, though nothing has been set yet.

In addition to the panel discussion, speakers will explain the expungement process, and there will be assistance on-site for those seeking to expunge their record, according to Owens.

The event is free and open to the public.


And to all the concern trolls, in the media & on the internet, take note: Bernie 2020 is not running the same campaign as Bernie 2016.





Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is quieting critics who questioned whether he could recapture the energy of his upstart 2016 campaign, surpassing his rivals in early fundraising and establishing himself as an indisputable front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. Sanders is also wading into Israeli politics.

Sanders criticized Netanyahu for his vow to being annexing parts of the West Bank, telling NBC News that he “hopes he loses his election.”

“When election time comes in Israel, he always tries going even further to the right by appealing to racism within Israel, I think it’s unfortunate,” Sanders said following a town hall in Iowa Tuesday. “I’m not a great fan of his, and, frankly, I hope he loses his election.”

Less than two months into his second White House bid , no other declared candidate in the crowded Democratic field currently has amassed so many advantages: a $28 million war chest, a loyal and enthusiastic voter base and a set of clearly defined policy objectives.


Both candidates for Prime Minister are terrible.


It’s going to be hard to beat DT going forward for completely inappropriate tweets:

I see that the head of the Farrakhan Fan Club, @IlhanMN, took a short break from spewing her usual anti-semiticbigotry today to accuse a Jewish man of being a “white nationalist” because she apparently has no shame. https://t.co/y96IG8E7Y6

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 8, 2019

Actually, I’m the one who called him a “white nationalist” in the article Rep. Omar shared. Keep fuckin’ that chicken, Donj. https://t.co/Y1HAU8xiVk

— Rafi Schwartz (@TheJewishDream) April 9, 2019


In the words of my 6 year-old daughter, “Knock it off. You’re the president.” https://t.co/E0x6TA6m5F

— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 9, 2019



This is live now. I cannot view, but maybe you can! Think it began 5 mins ago:

Subcommittee on Environment: Climate Change, The History of a Consensus and the Causes of Inaction


Today, I’m chairing an Oversight Committee hearing examining efforts to combat #climatechange.

Former Secretaries @JohnKerry & Chuck Hagel will testify about the threat that #climatechange poses to our national security & our country.

Tune in at 10:00 AMhttps://t.co/BVMSxhxSLD

— Elijah E. Cummings (@RepCummings) April 9, 2019


Did you all see this??

Introducing our new podcast, "Hearthe Bern," hosted by @briebriejoy! Hear all about the people, stories and ideas that are driving this political revolution. Episode 1 is live on Spotify, Google Play and iTunes. Tune in! #HeartheBern https://t.co/ou7fy5Q7sE

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 9, 2019

Hear the Bern

Hear the Bern is Bernie Sanders’ new podcast. Hosted by National Press Secretary Briahna Gray, the podcast offers a behind the scenes look at how campaigns work, how political movements grow, and what motivates the man who has reintroduced big, transformational ideas into politics.

On Hear the Bern, we’re not only going to hear from Bernie Sanders, we’re going to talk to the people who are helping to build this movement behind the scenes, from campaign staffers, to surrogates, to union leaders, teachers, nurses, and you: everyday Americans. We want this to be a space to talk about the difficult issues that everyday Americans deal with, from student debt and social security, to immigration and criminal justice issues.



Oh for crying out loud already. This is stupid now.

California Rep. Eric Swalwell enters 2020 presidential race with focus on gunshttps://t.co/8nNEIZFQUi via @nbcnews

— Jill for #Bernie2020 #NotMeUs (@WinningWordsPro) April 9, 2019


California Rep. Eric Swalwell enters 2020 presidential race with focus on guns

Swalwell, best known for speaking out on Russia, is the latest candidate to join a field that is expected to be the largest ever.

Swalwell, who was the only congressman to endorse Martin O’Malley in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, is the 15th major candidate to the enter the 2020 race and will have a steep hill to climb since he is largely unknown at the moment.


Tell me this isn’t a game plan.


Yeah, I think it is bordering on CT by the DNC. The DNC’s favorites, Harris and Booker, aren’t doing very well.


CT being conspiracy theory?


Progressive Democrats Threaten to Tank $733 Billion in ‘Crazy’ Pentagon Spending If Social Programs Not Also Boosted


House Democratic leaders canceled a vote on the two-year spending measure late Tuesday afternoon amid progressive backlash over the Pentagon budget.

“Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus cheered the outcome, saying they had forced leadership to listen to their demands,” the Washington Post reported.


Jayapal said Tuesday that she would not vote for the underlying bill if her social spending amendment is not adopted.

“We need to prioritize our communities, not our military spending. Progressives aren’t backing down from this fight,” Jayapal tweeted.

In a separate tweet Monday night, Khanna lamented the fact that “the Pentagon wants even more money for endless wars” as “millions of Americans don’t have healthcare, young people go into debt for an education, and our infrastructure is crumbling.”

Democrats should stand tall and refuse to give Trump what he wants,” declared the California Democrat.



Conservatives Don’t Hate Socialism, They Hate Equality

Consistently, Republicans declare socialism is a crime not only because they believe it “steals” property, but because the poor are already “criminals.” A deep contempt for working-class and poor people, especially immigrants and people of color, is engraved in today’s Republican Party. They don’t think the downtrodden deserve equality because in the GOP mind, they are not equal


Underneath, the pressure rose and fused disparate voters into a combustible coalition. Seething class resentment cuts across party lines. Polls show the public wants to tax the rich. The public wants Medicare for All but gets iffy if it means high taxes and long lines to see a doctor. The public wants free college. Amazingly, if not told which party proposed it, the public wants the Green New Deal.

Is it because Americans want to be the next Soviet Union? No. It simply means people want a future. They have been lied to so much by centrist politicians that they are willing to listen to anyone who dreams big.

Democratic socialism is not a Marxist fever dream; it’s a call for help. It’s less socialism than humanitarian aid for a people in crisis. Millions of Americans are in dead-end jobs, slipping behind on bills, deep in debt and scared of climate change.


NEW: Bernie Sanders says he will release 10 years of his tax returns by Monday. He's now a millionaire. “I wrote a best-selling book,” he told me. “If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too.”https://t.co/yI0NE1R9gW

— Sheryl Gay Stolberg (@SherylNYT) April 9, 2019



Figured Bernie did well with his first book


AIPAC targets Bernie Sanders in Facebook ads focused on key Democratic primary states https://t.co/DMUANN1bd9

— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) April 9, 2019


It’s not Russia, so it’s all good.

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