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    • Bernie Sanders: ‘Even Terrible People’ Like the Boston Bomber Should Be Able to Vote

      Bernie Sanders wants all felons—including the Boston Marathon bomber and sex criminals—to be able to vote, saying that “even terrible people” should have their say on the future of the United States. Sanders made the remarks Monday night in response to a question at a CNN tow- hall event in New Hampshire. A student asked if he would support enfranchising “the Boston Marathon bomber, a convicted terrorist and murderer” or if he thought people convicted of sexual assault “should have the opportunity to vote for politicians who have a direct impact on women’s rights?” Sanders responded: “I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy. Yes, even for terrible people, because once you start chipping away, and you say ‘Well that guy committed a terrible crime, not going to let him vote’ or ‘That person did that, not going to let that person vote,’ you’re running down a slippery slope.” He added that being imprisoned “should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy.”

      • https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/23/us/politics/bernie-sanders-biden-2020.html

        Senator Bernie Sanders was in a rush.

        He arrived late to a rally in Michigan after racing across the state recently. He took four questions at a town hall in Ohio before dashing off again.

        “Tell me what’s on your mind,” he urged the audience during an event in Detroit. “Don’t be shy — we don’t have an enormous amount of time.”

        Two months into his second presidential bid, Mr. Sanders is atop the field of announced Democratic candidates, buoyed by his enviable name recognition, a huge pool of small donors and enduring appeal as a political outsider. He has been asserting his status as a front-runner on the campaign trail, mostly holding big rallies that double as shows of force, with the kinds of enthusiastic crowds that helped him win primaries against Hillary Clinton in 2016.

        But as he swept through a string of Rust Belt towns over four days this month, there was some reason to hurry: the looming candidacy of Joseph R. Biden Jr.

        Mr. Sanders has been running second to the former vice president in most early polls, but as the only one in the race, he has enjoyed significant attention from voters, local party officials and the news media. With Mr. Biden expected to declare his candidacy soon, Mr. Sanders now faces the prospect of greater competition for the spotlight.

        So far, Mr. Sanders doesn’t show signs of being psyched out by his rivals, unlike Republican candidates who were rattled by Donald J. Trump in the last election or politicians in both parties who are given to second-guessing. At a CNN town hall forum on Monday night, he took a firm stand supporting voting rights for people now in jail — even “terrible people” like the Boston Marathon bomber and people accused of sexual assault. When the moderator gave him a chance to backtrack, Mr. Sanders did not show any self-doubt.

        Whether as an insurgent presidential candidate in 2016 or a front-runner now, Mr. Sanders believes he is battling against establishment forces and traditional thinking, and his advisers say he is running his own race.

        • “Looming candidacy”? I shared a tweet in the previous thread from an Atlantic reporter. The launch of Biden’s campaign seems to be delayed.


        ermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the frontrunner among 2020 Democratic presidential contenders who have declared a run for the office, took questions from college students Monday during a CNN Town Hall, including one where he was challenged on his views of democratic socialism.

        Samantha Frenkel-Popell, a social studies major from California, and Harvard student, who posed asked Sanders the question, telling the senator that her family fled Soviet Russia in the 1970s to get away “from some of the very same socialist policies that you seem eager to implement in this country. So my question is how do you rectify your notion of democratic socialism with the failures of socialism in nearly every country that has tried it?”

        Sanders didn’t hesitate before asking the Harvard student, “Is it your assumption, that I supported or believed in authoritarian communism that existed in the Soviet Union? I don’t, and I never have and I opposed it. I believe in a vigorous democracy, but you have asked me the question about democratic socialism, a fair question, and left me to answer it.”

        Sanders, who has used socialism as a rallying cry to more youthful voters in both 2016 and this campaign said, “there is something when the top 1 percent have more wealth than the bottom 92 percent.”

        Sanders went on to say he believes in the Bill of Rights, but that “it doesn’t guarantee you economic rights. So Samantha, let me be very honest with you, I believe that in a democratic civilized society, health care is a human right. Government should make that happen.”

        Sanders drew applause from the students in attendance, and then he continued.

        “I believe that every young person in this country, regardless of his or her income, has the right to get all of the education they need. That’s why I have fought hard, with some success, to move toward making public colleges and universities tuition-free, and very substantially reduce student debt,” the senator said.

        “And I believe that there is something wrong in America today when you got millions of families, paying 40, 50, 60 percent of their limited incomes to put a roof over their heads. … We have to address the issue of grotesque levels of income and wealth inequality. The very, very rich are getting much richer, and the middle class is struggling with 40 million living in poverty.

        “What democratic socialism means to me is we expand Medicare, we provide educational opportunity for all Americans, we rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. In other words, government serves the needs of all people, rather than just wealthy campaign contributors.”

        • No. The Harvard student’s family fled communism.

          • Headline from vox re “Here’s how Bernie Sanders handled a pointed question about Soviet communism”

            Sorry, Vox, he wasn’t asked about communism. Since Bernie made it big, the msm, left & right, has been dishonestly calling Communism “socialsm.”

    • “I Will Not Give Up”: Appeals Court Rejects Chelsea Manning’s Bid for Release

      Chelsea Manning remained in jail on Monday after a federal appeals court rejected her bid to be released and affirmed a lower court’s finding of contempt.

      The whistleblower was sent to jail March 8, and has spent part of the detention in solitary confinement for contempt due to her refusal to testify before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks.

      “Appellant Manning argues on appeal that the district court improperly denied her motion concerning electronic surveillance, failed to properly address the issue of grand jury abuse, and improperly sealed the courtroom during substantial portions of the hearing,” the order from three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit stated.

      “Upon consideration of the memorandum briefs filed on appeal and the record of proceedings in the district court, the court finds no error in the district court’s rulings and affirms its finding of civil contempt. The court also denies appellant’s motion for release on bail,” it stated.

      The court order comes less than two weeks after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was forcibly removed from the Ecuadoran embassy in London and arrested by British police. As The Hill reported, the two cases are intertwined.

      Legal experts have pointed to Manning’s current case as a sign that further charges could be filed against Assange, ahead of his extradition proceedings from the United Kingdom to the U.S.

      “Prosecutors appear to be pressing for Manning’s testimony in order to bolster their case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange,” wrote Politico’s Josh Gerstein.

    • ‘Despicable: Trump Administration Threatens to Veto UN Resolution Combating Rape as Weapon of War

      In what critics denounced as the Trump administration’s latest attack on women’s rights across the globe, U.S. officials are reportedly threatening to veto a United Nations Security Council resolution seeking to end the use of rape as a weapon of war over its language on reproductive health.

      According to the Guardian—which first reported on U.S. opposition to the measure late Monday—Trump officials are objecting to the resolution’s “language on victims’ support from family planning clinics.”

      “In recent months, the Trump administration has taken a hard line, refusing to agree to any U.N. documents that refer to sexual or reproductive health, on grounds that such language implies support for abortions,” the Guardian reported. “It has also opposed the use of the word ‘gender,’ seeing it as a cover for liberal promotion of transgender rights.”

      The Trump administration’s opposition to the measure, proposed by Germany, quickly sparked international outrage.

      “If we let the Americans do this and take out this language, it will be watered down for a long time,” an anonymous European diplomat told the Guardian. “It is, at its heart, an attack on the progressive normative framework established over the past 25 years.”

      Heather Barr, acting co-director of the women’s rights division at Human Rights Watch, tweeted: “In the latest step in Trump’s war on women, U.S. opposes healthcare for survivors of rape during war. Yes, you read that right.”

    • https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/22/us/politics/cnn-town-hall-highlights.html

      Senator Bernie Sanders on Monday night backed voting rights for “terrible people” now in jail, including the Boston Marathon bomber and those convicted of sexual assault, saying that “the right to vote is inherent to our democracy.”

      Mayor Pete Buttigieg disagreed, firmly saying “no” about whether he concurred with Mr. Sanders. “Part of the punishment when you were convicted of a crime and you’re incarcerated is you lose certain rights, you lose your freedom,” said Mr. Buttigieg, who supported restoring voting rights after people serve their sentences.

      Senator Kamala Harris was more tentative on voting rights for people currently in prison or on death row, saying, “I think we should have that conversation.” She also backed giving the vote to the formerly incarcerated.

      Their remarks came in response to questions at a marathon series of Democratic presidential town halls on CNN before an audience of college students in New Hampshire. While five candidates in all faced dozens of questions, Mr. Sanders’s answer to the voting rights question yielded the biggest news of the night and drew attacks from the Republican National Committee and others on the right.

      The question of impeaching President Trump also came up repeatedly, and the varied answers underscored how Democratic candidates are gaming out their responses to the special counsel’s report.

      Senator Elizabeth Warren gave the sharpest response in favor of impeaching Mr. Trump, and Ms. Harris was blunter on the issue than she had been in previous comments. “I believe Congress should take the steps toward impeachment,” Ms. Harris said.

      By contrast, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Mr. Sanders and Mr. Buttigieg avoided taking aggressive stands on impeachment.

    • Trump Calls Bernie Sanders Crazy, Praises Him in Private

      To his rally-goers, Donald Trump openly craves a 2020 showdown with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), salivating at the prospect of getting to run against an elderly, self-declared democratic socialist.

      But in private, his view of a potential run against the senator is a lot more complex and less swaggeringly self-assured.

      Those around the president say he’s been of two minds when the topic of facing Sanders in 2020 comes up. While he sees the senator as a vulnerable opponent, he also has offered begrudging respect for his political acumen. Trump will—sometimes unprompted—bring up Sanders’ own working-class support, and acknowledge that there is, in fact, potential for the senator to win over Trump voters with his populist appeal, three sources who’ve discussed this with the president tell The Daily Beast. The president has been impressed with Sanders’ ability to ignite his base and draw a large crowd, though not, in his words, as “good as Trump.” The president has also privately discussed the fundraising hauls that Sanders and his campaign have pulled off, noting Sanders’ impressive track record with small-dollar donors.

      “In my conversations with the president, both in interviews and privately, I get the sense the president has clearly taken notice of the amount of money that Sanders is raising, the amount of small donors, and the passion of his followers,” said Eric Bolling, a BlazeTV host and friend of Trump and his family.


      In public, Team Trump has adopted this bring-it-on posture. The president has gone after Sanders several times this month on his preferred social-media site, dubbing the senator “Crazy” while predicting that he, along with former Vice President Joe Biden, would be the likely Democratic nominees.

      But the calculation is a bit more nuanced behind closed doors. When Trump talks to friends and advisers about Sanders, he often will note that Sanders drew far bigger (and more uproarious) crowds than Hillary Clinton did in 2016. Miller even recalled that candidate Trump, during the 2016 race, would convey a “respect” for Sanders that was rooted in their mutual “distrust of the establishment.” Miller also recounted how candidate Trump talked about how “he never heard anyone clap for Hillary Clinton the way they clapped for Bernie.”

    • ‘A Really Exciting Proposal’: Elizabeth Warren’s Education Overhaul Would Wipe Out Student Debt, Provide Free Public College

      Elizabeth Warren wants to cancel part or all student loan debt for 95 percent of Americans and make public college free for everyone—the latest, and perhaps most ambitious, policy proposal for the 2020 Democratic contender.

      Warren announced the policy in a Medium post Monday morning.

      The Massachusetts Democrat told readers that her own past as a waitress who was able to attend public college due to the school’s low cost is now unattainable for most Americans.

      But Warren aims to change that.

      “The first step in addressing this crisis is to deal head-on with the outstanding debt that is weighing down millions of families and should never have been required in the first place,” wrote Warren. “That’s why I’m calling for something truly transformational — the cancellation of up to $50,000 in student loan debt for 42 million Americans.”

      Warren, in a fundraising email to supporters, said that the policy’s goals writ large aimed at righting past wrongs.

      “My plan for universal free college would give every American the opportunity to attend a two-year or four-year public college without paying a dime in tuition or fees,” said Warren. “And we’ll make free college truly universal—not just in theory, but in practice—by making higher education of all kinds more inclusive and available to every single American, especially lower-income, Black, and Latinx students, without the need to take on debt to cover costs. Free tuition, and zero debt at graduation.”

    • Life in the Amazon does not simply receive rain — it summons it.

      All of that lush vegetation releases 20 billion tons of water vapor into the sky every day.

      Trees saturate the air with gaseous compounds and salts.

      Fungi exhale plumes of spores.

      The wind sweeps bacteria, pollen, leaf fragments and bits of insect shells into the atmosphere.

      The wet breath of the forest, peppered with microbes and organic residues, creates ideal conditions for rain.

      With so much water in the air and so many minute particles on which the water can condense, rain clouds quickly form.

      The Amazon sustains much more than itself, however.

      Forests are vital pumps of Earth’s circulatory system.

      All of the water that gushes upward from the Amazon forms an enormous flying river, which brings precipitation to farms and cities throughout South America.

      Some scientists have concluded that through long-range atmospheric ripple effects the Amazon contributes to rainfall in places as far away as Canada.

      The Amazon’s rain ritual is just one of the many astonishing ways in which living creatures transform their environments and the planet as a whole.

      Much of this ecology has only recently been discovered or understood.

      We now have compelling evidence that microbes are involved in numerous geological processes; some scientists think they played a role in forming the continents.

      I added white space to sentences in a NYT article

      The Earth Is Just as Alive as You Are
      Scientists once ridiculed the idea of a living planet. Not anymore.

    • Bernie Sanders’ advisers blast Pete Buttigieg’s ‘intellectually dishonest’ comparison of Sanders and Donald Trump

      Sen. Bernie Sanders’ surrogates condemned South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who’s earned viral fame since he announced his 2020 presidential bid, after the mayor compared Sanders’ and President Donald Trump’s appeal during a Friday campaign stop.

      “I think the sense of anger and disaffection that comes from seeing that the numbers are fine, like unemployment’s low … GDP is growing and yet a lot of neighborhoods and families are living like this recovery never even happened. They’re stuck,” Buttigieg told a crowd of high school students in Nashua, New Hampshire.

      The mayor argued that economic anxiety has motivated Americans to vote for populist, anti-establishment candidates like Sanders and President Donald Trump as a way “to blow up the system.”

      “It just kind of turns you against the system in general and then you’re more likely to want to vote to blow up the system, which could lead you to somebody like Bernie and it could lead you to somebody like Trump. That’s how we got where we are,” Buttigieg said.

      Some Sanders surrogates took issue with the comments after The Washington Examiner originally reported them.

      Rep. Ro Khanna, a California progressive and a co-chair of Sanders’ 2020 race, called the comparison between Trump and Sanders “intellectually dishonest” in a Sunday tweet.

      “Come on ⁦@PeteButtigieg⁩. It is intellectually dishonest to compare Bernie to Trump. Bernie is for giving people healthcare, education, childcare, & more pay,” Khanna tweeted. “He wants to blow up credentialed elitism — those who reject tuition free college for all.”

    • A Way-Too-Early Look at Bernie Sanders’ VP Choices

      What is Bernie Sanders looking for in a potential vice-presidential pick? What should he be looking for? These two questions, while it may be too early to ask them, are nonetheless worth considering.

      For one thing, the issue of Sanders’ age, for those who are inspired by his policies, can be easily countered if he chooses a vice-president who is a) younger and b) just as progressive or nearly so. Questions about his age are appearing now. So let’s take an early look at potential Sanders vice-presidential picks.

      As the video below points out, Sanders has already said that he was looking for someone who is “maybe not of the same gender as I am, and maybe somebody who might be a couple of years younger than me, and somebody who can take the progressive banner as vice-president and carry it all over this country to help us with our agenda and help us to rally the American people.”

      These criteria produce many choices, and the video lists them:

      Kamala Harris
      Tulsi Gabbard
      Rashida Tlaib
      Ilhan Omar
      Pramilla Jayapal
      Nina Turner
      Stacy Abrams
      Marianne Williamson
      Elizabeth Warren

    • Immigration detention centers nearly empty as Trump claims border crisis

      US detention centers that hold migrant parents and children have been nearly empty for months, despite Donald Trump’s administration repeatedly warning that the US-Mexico border is at a “breaking point” because of the surge in Central American families fleeing poverty and violence.

      There were nearly 2,000 empty beds in two detention centers last week, with a facility in Dilley, Texas, at 26% capacity and a facility in Berks county, Pennsylvania, at 19% capacity. On 1 April, the third family shelter was temporarily changed into a facility for adult women only.

      This, combined with reports of aid agencies at the border overwhelmed by the food, shelter and medicine needs of migrants, has advocates warning that the government could be manufacturing a crisis to justify its hardline immigration policies.

      “I think that the people making policy decisions don’t want [the system] to work … they want to create chaos,” said Michelle Brané, director of the migrant rights and justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission.

      She said the crowds at the border were due to a collision of the crisis in Central America – which has been brewing for years – and the Trump administration’s own restrictive immigration policies.

      “You could go through all of the policies since they’ve come in and they’ve all been about undermining or destroying the system we have in place for processing and screening people, so here we are,” said Brané.

    • Melting permafrost in Arctic will have $70tn climate impact – study

      The release of methane and carbon dioxide from thawing permafrost will accelerate global warming and add up to $70tn (£54tn) to the world’s climate bill, according to the most advanced study yet of the economic consequences of a melting Arctic.

      If countries fail to improve on their Paris agreement commitments, this feedback mechanism, combined with a loss of heat-deflecting white ice, will cause a near 5% amplification of global warming and its associated costs, says the paper, which was published on Tuesday in Nature Communications.

      The authors say their study is the first to calculate the economic impact of permafrost melt and reduced albedo – a measure of how much light that hits a surface is reflected without being absorbed – based on the most advanced computer models of what is likely to happen in the Arctic as temperatures rise. It shows how destabilised natural systems will worsen the problem caused by man-made emissions, making it more difficult and expensive to solve.

      They assessed known stocks of frozen organic matter in the ground up to 3 metres deep at multiple points across the Arctic. These were run through the world’s most advanced simulation software in the US and at the UK Met Office to predict how much gas will be released at different levels of warming. Even with supercomputers, the number crunching took weeks because the vast geography and complex climate interactions of the Arctic throw up multiple variables. The researchers then applied previous economic impact models to assess the likely costs.

    • The Media Are Complacent While the World Burns

      ast summer, during the deadliest wildfire season in California’s history, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes got into a revealing Twitter discussion about why US television doesn’t much cover climate change. Elon Green, an editor at Longform, had tweeted, “Sure would be nice if our news networks—the only outlets that can force change in this country—would cover it with commensurate urgency.” Hayes (who is an editor at large for The Nation) replied that his program had tried. Which was true: In 2016, All In With Chris Hayes spent an entire week highlighting the impact of climate change in the US as part of a look at the issues that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were ignoring. The problem, Hayes tweeted, was that “every single time we’ve covered [climate change] it’s been a palpable ratings killer. So the incentives are not great.”
      The Twittersphere pounced. “TV used to be obligated to put on programming for the public good even if it didn’t get good ratings. What happened to that?” asked @JThomasAlbert. @GalJaya said, “Your ‘ratings killer’ argument against covering #climatechange is the reverse of that used during the 2016 primary when corporate media justified gifting Trump $5 billion in free air time because ‘it was good for ratings,’ with disastrous results for the nation.”

      When @mikebaird17 urged Hayes to invite Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University, one of the best climate-science communicators around, onto his show, she tweeted that All In had canceled on her twice—once when “I was literally in the studio w[ith] the earpiece in my ear”—and so she wouldn’t waste any more time on it.

      “Wait, we did that?” Hayes tweeted back. “I’m very very sorry that happened.”

    • Why Are ‘The New York Times’ and ‘The Washington Post’ Producing Ads for Big Oil?

      It looks like real news, but “native advertising” is greenwashing for the climate-wrecking industry.

    • The Supreme Court Could Shift Power to Republicans for the Next Decade

      Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross testifies during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing about the 2020 census on March 14.Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP Images

      A nine-word question that the Trump administration added to the 2020 census heads to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, with the potential to derail the entire census and shift power to the Republican Party for the next decade.

      The administration added the question—“Is this person a citizen of the United States?”—in March 2017, claiming it was needed to better enforce the Voting Rights Act. The decennial census hasn’t had a citizenship question since 1950, and civil rights groups say the question will depress responses from immigrants who worry it could be used to initiate deportation proceedings against them. If large numbers of immigrants don’t respond to the census, the areas where they live could lose representatives in Congress and federal funding, transferring economic and political power to whiter and more Republicans areas. The Census Bureau opposed the addition of the question, saying it could cause as many as 6.5 million people not to respond to the census and increase the cost of conducting the census by millions of dollars.

      Three federal courts have ruled against the citizenship question, with one federal judge from California saying it “threatens the very foundation of our democratic system,” but the Supreme Court will have the final say. The court will hear oral arguments on Tuesday, in a case that both sides agree will be one of the most consequential for democracy in decades.

      The case stems from a lawsuit filed by Democratic attorneys general from nearly 20 states, led by New York. The consequences are big: The census determines how $880 billion in federal funding is allocated, how much representation states receive, and how political districts are drawn. “Given the stakes, the interest in an accurate count is immense,” Judge Jesse Furman of the Southern District of New York wrote in January in the first ruling striking down the citizenship question. “Even small deviations from an accurate count can have major implications for states, localities, and the people who live in them—indeed, for the country as a whole.”

    • ‘They think they are above the law’: the firms that own America’s voting system

      Maryland congressman Jamie Raskin is a newcomer to the cause of reforming America’s vote-counting machines, welcomed through baptism by fire. In 2015, Maryland’s main election system vendor was bought by a parent company with ties to a Russian oligarch. The state’s election officials did not know about the purchase until July 2018, when the FBI notified them of the potential conflict.

      The FBI investigated and did not find any evidence of tampering or sharing of voter data. But the incident was a giant red flag as to the potential vulnerabilities of American democracy – especially as many states have outsourced vote-counting to the private sector. After all, the purchase happened while Russian agents were mounting multiple disinformation and cybersecurity campaigns to interfere with America’s 2016 general election.

      “To say that they don’t have any evidence of any wrongdoing is not to say that nothing untoward happened,” Raskin said. “It’s simply to say that we don’t have the evidence of it.”

      The fact is that democracy in the United States is now largely a secretive and privately-run affair conducted out of the public eye with little oversight. The corporations that run every aspect of American elections, from voter registration to casting and counting votes by machine, are subject to limited state and federal regulation.

      The companies are privately-owned and closely held, making information about ownership and financial stability difficult to obtain. The software source code and hardware design of their systems are kept as trade secrets and therefore difficult to study or investigate.

      The market for election vendors is small and the “customer base” mostly limited to North America and centered on the US, meaning that competition is fierce. The result is a small network of companies that have near-monopolies on election services, such as building voting machines. Across the spectrum, private vendors have long histories of errors that affected elections, of obstructing politicians and the public from seeking information, of corruption, suspect foreign influence, false statements of security and business dishonesty.

      But these companies are the safekeepers of American democracy.

    • Trump’s EPA wants to put a toxic mine in pristine Alaska. What could go wrong?

      Pebble Mine is just the latest story of greedy men exploiting nature for profit, and leaving us with the nasty side-effects

    • Leader of militia at US border boasted of training to kill Obama – FBI

      The leader of an armed group that is stopping undocumented migrants who cross into the US from Mexico once boasted about training to assassinate Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and George Soros, an FBI agent said in court papers on Monday.

      Larry Mitchell Hopkins, leader of the United Constitutional Patriots (UCP), whose camouflage-wearing armed members claim to have helped US officials detain some 5,600 migrants in New Mexico’s desert in the last 60 days, was arrested on Friday on a weapons charge.

      The UCP claims to have the support of US border patrol at a time when the agency is overwhelmed by record numbers of asylum seeking Central American families.

      Dressed in clothing that resembles military fatigues and carrying weapons, members appear in videos disseminated by the group telling migrants, including women and children and in some cases numbering in the hundreds, to stop and wait for immigration agents.

      Critics including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) accuse the UCP of being vigilantes who illegally detain and kidnap migrants by impersonating law enforcement.

      Hopkins was arrested a day after New Mexico’s Democratic governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, ordered an investigation of the group, saying in a tweet that “menacing or threatening migrant families and asylum-seekers is absolutely unacceptable and must cease”.

    • An Ode to Sanitation Workers

      ast August, sanitation workers in Atlanta went on a one-day strike for a fair contract with their employer, the multibillion-dollar Republic Services corporation. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution gave the workers an opportunity to lay out their demands — adequate health benefits, annual raises, an end to non-union subcontracting — but the paper also chose a telling headline: “Sanitation workers striking for bargaining rights could affect Atlanta businesses.”

      This is true on the face of it. Indeed, “affecting business” is the lever that striking workers pull to force concessions from their employers. But in the bigger picture, a headline focusing on the strike’s interruption of business as usual — standard fare in mainstream strike coverage — gets the emphasis all wrong.

      Strikes only affect normal operations insofar as the labor being withheld is integral to those operations. The real story isn’t the adverse impact of labor’s temporary absence, but the fact that its continual presence is so badly needed. The question that strikes raise is how important workers’ contributions are to society, and what quality of life they deserve in return.

      Capitalism’s ingenious deception is to make labor seem mundane, instead of what it really is: the miraculously complex bedrock of human civilization. As Eugene Debs wrote in 1894, “But for labor no keel would cleave the waves nor locomotives speed along their iron tracks. The warehouses would stand empty, factories would be silent, ships and docks would rot, cities would tumble down, and universal ruin would prevail.”

      Sanitation work is case in point. The labor performed by sanitation workers is all but invisible to people going about their daily lives, but it’s indispensable to nearly every aspect of our society. The workers at Republic’s Atlanta facility, for example, service hospitals, universities, major grocery chains, the entire Atlanta public school system, and the Atlanta International Airport.

    • Donate This Week, Get a Free Book

      Out April 30 from Basic Books, in The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality, Jacobin’s founder Bhaskar Sunkara explores socialism’s history since the mid-1800s and presents a realistic vision for its future, and why the socialist tradition still matters today.

      The book (hardcover, 288 pages) is out April 30, and will be included as a free gift to anyone who donates $25 or more to Jacobin between now and then. You can donate online here, just be sure to include your full mailing address. All proceeds will go toward sustaining our network of publications and reading groups.

    • Using maps as a weapon to resist extractive industries on Indigenous territories

      For Indigenous peoples across the Americas, urgent threats imposed by the industrial extraction of natural resources has characterized the 21st century. The expansion of industry has threatened Indigenous territories, cultures and sovereignty. These industries include: timber and pulp extraction, mining, oil and gas and hydroelectric development. As well, the extraction of human beings from their lands has real implications for the survival of communities.

      The debate of territory is essential in these resource conflicts. Maps — and those who make and shape them — are central to the discussion of land rights, especially when it comes to industrial resource extraction and Indigenous peoples.

      Our project, MappingBack envisions mapping as a weapon and tactic to resist extractive industries. We see it as an excellent way to express complex Indigenous perspectives and relationships with the land.

      There is a long history of the use of maps and cartographic techniques by countries and governments to claim ownership over Indigenous territories. But since the 1990s, Indigenous communities have been deploying mapping tactics as a mode of Indigenous resistance, resurgence and education. These tactics use historical memory and ancestral knowledge to assert territorial rights and community visioning.

      Indigenous communities have either led or collaborated with multiple players to launch a broad array of mapping projects as a way of reclaiming ownership on the multiple aspects of their territories. These projects range from low-tech community mapping approaches to the use of the latest online web mapping technologies.

      Some academics have criticized these cartographic practices because of the continued subordination of Indigenous spatial world-views to western technologies and histories. It is time to revisit these dominant mapping representations and conventional processes so that we can present different conceptions of the world. Representing these different conceptions calls for supporting the development of Indigenous cartographic languages., envisions mapping as a weapon and tactic to resist extractive industries. We see it as an excellent way to express complex Indigenous perspectives and relationships with the land.

    • Ainu bill finally recognizes its first inhabitants as “indigenous” in Japan

      Growing up in Japan, musician Oki Kano never knew he was part of a “vanishing people.”

      His Japanese mother was divorced and never told Kano that his birth father was an indigenous Ainu man. Kano was 20 years old when he found out.

      For decades, researchers and conservative Japanese politicians described the Ainu as “vanishing,” says Jeffry Gayman, an Ainu peoples researcher at Hokkaido University.

      Gayman says there might actually be tens of thousands more people of Ainu descent who have gone uncounted — due to discrimination, many Ainu chose to hide their background and assimilate years ago, leaving younger people in the dark about their heritage.

      A bill, which was passed on Friday, for the first time has officially recognized the Ainu of Hokkaido as an “indigenous” people of Japan. The bill also includes measures to make Japan a more inclusive society for the Ainu, strengthen their local economies and bring visibility to their culture.

    • Efforts to block a planned pipeline leads some protesters to occupy trees in Virgina

      Phillip Flagg pokes his head out from the tarps that make up his treetop home and looks down. He carefully lowers an empty paint bucket the 50 feet to the ground. A friend puts a Tupperware container with pigs-in-a-blanket (made with fake meat) into the bucket and Flagg pulls it back up. It’s his lunch.

      “Are you bored up there?” the friend — his ground support — calls.

      He laughs, then says no. “There’s too much ‘Star Trek’ to watch.”

      They discuss recent sightings of the “Raccoon King,” a neighborhood raccoon who works with an opossum and a skunk to raid the compost pile. They make it sound like the dog next door.

      “Everyone here is a radical environmentalist,” Flagg said. “No one is going to take issue with them. Time passes pretty slowly up here, but I’d say it’s been pretty good.”

      His platform is slightly larger than a double-size mattress with 14 buckets hanging beneath, each with a purpose: food, books, water and other essentials. A solar panel charges Flagg’s phone. The ground crew says that he gets a better signal in the treetops than they do.

      Flagg hasn’t touched the ground since he climbed the tree on Oct. 12 to block construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a 303-mile line running from northern West Virginia to the border of North Carolina. With the announcement of a 70-mile extension into Rockingham and Alamance counties in North Carolina, called Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate, the protesters’ role has taken on new importance to North Carolinians.

    • Piping hot: Protesters demand Cuomo reject pipeline off Coney Island coast

      Hundreds of protesters marched across the Brooklyn Bridge April 19 to demand that Gov. Andrew Cuomo reject a plan to build a massive oil pipeline off the Coney Island coast — which would transport hydrofracked gas 23 miles through New York Harbor, from New Jersey to the Rockaways.

      Environmentalists, activists and protesters blasted the proposed Williams Northeast Supply Enhancement Pipeline plan on Friday, urging the governor to deny its approval.

      “Gov. Cuomo has had lofty rhetoric, but the reality on the ground is that his actions stopped progress on climate change,” said environmentalist Lee Ziesche. “If he is a real climate leader there is no way he can let this go through.”

      Construction of the pipeline requires approval from the Cuomo administra­tion’s Department of Environmental Conservation, which has until May 16 to decide whether to grant permission or reject the offshore building permit.

      The pipeline, proposed by Oklahoma-based energy company Williams Transco, would connect with existing pipelines to supply natural gas from the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania to National Grid, a utility company which supplies 1.2 million New Yorkers in Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, and Long Island, according to Williams’ website.

      The pipeline would take more than a year, and cost more than $900 million to construct, according to a New York City Council report.

      Williams would pay the cost of the pipeline up front, then buy fracked gas from producers in Pennsylvania, process it, and ship it through the pipeline to be sold in New York by National Grid, according to the City Council report. Williams would pay itself back for the cost of construction by adding the price of construction to the cost of the gas.

    • In Their Own Words: Democratic Socialists, Green New Dealers Meet In Detroit

      Speaking before a group of political activists in Detroit, Natasha Fernández-Silber described her vision for this country.

      “I’d mostly be throwing capitalism under the bus,” said Fernández-Silber, co-chair of the Detroit Democratic Socialists of America. “But don’t worry, it’s an electric bus.”

      Fernández-Silber told how she and others are pushing to upend America’s current energy and economic structures to bring about justice in Detroit and across the country.

      Between 600 and 700 people packed out the Bonstelle Theatre on April 19 to hear from a slate of politicians and activists about the role they could play in bringing about what they called climate action rooted in racial and economic justice.

      The Friday evening event was the second of eight sponsored in different states by a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit called the Sunrise Movement. At the event, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed and several local activists touted victories already won, while encouraging the crowd to stay focused on its cause.

      The Green New Deal was a focus of the event. It is a stimulus program that includes social and economic reforms as well as government projects that would cost an estimated $51 trillion to $93 trillion over 20 years. By comparison, the entire gross domestic product of the United States was $20.87 trillion in 2018.

      Tlaib opened the event by describing her experience of being elected to Congress from Detroit as a Muslim, before turning to the theme of the event. “This isn’t radical,” she said of the New Green Deal. “We’re not asking for that much. We’re talking about our lives,” she said. “[Past] movements … didn’t start in the halls of Congress. They started in the streets.”

      • Tlaib, El-Sayed lead hundreds in Detroit in support of Green New Deal

        Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib and Dr. Abdul El-Sayed rallied for climate change in front of hundreds in the city Friday, leading them on the road to a “Green New Deal.”

        “We don’t think this is bold or radical. This is our life every single day as we walk out the door,” Tlaib said to a crowd at the Bonstelle Theatre in Detroit. “If there’s anybody that deserves a seat at the table, it is us. We are on the frontlines every single day in Wayne County and Metro Detroit.”

        After Democrats freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and veteran Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts put forth a New Deal resolution in February, their supporters kicked off the Road to a Green New Deal Tour.

        The eight-city tour shows the impact of environmental pollution through video and testimonies with politicians and community leaders speaking on how it would aid their communities. The first town hall on Thursday in Boston showcased to a crowd of 1,400 people.

        About 400 people gathered Friday for the second stop with yellow signs calling for change during the Detroit tour stop, which focused on sustainable water infrastructure, building green jobs in the automotive industry and poverty elimination.

    • More rewriting history. https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/439988-bernie-sanders-claims-his-sister-souljah-moment

      Fox News is today’s Sister Souljah.

      In a pre-primary season that sees Democratic candidates struggling to walk neatly along an ever-shifting party line, like some midnight motorist desperate to beat a DUI, showing up on Fox News has become the best way to break from the pack and prove your independence.

      Suddenly, everybody’s doing it. And that’s the problem.

      Quick historical re-cap: In June 1992, Democratic candidate Bill Clinton spoke to Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition and blasted comments made a month earlier by activist rapper Sister Souljah, who had asserted it was a good idea to set aside a special week where blacks could kill whites. Said Clinton: “If you took the words ‘white’ and ‘black’ and reversed them, you might think David Duke was giving that speech.”

      The candidate’s remarks lifted his profile and poll numbers, convincing what were then called “Reagan Democrats” that he was an independent centrist they could support.

      Since then, intentionally breaking with party orthodoxy to plant a flag of autonomy has been dubbed a “Sister Souljah moment.” (You can even look it up on Wikipedia.)

      Don’t believe everything you read on Wikipedia. Clinton’s “sister souljah” moment wasn’t about autonomy. It was about racism. Which is why the “Reagan Democrats” liked it.

  • The morning post was quite informative. Be sure to check it out.

    This is for those who wish to keep up the conversation.

    More in the comment section. edited: to add the town hall on CNN thanks to the […]

    • I haven’t posted much from Lee Carter lately. He is still hard at it.

    • Million$ For Notre Dame Repair Enrages Yellow Vest Movement In France

    • Tulsi Gabbard To Brett Baier On Fox News | I Am Not Running AGAINST[Bernie Sanders]

    • Cnn has town halls with a bunch of the candidates tonight. Bernie at 9, warren at 8. Eastern.

      How to watch without cable, https://www.fastcompany.com/90338413/cnn-live-stream-how-to-watch-the-presidential-town-halls-without-cable

    • This is looking good:

      More young people likely to vote in 2020 than 2016, Harvard poll shows

      Fifty-eight percent of young respondents who identified as Democrats said they are likely to vote in next year’s primary or caucuses, compared to 44% of respondents at the same point in the campaign four years ago.

      Forty-seven percent of respondents who identified as Republicans said they are likely to vote in the nominating contests, down slightly from 48% in the spring of 2015.

    • Republican discussed violent attacks and surveillance with rightwingers

      A Washington state Republican politician took part in private discussions with rightwing figures about carrying out surveillance, “psyops” and even violent attacks on perceived political enemies, according to chat records obtained by the Guardian.

      State representative Matt Shea, who represents Spokane Valley in the Washington state house, participated in the chats with three other men. All of the men used screen aliases – Shea’s was “Verum Bellator”, Latin for true warrior. The Guardian confirmed the identity of those in the chat by cross-checking phone numbers attached to the Signal accounts.

      The group included Jack Robertson, who broadcasts a far-right radio show, Radio Free Redoubt, under the alias “John Jacob Schmidt”. The chat also included Anthony Bosworth, whose history includes a public altercation with his own daughter and bringing guns to a court house. Bosworth participated in the 2016 occupation of the Malheur national wildlife refuge, reportedly at Shea’s request.

      The name of another participant, who provided the chat records to the Guardian, has been withheld due to concerns about personal safety.

      The chats on the messaging app Signal took place in the days leading up to a supposed “Antifa revolt” on 4 November 2017. Throughout late October, far-right media outlets had been stoking fears of political conflict on the basis of planned peaceful protests by a small leftist group.

      The men proposed to confront leftists – whom they repeatedly refer to as “communists” and “Antifa” – with a suite of tactics, including violence.

    • Bernie beating Trump in the Midwest. https://www.nbcnews.com/card/sanders-releases-internal-poll-showing-lead-over-trump-pa-wi-n997281

      WASHINGTON—Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign is releasing new internal polling that shows him leading President Donald Trump in hypothetical matchups in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

      According to the internal data released to reporters by the campaign, Sanders is up by double-digits in Michigan and Wisconsin (by 11 points and 10 points respectively), and leads in Pennsylvania by 8 points.


      Some data points the campaign highlighted include that, across all three states, a majority of voters believe the country is on the wrong track, disapprove of Trump’s handling of the job, and support Medicare for All — a platform that’s becoming increasingly popular among Democratic presidential candidates.

      The three states were key to Trump’s 2016 victory. Before Trump’s success there, the last time a Republican presidential candidate had won any of those states was 1988.

      Sanders’ allies believe his message on economic equality helps him connect to the kinds of blue-collar voters that Democrats lost in 2016. Earlier this month, the senator went on a four-day road trip through the Midwest, highlighting his general-election focus on the region.

      Source document. https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5974060-Tulchin-Research-Memo-Sanders-Defeating-Trump-in.html

      Tulchin called Iowa in 2016. I think it was Weaver’s book, but Tulchin told the campaign turnout x, % y for like 3 turnout scenarios. Yes, he called the tie.

    • From my email, this is the blurb for a NYT article:

      Yesterday: Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani, said it was acceptable for a political campaign to use hacked data obtained from a foreign adversary. “There’s nothing wrong with taking information from Russians,” Mr. Giuliani said, noting that he personally would have advised against it.

      Tell me again: Why was Julian Assange arrested?

    • http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/04/sanders-doesnt-need-2016-levels-to-win-lots-of-delegates.html

      Well, that’s sort of right. What this type of calculation ignores that’s particularly relevant in the current vast 2020 field is the Democrats’ 15 percent threshold: a candidate must hit that mark in the awarding jurisdiction (congressional or state legislative districts, or a state as a whole, depending on state rules) to get any pledged delegates. So if a lot of candidates don’t meet that threshold, then candidates that do are going to get more delegates than their share of the popular vote would initially indicate.

      With that in mind, let’s look at recent poll standings (using FiveThirtyEight’s new comprehensive database of state primary and caucus polls) of Democratic candidates in the early states and see who’s above the threshold.

      * In six Iowa polls taken in the last two months, Biden and Sanders are over the threshold in every one and no one else reaches it in any one.

      * In four New Hampshire polls taken in the last two months, again, Biden and Sanders are over the threshold in every one and no one else reaches it in any one.

      * There been just one recent Nevada poll, and it shows–you guessed it–Biden and Sanders over the threshold, with no one else even close.

      * In one of two South Carolina polls taken in the last two months, Biden and Sanders are the only qualifiers for delegates (statewide, at least), and in the other Sanders fall just short and no one else is close.

      * The mold is broken in two recent polls in California (technically not an early state, but the most important state voting immediately thereafter (and where voting will begin even earlier), where home-state senator Kamala Harris gets above the threshold along with Biden and Sanders.

      * And just to give a sense of where candidates stand in other states, there have been 17 national polls in the last two months, and guess what? Biden and Sanders are over the threshold in all of them, and no one else is over the threshold in any of them.

      Now obviously it’s early, and obviously Biden and Sanders are the best-known candidates. Support for some of the lesser-known candidates may blossom, and for others will probably wither as the first debates come and go and campaigning begins in earnest. But candidates that fade and/or drop out are likely going to give back some of their vote share to the front-runners, and those that stay in but fail to meet thresholds in this or that place will in effect give their share of the votes proportionately to those who get more than 15 percent. What makes Biden and Sanders special is that they are pretty strong everywhere, and thus are likely not to get shut out. So they have hidden delegate strength.

    • Put down your beverage before reading.

      Elizabeth Warren is running pretty substantially to the left of Bernie Sanders, which seems to have changed nobody’s mind about anything.

      — Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) April 22, 2019

    • A tamer tone. He’s just so open to everybody


      A collection of prominent K Street insiders has jumped behind the Pete Buttigieg campaign, helping the South Bend, Indiana, mayor’s bid in the Democratic 2020 presidential contest with fundraising and strategy.

      It’s striking that longtime federal lobbyists, policy strategists and message makers are gravitating to the D.C. outsider’s campaign given the long list of sitting lawmakers who are also running. K Street denizens, though they often bring with them the baggage of working on behalf of corporate interests, offer campaigns a network of donors and fundraising expertise as well as policy chops and sway on Capitol Hill.

      Many of Buttigieg’s K Street boosters are openly gay like the candidate himself. The Indiana mayor, in contrast to some of his competitors such as Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, also takes a tamer tone when it comes to anti-lobbyist rhetoric and allows donations from registered lobbyists.

      Another co-host of the May 21 fundraiser is David H. Reid, a senior policy adviser at the lobbying and law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. He served as Washington, D.C., finance director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and has been involved in Democratic fundraising efforts for years, including for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

      Reid had planned to stay neutral during the primary, but Buttigieg’s message and story convinced him otherwise.

      “It really was inspiring to see what it is he brought to the conversation: how thoughtful he is in the agenda he is laying out but also his approach,” Reid said. “It is a breath of fresh air to many. … He brings to the conversation a level of civility, respect and truly thought-out policy positions that I think folks will really start to gravitate toward, and I wanted to make sure that part of the conversation is heard.”

      Unlike the sitting lawmakers, Buttigieg doesn’t have to prove himself a D.C. outsider, and Reid said that manifests itself, among other ways, in his willingness to hear from all stakeholders, including even those who operate on K Street.

      “He wants to hear from and listen to anybody and everybody,” Reid said. “I think that speaks volumes to his overall approach. When you write a certain group off or feel as though you have to shun one group over another, I think that ends up doing a disservice to the work you’re trying to do.”

      • https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/22/south-bend-poor-say-democrat-pete-buttigieg-left-them-behind.html

        White said that he remembers seeing the city’s previous mayor, Steve Luecke, around his neighborhood. But Buttigieg, he said, has stayed away.

        “I ain’t ever seen the dude,” White said. “Tell him to chill with us for three or four days.”

        The absence stings. But, in neighborhoods away from downtown, so does the lack of investment.

        Buttigieg has claimed that one of his economic initiatives, a project to make downtown more friendly to pedestrians, has attracted $90 million in private investments in the downtown area. It’s a boast that smacks of unfairness in other parts of the city.

        Asked about the biggest economic development he’s seen since Buttigieg was elected, White points in the direction of the Four Winds Casino that opened last year several miles to the south. One percent of the revenue from the casino goes to jobs and education programs, according to the South Bend Tribune.

        “That could have been a mental health facility,” chimed in El Bey, a black 37-year-old who moved to South Bend from Chicago two years ago.

        Bey said that there were charitable services in the area, but said the ones he encountered mostly provided food, when what the area needed was treatment for mental health problems and substance abuse.

        “I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve to have a chance to run for president,” Bey clarified. “But he’s got to take care of here first.”

    • Much too early for me but there is this.

      • She rattled a lot of political PTBs in her state. How? By running a good campaign and giving WVA a choice. I hope she runs again. T and R, humphrey!!

    • Trump Calls Bernie Sanders Crazy, Praises Him in Private

      To his rally-goers, Donald Trump openly craves a 2020 showdown with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), salivating at the prospect of getting to run against an elderly, self-declared democratic socialist.

      But in private, his view of a potential run against the senator is a lot more complex and less swaggeringly self-assured.

      Those around the president say he’s been of two minds when the topic of facing Sanders in 2020 comes up. While he sees the senator as a vulnerable opponent, he also has offered begrudging respect for his political acumen. Trump will—sometimes unprompted—bring up Sanders’ own working-class support, and acknowledge that there is, in fact, potential for the senator to win over Trump voters with his populist appeal, three sources who’ve discussed this with the president tell The Daily Beast. The president has been impressed with Sanders’ ability to ignite his base and draw a large crowd, though not, in his words, as “good as Trump.” The president has also privately discussed the fundraising hauls that Sanders and his campaign have pulled off, noting Sanders’ impressive track record with small-dollar donors.

      “In my conversations with the president, both in interviews and privately, I get the sense the president has clearly taken notice of the amount of money that Sanders is raising, the amount of small donors, and the passion of his followers,” said Eric Bolling, a BlazeTV host and friend of Trump and his family.

      The respect the president has shown for Sanders is, in a way, a reflection of Trump’s own belief that the key ingredients for success in American politics are unconventionality and populism. Sanders, like the president, has cast himself as a politician who operates outside the traditional governing structures and whose north star is helping the American working class.

      But while Trump has been quietly impressed by Sanders, aides and confidants say he doesn’t view him as an electoral threat, at least not yet. Bolling, for one, said Trump views a Sanders nomination as “a gift to his re-election campaign because he believes America is not ready for a socialist president of any kind.” And others who’ve spoken to Trump in recent months say that the president still expresses a desire to run against the senator, or someone of his ideological stripe, in part because it would easily afford him numerous lines of attack: from tying Sanders’ left-wing rhetoric to the economic crisis in Venezuela, to pushing caricatures of the Green New Deal, to warning of far-left government takeovers of major U.S. industries.

      “President Trump would love to run against Bernie Sanders because President Trump believes he would crush Bernie at the ballot box and be able to hit him over the head with his socialist rhetoric from now until the election,” said Jason Miller, Trump’s former comms director for the presidential transition.

      But the calculation is a bit more nuanced behind closed doors. When Trump talks to friends and advisers about Sanders, he often will note that Sanders drew far bigger (and more uproarious) crowds than Hillary Clinton did in 2016. Miller even recalled that candidate Trump, during the 2016 race, would convey a “respect” for Sanders that was rooted in their mutual “distrust of the establishment.” Miller also recounted how candidate Trump talked about how “he never heard anyone clap for Hillary Clinton the way they clapped for Bernie.”

    • Wow the second questions certainly was loaded. Letting the Boston bomber vote from Prison.

    • Works!

    • Chris Cuomo is being a Dick with his follow ups but I guess that it is not a surprise.

    • Netanyahu is treating Palestinians unfairly. It’s a right wing, racist govt.

    • Now Cuomo is asking questions with regards to Sen Warren earlier. Someone should tell Chris that this is not a debate.

    • Potential to create millions of good paying jobs with GND.

      Trump’s attitude is so dangerous.

      We will lead the world.

    • Why are young people attracted to your campaign? Bernie….Young people are very smart.😁

    • I don’t take the time to thank those of you consistently posting diaries nearly often enough. 🙏🔥🙏🦜🙏❤️🐾🔥🙏🦜

    • https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/cnn-town-halls-sanders-buttigieg-harris-warren-klobuchar/index.html

      Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders argued Monday that the best way to oust President Donald Trump was by defeating him at the ballot box in 2020, not impeaching him before then.

      The answer was notably different to the one Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren gave just minutes earlier, when she delivered a lengthy answer in favor of impeaching the President.

      “Here is my concern: At the end of the day, what is most important to me is to see that Donald Trump is not re-elected President and I intend to do everything I can to make sure that that doesn’t happen,” Sanders said.

      He added: “But if for the next year all the Congress is talking about is ‘Trump, Trump, Trump,’ and ‘Mueller, Mueller, Mueller’ and we’re not talking about health care and raising the minimum wage to a living wage and we’re not talking about climate change and sexism and racism and homophobia and the issues that concern ordinary Americans, I worry that works to Trump’s advantage.”

      While most voters at Democratic town halls don’t ask about impeachment, the issue has risen to national prominence following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and the fact that Warren and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro have backed impeachment proceedings.

      “I think there has to be a thorough investigation,” he said. “The House Democrats will do it. I’d appreciate if my Republican colleagues in the Senate had the guts to do it as well, but I won’t hold my breath. I want to see that we’ll see where it goes but right now, you know, that’s it.”

      • https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/440129-harris-i-believe-that-congress-should-take-the-steps-towards-the

        2020 Democratic hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said Monday that the House should take steps toward impeaching President Trump amid the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

        “I think we have very good reason that there is an investigation that has been conducted that has produced evidence that tells us that this president and his administration have engaged in obstruction of justice. I believe Congress should take the steps toward impeachment,” Harris said at CNN Town Hall in New Hampshire.

    • Can’t watch Kamala. Grating

    • https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/22/politics/bernie-sanders-cnn-town-hall-takeaways/index.html

      CNN’s Chris Cuomo noted that Sanders was essentially writing a 30-second opposition ad against himself “by saying you think the Boston Marathon bomber should vote.”

      “Well, Chris,” Sanders answered, “I think I have written many 30-second opposition ads throughout my life. This will be just another one.”

    • The policyless.

    • I wonder if AIPAC will label Bernie as being anti semitic?


      Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) decried the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as “racist” on Monday, calling Jerusalem’s treatment of Palestinians “completely unfair.”

      Sanders, speaking at a CNN town hall, called the prime minister’s coalition a “right-wing, dare I say racist, government.”

      But Sanders, who is vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, also defended his stance on the Jewish state, saying that he is not “anti-Israel,” but believes that the United States needs to level the playing field in its relations with Middle Eastern countries.

      “I am not anti-Israel. But the fact of the matter is Netanyahu is a right-wing politician who I think is treating the Palestinian people completely unfair,” Sanders said during a town hall event hosted by CNN.
      “What I believe is not radical. I just believe that the United States should deal with the Middle East on a level playing field basis.”

    • Reporter for The Atlantic.

      Several sources say the Biden announcement, which had been planned for Wednesday by video, has now been pushed back

      — Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) April 22, 2019

    • It must pain this author having to write this story.

      Since he has not been much of a Bernie fan.


      Bernie Sanders has solidified his front-runner standing among members of the progressive political action committee Democracy for America, while Joe Biden and Beto O’Rourke have both fallen back sharply, according to the group’s latest straw poll.

      Elizabeth Warren is now running second to Sanders in the DFA poll — though she trails the independent senator from Vermont by more than 30 percentage points, according to the survey released Tuesday and obtained first by POLITICO.

      The straw poll, which is significant more as an indicator of activist support than a measure of public opinion, reflects the durability of support for Sanders and a shift in some left-flank enthusiasm for two rivals: O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman, and Biden, the former vice president who is expected to announce his 2020 presidential campaign soon.

      In DFA’s first 2020 straw poll, in December, Biden was running second to Sanders at 15 percent, followed by O’Rourke at 12 percent. By this month, Biden’s support had fallen to about 8 percent, while O’Rourke slid to about 3 percent.

      Meanwhile, Sanders drew 42 percent support, up about 6 percentage points from December. Warren saw support for her candidacy tick up to about 11 percent, according to the poll, followed by South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg at about 10 percent.

    • Last comment for tonight. ……They are getting ready for Bernie.


      Pharma Lobby Nears Spending Records With Drug Prices Under Fire

      Large drug makers and the industry’s primary trade group neared previous spending records on lobbying in the first three months of the year as President Donald Trump and Congress increased pressure to rein in the cost of medicine.

      The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America trade group, which represents 37 drug companies, spent $9.91 million in the first quarter, up from $6.03 million during the last quarter of 2018, and just shy of its record a year earlier, according to disclosures filed with Congress before a Monday deadline.

      Drug companies are facing an unprecedented threat to their pricing practices as the president and lawmakers from both parties have targeted the high costs of drugs. That has become one of the few areas of bipartisan agreement in an otherwise divisive political climate.

  • Bernie Sanders Imagines a Progressive New Approach to Foreign Policy

    In the early summer of 2017, a little less than a year after his Presidential campaign had ended, Bernie Sanders spent a few days on a […]

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    • Sanders dares Democrats to stop him – but is he the man to beat Trump?

      Raging against the machine has taken Bernie Sanders a long way. In 2016, his disdain for “the establishment” and the “donor class” gave progressives a near-perfect foil to Hillary Clinton, who was cast as the “anointed” Democratic candidate for president.

      Sanders was beaten in the primary but the senator and his allies clamored for and won changes to party rules they said were “rigged”. Now, the party’s role in choosing its nominee has been limited and a Sanders nomination is a very real possibility. At the top of early polls, the increasingly confident senator from Vermont is daring the “political establishment” to stop him.

      “They are terrified of our movement – as they should be,” campaign manager Faiz Shakir wrote in an email to supporters as part of an “emergency 48-hour fundraising drive” to counter what he called a “serious threat to our campaign”.

      The appeal was sent out after a New York Times report revealed a series of private dinners in which Democratic leaders, strategists, donors – and even a presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg – had met to discuss “the matter of What To Do About Bernie”.

      Not long before the Times story came out, Sanders had escalated a feud with the Center for American Politics, a liberal thinktank founded by a Clinton ally. In a sharply worded letter, he accused the group of trying to “smear” him in a video produced by an affiliated website.

      Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, said Sanders was “sending a very clear signal to the party that, ‘If you want me to play ball – whether I win or lose the nomination – then don’t intervene in any way in the nomination process’.”

      • 😏😏😏

        Former Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer, meanwhile, was blunt about what those who do not want a Sanders candidacy must do.

        “If you want to have an impact on who the nominee is,” he said on Twitter, “go to Iowa and knock on some fucking doors. Don’t go to a dinner in Manhattan and tell the New York Times about it.”

    • I posted this very early this morning in yesterday’s OT but wanted to make sure it was seen so here it is again.

      From: https://www.reddit.com/r/WayOfTheBern/comments/bfykb7/know_your_candidates/

      Click for larger view. I did post a comment to the original poster that the N/A needs to be clarified as well as the wording “Pro-Israel/AIPAC” as they can be easily misconstrued.

      Places where N/A is used to indicate that a candidate has not yet stated a position are a good start on what questions need to be asked to those candidates (cf the question on whistle blowers).

    • https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/22/us/politics/elizabeth-warren-student-debt.html

      Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who has structured her presidential campaign around a steady unveiling of disruptive policy ideas, on Monday proposed her biggest one yet: a $1.25 trillion plan to reshape higher education by canceling most student loan debt and eliminating tuition at every public college.

      Ms. Warren’s sweeping plan has several planks. She would pay for it with revenue generated by her proposed increase in taxes for America’s most wealthy families and corporations, which the campaign estimates to be $2.75 trillion over 10 years. In addition to eliminating undergraduate tuition at public colleges and universities, she would expand federal grants to help students with nontuition expenses and create a $50 billion fund to support historically black colleges and universities.

      She would eliminate up to $50,000 in student loan debt for every person with a household income of less than $100,000; borrowers who make between $100,000 and $250,000 would have a portion of their debt forgiven.

      “This touches people’s lives,” Ms. Warren said in an interview. “This is a chance to talk about what’s broken and how we fix it. This is the American dream.”

      • https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/22/business/dealbook/elizabeth-warren-finance-executives.html

        Prosecutions of finance executives related to the 2008 financial crisis were few and far between — and that has remained a persistent complaint about the government’s response to the meltdown.

        Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has offered legislation that would make it easier to prosecute them with the Corporate Executive Accountability Act.

        The challenge with charging corporate executives is that they are often insulated from the decisions that violate the law. That can make it difficult, if not impossible, for prosecutors to prove they have the requisite intent. The former head of the Justice Department’s criminal division, Lanny A. Breuer, has defended the lack of prosecutions. In a PBS “Frontline” special, he said, “When we cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that there was criminal intent, then we have a constitutional duty not to bring those cases.” Former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. told a Senate committee that some banks had become so big that prosecuting them would have negatively affected the economy. In other words, they had become “too big to jail.”

        Ms. Warren’s bill would make it easier for federal prosecutors to pursue charges against individuals by holding executives liable if they “negligently permit or fail to prevent a violation of law.” The government often uses statutes like mail and wire fraud to pursue criminal cases. Those laws, however, require proving the defendant’s intent to defraud, which is unlikely when a senior executive has little to do with the actual misconduct. The new provision would allow punishment if the executive were merely negligent in overseeing the enterprise, which means the person acted in an objectively unreasonable manner.

      • I hope Bernie adopts this or better yet, adopts her as Treasury Sec.

        I am already grateful, just reading this—it would do so much to help my life, much less those less fortunate than me.

        This would also help relieve the shame involved in not making use of an expensive education, too.

        • One caution. Assuming that Bernie is successful in his run for the Presidency he would be wise to load his cabinet with outsiders. He will need all the support that he can gather from progressives who are presently in Congress.

      • Any President that would do that would stimulate various areas of the economy by freeing up graduates over all spending money

    • The more moderates the merrier.


      Representative Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, a third-term congressman who has pushed for a “new generation of leadership” in Washington, declared his candidacy for president on Monday, becoming the 19th candidate to enter the Democratic primary field.

      “I’m running because I’m a patriot, because I believe in this country and because I’ve never wanted to sit on the sidelines when it comes to serving it,” Mr. Moulton said Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

      Mr. Moulton, 40, garnered attention in November when he helped lead a group of rebellious Democrats who had sought to deny Speaker Nancy Pelosi the gavel in the new Congress. The effort was unsuccessful, and Mr. Moulton ultimately voted for Ms. Pelosi. His online biography paints him as something of a disrupter, noting that he was “the only Democrat to unseat an incumbent in a primary” in the House of Representatives when he was first elected in 2014.

      Mr. Moulton, a Harvard-educated Marine veteran, has also focused on recruiting veterans to run for Congress as Democrats, including a handful who campaigned and won in 2018 promising not to back Ms. Pelosi.

    • AOC Green New Deal Video, Art, Bruno Latour

      What a great video! 4 months work including Naomi Klein and the artist Molly Crabapple created a work for people to “see” that the Green New Deal was politically possible. Given the current political wasteland, one could give up on something this big because it seemed impossible.

      The excellent DemocracyNow segment described what went into the work including the use of animation in our image jaded culture. AOC is a character. With all her work, probably few Americans know of Naomi Klein.

      What happens when one approaches the anthropocene? No one has seen the anthropocene. How can one see that it possible to go beyond the Green New Deal and address the changes needed for all humans and non humans on earth?

      As an aside, I pup a piece on Bruno related to the AOC art and Lipear put up a video which I will link again here.

      The Need For Freedom In Creativity | Lowkey

      He goes over the argument that oppression often creates great art. It sometimes happens as an outcome, but artists often confront power and power usually wins and artists get ground up in the oppression. This is my short summary of the video. It is not necessary to revisit that video.

      Bruno is coming from a different place. It was painters who discovered perspective drawing that allowed Galileo to see the shadows on the moon. Bruno is using artists, scientists, etc. to become sensitive to the anthropocene.

      In the two videos below he discusses “sensitivity” – how to be sensitive to the anthropocene, something so gigantic that it is impossible to “see” and the required response requires massive change. It will actually be harder to change than it was in the past because of dependence on technology and resources have made human change more difficult. And for 30 years, Bruno has brought in human and non human characters.

      Is the anthropocene a character in a story that earthbounds (i.e., former humans) can relate with?

      Here is the information on a 4 minute video

      Philosopher Bruno Latour argues that the fundamental relations between art, science and politics in the Anthropocene have not changed since the 18th and 19th centuries when the crucial inventions of class, citizenship and the social question, among others, were made possible by a range of equally important actors, from novelists and political philosophers to statisticians and geographers. What may seem to complicate this fundamental relation among art, science and politics in the Anthropocene is a certain lagging or disparate sensitivity to these three aesthetics in our handling of what Latour calls the ‘ecological questions’ of our age. Such questions seem to have moved to the center of contemporary discussion and debate (as has their need for political resolution and action). Yet by and large most participants in the conversations are not yet sensitive to these so-called ecological phenomena in line with the aesthetic demands of art, science and politics. Our ecological discourse, Latour seems to suggest, is too rudimentary and needs to mature.

      Note the inventions he notes: class, citizenship, and social question (including socialism). The citizen became an actor. The water protectors made water a political actor. Notice how aesthetics are central.

      Be sure and use CC, closed captions. Obviously this is not a professional video like The Green New Deal.

      Bruno Latour: What are the optimal interrelations of art, science and politics in the Anthropocene?

      Next is a much longer video on the same general topic. It is important the religion is prominent in his work including a way to understand fundamentalism which had reignited the religious wars that preceded The Enlightenment in the 16 -17th centuries.

      Melbourne Lecture

      What equipment is necessary to render us sensitive to the New Climatic Regime? There is science, of course, without which we would not have become aware of the change. There is also politics, the only way to assemble the relevant stake holders. But since we don’t seem naturally endowed with the right sensitivity to absorb the magnitude of the ecological mutations we confront, there is also the arts. The lecture will review the overlap between these three forms of aesthetics (defined as what makes us sensitive to hitherto unknown phenomena) by using various performances in which the author has been involved: theatre, exhibitions, simulations, as well as interventions in social science and philosophy

      On Sensitivity Arts, Science and Politics in the New Climatic Regime

    • Hillary wins popular vote in the General Election by wide margin, but Trump wins Electoral vote. Bernie wins popular vote in WV Primary by a wide margin, Hillary ends up with more delegates. If you're ok with the latter, don't bitch about the former. #FixTheSystem

      — #Bernie2020 Brooks4Bernie2020 (@Brooks4Bernie) April 21, 2019

      The Superdelegate situation still needs some work. Start with governors or other politicians who represent a state MUST as a superdelegate vote the will of their constituency. This will help preserve the one vote rule as they would only be confirming what the voters of their state have decided. If that candidate is not still in the race, then the vote goes to the first runner-up, etc.

    • GOP Rep Andy Barr doesn’t want Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez meeting with miners from his state, because he knows she’s offering exactly what they really need. Sam Seder and the Majority Report crew discuss this.

    • Capitalism in crisis: U.S. billionaires worry about the survival of the system that made them rich

      PALO ALTO, Calif. — A perfect California day. The sun was shining, a gentle breeze was blowing and, at a Silicon Valley coffee shop, Rep. Ro Khanna was sitting across from one of his many billionaire constituents discussing an uncomfortable subject: the growing unpopularity of billionaires and their giant tech companies.

      “There’s some more humility out here,” Khanna (D-Calif.) said.

      The billionaire on the other side of the table let out a nervous laugh. Chris Larsen was on his third start-up and well on his way to being one of the wealthiest people in the valley, if not the world.

      “Realizing people hate your guts has some value,” he joked.

      For decades, Democrats and Republicans have hailed America’s business elite, especially in Silicon Valley, as the country’s salvation. The government might be gridlocked, the electorate angry and divided, but America’s innovators seemed to promise a relatively pain-free way out of the mess. Their companies produced an endless series of products that kept the U.S. economy churning and its gross domestic product climbing. Their philanthropic efforts were aimed at fixing some of the country’s most vexing problems. Government’s role was to stay out

      Now that consensus is shattering. For the first time in decades, capitalism’s future is a subject of debate among presidential hopefuls and a source of growing angst for America’s business elite. In places such as Silicon Valley, the slopes of Davos, Switzerland, and the halls of Harvard Business School, there is a sense that the kind of capitalism that once made America an economic envy is responsible for the growing inequality and anger that is tearing the country apart.

      On a quiet weekday at a strip-mall coffee shop, the conversation between Khanna and Larsen turned to what went so wrong.

      Americans still loved technology, Khanna said, but too many of them felt locked out of the country’s economic future and were looking for someone to blame.

      “What happened to us?” he imagined people in these left-
      behind places asking

    • How about we put a cap on the voting age for this election?

    • Cool graphic.

      • That one sentence should be enough to sink him. (operative word being ‘should’)

        I realize that some, often older, people in the South were quoted as leaning towards Biden because of his connection to Obama, but how many of those people are on Social Security and depend on Medicare?

      • One does not have to dig deep to find more Biden quotes.

    • https://www.thenation.com/article/bernie-sanders-and-jeremy-corbyn-might-create-a-revolution/

      Now a fundamental reordering could again be the result of parallel elections on either side of the Atlantic Ocean. The UK and the United States suffer many of the same maladies—savage inequality, a political economy that does not work for most people, devastation of manufacturing sectors, and a stark contrast between the financial center and the provinces. There is also a corporate culture in both countries dominated by finance and shareholder interests and characterized by short-term, predatory plunder. Both countries have a young generation likely to fare far worse than its parents. Both suffer an establishment that is demoralized and bereft of ideas. Rising popular discontent has taken perverse expressions: Brexit in Britain, Trump in the United States.

      Hence the left is on the rise, driven by ideas, grassroots energy, and authenticity. Corbyn was lifted to leadership in the Labour Party by an unprecedented mobilization and expansion in party membership. Sanders came from idiosyncratic obscurity to front-runner in the 2020 race largely because of his 2016 primary run, which was fueled significantly by a surge of energy from young voters.

    • Well he won’t be competing for Bernie voters


      Newly declared presidential candidate Seth Moulton criticized his Democratic competitors Monday for pushing the idea of single-payer health care, citing what he called an imperfect experience at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

      “I think I’m the only candidate who actually gets single-payer health care,” the Massachusetts congressman said in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He qualified his statement by adding that, like his 18 opponents in the 2020 primary, “I think health care is a right. I think every American should have access to good affordable health care.”

      But the Iraq War veteran said his experience with single-payer health care made him hesitant to back any plan that would boot Americans off of their private insurance plans.

      “I made a commitment to continue getting my own health care at the VA when I was elected to Congress. That’s single-payer, and I’ll tell you — it’s not perfect,” he said. “ So if I’m elected, I’m not going to force you off your private health care plan.”

      “I’m not a socialist. I’m a Democrat. And I want to make that clear,” he said, taking a shot at the leftward bent of the Democratic field. “And maybe that’s a differentiator for me in this race.”

      • I’m already so over this guy just from reading about him this morning. He takes every opportunity to insert his military background, he uses the word “access” to health care and this:

        “I’m not a socialist. I’m a Democrat. And I want to make that clear,”

        generated a rather *cough* antagonistic response from this birdie!

      • Guess he forgot to that if everyone is on a single pair, quality of care goes way up, cost, way down.

      • First, what kind of person uses the word “differentiator “?

        Second, if a person is going to use such a word, he/she should at least use it correctly.

        FRom https://www.dictionary.com/browse/differentiator
        1. a person or thing that differentiates.
        2. Computers . an electronic device whose output signal is proportional to the derivative of its input signal.
        3. Electricity , Electronics . a transducer or circuit (differentiator circuit) whose output is proportional to the rate of change of the input signal.

        Although, given the second and third definition, if establishment Dems are the input signal, his policies will be proportional to the bribes he receives.

        However, I think I will just go with GIGO (garbage in, garbage out).

      • Sounds like another YUPPIE dimwit.

    • Mayor Pete is getting the vetting he needs..

    • Wow! this is certainly good for a Chuckle.🙄

      Michele Bachmann: Trump Is The Most ‘Biblical’ & ‘Godly’ President Of All Time

      • Whenever I hear the term ‘batsh*t crazy’ this woman comes to mind.

      • “Most Biblical” in the sense of the beast of the Apocalypse.

        The end times are here according to interpretations of Revelations.

        How the play could run: Trump is starring in the role as the beast. For the anti-Christ there is a myriad of choices among Trump’s supporting actors.

        Revelation 13 describes two beasts that will rise up and take power in the end times. The first beast, referred to in the Bible as the beast, is a political power that will rule over the earth in the end times. The second beast is the Antichrist.

        The beast also works closely together with the Antichrist (the beast from the earth, Revelation 13:11-12). The Antichrist exercises the authority of the beast and aims to make all the people of the earth worship the beast.

        I am thinking Pence in the role of the harlot.

        The beast works together with the harlot, a spirit power who works to corrupt the gospel and turn people away from the truth. The harlot mixes Christianity with the world, preaching that people can live both for God and for themselves at the same time. She represents all of the false churches in the world. The relationship between the beast and the harlot is mutually beneficial but at the same time they hate one another. The harlot gives the peoples of the world a nice, feel-good religion and helps pacify them and keep them in line. In return the beast gives the harlot money and support from the government.

        Listening to people like Bachman almost makes me wish there is a god and that I could see the look on these people’s faces when that god renders justice. Oops!

    • https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/22/us/politics/amy-klobuchar-2020-president.html

      While she’s hardly a centrist, she has distinguished herself by breaking from the new liberal orthodoxy that has dominated the primary so far.

      The first policy proposal released by her campaign was a $1 trillion infrastructure plan, an idea that is popular among Republicans and was championed by Mr. Trump during his presidential run.

      She doesn’t favor a “Medicare for all” health care system, preferring a more graduated approach, and she has called the Green New Deal “aspirational.”

      When asked by a student at a CNN town hall if she supported free tuition for students at public colleges and universities, she said she did not. “If I was a magic genie and could give that to everyone and we could afford it, I would,” she said.

      Her approach has turned off some progressive activists.

      “When we talk to our members, frankly, they aren’t super excited about Senator Klobuchar,” said Yvette Simpson, chief executive of Democracy For America, a political action committee that backed Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential primary. “Voters are looking for champions, fighters, people who are going to go all the way. She has taken an approach that is unfortunately more incremental.”

    • Human-Potato Hybrid on Fox News Cluelessly Concern Trolls About Medicare For All

    • Worth a click.

    • But, Nate goes on to caution, the UNH poll is “notoriously bouncy” per some guy named Kevin Robillard” (is that to disparage the results?):

      • Surges will happen with all the propaganda spewed daily. Scary but ima hoping for a burnout.

      • As seen in the Morning Consult poll, Bernie voters’ second choices are Biden and Warren. Biden voters’ second choices are Biden and Harris.

        Buttigieg takes a lot more votes from the rest of the field than from Bernie. His rise is accompanied by the fall of everyone else except Bernie who went up.

        If Warren does as poorly in the NH election as this poll says she will, it might be the end if her campaign.

      • Regarding Silver’s “small sample size” comment for NH: 549 people in NH were polled for this survey. What is the population of NH? 1,356,458 The Iowa poll surveyed 590 people. Population of Iowa: 3,156,145

        The NH Granite State Poll has some fascinating things in it and is definitely worth taking a look at.

        Take a look at the chart of who the people who were surveyed said they would not vote for in any circumstances.

        31% of respondents were 50 to 64.
        27% 18 to 34
        23% 35-49
        20% 65 and over

        77% of respondents currently undecided

        Much, much more in there.

      • Not that it really needs to be said, but Nate is full on propagandist now with no qualms toeing the establishment line contrary to the evidence in front of his face.

        You might as well get neera tandens analysis, the old Nate we knew from a decade ago is completely gone

      • Nate forgot to mention what he has said before: that polls this early are crap. We have to get much closer to Iowa b4 Iowa polls are good, and selzer is the gold standard there. Nh polls don’t matter until after ia, etc.

    • lol..

    • My Earth Day offering from one of my favorite cartoon characters!

      • I made a big poster of this image when I was a kid that I taped on my bedroom door. It helped me get through some of the trying times. 🙂

    • Indigenous Hip Hop artists and Bernie Sanders.. you know Im all over it! I think we are the only site to specifically not only cover, but seek out this kind of content so if anyone ever asks what sets us apart…. (aside from all the other awesome content and comments)

      Climate Activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez: This Earth Day, I Believe Bernie Sanders Has Our Back on Climate Change

      My generation was born into a changing world. It’s crazy to consider the disastrous effect humans have had on the environment in just the 18 years I’ve been alive. When that realization hit me, I shifted from awareness to anger to action.

      Before I was old enough to attend school, I found myself protesting, speaking and marching for climate and environmental action. One of the things I noticed right away was that almost everywhere I went, I was the only person like me around. Not only was I the only kid, I was almost always the only indigenous or brown person at all these events.

      Every part of our climate crisis, from the extraction, refining and transport of fossil fuels, to the catastrophic weather extremes smashing the globe, is disproportionately impacting poor, black and brown communities. And somehow our perspective wasn’t being included in the mainstream environmental conversation.

      Climate change is now a part of the political conversation, arguably in a way it’s never been before because of the pressure the younger generation is putting on our leadersto address the greatest issue of our times. And these elected officials know that if they want to stay in power, they’re going to have to make climate change a part of their platforms.

      Millennial and Gen Z voters will make up 37% of the electorate in 2020. We’re the most diverse, most progressive and most educated generations in history, and we are continuing to grow in power. More than any other age group, we see acting on climate as a top priority.

      Young people and marginalized communities are reclaiming our power and our voices in the movements that are shaping our future. From Standing Rock to Flint, from the Bayou to DC, we’re beginning to see a different face of environmental leadership. As a generation that understands the absolute necessity of building intergenerational, intersectional movements, we are not settling for anything less than courageous leaders that are ready to fight with us to build a more just future together.

      In the scramble for Democratic presidential hopefuls to hop on the sustainability train, the guy who’s been there all along remains the top choice for my generation. Unlike most politicians, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has created a political space that authentically includes and respects the voices and participation of young people. He doesn’t treat us like our opinions and our work are less valuable because we haven’t lived as long, or write us off like most politicians because we don’t vote at as high a rate as our elders.

    • Just saw LD tweet and it reminded me I haven’t been by in while, twitter has kind of become the frontline of the virtual progs vs establishment battle and has consumed my time. Its funny after well over a decade of prog bloging the hardest thing about twitter is learning how to complete thoughts in 260 characters especially because im naturally wordy to begin with, so just the fact im still typing in the same message as when I started this paragraph is a bit of a luxury 😛

      Some observations from the front lines:

      Progs are winning the virtual battle, our anti propaganda efforts are so effective CNN actually did an article telling its viewers not to go to twitter if they want to know the truth (Which in nonOrwelling means: Our propaganda programing doesn’t hold up well when confronted with sincere people presenting supportable fact)

      The DNC is losing control of the primary, as the field approaches 20, the establishment ‘chosen one’ is on its third candidate (Harris, Beto, Pete) and Biden is still in perpetual ‘verge’ of launching (he will be chosen one #4 if Pete doesn’t survive his early vetting like the other two failed messiahs). The system is in such shambles even the troll bots aren’t sure who to support now, so the voters sure as hell aren’t going to be able to unify on a chosen one. Why this matters is because there is a 15% threshold for any delegates in a state so even if Bernie only gets 30-35% in a state if all the others split the rest <15% he gets all the delegates for that state, so if they don't control the messaging on who to rally around, Bernie could just clear the field from the early states.

      This election could be the straw the breaks the establishment messaging machines back, we are still 10 months from the first vote and the messaging machine is already in overdrive trying everything to stop Bernie, but unlike last time where they had a pretty short window to maintain the narrative, we are so early with so many people already on board, im not sure its even possible to maintain MSM messaging for that long (general Bernie cant/wont win) when we are going to be having millions of people in RL seeing the opposite of what the media is saying. As we approach the actual primary and the voters become fully attentive, the whole messaging machine could blow a gasket as it attempts to feed realities that don't look like anything like your reality, propaganda just doesn't hold up when people are attentive and seeing the opposite for a prolonged time, eventually it snaps and all trust in the source is lost.

      Okay im satisfied I took full advantage of this luxurious unlimited text field, like a day out in the forest after months in a cubical 😛

      Speaking of forests if you want to link up on twitter im fToRrEeEsSt (forest thru the trees)

      • I follow you. I’m GLB. 🦜🦜🦜

        jes learning the ropes. Good to see you here and learn your handle.

        • Im glad you told me didn’t know you were GLB though I see your name around.

          On a blog you can get to know people better and faster than twitter, so all the regulars here I know way better than anyone on twitter, the limited field and hot take/attention seeking/outrage perpetuating culture of twitter doesn’t connect people like just chatting on a message board

      • Was wondering what you’ve been up to!! Great to see you. I know that you’ve been on twitter though. See you there? But please drop by once in awhile, even if it’s just a chance to be wordy. 🙂

        • Thank you and I will try to stop by more, really didn’t even realize it had been that long until I saw LDs tweet.

          Twitter is literally the final boss in the ‘but somebody is wrong on the internet” game so its pretty easy to get absorbed

    • It is difficult to pick blockquotes from the linked article but it is quite revealing.

    • LOL. Buttigieg is the real deal but Steyer has no idea what he stands for. He does have complimentary things to say about Bernie though.


      When asked if Buttigieg might be the person to bring the US into a new era or if the former mayor’s surge in popularity is a passing fad, Steyer said, “He’s the real deal. I don’t think there’s any question that he’s serious and that he’s going to be in this for the long run.”

      Steyer added that he’s still familiarizing himself with what Buttigieg is “representing” and not in a position to make an “informed decision” about him yet.

      Relatedly, Steyer pointed to Sanders as “either the frontrunner or almost the frontrunner” at the moment and gives the senator a lot of “credit” for the campaign he ran several years ago as well as his current campaign.

      “He is basically trying to stick to his guns in terms of the values that he represents and the policies that he supports. I think that he is doing a good job,” Steyer said of Sanders.

    • An evening Open Thread is now up.

    • Republican discussed violent attacks and surveillance with rightwingers

      A Washington state Republican politician took part in private discussions with rightwing figures about carrying out surveillance, “psyops” and even violent attacks on perceived political enemies, according to chat records obtained by the Guardian.

      State representative Matt Shea, who represents Spokane Valley in the Washington state house, participated in the chats with three other men. All of the men used screen aliases – Shea’s was “Verum Bellator”, Latin for true warrior. The Guardian confirmed the identity of those in the chat by cross-checking phone numbers attached to the Signal accounts.

      The group included Jack Robertson, who broadcasts a far-right radio show, Radio Free Redoubt, under the alias “John Jacob Schmidt”. The chat also included Anthony Bosworth, whose history includes a public altercation with his own daughter and bringing guns to a court house. Bosworth participated in the 2016 occupation of the Malheur national wildlife refuge, reportedly at Shea’s request.

      The name of another participant, who provided the chat records to the Guardian, has been withheld due to concerns about personal safety.

      The chats on the messaging app Signal took place in the days leading up to a supposed “Antifa revolt” on 4 November 2017. Throughout late October, far-right media outlets had been stoking fears of political conflict on the basis of planned peaceful protests by a small leftist group.

      The men proposed to confront leftists – whom they repeatedly refer to as “communists” and “Antifa” – with a suite of tactics, including violence.

  • Lordstown & Chuckie Denison Featured in Bernie Sanders’ Moving New Ad

    Bernie Sanders’ campaign just released a new ad today and it’s already the topic of conversations online around the country. The ad, calle […]


    • Tips, Comments, Complaints, Etc!

      • Hi, Liepar — Want to say again that I really appreciate/admire how much you do with this wonderful outlet. Then, to ask a question. I made a comment re the new Lordstown ad and “sent” it somewhere, yesterday, but sure don’t know where now. It wasn’t anything of import at all, mostly a compliment about the ad, tho’ I did take off a bit strongly about Trump before I could corral myself. So, no loss that it disappeared into the stratosphere– that probably saved me from myself! But, since I am so inexperienced/inept with this whole posting thing, could you maybe give me any idea what I might have done wrong so I could try not to do it again?? Thanks a lot. –Ginny

    • Bernie Sanders Becomes Superhero in New Comic Book

      Gearing up for his second presidential run, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has been turned into a comic book superhero. From the politically-charged Devil’s Due Comics comes Talk Bernie To Me! is a one-shot comic book currently scheduled for physical and digital release on July 3rd.

      Written by Devil’s Due publisher Josh Blaylock and a whole host of artists, the indie publisher is donating a portion of all sales to the ACLU and RaicesTexas.org, a legal services firm providing help to underserved immigrant children, family, and refugees.

      “I’ve been increasingly impressed with Sanders’ ingenuity and ability to be on the right side of history — even when it’s not the popular thing to do — from his fights for civil rights and healthcare many decades ago, to the introduction of the recent Stop BEZOS Act and Stop WALMART Act,” says Blaylock. “I’m excited to see him leading this new movement as a frontrunner for the Democratic Party.”

      The initial cover for Talk To Bernie To Me! is from Blaylock and shows the titular character as if he were He-Man from Masters of the Universe.

      It’s not the first politically-based comic Devil’s Due has released as late as their previous title Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And The Freshman Force went viral online. The publisher first arrived on the scene nearly a decade ago with the wildly-popular Barack the Barbarian series of graphic novels featuring then-President Barack Obama.

      Talk Bernie To Me!: The Bernie Sanders Special and AOC Surprise is currently available for preorder at BernieComic.com.

    • The Corporate Campaign to Kill Bernie’s Medicare for All Bill Is Here

      Te class war over Medicare for All is here. On one side is Bernie Sanders, who recently introduced new and improved Medicare-for-All legislation with the support of a burgeoning grassroots movement and historic small-donor fundraising. On the other side is UnitedHealth, the massive health care company — the fifth-largest US corporation by total revenue of any kind — whose stocks have been plummeting since Sanders revived the bill.

      UnitedHealth can no longer hide their efforts to destroy Sanders’s public health system proposal: a whistleblower recently revealed that UnitedHealth’s insurance subsidiary, UnitedHealthcare, is working hard to ensure Democrats focus on reforming the Affordable Care Act (ACA) instead of pushing for Medicare for All, which will eliminate their entire industry. When asked about their stance on Medicare for All, the company’s chief executive Steve Nelson said, “We are advocating heavily and very involved in the conversation.”

      They’re also warning their investors of the bill’s potential to “destabilize the nation’s health system.” Nelson explained that the company is “trying to be thoughtful about how we enter in the conversation, because there’s a risk of seeming like it’s self-serving.” Nelson, who made $7,580,440 last year at a company that pulled out of the ACA’s exchanges, is right to fear the optics.

      In response, Sanders stated on Twitter:

      Our message to Steve Nelson and UnitedHealthcare is simple: When we are in the White House your greed is going to end. We will end the disgrace of millions of people being denied health care while a single company earns $226 billion and its CEO makes $7.5 million in compensation.

      This isn’t just a policy debate, it’s a political struggle. In fighting for Medicare for All, Sanders and his supporters are going toe to toe with one of the most powerful businesses in the world. This is just the beginning of the fight.

    • Bernie versus the Democratic Party

      Hollywood is filled with remakes and reboots. Washington is about to get one of its own. The re-launched property: the 2016 campaign.

      You know the plot. An outsider with grassroots support leads a crusade against the party establishment and the legitimating institutions that bestow credibility upon a candidate. He’s old, white, been around for a while, says some things that are outside the mainstream, and has a fickle relationship to his party. But he possesses a strange charisma, dominates the conversation, and is willing to speak to audiences outside the typical party coalition.

      The novelty in this retelling of 2016: Our outsider is fighting the Democratic Party, not the GOP. The original version starred Donald Trump. The update features Bernie Sanders.


      Trump shook the Republican Party to its foundations. He forced it to recognize his power, drawn not from Beltway credentials but from the Republican voter base. It was not that Trump remained unchanged. Beginning in 2011, he adopted core Republican positions such as support for the right to life, for the Second Amendment, for supply-side tax cuts, and for constitutionalist judges on the bench. Once in power he listened and sometimes deferred to Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell. But the GOP changed more. It is no longer the party it was before Donald Trump. Never will be.

      It might now be the Democratic Party’s time in the barrel. Among the Democrats who are declared presidential candidates, Sanders is in the lead. And he’s not a Democrat. Sanders is second only to Biden, who hasn’t announced his intentions. In one poll, Sanders is ahead of the former vice president. He leads the money race. Like Trump, his support comes from donations under $200. That’s not only a sign of appeal outside the major cities. It means Sanders has room to grow because the overwhelming majority of his donors have not given the maximum contribution.


      As Democrats have become aware of Sanders’s viability, they have reacted predictably. They have criticized his policies from the Times op-ed page and from New York blogs. The verbal barrage doesn’t leave a mark. The activist arm of the Center for American Progress (CAP), the most influential progressive think tank, released a video highlighting the way Bernie’s description of wealth has changed as he’s accumulated more of it. Bernie, like Trump, responded in full force. CAP, funded by major corporations and foreign governments, and whose former staff hold important positions within Sanders’s campaign, backed off. Bernie won.

      • “Like Bernie, [Trump’s] support comes from foo nations under $200.”

        What a lie.

        If you look at Trump’s April filing, large & small donors is 50-50. But the ~$8M he raised there is dwarfed by the “$22M transfer from authrized Committee” and when you look at the details behind that you find a whole bunch more >$200 donors. Nite to media: once the cumulative donations from an individual donor exceed $200 they are no longer a small donor. And I see a lot of repeat donors. http://docquery.fec.gov/cgi-bin/forms/C00580100/1326131/sa/18

    • The Strategic Move That Gave Bernie Sanders a Fundraising Edge

      The 2020 race for the White House will undoubtedly be a battle both of ideology and personality. But it is also shaping up as a clash between two opposing forces: the ever-expanding, $1 billion industry that is a modern presidential campaign, and the Democratic Party’s move away from the top-down approach to fundraising that has fueled American politics for decades.

      So far, the progressive push toward campaign-finance purity is winning, and that’s worrying Democrats who believe that the party literally can’t afford to leave money on the table if it wants to defeat President Donald Trump next year.

      The three most prolific fundraisers in the sprawling Democratic presidential-primary field—Senators Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris, and former Representative Beto O’Rourke—hauled in just less than $40 million total in the first quarter of 2019. That was enough to easily surpass the $30 million that the Trump campaign added to its coffers. But it represented a steep drop-off from what the top Democratic contenders raised during a comparable period 12 years ago, at the beginning of the last campaign against a Republican incumbent president. In the first three months of 2007, then-Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and ex-Senator John Edwards combined for more than $65 million.

      A few factors could help explain or excuse the relatively pedestrian totals this year compared with the financial windfall of 2007. While the field was large back then, it is far larger heading into 2020, and plenty of donors both big and small are waiting to see how the race plays out before throwing their money behind a candidate. And as big as the field is this year, it is still missing at least one major contender with plenty of fundraising potential: former Vice President Joe Biden.

      But perhaps most significantly, the major Democratic candidates are not fundraising nearly as aggressively from the wealthy donors who helped launch the campaigns of Clinton and Obama in 2007—and much of that is by design. Several contenders were noticeably slow to set up national finance networks, seemingly reluctant to spend the important first months of their candidacy wooing wealthy benefactors. Many have also eschewed donations from corporate political-action committees, a move made famous by Obama but popularized among national politicians in 2018. And one of their own seems to be affecting decision making, too.

      Sanders, the senator from Vermont whose field-leading $18.2 million haul in the first quarter would have placed him third 12 years ago, is following the same playbook that helped him put a scare into Clinton in 2016: He’s relying almost entirely on small donors while railing against the outside influence of “millionaires and billionaires” who have traditionally financed winning campaigns.

      A spoiler no more, Sanders is the Democratic front-runner now, and his populist approach toward fundraising is influencing—and perhaps even shaming—his fellow competitors for the nomination.

    • Bernie Sanders to visit Texas, hold rallies

      Wednesday, April 24

      5:00 p.m. Rally in Houston with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders
      Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX 77010
      This event is free and open to the public.
      Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is encouraged.
      Thursday, April 25

      12 p.m. Rally in Fort Worth with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders
      Burnett Park, 501 W 7th Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102
      This event is free and open to the public.
      Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is encouraged.

    • More nonsense from the WaPost. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/for-bernie-sanders-2016-gets-in-the-way-of-2020/2019/04/20/8746f8ac-621c-11e9-9412-daf3d2e67c6d_story.html?utm_term=.7d9f9636e150

      For Bernie Sanders, 2016 gets in the way of 2020

      And WaPost navel gazing on Mayor Pete. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/buttigieg-has-been-the-surprise-of-the-democratic-field-where-does-he-go-next/2019/04/20/560485e6-62e1-11e9-bfad-36a7eb36cb60_story.html?utm_term=.fc3e94d2b491

      Buttigieg has been the surprise of the Democratic field. Where does he go next?

      South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is on a trajectory that few people would have imagined when he formed his presidential exploratory committee. His poise and thoughtfulness have produced accolades on Twitter and cable TV that must make him blush at times. But his performance has made him the surprise factor in the Democratic nomination race.

      What happens as the campaign moves ahead is the interesting question. History is an uncertain guide but still worth examining as Buttigieg tries to capitalize on the attention he has gotten. Is he a genuine breakthrough candidate whose rise to prominence shatters both barriers and expectations? Or is he like some candidates of the past who found a following within a segment of their party’s electorate — or the attention of the media — but could not move beyond it?

      • The Nation has a better article. https://www.thenation.com/article/the-democratic-primary-may-get-ugly-but-its-a-necessary-fight/

        The final paragraph:

        The party establishment wants it both ways. It wants and needs the growing energy of the progressive activists and can’t afford to alienate them. It also wants control and is terrified that Sanders might actually win the nomination. A Sanders candidacy, many believe, would scare off votes from the suburban middle class that Trump has alienated, turn off big-money donors, and lead Democrats to a catastrophic loss, like Goldwater in 1964. This mirrors the hysteria of the Republican establishment faced with Donald Trump’s much more scabrous candidacy in 2016. In both parties, the establishment is too disorganized to unite behind one candidate. In 2016, the traditional Republican money went mostly to the safest choice, Jeb Bush, whom Trump eviscerated. If much of the Democratic establishment decides to throw in with the safest face, Joe Biden, they are likely to suffer a similar outcome.

        • LTE in the Huntington, WV Dispatch critical of that Dan Balz opinion piece comparing Bernie to Trump. https://www.herald-dispatch.com/opinion/linda-childers-comparison-between-sanders-trump-off-base/article_b7ea865d-0f5d-5b66-bf0b-bd1720e7614c.html

          After she picks Balz’s piece apart, she loses with this:

          I know why people want Bernie Sanders to lead our nation: Everything he does and everything he says proves that he wants a better country for every one of its citizens. He’s well-informed and uses facts to create his policy positions. He doesn’t lie. He doesn’t demean or bully people. He wants to lift people up so they can live their best lives. He’s condent, but humble. He also doesn’t pretend that a President Bernie Sanders is all we need; his campaign slogan, “Not Me, Us,” means we all have to make this a better country. You believe he’s using the same “formula” as Trump? I don’t think so.

          Beto is already losing staff. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/rubycramer/beto-orourke-becky-bond-campaign

          A top adviser to Beto O’Rourke, Becky Bond, has split with his campaign, an O’Rourke spokesperson confirmed.

          Bond, a longtime progressive activist and organizer known for her work on O’Rourke’s 2018 Senate bid against Republican Ted Cruz, left the campaign along with her deputy Zack Malitz. Malitz worked closely with Bond on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ first presidential campaign in 2016.

          The departures come as O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman, has sought to professionalize a campaign operation that was, in its earliest days, small and freewheeling. O’Rourke announced his run for the presidency less than a month ago.

          In March, he recruited Jen O’Malley Dillon, a veteran operative who served in top leadership roles for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, to serve as his campaign manager.

          In Washington, O’Malley Dillon’s hiring was taken as a sign that O’Rourke’s once-skeletal campaign was taking on a more professional cast, moving past the relatively small team that had helped propel him to his narrow loss in the Texas Senate race. Democratic strategists see O’Malley Dillon as an organized and even-handed counterbalance to O’Rourke, who is known for his spontaneity and rejection of traditional campaign tactics, like the use of consultants and pollsters.

    • Bernie Sanders’s Electability Tour

      a recent Friday afternoon in April, a large crowd gathered in a park on the shore of Lake Mendota, in downtown Madison, Wisconsin, for a Bernie Sanders rally. Spring hadn’t yet fully settled on the Midwest—it was overcast, with a cold wind blowing—but hundreds of people arrived early. Amid clusters of friends, parents with toddlers, single young men with brown beards, old women in knit caps, union members, students, and retirees, one group huddled for a photograph, yelling “Bern!” instead of “Cheese!” A man named Marc Daniels, who had driven up from Springfield, Illinois, stalked the edge of the crowd, holding a large sign that read “Mazel Tov! Medicare-For-All.” Onstage, a middle-aged trio—guitar, drums, and bass—played a cover of Crowded House’s little-remembered hit “Something So Strong,” which, among the longtime Sanders supporters and the newly Sanders curious, could have been mistaken for some kind of secular revival-rock tune: “Something so strong could carry us away / Something so strong could carry us today.”

      The Madison rally was the kickoff for a carefully curated, four-day tour, from Wisconsin, through Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. These are states where, in the 2016 primaries, Sanders either won or ran competitively against Hillary Clinton, and where, in that year’s general election, Clinton’s “blue wall” fell to Donald Trump. Clinton hadn’t made a single campaign stop in Wisconsin—a fact that became emblematic of the grip she lost on the region. Sanders, when he finally got up to speak, summoned this history. “Four years ago, despite losing the popular vote by three million votes, Donald Trump carried all of those states and won enough electoral votes to win the Presidency,” he said. “Together, we are going to make sure that that does not happen again. We’re going to win here in Wisconsin, we’re going to win in Indiana, we’re going to win in Ohio, we’re going to win in Michigan, and we’re going to win in Pennsylvania. And we’re going to win the election.”

      The crowd went nuts. Sanders is currently the most well-known name in the crowded Democratic field. He can rightfully claim to have popularized many of the big policy ideas now championed by his competitors—taxing the rich, free college tuition, Medicare for All—and is leading the field in early fund-raising. He has framed his run for the Presidency not as a new effort but as a continuation of a campaign that many of his supporters—and hundreds of thousands of volunteers—believe he never really lost. (Last year, Jeff Weaver, Sanders’s longtime adviser, published a book titled “How Bernie Won.”) Now, in a single weekend, Sanders was going to cut across the terrain where he believes his hopes for the Presidency lie. The cranky old senator, the democratic socialist and 2016 insurgent, had come to the Midwest to make his electability argument.

    • Leader of armed militia that held migrants arrested on weapons charges

      The leader of a militia operating along the southern border has been arrested by the FBI days after the armed group detained over 200 migrants who had just illegally crossed into New Mexico.

      Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, of Flora Vista, New Mexico, was arrested Saturday on charges of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, the FBI Albuquerque office said.

      Hopkins was arrested in Sunland Park, New Mexico, which lies right on the border with Mexico and is just 8 miles northwest of El Paso, Texas.

      “This is a dangerous felon who should not have weapons around children and families,” New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said in a statement. “Today’s arrest by the FBI indicates clearly that the rule of law should be in the hands of trained law enforcement officials, and not armed vigilantes.”

      • “Destined” my foot. The correct term is “kidnapped.” Gave yet to see the media use it.

        • Destined. Even autocorrect refuses to admit what the correct term is.

        • Arrest them all. Unbelievable.

          • New Mexico is a state that has a lot of underground militia activity. Back in the late 1970’s when I was there on tour with the New Riders of the Purple Sage a night club owner took us out back to show off his underground weapons depot. He had enough arms and ammo there to equip a small army. This type of weapons stockpiling has gone on undeterred for many years since then.

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        • This guy is not. qualified to be POTUS! It is really getting ridiculous reading about all the unqualified nimrods running for office. Orange imbecile is bad enough. T and R to the usual excellent BNR/TPW suspects!! Happy Easter everyone. Thank you, Leu2500 for the informative links, too. 🙂

        • https://www.salon.com/2019/04/21/hope-neoliberalism-and-the-future-what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-pete-buttigieg/

          For the moment, Buttigieg seems to have displaced Beto O’Rourke as the leader in the We Want Obama Back sweepstakes, at least pending the confusing entry of Obama’s former sidekick. (Or, as Biden was recently dubbed by Leslie Jones in a “Saturday Night Live” sketch, “Obama’s granddaddy.”) Whether this yearning for a “moderate” or “non-ideological” redeemer is actually constructive at this point in history, or likely to work in practical terms, is a difficult question to answer.

          Look across the Atlantic at the endless turmoil in France, where Emmanuel Macron swept to victory on exactly that premise — and was hailed as the urbane, enlightened neo-Obama who would lead the Western world’s resistance to Donald Trump. Once it became clear that Macron represented exactly the same neoliberal or “reformist” austerity policies as the previous failed government, but cloaked in ecclesiastical arrogance and a lot of business-school jargon, his popularity cratered to Trump-like levels, resulting in the Yellow Vest protests that paralyzed Paris for weeks. Macron is now trying to exploit the catastrophic fire in Notre Dame as a unifying event to restart his presidency, which can only be described as shameless misdirection.

          Ezra Klein in Vox develops an interesting Pete-centric argument about the “psychological sorting” of American politics, in which liberals are primarily motivated by hope and conservatives by fear, which comes with the less savory sexist subtext that apparently only male candidates are seen as qualified to deliver the “hopey-changey stuff.” Nathan J. Robinson, the editor of Current Affairs, forced himself to read Buttigieg’s campaign autobiography and has returned alive with a vicious long-read takedown, which more or less boils down to the obvious observation that Buttigieg is a classic neoliberal reformer, with little awareness of inequality and zero interest in structural economic changes or in rethinking America’s role in the world.

          Those are all valid factors in considering why this supremely undercooked candidate is having a moment, and what it might mean in the longer term. Robinson’s analysis in particular points toward the historical blindness or wishful thinking that draws liberal voters to would-be messiah figures time and again, in search of a new JFK or a new Lincoln, the semi-mythical figures after whom Bill Clinton and Obama conspicuously modeled themselves. Democrats are indeed driven by hope and faith: the hope that America’s political institutions can still function more or less as designed; the faith that a president can rise above all the angry partisan division, the legislative paralysis of Washington, and all the secrets and lies that obfuscate any serious discussion of our nation’s economy or its role in the world, and unite Americans around a common purpose and a vision of the future.

          But historians will not compare Bill Clinton to JFK or Obama to Lincoln, except in ironic terms. When we consider what actually happened during their presidencies, and where we are now, the path of hopey-changey vagueness offered by Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke and Emmanuel Macron — in undoubted sincerity, in all cases! — begins to look like a dead end.

      • Tweets ‘should’ work again as well as some other things…

    • Worth watching. Joe “Anita Hill” Biden inadvertently makes a great case for why Medicaid for All is needed even though he has never supported it. Warren does a great job of putting up with his demeaning attitude (as well as his unnecessarily long-winded, convoluted speeches).

    • Little nuggets from the Mueller report:

      That she lied in this should be no big surprise. We have seen her lie about other topics. Note: Taxpayers pay Sarah Sanders’ salary. I am not lying when I say I want a refund.

    • Going



      Happy Easter!

      🐰 🌸#TheEasterBunny #SundayMorning pic.twitter.com/wvfCcxcQpX

      — Tom Hall ☘ (@TomHall) April 21, 2019

    • I’m gay and I appreciate that there is a serious gay contender for president, but why him? 🥺🥺🥺. Pete honey the system needs to go boom boom boom!


      “It just kind of turns you against the system in general and then you’re more likely to want to vote to blow up the system, which could lead you to somebody like Bernie and it could lead you to somebody like Trump. That’s how we got where we are.”

      Buttigieg also tried to draw a distinction between himself and the 77-year-old Democratic socialist from Vermont.

      “Part of running for president is you wind up competing with people that you like or appreciated or admired many years back,” he said about Sanders. “I don’t have the same views on everything that he does.”

    • “Trump’s rollbacks of Obama-era conservation policies have suffered nearly two dozen setbacks in federal court, largely on procedural grounds. Though the administration is appealing many of these decisions and holds an advantage if the cases reach the Supreme Court, the rulings have slowed the president’s drive to expand fossil fuel production in the United States.”

    • I will try to re-post this in tomorrow’s thread, but did not want to risk misplacing it.

      From: https://www.reddit.com/r/WayOfTheBern/comments/bfykb7/know_your_candidates/

      • Was trying to find a way to make this larger, and ended up deleting it from original post, so just click on it for larger view.

  • Hippetty Hop 🐰 below with me for some Bernie related articles as we head into the Easter/Passover weekend.

    • https://www.salon.com/2019/04/20/how-the-bernie-sanders-town-hall-at-bethlehem-steel-symbolized-american-populism/

      Perhaps most notably, Fox News acknowledged that Sanders’ left-wing populism movement appeals to many of the people who might vote for Trump (who was clearly displeased with Fox’s decision). This is a big deal for many reasons. Conservatives in the past have stigmatized even the faintest hint of “socialism,” and even earlier this decade it would have seemed preposterous for a self-proclaimed democratic socialist to appear on a mainstream TV network as a leading presidential candidate, much less a network closely associated with the Republican Party.

      Yet such was the case on Monday night, even though in the literal sense of the term Sanders’ ideas are “extreme,” defined as “situated at the farthest possible point from a center.” Relative to the perceived center of mainstream American politics, Sanders probably merits that term — which might lead one to question whether the perceived center is not the center after all.

      If you talk to people in the Lehigh Valley, you can tell they’re feeling the economic pinch, and plenty of other areas of America are very much like this one in that respect. If they were willing to vote for an “extreme” figure like Trump in 2016 — a candidate with no political or military experience, which was unprecedented in the history of the American presidency — it is certainly conceivable that they’d vote for Sanders, who would be the first president to bear the label of the dreaded “S-word.” People here just want to feel prosperous again, and given that Bethlehem Steel brutally exploited its workers when it was operational and left them to lives of poverty when it shut down, it is a fitting monument to populism, of whatever variety.

      • A reminder that the majority of Bernie’s policies are popular with over 50% of Americans. So tell me again “what’s situated at the farthest possible point from the center”

    • https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/04/bernie-sanders-democratic-party-2020-campaign/

      The discourse surrounding Bernie Sanders’s campaign has a familiar ring. “‘Stop Sanders’ Democrats Are Agonizing Over His Momentum,” read a headline in The New York Times this week. Where have I heard that before? “From canapé-filled fund-raisers on the coasts to the cloakrooms of Washington,” reports Jonathan Martin, “mainstream Democrats are increasingly worried that their effort to defeat President Trump in 2020 could be complicated by Mr. Sanders, in a political scenario all too reminiscent of how Mr. Trump himself seized the Republican nomination in 2016.”

      Actually, at the moment, Sanders is in a better position than Trump was in July 2015. Sanders is viewed favorably by 74 percent of Democrats, according to the Morning Consult poll. When he started his campaign, Trump’s rating among Republicans was 57 percent. It rose to 66 percent by the time he won the nomination. Sanders is more popular among Democrats at the outset of his campaign than Trump was among Republicans at the end.

      The revelation that he is now “a millionayah” seems to have done Sanders little harm. He deflected accusations of hypocrisy at this week’s Fox News town hall. His appearance on Fox was itself noteworthy. He demonstrated a willingness to appear on platforms associated with the other side of the political debate. Trump, you will remember, talked to everybody. It was one way he displayed fearlessness and a capacity to lead.

      As Democrats have become aware of Sanders’s viability, they have reacted predictably. They have criticized his policies from the Times op-ed page and from New York blogs. The verbal barrage doesn’t leave a mark. The activist arm of the Center for American Progress (CAP), the most influential progressive think tank, released a video highlighting the way Bernie’s description of wealth has changed as he’s accumulated more of it. Bernie, like Trump, responded in full force. CAP, funded by major corporations and foreign governments, and whose former staff hold important positions within Sanders’s campaign, backed off. Bernie won.

      It gets worse for the Democratic establishment. The Times followed up the kerfuffle with a profile of CAP’s leader, Hillary Clinton whisperer Neera Tanden, which might be one of the most devastating hits I’ve read. And I know my hits. The piece opens with an anecdote where Tanden admits to pushing Sanders’s campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, when he worked for her. The copy is laced with quotations from Tanden’s mother that reinforce the impression that CAP’s president will not rest until Sanders is denied the Democratic nomination. “She says Sanders got a pass,” Mama Tanden said, “but he’s not getting a pass this time.”

      Perhaps not, but I’d rate the Democrats’ chances of stopping Bernie higher if Tanden and her friends hadn’t responded to the Times piece by attacking it on Twitter as gotcha journalism. How dare they interview the mother of a subject of a profile piece! No one ever does—oh wait, that’s literally what every profile writer does. And what is Tanden afraid of? Everything her mom said is accurate. Her problem isn’t with the content of the quotes. It’s the fact that they were made public.

      The CAP-Tanden episode is trivial. It is also revealing. Democratic elites are in the beginning stages of the same crisis that faced their Republican counterparts four years ago. What do you do when the voters of your party are set against you? How deep does influence really run?

      And it would be foolish to underestimate him. The last seven days will be remembered as the week Washington D.C. realized Bernie might win. And began to understand that we have no idea what to do about it.

    • https://www.newyorker.com/news/dispatch/bernie-sanderss-electability-tour

      Afterward, I spoke for a few minutes with Carol Godwin, a bone-marrow-transplant nurse at Temple University Hospital, in Philadelphia. Godwin has been a nurse for thirty-two years and supports the broad ideas behind Sanders’s Medicare for All pitch, mostly because she’s seen the frustrations and horrors of the current system up close. She was feeling ready to support Sanders in the election, even though she supported Clinton in 2016. “I wanted a woman to be President,” she explained. “And I really thought that she had a grasp on a lot of knowledge, too.” I asked Godwin, who is black, what she made of Sanders’s difficulty reaching black voters in the last election. “I think, this time around, he’s going to be able to attract those voters,” Godwin said. “I mean, there are a couple of people that stand out a little bit more because you know their name. Like Cory Booker, I know his name. I know Joe Biden’s name. Everyone else, I have no clue what they’re about. And there’s fifty of them! And I think that’s going to be a problem for the Democratic Party.”

      In 2016, Sanders, in some ways, was caught short by his own success, prompting headlines like “Bernie Sanders Never Thought It Would Get This Far.” But his current campaign, with its robust staff, its fund-raising, and its fleshed-out foreign-policy platform, has been built for a front-runner. “There’s a three-out-of-four chance we are not the nominee,” Faiz Shakir, Sanders’s campaign manager, recently told The Atlantic, “but that one-in-four chance is better than anyone else in the field.”

      Sanders got through the town hall in the same way he gets through all his campaign stops, taking it back to his message and statistics at every turn. A few minutes before the show started, his campaign had released his tax returns, and the hosts were eager to talk about the twenty-six-per-cent rate that he paid last year, on more than five hundred thousand dollars in income. Why didn’t he volunteer to pay more taxes, MacCallum asked. “Well, you can volunteer, too,” Sanders said, to cheers. “Progressive tax rate!” someone in the audience shouted, instructions be damned. The hosts tried to poke him on socialism, his age, the tax increases that Medicare for All will demand. But the room was clearly with the candidate. It seemed to confirm what Sanders is so fond of saying—that many of the ideas considered “radical” when he ran four years ago are now the litmus test for the Democratic field. Whether that means he’ll win is another question. “Relax,” Sanders said, at one point. “We’ll get through this together.”

    • https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/20/cory-booker-love-campaign-1282647

      Sen. Cory Booker launched a bid for the White House in February on a message of love and unity, painting himself as an inspirational leader who would help a polarized America find common ground.

      Just 10 weeks later, Booker is discovering that so far love just isn’t enough.

      Polling in the single digits and lagging top-tier competitors in fundraising, Booker this week sought to reboot his campaign, launching a “Justice For All” two-week, national tour heavy on economic policy proposals and social justice messaging. In Iowa, he rolled out an expansive proposal for a new income tax credit and talked

      The recent steps aim to invigorate a presidential bid that has underwhelmed some Democrats who are questioning whether Booker’s message is one that resonates in the Trump era.

    • Catching up on news of some of the lesser known candidates.

      Bernie is not the only one able to attract enthusiastic crowds.


      • Perhaps you forgot the Wayne Messam was even running.🙄


        Little-known in his home state, Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam had what for a long-shot candidate could only be described as a hugely successful rollout of his presidential campaign last month when he kicked things off with the release of a polished video and a before-dawn announcement on CNN’s New Day.

        Was it all downhill from there?

        Barely a month into an unlikely 2020 bid, Messam is already fending off allegations that his campaign is in chaos. According to Miami New Times, a former staffer says Messam employees are bailing because his wife has “consolidated” the campaign’s finances and won’t cut checks.

        Federal campaign fillings show that his wife was a registered agent on his Wayne Messam For America campaign account until earlier this month. They also suggest that Messam struggled early in a crowded field to raise money.

        He initially reported raising $83,000 during the first two-plus weeks of his campaign, although he later amended his financial report to clarify that he’d actually raised $43,000. And he’s reported spending less than $2,000 between his March 13 rollout and the end of March despite trips to Israel and South Carolina.

        • No surprise. A lot of so-called “Floridians” don’t even know where Miramar is. T and R, jcb!! Hope you all are enjoying the Holidays. Weather is outrageous here today. I’m enjoying it before endless too-hot summer/storm season begins. Hurricane Michael was upgraded to a cat 5 yesterday. 🙁

          • Was checking weather yesterday, doppler, to see when that monster system) Cuba to Newfoundland!) was due to hit us and saw a crazy line of thunderstorms raking Florida. I hope you have a great, and more dry, weekend orl!

        • Mayor Messam is a good looking young man (of course, anyone under 80 looks young to me), and David Smiley’s April 19th article, “Wayne Messam says he’s reviewing claims of unpaid presidential campaign workers,” seems fair.
          One quote is striking, “Missing payroll would also be odd considering that Messam owns a general contracting business and was able to loan his successful mayoral reelection campaign $40,000 in late December.
          Smiley writes, “Messam, though, said he’s feeling positive,” and Messam said, “We’re excited about the prospects of getting our message out.”

    • The Russians must be inciting those damn environmentalists!🙄


    • It will be interesting to see what Bernie decides to do here. He avoided questions on this yesterday in SC.


      My guess is that Team Pelosi figured they could wait out the initial angry excitement over the Mueller report and return to their previous strategy of investigating Trump and attacking him on a broad front, but not constraining themselves with an impeachment proceeding that was guaranteed to fail in the Senate, if not earlier.

      But now there is a new dynamic, as one prominent 2020 Democratic presidential candidate has cast her candidacy into the whirlwind of the impeachment debate:

      The severity of this misconduct demands that elected officials in both parties set aside political considerations and do their constitutional duty. That means the House should initiate impeachment proceedings against the President of the United States.

      — Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 19, 2019


      For the moment, her stance creates a strong likelihood that other candidates could follow; there could perhaps even be a stampede that eliminates Warren’s tactical advantage while confirming her status as a party trendsetter. And if she and other presidential candidates create a wave of support for impeachment that breaks down Pelosi & Co.’s resistance, Warren may have to deal with the ironic consequences of a development that blots out the sky and reduces the attention her policy proposals will receive.

      If some candidates hold out against Warren, and impeachment remains a demand that enlivens grassroots progressives while terrifying pols, we may have a new point of division in a huge Democratic field.

      • From bernie’s Campaign twitter (as opposed to his Sen sanders twitter)

        It is clear that Donald Trump wanted nothing more than to shut down the Mueller investigation. While we have more detail from today's report than before, Congress must continue its investigation into Trump's conduct and any foreign attempts to influence our election.

        — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 18, 2019


        We must also work to do everything we can to protect our future elections from the significant threat of foreign interference, and I call on President Trump and Republican leadership to stop obstructing the necessary work to protect our democracy.

        — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 18, 2019


    • Sticking with the Easter theme.


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      • Liked those campaign buttons a lot. They brought to mind a fine article, “The socialism of Eugene V. Debs,” by Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, Feb. 18 & 25, 2019, pp. 88-92. Sub-head, “THE FIREMAN. Eugene V. Debs and the endurance of American socialism.” Cutline for the accompanying photo, “Debs ran for President five times, captivating crowds by the tens of thousands.”

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    • Neera Tanden Once Punched Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Manager, Faiz Shakir


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    • AOC talks 2020 election, giving up social media and why she supports Rep. Omar


    • You may have seen this Bernie campaign ad already, but it was new for me.

      The brilliance of this Bernie Sanders ad is it is a general election ad. Trump’s the target. Team Bernie is reassuring Democratic primary voters he has what it takes to go one-on-one with Trump. It addresses the Jim Messina objections. #NotMeUs #NotMeUs pic.twitter.com/ZJheICU9lR

      — 🌹 Clark Feels The Bern (@Clarknt67) April 20, 2019


    • Another example of where Bernie was getting stuff done on the ground long before others.

      “Prospects seemed bleak. The family’s savings had dwindled after his unemployment insurance gave out. But in 1993 Robbins saw a newspaper advertisement for something called the Burlington Community Land Trust. He visited its offices and learned about its generous grants for low-income home ownership. The innovative offer would significantly lower the price by allowing the couple to purchase only the house, while the trust paid for the land it sat on. Within two years, his family owned a home in a small town just to the east of the city. The Robbins family bought its home through a conventional realtor and a commercial bank while also entering a covenant with the land trust to lease the land their home sits upon. This reduced the costs of their mortgage and down payment substantially.”

      Warren wasn’t saying it is, but rather that it’s one method among many that Bernie implemented in Burlington way back when.https://t.co/rqKmBANLmw

      — Mizzay (@mizmowz) April 20, 2019


    • Bernie Sanders is one of the few politicians that the more you learn about him the more you like him.#OurRevolution#KeepPushing

      — Don Ford (@TheWordofDon) April 18, 2019


    • Check out the photo. I truly do not understand the seeming desire for hostilities and even war with Russia. I am starting to think that it has to do with Russia becoming more acceptable and regaining some of its power on the world stage.


    • I am so old that I remember when people thought that @dailykos was Progressive.

      — Benigma – Gouge Away (@benigma2017) April 20, 2019


    • On The Zombification Of Economy & Oligarchification Of Society | Zero Hedge https://t.co/rIu7BOmYeh #EatTheRich

      — Democratic Restoration Movement 🌹 (@NoFascistLies) April 20, 2019


    • Cool, maybe arrest them all, tho. https://t.co/opo8qVDiXU

      — Kamala Harris is a Cop (@BethLynch2020) April 20, 2019


    • “A Washington state Republican politician took part in private discussions with rightwing figures about carrying out surveillance, “psyops” and even violent attacks on perceived political enemies, according to chat records obtained by the Guardian.”

      Scoop from me: leaked chats show WA Republican legislator Matt Shea and associates discussing surveillance, “psyops” and violence directed at political opponents https://t.co/JBkbh2va53

      — Jason Wilson (@jason_a_w) April 20, 2019


    • Mayor Pete has the crowd mesmerized while delivery a barnburner speech! /S


    • The sheep spends its life fearing a wolf only to be eaten by its shepherd
      La oveja pasa su vida temiendo a un lobo solo para ser comido por su pastor

      — (((eugene weixel))) (@eugeneprojectil) April 20, 2019


    • If this footage was from Russia, Syria, or Venezuela, rather than #France today, it would be televised incessantly all across our mainstream media. #YellowVests #GiletsJaunes pic.twitter.com/fZf6MJzi1L

      — Sarah Abdallah (@sahouraxo) April 20, 2019


    • This is behind a firewall for me. If true would be pretty bad for Pete.

      #PeteButtigieg fired a Black police chief for recording his #racist white officers saying racist things, and did nothing to the #racists! https://t.co/sKWVpTaVsL #MayorPete2020 #MayorPete #Buttigieg #Buttigieg2020 #WhiteSupremacy

      — PMbeers (@PMbeers) April 21, 2019


    • Big Pharma scam shot down by SCOTUS
      Allergan, which is headquartered in Dublin, transferred patents to New York’s Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, which took legal ownership of the patents and then licensed them back to Allergan in exchange for ongoing payments.

      — Praying Medic (@prayingmedic) April 15, 2019


    • Ali Veshi shreds an argument against M4A. Amazing and beautiful.

      Ali Velshi, a senior economic & business correspondent for NBC News and a Canadian citizen, absolutely demolishes the arguments against #MedicareForAll #Bernie2020 pic.twitter.com/Ay5joc4zH0

      — Yaldabaoth 🌹 (@Yaldabaoth616) April 21, 2019


    • i always seem to begin watching after it has started. I guess that there is always youtube.

      • Sanders team has been much better at hosting their own streams (last time around we had to rely on attendees or Bernietv a ton) BUT they often dont get them up until Bernie is speaking. A 30 min grace period would be nice to allow for posting, etc. At least its rewatchable via the same link!

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          • Thanks a million, Humphrey, for this posting. Nigel Robertson, WYFF-TV, couldn’t have done a better story out on the street for the Channel 4 NBC affiliate market before the Sanders rally. We got a look at the gathering crowd, he mentioned that volunteers were out to answer questions and a couple had decided to go to the rally because of what they heard. He said it was Sanders’ 3rd S. C. event, following a town hall (focus poverty) at the community center and an event in Spartanburg (focus education reform & criminal justice). Nigel added that Sanders had also met with farmers, police officers and community leaders. Living in N.C., I especially loved the feature because WYFF covers an area of my state, too.

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      • With the one pix, the music, Power to the people, was just GREAT to usher Bernie in. Probably everyone else has heard it, but it was new to me. I did sign up for a gathering in Raleigh on April 27, and it was confirmed to be at Isaac Hunter’s Tavern. Will hope for better weather than the serious downpours on Good Friday.

    • Bernie is coming to Ft Worth on the 25th, Ill do everything in my power to be there.

      • It’s hard to imagine everything you manage to do, but somehow you do it. So…I think Ft. Worth should probably expect you! Thx!

    • The New Yorker has a (relatively) good recap of Bernie’s swing thru the Midwest.

      I have to highlight this tho:

      In 2016, Sanders, in some ways, was caught short by his own success, prompting headlines like “Bernie Sanders Never Thought It Would Get This Far.” But his current campaign, with its robust staff, its fund-raising, and its fleshed-out foreign-policy platform, has been built for a front-runner. “There’s a three-out-of-four chance we are not the nominee,” Faiz Shakir, Sanders’s campaign manager, recently told The Atlantic, “but that one-in-four chance is better than anyone else in the field.” Yet it’s possible to imagine this moment as the high point for Sanders. His poll numbers, as Nate Silver has pointed out, are going in the wrong direction.Joe Biden, who has been leading in many of the polls, looks ready to join the race. Parts of the Democratic establishment—wealthy donors, big think tanks, activists—are starting to talk about how to blunt Sanders’s momentum. At Sanders events, his supporters were already worried about their candidate getting boxed out. The prospect of going into the Democratic National Convention without a clear winner in the delegate count has both sides nervous.

      Sure, Kos er Nate. Stick to stats not punditry.



      Huff post has a nonsense piece critical of M4A. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/bernie-sanders-medicare-for-all-hospitals_n_5cb655b2e4b082aab08dd7bf

      But Sanders and his allies rarely mention that Medicare for All would also restrict the flow of money into the rest of the health care industry, including the parts that aren’t as easy to demonize in speeches.

      At the top of that list are hospitals, which alone account for roughly one-third of the nation’s health care spending. No other sector, not even pharmaceuticals, rivals it. Under the Medicare for All proposals from Sanders as well as some other potential reforms getting attention these days, the federal government would limit payments to hospitals, quite possibly reducing their incomes significantly.

      Considering how small hospitals in red states are screaming for Medicaid expansion, I think the hospitals will be just fine.

      Local video coverage of the Greenville rally. https://www.wyff4.com/article/teen-lights-promposal-on-fire-in-driveway/27212463


      More establishment nonsense The NY Times: Should a White Man Be the Face of the Democratic Party in 2020?


      Geez, Times, the establishment is fine with Mayor Pete & last I looked he’s a white male.

      The matter of What To Do About Bernie and the larger imperative of party unity has, for example, hovered over a series of previously undisclosed Democratic dinners in New York and Washington organized by the longtime party financier Bernard Schwartz. The gatherings have included scores from the moderate or center-left wing of the party, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California; Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader; former Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia; Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., himself a presidential candidate; and the president of the Center for American Progress, Neera Tanden.


      Besides as someone (sorry, I don’t have the source) has already written, the “white male” accusation erases Bernie’s Jewishness.

      • Quote for the Day, courtesy of John Nichols/The Nation. https://www.thenation.com/article/aoc-ilhan-omar-rashida-tlaib-impeachment-trump-mueller-report/

        When it was becoming clear that Richard Nixon would need to be held to account for the high crimes and misdemeanors of the Watergate era—including his many obstructions of justice—the youngest and newest members of Congress stepped up. Texas Democrat Barbara Jordan, a voting-rights advocate who had been elected to the House in 1972 at the age of 36, joined the Judiciary Committee and in 1974 challenged her colleagues to recognize that “If the impeachment provision in the Constitution of the United States will not reach the offenses charged here, then perhaps that 18th-century Constitution should be abandoned to a 20th-century paper shredder!”

        • She is one of my political heroes!! This is one of the reasons why. She was a true public servant/stateswoman. Barbara did AAs, women, and Texans (including the stupes) proud. T and R, LD!! Got your note about Ft. Worth. Lucky dog!

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  • Warren, Markey, and Pressley to Join Launch of Sunrise Movement’s 250-City Road to a Green New Deal Tour

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    • It’s Bernie’s World (And 2020 Democrats Are All Living in It)

      Early polling shows Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden as the frontrunners for the 2020 Democratic nomination. But, early polling has been a unreliable predictor of future success. (If you haven’t already, you should follow the Washington Post’s polling twitter account, @wholed, where you will see that many of those in the lead at this point in previous elections didn’t end up as their party’s nominee).

      What’s more important at this stage of the game is the ability to set the terms and the terrain of the game. This is where Sanders has dominated. The Vermont Senator has set the rules (both written and unwritten) and has forced the rest of the field to follow them.

      Policy Terrain:

      On the eve of the Iowa caucuses in 2016, Hillary Clinton attacked Sanders’ push for Medicare for All as unrealistic. She ran an ad in which she argued that “Americans can’t afford to wait for a plan that looks good on paper but will never make it in the real world.”

      Today, Medicare for All has become the default position of almost every candidate in the race. While the 2020 candidates have differed in their approach and embrace of Medicare for All, the issue is animating — and dominating — the 2020 primary debate. That is exactly how Sanders would like it to be. That, however, is not where a lot of Democrats would like to see the focus of attention— especially those who worry that a debate over ‘socialized medicine’ will be a political disaster for their party in 2020.

      The DNC Rules:

      Before the 2020 cycle, presidential candidates would spend serious time and energy corralling the support of elected party leaders, known as superdelegates.These party leaders and insiders (who typically make up between 14 and 20 percent of the total delegates at Democratic conventions) were free to support any candidate of their choosing. Many of these superdelegates announced their support of a candidate long before the primaries got underway. It was a signal to the party faithful that the candidate they were supporting should be taken seriously and was viable.

      While superdelegates can theoretically throw their weight – and the nomination – behind a candidate who did not win the most pledged delegates in the primaries – that has never happened.

      Even so, during and after the 2016 campaign, the Sanders campaign and his backers, attacked the nominating process as opaque and tilted in favor of the establishment. To help restore faith in the DNC, the organization last year agreed to reduce the influence of superdelegates.

    • Bernie Sanders is heading back to Texas to rally supporters

      U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is heading back to Texas.

      In his first trip here since announcing his 2020 presidential bid, Sanders — one of more than a dozen Democrats who have declared they are in the 2020 presidential race — will be in Houston next week.

      On Wednesday, April 24, the Vermont senator will attend a She the People presidential candidate forum at Texas Southern University geared to draw women of color into politics.

      An invitation by the forum was sent all the Democrats who have already declared they are running for president in 2020. Others attending include Sens. Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Amy Klouchar and Elizabeth Warren as well as Texans Julian Castro and Beto O’Rourke.

      After the forum, Sanders, who lost the Democratic presidential nomination to Hillary Clinton in 2016, will hold a free public rally at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St., in downtown Houston.

      His goal is to “share his vision for the country,” a press release stated.

      Organizers say tickets are not required for the event, but they are encouraging RSVPs, which can be done online.

      • Bernie Sanders to speak at Texas Southern, campaign at Discovery Green in downtown Houston

        U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is bringing his campaign to downtown Houston next week.

        The Vermont senator vying for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president is stopping by Discovery Green on Wednesday, April 24.

        It’s his first visit to Texas since launching his most recent presidential campaign.

        Sanders is scheduled to attend the “She the People” presidential candidate forum at Texas Southern University in addition to hosting a rally.

        The rally at Discovery Green is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required but organizers encourage you to RSVP here. The event starts at 5 p.m.

        The forum at TSU focuses on women of color. It would make Sanders the third Democratic hopeful to campaign at the historically black college.

    • Pretty sure its the other way around..

      The logic of Bernie Sanders’s continuing war against Clintonworld

      Three years after a bitter face-off with Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders still sees her political machine working against him.

      Clinton may not be running for president, but the world of staffers and institutions that buoyed her presidential run, Sanders says, has a new goal: to quash his progressive vision for America.

      Over the weekend, Sanders sent the Center of American Progress — a powerful Democratic think tank that’s closely aligned with the Clintons — a scathing letter, hitting several negative articles and videos published by the group’s media arm, ThinkProgress, that he says will make it easier for President Trump to win in 2020.

      “I and other Democratic candidates are running campaigns based on principles and ideas and not engaging in mudslinging or personal attacks on each other,” Sanders wrote in the letter, first obtained by the New York Times. “Meanwhile, the Center for American Progress is using its resources to smear Senator [Cory] Booker, Senator [Elizabeth] Warren, and myself, among others. This is hardly the way to build unity, or to win the general election.”

      Now some of the most prominent faces in Clinton’s world, like David Brock, who founded Media Matters for America, are already talking about launching an anti-Sanders campaign before the senator’s presidential bid gets too far ahead, the New York Times reported.

      Sanders’s campaign sent out fundraising emails on both the letter to CAP and Brock’s proposed anti-Sanders movement.

      That there’s animosity between Clinton’s orbit and Sanders’s is old news. But these latest punches show how the dynamics in the party have shifted. CAP, Brock, and the Clinton world have held power over the establishment for a generation; they’ve filled key staffing roles, crafted agendas, and chosen leaders. Sanders has largely been on the outside. Now he’s the Democratic frontrunner for president in a primary that has largely adopted his ideas.

    • Bernie Sanders calls on Congress to investigate after Mueller report release

      Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called on Thursday for Congress to continue an investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election and whether President Trump sought to obstruct a law enforcement probe into the matter.

      Sanders also said that lawmakers should take steps to bolster security ahead of future elections, suggesting that the president and congressional Republicans had so far stood in the way of such work.

      “It is clear that Donald Trump wanted nothing more than to shut down the Mueller investigation,” Sanders said in a statement. “While we have more detail from today’s report than before, Congress must continue its investigation into Trump’s conduct and any foreign attempts to influence our election.”

      “We must also work to do everything we can to protect our future elections from the significant threat of foreign interference, and I call on President Trump and Republican leadership to stop obstructing the necessary work to protect our democracy.”

      The presidential hopeful’s remarks came hours after the Justice Department released a redacted report detailing the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

      • After Mueller Report, Progressives Say ‘Begin Impeachment Hearings Now’

        After Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 400-page report detailed numerous instances in which President Donald Trump may have attempted to obstruct justice, progressive lawmakers and advocacy groups on Thursday made the case that it is the duty of Congress to begin impeachment proceedings.

        “Mueller’s report is clear in pointing to Congress’ responsibility in investigating obstruction of justice by the president,” tweeted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). “As such, I’ll be signing onto Rashida Tlaib’s impeachment resolution.”

        Formally introduced last month, Tlaib’s resolution directs the House Judiciary Committee to immediately begin investigating whether Trump “committed impeachable offenses.”

        Ocasio-Cortez went on to acknowledge the political tensions surrounding the impeachment issue, but concluded Mueller’s report “squarely puts this on our doorstep.”

        Ocasio-Cortez’s call for an impeachment probe—which was joined by Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Al Green (D-Texas), and others—came after House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) quickly dismissed the growing demand for impeachment proceedings, saying they would “not worthwhile at this point.”

        The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent denounced Hoyer’s remarks as “straight-up abdication” and “dereliction of basic duty.”

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          • As much as I dislike Mueller (Bush-Cheney guy), AOC is absolutely correct. Refer to my previous comment and the linked read.

        • I put this in last night about Steny’s primary opponent.

          Hoyer continues to show that he lacks the courage to stand up to the status quo. It’s times like this that we ask, “who’s side is he on?” @LeaderHoyer, if you stand for nothing, what’ll you fall for? #PrimaryHoyer #Mckayla2020 https://t.co/yMurloL3rH

          — Mckayla Wilkes (@MeetMckayla) April 18, 2019


          House Majority @LeaderHoyer just told me : “Based on what we have seen to date, going forward on impeachment is not worthwhile at this point. Very frankly, there is an election in 18 months and the American people will make a judgement,”

          — Dana Bash (@DanaBashCNN) April 18, 2019


        • Honestly with an R senate the only way to impeach him is on Nov 6 2020. Trumpcorp with his ego wont be able to handle that kind of rejection. The secret service will have to drag Trumpcorp out of the Whitehouse as he screams voter fraud. He such a narcissist I would’nt be surprised if he spent the rest of his term in NY or Mara Lago when he loses. Progressive’s should focus on the election and the Dems Est rigging it for anyone but Bernie.

    • ‘A New Day in New York’: City Council Passes Sweeping Climate Bill

      The New York City Council passed the world’s “largest single carbon reduction effort that any city, anywhere, has ever put forward” on Thursday afternoon, marking a major milestone in the fight against the climate crisis.

      The Climate Mobilization Act contains ten provisions for a greener New York.

      “It’s a new day,” tweeted Council Speaker Corey Johnson.

      Chief among the bill’s provisions were regulations that directly affect city buildings.

      The legislation packages together 10 separate bills and resolutions, and calls in its centerpiece bill for a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from city buildings. That level of reduction, and the associated costs of such a move, led real estate interests in New York to oppose the bill, which is known as Intro 1253 in the City Council.

      Those efforts were unsuccessful, as the measure passed by a vote of 45-2.

      Opponents of the legislation claimed it could have an adverse affect on the city’s economy and lead to a drying up of jobs.

      But, as HuffPost reported, that doom and gloom future is unlikely:

      The new rules would create demand for more than 3,600 construction jobs per year, by one estimate, and another 4,400 jobs in maintenance, services and operations, fueled by the sheer magnitude of the investment required to meet the emissions goals.

    • Private Health Insurance Stocks ‘In Free Fall’ as Medicare for All Gains Momentum

      With comprehensive Medicare for All legislation now introduced in both chambers of Congress and bolstered by surging grassroots support, health insurance stocks are “crumbling” as investors grow increasingly fearful that single-payer could eventually become a reality.

      “Together, the shares of hospitals and insurers lost $28 billion in market value on Tuesday,” Bloomberg reported. “The slide in hospital and insurance stocks continued Wednesday, wiping out billions of dollars more in market value from some of the biggest health companies in the U.S.”

      As Bloomberg’s Sahil Kapur put it on Twitter, “Health insurance stocks are in free fall as Democrats introduce ‘Medicare for All’ legislation in Congress and Bernie Sanders pushes it on Fox News.”


    • As Youth-Led Campaign Kicks Off, Poll Shows Majority of Canadians Want a Green New Deal, Too

      A new poll shows that the majority of Canadians want a Green New Deal to address the global climate crisis and economic injustice, as a youth-led campaign kicks off in the North American country to demand just that.

      Ottawa-based polling firm Abacus Data asked 2,000 Canadians whether they support or oppose “a massive government jobs program and investment in clean energy, green technology, and electrification” that “would aim to move Canada to 100 percent clean energy by 2030 and make it so Canada produces and consumes the same amount of carbon emissions by 2050.”

      Sixty-one percent of respondents said they support or somewhat support the proposal, recently popularized by a growing grassroots movement in the United States and progressive Democrats in the U.S. Congress. When pollsters asked Canadians if they would back a deal that “required corporations and the wealthy to pay higher taxes,” support for the proposal shot up to 66 percent.

      The survey was commissioned by North99, a Canadian nonprofit composed of “progressive people united by a concern about rising inequality and the increasing influence of the far-right.”

      Responding to the polling results (pdf) in a statement to The Toronto Star, North99 co-director Taylor Scallon said: “The conversation among politicians has revolved around pollution pricing, but climate change is an existential challenge and requires a solution that matches its scale. Canadians know we need a much broader mobilization against climate change.”

    • Nearly 100,000 Pentagon Whistleblower Complaints Have Been Silenced

      There is a giant sucking sound in the center of the Pentagon, and whatever’s down there feeds on trillions of secretive dollars, then shits out incalculable death and destruction

    • Jimmy Carter: US ‘Most Warlike Nation in History of the World’

      The only US president to complete his term without war, military attack or occupation has called the United States “the most warlike nation in the history of the world.”

      During his regular Sunday school lesson at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, Jimmy Carter revealed that he had recently spoken with President Donald Trump about China. Carter, 94, said Trump was worried about China’s growing economy and expressed concern that “China is getting ahead of us.”

      Carter, who normalized diplomatic relations between Washington and Beijing in 1979, said he told Trump that much of China’s success was due to its peaceful foreign policy.

      “Since 1979, do you know how many times China has been at war with anybody?” Carter asked. “None, and we have stayed at war.” While it is true that China’s last major war—an invasion of Vietnam—occurred in 1979, its People’s Liberation Army pounded border regions of Vietnam with artillery and its navy battled its Vietnamese counterpart in the 1980s. Since then, however, China has been at peace with its neighbors and the world.

      Carter then said the US has been at peace for only 16 of its 242 years as a nation. Counting wars, military attacks and military occupations, there have actually only been five years of peace in US history—1976, the last year of the Gerald Ford administration and 1977-80, the entirety of Carter’s presidency. Carter then referred to the US as “the most warlike nation in the history of the world,” a result, he said, of the US forcing other countries to “adopt our American principles.”

      China’s peace dividend has allowed and enhanced its economic growth, Carter said. “How many miles of high-speed railroad do we have in this country?” he asked. China has around 18,000 miles (29,000 km) of high speed rail lines while the US has “wasted, I think, $3 trillion” on military spending. According to a November 2018 study by Brown University’s Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs, the US has spent $5.9 trillion waging war in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other nations since 2001.

      “It’s more than you can imagine,” Carter said of US war spending. “China has not wasted a single penny on war, and that’s why they’re ahead of us. In almost every way.”

      • Is Bernie Stealing Trump’s ‘No More Wars’ Issue?

        “The president has said that he does not want to see this country involved in endless wars… I agree with that,” Bernie Sanders told the Fox News audience at Monday’s town hall meeting in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

        Then turning and staring straight into the camera, Bernie added:

        “Mr. President, tonight you have the opportunity to do something extraordinary: Sign that resolution. Saudi Arabia should not be determining the military or foreign policy of this country.”

        anders was talking about a War Powers Act resolution that would have ended U.S. involvement in the five-year civil war in Yemen that has created one of the great humanitarian crises of our time, with thousands of dead children amidst an epidemic of cholera and a famine.

        Supported by a united Democratic Party on the Hill, and an anti-interventionist faction of the GOP led by Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee of Utah, the War Powers resolution had passed both houses of Congress.

        But 24 hours after Sanders urged him to sign it, Trump, heeding the hawks in his Cabinet and National Security Council, vetoed S.J.Res.7, calling it a “dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities.”

        With sufficient Republican votes in both houses to sustain Trump’s veto, that should be the end of the matter.

        It is not: Trump may have just ceded the peace issue in 2020 to the Democrats. If Sanders emerges as the nominee, we will have an election with a Democrat running on the “no-more-wars” theme Trump touted in 2016. And Trump will be left defending the bombing of Yemeni rebels and civilians by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.

    • Lumping Bernie Sanders into ‘old, white male’ category discounts his Jewishness

      From the moment Bernie Sanders declared his presidential candidacy on Feb. 19, the internet has been dense with think pieces cutting down the Vermont senator because he is an “old white male.” The barrage kicked off with CNN’s Chris Cillizza, who published “5 reasons to be skeptical of Bernie Sanders’ 2020 bid.” While he mostly questioned Mr. Sanders’ ability to withstand a taxing primary race, his final point — “Does the Democratic Party want a 77-year-old white male as its nominee?” — was the most telling. Imitating a dangerous narrative advanced by the far left, Mr. Cillizza invoked identity politics while omitting any mention of Mr. Sanders’ Jewishness. The trend continued into this month when a Washington Post article celebrated the diversity of some Democratic presidential hopefuls, but separately questioned the viability of “the white male candidates” like Mr. Sanders, Joe Biden and Beto O’Rourke.

      To cast Mr. Sanders, whose father immigrated to the United States to escape antisemitism in Europe, as just another privileged old white male running for president flagrantly ignores his Jewish identity. Mr. Sanders has cited relatives who perished in the Holocaust as the impetus for his interest in politics. He grew up in a middle-class family, attended Hebrew School and lived on a kibbutz in Israel for several months. Four years ago on the campaign trail Mr. Sanders even said, “I’m very proud of being Jewish. And that’s an essential part of who I am as a human being.”

      Articles like those cited above are not written in a vacuum. They are merely the symptom of a broader trend, led by prominent intersectional progressives, to cast Jews not only as privileged beneficiaries of a racial hierarchy that oppresses other minorities, but also as complicit in white supremacy itself. Nowhere has this notion been more commonplace than among Women’s March leaders. Just this month, Linda Sarsour stated that “white Jews” were behind efforts to cast Congresswoman Ilhan Omar as anti-Semitic. Last December, after intense backlash over her own anti-Semitic comments, including false accusations that Jews were behind the slave trade, Tamika Mallory conceded that “while white Jews, as white people, uphold white supremacy, all Jews are targeted by it.” Not to be outdone, Sophie Ellman-Golan said: “White Jews, like all white people, uphold white supremacy.”

      This weaponization of whiteness scrubs Jews of their identity, contradicts history and is antithetical to liberal values.

    • The Anti-Sanders Press Influenced the 2016 Primary. Will It Do the Same Again?

      Like many I watched the 2016 Democratic primary carefully, and like many I was appalled by what looked like rampant cheating of varying types and degrees by national party leaders, state officials and local functionaries. So I’m going to publish an occasional series on what went down in 2016 as a sort of inoculation against the same occurring again.

      I have another goal as well. Last time the Sanders campaign was surprised by its popularity, and I suspect it took some time for its leaders to adapt to what it was starting to accomplish. I also suspect that the cheating, the tilting of the playing field, the attacks from the wings by actors not even in the play also surprised the campaign, and it found itself scrambling to respond, or scrambling to decide even to respond at all.

      After all, if you’re polling at 5% against a shoo-in opponent, you’re seen as a gnat, barely worth swatting at, and the occasional “slings and arrows” are not meant to wound or kill, just keep you at bay. Not so when, to everyone’s surprise, the gnat grows large, grows a following, and starts filling football stadiums when the shoo-in candidate still can’t fill a gymnasium.

      Then the “slings and arrows” become bazookas and howitzers, and no one in the suddenly large upstart campaign has a plan for that.

      Not so this time around. The events of 2016 offer plenty of fair warning. To that end I’d like to document just what some of those bazookas and howitzers were, so not only the campaign — but you and I, the voters — can be prepared, can know what we’re looking at.

      • You can certainly bet that they will attempt to shape the outcome.

        But Bernie will have the progressive internet on his side.😜

        The establishment should take heed to the conclusion of this article.

        It won’t take much to make a martyr of Sanders in the eyes of his supporters, especially after 2016. The only questions are:

        • Is the fear of Sanders and his political revolution, which would send many of them scrambling for other work and start to cut Party ties to the donor class, enough to make their opposition turn to obviously illegal means?

        • If Sanders is indeed made “a martyr,” as the party official quoted above fears, what will be the response of the independent voters who swell those stadium appearances?

        The stakes were high in 2016. Given our greater nearness to looming catastrophes, climate being just one of them, the stakes are exponentially higher today. We do indeed live in interesting times.

    • Bernie Sanders draws big crowd in Spartanburg

      Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vermont, brought his presidential campaign to Spartanburg Thursday, pushing for universal pre-K education and tuition-free college.

      The candidate said his plans would pay long-term dividends by helping people reach the middle class and stay out of prison.

      “It is costly,” he told about 300 people at a town hall event at Mount Moriah Baptist Church.
      It could be paid for with the “one trillion (dollars) in tax breaks to Trump and his friends in the 1 percent,” he said, which drew an ovation.

      Sanders is leading or near the top of early polls among Democratic voters. He ran in 2016, but lost to the nominee, Hillary Clinton. His campaign staffers said Thursday because he ran a strong campaign three years ago, he already has an organization in place in South Carolina.

      Earlier Thursday, Sanders toured the ReGenesis Community Health Center with its founder, Harold Mitchell, and discussed the importance of investing in urban communities that have been left behind.

      “We need somebody to talk about real issues that affect us locally and statewide,” Mitchell said.

    • Morning!

      Bernie has a rally in Greenville, SC today.

      The Greenville News has coverage of his campaign swing in SC. https://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/local/south-carolina/2019/04/18/bernie-sanders-spartanburg-greenville-sc/3514494002/

      He has a rally in Houston on 4/24.

      And 4/27 is Organizing for Bernie Day. The Bernie map is up, so you can find an event near you.

      Vox digs deeper into Bernie vs. CAP/Establishment. https://www.vox.com/2019/4/19/18311253/bernie-sanders-clinton-center-american-progress-tanden

    • In the Bronx, AOC Advocates for a ‘VA for All’

      Speaking to nurses, veterans, and other constituents inside the auditorium of Public School 83 in the Bronx on Wednesday, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) recalled an adage that she said applied to the Department of Veterans Affairs: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

      Since the spring of 2014, after administrators at a Phoenix veterans’ hospital were found to have been tampering with wait-time data, conservative lawmakers and Koch-backed forces have argued that the agency needed “fixing.” They portrayed the VA as consumed by corruption, unable to deliver adequate care, and nearly broken beyond repair.

      The Phoenix scandal did reveal serious capacity issues and administrative wrongdoing, but it was not indicative of endemic issues. Numerous nonpartisan studies have ranked VA health care as generally superior to the private sector’s, and the vast majority of veterans trust the VA to treat their ailments. In January, the Journal of the American Medical Association found that VA patients generally face shorter wait times for care than civilians in the private sector.

      Unfortunately, few on the left have crafted a coherent argument in defense of the agency, thereby allowing and, in some cases, abetting a slew of privatizing measures. In response to Phoenix, a bipartisan crew in Congress passed a hastily drafted law called the Choice Act, which outsourced millions of veterans appointments to the private sector and, ironically, resulted in longer wait times for veterans.

      Despite the high cost and myriad problems with Choice, the law’s privatizing principles were made permanent two weeks before Ocasio-Cortez won her upset primary victory. On June 6, 2018, President Donald Trump signed the VA Mission Act, a law that could outsource millions more appointments to private-sector providers. Mission was supported by virtually every Democrat in Congress. Just two Democratic senators, Oregon’s Jeff Merkley and Hawaii’s Brian Schatz, joined Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in voting no.

      On Wednesday, Ocasio-Cortez broke from party orthodoxy. She offered a full-throated defense of the agency and made clear whom lawmakers are really serving with the new legislation: “They are trying to fix the VA for pharmaceutical companies, they are trying to fix the VA for insurance corporations and, ultimately, they are trying to fix the VA for a for-profit health-care industry that does not put people or veterans first.”

      “If we really want to fix the VA so badly, let’s start hiring, and fill up some of those 49,000 [staff] vacancies,” Ocasio-Cortez continued, as nurses in scarlet scrubs and veterans roared back in agreement.

    • Videos appear to show armed militia detaining migrants at US-Mexico border

      Armed rightwing militia members detained a large group of migrants at the US-Mexico border and coordinated with US border patrol agents to have them arrested, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, in a series of actions the civil liberties organization called a “kidnapping” and a flagrant violation of the law.

      Several videos taken at the border in New Mexico this week appeared to show men belonging to a group that calls itself the United Constitutional Patriots approaching migrant families and children, ordering them to sit down, calling federal agents on them, and at one point potentially misrepresenting themselves by saying “border patrol” as they approached.

      “The Trump administration’s vile racism has emboldened white nationalists and fascists to flagrantly violate the law,” the ACLU of New Mexico said in a letter to the state’s governor and attorney general, urging them to “immediately investigate this atrocious and unlawful conduct”.

      The ACLU described the group as “an armed fascist militia organization” made up of “vigilantes” working to “kidnap and detain people seeking asylum” and accused the group of directly making illegal arrests.

      The group has repeatedly appeared in local news stories in recent weeks, expressing support for Donald Trump’s proposed border wall and presenting themselves as “volunteers” aiding border patrol efforts.

      In recent years, there has been a reported surge in paramilitary groups and xenophobic activists having a presence at the border in an effort to target undocumented people.

    • Vermont moves to drop Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples Day

      Vermont is on the brink of permanently recognizing the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day, not Columbus Day.

      A bill cleared its final vote in the Legislature on Wednesday, and Gov. Phil Scott said he will likely sign it into law.

      “I see no reason that I would not sign it,” Scott said Thursday, “but we’re reviewing the bill as we speak.”

      Former Gov. Peter Shumlin began recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day by gubernatorial proclamation in 2016, and Scott has continued the tradition each year.

      The bill would make Vermont one of the first states to legally rename Columbus Day, following the example of New Mexico and South Dakota (where the second Monday in October is called Native American Day). Similar legislation in Maine is currently awaiting the governor’s signature.

      A fourth state, Alaska, never recognized Columbus Day as a state holiday, but passed Indigenous Peoples Day legislation in 2017.

    • Indigenous peoples go to court to save the Amazon from oil company greed

      On February 27, hundreds of Indigenous Waorani elders, youth and leaders arrived in the city of Puyo, Ecuador. They left their homes deep in the Amazon rainforest to peacefully march through the streets, hold banners, sing songs and, most importantly, submit documents to the provincial Judicial Council to launch a lawsuit seeking to stop the government from auctioning off their ancestral lands in the Pastaza region to oil companies. An eastern jungle province whose eponymous river is one of the more than 1,000 tributaries that feed the mighty Amazon, Pastaza encompasses some of the world’s most biodiverse regions.

      Co-filed with the Coordinating Council of the Waorani Nationality of Ecuador–Pastaza (Pastaza CONCONAWEP), a political organization of the Waorani, and the Ecuadorian Human Rights Ombudsman against the Ecuadorian Ministry of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources, the Secretary of Hydrocarbons and the Ministry of Environment, the lawsuit alleges that the Waorani’s rights granted to them under the Ecuadorian constitution “were violated due to an improper consultation process prior to an oil auction which would offer up the Waorani’s lands in the Pastaza region to the highest bidding oil company,” according to Amazon Frontlines, a nonprofit advocacy group supporting the Indigenous peoples living in the Amazon rainforest. The government’s auction, announced in February of last year, included 16 new oil concessions covering nearly seven million acres of roadless, primary Amazonian forest across southeast Ecuador.

      A hearing to argue the lawsuit was held in Puyo on March 13, but according to Amazon Frontlines, the group of assembled Waorani women “broke into song in court and did not stop” until the judge, “unable to be heard over the songs of the Waorani women . . . called the parties’ lawyers to the bench and declared the suspension of the hearing until a translator was found.” The Waorani said that, in keeping with Waorani tradition, they would only accept a translator approved by their elder leaders. “The Waorani have their own authorities and their own systems, which must be respected by the Western systems,” Lina Maria Espinosa, attorney for the Waorani petitioners and a member of Amazon Frontlines’ legal team, told the Independent Media Institute. “This case is an example of the country’s obligation to apply intercultural justice.”

    • Peru’s first autonomous indigenous gov’t strikes back against deforestation

      In 2009, special decrees signed by then-president Alan García opened up vast swaths of Peruvian indigenous territory to resource exploitation. Indigenous groups in the northern portion of the country responded by banding together and forming their own autonomous government in 2015 – the first of its kind in Peru – called the Wampis Nation. With its newfound authority, the Wampis Nation has been able to respond to and eject illegal deforestation in its territory, and is continuing to organize and strengthen its voice about land use issues in Peru and abroad.

      When, Spanish explorer Francisco de Orellana set off in search of spices and the mythological golden empire El Dorado in 1541, he could not have known that his voyage would take him to the curves of the largest river in the world. Among the dangers faced by expedition members was a confrontation with the Icamiabas, a legendary female-led warrior tribe that dominated the river at the time. Orellana compared the Icamiabas to the Amazons of Greek mythology, and gave the river the name most know it by today.

      In the intervening centuries, innumerable explorers and industries have plied its waters and forests in the pursuit of knowledge, adventure, and profit. The Wampis know a lot about these visitors. This indigenous group has lived in the Amazon rainforest for centuries, dispersed through more than 13,000 square kilometers (around 5,000 square miles) in the northern Peruvian departments of Amazonas and Loreto. But members say they’re tired of watching invaders cutting down their forests and polluting their water with mercury used to extract gold from the earth.

      More recently, the oil industry has moved in. Conflict for land rights intensified in 2009 when then-president Alan Garcia signed decrees permitting foreign companies to access indigenous territories for oil extraction, mining, and logging. As a result, leases for oil and natural gas concessions covered more than 40 percent of the Peruvian Amazon by in 2010 – up from 7 percent in 2003.

      The decrees were announced with the apparent objective of facilitating the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement between Peru and the United States. However, critics say their implementation violated international human rights standards, such as Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization (ILO), which requires indigenous consultation and participation in the use, management and conservation of their territories.

      In reaction to these decrees, 3,000 members of indigenous groups representing six different regions of the Peruvian Amazon gathered together and blocked a road near the town of Bagua that connects the department of Amazonas with those of Loreto, Cajamarca and San Martin. The protest, called “Devil’s Curve,” lasted 57 days until the government reacted. The subsequent conflict, which would become known as “El Baguazo,” left 33 dead (10 indigenous members and 23 police officers) and more than 200 injured, and led to widespread looting and destruction throughout the region. Recently, the Peruvian government erected a monument in Puerto Galilea to commemorate the massacre and honor indigenous people and other residents.

      Wampis representatives said they realized that only by developing a strong, legal organizational structure would they have a voice to defend their people and the future of their forest.

    • Look who delivers the “But.”


      Sen. Bernie Sanders is making mainstream Democrats nervous.

      But some of the presidential candidate’s supporters say it’s not because they’re worried Sanders can’t defeat President Donald Trump in 2020. It’s because he can, they say.

      “Bernie right now has a better chance of winning than rest of field combined,” said Cenk Uygur, founder of progressive news network TYT and host of “The Young Turks,” who supported Sanders in 2016. Uygur has not decided whom he will back in 2020, but says he likes Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

      Uygur said the establishment’s concerns about Sanders raised in a New York Times article on Tuesday, will only make Sanders stronger.

      Uygur’s point is that big money donors who back mainstream candidates will lose their positions of power in the face of a Sanders win. A political system corrupted by corporate cash and influence, he said, will finally fall if the democratic socialist who has proposed “Medicare for All,” free college education and a $15 minimum wage is elected.

      “The people with the most money will lose all power, they will not be rewarded,” he said. “All their power is in giving money to politicians and controlling them. Bernie Sanders doesn’t want their money. They are going to fight Bernie Sanders harder than any Republican will.”

      That could be a dangerous game: Attacking Sanders will “force everyone to rally around him,” Uygur said. “That’s why Bernie has always stood an excellent chance of winning. They can’t take away a small donor base. The more they attack him, the more he will raise.”

      It’s certainly too early to tell where the race will end up, but for Sanders’ supporters, a replay of the infighting that happened in 2016 will not go over well.

      “There will be no end to the fury,” Uygur said.

      But Markos Moulitsas, founder and publisher of liberal blog Daily Kos said it’s not fear, “it’s frustration” that party insiders are feeling. He said in an email that Sanders is “a divisive person” who “roils the party.”

      • “roils the party”

        damn right!

        they have been a faction for decades

        In Federalist 10, James Madison defines a faction as “a number of citizens, whether amounting to a minority or majority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community


        TJ = Thomas Jefferson

        “I am not a Federalist, because I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.” TJ

        “For it is the nature and intention of a constitution to prevent governing by party, by establishing a common principle that shall limit and control the power and the impulse of party, and that says to all parties, thus far shall thou go and no further. But in the absence of a constitution, men look entirely to party; and instead of principle governing party, party governs principle. Tom Paine

    • Wonder what his small donor haul will be? 🤔


      Former Vice President Joe Biden will officially launch his presidential bid next Wednesday with a video announcement, people familiar with the matter told The Atlantic in a report published Friday.

      The video will use footage shot two weeks ago outside his old family home in Scranton, Pa., roots he has often pointed to show his understanding of working-class struggles in America.

      Biden has been unable to raise money so far due to a lack of an active campaign account. If he jumps into the race, he would enter the primary field far behind a number of other candidates who have hauled in millions int the first quarter of 2019 alone.

      • Wonder how many times he will say the words “hope” and change.”

      • This is a email from Biden

        I just went to a Stop and Shop in Boston to stand with some of the 31,000 union members who are currently fighting against cuts to wages and health care for themselves and their families.

        These are the workers who stock the shelves at your grocery stores. They ring you up when you’re filling your prescriptions at chain pharmacies around the country. The put some of your favorite American-made foods—from Campbell’s soup to Quaker Oats—on the kitchen table.

        And right now, their wages and health care stand to be cut by a massive international retailer—who, by the way, has bought back billions of dollars of their own stock in the last five years.

        Some people are afraid to say the word “union” for baseless political reasons. I’m not one of those people.

        If you’re not either, then I’m asking you to join me by standing with these men and women—because unions built this country, plain and simple.

        It’s time we told the truth about what unions have really done for America.

        With the dues they paid, the picket lines they walked, the negotiations they sweated through, those union workers weren’t just standing up for other union workers.

        The rights they fought for benefited every American worker.

        Minimum wage. Overtime pay. The 40-hour workweek. Safer working conditions. The elimination of child labor, for crying out loud. The list goes on and on.

        This country wasn’t built by a few Wall Street bankers, CEOs, or hedge fund managers. It was built by the American middle class.

        And unions built the American middle class by standing up for the common good of every American worker.

        Today, we’re standing up for them. Join me by adding your name and showing your support for the thousands of workers fighting for their wages and health care today.

        I’ll see you on the picket line.


        • omg. And while I’m standing here, let me give a wink to my real donors who don’t want you to get the minimum wage, those who don’t let you write off student debt in a bankruptcy, and on and on.

      • https://splinternews.com/biden-thinks-itll-be-easy-to-beat-bernie-1834165102

        The most frustrating part of the piece, however, delves into Biden’s motivation for running. Is it, perhaps, because he has visionary ideas about how to change the country? Does he have fresh policy plans to cure America’s woes? Shockingly… that is not what comes up in the piece:

        The primary, Biden believes, will be easier than some might think: He sees a clear path down the middle of the party, especially with Bernie Sanders occupying a solid 20 percent of the progressive base, and most of the other candidates fighting for the rest. And the announcement comes at a moment when many in the party have become anxious about Sanders’s strength, with some beginning to wonder whether Biden might be the only sure counterweight to stop him from getting the nomination. A Biden spokesperson declined to comment.

        Was 2016 fun for you? Are you excited about the idea of doing it all over again? Then boy do we have a candidate for you! (It’s Joe Biden.) Look. Should Sanders be handed the Democratic nomination with a bow on top? Absolutely not. Progressive and moderate voters alike deserve a robust primary cycle that ideally forces Sanders and every candidate running to clarify their positions, defend their records, and present a clear game plan for defeating Trump in the general election. What they don’t deserve is a name-recognition heavyweight entering the race just because he’s wanted this for a long time:

        He wants this. He really wants this. He’s wanted this since he was first elected to the Senate, in 1972, and he’s decided that he isn’t too old, isn’t too out of sync with the current energy in the Democratic Party, and certainly wasn’t going to be chased out by the women who accused him of making them feel uncomfortable or demeaned because of how he’d touched them.

        Very cool. The piece goes on to report that what seems to be his primary motivation for delaying his announcement is a cynical calculus as to whether he could push through the already-mounting pile of indictments against his candidacy. Just look at this:

        If all this uncertainty seems extraordinarily last-minute for so high profile a candidate, that’s because it is. Biden still had not officially made up his mind when the accusations from the women came out weeks ago, and his staff has been scrambling to get ready. Also: He doesn’t have any money to pay for any real campaign operations, since he doesn’t have an active campaign account. He’ll be hoping for a show of force, raising a few million dollars in the first few weeks. Without that, he couldn’t even pay for setting up a rally.

        Oh yeah, and his team is reportedly also hung up on whether to launch with an homage to Rocky at the Philly Art Museum or in Charlottesville. Here’s a very rough outline of the plot of Rocky: Rocky is an upstart boxer who gets a shot to challenge the world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed. In the end of the movie (spoilers) he loses, but does so with panache and gains a lot of fans. Then in Rocky II, Apollo (who is still the heavyweight champion, or the establishment favorite, if you will) is so mad about losing face to Rocky that he forces a rematch and loses. If we’re searching for storylines between the Democratic primaries in 2016 and 2020, Rocky maybe wasn’t the best one to pick, because Biden sure isn’t the hero in this story.

      • Rhetorical question, right? LOL.

    • https://truthout.org/articles/mike-gravel-is-running-for-president-but-he-doesnt-want-to-win/

      Over a poor cell phone connection from New York City where he is now a freshman at Columbia University studying physics and math, Williams explained how he and his high school classmate David Oks were listening to the popular left-leaning podcast Chapo Traphouse when they heard about Mike Gravel’s 2008 campaign. After looking him up and watching clips from the debates Gravel participated in, they decided to reach out to the senator through his website to see if he would be interested in running again. It was a bit of a shock when Gravel called them back immediately.

      “The first time I spoke to him he said, “Do you know how old I am? You gotta be crazy,’” Williams laughed. “But we were like, ‘look we don’t think you should be president — that’s not the point of this campaign. The point is that there’s a market for your message. Let us prove it to you.’”

      But the campaign’s most extreme departure from current political discourse within the Democratic party may lie in its foreign policy positions.

      “We need to end our foreign policy consensus,” Williams explained. “Some major points of difference we have with even candidates like Sanders and Warren are on foreign policy — our positions are extremely, and I would say radically, anti-war and anti-imperialist.”

      Despite explicitly intending to lose the race, Gravel’s candidacy has its sights set on winning over a battle of ideas that has been raging within the Democratic Party. These positions include closing all military bases abroad and bringing home every troop stationed in other countries, proposing massive cuts to the military, changing the Department of Defense’s name back to the Department of War (in order to accurately reflect its purpose), establishing a Department of Peace, ending all foreign arms sales, and committing to international justice — to name a few.

      “Our foreign policy positions are structured around reshaping and ending all of our murderous wars of choice abroad,” Williams told Truthout. “We’re not under the impression that any of these policies are likely in the near term, but we do believe that by bringing them up and talking about them we have the chance of pushing Bernie and Warren to the left and getting them to adopt some of these things in their own platforms.”

      Of course, online videos and live tweets are not going to have nearly as much of an audience as a nationally televised debate will. However, Williams explains, the point of Gravel’s campaign is not only to push the national conversation to the left, but also to energize the left base of the Democratic party. This is a contingent that pays a disproportionate amount of attention to the news cycle and spends a lot of time on Twitter.

      “It’s my hope that this campaign ends up doing a lot of things similar to the Bernie Sanders campaign in 2016,” Williams said. “There was a real diaspora of people who leapt out from it and ran for office or became activists or whatever else — it’s really my hope that that’s where we end up from this.”

    • Bernie knocks Harris out of first in the WaPo pundit ranking.


      This week, it’s mostly about Bernie.

      The two other B’s who might conceivably win the Democratic nomination, Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg, also made news — Biden for continuing to lead all comers in the polls, despite not formally being in the race, and Buttigieg for continuing to make history as the first viable openly gay presidential candidate in history. But my attention — and, notably, President Trump’s — was on Bernie Sanders.

      The democratic socialist from Vermont made headlines by surviving a trip to the lion’s den: a Fox News town hall. Far from being ripped to shreds, he emerged in something resembling triumph. Politely grilled by Fox journalists Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, Sanders came off as strong, confident and passionate. His highlight-reel moment came when the audience was asked whether anyone supported his Medicare-for-all health-care plan, supposedly anathema to Republicans. Hands shot up across the room.

      For Sanders, going on Fox was a smart move. In the Rust Belt states that gave President Trump his victory in 2016, there are tens of thousands of voters who chose Sanders in the Democratic primaries and then opted for Trump in the general. Trump needs to keep their loyalty if he is to have any chance at reelection, but these are not dyed-in-the-wool Republicans. Biden might be able to connect with white working-class voters. So might Sanders.

      • I’m one of those white working class voters in the Midwest. I asked myself this question in 2016 when I decided to support Bernie. Whom do I trust to carry thru and fight for all the issues we care about assuming a win? It was Bernie over $hillary then and its still Bernie over the field in 2020 now.

      • If you actually click on the link and view the rankings you will see that the perceived rankings and the movement within it are a delusional exercise in the minds of”the ranking committee” .

        About the only thing that they got correct is the fact that Bernie is in first place.

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    • Well isn’t this special? First they buy their ambassadorship now they want to buy the primary.


      A group of five former ambassadors who served under former President Obama are lining up behind Pete Buttigieg, giving the South Bend, Ind., mayor a jolt of institutional fundraising support amid his meteoric rise in the Democratic presidential primary.

      The Obama diplomats — Timothy Broas (Netherlands), John Phillips (Italy), Tod Sedgwick (Slovakia), David Jacobson (Canada) and Bill Eacho (Austria) — raised millions of dollars for the Obama-Biden ticket in 2008 and 2012.

      The ambassadors are now planning a fundraiser for Buttigieg in Washington, D.C., in May.

      Jacobson is also planning a Chicago fundraiser, putting Buttigieg’s fast-rising campaign in position to tap into Obama’s deep network of wealthy donors.

      “I am all in with Mayor Pete. No one else. I don’t see anyone else who comes close,” said Eacho. “His ability to come across as authentic, honest, and trustworthy; his ability to connect emotionally with the American people, are qualities I have not seen in the other candidates. And of course I like the way he frames important issues. He is all about making progress without a flame-thrower approach.”

      under lining by me

      • As if this isn’t enough.

        Buttigieg plans aggressive fundraising push in California


        Democrat Pete Buttigieg is planning a series of 11 fundraisers over three days in California next month, as the rising presidential candidate looks to seize on interest from eager donors to power his campaign.

        Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., will appear at two events in San Diego on May 8, three in Los Angeles the next day, and six in the San Francisco Bay Area the day after that, according to a schedule obtained by POLITICO.

        The fundraisers range from more casual gatherings — a “happy hour grassroots fundraiser” in Los Angeles and a “coffee and chat with Mayor Pete Buttigieg” in Palo Alto, with guests pledging $100 to $1,000 — to a meeting of Buttigieg’s “national investment circle” in San Francisco on May 10. Donors at that level also gathered with Buttigieg in South Bend the weekend that he launched his presidential campaign, according to the schedule.

        • The matter of What To Do About Bernie and the larger imperative of party unity has, for example, hovered over a series of previously undisclosed Democratic dinners in New York and Washington organized by the longtime party financier Bernard Schwartz. The gatherings have included scores from the moderate or center-left wing of the party, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California; Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader; former Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia; Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., himself a presidential candidate; and the president of the Center for American Progress, Neera Tanden.


          It’s a long ways to February. I remember a certain $23M+ dollar man that the establishment favored but the voters didn’t.

      • Buttigag is about as experienced as a piece of dog poop for the position of POTUS.

    • Bernie Wins The Rust Belt Back From Trump Live On Fox News


    • The Bernie team just announced on Slack that phonebanking has started.

    • After about the fifth person saying how great this ad is, I finally watched it. It really is really good.

      This is the funniest shit ever.
      The United Bitches of America.https://t.co/TtswPApYxM

      — Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) April 16, 2019


    • https://whatifitoldyouthis.blogspot.com/2018/07/lets-take-brief-look-at-what-has-been.html?m=1

      Are the warlords keeping BRICS in mind when they sanction, impose tariffs and invade?

    • Texans, you have another chance to see Bernie. He’ll be in FT Worth on the 25th. Since the event is at noon, there might be more events in the works.

      I'm excited to announce that our campaign is heading to Texas! Join us in Fort Worth on Thursday, April 25, at 12 pm for…

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    • WTF: Buttigieg Floats Compulsory National Service to Foster “Social Cohesion”


      • Ummm, isn’t that a socialist* idea

        *using the 1930s Nazi/Communist-scare definition that is currently being resurrected.

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    • I haven’t read his books but this thread has a link to an article by Jeet Heer on which sounds like a very interesting author.

      9. Anyways, here are my deeper reflections on the life and work of Gene Wolfe (RIP). Perhaps of interest to anyone who cares about Catholicism and/or science fiction. @ebruenig @michaelbd @DouthatNYT @MichaelSwanwick @neilhimself @pnh @EllenDatlow https://t.co/r6xz3vMup1

      — Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) April 19, 2019


    • OK. I give.

      Why do ⁦@SenWarren⁩ and ⁦@AOC⁩ and @IlhanMN⁩ and ⁦@RepRashida⁩ say that Congress must open an #impeachment inquiry?

      They’ve read the #MuellerReport.

      They’ve read the Constitution.

      They’ve swore an oath… and they are respecting it. https://t.co/zr70dGRg8H

      — John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) April 19, 2019


      I still wonder if it’s wise, and see as a political move more than a deeply felt conviction.

      Maybe that’s cuz I’m watching GOT. lol.

    • Debunking All The Assange Smears

      Here it is, the comprehensive debunking of the 27 most common smears against Julian Assange. This is an ongoing project, so if there's anything missing or inaccurate just let me know. #FreeAssange #ProtectJulianhttps://t.co/ZKGwFkh5p0

      — Caitlin Johnstone ⏳ (@caitoz) April 20, 2019


    • Hoping the lead tweet shows up.

      Noam Chomsky says they overplayed it and are likely handing him a second term.

      — John McNally ✝️ (@john_mcnally) April 20, 2019


      • Here’s what he was answering.

        Dems are gonna move to impeach Trump based on an FBI/CIA conspiracy theory that was just resolutely debunked by the elder statesman prosecutor who they'd previously declared would *prove* the conspiracy theory. Whenever you think we've hit rock bottom, the bottom always falls out

        — Michael Tracey (@mtracey) April 20, 2019


    • Test

    • Thanks for this LD.

    • The crowd lies Nina.

    • “With these hands” comment Nina gets a standing ovation.

    • Bernie is adapting his stump speech to suit the audience.

    • SC endorsements.

      Bernie Sanders, who arrives shortly for 3 events in upstate S.C., is announcing 8 S.C. endorsements: state Reps. Terry Alexander, Justin Bamberg, Shedron Williams, Cezar McKnight, Krystle Simmons, Wendell Gilliard, Ivory Thigpen, and former state AFLCIO president Donna DeWitt.

      • https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/439628-sanders-announces-first-endorsements-in-south-carolina

        Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday announced his first endorsements in South Carolina, a pivotal primary state.

        The endorsements came from seven black state representatives and were announced ahead of Sanders’s speech to the state’s Legislative Black Caucus later on Thursday. He was also endorsed by South Carolina AFL-CIO President Emeritus Donna DeWitt.

        “We’re proud to have the endorsement of some of South Carolina’s most distinguished elected officials, labor, and faith leaders,” said Sanders’s South Carolina state director Kwadjo Campbell. “With their support, and the support of thousands of volunteers across the state, our campaign is building a grassroots movement that will fundamentally transform this country.”

        Among the lawmakers endorsing Sanders are Rep. Krystle Simmons (D), the first black woman to represent the low country region in the state House, and state Rep. Terry Alexander, a reverend who endorsed Sanders in 2016.

        “Bernie Sanders is a champion for women’s rights and has been rocking with middle class and minority communities since before he was popular. What he did back then matters just as much as it does now,” Simmons said in a statement.

        “I support Sen. Sanders, because I believe in his positions that will move this country forward,” Alexander said. “His openness to change, his progressive stance on issues that impact so many people; this is why I was one of the first legislators in South Carolina to endorse him in 2016 and am doing so this year so that we can finish what he started many years ago.”

        • SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Thursday announced endorsements from seven black lawmakers in the critical early voting state of South Carolina, a show of force in the first place where African American voters feature prominently in next year’s primary elections.

          Sanders’ 2020 campaign made the announcement just ahead of a Spartanburg town hall meeting with members of the state’s Legislative Black Caucus. The backing represents the biggest number of black lawmakers to back a 2020 hopeful to date in this state, which holds the first primary in the South.

          But I was assured that Harris was a lock in SC. /s


    • Bernie gives his speech then takes questions from the audience.

    • Texas Bernicrats, hold onto you hats! Bernie will be in Houston for a rally on 4/24.

      For the first time of our 2020 campaign we are heading to Texas! Join us next Wednesday, April 24, for a rally in Houston. See here for more info and to RSVP: https://t.co/LTTcFKMEng

      — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 18, 2019


      • Just got home from a 4 day mandatory business trip. Managed to read up on my phone but had issues logging in thru the phone (probably more my fault than the site). Anyway was ecstatic to read that Bernie crushed it on Faux and Trumpcorp got mad at faux news 🤩🤩. Will be interesting to see if he gets a Faux news bump on the next round of polling. Looking forward to see turnout and watch in Beto’s home turf!!!!

    • Mueller’s report is clear in pointing to Congress’ responsibility in investigating obstruction of justice by the President.

      It is our job as outlined in Article 1, Sec 2, Clause 5 of the US Constitution.

      As such, I’ll be signing onto @RashidaTlaib’s impeachment resolution. https://t.co/CgPZJiULOL

      — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 18, 2019


      While I understand the political reality of the Senate + election considerations, upon reading this DoJ report, which explicitly names Congress in determining obstruction, I cannot see a reason for us to abdicate from our constitutionally mandated responsibility to investigate.

      — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 18, 2019


      Many know I take no pleasure in discussions of impeachment. I didn’t campaign on it, & rarely discuss it unprompted.

      We all prefer working on our priorities: pushing Medicare for All, tackling student loans, & a Green New Deal.

      But the report squarely puts this on our doorstep.

      — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 18, 2019


    • @IAStartingLine reporting on digital ads Bernie’s running.

      .@BernieSanders' digital team churning out a lot of #IACaucus-specific videos – here's one of a woman from the Quad Cities who thinks Medicare for All coverage might have saved her son's life https://t.co/U4TNuw5wEV

      — Iowa Starting Line (@IAStartingLine) April 18, 2019


    • https://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/local/south-carolina/2019/04/18/bernie-sanders-spartanburg-greenville-sc/3514494002/

      During a campaign stop in Spartanburg, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders called for sweeping education and criminal justice reforms in South Carolina and across the U.S., two issues he says are intricately connected.

      The U.S. Senator from Vermont addressed a crowd of about 250 people who had gathered at Mount Moriah Baptist Church Thursday for a town hall hosted by the state’s Legislative Black Caucus that invited Sanders as its special guest.

      Sanders plans to be in Greenville on Friday, first at a poverty roundtable at the West End Community Development Center at 2:30 p.m. followed by a rally at the Peace Center amphitheater at 5 p.m.

      In Spartanburg, Sanders addressed criminal recidivism rates, racial profiling in law enforcement, generational poverty, teacher salaries and early childhood development. He spoke for about 30 minutes to an applauding crowd that shouted “Bernie” during several parts of his remarks.

      “A nation and a community, which provides quality education for its children that makes certain there are good jobs available to those young people when they leave school is a nation and a community which will have a lower rate of crime where residents will be safer, where human lives are not destroyed because people are rotting away their lives in prisons,” Sanders said. “At the same time is a nation and community which will save enormous sums of money by avoiding mass incarceration.”

      After his remarks, he answered two questions from members of the audience that centered on reducing prison sentences for convicted felons and plans for keeping children in poverty from incarceration. He left the church before speaking with members of the media.


    TODAY, THE INTERCEPT launches “A Message From the Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” a seven-minute film narrated by the congresswoman and ill […]

    • Tips, Comments, Complaints, Etc!

    • Rep. Ocasio-Cortez holds veterans healthcare town hall in the Bronx

      A fired-up group of veterans, nurses and constituents welcomed congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at a town hall about veteran’s health care Wednesday as they voiced their concern over the possible privatization of the VA.

      “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” said Ocasio-Cortez.

      Under the Trump administration, Veterans Affairs has proposed guidelines that could shift billions of dollars from government-run veterans hospitals to private ones.

      “The VA does know what it’s doing. It’s spent 70 years perfecting what it’s doing,” said Suzanne Gordon, an expert on Veteran’s Health Care. “Study after study shows that the VA delivers better health care than the private sector”

      Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez is calling for her constituency to organize and send a clear message.

      “They’re trying to fix the VA for a for-profit health care industry that does not put people or veterans first,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

      • I imagine that you heard that FOX News is very upset that they weren’t allowed in to disrup…I mean contribute, and fairly cover, the event? 😉

    • Puerto Rico is targeting 100% renewable energy. The Trump administration has other ideas.

      Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has placed a definitive bet on wind, water, and sunshine. Last week, he signed a bill, the Public Energy Policy Law of Puerto Rico, to power the island solely by renewable energy by 2050. Along the way, the island must draw 40 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2025 and give up coal by 2028.

      This puts Puerto Rico in league with more than 90 cities, counties, and states like Hawaii and New Mexico that have set 100 percent clean energy targets. It also gives the territory a head start in bigger, more aggressive climate proposals like the Green New Deal.

      “I’m pretty sure that this will be, by leaps and bounds, the quickest transition to renewables that’s ever happened anywhere on the planet,” said P.J. Wilson, president of the Solar and Energy Storage Association of Puerto Rico. “To go from [2] percent today to 40 percent by five years from now will be the biggest challenge the renewable energy industry [in Puerto Rico] has ever faced, on top of a very challenging political situation and a challenging financial situation.”

      Indeed, Puerto Rico will be pursuing an aggressive renewable energy target from a fragile position. It currently gets the bulk of its electricity from fossil fuels and its power grid has suffered from years of poor maintenance and neglect. As an island, it’s isolated from a larger power grid, so there are few backup options if energy infrastructure fails.

      This was all too apparent in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which left the island shrouded in the largest blackout in US history. Emerging from the chaos of the storm, Puerto Rico is now undergoing one of the sharpest and most abrupt changes to its energy system of any part of the United States. There is an opportunity here to build a cleaner and more resilient grid, but the factors that contributed to the mess in the first place remain.

    • Fossil Fuel Companies Are Enlisting Police to Crack Down on Protesters

      Researchers concluded in January that humanity has a hope, a 64 percent chance, of keeping the temperature rise below the international target of 1.5 degrees Celsius—if the phaseout of fossil fuel infrastructure begins now and every car, plane and power plant in existence gets replaced by a zero-carbon alternative at the end of its life span.

      “We are basically saying we can’t build anything now that emits fossil fuels,” said Christopher Smith of the University of Leeds, the lead researcher.

      Meanwhile, the multi-trillion-dollar fossil fuel industry is in the midst of an enormous infrastructure expansion. A 2018 industry report projected that $791 billion in oil and gas pipelines would be constructed in North America between 2018 and 2035.

      Already, activists are countering industry influence by blocking pipeline construction, shutting down refineries, mobilizing coal towns against mountaintop removal mining and intervening in global climate talks. But the fossil fuel industry has the advantage of a national politics and a law enforcement apparatus that protect the interests of capital over those of the public.

      As Dallas Goldtooth, a “keep it in the ground” campaigner for the Indigenous Environmental Network, puts it: “The oil industry and state collude to keep the status quo.”

      The companies that produce fossil fuels and those that burn them, such as automakers and utility companies, spent $2 billion between 2000 and 2016 to influence climate legislation in the United States, outspending environmental groups and renewable energy lobbyists 10 to 1. The Trump administration has since offered industry “unprecedented access,” according to oil executives themselves in a gleeful 2017 meeting of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, a tape of which was obtained by The Center for Investigative Reporting. A 2018 study found that the Environmental Protection Agency is now at its most pro-business, anti-regulatory point in its nearly 50-year history.

      Globally, fossil fuel companies have spread their influence throughout UN climate talks, successfully pushing neoliberal reforms like emissions trading schemes and carbon offsets—measures that give lip service to climate action while encouraging the use of fossil fuels.

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    • Trump’s new Cuba crackdown puts US at odds with Canada and Europe

      Donald Trump has taken another step towards reversing Barack Obama’s historic rapprochement with Cuba with a measure that earned swift criticism from allies in Canada and Europe.

      The US announced on Wednesday that it would enable lawsuits against foreign companies that use properties nationalised by the communist government after Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution.

      The policy shift, which could draw hundreds of thousands of legal claims worth tens of billion of dollars, aims to put pressure on Cuba at a moment when the US is demanding an end to Havana’s support for Venezuela’s socialist president, Nicolás Maduro.

      It was condemned by Cuba as “an attack on international law” and by Canada and the European Union as “regrettable”, since their companies have significant investments in hotels, distilleries, tobacco factories and other properties on the island.

      Title III of the Helms-Burton Act had been fully waived by every president over the past 23 years due to concerns from the international community and fears that it could overwhelm US courts with lawsuits.

      But Trump, who has made a habit of breaking from his predecessors, gave the go-ahead for it to be activated. Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, said that, for the first time, US citizens will be able to bring lawsuits against individuals trafficking in property that was confiscated by the Cuban regime.

    • Does everyone really love Mayor Pete? His home town has some answers

      By many measures, Buttigieg’s mayoral career has been a success – but his policies have not pleased everyone and poverty and crime are still high

    • Ocasio-Cortez knocks Republican over Kentucky trip: ‘GOP thought they could catch us with a bluff’

      Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) took aim at a GOP lawmaker on Wednesday after the Kentucky congressman appeared to walk back his invitation for her to visit his district.

      In a tweet, Ocasio-Cortez joked that “we’ve got ‘em on their back foot stutter-stepping” after Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.) walked back his offer to host the congresswoman in his district to meet with families and discuss how her Green New Deal would affect residents of the state, stating that she should apologize for her comments about a Texas colleague before accepting his invitation.


    • Flavor of the month (buttigieg) on morning joe. Re m4a: “I think we should give the current system 1 last try.”

      Round file.

      • What! Really! That’s way worse than supporting Medicare for America, which although not M4A is certainly better than an Obamacare tweak.

    • The threat of Bernie Sanders

      Monday was supposed to be a rough day for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). First, the Vermont senator and candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination would finally release 10 years of tax returns after months of foot-dragging; many assumed the returns must contain something bad if their release was so delayed. And, that evening, he would take part in a Fox News town hall, against the wishes of many Democrats who wanted him to boycott Fox News or who feared the cable network would embarrass him.

      But his tax returns turned out to be “boring” — just as he’d promised. The town hall was a ratings smash and spawned several viral moments, including when the audience overwhelmingly cheered for Medicare-for-all. The “avowed socialist,” as political journalists like to describe him, sailed through the toughest day of the campaign with flying colors. And he remains the strongest candidate in the polls behind former vice president Joe Biden.

      No wonder the Democratic establishment is starting to worry.

      • Worry? their past that. They’ve contacted their corporate donors for a YUGE supply of depends due to Bernie

    • So. Remember when the candidates not named Bernie vowed they would give up this, that, or the other dirty money? Not so much.

      The Intercept: https://theintercept.com/2019/04/17/democratic-candidates-lobbyist-donations/


      ALL OF THE DEMOCRATIC presidential candidates have committed to rejecting the influence of special interests. To demonstrate their resolve, several of the candidates have promised to power their White House ambitions without a single dollar of lobbyist money.

      In the waves of small-dollar donations reported on Monday — the first financial disclosure reporting period of the 2020 presidential race — lobbyist money had made its way into the coffers of major candidates’ campaigns.

      Beto O’Rourke is one of the candidates who had pledge to run a campaign financed only by regular people — “not PACs, not lobbyists, not corporations, and not special interests.” His latest filing, however, shows that he accepted donations from a federal utility-company lobbyist and a top Chevron lobbyist in New Mexico.

      Some lobbyist cash comes from individuals who are clearly lobbyists but have chosen not to register with a federal system rife with loopholes.
      Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., has also collected donations from registered corporate lobbyists in South Carolina, New York, and California. Several technology lobbyists from San Francisco have given to her campaign. Another Harris donor, Robert Crowe, from the firm, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, is a federal lobbyist who has worked to influence Congress on behalf of pipeline firm EQT Corporation and Alphabet, the parent company of Google.

      Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., similarly announced that he would eschew campaign donations from federal lobbyists, and his campaign appears to be making most of the caveat about “federal” lobbyists. Though he has returned donations from lobbyists registered under the federal government’s system, Booker has taken half a dozen donations from lobbyists registered under state and municipal lobbyist registration laws, but who do not appear in federal disclosures.

      The pledge to reject lobbyist cash is completely voluntary and self-defined. O’Rourke has made blanket statements that he will reject all donations from lobbyists. Harris has made promises in emails to her supporters to reject all lobbyist donations and, in other emails, to only reject donations from federal lobbyists. Booker’s campaign website only specifies that he will not accept money from federal lobbyists.

    • Can Bernie Sanders be stopped? In 2020 presidential race, experience could pay off.

      At the bottom of my list of the Democratic candidates I would like to see nominated in 2020 is Bernie Sanders. At the top of my list of the candidates I expect to see nominated? Same.

      The presidential campaign is still young. The first actual votes will not be cast for more than nine months, when the Iowa caucuses are held on Feb. 3. In a congested race, as we know from the Kentucky Derby, the fastest contenders can find themselves hopelessly boxed in. But at the moment, it’s easier to see a path for Sanders to win the Democratic nomination than it is for anyone else.

      I have written before of my many objections to Sanders, which have not abated. But his political strengths are not to be underestimated.

      Plenty of politicians look formidable until they actually enter the campaign. Remember Rudy Giuliani in 2008? Or Rick Perry in 2012? The jump to the major leagues is bigger than it looks.

      Sanders, however, has competed at this level before, and he came close to defeating a rival who was the most admired woman in America for 17 consecutive years.

      Hillary Clinton was a savvy, impeccably qualified and lavishly funded candidate who had the backing of the party establishment and the nostalgic power of her husband’s presidency. Yet Sanders won 23 of the contests and 43 percent of the votes cast. He excited crowds in a way that Clinton never could.

      He has raised far more money than anyone else this time around, the great majority from small donors — which suggests that a lot of people who voted for him in 2016 are eager to do it again.

      • with the AOC video with backing from Naomi Klein, I don’t think that Bernie nomination can be stopped

        the FOX town hall was a smashing success

        Bernie appeared on Thom Hartmann’s program, Brunch with Bernie, for something like 12 years for an hour each time and took questions from an open mike. Thom was blown away by Bernie’s performance on Fox news. That really says something because of his long term working with Bernie.

    • As Tenn. Workers Gear Up for Another Union Campaign, Local Media Shows Anti-Union Bias

      In the lead-up to another United Automobile Workers (UAW) vote at Volkswagen in Tennessee, the region’s paper of record is once again providing tacit aid to anti-union efforts.

      On Tuesday, the Chattanooga Times Free Press (CTFP) published an article announcing that the UAW had filed for another union election in the Chattanooga plant. The article quotes Patrick Semmens, vice president of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (NRTWLDF), which—for six decades—has been a leading advocate for the destruction of public and private sector unions. In the article, Semmens says the NRTWLDF represented Volkswagen workers in 2014 to “protect their rights”—and then announces that the organization is willing to provide free legal representation to anti-union Volkswagen workers again.

      The following day, the CTFP published another article that extensively quotes Semmen’s colleague John Raudabaugh—a high-paid NRTWLDF staff attorney who was actively involved in the organization’s 2014 campaign against the UAW.

      In both articles, the CTFP quotes NRTWLDF employees talking about the ongoing corruption scandal in the UAW, but omits the employer’s own criminal behavior. In 2016, the National Labor Relations Board issued a unanimous decision that Volkswagen was violating federal labor law by refusing to negotiate with the skilled-trades unit that the UAW had successfully organized in 2015.

      Additionally, the paper fails to provide any basic information about unionization, such as the fact that union workers enjoy a higher median weekly income and more paid vacation holidays than non-union workers and are more likely to have a defined benefit pension plan. Union employers, meanwhile, contribute more to cover the costs of healthcare benefits.

      This information should be of value and interest to CTFP readers, since they live in a state with one of the lowest union density rates and highest levels of poverty.

    • The Impotence of “Stop Sanders” Democrats

      Not too long ago, the conventional wisdom in mainstream Democratic circles was that Bernie Sanders was finished. He was too old and too stubborn; he reminded voters too strongly of an election they’d all like to forget. Sanders may have shocked observers (to say nothing of Hillary Clinton’s campaign) in 2016, but he was now yesterday’s news. A crowded field of nominees, moreover, had adopted the Vermont senator’s ideological playbook, making him just one of many candidates advocating for policies like Medicare for All and free college.

      Today, however, Sanders is the Democratic frontrunner, leading all candidates in fundraising and trailing only an undeclared and hobbled Joe Biden in the polls—and Sanders has edged into the lead in at least one tracker. Facing Donald Trump in a general election and entering the White House in January of 2021 both seem increasingly possible, maybe even probable. “So far, the 2020 election is playing out exactly as Bernie Sanders had hoped,” The Atlantic’s Edward-Isaac Dovere wrote on Wednesday. “And that has Sanders thinking with growing seriousness that this could very well end with his election as president.”

      His opponents, many of whom are still stewing over the 2016 election, are also thinking about the growing possibility that Sanders wins the Democratic nomination. “From canapé-filled fundraisers on the coasts to the cloakrooms of Washington, mainstream Democrats are increasingly worried that their effort to defeat President Trump in 2020 could be complicated by Mr. Sanders in a political scenario all too reminiscent of how Mr. Trump himself seized the Republican nomination in 2016,” wrote The New York Times’s Jonathan Martin on Monday in a survey of the “Stop Sanders” movement’s developing strategy for halting the 77-year-old’s momentum.

      But the comparisons to Donald Trump’s insurgent 2016 campaign are limited at best and facile at worst. Sanders’s most vocal opponents in the party are an assemblage of establishmentarians and familiar Beltway hands, none of whom speak for a political constituency of any size or significance. Moreover, far from hurting Sanders, this impotent assault is self-defeating, fueling the narrative that party gatekeepers want, at all costs, to keep a political revolution from taking over the Democratic Party.

    • We realized that the biggest obstacle to the kind of transformative change the Green New Deal envisions is overcoming the skepticism that humanity could ever pull off something at this scale and speed.

      WWII. Manhattan Project. Man on the moon.

      • importance of Art in the message

        check out the coverage of this on democracy now today

        someone please post a link

        Bruno Latour has worked with artists for decades and put on narrative exhibits and is in the middle of a 2 1/2 year project to show the earth

        actually, it is the critical zone

        here is an article on his presentation in NYC last Oct and a video. Be sure and use CC to aid the

        Bruno Latour “Inside” (plus French Natures!)

        like the AOC film talking about the future we have this

        In the final phrase of his dazzling “anti-TED talk” “Inside,” which I saw at the Linney Courtyard Theater on West 42nd St Friday night, Bruno Latour named his vision for the future as something that might “merit the term Renaissance.” I was surprised enough that I had to ask the person next to me, an eco-modernist from City College, if I’d heard the R-word correctly. Has the man who denied modernity gone over to the side of Rebirth?


        Much of “Inside” critiques traditional ways of thinking that Latour wants us to move beyond. Whatever his reservations about critique as a methodology, he ran through a litany of ideas he believes have distorted Western thinking. Here’s a partial list of Things Latour Doesn’t Like:

        ** Plato’s Cave, which insists that true reality lies Outside, rather than before our eyes on the surface of the planet where humans and “everything we have ever cared about” live.

        **The desire to escape, which he suggests comes from, among other things, Plato’s cave. His hope throughout the lecture was to re-value being “inside,” rather than wanting to escape to an idealized or imaginary “outside.”

        **The sublime as a way to relating to nonhuman nature, which he associates with imperialism and global conquest. He’s not wrong about intellectual history, but his comments on the sublime made me think that an important project for the environmental humanities might be to conceive a non-imperial, non-racist, non-sexist sublime. That project means recognizing and refusing the imperial dreams of mountain peaks and storms at sea, but maybe also salvaging something of the sublime’s open-ness to nonhuman experience. My money is on swimming, not rock climbing.

        **The blue marble image of the planet seen from orbit, which Latour associates both with NASA’s drive to escape our terrestrial “inside” and with the global view, which he, in a moment of uncomfortable agreement with nefarious forces in our current politics, wishes to reject. He reads the globe the way Peter Sloterdijk does, as Western culture’s dominant image of totality, abstraction, and global conquest. He seeks a different model to understand our planetary home.

        **Stratigraphy, which in a moment that surprised me he read as a problem, a lure into inhuman “deep time” which distracts and disorients human attention away from the terrestrial engagement at hand.
        These elements all share a fundamental dis

        Here is the video of “Inside”


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      ALL OF THE DEMOCRATIC presidential candidates have committed to rejecting the influence of special interests. To demonstrate their resolve, several of the candidates have promised to power their White House ambitions without a single dollar of lobbyist money.

      In the waves of small-dollar donations reported on Monday — the first financial disclosure reporting period of the 2020 presidential race — lobbyist money had made its way into the coffers of major candidates’ campaigns.

      Beto O’Rourke is one of the candidates who had pledge to run a campaign financed only by regular people — “not PACs, not lobbyists, not corporations, and not special interests.” His latest filing, however, shows that he accepted donations from a federal utility-company lobbyist and a top Chevron lobbyist in New Mexico.

      Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., has also collected donations from registered corporate lobbyists in South Carolina, New York, and California. Several technology lobbyists from San Francisco have given to her campaign. Another Harris donor, Robert Crowe, from the firm, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, is a federal lobbyist who has worked to influence Congress on behalf of pipeline firm EQT Corporation and Alphabet, the parent company of Google.

      Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., similarly announced that he would eschew campaign donations from federal lobbyists, and his campaign appears to be making most of the caveat about “federal” lobbyists. Though he has returned donations from lobbyists registered under the federal government’s system, Booker has taken half a dozen donations from lobbyists registered under state and municipal lobbyist registration laws, but who do not appear in federal disclosures.

      The pledge to reject lobbyist cash is completely voluntary and self-defined. O’Rourke has made blanket statements that he will reject all donations from lobbyists. Harris has made promises in emails to her supporters to reject all lobbyist donations and, in other emails, to only reject donations from federal lobbyists. Booker’s campaign website only specifies that he will not accept money from federal lobbyists.

      The flow of lobby cash comes in many forms. Some comes from registered lobbyists, others from individuals who are clearly lobbyists but have chosen not to register with a federal system rife with loopholes.

    • Booker, Harris have missed most Senate votes

      Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who are among the six Democratic senators running for the White House, have missed the most votes in the Senate so far this year.

      Booker and Harris have both missed 16 roll call votes on the Senate floor, according to a Hill analysis of the 77 total roll call votes the Senate has held since the start of the 116th Congress in January.

      Spokespeople for Booker’s and Harris’s Senate offices didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about their votes. Their absences didn’t change the ultimate outcome of any of the votes.

      Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has missed seven votes so far this year, according to The Hill analysis, including a vote where Republicans squashed an effort to block the Trump administration from lifting sanctions against three business connected to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

      Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who are also running for the party’s nomination, have missed three votes each, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has missed one vote.

      Harris’s missed votes include David Bernhardt’s nomination to be secretary for the Department of Interior and a slate of district judges.

      • Seema Verma (September 27, 1970)[2] is an American health policy consultant and the current Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, serving in the Trump Administration.[3] She is the founder and previous CEO of SVC Inc., a health policy consulting firm, now known as Health Management Associates (HMA).

        Any questions?

    • Just After Sanders Revealed Fox Viewers’ Approval of Medicare for All, Trump’s Medicare Chief ‘Smears’ Program on Network

      Days after Sen. Bernie Sanders’s town hall hosted by Fox News revealed that many Fox viewers would support his Medicare for All plan, President Donald Trump’s appointee in charge of Medicare appeared on the network in an apparent attempt at damage control.

      Seema Verma, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator, appeared on “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday to claim that Sanders’s proposal would deliver worse health outcomes for Americans at a higher price than the current for-profit system—contrary to a number of studies from across the political spectrum.

      Media Matters labeled Verma’s interview an intentional “smear” of the Vermont Independent senator’s appearance and proposal.

      “What we’re talking about is stripping people of their private health insurance, forcing them into a government-run program,” Verma told host Brian Kilmeade, calling the proposal “the biggest threat to the American healthcare system.”

      Verma also claimed people in countries that guarantee healthcare for residents and pay for those programs with higher taxes regularly flock to the U.S. to take advantage of its healthcare system.

      In fact, as Mother Jones reported in 2017, hundreds of thousands of Americans left the U.S. to obtain healthcare in 2016, while 45,000 Canadians left their home country for medical reasons that same year—roughly equal proportions at about .08 and .13 percent of each country’s population, respectively. However, Canadians mainly fled home in order to get elective surgery that they would have had to wait for under their universal healthcare systen, while Americans traveled because of high medical costs, not the types of procedures available.

      “So you see, every kind of healthcare system has its own problems,” wrote Kevin Drum. “Canada’s is bad for rich people who can afford to pay top dollar to get faster service. America’s is bad for poor people, who would go bankrupt if they paid American prices.”

    • https://fair.org/home/purity-tests-how-corporate-media-describe-progressives-standing-up-for-principles/

      The Democratic primaries are heating up, and dozens of candidates representing all manner of political positions have entered the ring hoping to be the party’s 2020 presidential nominee. One notable feature of the race is the strong presence of progressive candidates, a sign of the rising influence of the left in the party.

      This phenomenon has many in the establishment wing of the party worried. Barack Obama, the most recent Democratic president, recently decried the “purity tests” of the left, which he called an “obsessive” ideological fanaticism that is setting the party up for failure.

      In the political world, the term “purity test” has a very specific meaning, largely used by elites to chastise and attack the left, or to gaslight them into supporting more centrist or right-wing policies.

      When you hear the phrase “purity test” in the media, be on the alert. The phrase is code for elites being pressured in ways they don’t like, and is often a shield against legitimate criticism of corruption or dependence on corporate power.

    • https://newrepublic.com/article/153605/impotence-stop-sanders-democrats

      But the comparisons to Donald Trump’s insurgent 2016 campaign are limited at best and facile at worst. Sanders’s most vocal opponents in the party are an assemblage of establishmentarians and familiar Beltway hands, none of whom speak for a political constituency of any size or significance. Moreover, far from hurting Sanders, this impotent assault is self-defeating, fueling the narrative that party gatekeepers want, at all costs, to keep a political revolution from taking over the Democratic Party.

      To some, the “Stop Sanders” framing may recall the Never Trump movement that emerged in 2016. But that’s silly on its face. Though hilariously ineffective, that group included a number of significant public figures and politicians, including former presidents, sitting senators, and pundits. The Stop Sanders movement, to the extent that it exists at all, is made up of donors and diehard Clinton supporters who are unwilling to put the 2016 primary behind them.

      One thing the two groups have in common, however, is a shared sense of futility. Sanders has transformed attacks from the liberal policy advocacy organization Center for American Progress—run by Clinton loyalist Neera Tanden—and Brock into a fundraising bonanza. Fights with the Democratic establishment only bolster Sanders’s credibility with his base—along with the sense that the party is out to kneecap his campaign once again. As Dovere pointed out on Monday, this creates a kind of virtuous cycle for the Sanders campaign: “He’s eagerly gotten into fights, like one over the weekend with the Center for American Progress…. And then he’s fundraised by citing the fights as evidence of resistance to the revolution he’s promising.”

      Sanders’s opponents also recognize their approach is backfiring. “I feel like everything we are doing is playing into his hands,” Obama 2012 finance director Rufos Gifford told The New York Times.

      There’s another possible, if unintended, effect of the growing challenges to Sanders from Democratic establishment circles, however. Trump’s best chance at victory doesn’t come from a democratic socialist claiming the nomination, but from a third-party candidate splitting the vote. Claims from Democratic stalwarts that Sanders can’t unseat the president are fool’s gold to self-funding candidates like Howard Schultz, who argues that a majority of voters are clamoring for a centrist, corporate candidate. If anyone is splitting the party and undercutting Democrats’ chances, if anyone is paving the way for a second Trump term, it isn’t Sanders—it’s his most obstinate and obstreperous opponents.

    • https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/16/greed-unitedhealth-killing-americans-progressives-hit-back-insurance-ceo-bashes?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=twitter

      Warren Gunnels, Sanders’ staff director, added that he is not concerned about the feelings of health insurance executives.

      “Whether the UnitedHealth CEO likes it or not, we will no longer tolerate a system allowing him to make $83.2 million while Americans go bankrupt when they get sick,” Gunnels tweeted. “The greed of UnitedHealth is killing Americans. Together, we will end it.”

      Wichmann’s comments came as the stocks of UnitedHealth Group and other insurance giants tumbled to 52-week lows.

      Politico’s Dan Diamond pointed out on Twitter that UnitedHealth Group has lost $30 per share since Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced his Medicare for All bill in the Senate last week.

      UnitedHealth — which paid its CEO $83 million in 2017 — just dropped off of Iowa Medicaid program, destabilizing 425,000 people’s lives. And yet the same UnitedHealth is now claiming it is worried about “destabilizing” the health care system. pic.twitter.com/mtuLEeN93j

      — David Sirota (@davidsirota) April 16, 2019


      The CEO of UnitedHealth made $83 million in 2017.

      Is he worried about @AOC and @SenSanders destabilizing our health care system, or his bank account? https://t.co/xsxLyFF23k

      — Public Citizen (@Public_Citizen) April 16, 2019


      If by “destabilize,” he means “disrupt for-profit insulin schemes bc the discovering scientist freely gave away the patent bc he didn’t want us to price-gouge life saving medicines,” then yes.

      (PS:#MedicareForAll is @RepJayapal’s bill, not mine – and am I proud to cosponsor it!) https://t.co/O7niFMc2WH

      — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 16, 2019


    • https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/mollyhensleyclancy/beto-orourke-investment-2020

      Beto O’Rourke and his wife, Amy, made more than $1 million from a family investment company that bought and sold stocks in companies like Exxon Mobil, Phillip Morris, and Transocean, the company behind the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, during the first two years that O’Rourke was in Congress.

      O’Rourke’s tax returns, released earlier this week, show how the presidential candidate profited off of the sale of stocks in fossil fuel, cigarettes, tech, and pharmaceutical companies — though O’Rourke did not ever personally control the investments.

      The company, Campr Partners, is a limited liability company controlled by Amy O’Rourke’s father, William Sanders, an El Paso real estate tycoon. Amy O’Rourke sold her stake in the company in 2014 for between $1 million and $5 million, records show.

      In 2012, Campr gave $37,500 to a shadowy PAC that helped O’Rourke win his first election to Congress, campaigning hard against his opponent in the Democratic primary in El Paso. That same year, the O’Rourkes brought in $86,879 in income from Campr, according to O’Rourke’s tax returns.

      The tangled web of assets and interests are an example of how O’Rourke’s substantial personal fortune, which comes largely from his wife’s family, could become an issue in a Democratic presidential primary that has focused in large part on condemning a political system that Democrats — including O’Rourke — say is tilted unfairly in favor of the wealthy.

    • As for charitable deductions, the first is a good answer, the second not so good. It’s good for Bernie that Beto’s extremely low charitable contributions has received the most notice.


      “While voluntary charitable donations are commendable, they can never replace ongoing public investments in major social programs and services that improve people’s lives,” said Arianna Jones, a spokeswoman for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and his wife, who donated about 3.4 percent of their income last year, a rate his campaign said does not include proceeds from one of his books that went to charity.

      “I’ve served in public office since 2005. I do my best to contribute to the success of my community, of my state and, now, of my country,” O’Rourke said in responding to the student on Tuesday night. “I’m doing everything that I can right now, spending this time with you — not with our kiddos, not back home in El Paso — because I want to sacrifice everything to make sure that we meet this moment of truth with everything that we’ve got.”

      • I don’t get this focus on charitable contributions. Far too many charities are thinly-disguised scams, imo. Just look at the salaries the top administrators tend to make.

        If the country wasn’t so dysfunctional there wouldn’t be a need for charities in the first place.

    • Bernie’s South Carolina op ed


      This week, I am visiting South Carolina to learn more about the challenges facing Upstate residents, especially in public education, criminal justice and rural issues. I want to find out about how we can work together to address some of the state’s most serious problems, and reach people in communities that have been left behind.

      Across this country, teachers have been on strike because they are badly underpaid. They lack basic supplies, work in rundown classrooms, and their professional expertise is undermined by excessive standardized testing that takes the joy out of learning. Far too many are leaving the profession entirely.

      These dynamics have reached crisis levels in South Carolina, where public schools lag behind national averages in reading, writing and job preparedness. Many schools are racially segregated, and magnet and charter schools are drawing resources and high-performing students away. Meanwhile, amid cuts in funding for school programs, one in five children in South Carolina is going without meals.

      What’s truly shameful is that last year, South Carolina spent $11,552 on average per student, while spending $21,756 on average per prison inmate – nearly twice as much. It makes absolutely no sense that Republican leaders in South Carolina, and other parts of the country, would invest more in keeping people in prison than in keeping them in school.

      If I am elected president, I will do everything I can to reverse this absurdity. I will work to rebuild our public school system, especially in communities that need the most attention, and fund jobs and apprenticeship programs to combat the hopelessness of unemployment.

      We must also provide health care as a right. Today, South Carolina is one of a handful of states where Republican governors have refused to expand Medicaid. When we are in the White House, that is going to change.

      We are going to create a Medicare for All single-payer program that would cut costs and eliminate waste, while providing health insurance and lower-cost prescription drugs to everyone in this country, including the hundreds of thousands of South Carolinians who are not getting the care they need.

      • That school v. Prison funding is shocking. Wrong priority.

        • More SC tweets.

          The average HBCU graduate has $29,000 in student debt.

          It's time to fully fund HBCUs, reduce the outrageous burden of student debt weighing down the lives of millions of Americans and ensure everyone can get a higher education regardless of their family's income.

          — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 18, 2019


          I vividly recall an interview that Andrea Mitchell had with Jim Clyburn in 2016. She asked him about Bernie’s free college plan. Clyburn didn’t support it because it would mean more choices for A-A students & thus fewer students at HBCU.

          It seemed shortsighted & worse then, and more so now. To disadvantage the youth in your community do, when your community already has so little income and wealth compared to whites. So incredibly selfish.

    • I say the more the merrier in that center left zone. Cmon Seth Moulton!


      All the action essentially has been among candidates in the messy cluster area who surge a few points to reach the top of the 10 percent pack. Harris jumped a few points after her announcement, as did former congressman O’Rourke. Both have settled in around 8 percentage points. Buttigieg is in the midst of a rise, with positive media coverage. There are some good reasons to doubt, however, that he will escape the gravitational pull of the 10 percent range. For one, he hasn’t shown much appeal thus far with voters other than wealthy, white liberals. The “Morning Joe” wing of the party has found their candidate!

      The real reason I don’t see Buttigieg getting much further ahead than Harris or O’Rourke, however, is that Democratic voters basically like Biden and they like Sanders. Both have very high favorability ratings. Both are extraordinarily well known and have been vetted by the American public for decades. It’s hard to imagine learning anything new or shocking about either of these two candidates that would create a significant swing.

      There’s also no evidence that Democratic primary voters are really searching for a hot new candidate. In fact, if you ask Biden voters who their second choice is, it’s Sanders. And if you ask Sanders voters who their second choice is, it’s Biden. So, if for some reason one or the other top dogs were to falter, it would be the other top dog, and not the messy cluster, who would benefit.

      Perhaps an alternative candidate will be able to consolidate the messy cluster to become a contender in the top three. Perhaps Buttigieg, or someone else, will be able to steal significantly from the Biden or Sanders base. (My bet here would be on Biden being more vulnerable; his supporters are not on fire for him in the way that Sanders’s people are on fire for him.) Also, the messy-cluster candidates are all closer ideologically to Biden than Sander, with the significant exception of Warren. In fact, one way to interpret the action in the 10-percent zone is a competition to be the Biden alternative, should Biden falter.

      • Upvoted, but:

        if you ask Biden voters who their second choice is, it’s Sanders. And if you ask Sanders voters who their second choice is, it’s Biden.


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    • It’s Rove, but, although evil, he obviously knows a thing or two about politics.


      Republican strategist Karl Rove says Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) could defeat President Trump in 2020.

      In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal Thursday, Rove cited Sanders’s performance at a Monday town hall on Fox News, during which the audience applauded his calls for “Medicare for All.”

      “When only 37% of Americans in the RealClearPolitics average think the country is going in the right direction while 56.4% think it’s on the wrong track, Mr. Sanders could be perceived as an agent of change,” Rove wrote.

      “If he is the Democratic nominee, Mr. Trump’s task will be to convince Americans that a socialist turn would be a ruinous change. Based on Monday’s town hall, that won’t be as easy as Republicans may think. Mr. Sanders is a real contender,” he added.

      Rove wrote that Sanders showed he has improved as a candidate since 2016, citing how he sidestepped a question about whether he benefitted from the Republican tax cuts to focus instead on Trump’s refusal to release his own returns.

      Rove added that Sanders had learned how to “smooth socialism’s rough edges” and now had a message focused on economic disparities that resonated with voters.

    • In Solidarity with Venezuela: 60 Countries Create Group for the Defense of Peace and the Principles of the UN Charter https://t.co/IH4hT7xS0a via @counter_info

      — Grinchy, Paula J (@GrinchyPJ) April 18, 2019


    • This is probably a repeat too but I missed it in the mix


      Everyone agrees: Bernie Sanders’ Fox News appearance was a major success.

      But most coverage restricts its analysis to Sanders’ 2020 election prospects, overlooking the true significance of the event. It’s not just that he’s willing to make a pitch to Fox’s viewership and thus stands a better chance at winning the presidency — it’s that the Right could lose some of the working-class support it doesn’t deserve, a process that could easily snowball out of their control.

      For decades, Sanders has been saying that everyone deserves quality health care and education, a living wage, and a truly democratic political system instead of one controlled by plutocrats. He’s also been clear about what’s preventing the attainment of those goals: the corporate pursuit of profit.

      Democratic voters have started to listen. In the Emerson poll — cited by 538 as one of the most reliable — the Vermont senator emerged this week for the first time as the frontrunner in the Democratic Party primary, ahead of every candidate considered tolerable by the party establishment.

      And it’s high time Republican voters start listening too. Bernie’s political vision is about dramatically improving conditions not just for the Democratic Party’s base but for all people, excluding only the richest.

    • Does this make your day, family? ☺️
      Fox News ran a full-page ad in @washingtonpost advertising its @BernieSanders town hall as “America’s Most Watched Town Hall.” pic.twitter.com/qnMvp8zfA2

      — Silvers4Sanders (@Silvers4Sanders) April 18, 2019


    • Does The Center for American Progress Want to Stop Progressives In 2020?


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      • The amount of money pledged to rebuilding Notre Dame is, frankly, obscene.

        And then there’s this:

        France asks: Should billionaires get tax breaks on Notre Dame donations?

        One after the other, France’s three richest families opened their checkbooks and pledged a combined $565 million to rebuild the fire-ravaged Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.

        The first mega donation, for €100 million ($113 million), was announced by luxury group Kering and the Pinault family. It was followed by €200 million ($226 million) from Bernard Arnault, the world’s third richest man, and his company, LVMH. That was matched hours later by the Bettencourt Meyers family, which controls L’Oreal.

        The donations should go a long way to restoring Notre Dame. But they’ve also sparked a debate about wealth, taxes and the particular brand of philanthropy practiced by France’s richest families.

        The backlash over the donations reflects an intense debate in France over rising wealth inequality and taxationThe families behind LVMH, Kering and L’Oreal are worth an estimated $181 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, and the pledges to Notre Dame amount to less than 1% of their fortunes.

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      • I would not downplay this threat; this is plan A for the establishment. Note the specter of a “unity ticket,” by which the establishment candidates could join forces against Bernie and win on the first ballot, a possibility I hadn’t considered.

        Bernie needs to win this outright.

        • Yeah I agree Bernie does need a majority. Most of those establishment candidates won’t be getting any delegates with the 15% threshold though. It’s going to quickly come down to Bernie vs. Biden (or whoever becomes the Biden replacement). One of those two will very likely get a majority.

          If Bernie has a clear lead but not a majority going into the convention and a unity ticket and/or especially superdelegates give the nomination to someone else then it’s likely President Trump in 2020

    • Here it is. Quite revealing what was left out.

    • Seems worth noting. Red underline is part Barr quoted, blue underline the part he omitted. pic.twitter.com/5UOC22ZsZk

      — Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) April 18, 2019


      • https://theweek.com/articles/836066

        There will be an effort by Trump and his defenders to claim that all is fair in love, war and elections — that there’s no ethical bar to collaborating with criminals and rival countries as long as you let them do the dirty work. It’s a claim that requires Americans to abandon any sense of right or wrong, to set the standard for presidential behavior as “whatever he can semi-plausibly get away with.” And remember: When Albert Gore’s campaign received purloined information from the George W. Bush campaign in 2000, it turned that material over to the FBI. That’s not just a nice precedent — it should be the expectation. Trump would have you believe otherwise.

        Undoubtedly, many Americans are ready to end this scandal and put it behind us. But a reasonable reading of the Mueller report suggests that President Trump has, at best, acquiesced to the corruption of the American electoral process — then sandbagged the officials charged with getting at the truth. If that’s not a high crimes or misdemeanors, than nothing is. The release of the Mueller report does not exonerate the president — but it demonstrates, again, something we already knew: He’s utterly unfit for office. It’s time for our leaders to act on that knowledge.