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Interesting article by Matt Taibbi on Bernie.

Good insight from Bernie on how he handles the slew of negative media reporting, etc.


Sanders announces NY endorsements


Sanders, Warren Introduce Resolution Against Israel Annexing West Bank


The resolution was introduced by Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Wash., joined by Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the deputy minority leader, Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill. and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

Sanders and Warren were among the Democratic presidential candidates who decried Netanyahu’s pledge, before Israel’s April 9 elections, to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank. The elections were indecisive and Israelis go to the polls again in September, while Netanyahu remains prime minister.

Where the Democratic candidates stand on Green New Deal, Paris Climate Agreement etc.

From Washington Post -

Where the candidates stand
Here’s where 2020 candidates stand on issues related to climate change, based on candidate statements, voting records and answers to a questionnaire we sent every campaign.

Link for details:


Very interesting to me.

Sanders and Barbara Lee introduce the Inclusive Prosperity Act

Along with Sen Gillibrand and a dozen House Democrats


The legislation imposes a tax of a fraction of a percent on the trades of stocks, bonds, and derivatives. This tax on Wall Street speculation, also known as a financial transaction tax, is estimated to generate up to $2.4 trillion in public revenue from wealthy investors over 10 years. An added benefit of the proposed tax is deterring the high-frequency trading that increases the instability of the financial sector and produces no economic value

While the top 23 banks in America received over $20 billion in tax breaks last year as a result of the Trump tax plan, hundreds of thousands of young people are unable to go to college because they can’t afford it, 34 million Americans have no health insurance, one out of five Americans can’t afford to buy the medicine prescribed by their doctors, over 40 million Americans are living in poverty, we have the highest childhood poverty rate in the developed world and life expectancy in the U.S. has gone down for the third year in a row,” said Sanders. “It is long past time for Congress to rein in the recklessness of Wall Street billionaires and build an economy that works for all Americans.”

“I am proud to introduce the House version of the Inclusive Prosperity because taxing Wall Street is not an extreme idea. The government already taxes everyday families for basic items like food, clothes, and housing. Wall Street gets away with no taxes, even when conducting high-risk financial transactions,” said Barbara Lee. “This has to stop. It's past time to make sure Wall Street pays their fair share so that we can provide funding for things that make us a better nation like jobs, housing, infrastructure, and college education.”

“More than a decade after Wall Street greed brought the American economy to its knees, big banks are still using greed as a business model and are still engaging in the reckless behavior that helped cause our economy to crash in the first place,” said Gillibrand. “We need to do everything we can to prevent another financial crisis. The Inclusive Prosperity Act is a bold step to clamp down on reckless and speculative trading. This legislation would put a price on risky Wall Street behavior and would bring much-needed revenue to Main Street, which never should have been handed over to bail out Wall Street. I urge all of my colleagues to fight with me to pass this bill as quickly as possible


Civil rights attorney, Pamela Price, endorses Bernie in CA


Sanders, according to some, is cheap with his charitable contributions. How about others?


Warren at the top with 5.5%

Next Inslee with 4.1

Then that cheapskate Bernie with only 3.4

Klobuchar gave 1.9

Gillibrand came in at 1.7

Harris at 1.4

Beto gave a whopping 0.3

You can read it also in Washington Post but it’s behind a firewall


By contrast, Biden has given very little to charity but has increased his contributions once he became VP.

Personally I don’t really care about candidates charitable contributions as much as their policies to help Americans live a good life. But since some people were very focused on what Sanders didn’t give, a little perspective, I thought, was worthwhile.

Take it from an economist, Medicare for All is the most sensible way to fix health care


We all recognize that the status quo isn’t working. We spend more per person than any other country on health care, but we aren’t getting any bang for our buck. We have lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality rates and more preventable deaths, and too many personal bankruptcies are due at least in part to medical bills.

Where we disagree is the solution. The favorite new “reasonable” plan is “Medicare for America,” a bill from Reps. Jan Schakowsky and Rosa DeLauro that has won the support of big names like Texas presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke and the Center for American Progress, the left-of-center think tank where the plan originated as “Medicare Extra for All.” It has been extolled in opinion pieces for some of America’s largest newspapers as a “realistic” plan to fix what’s broken in our health care system.


Time to get real. As an economist who has spent decades studying our health care system, I can tell you that Medicare for All advocates are the only ones who are being reasonable, because theirs is the only plan that will control health care costs while finally achieving universal coverage.

Insurance companies are middle men
The problem with incremental plans, whether they are public options, buy-ins to Medicare or Medicaid, or pumping more money into subsidies in the Affordable Care Act's individual marketplace, is that they preserve the private health insurance system weighing down our health care.


If we’re talking about which health care reform plans are serious about attacking cost, providing universal coverage and making sure everyone has access to health care, Medicare for All is the only reasonable answer. No other plan does this effectively, which is why I suspect that the Center for American Progress has not come out with spending estimates. Basic economic tenets tell us that their plan will not reduce health care spending as effectively.

Is Medicare for All bold? Absolutely. Is it reasonable? You bet. It is time to accept that Medicare for All is the practical alternative.

Worth reading the whole article by Gerald Friedman, economics professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Woody Guthrie's Granddaughter singing the SF crowd in with pro union song.


In light of the outrage by some of Bernie's hires, this very long older article about CAP and

Neera Tandem is worth rereading.

I would have posted it in one of the gazillion threads in Dem Primary forum but the anti Sanders cavalry would just misread it and besides I’ve probably trashed most of those threads.

But rereading it this morning was really educational and boiled my blood all over again. Highly recommend if you’re strong enough.

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