Towards an issues-based 2020 election (54)

===2020 Big Picture===
Jeff Bezos:
2010 net worth: $12 billion
2019 net worth: $112 billion
Mark Zuckerberg:
2010 net worth: $4 billion
2019 net worth: $76 billion
Larry Page:
2010 net worth: $28 billion
2019 net worth: $61 billion
2010 federal minimum wage: $7.25
2019 federal minimum wage: $7.25

If US economy does fall into recession it seems the only obstacle to a large fiscal stimulus will be political, not any actual economic constraint

Debate should explore transformed tax and spending landscape


See infographic…
“We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all-regardless of station, race, or creed.” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt January 11, 1944

“We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist
without economic security & independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.”
People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.”
– FDR January 11, 1944

Text of speech…

2015: Hartmann on FDR’s call for a second bill of rights

For example…
U.S. Could End Homelessness With Money Used To Buy Christmas Decorations

===2020 Issues===
What Will Another Decade of Climate Crisis Bring?
2019 has been called the year we woke up to climate change. Australia’s wildfires are yet more evidence that it’s time we started acting like it.

Acres burned in wildfires over the past two years:
– California (2018): 2M
– Amazon (2019): 2.2M
– Siberia (2019): 6.7M
– Australia (2019): 12M
How many acres have to burn before we finally put the health of our planet and future generations over special interests?

If the price of products made with petroleum reflected the external costs, what would they cost consumers?

Total cost of externalities for all carbon based fuels is $5tr a year according to this source:

Would be great if reporters would ask the opponents of a green new deal
how they plan to pay for the damage caused by climate change and pollution generally.

Oil wars…
Nov: America has spent $6.4 trillion on wars in the Middle East and Asia since 2001, a new study says

US @DeptofDefense 2019 budget=$693 billion/yr
US transition cost to 100% #WindWaterSolar across all energy sectors, thus creating
3.1 mill more jobs+eliminating fossil fuels for energy, 63,000 air pollution deaths/yr
& GHGs from energy =~$770 billion/yr

See chart…
2 TW of solar, 2.3 TW of wind needed for 100% renewables for all purposes in the U.S.

2015: Stanford engineers develop state-by-state plan
to convert U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050

Renewable advocates highlight ‘most effective’ path to net-zero emissions
as House releases clean energy proposal

US lawmakers propose clean energy credit push to take US to net zero

Olympia Transit System Goes Fareless

When I started talking to communities about the Section 8 housing voucher program, I kept hearing about information gaps that made the process really difficult to navigate. So, a few months later, here’s a reported-out guide:

How Wealthy Towns keep People With Housing Vouchers Out

The IRS Tried to Crack Down on Rich People Using an “Abusive” Tax Deduction. It Hasn’t Gone So Well.
The tax agency, Justice Department and Congress have all taken aim at a much-abused deduction exploited by wealthy investors. Yet the crackdown is having minimal impact, costing the Treasury billions.

IRS’ failure to collect from tax cheats could cost you $3,000 a year

There are direct & indirect ways to cut taxes. Starving the IRS of the funds it needs to enforce the code is among the most pernicious indirect ways, one that leaves billions of owed taxes on the table. As per @RichardRubinDC & @ChuckCBPP

“each additional dollar spent on tax enforcement could yield more than $4 in revenue”

…on the spending side, it makes no sense to count “spending” that raises money
(i.e. IRS enforcement) towards a fiscal constraint (i,e. spending cap).

That is why both the GOP Administration and House Democrats proposed a cap adjustment for
IRS enforcement last year – and, yet, they couldn’t agree to it even though they both proposed it.
Need to keep trying. Important.

It’s also an indirect tax on honest people.

Economists Question the Benefits of Targeted Tax Breaks
State and local governments across the US spend $30 billion a year to attract and keep companies, but the biggest deals generate little in the way of economic benefits in return, a new study shows.

Kevin Kumashiro interview: Student Debt Forgiveness

What could the free college movement learn from pay-per-mile auto insurance?  @DeanBaker13 tells all and the lessons are important. For instance, does your auto insurance policy offer a pay-per-mile option?

For tech-weary farmers, 40-year-old tractors now a hot commodity

Great op-ed by @EmilyForCO and @SenadoraJulie.
Opinion: Let’s target tax cuts that help lift Colorado families out of poverty

CBPP: Affordable Care Act Still Reduces Deficits, Despite Tax Repeals

CBPP: States Can’t Protect Themselves From Harmful Effects of ACA Repeal

The Trump Administration and 18 state attorneys general are asking the courts to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) as unconstitutional. With a cloud of uncertainty hanging over coverage and protections for tens of millions of people, some states are looking for ways to protect their residents. On their own, however, states can do nothing to stop most of the harmful consequences of ACA repeal: the only solution is for the courts to uphold the law.

  The Affordable Care Act Is Back In Court: 5 Facts You Need To Know

The 18 states: TX, AL, AZ, AR, FL, GA, IN, KS, LA, MS, MO, NE, ND, SC, TN, UT, WV

The GOP knows that if Obamacare is rendered unconstitutional before the election, they
will pay a heavy political price at the polls. Trump, red states ask Supreme Court to refuse
Obamacare case they initiated, until after the election.

The people who tell you we *do* have war money but *don’t* have healthcare money, tuition-free money, infrastructure money, or Green New Deal money are playing games with you.


I spent 2019 hearing people ask how we’d pay for Medicare for All. Thus far in 2020,
I have not heard any of those people ask how we would pay for a war in Iran.

Patients, doctors, hospitals, and employers are overwhelmed by paperwork to the tune of $812B/year. We need a *streamlined* #MedicareForAll system that redirects administrative dollars to patient care. (video)

Beginning of a Wendell Potter thread…
As a former health insurance exec, I’m worried for folks this week. If history is any guide, a lot of you visited the ER between Christmas and New Year’s – which means soon you just might get a big “surprise” bill from your insurer, and it won’t be pretty. Let me explain

During each of the first six months of 2020, PNHP will focus on a specific, concrete “kitchen table” issue that requires fundamental reform (like single payer), not minor tweaks (like a public option). See below for materials related to this month’s issue, surprise billing…

Stay tuned for additional topics throughout the first half of 2020:
– Racial health disparities (February)
– Rural health (March)
– High drug prices (April)
– Maternal and reproductive health (May)
– Substance abuse and opiods (June)

Thread on excessive health-related profittaking

Managed-competition and hybrid systems are working alright in some small densely-populated countries like Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Germany – doesn’t work as well in a huge country with giant rural areas. The Netherlands doesn’t have South Dakota or Mississippi.

Those fetishizing managed-competition are telling the rural poor in Mississippi or Alabama
or Wyoming to pay up or die quickly. Competitive private insurance marketplaces –
for shopping – will never exist in those places.

This is why Brazil has a socialized national health service. The marketplace
will never serve the health needs of the Amazon…or the Mississippi Delta.

Note: Medicare for All is socialized insurance. Not socialized health care.

It’s not people in Washington, DC paying $500/month for plans
with $1,000 emergency room co-pays and huge deductibles. It’s people in Montana.

Amazing that the health care industries’ official argument against a Medicare buy in is that if you let people buy Medicare they would love it so much no one would buy their overpriced private insurance

Every American family basically pays
an $8,000 ‘poll tax’ under the U.S. health system, top economists say

Despite paying $8,000 more a year than anyone else, American families do not have better health outcomes, the economists argue. Life expectancy in the United States is lower than in Europe.

“We can brag we have the most expensive health care. We can also now brag that it delivers the worst health of any rich country,” Case said.

New Study: A #MedicareForAll, single-payer system
would save up to $600 billion in administrative waste.
The Biden/Buttigieg healthcare plans “that leave private insurers in place would continue to waste almost all of the $600 billion annually that Medicare For All could save.”

The projected multitrillion-dollar cost of “Medicare for All” has pitted Democratic presidential candidates against each other – but the current system may cost trillions more in the long run and be less effective in saving lives
> The most expensive health care option of all? Do nothing.

For decades, the American Medical Association has fought single-payer tooth and nail. But the US’s corporatized health system hurts doctors too – and cracks are forming in the AMA’s opposition to Medicare for All.

Gavin Newsom unveils health plan to form California’s own generic prescription drug label

Why Humira’s price keeps rising despite FDA approval of generic competition

California’s jails are in a deadly crisis. How can Gavin Newsom start fixing them?


After an investigation by McClatchy and ProPublica, Gov. Gavin Newsom submitted
a budget that would give more authority to the board that oversees jails.


Lawmakers Refused to Increase an Infamous Prison’s Funding. Then, Chaos Erupted.
Understaffed and underfunded, Mississippi’s Parchman prison recently received media attention for its grisly violence, gang control and subhuman living conditions. However, lawmakers have known about these issues for years, and have done nothing to fix it.

Sunday marks 10 years since the Haiti earthquake. Lots of folks asking about where all those billions in aid pledges went. You don’t need to go to Haiti to find out. Most of it never left donor countries. Start by asking US politicians why they won’t reform our broken aid system.

Looking for another scalp?
For Western Press, the Only Coup in Venezuela Is Against Guaido

As Venezuelanalysis (1/5/20) reported, this narrative was refuted by pro-Guaido lawmaker William Davila, who, after strolling in to the legislature, told press that with few exceptions, virtually all deputies were permitted to take their seats. Other senior opposition lawmakers, including the outgoing first and second vice presidents of the body, were visibly present inside the parliament.

  Latest Episode in Juan Guaido’s Venezuela Regime-Change Reality Show

Ecuador Ends 2019 with Billions of Dollars Less in International Reserves than IMF Had Predicted, Due to IMF-Endorsed Austerity Measures

Where do the candidates stand on key nuclear policy issues? Check out this great resource from @Livableworld

===2020 Watch List===
Facebook won’t limit how politicians target ads or lie to voters under new rules



Thread debunking PolitiFact Social Security post


The Persistence of Horrible Economic Reporting: They Just Don’t Care

Baker responds to PhRMA

Media invent Elizabeth Warren “flip-flop” on Soleimani strike

A recent viral video featuring Joe Biden
shows just how simple it is to push disinformation with very little effort.

See text graphic and link…
This is only true if you are completely ignoring the campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren

Click text graphics…
…@BenLaBolt is quoted attacking @BernieSanders in an AP story. Not mentioned: Ben runs the PR firm hired by the health insurance/pharma industry’s front group to attack Bernie’s Medicare for All legislation


===2020 Watch List-Bias===
See referenced Jennifer Rubin comment…
Literally 55 out of 59 polls tracked by RealClearPolitics show @BernieSanders defeating Trump


Steady Hand Joe


Joe Biden’s free ride is over
His awful record is finally coming under the scrutiny it deserves

See referenced CNN image…
At this point, it’s really performance art

CNN’s Sanders Hit Piece Doesn’t Pass the Smell Test

Sanders issued a blistering denial to CNN, saying, “It is ludicrous to believe that at the same meeting where Elizabeth Warren told me she was going to run for president, I would tell her that a woman couldn’t win.” He added:

“It’s sad that, three weeks before the Iowa caucus and a year after that private conversation, staff who weren’t in the room are lying about what happened. What I did say that night was that Donald Trump is a sexist, a racist and a liar who would weaponize whatever he could. Do I believe a woman can win in 2020? Of course! After all, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by 3 million votes in 2016.”

The timing of this poorly sourced and poorly written story, appearing the day of a crucial candidates’ debate and days before the start of the actual primary season on a network that has been hostile to or dismissive of Sanders for years, is a journalistic outrage.

===2020 Presidential Candidates===
Marianne Williamson… Jan 28th
Williamson suspends her campaign

Presidential politics needs big ideas, new perspectives and candidacies that challenge expectations. @marwilliamson recognized this, and ran a campaign that added scope, character and ideals to the 2020 contest. Her enthusiasm about the future enlivened and enhanced the race.
Cory Booker… Feb 1st
It’s with a full heart that I share this news – I’m suspending my campaign for president.
To my team, supporters, and everyone who gave me a shot – thank you. I am so proud of what we built, and I feel nothing but faith in what we can accomplish together. (video)

Sen. Cory Booker: The Iran briefing “was a sham … this President having no strategy for the region, and doing foreign policy by impulse and tweet, has tumbled us into further instability, separated us from our allies … and created an unstable region.” (audio)
Elizabeth Warren… Feb 9th
This economy is pushing struggling families to the breaking point, and our bankruptcy laws make it harder for them to get back on their feet. That’s not right. I’ve got a plan to overhaul our consumer bankruptcy rules.

Warren’s Latest Plan Signals That It’s Time to Talk About Joe Biden’s Record
The bankruptcy expert releases a proposal that doubles as an indictment
of Biden’s role in passing the 2005 bankruptcy law.

2008: Bankruptcy Reform’s Poor Legacy
Critics of 2005 legislation grow thicker as times grow harder.

Fortenberry, Terry & Osborne voted for the bill

Nelson & Hagel voted for the bill

What’s interesting about the Julian Castro’s Warren endorsement is that Warren was the number one Senator protesting distressed asset sales to Wall St banks when Castro ran HUD

“Warren is quoted in The American Prospect as pointing out that many of these banks & funds
were responsible for fueling the housing bubble in the 1st place.. now [they’re] turning around
& scooping up these loans so they can profit from them a 2nd time.”

Warren was successful in getting Castro to change his position and change
the distressed asset sale program so it didn’t benefit Wall St.

This is kind of an unknown history, and it’s interesting how it culminates in this endorsement.
Bernie Sanders… Feb 19th
On January 11, 1944 (76 years ago today), FDR presented his Second Bill of Rights – the Economic Bill of Rights. I discussed FDR’s vision, and why an Economic Bill of Rights is still necessary, with @BernieSanders. Here’s our conversation.

See graphic…
In 1994, @BernieSanders won a tough race against Republicans with this pro-Social Security message. Months later in 1995, @JoeBiden went to the Senate floor to brag about how hard he was working with the GOP to cut Social Security.

Bernie Sanders: We will create a government that represents the working class, not billionaires

“Unlike some of our opponents, we are not proposing to appease pharmaceutical companies
& the health insurance industry that are bankrupting over 500K people every year & denying
Americans adequate medical treatment. We are going to end their profiteering”

See rest of thread…
@SenSanders is renaming his Nashua, N.H. office after a volunteer organizer who died of cancer last week. He made 200 calls for Bernie the day before he went into ICU.  RIP, Al Johnson. Thanks for the reminder that these campaigns are fueled by real people.

Bernie Sanders: America must end high-stakes testing, finally invest in public education
Across the country, teachers, parents and students are pushing back against an ineffective and punitive standardized tests regime. I stand with them.

The infamous No Child Left Behind Act aka No Child Left Standing
It’s the 18th anniv of #NCLB. @BernieSanders voted against NCLB and @JoeBiden voted
for it. Bernie: “We do not need an Ed system in which kids are simply taught to take tests…
We must end high-stakes testing and invest in public education.”

2006: (GW) Bush’s Family Profits from ‘No Child Left Behind’ Act

Bernie Sanders was the only member of the Dem Senate caucus
to vote against Trump’s Iran sanctions. (video)

Almost every person in media & politics lives in fear in of alienating allies by taking bold,
unpopular stands. The professional incentives for following the bandwagon are immense.
Its genuinely impressive how many times Bernie has charted his own course and been
morally right.

This is an exceptionally fine critique of military-industrial complex politics, and the media that sustains it, by @BernieSanders. (video)


Campaign video…
Pete Buttigieg… April 14th
Buttigieg: We Need A Real Climate Leader (see details)

Pete Buttigieg claims that the #MedicareForAll promise of affordable health care for all – as a right, not an “option”-is polarizing. In fact, nothing is so polarizing as the savage inequality and inadequate care that characterizes the current system. (video)
Joe Biden… April 25th
Tell Joe Biden: Be A Real Climate Leader (see details)

Joe Biden’s Role in Creating the Student Debt Crisis Stretches Back to the 1970s

In a new CNN interview, @BernieSanders spotlights @JoeBiden’s attempts to help the GOP cut Social Security — and how that record would hurt Dems in a general election. As Biden has been trying to cut Social Security, Bernie is pushing to expand it

Biden Proposed Social Security Freeze in 1984

See text graphic and links…
This is the literal Congressional Record of Joe Biden bragging about trying to cut Social
Security. (At the second link), you will find the first Congressional
Record Truther in history – an account arguing that that the congressional record is fake

Note: David provided a link to the Jan 31, 1995 debate on the Orwellian-named Balanced Budget Act (BBA). See CBPP link below for BBA info.

The far right keeps trying to pass the BBA…
2018 CBPP: 5 Reasons Why the House Balanced Budget Amendment Is a Bad Idea


Note: Biden’s statement starts at the very end of page S 1817. His comments begin with (i.e. search for) Mr. BIDEN. Mr. President, I state the obvious.

Another clip surfaces of @JoeBiden proudly bragging about working with Republicans
on a plan to cut Social Security. C-Span link:
Congressional Record:

NBC News: In 2007, Biden pushed a Social Security plan “that would include
discussing options such as upping the retirement age.”

Myths and Facts about Raising the Retirement Age for Social Security


Another clip emerges of @JoeBiden saying we must consider cuts to Social Security &
Medicare. When asked if changes to eligibility age & COLAs should be considered, he said
in 2007: “Absolutely…You’ve got to put all of it on the table” Transcript: (video)

This was not that long ago – it was 2007, during Joe Biden’s previous run for president.
It should terrify you in 2 ways: 1. These kind of cuts would harm lots of people
2. Trump could easily make devastating attack ads out of all these Biden clips
in a general election

Here’s the thing: posting video of @JoeBiden promoting Social Security cuts is not a
“negative attack.” It’s literally Joe’s words that he was *very* proud of. …

Compare / Contrast…
This “fact check” of Bernie Sanders’ newsletter on Biden and Social Security is just
flat out wrong in multiple ways, and I’ll explain how

See text graphic…
Politifact says Biden was being sarcastic and mocking Paul Ryan when he agreed that
you have to cut Social Security to balance the budget. But that whisper thing Biden does
is an old move: he does it when he’s speaking forbidden, politically incorrect truths to the

See text graphic…
Go watch Biden speeches, you’ll find that whisper move is consistent. Means he’s
attacking the left. But ok, say you don’t believe me. It’s wrong on a second count here.
Politifact bolded the wrong words. The right ones are highlighted (“it still needs adjustment”):

“Adjustment,” in Washington, is a euphemism for “cuts.” That’s just a basic fact of
congressional lingo that can’t be disputed, but I don’t blame Politifact for not being
familiar with it. Now that they are, this should be corrected.

See text graphic…
This part, though, there’s no excuse for. They used as their neutral arbiter a guy from an
organization founded for the purpose of cutting Social Security in order to cut the deficit.
Background on them here:

Click text graphic…
Also this last part is just a minor correction, but it’s not true that Sanders said this.
It was in a newsletter that actually says the views are those of the author solely.

The context is also important: Biden has been in favor of cutting – freezing, adjusting,
whatever you want to call it – since the 1980s (video

See referenced Ryan Grim report…
Incredible. The “fact checkers” at @Politifact are now asking people to not believe video
and transcripts they can literally see with their own eyes — and these “fact checkers”
refuse to comment on all the actual facts debunking their claims. How Orwellian, really.


According to the latest economist/yougov poll, Social Security is the top issue for Seniors
and is the 2nd most important issue for African Americans and those earning <$50k
(healthcare is #1)

Joe Biden warned about ‘welfare mothers driving luxury cars’ in a 1988 column

The Truth Behind The Lies Of The Original ‘Welfare Queen’

President Obama’s Defense Secretary Robert Gates : “I think Joe Biden has been wrong on
nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past 4 decades”
Journalist : Would he be an effective commander in chief?
Gates : *deep breath* I don’t know… (video)

Full interview…


Biden got this statement right…
“The seeds of these dangers were planted by Donald Trump himself on May 8, 2018 –
the day he tore up the Iran nuclear deal, against the advice of his own top national security
advisors. The day he turned his back on our closest European allies,” says @JoeBiden today

Fact check: Biden again dishonestly suggests he opposed the Iraq War from the beginning

@JoeBiden is having @JohnKerry defend Biden’s vote for the Iraq War by saying his vote
for Bush’s Iraq War resolution “was not voting for the war.” Apparently, war is peace.

Joe Biden Was Talking Up War With Iraq Five Years Before Invasion

Biden didn’t just vote for the Iraq War resolution – as Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Chairman, he helped the GOP kill Democratic amendments to limit the Iraq War resolution

Biden didn’t just vote for the Iraq War — he was literally the guy who led the effort on the
Senate floor to kill Democratic amendments to limit the Iraq War resolution, and then he
bragged about his Iraq War support after the war started. …

…@JoeBiden, February 2003: “Let everyone here be absolutely clear:
I supported the resolution to go to war.”

Video emerges of @JoeBiden criticizing antiwar Dems, praising Bush for leading America
into the Iraq War & promising he will support Bush’s continuation of the war “The president
of the United States is a bold leader & he is popular…I & many others will support him”

Biden on the Iraq War resolution in ’02:
“I do not believe this is a rush to war. I believe it is a march to peace and security”
Sanders on the Iraq War resolution in ’02:
“I am opposed to giving the President a blank check
to launch a unilateral invasion and occupation of Iraq”

I predict Biden is wrong.
> Biden predicts McConnell will become “mildly cooperative” with Democrats after Trump leaves office

Note: McConnell opposed a Voting Rights Act fix, bills addressing inequality, checking war powers and Merrick Garland’s Supreme Court nomination all before Trump was in office.

Joe Biden Is Getting Millions of Dollars of Air Cover in Iowa From Undisclosed Donors
Biden’s Super PAC, Unite the Country, does not have to disclose its donors until January 31 – three days before the much-awaited Iowa caucus.
Michael Bloomberg… Nov 2019
Mike Bloomberg Says He’s Immune to Corporate Influence. His Campaign Is Managed by Lobbyists.

2020 candidate Michael Bloomberg says he has no regrets for backing Iraq War, reports @finneganLAT

I gotta say, given that billionaires exist, this is what unity looks like. @MikeBloomberg will keep 100s of organizers on the job through Nov., even if Warren or Sanders are the nominee. Because Trump is existentially dangerous #demunitytwitterproject

===Libertarian Party===
Lincoln Chafee files to run for president as a libertarian

Hartmann with Mark Ames: The True History of Libertarianism in America

Joe Walsh…Aug 25th…
Wisconsin Republicans block Trump’s primary opponents from the ballot

So yet another state in America wants to disenfranchise its voters. That would make 10
states in which Republican Party bosses have cancelled primaries. All to protect their King.
This isn’t Russia. This isn’t China. This kind of un-American b-llsh-t shouldn’t happen here.

Donald Trump
Trump Moves to Limit Environmental Reviews, Erase Climate Change from NEPA Considerations

CBPP Context: Social Security Disability Insurance Still Shrinking (naturally)

And yet…
Trump Proposes Social Security Change
That Could End Disability Benefits for Hundreds of Thousands

In 2015 the Republican controlled Congress was rumored to target disability but didn’t…
2015 Hartmann with Caller: I’m on a Crusade to Save Social Security Disability!

‘Trump Said He Wouldn’t Cut Social Security. He Lied’:
Sanders Vows to Reverse President’s Attack on Disability Benefits
“No, Mr. President: We will not let you cut Social Security. We will fight to expand it.”

Job Growth Slows Sharply in December, Women Become Majority of Employment

The Trump administration is making it easier for big meat companies to squeeze small farmers, many of whom are rural voters who propelled Trump to the White House.


Undue and Unreasonable Preferences and Advantages Under the Packers and Stockyards Act

Make a public comment by March 13th

CBPP: Trump Administration Rule Would Reverse Communities’ Progress
Toward Meeting Fair Housing Obligations


The proposal comes on top of another Trump Administration proposed rule, issued in August 2019, that would make it significantly harder for families or the federal government to fight local housing policies and practices that restrict access to housing.

How Trump’s Trade War Is Making Lobbyists Rich And Slamming Small Businesses
Washington’s influence industry, including former Trump officials and allies, has made big money helping companies get exemptions from tariffs – sometimes by undercutting small business owners like Mike Elrod.


Click text graphics…
On the left is a letter requesting tariff exemptions from a small business owner who voted for
Trump. On the right is the very formal, citation-filled letter a giant conglomerate submitted
to specifically ensure that businesses like his had to continue paying tariffs.

CBPP Context: Sabotage Watch: Tracking Efforts to Undermine the ACA

The War on the War on Cancer
Trump’s Gutting of Toxics Regulations Will Mean Higher Profits for Polluters
and Higher Cancer Rates for the American People

Trump tried to take credit for a fall in US cancer death rates,
but the American Cancer Society says it has nothing to do with him

Since Trump is claiming credit for a fall in cancer deaths, I assume he’ll claim credit for this too
> Americans’ Life Expectancy Drops For Third Year In Row,
> Signaling There’s ‘Something Terribly Wrong’ Going On

Who Killed the Knapp Family?
Across America, working-class people – including many of our friends – are dying of despair.
And we’re still blaming the wrong people

Today, President Trump and Jared Kushner had a meeting with Khalid bin Salman at the White House, which was not on his public schedule.  We have already sued over this administration’s failure to create records of meetings like this one.

As the US bizarrely attacks Iraq with threats of sanctions, Russia swoops in offering an air defense system along with support and solidarity. Another opportunity for Russia in the region at the expense of US unpredictability.

Iranian officials found multiple ways to telegraph to the US – including messaging via intermediaries – where, when & how they intended to strike, to avoid escalating to full-scale war with the US. The 40-year fight returns to the shadows, for now. – Team @TIME reporting

Again, goes to show that Iran is very carefully planning, implementing, and managing
the escalation.

Sanctions Are Economic Warfare
Trump used his Iran speech to say the US is “ready to embrace peace with all who seek it.”
But the crippling sanctions he proposes will only make things worse.

“Direct, firm, and peaceful engagement with Iran is more likely to bring about positive change
than are further sanctions and warfare.” – @justinamash

April Context: Trump designates elite Iranian military force as a terrorist organization

Iran just voted to classify all US soldiers as “terrorists.” Something else the right wing
militarist fundamentalists of both countries have in common. – See


Will Trump’s big, transparent lie about being “antiwar” and “anti-interventionist”
come back to haunt him in November?
President Trump wrongly dismissed the continuing threat of the Islamic State group and repeated a false tale of the U.S. paying out billions of dollars to Iran as part of the deal freezing its nuclear program.

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson: Qassem Soleimani Worked with U.S. in Fight Against Taliban & ISIS

U.S. Killing of Soleimani Helps Hard-Liners in Iran

Video for context…

Soleimani’s Death Could Galvanize Shia Coalitions Against One “Foreign Aggressor” – The U.S.

Trump’s Killing of Qassem Soleimani
Means “Rules of the Game Have Totally Changed” in Middle East

Trita Parsi: U.S. Assassination of Iranian General Is Major Escalation & Will Make America Less Safe

All the Times the US allied with Gen. Soleimani against Common Enemies,
giving him Air Support at Tikrit (fighting their common enemy, ISIS)

Trump’s Killing of Gen. Soleimani evokes Dark Themes of Martyrdom in Shiite Islam


Black is white. Up is down. Pompeo wants us to believe that the agreement that blocked all of Iran’s pathways to a bomb actually gave Iran the bomb. And that killing Soleimani will now magically stop them.

Context: On the same day U.S. forces killed Solemiani, they launched another secret kill
operation to take out a senior Iranian official in Yemen, but did not succeed.

U.S. Strike on Iranian Commander in Yemen the Night of Suleimani’s Assassination
Killed the Wrong Man. The operation targeted Abdul Reza Shahlai, commander of the
Yemen division of Iran’s elite Quds Force, near the Yemeni capital Sana’a.

…such a good point by @MaloneySuzanne about the #Shahlai operation:
“This suggests a mission with a longer planning horizon and a larger objective, and it really
does call into question why there was an attempt to explain this publicly on the basis of an
imminent threat.”

Trump’s New National Security Team Made Fast Work of Iran Strike
WH advisers were cohesive and less inclined than their predecessors to push back
against the president’s wishes. They also were less likely to consult in advance with
others, including congressional leaders and foreign allies

Trump killed Soleimani to win support in impeachment trial,
Wall Street Journal casually mentions – see


Before Iran’s retaliation, Trump argued to aides that the attack on Soleimani would be
politically popular and that Iran would not ‘do anything too stupid,’ in the words of one
senior administration official who had spoken to the president.

Trump now claims four embassies were under threat from Iran…

Sunday video: Defense Secretary Epser:
“I didn’t see” specific evidence that showed Iran planned to strike four U.S. embassies.

Esper admits that there is no evidence to back up Trump’s claims of imminent attack.
He falls back on “belief.” Just to be clear, he is saying that because Trump believes it
to be true, it is true.

Trump’s “imminent threat” is the new “WMD”: there’s no evidence given for either.

See referenced Jeffrey Goldberg comment…
They are going to literally rerun all of the same propaganda from Iraq

I feel like this criticism of “the left” would be stronger
if it cited the words of a single human being


Asked about ProPublica’s findings that the president’s company made itself appear more profitable to lenders and less to tax officials, Bill de Blasio said the city had examined the matter and sent its findings to the Manhattan district attorney.

Mnuchin seeks delay of proposed disclosure of Secret Service spending on presidential travel until after the election. Trump – who’s been on the grounds of his golf courses or played golf elsewhere over 250X as president – has an embarrassing lot to hide.

We Found Major Trump Tax Inconsistencies. New York’s Mayor Wants a Criminal Investigation.
Asked about ProPublica’s findings that the president’s company made itself appear more profitable to lenders and less to tax officials, Bill de Blasio said the city had examined the matter and sent its findings to the Manhattan district attorney.

Federal prosecutors have charged a major donor to Trump’s inaugural committee with obstructing justice, alleging that the donor backdated a check and deleted emails to hinder an investigation into where he got the money he ultimately gave the committee.

Trump Must Face Rape Accuser Carroll’s Defamation Lawsuit

2016: ‘You can do anything’: Trump brags on tape about using fame to get women
Republicans line up to condemn presidential nominee as lewd bragging about using fame
for sexual advances horrifies allies and opponents alike

Oct: The 25 women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct

2018: 61 things Donald Trump has said about women

Anatomy of a Trump rally: 67 percent of claims are false or lacking evidence

Iranian officials found multiple ways to telegraph to the US – including messaging via intermediaries – where, when & how they intended to strike, to avoid escalating to full-scale war with the US. The 40-year fight returns to the shadows, for now. – Team @TIME reporting

Again, goes to show that Iran is very carefully planning, implementing, and managing the escalation.

As the US bizarrely attacks Iraq with threats of sanctions, Russia swoops in offering an air defense system along with support and solidarity. Another opportunity for Russia in the region at the expense of US unpredictability.

“For not only did [Trump’s] strategy bring us close to war, it also failed in achieving its larger strategic objectives,” says @IvoHDaalder in excellent new @chicagotribune post. Ivo is our guest on next week’s @PressButtonPod.

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