Towards an issues-based 2020 election (77)

===2020 Big Picture===
Nonviolent direct action is incredibly powerful, all the more so if done with some practice and preparation. This is a generous offer to be taken seriously!
You could not find a better trainer than Linda. …

John Lewis: Together, You can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation
Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe


James Lawson Eulogy to Representative John Lewis
Civil Rights Activist James Lawson Eulogy to Representative John Lewis (video)

Rev Jim Lawson: “We do not need bipartisan politics if we’re going to celebrate
the life of John Lewis. *We Need. The Constitution. To Come Alive.*

Barack Obama Eulogy at Rep. John Lewis Funeral

I didn’t want to tweet this during the funeral for John Lewis, but who is Bill Clinton to show up
at a black funeral to attack Stokely Carmichael? Stokely was ours. He was targeted for
destruction by the FBI and forced into exile. He gave all for us. Bill Clinton ain’t no hero.

Stokely was an original Freedom Rider, and founder of SNCC and built black power. …

John Lewis’ powerful last words: “The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.”

Want to know how safe #VoteByMail is? Oregon has been all-mail since 2000. We’ve cast over
100,000,000 ballots in that time. 100 *million*. The number of confirmed fraudulent votes is 12.
That’s roughly 1 measly vote per election. Voting by mail is safe.

FEC chair…
I would not have thought that I would need to keep saying this.

Seven Steps to Ensure a Fair and Safe Election
Democracy scholar Norm Ornstein writes in The Atlantic that “some creativity is in order,”
but disaster is avoidable if legislators act now.

Paul Buhle & Mari Jo Buhle, two of American’s preeminent historians, collaborated on a review of my new book, The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party: The Enduring Legacy of Henry Wallace’s Anti-Fascist, Anti-Racist Politics (Verso). I am honored!

“The worldwide, age-long struggle between fascism and democracy will not stop when the fighting ends in Germany and Japan,” warned VP Henry Wallace in 1943.
I wrote a book about his prophetic call for an anti-fascist politics – and why it still matters.

Co-founder of the Federalist Society on Trump raising the prospect of delaying the 2020 election: “this latest tweet is fascistic and is itself grounds for the president’s immediate impeachment.”
Even conservatives know this president has gone too far.

Wisconsin’s Attorney General says it: “During this administration, and especially in recent weeks,
we have witnessed the president employing *fascist tactics*.”

Vice President Pence says the #2020Election offers voters a choice between Trump’s economy and socialism. At a point when 30 million workers have lost jobs, he shouldn’t be so sure Americans will be enthusiastic about Trump’s brand of crony capitalism.

The Wisconsin Phalanx was an experiment in communal living based on the ideals
of French socialist Charles Fourier. It was established on the edge of Ripon, WI.
Leading participants in the Phalanx helped found… the Republican Party. #HidHeritageFest

The newspaper that championed the founding and advancement of the Republican Party
in the 1850s was Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune. Circulated nationwide, it was read
avidly by founders of the GOP. The paper’s European correspondent was… Karl Marx.

Let Them Eat Tweets: How the Right Rules in an Age of Extreme Inequality
Thurs Aug 6th Online Panel. Info and Registration…


…When Steve Bannon reportedly talked in 2018 about how the enemy was the media and how you deal with the media by “flood[ing] the zone with sh-t,” this is what he was tilting at: If you can just kick up infinite dust storms comprised of infinite particles, each of which may or may not be true or salient or important, you can rapidly get to the point at which everything simultaneously matters too much and nothing seems to matter at all. …

  In May I argued that the press will get swept up in Donald Trump’s chaos agenda if it does not have
a clear agenda of its own. My post makes several suggestions for what that agenda could be.
“Fighting authoritarianism and the subversion of democracy” was one.


Positions in the federal government never held by women

Including all the millions who are getting evicted…
Michelle Obama: “We’ve only got 100 days left … and we’ve got to direct every ounce of energy we have into making sure everyone we know understands the importance of their voice and their vote.”

The DNC Platform Committee has *voted down* support for #MedicareForAll: 36 yes – 125 no – 3 abstain (video)

Here is a thread on what just happened with the amendment to the Israel plank at the Democratic Platform Committee meeting.

DNC on dark money thread


The Republican National Convention in Charlotte will be closed to the press.
Reporters will not be allowed on site as RNC delegates vote to formally nominate Trump.
The restriction is unprecedented in modern American political history.

A must-read piece by @mtaibbi on the new book by @thomasfrank

===2020 Issues===
Climate Change and Conserving Biodiversity: The Convention on Biological Diversity’s 30 x 30 Goal (video – page down)

Commentary: Why environmental racism must end


How Hot Will the Future Feel?

I offer few guarantees, but the combination of @GinaNRDC and the @Think100Climate crew is going to be good fun @HipHopCaucus


As long as Congress continues to dance to the political tune of climate deniers and political donors like @APIenergy, we will never pass meaningful climate legislation. #TradeUp

Earlier this week, four labor leaders voted against including Medicare for All in the Democratic Party platform – a slap in the face to millions of workers struggling through an unprecedented pandemic.

…among those who voted no on Medicare for All were also four prominent national union presidents: Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Lily Eskelsen Garcia of the National Education Association (NEA), Mary Kay Henry of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and Lonnie Stephenson of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).

  …was a mild, non-binding statement of support for guaranteeing medical care to all people

There’s movement toward ending filibuster abuses in the Senate. @BernieSanders embraces President Obama’s argument that, if it is necessary to end the filibuster to protect voting rights, “then that is what we must do.”

See text graphic…
Unwinding Donald Trump’s deregulatory state won’t be easy. But here’s how we restore our government’s role in protecting public health, safety, financial security and our environment, according to @Public_Citizen

Baker: There Is Nothing Natural About “the Market”

… The market has real uses, and there is an inherent appeal to much of the public for the idea of leaving things to the market, rather than government bureaucrats. By contrast, saying that we want to structure the market to give as much money to the rich as possible has much less appeal.

The neoliberals are about the latter, and the Left has given them way more legitimacy than they deserve by implying that they actually have an abstract commitment to the market as a matter of principle. …


Amy Hanauer on Taxes, the IRS, and Who’s Tax Dodging (video)

The first principle of social democratic tax design is MOAR

This year is the 10th anniversary of Dodd-Frank and the creation of the @CFPB. For @GDI_policy, @steelewheelz examines how it can use it’s existing legal authority to create a more robust consumer safety net.

Online Platforms and Market Power, Part 6: Examining the Dominance of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law (video and docs)

Top antitrust Democrat opens hearing by comparing big tech firms to past monopolies

Congress forced Silicon Valley to answer for its misdeeds. It was a glorious sight

Monopoly Money: ‘BradCast’ 7/30/2020


Get excited about Break ‘Em Up: Recovering Our Freedom from Big Ag, Big Tech, and Big Money – the new book by the bold and brilliant trust buster of our time: @ZephyrTeachout.

Review: Sarah Chayes on Zephyr Teachout and Monopoly


*Not* making health insurance available for every person is radical…

Why Health is a Human Right

Without M4A, This Isn’t the Boldest Democratic Platform in American History

The Insanity of Prescription Drug Prices in America

Me: “People in Canada don’t die because they have to ration their insulin… they do in the U.S.”
On @AJHeadtoHead, Republican health policy expert & former Romney adviser Lanhee Chen
and I had a lively back and forth on the broken U.S. healthcare system: (video)

Everyone interested in what to do about police accountability – listen to this week’s @onthemedia …

A transpartisan case for peace on the Korean Peninsula

“If the U.S.’s true goal is to create a substantive arms control agreement that would replace New START and include China, then the Trump administration needs to outline a clear roadmap of how it will achieve that goal.” Read my recent @RStatecraft piece


75 years ago on this date: U.S. picks “aiming point” for Hiroshima bomb – directly over the center of city and not the military base. While ignoring surrender feelers or signalling emperor can remain on throne.

One year ago today, the United States legally and unilaterally withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty – the first and only treaty to verifiably eliminate an entire class of weaponry – after Donald Trump did the bidding of then-National Security Adviser John Bolton.

GAO: Higher nuke budgets won’t add much capability

Click text graphics…
Outstanding piece by @CarnegieEndow’s Jessica Mathews @nybooks on the insanity of US nuclear
policy and budgets. Here are two excerpts, but you have to read the whole, powerful essay.

.@johnmdonnelly got hold of Pentagon’s briefing paper to Congress on why Navy needs new W93
warhead. It contains lots of dubious claims that Congress must scrutinize. In just 3 years, Pentagon
has moved from a 3+2 warhead plan to a 6+2+1 plan. Honored to provide nuke data.

Fact checking James Anderson on the nuclear balance (click graphics)

Why Is the Pentagon Wasting Money on Nuclear Weapons and Space?

Better name needed. Ask people for suggestions…
@repmarkpocan, @RepBarbaraLee Announce Defense Spending Reduction Caucus

For the first time in decades, more than 100 members of Congress
voted to reduce the Pentagon budget.

Review: The lies and mistakes that led us into Iraq, laid out in a new book

===2020 Watch List===
Policywise… we’re pegged to the far right relative to where we were when I was growing up
The pendulum stopped swinging. So why is the word, “further,” in this title as opposed to…
begins to move left

Facebook’s Unchecked Power Endangers Civil Rights


Twitter permanently bans former KKK leader David Duke

David Duke’s whole existence violated Twitter’s terms of service. After yrs of pushing Twitter
to enforce their own policies w @changetheterms partners like @mediajustice & @freepress,
he’s finally suspended. He should be 1st in a long and overdue line.

===2020 Watch List-Bias===
Postal Service is experiencing days-long backlogs across the country after a top Trump donor running the agency put in new procedures. Workers warn it could undermine their ability to deliver ballots on time for November.

Donald Trump isn’t worried about “voter fraud,” he’s worried about losing.

Pretty amazing that Donald Trump is insisting there will be massive fraud in the election,
but … Mitch McConnell blocks any additional funding to make the elections more secure

First in a thread…
*Facts* about voting:
1. Donald Trump doesn’t have the power to delay the election
2. Only .00006% cases of mail ballot fraud out of total ballots cast over past 20 years
3. 16 top Donald Trump officials voted by mail
4. Trump waging unprecedented campaign to undermine free & fair elections

Baker responds to Big Pharma’s lobby

The House Intelligence Committee has voted to allow all House members to view classified intelligence that Democratic leaders provided to the FBI warning about a foreign disinformation campaign targeting the 2020 presidential election.

Has Adreian Vermeule ever heard of triangulation?
(i.e. passing bills with the support of the opposing party and against their party’s base)

===2020 Presidential Candidates===
Kamala Harris… Jan 21st (Suspended her campaign)
“Kamala Harris … repeatedly and openly defied U.S. Supreme Court orders to reduce overcrowding in California prisons while serving as the state’s attorney general.” Thorough reporting from @alex_sammon at @theprospect

“Harris and her legal team filed motions that were condemned by judges and legal experts
as obstructionist, bad-faith, and nonsensical, at one point even suggesting that the
Supreme Court lacked the jurisdiction to order a reduction in California’s prison population.”

“This extreme resistance to a Supreme Court ruling was done to prevent the release of fewer than
5,000 nonviolent offenders, whom multiple courts had cleared as presenting next to no risk of
recidivism or threat to public safety.”

A video shows that when Google asked Kamala Harris about her views on antitrust enforcement and the tech industry, she told the company that regulators shouldn’t be “short sighted” and said “we have to allow these businesses to develop and grow.”

Laphonza Butler, the former president of one of SEIU’s largest locals and current adviser to Kamala Harris, has been advising and representing Uber in its dealings with organized labor as the company seeks a deal to avert drivers being classified employees
Joe Biden… April 25th
Biden’s climate policy is an invitation to movements to keep pushing the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

Oil and Gas Groups See ‘Some Common Ground’ in Biden Energy Plan
Some energy executives are pleased that the former vice president
is not calling for a fracking ban and said they could work with him

2018: NASA just made a stunning discovery about how fracking fuels global warming
Natural gas is not part of the climate solution, it’s part of the problem.

Fracking Is Dangerous To Your Health — Here’s Why

Joe Biden scores 38 of 50 on GND and 34 of 50 on no fossil fuels
Donald Trump scores
0 of 50 on the GND and 0 of 50 on no fossil fuels (page down)

Ken Salazar…
Biden’s Weak Link On Energy And Ethics Is An Ex-Obama Official With Deep Fossil Fuel Ties

Everyone on Wall Street knows that the power move wouldn’t be naming Elizabeth Warren to the ceremonial position of VP – it would be naming her to the decidedly powerful position of Treasury Secretary.

Give us an anti-Wall Street Treasury Secretary and AG, and you can have your shi–y VP…
on the other hand, give us a shi–y Treasury Secretary and AG and try to paper it over with
a good VP, and you’ve basically given everyone the big middle finger

Biden announces plans to boost black and Latino finances

Will the Left Get a Say in the Biden Doctrine?
Covid-19 creates an opportunity to shift foreign policy away from the military

Covid shows “our security priorities and investments – the obsessive focus on counterterrorism,
the overuse of the military as the foreign policy instrument of first resort – have been not just
wrong but wildly counterproductive,” @mattduss

Cirincione thread

Karen Bass alleging that no one knew about Scientology’s issues back in 2010
scares me more than her speaking at their event.

The St Pete Times won a Pulitzer for its Scientology coverage in …1980

Note: MoveOn’s VP survey lists too many people. Just ask… would nominating a “centrist” tarnish Biden? My answer would be… yes.

Once ignored, underfunded and often written off, Democratic state party organizations are harvesting record-setting cash heading into the 2020 election, reasserting their roles inside the Democratic infrastructure after suffering for years.

We owe a debt of gratitude to @DavidSegalRI & @DemandProgress for being willing to fight corruption & the corporate elites who Biden surrounds himself with – this kind of work draws insults & attacks from Democratic partisans, but it is essential.

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink has tried to portray himself as a progressive capitalist in angling for a Cabinet slot – but @petersgoodman reveals how Fink has been trying to help investors pulverize Argentina as the country struggles with poverty

“Jake Sullivan, who has been helping to develop the Biden campaign’s policy positions &moderating virtual fund-raising events…had negotiated with labor leaders on behalf of…Uber to try to exempt its drivers from being classified as full-time employees”
Andrew Yang… Nov, 2017 (Suspended his campaign)
See referenced comment…
It’s great how something with so much evidence against it is taken so seriously in the media.
Look at the data on investment, it is not soaring…

Blame the Policies, Not the Robots
Donald Trump…
See text graphic…
Ugliest GDP report any of us have ever seen. At annualized rates, investment down by half in Q2; US economy contracted by a third. But we knew that.
What’s even more important this AM is that UI claims ticked up again **showing a labor market now in stall mode.**

The big jump in continuing claims is really bad news

Not how democracy works…
The president is trailing in the polls, failing to contain a deadly pandemic and presiding over a record-setting economic collapse. Now he’s suggesting the election could be delayed.

McConnell declines to answer reporters who asked him for his reaction to Donald Trump’s
tweet floating an election delay, per @ericawerner (as part of our great Hill pool system)

On the other hand…
“This is a coup in the making.” — Robert Weissman, Public Citizen

Co-founder of the Federalist Society … called Donald Trump’s tweet about delaying
the election “fascistic” and grounds for “immediate impeachment”


In a rare move, Texas Republicans tell President Trump “no” after he calls for delaying the
election – something he’s not legally allowed to do. The president does not have the legal
authority to move Election Day; that power resides with Congress.

~12 hours after he was first asked…
Mitch McConnell rebuffs Trump: “Never in the history of the country, through wars and
depressions and the Civil War, have we ever not had a federally scheduled election on time,
and we’ll find a way to do that again this November 3.”

First in a thread…
President Trump just became the first president in our country’s history to suggest postponing
a presidential election. Elections were held on schedule, and without question, during the War
of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish flu, and World War II.

For 7 years, I covered dictators and strongmen in West and Central Africa. The No. 1 move
of an incumbent who thinks he’s going to lose an upcoming election, is to delay the ballot
citing security concerns or else technical issues – “oops, ballots couldn’t be printed in time!”

The White House just denounced Hong Kong’s decision to delay legislative elections just one
day after Donald Trump suggested that the United States postpone its own election in November.

National Guard commander says police suddenly moved on Lafayette Square protesters, used ‘excessive force’ before Trump visit

D.C. guard commander & Iraq veteran on the clearing of Lafayette Park:
“At no time did I feel threatened by the protesters or assess them to be violent …
These demonstrators were engaged in the peaceful expression of their First Amendment rights.”


Donald ‘Trump’s Troops Are Breaking the Law and Creating Chaos’


Agriculture Dept buries studies showing dangers of climate change
The Trump administration has stopped promoting government-funded research into how higher temperatures can damage crops and pose health risks.

New data show that Obama’s Wall Street rule was actually working to protect workers and retirees — so Trump helped Wall Street kill it.

150K people are dead and millions are out of work and Donald Trump’s priority for the COVID relief bill is $2 *billion* for a new FBI HQ in downtown DC because Donald Trump doesn’t want the FBI to move to the suburbs and have the old site redeveloped with a hotel that will compete with his

One thing I don’t think is fully appreciated is the fact that Republicans in general, and Trump a fortiori, have no idea what causes recessions. If they’ve even heard of Keynes, they imagine his as a left-wing agitator, probably an antifa terrorist

People are mocking Judy Shelton over her goldbug views, but they forget that Paul Ryan …
declared that he learned all his monetary economics from Ayn Rand

“If the crop of Republican senators who say they want to be pro-worker actually mean it,
they’ll oppose Shelton,” the aide added.

See referenced @GOPChairwoman comment…
Looking forward to seeing that “full and complete” health care plan that @realDonaldTrump has promised he will sign by Aug 2.

Context: All the President’s Lies About the Coronavirus
An unfinished compendium of Trump’s overwhelming dishonesty during a national emergency

Feb Context: Donald Trump’s reckless coronavirus statements put the entire US at risk

Fauci has a high approval rating, Donald Trump says. “Why don’t I have a high approval rating?….
It’s curious… They’re highly thought of but nobody likes me.”


Donald Trump’s Pick to Manage Public Lands Has Four-Decade History of “Overt Racism” Toward Native People

This is patently illegal. The Trump administration must accept new DACA-applications *and* extend legal protection for the full two years. Anything less is in defiance of the Supreme Court


Kushner’s Shadow Task Force Appears to Violate Multiple Laws

Cirincione fact checks Donald Trump on NATO spending and trading with Russia

Iran’s Khamenei: Not going to help Donald Trump get Reelected by Negotiating, and besides, America is Collapsing

The Total Destruction of US Foreign Policy Under Donald Trump

US security ‘is inseparable from the world’s,” writes @wendyrsherman “The United States’ recovery
from the pandemic and the economic collapse is dependent on other countries for public health,
for trade, and for peace and security.”

Tod Chapman…
Lawmakers ‘Alarmed’ by Reports U.S. Envoy Told Brazil It Could Help Re-elect Donald Trump


Trump adviser Jason Miller is asked three (3) times whether the Trump administration or campaign would accept foreign assistance in this election. Three (3) times, he refuses to say no. (video)

To put this in context, for people who have not worked in presidential campaigns:
Chris Wallace’s (good) question is the equivalent of, “would you rob a bank” or “would you
lie to cover up a felony.” The *only* appropriate answer is flat and immediate “No.”
Until now.

How the Trump campaign came to court QAnon, the online conspiracy movement identified by the FBI as a violent threat

GW Bush’s torture memo guy…
Donald Trump meets with John Yoo at White House

Ex-Deputy U.S. Attorney General Donald Ayer writes that Bill Barr is operating an “unconstitutional campaign” to reelect Trump.
“The attorney general is using official violence and intimidation to help Trump win a second term.”

New Pentagon training refers to protesters, journalists as ‘adversaries’

Well, this is embarrassing. Donald Trump and the Navy want a new nuclear warhead because of the risks of the ICBMs and their “reliance on a launch under attack posture.” You don’t eliminate that risk with a new bomb. You get rid of the the ICBMs.
Quoted in:

Trump nominee (Tata) hearing pulled after furor over Islam remarks

He appears to have no impulse control. This is illegal…

Nonpartisan watchdog alleges Trump campaign illegally concealed $170 million in spending

The 81-page complaint, filed by the Campaign Legal Center (CLC), alleges that former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale used a “pass-through” company to pay downstream vendors, including Trump campaign members, associates and family members.

“This illegal conduit scheme leaves voters in the dark about the entities working for the Trump campaign, the nature of their services, and the full amount they are paid,” said Brendan Fischer, the CLC’s director of federal reform. “We don’t know all of what is being hidden by this scheme, but we do know that it violates the law.”


Pool report: “After an uneventful drive in little traffic we pulled up to Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, VA … Motorcade passed a lone protester on the side of the highway with a tombstone-shaped sign that read 156K.”

Florida sheriffs who had attended a conference this week with a COVID-19-infected colleague met Friday with Trump. A Volusia County Sheriff reported his positive test just hours before more than a dozen other sheriffs stood with Trump in Tampa.

Donald Trump today: “I am happy to inform all of the people living their Suburban Lifestyle Dream that you will no longer be bothered or financially hurt by having low income housing built in your neighborhood.” Racial fearmongering 101. See my story on him here:

If — for some reason — you’re suddenly interested in learning more about how racist politicians
tried to win elections by promising whites they’d keep “undesirables” out of their neighborhoods
and protect property values, well, I have a book for you.


As Donald Trump threatens to ban TikTok, Sarah Cooper mocks him, again, on the platform


Donald Trump’s threat to ban TikTok came just weeks after reports that many TikTok users
had tried to sabotage a Trump campaign rally by requesting tickets they never planned to use
and coordinated a push to flood Trump’s 2020 campaign app with negative reviews.

Trump to Order China’s ByteDance to Sell TikTok in U.S.

One of the first school districts in the country to reopen its doors did not even make it a day before the county health department notified the school that a student who had walked the halls and sat in classrooms had tested positive for COVID.

Dr. Redfield’s Retreat: Compromising the CDC:
Great piece from @_ericblanc on how the school reopening fight could trigger another massive wave of teacher strikes. – See
“If Major League Baseball can’t avoid COVID, how’s your local school district going to?…”:

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