Towards an issues-based 2020 election (50)


===2020 Big Picture===
Democratic primary voters under 35 years old via new Quinnipiac poll:
Sanders 52%, Warren 17%, Biden 11%, Yang 7%, Gabbard 3%, Buttigieg 2%,
Bloomberg 2%, Everyone else 1% or less
https://twitter.com/ryanstruyk/status/1204494417299755011

Millennials only hold 3% of total US wealth. That’s a seventh of what baby boomers
owned at their age, and it’s partly because of the affordability crisis younger
generations are facing. https://t.co/PcvVsqh8YC
https://twitter.com/businessinsider/status/1202607518905712648

Joe Biden is underwater with voters earning less than $75,000 a year,
who overwhelmingly prefer Bernie Sanders
https://t.co/afPbNifrlu

2013: It’s the (neoliberal) Austerity, Stupid: How We Were Sold an Economy-Killing Lie
Once again, the Beltway fell for cherry-picked data – and you paid the price.
https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/09/austerity-reinhart-rogoff-stimulus-debt-ceiling/

Related: https://twitter.com/Aaron_Glantz/status/1205614148794454016

Eliminating student debt would be a terrific economic stimulus program
https://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-student-debt-stimulus-20190624-story.html

Support the Candidate You Like
“People are saying” a lot of things about electability this cycle.
It’s a Trumpian tic, now deployed by the left.
https://tinyurl.com/uw46s2g

‘It’s Not Just About Sanders and Warren, It’s About the Issues They Represent’
https://us20.campaign-archive.com/?u=e6457f9552de19bc603e65b9c&id=4622c1304a

Americans broadly accept climate science, but many are fuzzy on the details
https://t.co/or3z11uHua

Note: A twitter feed worth following https://twitter.com/KHayhoe

There is an endless twitter argument going on right now over the perennial question:
“which future scenario is the correct one?” As the lead author of the US Natl Climate
Asst chapter on scenarios, I have an informed opinion: *None.* (see rest of thread)
https://twitter.com/KHayhoe/status/1204140130979786753

Note: Addressing the can-we-change-climate question…

How saving the ozone layer in 1987 slowed global warming
https://t.co/qdUH57QQmJ

The new Real Clear Politics poll shows 57% of Americans support a Medicare for All program “that will eliminate all private health insurance companies.” That’s a jump of 2 points since May.
New poll: https://t.co/ylfdfp3urR
May poll: https://t.co/8bRpjLCdD4
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1204504449906950144

I think everybody running for president should pledge to end Trump’s endless, chaotic, pain-over-gain trade war on day 1 on their admin. Here’s why, along with what I believe is a China-trade agenda crafted to help workers, not multinationals. https://t.co/NYKslAP2Hi
https://twitter.com/econjared/status/1204771331658698753

Overseas lessons on MSM opposition campaigns …
In the lead-up to Britain’s historic election on Thursday, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
has been hit with evidence-free Russiagate-style allegations…
https://tinyurl.com/v8r36te

We believe in a free press.
I just wish they would free themselves from the shackles of their billionaire owners.
https://twitter.com/jeremycorbyn/status/1204884038311464968

I just read today’s front pages…
What it is about Labour’s plans to make the super-rich pay their fair share
that the billionaire press barons don’t like?
https://twitter.com/jeremycorbyn/status/1205064247199318019

Corbyn lost…
https://tinyurl.com/v8kbuyh

Which means this lost, too…
UK: Labour’s Plan for Nature; Explore our environment manifesto
https://t.co/1aT0Ui0RFn

And this is more likely to happen…
U.S. Lobbyists Prepare to Seize “Historic Opportunity” in Tory-Led Brexit to Shred
Consumer Safeguards, Raise Drug Prices. The Brexit deal may be a Trojan horse
for U.S. corporate interests, from Silicon Valley and American pork to pharmaceuticals.
https://theintercept.com/2019/12/09/brexit-american-trade-deal-boris-johnson/

Privatization at the NHS? American Business Interests Seek Growing Share of UK’s
Health System. The American health care industry has long had its sights on harnessing
a wave of privatization and outsourcing in the U.K. system.
https://theintercept.com/2019/12/10/nhs-privatization-uk-health-care/

… Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party won 43% of the vote, yet @nytimes imagines “a
landslide win” and the “radical reconfiguration of the nation’s political map.” No, Johnson
and the Tories are “winning” roughly 1% more than Theresa May and her Tories secured
in 2017. https://bit.ly/2qRbayu
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1205366469497884672

Boris Johnson has his #UKElection win. #Brexit will happen. But it’s vital to understand
that Britain’s first-past-the-post election system allows a party that wins just 43% of the
the vote to claim 56% of the seats in Parliament. This is truly an argument for election
reform.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1205383602181214208

Results from Scotland:
SNP: 48 (+13)
Conservatives: 6 (-7)
Lib Dem: 4 (-/+)
Labour: 1 (-6)
A massive rejection of Boris Johnson and the Tories. Yet, Scotland will be ruled by Johnson
and forced into the #Brexit quagmire. This is why Scotland needs to be independent. #IndyRef2
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1205379305318076416

1. All the “UK & US politics are the same” takes are inane
2. For all of the inane takes claiming Labour losses in England show US Dems are doomed,
why are there no takes claiming SNP wins in Scotland show Dems aren’t doomed?
3. Reiterating: all takes equating UK & US are inane
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1205575997472563201

2017 punditry: An election in a conservative Georgia suburb means Democrats are doomed
2018 Election: Dems win the U.S. House
2019 punditry: An election literally in an entirely different country means Democrats are doomed
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1205321626298015744

Perspective…
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1205862165682495488

Compare / Contrast…
The doctor’s strike that nearly killed Canada’s Medicare-for-all plan, explained
Building a single-payer system is hard, but not impossible. Just ask Saskatchewan.
https://bit.ly/35oVqlk

Note: Moral of the story… Vote fact-based issues up and down the ticket. Ignore hate & fear-based messaging and research questionable info… especially just before elections.

“The only way we can change Britain and the world is when working people gather together
and decide whether they will change it. When we have decided we will change it, no power
on earth can stop us.” – Tony Benn with @jeremycorbyn (picture)
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1205070157669978114

===2020 Issues===
Solar power is a Gigawatt per square km! All you need is a 100 by 100 mile patch in a deserted corner of Arizona, Texas or Utah (or anywhere) to more than power the entire USA. This analysis goes through calcs https://t.co/fI1I452tm6
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1203178955211194368

Fascinated that I did this calculation myself a few years ago and came up with the same
answer…100×100 being the equivalent of a handful of cotton farms between Lubbock and
Amarillo! There’s transmission challenges, but maybe @elonmusk could work those out
https://twitter.com/KHayhoe/status/1204788271722708992

We Could Power The Entire World By Harnessing Solar Energy From 1% Of The Sahara
https://t.co/CtD4Uasm3l

UN chief warns of ‘point of no return’ on climate change
https://t.co/i5P03Vndd5

A fired-up @NaomiAKlein lays out the basic case for a Green New Deal (video)
https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/1204475942179090441

A #GreenNewDeal for Housing can slash inequality and carbon pollution at the same time. (video)
https://twitter.com/TheLeap_Org/status/1204799642258542594

On 11 December we’ll present the #EUGreenDeal: a new growth strategy for our economy, people & planet. Executive Vice-President @TimmermansEU will lead our delegation at #COP25 next week to reaffirm our goals:
– 2020: First-ever climate law
– 2050: Climate neutrality (video)
https://twitter.com/EU_Commission/status/1203705796036583426

CBPP: Rents Have Risen More Than Incomes in Nearly Every State Since 2001
https://tinyurl.com/sql8rdr

CBPP: Proposed Emergency Assistance Fund a Promising Approach to Reducing Evictions
https://tinyurl.com/vfo3ywc

Families need paid leave so they can keep their jobs and afford to take time away from work for serious family care needs. Expansive – own health, child’s health, health of loved ones. Inclusive – wage replacement that lets low wage workers take needed time, return to job,
https://twitter.com/EileenAppelbaum/status/1205144851400069121

Thread
https://twitter.com/FmlyValuesWork/status/1205137671032647680

Making transit free – as long as enough money goes into ensuring a high level of service – seems like a hugely productivity-enhancing public subsidy. https://t.co/uIFrBjcXwv
https://twitter.com/lydiadepillis/status/1205561810935537664

I have no data on this – read @mslaurabliss’ story for good background – but am excited to
see experiments like Kansas City’s and wish the federal government would fund more!
https://twitter.com/lydiadepillis/status/1205563841381314560

“I have no savings. So, my pension is everything,” says a public school teacher in Kentucky.
Check local @PBS listings for “The Pension Gamble,” or stream it online. https://t.co/ZB9DH5RfFQ
https://twitter.com/frontlinepbs/status/1204505913538830336

NFU Applauds (House) Passage of Farm Workforce Modernization Act
…product of negotiations between a diverse array of agricultural stakeholders and farmworker advocates…
https://nfu.org/2019/12/11/nfu-applauds-passage-of-farm-workforce-modernization-act/

Fortenberry, Bacon and Smith opposed the bill
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll674.xml

America’s Dairy Farmers Are Hurting. A Giant Merger Could Make Things Worse
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/11/business/dean-foods-dairy-farmers-antitrust.html

2017: Among the (GOP’s) Tax Bill’s Biggest Losers: High-Income, Blue State Taxpayers
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/12/05/us/politics/tax-bill-salt.html

Related: https://www.cbpp.org/blog/tpc-impacts-of-2017-tax-laws-salt-cap-and-its-repeal
https://bit.ly/2PLHcV7

The limitation of the SALT deduction was explicitly designed to make it more difficult for liberal states to continue to maintain their current level of spending.

CBPP: Repealing “SALT” Cap Would Be Regressive
and Proposed Offset Would Use up Needed Progressive Revenues
https://tinyurl.com/r3oxqlh

CBPP’s third release (update?)…
Enzi-Whitehouse Budget Process Bill Includes Harmful Provision for Automatic Reconciliation
https://tinyurl.com/u6aj46b

CBPP: Policymakers Should Quickly Give
Much-Needed Medicaid Funding Boost to U.S. Territories
https://tinyurl.com/qw9dn5a

Pelosi announces support for new Trump NAFTA deal
https://thehill.com/policy/finance/473835-pelosi-announces-support-for-new-trump-nafta-deal

Preliminary statement…
Redo of USMCA Better Than Original NAFTA After Yearlong Effort to Improve Trump’s
2018 Deal. Unions, Consumer Groups and Congressional Democrats Achieve Removal
of Big Pharma Giveaways and Strengthening of Labor, Environmental Standards and
Enforcement
https://bit.ly/36zUFWJ

Fixing the existing, damaging NAFTA is not the same as negotiating a truly progressive trade agreement from scratch, which would additionally require climate provisions, truly enforceable currency disciplines, and the elimination of limits on consumer protections for food, product safety, the service sector and online platforms. The new NAFTA is not the template for future agreements, but establishes the floor from which we will continue to advocate for a new model of trade and globalization that puts people and the planet first.

  Written ~a week before the announcement. Still relevant?…
Trump’s New NAFTA Means Longer and Stronger Patent and Copyright Protections
https://bit.ly/2RWyjL5

AFL-CIO Endorses USMCA After Successfully Negotiating Improvements
https://bit.ly/2RQWnPp

Mexico objects to labor enforcement provision in North American trade deal
https://t.co/ZpBB22nnI5

World trade without rules? US shuts down WTO appeals court
https://apnews.com/a08cc387ff5c1af859e6f17020e29a91

With Major Reforms Needed to WTO Rules and Procedures,
Shutdown of Enforcement Regime Not Bad News
Data on 25 Years of WTO Rulings Substantiate Critics’ Concerns About WTO Threats
https://bit.ly/34nVMrh

Op Ed: The World Trade Organization Is Dying. What Should Replace It
Two decades after Seattle, it has failed to deliver on its promises.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/28/opinion/seattle-world-trade-organization.html

Related: https://www.democracynow.org/2019/11/27/1999_wto_protests_20_years_later

43% of US Households Report Preexisting Conditions
https://news.gallup.com/poll/269003/households-report-preexisting-conditions.aspx

Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019
https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/986

This bill nullifies the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Health and Human Services guidance titled “State Relief and Empowerment Waivers,” published on October 24, 2018. The guidance pertains to Section 1332 waivers (also known as State Innovation Waivers or State Relief and Empowerment Waivers), which allow states to forego certain requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in order to implement experimental plans for health care coverage, as long as the resulting coverage meets certain statutory criteria.

The guidance, which supersedes earlier guidance from 2015, alters agency interpretation of how states may satisfy the statutory criteria for waiver approval. For example, the guidance (1) redefines acceptable coverage under such waivers to include short-term, limited-duration insurance and association health plans; (2) allows the comprehensiveness and affordability of coverage under such waivers to be assessed based on projected availability, rather than enrollment; and (3) allows the level of coverage to be assessed based on the effects over the entire course of the waiver, rather than per year.

Related: https://www.cbpp.org/sabotage-watch-tracking-efforts-to-undermine-the-aca

Fortenberry, Bacon, Smith & 179 Republican colleagues voted against the bill…
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll196.xml

See chart…
Gallup finds 1 in 4 Americans say they have put off medical treatment for a *serious* condition because of the cost
https://twitter.com/dylanlscott/status/1204075461879508992

Health care CEOs took home $2.6 billion in 2018
https://tinyurl.com/vkcztrd

Scenes From the Ragged Edge of American Health Care
At a Remote Area Medical clinic outside the nation’s capital, doctors treat those who have fallen through the cracks in the system.
https://t.co/dAzGck2uI7

People in the U.S. are buying fish antibiotics online and taking them themselves
https://t.co/UDYFAY0vFY

See chart…
New #CPI Analysis from @DeanBaker13: “#inflation is well-contained…[however, there is] a pickup in medical care inflation, driven primarily by rising hospital costs and the soaring costs for health care insurance.” See details in Prices Byte. https://t.co/FaNm9DDOuQ
https://twitter.com/ceprdc/status/1204788934309502982

See chart…
…health insurance costs in the USA are up 20.2% in the past year,
according to CPI data out this morning.
https://twitter.com/byHeatherLong/status/1204771315355443200

***Baker: Lessons from Charles Lane and German TV on Health Care Costs
https://tinyurl.com/t7j8tbf

High health care costs, regardless of the payer,
are the result of how we structure the market
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1204384198284341253

Related: https://twitter.com/Drobsidian/status/1204469048450396161
https://twitter.com/Mass57th/status/1204483975940575232

Baker favors a public option *as part of a transion*… https://t.co/OxO3kl7rVk
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1206001652215320576

Note: As opposed to those who only support a public option to prop up the current system (i.e. no transition).

As House Democrats finish their first year in the majority since 2010, the Progressive Caucus is ending 2019 with its most significant legislative victory this Congress: The passage of a prescription drug bill.
https://t.co/DJLr5xqhp2

…the Progressive Caucus delicately made it clear to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that they would block the bill from getting to the floor by voting down the rule – unless Pelosi made changes.

The speaker had no choice but to play ball.

Pelosi agreed to increase the number of drugs up for negotiation to at least 50, and she restored a provision that would eventually restrict the ability of pharmaceutical companies to raise the price of a drug above the rate of inflation.

For now, it’s a symbolic victory. The bill is expected to go nowhere in the Republican Senate, and for all of President Donald Trump’s bluster about lowering prescription drug prices, he seems very willing to accept the pharmaceutical industry’s talking points against the legislation.

However, passage of the measure now could lay down a marker for a future president and Congress – and the willingness of the Progressive Caucus to finally use hardball tactics to extract concessions from Democratic leaders could be a signal of a tougher, more intrepid minority faction.

Baker: The Free College Battle
http://cepr.net/blogs/beat-the-press/the-free-college-battle

While these are important arguments for universal free college, there is another side of this issue that has been largely neglected. Specifically, Buttigieg and other proponents of means-testing tuition seem to have not grappled with the administrative difficulties of their plan.

There are many other important issues that will have to be dealt with when we get to the nuts and bolts of a free college policy. However, the concern that we could potentially be paying tuition for Bill Gates’ kids hardly seems like it should be at the top of the list.

  Folks who think Buttigieg’s means-tested college is more pragmatic than
Sander-Warren free college need to think some more https://t.co/0OBGEMKgAI
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1205511198474551296

No More School Districts!
At the root of educational inequality: the rich and poor districts that keep education segreated. Here are the three reforms we need.
https://t.co/DpOZ3cjg31

America’s prison-industrial complex is needlessly cruel and exorbitantly costly. “It’s an economic model that’s both unsustainable and it’s producing harm to our communities and the economic power of millions of Americans. And we can fix it.”-@shade_damion https://podcast.epi.org (video)
https://twitter.com/pdacosta/status/1204811913282162695

Update…
I’m at the @OAS_official, listening to them misrepresent the findings of their own audit of the Bolivian elections. https://t.co/b6GFk7ckdZ
https://twitter.com/JakobJohnston/status/1205240174558564353

Mexico delegate at @OAS_official laments that @ceprdc experts were not allowed to
present at today’s session on #Bolivia, pointing out that democracy means hearing varying
points of view. https://t.co/Chf3gTQ4B6
https://twitter.com/ceprdc/status/1205259236202164224

The @MisionMexOEA asked @OAS_official to allow @ceprdc to respond to the audit
report at today’s permanent council meeting. Despite it being their right to allow us to
speak during their allotted time, the OAS refused. So, here’s what I would have said.
https://t.co/b6GFk7ckdZ
https://twitter.com/JakobJohnston/status/1205265019421839361

It’s remarkable what lengths OAS authorities have gone to, in order to avoid having to
answer for their bogus reports & statements on Bolivia’s election. No talking to the media,
members of Congress, and now this. More amazing is that the media seems not to notice
any of this.
https://twitter.com/MarkWeisbrot/status/1205268937551699968

If I’m reading the NDAA conference report correctly, it looks like the House got completely rolled on every single policy issue. …
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1204231801587273728

I support parental leave for federal workers but, seriously, this is a domestic policy issue.
What is it doing on a Pentagon spending bill? Was this the leadership’s call? They have
a lot of explaining to do on why they caved on every single national security policy.
Looks weak. – See https://tinyurl.com/r2csrk2
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1204234269431934979

Weeks ago, a senior House leader told me that the most important thing was to pass the
#NDAA, even if they did it with a minority of the Democrats voting in favor. He may get his
wish. No Republicans voted for the House-passed bill; all will vote for this policy-free version.
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1204429446259859457

Note: Appears that the “centrists” have sided with Republicans… again.

See text graphic…
Congress approves deployment of the Trump adminstration’s dangerous and unneeded
“low-yield” nuclear weapon, a development that makes nuclear war more likely
https://t.co/6wWoFmsCH4 – See Rest of Thread
https://twitter.com/StephenUCS/status/1204224766783246336

See Khanna & Sanders statement…
Congress must vote against this disastrous Pentagon authorization – a bill of astonishing
moral cowardice. We do not need to shower Trump, his Saudi friends and the military-
industrial complex with a $738-billion taxpayer giveaway.
https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/1204244456020566016

See Pocan’s statement…
It’s time we have a national conversation on the endless increases in defense spending
that have gone unchecked for far too long. See my full statement on the #NDAA below:
https://twitter.com/repmarkpocan/status/1204240706073743360

Heads up folks: The House-Senate conference version of the FY20 NDAA includes the
Oorah Act (Sec 1224). This is the provision that legislates the US can seize assets
that are *not* under US jurisdiction to satisfy a court order against Iran.
https://t.co/CMqXc3EM0Z – See Rest of Thread
https://twitter.com/LaraFriedmanDC/status/1204233513530204160

See text graphic…
Interesting. The House receded on a provision that would have suspended
U.S. sale/export to Saudi Arabia and the UAE of air-to-ground munitions for one year.
– See Also https://tinyurl.com/qvy7oq3
https://twitter.com/DanDePetris/status/1204280751149240321

To recap, here are some progressive Dem priorities that *aren’t* in the final NDAA:
– blocking border wall $$
– low-yield nuke ban
– Iran AUMF
– end support to Saudis in Yemen
– overturn transgender troop ban
– repeal 2002 Iraq War AUMF
https://twitter.com/connorobrienNH/status/1204237159928082432

…the final NDAA is seriously flawed and we advise members to cast a “no” vote
with explanation.
https://twitter.com/DarylGKimball/status/1204425056853606400

NDAA 2020: Congress Neglects Its Responsibility Once Again
https://t.co/HD01oHhm1U

The Defense Policy Bill is a Vehicle for Unfettered Militarism; Don’t Call it ‘Progressive’
https://t.co/mqkVLiHa09

As a central part of his annual peace message, @Pontifex renews his moral call for nuclear
abolition: “nuclear deterrence can only produce the illusion of security.” A timely message as
the US funds new nuclear systems & risks arms control treaties https://t.co/tcVOduU08W
https://twitter.com/MonMontgomery_/status/1205511557083488257

Congress to Vote on $22 Billion Defense Increase One Week After Trump Slashed Food Stamps
https://theintercept.com/2019/12/10/ndaa-congress-defense-bill/

Are there only 41 progressives in the House?
Pelosi passes the bill…
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll672.xml

Democrats Retreat on Nuclear Policy
The 2020 authorization bill fails to check Trump’s worst impulses
https://t.co/jabyAVEw63

Excellent discussion by @brhodes & @TVietor08 on this week’s episode (at 22′ mark)
of failure of Dems to use their leverage on #NDAA to get major policy concessions.
GOP did it much better when positions reversed under Obama. Frustrating.
https://t.co/C1PdlWs48g
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1205151305737654274

Confidential documents reveal U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan
For nearly two decades of war in Afghanistan, US leaders have sounded a constant refrain: We are making progress. They were not, documents show, and they knew it.
https://t.co/TIIXYcWNyz

Related: https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1204464520732839938

2009 TYT: Matthew Hoh, Former Foreign Service Worker in Afghanistan
https://tinyurl.com/u62b9ee

2017: State Dept. Official Who Quit in 2009 over U.S. War in Afghanistan
Speaks Out on Trump’s Troop Surge
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CM1MeHwClV8

775,000 of our troops deployed.
2,400 American lives lost.
Over 20,000 Americans wounded.
38,000 civilians killed.
Trillions spent.
Rumsfeld in 2003: “I have no visibility into who the bad guys are.”
18 years later it’s time to get out. Now.
https://twitter.com/RoKhanna/status/1204035890231828484

See chart…
https://tinyurl.com/swa3ml2

Compare / Contrast…
The Lyndon Johnson tapes: Richard Nixon’s ‘treason’
https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-21768668

Note: In 1968 Johnson negotiated an end to the Vietnam War. To win the election Nixon sabotaged the negotiations then prolonged the war for over 6 more years (1975).

Compare / Contrast II…
Former Iranian president Abolhassan Bani-Sadr’s op-ed…
https://tinyurl.com/y9hmsmwy

Ayatollah Khomeini and Ronald Reagan had organized a clandestine negotiation, later known as the “October Surprise,” which prevented the attempts by myself and then-US President Jimmy Carter to free the hostages before the 1980 US presidential election took place. The fact that they were not released tipped the results of the election in favor of Reagan.

Note: Iran released the hostages the moment Reagan was sworn into office. I remember a live newscaster commented on the timing.

===2020 Watch List===
Inside the hate factory: how Facebook fuels far-right profit
Guardian investigation reveals a covert plot to control some of Facebook’s largest far-right pages and harvest Islamophobic hate for profit
– Revealed: Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib targeted in far-right fake news operation
https://tinyurl.com/yx2umec5

(Five) 2020 Candidates Sign Senators’ Letter Calling on Trump to Fire Stephen Miller
Last month, the Southern Poverty Law Center published hundreds of emails sent by Miller
to a reporter at the conservative Breitbart News, many of them racist and anti-immigrant
in nature https://t.co/PKWVC1eajh
https://twitter.com/haaretzcom/status/1204726411237310469

President Trump will sign an executive order defining Judaism as a nationality, not just a religion, thus bolstering the Education Department’s efforts to stamp out “Boycott Israel” movements on college campuses https://t.co/0avw7eseMc
https://twitter.com/nytpolitics/status/1204533600537972736

Defining Judaism a nationality creates a pretext to accuse Jewish Americans of dual loyalties.
https://twitter.com/beyerstein/status/1204548657137246209

With Trump’s anti-(apartheid protest) EO in place, @RepRiggleman (R-VA5) sends letter
to @BetsyDeVosED accusing @Georgetown @ccasGU of being the most “intolerant,
ideological, anti-Israel and pro-Islamist” in US, offenses include petitions signed by staff,
calls for Title VI funding review.
https://twitter.com/kampeas/status/1204939866083143681

The letter from @RepRiggleman to @BetsyDeVosED asking for a review of funding
for @Georgetown @ccasGU because of alleged anti-Israel bias.
https://twitter.com/kampeas/status/1205106907381411841

“War is peace. Freedom is slavery.  Ignorance is strength.” – George Orwell (1984)

As a Jewish American,let me be clear: This is one of the most despicable and moronic columns I’ve ever seen. the @dcexaminer and @TianaTheFirst should be ashamed. They have diminished the significance of actual anti-semitism and promoted their own unhinged Islamophobia. Sick.
https://twitter.com/DavidShuster/status/1205886051841003520

Few things have made my blood boil more this month than the outrageous and offensive *lie*
that @BernieSanders is somehow anti-Semitic. Just gross. I never imagined people would
pull this ****. He’s Jewish. He lost most of his family in the Holocaust. It’s utterly shameful.
https://twitter.com/shaunking/status/1206298097011380225

I’m Jewish. Making accusations of antisemitism against Bernie Sanders and @fshakir
is a straightforward corruption of Jewish politics. It’s time to stop using fake allegations
of anti-semitism to serve plutocracy. (thread)
https://twitter.com/matthewstoller/status/1205624253573402624

Related: https://twitter.com/mattkbh/status/1205938001404026881
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1205705607375982593

Thread on Trump Admin’s aborted plan to undermine the 4th U.S. Nat’l Climate Assessment
https://twitter.com/KHayhoe/status/1204764892168884226

Related: https://www.desmogblog.com/steve-koonin
https://www.desmogblog.com/William-Happer

Meanwhile…
Ted Wells Jr., who defended Exxon against a lawsuit by New York’s attorney general, has given half a million dollars to Democrats in recent decades.
https://theintercept.com/2019/12/12/exxon-climate-lawsuit-democratic-donor/

American Energy Alliance…
The conservative energy non-profit that campaigned against President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection is now set on targeting the Green New Deal and 2020 Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders’ advocacy for it.
https://t.co/awrKEPZSll

“It looks like a pretty standard fossil fuel industry front group attacking clean energy,” Josh Mandelbaum, an attorney with the Environmental Law and Policy Center, said of the ads.

Related: https://www.desmogblog.com/american-energy-alliance-aea

Health Insurance Industry’s Attack on ‘Medicare for All’ Relies on Old Playbook
When corporations sense a threat, they often frame the free market as the optimal venue for Americans to enjoy individual autonomy, writes Burton St. John III.
https://tinyurl.com/sl9hdeg

…a profit-driven system doesn’t necessarily equate to more choice or better outcomes.

Industry Seeks to Flatline Universal Health Care
A deeply funded lobbying group led by a former Hillary Clinton aide is out to kill Medicare for All. Its ideological roots run back to the Truman era.
https://capitalandmain.com/industry-seeks-to-flatline-universal-health-care

See referenced @P4AHCF comment…
Look at this grotesque health care industry front group – they do a fearmongering push poll telling people Medicare for All will destroy everyone’s lives, and then they tout poll results saying that – shocker! – people don’t want their lives destroyed.
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1204084672696733703

…A push poll is political telemarketing masquerading as a poll. …
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-truth-about-push-polls/

Many of the same attacks being made against Medicare for All were also made decades
ago in opposition to Medicare for seniors. Here are the facts: Medicare for All has been
in democratic platforms ever since FDR and Truman and it’s been the dream of our
party for over 70 years
https://twitter.com/RoKhanna/status/1204118263933759488

If anyone doubts the impact of special interests in opposing Medicare for All, simply turn on
the television in Iowa and you will see misleading anti-Medicare for All ads run by groups
like @P4AHCF. They will keep trying to muddy the waters but the economics are on our
side.
https://twitter.com/RoKhanna/status/1205963422220705792

Center for American Progress…
CAP Is Spreading Disinformation About Bernie’s Health Care Plan
This presidential campaign, the Center for American Progress has been put in the comical position of having to promote policies that they just a few months ago claimed were insane and politically suicidal. But one constant remains – they can’t stand Bernie Sanders.
https://t.co/JcSQ9oO8BW

See Neera Tanden’s comment…
NYT: “Medicare-for-all, in which all Americans would get their insurance from a *single*
government plan” is supported by:
– 81% of Democrats
– 64% of Independents
– 55% of All Americans
But yeah, let’s go with a bogusly worded Fox poll. It’ll make Blue Cross & CVS happy.
https://twitter.com/GunnelsWarren/status/1206283738075795459

The new Real Clear Politics poll shows 57% of Americans support a Medicare for All
program “that will eliminate all private health insurance companies.” That’s a jump of
2 points since May. New Poll: https://t.co/ylfdfp3urR Old: https://t.co/8bRpjLCdD4
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1204504449906950144

===2020 Watch List-Bias===
See chart…
Questions:
1) Why didn’t @MSNBC disclose that fmr Clinton aide @adrienneelrod is a paid DNC
consultant when she was attacking Bernie Sanders live?
2) Why is the DNC paying a consultant who is so openly biased against one 2020 candidate?
3) What work is Elrod doing for the DNC? https://t.co/GG94PA0mJn
https://twitter.com/WalkerBragman/status/1204634993605124096

Two years ago, @msainat1, @GeoffMiami, and I wrote about how the DNC was paying
Clinton loyalists as consultants in 2016. They would frequently attack Sanders publicly
even as they were helping craft the party’s messaging. https://t.co/QIwrVZYL1t
https://twitter.com/WalkerBragman/status/1204641105964404741

See text graphic…
So, this is first tweet on Elrod’s timeline right now:
https://twitter.com/WalkerBragman/status/1204644193462829056

Compare / Contrast…
See letter…
Who thanked @BernieSanders for all of his work
on behalf of @HillaryClinton’s fall 2016 campaign? Hillary Clinton.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1202811019191554048

No second place in this poll, sorry! https://tinyurl.com/wlbdvxa
https://twitter.com/kenklippenstein/status/1204468874441371655

Based on this Fox News headline and image, who would you think is in second?
You probably already know the answer. #BernieBlackout #ManufacturingConsent
https://twitter.com/AlanRMacLeod/status/1205133399565963270

CNN: What a lovely chyron
https://twitter.com/wideofthepost/status/1205149352798408704

For Corporate Media, Voters Are Obstacle to Buttigieg’s Centrist Rise
https://us20.campaign-archive.com/?u=e6457f9552de19bc603e65b9c&id=d9b1fde514

For WaPo’s Centrist Sources, Progressive Politics Are ‘Purity Tests’
https://us20.campaign-archive.com/?u=e6457f9552de19bc603e65b9c&id=dcd7e6a695

===2020 Presidential Candidates===
Elizabeth Warren… Feb 9th
We need a #GreenNewDeal to fight the climate crisis – and we need a #BlueNewDeal to protect and restore our oceans so they are a part of our climate solution, and so we can rebuild our blue economy. Read my plan for a #BlueNewDeal: https://t.co/hsvothNFFK
https://twitter.com/ewarren/status/1204400467222114304

Video
https://twitter.com/ewarren/status/1204549090887000066

.@ewarren’s #BlueNewDeal would also:
– fast-track American-made, union-built offshore renewable energy
while stopping all offshore drilling
– invest in regenerative ocean farming
– electrify all shipping ports
– protect wetlands
https://twitter.com/sunrisemvmt/status/1204447072696643586

Elizabeth Warren delivers economic policy speech in New Hampshire (video & text)
https://elizabethwarren.com/st-anselm-speech

Elizabeth Warren Explains Why America Needs a Wealth Tax
https://t.co/yIGJNQYsAb

No working strategy – and no transparency. The war in Afghanistan is the longest armed conflict in U.S. history, costing the lives of thousands of U.S. service members and Afghan civilians. It’s time to bring our troops home. https://t.co/tSl0GEeQDA
https://twitter.com/ewarren/status/1204108486583422976

See referenced WaPo reporter’s comment…
PSA: it’s 2019. There is no excuse for reporters and editors not to have a professional level of awareness of how readers consume news. If you don’t put pivotal information – like the fact that the $2M was over 30 years – in the headline and tweet, you’re misleading readers.
https://twitter.com/AJentleson/status/1203863857229418498

Coverage of Elizabeth Warren’s corporate clients
highlights one of the ways headlines are broken
https://tinyurl.com/usbcfca
—–
Bernie Sanders… Feb 19th
At this moment in our history despair is not an option. I’ve got four kids and seven grandchildren. I can’t give up. You can’t give up.
https://twitter.com/BernieSanders/status/1204185205080297473

This NYT story came out when I worked for @BernieSanders 20 years ago. It is correct: back then, Bernie was one of the only lawmakers truly fighting the insurance & drug companies.
Today he’s not alone – and if we keep fighting, we’re gonna win. #NotMeUs https://t.co/PA3hk50vau
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1204758516486926336

“The pharmaceutical industry has a lot of problems in Washington these days… but there
are few more persistent irritants than Representative Bernard Sanders.”
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1204760084988850180

Last night in Nashua, NH @berniesanders talked about his critics of Medicare for All.
Hementioned three groups:
1. Trump and Republicans
2. The health care industry
3. Establishment Democrats
Listen for which group got the loudest boo from the crowd
https://twitter.com/AnnieGrayerCNN/status/1205890982727880706

“if believing 500,000 americans should not be forced into medical bankruptcy every year
is radical, then we’re proud to be radical.”
https://twitter.com/cascamike/status/1205838206438182917

You can count on @BernieSanders to stand with us. He understands that unions are important. #PublicEdForum #AFTvotes
https://twitter.com/rweingarten/status/1205941071085232129

When I met John, a veteran, a few months ago, he had $139,000 in medical debt.
Thankfully today he is doing much better.
We must eliminate all medical debt – and when our veterans come home, they must receive the best quality health care this country can provide them. (video)
https://twitter.com/BernieSanders/status/1204148636579483654

@KillerMike on MSNBC (video)…
https://twitter.com/_ericblanc/status/1203848240967360512
—–
Pete Buttigieg… April 14th
Update…
McKinsey has allowed Buttigieg to disclose his clients
From a spokesman for the firm: “After receiving permission from the relevant clients, we have informed Mr. Buttigieg that he may disclose the identity of the clients he served while at McKinsey from 2007 to 2010.”
https://twitter.com/merica/status/1204151415398117377

***Wendell Potter thread…
https://twitter.com/wendellpotter/status/1204054770388013058

Doctor’s threaded response…
https://twitter.com/DrRobDavidson/status/1204142513243615233

Upon finding out that his educated guess was right…
***Wendell Potter’s followup thread…
https://twitter.com/wendellpotter/status/1204559969598742528

See referenced comment…
The bottom line: our healthcare system is designed to deny care to millions of people,
especially Black and brown people. If Buttigieg wants our trust, he needs to demonstrate
an understanding that companies like McKinsey and Blue Cross have enabled an unjust
and racist system.
https://twitter.com/rashadrobinson/status/1204800709427896322

tfw you helped a health insurer maximize profit, wildly reversed yourself on Medicare for All,
began attacking Medicare for All – and are now getting a boost from Managed Care Magazine
https://t.co/JGCHkSoXpi
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1204754032599764992

Thread…
https://twitter.com/AnandWrites/status/1204805402388582401

How McKinsey Makes Its Own Rules
https://t.co/CS6TSsVqgu

Several headlines related to Buttigieg saying, “I trust you to figure out your own health care.”
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1205595863030083585

Related: https://twitter.com/ENPancotti/status/1205917854681489408
https://twitter.com/everywhereist/status/1205561944884670464
https://twitter.com/schwarz/status/1205576930281611266
https://twitter.com/dukelarby/status/1205901018355109888

Buttigieg’s sudden attacks on Bernie’s college-for-all plan come at exactly the moment the WashPost reports that “Wall Street donors have a new favorite candidate in the 2020 Democratic presidential field: Pete Buttigieg.” – See https://tinyurl.com/vojv3oz and https://tinyurl.com/uw9rase
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1204220327355568128

See referenced comment…
Pete Buttigieg is running a negative campaign attacking the Democratic Party’s agenda – pass it on
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1205144307231076354

It would be great if a reporter asked Buttigieg how he is going to do his means test …
https://t.co/0OBGEMKgAI
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1204465768475197440

Buttigieg released his education plan
https://peteforamerica.com/policies/education/

Related: https://twitter.com/danielmarans/status/1205904993724837889

Inside the Financial Relationship Between Pete Buttigieg and Charter School Backers
https://t.co/KvyM5cLF41

Thread
https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1205647262950526976

Pete Buttigieg, in First Campaign for State Treasurer, Swore Off Bank Money, Citing “Conflict of Interest”
https://t.co/9eHfuQEr3L

Buttigieg: “I’m going to fight the influence of Big money in politics”
Voter: “So are you going to stop taking big money from corporations and billionaires”
@PeteButtigieg: “No”. (video)
https://twitter.com/AmirAminiMD/status/1203821639131172869

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1205609486532169728
https://theintercept.com/2019/12/13/the-search-for-a-pete-buttigieg-fundraiser/

Thread
https://twitter.com/Sludge/status/1204115960430497793

In 2000, Pete Buttigieg Wrote an Essay Praising Bernie Sanders. What, Exactly, Did He Admire?
Buttigieg’s politics are the inverse of Sanders’s ironclad democratic socialism, but spoken with the same resoluteness of tone and courage of conviction. – See https://t.co/5Rj4IwyNb4
https://theintercept.com/2019/12/10/pete-buttigieg-bernie-sanders-essay/
—–
Joe Biden… April 25th
Joe Biden Backed Bills To Make It Harder For Americans To Reduce Their Student Debt
https://t.co/08dRUMhQRR

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1205851851159199744

Reframing Biden (see referenced Biden comment)…
You shouldn’t be forced to fight for health insurance.
https://twitter.com/DanRiffle/status/1205208387895603201

Context: The Story Behind Dark Waters Affects You (Yes, You)
https://tinyurl.com/tkles7v

The new film #DarkWaters is about DuPont harming thousands of people
with toxic chemicals. Biden is now using the moment to proudly tout his loyalty to…
the du Pont family. – See following comment.
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1205363289217228800

…@JoeBiden, at the Fairmont in San Francisco, tells Dem donors of Delaware’s duPont
family: “And by the way I never demonized them. I’ve never run one of these campaigns
about – these super populist campaigns.”
https://twitter.com/jmartNYT/status/1205346847721738245

Here is @NinaTurner today in South Carolina explaining the clear contrast between @BernieSanders & @JoeBiden on criminal justice and Biden’s promise to his donors that “nothing would fundamentally change.” (video)
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1206369216787623937

Biden didn’t just vote to authorize the Iraq war for “peace and security.” He got it wrong at every stage, from invasion to occupation to a withdrawal that led to ISIS’ rise. @attackerman reports: https://t.co/3liUv6qzoa
https://twitter.com/thedailybeast/status/1205867621368975360

See referenced misleading Biden fundraising comment…
It’s true: the billionaires are coming…to try to help Joe Biden stop Bernie Sanders and the working-class movement behind our campaign: https://t.co/JPucNyGvg0
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1205230308003663879

Repeat for context…
1. All the “UK & US politics are the same” takes are inane
2. For all of the inane takes claiming Labour losses in England show US Dems are doomed, why are there no takes claiming SNP wins in Scotland show Dems aren’t doomed?
3. Reiterating: all takes equating UK & US are inane
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1205575997472563201

Note: Biden jumped onto that bandwagon…

See referenced comment; Correcting the record…
While Biden worked with George W. Bush as Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee
to pass the disastrous Iraq War resolution, Bernie passed landmark legislation as Chairman
of the Veterans Committee to make sure our veterans got the benefits they earned and
deserve. #Fact
https://twitter.com/GunnelsWarren/status/1205509047757279232

“From the moment the [vets] scandal broke in April 2014, it took Congress less than 4
months to produce a new law – a split second by Capitol Hill standards. That it happened
at all, and so fast, was a testament to the determination of Bernie Sanders.”
https://t.co/ytkfYcLeGw
https://twitter.com/GunnelsWarren/status/1205511702944649217

“9 months ago, I voted with my colleagues to give the president the authority to use force
& I’d vote that way again today,” Joe Biden, 7-31-03
“I am opposed to giving the President a blank check to launch a unilateral invasion
and occupation of Iraq,” Bernie Sanders, 10-09-02
https://twitter.com/GunnelsWarren/status/1205512848325185536

Related: https://t.co/H6z7FqJlRF
—–
Michael Bloomberg… Nov 2019
Billionaire Presidential Hopeful Mike Bloomberg Addresses Press at COP25 But Won’t Take Questions
https://www.democracynow.org/2019/12/11/mike_bloomberg_cop25_amy_goodman

Bloomberg Unveils Plan to Slash Emissions by 50% by 2030
Vows as president to immediately stop new construction of gas plants and retire all U.S. coal plants in the next decade
https://t.co/XxImXvAE0j

Bloomberg Just Bought CityLab – and Put Half Its Reporters Out of a Job
As part of the sale, the Atlantic is making layoffs.
https://t.co/3Lz3mR3Me7

Bloomberg is trying to buy his way to the presidency in the most blatant ways possible. https://bit.ly/35qIP1d
https://twitter.com/HeerJeet/status/1205992879878836224

===Republicans===
Donald Trump
The U.S. Has Almost No Official Presence at COP25 But Is Still “Obstructing Any Progress”
https://www.democracynow.org/2019/12/10/us_role_at_cop25_obstructing_progress

CBPP: Trump Rule Weakens SNAP’s Recession-Fighting Power
https://www.cbpp.org/blog/trump-rule-weakens-snaps-recession-fighting-power

Tipped workers (like waitstaff and bartenders) are about to get ripped off by a new Rule from the US Department of Labor. … (thread)
https://twitter.com/JoshShapiroPA/status/1205205691142754305

Tip Regulations Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
https://tinyurl.com/y4duncqp

The Trump International Hotel spent $569,000 on anti-union consultants in 2015-2016.
https://t.co/49Ouhm1GHN
https://twitter.com/EconomicPolicy/status/1204851683932672001

Thread on Trump’s trade war…
https://twitter.com/paulkrugman/status/1206223091053088769

Tariff roulette: @DeanBaker13 tells Housing Wire, “Trump seems to like the idea he’s playing a reality TV show host – ‘tune in and you’ll find out if I raise tariffs’ – but the economy hates uncertainty.” https://t.co/jzR0iF4rMi
https://twitter.com/ceprdc/status/1205533330378297345

Related: https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1205593617152143360

The trade-offs of global trade (with Dean Baker and Port Commissioner Ryan Calkins)
https://t.co/FU4fTxWY8Z

Soybean markets are unimpressed with Donald Trump’s big China trade deal
https://t.co/Mjt8hewkPU

Responding to Trump…
Yes, (the USMCA Trade Bill is) so important that if it were ten times as important, it may have a visible economic impact. …
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1204479737097117696

June Related: https://tinyurl.com/tx9gp7x

The US International Trade Commission (USITC, 2019) projects that the USMCA will bring small and skewed economic gains in the US, including:

– A one-time increase in GDP of only three and a half tenths of one percent (0.35%) six years after the agreement goes into force;

– A one-time increase in total employment of a small fraction of one percent (0.12%) six years after the agreement goes into force, mainly in low-paid service sector jobs;

– A one-time wage increase of about a quarter of one percent (0.27%) on average after 6 years.  Slightly larger wage increases would go to higher educated workers than to workers without college degrees, pushing the latter further down the income ladder.  …

CBPP Explainer:
Trump Administration’s ACA Repeal Suit Stance Is in Line With Its Health Care Agenda
https://tinyurl.com/uzxqsrl

Lavrov said today that Russia is ready to extend the New Start treaty. Pompeo then posed a host of distant goals he said would have to be accomplished before he would agree. I explain his game in a new article just posted today https://t.co/Q1ovrsA8IY
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1204550077450276864

This interceptor site – designed to hit missiles that Iran doesn’t actually have and may never have – isn’t just a dumb idea, it’s turning into a boondoggle. Why am I not surprised? https://t.co/rEyZRCktSq
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1204393547518087168

A Great Big Gift Not on Trump’s Disclosure Form: Giuliani’s Legal Advice
https://t.co/2Cv1gfeoqb

2017: How the Israel Anti-Boycott Act Threatens First Amendment Rights
https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech/how-israel-anti-boycott-act-threatens-first-amendment-rights

Alarmingly, the Senate bill had 58 cosponsors but the bill didn’t go anywhere
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/720/cosponsors?searchResultViewType=expanded

Now…
President Trump will sign an executive order defining Judaism as a nationality, not just a religion, thus bolstering the Education Department’s efforts to stamp out (the anti-apartheid BDS) movements on college campuses https://t.co/0avw7eseMc
https://twitter.com/nytpolitics/status/1204533600537972736

BDS stands for Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions – strategies used to end Israeli apartheid of Palestinians.

With Trump’s (anti-apartheid protest) executive order in place, @RepRiggleman (R-VA5) sends letter to @BetsyDeVosED accusing @Georgetown @ccasGU of being the most “intolerant, ideological, anti-Israel and pro-Islamist” in US, offenses include petitions signed by staff, calls for Title VI funding review. https://bit.ly/2toXkVf
https://twitter.com/kampeas/status/1204939866083143681

War is peace. Freedom is slavery.  Ignorance is strength. – George Orwell (1984)

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