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Quote of note:

"This is pretty much how 2020 is going to go down. Trump surrounding himself with the worst of worst, solely to appeal to the worst impulses of his MAGA supporters."

Happy Sunday.

Via Trump Brings His War Criminals To Gala Fundraiser

#Trump #GOP #corruption #ITMFA #election2020
 
"AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast executives aren’t going to like Bernie Sanders’ new broadband plan."

"The wide ranging proposal, released Friday morning, would all but demolish big telecom’s stranglehold over the broadband and media sectors, unwinding decades of unrelenting consolidation, imposing hard new limits on how much broadband providers can charge for service, while opening the door to significantly broader availability of community broadband."

"The proposal pulls no punches when it comes to the U.S.’ broadband woes."

#Bernie2020 #broadband #election2020
 
"AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast executives aren’t going to like Bernie Sanders’ new broadband plan."

"The wide ranging proposal, released Friday morning, would all but demolish big telecom’s stranglehold over the broadband and media sectors, unwinding decades of unrelenting consolidation, imposing hard new limits on how much broadband providers can charge for service, while opening the door to significantly broader availability of community broadband."

"The proposal pulls no punches when it comes to the U.S.’ broadband woes."

#Bernie2020 #broadband #election2020
 
Elections have consequences.

#election2020
 
#election2020
 
"In an era where some candidates and incumbents try to challenge or discredit a close loss by questioning the system, either with unfounded allegations of voter fraud or claims of a 'rigged' election, the proper functioning and security of election machines have never been more crucial."

#ElectionSecurity #election2020
 
Democrats had better be careful lining up with healthcare industry lobbyists who are trying to get Americans to turn away from a desire for Medicare For All -- this will get Trump reelected. This is why I AM NOT A DEMOCRAT.

State lawmakers acknowledge lobbyists helped craft their op-eds attacking Medicare-for-all

"Lobbyists either helped draft or made extensive revisions to opinion columns published by three state lawmakers in a way that warned against the dangers of Medicare-for-all and other government involvement in health care, according to emails obtained by The Washington Post."

"Montana state Rep. Kathy Kelker (D) and Sen. Jen Gross (D) acknowledged in interviews that editorials they published separately about the single-payer health proposal included language provided by John MacDonald, a lobbyist and consultant in the state who disclosed in private emails that he worked for an unnamed client."

"Gross said MacDonald contacted her on behalf of the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future, a multimillion-dollar industry group founded in 2018 and funded by hospitals, private insurers, drug companies and other private health-care firms."

"Additionally, an aide to Ohio state Sen. Steve Huffman (R) confirmed in a brief interview that the lawmaker’s op-ed criticizing Medicare-for-all was written with the help of Kathleen DeLand, an Ohio-based lobbyist."

"None of the lawmakers’ columns discloses that they were written with the help of a lobbyist."

#MedicareForAll #healthcare #election2020
 
"Even as the Democrats take Trump to court over ignored subpoenas, he benefits by letting it all bleed out slowly. Voters won't be learning new damaging facts about him before they hit the polls in 2020."

#Trump #GOP #corruption #ITMFA #election2020
 
Strike four.

Yeah, I guess ".... dropping a Ukrainian oligarch as a client while..." his pal runs for president would be a smart idea. Criminy.

Mike Bloomberg advisor Doug Schoen stops working for Ukrainian billionaire Pinchuk, who donated to Trump’s foundation

"An longtime advisor to billionaire Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg has cut ties with a Ukrainian oligarch who once made a six-figure donation to President Donald Trump’s now-defunct foundation."

"The aide, Doug Schoen, confirmed to CNBC that he decided to not work with Victor Pinchuk, a businessman who owns a piping company and has investments in steel, real estate and television, after eight years in order to join the Bloomberg campaign."

#election2020
 
#election2020
 
"In a briefing that closely aligned with Dr. Hill’s testimony, American intelligence officials informed senators and their aides in recent weeks that Russia had engaged in a yearslong campaign to essentially frame Ukraine as responsible for Moscow’s own hacking of the 2016 election, according to three American officials. The briefing came as Republicans stepped up their defenses of Mr. Trump in the Ukraine affair."

#Russia #GOP #disinformation #propaganda #election2020
The 'Ukraine meddling' thing is a Russian operation, say U.S. intel experts
 
Take polls with a grain of salt, but FYI.

Poll: Biden and Sanders tied nationally, followed by Warren

"Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are leading the Democratic presidential primary field in a new national poll, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) following in third place."

"The Emerson poll released Thursday found Biden and Sanders each with the support of 27 percent of Democratic primary voters, with Warren following at 20 percent support. No other candidate received double-digit support in the poll."

#election2020
 
"As Axios' Jonathan Swan reported on Sunday, top Republicans are taking Buttigieg seriously as a potential general election candidate after his breakout poll in Iowa and his rise in New Hampshire. Several top Trump advisers have raised concerns that Buttigieg is more talented than Joe Biden and that he will be harder to brand as a leftist radical than Sens. Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders."

#election2020
 
"The Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) released a 2020 campaign ad Tuesday that calls President Trump the 'biggest threat to American Jews today'."

#election2020
 
Yes!

Stephen King-themed, anti-Susan Collins merch from the Maine Democrats

#Maine #election2020
Stephen King-themed, anti-Susan Collins merch from the Maine Democrats
 
Quote of note:

"Biden’s slow decline in polls is empirical, but what ails his campaign — as reflected in that California kickoff rally — is almost ineffable. Biden is a back-to-the-future product who often seems clueless about the present. In view of so many deep and widespread concerns, from income inequality to healthcare disparities to the climate emergency, his talking points are simply beside the point."

Via Does Joe Biden Excite Anybody But Wealthy Donors?

#election2020
Does Joe Biden Excite Anybody But Wealthy Donors?
 
Worth a read -- the political and societal divide in Washington state, especially Yakima, is a very good example of what is happening across the United States.

The Divide in Yakima Is the Divide in America

"The changes in this farming valley, known as the nation’s fruit basket, mirror demographic trends in numerous U.S. cities where the population is becoming increasingly less white. Ms. Gutiérrez represents a major shift not only because of her ethnicity, but because of her age — she was 26 when first elected. In Yakima, young adults are nearly twice as likely to be Latino as older adults."

"In most diversifying American cities, the age dynamics are just as striking, a New York Times analysis has found. In nearly 100 U.S. metropolitan areas — from Santa Fe to New York and dozens of cities in between — whites comprise the majority of residents over the age of 45, and the minority of adults younger than that."

#America #WashingtonState #election2020 #politics #demographics

The New York Times: The Divide in Yakima Is the Divide in America (By Dionne Searcey, Robert Gebeloff and Mason Trinca)

 
"Rep. Elise Stefanik, the Republican who emerged as an outspoken defender of President Donald Trump during last week’s impeachment hearings, inadvertently gave a boost to the Democrat running for her seat in 2020."

"Tedra Cobb, the Democrat running for office in New York’s 21st Congressional District, received more than $1 million in campaign donations sent from each of the 50 states this weekend, according to her campaign."

#election2020
After Elise Stefanik’s Pro-Trump Performance, Donations Pour in for Her Opponent
 
Well, duh.

Michael Bloomberg's Convenient 'Stop and Frisk' Conversion Is Transparently Insincere

"Bloomberg may have changed his mind about the political risks of continuing to brag about [stop and frisk]. But the idea that he suddenly realized the program was unfair and unconstitutional after defending it for nearly two decades, even if you believe it, is hardly reassuring."

#election2020
Michael Bloomberg's Convenient 'Stop and Frisk' Conversion Is Transparently Insincere
 
As if we expected McConnell to act any differently, he now makes it official that he will not honor his oath of office.

McConnell 'can't imagine a scenario' in which Senate removes Trump

"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Monday that he can't envision any scenario in which the GOP-controlled Senate would vote to remove President Trump from office."

#Trump #GOP #corruption #ITMFA #election2020
 
Quote of the day:

"Joe Biden's bold experiment in trying to win the Democratic presidential nomination without a single vote from a young person continued Saturday, when the 76-year-old frontrunner told a crowd in Las Vegas that he doesn't want to legalize weed because he's worried that it might lead to harder drugs."

Via Joe Biden Is Out Here Calling Weed a 'Gateway Drug' in 2019

#election2020
 
"A year after voters turned out in record numbers to help Democrats recapture the House majority with health care -- not the Russia investigation -- as their top concern, Republicans refuse to address their worst political liability heading toward the 2020 elections."

"Alarm bells are ringing in the deep-red South where Republicans have lost gubernatorial races this month in Kentucky and Louisiana -- despite rallies President Trump held to boost their prospects -- largely on the issue of Medicaid expansion. Republicans in Washington better hear them."

#election2020 #healthcare #GOP
 
"A year after voters turned out in record numbers to help Democrats recapture the House majority with health care -- not the Russia investigation -- as their top concern, Republicans refuse to address their worst political liability heading toward the 2020 elections."

"Alarm bells are ringing in the deep-red South where Republicans have lost gubernatorial races this month in Kentucky and Louisiana -- despite rallies President Trump held to boost their prospects -- largely on the issue of Medicaid expansion. Republicans in Washington better hear them."

#election2020 #healthcare #GOP
 
Yet another reason why Granddaddy Joe will never make it out of the Democratic primaries...

#election2020
 
Wow. Watching Republicans twist and turn and lie and avoid answering direct questions on the Sunday Morning Talk Shows is pretty entertaining -- or disgusting, depending on your viewpoint -- in how they will not say a foul word about the large orange criminal in the White House. Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) on Jake Tapper this morning is Exhibit 1.

https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2019/11/17/mike-turner-impeachment-hearing-witness-intimidation-tapper-sot-sotu-vpx.cnn

#Trump #GOP #corruption #ITMFA #election2020
 
Snapshot:

CBS News Battleground Tracker: Buttigieg rises in Iowa and New Hampshire, Biden back atop delegate hunt

"The Democratic nomination race remains unsettled because many voters are conflicted between what they want and whether they think can win. Some candidates who generate excitement are also seen as risky. Progressive policies are popular but might be too liberal to win swing voters. And while voters say they are satisfied with their current selection of candidates, very few have actually settled on one."

"So, across the early primary and caucus states through Super Tuesday, voters' top pick continues to swing back and forth between Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren, with neither able to break away."

Full disclosure: I am a #Bernie2020 supporter, at least through the Democratic primaries...

#election2020
 
Quote of note:

"I really have a real discomfort level of responding to what Republicans say because they are in denial about what has happened in the country. So if you want to ask me about where we're going on this, I'm happy to respond to that. But I find it a waste of my time and yours to just be talking about what Republicans say."

**_Via Pelosi: 'I find it a waste of my time' to 'just be talking about what Republicans say'

#Trump #GOP #corruption #ITMFA #election2020
 
Quote of the day:

"There is something about the very wealthy, they don’t have enough people telling them that they are full of shit."

Via Boo-hoo billionaires: why America's super-wealthy are afraid for 2020

#election2020 #inequality
 
"Former Vice President and current 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden is appearing at a private fundraiser in Seattle over the weekend, spurring a protest led by Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant."

"Biden will be at a reception in Madison Park on Saturday, with tickets ranging between $1,000 and $2,800 according to The Seattle Times. A second fundraising event will take place later that night in Queen Anne, set for $2,800 per ticket."

"The latter event will be hosted by Amazon general counsel David Zapolsky. That had Sawant and the Democratic Socialists of America speaking out, stating that 'we can’t let Amazon executives buy another corporate candidate'."

#Seattle #election2020
Sawant to lead protest over Biden fundraiser in Seattle
 
No kidding...

Deval Patrick Had A Very Bad Week Yesterday

"Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick launched his presidential campaign a little late, and if he's going to catch up with the political corpses of John Hickenlooper and Steve Bullock, he needs to hurry up and fail. So far, he's off to a good start at being terrible."

#election2020
 
"Two Republican Ohio state lawmakers are reportedly sponsoring a new bill that would outlaw abortion in the state."

"State Reps. Ron Hood and Candice Keller are sponsors of House Bill 413, which would count unborn fetuses are people, The Washington Post reported Thursday, citing a news release from the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio."

"Anyone who performs an abortion would be 'subject to already existing murder statutes', the statement reportedly said."

"It is unclear whether the bill has been introduced, according to The Post."

#Ohio #GOP #abortion #election2020
 
Make America Greta Again!

Greta Thunberg leaves US with simple climate crisis message: Vote

"As Greta Thunberg departs the US to sail across the Atlantic for the second time in a few months, she is leaving behind a simple message for those who care about the climate crisis: you must vote."

"The 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who ignited a youth movement with her Friday school strikes has traveled across America since arriving via racing yacht in late August. She will now brave the bitter cold to get back to Madrid, after a change in venue for international climate negotiations. Her plan had been to make her way to Chile, where the talks were meant to be held before the country descended into civil unrest."

"'My message to the Americans is the same as to everyone – that is to unite behind the science and to act on the science', Thunberg told the Guardian on Tuesday."

#ClimateCrisis #Election2020

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A real American hero in my book...

'I don’t regret it': how Juli Briskman went from giving Trump the finger to winning an election

"Two years ago, Juli Briskman made headlines when she gave the finger to Trump as she cycled alongside the president’s motorcade in Virginia. The marketing company she worked for swiftly fired her. (She sued them.)"

"She couldn’t have imagined it at the time but Briskman, 52, has just won a local election – and she credits the incident for motivating her to run for office."

#resist #election2020
 
"Let’s get a few things straight."

"The wealthiest Americans are paying a much smaller share of income in taxes than they did a half-century ago."

#inequality #banksters #election2020

The New York Times: Opinion | The Billionaires Are Getting Nervous (By The Editorial Board)

 
Fuck you, Leon.

Watch Wall Street Billionaire Literally Cry Over Choice Between Trump and Elizabeth Warren

"Wall Street billionaire Leon Cooperman was overcome by emotion after spending twenty minutes or so railing against Elizabeth Warren, choking up when asked if he supports the re-election of President Donald Trump."

"The Omega Advisors CEO has previously declared that a Warren presidency would crash the stock market by 25 percent, and said 'They won’t open the stock market if Elizabeth Warren is the next president'."

#inequality #banksters #election2020
Watch Wall Street Billionaire Literally Cry Over Choice Between Trump and Elizabeth Warren
 
Why? Oh why, oh me, oh my. I predict he is unpopular from Day 1 (except with his 'moderate', corporatist supporters). This probably wouldn't happen if Joe Biden was showing strong, but he is weak, and the corporatists are afraid of Bernie and Elizabeth Warren.

Bloomberg preparing to enter presidential race: NYT

"Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has opened the door to entering the crowded 2020 presidential race, arguing the current field of candidates 'is not well positioned' to beat President Trump."

#Election2020
 
As usual, be careful relying on any poll. But this is encouraging...

The 5 top Democrats are killing Trump nationally in a new Washington Post/ABC News poll

"The top five Democratic presidential candidates all lead President Trump by significant, growing margins among registered voters and American adults a year before the 2020 election, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Tuesday. Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) trounce Trump by 17 percentage points, 15 points, and 14 points, respectively, among registered voters."

#Election2020
 
As usual, be careful relying on any poll. But this is encouraging...

The 5 top Democrats are killing Trump nationally in a new Washington Post/ABC News poll

"The top five Democratic presidential candidates all lead President Trump by significant, growing margins among registered voters and American adults a year before the 2020 election, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Tuesday. Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) trounce Trump by 17 percentage points, 15 points, and 14 points, respectively, among registered voters."

#Election2020
 
Yet another reason why I support #Bernie2020.

Bernie Sanders Refuses to Bow to Israel

"Bernie Sanders has almost single-handedly changed the discourse on Israel in the Democratic Party and in the United States more generally. But his appearance at the J-Street conference was a further tour de force, and the positions he has staked out clearly have put pressure on the other Democratic candidates to take a position on Israeli land-grabs in the Palestinian West Bank and economic strangulation of the Palestinians in Gaza."

"Sanders said in his address that Palestinians also want peace. He said, said, 'let me underline this' and continuing, 'It is not anti-Semitism to say that the Netanyahu government has been racist'."

#Election2020
Bernie Sanders Refuses to Bow to Israel
 
(Yet Another) Quote of the day:

"CNBC reports that so-called Democratic donors will back Trump if Elizabeth Warren is nominated. Those aren't allies, they're sociopaths."

Via With Donors Like These Democrats Don't Need Enemies

#WallStreet #banksters #election2020
 
Even more reason to support Liz or Bernie.

Wall Street Democratic donors warn the party: We’ll sit out, or back Trump, if you nominate Elizabeth Warren

"Democratic donors on Wall Street and in big business are preparing to sit out the presidential campaign fundraising cycle — or even back President Donald Trump — if Sen. Elizabeth Warren wins the party’s nomination."

"In recent weeks, CNBC spoke to several high-dollar Democratic donors and fundraisers in the business community and found that this opinion was becoming widely shared as Warren, an outspoken critic of big banks and corporations, gains momentum against Joe Biden in the 2020 race."

#banksters #inequality #election2020
 
Quote of the day:

"Facebook said it wouldn’t happen again, but according to the Popular Information newsletter, the propaganda that spread across the internet in 2016 is starting to pop up all over social media leading into the 2020 election."

Via These are the pro-Trump memes that Ukraine’s Facebook network is spreading

#Trump #corruption #Election2020 #propaganda #Russia #misinformation
 
"Three years after a presidential election that came down to 77,000 votes in three Midwestern battlegrounds, Democrats and Republicans are eyeing a much larger battlefield ahead of the 2020 contests, one that stretches from the picturesque coastline of rural Maine to the high desert of Arizona."

"Here are the 10 counties that will determine whether Trump gets a second term..."




#Election2020
 
Matt Schlapp is, I dare say, one of the most egregious Trump sycophants.

Matt Schlapp Floats A New Conspiracy Theory: The Federal Reserve Wants To Destroy Trump

"Matt Schlapp, one of Trump's most prolific toadies on Fox News, sowed the seeds of a Federal Reserve conspiracy against Donald Trump with absolutely no evidence of what he claimed."

#GOP #Gaslighting #Lies #Election2020
 
"On Sunday, Senator Elizabeth Warren drew the largest crowd of her campaign so far when 15,000 people showed up to her 'town hall' outside the International Fountain at the Seattle Center. Staff originally planned to hold the event at WaMu Theater, which seats 7,000, but 20,000 RSVPs to the town hall convinced the team to switch to a larger venue."

"The size of the crowd is good news for a candidate who has been hovering at second or third place behind Senators Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders since early July."

"Fifteen thousand is an auspicious number, too. The same number of people attended a Sanders rally at Safeco Field the day before he swept the Washington caucuses in 2016. Warren pulling the same number in August is either a) just kinda fun, b) even more evidence that Seattleites love them a wonky Democrat on a nice day, and/or c) evidence that Warren is about to have a break-out moment."

#Election2020 #Seattle
 
"The latest 2020 national poll from Monmouth University doesn't look good for former Vice President Joe Biden."

"Monmouth's poll released on Monday shows Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tied at 20 percent, with Biden behind them at 19 percent. Given the poll's margin of error, that means the three candidates are effectively tied thanks to Biden taking a serious dive since a previous poll released by Monmouth in June."

#election2020
 
No kidding.

Advocacy groups ask 2020 Democrats to pledge to restore net neutrality

"A coalition of progressive groups is asking 2020 Democratic candidates to pledge to restore the Obama-era net neutrality rules repealed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) during the Trump administration."

"The groups launched a site Monday requesting White House hopefuls sign the pledge, which also includes a commitment to forgo campaign contributions from telecom executives and lobbyists."

"'The FCC’s net neutrality repeal ignored the voices of millions from across the political spectrum, in what ended up being one of the biggest and most undemocratic giveaways to the telecom industry we’ve ever seen', Mark Stanley, a spokesman for the group Demand Progress, said in a statement."

"'For too long, phone and cable companies have exerted in an undue influence in Washington, by pushing unpopular policies that harm the American people’s ability to communicate and access crucial services online', he added. 'It’s time candidates fight this corrosive influence by refusing contributions from the telecom industry'."

"Other groups backing the pledge include People for the American Way, Color of Change, Daily Kos, Common Cause, Fight for the Future and Democracy for America."

#netneutrality #election2020
 
"With a blatant show of support for President Trump’s strategy of racial polarization, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu not only signaled his government’s support for Trump in the 2020 election; he also served to unify an often-fractious party around a more anti-Israel message that resonates across the party’s left-center spectrum."

"Israel’s intervention in the 2020 campaign is not like the subtle, underhanded approaches that President Putin and his Russian agents used to help the Trump campaign in 2016. This isn’t the IRA troll factory exposed by Robert Mueller. This is a prime minister as troll sponsored by Donald Trump."

#Election2020
 
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