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A portrait of mayor Pete as a young man

Sick of old people? He looks like Alex P. Keaton. Scared of young people? He looks like Alex P. Keaton. Religious? He’s a Christian. Atheist? He’s not weird about it. Wary of Washington? He’s from flyover country. Horrified by flyover country? He has degrees from Harvard and Oxford. Make the President Read Again? He learned Norwegian to read Erlend Loe. Traditional? He’s married. Woke? He’s gay. Way behind the rest of the country on that? He’s not too gay. Worried about socialism? He’s a technocratic capitalist. Worried about technocratic capitalists? He’s got a whole theory about how our system of “democratic capitalism” has to be a whole lot more “democratic.” If you squint hard enough to not see color, some people say, you can almost see Obama the inspiring professor. Oh, and he’s the son of an immigrant, a Navy vet, speaks seven foreign languages (in addition to Norwegian, Arabic, Spanish, Maltese, Dari, French, and Italian), owns two rescu
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Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg (D - IN) compares Bernie Sanders supporters to Trumpists

"I think the sense of anger and disaffection that comes from seeing that the numbers are fine, like unemployment's low, like all that, like you said GDP is growing and yet a lot of neighborhoods and families are living like this recovery never even happened. They're stuck," Buttigieg told high school Democrats in Nashua, N.H., on Friday. "It just kind of turns you against the system in general and then you're more likely to want to vote to blow up the system, which could lead you to somebody like Bernie and it could lead you to somebody like Drumpf. That's how we got where we are."
True. Both are populists in their own way, and serve their respective wing in a the populist manner of fighting against the establishment, although Bernie at least never belonged to the establishment he wanted to fight, and only made a lot of money privately via writing a popular book. But that only worked out because he became well-known after running for president twice. I... show more


 

TX, TN, AZ turn towards further voting restrictions after surge in Democratic voters

In Texas, state lawmakers are considering adding criminal penalties for people who improperly fill out voter registration forms. Arizona Republicans are proposing new voting rules that could make it more complicated to cast an early ballot. In Tennessee, GOP lawmakers are considering a bill that would fine groups involved in voter registration drives that submit incomplete forms.
This is many Republicans' exact comprehension of how Democracy works: When the opposite side experiences a surge in votes, restrict their voters' rights to vote, so that they will improbably be capable of filling out a ballot correctly. Then, you are going to see your party winning in the next election. It might be autocratic and highly unconstitutional, but who cares when you're ruling?
Voting groups in the state say they are concerned this effort could result in jail time for people who don't properly fill out their voter registration forms. Currently, providing false
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18th Democratic presidential candidate announced run - this time: Seth Moulton (D - MA)

Moulton first came to prominence in 2014 when he unseated long-term incumbent Rep. John Tierney in a Democratic primary and went on to represent the state's 6th Congressional District, a swath of communities north of Boston including Salem, home of the infamous colonial-era witch trials.

"Sixteen years ago today, leaders in Washington sent me and my friends to fight in a war based on lies. It's still going on today," Moulton said in a recent tweet. "It's time for the generation that fought in Iraq to take over for the generation that sent us there."
Yawn...
And when Drumpf claimed to be the target of the "single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history," Moulton responded that "as the Representative of Salem, MA, I can confirm that this is false."
Teehee...
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On Andrew Yang, presidential candidate for the end of the world as we expect it to be

The Boston crowd is mostly techies and earnest college kids. I catch a few whiffs of weed but nothing unreasonable given the venue. An iRobot engineer is holding up a “Humanity First” sign. (“People say immigrants are taking the jobs,” he tells me, “but really it’s me.”) Farther back, a man named Joe is selling bootleg Yang2020 hats, copies of the “vaporwave” hats used in Yang memes. According to his Etsy store, he’s made 10 sales online, with at least two more made in person at the rally.

He imagined “an army of smart, enterprising graduates building businesses in Detroit, New Orleans, Providence, Baltimore, Cleveland, St. Louis, and other cities that could use a boost.” In 2011, he donated $120,000 of his own money to start Venture For America (VFA), an accelerator meant to build new startups and new jobs in emerging cities outside of coastal startup hubs.

Detroit was sti
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Latest poll put Pete Buttigieg (D - IN) in top three among Democratic presidential candidates

The online survey from Change Research, a left-leaning polling outlet, finds former Vice President Joe Biden at 21 percent support, followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at 20 percent and Buttigieg at 17 percent.
That’s a 15-point gain for Buttigieg in the past month, according to the poll, while Biden has fallen by 15 points and Sanders shed 4 points in the same survey.

In the past few weeks, Buttigieg has become a media sensation and a serious contender, raising $7 million in the first quarter and landing several coveted donors who previously raised millions of dollars for the Obama-Biden ticket.

#US #USA #Democrats #BlueWave #News #Politics #Election #GeneralElection #Election2020 #Elections2020 #Buttiegieg #PeteButtigieg #ORourke #BetoORourke #Biden #JoeBiden


 

Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke (D - TX) allegedly underpaid taxes of years 2013 and 2014

In those two years, O'Rourke and his wife, Amy, reported a total of $15,718 in medical expense deductions. However, at the time, people under 65 could only take the deduction if their medical expenses exceeded 10 percent of their adjusted gross income, and the O'Rourkes' expenses didn't exceed that threshold.

The Wall Street Journal, which first reported on the issue, noted that the error means that the O'Rourkes appeared to have underpaid their taxes by a total of more than $4,000 in those two years.
Seems like O'Rourke's tax return exposure has already hit back. I can already smell the right-wingers devouring this report, although their president still didn't show his tax returns, for whatever reason (perhaps tax evasion?).
"After becoming aware of this error, the accounting firm that prepared the filings was immediately informed and will file an amendment as appropriate,” an O'Rourke aide told the Journal.
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On Bernie Sanders' (I - Vt) town hall appearance on Fox News


(I preferred the Vox article over the Fox News article because the Fox one wrote that Bernie didn't apologise for being a millionaire thanks to his book royalties. It hit the stance of saying that Democrats spat upon millionaires for being millionaires, which is wrong. It regards those millionaires a failure which lead companies but don't pay their employees fair salaries and evade taxes. I don't agree with AOC's employee who claims every billionaire a failure generally, I only call those a failure who happen to dump their employees and avoid to pay their fair share to our society. There's a difference, please mind that)
When speaking directly to audience members or to the TV audience watching at home, Sanders was sincere and open. When asked about President Donald Drumpf, he spoke with emotion about how he hoped everyone could agree a “pathological liar” should not be president; in his closing statement, he practically begged for more comity in the country, without backing off his
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Trump's re-election campaign has told to have raised $30 mn dollars

The Drumpf campaign said nearly 99% of its donations were of $200 or less, with an average donation of $34.26.

Drumpf formally launched his reelection effort just hours after taking office in 2017, earlier than any incumbent has in prior years. By contrast, former President Barack Obama launched his 2012 effort in April 2011 and had under $2 million on hand at this point in the campaign.

In 2015, Drumpf swore off outside money, declaring in his opening speech: “I’m using my own money. I’m not using the lobbyists’. I’m not using donors’. I don’t care. I’m really rich.”

#Election #GeneralElection #Election2020 #Elections2020 #MATA #MAGA #Trump #DonaldTrump #TrumpVictory #Democrats #News #Politics #BlueWave #RepublicanRedWave #US #USA

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/04/14/donald-trump-2020-campaign-30-million-fundraising/3468688002/


 

Pete Buttigiegs (D - IN) perfect image starts to crack

An Indiana judge will rule soon on whether to release five cassette tapes of secretly recorded conversations between South Bend police officers that led to the 2012 demotion of Police Chief Darryl Boykins, the city’s first ever black police chief.

Buttigieg’s critics say he’s gone to great lengths to conceal the contents of the tapes, which some believe could include racist language by white police officers.

“There’s a level of frustration,” said Karen White, a city councilwoman and Democrat who is black. “We want this issue to be brought to closure to ensure this issue does not polarize our community further. We have a right to know [what’s on the tapes], as do our citizens."

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Republicans still going crazy on AOC, calling her a domestic terrorist

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York tweeted about the incident, calling the rhetoric dangerous and adding such incidents lead to spikes in death threats made against her.

"The OCRF does not condone the unauthorized email sent out in our name," the organization wrote. "We apologize to Congresswoman Ocascio-Cortez for the use of unacceptable language in this email, and we do not approve of the message conveyed."
It took them pretty long to apologise for this disgraceful email. Did they first have to find the author of the email and then hold an impromptu summit to discuss whether they stand by their word or not?
#Ohio #Republican #US #USA #Rightwing #RightWinged #AOC #OcasioCortez #AlexandriaOcasioCortez #DeathThreat #Socialism #DemSoc #DemocraticSocialism #SaveThePeople #College #Education #BlueWave #RedWave #LeftWing #Leftwinged #News #Politcs

https://eu.cincinnati.com/story/news/2019/04/10/ocrf-calls-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-domestic-terrorist-apologizes/3430406002/


 

US Senate has reached a gridlock situation

Just last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) triggered the “nuclear option” and weakened the Senate’s vaunted filibuster to steamroll over Democratic resistance to President Donald Drumpf’s nominees — the third time in six years the majority party has unilaterally changed Senate rules.
"Democracy"...
“The fact that we’ve had political vote after political vote after political vote while there’s issues like climate change and comprehensive immigration [reform]that we don’t take up — yeah,” said Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) when asked if the Senate had bottomed out. “We’re an awful lot like the House now. It’s no longer ‘The Greatest Deliberative Body.’ It’s just another body.”

Congress has to pass some funding measure to avoid another shutdown by the end of September, something both sides say they want to do. The U.S. government also will hit the deb
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Fmr. counsel to Obama and Clinton expected to be indicted in Mueller-related probe

Craig had prepared a report concerning Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's jailing of one of his political opponents, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The report was meant to be used by President Donald Drumpf's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who had been lobbying for Yanukovych at the time, to defend the former president. Craig would be the first current or former Democratic official to be indicted as a result of the Mueller investigation, which ended last month.

"Mr. Craig is not guilty of any charge and the government's stubborn insistence on prosecuting Mr. Craig is a misguided abuse of prosecutorial discretion," the statement said.

#Trump #US #USA #Politics #News #DonaldTrump #Mueller #RobertMueller #MuellerTime #ProtectMueller #WilliamBarrMustRecuse #Russia #SpecialInvestigation #Putin #VladimirPutin #Giuliani #RudyGiuliani #Cohen #MichaelCohen #RussianCollusion #ObstructionOfJustice #Espionage #TrumpCampaign #Democrats #BlueWave #ForeignSurveillanceAct #FISA #Appropriation


 

Sen. Dems demand AG William Barr to withdraw espionage allegations

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) accused Barr of "perpetuating conspiracy theories" during his testimony before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee. The hearing was scheduled to discuss the department's budget but ultimately was dominated by questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) accused Barr of "perpetuating conspiracy theories" during his testimony before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee. The hearing was scheduled to discuss the department's budget but ultimately was dominated by questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

Barr told senators on Wednesday that he was looking into the FBI's investigation of members of Drumpf's campaign and that he believes "spying" took place.
Please highlight that he believes it, meaning he has no ground on this allegation. Therefore, he rather spreads a conspiracy theory, although we, on the other hand, didn't h... show more


 

We should be expected to hear why the Trump-Russia investigation was started in the first place

Barr told senators that “I think spying did occur” in the Drumpf-Russia investigation conducted by (among others) the Justice Department and the FBI during the 2016 presidential campaign.
“The question,” Barr elaborated, “is whether it was adequately predicated.” Because “spying on a political campaign is a big deal,” he explained that he would undertake an internal review, focusing on what the original rationale was for the spying.
Did he also emphasise on what evidental ground he had to believe that spying did occur on the Trump campaign? I mean, he possesses the Mueller report as one of the only people in the political circus (beside (fmr.) Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, Mueller and his team. Trump, as he said, could read the report, but didn't, because he's a semi- to illiterate who struggles to read a full page without losing concentration immediately). Maybe he has got more information on... show more


 

Latest Dianne Feinstein (D - CA) meme on electoral colleges makes false claim

The original poster offered no source for the claim, and commenters didn’t ask for one, instead seemingly accepting the quote as legitimate. The included date and name made it easy to locate a brief window of commentary made by Feinstein, who did in fact tweet about the Electoral College on that particular date:
As Ms. Feinstein wrote on Twitter:
Californians are consistently under-represented when voting for president because of the Electoral College. Each elector stands for 712,000 Californians, but smaller states get the same vote for only 195,000 voters. That’s simply unfair. We must eliminate the Electoral College.

As her press release states it:
Every four years, Californians are under-represented when they cast ballots for president of the United States because of the Electoral College. Each elector stands for 712,000 California residents, but a small state like
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Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg claims that VP Mike Pence might have a problem with his creator

Buttigieg, in a speech at LGBTQ Victory Fund National Champagne Brunch in Washington, D.C., referenced the vice president's less-than-welcoming attitude toward members of the LGBTQ community when discussing his marriage to his husband Chasten. He called marriage equality a moral issue, saying his marriage of two years has made him a "better human being."

"I can tell you, that if me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade," he added, to a room full of loud cheers. "And that's the thing I wish the Mike Pence's of the world could understand, that if you have a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator."

"The struggle is not over when states like my own home state of Indiana don't even have hate crime legislation. The struggle is not over when in so many parts of the country it's perfectly legal to fire somebody because of who they are and who th
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Guy no-one seems to know is running for president, he announced on Late Night Show

Bona note: His name is Eric Salwell

The 38-year-old former prosecutor was first elected to represent California’s 15th Congressional District, covering parts of San Francisco, in 2012, yada yada yada. You know how to read Wikipedia as well as I do. The likelihood Swalwell sticks around long enough that you—or anyone—gets a chance to vote for him for president is pretty slim. The most compelling thing about Swalwell’s hours-old candidacy is that he’s running with a focus on gun control.
And yes, there are 18 people on the Democratic side running for president. No, the boat is not full yet, but I guess we are soon going to capsize because people will have lost all oversight of the field of runners.
#US #USA #News #Politics #Democrats #BlueWave #Election #GeneralElection #Election2020 #Elections2020 #GunControl


 

«Them Dems would of been better of reading The Holy Fucking Bible», insists actor and laughing matter Chuck Norris

Before the president and other conservative lawmakers even convened to discuss Justice Kennedy’s possible replacements, liberals and progressives whined and cried injustice as they predicted the certain overturn of Roe v. Wade and the demise of modern left shifts in social equality.

Some Dems have committed to fight like hell to defer any Supreme Court appointment until after the November elections. But in doing so they overlook that one-third of all U.S. presidents nominated a Supreme Court justice in an election year.

My friend and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee was right this past week on Fox News when he quipped that even if Drumpf nominated Moses, one of the chief lawgivers and “judges” this world has ever seen, Dems would still oppose him. They won’t be unhappy no matter who Drumpf nominates.
This is too funny to be true. :'D
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Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke (D - TX) rushes against Benjamin Netanyahu, calling him racist

"That relationship, if it is to be successful, must transcend partisanship in the United States, and it must be able to transcend a prime minister who is racist, as he warns about Arabs coming to the polls, who wants to defy any prospect for peace as he threatens to annex the West Bank, and who has sided with a far-right, racist party in order to maintain his hold on power," O'Rourke said.

"We must be able to transcend his current leadership to make sure that that alliance is strong, that we continue to push for and settle for nothing less than a two-state solution, because that is the best opportunity for peace for the people of Israel and the people of Palestine," O'Rourke said. "It is the best opportunity for the full human rights of everyone who is living in that region."

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Trump makes impromptu rally visit in CA, was greeted by protesters


(So much for his alternative, positive event to replace the Press Conference Dinner he refused to attend because it was oh-so negative (which just shows how thin-skinned he is; mocking people on Twitter but can't stand a joke directed to him. I guess that he and Devin Nunes (R - CA) share a lot in common)
Drumpf was also expected to make an unannounced side trip to the coastal city of Rancho Palos Verdes for a dinner at his Drumpf golf course overlooking the Pacific Ocean with a group that included members of the City Council, the Los Angeles Times reported.
If there's anyone out there, next to this site: You know what to do. Let Trump know you care about him. :'D
He flew to Los Angeles from a visit to the U.S. side of the border with Mexico. There, he took a look at a two-mile refurbished section of fencing and took aim at the surge in migrants, saying there's no room left in the U.S. for them. He was briefed on border security, which is sure to become a
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Tim Ryan (D - OH) announces run for presidency, the 17th Democrat by now


(Seriously, the presidential field is dangerously overcrowded, this has to stop. We don't need anyone anymore, we can already serve every single preference, as far as I'm concerned. So, if you think about running, don't. Wait for the next presidency in five years. By now, you don't stand a chance anymore, the favourites are out and have flocked the voters around them. You would only fall into oblivion, thus passing your chance in the next election.)
“Those people who voted for [Republican President Donald] Drumpf and wanted a change — and got chaos and no plan and instability — are going to be looking for someone who they can connect with,” Ryan told The Vindicator. “I’ve been to Wisconsin. I’ve been to Michigan. It’s Ohio. I’ve been to Iowa. It’s just like Ohio.”
He's been everywhere, he's been everywhere man, crossed the deserts bare man,he's breathed the mountain air, man Of travelhe's a'had his s... show more


 

Fox News host overwhelmed by eloquent supporter of tax-raise in random diner survey

Fox & Friends regularly features segments in which a reporter or one of their co-hosts visits greasy spoons to see what “Real Americans” think about today’s hot topics. In this instance, Piro traveled to The Corner Cafe in Riverside, Missouri to talk to patrons about independent presidential candidate Howard Schultz’s positions. (The former Starbucks CEO is appearing at a Fox News town hall in Kansas City.)

The Fox & Friends correspondent then wondered why the young man felt climate change was on the same level as World War II, only for Jack to highlight that while roughly “400,000 Americans died” during that war, “climate change is killing 150,000 people per year, at least.”

“So to review, you are in favor of raising taxes in order to support the Green New Deal?” a confused Piro asked.
“If that’s the optimal solution economists sort out, I will go with th
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Claire McCaskill (D - MS) wants Stacey Abrams (D - GA) to remove Mitch McConnell (R - KY) from Senate

“I really do think that it will be very hard for us to what we want to do in this country as long as Mitch McConnell is running the show in the United States Senate,” McCaskill said. “So I want you to do whatever your ambition and your planning leads you. I use the word ‘ambition’ because I’m proud of your ambition, women need to own their ambition– I think that’s terrific.”

“Leader Schumer has been nothing but gracious,” she said. “He’s been very intense and very intentional, and I appreciate that – I appreciate the input. My job is to make sure, one, I’m the right person for the job, two, that it’s the right time, three, that this is the right job that I need to hold.”

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Former House speaker Paul Ryan laments about AOC's ignorance on his advices


(I guess she knows who was talking to her, and what his legacy was, subsequent to his resignation)
"I talked to her, AOC — everybody calls her AOC ... She's the youngest person now there. I gave her just a few little tips on just being a good member of Congress, new. I don't think she really listened to a thing I said," Ryan said, to laughter from the audience.
To be honest, reading this I almost felt some sympathy for him. He sounds like the generian uncle who's talking to his young, eagerly spirited niece, giving her advices for her future life but she simply didn't care, running away from him, leaving him behind. It's comparably sad, although his work as a House speaker was paved with failure, trying to decrease the country's debt and such. Still, regarding what he must have said (as he is quoted), she seemed to have listened. She took it easy, and ran forward to tick the points on her agenda.
Ocasio-Cortez has been vocal in the past abou
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Presidential candidate Bennet (D - CO) reveals he has prostate cancer


His PSA was high. The biopsy showed malignancy. The doctors recommended that, at his age, surgery was the best course of action. His family agreed. The risk, he was told, was low. John Kerry had survived, cancer free, the same surgery in 2003 and two weeks later was back on the campaign trail, on his way to winning the Democratic nomination. And so …
When I asked Bennet how he was taking all this — the cancer, not the presidential bid — he said he was OK. “I’m too busy to really sit back and think about it,” he said, “and that’s probably the best thing.”

“I don’t want to be hysterical, but if it was left in me undetected, it could kill me. It won’t because I have insurance and decent medical care. The idea that the richest county in the world hasn’t figured out how to have universal health care is beyond embarrassing. It’s devastating.”

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Democrats subpoena Trump's tax returns from IRS

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal sent a letter on Wednesday to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig demanding copies of Drumpf's taxes from 2013 through 2018. He gave Rettig until next Wednesday to comply with the request.

"We are under audit, despite what people said, and working that out — I'm always under audit, it seems, but I've been under audit for many years because the numbers are big, and I guess when you have a name, you're audited. But until such time as I'm not under audit, I would not be inclined to do it," Drumpf said.
I guess that he is under audit, although I am not sure whether he spoke about it yet. Did he say something like this already?
"The use of the committee's authority to access and make public he tax returns of a single individual for purely political purposes would not only set a dangerous precedent, but it also undermines the core intent of the law," Brady wrote.
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Security first, a healthy economic second


He first says that there surely will be a negative impact on the economy when the border is erected, but shortly after this, he recalls the great deal he has agreed upon with Canada and Mexico, namely the USMCA, which is akin to NAFTA.

Watch the video and see what he says:
#US #USA #Trump #DonaldTrump #GovernmentShutdown #GovernmentFunding #FederalEmployees #FederalBranches #Politics #News #BuildTheWall #ShutItDown #Senate #HouseOfRepresentatives #Congress #USMCA#Canada #Mexico #Democrats #BlueWave #BorderSecurity


 

«The Democrats shall cease their partisan obstruction already», says Mitch McConnell

This new, across-the-board obstruction is unfair to the president and, more importantly, to the American people. Left unchecked, it is guaranteed to create an unsustainable precedent that would see every future presidency of either party obstructed in the same mindless way.

Across the first two years of each of the six presidents preceding President Drumpf, the Senate only had to hold 24 total cloture votes on nominations. That’s the once-rare procedural step that unlocks an up-or-down confirmation vote even though a minority has sought to block it.

More nominees whom I suspect would be confirmed without opposition are still being delayed indefinitely because our colleagues cannot finish grieving their loss in 2016.
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Bipartisan agreement: There's a crisis along the Southern border

“Two weeks ago, I briefed the media and testified in Congress that our immigration system was at the breaking point. That breaking point has arrived this week at our border. CBP is facing an unprecedented humanitarian and border security crisis all along our southwest border,” McAleenan said. “On Monday and Tuesday CBP started the day with over 12,000 migrants in our custody. As of this morning, that number was 13,400. A high number for us is 4,000. A crisis level is 6,000 – 13,000 is unprecedented.”

“America shares common cause with the countries of Central America in confronting these challenges,” Nielsen said about the new Memorandum of Cooperation between the four countries. “We all want to enforce our laws, ensure a safe and orderly migrant flow, protect our communities, facilitate legal trade and travel, support vulnerable populations, interdict dangerous and illicit drug flow, and secure our borders.”

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Incapable businessman mocks young bartender over GND proposal


(I know it's Faux News, but it's better than you might imagine, most parts of this report are quotes, so we can take it without a bad conscience after having read it)
"The Green New Deal, done by a young bartender, 29 years old," Drumpf told the crowd of House GOP lawmakers. "A young bartender, wonderful young woman.”
"Would totally do her if I had the chance, great catch for sure..."
"The Green New Deal. The first time I heard it, I said, 'That’s the craziest thing.' You have senators that are professionals, that you guys know, that have been there for a long time ... and they’re standing behind her shaking. They’re petrified of her," Drumpf said.

A rising star in the Democratic Party, Ocasio-Cortez recently rallied the progressive base against a plan by the Democratic Party's campaign arm to protect incumbents from would-be primary challengers such as herself.

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AOC supports House candidates to raise donations

Ocasio-Cortez singled out the three lawmakers as supporters of the Green New Deal climate change plan and Medicare for All.
Ocasio-Cortez has emerged as a powerhouse in her first few months in Congress, showing an ability unique for a freshman to get headlines, influence policy and raise attention.

“Putting our values into action in the fight to get big money out of politics means not taking any corporate PAC money and relying on individuals to stand with us. Appreciate the support!” Hill tweeted in a post thanking Ocasio-Cortez for the support.

#US #USA #AOC #OcasioCortez #AlexandriaOcasioCortez #PAC #House #HouseOfRepresentatives #Congress #Fundraising #Democrats #BlueWave


 

Bill de Blasio challenges Councilmember Kalman Yeger on Palestine comment

First: A letter to him, published by Mondoweiss.

You speak about Israel providing Jewish safety. Standing up for Israeli apartheid, as you have repeatedly done, does not promote safety. Quite the contrary. Our notion of safety is a city and a world in which all people feel and are safe. Yes, that means safety through solidarity with one another. That means safety by opposing all forms of injustice, which very much includes the injustice of occupation and the denial of a people’s right to live freely in their homes and their land.

In all your remarks, your lack of recognition of the Nakba (catastrophe in Arabic) of 1948, which refers to the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and land during the creation of Israel, reveals a gross disregard for the rights and well-being of the Palestinian people. That is also true about your lack of recognition (and denial)
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Joe Sanberg contemplates joining the presidential run


(Yes, there simply aren't enough contenders in this barely filled presidential run yet. I mean, we truly need more contenders to choose from, so that even the most radical voter will be able to choose someone to represent him in the White House. no-one should be spared, everyone should have a solid choice!)
Medicare for all, the Green New Deal, increasing corporate regulation, and investing in food stamps and Medicaid to help the poor are the kinds of issues that chased Mike Bloomberg out of the race and Howard Schultz out of the party. Sanberg’s twist: He thinks the policies coming out of his party’s left are actually the best ways to spark growth.

He admitted later that he’s gotten serious about running for president again because of Drumpf’s clear preview of a 2020 campaign all about calling Democrats socialists. “Good luck to them if they want to call me a socialist, because businesspeople aren’t socialists,” he told me.

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Democrats now encourage the usage of nuclear power as carbon-free energy source

_“I don't think nuclear is tricky anymore with Democrats,” said Josh Freed, who runs the clean energy program at the center-left think tank Third Way. “What we have seen over last the several years is nuclear has emerged as an area where there’s growing acknowledgment across the climate debate that it needs to be an option."__

“We have to be open to all low carbon and zero-carbon potential sources of energy given the urgency of this effort,” Inslee told reporters at a March renewable energy industry conference in Washington, D.C.

“I am supportive of nuclear energy as a transition fuel off fossil fuels,” Delaney told the Washington Examiner. “I am hesitant to eliminate any energy sources before we have the proper technology in place.”
Shouldn't we rather promote spendings on the development of renewable energy sources so that they will eventually be able to deliver all the energy capa... show more


 

On AOC and the Republicans

Vox:

Three prior surveys — one in January from Morning Consult, one in February from Fox, and a third in mid-March from Gallup — all found that more Americans had negative views of AOC than had positive ones. This might surprise a lot of Democrats, who see all of her viral clips and impressive performances in congressional hearings and assume she’s a popular rising star.

A large number of Democrats — 44 percent — haven’t heard enough about her to have an opinion. A much smaller percentage of Republicans — 23 percent — can say the same. AOC is simply better known among Republicans than Democrats, and this is driving her unfavorables up.
Does knowledge determine towards dislike with her, or do those same Republicans only believe they know enough of her to have such an unfavourable opinion of her? I mean, they s... show more


 
On AOC and the RepublicansThree prior surveys — one in January from Morning Consult, one in February from Fox, and a third in mid-March from Gallup — all found that more Americans had negative views of AOC than had positive ones. This might surprise a lot of Democrats, who see all of her viral clips and impressive performances in congressional hearings and assume she’s a popular rising star.

A large number of Democrats — 44 percent — haven’t heard enough about her to have an opinion. A much smaller percentage of Republicans — 23 percent — can say the same. AOC is simply better known among Republicans than Democrats, and this is driving her unfavorables up.
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Rep. Bruce Westerman (R - AR) intends to bar possibility of charging minors

Westerman introduced today a legislative package that seeks to spare juveniles from the excesses of the tough-on-crime policies to which both major parties have adhered for decades.

The other two pieces of legislation that Westerman introduced on Thursday afternoon lack the obvious advantages of Sara’s Act, which is a narrow bill designed to help sex-trafficked minors, an exceedingly sympathetic group. The rest of the package is broader and likely to be more controversial on both sides of the aisle. One bill would ensure that Americans can’t be sentenced for life without parole for crimes committed before their 18th birthdays. Another would require that parole boards consider the “diminished culpability” of minors relative to adults when determining an offender’s release date.

“These bills are aimed at making sure there is justice and fairness in the system, and it will affect people of all races. It’s not specif
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Unknown individual leaves message at Rep. Rashida Tlaib's (D - MI) door


"This is the hateful rhetoric & bullying on my door today. Stop the fear mongering & blantant lies. Come here w/ the value that all beings deserve human rights, including Palestinians. (Omar) & I fight for equality & justice for all. There's nothing antisemitic about that!" Tlaib wrote in the tweet.

The note comes several weeks after Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, stirred controversy after she suggested money was behind politicians' support for Israel -- she later apologized -- and insinuated that pro-Israel groups were pushing "allegiance to a foreign country."
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Republican woman intends to run against AOC after failed deal with Amazon

“ [AOC]chose ideology over paychecks,” swannabe candidate and medical journalist Ruth Papazian, noting that Amazon vowed to create 25,000 jobs before pulling out of its deal to open a campus in Queens. “People need jobs. We don’t have economic diversity in the outer boroughs.”
Look at her picture in the article and then imagine her to tell you that you chose ideology over paychecks. Could you take her serious?
Anyway, but seriously: Amazon is known to employ people below the average payment of at least 12 Dollars or so. The warehouse conditions for employees are knowingly horrible, you cannot tell people that this was the most reasonable choice, to let Amazon create another headquarter in your borough because jobs were desperately needed. There have to be better choices, and AOC has to find them.
A daughter of Egyptian immigrants, Papazian said she would run on a platform of creating jobs, not chasing them away.
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On the AIPAC and Netanyahu

1. Haaretz:

Netanyahu, for one, certainly doesn’t need another AIPAC speech: He’s been making them for 35 years, since he became Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations. But the lobby’s annual jamboree was a convenient pretext for him to fly to Washington and get the endorsement from Drumpf that he believes will help him in the election.

He called AIPAC a “great organization” and took a few digs (without specifically naming her) at freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who has been at the center of controversy for attacking AIPAC using barely veiled anti-Semitic tropes. But you could see his heart wasn’t in it.

_ To remain viable over the coming years, AIPAC will need to retain the support it still has on the Democratic side and fight to regain that which it has lost from the party’s more progressive wing. A Drumpf-emb
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Wow interesting.

!Progressive Refuge

South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg (D - IN) ranks third in Iowa polls


"The biggest surprise in this poll is Mayor Pete, last week we saw him inching up in our national poll, and now he’s in double digits in Iowa, America is going to be asking who is 'Mayor Pete'?" Spencer Kimball, director of the Emerson Poll, said.

“If Buttigieg is able to maintain his momentum, his candidacy appears to be pulling from the same demographic of young voters as Sanders, and that could become a problem for Sanders,” Kimball said.
#US #USA #Indiana #GeneralElection #Election #Elections2020 #Election2020 #News #Politics #Buttigieg #PeteButtigieg #MayorPete #Democrats #BlueWave #Iowa


 

South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg (D - IN) ranks third in Iowa polls


"The biggest surprise in this poll is Mayor Pete, last week we saw him inching up in our national poll, and now he’s in double digits in Iowa, America is going to be asking who is 'Mayor Pete'?" Spencer Kimball, director of the Emerson Poll, said.

“If Buttigieg is able to maintain his momentum, his candidacy appears to be pulling from the same demographic of young voters as Sanders, and that could become a problem for Sanders,” Kimball said.
#US #USA #Indiana #GeneralElection #Election #Elections2020 #Election2020 #News #Politics #Buttigieg #PeteButtigieg #MayorPete #Democrats #BlueWave #Iowa


 

NJ Democrats won't cease to promote marijuana legalisation


“We’re going to sit down and get to work on figuring out the next steps,” Coughlin (D-Middlesex) said during the press conference in the governor’s office. “We didn’t get a touchdown, but we moved the ball to the one yard line.”

“We might have lost the fight, but we’re absolutely going to win the war at the end of the day,” Sweeney said at the press conference, adding that the Senate has typically moved slower than the Assembly on socially progressive issues like the aid-in-dying bill, which passed the Senate for the first time on Monday, and marriage equality.

“When you talk about relieving 200,000 people, it’s not easy. It’s not an easy lift,” Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D-Union), who championed the expungement provisions with fellow Union County Democrat Annette Quijano, said at a separate press conference on Monday. “While we missed the mark today, I’m proud of the momentum we have ... show more


 

Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke (D - TX) raises 6.1 mn dollars overnight


“Six million bucks overnight is impressive and anyone who says otherwise doesn’t understand the game,” said Kirk Wagar, a former top Barack Obama donor who is backing Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). “It’s not the same as when Jeb Bush did it, where he had everyone lined up when they all donated. This guy, as far as I know, didn’t make a bunch of calls. Didn’t have a bunch of people that were pounding people."

“He had to raise more than everyone to continue his momentum. He did. Otherwise, they would have said people gave against Ted Cruz, not for Beto,” said Michael O’Neil, a former Midwest finance director for the Obama campaign. “It is clear, donors were excited to invest in Beto.”

O’Rourke’s campaign is still without a manager and was scrambling to staff up in early primary states. O’Rourke is expected to remain on the road campaigning before returning to his home in El... show more


 

Does Beto O'Rourke (D - TX) back Medicare For All?


This week, O'Rourke again moved away from full single-payer health care, saying he supports giving people the option to buy into Medicare. That's far from the approach being pushed by 2020 rival and progressive icon Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who would mandate Medicare for everyone and abolish employer-sponsored coverage.

But more establishment Democrats think it is a smarter strategy politically to allow people to keep their employer-sponsored coverage if they like it rather than mandating an end to it.

To leave people a choice between employer-sponsored coverage and a Medicare For All might help fishing for votes on both sides of the river. I guess this is the right plan, all in all. Why upset the Republicans uselessly? For what?

“He is saying he has natural gifts as a political communicator, and believes he should put them to use for the purpose of beating Donald Drumpf and otherwise making the world a better place,” Chait wrote about O'Rourke. “This is a g... show more


 

Kirsten Gillibrand (D - NYS) now officially runs for president


Gillibrand, 52, made the announcement on Twitter with a two-and-a-half- minute campaign video titled "The Brave." She discusses "The Star-Spangled Banner" and urges Americans in "the home of the brave" to support her and her policies.

Gillibrand will conduct an MSNBC town hall Monday in Michigan. Then she is off to Iowa for two days before heading to Nevada. She plans on making her first major speech as a candidate next Sunday in New York – "straight to President Drumpf's doorstep" in front of Drumpf International.

Gillibrand's biggest publicity splash as a would-be candidate was the controversy that flared up last week over how she handled a sexual harassment complaint in her office last year.
#US #USA #Democrats #NewYork #NYS #StateOfNewYork #Gillibrand #KirstenGillibrand #Democrats #BlueWave #News #Politics #Election #GeneralElection #Election2020 #Elections2020 #Trump #DonaldTrump

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/03/17/kirsten-gillibrand-joins-2020-democratic-presidential-field/3193642002/


 

On Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend and Democratic president candidate


[...] he believes that millennials are suffering from their elders’ short-term thinking on climate change, economics, and other issues. Whoopi Goldberg wondered whether such a case could be made without alienating older Americans, and Buttigieg watched her intently, absorbing the criticism.

_His close friend Nathaniel Myers recalled that Buttigieg had become entranced by the Norwegian novel “Naïve. Super,” by Erlend Loe, taught himself the language to translate another work by the author, and then started periodically attending a Norwegian church in Chicago to keep up. He plays piano, and has sat in with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and Ben Folds. _

The fact that he learnt Norwegian to read more books by this author I heard from @Kenny Chaffin; he brought me to read this article, so to say.

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On O'Rourke's adolescent shennanigans, and his campaign


O’Rourke’s remarks followed a report in Reuters that O’Rourke, as a young member of the computer hacking group Cult of the Dead Cow, wrote an online article about how society could work without money and, in a more disturbing missive, about killing children.

For what it's worth, the latter one is quite edgy.

The report, an excerpt from a forthcoming book about Cult of the Dead Cow, came as O’Rourke pushed through the second day of his presidential campaign in Iowa. He declined to reveal how much money his campaign raised in its first 24 hours, a standard marker of early support in the presidential race.

O'Rourke touched off a frenzied push to raise money online when he announced his candidacy on Thursday. It is unclear when he will release his initial fundraising figures, if at all, or whether he will wait for federal filing deadlines. The candidate was racing between events in eastern Iowa on Friday and was expected to remain in the state the next da... show more


 

[LIVE UPDATE] Trump signed veto against Congress' obstruction of national emergency declaration


Thank you @POTUS for standing up for America, supporting @DHSgov and declaring this humanitarian & security crisis exactly what it is – a national emergency. It was a pleasure to see our great partners in state & local law enforcement & the Angel parents in the Oval Office today!
~ Kirstjen Nielsen

According to CBP, the agency used fiscal year 2017 funds to construct "approximately 38 of 40 miles of wall in place of outdated designs in San Diego and El Centro, California, Santa Teresa, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas."

"The House and Senate resoundingly rejected the President’s lawless power grab, yet the President has chosen to continue to defy the Constitution, the Congress and the will of the American people," Pelosi said in a statement.
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