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    • Bernie Sanders’ ‘housing for all’ plan aims to add millions of homes — and a rent cap

      Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders proposed a $2.5-trillion housing plan on Wednesday that aims to end homelessness in the U.S. and enact a national cap on rent hikes.

      The release of Sanders’ 10-year “housing for all” plan came as President Trump is weighing federal action to address homelessness in West Coast cities. On a flight to California on Tuesday to raise money for his reelection campaign, Trump told reporters he could not let Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities “destroy themselves” by tolerating the explosion of tent encampments. He has used the issue of homelessness to disparage the deep-blue state recently, but his administration has said little publicly about its plans.

      Rising rents in Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas, Honolulu and cities throughout California have fueled a surge in homelessness, and the dearth of shelters in mild-weather regions has made the squalor highly visible.

      Sanders’ plan prioritizes establishing 25,000 housing units during his first year as president through the National Housing Trust Fund and, over the next five years, spending $32 billion in an effort to abolish homelessness. It also includes $50 billion in grants to cities and states for community land trusts that it says will “enable over 1 million households to purchase a shared equity home over the next 25 years.” The plan would invest $70 billion to modernize public housing, would cap annual rent increases at 3%, or 1.5 times the Consumer Price Index, and require developers to include affordable housing in new projects.

      Housing, like healthcare, education and access to clean water, is a human right, Sanders says. His plan would add a “just-cause” requirement for evictions; it also calls for passage of the Equality Act to ensure LGBTQ people are protected by the Fair Housing Act.

      He also proposed increasing funding for the Indian Housing Block Grant Program to $3 billion to build and improve affordable housing on tribal lands. A 2017 study by the Department of Housing and Urban Development found that in a two-year period alone, 68,000 new units were needed on those lands to replace deteriorating buildings.

      • https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/19/upshot/Bernie-Sanders-housing-plan.html

        Mr. Sanders’s ideas invite a host of questions about how they would technically work (how do we police a million landlords?) and where their legal authority would come from (would the courts uphold a national rent control law?). But these deeper questions about the kind of housing market voters might want seem worth hashing out, regardless of those other details.

        Mr. Orton, the Sanders adviser, pushed back against the logic of economists that, for one, rent control discourages developers from building and landlords from renting housing that Americans badly need.

        “I would say to those economists, how is that working out?” he said of the current deference to the market. “That’s what we’ve been doing. When we’ve left this to private developers, everything from the crash of the housing market to how we’ve seen gentrification just explode in some of the most vulnerable communities, to how we’ve seen people priced out of what would normally be affordable housing — this current crisis is the result of that.”

      • https://prospect.org/article/bernie-sanders-proposes-reparations-defrauded-homeowners

        Perhaps the most interesting and novel proposal in the Sanders housing platform comes in its final bullet point. There, Sanders proposes to create “a commission to establish a financial relief program to the victims of predatory lending, mortgage fraud, redlining and those who are still underwater on their mortgages as a result of the 2008 Wall Street crash. This program shall include down payment assistance, mortgage relief, or rental assistance.” That relief, Sanders insists, must go to homeowners, not the Wall Street firms that put them in this position.

        While many of Sanders proposals are forward looking, that commission purports to be a functional do-over of the inadequate bailout efforts in the wake of the 2008 housing crisis.

        Such a notion is a strong rebuke of the Obama-era policies on a number of fronts. Obama preferred to “look forward, not backward” on Bush-era uses of torture and black site programs, preferring to bury the past rather than resurrect it and make amends. Sanders sharply breaks with that inclination here.

        Homeownership is one of the major engines of wealth generation in the United States, so undoing the effects of HAMP, or redoing it with a more just vision in mind, would represent a major step forward toward economic justice. Of course, the commission would be unlikely to be as well funded as the multi-trillion bank bailout (it seems that Sanders’s entire housing policy will be broadly underwritten by a one percent wealth tax, a more modest version of Elizabeth Warren’s signature proposal). But even a lesser-funded program could make a major impact in chipping away at the impunity of the financial sector in the post-crash era, reversing the most acute elements of America’s housing crisis.

    • If this was Saturday instead of Sunday I would likely be able to attend but it looks like I’ll have to miss it.

      Sanders plans campaign stops in Norman, Lawton powwow visit

      Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders Plans to visit Oklahoma this weekend, including campaign stops in Norman and at a Comanche Nation powwow outside of Lawton.

      The Vermont senator’s visit to the Sooner State is his first in the 2020 election cycle. He visited Oklahoma several times four years ago and won the state’s 2016 Democratic primary.

      Sanders will hold a rally at 3 p.m. Sunday in Norman’s Reaves Park, adjacent to the University of Oklahoma campus.

      Sanders will then travel to Lawton for the 28th Annual Comanche Nation Fair Powwow, where he is expected to participate in the event’s “grand entry” and speak to the crowd at about 7 p.m.

    • Sen. Bernie Sanders to hold rally in Clinton amid southeastern Iowa campaign swing

      U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a 2020 presidential candidate seeking the Democratic nomination for a second time, will bring his campaign to Clinton as he tours several traditionally Democratic southeastern Iowa counties that helped elect President Donald Trump in 2016.

      Sanders is barnstorming the first-in-the-nation caucus state by bus beginning this weekend with a four-day swing also covering central and northern Iowa. He’ll hit the Polk County Steak Fry, a rite of passage for presidential candidates seeking support from Iowans, and a handful of other Des Moines events before starting his “Bernie Beats Trump” tour visiting six so-called Obama-Trump counties.

      In Clinton, Sanders is holding a rally that begins 7:15 p.m. Monday in the Clinton Masonic Center. Sanders is also making stops earlier Monday in Northwood, Decorah and Dubuque. On Tuesday, Sanders will visit West Branch and Burlington.

      ..

      During the Iowa Democratic caucuses in 2016, several Mississippi River counties chose Sanders over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Clinton beat Sanders in Iowa that year by less than one percentage point.

      Which way Mississippi River counties in southeastern Iowa go on Feb. 3 could provide a snapshot of where disaffected Democratic voters who voted for Trump — or stayed at home in 2016 — are leaning.

      Dubuque County, for example, had not chosen a Republican for president since Dwight Eisenhower ran for reelection in 1956. In the 2016 general election, Clinton lost the county to Trump by 610 votes.

      According to his campaign, Sanders is planning to highlight his Medicare for All health care plan — a single-payer option that would almost eliminate private health insurance — and his economic message, which is founded on making corporations and wealthier people pay more in taxes.

    • Tap water contaminants linked with 100,000 cancer cases, US study finds

      Contaminated tap water causes 100,000 cancer cases in the US over a lifetime, according to a new study from scientists with the Environmental Working Group.

      Most of the cancer risk is from naturally occurring arsenic, the byproducts of chemicals used to disinfect water and radioactive contaminants, according to the analysis, which was published in the peer-reviewed journal Heylion.

      “We want people to realize that water that meets legal specifications may still cause health risks based on the latest science,” said Sydney Evans, lead author of the study. “This is a concern nationwide, whether urban or rural, with a small or large [water system].”

      The number of cancer cases from water contamination is small compared with the total number of cancer cases in the US.

      In 2018 alone, the American Cancer Society reported an estimated 1.7m new cancer cases. Assuming a lifetime of 70 years, that adds up to many millions of instances of cancer.

      But Olga Naidenko, vice-president of science investigations at the Environmental Working Group, stressed that water contamination is responsible for a high percentage of the cancer cases that have environmental causes.

      The US is ranked well for water quality because it has largely eliminated biological contaminants, such as the bacterium E coli, which are more common in developing nations.

      Other dangerous contaminants remain problematic, however.

      • How about the chemical poisons in fracking? Flint and Newark already have serious water problems. They’re just the ones publicized.

      • I am glad Krystal Ball didn’t give up on being in the Establishment media. She’s one of the progressive’s voices left. (pun intended)

      • a confirming experiment

        GM ends healthcare!!!

        using M4A as a wedge against workers

        stand with union members stand with them

        mostly this lists the points made by Krystal

        ***
        interesting, or say important, that daily events like GM strike, directly connected to politics right now

        saw the movie on Tuesday, Official Secrets, how Kathryn Gun tried to stop the invasion of Iraq by being a whistleblower. The war happened and even the director of the movie had not heard of her when he started work on the movie. Hers was a story that had a short time in the news.

        Edward Snowden has said many times that he suspected that his release of NSA documents would likewise be a story with a short time in the news. He has been surprised that the interest has grown and the government helped book sales by suing to take all profits on the book. Ed said yesterday his new book was the top selling book in the world.

    • ‘Listen to the scientists’: Greta Thunberg urges Congress to take action

      The climate campaigner Greta Thunberg has bluntly told members of Congress to heed scientists’ warnings over global heating on a day when the existential anguish of young activists was given a voice at the heart of Washington DC power.

      Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who has ignited a global youth climate movement, said at a congressional hearing that she had no prepared remarks other than to submit the landmark IPCC report, published last year, that warned of the rapidly approaching catastrophe of global heating.

      “I don’t want you to listen to me, I want you to listen to the scientists,” Thunberg told the US lawmakers. “I want you to unite behind the science and I want you to take real action.”

      Thunberg told the joint House of Representatives committee that she was “furious” when she first learned of the climate crisis, adding that “it should be taken for granted” that climate science was accepted and acted upon.

      The 16-year-old was given a largely respectful reception by US politicians who remain deeply split over the urgency, and even the veracity, of the climate crisis.

      The hearing came on a day when Donald Trump’s administration, which has reversed the major climate policies put in place by Barack Obama, sought to hobble California’s ability to enact stricter emissions standards for cars and trucks.

      The Republican members of the committee, however, praised the efforts of Thunberg and acknowledged the reality of climate change. “I agree we need to take aggressive action,” said Garret Graves, a Louisiana Republican known for a firmer embrace of climate science than many others in his party.

      Graves did gently spar with Thunberg over his repeated assertion that China, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, should be the main target of activist ire. Thunberg, who arrived in the US in August on a solar-powered yacht, was asked by Graves what she would do if she saw another boat throw rubbish into the sea.

      “I would tell [the] other boat to stop dumping trash in the ocean,” she said. She then told Graves: “I am from Sweden, a small country, and it’s the same argument: ‘Why should we do something? Look at the US.’ It’s being used against you as well.”

    • For the sake of life on Earth, we must put a limit on wealth

      It is not quite true that behind every great fortune lies a great crime. Musicians and novelists, for example, can become extremely rich by giving other people pleasure. But it does appear to be universally true that in front of every great fortune lies a great crime. Immense wealth translates automatically into immense environmental impacts, regardless of the intentions of those who possess it. The very wealthy, almost as a matter of definition, are committing ecocide.

      A few weeks ago, I received a letter from a worker at a British private airport. “I see things that really shouldn’t be happening in 2019,” he wrote. Every day he sees Global 7000 jets, Gulfstream G650s and even Boeing 737s take off from the airport carrying a single passenger, mostly flying to Russia and the US. The private Boeing 737s, built to take 174 passengers, are filled at the airport with around 25,000 litres of fuel. That’s as much fossil energy as a small African town might use in a year.

      Where are these single passengers going? Perhaps to visit one of their superhomes, constructed and run at vast environmental cost, or to take a trip on their superyacht, which might burn 500 litres of diesel an hour just ticking over, and which is built and furnished with rare materials extracted at the expense of beautiful places. The most expensive yacht in the world, costing £3bn, is a preposterous slab of floating bling called History Supreme. It carries 100 tonnes of gold and platinum wrapped around almost every surface, even the anchor.

      Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised to learn that when Google convened a meeting of the rich and famous at the Verdura resort in Sicily in July to discuss climate breakdown, its delegates arrived in 114 private jets and a fleet of megayachts, and drove around the island in supercars. Even when they mean well, the ultrarich cannot help trashing the living world.

      A series of research papers shows that income is by far the most important determinant of environmental impact. It doesn’t matter how green you think you are; if you have surplus money, you spend it. The only form of consumption that’s clearly and positively correlated with good environmental intentions is diet: people who see themselves as green tend to eat less meat and more organic vegetables. But attitudes have little bearing on the amount of transport fuel, home energy and other materials you consume. Money conquers all.

      The disastrous effects of spending power are compounded by the psychological impacts of being wealthy. Plenty of studies show that the richer you are, the less you are able to connect with other people. Wealth suppresses empathy. One paper reveals that drivers in expensive cars are less likely to stop for people using pedestrian crossings than drivers in cheap cars. Another revealed that rich people were less able than poorer people to feel compassion towards children with cancer. Though they are disproportionately responsible for our environmental crises, the rich will be hurt least and last by planetary disaster, while the poor are hurt first and worst. The richer people are, the research suggests, the less such knowledge is likely to trouble them.

      • One paper reveals that drivers in expensive cars are less likely to stop for people using pedestrian crossings than drivers in cheap cars.

        Purely anecdotal, but I’ve personally noticed that when a huge SUV is barreling through the supermarket parking lot it is I who must veer to the right, or stop altogether, to avoid a collision, while the driver of the huge SUV doesn’t even seem to notice that I was forced to do so. Oblivious. They seem to be used to just barging their way through life assuming that the smaller will just give way as per usual.

    • Sanders coming to North Carolina for 2-state college tour

      Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is visiting North Carolina campuses as part of a two-state college campaign tour, where he’ll promote a platform that includes free tuition.

      The Vermont senator is slated to speak at rallies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Thursday evening and at Bennett College in Greensboro on Friday afternoon. He’ll also spend time at three South Carolina schools heading into the weekend.

      Sanders spoke in Asheville and Charlotte earlier this year. Other Democratic presidential hopefuls have visited North Carolina in recent months, including Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke.

      • I think it’s great that he’s going to college towns, but I think he needs to go to some smaller places in deep red NC. Otherwise, he’s not growing the pie.

    • *POLITICO ALERT*

      Sanders campaign cracks down on leaks

      The Bernie Sanders campaign is clamping down on leaks.

      In the midst of a staff shakeup in New Hampshire and Iowa, Sanders’ aides are sending emails and making calls to allies to tell them not to speak with the media.

      After news broke of the campaign’s decision to reassign the state director and part ways with a senior adviser in the first-in-the-nation primary state, a Sanders aide emailed members of its steering committee in New Hampshire and asked them to not discuss the moves with reporters.

      Will Bateson, Sanders’ political director in New Hampshire, wrote in the message that “we have heard from many of you, and seen in this morning’s news stories, that the press is very interested to speak with you.” Members of the steering committee had told POLITICO and other outlets that they were concerned about how the campaign was being run in the state.

      “It is clear that the angle of the stories they are trying to put out are not helpful to the campaign and won’t serve Bernie’s interests here in New Hampshire. Speaking to the press about personnel issues of any sort does not help Bernie win and should be avoided, both on and off the record,” wrote Bateson. “We kindly ask that what is shared in the Steering Committee meetings not be shared elsewhere, as we rely on you all to be the leaders in NH and help us win. We need to be able to continue to rely on you, increasingly so.”

      ..

      One member of the steering committee called the leak crackdown overbearing and bad for morale.

      “It’s a militaristic thing,” said a committee member who was contacted by Sanders’ staff with the request. “It stifles all the creative impulses that these Bernie Sanders people have. The militaristic campaign does not work with these people.”

      Other steering committee members weren’t bothered by the directive, saying they didn’t want to hurt Sanders’ bid and that it was time to move on.

      • That committee member who used the word “militaristic” should step down. But it sounds like they already have? Using words like “these people” as opposed to ‘us’ and “these Bernie Sanders people” instead of ‘us Bernie people’. Strange quote. Perhaps someone bitter about that other fellow leaving? Worrisome. I mean, what exactly are “these people” working towards?

        • def hope he/she leaves on their own. so they don’t have even more of a reason to spout off. maybe Bernie isn’t their first choice? seems obvious you don’t want to give the press smear fodder.

    • How the GM workers strike makes Bernie Sanders’s case for Medicare-for-all

      Sen. Bernie Sanders’s signature policy — Medicare-for-all — was once again under attack at an event with union workers Tuesday, when the news broke: General Motors cut off health benefits to nearly 50,000 workers currently on strike.

      Former Vice President Joe Biden took the stage at a presidential forum with AFL-CIO union workers Tuesday, arguing that Medicare-for-all could be bad for unions.

      “I have a significant health care plan. But guess what? Under mine, you can keep your health insurance you’ve bargained for if you like it,” Biden said. “If you don’t, you can move it, and you can buy into a public plan.” He continued to tell the workers that “you’ve broken your neck to get” specific health care coverage and that “no plan should take it away from you if that’s what you decide.”

      Biden is articulating an argument that’s been simmering in Democrats’ health care debate: the notion that moving every American to a single government-run health care plan could actually increase costs for union workers, who have negotiated generous benefits with little personal cost. Sanders, though, points to an argument on the left that the current system, reliant on employers, is unstable.

      United Auto Workers at General Motors has long had what has been called the “gold standard” in union-negotiated health care plans: Workers pay little to nothing toward co-payments and deductibles, and each employee covers roughly 3 percent of the cost. For comparison, the average worker directly pays 28 percent of health care costs. It’s a benefit the union was able to largely keep intact through the auto industry crisis in 2009, and it has sacrificed wage and pension raises to maintain it. This is the kind of health care plan Biden is talking about when he warns about Medicare-for-all.

      This argument is playing out in real time. Thousands of GM employees are on strike this week in a bid for better wages and benefits and to address concerns for temporary workers. GM dealt its employees’ union, the United Auto Workers, an incredible blow on Tuesday; Employees’ generous health care plan is being used as leverage to get workers to cross the picket line.

      • Striking GM Workers Aren’t Backing Down

        The ongoing United Auto Workers (UAW) strike against General Motors (GM) — now in its third day — will be remembered for the corporation’s aggressiveness. Usually details of negotiations are kept under wraps. But as the UAW announced it was striking, the corporation outlined its offer. Dangling an $8,000 ratification payment in front of workers, it didn’t mention that temps, who make up 7 percent of the workforce, wouldn’t even be eligible.

        The company touted the offer as generous because it offered five thousand new jobs and $7 billion in investments — with wage increases or lump-sum payments in each of the four years of the contract. Corporate spokespeople maintained there was no reason to strike. They remained silent on the hot-button issue of tiered wages and benefits and sidestepped the question of job security.

        After all, the just-expired contract had a “no plant closings” clause — but three of five North American plants tagged as having an “unallocated” product are now shuttered. The Detroit-Hamtramck plant is slated to close in January. For months, when skilled tradespeople needed to replace a part at D-Ham, they found the storeroom empty; they had to put in a requisition order and pick up the part at a Flint plant more than an hour away.

        Walking the picket line outside the D-Ham plant, strikers told me they see themselves as GM’s hostages. They believe the company intends to keep the plant open. The corporation has installed solar panels, just finished constructing a system to recycle their water, and suspended plans for building a new paint shop. They ask: What are the concessions the company wants in exchange for keeping the plant open?

        As if in response, GM dropped strikers’ health coverage yesterday. And earlier today, they threatened to arrest picketers in Flint.

    • Hillary Clinton: "You can run the best campaign. You can have the best plans. You can get the nomination. You can win the popular vote. And you can lose the Electoral College and therefore the election for these 4 reasons. Number One: Voter suppression."
      Via The Hill pic.twitter.com/Ks4S6tDdfI

      — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 17, 2019

      I suppose it’s important to be vigilant, but otherwise, it’s a continuation of “What Happened” and the river of Egypt.

      • https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/18/opinion/iran-saudi.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

        We need not be Saudi Arabia’s guard dog, or lap dog. Yes, Iran is a threat to international security — but so is Saudi Arabia. It is Saudi Arabia that kidnapped Lebanon’s prime minister, caused a schism with Qatar and created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

        Attacking Saudi oil installations was a breach of global norms — as was murdering and dismembering a columnist for The Washington Post who was a resident of the United States. Saudi Arabia has the gall to call for an international inquiry into the attack on its oil installations, even as it blocks any international investigation into the murder of my friend Jamal Khashoggi.

        Macabre new transcripts show that the Saudi hit squad was discussing the dismemberment even before Jamal walked into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. “I know how to cut very well,” one member of the team said. “I have never worked on a warm body, though.”

        Saudi Arabia continues to imprison a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Loujain al-Hathloul, after earlier torturing and sexually assaulting her for advocating women’s rights. The kingdom apparently offered Hathloul freedom if she would publicly deny that she had been tortured; she bravely refused.

        If Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wants to respond militarily to the airstrikes on its oil facilities, he can go ahead with the kingdom’s own fighter jets and missiles. But this is not our fight. Nor should it be our graveyard.

        This is a struggle between two misogynistic, repressive regimes that are both destabilizing the region. And Trump’s suggestion that we will be well paid for defending Saudi Arabia is an insult to our troops, casting them as mercenaries working for a thuggish potentate.

        Our task instead should be to cooperate with European countries to get out of this muck and find a way back into the Iranian nuclear agreement.

      • https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/19/middleeast/iran-zarif-saudi-intl/index.html

        Iran’s foreign minister has raised the specter of “all-out war” in the event of US or Saudi military strikes and that Saudi Arabia would have to fight “to the last American soldier.”

        Javad Zarif told CNN that Iran hoped to avoid conflict, adding that the country was willing to talk to its regional rivals Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. But the possibility of a return to negotiations with the US, however, would not happen unless Washington provided full sanctions relief as promised under the 2015 nuclear deal, Tehran’s top diplomat said.

        He again denied Tehran’s involvement in weekend attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, which dramatically ratcheted up tensions in the region this week. Zarif said Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, who claimed responsibility for the attack, have stepped up their military capabilities and are capable of conducting a sophisticated operation such as the one that knocked out half of the kingdom’s energy production.

    • The moderates have begun to sharpen their knives for Warren. Many of their attacks on her apply to Bernie also.

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-democratic-presidential-field-finds-a-new-target-elizabeth-warren/2019/09/18/3ea5df44-d94c-11e9-ac63-3016711543fe_story.html?utm_source=reddit.com

      Former vice president Joe Biden prepared more zingers for Elizabeth Warren at the last debate than he was able to deliver onstage. So a day later, at a fundraiser in a wealthy Houston neighborhood, he decided to let fly.

      “We need more than plans. We need a president,” he said, referring to the policy-heavy campaign of the senator from Massachusetts. He also joked about how “half the people” on the debate stage were Republicans back in 1972. In fact, there was only one, Warren, who has said she identified as a Republican or independent before 1996.

      The message Biden was sending — a continuation of attacks on her qualifications and candor that he began the night before — went beyond the details. It signaled a new effort by multiple candidates to tangle with Warren, who has largely avoided conflict with her primary rivals while rising steadily in the polls, distancing herself from much of the pack and emerging as a direct threat to Biden.

      Interviews with senior campaign staff of four rival campaigns reveal a clear desire to increase voter scrutiny of Warren and her record, and remarkably similar game plans of how to do it.

      They argue that she has been given a pass for much of the year, with her professional and political history receiving less scrutiny than other candidates. They also argue that the divisive impacts of some of her policy proposals, including Medicare-for-all — which she supports along with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — have not yet been fully presented to the party’s voters.

      So far, Warren has not had to worry about attacks from the other leading candidate in the race pushing for dramatic policy change. Sanders and Warren have refrained from challenging each other publicly, and Warren has repeatedly praised his ideas. But there are some staff-level tensions below the surface, as Sanders advisers seek to draw electability comparisons with Warren.

      In a Tuesday email to supporters, Sanders aides pointed to some recent polls showing his leads over both Biden and Warren in support among working-class white and Latino supporters. An NBC-Wall Street Journal poll on Tuesday showed Warren slightly edging Sanders and Biden among Latinos, and polling higher than Sanders among whites without a college degree.

      Sanders has also not held back from competing for the same voters Warren seeks. He plans to hold a rally Sunday in Norman, Okla., Warren’s birthplace, and one of the few states that will vote in the early spring that she has yet to visit as part of her campaign.

      The Sanders campaign has distinguished itself by eagerly pushing back against Biden’s attacks on Medicare-for-all. Sanders’s campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, called Biden “Pinocchio Joe” on Twitter on Tuesday, after Biden claimed at a union event that he had always supported union causes. Another adviser called Biden “the senator from MBNA,” a reference to a prominent Delaware bank.

      • I wonder if Harris will step up attacks on Warren

        https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/462073-harris-support-fades-at-critical-stage

        The biggest problem for Kamala Harris right now is people are asking what does Kamala Harris stand for,” Democratic strategist Andrew Feldman told The Hill.

        “And that is not a good question for people to be asking about a presidential candidate or any campaign.”

        Harris’s strategy in early states such as Iowa and New Hampshire has also been questioned at a time when Sanders and Warren are aggressively going after the states.

        Tallies kept by media outlets such as FiveThirtyEight show Harris has spent considerably less time in those two states than many of her 2020 rivals, though she did launch an Iowa bus tour earlier this year.

        “We haven’t seen her on the ground consistently in Iowa since she did the Iowa bus tour and said that Iowa was a priority,” said Feldman.

        “If you lose Iowa, if you lose New Hampshire, if you lose Nevada, you’re not going to be able to catch Joe Biden in South Carolina,” he added.

        Another problem for Harris has been the emergence of Warren, who is sucking in media attention while attracting big crowds, placing her firmly as a serious alternative to front-runner Biden.

        Harris will face a key test when candidates disclose their quarterly fundraising haul after the reporting deadline at the end of the month.

        Harris’s campaign raised around $12 million in each of the two quarters so far, well above many other 2020 Democrats but below top-tier candidates like Sanders.

        “If she shows a substantial drop-off not only from her previous fundraising, but from her standing among other candidates, she’s in even more trouble,” Feldman said.

      • Another semi-senile POTUS? Raygun and tRump are bad enough. No thank you!!

    • I do

      https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/462109-schumer-i-dont-know-of-any-other-democrat-who-agrees-with-orourke-on-gun

      Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday told reporters that he doesn’t “know of any other Democrat who agrees” with Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s proposal to confiscate automatic weapons.

      “I don’t know of any other Democrat who agrees with Beto O’Rourke, but it’s no excuse not to go forward,” Schumer told reporters on a conference call Wednesday, according to the Times Union.

      The minority leader’s comments come as a number of Democrats, have come out in opposition to O’Rourke’s proposed mandatory buyback program for assault-style weapons.

      • https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/462106-orourke-many-democrats-complicit-in-gun-problem

        Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke (D), who is facing criticism from both sides of the aisle for proposing a mandatory buyback program for assault-style weapons, said in an interview late Wednesday that many Democrats “are complicit in what we see right now.”

        “I mean, the Republicans are the most obstinate and the most obstructionist and the most in the pockets of the NRA, but it’s been a bipartisan problem that the Centers for Disease Control couldn’t even study gun violence, that here we are in 2019 and we still don’t have universal background checks or ‘red flag’ laws or we allowed the assault weapons ban to expire, even though it did so much good and saved so many lives,” the former Texas congressman told CNN.

        “So, this old policy and tactic of relying on polls and allowing the NRA to set the terms of the debate no longer works for me and no longer works for this country,” he added.

        South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is also a Democratic presidential candidate, said over the weekend that he thinks O’Rourke played into the Republican Party’s hands when he said at last week’s debate: “hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.”

    • https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/462110-orourke-unveils-plan-to-legalize-marijuana-end-war-on-drugs

      President hopeful Beto O’Rourke on Thursday unveiled a plan to legalize marijuana and end the war on drugs.

      The former Texas congressman would grant clemency to those currently serving sentences for marijuana possession, establish a model for marijuana legalization and give grants to those affected by the war on drugs to help them benefit from the new industry.

    • Buttigieg happily using Republican talking points.

      https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/19/politics/pete-buttigieg-health-care-plan/index.html

      Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg unveiled his health care plan on Thursday, outlining a middle-of-the-road approach that allows people to opt into a government-backed health insurance option but lets them keep their private insurance plans if they like them.

      The South Bend, Indiana, mayor calls his plan “Medicare for All Who Want It,” a nod to the popularity of “Medicare for All,” the Democratic health care proposal championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and backed by several other 2020 Democrats, which would represent a wholesale change to the American health care system.

      Buttigieg’s proposal — unlike Sanders’ plan — would not force people onto government health coverage but instead would offer a public option for people who choose to enroll. Buttigieg has argued this would force private insurers to compete with the government-backed plan on price.

      At the same time, he would enhance federal Affordable Care Act subsidies so more people could afford to buy policies on the exchanges.
      The proposal, which bears many similarities to former Vice President Joe Biden’s approach, further injects Buttigieg into the most contentious debate raging inside the Democratic Party, and one that polls show will directly impact who voters back in the 2020 primary. Buttigieg has tried to acknowledge the excitement around Medicare for All proposals by saying a single-payer system is a good long-term goal, but the mayor has also started to use the fact that Medicare for All would kick people off their private plans to subtly attack Sanders and others.

      Buttigieg used the third Democratic debate earlier this month to question Sanders directly about his plan, turning to the senator and asking, “I trust the American people to make the right choice for them. Why don’t you?”

      And Buttigieg has taken this attack line directly to voters with ads on Facebook and other digital platforms. The mayor has begun sponsoring a post on Facebook that says, “Medicare for All Who Want It will create a public alternative, but unlike the Sanders-Elizabeth Warren vision it doesn’t dictate it to the American people and risk further polarizing them.” Another ad simply states, “I trust the American people to make their health care decisions for themselves.”

      • hope Bernie runs good ads in the same areas extolling the freedom of choice in M4A

      • At the same time, he would enhance federal Affordable Care Act subsidies so more people could afford to buy policies on the exchanges.

        Having one of those ACA exchange plans, I can tell you that it’s not the cost of purchasing that is the main problem, it’s the deductibles! And the co-pays!

        The government already gives Anthem a ridiculous amount of money on my behalf every month in subsidies, but I can’t afford to use the plan. It’s, at best, a catastrophic plan.

    • https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/19/applause-federal-court-blocks-unconstitutional-south-dakota-law-would-hit-pipeline

      Environmentalists celebrated Wednesday after a federal court temporarily blocked enforcement of a recently enacted South Dakota law that aims to hit pipeline protesters with fines and up to 25 years in prison.

      Legal experts and green groups have decried the law, officially titled the Riot Boosting Act, as a flagrant violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution that was obviously targeted at Keystone XL opponents.

      “The so-called ‘Riot Boosting’ Act was clearly intended to suppress constitutionally-protected, peaceful protests of the Keystone XL pipeline,” said Stephen Pevar, senior staff attorney with the ACLU, which filed suit to stop the law from taking effect. “We’re glad the court recognized that these vague and overbroad laws threaten the First Amendment rights of South Dakotans on every side of the issue.”

      • similar ALEC sponsored anti protest law going through Ohio legislature

        “critical infrastructure” is a 4 page list

        the OH ACLU not been engaged yet, but now with the ND decision, they might take up the issue

        the republican Governor, Mike Dewine, ex US Sen from OH, probably will sign if OH Senate approves

    • reminder about aspects of a coup that have already happened in the US

      since the speaker is a former General, he couldn’t use the word “coup” straight up, he had to modify it and call it an “administrative coup”

      the video is from 2007 and points out that the Iraq war was part of a plan to take over the middle east by military means

      Wes Clark – America’s Foreign Policy “Coup”

      in the title of the video called Foreign Policy Coup

      my friend has been working on a book for almost a decade on the coup here in the US and the term “coup” is more than generals taking over

      but with the power of the military in the US and surveillance technology, and “national security” organizations like FBI, CIA and the other 15 or so organizations, who knows …

    • Not happy with this at all. Hope the conflict was something really important.

      https://thehill.com/homenews/media/462147-sanders-yang-to-miss-cnns-town-hall-on-lgbtq

      Presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and entrepreneur Andrew Yang have declined an upcoming CNN town hall on LGBTQ issues, citing “scheduling conflicts,” according to a network release.

      The Oct. 11 town hall, hosted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, will be broadcast live from Los Angeles for 4 1/2 hours starting at 7 p.m.

      • HRC is about as bad as HRC, but still.. should show up or speak on the subject with a different group. He certainly has a record to tout and plenty to say that others wont.

        • What’s wrong with the HRC? I’m not familiar with the group at all.

          • Filled with Hillaryites and neolibs and centrists

            https://www.thestranger.com/blogs/slog/2016/01/21/23455828/why-didnt-bernie-sanders-get-the-human-rights-campaigns-endorsement

            So Hillary Clinton got the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign, the biggest gay political organization in the country. Good for her. This may not seem particularly unusual to most people—Hillary likes gays, right?—but political queers may be a little flummoxed by the decision.

            After all, Bernie voted against Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in the 1990s. He supported civil unions. Hillary, on the other hand, supported the Defense of Marriage Act until the mid 2000s, when she had a change of heart. Better late than never, I guess.

            So why did HRC like Hillary and not Bernie? Because the purpose of their endorsement isn’t to help Hillary win. It’s an investment in future favors.

            Bernie’s campaign is understandably a little miffed. “It’s understandable and consistent with the establishment organizations voting for the establishment candidate, but it’s an endorsement that cannot possibly be based on the facts and the record,” said unhappy spokesman Michael Briggs.

            https://newrepublic.com/article/131906/human-rights-campaign-proving-bernie-right

            Earlier this month, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, decided to endorse Republican Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois in his reelection bid over his opponent, Representative Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat.

            https://www.currentaffairs.org/2018/09/the-human-rights-campaign-has-totally-betrayed-its-constituents

             Thursday, Delaware Senator Tom Carper was renominated for his office in the Democratic primary, defeating challenger Kerri Harris about 65 percent to 35 percent. That wasn’t especially surprising: Carper “had not lost any of his 13 previous elections in the state, earning him positions as treasurer, the state’s sole House member, governor, and eventually senator” and when he faced a challenger in 2012 he receive 88 percent of the vote. All told, it’s impressive that Harris did as well as she did: She spent $100,000 on her campaign while Carper spent $3 million.

            In addition to being an underfunded leftist insurgent, Kerri Harris is also a queer woman of color. Tom Carper is a straight white man. (In fact, not only is Tom Carper a straight white man, but he’s a straight white man who once admitted to having given his wife a black eye.) Yet the Human Rights Campaign, the country’s most prominent LGBTQ advocacy group, endorsed Carper over Harris.

            The list goes on and on

            • It’s only the most recent of a long series of such disgraces, though. Another recent one: HRC endorsed Andrew Cuomo (another straight man) over Cynthia Nixon (a queer woman). They even endorsed the Republican Susan Collins, who did not at the time support same sex-marriage over a Democratic opponent who “has made LGBT equality — including full marriage rights — a central part of her platform” and “has even said the current version of ENDA is not strong enough because it would allow religious institutions to still discriminate against LGBT people.” At the time, even other Republicans had endorsed marriage equality while Susan Collins stayed silent. (After the story broke, Susan Collins gave a brief and tepid statement of support for marriage equality.)

              This is only the teensiest tip of a very bulky iceberg of failure and betrayal. Current Affairs editor Yasmin Nair, who has long reported on the manifold ways in which queer people are disregarded by the well-funded lobbying organizations that claim to speak for them, has pointed out other deeply dysfunctional aspects of the organization, including, “its infamous transphobia, its support of the Bush administration’s desire to privatize social security, its censorship of people it deems too messy and untidy.” (The history on transgender issues has been especially shameful.) The organization has also had internal scandals over its treatment of women and people of color, with a sexist organizational culture

      • whatup, Bernie?

    • Oh My God

      “imperial debris”

      Imperial Debris and U.S. Responsibility

      Scholars have called landmines and other explosive remnants of war “imperial debris” — the detritus, in particular, of imperial America and its expansive global military footprint, including its forever wars around this planet. Even if U.S. troops are finally withdrawn, as Afghans encounter such debris from the war on terror and find their lives eternally shaped by it, the association with the American project in their country will remain alive for years into the future, as such weaponry keeps right on killing. In the process, it will undoubtedly seed hatred of the United States for generations to come.

      legacy of attack on the earth

      when on a trip to Morocco, learned that an olive tree can live 100 years, cut it down and another one grows from it

      so when the Zionists attack the soil and trees in Gaza and make the place unlivable

      the article is about the explosive and chemical waste left by imperial powers that will create death for years to come, and hatred for America

      these are attacks on Gaia

      and Gaia has been around for over 4 billion years and will be here even if humans kill ourselves off

      the article is not about Iraq, but it was one of the most prosperous countries in the middle east and our MIC, our exceptional country, has caused 1 million dead, 5 million refugees and the destruction of much of the country

      The Imperial Debris of War
      Why Ending the Afghan War Won’t End the Killing

      Article is on Tom Dispatch with an intro by Tom and then the article

    • https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/mar/04/bernie-sanders-burlington-vermont-activist-1970s

      In 1972, a few weeks into my first job as a reporter at the Burlington Free Press, I was sent to check out reports of a demonstration in one of the city’s poorer neighborhoods.

      The scene was somewhat chaotic. Three or four people were highly exercised about some housing-related issue, but it was hard to get past the rhetoric to understand the details. To add to my rookie confusion, the group was led by a wild-haired, wild-eyed 30-something with an incongruent Brooklyn accent. I took notes and retreated to the newsroom.

      “Who is this guy … Bernard Sanders?” I asked the city editor, reading from my notebook. He took on the expression of a man who had just bit into a lemon.

      “Oh, Bernie,” he said. “Forget it. No story.” He sent me back to my desk, where I took obits from LaVigne’s funeral home for the rest of my shift.

      More than 40 years later, that first Bernie experience – and the others that followed – feels like today. Sanders has physically aged; the dark curly hair is straighter and white, the voice softer, the tone less strident. But his message has remained remarkably consistent for a former neighborhood rabble-rouser who became a US senator and a serious presidential candidate.

    • ::spam::

    • something hopeful and helpful

      unlike most of my comments here which bring up more and more problems, this is different

      i have mentioned that I follow Matt Stoller on Twitter and he just posted this TED talk which was put up in July and already has over 800,000 views

      it is less than a half hour

      this is why you are depressed and anxious

    • Peeking in the ClimateForum thread on twitter.

      Yang sounds like he struck a chord with the students, but also sounds like he tried a bit too hard to be entertaining.

      Williamson does not seem to be doing great, but has been scoring some points.

    • 🙅🏻‍♀️

    • Bernie didn’t sit down very long! lol

    • https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/19/sanders-new-york-voter-registration-deadline-1503359

      Bernie Sanders supporters complained in 2016 that New York’s strict party registration deadline locked many of them out of the presidential primary, because state voters must be signed on as Democrats six months before Election Day in order to participate.

      In 2020, Sanders’ campaign is determined to avoid a repeat.

      Sanders’ campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, sent a letter to the Democratic National Committee on Thursday urging it to demand that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo approves legislation to extend the state’s voter registration deadline, which is less than a month away.

      “In 2016, countless voters across the state of New York were disenfranchised by the state’s arcane and inexcusable early party affiliation deadline — countless voters whose first attempt to engage with the Democratic Party saw them turned away,” Shakir wrote.

      Sanders performed well among independents in other states in 2016. But he lost the New York primary, which is closed off to voters who are not Democrats, by 16 points to Hillary Clinton, who represented the state in the Senate for eight years.

      The Sanders campaign said the New York Democratic Party had agreed to a plan allowing any voter who changed their party registration by Feb. 14, 2020, to vote in the primary. The New York state Legislature passed a bill this summer to let voters switch their party registration by that date, but Cuomo has not signed it.

      A top Cuomo aide said that the governor intends to sign the bill into law. The DNC did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

    • Senator @BernieSanders got a huge round of applause for his strong answer in support of international women’s reproductive rights. #ClimateForum2020 – at Wallis Annenberg Hall

    • depression and anxiety from feeling powerless to vote the good guy cuz they know full well what they are installing, what they are funding.

    • Yay

    • Dems apparently complicit in funding of that fake as hell Iowa poll. 🧵

  • Bernie Sanders talks to press after Workers Presidential Summit:

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

    • Bernie Sanders Targets Teachers With New 2020 Ad Campaign About Strikes

      A new advertising campaign from Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is tapping into the educator unrest that swept the country over the last two years and prompted thousands of teachers to walk the picket lines, hold sick-outs, march and protest over issues of pay, class size, charter schools and resources.

      The new digital ad, filmed at a teachers rally in Charleston, West Virginia, is a strategic play in a state considered a stronghold for President Donald Trump – and one that no Democratic president candidate has carried since 1996 – but one that Sanders’ campaign believes the Vermont senator could appeal to independent and white working class voters.

      Sanders won the 2016 West Virginia primary by more than 15 points and his campaign pollster has been touting an online survey that he says shows Sanders would beat Trump by 2 percentage points.

      In 2018, teachers in West Virginia held a nine-day walkout, swarmed the state house and eventually won a raise from state lawmakers. Their success prompted similar rallies and strikes around the country, including notably in conservative and swing states with weak teachers unions, like Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, North Carolina and Oklahoma.

      Teachers are the top occupation of Sanders’ donors, according to the campaign, with teachers from all 50 states making more than 80,000 contributions so far this year.

      “While other candidates court big money at fancy fundraisers, this campaign is supported by teachers from West Virginia and every state in the country,” Faiz Shakir, Sanders’ campaign manager, said in a statement. “Teachers are putting what little money they have left over after buying school supplies behind the one candidate who can bring about the transformative change this country needs.”

      • Bernie Sanders Aims to Woo Educators With Ad About Teacher Activism

        Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign promoted a video Tuesday of West Virginia teachers who went on strike and rallied at the statehouse for higher pay, part of a wave of teacher activism at the state and local levels in recent years.

        As competitors in a crowded Democratic primary have courted coveted endorsements from the nation’s teachers unions, Sanders has sought to differentiate himself by taking aggressive positions on issues like charter schools. He’s also one of several candidates who’ve called for federal efforts to increase teacher pay, which is largely set at the state and local levels.

        “We’re out here, collectively mobilizing, to stand up not just for ourselves, but for the children of West Virginia,” a teacher says in the video while wearing red, the color associated with Red for Ed teacher activism efforts around the country. Students in her schools need more mental health professionals, she said.

        In 2018, a nine-day West Virginia teacher strike resulted in a 5 percent pay raise, and set off a wave of large-scale activism in another five states across the country. Teachers organized again in 2019 to oppose a proposal to expand charter schools and create education savings accounts for some students. (Gov. Jim Justice, a Republican, signed legislation allowing charter schools in the state in June.)

        In addition to wooing teachers, Sanders may also be making an appeal to labor organizers in general through the ad, which talks about the value of collective action. The same day his campaign began promoting the video, which was first posted to YouTube in July, Sanders spoke alongside five other candidates at a forum hosted by the AFL-CIO in Philadelphia.

        Sanders’ education plan, which he released in May, calls for a $60,000 minimum teacher salary nationwide and a national floor on per-pupil spending. But it doesn’t outline a specific roadmap of how he will accomplish those goals. The plan also calls for tripling Title I funding, which is federal money designated for schools with high enrollments of students from low-income families.

        “What encourages me and gives me so much hope about the future is that teachers across the country are standing up and saying enough is enough!” the introduction to that plan says.

      • Now this is radical.

        Teachers leading change?

        Shows the years of attack on a group that finally stands up

        And stands up for all of us

    • Biden and Sanders take fight over health care to union workers

      Former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) clashed sharply over health care in separate appearances before union members on Tuesday, intensifying one of the central policy disputes in the Democratic presidential race.

      Speaking at a forum hosted by the Philadelphia Council of the AFL-CIO, Biden touted his plan to expand the Affordable Care Act with an optional public insurance program. Without naming Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), he eagerly criticized the competing proposal they have championed as injurious to organized labor.

      “I have a significant health care plan. But guess what? Under mine, you can keep your health insurance you’ve bargained for if you like it,” Biden said. “If you don’t, you can move it, and you can buy into a public plan.”

      Sanders promoted his Medicare-for-all proposal, under which the government would be the sole insurer for all Americans. And he highlighted an ongoing labor dispute in which health care costs have been shifted onto the union backing striking workers.

      The collision showed how heavily health care is factoring into the crucial fall stretch of the race, which polls show has at least temporarily become a three-way competition between Biden, Warren and Sanders.

      In delivering their remarks before a union audience, Biden and Sanders took their cases directly to the working class voters expected to play a significant role in the nomination contest.

      The former vice president told the crowd, “You’ve broken your neck to get” your health-care plans and “you’ve given up wages to get it.” He added, “You should be entitled to keep it. And no plan should take it away from you if that’s what you decide.”

      Biden’s remarks came on the same day that a standoff between the United Auto Workers and General Motors escalated, with GM shifting health-care costs onto striking workers. Later, when Sanders spoke, he brought this up.

      • Sanders-Biden feud ramps up in front of key union audience

        The high-stakes fight for working-class voters moved to Pennsylvania on Tuesday as a slate of Democratic White House hopefuls vowed to use the power of the presidency to crack down on corporate America and strengthen organized labor.

        But beneath all the agreement at the AFL-CIO conference, a feud between two leading candidates, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, began to spill out into the open. Neither mentioned the other by name onstage. Yet both moved to undermine the other’s credibility with a group of voters that may hold the key to the 2020 presidential election.

        Sanders was the most aggressive when he ticked down a list of unpopular votes from Biden’s decadeslong record in politics as he faced hundreds of union members in a Philadelphia convention hall.

        “Unlike some of the folks running for president, I did not vote for the war in Iraq, I did not vote for the Wall Street bailout, I did not vote for a terrible bankruptcy bill and, maybe most important, I did not vote for the disastrous trade policies like NAFTA,” Sanders declared.

        Speaking to reporters afterward, the Vermont senator repeatedly called out Biden by his first name, charging that “Joe” has a long record of voting against the interests of the working class.

        “All I wanted to do today was make it clear that in terms of the needs of working people, I don’t have a record I have to apologize for,” Sanders said.

    • Bernie Sanders Probably Won the WFP Membership Vote

      Iwas slightly amused and slightly annoyed yesterday when I saw the Working Families Party (WFP) endorse Elizabeth Warren for president and then subsequently refuse to release vote tallies and clearly lie about why they aren’t releasing them.

      The WFP endorsement process works by tallying up party member votes and party leader votes. The member votes are given 50 percent of the vote weight while the leader votes are given the other 50 percent of the vote weight. To win the endorsement, you have to get the majority of the weighted vote.

      The WFP revealed that Warren received 60.9 percent of the weighted vote on the first ballot. Naturally one might wonder: how much of this vote came from the members and how much of it came from leaders? Surely WFP should release the member vote tally and the leader vote tally to answer this question.

      But when Dave Weigel asked them about this, National Director Maurice Mitchell told him that the WFP will not be releasing separate vote totals, explaining that “for there to be one true vote, and to maintain the nature of secret ballot, all of that went into the back end.”

      The claim here, as far as I can tell, is not only that the WFP refuses to release separate vote totals but also that they cannot do so because their secret ballot process makes it impossible to distinguish between member votes and leader votes.

      This of course is an obvious lie. They released the membership vote in 2015 when Sanders won 87 percent of it. They also put out a press release this time that said 80 percent of their members listed Warren and Sanders as their top choices for president. So they clearly have separate access to the member tally. It is not lost in the “back end” or obscured to maintain the “secret ballot” or any other bullshit like that.

      They won’t release the member vote because they don’t want to release it. If they wanted to release it, then they would, as they have in years past.

      But why don’t they want to release it? You hate to speculate about such things, but the only answer is because the member votes went for Sanders while the leadership votes went for Warren, and the organization is embarrassed to reveal the degree to which the leadership overruled the membership.

      • As I recall, it was the AFT, the American Federation of Teachers, who pulled this trick in 2016 to endorse Hillary over Bernie. And it didn’t go well there.

      • Giving leadership 50% of the say is pretty much a variant of the superdelegate system. They need to arrange for a more democratic process to ensure that the organization represents the members, not the elites holding party positions.

    • Tips, Comments, Complaints, Etc! (and apologies for repeating stuff from yesterday)

    • Bernie Sanders Wants to Alleviate Senior LonelinessBernie Sanders Wants to Alleviate Senior Loneliness

      According to a study published in March, one-third of American seniors feel lonely. The same study found that nearly 30 percent of seniors reported they socialized with family, friends, or neighbors once a week or less. Senior isolation is correlated not just to a decline in mental wellbeing but also physical wellbeing, with another study concluding that “Lonely people are 50 percent more likely to die prematurely than those with healthy social connections.”

      Senior loneliness is a public health issue, which means it’s a political problem. Bernie Sanders is treating it like one, and proposing a political solution: create a new office within the Administration for Community Living to address social isolation among seniors.

      With this move, Sanders is likely taking a cue from Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party in the UK, which has focused on the social isolation of pensioners. Corbyn has also politicized the issue, blaming austerity for the deterioration of seniors’ quality of life. “Millions of people suffer from chronic loneliness,” Corbyn has said. “Tory cuts to services have deprived them of the support they need.”

      In Corbyn’s view, kneecapping the public sector and shredding social services further limits the options of people without much money or mobility, shrinking their worlds and needlessly cutting them off from the rest of society. To give seniors the chance to feel connected again, public resources must be directed back into services and programs. Sanders shares that view.

      One thing the proposed office would be tasked with, according to the Sanders campaign’s website, is studying the extent of social isolation among American seniors and its impact on their health and wellbeing. But while studies are needed in the United States to match those that have been conducted in the UK, research alone won’t cut it. Sanders also proposes to address the problem by providing tax-funded grants to municipalities and organizations that want to experiment with new ways of addressing the issue.

      Most promisingly, Sanders wants to “expand and modernize senior centers around the country to provide older adults with places to not only enjoy healthy meals together, but also provide space for exercise classes, book clubs, health screenings, routine health care services, and more.” Here, Sanders is likely looking to successful models such as Japan’s.

    • Well Bernie and Warren supporters can agree that most Dem senators leave much to be desired.

      https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/461866-democratic-senators-quietly-hope-biden-wins-over-rivals

      Yet a number of Democrats privately acknowledge that if Warren or Sanders wins the nomination, it will create immediate tension within the party.

      The two progressives are to the left of many of their colleagues, and some of their best-known proposals, such as “Medicare for All” and free college education, do not have widespread support within the Democratic caucus.

      If Warren or Sanders wins the party’s presidential nomination, there will be pressure in the Senate to adopt their proposals. And there could be tensions between a nominee and senators who do not back their proposals.

      Another factor is the race for the Senate. Some Democrats think it will be easier to win races in conservative-leaning states such as Alabama, North Carolina and Georgia if Biden is their nominee and not Warren or Sanders.

      One Democratic senator who requested anonymity to discuss the race said a number of senators neutral in the race are more aligned with Biden.

      “Ideologically, they’re definitely more with Biden,” said the Democratic senator, who described colleagues as having doubts about Warren’s and Sanders’s boldest proposals.

      “Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, the wealth tax — the list is long,” the senator said.

      A second Democratic senator who requested anonymity predicted that if Warren or Sanders is elected president, they will likely face opposition from fellow Democrats to some of their biggest proposals.

      “The senators have a great confidence in their own ability with a friendly White House to say, ‘We like a lot of that, but we don’t like all of it,’ ” the senator said. “We’re not going to just do what they ask because they ask.”

      • “I am going to primary them”

        Bernie in an interview with the co founder of The Young Turks asked about supporting primary to members of The Party who are not with the program …

        So, their support of Biden is the bid to save their own ass

        Interesting to look beyond the visible leadership to the rot throughout The Party

      • https://theweek.com/articles/865467/democratic-party-suffused-wretched-cowardice

        There’s just one problem: Great swathes of the Democratic structure are permeated to their very marrow with moral rot and cowardice, unwilling to do anything but the most superficial acts to check the GOP — and indeed often conspiring with them to preserve Republican dominance, as Democrats in the North Carolina state legislature did Monday.

        If America is to be purged of the Republican Party’s lawlessness and corruption, only somewhat less serious problems in the Democratic Party must also be rooted out first.

      • that’s the trouble with blue no matter who. We now have a majority of Republicans pretending to be Democrats. Seen as normal.

      • these writers need to educate themselves. Warren is NOT for M4A.

        • Really how so? She may not be the most effective vehicle for M4A, but she clearly said that she stands with Bernie on M4A. Biden and his Senate pals clearly believe she is for M4A.

          • She’s pretty wishy-washy about it.

          • She hides behind Bernie and is wishy washy in her response.

            https://thehill.com/homenews/media/461931-colbert-presses-warren-on-middle-class-tax-hike-you-might-want-to-defend-the

            Stephen Colbert pressed Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) during CBS’s “Late Show” Tuesday night on whether the Democratic presidential hopeful would raise taxes on the middle class if she were to win the White House.

            “You keep being asked in the debates how are you going to pay for it. Are you going to be raising the middle-class taxes?” Colbert asked. “How are you going to pay for it? Are you going to be raising the middle-class taxes?”

            “So, here’s how we’re going to do this. Costs are going to go up for the wealthiest Americans, for big corporations,” Warren replied. “And hard-working middle-class families are going to see their costs going down.”

            “But will their taxes go up?” Colbert asked again.

            “But here’s the thing,” Warren said.

            “But here’s the thing,” an amused Colbert retorted. “I’ve listened to these answers a few times before and I just want to make a parallel suggestion to you that you might defend the taxes perhaps that you’re not mentioning in your sentence.”

            “Isn’t ‘Medicare for All’ like public school?” he continued rhetorically, pointing to the health care proposal advocated by progressives in the Democratic race such as Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

            “There might be taxes for it, but you certainly save a lot of money sending your kids to school, and do you want to live in a world where your kids aren’t educated? Do you want to live in a world where your fellow citizens are dying, even if it costs a little bit of money?” Colbert added.

            • Yes not as good as Bernie. That is one reason I support him. But she has said she supports M4A and getting rid of private insurance. She probably would be quicker to compromise, but Bernie is going to have to compromise as long as we have the Republican Party and the moderate Dems, none of whom are going away in the foreseeable future, certainly not under President Sanders or President Warren. It’s a long-term project.

              • sorry i was gone. she is basically for a phase in, a long phase in, which would leave insurance companies intact, who knows how many and for how long – – she’s not saying. On the one hand, it’s great that she’s joining Bernie in her words, on the other, she totally scares me in that she will be another Obama.

              • why not just support Bernie’s bill, then? her daughter apparently makes good $ from her affiliation with United Health and their bad Medicare advantage plan. i wish i felt differently.

                She wants the populace to believe that she is all in for Medicare for all because she knows it will help get her elected.

                • PB your last sentence cuts thru the BS. A false female version of Bernie. even uses his catch phrases. But if she would win, I think she would resort to keeping her donors happy and forget what she campaigned on. So no I don’t trust her at this point. Colbert did bring up her being an R in 96 but not much of an answer from her.

                • https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/09/elizabeth-warren-campaign-medicare-for-all

                  lizabeth Warren, whose presidential campaign has been plagued from the start by ambiguity on the subject of health care, finally added a health care plank to her website last week. Unfortunately, it tells us nothing new about where she stands.

                  The webpage — which reiterates Warren’s support for Medicare for All without referencing a specific bill — is frustratingly sparse on detail. There’s nothing about eliminating premiums, co-pays, and deductibles. Nothing about expanding Medicare to cover dental, vision, hearing, and mental care. Nothing about prohibiting private insurers from competing with the public Medicare for All program — and indeed, no reference to “single payer” health care at all.

                  Instead, Warren’s platform focuses mostly on incremental reforms like lowering prescription drug costs, expanding access to care in rural areas, investing in communities hit by the opioid addiction crisis, and regulating private insurers to make sure they’re adequately covering mental health services — all desperately needed reforms, of course, whose significance shouldn’t be downplayed. But those reforms don’t add up to a wholesale transformation of the American health care system. Without such a transformation, our system will continue to enrich health care executives while failing millions.

                  When Warren’s plan does discuss long-term solutions, the page is packed with language that could apply to a number of different approaches. Warren says her version of Medicare for All will “provide all Americans with a public health program.” This could be interpreted as describing a true single-payer plan, but in fact it’s unclear whether the public health program Warren refers to will replace private insurers outright, or merely compete alongside them. Generously assuming the former, it remains unclear what services Warren’s program would cover, and what kind of out-of-pocket costs it would include.

                  Warren says that under her plan, “nobody goes broke.” This is also positive, but far too vague. Under Sanders’s Medicare for All plan, all medical care will be provided free at the point of service — no bills or out-of-pocket costs whatsoever. In other words, not only will “nobody go broke,” but all health care services will be free. Is this what Warren supports? If so, why doesn’t she make such a key detail explicit?

                  Perhaps the biggest open question about Warren’s Medicare for All stance, the transition from our current system to Medicare for All, likewise goes unaddressed. Again, assuming that Warren’s ultimate goal is a single-payer system, she says nothing to elaborate on how she hopes to get there.

                  In a recent interview with Ady Barkan, a prominent Medicare for All activist with ALS, Warren mentioned that she has “concerns” about the four-year transition to a single-payer system that Sanders’s bill outlines — but never explained what her concerns are or how she would better approach the move. Would Warren’s transition be two years, like Pramila Jayapal’s Medicare for All bill in the House of Representatives? Or ten years, like Kamala Harris’s phony Medicare for All plan?

    • https://consortiumnews.com/2019/09/18/biden-taking-iraq-lies-to-the-max/

      Presidential candidate Joe Biden is adding lies on top of lies to cover up his backing of the Iraq invasion.

      At last week’s ABC/DNC debate Biden lied about his Iraq record, just as he did during the first two debates.

      In the July debate, Biden claimed: “From the moment ‘shock and awe’ started, from that moment, I was opposed to the effort, and I was outspoken as much as anyone at all in the Congress.”

      When he first said that, Mideast scholar Stephen Zunes’s piece “Biden Is Doubling Down on Iraq War Lies,” offered a rare rebuttal. Zunes outlined much of Biden’s record, including his insistence in May 2003 — months after the Iraq invasion — that “There was sufficient evidence to go into Iraq.”

      • Has he learned a trick from Trump?

        Lies don’t matter.

        Or do they?

        Political speech so far out of wack, MSM can’t tell the difference between matter and anti-matter

    • David Solnit and The Arts of Change.

      There was an article yesterday by him in CommonDreams.org

      Climate Strikes to the Green New Deal: Arts Organizing to Protect the Planet
      “We need more than dire warnings about the future. We need artists to create images of the better and more beautiful world we want to build

      I thought I remembered his name. From an interview with the title in bold at the top, “David Solnit and The Arts of Change”

      David Solnit is that kind of behind-the-scenes person who’s been involved with most mass mobilizations in the United States in the last 25 years. Though you might not know his name, you’ve probably seen his work. To many, he is an unassuming guy known for making large puppets. While there have been many other radical artists over the years, Solnit has been instrumental in popularizing the use of giant puppets in mass demonstrations since the 1990s. Naomi Klein calls him “the man.” Mother Jones Magazine profiled him in 2005 (link).

      not that obvious when this interview was published

      From his experience organizing in social change movements since the ‘80s, Solnit, now 45, brings to bear a wealth of knowledge and skills. His work focuses primarily on anti-war and anti-globalization organizing. He regularly gives workshops on strategic organizing and direct action (and of course, making puppets and other art). He incorporates elements of art and theater into everything he does, working with diverse groups and movements like the Coalition of Immokolee Workers, School of the Americas Watch, and the anti-nuclear movement.

      Solnit was a main organizer in the WTO protests in Seattle in 1999 and in the shutdown of San Francisco the day after Iraq was invaded in 2003. Currently he is supporting GI resisters through an organization called Courage to Resist (link).

      The link to the interview

      David Solnit and The Arts of Change.

      In his bio from the common dreams article we find his current role(there probably are others)

      David Solnit is the North American Arts Organizer for 350.org and is the co-author of The Battle of the Story of the Battle of Seattle.

      Here are the last two paragraphs of the article in common dreams

      At its most powerful, the Green New Deal is a practical, positive vision of a better world that we can unite our communities around. Molly Crabapple writes, “We need more than dire warnings about the future. We need artists to create images of the better and more beautiful world we want to build.”

      Isaac Murdoch, whose Thunderbird Woman and other designs have been carried into action at Standing Rock and across North American Indigenous and climate fights, writes, “It is with great respect and dignity as artists that we share our visions and hearts to the world. The power of uniting people through art for change is no doubt one of the most important acts on the planet.

    • When push comes to shove

      Or, in modern terms, when deny leads to prepare

      There was a global climate map the other day that ranked countries by their contribution to climate change. The scale was 1 to 4 with 4 being the highest. The good old USA was at level 3 along with other industrial countries. There was only one country in the world with a score of 4, the worst polluter has to prepare for the worst. Here is an article about them.

      SAUDI ARABIA DENIES ITS KEY ROLE IN CLIMATE CHANGE EVEN AS IT PREPARES FOR THE WORST

      ANYONE WHO WAS still questioning whether climate change can exacerbate violent international conflicts has only to look at Saudi Arabia, where drones struck oil installations in the eastern part of the country on September 14. While the Trump administration is blaming Iran, Houthis in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack on Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil company, which is both the source of the kingdom’s vast wealth and, as the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, one of the primary drivers of the climate emergency making life increasingly difficult throughout the region.

      Rising temperatures have exacerbated water shortages in Yemen, where some 19 million people already lacked access to clean water and sanitation due to mismanagement and drought. Saudis have weaponized this water scarcity in their war in Yemen, targeting areas for their proximity to fertile land and destroying water infrastructure.

      Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia is also facing some of the worst risks from soaring temperatures. This summer, the temperature in Al Majmaah, a city in central Saudi Arabia, reached 131 degrees Fahrenheit, while rapid desertification was reported throughout the Arabian peninsula.

    • Climate will be the major issue in 2020 elections, my prediction

      I have felt for some time that climate would be the major issue in politics, but the article today by Tom in TomDispatch makes the point that the summer of 2019 is the first time that the entire globe was aware of climate change. The timing of Greta and the Green New Deal will be enormous. (Get ye to a demonstration on Friday!)

      The second new point to me was the age of fire. We have just had the geologist call our age the Anthropocene, a new era, and right on its heels is a new term

      age of fire, or PYROCENE

      In a remarkable recent article, Stephen Pyne, historian of fire, offered a vision of what’s happening as humans, a “keystone species for fire,” essentially toast the planet. Historically speaking, as he points out, the crucial development was that, with the industrial revolution, humans turned

      “from burning living landscapes to burning lithic ones in the form of fossil fuels. That is the Big Burn of today, acting as a performance enhancer on all aspects of fire’s global presence. So vast is the magnitude of these changes that we might rightly speak of a coming Fire Age equivalent in stature to the Ice Ages of the Pleistocene. Call it the Pyrocene.”

      http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176605/tomgram%3A_engelhardt%2C_pyromaniacs%2C_inc./#more

    • This pretty well sums up my thoughts on Nate Silver.

    • Chuckling as I post this!👇😂😁😜👇

    • It looks like the Warren campaign likes to exaggerate on more than just crowd size. LOL

      • I just ran the math and Nurse Ratched is correct.

        I’m sure this big ol’ fib will be blasted across all MSM broadways, probably as I type this.

        (s/)

    • First an explanation what “Ansarollah” is.

      The Houthi movement, officially called Ansar Allah and colloquially simply Houthis, is an Islamic political and armed movement that emerged from Sa’dah in northern Yemen in the 1990s. The movement was called Houthis because its founder is from the Houthi tribe.

      • I read some of this today and it didn’t look “good” to me either. Fed reserve pumping mad money into the system to prop up

        the NY Fed launched a pair of “overnight repo operations,” during which the central bank aims to ease pressure by purchasing Treasuries and other securities.

        On Wednesday, the NY Fed submitted $80.1 billion of purchase orders, and $75 billion was accepted. The aim is to keep borrowing rates from climbing sharply above the Fed’s target range, which was set at 2% to 2.25% in late July.
        The overnight lending rate spiked to a high of 10% on Tuesday before the NY Fed stepped in. It has since tumbled back below 3%, although it remains above the Fed’s target range.

        The overnight market is overshadowed by the Dow, the S&P 500, and even the 10-year Treasury rate. But it plays a critical role by allowing banks to borrow cheaply for brief periods of time. And they often turn to this market to buy bonds, especially US Treasuries.

        The spike in rates brought back bad memories of 2008, when this market broke down. However, analysts don’t believe this is a repeat. Back then, overnight rates spiked because banks were scared to lend to each other. No one know who would survive the crisis. Now, banks are hauling in massive profits and have repaired their balance sheets.

        https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/18/business/ny-fed-overnight-lending-rescue/index.html

      • The use of the double negative is often worth a second look.

        For ex., why couldn’t Joe have simply said, ‘I’ve always stepped up for you”?

        Semantics perhaps, but considering Biden’s less-than-supportive-stance-re-unions possibly suggestive of a sidestep, or even obfuscation?

        How the GM workers strike makes Bernie Sanders’s case for Medicare-for-all

        American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten noted that AFT is supportive of Medicare-for-all and other universal health care plans. “Any plan that provides more people with the care they need and gets us one step closer to affordable coverage is a step in the right direction,” she said.

        And Mary Kay Henry, the president of Service Employees International Union, one of the largest and most influential unions in North America, told Vox’s Alexia Fernandez Campbell that “no elected official should accept incrementalism.”

        “American taxpayers are subsidizing multimillion-dollar companies that are making record profits but are not providing decent jobs for people,” Henry said. “You can’t nibble around the edges. All these bold solutions are not radical.”

        Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, has
        previously called the notion that Medicare-for-all would be bad for unions a “great failure of understanding how unions work.” She also called the suggestion “offensive to me” in an August interview, pointing out that GM is making the case for Medicare-for-all.

        https://www.vox.com/2019/9/18/20872116/general-motors-uaw-strike-medicare-for-all-biden-union

      • My boss was appalled, was sad to see his distress when I walked into his office and he pointed to his tv upon hearing this finding, but this is something that was not a surprise to me as I’d read way back in the early 80’s how a compound we were testing for at the time at the lab, PCBs, was being found in mother’s milk.

        Talk about something that contributed to my environmentalist stance..

    • https://theweek.com/speedreads/865930/bernie-sanders-proposes-25-percent-house-flipping-tax-new-housing-plan

      Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) unveiled a new plan to tackle America’s affordable housing crisis Wednesday, just one day after President Trump made headlines when he criticized the problem of homelessness in California.

      Sanders, who hopes to challenge Trump in 2020 as the Democratic presidential nominee, laid out a series of ideas to rehabilitate America’s public housing, make rent more affordable, strengthen tenant rights, end homelessness, and make it easier for people to purchase a home. He also carved out a section dedicated to combating gentrification.

      “While we expand and build new housing, we must ensure that current tenants and homeowners are not forced out of their homes or neighborhoods,” the plan reads. “We must also ensure that wealthy and exclusionary neighborhoods do no not prevent new development, forcing gentrification and displacement in low-income and minority areas.”

      Some of the ways Sanders would go about this, if elected, include instilling new zoning ordinances that encourage “racial, economic, and disability integration that makes housing more affordable.” But there are also more specific proposals aimed at speculators within the plan. That includes a 25 percent “House Flipping tax” that would be levied against people who sell a non-owner occupied property at a profit within five years of purchase, and a two percent “Empty Homes tax” on the property value of vacant, owned homes in the hopes of bringing more units into the market and discouraging speculative real estate investments.

      • https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/461942-sanders-unveils-25-trillion-housing-plan

        White House hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday released a $2.5 trillion plan to guarantee housing for every American.

        Sanders said the plan would “guarantee every American – regardless of income – a fundamental right to a safe, decent, accessible, and affordable home” and would be paid for by a wealth tax on the top one-tenth of 1 percent of income earners.

        “There is virtually no place in America where a full-time minimum wage worker can afford a decent two bedroom apartment. At a time when half of our people are living paycheck to paycheck, this is unacceptable,” he said. “For too long the federal government has ignored the extraordinary housing crisis in our country. That will end when I am president.”

        Sanders’s plan seeks to invest $1.48 trillion over 10 years in the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund to build and maintain 7.4 million “quality, affordable and accessible housing units” that he says will eliminate the gap in affordable housing for the lowest-income renters. It would also invest another $400 billion to build 2 million mixed-income social housing units.

        He also intends to use the plan to end homelessness by prioritizing 25,000 National Affordable Housing Trust Fund units to house the homeless in his first year in office and provide $500 million to state and local governments to help connect the homeless to case management and social services.

        The democratic socialist lambasted “corrupt real estate developers” for jacking up rent prices and President Trump for cutting federal housing programs. He says he would create an office within the Department of Housing and Urban Development to strengthen rent control and tenant protections and make data on evictions and rent increases available to the public.

    • The NYT is important. The press is important.

      But it does not help when they do a whitewash job like they just did on 737 Max

      This is the post today on moonofalabama

      I posted at least one other article, maybe 2 on Boeing

      One article I may have posted, there have been several, is what happens when an engineering culture is replaced by a financial culture. Another article is that the Boeing failure could have wide ranging effects in the entire economy and the reputation of our goods in the global market.

      14,000 Words Of “Blame The Pilots” That Whitewash Boeing Of 737 MAX Failure

      and the NYT article blames foreign pilots when they didn’t even know that the MCAS computer system had been installed to counter the design of an engine too large for the old air frame. That is one of several things missed in the NYT article

      ***
      related to this is the decline of engineering in our products and in our bloated military gear

      it seems that Russia and others have better stuff and we continue on a course to spend $1.5 trillion on the F-35 airplane over its lifetime. This is another win for finance and oligarchs over engineering, and it fits within the failed foreign policy of trying to control the world for out financial engineering to extract more money

      From yesterday on moon of alabama

      How Russian And Iran Beat Their Opponents’ Strategies

      Briefly, they focused on defensive weapons, not offensive weapons. And they focused on engineering the systems. So Saudi Arabia purchase of US weapons did not stop the attack on their oil infrastructure. We still don’t know what really happened there — getting some conflicted reports.

      How long ago was it that the military was the most trusted organization in the country?

    • Interesting that the three union leaders supporting M4A are all women

      https://www.vox.com/2019/9/18/20872116/general-motors-uaw-strike-medicare-for-all-biden-union

      GM has cut off health benefits to striking employees, shifting the cost to the workers — and in turn the union. UAW has offered striking members COBRA health care, which allows them to continue medical and prescription drugs coverage, but it doesn’t include dental, vision, hearing, and accident insurance.

      The company had essentially spelled out Sanders’s counterargument for him. As employers use health care costs as a negotiation tactic, this kind of thing is bound to happen more. And for Sanders, it’s the perfect case for doing away with the current system.

      “Under Medicare-for-all, whether you’re working, whether you’re not working, whether you go from one job to another job, it’s right there with you,” Sanders said at the event.

      What’s happening at GM isn’t unusual. Union contract negotiations break down all the time. And union leaders are quick to point out that health care, which always plays a major role in union contract negotiations, is a major sticking point.

      Companies use health care as leverage to negotiate down wage increases and other benefits. That’s why some of the biggest unions in the country support Medicare-for-all — or at least moving in that direction.

      American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten noted that AFT is supportive of Medicare-for-all and other universal health care plans. “Any plan that provides more people with the care they need and gets us one step closer to affordable coverage is a step in the right direction,” she said.

      And Mary Kay Henry, the president of Service Employees International Union, one of the largest and most influential unions in North America, told Vox’s Alexia Fernandez Campbell that “no elected official should accept incrementalism.”

      “American taxpayers are subsidizing multimillion-dollar companies that are making record profits but are not providing decent jobs for people,” Henry said. “You can’t nibble around the edges. All these bold solutions are not radical.”

      Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, has previously called the notion that Medicare-for-all would be bad for unions a “great failure of understanding how unions work.” She also called the suggestion “offensive to me” in an August interview, pointing out that GM is making the case for Medicare-for-all.

      • And just where is a striking employee going to come up with an 8 or $900 monthly COBRA payment?

        • Will never forget the document I received after being laid off my first time (we all got laid off after a takeover) and we were offered COBRA to bridge the health insurance gap. This was in the early 90’s and my particular quote for this ‘coverage’ was $1,000 per month. That was over 25 years ago!

          Needless to say, I declined their plan.

    • https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/18/us/politics/bernie-sanders-south-carolina.html

      After mostly minimizing South Carolina four years ago, if not seeming to downright disregard it at times, Mr. Sanders has returned with a previously unseen vigor. Once he had declared his candidacy in 2015, Mr. Sanders went more than three months before his first visit to South Carolina (one trip was postponed after the Charleston church shooting). This year, he has already visited seven times as a candidate; by this weekend, when Mr. Sanders visits on a college tour, he will have notched as many visits to the state as he made in the 2016 cycle.

      “We’re going to give the vice president a run for his money,” said Nina Turner, one of the Sanders campaign’s national leaders, who is black and who has been instrumental in the South Carolina strategy, visiting the state herself at least twice a month.

      Mr. Sanders has unveiled two of his major policy proposals in South Carolina — his criminal justice plan and his “Thurgood Marshall Plan” for public education — as part of an effort to show his commitment to black voters in the state, advisers said. He has six offices here and 52 paid staff members (72 percent are people of color, according to the campaign).

      A Sanders spokesman in South Carolina, Michael Wukela, said the Vermont senator now counts 24 endorsements in the state — 20 of them from black supporters — compared with a total of only five at the end of the 2016 race. Members of the clergy are being wooed, as well.

      “I know he’s been working hard,” the Rev. Joseph Darby, an influential pastor in Charleston who is close to Mr. Biden, said of Mr. Sanders. “I give him an E for effort.”

      • An “E for effort”? Aw, gee thanks 😉

        The numbers don’t look good for Bernie in SC. For me that’s a bit hard to understand considering his policies. But I’m glad he’s putting in the “effort”.

    • Expect more of this coming Warren’s way now that she is rising.

      https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/18/opinion/elizabeth-warren-massachusetts.html

      I have voted two times for Elizabeth Warren to represent Massachusetts in the Senate. I would certainly vote for her for president over Donald Trump. But as the Democratic primary unfolds and she extends a steady rise in the polls, I keep coming back to a political vulnerability of which many followers of Massachusetts politics are aware but others may not be.

      The problem is that she has a relatively weak standing in Massachusetts with non-college-educated working-class voters, and especially white workers. These voters are critical, especially in the Midwest and in states crucial to Mr. Trump’s victory like Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

      In part, Ms. Warren is afflicted by an authenticity problem with these voters. A former Harvard law professor, she is viewed by some, whatever her declared agenda, as typical of an elite that is out of touch with the concerns of ordinary working people. Doubts about her genuineness are nourished by her claim of Native American ancestry — which her detractors in Massachusetts have long framed as a dubious attempt to elevate her career prospects over equally qualified white job candidates. In 2012, Scott Brown, her Republican opponent in her first Senate race, tried to use this issue against her.

    • I still think she will endorse Warren. I hope to be wrong.

      “It’s not just about being an activist,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said. “It forces you to grow. So it doesn’t mean you don’t endorse activists, but it also requires an assessment for a capacity of growth and how you navigate a space like this.”

      • I don’t see how endorsing Warren while both Warren and Bernie are viable would be helpful politically for her. It would piss off Bernie supporters who would see it as a betrayal after Bernie has supported her. I think she’s going to play it like Warren did with Bernie/Clinton and wait until it’s clear who’s ahead after actual voting begins.

      • I don’t know anything about the person but..

        Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s new chief of staff, Ariel Eckblad, a former aide to Senator Kamala Harris of California, is well versed in the workings of Capitol Hill and is widely seen as a sober-minded replacement

      • To be fair Cortez has pushed back:

        https://thehill.com/homenews/house/462054-ocasio-cortez-accuses-ny-times-of-dripping-condescension

        Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) pushed back on The New York Times on Wednesday after the paper published an article suggesting that she had “learned to play by Washington’s rules” during her first year in Congress.

        Ocasio-Cortez responded on Twitter after awarding-winning actress and New York native Cynthia Nixon tweeted in defense of the freshman lawmaker while criticizing the Times for what she called a “desperate desire for a taming of the shrew moment.”

        “There will always be powerful interest in promoting the idea that the left is losing power 1 way or another,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “The big way they try to dismantle the left isn’t to attack it, but to gaslight & deflate it. Dripping condescension that I’m being ‘educated’ should be a big red flag.””

        The article, which focused on what it described as “a careful political calculus” on the part of the progressive firebrand and rising Democratic star, included an interview with the first-year lawmaker

    • wut.

    • Looked here: Bernie up 8 Warren down 4 since August. The Fox poll is highly rated. Of course the focus is on that NBC poll that had Warren way up and that polled lots of over 50s

      https://www.foxnews.com/politics/fox-news-poll-biden-at-new-low-in-democratic-primary-race

      Biden captures the support of 29 percent of Democratic primary voters, according to a new Fox News Poll. That’s down 2 points since last month and down 6 points since May, when he was at a high of 35 percent support. His current 11-point lead is down from a high of 19 points in June.

      Sanders climbs back into second with 18 percent (up 8 points since August), followed by Elizabeth Warren at 16 percent (down 4), forming the clearest top three candidate tier seen in this race to date.

      The next tier includes Kamala Harris at 7 percent, Pete Buttigieg at 5 percent, Beto O’Rourke at 4 percent, Cory Booker at 3 percent, and both Andrew Yang and Amy Klobuchar at 2 percent.

      Biden captures the support of 29 percent of Democratic primary voters, according to a new Fox News Poll. That’s down 2 points since last month and down 6 points since May, when he was at a high of 35 percent support. His current 11-point lead is down from a high of 19 points in June.

      Sanders climbs back into second with 18 percent (up 8 points since August), followed by Elizabeth Warren at 16 percent (down 4), forming the clearest top three candidate tier seen in this race to date.

      The next tier includes Kamala Harris at 7 percent, Pete Buttigieg at 5 percent, Beto O’Rourke at 4 percent, Cory Booker at 3 percent, and both Andrew Yang and Amy Klobuchar at 2 percent.

      • SUSA has similar results to Fox: Biden 33 (same), Warren 19 (same), and Bernie 17 (-3). SUSA also had a California poll: Biden 27 (+2), Bernie 18 (same), Warren 16 (-5), Harris 13 (-4)

        https://abc7.com/politics/poll-biden-still-frontrunner-but-yang-gaining-ground-in-ca/5547440/

      • LOL. Didn’t mean to copy same stuff twice

        Primary voters under age 35 prefer Sanders (35 percent) over Biden (17 percent) and Warren (14 percent). Those ages 45 and over go even more heavily for Biden (38 percent) over Warren (17 percent) and Sanders (8 percent).

        Biden is ahead among whites by 7 points (Biden 26, Warren 19, Sanders 16) and non-whites by 13 points (Biden 34, Sanders 21, Warren 11, Harris 9).

    • Of course this will be portrayed as Campaign in Disarray!! Even though it happened in August

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/bernie-sanders-has-quietly-parted-ways-with-iowa-political-director/2019/09/18/59bd9fba-da4b-11e9-bfb1-849887369476_story.html?utm_source=reddit.com

      Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) parted ways with his Iowa political director in recent weeks, his campaign confirmed Wednesday, part of a series of staff shake-ups in key early states.

      The campaign announced in March that Jess Mazour would be political director in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, part of a first wave of early state hires. She is no longer on the team.

      “We’ll continue to make moves that we feel best position this campaign to win,” Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir said in a written statement after The Washington Post reached out to the campaign about the matter.

      A campaign official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation said Mazour was let go in late summer and has not been replaced. Mazour, who was a high-ranking campaign aide but not the director of the Iowa effort, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The campaign did not publicly announce her departure at the time.

    • She isn’t doing those fundraisers because no one is giving her funds.

      https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/18/kamala-harris-campaign-strategy-1501939

      Kamala Harris is putting her stumbling campaign on the line with a new Iowa-or-bust strategy: She’s shifting away from the closed-door fundraisers that dominated her summer calendar to focus on retail politicking in the crucial kickoff state.

      Harris huddled with top campaign officials Tuesday in Baltimore to discuss the next steps as a series of polls show her plummeting into the mid-single digits. She’s not expected to significantly alter her message. Instead, Harris is planning to make weekly visits to the state and nearly double the size of her 65-person ground operation, sources familiar with the discussions told POLITICO.

      The re-engagement in Iowa — where the California senator held a 17-stop bus tour in August but hasn’t returned since — is part of a broader acknowledgment inside the campaign that she hasn’t been in the early states enough. It’s designed to refocus her campaign and clarify her narrowing path to the nomination.

      Harris has been backsliding since her summer confrontation with Joe Biden, dropping so far in recent surveys that her once-promising campaign appears in danger of becoming an afterthought.

      Harris herself appeared to confirm the Iowa focus on Wednesday, though not on purpose.

      “I’m fucking moving to Iowa,” she joked to a colleague in Washington, within earshot of a reporter.


    • hope Bernie is on this.

    • time to get serious about meat

  • Bernie Sanders Senior Advisor Chuck Rocha discusses the campaign’s next moves after the third Democratic debate:

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    • ‘Young People Are Correct to Be Outraged’: Seattle City Council Urges Public Schools to Let Students Join Global Climate Strike

      The Seattle City Council on Monday unanimously approved resolutions to establish a Green New Deal Oversight Committee and urge the city’s public schools to excuse students who wish to take part in the global climate strike on Sept. 20.

      The latter resolution, sponsored by socialist councilmember Kshama Sawant, also affirms the right of city employees to request leave for a day of conscience to participate in the strikes, which organizers say could bring millions of people into the streets around the world.

      In a letter to the Seattle City School Board after the passage of her resolution, Sawant urged the body to “respect Seattle students’ right to participate in the global climate strike and excuse them from classes on Friday, September 20th, to do so.”

      “After decades of inaction by corporate politicians and a recent report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change giving humanity just 12 years before surpassing a critical threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming,” wrote Sawant, “young people are correct to be outraged, and they have no choice but to take action.”

      “Seattle Public Schools should stand with the global climate justice movement,” Sawant added, “and excuse students so they can participate in the global climate strike on September 20th.”

      Sawant noted that thousands of Seattle students are likely to participate in the strike, whether or not the school board excuses their absences.

      Grace Lambert, a 17-year-old Seattle student and the Washington State co-lead for U.S. Youth Climate Strikes, said in a statement Monday that she is taking part in the mass action “because it is my future on the line here.”

      • If that happened where I live, I might be convinced of the presence of the supernatural. An ABFAB idea!

      • kind of takes the fun out of it 💁🏻‍♀️

      • this not only takes all the fun out of it, it takes away the risk inherent in a strike. which isn’t that severe for schoolkids anyway

        i say, let ‘em strike! :0)

        • While I 100% understand this point I think for those seeking scholarships with stringent guidelines, those who have parents that they dont want locked up ky a Kamala Harris wannabe, etc that this provides an outlet for participation in something they might otherwise be ‘afraid’ of doing. Half of the reason for my perfect attendance in school was the ‘free’ “meals” due to our income bracket. Hopefully someone out there takes those kids into account and motivated them accordingly

    • Facing State Felony Charges for Disrupting ‘Critical Infrastructure,’ Greenpeace Activists Denounce Fossil Fuel ‘Bullying Tactic’

      Greenpeace activists who rappelled off a bridge above the Houston Ship Channel last week, blockading the major “fossil fuel thoroughfare,” denounced the charges they now face and said Monday that the real menace was not their act of civil disobedience but the country’s failure to take sufficient action to avert climate catastrophe.

      The action took place Thursday ahead of the third Democratic primary debate in Houston,and was framed by organizers as “a bold call to leaders to imagine a world beyond fossil fuels and embrace a just transition to renewable energy.”

      They were released from jail on Saturday. From The Houston Chronicle:

      Each protester was charged with aiding and abetting obstruction of navigable waters and faces up to a year in prison or a $2,500 fine if convicted, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas’ office.

      […]

      The protesters also face state felony charges of impairing or interrupting operation of a critical infrastructure facility.

      That “critical infrastructure” bill—praised by the fossil fuel industry— was enacted this month. As The Intercept reported in August, it is the product of right wing bill mill ALEC and is one of a flurry of similar state laws aimed at quashing dissent of the fossil fuel industry.

      “We’re looking forward to mounting a vigorous defense against these charges,” said Greenpeace general counsel Tom Wetterer in a statement to Common Dreams. “We believe this ‘critical infrastructure’ statute in particular is ripe for challenge, and we look forward to seeing what evidence the district attorney’s office thinks they have that makes this charge appropriate”

    • Demanding ‘Fair Wages and Basic Dignity’ for All Workers in Changing Economy, Climate Action Campaigners Back UAW Strike

      Days before the Global Climate Strike, a top climate action advocate called on all campaigners and backers of the Green New Deal to offer full-throated support to the 50,000 auto workers who went on strike Monday, encouraging solidarity between the two movements.

      Tweeting that all workers deserve dignity and fair treatment by their employers, Sunrise Movement co-founder Varshini Prakash wrote of the striking members of the United Auto Workers (UAW), “I encourage members of ⁦the Sunrise Movement to support their efforts wherever possible.”

      Prakash’s tweet came hours after UAW workers began their first walkout in over a decade after negotiations with General Motors fell apart. The multi-billion-dollar company is pushing for workers to pay a greater share of their healthcare costs after slashing 15,000 jobs last year and receiving $514 million in the Republican Party’s tax plan.

      “From the five-day work week to workplace safety standards and the New Deal, strikes have a long history of transforming American politics,” Prakash added in a statement. “We stand in solidarity with the workers who are writing the next chapter in our country’s history, and will be there shoulder-to-shoulder as we go on strike for a livable future and good jobs for all at the global climate strikes this Friday. We support the UAW and youth climate strikers, and urge all Sunrise members to strike in solidarity with them both.”

      Workers’ rights are a major component of the climate action movement. Groups including the Sunrise Movement and 350.org have demanded policymakers ensure a “just transition” to a renewable energy economy—making sure fossil fuel industry workers are well supported as their jobs give way to growing solar and wind power sectors.

    • The Bernie Sanders Campaign Says It Needs A Movement To Win. The Democratic Socialists Of America Are Building One.

      Last weekend, when Democratic Socialists of America members kicked off their national campaign for Bernie Sanders, a pair of organizers dressed in Medicare for All and Bernie merch climbed the stairs of the Bland Houses, a New York City Housing Authority complex in Queens. As they knocked on doors, they were bombarded with questions about health care, Sanders’ platform, and how it all ties into fixing tenants’ lives.

      “People always want to talk about the American Dream. They tell you to work hard toward owning that house with a white picket fence, have two kids, and maybe get a dog,” said Jeanette Alvarez, a resident who’d been living in the apartment complex for 30 years and had moved her mother into the home to help provide senior care she says the government won’t cover. “But what’s the point of the American Dream if when you get older and you’ve worked so hard to get it, that you can’t maintain or enjoy it because you can’t afford to take care of yourself and the government doesn’t care about you?”

      The case was the same when they walked two floors down and talked to another resident who was struggling with medical costs. She told the organizers that that’s why she wants Medicare for All and why she’s supporting Bernie Sanders.

      The DSA organizers have been here before, and they know how to make their message connect: offering up their own struggles with health care coverage to push the Sanders campaign and Medicare for All as the way to fix the system. They helped Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez become a member of Congress and national figure on the left, they nearly got Tiffany Cabán through a Democratic primary in Queens that would’ve made her one of the most radical district attorneys in the country, and they successfully mobilized to block Amazon from making Queens the home of its new headquarters.

      Now they’re using that experience to convince beaten-down and skeptical New Yorkers that they should make Bernie Sanders president.

      Since the 2016 election, DSA has grown to more than 55,000 members nationally. When the national organization announced in February that it would let its membership vote on whether to launch an independent campaign for Sanders, it proposed a structure for Sanders similar to DSA’s Medicare for All campaign, which focused on canvassing and raising awareness about the health care proposal.

      DSA officially endorsed Sanders in March and began forming plans for how to mobilize on his behalf later in the year. Individual DSA chapters were not required to campaign for Sanders, but in New York, the DSA’s work on behalf of candidates like Ocasio-Cortez and Cabán set organizers up to be uniquely successful.

    • Sen. Bernie Sanders to visit Iowa swing counties on a ‘Bernie Beats Trump’ tour

      Eastern Iowa is significant beyond the borders of the leadoff presidential nominating state, according to U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign.

      Eastern Iowa can show how to flip Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin back to voting for a Democrat after those states helped deliver the White House to President Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

      Early next week, Sanders, of Vermont, will swing through six of Iowa’s counties that voted for President Barack Obama twice before backing Trump: Clinton, Des Moines, Dubuque, Muscatine, Winneshiek and Worth. That sampling of the 31 Iowa counties that flipped is designed to sway voters unsure of Sanders’ wider electoral viability, campaign spokesperson Bill Neidhardt said in an interview.

      ..

      “What you need to be able to do is show that you have a campaign of energy and excitement, that you have a campaign that can bring in young people and working-class people in the way we haven’t seen before,” Neidhardt said. “Status quo politics, the politics of (former Vice President) Joe Biden, aren’t going to do that.”

      The tour is explicitly about winning over voters concerned about “electability” and marrying it to health care, Neidhardt said. “Medicare for All,” one of Sanders’ signature policy platforms, would eliminate private insurance, premiums, co-pays and deductibles, in favor of a government-run payment system paid for with taxes that guaranteed health care coverage. While health care tops many voters’ priorities, being able to beat Trump in 2020 is also a key metric, he said.

      Sanders’ campaign highlights polls showing Medicare for All winning over more voters — 45% said they were more likely to support a Medicare for All candidate, versus 32% who were less likely, according to Politico. Nominating a candidate who doesn’t support it would handicap the party’s chances in the general election and hamper overall enthusiasm, Neidhardt argued.

      The campaign also highlights polls showing Sanders ahead of Trump nationally by an average of 7 percentage points, according to RealClearPolitics.

    • Bernie Sanders: ‘What Was Your Most Absurd Medical Bill?’ Here Is The Response

      Senator (I-Vermont) and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders recently posed the following question to the Twittersphere:

      He got a few responses, if you consider over 17.1K to be a few.

      No word on how many years of college tuition was included or whether they threw in a jet pack to make the total bill for the inpatient hospital stay over $100K.

      ..

      he bottom line is that medical billing has gotten out of hand and, in some cases, out of home and out of solvency. Stories of unexpected and outrageous charges have become way too commonplace. Even if you are eventually able to argue a medical bill down to a reasonable level, the time and effort that it takes and the stress involved can have their own costs as well. Moreover, worrying about the possibility of medical bills alone can change your career and personal decision making. This is yet more evidence that our current health care system is seriously broken in so many ways. Unless something is done soon to overhaul and fix the system, you may someday end up paying for it, a lot.

    • Bernie Has Been Vetted, and He Can Beat Trump

      Bernie Sanders is a democratic socialist, vetted after four years in the national limelight, who polls repeatedly show can demolish Trump. The media should lay to rest the dominant narrative that the United States is a center-right nation with a public committed to capitalism.

    • https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/politics/Joe-Biden-Bernie-Sanders-Headline-Summit-of-Democratic-Presidential-Candidates-Coming-to-Philadelphia-560478971.html

      Seven Democrats running for president, including frontrunners Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, will be in Philadelphia on Tuesday to speak before the city’s largest coalition of unions.

      Biden, the former vice president, and Vermont U.S. Sen. Sanders, along with U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, businessmen Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang and author Marianne Williamson will speak about their labor platforms before members of the Philadelphia Council of the AFL-CIO.

      Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, is not expected to be part of the event. A spokeswoman for the AFL-CIO said all Democratic candidates were invited, but referred questions about candidates’ attendance to their campaigns.

      • https://www.inquirer.com/newsletters/morning/joe-biden-bernie-sanders-philadelphia-afl-cio-police-video-20190917.html

        Former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will be joined by five other presidential candidates at the Workers’ Presidential Summit this afternoon. They’ll each speak for 20 to 30 minutes, taking questions in front of thousands of union workers from the region.

        The president of the Philadelphia AFL-CIO started the event out of concern that unions could be too quick to support Biden. But Biden was slow to commit to the event, which is at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and just a few blocks from his headquarters. Biden’s campaign told The Inquirer yesterday that he would appear at the event.

    • https://consortiumnews.com/2019/09/17/the-worlds-most-important-political-prisoner/

      We are now just one week away from the end of Julian Assange’s uniquely lengthy imprisonment for bail violation. He will receive parole from the rest of that sentence, but will continue to be imprisoned on remand awaiting his hearing on extradition to the U.S. – a process which could last several years.

      At that point, all the excuses for Assange’s imprisonment which so-called leftists and liberals in the U.K. have hidden behind will evaporate. There are no charges and no active investigation in Sweden, where the “evidence” disintegrated at the first whiff of critical scrutiny. He is no longer imprisoned for “jumping bail.” The sole reason for his incarceration will be the publishing of the Afghan and Iraq war logs leaked by Chelsea Manning, with their evidence of wrongdoing and multiple war crimes.

      In imprisoning Assange for bail violation, the U.K. was in clear defiance of the judgement of the UN Working Group on arbitrary Detention

    • https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/09/working-families-party-endorsement-elizabeth-warren-bernie-sanders

      The party announced its backing of Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president yesterday. Its leadership’s rationale for the endorsement was curious.

      “We need a mass movement to make her plans a reality, and we’re going to be a part of that work,” WFP director Maurice Mitchell said. “You don’t defeat the moderate wing of Democrats through thought pieces or pithy tweets, you defeat their politics through organizing.”

      Mitchell is correct here — which makes the choice of Warren baffling.

      If you read his quote out of context or without its pronouns, you might assume that Mitchell was praising Sanders, not Warren. After all, Sanders has made such organizing central to his campaign.

      If the WFP views bottom-up organizing, of and by a multiracial working class, as a core necessity to win social change, why would the party endorse Warren, whose campaign has catalyzed neither — especially over Sanders, whose campaign has?

      Another important question: Did the party’s left-of-center membership, the same one that gave him 87 percent four years ago, really sour on the ever-popular left-of-center Sanders so dramatically? The WFP’s tally for Sanders was down to 36 percent in its announced weighted results.

      It’s impossible to know, given the process the party used to choose their candidate, split evenly between the votes of tens of thousands of WFP members and a small board of several dozen people. The party announced that Warren drew just over 60 percent of the ranked-choice vote, but refused to release the exact breakdown of member votes versus board votes, as they did in 2015 when Sanders won.

      The leadership’s rationale for not releasing the tally was incoherent. “For there to be one true vote, and to maintain the nature of secret ballot,” Maurice Mitchell said, “all of that went into the back end.” Since when did a secret ballot mean not having to disclose the results?

      It seems obvious the party has something to hide: members were likely divided between Warren and Sanders. Perhaps the latter even ended up with a majority of rank-and-file votes. The leadership, several board members tell us, was strongly behind Warren.

      We can speculate on why, but there is no doubt that Warren is a more respectable choice in NGO circles and among the Democratic Party politicians that the WFP exerts pressure on to stay relevant — to say nothing of major donors.

      The Sanders base isn’t going away, whatever the election results next year. The future of progressive politics lies with them. The Working Families Party has waited decades for that future, but the party may have just written itself out of it.

    • Close race in NY

      https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-joe-biden-poll-new-york-democratic-elizabeth-warren-20190917-3tkitd6tdrbpjgdz3plw46iigi-story.html

      Joe Biden leads the crowded field of Democrats in the presidential primary race with 22% in a new poll — but Sen. Elizabeth Warren is close behind him in second place.

      Biden’s lead is just 5% over Warren, who clocked in at 17% in the Siena College poll of 798 voters.

      Sen. Bernie Sanders scored 15% and placed third. No one else cracked 5%.

    • https://theintercept.com/2019/09/17/the-untold-story-joe-biden-pushed-ronald-reagan-to-ramp-up-incarceration-not-the-other-way-around/

      The politics of race relations have been a central part of Biden’s career, from his high-profile opposition to busing to his authoring of the 1994 Biden Crime Bill. When he talks about his criminal justice record on the campaign trail, argues today that the focus on the ’94 bill is unfair, because the real rise in mass incarceration happened at the state level, and was long underway by then.

      Biden is correct that the surge began in the 1970s and accelerated in the 1980s, but a closer look at his role reveals that is was Biden who was among the principal and earliest movers of the policy agenda that would become the war on drugs and mass incarceration, and he did so in the face of initial reluctance from none other than President Ronald Reagan. Indeed, Reagan even vetoed a signature piece of Biden legislation, which he drafted with arch segregationist Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, to create a federal “drug czar.”

      At the time, many Republicans were hesitant about increasing federal spending, and in fact looking for ways to slash the budget. Reagan wanted to focus on deregulating the economy and doing battle with organized labor, and had little interest in an expansive federal spending program geared toward building new prisons and hiring new police. Biden, on the other hand, was a key policy leader among both parties on the issue of expanding funding to states and municipalities for policing and prisons.

      Although mass imprisonment is and was primarily driven by states, at the federal level Biden shaped the punitive political culture of the 1980s and 1990s by re-enlivening a policy agenda that was briefly in decline at the end of the 1970s. In three years under Carter, the federal prison population fell by a quarter, drawing Biden’s ire, even as it was rising at the state level. By the final days of the Carter administration, the federal program that provided resources to states for policing and imprisonment, the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, or LEAA, was being dismantled.

      As Biden pushed Republicans to spend more on policing and prisons, he was part of a wave of “New Democrats” pushing the party in evermore punitive directions. Now, with upward of one in every two families having suffered the harms of mass incarceration, Biden says he worries that “too many people are incarcerated.”

    • https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/09/17/official-secrets-movie-vs-joe-bidens-lies-about-iraq-war

      Joe Biden’s recent efforts to deny his record of support for invading Iraq are marvels of evasion, with falsehoods that have been refuted by one well-documented appraisal after another after another. This month, Biden claimed that his vote for war on the Senate floor was somehow not a vote for war. Ironically, while he was spinning anew to deny the undeniable, theaters nationwide began screening a movie that exposes the deceptive approach to the Iraq war that Biden exemplifies.

      Historically factual, “Official Secrets” is concerned with truth—and the human consequences of evading or telling it. Katharine Gun, portrayed by actress Keira Knightley, was a worker at the British intelligence agency GCHQ. Risking years in prison, she did everything she could to prevent the Iraq war, and took responsibility for doing so.

      Biden did everything he could to enable the Iraq war, and—still—takes no responsibility for doing so.

      More than 16 years ago, Biden and Gun were at cross purposes as the Iraq invasion neared. Subterfuge vs. candor. Misinformation vs. information. War vs. peace. Today, their public voices contrast just as sharply.

      But now, on the campaign trail, Biden is eager to scramble and rewrite history. He’s displaying the kind of disregard for facts that paved the way for the invasion of Iraq in the first place.

      A basic flaw in Biden’s latest Iraq doubletalk has to do with his inversion of actual timing. Either he can’t remember when the Iraqi government agreed to allow U.N. weapons inspectors back into Iraq—or he’s so desperate to keep lying about his actual record on the Iraq war that he can’t bring himself to be truthful.

    • Re: the WFP endorsing Warren thread, which seems to be locking out Sanders and Gabbard supporters. If you want to read the comments and cannot (“Something went wrong” or “Twitter is overloaded” errors), then using a browser which you have not logged into Twitter with before, go to the thread; it will load fine for you. If you want to comment (which you can’t do without logging in, only then you will be blocked again), you need to copy the link to the tweet you want to comment on and paste it into your regular Twitter browser. THAT tweet will then load and you can comment as normal. This is a really crappy workaround, but it does work if you absolutely have to say something.

      Obviously, if you are using the Twitter App, this doesn’t work.

      Here’s the thread: https://twitter.com/WorkingFamilies/status/1173614425565204480

    • https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/09/twitter-left-influence-democratic-primary-2020.html

      Whatever the ultimate outcome of the primary, there is an verifiably large group of people in the “real Democratic party”—numbering in the tens of millions, and composed of many types of people besides grad-school SJW twentysomethings—who are willing to support a strong progressive platform. So what explains Lizza, Chait, and Packer’s belief that such views could only be held by sworn members of the Twitter PC police? Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that they all come from a centrist D.C./New York intellectual tradition—neoliberal on domestic policy, neoconservative on foreign policy, “classically liberal” on issues of speech and civics—that is, in fact, involved in an extended existential battle with hardcore socialists, who often target Lizza, Chait, and Packer in particular for derision. When you’re persistently inundated online by people with rose DSA icons calling you names like “binch” and “corncob,” it’s understandable that they might start to drive you crazy, and to take on disproportionate explanatory power in your imagination. But that’s why you’ve just got to get out of your bubble sometimes.

      • Ha, glad to be part of it. The beauty and the cruelty of Twitter is that nobodies like Tyrannocaster can tell somebodies like Chait or JRubin that they’re full of shit. They don’t like it. The beauty and cruelty of Twitter is also that nobody hears you in all the noise.

    • https://www.thedailybeast.com/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-style-challengers-looking-to-unseat-the-democrats-top-brass-in-2020?source=articles&via=twitter_page

      It’s not just Nadler who is feeling some fresh heat from his own party. After years of targeting moderates and backbenchers, anti-establishment elements in the Democratic Party are directing their energy toward unseating their most influential lawmakers, smelling blood after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York shocked the political establishment by defeating former Rep. Joe Crowley in a 2018 primary.

      That trend is cresting in 2020, with upstarts around the country taking on the Democratic lawmakers who are setting the party’s priorities on not only impeachment and oversight but also health-care and spending policy. Serious challengers with electoral experience and promising grassroots support are gunning for no fewer than five influential committee chairs—Nadler, Richard Neal of the Ways and Means Committee, Eliot Engel of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Nita Lowey of the Appropriations Committee, and Frank Pallone of the Energy and Commerce Committee. The top two House Democrats, Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, also face primary rivals who have garnered some attention, but defeating those two is a far taller task.

      Several of these primaries will air substantial policy differences over the issues dominating debate among Democrats right now, like Medicare-for-All. In other races, the ideological daylight between candidates will be slim.

      But on the whole, 2020’s bumper crop of challenges centers on how well a new generation of Democrats can sell the idea that the party’s old guard is no longer capable of forcefully leading on a range of key issues—including, as Gaetz’s trollish interlude underscored, their commitment to holding Trump’s feet to the fire.

    • I can’t believe it. MSM did a good job here

      Brian Williams interviews Edward Snowden for an hour about his life and his new book

      I am going to eat lunch and go out and see a movie. There is an article today in CommonDreams about the movie and Joe Biden

      The ‘Official Secrets’ Movie vs. Joe Biden’s Lies About the Iraq War
      The current Democratic frontrunner did everything he could to enable the Iraq war, and—still—takes no responsibility for doing so.

      The contrast between what Biden did, and what a young woman did to try and stop the war on Iraq.

      Also today, Joe Biden and blacks and crime and what he actually did. He tried to pass a bill to criminalize drugs and Reagan veto the bill.

      THE UNTOLD STORY: JOE BIDEN PUSHED RONALD REAGAN TO RAMP UP INCARCERATION — NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND

      These Biden articles are just out today.

      What is the establishment democratic party doing by pushing this guy? Is this what the establishment stands for, or are they using any means to maintain power?

    • 20,000 attend Warren’s rally in NY. HAH!

      Trump must be looking to hire the staffer who came up with that figure.

      Unless the attendees were wearing green camouflage outfits I seen plenty of green grass.🤔👇😜

      https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EEnzNJhXUAAY8V4?format=jpg&name=small

      You have to click on the link to view the image.

      • You can tell by the noise that its not 20k people. This is what 20k+ in the square sounds like:

        I noticed the cameras stayed zoomed in most of warrens speech, I didnt see a lot of crowd shots.

    • Good poll for Bernie. Harris is even behind Yang. Bernie’s support is the strongest.

      https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/461763-poll-biden-sanders-lead-democratic-field-in-california-harris-takes-fifth

      Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are tied for first place among Democratic primary voters in California, while home-state Sen. Kamala Harris (D) is running in a distant fifth, according to a new poll.

      The Emerson University survey released Tuesday shows Biden and Sanders leading the pack in California with 26 percent support each, followed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) at 20 percent. No other candidate secures double-digit support in the poll.

      Former tech executive and political newcomer Andrew Yang notches 7 percent support in the survey, with Harris following at 6 percent support.

      Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) took sixth and seventh place in the poll with 5 percent and 4 percent support, respectively.

      Sanders’s support in the Golden State is driven primarily by voters under the age of 50. Among those voters, the Vermont senator carries 34 percent support, according to the Emerson poll. Warren takes 18 percent among that group, while Biden trails with 16 percent.

      But Biden enjoys strong support with older voters. Among those over the age of 50, the former vice president notched 40 percent support. Warren received 23 percent among that group, while Sanders scored 13 percent.

      While the poll shows Warren running in third place in California, it also suggests that her support may be shakier than her fellow top-tier candidates in the state.

      Only 31 percent of respondents who picked Warren as their first choice said they would definitely vote for her in the primary. Among those that said they would support Sanders or Biden, 67 and 59 percent respectively said that they would stick with their candidate of choice.

      • thanks. I followed the link to get to it and voted right now at 5:30 EST

      • Just a reminder thay dkos doesnt even really like warren
        pete, kamala, etc were their choice. Once Bernie was dominating the never berners grouped to promote Warren to deny him the wins. I believe a good deal of this is happening in other polls, inflating her numbers where theres no actual strong backing. Some 80% of her voters also are interested in other candidates. Bernies numbers are a third of that.

    • https://theweek.com/articles/865176/either-warren-sanders-need-drop-defeat-biden-not-fast

      But it’s not so simple. The Democratic primary in 2020 will work quite differently from the Republican one four years ago. The party’s primary process doles out delegates on a proportional basis and the crowded field means it will be quite possible for nobody to win on the first vote at the 2020 convention. So long as Warren and Sanders are pulling from different demographic categories, and both can remain above the 15 percent threshold for getting some delegates, it makes sense for both of them to stay in and try to beat Biden at the convention. Indeed, either one dropping out at this point might well help Biden win.

      This brings me back to Biden versus Sanders and Warren. The key question for whether either one should drop out is where their supporters will go. If all Sanders voters will flow to Warren if he leaves, and vice versa, then it might make sense to consolidate the left vote under one banner — but polling shows this to be not true. Their supporters are quite different demographically, with Sanders’ more diverse and less educated, and Warren’s whiter, richer, and more educated. The top second choice for Sanders supporters is actually Biden (26 percent versus 24 percent for Warren). Meanwhile, Sanders is the top second choice for Warren supporters, but only by a small margin (24 percent for Sanders versus 21 percent for Biden). Voters often have weird preferences like that.

      Now, polling is not dispositive here; supporters might be swayed by endorsements and such. But the evidence we do have suggests that either one dropping out would boost Biden’s polls by a potentially decisive margin. So long as both Warren and Sanders are behind Biden but above the 15 percent threshold, it may make good tactical sense for both to stay in the race, and to try to win by combining forces at the convention — at which point superdelegates might actually decide the outcome for once, despite the post-2016 reforms reducing their influence. (A Sanders or Warren nomination put over the finish line by superdelegates would at least be very funny.)

      • Not to be a Debbie Downer but if anyone thinks that the super delegates will coalesce around Bernie on the second ballot, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.

      • Glancing briefly at this and the tweet directly above I thought it was a double post, but now I see theyre two completely different religious extremists

    • https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/17/climate/trump-california-emissions-waiver.html

      The Trump administration is expected on Wednesday to formally revoke California’s legal authority to set tailpipe pollution rules that are stricter than federal rules, in a move designed by the White House to strike twin blows against both the liberal-leaning state that President Trump has long antagonized and the environmental legacy of President Barack Obama.

      The announcement that the White House will revoke one of California’s signature environmental policies will come while Mr. Trump is traveling in the state, where he is scheduled to attend fund-raisers in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley.

      The revocation of the waiver would also affect 13 other states that follow California’s clean air rules.

    • I won’t link to the video but this is just the first salvo if sleepy Joe is successful.

      https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/461788-trump-campaign-video-jabs-at-bidens-gaffes

      The Trump campaign released a video Tuesday that goes after former Vice President Joe Biden for his verbal gaffes, which are interspersed with comments from various news anchors commenting about whether he has stamina to run a presidential race.

      President Trump’s Campaign Manager Brad Parscale tweeted out the video showing cuts of Biden’s slip-ups. News anchors are then shown on screen using words like “unsteady,” “shaky” or questioning whether he has the “mental and physical stamina” for the race.

    • “I have complicated feelings about the hope question. Not a day goes by that I don’t have a moment of sheer panic, raw terror, complete conviction that we are doomed, and then I do pull myself out of it. I’m renewed by this new generation that is so determined, so forceful. I’m inspired by the willingness to engage in electoral politics, because my generation, when we were in our 20s and 30s, there was so much suspicion around getting our hands dirty with electoral politics that we lost a lot of opportunities. What gives me the most hope right now is that we’ve finally got the vision for what we want instead, or at least the first rough draft of it. This is the first time this has happened in my lifetime. And also, I did decide to have kids. I have a seven year old who is so completely obsessed and in love with the natural world. When I think about him, after we’ve spent an entire summer talking about the role of salmon in feeding the forests where he was born in British Columbia, and how they are linked to the health of the trees and the soil and the bears and the orcas and this entire magnificent ecosystem, and I think about what it would be like to have to tell him that there are no more salmon, it kills me. So that motivates me. And slays me.
      • Naomi Klein will be in conversation with Katharine Viner at a Guardian Live event on 15 October.”

      https://amp.theguardian.com/books/2019/sep/14/naomi-klein-we-are-seeing-the-beginnings-of-the-era-of-climate-barbarism?__twitter_impression=true

      and climate barbarism

      “This pattern has been clear for a while. White supremacy emerged not just because people felt like thinking up ideas that were going to get a lot of people killed but because it was useful to protect barbaric but highly profitable actions. The age of scientific racism begins alongside the transatlantic slave trade, it is a rationale for that brutality. If we are going to respond to climate change by fortressing our borders, then of course the theories that would justify that, that create these hierarchies of humanity, will come surging back. There have been signs of that for years, but it is getting harder to deny because you have killers who are screaming it from the rooftops.”

    • 🧵

      • Cable (and general) audiences are deluged with commercials featuring American veterans abjectly begging for prosthetics — while the politics are mostly concerned with how to put more of us into a similar situation.

        But a trillion taxpayer dollars to bomb foreigners, no debate — just sent the money.

      • sare i say AWESOME 👏

      • LOL😁😜😂

        • As a rebuttal, the majority of large America businesses will rise up in their denial of this slander — with gauzy beer-commercial characterizations of what we should think.

    • Not a great poll for Bernie but see the note I read on demographics below. Seems to be skewed old. In the 2018 elections, the split was 50/50 for under 50 vs. 50 and over.

      https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/meet-the-press/nbc-wsj-poll-biden-leads-dem-2020-field-warren-s-n1055511

      Biden leads the overall horserace with backing from 31 percent of Democratic primary voters (up 5 points since July), while Warren gets 25 percent (up 6 points).

      They’re followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., at 14 percent (up 1 point), South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is at 7 percent (unchanged) and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., at 5 percent (down 8 points).

      Entrepreneur Andrew Yang gets support from 4 percent of Democratic primary voters, and Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., both get 2 percent.

      Look at the actual poll demographics (here: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6417332-FINAL19357-NBCWSJ-September-Democratic-Primary.html)

      506 people polled, total. Anything under 1000 is already suspect. This is half of that.

      217 of those people have landlines only. You know who has landlines only? Our grandmothers. Which brings me to…

      55% of the people in this poll are 50+. More than half of the people polled are over 50.

      How is this a representative, accurate poll? Fully half of the bare minimum needed for an accurate representation. This is a national poll and they barely polled more than five hundred people. 200+ of whom don’t have a cell phone and 55% percent of whom are over 50 years old. Hell, a full quarter of the people polled were between 55 and 64.

    • Wow! This is quite the find.

      Click on the ToddAppel tweet to read.

      • That “Pocahontas” thing had whiskers.

        If he had any self-control our President might not mention Rachel Dolezal until the general campaign…

      • Well slap my wrist!😜

        I wonder if she has a plan for this revelation?

    • getting a census taker application in the mail soon. :0). $12 hr. too much for the fam with the 2 children and i won’t go lower. maybe that will change but excited to apply for the census starts at $16, ends at over $17. thought others might be interested. 🌺🦜🌺

    • Actually not Pete. Kos wanted a woman from the start. The first choice was Kamala. Now that she is flaming out it’s Warren (who is better)

    • Exit polls have Netanyahu losing narrowly

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2019/sep/17/israeli-election-close-result-expected-as-netanyahu-seeks-fifth-term-live-news

      Several exit polls have been updated and the results are not looking great for Netanyahu’s Likud party. But, we must stress, these are exit polls, not official results.

      Channel 11 has Likud losing a seat, down to 31 seats, with Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party on 32.

      The Jerusalem Post reports on an updated exit poll from Channel 13, which puts Blue and White at 32 seats and Netanyahu’s Likud party on 30 seats, meaning Netanyahu’s centre-right bloc is sitting on a total of 53 seats and the Gantz’s centre-left bloc has a total of 59.

      • If this is true who knows how it will eventually end up.

    • How many Pinocchios will her campaign get?

    • Article claims Bernie’s campaign is wracked with dissension based on one staff move in NH and losing the WFP’s board’s endorsement.

      https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/17/bernie-sanders-campaign-dissension-1500287

      • I read this earlier today. The title distorts a lot of the content.

        for example:

        Jeff Weaver, a top Sanders adviser, told POLITICO that numerous rank-and-file members in the WFP support Sanders and that his ground game in New Hampshire and other early states is strong. The Sanders campaign says it has 14 times as many identified voters in the Granite State than it had at this time in 2016 and it is doubling his field staff there from 26 to 50 employees. He said the campaign’s national and states staff are in daily contact, and that he has a regular “states call” in which he asks his aides across the country to be honest about the problems they’re seeing.

        Weaver said Caiazzo was reassigned to Warren’s home state because he has years of experience there, including as Sanders’ political director in 2016, and the campaign is “not conceding Massachusetts to anyone.” He said Caiazzo had done a “great job” building the team in New Hampshire and that the shift was part of a series of changes aimed at growing the campaign’s operations in Super Tuesday states. Sanders’ team said it also recently hired senior staff in Oklahoma, Colorado and Minnesota.

    • https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/09/senior-loneliness-sanders-healthcare

      According to a study published in March, one-third of American seniors feel lonely. The same study found that nearly 30 percent of seniors reported they socialized with family, friends, or neighbors once a week or less. Senior isolation is correlated not just to a decline in mental wellbeing but also physical wellbeing, with another study concluding that “Lonely people are 50 percent more likely to die prematurely than those with healthy social connections.”

      Senior loneliness is a public health issue, which means it’s a political problem. Bernie Sanders is treating it like one, and proposing a political solution: create a new office within the Administration for Community Living to address social isolation among seniors.

      With this move, Sanders is likely taking a cue from Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party in the UK, which has focused on the social isolation of pensioners. Corbyn has also politicized the issue, blaming austerity for the deterioration of seniors’ quality of life. “Millions of people suffer from chronic loneliness,” Corbyn has said. “Tory cuts to services have deprived them of the support they need.”

      In Corbyn’s view, kneecapping the public sector and shredding social services further limits the options of people without much money or mobility, shrinking their worlds and needlessly cutting them off from the rest of society. To give seniors the chance to feel connected again, public resources must be directed back into services and programs. Sanders shares that view.

      One thing the proposed office would be tasked with, according to the Sanders campaign’s website, is studying the extent of social isolation among American seniors and its impact on their health and wellbeing. But while studies are needed in the United States to match those that have been conducted in the UK, research alone won’t cut it. Sanders also proposes to address the problem by providing tax-funded grants to municipalities and organizations that want to experiment with new ways of addressing the issue.

      Most promisingly, Sanders wants to “expand and modernize senior centers around the country to provide older adults with places to not only enjoy healthy meals together, but also provide space for exercise classes, book clubs, health screenings, routine health care services, and more.” Here, Sanders is likely looking to successful models such as Japan’s.

      • Pretty positive positive article in WaPo

        https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/biden-and-sanders-take-fight-over-health-care-to-union-workers/2019/09/17/ee61fa78-d963-11e9-bfb1-849887369476_story.html

        Speaking at a forum hosted by the Philadelphia Council of the AFL-CIO, Biden touted his plan to expand the Affordable Care Act with an optional public insurance program. Without naming Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), he eagerly criticized the competing proposal they have championed as injurious to organized labor.

        “I have a significant health care plan. But guess what? Under mine, you can keep your health insurance you’ve bargained for if you like it,” Biden said. “If you don’t, you can move it, and you can buy into a public plan.”

        Sanders promoted his Medicare-for-all proposal, under which the government would be the sole insurer for all Americans. And he highlighted an ongoing labor dispute in which health care costs have been shifted onto the union backing striking workers.

        Biden’s remarks came on the same day that a standoff between the United Auto Workers and General Motors escalated, with GM shifting health-care costs onto striking workers. Later, when Sanders spoke, he brought this up.

        “That’s the kind of ugliness and greed that we are seeing every day,” Sanders said, prompting boos about GM’s conduct from the crowd. Sanders, who recently changed how his Medicare-for-all plan would protect union workers — giving them more leverage amid concerns from some in organized labor about his plan — defended it as the best path to achieve complete coverage for Americans.

        Addressing reporters afterward, Sanders argued that under his plan, the situation with GM would be averted.

        “Here you have the situation where the UAW is now on strike, 49,000 workers. I’m sure that in that 49,000, there are family members who are seriously ill,” he said. “Under Medicare-for-all, whether you’re working, whether you’re not working, whether you go from one job to another job, it’s right there with you.”

        Sara Nelson, the influential president of the Association of Flight Attendants, an AFL-CIO union, appeared to warn Biden over his comments on Twitter. “A note to anyone who wants to use union members as a wedge to oppose #MedicareForAll: @UAW has one of the best plans in the country, but management can still use it to hold workers hostage. #M4A puts power back in our hands,” she wrote.

        Several of the unions represented at the forum also belonged to affiliates that have endorsed some form of single-payer health care. Blossom Kaleo, 41, a part-team teacher and member of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, said that it was wrong to say that union members were afraid to replace their current coverage with a universal plan. The American Federation of Teachers has supported the Sanders bill.

        “I can’t even afford what our union offers,” Kaleo said. “I’m for Medicare-for-all because it’s a human right.”

        • https://wtop.com/government/2019/09/sanders-biden-feud-ramps-up-in-front-of-key-union-audience/

          Sanders was the most aggressive when he ticked down a list of unpopular votes from Biden’s decadeslong record in politics as he faced hundreds of union members in a Philadelphia convention hall.

          “Unlike some of the folks running for president, I did not vote for the war in Iraq, I did not vote for the Wall Street bailout, I did not vote for a terrible bankruptcy bill and, maybe most important, I did not vote for the disastrous trade policies like NAFTA,” Sanders declared.

          Speaking to reporters afterward, the Vermont senator repeatedly called out Biden by his first name, charging that “Joe” has a long record of voting against the interests of the working class.

          “All I wanted to do today was make it clear that in terms of the needs of working people, I don’t have a record I have to apologize for,” Sanders said.

          But on Tuesday, Sanders was decidedly on offense.

          “I did not vote to bail out the crooks on Wall Street. Joe did,” Sanders told reporters. “So not only is there a difference in terms of our vision for Americans, there is a very strong difference in terms of our record.”

    • I won’t hold my breath but I like this.😁

    • Is she abandoning Kamala?

    • https://billypenn.com/2019/09/17/5-things-to-know-from-phillys-2020-labor-summit-with-sanders-biden-and-other-hopefuls/

      Bernie was a huge hit

      Sanders, who spoke fourth, received without a doubt the warmest reception out of the group.

      On stage, the senator immediately trumpeted his “100% voting record with the AFL-CIO” and later called himself as “perhaps the most pro-worker member of the Congress.”

      He hit his usual talking points on his presidential trail — raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, voting against the Iraq War, and a litany of others — and then moved on to his outlooks to labor workers.

      Despite a few hecklers in the room — one yelled “you’re an asshole” and “go back to Venezuela” — Biden received steady applause, particularly when he proposed his plans to grow union membership nationwide.

      “The trade union movement today is the last line of resistance against the corporate agenda,” Sanders said, to thunderous applause. “If we’re going to grow the middle class in this country, it is absolutely imperative that we grow the trade union movement.”

    • I posted this before, but this version seems to have caught the sound much better. I literally laughed with Joy.

    • dayum.

    • don’t know how often this happens but can’t be great.
      https://twitter.com/therealjcricket/status/1174168772866760704?s=20

    • At some point, I suppose I’ll have to stop being amazed that this is the MSM. But right now, I’m grateful for every little bit.

    • wut.


      i quit.

    • last. really. 😁

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    • Bernie Sanders shakes up campaign leadership in New Hampshire

      en. Bernie Sanders has replaced the New Hampshire state director of his presidential campaign after growing indignation from his fiercest supporters that their concerns about losing the first-in-the-nation primary state were being ignored.

      More than 50 members from Sanders’ state steering committee applauded on Sunday afternoon when they heard that Joe Caiazzo had been reassigned to Massachusetts, according to those in the room. The news was delivered by the new state director, Shannon Jackson, who ran Sanders’ Senate reelection in 2018.

      “The people who helped Bernie win here last time knew and felt intimately that something was very different and not for the best,” said a steering committee member who was at the meeting. “We know our state, we know our counties and we see what other campaigns on the ground are doing. We weren’t happy with what we were seeing.”

      ..

      Ben Collings also began working as the Maine state director for the Sanders campaign last week. A Sanders aide said that state directors or lead staff had recently been added in Oklahoma, Colorado and Minnesota, as well as Massachusetts. And some senior staff have been asked to move to the early caucus and primary states.

      Additionally, Mike Casca, Sanders’ rapid response-director in 2016, was hired as a senior communications adviser for Sanders. Ari Rabin-Havt and Arianna Jones were promoted to deputy campaign managers.

      The hires and staff shifts are aimed at boosting Sanders’ team in the early states as well as those that will hold their presidential primaries on Super Tuesday, his campaign said. Massachusetts is one of those states.

      Sanders’ campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, said on Sunday that things were going well in New Hampshire.

      “We feel really good about the situation in New Hampshire and where we find ourselves,” Shakir said. “The campaign has a strong volunteer operation in that state, great staff, and the turnout of events with Bernie has been particularly strong as of late as well. So we feel very good about where we find ourselves in New Hampshire.

      • Since Caiazzo is leaving NH and he and Ehrenberg had strong disagreements, I’m not sure why Ehrenberg is leaving unless he wanted to be NH state director.

        https://www.wmur.com/article/top-adviser-ehrenberg-parts-ways-with-sanders-campaign-after-fundamental-disagreements-on-strategy/29061589

        Since the beginning of the 2016 presidential cycle more than four years ago, longtime New Hampshire political strategist Kurt Ehrenberg was at Bernie Sanders’ side at virtually every campaign stop in New Hampshire – and many beyond the state’s borders.

        While Ehrenberg still has deep personal admiration for the candidate, his relationship with the campaign came to an end on Saturday. And on Sunday, New Hampshire state director Joe Caiazzo, one of the key players with whom Ehrenberg had been at odds, was moved out of his Granite State role and reassigned the same position in Massachusetts.

        While the Caiazzo transfer may have received national headlines, to Granite Staters who are fans of Sanders – and to many state political activists in general – Ehrenberg’s departure was a shock.

        In an interview, Ehrenberg, who has been involved in New Hampshire politics for about three decades, told WMUR: “From the very beginning of this campaign, the state director (Caiazzo) and I had fundamental and very strong disagreements about how to wage a successful New Hampshire primary campaign.

        “After months of discussion between me and key people in the campaign, it became clear that we could not agree, and within the last couple of days we agreed that I would no longer be part of the campaign. As of the end of the month, I will no longer be advising Bernie Sanders on campaign strategy.”

        But the disagreements between Ehrenberg and Caiazzo and other leaders of the campaign became so strained in recent months that Ehrenberg was asked to stay away from Sanders’ events, according to sources.

        Caiazzo, meanwhile, has been replaced in New Hampshire by Shannon Jackson, a longtime Sanders aide who was the campaign’s Northeast regional director and headed Sanders’ Senate reelection campaign in Vermont in 2018.

        Caiazzo was Sanders’ political director in Massachusetts and Rhode Island during the 2016 campaign.

        • I’m reading that back in 2015 Ehrenberg was working on a potential Warren campaign. I wonder if Warren will scoop him (back) up now? I certainly would if I was her. Insider info available and whatnot.

          This is from June 3, 2015:

          Warren volunteers and staff in Iowa are likely to jump ship to Sanders’ camp: already last month, Run Warren Run’s New Hampshire staffer Kurt Ehrenberg joined Sanders’ team.

        • doesn’t sound good. Campaigns would benefit from having a permanent team of mediators.

      • https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/15/us/politics/bernie-sanders-new-hampshire.html

        What gets less attention, but which some New Hampshire Democrats say helps explain Mr. Sanders’s challenges there, are the long-shot candidates: Andrew Yang, a former tech entrepreneur, Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and Marianne Williamson, a best-selling self-help author, are drawing attention from the sort of avant-garde voters who had no such alternative options last cycle other than the Vermont senator.

        New Hampshire Democrats said Mr. Caiazzo, who grew up in Massachusetts and last year ran the re-election campaign of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, was a traditional party operative and always something of an unusual fit for Mr. Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist whose campaign is about upending the establishment.

        And increasingly, Mr. Sanders, in New Hampshire and across the country, is focused less on winning over traditional Democratic activists than he is in mobilizing volunteers as well as new supporters, particularly individuals who have not participated in past primaries, including independents and disaffected Republicans. New Hampshire Democrats also believe that Mr. Sanders did not have the sort of organization befitting the candidate who had won the state so overwhelmingly three years ago.

        Mr. Jackson, who was previously the Sanders campaign’s northeast regional director, has worked with Mr. Sanders for years, including in his senate office in Burlington, Vt. He also helped start Our Revolution, the senator’s political advocacy group.

        In a statement, Mr. Jackson said he was “honored to be taking on a more direct role in this critically important state” and praised the team there.

        • Supporters of Gabbard, Williamson and Yang are not going to appreciate being labelled “avant-garde” aka flaky by the NYT. Looks like their anti-Bernie bias is showing up, yet again. T and R, LD!! Glad Bernie is taking a break.

          • I read that Bernie is in Vt for his break. I think sometimes being in a familiar place can do wonderous things for our health!

        • people insisting on voting for the fringe candidates—don’t get me started.

          It’s not like they have a chance in hell. And instead, they’re hurting Americans’ chance to finally have a president that will take the actions that really help us.

          Bernie was in a very different position when people insisted on voting for him. And he’s a very different politician.

          this is exactly what the DNC wants.

          • I don’t have a problem with that trio’s fringe-ness, I have a problem with the fact that they are all objectively much worse than Sanders. Two of them are in it just for attention.

            Hell, I’d probably support Warren over any of those three.

            • that, too. but honestly, if they really want to help this country, they’ll drop out anf support Bernie. hopefully they will all siphon off each other.

    • Very conservative columnist but he has a point about authenticity.

      https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/john-kass/ct-bernie-sanders-democrats-kass-20190914-3cueve7hdrgznjxsxdo4z5ccv4-story.html

      It’s a study in authenticity.

      All three are able politicians. Yet if it were a contest in authenticity, Sanders would win in a landslide.

      But does that matter to Democrats?

      It did only a few years ago. Sanders was the truly authentic candidate in 2016, and the candidate of the young. But establishment Democrats were frightened of losing control, and they rigged the presidential nomination against him and for Hillary Clinton.

      They got the fake they wanted and lost.

      The Washington establishment and big money donors have never put much stock in authenticity. To them, authenticity is a commodity to be bought, like fatback or pork bellies, something to be parceled out to favored media biscuit eaters and rendered for American voters.

      “He says what he thinks and lays it out there for voters and yeah, you know what, your taxes are going to go up,” Bevan said.

      “To your point Elizabeth Warren specifically dodged that direct question twice in the debate,” Bevan said. “She doesn’t want to talk about (taxes to pay for Medicare for All). … She’s not willing to actually say the truth, that the middle class will have to pay more in taxes to have that program available to them.

      “In that sense Bernie is authentic. More truthful than the other candidates when it comes to that sort of thing.”

      Yes, but can Democrats handle the authentic truth? And do young Democrats still want to hear it?

      We’ll see, in Iowa and New Hampshire, in February.

    • The Gospel of Oil
      Oil’s grip on U.S. society is as much religious as economic, a new history shows.

      As the world gears up for the emergency United Nations climate action summit to be held in New York City later this month, conservative writers have revived an old charge: that eco-activism draws on religious faith, not science. Taunting the sixteen-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg as a “prophetess in shorts” (to quote one French Republican) or a modern-day Joan of Arc, they have sought to present movement against climate change as analogous to end-times Christianity, with eating meat and flying in airplanes the modern equivalent of mortal sin.

      These cheap shots carry an unintentional irony. For as historian Darren Dochuk argues in his new book, Anointed with Oil: How Christianity and Crude Made Modern America, the search for fossil fuels has itself long been overlaid with Christian commitment. Oil executives themselves historically have been among the most active and enthusiastic promoters of apocalyptic Christianity in the United States, their zeal to drill representing their religious passion as well as their quest for self-enrichment. Over the course of U.S. history, Dochuk writes, oil companies “openly embraced the theological imperatives that informed their chief executives, aligned their boardrooms with biblical logics, and sacralized their operations as modes of witness and outreach.” Because of the heavy investment of the industry in religious faith, oil, for Dochuk, has become more than just a commodity or an energy source. Its “grip on the human condition” is “total”; it has become “an imprint on America’s soul.”

      ….

      Although it is studded with characters and written to appeal to a broad audience, Anointed with Oil is not a tidy historical narrative. It covers so much—both chronologically and geographically—that at times its arguments can be hard to follow. But the book is important for the questions it raises as much as the fantastic stories it tells. Implicit in Dochuk’s history is the notion that by looking at the oil industry, we can learn something about the ways that capitalism relies on moral systems that can’t be broken down into simple utilitarianism. And by exploring the cultural as well as economic underpinnings of the energy industry, he suggests that we might also be able better to understand why our dependence on oil has proven so extraordinarily difficult to shake.

      These forces cannot be reasoned with, they can only be defeated.

      On another front, at a campaign rally for the US House in the Santa Barbara area in the middle 1960′, my good friend wanted to point out the dangers of the proposed nuclear plant Diablo Canyon. For the rally of about 500, he brought in a couple of scientists and MDs to describe the dangers. When he mentioned the danger, the crowd interrupted and started chanting “we want electricity”, over and over and over. Needless to say the scientists and MDs did not speak on that day. Now there is a white elephant on their coast.

      • Behind any flag or religious book, hides plenty of the lowest lifers of humanity. True back then, way true, now! 🙁

    • ONLY A GREEN NEW DEAL CAN DOUSE THE FIRES OF ECO-FASCISM

      Adapted from “On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal,” published by Simon and Schuster. “

      by Naomi Klein

      “Once you have done your homework,” the young Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg says, “you realize that we need new politics. We need a new economics, where everything is based on our rapidly declining and extremely limited carbon budget. But that is not enough. We need a whole new way of thinking. … We must stop competing with each other. We need to start cooperating and sharing the remaining resources of this planet in a fair way.”

      Because our house is on fire, and this should come as no surprise. Built on false promises, discounted futures, and sacrificial people, it was rigged to blow from the start. It’s too late to save all our stuff, but we can still save each other and a great many other species, too. Let’s put out the flames and build something different in its place. Something a little less ornate, but with room for all those who need shelter and care.

    • https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/09/16/what-george-carlin-taught-us-about-media-propaganda-omission-bernie-sanders

      It’s easy to explain why Medicare for All is more cost-effective than the corporate-insurance system. Less bureaucracy and wasteful paperwork. No sales commissions. No exorbitant CEO compensation—averaging $18 million per healthcare CEO last year. No insurance company profits; the “big 8 health insurers” raked in $7 billion in one quarter last year.

      But confusion, not clarity, is the job of TV news—which is so heavily sponsored by drug and healthcare companies. (Night after night, big pharma is the main sponsor of network newscasts.) And confusion is the job of industry ads and corporate politicians like Biden, who receives more healthcare industry donations than any other Democratic candidate.

      That’s why we keep getting partial scores.

      Besides the reduction in financial cost, imagine the reduction in human cost—hardship and anxiety—if our country joined every other wealthy country in achieving truly universal health coverage.

      Which bring us to a partial score on another crisis causing hardship and anxiety today: climate change. The Green New Deal proposal in Congress to address the problem, while creating millions of high-paying jobs, has been savaged as “too expensive”—with Mitch McConnell and Republicans incessantly invoking a concocted and ridiculous figure of $93 trillion.

      As with Medicare for All, moneyed elites want to omit the other score—the price tag of sticking with the status quo into a future that Bill McKibben describes as “a modern Dark Ages.” From science-denying Republicans to solution-denying corporate Democrats who seek a go-slow “middle-ground,” there’s an attempt to downplay the more expensive cost of deny and delay, including: rising seas and rivers, more damaging hurricanes and floods, worsening droughts and wildfires, buckling bridges and roads, increased air pollution and hospitalizations, premature deaths, crop failures, extinct species, spread of new diseases, intensified migration and more brutal civil wars.

      McKibben argues that the Green New Deal “costs pennies on the dollar” compared to the bleak and costly future predicted by scientists. McKibben, of course, doesn’t sponsor TV news. The fossil fuel industry does.

      • Anyone who knows how to read gets fed up with the constant noise and discord propaganda confusion causes. I avoid it like the plague–not easy either.

        • You avoid tv? I avoid tv as much as possible, and I agree, it’s hard to avoid. Tv screens at gas stations, at oil change places, in the background when you visit some people.

          At the (tiny) house of a friend her husband has the tv on ALL THE TIME. So when I visit her she knows now to suggest that she and I walk around outside looking at her garden. The shows he likes are things like Law & Order (not my style). And they watch The Daily Show with Trevor Noah religiously. Noah seems to be just Trump, Trump, Trump, and then make fun of Bernie for dessert whenever he can. No surprise that he was the only person I knew in 2016 who supported Hillary.

          • The hubby I mean, who supported Hillary. I think Noah may just support his large paycheck?

          • We solved the TV problem in the most drastic way possible. When the broadcasts went digital, we simply didn’t buy a new TV. It means we CAN’T watch TV, but we can watch DVDs, etc., and there’s the internet. Any PBS shows or other series I want to watch I can usually still get, though sometimes I have to wait for it to come in at the library or whatever. We don’t have cable, either. I don’t think most people are willing to go that far, though.

            • We threatened to cut cable after our recent increase but they’ve got it so rigged now with the internet/phone/tv bundled all up together that cutting the cable wouldn’t have even saved any money!

              I wish we had more options for internet access. As far as I know we only have two choices and the other company is even worse.

    • Excerpt from Outsider in the House, written by Bernie Sanders in 1997:

      "[It's] high time to establish a tax on wealth similar to those that exist in most European countries.”https://t.co/Ol7JN4KlEv

      — NY For Sanders #Bernie2020 (@NYforSanders) September 16, 2019

    • ABC News Has Covered Sanders for Only Seven Minutes in 2019 https://t.co/qJuffvuW5Z

      — Leila Charles Leigh – one of the Squad (@leilacleigh) September 15, 2019

    • who needs Bolton?

      • Was Coons on Fox News? Waitaminute, thought it wasn’t ok to go on Fox?! Oh, he’s there as a war hawk. Guess that’s ok then.

        • Would give two likes if I could. There is no room in the Democratic party of the future for war-mongers whose subservience to militarism abroad undermines anything they might espouse domestically.

    • The intercept is a member of this effort

      #CoveringClimateNow

      I went down the thread of several excellent articles from well known sources (well, mostly, the HBR, The Harvard Business Review is in there with CEO’s pretending that they care )

      There was this article on Qatar

      I grew up in Qatar, a tiny peninsula off the eastern coast of Saudi Arabia. Less than a century ago, before the boom, it was a desolate corner of the world, home to Bedouin tribes, shepherds, fishermen and pearl divers. Today it is, by virtue of its massive oil and gas deposits, the richest country on earth.

      speed of progress! time and space under attack? what are time and space anyway?

      If the speed with which this transformation happened is unique, the trajectory is not. In the age of capitalism everything is a placeholder for its more lucrative replacement. And is there more universal an expression of nostalgia than to return to the site of your first kiss and find it unrecognizable? Time moves this way.

      in the next paragraph points out that conditions will become so bad that humans can no longer live there

      But there is now another kind of obliteration, another kind of burial. Within the next century, possibly within my lifetime, Qatar’s landscape will become uninhabitable. There exists a scientific definition, based on heat and humidity, of what constitutes a survivable climate. If carbon emissions continue at their current pace, it will eventually become impossible to live in much of the Middle East without constant air-conditioning. It will become impossible to exist, for more than a few minutes, outside. Sometime within the next century, stories of life in this place—the stories that constitute almost the entirety of my childhood—will sound, to new generations, like fiction. The tether between what is and what used to be, constantly stretching under the weight of history and progress, will not stretch any more. It will snap

      Faster Than We Thought: What Stories Will Survive Climate Change?
      Omar El Akkad on Our Obligation to Preserve Memories

      • this and so much more should be on constant repeat on the msm until we take real action.

      • Reading your comment made me think about how so many people already rely on air conditioners, but those who do not have a/c will need to migrate, leaving perhaps too few people to keep communities going. So, I’m thinking that a/c will not save even the less-poor at a certain point. Who will there be to stock their stores and do needed construction or maintain roads?


    • Maybe they don’t notify them because it’s a feature, not a bug.

      • when the F*** is the democratic party establishment going to go all out for election integrity

        how can that not be a fundamental issue

        unless they are going after the professional class and don’t give a damn about lower class — in other words, keeping in power and NOT CHALLENGE LEGITIMACY of the vote which makes them LEGITIMATE

        like so many other American failures, don’t want to expose them. Militarism. Capitalism. security state. etc.

        Greg Palast was on Thom Hartmann a couple of days ago talking about NC election crimes and asking, yet again, why isn’t the dem party in the middle of exposing the story and getting the election system working?

        some of the biggest hits I took at TOP/DK were when I pointed out that folks here in Columbus Ohio were experts in this area, but they were banned forever by Kos himself

        they have now written 6 books about election integrity

        the fraud goes on

        • “how can that not be a fundamental issue”

          got me, Don, Unless it’s too disheartening to even think about because we can’t seem to change it the machines are held there by the party machines.

          But yeah, I am with you, we have to get more people yelling about this has to be a movement.

          why does text to voice (t2v) assume i want Hass for has, every time?

    • Aligned with unions but does not back the most consistently pro-union candidate

      https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/461564-working-families-party-endorses-warren-after-backing-sanders-in-2016-report

      The Working Families Party (WFP) has endorsed Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for the Democratic presidential nomination, the group announced Monday.

      “The Working Families Party is proud to announce our endorsement of @ewarren for president in the Democratic primary,” the group tweeted.

      The progressive group, which is aligned with unions, endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) last campaign cycle, but this time picked Warren amid a push to defeat centrist candidates like former Vice President Joe Biden in the race for the Democratic nomination.

      “If our focus is on victory, we can’t be delusional about it,” Maurice Mitchell, the WFP’s national director, told the New York Times.

      “You don’t defeat the moderate wing of Democrats through thought pieces or pithy tweets, you defeat their politics through organizing.”

      A party spokesperson said Warren received more than 60 percent of the votes on the first ballot of the “tens of thousands” of members.

      Mitchell and other WFP members told the Times that their endorsement is a message to other progressive organizations to involve themselves in the primary.

      “Senator Warren knows how to kick Wall Street kleptocrats where it hurts, and she’s got some truly visionary plans to make this country work for the many,” Mitchell said.

      “We need a mass movement to make her plans a reality, and we’re going to be a part of that work.”

      Sanders finished second in the WFP’s ranked-choice endorsement system between five candidates, according to the Times.

      • surprise? do you believe it? was the vote rigged?

        hunch they will fall in line when Bernie wins the primary … (my bet on him)

        just because the group seems to have voted, expect many individual members will be for Bernie

        For conspiracy theory folks — does this show the depth of the fear of the establishment that they are hijacking WFP?

        I have no information, but see how they are working other levers and wouldn’t put it past them

      • AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!

      • Unclear where the vote came from. The membership or the national committee

        • thanks. plz keep us informed. i’ve been afraid of something like this, as WFP has aligned itself with Democrats through fusion voting. While this can be a good thing, it has also fostered a friendlier relationship between the blue no matter who people and the WFP.

        • All the answer needed. This endorsement is incredibly divisive to progressives and will not end well for the WFP

      • ““You don’t defeat the moderate wing of Democrats through thought pieces or pithy tweets, you defeat their politics through organizing.””

        WTAH. Like Bernie hasn’t been organizing for five years and his whole life??? What the actual hell?

      • Replies to this thread were mostly very unhappy

          • I saw your comment. I made one of my own. I’m incredibly bummed. The game seems like it’s being rigged for Warren. I’m deeply disappointed about that on a personal level (I know that Bernie would be better for me as well as better for the world), but also I’m really unsure about her ability to beat Trump.

        • This endorsement has only one purpose–to hurt Bernie.

          It will not do much to help Warren’s candidacy.

          Likely the whole stinky debacle was arranged by the Dem. leadership.

          Makes Warren look like an a**, but I’m guessing that doesn’t bother the Dem’s much. They will get her out of the way when the time comes.

          For the moment the establishment Dem’s raison d’etre is to eliminate Bernie.

          Na ga happen!

      • The endorsement might have something to do with this

        https://www.inquirer.com/news/elizabeth-warren-endorses-kendra-brooks-philly-city-council-20190909.html

        U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the progressive presidential hopeful aiming to push her party to the left, on Monday endorsed a Philadelphia City Council candidate with similar aims: Kendra Brooks.

        A lifelong Democrat running under the Working Families Party banner, Brooks is hoping to win one of the two City Council at-large seats that are reserved by Home Rule Charter for candidates outside the leading party and which have always been held by Republicans.

        “Kendra Brooks is a mother, a grandmother, and a fighter. As an organizer, she’s been a leader in protecting our public schools and ensuring every kid gets a chance to get a good education, no matter where they live,” the Massachusetts Democrat said of Brooks, a public schools advocate from Nicetown. “Her passion, commitment, and ideas … will break the decades-long Republican stranglehold of minority seats and help make real change for Philadelphia’s working families.”

        There is no recent precedent for an out-of-state official with a national profile getting involved in a race for city office in Philadelphia. In 2016, then-President Barack Obama endorsed former Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro in a three-way Democratic primary for state attorney general, which Shapiro won.

      • That’s incredibly disappointing! 🙁

      • Average Joe 🌹✊🏽
        @jo_avg
        ·
        3m
        Replying to
        @WorkingFamilies

        @maxberger

        and
        @ewarren
        WFP ….. What the Fučk Party??!!!!

    • And in Iowa, the DSA is not focusing on Bernie.

      https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/09/democratic-socialists-bernie-sanders-strategy/598015/

      Last weekend, hundreds of members of the Democratic Socialists of America across the country kicked off local efforts to elect Senator Bernie Sanders as president of the United States. But not every DSA chapter is campaigning for the Vermont senator.

      With just five months to go until the Iowa caucuses, chapters in the state have chosen to focus on local projects and tenants’-rights work rather than spend time and resources working for Sanders. But some DSA members in other parts of the country think their Iowa comrades are wasting a crucial opportunity. “Early states will be key for momentum and Iowa DSA chapters’ failure to help energize the progressive Iowa voters and new caucusgoers is a giant mistake,” tweeted Honda Wang, a DSA member from Brooklyn, recently, igniting a days-long Twitter spat among DSA members from various regions.

      The Iowa chapters’ decision—and the exasperated response from other members—illuminates the divide within the DSA over how best to build a socialist movement: One theory of growth is through a concerted effort around electoral work; the other is rooted in prioritizing local efforts and direct action. The dustup gets at another key question: Does the DSA want Sanders, specifically? Or do its members merely want socialism, with or without the movement’s most visible surrogate? How and whether DSA members can reconcile these tensions could have significant implications both for Sanders’s 2020 campaign and for the success of the socialist movement in America for years to come.

      Other DSA members, though, fundamentally disagree with the Iowa chapters’ approach. They argue that the state’s first-in-the-nation contest makes local chapters uniquely positioned to help Sanders win the Democratic nomination. After all, the Vermont senator only lost by 0.25 percent to Hillary Clinton in 2016—the closest margin in the history of the Iowa Caucus. Support from local DSAers, members argue, will be crucial.

      “People are more tuned into politics during presidential elections than at any other point in their lives,” Michael Esealuka, the 26-year-old co-chair of the New Orleans DSA chapter, told me. She respects that individual chapters can make their own decisions, she said, but not joining DSA for Bernie is the wrong one. “We have a rare opportunity to have an out-and-proud socialist front-runner. We need to be running with this opportunity.”

      By not campaigning for Sanders, some said, Iowa chapters are missing an opportunity to attract new members to the group. “If they could take some credit for flipping [Iowa] to Bernie, they would get so many Bernie Sanders supporters calling them up,” says John, a DSA member from a chapter in a metropolitan area who asked not to be further identified in order to speak candidly. John told me that “the majority of DSA” is frustrated with Iowa chapters’ approach to the presidential election. He also doesn’t understand their reluctance to participate in the caucus system; all electoral politics is “unfair” and “corrupted by money,” he told me, echoing Sanders’s own language on the stump. “We’ve got to fight on that terrain, though. If we don’t, we risk becoming irrelevant.”

      Campaigning for Sanders, by definition, means campaigning for everything he stands for—from Medicare for All to building working-class power, members said. “Bernie connects all of these other things,” Megan Svoboda, the chair of the DSA for Bernie campaign and a member of the DSA’s National Political Committee, told me. The national organization would never tell local chapters what to do, she added, but “we’re hopeful people will be working on Bernie.”

      • EGOS. ffs Local organizing is essential, but so is having someone at the top that believes in you.

      • Around here DSA is focusing on MFA. I’m hoping to attend a meeting this week (crossing my fingers)-if I am able to attend I’ll report back on the Bernie thing.

    • https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/461568-top-sanders-adviser-he-is-a-little-bit-angry

      A senior campaign adviser to Sen. Bernie Sanders said Monday that the Vermont independent is “angry” because he feels like voters aren’t being heard.

      “He is a little bit angry,” Chuck Rocha told Hill.TV. “He’s angry because he feels like there’s a lot of frustration out there with America.”

      “People come up to him and tell him things that make him very angry because it’s like nobody is listening to them about whatever issue it may be,” Rocha added, citing immigration as an example.

    • Terv stuff to change the mood.

      • Thought of you this morning Tyrannocaster, a political twitter guy I follow, can’t recall the name atm, asked for pet pics. Think he may also have been trying to “change the mood”. Saw some very nice pics! None as handsome as yours though!!

      • Do you teach agility and/or obedience, etc.?

        • Well, I teach the dogs how to do obedience and also service and even silly fun stuff. Mrs. T teaches them the agility (she’s the agility handler in the family), but we work with a *real* agility expert for that, too. I have also taught people how to teach their dogs obedience in group and class settings.

      • This little guy looks like he could use some obedience training, but let’s let him tire himself out first? 😉

        • I saw that yesterday. I hope it is what they seem to think – just a quirky dog, but my first reaction was more like “Hope there isn’t a mental issue there”. I used to volunteer at the Humane Society here and sometimes we would see some odd stuff like that. Some of it was sad.

    • Warning:

      Having “Bern” or “Bernie” in their Twitter name doesn’t make a person a friendly player. Some use the name to sow discord. A case in point is this account that immediately blocked me for posting the following tweet. Note that the name is “Our Absolute Bern” which indicates their purpose. Be careful out there not to get sucked into the undertow.

      Hmmm, cannot even embed my own tweet. So a copy of the text:

      The original comment that referenced Bern2020 @OurAbsoluterBern

      Christopher Jackson
      @BerniesBack2020
      · 3h
      It’s official @AOC, I no longer trust you, I no longer support you and I will no longer contribute to you under any circumstances.

      We didn’t help build your wave so you could go in and help the establishment plug the holes in their sinking boat.#EndorseBernie or #PrimaryAOC https://twitter.com/OurAbsoluteBer

      The account that blocked me:

      Bern2020
      @OurAbsoluteBern
      · 17h
      Someone’s looking out for her own “seat.”

      “Give some pearls and call me Pelosi.” And it’s a wrap.

      The AOC myth is over. https://twitter.com/scottwongDC/status/1172829440277209093

      My tweet:

      LmWolfSpirit
      @LmWolfSpirit13
      Is it convenient to
      . . . forget that @EdMarkey is @AOC’s Senate sponsor for the GND?
      , , , ignore the fact that Markey has one of the most liberal voting records in the Senate?

      Just because he is not one’s personal choice doesn’t make him the enemy or AOC for supporting him.

      12:34 PM – Sep 16, 2019

      • Just so I’m clear WolfSpirit, is it the @OurAbsoluteBern who blocked you or @BerniesBack2020?

        • Bern2020 @OurAbsoluteBern blocked me.

          The other person had a contracted discussion with me about AOC and is basing his disapproval of her on photo ops with Pelosi. I asked him what specific policies of AOC’s showed she could not be trusted. He has not gotten back to me yet. I am guessing he is part of the cabal.

      • yeah, not sure where they’re getting their info. i think these particular ones may just be misinformed and feeling defensive.

        • Then what would be the point of blocking me for what I see is a non-offensive post? They do not want reality creeping in on their narrative.

          Why attack AOC for endorsing a liberal candidate? I looked Markey up. There is no reason for the objection.

    • https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/09/sanders-warn-tump-iran-strike-saudi-arabia-oil-attack.html#ixzz5ziMlULmF

      The attack on the Saudi Aramco oil facility over the weekend and President Donald Trump’s subsequent tweet that the United States is “locked and loaded” immediately prompted presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to fire back.

      Sanders and other progressive lawmakers stressed that Trump does not have the legal authority from Congress to launch an offensive strike against Iran.

      “Mr. Trump, the Constitution of the United States is perfectly clear,” Sanders tweeted. “Only Congress — not the President — can declare war. And Congress will not give you the authority to start another disastrous war in the Middle East just because the brutal Saudi dictatorship told you to.”

      Murphy’s colleague on the Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., struck a more hawkish message in an appearance today on the pro-Trump “Fox and Friends,” where guests frequently go to directly relay messages to the president. Coons argued that “this may very well be the thing that calls for military intelligence against Iran if that’s what the intelligence supports.”

      Sanders’ campaign co-chair, Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., pushed back against Coons on Twitter.

      “The only body that can call for offensive military action against Iran is Congress,” tweeted Khanna.

      The California Democrat used Coons’ remarks to renew calls for lawmakers to pass his legislation barring the Trump administration from using funds in an offensive strike against Iran absent congressional authorization.

    • progress.

    • https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/sanders-shakes-staff-campaign-enters-new-phase-n1054821

      There’s also a surge in new field staff. A hundred staff will assist the campaign in Iowa in the next few weeks, and nationwide the campaign will include well over 400 personnel, advisers say.

      The boost in staff complements a shift in focus. The campaign will home in on the first four caucus and primary states, plus delegate-rich California, a senior adviser says. But this will likely come at a cost to candidate forums, featuring many candidates delivering quick stump speeches, outside those key states, another aide adds.

      Campaign officials have also signaled that talks are well underway to expand early state media advertising beyond the digital space to radio and television.

      The changes coincide with what political operatives consider a key marker in presidential electoral politics. Labor Day, the unofficial start of the fall season, is when many undecided and unaffiliated voters truly begin to tune in after summer vacations have ended, schools are back in session, and Americans have returned to their standard routines, political observers and operatives say.

    • When things smell off.

      • Not so grassroots anymore. If they ever were.

        • The WFP can be a great help to candidates.

          The larger truth about the WFP is that their only genuine concern is for themselves. Meaning their survival as a party in New York.

          • The problem is that some of the candidates that they have endorsed in the past (and today’s announcement) don’t really deserve deserve it.

    • https://amp.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/sep/16/msnbc-democrats-climate-forum-biden-warren

      Former vice-president Joe Biden and the Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, leading candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, will miss an MSNBC forum on the climate crisis to be held in Washington later this week.

      The livestreamed event at Georgetown University, which will include hourlong interviews with presidential contenders on Thursday and Friday, is aimed at students and timed to align with global climate strikes inspired by young people.

      The California senator Kamala Harris, former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke and the Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar will also miss the event.

      The Vermont senator Bernie Sanders will be interviewed on Thursday. One Republican challenger to Donald Trump, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, will also appear.

      One person familiar with the MSNBC event said it seemed candidates felt they had “checked the box on climate” by appearing at the CNN event.

      The Democratic National Committee has refused to allow an official climate crisis debate. The debate in Houston last week included just one question on climate.

      Stephen O’Hanlon, a spokesman for the Sunrise Movement, said the youth-led activist group understands why some candidates could not attend the MSNBC event.

      “The CNN Climate Crisis Town Hall forced all the candidates to put forward serious plans to tackle the climate crisis and answer questions from voters on them,” O’Hanlon said. “That was historic.”
      But Sierra Club’s national policy director, Ariel Hayes, said: “If tackling the climate crisis is truly the priority for these candidates that it needs to be, they should be taking advantage of this opportunity to share their vision with the world.”

      • Honestly the WFP has done this before—see Crowley/AOC and Cuomo/Teachout so whatever. What really stinks is their claim that 60% of their members voted for Warren while it was really just the WFP leadership (with 50% of the vote) who made the decision. Also there was no need for the WFP leader to make that jibe about tweets vs organizing.

        • I just read that in 2016 the voting was all of the members. This year they changed it so that the high-ups, a select group, got 50% of the vote, with 50% allotted to the total of all of the other members.

    • https://morningconsult.com/2020-democratic-primary/

      The latest Morning Consult National poll is Biden 32 (-1), Bernie 20 (-1), Warren 16 (+2), Harris 6 (-1), and Buttigieg 5 (same). Their early state poll is Biden 34, Bernie 21, Warren 13, Harris 5, and Buttigieg 5. Bernie continues to do better in the early states relative to Warren and the rest of the field compared to the national poll.

      Bernie still has the best favorability at 76/17, Biden 73/19, and Warren 67/15

    • Well here’s something Joe and Tulsi have in common.

      https://theintercept.com/2019/09/16/joe-biden-campaign-narendra-modi/

      A NEW ADVISER to Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, the director of outreach to the Asian-American Pacific Islander community, is a strong backer of extreme right-wing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

      Amit Jani took to Facebook in May to celebrate the authoritarian leader’s reelection.

      Jani, whose hiring as AAPI national vote director was announced last week, comes to Biden’s campaign from New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s office. He worked on AAPI outreach on Murphy’s 2017 campaign and Sen. Bob Menendez’s 2018 campaign.

      In May, after Modi secured a second term as prime minister, Jani posted a collection of photos on Facebook and wrote, “Loved the energy and jubilation throughout the state on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s victory in the Indian national elections!

      Modi has been a controversial figure on the international stage since at least 2002, when, as chief minister of the state of Gujarat, he oversaw mass violence against the minority Muslim population. For years, Modi was shunned by the West — and even banned from entering the United States — but he has made a comeback since his 2014 election as prime minister. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, has been a consistent defender of the Indian premier in Washington, which includes advocating for a reversal of his visa ban. In 2014, President Barack Obama invited Modi to the White House. (Biden met with Modi at the State Department during that visit.)

      Modi’s relationship with the West has thawed even as he and the BJP have taken India in an increasingly nationalist direction, guided by Hindutva — an ideology that views India as a Hindu nation, where adherents of other faiths are second-class citizens. Indeed, religious and ethnic minorities have faced increased discrimination in the five years since Modi entered office.

      Biden’s hiring of a Modi supporter comes just weeks after the BJP revoked a constitutional provision that gave autonomy to Kashmir, the only Muslim-majority state in the country. Kashmir, which is considered one of the most militarized regions on Earth, has been under near-total lockdown since early August, with Indian forces using brute force against civilians. Additionally, a recent census in the northeastern state of Assam has led to more than 1.9 million people — most of them Muslim — being stripped of their Indian citizenship. The Indian government is building mass detention camps for these people, who have effectively been rendered stateless.

      • Any time any organized religion has fundamentalist as a description, look out below!!! Intolerance, hate, murder, stupidity always follows. It’s some sort of (twisted) natural law. 🙁

    • https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ryancbrooks/bernie-sanders-dsa-socialists

      On Monday, the Working Families Party — a progressive organization that has frequently worked alongside DSA in New York, including on Cynthia Nixon’s gubernatorial bid, Julia Salazar’s state Senate campaign, the Amazon campaign, and the Cabán campaign — voted to endorse Warren’s bid for president over Sanders (who they’d backed in 2016), splintering a coalition that had led to victories in the New York area.

      Megan Svoboda, a DSA National Political Committee member and the chair of DSA’s Sanders campaign committee, told BuzzFeed News prior to WFP’s endorsement that while the DSA has focused on putting out materials on Sanders’ campaign, it could be open to distributing talking points about the differences between Warren and Sanders.

      “I’m sure people would be very excited to work on that,” Svoboda said. “It’s obviously an important thing, and we wouldn’t endorse Warren. She’s a capitalist and part of the establishment of the Democratic Party and there’s a lot of good resources out there that show and talk about the differences between them.”

      “We try to show that all of our fights and campaigns are interconnected,” Svoboda explained.

    • https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/09/bernie-sanders-2020-presidential-election-not-vetted-media

      Bernie Sanders continues to dominate Donald Trump in head-to-head polling: he has now defeated Trump in twenty consecutive polls tracked by RealClearPolitics. And, in fact, except for a single outlier — a Rasmussen poll the firm describes as “a virtual tie” — Sanders has defeated Trump in every head-to-head tracked by the aggregator this cycle.

      This isn’t a new trend; Sanders has been annihilating Trump in head-to-heads since 2015. But during the last election, pundits developed a standard explanation for why this wasn’t a big deal: Sanders, we were told, “hadn’t been vetted.”

      Even at the time, the notion that Sanders wasn’t facing a sophisticated and well-financed opposition campaign was fairly implausible outside of Clinton’s orbit.

      But today, that argument has completely vanished. Sanders has now been in the national spotlight for more than four years — he has become so well known, in fact, that this has become the new reason to dismiss his performance in the polls. He has become a favorite target of Republicans on the Hill, in the media, and in The White House. And already in the Democratic primaries, Sanders has come under attack from centrist think tanks, corporate media, and other party rivals.

    • This is interesting.

    • I’m still not over it yet 😉 but I will be, and this helped.

    • not a thorough read. i’d say incredibly murky, but no smoking gun. i don’t trust him.

    • https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2019/09/16/sen-bernie-sanders-visit-iowa-swing-counties-bernie-beats-trump-tour/2342656001/

      Eastern Iowa is significant beyond the borders of the leadoff presidential nominating state, according to U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign.

      Eastern Iowa can show how to flip Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin back to voting for a Democrat after those states helped deliver the White House to President Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

      Early next week, Sanders, of Vermont, will swing through six of Iowa’s counties that voted for President Barack Obama twice before backing Trump: Clinton, Des Moines, Dubuque, Muscatine, Winneshiek and Worth. That sampling of the 31 Iowa counties that flipped is designed to sway voters unsure of Sanders’ wider electoral viability, campaign spokesperson Bill Neidhardt said in an interview.

      The swing, which the campaign has dubbed the “Bernie beats Trump” tour, comes two weeks after Sanders became the first candidate to hit all three of Iowa’s public universities as he made his case to younger voters — another demographic key to winning Iowa’s Democratic caucuses, the national primary and the general election.

      “What you need to be able to do is show that you have a campaign of energy and excitement, that you have a campaign that can bring in young people and working-class people in the way we haven’t seen before,” Neidhardt said. “Status quo politics, the politics of (former Vice President) Joe Biden, aren’t going to do that.”

      • Some added info. The establishment has other ideas.

        https://www.rollcall.com/news/campaigns/national-democrats-take-sides-in-iowa-senate-primary

        National Democrats are taking sides in the primary to take on Republican Sen. Joni Ernst in Iowa, with two groups and a presidential candidate backing Theresa Greenfield, who was an early favorite for a House race last year.

        The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and EMILY’s List, which backs female Democrats who support abortion rights, both announced they were endorsing Greenfield in the race over two other Democrats who are running.

        Greenfield, who works in real estate, faces Eddie Mauro, who heads an insurance company and founded a community organization, and lawyer Kimberly Graham in the primary. Other Democrats are reportedly eyeing the race.

        Both Greenfield and Mauro ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic primary in Iowa’s 3rd District in 2018.

        Greenfield was considered the front-runner in that race before her campaign manager admitted on the eve of the filing deadline that he had forged petition signatures. Greenfield scrambled to gather valid signatures to make the deadline, but fell short and did not qualify for the ballot. Cindy Axne went on to win that primary and unseat GOP Rep. David Young that fall.

        If Schumer likes Greenfield I DON’T.

    • When a parody site isn’t really parody. If you know what I mean.👇

    • These two tweets are related.

    • I couldn’t even listen to the whole thing.

    • This pretty well sums things up.😁👇

    • <strongLast.

  • A GoFundMe campaign is underway for the vet who spoke up at Bernie’s town hall in Nevada the other day.

    The donation link is here.

    Its goal is $150,00 and I’ve been watching it steadily climb, small donation […]

    • Tip Jar for John Weigel and caring people, such as Bernie supporters. ❤️

      • There’s an update by the GoFundMe organizer, Lauren S:

        Hey all! I have reached out to John via Facebook to connect him with the GoFundMe. I will update when it is finalized. Thank you!

        I wonder how John reacted.

    • Bernie Sanders lays out an ambitious plan on affordable housing

      A few days after reports surfaced that President Trump is considering a crackdown on homelessness, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued an unofficial rebuttal, outlining his national housing plan in an address to a crowd of 100 at the local chapter of the Plumbers and Pipefitters union.

      Sanders railed against Trump’s housing policies and explained his own, which calls for federal investment of $2.5 trillion over the next decade and a national rent control standard. He said he will pay for the policy by establishing a wealth tax on the top tenth of one percent — or, according to his estimate, the wealthiest 175,000 families.

      “Instead of expanding federal housing programs, Trump is proposing to cut them by $9.6 billion or 18 percent,” Sanders said. “Instead of working to substantially reduce the outrageously high price of housing, Trump is proposing to triple what some of the poorest senior citizens and persons with disabilities in America are paying for rent today.”

      The Sanders campaign said a full outline of the plan will “be released in the coming weeks,” but Sanders did provide some details Saturday. He proposed a national rent control standard that would cap rent increases at no more 1½ times the rate of inflation or 3 percent, whichever is higher. He promised to promote legal protections for fair housing and take steps to eliminate racial discrimination in loan practices.

      Sanders also said he would expand the National Housing Trust Fund, which allocates money to states to build and maintain affordable housing for low-income Americans. Trump’s budget proposal called for drastic cuts to that fund.

      Sanders said he will fully fund Section 8 rental assistance program — or the Housing Choice Voucher Program — which subsidizes private landlords to rent properties to low-income families at fair market value. He told those in attendance Saturday that his plan will eliminate some of the lengthy wait times that plague those seeking those vouchers.

      • Bernie Sanders, in Las Vegas, Previews Plan for Affordable Housing

        Senator Bernie Sanders introduced a $2.5 trillion housing policy plan on Saturday that would include ending homelessness and limiting rent increases across the country by imposing a national rent control standard.

        Mr. Sanders said that over the next decade, his plan would expand public housing, increase the availability of affordable housing and cap annual rent increases nationally, regardless of income, at no more than one and a half times the rate of inflation or 3 percent, whichever is higher. His campaign said he would be releasing his full plan within the next month.

        “We have an affordable housing crisis in Nevada, in Vermont and all over this country that must be addressed,” he told an audience of about 100 people at a union hall in Las Vegas, which was hit hard by the housing crisis a decade ago. “For too long, this is one of those issues that we just don’t talk about.”

        This is the second time in the past 15 days that Mr. Sanders’s campaign has teased a policy rollout without releasing an actual proposal. Late last month, the Vermont senator said at a health care-focused event in Florence, S.C., that he planned to introduce legislation that would eliminate all medical debt. His campaign followed his pronouncement with a one-page overview of what the plan would entail, including canceling $81 billion of existing medical debt. The campaign also said at the time that a plan would be released within a month.

        The series of soft rollouts underscore just how policy focused the Democratic presidential primary has become. Led by Senator Elizabeth Warren, the field has been introducing policy plans at a pace that at times has been frenetic.

        Mr. Sanders has long advocated for affordable housing, even during his days as mayor of Burlington, Vt., in the 1980s.

        ..

    • Teaching Democrats to Talk About Socialism

      It doesn’t matter who the Democratic nominee for president is next year, they will be attacked for being “socialist.” It will be relentless and merciless. The problem is that none of the current candidates know how to talk about socialism, so they always seem to be on the defensive. They’re always back on their heels, explaining, evading, apologizing.

      Let’s be very clear: if the Democratic candidate for president in 2020—whomever it is—does not know how to discuss socialism effectively, constructively, and offensively, THEY WILL LOSE. It’s that simple. So, they need to start working on their stump speeches, and their debate lines. And they need to do that now, while public consciousness about the issue is still being formed.

      Here are some talking points, rendered as a speech, which I humbly offer to all of the candidates.

      “First, let’s get over the idea that calling someone a socialist is an argument. It’s just a smear word. It’s like someone on the playground in fifth grade saying to someone they don’t like, “You’re a butt-head!” That’s literally all the substance there is to it. Why?

      Well, let’s be clear about what socialism is. Socialism is when people come together in an economy to solve common problems that none of us could solve on our own. Does that sound radical? Let’s test it.

      Anybody here ever driven on an Interstate highway? That’s socialism. It was everybody in the economy solving a really important problem—how to move about the country efficiently—that that none of us could have solved on our own. It was the creation of Dwight D. Eisenhower, a Republican president.

      Oh, and by the way, it set off the greatest expansion of the economy in the history of the country. It made possible the staggering panoply of culture we know of as “suburbia.” It was the Golden Age of American Capitalism, catalyzed by a capitalist president enacting a socialist policy.

      • This is very important. It doesn’t help that Obama was often called a socialist, because he didn’t actually do much to ‘solve common problems’ in the end. If he had, Democrats would have had something to point at saying, “See? Didn’t that thing Obama did help you??”.

        (But, at least on health care, what I hear is claims that ACA has saved a lot of lives. ACA hasn’t helped me, as you know, but I hear that it helped some people.)

        We also need to counter the ‘how will you pay for it’ and ‘how will anything get by McConnell’ arguments.

        We need to be armed with talking points! Is there a summary sheet I can hand to people? I’ll look around.

    • MSNBC was to carry Joe Biden’s speech on race live today at 10:45 am. Damage control?

      But I see that it’s already been delayed, now they’re saying Biden will be speaking live ‘this morning’. So that means MSNBC is running a clip of Warren and talking about her getting attacked by “Team Biden” (per Joy Reid).

      Now Reid is talking to Ed Rendell..who is saying that while he supports Biden, no one from Biden’s campaign sent him out there (to call Warren a hypocrite), “The Biden campaign didn’t have anything to do with it”.

      Rendell now talking about how Warren began her campaign by transferring ten million dollars to her presidential campaign (to show what a hypocrite Warren is) and said that, “She attacked US!” (by disparaging anyone taking big donations, or even large donators themselves, presumably).

      So Rendell both doesn’t speak for the Biden campaign and does speak for the Biden campaign.

    • Elizabeth Warren’s Strategy Within the Democratic Party Is All Wrong

      With Joe Biden steadily losing ground to his more progressive rivals, the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination is increasingly shaping up into a contest between competing theories of change. As Bernie Sanders continues his ongoing battle with the party establishment, looking to “transform” the party from outside, Elizabeth Warren is reportedly attempting to win over party elites. The New York Times’s Jonathan Martin reports that she is telling party leaders that “far from wanting to stage a ‘political revolution’ in the fashion of Mr. Sanders, she wants to revive the beleaguered Democratic National Committee and help recapture the Senate while retaining the House in 2020.” And on Saturday, NBC News reported that Warren has been speaking with 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton since announcing her campaign, though little is known about their communications due to the “political sensitivity” involved.

      Yet for Warren, who like Sanders intends to enact “big, structural change” in US politics, this strategy presents risks. A survey of Warren’s history working with the Democratic Party and emails hacked from Clinton campaign chair John Podesta by Russian agents and released by WikiLeaks in 2016 suggest the limits of such a nonconfrontational approach to party elites.

      In 2015, Warren, elevated in 2014 to a leadership position within the Democratic Party as strategic policy adviser to the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, faced a choice of how to engage with the party. On the one hand, she could listen to the demands of the party’s base and progressive activists and go to battle with the Democratic establishment by challenging presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton. On the other, she could stay out of the race, continue to build her clout in Congress, and work to push Clinton left through a process of sustained diplomatic outreach. Warren opted for the latter.

      A survey of the Clinton campaign’s emails and what happened during and after the election show that such outreach had minimal impact. By the end of the election, the Clinton campaign had emphatically rejected the “populist” direction that Warren tried to nudge her in. On several issues — such as the influence of Wall Street, Cabinet appointees, and trade — the Clinton campaign quietly went against the wishes of Warren and the progressive wing of the party she represented. Emails show that, rather than actually moving left, the campaign sought ways to placate Warren without adopting her policy prescriptions and tended only to shift when prodded by the threat of an electoral challenge.

    • I imagine you’ve heard by now, but Bernie is finally going to take a break! To ‘rest his voice’.

      A shame that he’ll miss South Carolina appearance though. I hope that he can make those appearances up, tbh. Important primary state. I’m reading that they canceled three SC events.

      Sanders cancels three South Carolina campaign events to rest his hoarse voice

      “After a vigorous campaign schedule, Sen. Bernie Sanders will return home following his appearance on Sunday at the College of Charleston’s “Bully Pulpit” series in order to rest his voice,” the campaign wrote in an afternoon statement to reporters.

      Sanders, whose polling in South Carolina trails his performance nationally, was originally scheduled to join four other candidates next Monday evening at the historic “Galivants Ferry Stump.”

      But the 78-year-old presidential candidate has been battling a hoarse voice since Monday, when he rallied with an estimated 10,000 people in Denver. His voice didn’t improve and was noticeably raspy, cracking multiple times Thursday night when he took on nine other candidates during a prime time network debate.

      Since the debate, Sanders kept up his aggressive schedule and held five public events throughout Nevada.

      “It’s coming back a little bit, you can hear it,” Sanders told NBC News after an event in Las Vegas Saturday.

      At that event, he joked with supporters about taking “another commercial break” for water when he paused during his remarks.

      Earlier, Sanders took a few breaks to drink water during a speech previewing his $2.5 trillion national housing plan, apologizing at the beginning of his remarks for having lost his voice “somewhere in Colorado.”

      https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/sanders-cancels-three-south-carolina-campaign-events-rest-his-hoarse-n1054551

    • I just peeked at the fundraiser, over $16,000 now with two of the last four contributions being for $27. 🙂

    • i thought it would have been filled by now. I’ll def donate something—i feel like it’s a reflection on Bernie, and you’re right, this guy—what a story

      So it sounds like mixing in perhaps private administration of veterans’ medical benefits is also causing much pain.

      • Up over $17,000 now, maybe people just hearing about it? I only heard this morning-it was created nineteen hours ago. Hopefully the word gets out.

    • This is crazy. I only made it 1:15 mins in before I had to bail.

      • he should be retired, surrounded by family and friends. sounds like he could care less that he has, let’s just say, issues.

          • last i read, Lumpy is caring for her disabled mom—something serious and Lumpy is also disabled. maybe she is back to her old tricks by now, though.

      • (I wonder if MSNBC cut away – it was that bad)

        So, that summer, Biden was the only white lifeguard at Prices Run swimming pool in Brown-Burton Winchester Park. He says he did it—y’all, I SWEAR this is true—”in hopes of learning more about the black community.”

        Yes, that’s an actual quote.

        Anyway, during Biden’s Negro Summer Safari Adventure, one day, all of the town gangsters came to the pool.

        Now I know what you’re thinking, but don’t stereotype. Gangbangers are NOT a monolith.

        But this was in 1962, and before 911, you had to dial a whole seven numbers. Plus, Biden said that he knew that if he called the cops, he wouldn’t be allowed back into the African American community

        Nigga, what?

        etc (facepalm)

    • New video from Naomi Klein on Trump’s straw as an example of what is wrong

      WHAT’S IN A TRUMP STRAW?

      This video is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 250 news outlets that aims to strengthen coverage of the climate crisis.


    • True. We do need to find an effective way to speak when others are intent on silencing us.

    • https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/461490-sanders-rips-biden-for-praising-drug-companies-at-fundraiser

      Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) criticized fellow Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for praising drug companies at a fundraiser.

      Sanders asserted that he disagreed with Biden, saying the companies are “greedy, corrupt and engaged in price fixing,” in a statement obtained by The Hill.

      “At a time when their behavior is literally killing people every day, America needs a president who isn’t going to appease and compliment drug companies — we need a president who will take on the pharmaceutical industry – whether they like it or not. When we defeat Donald Trump, that’s exactly what we are going to do,” the statement said.

      The former vice president commended pharmaceutical drug companies in a fundraiser on Saturday, Bloomberg reported.

      “By the way, great drug companies out there — except a couple of opioid outfits,” Biden said at the event.

    • Well they can’t use this attack on Bernie.

      As Elizabeth Warren climbs in the polls, Joe Biden’s Massachusetts allies are warning that her election history suggests she runs weakest among the types of voters Democrats need to win over to capture the White House.

      While Warren won reelection easily in 2018, Biden’s backers point to her performance among independent and blue-collar voters as evidence she’ll fail to appeal to similar voters in the Rust Belt — just as Hillary Clinton did in 2016.

      “The grave concern of many of us Democrats in Massachusetts is that in many of the counties where Sen. Warren underperforms, they are demographically and culturally similar to voters in key swing states,” said state Rep. John Rogers, who backs Biden.

      “The tangible fear here,” Rogers said, “is that these Massachusetts counties are bellwethers for states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio — key states that Democrats can’t afford to lose in the battle to beat President Trump.”

    • https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/461506-sanders-campaign-overhauls-new-hampshire-team-report

      Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has switched operations in New Hampshire as the primary looms about five months away, according to a report from The New York Times.

      Sanders has swapped his New Hampshire state director Joe Caiazzo with Shannon Jackson, who ran the senator’s reelection campaign last year, the Times reported. The overhaul was reportedly announced to the staff in New Hampshire on Sunday.

      “We feel really good about where we stand in New Hampshire right now,” Faiz Shakir, Sanders’s campaign manager, said, according to the Times. “The poll numbers, the volunteer capacity, the crowds that we have been getting at these events all suggest to us that we are in a very good position.”

      The campaign’s top officials have also been shuffled recently. The former chief of staff Ari Rabin-Havt and former Communications Director Arianna Jones were promoted to deputy campaign managers. A new senior communications adviser will be hired, The New York Times reported.

      • https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/15/us/politics/bernie-sanders-new-hampshire.html

        In a series of moves, the campaign has replaced the New Hampshire state director, Joe Caiazzo, with Shannon Jackson, who is a member of Mr. Sanders’s inner circle and who led the senator’s re-election campaign in Vermont last year. Mr. Caiazzo, who was Mr. Sanders’s political director in Massachusetts and Rhode Island during the 2016 campaign, has been named state director in Massachusetts.

        The moves were announced to the campaign’s New Hampshire staff on Sunday.

        Mr. Sanders’s campaign said the moves in New Hampshire and elsewhere are an attempt to expand his operations and organize supporters in the northeast as they look beyond the early states toward Super Tuesday, when several other New England states, including Senator Elizabeth Warren’s state of Massachusetts, will vote. The campaign recently hired a Maine state director, Ben Collings, a member of the Maine Legislature who ran Maine for Mr. Sanders’s 2016 campaign.

        “This campaign is building up and spreading out over the next few months,” Mr. Shakir said.

    • https://www.newsweek.com/pete-buttigieg-wont-order-americans-onto-public-insurance-warren-sanders-1459328

      Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg said on Sunday that his proposed public healthcare plan would be “better” for Americans than current private options, but he differentiated it from that of fellow 2020 contenders Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, by saying he wouldn’t “order Americans” onto Medicare-for-all.

      “We need to make sure that we have a vision that gets everybody covered,” Buttigieg, who is currently the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, said Sunday during an interview with CNN’s State of the Union when he was asked about his forthcoming health care plan. “The difference in my vision of Medicare-for-all who want it – versus Sanders, Warren vision – is I think we can do that and not order Americans onto that public alternative,” he said.

    • I have no idea how this will play out. But it doesn’t look good!

      • Doh! Who was it that killed Jamal Khashoggi? I seem to have forgotten.😉

        https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/jamal-khashoggi-trump-saudi-crown-prince-us-election-a9104306.html

        The Saudi Crown Prince plans to make us forget about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi before the US election.

        The hideous cruelty of the murder and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by a Saudi death squad almost a year ago still jumps from the pages of the latest apparent transcript of the conversation between his killers as they wait for him to arrive at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

        “Is it possible to put the body in a bag?” enquires Lieutenant-Colonel Maher Mutreb, a leader of the operation and a senior member of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s team of bodyguards. He later asks if “the animal to be sacrificed” has arrived at the consulate.

        Mutreb speaks to Salah al-Tubaigy, the forensic pathologist in charge of cutting up the body, who calmly lists the professional challenges he will face. “No,” he replies to the query about putting body in a bag. “Too heavy, very tall too. Actually, I’ve always worked on cadavers. I know how to cut very well. I have never worked on a warm body, but I’ll also manage that easily.”

        • I have to admit this sounds bad. Waiting to hear from Saudi Arabia for the terms to proceed?

          And of course, the dismemberment and murder. We should not be their allies. And yet that is being pushed even on shows on Netflix like designated survivor. Saudi Arabia is our ally!

    • Not all that far from the truth!

    • Sanders shared with CNN that in this conversation with the veteran, he made sure his team got the correct contact information.

      “What I wanted to make sure is that I got the correct information because what I did not want to happen is just him talking about his story but not being able to follow up with him,” Sanders said.

      “He told me he doesn’t answer his phone very much because there are bill collectors calling him up every day,” Sanders said of what he learned when speaking with the veteran further.

      Sanders also shared that his team has already gotten in touch with one of the Nevada senators about this veteran’s situation.

      “We have already been in contact with one of the Nevada senators. We’re going to get in touch with the entire Nevada Congressional delegation to get him the help that he needs,” the Vermont senator said.

      “We will follow up on Monday,” Sanders later added.

      “Here is somebody who put his life on the line to defend this country, a veteran, dealing with a terrible, terrible illness, and what was obviously very unsettling is when he used the word suicide,” Sanders told CNN when reflecting on his interaction. “That was the most dramatic and painful moment of the whole town meeting,” he added.

      “This should not be going on in America, not for a veteran, not for any person in this country, and it is beyond comprehension that under the current healthcare system, somewhere like a half a million people go bankrupt every year because of medical bills,” Sanders told CNN.

      “Clearly we are not doing what we should be doing to make sure that every veteran in this country gets all of the quality healthcare they need when they need it,” he said.

      https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/14/politics/bernie-sanders-veteran-emotional-moment-health-care-2020/index.html

      Fundraiser over $21k now.

    • https://www.koco.com/article/sen-bernie-sanders-to-hold-campaign-rally-next-weekend-in-norman/29060565

      Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders will be in Oklahoma next weekend for a campaign rally.

      Sanders will be at Reaves Park in Norman for a rally that’s scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Sept. 22. Reaves Park is located at 2501 Jenkins Ave., which is just south of Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

      The event is open to the public, which will be allowed to enter the rally at 1:30 p.m.

      The visit marks Sanders’ first to Oklahoma during his 2020 presidential campaign. Sanders won Oklahoma’s 2016 Democratic primary election over


    • smart move

    • sadly, that might be all he is left.

    • Last!

    • last too. lol

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      • Bernie Sanders Discusses the Debate, Joe Biden, and Corporate America

        The third Democratic debate was a bizarre affair, marked by whimsical outbursts by Kamala Harris (“Hey-y-y-y, Joe” seemed to catch everyone off guard), the unveiling of Yosemite Sam-inspired epithet (Cory Booker’s “Dagnabit”), and heated exchanges between Julian Castro, Joe Biden, and “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg.

        One candidate who didn’t participate in the silliness was Bernie Sanders. Hoarse after a tiring stretch of campaigning — Bernie says he lost his voice after a huge rally in Denver three days ago — Sanders, as he has all campaign, doggedly pushed hardcore issues like Medicare for All, climate change legislation, and a reduced defense budget.

        Sanders in this race has been all business. Despite numerous reports of his demise, and transparent efforts by some media outlets to write him out of the race early (a New York Times graphic before the debate placed Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden alone in a “center stage” graphic), he remains entrenched as one of the finalists in what increasingly looks like a three-candidate field atop the polls.

        In 2016, Bernie had little trouble outlining for voters the differences between himself and a single familiar opponent, Hillary Clinton.

        In the 2020 race, his challenge will be drawing contrasts with two very different candidates in Biden, an old-school establishment Democrat, and Warren, the ascending liberal challenger.

        On his way to Nevada for a campaign event, Sanders spoke to Rolling Stone podcast hosts Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper by phone. In a special episode of Useful Idiots, he talked about fighting corporate talking points, the “huge” differences between himself and Joe Biden on policy, and his thoughts on how best to take on Donald Trump.

        • (Will mostly re-post the comment I did under jcitybone’s post about this yesterday)

          I recall at one point when the debate seemed to be turning into a variety show with candidates trying to outdo each other as to whom could entertain the crowd the most, who could elicit the most laughter, it was getting ridiculous I was thinking, then it was Bernie’s turn and he just looked out at the crowd for a few long seconds, waiting for the giggling to die down. I thought it was a good moment for him. It’s fun to laugh, but this IS somewhat serious stuff, after all.

          I know I’m not looking for an entertainer-in-chief.

          • If you want to be amused, you should look at Taibbi’s debate tweets (his DRINK!)

            Such as this one:

            Presidential debates make Yankees-Red Sox games seem fast

            — Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) September 13, 2019

            Then read up the thread.

            • I love Taibbi, but tbh, he’s too old for drinking games and sets a bad example for all the new yoing’uns on Twitter imho. (i know, lighten up.😁). the tweets are funny.

          • No kidding one realty show in chief is enough for as long as the US lasts.

    • Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to visit Chapel Hill, Greensboro

      Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders has scheduled tours in two North Carolina college towns next week.

      Sanders’ campaign announced Friday that the senator from Vermont will visit UNC-Chapel Hill on Sept. 19 and the International Civil Rights Museum on Sept. 20. Only the Chapel Hill visit will be open to the public.

      Sanders is inviting supporters to hear him speak at 5:30 p.m. at the Bell Tower Amphitheater on UNC’s campus. The rally is free, and tickets aren’t required, but attendees are encouraged to sign up on Sanders’ campaign website. Doors open at 4 p.m. The amphitheater is at the corner of South Road and Stadium Drive.

      Thursday’s event will be Sanders’ second visit to North Carolina this year. In May, he spoke in Asheville and Charlotte.

      Thursday’s event will be Sanders’ second visit to North Carolina this year. In May, he spoke in Asheville and Charlotte.

    • CNN’s Mark McKinnon Praises Bernie Sanders’ ‘Humanity’ For Response to Veteran Who Threatened Suicide at Town Hall

      CNN political analyst Mark McKinnon praised 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders for his empathetic response to a distraught veteran who threatened to kill himself over his medical debts during a campaign town hall.

      “Super-emotional human moment out there that magnifies the issue” of the costs of healthcare, McKinnon said. “Also gave Sanders an opportunity to show humanity, which he doesn’t do very often. I mean, he’s just this policy-driven guy but he handled that the right way: ‘I got you. Let’s do it quietly and alone.’ He didn’t try and take advantage of the moment for himself publicly on TV. And took it away quietly. Which is the right way. It was a great moment for him.”

      Earlier in the evening at a Sanders campaign event in Carson City, Nevada, a man identifying himself as a veteran suffering from Huntington’s disease became very emotional while telling the candidate how he had lost his healthcare coverage over an administrative mistake. “Now they’re saying that I didn’t re-sign or do something,” he told Sanders. “I’m going to kill myself.”

      “Stop it, you’re not going to kill yourself,” Bernie responded, and after another back-and-forth he asked the man to stay to the end of the town hall so the two could talk in private. CNN video later showed Sanders and his wife, Jane, having a long, one-on-one conversation with the man, who appeared much calmer.

      “You hear people talk about polling and this is what Americans want and preexisting conditions and on and on,” host Don Lemon noted. “This is real life…and death. Possibly death. It’s a real life-or-death issue and how people feel about health care.”

      • Bernie did the right thing by keeping this one on one and not surprised by that. The shock is praise from CNN, wonder if McKinnon will have to go to the “principals” office for that positive report on Bernie.

      • good reporting for once, Although I’m not sure it is as rare as McKinnon seems to think.

    • Bernie Sanders hits campaign trail in Northern Nevada

      Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, fresh from the third Democratic presidential debate, swung through Carson City and Reno on Friday for a pair of campaign rallies where the presidential hopeful touted his plans for free colleges and “Medicare for All.”

      Here are a few highlights:

      ■ Carson City town hall: Speaking at the Carson City Community Center, Sanders focused the biggest chunk of his 30-minute speech on the details of his proposal for a single-payer health care system, commonly called Medicare for All, saying it would also pay for dental, vision and home health care.

      ■ Losing veterans benefits: Sanders listened to stories from members of the crowd who shared their experiences of dealing with private insurance

      One was 58-year-old Navy veteran John Weigel, who said he has been diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, a degenerative brain disorder, and he was somehow kicked off of Tricare, an insurance provider to active and retired military veterans. Weigel showed Sanders a medical bill totaling $139,000 and said he was planning to kill himself because he couldn’t afford it.

      “No, you’re not,” Sanders told Weigel before promising to meet with him one-on-one after the event.

      ■ Rally at UNR: Speaking to several hundreds students on the campus of University of Nevada, Reno, Sanders gave his more typical stump speech, calling President Donald Trump a “pathological liar” who is “moving our country into an authoritarian society,” and he touched on his campaign platforms for free college tuition, erasing student debt, the need to address climate change and comprehensive immigration reform.

    • Sanders to visit three historically black colleges as part of campus tour

      White House hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced Friday he will visit three historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) during a multiday tour in North and South Carolina as he seeks to chip into former Vice President Joe Biden’s lead among African American voters.

      The tour includes stops at North Carolina A&T State University, Benedict College and South Carolina State University, the three HBCUs, as well as University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Winthrop University.

      The campaign said in a press release that the trip is intended to “engage students on issues that matter to them, including Senator Sanders’ plan to cancel all student loan debt and make public colleges and universities tuition-free.”

      Sanders will be joined on the tour by campaign co-chairs Nina Turner and Ben Cohen — the co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s — as well as other surrogates for his campaign including rapper Killer Mike, activist Phillip Agnew, actor Danny Glover and professors Cornel West and Adolph Reed.

    • ‘Dream Big, Fight Hard’: Ady Barkan Will Inspire You

      Three years ago, Ady Barkan, then 32, had a flourishing career as a progressive activist; a wife, Rachael, who’d just landed a dream job as a professor; and a chubby baby boy named Carl. The two had just bought a beautiful house and were picturing the decades they would spend there together. They were, Ady writes in his new memoir, Eyes to the Wind, “the happiest and luckiest people we knew.” Then in the fall of 2016, after Ady felt some weakness in his left hand, a neurologist gave him a death sentence: a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.

      Since then, Ady Barkan has become arguably the most influential activist in America. Many people first heard about him when he happened to be on the same plane as Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) in December 2017. In what became a viral video, Barkan challenged Flake to oppose Donald Trump’s tax plan and prevent cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. Barkan has now been arrested at the Capitol in Washington more than half a dozen times, showing by example how to fight injustice. He writes, “Precisely because my days were numbered, people drew inspiration from my decision to spend them in the resistance. Precisely because I faced such obstacles, my comrades were moved by my message that struggle is never futile.” Barkan has already inspired a generation of activists, and with his new book, he is set to inspire generations to come.

      • It’s telling that Biden won’t do an interview with Barkan.

        • Biden’s doing the least possible in any public forum as possible we all know why. Both him and Trumpcorp have issues with declining health. Trumpcorp lies and threatens staff to cover for him and the craprate media covers for Biden. If Biden was a regular candidate making the mistakes he has under normal circumstances the media would have him roasting on a rotisserie–open flame.

    • ‘I was very much a person the most powerful government in the world wanted to go away’

      The world’s most famous whistleblower, Edward Snowden, says he has detected a softening in public hostility towards him in the US over his disclosure of top-secret documents that revealed the extent of the global surveillance programmes run by American and British spy agencies.

      In an exclusive two-hour interview in Moscow to mark the publication of his memoirs, Permanent Record, Snowden said dire warnings that his disclosures would cause harm had not come to pass, and even former critics now conceded “we live in a better, freer and safer world” because of his revelations.

      In the book, Snowden describes in detail for the first time his background, and what led him to leak details of the secret programmes being run by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the UK’s secret communication headquarters, GCHQ.

      He describes the 18 years since the September 11 attacks as “a litany of American destruction by way of American self-destruction, with the promulgation of secret policies, secret laws, secret courts and secret wars”.

      Snowden also said: “The greatest danger still lies ahead, with the refinement of artificial intelligence capabilities, such as facial and pattern recognition.

      “An AI-equipped surveillance camera would be not a mere recording device, but could be made into something closer to an automated police officer.”

      He is concerned the US and other governments, aided by the big internet companies, are moving towards creating a permanent record of everyone on earth, recording the whole of their daily lives.


    • Bankrupt California utility blamed for deadly wildfires agrees to $11bn payout

      A utility company with a history of sparking wildfires has agreed to pay $11bn to a group of insurance companies representing claimants from deadly northern California wildfires in 2017 and 2018.

      The tentative agreement includes insurance claims from the town of Paradise, where 86 died last November, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) said in a statement Friday.

      The agreement comes after the utility filed for bankruptcy protection in January because it could not afford the estimated $30bn in potential wildfire liabilities.

      The company, which provides gas and electricity to 16 million Californians, has been found responsible for several other disasters in recent years, including the 2017 North Bay fires, which killed 43 people and destroyed more than 14,700 homes; the 2015 Butte fire, which killed two people and destroyed almost 900 structures; and a 2010 gas line explosion in San Bruno that ripped through an entire neighborhood, killing eight and injuring 58 people. PG&E was fined $1.6bn for the San Bruno explosion and a federal jury found the company guilty of six felony charges, ordering it to pay $3m in fines.

      Gerald Singleton, an attorney who represents more than 5,000 victims who lost their homes in northern California wildfires started by the utility’s equipment, said the agreement was a step in the right direction because it meant that the company had reached settlements with insurance companies and public entities.

      He added: “Now we just have to get a fair amount for the individuals.”

    • ‘We have a once-in-century chance’: Naomi Klein on how we can fight the climate crisis

      In this extract from her latest book On Fire, the No Logo author looks at why capitalism and politics have got in the way of addressing the climate crisis

    • Elizabeth Warren’s Health Care Plan Still Leaves a Lot of Unanswered Questions

      Elizabeth Warren has always been the best self-described Democrat in the presidential primary race. Apart from independent Bernie Sanders, she’s the only other candidate whose politics contain an inkling of class war and espouses an even remotely credible disdain for the financial sector.

      But as she has cozied up to the Democratic establishment as her poll numbers have surged, it’s been unsettling to watch the case for Warren creep from “Wall Street Fears Her” to the more technocratic “She’s Got a Plan for That” — particularly since her pantheon of plans has largely snubbed health care.

      That changed this week: at long last, Warren’s campaign website includes a health care section, which declares her support for Medicare for All. She’s also used the phrase more often in debates and interviews.

      But when it comes to specifics, her messaging has remained frustratingly murky — leaving just enough wiggle room for plausible deniability about what exactly her political vision is.

      “Medicare for All” has always been an imperfect slogan. It’s the official name of bills in the Senate and House — sponsored by Sanders and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, respectively — outlining a single-payer health care system in which all health care costs are paid by the government rather than by a patchwork of public and private insurers. They envision health care provided free at the point of use, financed not according to health status through copays and deductibles, but by ability to pay, through progressive taxation.

      But the single-payer movement has always had a branding problem: health care policy is tedious, and it’s not intuitively obvious what “single payer” means, or why one payer would be more equitable and efficient than multiple payers. “Medicare for All” is essentially a way to quickly describe the concept to an American audience, for whom the federal Medicare program is a familiar referent. The robust single-payer system conceptualized in Sanders’s and Jayapal’s bills goes much further than existing Medicare, which includes significant cost-sharing and large roles for private insurers. But that’s too much to squeeze onto a campaign button.

      As a slogan, “Medicare for All” has proven to be popular but porous: it polls differently depending on how questions are phrased or what elements of the plan are emphasized, and has also been widely co-opted. Candidates like Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris have both claimed to support “Medicare for All,” only to clarify later they meant something akin to an optional buy-in to a Medicare-esque program. The Center for American Progress’s “Medicare Extra,” eventually put into bill form under the title “Medicare for America,” likewise draws on the popularity of “Medicare for All” while describing a significantly watered-down version of what Sanders and Jayapal mean by the phrase.

      The differences between these frameworks are substantial, yet Warren’s messaging has been just vague enough to refer to any of them. “Elizabeth won’t stop fighting until everyone is covered and no one goes broke paying a medical bill or filling a prescription,” her website now reads. Both things are absolutely true under Medicare for All. But universal coverage isn’t unique to single payer, and there’s a wide gulf between no one going broke and eliminating cost-sharing.

    • Potential dangers of 5G mobile communications

      I have seen some talk about this, but here is lots of information and links

      Could it be an attack on humans and the environment? It looks like it.

      But, some can make money and high tech can do no wrong. (Remember Google: Do No Harm… which has now been deleted from their vision)


      5G “Mobile” Communications

      From a group Physicians for Safe Technology. Never noticed them before.

      5G and The Internet of Things:

      A Real Need for Speed or a Predictable Dilemma?

      The telecommunications industry is actively promoting and marketing 5G (or 5th Generation) Technology and the Internet of Things with glossy ads and reassuring television commercials. They promise that 5G will bring enhanced communications, jobs, and an economic boost to our cities and our nation. Researchers, physicists, biologists and physicians argue, however, that there are health, safety, environmental, privacy, security and energy use issues that have not been addressed before the widespread rollout. These scientists predict a biological, environmental as well as societal disruption resulting from this technology that will be difficult or impossible to reverse. In addition, widespread state and federal legislation to streamline deployment of 5G by removing local control on placement and fees cities can charge, will actually cause economic decline in cities with lost revenue and increased liability for harm from cell antenna, as this is an exemption wireless providers have in their insurance policies. The far-reaching Telecommunications Act of 1996 helps businesses roll out wireless and simultaneously dismisses health or environmental concerns. Despite the lack of safety testing and real concerns about functionality, the telecom industry reports 5G will be worldwide by 2020.

      The First Report of 5G Injury is in Switzerland July 2019

      The first reported injury of 5G in a news report comes from Switzerland, where 5G has been launched in 102 locations. The weekly French-language Swiss magazine L’Illustré interviewed people living in Geneva after the 5G rollout with alarming details of illness. In their article, With 5G, We Feel Like Guinea Pigs, posted July 18, 2019, they report neighbors met to discuss their many common symptoms and many unanswered questions. See also First Report of 5G Injury from Switzerland.

    • Inside the Carpenters’ Fight for Control of Their Union

      A union co-founded by a socialist has become a bastion of conservatism, but a reform movement is brewing within its ranks.

    • Dore makes some good points about Bernie’s needing to rest that we’ve all made. 4:00 mark. I dont think its quite as bad as they make it out to be but.. take a few days off Bernie. Nina’s got ya!

      • I agree. Bernie is on a mission, buy he’s no spring chicken. T and R, LD for yesterday’s and today’s O/T. Thanks Benny for the debate thread. 🙂

    • Saturday Terv picture:

      • She is gorgeous.

      • Are your keys one of her chew toys? Or is that her way of telling you she wants to drive this time??

        😀

        • That’s something she learned when she was 12 weeks old. They don’t like to pick up metal (metal on teeth – ick) so I taught that to her when she was young. It’s handy when you meet someone to accidentally drop your keys and have the dog get them and hold them for you. 🙂

          It’s a really good thing that they don’t have opposable thumbs.

    • Good play by Bernie. Let other candidates take the heat about pointing out Biden’s limitations.

      https://www.businessinsider.com/julian-castro-attacks-joe-biden-actually-big-favor-to-democrats-2019-9?utm_source=reddit.com

      After the debate, some of the other Democratic candidates criticized Castro’s tactics. “I will disagree with Joe on our record and our vision for the future. I am not going to go after him personally, that’s not right,” Sen. Bernie Sanders told CNN.

      But others, like Sen. Cory Booker, defended Castro.

      “Look, I think that we are at a tough point right now, because there’s a lot of people who are concerned about Joe Biden’s ability to carry the ball all the way across the end line without fumbling,” Booker said.

      “I think that Castro has some really legitimate concerns about, can he be someone in a long grueling campaign that can get the ball over the line? And he has every right to call that out,” he added.

      But despite the controversy and potential political consequences, Nuño-Pérez also said Castro did Democrats a huge favor.

      “[Castro] did the Democratic party a service, because now the Democrats are talking about how Biden is continuously messing up. He’s 76-years-old and this an issue the Democrats need to be honest about going into the election,” he said.

      Read more: Joe Biden responded to a debate question about slavery and reparations by going off on a tangent about how black parents should raise their kids, and people aren’t happy about it

      Nuño-Perez said that the Democrats are offering contradictory messages by saying 2020 is the “most important election in our lifetime” while simultaneously protecting someone (Biden) who they know is a “continual-gaffe machine,” adding that Castro “pointed that out last night in a very direct way.”

      Echoing these sentiments, Preston Mitchum, an activist and adjunct law professor at Georgetown Law Center, told Insider, “People should have the right to actually talk about their concerns about Biden and his fitness to run for office without having complaints lodged against them that they’re being ageist.”

      Mitchum, who identified as a Democrat, said the Democratic party is going to have a rough time in this election if the ageism defense is “all we have.” The party has to take a hard look at what it wants, he said, and question whether someone like Biden is really the person who can go “toe-to-toe” with Trump.

      • Go Castro. Too bad, though, that Bernie more or less called out Castro. Seems like he might’ve said it in a better way.

        Agree that Bernie is correct and letting others do this.

      • tRump is in the initial stages of some sort of dementia/senility. He still is sharper than Biden, and will eat him alive in a debate.