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===2020 Big Picture===
…Who gets more support from working-class donors?

Democrats’ rejection of fossil fuel money marks shift from previous presidential races

Note: Getting donations from people who work in an industry is not the same as getting donations from an industry. However, there are shades of gray… Going from a climate change-focused presidential debate to a fundraiser co-hosted by a natural gas company co-founder wasn’t smart, Joe Biden.

Joe Biden Has Multiple Ties to Liquefied Natural Gas Pioneer Cheniere Energy

Natural Gas is Not a Bridge Fuel, But We’ve Got Many Alternatives

When Rhode Island accounted for methane leaks associated with natural gas,
their emissions inventory went up 45%. …

Jorge Ramos delivered a master class in how to make a presidential debate meaningful last night.

He asked tough questions and got unexpected, revealing answers
on fires in the Amazon, deportation, veganism, and socialism.

ABC Debate Lowlights
Climate: ‘Let’s See If We Can Go Really Fast’

Debate Video

===2020 Issues===
Gas Plants Will Get Crushed by Wind, Solar by 2035, Study Says

“It will happen so quickly that gas plants now on the drawing boards will become
uneconomical before their owners finish paying for them, the study said.”

Rainforests burn in the spring. Bushfires rage in two states before it is even summer. Rivers are silted with dead fish. Drought wrecks the inland. This is life under a government whose climate change policy is prayer:


Benefits of Adaptation Measures Outweigh the Costs, Report Says
The new report calls for investment in climate-resilient infrastructure and other resiliency efforts

“If we delay mitigation any further we will never be able to adapt sufficiently to keep
humanity safe. And if we delay adaptation we will pay such a high price that we would
never be able to look at ourselves in the mirror.”


Note: Joe Romm warned us years ago. The longer we delay. The greater the bill to be paid.

The IPCC Climate Change and Land Report: Three Things Every Investor Should Know

See infographic…
8 key policy levers to tackle climate change are likely to disrupt markets by 2025.
Our forecast aims to help investors prepare

In 2014, the world’s economy grew without carbon emissions also growing,
something that had never happened before. Here’s How We Got There:



The Right to a Future – With Naomi Klein and Greta Thunberg
Watch The Intercept’s Naomi Klein, climate activist Greta Thunberg, and other youth leaders discuss the emerging climate movement for a sustainable future.

“We Are Striking to Disrupt the System”: An Hour
with 16-Year-Old Climate Activist Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg on the Climate Fight:
“If We Can Save the Banks (after the crash, Then We Can Save the World”

TDS interview…

On climate change, younger Republicans now sound like Democrats
A new poll shows that the red-blue gap has “virtually disappeared” among 18 to 38-year-olds

Translation: Climate change is a winning issue for Democrats in 2020.


Podcast: @JMPyper interviews conservative and liberal climate hawks on @CNN Democratic
Presidential Climate Forum. (Maybe you didn’t have 7 hours to watch!) (1 hour audio)

30 presidential debates in 2020 & 2016 and no questions about voting rights. Texas has been ground zero for voter suppression but it never came up tonight. If we don’t fix our democracy we won’t fix our politics

Texas ground zero for voter suppression:
– Can vote with gun permit but not student ID
– Closed 750 polling places since 2012
– Illegally gerrymandered to hurt Hispanics & blacks
– Worst voter registration law in country
Voting rights must be addressed in tonight’s debate

Civil rights groups filed 1st lawsuit yesterday against Trump census executive order
to potentially allow states to draw districts excluding non-citizens & non-voters, calling it
“racially discriminatory” against Latinos & power grab for white Republicans

Newspapers turn to lobbying against Facebook and Google
“Our belief is that the current antitrust laws don’t allow us to work together.”

Census releases latest “official poverty” estimates tomorrow – regardless of what the numbers look like, they will vastly understate the extent of economic and social deprivation in the United States.


Income and Poverty, 2018

CBPP: Programs Targeted for Cuts Keep Millions From Poverty, New Census Data Show

Corrected CBPP title:
Gains continue on some poverty measures, but more Americans are uninsured

Note: Poverty and lack of health care are related. For example. A new report…

Medicare for All Would Cut Poverty by Over 20 Percent

Potter: A new poll released today by the widely respected Commonwealth Fund found that 58% of small businesses in America support Medicare for All.

Housing must be a right. We will:
– Build and rehabilitate 7.4 million affordable housing units
– Build 2 million mixed-income units
– Enact a national rent control standard
– End homelessness
– Fully fund Section 8 vouchers

When I was mayor of Burlington, we were the first municipality in America to implement a
community land trust. The concept is now successfully used throughout the country and the
world. We’ll invest $50 billion in land trust housing to enable 1 million households to own

“Instead of expanding housing programs, Trump is proposing to cut them by $9.6B. Instead
of working to substantially reduce the outrageously high price of housing, Trump is proposing
to triple what some of the poorest pay for rent today,” @BernieSanders

So many of my constituents have lost homes – even gone homeless – by unfair rent hikes.
But Texas bans local rent control. That’s why it’s so important that @BernieSanders just
announced his plan for national rent control to override special interests & protect millions
of renters.

We’ve done so much in Austin – we passed the largest housing bond in the history of the
South, we are dismantling exclusionary zoning laws, and establishing tenant rights.
But no housing plan can be truly complete without rent control.

“A 2016 study by @EconomicPolicy..found that, once the elderly are excluded, more than 70% of all public safety-net beneficiaries-including those who receive Medicaid, food stamps, housing aid and cash assistance-are working families or individuals”

“A 2015 study by researchers at @UCBerkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education
found..the US spends almost $153 billion every year on benefits for workers, most of them
employed full time” via @BrigidSchulte

“In 1968, a full-time worker earning minimum wage could support a family of 3.
Today, such a job is not enough to keep a family of 2 out of poverty” …

This is the question the right has to answer. Do you want smaller government with less handouts, or do you want a low minimum wage? Because you cannot have both. If Colonel Sanders isn’t going to pay the lady behind the counter enough to live on, then Uncle Sam has to, and I for one am getting a little tired of helping highly profitable companies pay their workers. – Bill Maher

Over 50 and Freelancing to Fill the Gaps in Retirement Funds …

What do an octogenarian nun, a @WellsFargo banking customer, and a @Chipotle burrito-maker have in common? They all experienced serious violations of their rights and were blocked from seeking justice in court because of forced arbitration. #FAIRAct


This (NYT) piece by @jbouie on labor rights and worker power provides a deep insight into issues that must be addressed in the 2020 race and in the broader politics of our time.
> The Necessary Radicalism of Bernie Sanders
> His plan to enhance workplace democracy puts the strike back where it belongs: at the center of political power.

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden is proposing to raise taxes on capital gains to the same rates as ordinary income.  Wyden estimates the plan could raise $1.5 trillion to $2 trillion over a decade, and could shore up the Social Security Trust Fund.

Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy
Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer



A generation of economists helped get us into this mess. A new generation can get us out.
The new economics, and how it can create a more just America.

Medicaid’s Dark Secret
For many participants, the program that provides health care to millions
of low-income Americans isn’t free. It’s a loan. …

Private Equity Tries to Protect Another Profit Center
The fight in Congress heats up over surprise medical billing,
another abuse of the public driven by the private equity industry.



Congress’ effort to rein in surprise medical bills is on the rocks, thanks largely
to industry opposition, and its failure would leave patients at risk.

As lobbyists purporting to represent doctors fight attempts to control surprise medical bills,
it’s clear that the force behind the effort is not just medical professionals.

A group calling itself Doctor Patient Unity has spent nearly $30 million on a campaign
designed to kill the leading congressional legislation that would make it harder for hospitals
and doctors to spring massive, unexpected bills on patients.

(Nonprofit) Hospital Giant Sutter Health Faces Legal Reckoning Over Medical Pricing

Thousands of Poor Patients Face Lawsuits From Nonprofit Hospitals
That Trap Them in Debt

‘UVA has ruined us’: Health system sues thousands of patients
Over six years, the public institution took people to court more than 36,000 times,
an analysis finds.

UVA Will Cut Back On Lawsuits Against Patients In Wake Of KHN Investigation

Roughly 27.5 million people, or 8.5% of the U.S. population, had no health insurance at some point in 2018, according to new figures from the Census Bureau.

Sabotage Watch: Tracking Efforts to Undermine the ACA
President Trump has said that, politically, the best thing to do would be to let the
Affordable Care Act (ACA) “explode.” This timeline tracks Administration actions
that would sabotage the ACA by destabilizing private insurance markets
or reversing the law’s historic gains in health coverage.

Americans’ struggles with medical bills are a foreign concept in other countries

…Medicare-for-all, in its broadest terms, has three core tenets.
– Universal Coverage
– Single-Payer Insurance
– The Abolishment of Private Insurance
@berniesanders and @ewarren are the only two candidates that campaign on Medicare-for-all and support all three.

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren continue to lead on Medicare for All

Note: As I understand it… Warren hasn’t released her own health plan. Why is that?

.@andrewyang’s definition of Medicare-for-all is similar
but does not include abolishing private insurance.

.@CoryBooker, @PeteButtigieg, @KamalaHarris and @JulianCastro also say they support
Medicare-for-all but define it only as supporting universal coverage. (Universal coverage,
by the way, is already part of the Democratic Party’s platform.)

.@AmyKlobuchar, @JoeBiden and @BetoORourke are the only three candidates who don’t
support Medicare-for-all and also don’t campaign using that slogan. Some candidates have
their own slogans, like O’Rourke’s “Medicare for America.”

Without Medicare for All, the Healthcare System Will Collapse – Wendell Potter

Too bad the presidential candidates don’t have access to the Consumer Price Index
published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If they did, they might have talked about
the 18.6 percent rise in insurance prices over the last year. – See

U.S. Core Inflation Exceeds Forecasts as Medical-Care Costs Jump


(If M4A passes) how will a handful of health care industry CEOs
be able to keep paying themselves $2.6 billion a year?

…50 Million Lose Their Insurance Each Year

Question for everyone except Sanders and Warren: Getting to universal coverage without reining in modern Big Insurance and other counterproductive players is isn’t possible. Where’s the analysis that says it is?

NPR’s health care guide: see where the 2020 Democratic candidates stand.

Government-Granted Patent Monopolies Are Driving Up Drug Prices

Patents and Copyright: Protection Racket for Intellectuals


Intellectual Monopoly vs Intellectual Property

See referenced comment…
(The “robots are taking all our jobs” myth fits) with the story elites like – that technology
is somehow driving the economy, as opposed to our policy on technology. Much better
to blame robots than policy failure for inequality and other bad things. Just did a diatribe
on this (Patents and Copyright: Protection Racket for Intellectuals)

A draft plan to lower drug prices from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) would allow the secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to negotiate on 250 drugs per year.

Members of Congress raked in almost $4 million from pharmaceutical manufacturers
and their trade groups in the first six months of 2019.

How were drug companies able to weaken the federal government’s most powerful
enforcement weapon at the height of the (opioid) crisis?

Note: Rein them in.

“Racism in America Is Endemic”: Democratic Candidates Vow to Confront White Supremacy & Legacy of Slavery

Thread: What does a progressive nuclear weapons policy look like?
In my latest piece for @BulletinAtomic, I argue that it looks a heck of a lot like the Green New Deal.

The Congress will soon approve $55 Billion for nukes next year. The least they can do
is stop one of them. “The most effective way for Congress to signal its disapproval
of the administration’s dangerous nuclear policy is to stop this bomb in its tracks.”

How much is a trillion dollars?
And why the world shouldn’t spend it on nuclear weapons


2020 Presidential candidates who oppose returning to the Iran deal are polling at a *combined* 2.8%. The rest all say they will return. I hope the folks who said this was not a politically viable recommendation last year are taking notes

Tomorrow the Democratic candidates will be in Texas, where (little known fact) the US builds, rebuilds & dismantles its nuclear weapons. (@PantexPlant) It’s a great opportunity to ask why on earth the US would ever want to *start* a nuclear war. @statesman

Thread on the ramp up to WWII via headlines

It’s official. The US media is isolationist. Over ten and one half hours of debate so far with only 30 minutes on foreign policy. Total ABC finally turns to national security at 9:41. Let’s see how long they stay with it past two or three hot button issues.

…and, it’s over. National security debate was limited to Afghanistan, touched on Iraq and
ended with a stupid gotcha question on whether Cory Booker would mandate everyone
become a vegan. Total time: 14 minutes. Pathetic, @ABC

I’d like to see more Dems go at the bloated Pentagon budget which doesn’t reflect current security threats (climate) or unfunded national priorities (research and innovation)

===2020 Watch List===
Koch Data Mining Company Helped Inundate Voters With Anti-Immigrant Messages
In the Tennessee Senate race, then-Rep. Marsha Blackburn ran targeted ads on immigration. She beat Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, who led the polls for months.

More than 1,000 accounts across several different social media platforms with suspicious, bot-like characteristics helped push quote tweets from Trump campaign accounts during the third primary debate, according to an analysis provided to Axios.

===2020 Watch List-Bias===
How TV cameras influence candidates’ debate success

MSNBC’s Brian Williams jumps the shark…

89% of Americans support expanding federal background checks
to cover private sales and gun-shows
86% support ‘red flag’ provisions
60% support a nationwide ban on high-capacity ammunition clips
56% support a nationwide ban on assault weapons

The Green New Deal


Note: We can limit sales. We can require insurance – – We can institute buybacks that incentivize the return of automatic weapons. But I don’t support mandatory buybacks. We don’t need another Waco.

Business Insider Does PR Work for Wall Street

(Business Insider) ran an article this morning attacking the financial transactions taxes being proposed by Senators Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris in their presidential campaigns, that was based entirely on an analysis by an industry funded group.

… the numbers on costs that are highlighted by the industry group and Business Insider are actually the loses being suffered by the financial industry, since the tax payments by colleges, universities, and pension funds would be almost completely offset by their savings on trading costs.

Guess who’s still being left out of the narrative…

This is the curve Biden gets graded on. His unsettling incoherence is spun as “occasional missteps” and his shouting as energy. How do we think a female candidate would be covered if she spent most of the debate yelling and rambling incoherently?

The problem with the Biden curve is that it won’t apply in the general. After giving him
a pass in the primary the media will decide that his incoherence matters more than
Trump’s because Biden is pitching himself as the steady hand, while Trump is the
guy who shakes things up.

Context: Expect More Health Industry Spin At Thursday’s Democratic Debate


The major pharma/insurance front group sent out a memo telling candidates to villify
@BernieSanders’ Medicare for All plan with dishonest tax talking points:
Last night, @JoeBiden went on national TV and obediently followed the front group’s orders

CNN this morning refutes the insurance lobbyists’ talking points

Baker: Health care premiums and taxes, Warren and Sanders are right, the pundits are wrong


Krystal Ball on media bias against M4A…

Referencing the Emmanuel & Christie trashing of M4A…
Where I think the media truly fails: why would two politicians be interesting as guests on this. Why not experts in healthcare? Experts in economics of health care? People who have no insurance? Wouldn’t that be more informative?

See referenced text graphic…
The anti-Medicare-for-All front group for insurers & pharma is touting @RahmEmanuel – the guy who killed the public option, the guy who is employed by an investment bank that advises health care corporations, and the guy who is an ABC News contributor.
Let it sink in.


===2020 Presidential Candidates===
Julian Castro… Jan 12rh
“Donald Trump has a dark heart when it comes to immigrants…”
– @JulianCastro

“Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago?”
– @JulianCastro to @JoeBiden

I hear grumbling about @JulianCastro going after @JoeBiden. Seriously?
Biden wants to take on Trump. If nothing else, Biden needs challenges from Castro,
and tough questions like those from Jorge Ramos, to prepare for a fight far rougher
than the #DemDebates.

Kamala Harris… Jan 21st
Lots of candidates produce biographical videos. This one from @KamalaHarris stands out. Warm and heartfelt, it makes thoughtful connections between struggles for freedom in India and the US. (video)

Context: Sabotage Watch: Tracking Efforts to Undermine the ACA
President Trump has said that, politically, the best thing to do would be to let the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “explode.” This timeline tracks Administration actions that would sabotage the ACA by destabilizing private insurance markets or reversing the law’s historic gains in health coverage.

Based on the following comment I have to ask…
Does Harris know how much damage the GOP and Trump have already done
to the ACA? Their sabotage is a major driver of the increasing number of uninsured folks.

Kamala Harris is having a very strong debate. Her takedown of Biden’s incrementalism – “let’s say ‘yes we can’ – was strikingly effective.

Question: Now that she’s abandoned M4A… Harris’ health care plan is incrementalism at best. Likely would make the system worse.
Cory Booker… Feb 1st
Cory Booker speaks of environmental racism and environmental justice as part of a strong answer to questions about Trump’s racism in which he focuses in on systemic racism.

“Our criminal justice system is so savagely broken…”
– @CoryBooker delivers a powerful call for using clemency as part #CriminalJusticeReform

Elizabeth Warren… Feb 9th
We Can Have Free, Fair, and Secure Elections – If We Demand Them
Elizabeth Warren has a plan for that. North Carolina’s 2018 congressional revote Tuesday serves as a good reminder that we have to act now.

Compare / Contrast…
(Sen Majority Leader) McConnell (R-KY) won’t allow vote on election reform bill

Today’s Social Security benefits are too small to give retirees financial stability, and the situation is even more dire for Americans who haven’t retired yet. So today I called for the biggest, most progressive increase in Social Security benefits in nearly 50 years. (video)


The Ady Barkan – Elizabeth Warren interview

At the debate…
Medicare for All: Sanders & Warren Defend Plan to Expand Healthcare Coverage to Everyone

“A system right now that cannot tell the difference in the threat posed by a terrorist, a criminal, and a 12-year-old girl is not a system that is keeping us safer, and it is not serving our values.”
– @ewarren on Trump’s anti-immigrant madness

“What we’re doing right now in Afghanistan is not helping the safety and security of the United States” – @ewarren on ending #ForeverWars

Elizabeth Warren Calls for Withdrawal of U.S. Troops from Afghanistan

In states across the country, @ewarren is endorsing insurgent progressives. This is not a cautious approach. She’s backing outsiders and challengers, stirring things up, making news. That undoubtedly helps her candidacy but it also helps the contenders she is supporting.

Bernie Sanders… Feb 19th
Climate Advocates Are Nearly Unanimous: Bernie’s Green New Deal Is Best

Sanders rips Biden for praising drug companies at fundraiser


When @JoeBiden attends elite fundraisers and repeatedly tells his big donors
that he will protect the interests of the billionaire class, we should listen to him –
and we should believe him

Sanders First 2020 Democrat to Pledge, If Elected, All Top Appointees Will Back Fracking Ban and Bold Climate Action. “If presidential hopefuls are truly serious about tackling fossil fuels head-on, a commitment on appointments must reflect this.”

Sanders: “We Have to Talk About Democratic Socialism as an Alternative to Unfettered Capitalism”

Baker: Economists: laissez-faire or plain lazy?
If it’s really true there’s no means to fix the economy and tackle unemployment,
then we have to ask why we employ economists

Rigged is the opposite of laissez-faire…
Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy
Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer

Bernie makes a *clear* distinction between him and Biden on trade policy. Bernie led the opposition against NAFTA and PNTR that cost us 4 million US jobs.

At the debate…
Bernie Sanders on Democratic Socialism: We Want to Create an Economy That Works for All of Us

Any night where @BernieSanders is given an opportunity to explain how his democratic
socialism is downright Canadian is a very good night for @BernieSanders.


At the debate…
Medicare for All: Sanders & Warren Defend Plan to Expand Healthcare Coverage to Everyone

NYT: @BernieSanders “has made Medicare for All the most important issue of his campaign & set the agenda”

We must treat undocumented people with dignity. When we are in the White House, we will end the ICE raids which are terrorizing communities all across this country and impose a moratorium on deportations.

Moratorium: a temporary prohibition of an activity.

.@BernieSanders to @JoeBiden: “One of the big differences between you and me – I never believed what Cheney and Bush said about Iraq.”

Bernie Sanders on what he learned from baseball, Brooklyn and his family’s immigrant roots

If Bernie Sanders Hates The Media, His New Media Plan Is A Funny Way To Show It

RollingStone Interview…
Bernie Sanders Discusses the Debate, Joe Biden, and Corporate America

Cenk Uyger Interview…
Bernie Sanders: We Are Taking On The Entire System

Nina Turner…

Pete Buttigieg… April 14th
Context: .@CoryBooker, @PeteButtigieg, @KamalaHarris and @JulianCastro also say they support Medicare-for-all but define it only as supporting universal coverage. (Universal coverage, by the way, is already part of the Democratic Party’s platform.)

Context: Why a Medicare for All public option won’t work

Buttigieg deceptively changes the debate from his plan not covering everyone to…
Buttigieg Says Sanders Doesn’t ‘Trust’ the American People to Make Health Care Decisions

.@PeteButtigieg you are wrong that @BernieSanders plan “doesn’t trust the American
people.” @amyklobuchar page 8 is not a ” bad idea.” Bernie’s bill has the same ban
on duplicative insurance that current Medicare does! It extends Medicare to all as
Johnson & Moynihan envisoned!

Note: The question isn’t trust. It’s sustainability.

Private plans are allowed in some European countries. But they are highly regulated and their highest salary is ~$300,000. As long as such private companies can’t cherry pick healthy folks the larger system is sustainable.

I can’t imagine multimillion dollar salaried profit and nonprofit insurance execs accepting Drop Out, Joe Biden
> Democrats need an antiracist nominee to run against a racist like Donald Trump
> The third debate confirmed Biden isn’t up to it.

Related Thread:

“Yeah,” replied Ramos, “but you didn’t answer the question.”
“Well,” said Biden, “I did answer the question.”
“No,” replied Ramos, “did you make a mistake with those deportations?”
– Follow-up questions are the special sauce of #DemDebates.

Former VP Refuses to Criticize Obama’s Deportation of 3 Million People

Note: Biden’s apologies tend not to be apologies. A while back I saw an article that theorized he’s invested in projecting a tough guy image in order to attract Republican votes. I don’t know whether that’s true or not… but it would be consistent with an unwillingness to criticize Obama’s policies. He certainly made some mistakes.

Similarly… virtually every Republican in office refuses to criticize Trump’s mistakes. We need representatives who are willing to speak truth to power and to the American people. …more interested in preserving the union than their brand.


If you cannot follow Biden’s answer on Iraq, read this:

It’s difficult to quantify how much Biden has raised from the multibillion-dollar influence industry, but the roughly $200,000 he accepted from employees of major lobbying firms is far more than any of his rivals has received.

Joe Biden Is Demanding Financial Transparency While Concealing His Own Wealth
Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, have used Delaware’s financial privacy laws to shield his income from public view.

Context: 14 Years Ago, Warren And Biden Battled Over Bankruptcy. Their Fight Still Defines A Party Rift

A few related questions…
Bill de Blasio… May 16th…
We have ten years to save the planet.
*Ten Years*
Today’s leaders are making decisions for our environment that our kids will have to live with.
New York City stands with our young people. They’re our conscience. We support the 9/20 #ClimateStrike.

Donald Trump…
Repeat for context: Four states are poised to cancel their 2020 GOP primaries and caucuses, a move that would cut off oxygen to Trump’s primary challengers.
The moves, which critics call undemocratic, are the latest illustration of Trump’s total takeover of the GOP.

Republican parties in South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona and Kansas are expected to finalize the cancellations in meetings this weekend, according to three GOP officials who are familiar with the plans.

Trump challengers Mark Sanford, Joe Walsh, and Bill Weld:
Canceling GOP primaries is a mistake.
“The primary nomination process is the only opportunity for Republicans
to have a voice in deciding who will represent our party. Let those voices be heard.”

Former South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford is not ruling out taking legal action to ensure
that he appears on 2020 presidential Republican primary ballots around the country.
That could include filing a lawsuit against the GOP in his own home state.

Is Trump afraid to face primary competition?

Note: Perhaps because of his numbers?…

60% of Americans say Trump does not deserve to be reelected.
Trump approval: 39% approve, 55% disapprove.
51% say Trump is doing a poor job keeping election promises.
71% say they do not trust most of what they hear from official W.H. communications.

Another way to cheat…
Civil rights groups filed 1st lawsuit yesterday against Trump census executive order to
potentially allow states to draw districts excluding non-citizens & non-voters, calling it
“racially discriminatory” against Latinos & power grab for white Republicans

Note: Republican Ronald Reagan stopped enforcing labor laws regarding the illegal hire of undocumented workers thereby increasing the cheap labor supply. GOP is still all about cheap labor even as they use undocumented workers as hate/fear-based campaign fodder. Now they want to use them in a gerrymandering ploy? Apparently they don’t think they can maintain power without cheating.

If Trump opposes lies… why does he tell so many of them?
Or is he attacking the media to discourage them from pointing out his lies?


National Labor Relations Board…
‘Under the Trump Administration, the [NLRB] Appointees Have Been Extremists’

The Trump admin’s plan to overhaul the country’s housing finance system would make mortgages more expensive for minority borrowers and aspiring homeowners in the South, the Midwest and rural communities, according to fair housing and lending groups.

A lot of folks, even if they dislike the tariffs, give Trump credit for “finally standing up to China.” Before you go there, consider on whose behalf this trade war is being waged. Unless you’re a multinational, it ain’t yours.

Prices of items imported from China are down just 1.6 percent over the last year It doesn’t look like China is paying Trump’s tariffs


Trump thinks he has China on the ropes. But “the entire contractionary shock from the trade
wars up to August 2019 has been comfortably offset by policy interventions in China.”

Trump’s trade war has killed 300,000 jobs
If the trade war continues, it could claim nearly 1 million jobs by the end of next year

Trump team rushes to find escape hatch for China tariffs.
Some advisors are arguing that the hit is real
and must be mitigated prior to the election year.

The Trump admin said it would seek to open up the entire coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration, picking the most aggressive development option for an area long closed to drilling.

Trump’s EPA Eviscerates the Clean Water Rule
Rollback threatens drinking water sources for millions of Americans

When questioned about it Trump lied…

Just from his first two years…
President Trump’s Retreat on the Environment is Affecting Communities
In just two years, Trump has unleashed a regulatory rollback
with little parallel in the past half-century

78 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump

All told, the Trump administration’s environmental rollbacks could lead to at least 80,000 extra deaths per decade and cause respiratory problems for more than one million people, according to a separate analysis conducted by researchers from Harvard. That number, however, is likely to be “a major underestimate of the global public health impact,” said Francesca Dominici, a professor of biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Columbia Law School Climate Deregulation Tracker Actions

Harvard’s Regulatory Rollback Tracker

The Republican Congress’s CRA deregulation…
GW’s Columbian College of Arts & Sciences Congressional Review Act Tracker

ICE picked him up…
‘I refuse to die in here’: the marine who survived two tours and is now fighting deportation

Jose Segovia Benitez survived two tours of duty with the US Marine Corps, a bomb blast, and a traumatic brain injury.

But the US is not helping him recover. On the contrary, the government may be leading him to his death.

Segovia is currently imprisoned at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) detention center in Adelanto, California where he says he is being denied critical medical and mental health care. The 38-year-old veteran is facing deportation to El Salvador, a country he left when he was three years old and where his loved ones fear he could be killed.

In 2017, the U.S. successfully extracted from Russia a high-level covert source. The removal was reportedly driven, in part, by concerns that Trump and his admin repeatedly mishandled classified intel and could contribute to exposing the source as a spy.


NYT confirms parts of CNN’s report and adds big details: The informant was
instrumental to the CIA’s conclusion that Putin ordered & orchestrated Russia’s
interference campaign & the assessment that Putin favored Trump and personally
ordered the DNC hack.

Trump has privately expressed opposition to the use of foreign intel from covert sources,
including overseas spies who provide the U.S. government with crucial info.
Trump has said foreign spies can undermine his personal relationships with leaders.

Israel accused of planting mysterious spy devices near the White House
The likely Israeli spying efforts were uncovered during the Trump presidency, several former top U.S. officials said.

The devices were likely intended to spy on President Donald Trump, one of the former officials said, as well as his top aides and closest associates – though it’s not clear whether the Israeli efforts were successful.

Trump is reputed to be lax in observing White House security protocols. POLITICO reported in May 2018 that the president often used an insufficiently secured cellphone to communicate with friends and confidants. The New York Times subsequently reported in October 2018 that “Chinese spies are often listening” to Trump’s cellphone calls, prompting the president to slam the story as “so incorrect I do not have time here to correct it.” (A former official said Trump has had his cellphone hardened against intrusion.)

2017: Any Half-Decent Hacker Could Break Into Mar-a-Lago
We tested internet security at four Trump properties. It’s not good.

Among the Air Force projects pilfered for the border wall: replacing the degrading entry-control point at the main gate at Incirlik Air Force base in Turkey. Among the weapons housed at Incirlik: several dozen U.S. nuclear gravity bombs

Turkey’s Nuclear Bluff Unsettles Neighbors
Did Erdogan set off a nuclear arms race in the Middle East?

“How many red flashing lights do you need before you take the bombs out of Turkey?
It’s an insane place to keep nuclear weapons,” I told @matthew_petti.

Third national security advisor…
The Catastrophic Tenure of John Bolton

First advisor (on the same day Bolton was fired)…
Former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn sentencing
tentatively scheduled for Dec. 18

Second advisor…
As frustration with Bolton mounted, Trump reached out to ex-adviser McMaster
In phone calls to McMaster, Trump told his second national security adviser
that he missed him.

Charles Kupperman, named by President Trump as his acting national security adviser,
once argued it was possible to win a nuclear war “in the classical sense.”

Trump’s Acting National Security Adviser Once Tied to Group
Known for Anti-Muslim Stance

15 of the 19-9/11 hijackers were Saudis
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been implicated in Khashoggi’s death by butchery
Saudi-led forces are killing thousands of innocents
And yet…
Rick Perry to Discuss Nuclear Sharing Agreement With Saudis on Monday

Compare / Contrast…
While looking for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the G7 summit,
Trump called out in a loud voice: “Where’s my favorite dictator?”

At least 90 members of Congress – including at least 26 Senate Republicans – have made 188 or more visits to a Trump property, according to CREW.
Another 250 Trump admin officials have been seen during at least 630 visits to Trump properties since 2017.


Air Force crews have stayed overnight at Trump’s Turnberry resort on at least four
occasions, two more than previously reported, according to Politico. The four trips
date back to at least September 2018 and continued through at least this past June.

Trump had a deal with the Scotland airport that sent flight crews to his resort.

Pence’s Doonbeg detour cost nearly $600K in ground transportation fees

Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo are scheduled to speak this week at Trump’s hotel in
Washington – lending their names to events put on by a paying customer of Trump’s
private business, according to WaPo.

Jimmy Carter placed his peanut farm in a blind trust to avoid conflict of interest.
When he got out of office his farm was $1 million in debt

According to the pool report, Trump has arrived at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, VA.
This is Trump’s 232nd day at a Trump golf club and 300th day at a Trump property
as president.

Brad Parscale has said he’s taking a relative pittance to run the president’s reelection operation. But as with much of what Parscale has claimed about his work and life, that’s not the full story. This is.

See text graphic…
When Trump found out Parscale’s firm was making millions off his campaign,
he apparently confronted Parscale, screaming, “Where the f-ck is my money?”
The whole situation was diffused by Kellyanne Conway… sneezing on Trump

See text graphic…
A remarkable example of how the GOP has become Trump.
The RNC gives local candidates all sorts of data on voters in their area,
*except it has been removing polling about Trump.*
That way they can’t see if Trump is polling poorly in their area.

Seventeen months ago, before Bolton became Donald Trump’s third national security advisor, the United States still had a deal that had stopped Iran’s nuclear program in its tracks. …

Before Bolton, the United States had kept Russia from building a particularly dangerous class of missiles for over 30 years. Bolton blew apart the landmark Intermediate Nuclear Forces Agreement that President Ronald Reagan had painstakingly negotiated with then-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. …

Bolton was also on course to destroy the last remaining nuclear reduction treaty, the New START agreement that limits US and Russian long-range nuclear weapons. …

Before Bolton, there were also fragile negotiations with the Afghanistan Taliban. Bolton “waged a last-minute campaign to stop the president from signing a peace agreement at Camp David,” reports The New York Times.

Before Bolton, there was the real possibility of a deal with North Korea that would have traded sanctions relief for serious nuclear dismantlement. …

Finally, and very seriously, before Bolton there was a functioning national security interagency process where leaders and experts from all agencies and departments could vet policies and build consensus. The National Security Council had been the principal forum for consideration of key policies for 72 years. Bolton destroyed it in 17 months.

Bolton could not have wreaked this destruction if he had not been chosen, empowered and tolerated by Donald Trump, who must bear ultimate responsibility for Bolton’s legacy – what the Post summarized as “chaos, dysfunction and no meaningful accomplishments.” It was Trump who allowed Bolton to come within ten minutes of getting the war with Iran Bolton had sought for two decades, before halting the strikes. …

“Any jacka-s can knock down a barn,” former House Speaker Sam Rayburn said, “It takes a carpenter to build one.” Bolton was the biggest jacka-s in the administration. There are no carpenters in sight.
Joe Cirincione in “The Catastrophic Tenure of John Bolton”

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