Towards an issues-based 2020 election (68)

===2020 Big Picture===
FDR on Democracy: The Greatest Speeches and Writings of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
https://t.co/4luml1hyyG

“Those who write the peace must think of the whole world. There can be no privileged peoples… we cannot perpetuate economic warfare without planting the seeds of military warfare.”
– Vice President Henry Wallace sought to “win the peace” after WWII by ending economic imperialism
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1264894332349419520

“Another danger is represented by those who, paying lip service to democracy & the common
welfare, in their insatiable greed for money & (power), do not hesitate surreptitiously to evade
the laws designed to safeguard the public from monopolistic extortion.” – Henry Wallace, 1943
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1265622203577634817

“Those who fan the fires of racial clashes for the purpose of making political capital here at home
are taking the first step toward nazism.” – Vice President Henry Wallace decrying racism
as “Americanized fascism,” Detroit, 1943
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1266343243593252868

More race-related quotes
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1266485222163525633
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1266486105777602560
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1266687902735572992
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1266687902735572992
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1267185819414155266

The Democrats nominated Alabama segregationist John Sparkman for Vice President in 1952.
They carried 9 southern and border states, but lost the Electoral College 442-89. I write in my
new book about the danger of compromises that put parties on the wrong side of history.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1265987663338799104

Alternate Histories; In 1944, another Democratic Party was possible
https://t.co/72TeCz2ytb

Omaha World Herald Editorial…
We can trust the outcome of mail voting, as Nebraska’s primary shows
https://bit.ly/2TTkWeO

We must prepare for the general election in November.
https://www.aclu.org/news/voting-rights/were-working-to-safeguard-our-democracy-and-our-health/

Lessons from Nebraska that show how progressive candidates can win
https://t.co/rMT68VU8si

“The World Bank puts our income inequality on par with some of the poorest & unequal nations
in the world. This is dangerous for our economy & damaging to our collective sense of morality.”
— Kara Eastman…
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1265302004173242371

If you want a perfect example of what next-level Distributed Organizing looks like, read this incredible article by @danielalapidous and her team @michelleyujin  & @RenshawMercedes https://t.co/x05if3w73v
https://twitter.com/jackcalifano/status/1265017685126950916

Dems passed the HEROES Act in 2 days and are waiting for Sen McConnell to pass
his version of the next stimulus bill (along with several other important bills)
Yet Sen Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) had the chutzpah to say…
https://twitter.com/senatemajldr/status/1263904763302813696
https://twitter.com/senatemajldr/status/1263877412657532932

A Progressive Analysis of the HEROES Act: Three Key Questions
https://rooseveltinstitute.org/a-progressive-analysis-of-the-heroes-act-three-key-questions/

CBPP Greenstein: Pelosi Package Would Provide Essential Support for Economy,
Relief to Households
https://bit.ly/2yPCAZy

If they aren’t passing stimulus, what are Senate Republicans up to?…
Senate Republicans were laser-focused on confirming judges in 2019 – even the unqualified ones
Even as lawmakers blocked hundreds of bills, they confirmed more than 100 judges.
https://bit.ly/3ejT8rO

“Leave no vacancy behind”: Mitch McConnell remains laser-focused on judges amid coronavirus
https://bit.ly/3d4UwOZ

And what’s the impact of some of the judges that the Senate Republicans approved?
*****Michigan Judge Pens Partisan Rant Against Gretchen Whitmer’s “Totalitarian” Shutdown
(The president) has hastened the decline of “judicial temperament.”
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/05/michigan-judge-attack-gretchen-whitmer-lockdown.html
—-
We Can Finally See the Real Source of Washington Gridlock
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/04/republican-party-discovers-virtues-stimulus/609244/

Pelosi hits McConnell for relief package delays: “Mitch McConnell says no, we need a pause.
We need a pause? Tell that to the virus. Is the virus taking a pause? Is hunger in America
taking a pause?” https://t.co/x1cC9dqAxp
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1266044095111159808

Related: https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1265757172740190208

A bill to reauthorize three expired surveillance programs is in jeopardy
https://thehill.com/policy/technology/499751-house-fisa-bill-suddenly-on-life-support

Pelosi, offered an explicit choice between moving to protect civil liberties to win progressive votes,
or moving right to win Republican votes, is choosing to move right. https://t.co/yPh7HIkbSG
https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1266029907689209858

Related: https://twitter.com/DavidSegalRI/status/1265837776576143363

See referenced comment…
The fringe national-security hawk posture of @SpeakerPelosi and @RepAdamSchiff
might have just undermined both reform and reauthorization of the Patriot Act.
https://twitter.com/DavidSegalRI/status/1265773137221869568

Corporate Democrats are working with Ted Cruz to try to funnel PPP money to corporate lobbying groups that vilify progressives and block progressive legislation.
I want you to really think about that. https://t.co/ndQQSClJKy
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1265387055669903361

S&P fired one of its employees, Andrew Park, after he briefed Senate Banking Committee staff on the growing risks in the $1.2 trillion market for loans that finance private-equity buyouts https://t.co/AI3iHIAAht
https://twitter.com/Cezary/status/1263512768470290442

Worth mentioning in this context that Al Franken had a mechanism for fixing the conflict of interest
that leads to rating shopping. He had an amendment to Dodd-Frank that would have the SEC pick
the rating agency. It passed with an overwhelming bi-partisan majority.
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1265246459407917056

Treasury Sec….
Timothy Geithner had Barney Frank get the provision removed in the conference committee.
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1265246615553536000

Related: https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/470549333796864000

Tuesday…
We no longer need to engage in hypothetical “what ifs.”
White protestors, armed with rifles, aggressively confront the police
to defend their right to a speedy haircut.
Nothing.
Unarmed Black protestors congregating at the site of a police murder.
Tear gas and riot police
https://twitter.com/MauriceWFP/status/1265482899865759745

Top 6 Reasons Authorities are Cracking down Hard on Black Protesters
while Treating White Supremacist Reopeners with Kid Gloves
https://www.juancole.com/2020/05/authorities-protesters-supremacist.html

Related: https://bit.ly/2ZLevy7

Open carry is a relatively recent thing. …

California had laws allowing open carry, and in the ’70s, when Reagan was governor, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale (founders of the original Black Panther Party) pulled up to the statehouse as Reagan was doing some sort of photo-op with a bunch of little kids, and they walked up the steps of the Capitol building with loaded guns and Reagan freaked out, as did all the legislators, and within a month, California had banned open carry.

  Two Simple Laws Could Solve America’s Epidemic of Violence
https://bit.ly/2ZNt5Fi

Meanwhile…
The quote “When the looting starts, the shooting starts” originated by a racist white Miami police chief named Walter Headley who targeted black people in 1967 ahead of the Republican convention. Donald Trump used the same line tonight to threaten to shoot his own citizens.
https://twitter.com/donwinslow/status/1266243601652084736

12 a.m. Thursday: (The president) RTs video saying “the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.”
https://bit.ly/2zNOOCt
12:53 a.m. Friday: (The president) tweets “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
https://twitter.com/AaronBlake/status/1266333918858489856

Whether the President Understands the Racist History of “Looting and Shooting”
Is Beside the Point. Don’t take him literally or seriously, they smirk.
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/05/trump-looters-shooters-racism.html

It cannot continue to be the working definition of “liberty” that one class of Americans is permitted to break and to smash, solely because they are incapable of imagining that their actions have any consequences, while a second class of Americans can neither jog, nor sleep, nor go bird-watching, nor film news, because the first class of Americans is imagining make-believe harms. One of the reasons the country is on fire is that millions of people are tired of living in a world in which their every word and step can get them killed, while for a shrinking handful of others, nothing they do can ever matter. Just because the president cannot comprehend this reality doesn’t immunize him from inflaming it.

Related: https://twitter.com/DrSandyCharles/status/1265766700299046913

Russia Trying to Stoke US Racial Tensions Before Election, Official Say
Russian intelligence services are trying to incite violence by white supremacist groups to sow chaos in the US, American Intelligence
https://t.co/snjld35eru

It’s not just Russians…
https://bit.ly/371qucN

Fwiw…
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1267494970836971520

Compare / Contrast…
Thread: Minneapolis provocateurs alleged by state leaders…
https://twitter.com/JoyAnnReid/status/1266741059163389952

Second thread begins…
What national media need to understand is that what happened in Minneapolis last night seems
to be different from what happened in previous nights, and different from normal riots in other
places. Stop trying to analyze it as rhetoric by the governor. Something new is happening.
https://twitter.com/whstancil/status/1266751535566016515

There’s no right to riot. But when @Kaepernick7 tried peaceful protest in response to police killings of unarmed black men a lot of people said he had no right to do that either.
So what is the proper response to police killings of unarmed black men?
https://twitter.com/MikeGrunwald/status/1266348259783725058

Related: https://twitter.com/JordanUhl/status/1266639855540408320

Sally Jenkins: “Two knees. One protesting in the grass, one pressing on the back of a man’s
neck. Choose…which knee you will defend. There are no half choices; there is no room for
indifference. There is only the knee of protest or the knee on the neck.” https://t.co/MQr2nwlZEU
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1267093474949595137

Imagine. If we had embraced Colin Kaepernick’s peaceful protest…
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1267123675435683840

The unbearable grief of Black mothers
https://t.co/Zi4fNTATon

Dear world – please listen to the words of this young brother. Feel the pain of our
communities. Stand up for justice. #BlackLivesMatter  #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd (video)
https://twitter.com/HipHopCaucus/status/1266020733911797769

I’m thinking about George Floyd today. Yet another Black man viciously killed by the police.
Black men are routinely targeted and brutalized by our entire justice system, from police to
courts to prisons. It has to change or there is no justice. #blacklivesmatter
https://twitter.com/helenprejean/status/1266109123332096000

.@AOC: “If you are calling for an end to this unrest, and if you are a calling for an end to all of this,
but you are not calling for the end of the conditions that created the unrest, you are a hypocrite.”
https://t.co/MVyGDsz8NK
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1267108580286742528

Keith Ellison on Police Brutality: ‘We Need a Vision
That Says There’s Going to be Accountability’
https://t.co/3KIzwcmno1

“The spark is police. But the kindling that made the house burn down was joblessness,
unemployment, poor housing, concentrated poverty, people without opportunity who were
just done with that and needed… to say, ‘This must change.'” – @keithellison
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1267181390757597184

NFP’s Statement on the Killing of George Floyd
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/559538/c4935cd9b5/1395193601/58df222f1f/

Jimmy Kimmel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2pa-f7zqGU

Lynchings a century ago affect black voting behavior today
https://www.epi.org/multimedia/lynchings-black-voting-video/

Thread on lynching and economics…
https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1266861511387107328.html

Killer Mike
https://t.co/sQLYP80o5r

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1267240889803390976
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1267241821530230785

My father on April 4, 1967, one year before he was assassinated:
“I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the
ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world
today: my own government.”
https://twitter.com/BerniceKing/status/1266744209844908032

Nonviolence is a flop.  The only greater flop is violence’ – Joan Baez
https://twitter.com/JohnFugelsang/status/1266549195974074368

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral,
the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” – Bishop Desmond Tutu
https://twitter.com/JohnFugelsang/status/1224848775035916290

Mehdi Hasan and Ilhan Omar on Police Brutality and the Murder of George Floyd
https://theintercept.com/2020/05/29/george-floyd-minneapolis-police-protest-ilhan-omar/

How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change
https://t.co/ppiwtlEt5Q

Question: Good social justices resources. But what about economic inequality?

“Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” – Albert Einstein
https://twitter.com/JohnFugelsang/status/1267293082229358594

The Right-Wing Legal Network Is Now Openly Pushing Conspiracy Theories
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/05/leonard-leo-federalist-society-voter-fraud.html

===2020 Issues===
When our courts are corruptly captured by vested interest, public policy debate becomes a sham. Thanks to @SenWhitehouse et al for this new report https://t.co/BynODgM2xF
https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/1265692407703777281

Great roundup from @BrooklynSpoke on all the steps cities across the planet are taking to shift away from cars.  (This essay is one-stop-shopping for intellectually curious mayors!) https://t.co/KJuuQaxtR3
https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/12653360575052021766:25 PM 5/31/2020

Latest One Earth issue…
https://www.cell.com/one-earth/home

What a Week’s Disasters Tell Us About Climate and the Pandemic
https://t.co/WSyJpTOO7u

A plan to support creative work – 100 government dollars at a time
https://t.co/CqCWhbCFIW

CBPP: 3 Principles for an Anti-Racist, Equitable State Response to COVID-19 – and a Stronger Recovery
https://bit.ly/3chrWbS

See referenced comment…
As a practical matter, it makes far more sense to reduce inequality across the board, so that we have much smaller pay gaps in this country, than say that we will get more minorities in high-paying positions
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1267424779683934209

See referenced comment…
How about just stop protecting rich people from market competition?
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1267441947381137409

‘Something isn’t right’: U.S. probes soaring beef prices
One hundred years ago, U.S. antitrust prosecutors broke down monopolies in meatpacking. But can they do it again?
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/25/meatpackers-prices-coronavirus-antitrust-275093

How Lax Antitrust and Concentrated Market Power Rig the Economy
Against American Workers, Consumers, and Communities.
https://rooseveltinstitute.org/rampant-market-power-corporations/

“With this report, we want to make two facts abundantly clear,” said Marshall Steinbaum, Research Director at the Roosevelt Institute and the report’s co-author. “First off, the ‘invisible hand’ will not save us. Second, the economy’s market power problem, and the misguided Chicago School antitrust mindset that got us here, make it clear that legislation is necessary. …

Related: https://twitter.com/revolvingdoorDC/status/1266067572350496772

Webinar: Building a Pro-Worker Anti-Monopoly Movement
3-4pm EDT Tues June 2nd. See link for RSVP info
https://billmoyers.com/story/webinar-building-a-pro-worker-anti-monopoly-movement/

Podcast: Rethinking Trade
http://rethinktrade.org/learn/

Webinar: Food Systems Summit
https://bit.ly/2TXEbEe

CBPP: How Should States, Localities Spend CARES Act’s Coronavirus Relief Fund?
https://www.cbpp.org/blog/how-should-states-localities-spend-cares-acts-coronavirus-relief-fund

CBPP: Medicaid Coverage Protections in Families First Act:
What They Require and How to Implement Them
https://bit.ly/36Sr1NR

In defense of the Fed’s bailout
https://t.co/At6ggfmxcX

David Sirota’s Word of the Week: Looting
In this Orwellian era, working-class people pilfering convenience store goods is called “looting,” while rich people stealing hundreds of billions of dollars is deemed good “public policy”
https://billmoyers.com/story/david-sirota/

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1266880996504289280

Looting is 25 billionaires increasing their wealth by $255 billion in 2 months while up to
580 million people throughout the world are pushed into poverty during this horrific pandemic.
That’s looting.
https://twitter.com/GunnelsWarren/status/1265872120770412545

See chart…
There was looting in America yesterday
5 men extracted $6B in wealth from our society in 24 HOURS:
Jeff Bezos: $2.27B
Michael Dell: $1.51B
Elon Musk: $1.13B
Steve Ballmer: $592M
Sergey Brin: $528M
While billionaire bosses now pay a lower tax rate than essential workers.
https://twitter.com/GunnelsWarren/status/1266535440909295616

Compare / Contrast…
A Moral Argument for Progressive Taxes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yghZjv8AI40

CBPP: The Great Recession Badly Hurt Kids’ Schooling;
Today’s Recession Could Do Much Worse
https://bit.ly/36Qy6hP

Cutting our excessive defense budget post-COVID-19 will be difficult. Here’s how to do it
https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2020/05/29/heres-how-we-can-cut-our-excessive-defense-budget/

We are leaving international agreements and institutions at a rate of one per week right now.
I’m not sure I remember the last time we helped build or strengthen an international arrangement.
Again, destroying is easy. It takes creativity, leadership, and hard work to build.
https://twitter.com/ArianeTabatabai/status/1266449180404461568

Of all the administration’s national security blunders, the destruction of the arms control regime is perhaps the most dangerous. @natsecaction does an excellent job outlining the stakes in their latest piece. https://t.co/c6hlQPLrX8
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1266061733929586690

As the United States reckons with its decline, it should understand where its power came from in the first place. The ‘Liberal World order’ Was Built With Blood
https://t.co/1UfVoeutl1

Trump administration to end Iran deal waivers in a blow to (the Iran Deal)
https://t.co/7hI2iDpsCy

The projects Pompeo is killing are the ones to neutralize some of Iran’s most concerning
pre-JCPOA nuclear work. They’re exactly the projects an Iranian hardliner hell-bent on getting
nuclear weapons would want ended. It’s an epic self-own that plays right into the IRGC’s hands.
https://bit.ly/2Me9EO2
https://twitter.com/dylanotes/status/1265817871076163584

“Pompeo has handed Tehran a perfect excuse to resume nuclear activities
of proliferation concern,” warns @MarkTFitz https://t.co/HIk5JgbMAo
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1266433426476994572

Davenport counters Rep Luria (D)…
https://twitter.com/KelseyDav/status/1266379667117752320

The Open Skies Treaty Bites the Dust
(The president) has once again done what Putin wants by withdrawing from the Open Skies Treaty, weakening US ties with friends and allies including Ukraine and Georgia
https://t.co/kGAsTeWzBQ

Related: https://twitter.com/deepstateradio/status/1265624333550080002

(The president’s) Nuclear Brinkmanship Keeps Backfiring, but He Keeps Doubling Down
https://t.co/odUKVqx8wd

Nuclear watchdog says any US test would be ‘grave challenge to peace’
Lassina Zerbo, head of body monitoring test ban treaty, responds to White House discussions about potential first US test for 28 years
https://t.co/R15PTsppqp

The only reason for the US to test is that some unreconstructed Cold War hawks
want to break one of the last remaining nuclear restraints. We can’t let them.
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1266368282925228032

Related: https://t.co/2gYAyegl1c

Norms matter.
“If the US breaks the informal ban that it has in place since its last test in September 1992,
it provides India an opportunity to also follow suit, and confirm the design of its thermonuclear
bomb, something it failed to do in 1998 tests.” https://t.co/RLJay41e9C
https://twitter.com/seb_bw/status/1265665048913068035

  DoE Could be Ready to Go With Minimal Nuke Test in Nevada in ‘Months,
‘ Pentagon Official Says
  https://t.co/EVdrZHYEQU

From the guys that brought you the 2003 Iraq War comes a new generation of experts pushing for regime change… in Iran by publishing various versions of the same argument in different outlets! https://t.co/vRLEdxVptF
https://twitter.com/hdagres/status/1266463227271155713

===2020 Watch List===
Facebook reportedly had evidence its algorithms were dividing people, but top executives killed or weakened proposed solutions https://t.co/Gdn1Cg4lQg
https://twitter.com/businessinsider/status/1265343200996347910

The world would be so much better if Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook were liable for spreading
false and damaging claims, just like CNN, NYT, and every other media outlet
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1265343770347712512

Twitter labels Trump’s tweets with a fact check for the first time
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/05/26/trump-twitter-label-fact-check/

President Trump on Wednesday threatened to regulate or shut down social media companies,
one day after Twitter for the first time added a warning to some of his tweets prompting readers
to fact check the president’s claims. https://t.co/sN6l715Zjq
https://twitter.com/TimAeppel/status/1265650507500195840

Compare / Contrast…
https://twitter.com/GlennKesslerWP/status/1266121696274251777

Baker corrects Krause…
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1265634611217883142

The president is using the full authority of his office to try and force social media platforms
to stop fact checking his lies, his racism and his glorification of deadly violence.
These are dangerous times for the First Amendment – and for the republic. https://t.co/18WIHfSN6B
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1266355577241964545

Trump is glorifying violence.
Twitter is refusing to amplify the president’s dangerous words. And it is challenging his outright
lies. If we the people, our media and our media platforms cannot object to official wrongdoing,
the First Amendment is void.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1266395622996926464

The Chamber of Commerce, in an unusually pointed statement against Trump:
“Regardless of the circumstances that led up to this, this is not how public policy is made
in the United States. An executive order cannot be properly used to change federal law.”
https://t.co/OCHK4IxUI7
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1266361150159163393

It’s a safe bet that if Section 230 was repealed, Mark Zuckerberg would be a lot less rich …
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1266722773793038342

Twitter flags and hides Trump’s tweet that ‘glorified violence’
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/05/twitter-flags-hides-trump-tweet-glorified-violence-200529080054304.html

(The president), Twitter and the society-crushing pursuit of monetized rage
https://t.co/Bc7jTXyUbQ

The Cruelty of Conspiracy: A Personal Story
https://t.co/uPiUkusRMp

Accountability. A much needed commodity…
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1266452546043801600

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1266873024948535296
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1266874432200433666
https://twitter.com/mattduss/status/1267095279548932097
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1267105953691783174

===2020 Watch List-Bias===
Breaking precedent, White House won’t release formal economic projections this summer that would forecast extent of downturn
https://t.co/Kjye6mz7LC

“Both liberal and conservative critics said the White House should publish its economic
projections … The White House under President Barack Obama continued to release
these numbers during the Great Recession, although they were unflattering.”
https://twitter.com/TimAeppel/status/1265981530641502209

Baker responds to drug / health lobby
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1265489599700168704
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1264704361134841856
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1266844419459657730

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1266546497358663680

===2020 Presidential Candidates===
Tulsi Gabbard… Jan 11th (Suspended her campaign)
Tulsi Gabbard dropped her defamation lawsuit against Hillary Clinton. https://t.co/j34NTDDhZb
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1265696772413730816
—–
Kamala Harris… Jan 21st  (Suspended her campaign)
Given Klobuchar’s story, a reminder – with context…
Lawyer at Center of Robo-Signing Scandal Sees ‘More of the Same’ From Banks
https://bit.ly/2BdjFZz

Note: The financial industry securitized mortgages – often bundling good and bad mortgages then rating that security AAA. But after the bubble popped they couldn’t foreclose on properties because they had lost the mortgage papers (legal documents). So they recreated documents and had someone sign them (i.e. robo signers)… which is fraud.

Robosigning King…
Treasury Secretary Mnuchin is angry about an unflattering nickname he wholeheartedly deserves
https://bit.ly/2AjCxWo

2017: Kamala Harris Fails to Explain Why She Didn’t Prosecute Steven Mnuchin’s Bank
https://bit.ly/2M9dOGY
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Elizabeth Warren… Feb 9th (Suspended her campaign)
Hmm (thread)…
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1266744819444899841
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Amy Klobuchar… Feb 10th (Suspended her campaign)
Context…
Former MPD Officer Derek Chauvin In Custody, Charged With Murder In George Floyd’s Death
Complaint Says Chauvin Was On Floyd’s Neck For 8 Minutes And 46 Seconds
https://cbsloc.al/3euCGVM

George Floyd’s death in police custody
is renewing criticism of Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s (D-Minn.) prosecutorial record.
https://bit.ly/2ZQacSr

…Klobuchar spent eight years as the Hennepin County attorney, in charge of prosecution for Minneapolis. And while in that position, Klobuchar declined to prosecute multiple police officers cited for excessive force, and did not prosecute the officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck as he protested, The Guardian reports.
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Joe Biden… April 25th
Make her Treasury Secretary, too, Joe…
Among 9 women reportedly in the mix to be Biden’s VP, Sen. Elizabeth Warren would have the biggest net positive impact on Biden’s candidacy.  26% of registered voters said placing her on the ticket would make them more likely to vote for Biden.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1265787396873805824

Picking @ewarren as a running mate would be one of the smartest things
@JoeBiden could do to win in November. https://t.co/jWHPIj5rIT
https://twitter.com/VarshPrakash/status/1265664699967901697

See referenced plan…
This is embarrassing. We don’t want virtual happy hours with young politicians. We want Medicare for All and a Green New Deal. https://t.co/7cO6S60IA9 These people learned absolutely nothing from the success of a 78 year-old Senator with young people.
https://twitter.com/jmillerlewis/status/1265724817870913538

Oct Context: Joe Biden’s Super PAC Is Being Organized
by Corporate Lobbyists for Health Care Industry, Weapons Makers, Finance
https://theintercept.com/2019/10/25/joe-biden-super-pac/

Big duh…
CNBC: “Health care donors [say] they have nothing to fear from a Biden administration.”
https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1266484739499798528

Joe Biden Unveils 2 Separate Proposals To Help Americans With Disabilities
After advocates pushed him on his lack of a disability platform for over a year, Biden has dropped two plans, including one specifically addressing coronavirus.
https://t.co/0bLrijkb6O

Anti-War Groups Push Biden and the Democrats to Rethink Foreign Policy
Faced with a global pandemic, and economic meltdown, and the climate crisis,
more than 50 groups argue it’s time to reset priorities
https://t.co/cPhQw5ZeJI

‘America Needs a Coronavirus Cure, Not More War’
https://t.co/OfHM43skfy

Related: https://twitter.com/YasmineTaeb/status/1265722566724988941

Just got back from the centrist rally. Amazing turnout.
Thousands of people holding hands and chanting “Better things aren’t possible”
https://twitter.com/InternetHippo/status/881161169469403137

As of this month, 32% of Americans say they are “satisfied with the way things are going
in the United States at this time,” according to Gallup. Who are these 32% of people,
other than billionaires and lobbyists? https://t.co/KXDviwK5Fv
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1266824660630401024

We have militarized police forces deploying organized violence against our citizens and yet
the thing that was considered too radical and dangerous in the 2020 Democratic primary
was giving everyone Medicare.
https://twitter.com/zachdcarter/status/1267093668743307264

Related: https://twitter.com/krystalball/status/1267051966204534784

COVID survivor receives $840,000 statement for treatment, with more on the way
https://t.co/p9Iub5FVUd

Lightly regulated Obamacare marketplaces are not the solution
to this kind of inhumane outrage
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1267126837425041408

Related: https://twitter.com/jacobinmag/status/1267153872994406400

Black Americans Have a Message for Democrats:
Not Being (the president) Is Not Enough
https://t.co/6BvYwleX1E

CNN’s Van Jones says that the black community is tired of hearing empty promises
of change and that they should be more worried about “the White Liberal Hillary Clinton
supporter” than a white racist.
https://cnn.it/2TXL8VM

Related: https://twitter.com/TayAndersonCO/status/1266876471701835782

Many affluent liberals thought America could MSNBC/West Wing its way to a better future.
But history tells us progress only comes through real struggle. If we have any chance for a
brighter future, we will have to make politicians – even our favorites – very uncomfortable.
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1266787179260329985

See NYT’s nonsensical and propagandistic leaning headline…
How can Biden both move left *and* remain in the same place at the same time, NYT?
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1265088654373838848

Biden: We are a nation furious at injustice.
https://medium.com/@JoeBiden/we-are-a-nation-furious-at-injustice-9dcffd81978f

I have been a critic of Biden & I make no apologies for that. But I also believe (the
president) must be defeated, and I believe this from Biden is exactly the right message:
“Protesting such brutality is right and necessary. It’s an utterly American response.”
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1267110304741117955

Related: https://twitter.com/umairh/status/1267205337427390464

Joe Biden meets with black leaders at Wilmington church amid unrest
https://t.co/HC49jnNc1X

See referenced comment…
[W]hy are they offering a word salad rather than just answering the specific question?
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1266454588690796544

Context: The Sudden But Well-Deserved Fall of Rahm Emanuel
https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-sudden-but-well-deserved-fall-of-rahm-emanuel

Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is having regular conversations with Joe Biden and his
top advisers about economic policy, the selection of a running mate and the political
machinations of taking on President Donald Trump. Here’s what we know. https://t.co/nIDdOfmqVb
https://twitter.com/chicagotribune/status/1265076598476288001

It’s weird that a person can kill the public option, get elected mayor, run an administration that
buried the tape of a murder of a teenager, leave office in disgrace, get a Wall Street job and
a TV pundit side gig and remain in the upper echelons of the Democratic Party
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1265138418016587777

Related: https://twitter.com/AlexSJacquez/status/1265637866895532033

Note: Don’t do it, Joe.
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Donald Trump
In Days of Discord, a President Fans the Flames
https://t.co/0rg1mGxazj

As cities burned, (the president) stayed silent – other than tweeting fuel on the fire
https://t.co/1Yf2biYnBC

Related: https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1266867001810616320

Pritzker: “The rhetoric that’s coming out of the White House is making it worse …
People are feeling real pain out there. And we’ve got to have national leadership
in calling for calm and making sure that we’re addressing the concerns of the
legitimate peaceful protestors.”
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1267505015918227456

Related: https://twitter.com/ObsoleteDogma/status/1267490935635615747

The president unilaterally left the treaty (and he’s pushing policies that increase CO2 emissions)…
Paris climate goals failure ‘could cost world $600 tn’
https://phys.org/news/2020-04-paris-climate-goals-failure-world.html

(The president) quietly vetoes measure
that would have made it easier for defrauded students to obtain debt relief
https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-veto-makes-it-harder-for-students-get-debt-relief-2020-5

Related: https://bit.ly/3gBNgfu

Compare / Contrast…
2015: Trump University fraud claims follow Donald Trump on campaign trail
https://www.cnn.com/2015/09/29/politics/trump-university-fraud-claims/index.html

2017: A federal judge has approved a $25 million settlement President Donald Trump agreed to
late last year in a bid to head off a civil fraud trial over his Trump University real estate seminar
program.
https://politi.co/2BjegAn

A pro-worker US government (very hypothetical) would cut a deal with China to lower value of US dollar in exchange for relaxed “intellectual property” enforcement as @DeanBaker13 has long argued
https://twitter.com/rosendo_joe/status/1264922959564636165

The Washington Post tells us about Trump’s “existential” threat to China and his plan to tank
U.S. stock markets https://t.co/CTwKMuTIWW
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1266022073467461632

(The president’s) Fixation on Intellectual Property Rights Serves the Rich
https://truthout.org/articles/trumps-fixation-on-intellectual-property-rights-serves-the-rich/

As (the president) removes federal watchdogs,
some loyalists replacing them have ‘preposterous’ conflicts
https://t.co/1c35VQlb1g

WSJ Ed Board on (the president) and Scarborough: “We don’t write this with any expectation that (the president) will stop. Perhaps he even thinks this helps him … though we can’t imagine how. But (the president) is debasing his office, and he’s hurting the country in doing so.” https://t.co/F0wtXYo1kt
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1265711948139622402

Related: https://slate.com/technology/2020/05/twitter-trump-fact-check-dorsey.html

(The president’s) ‘Horrifying Lies’ About Lori Klausutis May Cross a Legal Line
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/28/opinion/twitter-trump-scarborough.html

(The president) brags about getting Republicans elected. Research suggests his endorsements in 2018 cost his party 15 seats – 11 in the House and four in the Senate. https://t.co/zHFkTau29l
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1265998760720642049

Trump Tower’s 2010 Profits Magically Grew By $3 Million In New Loan Filings
One set of reports listed the tower’s 2010 profits as $13.3 million; a second put them at $16.1 million. That helped the Trump Organization borrow $73 million more than it had before.
https://bit.ly/2TVRpB4

Fact check: Trump has spent far more time at golf clubs than Obama had at same point.
https://t.co/RWZFUcVHOI
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Several for context…
Max US @ ~100,000; UK is 2nd at ~37,000
Confirmed deaths of Covid-19 for selected countries (log scale graph)
https://bit.ly/2XIbqfx

The log scale graph at the following link
allows you to select a county’s line and get info about it
https://ourworldindata.org/covid-deaths

If you standardize the data as deaths / 100,000 people (i.e. concentration),
our ranking is reduced
https://www.statista.com/chart/21170/coronavirus-death-rate-worldwide/

See tweets…
Misleading spin is your response to 100,000 deaths, Mr President?
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1265362581415325696

When (the president) took office, his team stopped work on new federal regulations that would have forced the health care industry to prepare for an airborne infectious disease pandemic such as COVID-19. That decision is documented in federal records NPR reviewed. https://t.co/AfbntTzyIX
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1265598625075417088

America’s response to the coronavirus pandemic is “incomprehensibly incoherent,” says a historian who studied the 1918 flu. https://t.co/oOrTP07uxz
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1265613725337374721

As the reported U.S. death toll from the coronavirus hits 100,000, the president is tweeting clips of Lou Dobbs’ Fox Business show and falsely claiming that big tech is censoring the election.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1265821573044264961

It cannot continue to be the working definition of “liberty” that one class of Americans is permitted to break and to smash, solely because they are incapable of imagining that their actions have any consequences, while a second class of Americans can neither jog, nor sleep, nor go bird-watching, nor film news, because the first class of Americans is imagining make-believe harms. One of the reasons the country is on fire is that millions of people are tired of living in a world in which their every word and step can get them killed, while for a shrinking handful of others, nothing they do can ever matter. Just because the president cannot comprehend this reality doesn’t immunize him from inflaming it.
Dahlia Lithwick in “Whether the President Understands the Racist History of ‘Looting and Shooting’ Is Beside the Point”
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/05/trump-looters-shooters-racism.html

Imagine. If we had embraced Colin Kaepernick’s peaceful protest… https://bit.ly/3dpmGEv

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