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"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
 
"A new national survey of the Democratic presidential primary finds a three-way race for the nomination, with former Vice President Joe Biden barely leading Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)."

"The latest poll from The Economist-YouGov finds Biden at 22 percent support, followed by Sanders at 19 percent and Warren at 17 percent. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) registers 8 percent support and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg comes in at 7 percent.""

"The Economist-YouGov survey finds a closer race nationally than most other polls. Biden leads the field by nearly 13 points in the RealClearPolitics average, with most other recent surveys putting his level of support in the 30 percent range."

#Election2020
 
"Late last week, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) deadlocked on whether to pursue an investigation into potential Russian financing of the National Rifle Association (NRA). The split 2-2 vote fell along partisan lines, with the FEC’s two Republicans voting against any further inquiry into whether Alexander Torshin, a sanctioned Russian official, and Maria Butina, a convicted Russian agent, grew close to the NRA in order to help direct the group’s 2016 political donations."

"FEC Chair Ellen Weintraub castigated her Republican colleagues in an open letter, issued immediately after the vote."

"In the letter, Weintraub noted that the NRA not only admitted that it had received previous donations from unidentified Russian nationals, but that the NRA likewise saw a substantial spike in its own political donations in 2016, issuing nearly $35 million more in political donations in 2016 than in the previous presidential election. The NRA admitted that Butina had once paid nearly $570 at a 2015 NRA fundraiser, but said it was unable to locate any donations from Torshin or sanctioned Russian official Dmitry Rogozin, with whom NRA officials also met in Moscow in 2015."

"Indeed, Weintraub’s letter was scathing, regarding both her Republicans colleagues’ votes against further investigation, as well as regarding the NRA’s relationship with Torshin and Butina."

#GOP #Russia #Election2020
FEC Republicans block efforts to investigate NRA’s financial ties to Russia
 
The Republican game plan? Lie, distract, project, and blame the Democrats. Despicable as usual.

Memo reveals a House Republican strategy on shootings: downplay white nationalism, blame left

" Congressional Republicans recently circulated talking points on gun violence that falsely described the El Paso massacre and other mass shootings as 'violence from the left'."

"A document obtained by the Tampa Bay Times and sent by House Republicans provides a framework for how to respond to anticipated questions like, 'Why won’t you pass legislation to close the ‘gun show loophole’ in federal law?' and 'Why shouldn’t we ban high-capacity magazines?' The answers are boilerplate Republican arguments against tougher gun restrictions."

"But it also included this question: 'Do you believe white nationalism is driving more mass shootings recently?' The suggested response is to steer the conversation away from white nationalism to an argument that implies both sides are to blame."

#GOP #GunViolence #NRA #lies #deceit #election2020
 
Jonathan Martin wrote in a NYT editorial:

"If it were completely up to me, I’d vote for her."

As the article correctly points out:

"My fellow citizen, not to be too strident, but, it is fcking well completely up to you. It's your vote."

"In my experience, when voters begin to think like TV pundits, terrible things ensue."

#Election2020
 
"More than one in 10 voters could cast ballots on paperless voting machines in the 2020 general election, according to a new analysis, leaving their ballots more vulnerable to hacking."

"A study released by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law on Tuesday evaluates the state of the country's election security six months before the New Hampshire primary and concludes that much more needs to be done. While there has been significant progress by states and the federal government since Russian agents targeted U.S. state election systems ahead of the 2016 presidential election, the analysis notes that many states have not taken all of the steps needed to ensure that doesn't happen again."

"The report also notes that around a third of all local election jurisdictions were using voting machines that are at least a decade old, despite recommendations they be replaced after 10 years. The Associated Press reported last month that many election systems are running on old Windows 7 software that will soon be outdated."

#Election2020 #electionsecurity #cybersecurity
 
"For years, U.S. election officials and voting machine vendors have insisted that critical election systems are never connected to the internet and therefore can’t be hacked."

"But a group of election security experts have found what they believe to be nearly three dozen backend election systems in 10 states connected to the internet over the last year, including some in critical swing states. These include systems in nine Wisconsin counties, in four Michigan counties, and in seven Florida counties—all states that are perennial battlegrounds in presidential elections."

"Some of the systems have been online for a year and possibly longer. Some of them disappeared from the internet after the researchers notified an information-sharing group for election officials last year. But at least 19 of the systems, including one in Florida’s Miami-Dade County, were still connected to the internet this week, the researchers told Motherboard."

"The researchers and Motherboard have been able to verify that at least some of the systems in Wisconsin, Rhode Island, and Florida are in fact election systems. The rest are still unconfirmed, but the fact that some of them appeared to quickly drop offline after the researchers reported them suggests their findings are on the mark."

#ElectionSecurity #cybersecurity #Election2020 #FAIL
 
"Former Republican congressman Steve Jolly (R-Fla.) appeared on MSNBC and went so far as to encourage voters to elect Democrats in order to advance gun control legislations. 'Republicans will never do anything on gun control. Nothing, ever', he said. 'If this is the issue that informs your ideology, as a voter, the strength to draw in this moment is to commit to beating Republicans. Beat ’em. Beat every single one of ’em'."

#GOP #GunControl #FAIL #Election2020
Former GOP Congressman Wants His Party Defeated Because They “Will Never Do Anything on Gun Control.”
 



I found something else today that caught my eye... so I had to order one. Also, Amy McGrath could use your help raising money to beat #MoscowMitch in #Election2020.
 
"The first night of the debate in Detroit turned conventional Democratic political dynamics on their ear."

"In the normal state of affairs, politicians calling for modest course corrections are given the presumption of virtuousness on the public stage, while candidates calling for transformation are forced to make the difficult case for change."

"But on the stage at the Fox theater Tuesday night, the candidates who had to fight to justify the righteousness of their path were not the tag-teaming progressives demanding sweeping changes — to health, tax and environmental policy. Rather it was the raft of milquetoast moderates, preaching caution and incrementalism, who had to defend themselves from challenges of being callous, cold hearted, and out of touch. The questions that hit home were not 'how can we possibly afford these changes?' but rather, given the challenges Americans face, 'how can we possibly afford more of the same?'"

#Election2020
Can Joe Biden Sell ‘No We Can’t’?
 
"California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Tuesday signed a bill requiring President Trump to release his tax returns before he can appear on the state's 2020 primary ballot."

"Under S.B. 27, called the 'Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act', any candidate running for president or governor of California will be required to file copies of the last five years of their tax returns to the California secretary of State."

#Election2020 #California
 
"Two unofficial envoys reporting directly to Donald Trump’s personal lawyer have waged a remarkable back-channel campaign to discredit the president’s rivals and undermine the special counsel’s inquiry into Russian meddling in US elections."

"In a whirlwind of private meetings, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman — who pumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into Republican campaigns and dined with the president — gathered repeatedly with top officials in Ukraine and set up meetings for Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani as they turned up information that could be weaponized in the 2020 presidential race."

"The two men urged prosecutors to investigate allegations against Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden. And they pushed for a probe into accusations that Ukrainian officials plotted to rig the 2016 election in Hillary Clinton’s favor by leaking evidence against Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chair, in what became a cornerstone of the special counsel’s inquiry."

#Trump #GOP #Election2020
 
Of interest.

Wendy Davis Announces Bid To Challenge Rep. Chip Roy

"Former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) has announced a bid against Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) in a district that has quickly become much more purple, though still maintains a definite Republican lean."

"According to the Texas Tribune, the two are ideologically miles apart. Where Davis is a champion for abortion rights, Roy has made his name by being a right-wing firebrand."

#Texas #Election2020
Wendy Davis Announces Bid To Challenge Rep. Chip Roy
 
"Trump’s racist rants and policy pronouncements aren’t just a glimpse into his id; they’re part of a strategy for inflaming his supporters against perceived threats from 'the other'—people of color, immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ people and 'socialists'—in order to win elections. And for the right-wing political machine that has embraced him, that’s the key to their real endgame, which is to maintain and increase the access to power that they’ve gained since Trump came into office. That power is apparent in Trump’s massive tax cut for the wealthy, in the administration’s aggressive moves to overturn regulations that protect individuals, communities, and the environment, and in the judges they hope will gut the federal government’s constitutional authority to act on behalf of the common good."

#Trump #GOP #racism #corruption #election2020
For Trump, Racism is an Election Strategy. For the Republican Right, it’s a Path to Power.
 
"This country has had volatile civil conflicts before. What’s different now is we have a president whose instinct in such turbulent times is actually to intensify the turbulence with rhetoric and mass rallies that foment greater and greater mutual hostility. Most presidents regard it as their responsibility to tamp down racial and cultural conflict. Trump, having no concept of any broader interest than his own, is incapable of it. His malignant narcissism prevents him from any other way of behaving, and each outrage becomes a new baseline for the next one."

"So yes, we are in an abyss. And as Trump becomes increasingly emboldened by his survival, and one of the two major parties has become a cult, the bottom seems even more elusive than before. Think of what might happen if Trump loses the popular vote in 2020 by an even bigger margin but still ekes out an Electoral College victory. Think of how a close election could lead to Trump’s refusal to concede, and how the wheels could come off the entire system. What we know for certain is that, for the first time, we have a president who doesn’t care if that happens, who’d rather destroy the legitimacy of liberal democracy than compete legitimately within it."

"I used to believe that it will get worse before it gets better. I’m no longer sure it will ever get better at all."

#Trump #GOP #racism #election2020
 
"Donald Trump is scared. Though it has always been hard to ascertain what he knows and does not know, it appears he knows he is unpopular: he fired three of his five internal pollsters in June because of their dismal projections. The Republicans know this, too. But they also have no substantive policy agenda to present to the American people, only white rage and resentment, racism and xenophobia, all of which have culminated in the Trump administration’s spectacle of wanton cruelty along the southern border."

"As the 2020 election campaign begins, Trump and the Republicans have not been coy about their strategy. They intend to foment hatred of “the other” among their predominantly white base, to weaponize false accusations of antisemitism against progressive politicians, to pour kerosene on the fires of the culture wars and fight – against women’s rights, LGBT rights, reproductive rights – with renewed vigor."

"Hence President Trump’s latest stream of racist invective on Twitter, this time directed at the group of four, first-year congresswomen – Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib – that some affectionately refer to as 'the Squad'."

#Trump #GOP #racism #election2020 #TheSquad

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"It’s often said that if Trump is reelected, it’ll be the end of democracy in America. But how could Trump get reelected, and how could democracy get wiped out in the USA?"

"Turns out, there’s an actual project to rewrite our Constitution, turning America into a corporate-run oligarchy."

"They’d end the income tax, eliminate federal regulatory agencies like the EPA, end all labor protections (including laws against child labor), let states ignore anti-discrimination and other federal regulations, and impose term limits so the only 'institutional memory' for legislatures will be the corporate lobbyists."

"All it needs to succeed—within just a few short years—is for Trump and the GOP to win big in 2020. And the prospects of that happening are going up every day. With a big Trump win will come a rewrite of our Constitution itself, if the billionaires funding it have their way."

#Election2020 #GOP
Trump’s Reelection Could Spell the End of American Democracy
 
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"Democrats can argue among themselves about ideology over the next year or so if they wish. But essentially, that's what the 2020 election is going to be about whether they like it or not. Trump welcomes it because he believes that most Americans are as racist as he is and that he will be rewarded for this indecency with a second term. Expect this bigoted talk to ratchet up to levels we never imagined could be uttered in 21st-century America before this is all over. It already has."

#Trump #GOP #racism #election2020
 
Not good.

Dems clash with Republicans over election security

"House Democrats and Senate Republicans may have attended similar classified briefings on election security Wednesday, but they left with opposite conclusions."

"House Democrats expressed deep concerns about the White House's ability to protect voting systems in 2020, drawing fresh scrutiny to the administration’s efforts to prevent foreign meddling in another election. But Senate Republicans said they had faith in the administration's handling of the issue and saw no need for further legislation on election security."

#Election2020 #cybersecurity
 
Ditch Mitch.

McConnell Challenger Amy McGrath Raises Record $2.5 Million In 24 Hours

"Amy McGrath, the former fighter pilot who’s running against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), reportedly raised $2.5 million within the first 24 hours of her campaign launch."

"McGrath’s campaign manager, Mark Nickolas, told NBC News that more than $1 million of the haul came a mere five-and-a-half hours after she announced her campaign."

"Though McConnell is currently the most unpopular senator in the country, McGrath’s campaign faces an uphill battle in the ruby-red state that voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump in 2016."

#GOP #Kentucky #Election2020
McConnell Challenger Amy McGrath Raises Record $2.5 Million In 24 Hours
 
"Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a presidential candidate, released a plan Tuesday to secure elections against cyber threats and foreign interference, as well as to end voting suppression."

"Warren's plan, which was published in an article in Medium, would have the federal government replace every voting machine in the nation with “state-of-the-art equipment,” specifically machines that will allow for hand-marked, voter-verified paper ballots."

"Uniform ballots across all election jurisdictions would also be required as well in order to prevent 'hanging chad' issues -- referring to the 2000 presidential election recount in Florida when a confusing ballot became the subject of intense scrutiny."

"'Our elections should be as secure as Fort Knox', Warren wrote. 'But instead, they’re less secure than your Amazon account'."

#cybersecurity #election2020 #ElectionSecurity
 
Headline of the Year

Hey, Democrats: "No Fundamental Change" Sucks As A Message

#Election2020
 
I would happily -- and enthusiastically -- vote for Warren.

Poll: Dems prefer Warren when not considering 'electability'

"Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) emerges as the preferred candidate of Democratic primary voters when the issue of electability is taken out of the equation, according to a survey released on Wednesday by the Democratic digital firm Avalanche."

"The poll asked Democratic voters two separate questions: whom they would vote for if the primary election were held today, and whom they would choose if they had 'a magic wand and can make any of the candidates president—they don’t have to beat anyone or win the election'."

"Former Vice President Joe Biden took first place in the “horse race” question, with 29 percent saying they would vote for him if the primary were held today. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took second in that category with 17 percent, while Warren came in third with 16 percent."

"But when respondents were asked to choose which candidate they preferred to automatically make president, 21 percent pointed to Warren, while 19 percent tapped Biden and Sanders."

#Election2020
 
Warren is looking very strong.

Elizabeth Warren Is Completely Serious

"About income inequality. About corporate power. About corrupt politics. And about being America’s next president."

#Election2020

The New York Times: Elizabeth Warren Is Completely Serious (By EMILY BAZELON)

 
Disclaimer: Beware of polls.

More brutal 2020 poll numbers for Trump

"The New York Times just dropped a brutal story reporting that President Trump is instructing his aides to lie about his poor standing in internal polls. And a new poll just made their job much more difficult."

"Quinnipiac University has for the first time conducted national head-to-head polls matching up Trump and some of the leading Democratic presidential hopefuls. None of the matchups is good for Trump."

"Trump trails all six by between five and 13 points, with Joe Biden holding the biggest advantage and the lesser-known candidates — Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.) and Mayor Pete Buttigieg — holding the smallest leads."

#Election2020
 
"Intelligence warnings are growing that Russia will probably meddle in the 2020 elections, but Donald Trump and a powerful Senate ally are downplaying these concerns and not doing enough to thwart interfering, say Russia and cyber experts and key congressional Democrats."

"Despite fears that Moscow may seek to influence the 2020 elections by launching cyber attacks, social media disinformation, covert agent operations and other 'active measures' as it did in the 2016 election, adequate funding and White House focus to counter any new Russian meddling are lagging, experts and officials say."

#election2020 #cybersecurity #russia

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"In a survey by The Washington Postand ABC News published May 7, more than 80 percent of Democrats and 66 percent of independents said 'the economic system in this country' mainly works 'to benefit those in power', rather than all Americans. Nearly a third of Republicans agreed."

"The official economic statistics don’t reflect personal economics—what people tell each other over the kitchen table when they’re trying to pay the bills."

"Although more Americans are employed, most jobs still pay squat. Adjusted for inflation, recent wage gains are smaller than wage gains in 2015. Workers have lost so much bargaining power that not even the lowest unemployment rate in half a century is doing much to boost wages."

#economy #inequality #election2020
 
Understatement of the Day.

New abortion laws set battle lines for 2020

"A slew of new state laws effectively outlawing abortion has put the issue front and center in the 2020 elections, with abortion-rights groups hoping the threat galvanizes complacent liberal voters who weren’t moved by the issue in past campaigns."

#Election2020
 
Again, there is plenty of time to get another, more liberal Dem as the nominee. Having said that, if Biden is the nominee, I will vote for him for sure. The most important aspect of #Election2020 is to make sure Trump is removed from office. #BlueNoMatterWho
 
"2020 Democratic hopefuls and environmental groups are blasting former Vice President Joe Biden’s forthcoming climate plan, which is reportedly being pegged as a 'middle ground' approach to addressing global warming."

"Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), both presidential candidates, took to Twitter on Friday to criticize Biden's plan, which would reportedly include continued use of natural gas and rely on nuclear energy."

"'There is no ‘middle ground’ when it comes to climate policy. If we don't commit to fully transforming our energy system away from fossil fuels, we will doom future generations', Sanders tweeted. 'Fighting climate change must be our priority, whether fossil fuel billionaires like it or not'."

#CliimateChange #FossilFuels #Election2020
 
"Ask just about any Iowa Democrat about the state’s 2016 fight-to-the-death caucuses and it elicits a similar response: a long pause, a deep breath and a plea to talk about something — anything — else."

"The ghosts of Hillary Clinton’s razor-thin victory over Bernie Sanders are still so vivid, and the vitriol of their Iowa battle is still so fresh, state and local Democratic Party leaders are going to extraordinary lengths to ensure the 2020 caucuses are as peaceful and bloodless as possible."

"They’re shutting down the conspiracy theorists at local meetings who continue to insist the 2016 caucus outcome was rigged for Clinton. They’re holding back on candidate endorsements in the hopes of avoiding conflict. They’re even encouraging the individual candidates to save the aggression for the general election, while going so far as to hold social events to help rival Democratic campaign staffers build a rapport."

"By exerting subtle but persistent pressure on the campaigns to remain respectful to each other, Iowa officials are aiming to keep Democrats focused on the prize — defeating Donald Trump — rather than risk a repeat of a destructive cycle three years ago that ultimately hobbled the party as it moved toward November."

#Election2020
 
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