Towards an issues-based 2020 election (75)

===2020 Big Picture===
Republicans are recruiting an estimated 50,000 volunteers to act as “poll watchers” in November, part of a multimillion-dollar effort to police who votes and how. That effort includes a $20 million fund for legal battles. https://t.co/tBgATDqHv5
https://twitter.com/marceelias/status/1269985292724965376

Why … Is the Supreme Court Allowing a New Poll Tax to Disenfranchise Florida Voters?
The Constitution says wealth barriers cannot be allowed to disenfranchise voters. But the high court just let a huge one stay in place
https://t.co/dp1mI7pOX8

Terrible voting rights decisions from SCOTUS in 2020:
– Won’t block FL modern-day poll tax
– Won’t block TX law preventing under 65 from voting by mail
– Won’t give WI more time to return absentee ballots
– Reinstated AL law requiring two witnesses or affidavit to vote by mail
https://twitter.com/AriBerman/status/1283821175538356229

See text graphic…
This is Sotomayor going about as far as norms allow to warn us that the Roberts Five and
circuit courts under conservative control are engaged in a game of Calvinball, taking whatever
inconsistent steps they must to help Trump and Republicans suppress the vote swing states.
https://twitter.com/brianbeutler/status/1283907377629220865

2015: Inside John Roberts’ Decades-Long Crusade Against the Voting Rights Act
https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/08/john-roberts-voting-rights-act-121222

He lied at his 2005 hearing…
Roberts: ‘My job is to call balls and strikes and not to pitch or bat’
Chief justice nominee tells Senate panel ‘I have no agenda’
https://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/09/12/roberts.statement/

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1284859716452024325

“You can’t keep anyone in the United States from voting without hurting the rights of all other citizens. Democracy’s built on this.” – Rev. C.T. Vivian 1924-2020
He marched with Dr. King.
He stood up to racists & fascists.
He championed voting rights. (video)
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1284187438643130369

“We’re making history. The deadly silence has been shattered.” – James Zogby on Jesse Jackson forcing first-ever debate on Palestinian sovereignty at 1988 Democratic National Convention
I write about the epic reach of the Jackson campaign in my new book.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1282635288431538178

FDR promised an Economic Bill of Rights to guarantee jobs, health care, housing, education
for every American. In my new book, I argue for the bigger, bolder politics that recognizes
we have an absolute right to economic and social and racial justice.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1283143007387234305

Scattered problems with mail-in ballots this year signal potential November challenges for Postal Service
https://wapo.st/30itu1h

Related: https://twitter.com/AlexMLeo/status/1283046595303538695

New York Could Throw Out 1 in 5 Mail-in Ballots in One District, Disproportionately Hitting Brooklyn
https://theintercept.com/2020/07/16/new-york-mail-in-ballots-thrown-out/

Everything that Donald Trump has done and this is the Republicans’ bridge too far? …
Thurs: GOP to Donald Trump: Change tune on mail-in voting or risk ugly November
https://t.co/ZDpj0RfXhS

What a Difference a Cycle Makes: Pelosi Statement On Jamaal Bowman Compared to AOC Tells a Tale of Two Years. Pelosi’s words are carefully chosen, and watched closely by her Democratic colleagues in the House as a gauge of the direction of the party’s politics
https://theintercept.com/2020/07/18/jamaal-bowman-nancy-pelosi-statement/

First you elect your best option. Then you *push* them. You don’t sit out.
Thus speaks the @RevDrBarber (video)
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1283068000686530560

Democrats Will Be Lost Without the Senate
A Biden win in November 2020 will be insufficient unless Democrats take the Senate and displace majority leader Mitch McConnell
https://t.co/wGo9vOFiFm

Related: https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1283840914914304000

Senate Majority Leader…
Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Signals Limits on Race-Related Policy Changes
https://t.co/0CuQU1ooP9

67 percent of Americans support Black Lives Matter. That’s the center. https://t.co/nsuvhxhz6C
https://twitter.com/SamuelAAdams/status/1283108454723354625

It’s time to be up front about the 3 neoliberal arguments that help keep racist economic systems in place in the US
https://t.co/8TG3TOz95k

Corporate Hypocrisy on Racism
https://robertreich.org/post/623649920405094400

Our racist fossil fuel energy system
The fossil fuel economy is killing Black Americans
https://t.co/Q2vOGZ7lFh

Brilliant, from @CharlesMBlow:”We – the public & the media, including this newspaper, including,
in the past, this very column – often use, consciously or not, language that shields anti-Black
white supremacy rather than to expose it and hold it accountable.” https://t.co/Yx0Usk88Ax
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1281255656939573248

Views on race relations in state worsen as more whites recognize reality of discrimination,
survey shows https://t.co/e9SCh8Aflj
https://twitter.com/latimes/status/1283022185691525120

I see @latimes has now changed “worsen” to “alter” which is exactly right,
because what is happening is that views on race are becoming more accurate. /1
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1283115173377708032

As @CharlesMBlow wrote so brilliantly the other day, “race relations” is a shielding phrase.
“Satisfaction with race relations is somewhat correlated with the silence of the oppressed
https://bit.ly/39c4Kvx
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1283115803286605824

===2020 Issues===
Ocean Climate Action Plan: The “Blue New Deal”
https://t.co/AMk4n8sZjW

Democrats climate plan signals shift toward environmental justice
https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/2020/07/15/democrats-climate-plan-environmental-issues/

Note: I recently heard a misleading comment about the MA US Senate race. So…

Joe Kennedy wants to replace the progressive incumbent (Sen Ed Markey)…
Joe Kennedy, the third-largest recipient of hedge fund money in the House, has declined to back a bill to close a tax loophole for hedge fund managers and private equity firms. His primary opponent, Ed Markey, has backed the bill since 2015. https://t.co/C7XzKOLJ8z
https://twitter.com/Sludge/status/1283890179766464517

Markey and Kennedy Have Big Differences on Peace Issues
https://masspeaceaction.org/markey-and-kennedy-have-big-differences-on-peace-issues/

Last Sept: Mulling Run Against Green New Deal Sponsor Ed Markey,
Joe Kennedy Is Heavily Invested in Fossil Fuels
https://bit.ly/2CNoWrL

This week…
Following Sludge Report, Kennedy’s Trust Fund Sells Its Fossil Fuel Stocks
https://bit.ly/3jgUPJL

Note: Sen Markey introduced the Green New Deal with AOC https://bit.ly/32A0STU last year despite the resistance she (AOC) encountered https://bit.ly/2BaNYQY in the House.

Kennedy’s running on an ageist plank and only recently divested. That doesn’t speak well for Kennedy.

Fighting racial inequality with a $24 an hour minimum wage https://t.co/iUAmm0cU8E
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1284078033867927552

Interesting to think about a world where custodians and dishwashers earn $48,000 a year.
That should not sound crazy, it is where we would be if the minimum wage had kept pace
with productivity growth since 1968
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1284181448983842817

Click text graphic…
1/ What’s wrong with American higher education in one of two brilliant @chronicle of Higher Education graphics. This one shows athletic coaches paid multiples of university presidents/CEOs:
https://twitter.com/DavidCayJ/status/1284473759949348864

Click text graphic…
2/ Part Deux, what’s wrong with American higher education. This @chronicle of Higher
Education graphic shows the ratio of university president/CEO to the average full professor:
https://twitter.com/DavidCayJ/status/1284473761232715777

Billionaire Political influence
https://bit.ly/32zsFEf

Can We Create All the Money We Need?
https://t.co/zggtF6N5B5

[T]he MMTers have had enormous impact in getting people (economics reporter-type people)
to think clearly about deficits and debt. That is a huge contribution even if there is not much
that is theoretically new in their approach.
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1283188006707294208

Related: https://t.co/iHjBGys13z

[M]aybe someone should’ve … known our ginormous trade deficit was deflationary and that we
could run gigantic budget deficits for a long time in both response to the financial crisis
and regarding ambitious new policy
https://twitter.com/Steinernomics/status/1283385982029565955

This actually was front and center in mainstream economics since the 1980s.
Here is a paper criticizing the view from the early 1990s https://t.co/4ZEvW6cd97
> Beyond the Twin Deficits; A Trade Strategy for the 1990s by Robert A Blecker
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1283393441255190529

Related: https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1283417619207340032
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1283423575555231744

The Stock Market and MMT: The Dow Is Not Your Friend
https://cepr.net/the-stock-market-and-mmt-the-dow-is-not-your-friend/

CBPP: For Tax Day 2020, 6 Charts on State Taxes and Spending
https://www.cbpp.org/blog/for-tax-day-2020-6-charts-on-state-taxes-and-spending

As #TaxDay approaches, 8 scholars debate whether we need a progressive wealth tax – featuring @gabriel_zucman, Emmanuel Saez, @brycecovert, @StuartGWhite, @karlbykarlsmith, @FeliciaWongRI, @DeanBaker13, and @martin_oneill: https://t.co/8JT01cgFbg
https://twitter.com/BostonReview/status/1283068844572135426

Taxing away the wealth of the wealthy is at best a start and at worst a distraction. Inequality
can only be successfully addressed by changing the policies that allowed great wealth
to be built up in the first place.
https://twitter.com/LorenFFile/status/1283074614126665733

Yes, the rich don’t pay enough taxes.  But, if you followed @DeanBaker13 you’d know that
that is not the main contributor to inequality.  And, if you followed @StephanieKelton you’d
know the Federal Government doesn’t get its money from taxes.
https://twitter.com/jimenez_mej/status/1283869199832678412

CBPP: This Year’s Tax Day Highlights Need to Rebuild IRS
https://www.cbpp.org/blog/this-years-tax-day-highlights-need-to-rebuild-irs

An Honest Approach to Simplifying Corporate Income Taxes
https://t.co/YZC1NglgnQ

Related: https://twitter.com/amyhanauer/status/1283488843157721089

EPI’s U.S. Tax & Spending Explorer
How do taxes and spending work, and where do you fit in?
https://www.epi.org/explorer/

A private equity exec says the quiet part aloud about an industry that’s pillaging America & buying our democracy: “With $1.5 trillion in dry powder sitting in reserve, it’s safe to say that private equity is going to be fine no matter who gets elected” https://t.co/nGmZbw2jBt
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1283393650664198144

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1283414812488130561
https://twitter.com/matthewstoller/status/1282693462203170816

Why not now?…
Wells Fargo, the largest employer among U.S. banks, is readying thousands of job cuts to start this year https://t.co/8ZBBTzoqqe
https://twitter.com/hannahlevitt/status/1281237585847898113

UnitedHealth posts most profitable quarter in its history
The coronavirus kept people out of the hospital
https://t.co/KKoYpg24OD

Wendell Potter thread
https://twitter.com/wendellpotter/status/1283828235931840513

[T]he health insurance’s lobbying group has been … nonstop complaining about COVID testing
costs and demanding the government pay for it
https://twitter.com/andrewperezdc/status/1283496313859047424

Meanwhile…
About 5.4 million Americans lost health insurance in the pandemic, more than have ever
lost coverage through job losses in a year, an analysis found https://t.co/qyiOMUHeMm
https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1282795107478056963

The smart Rx to slash drug costs: Two obvious steps to take first
https://t.co/EdEwNlHx3n

“Based on the current $3,120 price of remdesivir for hospitals, it is uncertain whether, over time, Medicare’s current reimbursement for hospitalized COVID-19 patients will be appropriate to fully cover the cost of remdesivir for all patients” https://t.co/l5tOiuo2gD
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1284570684807495680

Current treatments for #COVID19 that reduce length of stay in hospital and/or death:
1. Remdesivir: >$2500 for five days (that price just went up)
2. Dexamethasone: About the same price as buying Slurpees for you and your family.
https://t.co/afJlAfYecH

Context: Let me thank @SenSchumer for his support for my amendment to cut the bloated $740 billion Pentagon budget by 10% and invest $74 billion in communities that have been ravaged by extreme poverty and mass incarceration. This amendment will begin to change our national priorities.
https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/1281695363863384065

This is a chance for Democrats to show what they stand for. Will they rubber stamp Donald Trump’s
corrupt budget? Will they stick with failed, out-dated strategies? Or will they begin
to redefine national security for the new age? Do they have the courage? The wisdom?
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1282685731551444993

“Why isn’t health care part of national security?” asks @KoriSchake “Why is the defense budget
the only part of government spending that we splash out generously and assume is well spent?”
Great questions. #RethinkNatSec https://t.co/kNfB235Ov1
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1282784661974986752

No country in the world spends more on their defense budget than the United States. Imagine if,
for once, we led the world on funding something that wasn’t war. My latest column with
@RepBarbaraLee on why it’s time to cut our bloated defense budget: https://t.co/sRIy5Jh8rO
https://twitter.com/repmarkpocan/status/1282675625694834688

Next week, the House will vote on the Lee-Pocan-Jayapal amendment to cut
the Pentagon budget that Donald Trump has increased by $130 Billion in his term.
@RepRaskin, I hope you will support this modest step to restore budget sanity. (video)
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1283045318821634053

A critical upcoming amendment to the #NDAA would cut 10% of the wasteful and bloated
Pentagon budget.  Curious to know if your Member of Congress supports this amendment?
Find out using @WinWithoutWar ‘s tracker: http://ow.ly/qcrK50AyaEo
https://twitter.com/Livableworld/status/1283518015947051008

There are far too many neocons on the House Armed Services Committee committee…
House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown…
https://bit.ly/39fGkBE

Rep. Joaquin Castro will announce this week that he will compete for the chairmanship of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, per Hill aides. Comes as 60 progressive groups urge Pelosi not to cede the gavel to another hawk following Engel’s reign https://t.co/XimQr1mq2R
https://twitter.com/John_Hudson/status/1282764813244997635

See text graphic…
For those following the efforts to get a new chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee
who reflects the values and positions of the Democratic Party, please consider our analysis
in a recent article. https://t.co/5LEFTOGWRM
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1283111335115530240

Congress Must Streamline and Simplify Medicare Enrollment
The BENES Act (S. 1280/H.R. 2477) Offers Commonsense, Bipartisan Solutions
https://www.medicarerights.org/pdf/2019-benes-act-factsheet-long.pdf

The bill is being considered by the House Committee on Energy & Commerce…
https://actionnetwork.org/letters/act-today-tell-congress-to-advance-the-benes-act/

Membership list…
https://energycommerce.house.gov/about-ec/membership

6 Places Where the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Made The Difference
https://earthjustice.org/features/national-environmental-policy-act-nepa-success

Great episode. Insightful discussion of fight for new HFAC chair. @brhodes also pleads for Biden to include Sanders and Warren people in his national security team.
These are some great experts. We need their ideas, their honesty, their passion
https://t.co/BTstIQUJ0Q
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1283520154622623760

Panel Discussion: The Future of Iran Nuclear Deal Amid US-Iran Tensions
https://t.co/Gzu4VgoCpD

Thread
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1283478868272254977

“If Congress truly wants to awaken Americans to the dangers of nuclear testing, it should start by finally telling the truth about the disaster at Trinity,” says @jgwheel https://t.co/ySWGtCh1e7
https://twitter.com/Livableworld/status/1284863079843594240

Why the tough new U.S. stance in the South China Sea elicited a muted response from the weaker Asian countries it aimed to defend: they don’t want to be dragged into the budding U.S.-China cold war https://t.co/748j3MZF0P
https://twitter.com/SBengali/status/1283150501660332032

Short thread: There is a fine but important line between military commands explaining their activities to the public and actively taking a side in an ongoing debate that can only be resolved by civilian leadership. This series of misleading infographics is way over the line.
https://twitter.com/ajmount/status/1282710136025309191

Related: https://twitter.com/johncarlbaker/status/1282696805856219151

Scott Ritter: Powell & Iraq – Regime Change, Not Disarmament: The Fundamental Lie
Regime change, not disarmament, was always the driving factor behind U.S. policy towards Saddam Hussein. Powell knew this because he helped craft the original policy.
https://bit.ly/3jgMTsb

Ray McGovern: Powell & Iraq – The Uses and Abuses of National Intelligence Estimates
https://bit.ly/3hiTmB7

Joe Lauria: Powell & Iraq – How One Resignation May Have Stopped the Disastrous Invasion
https://bit.ly/3hfrZrt

Why Our Analyses on Powell and Iraq Matter Today
https://consortiumnews.com/2020/07/18/why-our-analyses-on-powell-and-iraq-matter-today/

===2020 Watch List===
Here are five questions local newsrooms should consider when covering political candidates who espouse conspiracy theories like QAnon (and this year, there are a number of them). https://t.co/iAqtTgHvn3
https://twitter.com/AmPress/status/1283749176409559040

The media is covering this election all wrong
https://t.co/sOEIruV5xx

Related: https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1283442938752782336
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1283259698347737088
https://twitter.com/mehdirhasan/status/1282769751203295241

The Cambridge Analytica story, explained
https://www.wired.com/amp-stories/cambridge-analytica-explainer/

Since August 2019, ProPublica has tracked more than 10,000 suspected fake Twitter accounts involved in a coordinated influence campaign with ties to the Chinese government. https://bit.ly/3j73sXc
https://twitter.com/propublica/status/1282909448026152962

The Economist’s model now gives Trump a 1% chance of winning the popular vote but a 1-in-ten chance of getting a second term, which should be intolerable in a nominal democracy.
https://twitter.com/JoshuaHol/status/1282771096283099136

===2020 Watch List-Bias===
Responding to Sen McConnell (R-KY)…
Senator McConnell should honor @RepJohnLewis with more than words, and finally hold a vote this week on the Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore the key voting protections that John Lewis fought and bled for in the 1965 Voting Rights Act
https://twitter.com/SenWarren/status/1284546633473101824

If Mitch McConnell is serious about honoring John Lewis, he can begin by leading the Senate
in enacting the Restore the Voting Rights Act and the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1284490712088817666

Related: https://twitter.com/davidmweissman/status/1284542788739227650

Senate Dems’ machine spent $15 million to crush progressive primary candidates – most of the money used to intervene in primaries & boost corporate-friendly candidates came from a super PAC funded by labor unions and Wall Street billionaires https://t.co/j866e7u4MH
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1283388014853361665

Related: https://twitter.com/matthewstoller/status/1283455890109206530

Glad to see Joy Reid now support Medicare for All. That said, it’s important to remember that people like her shamed Medicare for All proponents & demanded they shut up. You really need to watch the MSNBC segment starting at about 4 mins here. (video)
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1283845628729028609

Chuck Todd spent the lead-up to a lethal pandemic promoting the idea that Medicare for All proponents are equivalent to Nazi brownshirts https://t.co/nvQ9CPOsaa …and now he wonders how we got here. https://bit.ly/2WyiTxZ
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1284915108049608705

Baker counters Big Pharma
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1282651714416332810

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1284583650059640834
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1284583888442945536

“We must mandate mask wearing to protect everyone’s health but I oppose guaranteeing medical care for all” really requires some astonishing mental gymnastics, but here we are
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1283881289662136320

Note: Once studies1)  tied people feeling safe with economic growth & 2) masks with positive health outcomes all sorts of knuckle draggers engaged. In other words, for many it’s still the economy, stupid.

Obviously, everyone should be wearing masks…but let’s be clear: You don’t actually care
about everyone’s health if you are still out there insisting that we shouldn’t guarantee basic
medical care to everyone during a lethal pandemic.
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1283881675844227072

Where NYT politely pretends Donald Trump has a “plan” to reopen schools https://t.co/CUYDfE0AZ5
https://twitter.com/EricBoehlert/status/1284539052432261121

“Liberals” who fiddled around the edges of tough issues like race and inequality are as threatened by public enthusiasm for real progress as conservatives, They can’t argue with facts, so they find comfort  in smug concern trolling.
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1283098852929736711

It’s completely unacceptable that @TwitterSupport still has dozens of Democratic candidates locked out of their accounts while their Republican opponents’ access has been restored. We are just over 100 days out from an election. This needs to be fixed now.
https://twitter.com/leahlacure/status/1283820339089281024

“Outright Lies”: Voting Misinformation Flourishes on Facebook
While the social media giant says it opposes voter suppression, the data shows a stark picture: Nearly half of all top-performing posts that mentioned voting by mail were false or misleading.
https://bit.ly/32uqNfN

===2020 Presidential Candidates===
Kamala Harris… Jan 21st
New Emails Reveal Warm Relationship Between Kamala Harris And Big Tech
As California attorney general, Harris saw Facebook and other budding monopolies as allies rather than threats.
https://t.co/D421oAikoo

Kamala Harris has a decent voting record. But these two stories have always been pretty
troubling – they spotlight enormous questions about her record on white collar crime &
her commitment to holding the powerful accountable. https://t.co/qituuFos4s and
https://t.co/WQobBfKzdo
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1284235811014062080
—–
Pete Buttigieg… April 14th
Hmm…
https://twitter.com/BMarchetich/status/1284664599191543809

Related: https://twitter.com/HBendaas/status/1284642529548345346
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Joe Biden… April 25th
Crucial contrast from Biden’s clean energy speech yesterday: **When Donald Trump thinks about climate change, the only word he can muster is ‘hoax.’ When I think about climate change, the word I think of is ‘jobs.’** https://t.co/91MWt7RaIS
https://twitter.com/econjared/status/1283368516482150401

Biden’s new plan for $2 trillion over four years replaces the $1.7 trillion over 10 years climate plan
that he put out last year. So he’s talking about spending more money and much faster.
https://t.co/vGqN9Nzk7l
https://twitter.com/jeneps/status/1282853526608257025

Statement from @sunrisemvmt’s @VarshPrakash on Biden’s clean energy plan (bolding is mine)
https://t.co/XHhLKyvs4t
https://twitter.com/GregJKrieg/status/1283097027287625731

Question: What about fracking?…

Fracking Firms Fail, Rewarding Execurtives and Raising Climate Fears
Oil and gas companies are hurtling toward bankruptcy, raising fears that
wells will be left leaking planet-warming pollutants, with cleanup costs left to taxpayers
https://t.co/VCUv5dFYHp

It’s a bad sign that Larry Summers is still a valued adviser to @JoeBiden after all the damage he has caused. He is policy hubris on feet and frequently catastrophically wrong. … https://t.co/vsOCRQlKNI
https://twitter.com/susaniniowa/status/1283092465956855811

There are many good people to choose from, and @JosephEStiglitz would be on any list
not prepared by a Wall St banker. I hope @StephanieKelton has a role, too:
https://twitter.com/susaniniowa/status/1283109241893662723

Baker on Summers..
http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/1/larry-summers-economicssecularstagnation.html

Biden has made some laudable promises to support good policies.
If after he defeats Donald Trump everyone pulls a 2009, gets all deferential & refuses to pressure the new administration because they think everything is fixed, then Biden probably won’t deliver on those policy promises.
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1283218879712391173

Note: Just heard Rep Ro Khanna respond to a question saying, the committee discussing the DNC platform didn’t have a foreign policy plank. That’s why he wasn’t involved. If my understanding is correct… I strongly object.

Progressive Coalition Calls on DNC to Condemn Israeli Occupation in Democratic Party Platform
https://bit.ly/2OFLmO8

70 Orgs to Dem Leadership: Next HFAC Chair Must Bring A New Vision of U.S. Foreign Policy
https://bit.ly/3jnmrNk

Progressives to Biden: Foreign Policy Personnel Must Break With the Failed Status Quo
https://bit.ly/3jmr4XZ

61 Groups to Congress:
Cut Pentagon Spending By 10% to Fund Education, Housing, Health Care
https://bit.ly/3jkBOGE
—–
Donald Trump
The Republican Party of Florida doctored a Trump tweet about mail-in voting. Republicans privately fear that Trump is endangering one of the secrets to the party’s success in Florida. https://t.co/HhwHoGluOf
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1283448753249153024

Everything that Donald Trump has done and this is the Republicans’ bridge too far? …
GOP to Donald Trump: Change tune on mail-in voting or risk ugly November
https://t.co/ZDpj0RfXhS

Context: Feds, right-wing media paint Portland as ‘city under siege.’ A tour of town shows otherwise https://t.co/jhZYu1GQJD
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1284625141486555137

Compare / Contrast…
“It was like being preyed upon”: Federal officers in unmarked vans detained Portland protesters.
https://t.co/wpPojDKLoy

Related: https://bit.ly/2OGyJlO
https://t.co/OI43sb4cuU
https://twitter.com/AllMattNYT/status/1284129247557287938

It was a federal officer on the streets of Portland – not local police –
who shot the “Say Anything” protester in the head https://t.co/ugmQ1ssNpk
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1284122272312303623

Maybe if the media hadn’t gotten bored and stopped covering the protests,
the Trump admin  wouldn’t have felt empowered to send an occupying army into Portland.
https://twitter.com/santiagomayer_/status/1284200568475357185

US Attorney For Oregon Calls For Investigation Into Portland Protester Arrests
https://t.co/ni92cYoWW4

The Border Patrol Was Responsible for an Arrest in Portland.
An internal memo, obtained exclusively by The Nation,
details a coordinated program of domestic counterinsurgency.
https://t.co/u1yMxALSlV

Donald Trump claims Portland “called us in”. They didn’t. (video)
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1284131932163506178

Related: https://t.co/00mebpJrU1

Authoritarian governments, not democratic republics, send unmarked authorities after protesters.
These Trump/Barr tactics designed to eliminate any accountability are absolutely unacceptable
in America, and must end. (video)
https://twitter.com/SenJeffMerkley/status/1283852273089683464

I thought we’d already covered this after the attacks in Lafayette Square: the US government
should not be using unidentified federal officers as a secret police force to terrorize US citizens
& violate their constitutional rights. This is outrageous. https://t.co/EIXbZmHXak
https://twitter.com/SenWarren/status/1284170318551146503

Portland mayor on CNN: “What I want to do is raise awareness nationally. This could happen
in your city. And what we’re seeing is a blatant abuse of police tactics by the federal gov’t,
by a Trump admin that’s falling in the polls. This is a direct threat to our democracy.”
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1284918632552828928

Hmm…
https://twitter.com/dfriedman33/status/1284912875501432833
https://twitter.com/MichaelEHayden/status/1284129153181257728

Federal Officers In Portland Face Rising Opposition On Streets and In Court
https://t.co/wyynhjEkQ0

“The tactical agents deployed by Homeland Security include officials from a group known
as BORTAC, the Border Patrol’s equivalent of a S.W.A.T. team, a highly trained group
that normally is tasked with investigating drug smuggling organizations”
https://twitter.com/markfollman/status/1284621986522558465

Related: https://twitter.com/JoshuaPotash/status/1284704272282800128

Trump administration on deadly pandemic: You’re on your own, states!
Trump administration on graffiti in Portland: We’re sending federal troops
to kidnap and maim as many people as necessary to stop it. https://bit.ly/32xfm76
https://twitter.com/justinjm1/status/1284279488403120128

See text graphic of DHS Acting Sec Chad Wolf…
Unconfirmed Donald Trump appointee deploys faceless federal commandos to abduct protesters
in Portland but still wants you to believe him when he smiles and sings “we shall overcome”
https://twitter.com/markfollman/status/1284618748293308417

See text graphic of DHS Acting Sec Chad Wolf…
What an embarrassment. The FBI says that 2019 was the deadliest year for actual domestic
terrorism, mostly committed by white supremacists, in a generation. And you’re playing war
against graffiti. …
https://twitter.com/Malinowski/status/1284511825187438598

The 87 people killed by far-right terrorists over the first 3 Donald Trump years – 145 if we include
the 58 killed in the Oct 2017 shooting rampage in Las Vegas – far outstrip the 17 killed by
Islamists or the four killed by left-wing extremists. with @reveal https://t.co/Sf9KjDpcil
https://twitter.com/typeinvestigate/status/1284179558485225472

Meet Donald Trump’s controversial pick for a top Census job
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/meet-trump-s-controversial-pick-top-census-job

…Cogley is one of a handful of political appointees at Census. And his newly created job title seemed out-of-place for an agency dedicated to the accurate, impartial, and timely collection and dissemination of data on U.S. demographic trends.

Not true…
Donald Trump now explicitly warning that fair housing regulations designed to combat housing segregation will “obliterate” the suburbs…
https://twitter.com/abbydphillip/status/1283876639835860994

Full on racist incitement https://bit.ly/39c11hz
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1284661274496741376

When Donald Trump Feels Threatened, White Supremacy Is His Only Weapon
Few moments pass without the president and his administration
amplifying supposed white grief and downplaying everything else
https://t.co/2ar3T5W2Zz

The Trump administration is resisting calls – even from political allies – to withdraw a proposal
to make it more difficult to bring discrimination claims under the Fair Housing Act.
https://t.co/sQ7IAJPH4I
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1283921860736909312

2016: Decades-Old Housing Discrimination Case Plagues Donald Trump
https://n.pr/3fFHOaD

Related: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/28/us/politics/donald-trump-housing-race.html

Donald Trump has tried to make ‘Black Lives Matter’ a partisan issue. A federal agency says it’s
not. Federal employees are free to express support for the movement at work, the Office of
Special Counsel rules. https://t.co/O9vHk1SkFk
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1283959609003311105

At least six investigations into discriminatory mortgage loan “redlining” have been halted or stalled – against staff recommendations – under the Trump administration’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. https://bit.ly/32bXKxr
https://twitter.com/propublica/status/1282601327898624000

More Mind Reading at the Washington Post
https://cepr.net/more-mind-reading-at-the-washington-post-2/

Donald Trump’s payroll tax cut would destroy Social Security without helping workers
https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2020-03-10/trump-payroll-tax-cut-lousy-idea

Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman
Donald Trump’s Pal Just Used John Roberts’ Get-Out-Of-Jail Free Card
…Roberts court’s recent ruling just helped Wall Street giants stomp on thousands of public-sector workers and retirees in one of America’s poorest states.
https://t.co/wyTFgg5EfR

Bankers say economy remains weak in rural parts of 10 states, including Nebraska and Iowa
https://bit.ly/3jeJmdJ

Pandemic, China Trade Deal Fuel Farmer Doubts
https://bit.ly/32mnxmt

Government payments to farmers have surged to historic levels under Donald Trump as the
Agriculture Dept. tries to stem the losses from Trump’s tariff fights and COVID. Farm policy
experts and watchdog groups warn the subsidies are growing too big and too fast.
https://t.co/yNZtRDtdPg
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1283484000414076929

The case against Judy Shelton for Federal Reserve Board
https://thehill.com/opinion/finance/507548-the-case-against-judy-shelton-for-federal-reserve-board

This thread has 5 opinion pieces opposing Judy Shelton — 3 from @AEI scholars, 1 from
the @FT editorial board and the other from @TheEconomist https://bit.ly/2ODcjSR
https://twitter.com/sam_a_bell/status/1283070356887044097

Related: https://twitter.com/sam_a_bell/status/1283086461747761152

About 5.4 million Americans lost health insurance in the pandemic, more than have ever lost coverage through job losses in a year, an analysis found https://t.co/qyiOMUHeMm
https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1282795107478056963

Inspector general: Medicare chief broke rules on her publicity contracts
HHS watchdog finds Seema Verma mishandled millions of dollars in federal contracts that ultimately benefited friends, former Trump officials.
https://t.co/shGt78ZXUn

Thread
https://twitter.com/politico/status/1283747508787838977

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine rejects Trump’s testing argument: “Our testing has gone up by 87%. But our number of positive cases has skyrocketed to almost 200%. Clearly, our number of new cases is not just the result of increased testing.”
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1283608545502666752

How Donald Trump Is Helping Tycoons Exploit the Pandemic
https://t.co/pVw9eqv19B

Betsy DeVos is a billionaire dilettante who has never been a public school teacher. Yet, she says educators who want any reopening of schools to be safe and responsible are guilty of “fear mongering.”
What a pathetic excuse for an education secretary. https://t.co/S1I4avJDvv
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1283171328951017473

More than 1,200 current CDC employees have signed a letter calling for the CDC to address “ongoing and recurring acts of racism and discrimination” against Black employees. The letter calls for publicly declaring racism a public health crisis in the U.S. https://t.co/WP34FvExRx
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1283000790982918149

Wrong answer…
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1283136729029816320

2014: Deadly Force, in Black and White
A ProPublica analysis of killings by police shows outsize risk for young black males.
https://www.propublica.org/article/deadly-force-in-black-and-white

The Trump administration lifted a ban on sales of silencers to private overseas buyers that was intended to protect U.S. troops from ambushes. The change was championed by a lawyer for the president who had worked for a firearms trade group. https://t.co/OTPWHmL4Sc
https://twitter.com/froomkin/status/1282685615306412032

See referenced Donald Trump comment…
Mr. President, you’re right to criticize Iran’s abuses. But your arguments are empty unless you also criticize your pals in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia for their executions. Please ask MBS to free Nobel Peace Prize nominee Loujain al-Hathloul, tortured for advocating women’s rights.
https://twitter.com/NickKristof/status/1283485114526134272

Peter Thiel… An
(Donald) Trump’s new pick to head research and engineering for the Defense Dept, in addition to only having a BA in political science, will oversee hypersonics, quantum, and microelectronics *while also* continuing to serve as White House CTO https://t.co/GDwraIlVhZ
https://twitter.com/DefTechPat/status/1283045798805213188

Would you trust this man with $740 Billion?
That’s Trump’s Pentagon budget request. It’s 60% of all federal discretionary spending. …
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1283050303932301317

Click images…
Got new documents showing  @realdonaldtrump’s company charging US taxpayers!
But – like all the others – contradict Trump Org’s claim that they charge $50/night.
This is 42 rooms at $396.15 each.
https://twitter.com/Fahrenthold/status/1284131346789605379

Team Trump is made up of people who are convinced that rules and limits are intended for others, not themselves. https://t.co/hweOZWnKO7
https://twitter.com/stevebenen/status/1283402450293202944

Ivanka Trump’s official endorsement of Goya products on social media was an apparent violation of federal ethics rules and standards of conduct, according to a complaint filed by CREW with the Office of Government Ethics. https://bit.ly/32y1ABh
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1284850484302376963

See text graphic…
In just two days, @realdonaldtrump’s campaign pumped $380K into Trump’s private business, in 43 separate payments. Trump Org says this was for a weeklong “donor retreat,” held in early March at Mar-a-Lago. Campaign donations turned into private revenue for POTUS
https://twitter.com/Fahrenthold/status/1284137377028542467

Context: President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have repeatedly attributed the increase in the coronavirus case count in the United States to an increase in testing. These assertions are not backed up by the data, a ProPublica analysis shows. https://bit.ly/38SfnDC
https://twitter.com/propublica/status/1282246278634758144

Latest example…
https://twitter.com/Acyn/status/1282753511155830785

Donald Trump says he disagreed with a privately funded border wall. The builder got $1.7 billion in wall contracts from his admin. He now claims this wall was built to “make me look bad,” even though the project’s builder and funders are all Trump supporters. https://t.co/gNQEgfaFvj
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1282729001400836096

Thread
https://twitter.com/propublica/status/1282339123496460290

Remember when Donald Trump used to criticize President Obama for golfing?
So far his golf trips have cost taxpayers $137,000,000 – 342.5 years of presidential salary.
https://twitter.com/RBReich/status/1282823848807759872

Equals 900,000 food stamp person years
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1282824308335599616

Hmm…
https://bit.ly/30oZaSC
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1282494959711588352
https://twitter.com/RexChapman/status/1283153317095505920
https://twitter.com/JoshuaHol/status/1283436575989399553
https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1283748032111153155
https://twitter.com/Acosta/status/1283173551785287687
https://twitter.com/MattBors/status/1283867680299081728

Dean Baker responds to Donald Trump…
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1282999080369532929
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1283455562538029056

See text graphic…
This is Sotomayor going about as far as norms allow to warn us that the Roberts Five and circuit courts under conservative control are engaged in a game of Calvinball, taking whatever inconsistent steps they must to help Trump and Republicans suppress the vote swing states. – For example: https://t.co/dp1mI7pOX8
Brian Beutler: https://twitter.com/brianbeutler/status/1283907377629220865

Senator McConnell should honor @RepJohnLewis with more than words, and finally hold a vote this week on the Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore the key voting protections that John Lewis fought and bled for in the 1965 Voting Rights Act
Sen Elizabeth Warren: https://twitter.com/SenWarren/status/1284546633473101824

Important quote from John Lewis: https://bit.ly/2CTmi3O – See https://politi.co/2ZHgt24 & https://cnn.it/2CMLbhx

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