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polarbear4

I had not realized how right wing the protests in Hong Kong are. Must read more.

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like the Beatles

orlbucfan

He would not care for the Beatles’ comparison. The Bernster would be humbled by it. T and R, la58!!

jcitybone

So now will there be a white Liz sis attack? 😉

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/08/bernie-sanders-white-bernie-bro-race-2020-democratic-primary-pew-poll

By January of this year, it had already become clear that enthusiasm for another Sanders run was remarkably inflected by race — with comparatively strong support coming from black voters. And Friday, a poll from Pew confirms the trend: only 49% of Sanders supporters are white, compared with 56% of Biden voters, 59% of Harris voters, and a remarkable 71% of Warren voters.

The explicit, constantly invoked basis for the 2016 critique of Sanders on race — his strong support among white voters and weak support among black voters — has completely vanished. All of the polling arguments made against him in 2016 now largely apply to his opponents, and the polling arguments made in favor of Hillary Clinton now overwhelmingly apply to Bernie Sanders.

From here, it seems like honest pundits have two options:

They can admit that preference polls are not actually a sound basis for evaluating a candidate’s credibility on the issues, and admit that their reliance on this to critique Sanders in 2016 was unfair and misleading; or

They can insist that Sanders and his politics are legitimized by the demographics of his coalition; that his opponents and their supporters are champions of privilege and white supremacy; and they can make these arguments as forcefully and persistently as they did in 2016.

Neither, of course, will actually happen. Presumably, some critics of Sanders will continue to live in denial, and pretend that the demographic coalitions of 2016 map directly onto 2019. More often, however, we can probably expect more of what we’ve already seen: conspicuous silence from critics who never really cared what the polls said either way.

jcitybone

https://apnews.com/800a825d888e4635a574955abb00af98

Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are in Georgia making election appeals to thousands of black millennial Christians.

The senators are competing to be the leading progressive alternative in the 2020 contest to former Vice President Joe Biden, and younger black voters could offer an important source of support.

Biden remains atop primary polls partly because of his standing with older black votes. Younger African Americans are more divided on their opinions about the large field of candidates.

Sanders and Warren will have back-to-back question-and-answer sessions Saturday with black pastors at the Young Leaders Conference. The gathering includes about 5,000 black millennials of faith.

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https://www.thenation.com/article/israel-tlaib-omar-travel-ban-trump/

Along those same lines, those of us who believe that America’s one-sided support for Israel in every and all situations (including the killing of thousands of civilians in Gaza) is bad for the United States, catastrophic for the Palestinians, and ultimately suicidal for Israel should take some cheer out of Trump and Netanyahu’s latest folly, as ugly as it is. And that is because it weakens the forces that promote and sustain the deadly “pro-Israel” status quo.

Democrats across the board have denounced Netanyahu’s ban and, of course, Trump’s truly unprecedented call on a foreign government to ban US members of Congress. And not just the presidential candidates who, led by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, denounced the ban in strong terms. Even House enforcers of orthodoxy on Israel, led by majority leader Steny Hoyer and Foreign Affairs Committee chair Eliot Engel, opposed Trump’s move. Suddenly, those who can’t find their voices when Israel is killing kids in Gaza are all over the media criticizing Netanyahu. Even AIPAC put out a mild tweet criticizing the ban, one no doubt worked out with the embassy of Israel (like everything it does).

This is nothing for opponents of unconditional US support for Israel to be upset about. Without that unconditional support, neither the occupation nor Israel’s undemocratic and racist system at home can be sustained. It is now losing the support of America’s largest political party and of those American Jews (an average of nearly 75 percent in recent elections) who identify with it.

Let the Likudniks, the lobby, the bought members of Congress, and the neocons cry. For those of us who want to see Israelis and Palestinians living in peace, in one country or two, with full security and sovereignty for both, Netanyahu’s stupid move is good news. It’s time someone tore the mask off the Israeli government and its fellow travelers in Washington. Perhaps, after the 2020 elections, the United States will serve as an honest broker between Israelis and Palestinians. Perhaps it will recognize that Palestinians deserve the same rights as Israelis in the land both peoples call home. Perhaps it will condition US aid to Israel on its negotiating an end to the 52-year occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. After all, there’s a first time for everything.

wi61

When will they learn that they cant trust Trumpcorp. As far as prevailing wage goes Walker destroyed it in WI. before Trumpcorp did this. Lesson learned the hard way for trusting Trumpcorp

Trump-backing union workers turn on president over new labor rules as election nears

According to a report at Politico, workers who are a part of one of the nation’s largest unions are very unhappy with Donald Trump’s Labor Department after they had fallen in line behind the president following this election in 2016. The report states “a deal gone bad between Trump and North America’s Building Trades Unions over
a Labor Department apprenticeship initiative” is at the heart of the dispute that could cost Trump votes in the 2020 election. Politico reports that leadership of the union endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, but the rank and file workers of the “NABTU has always been viewed as more conservative than other labor groups, and since Trump’s victory it has weathered criticism.Now the workers are faced with a new rule from the Labor Department that “will undermine their own job-training programs and create a supply of cheap labor for developers, undercutting high-skilled construction workers who rely on prevailing-wage jobs to make ends meet.” “It’s an existential threat to the Building Trades,” confessed one administration official who took part in the negotiations, with Politico adding that the union “that represents millions of construction workers across the U.S.” is “seeing early signs of a member-driven revolt against Trump in 2020.”According to Steve Rosenthal, an analyst and former political director for the AFL-CIO, “The Building Trades have the potential to be a significant force in the 2020 election particularly in some of the key swing states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Iowa.”He added, “The Building Trades know how to mobilize their members and move votes. And their opposition to Trump can have a ripple effect beyond their members and their families to other voters in the communities where their members live and work.”The report goes on to note, “The Labor Department’s proposal has received more than 160,000 comments, the vast majority of them from union members vouching for the strength of the unions’ existing training programs. Most of the comments implicitly rebuke officials in the White House who have sought to make the proposal less favorable to unions.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2019/08/trump-backing-union-workers-turn-on-president-over-new-labor-rules-as-election-nears/

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Bernie at the Young Leaders/Black PAC Conference this AM:

Presidential Candidate Conversation – Day 2

Today, we’re live with the 2nd day of the Black Church Presidential Candidate Conversation Series, a historic event held in conjunction with the Young Leaders Conference and The Black Church PAC. Today’s conversation kicks off at 11:30 AM ET with Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren.Text “church” to 228-466 to get updates and join the conversation!!! #BlackChurchPAC #OrganizeTheChurch #AME #COGIC #PAW #COOLJC #FULLGOSPEL #BAPTIST #BLACKCHURCH

Posted by Urban Cusp on Saturday, August 17, 2019

He appears at the 27:55 mark.

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wi61

Was it spending, profits or both?

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Once again it shows that Bernie is ahead in his thoughts.

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Benny

Cummings and Sanders Seek Pricing Information From 3 Generic Drug Makers

Representative Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, and Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, have sent letters to executives of the generic drug makers Mylan, Teva, and Heritage Pharmaceuticals, asking for drug pricing information as part of a probe into the rising cost of generics.

Cummings and Sanders originally sought information on drug price increases in 2014, sending document requests to 14 generic drug makers. Among those companies, the 3 who received letters from the lawmakers this week did not produce documents, despite what Cummings and Sanders say were repeated inquiries and discussions with the companies’ legal teams.

Cummings’ and Sanders’ letters come on the heels of the May 10 filing of a complaint by 44 US states that alleges that manufacturers coordinated their efforts to inflate the prices of several drugs covered in the 2014 probe.

Connecticut’s Attorney General, William Tong, recently released the full and unredacted complaint against drug makers including Teva, Mylan, Pfizer, Sandoz, and others. According to the complaint, the generic drug industry “would systematically and routinely communicate with one another directly, divvy up customers to create an artificial equilibrium in the market, and then maintain anticompetitively high prices,” and the drug makers “embarked on one of the most egregious and damaging price-fixing conspiracies in the history of the United States.”

The complaint also alleges that Mylan, Teva, and Heritage coordinated to obstruct Cummings’ and Sanders’ 2014 investigation into price increases. In their letters, Cummings and Sanders warn the drug makers that obstructing or evading a Congressional investigation is in violation of federal law.

Cummings and Sanders are now asking the companies for documents including those detailing revenues, expenses, sales contracts, and profit projections for specific drugs, as well as documents that would identify phone calls between employees of Heritage, Mylan, and Teva. The lawmakers have given the companies until August 28 to respond to their request.

polarbear4

scrubbing & shredding

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I have my doubts that this list has changed much.

polarbear4

eugene robinson 😢

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polarbear4

OMG 💕🌸🌏🦊💕🦜🌺🧚🏾‍♂️🧚🏽‍♂️💕

Alternatively,
Bernie and colleague plot smear campaign against Warren. Baby looks on in fear.

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Benny

Don’t forget my universal lunches for school so my parents don’t have to worry about me!

humphrey

OOPS! The Trump administration is quite incompetent.

Here is the warrant.

Check it out if you wish.

WHEREAS a Verified Complaint for Forfeiture ft Rem has been filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, on the 16th day of November, 2019,

https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1196366/download

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I am not a vegetarian but this does make a strong case to be one!

polarbear4

these are very moving. Thanks. 💔

humphrey

Bill Maher certainly hates Muslims!

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Nice jerseys!😁👌👍

humphrey

This certainly won’t hurt one bit.

humphrey

The second image is great!

humphrey

Quite the message. LOL

polarbear4

oooo 😎

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This is why Neera and other CAP workers are frequently on MSNBC.

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I wonder if Agatha will be asked about rope jumping?

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last one, although the count keeps going every day.

One bad thing about not being logged is I can’t change my comments—even if I login, the ones I posted already are uneditable

does anyone else get kicked out if being logged in a lot?

humphrey

This comment is for the second part about Walmart.

humphrey

The NYTIMES has an article up about fundraising. It is a bit deceptive.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/17/us/politics/2020-democratic-fundraising.html

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jcitybone

https://abc3340.com/news/nation-world/warren-sanders-get-personal-with-young-black-christians

Sanders and Warren are looking for ways to narrow the gap with Biden, who remains atop primary polls partly because of his standing with older black voters. Polls suggest that younger black voters, however, are far more divided in their support among the many Democratic candidates.

The senators, both of whom are white, connected their biblical interpretations to their ideas about everything from economic regulation and taxation to criminal justice and health care.

“This is a righteous fight,” Warren said, who noted that she’s taught “fifth-grade Sunday School.”

Sanders, while not quoting Scripture as did Warren, declared that “the Bible, if it is about anything, is about justice.” His campaign, he said, is “not just defeating the most dangerous president in modern American history. We are about transforming this nation to make it work for all of us.”

Warren and Sanders received warm welcomes, with notable enthusiasm for their proposals to overhaul a criminal justice system both derided as institutionally racist and to eliminate student loan debt that disproportionately affects nonwhites.

“We need candidates to show up on our turf, not always asking us to show up on their turf,” McBride said in an interview.

Daughtry said all Democratic candidates were invited, and she noted the absence of other leading candidates, including Biden, who is attending campaign fundraisers in the Northeast this weekend.

“He missed an opportunity,” Daughtry said, to “make his case” to younger voters “who don’t know him like older folks do.”</blockquote

Benny

The sound bite from the WFP interview is likely the answer to getting more people involved to vote. I’ll post it as soon as it comes up on twitter.

polarbear4

What I heard before it cut out completely was that the key is having an agenda that speaks to the working class basically. There’s probably more.

Benny

He talked about how many folks are cynical about politics, believe it is just bulls**t.

Benny

My only comment about the event was that 90% in the audience were already committed to Bernie, but since this was designed to be recorded I guess that’s OK. I would liked to have heard more questions from undecideds or indies.

Benny

Transcript of @BernieSanders closing remarks to @WorkingFamilies #WFP2020 pic.twitter.com/goRt4s91I1

— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) August 18, 2019

polarbear4

polarbear4

And this is getting to be accepted as normal.

I’m glad some people remembered their outrage.

Benny

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gd

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jcitybone

Very few can’t stand the other. Just because one is preferable doesn’t mean the other is awful

polarbear4

Yeah, the framing does set up a fight, rather than a good discussion.

jcitybone

More news from the fundraiser circuit. All those wonderful Republicans. Hopefully, both Bernie and Liz supporters agree: A big no to Joe!

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/457838-biden-theres-an-awful-lot-of-really-good-republicans-out-there

White House hopeful Joe Biden doubled down on his vow to cooperate with Republicans should he be elected president, saying he successfully worked across the aisle as vice president.

“There’s an awful lot of really good Republicans out there,” he said Saturday at a Massachusetts fundraiser. “I get in trouble for saying that with Democrats, but the truth of the matter is, every time we ever got in trouble with our administration, remember who got sent up to Capitol Hill to fix it? Me. Because they know I respect the other team.”

Biden acknowledged that while Republicans and Democrats appear at odds on most issues plaguing Washington but said many conservatives are being “intimidated” to follow in lock step with President Trump.

“They’re decent people. They ran because they care about things, but they’re intimidated right now,” he told the fundraiser’s attendees.

magsview

Just HAD to share this little clip. So much for women gravitating to Bernie for the “boys” (as Gloria Steinem so famously declared), in this clip it looks like the men are lapping up what the ladies are serving!

magsview

World’s nations gather to tackle wildlife extinction crisis

From giraffes to sharks, the world’s endangered species could gain better protection at an international wildlife conference.

The triennial summit of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), that began on Saturday, will tackle disputes over the conservation of great beasts such as elephants and rhinos, as well as cracking down on the exploitation of unheralded but vital species such as sea cucumbers, which clean ocean floors.

Extraordinary creatures being driven to extinction by the exotic pet trade, from glass frogs to star tortoises, may win extra protection from the 183-country conference.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/17/frog-tortoises-cites-wildlife-summit

magsview

Bernie talking about health care in 1987 and beyond:

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