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Washingtonians to receive «public option» in health insurance

The plans won’t be available until January 2021, and it’s too early to know what exact coverage they will offer or how much they’ll drive down health-insurance costs.

“This legislation is one way for our state to push back, to ensure that all Washingtonians have high-quality health-care insurance, an option they can afford that is available across the state of Washington,” said Inslee, who is also running for president.

“We want to see lower premiums and lower deductibles over what’s being offered today on the exchange,” said Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle and sponsor of the bill.
Still sounds too regular to actually be needed to be discussed. But on the other hand, we're talking about the US, a country in which regular things are simply not a standard, because... 'Murica!
_Senate Bill 5526 is also aimed at shoring up Washington’s health exchange by providing additional coverag
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AOC (D - NYC) confronts BigPharma's ridiculous drug pricing

"Truvada still has patent protection in the United States and in the rest of the world it is generic," O'Day explained, adding, "It will be generically available in the United States as of September 2020."

"I think it's important here that we notice that we the public, we the people, developed this drug. We paid for this drug, we lead and developed all the patents to create Prep and then that patent has been privatized despite the fact that the patent is owned by the public, who refused to enforce it," Ocasio-Cortez said.
this is for sure a plot twist, if you think about this and are able to rightfully assume that she was right about who really developed the drug itself; when it's not Gilead, and Gilead only took it over and was granted patent protection upon it, I would say that this is unjustifiable, unless you don't care much about the people who need this drug to survive.
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Congress Democrats to put more pressure on Senate majority leader McConnell

The move is intended to pressure Senate Republicans into taking up House bills and underscores a desire by Democratic leadership to spotlight all the legislation that has languished on the other side of the Capitol.

Separate votes would also help draw attention to little-noticed pieces of the initial bill, such as automatic voter registration or a crackdown on super PACs, which are priorities for the liberal grassroots and something some lawmakers say Democratic leaders have not done enough to promote.

In reality, the approach has little chance of changing McConnell’s mind. The Kentucky Republican has already rejected a wide range of ideas in H.R. 1 — like overhauling the Federal Election Commission and tightening restrictions for political ads. A spokesman for McConnell declined to comment on whether any of the Democrats’ bills could come to the floor, but there’s little reason to think he’ll reverse course.
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CA Dem.s caught in dilemma over who to support - Pete Buttigieg (IN) or Kamala Harris (CA)

Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., isn’t viewed as a direct threat to Harris. But his rapid rise, appeal to millennial voters and newfound popularity among Hollywood and Silicon Valley donors stands to hinder her ability to lock down her backyard. And it could enable the 37-year-old mayor to net a solid cache of delegates from Harris’ home state — perhaps even more than he can capture in early voting states like Nevada or Iowa.

“We have a lot of people who are very candidate curious,’’ Garcetti notes. “Kamala has a ton of love up and down the state, but people might say, ‘That doesn’t mean I’m not going to shop around … Maybe I’ll keep her as my senator and go with somebody else as president.’”
What they say is that they would backstab their homestate Sen. in support of the man who is likely to become the first homoesexual POTUS, a man they (perhap... Show more...


New Puerto Rico aid proposal passes bipartisan agreement

Drumpf was in Florida on Wednesday night promising to swiftly deliver disaster aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael last October. But he continues to dig in against new funding for Puerto Rico, incorrectly claiming at an impromptu news conference on Thursday that the territory had already secured $91 billion in aid for a massive hurricane with a death toll of 3,000 people.
Beside lying Donnie, Republicans are colder than Prince Valiant, an iceberg and Hitman combined. To break their stonecold heart, it took them a while. I mean, when you face the facts clearly, you could see that Puerto Rico, which is highly indebted in US-American credit institutes, could hardly cope with the damages the natural catastrophes have created. But of course, the US cannot bear any further debts themselves. Let's not get into the fraud that is committed in the Pentagon on a daily base, or the generally high spending for the military, while the school system is scarcely financed. It would only occur to th... Show more...


Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke (D - TX) now favours impeachment

“We’re finally learning the truth about this president. And yes, there has to be consequences. Yes, there has to be accountability. Yes, I think there’s enough evidence now for the House of Representatives to move forward with impeachment,” he said in an interview with The Dallas Morning News. “This is our country, and this is the one chance that we get to ensure that it remains a democracy and that no man, regardless of his position, is above the law.”

“Republicans say people don’t care about the Mueller investigation, that it’s a closed deal. When they go to their districts, or people they represent, that’s not what they’re hearing. What about you?” asked The News’ Gromer Jeffers Jr., during a campaign stop in Fort Worth on Friday. “How do you feel about the Mueller investigation and what should happen next?”

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Joe Biden (D - DE) is running forward in the polls

And a Morning Consult survey released Tuesday found Biden with 36 percent support, followed by Sanders at 22 percent. That’s a 6-point bounce for Biden from the same survey released earlier this month, while Sanders has fallen by 2 points. No other candidate reaches double-digit support in the Morning Consult poll, either.

A Suffolk University survey released Tuesday found the former Delaware senator in the lead in New Hampshire with 20 percent support, followed by Sanders and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 12 percent. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is in fourth place at 8 percent.

Biden’s strength in the polls is driven by his broad support from African Americans. Biden has 43 percent support from black voters, according to Morning Consult. Sanders is at 20 percent here, followed by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) at 10 percent.

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Two articles on Pete Buttigieg

1. CNBC:

“Mayor Pete will not be influenced by special-interest money, and we understand that making this promise is an important part of that commitment,” campaign manager Mike Schmuhl wrote in an email to supporters.
Good man, although I wished he did this move on his own, and didn't require the peering pressure of his progressive base. This should be an obvious choice you fell right away, not only months after running for president.
Buttigieg’s campaign has quickly gained steam, ascending from essentially zero name recognition to the top levels of the crowded Democratic field in a matter of weeks.
Well, name recognition is difficult when so many people wonder how your name is pronounced correctly. :D


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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...


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.

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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.

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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


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


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.
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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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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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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:
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«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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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.”
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On AOC and the Republicans


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.
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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.

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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.
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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...


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...


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.

As I got deeper into lunch with Buttigieg, I began to... 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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On Jacob Wohl, right-winged Trumpist troll

Yep. Journalist Tony Webster reported that @Drakehomes612 was actually not a “diversity coordinator,” as the account had claimed, but an entirely fake account created by Wohl himself. A source described as being “familiar with Wohl’s fake accounts” confirmed this fact to The Beast.

I said it about Jussie Smollett, and I’ll say it again now: Faking any kind of violence — verbal or physical — against yourself just to get attention or clicks is not only pathetic, but it also hurts real victims. After all, racism and homophobia (which were apparently faked in the case of Smollett) and harassment of right-wing people for their political beliefs (which was apparently faked in the case of Wohl) are very real things.

Wohl should be prosecuted for this reason, as well as because he clearly wasted the valuable time of Minneapolis law enforcement. Liberal or conservative, it’s important for all of us to unite and condemn Wohl’s actions.
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On the hearing of Wells Fargo before the House (feat. AOC, Maxine Waters et al.)

That’s not all. Over the past several years, Wells Fargo has been slapped with fines for abuses involving members of the military (including charging them higher interest rates, improperly repossessing their cars without a court order, and not disclosing their military status to courts while trying to evict them), numerous allegations of racism, and other consumer abuses.

“The past few years have taught us that our company does well by doing right. But doing right does not stop with simply repairing harm and rebuilding trust,” Sloan, who was last seen in the halls of Congress getting dragged to hell and back by Elizabeth Warren, said in prepared remarks.

Several Democrats, such as Rep. Carolyn Maloney and Ayanna Pressley, used their turns to sharply criticize Wells Fargo for its relationship with the NRA and the firearms industry. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, meanwhile, slammed the bank for having its grubby paws all over some of the wor... Show more...


Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D - HI) uncertain whether Assad is a war criminal

"I think that the evidence needs to be gathered and, as I have said before, if there is evidence that he has committed war crimes, he should be prosecuted as such," Gabbard said at a CNN town hall on Sunday.

As far as I am concerned, there is hard evidence that Assad has committed such some war crimes, such as throwing chemical weapons such as barrel roles, he threw tham at his people.

"I served in a war in Iraq, a war that was launched based on lies, and a war that was launched without evidence. And so the American people were duped," she said.

"So as a soldier, as an American, as a member of Congress, it is my duty and my responsibility to exercise skepticism any time anyone tries to send our service members into harm's way or use our military to go in and start a new war," she added.
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On how to properly support parents and children alike

When social scientists tracked the life outcomes for the children and parents who took part in the programme, the results were unexpectedly terrible. Children came out no cleverer and with worse health, life satisfaction and rates of criminal offence. Although women worked more, the taxes generated on their additional labour fell far short of the costs of running the programme.

How sad they didn't link the study itself, so that one eager reader could track back the study and its outcome. I would be happy to have read it, but am not interested in doing their work, uncertain whether I have found the correct one.

In Washington, dc, it costs around $22,000 a year. Assuming identical costs, Ms Warren’s plan would grant a well-to-do professional couple in the city making $150,000 an $11,500 subsidy to deposit Junior in day care. And although it is true that a poor working mother would receive the same service free of charge, the public costs of looking after her child might well exceed her an... Show more...


Is this handsome prick Beto O'Rourke finally running for president?

It's been 10 days since O'Rourke said publicly that he's made a decision about his political future, but he told reporters on Saturday that he wanted to reveal "it the right way and tell everyone at the same time."

"Everything has skyrocketed. People are sensing that something is coming," said Nate Lerner, the co-founder of Draft Beto, which is trying to push O'Rourke into the 2020 race. "We're in the eye of the storm now."

The storm of uncertainty whether he's going to run or not?

Meanwhile, O'Rourke has begun popping up in public — everything from a Metallica concert to a rally to protest President Donald Drumpf's recent visit to O’Rourke’s hometown of El Paso.
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Billy Nye The Science Guy supports AOC

Nye has long discussed the dangers of failing to address climate change and has advocated for bold proposals to mitigate human-made impacts on the environment.

“When we think about the greatest things we have ever accomplished as a society have been ambitious acts of vision,” she said Saturday at the South by Southwest Festival.
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