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VERY MAD! I'M IN AIR FORCE ONE! Just flew over MY rally in Tulsa! STREETS EMPTY! WHERE IS EVERYBODY? I'M SUPPOSED TO HAVE BIG CROWDS! ERIC TRUMP PROMISED ME A MILLION PEOPLE! HE SAYS 1000s of seats are empty in the arena! ERIC IS AN IDIOT! #TulsaTrumpRally #TrumpsCoronavirusRally

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Escobar: Nixon-Trump vs the Strategy of Tension

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2020/06/18/nixon-trump-vs-strateg...

"Nixon 68 is back with a vengeance, with President Trump placing himself as the guarantor/enforcer of Law & Order. That slogan guaranteed Nixon's election. Trump's MAGA woes have been compounded by a shoddy geopolitical move in tandem with Law and Order: his re-election campaign will be under the sign of 'China, China, China'. When in trouble, blame a foreign enemy..."

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'Trump Talks Tough on Venezuela But Admires Thugs and Dictators like Nicolas Maduro'

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"  Biden and his ventriloquists keep out-hawking Trump. This tactic of attacking Donald Trump for being insufficiently war-like is nothing new for Biden Inc., nor is it limited to Venezuela."

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Pretty revolting but not surprising.  All has to do with Florida.  

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Lincoln Project to endorse Democratic Senate candidate in new ad

WASHINGTON — The Lincoln Project, a super PAC founded by a group of veteran Republican strategists, is best known for its viral anti-Trump ads spread across social media and even aired on television. And while the group has also targeted individual GOP senators up for re-election this cycle for supporting President Trump, it’s inserting itself more directly into upcoming races by endorsing a Senate candidate for the first time — Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock. 

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/meet-the-press/blog/meet-press-blog-latest-news-analysis-data-driving-political-discussion-n988541/ncrd1231932#blogHeader

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The Debate Over Biden’s VP Pick Is Full Of Half-Truths And Misleading Arguments

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-debate-over-bidens-vp-pick-is-full-of-half-truths-and-misleading-arguments/

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A New Voting Crisis: Kentucky Closes 95% of Polling Places, Leaving Louisville with Just One

As primary voters head to the polls in New York, Kentucky and Virginia, they face long lines, even as President Trump continues to attack mail-in voting, falsely claiming it leads to fraud. Kentucky has reduced the number of polling places from 3,700 to just 170 — a 95% reduction. “There’s the potential for record turnout,” notes Cliff Albright, co-founder and executive director of Black Voters Matter, despite such suppression tactics.

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The most closely watched race is the Democratic primary to pick a candidate to challenge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in November. Progressive candidate, Kentucky state Representative Charles Booker has seen a major boost in polling and received high-profile endorsements from Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, as well as Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who’s running, herself, in New York. Booker hopes to beat out former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath, who has outspent Booker on ads, $14 million to $1 million. She spent the $14 million. This comes as Trump again attacked mail-in voting yesterday, falsely claiming it leads to fraud. He tweeted, “Because of MAIL-IN BALLOTS, 2020 will be the most RIGGED Election in our nations history.”

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CLIFF ALBRIGHT: Yes, unfortunately, it is possible, and it’s happening right now. And, you know, that’s not an equal decline that we’ve seen. You know, what we know is that in Jefferson County, the largest county and the county that has half of the state’s Black population, that the number of polling locations was actually brought down to one — one polling place serving the entire county, estimated 600,000 — over 600,000 registered voters.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And in terms of the projected vote totals, from previous elections to now, are people expecting a significant drop in the total votes as a result of reduction in polling places? Because many people will not end up doing mail-in ballots.

CLIFF ALBRIGHT: Exactly. And that’s part of the problem. So, the first part of your question, in terms of the expected drop, actually, there’s the potential — there’s potential for record turnout. What they’re saying is that there’s over 200,000 ballots that were sent out to folks that requested the mail-in ballot. That, combined with the number of folks that have actually already early voted, puts them at a number that basically could exceed even 2008, which is what we saw happen in Georgia, right? In spite of all of the mess that took place and the voter suppression that took place, that you still saw a record turnout in Georgia. And so, there’s really potential to have something similar take place in Louisville, in particular, but throughout the state of Kentucky.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And you mention Georgia. Clearly, if you could talk a little bit about the meltdown that occurred there, and also the fact a lot of people don’t understand that, yes, many states have gone to mail-in voting, essentially mail-in voting, but the mail-in voting process is a lot more complicated than it is going to the polling place and just choosing your candidates or sticking your ballot through a machine, isn’t it?

CLIFF ALBRIGHT: Exactly. You know, we’ve been big supporters of mail-in voting. We know that it’s the safest way for our communities to be able to go vote — again, communities that are being disproportionately hit by the coronavirus. But it’s not a panacea. It’s not something that solves all the problems. It’s not something that’s exempt from voter suppression.

You can have a state that says, “OK, we’ll do vote by mail,” but there are many ways, there are many pitfalls in how it gets done, that can still create voter suppression, in fact, even larger-scale voter suppression than in a normal election. There are still issues over who gets sent the ballots, over what excuse even qualifies for you to use a mail-in ballot, or you still have states that are fighting against — like states like Tennessee, where I’m at right now, with states that are fighting against coronavirus even being an allowable excuse to do vote by mail. You’ve still got issues in terms of when does the ballot have to receive: Is it a received-by date, or is it a postage date? You’ve got questions over signatures, right? In fact, one of the problems we’re hearing in Kentucky right now is that there are some voters who didn’t know that you have to sign in two places, and because of that, those ballots aren’t getting counted. And then you’ve got the signature match issues, which they also have in Kentucky, which says that your signature is going to be — your signature on the mail-in ballot is going to be compared with the signature that they have on file, which could be 10 years old or 20 years old, right? So, you’ve got all these different areas where voter suppression can creep into the vote-by-mail system. So, when done properly, it can be a great alternative to keep our communities safe, but it is not exempt from voter suppression.

That’s what we saw happen in Georgia, where the reality is, much of the lines that we saw in Georgia, it was a combination of many issues, but one of those issues is that you had many people that wanted to vote by mail but were not able to, either because of a postage issue — the state didn’t provide postage — or some other aspects. The state had incorrect directions in the mail envelope with the vote-by-mail ballot. And so, some of those lines — and again, we’re talking about four-hour, five-hour, six-hour lines. Some of that was caused by the fact that some people wanted to vote by mail, and simply weren’t able to.....

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Progressive candidates did well in New York and Kentucky Democratic primaries last night. 

Progressives are riding high after Tuesday’s primary elections in New York and Kentucky have some of the left’s rising stars in position to potentially pull off upsets against candidates backed by Washington Democrats. The primary races in many instances have not been called yet, with hundreds of thousands of absentee ballots still needing to be counted.

However, progressive Jamaal Bowman (D) has House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) on the ropes after building up a 25-point lead among those who voted in-person. In the night’s other marquee race, progressive challenger Charles Booker trails Amy McGrath by about 7 points in the Kentucky Democratic Senate primary. The state’s two most populous counties will not report results until June 30.

Elsewhere, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) overwhelmingly won her reelection bid against a high-profile challenge from news anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, who had millions of dollars and top New York business leaders behind her. Other progressive House candidates in New York — Mondaire Jones, Ritchie Torres and Dana Balter — have built up double-digit leads in their House primary races. And insurgent Democrat Suraj Patel is running even with House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), underscoring the volatile landscape incumbents and Washington-backed candidates are facing at the moment.

The left-wing Working Families Party (WFP), which has its largest presence in New York, said Tuesday’s elections are evidence that the uprising in the streets over the police killing of George Floyd has ushered in a new era of political change in the U.S. that is being led by people of color.

“The rage and mourning we've seen in the streets is making itself felt in elections from New York to Kentucky,” said WFP National Director Maurice Mitchell. “A remarkable cadre of candidates — Charles Booker, Jamaal Bowman, and Mondaire Jones — has gained momentum in recent weeks because they are speaking to people's pain and hunger for transformational change. Win or lose, these Black progressive candidates are expanding the scope of the possible and laying the ground for the future of our work … Today we're seeing that they may form the core of a new multiracial coalition that could change the balance of power in this country.”

Absentee ballots are still being counted in New York and Kentucky and the final results will not be known until June 30. But Bowman, a former middle school principal from the Bronx, appears to be on the cusp of defeating Engel, a 16-term lawmaker. Bowman has 61 percent of the vote as of Wednesday morning, compared to 36 percent for Engel. That race cut sharply along progressive-establishment lines, with Engel having the support of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Bowman is backed by Ocasio-Cortez and Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

Those same dynamics played out in Kentucky, where Booker became a national star on the left for his late push to knock off McGrath, who had a massive fundraising advantage with the help of Washington Democrats. Booker, who is Black, has leaned heavily into the argument that he is best equipped to oversee the kind of structural change the nation needs at this moment of civil unrest. Progressives are striking a confident tone on Booker’s behalf, with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) calling on McGrath to pledge to put her excess campaign cash behind Booker in the general election against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), if he becomes the nominee.

Ocasio-Cortez, who has become a fundraising juggernaut with one of the largest House campaign staffs in the country, was never really in trouble despite the high-profile challenge from Caruso-Cabrera. Progressives are salivating over what they view as the next potential crop of political stars to follow in Ocasio-Cortez’s footsteps.

Jones has a 24-point lead over his closest rival in the packed crowd of candidates seeking to replace Rep. Nita Lowey (D) in New York’s 17th District and is backed by Sanders, Warren and Ocasio-Cortez. ... In New York’s 15th District, Torres has an 11-point lead over a crowded field vying to replace retiring Rep. José Serrano (D). ... Torres, 32, is Black, Puerto Rican and gay. He was a 2016 delegate for Sanders’s presidential campaign.

Jones and Torres, if elected, would become the first openly gay Black men in Congress. 

And progressive favorite Dana Balter appears to be on course to win her primary in New York’s 24th District to challenge Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.). Balter has about a 30-point lead over Francis Conole, who had the support of local Democratic leaders. ... “This is one of the last districts in America that Hillary Clinton won but is held by Republicans, making this a top pick-up opportunity in the country for progressives,” said Maria Langholz, the national press secretary for the PCCC. “Balter is a bold progressive champion who is fighting for Medicare for All, an economy that works for working families, and a political system free from the influence of big money.’

Progressives are now turning their attention to upcoming primary races. Several left-wing groups have backed Democrat Andrew Romanoff in the Colorado Senate primary against former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper(D). Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) is the progressive favorite as he seeks reelection against Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.).The left is also hoping to elect House candidates across the country, including Arati Kreibich in New Jersey, Jon Hoadley in Michigan and Candace Valenzuela and Mike Siegel in Texas.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/504302-progressives-riding-high-as...

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Progressive candidates also did well in down ballot races in yesterday's primaries across the country, including in Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Iowa and Washington DC. While these lower profile races do not receive the attention of the races mentioned in the previous post they auger well for the future as financial social and racial conditions worsen for many Americans. The successful lower profile candidates often deal with local and state issues that are missed by the national media but often affect people's lives the most. They also build the experience level and profile of these progressive candidates, enabling them to run for higher office. 

FROM NEW MEXICO to Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., progressive challengers to Democratic incumbents scored a series of victories on Tuesday night, continuing to grind out an insurgency that in just a few years has dramatically reshaped the politics of the Democratic Party. 

In the wake of Bernie Sanders’s surge and then rapid collapse in the Democratic presidential primary, speculation about the demise of the progressive wing of the party, and a dismissal of the entire idea of organizing as a means toward power has been rampant, but leftist candidates at the local level continue to notch the kind of victories that force incumbents to pay attention. ...

In Pennsylvania, a progressive force has been coalescing since the election of President Donald Trump in November 2016, with radical activists allying with what’s become known as “the resistance” in a way that has gone smoother than elsewhere in the country. That alliance has meant that many of the same forces have organized both victories at the ballot box and street demonstrations, in both major cities and small towns. 

Organizers in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, launched Lancaster Stands Up in the days after Trump’s victory and have gone on to block the privatization of local prison services, elect allies to council and school board seats, win a Democratic congressional nomination and, in recent days, put together the largest street protests in the city’s modern memory. The model has gone statewide, with an umbrella organization, Pennsylvania Stand Up, of nine chapters, including Eerie Stands Up, Lehigh Valley Stands Up, and others. Another of its chapters, Reclaim Philadelphia, is an effort by local activists, with help from the Working Families Party, to take back control of the city from establishment Democrats with ties to real estate developers and major corporate players. 

That effort got a major boost Tuesday night, when insurgent Nikil Saval, a co-founder of Reclaim Philadelphia, knocked off longtime incumbent state Sen. Larry Farnese, who had held the seat since 2008. For the previous 30 years, it had been held by a legendary South Philly politician, Vincent Fumo, who took over the seat when the incumbent went to prison for corruption. Fumo, likewise, left the seat for prison. For the left to claim Fumo’s seat is a major symbolic victory in a closely watched contest. 

Rick Krajewski, another Reclaim organizer running in a competitive West/Southwest Philly House district against a more moderate opponent, has a solid chance of winning. (WFP did not endorse either Krajewski or Saval.) Krajewski won a late endorsement from Sanders, and he told The Intercept on Wednesday he had expected to be trailing slightly among in-person votes, and to make it up with mail-in ballots, as his was the only campaign to organize a robust mail operation. But instead, with 5,500 ballots counted, Krajewski is leading by 4 percentage points among in-person votes, with roughly 7,000 mail-in ballots still to be counted. 

Progressives also rallied around Nydea Graves, who ran for a Coatesville City Council seat and ousted an incumbent in a special election. Coatesville, in Chester County, is roughly the midpoint between Lancaster City and Philadelphia, and Graves is a leader of the local Chester County Stands Up chapter. 

The left is also threatening to expand on gains it made in hotly contested city council races last year. Councilwoman Kendra Brooks won in 2019 with the backing of Reclaim Philadelphia and the Working Families Party, making inroads into the type of working-class, predominantly black neighborhoods where the left has struggled to gain traction in the past — a failure that is used to undercut the left’s claim to legitimately represent a broad, multicultural working-class movement. Brooks’s ally, Pastor Nicolas O’Rourke, lost a city council race the same year but went on to become Pennsylvania organizing director for the WFP. Brooks and O’Rourke teamed up to help 25-year-old Bernard Williams win the nomination for the area’s state House seat. A win would give the insurgent left deeper inroads in the area, solidifying Brooks’s victory; as of Wednesday afternoon, Williams trailed by a single percentage point among in-person votes, but mail-in ballots could push him to the top. ...

The left also appears to have taken out one-time progressive champion state Sen. Daylin Leach, the subject of a slew of sexual misconduct and harassment allegations. As of Wednesday afternoon, WFP-backed Amanda Cappelletti had a comfortable lead. 

Progressive Jessica Benham is also leading in a state House race against Ed Moeller, a conservative, anti-choice member of the Democratic establishment who had the backing of the Fraternal Order of Police in this Pittsburgh-area contest. 

And Emily Kinkead is leading incumbent state Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, brother of the former mayor of Pittsburgh. Kinkead is allied with democratic socialist state Reps. Summer Lee and Sara Innamorato, who were first elected in 2018, and will grow their power once she arrives in Harrisburg. Innamorato was unopposed in her primary this cycle, while the party establishment came hard for Lee in her race, but she crushed her opponent, leading by more than 50 percentage points, with votes still to be counted. 

Voters in Washington, D.C., also pushed the city council to the left, with an insurgent victory in Ward 4 by former D.C. assistant attorney general Janeese Lewis George, a democratic socialist, against incumbent Brandon Todd. Ward 4 covers some gentrifying neighborhoods as well as historically middle-class black neighborhoods; George performed best in the gentrifying areas, as many left insurgents do, but she also won convincingly across the ward, which has for years been represented by business-friendly candidates. That includes Adrian Fenty, who went on to become mayor and left a handpicked successor, Muriel Bowser, in his place. When Bowser ascended to mayor, she tapped Todd for the seat. George was helped by a large coalition — stretching from WFP to Democratic Socialists of America — that included an independent progressive city councilwoman, Elissa Silverman, who was first elected at-large in 2014 and fended off a well-financed challenge from the city’s developers in 2018 to hold her seat. The developers’ failure to take out Silverman, followed by their defeat at the hands of her ally, George, signals a shift in the city’s local politics. 

In Iowa, leftist candidate J.D. Scholten is once again the Democratic nominee in the 4th Congressional District, following an uncontested primary in the race to replace Rep. Steve King. The incumbent Republican and white supremacist lost his seat by more than 9 percentage points during yesterday’s Republican primary. King, who has a long history of saying and doing racist things, narrowly defeated Scholten in 2018 with a margin of 3 percentage points. ....

IN NEW MEXICO, an all-women slate of progressives challenged five recalcitrant incumbents under the banner of a coalition dubbed “No Corporate Democrats.” Four of the five women ousted long-serving members of the state Senate who had stood in the way of the progressive agenda for years in this deep blue state. Another allied progressive, who wasn’t officially part of the coalition, unseated an anti-choice Democrat. The defeated incumbents include state Senate leadership figures. 

Eric Griego, New Mexico state director for the Working Families Party, which had backed the progressives, said their victories are the “last gasp” of the moderate, corporate wing of the party on a state and local level. He noted that these victories build on the gains progressives made in the 2018 wave elections, when one of the longest-serving members of the state House of Representatives, conservative Democrat Debbie Rodella, was defeated by Susan Herrera.   

“With them gone, we think this is going to open up a lot of really, really monumental legislation that the state has needed for generations,” Griego said. The progressives’ priorities include fully funding early childhood programs, releasing the state’s dependence on oil and gas, and repealing an arcane law that criminalizes abortion, he added. “The other really big one is potentially expanding the social safety net whether it’s healthcare or childhood education.”  ...

An unprecedented number of absentee ballots has led to delays, so the votes are still being counted, but the Working Families Party declared victory in all five races Wednesday afternoon.

Siah Correa Hemphill, an educator and school psychologist, won overwhelmingly in District 28, unseating state Sen. Gabe Ramos. In District 38, Carrie Hamblen, a pioneer in New Mexico’s fight for LGBTQ rights and marriage equality, is locked in a tight race against Senate President Pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen. ...

In District 35, Neomi Martinez-Parra has a nearly 10 percentage point lead over state Sen. John Arthur Smith, who has been in office since 1989 and serves as the head of the Senate Finance Committee. Pam Cordova, a retired educator, also appears to be on track to victory, leading state Sen. Clemente Sanchez by over 1,000 votes, as of Wednesday morning. Cordova was backed by local labor groups and unions, EMILY’s List, and U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich. 

Noreen Kelly, a Navajo elder and environmental activist who ran with No Corporate Democrats, is the only candidate on the slate who lost. She jumped in late in the race, formally launching in March, and struggled to get her campaign off the ground. 

Leo Jaramillo, chair of the Rio Arriba County Commission, wasn’t officially on the No Corporate Democrat slate, but his victory is being celebrated by the Working Families Party and other allied progressive groups. Jaramillo defeated five-term incumbent state Sen. Richard Martinez, an anti-choice lawmaker who was also one of four Democrats to vote against New Mexico’s “red-flag” gun law, in District 5. ...

Oil and gas companies, which wield enormous influence over the state’s budget and politicians, pumped at least $1 million into New Mexico’s state Senate races, including Chevron Oil spending $700,000 in support of the incumbents. But some of the challengers, like Jaramillo and Correa Hemphill, had garnered broader coalitions of support across the progressive wing of the party and with top Democrats like Lujan Grisham and Heinrich. To help boost the candidates, the WFP joined other groups in making tens of thousands of calls, sending out mail, and investing in radio and texting. 

The No Corporate Democrats coalition was modeled after New York’s No IDC coalition, which in 2018 unseated conservative Democrats who were allied with Republicans, known as the Independent Democratic Conference. Progressives in New Mexico were tasked with the challenge of branding incumbents that work with Republicans, Griego said. Despite pushing candidates in a few risky, tough races, the coalition, which included reproductive rights groups, environmental groups, and the nonprofit organization OLÉ, pulled it off.

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The Republican Choice

How a party spent decades making itself white.

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Published Jun. 24, 2020​

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Editor’s note: This story includes a historical quote that uses a racial slur.

Election Day 1981 was ugly in some largely Black and Hispanic districts of Trenton, New Jersey. Ominous signs hung outside several polling places:

 

WARNING

THIS AREA IS BEING PATROLLED BY THE
NATIONAL BALLOT
SECURITY TASK FORCE.

IT IS A CRIME TO FALSIFY A BALLOT OR
TO VIOLATE ELECTION LAWS.

That National Ballot Security Task Force was made up of county deputy sheriffs and local police who patrolled the polling sites with guns in full view. A court complaint later lodged by the Democratic Party described the members of the task force “harassing poll workers, stopping and questioning prospective voters … and forcibly restraining poll workers from assisting, as permitted by state law, voters to cast their ballots.”

The National Ballot Security Task Force was not some rogue enterprise, or an ill-conceived product of a few extremist thinkers. It was funded by the Republican Party.

While the group’s goals were ostensibly to prevent illegal voting, it was difficult to take that at face value — it looked a lot more like a coordinated intimidation effort. Republicans hadn’t been afraid to say publicly that they didn’t want certain people to vote, after all. Paul Weyrich, co-founder of the conservative Heritage Foundation, said in a speech in 1980: “I don’t want everybody to vote. … our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”

It wasn’t just Weyrich, either. During the 1971 Supreme Court confirmation hearing of future Chief Justice William Rehnquist, civil rights activists testified that he had run “ballot security” operations in Arizona and had personally administered literacy tests to Black and Hispanic voters at Phoenix polling places. Nor are these sentiments just a relic of a bygone era: In March of this year, President Donald Trump dismissed out of hand Democratic-backed measures that called for vote-by-mail and same-day registration to help ensure people could vote amid the COVID-19 pandemic: “They had things, levels of voting that if you’d ever agreed to it, you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.”

The political wisdom is ingrained at this point: Black and brown people don’t vote for Republicans.

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-republican-choice/

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Biden campaign commits to three debates, rejects Trump team's call for more as 'distraction'

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/06/23/biden-campaign-commits-three-debates/3240938001/

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Joe Biden takes 14% lead over Donald Trump in NYT/Siena College poll; Democrat leader surges ahead among women, non-white voters

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"Liberal imperial monster savages Vulgar imperial monster. Obama campaigns for Biden against Trump. George W Bush 'still had a basic regard for the rule of law.'

https://twitter.com/timand2037/status/1276001460484861957

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Georgia Bill Would Bar Election Officials from Mailing Absentee Ballot Applications

In Georgia, a Republican-controlled committee of state lawmakers has advanced a bill that would bar election officials from mailing absentee ballot applications to millions of active registered voters ahead of November’s election. Under Senate Bill 463, voters who want to cast ballots by mail would have to initiate the process themselves.

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Tick! Tock!

The Latest Senate Polls Show Some Good News For Democrats

But Republicans are running ahead in Alabama and Kentucky.

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-latest-senate-polls-show-some-good-news-for-democrats/

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Freedom Rider: Democrats Move Right and Towards Defeat

https://www.blackagendareport.com/freedom-rider-democrats-move-right-and...

"Besides not being Trump, the Democrats offer nothing, but think they can win with a candidate who has no constituency, charisma or any platform positions that would attract more voters. This presidential election season bears a striking resemblance to that of 2016..."

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Biden Criticizes Trump Over Intelligence on Russian Bounties on US Troops

https://twitter.com/JoeBiden/status/1277318851160

"Donald Trump's entire presidency has been a gift to Putin, but this is beyond the pale. It's a betrayal of the most sacred duty we bear as a nation, to protect and equip our troops when we send them into harms way."

And yet the Canadian liberal left can't cheer loud enough for the crooked, crazy warmonger or his dangerous drivel.

 

'Trump & Biden are Imbeciles. Threat of Nuclear War is Real' - Roger Waters

https://youtu.be/iHppg3wlhxc

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A Cash Cliff Spells Trouble For US Unemployed and Everyone Else

https://twitter.com/Mont_Jiang/status/1277668796669612038

"American Democracy is a system where political parties will each calculate how best to take advantage of a looming humanitarian crisis to secure power temporarily. Great system where politicians compete to trick the people into blaming their opponents."

The devil is in the duopoly.

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Exclusive USA TODAY poll: Biden widens his lead, but Trump keeps the edge on enthusiasm

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/06/30/poll-biden-widens-lead-but-trump-has-enthusiasm-edge/3234610001/

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Lakotas To Donald Trump: 'You Are Not Welcome Here!'

https://indiancountrytoday.com/news/lakotas-to-donald-trump-you-are-not-...

"Maya Eagle has a message for President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and their supporters. You are not welcome here!"

 

Scuffles Break Out as National Guard Moves in to Disperse Protesters Blocking Entrance to Trump's Mt Rushmore Event (and vid)

https://on.rt.com/al04

 

LIVE FEED:

https://www.facebook.com/rightsidebroadcasting/videos/193824332072401

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'Trump Go Home!' Live From Mt Rushmore: 'Honor the Treaties' (and vid)

https://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2020/07/trump-go-home-live-from-mount-rus...

"Lakotas arrested at Mount Rushmore as they blocked the road. Arrested in the Spirit of Crazy Horse, defending the Black Hills from Trump and white supremacy..."

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The Lincoln Project are a bunch of right wing assholes, but they sure do know how to make an attack ad.

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It's not subtle. I'll give it that.

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Choices:

https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/07/choices.html

 

The Data is Clear: Progressives Should Boycott Biden

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/07/03/the-data-is-clear-progressives-s...

"Once again, the Democratic Party is asking progressives to vote for a presidential nominee who says he disagrees with them about every major issue. This is presented as an offer they can't refuse...History is clear. When progressive voters compromised their values by supporting corporatist candidates, they were ignored after the election. Only when they boycotted a general election did the DNC start to take them seriously..."

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Michael Moriarity wrote:

The Lincoln Project are a bunch of right wing assholes, but they sure do know how to make an attack ad.

They sure do--but its easy.  Bobble-headed brain-dead partisans on both sides swallow anything:

America’s Two Right-Wing Parties Absurdly Keep Accusing Each Other Of Being Far-Left
July 4, 2020  
By Caitlin Johnstone

The Biden campaign has a new Spanish-language ad out claiming that President Trump is cut from the same cloth as leftist leaders Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, and Nicolas Maduro. This is not the first time the Biden campaign has done this, with the same comparison made to Spanish-speaking voters in Florida ads last month.

The hashtag #ComradeTrump is trending on Twitter as of this writing because a well-funded Super PAC run by never-Trump Republicans put out an appallingly stupid viral video featuring footage of Trump splashed with red hammer-and-sickle symbols interspersed with images of Soviet leaders while an English-captioned narrator gushes about Mother Russia’s support for “Comrade Trump” in Russian. As of this writing the video has over two million views on Twitter alone.

This tactic of negatively associating Trump with communism and socialism, combined with the consistent pattern of attacking the president for being insufficiently warlike, would only work if it was directed at the members of a reactionary, jingoistic right-wing political ideology. And it does work, because that’s exactly the ideology of the Democratic Party....

Trump, meanwhile, appears to have positioned his entire 2020 campaign around portraying his right-wing opponent as far left, spending the last month tweeting absurd statements like:

    “Not only will Sleepy Joe Biden DEFUND THE POLICE, but he will DEFUND OUR MILITARY! He has no choice, the Dems are controlled by the Radical Left.”
    “Sleepy Joe Biden will be (already is) pulled all the way Left.”
    “Sleepy Joe Biden refuses to leave his basement “sanctuary’ and tell his Radical Left BOSSES that they are heading in the wrong direction.”

You’ve also got cartoonist/MAGA thought leader Scott Adams promoting the increasingly common belief there’s going to be some kind of American Great Purge of Republicans by the radical left Democratic Party, claiming that “If Biden is elected, there’s a good chance you will be dead within the year. Republicans will be hunted.”...

https://consortiumnews.com/2020/07/04/americas-two-right-wing-parties-ab...

 

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The American political duopoly is a truly debauched and toxic propaganda death-machine. Absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with democracy anymore. No more 'lesser evil' choices.  All it does now is attack, destroy and deceive in the interest of the same ruling class, war-mongering monsters. No wonder it enjoys Canadian 'progressive' support.

 

'The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Has Reported HR 6395 NDAA For Fiscal Year 2021 by a vote of 56-0'

https://twitter.com/stephensemier/status/1280233030670483456

"Here's how much each HASC Democrat took from the defense industry before voting to authorize a $740.5 billion military budget. (Figures in red refer to donations received so far in the 2020 election cycle.)

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The Jimmy Dore Show

https://youtu.be/hzvWNs0vDAE

Bernie/Biden task force ends in extreme failure.

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Presidential candidate Joe Biden has put forward a economic and environmental plan that many will question because of his past history in this regard. While the plan was built with the help of the Sanders team, I am very skeptical that it will be implemented. It does not include Medicare for All or a federal jobs guarantee that was part of Ocasio Cortez's plan. 

However, it still beat's Trudeau's ongoing $60 billion a year subsidies to the fossil fuel industry according to the International Monetary Fund (https://thenarwhal.ca/canadas-fossil-fuel-subsidies-amount-to-1650-per-c...), his pursuit of more pipeline construction, his failure to hit emission targets according to the Auditor General in 2018 ((http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_otp_201803_e_42883.html)) and Environmental Commissioner in 2019 (https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/environment-commissioner-julie-gelfand-...) as well as in the latest report this May (https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/05/29/opinion/canadas-emissions-ri...). The Trudeau government has simply redefined the way emissions are reported in order to make the emissions look smaller (https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/06/05/opinion/canadas-managed-fore...).

If not a Green New Deal then at least a Green Society. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

No Democratic presidential nominee has ever assembled a more progressive campaign website than Joe Biden. Blue America’s presumptive standard-bearer has endorsed an expansion of collective-bargaining rightsthat drastically increases labor’s leverage over capital. He’s called for waging war on exclusionary zoning, and making Section 8 housing assistance an entitlement program that would be available to all Americans whose material circumstances qualify them for aid — policies that meaningfully reduce housing segregation and slash child poverty by more than a third. Biden has proposed making public college free for most Americans, tripling federal funding for low-income school districts, raising the federal minimum wage, and making Washington, D.C., a state.

But a campaign website promise is worth about as much as a verbal IOU from a miserly amnesiac. America’s veto-point laden legislative system, polarized politics, and right-leaning Senate map all make passing laws exceptionally difficult. ...

Expressing support for a policy means little, absent a commitment to prioritize its passage once in office. For this reason, the most encouraging aspect of Biden’s new climate plan is that it is also his plan for economic recovery.

During the 2020 primary, Biden called for spending $1.7 trillion on renewables, energy-efficient infrastructure, and research and development on a wide range of “moon shot” green technologies, among other projects. His plan also aimed to achieve net-zero greenhouse emissions by 2050 through the establishment of an “enforcement mechanism” (ostensibly, some kind of carbon tax) that would ratchet up until CO2 emissions fell to a level consistent with that goal. This was an order of magnitude more ambitious than any policy Democrats had entertained four years earlier, but still exponentially less ambitious than a rational and humane response to the climate crisis would require.

But that was the primary. Now that Biden’s secured the nomination, he’s walking back that proposal — and pivoting to the left.

On Tuesday, the presumptive Democratic nominee unveiled a new climate policy, informed by the work of the Biden-Sanders unity task force. Now, instead of investing $1.7 trillion over ten years, Biden calls for getting $2 trillion out the door in just four. As for zero-emissions targets, 2050 is soJanuary 2020; today, Biden wants America to run run on 100 percent clean electricity by 2035.

The new policy would spread $2 trillion across a wide range of initiatives, including revamping the nation’s infrastructure, upgrading and weatherizing millions of buildings, providing every major U.S. city with “high-quality, zero-emissions” public transit, constructing 1.5 million ecofriendly affordable-housing units, subsidizing the growth of America’s electric-car industry, and creating a climate conservation corps to clean up abandoned gas wells and other ecological blights. This is not the Green New Deal (GND) as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez conceived it; her version included Medicare for All and a federal jobs guarantee. But it is remarkably close to the narrower version of the GND outlined by the progressive think tank Data for Progress in September 2018. ...

All this would mean little in the absence of indications that Biden views his climate policy as a governing priority, rather than a mere campaign ploy. But there are two reasons to believe that he sees it as the former. First, there is the policy’s timing. We aren’t in the heat of a primary in which Biden is jockeying for the support of progressive interest groups. We’re in the general election. And, as recent polling from the New York Timesdemonstrates, from a purely political perspective, Biden has no real need to shore up his left flank. Former supporters of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are nearly unanimous in their backing of the Democratic nominee over Trump. ...

Secondly, and more important, Biden’s vow to spend $2 trillion in four years doesn’t just represent a more substantively ambitious response to the climate crisis — it also establishes massive green investment as the cornerstone of his vision for economic recovery. The aim of rapidly dispensing these funds is as much Kenyesian as ecological: The point is to replace depressed private-sector demand for capital and labor with public investment in a sustainable future. ...

To be sure, the obstacles to enacting a plan as ambitious as Biden’s present one remain myriad. Even with Biden’s lead over Trump near all-time highs, Senate control remains a toss-up. If Chuck Schumer secures a tiny majority, centrist Democrats from states dominated by fossil-fuel interests will have significant leverage over all legislation. And although Biden is signaling comfort with abolishing the filibuster if Republicans obstruct his agenda, not every Senate Democrat is onboard.

Nevertheless, the odds that the Democratic Party will secure the power to govern in 2021 — and will use that power to substantially mitigate our ever-deepening ecological catastrophe — are higher now than they’ve ever been.

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/biden-new-climate-change-plan-co...

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The Jimmy Dore Show

https://youtu.be/N3IUV-4Y8mc

 This is who the Democrats are fighting Donald Trump with...Young Black voters don't want Joe Biden!"

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'How Trump Stole 2020' : An Interview with Greg Palast

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/07/20/how-trump-stole-2020%e2%80%b3-an...

"...It's pretty hard for one thief to call out another thief. While it's true that the Republicans stole the White House, the Democrats stole their own party from their own voters."

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Democrats Join GOP in Blocking Proposals to Cut Pentagon Budget & Afghan Troop Withdrawal

The Democratic-controlled House has approved a $740 billion military spending package — a $2 billion increase from the previous year. A group of antiwar Democrats had pushed for a 10% Pentagon budget cut, but 139 House Democrats joined with Republicans to defeat the measure. Over 100 House Democrats also joined with Republicans to reject a proposal to accelerate the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Congressmember Ilhan Omar, who had submitted the proposal, tweeted, “20 yrs later, Congress is still not willing to support withdrawing our troops from Afghanistan. Endless wars continue to take lives and disable so many. It is long past time to end this war.” In other news from Capitol Hill, the Senate has rejected a bipartisan effort to limit the transfer of military gear, including tear gas, grenade launchers and weaponized drones, to local police departments.

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