• Just a quick post. Those who need challenging and some challengers.

    Numero Uno:


    Few Democrats in Congress have earned faster or fiercer notoriety among progressives nationwide than C […]

    • Obviously, I have to re-learn how to post so it looks good. Have to go for a while.

    • Good breakdown of what needs to happen in order to win 2020:

      A breakdown of the 13 keys:

      13 Keys to the White House Indicate a Republican Win in 2020

      The site PredictIt link that is used in some of the 13 keys determinations.

      Note: PredictIt is a very interesting site. Take a moment to check it out. Some current bets:

      Biden polling higher after the first debate: No 71, Yes 29
      Which party wins the presidency in 2020: Dems 55, Reps 46
      Iowa caucuses: Biden 27, Bernie 22
      NH primary: Bernie 31, Biden 26
      Donald Trump tweets between 6/19 to 6/26: Over 100 5, less than 100 92

    • Ah, Fate.

    • Thanks for today’s OT, pb4!

      This is a bit off topic, but. . . does anyone have a good way to watch the two dem debates online? Good meaning not too many hoops to jump thru to get the stream, and a reliable stream.

      We cut the cable long ago, so it’s livestream or nothing for us!

      It’s teeming rain up here, and cool. Great for the garden, as long as the sun comes back.

      Happy Tuesday to TPWer’s.

  • Russ Cirincione became a registered member 14 hours, 59 minutes ago

  • Here’s a thread for news and opinions of the day other than Bernie’s blockbuster college debt plan

    • I’m up for a couple of days at Lake Placid (My partner has a work conference). Here’s a view from our room. This is Mirror Lake—aptly named as you can see in the photo.

    • It’s good that they are not directly targeting Bernie supporters.


      A progressive group is launching a campaign Monday to identify and highlight primary voters who were previously undecided or backed other candidates who then threw their support behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) White House bid.

      The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), the first national group to endorse Warren, launched the Switch to Warren campaign Monday just days before the Massachusetts Democrat will appear centerstage for the first Democratic primary debate.

      “As voters see Elizabeth Warren connect her bold transformational plans to her personal story of struggle growing up poor in Oklahoma and as a single mom in Texas, they are inspired to support her,” said Adam Green, co-founder of the PCCC.

      However, the PCCC is looking to pull in most of its defectors from voters who are undecided or back former Vice President Joe Biden, the current primary frontrunner.

      “Bernie supporters are pretty hard core and are not the cornerstone of any Warren strategy. Biden voters and undecided voters are the biggest honey pots for Elizabeth Warren because they are disproportionately Pundit Voters who prioritize electability,” Green told The Hill.

      • I did some research on them. To put it mildly, they endorsed her a LONG time ago.

        PCCC calls themselves ‘the Elizabeth Warren wing of American Politics’.

        This quote is from a 2013 article:

        One Progressive Group’s Shameless Plan To Take Over The World

        The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, powered by co-founder Adam Green and an “extremely close” partnership with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, is just getting started. But what are they up to, exactly?

        PCCC hails Sen. Elizabeth Warren as its “North Star” and wants to remake the Democratic Party in her ideological image.

        The first-term Democratic senator from Massachusetts has become the mascot of PCCC — whether she likes it or not. There are many signs that she does.

        Then there’s the issue of self-promotion. Critics say PCCC’s media strategy has made Green a sort of self-appointed spokesman for what the group calls the “Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party”


      • They may not be targeting Bernie supporters but they are pigeon-holing them as Bernie Bros with this: “Bernie supporters are pretty hard core.”

        I also question the idea that Biden voters and electability voters are not the ones that Bernie are trying to bring into the fold.

        • Perhaps hard core was not the best word choice, but there have been polls that show that show that Bernie’s support is the most set on their candidate

    • When McConnell called, Biden came running. This is what his compromising with Republicans will look like. Guess who will win


      Reid felt like he had successfully pushed McConnell to the brink, buoyed by House Speaker John Boehner’s inability to get his unruly conference to agree to anything. It was now Sunday, December 30, and Democrats only had to hold out until Tuesday to find themselves in a dramatically improved political position, as the dawning of the new year would mean the tax cuts expired and automatically reverted to pre-Bush levels. At that point, it would be Republicans left pleading for rate cuts.

      In desperation, McConnell reached out directly to Biden, calling him on the phone and explaining that Reid was refusing to be reasonable. Over the course of the day, McConnell and Biden struck a deal. “Biden gave Republicans everything they wanted in exchange for fixing the fiscal cliff problem,” the GOP operative recalled.

      Biden, who served in the Senate from 1973 to 2009, and as vice president from 2009 until 2017, is now locked in his third Democratic primary contest for the presidential nomination. “The reason he has such good relationships with Republicans in the Senate is he never hesitates to put aside the highest priorities of his base in the interests of compromise,” the Republican operative said. “That’s also how you make life difficult in a primary.”

      • https://www.thenation.com/article/joe-biden-strom-thurmond-eastland/

        Politics is defined by a choice of friends and enemies. Bernie Sanders’s foes are the 1 percent. Elizabeth Warren’s nemesis is monopolistic corporations—or the Republican Party. Joe Biden’s target is just one man: Donald Trump. Biden’s theory of political change is a simple one: Get rid of Trump and we can all be friends again. “The thing that will fundamentally change things is with Donald Trump out of the White House,” Biden told donors in early July. “Not a joke. You will see an epiphany occur among many of my Republican friends.”

        Biden’s cult of friendship is so heartfelt that it seems churlish to point out that it is also absurd. Even New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait, who shares much of Biden’s centrist politics, notes that the Obama years provide ample evidence that bipartisan conviviality is not enough. Biden’s bonhomie helped secure a handful of Republican senatorial votes in one key issue (stimulus funding), but was otherwise effective only on minor matters. Biden’s back-slapping geniality was no match for the ferocious partisanship of Mitch McConnell. Partisan polarization and Republican extremism go far beyond Donald Trump, and won’t be solved by gregariousness.

        From the outside, what Biden sees as friendship looks more like cliquishness. Strom Thurmond helped his buddy Joe—a smart move in a clubby world. Thurmond was a notorious sexual harasser, who benefited from the old-boys’-club protectiveness of the Senate. But aside from such personal back-scratching, Thurmond prioritized not just partisanship but an ideological commitment to white supremacy. It was that overriding goal of white power that made Thurmond break with the Democrats in 1948 to run as a Dixiecrat and eventually become a Republican in 1964.

        Thurmond knew politics wasn’t really about personal loyalty (after all, he betrayed his own party) but about pushing an agenda. This is an insight Joe Biden lacks. The Jim Crow system that Thurmond upheld wasn’t defeated by his change of heart or his friendship with other politicians, but through a mass protest movement that broke the logjam of cozy Washington.

        Nor did Biden’s friendship with Thurmond achieve much good. Biden cites their work on the 1991 Thurmond-Biden Crime Bill, one of the building blocks of American mass incarceration. As for James O. Eastland, Biden bonded with him over a shared opposition to school integration. “I want you to know that I very much appreciate your help during this week’s Committee meeting in attempting to bring my antibusing legislation to a vote,” Biden wrote to Eastland in 1977.

        Democrats might ask themselves: With friends like Biden and his pals, who needs enemies?

    • https://www.apnews.com/252071e3518e4975a1137e2ea5eb3cea

      Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee is proposing a clean break between the federal government and the fossil fuel industry.

      That would involve everything from ending tax breaks for oil companies to banning all drilling and extraction on federal lands and in federal waters.

      It’s the latest proposal as part of Inslee’s emphasis on combating the global climate crisis.

    • https://www.thedailybeast.com/pete-buttigieg-has-a-black-problem-top-african-american-leaders-say-he-is-naive-on-race?ref=wrap

      A few weeks ago, a prominent black leader posed what seemed like a simple question to South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg during a private meeting: Who in the African-American community back home supports you?

      “He didn’t name anybody,” the leader said in an interview with The Daily Beast. “If he’s got young black supporters, they do have names.”

      That leader, who requested anonymity to speak openly about a private meeting, was not only referring to young supporters but expressing a sentiment that was apparent in talks with several African-American lawmakers: that Buttigieg’s interactions with the black community in recent weeks were “naïve” and that the national perception of him as “genuine and authentic” was not always translating when it came to their concerns.

      “Pete has a black problem,” Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), the former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, told The Daily Beast. “I don’t know of one black person out of Indiana that supports him.”

      Buttigieg’s friction with African Americans both at home and on the campaign trail were brought into stark relief over the past week as the mayor temporarily paused his presidential campaign to address a fatal incident in South Bend earlier this month. The police shooting of a black man sent the city into a state of raw emotion and opened wounds for many black residents he represents.

      The tension reached a flashpoint as Buttigieg arrived in South Bend, which has a significant African-American population, on Friday, when a woman confronted him about his desire to win over black voters in the city. “You’re running for president and you want black people to vote for you?” the woman said. “That’s not going to happen.”

      “Ma’am, I’m not asking for your vote,” Buttigieg responded.

      When presented with Buttigieg’s comments, Fudge said they depict a sense of “arrogance” and “entitlement.”

      • https://apnews.com/17649c0203114844a13fcf1ae34bb833

        Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg faced criticism Sunday from angry residents of South Bend, Indiana, at an emotional town hall meeting a week after a white police officer fatally shot a black man in the city where he is mayor.

        The town hall grew contentious when some community members questioned whether the mayor had done enough to reform the police department in the city of 100,000 people, which is about a quarter black.

        “Get the people that are racist off the streets,” one woman in the audience said. “Reorganize your department. You can do that by Friday.”

        • It’s problematic to see Rep Fudge having poor impressions of Mayor Pete, but I don’t believe she’s a true progressive either.

          Mayor Pete’s biggest problem is that he simply does not have enough experience. He’s good with solving problems when they involve data, but these are personnel issues related to policy. Mayor Pete has his hands full, and it will be interesting to see him in the debate with Bernie and Harris. I think Maddow will throw softballs at Mayor Pete, but Chuck Todd may not be as charitable.

    • https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/trump-puts-saudi-arms-sales-above-inquiry-into-khashoggi-killing

      President Donald Trump brushed aside the grisly killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, saying his death has already been investigated and a Saudi pledge to spend billions of dollars on U.S. military equipment “means something to me.”

      He spoke just days after an independent U.N. report revealed new details of the Saudi journalist’s death and apparent dismemberment at the hands of Saudi agents. It said there was “credible evidence” that warranted further investigation into the possible involvement of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and called for an FBI investigation.

      Trump, in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” said the subject of Khashoggi “didn’t come up” when he and Salman spoke on Thursday, the day after the report was released.

    • https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/24/beto-orourke-war-tax-1377516

      Beto O’Rourke on Monday called for Congress to enact a “war tax” any time the country goes to war, with the proceeds going to care for veterans of the conflict.

      The proposal came as part of a new plan by O’Rourke, a Democratic candidate for president, to expand services for military veterans.

      O’Rourke, whose former West Texas congressional district includes Fort Bliss, served on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and made veterans care a centerpiece of his agenda while in Congress.

      In his proposal Monday, O’Rourke outlined a series of steps he said he would take to modernize and improve services at the VA, while pledging to pardon veterans discharged and denied benefits for conduct stemming from post-traumatic stress or other service-related injuries.

      He said he would also implement policies restoring military service as a pathway to citizenship and would allow veterans who have been deported to return to the United States with the benefits of citizenship. O’Rourke has previously pledged to reverse President Donald Trump’s restrictions on transgender people serving in the military, as well as the Trump administration’s “deploy or get out” policy affecting service members deemed non-deployable.

      • That’s a pretty good idea. It would irritate those who don’t serve (which means all rich people, who don’t care at all about the pittance of tax, but do care greatly about the idea of paying it) and thus act as an incentive, no matter how small, to just not have so many wars. Not a fan of Beto at all, but credit where it is due, although he did not come up with the idea, which goes back decades.

        I can see the elites thinking “What a great way to get more soldiers, since we don’t dare impose a draft again, and the military is short on all enlistment goals”. Just read about that [EDIT: see Polarbear’s article in this thread] – too many don’t meet the physical requirements and they have had to really lower the bar as to what criminal offenses they will allow in prospective recruits. I suppose in the end, there will be no restriction on that. Ugh

      • Speaking of Beto, Capt Hi-Tech (hubby) was incensed over a report that stated O’Rourke supported a tax proposal that would target civilians. Military personnel would not pay it. Anyone else familiar with this one?

      • Uh, no. This is just more taxes in support of war, and the burden will eventually fall on the 99%. It will not slow down the warmongers at all. It is also probably unconstitutional.

        We already pay taxes to support veterans. The problem is the money is being shuttled away into more corporate profitable endeavors. Yes, veterans need more help, but this is not the way to do it. Stop the insane war budget and funnel the savings into people programs that will include veterans.

        On the other hand, it may wake up the war resistors:

        War tax resistance gained nationwide publicity when Joan Baez announced in 1964 her refusal to pay 60 percent of her 1963 income taxes because of the war in Vietnam. In 1965 the Peacemakers formed the “No Tax for War in Vietnam Committee,” obtaining signers to the pledge “I am not going to pay taxes on 1964 income.” By 1967 about 500 people had signed the pledge.

        Then several events in the mid- to late-1960s occurred making this a pivotal period for the war resistance movement, signaling a shift in war tax resistance from a couple hundred to eventually tens of thousands of refusers.

        A committee led by A.J. Muste obtained 370 signatures (including Joan Baez, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, David Dellinger, Dorothy Day, Noam Chomsky, Nobel Prize winner Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, publisher Lyle Stuart, and Staughton Lynd) for an ad in The Washington Post, which proclaimed their intention not to pay all or part of their 1965 income taxes.

        Source (good article): History of War Tax Resistance

        My grandfather was in prison for train robbery during WWII. He was eventually released to serve in the war. So, that idea is not all bad. For the argument that some really bad people may be released, there is the fact that there are already some rabid murderers in the military. Trump has been busy pardoning them.

      • I almost fell off my chair when I read this. Remember the other day when I wondered who would be the next one to fall?

        He’s done.

        Most people are already painfully aware of how much of our taxes already go to war-related causes.

        This is the only good thing I saw in his plan:

        And he is proposing allowing military service to be a pathway to citizenship for immigrants, according to the plan.

        Although even that may have unintended consequences.

    • “Although marches are the most public way to protest, another striking but understated way is simply not to engage with the systems one doesn’t agree with. For instance, the vast majority of today’s teenagers aren’t at all interested in joining the all-volunteer military. Last year, for the first time since the height of the Iraq war 13 years ago, the Army fell thousands of troops short of its recruiting goals. That trend was emphasized in a 2017 Department of Defense poll that found only 14% of respondents ages 16 to 24 said it was likely they’d serve in the military in the coming years. This has the Army so worried that it has been refocusing its recruitment efforts on creating an entirely new strategy aimed specifically at Generation Z.

      In addition, we’re finally seeing what happens when soldiers from America’s post-9/11 wars come home infused with a sense of hopelessness in relation to those conflicts. These days, significant numbers of young veterans have been returning disillusioned and ready to lobby Congress against wars they once, however unknowingly, bought into. Look no farther than a new left-right alliance between two influential veterans groups, VoteVets and Concerned Veterans for America, to stop those forever wars.”

      And many more, like climate activists and the Pentagon footprint.

      • These young people have never known a period of true American peace. They are seeing the terrific war damage: the horrendous death and suffering caused by ISIS and others. There are the suicides, PTSD, chronic despair and depression. If Generation Z doesn’t have loved ones affected by this scourge, they know folks who do. Who can blame them? I’ve always been a peacenik so I sure don’t!

        • Rather than seeing “the horrendous death and suffering caused by ISIS and others,” it is more likely they are seeing and reacting to the horribleness of wars that have been instituted by the US for no other reason than for corporate profit.

    • Importance of economics and geography — not just one policy

      Place-Based Economic Conditions and the Geography of the Opioid Overdose Crisis

      Over 400,000 people in the U.S. have died from opioid overdoses since 2000. However, there is widespread geographic variation in fatal opioid overdose rates, and the contributions of prescription opioids, heroin, and synthetic opioids (e.g., fentanyl) to the crisis vary substantially across different parts of the U.S. In a study published today in the American Journal of Public Health, we classified U.S. counties into six different opioid classes, based on their overall rates and rates of growth in fatal overdoses from specific types of opioids between 2002-04 and 2014-16 (see Figure 1). We then examined how various economic, labor market, and demographic characteristics vary across these different opioid classes. We show that various economic factors, including concentrations of specific occupations and industries, are important to explaining the geography of the U.S. opioid overdose crisis.

    • T and R, jcb!! Subir got TOP all riled up in a positive way with Bernie’s interview with Margaret Brennan 🙂

      On a much more serious subject, NC did this post on fracking. Worth reading. Mebbe there is hope regarding fighting fracking.


    • http://bostonreview.net/gender-sexuality/micki-mcelya-stonewall-50-pete-buttigieg

      Just in time for Stonewall’s fiftieth anniversary, the recasting of it as the origin of a centrist rights movement has been incarnated in the person of Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, who has offered himself—and been widely embraced—as the embodiment of Stonewall’s successes and political future. As a moderate Democrat who embraces a particular species of Middle American wholesomeness, the idea of him embodying Stonewall is nearly incompressible—unless one begins from the position that Buttigieg’s Stonewall is not that of the fed-up liberationists in the bar and on Christopher Street, but rather of Mattachine leaders’ sanguine next-day appeal to “rioters” to be peaceful and decorous.

      Ironically, a key qualification for Buttigieg’s embodiment of this particular variety of gay mainstreaming identity politics is his reluctance to identify with it. Four years ago, Buttigieg was “not eager to become a poster child for LGBT issues,” he explains in his recent political memoir, Shortest Way Home. “I had strongly supported these causes from the beginning, but did not want to be defined by them.”

    • This might change sone after the debates


      Nearly two dozen Democratic presidential candidates have crisscrossed the country for six months selling their vision for the United States. But, on the eve of the first debates in the campaign , a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows most Democratic voters haven’t fully tuned in.

      Only 22% of Democrats registered to vote say they know a lot about the candidates’ positions, while 62% say they know a little. And only 35% say they’re paying close attention to the campaign, with almost two-thirds saying they’re paying some or no attention.

      • It has been recorded from the time I was small (pre-dinosaur era LOL) that Americans really start paying attention after Labor Day regarding POTUS elections. We political junkies are the exception. LOL 🙂 LOL

    • Benny replied 1 day ago

      My colleagues @RepJayapal and @Ilhan are joining me to answer your questions on how we will #CancelStudentDebt.

      How does it work? How is it paid for? This is a crisis that we can solve if we have the political will. Watch live: https://t.co/78BxIr1MhY

      — Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 24, 2019

    • 😄😄😄


      The bar has gotten so low for the Trump administration these days that there’s a temptation to praise the president every time he makes a decision that, accidentally, if you squint and tilt your head a little, looks like a good idea. Take last week, for instance, when Trump called off a last-minute retaliatory strike on Iranian regime targets in response to the loss of an unmanned surveillance drone.

      The press, a lot of the time, goes along with this. Here’s CBS’s Margaret Brennan, framing the question in a predictably dumb way when interviewing Senator Bernie Sanders on Sunday’s Face the Nation. “Was President Trump’s decision to call off that strike the right one?” Brennan asked Sanders. She also described it as just a “limited strike.”

      Hell YES that is the big cranky codger energy I wanted today. Lean in, Bernie. You’re an utterly mirthless old man confronted by a perfect encapsulation of the hypocrisy of both your potential opponent and how the press covers him. Go the fuck off.

      • https://www.thenation.com/article/bernie-sanders-democratic-debates-2020/

        The best political TV of this week will not be produced by the crowded Democratic debates on Wednesday and Thursday.

        How do we know? Because this week’s best political TV came Sunday morning, when Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

        It’s worth watching a video of the interview, just for the moment when Sanders rolls his eyes and says, “Oh, just a limited strike; oh, well, I’m saw-ree…”

        That was the right response, not just to a particular line of questioning in an otherwise thoughtful interview but to all the major media outlets that employ euphemisms to diminish the significance—and the consequences—of acts of war by presidents who disregard the Constitution

      • It would take a lot more bodily contortions for me to consider Trumpcorp calling off an air strike at the last minute to praise him. Hell his advisors should have had estimates of casualties and damage long before that last minute decision made by Trumpcorp to call it off. But then again he doesn’t read any intel provided by his advisor’s anyway.

    • It never hurts to take a shot at a grifter who does not know the meaning of shame.

    • Must read article by Bernie


      Endless wars help the powerful to draw attention away from economic corruption. In today’s globalized economy, wealth and income inequality are vast and growing. The world’s top one percent possess more wealth than the bottom 99 percent, and a small number of huge financial institutions wield enormous power over the lives of billions of people. Multinational corporations and rich people have stashed more than $21 trillion in offshore bank accounts in order to avoid paying their fair share in taxes. Then they turn around and demand that their governments impose austerity agendas on working families. In industrialized countries, many have begun to question whether democracy can actually deliver for them. They work longer hours for lower wages than they used to. At the same time, they see big money buying elections, and the political and economic elite growing wealthier, even as the their own children’s future dims.

      Too often, political leaders exploit these fears, stoking resentment and fanning ethnic and racial hatred among those who are struggling. We see this very clearly in our own country, coming from the highest level of our government. When our elected leaders, pundits, and cable news personalities promote relentless fear-mongering about Muslim terrorists, they inevitably create a climate of fear and suspicion around Muslim American citizens—a climate in which demagogues like Trump can thrive. By turning our immigration debate into a debate about Americans’ personal security, we have conflated one policy conundrum with another and subjected all those who seek a better life in the United States to xenophobia and defamation. There is a straight line from the decision to reorient U.S. national-security strategy around terrorism after 9/11 to placing migrant children in cages on our southern border.

    • Just because it looks impressive.

    • I am going to put these tweets into one comment.

    • Seeing past differences.

    • CBS Host Embarrasses Herself In Bernie Sanders Interview

    • Worth a chuckle.😁😜🤔

      Throwback To The Greatest Debate Entrance Fail Of All Time

    • This race has turned into an epic battle.

      I hope Caban wins. But the party establishment is all for Katz.

    • One quibble with this Senator O’Roarke.😜🙄🤔

    • In the Constitution, it’s Congress that has to declare war and control the purse/funding. In declaring war, is it the Senate which initiates it, but the House has to concur? Isn’t it the equal responsibility of both chambers? I saw that question brought up at TOP.

      • by having the purse, Congress has the power. they are supposed to be the body that is closer to the people.

        Constitutional scholars argue about this. I studied it for a while, years ago, and ended up on this side.

    • The following is a simple illustration regarding headlines. 59% of people only read the headline.

      Note: This one has a picture of the plastic computer-printed sculpture which measures 7-1/2 x 10-1/8 x 7-1/2 inches overall.

      Toddler knocks over £45,000 fly sculpture knocking off its wings at Swiss art show leaving the child’s mother ‘close to tears’

      Art Industry News: A Rampaging Toddler Knocked Over a $50,000 Artwork at Art Basel

      Toddler pushes over £45,000 piece of art knocking its wings off

      Toddler knocks over fly sculpture worth £45K

      Unimpressed toddler sends $56,000 sculpture FLY-ing to the ground in Swiss museum

      Three-year-old toddler knocks over $50.000 sculpture at Art Basel

      I am sure that by reading these headlines, you know exactly what happened, right?

      Reading the text of some of these may not make the story much clearer. Some stories have the child running around the museum (implying unsupervised) while others state the child was in a stroller.

      Now just imagine how much worse coverage is over the politics that determine our lives.

    • https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/addybaird/progressive-democrats-pelos-prescription-drug-prices

      House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is keeping the left flank of her caucus in the dark as she works on legislation to bring down prescription drug prices, congressional progressive leaders said, escalating a fight between progressives and moderates in the chamber.

      “It’s like we’re back in the days of oral stories and there’s no written word. We’ve never seen anything in writing,” Congressional Progressive Caucus cochair Mark Pocan of Wisconsin said in an interview with BuzzFeed News.

      His cochair, Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington, expressed similar concerns. “We have not seen any paper on anything,” she said. “We often found out what was being proposed through [the press] … There is no detail, and the devil is in the detail.”

      It’s so opaque, Pocan said he doesn’t think a single House member is involved “at the level they should be, even the committee chairs.” But it’s a particular problem for the CPC, whose members have identified lowering prescription drug prices as a top priority for the caucus and hope to pull the legislation leftward.

      “What I think I see is the progressive caucus seems to be the one aggressively pushing to make this bill better,” he added. “We’re just really concerned that when something gets introduced … and our members don’t support it, that we don’t have a bill that passes.” The CPC has more than 90 members in the House and, as a group, could easily sink any legislation.

      The battle over the prescription drug bill exemplifies the internal fights House Democrats have had repeatedly on issues like Medicare for All and impeachment since reclaiming the majority in the chamber, as progressives push for bold action and sweeping policy proposals, while Pelosi and her leadership hold the moderate line. But while those battles have remained largely civil, at least in public, the prescription drug fight is different. Progressives are now openly criticizing Pelosi and her top advisers on both strategy and legislative specifics — or, they argue, the lack thereof.

    • What is it with centrist? They don’t even want to fair elections?

      • or they really don’t know, which sez a whole lot about the MSM and about us advocates, too. how do we get this across?

        Sorry about the typos. I signed in but I still can’t fix them.

    • This is how the Democratic leadership operates!💩

    • pb4 What is going on in your state?

      • Keystone cops. Obviously, this should not be allowed to go on. But the Democrats should have put this on the ballot. they did it before and lost. Lots of people do not want cap and trade as our big climate bill

        But yeah, this should’ve been stopped when it started. Weak tea.

        Kate Brown always does like one or two good things right before an election and then reverts back to her quasi-centrist ways. The Oregon legislature is surprisingly centrist, for the reputation that we have.

        I was a PCP and had to drop out for my sanity.

    • Biden vs. Trump would be the first campaign conducted entirely in gibberish


      On Saturday, Joe Biden was one of 20 presidential candidates to speak at a Planned Parenthood forum in Columbia, S.C., held right next door to the state’s Democratic convention. It was just a couple of weeks after he’d reversed his longtime support for the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding for abortion. One of the moderators asked him what he’d say to pro-choice voters who have concerns about his mixed record on the issue.

      This was part of his answer: “The fact of the matter is that we’re in a situation where mortality rate for poor women and black women, here in this state, 26.5 percent of the, 24, 25.6 people, who of 100,000 who need, who end up dying as a consequence of birth, it’s absolutely absurd.” (He was referring to South Carolina’s maternal mortality rate, which is 26.5 maternal deaths per 100,000 births.)

      Seeing Biden on the stump often feels like watching an actor who can’t quite remember his lines. Even if you don’t support him, it’s hard not to feel anxious on his behalf.

      I had the chance to watch Biden campaign three times over the weekend, when almost the entire Democratic field descended on Columbia. On Friday he appeared at the famous fish fry held by Congressman Jim Clyburn. The next day he was at the Planned Parenthood event and at the state convention.

      His performance was unnerving. I don’t want Biden to be the nominee for ideological reasons, but polls show him far ahead, and if he’s going to be the Democratic Party’s standard-bearer against Donald Trump, I want him to be a strong one. He didn’t seem strong in South Carolina.

    • The live stream just wrapped up, and I only caught the last 2/3rds of this so will have to go back to the beginning (the taped video is now up).

      This is a reading of various portions of the Mueller Report regarding Trump’s obstruction. Kevin Kline, John Lithgow, Annette Bening, Joel Grey, Kyra Segwick, Jason Alexander and twelve other well-known actors read the parts for the various Trump Administration officials and Trump himself. The introduction is by Bill Moyers.

      The Investigation: A Search of the Truth in Ten Acts

    • Could Texas get Single-Payer Health Care before the rest of the nation?

      Stranger things have happened, right? Well, actually no.

      This reminds me of a comedian recently who on commenting about it would only take one more state to ratify the ERA, cried, “Please don’t let it be Florida!”

      • The debt forgiveness would pump 1.6 trillion dollars into the economy. People will spend that money as we are all well-trained consumers. This will in turn create more jobs. So overall, this would be a good thing for the economy.

        But in flies in the face of Wall St’s attempt to consolidate wealth in the hands of the few. Wall St and corporations are not going to invest in that kind of economic gain for the 99%.

  • Sanders is proposing the federal government pay to wipe clean the student debt held by 45 million Americans — including all private and graduate school debt — as part of a package that also would make public uni […]

    • I saw it on CNN’s front page this morning.

      Sanders has already introduced the Wall Street speculation tax, which he calls the Inclusive Prosperity Act. At an event on Sunday in South Carolina he delivered the political argument for using it to help millions of Americans struggling with student debt.

      “Congress voted to bail out the crooks on Wall Street, do you remember that?” he asked the crowd to a chorus of boos. “They provided seven hundred billion in federal loans and in addition trillions of dollars in zero or very low interest loans. So I think the time is now for Wall Street to repay that obligation to the American people. If we could bail out Wall Street, we sure as hell can reduce student debt in this country.”

      Thanks Subir!

      • The proposal goes further than the plan already unveiled by his Democratic primary rival Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Warren’s debt relief package was subject to income eligibility levels to determine how much relief the average person would receive — parameters that Warren said were aimed at closing the racial wealth gap. Under the Sanders plan, if you have student debt of any kind it would be canceled the second the legislation is signed into law.

        • It also helps that his proposal is backed by the progressive superstars in the House, AOC, Jayapal, and Omar. Didnt see Tlaib or Pressley but I suppose they would be backing this too.

          • Jayapal in Bernie’s corner is a good sign for him (or any other progressive legislator). She is gradually becoming very powerful, watch her. WA State is very lucky!

      • T and R, Subir!!

    • I agree that making benefits available to everyone, including the more wealthy, helps insulate the programs from attacks as handouts.

      Here a little more from the Post


      Advocates say the push reflects the growing recognition of the economic harm created by the nation’s soaring student debt burden, particularly on the millennial generation, which ballooned from $90 billion to $1.6 trillion in about two decades, according to federal data.

      Sanders is proposing to pay for the legislation with a new tax on financial transactions, including a 0.5 percent tax on stock transactions and a 0.1 percent tax on bonds. Such a levy would curb Wall Street speculation while reducing income inequality, according to a report by the Century Foundation, a left-leaning think tank, though conservatives warn it would stunt economic growth and investment.

      Other experts say these criticisms miss the mark. If the plans are paid for with higher taxes on affluent Americans, they will ultimately redistribute resources down the income distribution, said Marshall Steinbaum, a former researcher at the Roosevelt Institute who was recently hired as an economics professor at the University of Utah.

      Student debt forgiveness would also help stimulate economic growth by freeing borrowers to buy homes and improve their credit, while primarily benefiting racial minorities, according to Steinbaum and researchers at the Levy Institute, a left-leaning think tank. Omar, who has student debt, said in a statement that the plan would “unleash billions of dollars in economic growth.”

      Additionally, poorer Americans would see the percentage of their income held in debt fall much more dramatically than that of higher earners under the plan, Steinbaum said. Steinbaum has also disputed Looney’s analysis, arguing it ignores people who have so much debt they cannot pay.

      The difference in these plans may reflect a wider debate in the Democratic Party over how to tailor government programs.

      Sanders has proposed universal government programs whose benefits also go to the rich and do not depend on recipients’ earnings. Sanders’s Medicare-for-all plan, for instance, would offer government health insurance to every American regardless of income, a break from Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which aimed to expand insurance primarily to low-income individuals.

      Supporters say making government programs also available to the affluent makes them more politically durable, citing the popularity of programs such as libraries and K-12 public education, though critics contend such programs offer help to those who do not need it.

      • I remember back in 2015/2016 at TOP one poster said that his reason for not liking free tuition was that it would water down HIS degree. I’m beginning to think that certain people don’t want the competition!

    • And Michael Dannenberg I’d bet is with Warren, as this is his twitter profile:

      Education policy wonk; Former aide to Sen. Kennedy (D-MA), Sen. Pell (D-RI), Ed Sec. Duncan, & series of presidential & VP Democratic nominees

      He seems to be upset at Bernie’s political tactic.

    • The pragmatists are chiming in:

      Wesley Whistle (that name!) is ‘Senior Advisor for Policy & Strategy @NewAmericaEd’ which wiki reports ‘has been criticized for its close links with Google, a leading sponsor’.

      New America seems very tech-oriented.

      • How is it regressive if Wall Street is funding it? The WaPo article actually includes the arguments why means testing isn’t the best way.

        • He’s certainly implying that people who make six figures carry a good part of the student debt out there. But:

      • What the naysayers are missing is how the individuals with excessive student debt will act to this proposal. Afterall the certainly more of them than the sad wWallstreet bankers.😁

    • Lol

    • Apparently Third Way will now be critiquing every move Bernie makes.

    • An excerpt from this Bloomberg article


      The proposal represents the latest attempt by Democrats to tame what some economists and bankers have deemed a growing threat to U.S. economic growth. Relentless tuition hikes and cutbacks in government spending have propelled student debt loads to triple since 2007, eclipsing car loans and credit cards as Americans’ second-largest source of household debt behind home mortgages. That’s prompted policy makers such as Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and executives such as JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon to worry aloud that young Americans’ indebtedness is hurting the property market and overall economy.

      More than 1 million Americans annually default on a student loan, U.S. Department of Education data show, and about 1 in 9 borrowers are at least 90 days late on their debt, the highest delinquency rate among any form of household debt, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The Education Department owns or insures more than 90% of all student debt.

      Widespread struggles are at least in part a consequence of the fact that virtually anyone can borrow from the U.S. government to pay for college, with effectively little check on their ability to repay. But with joblessness at near record lows, rising wages and a growing national economy, experts question why so many Americans are unable to pay their student loan bills.

    • 🤨 I think it’s beyond ludicrous that DK has not yet had a front page article on this plan introduced by Bernie, Ilhan Omar, and Pramila Jayapal, and supported by AOC, while they breathlessly cover every cough from Warren and sneeze from Harris. Talk about a blacklist. Literally every outlet in the US has had articles on this.

      • A short article is finally up, which neglects to mention that the plan has Jayapal and Onar as House sponsors, and is supported by AOC.

  • Bernie Sanders says Trump “helped create the crisis” in Iran

    Sen. Bernie Sanders criticized President Trump for his handling of the escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran, comparing Mr. Trump’s […]

    • Tips, Comments, Complaints, Etc!

      Apologies for repeats, Ive got a lot of catching up to do and just a little time to do it (hence the 1 a.m. post!)

    • Arrests at protest over New York Times’ ‘unacceptable’ climate coverage

      A climate change protest orchestrated by the Extinction Rebellion activist group briefly blocked Eighth Avenue in New York on Saturday afternoon, between the Port Authority transit hub and the home of the New York Times.

      The New York police department (NYPD) said 70 people were arrested as they called for more effective media coverage of the dangers of climate change, in a dramatic demonstration that saw people stage a die-in in front of the newspaper building and disrupt traffic in midtown Manhattan.

      Two demonstrators scaled the front of the Port Authority building, which houses a major bus terminal and subway interchange, to hang a protest banner. Protesters also climbed on to the canopy outside the Times headquarters and unfurled a banner that encouraged the use of the phrase “climate emergency” instead of “climate change”.

      One protester, Donna Nicolino, told the Guardian she was ready to be arrested, because “we want the New York Times as well as all the other media to treat climate change as the crisis it is”.

      She joined a line of people with arms linked on West 40th Street and Eighth Avenue, blocking the road. The group remained until they were arrested by New York City police officers.

      “The lack of coverage of the climate crisis is completely unacceptable,” said Becca Trabin, a member of Extinction Rebellion’s press and fundraising teams. “It’s a public safety crisis on a global scale.”

      Trabin said that though it might not be convenient to report on, read about and discuss climate change every day, it should nonetheless be a media priority.

      “No one wants to hear about the climate crisis every day but if we don’t read about it every day we endanger ourselves,” she said.

    • Joe Biden Touted His Abortion Rights Record at a Planned Parenthood Event. His History Tells a Different Story.

      At a Planned Parenthood candidate forum featuring most of the 2020 Democratic candidates on Saturday, former Vice President Joe Biden was adamant that he’s never waffled as a strong supporter of abortion rights. “I’m not sure about the mixed record part,” Biden said after Kelley Robinson, the executive director of Planned Parenthood’s political arm, noted that some voters might be concerned about Biden’s past ambivalence on matters of sexual and reproductive health.

      Recent events prove why some people might have those questions about Biden. Earlier this month, the former vice president reversed his support for the Hyde Amendment, a law that prohibits federal funding for most abortions, after an earlier affirmation of continued support for it on the campaign trail drew sharp criticism from Democratic voters as strict abortion laws hit the books in Alabama, Louisiana, and Georgia over the last several weeks.

      And his record in the Senate tells a different story. As Mother Jones‘ Patrick Caldwell reported in 2015, Biden was an “unreliable ally” of abortion rights activists during his first decades in national politics. Back in 1986, a Planned Parenthood official said of then-senator, “Joe Biden moans a lot and then usually votes against us.”

      Biden was willing to stand alongside politicians who wanted to make abortion illegal. In a Washingtonian profile published the year after the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision established a nationwide right to abortion, Biden unequivocally criticized the ruling. “I don’t like the Supreme Court decision on abortion,” he said. “I think it went too far. I don’t think that a woman has the sole right to say what should happen to her body.”

      He put that view into practice in 1982, voting in the Judiciary Committee for a proposed constitutional amendment that would have overturned Roe v. Wade by declaring that the Constitution offered women no inherent right to abortion, and that the federal government and states would be free to regulate or ban abortion as they pleased. Under that amendment, state laws that restricted abortions would have superseded more permissive federal laws.

    • Climate Change Isn’t Only Changing the Course of History, It’s Making History Itself Harder to Study

      If you like clams, you’re not alone. For the past 164,000 years, people have used shellfish as a food source. We know this thanks to shell middens found on shorelines around the world. By studying these mounds, scientists can say a lot about the history of early humans—from their dietary preferences to migration paths.

      But this window into humankind’s past is shutting down because of—you guessed it—climate change. Rising sea levels, thawing permafrost, and vegetation increases are destroying archeological sites everywhere.

      The latest findings come from scientists studying over 3,000 prehistoric shell midden sites on the Farasan Islands in the Red Sea some 30 miles offshore from Saudi Arabia. For 7,500 years, these sites have experienced a naturally fluctuating shoreline, giving the research team a perfect opportunity to assess the effects of such changes. Usually well-preserved at archaeological sites, shells are now being washed away by rising sea levels.

      “Whilst there are many very negative connotations with sea-level rise for global society in general, the issue is already having severe impacts on cultural heritage world wide,” archaeologist Matthew Meredith-Williams, who co-authored the paper, told Grist.

      And sea-level rise could be having an even greater impact on the archaeological record in the Arctic. Last year, scientists studied national cultural heritage databases and determined that there are at least 180,000 archeological sites in the Arctic. These sites are being lost to climate change faster than sites elsewhere, according to the paper published in the Antiquity journal.

      Among endangered sites are Paleolithic excavations in the lower reaches of the Yana River in eastern Russia that show the life of ancient humans who settled the Arctic about 30,000 years ago. Ivory was found there with carved patterns that gave a glimpse of symbolic and ritual activities of early Siberians. Today, the Yana site is facing threat of destruction—part of it was already washed away as a result of erosion.

      Even increased vegetation caused by a warmer climate threatens heritage sites. As boreal forests expand into the Arctic tundra, roots exploit the soil for water and nutrients—it could cause physical damage to organic archaeological material and disturb the archaeological stratigraphy, which is crucial to site interpretations.

      • Climate change has been a more subtle destroyer of ancient history. Wars have been much more brutal to our ability to understand that history. What is now Iraq was once called the Cradle of Civilization. I wonder if that is still recognized in today’s history books. I doubt that the massive contributions by Muslims to math, art and science are.

    • Protesters Want Mayor Pete to Address Racial Violence in His Hometown. On the Campaign Trail, He’s Dodging the Issue.

      In one of his first appearances back on the campaign trail since a white police officer shot and killed a black man in his city, South Bend mayor and 2020 Democratic hopeful Pete Buttigieg addressed the violence before a crowd of Democrats in South Carolina, an early primary state with a large black population.

      Buttigieg had spent the last week back in South Bend after Sgt. Ryan O’Neill shot and killed 54-year-old Eric Logan while responding to a call about someone breaking into vehicles. Logan reportedly had a knife, and O’Neill fired when Logan proceeded to walk towards him. Court documents obtained by HuffPost suggest the officer had a history of making racist comments.

      Buttigieg reserved judgement when he spoke at the South Carolina Democrats’ State Convention in Columbia on Saturday. “It’s like one member of our family died at the hands of another,” Buttigieg said. The South Bend mayor also declined to directly confront the racial elements of the death. “We already know why such deep wounds are surfacing, why our whole community hurts,” Buttigieg said, adding that South Bend “is full of people who believe in safety and justice.”

      How Buttigieg addressed the shooting would be under heavy scrutiny during his appearance today in South Carolina, where more than a quarter of the early primary state’s population is black. Buttigieg drew criticism earlier this year when a 2015 speech surfaced showing the mayor had said “all lives matter,” a phrase often invoked as a racist rebuttal to the Black Lives Matter movement. (Buttigieg said he stopped using the phrase once he learned what it symbolized.)

      But several instances of racial discrimination within South Bend’s police department have called into question how well Buttigieg has addressed racial unrest as the mayor of a city that is 26 percent black. Before Buttigieg departed for the Palmetto State, marchers confronted him and South Bend police chief Scott Ruszkowski on Friday evening, demanding that the city’s leaders fire police officers and require those that remain to complete additional training.

      According to the South Bend Tribune, Shirley Newbill, the mother of the slain man, told Buttigieg to take action swift action to address the protesters’ concerns. “I have been here all my life, and you have not done a damn thing about me or my son or none of these people out here,” she said. “It’s time for you to do something.”

    • Seething Senators Call Trump’s Environmental Plans Literally Toxic and “Dangerously off the Rails”

      Senate Democrats are charging that the Trump administration has gone “dangerously off the rails,” in failing to implement landmark legislation meant to protect people from toxic chemicals.

      In a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, five senators say Trump officials are ignoring new authorities made available to them, favoring the chemical industry over the health of Americans. The senators are presidential candidate Cory Booker, Tom Udall, Ed Markey, Jeff Merkley, and Sheldon Whitehouse.

      In 2016, Congress amended the Toxic Substances Control Act, aiming to fix structural problems with the 1976 law and give the EPA more powers to ensure chemicals used in everyday products and materials are safe for humans and the environment. Research has shown health risks in products ranging from nail polish to plastic food packaging.

      “Among the reforms included in the law were key requirements to protect vulnerable populations—including children, pregnant women, the elderly and chemical industry workers—and to evaluate and review the safety of all new and existing chemicals on the market,” said a press release from the senators.

      They say they are raising serious concerns about Trump’s EPA undermining the intent of the law “by weakening or openly violating critical safeguards, including allowing chemicals onto the market without reviewing critical information about risks to public health.”

      The lawmakers include more than eight pages of specific questions for EPA to address, including why the agency isn’t requiring more information about chemicals from producers.

      A recent report from the Environmental Defense Fund finds that EPA has approved more than 80% of the chemicals it reviewed over the past year, clearing them for unrestricted use. The advocacy group says EPA is ignoring millions of pounds of toxic emissions from hundreds of contaminated sites and notes that the Trump administration is abandoning or scaling back bans of three chemicals that the Obama administration pursued.

    • Why Bernie Should Launch a National Voter Registration Drive

      Bernie Sanders should immediately launch a national voter registration drive. At stake is not just his electoral chances but whether his campaign can help shift power from elites to the disenfranchised.

      • Great idea. ORLC (my local) is doing some, but a coordinated campaign with a kick off day would be great to get people either back in the party for the primary or in the party for the first time. Plus, it would help us warm up our canvassing chops for the primary.

      • Absolutely.

      • Sounds good to me!

      • Or maybe Bernie supporters should take matters in their own hands and start drives in their own states. It always amazes me that people want to dump things on Bernie’s shoulders that they can do themselves. Not me, us. Keep ignoring that, and they win.

      • A local (mostly Dem., very anti-Trump) group here is manning a voter registration table at our town’s 4th of July parade. I’ve volunteered to help out there, so am hoping for a nice day!

        The table has to be “non-partisan”, so no campaigning, tho I may wear my Bernie button. 😁

        When the Rebups heard about the voter registration table, they said they wanted to be part of it, or something. So it should be interesting. . .

    • Autoworkers Deserve Better Than the UAW

      The closing of the Lordstown plant and the recent Chattanooga defeat are the latest crushing losses for US autoworkers. What’s worse, the UAW has proven completely incapable of fighting back.

    • ‘We Are Unstoppable, Another World Is Possible!’: Hundreds Storm Police Lines to Shut Down Massive Coal Mine in Germany

      Hundreds of climate activists stormed a massive open-pit coal mine in Germany on Saturday, entering a standoff with police inside the mine while thousands of others maintained separate blockades of the nation’s coal infrastructure as part of a week-long series of actions designed to end Europe’s dependency on fossil fuels.

      Coordinated by the Ende Gelände alliance, the campaigners targeting the Garzweiler mine in the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia as they evaded security forces across roads and fields before reaching the pit and descending its banks.

      “We are unstoppable,” the activists declared, “another world is possible!”

      “This is not only about coal power,” said Sina Reisch, spokeswoman of Ende Gelände, in a statement. “This is about changing a destructive system that is based on the quest for infinite economic growth and exploitation. We are fighting for a future in which people count more than profits.”

      • I really hate reading the news anymore cos I am so sick and tired of ecological devastation and forever war! 🙁

      • This analysis is so true. No matter who the Dem candidate is, they will be labeled a socialist and will spend all their time denying and running away from the label. Bernie, on the other hand, can focus on the policies he proposes and how the socialist label is not a negative.

    • I would like to give out multiple T and Rs to mags, jcb and Benny for helping LD man our progressive/liberal TPW fort!! 🙂 Many thanks, y’all!

    • https://www.thedailybeast.com/marianne-williamson-longtime-wacko-is-now-a-dangerous-wacko?ref=wrap

      To most observers, Marianne Williamson’s quirky presidential candidacy is a footnote. She’s running at around 1 percent in the polls. Few Americans know who she is, even though she’s written a few best-sellers and has managed to qualify for the 20-person Democratic debate squad next week.

      But that may change thanks to Williamson’s anti-vaxxer statement last week that policies requiring children to get life-saving vaccines is “Orwellian” and “draconian” and that the issue is “no different than the abortion debate.”

      Now she’s headline news—at least in the context of the noxious, moronic, false, and dangerous anti-vaxxer conspiracy theory, which now has a Democratic presidential candidate backing it. (Donald Trump, of course, has backed it for years.)

      Williamson seemed to walk back her comments in a tweet last Friday morning, saying, “I understand that many vaccines are important and save lives,” and, “I recognize that there are epidemics around the world that are stopped by vaccines.”

      But Williamson also noted, “I also understand some of the skepticism that abounds today about drugs which are rushed to market by Big Pharma.”

      In fact, if you read the tweet closely, and if you know about Williamson’s 30-year career in the New Age world, two things become clear: first, she hasn’t backed down at all, and second, she’s been anti-science, anti-medicine, and anti-rationality for decades.

      Williamson didn’t disclaim her ludicrous abortion analogy. This, once again, is pure left-wing anti-vaxx conspiracy nonsense: that just as we should respect a woman’s choice to have an abortion, so we should respect parents’ choice not to vaccinate their kids.

      That is bullshit on so many levels that it’s hard to find a shovel big enough to dig through it. For one thing, no one else gets sick because a woman has, or does not have, an abortion. Whereas around 400 people used to die each year from measles, which can now be prevented with a simple shot, and cases have now been reported in 20 states due to anti-vaxx insanity.

      Moreover, there’s no herd immunity for reproductive healthcare. That really is an individual decision. But non-vaccination is a communal threat, because once immunity rates drop below a certain level, it’s impossible to stop the spread of the disease. That’s why even states that allow parents to endanger their own kids’ lives by not getting them their shots keep those kids out of public spaces.

      • She’s done? I wonder who will be the next to fall by the wayside.

      • glad she won’t be siphoning votes away, other than her hard-core supporters. But I do hope she stays in the debates for a while. Other than this, she supports most progressive positions. A bit of a Resistance type, but very, very anti-war.

        I’m still 😡about all these contenders.

    • I posted a version of this pic yesterday in a different tweet. This one includes some theoretical ‘thought bubbles’.

    • Are some videos/etc. not showing up for you all or is it just me?

      • I’m good, but others have noted the same in the past couple of days.

      • Im going to tinker around so if something breaks… you know why!

        • Well I havent found a fix yet but I did find a ‘workaround’ if you are on a pc (well on chrome anyways). If you doubleclick where the video should be (the big blank whitespace), it will fullscreen it and allow it to be visible. Doubleclick again to return back to normal. I’ll keep looking for the cause…

          • Lol, I have just been aiming at where the YouTube logo might be and clicking until the YT page opens. Was there an update to whatever WP theme you are using?

            • Yeah there was a theme update that I finally got around to installing and apparently it has issues or is conflicting with something else. I much prefer when these things resolve themself 🙂

              • Good luck with things resolving themselves. I have been fighting with the latest Windows 10 update for the past couple of weeks and have come to the realization that no matter how many complaints there have been, Microsoft is not the one that will be fixing them.

                • Im always afraid to update anything either because of functionality issues or cosmetic redesigns. Theres nothing more frustrating than installing a phone/pc update that changes entire user interfaces without ability to revert.

                  At the moment though Im completely at a loss on the current video issue.

                  • Afraid? I am terrified!

                    Are you using a plug-in that hasn’t been updated to work with the latest theme update? Win10 has a bad habit of resetting some of my settings. I imagine that themes could do that as well.

      • Yes, it has been happening for about three days now. When I first opened up TPW today and scrolled through all videos were visible and now many are not. Also clicking on videos that are in tweets are an issue.

        I cannot even see most of my own video posts now. I have tried two different browsers and made some tweaks at my end, but nothing I have done on my computers has fixed it.

      • Yep. And starting from here, the up and down arrows to rec a comment are missing. I can rec, however, if I

    • The comments were interesting. Many people blew right past his argument and rebutted with, “I am not voting for Bernie.”

      He didn’t ask them to vote for Bernie.

      We need more people willing to take this kind of risk to their own popularity, if we are to get any of this crowd back.


      • We also need Democrats to stop with their warmongering. Barbara Boxer is an awful person.

        The Iranians are not good people! They are vicious. They’re a terrorist country.”

        We’re expected to vote for awful people like that? Just because they’re on the blue team?

    • A divorce that benefited the world


      MacKenzie Bezos, the ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, recently signed the Giving Pledge, which is a commitment to donate at least half her wealth during her lifetime or upon her death. In the letter she wrote announcing the pledge, Bezos hinted that she intends to give away her entire $37 billion fortune, saying of her upcoming philanthropy, “I will keep at it until the safe is empty.”

      If she does intend to give all or nearly all of it away, Bezos is putting herself in a rarified club. She is the 204th person to sign the Giving Pledge, but only a handful of these signatories have said they will go beyond donating half their wealth. Warren Buffett, Bill & Melinda Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg & Priscilla Chan are among them. What’s more, 90% of the world’s billionaires — including Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man — still haven’t even signed the pledge.

      First, we’ll need to stop applauding philanthropic announcements like the one MacKenzie Bezos has just made. Our societal expectation of billionaires should be that they commit to giving away nearly all their wealth and that shouldn’t require special praise. In fact, in a world where 1 in 10 people live in extreme poverty, our critical gaze should be cast on the vast majority of billionaires who are not making significant philanthropic pledges or donations.

      • My wife works in philanthropy, and she calls Bezos’ kind of giving “fauxlanthropy”. What invariably happens when really rich people give money is that they want it to be treated like an investment, and they want to micromanage it is used so that they don’t lose money. A very good current example of this is the Notre Dame church; French billionaires pledged nearly a billion dollars almost immediately (they got into a reverse bidding war to see who could be the most “giving”, but the only money the church has actually seen is from smaller donations — in fact, most of the money has been from the United States) but have not actually followed through because they have said they don’t trust how the church will spend the money. They want to control it. Microsoft is another example of how this works — Bill and Melinda control every penny of what they give, doing it through their foundation, where they invest in projects that often further their their own goals rather than humanity’s, contrary to their PR. Anand Girarhadras writes on this subject, and is very good.

      • It is so generous of them to give back what was stolen from the people through their choice of not paying the full amount of taxes they would owe if they hadn’t hidden their money as well as what was stolen through the many taxpayer-funded subsidies they have received.

    • I want to read this book. I hadn’t realized it was a concentrated effort back then. TPTB have put this policy on steroids in the modern age, through big ag and resource extraction, not to mention the housing crisis, in just about every country.


    • ikr. I had no idea we had so many hawks in our party until recently, with Venezuela and Iran.

    • This makes me sick. Are we showing him how to be a more effective tyrant?

    • Full transcript: Sen. Bernie Sanders on “Face the Nation”

      Some of her line of questioning is very irritating. But here’s a couple of quotes I liked:

      BERNIE: I would say to Iran I would say to Saudi Arabia I would say to Israel I would say to the other countries in that region, “you know what, you have been at war in one way or another for decade after decade after decade. And by the wars have not only impacted your own people. They have impacted the United States to the tune of trillions of dollars and five thousand lost lives. We will play a role in bringing you together. And if you need economic aid, we will provide the economic aid. We will provide the resources, but we are not simply going to give more and more weaponry to Saudi Arabia, to Israel.” We’ve are going to try to bring people together for what I admit, Margaret, I admit it will not be easy, but that’s what the role of I think the US should be not simply to be part of the story of war efforts in the region.

      MARGARET BRENNAN: Would you cut aid to Israel if–

      SEN. SANDERS: I would sit down–

      MARGARET BRENNAN: If they try to annex the West Bank as Netanyahu said?

      SEN. SANDERS: I would sit down with- with Israel and say look you get- I don’t know what it is, maybe 3 billion a year or something, I don’t know what an exact number is, something–


      SEN. SANDERS: –like three billion a year and say, “look you want military aid from the United States you’re going to have to treat the Palestinian people and that region with respect that we intend to work with you to do that.”

      MARGARET BRENNAN: Senator, I’m told we are out of time. I appreciate you making time.

      SEN. SANDERS: Margaret thank you very much. .. I was just getting warmed up!

      • This was so cool. Shame on her for acting like a limited strike was some Lego blocks game or something. Bernie scored on this one.

    • Trying to put myself in the shoes of someone who would wake up and think it was a good idea to kill people so that my company didn’t have to pay more in wages.

      “Coca-Cola was accused of hiring hitmen from the AUC between 1990 and 2002 to kill at least 10 labor union leaders who were trying to organize Coca-Cola’s plants. U.K. oil company BP has also be taken to court for its funding of AUC, along with kidnapping and human rights abuses.

      WATCH: Colombia: Inquiry Underway into Businesses That Funded Paramilitaries

      Other companies suspected of financing terrorism, commonly referred to as the “para-economy,” include Colombia’s largest beverage company Postobon, cement company Cementos Argos, state oil company Ecopetrol and banana distributor Chiquita Brands International.”


      via Cynthia McKinney

    • speaking of third way…

    • I know you guys have probably all seen this by now, but just in case you haven’t… It’s worth reading the comments, too.

      • yeah. anyone contemplating public service through law, go for it. you couldn’t possibly be worse.

        Is this what happens when we are gradually stripped of our critical thinking skills, our empathy and compassion?

        Trump’s presidency is bringing to the forefront a whole population that I didn’t realize was there in such numbers.

    • ❤️🔥❤️🦜

    • I like this a lot:

    • Moving into emergency mode on climate change

      Feeling overwhelmed and helpless can paralyze us or force us into denial. I get that. As a former clinical psychologist, I know that many of us want to do something — anything — to stop the climate crisis, but don’t know how.

      This week, The Climate Mobilization joined a number of climate justice, environmental groups, professors, activists and celebrities to call on Congress to declare #ClimateEmergency. We’ve launched a petition asking Congress to wake up and move into emergency mode.

      If the United States rises to the challenge of confronting the climate emergency, we can still “cancel the apocalypse” and begin restoring a safe climate and healthy society. The first step is telling the truth. We need a national acknowledgement that we face a climate emergency.

      Our petition launches ahead of the first Democratic National Committee (DNC) debates, in which we are asking candidates to acknowledge the emergency. Some already have, though their proposed policies don’t necessarily demonstrate that they have internalized the concept. Despite the incredible work done by groups such as Youth Climate Strike, the Sunrise Movement and others, the DNC has refused to hold a debate focused on climate change. They still don’t get it.

      A few years ago, emergency climate mobilization was a marginal idea, and within five years’ time a vigorous climate mobilization movement exists. Words have the power to shift the paradigm, connect us, educate and provide momentum for the emergency response needed by Congress to reverse climate change and protect humanity. We urge everyone to join us.

      (Margaret Klein Salamon, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of The Climate Mobilization. Follow on Twitter @ClimatePsych and @MobilizeClimate.


      • I’d like for all of the environmental groups, all of us, to demand that the front runners defy the DNC and hold their own climate debate.

    • When asked for his interpretation of this story, the sole creator of the following said, “A moment of paradise rather than a life of darkness.”

    • Indigenous drummers lead Trans Mountain pipeline protest march through Victoria

      Hundreds of demonstrators, led by Indigenous drummers, made their way through downtown Victoria Saturday to protest the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

      The large protest group, organized by Rise and Resist, left City Hall early in the morning and crowded the middle of major streets in the capital city on their way to Island View Beach near Victoria International Airport.

      Police escorted the group along their 22-kilometre route, which included a seven-kilometre stretch of Highway 17.

      A small house was towed behind the protesters that will be temporarily erected at the beach to house future pipeline demonstrators.

      Paul Watner of the Saanich First Nation said the group intends to keep up pressure on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal government, who green-lit the controversial pipeline expansion for a second time on Tuesday.

      “Now’s the time worldwide to rise up and end the era of foolishness,” he said. “We need to end the era of fossil fuel insanity and destruction of life.

      “It’s beyond insanity to believe that you can tap the tarsands and completely disrupt our climate when we’re in an era of climate emergency. Justin Trudeau needs to be a human being and think of his children.”

    • The coming civil war in the Democratic Party won’t be pretty

      It is OK, by the way, to be a party of and for the affluent, but at least don’t simultaneously pretend to be the party of the little guy.

      Brace yourself; there is a civil war coming soon in the Democratic Party.
      At the heart of today’s Democratic Party is an identity crisis and an ideological struggle. In recent election cycles, these were pushed underground for the sake of party unity.
      We heard the first rumblings of it during the 2016 election when Bernie Sanders gave Hillary Clinton a serious run for her money.
      And now those differences threaten to come out in the open during the upcoming primary debates at an importunate moment when the party needs to unite to defeat President Trump.
      But now is as good a time as any to solve the identity crisis in the party.For starters, is the Democratic Party a party of the rich or a party of the little guy? For many years, they’ve been the party of the rich playing a good game of pretending to be for the little guy.

      And the Democratic establishment does it in insidious ways that are too clever by half: they are for the marginalized guy or gal in the race, gender, and sexuality issues because, hey, that doesn’t hurt their and their affluent constituents’ pocketbook much.

      “The Democratic establishment wing is still either clueless or stubborn, but they want good ol’ Joe Biden to come to the rescue and Make Oligarchic America Great Again.”

      More at:


      • That’s actually very refreshing for something out of Tennessee!

        • That’s what I thought when I saw the link.

          She, Saritha Prabhu, says in the article-in which she makes many good points-that she left the Democratic party in 2016. So I looked her up. Turns out that she also writes for The Federalist, and this is her most recent article for them:

          Why It Doesn’t Matter Who Wins Democrats’ 2020 Primary

          Here’s a snippet:

          Congress Doesn’t Do Anything But Grandstand

          Our divided Congress ensures that Nothing. Gets. Done. No matter who wins a general election, corporate interests, our rabid bases, and their take-no-prisoners approach will not allow much action to be taken on the people’s business.

          Ironically, there is both a good and bad side to this. The good part is that a divided Congress curbs the worst impulses of either party. To put it jokingly, Grandma won’t get pushed off a cliff (if the GOP had both Houses of Congress) and we won’t have illegal immigrants voting (if the Democrats have total control).

          The sad, bad part, of course, is that sane, much-needed legislation that a plurality of the country wants doesn’t get enacted, such as an infrastructure bill, comprehensive immigration reform, health care cost reductions, moderate gun control, etc.

          The one thing that’ll get passed, however, is support for new military adventures in ever-new theaters. Because of the roving AUMF (Authorization For Use of Military Force) and a highly efficient military-industrial complex, new wars will always be a fixture, fueled by both parties.

          This all makes one think that our continent-sized country has increasingly become ungovernable from DC. Increasingly the right approach is demonstrated more in state politics, with more solution-orientedness and more bipartisan compromise


          Again, she makes some good points, but who on the Dem side is pushing for “illegal immigrants” voting? (In a column from 2018 she mentions that she is an immigrant)

    • And another. Well at least he does seem to be targeting Biden


      Former congressman Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) announced Sunday that he is running for president, joining 23 earlier entrants in the presidential race.

      Sestak made the announcement in a video posted to his campaign website.

      In his announcement video Sunday, Sestak touted his anti-establishment credentials, citing his 2010 Senate race and, in particular, Specter’s 1991 cross-examination of Anita Hill on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

      “I disagreed that a Senator should be our party’s nominee who had humiliated Anita Hill, allowed to do so by members of our party as she testified about her sexual harassment by now-Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas,” Sestak said in the video.

      Sestak also acknowledged that his entry into the White House race comes later than the other announced candidates. He said the reason for the delay was so that he could be with his daughter, Alexandra, after her brain cancer had returned.

    • Harris keeps up the Biden criticism


      Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on Sunday expanded on her criticism of fellow 2020 White House hopeful Joe Biden’s remarks reminiscing about his working relationship with segregationist former colleagues.

      “We cannot be ignorant of the history of race in this country and certainly anyone who is a leader should not be,” Harris said on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” referring to the former vice president noting that former Sen. James O. Eastland (D-Miss.) had called him “son” rather than “boy.”

    • The flawed art of compromise


      While the former vice president could be accused of many things, a lack of enthusiasm for the ensuing negotiations certainly wouldn’t be one of them. Biden in fact entered into talks alongside Mitch McConnell with a zeal for compromise that amounted to preemptive legislative surrender. As journalist Bob Woodward notes in his 2012 book The Price of Politics, the then-vice president’s single-minded obsession with reaching a bipartisan agreement drew the ire of Democrats who felt he was offering McConnell far too much.

      Unsurprisingly leading the charge was Bernie Sanders, who vowed to do everything in his power to defeat the eventual proposal as tabled. But even some conservative figures like Dianne Feinstein and Steny Hoyer registered their discomfort. This opposition was more than validated: the deal that emerged proved nothing short of a Democratic capitulation to huge portions of the Republican agenda. Not only that, but one of the Obama administration’s central legislative priorities — ending the infamous Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy — was now dead on arrival.

      This outcome was undeniably a political defeat for the administration and a material disaster for many ordinary Democratic voters. Yet Biden didn’t see it that way. In fact, a mere three months later he would tout the deal as a resounding success and a noble example of bipartisan compromise.

      In later negotiations, Biden would again offer the GOP huge spending cuts in the hope of securing the holy grail of a “grand bargain.” This time, Republican intransigence ended up preventing a bipartisan entitlement-gutting — but it was not for lack of trying on the vice president’s part. “We’ve given up on revenues, we’ve given on dollar-for-dollar,” Biden reportedly said to McConnell. “All the major things we’re interested in we’ve given up. So basically you’ve pushed us to the limit.”

      Given that Biden’s own vice presidency constitutes a case study in the lunacy of his renewed pitch for bipartisan compromise, we are left to ponder just what the hell he can be thinking. One explanation is simple naivete. Another, in many ways the simplest, is that Biden’s own politics have often seemed closer to those of a typical GOP house member than of a rank-and-file Democrat attempting to compromise across the aisle.

      But the most plausible explanation, particularly given his history, career, and recent effusive words for various segregationist senators, is that to a politician like Joe Biden, the pursuit of compromise is ultimately an end in itself. When you see politics as a giant boys’ club rather than a site of struggle or contestation, finding common ground with those in the opposing camp fast becomes the ultimate mark of enlightened magnanimity, even (especially?) when it involves selling out your own side. It’s a worldview that can only be sustained if you don’t think there’s anything fundamentally unjust about the status quo, an outlook Biden has managed to maintain for going on five decades

      • https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/23/joe-biden-washington-democrats-chummy-politics?

        Unfortunately, Biden’s “DC chumminess” has characterized his entire career. He has long declined to take morally necessary stands that might alienate powerful people, preferring to be friends with “everybody.” This is only possible, of course, because Biden has rarely had to encounter the people outside that “everybody” – the Iraqis blown to pieces thanks to his Iraq war vote, the children thrown in prison thanks to his crime bill.

        The problem here is not Biden’s “bipartisanship”. Sometimes you have to work with people whose values you find repellent. Finding points of common interest is basic political political pragmatism (see, for example, the bipartisan Yemen resolution shepherded through the Senate by Bernie Sanders). The problem comes when you get so close to the powerful, and spend so long around them, that you cease to be disgusted by disgusting things. At this point, “friendliness” just means a lack of moral seriousness. To be chummy with banks is to be cruel to bankrupt debtors. To be chummy with Mike Pence is to be cruel to LGBT people. There come times when you have to take a stand, when you have to give your answer to that old labor question: Which Side Are You On?

        Biden has made it clear that he doesn’t want to think in terms of sides. He tuts, “Folks, that’s not who we are” when he “gets criticized for saying anything nice about a Republican”. Appeals to unity are always dishonest, however, because they are always selective. Can you unify the fossil fuel companies whose profits depend on destruction with the people who will actually suffer the consequences? It always turns out that somebody is excluded from consideration. In Biden’s case, while he speaks lovingly about the patriotism of the rich, he’s nothing but contemptuous for indebted millennials:

        “The younger generation now tells me how tough things are — give me a break. No, no, I have no empathy for it, give me a break.”

        Ultimately, the Biden approach to politics is a bankrupt one. If you’re all smiles and flattery, you are not really committed to a set of progressive political values. As Biden himself recently said to a room full of wealthy people, “nothing would fundamentally change” if he was elected.

        But we do not need leaders who want to be everybody’s friend, we need leaders who know who their friends are and in whose interest power needs to be exercised. You can’t be everybody’s chum.

    • testing:

    • From Cenk


      If Joe Biden is not Mondale 2.0, he most certainly is Hillary Clinton 2.0. He just told a room full of wealthy donors, “No one’s standard of living will change, nothing would fundamentally change.” This is the exact same problem the Clinton campaign had. They also promised to preserve the status quo and provide no change. You could not find a more unpopular message in America.

      I don’t know if Biden remembers the placards Obama had in 2008, they read “CHANGE.” The country just voted for a reality show clown because they were so desperate for change. Isn’t it amazing that this message still has not resonated with the establishment?

      Both Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden don’t understand this problem because they spend all of their time with the donor class. Wages have barely increased in the past 40 years. And here is Joe Biden promising the richest people in the country that nothing will change. In other words, your wealth will continue to go up and wages for everyone else will stagnate indefinitely. This is what happens when you’re hooked on donor money. In fact, Biden went on to tell the well-to-do donors, “I need you very badly. I hope if I win this nomination, I won’t let you down. I promise you.”

      That doesn’t sounds like the most electable person in the race, it sounds like the least electable. Why on God’s green earth would we make the same mistake we made last time? Just about the only way you can lose to Trump is if you run a campaign geared toward the rich and the establishment – just like last time!

      Finally, is Joe Biden likeable? If you like bear hugs and whispered stories, then he has the trappings of likeability, but if you look at his substance, then you have a different story altogether.

    • Yeah, I just noticed that your “Ugh” comment was a half hour before I did the refresh. Btw, I am at the moment using Chrome, but yesterday I tried using Pale Moon and got the same results. (I am still in transition with browsers.)

      I just tested the page with MS Edge and videos are working in it. Go figure. Maybe that helps narrow the problem down to Chrome and Firefox-based browsers?

      • Bolivian President Evo Morales declared Israel a “terrorist state,” Wednesday, because of the ongoing offensive in the Gaza Strip.

        “Israel does not respect the principles or purposes of the United Nations charter nor the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” Morales said, according to Página Siete.

        Other South American countries, including Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru, have recalled their ambassadors from Israel in protest over the fighting in Gaza.

    • more testing:

    • The U.S. has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world, and 60 percent are preventable. The death of Lauren Bloomstein, a neonatal nurse, in the hospital where she worked illustrates a profound disparity: the health care system focuses on babies but often ignores their mothers.

    • Slow this one down to .75 (under the YT Settings button) if you don’t speak French so you can read the captions.

      Moral of the story: Technology is killing us?

    • For reasons going back to 2015/16, I generally have not liked Bee nor have I watcher her program often, but this one is on the nose. (Mainly because it is echoing what I have been saying. lol)

    • A little Sunday snack:

    • Great local interview in South Carolina.

    • I haven’t read this yet but I want to save it, and tweets get lost in my bookmarks.

      It doesn’t surprise me. Now that psyops are legal here, I imagine the major networks and cable news may also have some kind of contract with our government.

      • Create a Moment. On the little drop down arrow at the top of the tweet, there is an option to create a moment and you can find that later in your main account Twitter page.

        You can create a Moment folder and add things to those.

    • it’s a shame that the larger public has no idea any of this is going on. I would love to be proven wrong.

    • oh thank you bernie


      he is canceling the entire 1.6 trillion student debt Firewall for me so I don’t know how he’s doing it

    • Sad when Ryan Grim knows less than half of Twitter. I thanked him for acknowledging that voting machines are a problem, but he was cheering on these new machines that are woo hoo paper ballots. Yeah, barcode paper ballots with remote access that are easily hacked.

    • Calling it a night. Leaving with a funny.

  • You may have heard about David Gilmour (Pink Floyd guitarist) auctioning off his most famous guitars the other day so he could donate the money to a group called ClientEarth.  He raised over $21 […]

    • Just as a bit of interest, Third Way is getting massively ratioed (more responses than likes) for this tweet. My contribution to keeping it that way:

      Abraham Lincoln’s most popular programs:

      1. Homestead Act
      2. Land Grant Colleges
      3. Transcontinental Railroad
      3. Progressive taxation

      All socialist-based programs.
      “Government of the people, by the people, for the people”

      Without following Third Way (just add a link to their feed as a bookmark), they can be corrected daily. Give them something to do besides harass progressives.

      • I was thinking the same WindDancer. No way am I going to follow Third Way, but that doesn’t mean I can’t drop in on a regular basis and do what I can to call them out.


        • I have a Twitter folder that I place bookmarks for feeds that I am not willing to follow but do want to check on occasionally.

          You know how as children most of us loved to pop bubble wrap. I like to go to these feeds occasionally and pop bubbles. Warning: Pick your battles carefully.

    • Now are we going to have to abandon the word progressive like we did the word liberal? What’s next?

      • I could swear that at one point Meghan McCain was describing herself as a progressive conservative.

        In Canada, the Ford family continues their pillaging, now not just of Toronto, but of the entire province of Ontario, under the banner of the Progressive Conservative Party (Rob Ford’s brother Doug).

        I see that they are having a ‘Ford Fest’ tomorrow in Etobicoke. I wonder what connection that has to do with the fact that Renata Ford, widow of ex-Toronto mayor Rob Ford, is declaring her candidacy under the People’s Party banner in Etobicoke. They (the right) have already co-opted the term ‘the People’s Party’ in Canada!

        If we don’t grab the ‘People’s Party’ banner soon down here in the US, the right wing will! The anti-populism stance of the current establishment Dems could doom our chances on the left of being in a position to claim that ground.

        p.s. the People’s Party in Canada is led by Maxime Bernier, a guy who is as right as they come. He left Canada’s Conservative Party because it wasn’t conservative enough.

        • What do you think of taking over the independent party?

          • Honestly not sure what to do. Depending on the outcome of the next election perhaps a bigger push for reviving the People’s Party? An American Labor Party?

            This next election will tell a lot of people, once and for all, whether or not the Democratic party can be wrested from the hands of its current corporate masters.

    • deleted. 😜

    • dang it. I have to check more often when I’m on my phone. I left a few on the open thread. Good night all! Thanks.

  • Bernie Sanders: What’s different this time around?

    New twists

    Political campaigns are like blockbuster films – massive undertakings with many moving parts, whose successes are difficult to replicate. It’s n […]

    • Tip jar for the usual suspects…I won’t be around too much this morning as I am at a conference, but wanted to get a few things started.

      Bernie’s campaign has a promotion going whereby if you chip in some bucks, you can get a bumper sticker that reads “Bernie Beats Trump”. There’s a donation link on the right column after “Recent Comments”. All of the donations go directly to his campaign.

      • Hi friends! Things have been happening fast in my regards to my job and I took yet another different advancement opportunity so Ive been busy transferring offices and learning new names… but Ill be back more often again than Ive been in the past few days.

    • Courting SC voters at Clyburn’s fish fry

      Shortly after 11 p.m., 21 Democratic presidential candidates in the most diverse field in history posed for a group photo. They were all smiles, all sporting the same t-shirt made specially for Jim Clyburn’s World Famous Fish Fry.

      The moment of unity won’t last: Next week, the two presidential debates will force contenders to draw stark policy differences — and take direct personal shots.

      But on Friday, unity — or at least a show of it — reigned supreme at the 27th installment of the South Carolina Democrat’s annual political fish fry.

      Here are highlights from the night.

      Not enough hot fish. Long lines. Hard to hear. And, no time for walk up music or dancing to the Electric Slide.

      In exchange for hosting the biggest fish fry in Clyburn Fish Fry history, certain longtime fixtures of the event fell to the wayside. A once-scrappy gathering in a parking garage was now a massive national spectacle, and there were sacrifices along the way.

      Many of the more than 7,000 S.C. Democrats on hand Friday night said they weren’t able to get the fried fish and white bread they’d been promised after waiting in line for close to an hour. Some got tired of waiting and gave up.

      “I’m hungry and I’m tired,” said one woman, who asked not to be named and instead concentrated on her fish, which she considered a small consolation.

      It was unclear whether staff ran out of free alcohol, but one was spotted working his way through the crowd with a handle of vodka.

      By late Friday, thousands had filled Coble Plaza to capacity, and eventually people were turned away the door.

      Told by security that Biden had already spoken — he was second on stage — some in line uttered, “Ugh.”

      Typically, following speeches, candidates go out into the crowd to mingle with the people. Clyburn had been hopeful candidates and South Carolinians would go to take photos together at a designated “selfie station.”

      But once the group photo had been staged, most candidates dashed for the exits, and sweaty and exhausted attendees headed toward the exits, too.

      A few candidates shook hands on the other side of a metal barrier. U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., was the only presidential candidate seen outside the security parameters to talk to voters immediately following the speeches. Vice President Joe Biden mingled later.

      Another tradition also fell to the wayside: Few stuck around for the line dances that have become signatures of the Clyburn Fish Fry. Not even Clyburn could be seen doing the Electric Slide or the Charleston Wobble.

      The fish fry got underway before the VIP’s had a chance to make their way over from the S.C. Democratic Party banquet near by. Organizers instructed candidates to enter the event through a back entrance and stay out of sight until they were called up on stage to give their speeches. One candidate, however, didn’t follow those rules.

      Shortly after 9 p.m., murmurs rippling through Coble Plaza turned into thrills of delight as South Carolinians caught their first glimpse of a presidential candidate in the wild: U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

      Sanders weaved his way through the crowd, shaking hands and posing for selfies. Asked whether they were excited to see the candidate because they were fans, many said they were not yet committed.

      “It’s just I’ve never seen him before,” one woman explained.

    • Democrats Flock to Jim Clyburn’s Fish Fry.

      It’s also why Clyburn said he is not surprised that Biden is out-performing two black candidates, Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey, among South Carolina’s black voters. “It’s not a surprise to me because black people go with their with history. They have a relationship with Biden, and they believe in them.”

      A lifelong civil rights activist — he met his wife in jail following a student demonstration — Clyburn leans in to conversations about racial politics. “It shouldn’t be hard. The whole question of race ought not be hard, it’s real. And I don’t understand why we have such a hard time discussing it, and then we can very easily say race is a big issue in the country.”

      According to the Pew Research Center, about 6 in 10 Americans say race relations in the U.S. are bad right now, and more than 7 in 10 black Americans say President Trump made them worse. Clyburn is one of them. “Absolutely. It didn’t just start with Trump; he’s putting it on steroids,” he said.

      Black voters’ attitudes toward politics could be a major deciding factor in 2020. Clinton lost in 2016, in part, because black turnout decreased by 7 percentage points nationwide. Clyburn said he saw it coming and that Democrats still have not done enough to excite and win voters outside urban areas. “That was a failing of the Clinton campaign,” he said. “I tried to tell them. I met with them weeks before the campaign to say: ‘You are losing this election.’ And they kept telling me what the matrix says, whatever they call it. ‘We’ve done analytics. And we’re winning.’ I said: ‘OK. We’ll see.’ ”

      Clyburn is nervous about 2020, and he’s clearly uncomfortable with Democrats’ chances if the election is framed, as Republicans are trying to define it, as capitalism versus socialism.

      “Well, if we’re not careful, all of those of us who believe in capitalism, capitalism will be a thing of the past. The only reason you see the whole question of democratic socialism taking hold in so many places is because in too many places capitalism is failing. It’s just that simple,” he said. “You know if you can’t keep hospitals open in rural areas, you can’t get schools built in rural areas, you can’t get broadband deployment in rural areas, all in the name of capitalism. Something is wrong, and people are going to rebel.”

      He’s also wary of some of the loosely defined policies Democrats are rallying behind, like “Medicare for All” and the Green New Deal — concepts on health care and climate change that aren’t exact policies, so they can be more easily attacked by their opponents. “I’m very careful about sloganeering. I believe very strongly in identifying what the problem is and how best to solve the problem, and the Green New Deal — I’ve never seen the budget on the Green New Deal,” he said. “Everybody’s left up to assign their own budget to it. And so someone says, ‘That’s pie in the sky so I’m going to say that’s too expensive.’ That to me is sloganeering.”

      He doesn’t see impeachment as a winning case for Democrats right now. The country isn’t behind it, and there’s no foreseeable scenario in which the GOP-controlled Senate votes to remove Trump from office. “I have yet to find a single person who believes that,” he said. “So why have a guy running around saying: ‘They impeached me, and they lost’?”

      In the ongoing debate about what “electability” means for Democrats in 2020, Clyburn said he thinks a winning message is a take on Trump’s own slogan.

      • M4A and the GNR are not slogans. They are actual policy positions, Clyburn needs to refresh himself with Websters Dictionary. greatgawdalmighty!

      • Progressives don’t want to get rid of capitalism per say, we just want to reign it in to a point that it benefits all Americans, instead of just the 1%. Honestly if humanity is going to survive our whole economic system will have to change to a green based-space based type of economic structure that benefits all. Its time for the foolishment of a war based economic structure to end. Its a waste of material and lives. Don’t get me wrong we need a strong military but to spend what we do and to be in endless wars isn’t what a majority of Americans want. It will end either by our choice or our stupidity or mother nature.

        • surely he knows this. He works with Bernie side-by-side. Not sure what his deal is with his antipathy towards Bernie, even as he calls him friend.

      • weird how many older, entrenched people don’t see how democratic socialism also addresses many racial issues. I am impatient.

      • Clyburn is embarrassing.

      • This is an excellent place to re=post Humphrey’s post from early this morning in yesterday’s thread. I do not think people should miss this as it is very important to understand exactly what we are facing.

        It conjures up a image of a puppy with its tail between its legs seeking forgiveness having peed on the floor. SAD!

        Jim Clyburn apologizes to Pelosi after diversity remark dust-up

        House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn has apologized to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer for his comments about the lack of diversity among their top staff that stirred furor within the upper ranks of leadership.

        Clyburn’s swift efforts to recant his criticism of his fellow Democratic leaders are the latest in a string of recent verbal missteps in which the No. 3 House Democrat has been forced to walk back contentious remarks.

        Earlier this month, Clyburn had retreated from his comments suggesting that an impeachment inquiry was inevitable. Weeks before that, Clyburn came under fire by some in his own party for appearing to diminish the Holocaust.

        Translation: Clyburn, a hero of the Civil Rights movement, has been told to shut up and he is complying.

        • From that article, which is a worthy read, one particular cringe worthy statement stands up and smacks you in the head:

          Pelosi confirmed Thursday that she and Clyburn also discussed his comments: “We had a conversation. He apologized,” Pelosi said.

    • This is utter garbage! Please let these assholes know what you think about this BS! #Bernie2020 #BernieSanders #NoMiddleGround #MedicareForAll #FeelTheBern #NotMeUs https://t.co/umYds5B9sA

      — 🌹ProgressivePunk🌹 (@coto29) June 21, 2019

      • From the article:

        According to a new poll from USA Today and Suffolk University, 35% of respondents said Sanders should drop out, compared with 40% who were excited about his candidacy, 21% with no opinion, and 4% who had never heard of him.

        But enthusiasm for Sanders’ candidacy comes in at 40%, second only to former Vice President Joe Biden, for whom 51% of respondents expressed being excited about his campaign.

        There is nothing in the article to specifically show how many think Biden should drop out, but the poll itself shows that 21% believe he should. Now look at the age groups polled and the fact that the South was yet again over sampled for a clearer view.

        638 Democrat and Independent voters polled for the drop out question. No specific breakdown of ages for that question. The one shown below is for the entire poll which includes Republicans and others.

    • T and R to the usual suspects!! 🙂 Thanks Benny. The Sanders campaign has organizing calls scheduled. One is today. I accidentally erased it off my phone but check the campaign site.

    • Justice Sotomayor speaking at a conference I am attending. Conversation is about why she decided to write books for younger readers. She has a book coming out, Just Ask. It is about diversity and inclusiveness.

      • Cool! What’s the conference?

      • That’s where you are today? Fantastic! I was just reading the timeline for it that was trending on twitter just now.

      • https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/21/biden-latino-forum-1374588

        A slew of Democratic presidential contenders are scheduled to talk Friday to the nation’s largest association of Latino officials, but there’s one notable absence: Joe Biden.

        Biden’s decision to skip the Miami forum has unleashed new criticism that the former vice president and front-runner is taking a pivotal constituency for granted in a primary where the Latino vote could swing the outcome in several key early contests.

        The approach is indicative of a campaign that’s employing general election messaging to win the Democratic nomination — and refraining from overt appeals to the racial and ethnic groups that make up the diverse Democratic coalition and who could be difference makers in the general. Latinos are on pace to be the largest nonwhite eligible voting bloc — 32 million — in 2020.

        Leo Murrieta, Nevada director of Make the Road Action, said it’s “disheartening” that eight months away from the Nevada caucuses — in which Latinos will make up nearly 1 in 5 voters — Biden’s campaign has not sat down with grassroots organizations or spent more time on the ground.

        “The fact that he leaves us out of speeches is a really sorely missed opportunity,” Murrieta said. “And it’s unacceptable.”

        “That’s the wrong formula,” Murrieta added. “But I’ll tell you what formula that is — that’s the Democratic establishment, political white elites’ playbook to how to win elections.”

        • Univison favorability poll of Latinos. Bernie beats Biden, Out of the group Biden has the most unfavourability factor

    • Justice Sotomayor is walking among the audience. Kinda cool, sharing some of personal stores, especially her interactions with public libraries.

    • https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/06/22/surprise-center-us-politics-very-progressive

      So why do the powerful call these policy ideas “fringe,” or “radical,” or “socialist”?

      Money. Many of these initiatives would cost them—requiring either higher taxes on the rich (many could be achieved by repealing the giant Trump tax cut for the wealthy and corporations)—or regulations that might cut into their corporate profits.

      So you can bet that as these proposals become even more popular, the powerful are going to intensify their attacks.

      But just remember: the “center” is not halfway between what most Americans want and what big corporations, Wall Street, and the super-wealthy want.

      The “center” is what the vast majority of Americans want.

    • https://washingtonmonthly.com/2019/06/22/war-in-iran-depends-on-a-battle-between-bolton-and-carlson-for-the-whims-of-a-mad-king/

      This moment in history would read as an absurd farce if the consequences weren’t deadly serious.

      As we speak, the United States teeters on an armed conflict with Iran. The consequences of yet another forever war in the Middle East, this time with one of the proudest and most powerful nations in the region, would be ruinous in ways that dwarf even the monumental catastrophes of Iraq and Afghanistan. And yet only 10 minutes separated the President of the United States from calling off an airstrike that would reportedly have killed over hundred Iranians. President Trump was egged on to launch the strike by most of his foreign policy advisers, including and especially National Security Advisor John Bolton, a warmonger so obscene that even the Bush/Cheney administration was forced to jettison him. Why did he stop it? Apparently, because he saw Tucker Carlson argue against it on his Fox News show. During the show, Carlson called Bolton a “bureaucratic tapeworm.”

      So here we are: the fate of the world depends on a battle for the whimsical favor of an incurious commander-in-chief, waged between Fox News’ favorite racist, protectionist buffoon and the neoconservative Republican old guard’s favorite blood-soaked imperialist hawk.

      • Sixteen years ago, the US committed one of the worst foreign policy blunders in the history of our country by attacking Iraq. That war was sold to the American people based on a series of lies about weapons of mass destruction. One of the leading advocates for that war was John Bolton, who served as a member of the Bush administration and is now Donald Trump’s national security adviser. Incredibly, even today, Bolton is one of the few remaining people in the world who continues to believe that the Iraq war was a good idea.

        That war led to the deaths of more than 4,400 American troops, with tens of thousands of American soldiers wounded, many severely, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians killed. It unleashed a wave of radicalism and destabilization across the region that we will be dealing with for many years to come. It was the biggest foreign policy disaster in American history.

        Trump campaigned on getting the US out of “endless wars,” but his administration is taking us down a path that has made war with Iran more and more likely.

    • https://www.huffpost.com/entry/tiffany-caban-queens-district-attorney-progressive-democrats-ocasio-cortez_n_5d0cf0fee4b07ae90d9c38b7?utm_source=reddit.com

      Throughout 2018, the Queens DA’s office jailed more people for low-level “misdemeanor” crimes like prostitution and drug possession than any other borough, despite also having the lowest overall arrest rate per capita.

      Tiffany Cabán wants to radically change all that. She’s a 31-year-old public defender living on her savings in order to mount an underdog bid for Queens DA. If elected in the Democratic primary next Tuesday ― the general election in Queens is a virtual formality ― Cabán would be New York City’s first Latina and first queer district attorney.

      Cabán wants to serve as a “decarceral prosecutor” ― a DA with a mission to reduce the borough’s jail populations ― who would transform the Queens DA’s office from a clubby, conservative outlier to the vanguard of the national criminal justice reform movement.

      The impact of Cabán’s candidacy is already pushing the national debate on incarceration leftward. When Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) endorsed her on Wednesday, they were obligated to take a stance on Cabán’s plan to decriminalize sex work. Both senators, who voted for an anti-trafficking bill that consensual sex workers say undermined their safety, said they were open to decriminalization for the first time. They join rival Sen. Kamala Harris of California, who went further in February, unequivocally embracing decriminalization.

      • Bernie’s campaign texted me about Tiffany Caban. They asked me to join her in the get-out-the-vote effort for the next 3 days. I’ve donated to Tiffany, so that may be why I was contacted. Or maybe Bernie’s people are texting all of their NYC supporters.

        Either way, This is how we win the White House, isn’t it? We build our support by electing our allies and standing with them with endorsements and our labor.

    • Turns out you can see the Democrats debate live in Miami. But it will cost you

      Thought you couldn’t get a ticket to the first presidential debate in Miami?
      If you’ve got about $1,750 to burn, you’re in luck.
      According to a private invite obtained by the Miami Herald from a Democratic politician, the Florida Democratic Party is offering exclusive access to the highly sought-after event in the form of sponsorship packages. For $4,500, a sponsor gets two tickets to a pre-debate reception on June 26 and two tickets to both debate nights. For $3,000, a sponsor will get the two tickets to the reception and two tickets for one of the debate nights, though it is unclear if the person gets to pick which night. A $1,750 donation to the party covers one ticket to the reception and one ticket for a single debate night


      This is a load of unbelieveable BS!!!!! Just another way to lock out Berners from attending–Wi61

      • Very upsetting. Yet another way for the rich to influence the outcome! Or should I say ‘buy’ the outcome?

      • I cannot say that I have any sympathy for their apparent financial distress. Most of what they raise will go to their consultant class anyway.

        • Yes, but how many of those rich people will be cheering for Bernie during the debate? I suppose it’ll be interesting to hear who those people DO cheer for?

    • Nice intro by Clyburn and a great crowd! Good to see. Thanks.

    • Personally, I am finding this whole Trump thing exhausting. And stressful. For anybody else who is feeling similar, I urge you to check out Glenn Kirschner’s Twitter account; just go to his account even if you don’t use Twitter; you can still read the tweets. He’s an ex-prosecutor with 30 years of experience dealing with the nastiest stuff you can imagine and somehow, he still has a positive attitude — I find it amazing. And he talks to people on Twitter about it, and also what we are all going through.

      Link: https://twitter.com/glennkirschner2

      One tweet:

      Lately, he’s been on a run about the Hope Hicks testimony; Kirschner tweets multi-tweet threads on a subject, so there’s a lot here. And in a world where nearly everything is negative, it’s really, really nice to hear from someone who isn’t going to give you nothing but downers. (Side note: he’s also founded a non-profit which helps families of murder victims navigate the legal system. there ARE good people in the world.)

    • Sounds like Kamala did really well just now in SC, tied her prosecutor past to prosecuting Trump.

      Warren speaking now.

    • Ooops, MSDNC showing its true corporate colors.

    • If you are trying to follow polls you might want to give this a read: Listen to bookies, not polls: Trump has a good chance to be re-elected

      The article makes valid points IMO.

      Democrats rarely lose an opportunity to lose an opportunity. (If they’re planning on talking about things like “reparations” for slavery for the next year and a half, this thing is already done.)

      At this stage in the runup to the 2012 presidential election, Barack Obama was trailing any “generic” Republican by 8 points, 47% to 39%.

      I guess that’s why President Mitt Romney is now finishing his second term, and “The Romney Files” became a, er, best-seller.

      Wouldn’t it be great if everyone who offered an opinion on the election had to put their money where their mouth was? That’s my new survival strategy for the rest of the cycle. I don’t want to hear your prognostications. Don’t tell me — just go bet.

      • LOL

        The odds tell a better story than the polls. The bookies are not always right, but they’re rarely stupid, because stupid bookies don’t tend to stay in business very long. (Don’t get me started on people who manage to go broke running a casino.)

    • Buttiwhatever sounds like he kinda bombed, it sounds like Castro did well, and Amy?

    • Lol, I feel this tweet from the American Librarian Association annual conference:

    • For polarbear & Humphrey- the publish docs & Assange part:

    • Bernie’s due to speak at 1pm

    • Have kids?

    • peeps happy and excited!

    • Poignant

      I have a telephone cabinet that one of my uncles made when he was 17. He is now in his late 80s. I am thinking I should find one of his children to see if they would take care of it.

    • Going on right now:

    • i’m sorry, @wi61

    • Bernie at the Planned Parenthood event.

    • A email from Bernie

      Lawrence –

      Yesterday we learned that the United States came very close to striking targets inside Iran in response to the downing of a U.S. drone in the Persian Gulf.

      Last week the White House announced thousands of additional troops would be sent to the Middle East in response to the alleged Iranian attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

      Last month, the New York Times reported that the Pentagon had presented a plan to the White House that envisions sending as many as 120,000 troops to the region to fight Iran.

      Mark my words. A war in Iran would make the Iraq war look like a walk in the park. It would be an unmitigated disaster.

      If the United States were to attack Iran, Iran could respond with attacks on U.S. troops and on countries around the region. It would lead to the further destabilization of that region in a way that is unimaginable and would result in wars that would go on year after year and likely cost trillions of dollars.

      Taking us into a war without Congressional authorization would be unconstitutional and illegal. The United States Congress must do everything it can to prevent this war. The Constitution is very clear: It is Congress, not the president, who decides when we go to war.

      And it is long past time for my colleagues in Congress to reassert that authority.

      Please add your name if you agree:

      Sign my petition saying that Congress must assert its constitutional authority and stop Trump from going to war with Iran without Congressional approval.

      Sixteen years ago, the United States committed one of the worst foreign policy blunders in the history of our country by attacking Iraq. That war was sold to the American people based on a series of lies about weapons of mass destruction. One of the leading advocates for that war was John Bolton, who served as a member of the Bush administration, and is now Trump’s national security adviser. Incredibly, even today, Bolton is one of the few remaining people in the world who continues to believe that the Iraq war was a good idea.

      That war led to the deaths of more than 4,400 American troops, with tens of thousands of American soldiers wounded, many severely, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians killed. It unleashed a wave of radicalism and destabilization across the region that we will be dealing with for many years to come. It was the biggest foreign policy disaster in American history.

      Voices of dissent went unheeded in the lead-up to the Iraq war. They must be heeded now.

      We also need the people themselves to speak up and make themselves heard. Earlier this year, we made history in Congress by passing, for the first time in forty years, a War Powers Resolution to withdraw the United States from an illegal and unauthorized war in Yemen.

      We did this with the strong support of a trans-partisan grassroots coalition, with progressives and conservatives working together to bring sanity to our foreign policy. We need those same voices to make clear to the Congress and to the reflexively hawkish, interventionist foreign policy establishment here in Washington that we will not accept another American war in the Middle East.

      If you agree that we must not allow Trump to go to war with Iran on his own, please add your name to my petition:

      Sign my petition: tell Congress to pass legislation that would prohibit military action against Iran without Congressional approval.

      When we are in the White House, we will pursue a course that resolves conflicts peacefully, not through endless war.

      In solidarity,

      Bernie Sanders

    • “There is no way I am going to prison for saving people in distress,” Klemp said. “It is the most ridiculous thing on so may different levels. And I will never accept anything else but acquittal.”

      • She’s a strong woman with integrity. I saw a stat that only 1 in 100 marine pilots are women. And apparently she is also a biologist. Have you seen her tattoos? Not usually a fan of tattoos tbh, but that fish tattoo on her leg is dynamite.

        I certainly hope she prevails. And I hope she stays safe. Her strength threatens some.

    • Sounds like Cory Booker stirred up the Planned Parenthood event. Some details would have been nice though. He’s passionately vague.

      • Planned Parenthood is not a Bernie fan.

        • No. Certain people will never forgive him for saying that their political arm is part of the establishment. Never mind that its head, Cecile Richards, was earning over half a million dollars a year at the time.

          • Right! People often forget that organizations such as Planned Parenthood will lose most of their raison d’être and thus the power wielded by their elites if Senator Sanders gets his M4A.

            They are much like the entrenched leadership in so many large labor organizations, all about having power.

          • and fiercely backed Hillary. iirc

    • The favored argument against M4A is that people will not be able to keep their beloved insurance plans:

      Trump Wants Your Employer to Ditch Its Health Care Plan

      The Trump administration has just issued a final rule governing HRAs and is busily promoting it. An HRA is a Health Reimbursement Account, and what it means is this: your employer can now decide to cancel its group plan and replace it with an HRA that reimburses you for an individual plan that you buy in the open market. There are various rules in place about how much employers have to spend and who can qualify, but the nut of the thing is simple. It’s a new policy that actively appeals to employers to ditch their group plan—most likely for an assortment of individual plans that provide worse coverage.

    • Sorry if a repeat, was mega-busy yesterday.

      Gov. Evers vetoes four anti-abortion bills

      MADISON (WKOW) — Gov. Tony Evers vetoed four anti-abortion bills Friday afternoon; the bills were sent to his desk yesterday after state Senate and Assembly Republicans held a bill signing ceremony in the Capitol rotunda to urge the governor to sign the legislation.

      “Everyone should have access to quality, affordable healthcare, and that includes reproductive healthcare,” Gov. Evers said. “Politicians shouldn’t be in the business of interfering with decisions made between patients and their healthcare providers.”


    • FWIW, I did a l’il post. I decided to take the day off today after a tough week, which gave me time to web surf, which meant that I learned things.

      Thought I’d mention that because often I just keep the Open Thread on my screen, and don’t realize that there’s been a new posting.

      • Yes, thanks for letting us know!

      • just so you know, it did not show up on my phone, even though I am logged in

        • Hmmm, thanks for letting me know. That way maybe I won’t get too down if I don’t get traffic. 😉

          I’d begun a long reply (wait, I never do that!) and decided what the heck, turn it into a post in case anyone had the urge to share on twitter or wherever, and spread the TPW word.

    • Flashback

      This episode of Bernie Sanders on the Late Night with Seth Meyers show aired originally on 4/18/2016. Meyers points out that in June of 2015, Bernie was at 15% to HRC’s 57%. Think how close he came to winning in 2016. Currently, Bernie is around 15% with Biden at 30% (with a few people drawing numbers from Bernie). Think about it.

      Pay close attention starting at 4:15 about how the Republicans refused to work with Obama who was a moderate. Why again does Biden think they will work with him? Bernie then explains how he could get things done by harnessing the power of the people, something that Biden won’t have.

    • Go Bernie!

    • not sure if these are all progressive challengers…yet 😁

  • Happy Solstice!  Join me below to find out who is an existential threat 😱.

    • https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/21/bernie-sanders-centrist-democrats-brand-existential-threat-2020-campaign

      Moderate Democrats have stepped up their opposition to Bernie Sanders as part of a concerted effort to isolate him from the sprawling field of otherwise “mainstream” and “electable” candidates for the 2020 presidential nomination.

      Last week, Sanders delivered a searing defense of democratic socialism, setting himself apart from the rest of the Democratic party, whose opposition he not only anticipated but welcomed.

      At a gathering of nearly 250 political moderates convened by the centrist thinktank Third Way in South Carolina this week, some of the party’s most prominent center-left voices took the bait.

      “I believe a gay midwestern mayor can beat [Donald] Trump. I believe an African American senator can beat Trump. I believe a western governor, a female senator, a member of Congress, a Latino Texan or a former vice-president can beat Trump,” said Jon Cowan, president of Third Way, hours before Donald Trump formally launched his re-election campaign with a rally in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday.

      “But I don’t believe a self-described democratic socialist can win.”

    • Talk about hit pieces. The NY Times dredged this up today years after it was resolved. I’ll just add the crucial paragraph.


      Federal prosecutors have not spoken publicly about their investigation, though late last year, Ms. Sanders’s lead lawyer said he had been told it was closed. And while doubts remain about the contribution pledges claimed by the school, the lawyer has said that neither Ms. Sanders nor her husband was even questioned by investigators, indicating a lack of significant evidence of a crime.

    • Good idea


      SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN, D-Mass., on Friday rolled out a plan to ban private prisons and detention facilities and stop companies from profiting off mass incarceration. The 2020 hopeful introduced the proposal ahead of her appearance at the NALEO Presidential Candidate Forum, addressing the largest gathering of Latinx policymakers in the country.

      “Washington hands billions over to corporations profiting off of inhumane detention and incarceration policies while ignoring the families that are destroyed in the process,” Warren wrote in a Medium post outlining the policy. “We need to call that out for what it is: corruption. Incarcerating and detaining millions for profit doesn’t keep us safe. It’s time to do better.”

      Her proposal would shut down federal private detention facilities by ending all contracts the Federal Bureau of Prisons and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have with private detention providers. Private prisons have expanded significantly over the last two decades, and companies like CoreCivic and GEO Group have profited immensely from the business of incarceration. Since Donald Trump’s entry into office, and due to his administration’s aggressive immigration policies, business for private prisons is booming.

      “Washington works hand-in-hand with private prison companies, who spend millions on lobbyists, campaign contributions, and revolving-door hires — all to turn our criminal and immigration policies into ones that prioritize making them rich instead of keeping us safe,” she wrote.

      • https://theintercept.com/2019/06/21/elizabeth-warren-ice-solitary-confinement/

        ELIZABETH WARREN, the Massachusetts senator and presidential candidate, sent a letter on Friday to Immigration and Customs Enforcement demanding answers about the agency’s use of solitary confinement, which she described as a “cruel and unnecessary solution for detainees” with special vulnerabilities.

        “I am concerned that ICE continues to overuse and misuse solitary confinement — where detainees are locked down for at least 22 hours a day — as a cruel and unnecessary solution for detainees who have mental or physical disabilities, are disabled, have been victims of sexual assault or torture, or otherwise may be especially vulnerable and in need of protection,” Warren wrote in the six-page letter addressed to the acting director of ICE, Mark Morgan.

        Her letter follows an investigation into ICE’s use of solitary confinement published last month by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and The Intercept, along with five other news organizations in the United States and Latin America. Our reporting, which included a review of more than 8,400 reports describing placement in solitary confinement from 2012 to early 2017, found that ICE uses isolation as a go-to tool, rather than a last resort, to punish vulnerable detained immigrants.

        • Great idea. I just hope she actually will do it, if she gets in.

          And solitary confinement shouldn’t be used for people who aren’t disabled or otherwise officially disadvantaged, either. Maybe rare cases for short times, I don’t know. Let’s get back to rehab.

    • Centrist Dems circle the wagons. How dare you criticize our presumptive standard bearer! Good for Hirono.


      Democratic lawmakers warn that Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and other White House hopefuls taking shots at front-runner Joe Biden are playing with fire and could wind up helping President Trump win reelection.

      While there are disagreements about the former vice president in the Senate Democratic caucus, Democratic senators are rising to his defense after Booker demanded Biden apologize for recounting his collegial relationship with two segregationist former senators, James Eastland (D-Miss.) and Herman Talmadge (D-Ga.).

      Lawmakers fear the 2020 Democratic presidential primary field is becoming a circular firing squad, with Trump winding up as the beneficiary of internecine fighting.

      “I think everybody is picking on him, press as well as others. He’s the front-runner so he’s the one to shoot down, so to speak,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who served with Biden for years in the Senate.

      “I think it’s a little unexpected, I don’t think he has figured for this,” she said of the attacks from fellow Democrats, namely Booker tacitly calling into question Biden’s commitment to civil rights.

      Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), who represents a key early primary state, said, “I think it’s not helpful to Democrats to attack each other at this stage.”

      Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) said the real “point” of Biden’s comments was that “when you’re sitting next to a Senate colleague, especially someone who at the time was in his own party, you’ve got to work together. You’ve got to figure out and find some common ground.”

      Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) said, “We need to defeat Trump, that is a major goal for all of us.”

      She added that Biden will “need to contend with the consequences” of what she called the “unforced error of a gaffe.”

      Asked whether Biden should apologize, Hirono said “he needs to bear the consequences of his unforced error.”

      “One hopes he’ll stop doing that,” she added.

      • Since when is Biden the actual front runner? Says who? Corporate media and DLCers? No one has voted yet. T and R, jcb!! 🙂

      • A primary election should subject candidates to scrutiny. It is called “vetting.”

        Failure to acknowledge known weaknesses in a nominee by one party is unlikely to be duplicated by the other party during the general election.

      • Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) said the real “point” of Biden’s comments was that “when you’re sitting next to a Senate colleague, especially someone who at the time was in his own party, you’ve got to work together. You’ve got to figure out and find some common ground.”

        That statement by Senator Jones reminded me of this from Nat’l Lampoon in the 70’s (click to enlarge).

    • https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/06/joe-biden-new-york-times-busy.html

      On Wednesday, the New York Times published the culmination of a three-month-long project in which it asked 21 Democratic primary candidates the same 18 questions. According to the Times’ own description of the project, every single candidate invited to participate in the Q&A sessions did so, except for one: former Vice President and current Democratic primary front-runner Joe Biden.

      This was not, however, for lack of trying:

      So what is Biden doing if he’s not running around the country campaigning at a pace so frenetic that he can’t find a single pocket of time over the course of months for the New York Times? Speaking to wealthy donors about the simpler times when he could still be friendly with avowed racists, for one. But even that only takes up so much time.

      Presumably, Biden’s campaign should be able to at least answer the question of what exactly it is Biden’s doing that keeps him so busy. Over the past 24 hours, I’ve repeatedly reached out to multiple campaign spokespeople to ask exactly why Biden was the only candidate unable to sit down with the New York Times. At the time of publication, we have yet to receive a response.

      We will update this post if and when we hear back, but in the meantime, if you know how Joe Biden’s been filling his time, please do let us know.

      • Well, when Benny first alerted us to this piece of journalism I thought: What a great idea, to ask all the candidates to answer the same list of 18 questions and then post all the answers!

        Only problem was that I could not access the article due to the insurmountable paywall. (Paywall appeared even when I tried to access the article with a VPN.) I felt like I was missing something important.

        But following Jcitybone’s link to Slate’s article and Slate’s link to the NYT article, I was able, for one solitary time (plus one-half of another time), to read the questions and view one of the candidates answers, before I was again denied access to the NYT’s fine reporting.

        So, what’s on offer here is nearly 400 gif’s (sound bites) serving as answers to mostly dumb questions. That is truly not much.

        Not to excuse Biden, but why all the other candidates agreed to participate in this format is beyond me. Maybe I’m missing something.

        Questions range, seriously, from “What food do you eat on the campaign trail?” to “Do you think climate change will be solved by your administration?” The first is really irrelevant, the second is a “gotcha” question.

        For those of you who, like me, fear that you are missing something because of NYT’s paywall, don’t worry.

    • https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/06/21/trump-brings-us-and-iran-brink-war-crisis-he-created

      The warmongers on Trump’s national security team apparently convinced him to set in motion an aerial strike against Iran Thursday in retaliation for the downing of a US drone over waters claimed by Iran.

      Then at the last minute—according to reporting by Michael D. Shear, Eric Schmitt, Michael Crowley and Maggie Haberman at the New York Times—Trump seems to have listened to generals who warned him that things could spiral out of control, even into war. He issued a stand down order. At least for now.

      It isn’t even clear that there was a casus belli. On domestic issues, the U.S. press is locked into an one-the-one-hand, on-the-other-hand disastrous story-telling mode that has enormously benefited those pushing falsehoods such as that cigarettes don’t cause cancer or putting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere does not cause global heating.

      Yet, when it comes to reporting on international security affairs, most U.S. reporting does not fall more than an inch from the Pentagon line of the day (often this dishonesty is the work of editors and publisher-owners rather than the fault of news-gathering reporters, as we saw at McClatchy during the Iraq War).

      We heard all about the way Trump attempted to walk back his tough talk, saying that he was sure that Iran shot down the U.S. drone by accident. The statement, like his later stand down order, is a clear sign of the division between him and his warmongering appointees, such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton.

      • We are teetering at the brink


        Iran refrained from shooting down a U.S. plane with 35 people on board that was accompanying the downed drone in the Gulf, a Revolutionary Guards commander said on Friday.

        Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the Revolutionary Guards aerospace division, was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency: “With the U.S. drone in the region there was also an American P-8 plane with 35 people on board. This plane also entered our airspace and we could have shot it down, but we did not.”

      • But why not ask that question before authorizing in the first place?

        • Kind of makes one wonder that if Iran can never have nuclear weapons then why did Trump tear up the agreement with Iran not to develop nuclear weapons. I would say that there is a lot of circular thinking going on at the WH, but that would be quite accurate. It is more like spiral thinking.

          PS: It is sites, not sights.

          • No one claimed tRump is 100% literate. Good thing cos he’s. not.

            • Lol, I should talk. I missed a complete word in my comment…”would NOT be quite accurate.”

              Listening to him read something off a script was interesting. He has a very low reading skill level.

      • Who made him hire Pompeo and Bolton? The Pence cabal? Sheldon Adelson (sp)? The orange idiot starts a war with Iran, he will be toast next year. Americans are sick of forever war.

        • Bolton, Pompeo and the MIC want a war in the worst way. As far as im concerned Iran took the Bait on that Drone the US flew it close for reasons of their own. It was their B/C the MIC wanted to test Irans resolve and weapons systems for one. That corridor is the most watched area in the world and a fly cant take a shit w/o the US or Russia knowing about it. They both have oil intrestes in that part of the world and a war would hurt more than help. With the amount the US spends on the MIC we should have stealth drones that are damn near invisible and be visable only B/C the US wants them to be.

          • I lean in the other direction: the US should have NO drones period.

            • Unfortunately robotics will take over more and more of the dirty business of war with massive profits for the MIC. The losers are the civilians in harms way. Can the next generation put a stop to it?

              • I understand and agree which is why my cry for the last X decades has been that all wars must be fought with swords.

                Will there be a next generation?

    • Since it’s an open thread, here’s a very interesting analysis of the Democratic party which tries to understand just WHY they are such friggin’ wimps. It’s long enough and wide-ranging enough that’s it’s hard to summarize with just a quote or two.

      Indeed, Democrats discussing society’s ills are almost pathologically averse to putting a name to the face. I remember hearing once about a young Democratic congressional staffer who was carefully admonished by a veteran aide never to call out drug companies by name when talking drug prices. The Democratic Party will acknowledge problems, but not villains.

      But even when Democrats deign to declare that they are opposed to Republican rule, it frequently seems forced, as if they’re pandering to their supporters while secretly hoping their nonsupporters won’t get offended. At the heart of this predilection for the flight over the fight is a tacit ideology that is wildly out of step with the political reality of Trump’s America, where villains abound with almost comic ubiquity. And it is an ideology that, for the first time in living memory, is being challenged by an invigorated populist left, not only out of principle, but also out of a sense that the old way is naïve and ultimately self-defeating. The future of the Democratic Party, and by extension the country, may well depend on whether the party is finally willing to ditch its fretful posture of peacemaking and give war a chance.

      The celebration of charismatic, conflict-averse uniters in Democratic-led White Houses omits a key, and punishing, shift in Democratic politics from anything resembling a viable effort to build a long-term majoritarian liberal coalition. Over the past two decades, Democrats steadily lost disaffected former supporters, while failing to consistently mobilize young or economically precarious people alienated from the entire political process, as the Republican Party increasingly became a nihilistic, anti-democratic machine designed to bamboozle a white elderly base and thwart the desires of the larger public for the sake of an entrenched oligarchy.

      All the while, Democratic leaders continue to campaign and govern from a crouched, defensive position even after they win power. They have bought into the central ideological proposition, peddled by apparatchiks and consultants aligned with the conservative movement, that America is an incorrigibly “center-right” nation, and they have precious little strategy or inclination to move that consensus leftward—to fight, in other words, to change the national consensus; the sort of activity that was once understood as “politics.” 

      There’s considerably more.

    • Science be damned! It is those darn penguins that are causing global warming.

    • Your moment of Zen.

    • Your moment of scary.

      • This wasn’t the only one. There are a lot of people waiting to pounce on anything Bernie says that can possibly be twisted into something to attack.

    • “Iran isn’t Iraq, Serbia, Panama, or an airstrip in Grenada. This country has real military strike-back capabilities that the backwater states we’re used to invading simply do not, meaning war would present a far heightened danger not only to our troops but to civilians in the region. All our recent wars have been stupid, but this one would be really stupid. Just once, could we not do this? Does the script always have to end the same way?“

      • Iran’s coastline is the Straits of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf. They will have no problem shutting down the oil shipments from the whole region. tRump is asking for it if he lets Bolton/Pompeo loose. The FRighties’ worse nightmare will get voted in en masse next year.

    • Excellent article (that’s why I shared so much of it)
      Warren is a rival. She is not the enemy.


      A FEW DAYS AGO, I shared what I question thought was a fairly innocuous observation about a fundamental difference between Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Warren spends most of her campaign unpacking and explaining detailed policy proposals, many of them excellent, while Sanders splits his emphasis between his own strong plans and his calls for the political revolution he has consistently said will be required for any substantive progressive policy wins.
      “Smart policies are very important,” I tweeted. “But we don’t lose because we lack smart policies, we lose because we lack sufficient power to win those policies up against entrenched elite forces that will do anything to defeat us.”

      Within seconds, I was in the grip of a full-on 2016 primary flashback. I was accused of being a shill for Bernie and an enemy of Warren (I’m neither). My feed filled up with partisans of both candidates hurling insults at each other: She gets things done, he is all talk; she’s a pretender, he’s the real deal; he has a gender problem, hers is with race; she’s in the pocket of the arms industry, he’s an easy mark for Donald Trump; he should back her because she’s a woman, she should back him because he started this wave. And much more too venal to mention.

      There’s another reason to resist attempts to turn Sanders vs. Warren into a redux of the 2016 primaries eight months before the first vote is cast. Today’s electoral dynamics are absolutely nothing like 2016. That was a two-way race between two candidates with radically different records and ideas, in which one candidate’s gain really was the other’s loss. A winner-takes-all race like that pretty much always turns into some kind of death match.

      These primaries are another species entirely. There is a small army of candidates, with two of the leaders running on platforms so far to the left, they would have been unimaginable for anyone but a protest candidate as recently as 2014. The frontrunner, meanwhile, is eminently beatable (especially if Joe Biden keeps showing us exactly who he is, as he did about six times this week).

      All this means that for leftists and progressives, the name of the game is not canceling out each other’s candidates. It’s doing everything possible not to end up with a Wall Street-funded centrist running against a president with the power of incumbency. That means making the case against the idea that candidates positioning themselves as the “safe choice” are in any way safe, whether at the polls or once in office. And it means helping to bring more and more people to one of the genuinely progressive frontrunners. There’s plenty of time to worry about vote-spitting down the road — the task now is to enlarge the number of votes available to be split (or combined).

      “Sanders and Warren have competed for months over the party’s left flank,” Politico recently claimed. In fact, both have dramatically expanded that flank, drawing on different parts of the U.S. electorate. Sanders’s base is younger and more multiracial; Warren’s is older, whiter, and wealthier, according to a CBS News poll and one from Fox News. Sanders galvanizes traditional nonvoters and is more likely to peel off some Trump voters down the road; Warren is more able to shift former Hillary Clinton supporters to the left.

      What is really happening in this race, and this is why the rivalry is being so relentlessly stoked, is that centrist candidates presumed to be frontrunners or at least serious contenders are flailing, and the progressive flank is expanding — to the extent that Sanders and Warren’s combined bases exceed Biden’s. This is an extraordinary turn of events representing an unprecedented revival of unabashedly left ideas in U.S. politics. In short, it’s not 2016, when broad support for Sanders’s bold progressive policies took nearly everyone by surprise — it’s something entirely new.

      None of this is to say that Bernie and Warren are interchangeable. There are big differences between their policies, styles, and world views: on the role of markets and the military; on the depths of our structural crises; on the urgency of standing up to the Democratic Party machine; on the role of outside movement power; and more. These differences are important and should be explored and clarified during this interminable campaign. Like everyone else, I have my own preference (hardly a well-kept secret), and I’ll be writing more on that later. We should all also pay close attention to how messages resonate beyond our particular tribes and ideological circles — because beating Trump is paramount.

      These forces, and the think tanks they finance, want the Warren and Sanders camps at each other’s throats, demoralizing and weakening each other. Because that’s exactly how the progressive bloc stalls or shrinks enough for Biden (or some newer political GMO crop) to walk away with it.

      • Agree. At the same time, I don’t want to glass over those big differences. If we pretend they’re not there now, it will be that much harder to bring them up later.

        It’s a tricky dance, because we may well need to combine campaigns down the road.

    • I have no idea how accurate it is but it is a good read.


      • It is frightening how uninformed Trump actually is.

        That he needs a general to inform him that there would be casualties in a war with Iran. 150 people is unbelievably out of touch!

        • and is everyone ignoring that it could start a much wider conflict, possibly involving Russia? That the United States has been talking about waging a limited nuclear war?

          limited being a meaningless word pretty much.

    • ““The criticism is that it has been corporate captured. The issue is how you redress that balance so that trade is more than just a financial transaction.”

      Meltdown: the climate crisis – in pictures
      McDonnell said that if Labour held power when the UK next hosts a G7 summit in 2021 it would focus the annual meeting of the world’s most powerful economies on measures to tackle global heating.”

    • An interesting series of videos with regard to regime change in Iran.

        • Coalition of who? Saudi Arabia and Israel? The UK?

          • The UK has all it can handle with Brexit, Israel should lie low but who knows. Saudi Arabia has not been able to beat the Houthis in three years so unlikely to be useful.

    • This was likely before Biden’s latest gaff.

      • this just makes me so sad. I know that I have enough privilege to have had the time and the education, and luckily, the friends and family to have realized, early on about injustice and the media and the government.

        My dad died when I was pretty young, but I just recently found out that he introduced MLK At a speech he gave in Tucson. That made me so proud.

      • Now let’s see a poll on what age groups among black voters get disenfranchised more often.

    • from the interview,

      “The first book that Ed and I wrote together, Counterrevolutionary Violence, was published by a small publisher that was doing quite well. They published 20,000 copies of it, and were ready to distribute it. The publisher was owned by a big conglomerate, Warner Brothers, now part of Time Warner. One of the Warner executives saw the advertising for the book, and did not like it. He asked to see the book, and when he saw it, he went berserk and ordered them to stop distributing it immediately.

      The publisher at first did not agree. They said they would publish a critical volume with contrary views, but that was not enough. To prevent it from being published, in the course of the discussion, he just put the whole publisher out of business, destroying all their stock—not only our book, but all their books.

      We brought this to the attention to some civil libertarians at the American Civil Liberties Union. They did not see any problem. It is not government censorship; it is just a corporation deciding to destroy a publisher to prevent them distributing a book.”

      • https://chomsky.info/counter-revolutionary-violence/


        The American public will be slow to connect My Lai to Watergate, and yet that link is embedded in the political consciousness of those who are guiding the destinies of this country. Just as the Watergate burglaries of the Democratic National Committee headquarters were but a stitch in the fabric of illegal and criminal government, so My Lai was no more than a particularly horrible example of the American ‘game plan” in the Vietnam War. The gruesome sequence of atrocity, frantic cover-up, unintended expose, hypocritical expression of humanitarian concern by commanders and rulers, and desperate public relations efforts to confine the blame to the triggermen is manifest in both settings.

        Americans are fascinated by the Mafia, but very few citizens of this country believed until recently that the brutalities and deceptions of organized crime were also characteristic of government operations. We can be thankful, I suppose, that the United States government is not yet as efficient as the Mafia (whose skill has been built up over generations and whose personnel have been conditioned from birth) when it comes to hiding the traces of their crimes, cutting short the investigative trail, and screening out the occasional honest and principled operative.

      • I suppose that I should have included this.🙄


        President Trump has directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to begin rounding up migrant families who have received deportation orders starting this Sunday, three U.S. officials with knowledge of the plan told The Washington Post.

        The operation, which will kick off with predawn raids, is expected to target up to 2,000 families facing deportation orders in up to 10 cities, including Houston, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles and other cities with high numbers of immigrants.

        Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan has reportedly been urging ICE to take a more limited approach to detain a group of about 150 families who had attorneys but dropped out of the legal process and absconded. He warned that the widespread operation could risk separating children from their parents.

    • It should be noted that Joe Crowley has endorsed her opponent.

    • MSM is apparently actively seeking out people to defend Biden’s stupid remarks.

      Civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis defends Biden comments


      Asked whether fellow Democrats should drop their criticism of Biden, John Lewis said, “No. I’m not going to judge other people and sit in judgement on others.”

      He has judged what Biden has said as appropriate.

      Once again, like I said about Clyburn who also said he was able to work with segregationists, did Lewis work with them on anti-black agendas as Biden did?

      Joe “No clue” Biden stated in one interview that there is not “a racist bone in” his body. There are many who do not think of themselves as racist because they don’t look deeper into the affect of their actions and words. It is akin to “Well, I am not burning crosses on people’s lawns so I must not be a racist.”

      The top of the iceberg: the cluelessness exemplified by bragging about his good relationships with those who so obviously were racist and his lack of understanding about the differences between being called “boy” vs “son” and with his policies that adversely affected the black community.

      Biden’s statements encourage the racists in our country who are already gobbling up Trump’s very racist agenda and further normalizes that the type of actions and rhetoric spewed by people like James Eastland. Eastland said some very ugly things. So ugly that Trump has not even come close.

      It is noticeable, at least to me, that Biden never denounces the segregationist’s rhetoric; he just talks about his so-called ability to work with them. Part of what he claims as his ability is a lie though. It took several hours to research this the other night, so I am going to repost below the timeline that shows that Biden was not a key element “forcing” segregationists to accept the VRA.

      He uses them as as proof of his ability to work across the aisle, ignoring the fact that Eastland was a Democrat. Many people probably just assume Eastland was a Republican because he was a segregationist. Thurmond was a Democrat until 1964. Stennis was a Democrat. Talmadge was a Democrat.

      Reality check:

      Eastland chair of the Judiciary committee 1956 to 1978
      Voting Rights Act passed 1965
      Re-authorization of VRA (5 yrs) 1970
      Joe Biden elected to Senate 1973
      Re-authorization of VRA (7 yrs) 1975
      Joe Biden joins Judiciary Committee 1977
      Eastland, Chair of Judiciary Committee, retires 1978
      Ted Kennedy chair of Judiciary committee 1979 to 1981
      Strom Thurmond Chair of Judiciary Committee 1981-1987
      Joe Biden ranking minority member of Judiciary committee 1981-1987
      Re-authorization of VRA (25 yrs) 1982 . . . in video, suggests he was chairman at this time
      Joe Biden Chair of Judiciary committee 1987-1995
      Joe Biden ranking minority member of Judiciary committee 1995-2008
      Re-authorization of the VRA (25 yrs) 2006

      In at least one video, he claims (apparently solely) to have been responsible for the passage of the VRA. Trump also claims credit for things he did not do.

      Not one of the bills that Biden sponsored through his entire career had to do with Voting Rights. Co-sponsored, yes, but for someone who claims he was on the front lines of this issue, not one sponsored bill.

      • thanks for all the research!

      • Great post here. Could stand on it’s own as a diary easily, I might add.

        John Lewis finding new lows to stoop to, sadly, has been a recurring theme in recent years. Jarring that he’s so out of step with MLK when it comes to the evils of the white moderate.

        • Thanks.

          Lewis, Clyburn, et al have chosen to ignore MLK’s warnings and have become part of the establishment that he fought against. Where are the black progressive leaders of today?

    • Joe you had better drop out before your past catches up to you!

      There is plenty more like this!

    • This should not come as a surprise.

    • Question: having problems c and p-ing music vids off YouTube on to here but I can do it on other blogs. What gives?

      • And I’m having trouble seeing some videos, particularly from la58 and windDancer13

      • Test

        It seemed to work for me.

        • Blank page

          • It must be the browser. since I often get a blank page when viewing some of your posts.

            • Today is the first time that I have gotten blank pages. Sometimes I have seen tweets that are just the links, but first time for this. Also today only, sometimes I see the video or one in a tweet and when I click on it the page goes blank. If it persists tomorrow, I will try a different browser.

              • Things are strange. In your comment “Your moment of scary.” I only saw the quoted words.and the rest of the page was blank. Out of curiosity I clicked on the blank space and The sound of the video began without the video. I am not smart enough to figure it out but it seems like compatibility between browser issues.

                • I tried another browser today, and the same thing is happening. And in both browsers (Chrome and Pale Moon) even some of my videos are not showing up today.

                  PS: I hope you do not mind, but I re-posted one of your comments in today’s thread. I think there is an important message in it that should not be ignored.

    • She is so off my list:

    • From Politico this is almost treason:

      A 76-year-old centrist who spent 36 years in the Senate before serving as vice president, Biden was already out of step with the Democratic Party’s left wing, which wants a fresh face, a woman, a candidate of color or at least an unapologetic progressive torch-bearer. [emphasis added]

    • Some of these candidates sure know how to pander.

      Bernie is not one of them.👍👌🤩

    • It appears as if this is Biden’s attempt to walk back his call for Booker to apologize.

    • I wonder who the crowd will be cheering for?

    • It conjures up a image of a puppy with its tail between its legs seeking forgiveness having peed on the floor. SAD!


      House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn has apologized to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer for his comments about the lack of diversity among their top staff that stirred furor within the upper ranks of leadership.

      Clyburn’s swift efforts to recant his criticism of his fellow Democratic leaders are the latest in a string of recent verbal missteps in which the No. 3 House Democrat has been forced to walk back contentious remarks.

      Earlier this month, Clyburn had retreated from his comments suggesting that an impeachment inquiry was inevitable. Weeks before that, Clyburn came under fire by some in his own party for appearing to diminish the Holocaust.

  • The talk of the day is Biden’s love for deceased segregationists so let’s start with that

    • https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/06/20/staggering-frontrunner-status-clueless-and-shameless-joe-biden

      Joe Biden just put a spotlight on his mindset when he explicitly refused to apologize for fondly recalling how the Senate “got things done” with “civility” as he worked alongside some of the leading racist lawmakers of the 20th century. For Biden, the personal is the political; he knows that he’s virtuous, and that should be more than good enough for African Americans, for women, for anyone.

      “There’s not a racist bone in my body,” Biden exclaimed Wednesday night, moments after demanding: “Apologize for what?” His deep paternalism surfaced during the angry outburst as he declared: “I’ve been involved in civil rights my whole career, period, period, period.”

      “Joe Biden is the biggest threat to Joe Biden’s political future.”
      Biden has been “involved” in civil rights his “whole career” alright. But at some crucial junctures, he was on the wrong side. He teamed up with segregationist senators to oppose busing for school desegregation in the 1970s. And he played a leading role—while pandering to racism with a shameful Senate floor speech—for passage of the infamous 1994 crime bill that fueled mass incarceration.

      Such aspects of Biden’s record provide context for his comments this week—praising an era of productive “civility” with the virulent segregationist Dixiecrat Senators Herman Talmadge of Georgia and James Eastland of Mississippi (known as the “Voice of the White South”), who often called black people “an inferior race.”

      • https://truthout.org/articles/the-white-mans-biden/

        After polishing the turd that was James O. Eastland, Biden proceeded to wallow in the shallow grave of nonsense bipartisanship. “But today, you look at the other side and you’re the enemy,” he said. “Not the opposition. The enemy. We don’t talk to each other anymore. I know the new New Left tells me that I’m, this is old-fashioned. Well, guess what? If we can’t reach a consensus in our system, what happens? It encourages and demands the abuse of power by a president.”

        Biden’s verbal slap at the “new New Left,” delivered before a roomful of wealthy donors, is actually an attack against voters seeking relief from the policies he championed. They want an end to the wars he voted for, an end to the carceral system he helped build, and relief from the bankruptcy laws he wrote.

        Biden was in New York for one reason: To get money from rich people and as many Republican donors as he could corner during cocktails. During the event at the Carlyle Hotel, Biden promised the wealthy assemblage he would not “demonize anybody who has made money.”

        Biden was in New York for one reason: To get money from rich people and as many Republican donors as he could corner during cocktails.
        “You’re not the other,” Biden told the room. “I need you very badly. I hope if I win this nomination, I won’t let you down. I promise you.” This was a reprise of the refrain he unspooled in March, when he said, “I love Bernie, but I’m not Bernie Sanders. I don’t think 500 billionaires are the reason why we’re in trouble.”

        Joe Biden’s tin ear is larger than those SETI satellite dishes listening for signs of alien life beside the Cascade Mountains in California. Candidate Biden is both the elephant parade and the guy with the broom bringing up the rear. The elephants take a dump in the street, the broom guy tries to clean it up, and it’s all Joe 3.0.

        The Democratic Establishment, in tapping Biden as their standard bearer after the long calamity of the 2016 election, have clearly forgotten the First Law of Holes: When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

    • hey jcb. beat me to it – – thanks!

      All I had was this. Someone’s got to do something, or am I being completely pwned?

    • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2019/06/20/daily-202-joe-biden-s-gaffe-on-segregationist-senators-shows-why-aides-are-keeping-him-away-from-reporters/5d0a658ca7a0a47d87c56d5c/?utm_term=.4dd8fb3ad4b0&utm_source=reddit.com

      The latest donnybrook illustrates why Biden has been the least directly accessible to the press of all the 2020 candidates, including President Trump. Biden has been doing fewer public events than his top-tier rivals, preferring to focus on raising money from high-dollar donors. He’s given virtually no sit-down interviews and submitted to relatively few gaggles. The New York Times published a snazzy video feature yesterday, for example, in which reporters posed the same questions to 21 presidential candidates. Biden was the only person who refused to participate.

      His fundraisers have been mostly open to a press pool, which means that a reporter is allowed in to watch Biden’s speech and email quotes around to other media outlets. But these are tightly controlled events. Biden can decide to talk about whatever he wants. He’s not facing tough questions. That means these latest comments were entirely unforced errors.

      Another observation: Biden’s demand that Booker apologize to him is a reminder that he has several Trumpian tendencies, from overuse of hyperbole to a reluctance to admit when he’s wrong and a tendency to disregard sage advice from political professionals. Like Trump, Biden is running in many ways to take the country back to what he sees as the good ol’ days, which for many folks — especially women and people of color — weren’t so good. He wants to make the Senate great again, but the way many people heard it this week, he thinks it was great when it was a boys’ club with some racist characters.

      Wesley Lowery, my colleague who was part of the team that earned a Pulitzer for coverage of fatal police shootings, was taken aback that Biden would tell an African American senator to apologize the way he did. Lowery observed that Biden also used Booker’s first name: “Cory should apologize,” he said. Not Booker. Or the senator. Or the gentleman from New Jersey.

      “Friends of Caucasian persuasion: if you happen to say a thing that black people find racist or unacceptably coddling of racists, one way to not diffuse things is to decide you are the victim and the black people owe YOU an apology,” Lowery tweeted last night. “Whether you agree with Booker’s statement or not, it’s measured and respectful and specific about what he found offensive. It engaged Biden in good faith. … I know of very few black or brown organizers (especially young ones) who’d take well to the declaration from a white septuagenarian that they ‘know better’ than to criticize him on race.”

      • Biden said that Cory “knows better.” I found that to be condescending in itself. Like you’d talk about your child when they were in trouble or something.

      • https://theweek.com/speedreads/848219/bidens-segregationist-comments-have-reportedly-been-point-contention-campaign

        As former Vice President Joe Biden defends his comments about working with segregationist senators, some within his campaign are leaking their disapproval to the media.

        Biden has been taking fire after touting at a Tuesday event his past ability to work with segregationist senators with whom he disagreed like James Eastland and Herman Talmadge, nostalgically recalling a time when “at least there was some civility” and when “we got things done.” This drew criticism from some of Biden’s Democratic opponents including Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who called on him to apologize. But Biden has defended himself, pushing back and saying Booker is the one who should apologize.

        Politico reports that Biden had been advised against talking about segregationists in this way, though, with one source saying it’s been “a point of contention” but “there’s only so much we can do. This is his decision.”

        Similarly, The Washington Post reports that some within Biden’s campaign “warned him against mentioning” in public his relationship with Eastland, with aides saying “they had urged Biden to find a less toxic example” and one adviser telling the Post, “it might move him to pick a different senator.” This source added, “he’s not someone you can go to and just say, ‘You’ve been doing this x number of years and you can’t do this anymore.'”

    • Nancy has Biden’s back


      House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) took a question Thursday on the current scandal embroiling former Vice President Joe Biden after his comments on segregationists, calling him “authentic” and saying that he just meant that he is able to work across the aisle.

      “I think that authenticity is the most important characteristic that candidates have to convey to the American people,” she said Thursday. “Joe Biden is authentic. He considers certain things a resource, that he has worked across the aisle — that’s what he was saying,” she added before pivoting to bread and butter issues.

    • https://www.democracynow.org/2019/6/20/ta_nehisis_coates_joe_biden_segregation

      We speak with acclaimed writer Ta-Nehisi Coates about Joe Biden’s long record on the wrong side of civil rights legislation, from opposing busing in the 1970s to helping to fuel mass incarceration in 1990s. Coates says, “Joe Biden shouldn’t be president.”

    • BREAKING: In three separate votes, senators approved all 22 resolutions to block sales that had been forced by the Trump admin without congressional oversight https://t.co/blfJcZiynR via @MiddleEastEye

      — Ali Harb (@Harbpeace) June 20, 2019

    • https://t.co/mymFw7GB9Q

      — ✊#NoodDemocraticSocialistOggy (@Noodoggy) June 20, 2019

    • The article describes Warren’s numbers as continuing her recent boost of support, but last week in this poll, she was at 16 and Bernie at 12 (Biden was the same at 26.)


      Joe Biden leads the crowded Democratic presidential primary field by 12 points in a new poll, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) edges out Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) by 1 point, continuing her recent boost in support.

      The former vice president is the first choice for 26 percent of Democratic voters who said they will vote in their state’s primary or caucus next year, while 14 percent backed Warren and 13 percent voiced support for Sanders, according to the latest Economist/YouGov poll.

      No other candidate breaks double digits in the question.

    • https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/back-home-in-south-bend-buttigieg-faces-his-nightmare/2019/06/19/d29c0b50-92bc-11e9-b58a-a6a9afaa0e3e_story.html?utm_term=.f81faee3cae2&utm_source=reddit.com

      In recent weeks, Pete Buttigieg had emerged as the surprise success of the 2020 presidential campaign. Polls showed him surging in key states, enchanted Democrats were forking over millions of dollars, and his husband, Chasten, had accumulated more than 340,000 followers on Twitter.

      Then came bad news from South Bend, the town Buttigieg leads as mayor. A white police officer had shot and killed a black man early Sunday. Buttigieg canceled several days of campaign events — including an LGBTQ gala in New York — and rushed back to Indiana to “be with the South Bend community,” in the words of a campaign spokesman.

      Instead of showcasing But­tigieg’s ability to lead through a crisis, however, the shooting is exposing what has long been considered an Achilles’ heel of his candidacy: his frosty relationship with South Bend’s black residents. Since arriving on Sunday, Buttigieg has alienated the family of the dead man, Eric Logan, 54, skipped a vigil at the scene of the shooting, and sought advice from outsiders, including the Rev. Al Sharpton of New York.

      On Wednesday, Buttigieg finally made his first extended public remarks about the shooting, appearing at South Bend police headquarters to lecture the city’s new cadet class about the importance of turning on their body cameras when they interact with members of the public. During Sunday’s shooting, the officer’s camera had been turned off.

      “This is his nightmare,” said Jorden Gieger, a community organizer who is close to Logan’s family. “You have to imagine the first thing he said to the police chief was, ‘You all had one job: Don’t shoot a black guy while I’m running for president.’ ”

      The shooting has handed But­tigieg the first significant challenge of his charmed campaign. To allies, his decision to leave the campaign trail and then hold two days of private meetings signals deliberate, considerate leadership. But to detractors, including many of South Bend’s black activists, his actions show that he still doesn’t get it.

      “How’s he handling it?” said Oliver Davis, the longest-serving black member of the South Bend Common Council. “Well, he talked to the media before the family. He skipped the family vigil, full of black residents. And then he then gave a speech to the police. So, how do you think that went over?”

      • I don’t get why the glitterati love him so much, unless it’s the usual – – they get to keep their money. He’s on the right side of centrist.

    • https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/449511-senate-votes-to-block-trumps-saudi-arms-sale

      The Senate voted Thursday to block President Trump’s Saudi arms deal, paving the way for a veto clash with the White House.

      The Senate voted 53-45 on resolutions to block two of the sales, with GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Mike Lee (Utah), Jerry Moran (Kansas), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Todd Young (Ind.) joining Democrats.

      They voted 51-45 to block the additional 20 arms sales. Murkwoski flipped to vote for the sale, while Lee did not vote.
      The Senate is expected to block the entire arms deal on Thursday with two additional, subsequent back-to-back votes.

    • Hmmmm… ://t.co/ShzzI2XUuC

      — Organizers for Bernie 2020 (@OFB2020) June 20, 2019

      WTF? Not allowing C-SPAN to cover this?

      • I totally disagree with C-Span rolling over on this. Having only one source of coverage is dangerous. Hopefully everyone at the debate will bring extra batteries and storage for their phones to record the whole thing in case MSNBC videos get “lost” later.

    • http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/06/sanders-and-warren-had-a-non-aggression-deal-is-it-over.html

      Yet this is still not a consensus view in Sanders’s orbit — much of his team is far more hesitant to engage in any kind of fight with Warren, even implicitly. Many of them like Warren, and believe that the notion the candidates are on a collision course is a creation of the political media that misunderstands the candidates and their campaigns. This is the official line, and indeed many of his aides scoffed when the Times labeled a recent tweet from Sanders’s research director about Warren’s economic rhetoric an “attack.” Meanwhile, though it’s true Warren has hired some ex-Sanders aides for her 2020 bid — like Brendan Summers, Sanders’s former caucus director, and Kunoor Ojha, a senior organizing official — and that much of their messaging overlaps, many on Team Sanders are convinced that her rising numbers coincide more with polling slides for Biden and other candidates. In other words, she is not directly picking up Sanders voters.

      Sanders never talks explicitly about Warren, his closest ideological ally in the race, on the campaign trail. But he knows that any attempt to distance himself from the rest of the field comes with an implied shot at her, too, especially now. And now it’s late enough in the game that he’s okay with that.

      “It’s a circumstance of timing. If Buttigieg was rising, or if Beto was rising, we’d still be giving the same speech. Same message,” said Shakir. “Maybe the lens with which the media sees it would be different.”

      • No one’s talking about the inevitable ultimate “clash,” though. When one of them has to drop out and give their support to the other. unless everyone else is a total fail, that’s what we’ll need. I wish that Warren would be willing to do that and I used to think that she would. But the more I see about her, the less I trust in that.

        I know that it’s probably too early to worry too much about this. And the same could be said for Tulsi.

    • The Issue is Not Taming Capitalism; the Issue is Not Rigging Capitalism to Give All The Money to the Rich

      In talking about learning lessons from the collapse of the housing bubble and Great Recession, E.J. Dionne and leaders of the Wall Street funded Third Way group both showed they have not learned any lessons. Dionne approvingly quotes Matt Bennet, Third Way’s executive vice-president for public affairs:

      “We need to be working to tame capitalism at this moment, because it is not functioning well, …”

      The quote implies that upward redistribution of the last four decades is simply the result of untamed capitalism. That may be a convenient view for the beneficiaries of this upward redistribution (hey, it was just the natural workings of the market), but it is 180 degrees at odds with reality.

      The longer and stronger and patent and copyright protection of the last four decades, which transfers many hundreds of billions of dollars upward each year (and is the reason prescription drugs are expensive) had nothing to do with an untamed market.This was the result of deliberately structuring of the market by Bennet’s political allies.

      Similarly, the financial system has been structured to allow some people to get enormously rich while contributing nothing to economy. This has included things like rewriting bankruptcy rules on home mortgages and derivatives to facilitate trading. It also means allowing private equity partners to ripoff public pension funds. And, it means that big banks enjoy too big to fail insurance.

      And we structured our trade deals to put downward pressure on the wages of the 70 percent of the workforce without college degrees while protecting the most highly paid professionals, such as doctors and dentists. Also, beginning with Robert Rubin in the 1990s, we pushed for an over-valued dollar that put more downward pressure on the pay of less-educated workers.

      It is absurd to pretend that the massive upward redistribution of the last four decades was just capitalism running wild. This upward redistribution was the deliberate design of the leadership of both political parties.

    • Corbyn and Sanders – – good for a global health!

    • (not really Clark)

    • @jcitybone

    • Sanders Would Consider Decriminalizing Sex Work

      Less than 24 hours after Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren said she would be “open” to decriminalizing sex work, the Bernie Sanders campaign told VICE the candidate believes it’s a policy that “should be considered.”

      “Bernie believes that decriminalization is certainly something that should be considered,” Deputy Communications Director Sarah Ford said in an email Thursday morning. “Other countries have done this and it has shown to make the lives of sex workers safer.”

      In May, Sanders said he would consider “legalizing prostitution,” but this is the first time he’s used the “decriminalization” framework sex workers themselves are advocating for. When asked in March about his thoughts on the matter, he told hosts of the radio show The Breakfast Club, “That’s a good question and I don’t have an answer for that.”

      Both Warren and Sanders have both endorsed Queens district attorney candidate Tiffany Cabán, who has made sex work decriminalization core to her campaign. If elected, Cabán has said she wouldn’t prosecute sex workers or their clients, nor would she prosecute anyone charged with “promoting prostitution.”

      “This is literally how they put food on their tables,” Cabán said at a debate last week.

    • Nice save, Joe.

    • This story was inspired by real people:

      Note: The translations in the subtitles are a bit rough sometimes.

    • If you don’t have time to watch the entire thing, start at 13:50 for the question “What is the one thing you would do if you woke up white?” There is such a sad truth in what their answers reveal.

    • If HRC, who also wanted to attack Iran, had been elected there wouldn’t even be the mild push back to Trump’s warmongering that some Democrats are doing now. The following needs to be pushed in their faces.

      (Sorry, I could not find a better resource for this. It is listed as a Reuter’s article but cannot be found, so far, on the Reuter’s web site. The link is to one of those slideshow things which I dearly hate.)

      Which countries take in the most refugees?

      Developing countries shoulder a disproportionate amount of responsibility for hosting refugees, according to the UNHCR refugee agency, with the poorest nations hosting 6.7 million individuals, a third of all refugees worldwide. These countries have the least resources to respond to people seeking refuge, when they are already facing structural barriers to development. On World Refugee Day, a look at which countries take in the most refugees.

      This link is a straight article.

      UN: Nearly 71 million now displaced by war, violence at home

      Launching the report, the high commissioner, Filippo Grandi, had a message for U.S. President Donald Trump and other world leaders, calling it “damaging” to depict migrants and refugees as threats to jobs and security in host countries. Often, they are fleeing insecurity and danger themselves, he said.

      The report also puts a statistical skeleton onto often-poignant individual stories of people struggling to survive by crossing rivers, deserts, seas, fences and other barriers, natural and man-made, to escape government oppression, gang killings, sexual abuse, militia murders and other such violence at home.

      UNHCR said 70.8 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of last year, up from about 68.5 million in 2017 — and nearly a 65% increase from a decade ago. Among them, nearly three in five people — or more than 41 million — are displaced within their home countries.

    • But Stephanie what exactly did Biden mean when he said he was called son but not boy?


      Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) clashed with an MSNBC host Thursday during an interview when the host pressed the 2020 presidential candidate on his call for former Vice President Joe Biden to apologize over his remarks about working with two segregationist lawmakers.

      MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle said Biden was trying to make the point that “bipartisanship is necessary” and he’s shown it by working with “the deplorable of the deplorable.”

      “Why is it you believe he has to apologize,” she asked Sanders.

      The bipartisanship is not what Sanders disagrees with, he said.

      “Look when you’re in Congress you work with everybody, I do I think every member of the Senate, every member of the House works with people who have very, very different points of view,” Sanders said.

      “But I don’t think you have to be touting personal relations with people who were very brutal segregationists,” he added.

      Sanders and Biden are in the race among more than 20 other Democrats for the party’s presidential nomination.

      Pushed on whether he thinks Biden’s comments have been taken out of context as a praise of the segregationists, Sanders told MSNBC “I think the media makes a bigger deal of it than it is,” but would not back down on his call for Biden to apologize.

      “That’s my view. I’m sorry ma’am. I’m sorry if you disagree with me, that’s my view,” Sanders said.

      • How about discussing Biden’s opposition to busing Stephanie?


        “The more people hear about it, some are saying, ‘Well, he was applauding or celebrating that.’ That wasn’t what Joe Biden was doing,” Ruhle explained. “Joe Biden was trying to make the point that bipartisanship is necessary. He’s done so working with the deplorable of the deplorables. That’s why he gave the example of the segregationists. So why is it that you believe he has to apologize?”

        Sanders stood by his previous claim that Biden should apologize, adding that, “When you’re in Congress, you work with everybody. I do. I think every member of the Senate. Every member of the House works with people who have very, very different points of view. But I don’t think you have to be touting a personal relationship with people who were very brutal segregationists who did a massive amount of —,” before being cut off.

        Ruhle pushed back, “But Senator, he wasn’t touting relations.”

        Sanders then talked over her, exclaiming, “Okay, that’s my view on it. I’m sorry. Ma’am, I’m sorry. If you disagree with me that’s fine. That is my view.”

        “Haven’t you, over a four-decade career, had to align yourself with people who don’t share your views on things to advance your causes?” Ali Velshi chimed in.

        “Absolutely. Just what I said. Absolutely. I have and so has every other member of the Congress,” Sanders answered. “But one doesn’t really tout, you know, one’s personal relationships or make a virtue out of civility when it may be a necessity and not a virtue.”

      • It appears to me that she was the one being a Biden partisan.

        Bernie handled it quite well.

    • Lucy Diavolo has written some good stuff for Teen Vogue.


      To me, Biden’s pledge to keep a room full of wealthy donors satisfied with the status quo is the surest sign yet that Democrats need to take a hard and close look at what the party will represent not just in 2020, but in the future.

      If Biden does win, there’s a good chance I’ll someday be writing about how we have to put aside these very criticisms I’m making and accept what progress we can. Biden’s campaign is not an unmitigated disaster; he’s maybe softening his stance on the death penalty and has criticized the Trump administration’s escalation of tensions with Iran as a “self-inflicted disaster,” which could signal his opposition to any potential war.

      But Biden is not, by any stretch of the imagination, the leader of a political revolution. He is a man so emblematic of the 20th century that he seems a walking embodiment of it. As we approach an election that marks one-fifth of the 21st century passing us by, I wonder how much damage he could do, especially for young people. His most potent expressions of his views on today’s youth on the campaign trail have been a complete absence of empathy and telling people to protect their daughters and sisters.

      Our nation is in need of radical change. The climate crisis looms darker every day, the current administration is running concentration camps—yes, concentrations camps—on our southern border for migrants, and student loan debt is weighing down millions of people.

      I don’t believe Biden represents the possibility for that change. And watching him gaffe his way through the race is not some charming satire from The Onion; it is a reality that makes me sick with fear about what the future looks like.

      • Yang, in a recent interview, explained how those social services would be gradually phased out under his policies. So, poor people can trade in food and medical care for $1000/mo which will make them worse off than before.

      • There are plenty of candidates I would recommend for stopping M4A before Warren.

        • Yang is another zero to write off on my ballot.

          • I’ve been asked about Yang, and I’ve informed my friends that UBI is supported by Libertarians such as Charles Murray. Murray has said that he would be willing to provide a regular income but over 1/3 would have to be used on health care insurance.

            Looks like Yang has been talking to the Third Way Banksters, or he’s been a closet Libertarian.

    • Will someone ask Biden’s campaign what he meant by touting the fact that Eastland called him son instead of boy?


      Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. called a rival in the 2020 presidential campaign, Senator Cory Booker, to try to smooth over tensions late Wednesday night after Mr. Booker said that the former vice president should apologize for his warm comments about segregationist senators.

      Mr. Biden made the call after Mr. Booker spent 20 minutes on CNN lambasting his remarks, according to two people familiar with the call. While the tone between the men was conciliatory, the former vice president stood by his remarks Thursday while his allies defended them.

      Mr. Biden’s campaign, which has sought to portray itself as a level above the 22 other Democrats seeking the party’s presidential nomination, urged surrogates to fire back at competitors like Mr. Booker who criticize Mr. Biden by noting that they too have cut deals with Republicans with checkered histories on race issues.

      “The point of the story is that you have to be able to work with people, even if they hold positions repugnant to you in order to make some progress,” read Biden campaign talking points that were distributed to surrogates and allies. “Our opponents in this race agree — they’ve worked with Jeff Sessions, Steve King, Cindy Hyde Smith among others across the aisle to do their jobs in Congress.”

    • https://washingtonmonthly.com/2019/06/20/how-chuck-todd-distorts-reality/

      Back in 2013, Chuck Todd said that it wasn’t the media’s job to correct Republican lies—particularly when it came to the issue of Obamacare. Fast forward six years, and the same television news host is playing a completely different tune. He took it upon himself to lecture Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for referring to the migrant detention facilities being run by the Trump administration as “concentration camps.”

      Let’s first of all note that Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t lying about the detention facilities, Todd simply didn’t like the language she used to describe them. What this demonstrates is that, according to Todd, it is not the job of the media to call out Republican lies, but it is their job to police the civility of the language used by Democrats.

      In the process of this commentary, Todd once again demonstrates that he can’t let go of the “both sides do it” framework. He criticized Representative Jerrold Nadler for failing to call Ocasio-Cortez out on her comments and used that as a springboard to suggest that we are all so ensconced in our liberal vs. conservative bubbles that we can’t talk about right and wrong anymore.

    • The revolving door gives us another candidate.

    • Brutal! But deserved.😜

    • Joe pals around with such nice people.

      • This is what Joe “Never Apologize” Biden calls “civility.”

        The pre-Civil War South was well-known for its genteel manners and courtesy, so I guess we can ignore that whole slavery thing.

        PS: I want to see a debate between Biden and McConnell.

    • Ta-Nehisi Coates: "Biden shouldn’t be president…Biden says that he’s been involved with civil rights his entire career. It’s worth remembering Joe Biden opposed busing and bragged about it."

      "When somebody shows you who they are, believe them. This is who Joe Biden is." pic.twitter.com/y41a5zK1pv

      — Waleed Shahid (@_waleedshahid) June 20, 2019

    • More Media Induced Bubbling about Bernie and Warren’s Politics in their Campaigns

      Yet this is still not a consensus view in Sanders’s orbit — much of his team is far more hesitant to engage in any kind of fight with Warren, even implicitly. Many of them like Warren, and believe that the notion the candidates are on a collision course is a creation of the political media that misunderstands the candidates and their campaigns. This is the official line, and indeed many of his aides scoffed when the Times labeled a recent tweet from Sanders’s research director about Warren’s economic rhetoric an “attack.” Meanwhile, though it’s true Warren has hired some ex-Sanders aides for her 2020 bid — like Brendan Summers, Sanders’s former caucus director, and Kunoor Ojha, a senior organizing official — and that much of their messaging overlaps, many on Team Sanders are convinced that her rising numbers coincide more with polling slides for Biden and other candidates. In other words, she is not directly picking up Sanders voters.

      “I think that there are certain number of people who would like to see a woman elected, and I understand that,” Sanders said on CNN when asked about Warren on Wednesday, before praising her. “There are people who would like to see somebody who was younger, and I understand that also. There are a lot of factors out there.”

      I’m using an excerpt that I think is more likely the takeaway, even if the writer is creating brew to stir around.


    • Terrible tweet. Horrendous headline.

      thought you’d want to see it.