Towards an issues-based 2020 election (57)


===2020 Big Picture===
In preparation for President Trump’s State of the Union speech, the Economic Policy Institute has assembled research from the last year that examines the real state of the union for working people on wages, manufacturing and trade, taxes, labor standards, housing, and immigration.
https://www.epi.org/blog/primer-the-state-of-the-union-for-working-people/

Most Iowa Democratic caucus-goers support a single-payer health-care plan
https://t.co/HbbJyByU3m

How to Figure Out Who “Won” the Iowa Caucuses
https://t.co/qZjDeyC1V8

I hope the moderators of the #DemDebate are going to ask every presidential candidate if:
1. They can get their agenda passed by a Republican Congress and
2. Who likes you?
God help us with these elementary school questions
https://twitter.com/ninaturner/status/1225960447750352897

People of Color…
It’s remarkable how much currency #Republican votes get at the #DemDebates. POC are relentlessly disenfranchised by the #GOP & yet POC votes are taken for granted. It’s not lost on me that it’s #BlackHistory Month & we still haven’t heard how we will grow the POC electorate.
https://twitter.com/DrSriram/status/1225960532223627265

Caucuses were on Monday. Results weren’t released until Friday…
Thread: Three different sources say a firm called “Shadow” developed the Iowa Dem caucus app. They haven’t responded to comment, neither has Iowa Dem Party. The firm was paid by both Nevada & Iowa Democratic Party, disclosures show. Also by Mayor Pete’s campaign.
https://twitter.com/lhfang/status/1224561674679488513

“Robust,” “scalable” not words that apply to Iowa Dem Caucus app [Updated] Untested platform from campaign tech startup buckles under strain of caucus tallies.
https://tinyurl.com/seljp8r

New Details Show How Deeply Iowa Caucus App Developer
Was Embedded in Democratic Establishment
https://theintercept.com/2020/02/04/iowa-caucus-app-shadow-acronym/

While there is no evidence hackers intercepted or tampered with the results,
a security firm consulted by ProPublica found that the app lacks key safeguards.
https://tinyurl.com/tf3aofe
https://twitter.com/propublica/status/1225170328118231042

…Turns out a skilled hacker could intercept – and even change – vote tallies
and other sensitive data if they wanted to.
https://twitter.com/jackgillum/status/1225177885788590081

Thursday we learned…
‘Clog the lines’: Internet trolls deliberately disrupted the Iowa caucuses hotline for reporting
results. Several officials at caucuses attended by NBC News reporters struggled with lengthy
hold times that made it impossible for them to report results over the phone.
https://nbcnews.to/2Sp79uQ

Related: https://bradblog.com/?p=13297

…several reports on Thursday confirm that there was an apparent effort by Trump supporting trolls to jam the phone lines used as the backup for precinct officials to phone in caucus results when the IDP’s smartphone app had failed. That element of the story is eerily similar to the 2002 GOP phone-jamming scandal during a U.S. Senate election in New Hampshire that year. Four Republican operatives hired by the party were convicted in a criminal scheme and the party had to pay NH Dems $125,000 in damages afterward. How does that tie to what happened in Iowa? We hope to report more on that on tomorrow’s BradCast. But for now, we hope it serves as a reminder that Russia is not the only threat to the integrity of U.S. elections. Not by a long shot.

    GOP’s Convicted 2002 NH Phone-Jammer Rings In on
2020’s IA Caucus Phone-Jamming Scheme: ‘BradCast’ 2/7/2020
https://bradblog.com/?p=13298

The #IowaCaucasDisaster must be dealt with in a way that’s fair to all candidates:
1. Finish the current count. Don’t leave it incomplete at 97%.
That locks in potentially misleading narratives.
2. Do a full re-canvass immediately.
3. Develop best practices for coming caucuses.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1225502674965159936

Amid irregularities, AP unable to declare winner in Iowa
https://tinyurl.com/wssht8x

With 100% of caucus results in, Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders
are in a near tie in state delegates
https://t.co/4bfUbaDBc3

Thread: IA Democratic Party attorney’s statement…
https://twitter.com/tripgabriel/status/1226360407423627264

Most primaries are run by state and local governments. But caucuses are different – and Iowa shows how that can be a problem.
https://tinyurl.com/vdq4lsj

Note: If caucus efficiency requires a change in law, the opposing party might not go along with it. NE Dems wanted to change the law but NE Repubs refused to help.

Is It Time To End The Iowa Caucus After Last Night’s Disaster?
https://t.co/Kpy9qnzly9

Boston Globe Editorial Board: “Kill the tradition: N.H. and Iowa should not vote first.
Some customs must die. Like the first-in-the-nation primary and caucuses.”
https://t.co/WCr0miFO4U
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1225426490596249600

Suggestion: Hold a national primary.

The app didn’t work.
The hotline wasn’t answered.
The results of the #IowaCaucuses could not be tabulated.
This is a fiasco.
And it should spell the end of “First-in-the-Nation” status for Iowa. https://t.co/W7LHvrCjZ9
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1224717134749749252

The problems that beset the Democratic Party’s first state caucus of the presidential race
ran far deeper and wider than one bad app. … https://t.co/Z1HKL7tC7p
https://twitter.com/NYTnickc/status/1226691075127070720

The DNC’s Move to Accommodate Bloomberg Stirs Outrage in Iowa
Candidates, members of Congress, and activists are outraged over debate rule changes that bow to a billionaire.
https://t.co/FKH8rwI9wX

Related: https://twitter.com/nowthisnews/status/1223678149202010112

In July 2019, the Mike Gravel campaign contacted the DNC after receiving over 65,000
unique donors.  On the call, a senior official swore that they would never change the debate
rules for any candidate. Six months later, they did exactly that.
Listen to them lie to our faces:
https://twitter.com/GravelInstitute/status/1223733471312596992

The Democratic National Committee refused to change debate rules to:
– organize a climate debate
– organize a poverty debate
– organize a diverse debate
*But* they agreed to change the rules to accommodate billionaire Mike Bloomberg.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1224191666468208640

DNC changes debate rules to accommodate a billionaire.
A group of DNC members discuss renewing the old role of superdelegates.
Iowa Democratic Party botches the tabulation of the #IowaCaucuses.
Democratic leaders have veered dramatically off course. https://t.co/W7LHvrCjZ9
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1224764069007306753

…In 2018, a group of savvy organizers executed a sophisticated digital and on-the-ground
strategy – which involved developing the breakthrough app @reach_vote – that knocked
out the heir to the Speakership, Joe Crowley. The party responded not by examining what
had happened, learning and absorbing lessons, but instead by simply banning any firm
who supports challengers to incumbents from working for the DCCC.
https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1225067578428723201
https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1225067579456282625

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1225094809724997633

Maybe the @dccc should worry less about punishing vendors who back primary challengers
and more about vetting vendors that produce apps.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1224776820685529088

New Hampsire Democratic Debate Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JCTY6MxJ4I

Really hit home for the debate to end talking about child poverty. Everyday my colleagues
and I take care of children who have faced the consequences of our failures as a society
to address their health, wellbeing, and access to material goods. They are the reason I fight.
https://twitter.com/doc_KJones/status/1225986052940132352

There seems to be a lot of outrage about the black-white wealth gap on stage.
This is your friendly reminder that our country’s tax policies continue to exacerbate the racial
gap remarkably efficiently. Spending can’t achieve equity alone. https://tinyurl.com/vafjdmw
https://twitter.com/Schieder_/status/1225978079572643841

When nearly 8 in 10 workers live paycheck to paycheck, poverty is not some abstract concept.
The American People need to hear from all the candidates on how to confront this moral crisis.
That is why we stand with @RevDrBarberto call for a national debate on poverty #DemDebate
https://twitter.com/ninaturner/status/1225982582023708672

Most knowing tweet of #DemDebate night comes from @Trevornoah and @TheDailyShow
https://tinyurl.com/qs9altj
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1225948072137691136

Note: The first few minutes of the following video apparently refers to comments from a previous video.

New Hampshire Debate: Biggest Winner and Loser
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9fl6fJolK0

===2020 Issues===
Antarctica logs hottest temperature on record with a reading of 18.3C (69.9F)
A new record set so soon after the previous record of 17.5C (63.5F) in March 2015 is a sign warming in Antarctica is happening much faster than global average
https://t.co/grudG3m8JI

…this week an iceberg twice the size of Washington DC broke off from Antarctica’s
Pine Island glacier–these massive calving events are becoming ‘increasingly common.’
https://t.co/ThoPQkq5nN
https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/1226921477292818432

January was a pretty intense start to the year. We know that this decade is going to be pivotal for the climate and humanity. But it doesn’t have to be terrifying.
Here are some things you can do now to get things going and ease the anxiety: https://t.co/Ee97H63PB5
https://twitter.com/Thelma_Lutun/status/1224452288686608384

First in a detailed thread…
In @nature today, my colleagues and I make the case that ending fossil fuel subsidies matters greatly, “in ways both material and political.” https://t.co/DydJFAFfvA
https://twitter.com/GeoffreySupran/status/1225147545527209986

China is installing enough #solarpower to cover a football pitch every hour of every day. They’re even making them look like pandas.
We have the solutions. Tell your gov’t to implement them. #ActOnClimate (video)
https://twitter.com/MikeHudema/status/1224868334388371456

…the Green New Deal is happening in China. https://t.co/5MgNUIxZ2g
It’d be nice too if richer countries like the US took some responsibility for climate change.
https://twitter.com/kevinmcashman/status/1225180835978129409

US broadband gaps are twice as bad as the government claims
Researchers estimate that 42 million Americans still have no access to either fixed or wireless broadband, double FCC estimates.
https://bit.ly/2uDt1uC

Eye opening short video…
https://twitter.com/_waleedshahid/status/1223385238379941889

Suggestion: Repeat the experiment with 1970’s data and wrap the two videos into one.

Related: https://twitter.com/NickHanauer/status/1224434030608695296
https://twitter.com/MarkWeisbrot/status/1225859866243235840

Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy
Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer
https://deanbaker.net/books/rigged.htm

Meanwhile…
CBPP: (Non-military) Programs Face Tight Funding in 2021
https://bit.ly/31v84OL

CBPP: Corporation-Friendly Treasury Regulations Reducing Federal Revenues
https://bit.ly/2StZn2S

A new article by @jaredgabybiegel released today by @ceprdc summarizes the struggle for a national paid leave policy, including state-level policies, and a critique of current proposals for a national policy. #PaidLeaveForAll https://t.co/t7MhCUun7w
https://twitter.com/ceprdc/status/1225112990497869825

The Farmer’s Share
https://nfu.org/farmers-share/

(National) NFU Candidate Calls for Dairy Incentive Zones
https://bit.ly/2OKb84m

The Left Becomes Center: Financial Transactions Taxes and Beyond (not Patreon)
https://cepr.net/the-left-becomes-center-financial-transactions-taxes-and-beyond/

Related: https://t.co/cOfMqebKKI

Last year, @AOC ‘s proposal for a marginal tax rate on incomes over $10 million at 70% received a ton of coverage.  A new poll from @DataProgress finds that 74% of Democratic voters and 50% of Americans overall support the policy – only 39% oppose it. https://t.co/QNyrh4efwx
https://twitter.com/_waleedshahid/status/1224436529088450566

Taxing the Superrich
For the sake of justice and democracy, we need a progressive wealth tax.
https://t.co/YOfKb1AXH5

Brookstone: A private equity (PE) thread
https://twitter.com/EileenAppelbaum/status/1226980497626222593

The U.S. Spends $2,500 Per Person on Health Care Administrative Costs.
Canada Spends $550. Here’s Why
https://time.com/5759972/health-care-administrative-costs/

Study finds single-payer health care plan would save money
https://bit.ly/37d5AWc

Iowa Caucuses…
Despite a fierce and well-funded campaign by special interests, a strong majority of Iowa
Democrats support a single-payer, Medicare for All system.
https://jacobinmag.com/2020/02/iowa-caucuses-medicare-for-all-m4a-democratic-party

Related: https://twitter.com/wendellpotter/status/1224887470090805248

@wendellpotter tells @KatyTurNBC why the one clear winner in Monday’s Iowa caucus was
Medicare For All – and the results were a nightmare for the health insurance industry (video)
https://t.co/AC84S1z4bE
https://twitter.com/M4A_NOW/status/1225849534237904896

The Hidden Disability Consensus in the 2020 Campaign
https://t.co/sFrTBAd6cY

CBPP: Adopting a State-Based Health Insurance Marketplace Poses Risks and Challenges
https://bit.ly/2H7yjRH

China’s Drug Patent Grab Makes Coronavirus Scary for Pharma
An attempt to patent a medicine developed by drugmaker Gilead raises intellectual property concerns and may cool the industry’s China ardor.
https://bloom.bg/2H3As0M

Great argument for publicly funded research on coronavirus…
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1225415280085438465

Factory farms provide abundant food, but environment suffers
https://bit.ly/2Sg6Yn7

The Government is Using its Foreign Intelligence Spying Powers for Routine Domestic Investigations
https://bit.ly/2H7NPNN

===2020 Watch List===
Google is selling (and profiting from) QAnon apps
despite prohibiting apps with content that “incites violence”
https://tinyurl.com/wq4w2c2

Countering PhRMA’s talking points…
Wouldn’t it be great if the results of all your clinical trials were fully available on line for clinicians and other researchers to benefit from?
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1225993184343293952

The Neuroscience of Picking a Presidential Candidate
How new technology is allowing campaigns to tap into the subconscious thoughts and feelings of potential voters.
https://t.co/uJmqwUg9Hc

Related: https://twitter.com/kenklippenstein/status/1226296483932200960

See graphic…
Bernie Sanders is the *only* candidate in Iowa facing a tidal wave of paid negative ads, both pro-Trump SuperPAC and right-wing, pro-biz Democrat PACs are running vicious negative ads. Other candidates skating by w/o such a big money hurdle.
https://twitter.com/lhfang/status/1224466971174957056

Responding to a can’t-doer in the media…
Rather than sitting in the peanut gallery during a time of crisis and telling us nothing can ever be better, maybe folks like you with vast resources and big platforms could instead actually try to help make things better.
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1226870147459108864

Manufacturing Success: CNN’s Premature Parade for Buttigieg in Iowa
https://us20.campaign-archive.com/?u=e6457f9552de19bc603e65b9c&id=f409491283

Four days after the Iowa caucuses took place, no victor has been declared and the vote remains mired in controversy and irregularities. But if you’ve been watching CNN for the last few days, you could be excused for imagining Pete Buttigieg had won.

Click text graphics…
What the NYT iowa prediction looked like for the past 48 hours and what it looks like now…
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1225298540169027589

I wonder if @SteveRattner can go on @Morning_Joe and show us a chart of how much money @MikeBloomberg has stashed in tax havens.
https://twitter.com/HeatherGautney/status/1225390227772055554

===2020 Watch List-Bias===
This, from the Washington Post editorial board, is climate denial https://t.co/DDsOSrTkTJ
https://twitter.com/KateAronoff/status/1226518617514237952

Right-wing media, Facebook spread false and debunked report of “dirty voting rolls” in Iowa
https://tinyurl.com/udunhys

Conservatives push false claims of voter fraud on Twitter as Iowans prepare to caucus. …
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1224408611415363586

Context: Story of Citizens United v FEC
https://storyofstuff.org/movies/story-of-citizens-united-v-fec/

Context: Money Unlimited
How Chief Justice John Roberts orchestrated the Citizens United decision.
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2012/05/21/money-unlimited

Brit Hume’s billionaire whopper
https://bit.ly/2SsGHk0

Meanwhile…
CNN Chyron: Buttigieg Fires Back at Sanders, Defends Billionaires’ Donations
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1227016857611206656

Leaked memo shows Fox knew Hannity’s show pushed Ukraine “disinformation” — but did nothing
https://bit.ly/2SiLRk2

Fox News is willingly participating in what it has correctly identified as a disinformation campaign
The network hosted Giuliani and Solomon this weekend, after news broke that an internal
Fox research report determined they’re not credible
https://bit.ly/2Sf9z0d

A truly classic column from Richard Pildes in the Washington Post https://t.co/BzF89YO2Ly – a complaint that small donor contributions over the Internet allow people he doesn’t like to get enough money to seriously contest political races.
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1226500490923405312

Responding to David Brooks…
House Democrats released their infrastructure plan less than a week ago.
https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/1225191488507777030

Since some people seem confused about this, we could have had a major infrastructure
bill, with overwhelming Democratic support, at any point in the past 3 years; Trump and
his party were the obstacle https://t.co/alnlqhyMBf
https://twitter.com/paulkrugman/status/1225212939482869762

How about 400 bills the House passed and sent to the Senate, where they gather dust.
Brooks even has a research assistant, so how he could tweet something this ridiculous
is hard to fathom.
https://twitter.com/DavidCayJ/status/1225254197051961344

Fabricated and wildly inaccurate: Peter Schweizer’s new book
gets bankruptcy law totally wrong in attack on Elizabeth Warren
https://tinyurl.com/twlez5n

The 20-year argument between Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren over bankruptcy, explained
A clash over a 2005 bankruptcy bill – and a broader contrast in worldviews.
https://tinyurl.com/y4lblrbz

The Erasure of Elizabeth Warren Continues
The media is ignoring that Warren beat Joe Biden… and outperformed her final polling
https://t.co/yYLqQmiLLq

See referenced NYT comment…
Warren doesn’t exist, apparently
https://twitter.com/EricBoehlert/status/1225936338127593473

After GOP voted to increase death and suffering among their constituents…
Fox News Doc (Saphier) Literally Argues
That Obamacare is Killing People By Covering Their Medical Care
https://tinyurl.com/qvydujm

See text graphic…
The WaPo today decided to leave out almost everything @BernieSanders did to lead the fight against the Iraq War. They tried to scandalize stuff with a nonsequitur quote from war proponent Dick Gephardt. But see the thread below for all the work Bernie did to try to stop that war. https://bit.ly/2Hf3YB4
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1226632647205519360

See text graphics…
In between these @JRubinBlogger columns, Bernie started surging in the Iowa polls
This is way, way, way beyond parody. It’s truly performance art at this point
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1224504665246560259

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1224510204617752576

It’s weird Bloomberg News said that to prevent a conflict of interest, it wouldn’t report on the 2020 race…then Bloomberg News published a story distorting Bernie’s Social Security record & not mentioning Mike Bloomberg proudly pushing to cut Social Security.
Weird, I tell you
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1225082622000259072

Correcting an ABC News report. (The final tally has yet to be announced)…
Bernie Sanders won 43% of nonwhite voters in the Iowa caucus, almost three times that of the next highest candidate, Pete Buttigieg
https://twitter.com/libbycwatson/status/1224887817052086273

To review: @MikeBloomberg hasn’t released his tax returns and lives part-time in an offshore tax haven. He also publicly touts that tax haven even as it has long been criticized for being a place where American corporations can use shady schemes to avoid paying U.S. taxes.
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1225122622196736001

Nonetheless, MSNBC has insisted to us that @MikeBloomberg is not, in fact, an “oligarch”
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1225123060895797248

Rep. Khanna responds to Democratic strategist James Carville’s skepticism that Sen. Sanders can win a general election against Pres. Trump, saying, “Look at what Carville said about Obama.” https://t.co/MYpJXUboDW
https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1227046614814150658

See text graphic…
When you see @JamesCarville incoherently attack @BernieSanders just remember:
Carville incoherently attacked @BarackObama in 2008, and Obama was absolutely
right about Carville right here https://t.co/bPodz4nz96
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1226932518521167877

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1227032898777186304

See referenced comments…
Who needs Fox News when Chuck Todd will compare the supporters of a Jewish candidate whose family was slaughtered by Nazis to Nazis
https://twitter.com/KateAronoff/status/1227006490206244864

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1227006550360723456

This reporter @DrewGriffinCNN claimed that he contacted me for comment. That’s a demonstrable lie. He also wildly mischaracterized an old tweet. I then asked both him & his producer to correct their story and they then went on air and repeated what they knew to be lies. Surreal.
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1226622678838038528

Bernie Sanders is a frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States & his agenda is supported by the vast majority of Democratic voters.
It would be better if there were some voices on cable TV who consistently reflected that indisputable reality.
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1226943129674080260

Jonathan Chait update…
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1225459203122139138

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1225496969562542080
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1225497961381101568

David Frum update…
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1226526862651711494
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1226556242228760576

===2020 Presidential Candidates===
Elizabeth Warren… Feb 9th
“People are worried that the fight against Trump is unwinnable… I’ve got a record of winning fights they said were unwinnable – from CFPB to unseating a popular R senator. Everyone thinks they know what fights are unwinnable – until we fight, persist, and win.” @ewarren #DemDebate
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1226081456994340864

Just a reminder: @ewarren’s … CFPB proactively investigated to see if lenders were cheating members of the military. Trump torpedoed that.
https://twitter.com/MaxKennerly/status/1226159456721031176

Another reminder: @ewarren ‘s brainchild, the @cfpb , used to have an Office for Students
that helped inform enforcement cases against servicers scamming students, and produced
data about the private student loan market no one else did or could. Trump torpedoed that, too
https://twitter.com/alexisgoldstein/status/1226175523719712770

I really appreciate Warren tying abortion rights to class.
Abortion restrictions never apply to the rich. #DemDebates
https://twitter.com/krystalball/status/1225970120750587916

Warren is right. The rich can afford to go to states (or even countries) that permit abortions.
It’s the poor and working class who suffer when abortion clinics are closed, or laws ban
abortions.
https://twitter.com/RBReich/status/1225979135509458944

Something that peaked our interest in this interminable health care-focused debate: Elizabeth Warren promises to use “march-in” rights to lower prescription drug prices
https://twitter.com/revolvingdoorDC/status/1225953636783706112

March-in Rights: A Lost Opportunity To Lower US Drug Prices
https://www.ip-watch.org/2017/05/18/march-rights-lost-opportunity-lower-us-drug-prices/

Immigration does not make this country weaker. Immigration makes this country stronger. #WarrenTownHall
https://twitter.com/ewarren/status/1225252976656343043

The way we keep America safe and reduce tension with Iran is to work with our allies, build out our State Department, get Iran back to the negotiating table, and back away from the edge of war. #WarrenTownHall
https://twitter.com/ewarren/status/1225255575296053253

@ewarren ‘s team weighs in on the low-yield nuke debate.
1) She’d take low-yield nukes of submarines. “These warheads are dangerous, unjustified, and destabilizing. We should be taking steps to reduce the chances of nuclear war, not searching for new ways to fight one.”
https://twitter.com/AlexWardVox/status/1226922515374714881

2) No more building low-yield nukes for arsenal. “A Warren admin. will reject the Trump admin.’s
return to the concept of nuclear war fighting. The idea that we could control or win a nuclear war
is dangerous and should be left in the dark years of the Cold War. With around 1,000 low-yield
weapons in our current arsenal, there is no need to build new ones.”
https://twitter.com/AlexWardVox/status/1226922516792463363
https://twitter.com/AlexWardVox/status/1226922518033915904

“I’m not running a race that has been shaped by a bunch of consultants. I’m not offering a bunch of proposals carefully designed not to offend big donors. I’m running a race based on a lifetime of fighting for working families.” – @ewarren Saturday (video)
https://twitter.com/WorkingFamilies/status/1226350116392644608

Savvy move by @ewarren  She opens Ames IA event with compliments for candidates who dropped out, speaking about what she learned from them. She wants the support of their supporters – and of the supporters of candidates who may not hit Caucus night thresholds. That’s good strategy.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1224073647289180160

I think @ewarren got a bad break in the #IowaCaucusDisaster. The story of a significant finish-well ahead of Biden, with evidence of key strengths-has been widely obscured (except in @joanwalsh ‘s fine reporting) by the counting fiasco and headlines based on incomplete returns.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1225457006993166340
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Amy Klobuchar… Feb 10th
As a Prosecutor, Amy Klobuchar Went After Somali Users of Khat, an Herbal Stimulant
Criminal justice scholars say that khat, an herbal stimulant used in parts of Northeast Africa and the Arabian peninsula, is no more harmful than tobacco.
https://theintercept.com/2020/02/03/amy-klobuchar-drug-prosecutions-history/

Related: https://twitter.com/shaunking/status/1225977598376894464
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Bernie Sanders… Feb 19th
CNN Town Hall video:
How does your Jewish heritage impact your vision of the world and politics?
https://twitter.com/People4Bernie/status/1225591362029965312

Just how rich are Wall Street speculators?
A tax of just a few pennies on their financial trading can fund tuition-free public college for all and erase all $1,700,239,090,564 in student debt.
This is how we make higher education a right in America.
https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/1224060237730271232

What do Amazon, Starbucks, Chevron, Netflix, GM, Duke Energy, Xcel Energy, Halliburton, Eli Lilly, JetBlue, U.S. Steel, FedEx, and Dow-DuPont have in common?
They all paid $0 in corporate taxes last year.
We need government of, by, and for the people – not huge corporations.
https://tinyurl.com/uhczcf6
https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/1224483698772520960

Undocumented immigrants pay more in US taxes than Amazon or Facebook do.
https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1225962095117766666

This is a country with more billionaires than any other nation. We also have most child poverty than every other major industrialized nation. That’s not an accident. It’s by design. It’s called a rigged system &that’s why the Billionaires are united against our campaign. #DemDebate
https://twitter.com/ninaturner/status/1225985059368423424

…clip of @BernieSanders explaining why we cannot allow #PetesBillionaires
to buy the Democratic primary (video)
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1226536797565374464

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1226154940164378624

Note: Three groups have surfaced: can do (left), can’t do (“centrists”) and won’t do (Republicans). Only one of those groups is aspirational and it’s not the group that Chuck Todd identified (above link).

Maybe – just maybe – instead of spending $1.8 trillion a year on military budgets and weapons of destruction designed to kill each other, we can pool our resources as a planet to fight our common enemy: climate change. https://t.co/rjlNpCR6Tr
https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/1225131204887941127

Last week, the House passed the No War Against Iran Act that I introduced with @RepRoKhanna
Senate Republicans now have a choice: Will they pass my bill and stand up for the Constitution? Or will they allow Trump to illegally lead us into a disastrous war in the Middle East? (video)
https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/1224339176713310215

We are earning Black votes in SC. Anyone who feels they’ve got a constituency’s on lock needs a history book!
A candidate’s record matters. Who @JoeBiden kept close & who he praised matters! I said what I said & I’ll say it again. #DemDebate https://t.co/7DhNRckOFD
https://twitter.com/ninaturner/status/1225978990386655233

NH Debate…
Sanders is *spot on.*
His policies, more than *any person in politics*, will lift children and families *out of poverty*.
– Medicare for All.
– College for All.
– Green New Deal.
– Massive Home Ownership Programs.
– Elimination of All Student Loan Debt.
– Overhaul of Entire Justice System.
https://twitter.com/shaunking/status/1225984008372326400

Sanders is not beholden to 40 billionaires.
He’s beholden to teachers, nurses, forklift drivers, fast food workers, Amazon workers, baristas, factory workers, servers, cashiers, and truck drivers.
In other words, he’s beholden to you. #DemDebate
https://twitter.com/gardengn0me/status/1225978312524226560

“There is no excuse for black women dying in childbirth at three times the rate that white women are.” – Sanders #DemDebate
https://twitter.com/ZephyrTeachout/status/1225974689882918913

“We have a racist society from top to bottom.” — @BernieSanders is dropping some hard truths here. 59% of America’s uninsured are people of color. That’s not an accident. It’s the racist impact of insufficient policies. *Now* is the time for #MedicareForAll. #DemDebates
https://twitter.com/DrSriram/status/1225974280296566784

“Maybe, just maybe, the world can understand that instead of spending $1.8 trillion a year globally on weapons of destruction .. maybe we pool our resources and fight our common enemy – climate change.” – @BernieSanders The #ClimateCrisis is a public health crisis. #DemDebate (video)
https://twitter.com/NNUBonnie/status/1225968505285050370

Click text graphics…
Responses to The Washington Post on the question: “Do you support cutting the defense budget from its current levels? Buttigieg vs. Sanders https://t.co/o84i2OUSXI
https://twitter.com/JStein_WaPo/status/1226983985638780936

Sanders Campaign Releases Internal Caucus Numbers
We recognize that this does not replace the full data from the Iowa Democratic Party, but we believe firmly that our supporters worked too hard for too long to have the results of that work delayed…
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1224579779766046720

Related: https://twitter.com/BNeidhardt/status/1224829671155601408

See chart…
With 97% of precincts counted in #IowaCaucus results, @BernieSanders is now more than 2,500 votes ahead of @PeteButtigieg  Sanders is more than 10,000 votes ahead of @ewarren and more than 20,000 votes ahead of @JoeBiden
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1225306787081003008

Click chart…
How well did @BernieSanders perform in the #IowaCaucus results from the #SatelliteCaucuses
where working people who could not make it to regular caucuses were allowed to have a voice
in the process? Very, very well.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1225313051324190720

On Rising with @krystalball & @esaagar – I talked about why the #IowaCaucusDisaster shouldn’t obscure the remarkable stories of working-class immigrants, young people and other first-time caucuses who gave @BernieSanders his popular-vote lead. https://t.co/LZy0hQrx6R
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1225543543583920128

Sanders Surged in Iowa on a Wave of New Voters
https://t.co/bdLS1FilyE

Neighbor, the time is now
https://twitter.com/KyleKulinski/status/1223840227179008000
—–
Pete Buttigieg… April 14th
…Pete Buttigieg Has Most Exclusive Billionaire Donors Of Any Democrat
https://bit.ly/2UsuHBX

Pete Buttigieg lures even closer look from Wall Street donors
following strong Iowa caucuses performance
https://wapo.st/2OAYHrk

Related: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvNRRef0fGQ
https://fortune.com/2019/10/24/pete-buttigieg-wall-street-business/
https://bit.ly/39d8JGZ

New…
Pete Buttigieg is seeing support from dozens of business execs since … Iowa. Many of them
were on the sidelines of the Democratic primary. David Heller, a former executive at Goldman
Sachs, has privately indicated he will back Buttigieg. https://t.co/qEgYs5EP7j
https://twitter.com/schwartzbCNBC/status/1226988177883357184

Heller helped raise up to $500,000 for President Obama’s first run for the White House in
2008. Meanwhile, Joe Biden donors have started to see outreach from Buttigieg’s bundlers
as they look to pick them off from the former vice president.
https://twitter.com/schwartzbCNBC/status/1226988639889977344

For reference…
Amid irregularities, AP unable to declare winner in Iowa
https://tinyurl.com/wssht8x

“While being very clear in his political values, @BernieSanders was actually pretty
successful in working with people across the aisle” – what @PeteButtigieg argued
before he started taking billionaire cash (video)
https://twitter.com/_ericblanc/status/1226567574613155840

Pete Buttigieg’s Policy Director Has Been Traveling the Country for Months to Meet With
“Investors” in His Campaign. Sonal Shah, Buttigieg’s national policy director, has been
meeting with high-level donors on at least a weekly basis throughout the fall and winter.
https://theintercept.com/2020/02/10/pete-buttigieg-fundraisers-sonal-shah/

Pete Buttigieg calls for deficit reduction and claims the mantle of fiscal hawk in the Democratic field, while conceding that it’s “not fashionable in progressive circles.”
He also takes a shot at Bernie Sanders on the cost of Medicare for All. https://t.co/tpnJppeslM
https://twitter.com/sahilkapur/status/1226607696658472961

Related: https://twitter.com/KFILE/status/1226554643234394115

Buttigieg wants to raise the unemployment rate, especially for African Americans and
Hispanics. That’s what his whining about deficit reduction means. If he is too ignorant
to know this, he should do some homework before he runs for president next time.
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1226648010559385601

Related: https://bit.ly/2vimjKG
https://bit.ly/2vkZZA2
https://bit.ly/31M128f

By the way, anyone who claims to be concerned about the burden of the debt better also
be talking about the burden created by government-granted patent and copyright monopolies,
otherwise they are either not serious or don’t know what they are talking about
https://t.co/sadUSIRRdQ – Also see https://t.co/723vgSOCNO
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1226650594242224128

It’s amazing how people who hysterical about $300 billion in interest payments
(1.4% of GDP), don’t notice at all $400 (1.8% of GDP) billion in annual patent rents
going to drug companies. …
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1226855241728974851

We Can Develop New Drugs Without Patent Monopolies…
https://t.co/tDO6TXRJcp

For those who think of the Clinton years were some sort of golden age
fostered by deficit reduction, please look at this 2005 paper https://t.co/oXuHIF6qQp
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1226652470576730112

Private debt exploded. It was a bubble economy (followed by
an even worse bubble economy in the 2000s), and left us far worse off.
https://twitter.com/realistleft/status/1226653876016865280

I honestly can’t think of a worse platform for Democrats to run on.
It also betrays a deep economic illiteracy given how low interest rates are.
https://twitter.com/ObsoleteDogma/status/1226645363916001280

And it shows an ignorance of the debates over deficits in the current economic environment.
https://twitter.com/Prof_CEW/status/1226646339657838593

It would be great if a reporter would ask Buttigieg whether he is completely ignorant of the
debates over deficit among progressives for the last dozen years or whether he is just saying
this to curry favor with wealthy Wall Street types.
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1226645594652807168

Backgrounder thread on Buttigieg’s embrace of austerity…
2017 Context: The Sad And Hilarious Story Of America’s Most Incompetent Deficit Hacks
https://t.co/DBaZ3RgaKu

Earlier this week, Politico’s Byron Tau reported on the sad state of The Can Kicks Back, a deficit-hack outfit spun off of Fix The Debt, whose unique strategy in the “OMG TEH DEFICITZ” Wars was to attempt the enlistment of millenials in the effort to impoverish their grandparents.

  See referenced report on Buttigieg supporting deficit hawks…
Now  we know who The Can Kicks Back reached
https://twitter.com/ddayen/status/1226610091266199552

See referenced comment
This wasn’t an off-handed comment either.
https://twitter.com/ddayen/status/1226610833116917760

See referenced comment
That’s Pete’s team lifting up the Progressive Policy Institute, and here they are lifting up
the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. It sounds like 2 separate analyses,
but they’re both part of the Peterson deficit hawk empire, so really it’s 1
https://twitter.com/ddayen/status/1226611342318002176

PPI is the “radically pragmatic” (their words) think tank of the DLC/New Dems, which has
been consistently wrong about its budget scaremongering. Interest rates haven’t soared,
inflation hasn’t gone nuts. These are liars who use big-sounding numbers to prevent progress.
https://twitter.com/ddayen/status/1226611838575464449

See referenced comment
Here’s the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) supporting Trump’s
proposed cuts to Social Security and Medicare. This is the organization Team Pete
is relying on for fiscal analysis
https://twitter.com/ddayen/status/1226613051492687872

In fact, CRFB has consistently groused that Trump’s budget
doesn’t cut Social Security and Medicare enough https://t.co/UHsrENjs5E
https://twitter.com/ddayen/status/1226613457820143617

Click text graphic…
In the last 24 hours, Pete Buttigieg and the Trump administration promoted the same talking
points that are typically used to justify cuts to Social Security and Medicare:
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1226890755232366595

A few responses to this debate video clip…
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1225956595315572736

Or all who want it…
Why a M4A public option won’t work
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article234971212.html

When “moderate” Democrats attack Medicare for All, listen closely how they won’t discuss
the uninsured, the sick people going bankrupt, high the price of drugs. They want to talk
about cost and people “losing their insurance” as if they would lose their care. #DemDebate
https://twitter.com/DrIbram/status/1225956581759647745

Reminder: Buttigieg is taking money from pharma. – See https://tinyurl.com/tmxc4bx
https://twitter.com/jljacobson/status/1225966322674102272

Pete Buttigieg touted his support for Medicare for All… until #PetesBillionaires started
funneling him cash – then he suddenly turned around and started criticizing Medicare
for All. https://t.co/LPUIx4wBRB
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1225960596618629120

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1226256138754093056

Pete Buttigieg Trivializes the Impact of Trade on US Job Losses
https://www.cepr.net/pete-buttigieg-trivializes-the-impact-of-trade-on-us-job-losses/

I like how Pete maintained a straight face while he basically argued that having his
campaign bankrolled by #PetesBillionaires is actually an altruistic and principled act
of unity and consensus
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1225981332410355712

Buttigieg is wrong – free college should be free for all, including children of the rich
https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-12-02/buttigieg-free-college

The 2020 Climate Test
https://350action.org/2020-tracker/#scorecard

Note: In general Buttigieg supports middle of the road policies, claims real solutions are polarizing and ignores the fact that middle of the road policies have left millions behind as inequality continued to grow.

Related: https://twitter.com/DrIbram/status/1225983601524846594

Compare / Contrast with Sanders’ comment…
When I ran for Congress we won a seat that had been Republican for decades.
I passed more amendments than any member from 1995 to 2007. #DemDebate (video)
https://twitter.com/BernieSanders/status/1225959688220684291

One of the few areas where Buttigieg actually has a policy record is on policing and it is not good. He’s getting hit hard on it tonight. #DemDebate
https://twitter.com/zachdcarter/status/1225972797589073920

Buttigieg’s Invisible (South Bend, IN) Black Police
https://t.co/1jitvd2tPn

So Buttigieg, confronted by the facts of what his administration did on pot arrests, twice
lied and denied it. Then pressed a third time he admitted it was true, but claimed the pot
arrests were linked to gangs and murderers. @akela_lacy has the data that question
came from: https://t.co/uKBfKjWwEx
https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1225974914324234240

Pete Buttigieg Repeatedly Dodged a Question About Black Marijuana Arrests in South Bend –
Then Invoked Gangs
https://theintercept.com/2020/02/10/pete-buttigieg-black-marijuana-arrests/

While @StatusCoup covered @PeteButtigieg NH rally earlier that *we had media credentials for,* a Buttigieg staffer went up to my cameraman @cinematicjones – an African American – & pulled his name tag off before saying:
“I don’t think you’re supposed to have credentials.” (video)
https://twitter.com/JordanChariton/status/1226633045731618821

Click text graphics…
…If you’re running for president, you need to answer foreign policy questions. maybe your answer is popular or unpopular… but you should answer. https://t.co/Az7VyFwYnz
https://twitter.com/owillis/status/1225875168112889856

Buttigieg simply didn’t answer a bunch of the questions here. Bernie, Warren, and Biden did.
https://twitter.com/owillis/status/1225875717998751744

…if you’re patterning yourself after Barack Obama, let’s remember that Obama ran in 2008
with a very open position on the most important foreign policy issue since vietnam:
ending the iraq war.
https://twitter.com/owillis/status/1225876038204493826

Click graphics…
I mean… cmon. *Come on!*
https://twitter.com/owillis/status/1225876798875062277
https://twitter.com/owillis/status/1225878019841064960

One theory…
https://twitter.com/RedMeansGo33/status/1225947641823059969

“Just about all of the candidates said they would re-enter the Iran nuclear deal that Trump
abandoned in 2018, as long as the Iranians also came back into compliance.” Very positive
that Iran diplomacy is the strong consensus position among Democrats. https://t.co/SdhroOjNSe
https://twitter.com/mattduss/status/1225878230734966784

Click text graphics…
Responses to The Washington Post on the question: “Do you support cutting the defense budget from its current levels? Buttigieg vs. Sanders https://t.co/o84i2OUSXI
https://twitter.com/JStein_WaPo/status/1226983985638780936

“By all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious,” Pete Buttigieg said in a late-night speech. 0% of Iowa caucus results are in.
https://twitter.com/nprpolitics/status/1224566712605052930

Related: https://us20.campaign-archive.com/?u=e6457f9552de19bc603e65b9c&id=26b60b9d13

The McKinsey guy declaring victory before votes have even been counted
is just a little too on the nose #IowaCaucus
https://twitter.com/RoseAnnDeMoro/status/1224585315420999680

Pete Buttigieg’s campaign donors include top McKinsey employees
Forty employees have contributed to the former mayor’s campaign
as experts say his ties have ‘cast a shadow of questions’
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/27/pete-buttigieg-mckinsey-donations

Why Buttigieg’s Shadowy Consultant Past at McKinsey Matters
https://tinyurl.com/sejn68k
—–
Joe Biden… April 25th
First in a detailed thread…
As Iowans prepare to caucus tonight, this new story by @onesarahjones is a must-read about how a health insurance company harming Iowans is boosting Vice President Biden’s campaign as he opposes significant health care reform. Let me explain https://t.co/Hyl5a9fCPg
https://twitter.com/wendellpotter/status/1224465468284657666

Biden’s health care proposal, by his own admission, leaves 10 million americans without insurance and many, many more underinsured.
https://twitter.com/cascamike/status/1225953022058156043

Politicians have lied about social security. The US must elect someone who’ll fight for it
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/02/social-security-benefits-future-2020

Related: https://twitter.com/BernieSanders/status/1223407677553938433

***After the Iowa Caucus***…
Biden at tonight’s CNN town hall accused Bernie supporters of “misrepresenting” his record on social security & lied by saying he’s been a “strong supporter of social security” his whole career. No pushback from Anderson Cooper. (video)
https://twitter.com/ibrahimpols/status/1225242110141632512

After getting crushed in Iowa on the Social Security issue, Biden is somehow still trying
to erase 40 years of his own record trying to cut benefits & freeze funding for the program.
His tactics won’t work, because the facts are the facts right here:
https://t.co/J9VLm6qFx3
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1225243475215446016

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1225247191612022784
https://twitter.com/GunnelsWarren/status/1225226402322100231

Question: How much of his Iowa defeat was due to his repeatedly lying about his record?

Joe Biden Is on Both Sides of the Debate Over Medicaid Privatization
https://t.co/Hyl5a9fCPg

Wendell Potter thread…
https://twitter.com/wendellpotter/status/1224465469937201152

Biden in #NHDebate: “It’s a long race. I took a hit in Iowa and I’ll probably take one here.”
Now that @JoeBiden has conceded, who will his New Hampshire backers support?
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1226103684389638144

Tonight @JoeBiden continued his lies about being in the Civil Rights Movement.
He’s been telling these lies for 50 years, but has not been held to account for them.
*It must stop now* https://bit.ly/2HbFdFS
https://twitter.com/shaunking/status/1225975222563692544

Biden: Who could have known Bush & co. was lying about Iraq?!?
Sanders: “I listened very carefully, and I concluded that they were lying through their teeth” #DemDebates
https://twitter.com/ENBrown/status/1225964154810519552

The sheer collapse of Biden’s campaign on display precinct-to-precinct is possibly the biggest story of the night. Sanders campaign’s relentless messaging around Biden’s past support for Social Security cuts seems to have worked very well. #IowaCaucuses
https://twitter.com/kgosztola/status/1224513138088927234

In hindsight, Biden spending the last month talking about his Social Security record
may not have been the best tactic
https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1224324253924888579

See referenced comment…
Love that the discourse immediately became all about warning Left Twitter not to spread
conspiracy theories and misinformation while the Biden campaign leaked a memo calling
the eventual results into question and Pete literally went on TV and declared himself the
winner
https://twitter.com/dcwoodruff/status/1224701852547194885
—–
Andrew Yang… Nov, 2017
Yang seems to have missed the huge slowdown in productivity growth over the last 15 years
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1225976330342162433

…the market does not make the tech folks hugely rich, our policies on things like patent and copyright monopolies make people hugely rich. …
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1225982203428913154

Technology, Patents, and Inequality…
https://tinyurl.com/v7bj56v

First in a thread…
It is amazing that Andrew Yang said we can eliminate racism by giving people of color “buying power.” As if buying power will prevent me from being killed by racist cops. #DemDebate
https://twitter.com/DrIbram/status/1225974499364962306

No – @AndrewYang – the whole capitalism/socialism dichotomy is *not* completely out of date. It is more relevant today than at any time in history. #DemDebates
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1225952753190678529
—–
Michael Bloomberg… Nov 2019
After the Iowa caucuses focused so much on Social Security, it’s worth now remembering that @MikeBloomberg has pushed to cut Social Security. In 2012, he said “entitlement cuts being discussed are both less than what I & many others believe are necessary”
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1224737821224648705

@tperry518 asks Mike Bloomberg how his net worth increased from $4 billion in 2001 to $33 billion when he left office in 2013. Bloomberg says he won’t release his tax returns until “sometime in March.” Voting starts on Monday.
https://twitter.com/OrganizingPower/status/1223776150587084800

2010: Bloomberg’s Offshore Millions
https://observer.com/2010/04/bloombergs-offshore-millions/

It was a dark time for the city. In 2008, and early into the next year, morale was low, Wall Street was sputtering and Mayor Michael Bloomberg was steeling New Yorkers for pain. Brace for service cuts and tax hikes, he warned-while also pledging to find a way to keep tax money, particularly from the city’s richest citizens, from fleeing.

“I’ve said this before, but the first rule of taxation is, you can’t tax too much those that can move,” Mr. Bloomberg intoned on a radio show late in the crisis. “You know, we’re yelling and screaming about the rich. We want the rich from around this county to move here. We love the rich people.”

And yet the richest New Yorker of them all – Mr. Bloomberg himself – had been ignoring his own advice.

According to an extensive review of the mayor’s financial records by The Observer, even as Mr. Bloomberg was trying to counter the loss of taxes and other income from the richest New Yorkers, the foundation he controls was in the process of shuttling hundreds of millions of dollars out of the city and into controversial offshore tax havens that would produce nothing at all for the city in terms of tax revenue.

    New York’s Mayor, but Bermuda Shares Custody
https://t.co/h7LXmInmKs

Related: https://t.co/VaNjtqRAc1
https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Bloomberg-Foundation-Moved/210569

Michael Bloomberg Hits Quarter-Billion Mark in Campaign Spending
https://tinyurl.com/shevf32

Confirmed: Former New York Mayor @MikeBloomberg is planning to expand his staff
to at least 2,000 personnel nationwide and to double his ad spending in the television
markets where he’s currently airing commercials touting his candidacy.
– See https://t.co/OXkhNtWBhx
https://twitter.com/edokeefe/status/1224758859853635584

Ross Barkan…
An oligarch has bought his way into the 2020 race. Why is no one talking about this?
Michael Bloomberg has already spent more of his own money than Trump or Tom Steyer.
He’s making a joke of our democracy – and Democrats should be appalled
https://t.co/wPZjvvooM2

Oligarch of the Month: Michael Bloomberg
The former NY mayor is trying to spend his way to the White House
https://t.co/Qahf63e0iE

…Chris Matthews and @DrJasonJohnson are getting the vapors because @ninaturner
called Bloomberg “an oligarch.” Dude just bought his way onto a presidential debate stage.
How the he– could any sane person not think he’s an oligarch?
https://twitter.com/DanRiffle/status/1224494113514491905

Bloomberg ad just on MSNBC sets Guinness record
for most substance-free platitudes spoken in 30 seconds. …
https://twitter.com/ddayen/status/1224504398274936832

Bloomberg Campaign Ran Ads Asking Voters How He Should Spend His Money
https://theintercept.com/2020/02/06/mike-bloomberg-campaign-ads-facebook-money/

Mike Bloomberg could pay all 2100 of his campaign staff $1 million each, spend $3 billion
on ads & still have $55 billion left to spend from his estate in the offshore tax haven of Bermuda
Meanwhile tens of thousands of Americans die each year because they cant afford healthcare
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1226977642819309570

See chart…
…at some point Bloomberg is mass bribing cable/local news. Usually this isn’t an issue
because candidates effectively cancel each other out but when it gets to $1B, $2B we’ll
have one candidate underwriting the whole TV news industry.
https://twitter.com/adamjohnsonNYC/status/1226615363527495680

Mike Bloomberg’s campaign gripes that it is “insulting” when @BernieSanders says:
“He is spending hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars to buy the election.
There’s something wrong with that.”
It’s not insulting.
It’s true. https://t.co/JeVpzhL8JT
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1226489695082860544

Note: Bloomberg didn’t engage voters on the issues during last year’s debates or the Iowa Caucuses. It took the DNC changing the rules to get him on last week’s debate stage… after he had previously given the DNC money.

It’s weird Bloomberg News said that to prevent a conflict of interest, it wouldn’t report on the 2020 race…then Bloomberg News published a story distorting Bernie’s Social Security record & not mentioning Mike Bloomberg proudly pushing to cut Social Security.
Weird, I tell you
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1225082622000259072

Bloomberg Plagiarized Parts of At Least Eight of His Plans
https://theintercept.com/2020/02/06/mike-bloomberg-campaign-plagiarization/

===Republicans===
Joe Walsh…Aug 25th…
Joe Walsh Suspends Republican Presidential Campaign
https://tinyurl.com/trbmwe7
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Donald Trump
After Trump whipped up hatred against Adam Schiff, an Arizona man has been accused by federal authorities of threatening to kill Schiff. In the accused’s home, police found an AR-15-style rifle, two pistols & more than 700 rounds of ammunition. https://t.co/VHeRwlHCBx
https://twitter.com/greenhousenyt/status/1224681196560486400

The True State of Our Union under the Trump Administration
– Instead of supporting families, fair lending and consumer protections weakened
– Economic growth only for the wealthy
– Voting rights suppressed
– Nothing done about student debt
– An extremist anti-environmental agenda
https://www.demos.org/blog/true-state-our-union-under-trump-administration

Primer – The state of the union for working people
https://www.epi.org/blog/primer-the-state-of-the-union-for-working-people/

Trump claims he’s protecting preexisting conditions – as he sues to get rid of them
– See https://tinyurl.com/y62uy5fm and  https://tinyurl.com/rtyjhvz
https://t.co/vpPuHn5J4n

At the State of the Union, Trump asked the House to pass a bill to lower the cost of
prescription drugs. That’s good. The only problem? We already did. And he threatened
to veto it. https://t.co/9u2k2hBXI1
https://twitter.com/AdamSchiff/status/1225479131514564608

Click chart graphic…
…this (December) @CenterOnBudget table is the perfect BS detector for Trump admin
claims that their health care “plan” does anything other than deny pre-ex protections and
reduce coverage/benefits. You’ll want this handy when they release their budget on
Monday. https://t.co/WBPOYzPkb4
https://twitter.com/econjared/status/1225515743543996416

Related: https://twitter.com/rebeccavallas/status/1225554221929574412

Trump’s hostile agenda against low-wage workers
Yes, the tight labor market is boosting low-wage growth.
But the Trump administration is pushing hard in the other direction
https://t.co/SYC3Ulgc9t

CBPP: 2021 Trump Budget Would Increase Hardship and Inequality
https://bit.ly/39pSfLM

CBPP Greenstein: President Trump’s 2021 Budget Would Widen Country’s Divisions
https://bit.ly/2UCdplU

CBPP: President’s Paid Leave Proposal Would Push Costs to States, Produce Stark Disparities
https://bit.ly/2usjYNk

Trump’s budget proposal shreds Social Security and Medicaid benefits
https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2020-02-10/trump-budget-shreds-the-federal

Trump promised to save Medicare and Social Security – his proposed budget targets them
https://t.co/gghwCXyzZd

…When (the NYT) refers to $2 trillion in “changes” to social programs, it meant “cuts”
to social programs. This is $200 billion a year, which is equal to about 0.8 percent of
GDP over the decade.
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1226859924677783558

President’s Budget Shortchanges Farm Programs for the Fourth Year in a Row
https://bit.ly/2viHUmm

Federal employee retirement benefits would be cut under Trump’s budget.
https://t.co/Yu12F0R7MS

Donald Trump is on a nuclear weapons-spending binge using your money. His new budget
calls for nearly $50,000,000,000 for nuclear weapons in fiscal 2021, which is more in
inflation-adjusted dollars than at any time since 1990 and the end of the Cold War.
https://t.co/wvPuvrvZoZ
https://twitter.com/AtomicAnalyst/status/1226914862015578112

Related: https://twitter.com/KingstonAReif/status/1226679973127294977

Navy budget cut to make room for more nukes so we can make the rubble bounce.
> U.S. Navy’s Ship Spending Plan Cut by $4 Billion in Trump Budget https://t.co/jUX2L9Zjzw
https://twitter.com/ACapaccio/status/1226828900862513153

Trump is calling for a 20% increase in annual spending on nuclear weapons, which should
tell you everything you need to know about this administration’s supposed commitment
to pursuing arms control with China and Russia https://t.co/girH4G3TKO
https://twitter.com/johncarlbaker/status/1226928477502353410

My running tally of Trump’s obscene nuclear budget keeps rising.
– DOD delivery systems ($29 Billion)
– DOE warheads ($19.8B)
– Environmental Cleanup ($5.9B)
– Missile Defense ($20.3B)
Total of $75 Billion for nuclear weapons and related programs.
Here’s the clean up bill: (see text graphic)
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1226971341053743106

Click text graphics…
By large margins, US #voters support smaller #Pentagon budgets:
3/4ths want Congress to find other ways to create #jobs that aren’t DoD outlays
2/3rds (incl half of #Trump voters) say DoD should *not* get increases if it fails audit
https://t.co/0emzvLvpdG
https://twitter.com/SaraLDuBois/status/1226957945692467201

Responding to Trump…
For the 80 millionth time: there is no evidence Iran is actively pursuing nuclear weapons.
The US government’s *own* intelligence community has attested to this. And yet the
State Department still sends these tweets out.
https://twitter.com/Nick_L_Miller/status/1226656253193195521

A rule change to the federal food stamp program proposed by the Trump admin will cause children in low-income families across the U.S. to go hungry, educators and hunger advocates told Congress. … https://t.co/wTp1B9l9tk
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1225571208168689664

I’m pretty sure… the GOP federal deficit is ~ 4% of GPD/yr, & GDP/yr is ~ 2%. Under Obama, ~ same GPD/yr, but deficit was much smaller. If true, not getting much economically from gigantic deficit. @DeanBaker13 – can you verify or correct my #s?
https://twitter.com/tanyatussing/status/1224723629323235329

That’s right
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1224742934001537029

As a long-lived investment, structures should benefit most from the lower cost of capital implied by a reduced tax rate. Structure investment fell at 10.1% rate in the quarter and is now 7.5% below its year-ago level,” said @DeanBaker13  https://t.co/V7K734va3Q
https://twitter.com/ceprdc/status/1224878545782165505

Midwest states lost factory #jobs last year. “With fewer union members in those states…manufacturing jobs, once a bulwark of the postwar middle class, now pay less on average than private-sector jobs overall,” @DeanBaker13 said. https://t.co/BQAfwnOgWU
https://twitter.com/ceprdc/status/1224769780009308160

Related: https://twitter.com/ceprdc/status/1225067822507810817

Responding to Trump…
Actually … that’s 6.5 *million* brand new jobs, down from 8.1 *million* brand new jobs
in the last three years of the Obama administration…
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1226340894560796672

@realDonaldTrump ‘s quantity math is bad, but the quality of the jobs created
since January 2017 is worse: https://t.co/hRJRmMwC4M
https://twitter.com/DanielAlpert/status/1226344181708337153

Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs are cascading out of control
https://t.co/57eyRU891L

President Donald Trump’s brazen move in late January to extend his previously imposed “national security” tariffs on steel and aluminum to cover even more products was greeted with a collective yawn by many weary of his unending trade wars. But this latest action was significant because, explicitly for the first time, Trump was imposing new tariffs to help an industry suffering because of his previous tariffs.

Economists refer to a second round of tariffs on products hurt by earlier duties as “cascading protection.” These sorts of cascading barriers are worrisome for two other reasons aside from the economic impact of Trump’s new tariffs.

The Trump admin, confident that China will follow through on its agreement to buy more U.S. agriculture, plans to shutter its bailout program for farmers hurt by tariffs.
But allegations of unfairness and other criticisms continue to dog the initiative. https://t.co/qJQ1BwVviP
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1226204282841698307

Trump touts ‘Great American Comeback,’ says tariff strategy ‘worked’
https://bit.ly/38fdtMa

Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union, said that Trump’s “rosy” description of the economy “is not just inaccurate, it’s insensitive to the millions of rural Americans who are struggling every day just to scrape by.”

“Despite trade assistance payments, many farmers haven’t been able to withstand the financial pressures: nearly 600 farmers filed for Chapter 12 bankruptcy last year, a shocking 20 percent spike, while thousands more decided to leave the business entirely,” Johnson said.

  Rural America Hasn’t Felt the “Great American Comeback” Touted by Trump
https://bit.ly/2Uzaomp

“Debt is expected to grow faster than farm equity in 2020…”
https://bit.ly/37eNh2W

Related: https://bit.ly/37i9sFP

Trump will tout “his” economy tonight. That’s not unusual; all presidents get credit and blame for the economy over which they preside. But Trump will lie about the fact that he’s riding inherited trends. https://t.co/FTlMCnY6Zu
https://twitter.com/econjared/status/1224683997172838400

As predicted…
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1224894211771768832

Note: After an $8 trillion housing bubble burst and destroyed the world’s economy nearly every Congressional Republican (including Fortenberry) voted *against* stimulus, but it passed anyway. And when they gained some power, Republicans blocked more stimulus in favor of austerity. So… Republicans can’t take credit for this economy.

See video…
Trump said: “Since my election, we have created 7 million new jobs.” @DeanBaker13
counters: “While job growth seems healthy, wage growth continues to slow. By sector,
the strongest growth continues to be in the lowest-paying industries.”
https://twitter.com/ceprdc/status/1225471814333337602

Related: https://cepr.net/jobs-2020-02/

In addition, much of the wage growth that has happened has a been a product of Dem
policies to raise min wages often at the state level, which Repubs have opposed.
https://twitter.com/rationalrevo/status/1225477390387703810

…Some folks on my Twitter feed are proud to announce that payroll taxes rose 6.2 percent
last year. This is supposed to be evidence of strong Trump-induced wage growth. The
small problem with this story is that payroll taxes rose just 0.8 percent the prior year.
Tax collections are always somewhat erratic. The two-year average is truly mediocre
3.5 percent.
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1225504407367962630
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1225504746049503233

I left the #SOTU after Trump – a draft dodger who has mocked Sen. John McCain,
Gold Star families, and soldiers with traumatic brain injury – started talking about
the good he has done for our military.
https://twitter.com/sethmoulton/status/1224904780562227200

Trump loosens restrictions on use of landmines
President Donald Trump rescinded restrictions on the US military’s ability to use landmines, weapons that have been banned by more than 160 countries due to their history of killing and wounding civilians, the White House said Friday.
https://t.co/wyb11u4TOz

Americans Demand a Rethinking of the ‘Forever War’
https://t.co/bp0qOH7ixi

“Despite his denunciations of endless wars, Mr. Trump’s policies and actions
have gone in the opposite direction.”
https://twitter.com/BoyerTergam/status/1224342657788366848

The Iraq War Has Cost the U.S. Nearly $2 Trillion
The Pentagon has spent more than $800 billion on military operations in Iraq. But that
doesn’t include money needed to care for veterans, rebuild the country or pay interest
on war debt.
https://www.govexec.com/management/2020/02/iraq-war-has-cost-us-nearly-2-trillion/162862/

Dr. Matthew Connelly, professor of history at Columbia: “Why you may never learn the truth about ICE: The National Archives is letting millions of documents, including many related to immigrants’ rights, be destroyed or deleted.” https://t.co/0l5OBMMsAJ
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1224768380328120322

Trump is blowing up a national monument in Arizona to make way for the border wall
https://t.co/GTnBg7s1Yz

Here are the latest stats on the wall as of January 31:
– 115 total miles the administration describes as “new,” but…
– Only “approximately 1 mile” built where no barriers existed before
– 104 miles of replacement barriers
– 10 miles of “secondary” reinforcement barriers
https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/1224887575032336384

Newly installed panels from the US border wall fell over in high winds Wednesday,
landing on trees on the Mexican side of the border https://t.co/Gg3t0v6yJF
https://twitter.com/crampell/status/1222693066190065665

Trump’s border wall likely will require the installation of hundreds of storm gates
to prevent flash floods from undermining or knocking it over, gates that must be left
open for months during ‘monsoon season’ in the desert, according to U.S. officials.
https://t.co/bY1UGKYeTV
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1223236992168685568

At Embassies Abroad, Trump Envoys Are Quietly Pushing Out Career Diplomats
“There’s zero support or pushback from the department for the career people,”
said one former U.S. official.
https://bit.ly/2H2OOyw

State of the Union…
Pelosi went for a handshake and Trump did not shake her hand.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1224877836604968960

…Trump’s 2020 SOTU lost 30M viewers (!!) from last year https://t.co/x6oAemIuYu
https://twitter.com/EricBoehlert/status/1225120572859932674

Hmm…
https://tinyurl.com/qsw5y99

In spite of what Trump said…
There’s *no* blue-collar boom in the Midwest: “From January to September, the states
bordering the Great Lakes have lost more than 25,000 manufacturing jobs: Pennsylvania
lost 8,100; Ohio lost 6,000; Michigan lost 6,500; and Wisconsin lost 4,700.”
https://t.co/VBU5Wy8wcl
https://twitter.com/greenhousenyt/status/1225067421364576258

Related: https://www.epi.org/blog/trumps-blue-collar-boom-state-of-the-union/

In State of the Union, Trump Celebrates Hate & Xenophobia
While Touting “Great American Comeback”
https://www.democracynow.org/2020/2/5/trump_sotu_2020

Related: https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1224884346726895616
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1225077407859777536

Secret Service has paid rates as high as $650 a night for rooms at Trump properties
https://t.co/hWnHwCPSBa

While Trump keeps reminding us about Hunter Biden, let’s not forget that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump made at least $82 million in outside income last year while serving in the White House. https://t.co/o7pFEBvLUV
https://twitter.com/greenhousenyt/status/1226179654400323584

Trump re-told his story last week about how Van Jones made a speech about justice reform and thanked Al Sharpton but not Trump, but then apologized.
None of this happened. Jones told me in October: “I literally do not know what he’s talking about.” https://t.co/rzeV9Kov88
https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/1226889977138700288

Click text graphic…
This entire story is imaginary.
https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/1226890387979210753

So it turns out the spiral of escalation that led to the US assassination of Suleimani, and to the brink of war, may well have begun with the Trump administration wrongly attributing the death of an American contractor to an Iran-backed militia. https://t.co/mCoNMbhSRK?amp=1
https://twitter.com/robertwrighter/status/1225428748364918785

I have a short thread on the new, dangerous nuclear weapon that Donald Trump has just deployed. … https://bit.ly/2Hc04Zt
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1226590607575015424

Donald Trump is on a nuclear weapons-spending binge using your money. His new budget calls for nearly $50,000,000,000 for nuclear weapons in fiscal 2021, which is more in inflation-adjusted dollars than at any time since 1990 and the end of the Cold War. https://t.co/wvPuvrvZoZ
https://twitter.com/AtomicAnalyst/status/1226914862015578112

  CBPP: 2021 Trump Budget Would Increase Hardship and Inequality: https://bit.ly/39pSfLM

For the 80 millionth time: there is no evidence Iran is actively pursuing nuclear weapons. The US government’s *own* intelligence community has attested to this. And yet the State Department still sends these tweets out.
https://twitter.com/Nick_L_Miller/status/1226656253193195521









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