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Name: Joe Otterbein
Gender: Male
Hometown: DelMarVa & PA (heading to PNW soon!)
Home country: United States
Current location: York County, PA
Member since: Sun Oct 28, 2012, 09:54 AM
Number of posts: 4,778

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Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS) and Certified Professional - Food Safety (CP-FS) by National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)

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Pelosi warns Trump not to reopen country too soon

Politico

The speaker also signals the House may not come back in session this month.

By HEATHER CAYGLE and JOHN BRESNAHAN

04/09/2020 10:11 PM EDT

Speaker Nancy Pelosi signaled Thursday that the House is unlikely to return to session later this month, her clearest indication yet that Congress — like the rest of the country — could remain shuttered for weeks or even longer as the coronavirus crisis continues.

In a half-hour interview, Pelosi issued a stark warning to President Donald Trump, urging him not to prematurely rush to reopen major segments of the country before the coronavirus is under control, which she said could further send the U.S. economy into a tailspin.

“Nobody can really tell you that and I would never venture a guess. I certainly don’t think we should do it sooner than we should,” Pelosi said when asked if she still planned to bring the House back on April 20, which is the current target date.

“This has taken an acceleration from when we started this…Little did we know then that at this point, we’d be further confined.”

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Posted by JoeOtterbein | Thu Apr 9, 2020, 11:38 PM (8 replies)

Trump Taps Once Exiled 29-Year-Old Aide to Help Him Purge Enemies and Watchdogs From Government

Daily Beast

John McEntee is the ultimate Trump loyalist. And now he’s been tasked with making the administration as committed to the president as he is.

Asawin Suebsaeng
White House Reporter
Erin Banco
National Security Reporter
Updated Apr. 09, 2020 10:40PM ET / Published Apr. 09, 2020 10:29PM ET

Even in the midst of a global pandemic and economic collapse, President Donald Trump is charging ahead on his mission to purge his administration of watchdogs who are tasked with exposing waste, fraud, and abuse. And as he goes about this mission, he’s leaning on a 29-year-old loyalist once exiled from the Trump administration for a reported gambling problem, as well as a cadre of conservative firebrands who have fed his paranoia that government careerists are trying to destroy him.

Early this month, Trump fired Michael Atkinson, inspector general of the intelligence community, who had been asked to handle the anonymous whistleblower complaint last year that triggered the president’s impeachment at the hands of House Democrats. On Monday, the president used his daily coronavirus press briefing at the White House to take swipes at Christi Grimm, a Department of Health and Human Services inspector general, after being asked about her report documenting the “severe shortages of testing supplies” in certain U.S. hospitals during the coronavirus crisis. On Tuesday, the news broke that Trump had replaced Glenn Fine, an acting Pentagon inspector general who had been assigned to oversee $2 trillion in coronavirus relief money.

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Posted by JoeOtterbein | Thu Apr 9, 2020, 11:31 PM (7 replies)

Venture Capital CEO Dumbfounds CNBC Anchor by Saying Billionaires and Hedge Funds Don't Deserve a Ba

Mediaite

By Reed RichardsonApr 9th, 2020, 8:01 pm

Former Facebook exec Chamath Palihapitiya dumbfounded a CNBC anchor on Thursday when he argued that billionaires, hedge funds, and mismanaged corporations, like airline companies, don’t deserve any federal bailout or stimulus money.

Speaking with Scott Wapner, host of the Fast Money Halftime Report, the Social Capital CEO unapologetically brushed off concerns for Wall Street’s financial giants, comparing their relative discomfort to the real economic pain being suffered by unemployed workers.

“Lastly, let me ask you one last question,” Wapner said. “I think we all agree that more money for Main Street is needed. Maybe not in spite of the money to all of these companies or whatever that make up the economy as well, hat more money is needed everywhere, perhaps. Are you, you keep saying ‘propping up zombie companies.’ Are you arguing to let airlines fail?”

“Yes,” was Palihapitiya’s curt answer.

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Posted by JoeOtterbein | Thu Apr 9, 2020, 09:10 PM (7 replies)

Barack Obama wins the Democratic primary

Politico

Released from his self-imposed neutrality, the former president will soon make the case for Biden that Biden has had trouble making himself.

By RYAN LIZZA

04/09/2020 08:07 PM EDT

In the end, the most influential politician of 2020 may be the one who has been the most silent.

With Bernie Sanders exiting the race and Joe Biden taking on the mantle of presumptive nominee, the man who hovered quietly over the race for more than a year, Barack Obama, will soon return to the political fray.

Obama wanted Sanders to have the day to himself and so he refrained from speaking (or tweeting) publicly on Wednesday. But Obama had always said his role in the primaries would be to unite the party when it’s over, and he’s been in close contact with both campaigns as the pandemic both froze the race without a clear victor and also made it more obvious that Biden would eventually prevail.

“Over the last few weeks, he’s had multiple conversations with candidates, including Sen. Sanders, about how to best position the Democratic Party to win in November,” said a source familiar with those calls. “While the content of those conversations remain private, there was always agreement that winning in the fall was paramount.”

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Posted by JoeOtterbein | Thu Apr 9, 2020, 08:47 PM (9 replies)

Leftward ho! Biden pivots to progressives

Politico

In a bid to assuage skeptical Sanders voters, Biden proposes expanding Medicare and forgiving some student debt. But they're still wary.

By MARC CAPUTO

04/09/2020 05:55 PM EDT

The day after his last opponent dropped out of the presidential race, Joe Biden took the rarest of turns for a Democratic nominee: to the left.

Biden shed any pretense about his need to win over Bernie Sanders voters when he announced a pair of proposals Thursday aimed at assuaging wary progressives: lowering the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 60 years old, and forgiving all student debt for low- and middle-income people who attended public colleges and universities, as well as those who attended private Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other institutions that serve minority students.

While unorthodox for a general election nominee, Biden’s decision not to move to the center was both a tacit admission that he has a problem with young and progressive voters, as well as a gamble that he can remain the real centrist in the race against President Donald Trump.

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Biden Surrogate 'Forced to Resign' from Democratic Group Over Doctored Bernie Sanders Video

Law and Crime

by Colin Kalmbacher | 8:17 pm, February 17th, 2020

A surrogate for Joe Biden‘s presidential campaign was, in her words in a group chat, “forced to resign” on Monday from Pennsylvania Young Democrats after promoting a doctored video of fellow 2020 contender Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) and for allegedly sharing anti-Semitic tweets about him and his online supporters.

Lindy Li previously served as the treasurer for the Pennsylvania Young Democrats, a position she has since admittedly resigned.

“Biden Surrogate [Lindy Li] as forced to resign as Treasurer of the PA Young Democrats after spreading doctored video of Bernie Sanders and making antisemitic comments about him,” tweeted immigration paralegal Jamie Agustin, who broke the story on Twitter.

Li later confirmed that she resigned in a Twitter post–but disputed the circumstances surrounding her departure.

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Going to California (Remaster)

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Spent my days with a woman unkind
Smoked my stuff and drank all my wine
Made up my mind to make a new start
Going To California with an aching in my heart
Someone told me there's a girl out there
With love in her eyes and flowers in her hair
Took my chances on a big jet plane
Never let them tell you that they're all the same
The sea was red and the sky was grey
Wondered how tomorrow could ever follow today
The mountains and the canyons started to tremble and shake
As the children of the sun began to awake
Seems that the wrath of the Gods
Got a punch on the nose and it started to flow
I think I might be sinking
Throw me a line if I reach it in time
I'll meet you up there where the path
Runs straight and high
To find a queen without a king
They say she plays guitar and cries and sings
La la la la
Side a white mare in the footsteps of dawn
Tryin' to find a woman who's never, never, never been born
Standing on a hill in my mountain of dreams
Telling myself it's not as hard, hard, hard as it seems
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Robert Anthony Plant / James Patrick Page
Going to California lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc

Bernie and his Supporters are Ruthless

It's true. The will do anything to win. Fight, battle, destroy and yes, even hurt the feelings of pundits and other critics.

They will even be even much more worse against trumpy and their well reimbursed media supporters.

They will hound them until they reach the gates of hell itself. Because surely those who dare put babies in cages, will go to the fires of hell if they do actually exist.

And after President Sanders is inaugurated, they will demand justice.

They will hunt down and prosecute those who enabled Putin and his gop lackeys to destroy our election where the votes clearly wanted our President to be Hillary Clinton, instead of the madman that resides in the White House today.

Then they will lead the battle to reach the dream of Dems since Roosevelt; Universal Healthcare.

Bernie and his supporters will then lead fights to ensure Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are protected and benefits increased.

I could go on and on about how a Sanders administration will change our world. The world of the citizen. Not the billionaires.

But, why should I bother when so many others make the case for why Bernie will win the Primary after a tough battle to protect and follow the soul of the Democratic Party. And when many will make the same case when Bernie wins an easy General Election.

Sanders endorses progressive lightning rod Chicago DA

Politico

Progressives have applauded Foxx, for declining to prosecute numerous low-level drug offenses and embracing alternative treatment programs.

By HOLLY OTTERBEIN

02/13/2020 11:33 AM EST

Updated: 02/13/2020 12:06 PM EST

Bernie Sanders is throwing his weight behind Kim Foxx, the Cook County state’s attorney who is facing several primary challengers after a first term that has been simultaneously celebrated by progressives and come under fire nationally for her handling of actor Jussie Smollett’s case.

Sanders’ campaign told POLITICO he is also endorsing Kane County, Ill. state’s attorney candidate Junaid Afeef, Travis County, Texas, district attorney candidate Jose Garza, and Harris County, Texas, district attorney candidate Audia Jones.

The endorsements are in keeping with the Vermont senator’s attempts to position himself as the most progressive presidential candidate on criminal justice policy, with a platform that includes banning cash bail, legalizing marijuana, and permitting “safe injection sites” where people can use illegal drugs under the supervision of medical professionals. In October, he endorsed now-San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who campaigned on getting rid of cash bail.

“I’m proud to endorse these progressive leaders for the important offices of state and district attorney,” Sanders said in a statement. “Now is the moment to fundamentally transform our racist and broken criminal justice system by ending mass incarceration, the failed war on drugs and the criminalization of poverty, and that’s exactly what they’ll do.”

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Reeling Biden campaign scrambles to soothe nervous supporters

Politico

One surrogate warned of "down-ballot carnage" if Bernie Sanders marches to the nomination — a tactic to keep Biden backers on board.

By MARC CAPUTO, NATASHA KORECKI and MAGGIE SEVERNS

02/12/2020 06:47 PM EST

Shellshocked by two big losses, Joe Biden’s presidential campaign tried to reassure donors, surrogates and the press about his path forward Wednesday while counterattacking nearly every one of his rivals.

“Elected officials across the country understand there will be down-ballot carnage to the Democratic Party if we elect the wrong person,” Rep. Cedric Richmond, the campaign’s co-chair, warned. “If Bernie Sanders were atop of the ticket, we would be in jeopardy of losing the House, we would not win the Senate back.”

Richmond, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, also took aim at Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar for their anemic support among African Americans and criticized billionaire Michael Bloomberg for once being a Republican.

The attack-everyone strategy is a marked shift for a once-highflying Biden, who has tumbled from frontrunner to being in danger of becoming an also-ran.

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