US Politics in Trump era Public date: 17.09.2019 01:44:11

16 Sep 2019

Democratic candidates demand Kavanaugh impeachment after new allegation in Times piece

Democrats called Sunday for a new investigation of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh in response to a New York Times piece that said Kavanaugh was seen sexually harassing a female student while at Yale.Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former housing and urban development secretary Julián Castro, Democratic presidential candidates, pushed for Kavanaugh’s impeachment.
Democrats called Sunday for a new investigation of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh in response to a New York...
16 Sep 2019

Citing Previous ‘Misstatements of Fact’ and Corruption Allegations, House Democrats Open Ethics Probe into Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is the target of a new investigation by House Democrats who are trying to determine whether the powerful member of Trump's cabinet, and the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has abused her position in order to provide financial or other benefits to members of her family and herself.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is the target of a new investigation by House Democrats who are trying to...
30 Aug 2019

DSCC Pressuring Consultants Not to Work With Colorado Progressive

Before the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee endorsed former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in a 2020 Senate race, it pressured consultants from at least five firms not to work with a leading progressive in the race, the candidate told The Intercept.
Before the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee endorsed former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in a 2020 Senate...
23 Aug 2019

Joe Biden and the Disastrous History of Bipartisanship

The Democratic presidential campaign playbook has, for decades, included grand promises to reach out to the GOP to solve the nation’s ills. In 2020, some candidates are throwing that playbook out the window.
The Democratic presidential campaign playbook has, for decades, included grand promises to reach out to the GOP to solve...

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16 Aug 2019

Israel Denies Entry to Omar and Tlaib After Trump’s Call to Block Them

Israel on Thursday barred the entry of two American Democratic congresswomen who had planned to visit the West Bank, hours after President Trump had urged the country to block them.Mr. Trump’s intervention was an extraordinary step to influence an allied nation and punish his political opponents at home.
Israel on Thursday barred the entry of two American Democratic congresswomen who had planned to visit the West Bank,...
29 Jul 2019

Kushner owns lots of Baltimore-area apartments. Some are infested with mice.

In a now-viral tweetstorm on Saturday, President Trump characterized Rep. Elijah E. Cummings’s Baltimore-based congressional district as a “rodent infested mess” where “no human” would want to live. His criticism rang with a particular irony in Baltimore County, where presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner owns more than a dozen apartment complexes that have been cited for hundreds of code violations and, critics say, provide substandard housing to lower-income tenants.
In a now-viral tweetstorm on Saturday, President Trump characterized Rep. Elijah E. Cummings’s Baltimore-based...
10 Jul 2019

Tensions Between Pelosi and Progressive Democrats of ‘the Squad’ Burst Into Flame

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said they have no following in Congress. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York shot back that she and three of her fellow liberal freshmen, darlings of the left known collectively as “the squad,” are wielding the real power in the party.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said they have no following in Congress. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York shot...
28 Jun 2019

House Passes Senate Border Bill in Striking Defeat for Pelosi

Congress sent President Trump a $4.6 billion humanitarian aid package on Thursday after Speaker Nancy Pelosi capitulated to Republicans and Democratic moderates and dropped her insistence on stronger protections for migrant children in overcrowded border shelters.
Congress sent President Trump a $4.6 billion humanitarian aid package on Thursday after Speaker Nancy Pelosi capitulated...

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21 Jun 2019

Steny Hoyer Makes Sure AIPAC’s Israel Junket Is Well Attended

AIPAC, which for years had strong support from both political parties, has seen its influence dip in the Democratic Party as its increasingly hard-line approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict pushes it in an ever more aggressive direction.
AIPAC, which for years had strong support from both political parties, has seen its influence dip in the Democratic...
18 Jun 2019

The House committee quietly racking up oversight wins against Trump

The House Foreign Affairs Committee is quietly amassing documents on allegations of politically-motivated retaliation at the State Department; it’s looking into whether Trump has violated foreign emoluments and conflict of interest rules; and lawmakers are working to find out more about the president's relationship with Vladimir Putin and how he leads American foreign policy behind the scenes — all without the fanfare associated with the other committees’ work.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee is quietly amassing documents on allegations of politically-motivated retaliation at...

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11 Jun 2019

Justice Dept. Agrees to Turn Over Key Mueller Evidence to House

The Justice Department, after weeks of tense negotiations, has agreed to provide Congress with key evidence collected by Robert S. Mueller III that could shed light on possible obstruction of justice and abuse of power by President Trump, the House Judiciary Committee said on Monday.
The Justice Department, after weeks of tense negotiations, has agreed to provide Congress with key evidence collected by...
6 Jun 2019

Citing Fears of Americans Getting ‘Screwed,’ Progressive Democrats Call Out Pelosi for Crafting Pharma-Friendly Drug Pricing Bill in Secret

Amid concerns that the House Democratic leadership is crafting a drug pricing bill that is far too friendly to the pharmaceutical industry, progressives in Congress this week publicly called out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for writing the legislation in secret and ignoring those who favor a more aggressive approach to lowering out-of-control prescription drug costs.
Amid concerns that the House Democratic leadership is crafting a drug pricing bill that is far too friendly to the...
23 May 2019

President cancels meeting with Pelosi and Schumer on infrastructure, holds impromptu presser

President Trump abruptly ended a meeting with Democratic leaders on Wednesday, saying he was unable to work with them on legislation following comments by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that he was “engaged in a coverup.”
President Trump abruptly ended a meeting with Democratic leaders on Wednesday, saying he was unable to work with them on...

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21 May 2019

McGahn Skips Hearing, Defying Subpoena, and Democrats’ Anger Swells

Donald F. McGahn II, the former White House counsel, defied a House subpoena on Tuesday under order of the White House, stoking outraged Democrats to contemplate anew punitive measures, including opening an impeachment inquiry, to try to enforce Congress’s oversight powers.
Donald F. McGahn II, the former White House counsel, defied a House subpoena on Tuesday under order of the White House,...

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20 May 2019

There’s No Boom in Youngstown, but Blue-Collar Workers Are Sticking With Trump

Mr. Betras, who recently stepped down as Democratic chairman of populous Mahoning County, said that while Democrats in Washington harp on President Trump’s unfitness for office, his taxes and possible impeachment, the president is solidifying blue-collar support through an aggressive trade war with China, even if his tariffs mean economic pain in the short term.
Mr. Betras, who recently stepped down as Democratic chairman of populous Mahoning County, said that while Democrats in...

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14 May 2019

Congressional Staff Hosted at Anti-Medicare For All Retreat

At a luxury resort just outside of the nation’s capital last month, around four dozen senior congressional staffers decamped for a weekend of relaxation and discussion at Salamander Resort & Spa. It was an opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to come together and listen to live music from the Trailer Grass Orchestra, sip surprisingly impressive glasses of Virginia wine — and hear from health care lobbyists focused on defeating Medicare for All.
At a luxury resort just outside of the nation’s capital last month, around four dozen senior...
2 May 2019

Trump scrambles to salvage NAFTA rewrite, courting Democrats and trying to tamp down GOP fury

President Trump and senior White House officials are working to salvage political support for a revised trade pact with Mexico and Canada, stunned by bipartisan blowback that appeared likely to scuttle a key initiative. Several Democrats said Trump put on a charm offensive Tuesday during a White House meeting, soliciting their feedback on what he would need to do to win their support for an updated version of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
President Trump and senior White House officials are working to salvage political support for a revised trade pact with...

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1 May 2019

Recent Poll Showing Biden in Lead Confuses and Distorts Support for Bernie Sanders

In the poll released April 30, Biden is shown with an impressive 24-point edge over Sanders, with 39% of voters saying they supported him, compared to just 15% for the Vermont senator. However, a Grit Post analysis of the results found that the poll largely excluded voters under the age of 50 in coming to that conclusion.
In the poll released April 30, Biden is shown with an impressive 24-point edge over Sanders, with 39% of voters saying...
30 Apr 2019

Oil and Gas Start Recall Campaign Against Colorado Democrat

For decades, the oil and gas industry has had a stranglehold on Colorado politics, but the newly empowered Democrats unveiled a sweeping bill to rein in fracking. The industry spent millions to stop it, but Democrats muscled it through, and it was signed by Gov. Jared Polis, an independently wealthy Democrat who ran in opposition to the industry.
For decades, the oil and gas industry has had a stranglehold on Colorado politics, but the newly empowered Democrats...
30 Apr 2019

Why Vermont’s single-payer effort failed and what Democrats can learn from it

Vermont’s foray into publicly financed health care — in a state that in many ways offered the optimal conditions — demonstrates the extraordinary difficulty of trying to convert progressives’ dream of a more just, efficient health system into reality.
Vermont’s foray into publicly financed health care — in a state that in many ways offered the optimal conditions —...
30 Apr 2019

On Palestine-Israel, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris miss the progressive wave they seek to ride

On April 13, Democratic primary candidate Cory Booker launched his campaign at a kickoff event in Newark, New Jersey with a slogan of “Justice for All.” Booker’s slogan quickly came under fire from student protesters who responded to his vocal support for pro-Israeli government policies with cries of “Justice for Palestine!”
On April 13, Democratic primary candidate Cory Booker launched his campaign at a kickoff event in Newark, New Jersey...
29 Apr 2019

Corporate Media Are Here to Warn You: Medicare for All Is a Very Bad Idea

Despite all the concern trolling, reading the financial press highlights the fact that corporate media oppose Medicare for All not because of legitimate queries and concerns about its implementation, but because they are owned by investors with stakes in maintaining the for-profit status quo
Despite all the concern trolling, reading the financial press highlights the fact that corporate media oppose Medicare...

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25 Apr 2019

Trump Vows Stonewall of ‘All’ House Subpoenas

The Trump administration escalated its defiance of Congress on Wednesday, as the Justice Department refused to let an official testify on Capitol Hill and President Trump vowed to fight what he called a “ridiculous” subpoena ordering a former top aide to appear before lawmakers. “We’re fighting all the subpoenas,” Mr. Trump told reporters outside the White House. “These aren’t, like, impartial people. The Democrats are trying to win 2020.”
The Trump administration escalated its defiance of Congress on Wednesday, as the Justice Department refused to let an...

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16 Apr 2019

‘Stop Sanders’ Democrats Are Agonizing Over His Momentum

From canapé-filled fund-raisers on the coasts to the cloakrooms of Washington, mainstream Democrats are increasingly worried that their effort to defeat President Trump in 2020 could be complicated by Mr. Sanders, in a political scenario all too reminiscent of how Mr. Trump himself seized the Republican nomination in 2016.
From canapé-filled fund-raisers on the coasts to the cloakrooms of Washington, mainstream Democrats are increasingly...
13 Apr 2019

Elizabeth Warren Wants to Tax Corporations on the Profits They Claim Publicly

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is unveiling a new way to tax corporations: Take them at their word. Due to the vagaries of American corporate accounting, companies routinely tell investors on conference calls that they made billions in profit over the previous quarter, then turn around and tell the IRS that, actually, they made no money at all, so they don’t owe any taxes. Warren’s plan would tax those companies on the profits they claim publicly.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren is unveiling a new way to tax corporations: Take them at their word. Due to the vagaries of...
29 Mar 2019

Three Lessons From ‘Failed’ Mueller Inquiry

The left never had a dog in this race. This was always an in-house squabble between different wings of the establishment. Late-stage capitalism is in terminal crisis, and the biggest problem facing our corporate elites is how to emerge from this crisis with their power intact. One wing wants to make sure the pig’s face remains painted, the other is happy simply getting its snout deeper into the trough while the food lasts.
The left never had a dog in this race. This was always an in-house squabble between different wings of the...
26 Mar 2019

The DCCC Is Trying to Put Me Out of Business — and I’m a Democrat.

Six hours after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced that it was blacklisting firms that work with primary challengers, I met with a potential client who was considering a Democratic primary. The client told me that two consultants dropped out that morning — and now the candidate may not run at all.*
Six hours after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced that it was blacklisting firms that...

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26 Mar 2019

Trump and Republicans Seek to Turn the Tables in Post-Mueller Washington

President Trump and his Republican allies went on the offensive on Monday, vowing to pursue and even punish those responsible for the Russia investigation now that the special counsel has wrapped up without implicating him or his campaign in a criminal conspiracy to influence the 2016 election.
President Trump and his Republican allies went on the offensive on Monday, vowing to pursue and even punish those...

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25 Mar 2019

Eager to Court Jews (and Fracture Democrats), Republicans Push Bills on Anti-Semitism

Democrats hoped to put their wrenching intraparty debate over anti-Semitism to rest when they passed a catchall antibigotry resolution in the House this month, but Senate Republicans, eager to court American Jews outraged by the rise of anti-Semitism, have other plans.
Democrats hoped to put their wrenching intraparty debate over anti-Semitism to rest when they passed a catchall...
25 Mar 2019

Steny Hoyer Condemned for ‘Shameful’ and ‘Unhinged’ AIPAC Speech

Rep. Steny Hoyer, the number two Democrat in the House, came under fire from progressives Sunday night after he used his address at AIPAC's policy conference to attack left-wing members of his caucus and throw his full support behind a resolution condemning the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement.
Rep. Steny Hoyer, the number two Democrat in the House, came under fire from progressives Sunday night after he used his...
19 Mar 2019

How Executives Vote With Their Wallets

A Harvard study found that executives donate more heavily to Republicans. For the study, to be released Tuesday, they tracked personal political contributions for more than 3,500 chief executives that occupied the corner office anytime from 2000 to 2017. Just 18.4 percent of the executives studied were designated as Democrats. The clear majority — 57.7 percent — demonstrated their affiliation through donations to the Republican Party. Indeed, 75 percent of donations from the median chief executive were directed to Republicans.
A Harvard study found that executives donate more heavily to Republicans. For the study, to be released Tuesday, they...

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12 Mar 2019

Trump tells RNC donors he doesn’t understand how any Jewish person could vote for a Democrat

“The Democrats hate Jewish people,” President Donald Trump reportedly told Republican National Committee donors on Friday night at Mar-a-Lago. Phones were sealed away in magnetic bags at the closed-door event, but Axios reported on what members of the audience heard.
“The Democrats hate Jewish people,” President Donald Trump reportedly told Republican National Committee donors on...
5 Mar 2019

Sanders, Warren, Ocasio-Cortez, and Other Lawmakers Sign Pledge to End America’s “Forever Wars”

Eight members of Congress have taken a pledge to work to bring ongoing U.S. global military conflicts to a “responsible and expedient” end, the result of a first-of-its kind lobbying effort by military veterans on Capitol Hill. The pledge was written and organized by a group called Common Defense, made up of veterans and military families, which advocates for scaling back U.S. military commitments overseas.
Eight members of Congress have taken a pledge to work to bring ongoing U.S. global military conflicts to a...
5 Mar 2019

MSNBC Yet Again Broadcasts Blatant Lies, This Time About Bernie Sanders’ Opening Speech, and Refuses to Correct Them

MSNBC is a dishonest political operation, not a news outlet. It systematically and deliberately refuses to adopt a defining attribute of a news outlet: a willingness to acknowledge factual errors, correct them, and apologize. That they not only allow their lies to stand uncorrected but reward their employees who do it most frequently – especially when those lies are directed at adversaries of the Democratic Party – proves that they are, first and foremost, a political arm of the Democratic establishment.
MSNBC is a dishonest political operation, not a news outlet. It systematically and deliberately refuses to adopt a...

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5 Mar 2019

With Sweeping Document Request, Democrats Launch Broad Trump Corruption Inquiry

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee delivered a flurry of document demands to the executive branch and the broader Trump world on Monday that detailed the breadth of the Democrats’ investigation into possible obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power by President Trump and his administration.
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee delivered a flurry of document demands to the executive branch and the...
22 Feb 2019

Democrat Dianne Feinstein Explain to Children Why She Won’t Back Green New Deal

As young people from around the world are marching in the streets and calling on adults and elected leaders to act urgently to address runaway global warming and the climate crisis, this video of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) explaining to youth activists in her office on Friday why she won't back the joint congressional resolution on the Green New Deal has to be seen in order to be believed.
As young people from around the world are marching in the streets and calling on adults and elected leaders to act...

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21 Feb 2019

A Green New Deal is Technologically Possible. Its Political Prospects Are Another Question.

President Trump derided the Green New Deal as a “high school term paper that got a low mark.” Congressional Republicans mocked it as “zany.” Even Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic House speaker, called the proposal a “green dream,” and some of the party’s 2020 candidates are starting to describe it as merely aspirational. Yet, despite that disdain, the goals of the far-reaching plan to tackle climate change and economic inequality are within the realm of technological possibility, several energy experts and economists said in recent interviews.
President Trump derided the Green New Deal as a “high school term paper that got a low mark.” Congressional...

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14 Feb 2019

Yemen war: Progressive activists get a big foreign policy win. It’s been an uphill battle.

The House passed a resolution Wednesday, February 13, to end US support for the war in Yemen. It’s the culmination of a years-long effort by progressive activists and lawmakers to claw back war-approving authority from the president and end US participation in a war that has created one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters.
The House passed a resolution Wednesday, February 13, to end US support for the war in Yemen. It’s the culmination of...

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12 Feb 2019

Pro-Israel Lobby Caught on Tape Boasting That Its Money Influences Washington

A debate about the power in Washington of the pro-Israel lobby is underway, after Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., responded sharply to reports that Republican leader Kevin McCarthy was targeting both Omar and fellow Muslim Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat from Michigan. Omar quoted rap lyrics — “It’s all about the Benjamins baby” — to suggest McCarthy’s move was driven by the lobby’s prolific spending. Asked specifically who she was referring to, Omar responded, “AIPAC!”
A debate about the power in Washington of the pro-Israel lobby is underway, after Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., responded...

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11 Feb 2019

Senate Guts First Amendment to Guard Israel from Boycott, But Ilhan Omar Can’t Bring Up AIPAC?

lhan Omar (D-MN) has stirred controversy by replying to scurrilous statements of her Republican opponents in Congress by suggesting that they are shilling for anti-Palestinian and anti-Muslim lobbies that back the right wing Likud government of Israel to the hilt because they receive campaign contributions from the Israel lobbies.
lhan Omar (D-MN) has stirred controversy by replying to scurrilous statements of her Republican opponents in Congress by...
9 Feb 2019

Why Won’t Democrats Call Israel’s Occupation an Occupation?

Here’s a riddle any Democrat hoping to be elected president at the crest of a progressive wave in 2020 should be able to solve: what do you call Israel’s military rule over millions of disenfranchised Palestinians in the territories it seized by force in 1967?
Here’s a riddle any Democrat hoping to be elected president at the crest of a progressive wave in 2020 should be able...
8 Feb 2019

Green New Deal Takes Its First Congressional Baby Step

The first hand of the Green New Deal has been dealt. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., on Thursday unveiled a five-page, nonbinding resolution that frames a 10-year “national, social, industrial, and economic mobilization” to confront the climate crisis. The plan envisions the creation of millions of “good, high-wage jobs” and will serve to “counteract systemic injustices.”
The first hand of the Green New Deal has been dealt. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey,...
1 Feb 2019

McConnell says bill that would make Election Day a federal holiday is a ‘power grab’ by Democrats

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that a Democratic bill that would make Election Day a federal holiday is a “power grab,” sparking a fierce backlash online. McConnell was speaking about H.R. 1, legislation that Democrats have made a centerpiece of their agenda since retaking the House earlier this month.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that a Democratic bill that would make Election Day a federal...
26 Jan 2019

Trump Agrees to Reopen Government for 3 Weeks in Surprise Retreat From Wall

President Trump agreed Friday to reopen the federal government for three weeks while negotiations proceeded over how to secure the nation’s southwestern border, backing down after a month-long standoff failed to force Democrats to give him billions of dollars for his long-promised wall.
President Trump agreed Friday to reopen the federal government for three weeks while negotiations proceeded over how to...

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25 Jan 2019

How Every Senator Voted on Ending the Government Shutdown

Senators rejected two competing bills to end the government shutdown on Thursday. There were signs of bipartisanship: Six Republicans supported the Democratic bill for two weeks of funding. One Democrat voted for President Trump’s proposal for a border wall.
Senators rejected two competing bills to end the government shutdown on Thursday. There were signs of bipartisanship:...

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24 Jan 2019

Trump Tells Pelosi He Will Deliver State of the Union. Pelosi Responds, No You Won’t.

The tit-for-tat between President Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the State of the Union address escalated sharply on Wednesday, with Mr. Trump telling Ms. Pelosi he would deliver the speech in the Capitol on Tuesday as originally scheduled, and Ms. Pelosi firing back that he was not welcome unless the government was fully open.
The tit-for-tat between President Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the State of the Union address escalated sharply...

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10 Jan 2019

Trump Storms Out of White House Meeting with Democrats on Shutdown

President Trump slammed his hand on a table and stormed out of a White House meeting with congressional leaders on Wednesday after Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said she would not fund a wall along the southern border, dramatically escalating the confrontation over the government shutdown.
President Trump slammed his hand on a table and stormed out of a White House meeting with congressional leaders on...
9 Jan 2019

Voted Down on Tuesday Night, McConnell Raises Alarm by Forcing Second Vote on ‘Unconstitutional’ Anti-Boycott Bill

Less than 24 hours after Senate Democrats successfully voted down a motion to proceed to legislation that would give states and localities more power to punish pro-Palestinian boycotts of Israel, rights groups raised alarm and urged Americans to call their senators immediately on Wednesday as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) moved to bring the bill up for yet another procedural vote.
Less than 24 hours after Senate Democrats successfully voted down a motion to proceed to legislation that would give...
6 Jan 2019

U.S. Senate’s First Bill, in Midst of Shutdown, is a Bipartisan Defense of the Israeli Government from Boycotts

In the 2019 GOP-controlled Senate, the first bill to be considered – S.1 – is not designed to protect American workers, bolster U.S. companies, or address the various debates over border security and immigration. It’s not a bill to open the government. Instead, according to multiple sources involved in the legislative process, S.1 will be a compendium containing a handful of foreign-policy related measures, a main one of which is a provision, with Florida’s GOP Sen. Marco Rubio as a lead sponsor, to defend the Israeli government. The bill is a top legislative priority for AIPAC.
In the 2019 GOP-controlled Senate, the first bill to be considered – S.1 – is not designed to protect American...

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5 Jan 2019

Democrats’ First Order of Business: Making It Easier to Vote and Harder to Buy Elections

House Democrats introduced a sweeping bill on Friday as their first order of legislative business that would expand voting rights and curb the influence of money in politics, signaling their commitment to push back on Republican efforts to undermine the democratic process. The legislation, known as HR 1: The For the People Act, would make it easier to vote, crack down on gerrymandering, and reduce the influence of big money in congressional races.
House Democrats introduced a sweeping bill on Friday as their first order of legislative business that would...
3 Jan 2019

Pay-Go Pelosi Rams Austerity Provision Into House Rules Package

“There’s enormous appetite in the Democratic Party and among all Americans for major public investment to tackle our nation’s major crises: deepening inequality and structural racism and climate disaster,” said Waleed Shahid, communications director for Justice Democrats, in a statement to The Intercept. “Pelosi and the Democratic Party leadership’s support of Paygo makes actually solving these crises all but impossible.
“There’s enormous appetite in the Democratic Party and among all Americans for major public investment to tackle our...
25 Dec 2018

Beto O’Rourke frequently voted for Republican legislation, analysis reveals

A new analysis of congressional votes from the non-profit news organisation Capital & Main shows that even as O’Rourke represented one of the most solidly Democratic congressional districts in the United States, he has frequently voted against the majority of House Democrats in support of Republican bills and Trump administration priorities.
A new analysis of congressional votes from the non-profit news organisation Capital & Main shows that even as...
21 Dec 2018

Democrats Just Killed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Push For A Green New Deal Committee

Democratic leaders on Thursday tapped Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) to head a revived U.S. House panel on climate change, ending a dramatic monthlong effort to establish a select committee on a Green New Deal. Castor’s appointment came as a surprise to proponents of a Green New Deal. The move also kicked off a controversy as the six-term congresswoman dismissed calls to bar members who accept money from fossil fuel companies from serving on the committee, arguing it would violate free speech rights.
Democratic leaders on Thursday tapped Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) to head a revived U.S. House panel on climate change,...

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5 Dec 2018

Senators Working to Slip Israel Anti-Boycott Law Through in Lame Duck

Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin is making a behind-the-scenes push to slip an anti-boycott law into a last-minute spending bill being finalized during the lame-duck session, according to four sources familiar with the negotiations. The measure, known as the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, was shelved earlier amid concerns about the infringement of free speech, after civil liberties groups argued that the original version would have allowed criminal penalties for Americans who participate in a political boycott of Israel.
Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin is making a behind-the-scenes push to slip an anti-boycott law into a last-minute spending...
1 Dec 2018

Gov. Jerry Brown’s Climate Vision Had a Fatal Flaw

Under Jerry Brown, California has become a leader on climate politics. But the state has done little to phase out fossil fuel emissions at their source. Among other things, they called on Brown to “listen to science, not carbon polluters” by moving to keep fossil fuels in the ground. California — the world’s sixth-largest economy — has the country’s most ambitious climate policies by a mile, but it is also among the most prolific oil and gas producers in the U.S. — hence the papier-mâché likeness of Brown’s head atop an oil rig.
Under Jerry Brown, California has become a leader on climate politics. But the state has done little to phase out fossil...
17 Nov 2018

Chuck Schumer Caved to Facebook and Donald Trump

Schumer has sided with the GOP on Wall Street, Israel, Iraq, Iran, and Facebook. Almost any other Democrat should be Senate minority leader instead.  As I argued earlier this week, the next two years in U.S. politics will be a 24/7 battle for the future of American democracy; a relentless fight against fascism, racism, and white nationalism. Are we really expected to believe that Schumer will be the leader of the #Resistance in the Senate ? Don’t make me laugh.
Schumer has sided with the GOP on Wall Street, Israel, Iraq, Iran, and Facebook. Almost any other Democrat should be...
16 Nov 2018

‘A Staggeringly Bad Idea’: Outrage as Pelosi Pushes Tax Rule That Would ‘Kneecap the Progressive Agenda’

Nearly three-quarters of the American public and a historic number of Democratic lawmakers support Medicare for All, but the House Democratic leadership is considering using its newly won majority to impose a rule that would "recklessly betray" the grassroots forces that put them in power by making single-payer and other progressive priorities impossible to enact.
Nearly three-quarters of the American public and a historic number of Democratic lawmakers support Medicare for All, but...
8 Nov 2018

How to explain to someone living abroad that Democrats can have over 10 million more Senate votes and still lose

So how could Democrats outpace Republicans by more than 10 million votes and still fall further behind in the Senate? The answer is that there’s really no such thing as a nationwide Senate vote. It all comes down to which states are electing Senators.
So how could Democrats outpace Republicans by more than 10 million votes and still fall further behind in the Senate?...
18 Oct 2018

Senate Truce Collapses as G.O.P. Rush to Confirm More Judges Begins Anew

Senate Democrats struck a deal last week with Republicans that saw the quick confirmation of 15 more conservative judges in exchange for a rapid flight to the campaign trail. Liberal activists were infuriated, but after the brutally divisive fight to confirm Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, the agreement held out a promise of peace.
Senate Democrats struck a deal last week with Republicans that saw the quick confirmation of 15 more conservative judges...
15 Oct 2018

Voters say they are more likely to cast ballots in this year’s midterm elections

Three weeks before critical midterm elections, voters are expressing significantly more interest in turning out than they were four years ago, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. Enthusiasm is up across almost all demographic groups, but the increases are greater among younger adults, nonwhite voters and those who say they favor Democrats for the House.
Three weeks before critical midterm elections, voters are expressing significantly more interest in turning out than...

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27 Sep 2018

Kavanaugh hearings: Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley has filed an injunction to stop the Kavanaugh vote

Merkley is alleging that the Trump administration is violating the separation of powers by not releasing hundreds of thousands of documents related to Kavanaugh’s time as a lawyer in President George W. Bush’s administration, charging that this knowingly prevented senators from doing their constitutional duty to advise and consent the president by vetting Kavanaugh.
Merkley is alleging that the Trump administration is violating the separation of powers by not releasing hundreds of...

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18 Sep 2018

Attorney Sent Letter to Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein Claiming Federal Court Employees Willing to Speak About Brett Kavanaugh

The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee were both approached in July by an attorney claiming to have information relevant to the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The attorney claimed in his letter that multiple employees of the federal judiciary would be willing to speak to investigators, but received no reply to multiple attempts to make contact, he told The Intercept.
The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee were both approached in July by an attorney claiming...

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29 Aug 2018

If G.O.P. Loses Hold on Congress, Trump Warns, Democrats Will Enact Change ‘Quickly and Violently’

President Trump warned evangelical leaders Monday night that Democrats “will overturn everything that we’ve done and they’ll do it quickly and violently” if Republicans lose control of Congress in the midterm elections. Speaking to the group in the State Dining Room of the White House, Mr. Trump painted a stark picture of what losing the majority would mean for the administration’s conservative agenda, according to an audiotape of his remarks provided to The New York Times by someone who attended the event.
President Trump warned evangelical leaders Monday night that Democrats “will overturn everything that we’ve done and...

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26 Aug 2018

Democrats strip superdelegates of power in picking presidential nominee

Democratic Party officials voted Saturday to strip superdelegates of much of their power in the presidential nominating process, infuriating many traditionalists while handing a victory to the party’s left flank. The measure’s overwhelming approval – met by cheers in a hotel ballroom here – concluded a tense summer meeting of the Democratic National Committee, which had labored over the issue since 2016. Superdelegates that year largely sided with Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders, enraging Sanders’ supporters.
Democratic Party officials voted Saturday to strip superdelegates of much of their power in the presidential nominating...

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24 Aug 2018

White House may have squashed bipartisan Senate bill to stop election interference

A Republican-led, Democrat-supported bill to safeguard US elections from foreign interference is stuck in the bowels of Congress. Here’s a possible explanation: The White House doesn’t want it to pass. The Secure Elections Act, which Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) introduced, would have made significant changes to the way states protect their voting systems in three significant ways.
A Republican-led, Democrat-supported bill to safeguard US elections from foreign interference is stuck in the bowels of...

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22 Aug 2018

Elizabeth Warren’s Anti-Corruption Stance Shifts When Foreign Policy Is Raised

I found that Warren’s tenacity when ripping things like corporate lobbyists’ “pre-bribes” suddenly evaporated when dealing with issues like the enormous military budget and Israeli assaults on Palestinian children.
I found that Warren’s tenacity when ripping things like corporate lobbyists’ “pre-bribes” suddenly evaporated...

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16 Aug 2018

Elizabeth Warren unveils bold new plan to reshape American capitalism

Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator tipped as a Democratic presidential candidate in 2020, has unveiled new plans for legislation aimed at reining in big corporations, redistributing wealth, and giving workers and local communities a bigger say.
Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator tipped as a Democratic presidential candidate in 2020, has unveiled new...

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9 Aug 2018

Bernie and his army are losing 2018

Two years after his defeat in the 2016 presidential primary, the Vermont senator has amassed a growing string of losses in races in which he has intervened. Beginning last year, Sanders-backed candidates faltered in an Omaha mayoral race and a nationally watched House race in Montana.
Two years after his defeat in the 2016 presidential primary, the Vermont senator has amassed a growing string of losses...
4 Aug 2018

The $717 Billion Defense Bill That Just Breezed Through the Senate Should Be a National Scandal

With little debate or public attention, the Senate just followed the House in approving $717 billion for the nation’s military, meaning the bill is headed for the president’s signature. The passage is no surprise. The National Defense Authorization Act is one of the few pieces of federal budget legislation that sails through every year, without fail, on a bipartisan basis.
With little debate or public attention, the Senate just followed the House in approving $717 billion for the nation’s...

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4 Aug 2018

Senate Passes Bill to Enshrine $38-billion Military Aid Package to Israel Into Law

The U.S. Senate passed a measure that would codify into law the $38 billion defense aid package for Israel over 10 years that was negotiated in the final days of the Obama administration. The U.S.-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018 approved Wednesday gives the defense package the imprimatur of Congress, which would keep any future president from reneging. The $38 billion deal negotiated in 2016 is the most generous ever to Israel.
The U.S. Senate passed a measure that would codify into law the $38 billion defense aid package for Israel over 10 years...
13 Jul 2018

Andrew Cuomo’s Biggest Donors Rake in Millions From ICE

ndrew Cuomo has a glaring conflict of interest when it comes to the politics of abolishing ICE. Luxury landlords across the state collect millions in rent from the agency — money they have turned around and funneled to Cuomo’s political campaigns, according to a new report by the New York-based watchdog group Public Accountability Initiative. 
ndrew Cuomo has a glaring conflict of interest when it comes to the politics of abolishing ICE....
5 Jun 2018

Democrats Set to Re-Nominate Sen. Bob Menendez After Preventing Challengers, Showing How Calcified the Party Is

Fresh off escaping a federal bribery conviction thanks to a hung jury, two-term Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez is almost sure to win his  party’s nomination on Tuesday for re-election in New Jersey against  only token opposition. That Menendez — who has been in Congress for 26  years, and is seeking his third Senate term — is about to become the  Democrats’ nominee without any real primary challenge says a great deal  about the party and the U.S. political system.
Fresh off escaping a federal bribery conviction thanks to a hung jury, two-term Democratic Sen. Robert...
31 May 2018

Wall Street bank deregulation, Crapo bill: House vote, details

The House voted on the biggest rollback of Wall Street regulations since the financial crisis. While the bill would change many regulations for regional and community banks, analysts say it is not a total dismantling of the Dodd-Frank Act.
The House voted on the biggest rollback of Wall Street regulations since the financial crisis. While the bill would...
26 Apr 2018

The Democratic Party Is Paying Millions for Hillary Clinton’s Email List, FEC Documents Show

Heading into the 2018 midterms, with Democrats hoping to take back the House of Representatives and even make a run at the Senate, the party has spent more than $2 million worth of campaign resources on payments to Hillary Clinton’s new group, Onward Together, according to Federal Election Commission filings and interviews with people familiar with the payments.
Heading into the 2018 midterms, with Democrats hoping to take back the House of Representatives and even make a run at...
21 Apr 2018

Democratic Party files lawsuit alleging Russia, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks conspired to disrupt the 2016 campaign

The Democratic National Committee filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit  Friday against the Russian government, the Trump campaign and the WikiLeaks organization alleging a far-reaching conspiracy to disrupt the 2016 campaign and tilt the election to Donald Trump.
The Democratic National Committee filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit  Friday against the Russian government,...
15 Mar 2018

Senate passes rollback of banking rules enacted after financial crisis

The Senate on Wednesday passed the biggest loosening of financial regulations since the economic crisis a decade ago, delivering wide bipartisan support for weakening banking rules despite bitter divisions among Democrats.
The Senate on Wednesday passed the biggest loosening of financial regulations since the economic crisis a decade ago,...

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26 Feb 2018

The Democrats’ rebuttal to the Nunes FISA memo is utterly devastating

Having now read both memos, I can say with confidence: Schiff makes his case. Schiff quotes key FBI documents that explicitly contradict the Nunes memo’s core arguments. Any fair-minded observer who reads these two documents side-by-side can only conclude one thing: Nunes is either deeply misinformed or straight-up lying.
Having now read both memos, I can say with confidence: Schiff makes his case. Schiff quotes key FBI documents...
24 Feb 2018

How Democrats Can Offer Real Solutions to America’s Problems

The pledge calls for a clear commitment to a far different course. Major elements include rebuilding America while guaranteeing the right to a job. Public investment—modernizing a dangerously decrepit infrastructure—is the centerpiece of the jobs and growth agenda, not trickle-down tax cuts that only add to inequality. That investment  should be focused in part on the transition to a sustainable green energy economy. Meeting the clear and present security threat posed by  catastrophic climate change can be the greatest source of jobs and innovation since the move to the suburbs after World War II.
The pledge calls for a clear commitment to a far different course. Major elements include rebuilding America while...

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11 Feb 2018

Liberals Wanted Fiscal Stimulus. Conservatives Delivered It.

Left-leaning economists hate the timing and the composition. But the expansionary fiscal policy they sought is on the way. The fiscal austerity that drove the budget deficit from around 9 percent of G.D.P. in 2010 to 3 percent in 2016 has, for practical purposes, been abandoned. First, Republicans passed a $1.5 trillion tax bill in December that sharply cut rates on businesses. Then last week they made a deal to undo budget caps demanded by the Republican House in 2011. President Trump signed that bill on Friday.
Left-leaning economists hate the timing and the composition. But the expansionary fiscal policy they sought is on the...

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8 Feb 2018

Democrats flipped a Missouri state legislature seat that Trump won by 28 points

Democrats had another good Tuesday night of special elections, this time in Missouri, where Mike Revis won a 3-point victory in House District 97, which President Donald Trump had won by 28 points. That 31-point swing relative to the 2016 election was extraordinarily large, but actually not the greatest swing of the night. Over in House District 144, Democrats took a relatively narrow 53-47 loss in a district that Trump carried by  59 points.
Democrats had another good Tuesday night of special elections, this time in Missouri, where Mike Revis won a 3-point...
8 Feb 2018

Pelosi Stages Record-Breaking Filibuster To Force House Vote On DACA

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi staged a marathon, daylong filibuster  Wednesday in an attempt to force a House vote on protections for the “Dreamer” immigrants — and to prove to an increasingly angry wing of progressives and activists that she has done all she could.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi staged a marathon, daylong filibuster  Wednesday in an attempt to force a House...
23 Jan 2018

Winners and losers of the government shutdown

While no one really truly “wins” when the government shuts down —  especially in the real world, where people's lives are tangibly affected — this two-day shutdown, which is on its way to ending after senators reached a deal, did have some clear political winners and losers.
While no one really truly “wins” when the government shuts down —  especially in the real world,...
21 Jan 2018

Cory Booker Joins Senate Republicans to Kill Measure to Import Cheaper Medicine From Canada

In a statement to the media after the vote, Booker’s office said he supports the importation of prescription drugs but that “any plan to allow the importation of prescription medications should also include consumer protections that ensure foreign drugs meet American safety standards. I opposed an amendment put forward last night that didn’t meet this test.” This argument is the same one offered by the pharmaceutical industry.The measure introduced by Bernie Sanders would have passed without Democratic defections.
In a statement to the media after the vote, Booker’s office said he supports the importation of prescription...
21 Jan 2018

Schumer tried to give Trump funding for border wall in exchange for DACA protections

The fact that Schumer was willing to bend so much on funding for the wall is a sign of how much negotiating Democrats were willing to do, contrary to the insistence by Trump and most Republicans that the blame for the shutdown rests entirely on the shoulders of Schumer and the Democratic party.
The fact that Schumer was willing to bend so much on funding for the wall is a sign of how much negotiating Democrats...
21 Jan 2018

This is how Right Wing Media sees government shot down: Dems Are Obstructionist Losers

“Senate Democrats own the Schumer Shutdown. Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country’s ability to serve all Americans,” Sanders said in a statement. “We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands. This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators.”
“Senate Democrats own the Schumer Shutdown. Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military...

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14 Jan 2018

Democrats Help Republicans Take Away Your Constitutional Rights

Dem Support For Trump Surveillance Powers Proves “Resistance” Is Bull*hit - 55 Democrats voted against your constitutional rights and opposed the  USA RIGHTS amendment. Among them are Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff.
Dem Support For Trump Surveillance Powers Proves “Resistance” Is Bull*hit - 55 Democrats voted against your...

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2 Dec 2017

Senate Republicans Pass Sweeping Tax Bill

Speaking on the Senate floor ahead of the vote, Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the minority leader, called the Republican approach “a process and a product that no one can be proud of and everyone should be ashamed of.” He went on to warn that changes made to the bill “under the cover of darkness” would “stuff even more money into the pockets of the wealthy and the biggest corporations while raising taxes on millions in the middle class.”
Speaking on the Senate floor ahead of the vote, Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the minority leader,...
28 Nov 2017

Senate GOP tax bill hurts the poor more than originally thought, CBO finds

The Senate Republican tax plan gives substantial tax cuts and benefits to Americans earning more than $100,000 a year, while the nation’s poorest would be worse off, according to a report released Sunday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Democrats have repeatedly slammed the bill as a giveaway to the rich at the expense of the poor. In addition to lowering taxes for businesses and many individuals, the Senate bill also makes a major change to health insurance that the CBO projects would have a harsh impact on lower-income families.Office.
The Senate Republican tax plan gives substantial tax cuts and benefits to Americans earning more than $100,000 a year,...
17 Nov 2017

The Senate Is Getting Ready to Erode Obama’s Landmark Wall Street Law

On Monday, the Senate Banking Committee announced that it struck a rare bipartisan deal to deregulate banks. The deal would gut several of the protections enacted in 2010 in response to the financial crisis as part of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and  Consumer Protection Act, most notably a key rule requiring that “Too Big To Fail” banks—those with more than $50 billion in assets—undergo stricter oversight.
On Monday, the Senate Banking Committee announced that it struck a rare bipartisan deal to deregulate...
3 Nov 2017

Republican Tax Plan Milks Blue States to Pay for Cuts for the Rich

The most recent version of the  Republican tax plan unveiled Thursday leaves Republicans representing blue states in a tough spot, threatening to derail the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act train just as it’s leaving the station. Subsidizing tax cuts for the wealthy by making middle-class people in Democratic-leaning states pay more might make for satisfying politics for House Republicans, but the math will be difficult for them.
The most recent version of the  Republican tax plan unveiled Thursday leaves Republicans representing...
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