• “I’m undocumented and unafraid.” Meet Belén Sisa, Latino Press Secretary for Bernie Sanders.

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    • Sanders meets with Hispanic lawmakers

      anders, who has aggressively courted Latino voters in his 2020 bid for the White House, is the third presidential candidate to sit down with Latino members under the auspices of BOLD PAC, the fundraising arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren have also talked with BOLD PAC.

      Sanders spoke about immigration, Medicare for All, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and other issues, including his family’s immigrant roots. A Latino caucus member in the room said several undecided lawmakers were present, and that Sanders did not exclusively talk about economic issues.

      “It was not what I expected. It was pretty impressive,” said the member. “He was very comfortable with us. He impressed the caucus, to be honest.”

      The person added: “He really has learned from his past experiences with Latinos and Latino issues and the Latino caucus. It literally looked like a new Bernie.”

      About a dozen members attended the meeting, which lasted roughly an hour long.

      “The senator was grateful for the warm reception he received and he enjoyed the dialogue,” said Faiz Shakir, Sanders’ campaign manager. “We thank all the members for taking the time to meet following last votes.”

      Sanders talked about investing more in Title 1 schools when asked about education. He discussed his efforts to reach Latino voters, arguing that he can beat President Donald Trump by bringing together a coalition of working-class white voters and younger people of color, according to a person in the room.

      Sanders has polled first or second among Latino voters in recent polls, and an independent analysis found he received more financial contributions from Latinos than any other candidate in the Democratic presidential field.

      • Sanders beats Warren in battle for major union’s endorsement

        Bernie Sanders edged out Elizabeth Warren for the support of the nation’s largest union of registered nurses on Tuesday, in another show of his labor bona fides.

        The nod from the pro-single payer National Nurses United — coming on the heels of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America voting to back him in the primary — gives Sanders an advantage in the escalating debate on the left over health care.

        The Vermont senator will accept the endorsement at a rally in Oakland, Calif., on Friday.

        “Nurses are beyond tired of watching our patients suffer and die needlessly, simply due to inability to pay,” said Bonnie Castillo, the union’s executive director. “And we know Bernie Sanders is, and has been, leading on Medicare for All through his advocacy and Senate legislation.”

        While the 150,000-plus-member union gave serious consideration to both Sanders and Warren, the race’s staunchest supporters of “Medicare for All,” union co-President Jean Ross told POLITICO that Sanders’ far longer record of fighting for single-payer health care tipped the scales. The union backed him in 2016 as well.

        “It was really longevity — the amount of time Bernie has been solid and sincere on the issue,” she said. “He’s ahead of the pack because he’s had a lifetime of commitment to it. And our union tends to do the right thing even when it isn’t popular, so we appreciate candidates who do the same.”

      • Omigawd, another great logo! The RN in Bernie, made into a heart, so cool. It’s like it was meant to be.

      • The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian Endorse Bernie Sanders for President: Right Strategy Is ‘Revolution Not Reform’

        The Young Turks’ co-hosts Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian both officially announced they were backing Sen. Bernie Sanders for president, marking a key endorsement for progressive Democrats in the 2020 primary.

        The pair revealed their endorsement during a livestream on Wednesday evening.

        “I’m officially endorsing Senator Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nominee for president,” Kasparian said. “His selflessness really speaks to me. He’s been principled, he’s been fighting for those who are powerless for his entire career.”

        “He’s always been consistent in fighting for the workers and the disenfranchised,” she added.

      • excellent summary from Cenk

        I have no trust that the dem party by itself will challenge power enough to bring about the needed changes

    • How the Media Boosts Ivanka Trump’s Stealth Damage-Control Campaign

      Evan Vucci/AP

      Outside of a single, breezy tweet invoking Thomas Jefferson to defend her father last month, first daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump has been relatively quiet on the topic of impeachment. But she took a moment from her efforts to empower women last weekend to tepidly push back on the president’s demands to publicly identify the whistleblower at the center of his Ukraine scandal. She mostly parroted Republicans’ complaints about impeachment—but some media outlets trumpeted her bold “break” with her father instead. `

      It was the latest episode in one of the most enduring storylines of the Trump era: Things are going off the rails, but never fear—Ivanka is quietly working behind the scenes to be the least-awful member of the administration, details of which are conveniently leaked to the press:

    • The GOP attacked Ilhan Omar for calling Stephen Miller a ‘white nationalist.’ She says his leaked emails prove her right.

      Shortly after 4:30 p.m. on April 8, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) fired off the 21-word tweet labeling White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller a “white nationalist,” and within hours, conservative Twitter was aflame.

      Omar’s blunt critique of one of President Trump’s most trusted aides immediately drew the ire of prominent figures on the right, who pointed out that Miller is Jewish and accused the freshman representative of anti-Semitism — a charge she has repeatedly faced over past comments about Israel’s ties to American leaders.

      On Tuesday, Omar resurrected her incendiary tweet. Her characterization of Miller had been accurate, she tweeted, and now there was proof.

      Earlier in the day, the Southern Poverty Law Center released a report titled, “Stephen Miller’s Affinity for White Nationalism Revealed in Leaked Emails,” which has since sparked intense blowback against Trump’s top immigration adviser, prompting calls from Democratic leaders for him to resign or be fired. After reviewing more than 900 emails Miller sent to editors of the conservative site Breitbart between 2015 and 2016, the report’s writer noted that he had been “unable to find any examples of Miller writing sympathetically or even in neutral tones about any person who is nonwhite or foreign-born.”

      • The GOPukes are working real hard to get Omar re-elected. She will breeze to victory next year. Shows the stupid side of the FRighties. T and R, LD!!

    • Why the Corporate Media Won’t Call It a Coup

      rmy generals appearing on television to demand the resignation and arrest of an elected civilian head of state seems like a textbook example of a coup. And yet that is certainly not how corporate media is presenting the weekend’s events in Bolivia.

      No establishment outlet framed the action as a coup; instead, President Evo Morales “resigned” (ABC News), amid widespread “protests” (CBS News) from an “infuriated population” (New York Times) angry at the “election fraud” (Fox News) of the “full-blown dictatorship” (Miami Herald). When the word “coup” is used at all, it comes only as an accusation from Morales or another official from his government, which corporate media has been demonizing since his election in 2006.

      The New York Times did not hide its approval at the events, presenting Morales as a power-hungry despot who had finally “lost his grip on power,” claiming he was “besieged by protests” and “abandoned by allies” like the security services. His authoritarian tendencies, the news article claimed, “worried critics and many supporters for years,” and allowed one source to claim that his overthrow marked “the end of tyranny” for Bolivia. With an apparent nod to balance, it did note that Morales “admitted no wrongdoing” and claimed he was a “victim of a coup.” By that point, however, the well had been thoroughly poisoned.

      CNN dismissed the results of the recent election, where Bolivia gave Morales another term in office, as beset with “accusations of election fraud,” presenting them as a farce where “Morales declared himself the winner.” Time’s report presented the catalyst for his “resignation” as “protests” and “fraud allegations,” rather than being forced by the military. Meanwhile, CBS News did not even include the word “allegations,” its headline reading, “Bolivian President Evo Morales Resigns After Election Fraud and Protests.”

      Delegitimizing foreign elections where the wrong person wins, of course, is a favorite pastime of corporate media. There is a great deal of uncritical acceptance of the Organization of American States’ (OAS) opinions on elections, including in coverage of Bolivia’s October vote (for example, BBC; Vox; Voice of America), despite the lack of evidence to back up its assertions. No mainstream outlet warned its readers that the OAS is a Cold War organization, explicitly set up to halt the spread of leftist governments. In 1962, for example, it passed an official resolution claiming that the Cuban government was “incompatible with the principles and objectives of the inter-American system.” Furthermore, the organization is bankrolled by the US government; indeed, in justifying its continued funding, US AID argued that the OAS is a crucial tool in “promot[ing] US interests in the Western hemisphere by countering the influence of anti-US countries” like Bolivia.

      In contrast, there was no coverage at all in US corporate media of the detailed new report from the Washington-based think tank CEPR, which claimed that the election results were “consistent” with the win totals announced. There was also scant mention of the kidnapping and torture of elected officials, the ransacking of Morales’s house, the burning of public buildings and of the indigenous Wiphala flag, all of which were widely shared on social media and would have suggested a very different interpretation of events.

    • Metro DC Bus Drivers Are Striking Against Privatization

      Workers at the privatized Cinder Bed Road bus garage near Washington, DC are on strike as part of a broader labor upsurge in the nation’s capital. They’re fighting for better wages and benefits for themselves — and for better public services for all of us.

    • https://m.chicagoreader.com/chicago/democrats-bernie-obama/Content?oid=75537963

      Not telling you how to run your business, New York Times—but does anybody over there actually read these columns before they go in print?

      Obviously, the Democratic candidate most likely to win over Egan’s sister is Bernie. He doesn’t talk down to Trump voters. In fact, he’s always chastising his colleagues to show Trump voters more respect.

      And though he’s pro-choice, he’s not doctrinaire about it. In 2017, he caught flak from the very Democrats who upset Egan’s sister by supporting Heath Mello, a pro-life Democrat running for mayor of Omaha, Nebraska.

      And yet neither Stephens nor Egan promotes Bernie as a candidate who could beat Trump, on the grounds that he’s too radical for mainstream Americans to swallow.

      I feel as though I’ve gone back to 2016 and I’m hearing Hillary Democrats explaining why a vote for Bernie is actually a vote for Trump.

      You know, there seems to be a double standard when it comes to what is acceptable political discourse these days. It’s elitist, condescending, and nasty when lefties criticize Trump voters, but it’s fair game for Egan, Obama, and Stephens to mock, marginalize, and demean lefties.

      Hey, what about our feelings—don’t they count?

      The left may have invented political correctness. But apparently, it’s only politically correct for centrists and Trumpsters to still employ it.

    • The Many Ways Sanders and Warren Are Different & Why It Matters

      From Naked Capitalism with their usual links at the top of the article

      • Ah, Naked Capitalism. I miss some of the wonkier stuff on there, like MMT, but I stopped going a while back due to the lousy stances espoused there on race and immigration. Good to see some good coming of the site still.

        • I like the site and donate to it. However, I have a feeling I’m banned. Why? I gave Lambert Strother a written lecture over the misuse of ‘liberal.’ It’s considered a pejorative on there. I’m really fed up with the media abuse (since Raygun) of that word. I am a proud life-long liberal Futurist. Needless to say, I have plenty of sites I can and do run my big mouth on. LOL 🙂

    • Georgia poll. Everyone beats Trump
      Biden +8
      Bernie +4
      Warren +3
      Buttigieg +3
      Harris +1


    • https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/11/joe-bidens-hillary-clinton-problem/601870/

      What the Ukraine scandal reveals about Donald Trump is by now well known: He elevated his political interest above the national interest and demanded foreign interference in an American election. What’s received less attention is what the scandal reveals about Joe Biden: He showed poor judgment because his staff shielded him from hard truths. If that sounds faintly familiar, it’s because that same tendency underlay Hillary Clinton’s email woes in 2016. Clinton and Biden differ in many ways. But beneath each candidate’s marquee scandal lies the same core defect: insularity.

      The Biden campaign would have you believe that only people who wear MAGA hats think it’s a problem that Hunter Biden served on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company, while his father led the Obama administration’s effort to fight corruption in the Ukrainian energy industry. That’s not true. The Obama officials who handled Ukraine thought it was a problem, too. As Glenn Thrush and Kenneth P. Vogel of The New York Times recently reported, “Hunter Biden’s activities struck many of the officials working on Ukraine policy as an unnecessary distraction, or worse.” One of those officials was Obama’s ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey R. Pyatt. Another was Amos J. Hochstein, who coordinated international energy affairs at the State Department. Thrush and Vogel write that “Hochstein, reflecting the concerns of State Department officials, including Mr. Pyatt, tried to get several of Mr. Biden’s aides to broach the subject” of Hunter Biden’s work for Burisma with the vice president. Last month, The Washington Post revealed another State Department official’s attempt to get Biden staffers to intervene with their boss. The Post reported that George Kent, then a deputy assistant secretary of state, “raised concerns [with Biden aides] in early 2015 about then–Vice President Joe Biden’s son serving on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.”

      What explains the reticence? In part, staffers feared the vice president’s wrath. According to Thrush and Vogel, they didn’t see Hunter’s work at Burisma as “worth risking a scolding from Mr. Biden, who had reacted angrily when Mr. Obama’s aides raised the issue of his son’s lobbying during the 2008 campaign.” In his investigation of Hunter Biden this summer, The New Yorker’s Adam Entous uncovered the same fear. “When I asked members of Biden’s staff whether they discussed their concerns with the Vice-President,” Entous wrote, “several of them said that they had been too intimidated to do so.” A former Biden adviser told Entous, “Everyone who works for him has been screamed at.”

      • i hope that emotional equanimity becomes important enough to be taught in schools.

        rage and yelling are very common and often seen as justified, even by the recipients. it passes down, generation after generation and for most of us, it stays in the family.

        Often, however, the more powerful one is, the more indiscriminately one rages at others. Powerful bullies, and it’s part and parcel of the way many governments are run—our own being one if the worst. It seeps into almost every endeavor.

        • I’m with you. I imagine we’ve all had to deal with some anger being directed at us, had to deal with bullies.

          I used to work in a showroom where the warehouse manager could be triggered by the mildest of questions, would lose it, and get in my face yelling at me (of course this would only happen when no-one else was around, especially the owner), I mean he would go on and on and give me verbal beatdown. It takes a lot of energy to stand up to bullies. And then, afterwards, you have a kind of hangover and are less effective from all that negative energy.

          Eventually a judge ordered him to anger management classes, as part of his domestic situation. I hope he found benefit from those classes.

          I think anger management training would be a very good thing for kids to be taught in school.

      • I didn’t really know until the debates about the angry side of Biden. And then seeing Biden’s reactions to reporters more recently, when questioned about Hunter, also revealed a far less affable (the previous image I had for Biden) persona than he tries to portray himself.

        At lease when Bernie is angry it’s about things like injustice on behalf of other people.

    • http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/11/millions-say-they-lost-someone-who-couldnt-afford-care.html

      Thirty-four million Americans say they know someone who died after they could not afford medical treatment during the last five years, a joint poll by Gallup and West Health reported on Tuesday. Rates are highest among households making less than $40,000 a year; the poll also shows a massive racial gap. Just over 20 percent of nonwhites say a friend or family member died after being unable to pay for care. That figure shrinks to 9.6 percent for whites. Most are also young: ages 45 and under. A further 58 million people say they have personally been unable to pay for medication at least once during the last 12 months.

      Gallup’s results are new, but they confirm the existence of a long-standing problem. America’s heavily privatized health-care system is too expensive and burdens vulnerable households in particular. Twenty-six percent of patients with diabetes say they’ve rationed their insulin in the past year, the T1 International advocacy group reported in June; another 38.6 percent say they’ve had to ration their blood-glucose monitoring strips. “I can’t afford a home. Most of my salary goes toward diabetic supplies. I have to ration everything,” one patient told the group. When people have to ration their insulin, they get very, very ill — and some die, as previously reported by Intelligencer.

      • Thanks for this, LD. I’m about to listen to this lecture for the 3rd time today while I clean up my desk and mail. Mark Charles is both edifying and hopeful. I’ve listened to his talks that you’ve posted before and gone on youtube to listen to his Ted talks and other interviews and lectures. Thanks again.

        • He has a great deal of good to say and I Wholeheartedly support his candidacy though ultimately wish Bernie wpuld bring him and his message into the fold. They could do more together than individually.

    • https://truthout.org/articles/the-perfectly-legal-ways-foreign-powers-subvert-us-democracy/

      The scrutiny placed on malign actors like Rudy Giuliani’s associates and their alleged dealings with Ukrainian elites to compromise an American election is certainly warranted. We live in a world in which the ability of foreign powers to undermine American democracy (as this country once undermined democracies elsewhere) remains a genuine threat. Seldom, however, does anyone even think about the influence operations of foreign powers — operations that are perfectly legal and don’t garner headlines.

      The American political system, which has always been vulnerable to outside influence, is arguably more susceptible to foreign meddling now than it has been in decades — and most of it is perfectly legal. From woefully inadequate disclosures regarding conflicts of interest by witnesses testifying before Congress to foreign agents filling campaign coffers and literally writing our laws, as well as influencing think tanks, media outlets, and universities, there remain a host of legal ways for foreign powers to try to bend our policies and thinking to their will. While it’s imperative that we be vigilant in rooting out illegal foreign influence, if American democracy is to remain “of the people, by the people, and for the people,” a bright light should be directed onto all forms of influence that seek to undermine it.

    • These worthless Never Trumpers would never mount a third party challenge if Bernie or Warren get the nomination. They might do it if Biden wins because In many ways he’s basically one of them.


      You can lament this. You can try to fight it. But the fighting needs to be undertaken with intelligence, with a clear-sighted acknowledgement of reality. That means recognizing that the struggle for control of the Republican Party is over. The faction that ran the show from 1981 until 2016 — the faction of Reagan and (George H. W.) Bush and (George W.) Bush and (Jeb) Bush and John McCain and Mitt Romney and Jeff Flake and James Comey and Bill Kristol — is finished, caput, dead, and buried. It has been overthrown. The voters are done with it. Even Romney — a former presidential nominee and current Utah senator who has long been revered in Utah — finds himself with his approval rating underwater because he dared to speak out against the president for treating his office like a racket run by a two-bit mob boss.

      Jonah Goldberg, Michael Gerson, and George F. Will could talk the ghost of Ronald Reagan himself into challenging Trump in 2020, and Trump would trounce him.

      The sooner the remaining Never Trumpers accept this, the sooner they’ll stop indulging in fantasies and start putting their talents and commendable moral revulsion at the president and state of the party to more productive use.

      What would that look like? Well, for one thing, they could drop the pretense that the remaining primary challenges to Trump are serious efforts at winning the Republican nomination with a more acceptable candidate when they are actually kamikaze missions out to take the president down regardless of the consequences. Since this effort is bound to fail in the primaries, the next step would be for one of these candidates, or someone else, to launch a third party run designed to divide the Republican vote and help ensure that Trump loses in the general election. The Never Trumpers might not have anything close to the numbers to take back the party, but they might have enough to inflict serious damage in a tight race.

    • https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/13/justice-democrats-accuses-buttigieg-abandoning-medicare-all-after-taking-tons-cash

      Providing a two-year timeline of 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s remarks about Medicare for All, progressive advocacy group Justice Democrats on Wednesday accused the South Bend, Indiana mayor of abandoning support for single-payer healthcare in favor of an incremental half-measure after realizing “he could raise tons of cash from corporate executives in the pharmaceutical and insurance industry.”

      Waleed Shahid, spokesperson for Justice Democrats, said in a statement that Buttigieg “has no credibility” to criticize fellow 2020 contenders Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for being “evasive” on Medicare for All “given how far his position has shifted over the past two years and how much money he’s been taking from Big Pharma and insurance executives.”

      According to a Business Insider analysis published in August, Buttigieg—who is now running on a public option plan called “Medicare for All Who Want It”—has received more campaign cash from the healthcare industry than any other 2020 presidential candidate aside from President Donald Trump.

      Shahid suggested Tuesday that industry cash played a role in Buttigieg’s decision to ditch Medicare for All and go on the attack against the popular proposal in campaign ads and the presidential debates.

      “Buttigieg was for Medicare for All before he was against it,” said Shahid. “What happened this summer that made him abandon Medicare for All? He realized he was never going to beat Warren and Sanders as a progressive. He got scared of the fight. He realized he could raise tons of cash from corporate executives in the pharmaceutical and insurance industry.”

    • All these billionaires would still be billionaires, although greatly reduced billionaires. Under Bernie’s wealth tax, they all would have slightly less billions than under Warren’s wealth tax, except for Koch


      Warren is seeking to redistribute capitalism’s rewards to a larger share of the population. It would kick in at $50 million with households paying a 2% annual tax on their assets like stocks, paintings, yachts, and homes. Then it would be ramped up to 6% for households with fortunes over $1 billion.

      It’s distinct from Sanders, who rolled out a proposal of his own taking aim at the existence of billionaires. The Vermont senator would impose a 1% annual tax starting at net worths of $32 million and gradually increase it to 8% on fortunes above $10 billion.

      However, since Warren recently increased her top tax rate from 3% to 6%, both plans are now “almost identical,” Saez says, referring to possible revenue generated and their overall redistributive effects.

      With that in mind, here’s how much smaller the fortunes of the richest 11 US citizens would’ve been if Sanders’ or Warren’s proposed wealth taxes had been around since 1982, the first year Forbes magazine started estimating wealth.

      • https://www.newstatesman.com/world/north-america/2019/11/new-york-notebook-big-backers-bernie-billionaire-maths-and-why-us

        The conversation about the “billionaire class” that has recently emerged in the UK has been taking place over the Atlantic for several years now. One of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s staffers, Dan Riffle, went viral with the line “every billionaire is a policy failure”, which is now something of a rallying cry on the US left. Just a few days after the Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle stated that he didn’t believe billionaires should exist, Bill Gates made the headlines for criticising Warren’s plans to tax billionaires at a rate of 6 per cent. Gates said, jokingly: “If I had to pay $20bn, it’s fine. But when you say I should pay $100bn, then I’m starting to do a little math about what I have left over.”

        Many younger voters pointed out that the answer to Bill Gates’s maths question was around $6bn – if you taxed the Microsoft co-founder $100bn, he’d still be a multi-billionaire. A vivid illustration of the scale of Gates’s wealth went viral on the social media app TikTok. A young woman uploaded a video of herself using the website “spend Bill Gates’s money” and discovered that Gates could buy every team in the NFL and still have $16bn left over.

        The responses of Warren and Sanders spoke volumes about their respective campaigns. Warren reassured Gates that she wouldn’t cost him $100bn, and that she’d be happy to meet him to explain her tax plans in person. Sanders, chiming with his millennial audience, tweeted: “Say Bill Gates was actually taxed $100 billion. We could end homelessness and provide safe drinking water to everyone in this country.” He has a point. Last year in the US, billionaires paid less as a proportion of their income in tax than the average working family.

      • There will still be weekends I presume. Also all eyes will be on Washington DC and not on the campaigns. Bernie also has good surrogates to take up the slack. I’m sure the campaigns have long planned for this.

        • I just read this:

          Under the current Senate rules, the chamber would convene daily except for Sundays to hear testimony, with senators sitting as jurors. And there’s been no suggestion that any of the White House contenders who happen to be senators — Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Michael Bennet of Colorado — would shirk that responsibility.

          Impeachment threatens to freeze Democratic presidential race


          Democrats see another risk in having a conversation dominated by impeachment talk, of course. Sanders highlighted that during the debate in Houston.

          “I think what would be a disaster: If the American people believe that all we were doing is taking on Trump and we are forgetting that 87 million Americans are uninsured or underinsured. We’re forgetting about the existential threat of climate change,” Sanders said. “We are forgetting about the fact that half of our people are living paycheck to paycheck.”

          • What’s the big deal? These critters are (supposedly) public servants. Their primary job is to serve their constituents, not run for office (and bribes). They better be there overseeing impeachment. We citizens expect. them to keep us informed, not the other way around.

    • This is very true. Pollsters estimate who the electorate will be. They are often wrong—especially in primaries.


      A senior adviser to Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I) 2020 presidential campaign suggested Wednesday that recent polling, particularly in key battleground states like Iowa, underestimate support for the Vermont senator’s White House bid.

      “Pollsters are guessing. And the point is, ‘Are they guessing right?’ And they’re guessing who’s going to show up in a Democratic primary,” Chuck Rocha told Hill.TV. “That’s easier in South Carolina and New Hampshire because there’s a lot of historical data.”

      “When you talk about a microcosm of the electorate, which is Nevada, which is Iowa, it’s hard to get it right,” he added.

      Rocha also argued that the Sanders campaign is not focused on polling.

      “If you take the establishment in every state … who always votes in a Democratic primary, we’re doing okay — we’re in the top three with everybody else,” he said. “When you add infrequent voters and new registered voters into any poll, guess who skyrockets to the top? We do.”

      • The last five polls prior to the Iowa Dem Caucus in 2016 averaged at Clinton 47.4 to Sanders 43.2, a gap of 4.2 The final result was Clinton 49.84 to Sanders 49.59 so Sanders overperformed the polls by 4%.

    • Foreign policy is an area where it’s not even close that Bernie is better than Warren. And why haven’t we heard anything from Tulsi? Isn’t foreign policy her area?


      In the nearly three days since Bolivia’s elected President Evo Morales was deposed in a military coup, leading 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Pete Buttigieg have not said a word about the assault on democracy that U.S. President Donald Trump has enthusiastically endorsed.

      Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) remains the only 2020 Democratic presidential contender to condemn Morales’ ouster, which followed weeks of violent right-wing protests against the results of Bolivia’s October presidential election.

      “I am very concerned about what appears to be a coup in Bolivia, where the military, after weeks of political unrest, intervened to remove President Evo Morales,” Sanders tweeted Monday. “The U.S. must call for an end to violence and support Bolivia’s democratic institutions.”

      • Tulsi seems to be very busy defending her reputation:

        She is demanding that Hillary do a press conference and, in addition to a lot of other things, say that she supports and admires the work that Tulsi has done “serving our country”.

        I’d liked to have been a fly on the wall when Hillary opening up THAT letter!

    • ruh roh

    • 🙂

      Why Does “Busytown” Love Bernie?

      Anyone who has spent any prolonged amount of time around young children might notice a stage around four or five years old when they fall deeply in love with the mail carrier. It’s not always the mail carrier. Bus drivers are also very popular, and I’ve heard of a few baristas who are visited daily by an adoring toddler. Among my favorite genre of cute YouTube videos — somewhere between “birds playing with cups” and “cat is best friends with . . . ” — is “kid loves sanitation workers.”

      At the risk of ruining the preciousness, there is a developmental explanation for this apparent sweetness. Around that age, kids become aggregators, as opposed to atomizers. Their weird little brains are observing the people and places consistent to their routines — it’s how they learn to identify systems, networks, processes, and even social collaboration.

      This is the appeal of the Busytown books by children’s author and illustrator Richard Scarry. The series features little bustling scenes of anthropomorphic cats, rabbits, hippos, lions, and other animals, all hard at work, keeping Busytown productive and strong. White-collar jobs like doctor, nurse, teacher, reporter, and engineer are featured alongside housepainters, carpenters, farmers, coal miners, and lumberjacks, and even children doing household chores.

      The first lines of 1968’s “What Do People Do All Day” say it all: “We all live in Busytown and we are all workers. We work hard so that there will be enough food and houses and clothing for our families.” The sheer number of jobs featured in Busytown paints a picture of a vibrant, organized society of happy citizens and healthy families: taxi drivers, stay-at-home parents, grocers, musicians, train porters, factory workers, barbers, doormen, flight attendants, heavy equipment operators, delivery people, street cleaners — every job featured is essential, and all are treated with dignity, because it takes all sorts of work to make Busytown run.

      But how would Busytown vote? Thanks to data analyst David Waldron, we can venture a guess based on occupational donation patterns.

      We all know Bernie takes a strong lead in donors overall, receiving 27.2 percent of all donations to a primary candidate as of last month — that’s more than double the number of donations to the second-place donation recipient, Pete Buttigieg, who is neck and neck with Warren at 12.5 and 12.4 percent, respectively. (Bernie has over three times the number of donors as Biden, who is in fourth.)

      And where do all those famous Bernie small donations come from?

      Well, the mailman loves Bernie — both letter carriers and post office clerks are very aboard the Bernie train.

      People who take care of vulnerable people for a living love Bernie, as he has 47.6 percent of donations from childcare workers, 42.5 percent of donations from home health aides, 33 percent of social workers, and 39.9 percent of emergency dispatchers.

      Busytown is a workers’ town, and the workers know that Bernie is the only candidate that’s working for them.


    • I think the comparison Bernie uses here is effective. Hopefully people hear this and think, “Hmmm, he has a point!”

    • Well, one good Bernie tweet deserves another? This from his other twitter account:

    • The ties that bind.

      • Well since he’s a Massachusetts Dem and Warren was running against a right wing MA Republican, I don’t find this particularly shocking, but I guess he’s not satisfied with her now. I guess your conscience was never that highly developed if you brought it with you to Bain, Deval. If he gets any traction, it’s not coming from Bernie voters. Supposedly, he was Obama’s pick to run. Maybe he thinks Obama will endorse him. Otherwise, what is the point. He’s magically going to do better than Cory Booker?


        Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is telling friends and allies in phone calls on Wednesday that he has made a decision to run for president, two people familiar with the matter say.

        Plans for the timing of his formal announcement are still in flux, with attention on impeachment, but Patrick is likely to reveal his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination by video or social media message on Thursday, with a formal appearance in New Hampshire on Friday to file his papers for the primary there with the secretary of state’s office, one person familiar with the plan says.

        The odds could be incredibly steep for a late entrant like Patrick, who is not well known nationally and does not have personal wealth to finance a campaign. Patrick has missed the deadline to appear on the primary ballot in Alabama and Arkansas. The deadline to file in New Hampshire is Friday.

        Patrick could seize upon potential advantages in early-voting states: He is from Massachusetts, which is next door to New Hampshire, home of the first-in-the-nation primary. And being one of the country’s first African American governors could be politically beneficial in South Carolina, where a majority of Democratic primary voters are black.

        Patrick entered the private sector in 2015 and took a job at Bain Capital, the Boston-based private investment firm that became a liability to the 2012 presidential run of Republican Mitt Romney, another former Massachusetts governor and now a US senator from Utah. Patrick’s work at the firm, which was co-founded by Romney, could be a liability if he seeks the Democratic nomination, as he would be entering a race where frontrunner Democrats have cast wealthy and powerful interests as the enemy of progressive policies.

        Patrick last year defended his work at Bain Capital, telling CNN: “I’ve never taken a job where I’ve left my conscience at the door, and I haven’t started now.”

        • https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/us/politics/deval-patrick-2020.html

          A close friend of former President Barack Obama, he has told advisers that he envisions a campaign similar to Mr. Obama’s 2008 bid, focusing more on bringing people together and healing the country than making a particular ideological case.

        • Maybe certain parties asked him to run in the hopes of getting just a few percentage points away from Bernie. Or maybe he wants to be Warrens VP.

          • Bernie’s voters would be the last ones to go to Patrick. If he’s any threat at all, it’s mostly to home state Warren, and Obama coattails Biden. Also, Warren definitely will not pick a VP from her own state. I really don’t think Patrick will have much of an effect, absent an Obama endorsement, but any impact will not come at Bernie’s expense who could benefit by Patrick stealing voters from Warren, Biden, and Buttigieg.

            • oh yeah, Forgot about him being from Massachusetts. He could still get in her cabinet. And I could see if you people going from Biden to Patrick instead of Bernie. not very many for sure.

              but yeah, You’re probably right. I just get so sick of them throwing in person after person.

    • https://www.foxbusiness.com/money/mckinsey-alum-flushing-buttigiegs-campaign-with-cash

      Although Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has recently tried to distance himself from his stint at McKinsey & Company, he’s become the biggest beneficiary of donations from employees at the international consulting firm.

      Through the third quarter of 2019, Buttigieg’s campaign received almost $55,000 from 165 employees at McKinsey and its related organizations, according to The Wall Street Journal, which analyzed Federal Election Commission records and data from the payment platform ActBlue.

      That easily topped the donations that other Democratic candidates received from McKinsey. California Sen. Kamala Harris, in a distant second, pulled in about $19,000 from the firm, the Journal reported.

      It’s unclear what type of work Buttigieg did at McKinsey, whose operations are generally shrouded in secrecy. He’s previously said that he’s worked on projects involving renewable energy, “war zone economic development” and grocery prices, according to Politico.

      In April, the New Yorker’s David Remnick pressed Buttigieg about revelations that McKinsey advised Purdue Pharma, a pharmaceutical company accused of fanning the flames of the opioid crisis, on selling OxyContin and that has helped raise authoritarian and corrupt governments around the world by advising countries like Turkey, Saudi Arabia, China and South Africa.

      • https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/470234-buttigieg-releases-ad-in-iowa-highlighting-health-care-plan

        White House hopeful and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Wednesday released a new ad in Iowa highlighting his health care plan as the issue continues to be one that divides the Democratic primary field.

        The ad, which highlights support for Buttigieg’s “Medicare for All Who Want It” proposal, will run on both digital and television platforms in the Hawkeye State. Buttigieg’s presidential campaign told The Hill the ad purchase was a “substantial statewide buy.”

        “Medicare for All That Want It is very important. We have to have people have the choice to keep their private health insurance or to go on the Medicare plan,” one Iowa Democrat says in the ad.

        “He seems sensible. Not going to promise something that he cannot deliver,” adds another.

        • I like how you followed the story about Mayo Pete worked at McKinsey by an about his ad which some might consider specious.

          How McKinsey & Co. Fails As A Global Leader

          In stark contrast to this stellar record of accomplishment and the firm’s enviable global reputation, two recent New York Times articles paint a discordant portrait, focusing on a darker aspect of McKinsey’s global operations, namely its prominent role as a key advisor to authoritarian governments in places like China, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and Turkey. In Saudi Arabia, for example, where the firm has been engaged in more than 600 projects since 2011, McKinsey recently produced an internal report that tracked critics who were promoting negative views of the kingdom on Twitter. According to the Times account, one of these people was subsequently arrested, while another said that two of his brothers had been arrested.

          McKinsey’s engagement with former Ukrainian strongman Victor Yanukovych is an example of a relationship the firm should never have entered into. Yanukovych hired McKinsey to buff his image in the West at a time when he was currying favor with the Russians and engaging in massive corruption. As the Times writes, McKinsey also has worked with corrupt, Kremlin-affiliated businesspeople like Rinat Akhmetov, some of whom have been placed under Western sanctions.


        • March 29, 2019 by Nathan J. Robinson

          All About Pete

          Before I dive into Shortest Way Home’s account of the life and career of Peter Buttigieg, let me be up front about my bias. I don’t trust former McKinsey consultants. I don’t trust military intelligence officers. And I don’t trust the type of people likely to appear on “40 under 40” lists, the valedictorian-to-Harvard-to-Rhodes-Scholarship types who populate the American elite. I don’t trust people who get flattering reams of newspaper profiles and are pitched as the Next Big Thing That You Must Pay Attention To, and I don’t trust wunderkinds who become successful too early. Why? Because I am somewhat cynical about the United States meritocracy. Few people amass these kind of résumés if they are the type to openly challenge authority. Noam Chomsky says that the factors predicting success in our “meritocracy” are a “combination of greed, cynicism, obsequiousness and subordination, lack of curiosity and independence of mind, [and] self-serving disregard for others.” So when journalists see “Harvard” and think “impressive,” I see it and think “uh-oh.”


    • I’m looking for a longer clip than this, but makes one wonder…

      Elizabeth Warren: “You think public education is socialism? Who does?” pic.twitter.com/Be1xowA6kI

      — 🔥BERNforBernie2020🔥 (@BernForBernie20) November 13, 2019

    • CENTRISTS: How do we stop Bernie?

      GENIUS DEM CONSULTANTS: We suggest loading the field with unpopular centrists in order to split the centrist vote.

      CENTRISTS: Whatever you say! You've never been wrong before! https://t.co/2dA9Wu96G9

      — Nate's Liver – Commentary (@SilERabbit) November 13, 2019

    • Part of a Q and A with Naomi Klein


      Looking toward 2020, do the Democratic candidates go far enough on climate and the Green New Deal?

      I think there’s a range. And I think that I still feel a little bit like it’s not integrated enough into anyone’s stump speech to be honest. I think that Bernie’s Green New Deal plan is the best plan mainly because of what I said around the international scope of it. I feel really passionately that there’s no such thing as a national Green New Deal. This is an international, global crisis, right?

      And there’s really strong elements to Warren’s plan. She took a lot from Jay Inslee, which was a great plan, but I really object to the nationalism of it [Warren calls her approach “economic patriotism”]. I agree with Yanis Varoufakis, we’re not going to beat the Right on the terrain of nationalism. They have it cornered and I also think it’s morally reprehensible in the context of an international crisis that the United States is historically the biggest contributor to. So that’s why I back Bernie’s plan.

      I think we’re still a little bit trapped in this sort of a checklist approach instead of a coherent, holistic vision. I think that it has really helped that a couple of the networks have given the candidates prolonged space to talk about their climate platforms and that is starting to improve. I think all of the candidates could do a better job getting that the GND is a frame, it’s not one item on the checklist.

      I think it’s important also to build an intergenerational movement. Young people are leading the strike movement, but I worry a little bit about the framing of this as generational warfare because I think it’s very depoliticizing. I don’t think Baby Boomers did this. I think capitalism did, and there’s something both depoliticizing and isolating about the generational frame. There are people in every generation who tried so hard to stop this from happening, who raised the alarm, and people who died in the struggle. I think movements that are just of young people tend to be short lived. On the other hand, indigenous movements, and many other movements that have been fighting for hundreds of years, have a role for every generation to play, and that’s part of how we protect these young people with so much courage.

      • ❣️

      • While I think the boomers as a generation squandered many opportunities, and that younger people have some basis to be upset with their elders, meme culture is stupid. Parroting something mildly funny at the best is no substitute for using your brain, appreciating the nuance in reality, and thinking for yourself.

      • I’ll take these numbers but Zogby really is a sketchy pollster. However, they actually aren’t that far off the Atlanta Journal Constitution numbers from earlier today. Biden is lower though and Buttigieg is way lower

      • Video town halls, surrogate’s, major rallies in/near DC,Ny-, Phili, NH etc. I dont see this as a huge issue. The more people see the other candidates without Bernie and even Warren, the more they will be disliked/expose themselves as conservatives. Ultimately it may even force Bernie to finally ‘slow down’ to a normal level, something he still hasnt done yet

    • might be part of The reason for his endorsement. He knows Bernie has a lot bigger grassroots network.

      • As far as ex republicans go I guess its a better choice than Markos, though sometimes Cenk is just as baffling.

        • In no universe would Markos endorse Bernie. Compared to 98% of the current crop in Congress, Cenk would be a major improvement.
          Also trash talking Warren would not be helpful in a Dem Congressional run, especially since the majority of Bernie supporters like Warren just fine—they just like Bernie better.

          • Hes def no Markos just the similarity of ‘progressive figureheads with their own media machinery’, Markos doesn’t have the courage or convictions to run for office. Would rather profit of playing pundit without any if the responsibility.

            Still, Cenk is a pretty loose cannon at times with a early lifetime of bad takes and unsavory comments despite the obvious plenty of good hes done since. As a figurehead behind justice dems or tyt they didnt come out as much in the public or blew over quickly, a political candidacy could make things different and not able to excuse his mistakes away with ‘i was a Republican then’.

      • Right now, the odds are even. I suspect Cenk will be the underdog. Cenk’s endorsement of Bernie will not help his own campaign. CA-25 is 45% white and covers Raygun country. But the endorsement means he is sincere, as endorsement of Warren would have likely benefited more.

        Awhile back, all of the hosts dressed up for a week during try-outs week. The timing is important because John Iadarola endorsed Bernie today, which tells me that he is well positioned to take Cenk’s place during Cenk’s upcoming absence.

        Here is my enthusiastic endorsement of @BernieSanders for President, with ten reasons I support him over all other candidates. https://t.co/UjrQASflso

        — John Iadarola (@johniadarola) November 13, 2019

        Bernie Sanders:

        ✅ Has been beating Trump in polls for 3+ years
        ✅ Most popular among young voters
        ✅ Most popular with independents
        ✅ Draws massive crowds wherever he goes
        ✅ Immune to "Crooked Hillary" type attacks
        ✅ Is the obvious "electability" candidate

        — John Iadarola (@johniadarola) November 13, 2019

    • Credit where credit is due.

    • Has America has lost its way? A lot of us can remember the phrase from Superman “Truth Justice and the American way. A quote that used in WWII in the superman DC comics and one of the superman movies. The point being the US yet despite our democratic ideals, we support dictators around the world today. Our government is responsible for installing many of them in power. We supported Somoza in Nicaragua, Marcos in the Philippines, the Shaw in Iran, Pinochet in Chile, Batista in Cuba, a series of military dictatorships in Guatemala, then recently Afganistan,Bolivia, Syria and i’ll add Saudi Arabia as they certainly qualify for the next sentence. All of these dictators have practiced torture and murder of political opponents, imprisonment without trial, and disappearances, where a prisoner’s family members don’t know if their loved ones are dead or alive. Corporate America whom bought off most our congresscritters justify supporting these tyrants because they are friendly to American business interests (Greed). Afghanistan -Minerals, Syria -Oil and Bolivia -Lithium just to name a few. Hell we couldn’t even take care of Puerto Rico and our own citizens after a major hurricane. Now we face the 2020 Election we have a Billionaire in office whom watches out for No 1 and has destroyed what ever positive standing may have had left in the world. Now on the Dem side we have 2 billionaires running, another that’s owned by 23 billionaires (Buttigieg) Another Biden whom has traits of a serious medical condition and answers to Billionaires. Warren a former R who thinks she can work with them –good luck with that plan. I’ll stick with Bernie as he will restore our standing in the world. Just thoughts from an olé boomer that thinks we can do a hell of a lot better than what we are now.

    • @RobertReich: There are basically 5 ways to accumulate a billion dollars in America: (1) profiting from a monopoly; (2) insider-trading; (3) political payoffs; (4) fraud; and (5) inheritance. None of these has anything to do with being successful in the supposed free market.

      If I ranked them 5 then 1 or commit 2-3and 4 toegether and you will be a Billionaire. You could add being a generational athlete like Jordan or Woods that would make you very rich.

    • I agree I don’t think that it’s a big issue that Bernie and Warren will be taking part in a historic event that will have the nation riveted. And then there’s weekends when most of the important campaign events occur anyway. I’m sure sending AOC in Bernie’s place won’t hurt

    • Not that I wished he made the debate, but I would switch him out for other bottom feeders, such as clueless Steyer or anti-M4A Klobuchar


      Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro won’t qualify for the next Democratic presidential primary debate, the only candidate still in the race who participated in the October debate to miss out on November’s.

      Ten candidates are projected to participate in the debate cohosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post on Nov. 20 in Atlanta, according to POLITICO’s tracking of public polling and donor figures: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang.

    • Bernie Sanders: 31%
      Joe Biden: 22%
      Elizabeth Warren: 11%
      Julián Castro: 9%
      Kamala Harris: 8%

      Get. On. The. Phones: https://t.co/WPoDNbPcbk https://t.co/CLUIPgGgXi

      — People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) November 14, 2019

    • Some good parts to this, but it being The NY Times, they were sure to find a few Iowa Dems who were sure his health issue was helping Warren. I did enjoy the parts about the fashion upgrade.


      Before a campaign event last month, Bernie Sanders and his wife, Jane, went for an hourlong stroll around Green Castle Recreation Area, a lush park in central Iowa with evergreen trees and a small lake. Mr. Sanders also walked around a residential neighborhood in Waterloo recently, prompting curious passers-by to ask him what on earth he was doing there.

      Ms. Sanders is ensuring that her husband is getting adequate rest, and he has been requesting fish for dinner instead of steak or ribs.

      “I’ve noticed him ordering a heck of a lot more salads,” said Faiz Shakir, Mr. Sanders’s campaign manager.

      Some allies, aware that Mr. Sanders can appear rumpled, have even urged him to dress better — he has been wearing more stylish sweaters — and to rein in his previously unkempt hair.

      In the six weeks since he suffered a heart attack while campaigning in Las Vegas, Mr. Sanders has been working hard to move past his health issues, adhering to a newly wholesome regimen that has included more exercise and a healthier diet.

      His recuperative program has coincided with a vigorous push to reboot his campaign: Buoyed by an enormous rally in New York City and the endorsements of three prominent young liberal congresswomen, including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, his campaign has enjoyed fresh momentum heading into the final stretch before the primary contests begin.

      The fashion-minded have noticed the upgrade to his wardrobe: Esquire magazine recently praised his look, writing that his knitwear in particular was “smart enough for a formal dress code, but softens the angles of a tailored suit.”

    • Very positive article


      Bernie Sanders’ heart attack could have cut his presidential bid short.

      Instead, it was the start of a surge of momentum that’s still going strong six weeks later.

      Since he was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital in early October, the Vermont senator has flourished in early-state polls, held some of the biggest rallies of any Democratic candidate, and scored the endorsements of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other members of the so-called “Squad.” The curmudgeonly candidate looks happier — sunny, even — on the stump, cracking jokes and sharing personal stories.

      Scott Punteney, leader of the Pottawattamie County Democratic Party, said that Sanders’ heart attack was initially troubling to some Iowa voters. “But I think people got over it pretty quick because they realized how far medicine has come in 20 years and how people recover from that,” he said.

      Sanders’ style of campaigning has also changed slightly in recent weeks. He is telling more jokes on the stump and emphasizing a message of solidarity. At an event in Iowa last week, he said, “We become more human when my family cares about your family and your family cares about my family.”

      He published an essay on Monday titled “How to Fight Anti-Semitism,” which explored his Jewish heritage and family’s immigrant roots, something his aides have urged him to talk about more.

      “Maybe it’s just that he’s feeling better. Maybe it’s nothing more than that,” said Jeff Weaver, a senior adviser to Sanders who has known him for decades. “He is far more energetic now than he was in the summer.”

      But some political insiders said it would be unwise to discount him, especially after his unlikely comeback.

      “That whole campaign has been run better than the 2016 operation,” said Link. “They’ve been doing a bunch of innovative things, and people who kind of look past them will make a mistake.”

    • 🤬Pence🤬


      During an event celebrating National Adoption Month, Vice President Mike Pence praised a proposed Trump administration rule that would allow federal funding to flow to adoption agencies that refuse to place children with LGBTQ families, among others.

      “We’ve reversed the rule implemented in the closing days of the last administration that jeopardized the ability of faith-based providers to serve those in need by penalizing them for their deeply held religious beliefs,” Pence said at an event Tuesday at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington. “We will stand for the freedom of religion and we will stand with faith-based organizations to support adoption.”

      Pence said he “couldn’t be more proud” of the “decisive action” taken at “President Trump’s direction” on this issue.

      More than 100,000 foster children are awaiting adoption, according to government data, but a constellation of religious agencies refuse to consider same-sex parents when placing these children. Shortly before the end of his second term, President Barack Obama changed nondiscrimination rules governing adoption agencies to expand the definition of groups protected against discrimination to include LGBTQ people. Trump’s proposed rule change will undo that.

    • and they’ve only improved their methods.

    • not finding a lot of good news today, but I think it’s so important that those of us who understand, at least bear witness.

      • I listened to this whole thing and I learned some things about the actual vote counts, among other facts, that I did not know before he says it in a very straightforward yet interesting manner.

    • positive! 😊🦜🦜

    • imagine having a labor movement coming out against the coup! Pretty awesome.

  • In 2014, Bernie Sanders and John McCain passed landmark, bipartisan legislation to increase health benefits for veterans and protect the Veterans Administration.

    More news/videos/tweets/etc. in the comments.

    • Tips, Comments, Complaints, Etc!

        • Good answer. Funding is important but most important is to keep a united front about the concept of M4A against Mod Dem Squad. Also he points out that it his bill she supports.

    • Big Nurses Union Backs Bernie Sanders and His Push for ‘Medicare for All’

      The country’s largest nurses union will endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for president this week, a significant boost to his campaign from a major ally in the fight for his signature health care proposal.

      The union, National Nurses United, fervently supported Mr. Sanders’s last bid for the White House in 2016, and its members have been significant players in Democratic politics since then, showing up in red T-shirts to support Mr. Sanders’s progressive allies in intraparty battles. They have also canvassed neighborhoods in swing congressional districts, urging voters to get behind “Medicare for all,” Mr. Sanders’s plan for a nationalized health insurance system.

      “We know what we have done and what it takes to bring about fundamental change, and it’s massive organizing and a mass movement,” said Jean Ross, a co-president of the union. “Of all the candidates, Bernie is the one who understands that.”

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      The union plans to formally endorse Mr. Sanders on Friday at a news conference in Oakland, Calif.

      After being so tied to Mr. Sanders in 2016, the nurses union was unlikely to endorse anyone else in the 2020 race. Mr. Sanders, of Vermont, was the only candidate to sit for an in-person interview with the union to seek its endorsement; Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts called in on a video chat and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., sent a three-minute video. Union officials said they had invited former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senator Kamala Harris of California to interview but each declined to do so.

      • This is great news!!

      • Citing Deep Commitment to Medicare for All and Green New Deal, Nation’s Largest Nurses Union Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

        “We need a president who will unite all workers to fight for social, economic, racial and gender justice, and who will champion bold ideas on workplace democracy, Medicare for All, and climate change.”

      • LOL half the article in the Times is devoted to paint Bernie as a possible hypocrite.

        The endorsement also brings Mr. Sanders the support of the union’s super PAC, a thorny issue given that Mr. Sanders, like most of the Democrats seeking the party’s 2020 nomination, has disavowed support from super PACs.

        In 2016 the union’s super PAC spent $5 million backing Mr. Sanders in the primary contest against Hillary Clinton, a relative pittance in the world of super PACs (the one supporting Jeb Bush blew through $87 million). Still, it spent more money backing Mr. Sanders than was spent by any other super PAC on behalf of Mrs. Clinton or other Democrats in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses.

        The union’s super PAC “will be activated” on behalf of Mr. Sanders, said Bonnie Castillo, the union’s executive director. But she said union members and the super PAC would not attack Mr. Sanders’s rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination.

        “We’re not going negative,” she said. “We are a very positive force. It’s a reflection of who we are as a profession. We are healers.”

        When talking to voters, Mr. Sanders often rails against the influence of money in politics, vowing to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010 that opened the super PAC era in American politics. Since Mr. Biden dropped his resistance last month to receiving the support of such groups, Mr. Sanders has become more pointed.

        “I don’t need a super PAC,” he said during a town hall-style event last month in Marshalltown, Iowa, in response to a question from the audience about Mr. Biden. “I am not going to be controlled by a handful of wealthy people. I will be controlled by the working people of this country.”

        This weekend, he continued the theme, saying, “We don’t have a super PAC,” at a rally in Coralville, Iowa.

        But Mr. Sanders did not disavow support from the nurses union’s super PAC in 2016, even as he pointed out that he did not have a super PAC of his own. On Monday, Mr. Sanders thanked the nurses union for its support but did not address its super PAC.

    • Yes!! 🙂 Love the logo too.

      National Nurses United to Endorse Bernie Sanders

      National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union of registered nurses, announces today that it will endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. Nurses cite how Sanders’ leading platform closely aligns with nurses’ values on a whole host of issues, including rebuilding America’s labor movement to restore workers’ rights and his trailblazing leadership to win Medicare for All.

      The endorsement will officially take place this Friday, November 15 at a press conference.

      “For nurses, our solidarity is a matter of life or death for our patients. We need a president who makes it easier for us to stand together and hold our employers accountable for putting people above profits,” said NNU President Jean Ross, RN, of Minnesota. “Bernie Sanders is leading all the candidates on labor, with his Workplace Democracy Act and as a cosponsor of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.”

      Livestream of endorsement event here: https://www.nationalnursesunited.org/vote-nurses-values

      Nurses also say they are backing Sanders based on his longtime work with the union to pass legislation dedicated to protecting nurses and patients, including his support for federal safe nurse-to-patient staffing ratios, federal health care workplace violence protections, support for a strong Veterans Health Administration, and guaranteed, quality health care system with Medicare for All.

      “We are so proud that together, in 2016, Bernie Sanders and NNU elevated Medicare for All to the national mainstream, where it has advanced to a top 2020 presidential race issue,” said NNU Executive Director Bonnie Castillo, RN. “Nurses are beyond tired of watching our patients suffer and die needlessly, simply due to inability to pay, and we know Bernie Sanders is, and has been, leading on Medicare for All through his advocacy and Senate legislation.”

      NNU also applauds Sanders’ call for a Green New Deal for climate and environmental justice, an extensive program for racial and gender justice, college for all and canceling student debt, immigration reform, and other progressive policy proposals.

      NNU views the primary campaign as just the first step in what must be a year-long effort to defeat the disastrous policies of the present administration. To win fundamental social change for workers, patients, and communities, nurses say that building the strongest possible broad movement, centered on the diversity of our nation, will continue to be their foremost priority.


    • Israel’s Scheme To Defund the BDS Movement

      NOVEMBER 11, 2019

      AS END-OF-THE-YEAR FUNDRAISING REACHED A FEVER PITCH in December 2018, the account that the BDS National Committee (BNC) was using to receive donations became disabled. The BNC—the Palestinian group that leads the global movement to boycott, sanction and divest from Israel as leverage against human rights abuses—immediately suspected the Israeli government.

      The BNC’s account was with Donorbox, a fundraising platform used by thousands of organizations. Donorbox explained in a statement that, while it had nothing against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, a letter it received from Shurat HaDin–Israel Law Center accused the BNC of ties to terrorism, and Donorbox closed the BNC’s account while “reviewing evidence.” Shurat HaDin has deep ties to the Israeli government.


      An employee of Donorbox agreed to speak with In These Times on condition of anonymity, saying he feared for his personal safety because those involved have connections to Israeli intelligence and Palestinian political factions. “Shurat HaDin pressured one of our payment processors, which pressured us,” he wrote in an email.

      The BNC quickly found an alternative to Donorbox and lost less than 12 hours of fundraising time, but the shutdown sent a stark signal: The Israeli government and its allies are coming for the BDS movement’s financial infrastructure.

      “[Shurat HaDin is] pursuing McCarthyite legal warfare,” said Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the BDS movement, in a statement at the time. “[It’s] a desperate attempt to undermine our ability to challenge Israel’s decades-old regime of apartheid and oppression.”

      The tactic fits into a larger trend of cross-border attacks on civil society waged by repressive governments. China has reportedly spied on and intimidated activists in Europe working against policies targeting its Uighur Muslim minority, and Saudi Arabia has reportedly tried to hack into the phones of Amnesty International and dissidents living overseas.

    • The Real Reason U.S. Media Won’t Call Evo Morales’ Ouster in Bolivia a “Coup”

      Army generals appearing on television to demand the resignation and arrest of an elected civilian head of state seems like a textbook example of a coup. And yet that is certainly not how corporate media are presenting the weekend’s events in Bolivia.

      No establishment outlet framed the action as a coup; instead, President Evo Morales “resigned” (ABC News, 11/10/19), amid widespread “protests” (CBS News, 11/10/19) from an “infuriated population” (New York Times, 11/10/19) angry at the “election fraud” (Fox News, 11/10/19) of the “full-blown dictatorship” (Miami Herald, 11/9/19). When the word “coup” is used at all, it comes only as an accusation from Morales or another official from his government, which corporate media have been demonizing since his election in 2006 (FAIR.org, 5/6/09, 8/1/12, 4/11/19).

      The New York Times (11/10/19) did not hide its approval at events, presenting Morales as a power-hungry despot who had finally “lost his grip on power,” claiming he was “besieged by protests” and “abandoned by allies” like the security services. His authoritarian tendencies, the news article claimed, “worried critics and many supporters for years,” and allowed one source to claim that his overthrow marked “the end of tyranny” for Bolivia. With an apparent nod to balance, it did note that Morales “admitted no wrongdoing” and claimed he was a “victim of a coup.” By that point, however, the well had been thoroughly poisoned.

      CNN (11/10/19) dismissed the results of the recent election, where Bolivia gave Morales another term in office, as beset with “accusations of election fraud,” presenting them as a farce where “Morales declared himself the winner.” Time’s report (11/10/19) presented the catalyst for his “resignation” as “protests” and “fraud allegations,” rather than being forced at gunpoint by the military. Meanwhile, CBS News (11/10/19) did not even include the word “allegations,” its headline reading, “Bolivian President Evo Morales Resigns After Election Fraud and Protests.”

      Delegitimizing foreign elections where the “wrong” person wins, of course, is a favorite pastime of corporate media (FAIR.org, 5/23/18). There is a great deal of uncritical acceptance of the Organization of American States’ (OAS) opinions on elections, including in coverage of Bolivia’s October vote (e.g., BBC, 11/10/19; Vox, 11/10/19; Voice of America, 11/10/19), despite the lack of evidence to back up its assertions. No mainstream outlet warned its readers that the OAS is a Cold War organization, explicitly set up to halt the spread of leftist governments. In 1962, for example, it passed an official resolution claiming that the Cuban government was “incompatible with the principles and objectives of the inter-American system.” Furthermore, the organization is bankrolled by the US government; indeed, in justifying its continued funding, US AID argued that the OAS is a crucial tool in “promot[ing] US interests in the Western hemisphere by countering the influence of anti-US countries” like Bolivia.

      • In Statement That ‘Reads Like a Chilling Warning of More Coups to Come,’ Trump Celebrates Military Coup in Bolivia

        U.S. President Donald Trump made official his administration’s support for the military coup in Bolivia with a celebratory statement late Monday that one observer said “reads like a chilling warning of more coups to come.”

        “The United States applauds the Bolivian people for demanding freedom and the Bolivian military for abiding by its oath to protect not just a single person, but Bolivia’s constitution,” Trump said in a statement posted to the White House website.

        “These events send a strong signal to the illegitimate regimes in Venezuela and Nicaragua that democracy and the will of the people will always prevail,” Trump added. “We are now one step closer to a completely democratic, prosperous, and free Western Hemisphere.”

        The governments of Nicaragua and Venezuela—both victims of past U.S.-backed military coups—have condemned the ouster of Morales in Bolivia.

        • It’s all quite frightening.

          When Luis Fernando Camacho stormed into Bolivia’s abandoned presidential palace in the hours after President Evo Morales’s sudden November 10 resignation, he revealed to the world a side of the country that stood at stark odds with the plurinational spirit its deposed socialist and Indigenous leader had put forward.

          With a Bible in one hand and a national flag in the other, Camacho bowed his head in prayer above the presidential seal, fulfilling his vow to purge his country’s Native heritage from government and “return God to the burned palace.”

          “Pachamama will never return to the palace,” he said, referring to the Andean Mother Earth spirit. “Bolivia belongs to Christ.”

          Virtually unknown outside his country, where he had never won a democratic election, Camacho stepped into the void. He is a rich and powerful multi-millionaire named in the Panama Papers, and an ultra-conservative Christian fundamentalist groomed by a fascist paramilitary notorious for its racist violence, with a base in Bolivia’s wealthy separatist region of Santa Cruz.

          The presidential candidate Bolivia’s opposition had fielded in the October election, Carlos Mesa, is a “pro-business” privatizer with extensive ties to Washington. US government cables published by WikiLeaks reveal that he regularly corresponded with American officials in their efforts to destabilize Morales.

          Mesa is currently listed as an expert at a DC-based think tank funded by the US government’s soft-power arm USAID, various oil giants, and a host of multi-national corporations active in Latin America.


        • If we were who we claim to be, we would be defending Morales and maduro and others. Cuss word.

      • Bolivian Coup Comes Less Than a Week After Morales Stopped Multinational Firm’s Lithium Deal

        The Sunday military coup in Bolivia has put in place a government which appears likely to reverse a decision by just-resigned President Evo Morales to cancel an agreement with a German company for developing lithium deposits in the Latin American country for batteries like those in electric cars.

        “Bolivia’s lithium belongs to the Bolivian people,” tweeted Washington Monthly contributor David Atkins. “Not to multinational corporate cabals.”

        The coup, which on Sunday resulted in Morales resigning and going into hiding, was the result of days of protests from right-wing elements angry at the leftist Morales government. Sen. Jeanine Añez, of the center-right party Democratic Unity, is currently the interim president in the unstable post-coup government in advance of elections.

        Investment analyst publisher Argus urged investors to keep an eye on the developing situation and noted that gas and oil production from foreign companies in Bolivia had remained steady.

        The Morales move on Nov. 4 to cancel the December 2018 agreement with Germany’s ACI Systems Alemania (ACISA) came after weeks of protests from residents of the Potosí area. The region has 50% to 70% of the world’s lithium reserves in the Salar de Uyuni salt flats.

        Among other clients, ACISA provides batteries to Tesla; Tesla’s stock rose Monday after the weekend.

      • Neolibcons just took over another country. i despise how impotent we are to get off this train.

    • Trashing Teachers and Red-Baiting: How a Republican Governor Lost in Kentucky

      Democrat Andy Beshear defeated Republican Gov. Matt Bevin in deep-red Kentucky. The lesson? Attacking teachers and socialism won’t protect the GOP.

      • Nuts, was hoping there’d be an update on Bevin and KY Republicans’ shameless attempt to overturn the election results.

    • We Need a Green Bailout for the People

      Here’s what the government should demand when the economy tumbles and Wall Street comes begging.

    • ‘When Will Someone Go to Jail?’: New Report Shows Google Secretly Storing Health Data of Millions of Americans

      A “bombshell” new report from The Wall Street Journal describes a secret project from Google and healthcare giant Ascension to store data on millions of Americans, a move that critics of the tech conglomerate decried as another example of overreach.

      “When will someone go to jail?” wondered mathematician and musician David C. Lowery. “That would stop this shit real fast.”

      According to the Journal, Google and Ascension made the decision last year to collect the data across 21 states in an initiative named “Project Nightingale.”

      Google in this case is using the data, in part, to design new software, underpinned by advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning, that zeroes in on individual patients to suggest changes to their care. Staffers across Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent, have access to the patient information, documents show, including some employees of Google Brain, a research science division credited with some of the company’s biggest breakthroughs.

      The Journal reported that Nightingale’s scope “pertains to lab results, doctor diagnoses and hospitalization records, among other categories, and amounts to a complete health history, including patient names and dates of birth.”

    • I’m sorry, but Biden sounds like a total pandering phony!

    • Bernie Sanders on His Heart Attack: ‘Motivated Me Even More’

      U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a Democratic presidential candidate, can’t count the number of well-wishes he has received since he suffered a heart attack in October. But he said the experience has given him further motivation to achieve a Medicare for All health care plan for the country.

      “If anything, that incident has motivated me even more,” Sanders said about his health incident that resulted from a blocked artery.

      Sanders said that the heart attack has brought some reflection and some necessary priority changes. He said, “I try to exercise on a more consistent basis. I’m trying to eat a little better.”

      The encouragement Sanders said that he received from Americans underscored his dedication to improving the health care system. “We received God knows how many notes and cards and hugs from people in Iowa and all over the country praying for recovery and wishing us well. And I am so grateful,” Sanders said, “My family is so grateful for that support.”

      But Sanders said that he knows since he is a United State senator, he has the health care that he needs. But he is concerned for millions of other people who may lack the means to pay for care and the heart attack reminded him of that. “I truly wondered how many people in this country, if they felt the same pain that I felt …how many people would say, ‘You know what? I’m not going to go to the doctor. I’m not going to the hospital,'” Sanders said.

    • Bernie Sanders Has More Diverse Support Than You Think

      Suburban women, as Nicole Goodkind writes in Fortune, “[were] crucial to President Donald Trump’s election in 2016 and will be equally crucial to his reelection campaign next year.” Recent polling and actual election results, however, show Trump cannot take them for granted, and the same can be said for more centrist Democrats.

      Goodkind is referring to data released from the Federal Election Commission and analyzed by the Center for Responsive Politics that reveals women are getting involved in elections earlier than in previous cycles. Fortune reports, “More than 1 million [women] have already donated $131 million itemized to presidential candidates.”

      And while there’s no one candidate that’s won the hearts and minds of all women voters, it’s Bernie Sanders who has made the most progress.

      “Of all the potential 2020 candidates,” Goodkind writes, “Sanders has taken in the most money from women, raising about $17.1 million in itemized contributions, or 40% of his total funds.”

      Many of those women are from the suburbs, the same ones Trump needs to win. Sanders received “over $13 million in small-dollar donations from nearly 280,000 suburban women. Combining small- and large-dollar donations, Sanders earned more than any other presidential candidate amongst suburban women with a total of $15 million from small and large donors alike.”

      These numbers challenge the prevailing wisdom that Democrats must be aggressively moderate to win elections, a position that gained traction last week following Democratic state-level wins in Kentucky, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., told The Hill on Friday that candidates in his state won because they “ran on more moderate issues.”

    • Are these egomaniacs for real?

      • No wonder Warren has mentioned Patrick as a possible VP, this article is from August 2018:

        Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Sunday defended his work at Bain Capital, pushing back on criticism he would likely face if he seeks the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.

        “I’m having a terrific time in this fund that we launched,” Patrick said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “It’s a fund that invests in companies in order to drive social and environmental impact, and it’s part of this impact investing industry or trend. One of my partners describes … impact investing as the laboratory where capitalists work to reform capitalism.

        Bain Capital was co-founded by former Massachusetts GOP Gov. Mitt Romney, and the firm’s private equity work was the subject of major attacks against Romney during his 2012 presidential run. In his interview Sunday, Patrick discussed joining the firm after his tenure as governor and said he described himself as a “capitalist” but not a “market fundamentalist.”


    • Random thought

      Is this a possibility:
      The House makes a very strong case for impeachment, but doesn’t vote to send it to the Senate for trial. Instead, they pass a resolution/censure of some kind to highlight Trump’s endangering of national security for personal gain and make a condition that further instances of this behavior will be added to the what will be left as an open case against him.

      This would avoid Trump being able to claim a victory by Senate acquittal and might put a leash on him. It also takes the wind out of the sails of the Senate Republicans.

      • Great to see you WindDancer! But I’m not knowledgeable enough to comment on the impeachment process. I sure would love to avoid Trump being able to claim any kind of victory though!

        • Thanks!

          Currently, we are involved in an impeachment inquiry. In order for that to become an impeachment process, articles of impeachment would need to be voted on and approved by the House and then sent to the Senate for a trial based on those charges. However, as an inquiry by the House and later as an investigation by the Judiciary committee, I think it can have a different conclusion/outcome.

          What I am suggesting is that instead of submitting articles of impeachment, the House based on the findings issue a strong censure and conclude the case without prejudice (meaning that it can be reopened). Although, I am not sure how that last would work in an investigation; maybe it is just a matter of putting the investigation on hold. Along with stymieing the Republicans at this juncture, it would leave room for Giuliani, Mulvaney, Bolton and others to step on their tongues later.

          • Welcome back. 🙂

          • Here’s my scenario. Trumpcorp survives the impeachment thanks to the senate. He then proceeds to lose the presidency to President elect Bernie Sanders. The second Bernie’s swearing in is done Trumpcorp is on his private jet to a country that wont extradite him back to the US. Because the indictments will be coming fast and furious for him the second he’s out of office. The tax man will get him for starters.

            • As president, Trump would not need a passport so he may have let his civilian one expire. So in your scenario, it would be enjoyable to see him unable to leave the country. Even a private jet would require clearance to leave US air space.

    • The 74 has gone after Bernie also especially attacking him on the subject of charter schools (no surprise given its backing by DeVos)

    • Still attacking M4A and elitists. How very Republican.


      Former Vice President Joe Biden answered questions at a CNN town hall in Grinnell, Iowa, on Monday night. The most contentious moment was when an audience member asked Biden why he doesn’t support Medicare-for-all, and Biden used the occasion to escalate his barely veiled feud with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and, to a lesser extent, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

      Biden called the Medicare-for-all plan too expensive, politically unattainable, and “elitist,” arguing that switching to only a government-run health care plan conveys “the attitude that we know better than ordinary people what’s in their interests.” When pressed on his attacks on Warren specifically, Biden said that “she attacked me” first, later asserting that he isn’t calling Warren herself “elitist,” exactly. “It’s not about her, it’s about the attitude out there — the attitude that we know best, you do it my way,” he said. “I resent that. And I wasn’t talking about her, I was talking about the attitude that if you don’t agree with me, get in the other party.”

    • Who are these progressive group members that back Biden or Buttigieg?—nearly 20%


      Bernie Sanders continues to lead as the preferred Democratic presidential choice of members of the influential grassroots progressive group Democracy for America, while Kamala Harris has fallen off a list of the top five choices in the organization’s latest straw poll.

      Sanders had support of 35.17% of those surveyed by the group, a political action committee with more than 1 million members. Elizabeth Warren, the other leading progressive in the race, had 27.69%. Joe Biden, the front-runner in national polls, had 12.08%. Pete Buttigieg had 7.26%, and Amy Klobuchar was picked by 3.72% of those surveyed.

      Democracy for America’s latest “Pulse Poll” began after the Oct. 15 Democratic presidential debate and ended Nov. 5.

      “Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have consistently been the top two candidates with our members since our April poll,” said DFA Chairman Charles Chamberlain. “Between Sanders’ rock-solid support and Warren’s consistent ascent, these latest results make clear that no other candidate is a real threat to their dominance with the Democratic Party’s progressive base.”

    • https://www.businessinsider.com/bernie-sanders-supporters-would-support-elizabeth-warren-2019-11

      Roughly two-thirds of supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders would also support Sen. Elizabeth Warren if she’s ultimately the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, according to new Insider polling.

      The poll found 67% of people who’d be satisfied with Sanders as the nominee would also be satisfied with Warren — the highest percentage of any of the other 2020 Democratic candidates. To put it another way, the Massachusetts senator is the second top choice for Sanders supporters.

      Comparatively, less than half of voters (48%) who’d be satisfied with Sanders of the nominee would also be satisfied with former Vice President Joe Biden as the nominee.

      These findings are not entirely surprising given Sanders and Warren largely see eye-to-eye on major issues like healthcare, and they’ve both been courting the progressive wing of the Democratic party. Meanwhile, Biden is far more moderate on the issues, going against the two senators as they push proposals on Medicare for All, for example.

      But it also further discredits the myth of the so-called “Bernie Bro,” or the widespread perception that Sanders’ supporters are white, male, and unlikely to support women candidates.

      Moreover, it pushes against the notion that most Sanders supporters are “Bernie or bust,” or voters who would only support the Vermont senator. Insider polling actually found that only 13% of Sanders’ fans like the self-declared democratic socialist and no other candidate, which is low compared to another candidate whose supporters are seemingly more stubbornly attached to them — including Biden.

    • T and R, LD!! How is your weather out there? I got a chance to watch AOC speak. Capt Hi-Tech was working so I watched part of the Bernster’s Rally in IA last weekend. She is a political powerhouse! Like wow…! 🙂 AOC embodies why Bernie ran for office. To get the people informed so that a peaceful revolution could begin. He targeted the young folks. I know that one from working the campaign down here. 🙂 AOC is one out of many who are answering the call. She has enormous presence on top of mega street smarts and intelligence. What a human pistol. Fingers and toes are x’ed that she won’t let success corrupt her.

      • When I saw AOC at the Bernie’s Back rally she stumbled a few times, but no one cared and she got right back at it no problem. Some of what I’ve read more recently really sounded excellent!

    • https://truthout.org/articles/bidens-support-of-iraq-war-shows-how-he-would-run-the-white-house/

      Supporters of presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden are probably hoping that Democratic voters will see his key role in pushing through the Iraq War authorization as simply a “mistake” which should not be a factor in the 2020 presidential race. Indeed, Biden now claims that, “From the moment [the invasion] started … I was opposed to the effort, and I was outspoken as much as anyone at all in the Congress” despite his statements at the time and subsequently that he supported Bush’s decision to invade even after inspectors returned and no “weapons of mass destruction” were found.

      Not only was Biden one of the most important Democratic supporters of the Iraq War, but that support says much about the kind of president he would be.

      There have been many tragic consequences of the war for which Biden and others should be held accountable: the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis killed; the deaths of thousands of U.S. soldiers and the tens of thousands permanently wounded; the hundreds of billions of dollars drained from our national treasury; the social, economic and environmental damage inflicted upon Iraq; the misallocation of human and material resources away from real needs at home; and the resulting growth in Islamic fundamentalist extremism.

      More importantly, however, is what the decision says about Biden’s worldview, most critically his contempt for international law.

      The biggest concern about Biden’s support for the Iraq War, therefore, is not just that he made a series of demonstrably false claims about Iraq’s unconventional weapons, weapons programs and weapons systems to justify the invasion. Even if he had been telling the truth, the war still would have been illegal.

      Similarly, while his dismissal of the concerns expressed by the large numbers of scholars and diplomats familiar with the region who warned him that an invasion and occupation would lead to years of bloodshed, political instability, sectarian violence and growing extremism shows frighteningly bad judgement, the invasion would have still been illegal and set a very dangerous precedent.

      Biden’s support for the invasion seems to demonstrate a belief that the United States need not abide by its international legal obligations, including those prohibiting wars of aggression. As a result, his support for the invasion of Iraq is not simply a “mistake.” It is very relevant and says a lot about what kind of president he would be.

    • Apocalypse Approach Update

      Keeping track of Donald Trump’s contributions to the coming of the apocalypse is a job too big for any one person. The best I can do is check in every month or so and list a few of the latest highlights.

      During the past 10 days:

      (1) The Trump administration notified the UN that the US will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement in a year, the earliest withdrawal date permitted by the accord.

      (2) A Russian arms control official warned that the prospects for sustaining the most important US-Russia arms control treaty after its expiration date in February of 2020 have been dimmed by Trump’s refusal to discuss the matter.

      (3) Iran announced that, as a result of Trump’s abandonment of the 2015 nuclear deal, and his ensuing imposition of draconian sanctions, it has reactivated centrifuges in a uranium processing plant that lies deep underground, resistant to military attack (but perhaps not resistant to the bunker-busting megabombs that President Obama gave Israel and that Israel may now be tempted to use).

      There’s a unifying theme here, and it isn’t just the increasingly plausible end of Planet Earth as we know it. It’s Trump’s apparent aversion to playing non-zero-sum games with other countries—that is, games that can have a win-win or lose-lose outcome (such as, respectively, avoiding a nuclear war or having one). Or at least, it’s his failure to play them well, to get win-win outcomes—and sometimes, it seems, his failure to even see that such outcomes are possible, that we live in a non-zero-sum world.

      (good historical context, more good historical context, then)

      So this is another reminder that much of Trumpism isn’t about Trump. When he passes from the political scene, there will be someone to take up the torch he was handed. For example: Would a President Mike Pence be any less an enemy of global governance than Trump? He might even be a more effective enemy; he shows no signs of being a political mastermind, but exceeding Trump’s level of competence isn’t a very tall order.

      So an all-out multi-front apocalypse avoidance campaign will entail continued efforts to understand, at the deepest possible level, the forces that created this president—political forces, economic forces, cultural forces, whatever. Because they’re not going away soon, and they’re currently being harnessed to the long-term disadvantage of just about everyone. Lose-lose on a very big scale.


    • Death by Oligarchy

      by Chris Hedges

      Oligarchs are blinded by hubris, wealth and power. Their cloying sense of entitlement sees them outraged by even the most tepid reforms or mildest of criticisms. They lack empathy and compassion, along with remorse or guilt, for what is done to those outside of their tiny, elitist circles. Privilege does strange and unpleasant things to human beings. I saw these distortions among my rich classmates as a scholarship student at prep school and at Harvard University, an institution designed, like all elite schools, to perpetuate the plutocracy. Living in privilege spawns callousness, even cruelty, to those less fortunate and feeds a bottomless greed.

      The repugnant characteristics of the rich are skillfully masked by armies of lawyers and publicists, a servile and intimidated press, good manners and the fig leaf of philanthropy. Jeff Bezos, Jamie Dimon, Bill Gates, Jimmy Wales, Peter Thiel, John Mackey and the late Steve Jobs and David Koch—whatever their carefully packaged public image—champion or championed economic and social models that are designed to create a new form of serfdom for the working class and further consolidate the concentration of wealth and power into the hands of the oligarchs. When a society falls into the death grip of an oligarchic class, the result is always catastrophic.

      Oligarchs, because they live insulated lives surrounded by obsequious courtiers that cater to their bottomless narcissism and hedonism, wield power based on fantasy. They propagate ruling ideologies, such as neoliberalism and the intellectually and morally bankrupt writings of Ayn Rand, which are not economically rational but justify their privilege. Their mantra, first uttered by a notorious serial killer and enthusiastically embraced by Rand, is: “What Is Good for Me Is Right.” All our institutions—the press, the courts, legislative bodies, the executive branch and academia—have been perverted to serve the oligarch’s narrow, selfish interests while an oppressed citizenry, struggling to survive, is seething with mounting rage and frustration. The corporate coup orchestrated by the ruling oligarchs over the past few decades gave us Donald Trump. If this coup is not reversed, far worse will follow.

      The oligarchs, who spent $1 billion in 2016 to deny Sanders the Democratic Party nomination and try to put Hillary Clinton in the White House, learned nothing from the debacle. If they can’t shove Joe Biden down our throats, how about Pete Buttigieg or Michael Bloomberg? And should Warren or Sanders miraculously become the Democratic candidate, which the oligarchs are working hard to prevent, they will reluctantly back Trump. Trump may be vulgar, corrupt and inept, he may have turned the United States into an international pariah, but he slavishly serves the financial interests of the oligarchs.

      Oligarchs, freed from outside oversight and regulation, wantonly pillage the political and economic institutions that sustain them. They run up huge government deficits by slashing taxes on the rich. This forces an underfunded government to borrow from the banks, further enriching the oligarchs, and impose punishing austerity programs on the public. They privatize traditional government services, including utilities, intelligence gathering, large parts of the military, the police, the prison system and schools to make billions in profits. They create complex financial mechanisms that ensure usurious interest rates on mortgages, personal and student loans. They legalize accounting fraud and suppress wages to keep the public trapped in a crippling debt peonage. They loot trillions in taxpayer money when their speculative bubbles burst.

      They are no longer capitalists, if we define capitalists as those who make money from the means of production. They are a criminal class of financial speculators that rewrite the laws to steal from everyone, including their own shareholders. They are parasites that feed off the carcass of industrial capitalism.


      • hope Chris endorses Bernie. I have trouble taking him seriously after 2016 and his treatment of Bernie.

        and after being too pure To endorse Sanders, he now equates him with Warren? SMH

      • otoh, he is always spot on re the state of affairs.

        this whole way of thinking is what made me mad about Warren’s financing of Medicare for all, extracting more from the middle and lower classes, yet again.

        i want yell at all of them STOP!

    • On the one hand, Bernie is in fourth place In this poll. On the other hand, he has gained 5 points from their last poll. He also was 18 points behind the leader (Biden) in the last poll and now he’s only 9 points behind the leader (Buttigieg). Buttigieg’s rise in this poll has come at the expense of Biden and to a lesser extent Warren. This poll assumes a very old group of voters 43% 18-49; 57% 50+; 30% 65+. 4.6 MOE


      South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has joined former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at the top of the leaderboard in the third Monmouth University Poll of the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses. Buttigieg’s gains since the summer have been across the board, with increasing support coming from nearly every demographic group. Regardless, less than one-third of likely caucusgoers say that they are firmly set on their choice of candidate and most would not be too disappointed if they had to switch their support. The poll also finds that Mike Bloomberg receives a chilly reception among Hawkeye State Democrats as he considers whether to make a late entry into the nomination contest.

      Four candidates are currently vying for the top spot in Iowa’s caucuses – Buttigieg (22%), Biden (19%), Warren (18%), and Sanders (13%). Compared to Monmouth’s August poll, Buttigieg has gained 14 points (up from 8%) and Sanders has gained 5 points (up from 8%), while Biden has lost 7 points (down from 26%), and Warren’s standing has changed by only 2 points (20% previously).

    • Does anyone remember the poll that came out a while.back with Bernie in the lead and then everyone made up excuses why it didnt count, and then there was an admission that they need.to poll until getting results they want? cant remember the exact poll

    • am i the only one who doesn’t like the “load more comments” feature?🦜🌺🦜

      • You are not alone. It’s a pain in the butt. I especially find it annoying when I have to leave the thread and try to come back later to where I left off.

      • I think it was put in to avoid the site getting stuck. It has made me start using the newest post feature. Before I would just scroll quickly down, but the load comments stops that. Using the newest post feature makes it less likely people will see any replies to earlier comments unfortunately.

        • yeah. i’m sure i duplicate post more. but if 2 or more of us like something, I guess that’s not such a bad thing.

          but I am sure I missed more replies to my comments. And I’m not sure, but I think something about it contributes to the flipping.

          anyhoo, thank yoo! all of you who work hard to make this work nderful nest what it is! 🦜❣️🦜

    • Took the live training and made it through my first texting shift. 🦜❤️🦜

      hardly anyone texted back lol

    • sounds like Cenk is going W. preemptive ratio comments lol

    • very powerful—Lula speaks, too.

    • bernie got JOKES yall 😎 😊 pic.twitter.com/J1Z4gHpsRR

      — vanessa a. bee movie 🐝✌🏾 (@Vanessa_ABee) November 12, 2019

    • looks real. network should have stayed live.

    • https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/11/watch-progressive-groups-new-tv-ad-targeting-joe-biden-shows-young-voters-trashing

      “It’s garbage.”

      That’s one young voter’s assessment of Joe Biden’s comment last year that he has “no empathy” for young people. The comment is the focus of a new television ad targeting the former vice president and Democratic presidential hopeful. It’s set to begin airing Monday evening on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.”

      “We launched this ad to convey a simple message,” said Action for a Progressive Future co-founder Jeff Cohen in a statement, “that Democrats would have a hard time defeating Trump with a candidate who belittles young voters and their very real struggles.”

      Watch the ad, which features younger voters in Durham, New Hampshire, below:

    • I wish this could broadcast on the MSM. Over and over.

    • Latest Morning Consult weekly poll has Bernie back over Warren
      Biden 32
      Bernie 20
      Warren 19 (-1)
      Buttigieg 8 (+1)

      In this poll, Bernie has been steady between 18 and 21 since May 5. Biden has been between 30 and 33 since July 7. Warren has been been rising steadily from 8 on May 12 to 21 on September 21. She plateaued there and has now fallen to 19 behind Bernie.. Buttigieg was at 5 on July 12 and basically stayed there until October 13. He’s risen since then to 8. Harris was at 14 on July 7 and has fallen to 5 since then. Her main falling time coincides with a Warren’s rising.

      The early state poll basically matches the national poll. Biden is 29. Bernie and Warren are the same. Buttigieg is 11.


    • Another Iowa poll. Never heard of it. Bernie is second behind Warren.


      Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is solidifying her lead as frontrunner in a large Democratic field of candidates competing in the Iowa caucuses, but a new Hawkeye Poll finds that fewer than a third of registered voters are “strongly committed” to their first choice.

      Warren is the first choice of 23.1 percent of those responding to the poll conducted by the Hawkeye Poll Cooperative, comprised of University of Iowa faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students in the political science and sociology departments.

      Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden rounded out the top tier as the first choices of 18.1 percent, 15.5 percent and 15.3 percent, respectively.

    • @CANCEL_SAM is on

    • is Pramila going for W? i was wrong once today. lol

      • this is what Teach is talking about.

          • Biden calling Warren an elitist is substantive criticism? Attacking ally Pramila Jayapal is not smart politics.

      • Since she has her own M4A bill in the House, I don’t think she’s going to choose between Bernie and Warren when they both support M4A. Here she’s attacking anti-M4A Biden. Perhaps she shouldn’t have used the school public teacher angle.

        • yeah. i sure wish Warren would change 1) years of transition and 2)head tax.

          wary of her commitment but i guess we’re all going along with it for now (Bernie & Jayapal leading).

    • k. gnite. 🦜😊🦜

    • did i miss this ?!?!?!

  • Bernie, AOC, Naomi Klein and more in Des Moines at the Climate Crisis Summit. We are ready to take on the greed of fossil fuel executives and the billionaire class who stand in the way of climate […]

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    • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Boosts Bernie Sanders’s Working Class Bonafides

      In her first-ever visit to Iowa this weekend, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez addressed a crowd of more than 2,200 at a campaign event in Coralville on Saturday for Bernie Sanders.

      To help explain why she has endorsed the Vermont Senator in the presidential primary, she relied on a retelling of her own, now-familiar biography: how she began as a waitress at a taco joint in downtown Manhattan; how she kept canvassing cards and a change of clothes in a Trader Joe’s bag tucked behind the bar so she could go directly to house parties after her shift; how she, against all odds, is now one of the most prominent members of the U.S. House.

      It’s a riff that resonates with the largely liberal crowd—and offers to boost to Sander’s campaign: Ocasio-Cortez’s life experience and unimpeachable credibility as a blue-collar woman of color burnishes Sanders’s effort to define himself in a crowded Democratic field as the most authentic candidate for America’s working class. As his opponents have shifted left, embracing Medicare for All and offering sweepingly progressive policy agendas, Sanders’s unflinchingly liberal voting record, which he cites regularly, appears less exceptional than it once did. For many in Iowa, Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement of Sanders reads as a kind of shorthand: Sanders is the candidate true liberals can trust.

      “She’s one of us. She was one of us very recently, and now she’s working with him,” said Brogan Messer, a 26-year-old North Liberty resident who is a kitchen designer in Iowa City, of Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement and subsequent visit to Iowa. “In my mind, it kind of connects, like, yeah, he is for us, so that definitely helped tonight for her to be here.”

      “I work at Wal-Mart,” said Morgan Baethke, 59, of Indianola, when I asked him at a Des Moines event why he was supporting Sanders. He said that other candidates, including Vice President Biden, confuse “what is the working class and the working poor. There are people in the American economy that just aren’t making it,” he said. “[It’s] very much what Sen. Sanders says, working 40 hours a week and working in poverty. I don’t think a partial solution … is ever going to be able to fill those needs.”

      • “In my mind, it kind of connects, like, yeah, he is for us, so that definitely helped tonight for her to be here.”

        great! And if the MSM were doing their job, so, so many more would already know this.

    • Global Condemnation of ‘Appalling’ Coup in Bolivia as Military Forces Socialist President Evo Morales to Resign

      Bolivia’s socialist President Evo Morales was forced to resign Sunday under threat from the nation’s military, police forces, and violent right-wing protestors who have burned and ransacked the homes of members of Morales’ party, assaulted supporters of the president, and kidnapped a Bolivian mayor.

      Political leaders and activists around the world immediately denounced Morales’ ouster as a military coup that leaves Bolivia without a constitutionally elected government. Williams Kaliman, the chief commander of the Bolivian armed forces, pressured Morales to resign earlier Sunday.

      “The coup mongers are destroying the rule of law,” Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous president, tweeted hours after announcing his resignation in a televised address.

      Morales said he and his vice president, Álvaro García Linera, resigned because they “don’t want to see any more families attacked” under orders from right-wing former president Carlos Mesa and opposition leader Luis Fernando Camacho.

      “This is not a betrayal to social movements,” Morales added. “The fight continues. We are the people, and thanks to this political union, we have freed Bolivia. We leave this homeland freed.”

      Morales’ resignation came following his announcement early Sunday that he would hold new elections after the U.S.-dominated Organization of American States (OAS) questioned Morales’ October victory and claimed the vote was fraught with irregularities. Trump administration officials and Republican lawmakers like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) were quick to parrot the OAS.

      Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), tweeted Sunday that OAS “never did find any evidence of fraud in the October 20th election, but the media repeated the allegation so many times that it became ‘true,’ in this post-truth world.”

    • Amazon Cash Fails to Oust Seattle Socialist Kshama Sawant

      Standing in front of a massive “Tax Amazon” banner, Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant declared victory in a reelection race that pitted her against Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and the billionaire class.

      “It looks like our movement has won, and defended our socialist City Council seat for working people against the richest man in the world,” Sawant said Saturday. The two-term council member, one of the most high-profile socialists and municipal leaders in the country, quoted abolitionist Frederick Douglass in front of a crowd of supporters who recognized the truth of the words, “If there is no struggle there is no progress.… Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”

      What happened this fall in Seattle was a great struggle—one of several in cities where proudly radical contenders confronted massive spending aimed at defeating them. Sawant won after a long count of mail-in ballots, as did San Francisco district attorney candidate Chesa Boudin, one of the boldest advocates for criminal justice reform yet to be elected in the national campaign to transform law enforcement. But it wasn’t easy.

      Sawant was one of several Seattle council contenders who were demanding that Amazon and other big-tech firms headquartered in Seattle pay their fair share of taxes. Their proposals unsettled Bezos and his fellow CEOs. Amazon steered $1.5 million into races for the city’s district council seats—all seven of which were up for election this year. The money helped fund a multimillion-dollar drive by business interests to elect a corporate-friendly council that would shy away from imposing taxes on corporations, seeking to implement rent control, and otherwise tipping the balance in favor of working families that are struggling to get by in an increasingly expensive city.

    • Sanders Unveils Plan for Veterans’ Services: Campaign Update

      Bernie Sanders presented a broad plan to overhaul health care and other government benefits provided to U.S. veterans, including a proposal to spend $62 billion over 10 years to modernize crumbling Veterans Administration medical facilities.

      The plan also would fill almost 50,000 vacancies for doctors, nurses and other positions at the Department of Veterans Affairs in the first year of a Sanders presidency.

      “As a nation, we have a moral obligation to provide the best quality care to those who put their lives on the line to defend us,” the Vermont senator said a statement. “Just as planes and tanks and guns are a cost of war, so is taking care of the men and women who we sent off to fight the wars.”

      Other components of the plan include expanded access to mental health and suicide prevention services, added long-term care services and a simplified claims process. The campaign did not say how the new proposal would be funded.

      The plan lets Sanders, who was chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee from 2013 to 2015, showcase a policy area where he’s had a bipartisan track record. He worked with the late Republican Senator John McCain on legislation that authorized 27 new medical facilities for veterans and provided $5 billion for more caregivers.

    • Biden and Bloomberg Want Uncle Sam to Defer to Uncle Scrooge

      The extremely rich Americans who are now frantically trying to figure out how to intervene in the Democratic presidential campaign make me wonder how different they are from the animated character who loved frolicking in money and kissing dollar bills while counting them. If Uncle Scrooge existed as a billionaire in human form today, it’s easy to picture him aligned with fellow plutocrats against the “threat” of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

      The exceedingly wealthy are usually content to stay in the shadows while their combined financial leverage and media power keep top government officials more or less in line. But the grassroots strengths of the Warren and Sanders campaigns have jolted some key oligarchs into overt action.

      “At least 16 billionaires have in recent months spoken out against what they regard as the danger posed by the populist Democrats, particularly over their proposals to enact a ‘wealth tax’ on vast fortunes,” the Washington Post reported over the weekend. Many of those billionaires are “expressing concern” that the populist Democrats “will blow the election to Trump by veering too far left.”

      But are those billionaires more worried about a wealth tax that will curtail vast fortunes, or about Trump winning re-election? Are we supposed to believe the far-fetched notion that voters will opt for Trump over the Democratic nominee because they don’t want billionaires to pay higher taxes?

      The biggest fear among the billionaire class is not that a progressive Democratic nominee will lose against Trump. The biggest fear is that such a nominee will win — thus gaining presidential muscle to implement measures like a wealth tax that would adversely affect the outsized fortunes of the 0.1 percent.

      Such fears are causing a step-up of attacks on Sanders and Warren, and even some early indications of trauma.

    • By Trying to Silence Sanders, the Corporate Media Delegitimize Themselves

      Bernie Sanders has been made into a non-person, and his proposals routinely distorted, because the corporate media want Americans to meekly submit to the Race to the Bottom.

    • Yes, Women of Color Support Bernie Sanders. It’s Time to Stop Erasing Our Voices.

      I’ve been fighting for the needs of my community and other communities of color for years.

      So when Senator Bernie Sanders ran for president in 2016 on a platform championing racial and economic justice for all, supporting his candidacy was an easy decision. When his campaign sparked a movement in the years following, I continued the fight across America with other candidates and causes committed to progress. And when Sanders launched his 2020 campaign, I joined as a national surrogate to continue the political revolution we had all built together.

      But in both 2016 and 2019, my decisions have been doubted and questioned. Other Democrats could not fathom why people like me –– a progressive woman of color who advocates for representation — would support a 78-year-old white man for president. Many women of color across the country also find themselves in this trap: we are told our voices matter and our concerns must be amplified, but simultaneously find ourselves needing to defend our decisions.

      Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar have both enthusiastically endorsed Sanders’ campaign, shocking Democrats who have been preaching the “Bernie bro” narrative for years. But for some women of color across the country, the endorsement simply affirmed what we already knew: Sanders stands alone as the only candidate who will bring the transformational change our country so urgently needs.

    • lol

      Donald Trump Jr walks out of Triggered book launch after heckling – from supporters

      Donald Trump Jr ventured on to the University of California’s overwhelmingly liberal Los Angeles campus on Sunday, hoping to prove what he had just argued in his book – that a hate-filled American left was hell-bent on silencing him and anyone else who supported the Trump presidency.

      But the appearance backfired when his own supporters, diehard Make America Great Again conservatives, raised their voices most loudly in protest and ended up drowning him out barely 20 minutes into an event scheduled to last two hours.

      The audience was angry that Trump Jr and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, would not take questions. The loud shouts of “USA! USA!” that greeted Trump when he first appeared on the stage of a university lecture hall to promote his book Triggered: How The Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us quickly morphed into even louder, openly hostile chants of “Q and A! Q and A!”

      The 450-strong audience had just been told they would not be allowed to ask questions, “due to time constraints”.

      At first, Trump and Guilfoyle tried to ignore the discontent, which originated with a fringe group of America Firsters who believe the Trump administration has been taken captive by a cabal of internationalists, free-traders, and apologists for mass immigration.

      When the shouting would not subside, Trump Jr tried – and failed – to argue that taking questions from the floor risked creating soundbites that leftwing social media posters would abuse and distort. Nobody was buying that.

    • Lula Comes Home

      Lula’s release will not change the course of Brazilian politics by itself. But the leftist leader has already said his time in prison further radicalized him — and that can only bode well for the popular movement resisting Bolsonaro’s reactionary politics.


      Presidential hopefuls are making their way to Iowa ahead of the caucuses in February.

      For Bernie Sanders, he’s no stranger to North Iowa, having been in Osage in May and the Democratic Wing Ding in Clear Lake in August.

      Now, he’s made a return to the area, this time in Charles City, holding a town hall with voters.

      Kester Robbins was in attendance.

      “I think his personality – he comes off pretty well.”

      Immigration, student loan debt relief, and equal pay are some of the key issues that he agrees with Sanders on. In addition, as someone that is on Medicare and has run into complications with it, he believes the Senator can tackle that issue as well if elected.

      “I have two different programs, dental is not one of them that pays very well…I like the issues.”

      Issues win the day. And the election.

    • New Hampshire’s 2020 status anxiety

      In a state that prides itself on picking presidents, some fear a nationalized primary is changing things.

    • Democrats Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez rally with Iowans

      Vermont Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is taking shots at the latest billionaire to consider jumping in the race.

      “We say to Michael Bloomberg and other billionaires: ‘Sorry, you ain’t going to buy this election,’” Sanders said Saturday night.

      On Friday, aides to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg filed paperwork for Bloomberg to run in presidential primaries in Alabama and Arkansas. At a rally in Coralville, Sanders criticized Bloomberg’s reported plans to skip campaigning in the states that start the 2020 campaign.

      “You’re not going to get elected president by avoiding Iowa,” Sanders said, and the audience cheered, as Sanders continued, “by avoiding New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.”

      Sanders called Bloomberg’s flirtation with a late entry into the 2020 race shows an “arrogance” that advertising rather than speaking directly voters is how to win the presidency.

      “You’re not going to buy this election by spending hundreds of millions of dollars on media in California,” Sanders said in Coralville.

      Sanders spent the weekend campaigning in Iowa with events in Orange City and Charles City Sunday. New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined Sanders for stops in Council Bluffs on Friday and in Des Moines and Coralville on Saturday. Ocasio-Cortez said she and Sanders are in solidarity with working people, not the elitists.

      “When people try to accuse us of going too far left, we’re not pushing the party left. We are bringing the party home,” Ocasio-Cortez said, to cheers from the crowd in Coralville.

    • Four takeaways from Tom Steyer’s CNN town hall

      Businessman Tom Steyer began his Sunday CNN night town hall in Iowa by challenging fellow billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who appears poised to join the Democratic presidential primary, to support a wealth tax.

      Steyer also promised immediate action to combat the climate crisis, promising to invoke “emergency powers” on the first day of his presidency as a means of tackling the issue.

      But the longtime Democratic donor and impeachment advocate also cast himself as a moderate in opposition to the progressive frontrunners, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, with his support for a public health insurance option, suggesting it would be less disruptive to implement than the sweeping “Medicare for All” plan the two progressive senators support.

      Here are four takeaways from Steyer’s town hall:


      Steyer puts Bloomberg on the spot

      Steyer took early aim at Bloomberg, saying the former New York City mayor should either get on board with a wealth tax or think twice about pursuing the Democratic nomination.

      “Unless Mr. Bloomberg is willing to accept a wealth tax, I don’t believe he can be an appropriate nominee for the Democratic Party,” Steyer, who supports the policy, said early on in the evening.

      He also pledged to “undo” all of the tax cuts given to the wealthiest Americans and corporations over the past four decades.

    • A Green New Deal will not only prevent climate catastrophe. We will create 20 million jobs and invest $16 trillion in the economy. Join our town hall in Orange City, Iowa:

    • https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/11/opinion/billionaires-warren-wealth-tax.html

      So this column is not a brief for Ms. Warren’s wealth tax or for her candidacy — I don’t have a preferred candidate. Instead, I want to make a simple plea to the country’s billionaires: Multibillion-dollar fortunes are often called excessive and decadent. But here’s something they’re rarely called but ought to be: anti-democratic. These fortunes will destroy our democracy.

      Why “anti-democratic”? Why would it matter to our democracy whether Jeff Bezos is worth $113 billion (his current figure) or $13 billion?

      Because any democracy needs a robust and thriving middle class, and we have spent the last 30 or so years transferring trillions of dollars from the middle class to the people at the very top. Just one set of numbers, from the University of California, Berkeley economist Gabriel Zucman: The 400 richest Americans — the top .00025 percent of the population — now own more of the country’s riches than the 150 million adults in the bottom 60 percent of wealth distribution. The 400’s share has tripled since the 1980s.

      This is carnage, plain and simple. No democratic society can let that keep happening and expect to stay a democracy. It will produce a middle and working classes with no sense of security, and when people have no sense that the system is providing them with basic security, they’ll make some odd and desperate choices.

      This is obviously not hypothetical. It’s happening. It’s what gave us Mr. Trump (well, that plus the campaign lies). It’s what made Britons vote Leave (well, that plus the campaign lies). It’s what has sparked protests from France to Chile to Lebanon, and it’s what is making the Chinese model — no democracy, but plenty of security — more attractive to a number of developing countries around the world than the American model. Our billionaires ought to ponder this.

      I imagine that Mr. Gates is repulsed by Mr. Trump on some level, and at the end of the day probably couldn’t vote for him. But if I could meet Mr. Gates, I’d ask him: Sir, do you not see the link between your vast fortune and the ascendance of Donald Trump? If not, I implore you to connect some dots. Wealth has shifted to the top. It has been taken away from the middle class. That makes people anxious. Anxiety opens the door to demagogues. It’s not complicated.

      Democracy is in peril. If the world’s democracies don’t start delivering more secure lives for working- and middle-class people again, they may not be democracies for much longer. Stability has a price, and someone will have to pay. How about the people with the money?

      • http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/11/michael-bloombergs-campaign-trial-balloon-may-have-popped.html

        The could-be candidate’s internal polls have apparently not been very promising either. Axios reported Sunday that the data-obsessed Bloomberg’s “very extensive” internal polling “remains far from convincing” and “shows big, perhaps insurmountable hurdles, particularly if Joe Biden stays in [the race]” — which he obviously will. Axios’ sources on Team Bloomberg also confirmed that last week’s whiff of a campaign was not just a way to ensure the former New York mayor could get on the Democratic primary ballot in Alabama, but a also a trial balloon to see how voters (and Never-Trump New York Times columnists) would react.

        So “Baby Trump” may not have been the only balloon that got stabbed this weekend.

        And some of America’s more than 700 billionaires are fighting back. As the Washington Post pointed out this weekend, at least 16 American billionaires have now publicly criticized Democratic populism targeting the rich — like Warren’s and Sanders’s calls for a wealth tax aimed at the the richest Americans. “For the first time ever, we are having a national political conversation about billionaires in American life. And that is because many people are noticing the vast differences in wealth and opportunity,” New York University historian Timothy Naftali remarked to the Post.

        How afraid should billionaires be? Both Warren and Sanders wealth taxes would hit them hard, but probably still leave them extraordinarily wealthy. The New York Times passed along some data from two economists who have been advising Warren, who estimated that if her wealth tax had been in place since 1982:

        [Bill Gates] would have had $13.9 billion in 2018 instead of $97 billion. Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest person, would have had $48.8 billion last year instead of $160 billion. And Michael Bloomberg, who is considering running for president himself, would have had $12.3 billion instead of $51.8 billion. As for the 400 people who made it to Forbes magazine’s list of the country’s wealthiest people, each would have an average worth of $3.1 billion, down from the current $7.2 billion.

        Instead, quarter after quarter of historic economic expansion, inequality in America is getting worse, according to a new analysis by Bloomberg (the media organization), which found that America’s bottom 50 percent now hold only 6.1 percent of assets, but 35.7 percent of liabilities. Meanwhile the top one percent now holds as much as the middle and upper-middle classes combined.

        There’s never been a better time to be a billionaire, unless you also want to be a candidate in the Democratic presidential race.

    • Elizabeth Warren featured on Democracy Now. The program this morning had her interview at the Presidential Forum on Climate Justice. The entire 3 hour forum is posted on democracynow.org web site

      The first-ever Presidential Forum on Environmental Justice was held on Friday night in South Carolina. Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman and former EPA official Mustafa Ali co-moderated the event.

      Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker, Tom Steyer, Marianne Williamson, John Delaney and Joe Sestak took part in the forum at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg.

      The forum — hosted by the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and leaders from frontline and tribal communities, civil rights, youth and environmental organizations — included discussion on how presidential hopefuls intend to manage the impacts of the climate crisis on the communities most affected.

      WATCH: 2019 Presidential Forum on Environmental Justice

      I only watched the segment of Elizabeth Warren on the stage with Amy Goodman and Mustafa Ali who together co-moderated the event. The format of one candidate and two moderators on the stage at one time was MUCH better than the TV hosted events.

      The 40 minute subset of the event featuring Warren has not yet been posted so someone else can post it when it is put up on democracynow.org. The entire day’s broadcast is up on the web and one could skip through it to get the segment on Warren.

      My impressions. She is miles ahead of all other dems except Bernie. Her focus was on finance and bottom up activism to formulate their needs and get the federal government to help out. She is against Keystone XL and would stop extraction on federal lands. I didn’t notice an explicit question about the Green New Deal. She mentioned markets over and over, so she is signaling that she is not a socialist. She thinks that the federal government with rules and commitment can pull things off. She calls for local groups to be active, but did not say that it will take millions of people to bring change in the government like Bernie does.

      I have never spent this much time on her and hearing her positions.

    • I read one person suggest that maybe the billionaires should start their own party.

      I say, go ahead, get divorced, renounce your American citizenship, if your marrriage and patriotism (or whatever) is less important than your money!

      America’s billionaires take center stage in national politics, colliding with populist Democrats

      The political and economic power wielded by the approximately 750 wealthiest people in America has become a sudden flash point in the 2020 presidential election, as the nation’s billionaires push back with increasing ferocity against calls by liberal politicians to vastly reduce their fortunes and clout.

      The populist onslaught has ensnared Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, led to billionaire hand-wringing on cable news, and sparked a panicked discussion among wealthy Americans and their financial advisers about how to prepare for a White House controlled by populist Democrats.

      “For the first time ever, we are having a national political conversation about billionaires in American life. And that is because many people are noticing the vast differences in wealth and opportunity,” said Timothy Naftali, a historian at New York University.

      The growing hostilities between the ascendant populist wing of the Democratic Party and the nation’s tech and financial elite have spilled repeatedly into public view over the past several months, but they reached a crescendo last week with news that Bloomberg may enter the Democratic primary. With the stock market at an all-time high, the debate about wealth accumulation and inequality has become a top issue in the 2020 campaign.

      Financial disparities between the rich and everyone else have widened over the past several decades in America, with inequality returning to levels not seen since the 1920s, as the richest 400 Americans now control more wealth than the bottom 60% of the wealth distribution, according to research by Gabriel Zucman, a left-leaning economist at the University of California at Berkeley. The poorest 60% of America has seen its share of the national wealth fall from 5.7% in 1987 to 2.1% in 2014, Zucman found.

      Lance Drucker, president and CEO of Drucker Wealth Management, said he has recently heard alarm from many of his millionaire clients over plans like Warren’s to implement a wealth tax on fortunes worth more than $50 million.

      “Honestly, it’s only been the last month when people started getting worried,” said Drucker in an October interview. “These tax proposals are scaring the bejeezus out of people who have accumulated a lot of wealth.”

      Some financial planners are urging wealthy clients to transfer millions to their offspring now, before Democrats again raise estate taxes. Attorneys have begun looking at whether a divorce could help the super-rich avoid the wealth tax. And some wealthy people are asking whether they should consider renouncing their U.S. citizenship and moving to Europe or elsewhere abroad ahead of Democrats’ potential tax hikes.

      “You’re hearing it already,” said Jonathan Lachowitz, a financial planner at White Lighthouse Investment Management, who said he has heard discussions about leaving the country and renouncing citizenship or other legal tax planning moves due to Democrats’ tax plans from several multimillionaires. “As the frustration mounts and tax burdens rise, people will consider it, just the way you have New Yorkers moving to Florida.”


      • https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/10/billionaires-warren-sanders-wealth-tax-bezos-dimon-cohen

        Billionaires are wailing that wealth tax proposals by Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are attacks on free-market capitalism.

        Warren “vilifies successful people”, says Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase.

        Rubbish. There are basically only five ways to accumulate a billion dollars, and none of them has to do with being successful in a genuinely free market.

        Capitalism doesn’t work well with monopolies, insider-trading, political payoffs, fraud and large amounts of inherited wealth. Billionaires who don’t like Sanders and Warren’s wealth tax plans should at least support reforms that end these anti-capitalist advantages.

      • don’t let the door 🚪 hit you on the way out

        as Corbyn says, we still get the tax on whatever you sell here, and where you gonna go? there’s a reason you live here

        lastly, Dimon, y’all are the ones that demean hard workers, every minute of every day

      • Good riddance! Don’t let the door trip you on the way out. Most their $$ isn’t here in the country; it’s in off-shore tax havens. T and R, LD!!

    • LOL. That’s a pretty big mistake. It was sort of hard to believe that Mayor Pete went there.

    • https://jacobinmag.com/2019/11/elizabeth-warren-head-tax-medicare-for-all-moe-tax-proposal/

      Earlier this month, Elizabeth Warren released a financing proposal for Medicare for All. The core feature of that proposal is an employer-side head tax, which will charge every employer with more than fifty employees a flat dollar amount for every worker they employ. As I noted then, Warren’s head tax is very regressive and far inferior to the usual income- and payroll-tax proposals. More recently, the Tax Policy Center’s Howard Gleckman and Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Jared Bernstein have made the exact same point.

      Under a payroll tax, the “losers” (i.e., employers who wind up with a deficit relative to the status quo) are employers who currently spend a below-average percent of their payroll toward health care. This mostly describes employers of highly paid workers because health premiums are a small share of the overall labor compensation received by highly paid workers. On the flip side, the “winners” (i.e., employers who wind up with a surplus relative to the status quo) are employers who currently spend an above-average percent of their payroll toward health care. This is going to be mostly employers of low-wage and middle-wage workers, because health premiums make up a large share of their overall labor compensation.

      For a head tax, this situation is exactly reversed. The losers are companies that spend a below-average amount per worker on health care, which is going to tilt toward low-wage and middle-wage workers. The winners are companies that spend an above-average amount per worker on health care, which is going to tilt toward high-wage workers. This is what is meant by saying the head tax is regressive.

      Warren’s head tax is also worse in certain distributive edge cases that policy wonks have often fixated on.

      The most common one is the distributive edge case of a low-wage employer who currently provides very cheap or even no health insurance to their workers. This is supposed to be a head-scratcher for the payroll tax because, once that tax is implemented, these employers are going to have to pay more than they currently do towards health care, which could be worse for their low-wage workers.

      But this is even more of a head-scratcher for the head tax. The payroll tax dings these employers a little because they now have to pay a small percentage of their low wages to the government. But the head tax dings them a bunch because they have to pay the full amount of an average premium to the government. If you are worried about an unlucky ducky who earns $20,000 having to pay, through their employer, an extra $1,600 (8 percent payroll tax) to the government, you should be losing your mind at the idea of them paying $9,500 (rough estimate of Warren’s head tax) to the government.

      • she and her crew are sharp. do they know it will be unpopular? planned failure? i wouldn’t put it past them— they include Hill people.

        Bernie has to find a very simple way ti tell this story and tell it often.

      • Give Warren credit for putting forward a plan to pay for Medicare for All. And she has found a clever way to make middle-income people finance a portion of government health insurance without paying a direct tax. But make no mistake, they still will be paying


        why do politicians always go after the middle class to pay for every fracking thing? wars are worse, But why not just go with the payroll tax, Liz?

      • It is very similar to a flat tax which is very unpopular here.

    • oh yeah, A real government of the people. Like trump.

    • this is downright dispiriting.

    • https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/469854-sanders-calls-trump-most-corrupt-president-in-new-iowa-ad

      President Trump’s “corruption” is the focus of Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) new presidential TV ad in Iowa released Monday.

      “Donald Trump is the most corrupt president in American history,” Sanders says in the new 30-second spot, before delving into a broader focus on rooting out a system of corruption in America.

      “But the greed and corruption undermining our democracy is bigger than one man, and so is the solution,” the new “Belongs to Us” ad continues. “When we stand together, we will make billionaires pay their fair share, provide better wages for workers and equal pay for women. We will expand Social Security and guarantee healthcare for all.”

      The ad release comes a week after The New York Times reported the Sanders campaign will spend $30 million on TV ads in the first four primary and caucus states of 2020.

      Last week the campaign also launched a $1 million ad buy in New Hampshire.

    • Essay on antisemitism from Bernie


      ON OCTOBER 27TH, we marked one year since the worst antisemitic attack in our country’s history, when a white nationalist walked into the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and murdered 11 people and injured six others. The murderer acted on a twisted belief that Jews were part of a nefarious plot to undermine white America—a plot to assist in the “invasion” of the United States by a caravan of migrants from Latin America. This vicious lie about an “invasion” had been repeated endlessly in right-wing media, on Fox News, across the internet, and, most disgracefully, by the president of the United States.

      Yes, President Donald Trump’s own words helped inspire the worst act of antisemitic violence in American history.

      The threat of antisemitism is not some abstract idea to me. It is very personal. It destroyed a large part of my family. I am not someone who spends a lot of time talking about my personal background because I believe political leaders should focus their attention on a vision and agenda for others, rather than themselves. But I also appreciate that it’s important to talk about how our backgrounds have informed our ideas, our principles, and our values.

      I am a proud Jewish American. My father emigrated from Poland to the United States in 1921 at the age of 17 to escape the poverty and widespread antisemitism of his home country. Those in his family who remained in Poland after Hitler came to power were murdered by the Nazis. I know very well where white supremacist politics leads, and what can happen when people do not speak up against it.

      Opposing antisemitism is a core value of progressivism. So it’s very troubling to me that we are also seeing accusations of antisemitism used as a cynical political weapon against progressives. One of the most dangerous things Trump has done is to divide Americans by using false allegations of antisemitism, mostly regarding the US–Israel relationship. We should be very clear that it is not antisemitic to criticize the policies of the Israeli government.

      I have a connection to Israel going back many years. In 1963, I lived on a kibbutz near Haifa. It was there that I saw and experienced for myself many of the progressive values upon which Israel was founded. I think it is very important for everyone, but particularly for progressives, to acknowledge the enormous achievement of establishing a democratic homeland for the Jewish people after centuries of displacement and persecution.

      We must also be honest about this: The founding of Israel is understood by another people in the land of Palestine as the cause of their painful displacement. And just as Palestinians should recognize the just claims of Israeli Jews, supporters of Israel must understand why Palestinians view Israel’s creation as they do. Acknowledging these realities does not “delegitimize” Israel any more than acknowledging the sober facts of America’s own founding delegitimizes the United States. It is a necessary step of truth and reconciliation in order to address the inequalities that continue to exist in our respective societies.

      It is true that some criticism of Israel can cross the line into antisemitism, especially when it denies the right of self-determination to Jews, or when it plays into conspiracy theories about outsized Jewish power. I will always call out antisemitism when I see it. My ancestors would expect no less of me.

      As a people who have experienced oppression and persecution for hundreds of years, we understand the danger. But we also have a tradition that points the way forward. I am a proud member of the tradition of Jewish social justice. And I am so inspired when I see so many Jewish people picking up this banner, especially the younger generation of Jews, who are helping to lead a revival of progressive values in our country. They see the fight against antisemitism and for Jewish liberation as connected to the fight for the liberation of oppressed people around the world. They are part of a broad coalition of activists from many different backgrounds who believe very deeply, as I always have, that we are all in this together.

    • live i think

      • yay! seniors and vets!

        just talk from the heart, don’t worry about the 19 television cameras behind you. 😂

      • this town hall is pretty good. lots of questions—he got a little defensive in funding— might have lost that vote, but overall he’s doing well abd the criwd seems to be with him.

      • you gotta save the planet. that’s what whst your generation has to do. after ticking off other occupations we need more people in.

      • was live. now replay.

    • Not so great Q poll from NH. The biggest takeaway for me is that Tulsi gets 6% and Yang gets 4%. These voters (especially Tulsi voters) would likely be voting for Bernie if their candidate was not in the race. Tulsi right now basically serves the purpose of drawing votes from Bernie (which would translate into delegates) to be used on a candidate who is not going to get delegates because she will not hit 15%. It seems to be a more acute problem in NH where in another recent poll that had Bernie leading Tulsi got 5% and Yang got 5%.

      MOE is 3.8%. No prior polls so no comparisons


      With less than 100 days to go, former Vice President Joe Biden has an edge in New Hampshire’s Democratic primary for president, according to a Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pea-ack) University poll released today. Biden receives support from 20 percent of New Hampshire likely Democratic primary voters, with Senator Elizabeth Warren getting 16 percent, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg getting 15 percent, and Sen. Bernie Sanders at 14 percent.

      Rep. Tulsi Gabbard gets 6 percent, businessman Andrew Yang gets 4 percent, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar and businessman Tom Steyer are each at 3 percent. No other candidate tops 1 percent, and 14 percent of likely voters are undecided.

    • Sounds like the head of the Dem Party is not happy with the state of the race thus far:

      Apparently he doesn’t want that position in Warren’s cabinet

      — NY For Sanders #Bernie2020 (@NYforSanders) November 11, 2019

      Patrick was Obama’s first choice.

    • Just a thanks to all that post here, Its taking me longer to get caught up as comments are really coming in from the night before after i turn in for the night. Gotta be averaging 150 per posted thread over the last few weeks at least.👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

    • she is donating a dollar for every donation made today.

      • https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/11/calling-end-violence-bernie-sanders-becomes-first-2020-democratic-presidential

        Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday became the first 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to speak out against Sunday’s military coup in Bolivia which saw that country’s President Evo Morales forced to resign before going into hiding.

        “I am very concerned about what appears to be a coup in Bolivia, where the military, after weeks of political unrest, intervened to remove President Evo Morales,” Sanders tweeted. “The U.S. must call for an end to violence and support Bolivia’s democratic institutions.”

        Sanders’ expression of support for Morales was welcomed by supporters.

        “By far the biggest difference between Bernie and the rest of the Democratic candidates is how well versed he is in and how much he cares about the type of international left issues that, say, The Nation writes a lot about,” said reporter Matthew Zeitlin.

        • and here I was thinking he could’ve given a little more of a full throated support for Evo. still, thank you Bernie!

    • https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/11/11/chuck-schumers-foolishly-kind-words-about-rep-peter-king/?utm_source=reddit.com

      Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) announced Monday he would not seek reelection in 2020, joining the swelling exodus of congressional Republicans ahead of what many expect to be a difficult environment for GOP incumbents. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) quickly stepped up to praise King, writing on Twitter, “Peter King stood head & shoulders above everyone else. He’s been principled & never let others push him away from his principles,” and adding, “I will miss him in Congress & value his friendship.”


      If you want an example of how too many in the Democratic Party are still incapable of reckoning with the radical shift of the Republican Party in a meaningful and realistic way, you will find it in Schumer’s tweet. It’s what I call “fantasy politics for Democratic moderates” — the idea that, once Trump is no longer president, reasonable Republicans will have an “epiphany,” to quote former vice president Joe Biden, and begin to work with Democrats.

      Let’s be clear: King is a moderate only when judged on the sliding scale of the tyranny of low expectations. Yes, he has been a champion of the victims of 9/11 and supported gun control legislation. But he also claimed — more than a decade ago — “we have too many mosques in this country,” and said many Muslims are “an enemy living amongst us.” He defended police brutality, claiming Eric Garner wouldn’t have died from being held in an illegal chokehold by New York police if he didn’t suffer from “asthma, and a heart condition, and was so obese.” He compared kneeling NFL players to people giving a Nazi salute. He voted to do away with the Affordable Care Act, and removed constituent complaints about that decision from his Facebook page. He’s vehemently anti-abortion.

      • peter king is a raving right winger. once again, i’m out of touch and found ths shocking.

        maybe we can take over the Independent Party more easily. this is not my party.

    • maybe he’s getting in to get a position?


    • last. 😊

  • Bring it on Bloomberg!

    • https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/469772-sanders-ocasio-cortez-see-class-solidarity-in-report-bezos-asked-bloomberg

      Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a 2020 White House hopeful, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said in Iowa on Saturday that they see “class solidarity” in a report that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos urged former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run president.

      According to the Des Moines Register, Sanders initially laughed when he was asked about the report during an interview while Ocasio-Cortez responded: “They’ve got class solidarity. The billionaires are looking out for each other. They’re willing to transcend difference and background and even politics.

      “The fact that Bill Gates seems more willing to vote for Donald Trump than anyone else tells you everything you need to know about how far they’re willing to go to protect their excess, at the cost to everyday Americans,” the progressive first-term lawmaker, who was in Iowa to campaign for Sanders, added.

      “Jeff Bezos, worth $150 billion, supporting Mike Bloomberg, whose worth only $50 billion, that’s real class solidarity,” Sanders said after composing himself, according to the newspaper.

      “I’m impressed by that grassroots movement. We on the other hand have had over a million people contribute to our campaign … So a little bit different approach to politics.”

      • https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/469773-sanders-potential-bloomberg-run-shows-arrogance-of-billionaires

        Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Saturday night strongly condemned former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg over the possibility that he may launch a 2020 presidential campaign, saying that the move displayed the “arrogance of billionaires.”

        Sanders made the statement in an interview with ABC News following an Iowa campaign rally in which he appeared alongside first-term Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

        “I’m doing five events this weekend right here in Iowa. We’re all over New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada, California. But he’s too important,” Sanders said, referring to reports that Bloomberg would not aggressively compete in the first four voting states. “You see, when you’re worth $50 billion, I guess you don’t have to have town meetings, you don’t have to talk to ordinary people. What you do is you take out, I guess a couple of billion dollars, and you buy the state of California.”

        • https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/sanders-campaigning-aoc-potential-bloomberg-bid-shows-arrogance/story?id=66881233

          I don’t think billionaires should be president right now,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “I don’t think that that’s what this country needs, and I think that is going to take us further in the direction of wealth and political power concentrating at the very, very top of our country, and I think that our democracy should be for everyday people, not for purchase.”

          Ocasio-Cortez also cited Bloomberg’s support of the New York Police Department’s use of stop-and-frisk measures, widely considered to be racially discriminatory, as a major issue he’d have to confront during a campaign.

          “To this day, he still defends his policy of stop-and-frisk, which impacted families like mine,” the congresswoman said. “It was my cousins and my friends that were stopped on the New York City subway system and racially profiled and patted down and thrown into jail for low-level marijuana offenses.”

      • https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/09/us/politics/bernies-sanders-michael-bloomberg-billions.html

        Bernie Sanders on Saturday unleashed his most forceful rebuke yet of Michael R. Bloomberg’s potential presidential bid, warning the former mayor of New York that he would not be able to “buy this election” and chastising his plan to skip campaigning in the early states.

        Speaking at a rally in Coralville, near the liberal home of the University of Iowa, Mr. Sanders, the senator from Vermont, repeatedly addressed Mr. Bloomberg by name, almost daring him to enter a Democratic primary race that has already been in progress for months.

        “Our campaign is going to end the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality which exists in America today,” said Mr. Sanders, who was joined by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a standard-bearer of the progressive left. “So tonight we say to Michael Bloomberg and other billionaires: Sorry, you ain’t going to buy this election.”

        He also derided Mr. Bloomberg’s intended strategy of bypassing the key early voting states where so many of the current candidates are devoting time, money and resources.

        “You’re not going to get elected president by avoiding Iowa, by avoiding New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada,” Mr. Sanders said. “You’re not going to buy this election by spending hundreds of millions of dollars on media in California. Those days are gone.”

      • https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/11/sanders-laughing-report-bezos-bloomberg-presidential-run.html

        When Bernie Sanders heard about the report that Amazon owner Jeff Bezos asked fellow billionaire Michael Bloomberg whether he’d consider entering the 2020 presidential race, he could barely contain his laughter. Sanders laughed so hard that he couldn’t answer and Rep.
        Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was in Iowa campaigning for Sanders, took over and began answering the reporter’s question. “Of course!” she told the Des Moines Register. “They’ve got class solidarity. The billionaires are looking out for each other. They’re willing to transcend difference and background and even politics.” Ocasio-Cortez went on to note that “the fact that Bill Gates seems more willing to vote for Donald Trump than anyone else tells you everything you need to know about how far they’re willing to go to protect their excess, at the cost to everyday Americans.”

        At that point, Sanders had managed to compose himself and he jumped in. “Jeff Bezos, worth $150 billion, supporting Mike Bloomberg, whose worth only $50 billion, that’s real class solidarity,” Sanders said, while continuing to chuckle. “I’m impressed by that grassroots movement.”

    • Scientists were not alarmist enough about the climate crisis. Long article in the comment section that they should have scared the shit out of us earlier so humans would have reacted to the crisis. First tweet that came up this morning was on this

      • in certain Twitter circles, Latour would probably be seeing “ok boomer” all over his thread. 😉

      • I listened to serious climate change warnings over a dinner table as a teenager! JFCOAC!

      • my wife was deeply worried about melting glaciers over 50 years ago

        could it be that she learned about this from science?

        • scientists and others could gave done a lot more to get unbiased, easy to digest info out to more people. yes, we are lucky to somehow be types that have been on this since we were very young, but too many of those with knowledge kept it in their circles, preferring not to get political or in the public eye, allowing the fossil fuel corpses and their MSM minions to control the conversation.

          We all share some blame, even tho we all did the best we could at the time.

          i love scientists and academicians, but it took a child to step up, while they (and the collective we) hung back. imho 😊

    • I’m sure Bernie is quakin in his boots over Bloomberg’s entry into the race. Other thing to note is that Bernie has gone ahead of Warren again in the poll.


      Michael Bloomberg is running at 4 percent nationally as he teases a presidential bid, showing that he’s well known — but widely disliked — by the Democratic electorate, according to a new poll.

      No contender is viewed more negatively by Democrats than the billionaire former New York City mayor.

      Nearly 25 percent of likely primary voters view him unfavorably — the highest unfavorable rating in the field — while about 31 percent view him favorably, according to the poll.

      Biden, the former vice president, continues to lead the primary contest nationally, with about 31 percent support. He is followed by Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, at about 20 percent and 18 percent, respectively, according to the poll.

      And though Bloomberg performs well in a hypothetical matchup against Donald Trump — leading him 43 percent to 37 percent — Biden, Warren and Sanders outpace the Republican president by between 4 percentage points and 6 percentage points, too.

      “Thus far in the primary we’ve seen really a race to the fringe — who could be the most progressive, almost a game of one-upmanship,” said Colin Strother, a veteran Democratic strategist. “What we haven’t talked a lot about is electability … That basically seems to be his rationale for even entertaining this idea.”

      “This is a big boon for the Joe Bidens of the world,” Strother said. “This is good for the Amy Klobuchars of the world. It’s going to be bad for the Bernies and the Warrens.”

      One Democratic manager of Senate and House campaigns said of Bloomberg’s entry into the race, “He’s basically Biden’s Super PAC.”

      Here is what that “veteran Democratic strategist” had to say about Bloomberg’s potential entry into the race. Yeah he’s the neutral go to guy for a quote!

      • A little Info on Colin Strother. A fine Democrat. HAH!


        “Why would he do that?” said Cuellar’s campaign spokesman, Colin Strother, when asked whether the lawmaker will return an NRA donation or give it to charity. Cuellar received $6,950 in donations from the NRA Political Victory Fund during his reelection campaign last year. He has received thousands of dollars in donations from the group since he was elected to Congress over a decade ago.

        Strother also defended his boss’s record on supporting the expansion of background checks and noted that he helped pass the Fix NICS Act, which would require federal agencies to report criminal convictions to the attorney general. Those convictions are put into a background check system.

    • 🤣🤣🤣

    • T and R, jcb!! 🙂 How is your weather up north? The cold front stalled out north of FL. We have cooled down to 70s/50s. Weekend has been drop dead gorgeous. Tourist corpses love it. 🙁

      • Pretty chilly up here after a fairly warm fall. There was some snow in the Catskills Friday and more coming there and in the Hudson Valley Tuesday

    • Matt Stoller tweets which include “elect ability is not a thing”

      This is my attempt to display a sequence of tweets so a little rough

      Matt Stoller @matthewstoller 11/10/19

      One: One of the true pleasures of 2019 is the collection of historical work on the history of capitalism. Reading the books of @MehrsaBaradaran @KeeangaYamahtta just brings home how powerfully racism has pervaded virtually every aspect of business and banking.

      Two: I defend Warren because she gets a constant barrage of cheap shots. I saw her tear apart bankers over and over during the financial crisis and fight for foreclosure victims and it annoys me she gets little credit. That said, I’m undecided between Warren and Bernie. I like both.

      Three: I also really like all their surrogates. I find @AOC @AyannaPressley @katieporteroc @Ilhan @RashidaTlaib exciting not for the heated political rhetoric but for the cool and collected *policy* chops they show in committee hearings.

      Four: My view is electability is not a thing. @daveweigel is good on the ‘Dems always panicking’ theme. In all likelihood any Dem is the same against Trump bc this is a referendum on the incumbent. The question is who can lead in a moral and competent way.

    • What was the experience on the day of 9/11?

      Saw a book TV program from last year that was rebroadcast. A usual history would be the exact time of the first plane, then the second then the third at the Pentagon, etc.

      The author spent a year or two with 2,000 transcripts of the events of the day to get at the EXPERIENCE and how to better understand how much it has changed America.

      He mention the name of Peter Zelesky, the Boston FAA air controller who was at the controls for a plane that hit the world trade center. When I met him on a South America trip run by OAT, Overseas Adventure Travel, about 5 years ago, he was off all media because of being attacked. I did a search of his name followed by … 911 air traffic control … and the articles at the top are how he, as a Jew, was responsible for directing the plane to the WTC. This is a solid example of fake news that still remains on the web. Actually he gave an early warning which was not acted on soon enough.

      And interesting organizational things that happened that day. 500,000 people were evacuated from Manhattan, mostly by boat, which was one of the largest or maybe the largest (don’t recall what was said) evacuation in history in such a short time. And there was no plan. A lot like the Sandy Hook response of people on the ground.

      We just got the HBO Chernobyl series from the library which is a reenactment of the events of the day – and design flaws, cover ups, and the possibility that it could have taken out Europe. This book sounds like it captures the drama of the experience.

      Here is the link to the BookTV event on C-Span


      • America has more wealthy vermin living here than any other civilized nation. I don’t mind success and being rewarded for it. What I hate is the sickness caused by excessive greed.

    • shares better this way.

    • https://time.com/5723329/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-bernie-sanders/

      To help explain why she has endorsed the Vermont Senator in the presidential primary, she relied on a retelling of her own, now-familiar biography: how she began as a waitress at a taco joint in downtown Manhattan; how she kept canvassing cards and a change of clothes in a Trader Joe’s bag tucked behind the bar so she could go directly to house parties after her shift; how she, against all odds, is now one of the most prominent members of the U.S. House.

      It’s a riff that resonates with the largely liberal crowd—and offers to boost to Sander’s campaign: Ocasio-Cortez’s life experience and unimpeachable credibility as a blue-collar woman of color burnishes Sanders’s effort to define himself in a crowded Democratic field as the most authentic candidate for America’s working class. As his opponents have shifted left, embracing Medicare for All and offering sweepingly progressive policy agendas, Sanders’s unflinchingly liberal voting record, which he cites regularly, appears less exceptional than it once did. For many in Iowa, Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement of Sanders reads as a kind of shorthand: Sanders is the candidate true liberals can trust.

      “She’s one of us. She was one of us very recently, and now she’s working with him,” said Brogan Messer, a 26-year-old North Liberty resident who is a kitchen designer in Iowa City, of Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement and subsequent visit to Iowa. “In my mind, it kind of connects, like, yeah, he is for us, so that definitely helped tonight for her to be here.”

      “I work at Wal-Mart,” said Morgan Baethke, 59, of Indianola, when I asked him at a Des Moines event why he was supporting Sanders. He said that other candidates, including Vice President Biden, confuse “what is the working class and the working poor. There are people in the American economy that just aren’t making it,” he said. “[It’s] very much what Sen. Sanders says, working 40 hours a week and working in poverty. I don’t think a partial solution … is ever going to be able to fill those needs.”

      Asked earlier in the week whether Sanders’s campaign had any concerns about how Ocasio-Cortez—the face of the progressive movement—would be received in a purple state, Faiz Shakir, the campaign chair for Sanders, said there were no hesitations. “If you think about what Bernie Sanders needs to win, we have to have a lot of young people get involved. I think she is going to enthuse a lot of young people to get involved,” he told TIME. “I think she will also help us expand the electorate.”

      Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez together represent both the older, liberal guard and a social-media-fueled future progressive movement. “I don’t see any drawback,” Shakir said. “I only see upside to bring her to Iowa and building enthusiasm for this campaign.”

    • I wonder if Trump will pardon him or even give him a medal?😜


      I’m fixin’ to pop this balloon,” Tuscaloosan Hoyt Deau Hutchinson reportedly said on a Facebook Live video. No, he was not speaking metaphorically; he really had it in for an inflated representation of the President of the United States colloquially known as Baby Trump.

      Hutchinson, whose distaste for balloons is apparently matched only to that for, in his words, liberals who come to his hometown to start some trouble, was arrested in Monnish Park prior to kickoff at Bryant-Denny Stadium for the Alabama-LSU game. It is currently unclear if Hutchinson feels a similar violence to inner tubes, bounce castles or Graf Zeppelins. There is also no indication if he has strong feelings about the forthcoming Felicity Jones/Eddie Redmayne hot air balloon adventure The Aeronauts.

      What is known is that Hutchinson put up a GoFundMe less than 12 hours ago to aid with legal bills has raised raised close to $22,000, over triple his original stated goal. It is on that page where one can find a video of his arrest. (Warning, there’s some cussin’.)

    • https://www.politico.com/news/2019/11/10/alexandria-ocasio-corteziowa-sanders-068786

      Gabriela Barajas’ friends dragged her to the rally with Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

      The 19-year-old had never gone to a campaign event before, and she had no idea who she’d support in the Democratic primary. But by the time she left, she was with Sanders.

      “I’m speechless right now,” she said as her friends bolted toward her with a freshly snapped selfie with Ocasio-Cortez in hand. “Seeing how passionate he is, how passionate she is, it just amazes me. … She’s inspirational to all Latinas, to all women.”

      Ocasio-Cortez’s star power was put to the test in Middle America this weekend — and she and Sanders drew thousands of excited fans to three stops across Iowa. Audience members donned purple shirts emblazoned with the Bronx congresswoman’s name and shouted “I love you!” to her.

      The raucous crowds demonstrated that Ocasio-Cortez can boost excitement and win media attention for Sanders’ campaign in the early-voting states, even if she comes with the downside of turning off some moderate voters. All three stops this weekend were larger than any Sanders had previously held in Iowa this year, bringing between 2,000 and 2,400 people each, according to the campaign. Sanders aides said the Council Bluffs rally drew more people than any other presidential campaign event in the state in 2019.

      “Some campaigns struggle to make 1,000 face-to-face contacts in a week,” boasted Misty Rebik, Sanders’ Iowa state director. “We just tripled that in 24 hours.”

      Sanders’ team believes that Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement will excite the base and turn out young and progressive Democrats. But some of Sanders’ aides and allies hope it will also persuade new voters to give him a look.

      “She’s going to do both,” said Stacey Walker, Sanders’ Iowa campaign co-chair, adding that “there is a generation of young political activists that see AOC as the future of the party” and “we will see an expanded turnout among the Latino community.”

      Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, who are also part of the so-called “Squad,” have held well-attended rallies with Sanders in their home states. Faiz Shakir, Sanders’ campaign manager, said they will stump for Sanders in the early-voting states “soon.”

      Ocasio-Cortez knocked on voters’ doors in Des Moines during her swing through Iowa. One woman promised to caucus for Sanders, while a former party leader she ran into on the street told her that Sanders was his second choice after Joe Biden.

      “Having knocked a lot of doors in New York City, knocking doors in Iowa is a much nicer thing. In New York, they’re like, ‘I don’t want to change my cable. Leave me alone,’” Ocasio-Cortez joked at a rally in Coralville. “But in Iowa, you just knock on a door and people are just open for a conversation. It’s really amazing and it’s beautiful.”

    • Team Bernie is spreading itself out!

    • Lula is free at last.


      November 10 After spending 19 months in jail on a 12-year prison sentence, Brazil’s Supreme Court ruled that Lula had to be freed until his appeals are exhausted. Supporters greeted him enthusiastically and Lula promised to fight the unjust case against him and for social justice in Brazil.

    • Bernie Sanders Surges In Polls. Tops Every Policy Category.

    • The CIA and the OAS just sit back and smile. Mission accomplished!


      Evo Morales, South America’s longest serving president and a towering figure for the region’s left-wing movements, resigned after election irregularities triggered weeks of violent clashes and intervention from the armed forces.

      “My crime is to be a union leader, to be indigenous,” Morales said in his resignation speech, adding that he was the victim of a coup and calling for the international community to investigate.

      The nation’s top soldier General Williams Kaliman Romero earlier said Morales should step down to restore peace to the country, which has been wracked by chaos since a disputed election last month.

      Morales resigned just hours after ceding to pressure to hold new elections. The embattled leader had agreed to the new vote after the Organization of American States published a report saying the Oct. 20 presidential election had been marred by serious irregularities.
      Morales took office in 2006, and was lone survivor of the so-called pink tide of leftist leaders that reshaped the continent’s politics during the 2000s. Unlike his ally Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, he presided over strong economic growth, rising incomes and falling poverty. But his democratic credentials were questioned after he ignored the result of a 2016 referendum on presidential term limits.

          • It’s the usual American CIA/MICC/NSA, etc. stupidity and incompetence, and it has been going on for at least 40 years in Latin America.

        • And now there are three. Probably many more to come.

      • That answer to Amy Goodman by Warren, “I’m just a player in the game”, was deeply disappointing to me. That:

        1. Doesn’t display leadership quality.
        2. Reinforces the narrative that our political system truly is a “game” to far too many people.
        2. Makes me conclude that a Warren presidency would probably be more of the same.

    • It is hard for Joe to kick his old habits.

      • we’ve got to realize that only by putting health care and the environment first will we strengthen a sustainable, healthy economy. and if we’re healthy, we’ll be working.

      • That is why MSNBC has him on regularly as an expert on everything concerning the Ukraine and Russia. He is almost a clone of Bolton.

    • ouch

    • Leave it to the NYTimes to put a negative spin on Bernie.