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Bernie’s Tax Plan


Voting Methods and Equipment by State - Georgia, Delaware, Louisiana and S. Carolina are the only 4 states using DRE without any paper trail. This means they are not audit-able, verifiable and no possibility of a recount.


Impeach Trump Now


SPLC: Stephen Miller: The Breitbart Emails


Kenan Thompson Explains the Whole Impeachment Process in One Succinct Phrase


“Capitalism has outlived its usefulness. It has brought about a system that takes necessities from the masses to give luxury to the classes. Call it what you may, call it democracy, or call it democratic socialism, but there must be a better distribution of wealth within this country for all of God’s children.”
Martin Luther King

Don’t Ban Equality

10 U.S. Code § 904. Art. 104. Aiding the enemy

How Democrats Put Trump in the White House - This is a case where parody is the best way to the truth. Hilarious and well worth the 7 minute watch.


Portia Bulgher is Pissed! And we need to Listen! - I only listened to the first 5 minutes or so, but it was priceless.


Sourcewatch: Citizens for Self-Governance - This is the Koch Bros./ALEC funded group that is trying to stage, through its “Convention of States” project, a Constitutional convention in order to severely restrict federal power. It’s basically a “states rights” group, although it uses the phrase “local control”, that wants to get rid of child-labor and worker protections and eliminate the federal agency - such as EPA, Interior Dept., etc. - authority. If they can get Koch surrogate politicians in 34 states to call for a convention, and then get 38 states to ratify whatever resolutions they come up with, they can effectively re-write the Constitution.


ProPublica: Documenting Hate


Frontline: Documenting Hate


Obama Deported More (By Far) Than Any Other President


Trump’s Cabinet and Actions


Jill Stein FAQ


Dr. Margaret Flowers: The Democrats want to create the appearance of a divide between themselves and the Republicans because that gives the voters something to fight about and keeps voters distracted. In fact, the two corporate parties work very well together to create illusions that distract the masses and allow the parties to continue to move their corporate agenda forward within the parameters of their limited differences. I do not want to maintain that illusion. That is why I support the Green Party.


Popular Resistance: Electoral politics has become nothing more than a periodic horse race between corporate candidates chosen through a rigged system.


Edward Snowden: “I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions, but I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon, and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant.”


The Thundering Failure of the Democrats - Originally written in May of 2015, this very short article still speaks directly to the point that Dems just don’t get. Spot on. If we don’t hold the psychopaths from both parties to account, then we are totally complicit and just as guilty.


Albert Einstein Institute: 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action


EFF Border Search Pocket Guide - How to protect your personal data at the border.


11/10/20


New Yorker: Joe Biden Must Be a President For America’s Workers - A list of actions that Biden can take without Rethuglican support. The question is: ‘Will He?’


11/9/20


New Yorker: Voting Trump Out is Not Enough - the bipartisan failure to address the tangled roots of racism, poverty, and inequality...many of the cities where Black suffering takes place are also governed by proud members of the Democratic Party. 


The Sanders faction—organized around Medicare for All, police reform, and the Green New Deal, among other progressive causes—cannot be quietly stuffed in a box until the Party leadership calls on the left again to gin up the base and get out the vote. They are fighting to transform the direction of the Party.


That contract describes housing as “a right and not a privilege,” and promises “good-paying jobs,” cash infusions to cities and states, and “fundamental reforms” to address “structural and systemic racism” and “entrenched” income inequality.


As the congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said recently, “We very rarely see the results of bipartisanship yielding in racial justice, yielding in economic justice for working families, yielding in improvements to health care . . . Just because something is bipartisan doesn’t mean it’s good, or good for you.” The biggest danger now is that the Democrats’s failure to decisively capture Congress will validate Biden’s strategy to emphasize moderate reforms and prioritize compromise.


The outsized power and influence of the Republican Party has fueled the illusion that the country is more conservative than it actually is.


In a New York Times-Siena College poll released in October, seventy-two per cent of respondents support a two-trillion-dollar stimulus—far more than the five-hundred-billion-dollar plan that Republicans halfheartedly support. Another sixty-seven per cent of people support a government-backed public option in health care. Sixty-six per cent support Biden’s two-trillion-dollar plan to combat climate change. Around eighty-five per cent of the public believes that making “safe, decent, affordable” housing available to all should be a top national priority. In this election, six states and Washington, D.C., passed drug-policy reforms, and Florida, which voted for Trump, became the eighth state to vote for a fifteen-dollar-an-hour minimum wage.


As Ocasio-Cortez said in a recent interview, assessing the Democrats’ performance in the election, “We need to do a lot of anti-racist, deep canvassing in this country. Because if we keep losing white shares and just allowing Facebook to radicalize more and more elements of white voters and the white electorate, there’s no amount of people of color and young people that you can turn out to offset that.”


even the relative advantages that white workers have so far retained in the recovery will not be enough to overcome the material disadvantages imposed by American capitalism. You may keep your job, but it doesn’t pay enough to keep up with the bills that continue to come due. White workers may be better off, on the whole, than Black workers, but that is pyrrhic victory in a race to absolutely nowhere. Our economy is built on jobs that lead to nothing for some and to otherworldly riches for others. And they are usually connected. Those who toil in the low-wage world create the wealth enjoyed in the world of the elite and powerful.


our economy is organized around human suffering. Whether it is the refusal of the federal government to increase the minimum wage, or a skewed tax code that allows the richest Americans to use loopholes to avoid payments while extracting the maximum amount from the ranks of the working class, or the unrestrained rise in the costs of food, shelter, health care, and education because of the valorization of market principles as the ultimate expression of freedom, systemic inequity is not an error but an emblem of American capitalism.


activists from Occupy Philadelphia Housing Authority (P.H.A.), the Workers Revolutionary Collective, Black and Brown Workers Cooperative, ACT UP Philadelphia, and other groups organized an encampment of homeless people alongside the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.


The so-called Squad, whose members are congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib, has two newcomers on the way: Cori Bush, from Missouri, and Jamaal Bowman, from New York. They represent the best in electoral politics today. There are now democratic socialists on city councils across the country; in Chicago, they are numerous enough to have organized a socialist caucus.


The reality is that as long as we have a two-party system, where the winner takes all, the reactionary politics of the Republican Party will always create the right amount of pressure to discipline activists to go with the old guard, as we have all done with Biden.


The stakes will always be too high. The real levers to hold liberal leadership accountable can’t exist within the Party but must exist outside of it—or the left needs its own party reflecting its actual politics and priorities.


Guardian: Rebecca Solnit: Biden’s Victory is Only the Prelude. What Happens Now is Up To Us.


Task & Purpose: Trump Fires Defense Secretary Mark Esper ‘Effective Immediately’ - Esper clashed with cheeto-head over putting active duty troops on US streets, and renaming confederate-named military bases.


New Yorker: Why Trump Can’t Afford to Lose


11/8/20


Guardian: AOC Ends Truce by Warning ‘Incompetent’ Democratic Party


Guardian: Democrats Left to Sift Through Aftermath of ‘Blue Wave’ That Never Crested - AOC: ““The whole ‘progressivism is bad’ argument just doesn’t have any compelling evidence that I’ve seen,” the New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who identifies as a democratic socialist, wrote on Twitter. She added that such attacks by Republicans are about “racial resentment” and “you’re not gonna make that go away.”


“...Democrats’ political future depends on organizing and mobilizing young people and people of color who increasingly make up the party’s base.”


11/7/20


Common Dreams: AOC: ‘Every Single One’ Every Democrat Who Backs M4A Won Reelection in 2020


11/6/20


Guardian: How Young Black Voters Lifted Biden’s Bid for the White House


Intercept: Democrats Waste No Time Punching Left in the Wake of Biden Win


11/5/20


Guardian: Even if Biden Wins, The World Will Pay the Price for Democrats’ Failures - “The Democratic establishment has paid too little attention to the reason Americans voted for Trump.”


Paraphrase: With 225K Americans dead from the pandemic and 6 million driven into poverty, Dems had the perfect storm going for them. And with the entire US media cheerleading for Biden he should be winning by a landslide. Instead his upcoming victory margin is far narrower than expected, or predicted by the polls.


Democrat insiders insisted that Bernie or a similar inspirational candidate like AOC would have alienated Florida voters, but Biden lost Florida anyway. They insisted an inspirational candidate would risk the Senate and down-ballot races, and yet Rs retained the Senate and scored victories in many down-ballot races even with Biden.


According to their logic, Biden should have won by a landslide given the current pandemic and the desperate financial conditions of many US voters. Instead Biden’s win is by the thinest of margins and the things that drove voters to Trump in the first place have not changed. Trumpism lives on.


Democrats need to carefully consider what allowed this farce of an election to transpire. Dem insiders take black and latino voters for granted. They continue to ignore the fact that most Americans want a government-run healthcare plan, and are increasingly concerned about medical debt/bankruptcy.


While the tax burden on the average American family nearly doubled between 1950 and 1980, taxes on corporate America have been successively slashed. Bill Clinton backed trade deals that devastated American jobs, especially in the rust belt. Barack Obama let banks off the hook after the financial meltdown, and then presided over the decline of the middle-class, 9 million jobs lost and 4 million homes foreclosed while Dems controlled both houses of Congress and the Executive branch, and accelerated the widening gap in middle-class income and wealth inequality vs. the upper-income households. With a total wealth exceeding $3Tn, billionaires continue to do well, while middle-income working families do poorly. One in every 11 black people in the US are either in jail or on parole or probation.


As long as these facts don’t change, Trumpism will be alive and well.


We should oppose big business bailouts, handouts to big insurance companies, and push for M4A, Green New Deal, Covid relief for working class people.


11/4/20


Onion: Newly Elected QAnon Congresswoman Worried She is Selling Out by Working With Pedophile Cabal - Strangely, this may be the only member of Congress with a consistent world view.


10/30/20


New Yorker: Noam Chomsky Believes Trump is “The Worst Criminal in Human History”


10/28/20


Reuters: Spy Agency Ducks Questions About ‘Back Doors’ in Tech Products - From the article: “the NSA has stonewalled on providing even the gist of the new guidelines.” Something that would have been a national scandal in the 70s, will hardly get a mention on cable news, and the name Edward Snowden has been mostly forgotten.


HuffPost: Rudy Giuliani Flips Out During Fox News Interview - Priceless!


10/27/20


New Yorker: Justice Amy Coney Barrett Is Sworn In Under Cover of Darkness


Rolling Stone: This is What Stealing An Election Looks Like


10/25/20


Guardian: I Watched Fox News Every Day For 44 Months - Here’s What I Learned - We’ve known for years that watching Fox News will make you stupid.


10/24/20


New Yorker: What Can You Do If Trump Stages A Coup? - Maybe follow the advice of George Lakey? And Here, Here.


Other articles by Lakey:

How to Build a Progressive Movement in a Polarized Country


What the Nordics Bravely Won, People Across the US Are Now Demanding


A 10-Point Plan to Stop Trump and Make Gains in Justice and Equality


On a similar nots:


When the Pillars Fall - How Social Movements Win Victories - When social movements win the battle over public opinion, the courts and politicians will follow. “Civil Resistance”: a critical mass of people withdraw their willingness to cooperate with an existing state of affairs. Then social institutions follow suit and also withdraw their support. Strategic Nonviolence, obstructing the continuation of accepted norms. The monolithic understanding of power is misleading. People always have the power, though they may not realize it.


Civil servants, players in the economic system, soldiers, the media - the pillars of support.


10/23/20


Guardian: Pro-Choice Protesters March In Polish Cities Amid Abortion Ban Anger


Onion: Bob Dylan Not Exactly Rising to the Occasion As Far As Current Protest Music Goes


10/22/20


Guardian: White Supremacists Behind Majority of US Domestic Terror Attacks in 2020


10/21/20


Guardian: Revealed: Ex-Members of Any Coney Barrett Faith Group Tell of Trauma and Sexual Abuse


10/16/20


USA Today: Trump Says He Might Leave the Country If He Loses to Biden - Foreshadowing, I hope.


Democracy-NOW: Dark Money & Barrett Nomination: The Link Between Big Polluters & the War on ACA, Roe & LGBT Rights - A good description of how work gets done in DC since Citizens United. Donors Trust. With Amy Coney Barrett the following political initiatives will be gone: ACA, a woman’s right to choose, the Paris Climate Treaty, progress towards voting rights, marriage equity, civil rights progress.


10/12/20


Onion: Amy Coney Barrett Promises Catholic Faith Won’t Interfere With Court’s Crushing of the Poor, Downtrodden


10/11/20


NYTimes: Rooted in Faith, Amy Coney Barrett Represents a New Conservatism


10/10/20


Guardian: Michigan Terror Plot: Why Rightwing Extremists Are Thriving on Facebook - Per the Georgetown University Center For Strategic and International Studies: Number of Antifa victims in the US in the last 25 years: zero. Victims of American white-supremacists and other rightwing extremists: 329. The study.


Guardian: Lindsey Graham Says Black People Can Go Anywhere In SC As Long As They Are Conservative - In 2016, Graham thought Trump was a “race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot,” and said he had a lot of “admiration for Joe Biden.” He also stated that Trump is a ‘kook’, ‘crazy’ and ‘unfit for office.’ Graham has flip-flopped on so many issues, it’s impossible to count them all.


New Yorker: AOC and E Warren on Wielding Political Power - “Voting is marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens.” Howard Zinn


10/9/20


New Yorker: How the “QAnon Candidate” Marjorie Taylor Greene Reached the Doorstep of Congress - Republicans have truly lost their minds.


Democracy-NOW: FBI Foils Right-Wing Plot to Kidnap Michigan Governor After Trump Urged “Liberation” of State - Since 1994, the majority of domestic terror incidents have come from the far-right.


10/8/20


NYTimes: Inside the People of Praise, the Tight-Knit Faith Community of Amy Coney Barrett - Another view from inside.


10/2/20


New Yorker: What Trump’s Positive Coronavirus Test Means For the Campaign - In the end, he just wants his mommy.


Onion: Rudy Giuliani Tests Positive For Slew of Obscure Bat Diseases Unrelated to Covid-19 - It’s always the liver, right?


10/1/20


Election Law Blog: With News That the President Has Tested Positive for the Coronavirus, What Happens If a Presidential Candidate Dies or is Incapacitated Before Election Day? - “As if 2020 can not get more complicated and crazy...”


9/30/20


Democracy-NOW: Former Neo-Nazi Says Trump’s Call for Proud Boys to “Stand By” Will Encourage More Violence


Guardian: President Ensures First Presidential Debate is a National Humiliation - I don’t know what that was, but it sure wasn’t a debate. It would be simple enough for the moderator just to cut one mic while it’s the other’s turn to speak. But it was fox news. For those who are interested, here’s how it got to be this way, and Here. As per the League of Women Voters, presidential debates are now a total “fraud on the American Voter.”


NPR: Food Insecurity in the US by the Numbers - 14 million children in the US go to bed hungry every night.


9/25/20


Democracy-NOW: Bernie Sanders on How to Block Trump From Stealing the Election


9/24/20


Democracy-NOW: Trump’s “Uterus Collector” and Racist Immigration Policies


9/23/20


Democracy-NOW: People of Praise: The Cult of Amy Barrett


9/22/20


Washington Post: Pentagon Funneled $1 Billion of Coronavirus Money to Defense Contractors


9/17/20


Democracy-NOW: Press Freedom on Trial in London - This, and the Edward Snowden case, all started during Obama’s time in office. He stated that his would be the most transparent administration in history, and here. Instead it became the most secretive up to that time. Trump has clamped down even more using the powers that Congress gave to Obama.


9/15/20


Democracy-NOW: “Mass Voter Disenfranchisement”: GOP Ramps Up Assault on Voting Rights Across US Ahead of Elections


9/14/20


Democracy-NOW: “Trump is Criminality Personified”: Rev. William Barber on Protecting the Vote & Mobilizing the Poor - Poor People’s Campaign


Intercept: “A Silent Pandemic”: Nurse at ICE Facility Blows Whistle on Coronavirus Dangers - NPR reports also allege mass, forced hysterectomies.


9/12/20


Intercept: Intelligence Tampering at Homeland Security - Trump has installed fawning toadies in the top positions at DHS. They are cooking the intelligence to play down the threat of right-wing extremists and misrepresent

activities of antifa. The parallels with Nazi Germany are chilling.


9/11/20


Intercept: 3,000 Dead on 9/11 Meant Everything. 200,000 Dead of Covid Means Nothing. Here’s Why.


New Yorker: Georgia Voters Get Another Reason to Be Worried


Reuters: Despite Trump’s ‘Law and Order’ Rhetoric, Protestors Won’t Back Down - From the article:  “more than 93% of recent demonstrations connected to Black Lives Matter were peaceful, according to a study by the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), which monitors political violence in developing countries and started following the United States last year.”


Over half of the people arrested for violent activity come from outside the county and most are white.


9/10/20


New Yorker: Kayleigh McEninni Claims No One Has Worked Harder Than Trump to Protect Americans From the Truth


9/8/20


NYTimes: ‘Kill All You See’: In a First, Burmese Soldiers Tell of Rohingya Slaughter


9/4/20


CNN: Trump’s Job Losses Are the Worst of Any American President on Record


Democracy-NOW: How Fascism Works: Trump’s “Law and Order” Is Lawlessness Fueling Racist Violence and Chaos - “Fascism is a cult of the leader who promises national restoration in the face of supposed threats by leftist radicals, minorities and immigrants. He promises only he can save us.”


”There’s Trump, on the one hand, protecting Christianity, protecting Western civilization, and anyone opposed to Trump is a lawless mob in cahoots with communists seeking to destroy civilization itself. And this is the friend-enemy distinction that is so antithetical to democracy.”


AP News: Trump Denies Calling US War Dead ‘Losers’, ‘Suckers’


Reuters: Suspect in Portland Shooting Killed by Police During Arrest in Washington - Interesting. There is no corroboration of their story that Michael Reinoehl produced a gun and threatened them. However, the police thanked Kyle Rittenhouse, an under-age teen with an assault rifle, and gave him water just prior to his killing 2 people and wounding another. Trump, of course, refuses to condemn him. A GOP candidate has actually praised him. Meanwhile, the police report that Jacob Blake brandished a knife and had a gun in his car is beginning to fall apart.


9/2/20


New Yorker: American Christianity’s White-Supremacy Problem - Per the article: In 2016, 81% of white evangelical Protestants, 64% of white Catholics, and 57% of white mainline Protestants voted for Trump. Mark Galli: “If we don’t reverse course now, will anyone take anything we say about justice and righteousness with any seriousness for decades to come?”


8/26/20


Guardian: Two Dead in Kenosha on Third Night of Unrest After Jacob Blake Shooting


8/21/20


USA Today: ‘I Would Shut it Down’: Biden Says If Scientists Recommended a Country-Wide Shut Down - Biden got a little off script there. I hope it doesn’t hurt him on Nov. 3.


Reuters: Thirteen of 15-Member UN Security Council Oppose US Push for Iran Sanctions


8/20/20


Intercept: Trump Comes Up Empty When Pressed for Evidence of Election Fraud in Court


8/19/20


Democracy-NOW: Dems Formally Nominate Joe Biden, Feature Republicans, Sideline Progressives - Speech lengths: Avowed anti-abortionist John Kasish 4:10, Cindy McCain about 5 min., AOC 60 sec. Others who spoke longer: WMD liar Colin Powell, Republican Chuck Hagel. What does that tell you?


8/17/20


Democracy-NOW: Rep. Ro Khanna: Trump’s Postal Service Changes Are a Deliberate Strategy to Steal the Election


8/16/20


CBS News: Rewriting the Limits of Presidential Powers


8/13/20


Socialist Alternative: Trump in Trouble, Biden in Hiding - Largest individual recipient of corporate pharmaceutical contributions to a presidential campaign: Joe Biden; over 3X more than No. 2 Trump. It’s no surprise that Biden opposes M4A even though 87% of Democrats favor it.


8/12/20


Democracy-NOW: As Kamala Harris Makes History As VP Pick, Her “Top Cop” Record Faces New Scrutiny - “And so there’s a great deal of frustration that there is this choice not only to nominate a candidate who is known as the author of what is actually called the Joe Biden crime bill, but that he’s gone and also selected a running mate who is known for being the top cop from California, the state that has the second-highest number of incarcerated people in America.”


CBS News: Where Kamala Harris Stands on the Issues - The typical ‘burnish the reputation of our guy’ kind of article. Of course anyone is better than Trump, but also keep in mind that we don’t live in a democracy. I, for example, live in a very red state and will vote for Biden/Harris, but according to most people’s definition of a ‘wasted vote’ that will be one because B/H have no chance of winning my state, and thus all of my state’s electoral votes will ultimately go to Donald Trump.


Voting is marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens.”

Howard Zinn


Just to make sure we know who we’re dealing with, a little background on Harris:


When she took over as San Francisco DA, she stopped the ongoing child sexual abuse prosecutions and investigations against the catholic church that were already in progress, even though a cache of evidence was in the DA files. It was not about evidence or lack thereof, but purely a political calculation.


She often brags about her success in taking on the big banks as California AG and winning $20 billion for CA homeowners. In fact it was more of a 2nd bank bailout and resulted in very little to prevent evictions.


She likes to say that, as CA AG, she fought for the legalization of marijuana and shorter jail terms, but the truth is the exact opposite. Now she is a big advocate for marijuana legalization, she “literally laughed it off in 2014.”


Her claims that she supported police accountability are similarly false.


The felony conviction rate during her time as AG went up about 30%, most of which were for small time drug-related offenses.


She also pushed a punitive initiative that treated truancy among elementary schoolers as a crime for which parents could be jailed.


In 2014, her office attempted to block the release of nonviolent second-strike offenders from overcrowded state prisons on the grounds that their paroling would result in prisons losing an important labor pool. That’s called modern-day slavery.


The following year, she defended the California state prosecutor Robert Murray after he falsified a defendant’s confession that was used to threaten a sentence of life in prison.

I’d vote for a used car tire over Trump, but at least we know exactly who she is.

8/11/20


Bernie Sanders: The Pandemic is Helping the Rich Get Even Richer. It’s Time to Tax Their Obscene Wealth - Some of the numbers in this article are mind-blowing. Austerity for working families. Windfall gains for Billionaires. Could contributions from these ‘obscene wealthy’ be part of the reason that the Democrats once again have written Single-Payer out of their platform?


8/10/20


SPLC: When the ‘Alt-Right’ Hit the Streets: Far-Right Political Rallies in the Trump Era


8/9/20


Common Dreams: Vowing to Defend Retirees, Biden Denounces ‘New Reckless War on Social Security’ by Trump - But Biden has been at war on Social Security for the last 40 years. Watch only what they do. Heads we lose, tails the plutocrats win. Austerity for working people, welfare for the high rollers.


8/8/20


CBS News: Over 250 Students and Teachers Quarantined in Georgia District After First Week of School


8/7/20


Democracy-NOW: “The World’s Most Dangerous Man”: Mary Trump On Her Uncle, President Trump & Why He Must Be Ousted - “Donald should maybe think about surrounding himself with people who have some modicum of compassion and empathy, which he won’t, which is all the more reason for him not to be in the Oval Office.”


8/5/20


Guardian: New York Unveils Landmark Antitrust Bill That Makes It Easier to Sue Tech Giants - At least it’s a start.


8/4/20


Guardian: Trump Flounders in Covid Interview - “You can’t do that!” Hilarious


8/3/20


Guardian: Anti-Abortion Centers Receive $4M to $10M From US Coronavirus Bailout - Planned Parenthood had to return $60M.


8/2/20


Guardian: Pelosi Says She Has No Confidence in Deborah Birx Over Handling of the Pandemic - Pelosi is pathetic.


7/31/20


Intercept: Another Method for Police to Track Your Phone - In addition to Palantir, Medusa and Xkeyscore, they now have Stingrays and Dirtboxes.


7/29/20


Socialist Alternative: Federal Troops Pushed Back in Portland and Seattle - see entry of 7/26.


7/27/20


Guardian: Anti-Fascists Linked to Zero Murders in the US in 25 Years - Per the Georgetown University Center For Strategic and International Studies: Number of victims of leftwing activists in the US in the last 24 years: zero. Victims of American white-supremacists and rightwing extremists during the same period: 329. The study. A little more about the Center.


Politico: Bernie Sanders Delegates Mount Convention Rebellion Over M4A - See entry of 7/22.


Guardian: ‘These Are His People’: Inside the Elite Border Patrol Unit Trump Sent to Portland - Bortac is the  elite paramilitary unit of US Customs and Border Protection. They are the equivalent of Navy Seals within CBP. They live and train in tight groups. They are extremely racist, sexist, and violent and Here. They are devoted to Trump. Within 100 miles of any US border (2/3 of the country) they are not subject to civilian law.


The rank and file CBP members have been underfunded and dysfunctional for years, under both Obama and Trump. Last year spineless, neocon Dems gave Trump $4.6B for CBP, with no protections for children. Obviously Trump put a lot of that into Bortac, which is apparently a different group with a different reporting structure within CBP. Now Trump has his own Storm Troopers, and there is nothing stopping him from using them, and Here.


5 major misconceptions about CBP.


CNN: Tom Cotton Describes Slavery As A ‘Necessary Evil’ In Bid to Keep Schools From Teaching 1619 Project - He may still be the most dangerous Senator in America.


7/26/20


New Yorker: Trump’s Dangerous Attempt to Create a Federal Police - A discussion of the history and precedent for using federal troops inside states and cities, and the legal precedent following the 10th Amendment, especially since 9/11 and the creation of DHS.


7/23/20


BAR: Who is the Most Dangerous Fascist? - “Having nothing to offer their base except endless austerity (“Race to the Bottom”) and war, the corporate Democrats have made Trump the sole issue of their campaigns.”


7/22/20


HuffPost: ‘Medicare For All’ Gets Nod in Democratic Platform For First Time Ever - The Dems are making some great promises right now: M4A, making corps pay ‘their fair share,’ Green New Deal. We’ll be watching.


7/21/20


Democracy-NOW: Portland Protests Grow Despite Presence of Trump Goon Squads - Sending in unmarked vans containing unidentified US soldiers to kidnap peacefully protesting US citizens without warrant or charge is legal. That right was given to the President beginning in 2011 by the NDAA and signed by Obama every year subsequent to that. Not even George Bush had dared to go that far. As I warned at the time, many liberals were cool with that because they believed that Obama was level-headed enough not to misuse that law, never thinking about the fact that a subsequent unstable president could use it to permanently ‘disappear’ anyone he disliked. Now Trump has that law, and he intends to use it to his own ends.


7/20/20


Intercept: The Right Way to Honor John Lewis: Restore and Extend the Voting Rights Act


7/17/20


The Nation: Trump Unleashes His Secret Police in Portland - Again, Trump using laws passed by Obama.


7/12/20


Guardian: Trump and McConnell Are the Twin Tribunes of America’s Ruin - Vote Them Out - quite eloquent


7/9/20


MSNBC: Joe Biden: It’s Time Corporate America Pays Fair Share of Taxes - Ok Joe, we’ll be watching. Typically this is the stage in presidential campaigns where candidates make all of their most farfetched promises. Obama used similar language at this point in his 2008 campaign, but never put it in any of his proposed budgets.


Guardian: Biden Unveils $700B ‘Buy American’ Proposal to Revive US Industry


NYTimes: 6 Takeaways From the Biden-Sanders Joint Task Force Proposals - see Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force Recommendations - Typical neo-liberal, right wing Democrats. Totally uninspiring.  Not even a mention of Single-Payer M4A.


7/7/20


Guardian: Trump Suffered Emotional Abuse From His Father, Niece Writes in Bombshell Book


7/4/20


Guardian: Trump Says US Under Siege From “Far-Left Fascists” - Surely he knows that’s an oxymoron.


7/3/20


NYTimes: Trump Uses Mount Rushmore Speech to Deliver Divisive Culture War Message


7/2/20


Democracy-NOW: The Untold Story of Mt. Rushmore


Politics 2nd Qtr 2020