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How Tom Steyer would secure universal health care coverage

Politico

Billionaire Tom Steyer's health care plan plants him among the centrists in the 2020 Democratic primary. He promises to expand access to health care through more Obamacare funding and a public option, while still envisioning a large role for private insurers — in contrast to the "Medicare for All" plans proposed by rivals like Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Steyer's plan for a public option is a little different from other candidates. He envisions it as a new program where the federal government would negotiate payment rates for providers and hospitals. It would operate separately, but similarly to, traditional Medicare and Medicaid.

Medical providers would have to participate in the public option or lose their contracts with Medicare or Medicaid. The rates would be set like Medicare, with some flexibility to accommodate differences in regional costs — especially for rural areas.
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Steyer also wants the government to negotiate prices with drug companies and would extend those prices to the private insurance market.

DEPOSITION OF: DAVID A. HOLMES Friday, Novemben 15, 2O19

Source: PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE

MR. HOLMES: Thank you, Mr. Chainman and members of the committees. Good afternoon. My name is David Holmes. I'm a career Foreign Service officer with the Department of State. Since August 2O17, I have been the political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine.

While it is an honor to appear before you today, I want to make clean that I did not seek this opportunity to testify today. You have determined that I may have something of value to these proceedings, and it is therefore my obligation to appear and to tell you what I know. Indeed, Secretary Pompeo stated last week: I hope everyone who testifies wilt do so truthfully and accurately, when they do, the oversight role will have been performed and I think Amenica will come to see what took place here.

That is my goal today, to testify truthfully and accurately, to enable you to perform that role. And to that end, I have hurriedly put together this statement oven the past couple days to describe as best I can my recollection of events that may be relevant to this matter.

I've spent my entire professional career serving my country as a Foreign Service officer. Prior to my current post in Kyiv, Ukraine, I served at the Embassy in Moscow, Russia, as Deputy and Internal Unit Chief in the Political Section, and before that as Senior Energy Officer in the Economic Section. In Washington, I serve on the National Security Council staff as Director for Afghanistan and as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State.


Read more: https://intelligence.house.gov/uploadedfiles/holmes_final_version_redacted.pdf

Must see TV.....

https://twitter.com/AlexNBCNews/status/1196539934565453828

State Department staffer resigns after allegations she inflated her resume

Source: Politico

Mina Chang, a high-ranking State Department staffer who vaulted into the public spotlight after NBC reported she had inflated her resume, has resigned from her position.

Chang, the deputy assistant secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stability Operations, was accused of overstating her academic credentials and creating a fake Time magazine cover with her face on it. Chang has rebutted NBC’s story, arguing that her academic statements were not misleading and that she did not commission the doctored Time cover.

“Resigning is the only acceptable moral and ethical option for me at this time,” Chang wrote in her resignation letter, obtained by POLITICO. Her resignation is effective immediately.

The letter decries the current culture at the State Department, a subject that has featured prominently during the House Democrats' impeachment proceedings. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has received criticism for not adequately protecting the career diplomats enmeshed in the impeachment inquiry. President Donald Trump has branded several of them as “never Trumpers.”

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2019/11/18/state-department-chang-resigns-resume-071385

"Paid for by Mike Bloomberg 2020"

https://twitter.com/ShaneGoldmacher/status/1196534058538487808

Cory Booker remarks at "First In the West" event in Las Vegas on November 17, 2019

“My dad died here. It was during my primary to become a United States Senator, my father had a stroke and went to a hospital right here in Las Vegas. And I was distressed My mom told me don't leave the primary. It's days before it. He's in the hospital. He's stable. I'm going to be with him. And I will never forget I'm competing in a primary to become a United States Senator, but I'll never forget getting a call from a man named Harry Reid. Harry told me stay on the trail. I will go and be with your mom.”

“I am running not just because I stand with my colleagues on believing that healthcare should be a right I stand with my colleagues and understanding that we have to meet the existential crisis of climate change. I stand with my colleagues and know that a system of mass incarceration in a nation that professes freedom is obscene and objectively wrong. But I want to tell you right now, I am running for president of the United States, not because of him, not because of one man in one office, not because of his moral vandalism. We don't win as Democrats when we run races about simply what we're against. We win them when we talk about what we're for, and who we’re for and how we fight. And so, tonight, I want to tell you, I'm running for president because I believe in us. This is a moral moment in America. Don't let anybody tell you otherwise. It's not about left or right. It is about right or wrong. It is about the character of our country.”

“Love is what you see and how the Harry Reid led his life standing for people being there in the clutch.”

“I don't care how many people try to tear us down, or history speaks that we are a nation that has always responded by coming together and rising up. And now it's time again. It is that moment in history again, that we must join together in a course and say we will rise. We will rise for health care for all we will rise for public schools and public education. We will rise for the mentally ill and the homeless. We will rise for economic justice. We will rise for our unions. Let us remember that we democrats come from a great state Iraq with the Russians been up to Sputnik and the air with Sputnik. We didn't tear each other apart. We joined together with Hidden Figures together with white astronauts, and we went to the moon. We come from Kennedy who pointed to the moon king who pointed to a mountaintop and said we will rise. We when they push this back at Selma, and they tried to stop it a Stonewall, we said, we will rise with Donald Trump in the White House, he may try to tear us down. But in this next election, we will rise.”

Amy Klobuchar remarks at "First In the West" event in Las Vegas on November 17, 2019

Wow. Hello, Nevada Democrats. It is so wonderful to be the sixth woman in a row on the stage. And it is great to be back with a party that knows how to win. You proved that in 2018 when you elected the first Democratic governor in 20 years. And today you are leading the way on voting rights, on gun safety, and standing tall for our unions because when unions are strong, our economy is strong.

You know, we are here tonight to honor my friend Harry Reid. And when I walked around the Nevada legislature I was amazed. Every office I would go into, it would have his picture hanging on the wall. It was as if he was president of the United States. We could only wish. So a lot happened during Senator Reid's 30 years in the Senate, but one thing stayed the same, the true spirit of a man. The considerate leader, who would sit at a presiding desk in the US Senate on a Saturday afternoon because a young senator wanted to get an important bill passed. Landrieu was sick, and Harry said no, I'm going to do this for you. He did that. The kind person who took the time to talk to a little boy with leukemia, and show him his favorite pictures of President Obama right in the middle of a budget debate. The humble senator who never forget where he came from and always served with home in mind. We thank Harry Reid today.

Now, both of our states, Minnesota and Nevada have one very important thing in common. We both have the wisdom to send not one, but two women to the US Senate. And we love Catherine and Jacky. And you gave us that women majority in the legislature. And I, you know, you wouldn't believe this but I am still asked, I was asked twice last week, do you think a woman can beat Donald Trump? And you know what I say? I say Nancy Pelosi does it every single day.


Friends, we have been on a long, long march together. It started the day after the inauguration when millions of people marched across this country, including right here in Las Vegas. The next day 6000 women signed up to run for office, and we never stopped. We marched for immigrants. We marched with union workers. We marched with our heads up and our spirits high. We stood up for people with disability and cancer and for people with Alzheimer's when we said, "no, Donald Trump, you are not going to repeal the Affordable Care Act and kick people off of their insurance for pre-existing conditions." We stood together and we won. We stood with Las Vegas after the 2017 shooting, we stood with students after Parkland and we stood with the moms who demanded action. And then because we stood, because we led, because we were not beaten down by defeat, the people stood with us. And that is why in 2018, you elected Dina, and Susie, and Steven, and we turned the House of Representatives back into the people's house again. You did that. You did that, Nevada. And look what just happened the last few weeks, we flipped the Senate and the House in the state of Virginia. And you know what? Mitch McConnell has a new governor in Kentucky and it's a Democrat. And yesterday, just yesterday, Louisiana reelected their Democratic governor. That's the second, that is the second governor's race in two weeks in a red state where Donald Trump campaigned and a Democrat won right after the president went and rallied his people. So you know what I want to know? Where is the president gonna go next?

I think that election this month was an economic check, yes. It was a vote for the Affordable Care Act, yes. But it was more than that. It was also a values check. It was a patriotism check because many people feel this guy has gotten way far away from where they are. Because we have a president that wakes up every morning and goes after immigrants, uses them as political pawns. He goes after people of color. He allows a foreign country to make mincemeat of our democracy. We have a president who is running the country like a game show, a president who would rather lie than lead. That's why I'm telling you this right now, we have someone that every moment, just watch this, he sides with dictators over allies, tyrants over innocents. Have you noticed how he always puts his private interests before the interests of our country? That's why as your president I will tell you this, I will bring sanity back to our foreign policy. And I will never ever hold an international gathering at one of my resorts. Oh, that's right. I don't own a resort. But let me tell you what I do own. I own an optimistic economic agenda for this country. One that says no, a justice agenda. Mr. President, there are not two sides after Charlottesville, there is only one side. There is only one side and that is the American side. One that says if millionaires can refinance their yachts, then students can refinance their student loans. One that says we stand with our unions and we also stand with our, of course, public sector workers, who thanks to the work of Nevada Democrats have the right to collectively bargain. One that says no more secret nuclear waste shipments to Yucca Mountain. One that says we need mental health care and we have to take on addiction, just like your attorney general has done here in this state. One that says that we believe in science and in facing down the existential threat of our time that is climate change, because as the Ojibwe say, great leaders make decisions not for this generation, but for seven generations from now. Nevada Democrats, we have a president that can't keep his decisions seven minutes from now.

Imagine this: imagine having a presidential candidate when he is always boasting about his support in the heartland that can say, you know what? The Midwest is not flyover country to me. I live here. Imagine having a candidate on that stage that says, no, I will not treat the workers and the farmers like some kind of poker chips, in not this great casino, but one of Donald Trump's bankrupt casinos. I will not do that. I will not do that. You know why? Because I actually have workers and farmers that are my friends and my neighbors. Imagine having someone that will not go down to Mar a Lago and boast after that tax bill, "we just made your friends a lot richer." That is what he did. This is a state that attracts visitors and tourists to build our economy. And one thing you don't know about me is that thanks to Harry Reid's guidance and friendship for the last decade, I have been the co-chair of the Tourism Caucus and the chief sponsor of Brand USA and I understand that an economic agenda means making stuff, inventing things, exporting to the world, and that tourism right here in the great state of Nevada is one of our best exports that our country has to offer.

We are going to win in Nevada, Democrats. And we are going to win in those tough states in the Midwest because you know why? We are going to build a blue wall around those states and we're going to make Donald Trump pay for it. Because we are at our best when we bring people together instead of shutting them out. The people who turned out in Kentucky, the people who turned out in Nevada, the people who stood up for Obamacare, the people who are in our fired-up base yes, but also some independents, some moderate Republicans who are sick and tired of this guy because for them, they have decided they can't stand it anymore. And that is why I leave you with this, we have such a chance here, Democrats— we cannot screw this up. We do not just want to win, we want to win big. And to win big, we need to bring the country with us. That is the only way we not just win the presidency, but that is the way we send Mitch McConnell packing. It is by winning big.

I am the granddaughter of an iron ore miner, I am the daughter of a union teacher and a newspaperman, I am the first woman elected to the state of Minnesota for the US Senate, and I am a candidate for the President of the United States. This is a country of shared dreams, that wherever where you come from, or who you know, that you can make it in the United States of America. That is the country we live in. And that is how we will win. Thank you, Nevada Democrats. Let's go and get this done.

DNC reception with Andrew Yang - Dec 9 in NYC

nb: most Democratic candidates have agreed to do Party fundraising events.

The Democratic National Committee and CEO Seema Nanda cordially invite you to a reception with
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE ANDREW YANG

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9 * 7:00 PM
Address upon RSVP
New York, NY

CONTRIBUTION
LEVELS:
$250- Guest
$500- Supporter
$1,000- lnnovator
$2,500- Co-Host
$10,000- Event Chair

For any questions, please contact Michaela Gaughan at GauehanM@dnc.org

Trump's new best friend in North Carolina

Politico

RALEIGH, N.C. — Sen. Thom Tillis began the Trump era by negotiating with Democrats on immigration and co-authoring legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller. He even briefly opposed President Donald Trump’s national emergency to build a border wall.

But now, the North Carolina Republican's independent streak is fading. He’s deploying the president as a shield against a conservative primary challenger and he’s hugging Trump tightly.

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Trump “deserves to be defended” by Republicans ahead of a likely impeachment trial, Tillis added. The Democrats’ evidence thus far? “Nothing there,” he tells supporters.

It’s a shrewd political strategy amid a well-funded primary challenge from Garland Tucker, a conservative businessman who paints Tillis as an enemy of the Trump agenda. But Tillis’ role as Trump’s new best friend threatens to undermine his profile as a diligent, unpredictable senator — and could damage his chances in the general election.

Trump advisory board member: Women should strive to be "handmaidens," stay out of the workplace

Media Matters

Right-wing pundit and recently announced Trump advisory board member Clarence Mason Weaver has said that women aren’t equal to men and that they damaged society when they won the “‘right’ to leave the home and go to work.” He has claimed that women who report sexual misconduct at work are the reason “why we don’t want to be around you in a business.” And he has told women that they should carry themselves as “handmaidens” and “be submissive.”

The Trump campaign recently launched its “Black Voices for Trump” coalition, with President Donald Trump speaking at a rally in Atlanta, GA. The campaign also announced the members of its advisory board, which includes numerous right-wing media personalities such as radio host Herman Cain, Fox Nation hosts Diamond and Silk, and Fox News contributors Deneen Borelli and Alveda King.

The campaign lists the involvement of Clarence Mason Weaver (who usually goes by Mason Weaver in media appearances and also lists his name as Clarence A. Mason on his website), a right-wing author and purported motivational speaker. Weaver has made numerous appearances on Fox Business and Fox News over the years, including on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Fox & Friends, and Trish Regan Primetime. He attended the coalition launch in Georgia and posted on Facebook that he got to “meet the President [and] shake his hand again.” He also met Lara Trump.

One of Weaver’s philosophies is that “men and women are not equal.” In a recent video about the subject, Weaver said that women shouldn’t be “queens” because “we do not look for queens. Queens is hard work. We look for handmaidens, sweetheart. We look for a helpmate out here, girl. And no king is looking to share their kingdom.” He later suggested that if a woman isn’t as strong as he is, she should “be quiet, and be humble, and be submissive.”


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