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Worried Democratic Operatives Scramble to Fund a Network to Take Down Bernie Sanders

"A group of loosely affiliated Democratic operatives have been in discussions about putting together an effort to attack Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) should he end up winning next week’s Iowa caucus and, potentially, the New Hampshire primary a week later."

"The talks, which two sources described to The Daily Beast, are in their nascent stages, and have already hit a snag. Big money Democrats have shown reluctance at funding such an effort, which could consist of ads attacking Sanders, and institutions associated with Democratic politics have largely shied away from being part of any campaign that goes after the senator, either out of fear over the backlash or growing acceptance at the prospect of him becoming the party’s nominee."

#Bernie2020 #election2020
 
Republicans still plan to protect the Orange Shitgibbon.

#Trump #GOP #corruption #impeachment #election2020
 
Government by right-wing grievance.

After Pompeo’s Bullying, Trump Signals a Renewed Push to Defund NPR

"After a conservative radio host questioned the mere existence of NPR, President Trump confirmed that notion, writing, 'A very good question!'"

"Mark Levin, a bomb-throwing Trump sycophant, who is both a conservative radio and Fox News host, tweeted out an anti-NPR statement in the aftermath of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s ornery interview with an NPR national security reporter on Friday. The president took Levin’s tweet as an opportunity to champion a cause that he’s pushed for in the past, the defunding of NPR."

#Trump #GOP #corruption #NPR #election2020
After Pompeo’s Bullying, Trump Signals a Renewed Push to Defund NPR
 
Feel The Bern.

#Bernie2020 #election2020
Sanders Takes Commanding Lead in New Iowa Poll
 
The GOP Mob Boss is at it again this morning...

#Trump #GOP #corruption #impeachment #election2020
 
Quote of note:

"Block grants are just a Republican trick to slash spending without appearing to do so."

Via “Cruelty is the point”: Trump takes aim at Medicaid with plan that could harm millions

#Trump #GOP #Medicaid #corruption #election2020
 
"Dozens of government computers sit in a nondescript building here, able to connect to a data model that could help farmers manage the impact of a changing climate on their crops."

"But no one in this federal agency would know how to access the model, or, if they did, what to do with the data."

"That’s because the ambitious federal researcher who created it in Washington quit rather than move when the Agriculture Department relocated his agency to an office park here last fall."

"He is one of hundreds of scientists across the federal government who have been forced out, sidelined or muted since President Trump took office."

#Trump #GOP #corruption #science #FAIL #election2020
 
"President Trump was recorded telling two buddies of Rudy Giuliani’s that he wanted Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch fired in April 2018, ABC reports."

"'Take her out!' Trump reportedly said on the recording to Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, after being told that the career foreign service officer was 'badmouthing' him in Kyiv."

"Fruman reportedly made the recording, which occurred at a small April 30, 2018 dinner at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C."

"Todd Blanche, an attorney for Fruman, did not immediately return a request for comment."

#Trump #GOP #corruption #impeachment #election2020
Report: Trump Recorded Telling Parnas And Fruman To ‘Take Her Out’ About Yovanovitch
 
"The Senate can nullify the Constitution, at least for now. It can't nullify the truth."

#Trump #GOP #corruption #impeachment #election2020
 
The #banksters are scared. They are realizing that the public is waking up to their greed and excesses...

Bank of America CEO: 'Don't challenge capitalism'

"n a new interview from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Bank of America (BAC) CEO Brian Moynihan credited innovation and a 'capitalist spirit' in the U.S. with powering the country’s longest economic expansion in history."

"'The U.S. economy just has a way of grinding through, because that innovation, the capital that's there, the capitalist spirit ... it works better than any economy in the world', Moynihan told Yahoo Finance’s editor-in-chief, Andy Serwer, this week. 'That's one of the things we're trying to get everybody to understand, is you can be capitalist and ... and make progress for society. But don't challenge capitalism'."

"Moynihan’s praise of capitalism comes amid increased attention on democratic socialism, a political theory favored by Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, which focuses on empowering workers. But he declined to tell Serwer whether his remark about capitalism was a 'nod' to Sanders or to his fellow candidate, Elizabeth Warren, who’s sometimes referred to as a socialist though she denies being one."

#VultureCapitalism #capitalism #inequality #greed #election2020
 
Be careful how you interpret this... because we all know Trump is shallow and fairly transparent in his efforts to deceive and troll.

After Bernie Sanders Leads Trump by Widest Margin in 2020 Poll, President Says 'Dems Will Never Allow Him to Win'

"President Donald Trump on Thursday reacted to Senator Bernie Sanders leading the Democratic 2020 primaries in recent polls by claiming that the party 'will never allow him to win'."

"In a poll conducted by SurveyUSA, 52 percent of voters surveyed said they would vote for Sanders, while Trump only garnered 43 percent. As previously reported by Newsweek, Biden landed at 50 percent, placing him in a statistical tie with billionaire Michael Bloomberg who received 49 percent in the poll. Senator Warren came through with a three-point lead over Trump, coming in at 48 percent."

#Bernie2020 #election2020
 
The usual warnings/advice on polls applies.

#Bernie2020 #NewHampshire #election2020
 
"As predictable as all of this is with Mitch McConnell behind the wheel, it does seem like a harbinger of things to come. Every Republican officeholder's complete and total fealty to Donald Trump is a sight to behold. Cowardice and a supreme lack of ethics certainly play a role, but maybe some of them also see themselves as potential vassals of The Leader if he's re-elected and hardens his authoritarian grip. This has led to otherwise bland-seeming senatorial types jumping on the cable news teevee to flex their Trumpian credentials. As demonstrated by Senator Mike Braun in a display he thought was so dope he tweeted it himself, this mostly involves a thuggish rejection of objective reality."

#Trump #GOP #corruption #impeachment #gaslighting #election2020
 
Quote of note:

"No one ever makes a billion dollars. You take a billion dollars." -- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D–N.Y.)

Via Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: 'No One Ever Makes a Billion Dollars. You Take a Billion Dollars.'

#inequality #election2020
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: 'No One Ever Makes a Billion Dollars. You Take a Billion Dollars.'
 
#Trump #GOP #corruption #election2020
 
Shocker.

Trump’s lawyers began the impeachment trial with a blizzard of lies

"The opening statements from Trump’s lawyers indicated that gaslighting will be a key part of their strategy."

"The opening debate of the Senate impeachment trial on Tuesday afternoon was supposed to be merely about the trial rules. But in quintessential Trump fashion, members of President Donald Trump’s legal team wasted no time telling a number of lies before things really got going."

"Though getting facts wrong might be somewhat understandable in the context of extemporaneous statements, these falsehoods came in the context of prepared remarks read by White House counsel Pat Cipollone and personal Trump attorney Jay Sekulow. And if that approach is indicative of how the rest of the trial will go, casual watchers may end up with an understanding of the timeline of Trump’s Ukraine dealings and ensuing impeachment that’s at odds with reality."

#Trump #GOP #corruption #impeachment #lies #election2020
 
Shocker.

Trump’s lawyers began the impeachment trial with a blizzard of lies

"The opening statements from Trump’s lawyers indicated that gaslighting will be a key part of their strategy."

"The opening debate of the Senate impeachment trial on Tuesday afternoon was supposed to be merely about the trial rules. But in quintessential Trump fashion, members of President Donald Trump’s legal team wasted no time telling a number of lies before things really got going."

"Though getting facts wrong might be somewhat understandable in the context of extemporaneous statements, these falsehoods came in the context of prepared remarks read by White House counsel Pat Cipollone and personal Trump attorney Jay Sekulow. And if that approach is indicative of how the rest of the trial will go, casual watchers may end up with an understanding of the timeline of Trump’s Ukraine dealings and ensuing impeachment that’s at odds with reality."

#Trump #GOP #corruption #impeachment #lies #election2020
 
"The administration plans to place visa restrictions on seven new countries: Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania."

#Trump #GOP #corruption #immigration #election2020
Trump to Expand Travel Ban List
 
Support #AmyMcGrath to beat #MoscowMitch in #Election2020!

McConnell challenger McGrath pens op-ed about authorization for the use of military force

"Amy McGrath, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) Democratic challenger in Kentucky’s Senate race this year, authored a USA Today op-ed Tuesday urging Congress to revise the authorization for use of military force (AUMF) amid increased saber-rattling with Iran."

"McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot, wrote in her piece that the U.S. is running on ‘legislative fumes’ 19 years after the AUMF was passed by Congress to give former President George W. Bush the authority to go to war with the perpetrators of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks."

#Kentucky #military #Iran #AUMF
 
"The rules that McConnell has laid out, on which the Senate will vote this afternoon, provide for a Potemkin trial, not a real one. McConnell has been open that his goal is to dispose of the trial before the State of the Union address, on February 4, and the rules show far more interest in speed than accuracy or deliberation."

"The proceedings there look like a flimsy excuse for a trial, and they are. But under the surface, a series of real trials is going on. Vulnerable senators sit in the dock, the jurors are voters, and the verdicts won’t come back until November."

#Trump #GOP #MoscowMitch #corruption #impeachment #election2020
 
"Parents in the U.S. pay a staggering amount for care for their young children—and here, as in so many other areas, the support they get from their government falls short of what peer nations provide. A new report from the Economic Policy Institute shows just how big the problem is, and what it’s costing the economy."

"With government spending predictably lagging other countries (as a share of GDP), parents spend $42 billion a year on early care and education. It’s so expensive that many parents leave the paid workforce or scale back their hours, losing $30-35 billion in the process."

#childcare #inequality #election2020 #poverty
 
Quote of note:

Hillary Clinton is "...the career politician who voted for the PATRIOT Act, voted for the Iraq War, promoted fracking from the Secretary of State’s office and has the worst Wall Street brigands in the world on speed dial. I guess 'accomplishment' is in the eye of the beholder."

Via Is Hillary Clinton Running for President Again? Sure Seems Like It.

#HRC #Bernie2020 #election2020
Is Hillary Clinton Running for President Again? Sure Seems Like It.
 
"Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday caused '#ILikeBernie' to lead the list of trending terms in the U.S. on Twitter after former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton sharply criticized him."

"The hashtag appeared to be a response to Clinton's assertion in an upcoming Hulu documentary that 'no one' on Capitol Hill 'likes' Sanders, calling him a career politician who has failed to achieve legislative gains."

"Sanders supporters responded by pointing out that any animosity that other lawmakers feel towards Sanders would only help him among Democrats tired of moderates on Capitol Hill."

#Bernie2020 #election2020
 
Quote of note:

"My focus today is on a monumental moment in American history: the impeachment trial of Donald trump. Together, we are going to go forward and defeat the most dangerous president in American history." -- Bernie Sanders

Via Sanders responds to Clinton comments: 'My focus today is on a monumental moment in American history'

#Bernie2020 #election2020
 
Quote of note:

"I was told harshly attacking potential Democratic Party nominees was doing Putin's bidding, what happened with that?', The Appeal's Adam Johnson added. 'These comments from Clinton are not only gratuitous and petty they achieve everything we're told sinister Russian disinformation does: Depress turn out, makes people cynical about politics, 'sow division''."

Via Hillary Clinton won’t commit to backing Bernie Sanders if he faces Trump: “Nobody likes him”

#HRC #Election2020 #PUMA <-- "Party Unity My Ass"
 
That just gives Trump and the GOP more of an opportunity to lie in the run up to the #election2020: SCOTUS Punts On Obamacare; Trump Will Lie Again For 2020
 
These people keep wanting to allow healthcare corporations and insurance companies to screw you. Repblicans are just basically fucking evil. #GOP #healthcare #corruption #MedicareForAll #election2020
 
Are you fucking kidding me? i haven't even tuned in yet, will be doing so real soon now, and making my own decisions.

You should too.

Make your own decisions.

#politics #election2020
 
"The Supreme Court will decide whether Electoral College voters have a constitutional right to cast ballots for candidates who didn’t win their state’s popular vote, the justices announced in an order on Friday."

"The justices said they will hear two cases brought by Electoral College voters in Washington state and Colorado who refused to vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016 despite her wins in those states."

"Like most states, Washington and Colorado require their electors to follow the will of their states voters. But those laws are now being challenged by Electoral College voters who argue that such laws are unconstitutional."

"A decision in the matter is expected by the end of June, ahead of the U.S. presidential election in November. The cases are the latest in a string of high-profile disputes the top court is expected to resolve in a contentious election year."

#SCOTUS #election2020 #ElectoralCollege
 
"On Tuesday, Judge Trevor McFadden of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a surprising order further delaying any potential release of President Donald Trump’s tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee. McFadden, who was appointed by Trump to the federal bench, has had that committee’s subpoena of Trump’s tax returns before his court since July and has yet to issue a ruling. In Tuesday’s order, the judge continued to delay, putting the proceedings on hold until the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decides a completely separate matter. The tax returns case—which has nothing to do with the on-going impeachment inquiry of Trump—is now on hold until the circuit court rules on the House’s subpoena of testimony for former White House counsel Don McGahn in the impeachment inquiry."

"Because these cases have few similarities, it is difficult to understand McFadden’s latest order as anything other than an effort to delay the release of Trump’s tax returns for as long as possible. Coupled with D.C. Circuit Judge Neomi Rao’s effort to block a subpoena of Trump’s financial records in the Mazars USA case, this is another instance of one of Trump’s appointees to the federal bench taking a position that could undermine Congress’ ability to access critical information about this president’s finances."

#Trump #GOP #corruption #election2020
 
JFC.

Trump Screamed At Pentagon Leaders And Told Them They Were ‘Dopes’ And ‘Babies’

"Donald Trump repeatedly berated U.S. military leaders while throwing a massive fit during a Pentagon meeting in 2017, according to 'A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America', a book penned by Washington Post reporters Carol D. Leonnig and Philip Rucker."

"An excerpt from the book describes how Trump’s meeting with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph F. Dunford Jr. and flag officials on July 20, 2017 (arranged by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and then-National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn) went completely off the rails."

"The temper tantrum began when Trump started complaining about the 'loser war' in Afghanistan and demanded to know 'where is the fucking oil' that he felt the U.S. deserved for its military presence in the Persian Gulf."

"'You’re all losers', he told them. 'You don’t know how to win anymore'."

#Trump #GOP #corruption #election2020
Trump Screamed At Pentagon Leaders And Told Them They Were ‘Dopes’ And ‘Babies’
 
"In May of 2016, shortly after Donald Trump had wrapped up his party’s nomination, but when the notion he might win the presidency seemed remote at best, Benjamin Wittes wrote one of the very early essays attempting to analyze how an obviously authoritarian president might abuse his powers. 'The soft spot, the least tyrant-proof part of the government, is the U.S. Department of Justice', he argued, laying out how prosecutorial discretion could allow a president to harass his domestic enemies."

"Yesterday’s news that the Department of Justice is exploring yet another probe of James Comey, the former FBI director turned Trump antagonist, would seem to confirm those fears have been borne out."

#Trump #GOP #DoJ #corruption #election2020
 
More despicable Republican behavior..

Florida GOP lawmakers submit late batch of anti-LGBTQ bills just ahead of 2020 deadline

"State GOP lawmakers in Florida introduced a series of anti-LGBTQ bills Monday, narrowly beating the 2020 legislative deadline."

"If passed, the four bills would nullify the protection of LGBTQ employees, legalize controversial 'gay conversion therapy' and threaten physicians with up to 15 years in prison if they provide particular transition-related healthcare to transgender youth, ABC News reports."

#Florida #GOP #LGBTQ #discrimination #equality #election2020
 
"U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has been steadily climbing in popularity this year and is now tied with former Vice President Joe Biden for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination among registered voters, according to a Reuters/Ipsos national poll."

#Bernie2020 #election2020
 
Bam.

GAO concludes Trump administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid

"The Government Accountability Office says the Trump administration broke the law when it withheld US security aid to Ukraine last year that had been appropriated by Congress -- an issue at the center of the impeachment of President Donald Trump."

"In a decision issued Thursday, the GAO said that the White House budget office violated the Impoundment Control Act, which says that funds appropriated by Congress cannot be withheld by the White House."

"'Faithful execution of the law does not permit the President to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law. OMB withheld funds for a policy reason, which is not permitted under the Impoundment Control Act (ICA). The withholding was not a programmatic delay. Therefore, we conclude that OMB violated the ICA', the GAO said."

#Trump #GOP #Ukraine #corruption #election2020
 
Quote of note:

"The Democrats don’t matter, The real opposition is the media. And the way to deal with them is to flood the zone with shit."

Via “Flood the zone with shit”: How misinformation overwhelmed our democracy

#GOP #disinformation #election2020
 
"Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), one of the House’s top progressives, endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I) presidential campaign Thursday as the Vermont lawmaker racks up support from progressive politicians and advocacy groups."

"Pocan, who co-chairs the House Progressive Caucus and will now chair Sanders’s campaign in Wisconsin, praised the senator's progressive platforms as the 'antidote' to the nation’s struggles."

#Bernie2020 #election2020
 
"The campaign to remove the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch from her post in Kyiv was done with the sole intent to clear the way for associates of President Trump to better pressure the Ukrainian president to launch politically-beneficial investigations, indicted Ukrainian businessman Lev Parnas said in an interview Wednesday night."

"The revelation undercuts arguments by House Republicans and Congressional allies in the impeachment allegations against Trump that Yovanovitch was removed from her post because she had lost the confidence of the president, and adds new details of efforts by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to target the ambassador."

#Trump #GOP #Ukraine #corruption #election2020
 
"A new book by top Washington Post reporters said senior White House officials think Trump is 'dangerously uninformed' and shows 'disdain ... for our country's foundation and its principles'."

"The book, title 'A Very Stable Genius', contains numerous eyebrow-raising anecdotes, including one in which Trump demanded that now-former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson get rid of the 1977 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which bans American companies and individuals from using bribes to secure foreign business deals."

#Trump #GOP #corruption #election2020
 
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